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Facebook video shows orangutan defending forest against bulldozer

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler 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 Dramatic footage released last week by an animal welfare group shows a wild orangutan trying in vain to fight off destruction of its rainforest home in Borneo.The video, filmed in 2013 but posted on Facebook on June 5th for World Environment Day by International Animal Rescue (IAR), was shot in Sungai Putri, a tract of forest in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province.Sungai Putri is one of the most important refuges for orangutans left in Indonesian Borneo. According to orangutan expert Erik Meijaard, Sungai Putri may be home to over 1,000 orangutans. Dramatic footage released last week by an animal welfare group shows a wild orangutan trying in vain to fight off destruction of its rainforest habitat in Borneo.The video (below), filmed in 2013 but posted on Facebook on June 5th for World Environment Day by International Animal Rescue (IAR), was shot in Sungai Putri, a tract of forest in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province that is being destroyed for timber. Most of the remaining forest in the Sungai Putri landscape lies within a concession held by PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa, a logging company.Orangutan vs bulldozerThe video shows an orangutan running along the trunk of a tree that an excavator has just knocked down. The orangutan reaches up to grab the excavator bucket, but loses its balance and falls to the ground.IAR says the orangutan was subsequently captured and brought back to the group’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Ketapang.“This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him,” IAR wrote in the Facebook post. “Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety.”Sungai Putri is one of the most important refuges for orangutans left in Indonesian Borneo. According to orangutan expert Erik Meijaard, Sungai Putri may be home to over 1,000 orangutans.“At about 57,000 hectares (141,000 acres), [Sungai Putri] is a sizable piece of forest enough to provide a home to between 750 and 1750 orangutans,” he wrote in an analysis on the track of coastal peatland. “This makes it the third largest population of this Critically Endangered species in the province.”The canal through the peat swamp forest in Sungai Putri allegedly dug by PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa. Image courtesy of International Animal Rescue.A report released last week by Greenpeace revealed that deforestation is continuing within Sungai Putri despite a high-level Indonesian government commitment to protect the forest.“This is a major embarrassment for the Indonesian government, which has consistently promised to protect Sungai Putri,” Greenpeace campaigner Ratri Kusumohartono said in a statement. Greenpeace and IAR are calling on the Indonesian government to stand by its commitment.“Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world and we are at a critical point for the Bornean orangutan, without forests like this they can’t survive,” Karmele Llano Sanchez, program director of International Animal Rescue in Indonesia, said. “It is time for the Indonesian government to ensure the full protection of Sungai Putri, its environment and wildlife.”center_img Animal Welfare, Apes, Deforestation, Forests, Great Apes, Logging, Orangutans, Peatlands, Primates, Rainforests, Wildlife, Wildlife Rescues last_img read more

In Vietnam, cable car plans continue to threaten important cave system

first_imgCaves, Ecotourism, Forest Destruction, Forests, National Parks, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforests, Tourism, Tropical Forests Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Once construction is finished, the cable car could carry thousands of tourists to Son Doong cave every day.Currently, fewer than 800 people visit the caves every year through sustainable eco-tourism company Oxalis.There is also growing concern that a cable car could irreparably damage the area’s primary forests.An online petition that’s part of the campaign against the development has garnered about 170,000 signatures. PHONG NHA, Vietnam – Since 2014, one of the world’s largest cave systems has been under threat from developers planning to construct a cable car that would carry thousands of tourists every day.Some are pointing out that this could also irreparably damage the area’s primary forests. A movement to stop the cable car reaching the area known as Son Doong cave spearheaded by Vietnamese environmentalist Huong Le has gained traction over the last 3.5 years. Huong has been involved in efforts to garner what is now up to over 170,000 signatures on a petition against the proposed development.The caves in question, which feature some of the world’s largest stalactites and cave pearls, are truly remarkable. Located in a UNESCO’s World Heritage site called Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong cave is so large it contains a fast-flowing, subterranean river, two jungles, a beach that visitors can camp on overnight, and seven endemic species that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. It has the largest cross section of any cave – twice that of its nearest rival – and is tall enough to fit in a 40-story building.Tetracoral fossils within the cave. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)Currently, a sustainable eco-tour brings fewer than 800 people to Son Doong annually. In comparison, the proposed cable car would bring about 1,000 people every hour, a shift that would threaten the pristine ecosystems within the cave.Many also fear the construction needed for the cable cars would damage forest near the entrance and put pressure on the cave’s fragile roof, potentially triggering further dolines, which is when the roof of the caves collapses due to limestone erosion.Cave Pearls within the rimstone system. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)Vietnamese real estate company Sun Group initially proposed construction of a cable car in 2014, but scrapped the plans entirely, Huong believes, due to public support for the petition. In the summer of 2017, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a new plan to build a cable car into nearby En Cave (the world’s third largest), this time headed by Vietnamese real estate giants FLC Group. Since then, the company has kept quiet about their plans for the project.Efforts to stop the cable car, however, have been gathering pace. And in a nation where, historically, the Communist Party of Vietnam has not supported organized expression of collective identity, social media has, to an extent, provided a platform for civil society movements to form.Huong Le’s Save Son Doong Facebook page, for example, has gained hundreds of thousands of followers. It propelled her to a speaker’s spot at a TEDx event in Hanoi this past June.Her brave, spirited speech, which covered not only the caves, but also the issue of political transparency in Vietnam, drew tears, wild applause, and a standing ovation from the audience.Large rimstone system near the second doline. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)Huong works full-time at Saigon’s Fulbright University as an admissions officer and dedicates her free time to the Save Son Doong campaign. Her efforts earned her a place on Forbes Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list earlier this year, a scholarship to study in the US and even a chance to speak to Barack Obama during his state visit to Vietnam in 2016. Obama later declared in his address to the nation that Son Doong Cave should be preserved for future generations.The core message of Huong’s TEDx speech was the importance of protecting the fragile ecosystems within the cave. Between 2 and 4 million years old, the caves have been untouched by human hands for millennia and, as a result, pristine ecosystems have thrived within.With two dolines already puncturing the roof, light has been able to enter, creating some of the largest areas of intact primary forest anywhere in Vietnam and an impressively high level of biodiversity: over 800 vertebrate species have been recorded in the area, including 154 mammals, 117 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 314 birds, and 170 fish.Sand Towers inside Son Doong Cave. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)Phuong Tạ, head of Hanoi University’s ecology department and the first scientist allowed to explore and study the caves, has been instrumental in inspiring and informing Huong. “Each cave is a separate world, an individual ecosystem,” Phuong said. “Each one has a different temperature, humidity and air quality. All of this creates an ecosystem in which only a few animals can adapt and survive.”Phuong stresses that there are unique creatures in the cave such as arthropods, blind fish, rare myriapoda centipedes and white translucent shrimp that can only thrive in an environment that’s disconnected from the outside world. He also found cave pearls the size of baseballs, which is unheard of anywhere else in the world, along with rimstones, tetra coral fossils and 70m (230 feet) stalagmites. But if more light, noise, or even “human breath” finds its way inside, he says, the ecosystem could be “severely affected.”When the cable car plans shifted to En Cave, Phuong drafted a letter to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asserting the right of local people to resist the cable car. According to the letter, which Mongabay gained access to, “Even if they get to En Cave it’s in the centre of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and the tropical forest ecosystem there should be protected. If the cable car gets there the forest will definitely be ruined.” The Vietnamese government responded noting receipt of the letter, but made no further contact.A rimstone system on a stalactite inside Son Doong Cave. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)Despite the lack of response, efforts like Phuong’s may be the only way to save the caves. When Huong first explored Son Doong Cave, she met British Cave Expert Howard Limbert, the man who dedicated 18 years of his life to discovering the cave, and he explained the importance of Vietnamese intervention.During the trek, Limbert spoke to Huong at length. “I was the only Vietnamese in the group. He shared with me the news about the cable car, and that was the very first time I heard of it. That was July 2014. I think what moved me the most was that he said he regretted discovering this place.” Huong noted in her TEDx talk that Limbert broke down in tears as he spoke of his regret.“Obviously this cave means a lot to this man,” she said. “He dedicated so much of his life to discovering it, and then he felt hopeless. But he carried on saying we still have hope, but the people who can actually make changes must be Vietnamese people. As a foreigner, he can only provide advice, not actually advocate for changes.”Cave Pearls within the rimstone system. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)It was this talk that lit a fire in Huong, and she hasn’t ceased campaigning since. Limbert, meanwhile, has found himself at the vanguard of eco-tourism in Vietnam. Oxalis, the adventure tour company he works for, now employs 550 people from Quang Binh Province, some of whom used to be involved in illegal logging and hunting in the area.For Limbert, the connection between employment and conservation couldn’t be clearer. By providing jobs to locals, he says, the temptation to get involved in illegal, environmentally damaging activities is taken away. “There’s no hunting now,” he said, “there’s no logging of rare woods. We’re seeing far more animals appearing in the area where we run tours.”Tetracoral fossils within the cave. (Photo courtesy Professor Phuong Ta)Every action has a consequence, however, and Phuong notes that, even with small, eco-friendly tours, there is evidence of environmental wear and tear in the caves. “Five years ago I visited Son Doong for the first time,” he said. “Recently, I went in again, and I saw that the system of cave pearls has faded, its quality worsened and become drier.” If more people come in, he says, this deterioration would continue, although he is yet to complete his latest round of scientific analysis.For Huong Le, the need to campaign and protect the caves and the forests within them remains as urgent as ever. Rampant development continues to blight Vietnamese landscapes; this year, an enormous casino will open on Phu Quoc Island, while the pollution of Ha Long Bay demonstrates what happens when nature is sacrificed for tourism. Nobody wants Son Doong to be the next regret.“The more signatures we have [on our petition], the more likes on Facebook, it helps send a message directly to the cable car company,” she said. “It used to be Sun Group, and the reason they pulled out of the project is because of our followers. The easy thing people in Vietnam and around the world can do right away would be to sign the petition and follow us on Facebook. Talk about it, share it, and raise your voice.”Banner image: A butterfly in the forest outside Son Doong Cave (Courtesty Professor Phuong Ta).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.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

Thurman not strong enough, says Fortune

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao “He’s (Thurman) not strong enough or quick enough to stop Manny; he won’t go toe-to-toe with Manny because Pacquiao is too fast and too strong,” Fortune told the Inquirer. “If he does, then it’s going to be an early evening.”Instead, Fortune thinks Thurman’s camp, headed by chief trainer Dan Birmingham, “is going to set up traps.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Oh, he (Thurman) can punch, I don’t know if he can take a punch, but he’s a good boxer. He’s a good counter-puncher,” added Pacquiao’s conditioning coach. “His trainer, Dan, knows southpaws. So that makes Keith dangerous for sure.”Fortune said they will work out a game plan in anticipation of Thurman’s traps. Keith Thurman speaks during a news conference for an upcoming fight in New York. AP FILE PHOTOJustin Fortune is predicting an “early evening” for Keith Thurman on July 20 when he goes up against Manny Pacquiao for all versions of the WBA welterweight championship.But that’s if the unbeaten 30-year-old goes full-on mano-a-mano against boxing’s only eight-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:40Keith Thurman says it’s ‘game over’ for Manny Pacquiao02:35Manny Pacquiao compares ‘heavy-handed’ Keith Thurman to Antonio Margarito02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN MOST READ Las Piñas forges decider Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay “Keith can box, so we have to find him,” Fortune said.The current WBA welterweight regular champion, Pacquiao will fight for the 70th time, hoping to put the fitting ending to his phenomenal career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Congratulates Germany on 25th Unity Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of that country’s Unity Day.The day falls on Saturday, October 3, but will be celebrated on Monday, October 5.In her message to His Excellency Joachim Gauck, President Johnson Sirleaf extended warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Germany, on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia and in her own name.President Johnson Sirleaf expressed the wish that the long-standing relationship between the two countries will continue to grow adding, “It is my sincere conviction that the current status of German-Liberian Cooperation has a new and elevated level, demonstrated by the height of support my government continues to receive from the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Germany, particularly during the unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease”. The Liberian Leader further said that the excellent relations between our both countries have been further strengthened with the exchange of recent high level visits. “We are grateful that Germany remains a true partner and a reliable friend, I fervently anticipate that the cordial relations will be further enhanced by our joint efforts in the years ahead for the mutual”, President Sirleaf lamented.President Johnson Sirleaf wished for the personal good health and happiness as well as for the continued well being and prosperity of the people of Germany.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIFA crisis: Walter De Gregorio sacked as communications director

first_imgFIFA’s communications director Walter De Gregorio has been fired days after making a joke on Swiss television about the world governing body.De Gregorio had been FIFA’s most visible public face since the wave of corruption and bribery allegations brought the organisation to its knees.A FIFA statement said Gregorio has decided to “relinquish his office with immediate effect” but it is understood he has been fired on outgoing president Sepp Blatter’s orders.It follows De Gregorio making a joke on Swiss TV presenter Roger Schawinski’s show earlier this week.The joke was: “The FIFA president, secretary general and communications director are in a car. Who’s driving? Answer: The police.”The joke made headlines in the Swiss media but FIFA’s leaders were not amused. Blatter’s public relations advisor also criticised De Gregorio in an article, and after the communications director confronted the FIFA president he was shown the door.A statement from FIFA said: “Walter De Gregorio has decided to relinquish his office with immediate effect as director of communications & public affairs.“Mr De Gregorio joined FIFA on September 14, 2011 and will serve FIFA on a consultancy basis until the end of this year.“His deputy Nicolas Maingot will resume the role ad interim.”De Gregorio had held the position since September 2011 and it was he who fronted up for FIFA when the corruption crisis broke following the arrests of seven FIFA officials in a dawn raid in Zurich two weeks ago.Within four hours of the arrests, De Gregorio staged a press conference at FIFA’s headquarters where it was also announced that the Swiss attorney general would be interviewing 10 FIFA members about the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.De Gregorio insisted the investigation was “good for FIFA” adding: “It confirms we are on the right track. It hurts, it’s not easy, but it’s the only way to go.”FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke thanked De Gregorio for his work.Valcke said: “Walter has worked incredibly hard for the past four years and we are immensely grateful for all he has done.“I am glad we will be able to continue to draw on his expertise until the end of the year.” 1last_img read more

‘He is a SPECTACULAR player’- Germany coach hails England hitman ahead of clash

first_img Jamie Vardy during England training Joachim Low admits Germany have been doing their homework on Jamie Vardy ahead of Saturday’s friendly with England.The striker has enjoyed a remarkable rise from non-league to full international and, at 29, he is in the form of his career.He has hit 19 goals this season to help take Leicester five points clear at the top of the Premier League and is in line to make his fifth Three Lions appearance in Berlin.And his emergence has not gone unnoticed in Germany, with coach Low telling reporters on Friday: “We did watch him and he is a spectacular player.“A great performance, we did talk about him the last couple of days, not only him, but he is a player who is straightforward and is always looking to find the gap in the defence and get in behind the defence.“That is where it hurts the most and I think that is one of his biggest qualities.”Vardy may yet have to settle for a place on England’s bench despite scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games earlier in the season to set a new record, as Harry Kane is enjoying his own purple patch at present.The Tottenham striker tops the Premier League scoring charts with 21 – including five in his last three games – and Low knows the 22-year-old can also cause damage.“Kane could play as well,” he added. “I’m not sure if they have played together already. It could really impact our defence and it will be a different game if Kane or Vardy is playing – he is a fantastic player.”Vardy has been joined in Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad by Leicester team-mate Danny Drinkwater, who is set to make his debut either against Germany on in Tuesday’s Wembley clash with Holland.But another of the players helping Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes into a league-winning position has been German defender Robert Huth.The former Chelsea man has not been capped by his country in almost a decade but Low says, if necessary, he would have no qualms bringing Huth back into the fold.“I’m very happy about his performances in the Premier League, he has always been a great player and had great performances in our team,” he said of the 31-year-old.“I know if something happens with our defenders we can call him. We do have a lot of defenders in our pocket but we could call him.“He is a really good central defender and I would be happy if he wins the Premier League.”With the summer’s European Championship on the horizon, both Low and Hodgson could experiment on Saturday night – and the Germany coach knows their old foes can offer a threat.“England has improved a lot recently due to the coach Roy Hodgson, he had a big impact on the team” he said.“I have known him for sometime, also in Switzerland, the team has always been well coordinated, it is difficult for us to play against them and they are really good on the counter-attack.” 1last_img read more

New Barcelona away kit pays tribute to La Masia

first_imgThe classy yellow shirt has a strip in traditional ‘blaugrana’ colours in a throwback to the away kit worn in 1979, which marks the 40th anniversary of La Masia.The new kit will be worn with yellow or blue shorts. La Masia product and Barcelona star Sergi Roberto said: “It is not an accident that La Masia has given the world so many great players. punished Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho modelled the new away kit Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ FC Barcelona Barcelona’s new away kit is a nostalgic throwback New job boost LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS TROPHY targets 2 Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director Pete Hoppins added: “Barça’s away kit from ’79 is a cult classic and with us wanting to pay homage to La Masia, it made perfect sense to use a kit from its founding year as the starting point. “What you get is this beautiful vintage Barça design merged with all the benefits of modern technology. “La Masia has produced so many iconic players and it remains an honour to produce kits for them.” Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Barcelona’s new away kit pays tribute to the club’s renowned academy. La Masia has produced some of the greatest footballers of recent times including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta. latest 2 FC Barcelona Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January JIBE deals The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star “It is a special place with a unique philosophy and I am pleased this new away kit highlights the academy. Forty years of work at La Masia really is something worth celebrating.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions last_img read more

Warburton confident Rangers will find killer touch in front of goal

first_imgRangers boss Mark Warburton remains confident will find their killer instinct as they continue to shake off the rust of pre-season.The Ibrox side claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over East Stirlingshire in the League Cup on Friday night, but passed up a number of opportunities to make the margin of victory even greater.Warburton admitted that his side hasn’t quite found top form but insisted that their touch in front of goal will come in time.He said: “It could have been more. I’ve not seen the stats yet but we had a lot of possession. “Maybe we could have tested their keeper a bit more, especially in the second half.“But we kept trying to do the right thing on a difficult surface against a very willing opponent.“You can always talk about scoring more goals but I thought we did a very professional job and now we move on to game four.“I would agree that the longer we get into the season the rustiness will ease off and those chances will go in. Against Motherwell last week we could have scored four or five in the second half. “It was the same on Tuesday night against Annan and the same here. We’re getting in good shape and hopefully on Monday we can finish off with a positive display.”last_img read more

Durrant: Rangers need Morelos to compete for title

first_img“They’ll be wanting to keep him and he says now he hopes he doesn’t get any bids in for him. “If he’s going to put a mount up to match Celtic this year, Rangers will need Alfredo Morelos in the team.”Morelos has already scored nine goals from ten appearances this season and Durrant is in no doubt the striker should start ahead of Jermaine Defoe in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox on Sunday.Durrant said: “I’d have Morelos in the team any time, I think now. “He’s the marquee player, he’s the one you look at – Jermaine Defoe has done nothing wrong.“But for me Morelos is a certain starter.“When you’ve got that calibre of player, at any given moment in your team selection, you get your best players on the park.” Former Rangers favourite Ian Durrant believes the club must keep Alfredo Morelos this season to have a chance of winning the league.The Columbian striker’s future has been the subject of much speculation, but Durrant says the club can ill-afford to lose their “marquee player”.Durrant told STV Sport: “Rangers have already knocked back a large amount of money.“Steven Gerrard is on-record saying he wants to keep his best players – and Alfredo Morelos is probably their marquee player.last_img read more

Missing person found safe after overnight search

first_imgThere was a positive outcome to an extensive search and rescue mission in Inishowen last night.The search for a missing man was launched in the Carndonagh region on Tuesday night and stretched into the early hours of Wednesday morning.Malin Head Coast Guard co-ordinated the mission with Gardaí. The Rescue 118 helicopter and Greencastle Coast Guard team assisted in the search, which was focused inland.Heavy rain and freezing conditions created difficult conditions for rescue workers.The missing person was successfully found after 2am.Missing person found safe after overnight search was last modified: December 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more