New marine debris action plan focuses on waste processing investment

first_imgImproper waste management and an ineffective recycling industry have been blamed for allowing such waste to escape into the sea.Read also: Ineffective recycling compounds Indonesia’s marine waste problemThe action plan was expected to solve such problems, with its five key steps focusing on improving the country’s waste management, reducing or substituting plastic usage to prevent the consumption of 1 million tons annually, redesigning plastic products and packaging for reuse and recycling, doubling plastic waste collection rates, as well as expanding waste disposal facilities.If the plan is implemented well, Indonesia NPAP projected it could reduce the amount of plastic going into the country’s oceans by 70 percent by 2025 and reach near-zero by 2040, as up to 16 million tons of plastics would be prevented from leaking into the sea until 2040.The ministry revealed that investments totaling US$5.1 trillion would be needed until 2025 to realize the action plan. About $4 billion will be earmarked for the development of state-managed waste collection and disposal facilities, while the rest will be allocated for private-owned recycling businesses.The ministry’s environment and forestry management acting undersecretary, Nani Hendiarti, said the partnership had also formed a task force to study which kind of investments were necessary to realize the action plan. It is also calculating how much money would be needed to carry out all the measures stipulated in the action plan.The result will be included in a road map slated to be released in June.“Later, we will know what quick wins and investments that the county will need,” Nani said.She added that the investments for marine debris reduction could come from various sources, such as the state budget, the Global Plastic Action Partnership and its members as well as the Asian Development Bank (ADB).Read also: The waste challenge: Is Indonesia at a tipping point?The action plan was the latest guideline issued by the government in its effort to curb marine debris. In 2018, the government issued a presidential regulation that stipulated guidelines for ministries and state institutions to reduce marine plastic waste, which also focuses on land-based and ocean waste management, among other strategies.While lauding the action plan, Sri Bebassari of the Indonesian Solid Waste Association urged the government to prioritize one of the five key points first, as the country’s development on waste management was “too far behind”.The step in prioritizing a key point was necessary to push an immediate shift to the circular economy paradigm, she went on to say.“The main priority should be to fix the waste management system on land, so no waste will slip away into the sea,” Sri said, emphasizing that the system should be able to sort waste so it would not get mixed together. She added that the central government and regional administrations should also set aside more of their budget for waste management, so it would be seen as a necessity than economic gains for recycling companies.Read also: Regions lag behind in waste management planningSuch concern over budgets was highlighted by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) in its 2018 environmental report, which pointed out that not a single province allocated more than 3 percent of its 2017 regional budget for the environment, including waste management.“Income [from processing waste] should be an additional benefit, not the main focus of the business.”Environmental group Greenpeace cast more doubt on the action plan, arguing that many companies were still promoting the “throwaway culture” that relies heavily on the usage of single-use plastic products, even though many had tried to promote circular economy approaches.Greenpeace Indonesia campaigner Muhammad Atha Rosyadi added that he doubted the action plan would have much of an effect on the country’s production of marine plastic waste because five years would not be enough to work on the solutions.Topics : The stakeholders were joined in the Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership (Indonesia NPAP), a part of a global partnership aiming to fast-track the circular economy. Indonesia is the first country to introduce its national-level partnership.“Indonesia is committed to implementing programs on sustainable development and plastic waste reduction, which has become one of our national priorities,” Luhut said during the launch event late last month.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo pledged to reduce marine plastic waste by 70 percent by 2025 following a study by researcher Jenna Jambeck in 2015 that declared the country as the world’s second-worst marine plastic polluter for dumping about 1.29 million tons of plastic waste into the ocean in 2010.While the government has been working to fix the problem, efforts still have a long way to go. A 2017 survey by the Indonesia NPAP showed that the country still dumped 680,000 tons of plastic waste to the sea annually, 10 percent of the total plastic waste produced in the archipelago. As an effort to eradicate marine waste once and for all, the government has rolled out its latest action plan for authorities, businesses and communities to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the ocean by 2025.Critics, however, doubt the latest plan will contribute to the country’s efforts in reducing marine debris due to poor waste management and reluctance from most companies to avoid single-use plastic products, which have been polluting the sea.The joint action plan, unveiled by Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on April 22, will become a guideline for all stakeholders to prevent plastic pollution from leaking into rivers, lakes and seas.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Invest in Green Infrastructure

first_img Energy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Lehigh Township, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Senator John Yudichak, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn and Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans today at the Glen Onoko Falls Trail which closed to the public on May 1. The group discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address such green infrastructure needs in the state.“Glen Onoko Falls and other beautiful Pennsylvania locations help to drive our tourism industry and local economies, but we need the resources to invest in them,” said Governor Wolf. “We must upgrade our infrastructure from our scenic trails to our small towns and big cities. Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing those needs.”Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax, will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Glen Onoko Falls at State Game Lands 141 in Lehigh Township, Carbon County, outside of Jim Thorpe, is known for waterfalls and scenic views. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which owns the land, closed the trail leading to the falls on May 1 due to unsafe conditions from erosion and overuse.“Losing one of our great tourism amenities, through the closure of the Glen Onoko Falls Trail, means local businesses and local communities take a big economic hit,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “Carbon County needs the Glen Onoko Falls Trail back open for business, and Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan can get the job done.”Restore Pennsylvania will increase resources for new environmental projects and recreational opportunities across the state, including infrastructure and maintenance in state parks, creation, and revitalization of new local parks, and funding for new hiking, biking, and ATV trail projects.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high-priority, high-impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania. May 21, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Invest in Green Infrastructurelast_img read more

PWRI still open to merger despite failure of PFZW talks

first_imgThe Dutch pension fund for disabled workers, PWRI, is still considering merging with another scheme despite the failure of its talks with healthcare scheme PFZW last year.In its 2016 annual report, the €8bn fund said it still believed a merger would be a good solution for its long-term future – although continuing independently would also be a possibility.Last October, negotiations with PFZW ended without result. According to PWRI, joining the €186bn healthcare scheme would have offered its participants insufficient benefits.However, a month later PWRI was boosted by the introduction of a €10bn annual payment from the Dutch government, introduced as compensation for the effect of the Participation Act. This legislation prescribed the regular business community to start employing disabled workers. Since then, PWRI has continued as a closed scheme.The board indicated that the PFZW merger negotiations had spurred it on to improving its pension arrangements.The pension fund posted an overall return on investments of 7.7%, with its matching portfolio (63% of the overall portfolio) generating 6.1%.Its liability-driven holdings, including interest rate swaps, returned 25% as a consequence of falling interest rates.The scheme’s return portfolio (37%) yielded 8.6%, primarily due to equity and high yield returns of 10% and 10.2%, respectively.Equity emerging markets and local currency-denominated emerging market debt performed best, generating 14.9% and 12%, respectively.Unlisted property – Dutch housing and retail assets in particular – delivered 7.1%.PWRI said it kept its interest rate hedge, based on the ultimate forward rate, at 25% last year. Its strategy allows for an increase in the hedge when interest rates rise.The scheme’s administration costs per participant grew by €9 to €90. It cited additional costs following new legislation as well as surveys linked to the merger negotiations, and also mentioned the introduction of VAT on administration and the effect of its decreasing number of participants.The pension fund spent 32 basis points on asset management and 5bps on transaction charges.At year-end, PWRI had 208,350 participants in total, of whom 90,270 were employees and 48,610 were pensioners.Its coverage ratio improved from 98.1% to 102.6% during the first six months of 2017, largely as a result of rising interest rates.last_img read more

All I want for Christmas … is to sell my home! Good news for buyers looking for a bargain

first_img7.12 Buckland St, Holland Park West 22/01/2016 7km Expressions of interest This property at 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly, is on the market.According to CoreLogic, properties throughout Queensland are taking longer to sell than they were a year ago. In Brisbane, the median days on market is currently recorded at 53 days, which is the longest it has taken since February 2013. But for some particularly patient property owners, it’s taking even longer.New research from realestate.com.au shows that more than 250 properties, within 20km of Brisbane’s CBD, have been listed for sale since 2016.And 14 homes in the same radius have been on the market since 2015.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said that was good news for buyers as it gave them more bargaining power.“It generally does give a buyer more bargaining power when homes are taking longer to sell,” she said. “However for homes that have been on the site for very long periods, the vendor is obviously not in a hurry to sell!”Kim Jaffar, who owns 9 Ivy Street, said selling the home would be the ultimate Christmas present. “It’s a unique home and it takes time to find the right person,” Mrs Jaffar said. 5.1-9/9 Hemmo St, Capalaba 06/11/2015 19km $479,000-$530,000 6.40 Main Ave, Wavell Heights 20/12/2015 9km $800,000 10. 23 Killara Ave, Hamilton 11/03/2016 5km Price on application Kylie and Marcus Pagbilao with their daughter, Isla, and son, Cohen, are selling their Graceville home. Photo: Lachie Millard.FOR one Brisbane family, there is only one item on the Christmas wishlist — find a buyer for their unique riverfront home.The magnificent five-bedroom property on a massive double block of land at 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly has been on the market for 439 days, according to new realestate.com.au data. And with an array of features, including an infinity edge pool, cinema with built-in cocktail bar, gym and treehouse pavilion, it would make the perfect gift this festive season. This property at 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly, has been on the market for 439 days.The three-level house, which is being marketed by Matt Lancashire and Christine Rudolph of Ray White – New Farm, took three years to build, according to Mrs Jaffar.“It was an engineering feat because it has a massive, six-car garage and retaining wall,” she said.“We bought the property when our eldest daughter was in Year 1 and didn’t move in until she was in Year 7.” Inside the property at 14 Erroll St, Graceville, which is for sale.Marketing agent Charles Wiggett of Hauss – Graceville said the house was “an extraordinarily good buy” for a property of that quality in a highly desirable suburb like Graceville.Mr Wiggett said he had noticed days on market had increased and the credit squeeze had impacted buyers.“Buyers are a bit more cautious,” Mr Wiggett said.“They’re fence sitting, thinking they might be able to get a better bargain.“I’ve had some buyers whose serviceablility has dropped dramatically after they’ve gone back for a (loan) preapproval.“In some cases, from $800,000 down to $620,000.”THE BRISBANE HOMES WAITING FOR A BUYER Address Date of listing Distance from CBD Price guide 1. 4 Haase Plce, Bellbowrie 03/07/2015 17km $690,000 3. 8 Byres St, Newstead 07/10/2015 3km Contact agentcenter_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe back yard of the property at 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly.The Jaffars are not alone.Another property waiting for the right buyer is a slightly more low key, four-bedroom house in leafy Graceville, which is on the market for $950,000.Marcus and Kylie Pagbilao bought the block at 14 Erroll Street in 2013 and built the perfect family home on it. This property at 14 Erroll St, Graceville, is for sale.After five years, they’ve decided to move on to another home before their five-year-old son, Cohen, starts Prep next year, but they’re just waiting for a buyer.The home has been on the market for around 170 days, according to CoreLogic records.“We are a little bit surprised things have gone the way that they have,” Mrs Pagbilao said.“I don’t think you can get much else near-new in Graceville for the kind of value that this is.” 2. 7 Bruce St, Chermside 28/07/2015 9km $1.45m 4. 2/34 Birdwood Rd, Birkdale 30/10/2015 19km Offers over $459,000 8. 3 Mitchell St, Acacia Ridge 02/02/2016 13km By negotiation 9.28 Raffles St, Mount Gravatt East 16/02/2016 9km Make an offer (Source: realestate.com.au) The kitchen in the home at 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly.The Jaffars are looking to downsize as they have outgrown the home.“It’s a big house for a small family,” Mrs Jaffar said.She said the property’s flood-free, riverfront location in Indooroopilly was what attracted them to it, but not everyone may agree.“It’s a little bit further out, but that’s what attracted us,” she said. “It’s still very accessible and is close to all the amenities, such as the university, schools, public transport and Indooroopilly shopping centre.”last_img read more

The suburbs, regions property owners refuse to leave

first_imgMount Ommaney $865,000 15.8 QLD leads top 100 list for investors A decade ago, owners were, on average, letting go of houses after seven years, and units after 5.8 years, according to the CoreLogic data to May this year.“The average hold period figure is based on sales from the past year, using the latest sold date and the previous sold date to establish how many years a property has been held for between each transaction,” according to CoreLogic.“The average hold period has consistently increased since 2005 across both house and units nationally.”The trend continues in regional Queensland, where the average hold period for both houses and units continues to climb.Regional Victoria and Queensland represented the areas with the longest average hold periods across regional Australia, with houses across both regions currently being held on average 11.1 years, the report said.In regional Queensland, that hold period has increased from 6.5 years a decade ago.The average hold period for units has also gone up, rising from 5.9 years in 2009 to 9.8 years this year.On a council level, Hinchinbrook (16 years), Blackall-Tambo (15.6), Mount Isa (15.3), Banana (14.9) and the Cassowary Coast 14.8) were among the nation’s most tightly held housing markets. It is easy to see why no one wants to leave the Cassowary Coast region. Picture: Tourism & Events QueenslandFor units, the Cassowary Coast (12.8 years), South Burnett (12.7) and Tablelands (12.6) were among the councils with the longest average hold period in Australia.By comparison, homeowners in Cloncurry held on to properties for the shortest period, or 7.8 years on average, beaten only by East Pilbara in Western Australia (7.7 years).“The data suggests that homeowners are much more reluctant to sell their property than they were a decade ago which is also highlighted by the ongoing decline in sales transactions,” according to CoreLogic. “Other factors such as the rising cost of selling and purchasing property, combined with affordability constraints across some Australia’s more expensive capital cities contribute to owners holding onto their properties longer. “It’s expected that this trend will continue over the coming years given such concerns aren’t likely to see much improvement in the near future.”Back in Brisbane, the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report has revealed what suburbs are the most tightly held in the river city. Chandler, which is 14kms from the CBD, has the city’s longest average hold period at 22 years.The suburb, which is known for its grand estates, is also one of the city’s most expensive housing markets, with a current median house price of $1.5 million. It also has one of the city’s highest weekly household incomes. McGrath agent Joseph Lordi is currently marketing 303 Archer Street at Chandler, a landmark residence on 2.5 acres. The owners of this house at 303 Archer St in Chandler have lived here for 23 years but are now sellingThe owners, who are downsizing, bought the site for $290,000 back in 1996, and built their dream home, which is dripping with luxurious features.“With Chandler, I think its proximity to everything is the big factor,” Mr Lordi said.“It offers acreage very close to the city, big landholdings, but reasonable rates.“You are also close to the Gateway, Carindale shopping centre, the Bayside, so close to lots of lifestyle options and an easy dive to the city.“It’s a popular area for executive families so the average sale price is north of $1.5 million, not far off places like New Farm and Teneriffe.” It is ‘wow’, to say the leastDutton Park is the city’s second most tightly held suburb, with an average hold period of 20.4 years.It is a high demand market, according to realestate.com.au, and undergoing significant rejuvenation, yet houses for sale are few and far between.One that is on the market is 23-29 Borva Street, two blocks including one with an architecturally-designed house that is listed with Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm.The current owners have lived there for 20 years, according to property records. This Borva Street house is one of only a handful on the market in Dutton ParkMs Rudolph said they were currently negotiating with a committed buyer who saw Dutton Park as a future high growth suburb.“It is a hidden and underrated pocket but that’s changing now,” she said.“Dutton Park is shedding its undesirable image with the rejuvenation of the old prison precinct in to a lifestyle hub.“It is a great example of the rejuvenation that is going on in many of Brisbane’s inner suburbs.”Rounding out the top five most tightly held suburbs are Macgregor, Mansfield and Newmarket. Being located within the Mansfield State High catchment is often the main selling point for properties on the market in Mansfield and surrounding suburbs (AAP Image/Richard Waugh)Mansfield, in particular, is highly sought-after by parents keen to get in to the coveted Mansfield High school catchment.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe school catchment is a significant selling point for listings in the suburb. *** BRISBANE’S MOST TIGHTLY HELD SUBURBS (houses) Average Hold Period — NationalIn the river city, the length of time that owners hold on to their properties closely mirrors that national average, with people keeping a firm grip on houses for 11.3 years and 9.8 years for units. Sunnybank Hills $647,500 15.2 East Brisbane $865,000 15.1 Teneriffe $1,875,000 15.4 Macgregor $726,000 18.7 Brookfield $1,100,000 15.7 Chapel Hill $795,000 15.0 West End $1,032,500 16.6 Robertson $1,070,000 16.5 Yeerongpilly $807,775 15.2 ‘Scomo miracle’: RBA and APRA driving real estate turnaround’center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59QUEENSLAND property owners are becoming even more reluctant to let go of the place they call home.But new figures show we are not alone, with the average hold period nationally rising to 11.3 years for houses and 9.6 years for unit, an increase of almost four years and three years respectively since 2009. MORE NEWS: Where to buy your own ‘small country’ in Australia Ferny Grove $622,000 15.0 Mansfield $688,000 18.3 Sunnybank $715,000 14.9 Albion $827,000 16.5 Newmarket $870,000 17.8 Wishart $725,500 16.9 *Suburb — Median house price — Average hold period (years) Chandler $1,500,000 22.0 Petrie Terrace $808,000 16.6 Clayfield $1,170,000 15.0 Dutton Park $936,250 20.4 (Source: CoreLogic Market Trends Report September 2019)last_img read more

Jaguars tottering after Hurricanes ram home advantage

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Rampant Leeward Islands Hurricanes produced an incisive all-round performance to stun leaders Guyana Jaguars and leave them tottering on the second day of their Regional four-day contest at Warner Park here, yesterday.The hosts piled up 412 for nine declared with Montcin Hodge top-scoring with 91, Keacy Carty getting 82, Jahmar Hamilton, 56 and Terrance Ward, 52.Sherfane Rutherford was the best bowler with three for 92 while fellow pacer Romario Shepherd (2-64) and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2-104) were the other wicket-takers.In reply, seamer Jeremiah Louis made two key early strikes as Jaguars collapsed badly to end the day on 53 for six – still 359 runs behind on first innings heading into today’s penultimate day.Chanderpaul Hemraj got 23 while West Indies left-hander Vishaul Singh was carrying the fight on 17 not out but key batsmen like captain Leon Johnson and veteran former West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul perished cheaply to leave Jaguars against the ropes.Left with just over an hour to navigate in the final session, Jaguars were quickly in trouble when left-hander Tagenarine Chanderpaul edged a defensive push at Louis and was caught low down by captain Rahkeem Cornwall at first slip for three with the score on six in the third over.In Louis’ next over, Johnson offered no stroke to one too close to off-stump and was bowled for two with as many runs added to the total.Hemraj then played positively, striking three fours and a six off 31 deliveries, adding 31 for the third wicket with Vishaul.The partnership was flourishing when the left-handed Hemraj gave debutant seamer Stanny Simon his maiden first class wicket in his first over, driving the right-armer, to be well caught at point by Carty, at 39 for three.In the next over with no runs added, nightwatchman Veerasammy Permaul was run-out without scoring after Vishaul pushed to Louis at cover and called for a sharp single, and Shiv Chanderpaul perished for five with the score on 47, caught high at slip by Hamilton pushing forward to off-spinner Cornwall.Jaguars appeared to be battling their way safely to the close when Anthony Bramble had a rush of blood and needlessly holed out to mid-off in off-spinner Terrance Ward’s first over, to depart without scoring and signal the end of play.Resuming earlier from 181 for one, Hurricanes lost momentum in the first session, losing four wickets for the addition of 74 runs, to stumble to lunch at 255 for five.Hodge, unbeaten on the start on 72, fell just short of three figures when he was bowled by seamer Keemo Paul after facing 333 deliveries and counting 11 fours and a six.He put on 165 for the second wicket with Carty who struck five fours and a six in a 232-ball knock before going, caught at the wicket off Rutherford – a dismissal which sparked a slide that saw three wickets fall for a single run just before lunch.Devon Thomas fell after the break for 20 but Hamilton anchored two stands to frustrate Jaguars, putting on 51 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall (28) and 69 for the seventh wicket with Ward, as the hosts reached tea at 351 for six.Hamilton faced 98 balls and struck five fours and a six while Ward notched four fours and a six in a 126-ball innings, to gather a half-century on first class debut.Meanwhile, Jamaica Scorpions, resuming on 77 without loss, reached 111 for two at the close on a rain-hit second day of their day/night third round Regional four-day match against Barbados Pride at Sabina Park yesterday.last_img read more

“Giant Of Africa” – Feels Like A Continental Myth.

first_img 1. Nigeria remains the most populous country in Africa and over the years have been knot with the inscription “Giant of Africa” – an allusion other African nationals find contentious.This begs the question, what makes the green & white nation “giants”, even more one which reigns over all in the world’s second-largest continent?Well, economic students gasconade about the stability of banking institutions and Nigeria being Africa’s biggest economy. In arms, the United Nations wouldn’t bat an eyelid to vouch for the country’s military – always ready to serve as peace keepers when called upon. In sports, the experts would relate the ‘dream team’s success in winning the football gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (the first by an African country), as a feat which brought pride to all on the continent.Football in Africa is more than a sport. Many have embraced the beautiful game as they do religion. In the North, East, West, South, and Central part of the continent, an acre of land inhabited is mentally pictured as a football pitch. The beauty, there is no age limit for participants.In reality, the last time Nigerians were ecstatic about the performance of a top-division football club on the continent was (2004) – the year Enyimba FC remarkably achieved an unprecedented defense of the CAF Champions League.“How come it took so long for a club from Nigeria to win a competition which has been in existence since 1964?” I hear you scream!Truth, there have been representations, but none before the People’s Elephant chased the holy grail of Africa’s premier club competition and achieved ultimate success.Rangers International Football Club were the first Nigerian team to make the final of the Champions League, a feat achieved in 1975. Unfortunately, the Flying Antelopes lost (3-1) on aggregate to Hafia FC of Guinea. That performance spurred believe and an exchange of baton as IICC Shooting Stars emerged runners-up in 1984 and 1996, losing on both occasions to Egyptian team Zamalek SC. Heartland FC (formerly Iwuanyawu Nationale) also made two finals in 1988 and 2009.In terms of overall performances, the North envelopes the other subregions. They presently account for six (6) of the top ten football clubs in the competition’s history.Egypt (14 titles)Algeria (5 titles)Morocco (5 titles)Tunisia (4 titles)Their dominance still evident as all four semi-finalists at the ongoing 2017 CAF Champions League hail from Northern Africa: Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Al-Ahly (Egypt), USM Alger (Algeria), and Wydad Casablanca (Morocco).The supremacy of the North African teams befuddles the mind. Whenever I lay on my Nigerian-made-bed, two questions put me in a trance:What does it take to win the CAF Champions League?How soon will another NPFL team be celebrated as kings of African club football?My thirst for answers trapped me in conversations with a few eggheads across the continent. Below I’d share excerpts from that electronic sojourn.First stop, Ghana: “Major factor these days is money. As the balance of power shifts from many traditional clubs around the continent due to more investment in relatively recently formed clubs, the biggest marker has become cash. The richer a club, the better its players, and the more successful they become. There are, of course, bound to be exceptions and fairy tale stories, but that’s the general rule. Other factors such as good technical teams and a decent away form are crucial, too.” – Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith)Next, Egypt:“Heart and desire in my opinion leads the pack, way more than tactical work .That’s what separates Al Ahly for example. They always want to win and the determination is present. Also they hardly owe their players.”  – Marwan Ahmed (@MarwanAhmed_KF)Back to Nigeria:“Football is sometimes not based on maths, there could be fluke results. But Enyimba Football club enjoyed good funding from former Abia state governor, Dr Uzor Orji Kalu and they proved to Nigerians that with competent administrators that are truly professional, serious preparations, quality players that are tried and trusted, an NPFL team can win the CAF Champions League. How soon, I can’t say. Big question is – do we have any team in the league that is enjoying the kind of consistency in terms of funding, stable management (Anyansi) and quality players that stayed put with a few tested legs coming to plug loopholes? Billion dollar question” – Godwin Enakhena (@genakhena)“How soon can an NPFL team win the CAF CL? I’d say 7 years from what I see. We just don’t have the organization, Manpower and finances for it. Plateau United and MFM FC will just make up the numbers like we’ve done the last decade and half.” – China Acheru (@Ikwerreman) “FELIX ANYASI-AGWU” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 0:23 “FELIX ANYASI-AGWU” Quite revealing…Plateau United emerged champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League; a triumph achieved on the last day of the season. MFM FC shaved second place by one point. These teams will represent Nigeria at the 54th edition of the CAF Champions League scheduled to get underway in February 2018.The former amassed the most points away from home (which is big deal) in the NPFL, while the latter flamboyantly aided by their triple o – Odey, Olatunbosun, and Onuoha, serenaded and failed to drop out of the top four from the start of the campaign until a CAF Champions League spot was guaranteed. As very much a patriot as I am, my pen also possesses a mind of its own. So in line with fairness and equality, this piece would end with the thought of a patriot and ink of his pen.PEN: These teams are amateur swimmers in shark infested beaches. Their chances are similar to that of a snowman in hell.PATRIOT: MFM FC and Plateau United, completed the domestic season with no punishment – sanctions from the League Management Company (LMC), which shows discipline.  If they fortify obvious loopholes, motivate the players in kind, take the few chances they’d create; we might erase what feels like a myth and truly become giants on the pitch once more.RelatedNigeria Sports Capital of Africa – IOC President BachNovember 16, 2019In “Sports”CHAN 2020 In Doubt As Cameroon Confirms Two Cases Of CoronavirusMarch 7, 2020In “Africa”Coronavirus: CAF Competitions To Hold As Scheduled Despite Global PandemicMarch 11, 2020In “Africa” read more

English Premier League : Sir Alex Ferguson charged

first_imgThe FA have charged Sir Alex Ferguson with improper conduct for his attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Tuesday’s match with Chelsea.Although the Manchester United manager’s comments on Sky Sports were critical of the official, it is the ones to his club’s own in-house station MUTV where the FA believe he may have crossed the line by raising a question about Atkinson’s integrity.The charge raises the prospect of Ferguson ending up getting a touchline ban thanks to evidence provided by his own club.Although the United boss might have kept his counsel on Wednesday and reflected on the changing fortunes of a game that should have left him playing with just 10 men at Wigan three days earlier, Ferguson opted to let fly with both barrels following a loss to Frank Lampard’s controversial penalty.Ferguson labelled that decision, for Chris Smalling’s foul on Yuri Zhirkov “soft” but it was the failure to send David Luiz off for a clear trip on Wayne Rooney after the Brazilian had already been booked that really annoyed the Scot.“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that,” he said. “I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.” Given the United boss already has the remaining two matches of a four-game touchline ban hanging over him following scathing comments about Alan Wiley’s fitness last season, a further spell in the stands appears inevitable if misconduct is proved.It will not come into effect before Sunday’s trip to Liverpool though as a “non-standard” case such as a manager’s media comments is not heard with the rapidity of a normal case under the FA’s fast-track disciplinary system, which means it is likely to be next week before any ban could be imposed.Source: Eurosportlast_img read more

Wonderlic test scores of 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks leaked

first_imgMORE: Notable Wonderlic test scores from past NFL playersBefore we dive into the actual scores, here’s how Wikipedia describes the Wonderlic:The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. The Wonderlic is available in 12 different languages and is often used in college, entry level jobs, and team-making efforts. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.The last part of that description is important because many may not realize the test is timed.MORE: Strangest moments in NFL Draft historyWonderlic scores for 2019 NFL Draft classQuarterbacksRyan Finley: 43Gardner Minshew: 42Daniel Jones: 37Easton Stick: 32Clayton Thorson: 32Trace McSorley: 31Will Grier: 30Brett Rypien: 28Jarrett Stidham: 27Drew Lock: 26Tyree Jackson: 25Dwayne Haskins: 25Sean McGuire: 22Kyler Murray: 20You can see Orange Mane’s full list here.Does the Wonderlic test matter?Now that you know the scores, it’s worth knowing if they even matter. In short, it depends on who you ask, but most people respond with “not really.” In a column for Sports Illustrated, Edward Krupat, PhD, wrote the Wonderlic is “an outdated way of thinking about intelligence when it comes to predicting performance on the football field.”NFL MOCK DRAFT: Predicting the full 2019 first round A well-researched article on Medium looked at quarterbacks only and determined there was a minor benefit at this position: “There seems to be a sort of smartness threshold, where the best NFL quarterbacks need to be at least this smart to see success. But once a QB passes that threshold (around a score of 25), their additional smartness has little to no effect on success on the field.”All of the quarterbacks in this draft are mostly above or around that 25 mark.Former NFL scout John Middlekauff said last year regarding the Wonderlic, “everything matters when it comes to quarterbacks.” Every year at the NFL Combine, top prospects take the Wonderlic test. The results of those scores are supposed to remain confidential, but every year they get leaked by someone in the know. This year is no different as several scores have been made public via veteran reporter Bob McGinn.McGinn used to work for the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, but he currently runs a for-pay website where he provides insight. A user on the message board Orange Mane has listed those scores from McGinn for several players, including most of the notable quarterbacks.last_img read more

Trukai pays K65,000 in incentives for weightlifters

first_imgTrukai announced on the eve of the Games as an incentive that 5000 kina would be given to every PNG weightlifter that won gold. 13 gold medals were won in weightlifting. 15 000 of the 65 000 kina went to Thelma Mea Toua who snared three gold medals.Trukai general manager of sales and marketing Andrew Daubney said Trukai had no doubt in PNG’s weightlifters during the Games and would continue this support into the future.“13 gold medals is outstanding. Providing incentives for athletes pushes them to train harder and come out triumphant,” said Daubney.PNG Weightlifting Federation President John Dawanincura thanked Trukai for their support of weightlifting since 1995 and said a lot of weightlifters had benefited immensely.Female weightlifter Guba Hale voiced  her gratitude saying without the support of Trukai as well as the government, her achievements in winning two gold medals at the Games would not have been possible.last_img read more