Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

first_imgBy Steve KeatingA World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called ‘Beautiful Game’.The troubles that have rocked the sport’s governing body FIFA for more than a month seemed a world away as golden confetti rained down on a capacity crowd of over 53,000 at BC Place following an entertaining contest that showcased the good in a sport some had started to believe was rotten to the core.The U.S. returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer with a dominating display to cap a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory.The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women’s soccer is a vastly different game than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite and triggering unprecedented global interest in the tournament.Despite corruption scandals swirling around FIFA and a lawsuit filed by leading players against organisers for being forced to play on artificial turf, the tournament ended in triumphant fashion, smashing worldwide television ratings and attracting an eye-popping total attendance of 1.35 million spectators.Since the World Cup began on June 6 in Edmonton, the tournament had been waiting for the arrival of a star and on the final game she finally arrived, American captain Carli Lloyd grabbing the spotlight with an stunning three-goal masterclass that laid the foundation for the U.S. victory.As Golden Ball winner Lloyd demonstrated with her astonishing 13 minute hat-trick, that included a goal from the half-way line, the women’s game is delivering a level of excitement and quality beyond previous standards.“We always say that every women’s World Cup is special and another milestone in the development of women’s football and I truly believe that this seventh edition of FIFA women’s World Cup Canada has made history in many ways,” said Tatjana Haenni, the FIFA deputy director of the competitions division and head of women’s football.Certainly, the U.S. made history by becoming the first nation to win three World Cups while Lloyd rewrote the individual record books.The attacking midfielder’s hat-trick was the first by any player in a women’s World Cup final. In fact, no team had ever scored more than two goals but the 32-year-old Lloyd went one better all by herself.After losing to Japan on penalties in the 2011 final, the Americans were quick to seize control this time, scoring four times in the opening 16 minutes and leading 4-1 at half-time.Japan continued to push forward after the break and did pull one back, but had simply left themselves too much to do against an American side that had conceded just one goal en route to the final.“I will tell you this, I never doubted it,” said American goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was awarded the Golden Glove as the best keeper of the tournament.“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t have any doubt. We didn’t sit back and think it was our destiny and that it was going to come to us.“It’s been heartbreaking at times, it’s been emotional, it’s been a struggle, but we never took our eyes off the prize, not four years ago, not 16 years ago.”As the crowd, that included U.S. vice-president Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood and cheered, all seemed right in the football world.But there was a stark reminder of more possible turbulence ahead as loud boos echoed through the stadium when it was announced FIFA vice-president Issa Hayatou would present the trophy.Normally that task falls to embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter but he opted not to come following corruption investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities which include scrutiny of how FIFA awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 men’s tournaments.Blatter has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but has retained an attorney and while he was absent from Sunday’s final, like the rest of the soccer world, his attention was diverted back to the events on the pitch.“A #FIFAWWC hat-trick for the #USA. Congratulations on becoming the 1st team to win 3 Women’s World Cups @ussoccer_wnt.” he tweeted.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to training at Juventus

first_imgSteaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ The fans shouted his name as well as chanting for him to win the Champions League for them as a smiling Ronaldo signed autographs and posed for selfies.Ronaldo will train for the first time under new Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri later Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRonaldo was signed from Real Madrid just over a year ago in the hope that the five-time World Player of the Year could lead Juventus to the Champions League trophy.However, Juventus was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Ajax. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Ernest Obiena sets new PH record, captures pole vault gold in 2019 Universiade ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MOST READ Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at the team’s medical center before taking part to a training session, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived back at Juventus for his first day of pre-season training.The 34-year-old Ronaldo was greeted by more than 100 fans Saturday on his arrival for standard medical tests.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Post Irma

first_imgDays after Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean, leaving in its path several dead, thousands displaced without access to water, food and proper shelter and buildings flattened, Regional stakeholders are beginning the do a more detailed assessment of the magnitude of the damage.While many had expected Hurricane Irma to do massive damage in the Caribbean in its path to Florida, the scale of the destruction has left many in shock. Since Hurricane Ivan devastated Grenada in 2004, with the exception of a few smaller Hurricanes, we have not seen such widespread damage to countries’ public infrastructure and private homes.Due to the level of destruction to these islands, in addition to the long time it would take as it relates to the rebuilding and reconstruction efforts, it will require massive amounts of financial and human resources to allow these countries to return to some degree of normalcy. This will call for huge contributions from international development partners, governments, individuals and organisations.On Wednesday, CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, along with several other regional stakeholders completed a tour of the hurricane devastated islands. The aim was to get a first-hand look at the level of devastation and assess the immediate, medium and long term needs of citizens. From what we have gathered so far, both from media reports and those provided by the CARICOM assessment team, the extent of the damage to the various islands has been massive and perhaps would take a very long time before they could fully recover from the hurricane’s impact.According to the CARICOM Secretariat, an initial assessment by the Government in Antigua and Barbuda shows more than 90 percent of the buildings on the island were destroyed. Prime Minister Gaston Browne has since confirmed that all Barbuda residents have been relocated to sister island Antigua, with just a contingent of military personnel remaining to provide security.In the British Virgin Island, Premier Dr Orlando Smith said the focus is on meeting critical immediate needs such as water and food supplies and restoring access to electricity and telecommunications, while simultaneously working on arrangements for getting students back into schools and getting critical sectors of the economy such as tourism and financial services back up to speed.Anguilla’s Chief Minister Mr. Victor Banks reported that the island’s main hospital, schools and 90 percent of the homes were damaged. He indicated that efforts are being made to meet the pressing need for food, water, building supplies and electricity and confronting any challenges to the critical tourism sector.It should be noted that following the tour of the islands, leaders indicated that steps are being made to convene an international Donors Conference to mobilise the ‘significant resources’ required for recovery efforts. This is indeed a positive move which would allow international development partners, governments, private sector organisations and individuals to have a better grasp of the immediate and long term needs of these countries. For example, in addition to other forms of support, affected countries would need much help in providing psychological counselling to help affected persons overcome the trauma of the hurricane Irma experience.As stated by the Caricom Secretary General, given the scale of the destruction, countries and institutions in the international community must be willing to build on the current relief efforts by the Caribbean Community.That said, several commentators have called for CARICOM governments whose nationals reside in the affected islands to provide some help in repatriating those persons back to their home countries once they are desirous of returning. Already some Caricom governments have begun to repatriate their nationals who have chosen to leave the British Virgin Islands. According to media reports, several persons took advantage of the opportunity to leave the island over the past week.Many of the survivors fear that they would be forgotten once the dust of Hurricane Irma settles. For us in Guyana, we can only imagine how difficult the challenges ahead will be for many of them. Our hope is that Regional governments will step up and do what is necessary to ensure that normalcy returns to their communities as soon as possible.last_img read more

Newcastle star out of England friendly with Norway

first_img Jack Colback 1 Newcastle United star Jack Colback has been ruled out of England’s friendly with Norway as Roy Hodgson admits no uncapped players will start the game.The 24-year-old midfielder, who joined the Magpies from rivals Sunderland on a free transfer this summer, earned his first call-up after a promising start to the Premier League campaign.But Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has now revealed Colback, affectionately known as ‘the Ginger Pirlo’, is out of the clash at Wembley.He said: “He’s been having treatment since we got together on the Sunday but unfortunately it’s still going to be a day too soon for him.“Hopefully he’ll recover by Thursday so when we go to St George’s Park he’ll train but unfortunately he’s out of the game for tomorrow, but he’s the only one.”last_img read more

Wayne Rooney the next star to make big-money China move? – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United considering selling Wayne Rooney in the summer after receiving a bid from a Chinese Super League club. The 30-year-old Red Devils and England captain could as least £500,000-a-week if he joins the football revolution in the Far East. (Manchester Evening News)The Red Devils are open to allowing playmaker Juan Mata to leave the club in a potential £60million play-plus-cash deal for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. (The Sun)United players are facing a 25 percent wage cut if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season. (Daily Mirror)Major League Soccer sides New York Red Bulls and Orlando City are interest in taking Yaya Toure across the pond to the United States. The midfielder is expected to leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the ned of the season. (Daily Star)City will make a £39m bid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka as they start to mould their squad to new boss Pep Guardiola’s requirements. (Bild)The father of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has said he would like his son to move to Real Madrid, Manchester United or Juventus. The 29-year-old is frustrated with his wide role at the French giants and has also been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. (Sport5)Liverpool are considering triggering the £6.2m release clause in the contract of 28-year-old Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan. (Fichajes.com)Jose Mourinho is reportedly red up of waiting for the Old Trafford job and United could risk losing him if they don’t act soon, with the Portuguese considering a return to Inter Milan. (The Sun)Mourinho has identified Inter striker Mauro Icardi as one of his first transfer targets should he take charge at Old Trafford. (Corriere Dello Sport)Chelsea have met with representatives of Italy manager Antonio Conte as they search for a permanent boss. (Gianlucadimarzio.com)Swansea are hoping to sign Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah in a free transfer from French side Evian in the summer. (The Sun)Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 28, could treble his £35,000-a-week wages if he becomes the nexst big name to seal big-money move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…???Wayne Rooney won’t take any risks with fitness ahead of Euro 2016, claims ex-Man United coach MeulensteenEuropa League glory is Manchester United’s ONLY hope of securing Champions League place, Damien Comolli tells talkSPORTInter Milan want to scrap permanent £12m deal for Manchester City striker Stevan JoveticLiverpool transfer news: Juventus to battle Reds for signature of Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze Transfer report: Thomas Vermaelen wants Premier League return and Chelsea and Liverpool are keenAtletico Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus all eyeing summer swoop for Edinson CavaniQuique Sanchez Flores confirms Watford interest in Granada striker Isaac SuccessArsenal legend Ray Parlour: Petr Cech could be the difference in Premier League title raceBorussia Dortmund ready to sell Reds target Neven Subotic for £4million Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

Crime prevention steps are working

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – Police officials are cracking down on crime, and they have the numbers to prove it.A recent review of the agency’s service calls showed the El Monte Police Department has had 16,500 fewer requests for help since incorporating its IMPACT program in 2001.That figure shows the largest decline in calls the force has seen in the last four years, said Assistant Chief of Police Tom Armstrong.“We were able to determine what are the top 10 problems in the city, and we identified those locations which had repetitive calls for service,” said Armstrong.Service calls are classified as phoned-in requests for help in which an officer responded to the scene, officials said. They are dubbed priority calls, with the level of urgency varying from case to case. The latest review of service requests showed that El Monte’s police force received about 59,087 service calls in 2004. Dispatch officials reported 47,712 calls, 11,735 fewer than in 2004, Armstrong said.He said improvements are credited to law enforcement, but also to the efforts of residents and businesses. “These people are the eyes and ears of the police,” said Ralph Batres, committee chairman of , during the group’s conference in June.Police Chief Ken Weldon introduced IMPACT to help El Monte residents become community watchdogs. Under the program, 66 officers are “police chiefs” for a designated sector of the 9.6-square-mile city of 123,000 residents. IMPACT has helped make El Monte proactive when it comes to crime, Armstrong said, and allows officers to assess and respond to problem areas before greater concerns arise.El Monte Mayor Ernie Gutierrez said he stands behind community policing and that he’s not surprised by the latest data on his formerly “troubled city.”“I think that guys that are into crime have a feeling that in El Monte, you really can’t get away with too much because you’re going to get stopped,” said Mayor Ernie Gutierrez. were logged in 2005 Improving and Maintaining Public Awareness and Community Teamwork araceli.esparza@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img read more

Marshfield wrestlers Hertel, Mitchell eliminated at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

first_imgHertel finishes 32-11, Mitchell 25-16 for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — Marshfield sophomores Nolan Hertel and Sam Mitchell were eliminated from the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament after losing Division 1 consolation bracket matches Friday morning at the Kohl Center.Hertel (32-11) lost 3-1 to Waterford senior Austin Thomas (22-6) at 145 pounds, and Mitchell (25-16) was pinned by Kaukauna sophomore Bryson Alsteen (42-8) at 170 pounds.For Hertel, it marks the second-straight season he qualified for the state meet. Mitchell was making his debut at the tournament.Hertel used an escape midway through the third period to close to within 3-1 and was close to earning a takedown in the final seconds, but Thomas was able to hold him off.Alsteen used a takedown and a nearfall early in the first period to take a quick 4-0 lead and had takedowns in the second and third periods to go up 8-0 before pinning Mitchell with 56 seconds to go.Wrestling will continue Friday with Division 2 and 3 quarterfinals starting at approximately 11:15 a.m. Consolation matches follow for Division 1 at 1:45 p.m. and Divisions 2 and 3 at 2:45 p.m. with semifinals in all three divisions at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Africa in the new world order

first_imgAfrica came through the depths of theeconomic crisis better than manyexpected, growing even faster than theaverage for emerging and developingeconomies during the crisis. This article originally appeared on pagefour of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thabo Masebe, spokesperson to DeputyPresident Kgalema Motlanthe+27 82 410 8087thabo.masebe@po.gov.zaKgalema MotlantheThe world is changing – this is now well known. What is less well known or not yet understood is that Africa is changing as much as, if not more than, the rest of the world.Africa is the second-fastest-growing region in the world, after “Developing Asia”, and has been for most of the last decade. Forecasts from the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expect this to continue to be the case.The first decade of 21st century has seen some of the most profound changes in the balance of the world economy. The dramatic extent of the shift was evident during the depths of the world financial crisis. During the course of 2009, the economies of the OECD member countries shrank by about 3.3%. Only three members of the OECD grew at all – South Korea, Australia and Poland. Overall, gross fixed investment fell in the OECD countries by nearly 12% and unemployment rose sharply.At the same time, developing countries grew by about 1.2%. So, in the middle of the financial crisis, the developing grew 4.5% faster than the OECD member countries. And investment remained positive in many of these countries.In the past it was the other way around – when the industrialised countries sneezed, the world got a cold. In the past, economists from the developed countries told the developing countries what they should be doing. In the past, they said that developing countries should behave more like the developed countries. This time the virus has attacked the industrialised countries most severely, and they have been looking at developing countries like China, India, Brazil and South Africa to help pull them from recession back to growth.The developing countries are not autonomous from the industrialised countries. Indeed, the world economy is more integrated than ever before, and all markets are linked. Yet, we do now have a world where the sources of growth are multiple – it is no longer a case of one or two locomotives pulling the world economy forward. This is “the new reality”.The dynamism in the world economy is clearly shifting from North to South and from West to East. The OECD Development Centre estimates that, measured in terms of real domestic buying power, the developing countries will have a larger share of the world economy than the OECD countries by 2012. By 2030, developing countries will have 57% of the world economy, and the current OECD members 43%.The developing world contributed almost 70% of world growth measured in terms of domestic buying power during the last decade. China alone contributed nearly 30% of world growth.Africa is now seen in a new light. It came through the depths of the economic crisis better than many expected, growing even faster than the average for emerging and developing economies during the crisis. Africa grew by about 2.5%, on average, during 2009. While a few of the bigger economies were more severely affected by the crisis, most African countries grew even faster than that.This is an edited excerpt of a speech by South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the Emerging Markets Summit 2010: the New Reality. Download the original speech in PDF format (120 KB).Download South Africa Now in PDF format, or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

What Do Angels Want?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts What entrepreneur hasn’t dreamed that our startup will experience the same magical beginnings as Google? In 1998, before they even incorporated, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were trying to present their concept to early-stage, or “angel” investors, with limited success. Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim was one such angel. He didn’t have time to listen to their whole pitch, but wrote them a check for $100,000 anyway. Alas, most companies don’t have so easy a time. There are ways to attract these rare and beautiful creatures. You just have to know what they’re looking for.  Finding investors tops the must-do list for most startups, and that typically starts with finding an angel. Before you start the angel hunt though, it helps to know what angels are looking for before they’ll invest.There’s a lot at stake. According to the just-released Halo Report from the Angel Capital Association and the Angel Resource Institute (ARI), founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, “The median size of angel & angel group syndicate rounds was $700,000” last year, up from $500,000 in 2010. That’s enough to jumpstart your company’s development in a way bootstrapping and maxing out your credit cards simply can’t match.So what do angels want? Before an angel investor writes a check, he or she wants to know if you have the leadership skills to grow your venture. And they want to make sure you thoroughly understand the market, who your competition is and how your product or service is uniquely positioned to create a market impact.Also high on angels’ wish lists:• Are you coachable or intractable? Angels are not likely to take a back seat. It’s their money, so most likely they’ll expect to have input on major decisions. Will you be open to following their advice? Or do you think no one could possibly understand your business as well as you do (an all-too-common entrepreneurial misconception)?• Does your business have legs? Once the money from the initial round of funding is gone, does a viable business concept remain? Will you be generating enough revenues to keep growing?• How realistic are your projections? All pitches consist of some levels of hype and hope. Angel investors want to know the true size of the market, revenue potential, barriers to entry and competitive landscape.• What’s your end game? Even though you’re just getting started, investors want to know about your exit strategy. How will they get their money out? The Angel Capital Association reports most angels want to achieve their goals within five to seven years.• It’s all about the money. How much do you really need now, and specifically what do you need it for? How much will you need six months from now? What percentage of ownership does their money buy? How much money have you personally invested? (No one wants to invest in something you’re not willing to invest in yourself.) And where will additional funding, if needed, come from?Of course there’s much more. Angels will ask about your patents, trademarks, copyrights or other protections, marketing strategies and expansion plans.But really it’s all about you. Angels are looking for the 3 Cs. If you want them to bless you with their money (and advice), you need to be Confident, Capable and Committed. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#How To#start#StartUp 101#startups#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… rieva lesonsky 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more