TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES,DIER, DEMBELE,LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANESUNDERLAND (5-3-2)DEFOE, WATMORE,JOHNSON, M’VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O’SHEA, COATES, JONES,PANTILIMONSunderland arrive in confident mood after winning 4-2 against 10-man Swansea City on Wednesday, their second win in a row in the Barclays Premier League. They owe their latest three points to Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick, the fourth of his career in the Premier League – only 11 players have claimed more. And the Black Cats have netted seven goals in two games – more than in their previous eight matches combined (just six), They are still in the bottom three but just one point from safety.Spurs, meanwhile, are fifth despite losing 1-0 at home to Leicester City on Wednesday. They are back at White Hart Lane where they have conceded just eight goals. And They are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League clashes against the Black Cats (home and away), winning eight and drawing just two.In September, a young Tottenham side won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to an 82nd-minute winner from Ryan Mason.Former Spurs favourite Defoe returns to White Hart Lane for the second time since leaving the club for Toronto FC, in Canada, in July 2014.
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 overSponsored FEEDBACK: 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. Deforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Law, Featured, Fires, forest degradation, Forest Destruction, Forest Fires, Forests, Haze, Law, Law Enforcement, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Pulp And Paper, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Southeast Asia Haze, Southeast Asian Haze Indonesia says it plans to impose stricter punishment for plantation companies with recurring instances of fire on their concessions, including permanently revoking their permits.Several of the companies whose concessions have been burning this year were also at the heart of the 2015 fires.Activists say the fact that the problem is recurring on the same concessions highlights the government’s failure to adequately punish the companies.A Greenpeace report has found no meaningful action taken against palm oil companies guilty of burning since 2015, and inconsistent enforcement against pulpwood companies during that same period. JAKARTA — At least three companies whose concessions were burned in the 2015 fires that razed huge swaths of forest in Indonesia are also caught up in this year’s fires, prompting calls by the government for a stern crackdown on repeat offenders.The fires this year, mostly on Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have burned 328,000 hectares (810,505 acres) of forest to date. They’ve also generated huge clouds of smoke that have sickened nearly a million people and caused the deaths of several, including a 4-month-old baby and a newborn.Much of the fires are on land granted as concessions to plantation companies, which have been routinely accused of burning forests as a cheap way of clearing the land in preparation of planting. One such company is palm oil firm PT Ricky Kurniawan Kertapersada: this year, some 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of its concessions have been burned, according to Rasio Ridho Sani, the Indonesian environment ministry’s head of enforcement.In 2015, 591 hectares (1,460 acres) of the company’s land were also burned, for which it was sued by the government and ordered by a court to pay 192 billion rupiah ($13.6 million) in fines. (It has still not paid.)“And now [the company’s concession] has burned again,” Rasio told reporters in Jakarta on Oct. 1. “We’ve sealed off the concession.”At least two other companies in Sumatra have also experienced fires on their concessions this year after a similar problem in 2015, according to Rasio. He said the government would impose heavier sanctions on repeat offenders, including revoking their permits entirely. Companies with fires on their concessions typically receive a warning and have their permits suspended temporarily, but are invariably allowed to resume operations soon after.Rasio said the central government always had the option of permanently revoking the permits, but would first need to scrutinize each case with the provincial, district and municipal governments responsible for granting the permits in the first place.“We will inform them about the results of our monitoring of these companies with repeated forest fires,” he said, adding that if the local authorities refused to revoke the permits, the environment ministry had an override to do so.A patrolling team hired by oil palm company PT ATGA to douse fires in the concession. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia.Repeat offendersThe fact that many of the same companies responsible for the fires in 2015 are also implicated this time around is echoed in a recent Greenpeace report, which finds that the past offenders largely went unpunished or received only mild sanctions.It’s this lack of a deterrent that has allowed fires to burn in the same concessions almost every year, Greenpeace says in the report.Greenpeace analyzed official government data and maps to identify the concessions with the most burned area between 2015 and 2018, how often they burned during that period, and the companies or conglomerates that held these concessions.The NGO then analyzed details of the palm oil and pulpwood companies with the largest areas of burned area during that period to identify whether serious civil and/or administrative sanctions have been handed down.The analysis found that of the 10 oil palm plantation companies identified, not a single one had had its permit revoked by the government.“So none of these 10 companies received [heavy] sanctions, even though their [burned] areas were big,” Kiki Taufik, the global head of forest campaigns at Greenpeace Indonesia, said at the launch of the report in Jakarta.Greenpeace also analyzed 12 palm oil groups with the largest total burned area in their concessions between 2015 and 2018, and found that only two — Fangiono Family and Gama — had received serious sanctions from the government.This year, significant numbers of fire hotspots have been detected in seven of these companies’ concessions.Kiki said this signaled a failure by law enforcement to prevent repeat fires on these particular companies’ land. He described the law enforcement measures taken in 2015 as “weak and inconsistent.”Responding to the report, Rasio said Greenpeace should have taken a broader look at enforcement actions taken by the ministry recently by comparing them to measures taken before 2015.Since 2015, the ministry has sued 17 companies in forest fire cases and won nine of the cases. Those companies have been ordered to pay a combined 3.15 trillion rupiah ($223 million) in fines, but only one, PT Bumi Mekar Hijau, has paid its tab of 78 billion rupiah ($5.5 million).Court hearings are underway in five cases, but have yet to begin for three others.Rasio said the scale of the fines was unprecedented for any industry across Indonesia, signaling the environment ministry’s seriousness about cracking down on forestry-related violations. He also said the government had sealed off 64 concessions in Sumatra and Kalimantan, 20 of them owned by foreign companies, and had pressed criminal charges against eight of them.He acknowledged there was room to strengthen enforcement to prevent a repeat of the burning that occurs annually.“Since 2015 until now, we’ve studied the law enforcement that we’ve done [and seen that] it has just given a shock therapy effect, but not a long-term deterrent effect,” Rasio said.He said the ministry would ramp up its efforts, including punishing companies for benefits gained from burning their land. At present, companies that are fined for burning and have their licenses suspended can resume planting once the suspension ends. Rasio said the ministry was now looking at ways to fine companies that had developed plantations on land burned within the past two years.The central government is also calling on local authorities to be more vigilant about violations on concessions granted locally. Rasio said this would put local governments on the front line, as intended when the process of issuing permits was decentralized from Jakarta to the regions, and increase the scope of law enforcement against violating companies.Land burning in an oil palm concession owned by PT Agro Tumbuh Gemilang Abadi (ATGA). Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay-Indonesia.Burning paperWhile Greenpeace found that law enforcement against palm oil companies was lax, it said the government issued more serious sanctions against pulpwood companies with burned concessions, revoking three licenses between 2015 and 2018.But Greenpeace noted inconsistencies in enforcement, with the companies with the largest burned areas or more frequent fires not receiving severe punishments.For instance, the government-owned Perhutani/Inhutani and related companies had the second-largest area of burned land on their concessions during this period, but received just two serious civil and administrative sanctions.Greenpeace also found discrepancies in enforcement related to concessions owned by or affiliated with the two largest pulp and paper producers in Indonesia, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL).These concessions are held by APP affiliates PT Bumi Andalas Permai, PT Bumi Mekar Hijau and PT Arara Abadi as well as APRIL affiliates PT Sumatera Riang Lestari and PT Sumatera Silva Lestari.According to Greenpeace, PT Bumi Andalas Permai had the single largest burned area (81,800 hectares, or 202,100 acres) of any concession in Indonesia between 2015 and 2018 across all commodities — and yet the company was only ordered by the government to not replant on the burned land.Another APP supplier, PT Bumi Mekar Hijau, was fined 78 billion rupiah by a court over fires on 20,000 hectares (49,400 acres) of its concessions in 2014. In 2015, another 63,000 hectares (155,700 acres) of its concession burned again. As a result, PT Bumi Mekar Hijau had the third-largest burned area of any concession in Indonesia between 2015 and 2018.“And yet, the only serious civil or administrative sanction received by the company that year was a temporary license suspension, but that was for replanting on previously burned land, not for the fires themselves,” Kiki said.PT Arara Abadi, another APP affiliate, was found by Greenpeace to have fires flaring up on its concession every year between 2015 and 2018.“Arara Abadi had 115 square kilometers [28,400 acres] of its concession burned, but the company never received any sanctions,” Greenpeace forest campaigner Rusmadia Maharuddin said.APRIL affiliates PT Sumatera Riang Lestari and PT Sumatera Silva Lestari was also found to have fires on their land every year from 2015 to 2018. Fires were also detected on PT Sumatera Riang Lestari’s concession as recently as early 2019. The company had its permit suspended in 2015 and received a government compliance order in 2017. PT Sumatera Silva Lestari only received a government compliance order once, in 2016.The government recently sealed off part of PT Sumatera Riang Lestari’s land. “However, a criminal investigation against the company was dropped in 2016 because there was a lack of evidence,” Kiki said.Burning in Jambi’s protected peat forest Lorendang where restoration efforts by WWF-Indonesia and the Peat Restoration Agency take place. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia.Mapping accuracyBoth APP and APRIL have refuted the findings in Greenpeace’s report, saying they’re based on inaccurate data.APP said some of the companies listed in the report weren’t even its suppliers and “to ensure accuracy, fire-related data should be obtained from the authorized government agency.”Greenpeace said accurate company concession data was not readily available in Indonesia, and thus it had to compile concession data from a variety of sources. As a result, there might be some inaccuracies despite efforts to make the data as accurate as possible, Greenpeace said.APRIL questioned the accuracy of the so-called burn scar map data used by Greenpeace, based on remote-sensing analysis of freely available medium-resolution optical-based satellite imagery and hotspot detection alerts. APRIL said there were various technical factors that could skew the accuracy of the burn scar map, such the level of certainty for hotspot detection, and cloud cover and cloud shadow affecting the results.“We’ve suggested a number of ways in which the accuracy of burn scars analysis can be improved,” APRIL sustainability operations manager Craig Tribolet told Mongabay. “For example, we believe that only hotspots with a confidence level of more than 90 percent should be included, as it is only above this level that a hotspot is more likely to be an actual fire. “Given the high level of uncertainty, he said the kind of analysis that Greenpeace carried out would have to be supported by on-the-ground verification.Tribolet said APRIL had verified all the burned areas in its concessions from 2015 to 2018 and found a large difference between its final result, 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres), and the total size derived by Greenpeace, 55,600 hectares (137,400 acres).Tribolet said APRIL had been able to reduce burned area in the community land outside its forestry concession areas by 90 percent since 2014 through the company’s Fire-Free Village Program.“The accuracy of APRIL and its supplier partners’ burn area over the period under study is only a fraction of that estimated in Greenpeace’s report,” Tribolet said. “This is something we’ve offered to clarify with Greenpeace.”There’s also discrepancy between the number of hotspots in the Greenpeace’s report and the one identified by APRIL. As of the end of August, APRIL had identified 384 hotspots in its concessions, but said 245 of them were confirmed as not being related to fires and only about 30 were confirmed as fires. The Greenpeace report showed there were 483 hotspots as of Sept. 16 in PT Sumatera Riang Lestari’s concession.But that concession and that of fellow APRIL affiliate PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper are among five that have been sealed off by the environment ministry this year in Sumatra’s Riau province, according to a document obtained by Mongabay.APRIL said the sealed concessions were those of the burned areas only, both of which were community-related fires, not the entire concessions.Using remote-sensing technology to derive a figure for burned areas is less than ideal, according to David Gaveau, a landscape researcher at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). However, he said the data could be improved if APRIL were to publish its own burn scar maps.“If APRIL is questioning the ministry’s data, they should publish their burn scar maps to the public for comparison,” Gaveau told Mongabay. “At the moment APRIL does not share this information so it is impossible to compare and this casts doubts.”For more on the Indonesian fires: Banner image: Fires raze Jambi’s protected peat forest Londerang. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia. Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong
In Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province, work is underway to develop a special economic zone (SEZ) that will connect this remote region to the global economy.Plans for the SEZ include a highway linking the port of Bitung to the provincial capital, Manado; a seaport expansion to rival Jakarta’s; an industrial zone; and an airport.The development risks fragmenting the habitat of endangered and endemic species like the black macaque. Hundreds of families have also been relocated without compensation to make way for the project. BITUNG, Indonesia – Animals and humans alike have been caught by surprise the excavators, roads and factories that have appeared in the last few years in this port city in North Sulawesi, a remote corner of Indonesia.Erna Tumbelaka only found out when a photo was stuck to her front door. It set a value on her home — compensation she says she never received — and told her to move elsewhere. She and her family, like many in Indonesia, lacked official rights to the land they’ve occupied for more than a decade, making it easy for the state to take it over.Officials planning to build a 39-kilometer (24-mile) highway between the port of Bitung and the provincial capital of Manado wanted to raze her community, including the school where Erna spent a decade selling snacks to students.“We don’t know why it’s there, but if the government says build it, we must follow,” the 71-year-old says from the wood-plank shelter she built after she was evicted in 2016. Outside, the highway lies in a 200-foot (61-meter) wide gash, down a ravine. Now in the final stages of construction, it is set to open at the end of the year.Behind Erna’s home rises Mount Klabat, the highest volcano on Sulawesi Island. Klabat borders Tangkoko Nature Reserve, the home of endemic macaques, hornbills, tarsiers, cuscus and owls. Decades of creeping residential and agricultural development have squeezed the animals inside the reserve and surrounding forests almost to the point of overcrowding. As the road progresses, they are likely to lose their last chance to travel safely from the reserve to other stretches of forest they once roamed.“In some places, there will be a corridor to for species to pass through,” says John Tasirin, a biodiversity researcher and adviser to the governor. “But I think no macaques would dare pass through the villages to meet with other macaques in the south, for example.” Tasirin has been involved in the road’s planning and approved its environmental impact assessment. Despite his concerns about the road’s effect on local wildlife, he says the economic benefits outweigh the risks.For a toll, travelers will be able to travel from the urban tourism hub of Manado to a planned port and industrial area in lesser-known but geostrategic Bitung. It’s just one element of plans to turn this peninsular tip of Sulawesi into a metropolitan hub on the scale of Singapore, planners say. Four of Indonesia’s 37 priority infrastructure projects lie in this area the size of Berlin.The goal is to create one of eight national industrial areas called a special economic zone (SEZ), which includes new power plants, a seaport, airport, bridges and roads stretching around the area.Elevated sections of roadway like this one are intended to allow wildlife to pass beneath the road. But conservationists have doubts that many animals will use such passageways, particularly when they are so close to settled areas. Image by Ian Morse for Mongabay.According to Tasirin, a quest for local and national pride was part of the motivation behind the project. He says he and others from North Sulawesi watched with “jealousy” as Jakarta and Surabaya, home to the country’s two biggest ports, tapped into the country’s wealth in global trade networks.“We wanted to create something that attracts the economy to come to North Sulawesi,” Tasirin says. “Otherwise people will start to say we are not in Indonesia, because we’re far at the border.”The goal is to connect this corner of Indonesia to a globalized trade network, says Noldy Tuerah, a regional economist for the Finance Ministry and the original planner of the metropolitan hub idea beginning in 2001. Hence a seaport on the scale of Jakarta’s. But many residents, Noldy says, only focus on the immediate realities of their rice and coconut crops.“They don’t think they should know the price of coconuts in the Netherlands,” Noldy says from a cafe he frequents in Manado that looks out over the bustling city.Halfway across the 30-kilometer-wide (19-mile) peninsula, Erna sits beside her daughter Truly. If the government had asked what her family needed, Truly says she would have requested equipment for farming. As an alternative, Truly and her husband have joined an independent group of farmers that shares tools and techniques.“The government would rather meet their own needs, not ours. If we built our own homes, we could be happier,” Truly says.
Les mêmes scènes se sont produites en France, de Marseille à Lille, sous la surveillance d’un fort dispositif policier.“C’est incroyable, c’est la victoire de tout un pays, on est très heureux. On leur devait ça (aux gens en Algérie), on s’est battus comme des hommes”, a réagi le gardien Raïs M’Bolhi, au micro de BeIN Sports.Arrivés sur la pointe des pieds aux pyramides, les Algériens quittent l’Egypte avec le sceptre de champion d’Afrique qu’ils ont mérité, au fil d’un tournoi maîtrisé de bout en bout qui les a vus battre deux fois les Lions de la Teranga, les meilleurs du Continent au classement Fifa.Après leur succès en poules, les Fennecs ont répété leur performance, grâce à un but d’entrée de Baghdad Bounedjah (2), aidé par Salif Sané qui a dévié sa frappe. Malgré toute la tension d’une finale heurtée, et le stress d’une intervention de l’assistance vidéo à l’arbitrage (VAR), ils ont tenu le choc pour toucher l’or, à nouveau.Signé Belmadi“Ce n’est peut-être pas notre meilleur match sur le contenu”, a reconnu le sélectionneur Djamel Belmadi. “Je me sens très heureux. Première CAN gagnée à l’extérieur, c’est extraordinaire.”Star de la sélection, Riyad Mahrez n’était pas né le 16 mars 1990, comme la majorité de ses coéquipiers, au jour de l’unique sacre, à domicile, de son pays passionné de foot, mais rarement récompensé.Les jeunes cadres Ismaël Bennacer – élu meilleur joueur du tournoi -, Youcef Belaïli, ou Bounedjah, non plus, mais ce sont ces visages de l’Algérie qui gagne que fêtera une population mobilisée contre ses dirigeants vieillissants, en plein “hirak”.Transcendés, selon certains, par le mouvement de protestation qui a pris en partie racine dans les stades, les joueurs ont inscrit à leur manière dans les livres d’histoire ce vendredi, dédié depuis février aux manifestations.Le 19 juillet a vu l’avènement d’une nouvelle génération et de son guide Belmadi, qui a transformé en un an une équipe moribonde, absente du Mondial 2018, en une machine à gagner.Au coup de sifflet final, quand tous les joueurs ont sprinté vers le virage en blanc et vert, le sélectionneur s’est écroulé d’émotion sur la pelouse.S’il vit chaque minute avec passion près du banc, toujours très actif, c’est son sens de la discipline et du détail qui a fait des Fennecs des lions sur le terrain: le Sénégal, malgré tout le talent de Sadio Mané, n’a pas trouvé la clé de la forteresse tactique pour égaliser.Le match passé à tourner autour du but de Raïs M’Bolhi avec le ballon leur laissera forcément des regrets. Les Sénégalais ont payé très cher la suspension de leur roc Kalidou Koulibaly, dont le remplaçant Sané a provoqué le but de Bounedjah.La VAR s’en mêleIls ont aussi souffert de leur grande maladresse dans les coups de pied arrêtés et le dernier geste, à l’image d’Ismaïla Sarr (82). Quand Youssouf Sabaly, d’une magnifique frappe, a trouvé une faille, c’est le gardien, élu homme du match, qui est intervenu (69).Leur destin aurait pu basculer à la 60e, quand l’arbitre Alioum Alioum a sifflé penalty pour une main d’Adlène Guedioura. Mais après trois minutes de visionnage de la VAR, le Camerounais est revenu sur sa décision, jugeant le geste involontaire – comme un symbole de la “lose” des Lions, souvent favoris mais jamais sacrés.“On a eu des situations, mais on a manqué de lucidité”, a expliqué le coach Aliou Cissé. “Nous méritions d’égaliser.”Finaliste malheureux en 2002 comme capitaine, Cissé devra encore attendre pour soulever cette coupe tant désirée. La nuit lui paraîtra longue, d’autant qu’elle sera courte pour les supporters algériens.Ils étaient près de 20 000 supporters en blanc et vert, certains venus par le “pont aérien” de 28 vols spéciaux organisé par les autorités, à remplir de leur bonheur le stade du Caire.Malgré les antécédents houleux entre les deux pays, les fans des Fennecs ont même reçu des applaudissements des Egyptiens après avoir rendu hommage à la légende locale Mohamed Aboutrika, à la 22e minute, le numéro de l’ancien joueur. Pour l’Algérie, la soirée en Egypte a été gagnée à tous les niveaux.LQ/AFP Une deuxième étoile pour l’histoire: l’Algérie a remporté la Coupe d’Afrique des nations, pour clore dans la liesse 29 ans d’une longue attente depuis son premier sacre, après avoir battu le Sénégal (1-0) en finale, vendredi au Caire.Du stade international à Alger et aux grandes villes françaises, des milliers de drapeaux vert, blanc et rouge ont commencé à flotter du vent de la victoire pour une nuit de célébrations intenses, à la hauteur de l’exploit réalisé par les Fennecs.Dans la capitale algérienne, les rues ont été prises d’assaut par la foule de fans, au son des klaxons, des youyous, des vuvuzelas et des explosions de feux d’artifice zébrant le ciel sans interruption, et à la lumières des fumigènes qui éclairent la nuit de rouge. Partager
On est bien loin désormais de l’époque Hinault. Bien loin de l’époque Indurain. Rappelez-vous les chronos Metz-Nancy ou ceux de la Madine. De l’histoire très ancienne. On peut donc imaginer qu’un Andy Schleck aurait adoré ce parcours ciselé «pur grimpeurs» où de son temps, pas si lointain quand même, il aurait ajouté quelques chapitres supplémentaires à sa rivalité avec Alberto Contador.Bref, tout coureur placé au-dessus des 60 kilos tout mouillé n’a guère de chance de voir la vie en jaune à Paris le 19 juillet 2020.C’est l’audimat qui fait le tracéCertes, ils ne l’avoueront pas, mais les organisateurs ne sont pas insensibles à l’idée de voir un Français briller. Comme Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot et Julian Alaphilippe y sont parvenus ces dernières années. C’est surtout la perspective de voir le Tour de France se débrider et déchaîner les passions en haute altitude et, en pareil cas, l’assurance de faire grimper les points d’audimat, qui les guide dans ce choix. Plus question qu’on prétende désormais que les parcours du Giro et de la Vuelta sont plus rugueux que ceux de la Grande Boucle. Dommage donc pour les rouleurs, mais c’est vrai que l’an passé, la formule avait déjà beaucoup plu.Ne restait plus à ASO qu’à trouver de nouveaux terrains de jeu. C’est fait. À écouter Michel Ries, passé en reconnaissance sur le dernier Tour de l’Avenir, le col de Loze ne sera pas le moins trépidant. Et, évidemment, on n’a pas fini d’en parler. On s’en fait déjà toute une montagne…Denis Bastien Le parcours du Tour de France 2020 se révèle ultramontagneux. Est-ce la fin annoncée des rouleurs et des amateurs de chrono en jaune ?Le Tour persiste et signe. La tendance lourde se confirme. Ce n’est même plus une possibilité, c’est un fait. Les organisateurs ne veulent plus que de la montagne, de la montagne et encore de la montagne. En tout cas, ils ne font que très peu de cas des rouleurs et des amateurs de contre-la-montre plats ou même vallonnés. Un seul chrono et, qui plus est, qui se termine par une ascension pure et dure. Des nouveaux cols fracassants, des petites routes déroutantes. Partager
ÉLIMINATOIRES DE L’EURO-2020 Le Luxembourg dispute dimanche la toute dernière rencontre éliminatoire de son histoire au stade Josy-Barthel. Il faut des adieux à la hauteur.Coquin de sort. Si les Roud Léiwen s’inclinent dimanche contre le Portugal, il s’agira, pile-poil, de la centième défaite de son histoire en match officiel de qualification. Des rencontres éliminatoires au Barthel, ils en ont disputé 120, entre Mondial, Euro, Nations League et JO et il n’y en aura jamais 122. Le nouveau stade national – qui n’a toujours pas de nom d’ailleurs – sera théoriquement prêt en mai et il faudrait un sacré retournement de situation pour que la prochaine campagne de Nations League ne reprenne pas là-bas en septembre.Il n’est pas exclu que l’on revienne fouler cette pelouse, malgré tout, en mars ou en juin. Il subsiste deux dates, en effet, en début d’année prochaine et juste avant l’Euro, le Grand-Duché devrait être sollicité par des équipes qualifiées, mais il ne s’agira plus que de matches amicaux dont on ne sait même pas s’ils permettront de dire adieu à ce monument du sport luxembourgeois aussi correctement que la visite du champion d’Europe portugais, ce dimanche. Et encore, pour l’heure, ces dates sont vides. Il faudra attendre la semaine prochaine pour savoir s’il y a la possibilité de trouver des adversaires alors que la Nations League 2019 verra elle se disputer ses matches couperets. Puis être soumis au bon vouloir des pays demandeurs au début de l’été. (Infographie : Le Quotidien. *= en coupe du monde, championnat d’Europe, Ligue des Nations, Jeux Olympiques).Le vieux Barthel a toutefois le droit de se dire que ses feux ne s’éteindront pas définitivement ce dimanche sur le coup de 18 h. La FLF reste en effet dans le flou sur la date exacte de livraison de son nouvel écrin et attendu que le parking situé à côté n’est pas, lui, dans les mêmes temps, il est inenvisageable d’y jouer avant le mois d’août. Encore faudra-t-il voir sous quelles conditions puisqu’il faudra deux matches tests au préalable, avant de l’ouvrir au grand public. L’un à vide (contre un club pro?), l’autre à jauge réduite. Il faudra y observer le comportement des différents équipements. De la sono, de l’éclairage, des entrées électroniques… Les stadiers doivent aussi se familiariser avec tout le côté sécuritaire du lieu.«Un pincement au cœur» pour Paul PhilippLe secrétariat fédéral a en tout cas reçu l’assurance de la Ville que son service des sports continuerait à œuvrer sur la pelouse ces prochains mois. Mais il n’empêche, en coulisses, on se prépare à dire adieu à l’édifice, qui porte sur lui les traces de plusieurs décennies de services.7 septembre 2012 : Romain Schneider et Paul Philipp lors des éliminatoires du mondial 2014. À l’époque, le Luxembourg s’était incliné 1-2 contre le Portugal. (Photo : archives lq/Julien Garroy)«Cela va me faire un pincement au cœur, avoue Paul Philipp. Je vais sûrement essayer d’aller m’asseoir une toute dernière fois sur le banc de touche, un jour où je serai seul. On s’est battus pour ce nouveau stade, mais une très grande partie de l’histoire du football luxembourgeois s’est écrite au Barthel. Il n’est pas encore prévu de muséifier une partie du matériel ou du lieu, mais vu que tout va disparaître pour créer un quartier résidentiel, il faudrait garder trace de la mémoire de l’endroit. J’y ai officié à 8 ans comme ramasseur de balles. Mes meilleurs souvenirs sont ici. C’est un crève-cœur.»J.M. et J.C. Partager
Injury forces Djokovic out of Miami Open Six-time champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the upcoming Miami Open because of a lingering right-elbow injury. In a statement yesterday, Djokovic said the injury has bothered him for months and worsened in the past week. He beat Kei Nishikori in last year’s final. Djokovic’s most recent match was a loss to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on Wednesday. -AP GGG outlasts Jacobs in close unanimous decision Exhausted beyond anything he’d felt in the ring, Gennady Golovkin could barely lift his collection of title belts. Danny Jacobs thought they should have been in his possession. Golovkin outlasted Jacobs in a superb 12-round defence of his middleweight titles Saturday night. Both fighters are knockout artists, yet this one went the distance the first time GGG has not had a KO in 24 fights, and his first time going 12 rounds. The Kazakh won 115-112 on two judges’ cards and 114-113 on the other. – AP
Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 The win allowed the Lady Generals to chalk up a first win in six outings while stretching the Lady Cardinals’ woes to 0-6.Lady Generals head coach Rodrigo Palmero was proud with the resiliency his team showed after coming off three straight five-setter defeats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I can see that there are still some positives in this group,” said Palmero, who also coached the Season 91 men’s champion, in Filipino. “I know these girls are not yet in the top level in terms of skills but I can see that they’re improving.”“And we’re very happy that after all those five-set losses that we were finally able to get a win; it’s like a heavy feeling was lifted off of us.” Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.netHow does a team end a winless run? Run down a squad that also has yet to make it to the win column.Emilio Aguinaldo College finally tacked its first win in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after overcoming Mapua, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES Martinez gets slot OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Although EAC had a slight disadvantage in spikes, 51-47, the Lady Generals enjoyed 49 free points from Mapua’s errors and none bigger than the final one when Patria Peña’s last hit went wide.Ladeisheen Magbanua had a team-high 17 points to lead EAC while Aira Binondo added 16 points.Jaylene Lumbo and Yvette Tongco also finished in double figures for the Lady Generals with 15 and 13 points, respectively.Pena led Mapua with 20 points while Angeline Mangundayao added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments
The Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF) has launched a community cleaning up campaign project in Montserrado County Electoral District #6 (Paynesville City) and much of the highway leading up to the Roberts International Airport (RIA).The first of the campaign, which lasted for four days and took place in several communities within the district, has been concluded.For the four days, beginning last Monday through Thursday, over 1000 young men and women were seen cutting grass along the main RIA highway, filling in potholes and de-clogging drainages in the district.Communities that were mobilized to get involved with the campaign included King Gray, Carver Mission, ELWA Palm Bush, Kpelleh Town, Kende Town, Rock Hill and Zoegleo.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Ms. Emma Smith, executive director of ESLRF, said the purpose is to help keep their environment clean and avoid air and water-borne diseases. Ms. Smith also stated that her Foundation decided to embark on the project to encourage youth participation in community service.She used the occasion to call on leaders of various communities to join efforts that will be aimed at cleaning their communities instead of waiting on the Liberian government to do it for them. She re-echoed what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said about community residents getting involved in community service during the heat of the Ebola virus disease epidemic in 2014.After the cleanup campaign, Emmanuel Tonpole, community head of Rock Hill, stated he was so glad that after almost two decades of being partially closed, their community road has been opened again.He beseeched Ms. Smith’s Foundation to continue with such initiatives that make residents of various communities get involved in cleaning their communities.Many volunteers appreciated the campaign and hoped it would be continuous.In order for Ms. Smith’s Foundation to successfully pull this off, they wrote the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), through its Food for Asset Program.WFP granted their request and at the end of the four-day project, it brought two trucks containing 266 bags of rice and beans, 38 cartons of oil, 66 bags of corn meal and five sacks of salt with each sack containing 25 pieces of 25kg.After each of the over 1000 volunteers had been served their consignment, the leftover was distributed to senior citizens, widows and vulnerable people in the district.She thanked the WFP for providing food for work for the volunteers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to meet delegates attending the ongoing Statutory Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) today, Friday, August 4.Also to make a special statement, according to the MFDP release, are the President of the Economic Community of West African States, Marcel de Souza, and Dr. Momodou Kargbo, Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Sierra Leone.The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Mr. Milton A. Weeks, and the Director-General of the West African Monetary Institute will also speak during the 35th meeting of the WAMZ Committee of Governors of Central Banks on August 3.At the conclusion of the meetings, West African Central Bank Governors will consider the report of the 41st meeting of the Technical Committee and the 12th Report of the activities of the WAMZ College of Supervisors to be followed by a presentation on the Regional Integration Platform.The 38th meeting of the WAMZ Council of Ministers and Governors of Central Banks will be held at the Central Bank of Liberia today, August 4, during which WAMZ Committee of Governors of Central Banks will consider the Report of the 35th Meeting of the WAMZ Committee of Central Bank Governors and the WAMZ Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors.The WAMZ Statutory Meetings commenced at the Central Bank of Liberia from July 27, 2017 through August 4. WAMZ meetings are held bi-annually by member states of the regional group on a rotational basis and convened by the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI). WAMZ aims to establish a monetary union and a West African Central Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)