How the son of a tailor rose to power in Indonesia’s palm oil heartland

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corruption, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forestry, Forests, Illegal Logging, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests In the leadup to the release of the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, our series examining the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis, we are republishing the first article in the series, “The Palm Oil Fiefdom.” This is the second part of that article. The first part described a secret deal between the son of Darwan Ali, head of Indonesia’s Seruyan district, and Arif Rachmat, CEO of one of Indonesia’s largest palm oil companies. The article can be read in full here.Indonesia for Sale is co-produced with The Gecko Project, an initiative of the UK-based investigations house Earthsight.Cover image for ‘The Palm Oil Fiefdom.’Darwan Ali’s son Ahmad Ruswandi was a 21-year-old university student when thousands of protesters occupied the Indonesian parliament in 1998, demanding the resignation of the aging president Suharto. A regional financial crisis had sent the rupiah into freefall, depriving the dictator of his ability to paper over deep inequalities. Economic growth, as well as a willingness to use the army to impose violent control, had served as the bedrock of his regime. But as the economy collapsed, food supplies dissipated and rioters filled the streets nationwide, he was abandoned by his allies, and finally stood down.For three decades Suharto had placed whole sectors of the economy in the hands of his relatives and cronies. He was formally charged with embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds via a network of charities, although he successfully claimed to be too ill to stand trial. A Time magazine investigation estimated that the family had amassed a fortune of $15 billion. Transparency International ranked him as the world’s most corrupt leader.Protesters against Suharto’s treatment of East Timor, which seceded from Indonesia after he stepped down. Photo by Rob Croes/Wikimedia Commons.In the leadership vacuum that followed his resignation, the country threatened to break apart. An implausible nation-state composed of a multitude of ethnically and linguistically diverse people, living across thousands of islands, Indonesia had been held together by military-enforced, highly centralized rule. The bureaucracy had been dominated by Javanese, people from the densely populated island that provided the state with its de facto cultural identity. As their dominance was eroded, long-suppressed identities reemerged as potent forces. Without the heavy center of gravity Suharto had provided in Jakarta, the regions began to spin out of its orbit of control.The jockeying to replace the authority of the Suharto regime catalyzed sectarian violence across the archipelago. Separatist insurgencies gained steam in Aceh and Papua. Christians and Muslims slaughtered each other in the Maluku Islands. In Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, the notion that indigenous Dayaks had been trodden upon was used to foment violence against migrants in the town of Sampit. Everywhere, the goal was control of resources.The prize in view for those who could clamber their way to the top was a share in the spoils of Indonesia’s immense natural wealth. Its islands sat atop precious metals and fossil fuels, and were coated in tropical rainforests replete with valuable timber. For three decades, everyone had looked on, powerless, as the revenues from exploiting these resources flowed out of the islands, to Jakarta and the personal accounts of Suharto’s family and cronies. Now they were up for grabs.It was in this turbulent environment that Darwan Ali emerged as a political force. Darwan had grown up in a staunchly Muslim village on the banks of Sembuluh, a sprawling lake at the heart of East Kotawaringin district, in Central Kalimantan, the largest province in Indonesian Borneo. His origins remain mysterious even to those who have studied the area, but an elder man from the same community told us he was born in the early 1950s into an ordinary family. His parents were tailors who also farmed a small plot of rubber, and named their other boys Dardi, Darlen, Darhod and Darwis. By the 1990s Darwan was operating in the district capital, Sampit, at a time when the local economy was overwhelmingly dependent on logging. Precious hardwoods were extracted from jungles that once cloaked the entire island. The timber was floated downstream into Sampit to be processed and exported.Logs cut in Seruyan’s rainforests were tied together and floated down the Sekonyer River to export hubs like Sampit. Photo courtesy of EIAImages.The logging expanded far beyond what could legally or sustainably be harvested. A shadow economy flourished, predicated on hard cash flushing in from a timber trade unlicensed  —  but tacitly endorsed  —  by the local government. Darwan moved in this world, first as a building contractor for infrastructure projects, then as a lobbyist for industry, and finally as a prominent local member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDIP.Darwan’s occasional appearances in local newspapers at the time chart his rise as a representative of the business community, pushing back against any efforts to regulate it or curb its worst excesses. He protests the banning of companies from bidding for government projects due to corruption; he earns controversy for gaining an untendered contract to supply schools with furniture; he complains about taxes imposed on the forestry sector, intended to prevent illegal logging. “The overall impression is of a typical Borneo frontier businessman who makes a lot of money in the black economy,” Gerry van Klinken, a University of Amsterdam professor who follows Kalimantan politics closely, told us.As Jakarta’s hegemony receded, and the grip of Suharto’s circle on natural resources dissipated, the shadow economy and the characters who controlled it came to the fore. A timber mafia coursed into protected areas. Tanjung Puting National Park, a mostly swampy forest teeming with orangutans, leopards and crocodiles, was heavily targeted for its ramin and ironwood trees. One local government agency that attempted to stem the flow of logs had its office burned to the ground. When a journalist reported on the illegal logging of the park, he was soon after jumped upon, hacked with machetes and left for dead in a ditch. He narrowly survived, crippled and disfigured.Beginning in 1999, Indonesia embarked on an ambitious program of decentralization, transferring a wide range of powers from Jakarta to local bureaucracies in the hope of both heading off separatist urges and making government more accountable. District heads, the bupatis, were granted the authority to enact their own regulations, provided they did not conflict with existing laws. They exercised this authority liberally. One of the first decisions of the East Kotawaringin administration was to begin taxing shipments of illegal logs, tacitly endorsing the shadow economy instead of confronting it.In 2002 Seruyan, named for the river that flowed through it, was carved out of East Kotawaringin as a new district. The following year Darwan, who was by then the head of the PDIP party in East Kotawaringin, became Seruyan’s first bupati. His jurisdiction stretched some 300 kilometers north from the Java Sea into remote jungles populated sparsely by indigenous Dayaks. Its western edge encompassed part of Tanjung Puting National Park. It was dominated by the lowlands between the park and Sampit, with Lake Sembuluh at its heart. At the turn of the millennium, more than two thirds of the district remained covered in forest. Though it was thinned out by logging, it harboured a wealth of wildlife that could rival most landscapes on earth.Indonesia’s Seruyan district on the island of Borneo, which is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.The first generation of empowered bupatis were selected by members of the district parliament. Darwan’s ascent surprised some observers, who saw him as a political novice. He was said to have declared that any bureaucrat who backed his candidacy would rise in rank from echelon one to two, or echelon two to three, and so on, failing to grasp that this would actually constitute a demotion. But he was also viewed as a putra daerah, a “son of the soil,” who would fight for his people. He was awarded a five-year term, half a decade to transform the fortunes of his homeland, before facing his constituents at the ballot box.By 2003 the district economy was stagnating. The log trade was collapsing under the burden of its own excesses. Lake Sembuluh had been a shipbuilding center that attracted craftspeople from other islands at its height. But the vessels were made from hardwood and for transporting it, and the industry died as the commercial timber dried up. With the most valuable trees already stripped from the forest, Darwan was taking the reins of a district whose heyday as a timber hub, its main source of income, was coming to a close.Plantations, specifically for oil palm, were the most obvious replacement. The fruit of the oil palm tree yielded an edible fat used in everything from chocolate to laundry detergent and biofuel. The commodity was in increasing demand globally, and the region south of Lake Sembuluh was seen as having great potential for large-scale development of the cash crop. Though it lacked infrastructure, it was close to the port towns of Pangkalanbun and Sampit. District officials imagined the latter as a vibrant transit town, for laborers coming in to work the plantations and palm oil leaving for global markets. Darwan announced plans to invite investors from Hong Kong and Malaysia. He promised a new harbor to facilitate exports and an easing of regulations.Marianto Sumarto, a local sawmill owner who had joined Darwan’s campaign team in 2003, said the assumption of power by a son of the soil generated hope. “It made people proud,” he told us. “They didn’t know that behind the scenes, he was playing a bigger game.”Read the entire the story here. And then follow Mongabay and The Gecko Project on Facebook (here and here in English; here and here in Indonesian) for updates on Indonesia for Sale. You can also visit The Gecko Project’s own site, in English or Indonesian. Read the article introducing the series here.center_img Article published by mongabayauthorlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY TO HOST CODE OF BEHAVIOUR TALK

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesArmagh ticketsAnyone in the club requesting tickets for the Armagh vs Donegal Ulster Championship quarter final should contact secretary Aisling McDaid. All requests must be in by 6pm on June 5th. The game is n June 14th so all requests must be processed by then. Aisling can be emailed on aislingmcdaid@hotmail.com. No texts, phonecalls or Facebook messages please.Please specify if the ticket you are looking for is adult, juvenile and senior citizen and the names of those the tickets are must also be included. Code of Behaviour talkThe club’s children officer George Simmons attended a talk on the launch of the Code of Behaviour this week. George reports that this will be of real benefit to all members of the club and especially those working with our juvenile members. He has kindly agreed to give a small talk on the code and this will be held in the clubhouse  on Jun 8th at 8pm.5k launchThe official launch of the club’s 5K will be held in the clubhouse on June 3rd at 7pm. All details of the race and any questions that need answered will be done so on the night. Everyone is welcome to the launch and volunteers are still being sought to lend a hand for various jobs at the event. This is a great event for the club and anyone who can hep out should contact Lee Gildea in advance or on the night. Use of hallThe hall is in great demand but those looking to book it NEED to check with Paul Lapsley or any members of the hall committee before using it. There have been issues of double bookings and this can easily be avoided with a simply phonecall before it is used.Gael ForceThe Gael Force event are looking for volunteers to give a few hours of their time on the day of the event. This is a paid job and anyone who is looking to volunteer should contact Paul Lapsley who will put you in touch with the organisers. The event is on June 27th next.U10 Blitz Th Under 10s had an excellent time at their blitz away to Red Hughs. Many thanks to the organisers for what was a very well organised event.U12The U12s traveled to Termon last week to take on our neighbours in the league. Both teams played some really good football and Termon came out on top. Many thanks again to Termon for looking after the lads.Bingo Club chairman Peter McConnell has asked anybody training or going to matches on Wednesday nights to park at the back of the car park. This is bingo night and some cars may become blocked in when the owners return because of the crowd at the bingo.Bingo continues to go well and starts at 9pm each Wednesday night.SeniorsAll done to both the seniors and the reserves who had excellent wins against Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon at the weekend. Keep it going now lads.Health and wellbeingThe club’s health promotion officer, Elaine McFadden, recently attended a seminar on Health and Wellbeing. Elaine reports the conference was a great success and passed on a lot of useful advice and guidelines for club members of all ages. She will forward on links which will be put on the club’s Facebook page in the coming days.Items for club notesPlease email any items for the club notes to stephenwmaguire@gmail.com or leave a private message on the Facebook page.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY TO HOST CODE OF BEHAVIOUR TALK was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL

first_imgIT’S the gala event of next month – and there are still some tickets left!The unique North West Breast Cancer Ball takes place at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday November 22.And all funds raised go to Breast Cancer Research Letterkenny General Hospital. The black tie formal event will be compered by Marty Friel and Miss Donegal Orlagh McGee – with music by the brilliant Kopy Kates and DJ Dermot Griffin.Tickets for this event are available at the Silver Tassie on 0749125619 or from Liberty Travel in Letterkenny on 0749188380.Please share this story if you are on Twitter or Facebook.And you can get more information on www.facebook.com/NorthWestBreastCancerCharityBall ORwww.twitter.com/NWBCBall TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiberty TravelNorth West Breast Cancer Charity Ballsilver tassielast_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday boss Luhukay slates team’s defending after defeat at QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images​Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay admitted his side were punished for some sloppy defending in their defeat at QPR.Wednesday were beaten 3-0 at Loftus Road, where Nahki Wells, on as a substitute, fired home with seven minutes remaining after goals from Tomer Hemed and Luke Freeman.“In our defending we were not consistent enough and did not clear the dangerous moments. The goals were too easy,” Luhakay said.“We were not strong enough to win and the result of 3-0 says something about this game.“At 1-0 we had three or four moments when the ball was not lucky for our strikers to ​score​ and then QPR came one time in the second half and scored a second goal.“Our team did not give up. But the third goal we also gave away, losing the ball in a dangerous area.“When you do that you invite the opponent to score the third goal and then it’s over.“In possession we were poor. We could not keep the ball and every time the ball went to one of our strikers we were losing the ball.“The crucial moment was the second goal. Before that you must make it 1-1 and the game maybe goes in a different direction.”See also:McClaren hails Wells after QPR win again Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoFood PreventAnti-Aging Foods That Will Make Your Skin GlowFood PreventUndoElcondicional.com找出為什麼你應該停止吃白麵包Elcondicional.comUndoU.S Green Card – Free check您是否符合入籍美國的資格?快速檢查一下。U.S Green Card – Free checkUndoHashtagchatterHuman Barbie Takes Off Makeup, Doctors Have No WordsHashtagchatterUndoHair Transplant | Search AdsThe Cost of Hair Transplant in Dubai Might Surprise YouHair Transplant | Search AdsUndoRelocation Target11 Most Luxurious Hotels That Will Surprise YouRelocation TargetUndolast_img read more

Emergence of Genetic Code Touted

first_imgMost origin-of-life researchers have acknowledged the extreme improbability of the genetic code arising by chance.  Their approaches to get around this problem have varied considerably since the Miller experiment succeeded in generating a few amino acids.  Despite the celebrations that 1953 experiment generated (05/02/2003), it did not even begin to approach the problem of solving the origin of the code that stores and directs the information of life.  Can that problem be swept away by a bombastic title from a press release?  Rockefeller University sent this up the flagpole: “Model Suggests How Life’s Code Emerged From Primordial Soup.”  Science Daily then dutifully distributed the claim with no critique.    The press release began by acknowledging that the Miller experiment did not solve the problem of the origin of the genetic code.  The basis of their claim is that the chemical or physical properties of RNA molecules make a code inevitable.  Jean Lehmann said, “All these molecules have different properties and these properties define their interactions.  What are the constraints that allow these molecules to self-organize into a code?  We can play with that.”  Lehmann did not consider whether it would be appropriate for a critic to play with different rules: e.g., defining the constraints that prohibit molecules from self-organizing into a code.”    Nevertheless, by playing according to the pro-evolutionary rules, the research team decided that transfer-RNAs (tRNA) were not as finicky about the molecules they associated with back in the primordial soup age.  Using intelligent design, they “developed an algorithm to incrementally change the concentration of each molecule.  Their goal was to see which conditions, if any, could coax the system to specifically translate codons in a nonrandom fashion.”  In short, they wanted to coax the right amino acids to associate with the right transfer-RNAs.    Why molecules would want to do such things, or who would wish to reward them if they did, they did not say.  They just wanted to present a theoretical framework, with a little bit of experimental support, to get “one step closer to understanding how life first began.”  They did not state the criteria for measuring whether the step actually gets them closer or farther.  Their paper, published in PLoS One,1 mentioned some things the press release glossed over: e.g., tRNA binding occurs with the help of a family of enzymes that associate the genetic code with the protein code: “A major issue about the origin of the genetic system is to understand how coding rules were generated before the appearance of a family of coded enzymes, the aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases.”  For more on that problem, search on “synthetase” in the search bar above (e.g., 06/09/2003, 05/26/2004, 01/31/2007, bullet 3).  They apparently thought that if a loose translation already existed, the synthetase enzymes would “emerge” in due course.  For all this, their paper did nothing to explain how the information in the genetic code emerged; their system could do no better than to translate genetic gibberish.  In the paper’s Discussion section, they said, “Although the molecular organization of genetic code is now known in detail, there is still no agreement on the reason(s) for which it has emerged.”  After that, they acknowledged the chicken-and-egg problem: “Although these facts are fundamental, and have inspired scenarios for the evolution and the expansion of the code, evolutionary considerations may not, in essence, provide an answer to the origin of the code (since it is a prerequisite for biological evolution).”  They realize that natural selection cannot be invoked before replication – and replication requires an accurate code.  Here’s the last part of the paper:In conclusion, our results show that the properties of amino acids and RNA can naturally impose a partially coded polymerization along RNA templates.  We also found that the associated coding mechanism is remarkably robust against mismatches.  When supplied with “meaningful” RNA sequences, translation systems of this kind should be capable of generating pools of proteins a small fraction of which will be functional.  The feed-back action of these proteins on the translation itself may further increase its efficiency, allowing more codons to be added to its repertoire.  In this evolutionary perspective, it can be speculated that a critical effect of emerging synthetases will be to establish only the [amino acid � tRNA] configurations that are fit for translation, a “learning” action that RNA alone cannot logically achieve.1.  Lehmann, Cibils and Libchaber, “Emergence of a Code in the Polymerization of Amino Acids along RNA Templates,” Public Library of Science One, 4(6): e5773; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005773.OK, CEH volunteer police, time to take Apollos the Baloney Detector Dog and round up some more suspects (09/30/2007 commentary).  These guys are not only charged with impersonating a scientist, but committing thought crime by being willfully ignorant and selling their ignorance publicly as science.  Round up Science Daily as accomplices.  Suggested sentence: watching Unlocking the Mystery of Life and reading Signature in the Cell.  Public vagrancy at Rockefeller University is against the law.  Ignorance is no excuse.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Christmas air fare shock

first_imgTravellers making a last-minute decision to head home for Christmas will be harder hit this year after a whopping 36 per cent increase on last year’s best discount fares, newly released statistics reveal.The December domestic airfares index compiled by the Bureau of Infrastructure,  Transport and Regional Economics shows airfares in Australia have risen across all classes during the year. Business class fares are 6.5 per cent higher than 12 months ago, while the smallest increase — 3.3 per cent — is in the restricted economy category.The 36 per cent increase in best discount fares puts the index at its highest level since 2007.Airfares traditionally rise over the Christmas period as a big increase in demand allows airlines to effectively boost average prices by changing the mix of seats in each fare category.  Any cheaper seats are also quickly snapped ahead of time, forcing people who book late to pay higher fares.In addition, Australian carriers have been keeping strict controls on capacity growth after the heady surge caused by the so-called capacity wars that drove prices down to unrealistically low levels. Virgin, for example,  reported that capacity was down 0.5 per cent and sectors flown fell 2.3 per cent for quarter ending September 30 compared to the same period last year.A spokesman for the bureau said that the Christmas spike in fares had been lower in the previous two to three years and it was now back the kind of levels previously seen.“When we were analysing it, my feeling was it’s more about the previous couple of years than it was about this year,’’ the spokesman said, noting that the day of travel also had an impact.The bureau’s index is constructed from a monthly survey of airline and internet booking sites for travel on Australia’s top 70 routes on the last Thursday of each month.It is a price index of the lowest available fare in each class, weighted over selected route and including taxes and charges,  rather than a measure of average fares actually paid by passengers.However, it gives an indication of fare movements and how they compare to a baseline set in July, 2003.The figures in all three categories are still below the 2003 levels.last_img read more

Durban’s 2022 Games bid highlighted in Glasgow

first_img22 July 2014South African delegates made an impassioned plea for Durban to be named host of the 2022 Games at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s general assembly in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday.The South African coastal city is up against Edmonton, Canada for the honour, which will be decided at a vote to be conducted in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2015.The South African delegation included Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, and Vuzi Mazibuko, head of sport for the City of Durban.‘It’s Africa’s turn’They addressed the gathering and presented a slick video which featured former South African President Nelson Mandela and concluded with the message: “It’s Africa’s turn to host its sons and dauhters for the first time on home soil, in the city where Nelson Mandela chose to cast his first vote. Let Durban be the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games.”The South African delegation focused on the country’s proven record in hosting major sports events, including the Fifa World Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup and IRB Rugby World Cup.Sport was also touted as a powerful tool of unification in the country.National Development Plan“We’ve gone through the fire to get here, and the [National Development Plan] requires sport to make the contribution to build South Africa into the giant on the continent of Africa,” Sam said in his address.“We’re bold enough to say that South Africa can host any event. We’ve shown that to the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. We can say it is Africa’s turn.”‘Infrastructure and capacity’Reddy told the general assembly: “We’ve shown that we have the investment, infrastructure and capacity to deliver world-class events. It’s our turn, but … we don’t want you to give it to us because it’s our turn. We will do a quality job,” Reddy promised.Mbalula said the South African government was fully behind Durban’s bid. “We guarantee the government will play its part in hosting the most successful sporting event in South Africa,” he said.“The Commonwealth Games to us are important Games in terms of what we seek to achieve collectively over the years. It’s our turn as the African continent.“If you give [the Games] to Africa, we guarantee you our 102 percent commitment in making it successful. Do it for Africa,” he concluded.Edmonton addressEdmonton took a more low-key approach to its address, with Commonwealth Games Canada president Andrew Pipe telling the delegates that it was not the time to make the bid.“You have a lot of time between now and next year and we have a lot of time to tell you about our bid,” The Edmonton Sun quoted him as saying.“The time now is for Glasgow. From my perspective, the most important thing I can do is introduce you to the person who will be leading the Edmonton 2022 Commonwealth Games bid,” he said, before introducing Canadian city’s only speaker, Chairman Reg Milley.“We’re in Glasgow to listen. We’re here to learn,” Milley said.last_img read more

10 months agoNice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southampton

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNice chief Julien Fournier is a target for Southampton.The Daily Mail says Fournier, the general manager of French club Nice, is lined up to be the next director of football at Southampton.The vastly experienced 44-year-old who played a key role in persuading Patrick Vieira to become Nice’s manager, has worked previously as secretary general of Marseille and was the youngest president of Strasbourg.Southampton sacked Les Reed as vice-chairman in November and technical director Martin Hunter.The club’s Chinese owner, Gao Jisheng and his family, who took control in the summer of last year, have been working on a restructure of the club after appointing highly-rated Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager. last_img read more

9 months agoFulham eyeing Leicester fullback Danny Simpson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham eyeing Leicester fullback Danny Simpsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Leicester City fullback Danny Simpson.The Mirror says Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri wants a Leicester reunion with Simpson to help Fulham ‘s battle against relegation.Ranieri led Leicester to the title in 2016 and is desperately looking to strengthen his squad in the January window.Leicester full back Simpson, 32, could be available to loan this month. last_img

11 days agoKuyt says Liverpool too strong for Man Utd

first_imgKuyt says Liverpool too strong for Man Utdby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Dirk Kuyt says they’ll be too strong for Manchester United.Liverpool travel to United on Sunday to rekindle what is one of the fiercest rivalries in football. “If you look into the Liverpool side now, I think they have a lot of confidence, and they should have because they are a great team,” Feyenoord youth coach Kuyt said.“I think they can win there.“It’s a belief, and you always give everything for the shirt. Play as a team and never give up. That’s what we did at the time.“If you watch the Liverpool team now, they never give up, even in difficult times they’re winning games, they keep winning and hopefully they will do at Old Trafford as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more