Indonesia’s threat to exit Paris accord over palm oil seen as cynical ploy

first_imgBanner image: An oil palm plantation adjacent to tropical forest in Borneo. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Amazon Soy, Biodiesel, Bioenergy, Biofuels, carbon, Carbon Credits, Carbon Emissions, carbon markets, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Negotiations, Deforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Fires, forest degradation, Forest Destruction, Forest Fires, Forests, Haze, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Palm Oil And Biodiversity, Peatlands, Plantations, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Renewable Energy, Southeast Asian Haze, Soy, Sustainability 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 A top Indonesian minister says the country may consider pulling out of the Paris climate agreement in retaliation for a European policy to phase out palm oil from biofuels by 2030.Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, says Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, can follow in the footsteps of the United States, which has declared its withdrawal from the climate pact, and Brazil, which is considering doing the same.The threat is the latest escalation in a diplomatic spat that has also seen Indonesia and Malaysia, the No. 2 palm oil producer, threaten retaliatory trade measures against the European Union.The EU says its policy is driven by growing consumer concerns about the sustainability of palm oil, which in Indonesia is often grown on plantations for which vast swaths of rainforest have had to be cleared. JAKARTA — Environmental activists have blasted threats by a senior Indonesian minister that the country will withdraw from the Paris climate accord over a European plan to phase out palm oil from renewable biofuels.The statements by Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, who oversees the palm oil industry in the world’s biggest producer of the commodity, have been likened to the nationalist rhetoric employed by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the agreement.“If Trump exited the Paris Agreement to defend the coal industry, Luhut is defending the palm oil industry to his last breath,” said Yuyun Harmono, a climate justice campaigner with the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi). “Both are commodities that destroy the environment and exacerbate climate change. If Luhut is proud to be associated with Trump, then go ahead.”The war of words marks the latest escalation stemming from a decision by the European Union to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2030, over concerns that production of the crop, often on land cleared of rainforest, contributes to global carbon emissions and thus exacerbates climate change.Indonesia and Malaysia, which together supply 85 percent of the world’s palm oil, have threatened a host of retaliatory measures, including filing complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and restricting imports of goods from the EU.The most drastic option on the table is Indonesia withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. Indonesia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent (and up to 41 percent with international assistance) by 2030, mainly through reduced deforestation and increased reforestation.Luhut, one of President Joko Widodo’s closest advisers and the owner of a string of palm oil companies himself, said the government might follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and Brazil. The new president of the latter, Jair Bolsonaro, promised during his campaign last year to abandon the Paris Agreement.“If we’re talking about environmental issues, the U.S. was able to exit the climate change [agreement] and Brazil could potentially do so as well,” Luhut said in Jakarta recently as reported by The Jakarta Post. “So, we could consider withdrawing from the deal also. Why not?”He also framed the issue as one of economic development, telling online outlet Kumparan that the EU was “thinking only about [saving] orangutans” while he was concerned with the livelihoods of the 17 million Indonesians employed in the palm oil industry.Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesian coordinating ministry of maritime affairs. Image by the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Politics, Law and Human Rights/wikimedia.‘Bargaining chip’“We all agree [on the Paris Agreement] and we all respect it,” Luhut said as quoted by Liputan 6. “But if you don’t respect our people, then I have to ask what it is that we’re getting from climate change [deal]. They talk about carbon [payments] but where are [they]?”Walhi’s Yuyun questioned the argument that the climate accord needed to be financially beneficial to be meaningful. “Did we join the Paris agreement just to make money from carbon trading?” he said.“Luhut is using our involvement in the agreement as a bargaining chip for economic interests and to defend the interests of the palm oil industry,” he added. “That’s just not right.”Dechen Tsering, the Bangkok-based Asia-Pacific director for the United Nations Environment Programme, called on Indonesia to stay in the Paris climate deal, saying the agreement would be undermined if it left.“We need countries like Indonesia in the Paris Agreement, taking forward their commitments quite seriously,” she told Reuters.Indonesia is the world’s fourth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, due largely to deforestation and forest fires. These activities, in turn, are carried out for the most part to clear land for plantations and logging concessions.The country is home to the third-biggest expanse of tropical forest left on the planet, after the Amazon and the Congo Basin, making it a globally significant carbon sink. Indonesia’s peatlands alone hold at least 57 billion tons of carbon. If all of it were released into the atmosphere, it would account for a third of all the CO2 the world is projected to emit between now and 2050.A Bornean orangutan in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. The endangered species, the ape is threatened by the unbridled expansion of oil palm plantations into their forest homes. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Political supportIn Jakarta, however, the importance of keeping Indonesia within the Paris Agreement hasn’t resonated as strongly as the nationalist fervor to take a stand for palm oil, with both the Foreign Ministry and the House of Representatives backing Luhut.Peter F. Gontha, a policy adviser to the ministry, said Indonesia could learn from Brazil’s plan to exit the Paris accord. He said that Brazil wanted to withdraw so that it could open up large tracts of its land for sugarcane plantations to produce ethanol for biofuel and for cattle ranching. The latter activity accounts for 80 percent of new deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.“This could be a reference for Indonesia,” Peter said. “If Indonesia is merely a victim of the Paris Agreement, then we [will] exit [the agreement] just like what Brazil and the U.S. do, Since the beginning, Indonesia isn’t obligated to join the Paris Agreement because our emission is still low.”He added that the decision by the EU to phase out palm oil from its biofuel mix constituted a form of discrimination that advantaged European producers of other types of vegetable oils.“We’ve implemented a moratorium [on new palm oil plantation permits] and we’ve said no more land [clearing], but we’re still discriminated against,” he said.Firman Subagyo, one of the most vocal proponents of the palm oil industry in the House of Representatives, who previously criticized the permit moratorium as the result of foreign meddling, welcomed Luhut’s statements.“Our stance is if they boycott us, we boycott them,” he said as reported by Bisnis. “So even though it’s a bit late [for the government to adopt it], I appreciate and support the step they’ve taken.”An aerial view of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. Low-lying areas are expected to be swamped by the end of the century due to rising sea levels. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Sinking islandsBoth Luhut and Peter, who previously served as the Indonesian ambassador to Poland, said Indonesia had shown good faith in global efforts to mitigate climate change, as seen during the U.N. climate talks in Poland last year. Luhut said a large part of Indonesia’s commitment centered on promoting palm oil-based biodiesel and reducing coal consumption.The minister has argued that while Indonesia has done much in recent years to tackle emissions from the palm oil industry, including imposing the nationwide moratorium on new permits, implementing a one-map policy to address land claims, and devising its own certification scheme called Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). The EU, Luhut said, had failed to fully recognize these efforts.“So Indonesia is very aware,” he said in a statement on his ministry’s website. “Don’t perceive us as being not aware about the environment, because we understand that if we don’t handle [climate change] well, then the next generation is going to be the one that feels the impact.”Peter agreed that environmental protection required sustainable development.“Economic growth has to be coupled with an increase in the quality of life as well as environmental sustainability,” he told Indonesian media at the climate talks in Katowice last December. “This is a herculean task. This is Indonesia’s task looking ahead.”But that commitment to improving the livelihoods of everyday Indonesians seems to be lacking, Yuyun suggested. He cited cases of coastal villages and islands being drowned by rising sea levels, and said it was ironic that Luhut, nominally in charge of maritime affairs, neglected to address this very issue.“Some villages have disappeared, same with small islands. There’s such a big threat hanging over this country, which has more than 17,000 islands,” Yuyun said.“It’s such a contradiction for a maritime minister to not work to save coastal people,” he added, “but instead fight for palm oil companies that are among the industries that contribute to climate change.”A Malaysian oil palm plantation with adjoining forest patches. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Retaliatory measuresWhile withdrawing from the climate accord is the most drastic option raised by Indonesia in response to the EU biofuel policy (and the worst one, by Luhut’s own admission), Jakarta has threatened a host of other retaliatory measures.This includes possibly cancelling an order for 300 Swedish-made buses for Jakarta’s public bus network. “We whispered to the Swedish ambassador to Indonesia that we’re afraid their buses aren’t allowed to come in,” Foreign Ministry adviser Peter said.Last month, Peter wrote on his Facebook page that it would be better to buy buses from Japan or Australia rather than Sweden, a member of a union that, by his account, was discriminating against Indonesia’s palm oil.While that threat hasn’t been carried through, European spirits makers may have become the first casualty in the looming trade war.Reuters reported last week that members of SpiritsEurope, which represents major liquor producers and national associations, were suffering delays in securing approval to bring EU products into Indonesia — something that non-EU liquors had no trouble with.The Indonesian government has denied this is linked to the palm oil spat, saying the domestic market simply prefers spirits from the U.S.Diplomatic disputes have also flared up between Indonesia and individual European countries considering imposing their own restrictions on palm oil.Last December, Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita threatened to block market access for Norwegian salmon under a trade deal with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if its members — Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein — restricted access for palm oil.The threat came after the Norwegian parliament asked the government to develop measures to exclude biofuels with a high risk of deforestation in their production.France has also been looking to restrict imports of palm oil, first through a plan to tax unsustainable palm oil in 2016. The plan was eventually scrapped after Indonesia reportedly insinuated it would execute a French citizen on a death row for drug trafficking if France went ahead with the tax.The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has denied the report.Malaysia, too, has threatened its own tit-for-tat measures. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad last month said Malaysia might retaliate by purchasing new fighter jets from China instead of Europe.“If they keep on taking action against us, we will think of buying airplanes from China or any other country,” he said as quoted by the official Bernama news agency.Smoke from fires burning on drained peatlands cleared for oil palm in East Kalimantan, Indonesia in 2018. Photo courtesy of Linus.Reassessment windowThere’s still a chance the EU might walk back the planned phase-out, enshrined in a so-called delegated act. The delegated act passes into law after a two-month scrutiny period, but there’s a reassessment period in 2021 during which European authorities will consider the latest data from palm oil producers to determine anew the deforestation risk.“The European Commission will reassess the data and, if appropriate, the methodology in 2021 and will carry out a revision of the delegated regulation in 2023,” the EU says. “At that moment, any efforts undertaken by Indonesia will be taken into account.”President Widodo and Prime Minister Mahathir have both sent official letters to the EU asking for it to reconsider its policy on palm oil.“Both our governments’ view this as a deliberate, calculated and adverse economic and political strategy to remove palm oil from the EU marketplace,” they said. “Should this delegated regulation enter into force, our governments shall review our relationship with the EU as a whole, as well as its member states.”For its part, the EU denies it is engaged in a campaign to smear the reputation of palm oil to advantage its own vegetable oil producers.“What is frequently described here as a ‘black campaign’ against palm oil is an expression of the genuine environmental concerns of consumers as well as manufacturers,” EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guérend said in a press statement. “Informed consumers (in the EU and elsewhere) increasingly favor healthier, fairer and more-sustainable consumption patterns: recycling waste, using canvas rather than plastic bags, buying locally grown produce and so on. Preserving our planet for future generations is at the core of these patterns.”An oil palm plantation in Malaysia. Agribusiness, with its conversion of forests to croplands ¬(including oil palm, soy, cotton, corn, sugarcane and rubber crops to feed global markets) is a major contributor to climate change and to changes in tropical rainfall patterns. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.To-do listActivists see the reassessment period as a window of opportunity for Indonesia and Malaysia to address the environmental concerns raised by the EU, including deforestation. For Indonesia, one of the most pressing matters to attend to is the lack of definitive data on oil palm plantations.Dono Boestami, the head of the Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS), a Finance Ministry initiative to develop sustainable palm oil, said there were at least three sets of official data about how much land was dedicated to oil palm concessions.According to figures from the Agriculture Ministry, the oil palm land bank spans 140,000 square kilometers (54,000 square miles); the Central Statistics Agency puts it at between 120,000 and 300,000 square kilometers (46,300 and 115,800 square miles); and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which has increased its scrutiny of graft in the palm oil sector, records total plantation area at 200,000 square kilometers (77,200 square miles).“How can we get a valid figure of our palm oil total production when we still don’t know the exact total area of our plantations?” Dono said as quoted by The Jakarta Post. “It’s unsurprising if we get criticized for our lack of valid data.”Edi Sutrisno, executive director of TuK Indonesia, an NGO that advocates for social justice in the agribusiness sector, said there was no way to achieve sustainable palm oil without a transparent and accurate data set.“That’s a huge challenge which makes it difficult for the government to determine the potential revenue [from palm oil taxes],” he told Mongabay. “If the data is clear, then I think the efforts to push for sustainability will be clear as well. How can you plan something without clear data?”The lack of clear data has given rise to problems such as tax avoidance and financial irregularities, according to Muhammad Teguh Surya, executive director of the environmental NGO Yayasan Madani Berkelanjutan.Many palm oil companies aren’t paying their taxes, with a compliance rate of only 6 to 7 percent, according to the tax office. That’s because the government doesn’t know how many taxpaying entities there are in the palm oil industry.A recent study by the Jakarta-based think tank Perkumpulan Prakarsa shows a flow of illicit money from the palm oil industry in Indonesia to other countries, including Finland, which doesn’t import palm oil from Indonesia, totaling more than $40 billion.“So if the government is arguing that it’s defending the palm oil industry because it’s a national interest, why doesn’t it address these problems?” Teguh said. “It’s impossible to argue that this is a national interest if the government allows millions of dollars of money from the palm oil industry to pour out of the country for years.”And while Indonesia has its own sustainability criteria, the ISPO, it only covers 41,100 square kilometers (15,900 square miles) of plantations, a fraction of the total figures listed above.Edi said other items on Indonesia’s long to-do list to achieve sustainability include resolving land conflicts between plantation companies and residents, and the looming threat of industrial-scale deforestation in previously untouched regions such as Papua.In the end, he said, Jakarta has to realize that the biggest enemy of Indonesia’s palm oil industry isn’t the EU.“There are still many land conflicts, and the expansion of palm oil in Papua continues despite the moratorium,” Edi said. “[And yet] our stance is to be defensive. We’re not being honest about the facts [on the ground]. Regardless of the diplomatic challenge with the EU, our biggest challenge is actually our own nation.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

Jose Mourinho extends contract at United until at least 2020

first_img“I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future,” said Mourinho, who also has an option to stay for a further year under the terms of the new contract.In his first season in charge, the Portuguese coach won the League Cup, the Europa League and Community Shield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season— but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for,” Mourinho said. “We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.”United is still in realistic contention for two trophies this campaign — the FA Cup and Champions League — but the next task is to mount a credible Premier League title challenge. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Although United is second in the standings, Manchester City is 12 points in front. United has not won the league since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering a record-extending 20th English title.“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Mourinho is a two-time Champions League winner, with FC Porto and Inter Milan. He has won eight league titles since 2002 across four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), three of them coming in the Premier League with Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copa Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks on during their Champions League group A soccer match against Benfica, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Jose Mourinho has extended his contract at Manchester United, tying him to the Premier League club until at least 2020. United announced the new deal for its manager on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)Jose Mourinho believes he is laying the foundations for a sustained period of success at Manchester United, and he now plans to stay even longer.The manager, who succeeded Louis van Gaal in 2016 on a three-year deal, signed a new contract on Thursday through 2020.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

Where are the haters now? Henderson on brink of glory

first_imgReal Madrid v Liverpool Jordan Henderson – the much-maligned Liverpool skipper who can write his name into Anfield history Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jordan Henderson Liverpool Getty Images Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Liverpool Opinion The Reds’ captain has been criticised throughout his career but can lead Jurgen Klopp’s men to immortality in Kiev this weekend It promises to be a career-defining moment.When Jordan Henderson leads Liverpool out at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Saturday evening, he will be looking to join an elite club.Only four men have captained the Reds to European Cup glory. Emlyn Hughes did it twice, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard once each. Legends, one and all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Were Henderson to add his name to that list, it would confirm his place in Anfield history. And as supporters prepare for long, tiring, expensive trips this week, it is worth reflecting on their captain’s own journey to Kiev.Surprising? Oh, aye. Thrilling? You bet. Arduous? Just a bit.In many ways, Henderson’s story mirrors Liverpool’s. It is one of courage and determination, belief and redemption. There has been the doubt, the despair and the disappointment; now there is the hope, the dream.It is approaching six years since he was called into a city-centre hotel room to be told by Brendan Rodgers that he could leave the club. Liverpool were keen to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, who in turn had made an offer for Henderson. It was one the Reds were happy to accept.Henderson cried that afternoon, played 90 minutes against Hearts in the Europa League that evening and, after speaking with his agent and his father, made a decision the next morning. He would stay and fight, prove Rodgers wrong, prove everyone wrong.That’s been his life at Liverpool, proving people wrong. He’s had seven years of it. Few players give more to the cause than he does, but few take more flak while doing so.But the best way to end an argument in football is with a trophy, and they don’t come bigger than the Champions League. Glory in Kiev would not just be the realisation of a lifelong dream for Henderson but the perfect response to his critics, too.Who could begrudge him it? Henderson has worked tirelessly to make himself a success at Anfield, his dedication, resilience and selflessness a lesson to any aspiring footballer. In an era of egos, he is the antidote; the humble leader of whom Liverpool can and should be proud.Jordan Henderson Liverpool PS“A team always needs someone like Jordan,” says Dejan Lovren. “He’s a workaholic on the pitch, and you need that. And off the pitch, he’s the same. He plays a really important role.”Speak to any Liverpool player and they’ll tell you the same. Henderson is not one for big, rousing speeches – though he will often say a few words before a match or at half-time – instead leading through example.His professionalism never wavers, whether on the training pitch, in the gym, in front of the media or in conversation with team-mates, management or supporters. He’s tee-total, controversy-free, utterly dedicated to his career.His colleagues appreciate it, even if some supporters don’t. When Mohamed Salah was awarded the PFA Player of the Year last month, he asked Henderson to accompany him to the ceremony. It was a show of respect to his captain; Salah, like many others, appreciates the role Henderson has played in helping him settle at the club.The man himself would blush at that suggestion. “I’m not particularly into people giving me credit,” he says. “I prefer talking about how well others are doing because that’s what I want. That’s what I try to do as a captain: give them a platform where they can go and perform as best they can.”On the pitch, Henderson is demanding, aggressive – “an angry man” according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and one continually in the ear of referees and team-mates. He points and he screams and he talks and he encourages. And if you let your standards drop, he’s on you.An image from the Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma sticks in the mind; Liverpool were lost amid the celebrations at the final whistle, yet Henderson sought out Loris Karius, asking the goalkeeper why, a few minutes previously, he had chosen to head a ball clear from his penalty area instead of catching it.Standards, you see?Another, different kind of gesture stood out that night, Henderson ensuring that a flag bearing the name of Sean Cox, the Liverpool supporter left fighting for his life after being attacked by Roma fans outside Anfield, made its way onto the pitch. A touch of class, like the letter and the signed jersey sent by Henderson to Cox’s local GAA club in the Irish town of Dunboyne the previous week.Liverpool players hold a banner in tribute to injured fan Sean CoxThese things matter when you’re the captain of Liverpool. You’re representing a city, a community, a football institution. There’s a need to do things right, with decency and dignity. You must be grounded, humble, strong-minded, socially aware.Performances matter too, of course, and Henderson’s have, by and large, been good this season – better than his critics would suggest. Against Roma, he won more tackles over the two legs than any player, while against Manchester City in the quarter-final first leg, he was immense.  “He’s a better player than people think,” says Gary Lineker, who will host BT Sport’s coverage of the final this weekend. “I think he’s perhaps capable of hitting more forward passes than he does, but at the same time, he doesn’t give it away, he’s got great energy and he’s a natural leader.”He has had to modify his game at Liverpool; he joined as a free-running midfield player, tasked with breaking the lines and creating chances, but has been moved into a more fixed position as a No.6 under Klopp.Injuries may have played a part in that – in particular, a lengthy, painful battle against plantar fasciitis, a debilitating condition which affects the heel and foot – but Henderson’s passing range, ability to win the ball and communication skills are valued by the manager in a deeper, more tactically demanding role. There is, unquestionably, trust between the two, even if some supporters continue to question the 27-year-old.“If somebody doesn’t see his value, then what I can I do?” Klopp said back in January. “Please, write it: Jordan Henderson is a brilliant football player.”In March, he spoke of the “incredible job” his skipper has been doing. “You don’t get extra money for doing it,” he added. “There are a lot more duties and not a lot more rights, to be honest.”Jordan Henderson Klopp Liverpool PSMore scrutiny, too. More criticism and more unflattering comparisons with the greats that have gone before him. If you want to start an argument between Liverpool fans, Henderson is usually a good place to start.Thankfully, he has a thicker skin than most.From a personal perspective, I can recall a conversation with him about a year into his Liverpool career. I asked if it hurt when fans questioned him, when they said he wasn’t good enough or that he should have been sold. “Not at all,” he replied. “They are the ones who pay their money. It’s up to me to change their opinion, isn’t it?”It’s an admirable mindset, one which has not changed since. “I can accept criticism,” he said earlier this week. “Criticism is healthy. It gives you that extra little bit inside you to prove people wrong, to use it as energy, to use it as fuel.”That’s Henderson, built to last, selfless to the core and powered by doubters. For seven years, he’s given his all for the cause.Now, on Saturday, he gets the chance to complete his journey, to sit on top of the world.History beckons for Liverpool’s captain. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_imgFAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) – Police say two men found dead in a car behind a home in Alabama had been killed.Fairfield police tell news outlets that 20-year-old Deshawn Ferrez Jackson from Pleasant Grove and 21-year-old Tre’vion Alexander Marks of Birmingham were discovered dead inside a car parked in a backyard. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office had identified the men.Police Chief Nick Dyer says authorities are still investigating after the men were found Wednesday night following a 911 call. No arrests have been made.Police say Jackson was in the driver’s seat while Marks was in the passenger’s seat. They say the vehicle they were in was damaged and there was evidence of a shooting.Autopsies will determine how the men died.Pleasant Grove and Fairfield are suburbs west of Birmingham.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)4/5/2019 11:09:09 AM (GMT -5:00)last_img read more