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Fears of a dire precedent as Brazil seeks results-based REDD+ payment

first_imgCritics worry that Brazil’s reference level for deforestation and the lack of guarantee that the carbon will stay locked up could set an unsustainable precedent for future payments.The forest reference levels currently used in the proposal are high enough that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon could double and Brazil would still qualify for “results-based” payments. Almost a decade after it was founded, the Green Climate Fund is ready to start paying tropical countries for emission reductions from REDD+. A proposal from Brazil has been submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) board meeting for payments for 2014 and 2015. But advocates and forest policy experts say the way the emissions-reductions savings are being calculated, and the likely possibility that the reductions will not be permanent, might end up setting a poor precedent for future payouts from REDD+.Scientists agree that reducing deforestation and increasing forest areas play a critical role in keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Forests could provide almost a quarter of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed by 2030. However they receive less than 3 percent of climate mitigation funding.“In terms of directing climate finance to forests, we are off by at least an order of magnitude,” Frances Seymour, a renowned forest expert and distinguished senior fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI), said about REDD+ projects.REDD+ was initially proposed as climate change mitigation mechanism that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by paying developing countries to keep their forests intact rather than cutting them down. Now the GCF, the multilateral climate fund created under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is considering proposals for a pilot program for REDD+ results-based payments at its 22nd  board meeting in South Korea this week.Unlike past REDD+ projects that received funds from the GCF to implement programs, the pilot program, announced in 2017, will pay countries ex-post for results achieved between December 2013 and 2018. The $500 million pilot program will pay $5 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and limit each country to 30 percent of the total amount. Proposals are evaluated by a technical board and will be considered on a rolling basis at the GCF board meetings, which are attended by board members and observer NGOs.Choosing the right reference levelSome forest experts have raised concerns about the feasibility based on what they consider clear issues with one of the proposals. In its proposal submitted to the GCF, Brazil says it reduced its emissions in 2014 and 2015 by 1.25 billion tons of CO2e in comparison to the deforestation average from 1996 to 2010. It is requesting payment for 2 percent of that, around 25 million tons of CO2e. The Independent Technical Advisory Panel’s assessment of the proposal recommends paying for 19 million tons. If approved at the GCF rate of $5 per ton of emissions reductions, Brazil would get just over $96 million.But advocates say the 1996-2010 average, the so-called Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL B), represents years in which deforestation in the Amazon was exceptionally high, and doesn’t provide a meaningful comparison.“Under the current reference level, deforestation in Brazil could double and they would still be able to get payments,” said Jutta Kill, a researcher at the World Rainforest Movement and biologist who applies her work to support social movements. “If a different reference level had been chosen that reflects the reality of growing emissions, then Brazil would have had a significantly lower level or no claims at all because emissions are going up.”Not everyone agrees with this assessment.“The FREL of Brazil, recognized by the UNFCCC, is appropriate and scientifically rigorous,” says Daniel Nepstad, president and executive director of the Earth Innovation Institute, who has researched deforestation in Brazil for 30 years. “The risk of claiming otherwise is that it will punish Brazil for its success in lowering deforestation so rapidly through 2012, which created the huge difference between FREL and deforestation today. But this is a measure of Brazil’s success.”Pictorial representation of Brazil’s FREL as submitted to the UNFCCC. FREL (A) refers to the mean annual CO2emissions from the period 1996 to 2005 (1,106,027,616.63tCO2); FR(B) refers to the mean annual CO2emissions from the period 1996 to 2010 (907,959,466.33tCO2). Credit: UNFCCCCurrently, countries can choose their own reference level as long as the technical assessment of the FREL has been finalized by the UNFCCC. Brazil’s case is important in that the FREL for the Amazon biome was the first reference level submitted to the UNFCCC for use in results-based payments.In Brazil, deforestation levels were extremely high from 1996 to 2005, and then dropped substantially. Since 2012, deforestation rates have been creeping up again. Between 2014 and 2015, the years for which Brazil is claiming payments, deforestation in the Amazon increased from 5,012 to 6,207 square kilometers (1,935 to 2,397 square miles), an almost 25 percent increase.“In 2014 and 2015 Brazil had the two worst increases in deforestation since it started to rise again,” said Maria Fernanda Gabara, an anthropologist who works with indigenous communities in Brazil. “It’s really contradictory that they are getting payments for these years.”Keeping the carbon locked upThe Green Climate Fund was set up in 2010 as part of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It has 24 board members, representing an equal number of representatives from developed and developing countries. It seeks to “promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development.” But some experts are concerned that this mission may be at odds with Brazil’s recent shift in government, and question if the emissions reductions that the GCF is paying for will remain locked up forests.“From a climate perspective, REDD+ can only have a benefit if the carbon is kept sequestered,” Kill said. “There is nothing in the proposal that guarantees to keep the carbon in the trees.”Jair Bolsonaro, the recently elected right-wing president of Brazil, ran on a platform of reducing environmental and legal safeguards for forests. He has signaled his intention to develop the Amazon, which experts say has already led to an increase in deforestation.“The annual rate of deforestation is increasing. Whether [it] stays that way we can’t say for sure,” said Peter May, a professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, in an interview. “But last year there was a considerable upswing in deforestation after Bolsonaro got elected.”According to Brazil’s official monitoring system, Deforestation in the Amazon has increased from 4,571 square kilometers (1,765 square miles) in 2012 to almost 8,000 square kilometers (3,090 square miles) in 2018 — the highest in almost a decade.Brazilian Amazon deforestation 2002-2018. Image via Mongabay.One of Bolsonaro’s first moves after taking office in January this year was to move control of indigenous lands and the forest service under jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture, which has been touted as a win for agribusiness.This means there’s a chance that the emissions reductions the GCF would pay for might not be permanent.“Brazil was able to reduce deforestation in the past, but it hasn’t stayed down. Now even though deforestation is on the rise, they will be getting paid,” Thomas Fatheuer, a social scientist with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, a German political foundation focused on green policy, told Mongabay. “It’s like rewarding someone for having quit smoking for a few months, even though they are still smoking today.”Political pressureDespite the problems with the proposal and bad precedent it could set, some believe that political pressures could push the GCF to accept Brazil’s proposal anyway. Bolsonaro has threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and recently withdrew his country’s invitation to host COP25, this year’s UNFCCC climate summit, which will instead be held in Chile. Some believe that failure to follow through on environmental pledges like REDD+ payments could provide further fuel to the Bolsonaro administration’s anti-environmental stance.“If the Green Climate Fund and the UNFCCC refuse the proposal from Brazil, that might give Brazil more of excuse to leave the climate agreements,” Federal Rural University’s May said. “So that might act as a push for them to say yes.”Given the pro-development stance of the current government, not being able to fulfill expectations around environmental agreements and mechanisms like REDD+ may become further weaponized by the government.“If we kill [the] GCF contract today,” Nepstad said, “the chance that the new admin will roll back forest conservation policy will grow.”To add to the external political pressure, the GCF board might be feeling the pressure from inside as well. The board came under fire at its meeting last July for failing to approve any of the projects under consideration and disburse funds from the more than $10 billion in pledges it has attracted from countries. The meeting was described as “very difficult” by the chair of the board, Lennart Båge.“They are in a sort of double bind,” Fatheuer said. “REDD+ unfortunately has the perverse implication that by not paying out emissions reductions now, it gives countries like Brazil the justification to say ‘conservation doesn’t work, let’s develop instead.’”Banner image: The tinctorius poison dart frog inhabits the greater Amazon rainforest in Suriname and Northern Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Sarah Sax is a freelance environmental journalist based in New York City, formerly with Vice News. You can find her on Twitter at @Sarah2theSax.Clarification: This article has been updated to include the the full name of Maria Fernanda GebaraFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Amazon, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Carbon Finance, climate finance, Environment, Featured, Finance, Forest Carbon, Forest Destruction, Forests, Governance, Rainforests, Redd, Tropical Forests center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more


first_imgTwo weeks ago, just about the time we agreed to write about women in power and their role in coaching, mentoring and promoting other less privileged women, the Liberian Women in Business Empowerment Network –USA (LWBEN) approached me on highlighting the benefits I have received, both professionally and personally, from women supporting each other. “Great minds,” the popular saying goes, “think alike.” Two years ago, I wrote about the support I received from powerful women: from my mother, schoolteachers to professional mentors. Please find time to read our column, Women of Peace, on this important subject matter.Over the past weeks, dialogue among volunteer peace messengers has focused on women in power and how these women have used their positions to assist other women. The views and reviews have been mixed and opinions have differed. Some young women, even among volunteer peace messengers, are of the opinion that women in power are just in it for themselves, their families and friends. Most are engaged to serve themselves. Young women feel isolated, neglected and demotivated. They gave several examples, in work places, learning institutions and places of worship, of how some women in power are discourteous, selfish, self-serving, greedy and counterproductive.A few young women acknowledged and even recognized that women in power are knowledgeable and of substance. They argued that these women are generally kind, generous and proactive. They help other women to thrive without fear, favor or fraternity. In my opinion, I have come across the good and bad. I have benefited immensely from these encounters by learning from them. Women in power are life-giving arteries that support other women; it is our responsibility to know how to take full advantage of our encounters with women in power.The purpose of this article is to acknowledge the inherent merits in both opinions and to trigger a revolution for action. Every revolution needs the first spark, and African women are fortunate to have two sparks in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee.We are convinced that women need to do more and as the LWBEN states, it is our hope that more Liberian women in power would step up and support each other. It is not enough to support one person and believe we have contributed our quota to humanity. Along the way, we would be disappointed by a younger generation of women, but this should not deter us. Our hard work and commitment to others should serve as inspiration to other women. It is socially and economically unacceptable to ignore our young women.As young women, we need to define our career paths and approach these paths with real meaning and purpose. There is a great need for young people to identify mechanisms to engage women in power and mobilize them to support our growth path. The opportunities for engagement, volunteerism, internship, exchange programs and resource linkages would have huge implications for women’s empowerment and addressing emerging human issues.Until next week when we come to you with Part Two of our series on women in power, let peace be your watch word – peace first, peace above all else. May peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traffic sign conundrum

first_imgDear Editor,In less than 24 hours of your publication of my letter regarding misleading traffic signs at the junction of Thomas Street and the parallel roads of Stanley Place and Vlissengen Road, the one-way arrow sign was completely removed.I am assuming that the arrow sign was removed by those authorised to do so. I do not know whether to fully compliment the expeditious action or become further perplexed. The arrow sign itself was not a problem. It was the direction in which the arrow pointed: the procession of traffic that was being contended.I believe it would have been more logical to change the sign’s direction as against removing it completely.With respect to the stop signs on the bridge connecting Vlissengen Road and Thomas Street, I am advised that they are necessary for traffic exiting Stanley Place onto Vlissengen Road, and not suggestive that Thomas Street is open for west-bound traffic.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

Bournemouth land duo on loan

first_imgBournemouth have completed loan moves for Aston Villa’s Joe Bennett and River Plate’s Tomas Andrade.The duo link up with Cherries immediately with Bennett joining until January 2016, while Andrade will be with them until the end of the current campaign.Andrade will play with the club’s Under-21s along with fellow new boy Filippo Costa. Joe Bennett 1last_img

Gen. Powell knocks Rice off message on Iraq policy

first_imgWASHINGTON – Just back from Baghdad and eager to discuss promising developments, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice found herself knocked off message Sunday, forced to defend prewar planning and troop levels against an unlikely critic – Colin Powell, her predecessor at the State Department. For the Bush administration, it was a rare instance of in-house dissenter going public. On Rice’s mind was the political breakthrough that had brought her and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Iraq last week and cleared the way for formation of a national unity government. Yet Powell sideswiped her by revisiting the question of whether the U.S. had a large enough force to oust Saddam Hussein and then secure the peace. “I made the case to Gen. Franks and Secretary Rumsfeld before the president that I was not sure we had enough troops,” Powell said in an interview on Britain’s ITV television.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe said he advised Bush before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to send more troops to Iraq, but that the administration did not follow his recommendation. Rice, Bush’s national security adviser during the run-up to the war, neither confirmed nor denied Powell’s assertion. But she spent a good part of her appearances on three Sunday talk shows reaching into the past to defend the White House, which is trying to highlight the positive to a public increasingly skeptical in this election year of the president’s conduct of the war and concerned about the large U.S. military presence. “I don’t remember specifically what Secretary Powell may be referring to, but I’m quite certain that there were lots of discussions about how best to fulfill the mission that we went into Iraq,” Rice said. “And I have no doubt that all of this was taken into consideration. But that when it came down to it, the president listens to his military advisers who were to execute the plan,” she told CNN’s “Late Edition.” Powell, in an interview broadcast Sunday in London, said he gave the advice to now retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who developed and executed the Iraq invasion plan, and Rumsfeld while the president was present. last_img read more

Up to code

first_imgIn fact, this used to be exactly the complaint many had with. That’s why, during the height of the San Fernando Valley secession movement, Mayor James Hahn ordered the department to start placing a greater emphasis on customer service than on bureaucratic rigidity. Since then, the department has been honored both locally and nationally for becoming more efficient and sensitive to the needs of the people it serves. Now Chick worries that the department’s “priority is customer service over public safety, and that is just plain wrong.” She may be right. But customer service and public safety shouldn’t be an either/or proposition. Somewhere, there is a reasonable balance to be struck. Chick fairly questions whether the department has gone too far in the direction of customer service, but she hasn’t provided clear evidence that the failure to enforce tough regulations has caused harm. Making that determination, then, necessarily falls on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It’s now up to him to get to the bottom of what’s wrong – or right – at the Building and Safety Department of Building and Safety. And it’s his responsibility alone to make sure that the city bureaucracy is serving, and not endangering, L.A.’s residents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONCE again, Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick has done what she does best – put out a devastating audit detailing the many failings of some part of city government. This time, her target is the Department of Building and Safety and its embattled general manager, Andrew Adelman. The evidence Chick’s auditors have accumulated – countless examples of projects left uninspected and violations going unpunished – appears damning But appearances can be deceiving. Before anyone uses Chick’s report to condemn Building and Safety or Adelman, it’s worth asking two important questions that the audit doesn’t address: Are Angelenos actually any less safe because of the problems documented? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Is there any evidence of lives lost, injuries caused or opportunities destroyed because of the supposed horrors Chick has unearthed? By raising these questions, we don’t mean to downplay the importance of making sure that Building and Safety actually does the job it’s supposed to do – inspect buildings and enforce city codes designed to keep us safe. If the failures Chick catalogs reveal real public dangers, and not just technical or bureaucratic shortcomings, then the issue demands immediate attention at the highest levels of city government. But that’s a big if. Bear in mind that if the department were absolutely fastidious about dotting every “i” and crossing every “t,” it would still be easy for Chick’s auditors to crank out a scathing report. They could have a field day blasting the bureaucracy for being too slow, too unyielding, and for making Los Angeles an impossible place to do business. last_img read more

Every Premier League club’s best performing player last season

first_imgFantasy Football game Dream Team is now LIVE.Sign up to play here, and read on for some top tips…The Premier League and fantasy football seasons are nearly upon us with just three weeks to go until the big day.And after a summer of barely any football at all we’re frankly gagging for its return.We’re looking at this season’s top performing players per club on Dream Team points.WANT TO PLAY FANTASY FOOTBALL? CLICK HEREBournemouth – Josh King 147 pointsKing was one of Dream Team’s worst kept secrets last season, after topping the Cherries scoring charts last season with 16 goals; that’s more than Eden Hazard, Jermain Defoe and Christian Benteke.Burnley – Sam Vokes 140 pointsVokes just edged his teammate Michael Keane for Dream Team points last season, with a respectable tally of 13 goals in all competitions for Sean Dyche’s side.Chelsea – Eden Hazard 249 pointsIt was a season of redemption for Hazard, who led the way in terms of Dream Team points for Chelsea last campaign. At times, the Belgium midfielder ran the show for the Blues as they sailed to the league title in Antonio Conte’s first season with the club.Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke 180 pointsThe towering striker put his Liverpool woes behind him last season by leading the line for Palace, helping the Eagles battle against relegation with a return of 17 goals in all competitions.Everton – Romelu Lukaku 247 pointsWho else? Another high-flying Belgium, Lukaku battled Spurs’ Harry Kane all the way to the final day of the season for the Premier League Golden Boot award.Middlesbrough – Alvaro Negredo 99 pointsThe less said about Boro’s season, the better. But Spanish forward Negredo did his best to give fans something to remember, with 10 goals in all competitions.Southampton – Virgil van Dijk 152 pointsVan Dijk finished the season as the Saints highest points scorer, despite being out since January with an ankle injury. He’s dominated the back pages this summer so far, with a host of clubs chasing the Dutchman.Stoke – Peter Crouch 107 pointsSurprise, surprise. Crouchy has shown us all he’s still got it by notching seven goals in the Premier League and leading the Stoke boys on Dream Team points.Sunderland – Jermain Defoe 105 pointsThe Black Cats’ 10-year stay in the Premier League may have finally come to an end after a wretched campaign, but they still had plenty to shout about with Defoe up front.Swansea – Gylfi Sigurdsson 163 pointsThe guy who pretty much ran the show for the Swans all season, the Icelandic midfielder was ahead of striker Fernando Llorente in Dream Team points for Swansea last season. He’s one Paul Clement will be desperate to hold on to this summer.Tottenham – Harry Kane 305 pointsIt was a strong season for Spurs players in Dream Team, with four players reaching 200+ points. The pick of the bunch was the Premier League’s top goalscorer Harry Kane, whose 29 goals in the league last season pipped Lukaku’s tally.Watford – Troy Deeney 102 pointsIt was a pretty mundane season for the Hornets, with Deeney more-or-less the side’s most consistent points scorer.West Brom – Gareth McAuley 118 pointsHere’s another Dream Team favourite. Goal scoring centre-back McAuley was essential to the Baggies’ season, notching six goals in the Premier League.West Ham – Robert Snodgrass 119 pointsA far cry from the Hammers top points scorer the season before (we won’t say his name out loud), Snoddy had a fine campaign by all accounts, albeit mostly for Hull before his January switch to London.Which new players are in the game and how much will they cost?Premier League clubs have been extremely busy getting deals done already this summer, with some of the fees agreed simply eye-watering.While Romelu Lukaku’s mega move to Manchester United isn’t likely to be beaten financially, Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival at Arsenal might cause the biggest waves. 2 2 Alexis Sanchez racked up plenty of points last season Liverpool have splashed the cash on former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah while Manchester City, as always, have loosened the purse strings again.Every new signing will be added to the Dream Team game, with Lacazette priced at an intriguingly cheap £5m.Can’t wait for next season? Here’s everything you need to know about the Dream Team game – which will be back and better than ever in 2017/18.last_img read more

Juventus ‘eyeing swoop’ for Manchester United trio out of contract next summer

first_img Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS deals latest What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Bailly picked up a serious knee injury in a pre-season game against Tottenham and could find his opportunities limited on return after the signing of Harry Maguire.Matic has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has preferred Scott McTominay in midfield.While away on international duty with Serbia, Matic said: “In the first two or three games he (Solskjaer) determined the team without me. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claim their attention next summer will turn to a trio of players at United whose contracts will expire.Those players are David De Gea, Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly.Goalkeeper De Gea is thought to have been offered a lucrative contract by the Red Devils but has so far yet to sign. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 12.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Juventus are reportedly eyeing a raid on Manchester United next summer to bring three players to Turin.The Serie A side have become something of a free transfer specialist in recent seasons.They have been able to convince some top talents to join at the end of their contracts with the recent notable signings include Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain. on target rookie error David De Gea is yet to sign a new contract with Man United Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets stalemate Tony Cascarino says Man United WILL make Premier League top four this season“I work as hard as I can, we respect the decision, it is mine to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.“There is no problem. I told him I disagreed with him, but that he had to decide the team.”All three would be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign side as early as January when they will have just six months remaining on their deals.last_img read more

Seasonal Pricing Coming to Disney Parks Starting Tomorrow

first_imgShare This!©DisneyThis is not a drill! If you are planning to head to Walt Disney World or Disneyland soon, purchase your tickets now! Beginning tomorrow, Disney will be starting seasonal pricing (or tiered pricing) for 1 day tickets that are sold to their theme parks beginning February 28.Here’s how it is slated to work. Each month will be divided into value, regular, and peak days. If you plan to visit, say in the month of September, there will be a variety of ticket options to choose from, including value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the busy Christmas days, you will pay more. (ie. peak pricing.) Guests who are looking to save and have flexibility will be able to do so by purchasing a 1-Day ticket during non-peak times of the year, purchasing a multi-day ticket, or purchasing an annual pass.It appears, according to the Orlando Sentinel that during peak season, a 1 day ticket will cost up to $124 for the Magic Kingdom and $114 for the remaining three parks. Value days will remain the same cost, which is $105 for the Magic Kingdom and $97 for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Regular days will be $110 at the Magic Kingdom for a 1 day ticket and $102 at the remaining parks.Visitors will soon be able to see an online pricing calendar with pricing information from anywhere between eight to 11 months ahead of time.Also, Guests will notice a change in the fact that 1 day tickets will now carry an expiration date at Walt Disney World. Prior to February 28, 1 day tickets purchased ahead of time would be good forever. Beginning February 28, any 1 day ticket purchased will expire at the end of the next calendar year. For example, 1 day tickets sold in 2016 will expire on December 31, 2017. If you do not use your 1 day park ticket by the expiration date, the amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price.In addition, starting tomorrow, February 28 there will be a price increase for multi-day tickets.Stay tuned to the blog for further details on the break down of this new pricing structure, as well as the updated cost you’ll have to spend to visit one of the Disney theme parks going forward. I’ll make sure to have the details for you as soon as I can!last_img read more

Disneyland News — Week of September 21, 2019

first_imgShare This!Halloween continues at Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and Notes© DisneyIt’s Halloween at the Disneyland Resort, and the Halloween festivities are in gear! Disney’s newest Halloween event, the Oogie Boogie Bash will be taking place Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at California Adventure. The party includes a dance party, treat trails, and special presentation of World of Color called “Villainous.” Check out our planning guide before you go, and more details and tickets are available here. Halloween also ushers in several seasonal experiences, including:Haunted Mansion Holiday, where the Haunted Mansion receives a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed overlay;Guardians of the Galaxy’s makeover every evening with its Monsters After Dark overlay;Special fireworks on select nights;Cars Land getting into the spirit with amazing Halloween decorations and themed attractions;Special character costumes;And of course, ample opportunities to purchase Halloween-themed treats and merchandise, including a new refillable cauldron popcorn bucket for Passholders.You can find more details about Disneyland’s Halloween offerings here, and make sure you check out our preview before you go!Similarly, Disney is celebrating Dia de los Muertos from now through November 3. Swing by the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park for special music, food, and photo opportunities with Miguel from Coco. As always, there is a display over near Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Park as well.Disney recently announced some new entertainment in Frontierland. Starting this week, there will be a strolling magician performing sleight of hand aboard the Mark Twain, in the Golden Horseshoe, or roaming the streets of Frontierland. Later this fall, the Golden Horseshoe will be hosting some dueling piano fun. You can find more details about both offerings here.In non-Halloween-related news, Passholders still have the opportunity to get special commemorative buttons just by mobile ordering food on the Disneyland app.  Each participating location will have its own button, so you collectors will have the chance to rack up quite a few. More details, including a list of participating restaurants, are available here.Looking ahead, the Main Street Electrical Parade is nearly at the end of its renewed run in the evenings, which comes to a close on September 30. Also, the resort prepares for a new parade next Spring, the Magic Happens parade.CrowdsThis is a fairly low time of year from a crowd standpoint, and this week is consistent with that. Really, Sunday is the only day where the crowds are even average; most days range between level 1 and level 3.For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.WeatherTemperatures will be mid to upper 80s most of the week, with it trending cooler towards the end of the week. There’s also a small chance of rain on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsHalloween Screams — A Villanous Surprise in the Skies is the season’s fireworks show, and it will be shown every night this week.  Fantasmic! will only be shown on the weekend evenings. Note that California Adventure shows Villainous rather than World of Color on party nights. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here. SL Admission and HoursFor those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular pricing ($129/$122) all week long.  Note that California Adventure will close early on Tuesday and Thursday for the Oogie Boogie Bash; regular park hours are as follows this week: PriceREGREGREGREGREGREGREG ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri California Adventure8-108-68-88-68-88-68-10 Disneyland8-128-128-118-118-118-118-11 Villainous0202020 Halloween Screams Fireworks1111111 Main Street Electrical Parade2222222 For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.Finally, even more Passholder blockouts get lifted this week. Flex reservations are available all days as this goes to press. Frightfully Fun Parade0101010 World of Color1110101 Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual PassportRefurbishmentsAs crowds die down for the fall, Disney takes advantage of the opportunity to refurbish some attractions.  This week, Winnie the Pooh and the Mark Twain Riverboat are down through the 27th at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley remains dark until next spring. As always, however, refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Fantasmic!2200002 California AdventureSL SCSL DisneylandSL SCSL SLlast_img read more

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