Argentina have left Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez out of their squad for the Copa America Centenario to be held in the United States next month.Tevez, who helped Boca reach the Copa Libertadores semi-finals on Thursday, was not on the 23-man list coach Gerardo Martino announced on Friday for the June 3-26 tournament.With Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero named as the central strikers, Tevez, 32, was deemed surplus to requirements despite having been part of last year’s Copa squad in Chile.Rosario Central centre back Javier Pinola missed out after breaking his leg in a Copa Libertadores match last week, and veteran right back Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City also became unavailable after deciding to have surgery for an ankle problem.Independiente’s Victor Cuesta earned his first Argentina call-up in place of Pinola, boosting to four the number of home-based players in the squad.Argentina, captained by Lionel Messi, are targeting victory in the tournament after failing to succeed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they lost to eventual winners Germany, and the 2015 Copa America as hosts Chile beat them on penalties.This year’s Copa America marks the centenary of the South American tournament first played in Buenos Aires in 1916 and won by Uruguay, who hold a record 15 titles, one more than Argentina.Six teams from the CONCACAF region comprising North and Central America and the Caribbean have been drafted into the 16-nation event.Argentina meet Chile, Bolivia and Panama in Group D.Squad:Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (UANL Tigres), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes)Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Victor Cuesta (Independiente), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Gabriel Mercado, Jonathan Maidana (both River Plate),Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Matias Kranevitter, Augusto Fernandez (both Atletico Madrid), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore (both Paris St Germain), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica)
Last season’s FA Cup runners-up Chelsea struck four times before the break to crush second-tier Hull City 4-0 and stroll into the quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Friday.Willian bagged two and Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for the club since joining from London rivals Arsenal, while Pedro was also on target for Antonio Conte’s dominant side.The night’s other fifth round tie saw Leicester City also in action against Championship opposition but having to work far harder for a 1-0 home victory over Sheffield United.Jamie Vardy struck the only goal after 66 minutes – the fifth game in a row in all competitions he has been on target.Leicester held on to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012 when they were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea — the last time the west London club won the Cup.There are four more ties on Saturday when 12-times winners Manchester United visit Huddersfield Town while another all-top-flight clash sees West Bromwich Albion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.Third-tier Rochdale host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and on Monday runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City face third-tier Wigan Athletic in a repeat of the 2013 final surprisingly won by the Latics.CONFIDENT CHELSEAWillian needed only two minutes to give Chelsea the lead against Hull, curling the ball in with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.Cesc Fabregas sent Pedro away to make it 2-0 after 27 minutes and Willian then used his right foot to devastating effect to skim a low shot past keeper David Marshall.French international Giroud clipped in a neat finish from Emerson’s cut back to make the second half academic.With an eye on Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Barcelona, Chelsea took their foot off the gas in the second half.“It was great for us. The most important thing is that we are in the next round. Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona,” Conte, who rested Eden Hazard, said.“You hope to always have a game that you can dominate. Our start was impressive. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. I’m really pleased with the commitment of my players.”After the Barca game, Chelsea face Manchester United and Manchester City in the league and Conte said the confidence was back after a sticky patch.“Now we have the right confidence again. But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong –Barcelona, United and City. We are ready,” he said.
Satiricus was looking forward to the Old Year’s Night gyaff. All year round, he’d taken a lot of stick from his friends at the Back Street Bar for his KFC party’s role in the Government. But now that the Oil contract had been released, he felt vindicated. It would be HIS turn to crow about what his party had delivered!“Well, even though he is a Moses, ‘Nagga Man’ didn’t need to split the waters and deliver us to the Promised Land!” said Satiricus. “Trot Man did it this time!!”“Promised Land?” asked Hari sceptically, he quaffed his beer.“Budday!!” exclaimed Satiricus. “We’ll be getting milk and honey every day!! Trot Man negotiated US$1.5billion every year for the first five years for us!!”“Fuh abee?” asked Bungi sceptically. “An’ how much fuh dem?”“This is the same thing I always talk about!” exclaimed Satiricus. “You can’t prove Trot Man and the Government got any pay-offs!!”“An’ afta two-an-a-half year, dem cyaan prove Jagdesh t’ief anyt’ing,” noted Cappo. “But da na stap dem fuh t’row talk!”“But lemme ask you something, Sato,” said Hari quietly. “Do you know how much oil Nigeria was shipping for the past 25 years?”“Nah! How much?” said Satiricus. “And what that has to do with us?”“They were shipping over 2 million barrels per day every day!!” replied Hari as everyone around the table bent forward listening.“Da twenty time mo’ dan wha abee guh produce!” exclaimed Cappo.“An dem bin get mo’ dan two time de price abee guh get!” pointed out Bungi.“Yes…and so?” asked Satiricus and looked forward expectantly with raised eyebrows.“Just that the people of Nigeria are just as poor as they ever were!” announced Hari. “None of that money ever got to them.”“But how can you be so certain the same thing will happen here?” asked Satiricus aggrievedly.“If Trotman and your government can lie about an US$18 million bonus,” said Hari. “Imagine what they will do about US$5 BILLION!”Satiricus fell silent.
But two typically clinical Drogba strikes just after the hour mark capped a memorable evening for the 37-year-old Ivory Coast legend, who celebrated by presenting his jersey to a fan after the match.“The crowd was amazing,” Drogba told reporters. “And, you know, this Man of the Match [trophy] that they gave me at the end, it’s for them. I give it to them.”Drogba’s treble was the classic striker’s full house — one goal scored with his left boot, another with his right and another from his head.It left interim Impact coach Mauro Biello purring with pleasure. “What can I say? What a performance from Didier,” Biello said.“He’s such a committed person. He’s won everywhere.“He came here with a great spirit, with such a will to win. And we saw that tonight.”Nevertheless Drogba was not happy with his team’s display in the win.“For me, it’s not a good result,” Drogba said. “The most important thing is that you get the three points, but when you look at the game itself, you know we’ve got a lot of things to change and to work on. There’s always room for improvement in this team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Montreal Impact’s Didier Drogba reacts after scoring against the Chicago Fire during second half of a MLS soccer game in Montreal, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. PHOTO/MLSMONTREAL, September 6- Didier Drogba launched his Major League Soccer career in style here Saturday, scoring a hat-trick on his first start for new club Montreal Impact in a 4-3 win over Chicago Fire.The former Chelsea striker opened his goalscoring account on 21 minutes before Chicago battled back into the contest to take a 3-2 lead early in the second half.
A woman who hid three bottles of whiskey in her dress after stealing them will spend Christmas in jail.Terca Muntean, aged 41, appeared before Letterkenny District Court, charged with the theft from Dry Arch Filling Station at Bonagee.The court was told that Ms Muntean took 3 bottles of Hennessey whiskey to a value of €104. She left the store in the company of other people but was spotted on CCTV hiding the whiskey under her dress on October 6th, 2015.She was later interviewed on November 24th, 2015 and admitted the offence.Her solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was part of a number of people in the shop and suggested that another woman was the more senior party in the group.The court heard how Muntean, of Warren Grove, Boyle, Co Roscommon, had 24 previous convictions, and that 14 of these were for theft. Judge Paul Kelly said it was accepted there was a co-accused in the case and sentenced Muntean to 3 months in prison but suspended the last six weeks of the sentence meaning that she will serve six weeks in jail.Woman jailed for Christmas for stealing whiskey was last modified: December 1st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
25 May 2011When the world’s biggest retail company, the US-based Walmart, announced in September 2010 a plan to buy South African retailer Massmart for a staggering US$4.2-billion, eyebrows were raised. Foreign investors in Africa have tended to put their money in the riches that lie beneath its soil, where the profits are higher.In fact, the steady growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the continent during most of the past decade has mostly been concentrated in extractive sectors, especially oil (see Africa Renewal, January 2005).Yet, much like Walmart, a growing number of major investors are now betting on the continent’s ultimate wealth, Africans themselves, according to the World Investment Report 2010 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).And for all the shock that Walmart’s foray into Africa initially prompted, when it announced in December that it was seeking to acquire only 51 percent of Massmart’s shares for $2.5-billion, the transaction was still second to the continent’s biggest business deal unrelated to natural resources. Late in March 2010, a record $10.7-billion transaction took place as Kuwait’s telecommunication company Zain sold its African assets to Bharti, an Indian competitor.Investors eye new sectorsOverall, the Unctad report notes, amidst a recent slump in FDI flows to Africa (see graph): “The services sector, led by the telecommunications industry, became the dominant FDI recipient.”Across the continent, new deals involving major foreign corporations are becoming a common occurrence in sectors previously considered unattractive to investment heavyweights. Nestle, a Swiss food company, announced plans to spend $1-billion by 2013 for acquisitions in various African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Angola. Less than two years ago, Nestle’s main competitor, France’s Danone, bought the yoghurt and desserts division of Clover, South Africa’s leader in fresh cultured dairy products.Such developments call “for reassessment of FDI in Africa, as a different picture emerges,” the Unctad report argues. Potentially, development experts note, an increase in FDI flows to infrastructure, services and retail sales could have a far more positive impact on African economies. Unlike investments in the extractive industries, investments in consumer-oriented sectors often lead to the creation of many more jobs and stimulate consumer spending.Rise of the African middle classAfrica’s booming middle class, with its recently acquired purchasing power, is the main reason behind the new FDI trend on the continent. Various researches suggest that the number of Africans who can afford to buy more than the necessities of daily life is rising rapidly.A much-talked-about report by McKinsey, a US-headquartered multinational consulting firm, estimates that the continent is home to around 50-million middle-class households (defined as those with incomes of at least $20 000), as many as in India. (The report, entitled “Lions on the Move: The Progress and Potential of African Economies”, was published in June 2010.)One in every 10 Africans, says a different study by a French aid agency, is already a “solvent consumer” – one who can afford the latest smartphones, the newest computers and dinners at trendy restaurants.The rise of this middle class is linked to the strong economic performances recorded in many African countries since the end of the 1990s. Average economic growth has been around 5 percent a year, while the average inflation rate fell to 8 percent from an earlier high of 22 percent.From 2000 to 2010, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa, reports The Economist, an authoritative London weekly. In fact, the publication argues that Africa is the site of “the surprising success story of the past decade,” high praise from a magazine that is generally not very enthusiastic about the continent.Strong and sustained growth rates – and not only in the oil-rich countries that benefited from booming demand from emerging economies – provided a platform from which numerous households moved upwards in income.And while growth in oil-producing countries usually did not result in massive job creation, growth in other countries did create some employment, in turn boosting domestic consumption. In South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Africa’s four most advanced and diversified economies, domestic consumption became the largest contributor to growth in recent years, says the McKinsey report.Policies, peace and governanceAfrica’s improved economic performances are also a result of good economic policies and improved political contexts, maintained the World Bank in its report Africa Development Indicators 2007. In Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania, for example, business-friendly policies opened new markets to investors. Angola and Rwanda became fast-growing economies after long civil wars.Some also argue that a continental development plan has helped as well. The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), adopted by African leaders in 2001, “did help shape a new, more positive perception of Africa,” argues Patrick Osakwe, an economist with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and co-author of a study on FDI to Africa.By emphasising the importance of good governance, Osakwe told Africa Renewal, the plan illustrated a momentous shift in the way Africans seek to interact with the rest of the world.Expanding prosperityFor a continent so long regarded by outside observers as “hopeless,” the coming years will bring more good news, various analysts say. Africa weathered the global recession better than most regions of the world, and its recent economic performance is second only to that of Asia, according to several international institutions. Over the next five years, The Economist recently projected, “The average African economy will outpace its Asian counterpart.”Such promising prospects are central to Walmart’s expansion plans in Africa. Other major Western investors are likely to follow the US giant, analysts say. One reason is that the continent’s combined consumer spending is forecast to reach $1.4-trillion by 2020, up from $860-billion in 2008. Companies from emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil are already strengthening their positions in the region.As foreign investors rush to benefit from the rise of the new categories of African consumers, prosperity still remains elusive for too many other Africans. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, 250-million people in Africa are undernourished.“To expand prosperity, African leaders need to invest in infrastructure and education, to diversify their economies, so that many more people can benefit from growth,” argues Osakwe.Others note that improving the standard of living of the poor not only makes business sense, but is also a political necessity, as suggested by the recent waves of protests across North Africa. Not addressing people’s economic rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay pointedly remarked this January, causes grievances “to fester and eventually erupt on a large scale.”This article was first published in Africa Renewal – produced by the Africa Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information, Africa Renewal provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Touch OS: Windows 7While its easy to see the usefulness of touchable handheld devices, others have questioned how exactly touchscreen computers – such as the upcoming Windows 7 OS – would be useful to consumers. Suggestions have included everything from control panels for the smart home to kitchen PCs for touch-based recipe look up to touchscreen Media Centers. However, the answer as to what could really impact touchscreen PC adoption may be as simple as this: games.At this year’s CES, a demo of a Windows 7 air hockey game demonstrated the potential for a new type of human-computer interaction…like an iPhone but much, much bigger. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yet there still is a question as to whether the iPhone-like multi-touch capabilities of a touchscreen OS will become as big of a hit in traditional computing as they were on the smartphone. These above examples of touchscreen-based computing demonstrate the new ways we may interact with technology – and therefore the web – in coming years. It’s a glimpse into the future of a world where our interactions with technology come more easily and more naturally than ever before. This trend will continue to move computing away from being an activity for technophiles alone and will make it an activity that everyone – even mainstream users – will enjoy. Disclosure: Sarah Perez also blogs for Microsoft’s Channel 10. Image credit: iPhone – JulianBleecker sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#web In addition, Microsoft also introduced two new Surface applications for Windows 7 at CES as well. One that allowed for photo manipulation and another for interacting with maps. Related Posts It’s tempting to give Apple’s iPhone credit for the birth of touch-based computing, but it was not the first touchscreen user interface – nor is it the only one in existence today. Long before the iPhone, touchscreen LCDs were common, as were touch smartphones from Palm, Sony Ericsson, HTC, and others. In addition, back in 2001 – long before the iPhone launch – Microsoft began work on Microsoft Surface, a touchscreen tabletop computer. Yet it was the iPhone’s multi-touch capabilities along with its stellar design that really got the ball rolling for touch computing. The only question that remains now is what will come next?Besides the Surface and the Kindle, we’ve recently encountered some other touch-based computing products that may one day revolutionize computing, too. Plastic Logic’s ReaderThe first product on our list is Plastic Logic’s upcoming e-book reader. A demonstration of this device at the past DEMO08 conference left many people amazed at how incredibly thin this potential “Kindle-killer” is. The company says they’ve perfected a way of printing polymer transistors onto flexible plastic displays. This particular revolution won’t be just a transition to lighter and “bendier” touchscreens, it will also lead to lower power consumption and longer battery life. But perhaps what’s best about Plastic Logic’s technology is the cost. The polymer-based circuitry will be able to bring new products into market where silicon microchips were simply too expensive. Since the displays are flexible enough to be rolled up like paper, the potential for this new type of computing is nearly limitless. Is this the future of the newspaper? Perhaps, but it could also be used in smart electronic tags that track merchandise and large flat-panel displays. Plastic Logic will begin their entry into the market in the second half of 2009 with pilots and trials with key partners and will prepare for further sales by 2010.Pressure-Sensitive Computing: ImpressFor an inventive, “out-there” product that could make the cold, stiff computer a thing of the past, look no further than this touch screen flexible display called “Impress” (PDF). Made of foam and force sensors, Impress works with both touch and the intensity of pressure. This computing technology lets the user squeeze out information or put objects in motion by deforming the surface of the computer. The end result is pretty amazing, though it may not end up being as practical as the flexible polymer displays. However, it’s easy to imagine how it could be put to use in entertainment-based computing at the very least. (Or maybe huggable, touch-enabled teddy bears? We can only hope!)
Even as the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organisers have been struggling to get various projects completed, they now face a new hurdle. Seeking immediate payment of their dues, the contractors working on these projects have threatened to stop work. The contractors working on the projects of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) related to the Games claimed that their payments totalling over Rs 650 crore were pending with the MCD. Seeking immediate disbursement of their payments, over 200 contractors gathered outside the city town hall on Wednesday. They alleged that they have not been paid for last 18 months to three years for various contracts of MCD. Those working on the CWG projects said they have not been paid for the past five months. As an ultimatum, they have already stalled all civil works apart from the CWG-related projects. Contractors said they have not stopped work on CWG projects yet as it is a matter of national prestige.