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first_imgResidents of Wawonii have staged huge protests demanding the cancellation of mining permits on the island, located in Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province.Last week, the deputy governor of Southeast Sulawesi, Lukman Abunawas, said he and Governor Ali Mazi had decided to revoke the permits, promising to do so within 10 days.The announcement came after a video surfaced showing police officers beating a student taking part in the protests. KENDARI, Indonesia — A coil of barbed wire separated Southeast Sulawesi Deputy Governor Lukman Abunawas and his police escort from the angry crowd as he read out the statement they had long been waiting for.Over the past two weeks, protests here demanding a permanent stop to mining on the nearby island of Wawonii had turned increasingly violent. College students and anti-riot police had exchanged stones and tear gas. Property had been damaged. With each day, more and more farmers were arriving in Kendari, the provincial capital, to join the demonstrations.Lukman had apparently seen enough.“I don’t want to harm my own family in Wawonii,” he announced. “I’m ready to risk my position and even my life. We will revoke the permits in Wawonii.”Lukman is uniquely placed to decide the fates of the mining concessions on Wawonii, an island no larger than New York City. He was the man who issued the permits, back when he was the head of Konawe district. Since then, the authority over mining permits has been transferred to the provincial level. On March 13, Lukman told the crowd he had met with Governor Ali Mazi, and that within 10 days, the permits would be revoked. Lukman also signed a statement to that effect.Lukman Abunawas, the deputy governor of Southeast Sulawesi, addresses the protesters on March 13. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.A few days earlier, after a night in which several policemen were bloodied by rocks hurled from the crowd, students were arrested and two cars were damaged, Governor Ali had called a press conference to announce that he was imposing a temporary halt to mining on Wawonii. But for the island’s farmers and those who supported their cause, it wasn’t enough.“We’re fighting for revocation,” said Sulhan, chair of the Kendari branch of Indonesia’s Muslim Students Association, or HMI. “We don’t want a moratorium. We want the permits to be cancelled.”Since 2014, hundreds of mining permits held by companies across Indonesia have been annulled as part of an official effort to combat the prevailing state of illegality in the sector. The initiative, and a similar one in the palm oil sector, has been spurred by the nation’s anti-corruption agency, the KPK.Wawonii lies off the coast of the starfish-shaped, Florida-sized island of Sulawesi. Image by Alzena2nd/Wikimedia Commons.The mayhem in Kendari caught the national spotlight on March 18, when deputy KPK commissioner Laode Syarif tweeted an image showing the extent of the area licensed out to mining firms in Wawonii and in Kabaena, another island in the province. He said the permits “not only violate [a 2007 law on small-islands management] but also constitute a crime against the environment and humanity.”The environment minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, one of several cabinet members tagged in Laode’s tweet, replied that she was looking into the matter, but was unfamiliar with the details as her ministry had not issued the permits.Menurut @KPK_RI PENGELUARAN IUP di P Wawoni Kab KonKep & P Kabaena Kab Bombana SULTRA yg hampir meliputi seluruh Pulau, tdk saja bertentangan dgn UU PWPPPK (UU No 27/2007) tp juga kejahatan Lingkungan & Kemanusiaan. @susipudjiastuti @SitiNurbayaLHK @IgnasiusJonan @Kemendagri_RI— Laode M Syarif (@LaodeMSyarif) March 17, 2019Nationwide, permits to plant oil palms and mine coal have received the most attention. But Southeast Sulawesi is home to vast nickel deposits, and their management has not gone unsullied by graft. In 2017, the head of North Konawe district, Aswad Sulaiman, was charged with corruptly issuing nickel-mining licenses to companies; the case is pending, though Aswad was sentenced six years in prison in a separate graft case last year. A former governor of the province, Nur Alam, received 12 years’ imprisonment for his role in another corruption case related to licensing for nickel mining.In Wawonii, residents have fought back. Following a round of protests last year, the provincial legislature formed a special committee to review plans for mining on the island. The body eventually recommended that the governor revoke the permits, as did the head of the district encompassing Wawonii. (Several years ago, the island broke from Konawe to form a new jurisdiction, Konawe Islands district.)As 2019 got underway, however, and the permits were still in place, the demonstrations escalated.On March 4, protesters massed in front of the governor’s office and tried to break through a security barricade, before finally retreating and staging a mock “die-in.” Two days later, after marching from Halu Oleo University to the governor’s office, they managed to pour into the building’s courtyard, prompting police to fire tear gas into the crowd.Students stage a mock burial to express their opposition to mining in Wawonii. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.Some fainted, while others were rushed to hospital. Mostly, they scattered in every direction, unable to open their eyes because of the pain. After the demonstration, a video emerged of the officers chasing down and thrashing a young protester with what appeared to be iron rods.“Our friends were beaten by the police like animals,” said Mando Maskuri, a field coordinator for the demonstrations.The injured that day included four policemen as well as four students and three farmers from Wawonii. One of the farmers was a 53-year-old woman named Hasinah. At the hospital, where she was recovering from exposure to the tear gas, she said she would continue to fight for the permits to be cancelled.“This is the consequence of our struggle,” she said. “We will die a slow death if our land is mined. Better to die at a demonstration in Kendari.”A woman faces the police at one of the protests in Kendari. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.The companies with permits to mine on the island include PT Alatoma Karya, PT Bumi Konawe Mining, PT Derawan Berjaya Mining, PT Gema Kreasi Perdana, PT Kimco Citra Mandiri, PT Konawe Bakti Pratama, PT Hasta Karya Megacipta, PT Pasir Berjaya Mining, PT Cipta Puri Sejahtera, PT Natanya Mitra Energy, PT Investa Pratama Inti Karya and PT Kharisman Kreasi Abadi (some companies have more than one permit).Officials have previously expressed concern that companies could sue if their permits were annulled, which has happened elsewhere in Indonesia. Still, after Lukman, the deputy governor, committed to revoke the permits and suggested that the governor was on board, opponents of the mines are optimistic that the administration will follow through. Some farmers are already starting to return to Wawonii.“We just want to maintain our culture,” said Mando, the field coordinator. “We are farmers and entrepreneurs selling cashews and copra. Not miners. We are afraid it will damage the environment. This is why we’re fighting.”A graphic being used to promote the #SaveWawonii campaign against mining on the island. Image by Fajar A. Sidik.A previous version of this article mistakenly said Aswad Sulaiman had been imprisoned for corruptly issuing nickel-mining permits. In fact, he that case is still pending. Aswad was sentenced in a separate corruption case last year. Banner: One of the students who was beaten by the police. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.This story was reported in part by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Mar. 8 and 14, 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by mongabayauthor Activism, Agriculture, Environment, Mining center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE – A surfer was attacked by a shark in Monterey Bay on Tuesday morning and airlifted to a hospital with bite wounds to his torso and thigh, according to hospital and state park officials. The 24-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was surfing with a half dozen other people at Marina State Beach when the shark attacked him from behind around 11 a.m., according to Loren Rex, a California State Parks spokesman. The victim screamed and started punching the shark while trying to flee, Rex said. “Then the shark took him down under the water,” he said. “Witnesses saw a lot of thrashing and some blood coming up. Other witnesses saw the shark let him up before biting him one more time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One witness said the shark was a great white shark measuring at least 20 feet long, which rescuers weren’t able to immediately confirm, Rex said. Surfers pulled the victim to shore and administered first aid, using a surf leash and a blanket as tourniquets to stop the bleeding until rescuers could arrive, Rex said. The victim was conscious and breathing when he was taken away by ambulance. He was then airlifted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, where he was in fair and stable condition Tuesday afternoon with lacerations to his torso and thigh, according to hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou. The victim was going into surgery and was expected to survive, Alexiou said. The Monterey County beach, located about 35 miles south of Santa Cruz, is well known for its sand dunes, hang gliding and rugged surf with very strong rip currents. The area where the surfer was attacked is considered an advanced surfing spot suitable only for skilled surfers. State officials closed all the beaches from Monterey State Beach to Moss Landing.last_img read more

first_imgRookie Ubaldo Jimenez will try to pitch Colorado to a sweep Saturday night at Coors Field against veteran Jamie Moyer. Making just the second postseason appearance in the franchise’s 15-year history, Colorado is on the verge of going to its first NL Championship Series. The Rockies posted their eighth straight road victory. Matsui fell a single short of the cycle, and Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday homered on consecutive pitches in the first inning off Kendrick, who got a quick hook from Manager Charlie Manuel. Booed out of New York after 2 seasons with the Mets, Matsui is a perfect fit in calmer Colorado. “I couldn’t make good results in New York,” Matsui said through a translator. “I’m glad I have a good environment and a good team in Colorado.” The Phillies had a chance to make it interesting in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. But closer Manny Corpas came in and retired Carlos Ruiz. Corpas worked around a pair of two-out singles in a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. Before the game, Corpas came under scrutiny because he was caught by TBS cameras on Wednesday pouring a liquid on the front of his jersey and patting his chest and rubbing his fingers before throwing a pitch. He didn’t appear to do anything shady in this appearance. Jimmy Rollins homered and drove in four runs and Ryan Howard also went deep for Philadelphia, which ended a 14-year playoff drought by capturing the NL East title on the final day of the season. But it’s been downhill for the Phillies since they followed a wild celebration Sunday with a pep rally at City Hall the next day. The heavily criticized Manuel gave his critics plenty of ammunition with two questionable moves. With the Phillies leading, 3-2, in the fourth, Manuel pulled Kendrick after pinch-hitter Seth Smith’s infield single loaded the bases with two outs. Manuel called on Lohse, who made two relief appearances on side days down the stretch. Lohse got ahead 1-and-2 on Matsui, before grooving a fastball. Matsui drove it into the right-field seats to give the Rockies a 6-3 lead and silence the largest crowd ever at four-year-old Citizens Bank Park. “Lohse has been pitching really well out of the bullpen, he has good stuff and I felt he was the right guy,” Manuel said. A total of 45,991 came out, waved their rally towels and cheered wildly despite the score – somewhat out of character for the notoriously tough Philly boobirds. But they sure gave Jose Mesa an earful when the reliever struggled in the sixth. Mesa walked his first two batters and allowed a two-run double to Yorvit Torrealba. Clay Condrey entered one out later and gave up an RBI triple to Matsui and RBI single to Holliday that made it 10-3.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NLDS: Former Met hits grand slam to lead Colorado to a 2-0 series lead over Philadelphia. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Done chasing that wild-card spot, Kaz Matsui and the relentless Colorado Rockies are playing like champs. Matsui hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs, leading the Rockies over the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-5, Thursday for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series. A day after taking a pitchers’ duel, Colorado outslugged the Phils and got a big effort from its bullpen. With 16 victories in 17 games, the Rockies are winning every which way. “We believe we’re going to win every game,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve been playing in the loser’s bracket for a month.” Matsui connected off Kyle Lohse, rushed in to relieve struggling rookie Kyle Kendrick in the fourth inning. Lohse was the Phillies’ scheduled Game 4 starter. At this rate, the best-of-5 series may not get that far. last_img read more

first_img8 8 United hadn’t won for eight games prior to the Cup tie and, with results bleak in other competitions, it was believed success in the competition was vital to Fergie’s survival.Forest were certainly tough opponents. Under Brian Clough, they had reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1988 and 1989, knocking United out at Old Trafford in the ’89 quarter-finals. Clough had also led Forest to 1989 League Cup glory, and they would go on to win that trophy again in April 1990.If Forest had triumphed, as was expected, the pressure on Ferguson would have been almost unbearable. The Scot was taking a verbal beating in the media and from some sections of the support, with football obituaries being prepared in anticipation of his sacking.However, a Mark Robins goal was enough to give United a slender victory at the City Ground, and United went on to see off Hereford, Newcastle and Sheffield United in the following rounds, followed by Oldham in a semi-final replay, having drawn the first match 3-3.In the last four it was Robins again who scored the winner, with his strike coming six minutes from the end of extra-time to set up a meeting with Crystal Palace at Wembley, a team that had just shocked the nation by dumping champions Liverpool out with a 4-3 semi-final victory. talkSPORT looks at key moments in football history, where events could so easily have taken a different course and asks, what if? This week, we ponder what if Manchester United DIDN’T win the FA Cup in 1990?What happened:You know how it goes: you spend four years waiting for a trophy and then 38 turn up. At the start of the 1990s, Man United were struggling in the league under Alex Ferguson – who’d been in charge for more than three years with no success – and were hovering above the relegation zone, having lost 11 of their league games by the time their FA Cup campaign began away to Nottingham Forest on 7 January, 1990. 8 We may never have uttered the phrase ‘squeaky bum time’ and the concept of ‘Fergie time’ may never have existed, had United not won the FA Cup way back in 1990.The English FA would certainly be slightly poorer given the volume of fines incurred by the manager during his time at the helm.It’s all subjective because nobody can really know what might have been, and although former United chairman Martin Edwards has since claimed there was never any danger of the boss losing his job, they may not have had a choice in the matter given the intense pressure coming from outside the boardroom.What we do know is that clinching that trophy in 1990 paved the way for all that followed at Manchester United. Within months of the 1990 Cup final, 19-year-old Lee Sharpe scored a hat-trick for the Red Devils away to Arsenal, and a 17-year-old Giggs was given his first team debut.Would such faith in youth have been backed without the evidence of silverware provided by Robins and Martin? And had Ferguson got the sack, would the now famous ‘Class of 92’ have flourished under another manager?During his years of success at Old Trafford, Ferguson never shied away from making big decisions for the good of the team. The 1990 FA Cup final was a classic case in point.Having drawn 3-3 with Palace (there were no final shoot-outs in those days), ahead of the replay Ferguson ruthlessly dropped his long-serving goalkeeper, Jim Leighton, replacing him with back-up shot-stopper Les Sealey. United needed a replay to overcome the Eagles, but Wembley success proved to be the catalyst for Ferguson’s trophy-laden career across the next 23 years as Emperor of Old Trafford.A year later United won the European Cup Winners’ Cup at Barcelona’s expense, and in 1992 they won the League Cup for the first time.Then the Premier League title was secured in 1993, a first league crown for 26 years and the first of 13 league crowns for Fergie, who also won the Champions League twice and the FA Cup on another four occasions.A legacy of outstanding success was formed, all stemming from that first FA Cup triumph in 1990.But what if it didn’t happen?Fergie placed huge emphasis on the club’s youth policy, leading to the emergence of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville. But it was the 1990 FA Cup win that proved faith in youth would bear fruit. The winning goal in the 1990 FA Cup final was scored by a youth team graduate, 22-year-old left-back Lee Martin. And Mark Robins, who scored crucial goals in the run to the final, was a 20-year-old product of United’s youth system. Would the treble have been secured without Ferguson? Or Keane?Without the huge success and increasing reputation the club enjoyed around the world, would they have been able to lure a young Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford? 8 8 8 The club weren’t yet ready to challenge Liverpool and Arsenal for the title, but their triumph in Europe – beating Barcelona, who would win the European Cup a year later – kept the ball rolling and built confidence for a shot at the league championship in 1991/92, a season in which they also won the European Super Cup and League Cup.This led to the 1992/93 Premier League title victory, followed by United spending a club record £3.75m on Roy Keane in the summer of 1993. Would the midfielder have been a United player if Fergie had been sacked in 1990? Keane went on to drive the club to sucess-after-success over the next decade, not least the treble in 1999. 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues… but what if Fergie hadn’t won the 1990 FA Cup? It was seemingly justified when United won the replay, and surely emboldened Ferguson to make other such vital decisions in future, but had it gone wrong it would surely have undermined confidence in the Scottish manager. Did dropping Leighton secure the FA Cup? It’s impossible to say, but the act and result combined to help Ferguson’s authority grow.Then there is the 1991 European Cup Winners’ Cup success. Without winning the FA Cup, United would not have qualified for Europe in the 1990/91 season. 8 8last_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur host Crystal Palace in the Premier League this afternoon, kick off 12pm at Wembley Stadium, and the team news has been confirmed.Injury to first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and back-up Michel Vorm means Paulo Gazzaniga makes his first competitive start for Spurs.Dele Alli, understood to have suffered a hamstring strain, has not been named in the squad, while Toby Alderweireld is similarly sidelined.Mamadou Sakho, meanwhile, returns for the Eagles having missed last weekend’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah comes in for the injured Patrick van Aanholt.Check out the confirmed team news below.Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, KaneSubs: Trippier, Nkoudou, Llorente, Dembélé, Foyth, Davies, WhitemanCrystal Palace XI: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Fosu-Mensah, Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend, ZahaSubs: Tomkins, Hennessey, McArthur, Souaré, Sako, Puncheon, Riedewald 1 Wembley Stadium hosts Tottenham v Crystal Palace last_img read more

first_img“I take advantage of this moment to ask that my journalist colleagues show the respect and understanding they have always shown me, especially in these difficult and delicate times for me and my family.”Casillas, the former Real Madrid and Spain glovesman, has reportedly called time on his career despite only recently signing a new contract with the Portuguese club.The 37-year-old suffered an acute myocardial infarction earlier this month while at Porto’s training centre and was rushed to hospital.He has been offered a position in Porto’s backroom staff by Pinto da Costa, the club’s chairman, with the role understood to be an ‘international ambassador’. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Carbonero, who has been with the legendary Spain goalkeeper since 2009 and has two sons with him, added that the cancer was caught ‘in time’ but that she has months of treatment ahead of her.“Everything has turned out okay and fortunately we caught it in time but I’ve still got some months left fighting while I have the corresponding treatment,” she continued.“I’m calm and confident everything is going to be okay. I know the road will be tough but will also have a happy ending.“I have the support of my family and friend and a great medical team. gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card getty Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED ADVICE tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow no dice The shock news comes just weeks after Casillas suffered a heart attack at Porto’s training ground The wife of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who suffered a heart attack while training with Porto just three weeks ago, has revealed she is fighting ovarian cancer.Sara Carbonero announced the shocking news in an emotional social media post.The 35-year-old TV sports journalist wrote: “When we hadn’t yet recovered from one shock, life has surprised us again.“This time it’s me, that six-letter word I still struggle to write.“A few days ago during a check-up, doctors described a malignant ovarian tumour and I have been operated on.”last_img read more

first_img Getty Images – Getty 2 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekBolton vs Blackpool (Monday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Grimsby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Germany vs Argentina (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Russia vs Scotland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Czech Republic vs England (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Tranmere (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Luckily for the Man United fan who unfurled this anti-Fergie banner in 1989, it wasn’t ta-ra And 30 years ago, during that tricky period for United, it all got a bit too much for one supporter, who held up a banner in the Stretford End after a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in December, which read ‘Ta Ra Fergie’, as he called for the manager to be sacked.Fergie remembers the tough period, which saw them fail to win throughout December.“I suppose my confidence was shaken a bit because the day after the [Palace] game I phoned my brother, Martin; I knew he would be objective, give me a fair assessment and tell me where I stood,” he wrote in his 2015 book, Leading.“He said, ‘you’re just going to have to dig in,’ which was a sentiment I found reassuring. Years later, the person who had held up that banner wrote a book titled ‘Ta Ra Fergie’, and a copy showed up at the house. I mailed it back to the publisher.” Live on the talkSPORT network It’s all going wrong for Manchester United.The 20-time English league champions are only two points above the relegation zone thanks to the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle and the club are enduring their worst start to a season since the 1989/90 campaign when they picked up eight points from their opening eight games and ended up in 13th spot. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won just six of his 21 games in permanent charge of Manchester United “Quite simply, I’d say keep going, Ole and that we’re right behind you – and stay off Twitter,” he told talkSPORT in reference to news that the manager has deleted his account.“They’d be words of encouragement,” he continued, urging patience in what are impatient times.“There’s a world of difference between what you read on social media and what you see at the ground.“At the ground – and it’s not just blind faith – the fans have seen the good, the bad and the ugly over the years, but know this guy is trying his best.“They know he’s had a good window where he’s brought in three good players, he’s getting people in who have fire in their belly and want to play for the United shirt and he needs a couple of windows and then we can decide.”center_img YouTube Starting with the FA Cup in 1990, United under Fergie went on to dominate at home and abroad Premier League x13FA Cup x5League Cup x 4Champions League x 2Cup Winners Cup x 1 2 Pete Molyneux was the man who unfurled the banner at Old Trafford, drawing cheers and applause from fickle United fans in the process.The title is what fans craved, with previous managers bringing cup success to the club.Ferguson arrived from Aberdeen in 1986 with a good reputation as he had usurped Celtic and Rangers’ dominance in Scotland and even won the Cup Winners’ Cup, but the long wait for league success went on.Luckily for Pete and the rest, Fergie came spectacularly good, beginning with the FA Cup in 1990 and then landing the first league title for 26 years in 1993.So what would Pete write for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now? Fergie Honours List Asked about the infamous banner, Molyneux explained he was simply unhappy with what he was seeing from Fergie’s side.“I didn’t think he was the right guy,” he finished. “I didn’t hold the banner up lightly and there was a mixture of anger and frustration in me about the situation and manager, but also fear because I didn’t know how people around me would react within the ground.“What was a relief that, of the 33,000 that were there that day, the majority stood and applauded and it went like a row of dominoes around the ground.”last_img read more

first_imgElliott said the museum will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 12.The temporary closing will not effect the Depot train museum but the Stevens Museum and the Pioneer Village will be closed for the duration. Old Settlers Days will be taking place at the museum Sept. 16 and 17. The Stevens Museum at the John Hay Center will be closed from Tuesday, September 5 through Monday, September 11 for a joint construction project with Duke Energy.  “We apologize for any inconvenience and the short notice but we are working on Duke Energy’s schedule to complete the project before the Old Settlers Days festival,” said Jeremy Elliott, Washington County Historian. last_img

first_img11 February 2008South Africa’s Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is to set up a centre to develop the technical and technological skills of workers on site, while also providing a small business incubator and simulator laboratories.To help develop the skills of thousands of workers employed within the IDZ, as well unskilled workers in the wider region, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced plans to set up a training campus on the site outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.“Preliminary projections for the IDZ show that 2 400 operations personnel will have to be recruited and trained for the commissioning of the investment projects in 2010,” CDC support and business development manager Duncan Grenfell said in a statement last week. “A further projection of 5 200 would be needed between 2011 and 2013.”At a management meeting last week, the CDC agreed with various partners to take on the project as a way of finding a solution to the skills challenge facing the region.“The focus will be on mid- to high-level skills, with programmes offered based on short, medium and long term basis predominantly in the engineering and production related sectors,” the CDC said.It is envisaged that the skills centre will be a comprehensive campus for the development of human capital with the following units: SMME (small, medium and micro enterprises) incubator; science and technology centre; simulator laboratories; lecture-rooms; technical workshops; laboratories; and an assessment centre.The Coega Human Capital Solutions (HCS) business unit will manage the centre, which can accommodate between 320 and 350 learners at any one time, with the leasing of education and training space to external investors and service providers.It is envisaged that certain training providers will lease space to run programmes from the skills centre for the IDZ and the region.Since 2006 the CDC has set an annual target of training close to 1 000 learners in the mechanical and electrical engineering fields, among other training initiatives.“A centrally located skills development centre that brings together expertise in infrastructure and services that can be used collectively by employers in the IDZ will make an attractive value proposition to the IDZ,” said the CDC.The interest that is being shown in the Coega is already a case in point. The investment value of the IDZ is shortly to reach R30-billion, while direct employment with investors is due to reach 7 000 by 2011.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more