Australia saves 25 stranded pilot whales, rescue efforts continue

first_imgRescuers had to get in the icy water to attach the whales, a species of oceanic dolphin that grow to 7 meters long and can weigh up to 3 tons, to slings and then guide the animals as boats dragged them out to deeper water.”We settled on a method where we get a sling placed under the whale, that’s attached to a boat (and) we also have crew in the water,” said Nic Deka, a regional manager of Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service, at a news conference.More than 60 people are involved in the rescue effort, including local fishermen and volunteers. They wore wetsuits and were working in shifts to prevent hypothermia.Scientists do not know why whales, which travel together in pods, sometimes beach themselves but they are known to follow a leader, as well as gather around an injured or distressed whale. Rescuers set free around 25 whales on Tuesday that were marooned on a sandbar off the remote west coast of Tasmania in one of Australia’s worst beaching events, and hope to save more in coming days.Government scientists said about 90 of the 270-strong pod of pilot whales have died since they were spotted from the air in shallow water off the rugged coastline on Monday.Footage showed large numbers of the animals prone on a wide sandbar at Macquarie Harbor, about 200 kilometers northwest of the state capital Hobart, while others floundered in slightly deeper water. Topics :center_img Kris Carlyon, a wildlife biologist with the state government conservation agency, said rescuers would give a new estimate of how many whales had died on Wednesday, but expected to free the remaining animals at a higher rate.”We’re dealing with large, distressed animals, for several days at a time, and it does take an emotional toll sometimes,” Carlyon said. “This is a natural event so we can accept that we’re going to lose some animals. We’re focusing on having as many survivors as we can.”last_img read more

Mesut Ozil’s agent gives update on Arsenal midfielder’s future

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Feb 2020 8:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link839Shares Aubameyang’s goal wasn’t enough to beat Olympiacos on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)Sogut failed to rule out the possibility of Ozil signing a contract extension at the club, but admitted his client is keeping his options open.He added: ‘Maybe he has a good end to the season and good next season and the club offers him a new contract.‘It’s down to the club in the end, not to me or Mesut. If the club is not giving him an offer then he can’t stay. If he gets an offer from the club he will consider it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGunners boss Mikel Arteta also faces a battle to keep hold of his star striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international was visibly distraught after Arteta’s side crashed out of the Europa League against Olympiacos on Thursday night.Aubameyang also has just 18 months left on his Arsenal contract, and reportedly wants the guarantee of European football if he is to extend his stay at the club.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Martin Keown gives damning assessment of Arsenal after Olympiacos defeatMORE: Martin Keown believes Mikel Arteta made obvious mistake in Arsenal’s defeat against Olympiacos Arteta’s thoughts after Arsenal crash out of Europa League to OlympiacosTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:31FullscreenArteta’s thoughts after Arsenal crash out of Europa League to Olympiacos 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.‘He is going into the end of this contract, he will be 32 years old, he will be a free agent, and it’s not a bad situation.‘And he will have probably a hundred million followers on the social media side at that time, his marketing will be bigger by that time.‘And he’s 32 so he can still go and play in top-level football for the next two or three years.’ Ozil’s contract at the Emirates runs out in 2021 (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil’s agent reveals there is ‘no chance’ he will leave Arsenal in the summer, with the midfielder planning on seeing out his contract at the Emirates Stadium.The 31-year-old has just 18 months left on his current deal, prompting rumours of a potential exit from the north London side.His Gunners teammate Mohamed Elneny, who is currently on loan at Turkish club Besiktas, admitted he could see the German playmaker joining his boyhood team Fenerbahce in the near future.Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, told i newspaper: ‘At the moment, we don’t even talk about it, because he still has one-and-a-half-years left.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He still has 15 months to go. Until then, he will stay at Arsenal, for sure. He will stay until the end of his contract. There’s no chance he’ll leave. Commentcenter_img Advertisement Mesut Ozil’s agent gives update on Arsenal midfielder’s future Advertisementlast_img read more

Men’s Amateur Championship Final: Cope’s joy at trophy success

first_img2 Aug 2020 Men’s Amateur Championship Final: Cope’s joy at trophy success Tags: Callan Barrow, Jack Cope Jack Cope has revealed a deep sense of pride at adding his name to an illustrious list of winners at the English Men’s Amateur Championship.Gloucestershire golfer Cope today lifted the famous trophy thanks to a 4&3 victory over Lancashire’s Callan Barrow in a 36-hole final that produced some outstanding moments of golf in the Lincolnshire sunshine.Around the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Cope showed skill and nerve to fend off his friend and rival.After 18 holes of morning match play, Cope was five up helped by shooting a seven under round of 66 without a blemish on his card.Barrow – a member at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s Golf Club – can consider himself unlucky to shoot two under par in the morning and find himself with a mountain to climb.However, Cope’s ball-striking and his touch on the greens proved decisive and after racing six holes clear with nine holes to play the Players Club member was finally able to shake off his friend with three holes to spare.View the full tournament scores onlineCope, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday, was clearly emotional at the end of six days of competition.Over two rounds of strokeplay, only Joe Long of the 222 male competitors carded a lower two round total than Cope.And in the match play, the former England boys’ international was superb and deserved to end the week as national champion.“I’m absolutely thrilled to hear it,” admitted Cope after being announced as the winner.“It’s been a gruelling week, but I’m thankful and proud.“The morning round was very good. I was seven under and bogey free and this afternoon I kept my wits about me as Cal is an exceptional golfer and he made it a very good game.”Cope now joins the likes of Sir Nick Faldo, Tommy Fleetwood, Danny Willett and Paul Casey as a winner of the title and the significance of the win has yet to sink in.“It feels fantastic – I’m very honoured to be alongside the names on the trophy,” added Cope who had a spell away from the game after breaking his arm.“The last two years have been exceptionally tough on and off the golf course and I have to thank my parents, coach Russell Covey and Gloucestershire County Union and I hope this a big leap in the right direction.“I always knew I had ability, but it’s about producing it when it counts.“I played the West of England fourball at the weekend before this and was asked about my form.  I said a big win was close the way I was playing. I finished second in the stroke and won the match play.”In the morning, Barrow and Cope racked up a total of 10 birdies between them.Cope was quick out the traps and was four up through seven holes of the morning round thanks to birdies at the third, fifth, sixth and seventh.Barrow had barely put a foot wrong, but the quality on show from his 21-year-old opponent was impressive.A quality iron into the par three, eighth hole allowed Barrow to roll home a birdie putt from 15 foot and he followed that up with two more on the ninth and 10th holes to peg back Cope’s lead to just one.But Cope won both the 13th and 14th to restore his grip on the match and he never let it go.Barrow’s 10-footer down the slope at 18 grazed the hole, while Cope knocked his in from eight feet to take a five hole lead into lunch.Yet the Lancashire man (pictured above) refused to give up. He birdied the first hole of the afternoon to get one back, but then lost the next.A birdie two at the fifth offered hope again, but Barrow couldn’t quite reel in his man.Even when he found himself six down with nine to play in the afternoon his fighter’s instinct took over.A birdie at 10 and then another 14 kept the match alive. But a par four on the 15th sealed with a tricky six-foot putt down the slope clinched the title for Cope.Cope will now look to carry his form into the Brabazon Trophy later this month at Sherwood Forest after appearing to play all this week without nerves.“I’m glad it looked like that but it didn’t feel like that,” he said with a smile.“My attitude was the main thing.“I just kept plugging away and tried to keep hitting good golf shots.”“Cal’s a great guy and a great golfer. That’s the way it goes. I just played exceptionally well.”Catch up on all the videos from the 2020 English Amateur Championships herePhotography: Leaderboardlast_img read more