By Julien PretotPARIS, France (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s Angel Di Maria was at his vintage best as he scored twice on his birthday in a 4-0 first-leg demolition of a ragged Barcelona side who now have a mountain to climb in their Champions League last-16 clash.The Argentina winger, 29, scored in each half with PSG’s Germany midfielder Julian Draxler and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani also finding the net as the French champions tore apart a disorganised Barca side who have it all to do in the return.PSG, eliminated by the Catalans in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015, were the more aggressive side at the Parc des Princes and have put themselves in a commanding position ahead of the March 8 second leg at the Camp Nou.Five-time European champions Barca, with their trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar subdued, have not exited in the last 16 since going out to Liverpool in the 2006/07 season and the score equalled their worst Champions League loss.“It’s impossible to have a better performance and birthday. I’m very happy with how the team played. It was a wonderful display, fully deserved,” said Di Maria, who is getting back to his best since Draxler joined from Vfl Wolfsburg last month.Stunned Barca coach Luis Enrique said of the PSG side: “They are world class players with a lot of quality. Di Maria in particular was very, very good. They have a big attacking potential, are hard in defence and incredible on the ball.The only concern for home coach Unai Emery was the loss of the impressive Marco Verratti to a leg injury in the second half after the Italy international had put on a world-class display with fellow midfielder Adrien Rabiot.PSG were dangerous on the break from the start and came close to scoring in the 11th minute when captain Blaise Matuidi’s rasping shot was brilliantly parried by keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after a perfect through ball from Rabiot.CAVANI STRIKESThe home side were rewarded seven minutes later, though, when Di Maria whipped a free kick over the wall into the net.Barcelona continued to play their patient possession game but failed to threaten and their apparent complacency was punished again five minutes before the break.Messi lost the ball in midfield and Verratti slid a perfectly weighted ball to the right for Draxler, who fired a low shot into the far bottom corner of the net.PSG started the second half strongly and went further ahead in the 55th minute when Di Maria danced around Andres Iniesta before curling a 25-metre shot past Ter Stegen.Verratti limped off the pitch in some discomfort after 71 minutes and was replaced by Chris Nkunku.It did not stop PSG from continuing to push forward, though, and a minute later Cavani, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, rifled a low shot past Ter Stegen for his seventh goal in seven games in the competition this season.The hosts also defended perfectly, with centre back Presnel Kimpembe deputising superbly on his Champions League debut for injured captain Thiago Silva, as PSG claimed a deserved victory.Barca had a chance to get an away goal seven minutes from time but Samuel Umtiti’s header hit Kevin Trapp’s right-hand post, and Luis Enrique’s side now face a huge challenge.No team ever overturned a deficit of four or more goals to progress in the Champions League knockout stages.
In an interview with UKâ€™s Daily Express wednesday, the FC Barcelona forward said: â€œWe donâ€™t know so much about Nigeria but the African teams are normally compact, tough and strong. So it will be no walkover,” he observed.His comment was corroborated earlier in the week by former team mate, Javier Mascherano who said “Nigeria is quite well known to us, we’ve always met in the last World Cups. They are tough, not just because of their physical power, but because their disorganisation has the effect of disorganising you as a rival and that is when teams like ours suffer the most,” he pointed out last Sunday in an interview.Messi, scorer of two goals against Nigeria in 3-2 win at the last edition in Brazil was missing in action the last November, when Super Eagles proved bookmakers wrong with an emphatic 4-2 win over the two-time World Champions in an international friendly match in Russia.The shocker of last year in Russia has elevated the next encounter as one of the most important matches in the group stage of the tournament in Russia.Aside his comments about the Nigerian team, Messi also revealed, his thoughts on Argentina’s chances and his future with the Albeceleste: â€œOur challenge is to be champions,â€ said the Barcelona superstar.â€œWe know it wonâ€™t be easy but Iâ€™m certain that Argentina has a squad capable of being a champion in Russia. If the players all believe the same then we can be contenders.â€â€œItâ€™s true that the qualifying phase was complicated for us because we took too long to do it,â€ he said.â€œBut the important thing is that we are here in this World Cup and that we give everything to achieve as much as we can.â€œIf Argentina goes out there and plays as we know we can then it will be very difficult to beat us.â€œWe have experienced World Cups before and we know that every rival will come out to try and beat us and play the game as if it is a final. That always makes it more complicated. But we are used to it.â€œIt will be important to start strongly. Iceland did well in their last tournament so the first match will not be comfortable. But these are the ones to win if you donâ€™t want the next matches to be even more complicated.â€â€œCroatia is a good team with players in the big European leagues and that makes them dangerous,â€ said Messi.Argentina opens their account at the Mundial on Saturday afternoon against Iceland before Nigeria takes on Croatia hours later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja with agency reportsFive-time world footballer of the year and Argentine football legend, Lionel Messi, has expressed the difficulty the South American side will encounter when the Super Eagles face off against the Latin American nation in the last Group D match at the World Cup finals in Russia which gets underway from today.Both teams now, perennial opponent at previous group stage of the competition except at France â€˜98 and on all occasions Argentina always triumph but will meet again in the last group match that will determine the journey of the two teams into the knockout phase of the competition.
Following an initial “pilot case” shirt sponsorship in January, Astralis and Audi are back together: this time with a permanent deal. The previous Audi jerseys – Credit: AstralisThe deal in January was a three month pilot case which coincided with Astralis’ sensational run to glory at the ELEAGUE Major and was rumoured to be worth in excess of $750,000. Now, following evaluation of the results, the two are back together again and the famous four rings of the German car manufacturer will once again feature on the popular Danish Counter-Strike roster’s jerseys.The partnership will resume immediately, with an event on November 23rd for fans to be held in Copenhagen where the new jersey will be presented. It’s ahead of the BLAST Pro Series which will see six of the world’s best teams battle it out in Copenhagen in a new, innovative tournament format whereby games are played and broadcast simultaneously in the main arena and fans can effectively choose which one to watch until the playoffs get underway. The move to sign a new partnership comes after Nielsen, a company that specialises in sponsorship valuations, found that Audi received more than “ten times its return on sponsorship exposure” during the ELEAGUE Finals and DreamHack Las Vegas tournaments back in January and February. RFRSH Entertainment, has been behind several big deals featuring the CS:GO team and non-endemic sponsors. We’ve seen Astralis pick up the likes of Coco Fuzion, Jack & Jones and PanzerGlass to name but a few. Now Audi are back on the somewhat illustrious list (as far as esports goes). Jacob Thiesen, Audi Denmark’s Digital Manager commented: “We are extremely pleased to be back on the chest of the Astralis jersey. The valuation of our initial partnership demonstrated some impressive numbers and effects and the co-operation with the team and RFRSH Entertainment was second to none. On this basis, we entered negotiations in the late summer, and we’re glad to finally announce the partnership – again.”Esports Insider: RFRSH and Astralis are at it again. The jersey already looks slick, but with the famous Audi crest sitting on it now it looks even better. Congratulations to RFRSH, Astralis and Audi on another great partnership.
That much was decided weeks ago.But on the penultimate day of the regular season, a sellout crowd packed inside the park at China Basin and cheered a club that clinched a postseason berth.After scoring five runs in the final two innings Saturday, the … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Dodgers fans pack AT&T Park, Giants watch their rival celebrate playoff-clinching winSAN FRANCISCO–AT&T Park won’t host playoff baseball this season.
The upcoming fourth annual 2010 National Communications Partnership (NCP) Conference aims to generate up to three integrated communication campaigns in which all stakeholders in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, including sponsors, host cities and the government, can easily and effectively participate.Hosted in partnership with the International Marketing Council, the custodian of Brand South Africa, the conference will take place on Monday 17 August 2009 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.“The event also marks the celebratory milestone of 300 days to the kick-off of the Fifa 2010 World Cup, proudly being hosted on African soil for the first time,” said NCP chair Nkwenkwe Nkomo. “Now on the home stretch to this prestigious global event, Africa’s time has truly come.”The programme will provide delegates and hosts with a platform for robust debate and dialogue. It includes a keynote address by Collins Chabane, minister within the Presidency, as well as an analysis of reporting on the Fifa 2009 Confederations Cup. There will also be hands-on group breakaway sessions to discuss domestic and regional mobilisation, communications, as well as tourism, hospitality, transport and security issues.Panel discussions will include representatives from Fifa, the 2010 Organising Committee, South African Tourism, the Department of Transport, the Secretariat of Safety and Security, the Government Communication and Information System, and the media.“We intend to deliver a powerful and integrated 2010 communications platform to help mobilise South Africans and African stakeholders,” said Paul Bannister, acting CEO of the International Marketing Council.“Through integrated communications and aligned messaging, we can collectively position and help deliver the next ‘defining moment’, for both South Africa and the African continent.” The one-day National Communication Partnership Conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Maude Street, Sandton (GPS coordinates S26° 06.394’; E028° 03.221’). It will be followed by a networking cocktail party. Click here to registerUSEFUL LINKSNational Communication Partnership ConferenceNCP registrationNCP programmeNCP on TwitterGovernment Communication and Information System
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has been held for over 40 years, with Africa’s involvement and its interests at the heart of a dedicated annual continental forum since 1990. Here are some of the highlights from those 26 years in preparation for the forthcoming WEF on Africa to be held in Rwanda in May 2016.1990 and 1991WEF’s first Africa meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 1990, featuring participants from business, government and civil society, including many burgeoning economy policymakers and business leaders from South Africa.The priority was to gain international support for South Africa’s future, as a united front featuring both Thabo Mbeki, chief economic policy maker for the African National Congress (ANC), and the National Party government’s finance minister Barend du Plessis. They took the findings of the forum on a roadshow through Africa and major international financial centres to drum up support for a smooth economic transition to a democratic South Africa.The following year, the forum held again in Geneva, took a more pointed focus on the rest of Southern Africa, with the theme “Opportunities for Growth and Development in a Southern Africa in Transition”.1992Then South African President FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the three primary players in political and economic negotiations in South Africa, presented a united front at the 1992 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Mandela chose the occasion to make his first speech on South Africa’s economic future under the ANC and credited the forum with inspiring his reversal of ANC policy on nationalisation of the mining industry.1993This was the first year WEF on Africa was held in Cape Town. It was also the first time many of the world’s leaders, particularly African heads of state, visited South Africa. The country remained a regular host over the next 20 years.The 1993 event saw the creation of the ten-year Global Leaders of Tomorrow initiative that heralded the emergence of new economic players out of Africa, including some of the most prominent and powerful players in African affairs today such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Patrice Motsepe and Ugandan-born Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam.1998The 1998 event, held in Windhoek, Nambia, saw the launch of the first Africa Competitiveness Report, one of the world’s most vital economic barometers.Historic video: Nelson Mandela speaks at World Economic Forum in Davos, 1999. http://t.co/ztELLsRJcF #Davos #WEF14SA pic.twitter.com/aZ2MCmQ1CA— MediaClubSouthAfrica (@MediaClubSA) January 20, 20142000WEF in Durban, hosted by then-President Mbeki, saw the emergence of his African Renaissance concept that focused on regional integration for the continent.2001The rise of social entrepreneurs, and the founding of WEF’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship were some of the highlights from 2001. The Schwab Foundation brought acclaimed Africa-based social enterprises to international attention.2002Almost 150 global and regional companies doing business with Africa endorsed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).2005The WE Forum of Young Global Leaders was launched, including 16 up-and- coming African economic players, some of whom were integral to the success of the 2005 WEF Africa summit.2008Under the theme, “Capitalising on Opportunity”, the 18th WEF on Africa focused on raising the quality of leadership and education to capitalise on the growing opportunities available because of the continent’s economic growth and significant decrease in conflict.2010With the largest gathering of African heads of state and over 1 000 global economic players from 85 territories, WEF on Africa celebrated its 20th Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme “Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy”. It re- evaluated global changes, such as the 2008 economic downturn, and its effects on African economies.2011The Grow Africa initiative, co-founded by the African Union Commission, Nepad and the WEF, was the hallmark of the 2011 Africa event, held in Cape Town. It focused on an African-owned, country-led, market-based and an inclusive approach to accelerating investment in sustainable growth with an emphasis on agriculture.2015The 25th World Economic Forum on Africa was held in Cape Town with the theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”.With over 1 250 participants from business, politics, civil society, academia and the media, the forum was the largest WEF event ever held in Africa due to an increased number of female participants and young, economic minds from the continent.The milestone was seen as an indication of the unprecedented levels of commitment by global private-public economies to achieving Africa’s transformation. A continuing investment of over $10-billion (about R151-billion) in the Grow Africa initiative saw the creation of almost 60 000 agriculture jobs in 12 countries.Over 8-million smallholder farmers received assistance from the programme. The WEF Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative has also helped accelerate 23 cornerstone projects across the continent valued at $9.7 billion (about R145-billion).Source: World Economic Forum
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”
Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is urging operators of commercial entities to work with the agency to ensure the proper disposal of solid waste. As such, he is advising developers to check with the Authority on proper waste-disposal protocol before they begin construction. Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is urging operators of commercial entities to work with the agency to ensure the proper disposal of solid waste.While the NSWMA is not responsible for the removal of commercial garbage, Mr. Gordon told JIS News that business owners can consult the agency in order to put proper arrangements in place.He lamented that a number of commercial centres across the island do not have adequate facilities for solid-waste storage and disposal.As such, he is advising developers to check with the Authority on proper waste-disposal protocol before they begin construction.“First of all, you should make arrangements when you are building the plaza where the trucks will have access to get the garbage and where the garbage will be housed. All those things have to be included in the planning. We are appealing to commercial entities and developers to get us in on the conversation early when doing these plans, so that the solid waste management can be part of the overall strategy when you are building,” he stressed.The NSWMA Executive Director warned that persons who continue to litter could face stiffer sanctions under new regulations to come on stream shortly for breaches of the NSWMA Act.Meanwhile, Senior Investigator for the NSWMA, Phillip Morgan, said that operators of commercial enterprises should ensure that waste and other debris are properly containerised and taken to an approved dump site.This, he noted, is particularly important for food establishments, which must have a proper waste-disposal system in place in order to be issued a public health certificate to operate.For persons who contract the NSWMA, Mr. Morgan explained that an agent will visit the establishment to assess waste in terms of how many bags are generated per day or per week, and a rate will then be applied.“For example, if it is $200 to collect a bag and you generate 10 bags per week, you would pay $2,000 for the collection of waste every week. Persons who prefer to have waste removed from the premises daily will do so for an additional cost,” he said.Enterprises found in breach of the NSWMA Act will be charged with illegal dumping. This is a prosecutable offence under the law.Section 45A of the NSWMA Act stipulates that persons who dispose of waste in a manner not approved by the Authority, if found guilty, can be fined up to $1 million or sentenced to a nine-month jail term or both.“It may start with a ticket fine for littering. The lower end is $2,000 for the person who actually does the littering. For the person who employs the person doing the littering, it is $10,000. But, it may go up to as much as $1 million if brought before the court, and, also, they might face jail time,” Mr. Morgan outlined.The NSWMA is the regulator of the waste collection industry and is mandated to collect domestic or residential waste.Arrangements for waste collection and disposal can be made by business operators through the NSWMA’s regional bodies.These are Metropolitan Parks and Markets (MPM) Waste Management Limited, Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) Waste Management Limited, Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited; and North Eastern Parks and Markets (NEPM) Waste Management Limited.Operators can also contract the services of a private waste collector. The NSWMA Executive Director warned that persons who continue to litter could face stiffer sanctions under new regulations to come on stream shortly for breaches of the NSWMA Act. Story Highlights
Share Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has named Houston lawyer John Raley to review the case of former Texas death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown to determine if Brown is actually innocent of the shooting death of a Houston police officer and eligible for nearly $2 million in state compensation.Brown was freed in 2015 after spending a decade on death row for the 2003 slaying of Officer Charles Clark during a robbery of a check-cashing store. Brown insisted he wasn’t involved. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted him a new trial, ruling his rights were violated because a detective failed to turn over telephone records that could have aided his defense.The previous district attorney, Devon Anderson, dropped charges but declined to pursue Brown’s actual innocence claim.
In the Northwest and Texas alike, homes are outpacing the economy, according to the Q4 2016 RMBS Sustainable Home Price Report from Fitch Ratings.The Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced home prices overvalued by as much as 10 to 15 percent, and in the western U.S., home prices have seen similar rapid growth outpacing economic fundamentals necessary to keep them sustainable.”Oregon in particular has become an increasingly frothy housing market over the last couple of years,” said Samuel So, Director of Fitch. “A sustainable market at the end of 2014, home prices in Oregon are now overvalued by five percent to nine percent.”Home prices are growing at a rate of around 3 percent annually, and areas which Fitch has previously listed as undervalued have been able to rebound. According to Fitch, the housing market in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin areas, which have become sustainable over year-over-year.Areas such as Florida may also see growth in home prices, with a declining distressed inventory, but “rapidly falling distressed inventory may be leading to the increase in home prices without the economic fundamentals in place to support the rate of growth,’ said So. For example, The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area of Florida has experienced overvalued home prices of five to nine percent since 2015.Several areas are listed as undervalued, particularly in the East. The New York City area has been undervalued for at least three years, according to Fitch, along with the entire state of New York. Other states in the eastern U.S., including Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey have seen similar trends, with home prices falling below the sustainable market value.Home prices in most of the country have been outpacing inflation for several months, according to other sources as well, CoreLogic data from January 2017 has shown that the shrinking inventory has driven this trend. “With lean for-sale inventories and low rental vacancy rates, many markets have seen housing prices outpace inflation,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “Over the 12 months through January of this year, the CoreLogic Home Price Index recorded a 6.9 percent rise in home prices nationally and the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index was up 2.7 percent—both rising faster than inflation.”View the full report from Fitch here. Economy Home Prices Inflation 2017-04-03 Seth Welborn Home Prices Rising, Economy Can’t Keep Up Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination April 3, 2017 563 Views