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A Philippine island employs a rare cockatoo in its fight against mines

first_imgThe Philippine island of Homonhon in best known as the first site in Asia where Ferdinand Magellan set foot on his historic circumnavigation of the globe.Today, the island is home to open-pit mines that have been operating for decades to get valuable deposits of chromite and nickel.Locals opposed to the mines now have a new weapon in their fight: a recent assessment of the island’s flora and fauna, showing that it houses threatened and endemic species, in particular the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo.The regional environment department has recommended that in light of this finding, the entire island be declared a critical habitat, which would protect the identified species from mining and other activities. GUIUAN, Philippines — The island of Homonhon in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province cemented its place in history when the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed on its warm ochre shores in 1521 and named the island and the archipelago Las islas de San Lázaro. The site where he landed would later be named Lazaro Beach.Magellan and his fleet spent nearly two weeks there recuperating and gathering food and water after an arduous Pacific crossing that had left dozens of the crew dead. Nearly 500 years since that fateful visit, the island has become a beacon once again, this time for miners drawn by its nickel and chromite deposits. The Philippines is one of the world’s top producers of nickel, and Eastern Samar contains one of the most substantial deposits of this prized mineral.Since 1983, four mining companies have operated on the island, much to the chagrin of the locals.Now, though, residents opposed to the open-pit mines have found a new reason to keep up the fight — one that could mean an end to all mining on the island.The lowland forests still untouched by the mines are home to the Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), an IUCN-listed critically endangered species endemic to the Philippines. The bird’s population in the wild is estimated at between 650 and 1,120, and commercial trade in wild-caught specimens is prohibited under CITES Appendix I.In 2017, researchers from the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) and Visayas State University assessed Homonhon’s flora and fauna, compiling a list of the island’s threatened species, including the Philippine cockatoo.Locals call the white birds abukay. They used to keep them as caged pets, valued for their ability to mimic human voices, but also resented the wild birds as pests, for snipping rice stalks.There’s little of that resentment left these days, as evidenced by the locals’ response to the researchers’ findings. According to the PMPI, when the residents were presented with the results of the survey, those in the three barangays, or villages, of Inapulangan, Bitaugan and Habag started a petition to protect the abukay. They gathered signatures and submitted a petition to the barangay leaders, requesting that the three barangays be declared a critical habitat.The regional environment agency took it a step further: it recommended that the whole island of Homonhon be designated a critical habitat.This was after the agency, together with the head of the local government’s environment and natural resources office, conducted their own validation process and spotted six Philippine cockatoos in the barangay of Inapulangan alone.The process also confirmed the presence of other endemic species on the island that are classified as endangered by the IUCN: the Visayan tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini) and the giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the golden-capped fruit bat.Other birds found in the survey were the endemic guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus), a parrot species known locally as bubutok; the hooded pitta (Pitta sordida); the bar-bellied cuckooshrike (Coracina striata); and the yellowish bulbul (Hypsipetes everetti), a songbird. There were also reported sightings by travelers of the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), one of the world’s smallest primates.Homonhon, a 26,000-acre island in Eastern Samar, has been a hotspot for nickel and chromite mining. Image by PMPI“We recommended to declare the island as ‘critical habitat’ as soon as possible to preserve and protect Homonhon’s critically endangered and other vulnerable species, including other fauna which were also recorded in the area,” the regional environment agency said during a dialogue with the PMPI.“It will take some time before it gets approved,” says Yoly Esguerra, PMPI national coordinator. “But the three barangays already have their respective resolutions and it is already in the municipal level.”Philippine law defines critical habitats as those areas outside of protected zones that are proven to be home to threatened species. Critical habitats are designated as such through an order issued by the environment secretary and the local government unit.Such an order would identify the species to be protected, create a management council to serve as the policymaking body, and ensure coordination between the central and local governments to protect the area from “any form of exploitation or destruction which may be detrimental to the survival of the threatened species.”These areas of protection require population estimates and rapid habitat assessment, species-specific studies and an examination of human-related threats to wildlife. While protected areas require a national law, critical habitats can be declared by the environment department and the local government unit, making it a speedy and more efficient option in protecting vulnerable areas.The most important aspect of declaring a critical habitat is the management: Protected areas are managed by the national environment department, while critical habitats are managed by local or municipal governments.In practice, the declaration of critical habitats also take years especially if the local government has yet to create a management body. In Palawan, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) took the initiative to declare critical habitats in Palawan on 2011 but the guidelines were only approved and adopted in 2013.In 2016, the Philippines declared Cleopatra’s Needle, more than 40,500 hectares (100,000 acres), as critical habitats in a process that lasted for three years. In 2018, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu wanted to declareareas in Boracay as critical habitats after the closure of the popular tourist island but the department has yet to pursue this option.In Homonhon, locals have celebrated the possibility of their own island being designated a critical habitat. If it happens, it could mean a complete ban on mining activities on the island.“The effort to declare should be urgent since the island is now under threat from different mining activities,” both operating and applying for permits, said Juderick Calumpiano, the PMPI co-convenor for Visayas and social action director of the Catholic diocese of Borongan.Banner image of a Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) perched on a tree in a barangay in Homonhon Island during the DENR-Region 8’s assessment and validation trip. Image by Donato Fernandez / DENR-Region 8FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Mining, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by leilanicenter_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? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. 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

Brazil’s ‘coconut breakers’ feel the squeeze of Cerrado development

first_imgThese coconut breakers rely on the babassu palm and its harvest of oil-rich nuts for their traditional sustainable livelihood.Many of these women live on the edge of the Matopiba region, dubbed by some as “the world’s last agricultural frontier” which has seen an almost 300 percent increase in soy expansion over the last two decades, most of which came at the expense of native forests and vegetation.In recent years, industrial agribusiness has moved in fast, privatizing and fencing the commons, converting the babassu palm groves to soy and eucalyptus plantations and cattle ranches, and making it harder for the coconut breakers to access the palm from which they derive their living, and their social and cultural identity.In addition, the women say they have been increasingly exposed to threats, intimidation, and physical and sexual violence by farmers and other male agribusiness workers. But the coconut breakers are determined to defend their palm groves at any cost, and to resist the enclosure of the commons. Access to babassu palm trees is essential to the livelihoods of 400,000 Brazilian women, but industrial agribusiness expansion is putting those livelihoods at grave risk. Image by Yndara Vasques courtesy of MIQCB.A Mongabay team, Sarah Sax and Maurício Angelo, recently traveled to the Brazilian Cerrado to report on the impacts of booming agribusiness on the savanna environment and on the traditional people living there. This is the first story in a series telling what they found there.Every September for half a century, Maria Antônia Trindade Mendes has started the babassu harvest season in the same simple way.She ties a bag crafted from babassu palm fronds around her waist and walks out with a group of women from Quilombo São Caetano de Matinha (a Brazilian settlement made up of 200 runaway slave descendants), to the palm groves surrounding their community. There, where the northern edge of the Cerrado savanna blends with the Amazon rainforest, the women gather basketsful of babassu nuts — small, brown oblongs, resembling coconuts.Later, Trindade Mendes takes each fist-sized nut she’s gathered and, with the grace of someone who has repeated the same motion thousands of times over five decades, cracks it open to extract the half-dozen or so kernels within. These she sells to a cooperative that separates the oil for use in cooking or beauty products. The babassu harvest lasts six months, and the money earned must support her family for an entire year.But this August, Trindade Mendes wasn’t preparing for the babassu harvest season. Instead, she was in Brasilia taking part for the first time in the “Daisies’ March,” Latin America’s largest demonstration organized by female rural workers that happens every 3-4 years. There, amid the dust, shouting and clamor, the unique hats of the “coconut breakers” could be seen streaming in and out of the vendor exhibit hall, and to and from the temporary camp that housed the roughly 100,000 women attending from across Brazil.Trindade Mendes took to the streets this year to protest threats to herself, her livelihood and to her traditional way of life: especially the increasing violence directed at coconut breakers, and the ongoing privatization of the common land on which babassu groves grow.“Before we lived free, went out at night, and during the day. We were not afraid,” she says. “Now, they are taking away everything. The only things that have rights are cattle and agribusiness.”last_img read more

Audio: Ami Vitale on how meeting Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, changed her life

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Bears, Elephants, Environment, Extinction, Featured, Indigenous Peoples, Photography, Podcast, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Ami Vitale, a photographer for National Geographic who documented the death of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan.As celebrated as her nature and wildlife photography is, Vitale started off as a war zone photographer. She came to realize that humanity’s strained relationship with the natural world was behind each of the human conflicts she covered, however, and then, when she first met Sudan in 2009, she was moved to focus on nature photography.On today’s episode, Vitale tells us about how meeting Sudan changed her life and discusses a few more of the stories she’s documented throughout her highly decorated career, including China’s efforts to rehab its panda population and the wildlife sanctuary in Kenya that rescues orphaned elephants and helps them return to the wild. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Ami Vitale, a photographer for National Geographic who documented the death of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan.Listen here: Ami Vitale’s work for National Geographic magazine and many other publications has taken her to over 100 countries and won her numerous awards. She’s been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and won five prizes from World Press Photos, including 1st Prize for her story about the first ever community owned and operated elephant sanctuary in Africa. She was even named one of 50 Badass Women by Instyle Magazine along with the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madeleine Albright, and former Mongabay Newscast guests Jane Goodall and Margaret Atwood.As celebrated as her nature and wildlife photography is, however, Vitale started off as a war zone photographer. She came to realize that humanity’s strained relationship with the natural world was behind each of the human conflicts she covered, however, and then, when she first met Sudan in 2009, she was moved to focus on nature photography.On today’s episode, Vitale tells us about how meeting Sudan changed her life and discusses a few more of the stories she’s documented throughout her highly decorated career, including China’s efforts to rehab its panda population and the wildlife sanctuary in Kenya that rescues orphaned elephants and helps them return to the wild.Here’s this episode’s top news:Study declares ancient Chinese paddlefish extinct‘Tainted timber’ from Myanmar widely used in yachts seized in the NetherlandsNew monkey discovered on “island” amid deforestation in BrazilAmi Vitale. Photo courtesy of Ami Vitale.A panda keeper does a health check on the cub of giant panda Xi Mei at the Wolong Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province, China. October 31, 2015. Photo by Ami Vitale.Joseph Wachira saying goodbye to Sudan. Photo by Ami Vitale.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. 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

Fifa : Infantino réélu président sans surprise

first_img“C’est un très bon juriste, un très bon secrétaire général, mais il n’a aucune légitimité, il n’est pas crédible comme président de la Fifa”, avait lâché lundi Michel Platini devant plusieurs journaux européens. “Comment peut-il venir promouvoir le football féminin alors qu’il s’en est toujours moqué ? Il n’y a jamais cru”, avait ajouté l’ancien n°10 des Bleus, toujours suspendu de toutes activités liées au football. A deux jours du match d’ouverture du Mondial-2019 féminin, il a aussi rappelé qu’il était à l’origine de la création “d’une division dédiée” au foot féminin à la Fifa, et de la nomination d’une femme, la Sénégalaise Fatma Samoura, pour le poste de secrétaire générale. “Nous avons 20% de femmes présentes dans tous les comissions de la Fifa. Seulement 20% ? Oui, mais avant ce n’était que 4% ! Nous devons être meilleurs dans ce domaine, nous le serons”, a-t-il promis. “Tolérance zéro !” “Il n’y a plus de possibilités pour la corruption. C’est tolérance zéro ! Ce qui s’est produit ne doit plus se répéter. Cela doit être clair pour ceux qui sont dans cette salle et en dehors”, a-t-il prévenu. Partager “Mais aujourd’hui, en ce jour d’élection, personne ne parle de crise, de scandales, ou de corruption. On parle d’une organisation qui parle de football (…) qui, aujourd’hui, est synonyme de crédibilité, de confiance, d’intégrité”, s’est-il félicité. Avec la mise en place de réformes institutionnelles pour “une bonne gouvernance”, après le scandale de corruption qui a entraîné la démission de Blatter (limitation de la durée des mandats…), Infantino a vanté son bilan dans ce domaine. Le dirigeant suisse, qui avait succédé en 2016 à Sepp Blatter, a été élu par acclamation, selon une recommandation du Conseil prise lundi et soumise avec succès au Congrès, à deux jours du match d’ouverture du Mondial-2019 féminin en France (7 juin-7 juillet). “J’ai fait des erreurs”center_img Pourtant, le style de gouvernance de l’ancien secrétaire général de Michel Platini à l’UEFA, sa propension à s’entourer d’une garde rapprochée qui ne s’opposera jamais à lui et sa volonté d’avancer à tout prix sans se soucier des mises en garde, posent question dans l’univers feutré des instances. Le bilan d’Infantino a convaincu, sans surprise, les 211 fédérations membres de renouveler son mandat. “Ces trois dernières années n’ont pas été parfaites. J’ai fait des erreurs, certainement, j’ai essayé d’améliorer les choses pour qu’elles soient meilleures”, a déclaré le président de la Fifa dans son discours inaugural exprimé en quatre langues (français, allemand, anglais, espagnol). Sans surprise : le président de la Fifa Gianni Infantino, seul candidat en lice, a été réélu pour un deuxième mandat à la tête de l’instance jusqu’en 2023, mercredi à Paris lors du 69e Congrès de la Fédération internationale de football. Un Mondial-2018 en Russie sans fautes, “la meilleure édition de l’histoire”, l’introduction de l’assistance vidéo à l’arbitrage, la “meilleure innovation des dernières décennies”, ou encore un Mondial-2026 à 48 équipes attribué “sans problèmes” au trio États-Unis/Canada/Mexique… “Aucune légitimité”, tacle Platini LQ/AFP Il s’est aussi réjoui de la “solidité financière” de son organisation, qui a vu ses revenus passer de 4,6 milliards à 6,4 milliards de dollars (de 4,08 à 5,7 milliards d’euros) sur le cycle 2015-2018, “dans une période où personne ne voulait s’associer avec la Fifa”. “Nous ne devons pas avoir honte de devoir développer les recettes, c’est notre mission”, a ajouté le dirigeant, citant l’élargissement de la Coupe du monde de 32 à 48 équipes en 2026, ou la création d’une “nouvelle Coupe du monde des clubs”, dont l’édition “pilote” aura lieu en 2021. last_img read more

Europa League : les réactions de Dudelange – APOEL Nicosie

first_imgLes joueurs dudelangeois étaient bien évidemment très déçus de leur défaite (0-2), ce jeudi soir pour le compte de la 5e journée de la phase de poules. Ils sont éliminés et cela leur fait mal.Dégoûtés. Les joueurs de Bertrand Crasson, qui ont monopolisé le ballon, créé tout au long du match, se sont fait avoir sur des riens. Et de riens qui leur ont semblé litigieux, à écouter Thibaut Lesquoy : “Sur le pénalty, je crois qu’il est hors du terrain.” Déjà que la main sifflée contre Tom Schnell est une application stricte du réglement, si en plus l’attaquant chypriote redresse le corner de l’extérieur du terrain, c’est encore plus frustrant.Tom Schnell l’est aussi, déçu. Et pas qu’un peu : “On s’attendait à quelque chose d’autre mais on prend des buts sur phases arrêtées. Mais l’équipe a montré du mental en voulant revenir. Si on arrive pas à mettre nos occasions au fond, voilà. On ira quand même à Qarabag pour faire un résultat, sinon, ce serait trop facile”.“Certains ont prouvé qu’ils avaient leur place dans des clubs plus huppés” Bertrand Crasson est un peu sur la même longueur d’onde. Mais le coach dudelangeois va bien au-delà, après cet arbitrage limite qui “a prouvé qu’on restait un petit club” et avant ce match “pour du beurre” à Qarabag, le 12 décembre prochain : “On se fait prendre sur nos points faibles, ce qu’on doit travailler. A chaque fois qu’on a commis une petite erreur sur cette campagne, on a été punis et pourtant ce n’est pas ce que je veux retenir. C’était une belle aventure et certains ont prouvé ce soir qu’ils avaient leur place ailleurs qu’au Luxembourg, dans des clubs plus huppés”.Reste un déplacement à Bakou pour y jouer Qarabag. Crasson se prépare à une tournante pour que tout le monde puisse participer.Recueilli par Fabrice Baur et Julien MollereauA LIRE AUSSI : le F91 éliminé sur un coup de serpillère…A LIRE AUSSI :  Cela s’est mal terminé pour Sinani et Stolz…A LIRE AUSSI :  les clefs du match Dudelange – APOEL Nicosie Partagerlast_img read more

Federer-Djokovic lose doubles match at Laver Cup

first_imgTeam Europe’s Roger Federer, left, and Novak Djokovic celebrate a point against Team World’s Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson during a doubles tennis match at the Laver Cup, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)CHICAGO — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic looked quite comfortable while playing together for the first time Friday night.Except for one particular point.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Adamson flaunts depth in close win over UST Federer and Djokovic took the first set 7-6 in a tiebreaker, but Sock and Anderson won the second set 6-3 and then captured the deciding tiebreaker 10-6 to give Team World its lone win on the first day of the exhibition.Federer and Djokovic last played against each other in the Cincinnati final on Aug. 19, when Djokovic won 6-4, 6-4 to become the player to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990. Djokovic leads the all-time series with 24 victories.But the stars had never played on the same side of the net before Friday night at the United Center.Federer, playing with a red racket, took the forehand side and Djokovic the backhand against the hard-serving Anderson and doubles standout Sock.“It was a lot of fun. I want to thank Roger for playing with me,” Djokovic said. “I loved it. Obviously I wanted to win as much as Roger. But those guys came up with some big shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Djokovic drilled Federer in the lower back with a forehand in the third game of their doubles match against Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock in the Laver Cup. Djokovic covered his mouth with his left hand and leaned over after the ball went off his partner.“I apologized right away,” Djokovic said. “It didn’t look that great.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFederer didn’t seem to mind that much.“To team up with somebody of his caliber is just a treat you know,” he said. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Team Europe won the first three matches of the day. David Goffin edged Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 4-6, 11-9; Kyle Edmund beat Sock 6-4, 5-7, 10-6; and Grigor Dimitrov downed Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

ONE: Amid losing streak, Jomary Torres vows to regain focus

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Torres began her MMA career with four straight victories and she hopes to get back to her winning ways.“I’m still gonna train hard. I know that I still have a lot of shortcomings in all of it, striking, grappling and jiu-jitsu,” she said.“The loss once again showed me the things that I need to work on moving forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img ‘Revenge of the gamers’: eSports hits big time, with or without Olympics MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments “After this, I have no choice but to train hard, so in the next bouts I’ll have a chance to win,” said Torres, who rued her lack of focus in the match.“Now, there’s a lot of things on my mind, and that’s why I wasn’t really focused. But that’s not an excuse. I need to refocus.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 22-year-old Torres was eager to end her slump but Lin clearly had other plans in mind.Lin submitted Torres late in the first round with a triangle choke for a triumphant ONE debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJomary Torres remains motivated despite taking her third straight loss on Friday in ONE: Reign of Valor.Torres’ woes continued after a first round loss to Lin Heqin of China, but she is staying patient and forward-looking amid another disappointment.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Patentia accident

first_img…Police, eyewitness accounts differAn 18-year-old motorcyclist was up to late Tuesday afternoon nursing injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital after his motorcycle collided with a hire car on the Patentia Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD) that morning.The motorcyclist involved in the collision near the Patentia Secondary School was identified as John Walcott of Parfaite Harmonie, WBD.Position of the car just after the accidentAccording to reports, the accident occurred at 09:50h when the car, HC 7212 – which was headed towards Vreed-en-Hoop, WBD and driven by Cyril Joseph, 59 – attempted to overtake another vehicle. Information from eyewitnesses stated that Walcott’s CJ 668 motorcycle came head-on into Joseph’s Toyota car.Walcott was thrown into the air and landed some 30 feet away, leaving bloodstains on the roadway.According to the account provided by ranks attached to Wales Police Station, Joseph, a former Wales Estate worker from Sisters Village, WBD, was proceeding north along the western side of the road while the teenager, proceeding in the opposition direction, on the eastern side “swerved” in a zigzag manner into the car’s path. According to the Police’s account of the events, the car driver then swerved to the eastern side to avoid the motorcycle, after which the motorcyclist supposedly swerved back to the eastern side and struck the left side of the car.Meanwhile, about 10:30h, the taxi was removed from the point of impact and placed on the road shoulder by several men without Police marking the collision site. The car being positioned at the road corner was consistent with the Police’s account of the driver swerving into that area to avoid the collision.Eyewitnesses, however, disclosed that both drivers were travelling at a fast pace. Reports were that Walcott was not wearing a helmet. The young man was said to have suffered broken bones and teeth and injuries to the groin area.It was further related that the teen was bleeding profusely, and was picked up by the driver of a Toyota Tundra, who assisted in transporting him to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. He was, thereafter, transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital owing to the serious nature of his injuries.The taxi driver, who escaped unhurt, was taken to the Wales Police Station.last_img read more

Hundreds of Amerindians attend PPP’s Mabaruma conference

first_img– pass motion to reject Govt’s ploy to set up land CoIMore than 800 Amerindians, from more than 13 villages, on Sunday unanimously passed a motion at the Mabaruma Sub-Region District Conference of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) condemning the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) by President David Granger, “to examine all issues and uncertainties surrounding the claims of Amerindian land titling”.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo and a team interacted with more than 800 Amerindians, from more than 13 villages, on Sunday during the PPP’s Sub-Region District Conference at Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini)The Amerindians joined with the PPP; the National Toshaos Council (NTC); the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA); the Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous Peoples; the Amerindian Action Movement; the South Central Peoples Development Association, and the National Amerindian Development Foundation in condemning the coalition Government’s ploy to set up the land CoI.The delegates and observers at Sunday’s conference view the establishment of this CoI as “an expression of gross disrespect to the Amerindian People of Guyana and indeed, Indigenous people everywhere”.“They view this initiative as a vulgar and divisive device to distort our history, deny Amerindians their rightful place as the first people of this land and to deprive them of their ancestral legal entitlements to traditional lands recognised long before independence and which successive PPP Governments committed billions of dollars towards ensuring that land titles were issued to the Amerindians for these lands,” the PPP said in a statement.“This Commission, the delegates and observers feel, was established without any consultations whatsoever to further polarise our people along racial lines in a failing economy, which the Government is plainly incompetent to revitalise,” the Party added.It said the delegates and observers unanimously resolved not to recognise this Commission and are calling upon the President and the Government of Guyana to rescind it immediately.“They made it clear that Amerindian entitlements to traditional land must not be, and cannot be, confused with the rights of any other ethnic groups. They are separate issues and must remain so,” the PPP stated.In attendance at the Mabaruma Sub-Region District Conference were Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo; and PPP Members of Parliament Anil Nandlall, Pauline Sukhai and Colin Croal.last_img read more

US monitoring reports of Exxon vessel interception

first_img– as State Dept urges Venezuela to respect Guyana’s sovereignty – backs Guyana’s right to retrieve its resources in economic zone– Venezuela wants direct talks with Guyana after incidentBy Jarryl BryanBoth the United States (US) and the Venezuelan governments have spoken out about Saturday’s incident in which the Venezuelan Navy forced an ExxonMobil research vessel to cease conducting its work in Guyana’s Stabroek block, leading to suspension of seismic data collection.In a message on the US State Department’s social media page, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino revealed that the US Government is monitoring the reports of the Venezuelan Navy’s actions against vessels operating on behalf of ExxonMobil, a multi-billion-dollar US company.A statement has also been issued by the U.S. Department, which is headed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging Venezuela to respect the rights of its neighbours and to adhere to international law.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge“On December 22, the Venezuelan Navy aggressively stopped ExxonMob?il contracted vessels operating under an oil exploration agreement with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in its Exclusive Economic Zone.“We underscore that Guyana has the sovereign right to explore and exploit resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone. We call on Venezuela to respect international law and the rights of its neighbours”, that statement declared.The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry has since released a communiqué from its Minister, Jorge Arreaza, in which Venezuela said the research vessel was found by its navy during regular patrols.“It is important to note that in the exchange of communication with the captains of the exploration vessels, they claimed to have a permit from the government of the Guyana,” the communiqué states.According to the Ministry, the navy “proceeded to apply the appropriate international protocols.” Referring to the “sensitive” nature of the incident, the Venezuelan Government called for renewed talks with Guyana.“Based on the Bolivarian diplomacy of peace, (we reiterate) to Guyana’s cooperative republic the call to reestablish direct and respectful dialogue on this sensitive matter, while at the same time guaranteeing its firm determination to defend the territorial sovereignty of the republic and the interests of the Venezuelan people,” the communiqué added.In a broadcast on Saturday, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge condemned the actions of the Venezuelan Navy, which he noted were both illegal and aggressive, their having occurred in the Exclusive EVenezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreazaconomic Zone and Continental Shelf of Guyana.According to Minister Greenidge, it was reported by Exxon that the Venezuelans intercepted the vessel, the Ramform Tethys, at approximately 10:30 on Saturday morning at a position of N 09 deg 17.19 min / W 058 deg 16.20 min at an approximate distance of 140 km from the nearest point to the provisional equidistant line with Venezuela. Greenidge noted that the vessel had a crew of 70, including the captain, on board.“The Government of Guyana rejects this illegal, aggressive and hostile act perpetrated by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which once again demonstrates the real threat to Guyana’s economic development by its western neighbour; an act that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be bringing this latest act of illegality and blatant disrespect for Guyana’s sovereignty by Venezuela to the attention of the United Nations,” Greenidge said. “It is also in the process of informing the several Governments of the seventy crew members of the threat to their safety.”According to Greenidge, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would also receive formal communication from the Government of Guyana on this matter.Meanwhile Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo noted that the Opposition gives its full support to the Government on any matter relating to infringement of Guyana’s sovereignty or territorial integrity.SuspendedExxon’s Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs, Diedre Moe, on Saturday revealed in a statement that in the wake of the incident, the oil company has decided to suspend its seismic operations in the Stabroek block.“3-D seismic data acquisition of the western portion of the Stabroek Block began this month,” she explained. “At this time, seismic operations on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana have been paused until they can be safely continued.”According to Moe, the oil company’s main concern is for the safety of the Ramform Tethys crew members and others who may be in the area. She noted, however, that ExxonMobil is in communication with the necessary authorities.This incident comes at a time when Guyana has an ongoing case with Venezuela in regard to territorial integrity. Guyana has, since last month, submitted its memorial on Jurisdiction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and a date has been set for the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuelan to submit its own counter memorial.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge made this disclosure only a few weeks ago during his contribution to the budget debates. According to the Minister, April 18, 2019 has been set for Venezuela to submit its counter memorial.Coincident with US oil giant ExxonMobil announcing the first of multiple oil finds in local waters in 2015, Venezuela renewed its claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory. Venezuela has been against Guyana exploring for oil in its Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits have been found by ExxonMobil, and has since renewed its claims to Guyana’s Essequibo region.On January 30, 2018, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres concluded that the Good Offices Process under which the parties had engaged for almost 30 years had failed to achieve a solution to the controversy. He therefore chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement for the border controversy. This is a solution for which Guyana has long been advocating.Sir Shridath Ramphal and Ambassador Audrey Waddell are assisting Minister Greenidge in this regard; and the United States has since announced that it supports Guyana’s case.last_img read more