Barcelona, ​​afraid of not making a ‘Boateng’ again

first_imgYou break the negotiations for Rodrigo, the Barça has panicked 48 hours after the transfer market closes. Seemingly impossible to transfer Lautaro Martínez, and with the operation of the front of the Valencia stop, the debate in the offices of Camp Nou At this time it focuses on the suitability of incorporating or not a signing that has no guarantees. The case Boateng He scored a lot for the technical secretariat, which brought a player from the Sassuolo to walk around the city and little else. A management failure that served to proclaim to the four winds that players would never be signed without guarantees and that, if they did not exist, would be thrown from the quarry. It was the initial plan this course when you bet on Carles Pérez. But the striker is heading to Rome and Barça still does not have a replacement for the subsidiary boy or Suarez. Offers multiply, but Abidal is afraid to make a Boateng.last_img read more

‘Poor Economic Policy’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, has again criticized President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the poor economic governance of the state.Addressing hundreds of workers at a May Day rally Thursday, May 1, the MPC stalwart blamed Madam Sirleaf and the Unity Party for presiding over a nation with growth but no development.Sadly, Freeman termed Liberia, the nation of his birth, “a Wild-Wild West, a gangster’s paradise and a looter’s haven.”He noted that the society has shifted from a state of equal opportunity for all to a state where only those with access to state resources benefit.Freeman: “Those that don’t have access to the existing power are damned. When it is your time, get, grab, hire your family or children; attract international attention, mortgage national resources, pay lip service to press freedom, economically suppress and deprive your people, expose them to limited education, provide poor health facilities, spend more on security and dare people to revolt against your style of governance.“Those who have studied history or have been avid observers of the events of history know all too well that man will always dare to dominate man. It is not the domination of one man by another that is the issue; but the refusal of one man to be dominated by another; the unwillingness of one man or a group of persons to be subjected to slavery and economic deprivation and the reluctance of a people to live in hopelessness, want and poor sanitary conditions.“Man and his beliefs are inseparable. A man would rather sacrifice his life for the things he believes. It is for this cause that people sacrificed their lives for some of the very things we enjoy today. It does appear to me, though, that Liberians love hopelessness, poverty and depravation. We cannot live in so grave a time and period, when hopelessness abound and remain silent. It appears to me, we prefer to die with hopelessness but live in silence. If we truly believe in the economic liberation of our people, the redemption of all Liberians from hopelessness and depravation, the right of our people to have access to employment opportunities and the right to raise their children in the way they please, then I share with you the need for the – struggle to continue – in the face of the same challenges that compelled some of us belong to progressive movements in Liberia’s recent past.”Freeman, who contested last Presidential Elections and lost to Madam Johnson Sirleaf, said he shares the anger of many young Liberians, who are always denied state resources.No Liberian is better than the other, the MPC political leader said. He continued “Yesterday, we stood against nepotism, rampant corruption, lack of access to opportunities, domination of one group of Liberians over the other group of Liberians. We stood against those vices yesterday as we do today. Our values have not changed, though some of the leaders of the progressive movement misunderstood our support for the movement to mean support for the opportunity to collect global awards and replacing previous acts of nepotism with their own interpretation of nepotism.“We stand against rampant corruption today as we did yesterday. Acts of rampant corruption deprive thousands of Liberians access to electricity, water, quality education, good health facilities, road networks and life’s basic necessities,” Freeman asserted.He made the statement yesterday in Monrovia when delivering the keynote address at the celebration of World Labour Day.Organized by Liberia Labour Congress (LLC), the event brought together scores of workers from across the country, including members of the United Nations.With a single message to employers in Liberia, LLC said: “Making Liberian workers decent people” is the way for improving the livelihood of workers within the 73 districts of our country. The formal and informal sectors grow the country’s economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Africa Best Practice Business Forum to Kick-off in Lomé

first_imgThe Africa Best Practices Forum which is also intended as an exchange and a business platform will bring together African and international experts, public and political officials, private sector executives and stakeholders to Lome, Togo to share their experiences with reforms that stimulate growth and employment in the sub-region.The forum is organized by the Pan-African bank Ecobank, recruitment agency AfricSearch and company Ellipse Communication which are working together with support from the World Bank and the West African Development Bank (BOAD), which is dedicated exclusively to improving the business framework and environment in Africa.  “This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. It will deepen a dialogue on the dissemination of best practices, one that is more important now than ever before,” asserts Didier Acouetey, founder of the recruitment agency AfricSearch.  Two hundred (200) persons are expected in Lomé, Togo. They include Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré, President of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission, Christian Adovelande, President of BOAD, Hervé Assah, World Bank representative for Togo, Alioune Sall, Executive Director of the think tank African Futures Institute, Cody Lee, Director of the Singapore Business Federation, Felix Bikpo, Chief Executive Officer of African Guarantee Fund, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, Amadou Kane, former Finance Minister of Senegal, and Momar Nguer, Africa Director of Total Supply & Marketing.  Delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore will attend. The subjects addressed during the two-day forum will include legal and administrative reform, government modernization, and creation of an environment favorable to private sector development and integration of multilateral instruments.  A special session will be devoted to innovative reforms. Various tried and tested models from around the world will be analyzed in a round table. Finally, a session will be dedicated to new financing methods such as PPP, financial markets and private equity.  “Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever,” concludes Arsène Johnson, the forum sponsor. The forum will begin on the 26 to 27 of February, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Immediate reaction disorder” must be addressed

first_imgDear Editor,In his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, Daniel Kahneman enumerates two systems namely, system one which is fast, intuitive and emotional and system two which is slower, more deliberative and more logical. Our behaviour falls under either of these systems. We respond differently to the situations.Sometimes we react immediately and passionately.This behaviour is driven by several factors such as upbringing, society, ego etc. The trigger is the child in you. Many people suffer from this. It can be called, “immediate reaction disorder”, where one acts purely on passion. Most likely consequences from immediate reaction disorder are negative and detrimental.One has to move from child to parent in order to thrive positively and impact positive actions. We have to slow down and be calculative while reacting to a situation. We have to be logical and reasonable to react in a certain manner. This cannot be taught or does not come with age but it is the result of checking and rechecking our behaviours to any given situations.If one wants to improve in this regard, one has to try and change the behaviour pattern. There are people who react immediately to situations and then regret the behaviour. But if those people could first asses the consequences, their behaviour would be better. People who suffer from this disorder can be detrimental to others. Let us help people who suffer from this disorder.Best regards,Jerri Diaslast_img read more

Neymar, PSG begin vital month in style

first_img0Shares0000Neymar celebrates with his team-mates after scoring PSG’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Lille © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENPARIS, France, Feb 4 – A superb Neymar free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win at troubled Lille on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders began a decisive month as they mean to go on.The world’s most expensive player netted the second goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after Yuri Berchiche had opened the scoring just prior to half-time. Giovani Lo Celso’s delightful chip secured the victory late on, with PSG now 11 points clear of Marseille at the top of the table.PSG have won 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions, including four in a row since a 2-1 defeat at Lyon last month.Their season-defining Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid is fast approaching, with the first leg to come in the Spanish capital on February 14.“The best preparation for the match in Madrid is to be competitive in every match and work on the things that we can improve,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.He will hope to have the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler and Thiago Motta back fit for that game, while Kylian Mbappe will almost certainly start at the Santiago Bernabeu.The teenage France forward was absent on Saturday due to suspension after being sent off in the 3-2 League Cup semi-final win at Rennes in midweek.“A lot of things can still happen. I cannot say today who is going to play in Madrid, that is impossible. I just hope the best is still to come,” added Emery, whose team have a French Cup tie at Sochaux to come on Tuesday.– Debuchy debut goal –In Mbappe’s absence, Angel Di Maria again started alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack, but the Uruguayan was unable to add to his club record tally of 157 goals.Giovanni Lo Celso (r) produced a touch of class to score PSG’s third goal © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENSpaniard Berchiche was handed a start ahead of Layvin Kurzawa at left-back and he broke the deadlock right on half-time, drilling home after a poor attempted clearance by Junior Alonso fell to him.Lille are a club with serious off-field worries, concerns about their finances leading to them being handed a transfer embargo that prevented them from adding to their squad in January.Sports daily L’Equipe even reported on Saturday that the club had been told they face being relegated at the end of the season if their financial situation does not hugely improve, regardless of their final league position.Christophe Galtier’s side had looked set to go into the break on level terms before Berchiche struck, and they were upset that Cavani was not flagged offside in the build-up to that goal.Just 13 minutes remained when Neymar effectively ended the game as a contest, finding the top-left corner with a free-kick from right on the edge of the area.It was the Brazilian’s 18th goal in 17 Ligue 1 appearances, with seven of those coming in his last three outings.Lo Celso arguably topped Neymar’s effort with his chip over Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, as the young Argentine again stood in well for the veteran Motta. The assist had come from new signing Lassana Diarra, on as a substitute for his league debut.Ex-Arsenal man Mathieu Debuchy scored on his Saint-Etienne debut © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIMarseille claimed an extraordinary 6-3 win over bottom club Metz on Friday, with Florian Thauvin scoring a hat-trick.Fourth-placed Monaco host Lyon, who are third, in a key game in the battle for Champions League places on Sunday.Elsewhere on Saturday, Mathieu Debuchy scored on his debut for Saint-Etienne in their 2-0 win at Amiens.France right-back Debuchy signed a deal until the end of the season in midweek after being allowed to leave Arsenal. He was also involved in the build-up to Remy Cabella’s goal that sealed the win.Bordeaux made it two wins out of two under new coach Gustavo Poyet, beating Strasbourg 2-0 away.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Santi Cazorla explains why he never won the title at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger

first_img 2 REVEALED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack BEST OF Cazorla spent six seasons at Arsenal Cazorla won the FA Cup twice silverware impact 2 Santi Cazorla has revealed that Arsenal never truly believed they could win the Premier League while he was at the club.The Spaniard made 180 appearances for the Gunners after arriving from Malaga in 2012 and, while he won two FA Cups, the league title proved elusive. “But I think it’s all about having that self-belief, that right mentality. To say ‘we believe in this team, we know we have a great squad and we can go toe to toe with the big English clubs’.“I believe that they will do that and for sure they will keep on improving in the future. They are going to have a great season, they have a great team and I wish them all the best.” ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade A nightmare ankle injury ended his Arsenal career and he now admits there were times the Gunners could’ve launched a stronger title bid if it weren’t for lack of belief.“We needed to believe in ourselves more,” he told the BBC. “To believe that we were capable of competing with the big sides in the Premier League and not just settling for third or fourth.“We needed to have made that leap to try and battle it out for the title. There were seasons where you felt like we were in with a shout but then through various circumstances it wasn’t to be. REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies wonlast_img read more

Instilling a love of reading

first_imgThe Maponya Mall Reading Programme willbe hosted mainly at the Funda UJabuleschool in Soweto. (Image: UJ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Herman Esterhuizen  UJ media relations  +27 559 36653 or +27 72 129 0777 RELATED ARTICLES: RELATED ARTICLES • UJ Soweto university open for learning • Tackling SA’s education challenges • SA prioritises quality education • Getting needy kids hooked on books • Primary schools get a helping handEmily van RijswijckA top shopping mall, a financial services company and a university have struck up a joint venture to teach children in Soweto the joy and educational value of reading, within and outside the classroom.The Maponya Mall Reading Programme, which targets children between the ages of four and eight, was formally launched at the mall in Klipspruit, Soweto, by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Sanlam.The upmarket shopping centre is close to UJ’s Soweto campus.According to the university, the aim of the programme is two-fold – firstly to promote reading and an appreciation of literature through storytelling and secondly, to give staff and students of the Faculty of Education the chance to share their storytelling skills with the surrounding community.The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Sarah Gravett, and B Ed Foundation Phase teacher education students got the programme going by reading to about 250 children throughout the morning of 17 March, the launch date.According to Gravett, reading lays the foundation for all further cognitive development in young children and it is critical that parents read to their children and, in so doing, stimulate a passion for literature which will stay with them all their lives.“Reading is a very important way of activating and initiating the development of more complex thinking and linguistic literacy, which can prove crucial to the years of foundation phase schooling,” she says. “The earlier reading is used as a tool to stimulate language development the better, since we never exist without language; we use it all the time.”The Funda UJabule schoolThe programme will be hosted for the most part at the unique Funda UJabule (isiZulu, meaning “learn and be happy”) school on UJ’s Soweto campus. Funda UJabule, a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Education and UJ, is used as a teacher education and research facility for students planning to teach at pre-primary level.Foundation phase students at UJ participate in classroom activities at the school and spend time as observers and assistants to the teachers.“The overall aim is to establish a strong teacher education programme that bridges the ‘theory-practice divide’,” says UJ.In an effort to reach the community, teachers and students contribute a bi-weekly column to community newspapers in Soweto in which they discuss child care and aspects of education.Funda UJabule opened its doors in 2010, with two grade R (foundation phase or pre-school) classes offering education to 200 children in either English and isiZulu, or English and Sesotho. In time it is hoped to develop the school into a fully-fledged primary school.In addition, Funda UJabule is a facility where students can undertake research in various related fields.The school hosts a number of community engagement projects related to care and education in childhood, of which the Maponya Mall Reading Programme is the latest. Teaching parentsThe reading programme also has a strong parenting focus. In the coming months the UJ Faculty of Education will host further events, some of which will train parents in the art of storytelling and help them with reading strategies at home.Books are about more than stories and should be used as tools by parents to teach their children. The choice of a particular story can set an entire learning process in motion, Gravett believes.“The question should not be whether I should be reading to my child, but what I should be reading and how I can use the reading experience to teach my child something about society,” she says.“Even though reading is important for the development of linguistic literacy it should be accompanied by the deliberate attempt to teach one’s child something new. Your child’s success at school depends on what you are reading to them.”Metropolitan RaucalThis is not the first time UJ has joined forces with a financial institution to promote education and learning. In 1994 the university went into a partnership with Metropolitan Life to support the Metropolitan Raucal, a Gauteng Department of Education school established in 1992 by the then Rand Afrikaans University (since renamed as the University of Johannesburg).The initial aim of the school was to help township pupils with an aptitude for mathematics and science to gain access to quality education. Now in its 20thyear, the school continues to post excellent matric results and, while its curriculum remains strongly focused on quality maths and science education, the selection criteria have become less restrictive.  The school maintained a 100% matriculation pass rate until 2009 but faltered a little, with one failure in each of the 2010 and 2011 academic years.A rich historyWith its rich, chequered and sometimes violent history it is no wonder that the sprawling township of Soweto (its name taken from the first two letters of the words in South Western Township) is such a drawcard for visitors to Gauteng and is one of the top ten destinations in the province.South Africa’s biggest township has written its name firmly in the history books for a number of reasons.It was here that the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955 in Soweto’s oldest suburb, Kliptown. It is also here that visitors can see the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates once lived.Former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both lived in Vilakazi Street in Orlando West and while Tutu’s former house is still a domestic residence Mandela’s small matchbox home has been turned into a museum.Soweto is also the place where the 1976 student uprising began, an event that sounded the death knell for apartheid and led to severe international sanctions against the country right through the 1980s.The Hector Pietersen Museum around the corner from Mandela’s old home commemorates this event.last_img read more

SA set for R47bn in energy investments

first_img30 October 2012 South Africa’s Energy Department says it is expecting R47-billion to be invested in the country through the first window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers. The department received bids for the first window, which seeks 1 400 megawatts of renewable energy, in November 2011 and announced the first 28 preferred bidders in December. The outline for the first 28 preferred bidders is now in place and the department says it is ready to sign contracts, unlocking the investments. Briefing reporters in Pretoria on Monday, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the department had been working closely with the preferred bidders to conclude the contract documentation, including the power purchase and implementation agreements. “The delay for financial close was largely related to government approvals. We apologise for shifting the timeframes,” Peters said, adding that the delays in government approvals had caused by the need to have fully populated contracts to be presented to the relevant structures within the government for approval.Job opportunities in rural areas “I’m pleased to announce that the country will receive about R47-billion of investment in renewable power generation through window 1 preferred bidders,” Peters said. The investment will provide job opportunities, especially for those in rural areas where renewable power plants are located. According to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa will be required to come from renewable resources. The plan places specific emphasis on broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, and renewables (wind, solar and hydro) both to meet the country’s future electricity needs and to reduce its carbon emissions. Originally, 53 bids amounting to 2 128 MW were received across wind, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, concentrated solar power (CSP) and small hydro. The evaluation resulted in 28 bids, with a total of 1 416 MW being selected as preferred bidders in the first window. The wind and solar PV projects are expected to be integrated into the country’s national energy grid during 2014. “The signing of agreements for window 1 preferred bidders will take place on 5 November,” Peters said, adding that bidders were expected to honour the commitments made in their bids. Should bidders fail to comply with their commitments, penalties such as the termination of the power purchase agreement would be implemented. Peters said she had received concurrence from the National Energy Regulator of SA for additional allocations to the renewable programme, base load generation and the medium-term risk mitigation plan generation. Earlier this month, Peters said she was considering a second determination that would provide additional megawatts in the renewable energy space. “I will be promulgating these determinations before the end of the year,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

“Butterfly Garden…” GC1HA96 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK August 9, 2011

first_imgButterfly Garden at the Changi AirportGeocaching.com users Orangefizzy & Buntoro worked to receive permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to hide this cache. Butterfly Garden @ Changi Airport T3 Transit (GC1HA96) is placed inside the Changi Airport.The geocache delivers adventurers to a micro-ecosystem. You hear the crash of a cascading waterfall, see more than 200 species of tropical plants, and watch more than 1000 free-roaming butterflies flutter from flower to flower.You can experience the tropical oasis, and log the difficulty one, terrain one geocache, between international flights. Some geocachers even use the cache to build anticipation for their own travel through the Changi Airport.Butterfly Garden at the Changi AirportOne cacher who logged a “Found it!” wrote, “Since we booked our flight to Bali half a year ago, I watched this cache nearly once a week. And today was the day and I found this great cache together with my beautiful wife. A really perfect place to relax, watch the butterflies and find a cache.” More than 500 geocachers have logged a smiley on the cache at Geocaching.com.Butterfly Garden GeocacheWhile the cache has been approved by the landowner the cache page still advises discretion. It reads, “Workmen and contractors probably do not know the existence of the cache and are unlikely to understand it.  So please be mindful to maintain stealth at all times.”Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedA new country souvenir for Singapore!December 12, 2016In “News”…wo hab Ich den Cache denn nochmal hingelegt??? (GC1DZ17) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 27, 2012December 26, 2012In “Community”Queens Stair case GC2CXZQ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 12, 2012March 12, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

People, Ideas, and Technology. In That Order.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I spent half the day today at a little conference called Boyd & Beyond. The conference was held on the Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia. The goal of the conference is to bring together a group of people who think deeply—and apply—the work of a relatively obscure Air Force Colonel, John Boyd.Tackling who John Boyd was, his life’s work, and why he is so important to the Marines and not the Air Force is too much to tackle here. More still, it’s only necessary to know that John Boyd is the American Sun-Tzu.Boyd was a tremendous, one-of-a-kind thinker. He made a ton of great observations, but the one that was repeated a number of times today bears repeating here: People, ideas, and technology—in that order. Boyd loved all three, but his bias was that people are what win wars. Ideas are what allow you to cope with a changing environment, to adapt and overcome. And technology should serve the first two—not the other way around.If you are going to win in the great game of sales, there is no more important than your people. People are more important than the sales process you choose. They are more important than any methodology you install. And they’re exceedingly more important than any technology you employ. Sales organizations—and businesses more generally—would do well to listen to Boyd here.After people come ideas like your strategy, your sales process, your sales methodologies, and your value proposition. One of my favorite quotes from the other American Sun-Tzu—Mike Tyson—is this: “Everyone has a plan until he gets punched in the face.” Your ideas are going to need to change. You are going to get punched in the face as you compete. When you do, you need to notice what’s working and what’s not working. If you and your people use your initiative and imagination, you can come up with new ideas. You find a way to win in a rapidly changing environment.Because of the wonderful capabilities technology enables, we have become too enamored with technology. Because we can sometimes produce some pretty staggering results, we fall into the trap that Boyd warned against, putting technology first. The best technology in the hands of a poor salesperson won’t improve their sales results. The best ideas won’t either. People come first.You have to hire the best people you can find. You have to teach them, train them, coach them, and develop them. And once you have done so, you have to empower and enable them to use their imagination and initiative to make a difference for you and your clients. Your results start and end with people.QuestionsWhat is your most important asset for producing results?What is that gives you an advantage? What allows you to win?When you lose, what is the source of that loss?How do you get better at getting better? How do you get better faster?last_img read more