Pep Guardiola was left speechless after learning that Benjamin Mendy tagged himself at Hong Kong International Airport on his Instagram story on Friday.Despite returning to action for Manchester City against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup last month, Mendy remains sidelined while recuperating from knee surgery in November.As such, the French full-back will not feature against Chelsea on Sunday for City and was given permission by Guardiola to travel to Barcelona and Paris to help with him regain full fitness.The City boss also confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany will sit out of the Chelsea game as well due to muscle problems.“Mendy is injured and it’s not easy. Meniscus. It is not easy. He needs to re-adapt,” said Guardiola on the club website.“You can’t return and train for two days and you are fit. You have to be careful.”On Friday morning, however, Mendy posted a video of himself on Instagram with the location tag of Hong Kong International Airport.When asked about this one, Guardiola was taken completely aback as he thought Mendy was still at Barcelona.He said: “Wow, I didn’t know. F***, he’s a lucky guy. He said he was going to Paris but Hong Kong is far away, I need to download an Instagram account.“Yesterday he was in Barcelona. It will definitely not be OK if he is in Hong Kong.”Meanwhile, Guardiola will be hoping to see his City side claim a third consecutive win this Sunday against Chelsea as they bid to hold on to their lead at the top of the Premier League.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Citizens’ 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday saw them return to top spot in the standings for the first time since December.However, Guardiola is refusing to underestimate Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri who he feels has made progress since their first meeting back in August in the Community Shield despite what recent results may suggest.“People believed managers arrive at good clubs and immediately create something,” said Guardiola.“My feeling when I saw Chelsea at Community Shield was they were already there.“They have been exceptional. Final of Carabao Cup, in Europa League, and Premier League they are there.“They are nine behind with one less game and in the FA Cup they are there as well.“I see them play and I recognise exactly what they want to do.”This is gold! Pep Guardiola’s reaction to Benjamin Mendy tagging himself in Hong Kong on Instagram 🇭🇰🌍🤣 pic.twitter.com/ID6dmHoTgA— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 8, 2019
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Here was the embankment that had saved Kutubdia from different cyclonic stroms over the years. Photo: Jewel SheelBoth local and foreign investors are keen to set up industries in Kutubdia island while the government also has similar plans. However, environmentalists warn unplanned growth of industries may destroy the environment and biodiversity of the island.Coastal islands like Maheskhali, Kutubdia, Sonadia and St Martin’s are sanctuaries for amphibians and aquatic animals. There are four to five species of dolphins and two species of tortoise that are on the verge of extinction.Director general of the Department of Environment (DoE), AKM Rafique Ahammed, told Prothom Alo, “Those who want to set up industries in the island have to get an approval. If any of the industries poses a risk to the environment, it has to carry out Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).”According to Petrobangla, local company Beximco has sought 700 acres of land to the power, energy and mineral resources ministry. Beximco in its website said the island would be its centre of investment for the energy sector.Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) also wants to establish an economic zone in the island.Two Indian companies dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) have shown their interest to set up terminals in Kutubdia as well, as did another Indonesian company.Petrobangla officials said investors in the energy sector are also showing interest in Kutubdia.The government is constructing a sea port at Matharbari. Once it is done, large vessels carrying heavy machinery will be able to berth at the Matarbari seaport and it would be a suitable place to establish an LNG terminal. Kutubdia is four kilometers away from Matarbari. This will facilitate bringing in raw materials and LNG containers.Kutubdia upazila chairman Faridul Islam Chowdhury said there is no electricity in the area and most of the embankments are damaged. After the cyclonic storm in 1991, many people left Kutubdia. Some are still leaving, too.He said the prime minister had pledged that electricity will be available by 2020.Local people get employment opportunities if industries are set up, he further said, arguing that they will not leave.Shahera Begum lives in a hut near Kutubdia island. While talking to this correspondent on 27 December 2018, she had said her house would be protected due to the embankment despite the fury of the sea.After the cyclonic storm Fani had hit the island on 4 May, a fisherman of the island said a portion of the embankment was engulfed by the sea. However, Shahera’s cottage survived. But it is now at risk of erosion.A big portion of Kutubdia island was engulfed by the Bay of Bengal and the embankments were damaged by the storms one after another. The residents of the island are leaving their ancestral houses, crop fields and fish enclosures. Where they are settling anew, they are naming the place ‘Kutubdiapara’.According to the local administration, these people are settling at Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Maheskhali, Ramu, Chakaria, Dulahazara and Kekua, Khagrachhari, Bandarban, Rangamati Sadar and Chattogram Sadar and Anwara upazila.The lighthouse which had been giving light to sailors since 1848 it broke down during the cyclone of 1991. The administration did not take any steps to this end. People have now started living in the area named ‘Lighthousepara’.Life and riskOne has to go to Kutubdia from Magnama Ghat of Pekua Upazila of Cox’s Bazar by trawler. There is a small bazaar one kilometre away from the ghat. Fish and salt are sold in the market here. One can see the towers of windmills few kilometres later.There is no boundary around the power plants set up on nearly eight acres of land. The security system is not up to the standard while electricity supply is not more than one megawatt. A total of 350 families receive electricity for seven to eight hours a day. There is also a solar and a diesel-powered power station. Only 12 per cent of the islanders get electricity.There have been bumper production of both salt and rice this year. More than 700 tonnes of salt were produced in about 7,000 acres of land. The farmers are, however, worried for its low price. Again, the paddy invented for salty lands by the scientists had a good yield. But the rice prices are also low.Four researchers from two US universities published a research report on geographical changes in Kutubdia in 2017. The study says the size of the island was 77 square kilometres in 1972, but it shrunk to 68 square kilometres in 2013.Meanwhile, a study carried out by the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), a government agency, says the total area of Kutubdia island was about 100 square kilometres in 1840. As many as 40 square kilometres of the lands were reduced due to erosion. Upazila administration data also give similar impression.Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, executive director of Coast Trust, an organisation working on coastal development, said due to erosion and lack of damns the island and the residents’ lives are at stake.”Scattered plans will not help to protect this island. We need an inclusive plan. The problem will increase if the residents are displaced,” he added.As per the upazila administration data, there was a 40-kilometre embankment around the island. Half of the damn collapsed in the 1991 cyclone. It was reduced to eight kilometres by the onslaught of the cyclone Sidr, Aila, Roanu, Mahasen and the latest Fani. As a result, a large part of the island goes under water in regular tide.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Dipak Kumar Roy said he has requested the Water Development Board to repair the damn as soon as possible.The water level of the sea is very high at the moment. It should be kept in mind while repairing the embankments, he added.Secretary to the Ministry of Water Resources, Kabir Bin Anwar, said the ministry had decided to repair and rebuild the damns.Also, mangrove forests will be created to protect the coast as the Ministry of Forest and Environment and the directorate will remain responsible to protect the biodiversity of the island.According to Kutubdia upazila administration, every year there is erosion in different places of the island in normal tide. Two years ago the island’s population was about 300,000. It is less than half now.Another 5,000 people have been left vulnerable due to cyclone Fani, he added.Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmed, former country director for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), stressed the need for rehabilitating the residents of the island.”Local residents must be protected before any project is implemented there and erosion must be stopped, too,” he said.”Otherwise, being one of the vital source of salt and fishes, the island, its inhabitants and the proposed investment will be in danger,” he observed.”Coastal islands like Kutubdia protect the country from the initial strike of storm surge. Before upgrading it to an industrial area, it’s overall wellbeing has to be kept in mind,” Inshtiaq further said.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo’s print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Farjana Liakat.
We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.comThere are long delays on the A500 due to a vehicle fire this afternoon – with the D-roads northbound carriageway shut for several hours as a result. A number of readers contacted us about the fire on the carriageway between City Road and Stoke Road – which is believed to have started just before 4pm. The fire was near the bridge near the Civic Centre and Glebe Street – with congestion reported on other major roads across the area and the northbound A500 reopening shortly before 8pm. The southbound carriageway was also closed but is now reported to have reopened, according to traffic data company Inrix. The fire led to long delays throughout the city, with motorists reporting hours added to journeys in some cases. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 15.59, two appliances – one from Hanley and Longton have attended. It is a vehicle fire. Read MoreMan, 25, arrested on suspicion of rape after sex attack in park Paramedics confirmed no one was injured. The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .19:50Police confirm A500 has reopenedStaffordshire Police have confirmed the A500 has reopened.19:14Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spoksman said: “On the A500 near Stoke, we’ll soon be re-opening the northbound carriageway following an earlier car fire. Local roads and alternative routes in and around Stoke are busy. Allow extra journey time still.”18:41Latest on the A500 from Inrix A500 D Road Northbound closed, queueing traffic due to car fire from A519 (Hanchurch Interchange, Staffordshire) to A52 (Stoke Road Interchange, Stoke-on-Trent). Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). A50 is also struggling towards the Sideway Roundabout, because traffic is forced southbound. Both the A52 and A34 heading into Stoke is also struggling as traffic diverts away. Traffic heading Southbound on the A500 from Basford R.Although the fire has now been put out, the closure has been pushed back to the Hanchurch Interchange around 18:00, to help manage traffic Traffic was also held Southbound but has been released. Long delays on surrounding roads as traffic tries to avoid. 18:28Highways England confirm carriageway remains closedA Highways England spokesman said: A reminder that the A500 in Stoke remains closed northbound while Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police deal with a vehicle fire. “18:10Delays on A34 due to traffic avoiding A500Stop-start traffic on A34 Grovesnor Roundabout in both directions from B5038 Whitmore Road to A527 Barracks Road (Grosvenor Roundabout).Traffic using this route to avoid the problems on the A500. (Image: Inrix)17:54Latest from InrixA500 D Road Northbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire from A52 City Road (City Road Interchange) to A52 (Stoke Road Interchange). Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). A50 is also struggling towards the Sideway Roundabout. Both the A52 and A34 heading into Stoke is also struggling as traffic diverts away.Despite social media suggesting a closure at the A50 sensors show traffic getting off at City Road. Traffic was also held Southbound but has been released. Causing bad congestion through Stoke town and on the A53 as traffic finds alternative routes. 17:52Delays on A52 due to traffic on A500Queueing traffic on A52 in both directions from A527 Queen Street to A527 Barracks Road.Not helped by the ongoing problems on the A500. 17:50Queuing traffic on A50Queueing traffic on A50 Westbound from A5005 Lightwood Road (Longton / Dresden) to A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).Not helped by the problems on the A500.17:25Police commentA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:A500 northbound in Staffordshire is currently closed due to a vehicle fire at Glebe Street near Stoke, with a closure in place at the Sideway junction by the A50. Please expect delays in the local area and find an alternative route where possible .”17:24Latest on A500A Highways England spokesman said: “On the A500 near Stoke a car has caught fire. “ Traffic has been temporarily halted in both directions between the junctions of the A519 and the a34, while Staffordshire Fire and Rescue tackle the blaze. Expect delays.”17:20Latest from InrixA500 Queensway in both directions blocked, queueing traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and vehicle fire from A52 City Road (City Road Interchange) to A52 (Stoke Road Interchange).A vehicle fire on the Northbound carriageway has resulted in traffic being held in both directions. Sensors show traffic is being affected between Sideway Roundabout and Kidsgrove / Tunstall turn off as well as the A53 and going through Stoke town. 16:51Ambulance service confirm no injuriesA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called at 4.06pm to reports of a car on fire on the A500. One ambulance attended. There were no injuries and we are now clear of the scene.” 16:38Delays on surrounding roadsInrix reports traffic is being affected between Sideway Roundabout and Kidsgrove / Tunstall turn off as well as the A53 and going through Stoke town. 16:37Latest photo from the sceneLatest photo from the fire on the A500 (Image: Mart Lowe)16:36What we know so farTraffic is being held on the A500 in both directions due to an SUV fireThe fire is near the Civic Centre in StokeFirefighters were called shortly before 4pmMotorists are being advised to avoid the area16:34Video from the sceneDawn Bridges took this video from the scene.16:33Traffic queueingInrix, the traffic data company, confirm traffic is queuing on surrounding roads.16:28Further statement from the councilA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:“Motorists are advised that a vehicle on fire on the A500 Queensway is causing serious congestion on the ring road, which may have a knock-on effect on other routes. “Emergency services are on site but check your route before travelling and avoid the area as much as possible. “16:28Location of the fireThe fire is near Glebe Street bridge (Image: Inrix)16:26Another image from the scene (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)16:23Council advising motorists to seek alternative routesA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:There is a vehicle fire on the A500 near the Stoke Road junction. Traffic is very heavy in the that area so please avoid if at all possible. “Motorists are advised that a vehicle on fire on the A500 Queensway is causing serious congestion on the ring road, which may have a knock-on effect on other routes.” 16:21Another picture of the fire posted in our Traffic and Travel Group Click to playTap to play Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Video Loading Video Unavailable A500 fireVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/0:07Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:06 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Police search for missing woman Video will play in The fire on the A500 Latest photo from the fire on the A500 (Image: Mart Lowe) A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 4.06pm to reports of a car on fire on the A500. One ambulance attended. There were no injuries and we are now clear of the scene.” We’ll bring you further updates as we get them on live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. 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