In Indonesia, a flawed certification scheme lets illegal loggers raze away

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong Banner image: A coast in Nechiebe village of Ravenirara district, Papua province. Photo by Christopel Paino/Mongabay-Indonesia. The seizure of more than 400 containers of illegally logged timber in a series of busts since last December has shone a spotlight on Indonesia’s mechanism for certifying legal timber.Some of the wood has been traced back to companies certified under the country’s SVLK scheme. That’s the same scheme that the EU relies on to ensure that its imports of Indonesian timber are legally harvested.The seizures and findings by activists highlight increased illegal logging in the relatively pristine eastern Indonesian regions of Maluku and Papua.Companies engaged in illegal logging exploit a variety of methods, from cutting in abandoned concessions to using farmers’ groups and indigenous communities as fronts for harvesting in areas that would otherwise be off-limits for commercial logging. JAKARTA — A massive series of seizures of timber from rare tree species has thrown into question the effectiveness of Indonesia’s existing mechanisms to tackle illegal logging.Officials have in recent months confiscated 422 containers packed with illegally harvested timber from the eastern regions of Papua and Maluku. The latest seizure, in February, comprised 38 containers filled with highly prized merbau, also known as Borneo teak and Moluccan ironwood, from the Aru Islands of Maluku province.Prior to that, officials seized 384 containers loaded with timber from Papua worth an estimated 105 billion rupiah ($7.2 million) in four separate sting operations since last December.None of the shipments carried valid documentation, said Rasio Ridho Sani, the head of law enforcement at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, which coordinated the seizures.“This brings the total number of containers we’ve seized to 422. This is a huge number,” Rasio told reporters in Jakarta.Illegal logging cost Indonesia 170 trillion rupiah ($11.7 billion) between 2004 and 2010, according to a study by the NGO Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). Historically the illegal timber trade has targeted the precious hardwoods of Borneo, Sumatra and Java, in particular teak. But as the forest cover on those islands fast diminishes, illegal loggers are increasingly turning to the less-developed eastern regions of Maluku and Papua.Mufti Barri, a campaign manager with the NGO Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), says the recent seizures signal an increasing trend of illegal logging in those regions.“Illegal logging in Papua and Maluku isn’t something new. In North Maluku, illegal timber has been sent out of the islands since 2014,” he told Mongabay. “But in terms of quantity, there’s indeed been an increase in the past few months.”Rasio confirmed a similar trend out of Papua. “We handled around 21 cases [of illegal logging] in Papua in the past three years, but they were small in terms of quantity, usually just three to four containers at a time,” he said. “The recent ones were big.”Working with prosecutors, the ministry has charged at least 21 individuals from various companies in connection with the illegally logged timber.Forest in West Papua. Image by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayCertification shortcomingsThese cases provide strong evidence that Indonesia’s timber legality certification system, or SVLK, approved for timber exports to the European Union, isn’t working, says Syahrul Fitra, a legal researcher with the environmental NGO Auriga Nusantara.The SVLK system aims to track the chain of custody of timber products and ensure that timber is harvested in compliance with Indonesian law. Introduced a decade ago, it’s been criticized for its apparent shortcomings since then. In 2013, Auriga and a coalition of forestry NGOs identified what they said were a host of loopholes in the certification system.“We found some industrial plantation companies in Riau [province, in Sumatra] which were implicated in corruption to be certified [under the SVLK system],” Syahrul said. “There were also problematic companies in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan [in Indonesian Borneo] which got certification. That means their timber is perceived as legal.”Since then, the NGOs have been pushing for the government to improve the system to prevent illegal logging.When the EU approved of the SVLK in 2016 as the basis for importing timber into its market, after years of intense negotiation, the NGOs monitoring the implementation of the scheme expressed hope that there would be an improvement in the system.“But to date, the system has never been revised,” Syahrul said. “And the loopholes are huge. Illegal logging keeps happening and there’s no change at all. Maybe now the SVLK system is perceived to be more stringent because it has already been approved by the EU, but in reality there’s no change.”One of the loopholes is the lack of what’s known as chain of custody verification. This means that sawmills that are SVLK certified aren’t required to source their timber exclusively from similarly certified logging concessions.This allows ostensibly certified companies to essentially launder products from uncertified operations through their certified concessions, making it likely that illegally logged wood is being shipped abroad as legal exports.An official in the environment ministry’s sustainable forest product department said separately that his office had found evidence of this loophole being exploited by at least three logging companies.Map of Papua province (bright green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons.Farming out certificatesAuriga’s Syahrul also questioned the credibility of the certification agencies responsible for issuing SVLK certificates to timber companies. He said investigations by Auriga and other NGOs between October 2017 and December 2018 had found timber firms involved in illegal logging were still being certified.In March this year, Auriga reported five such timber companies operating in the Papua region; two of them were among those whose shipments were caught up in the recent seizures. Even so, their SVLK certification hasn’t been revoked, according to Syahrul.He said the fact that such companies continued to be certified despite all the evidence of their illegal activity pointed to a serious flaw in the way the certification agencies worked. He cited the case of PT Ayamaru Sertifikasi, a company that was ordered in January by the environment ministry to carry out an audit of 15 certificates it had issued to eight logging companies.Some of the audited companies, such as PT Sijax Express Unit 2, were found to be repeat offenders, Syahrul said. Sijax was previously audited by Ayamaru after a coalition of NGOs found indications that the company had received illegally logged timber. Based on findings of that earlier audit, Ayamaru froze Sijax’s certificate between January and March 2018. Following the freeze, Sijax applied for another certificate, which Ayamaru duly approved.Sijax was later among the companies implicated in the recent seizures of illegal timber.“That means that when the company was reassessed [by Ayamaru], no improvement had been made on the ground,” Syahrul said. “So the reassessment wasn’t comprehensive because the illegal practice was repeated. So how does Ayamaru certify companies? How did something like this go undetected? It’s obvious that the quality of the certification agencies is subpar.”After Ayamaru audited the 15 certificates as ordered by the ministry, it suspended 14 of them.Syahrul said that in many of the cases, the SVLK certificates should have been revoked outright. With a simple suspension, the logging companies can reapply indefinitely for another certificate. Some continue to operate regardless of their certificates being operating even though their certificates have been frozen.“That’s one of the weaknesses of the SVLK system,” Syahrul said, adding that the certification agencies were paid by the companies to certify them, effectively making them beholden to issuing the SVLK papers.He also said the certification process was flawed because it only checked for the validity and completeness of companies’ documents, instead of being an actual verification of the timber processed by the applicant company.“These agencies only certify the companies, not the product,” Syahrul said.Limestone mountains in Papua. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Farmers as a frontThe blind spot in monitoring the legality of Indonesia’s timber is in that initial stage of logging, says Mufti of Forest Watch Indonesia.“Most of the logs coming out of Maluku are disguised as timber owned by locals,” he said. “But in reality, there are cukong [brokers] behind them.”The trend emerging in Maluku is of these well-connected brokers using farmers as a front to log trees outside designated forest areas.Under Indonesian law, commercial logging is only permitted on land designated as forest area. But not all forest area holds sufficient tree cover to make logging commercially feasible, while plenty of non-forest areas contain large numbers of commercially valuable timber trees — the case for much of the Malukus.Logging in non-forest areas is allowed for individuals under what’s known as a timber utilization permit, or IPK.“A lot of timber outside forest areas in Maluku is extracted using the IPK permit scheme,” Mufti said.Businesses looking to log such areas on a large scale typically put together a farmers’ association, which is then entitled to apply for an IPK. Mufti said such associations were merely fronts, with the farmers not benefiting from the scheme.“If these businesses apply for the permit under their own names, there will be resistance from the locals,” he said. “That’s why they hide behind the farmers’ groups. They also enjoy lower taxes.”Mufti said it was unlikely the farmers would establish their own groups to apply for permits without a business pulling the strings.“There’s no way these farmers could draw up the timber utilization maps” needed to apply for the permit, he said. “When we did some digging, we found that all of the administrative work is done by the businesses behind these farmers.”Activists have even unearthed a case in North Maluku where a farmers’ group was established on the basis of falsified signatures, according to Mufti. He added the activists had reported the matter to the local police.The Aru Islands in eastern Indonesia. Image by M.Minderhoud/Wikimedia Commons.Irregular originsAnother ploy commonly used by loggers in Papua is to exploit abandoned logging concessions. A lot of timber continues to be generated from concessions that have been neglected by their permit holders for years, according to Auriga’s Syahrul.There were at least 56,000 square kilometers (21,600 square miles) of selective logging concessions in the Papua region in 2017, according to environment ministry data. A seventh of that area is classed as inactive.Syahrul said no one was really monitoring these concessions, and that as a result, companies were going in and logging there. He said these companies typically paid off local communities to cover for the logged wood until it could be taken to a sawmill.“So if there’s a security checkpoint on the road, these indigenous peoples will say that the timber is theirs,” Syahrul said, adding that they were typically paid about $10 per cubic meter (30 cents per cubic foot) of merbau.The market price for merbau timber is between $200 and $350 per cubic meter, or $5.70 to $10 per cubic foot.Illegal logs in Papua also come from customary forests managed by indigenous communities. An investigative report by the Indonesian magazine Tempo found a steady stream of logs going from one such forest, in Angkasa Dua village, to the timber company PT Mansiman Global Mandiri (MGM) in 2018.This flow of wood wasn’t recorded in an official document called the Industrial Material Fulfillment Plan (RPBBI), a part of the SVLK system that’s supposed to identify timber sourced from natural forests. Instead, the document stated only that MGM got the wood from another company, PT Hanurata Unit Jayapura.Asked by Tempo about the findings, MGM director Daniel Garden acknowledged that his company sourced its timber from Angkasa Dua’s customary forest. He said there wasn’t enough timber from commercial logging concessions in Papua to meet demand from Java, which was why he bought timber from local communities.“Other companies also [do] the same [thing], taking timber from locals,” he told Tempo.“Did we steal anything? We paid the porters. We also paid [for other things] during the transportation. We didn’t harm anyone. If [the government] wants to catch [me], then all have to be arrested as well.”Daniel was among the 21 people charged by the environment ministry in connection with the recent timber seizures. He was one of four suspects who sought to have the charges dismissed in a pretrial motion that was ultimately quashed.Syahrul said this boded well for the anticipated spate of trials. “The ministry won the pretrial motions, so they have a pretty solid case,” he said. He added it was important that the ministry prosecute each suspect to the fullest extent of the law.A jungle river in Indonesian Papua. Image by Rhett A. Butler.Shoring up the systemSimply confiscating shipments of illegally logged timber isn’t a solution unless the government addresses the root causes of illegal logging, activists say.Concessions in places like Papua need to be closely monitored, and if they were found to be abandoned, the permits revoked immediately to prevent logging taking place under the radar, Syahrul said.“The government has to make sure that the logging concessions are truly operated [by the permit holders] and monitor them strictly,” he said. “And if there are inactive concessions, then the government should revoke the permits. If not, then cases like this will repeat.”He also called on the government to provide access to local communities in Papua to selectively log trees in their surrounding forests in a sustainable manner. He said this would make them less likely to be exploited by illegal logging companies while at the same time improve their livelihood.“That’s the ideal solution,” Syahrul said. “A logging concession managed by indigenous communities means that it’s clear who’s managing the forest. On top of that, the indigenous people will protect the forest as well, they won’t cut down trees carelessly.”A scheme that allows indigenous peoples in Papua to manage their forests as logging concessions is already in place, known as customary forest concessions. It was introduced by the local government in 2008, aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forests in Papua as well as the protection and management of natural resources by the region’s indigenous peoples.To date, however, the Papua provincial government has issued just 18 permits for customary forest concessions, covering a combined 780 square kilometers (300 square miles) of forest. Applications for another four permits are being considered.None of the indigenous communities that received a permit has been able to use it. The local government says they’ll have to wait until the national government, in this case the environment ministry, recognizes the scheme first. The ministry says guidelines need to be drawn up before the scheme can get up and running.Another thing the government can do is address the weaknesses in the current SVLK system and improve the quality of certification agencies, Syahrul said. This includes the environment ministry conducting its own audits of timber firms suspected of involvement in illegal logging, and following up on audits carried out by certification agencies.“The ministry could use the certification agencies’ findings as a basis for further audit or to freeze or revoke SVLK certificates,” Syahrul said.He added there was also a need to hold certification agencies accountable for their work.“What hasn’t been done is a verification of the certification agencies. How can they issue certificates when the sources of the timber are unclear, like the cases in Papua?” he said. 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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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

The Best Disney Springs Table Service Restaurants

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“Think Outside the Box!”

first_imgThat is probably the most annoying idiom! Just say what you mean!Say something like,“Let’s try to come up with some creative ideas;” or“Let’s think unconventionally on this particular one;” or“A fresh, new perspective is welcome here!” or…almost anything else but talking about a box. Creepy.Anyway, we get it. The box is metaphor. It represents the careful, conventional, mundane, safe, boring, and the cautious, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.There is room for conventional thinking…and caution, safety, etc. There are times it makes sense to be cautious and to use the proven strategies – the tried and true.After all, it’s better safe than sorry! If you ever find yourself between the devil and the deep blue sea, it is better to go with the devil you know than the devil you don’t know, especially since a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.So if it makes so much sense thinking INSIDE the box, then why think OUTSIDE of it at all? Well, you already know: No risk, no return. You may need new results. You may need better and different methods, systems, products, services. You may have to throw caution to the wind. Good things happen when we think unconventionally, from a different point-of-view.So what do we do then? Which one do we use?I say use BOTH! They balance each other, not cancel each other.Too much risk can result in absolute loss. No risk at all can have the same result! So, roll with the punches! And be sure to throw some of your own!Roll the dice. Just be sure you’re in a game you’re not likely to lose.last_img read more

Iceberg Launches, Now Everyone Can Program

first_imgsarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img There was a time when only technically-savvy people knew how to create content and publish it to the internet, but the rise of easy-to-use blogging and CMS systems changed that. Today, everyone can be a publisher. Now, Iceberg wants to bring that same democratization to programming. In fact, that’s their vision for Web 3.0 – the web where everyone is a programmer.We covered Iceberg last year, when it was still in private beta. Back then, co-founder Wayne Byrne was declaring “war on software,” and today, he continues that battle. With Iceberg, any user can create a web application using its simple, DIY tools. And to make sure everyone has a chance to learn how to do so, Iceberg is made available for free. The free version supports up to 5 users, but once you go beyond that, each additional user is $200/each. For non-profits and educational institutions, though, the software remains free. There’s even a high school in the U.K. where the teens are being taught to program using Iceberg instead of code. Learning Iceberg is relatively easy – Byrne says “20 minutes and you can be a programmer” – I’d argue it’s a bit more than that if you haven’t ever been exposed to any programming concepts, but it’s far from impossible. To get you started, there’s a vast and well-documented training section available from Iceberg’s web site, which includes free sample applications, step-by-step guides, screenshots, diagrams, videos, and more.Build an App in 3 MinutesAs far as what you can build with Iceberg, it’s really up to you. Although the focus is on business applications, like CRM or PM tools, you can interface with anything that offers up a web service. For enterprise environments, instead of using Iceberg as a service, I.T. departments can download and use Iceberg offline, behind the firewall, to work with their in-house servers, like Windows SQL server for example. For companies making an investment in using Iceberg, the team will even go a step further than just providing the service, but will also work with the business to help them with the process of building and customizing their apps. Several of the companies out of the 2000 or so downloads Iceberg has had to date have had this type of assistance, including companies that have moved from Zoho’s CRM to their own personalized version. Today, Iceberg is revving up to a new version: Iceberg 2.1. In this latest iteration, there are new features like a getting started wizard that makes creating applications as simple as answering simple questions about their business needs. They’ve also added a bug tracker, a more flexible interface, and a new embed feature that lets you “mashup” snippets from any web site or widget right into your form or application.Google Maps Mashed Up in FormThey’ve also introduced what they’re calling their first “killer app,” a project management application for any design/development agency. With this app, users can manage projects, get intelligent estimates based on history, interact with clients, view charts, and more. Unlike with Basecamp, for example, emails are built into the system, you can automatically track and refer to all the communication about the project with ease.Email functionality in Iceberg’s PM AppIf you’ve already written off Iceberg as just another business/enterprise app and therefore not for you, then you’re missing the bigger picture. Of course, Iceberg is offering tools for business – that’s where the money is – but it’s also offering tools for the everyman/novice programmer. Want to build the next great Twitter app? You can use Iceberg for that…but you can also use it to build the next Twitter, too. If you want to try Iceberg today, you can download it from this link here for a special deal. The download includes 5 licenses, but if you choose to tell your friends about Iceberg, then you can get access to 2 more free licenses, as will your friends. Related Posts Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Australian Masters teams announced for the 2015 World Cup

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the Australian Masters teams that will compete in the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup next year. Australia will field teams in all six Masters divisions at the World Cup, which will be held at the C.Ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales from Wednesday, 29 April until Sunday, 3 May. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian Masters teams for the 2015 World Cup. Men’s 30’sCraig Boston Graeme ClancyMichael DevonshireTom EylesNathan Jones Aaron Jones Trevor Moran Ryan PollockGavin ShukerGarry SondaDavid ZanetteScott Prince Anthony Ziade Steven TakchiDean McKechnieCoach – John SinghAssistant Coach – Chris LothManager – Mick McGrathWomen’s 27’s Kate BarkerBo De La CruzPatricia McCarthyMelinda IngramJessica StojkovskiKelly KennedyMelissa McCallKristie MoseleyBrooke CranageKelly GoodwinLauren ThorneCarly WalshStacey LaphamNikki StanleyRebecca HannonCoach – Danny GoodwinAssistant Coach – Mick GrayManager – Courtney Watt Men’s 40’sChris BenfieldChristian BrowneCristin DavidsonAnthony DudeckAnthony EltakchiWayne GleesonLars HansonPhil JarrettTroy MorganGerard O’KeeffeDavid RobertsCraig ScharerDarren SwainScott DanswanDean MurphyCorey McLeodCoach – Peter VincentManager – Lyle BarnwellMen’s 50’sAmir AyoubDavid CheungBrett GillardMark HearndenTrevor JollyTim KitchinghamDavid KafoaDavid McDonaldDean McManusJohn MenegusLeonard RyanJohn SaminGreg YoungPeter WandlShane BealeMichael WaringCoach – Mick McCallAssistant Coach – Joe SchweitzerManager – Dave Amos Coach – Wade JenkinsAssistant Coach – Emmanuel BuhagiarManager – Murray Northey Men’s 35’s Drew DaviesAdam FahimClint GaughanMichael Irvine Chris JonsonNathan Martin Brad MitchellBrent PowellChris Tarlinton Dean TaylorDean WilbowShannon WarrenTroy ClarkeLucas Feldman Senior Mixed Christian FrostBradley LuggJosh Sparke Manu WakelyJamie ChanDaniel RushworthMichael WatsonJay Miller Sarah NashKirstie WakelyDavina GalettoMichelle EvansMelissa Sharpe Roy PrasadAmanda BurdettCoach – Mick McDonaldAssistant Coach – Hamish McLean Manager – Dean Harris Related Files2015_world_cup_masters_team_announcement_01-pdfRelated LinksAUS Masters Teamslast_img read more

23 days agoLokomotiv Moscow coach Yuri Semin: I WANT Atletico Madrid to win Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lokomotiv Moscow coach Yuri Semin: I WANT Atletico Madrid to win Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLokomotiv Moscow coach Yuri Semin is backing Atletico Madrid to win the Champions League.Loko fell 2-0 at home to Atletico last night.And Semin admits he was impressed: “This Atlético is a younger, rejuvenated team, but they still have the same style. “They are one of the leaders of LaLiga and hopefully they can win the Champions League.”It is a strong candidate, it is what I want, congratulations and luck.”He also said of Atleti whiz João Félix: “He is the future of Atlético, has played with a control, pace and created great problems.” last_img

Hearing pollution matters regularly so that people can get clean air SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it is hearing matters related to severe air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region “day in and day out” so that people, especially the children, could breathe clean air.The apex court observed this while coming down heavily on the Delhi Transport Department, which has filed an affidavit raising objections over the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) asking it to purchase five machines to identify polluting vehicles. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe department requested the court to consider asking it to purchase “only one or two machines” for remote sensing technology to identify such vehicles. “Do not you think that people and children should live in a clean environment?,” a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta told the counsel appearing for the Delhi Transport Department. “Why only one or two (machines)? Why not five?”. The bench said Delhi’s air quality has been at its “best” now after such a long time. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Today, this year we have the best time so far as (far as) air quality is concerned,” the bench said, adding, “We are taking up this matter day in and day out to ensure clean air”. “You should not have filed such objections. You can raise valid objections,” the bench observed. Senior advocate Aparajita Singh, who is assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the pollution matter, also pointed out to the affidavit filed by transport department and said that air quality in Delhi has come to the best after such a long period only due to the orders passed by the court. “All this (improvement in air quality) has happened only because of the court,” Singh told the bench. In its affidavit, the Delhi transport department has pointed out “some shortcomings” in the study conducted by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) which has scanned about 1.76 lakh vehicles and found the remote sensing technology to be useful. “As regards the EPCA suggestion for purchase of five machines by the Delhi Transport Department, it is submitted that at this initial stage, this court may consider the purchase of only one or two machines by the Delhi Transport Department and the same can be later increased gradually,” the affidavit said. It said the number of devices can be increased once sufficient experience over a period of time is gained by the Delhi Transport Department and challenges in implementing the remote sensing in India, as pointed out in the ICAT study, are overcome. The transport department said it can issue tender for induction of remote sensing devices only after the specifications or standards are fixed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and machines certified accordingly are available.last_img read more

Gerrard heaps praise on team after ruthless win

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has heaped praises on his team after their ruthless victory of Motherwell on Saturday.The Gers defeated the Lancashire outfit 7-1 to move within two points of league leaders, Celtic.Rangers produced arguably their best performance of the season and their manager was pleased with his stars after the resounding win.Gerrard said, according to Daily Record:“I am very pleased with the players and I am very pleased with the result.”“It was a really good reaction from Thursday night. We asked the players to bounce back today and put on a show for the supporters, we certainly delivered that.”“That’s what I have been asking for from the players right from the start.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“We’ve used the words ‘ruthless’ and ‘relentless’ and that’s what we were today.”“We tell them to forget the scoreline, don’t think about the scoreline and just keeping playing and pushing until the final whistle.”“I said to them at halftime ‘we are 3-1 up, they are a man down, what are we going to do?’”“I asked if they were going to continue to get carried away in a fight and in the emotion of it all or if they were going to be calm, if they were going to place with a precision and a tempo.”“I told them we would get opportunities to make the scoreline as big as we wanted and the players have delivered.”last_img read more

Allegri on his Juventus future Nothing is certain

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could not offer any assurances over his long-term future at Turin.Since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014, Allegri has registered 182 wins in 252 games across all competitions in charge of Juventus and has won four consecutive domestic doubles.In fact, last month’s Supercoppa Italiana victory over former side AC Milan was Allegri’s 10th piece of major silverware that he’s won at Juventus.Due to this, Allegri has been strongly linked with both Manchester United and Real Madrid in the past 12 months with his contract at Juventus to expire in June 2020.Speaking in a press conference today, Allegri did little to help ease fans’ concerns over his future with the Old Lady.“Nothing is certain,” admitted Allegri, via Fox Sports.“I’ve been fine here at Juventus for five years and I’m happy. I have a contract and I am happy at Juventus.“I am focused on the present, on our targets for this season. We’ve won the Supercoppa, now we have to win Serie A and the Champions League.”The Italian confirmed that top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in Juventus’ clash against 19th-placed Frosinone on Friday as they bid to maintain their 11-point lead at the top of the Serie A.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This comes despite the fact that the Bianconeri will be taking a trip to Spain on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Atletico Madrid.“[Cristiano] Ronaldo will play, he’s always played and he will play tomorrow,” explained Allegri.“You are obsessed by the Champions League.“Today is Thursday, there is almost one week before the game. We need to win to give a boost for the Serie A title and the Champions League as well.”The Juventus and Frosinone will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin with kick-off set for 8:30 PM (CET).Your #JuveFrosinone squad list for tomorrow’s Serie A match! ⚪️⚫️#ForzaJuve #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/r6a64DPy9O— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 14, 2019last_img read more