Degraded Land for Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia: Practical Guidance

first_imgThis post was co-authored with Anne Rosenbarger, a POTICO Fellow at Sekala.In Indonesia, policy-makers and industry leaders are developing policies and practices in support of low-carbon palm oil production on “degraded land.”Such policies and practices have the potential to enable industry expansion while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. They also could contribute to poverty reduction if this expansion follows sustainable planning and management practices, including respect for local peoples’ interests and rights.However, whether this potential is achieved will be highly dependent on how new policies and practices address three questions:What is an appropriate definition of “degraded land” for low-carbon palm oil production?Where are these lands located?How do companies, governments, and NGOs determine which of these lands are suitable for sustainable palm oil production?The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Sekala have released a new joint working paper that answers these questions.The paper presents a quick, pratical, and cost-effective method for pre-screening sites that is consistent with both Indonesia’s proposed national policies and the certification standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The method includes both a desktop analysis and field assessments.The widespread application of the method described in this paper—combined with appropriate due diligence activities—can help to unlock the potential of degraded land for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia.Read WRI and Sekala’s working paper WRI and Sekala are currently developing a “Suitability Mapper,” an online application to allow easy replication or customization of the desktop portion of the method. The mapper will be released in mid-2012.How to identify potential sites for expansion? Fieldwork requiredThe paper emphasizes the importance of including social considerations in all stages of a comprehensive site selection process. Therefore, the method described is not limited to desktop analysis, but also includes field assessments.Field team in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo credit: Sekala. This WRI/Sekala Working Paper demonstrates how to implement a quick and cost-effective method for identifying potentially suitable “degraded land” for sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and presents results from the application of the method in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. The method consists of a desktop analysis as well as field assessments. The desktop portion of the method will be made easily replicable through an interactive Kalimantan-wide “Suitability Mapper” website currently under development, scheduled for release in mid-2012.What definition of degraded land?A frequently asked question regarding low-carbon palm oil policies is “what is degraded land?” This is because there is currently no single definition of degraded land and no corresponding definition in Indonesian law or policy. The term has been used in different contexts to describe land with a wide variety of characteristics.For example, the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry has a method for identifying lahan kritis, often translated as “critical” or “degraded” land. This method was designed to guide reforestation activities. It selects for environmentally sensitive areas with low forest cover, steep slopes and a high risk of erosion. Converting these areas to oil palm plantations would likely have negative impacts on local soil and water resources, and, in many cases, may be commercially unattractive. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to use the definition of lahan kritis to guide site selection for sustainable palm oil production.In the context of developing policies to support low-carbon palm oil production, an appropriate working definition of degraded land refers to areas with low carbon stocks and low biodiversity levels. Therefore, this paper uses land cover as a preliminary indicator for addressing this sustainability consideration.Where are potentially suitable degraded lands?Just because land is considered to be degraded from a carbon and biodiversity perspective does not necessarily make it suitable for sustainable palm oil production. For example, the area may be economically unattractive or local people may disagree with plantation proposals that do not appropriately take into account their existing claims and rights.The paper presents a method for guiding initial site selection for palm oil that goes beyond identifying low-carbon areas to consider whether an area is potentially suitable for palm oil production according to established sustainability standards such as those of the RSPO. Therefore, the full method—which was developed with input from industry, government, and civil society—consists of environmental, economic, social, and legal considerations that include, but are not limited to, whether the land is “degraded.”The first step in the method is a provincial-wide desktop analysis. Under Project POTICO, WRI and Sekala applied the method in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. The desktop analysis classified 7 million hectares of land as potentially suitable in these provinces. This amount is similar to some estimates of projected future oil palm expansion in Indonesia by 2020.This map shows the location of West Kalimantan (green) and Central Kalimantan (red).center_img Under Project POTICO, field assessments were conducted in 22 sites in West Kalimantan initially classified as potentially suitable in the desktop analysis. Of these, nine were confirmed as potentially suitable after additional site-specific information, such as community interest, was considered. These results clearly indicate that field assessments are necessary to confirm or reject the potential suitability of a site.This practical method can be used by companies as a first step in a site selection process for a certified sustainable plantation and can inform government officials and NGOs in assessing land use policy options to support low-carbon palm oil expansion.Read the full working paper: “How to identify degraded land for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia”.last_img read more

Champions League: Manchester City thrash Schalke 7-0 to storm into quarter-finals

first_imgRampant Manchester City demolished a woeful Schalke 7-0 to complete a 10-2 aggregate win and become the third English side into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.City’s record home win in Europe did not look likely after a quiet opening 35 minutes but once Sergio Aguero began the rout from the penalty spot it became embarrassingly easy as City reached the last eight for the third time in four years.Aguero doubled City’s lead three minutes later and the impressive Leroy Sane made it 3-0 before halftime.Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva finished off flowing moves after the break and youngster Phil Foden bagged his first European goal before Gabriel Jesus made it seven, rounding off the biggest ever Champions League defeat for a German side.City, who trailed 2-1 in the away leg with 10 men before turning it around late on, join local rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in Friday’s quarter-final draw, the first time since 2011 that at least three English clubs are in the last eight.Liverpool can make it a full house when they play against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.With Real Madrid and Paris St Germain having been knocked out, Guardiola’s side will fancy their chances of going all the way for the first time in the competition.”It was a clear result. We didn’t start that well, we were a bit scared to play, Guardiola, whose side racked up the biggest aggregate win by an English club in the knockout rounds, said.advertisement”But after it went 1-0, we relaxed and decided to play and be aggressive.Schalke’s players were barracked by their own fans at the end of a miserable night for Domenico Tedesco’s side who face a fight to preserve their Bundesliga status.”You can imagine how I’m feeling. Terrible, Tedesco said. “We played well for 30 minutes, but after we went 1-0 down, we had an extreme drop off in performance.The sight of Sane causing so much discomfort for his former club hardly helped their mood.The 23-year-old, who joined City in 2016, was a handful all night but it was the ever-reliable Aguero who got the ball rolling – coolly dinking his penalty down the middle after Silva was bundled over by Jeffrey Bruma.VAR FRUSTRATIONAguero then took advantage of Sterling’s backheel to make it 2-0 although a near three-minute VAR delay to check whether the England forward had been offside in the buildup frustrated the fans inside the Etihad Stadium.Sane then swept in City’s third as Guardiola’s side began to cut through a dispirited Schalke at will, although again there was an annoying VAR delay before his goal was confirmed.Sane had a goal wiped out for offside in the second half but then produced a great slide-rule cross to feed Sterling who powered home City’s fourth goal in the 56th minute.Boos rang out as VAR was yet again employed to ensure Sterling had been onside when the ball was played across.Another Sane assist allowed Silva to make it 5-0 before City threaded their way through the Schalke defence and Foden skipped around exposed keeper Ralf Faehrmann to add a sixth.Far from take their foot off the gas City were hungry for more goals and substitute Jesus got his name on the scoresheet when he curled in with six minutes remaining.last_img read more

It’s IPL time: Cricket superstars set to rock and roll with an eye on World Cup

first_imgThe Indian Premier League is an important part of the cricket calendar. Top players from all over the world converge in India for the biggest and the richet T20 league in the world. Fans brave the punishing heat to see their heroes in action and journalists have their hands full – the rivetting cricket is reason enough to stay hooked but over the years, several controversies have rocked the IPL – yet the tournament has survived those hardships and is today in its 12th year.The inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 brought about a cricketing revolution. Several IPL teams have given India some stunning cricketers. Several others hope to impress in the IPL and make their way back into the team – a few have successfully been able to do that while several others have failed. The Indian summer is all about the IPL, then is it not.Well, not this time. This year, the IPL will battle for space and attention with the general elections. In 2009, the whole tournament had to be shifted to South Africa. In 2014, part of the IPL was played in the Middle East. The entire IPL will be played in India in 2019. However, the BCCI is yet to announce the dates for the knockout matches. Moreover, there is a feeling key players of all nationalities could be rested at different phases with the World Cup barely weeks away.Besides, there is another first. In 2011 and 2015, the IPL was played after the World Cup. This year, the World Cup starts days after the final. No team would want their players jaded and exhausted when they head out to battle for cricket’s most coveted trophy. There’s another school of thought – some feel the IPL could be superb preparation for the World Cup.advertisementIndia have completed their international season – they did very well in Australia and New Zealand before being caught out by a charged-up Australian team in their own backyard. After India lost the ODI series 2-3, Virat Kohli said there were still a couple of slots yet to be decided for the World Cup. He had also said the IPL won’t influence World Cup selection but news agencies later quoted a BCCI official as saying the first month of the IPL will be important.What if Suresh Raina has a sensational stint with Chennai Super Kings? What if Umesh Yadav picks 20 wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore? What if Rishabh Pant really turns it on for Delhi Capitals? What if Dinesh Karthik scores over 500 runs for KKR? Surely, those performances will weigh in on the selectors’ minds.This IPL will be extremely critical for two Australian superstars trying to work their way back into the team after one of the darkest chapters in cricketing history. David Warner and Steve Smith were banned for a year over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal – obviously, now their performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will hold plenty of significance.Warner did tell India Today World Cup selection was not on his mind but the Australian team management will keep a close eye on how he and Smith perform. Form, fitness. Add these two to the World Cup mix and you have a formidable Australian team ready to defend their world title in England.Chris Gayle was on fire for West Indies in the ODI series against England at home. Can be bring that red-hot form for Kings XI Punjab? If Gayle gets in the mood, it’s good news for both KXIP and Punjab.MSK Prasad, India’s chief selector, speaking at the India Today Conclave, said the IPL will provide players with a competitive atmosphere to get ready mentally for the World Cup. “Rather than sitting and training, this IPL offers a competitive atmosphere.”Prasad said India did well in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England because they played the IPL. But there’s hardly any gap between the IPL and the World Cup. It’s very likely India will rest some of their big guns in the latter half of the tournament.But no player will take the IPL for granted. They are paid big bucks and they play for pride. When Kohli, Dhoni, Gayle, Rohit, Bumrah and the other big boys walk out to play for their respective IPL sides, they will have only one thing on their mind: IPL glory.Also Read | Pre-tournament photo shoot suggests Bhuvneshwar Kumar likely to lead SRHAlso Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerAlso Read | Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKAlso Read | MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli: Friends set to turn rivals in IPL 2019 openeradvertisementlast_img read more

OTHER IOWA SCHOOL BOARD RESULTS

first_imgSIOUX CITY WASN’T THE ONLY DISTRICT CONDUCTING SCHOOL ELECTIONS TUESDAY.IN HINTON, TWO SEATS WERE UP FOR ELECTION.ERIN WEILAND HAD THE MOST VOTES WITH 92.INCUMBENT JAMES BINNEBOSSE EDGED OUT FELLOW INCUMBENT JOHN REINTZEL 65-62 FOR THE OTHER SEAT.KINGSLEY PIERSON VOTERS ELECTED KATE PRATT AND JASON COLLINS TO THEIR SCHOOL BOARD.REMSEN-UNION VOTERS APPROVED A ONE CENT SALES TAX FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS BY A 66-39 VOTE.THE DISTRICT ALSO ELECTED MIKE SPARR, ROBIN WEILER AND CHRIS POECKES TO THEIR SCHOOL BOARD.last_img

NEW TRIAL DATE FOR ISAAC MCDONALD

first_imgA new trial date has been set in the case of a Sioux City man charged in the shooting of another man in the 200 block of Alice Street last August 1st.23-year-old Isaac McDonald is charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting 28-year-old John Mercure in the head.McDonald’s jury trial has now been set for July 9th.McDonald remains held in the Woodbury County Jail on $100,000 bond.last_img

ESPN guys wonder where Stillwater is

first_imgCool, guys.h/t Orange PowerIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

This OSU promo video will get you pumped for football season

first_imgJust three more days.Oh wait, that’s until the Masters starts.We have exactly 150 days to go until OSU takes on Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant. This video, though, should get you turnt for the season (is that the right word? I’m 30 now, I feel more lost than Ryan Spangler in a suit).Also, I really enjoyed this piece Jake Trotter did recently on the top 10 players currently on OSU’s squad.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Tyreek Hill called 911 on his girlfriend a month before altercation

first_imgTyreek Hill will stand trial in April.Tyreek Hill will stand trial in April.The Tyreek Hill story keeps twisting and turning as Hill’s April 17 trial date awaits regarding the beating and choking of his girlfriend.The latest offshoot of the tale is that Hill actually called 911 on the girlfriend whom he later beat a month before their physical altercation.According to the O’Colly, Hill’s girlfriend wouldn’t leave his apartment. Here’s (heavily redacted) audio of the incident:My biggest takeaway? Hill had “no idea” how to spell her last name.According to the O’Colly, Hill called 911 back about 20 minutes later and reported that his girlfriend had left his apartment and no officers needed to come.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Bayern press reset button with Jupp

first_imgUEFA Champions League Bayern pressed the reset button with Heynckes while Pep steps into the future Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 20:46 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Jupp Heynckes Pep Guardiola Split Getty UEFA Champions League Manchester City v Stoke City Manchester City v Napoli Bayern München v Freiburg Bayern München v Celtic Freiburg Bayern München Manchester City Stoke City Napoli Celtic Premier League Bundesliga Guardiola Opinion German record champions have pressed the reset button not only on their season but on the Guardiola era entirely while the Catalan advances at City Kevin De Bruyne could have been playing for Bayern Munich in their 5-0 hammering of Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, if only they had been willing to match Wolfsburg’s valuation of him in the summer of 2015.De Bruyne’s heart was beating for the move, his agent Patrick De Koster told SportFootMagazine last year, but Bayern would not budge their bid beyond €50 million.Bayern 13/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. In stepped Manchester City and the rest is history.It would take a long time to list all the ways in which De Bruyne was effective for City in their ludicrously one-sided 7-2 demolition of Stoke City last weekend.If you’ve only got time for the Cliff Notes then satisfy yourself with the following three through balls.One, the return pass to Leroy Sane, who set up Raheem Sterling for City’s second goal in the first half.Pep Guardiola Manchester CityAn ankle-breaker of a pass for those Stoke players on the field expecting the shot; a neck-breaker of a pass for those of us in attendance who only spotted it after it was executed.Two, the assist for Gabriel Jesus’s second goal. Let’s credit the movement of the striker first but the timing and execution of De Bruyne’s pass were geometrically perfect. He has a gift of playing decisive passes with the opposition on the back foot. It buys an enormous amount of time for the recipient.Three, his pass for Sane’s goal some seven minutes later, just before his substitution. Maybe he was tired because he probably could have carried the ball further.But the path of the pass was measured to the millimetre. It ate up the grass and turned midfield possession to a goal in the blink of an eye.Guardiola hates to elevate one player above others – in his public analysis at least – but even he had a smile on his face when describing that pass afterwards. There was no hiding his delight.Pep could have been coaching him at the Allianz Arena but – like with Thiago – he would have had to wave De Bruyne goodbye when leaving for City.The Thiago signing Bayern could satisfy; his Barcelona buyout clause had dropped tantalisingly low and in they swooped. But without a significant discount there would be no De Bruyne to follow.Lucky for City and – ultimately – lucky for Pep that Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and the now reappointed president Uli Hoeness are so stuck in their ways.Bayern are a super club trying to keep up with the Joneses but are cutting corners.Thomas Muller Jupp Heynckes Bayern Jupp Heynckes BayernThey cut one in failing to get De Bruyne; they had cut another a year earlier in failing to meet the contract demands of Toni Kroos.They are failing even in the eyes of even their star centre forward Robert Lewandowski – who spent the early part of the season pleading for more signings to keep pace with Paris Saint-Germain and the big teams in the Premier League. A signing like De Bruyne.He knew what Bayern had wasn’t enough, not with the army Pep was assembling at the Etihad, and certainly not with the Globetrotters PSG were putting together in their strikeline.PSG then demonstrated just how badly dilapidated Bayern had allowed themselves to become by walloping them 4-0.There may well have been issues with the coaching methods of Carlo Ancelotti but one man alone shouldn’t be carrying the can for their overall recent negligence.And so it was to Jupp Heynckes that Rummenigge and Hoeness turned… again.At 72, Jupp is the third-oldest man to ever take charge of a Bundesliga team. His side racked up five against Freiburg – their 15th home win against that opposition in a row – but it’s hard to escape the sensation that Bayern have taken backward step with his appointment. It would be like Manchester United spelling out progress with Sir Alex Ferguson back in charge. City are the team of the future now and they are taking giant leaps every week under Guardiola.Kevin De Bruyne GFX Thiago Alcantara Bayern Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne Manchester CityBayern instead opted to press the reset button when he left; turning to Ancelotti – the yang to Pep’s yin – but now they are right back where they started.Heynckes couldn’t have picked any more of his 2013 team on Saturday for his comeback if he tried. He had Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller in the starting line-up. Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery were injured but we can assume they might have been there otherwise. The rest are cleared out or in Philipp Lahm’s case retired.And 2013 is for now is where Bayern appear to want to be. But the treble was half a lifetime ago in football terms and they haven’t got a hope of winning the Champions League up against teams the calibre of not only Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain this season but City themselves.They decided to abort their season by appointing a caretaker in September. Rummenigge and Hoeness are again leaning on their old-boys network which has bailed them out of some ordinary decision making in the past.Heynckes is yesterday’s man. Instead of having a genuine successor to Guardiola – to stand on the shoulders of that giant – and a player like De Bruyne they are desperately trying to rekindle the fire that burned bright in 2013.But Bayern are rubbing sticks together compared to what Pep is doing.last_img read more

Dyche ‘amazed’ at Everton talk

first_imgPremier League Dyche ‘amazed’ at persistent Everton talk Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:35 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sean dyche - cropped Getty Images Premier League Burnley v Swansea City Swansea City Burnley Everton The Burnley manager has been perplexed by continued questions regarding his potential interest in taking over the Toffees Burnley boss Sean Dyche says the continued speculation linking him with the Everton job has left him dumbfounded.The 46-year-old has reportedly been one of the Merseyside club’s top candidates to take over from Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month.Toffees 21/10 to win at Palace Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It has been claimed in recent days that Everton have been knocked back in their pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva, prompting renewed suggestions they could make an offer to Dyche.However, the former defender insists his focus is entirely on Burnley and not the prospect of a move to Goodison Park.”It’s amazing you’re still asking,” he said, speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Swansea City. “As I’ve said plenty of times I am just getting on with my job here.”When pressed on the rumours, he replied: “Are you still seriously going down this road? I’m at the stage I’ve always been at. I’ve had plenty of speculation, in a good way mostly, and that’s part and parcel of everything we’ve achieved here.”You get interest, whether it’s me or my players. But I’m still here, simple as that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne signs new five-year contract

first_imgnews Share on Facebook Kevin De Bruyne: the stubborn boy who developed into a world beater Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Manchester City Topics Share on Messenger The Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new five-year deal, the Premier League leaders have announced. The Belgian, who joined City from the German club Wolfsburg in 2015, is now under contract until 2023.“I am really happy to have signed this new deal,” De Bruyne told the club’s website.The 26-year-old has been in sensational form this season, contributing 10 assists and six goals in the Premier League to help City open up a 12-point gap at the top of the table. Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Twitter Having previously experienced an unsuccessful spell in England with Chelsea, De Bruyne has firmly established himself as a regular under Pep Guardiola and has scored 31 times in 122 appearances for City so far. “As I’ve said previously, my intention has always been to stay here at City, where I’ve felt at home from day one,” De Bruyne said.“Not only are we winning – we are playing great football. It’s a pleasure to be a part of and I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years.”News of De Bruyne’s contract extension was announced at almost exactly the same time that Manchester United confirmed they had signed Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez, who had been a target for Guardiola’s side.last_img read more

Arsenal agree £26.4m deal to sign Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn The Uruguayan is an extremely hard-working player with a good shot and has scored several goals from set-pieces while at Sampdoria. Torreira would become the new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s second signing after the capture of the former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer earlier this month. World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Arsenal Share on Twitter Arsenal have agreed a £26.4m (€30m) deal to sign the Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and were discussing personal terms with the Uruguayan’s representatives in Milan on Tuesday. Share on Facebook Transfer window The 22-year-old did have a £21.9m (€25m) release clause in his contract, which has another four years to run, but Arsenal offered the extra €5m to beat off competition from Napoli. The fee will be paid over three years. The Premier League club have offered him a five-year deal and are confident that he will sign it.Torreira arrived in Italy as a striker, described at the time as the new Carlos Tevez because of his combative style, and joined Perugia in 2013. There, however, he was moved into midfield by the coach and 2006 World Cup winner Massimo Oddo.He gradually grew into his new role and earned a move to Sampdoria in 2016. He has become a key player at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and is ranked among the best defensive midfielders in Serie A. He has one Uruguay cap and was included in Óscar Tabárez’s World Cup squad for the tournament in Russia this summer.center_img Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Topics news Sampdoria Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Leigh Griffiths lifts Celtic’s frustration with late winner against Rosenborg

first_img Read more Rosenborg Reuse this content Griffiths, who recently signed a four-year contract with the club, had been left out of the Scotland team by Alex McLeish for the Nations League opener with Albania, with Rodgers looking for improvement.However, after the timely winner from Griffiths, the Northern Irishman said: “It is not just Leigh, every player needs to improve, every player has the responsibility to get better, especially at the top end of the field.“What we know with Leigh is he can score goals so you fancy him in a game like that; if there is a chance he can take it and it was the only chance he had in the game. He read the ball into the box, anticipated it and it was a great finish. I love working with him. He is vital to this club and squad because whether he plays or is on the bench, he wants to play for Celtic, he has that hunger.”Celtic recorded an opening group stage win for the first time in 15 attempts. Rodgers added: “It was against a Rosenborg team who had won nine and drawn two so they came here with a real confidence. Without being at the top of the game, we kept going. I said to the players that we had to find a way to win and the players did that.”An insipid first 45 minutes only warmed up towards the interval. For all their possession, the zip was missing from Celtic’s play. But in the 42nd minute Hansen made a fine double save, first from Tom Rogic’s left-foot drive from 16 yards before pushing Édouard’s close-range effort from the rebound on to the outside of a post for a corner, which came to nothing.Just before the hour mark Rogic and James Forrest were replaced by Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston as Rodgers sought a speedier method of breaking the deadlock. The two substitutes combined in the 62nd minute, when Johnston burst into the box and crossed for Sinclair, but his volley missed the target. /info/2016/jan/05/the-fiver-email-sign-up The Norwegian side were camped at the edge of their own box as Celtic pressed, but with diminishing belief.However, their frustration was lifted when Griffiths, from right in front of goal and unmarked, headed Boyata’s set-up from a Scott Brown cross past Hansen.The Rosenborg manager, Rini Coolen, described his side’s performance as “good but not good enough.”He said: “We are disappointed to lose. We deserved a little bit more. We had a different game-plan and the execution was OK. It is a mixed feeling, disappointed but happy and proud.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Europa League Share on LinkedIn Celtic European club football The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the double against Vorskla Poltava Share via Email Share on Messenger match reports Topics Brendan Rodgers praised Leigh Griffiths for doing what he does best after the striker came off the bench to score a late winner for Celtic in their Europa League Group B opener against Rosenborg at Celtic Park.Celtic struggled until the 87th minute when the Scotland forward, on for Odsonne Édouard, headed in a Dedryck Boyata knockdown to secure three points that had looked like escaping them. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

David Beckham gets driving ban for using phone at the wheel

first_imgTopics David Beckham Share on LinkedIn news Share via Email Road transport Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months for using his mobile phone while driving after a member of the public photographed him using the device.The former footballer, 43, had already pleaded guilty to using the device while driving his Bentley in “slowly moving” traffic on Great Portland Street, central London, on 21 November.Beckham, wearing a dark grey suit and tie, was told by district judge Catherine Moore at Bromley magistrates court on Thursday that he would be temporarily disqualified, as she gave him six points to add to the six he already had for speeding matters.Moore acknowledged the slow pace of the traffic but said there was “no excuse” under the law. “I am therefore required to disqualify you from driving,” she told him.“Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road, he appeared to be looking at his lap,” said prosecutor Matthew Spratt. “He [the witness] says that the defendant was operating a handheld device at knee level. At that moment a photograph was taken. The defendant was holding the mobile phone in the upright position.”Gerrard Tyrrell, Beckham’s lawyer, said his client was travelling slowly and could recall neither the day in question nor the particular incident. “There is no excuse for what took place, but his view is as he cannot remember … he’s going to plead guilty, and that’s what he’s done.”He added that Beckham had seen the photographs and his only observation was that the traffic appeared to be stationary.Beckham finds driving a relaxing pastime, Tyrrell said. To deprive him of being able to take his children to school each day would be a punishment that the father of four would acknowledge.The former England captain, who won 115 caps for his country, was fined £750 and ordered to pay £100 to prosecution costs, plus a £75 surcharge fee.Beckham was criticised last year when he avoided prosecution for a speeding charge after he was caught driving at 59mph in a 40mph zone – because his lawyer Nick Freeman, also known as Mr Loophole, successfully argued that the speeding notice arrived a day late.The punishment for driving while using a handheld mobile phone was doubled to six penalty points in March 2017, meaning that people with less than two years’ experience could be banned for doing so.Last year the majority of cases were dealt with by fining the driver – 86% of whom were men – an average of £180. Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Eoin Morgan says injuries in win over West Indies are no cause for panic

first_imgShare on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wind of change for West Indies as Chris Gayle gradually blows out Reuse this content When England dropped Alex Hales before the World Cup, following his 21-day ban for recreational drug use, it was said he would not be selected again this summer. Joe Denly, therefore, appears to be next in line for a call-up should Roy be out altogether – something England will do only as a last resort, given replacements are permanent.Morgan, meanwhile, was forced off in the 40th over of the match. Running to the stumps at the bowler’s end when fielding, the England captain pulled up and then appeared in greater discomfort than Roy when hobbling back to the pavilion. Jason Roy left the field in the eighth over of the game with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. “I don’t know how [Roy] pulled up – he’ll have a scan and it will take 48 hours to get the full results. When any two players go down it’s a worry but we’re not at panic stations. We’ll do a risk assessment before the Afghanistan game.”Roy certainly appeared to be the more troubling of the two, having walked off in the eighth over after turning to run for a miscued pull shot from Chris Gayle that flew over the infield. The opener did not return during the remainder of the West Indies innings, nor feature in England’s subsequent cruise to their target, having been barred from batting higher than No 7 due to time off the field.It is not the first time Roy has suffered the injury. He spent seven weeks on the sidelines this year when suffering a strain to the same hamstring and it will be hoped that this recurrence is not as serious.James Vince, who has one ODI half-century to his name, is the reserve batsman in the squad. Another option, in theory, is Moeen Ali, who opened for England in the last World Cup to useful effect but averages 15 with the bat in the past 12 months, albeit chiefly down the order. news The captain’s absence should hopefully be minimal with rest and treatment and his deputy, Jos Buttler, is on standby to lead at Old Trafford on Tuesday should that fixture come too soon for a return.Despite obvious discomfort, Morgan was keen to praise Joe Root’s unbeaten 100 from 94 balls, having been pressed into opening and putting on 95 with Jonny Bairstow, sealing the match through a 104-run stand with the auxiliary No 3, Chris Woakes.“Joe was exceptional,” said Morgan. “He is the glue that holds everything together, and a side of his batting that’s got better over the last two or three years, that people haven’t seen a lot of, is his expansive game. He never seems to go at less than a run a ball. You look up and he’s going at better than a run ball.”It was not all bad news on the fitness front either. Mark Wood, arguably England’s most physically fragile player, passed a fitness test on a bruised left ankle but tore in for figures of three for 18 in 6.4 overs. England cruise to easy win over West Indies but both sides suffer injuries Pinterest Since you’re here… Cricket West Indies cricket teamcenter_img Cricket World Cup 2019 Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Facebook Share on LinkedIn West Indies, meanwhile, face Bangladesh in Taunton on Monday and will once again go into the match with doubts over the fitness of Andre Russell.The all-rounder, who is managing long-standing knee problems, suffered a wrist injury while batting and then pulled up in the 11th over of England’s chase. It came when falling over after sending down a bouncer that hit Bairstow on the helmet. Eoin Morgan insisted it was not a case of “panic stations” despite injuries to himself and Jason Roy taking the gloss off England’s comfortable victory over West Indies. The England captain and the opener Roy face a struggle to be fit for Tuesday’s game against Afghanistan at Old Trafford – back and hamstring problems respectively prevented them from batting in the successful chase of 213.Morgan, who was forced by his predicament to stand up during his post-match press conference, said: “It is sore. I have had back spasms before – we think it’s that – and they normally take a few days to settle down. We’ll know more in the next 24 hours. Twitter Eoin Morgan England cricket team Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

Ashleigh Barty handed second-round court snub at Wimbledon

first_imgTennis Wimbledon Share via Email Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Wimbledon 2019 Share on Facebook Australia sport Ashleigh Barty has been dealt another Wimbledon snub with the world No 1’s second-round match on Thursday being shunted to Court Two. Instead of taking on Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck on the showpiece Centre or No 1 Court in the afternoon, the French Open champion will continue her campaign in the morning round of matches.The surprising move from the All England Club comes on the back of the Seven Network’s controversial decision to focus on the all-Australian battle between Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson instead of the top seed’s first-round match against China’s Zheng Saisai on Tuesday.Wimbledon officials have opted instead to showcase British men’s No 2 Cameron Norrie’s match against Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishkori for the Centre Court curtain-raiser. That match is followed by another British player, Johanna Konta, the world No 18, who takes on unheralded Czech Katerina Siniakova before Kyrgios closes out the day against Rafael Nadal in a genuine Centre Court blockbuster.Court One’s first match will see two-time champion Petra Kvitova meet France’s Kristina Mladenovic – the last player to beat Barty before she embarked on her 13-match unbeaten run. Another Briton, Jay Clarke, then plays eight-times men’s champion Roger Federer before seven-times women’s winner Serena Williams takes on Kaja Juvan.Last month the decision not to reshuffle the rain-affected French Open schedule to accomodate Barty’s semi-final on centre court at Roland Garros was branded “unfair and inappropriate” by the WTA’s chief executive, Steve Simon, and a former women’s No 1, Amelie Mauresmo, said it was “a disgrace”.Barty said pre-Wimbledon she was not bothered where she played. “There isn’t a bad court at Wimbledon so wherever I’m scheduled to play on, we’ll go out there and do our best,” she said. “The size of the court, they’re all the same. The lines are the same.”Barty also shrugged off Seven’s move not to show Australia’s best female player since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in her first match as world No 1. “If people can watch my matches, great,” Barty said after her first-round win. “If they can’t, they can’t. That’s up to the broadcasters, not me.”Kyrgios believes Australia have the right to watch Barty ahead of him and said the 23-year-old deserved to have the whole nation behind her. “What she’s doing is incredible. I knew as soon as she got her head right and wanted it enough, the sky’s the limit for her,” Kyrgios said. “I knew deep down she was always capable. When she took that year off, came back, she seemed to be refreshed. Now she’s winning grand slams. It doesn’t surprise me at all. I’m happy that she’s got all the support. She deserves it.”An All England Club spokesperson said in a statement to AAP: “As always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation. We take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts. All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart.” Ashleigh Barty Topics Share on Pinterest Channel Seven defends bumping Ash Barty’s Wimbledon match for Nick Kyrgios ‘epic’ news … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

‘Superhumans’ tag plays down the talent and dedication of disabled athletes

first_imgThis is revealing in itself and the coverage of the Paralympics must be commended for demanding more of the public attention. But where does it develop from here? Attitudes towards specific sports and athletes need to be addressed. As Gregg asserts: “We are athletes who happen to be disabled rather than athletes because we are disabled.” A lack of understanding about disability as a whole amplifies the issue and leads to condescending questions and comments.The difficulty of gaining respect and admiration rather than sympathy is something the superhuman tag does not go far enough in addressing. Lauren Rowles MBE, a Paralympic gold medal-winning rower, says: “I believe we need to move away from the idea that disabled people are inspirational and start moving towards the idea that hard work creates success and the reason you become a Paralympian is because you are willing to put in more hard work than anyone.”Jack Perry was a member of Team GB’s World Under-23 title-winning wheelchair basketball side in 2017 Share via Email Training with the GB wheelchair basketball team, I have been on the receiving end of ridiculous skill that has left me shaking my head in disbelief. Take the outrageous half-court hook shot swished on the buzzer to win a match that would not have looked out of place on a viral trick-shot video with millions of views. The frustrating thing is, however, that the unbelievable talent of my teammates does not go viral, and does not even get the attention from the national media and public that it deserves outside a Paralympic year.Look no further than GB wheelchair basketball legend Terry Bywater, who in a title-deciding game earlier this year in the professional Spanish league scored 35 points in 32 minutes, nailing six of 13 attempted three-pointers. Compare that to the three from seven three-pointers Klay Thompson averages, and he is one of the best shooters in NBA history. Or check out Blake Leeper, an American double amputee who clocked a time of 44.42sec over 400m in 2018 – fast enough for fourth at the world championships in Doha last month and quicker than any able-bodied British sprinter has managed for over two decades.With the World Para-Athletics Championships starting on Thursday, there will be opportunities for new household names to begin emerging, particularly with stars such as Jonnie Peacock missing out due to injury. Four athletes will make their senior debuts in Dubai – Lydia Church, Owen Miller, Anna Nicholson and Hannah Taunton – while Libby Clegg will attempt to replicate Rio 2016 T11 100m and 200m golds just seven months after giving birth to her son by caesarean section. In the year leading up to Tokyo 2020 the spotlight will return to disabled athletes with an intensity only a Paralympic year can bring. The issue then becomes the way the sports are covered and if the public and media interest can stretch beyond the Games themselves.Progress has undoubtedly been made with the coverage of disability sport in the UK, but there is still some distance to go. The 120 hours of Paralympic sport broadcast live from Rio 2016 would have been unthinkable a decade ago and behind the steady increase of public interest has arguably been the Channel 4 campaign advertising athletes as “superhumans” .Understandably, the Channel 4 team were searching for a unique selling point to market the Paralympics and it is difficult to criticise the reach and impact of the campaign. The superhuman label has become synonymous with the Paralympics, but perhaps in a way that has diverted attention from the skill and talent that disabled athletes possess.There is an important balance to be struck here. Romanticising the reality of disability into a concept that can be conquered does not help the perception of a wider disabled population. Gordon Aikman, who was a motor neurone disease patient and campaigner before he died in 2017, pointed out that “all disabled people are forced to be superhuman – Paralympian or not – because of the inaccessible world and anti-disabled attitudes we must battle every day simply to exist.” Channel 4 Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Twitter A quick glance back to June this year demonstrates the point, when the Paralympic bronze medallist Matt Byrne was left at Dublin airport after a pilot refused to let him board because the flight was running late – an indication of the unacceptable way the disabled population are still treated. To live with disability and fight daily against discrimination is a victory in itself.The superhuman label also affects the Paralympic athletes themselves, who are cast as the freaks of sport, existing outside the perceived norm of able-bodied elite athletes. Too often what is highlighted about disabled athletes is the disability that sets them apart instead of the supreme talent and dedication that makes them exceptional.Sport can certainly play a role in the slow corrosion of disablist attitudes, although a different tack may be required. The wheelchair basketball player Gregg Warburton, who won the most valuable player award when Britain took gold at the world championships in 2018, says: “It’s definitely got better since I’ve been playing. Each Paralympics pushes us into the limelight more.” Support The Guardian Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on LinkedIn Athletics ‘It’s given me so much confidence’: disability football scheme brings joy to Tottenham Topics Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter comment Channel 4’s campaign for their 2016 Paralympics coverage was acclaimed but the skill and talent of individuals has failed to break through to wider attention. Photograph: Channel 4 Read more Disability and sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘New Messi’ Pellegri explains Monaco switch

first_imgTransfers ‘New Messi’ Pellegri reveals why he chose Monaco over Juve & Arsenal Joe Wright 22:07 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) pietro pellegri - cropped Getty Images Transfers Monaco Olympique Marseille v Monaco Genoa v Udinese Genoa Serie A Ligue 1 Arsenal Juventus Dubbed ‘the next Lionel Messi’ by Genoa’s president, the Italy Under-19 international has moved to Ligue 1 in a bid to further his career. Italian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri has explained that Monaco’s famous talent for youth development persuaded him to choose the club over a host of top European sides.Monaco completed the signing of 16-year-old Pellegri from Genoa for a reported fee of €25 million on Saturday.The forward, who was linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Arsenal, has agreed a long-term deal at Stade Louis II. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And, according to the youngster, the chance to follow in the footsteps of former Monaco whizzkids such as Kylian Mbappe was irresistible.Pellegri told Monaco’s website: “I am very happy to join Monaco. I was very quickly convinced by the project, which allows youngsters like me to progress and flourish in the future.”I will work hard to become an important player for the club in the future.”Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added: “We are very pleased to welcome Pietro to Monaco. He’s a very young player who already has experience in Serie A.”He has great qualities, big potential and we’re convinced that, with time and a lot of work, he will become an important player.”This is further proof that our work in recent seasons, the results and the players who have come through in our shirt, are attracting the greatest talents in European football.” L’AS Monaco est heureux d’annoncer la signature de Pietro Pellegri à l’AS Monaco ! #WelcomeToMonaco pic.twitter.com/FMY2WwiuMp— AS Monaco  (@AS_Monaco) January 27, 2018Pellegri, described by Genoa president Enrico Preziosi as “the next Lionel Messi”, became the joint-youngest player to appear in Serie A at the age of 15 years and 280 days in December 2016.He scored his first league goal in a 3-2 defeat to Roma in May last year, Francesco Totti’s final match for the capital club.last_img read more

Pochettino feels sorry for referees amid VAR drama

first_imgFA Cup Pochettino feels sorry for referees amid VAR drama Jamie Smith 07:53 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) paultierney-cropped Getty Images FA Cup Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur Rochdale Tottenham Hotspur After some bizarre incidents during an FA Cup win over Rochdale, the Tottenham boss sympathised with match officials Mauricio Pochettino said he feels sorry for match officials after a string of video assistant referee (VAR) decisions marred Tottenham’s FA Cup win against Rochdale.Fernando Llorente struck a perfect hat-trick in a 6-1 rout of the League One side at a snowy Wembley on Wednesday to book a quarter-final meeting with Swansea City.But the headlines were made by VAR yet again, with the technology being trialled in English football for the first time in the FA Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Referee Paul Tierney consulted VAR before ruling out Erik Lamela’s fifth-minute effort, while Spurs were then awarded a penalty thanks to the system.However, the subsequent strike was disallowed by the official following yet another lengthy review after Son Heung-min feinted in his run-up. Fans and pundits alike were left confused by the use of the technology and Pochettino said it was difficult for his players to concentrate during an eventful first half, with the score 1-1 at the break before Spurs pulled away after the interval.”It was a game we can talk about different things,” Pochettino told BBC Sport. “It was so complicated because of the new system, it was difficult to keep focus on the game. The job is done and we are happy because we are in a quarter-final.”I told the players to keep focused at half-time. The circumstances were difficult. I think we have the best referees in Europe or the world but I don’t know if this system will help them or cause more confusion.”It is a game of emotion. If we are going to kill this emotion I think we are going to change the game.”It’s difficult for the referee – I feel so sorry for the referee and more I feel sorry for the fans because it’s so difficult to understand the situation.”We have a tough game at Swansea and we will have a competitive time.”Mauricio: “We’re so happy. We’re in the quarter-finals and that was tonight’s objective.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/6W9UQWzhLb — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 28, 2018 Having pegged Spurs back for the second time this month before the Premier League side’s class told after the interval, Dale boss Keith Hill was thrilled with the way his team competed.”The first half was special,” Hill told BBC Sport. “Tottenham are a marvellous and exceptional side and I hope they go on to win the FA Cup.”In no shape or form am I embarrassed about the way they [Rochdale players] took them on. Let’s be proud about what we tried to achieve.”It’s not often you get an opportunity to pit your wits against a special side. We will miss it this week but we look forward to the league games.”last_img read more