Ineffective recycling compounds Indonesia’s marine waste problem

first_img“All plastics are actually recyclable. However, the question is whether they can be properly recycled [as a result of their condition],” Justin told The Jakarta Post recently.Recycling plants can only process plastic waste that has been separated from other waste. However, much of the country’s plastic waste is mixed with other types of waste, preventing the industry from processing it into new raw materials.Read also: Collaboration makes recycling possibleJustin claimed the problems could not be solved by recyclers investing in the waste management sector to improve plastic processing. “We’re recyclers, not trash pickers. Our job is to recycle rather than take care of the whole waste problem. We’re not competent in that sector.”Recyclers have also been hindered by the failure of waste processing companies to process the waste they collected – a violation of Indonesian law.For example, the Jakarta Environment Agency has recorded 51 licensed waste processing companies in the capital and 343 regional waste managers. These companies are responsible for processing trash and sorting recyclables from non-recyclables.“However, most of them only want to send [the waste] to landfills instead of processing it first,” said Rahmawati, the agency’s waste management head.This has diminished recyclers’ supplies of raw materials and increased costs. “The cost of recycling is higher because the industry needs to sort and clean the plastic waste before recycling it,” said Muhammad Khayam, the ministry’s director general of chemical, pharmaceutical and textile industries.He added that the ministry was trying to build a circular waste-management economy through collaborations with regional administrations to improve waste management.The ministry has also prepared a road map for the improvement of the recycling industry. One of the provisions seeks to ease customs levies on imported equipment for the recycling industry.Read also: Circular economy going around in circles, experts sayThe government issued a presidential regulation in 2018 to establish guidelines for ministries and state institutions for the reduction of marine waste. The effort has been led by the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister and involves other ministries, including the Environment and Forestry Ministry, which supervises the waste management system throughout the country.The action plan outlined in the regulation is divided into five strategies: increasing stakeholder awareness about the issue, land-based waste management, coastal and ocean waste management, research and development as well as funding and monitoring.Last month Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan unveiled another action plan created by the Indonesian National Plastic Action Partnership to achieve the target of reducing maritime plastic pollution by 70 percent by 2025.The latest action plan consists of strategies to reduce plastic usage and expand waste management facilities to process more plastic waste.Green Indonesia Foundation executive director Asrul Hoesein urged the government to ramp up the implementation of the 2008 Waste Management Law, which requires stakeholders to have their own waste management facilities to ensure that waste is processed.The law also requires producers to clearly distinguish between non-biodegradable and biodegradable products, which will allow waste processors and trash pickers to sort recyclable waste more easily.Read also: Trash for cash: Apps promote recycling through monetary rewardsAsrul added that the waste management system in the country should be managed as an integrated ecosystem, beginning with waste collection and ending with recycling. Some Indonesian companies have begun to adopt circular economic practices by recycling their used plastic packaging. Several plastic recycling companies in the country, such as recycler PT Tridi Oasis Group, have also secured foreign investment to further expand their businesses, enabling them to turn more plastic waste into raw materials for industry. (kuk)Topics : Indonesia produces about 6.8 million tons of plastic waste annually, according to a 2017 survey by the Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership, a multi-stakeholder partnership to address plastic pollution.Only 10 percent – 680,000 tons – of that plastic waste was recycled in the approximately 1,300 recycling centers operating in the country. Most of the plastic was not properly collected and was dumped into landfills, causing 9 percent or 620,000 tons of plastic waste to end up in the sea in 2017. Indonesia has been in hot water over its contribution to marine waste since 2015, when a report by researcher Jenna Jambeck ranked Indonesia as the world’s second-worst marine plastic polluter for allowing about 1.29 million tons of plastic waste to enter the ocean in 2010 as a result of improper waste management.The government has been working to prevent waste from ending up in the ocean, including by building the country’s recycling industry. But the efforts still have a long way to go. Many say the country’s ineffective waste management practices have held the recycling industry back.center_img Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI) deputy chairman Justin Wiganda said recyclers blamed the country’s insufficient waste management system. Recyclers said they were unable to obtain proper materials for their industry.last_img read more

Tourism faces catch-22 as slow COVID-19 mitigation efforts persist: Experts

first_imgHowever, even in late August, the country still lagged behind the recommended testing rate by the World Health Organization (WHO) of one test per 1,000 population per week, only meeting 35.6 percent of the agency’s testing rate target, the COVID-19 task force announced on Aug. 25. The country has recorded more than 196,000 cases as of Monday.Dicky said the government’s decision to relax large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for tourism was done prematurely and could add fuel to the fire. It should delay the reopening of vacation spots and apply PSBB in regions with high infection rates, he added.“We wasted time when we still had a chance. If we don’t want to make things worse, we must start adopting evidence-based reopening policy,” he said, adding that the government should only reopen regions that had a COVID-19 positivity rate of below 5 percent, in accordance with WHO advice.Tourism has been dealt a huge blow from the COVID-19 outbreak as people cancel travel plans due to social restrictions and international border closures. The pandemic has wiped out around Rp 85 trillion (US$5.9 billion) from Indonesia’s tourism revenue as of July, data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) shows. The nation’s tourist industry is facing a catch-22 as a rise in COVID-19 cases hampers its recovery, while strict closures will also severely impact businesses, experts and a business group have said.Griffith University epidemiologist Dicky Budiman told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the slow government response during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in Indonesia had created a prolonged economic effect, especially for tourism.“Health experts had warned the government since early May to strengthen its pandemic mitigation effort by increasing the quality and quantity of testing capacity, to prevent further disruption on economic and social sectors,” he said in a phone interview. Regional administrations have since reopened some tourist spots, while Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto issued a decree on health guidelines for tourist destinations and hotels, among others.The country’s main attraction, Bali, also reopened on July 31. However, since then, cases in Bali have surged to 6,549 cases as of Tuesday, almost double from 3,407 confirmed cases on July 31, Bali government data show.The WHO also stated in its situation report on Sept. 2 that the possible spike in infections was caused by increased mobility among the public in August.“Epidemiologists have suggested that the recent surge in cases was caused by the two long weekends for Independence Day and Islamic New Year, which saw increased mobility among the public. They raised concerns that the spike in infections could lead to a crisis at health facilities and urged the government to take serious measures to control the transmission,” the report reads.According to Health Ministry data on Monday, Indonesia’s positivity rate reached 13.9 percent, up from 13.5 percent on Sept. 1.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 testing positivity remains far above WHO standard for ‘new normal’Meanwhile, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) tourism expert M. Baiquni told the Post that the industry could not afford another shutdown, as many hotels and travel agencies were already short on cash.“The industry had the capacity to withstand three months without revenue back then. However, the industry has become so weak that it would be hard for it to face another closure,” he said.Baiquni said the industry was facing a dilemma between the threat of a potential collapse if another closure occurred and a prolonged pandemic, which would also affect the industry.“It is an extremely complex situation that we need to solve. All stakeholders need to work together to save the industry and develop a new tourism model,” he said.PHRI chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani echoed Baiquni’s statement, saying that the rising number of cases had cause the public at large to become reluctant to go on vacation or hold events despite the industry’s effort to reassure the public of facility safety.“We have been following strict health protocols, including limiting the number of people at a venue. However, it’s hard to attract customers if the [infection rate] keeps rising,” he said.While hotels in popular vacation spots such as Yogyakarta and West Java’s capital of Bandung have seen their occupancy rate rise to around 60 percent during long holidays in August, other tourism regions such as Bali continue to suffer from low occupancy rates, according to Hariyadi.The PHRI also warned that another closure to avoid COVID-19 transmission would create a detrimental effect on the industry and the general economy amid the possibility of layoffs.“All of this happened because we were not serious at the beginning [of the pandemic]. If we handled it better earlier, maybe all of this would not have happened,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

​AP1 beats AP4 after ‘constant evaluation of allocation strategy’

first_imgSwedish state pensions buffer fund AP1 reported a negative investment return of 1.8% at this year’s halfway point, but nevertheless outperformed its peer AP4 – last year’s pack leader among the four main national funds backing Sweden’s pay-as-you-go system.The second of the pensions buffer funds to report first half results this year, AP1 said the pandemic had entailed “constant evaluation of the allocation strategy based on a rapidly evolving situation,” and reported a drop in total assets to SEK355bn (€34.6bn) from SEK366bn at the beginning of this year.Teresa Isele, the Stockholm-based fund’s acting chief executive officer, said: “AP1 was well positioned at the onset of the crisis, which enabled us to increase our exposure to equity markets before the markets gradually recovered.”The fund said it went into the COVID-19 crisis with relatively low risk in its investment portfolio, which allowed it to step up risk early on as conditions improved. Some parts of its portfolio had still delivered good returns, AP1 said, such as the Swedish small cap portfolio and fixed income investments.Isele – who is stepping down next month to make way for permanent CEO Kristin Magnusson Bernard – said the crisis had caused a record increase in bankruptcies and unemployment in many countries due to measures to slow the spread of infection.“Meanwhile, the record stimulus packages from central banks and governments have led markets to become increasingly optimistic about a speedy recovery of the global economy,” she said.The fund’s interim report shows AP1’s annualised 10-year real return after expenses fell to 6.7% from 7.7% this time last year.Looking ahead, Isele said the market outlook gave “some cause for concern” because of increased global tensions and potential trade disputes, the impact of the pandemic in general and on politics, combined with higher indebtedness as a result of the stimulus packages.Last week, AP4 reported a -2.5% return for the first six months of 2020 – a result it saw as satisfactory given the turbulent markets of the reporting period.In 2019, AP4 made a 21.7% annual investment return – the strongest return among the four buffer funds behind Sweden’s income pension – while AP1 produced the weakest with 15.1%.Last year, AP1 decided to develop its asset management with new equities strategies and a new organisational structure, which Isele said in February 2020 were laying a better foundation for the fund to meet return targets, while also slimming annual costs.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Central Region for IMCA Modifieds runs under Jet Racing banner again in 2015

first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. (March 23) – Jet Racing returns to the title sponsorship role for IMCA’s Central Region for Modifieds for a fourth consecutive season in 2015. The region includes sanctioned tracks in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and eastern Colorado. Jet, located in Beatrice, Neb., provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in official point standings. The champion’s share is $2,500. The runner-up earns $1,250, with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th place. Owned by four-time national and now six-time regional champion Johnny Saathoff, Jet Racing is in its 18th year as an IMCA marketing partner and retails high performance parts and automotive accesso­ries in addition to building chassis. Drivers must display two Jet Racing decals on their race car to be eligible for any point fund money.“Jet Racing is one of our longest-tenured chassis partners and with the addition of newly sanctioned tracks in Oklahoma, it should do nothing but enhance an already ultra-competitive Jet Racing Central Region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder pointed out. “Jet Racing has become synonymous with its home region and we are proud to continue that relationship.” More information about Jet-manufactured chassis and parts is available by calling 402 228-1596, on Facebook and at the website.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman: £100m would not be enough to sign Saido Mane

first_img Press Association Ronald Koeman claims not even £100million would be enough to tempt Southampton to sell Sadio Mane – or any of their other stars – this January. However, Saints boss Koeman says there is no chance that the Senegal winger, or anyone else, will be leaving when the transfer window re-opens. “No, no, not in January,” he said. “Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January. “Nobody, even when they pay £100million.” Meanwhile, Saints have secured the future of highly-rated Josh Sims until 2018. The Saints academy graduate was part of the triumphant England side at last year’s European Under-17 Championship. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with Sims in the past, but the 18-year-old has now signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s. “I’m delighted to sign the new contract,” he told the club’s YouTube channel. “I’m happy that the club has also shown faith in me. “First and foremost this season I really want to nail down a place in the Under-21s, show the first-team staff what I can do and then see where that takes me. “The aim is to get into the first team, but the Under-21s is the first step. I know the standard I need to get to and hopefully I can impress this season.” center_img The 23-year-old has shone in the 15 months since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Saints in a £10million deal. It led to strong interest from Manchester United in the summer and Press Association Sport understands the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are amongst the high-profile clubs monitoring Mane. last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Portugal vs Morocco: Ronaldo header the difference as Portugal win 1-0

first_img# The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match. FULL TIME: PORTUGAL 1-0 Morocco.# 90+5′ Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar.# 90+4′ Portugal take a short corner instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.# 90+3′ CLOSE! Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) is a whisker away from finishing-off the move he started. His close-range effort flies just over the bar.# 90+3′ Adrien Silva (Portugal) is awarded a yellow card.# 90+1′ Handball! A player from Morocco handled the ball.# 90′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) looks like he will be the one to try and deliver a quality ball into the penalty box from the corner kick.# There will be a minimum of 5 min. of added time.# 90′ CHANCE! Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar. The ball is out of play. Morocco win a corner kick.# 89′ Fernando Santos prepares a substitution. Joao Moutinho is replaced by Adrien Silva (Portugal).# 86′ The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Faycal Fajr (Morocco) comes onto the pitch so that Karim El Ahmadi can be given a rest.# 84′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) decides to have a go at goal from the edge of the box, but the wall jumps as one and blocks the free kick. Danger averted!# 82′ Cristiano Ronaldo earns a Free Kick just outside the penalty box!# 80′ The resulting corner from Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.# 79′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him. Now Morocco have a corner.# 78′ CHANCE! What an opportunity! Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the resulting free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker wide of the right post.# 78′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee. Morocco are awarded the free kick. # The first half of today’s match has just finished. Join us for the second half!# 45+3′ What an opportunity! Younes Belhanda (Morocco) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker wide of the left post.# 45+2′ It looks like Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) saw red with that tackle. Mark Geiger won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to Morocco.#  We will have 3 min. of added time.# 45′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.# 44′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) tries to slide the ball through to a teammate but it’s well blocked by a defender.# 40′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Mark Geiger had an easy-decision to make.# 40′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) does well to dispossess the attacker with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul.# 39′ CHANCE! Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) receives a precise pass from Cristiano Ronaldo and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the middle of the goal. Munir guesses his intention and denies him with a fine save.# 39′ Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco) brings his opponent down with a tackle and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for a foul.# 37′ Cedric Soares (Portugal) was too forceful with his tackle and Mark Geiger interrupted the game to signal a free kick.# 35′ One of the Portugal players was holding his opponent and the referee doesn’t hesitate to blow his whistle.# 34′ Wasted opportunity! Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco) picked up a pass and had lots of options, but instead decided to shoot from distance and it went high over the bar.# 33′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps highest to head the ball away.# 32′ Joao Mario (Portugal) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Portugal.# 31′ The defensive wall stood firm and easily blocked the powerfully hit free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) on the edge of the box.# 30′ The free kick will be taken by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).# 30′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) commits a rough challenge and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for an infringement. Portugal have a free kick from a promising distance.# 30′ Joao Mario (Portugal) pulls the shirt of his opponent and the referee stops play for a foul.# 27′ Portugal were demanding for a VAR review, but referee denies it!85 – Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR #MAR #PORMAR #Ronaldo #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018# 25′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) commits a rough challenge and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for a foul.# 23′ Joao Mario (Portugal) gives away a foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Mark Geiger saw the whole situation.# 23′ SAVE! Rui Patricio makes a save to deny the long-range effort from Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) towards the middle of the goal.# 21′ Khalid Boutaib (Morocco) finds himself in an offside position and the referee stops play after the linesman raises his flag# 20′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out. The referee blows his whistle, Morocco are awarded a corner kick.# 19′ Moubarak Boussoufa (Morocco) commits a foul and Mark Geiger immediately signals a free kick.# Here is Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal!Record-breaker, history-maker #Ronaldo #PORMAR— David Kappel (@kappilinho) June 20, 2018# 17′ Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee immediately stops play.# 15′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) makes a slide tackle, but referee Mark Geiger blows for a foul.# 14′ CHANCE! Manuel da Costa (Morocco) missed a great opportunity! He finds himself some space near the penalty spot and plants a header goalwards which lacks both power and accuracy. The ball goes well wide of the right post!# 14′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) takes the corner kick but the ball only finds the head of an opponent.Just the 85 international goals for @Cristiano now… 🙌#PORMAR— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# 11′ Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Morocco.# 10′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) receives a precise pass inside the box and takes a shot that flies just wide of the left post.# 4′ GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) scores from quite a difficult position as he leaps high to connect with a cross and powers his header into the roof of the net. Excellent finish.# 4′ Cedric Soares (Portugal) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players. The linesman makes the right call and Portugal will have a corner.# 1′ The first half has started.#PORMAR#URUKSA#IRNESP So, who’s ready for Matchday 7? 😁#WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Portugal Playing XI: Rui Patrício, Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Moutinho, João Mário, Cristiano Ronaldo, Guedes.#PORMAR // Formations…#WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Morocco Playing XI: El Kajoui, Dirar, Benatia, Da Costa, Hakimi, Belhanda, El Ahmadi, Boussoufa, Ziyech, Boutaïb, Harit.The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 # 75′ The referee allows time for a substitution. Younes Belhanda will be replaced by Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Morocco).# 72′ The most active player in today’s match is definitely Nordin Amrabat (Morocco). He’s trying to be on the ball as much as possible and you can literally see the enthusiasm in his play. He keeps exchanging some one touch passes and waits for the right moment to send a killer pass. What a player!# 72′ Nabil Dirar (Morocco) tackles a bit over-zealously and Mark Geiger blows for a foul.# 71′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) brings down the pass, looks up and shoots from distance, but it’s straight at a defender who unwittingly blocks it. #WorldCup matches at the Luzhniki Stadium so far…#RUSKSA 5-0#GERMEX 0-1Predictions for #PORMAR?— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! In the first match of the day, high flying Portugal face bottom-placed Morocco in the Group B clash of the World Cup.  # 70′ Fernando Santos has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) replacing Joao Mario.# 69′ Here comes a substitution. Khalid Boutaib is given a rest as he is replaced by Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco).# 67′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) unleashes a shot from a mid-range free kick that goes high over the bar. High, wide and not at all pretty.# 67′ Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) robs an opponent of the ball and explodes in anger when Mark Geiger blows for a foul. A free kick is awarded to Morocco.# 64′ Mark Geiger interrupts the game for a tactical foul by Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal).# 62′ William Carvalho (Portugal) gives away a foul during an attacking move and the referee blows his whistle.# 61′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) takes the ball and sets it for the free kick.# 61′ Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) makes a rough challenge and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for a foul. Portugal have a free kick.# 60′ CHANCE! Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) makes some space for himself and from mid-range let’s fly with a wild effort which goes high over the crossbar.# 59′ The manager has decided to make a substitution and Bernardo Silva walks off the pitch to be replaced by Gelson Martins (Portugal).# 58′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) floats the free kick into the box, but it’s easily cleared by the first man.# 58′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) brings his opponent down. Mark Geiger has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle for a foul. It’s a free kick to Morocco, but it’s in no position for a direct shot on goal.# 58′ The corner kick from Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.# 57′ CHANCE! SAVE! CHANCE! Younes Belhanda (Morocco) latches onto a precise cross from the free kick and produces a header at goal from the penalty spot, but his attempt towards the left side of the target fails to beat Rui Patricio, who makes a sensational save. The referee points to the corner flag and Morocco will take a corner.# 57′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.# 55′ A neat pass is well received by Younes Belhanda (Morocco), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball on goal. The goalkeeper makes a decent save to block his shot.# 54′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) is penalised after knocking an opponent down.# 50′ CHANCE! Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) latches onto a short pass from Goncalo Guedes inside the box, but clips his shot high over the bar.# 49′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Mark Geiger has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle.# 48′ Jose Fonte (Portugal) is penalised for a foul. Mark Geiger had a clear view and blows his whistle.# 47′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.# 47′ CHANCE! Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away. The ball is out of play. Portugal will have a chance to score from a corner.# 46′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) makes a run beyond the last defender, but he’s offside.# The second half has just started. New Delhi: FIFA’s showpiece event continues as Portugal face bottom-placed Morocco at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow in the Group B match of the FIFA World Cup 2018, as both sides look for their first win of the campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal started their World Cup journey with a hard-fought 3-3 draw against 2010 champions Spain as the Real Madrid talisman bagged a stunning hat-trick to earn his side a point. Meanwhile, Morocco, who are making their first World cup appearance since 1998, witnessed an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end on Friday with a 1-0 loss to Iran. Highlights of Portugal vs Morocco: Thanks for joining in, you can follow the Live action from Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia here:  FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Updates: Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Don’t get complacent, Powell warns

first_img– as spirited West Indies eye rare series winWEST INDIES batsman Kieran Powell warned his teammates not to become complacent after their exciting four-wicket win against Pakistan in the first One Day International (ODI) onAnother win today will further enhance the West Indies’ position ahead of the automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019. (WICB Media Photo/Randy rooks/Randy)Friday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Following Friday’s win the Caribbean side will be heavy favourites for the remainder of the three-match series, but Powell has cautioned his teammates not to let complacency creep into their ranks when they go at it again in the second game today.“It is very important we don’t squander the lead. We have a win, we savour it, we celebrate it but we don’t want to get complacent, thinking that we have a win and end up losing the series 2-1,” said Powell, who scored 61, his first half century since his return to the West Indies line up.West Indies recorded their highest successful one-day international run chase with six balls to spare.Pakistan, heavily favoured after winning the Twenty20 series 3-1, was made to bat first by the heavily depleted West Indies and put up a comfortable 308-5.The home side made a steady and safe start, but the required run rate climbed to nearly 10 an over entering the last 10 overs.But despite losing three partners, Jason Mohammed took on the Pakistan attack and smashed it for a career-best 91 not out off 58 balls to lead the side to 309-6 in 49 overs and an unexpected triumph.Powell, 61, and opener Evin Lewis, 47, steered the West Indies cautiously through the early and middle innings. The required run rate was high but wickets were in hand, and Mohammed, who came to the crease in the 33rd over, suddenly exploded from the 38th, just as the West Indies reached 200.Kieran PowellHe was careful against teenage Pakistan debutant spinner Shadab Khan, but was merciless against Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Hasan Ali.He struck 11 boundaries and three sixes, and profit in an unbeaten 50-run partnership with Ashley Nurse, who finished 34 not out off 15 balls.“Personally I was pretty calm. We had a plan when I was batting. We had to get around the 200 mark by the time we got to 40 overs, so even though I started slow I knew that I could always make it up in the end,” Powell said.“Obviously, I would have liked to have batted a little bit deeper but Jason Mohammed played a fantastic innings there at the back end and so did Ashley Nurse to get us over the line. We knew that once we needed 10 an over in the last 10 overs we should be alright with wickets in hand,” said Powell.Meanwhile, when asked for an assessment of the newly re-laid Providence pitch, the 27-year-old Powell indicated that the surface is much better than the traditional surfaces Guyana has been accustom to.“The ball seems to be coming on a bit better and the bounce a bit more consistent as well,which aids in you playing your shots,” Powell said.Another win today will further enhance the hosts’ position ahead of the automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019.Currently ranked No. 9 by the ICC, West Indies have to improve their position by at least one spot before the September 30 deadline.The top eight ODI sides, including hosts England, on the cut-off date gain automatic entry into the showpiece event while the bottom four will have to go through the rigours of a qualifying competition, where ten contenders fight for only two spots..If the West Indies win all three ODIs, they will leapfrog their visitors to eighth position.last_img read more

Former Jamaican PM Bruce Golding comments on situation in Guyana

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Former Jamaica prime minister, Bruce Golding says the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must stand ready to assist Guyana in its current political situation warning that political stability is a critical factor to ensure investor confidence not only in oil extraction but also in the wide range of downstream industries and enterprises that it would make possible.The three-and-a-half-year-old David Granger led coalition government suffered a major blow after a government back bencher, Charandass Persaud voted in support of an opposition People’s Progressive Party (PP) inspired vote of no confidence on December 21 last year.Since then, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called on the government to honor the vote and hold fresh presidential and general elections by March this year in keeping with the stipulations of the Guyana Constitution.Matter is before the courtsHowever, the government, which had enjoyed a one seat majority in the 65-member National Assembly, has taken the matter to court, challenging the validity of Persaud’s vote.Worrying possibilityWriting in the Jamaica Observer newspaper. Golding, who came to office in 2007 and stepped down four years later, said Guyana has struggled to overcome deeply polarizing instincts, and there is a worrying possibility that this present issue could reignite them.“Guyana’s leaders must rise above this. Too much is at stake. The private sector and the trade union movement must be prepared to constructively engage, grasp the big picture, and collaborate with the Government and Opposition toward a solution that will sustain confidence and stability and enable Guyana to get through this,” the 71-year-old former prime minister said.He said CARICOM, of which Guyana is a member “must stand ready to offer assistance, if needed, in a way that is acceptable to both the Government and the Opposition.“Guyana cannot afford to falter at this time, not when it is on the cusp of a new horizon of hope and real possibilities. And if it falters, the entire Caribbean community is the worse off,” he wrote.Poised for unprecedented developmentGolding said that from a distance, Guyana has seemed poised for an era of unprecedented development and prosperity. He said since 2015 it has confirmed 10 offshore oil wells capable of generating over 750,000 barrels per day.“New wells are being discovered every few months and the technical data suggest there are many more wells to be drilled. With production expected to start next year, Guyana is in a position to become a significant oil producer — several times greater than Trinidad and Tobago — with tremendous benefit to its economy, its people and the region, if properly managed.”Golding said in such a scenario, political stability is a critical factor to ensure investor confidence not only in oil extraction “but also in the wide range of downstream industries and enterprises that it would make possible.Golding said that following the successful tabling of the motion of no confidence, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo “in a display of political maturity …immediately indicated that the Government accepted the outcome of the no-confidence motion, and announced that the constitutional provisions requiring that fresh elections be held within three months would now ensue.” “We now find ourselves holding our breath,’ Golding wrote, making reference to the legal maneuvers and the decision by the PPP to boycott the last sitting of the Parliament  where the Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland suggested that the matter be referred to the courts for a determination.Initial goodwill maybe waningGolding said the boycott could be viewed as a “troubling sign that the goodwill which initially penetrated the cloud of uncertainty is waning” and that the matter is being further complicated by other issues including the reports that Persaud is also a Canadian citizen.Golding said that It would take some time for these issues to be adjudicated in the courts including the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is the country’s highest and final court.“The Government has already signaled that, in order to facilitate this, it will be seeking the court’s approval for an extension of the 90-day period within which elections must be held. The Opposition has countered that under the constitution the Court has no such authority.“A protracted period of uncertainty in its political arrangements is something that Guyana can ill afford, especially at this time. The fact that the Government’s handling of oil exploration contracts was a significant element in the no-confidence motion has its own implications.“Up to now, public reaction to the stalemate has been measured, but it has all the ingredients to create a flashpoint that could roll back much of the advancement that Guyana has made in its political processes,” Golding wrote.last_img read more

Blake Griffin scores 24 in Clippers win over Nuggets

first_imgBarnes, who was in uniform but did not play when the Clippers beat New Orleans on Wednesday, hit a 3-pointer early in the second quarter and scored after grabbing a loose ball after a Griffin miss in the final minute of the half, both restoring double-digit leads. Chris Paul had four assists in the first three minutes and a half-dozen a little more midway through the first quarter as L.A. raced to an 11-2 lead, quickly made it a double-digit advantage, then used an 11-4 run for a 44-27 edge with 3:30 to go until halftime.Denver pulled within six points twice — at 56-50 and 58-52 — but a 19-8 spree over the final 8½ minutes of the third quarter boosted the Clippers’ lead to 19 points, and they led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.Barnes saw his first action since Nov. 18, making 5 of 12 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, with three rebounds and two assists, and DeAndre Jordan had a dozen rebounds for L.A.Lawson was feeling much better Saturday night, Denver coach Brian Shaw said before the game, than he was in Friday’s 103-99 defeat at home to Phoenix, in which he managed 34 minutes but made just 3 of 11 shots. Lawson had 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting and six assists in 31 minutes.Barnes was a tad rusty after missing the previous 16 games after he suffered a torn retina in his left eye, requiring three surgeries, a month ago against Memphis. He came on to a rousing ovation with 3:02 to go in the first quarter, turned the ball over the first time he tried to penetrate, then blocked a Jordan Hamilton shot. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Blake Griffin and Chris Paul contributed their customary double-doubles and Matt Barnes returned after more than a month on the sidelines to score eight points as the Clippers raced to an early double-digit lead en route to a 112-91 romp Saturday night over the visiting Denver Nuggets.The Clippers (19-9) matched their season-best winning streak before a sellout crowd of 19,129 at Staples Center, making it four in a row for the third time this year, behind extraordinary defense and dominant performances from Griffin, Paul and Jamal Crawford.Griffin scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season, Paul had 10 points and 11 assists for his 21st, and Crawford scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 6 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc.Wilson Chandler scored 19 first-half points on 8-of-11 shooting but missed all of his second-half shots for the Nuggets (14-12), whose cause wasn’t helped by point guard Ty Lawson’s continuing battle with the flu nor power forward Kenneth Faried’s departure after rolling his left ankle just 3:15 into the game.last_img read more

Dodgers didn’t stay at Trump Hotel in Chicago; Adrian Gonzalez didn’t during season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Chicago hotel’s owner is, of course, presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Republican nominee has campaigned on a platform that includes promises to “build a wall” on the Mexico-U.S. border to prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing, and has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” who bring crime and drugs with them. One recent poll shows Hillary Clinton outpolling Trump 70 percent to 19 percent among Latino voters.Gonzalez smiled as he declined to specify his reasons for not staying at the team hotel in June, saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”Indeed, the Dodgers were in Chicago to play baseball again this past weekend – but they did not stay at the Trump hotel. The reason wasn’t political, however. The hotel required a non-refundable deposit in order to hold a block of rooms for the team. Until their Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals late Thursday night, the Dodgers weren’t sure they would need those rooms. Arrangements were made with a different hotel. Room-service preferences, family obligations – or maybe politics – will occasionally prompt one of the Dodgers’ players to ask the team’s staff to arrange accommodations at a hotel other than the team hotel during a road trip. When the Dodgers came to Chicago to face the Cubs at the end of May, the team stayed at the same hotel they have been using for years – the Trump International Hotel and Tower near the Chicago River. Their Mexican-American first baseman did not.“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”The inference is obvious. Though he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez grew up in Mexico where his family has deep roots and his father owns a business. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous international competitions including the World Baseball Classic. He has been involved in charitable endeavors in Mexico, including refurbishing the sports complex in Tijuana where he played as a youth. Just this summer, he stepped in to help a youth baseball team from Mexico that was stranded in Los Angeles when its sponsor backed out of its commitment.last_img read more