Marcelo is “almost at 100 per cent” fitness in a boost to an out-of-form Real Madrid side.Brazil full-back Marcelo has not featured for Los Blancos since a 3-0 reverse at Sevilla in September due to a calf injury.That defeat was the start of a four-match winless run in all competitions for Madrid in which they have failed to score. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Marcelo, who returned to training this week, could soon be back in the fold in welcome news for under-fire boss Julen Lopetegui.”I feel fine, I’m almost at 100 per cent,” he said in quotes reported by AS.”I’m training well. It’s the second day I trained with the ball, but I’m happy with my progress.”The international break is good for me to be at the top for the next game.”Marcelo was forced to withdraw from the latest Brazil squad as a result of his fitness issues.He will, however, be slip back into the domestic game once competitive action resumes.Madrid will be looking to improve their fortunes at home to Levante on October 20.
Arsenal’s Rob Holding believes new coach Unai Emery has brought more structure to their defence to what they previously had under Arsene WengerThe Spaniard replaced the long-serving Wenger in the Arsenal dugout in the summer and has since enjoyed a 16-match unbeaten run.Emery revealed on Thursday that Arsenal were in decline under Wenger and that he’s had a lot of work to do on the club’s defence since arriving.Now Gunners defender Holding has backed what Emery said, while discussing the differences between the two coaches.“Wenger was very good for me as a manager and what he did for me,” Holding told Sky Sports.“He encouraged me to play out from the back, showed me how to and gave me confidence.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The main difference is how we’re defending when we’re attacking. When we’re up the other end of the pitch, how we are organised and prepared for a counter. That has been the biggest difference.“We’re really focusing on video work, moving as little as five yards in some positions which makes all the difference when getting to the ball.“When we were playing we would be stood there and no one would be talking to each other, whereas now there is much more communication.“We seem a bit more organised and a bit more together at the back.”Holding has made 12 appearances for Arsenal this season ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Bournemouth.
KUSI Newsroom San Diego Zoo bids bon voyage to Giant Panda Patriarch New Phase of Conservation Program Begins as Gao Gao Returns to China SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo said goodbye Tuesday to a giant panda named Gao Gao, sending him back to his homeland as part of a research loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China.Gao Gao fathered five cubs during his 15 years in San Diego. He was born in the wild in China around 1990 and was taken in by researchers after he sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of part of his left ear. He spent time in the Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve and the Wolong Panda Conservation Center before being brought to the San Diego Zoo in 2003.Gao Gao is headed to the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda in Dujiangyan. Animal caretakers from San Diego Zoo Global plan to assist their counterparts at the CCRCGP help acclimate the panda to his new home.“Preparations to move any animal internationally takes a great deal of planning, where the needs of the animal are considered in all preparations,” said San Diego Zoo Senior Keeper Kathy Hawk. “For Gao Gao, it was important that we acclimate him to travel accommodations, adjust his diet and monitor him carefully, to provide him a seamless transition for repatriation to his homeland.”The zoo began an international partnership roughly 25 years ago with the CCRCGP, the China Wildlife Conservation Association and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to further giant panda research and conservation. Due to the success of the partnership, the International Union for Conservation of Nature downgraded the giant panda’s classification from endangered to vulnerable. According to zoo officials, there are roughly 2,000 giant pandas in the wild Tuesday, whereas there were fewer than 1,000 in the wild prior to the zoo’s research collaboration.“Thanks to the work we’ve done, we have met the initial conservation goals we set more than 25 years ago,” said Carmi Penny, the zoo’s director of Collections Husbandry Science. “Now, we must look to the future with a new set of objectives and, along with our collaborators in China, build on current conservation successes while attaining a deeper understanding of the panda.” Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: October 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 2:04 PM 1234 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Photos by Mollie Rivera.The San Diego Zoo’s press release announcing the move is below:The San Diego Zoo said farewell today (Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018) to one of its most iconic animals. Giant Panda Gao Gao (pronounced Gow Gow), a male panda and father of five cubs born at the Zoo, began his journey this morning to the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Dujiangyan, China—in keeping with the current panda research loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China.Gao Gao was transported in his crate and accompanied by a few familiar members of his animal care team, including a veterinarian and keeper staff. Once he arrives in Dujiangyan, team members from both CCRCGP and San Diego Zoo Global will work together to get Gao Gao acclimated to his new surroundings.“Preparations to move any animal internationally takes a great deal of planning, where the needs of the animal are considered in all preparations,” said Kathy Hawk, senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo. “For Gao Gao, it was important that we acclimate him to travel accommodations, adjust his diet and monitor him carefully, to provide him a seamless transition for repatriation to his homeland.”Gao Gao’s return to China comes at the same time the Zoo’s giant panda conservation program enters a new chapter, in which the Zoo, along with colleagues in China, are working to determine and redefine the future of panda conservation and research. Decades ago, when San Diego Zoo Global started working with giant pandas, the species was on the verge of extinction. The Zoo became part of an international collaboration that included CCRCGP, the China Wildlife Conservation Association, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other accredited zoos and conservation organizations, in an unprecedented effort to prevent a panda extinction event.Now, 25 years later, researchers and keepers have learned a great deal about panda behavior, pregnancy, births, and maternal and geriatric care. Today, the giant panda population is on the rise, with nearly 2,000 giant pandas existing in the wild. Their increased numbers, along with policies put in place by the Chinese government, led the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species to downlist pandas—from Endangered to Vulnerable—meaning that while threats to pandas’ survival remain high, indicators show the species is in less danger of extinction than before, and that conservation efforts are working. In the wake of this accomplishment, conservationists are now determined to create a plan to continue the conservation momentum.“Thanks to the work we’ve done, we have met the initial conservation goals we set more than 25 years ago,” said Carmi Penny, director of Collections Husbandry Science at the San Diego Zoo. “Now, we must look to the future with a new set of objectives and, along with our collaborators in China, build on current conservation successes while attaining a deeper understanding of the panda.”Guests can visit the Zoo’s other two giant pandas, 27-year-old Bai Yun (pronounced bye yoon) and her 6-year-old son Xiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo) in their exhibit in Panda Canyon.Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is inspiring children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network, reaching out through the internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global. Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom, October 30, 2018