Simeone: “Morata is going to arrive tomorrow’s game”

first_img-How do you rate the Valencia match?It is very important. A rival who at home becomes strong, with people who support them. They have a very good team, with important players in attack, an associative game in the center of the field, deep sides. We will have to take the game where we think we can hurt.-The match falls on Friday. Best?When they tell us, in to play. There is not much to choose from.– A triumph would give the confidence that seems that they do not have?I review the game the other day, the first half was close to what we are looking for and who we are. It is the way to go. We talked about the need to win, which generates vertigo and that feeling of anxiety that takes you away from the game that allows you to have forcefulness to solve it with a counterattack beyond 1-0. It did not happen and, like all matches, when the result is short, vertigo and craving are present. -How’s the mood team? We have seen two team spells …Winning always generates enthusiasm, conveys enthusiasm and positions you inside the ego and pride to continue growing. These coexistence serve for the group and to be together in a different place to work. -How is Morata?Yes, it will arrive tomorrow’s game.-They are Morata and Costa training. Do you think of them for Liverpool?I don’t value Tuesday’s game yet: all the energies are on the Valencia game. Consequently, when finished we will look forward.last_img read more

Matt Gilmore wins Cactus mountain bike race

first_imgVan Rensburg crossed the line in second place with a time of 34:45, and George Gamble rounded out the top three as he finished in 36:40.Fourth went to Dawit Feyissa. Feyissa completed the race in 43:16, and Pat Ferris took fifth in 44:10.Davide Loro’s time of 46:31 was good enough for sixth spot, Sam Keats, Adam Currie, and Ken Lane took seventh, eighth, and ninth with times of 49:24, 50:03, and 50:21 respectively. Darren Guliov rounded out the top ten as he crossed the line in 51:35.- Advertisement -Riders will keep on racing tonight as they take part in the Baldonnel time trial at 7, and that’s followed another Cactus mountain bike event at 10 a.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Favourite Son: Spurs star’s brother details tough path to the top

first_imgBut he was suspended for the first leg of the semi, a 1-0 home defeat to Ajax, and will be crucial to their efforts in the Netherlands on Wednesday, despite picking up a petulant Premier League red card at the weekend.Around 8,500 kilometres (5,300 miles) away, his elder brother and fellow striker Son Heung-yun — three years his senior — will be watching closely.For years, the two boys were trained by their father, Son Woong-jung, a former professional footballer who aimed to take his sons to the top with a strict and disciplined regimen.“Everything we did revolved around football,” said Heung-yun. “Our father told us we had to go to bed early to play football and that we had to eat well to play football.“He always said that life was short and we should do things we liked and when we did, we should pursue it to the point of going a little bit crazy about it.”South Korean striker Son Heung-min has been instrumental in Spurs’ run to the Champions League semi-finals. © AFP / Anthony DevlinRenowned for concentrating on ball skills and not allowing them to shoot or join a team — where they might be distracted by trying too hard to win games — their father laid a foundation for the rising Son.The brothers would exchange glances as they endured the tough daily sessions.Heung-yun remembers training one New Year’s Day on a snow-covered lot in bitter cold as a 13-year-old. Before he knew it, he covered his ears with his hands, only for his father — who was showing his sons how to dribble — to turn back and immediately berate him, as he often did when he felt they were not trying their best.“We were raised very tough,” said Heung-yun, who as a player only reached the fifth tier of German club competition but now coaches at the SON Football Academy run by his father.“We were hit by our father a lot when training, which is unimaginable these days,” he added. “Some of our neighbours even doubted he was our real father.”– Fermented cabbage –Both boys looked up to their father — who spent hours picking up the tiniest pebbles on a dirt lot before his sons came for practice — and took his words as “law”.But the older brother often clashed with their father, taking after his hot temper, while Heung-min accepted everything that was thrown at him.“Even when he was reprimanded by our father, Heung-min was able to shake it off and smile,” Heung-yun told AFP.Son Heung-yun and his brother Heung-min were both coached by their father. © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeSon’s transformation from Korean hopeful to European star was catalysed by the youth academy at Hamburg SV, which he joined aged 16, leaving school to do so in a highly unusual decision backed by his father.But it started inauspiciously. Soon after Heung-min arrived in Germany, he called his family to say he was missing them and even kimchi, the fermented cabbage dish that is a mainstay of the Korean table.“He never really liked kimchi but he was crying and said he wanted to eat kimchi and missed our family,” Heung-yun said, noting his brother also had to face language barriers and racism.He told Heung-min he had to overcome the difficulties — and in the event the entire family moved to Hamburg to support the youngest Son.– ‘Desire to win’ –In elementary school Heung-min snacked on junk food and was quite chubby, his brother said, but was always determined to make it as a footballer.“He had a strong sense of purpose,” added Kwon Soon-young, Son’s homeroom teacher in middle school.“He tried to learn English and kept a journal where he wrote that he will achieve his dream as a football player.”Son was bright and friendly and known as a happy kid, says his brother, but adds that he was always very competitive.Son Woong-jung, father of Son Heung-min and Son Heung-yun, is known for his tough and unusual training methods. © AFP / Jung Yeon-je“When we were young, we played video games a lot and Heung-min is quite good and we both hated losing so we would practice video games on our own,” he said.But ultimately, he added: “Both Heung-min and I shared the goal of joining the national team, and in that sense I did not succeed while Heung-min did.”The striker was seen in floods of tears after his Taeguk Warriors lost to Mexico at last year’s World Cup, paving the way for their first-round elimination.Heung-min had been “crying from anger”, his brother said. “I think you need to have that much desire to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Son Heung-yun, elder brother of Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min, is a coach at the SON Football Academy in Chuncheon. © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeCHUNCHEON, Korea, Republic of, May 7 – The South Korean star leading Tottenham Hotspur’s charge for a place in the Champions League final had a unique football upbringing. But that was only one component of his success, his brother told AFP.Striker Son Heung-min, 26, has been instrumental in Spurs’ run to the semi-finals of Europe’s top club competition, scoring three times over two legs against Manchester City to reach the last four.last_img read more

Homeboy offers model to fight gangs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHe sees the answer to that question every day in the lives turned around at Homeboy’s bakery, its soon-to-open cafe, its landscaping business and such services as counseling, tattoo removal and help with academic subjects. But his message is even more important than Homeboy’s jobs and services. Young people who want to escape the pull toward gangbanging need a guiding hand, a sense of hope and reassurance that there are far better opportunities than the harsh life of the streets. Father Boyle has proved the point. The rest is up to those of us who live in ZIP codes far removed from downtown L.A., in areas where it would take many times more than $12.5 million to begin to resolve the damage caused by gang violence. There will never be enough charitable grants to create a Homeboys Industries in every neighborhood, with payrolls big enough to offer jobs to the many thousands of at-risk young people in Southern California. But we can learn from the Homeboy example. What works is to create opportunities to learn meaningful skills in schools, vocational programs and afterschool programs from adults who deeply believe that at-risk young people, just like the rest of us, can have promising futures. Eight years after a devastating fire, Homeboy Industries, the nonprofit business grown famous for employing former gang members, began reopening last week in its $12.5 million new facilities. The location is in downtown Los Angeles, but the celebration ought to be regionwide. Father Gregory Boyle, the priest who founded Homeboy 20 years ago, told the Los Angeles Times that every ZIP code in the county has had someone who turned to Homeboy looking for help. That is true figuratively, if not literally. For all the good Homeboy does for its 250 or so employees and 1,000 or so others it serves, you might wonder how much impact it could have in a region with thousands of gang members and scores of thousands of at-risk youngsters. Quite a lot, actually. Father Boyle says it well. As he told a reporter, Homeboy is announcing a message in the middle of the city: “What if we invested in people rather than try to incarcerate our way out of the problem?” Relatively low-tech work such as the Homeboy bakery and cafe can help transform lives. Higher-tech programs can do that and more, helping bridge the wide gap between lower-skill jobs and those that pay several times as much. But it all begins with the kind of hope inspired by the work done at Homeboy Industries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters GAA Lotto: There was no jackpot winner this week. The two weekly winners were, Ciaran Meehan, Dromore, Mountcharles and Anthony Timoney, Lacklum, Ballintra, both won €50 each. The number drawn were 5, 15, 17 and 22. Next weeks draw is the final draw, week 50. The jackpot for next week is €1300. There will also be €3000 in prizes to be won for fully paid up members. The lotto is a vital part of the Club and ensures that the Club can continue to develop and provide facilities and services for the whole community. To play lotto please call Paul Timoney on 087 279 1305 or call into Liam Mullan’s shop, Tirchonaill Street.Good Luck: The very best of luck to Jim, Rory and all the team on Sunday against Down in Breffni Park, from all at Four Masters.Congratulations: Huge well done to the Four Masters Senior team for an incredible turn around on Sunday 16th June against Glenties. It took incredible resolve to step-up and battle on and then to be victorious at the end. Great stuff boys! Hurling/Camogie: It was a busy few days for Bord na nÓg. On Thursday 13th June, Tir Chonnail Park held a National School blitz for camogie and hurling with over 40 children attending. This was a fabulous morning. It is planned to run a league of blitzes for National Schools for the new school year with trophies to be won, Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala currently hold the camogie trophy and St Francis the hurling, so start practicing now for next year’s prize. Thanks must go to Yvonne Byrne from the Camogie Association based in Croke Park who helps organise this event for our schools each year. Friday 14th June saw the James McAllister Memorial Trophy with a great turnout of over 80 children of all ages playing camogie and hurling in memory of a man who loved hurling. The children were grouped into “county” teams for the 10s and above with Kilkenny winning the competition. Young Conor McAllister presented his Grandfather’s trophy to winning team captain, Dione Carr. The under 8s had a mini-competition and all received medals. We were delighted to welcome the Nicky Rackard Cup together with the Donegal hurling team who presented the medals and trophy on the night. A very big thank you to Ray Durack, Donegal Manager and all the team who came to Tir Chonnail Park on a very wet Friday evening. Thank you too, to all the parents who supported and made tea and cakes for the very welcome after match cup of tea! Saturday morning (15th June) saw the final Academy for 4-6 year olds, again a great turnout for what has been a great event for all involved. The children were presented with hurley’s and certificates to go with the footballs they have already received. Again, many thanks to all the parents who have helped with tea/coffee throughout the 11 weeks. Sunday morning saw the U14 camogie girls heading to Convoy for the third in their series of blitzes, again doing very well and showing great skills. Also, on Sunday the U12 skills competition took place in Letterkenny Gaels, Leo Dunphy. Ciaran McGrory and Dylan Thomas represented The Four Masters with Leo Dunphy coming 4th overall. A very well done to Leo. All the boys will represent Donegal at Croke Park on the 9th July. 5/6th class camogie girls are away to Burt on Wednesday evening – we wish them all the best. Up-coming games – Camogie: 5/6th class v St Eunans, 3/4th class blitz in St Eunans; 1/2/3 years AVS v MacCumhaills – all dates will be confirmed. Hurling and Camogie training for all children aged under 10 takes place on Friday evenings 6-7pm and 12s and over from 7-8pm.Ladies: U14 girls meet Bundoran on Thursday evening (20th June) in Tir Conaill Park, throw in 7pm. The U10 girls travel to Ballyshannon tomorrow evening to participate in an U10 blitz. They will also be taking part in a mixed U10 memorial blitz in Tir Conaill Park this Wednesday 19th June and the following Wednesday. Best of luck to all players. U14 Football: Boys lost to Dungloe in the Championship. The boys made a great come back in the second half to take the lead but late goals made the difference. The boys put in a great effort all year and were very unlucky with injuries.  Under 10’s: The Kevin Faulkner Memorial Tournament for boys and girls under 10 will be held over the next two Wednesdays at Tirchonaill Park at 6pm ,the final being held on Wed 26th July. Good luck to all the players! GAA NEWS – FOUR MASTERS SHOW GREAT RESOLVE TO OVERCOME GLENTIES was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Four Masters club noteslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte that people who successfully applied to the Rural Broadband Scheme will be provided with broadband access this summer.Deputy McConalogue said: “The Rural Broadband Scheme is an important way of providing broadband to homes and businesses in rural and remote areas can secure access to broadband.  Of the 3,700 people that qualified under the scheme, 309 of these are in Donegal.“Minister Rabbitte has confirmed that the verification process of the scheme is now underway and that the Internet Service Providers have informed the Department the areas that they can access.  People who have applied to the scheme were contacted by the Department in February seeking their consent to allow the broadband providers to contact them.  The applicants who have given their consent should now expect to be contacted again in April with offers.  Subject to agreement between the applicant and the provider, services should be provided between May and July this year. “The Minister has indicated that virtually all premises in the country are capable of obtaining a level broadband from a supplier.  I certainly hope that this will be the case in Co Donegal.  A reliable internet connection is a necessity not just for businesses, but also for day to day life for every household, from school work to completing online registrations and making bookings.  I look forward to the time when all homes in this region have access to reliable broadband services.” AT LAST! RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME GIVEN GREEN LIGHT was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:AT LAST! RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME GIVEN GREEN LIGHTlast_img read more


first_imgRare recordings of Donegal IRA volunteers who fought in the Irish War of Independence are set to be made public.The unique archive, which includes 112 veteran interviews from across Ulster, was made during the 1960s but until now have only been heard by academics.The Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive in Armagh said it plans to use a £58,000 British Lottery grant to build a specialist listening kiosk and develop an outreach programme in an effort to resurrect the stories in its Father Louis O Kane collection. Roddy Hegarty, director of the library, said: “Fr O’Kane was not only a passionate historian exploring many aspects of the local past but he was also a creator of historical documents. The most important of these are his collection of recordings with men and women, although primarily men, who had taken part in the struggle for Irish independence 1913-21.”They include an interview with Kathleen Clarke, the widow of Tom Clarke who was executed for his part in the Easter Rising in 1916.Mr Hegarty added: “No doubt his (Fr O’Kane’s) interest in history and his position as a priest gave him the opportunity to develop relationships and build the confidence required to carry out the work of interviewing and recording these men. He travelled from Belfast to Donegal to speak with and record a variety of respondents creating a unique account of this pivotal period in Irish history.”Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland, said: “We are pleased to be funding this project. The materials collected are of great historical importance and will be very gratifying to see them being made accessible to the general public.”  RARE INTERVIEWS WITH DONEGAL COMBATANTS IN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE TO BE RELEASED was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Fight brewing against mayor

first_img “We’re going to probably do some P.R. work on putting forth a more positive image in making sure the public understands all the good things we’re doing,” he said. “We’re doing a lot better than we’re getting credit for and that’s our fault for not putting out the positive things that we do.” The bottom line is the district needs to respond to the “damaging misinformation” put out by Villaraigosa, said board member Julie Korenstein, who stormed out of a luncheon last week during the mayor’s speech when he cited a 50 percent dropout rate based on a Harvard University study. She said the rate is 22 percent. “I don’t think the district has ever done a good job on getting the information out – we’re building schools like crazy, our elementary students are doing exemplary work – but no one has really gotten out the information, and that allows others to make up their own facts,” Korenstein said. “My concern is that the district has to respond, and respond much more quickly. It’s long overdue.” Board members said they were not opposed to change; they just wanted to hear from Villaraigosa about his plan for reform and to work together to improve schools. Board President Marlene Canter said she has yet to meet with the mayor despite two weeks of requesting a meeting. Villaraigosa’s press secretary, Janelle Erickson, said the mayor has made it clear he wants to work with parents, teachers and administrators to reform Los Angeles’ schools. “Mayor Villaraigosa is making the case for public accountability and mayoral responsibility,” she said. District officials have said the leanly staffed communications department of seven with a budget of $862,000 is unable to take on anything more than its day-to-day tasks. “Right now we are looking together as a board and a district to develop more effective ways to tell our story,” Canter said. “The facts have got to get out.” Even the existing resources are not being used properly to tout the district’s successes, Tokofsky said. “A million-dollar communications unit and the facts – good, bad, ugly or beautiful – are not being put out to respond to the city terrorista,” he said, referring to the mayor. The district is already taking small steps to bolster its arsenal against the mayor. On Tuesday, the union, school board and Romer announced tentative contract agreements, which include nonsalary issues – establishing a joint task force to explore, analyze and recommend class-size reduction, particularly at the lowest-performing schools, and creating a task force on K-12 assessments with the object of helping teachers meet student academic needs and improving teaching and learning in the classroom. But what puts the Los Angeles Unified School District at a disadvantage right now is its lack of communications resources, some analysts say. Relative to the size of the district, its communications staff pales compared with those of other districts or large institutions, said Darry Sragow, who has run all the district’s bond campaigns, including the $4 billion construction bond approved by voters Nov. 8 – bringing to nearly $20 billion the public investment in new and modernized schools. Even though there are enormous improvements in the district, that work is not being conveyed to the public. “For a $13 billion agency with 727,000 students, 87,000 employees and that many parents, to be spending $800,000 on communications is absurd. You need to be spending in the millions of dollars,” said Sragow, an attorney and longtime political strategist. “Some institutions are scared of putting resources into communication because they’re afraid they’re going to be criticized for taking tax money to promote themselves. “But the truth is that a public agency that has the responsibility for educating our children that doesn’t communicate what’s going on is doing the community a gross disservice.” Sragow, who has been consulting with the district in an unofficial capacity since the bond passed, said if he continues helping while the district is the center of attention, his role may become formalized. It wouldn’t be the first time the district has used consultants to deal with tricky public relations problems. In fact, days after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support for an effort to break up the LAUSD, Romer quietly created a nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $150,000 to tout the district’s accomplishments and counter criticism by then-mayoral challenger Bob Hertzberg that the district was too large and inefficient. Rather than worry about public relations, the district should focus on improving the district, former Assembly speaker Hertzberg said. “The best thing in public policy is just do the work,” he said. “Their image problem is not an image problem, it’s a competency problem.” Nobody should lose sight of the real goal – educating students, Canter said. “I have the total same sense of urgency that the mayor has. The status quo is unacceptable,” she said. “This is not about politics. It’s about children.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gearing up for a prolonged fight with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa over control of public schools, Los Angeles Unified officials say they’ll launch a public relations offensive to cast the often maligned district in a more favorable light. So far, Superintendent Roy Romer and other top district officials have not reacted to Villaraigosa’s stepped-up pledges to wrest control of the nation’s second-largest district from the seven-member school board, which except for a brief period has been dominated by candidates backed by and closely linked to unions. But behind the scenes, board members have urged Romer to spin the district’s achievements more aggressively. “One of the things we hired Roy Romer for was his political and communication acumen, and he needs to come up with that,” board member David Tokofsky said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s inadequate for him to just tell everybody we’re building schools, elementary test scores are going up and we’re breaking schools into small learning communities. Those three tenors cannot sing anymore.” Romer was out of town for the holiday weekend and could not be reached for comment. As Villaraigosa’s takeover talk toughens, the battle lines are forming quickly. The teachers union and district officials are putting aside years of bickering and hostility to present a “unified front” against the popular and charismatic Villaraigosa, who wants the authority to appoint school board members. Options the district will consider to defend from a mayoral takeover include improving in-house communications staff or hiring outside consultants, board members said. The board will be taking a “serious” look at making internal changes to improve the district’s communications to the public, board member Jon Lauritzen said. last_img read more

Fáilte Ireland workshops to help Donegal tourism industry drive sales

first_imgMembers of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in one of a series of Fáilte Ireland workshops running from May 15-23.The workshops were designed to help businesses manage costs effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit.The workshop offered insights and expertise from top tourism specialists on a number of topics including priorities for businesses in challenging economic conditions, ways to reduce costs through smart purchasing, how to build on current buyer relationships and increasing sales opportunities. Helen McDaid, Manager, Enterprise and Hospitality Development at Fáilte Ireland, said: “With Brexit on the horizon, many tourism businesses along the border are seeing a reduction in bookings from Northern Ireland and Great Britain.“At Fáilte Ireland, we have designed a suite of supports to help businesses facing these challenges and our key message is ‘prepare and diversify’.‘The ‘Managing Costs, Driving Sales & Winning Business’ workshops are practical and action based, helping tourism businesses to adapt and remain competitive in light of Brexit.”Members of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in one of a series of FáilteIreland workshops running from 15 th to 23 rd May, designed to help businesses managecosts effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business fromNorthern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit. At the event is Helen McDaid, Failte Ireland. Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in one of a series of FáilteIreland workshops running from 15th to 23rd May, designed to help businesses managecosts effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business fromNorthern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit. At the event was Clive Wasson. Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in the first of a series of Fáilte Ireland workshops, designed to help businesses manage costs effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit. Pictured at The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal are Cathal Doherty, Ballyliffen Town House Hotel, Tom Conneely, Failte Ireland and Johnny McLaughlin, Strand Hotel Ballyliffen. . Photo Clive WassonFáilte Ireland workshops to help Donegal tourism industry drive sales was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

South African consumers help rebuild fish stocks

first_imgSouth Africa’s fish stocks are recovering,thanks to the vigilance of consumers, theeffectiveness of programmes such asSASSI, and the cooperation of thefishing industry.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The seafood pocker guide is availablefor download in a handy size.(Image: SASSI) Conservation information on a range ofSouth African and imported fish speciesis instantly available via mobile phone –simply send a text to 079 499 8795.(Image: Jaco Badenhorst)MEDIA CONTACTS • Carolyn CramerMedia relations manager, WWF South Africa+27 21 888 2800 ext 892RELATED ARTICLES• Looking out for SA’s sea life• SA protects its oceans• SA gets new coastal conservancy• SA biologist wins thesis award• Research centre for African oceansWilma den HartighThanks to South African consumers, the demand for over-exploited fish stocks is declining.Increasing consumer pressure on seafood retailers to stock sustainably harvested fish and support eco-friendly fishing methods have caused stocks of species such as kingklip to show signs of recovery.The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) was launched six years ago to involve the entire seafood supply chain, including consumers, in creating a sustainable seafood industry.Today this initiative has proven to be a highly successful South African consumer campaign. The ocean has often been viewed as an “infinite resource”, but buy-in from the public is helping to correct this perception.Janine Basson from the Sustainable Fisheries Programme (SFP): Fisher and Consumer Outreach, says the SASSI programme has been so successful to date because consumers feel empowered. Their choices can drive positive change towards the recovery of fish stocks.“Consumers are given the opportunity to make informed choices when choosing which seafood to buy and eat. People want to be part of the solution to overfishing, and SASSI is a tool that allows them to do that,” Basson says.There are other seafood campaigns globally that are doing similar work. However, Basson says the major difference is that other international programmes do not partner with seafood industry players, whereas the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa is partnering with industry. This is a key strength of the programme.Finding solutions togetherA number of programmes are jointly finding solutions to the problem of overfishing and declining fish stocks. The SFP forms part of the WWF Sanlam Living Waters partnership, an initiative to promote marine conservation in South Africa.The SFP works across the seafood supply chain to address ecosystem overexploitation. It contributes to two of the partnership’s targets for the marine sector – firstly, to apply an ecosystem approach to fisheries in South Africa and reduce the impacts of destructive fishing practices to acceptable levels.Its other goal is to restore at least half of over-exploited fish stocks to sustainably managed levels, while still maintaining or improving the state of other stocks.The SFP aims to meet these targets through activities that focus on how fish are caught and traded. The Responsible Fisheries Programme works directly with the fishing industry and resource management and addresses how fish are caught. SASSI focuses on the trading aspect, which involves retailers, restaurants, chefs and consumers.Consumers are asking the right questionsDr Samantha Petersen, project manager of the SFP, said in a statement that consumers must continue asking restaurants and retailers if they serve or sell sustainably harvested fish and seafood.Some fishing and seafood farming methods pose more harm to the environment than others. For instance, Basson says, line- or pole-caught methods are relatively selective and don’t kill unintended species such as seabirds and sharks.Although some forms of seafood farming can reduce pressure on overexploited wild stocks, this is only the case if wild fish don’t have to be fed to farmed fish, or if the production method doesn’t further degrade the environment.Consumers must not hesitate to ask in-depth questions about seafood and find out what they are buying or eating, where it comes from and how it was caught. Research indicates that positive changes at sea have predominantly resulted from consumer queries.“One consumer who asks questions about the sustainability of their seafood is likely to have a bigger influence than 100 who simply make a green choice without telling the restaurant or retailer why,” Basson says.Major success has also been achieved with SASSI’s progressive consumer tools. The SASSI Consumer Pocket Guide, originally drafted in 2005, uses a three-level colour classification to rate fish. Green indicates best choice while orange suggests caution and red means the species is illegal or classified as a “no sale species”.Certain species such as tuna were categorised in the green group, but this did not take the fishing method into account. The original red group only included the species that are prohibited from being sold by law.The new and updated SASSI list includes a revision of a number of species included on the original list. The new red group lists unsustainable species along with those that are illegal to sell in South Africa.Basson says the original list excluded important imported and aquaculture species, but the updated version includes a selection of these species.“This was becoming an increasingly pressing need due to the growing South African aquaculture industry,” she says.The pocket-sized version of the SASSI list may be downloaded (PDF, 1.25MB)The SASSI programme’s prominent online presence has also made it easy for consumers to participate. Consumers can obtain the most up-to-date information at any time on the SASSI website, FishMS and mobi site. The FishMS service allows consumers to access the SASSI seafood database from any mobile phone. Consumers can send a text message to the number 079 499 8795 to find out whether a particular species is on the red, orange or green list.According to Petersen the response from wholesalers and retailers to consumer pressure has also been encouraging. A growing number of participants at this end of the value chain are actively involved with the SFP. Quarterly assessments are carried out with each partner to evaluate their seafood procurement process and raise awareness amongst staff.The programme is working with 11 of the biggest seafood suppliers in South Africa (such as Aquatic Foods and Fish On Line), the large retailers (Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Spar) and popular restaurant chains such as John Dory’s and Ocean Basket.  Offshore and inshore commercial industry players, such as I&J and Sea Harvest, are also involved.Fish stocks are recoveringPetersen said in a statement that kingklip stocks almost collapsed a few years ago. However, because of consumer pressure many restaurants stopped offering it on the menu and retailers no longer kept it in stock.  Catch limits were also introduced and the kingklip spawning site near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape was placed under protection. “I really hope to see kingklip on the green list one day soon.”Basson says that some of South Africa’s linefish species are also showing signs of recovery. For example, red roman, a member of the seabream family, is a popular linefish species that is endemic to Southern Africa. It is a reef-associated species with a relatively narrow distribution from Namibia to the Eastern Cape.She says it is a slow growth species – a 40cm fish could be as old as 40 years. They achieve late sexual maturity and change sex from female to male as they mature. These factors make them highly vulnerable to overfishing.Red roman stocks are in urgent need of rebuilding as they have almost disappeared in some areas such as False Bay on the southern Cape coast.However, she says that there is evidence of recovery within Marine Protected Areas (MPA) along the coast. Research has shown a 90% increase in catches of red roman within the Goukamma MPA. Goukamma is situated on the Garden Route on the Cape South Coast. The exclusion of fishing boats from Goukamma has also been beneficial.“Although much remains to be done to get the red roman stock back to its former glory, this still indicates the tremendous value of MPAs in rebuilding the breeding stock of important over-exploited linefish species,” says Basson.SA consumers are more environment awareConsumers are becoming more aware of issues affecting the environment.“South African consumers are one of the main reasons why SASSI has been so successful and why we have seen some of our fish species recover,” Basson says.Another success story is that of the South African hake trawl fishery. Significant progress has been made in the management of the hake resource, as a result of both Marine Stewardship Council certification and consumer pressure. If consumers continue to ask questions, it will have major positive impacts for the entire seafood industry.last_img read more