In a land hit by the resource curse, a new gold mine spooks officials

first_imgA company in Indonesia plans to start mining gold in a district in the country’s West Papua province that forms part of the ecologically important Cendrawasih Bay National Park — an ostensibly protected area.The company is currently applying for an environmental impact assessment that would allow it to obtain a mining permit, but local officials involved in the process say they see little benefit to the proposed mine. They say they prefer a development model built on tourism based on the region’s rich biodiversity.The district chief, who has the final say in issuing the permit, has signaled he approves of the project — flip-flopping on a pledge he made at the end of last year to prioritize an environment-focused development framework. JAKARTA — Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project.The proposed mine would cover 233 square kilometers (90 square miles), an area four times the size of Manhattan, in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province. Eighty five percent of the district, though, sits within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve — both protected areas. The planned site also straddles the ancestral lands of three indigenous groups: the Kuri Wamesa, the Rasiei and the NaikereThe company applying for the mining permit, PT Abisha Bumi Persada (ABP), is based some 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) west, in the city of Bandung on the island of Java. It reportedly plans to operate for 15 years, and expects to mine 800,000 tons of ore per year, yielding 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of gold annually.A company in Indonesia plans to mine for gold in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province, with the proposed site marked by the red pin. Much of the district falls within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, a protected area. Image by Google Maps.Ben Saroy, head of the agency that manages Cenderawasih Bay National Park, warned that establishing a large-scale gold mine like ABP has proposed could damage the wider conservation area. Among his top concerns, he said, was the waste from the mining operations, such as mercury, that could pollute the environment and wind up in the food chain.Mercury is often used to bind gold from ore, and is typically burned off and discarded afterward, eventually ending up in rivers. In 2017, the Indonesian government ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, committing to phase out the use of the heavy metal in small-scale gold mining by 2020.“The impacts from any mercury contamination will be only apparent in 10 to 20 years, as babies are born blind, permanently disabled, and with other diseases,” Saroy told local media. “The waste must not be dumped into the sea.”He also warned that tourist arrivals to the national park could go down “if they know that the area has been contaminated with mercury.”The pristine marine ecosystem of Cenderawasih Bay National Park has attracted tourists from around the world. Image courtesy of Cenderawasih Bay National Park Agency.ABP is reportedly in the process of obtaining an environmental impact assessment, known locally as an AMDAL, as a prerequisite for getting a mining permit.Rudolf Rumbino, the head of the West Papua government’s environmental agency, said his office would not issue an AMDAL without assurances from environmental NGOs and the provincial government’s research and development agency that the benefits of the mine would outweigh any disruption to the environment.“Although some of the local communities have given their support, we will rely on the advice of NGOs and the R&D agency because they know better about the positive and negative impacts from this mining,” he told local media.Charlie Heatubun, who heads the R&D agency, was also skeptical about allowing gold mining in the district, saying it would create a lot of risks, including the further impoverishment of the local people.“Gold mining promises quick profits for the area, but that profit may not be worth the negative impacts,” he told local media.He said tourism remained the best option for the long-term development of Wondama Bay district. “If we develop tourism, we can ensure that the environment won’t be damaged,” he said. “The people can profit from the tourist visits and from related tourism businesses.”A swath of rainforest in Indonesia that was destroyed for gold-mining operations. Image by Boyhaqie/Mongabay-Indonesia.Prioritizing ecofriendly tourism over resource exploitation was the same argument used earlier by the Wondama Bay district chief, Bernadus Imburi, who has the final say on whether the mining permit is issued.“We don’t have forests or gold that can be exploited to help [develop the economy] in this area,” Imburi said last December at the signing of an environment-focused development framework with representatives from WWF-Indonesia and Cenderawasih Bay National Park.“We are confident that the potential of Cenderawasih Bay National Park and Wondiwoi Mountains National Reserve will serve as valuable capital to increase our regional revenue,” he added.“The tourism sector is the only top priority for Wondama Bay district in increasing our local revenue.”By February, however, Imburi appeared to have changed his mind, attending a discussion hosted by ABP with community representatives at which he spoke of a “win-win” situation for all sides.“I hope [ABP] manages everything by the book so that the company can operate and the local people can also live,” he said as quoted by local media.The discussion was part of ABP’s AMDAL obligation to allow communities that would be affected by its proposed operations a chance to weigh in. The district chief, though, appeared to discourage any opposition when he told those in attendance that “the local people must not act in such a way that the company can’t proceed.”In any case, there was little pushback from the community representatives, who said they approved of the proposed mining operation, as long as their rights as indigenous people were upheld and they weren’t “disadvantaged” further down the road. They also called on ABP to prioritize the hiring of workers from local communities over those from outside.The pristine forests of West Papua are being increasingly targeted for mines and plantations. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.The Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, administratively split into the provinces of West Papua and Papua, is all too familiar with the “resource curse.”For decades, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Freeport McMoRan has run the world’s biggest copper and gold mine, Grasberg, in Papua province. But its operations, wildly profitable for the company and for the central government in Jakarta, have done little for the development of local communities. Papua and West Papua remain the most impoverished provinces in Indonesia, with life expectancies and infant and maternal mortality rates that are among the worst in Asia.Freeport’s subsidiary has also long been criticized for a litany of environmental offenses, as well as for funding security forces that have been widely accused of rights violations against indigenous Papuans.In recent years, another resource has threatened to destroy the ancient and pristine rainforests that make the island a biodiversity hotspot like no other: palm oil. Major plantation operators, having largely depleted the forests of Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, are now increasingly eyeing the vast, untouched wildernesses of Papua and West Papua.Charlie Heatubun, the West Papua R&D agency head, summed up the quandary of a region awash in natural wealth but falling short of most human development metrics: “Right now, we may be [financially] poor, but we are so rich in natural resources. We could end up being poor in both ways, and that’s a huge problem.”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 Basten Gokkon Deforestation, Development, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Gold Mining, Mining, Natural Resources, Pollution, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Waste, Water Pollution 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

All Blacks fans say Bok scare a wake-up call

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand fans celebrate their win as they watch the New Zealand vs South Africa RWC Semi Final rugby match at Twickenham Stadium London live on tv at the D4 Bar in Wellington, October 25, 2015 ©Marty Melville (AFP)WELLINGTON, October 25 – “I need a rum and coke — I don’t normally do that at five o’clock in the morning,” New Zealand fan Jack Strang said after the All Blacks’ nail-biting World Cup semi-final win over South Africa.Strang was among the hordes of Kiwis who streamed into pubs across the country to see the match at Twickenham, which kicked off at 4:00am on Sunday in New Zealand. Like many, he was thankful licensing laws have been relaxed to allow early-morning liquor sales during the tournament, as the All Blacks shredded supporters’ nerves with a narrow 20-18 victory.“That was far more stressful than I would have liked,” said Sidney Peneho, another patron at the D4 Irish bar in central Wellington.“But you know it’s always going to be tough against the Springboks. We got there in the end.”New Zealand media praised the team’s veterans, sometimes derided as a “Dad’s Army” before the tournament began, for helping the All Blacks maintain composure at crunch moments.Radio New Zealand said the old stagers had repaid coach Steve Hansen’s belief in them, particularly skipper Richie McCaw and star pivot Dan Carter.But the New Zealand Herald raised fears McCaw could be cited and miss the final if he was deemed to have deliberately elbowed Springbok flanker Francois Louw in the head.Such an outcome would not only be a huge blow to the All Blacks in the decider but would also bring McCaw’s glittering Test career to an anti-climactic end. – ‘We’re still the best’ –The mood in the bar was buoyant ahead of the match, with confidence boosted by last week’s record-breaking 62-13 quarter-final demolition of France.“I think we’ll win,” Malcolm Davidson told AFP just before kick off.“There’s always some nervousness, you never know what will happen in a knockout game, but I think we’re the better team.”Doubts were emerging as the All Blacks trailed 7-12 at half-time, with a small knot of Springbok supporters making their presence felt amid a sea of black.“We’ve had a couple of nasty looks but we don’t care, we’re going to win. The game will speak for itself,” South African Roedeen Atkinson told AFP.But New Zealand slowly wrested control after the break and their Wellington fans greeted every point with a deafening roar.The intensity lifted as the reigning champions grimly defended a two-point lead in the final 10 minutes, with fans’ faith tested as their team flirted with disaster.“Soak up the clock… stop kicking it… WHY would you DO that?” one man yelled at the big screen, head in hands, during the dying minutes.After the final whistle all was forgiven in a flurry of whoops and high fives, with thoughts turning to next week’s final against either Australia or Argentina.Strang said New Zealand needed to learn from their close call against South Africa to produce a more composed performance and lower penalty count.“Our ill discipline kept the Springboks in the game. In a World Cup final you can’t really afford to make any mistakes, no matter who you’re playing,” he said.Davidson believed Hansen’s men remained on track to become the first team to claim back-to-back titles.“Without wanting to sound arrogant, I still think we’re the best team there,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ibrahimovic breaks PSG record in Nantes romp

first_imgStarting the game with 36 goals, the Swedish striker equalled the 1997-98 club record of Argentine Carlos Bianchi in the 18th minute with his 37th of the season.Ibrahimovic then netted his record 38th a minute from time from Javier Pastore’s cross to end a match-long quest that had looked set to frustrate him.“I’m feeling very emotional. Today is a very special day after four years together winning lots of trophies,” said Ibrahimovic.“Thank you ‘Ibracadabra’, these four years will remain in my heart.”Ibrahimovic said he hoped PSG would keep on winning, adding: “Without Ibra it’s difficult, but it’s possible!”It was the perfect end to his last match at the Parc in a PSG shirt before leaving for pastures new and he was immediately substituted, but not before his children ran onto the pitch wearing PSG replica shirts bearing the names King and Legend on their backs — a reference to Ibrahimovic’s Friday tweet in announcing his departure: “I came like a king, left like a legend.”If anyone had been in any doubt who the night was about, that was surely dispelled in the 10th minute when the ground as one rose to applaud their talismanic import.Wearing the number 10 jersey, Ibrahimovic acknowledged the crowd as Nantes obligingly waited patiently for almost a minute before taking a free-kick.The visiting defence seemed to oblige in more ways than one against a team clearly intent solely on setting up their centre-forward to score.Ibrahimovic notched his first goal as he played the ball out wide on the right to Angel Di Maria, before sprinting to the back stick where he was able to chest home the Argentine’s cross on his knees from six yards out without a yellow-shirted defender in sight.If there was one player determined to ruin the party it was Nantes goalkeeper Maxime Dupe, who made a reaction one-handed save to deny a close-range Ibrahimovic flick before then thwarting the big Swede when one-on-one as even the linesman seemed unwilling to spoil the festivities.– Comic proportions –PSG’s desire to tee up their stand-in captain for the night took on comic proportions 10 minutes from half-time. When faced with a clear shooting opportunity inside the box, Di Maria wiggled and twisted in trying to find Ibrahimovic rather than strike at goal.PSG finally switched back into the rich vein that had seen them romp to the title with two months to spare as Ibrahimovic and Di Maria combined to set up Lucas Moura for a simple second two minutes before the break — PSG’s 100th league goal of the season.PSG notched their third on 52 minutes as Dupe parried a fierce Ibrahimovic free-kick, only for Marquinhos to win a sprint between three home players to tap in the rebound with not a yellow shirt reacting.Ibrahimovic had a shot deflected behind for a corner as he took on three defenders and Dupe twice dived to his side to beat away shots before the big Swede lifted another chance over the bar as he became increasingly desperate.But Pastore picked him out with a minute left to the stadium’s delight as Ibrahimovic fulfilled his quest.Monaco secured the third and final Champions League qualification spot as first half goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and a Fabinho penalty gave them a 2-0 win over Montpellier.Nice won 3-2 at Guingamp but had to settle for fourth in Hatem Ben Arfa’s final game for the south coast club.Toulouse scored two goals in the final 12 minutes through Martin Braithwaite and Yann Bodiger to turn a 2-1 deficit at Angers into a 3-2 victory that kept them a point above Reims, whose 4-1 win over second-placed Lyon wasn’t enough to prevent them descending into Ligue 2 alongside Lorient and Troyes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9. PHOTO/AFP.PARIS, France, May 15 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home a minute from time to break Paris Saint-Germain’s single season Ligue 1 scoring record in a 4-0 rout of Nantes on Saturday.With the title long wrapped up and a French Cup final against bitter rivals Marseille to come a week later, the night was all about Ibrahimovic and his quest to break the 37-goal single season PSG record at the Parc des Princes.last_img read more

Red-hot Ighalo will NOT leave Watford in January, insists Quique Sanchez Flores

first_img1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists in-form frontman Odion Ighalo will NOT be leaving the club in January.The Hornets boss hailed the ‘clever’ 26-year-old Nigerian’s decision to stay with the club in the summer, after going on to fire 12 goals in 17 Premier League appearances.Ighalo’s brace sunk Liverpool in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, leaving Watford toasting four consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since 1987.And Flores is adament Ighalo will stay at the side until the end of the season, even though his top form will doubtless attract a string of suitors.“I think Ighalo is completely clever, he chose five months ago the option to stay here with Watford,” said Flores.“He chose to stay here because he imagined something special for him. It’s very clever, he knew perfectly it was the best option for him. I think he’ll finish the season with Watford, after that anybody knows.“We have amazing strikers, but we have the facility to score every single match because we create attempts.“I admire these players because we create a plan, then they supersede the expectation I create before the match.”Watford’s eighth win of the season lifts the Hornets to within just one point of the Premier League’s coveted top four, but Flores is refusing to change his pre-season expectations.The former Getafe manager continues to target 40 points to ensure top-flight survival.“No, it would be a very big mistake to change our thinking,” said Flores. “It’s not clever: no, no, no. We have to keep the continuity.“The idea in the club is very clear. We’re just thinking about the need to grow.“We need to establish ourselves in the Premier League, this is what we need. We are evolving with this idea, so to lose perspective would be very bad for us.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores with striker Odion Ighalo last_img read more

Dodgers trade Odalis Perez, acquire Elmer Dessens

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dodgers finally rid themselves of the headache that was Odalis Perez today, trading the left-hander to Kansas City and reacquiring right-handed reliever Elmer Dessens. Also going to the Royals in the deal were right-handed pitching prospects Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel, both of the Dodgers’ Single-A Vero Beach affiliate, and what probably is a boatload of cash. The Dodgers still owe Perez approximately $16.5 million of the three-year, $24 million deal he signed two winters ago. Because Perez was traded in the middle of a multi-year contract, he has the right to demand another trade after this season, but is unlikely to do so because there doesn’t figure to be much of a market for him. Dessens spent part of 2004 and all of 2005 with the Dodgers, providing a solid presence in the bullpen and an occasional spot starter. The club opted not to pick up his club option for 2006 and allowed him to become a free agent, whereupon he signed a two-year, $3.4 million deal with the Royals. “He is happy to be going back and to have the chance to win,” said Oscar Suarez, Dessens’ Phoenix-based agent. “He did enjoy Kansas City, enjoyed his teammates and enjoyed the ballclub. It’s too bad things didn’t work out there. But he is happy to come back, because he never wanted to leave L.A. in the first place.” Perez wore out his welcome in Los Angeles even before former general manager Paul DePodesta gave him his new contract after failing to sign a host of other free-agent pitchers that winter. But it was clear on July 13, when Perez popped off publicly about the way he was being used after giving up a walkoff homer to St. Louis’ Albert Pujols in the 14th-inning and said he was tired of being treated “like trash,” that he was on his way out if GM Ned Colletti could find another club willing to take him. Johnson was the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2004. Pimentel was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2003.last_img read more

Son didn’t try to intentionally hurt Gomes, says Everton boss

first_img AFP or licensors Son Heung-min is sent off for a tackle on Andre Gomes, who is stretchered off with a horrifying injury, with both sets of players are visibly distressed.📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #EVETOT here: 📲 Download the @SkySports app— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 3, 2019“Something unfortunate can happen in football and unfortunately it happened with Andre Gomes.”Despite fighting back to earn a draw, Everton remain in 17th place, three points behind next weekend’s opponents Southampton.Silva believes his side’s team spirit will help them climb the Premier League table.He said: “We had very good team spirit to show, that moment was a tough moment. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Everton substitute Cenk Tosun scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to cancel out Dele Alli’s opener in a game which was overshadowed by Gomes’ injury.Everton boss Silva told talkSPORT: “I just saw it live in the moment of the game. I haven’t seen it on TV, it’s something that’s tough for me to see.“What I’m 100 per cent sure of, even if I don’t know him personally, but I’ve played many, many times against him, Son did not tackle with that intention [to hurt Gomes].“This is my feeling. Son, in this moment, is sad in the dressing room, I don’t have doubts about that. LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Heung-min Son was reduced to tears after his tackle on Andre Gomes Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target rookie error statement 1 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Marco Silva refused to criticise Heung-min Son for his tackle on Andre Gomes in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.The Toffees midfielder suffered a horrific leg injury following Son’s challenge in the 78th minute, which reduced the Spurs forward to tears as he was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future center_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest targets update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule PEP TALK appointed “So the reaction from our players when they saw Andre there was really tough. But straight after that moment, we had to keep calm.“I called some players over to give some feedback to them. We had to keep going to try to get the result that maybe we deserved.  We didn’t deserve to be losing 1-0.“They showed a very good reaction, very good spirit, and just with that spirit we can win the points that we need.”last_img read more

Football Talk: Commons for Hibs, Alan Partridge goals

first_imgNot content with expanding the World Cup to a size where fictional nations will now be invited to make up the numbers, FIFA wants to add group stage penalty shoot-outs to the greatest show on Earth. Coming next: multi-ball.After everything else that’s happened in the world, Sergio Ramos is finding out how bad 2016 can really get now that a sponsorship wrangle means he has to wear black boots until February. The horror!Kris Boyd has used modern technology to insist he’s right about modern technology and elsewhere, Newcastle United’s goals have been given the Partridge treatment. A-ha!Contains mildly offensive language and traction engine references. What could Kris Boyd be talking about? Nobody likes being left out in the cold, especially at this time of year, so it’s heart-warming when an old friend invites you in to the warmth and helps you look ahead to the new year with optimism.Neil Lennon is preparing a move to take Kris Commons to Easter Road and unleash his attacking talents on the Championship.If only everyone was as welcoming. Neil Doncaster travelled to the European Professional Football League Christmas lunch only to be told there was no room at the inn. No cracker, no party hat, no influential voice to prevent Scotland being forgotten about by the elite and treated like a footballing backwater. Bah humbug.last_img read more

Aberdeen’s Peter Pawlett joins MK Dons on pre-contract

first_img“He’s the first player that we really wanted to keep, that’s chosen to go elsewhere,” he said. “We tried hard to keep him, we tried to demonstrate how much we were keen to keep working with him but ultimately he’s decided to go down south to MK Dons and we respect that.”Despite his disappointment in losing Pawlett, McInnes isn’t worried about the player’s commitment going into the final weeks of the season.“Peter served the club well,” he continued. “A two-year deal and a testimonial, we really feel we put out all the stops to keep him but ultimately his desire to play in England won the race for them. “I’m sure Peter will want to leave here on as high a note as possible and sometimes it’s important how you finish your time at a club, you’ve got to remember that. “You’ve still got an obligation to keep going and I don’t expect that to be any concern for us.” Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett has signed a pre-contract with English League One side MK Dons.The 26-year-old will end a decade at the club to join former Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson south of the border.Pawlett came through the Dons’ youth system before making his senior debut in 2009. His only time away from Pittodrie was a six-month loan to St Johnstone in 2012.Manager Derek McInnes admitted he could do nothing to hold onto the player, whose contract expires in the summer, as he is keen to ply his trade in England.last_img read more

New govt ‘for all South Africans’: Zuma

first_img28 April 2009 President-elect Jacob Zuma has assured the country that his new administration would be a government for all South Africans. “Working together we will make it a government for all South Africans,” Zuma told journalists after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the results of South Africa’s general elections in Pretoria on Saturday night. Zuma, who will be inaugurated as President on 9 May, said South Africa needed a government that knew what to do in order to tackle poverty and build on the successes of the 15 years since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. “We were serious when we said we want government to have direct contact with the people of South Africa,” he said, vowing to improve service delivery while ensuring that only competent people were employed in the public service. Zuma congratulated the IEC on delivering another efficient, free and fair election. The African National Congress (ANC) received 65.9% of the 17.6-million valid votes cast, securing 264 seats in South Africa’s National Assembly, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 16.6% of the vote (67 seats in Parliament) and the recently established Congress of the People (Cope) with 7.4% (30 seats). Regarding the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the President-in-waiting said the government would ensure that South Africa hosted the best ever tournament. He said he had spoken to Fifa President Sepp Blatter earlier on Saturday afternoon to assure him that the new administration pick up from the current administration in its preparations for the event. “We are convinced that we will make a success of the tournament and that we will impress the world with our abilities as a host for an event of this magnitude,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Marketing Day: Mobile app Monday, IAB Podcast Measurement Guidelines & Google Shopping

first_imgMarketing Day: Mobile app Monday, IAB Podcast Measurement Guidelines & Google ShoppingYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:The upcoming mobile app Monday: Be preparedDec 21, 2017 by Bobby LyonsChristmas Day is one of the biggest mobile download days of the year, and columnist Bobby Lyons shares some app store optimization (ASO) tips to help your app get found.How independent reviews influence Google’s trust in your brandDec 21, 2017 by Pratik DholakiyaCultivating user reviews is an integral part of any search strategy, especially for local businesses. Columnist Pratik Dholakiya discusses the impact of reviews and provides tips for where to focus your efforts.‘Always On’ is at the heart of every ABM strategy — here’s whyDec 21, 2017 by Sonjoy GangulyFor some it won’t be an easy transition, but contributor Sonjoy Ganguly says the days of campaign-based marketing are over.How to take advantage of innovation and strengthen fundamentals — our top 10 email marketing columns of 2017Dec 21, 2017 by Pamela ParkerIt’s that time of year again, where we revisit all the goodies brought to us by our columnists throughout 2017. Check out the topics that whet our email marketer readers’ appetites and get some valuable takeaways.Adobe Campaign to roll out enhanced email functionalityDec 21, 2017 by Robin KurzerThe company also sees AI-powered, highly personalizable email in its future.IAB releases its newest Podcast Measurement GuidelinesDec 21, 2017 by Barry LevineThis second version, offered as a draft in July, tightens up standards to measure ads and audience for this booming medium.6 trends that show the (Thanksgiving) tables have turned in Google ShoppingDec 21, 2017 by Steve TutelmanColumnist Steve Tutelman examines retailers’ Google Shopping performance from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, revealing how consumers are changing their approach to the holiday shopping season.Yo, Santa! Check out our ‘Naughty and Nice’ list for 2017Dec 21, 2017 by Barry LevineWe didn’t need AI or data mining to figure out who in marketing, advertising or search most deserved a candy cane or a lump of coal.Equifax and beyond: How data breaches shaped 2017Dec 21, 2017 by Robin KurzerCould this be a turning point in the way we handle PII data in the future?How Snapchat can win back the influencers it has lost to InstagramDec 21, 2017 by Tim PetersonSnapchat doesn’t need to pay influencers so much as pay attention to them and push people’s attention toward their Stories, according to influencers.Facebook will no longer flag fake news link with ‘Disputed’ labelDec 21, 2017 by Tim PetersonPeople are less likely to share a fake news article if they’re shown links evidencing its falsehoods instead of a claim that it’s false, per Facebook.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:How marketers will take their social spend more seriously in 2018Dec 21, 2017 by Tim PetersonThis year set the foundation for brands to increasingly evaluate their social campaigns based on business results next year.What is the future of artificial intelligence?Dec 21, 2017 by Robin KurzerMarketers say that 2018 will see deeper personalization, innovations in voice AI and an enhanced view of the customer journey.Game over: The death of the sales funnel and leveling up attributionDec 21, 2017 by Chuck MoranAs the customer journey becomes increasingly complex, contributor Chuck Moran discusses the new rules of the game and why the way we view attribution needs to shift.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:10 Repricing Tools for Amazon Marketplace Sellers, Practical Ecommerce2018 will be the year that marketers take control, Digiday3 Ways to Ensure You Get the Marketing Budget You Need in 2018, MarketoAside From GDPR, Many Changes On The Horizon For User Data, AdExchangerDigital Leaders: Build Bridges Between Marketing and Development, CMS WireInstagram now lets you share live videos through direct messages, TechCrunchReport: Apple plans to combine iPhone, iPad, Mac apps, Mobile MarketerSmall Business Digital Marketing: Top 5 Trends for 2018, MarketingProfsThe Essential Email Marketing Dictionary, ReachMailFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Mobile app Monday, IAB Podcast Measurement Guidelines & Google Shopping Posted on 22nd December 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Mobile app Monday, IAB Podcast Measurement Guidelines & Google Shoppinglast_img read more