[Tennis] Minella en Australie : «Il y a une odeur de barbecue»

first_img Partager Depuis plusieurs années, vous passez cette période de l’année en Australie. Est-ce la première fois que vous êtes confrontée à ce genre de situation?Tous les ans, il y a des incendies en Australie, c’est normal, mais d’une telle envergure, je n’en avais jamais vécus. C’est la première fois que les feux s’approchent de si près des grandes villes. Ça a commencé à Sydney, déjà en décembre avant même notre arrivée. Énormément de monde a été évacué et il y a eu d’ailleurs des morts. Ce qui, je crois, est assez rarissime.Ce n’est pas en s’achetant une brosse à dents  en bambou qu’on va régler le problèmeQuel est le ressenti des Australiens à propos de ces incendies?Les gens sont exaspérés mais il n’y a pas qu’eux. Tous ceux qui sont ici se retrouvent impuissants. C’est une situation qui est hors de contrôle et ils ne peuvent pas faire grand chose si ce n’est donner de l’argent ou offrir un abri à ceux qui ont perdu leur maison.À ce propos, certaines personnalités comme Pink ont décidé de faire des dons. Qu’en pensez-vous?Je trouve ça génial que des gens qui ont une grosse visibilité fassent ce genre de dons et parlent de la situation actuelle. Ça permet de récolter des aides pour les animaux, les gens qui ont tout perdu mais aussi les pompiers. Ici, ce sont eux les vraies stars. Ils donnent tous ce qu’ils ont et les gens sont prêts à les aider. En fait, je pense que tout le monde est prêt à donner un coup de main si on leur disait quoi faire…À leurs yeux, cette situation est-elle l’indéniable preuve du réchauffement climatique?Oui, tout le monde le pense. Après, que faire ? Ce n’est pas en s’achetant une brosse à dents avec un manche en bambou qu’on va régler le problème. Un gros changement doit être fait au niveau politique et ce, dans tous les pays. Et c’est dur car il y a beaucoup d’argent en jeu. Bref, c’est toujours la même chose.Sur internet, on voit beaucoup de vidéos d’animaux (kangourous, koalas…) fuir les flammes et se réfugier près des villes. Avez-vous été témoin de ce genre de scène?Non, heureusement, je n’en ai pas vu… En venant à Bendigo depuis Melbourne, il y a 2h de train. Durant le voyage, on a pu voir énormément de kangourous mais aussi de petits incendies. Il y en a partout. L’herbe et les forêts sont tellement sèches que lorsque le mercure dépasse les 40°c, ça peut prendre feu très rapidement. Je crois que toute l’Australie est en danger.J’ai l’impression de fumer un paquet de cigarettes…Les organisateurs du tournoi de Canberra ont décidé de déplacer la compétition à Bendigo. Novak Djokovic estime, quant à lui, qu’un report de l’Open d’Australie devrait être envisagé si la situation persiste et menace la santé des joueurs. Qu’en pensez-vous?Non, je ne pense pas que les organisateurs de l’Open d’Australie ont songé à cette idée. Je pense même que c’est la dernière chose qu’ils veulent faire. Déjà, parce qu’il y a énormément d’argent en jeu, ensuite, parce que si le vent tourne, c’est possible d’avoir un grand ciel bleu à Melbourne. Comme si de rien n’était… Bon, si toutes les stars, comme Djokovic, demandent à annuler le tournoi ou le boycottent à cause de ça, alors là oui je pense qu’il peut y avoir un mouvement. Sinon, le tournoi aura lieu comme d’habitude.Les conditions climatiques ont-elles bouleversé votre préparation?Non. Là où je suis, il faisait 32-33°C, des températures auxquelles on est habituée. Il n’y a qu’une seule journée où le thermomètre a dépassé les 40°C. Ce jour-là, je ne me suis entraînée que le matin. Ma préparation, que j’ai débutée à la maison, s’est faite finalement dans de bonnes conditions.Initialement prévu à Canberra, ce tournoi à donc été déplacé à Bendigo. Comment se présente-t-il?(Elle rit) Il a été déplacé à cause des feux mais, aujourd’hui, en raison du vent, l’air est meilleur à Canberra qu’ici… La fumée est tellement dense que dès qu’on sort de l’hôtel, ou même dedans, il y a une odeur de barbecue. En fait, j’ai l’impression de fumer un paquet de cigarettes… J’espère que ça va s’améliorer car l’air, actuellement, est très mauvais.Recueilli par Charles Michel Actuellement en Australie, Mandy Minella disputera ce mercredi le 1er tour du tournoi ITF de Canberra (25 000 dollars) qui, en raison des incendies ravageurs, se déroulera à… 600 km de là. À Bendigo. L’Eschoise livre son témoignage sur ces événements.archives Luis MangorrinhaQuelle est la situation actuellement où vous vous trouvez?Mandy Minella : Je me trouve à Bendigo et les feux sont assez éloignés par rapport à d’autres grandes villes comme Canberra ou la région du Queensland.Quelle est la qualité de l’air?Très mauvaise ! J’ai une application qui me permet de voir la qualité de l’air et là, on est dans la zone rouge. L’air est pire qu’à Pékin ou New Delhi. Il y a quelques jours encore, c’était ciel bleu mais là, depuis deux jours, il y a beaucoup de fumée. Ça dépend évidemment dans quel sens vient le vent.last_img read more

Housing issues dominate Govt’s “Meet the People” outreach

first_imgResidents of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had the opportunity to meet with several Government officials and Ministers to have their concerns addressed in a “Meet the People” outreach hosted at the Square of the Revolution, Brickdam, Georgetown on Wednesday.Dozens of Guyanese from Georgetown and communities nearest to the capital city stood in long lines to get into the venue which had several booths, along with staff and materials waiting to assist citizens. The booths ranged from Government Ministries to various Government departments and service units.The outreach saw members of the public interacting with Ministers Ronald Bulkan, Valerie Patterson, Winston Felix, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, Amna Ally, Nicollette Henry and Keith Scott, among others earlier in the day. Other Ministers joined later in the afternoon to meet with the concerned citizens.The Department of Housing’s booth was the busiest and was active all day as scores of persons raised issue about house lots and the need for more of the Government low-income homes.Guyana Times spoke with a few of the persons who supported the idea as being one that helps to keep the citizens close to the Government. Brenda Bowman said “finally they are trying to meet the citizens of Guyana to discuss issues that are affecting them. Too long they have been sitting in their offices and people have their issues to be addressed. Right now I come to address a situation with the Ministry of Communities…But we have a whole lot of issues we need to deal with. I don’t think they can deal with all these issues in one day, but they are making an effort,” she said.Two female senior citizens, who asked not to be named, expressed satisfaction with the fact that the outreach is now being hosted in Georgetown. They both said they attended the outreach to check up on their housing applications.While some persons were able to file their applications or have their issues rectified, a number of them did not get past receiving a number to enter the event, only to be turned away. One such person is a father and husband, Ishmael Benn, who told this publication that although he had taken time from work to attend the outreach, he did not get the opportunity to meet with the Minister.Benn, 51, said he applied for a house lot some 16 years ago and has still not managed to get a word, much less to meet with the Minister. According to him, the Ministry had called his wife once explaining that they had made an error, but subsequent visits to the Ministry did not serve a purpose.Publicity stuntsInstead, Benn who has served in the Guyana National Service, Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, said he has been going to the Ministry for 16 years for a piece of land. “Every time we try to get to the Minister, she is not available and every time they keep these publicity stunts she is still not available, because I was in the line… they telling me that the numbers are finished and the have a certain number that could only deal with. Why me a Guyanese can’t get land and Venezuelans getting.”Benn said he does not support the turn-key initiative because he cannot afford it and he would prefer if he is given a plot of land to build what he can afford for him and his family. “The turn-key houses are too expensive. With one turn-key house, I could build two houses on a land.”Ishmael BennLuckily for Benn, a Ministry staff heard the interview and intervened. He was later given the opportunity to speak with Minister Valarie Patterson. The father of one said speaking with the newspaper was helpful since it brought the attention of the Minister and team to meet with him.He said, “I live in Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, and house lots supposed to be given in Region Three and I have applied for that because I’m from that area. I do hope and I am thankful for this crew interviewing me because as a result I feel like I’m getting somewhere after 16 years. Thank you.”Meanwhile, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix said the response was overwhelming, explaining that it is nothing new that the Government hasn’t done before. According to him, the activity is the second of its kind, since two years ago it was launched at Square of the Revolution.It later spread to places like Corriverton, Essequibo and Linden. “It is consistent with Government’s policy to take the services Government offers to the public. You might be well aware of the fact that we have decentralised the immigration passport services and you might be aware also that the Guyana Revenue Authority has also decentralised it office in outline district,” he added.Felix said Government will continue to take these initiatives to the people in an effort to provide a better and more comfortable life for all Guyanese.Campaigning on State resourcesThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition has been criticised on several occasions by the Opposition and independent political commentators for campaigning heavily on State resources; a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.Recently, what was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).One of the long lines on Wednesday morning at the Square of the Revolution during the Government outreach programmeNineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes. At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Only recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.Campaign financingThe Carter Center had recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the AFC was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties.The passage of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, triggered the holding of General and Regional Elections constitutionally due within 90 days, cutting short the coalition’s five-year term in office.last_img read more