[Handball] Museldall : «Il y a peut-être quelque chose à faire»

first_imgAvant cette rencontre, imaginiez-vous pouvoir franchir ce tour?Durant la semaine, on a tous regardé le match de Schifflange contre Dudelange. Une première fois, chacun de son côté puis, jeudi, avec le l’entraîneur, on a effectué une analyse vidéo théorique. Le soir même, et le lendemain, on a travaillé la mise en pratique. Mais pour répondre à la question, oui, au vu de son match contre Dudelange, on s’est dit qu’il y avait une chance de passer. La saison passée, lors du play-off, on avait perdu seulement de trois buts à Schifflange. Et cet été, quatre joueurs sont arrivés parmi lesquels Matthias Hertz qui vient de Bitburg avec qui il a réalisé le doublé Coupe-championnat en Rheinland Liga. Samedi, il a pris ses responsabilités (NDLR : il a inscrit 11 buts).Durant la rencontre, vous avez toujours fait la course en tête. Quand avez-vous réellement commencé à y croire?Oui, dès la première minute, on a pris les commandes de la rencontre. On a même compté jusqu’à six buts d’avance (16-10, 24e et 28-22, 50e). À la pause, notre entraîneur (Ndlr : Lubos Sak) nous a dit que si nous restions concentrés, que nous continuions, ça passerait. Et c’est ce qu’on a réussi à faire. En plus, on a pu compter sur le soutien de nos supporters. Je ne sais pas combien ils étaient, mais la tribune était pleine (Ndlr : 135 spectateurs)!L’objectif n° 1, se qualifier pour le play-offAu final, vous l’emportez d’un but après avoir encaissé un 2-7 dans les dix dernières minutes…Oui parce qu’entre la 54e et la 55e minute, on écope de trois exclusions temporaires. On se retrouve alors à trois joueurs de champ, ce qui permet à Schifflange de nous mettre un 3-0. Mais nous sommes passés, c’est bien là l’essentiel.Samedi, vous retrouviez Yannick Willems, parti cet été à Schifflange. On imagine que ça a dû chambrer, non?Je vous avoue que sa présence était une source de motivation supplémentaire (il rit). Après le match, on l’a taquiné un peu mais rien de bien méchant. D’ailleurs, il a passé la soirée avec nous. Ceci dit, Yannick nous a quittés cet été mais on était tous content pour lui qu’il soit recruté par un club de DN.Avez-vous bien fêté cette qualification?Nous sommes restés au centre avec nos supporters puis nous sommes allés au New Rive Gauche, un café de Grevenmacher où on a nos habitudes.D’ordinaire, quand on parle de Museldall, c’est pour évoquer l’équipe féminine…Oui, les dames ont déjà réussi le doublé Coupe-championnat. Cette fois, on a travaillé un peu plus sur la section messieurs. Ça change un peu…Y a-t-il une petite rivalité entre les deux équipes?Pas du tout! Grevenmacher est un club familial. D’ailleurs, après notre match, on est resté pour assister à la victoire de l’équipe dames en championnat contre Esch (NDLR : 34-8). Et puis, à chaque fois qu’elle jouait à la Coque, on était nombreux à aller l’encourager. On faisait même de grands tifos.Cette qualification pour les quarts de finale fait-elle naître des ambitions pour le championnat?Déjà, l’objectif n° 1 est de se qualifier pour le play-off. Ensuite, on verra ce qu’on est capable de faire. Mais c’est vrai que si l’on part du principe que Schifflange et Pétange sont sensiblement du même niveau, il y a peut-être quelque chose à faire…Quelle équipe aimeriez-vous retrouver en quart de finale?Pétange, chez nous, ou alors Mersch (vainqueur hier de Bertrange), le dernier club de Promotion encore en lice.Pétange, le club de vos débuts?Oui, j’y ai commencé le hand à 5 ans et demi. À 12 ans, je suis parti à Museldall avant de rejoindre les Red Boys à 16 ans avant d’arrêter trois ans plus tard car je suis devenu cuisinier. J’ai arrêté pendant six ans et à 25 ans, je suis revenu à Museldall.Recueilli par Charles Michel Le gardien de Museldall, bourreau samedi de Schifflange (30-29), revient sur cette qualification historique pour les quarts de finale.Que vous inspire cette qualification pour les quarts de finale de la Coupe de Luxembourg?Keven Ponton : Ç’a été un super match où toute l’équipe s’est battue pour aller au 2e tour. Ce n’était jamais arrivé avant dans l’histoire du club.C’est historique…(Il rit) Oui, on peut dire ça comme ça… Partagerlast_img read more

City Hall violates court order: Paid parking to resume on Monday

first_imgPaid parking to resume on Monday…issues new regulations… JFAP finally sees the light: condemns unjust contractDespite a High Court order on Thursday putting the controversial Parking Meter Project on hold, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be restarting paid parking in the city come Monday with a plethora of new concessions for motorists.This was announced by Mayor Patricia Chase Green at a joint press conference held on Friday by the M&CC and Smart City Solutions (SCS), the company contracted to carry out the project.Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King, along with Director of SCS Amir Oren and Kit Nascimento at a joint press conference on FridayMayor Chase Green, in her statement to reporters, said “As of Monday next, we will resume implementation of the Parking Meter Project.”When questioned about this decision to restart the project in light of the pending court action, the Mayor explained that legal advice was sought on the matter. “My understanding of the matter before the court is one that doesn’t stop us; there’s not an injunction that stops us from operating,” she posited.At that point, Town Clerk Royston King interjected and blocked further questioning on the issue.Court orderOn Thursday, acting Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards handed down a court order calling on the Mayor and City Council, and the Town Clerk, the named respondents, to show cause why the project should not be quashed. The order was granted after an application for judicial review was made by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran, on behalf of Mohendra Arjune.The respondents will have to present their case on February 27, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Also on that date, a second court action on the Parking Meter Project against the City Council filed by the New Building Society (NBS) will also come up for hearing, where the Town Clerk and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan were ordered to present arguments on why the Parking Meter Project should not be quashed.Minister Bulkan had signed off on the By-laws to green-light paid parking in the city last month.However, among the orders granted by the Chief Justice on Thursday was the revocation of “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown.”PenaltiesIn this regard, when asked whether as of Monday clamping of vehicles will recommence as well, King told reporters “we will resume our operations on Monday and that will include the tools that are available to us for non-compliance of our By-laws.”Further pressed whether those “tools” was were referring to clamping, the Town Clerk responded in the negative, however, Director of Business Development attached to SCS, Amir Oren, said “Yes”.But, Mayor Chase Green immediately interrupted saying, “Don’t let them (media) confuse you Amir!” She went on to point out that there will be immobilisation to give persons permission to pay for the parking space they would have occupied without a parking meter ticket, as oppose to a fine that previously obtained.This is one of the new changes made to the paid parking model, whereby they are moving from a ‘pay for space’ method to ‘pay for plate’, which can be used at more than one parking zone. This will allow for motorists to pay for parking time for their vehicles, as oppose to pay for parking space for a particular amount of time.“This effectively means that motorists will be able to purchase any amount of time for their cars, even if it’s on a discounted basis, and they’ll be able to put those parking tickets within cars and then use that time anywhere within any Meter Parking Zones in the city (until the time on the parking ticket expires),” Oren explained.Fee structureThe other changes include a 50 per cent reduction of meter rates for those parking eight hours or more. This means motorists buying parking time for eight hours or more will pay $25 dollars for 15 minutes plus Value Added Tax (TAX). Meanwhile, the $50 per 15 minutes plus VAT metered parking fee will remain the same and be applied to all motorists parking for periods of 15 minutes to four hours.“The idea really is to cement the market for those persons who would come to town and look for parking on a short-term basis, so that you’re enhancing many of the benefits of mobility and parking space turn-over that you would have with such a structure, but at the same time take into account that you need to make available discounted parking for the working class or those parking for long-term hours in the city,” the SCS official stated.However according to Oren, those motorists purchasing four hours of parking at $50 per 15 minutes plus VAT, which effectively costs the same as eight hours with the 50 per cent reduction as mentioned, will automatically be credited with four more bonus hours of metered parking. This, Oren noted, was done to ensure that the new payment structure makes sense in that motorist buying less time pay more and those buying more time pay less.Furthermore, the SCS Business Director disclosed that a 15 minutes grace period before clamping has also been introduced, as well as one month free from paying the immobilisation fee so that motorists can become familiarised with the new changes. However, vehicles will still be immobilised but instead of paying the immobilisation penalty fee, motorists will be required to pay the parking fees ($50 for every 15 minutes) spent on the Parking Zones.These changes, however, will be enforced until the By-laws are amended. The draft documents are currently being prepared and this process will take some seven to 10 days.According to Mayor Chase Green, these changes were as a result of further talks recently held with various stakeholders. Minister of State Joseph Harmon had disclosed last week that the penalty aspect of metered parking in the city was relaxed to facilitate further consultants after widespread consultations against the project continued.It was noted that these new rates were initially designed for the working class, but given the practice of businesses to secure parking in front of their buildings, a decision was taken to have the concessions be applicable to all motorists.The Parking Meter Project has caused widespread criticism with various stakeholders calling for it to be cancelled. It has also attracted mass protest actions.last_img read more