Burger-Potato Bites

first_img Share 51 Views   no discussions Share Add some fun to your game-day party menu with these mini cheeseburger munchies. A waffle-cut fry replaces the bun. Top with your favorite cheese and a cherry tomato slice.Ingredients:16 large frozen French-fried waffle-cut potatoes (1/3 of a 22-oz. pkg.)1 pound ground beef or turkey2 – 3 teaspoons grilling seasoning blend4 slices cheddar cheese, cut into quarters (4 oz.)4 cherry tomatoes, slicedMustard, ketchup, dairy sour cream, and/or dill pickle slices Directions:1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Evenly space potatoes on baking sheet. Bake potatoes for 18 to 20 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Adjust oven racks and preheat broiler.2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine meat and seasoning. Form into sixteen 1-ounce mini burgers (about 2 tablespoons). In a 12-inch skillet cook burgers, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until temperature registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, turning burgers once halfway through cooking. Drain fat. Top each potato with a burger, cheese quarter, and tomato slice. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and tomato begins to brown. Serve with mustard, ketchup, sour cream, and/or pickles. Makes 16 snacks.Nutrition Facts (Burger-Potato Bites)Servings Per Recipe 16,Calories 121,Protein (gm) 7,Carbohydrate (gm) 3,Fat, Total (gm) 9,Cholesterol (mg) 28,Saturated fat (gm) 4,Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 0,Sugar, total (gm) 0,Vitamin A (IU) 97,Vitamin C (mg) 2,Thiamin (mg) 0,Riboflavin (mg) 0,Niacin (mg) 1,Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,Folate (µg) 4,Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1,Sodium (mg) 152,Potassium (mg) 137,Calcium (DV %) 61,Iron (DV %) 1,Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie dietBetter Homes and Gardens Recipes Sharing is caring!center_img Food & DiningLifestyle Burger-Potato Bites by: – February 6, 2012 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

IOA might face action for rejecting the new Draft National Sports Code

first_imgLast Updated: 11th November, 2019 18:51 IST IOA Might Face Action For Rejecting The New Draft National Sports Code Indian Olympic Association (IOA) might be suspended by IOC if it goes ahead with administrative reforms enshrined in the Draft National Sports Code 2017. 10 months ago IOC pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight FOLLOW US 10 months ago IOC names Mary Kom in boxing’s athlete ambassadors group for Olympics 10 months ago Tokyo officials feud with IOC over Olympic marathon switch to Sapporo First Published: 11th November, 2019 18:50 IST “We, the IOA and all our members, outrightly reject the new Draft Sports Code as it interferes in the autonomy of the IOA and its members. The Sports Code was discussed with GOI MYAS and implemented in 2014 in IOA Statutes which enabled IOA to regain its recognition in 2012,” Mehta said in the feedback letter sent to the ministry. WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Tokyo governor confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV “Any further interference in IOA Autonomy will also be taken seriously by IOC and OCA and can once again lead to suspension of membership IOA. We certainly hope that it is not the intention of the Sports Ministry to send Indian contingent to Tokyo in 2020 Olympics under IOC Flag and not the Indian Flag.”The IOA was suspended by the IOC in December 2012 for government interference and was reinstated 14 months later after assurances on autonomy. Expressing surprise at the insistence of the ministry to furnish feedback on the Draft Sports Code, he wrote: “We are willing to work together by forming a small committee to take it forward as was agreed on 11.10.2019 and we sincerely hope that MYAS will also stand by what was conveyed to IOA & NSF’s in the 11th October 2019 meeting.” READ: Tyson Fury autobiography: Behind The Mask – Tyson Fury cover releasedThe proposed changesThe National Sports Code 2011 is currently in force but a new National Sports Code was drafted in 2017. The draft proposed drastic changes in the 2011 Code, including barring of ministers, members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies and government servants from holding office in National Sports Federations (NSF) and the IOA, tenure restrictions and age cap of 70 years. The draft also widened its scope to all office-bearers and board members of the IOA and NSFs.It also calls on the NSFs to appoint CEOs, Nominee Directors, and an Ombudsman. Besides, an eminent athlete is also required to be a part of the NSFs. All NSFs will also have to constitute an athletes commission. If implemented, the IOA and the NSFs will have six months to amend their constitutions as prescribed by the draft.READ: Shooting: Aishwary bags India’s record 13th Olympic quota placeREAD: ‘Red-faced’ BFI now runs for a cover after Mary Kom-Nikhat ‘fiasco’ 10 months ago IOA rejects proposal to appoint Chhattisgarh CM as state body chief COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By India will incur the International Olympic Committee’s wrath and might even be suspended if it goes ahead with administrative reforms enshrined in the Draft National Sports Code 2017, the IOA has warned, rejecting the proposed document completely. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also expressed surprise with the government’s move to seek feedback on the draft after the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, on October 11, announced the formation of a committee to look into the contentious provisions such age and tenure cap on officials, which are being opposed by National Sports Federations. Despite the announcement by Rijiju, the ministry, through its Director (Sports), sent a letter to the IOA on October 24 to send feedback on the Draft National Sports Code latest by November 10.READ: Gaurav Gill set for Rally of Australia this weekendIOA sends a note rejecting the changesIOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in turn, sent a note rejecting the changes proposed by the 2017 Draft National Sports Code. Press Trust Of India last_img read more

Bud Norris delivers for Dodgers

first_imgNorris threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out eight as a fill-in for Clayton Kershaw, who went on the disabled list Thursday because of a herniated disc in his lower back.“Six scoreless innings and I don’t know how many he punched tonight, but I know he was excited about being in a Dodger uniform,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “He said he felt the electricity out there tonight.”Norris was unflappable in his Dodgers debut, no doubt a by-product of being a nine-year veteran who has seen his share of unusual situations. This one, however, might have been among the strangest. LOS ANGELES >> Pitcher Bud Norris doesn’t own any Cy Young Awards, much less three.But the veteran right-hander did his best imitation of the Dodgers’ absent three-time Cy Young winner Friday, expertly handling one of the league’s hottest offenses in a 5-0 series-opening victory over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers quickly acquired Norris from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in a five-player trade as a replacement for Kershaw. The Dodgers’ ace had complained about back stiffness after his last game, a loss in Pittsburgh.Kershaw, who was making a serious case for his fourth Cy Young Award in six seasons, flew back to Los Angeles from Milwaukee and received an epidural to alleviate the pain. He had been scheduled to start Friday.Instead, Norris, who took the first flight out of Atlanta on Thursday, took Kershaw’s place on the mound and delivered an impressive performance. While Norris didn’t make anyone forget Kershaw, who leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA, he gave fans and team officials a chance to breathe easy.“Clayton is one of the best pitchers, if not the best pitcher, in baseball. We all know that,” said Norris, who went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in his last five starts for Atlanta, striking out 29 in 29 1/3 innings. “I had to face him the last time I was here and I ended up getting drilled by him so I have to talk to him about that.“It takes 5-6-7 starters to get you through to the postseason. We need him back, there’s no doubt about that, but until then guys are going to have to keep stepping in.”Adam Liberatore, Louis Coleman, Joe Blanton and Pedro Baez completed the shutout as the Dodgers won their third straight. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI single that sent Chase Utley home. Utley reached base on a walk and went to third on Corey Seager’s hard-hit single to right.Seager has hit safely in 14 consecutive games.Seager headed home on Trayce Thompson’s ground-ball single to short. Thompson appeared to beat the throw to first, sending the crowd of 43,644 into a brief frenzy over the prospect of a 2-0 lead.The Rockies challenged the call at first and the video review showed Thompson didn’t beat the throw and the Dodgers had to be content with a one-run edge. For the time being.The Dodgers added a second run in the seventh on a balk by Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, scoring Howie Kendrick. De La Rosa had allowed runners to advance to second and third on a passed ball.The Dodgers padded their lead with three more runs in the eighth, but it didn’t end without a near-miss on the injury front. Yasiel Puig tweaked his shoulder sliding into home, but said after the game he was fine.“It’s good. Everything is good,” he said.The Rockies, who came into the game with a league-best .276 batting average, struggled to make contact. Left fielder Brandon Barnes managed to send an 86-mph slider to the center-field wall, but Thompson made a leaping catch to save a potential two-run home run in the fifth.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

AAF timeline: Explaining the events leading to football league’s reported end

first_imgThe Alliance of American Football is expected to suspend all football operations, according to multiple reports — a move that likely will mean the end of the fledgling professional football expirament after eight short weeks of play.This isn’t a total shock given recent reports and rumblings around the AAF and majority investor Tom Dundon, but it’s a little surprising the league is potentially shutting down already. The AAF was heading into its ninth week out of 10, so it’s odd the league couldn’t find a way to finish out the season. But here we are. Alliance of American Football owner Tom Dundon tells me a decision whether to shutter the 7 week old league could come as soon as tomorrow or days. He wants a development agreement with the NFL/NFLPA, but no evidence they are willing. Story in @sbjsbd.— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) April 1, 2019These comments were similar to the comments made to USA Today, but the increased timeline raised concerns for AAF fans.April 2There hasn’t been an official announcement from the league as of this writing, but mutliple reports said the AAF plans on suspending operations.What a source told me on @TheAAF: League heads were stunned by this, still working on a solution. There’s still a hope for a Hail Mary situation with outside funding, but they’re now suspending ops before a prime, pre-Final Four CBS time slot. This could get complicated.— Conor Orr 🇦🇶 (@ConorOrr) April 2, 2019Just got off the phone with a source close to the AAF. A few things:1. No one, I mean no one, gets why Dundon is doing this. Not the AAF, nor its partners, nor the NFL2. Just because Dundon is the control owner doesn’t mean it’s his company. Complications on the horizon.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) April 2, 2019It’s important to note “suspending operations” is different from folding. The league isn’t officially dead yet, but its future doesn’t look great. As the two reports above show, some league executives are still fighting to keep the AAF alive despite Dundon’s plans on shutting it down. MORE: Who killed the AAF? His name is Tom DundonThe question to ask now is: How did we get here?Due to the league’s short lifespan, let’s take a look back on the AAF’s timeline of events from the very beginning to its anitcipated demise.2016Founder Charlie Ebersol came up with the general idea for the AAF in 2016 while working on “This Was the XFL” for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. Ebersol was a filmmaker at the time, but his dad, Dick Ebersol (NBC Sports executive), co-founded the original XFL. So Ebersol was in the business and gained knowledge while making the film about what went wrong with the XFL, and why he could make a pro football league that would succeed.”When I started to dig back into that a couple of years ago to do the film, I started seeing how the potential was never met in terms of what you could do with football,” Ebersol told CBS Sports. “You had lots of people show up. They just showed up to bad products. So if you really focused on having a good product, there’d be something there.”One of Ebersol’s main points on why the XFL failed is that it overpromised and underdelivered. He sought to make a league that was driven by the product on the field rather than gimmicks the XFL relied on.2018MarchThe launch of the AAF was officially announced March 20, 2018.“This [spring football] is a massive gap in the market,” Ebersol said at the announcement. “This is a marketplace of tens of millions of Americans who have been telling us for decades that they want to see high-quality football longer than the football season.”Ebersol said the league planned to start right after the Super Bowl, despite not having team names or locations at that point. The rules and general layout of the league were also explained during the announcement. Several retired NFL players and executives were announced as being part of the league.People such as Bill Polian, Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Justin Tuck and even rules expert Mike Pereira were part of the process to start the league.NovemberAt this point, the league had announced all of its team locations and signed its first 250 players. The full schedule was set up: there would be a 10-week season followed by playoffs and a championship game. Things were starting to take shape, and the league was ready to begin business despite a short amount of time to do so.2019February 9The AAF kicks off to a rave reviews on Feb. 9, captivating the imaginations of football fans who desired an option to fill the NFL void.Ratings for the first game on CBS drew 2.9 million viewers, which passed the marquee NBA matchup between the Rockets and Thunder that same night (2.5 million). The hype was real. Just six days after the Super Bowl ended it seemed football fans were ready to crave this new league.February 18Perhaps the most important day in the AAF’s short history.According to a report from The Athletic, the AAF was in danger of missing payroll and needed an emergency investment. (Ebersol has disputed this, saying the payroll issue was a technical glitch). The league received an investment from Tom Dundon, the majority owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.Dundon provided a $250 million commitment, although the money wasn’t given all at once. According to Darren Rovell, Dundon was financing the league week-by-week and ended up putting about $70 million into the league. Also, when the AAF agreed to allow Dundon to invest, “he took unilateral control of the board,” according to Rovell’s sources. This meant “any decision he wanted to make, including folding the league, was his to make.”February 25A man named Robert Vanech claimed the AAF was  idea and sued the league, claiming 50 percent of it should be entitled to him. The AAF responded saying Vanech’s claim was “without merit.” March 27Just over a month after Dundon made his initial investment, he hinted at the end of the league in comments made to USA Today.”If the [NFLPA] is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon said. “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”These comments were a surprise at the time. Ratings for the league were high. So high that the league moved a few games to TNT and CBS several weeks earlier. Interest wasn’t quite as high as the opening week, but a league shutdown before the first season was even over seemed confusing.Some reports claimed Dundon was just playing hardball with the NFLPA and he wasn’t actually considering shutting down the AAF.April 1One day after the AAF wrapped up its eighth week, Sports Business Journal reported the league is seriously considering shutting down and could happen soon.last_img read more

Stacy Davis is the new Sumner County Economic Development Director

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The work of economic development can seem mysterious, and it is hard to measure what they do at times. But new Sumner County Economic Development director Stacy Davis is excited to take on the new challenge. She has been director since about August, and was the interim director after Janis Hellard left the position earlier this year.Davis began as an administrative assistant in 2014.She has been in administration, and was a hair dresser for more than 20 years.Davis and her family have lived off and on in Wellington since 1989, and moved back the last time in 2004. It is where she calls home now.“It has been wonderful,” she said of the job.  “It is a beast of its own, it is exciting and rewarding.”She is involved in all phases of economic development, and primarily with recruiting and retention of businesses in the area.Quality of life is a major concern too. Quality of life is a recruiting tool for business, and you have to have businesses to improve quality of life.The point is to create a more broad tax base – i.e. more taxpayers – so the burden of keeping quality services is spread out. It also makes it easier to address quality of life issues when you have new businesses.Often she cannot talk about ongoing negotiations that might make a business expand, or might bring in a new one, so it is hard for the public to see what she does.But she could talk about a recent development involving Cowley College, which is based in Arkansas City. The county’s economic development group has been in discussions with Cowley College to “increase its footprint in Sumner County.”  This means the college may offer some classes to help train people to work in local industries.She said they are just in the preliminary stages, but she is happy about what has developed so far.This is just one part of what could result in growth in Sumner County. In recent years there has a been a decrease in population, and she hopes to help reverse that trend.There needs to be more quality housing and there needs to be more businesses. It is hard to get new businesses to come in when there is not adequate housing for employees, she said.“I would like to see all the communities in the county start to grow again,” she said.Davis said she has also been pleased that she has been able to work well with the city of Wellington. The city recently rejoined the group and will be more active in this area.Davis is married and has five children, and one grandchild.So far she said her job has been a positive experience.“I like that we are all able to see how everything affects the entire county,” she said.She is also involved in the campaign to try to get Mrs. Salter, the Argonia Mayor who was the first female mayor in the nation, to put on the new $10 bill. There is a website where you can vote and suggest the idea. She said she does that every day.She is also excited about the activities that will be happening in 2017 with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.That is a three-state celebration that has already started, and Wellington will be a part of that as the Chisholm Trail went through Sumner County and close to Wellington.While people may complain about how the area is fading economically, and with population, Davis hopes to turn that tide into a positive and restore growth to the area.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller faced racial slurs on video chat with fans

first_imgUSA Hockey and Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba voiced their support for Miller on Twitter.We support K’Andre Miller, an incredible leader, teammate, friend & person.Racial & derogatory slurs have absolutely no place in the game or society.— USA Hockey (@usahockey) April 4, 2020What happened today was inexcusable and cowardly. Racism has no place in the hockey community or the world. @kandre_miller we are excited to have you as a part of the @NYRangers and I look forward to having you as a teammate.— Jacob Trouba (@JacobTrouba) April 4, 2020Zoom has gained popularity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a way for people to communicate, but “Zoom bombing” has also been on the rise with many hackers invading chats.Miller, a defenseman, signed with the Rangers after tallying 18 points in 36 games for the University of Wisconsin last season and was a member of the U.S. team at the World Junior Championship teams in 2019 and 2020. In a statement, the team said: “We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible. We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter.”The NHL also released a statement saying: “The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the league’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts. The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the community.”No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league. We join the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior.” New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller was repeatedly called a racial slur during a Zoom chat with fans Friday.The team had set up a Q&A with its 2018 first-round pick, who signed an entry-level contract last month. As the Zoom chat was proceeding, someone pasted the slurs on the screen multiple times in succession. (WARNING: The slurs are visible in the linked content.)last_img read more

Brazil’s new deforestation numbers confirm the “Bolsonaro Effect” despite denials (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler 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 overSponsored Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Commentary, Conservation, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Green, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests center_img Just released preliminary figures for “2019” Brazilian Amazon deforestation (covering the August 2018-July 2019 period) show a 29.5 percent increase over the previous year, with 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) cleared, more than double the rate when Brazil’s famous deforestation decline ended in 2012.Despite this deforestation surge, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro government claims the increase is not unusual and equivalent to high deforestation rates seen several times since 2012. However, critics point to the administration’s rhetoric and environmental deregulation as part of the “Bolsonaro Effect,” leading to rampant deforestation.The government’s assertion of innocence fails to note that the new data only covers through July. In August 2019 the deforestation rate was 222 percent above the 2018 value; in September it ran 96 percent higher. The full “Bolsonaro effect” on deforestation won’t be on view until the complete “2020” numbers are released next November.To date, the administration has done nothing to change its inflammatory rhetoric or its anti-environmental polices, so there is every reason to expect that Brazilian deforestation levels will continue to soar. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. INPE data showing deforestation within an August 1-July 31 timeframe. 2019 thus reflects the 12 months ending July 31 and doesn’t include deforestation from August through October. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.On November 18th the Brazilian government released a preliminary figure for “2019” Amazon deforestation — the August 2018-July 2019 period — showing a 29.5 percent increase over the previous year. A total of 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) was cleared in this period, more than double the rate when Brazil’s famous deforestation decline ended in 2012.The announcement was made jointly by the Brazilian ministers of science and technology and of environment, with the latter claiming that the numbers indicate that the Jair Bolsonaro presidential administration that came into office in January 2019 has not resulted in an increase in clearing rates. His argument was that this year’s increase is just part of the upward trend that has held since the low point in 2012.Unfortunately, the 2019 deforestation surge can definitely be blamed on the Bolsonaro administration, despite the changes in deforestation rate since 2012 having approached the percentage increase seen this year twice (in 2013 and 2016).Although this year’s percentage increase is only slightly higher than those in the two years with similar percentages, it should be remembered that the PRODES data released on November 18, 2019 only cover the year through July 31st. However, the deforestation rate in the succeeding months has exploded to levels far above those for the same months in the previous year: in August 2019 the deforestation rate was 222 percent above the 2018 value, and the September value was 96 percent higher. As a result, this part of the “Bolsonaro effect” will only be reflected in the data from the PRODES program of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) when the “2020” numbers are released a year from now.Deforestation for the August 1-October 31 period in 2019 is pacing well ahead of the historic norm for the period. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.Deforestation for the January 1-October 31 period in 2019 is pacing well ahead of the historic norm for the period. Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.The surge of deforestation and burning is the result both of the constant anti-environmental rhetoric and of concrete actions in dismantling the country’s environmental agencies and effectively halting fines for illegal clearing. The rhetoric and institutional setbacks have been documented in detail in a paper published in Environmental Conservation.The discourse of the president and his minister of environment repeatedly suggest that environmental laws can be violated with impunity. A clear message was sent that there will be no consequences for such violations when the ministers of environment and agriculture visited an illegal soy plantation in an indigenous area in Mato Grosso, where they posed for photographs with the machinery and praised the operation.People at the deforestation frontier do not follow the publication of decrees and laws in the government’s official gazette or read the details of legal changes reported in major newspapers. Instead, their information comes from social media that rapidly spreads the news of each inflamed tirade by the president and his ministers against the government’s environmental agencies and against environmentalists and environmental NGOs. It is the climate generated by this discourse that influences behavior. This year, many people caught red-handed violating environmental laws responded immediately that the president has “liberated” everything.Deforestation has risen since 2012 due to the continual increase in forces driving forest loss, such as new and improved roads giving access to the forest, more population and more investment. The indirect effect of soy expansion has undoubtedly played an important role, with soy planters purchasing many cattle ranches in Mato Grosso state, including ranches in the Cerrado savanna in addition to those in former Amazon forest. These ranchers use the money from the land sales to then buy much cheaper land in Amazon forest farther north, especially in the state of Pará, where they clear forest on a large scale to establish new ranches. Pará has been the biggest contributor to deforestation since 2006, when it surpassed Mato Grosso as the champion deforester.Accumulated deforestation from August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2019 for the Brazilian Amazon. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.Prospects for 2020 are grim. The PRODES data for the nominal year “2020” will include the deforestation that has already occurred from August 2019 onward, which now totals 3,929 square kilometers (1,517 square miles) based on the DETER monitoring system. (The official total to be produced by the PRODES system will be even higher, since the DETER system misses some of the clearing.)The rainy season has now begun, but when the dry season comes again in 2020 one can expect another surge in deforestation. Nothing has changed in the presidential administration’s discourse, and the dismantling of the country’s environmental institutions continues. Various planned roads, dams and other projects in Amazonia imply more deforestation.Banner image: The Amazon rainforest on fire in August 2019. Most Amazon fires are intentionally set, often to clear new lands for cattle and crops. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.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.last_img read more

Tuna supply chains under scrutiny as Bumble Bee brand changes hands

first_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 overSponsored Last month, Taiwan-based Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF), one of the top three global tuna traders, bought U.S. canned-tuna brand Bumble Bee Foods for $928 million.The acquisition will significantly boost FCF’s economic clout and give it a public face through the sale of Bumble Bee products.FCF president Max Chou emphasized the companies’ mutual “commitment to sustainability and global fisheries conservation.”But differing definitions of what constitutes sustainability in the complex tuna industry, as well as concerns over workers’ rights, suggest there’s work to do to build confidence in the environmental and ethical pedigree of the cutely cartooned tuna cans on supermarket shelves. On Jan. 31, Taiwan-based Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF), one of the top three global tuna traders, bought U.S. canned-tuna brand Bumble Bee Foods for $928 million.Bumble Bee, a 120-year-old business that holds a 22% share of the U.S.’s shelf-stable seafood market, declared bankruptcy late last year after pleading guilty to price-fixing alongside two other canned-tuna giants, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea.FCF has supplied Bumble Bee with tuna for the past three decades. The acquisition will significantly boost the company’s economic clout, and will also give it a public face through the sale of Bumble Bee products.In a statement following the sale, FCF president Max Chou emphasized the companies’ mutual “commitment to sustainability and global fisheries conservation.” But differing definitions of what constitutes sustainability in the complex tuna industry, as well as concerns over workers’ rights on distant-water fishing vessels, suggest there’s work to do to build confidence in the environmental and ethical pedigree of the cutely cartooned tuna cans on supermarket shelves.What does responsibility look like?Global tuna supply chains can be difficult to unravel: there are “a lot of layers of complexity” to the industry, Chris Anderson, a fisheries economist at the University of Washington, told Mongabay. Tuna are highly migratory, deep-ocean fish, “so there’s no one country that can possibly be in charge of ensuring [their] sustainability, because the individual animals swim throughout large regions of the ocean, and enter into the EEZ [exclusive economic zone] of many countries, and spend a lot of time where in fact nobody’s in charge,” he said. “So that makes it difficult on the regulatory side. It can also make them difficult to count.”In recent years, governments and industry and civil society groups have made concerted efforts to improve how they manage the world’s tuna stocks. Many canned-tuna brands now offer nods to sustainability on their packaging, though their claims often require scrutiny: “wild-caught,” for instance, means little in an industry in which very few fish are actually farmed.At face value, Bumble Bee’s sustainability credentials look robust. There’s a “Trace My Catch” page on its website, where customers can track the origin of every can of tuna, including the species, region, vessel and fishing technique used. The company is also a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), a global partnership between scientists, tuna processors and the international conservation NGO WWF.Even so, the NGO Greenpeace’s 2017 Tuna Shopping Guide gave Bumble Bee a failing grade for its sustainability and ethics, ranking the company 17th out of 20 well-known brands in the U.S. market. While it lauded Bumble Bee for its transparency via its catch-tracing website and its creation of a separate sustainable brand called Wild Selections, it criticized the company’s failure to provide any “responsibly caught” options under its flagship brand. Greenpeace defines “responsibly caught” as using methods that target mature tuna and limit bycatch, such as pole-and-line and trolling.Phillipine purse seine fishing. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Bumble Bee gets its skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) from purse seiners, which enclose all the fish in an area in a large net that’s drawn tight at the top and bottom. When used in conjunction with fish-aggregating devices (FADs), the nets catch large numbers of juvenile fish and considerable bycatch of other species. The company’s albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) comes from longliners, which also yield a lot of bycatch, including seabirds, sharks, turtles and dolphins. In fact, U.S. consumers last year brought lawsuits against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea for falsely labeling their products as “Dolphin Safe” despite using the above techniques, which are known to harm and kill dolphins.Greenpeace has also critiqued the validity of the ISSF as an industry front designed to protect companies from criticism on environmental and employment issues. However, Anderson said the ISSF has “done a pretty good job of … providing some industry pressure to do good science-based management of the stocks that they depend on. These people have plants that cost tens of millions of dollars to build, and they’ve got boats that are worth tens of millions of dollars — they want to be able to use these to make money catching and selling fish for the long term.”Anderson also said the skipjack and albacore stocks that Bumble Bee sources its fish from “are in good shape.”. He added that while FADs accumulate a higher proportion of bycatch than other methods, they make fishing trips very efficient. “The tradeoff presented by FADs is that you catch some other stuff, because there’s no single-species fish-attracting device,” he said, “but it saves a lot of fuel.”Anderson also said that the environmental impacts of tuna harvest are relatively low compared with many other protein sources. “If somebody is concerned about sustainability, and they’re looking at a can of tuna or a hamburger, there’s a very clear environmental choice, right?” he said. “The way that most of the tuna is caught, the fish stocks are sustainable and the carbon footprints are pretty low; it’s really among the more environmentally sustainable choices you can make.”Doubts over dataLisa Tsai, the East Asia lead for Greenpeace’s ocean campaign, told Mongabay the general lack of transparency in the industry calls into question the idea that tuna — and bycatch — is actually being taken out of the ocean at sustainable levels. She said Greenpeace has been pushing FCF and other tuna traders to make their catch and bycatch data public, “so that not only the authorities but also the academics will be able to do more studies to assess this situation.”Tsai also said that longliners benefit from monitoring loopholes. While all purse seiners in the Pacific are required to carry observers who check compliance with sustainability requirements, only 5% of longliners are required to do so. Longliners are also allowed to offload their catch to other vessels at sea, a practice known as transshipment, rather than returning to port to do so. “So it’s really hard to monitor what’s happening,” she said. “We should either increase observer coverage efficiently, or limit the time of these fishing vessels at sea, or ban transhipment at sea.”Greenpeace is not the only organization concerned about the lack of monitoring. In a June 2019 statement, 13 environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace and the ISSF, called for the world’s regional fisheries management organizations, international bodies that manage fish stocks in particular areas, to require observer coverage on all industrial tuna-fishing vessels.Bumble Bee and FCF are currently involved in a fishery improvement project (FIP) — a multi-stakeholder effort to improve the sustainability of a fishery — for longliners in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The project aims to increase observer coverage to 100% in five years’ time. FCF offers two FAD-free tuna programs, one of which is also certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The company also has a sustainability policy that emphasizes traceability and meeting international standards, though it’s somewhat light on specifics.Frozen albacore tuna (Thunnus alalonga) on fishing boat in Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Human rights on the high seasTsai said she’s concerned that the FIP is too slow-moving, and that while observers will be tasked with monitoring fishing data and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, they won’t track labor conditions. In December 2019, a Greenpeace report exposed inhumane conditions for migrant workers on distant-water fishing vessels operating out of Taiwan — including some that supply FCF.Taiwan has different labor regulations for inshore and distant-water vessels. Many workers on distant-water vessels are migrants, and the regulation to protect them “is relatively weak,” Tsai said. The report authors found that agents who recruit workers often took large cuts of the wages they’d promised, and sometimes the money disappeared entirely. Once at sea, many workers reported being subjected to abuse, neglect, overwork, and denial of access to urgent medical care, which has resulted in a number of deaths.An FCF spokesperson declined to comment on questions from Mongabay. In a statement responding to an earlier (2018) Greenpeace report on the issue, FCF president Chou said that the human rights abuses referred to had already been addressed and that the company requires its fleet to meet social responsibility requirements and is committed to “ensuring respect for all fishing laborers.” However, he also acknowledged “considerable challenges related to our supply chains and eclectic providers.”Given FCF’s long-standing supplier relationship with Bumble Bee, and the monitoring challenges she outlined, Tsai said there’s a good chance that Bumble Bee consumers have already unwittingly consumed tuna that’s been caught using forced labor — thus contravening U.S. import laws. “These seafood giants like FCF and Thai Union need to have clear policies to deter these practices,” she said. “And that should apply to their whole supply chain.”Shoaling skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis). Image by Tomas Kotouc.Monica Evans is a freelance writer based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, who specializes in environmental and community development issues. She has a master’s degree in development studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Find her at monicaevans.org.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Rebecca Kesslercenter_img Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Forced labor, Human Rights, Marine, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Overfishing, Saltwater Fish, Sustainability, Tuna last_img read more

Upset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)

first_imgSatellites reveal the true story of the 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires, and how to avoid a repeat in 2020.The common media narrative, and resulting public perception, is that large uncontrolled fires were raging through the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, causing vast destruction and deforestation. Subsequent analysis of extensive satellite imagery archives, however, has quietly revealed the opposite scenario: many of the fires were actually burning the remains of areas that were recently deforested.That is, the recent deforestation surge fueled the 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires. The fires were in fact a lagging indicator of recent deforestation. Such information provides a much more focused target for the world’s outcry and related policy actions than just focusing on the fires alone.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. The recent fires in Australia bring flashbacks of last August in the Brazilian Amazon, when news of massive blazes also captured the world’s attention (and for many, provoked intense concern and rage). Although the Amazon fires are currently out of the headlines, now is actually a critical time to understand what happened in order to avoid a repeat of the crisis in 2020.A key piece to the drama is that several months after the fires, Brazil was in the news again with the release of new data showing escalating deforestation in the Amazon. Critically, however, few have made the key connection between the fire and deforestation stories.The common media narrative, and resulting public perception, is that large uncontrolled fires were raging through the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, causing vast destruction and deforestation. Subsequent analysis of extensive satellite imagery archives, however, has quietly revealed the opposite scenario: many of the fires were actually burning the remains of areas that were recently deforested.Specifically, extensive analysis of a large archive of high-resolution satellite images spanning the last three years (obtained from Planet, the company with the largest active fleet of Earth-imaging satellites) unequivocally showed that fires burned over 1.1 million acres that were recently deforested since 2017. Moreover, two-thirds of this burned area was very recently deforested in just the five months preceding August 2019.Base Map. Brazilian Amazon 2019. Click for larger size. Data: UMD/GLAD, NASA (MODIS), DETER, Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA. Credit: MAAP.This surprising and novel result flips the script on the common “raging fires” narrative and instead shows a deeper link between the fire and deforestation stories. That is, the recent deforestation surge fueled the 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires. The fires were in fact a lagging indicator of recent deforestation.Mongabay covered the story last September and November, but unfortunately this critical finding has not gone mainstream. This is unfortunate because of the significant policy implications: local, national, and international focus needs to be on minimizing new deforestation in order to prevent fires, in addition to continuing to strengthen fire prevention efforts across the Amazon.Recent news reports indicate that the leading deforestation driver in the Brazilian Amazon area affected by the fires is cattle ranching. Indeed, one of the most shocking things about the widespread nature of the fires is how the greatest rainforest on Earth has been transformed to a massive agricultural complex.Such information provides a much more focused target for the world’s outcry and related policy actions than just focusing on the fires alone.As we start the new year, let’s take this opportunity to learn from what the satellites have revealed about last year. Most importantly, let’s focus on how to minimize deforestation now to avoid a repeat of an Amazon fire crisis in August 2020.A common scenario of the August 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires: burning recently deforested areas. Data: Planet. Credit: MAAP.Dr. Matt Finer is Senior Research Specialist and Director of the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) at Amazon Conservation.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 Mike Gaworecki 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 notSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Agriculture, Amazon, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Cattle Ranching, Commentary, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forest Fires, Megafires, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Researcher Perspective Series, Saving Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, wildfires last_img read more

[Roud Léiwen] Sinani retrouvera de bons souvenirs au stade de Nicosie

first_img Partager Les Roud Léiwen affronteront la sélection chypriote en match amical le jeudi 26 mars au GSP Stadium de Nicosie, a informé la FLF mardi.Le stade en question, c’est là où le F91 Dudelange avait battu l’Apoel Nicosie lors du premier match de la phase de groupes de l’Europa League (3-4), en septembre dernier, avec un Danel Sinani en feu et qui retrouvera sûrement l’endroit avec plaisir.L’enceinte est par ailleurs la plus grande de Chypre, avec une capacité de près de 23 000 spectateurs. L’heure du coup d’envoi de cette rencontre amicale sera définie à une date ultérieure, précise la FLF.LQlast_img read more