Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Yes, the Fall Classic finally showed up back in Washington, 86 years later — and, sparked by Springer and José Altuve, the Astros finally showed up in the Fall Classic.Springer had two of Houston’s four steals, Altuve doubled twice before scoring each time, Zack Greinke repeatedly worked out of trouble, and the Astros made sure they wouldn’t go quietly despite looking listless twice at home, beating the Nationals 4-1 on Friday night to cut their Series deficit to 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We’re pretty good, too,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “It kind of re-establishes us.”Houston can even things up in Game 4 on Saturday night at Nationals Park. Washington will start $140 million lefty Patrick Corbin, while Hinch said he’ll go with rookie José Urquidy. 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This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “We didn’t panic,” Altuve said.Washington’s eight-game winning streak, tied for the longest in a single postseason, ended with a sloppy performance in the first Series game hosted by the nation’s capital since the Senators lost to the New York Giants in 1933.A sellout crowd of 43,867, dressed mostly in red for the occasion, soaked it all in, standing in unison at key moments, booing ball-strike calls that hurt their team, chanting “Let’s go, Nats!” often and even getting to do their “Baby Shark” sing-and-clap-along when that children’s tune blared as a walk-up song in the sixth.“It was electric,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “The boys in the dugout, they were fired up.”But the wild-card Nationals were unable to move one win from a championship, undone by an inability to come through in the clutch: Birthday boy Juan Soto, MVP candidate Anthony Rendon and Co. were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on base.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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He is 1-2 with a 6.91 ERA, including one scoreless inning in relief during Game 1 of the World Series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Houston Astros right fielder George Springer celebrates their teams win against the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Washington. The Astros won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WASHINGTON— From the moment George Springer jumped on the game’s third pitch for a single, then quickly swiped a base, to the way he and his teammates sprinted off the field after the final out a little past midnight Saturday, the Houston Astros were suddenly aggressive and energetic.And suddenly right back in the thick of this World Series.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP women’s basketball: NU picks up 93rd straight win, nears elims sweep View comments Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Josh James earned the win, striking out Ryan Zimmerman with two aboard to end the fifth.“Huge,” Hinch said.Roberto Osuna heard boos when he entered in the ninth, then got three outs for a save.Josh Reddick delivered an RBI single in the second, Robinson Chirinos homered off the foul-pole screen in the sixth and Houston scored four runs in 5 1/3 innings off Aníbal Sánchez. The 35-year-old righty had taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his previous start; Springer got to him right away.Sánchez went sprawling off the mound to try to make a play, but couldn’t. All part of a rough night in which he got so upset by a couple of ball calls that he asked plate umpire Gary Cederstrom, “Where was that one?”Sánchez also barely avoided taking a ball to the face, getting his glove in the way just in time. Another Houston hit came when Springer sent a comebacker off reliever Joe Ross’ foot.In sum: After the Nationals could do no wrong for so long, things went awry.They made two errors and at least three other misplays on what were ruled hits. Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki left in the sixth with a right hip flexor problem. Soto, serenaded by fans in left field to celebrate his 21st birthday, was charged with an error for a wild throw home, let another ball trickle past his glove and went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts at the plate.He went down looking to end the game.“Nobody,” Washington outfielder Adam Eaton said, “thought this was going to be easy.” “Tonight we were a little bit aggressive outside the strike zone,” Martinez said. “We took balls I thought we should hit, uncharacteristic of what we’ve been doing.”How big was this win for Houston?No team ever has come back after dropping the first three games of a World Series.“Not the script you’d want to write to start out a World Series,” said reliever Will Harris, who retired all five batters he faced Friday. “We believe in each other in there. We know we have obviously a very talented, capable team.”That’s why several Astros players gathered for a private meeting following their 12-3 loss Wednesday.“Some guys said some things that a lot of us maybe were thinking in our head, but it’s sometimes nice to hear them out loud,” Harris said. “And the biggest thing was we didn’t want anybody feeling sorry for themselves coming here, because that’s not going to accomplish anything.”After playing what might have been their worst baseball of 2019, the Astros played like the club that led the majors with 107 regular-season wins.And, not surprisingly, Altuve was in the middle of a lot of it. He doubled in the third and fifth, coming home on singles by Michael Brantley.“José’s the heart and soul of what we do,” Hinch said. “It was his turn to be a catalyst.”Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, but managed to yield just one run. 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Kepa Arrizabalaga might be the most expensive goalkeeper in the world following his £71 million ($93.4m) transfer from Athletic Club to Chelsea back in August , but it was not all smooth sailing for the 24-year-old earlier in his career.The Basque shot stopper started his career at Athletic, making a one-and-a-half hour round trip from his home in Ondarroa to the club’s Lezama complex on a regular basis from the moment he joined them at the age of 10.He was just 17 when he made the bench for the Bilbao outfit, but he needed four years in the lower divisions to make his dream come true and play in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Kepa earned the interest of Getafe after lining up for Athletic’s B team as a 17-year-old, but it was Ponferradina that eventually managed to lure him away from Bilbao on a temporary basis.He immediately made an impact at his new club, and then Ponferradina coach Jose Manuel Diaz, who now works at Real Madrid, was particularly blown away by the determination of the young goalkeeper to take his chance on loan.”I already knew him from his time with the Under-15s and Under-18s,” Diaz told Goal . “We had also faced him with Bilbao Athletic (the Athletic youth team). I asked for his signing at the beginning of the season, but could not make it happen until the winter transfer window.”I spoke with him to get him to join the team as soon as possible. I told him ‘if you arrive on Wednesday you will play the next match against Racing Santander’ and he arrived on Tuesday. He is a great professional, even being so young as he was and he still is.”He is a very nice guy, affable and with very clear ideas. I – and many people [at the club] – knew that he had a great future and we saw it happening before our own eyes.”Kepa became the first Ponferradina player ever to be called up to Spain’s Under-21 squad, and they were keen to renew his loan spell ahead of the following season. However, Athletic opted to send him to Real Valladolid instead in an attempt to speed up his development.In Miguel Angel Portugal, Kepa had a manager who used him 40 times that season and who had little doubt the shot stopper had a great future ahead of him.”Kepa played for me at Valladolid,” Portugal told Goal in India, where he now manages Pune City. “He was a big, big goalkeeper. I sent him a message [after he joined Chelsea] that he might be young but that he is ready to play for the best teams in the world.”I am not surprised [he cost Chelsea £71m]. When you know Kepa, you understand what he is worth. The value of a player is not necessarily the price that a team pays for that player. The price has nothing to do with the player. It is the price that the market sets.”For me, he is the future of Spain. He is the future goalkeeper for Spain, I am sure of this.”Following his loan spells at Ponferradina and Valladolid, Kepa went on to make his Liga debut for Athletic in September 2016 and quickly established himself as a top goalkeeper.He even appeared to be on his way to Real Madrid in January 2018, but the deal eventually fell through, with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit then going for Thibaut Courtois instead ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.His failed move to Madrid meant he played alongside new arrival Inigo Martinez in the second half of last season and the centre-back is confident his former team-mate is here to stay.”He’s a great goalkeeper. He attended the World Cup while being so young,” Martinez told Goal . “Chelsea signed him for €80m, nobody pays that amount just for the sake of it, but because he is worth it. He is proving it, in fact. He is playing, performing well, winning games.“He has personality, he is a great goalkeeper who performs well with his hands and his feet. Maybe [David] De Gea is ahead of him for Spain now, but we have three great goalkeepers and if one decreases his level, the other will soon take his place. Here not only the goalkeepers, but we all have to give 100 per cent because we all want to be a starter.”De Gea is now arguably setting the standard for goalkeepers all over the world and certainly in English football. He has been regarded as one of the undisputed best around in the game for quite some time, whereas Kepa had not even started playing in the third division in Spain when De Gea joined Manchester United.Yet the Chelsea man now finds himself battling his compatriot for the No.1 jersey at the national team as they come prepare to face-off in the Premier League for the first time on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. That feat shows just how fast Kepa’s rise has been. Additional reporting from Alberto Pinero & Nikhil Jitendran.
Transfers Bayern Munich CEO Rummenigge confirms Sanches loan to Swansea Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Swansea City Premier League The Portugal international will link up with former Bayern Munich assistant coach Paul Clement in a season-long loan to Wales Renato Sanches will join Swansea on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich, Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has confirmed.The 20-year-old midfielder moved to Bayern Munich last season for a reported €35m fee from Benfica. But after a disappointing debut season, the club’s CEO told Kicker that the Portugal international will join former Bayern assistant Paul Clement in Wales for the coming campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “We wanted Renato Sanches to join a club, where he is able to play on a high level and where he has a coach, which wants him;” Rummenigge said. “Renato has to play continuously for a year, and that’s not guaranteed given the quality in our squad.” Kicker reports Swansea will pay a fee of €8.5 million for the loan, but will not have an option to buy Sanches at the end of the season.Sanches came to prominence by playing a major role in Portugal’s triumph at Euro 2016. However, he struggled for playing time in his debut season for the Bundesliga champions, making just six starts in the Bundesliga. Rumors of a summer loan followed, with Sanches linked heavily with A.C. Milan but also Premier League sides during the window.But he will instead land at Swansea, who narrowly avoided relegation last season after hiring Clement in December 2016.Sanches worked with Clement during the latter’s time as assistant coach at Bayern before leaving to manage Swansea towards the end of 2016.Clement has worked under Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti multiple times in the past, including at Real Madrid.The Swans have begun the Premier League season with a win, draw and loss in three games thus far.
16Hannover 965-52 Share on WhatsApp Read more features The fans’ statement, short and to the point, was reprised on banners in enclosures at both ends of the stadiums. “DFB, DFL & Co. Ihr werdet von uns hören, oder auch nicht.” You will hear from us, or not. Talks between the authorities and supporter group representatives broke down in late August, with a coalition of supporters from different clubs releasing a terse statement accusing the DFB of having no real intention to listen, despite promises of meaningful dialogue between the two sides stretching back more than 12 months.“We increasingly got the impression that as in previous decades, they were only using media-friendly words to avoid any actual action,” wrote the supporters collective led by fans from clubs including Hertha and Stuttgart. A joint statement in reply from the DFB and DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga) dismissed many of the complaints.Last season’s protests included those at Mainz and Dortmund against Monday night fixtures – the mass throwing of tennis balls on the pitch at the former was reprised just last weekend in Switzerland as Young Boys supporters showed their displeasure with the growing importance given to eSports by clubs, while the latter produced BVB’s lowest home attendance at a Bundesliga match for 20 years against Augsburg. PosTeamPGDPts 3Werder Bremen5411 4Hertha Berlin5310 Werder Bremen 3-1 Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich 1-1 Augsburg, Hannover 96 1-3 Hoffenheim, Freiburg 1-0 Schalke, Düsseldorf 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund 7-0 Nurnberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz 0-0 Wolfsburg, RB Leipzig 2-0 Stuttgart Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP 11Bayer Leverkusen5-46 Show European club football 7Mainz518 12Augsburg5-15 Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Krzysztof Piatek’s glorious run goes on as Genoa swat aside Chievo Augsburg players celebrate the equaliser. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA Hide 17Stuttgart5-62 1Bayern Munich5913 Borussia Dortmund 2Borussia Dortmund51211 14Nurnberg5-65 Twitter 8RB Leipzig508 Play Video 6Wolfsburg518 • Another man marginalised at Dortmund in recent times, Nuri Sahin, made a solid impression on his first start for Werder Bremen, who turned over Hertha 3-1 to continue their unbeaten run and hand the Berliners their first loss. They are also just two points shy of Bayern. Martin Harnik scored the first – his first of his second spell at Weser – and with old pal Max Kruse getting the clincher, the pair celebrated with a touch of morris dancing. “It’s just a folk dance from our village,” smiled Kruse.• Schalke are in genuine crisis after slipping to a fifth straight loss at Freiburg. There was acknowledgment on both sides that the result was harsh on the visitors, though a feeling of unity and closing ranks is certainly there – veteran defender Naldo reacted furiously at former coach Markus Weinzierl’s comments on Sky that Domenico Tedesco should ask “whether it is good to think just defensively or to tailor the game to a 36-year-old”, telling Weinzierl to “shut up and find himself a job”. After Mainz provided the opposition for Leverkusen to break their losing run, Tedesco and company will hope the 05ers can do the same for them on Saturday.• Heiko Herrlich’s side aren’t looking back after getting the monkey off the back and made it two out of two by winning at Fortuna Düsseldorf, with Kevin Volland netting a brace. Interestingly Volland spoke of Lars Bender, rather than Herrlich, inspiring his side with a team talk at the interval after a lacklustre first half. “It woke us up,” he said. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn 9Hoffenheim517 At a time when the Bundesliga is marketing itself extremely effectively on the international stage on the back of its widely enjoyed fan experience in the stadiums, some of the faithful are complaining that the matchday experience for the regulars is becoming worse. The rollout of VAR, and the lack of a flow of information for the spectators inside stadiums while decisions are made, is another widely-held bugbear. The August statement from fans complained that the game was being “torn even further away from its cultural and social roots and gutted on the altar of profit and greed”.One of the other main issues is that of collective punishment, something that many Dortmund fans feel especially strongly about. It was after disturbances surrounding the February 2017 game with RB Leipzig that BVB were fined €100,000 and forced to close the huge Südtribune terrace for a match.While the (mainly verbal) attacks on visiting supporters outside the ground were deeply unpleasant – and ultimately outside the DFB’s and DFL’s remits having occurred outside the stadium, so the club were punished for banners criticising Red Bull that were displayed on the Yellow Wall instead – many felt that tens of thousands shouldn’t be penalised for the unhinged behaviour of a few. One Dortmund fan told the Guardian after the Nürnberg game that many locals felt that “the Red Bull PR machine had gone into overdrive” in order to punish the club and shut down real debate around the issues.After the silence was broken at Westfalen on Wednesday, those fans showed what everyone had been missing for those opening 20 minutes, raising the roof. Lucien Favre’s team responded too, firstly taking a firm first-half grip on Nürnberg via the guile of Christian Pulisic and Marco Reus before going onto demolish their exhausted visitors in the second period.The final 7-0 scoreline was in no way unreasonable and underlined the potential of a renewed young side that has felt its way into the campaign tentatively, despite remaining unbeaten. Reus – who scored twice, including his 100th Dortmund goal – was front and centre before exiting stage left after an hour and spoke candidly after the game about how much the reprisal of his partnership with Favre from Borussia Mönchengladbach is getting out of him.He is a senior figure now, with teenagers Achraf Hakimi (on debut) and Jadon Sancho, who also laid on another assist, also among the goals after Bruun Larsen (who turned 20 only last week) got the ball rolling. At five games into the season, Dortmund already have 12 different Bundesliga scorers.Favre’s team squeezed every last drop of life out of this game, perhaps pushed forward by those supporters who were doing the same after their silent start. Those supporters might feel that complicity and its role in the spectacle adds further weight to their cause.Talking points• Bayern Munich are now just two points ahead of Dortmund at the top of the table, having improbably and inexplicably dropped their first points of the season in Tuesday’s home game with Augsburg. Having dominated as per usual and taken the lead through Arjen Robben, Bayern were caught out by an equalising goal out of the blue, with Felix Götze – Mario’s younger brother – scoring against the club he left in the summer after coming through their academy. He dedicated his strike to his sibling, who was again left out of BVB’s 18 this week. “Mario will come back stronger,” said Felix, “like he was before.” Was this helpful? 15Eintracht Frankfurt5-34 It was almost surreal. Signal Iduna Park, that fullest and famously atmospheric of European grounds, was reduced to a murmur on match night. You could repeatedly hear the sound of boot on ball as a crowd of 75,000 sat in near silence, a vigil only broken for a modest cheer as Jacob Bruun Larsen scored to give hosts Borussia Dortmund an early lead against Nürnberg.Dortmund weren’t alone in the domestic season’s first Englische Woche, with supporters across the midweek Bundesliga fixtures electing not to chant, sing, drum or support in any audible way during the first 20 minutes of their respective games, in protest at the Deutscher Fußball-Bund’s (DFB) position in the standoff between the governing body and various supporter groups. 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features Jadon Sancho is breathing down Marcus Rashford’s neck for that first-choice England place after his two-goal salvo against Kosovo, writes Andy Hunter.England fans! Don’t panic! Paul MacInnes has more.What’s the shortest distance between two clubs playing a cross-border European tie? The Fiver hasn’t the foggiest but thankfully The Knowledge has taken a deep dive into this and other questions.Steve Clarke has been left to survey the grim state of Scottish fitba after chastening Hampden defeats by Russia and Belgium, says Ewan Murray.Emile Heskey gets his chat on with Jamie Jackson about homesickness in Liverpool, finding a decent barber and falling asleep in front of Gérard Houllier.Richie Wellens has Swindon looking up in League Two, and he has Lord Ferg among others to thank. Ben Fisher meets him.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!JEEEEEEEEZ Read more Pinterest The Fiver Twitter England We can all have a laugh about it now, Vinny. Photograph: Philip Oldham/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Facebook Hot composite action, for your viewing pleasure. Composite: EPA; Getty Images; Icon Sportswire via Getty Images;TF-Images/Getty Images Facebook Share via Email Were England’s errors down to complacency or confidence? Either way, don’t panic Police in the Brazilian state of São Paulo have indicted the woman who accused Neymar of rape, charging her with fraud, extortion and slander.The State of Football dept, part I: Kevin-Prince Boateng is dismayed that German football authorities did not deal more firmly with the Schalke chief suit, Clemens Tönnies, after he made racist comments at a conference in August. “How can that be a slip-up?’ he said. “His three-month break, who does that help? No one.”The State of Football dept, part II: Barcelona’s Arda Turan has been given a suspended jail sentence for firing a gun and fighting with a Turkish singer on a night out in Istanbul.Just before a trip to the Camp Nou and their opening Big Cup group game (against Chelsea), Valencia have sent manager Marcelino careering through a door marked Do One, replacing him with Albert Celades. Good luck, lads!Aleksandar Mitrovic’s move from Anderlecht to Newcastle is among those being investigated after two arrests were made in connection with an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving transfers.The FA is urging fans to attend a women’s match at any level of the pyramid over its first Women’s Football Weekend on 16-17 November.And Curzon Ashton defender Mohamud Ali, who is a driving instructor in Manchester, has explained how he had to put lessons on hold to help Somalia win their first ever World Cup qualifying match. “I told my students that I’d be going away to play international football [against Zimbabwe],” he said. “They wanted to continue their lessons but they were all absolutely delighted for me and I assured them I’d be back really soon.”STILL WANT MORE?It’s been a busy international week so you’ll need it digested into 10 talking points. Facebook Definitely better than Lithuanian footballers. Photograph: Ints Kalniņš/Reuters Share on WhatsApp Twitter Reuse this content Pinterest Euro 2020 qualifying Twitter FIVER LETTERS“During England’s highly entertaining if absolutely ridiculous match against Kosovo, at one point Clive Tyldesley remarked “who says international football is boring?” Well, plenty of us say that on a regular basis, because a lot of international football is quite dull, especially when the games involve England either rolling over inferior opposition or failing to beat inferior opposition. Because of this, games like last night’s stand out in stark contrast. I imagine similar things get said about Formula 1, a sport capable of producing some incredibly dramatic moments on occasion, but for the most part – especially at the front of the race – makes for soporific viewing. Earlier this week, there was a lot of noise on various social media disgraces praising Clive’s meticulous pre-match preparation (and handwriting); perhaps his next lot of notes could contain the definition of the phrase “the exception to the rule.” – Ed Taylor.“More terrible pitches [Monday’s Fiver]. I grew up in a small mining town in the middle of the Australian desert. The school oval was dirt strewn with small pebbles (the town had no trees much less grass) upon which we played soccer (football), football (Australian Rules football), cricket and hockey. Additional hazards were provided by the concrete cricket pitch and a mound of excess unused concrete next to that pitch” – Noel Jugovac.“As usual, not one mention in the whole article of Poor Wee Norn Iron who were only a dodgy striker away from beating the mighty Germans in Belfast” – Shane Lockhead, and nobody else. Send your letters to email@example.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of a signed copy of John Nicholson’s new book Can We Have Our Football Back? is … Ed Taylor.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSVincent Kompany is – you guessed it! – missing his own testimonial at Manchester City due to hamstring twang. Share on Messenger ST MARY’S, MOTHER OF GODLook at last night’s scorelines in the European qualifiers. 0-3. 1-5. 1-3. 4-2. 3-0. 0-4. What a load of lopsided nonsense. Not a whole lot of edge-of-the-seat fun to be had there. But though international football breaks are becoming an increasingly predictable chore, there’s always one exception that proves the life-sucking rule. Hats off to England, then, who aren’t going to win anything anytime soon, but at least we’ll have a bit of fun along the way. Topics Share on Facebook Step forward Michael Keane, then. Any direction but bloody sideways. It was Keane’s clumsy pass towards fellow central defensive rock, Harry Maguire, that set up Valon Berisha for Kosovo’s opening goal last night after a mere 34 seconds. As early blows go, it was nothing compared to Davide Gualtieri, San Marino, all that. Even so, had Kosovo continued to score at the same rate for the rest of the match, they’d have won 158-0, according to our back-of-fag-packet calculations, knocking AS Adema’s 2002 world-record win of 149-0 over Madagascan rivals SO l’Emyrne into a cocked hat. That’s not taking any added time into account either. However you spin them, these are not European Championship winning numbers.Thankfully England rallied quickly to pepper Kosovo’s goal, going in 5-1 up at the break. Fans began to dream dreamy dreams of matching, or even bettering, the Three Lions’ biggest ever win in a competitive match, the nine-goal thumpings of Luxembourg in 1960 and 1982. It felt legitimate to get carried away at the time, though of course in retrospect everyone should have known not to be so effing daft. In the second half, Berisha played Puskas to Jordan Henderson’s Billy Wright, Maguire slid through the penalty area with the poise and grace of a man who had just accidentally fallen backwards down a water chute with a beer in both hands, and … well, if Kosovo had got another, we’d have had one hell of a finish.After the trippy, psychedelic, positively acid-soaked event, Gareth Southgate tried hard to make sense of it all. “It was bizarre … really uncomfortable … ridiculous mistakes … poor decisions … we made some crazy errors,” he mumbled, wearing the disconnected, glazed and somewhat queasy expression of a man spiritually several thousand miles away, trying to work out whether he was about to embark on an enlightening journey via the doors of perception, or simply go on a massive whitey. In the end, he chose to concentrate on the fact that England are pretty darn good going forward, with Raheem Sterling particularly sensational. Probably best to leave the analysis at that, and hope the next round of qualifiers prove a more typically mundane trip.QUOTE OF THE DAY“This is the clear and irrevocable proof that he is the best player in the world” – Portugal boss Fernando Santos, not normally known for his humour, reckons His four goals against international heavyweights Lithuania were all that He needed to put an end to the GOAT debate. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Kosovo Share on Twitter
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer defends Bailly: He won’t do it againby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester Untited manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Eric Bailly following his sending off in Sunday’s win over Bournemouth.With United up 4-1, Bailly was shown a straight red for a clumsy challenge on Ryan Fraser in midfieldBut Solskjaer knows it won’t become a recurring theme for the Ivorian.”Eric knows it was a harsh challenge,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the match. “He doesn’t have to do that. Just stay on your feet, but once in a while you know the boys are excited, we want to win the ball back and sometimes you can mistime your challenges.”Eric is the first one to accept that he made his mistake.”
Mumbai: Bollywood star Ajay Devgn on Monday announced his next film based on the golden years of Indian football. The actor shared the first poster of the film on Twitter. Titled “Maidaan”, the movie will be directed by Amit Ravinder Nath Sharma of “Badhaai Ho!” fame. It will feature south star Keerthy Suresh opposite Devgn. Saiwyn Quadros will write the screenplay, while Ritesh Shah will pen the dialogues. The film is presented by Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor. Kapoor will also serve as the producer along with Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta.
By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT–Former Nunavut premier Paul Okalik unleashed a blistering criticism of the current Nunavut government Wednesday, accusing it of accomplishing little except for fattening the pockets of consultants.Okalik, the MLA for Iqaluit West, delivered his attack on the administration during a 16 minute member’s statement in the Nunavut Legislature that seemed to foreshadow his intentions to again vie for the premier’s chair of the struggling territory.“One of the real successes of this government has been a strong and unwavering support for the consulting industry,” said Okalik,Okalik said the government of Premier Eva Aariak had done little to build on the accomplishments of the previous administration.“I again thank the current government for reminding us of this fact. Mr. Speaker, I must confess, in reading this list of accomplishments, it was, in some ways, a pleasant trip down memory lane,” said Okalik.A leadership review of Aariak is scheduled after the conclusion of the current session. Under Nunavut’s consensus system, this can lead to a change of premiers.As premier, Okalik faced many of the same criticism he levelled against Aariak.Okalik lost to Aariak in the last contest for premier and declined to join her firstname.lastname@example.org
APTN National NewsExtraordinary testimony continued at the Frank Paul inquiry in Vancouver.Two current judges took the stand.They were asked about their decisions as Crown prosecutors not to charge Vancouver police officers in the death of a 47 year-old Mi’kmaq man.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.
CALGARY — MEG Energy said Wednesday it is slashing about $900 million from its 2015 capital spending plan, a 75 per cent decline from what was announced less than two weeks ago as the oilsands producer adjusts to uncertainty about oil prices.The Calgary-based company is now aiming at $305 million of capital spending next year, down from the previous estimate of $1.2 billion. The previous 2015 budget included about $600 million for mid-term growth initiatives at the Christina Lake oilsands project.MEG didn’t disclose on Wednesday where the spending reductions will be made but said it’s responding to a decline in oil prices, which have fallen to five-year lows.It said that staff levels “will remain consistent with current levels to maintain operations and to execute future growth.”Its previous guidance for 2015, issued Dec. 4, said the company would direct $965 million of its 2015 capital budget towards growth projects and $235 million for sustaining and maintaining its assets.Husky Energy Inc, Penn West Petroleum Ltd. latest to slash budgets to cope with oil price plungeEncana Corp bucks oil sector trend with plans to boost capital spending in 2015The company said previously that it had determined the Phase 2B plant at its Christina Lake oilsands operation was capable of processing more than 55,000 barrels per day of bitumen — well above the initial design of 35,000 barrels per day.It said in the Dec. 4 guidance that $355 million would be allocated to a series of “brownfield” expansions at Christina Phase 2B to increase steam generation and water treatment capacity and a further $160 million for drilling plus and $85 million for early engineering for followup expansions.“The revision of our 2015 capital investment plan is in response to the continuing deterioration of global crude oil markets,” Bill McCaffrey, MEG’s president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday.“While our projects remain economic at current strip pricing, we believe it is prudent to reduce capital spending until we see a sustained improvement in commodity prices. Our brownfield opportunities also provide us with the flexibility to increase spending at a measured pace under the right market conditions.”MEG’s previous guidance estimated 2014 capital spending would be $1.2 billion, down from the previous estimate of $1.8 billion.
TORONTO — North American markets continued their recent advance Tuesday on the strength of positive news from abroad, but at a more measured pace than the previous two sessions.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 66.18 points to 14,599.40 after a more than 250-point surge over the prior two trading days as markets cheered a deal between cash-strapped Greece and its creditors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 75.90 points at 18,053.58 after having soared more than 425 points over the same period. The Nasdaq jumped 33.38 points to 5,104.89, while the S&P 500 advanced 9.35 points to 2,108.95.On commodity markets, the August crude contract recovered from early losses to rise 84 cents to US$53.04 a barrel despite a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The deal could eventually result in oil from the big Middle East producer flooding onto an already saturated market.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisory, said the lack of a dampening effect on oil prices was likely due in part to the fact that it will take time for Iranian oil to affect markets.“But I think perhaps the initial response was also that with that (the nuclear agreement) getting resolved and with China perhaps stabilizing, maybe the outlook for global growth is a little better than people were expecting last week,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, August natural gas fell more than two cents to US$2.84 per thousand cubic feet, while August gold gave back $1.90 to US$1,153.5 an ounce.Besides the deal with Iran, traders were also continuing to keep an eye on the situation in Greece where the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras introduced legislation in parliament containing austerity measures that are expected to face spirited opposition.“I think people have assumed, and the markets if you look at their response, are certainly assuming, that he is going to be successful,” Raschkowan said.“There is certainly no guarantee of that and the risk would be that he faces a revolt and is forced to call an election or something like that and the whole process gets bogged down again.”In other economic news, the loonie was unchanged at 78.49 U.S. cents in advance of Wednesday’s interest rate announcement by the Bank of Canada. There has been widespread speculation the central bank will lower its trend-setting policy rate as a result of a continuing slowdown in the economy.However, Raschkowan noted that many observers believe that a cut won’t necessarily encourage people to borrow more to boost the economy.“I don’t see a lot of reason to cut rates, frankly,” he said, adding it would probably drive the loonie lower.That would be a boon for manufacturers in Central Canada but do little for the West, which is suffering through low energy prices.“It’s an interesting country to manage from a monetary policy standpoint that way,” he said.
The projects are the Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery programme, the Capacity Building for Governance programme, and a joint initiative with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the Reintegration of Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons. “These programmes, taken together, show what our mission in Somalia is all about,” said Randolph Kent, UNDP Resident Representative. “Somalis want to move ahead, to improve their lives. We are here to support them, to offer the helping hand that enables them to take charge of their future. UNDP Somalia is helping to bridge the gap between emergency and recovery.” The Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery programme will help vulnerable populations generate income in agriculture and livestock, offer job skills training and set up micro-credit projects. The effort, focusing on economic diversification, aims at encouraging industries such as fishing and animal product processing, and export products like frankincense and henna. The programme will also help communities design development plans, and will provide advice to authorities on how to improve economic planning and policies aimed at helping the poor. The Capacity Building for Governance programme supports the approach that governance is a shared responsibility among the authorities, the private sector, and civil society. “Good governance requires institutions with the capacity to ensure public accountability by leaders, popular participation, availability of information, respect for human rights and gender equality, the rule of law, and public sector reform,” the UNDP statement said. “To achieve these goals, the programme will support public administration and Somali representatives, strengthen access to information technology, and cooperate with civil society organizations.”
The 15 Council diplomats ended the six-country mission with visits to Uganda and Tanzania yesterday before returning to New York, according to a UN spokesman. The weeklong mission was led by Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France.On Sunday evening, the delegation met at Entebbe Airport for an hour with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Talks focused on the DRC and Burundian peace processes, as well as the ‘positive role’ that neighbouring countries should play on both issues. That morning, the delegation met in Dar es Salaam with Tanzanian President Benjamin Mpaka. The discussions included Tanzania’s support for the Burundian peace process and “good neighbouring relations” in the region. Also in Dar es Salaam, the delegation met with a Burundian rebellion movement, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), one of the two rebel groups who are still fighting against the Government. On Saturday, the mission left Burundi for Rwanda, where a 90-minute meeting took place with President Paul Kagame. They discussed the political process in the DRC, fighting in eastern DRC and Ituri, and the deployment of the Interim Multinational Force in Bunia. They also discussed allegations of a Rwandan presence in the troubled eastern DRC territory, the role of neighbouring countries in the DRC peace process, and the possibility of holding a conference on the Great Lakes.In New York, a UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan has entrusted his Special Representative for the Great Lakes region, Ibrahima Fall, to coordinate the preparation of the conference, as called for by the Security Council. Mr. Fall briefed the Council mission in Central Africa on the progress of the preparations.
Eurozone likely to get more stimulus as growth halves LONDON – It seems that the strong start to the year was another false dawn for the eurozone economy and that the European Central Bank will have more to do in the months ahead to shore up growth.New figures released Friday confirmed that the eurozone, which is made up of 19 countries from Ireland to the west to Cyprus in the east, suffered a sizeable slowdown in the second quarter of the year despite a number of stimulus measures that the European Central Bank has thrown at it.In its first estimate for the April to June period, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said growth across the single currency bloc eased to a quarterly rate of 0.3 per cent from the previous quarter’s 0.6 per cent. The eurozone’s growth was equivalent to the 1.2 per cent annualized rate also reported Friday for the United States.The decrease was in line with market expectation and the euro was steady at around $1.11.No explanation for the slowdown was provided in the report but analysts said growth was likely hurt by a moderation in the tailwinds that had helped in the first quarter. The sharp drop in oil prices has reversed slightly, meaning that the boon to households and businesses has largely played out. Same with the export-boosting depreciation of the euro, which has recently steadied.The June 23 referendum in Britain may have also caused some uncertainty, prompting businesses to delay investment decisions. The evidence since Britain voted to leave the EU shows that Europe has brushed aside much of the uncertainty generated by the decision.However, most forecasters think it will weigh to some degree on growth over the coming months, especially if the discussions around Brexit drag — few think annual growth will be anything much more than a modest 1.5 per cent this year and next. As a result, many economists think the ECB will back a further stimulus package at its next policy meeting on Sept. 8.“The weakening in economic growth, together with the downward revisions in expectations for the outlook are setting the scene for more stimulus measures,” said Danae Kyriakopoulou, managing economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London.Kyriakopoulou estimates that the ECB is more likely to expand its bond-buying stimulus program rather than further cut its interest rates, which has the potential to undermine banks’ profitability.The results of stress tests of EU banks, due to be published later Friday, are expected to show that many banks, particularly in Italy, are struggling with the super-low interest rates, which have fallen further since the Brexit vote. The ECB earlier this year cut its main interest rate to zero and has pushed the rate it charges banks to park their cash at the central bank below zero, meaning they have to pay for the luxury.The ECB could choose to expand its bond-buying stimulus program beyond its current expiry date of March 2017 or increase the amount of bonds it purchases each month from 80 billion euros ($88 billion). The program pumps newly created money into the banking system in the hope it will increase lending and raise inflation to levels more consistent with steady growth.One moderately bright spot for policymakers at the ECB is that inflation is heading the right way.A separate Eurostat report showed consumer prices across the region rose to 0.2 per cent in the year to July from the previous month’s 0.1 per cent. The core rate, which strips out volatile items such as food, alcohol, energy and tobacco, held steady at 0.9 per cent.Though the headline rate is still far short of the ECB’s target of just below 2 per cent, the prospect of falling prices has diminished over the past few months, largely because the sharp decline in oil prices seen last year has come to an end.The main motivation behind the ECB’s recent stimulus efforts was to make sure that prices don’t fall over a long period of time. So-called deflation can weigh on economic activity as consumers delay spending in anticipation of lower prices and businesses grow reluctant to invest and hire.Recent evidence has shown that they have become more somewhat inclined to hire, with unemployment across the eurozone falling in the past few years at a steady, if unspectacular, rate.Eurostat figures on Friday showed that the number of people out of work in the eurozone dropped by 37,000 in June to 16.27 million but that the unemployment rate held steady at near five-year lows of 10.1 per cent. One clear improvement is Spain, where unemployment has fallen consistently over the past couple of years and in July hit 19.9 per cent, the first time it’s been below 20 per cent since July 2010.However, the region still has a long way to go to get unemployment down to the levels of the U.S., where the rate is only 4.9 per cent. And youth unemployment remains high at 20.8 per cent.Tomas Holinka, economist at Moody’s Analytics, warned about a potential slowdown in the labour market improvements due to a variety of factors, including Britain’s exit from the EU, which could hinder hiring in sectors like finance.“The U.K.’s divorce from the EU will weigh on the euro area through three main channels — stifled trade, reduced foreign direct investment, and lower public investment from EU funds once the U.K. stops contributing,” he said. by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 3:03 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Opening this year’s political forum, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the President of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said a successful session would “send a strong message of our collective commitment to leave no one behind as we pursue the timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” This year’s meeting, the second since the adoption of the new development Agenda in 2015, is on the theme of ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.’ Mr. Shava noted that this year’s discussions will focus on eliminating poverty and hunger, ensuring healthy lives, achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, implementing partnerships, and build on progress achieved at The Ocean Conference to conserve and sustainably use the oceans. The High-Level Political Forum will be held from 10 to 19 July at UN Headquarters in New York and will also include a three-day Ministerial Segment, at which more than 70 ministers are expected, and which will be held with the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC’s annual session. In addition, the session will include discussions on the challenges and gaps in reaching the development agenda in 44 countries that volunteered to give progress reports, and more than 120 side events related to the SDGs. “The forum is the place to be when it comes to the global review of the SDGs,” said Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, briefing journalists about the upcoming two weeks.He underscored the importance of all countries and a wide variety of stakeholders taking ownership of the 2030 Agenda and working across borders to make them work for everyone, including the most vulnerable, such as people with disabilities. “Have we been successful so far? Yes,” said Mr. Wu, pointing to the Secretary-General’s progress report on the 2030 Agenda which is being launched during the Forum. “Are we satisfied? No. That is the beauty of having the high-level political Forum. It is a global, central platform on which the countries can tell you where they stand, so this is very important.” “The important point is that we should keep everyone on point. It’s [the 2030 Agenda] is not for one country or one region; it’s for all of us. If you have a different point of view, that’s natural. But let’s keep everyone on board which is so important for mankind.” In his opening speech earlier in the day, Mr. Wu said he was “struck” by how far countries have come towards reaching the development goals, and how far they still have to go. For example, over 767 million people worldwide lives on less than $1.90 per day in 2013, despite nearly one billion people escaping poverty since 1999. The maternal mortality ratio must more than double the current progress by 2030; women’s political participation must climb some 75 per cent to reach equality with me, and more efforts must be put into preventing and treating non-communicable diseases so people do not die prematurely. “I am also struck, once again, by the deeply interconnected nature of the different elements of the 2030 Agenda: both challenges and solutions connect different goals and targets,” Mr. Wu said. “This makes it imperative that we work together across silos, sectors, disciplines and individual roles or competencies.”To key to realizing sustainable development “by all people and for all people” is revitalizing and enhancing global partnerships, the senior UN official said, calling for all relevant people to come together and work together, and to mobilize the necessary resources to put their ideas into practice.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new ‘Design Week’ has been developed for young people interested in design careers with the support of the design studios at Gaydon and Whitley.A group of 20 students aged 16 to 18 will meet employees from the Design, Research and Development teams and learn what it takes to be a designer.Places are available to young people who live in the Midlands. For more information, email Gaydon EBPC Manager Jim Wilkins – email@example.com. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) VenueJLR-Gaydon Engineering CentreBanbury Road, Gaydon,Warwickshire CV35 ORR
← Previous Story Pre-Qual WCh 2017: Greek win in Kiev – Draw in Kaunas Next Story → Veselin Vujović about Slovenian troubles: To play without back shooter is like a suicide! France and Denmark won at the start of Golden League tournament. French team beat Norwazy 27:26 (15:12) in tough battle after bad experience from the last EHF week in November. Much easier job had Denmark against Qatar 31:26.FRANCE – NORWAY 27:26 (15:12)France : Gérard (30 min, 6 saves), Omeyer (30 min, 6 saves; Rémili (2/4), O. Nyokas (3/5), Narcisse (1/4), Honrubia. N. Karabatic1/4), Mahé (7/9 dont 3/3 pén), Abalo (3/7), Sorhaindo (2/2), Guigou (2/3 dont 2/3 pén), L. Karabatic (2/2), Claire (2/2), Porte (1/2), Kounkoud (1/2), DerotNORWAY : Erevik ( 15 saves), Christensen; Sagosen (3/9), Kristensen, Hykkerud, Myrhol (1/3), Øverby, Mamelund, Tønnesen (4/5), Jøndal (2/3), Bjørnsen (7/9 dont 1/2 pén), Lindboe (3/4 dont 3/4 pén), Gullerud (2/2), O’Sullivan (1/1), Reinkind (2/5), Lie Hansen (1/5)DENMARK – QATAR 31:26 (15:13)DENMARK : Landin Jacobsen (11 saves), Moller (3 saves); Lynggaard (1/1), Christiansen (0/2), Mensah (3/3), Mortensen (2/2), Eggert (4/4), Thomsen, Lauge Schmidt (4/6), Oris, Noddesbo (3/4), Svan (4/5), Lindberg (1/2), Mollgaar d (0/1), Hansen (3/4 dont 1/1 pén), Damgaard (4/5), Balling (2/4)QATAR : Saric (5saves), Stojanovic( saves) , Abdelrhem; Markovic (8/15 dont 4/6 pén), Bagaric (0/1), Roiné (2/3 dont 1/1 pén), Capote (1/7), Lopez, Murad (3/4), Memisevic (1/1), Fernandez (1/1), Mallash (5/5), Tomic, Sami, Ali Youssef (3/4), Madadi, Velic (2/3 dont 1/2 pén), Hassab-Alla (1/1)
SEVERAL MAJOR INTERNATIONAL clothing brands have signed an accord with two global trade unions, committing to improved fire and building standards in Bangladesh.The accord, reached with the IndustriALL and UNI global unions, comes three weeks after the collapse of a nine-storey garment factory in which over 1,000 people were killed.Primark, H&M, C&A and Inditex – the latter being the corporate owner of the Zara chain – have all committed to signing the accord after it is finally published tomorrow.The unions said the adoption of the new accord – which will be legally binding between all signatories – needs to be universal if a repeat of last month’s tragedy at the Rana Plaza complex is to be avoided.The deal included independent safety inspections of any garment factories, with the subsequent reports to be made freely available online. It would also include mandatory repairs and renovations wherever needed.It is expected to take effect later this year, and remain in place for an initial five-year term.H&M described the accord as a “pragmatic step towards addressing improved fire and building safety” in the ready-made garment industry, while Primark said it believed a collaborative approach was the best chance to bring bout a lasting change in the industry.Read: Bangladesh disaster ‘could happen again’ – but can we help?Poll: Will the Bangladesh factory collapse change the way you shop?
Carlow boss O’Brien and coach Poacher set for CHC hearing over proposed bans Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher will go in front of the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee. Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher. 6 Comments By Kevin O’Brien Subscribe 18,546 Views Short URL Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher. https://the42.ie/4565317 Mar 28th 2019, 4:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share24 Tweet Email CARLOW MANAGER TURLOUGH O’Brien and coach Steven Poacher are set to have a hearing in front of the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) to fight suspensions being proposed by the GAA.The42 understands the bans are related to an incident at the end of Carlow’s round 6 Division 3 defeat to Down on 16 March.The Barrowsiders lost the game at Netwatch Cullen Park by a point, when a draw would have guaranteed their survival heading into the final round of games.It’s understood referee James Bermingham was confronted after he blew the final whistle of Down’s 0-15 to 1-11 victory. Carlow were in possession and on the attack when Bermingham called for full-time.Carlow’s defeat to Laois on the final day confirmed their relegation to Division 4 due to their inferior head-to-head record with Offaly, who defeated Sligo by a point to stay up.O’Brien and Poacher were hit with proposed suspensions by the CCC but sought not to accept the penalty, which cleared their involvement with the team for the round 7 game against Laois.If the pair do receive bans it would be a significant blow to Carlow’s championship ambitions. O’Brien and Poacher played a major role in their rise in fortunes over the past few years, guiding them to promotion from Division 4 and the Leinster semi-final in 2018.They were due to face the CHC last Thursday night in a bid to clear their names but the hearing was postponed. It seems likely the hearing will be rescheduled this week.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Monday 1 Apr 2019, 6:11 PM
Tens of thousands of fires are burning in the Amazon – here’s what you need to know There is huge concern about the local, national and international impact of the fires. Source: Jair M. Bolsonaro/Twitter A fire consuming trees in Manicoré in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, on Monday. Source: AE/Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesMORE THAN 80,000 fires have been detected in Brazil to date in 2019, with about half of those happening in August alone.Over half of the fires are in the massive Amazon basin.Some 60% of the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is in Brazil.The forest absorbs two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, about 5% of the world’s annual emissions. There is huge concern about the local, national and international impact of the fires amid the global climate change crisis.Here, we look at what is going on and why it matters.How many fires are we talking about? Some 83,329 fires have been reported in Brazil this year, according to the most recent figures from Brazilian space research agency INPE. Source: INPEThe overall figure is the highest since records began in 2013, and marks an 84% increase on the same period last year.Over 1,650 new fires were started on Sunday and Monday alone.According to the INPE, trees were being cleared at the rate of five football pitches every minute last month.In July, 2,254 sq km of forest were lost, a rise of 278% on the same month in 2018.Oxygen and misinformation Some reports have suggested that the fires threaten the atmospheric oxygen we breathe.French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted last week that “the Amazon rainforest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire”.The oft-repeated claim that the Amazon rainforest produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen is based on a misunderstanding. The actual figure is closer to 6%. I have gotten to know President @jairbolsonaro well in our dealings with Brazil. He is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil – Not easy. He and his country have the full and complete support of the USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019 Closer to home, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week threatened that Ireland will vote against the controversial Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil takes steps to protect the Amazon.“There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement if Brazil does not honour its environmental commitments,” Varadkar said in a statement.“President Bolsonaro’s efforts to blame the fires on environmental NGOs is Orwellian,” Varadkar added. Contains reporting from © AFP 2019 and Associated Press By Órla Ryan Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 6:00 PM 12,566 Views Share11 Tweet Email1 Source: Emmanuel Macron/Twitter Bolsonaro can rely on the support of at least one world leader – US President Donald Trump, who tweeted that he “is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil”.Trump, another climate change sceptic, announced the US’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement in 2017.In his response to Trump’s tweet, Bolsonaro said Brazilian authorities are “fighting the wildfires with great success”, adding that reports to the contrary are part of a “fake news campaign”. 30 Comments Short URL Aug 28th 2019, 6:00 PM – Thank you, President @realDonaldTrump. We’re fighting the wildfires with great success. Brazil is and will always be an international reference in sustainable development. The fake news campaign built against our sovereignty will not work. The US can always count on Brazil. 👍 https://t.co/ZicUKsYGcx— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) August 27, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4785377 Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019 Also, some photographs purporting to show this year’s fires are not in fact from 2019.The above image tweeted by Macron is at least 16 years old. It was taken by the American photojournalist Loren McIntyre, known for his work for National Geographic, who died in 2003.Nearly all of Earth’s breathable oxygen originated in oceans, and there is enough of it to last for millions of years, according to experts.“There are many reasons to be appalled by this year’s Amazon fires, but depleting the Earth’s oxygen supply is not one of them,” Scott Denning of Colorado State University said. However, the fires are alarming for many reasons. Tropical rainforests like the Amazon are home to many species of plants and animals found nowhere else.They also contain enormous stores of carbon that, if released, would negatively contribute to the climate crisis.Many people in Brazil have been taken to hospital with respiratory problems and other issues connected to smoke inhalation. ‘Tipping point’ The fires tearing through the Amazon represent a “tipping point” for the health of the rainforest, the head of a top global forestry management body said today, urging the world to do more to save the trees.The situation in the Amazon is “very urgent”, Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation, an intergovernmental agency group that promotes sustainable forestry use, said. “This is something that might affect the integrity of the Amazon as a whole, because if the forest fires spread, the grasslands become more prone to forest fires,” Dieterle told AFP. If tropical dense forests are affected by forest fires, they need many, many years to regroup. It will alter the climate, the local climate, the national climate and the regional climate. It will also have an influence on the global climate.What is causing the fires?Some of the fires started due to natural causes, but the majority have been set on purpose by farmers and mining and lumber companies who wish to clear land; they have been encouraged to do so by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.Illegal land-grabbers also burn trees in an attempt to raise the value of the land they seize.The Amazon is currently in its dry season, causing many of the fires to spread out of control.Bolsonaro has said he is committed to protecting the Amazon and prosecuting anyone involved in illegal fires. However, he initially, and without proof, accused activists and NGOs of starting some of the fires in an effort to damage the credibility of his administration.Bolsonaro is a climate change sceptic and his government has called for looser environmental regulations in the Amazon in a bid to spur development. People in the northern state of Para reportedly held a “day of fire” on 10 August in a show of support for his efforts to weaken environmental protection monitoring in the region.However, protesters have also taken to the streets across Brazil to criticise government inaction over the fires. The army has been deployed in some areas in a bid to tackle the blazes but critics say this is too little, too late. Bolsonaro recently said Brazil will stay in the Paris climate change accord “for now”, leading to international criticism. The far-right leader is not impressed with what he perceived to be interference in his country’s affairs.What are world leaders doing?Leaders at the G7 summit this week pledged to donate $20 million (about €18 million) to help combat the blazes, as well as separate offers of $12 million (€10.8 million) from Britain and $11 million (€10 million) from Canada.Millions have also been raised through fundraising efforts by NGOs and celebrities such as actor Leonardo DiCaprio who donated $5 million (€4.5 million). Bolsonaro initially rejected the G7 offer, taking issue with Macron.The French president, who has criticised Bolsonaro’s environmental record, called for the fires to be discussed at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz.In response, the Brazilian leader mocked the appearance of Brigitte Macron, France’s first lady, on Facebook – a moved deemed “extraordinarily rude” by her husband.“We have nothing against the G7. We have something against one of the G7’s presidents,” Bolsonaro told a summit of Brazilian governors this week. Yesterday he said he was open to discussing G7 aid if Macron “withdraws insults” made against him.To talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, (Macron) has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk.Bolsonaro later appeared to change his approach somewhat. His spokesperson Otavio Rego Barros told reporters: “The Brazilian government through President Bolsonaro is open to receiving financial support from organisations and even countries.“The essential point is that this money, on entering Brazil, will be under the control of the Brazilian people.” Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article