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IGAD warns of new locust swarms forming in East Africa

first_imgThe IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has warned that new swarms of the desert locust are forming in the Eastern Africa region. The organization says locust swarms have been reported in the last 6-weeks in northwestern Kenya, southern, northern and northeastern Ethiopia, northwest and northeastern Somalia.Adult locusts are also in large numbers in the areas where hoppers and bands were spotted in June which is in the trajectories of migrating swarms.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities ICPAC in a statement says, climatic conditions suitable for desert locust development are forecasted to be highly suitable in eastern Uganda, southern to eastern Sudan, northern Ethiopia, northeastern Somalia and northwestern Kenya.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Ecological conditions including the presence of green vegetation are some of the factors encouraging the growth of swarms.Wind direction and speeds, which greatly determine swarm movement is forecasted to be southerly and southwesterly in most parts of the region.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“According to our recent seasonal forecast, a drier than usual season can be expected in most parts of Eastern Africa. This could reduce available vegetation for locusts, thereby reducing the number of swarms. Shifting wind directions later in the October, November and December season is likely to change the swarm’s movement southwards yet again, but against a backdrop of lesser vegetation available for multiplication” reads the statement.Also Read  Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateDesert locusts are projected to move from Samburu to Turkana and Marsabit, and West Pokot areas of Kenya to Eastern Uganda areas of Moroto, Kotido, Pader and Kigum.Highest risk areas for Desert Locust swarms and adult locust invasion based on forecasted climate conditions and existing vegetation conditions suitable for an invasion are outlined below:The risk of significant impact to both crops and rangelands is very high due to the sustained multiplying swarms and likelihood of swarms migratinglast_img read more

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Angels’ JC Ramirez picks up where he left off in 2018 debut

first_img After injury-marred season, Angels starters focus on flexibility SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the purpose of JC Ramirez’s first competitive inning since last August was to pick up where he left off in 2017, consider Thursday a success.Ramirez mowed down a stout San Francisco Giants lineup, including newcomers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, in his return from an elbow injury that ended his breakout season.“I feel like I’m back,” Ramirez declared after a scoreless debut.The purpose of his second inning was to take the next step in his quest to crack the Angels’ starting rotation. Ramirez struck out Giants catcher Nick Hundley on a curveball in the dirt, a pitch he barely used against right-handed hitters last season. He retired the next two batters he faced in the inning, and six of seven overall, while throwing 28 pitches.A reliever throughout his major league career, Ramirez quickly established himself last year as the Angels’ most reliable starting pitcher. He went 11-10 with a 4.15 earned-run average before he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and missed the final six weeks of the season. The 29-year-old right-hander underwent stem-cell therapy last September in hopes of avoiding major surgery. So far, the treatment has proven effective.To avoid any hesitation letting loose, Ramirez pitched two live batting practice sessions to teammates before making his Cactus League debut.“I didn’t stick back anything. I threw what I have,” he said.Ramirez’s quest is similar to that of teammate Garrett Richards, who underwent stem-cell therapy for a similar injury one year earlier. Richards was off to a promising start last season before an irritated nerve in his right biceps curtailed his progress. Shohei Ohtani fans should be patient, Hasegawa says Shohei Ohtani is making fantasy baseball leagues face difficult choices Ramirez said he has leaned on Richards for advice early in camp.“He gives me a lot of advice: don’t baby my arm, throw my normal way,” Ramirez said. “Whatever you have to do, keep doing the same thing you had to do in the past.”Now, Ramirez and Richards are among eight pitchers eyeing six spots in the Angels’ starting rotation.Richards, Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker are the favored five. Right-handers Parker Bridwell and Nick Tropeano, who also pitched two scoreless innings against the Giants, can make the competition more interesting with a strong spring training.Ramirez is out of minor-league options and his track record as a reliever makes him a candidate to shift to the bullpen if needed, but Manager Mike Scioscia isn’t focused on that option.“We look for him to be in our rotation right now,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to take everything one week at a time.”OHTANI UPDATEOhtani has not taken any competitive at-bats the day before either of his first two Cactus League pitching appearances. This is one facet of the Angels’ plan to ease Ohtani into the rhythm of his first spring training in the United States.That plan, however, might cease once the regular season begins.Related Articles Angels ride late outbursts to 11-4 victory over Giants “We’re going to look very closely at it,” Scioscia said. “There’s a lot of effort a pitcher puts into pitching. Obviously it might erode some of the opportunities he has to hit. We’re going to be flexible with everything we do.“If it comes down to where he’s pitching on a day, and he’s not going to hit the day before, so be it. If he’s a day after he’s not available to pinch hit, so be it. We need to be flexible as we go through it, to work it out.”Ohtani will pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in Maryvale.ALSOSo-called “B games,” like the one Ohtani will pitch in Friday, are rarely the domain of veterans and 40-man roster players. Yet since Ohtani is on the mound, 34-year-old catcher Rene Rivera will be behind the plate. … As it is a “B game,” Ohtani’s pitching statistics will not count toward his official spring training ledger. … The Angels’ minor league pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today? Schedule, time for ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

first_img49ers vs. Packers: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Nov. 24Start time: 8:20 p.m. ETThe 8:20 p.m. ET start time for 49ers vs. Packers marks the fourth prime-time game on San Francisco’s schedule this season. Depending on results over the next couple weeks, it might be the beginning of what could be the toughest three-game stretch this late in a season in NFL history. No team in the Super Bowl era has ever faced three straight opponents with a winning percentage of .800 or better this late in a season. After Green Bay, San Francisco draws 8-2 Baltimore on the road in Week 13, then 8-2 New Orleans, also on the road, in Week 14.As for the Packers, Sunday night’s game against the 49ers marks their fifth of six prime-time games on the schedule. They also will play the Vikings in Minnesota on “Monday Night Football” in Week 16.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 1249ers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (Monday)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (Thursday)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21/22vs. RamsTBDTBDWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks4:25 p.m.FoxPackers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 5 (Thursday)at Bears8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 4Sept. 26 (Thursday)vs. Eagles8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 5Oct. 6at Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 14 (Monday)vs. Lions8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 8Oct. 27at Chiefs8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 9Nov. 3at Chargers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Panthers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11BYE—Week 12Nov. 24at 49ers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Giants1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Bears1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 23 (Monday)at Vikings8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 17Dec. 29at Lions1 p.m. ETFox MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. PackersAs is the case in most big NFL games, the quarterbacks are the key players Sunday night. Especially if Jimmy Garoppolo continues his hot streak. The San Francisco QB passed for a career-high 424 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs for 115.4 passer rating last week. Yet he’s facing a future Hall of Famer who has been particularly good against the 49ers.Aaron Rodgers has 1,927 pass yards (321.2 per game) and 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for a 105.1 passer rating in six career starts vs. the 49ers. That includes his 425 passing yards in their last meeting in October of last season. Below is all the info you need to watch 49ers vs. Packers on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today?TV channel (national): NBCTV channel (San Francisco): KNTVTV channel (Green Bay): WGBALive stream: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.comAs is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the 49ers vs. Packers play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.For those who can’t watch 49ers vs. Packers on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the San Francisco call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226, and the Green Bay call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for 49ers vs. Packers on “Sunday Night Football”: This game, scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by NBC in Week 12. So yes, you get the game on TV.Simply put: Games like this don’t come around often. The 49ers, entering Week 12 with the NFC’s best record at 9-1, are facing the 8-2 Packers. According to the NFL, it marks just the fifth time since 2007 that teams with two or fewer losses have played each other this late in a season. The winners of the last two such games — the Broncos in 2015 and the Seahawks in 2013 — went on to win Super Bowls at the end of those seasons.last_img read more

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