Worst mass extinction event in Earth’s history was caused by global warming analogous to current climate crisis

first_imgAnimals, Climate Change, Climate Change And Extinction, Environment, Extinction, Extinction And Climate Change, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Crisis, Mass Extinction, Oceans, Oceans And Climate Change, Wildlife Article published by Mike Gaworecki The Permian period ended about 250 million years ago with the largest recorded mass extinction in Earth’s history, when a series of massive volcanic eruptions is believed to have triggered global climate change that ultimately wiped out 96 percent of marine species in an event known as the “Great Dying.”According to Justin Penn, a doctoral student at the University of Washington (UW), the Permian extinction can help us understand the impacts of climate change in our own current era.Penn led a team of researchers that combined models of ocean conditions and animal metabolism with paleoceanographic records to show that the Permian mass extinction was caused by rising ocean temperatures, which in turn forced the metabolism of marine animals to speed up. Increased metabolism meant increased need for oxygen, but the warmer waters could not hold enough oxygen to meet those needs, and ocean life was left gasping for breath. New research by scientists at the United States’ University of Washington and Stanford University suggests that the most destructive mass extinction event in Earth’s ancient history was caused by global warming that left marine life unable to breathe.The Permian period, the last period of the Paleozoic Era, ended about 250 million years ago with the largest recorded mass extinction in Earth’s history. Before the dinosaurs emerged during the Triassic period somewhere around 243 and 233 million years ago, a series of massive volcanic eruptions is believed to have triggered global climate change that ultimately led to the Permian extinction, which wiped out 96 percent of marine species in an event known as the “Great Dying.”According to Justin Penn, a doctoral student at the University of Washington (UW), the Permian extinction can help us understand the impacts of climate change in our own current era. He’s the lead author of a study published in Science last month that builds off of previous research by Curtis Deutsch, a professor of oceanography at UW.“In 2015, Curtis published a paper demonstrating that temperature and oxygen act as invisible barriers to habitat for animals in the modern ocean,” Penn told Mongabay. “We wanted to know whether this framework could be used to understand the link between ocean warming, oxygen loss, and marine ecosystems. The end-Permian mass extinction served as the perfect case study because there is clear evidence for ocean warming and oxygen loss during that time period, and the fossils recorded the response of marine biodiversity.”Penn led a team of researchers that combined models of ocean conditions and animal metabolism with paleoceanographic records to show that the Permian mass extinction was caused by rising ocean temperatures, which in turn forced the metabolism of marine animals to speed up. Increased metabolism meant increased need for oxygen, but the warmer waters could not hold enough oxygen to meet those needs, and ocean life was left gasping for breath.During the Permian period, Earth’s land masses were still joined together in the supercontinent of Pangaea, and before volcanic eruptions in Siberia increased the concentrations of greenhouse-gas’s in the atmosphere, ocean temperatures and oxygen levels were similar to those of today. The researchers constructed a model based on Earth’s configuration and climate in the Permian, then raised greenhouse gases in the model until ocean surface temperatures in the tropics had risen by 10 degrees Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit), the conditions driven by the global warming that was occurring at the time.This illustration shows the percentage of marine animals that went extinct at the end of the Permian era by latitude, from the model (black line) and from the fossil record (blue dots). A greater percentage of marine animals survived in the tropics than at the poles. The color of the water shows the temperature change, with red being most severe warming and yellow less warming. At the top is the supercontinent Pangaea, with massive volcanic eruptions emitting carbon dioxide. The images below the line represent some of the 96 percent of marine species that died during the event. Includes fossil drawings by Ernst Haeckel/Wikimedia; Blue crab photo by Wendy Kaveney/Flickr; Atlantic cod photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld/Wikimedia; Chambered nautilus photo by ©2010 John White/CalPhotos. Image Credit: Justin Penn and Curtis Deutsch/University of Washington.The global warming and oxygen loss simulated in the Earth System model Penn and team built matched reconstructions of these changes made from the fossil record of the end of the Permian period. The oceans lost about 80 percent of their oxygen, and around half of the ocean seafloor became completely oxygen-free, especially at lower depths.The researchers then used published lab measurements on 61 modern marine species like crustaceans, fish, shellfish, corals, and sharks to examine how those animals might respond to those oxygen and temperature conditions. Today’s marine wildlife are expected to have similar tolerances to high temperatures and low oxygen as Permian animals because of the similar environmental conditions under which they evolved.“Warming and oxygen loss would have led to a loss of aerobic habitat for marine animals by increasing their temperature-dependent oxygen demand amid declining supply,” Penn said. “The predicted geography and severity of the resulting mass extinction explain the patterns observed in the global marine fossil record from the ‘Great Dying.’”In a statement, Curtis Deutsch explained that by combining species’ traits with the team’s paleoclimate simulations, the researchers were able to predict the geography of the extinction event. “Very few marine organisms stayed in the same habitats they were living in — it was either flee or perish,” Deutsch, a co-author of the Science paper, said.The model predicted that, because animals found at high latitudes far from the tropics are the most sensitive to oxygen levels, their numbers would have suffered the most, with those that have particularly high oxygen demands being almost completely wiped out. Many tropical species would have gone extinct, as well, the model showed.“Since tropical organisms’ metabolisms were already adapted to fairly warm, lower-oxygen conditions, they could move away from the tropics and find the same conditions somewhere else,” Deutsch said. “But if an organism was adapted for a cold, oxygen-rich environment, then those conditions ceased to exist in the shallow oceans.”This roughly 1.5-foot slab of rock from southern China shows the Permian-Triassic boundary. The bottom section is pre-extinction limestone. The upper section is microbial limestone deposited after the extinction. Photo Credit: Jonathan Payne/Stanford University.To test the predictions made by the climate model, study co-authors Jonathan Payne and Erik Sperling of Stanford University turned to the Paleobiology Database, a virtual archive of published fossil collections. By looking at how fossils are distributed in ancient seafloor rocks, it’s possible to piece together where animals existed before the extinction event, where they they fled to or went extinct, or where they were confined to a fraction of their previous habitat. The fossil distributions of the late-Permian period confirmed that species far from the equator were hit the hardest by the mass extinction event.“The signature of that kill mechanism, climate warming and oxygen loss, is this geographic pattern that’s predicted by the model and then discovered in the fossils,” Penn said in a statement. “The agreement between the two indicates this mechanism of climate warming and oxygen loss was a primary cause of the extinction.”Penn and co-authors say that other shifts in the ocean environment, such as acidification or changes in the productivity of photosynthetic organisms, probably contributed to the Permian extinction, but that warmer temperatures leading to insufficient oxygen levels accounts for more than half of the losses in marine life.That could help us understand how marine life will fare in our current age of global warming, Penn added, because the conditions in the late Permian are similar to conditions today.The drivers of the Permian mass extinction — volcanic CO2 emissions into the atmosphere leading to global warming — are analogous to human-caused CO2 emissions occurring today, Penn noted. “These results allow us to compare the scale of our modern problem to the largest extinction in Earth’s history,” he told Mongabay. “Under a business-as-usual emissions scenarios, by 2100 warming in the upper ocean will have approached 20 percent of warming in the late Permian, and by the year 2300 it will reach between 35 and 50 percent.”The study, therefore, highlights the potential for a mass extinction driven by anthropogenic climate change due to mechanisms similar to those that caused the Permian mass extinction, Penn said: “The ocean cannot be cooled or oxygenated on a global scale by any feasible means. The only sustainable solution to reduce the risk of temperature-dependent hypoxia is to halt the anthropogenic accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere.”Bleached branching coral (Acropora sp.) at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef. Earth’s coral reefs have been hit by successive mass bleaching events over the past few years, one of the impacts of climate change on ocean life. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.CITATION• Penn, J. L., Deutsch, C., Payne, J. L., & Sperling, E. A. (2018). Temperature-dependent hypoxia explains biogeography and severity of end-Permian marine mass extinction. Science, 362(6419), eaat1327. doi:10.1126/science.aat1327center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

La Salle trips pesky UST for second straight win

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Despite the win, La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus expressed disappointment with how his team slacked off when they were up big down the stretch, something his previous players had never allowed.“Our core is now gone and right now we still have so many areas that we need to fix if ever we want to match the level we were in last year,” said De Jesus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLa Salle had a comfortable 18-5 lead in the fourth set but allowed UST to cut it back to just two, 22-20.Kim Dy extended the buffer, 23-20, with a quick hit from the middle before Desiree Cheng sealed the match for the the Lady Spikers. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Heat drop Nets to stretch win streak to 13 LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Though La Salle was outscored in the spikes department, 54-39, the Lady Spikers made up for it with a 10-4 advantage in blocks and a 10-3 lead in the service department.Kim Dy finished with a game-high 16 points while Tin Tiamzon and Mary Joy Baron had 14 and 10 points, respectively.Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure had 13 points apiece to lead UST.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle notched its second straight win in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament after overcoming pesky University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-22, Saturday at San Juan Arena.The Lady Spikers joined early leaders National University and University of the Philippines atop the standings while the Golden Tigresses remained in search of their first win as they sit at 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Preparations in high gear for Concacaf Club Shield

first_imgMIAMI, (CMC): Concacaf will stage the official draw for the second Caribbean Club Shield in the New Year, as preparations enter high gear for the showpiece set for Curacao next April. The draw will be held at Concacaf’s headquarters here on January 13 and will decide how the 13 participating teams will be arranged across the four groups. “We are thrilled to celebrate the second edition of the Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield, a tournament which plays a crucial role in the continued growth of our expanded Club Competition Platform,” said Concacaf general secretary Philippe Moggio. “This tournament, along with the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship embodies the best of club football in this region and provides Caribbean Associations a direct pathway to the Confederation’s top regional club championships.” The tournament, which runs from April 5-15, will be hosted at Ergilio Hato Stadium and Dr. Antoine Maduro Stadium, in Willemstad. Title-holders Club Franciscain of Martinique heads the list of participating teams which includes the likes of Hoppers FC from Antigua, Weymouth Wales from Barbados and Fruta Conquerors Football from Guyana. Concacaf, the continental governing body for football in North, Central America and the Caribbean, instituted the tournament as part of their expanded club competition platform with the objective of helping to professionalising clubs throughout the region. The winners of the Shield will secure a shot at a place in next year’s Scotiabank Concacaf League. TEAMS: Hoppers FC (Antigua & Barbuda), Dakota FC (Aruba), Weymouth Wales (Barbados), SV Real Rincon (Bonaire), Scholars International Sports Club (Cayman Islands), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), Jong Holland (Curacao), Fruta Conquerors Football (Guyana), Club Sportif Moulien (Guadeloupe), Club Franciscain (Martinique), Platinum Football Club (Saint Lucia), Rams Village Superstars (Saint Kitts & Nevis), SV Robinhood (Suriname).last_img read more

Effective Solid Waste Management stakes are high

first_imgDear Editor,It is heartening to see efforts by Director Walter Narine and team of the Mayor and City Council’s Department of Solid Waste. The department has conceptualised a compost project, that if actualised, could be monetised and become an additional revenue stream for the municipality while playing a huge role in the holistic health of our environment. More recently, Narine and team at our recent municipal health fair demonstrated the positive effects of waste separation by converting organic waste into fertilisers through a simple composting mechanism; hoped to be rolled out to primary schools in the city shortly. The department’s offering at the fair included a bio-digester, and mats made from plastic bags.These efforts underline the importance of Government’s draft strategy, “Putting Waste In Its Place: A National Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana 2017- 2030”. I had offered, in these pages, that that strategy is comprehensive, and in our transition to a green economy signals the need for a holistic approach to solid waste management; the Strategy is in depth and breadth what it is in coherence and eloquence.Additionally, what will be vital to the sustainability of this integrative approach will be its evaluation and monitoring not only in a Solid Waste Management Authority in coordinating the implementation but also in performance evaluation that is fact based and real-time, which makes use the technological tools at our disposal. This management process must be data, software driven.The high cost and increase in solid waste are in keeping with global trends and underscored dire need for interventions at all levels.Two important issues to be pursued on the legislative end will be endowing the city with its own municipal court for the redress of such local issues and also the remitting of fines to the municipality which goes in tandem with the costs associated with successfully prosecuting such infractions, though in the case of the former there might be a disincentive to pursue this as, for example, fines for litter related offences only amounted to $362,000 over the last year which would be far below the cost of prosecutions, administration and management of such a system.As levels of consumption increase, more attention is being place on solid waste management globally. According to an online article, “Report: Solid waste issues more frequent topic for local governments”, which based its content on a US ‘Waste Alert Report’, “which analysed 1699 agendas and minutes from 807 meetings – solid waste or recycling issues came up in 26 per cent of local government meetings during the first quarter of 2017. This information came from municipal, borough and county meetings across 16 largely Western states.”“The report shows that the most common instances were about financial issues, followed by future planning for facilities and infrastructure and then direct mentions of companies – often relating to franchises. Changes to contracts or regulations were also common themes.”In effective and efficient Solid Waste Management the stakes are high; the threat to human life and the environment is real in every regard. Standing by and doing nothing is not an option. Yet there is a dire need for our collective strategies to be grounded in reality and as an anchor underlying the national Strategy’s myriad features will be the efficiencies in the coherent interaction of system processes. As a local government Councillor, it is my hope that we can bring a rich and robust discussion of this issue to councils across our country, discussions that lead to meaningful action.Sincerely,Sherod Avery DuncanCouncillor, Constitutency 14last_img read more

Empty promises: Granger-Nagamootoo Drive

first_imgDear Editor,“It’s déjà vu all over again.” Baseball legend Yogi Berra’s creative mangled quote applies perfectly to President Granger’s speech commemorating Independence Day 2019, which promised the future to “youth” and that of the leader of the AFC, Moses Nagamootoo’s recent promise to “think” about the possibility of free tertiary education if re-elected.A politician making an empty promise is certainly not new, however, the sheer audacity of this pair boggles the mind! We have seen this before, in 2015 David Granger, then leader of the opposition, addressed youth organisations and promised “that under an APNU Administration, all graduates of the University of Guyana would be assured employment within twelve months of graduating” (Kaieteur News, 2015-01-29) but once elected Granger arrogantly suggested in 2018 “You must be ashamed if you do not have work” and “Government services could not employ an unlimited number of persons” Granger and his Administration never addressed job creation policies, instead Granger suggested self-help and cook-up and plantain frying as avenues of upward mobility. Unfortunately, Moses Nagamootoo has made no statements of note either way and his only contribution has been to diminish the prestige of the Office he holds.Editor, I do not need to point out that jobs were not created for every University graduate, the thousands who have graduated since 2015 know all about that. What angers me is the thought that “youths” are somehow ignorant of the facts and can be easily duped.The PPP, led by General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, has been working long hours crafting plans and policies for presentation to the electorate. There will be promises to tertiary students, the difference will be the meticulous and detailed plan including prudent fiscal budgetary allocation to back the promise. Jagdeo has indeed made the claim that the AFC leader has “stolen” the ideas. Jagdeo need not worry, stealing or parroting a good intention is not enough, you have to be able to plan and execute the intention into a reality and in this, the Granger Administration has proven to be woefully inept.The road to hell is paved with good intentions and empty promises. I am now sure that it is called Granger-Nagamootoo Drive.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Gender bias still evident in workplaces – Lawrence

first_imgThe importance of Occupational Safety and Health in the workplace was the highlight as the Linden Electricity Company Inc (LECI) and the Linmine Secretariat hosted the annual workshop at the Watooka Complex at Mackenzie, Linden on Thursday.For Occupational Safety and Health Month with theme ‘Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge’, the workshop saw workers from various organisations, including the LECI, Linmine Secretariat, Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) participating.During the feature address, Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence highlighted various issues affecting employees in the general workplace. The minister alluded to the need for much more to be done in the 21st century in eliminating these issues, which lead to negative impacts on individuals as well as work output.“We are cognizant of the challenges that are presented on a daily basis in our working environment. Our work force is exposed to conditions and hazards which may be biologically, chemical, environmental… and for which safeguard and preventative measures must be in place…”, she stated.In examining some causes of workplace stress, Lawrence said while each workplace is unique, there are various commonalities, as she pointed to the fact that each workplace there are people from different backgrounds who share a particular space. She said it is important that there are mechanisms in place to address the emotional needs and issues, in realising that different individuals will bring certain differences to the working environment.In the absence of such mechanisms, she noted that this may lead to workers becoming risk factors to their environments. Issues such as gender bias are cause for concern since more women are entering the workforce. Not only is it a concern for women, but she related that both men and women are affected. “The gender bias in some work places are so ripe that it interferes with the smooth running of the company or institution,” the minister noted.Furthermore, she indicated that too many have fallen prey to this scourge and are forced to quit or suffer in silence, noting that the prevalence of sexual harassment needs to be addressed. Minister Lawrence said relevant policies and Legislation need to be put in place so that complainants can make reports and perpetrators penalised accordingly.Single-parent related issues, the minister mentioned, can also lead to stress in the working environment, as she painted various scenarios. Noting that coping with on-the-job demands and family life may become hectic, the minister said we cannot turn a blind eye to the challenges faced by single-parents. As such, she noted that heightened awareness through workshops and other means is necessary, since all must be involved to ensure workplace stress is kept at a minimum. In her presentation, Dr Green-Braithwhaite engaged the attendees on types of stress, factors which may lead to it, its effects, including physical and mental, as well as how it can be dealt with.During an interactive session, attendees were also involved in sharing issues affecting them at the workplace. A number of employees were also awarded tokens of appreciation for years of hard work and dedication to promoting workplace health and safety.last_img read more

Police seize guns and half-kilo of cocaine in Fairview

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — Officers with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and the RCMP seized more than half a kilogram of cocaine along with two firearms in Fairview last week.The investigation, which involved RCMP detachments from Fairview, Peace River, and Grande Prairie, began five months ago. On January 5th, 29 year-old Khristopher Ali was arrested during a traffic stop after he was found to be in possession of 370 grams of cocaine.Ali was previously arrested last September in what was believed to be one of Grande Prairie’s largest drug busts. ALERT alleges that Ali resumed his drug trafficking activities once released on bail.- Advertisement -Two of Ali’s associates were also arrested after a search warrant was executed at a home in Fairview where police seized with various drugs, firearms and stolen property. The total value of the drugs seized is more than $68,000 and includes:590 grams of cocaine;58 grams of methamphetamine;261 grams of dried marijuana;75 grams of marijuana edibles;12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms;88 unknown pills;two firearms;various replica firearms and weapons; and$2,480 cash proceeds of crime. Guns, drugs, and cash seized during a traffic stop and drug bust in Fairview on January 5th. Photo by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. Guns, drugs, and cash seized during a traffic stop and drug bust in Fairview on January 5th. Photo by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. Guns, drugs, and cash seized during a traffic stop and drug bust in Fairview on January 5th. Photo by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. Guns, drugs, and cash seized during a traffic stop and drug bust in Fairview on January 5th. Photo by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. 24 year-old Riley Salmond and 22 year-old Rebecca Zwick are facing a total of 27 charges in relation to the search. Ali’s latest charges include three counts of drug trafficking, two counts of breach of a recognizance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime.“RCMP detachments and ALERT will continue to collaborate on investigations in efforts to reduce crime in our communities,” says RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren. “A dynamic, provincially coordinated crime reduction program, supported by intelligence shared with our law enforcement and government partners, will reduce calls for service and decrease crime in our communities.”Advertisement Ali was scheduled to appear in court on January 10. Salmond and Zwick were both released on bail.Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

Power ranking every PL club by their record signing from worst to best deals

first_img 20 20 20 20 18= Leicester City – Nampalys Mendy (£13m, July 2016) – Ranking not applicable – yet to play a minute for the Foxes having been signed this summer 5. Everton – Romelu Lukaku (£28m, July 2014) – There were a fair few raised eyebrows when the Toffees agreed to pay Chelsea £28m for the signature of Lukaku, despite his impressive form on loan at Goodison Park the previous campaign. His tally of 10 goals in his first season left much to be desired, but last term there was much praise for the centre forward, who scored 18 and registered six assists. Should he continue to hit the back of the net, Everton are in with a chance of making a profit on the Belgian. 8. West Ham – Andy Carroll (£15m, May 2013) – His record move to Liverpool didn’t work out and Carroll attempted to reignite his career at Upton Park. He looks far more at ease with the Hammers but, frustratingly for the club, injury has seen him struggle for a run of games. When he is fit, however, many a defence has been humiliated by the 27-year-old. 14. Sunderland – Asamoah Gyan (£13m, August 2010) – Signed off the back of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Gyan didn’t actually do too badly in his solitary campaign for the Black Cats, scoring 11 goals in 37 matches. Unfortunately, he left on loan the next September when Al Ain reportedly offered him four-times his salary, while handing the Black Cats a £6m fee. 3. Arsenal – Mesut Ozil (£42.4m, September 2013) – Ozil has taken little time to settle in north London, perfectly suited to Arsenal’s style of play. The German almost broke Thierry Henry’s all-time Premier League assist record of 20, registering 19 last season. What holds Ozil back from top spot, however, is that he hasn’t inspired the Gunners to a Premier League title or improved their reputation in Europe. 17. Middlesbrough – Afonso Alves (£12.5m, January 2008) – Signed for a huge sum back in January 2008, the Brazilian star never lived up to his price tag. Six goals in 11 Premier League appearances saw him show early promise, but just four in 34 during the 2008/09 season resulted in him being shipped off to Al Sadd in Qatar for £7m in September 2009. 4. Burnley – Andre Gray (£9m, August 2015) – Gray joined Burnley last August for a record £9m – and what a signing he has proved to be. His 23 goals fired his side to title-glory in the Championship, sealing a return to the Premier League. He looks a bargain at the fee paid and if the 25-year-old’s form continues in the top flight, he could be difficult to keep hold of. 10. Manchester United – Angel Di Maria (£59.7m, August 2014) – Di Maria was one of Louis van Gaal’s most exciting transfers – or so we thought. The Argentina international got life at Old Trafford off to a bright start, but his form took a quick nose-dive as reports claimed he didn’t see eye to eye with his Dutch manager. His lob against Leicester City, however, won’t be forgotten. 15. Liverpool – Andy Carroll (£35m, January 2011) – A sum total of 11 goals in 58 appearances during his year-and-a-half spell at Anfield tell the tale following his record-breaking move in 2011. Carroll had scored 11 in the Premier League alone for Newcastle in the 19 games he played in the 2011/12 season before switching to the Reds. His best moment for the club was a match-winning goal against Everton in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final, while he also scored as they lost the final to Chelsea. 11. Hull City – Abel Hernandez (£10m, September 2014) – Hernandez has now spent two seasons with the Tigers, experiencing both relegation from and promotion to the Premier League during this time. He struggled in his debut campaign in the top flight, but hit back, scoring 21 goals in the Championship the following season to help fire his side to victory in the play-offs. It could, however, be a tough term for the striker from August. 18= Crystal Palace – Andros Townsend (£13m, July 2016) – Ranking not applicable – yet to play a minute for the Eagles having been signed this summer 20 20 9. Chelsea – Fernando Torres (£50m, January 2011) – Where to start with Torres? The Spaniard certainly didn’t look a £50m striker, but despite his lack of goals (he managed to score just 20 in 110 appearances), he had huge success during his time at Stamford Bridge. While there was no Premier League title, the former Liverpool striker helped Chelsea to an FA Cup win, along with Champions League and Europa League glory. 12. Stoke City – Giannelli Imbula (£18.3m, February 2016) – Hailed as the ‘next Claude Makelele’, there are high hopes over Imbula’s potential at the Britannia Stadium. He has got off to a good start, showing glimpses of his capability, but having made only 14 appearances for the Potters since joining on deadline day in the January transfer window, it is too early to fairly judge the midfielder. 20 13. Bournemouth – Benik Afobe (£10m, January 2016) – Still just starting out on his journey with the Cherries, Afobe is making a good start to life on the south coast since joining in January 2016 with four goals in 12 appearances, so far. Only time will tell if he can climb this list. 20 16. Southampton – Dani Osvaldo (£14.6m, August 2013) – After the end of his spell with the Saints, Osvaldo freely admitted he’d failed to adapt. He blamed the physicality for this, despite the fact he was happy enough to have a training ground fight with Jose Fonte. He did, though, score an excellent lob against Manchester City – the last of his three Premier League goals. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 7. West Brom – Salomon Rondon (£12m, August 2015) – Rondon moved to the Hawthorns last summer and has proved to be an excellent acquisition for the Baggies. For a debut Premier League campaign, the forward has adapted well to the intensity, and finished the season with nine goals to his name. With little service, this isn’t a bad figure. He’ll be looking to improve further in the new campaign. 18= Watford – Isaac Success (£12.5m, July 2016) – check out every Premier League club’s ranking based on their record signing by clicking the arrow above, right – Ranking not applicable – yet to play a minute for the Hornets having been signed this summer 20 20 2. Swansea City – Wilfried Bony (£12m, July 2013) – In 54 appearances, the Ivory Coast international scored 24 goals for the Swans, and it was little wonder the lure of Champions League football in Manchester proved too difficult to turn down. While his time at Manchester City has been difficult so far, spending more minutes on the bench than on the pitch, he is fondly remembered by the Liberty Stadium faithful. They’ve certainly missed the centre forward. As more and more money gets pumped into the Premier League, with each transfer window there’s a chance financial records will be broken.Crystal Palace, Watford and Leicester City have already done that this summer, making history with their latest signings, and others could follow suit over the next two months.So, this has got talkSPORT thinking about which clubs from England’s top flight deserve praise for the biggest transfer deal in their history?With this question in mind, we’ve ranked every Premier League club based on their record signing, from the worst deals to the best – view the slideshow above to find out where your club ranks. 20 20 20 6. Tottenham – Erik Lamela (£30m, August 2013) – Lamela moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, and it’s safe to say he didn’t settle straight away. The Argentine struggled with injuries in his debut campaign, starting only three games in the Premier League, and failed for consistency thereafter. Last season, however, was a different story. Mauricio Pochettino seems to be getting the best out of the forward. 1. Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne (£55m, August 2015) – De Bruyne endured a miserable spell with Chelsea before resurrecting his career at Wolfsburg, subsequently bagging himself a move to the Etihad. He registered seven goals and nine assists in the Premier League, and his figures would have been higher but for a two-month spell on the side lines with injury. The midfielder, at the moment, looks worth every penny of the £55m paid.last_img read more

Sunderland transfer news: Black Cats pull out of deal for Italian defender

first_img1 Davide Santon in action for Inter Milan Sunderland have pulled out of a deal to sign former Newcastle defender Davide Santon from Inter Milan.The Black Cats looked set to land the Frenchman who had reportedly travelled to the north east to discuss personal terms.But in a short statement the club said the deal for Santon – who made more than 90 appearances for Newcastle – was off.The statement read: “Sunderland AFC will not be pursuing its interest in Inter Milan player Davide Santon, after negotiations between the two clubs failed to reach a positive conclusion.”last_img read more