Six world titles but domestic honours elusive for Hamilton

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s absence from Britain’s New Year’s honours list has angered his Formula One fans and triggered fresh debate about the sport’s status and whether the six-times world champion is sufficiently appreciated at home.The Briton this year became the second most successful F1 driver of all time, and is poised to overtake Germany’s seven-times champion and Ferrari great Michael Schumacher in the record books.The 34-year-old Mercedes driver has come from an under-privileged multi-racial background to become an all-time great but team boss Toto Wolff has long felt the Briton deserves greater recognition from his compatriots.December will not have made the Austrian think any differently.World Cup-winning cricketer Ben Stokes was 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, after Tour de France winning cyclist Geraint Thomas in 2018, and also won the Sports Journalists’ Association Awards.Hamilton, who won the BBC award in 2014, was European Sportsperson of the Year — beating tennis number one Rafael Nadal and Austrian Alpine skier Marcel Hirscher in a vote of 27 of the continent’s news agencies.England’s cricketers also led the sporting honours list, with World Cup captain Eoin Morgan made CBE and Stokes OBE — a higher award than the MBE Hamilton received in 2008.Double Olympic judo gold medallist Jade Jones, now OBE, also ranks higher than Hamilton.Those who question Formula One’s credentials as a sport, given the role of the car in making the star, or its carbon footprint, might have no problem with that.Hamilton’s Monaco residency, and his tax arrangements, also crop up frequently as likely negative factors in social media debate about him.“I fear motorsport is regarded as a privileged sport. It may even be considered an anti-social sport by many,” commented 1996 world champion Damon Hill, who has an OBE, on Twitter.“That said, I think they are wrong and missing the contribution @LewisHamilton and the sport has made for GB Plc globally over many years.”Most of the 10 teams are based in Britain, and the country’s race at Silverstone is the best attended of any on the calendar, but Formula One’s audience is mainly on pay TV.While Britain has produced more F1 champions than any other country, only triple title holder Jackie Stewart has been knighted — nearly 30 years after retirement.Stirling Moss, the nation’s only other racing knight, had to wait until he was 70.Hamilton’s fans can point to a lack of consistency with Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray, Olympic athlete Mo Farah, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and cricketer Alastair Cook all knighted while still active.Hamilton may be less concerned, however.“I don’t really like to think too much about it,” he said in November. “Just the fact that people have mentioned it, it’s already an honour, but it’s not been something that I’ve been chasing in my life.”last_img read more

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CAS to hear Carter appeal in November

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said yesterday that sprinter Nesta Carter will challenge his disqualification by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on November 15 with a verdict is expected weeks later. Carter tested positive last year for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in reanalysis of a urine sample from the 2008 Beijing Games. He and Usain Bolt were teammates on the 4x100m relay team, which won in a world record of 37.10 seconds. Carter ran the opening leg, and Bolt took the baton third in a team that also included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell. The IOC’s disqualification of Carter and the relay team came in January, spoiling Bolt’s perfect Olympic record of three gold medals – in the 100, 200 and 4×100 – at three consecu-tive games from 2008-2016. Carter also teamed with Bolt on three straight world championship relay-winning teams, from 2011 through 2015. They were also teammates when Jamaica set another 4×100 world record in 2012 at the Olympics, running 36.84 seconds. Bolt said earlier this year that he was “not sad” about giving up the medal, though was “waiting to see if Nesta is going to appeal.” Carter’s legal team could ask Bolt to appear as a witness at the hearing, which is likely to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland – the home city of CAS and the IOC. Dozens of athletes tested positive for banned drugs in an IOC-ordered reanalysis program using new and more accurate tests on samples stored since the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. Most of more than 110 cases involved steroids and athletes from the former Soviet republics. Carter’s case was the only one involving Jamaica.last_img read more

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Oral Tracey | Male sprinting crisis looms

first_imgAs Jamaica continues to search for a post-Usain Bolt athletics identity, the fallout in male sprinting since the legend walked away continues to rise to crisis proportions. The long-heralded heir apparent, Yohan Blake, despite dipping under 10 seconds in London over the weekend, is still grappling with life after serious injury and is struggling to keep up with the new class of big boys. Of the other emerging pretenders, which includes the likes of Jevaughn Minzie, Kemar Bailey-Cole, and Julian Forte, it is actually Tyquendo Tracey and the younger Nigel Ellis who appear to be making steadier and more consistent progress but still not yet enough to get us excited. The clear distinction must, however, be made that this looming crisis is limited specifically to our male sprinting as the women remain well-represented with the return of that warrior and champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from childbirth, who is evidently getting closer to her imperious best. Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, despite her current consistency woes, is still just 25, while a deeper glance into the cupboard reveals emerging phenomenon Briana Williams, the newly crowned World Under-20 double sprint champion at 16 years old, with another huge bundle of potential in Edwin Allen schoolgirl Kevona Davis lurking in the wings. The present, and indeed the future, of our women sprinting programme is in good hands, which is absolutely not the same with the men. While our male sprinters continue to struggle relative to what obtained over the last decade, other Jamaican male athletes have emerged big time in other events, namely the sprint hurdles, where we currently boast the Olympic and World Champion Omar Mcleod, with 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment and Commonwealth Champion Ronald Levy hot on his heels. The Under-18 World champion is De’Jour Russell, with the current World Under-20 champion and world record holder being the Jamaican Damion Thomas, with another Jamaican, Orlando Bennett, copping the silver medal in that final. So a credible case can be made that Jamaicans are now the kings of men sprint hurdles. DOMINANT FORCE Fedrick Dacres has begun to realise his potential, steadily blossoming into a dominant force in the discus event with consistent world-leading marks and top finishes on the Diamond League circuit. Young Jamaican Kai Chang is now the newly crowned Under 20-World Champion in the discus event. If things continue on this trajectory, it is conceivable that Jamaica will be able to match, or indeed exceed, our previous medal returns at the World Championships and Olympic level, and as happy as we will all be to win medals in the sprint hurdles and discus events, it will not quite be the same as dominating the prestigious sprint events. The 100m race continues to be the most high profile and influential event in the sport. The fact that Jamaicans had, basically, owned this event for so long probably has spoilt us rotten in expecting us to maintain even some semblance of relevance, if not dominance, in this event going forward. The notion that at the top level, medals are medals and titles are titles is a mere clichÈ consolation in admitting that things will just not be the same with the exit of Bolt. The emergence of Jamaicans in other events might be a victory for the diversity of our programme and our coaches, but it should most certainly remain our mission and focus to salvage our struggling male sprinting programme . At the moment, the male department of the sprint factory is apparently closed for business. We need to have it reopened ASAP.last_img read more

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A better passer than Chelsea and Man City aces – surprised with FIFA 16 stats?

first_img 10 9. Francesco Totti: Roma – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the Italian who edges Totti to ninth – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 10 10 2. Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea – click to see who the FIFA 16 pass master is… – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 10 4. Toni Kroos: Real Madrid – there is a Premier League player who is a better passer on FIFA 16, so click to see who it is – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 7. Daniel Parejo: Valencia – click the arrow above, right, to see which Barcelona player is a better passer on FIFA 16 – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 10 5. Xabi Alonso: Bayern Munich – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the midfielder who sits fourth in FIFA 16’s best passers – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 10 10 8. Antonio Cassano: Sampdoria – click the arrow above, right, to see more of the best passers on FIFA 16 – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 10 3. David Silva: Man City – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the best Premier League passer on FIFA 16 – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are Who is your favourite playmaker in football?Here, EA Sports have released the 10 best passers in FIFA 16 ahead of its release this week.REVEALED: BEST FREE-KICK TAKERS IN FIFA 16There is a host of big names, beginning with one of the best footballers on the planet, Lionel Messi who is also the best dribbler on the new game.There is also space for two Premier League players, so click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who they are.Check out more at easports.com 10 1. Andrea Pirlo: New York City – surprised? – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 6. Andres Iniesta: Barcelona – there is a fellow Spaniard who is a better passer on FIFA 16, so click the arrow above, right, to see – Click here to see who the best free-kick takers in FIFA 16 are 10. Lionel Messi: Barcelona – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else makes the list of best passers on FIFA 16 – EA Sports have released the 10 best passers in the new FIFA 16 game, beginning with Lionel Messi. Click to see which two Premier League players grace this star studded list. 10last_img read more

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GAEILGE: WE’LL PROTECT THE LANGUAGE, VOWS TAOISEACH

first_imgIRISH SPEAKERS in Donegal are delighted today – after all-party support for a new strategy for the language was finally unveiled.Taoiseach Brian Cowen has launched a 20 year plan for the Irish language, vowing to treble the number of speakers by 2030.At the launch of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 yesterday, the Taoiseach said: “For the first time since the foundation of the State, we have a comprehensive long-term plan for the Irish language. This plan aims to increase the number of people who speak Irish on a daily basis from 83,000 to 250,000 over the next 20 years. “Achieving this goal will not be easy, but I am confident that we will succeed.”The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD, said “This new and comprehensive national plan will allow us to take a new approach and ensure that the State, language organisations and the public are working together to promote the Irish language.”The Taoiseach referred to the renaissance which the Irish language has enjoyed in recent years while also acknowledging that the language remains in a vulnerable position as the primary community language of the Gaeltacht.The Taoiseach said: “If we are to protect the status of the language in the Gaeltacht and increase the number of speakers nationally, we now need a more modern, strategic and collaborative approach to language promotion and maintenance. “We also need a more enhanced engagement with the public than we may have had in the past. The Government’s new 20-Year Strategy will provide us with the framework to achieve that. It will also allow us to focus resources towards the area of language planning.”The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD, highlighted the level of cross-party support in the Oireachtas that the Strategy received during its preparation.The Minister referred to the fact that over 1.6 million people claim some competence in Irish and said “This Strategy seeks to address the gap between competence in and usage of the language with a view to ensuring that the language survives and thrives.”The status of Gaeltacht regions will be upgraded in a bid to promote and protect our language and culture, according to Donegal South West Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó’Domhnaill.Details have been unveiled of a new 20-year strategy for the Irish language, which aims to increase the daily speakers of Irish across the country from 83,000 to 250,000 by 2030. There is also a target to increase daily speakers in Gaeltacht areas by 25% over the same period.Senator Ó’Domhnaill – who is on the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta – has described the strategy as evidence of the Government’s commitment to supporting what is a vital part of our culture and identity. “This is an ambitious but achievable plan, which seeks to preserve our beautiful national language for future generations. Through intensive work with academics, researchers and stakeholders, the Government has come up with a strategy to promote Irish across schools, homes, communities and the workplace,” explained Senator Ó’Domhnaill.“The plan recognises the pivotal role played by Gaeltacht areas in preserving our heritage and it promotes the growth of these regions throughout the country. Under new criteria, each  Gaeltacht community must have an extensive language plan and will be given two years to meet targets in order to keep its status. New areas can be granted Gaeltacht status if they meet the criteria.“I am delighted that Údarás na Gaeltachta will be given increased powers under this strategy, as this is something I have consistently fought for. The organisation will be renamed Údarás na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta and it will have responsibility for all Irish language matters throughout the State, as well as keeping its enterprise functions.“There will also be increased promotion of Irish in schools. It’s important that our teachers display a love for the language and have the materials and syllabus to pass this on to our children. Under the strategy, teachers will be required to have a stronger grasp of Irish and 20% of places on teaching courses will be kept for students who were educated through Irish. “I have consistently fought for a strong strategy to increase the use of Irish right across the country and protect the culture and economy of the Gaeltacht. I am convinced that this is plan will achieve that goal and I welcome the Government’s commitment to this,” concluded Senator Ó’Domhnaill.endsGAEILGE: WE’LL PROTECT THE LANGUAGE, VOWS TAOISEACH was last modified: December 22nd, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scotland boss McLeish to learn his fate on Thursday after SFA board meeting

first_img ADVICE REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LIVE ON talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice 1 Porto vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNapoli vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Wigan (Friday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Doncaster (Friday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Southampton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTAccrington Stanley vs Luton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester United (Sunday, 1:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT REVEALED McLeish’s performance has come under sharp focus following the Scots’ disastrous 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier – a defeat branded by many the worst in the nation’s footballing history including talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist.The former Hibernian, Rangers and Birmingham boss did successfully guide the national team to next year’s Nations League play-offs but pressure has been building ever since the humiliating set-back against a team ranked 117th in the world.Chief executive Ian Maxwell is due to sit down with SFA president Alan McCrae, vice president Rod Petrie, SPFL chief Neil Doncaster and fellow board members Michael Mulraney, Thomas McKeown and Ana Stewart first thing on Thursday to thrash out a decision on whether to axe the 60-year-old now.McCrae – who chaired McLeish’s Testimonial Committee during his Aberdeen playing days – and his former Easter Road boss Petrie are likely to back the manager to stay on but the rest will be aware of the anger growing amongst the Tartan Army as they fear another missed opportunity to end Scotland’s long wait to sample a major tournament. McLeish is under huge pressure following Scotland’s awful defeat in Kazakhstan Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… huge blow If Scotland cannot fight their way back into contention in Group I, they will be left with a two-game shoot-out through the Nations League play-offs in order to secure a berth at Euro 2020, a tournament that is being partly staged on home soil with four games pencilled in for Hampden.It was reported that McLeish was set to be axed last month but the SFA has remained quiet on the issue since.McLeish is currently in his second stint in charge of the national team, having come agonisingly close to reaching Euro 2008 first time round.He walked away from the job to join Birmingham on the back of a 10-game run that brought seven victories, before defeat to Italy in their final qualifier ended dreams of competing at the finals in Austria and Switzerland. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Under-fire Alex McLeish is set to learn his fate on Thursday as Scottish Football Association chiefs gather to decide whether to stick with the Scotland manager.McLeish’s position will be top of the agenda as the association meets for a scheduled board meeting at Hampden. BEST OF But his second go at the job has gone nowhere near as smoothly, with just five wins from 12 games, and he faced boos from the disgruntled supporters who travelled to Serravalle to see Scotland labour to a victory over minnows San Marino three days after their shock defeat in Kazakhstan.Speaking after his side’s nervy 2-0 win over the world’s worst ranked side, McLeish refused to speculate on his future, saying: “I can only worry about what is in my control. I have concerns of whatever, but that’s not one of them. That’s not my decision.”last_img read more

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Chatham-Kent’s only strip club up for sale

first_imgChatham-Kent’s only strip club, Spanky’s, had been up for sale for at least two months before council decided to reduce the number of licences it allows for this type of business from three to one, but that licence would not automatically transfer to the new owners if the building is sold.The property at 182 King St. W. is listed on many real estate websites for $789,900. Point2 Homes, one of the sites, has the listing being added Sept. 12, though the original advertisement does not say when it was put on the market.The ads said the property is selling because the owners are retiring. Wayne Liddy, the salesperson for the property, would not comment for this story.Council changed the business licensing bylaw Nov. 18 in a close 9-8 vote. The other two properties that had licences have not been operating as adult entertainment parlours for several years.John Norton, the municipality’s general manager of community development, said staff did know the property was on the market, but noted Chatham-Kent’s bylaws explicitly state business licences are not transferable to any other person.“Anybody who buys that building will still have to apply for the one licence that exists and they’ll have to qualify for it,” he said, adding the recommendation isn’t related to the sale of the building.The qualifications are being at least 19 years old and completing a police record search certificate that shows no prior convictions for indecent acts, procuring, prostitution, trafficking or possession.However, Norton acknowledged an owner of another building would also have to apply for the correct zoning to operate this type of business, which the Spanky’s property also has.“It’s zoned for adult entertainment, where if somebody else wanted to put one somewhere else they would have to go through the process of zoning, so that would probably slow them down,” he said.Information about the sale wasn’t included in the report to council because it is “disconnected in the sense that we’re trying to reduce the two licences that aren’t being used, so it doesn’t really connect to the one licence that is being used,” said Norton.Norton said he knows some councillors were aware of Spanky’s being up for sale because he has had conversations with them but he “a lot of them” were unaware.South Kent Coun. Trevor Thompson voted against the recommendation and asked Norton during the meeting whether the value of the licence would increase on the marketplace.Norton said he wouldn’t speculate on its value.“I found the timing to be interesting to say the very least,” said Thompson. “That’s why I posed the only question I did pose.“We had heard rumours that Spanky’s was in fact up for sale and that’s all I heard at this point.”Thompson said he isn’t sure why the recommendation came before council at this time. He said he voted against it because he didn’t want to put a limit on “legitimate and legal businesses.”When asked if council having knowledge of the sale could have affected how they voted, Norton said they were looking, from administration’s perspective, at whether or not council needed them “to go through the process of issuing licences to new applicants for additional businesses”The address for Spanky’s was also listed as an in-camera item on the agenda for the Oct. 7 council meeting. The discussion was held outside of open session because it contained “advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.”last_img read more

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Tutu speaks out for press freedom

first_imgArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has puthis signature to the Declaration of TableMountain on media freedom.(Image: Rhodes University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sibusiso MtshaliHighway Africa manager, media+27 46 603 7186RELATED ARTICLES• SA celebrates media freedom• Victory for press freedom• Press freedom on Sanef agenda• Media awards for SA women• Rhodes hosts world jpournalism meetJanine ErasmusArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has thrown his considerable moral weight behind the Declaration of Table Mountain, the media’s call to African leaders to support a free press on the continent.The declaration was issued by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and World Editors’ Forum in 2007 at the 60th session of the World Newspaper Conference in Cape Town. It takes its name from the world-famous landmark that towers over that city.Since 2007 WAN has merged with IFRA ‒ the news-publishing industry’s research and service organisation ‒ to form WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.‘Clear message of change’Now Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of South Africa’s most revered figureheads, has added his signature to this important declaration, bringing renewed attention to African governments under pressure to repeal repressive laws and allow an independent press to operate unhindered.Tutu voiced his support for the campaign while delivering the closing keynote speech at the 2010 Highway Africa media conference in July.On a continent whose progress has often been hindered by its own corrupt institutions, the Table Mountain declaration is a crucial step towards political, economic and social development. The document also urges leaders to release imprisoned journalists and stop persecuting them.Tutu’s endorsement is expected to add fresh momentum to the campaign, which is reportedly gaining strength across the continent. The declaration is supported by the Stockholm-based Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, which works with WAN-IFRA to promote freedom of expression and media development.Other organisations that have already signed up for the cause include Reporters Without Borders, the World Press Freedom Committee and the Media Foundation for West Africa. The South African National Editors’ Forum is also a campaign partner.“The Archbishop’s voice, added to those already committed to repealing insult and criminal defamation laws across Africa, will help deliver a clear message of change to those in power,” said WAN-IFRA CEO Christoph Riess.In his Highway Africa speech Tutu said that courageous journalists can play an important part in establishing a culture of truth on the continent.“You, the media, have one of the most powerful instruments in helping our societies to value the truth,” said the cleric, known for his outspoken views on human rights. “If the powerful are doing what is unacceptable, you in the media must tell them ‒ you must not be willing to be bought off.”Tutu added that journalism is a noble calling and must be practised with integrity. “When we go wrong and you don’t tell us, I will be waiting for you in heaven,” he said.He told journalists that one of their duties is to remind those in authority of their obligations. “We need you to remind us where we come from; we need you to remind us of the ideas that have driven us.”Some governments did recognise the value of a free and independent press, while others didn’t, said Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Special Rapporteur to the African Union on freedom of expression and access to information. “We seem to be simultaneously taking a few steps forward and a few steps back,” she added.Tlakula, who delivered the opening address at Highway Africa, is vocal in her condemnation of African Union member states that don’t adhere to the media protection provisions in the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. But she singled out South Africa and Ghana as two nations which are doing significantly better than many of their African neighbours in this sphere.South Africa ranks joint 66th in the Freedom House 2009 Freedom of the Press survey, with a score of 30. Ghana comes in several places higher in joint 53rd place, with a score of 26. In comparison, the top country is Iceland, with a score of 9.Download the Declaration of Table Mountain (PDF, 65kb).African media in a global contextThis year’s Highway Africa conference saw journalists, editors, and other media professionals from across the continent gathering in early July at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, for a packed three-day programme of workshops, seminars and panel discussion.About 500 African and international journalists attended the conference, which gives media professionals a platform to debate and discuss issues that affect the African press. Like Tutu, many participants pledged their support for the Table Mountain declaration and are set to actively promote the campaign in their home countries.The 2010 event was the 14th edition and took place under the theme African Voices in the Global Media Space. Journalists were encouraged to step up their interaction with the global media environment to ensure the impact of their work is felt beyond the borders of their countries.A familiar call went out again to African journalists to use their work to counteract the often negative reportage by foreign media. Former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, speaking at the end of the first day’s proceedings, said: “The Times of London and the Washington Post are not going to do this on our behalf. It is up to us to tell the world our own stories.”Highway Africa took place alongside the second World Journalism Educators Conference, also held at Rhodes University.last_img read more

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Airlines playing catch-up in environmental rankings.

first_imgAircraft such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 are helping to reduce greenhouse emissions. Airlines have put a lot of effort into improving their green credentials but the latest environmental rankings indicate they still have some way to go to catch up to the manufacturers that supply their aircraft.The 2017 Newsweek Green Rankings sees plane-makers Airbus and Boeing ranked in the top 50 of the 500 big global companies covered by the assessment.But the first airline, United, doesn’t make an appearance until the 100th spot.The rankings look at the 500 biggest publicly-traded global companies and measure them agiants principles such as transparency, objectivity, publicly available data and comparability with their industry peers.They are scored on areas such as energy, green house gas, water  productivity as well as green revenue and factors such as a link between executive pay and sustainability.Europe’s Airbus comes in at 15th globally followed by US aerospace giant Boeing at 40.Airlines coming after United in the rankings include Delta at 137, Southwest at 179, Germany’s Lufthansa at 227, British Airways owner IAG  at 263, American at 284 and Air France at 315.Logistics company United Parcel Service ranks 149 while rival Federal Express sits at 210.Other aerospace-related companies to make the list include General Electric (78), Lockheed Martin (166), Rolls-Royce (230),  Northrop Grumman (257) and BAE Systems (300).United said its ranking further recognised its position as a leading sustainable airline.Environmental achievements it believed contributed to the result included its decision to use commercial-scale volumes of sustainable biofuels for scheduled flights and $US30 million investment in US-based alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum Bioenergy.It was also increasingly using electric ground vehicles and had partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration to demonstrate the potential benefits of satellite-based technology to promote more efficient landings.The aviation industry has set itself an ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2020 and then halve greenhouse emissions relative to 2005 levels by 2050.Initiatives include a move to introduce the world’s first global design certification aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions and a carbon offset scheme.New aircraft designs introduced from 2020 will be subject to the world’s first global designThe design standard will apply to new aircraft from 2020 and also to deliveries of aircraft already in production from 2023.Manufacturers of in-production aircraft failing to meet the standard by 2028 will be forced to cease manufacturing the planes unless their designs are modified.The decision to adopt a global carbon offset scheme, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), was also a world-first.It will start as a voluntary scheme from 2021 to 2026 but will then become mandatory across the aviation industry.last_img read more

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