Benin’s lead striker Razak Omotoyossi has revealed that Ghana hold the aces to qualify from Group D of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.Omotoyossi is impressed with the smooth run of the Black Stars and believes that only the unexpected can deny them a qualification ticket to the world cup.“Right now, Ghana are well ahead of the other teams in our group. Except they fail to win their remaining two home games to Mali and Sudan, they are already at the World Cup,” Omotoyossi told Goal.com“If they win the games against Sudan and Mali, they will be on 15 points and then it would be mathematically impossible for any of us to catch up with them.”Omotoyossi was a member of the Squirrels team that lost 1-0 to the Black Stars in the opening group fixture at the Baba Yara Stadium.Benin, fourth on the table, have intensified their chase for qualification ticket to the Nations Cup in Angola. Source:Goal.com
- COUPE DE FRANCE: Chambery proceeds to final after winning over HBC Nantes
PSG Handball 11/11, Gerard fantastic in Nantes Click to comment PSG Handball suffered first defeat in domestic Championship 2020/2021 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsFinally some good news for Chambery Savoie fans. After disastrous season in the domestic and international competition, the “Savoyards” have reached the final of Coupe de France. They have beaten HBC Nantes with 30:27, with Kevynn Nyokas being superb with 7 goals from 10 attempts, while Edin Basic and Benjamin Gille contributed 5 goals each. Cyril Dumoulin was exceptional on the goal with 17 saves from 42 shots.The final will be played on 25th of May, at Halle Carpentier, and Chambery will be poised to beat in the final – either PSG Handball or Dijon, the other semi-final. ShareTweetShareShareEmail Veszprem beat Motor on Cupara’s wings – Barca beat Nantes in thriller Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for you Related Items:benjamin gille, Chambery Savoie, coupe de france, cyril dumoulin, Edin Basic, HBC Nantes, Kevynn Nyokas
- Amazon fires spark Macron threat to kill South America trade deal
BIARRITZ, France — The Amazon rainforest is ablaze, and Emmanuel Macron feels like he just got burned.Only two months after Europe concluded a landmark trade deal with the South American Mercosur bloc, the French president is threatening to kill it off over what he sees as betrayal by Brazil’s maverick President Jair Bolsonaro, who is accused of allowing big business interests like ranchers and loggers to torch the forest.Macron has called for the burning Amazon to lead the agenda of the G7 summit he is hosting in Biarritz this weekend. In an unusually undiplomatic broadside against his Brazilian counterpart, he concluded that Bolsonaro “lied to him” about the Mercosur pact when it was struck in June, by promising to respect the Paris Climate Agreement and to protect the rainforest, an Elysée official said. Massive forest fires have destroyed trees in the Amazon at record pace this year, with Brazil’s space agency reporting its satellite data showed an 84 percent increase in fires over the same period in 2018. The NGO Amazon Watch suggested Thursday that many fires had been lit by farmers wanting to clear the land.Macron and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro | Jacques Witt/AFP via Getty ImagesMacron’s opposition came hard on the heels of comments by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who vowed Friday his country would not ratify the Mercosur deal “if Brazil does not honor its environmental commitments.” He said the idea that foreign non-governmental organizations were behind the fires was “Orwellian.”The Mercosur deal has proved especially politically toxic in both France and Ireland because both countries have important beef farming constituencies that feel threatened by waves of cheap imports from Brazil and Argentina.Finland’s Finance Minister Mika Lintilä — whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency — also said Friday that “the EU and Finland are urgently exploring the possibility of banning imports of Brazilian beef.”Lintilä added that he wanted to discuss the issue with his EU colleagues at a meeting in Helsinki in mid-September.A German government spokesperson, however, said Friday that Berlin opposes Macron’s threatened block, stressing that such a step is “not the appropriate response” to fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. In a televised address late Friday, Bolsonaro vowed to take “firm action” against the blazes and pledged to mobilize the army to support firefighters. Responding indirectly to Macron’s threat, he said: “Forest fires exist in the whole world and this cannot serve as a pretext for possible international sanctions.”Trump falloutMacron seized the political initiative in a tweet on Thursday night when he called the Amazon fires “an international crisis” and vowed to “discuss this emergency first order” at the G7 summit, which he will host from Saturday to Monday in the upscale coastal resort of Biarritz.European threats to block the Mercosur deal could offer an opening to Trump, however. In July he said he wanted to do his own tariff-slashing trade deal with Brazil. If Macron snubs Bolsonaro, the Brazilian leader could quickly turn to Trump, who is demanding fewer environmental conditions.Land that has been scorched by fire in the state of Mato Grosso | Rogerio Florentino/EFE via EPAEuropean Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva on Friday directly acknowledged that risk over Brazil’s strategic direction: “We have seen that the American president is trying to convince other words leaders to join him in rejecting the Paris Agreement,” she said.”With the EU-Mercosur agreement, Brazilian President Bolsonaro has made his choice, he has come with us,” Andreeva went on, adding that the deal was “a way … to push and encourage each other to live up to the commitments we have made together.”Bolsonaro, meanwhile, protested against Macron’s proposal to make the Amazon fire a priority at the summit of the G7, where Brazil will not be in attendance. “The French president’s suggestion that Amazonian issues be discussed at the G7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a colonialist mentality that is out of place in the 21st century,” he wrote on Twitter.This article has been updated.This article is from POLITICO Pro: POLITICO’s premium policy service. To discover why thousands of professionals rely on Pro every day, email [email protected] for a complimentary trial. Also On POLITICO 5 storms (and a jungle fire) that could wreck Macron’s beachfront G7 By David M. Herszenhorn, Rym Momtaz and Hans von der Burchard Macron’s masterplan for Trump, the universe and everything By Rym Momtaz If France doesn’t sign up to the EU-Mercosur trade agreement, it is dead.Putting deforestation onto the G7 agenda could well put Macron on a collision course with Donald Trump in Biarritz. The U.S. president will be far keener to focus on a French digital tax that he thinks penalizes U.S. tech companies. Trump also has a far more cordial relationship with Bolsonaro and is also eyeing a trade deal with him.The accord needs to be ratified by EU governments, the European Parliament and some 40 other parliaments across Europe.When the EU-Mercosur deal was concluded at a political level in June, Macron hailed it as a “good deal” but warned of the need for vigilance on the environmental fall-out. Bolsonaro has subsequently startled the international community by accusing foreign environmental activists of being behind the fires. He argues that foreigners should not be interfering in Brazilian sovereignty.”Bolsonaro’s inaction on fires, and his response by talking of manipulation and instrumentalization when the fires are highlighted, has made his inaction more visible and tangible,” the Elysée official said. “That’s why, as things stand, we are opposed to the Mercosur [deal]. We are being coherent.”Unraveling dealThe French comments raise very serious doubts over the EU’s deal with Mercosur (comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). The accord needs to be ratified by EU governments, the European Parliament and some 40 other parliaments across Europe.