Response to critique on Conservation Effectiveness series (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Commentary, Conservation, Editorials, Environment, Research, Researcher Perspective Series 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 overSponsoredcenter_img The team behind Mongabay’s Conservation Effectiveness series appreciates the feedback on our series offered by Madeleine McKinnon and her colleagues. We believe that we and the authors of the commentary share the common goals of encouraging and enabling conservation actions based on the available scientific evidence, and increasing the standard of scientific studies that evaluate the impact of conservation.Importantly, our goal was not to carry out a systematic review — an intensive, sometimes years-long process beyond the scope of our resources. We believe that systematic reviews are invaluable and crucial for answering specific, relatively narrow research questions. At the same time, they are not suitable for providing an overview of evidence of a wide range of outcomes, across a broad spectrum of evidence types, as we have tried to do with this series.We cannot identify an example of our series challenging the findings of existing systematic reviews, as McKinnon and co-authors imply it does. We strongly agree that there are opportunities for improvement. One of the main improvements we hope to make next is turning our database into a dynamic, growing, open contribution platform. The other members of the team behind Mongabay’s Conservation Effectiveness series and I appreciate the feedback on our series offered by Madeleine McKinnon and her colleagues. We believe that we and the authors of the commentary share the common goals of encouraging and enabling conservation actions based on the available scientific evidence, and increasing the standard of scientific studies that evaluate the impact of conservation.Before addressing the specific points made by McKinnon and her co-authors, we would also like to emphasize that our series and visualizations have additional goals:• To make scientific evidence accessible to non-scientists.• To increase the ease with which practitioners can orient themselves in and interact with scientific evidence in order to make informed opinions given the limited time they have.• To demonstrate to a broad audience the complexity of scientific evidence and the different ways in which conservation success can be viewed.• To inspire discussion about what conservation success means for different stakeholders, beyond scientists.Importantly, our goal was not to carry out a systematic review — an intensive, sometimes years-long process beyond the scope of our resources. We believe that systematic reviews are invaluable and crucial for answering specific, relatively narrow research questions. At the same time, they are not suitable for providing an overview of evidence of a wide range of outcomes, across a broad spectrum of evidence types, as we have tried to do with this series.BiasFirst, we disagree that the alternative to a systematic review is “cherry-picking results to fit a desired narrative.” There are many known and unknown biases in scientific research and publication; some can be addressed, others cannot. Reviews, including systematic ones, can suffer from different degrees of bias. Our series is absolutely not a collection of studies cherry-picked to fit a certain narrative. When we did go beyond our review methodology and subjectively selected specific studies to include, such as in the story on Environmental Advocacy, we acknowledged it openly and clearly conveyed our reasons for doing so. One of the main conclusions of all pieces in the series was that “more evidence is needed.”The authors of the commentary highlight the non-exhaustiveness of our database as a bias. Our approach of sampling the literature rather than attempting to gather every last relevant study — that is, our non-exhaustiveness — does not equal being biased per se, although it, like any other sampling, can introduce biases. For example, as we acknowledge on our methods page, we may have introduced bias by only including English-language and peer-reviewed publications. Smaller samples are more prone to biases than larger ones, and we believe that our target of 1,000 search results was a reasonable sample size that would lead to an acceptable level of bias. Moreover our goal was not to carry out systematic, exhaustive reviews, and we’ve clearly stated that our databases are not exhaustive in all of our stories.Amazon rainforest tree in Peru. Photo by Rhett Butler.It’s worth pointing out that even an exhaustive review of all literature is still likely to suffer from biases. For example, publication bias — where journals tend to publish studies with highly significant results rather than ones that, equally importantly, find no substantial change — can be quantified, but not truly eliminated.Our criteria for inclusion of individual studies are described on the methods page. They included things like the study being peer-reviewed; the methodology being clearly described so that the study can be classified as one of the seven types of evidence; the study containing information on the country it examined, the outcomes it measured, what the outcomes were, what it compared the intervention in question to, etc.; the study fitting within our geographic scope; and others.We have read the systematic review on decentralized forest management (DFM) that the McKinnon et. al. commentary suggests our methodological bias may have led us to overlook (Samii et al. 2015). However, this systematic review appears to be, in many parts of the text, a word-by-word copy of an earlier systematic review on payments for ecosystem services, apart from the acronym PES being replaced by DFM. The authors even failed to correct the number of studies found, leaving incorrect numbers in their abstract that did not correspond to the main text. We appreciate the work that went into this review, but we were worried about its rigor given the copy-and-paste warning signs. Nevertheless, we did go through this study in detail and included relevant individual studies that fit our inclusion criteria.TransparencyWe detail our methodology and criteria for including studies here. When two researchers reached different conclusions about whether to include a study, we mentioned it in the infographic within the squares corresponding to the study in question.We acknowledge that Google Scholar is not an ideal search platform, due to the lack of transparency in its search algorithm and the recent change with regard to the use of Boolean operators. Until Google Scholar clarifies its search processes, we would recommend that researchers, scholars and journalists use additional databases, providing they have access to them. If they use Google Scholar, we recommend using “private” or “incognito” search settings to avoid potential biases.We are hoping to open our platform to contributions by researchers, so that our database can be dynamic and grow at the same pace as the evidence base. We have already tested the platform’s documentation for making contributions on several scientists, and will continue to improve it so that anyone can transparently contribute.SubjectivityWe agree that research synthesis is useful for translating large bodies of data into broad insights. Before we respond to the comments on the infographic, we want to emphasize that an important capability of our infographic is the ability to convey specific, geographically local insights. For example, for an NGO in Indonesia hoping to implement a PES project, it’s useful to consult a systematic review to see whether PES has worked overall. But it’s also important to be able to quickly access regional evidence, for example just from Malaysia and Indonesia, or evidence on a particular outcome of PES projects, for example the effect on biodiversity. Our infographic allows both of these functions.We thank the authors for their comments on the visualization. It is difficult to represent conservation evidence and there are numerous pitfalls to avoid. The commentary raises two important points that we will address separately, one about interpreting outcomes as positive, neutral, or negative; the other about evidence types.In our visualization, “vote counting” by adding up the number of green/positive, yellow/neutral, and red/negative squares is discouraged: at no point in the series do we engage in “vote counting,” the unequal weights of individual studies is emphasized in the caveats section in the methods, and we specifically warn against vote counting in the summary PDF documents:“The majority of extracted data points do not imply causation, only correlation. Studies vary in the rigor of design, sample size, methodology, and scope. Therefore, data points (individual squares) cannot be summed or used to calculate overall effect! One red square does NOT cancel out one green square. Please use as a non-exhaustive map of existing scientific evidence rather than as a final verdict on whether PES is effective.”That is indeed why we chose to portray each outcome as an individual square, rather than something like a bar chart or percentage, which would imply that vote counting or averaging were possible. We hope to encourage readers to explore individual results by clicking on squares, which should further bring home the message that not all squares are equal.Additionally, the authors imply that we ignore “the wide array of impacts occurring within and between populations and time frames within a single study.” We do not. Where a single study examined different populations or different time frames, it is represented as multiple outcomes in our database and visualization. We emphasize again that this leads to individual squares in the visualization not being independent and underscores the inappropriateness of vote counting.Finally, the authors argue that we are “giving equal weight to studies whether poorly designed or rigorously executed.” We do not. An important function of our visualization is to communicate that there are different types of evidence, and that these need to be treated and interpreted differently.Rainforest in Borneo. Photo by Rhett Butler.One level of distinction is represented by the light and dark shades of the squares (see legend). At a finer level, the drop-down menu “Select type of evidence” lets users separate different types of evidence within the visualization based on the rigor of the study design. However, our “types of evidence” categories capture only two aspects of the study design variability (the ability to show correlation versus causation, and the ability to generalize). It was beyond our scope to also distinguish between different sample sizes, durations, geographic areas, funding sources, etc.Our visualization is not perfect. However, we hope that it is a step toward better communication of science to a broad audience, and we will continue improving and testing it.False confidenceOne of the main concerns the commentary raises is that we are overly and falsely confident in our results. In all our articles, we conclude that there is either not enough rigorous evidence, or not enough evidence overall, while acknowledging the different levels of rigor with which individual studies have been designed. Even so, we believe that potential overconfidence in this particular conclusion could lead to productive channeling of funding and research effort to fill these knowledge gaps.Again, we do not do vote counting anywhere in the series, and we discourage readers from vote counting using our database. In terms of the forest certification example, we disagree that the article or visualization make conclusions that would be substantially different to conclusions made by the individual, rigorously designed studies mentioned in the critique. The handful of quasi-experimental studies (which can be displayed separately by selecting “Study III” in the “Select types of evidence” drop-down menu) find some positive and some neutral environmental and social outcomes. This reflects very well the findings of less-rigorous studies, which find some positive, some neutral, and very few negative environmental and social outcomes of certification and reduced impact logging.Opportunities for improvementWe cannot identify an example of our series challenging the findings of existing systematic reviews, as McKinnon and co-authors imply it does. We strongly agree that there are opportunities for improvement. One of the main improvements we hope to make next is turning our database into a dynamic, growing, open contribution platform. We will certainly keep in mind the potential biases and pitfalls that such approaches present and will continue informing users about the limitations, with the vision of further narrowing the gap between science and practice in conservation in a rigorous and transparent way.last_img read more

TNT outlasts Mahindra for fourth straight win

first_imgJayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT notched its fourth straight victory but not after surviving Mahindra, 86-84, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Donte Greene carried the KaTropa with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks, while Troy Rosario got 11 markers and four boards.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Lausa loses to Bibulatov in UFC 210 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Roger Pogoy kept the door open with a split from the free throw line with 12.0 ticks left, but Alex Mallari failed to acknowledge the situation and badly missed the layup late, paving the way for Greene to seal the victory.Keith Wright topped the Floodbuster with 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while LA Revilla had 20.Unfortunately for the Floodbuster, their efforts still weren’t enough as they dropped their third straight game and fell to 1-5.The scores:TNT 86 – Greene 24, Rosario 11, Castro 10, Tautuaa 9, Rosales 8, Pogoy 6, Fonacier 5, De Ocampo 5, Williams 4, Reyes 3, Carey 1, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Greene and Rosario came up big but n the end, it was still Jayson Castro, who orchestrated the escape act, tallying 10 points, seven assists, and five rebounds as TNT improved to a 4-1 slate.TNT head coach Nash Racela looked at the game against the Floodbuster as a chance for his team to correct its miscues. But with a few sloppy plays, TNT found itself in another dogfight to the finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We were leading all the way and during the half, I was telling the team that this is the time to build and develop good habits during the game. Obviously today, we weren’t able to do that and we still had a lot of mistakes. It’s just good that we’re getting wins despite playing that way,” he said.With TNT holding a slim 83-81 lead, Mahindra still had a chance to pull ahead, but Jason Deutchmann muffed his trey with 31 seconds left. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MAHINDRA 84 – Wright 26, Revilla 20, Mallari 17, Elorde 6, Salva 5, Paniamogan 4, Deutchman 3, Caperal 2, Yee 1, Ballesteros 0, Corpuz 0, Celda 0, Guevarra 0, Galanza 0.Quarters: 18-17, 47-38, 65-62, 86-84. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View commentslast_img read more

BLUES FALL TO GRYPHONS IN PRE-SEASON FINALE

first_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team dropped a narrow 81-75 decision to the Guelph Gryphons in exhibition action on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 20).The game was played at St. Mary’s High School in Woodstock, Ont.Sophomore guard Evan Shakami led the Blues with 19 points, while both Inaki Alvarez and Daniel Johansson had 10 each.UP NEXT: The Blues open their 2018-19 regular season campaign next Friday, October 26 as they travel across town to take on the Ryerson Rams. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Linkslast_img read more

Taxi driver remanded on wounding charge

first_imgA taxi driver attached to the Green Ice Taxi Service was on Wednesday morning remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a wounding charge.Trevor Hacker, 36, of Albouystown, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.It is alleged that on August 20, 2016 at Georgetown, Hacker unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Kelvin Wills.The prosecution is contending that on the day of the incident, the two men who both work for the same taxi service were arguing over a customer.Taxi driver Trevor HackerAccording to the prosecution, as the argument escalated, the defendant picked up a stone and a Guinness bottle and dealt the Virtual Complainant (VC) two blows to his face.As a result of the injuries, the VC was rushed to the hospital where he received stitches to his right eye and above his ears.His medical report, which was presented in court, stated that the injuries he sustained were potentially life-threatening.Hacker was remanded. The case will continue on September 7.last_img read more

LAPD chief downplays mall terror threat

first_img“Al-Qaida has made this threat with this intent of disrupting our way of life and damaging our local economy during the holiday season,” he said. “We have a responsibility to make sure they fail.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Bratton and FBI Acting Director Pete Brust said the mall was being released through a routine intelligence information report when it was picked up by news agencies. The warning states that “as of August 2007 Al-Qaeda planned to strike U.S. shopping malls in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California, during the 2007 Christmas season. Al-Qaeda hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and had been planning the attack for the past two years.” Brust said the FBI distributes thousands of such reports in a year, “in an abundance of caution.” “The good that will come of this release today is that the citizens of Los Angeles will remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to authorities as soon as possible,” he said. Villaraigosa added that the report shouldn’t scare Angelenos away from malls. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton on Thursday downplayed reports of possible terrorist attacks on shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, saying the information was not credible and considered a low-level threat. At a news conference in City Hall, the mayor and chief said the FBI has received similar warnings every holiday season since 9-11. “We have very serious doubts about the veracity and source of this information,” Bratton said. “The information is unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.” Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Mayor’s Office reached out to mall owners to discuss the report. last_img read more

Vatican threatened over Muslim offense

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIn a broader talk rejecting any religious motivation for violence, Benedict cited the words of a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as “evil and inhuman,” particularly “his command to spread by the sword the faith.” The pontiff did not endorse that description, but he did not question it, and his words set off a firestorm of protests across the Muslim world. The new Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the pope’s position on Islam is unmistakably in line with Vatican teaching that says the church “esteems” Muslims. Benedict “thus sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful and should have been interpreted in a manner that in no way corresponds to his intentions,” Bertone said in a statement. He noted that earlier during his German trip, Benedict warned “secularized Western culture” against holding contempt for any religion or believers. Bertone said the pontiff sought in his university speech to condemn all religious motivation for violence, “from whatever side it may come.” But the pope’s words only seemed to fan rage. Mohammed Bishr, a senior Muslim Brotherhood member in Egypt, said the statement “was not an apology.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI “sincerely regrets” offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman,” the Vatican said Saturday. But the statement stopped short of the apology demanded by Islamic leaders around the globe, and anger among Muslims remained intense. Palestinians attacked five churches in the West Bank and Gaza over the pope’s remarks Tuesday in a speech to university professors in his native Germany. An Iraqi insurgent group threatened the Vatican with a suicide attack over the pope’s remarks on Islam, according to a statement posted Saturday on the Web. “We swear to God to send you people who adore death as much as you adore life,” said the message posted in the name of the Mujahedeen Army on a Web site frequently used by militant groups. The message’s authenticity could not be independently verified. The statement was addressed to “you dog of Rome” and threatens to “shake your thrones and break your crosses in your home.” last_img read more

A little past coke use OK, says LAPD hiring policy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The department had hired six officers who had experimented with cocaine – less than 1 percent of the officers hired over the last 2 1/2 years. Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired police sergeant, had joined Councilman and former Police Chief Bernard Parks in challenging the hiring standard. Zine, who heads the council’s Personnel Committee, hailed LAPD’s revised decision. “I was concerned about the other drugs,” he said. “To know that since the controversy and the motion came out, those have been taken off the table makes me feel better.” Personnel and police officials have argued that the LAPD hiring process is stronger after the 2003 changes, particularly since requiring a polygraph test. “We have no intention of reducing the standards of the Los Angeles Police Department and we do think the process now gives us a better picture of who we are hiring,” LAPD Assistant Chief Sharon Papa said. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To help alleviate concerns that the Los Angeles Police Department has loosened its drug policy for hiring recruits, the Personnel Department and the LAPD said they’ve committed to rejecting applicants who have tried methamphetamine, heroin and hard drugs other than cocaine. Personnel and police officials noted Wednesday that they haven’t actually hired anybody who has experimented with those drugs, but they wanted to make it clear they won’t consider recruits who have tried hard drugs other than cocaine. And they said they will reject candidates who tried any hard drug as a mature adult. The decision comes after several council members questioned the LAPD’s hiring standards, which were revised in 2003. The new standards allowed the department to hire officers who had tried hard drugs once or twice as teens if they were otherwise strong, responsible candidates. last_img read more

Chelsea boss admits Cesc Fabregas ‘needs to go’ amid Monaco rumour

first_img 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Sarri insisted Fabregas should seek to complete an anticipated move to Monaco, after the 31-year-old appeared to bid farewell to Chelsea following last Saturday’s FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.“In my opinion, he needs to go,” Sarri said.“You know very well the situation. You know very well in this club there is a rule: the renewal of players over 30 is usually one year. Latest Transfer News ADVICE 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Blues boss said Fabregas had a “free day” on Sunday, refusing to confirm or deny reports the playmaker went to France to meet with Monaco.Thierry Henry, Fabregas’ former team-mate at Arsenal, is now Monaco boss.Henry said on Monday, according to Monaco’s official Twitter account: “Since I left Arsenal, we talk every two or three days and that hasn’t changed in recent days. Cesc is a player who interests every club.” BEST OF Maurizio Sarri has advised Cesc Fabregas to leave Chelsea for the good of his career.The Blues boss, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Tottenham, is now targeting a midfield replacement for the Spaniard. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “He has an offer for two years. I don’t want a very important player as Cesc unhappy.“If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement.”Sarri said Fabregas suffered cramp against Forest and may not be available to face Spurs, although Eden Hazard and David Luiz were among those to suggest after the match that it was the Spaniard’s farewell. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Cesc Fabregas is rumoured to be joining Monaco Maurizio Sarri believes the midfielder deserves to be playing regularly Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY REVEALED huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

Pique reveals that Barca team-mate gets his father to drop him off at training

first_imgBarcelona’s Jordi Alba is one of the best full-backs in the world, but when it comes to his own transportation he’s still reliant on his family – despite being 30.Alba’s team-mate, Gerard Pique, recently revealed on Spanish TV that Alba gets a lift to training every day from his dad – yes, you heard right. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Pique said on La Resistencia: “His [Fati’s] Dad brings him,’ he said. ‘Just like Jordi Alba.”Alba does not have a driving licence, so therefore relies on his father to get him to work.One would suggest it may be worth Alba sorting one of these sometime in the near future.On the pitch, the Catalan giants are set to be without the defender for another few weeks after he suffered a fresh injury blow in last week’s goalless draw with Slavia Prague. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos PAYBACK Alba’s Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique says he relies on his dad to get to training every day Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Jordi Alba is a regular in Barcelona’s defence getty images SORRY getty images MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion appointed Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane revealed LATEST Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 2 scrap TOP WORK The Spaniard had to be replaced by Sergi Roberto at the Nou Camp, with Barca revealing the severity of the thigh problem.“Jordi Alba has had a relapse of the left biceps femoris muscle injury. He is injured and his evolution will define his availability,” read a club statement.It is believed to be a similar injury to the one Alba sustained in the Champions League stalemate with Borussia Dortmund back in September.Alba is expected to miss the upcoming games against Leganes, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Infrastructure needs investors: Zuma

first_img19 October 2012 The government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa’s proposed mega infrastructure programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg, where a memorandum of understanding to take the infrastructure roll-out plan forward was signed between different ministers and potential investors. Zuma told the gathering that infrastructure development was a catalyst to sustainable economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation. The infrastructure plan, announced by the government in February, is expected to guide the construction of new infrastructure while speeding up current projects that support economic growth.18 strategic integrated projects It proposes 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy. Some of the projects are already commissioned. They include the Dube Trade Port in Durban as well as the expansion of the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Zuma said the summit was about the crucial role of partnerships on infrastructure development in the present and future South Africa. He urged investors to take advantage of and support the plan. The costs of the 18 strategic projects are estimated at about R4-trillion over the next 15 years. The government is expected to contribute R844-billion of the R1.3-trillion needed for the projects over the next three yearsPrivate sector support needed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, also addressing the conference, said the government, with the support of the private sector, wanted to make the plans a reality. “We need their support for the projects included in the plan to be a success. The projects cannot be financed solely through domestic savings … we need the support of other development institutions, banks as well as other partners,” Motlanthe said. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters on Friday that the government was committed to mobilising public funds to speed up the progamme, but pointed out that the private sector would have to play its role. “Construction needs money, it needs minds … so there has to be co-investment; we have to ensure there is coordination between private sector investment and public sector investment.” Patel said the infrastructure programme would provide long-term opportunities for both the state and the private sector. “Investors clearly do want to be part of these opportunities, and so if you look at the long-term demand, including commodity demand over the next 15 to 20 years … what government is doing now in the short term will help create a conducive environment for investment in the long term.”Crucial jobs driver The country’s New Growth Path sets a target of five-million new jobs by 2020, and the government believes that infrastructure development will be a crucial jobs driver. Zuma said the parties had been identified to be part of the conference because they were “crucial stakeholders with whom government can forge a partnership to enhance the implementation of the country’s long-term infrastructure plan”. Zuma said the government had paid special attention to the lessons learnt from building infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That experience should be used to build new infrastructure crucial to the economic development of the country. “We all have proud recollections of how we managed to build stadiums, roads and refurbished airports ahead of the World Cup. We must use that project management experience to change our country’s landscape and improve living conditions while growing the economy.” This would include prioritising skills development, public and private investment as well as creating the right environment for economic growth. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more