It’s day three of the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly.Delegates from around the world are meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to brainstorm ways to save the planet.On Wednesday, the spotlight fell on the illegal trade in wildlife, And saw the launch of a global campaign to tackle poaching.CCTV’s Robert Nagila has the details.
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COLUMBIA – Ellis Johnson and Lorenzo Ward will match wits Saturday night when No. 5-ranked Auburn hosts South Carolina.But for Johnson, defensive coordinator for the Tigers, and Ward, who holds the same title for the Gamecocks, a long and close friendship will not be affected.“It goes back a long way,” Johnson said of his relationship with Ward. “He was a senior at Alabama when we came in with (former Crimson Tide) coach (Gene) Stallings in 1990.“He was a good football player, captained our special teams. He had a pro ball training camp, then ended up in high school coaching and came back to Alabama as a graduate assistant.”Although the duo already knew and liked each other, that was when the relationship was cemented.“It was the same year I had Hodgkin’s disease and was going through chemotherapy and radiation,” Johnson said. “He was actually going to be Bill Oliver’s graduate assistant in the secondary, but we shifted him over to help me.”“As he the season wore on, I missed practice and he took the outside backers for me. We had a great working relationship, but we also have a deep and valuable friendship.”Ward said he learned a lot that season, getting an opportunity many young coaches would have had to wait years to receive.“I coached the linebackers because Coach Johnson wasn’t able to be out there every day because he was pretty weak because of the treatment,” Ward said. “We used to meet for lunch every day at the Sheraton, the Capstone, there in the middle of campus. I felt very lucky to be working under him. We became pretty close during that time.”Although the coaches went in different directions for a few years, their paths continued to cross before they reunited in Columbia.“I remember later on (Virginia Tech coach) Frank Beamer, who I played for, was getting ready to hire a secondary coach,” said Johnson. “He called and said, ‘Charlie Harbison (current Auburn co-defensive coordinator) or Lorenzo Ward?’ Whammy (Ward) was at Chattanooga and I said, ‘Well, I don’t want you to hire either one of them but, if you hire Charlie, I’m going to get Whammy. If you hire Whammy, I’m keeping Charlie.”Beamer hired Ward as secondary coach in 1999. He later went to Arkansas before rejoining Johnson at USC in 2009.Johnson was so intent on making Ward a member of the Gamecocks’ staff that he allowed him to take the title of defensive coordinator.“It was all because of him,” Ward said of his arrival in Columbia. “He’s the reason I’m here. He has been a really good friend to me.”Johnson left USC after the 2011 season to become head coach at Southern Miss and then moved to Auburn in 2013. The two have not talked this season, although Ward says they do exchange text messages.The last time they were together was a fun occasion, however.“We saw each other at Stephon Gilmore’s wedding this summer,” said Johnson, referring to the former USC defensive back. “We had a real fun time with some of the guys we coached together. It looked like an NFL All-Rookie team standing at the wedding party. I think we both kind of wished we had those players.“(Jadeveon) Clowney, Gilmore, D.J. Swearinger – all those guys standing up there.”Johnson hasn’t spent much time watching the USC defense, but he understands the problem with which Ward is struggling. South Carolina is ranked No. 12 among the 14 SEC teams and No. 80 among the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, allowing an average of 421.3 yards per game.“There are just so many young faces in there,” Johnson said of the Gamecocks. “This is not a league where you can play a bunch of young players, especially some of the offenses they have had to defend. …When you have a frustrating situation with young players, it’s very difficult. It’s hard to improve when you get to midseason.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND
Home » Disciplines News » Eventing News » Irish eventers compete at 4 star Luhmuehlen this week Team Ireland Equestrian’s eventers travel to Luhmuehlen (GER) this weekend for the prestigious 4 star three-day-event, one of only six 4 star events on the international calendar each year. Action kicks off on Thursday with the dressage phase, with the competition culminating on Sunday.On the showjumping circuit, Irish riders compete at Cascais Estoril (POR), Calgary Spruce Meadows (CAN), Sopot (POL), Harthill Bolesworth (GBR), Geesteren (NED), Moorsele (BEL), Roeser (LUX), San Remo (ITA), Deauville (FRA) and Hagen (GER). In dressage Ireland will be represented at Harthill Bolesworth (GBR) and in endurance at Seacliff (GBR) and Guilleries (ESP).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Tags: 13 June 2018, 11:39 Irish eventers compete at 4 star Luhmuehlen this week