ATK’s main objective this season was to finish the regular season first and secure a place in the Asian Champions League, something that López Habas’ team could not achieve due to his irregular end of course. They are on time to achieve ISL, but Spanish prefers “a format without ‘play-offs’. Whoever finishes first is the great champion“:” There are teams that did not make an outstanding season, but won the last games and slipped into the privileged positions. That doesn’t reward the spirit of what an all-against-all league means. “López Habas, whose best results as head coach have always come from outside Spain, confesses not being concerned about how little his work is valued in his native country. “It is not something that worries me”, the Cordovan discovers, league champion in Bolivia, South Africa and the mentioned India. To regain the Hindu title, his ATK will have to prevail over Chennaiyin, a team that “started the championship poorly but in recent months counts its matches by victories.” His counterpart on the bench in Chennai, Owen CoyleHe knows what it’s like to lead in the Premier League – more than 100 games with Bolton and Burnley. “We arrived at the match after defeating Bengaluru, the reigning champion, but it will be difficult and it will be decided by details.” The meeting, played in Goa, will take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis. Before him, few Spanish coaches accepted the challenge of crossing the pond. In 1997, he took Bolivia to the final of the Copa América and on his return to Spain, success did not ignore him. He won two leagues and one UEFA as an assistant to Rafa Benítez at Valencia and later added to his logbook two adventures in South Africa and India, where he is about to reconquer the Super League (ISL). Antonio López Habas (Córdoba, 1957) already won the Hindu tournament in 2014 with ATK, who after two courses outside the ‘play-off’ turned to Spanish as a lifeguard. “Winning this title is very important for the club and for the city,” acknowledges the Andalusian hours before playing the final against Chennaiyin.“After finishing sixth and ninth in 2018 and 2019 respectively, ATK placed its trust in us. We had to make a new team to reach the competitive level that the club had since its founding in 2014,” adds López Habas, who this season has had five Spaniards at his command: Agus Garcia, Victor Mongil, Mandi bland, Javi Hernandez Y Edu Garcia: “Roy Krishna has been the scorer of the championship, but the level of foreigners and, in particular, that of the Spanish has been very high. They are good professionals and have very good technical training,” said the Cordovan. “His impact on the Indian players is very great. I remember that in 2014 we had Josemi. The other central, Indian international, copied everything: shin guards, warm-up routine … Up to that point they are important in a football like that of India, which is getting better and more professional “, he completes.
Shrinking sea ice is wreaking havoc on Arctic ringed seals (Phoca hispida hispida), which live throughout the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. The seals live in and beneath the ice and even birth and nurse atop it. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed designating a vast area—more than 906,000 square kilometers—off Alaska as protected habitat for the seals. The pinnipeds, which are named for the lacy, white circles on their fur, were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in December 2012.At the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona, which had petitioned NOAA to address the seals’ plight, conservationists reacted with joy to the proposal. The organization’s climate science director, Shaye Wolf, said in a statement: “We’re thrilled that the ringed seals are getting the habitat protections they so desperately need as their sea-ice home melts beneath them.” But Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) criticized the proposal. “This is an unprecedented attempt to place restrictions on a larger than Texas-sized area of water surrounding our state,” she said in a statement.NOAA’s proposal stems from a yearlong study of the critical habitat needs of the seals and the economic effects that protecting them may have on the region, which harbors extensive oil and gas reserves and commercially valuable fish.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)NOAA’s scientists identified climate change as “the principal threat” to the animals. The seals rarely come ashore, but live instead beneath the ice, using their claws to open and maintain breathing holes. They also construct caves on top of the ice and under the snow, where they birth and nurse their young. They build several of these caves so that they always have a place to escape their chief predator, polar bears.Climate change models predict that the Arctic sea ice will continue to shrink in a warming world (as much as 40% of the ice is expected to be gone by midcentury), and the resulting changes—including later formation of ice in the autumn, rain falling on the snow, and decreasing snow depths—will make it increasingly difficult for the seals to construct their snow caves, NOAA says. And that, in turn, will likely lead to a significant decline in the seals’ population, which was thought to number about 2.5 million in 2002. Since then, researchers have recorded a decreased number of pups in some areas, probably because of climate change. A pup often dies when its cave collapses on top of it. If a species is likely to become endangered in the future throughout a major portion of its range, it is considered threatened.If the proposed critical habitat designation is approved, other federal agencies will be required to consult with NOAA Fisheries on actions such as oil exploration and drilling that could destroy or adversely affect the area. The designation is also likely to impact commercial fishing in the region. Because the dwindling ice is lengthening the open-water commercial fishing season, certain target species (such as Arctic cod and saffron cod, which are the seals’ preferred prey) may also require “special management considerations,” NOAA says. The proposed designation would not, however, stop the subsistence hunt of the seals by Alaska natives.Although most oil and gas activities are now occurring only in the Beaufort Sea, primarily near Prudhoe Bay, there has been a recent lease sale in the Chukchi Sea, NOAA notes, and the agency expects oil exploration and drilling to increase there. Murkowski worries about the economic effects of the proposal and charges in her statement that NOAA’s decision was motivated by “several non-scientific” reasons, such as “enhanced public awareness.” She also expresses concern that the designation “may help focus and contribute to conservation efforts.” “I remain skeptical,” her statement says, “that the listing of ringed seals based on a 100 year weather projection was justified, and I am concerned that this designation would severely impact any economic development from Northwest all the way to our border with Canada.”NOAA will be accepting public comments on the proposed critical habitat designation for the ringed seals for 90 days, until 3 March 2015.