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A ‘sly’ species of leaf-tailed gecko uncovered from Madagascar

first_imgScientists have described a new species of leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus fetsy, believed to be found only in Madagascar’s Ankarana Special Reserve.All Uroplatus species are endemic to Madagascar and are best known for their leaf-like tails and coloration that allow them to blend into the foliage.Though newly described, U. fetsy may already be at risk: the dry deciduous forests of the reserve are severely threatened by illegal logging, cattle grazing, fires, and artisanal mining.The authors of the paper describing the new species say it could warrant endangered status on the IUCN Red List because of these threats to its habitat. Until they looked into the mouth of a leaf-tailed gecko collected in Madagascar last year, scientists couldn’t be sure they were looking at a new species of lizard. The specimen looked remarkably similar to a known species, Uroplatus ebenaui, known as the spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko and found only in Madagascar.Indeed, when the first specimen was collected in 2004, it was believed to be of an U. ebenaui. At first glance, apart from a slightly longer tail and smoother skin on its back, there was little to distinguish it from the spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko. The first clue to its distinctiveness came from its genetic differentiation from U. ebenaui. “We then had to find more animals to make sure that these genetic results were not an anomaly,” said Mark D. Scherz, a herpetologist at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich.A tissue sample collected in 2011 confirmed the genetic differences. However, it wasn’t until scientists got their hands on a new specimen in 2018 that the morphological differences became evident. The inside of U. ebenaui’s mouth is totally black, while the new species has red patches on the sides of its mouth cavity. (Mouth coloration has emerged as an important distinguishing feature for  geckos in this genus.  Another recently described Uroplatus species, U. finaritra, was identified in part from its mouth color.)A specimen of Uroplatus ebenaui collected from Nosy Be in April 2019. Image Courtesy: Mark D. ScherzThe new species, also known only from Madagascar, has now been formally described as Uroplatus fetsy in a recent paper in the journal Zootaxa. The name comes from the Malagasy word for “sly,” in reference to the species’ elusiveness and the way its mouth appears to curl upwards giving the impression of a wicked smile.“The species was discovered quite a long time ago, but we didn’t manage to collect enough individuals for a long time because it is very rare and hard to find,” Scherz said.U. fetsy is found in and around Ankarana Special Reserve in northwest Madagascar, where dry savanna and dry deciduous forests mingle with towering jagged limestone formations that date back to the Jurassic Period, called tsingy. Spread across 182 square kilometers (70 square miles), the park has thrown up new species with astonishing regularity.The newly described gecko appears to be restricted to the reserve, while U. ebenaui enjoys a wider range in northern Madagascar. But the forests of Ankarana are under severe threat from illegal logging, cattle grazing, fires, and artisanal mining. Given the new species’ limited range and the pressures it faces, the authors of the recent paper recommend classifying it as near threatened or endangered on the IUCN Red List. The wider-ranging U. ebenaui is listed as vulnerable.“Although it is found inside a protected area, the forests around Ankarana are often being burned or cut down, so the species may be endangered,”  Scherz said. “But we don’t know if it might be a little more widespread, which would reduce the risk somewhat.”Leaf-tailed geckos are nocturnal creatures, best known for their tails that resemble dead leaves or tree bark and that, along with their coloration, allow them to blend into the foliage. (Uroplatus comes from the Greek words for “tail” and “flat.”) Prior to the description of U. fetsy, there were 18 recognized species in the genus Uroplatus, all endemic to Madagascar.But the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology alone holds specimens of several candidate Uroplatus species that remain undescribed. Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world, supports a breathtaking array of endemic species due to its long geographic isolation. Some scientists fear that some of these species are being driven to extinction even before we become properly acquainted with them.Citation: Ratsoavina, F. M., Scherz, M. D., Tolley, K. A., Raselimanana, A. P., Glaw, F., & Vences, M. (2019). A new species of Uroplatus (Gekkonidae) from Ankarana National Park, Madagascar, of remarkably high genetic divergence. Zootaxa, 4683(1), 84-96. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4683.1.4Banner Image: A specimen of the recently-described Uroplatus fetsy. Image Courtesy: Mark D. ScherzMalavika Vyawahare is the Madagascar staff writer for Mongabay. Find her on Twitter: @MalavikaVyFEEDBACK: 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. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Lizards, New Species, Protected Areas, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by malavikavyawaharelast_img read more

Brazilian president claims Leonardo DiCaprio funded Amazon fires

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro claims actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio funded fire-setting in the Amazon rainforest.Bolsonaro offered no evidence to support his claims, but his rhetoric echoes comments made in August when he blamed environmental groups for starting fires in the region.DiCaprio has raised money for NGOs working to protect the Amazon.Deforestation has increased dramatically since Bolsonaro assumed office. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has accused actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio of funding fire-setting in the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro offered no evidence to support his claims, but his rhetoric echoes comments made in August when he blamed environmental groups for starting fires in the region. Smoke from those fires made international headlines and called global attention to a sharp rise in deforestation since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. Bolsonaro has yet to substantiate that earlier claim and later said ranchers and farmers might be to blame for setting fires.COLNIZA, MATO GROSSO, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Colniza, Mato Grosso state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)The latest comments came on Thursday and Friday. “Leonardo DiCaprio, dammit, you’re collaborating with the burning of the Amazon,” Bolsonaro stated in a Facebook live broadcast on Thursday. The president doubled down on the claim on Friday in comments to supporters at the presidential residence. “This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon,” he said.Bolsonaro’s remarks came after four members of Alter do Chão Fire Brigade, a Brazilian non-profit, were arrested Tuesday and accused of setting fires to raise money. But those arrests have been contested as politically motivated by civil society groups and the Alter do Chão Fire Brigade members were ordered released on Thursday by a court in Pará.PORTO VELHO, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Porto Velho, Rondônia state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)Over the past 20 years DiCaprio has raised millions of dollars for NGOs working to protect the Amazon. Most recently, the Earth Alliance — a partnership between Global Wildlife Conservation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective — pledged $5 million to five Brazilian organizations working in the Amazon: Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni, and Instituto Socioambiental. None of those organizations have been named in complaints by investigators and Dicaprio said on Saturday that Earth Alliance hadn’t funded the groups subject to the current investigation.Deforestation has increased dramatically since Bolsonaro assumed office. Earlier this month, Brazil’s national space research agency INPE announced that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit an 11-year high for the 12 months ended July 31, 2019. Most of that increase occurred since Bolsonaro became president: forest clearing detected by INPE’s deforestation detection system is up 78 percent in 2019 through the end of October. Scientists have attributed the increase in part to Bolsonaro’s push to increase industrial agriculture, mining, and logging in the Amazon, while weakening the protected status of parks and indigenous lands.Header image: PORTO VELHO, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Porto Velho, Rondônia state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)Disclosure: Mongabay.org received grants from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 2016 and 2017. The foundation has no editorial influence on Mongabay’s content. Celebrities, Environmental Politics, Forest Fires, Forests, Greenwashing, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests center_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

De Almeida (Progrès) intéresse beaucoup de monde

first_imgJulien Carette « On est déjà assuré que trois équipes de haut niveau viendront le voir à l’œuvre jeudi lors du match retour face aux Irlandais de Cork », expliquait ce dernier. Parmi ceux-ci, un club de… Ligue 1. « Je ne dévoilerai évidemment pas le nom mais sachez qu’il est déjà venu le scouter face à Cardiff. Et là, ils viennent donc une deuxième fois. Cela montre quand même un certain intérêt. » Cependant, pas sûr que si Mayron De Almeida quitte Niederkorn, ce soit forcément pour atterrir en terre virtonaise. Car il semble bien que d’autres clubs sont intéressés par l’attaquant belge. Comme le confirmait vendredi son agent, Christian Gérard. Le 4e en un an à passer pro Formé en Gaume, l’ailier de 23 ans serait forcément intéressé d’y retourner, surtout quand on connaît les ambitions du club belge de Flavio Becca. Les contacts entre les deux parties sont concrets. Un club de Ligue 1 vient le voir pour la 2e fois Les deux autres clubs ? « Un milieu de tableau en Ligue 2 (NDLR : qui n’est pas Orléans, le club où Vincent Thill est prêté par Metz) mais aussi une cylindrée qui fait partie du top 5 en Suisse. » Du lourd forcément à l’échelle luxembourgeoise. Le genre de clubs qu’on ne voit généralement que pour les rencontres de l’équipe nationale. Parmi les gros bruits de transferts qu’on entend ça et là au Luxembourg ces dernières semaines, il y a le possible départ du Progrès Niederkorn de son joueur offensif belge Mayron De Almeida. « Les dirigeants niederkornois ne sont pas réfractaires à l’idée de laisser partir Mayron même s’ils ne le feront qu’à un juste prix. Mais si cela ne devait pas se faire, Mayron continuera avec plaisir de porter haut les couleurs de son club », conclut l’agent. Connaissant le garçon, on en est aussi convaincu. Mais il reste le compliqué : trouver un accord entre clubs virtonais et niederkornois. Car De Almeida est sous contrat jusqu’en juin 2023 au stade Jos-Haupert. Et le Progrès ne compte pas brader un de ses meilleurs joueurs. Encore moins s’il s’agit de le vendre à un Becca qui lui a mis quelques bâtons dans les roues en matière de transferts ces derniers temps. Mais si le Progrès voyait bien partir son joueur pour un club comme ceux dont on parle ci-dessus, ce serait tout de même la quatrième fois en un an qu’un de ses éléments rejoindrait le professionnalisme. Après Olivier Thill à Oufa (Russie), Marvin Martins au Karpaty Lviv (Ukraine) et ces dernières heures Alex Karapetian à Sotchi (Russie). Ce qui serait quand même une sacrée carte de visite ! Partager Le fait que l’ancien joueur de Tours brille (avec trois buts en autant de matches) en Coupe d’Europe n’y est pas forcément étranger. Même si, dans les rumeurs, son nom est associé à celui de l’Excelsior Virton, son ancien club, depuis un petit temps déjà…last_img read more

Tennis : Sharapova ne sait toujours pas si elle jouera à Kockelscheuer

first_imgSa priorité, c’est 2020Sa priorité est donc clairement identifiée : “être en bonne santé” en vue de la saison prochaine. Et pour ça, elle prendra le temps qu’il faudra. “Je ne suis pas pressée. Le principal objectif est d’être en bonne santé, de me remettre au travail et de jouer une saison pleine en 2020” a-t-elle conclu.Julien Carette (avec AFP) Partager Bien que forfait cette semaine au tournoi de Linz (WTA International), Maria Sharapova était ce mardi en Autriche où elle a évoqué son futur.Présente à Linz ce mardi pour aller à la rencontre de ses fans et notamment signer pas mal d’autographes, Maria Sharapova (32 ans) a aussi répondu à quelques questions concernant son avenir. Et elle a notamment évoqué le Luxembourg Open (WTA International, du 12 au 20 octobre) où elle est toujours programmée la semaine prochaine.La joueuse russe, retombée au 137e rang mondial, a ainsi indiqué qu’elle pourrait « jouer la semaine prochaine » à Kockelscheuer mais qu’elle pourrait aussi « avoir besoin d’un peu plus de temps ». Ce qui signifierait donc un forfait au Luxembourg Open. « Je vais tester mon épaule (droite) en disputant des sets d’entraînement », a ajouté une Sharapova qui a été éloignée des courts de février à juin en raison d’une opération de son épaule douloureuse. « Cette dernière, c’est mon maillon faible depuis plusieurs années. Cette saison, c’est allé très mal. Je n’ai pas pu jouer la majeure partie de l’année »last_img read more

[Europa League] Le gardien de Dudelange dans les meilleurs arrêts !

first_imgJonathan Joubert, le gardien du F91, se retrouve dans la sélection des meilleurs arrêts de l’Europa League, pour une parade réalisée sur sa ligne contre Séville, en troisième journée. Vivement le match retour jeudi prochain, à domicile !Il faut attendre quelques arrêts d’autres gardiens avant de tomber sur la parade de Joubert. La vidéo est ici :Le Quotidien Partagerlast_img

Europa League : le F91 battu peut encore y croire

first_imgSi la deuxième période fut meilleure et même remportée, au final, 2-1 par le F91, grâce à un doublé de Sinani, la bonne nouvelle venait surtout de Nicosie où l’APOEL l’a emporté 2-1 face à Qarabag. Du coup, tout se ressert dans ce groupe A derrière Séville : 4 points pour Qarabag, 3 pour Dudelange et Nicosie. Et tout reste ouvert avant les deux derniers matches : Dudelange – Nicosie et Qarabag – Dudelange.Julien Carette Il n’y a pas eu de miracle pour Dudelange dans son 4e match de la phase de l’Europa League. Les hommes de Bertrand Crasson ont été largement dominés (2-5) par un FC Séville qui n’est pas pour rien dans le top 5 des équipes espagnoles. La bonne nouvelle de la soirée est venue de Nicosie où la victoire de l’APOEL permet toujours de rêver à une qualification pour les seizièmes de finale.0-5 après 67 minutes, c’était lourd. Mais justifié à ce moment-là du match au vu des faiblesses défensives dudelangeoises. Après un peu plus de 20 minutes de jeu, les joueurs de Bertrand Crasson avaient commencé à défendre en reculant et, à la limite, à regarder ce FC Séville de Julen Lopetegui (bien) jouer. Ce qui a forcément été fatal, avec un tableau d’affichage qui indiquait 0-4 après 36 minutes. L’absence de Tom Schnell se voyait alors comme le nez au milieu de la figure (on n’a d’ailleurs pas compris pourquoi le défenseur, absent ce week-end pour cause de blessure, a commencé sur le banc pour monter à la mi-temps, lorsque le match était fini…). En tout cas, les Sévillans, eux, s’en sont donnés à cœur joie dans cette défense sans patron, s’engouffrant dans le dos de défenseurs qui semblaient sans réaction.Pourtant, avant ça, l’entame de match du F91 avait été pleine d’espoir, le trio Stolz – Sinani – Bernier faisant mal aux avant-postes à l’arrière-garde espagnole. On en venait même alors à croire que quelque chose semblait possible dans cette rencontre. C’était sans compter sur la réussite chirurgicale des Sévillans qui allait suivre : trois actions très dangereuses dans le deuxième quart d’heure, deux buts et une frappe qui passa juste à côté. Dont un 0-1 où tout le F91 criait au hors-jeu sans que les images ne puissent vraiment leur donner raison. Quoi qu’il en soit, le navire dudelangeois commençait à prendre l’eau de toutes parts. Et on sentait la suite arrivé… F91 – FC Séville 2-5 (0-4)Stade Josy-Barthel. Pelouse catastrophique.Arbitrage de M. Thorarinsson (Isl). 2 848 spectateurs.Évolution du score : 0-1 Dabbur (17e), 0-2 Munir (27e), 0-3 Munir (33e), 0-4 Dabbur (36e), 0-5 Munir (67e), 1-5 Sinani (69e), 2-5 Sinani (80e)Cartons jaunes : Cools (32e) au F91. Jordan (56e) à Séville.F91 : Joubert – Bouchouari, Garos, Cools, Kirch – Morren, Bougrine (46e Schnell), Klapp (46e Bertino), Bernier – Stolz (85e Lavie), Sinani.SÉVILLE : Bounou – Pozo, Gudelj, Sergi Gomez, Escudero – Rony Lopes, Jordan (61e Fernando), Oliver Torres (51e Vazquez), Nolito (51e De Jong) – Dabbur, Munir. “Ces deux buts sont bons pour la confiance”Tom Schnell (Dudelange) : « On a été trop bas en première période et il y avait trop d’espace entre les lignes… A la pause, l’entraîneur a demandé de faire monter le bloc plus haut, de manière à récupérer la balle plus tôt. On a eu une belle réaction en deuxième période, cela montre que ce groupe vit bien. J’ai tout fait pour être prêt à jouer cette rencontre. L’entraîneur, lui, a estimé qu’il était plus sage de me laisser sur le banc pour commencer, vu les nombreuses échéances qui vont encore suivre. Je l’ai accepté. »Danel Sinani (Dudelange) : « On a joué vingt bonnes premières minutes, obtenant des occasions. Mais on a vu ce soir la différence entre une très bonne équipe européenne et nous. Séville nous a fait très mal en marquant ses trois ou quatre premières possibilités. Mentalement, c’était forcément très difficile. Dans ces moments-là, on essaie juste de faire ce qu’il faut pour ne pas en prendre une demi-douzaine… C’est ce qu’on a fait en deuxième période. Les deux buts que j’ai inscrits sont bons pour la confiance. » Partagerlast_img read more

Mühlenbach-RFCU annulé, les soucis commencent pour le promu

first_img Partager Le terrain va mal, il va falloir enchaîner dans le froid et certains joueurs de l’effectif doivent partir en vacances, c’est chaud…Le match décalé de la 13e journée de Division nationale, en forme de derby de la capitale, n’a pas non plus survécu aux températures extrêmes des derniers jours : censé se tenir ce lundi soir au stade Mathias-Mamer, il a été annulé dans l’après-midi. La nouvelle n’est pas bonne pour le promu, Mühlenbach, qui accusait déjà un match en retard, contre Hostert, déjà remis mercredi dernier et désormais programmé ce dimanche à 16h.Pour son match face au Racing (qui joue par ailleurs en 8es de finale de la Coupe dimanche prochain contre Strassen), il faudra donc attendre, potentiellement, le mercredi 11 décembre. C’est la date qu’a en effet retenue la FLF pour les deux autres matches remis de la journée, le choc Pétange – Progrès et un Mondorf – Fola qui implique un autre membre du top 3. Pour Fangio Buyse et ses gars, qui n’ont plus joué le moindre match chez eux depuis le 3 novembre, il va donc falloir potentiellement enchaîner deux rencontres en 72 heures en sachant que leur pelouse risque fort, elle, de ne pas tenir le coup. Et alors que leur effectif pourrait se détricoté en fonction des départs en vacances déjà prévus de certains éléments.Mühlenbach a deux matches en retard sur pratiquement tout le monde, en bas de tableau, mais pour s’extirper de sa place de relégable d’ici aux fêtes de fin d’année, il va devoir trimer…Julien MollereauLe classement provisoirelast_img read more

Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m the one carrying the flag because I know I deserve the role,” said Alora in Filipino. “And I also want to prove that I deserve to carry the flag by winning a gold medal in the SEA Games.”“When I heard that I would be carrying the flag, I told myself that I would I have to prove it in Malaysia by winning.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kirstie Alora. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netFilipino jin Kirstie Alora is not the type who has a shortage of confidence.Alora will lead the Philippine contingent in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 27-year-old is going to Kuala Lumpur with a goal she and the country would be proud of.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PH women’s netball team begins SEA Games campaign vs Thais “Of course I’m proud to be the flag-bearer and we’re more inspired to strive harder because as the flag-bearer everyone will be looking at me” said Alora during the athletes’ send off. “We’ve prepared hard for this and I’m pretty sure we can produce the medals.”The Philippines had the second-best medal tally in taekwondo in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games winning three golds, three silvers, and two bronzes. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Only Vietnam had a better record with five golds and three silvers.Alora, who represented the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said it’s either gold or bust for her and the team in the Kuala Lumpur Games and that she wants to prove that she deserved her role as the Philippines’ flag-bearer. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Phisgoc reopens talks with MOA for SEA Games basketball venue

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Now let’s see in a couple of days if they can make the schedules available,” said the Phisgoc source.The same insider said the 15,000-seater MOA Arena has several bookings on the same week that basketball will be played in the SEA Games, which will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Earlier, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio offered a promising compromise: Let Filoil host the other games but put the Gilas matches in a bigger venue.The Phisgoc insider said Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, “is on standby.” But officials think the 55,000-seat venue might be “too big” for the competitions.“We are talking of the SEA Games hosting which only happens every 10 years or more,” said the Phisgoc official.ADVERTISEMENT A day after a ruckus was raised over the decision to move the event from Mall of Asia Arena to Filoil Flying V Centre, a top official of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games organizing committee (Phisgoc) said on Friday it has reopened negotiations with SM for the retail giant to host the basketball event.SM owns Mall of Asia and the source said top officials of the mall contacted Phisgoc after it was announced that basketball would be moved the Filoil arena in San Juan, which can only hold 5,500 people.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: SEA Games venues for basketball, volleyball in Manila get a downgradeBasketball, which will field the popular Gilas Pilipinas squad that could feature stars of the PBA, is expected to be one of the blockbuster events in the SEA Games. The last time the country hosted the SEA Games in 2005, the Philippines did not get to field a basketball team because it was suspended by the Fiba. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READcenter_img The Philippines has won 17 of the 19 previous stagings and has held the championship for the past 12 SEA Games. The last SEA Games basketball game played in the country was in 1991 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines–So maybe it wasn’t a good idea to downgrade the venue for men’s basketball in the Southeast Asian Games after all.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Milos Raonic ends lucky loser’s run at Indian Wells Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Coordinating Committee needed to tackle judicial backlog – AG

first_img… part-time judges, voice recording systems still in pipelineThe establishment of a special ‘coordinating committee’, comprising representatives of the judicial system isAttorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williamsbeing touted as the answer to Guyana’s decades-old judicial backlog.This committee, according to Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, will meet regularly and give directions to varying offices in order to improve management of the various cases and ultimately reduce the mounting accumulation of cases, which is said to be mainly responsible for overcrowding of the country’s prisons.During a recent news conference, Minister Williams explained that there needs to be a holistic approach in dealing with the judicial backlogs, and the introduction of such a committee, along with other measures that are currently underway, the problem should be effectively addressed.“This entire legal system basically needs to be coordinated because what happens on one end affects the other. So we cannot resolve the prison issue unless we deal with the Police Superintendent… he deploys prosecutors… if they’re not properly supervised they can be responsible for a lot of backlog.You need to have a committee so that persons representing all aspects of the justice system would sit regularly and coordinate problems that they would understand… Magistrates should know that they should not remand people on offences that are ‘bail-able’ because you are going to overcrowd the prisons unnecessarily,” Williams posited.As part of the efforts to address the age-old issue of backlog of cases, legislation was enacted introducing committal proceedings to fast-track preliminary inquiries. At the Magistrate’s Court, an accused had to wait four to five years for his trial to be completed then a similar period before a judge and jury in the High Court, all the while languishing in prison.According to the Attorney General, when the paper committals were introduced, magistrates started applying them, but it was recognised that you were basically transferring the problem from the Magistrate’s Court to the High Court.The paper committal proceedings saw the prosecutor handing over the evidence against the accused to his attorney. If, after examination, it was determined that a prima facie (based on the first impression) case existed, in the interest of not wasting the court’s time, parties then consented to committing the accused to stand trial in the High Court.“It meant that trials kept climbing and the figures kept increasing rapidly… a judge would take about three to four trials per session which takes  three months… so we still have that problem right now and it has to be addressed,” Williams pointed out.Voice recordingsWilliams disclosed that moves are afoot to seek funding to install voice recording systems in the criminal courts (Magistrates Courts and High Courts) in an effort to speed up trials and ultimately reduce the backlogs.Currently, judges have to take hand-written evidence during hearings.“One of the things to determine if the witness is speaking the truth is that they look at the witness and judge the demeanour and veracity… how does the judge get to do that when they are busy writing down,” the Attorney General explained.He disclosed that US$327,000 is budgeted for this undertaking.Under the previous administration, the voice recording systems were installed in the Court of Appeal, the Courts of the Chief Justice and the Commercial Court of the High Court.The Legal Affairs Ministry, under the stewardship of Attorney Anil Nandlall, had intended to replicate the concept in the other courts to start the process of transformational change in the speed of litigation in Guyana.Part-time judgesAnother initiative aimed at addressing the problem is the introduction of part-time judges, Williams indicated.The ministry has allocated a budgetary estimate of US$49,020 to employ six part-time judges for a six-month period.According to the Attorney General, the exercise is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and it is still in the pipelines.“Once they approve the sums, we will start incurring expenses,” Minister Williams stated.Night courtThe reintroduction of night courts is another measure on the cards to tackle the issue of backlog of cases.Approximately $25 million was allocated to facilitate night court sessions.Initial reports had suggested that there would be five temporary Magistrates appointed to handle the night court.Presently, Magistrates open their courts from 09:00h and close at 14:00h, Monday to Friday.According to reports, the night courts would be opened from 16:00h to 20:00h, Monday to Friday.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh had suggested that this initiative would last for six months.Law reformGuyana has partnered with the IDB to implement the New Justice Sector Programme which is designed to consolidate justice sector improvements.The programme will see the establishment of a Law Revision Office and a revision of Guyana’s laws, updating them to 2015.Additionally, a Permanent Law Reform Commission with a Secretariat will focus on continuously examining Guyana’s laws and making recommendations on areas of reform.Judges, magistrates and prosecutors will also be trained in sentencing and the writing of decisions as part of a holistic approach to ensure efficiency within the judicial sector.last_img read more