Argentina heads for World Cup, but hurdles still lie ahead

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Quito, on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Juan RuizArgentina was in trouble until the final round of South American qualifying for the World Cup, and needed Lionel Messi to seal his country’s place at soccer’s global showcase.Now comes the really difficult part.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But coach Jorge Sampaoli still has a lot to fix in a squad that almost made Argentina miss a World Cup for the first time in 48 years.Here is a look at the issues facing the team:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDependence on MessiAt a crucial moment, Argentina needed Messi to step in and avoid what could have been a humiliating exit. And he certainly delivered, with his three goals against Ecuador worth a place at next year’s finals. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is also on good form despite being a reserve at Manchester United. Defenders Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado and Marcos Acuna have similarly earned praised for their performances.Coaching changesSampaoli was the team’s third coach during qualifying, with the former Chile and Sevilla manager taking over four months ago after Edgardo Bauza was fired. Bauza stayed on the job for only eight matches, after succeeding Gerardo Martino.Argentina never used the same starting lineup twice in its 18 matches, a statistic which many believe has made it less effective as a team and more reliant on the individual talent of Messi.Now Sampaoli has eight months to find the right partners for Messi and help him claim soccer’s most coveted trophy. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Russia might be Messi’s last World Cup, and it will definitely be his final attempt at the peak of his powers. At the 2022 tournament in Qatar, the Argentine will be 35 years old.Regardless of his numerous titles with Barcelona, he has still to win a major one for Argentina.“The nationality of the best player in the world is luckily Argentine”, Sampaoli told reporters. “Messi does not owe a World Cup to Argentina, it is football that owes a World Cup to him. We have the chance to help, he is the best player ever.”The dependence on Messi has been proportional to the lack of goals from other players.Goal droughtADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Argentina scored only 19 goals in its 18 games in South American qualifying, tying with Paraguay for the second-worst record. Messi scored seven, and no other player added more than two goals.In the standings, South American leader Brazil and second-place Uruguay scored 41 and 32 goals, respectively.Messi’s hat trick in Quito gave Argentina its first goals in open play since a 3-0 victory over Colombia in November 2016.Sampaoli replaced veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain for Boca Juniors’ target man Dario Benedetto, and he has also brought in players that had been overlooked, like Mauro Icardi and Alejandro Gomez.None of them did any better.Sergio Aguero missed the last two rounds due to injury. He and Angel Di Maria will have to step up in Russia, while Sampaoli will also have to find a way to use Juventus starlet Paulo Dybala.Doubts about MacheranoArgentina also faces problems in defense, despite conceding only 16 goals, the second-lowest number in South American qualifying. Veteran defender Javier Mascherano seems to be at the end of his impressive run at 33 years of age.It was a mistake by Mascherano that allowed Ecuador to open the scoring on Tuesday and he has been frequently replaced by Sampaoli.Moving Mascherano back to a midfield role seems unlikely, as Enzo Perez, Lucas Biglia and Ever Banega have all done well in recent games. 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Champion Vettel thanks Red Bull team for success, asserts ‘focus and discipline’ key to winning races

first_imgDefending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull insists that “discipline and focus” were the two main ingredients of his success after winning his second successive Indian Grand Prix here on Sunday.A flying Vettel faced no challenge as he led from the start to finish at the Buddh International Circuit and recorded his fourth win on the trot to extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 13 points over second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.”It was my fourth win in succession. The feeling is pretty amazing because it is hard to set these targets. These kinds of things either happen or they don’t. All in all, it was a fantastic race and I enjoyed it. I got a good start which was important. We had very good pit stops,” he said at the post-race press conference.”It takes a lot of discipline and focus at the right moment to achieve such feats,” Vettel said.The German was gracious in thanking his entire Red Bull Racing team for the success. “I thank the whole team because the whole team is working together fantastically. The guys are working night and day in the garrage and in the factory to improve the car,” Vettel said.He was full of praise for the circuit and the great Indian hospitality which he received here in the last two years. “The feedback from drivers about the circuit is very positive. You are challenged to the limit here. One mistake can cost you dearly,” Vettel said, adding that warmth and affection of Indians is something that he will always cherish.advertisement”India is an impressive country. Life outside the circuit is very different from other places. The country has a lot to offer. The culture and livelihood is very different. Unlike Europe, here people have low expectations and money is not that important. People are warm-hearted and are very happy to live a healthy family life here,” he said about the country.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso managed to finish second and remain in the hunt for drivers’ championship.Click here to Enlarge Starting from fifth position on the grid, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso raced amazingly as he went past the two McLaren cars and then Red Bull’s Mark Webber to take second position, which kept him in the hunt for the Drivers’ title.The win here might have given Vettel a slight edge over Alonso but the Spaniard sounded a warning to his Red Bull compatriot, saying things can change quickly in the last three races of the season.Asked whether he is still positive about his chances of winning the Drivers’ championship, Alonso replied in the affirmative. “Of course, I still fancy myself. There are still 75 points to race for and I am just 13 behind. There are still many points in table,” an optimistic Alonso said.”Hopefully, we can improve in Abu Dhabi and USA. I expect the Brazil race to be good for us. Today Mark (Webber) had a problem with his KERS, you never know tomorrow it might be Sebastian,” he said.Third-placed Webber said his aim for a top-two finish ended after his KERS (Kinetic Energy System) failed in the first quarter of the race. “My start was good. I settled into the race well but I lost my rhythm and tempo due to KERS,” he said.”There was no battle (for top two positions) after I lost KERS in lap 19 or 20,” the Australian said.last_img read more

Ready for discussion over Chidambaram issue: Naqvi

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Heavy sloganeering by AIADMK members seeking action against P Chidambarams son Karti on Aircel-Maxis issue and by Congress MPs over alleged Gujarat land scam led to two adjournments in Rajya Sabha, even as the government said it was ready to discuss the matter raised by AIADMK. No sooner did the House meet for the day, AIADMK members, carrying copies of an English daily, trooped into the Well demanding action on Aircel-Maxis deal and raising slogans like “We want action”. At the same time, Congress members too were seen waving copies of another English daily and shouting slogans regarding an alleged scam related to land allocation in Gujarat in 2010 to partners of the Chief Ministers daughter. The proceedings of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were virtually washed out due to the uproar by AIADMK. Amid loud slogans by both AIADMK and Congress members, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said if AIADMK members gave a notice for discussion, the government was ready to take up the issue relating to action against the former Union Minister and his son. “We are ready for discussion on the issue of Chidambarams known and un-known assets. The Minister will also give reply. Our opinion is that action should be taken on those found guilty,” he said, adding that members of AIADMK and probably some from Congress want a discussion, leading to further protests by Congress MPs. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien made futile attempts to pacify the agitating AIADMK members and adjourned the House first for ten minutes. When the House met again, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue of alleged land scam in Gujarat and said the issue related to 2010 when the land was allotted in an eco-sensitive zone. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister then. (more) PTI RNK NKD ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Pochettino happy after Wembley win

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino glad to see Spurs off the mark at Wembley Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 01:53 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) MauricioPochettino - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Premier League Tottenham finally recorded their first home win of the season, with Christian Eriksen scoring the only goal of the game against Bournemouth Mauricio Pochettino was pleased to put Tottenham’s Wembley woes behind him as they secured a first Premier League victory at the national stadium on Saturday.Spurs’ poor run at their temporary home has been discussed on a consistent basis since the start of the season, with Pochettino’s men mustering just two points from their prior three home league matches.Southampton 5/1 to beat Newcastle 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But that run was ended against Bournemouth as Christian Eriksen struck the only goal, and the Tottenham manager is pleased that he will not continue to be asked about the Wembley effect.Pochettino took no issue with the line of questioning, however, telling Sky Sports: “It is normal. You must ask. If we cannot win here, it is a subject to talk about.”But I am so pleased that this week – and for the rest of the season – we won’t hear that question.”With league leaders Manchester City rampant at the Etihad Stadium against Stoke City, Pochettino conceded this was a game his side had to win.”I am very pleased, I think it was important,” he added. “I think it was a game where we needed to win and take the three points.”The first half was difficult but, in the end, the performance was enough for the points. [Bournemouth] played so deep in the first half and we made some mistakes.”It was difficult to find space, but we worked and tried to fix that. We made some changes and we scored at the beginning and then we dominated and created some chances.”last_img read more

Secret to Sane’s form? Play like Messi

first_imgLeroy Sané ‘Play like Messi’ – Sane reveals secret to upturn in Man City form Russell Greaves 19:02 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LeroySane - cropped Getty Images Leroy Sané Manchester City Lionel Messi Guardiola Premier League After struggling to find his feet in his early days at the Etihad Stadium, the German forward was buoyed by some words of wisdom from Pep Guardiola Leroy Sane has revealed the sage advice he received from Pep Guardiola to help ignite his Manchester City career – play like Lionel Messi.When Sane first arrived from Schalke in 2016, he struggled to make an impact as injuries hindered his transition into the Premier League.But the 22-year-old has gone on to establish himself at the club, playing a key role in their rise to the top of the table and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Sane gave an insight into his manager’s motivational skills as he explained how Guardiola has got the best out of him following a slow start.”I needed a little time to settle, to know the Premier League, the people here, how they are and to know the players,” he told The Guardian. “I had to find my confidence.Leroy Sane play like Lionel Messi“Pep told me to play with freedom like [Lionel] Messi, not like Messi – it’s impossible!”Be free like Messi, have fun, do things like he wants from a striker like the end of the space [near goal] – take the option to shoot or give an assist.”Guardiola has spoken in glowing terms about Sane’s potential and the Germany international is excited to see how far his talent will take him.20 – Leroy Sane has been directly involved in 20 goals for Manchester City this season (9 goals, 11 assists); the third City player to achieve that feat so far. Spree.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 6 January 2018He added: “No player at the beginning of his career knows how good he can be. It’s exciting and for me it’s a challenge to see how good I can be, how I can get to the best level.”It’s really nice to see how it will go.”Sane’s nine goals this season is equal to the tally he achieved in the whole of the last campaign.last_img read more

Keita slated for poor form ahead of Liverpool move

first_imgTransfers Leipzig boss slates Keita for poor form ahead of Liverpool move Goal 17:27 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Naby Keita RB Leipzig Getty Images Transfers Liverpool RB Leipzig Bundesliga Premier League Naby Keïta The 22-year-old remains a crucial player for the Bundesliga outfit but his coach has noticed a drop in quality since he agreed to move to Anfield RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says prospective Liverpool signing Naby Keita has lost some of the consistency that made him a Bundesliga star last season.Keita proved to be a sensation in 2016-17 as the Red Bull Arena outfit finished second in their debut German top-flight campaign, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 31 appearances.The 22-year-old’s remarkable displays attracted immense interest from Liverpool, and he will head to Anfield in the summer after the English side triggered his £48 million release clause in August .  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Keita remains a pivotal player for Leipzig as they look to replicate their runners-up finish this time around, scoring three times and setting up a further two in the league so far.However, his coach has noticed a difference in his performances this term and hopes to see him back to his best in the coming weeks, but he insisted he will not be too harsh on the Guinea international.”Naby is not as consistent this year as last year,” Hasenhuttl told Sport Bild . “It’s important that he brings his expectations back to normal levels.”I’m not one who wants to motivate with fear. I don’t immediately get the whip out in the classic sense and I don’t kick the players non-stop.”Leipzig are also hoping to see another star return to action in the shape of Emil Forsberg.The Swedish winger was a key creative outlet last term, notching 19 assists in the league last term. However, injury has kept the 26-year-old out of action since early-December, but he is back in training and Hasenhuttl hopes to have him available again soon.”I see light at the end of the tunnel,” he added.”We mustn’t forget that he has not trained for nine weeks. It will take some time, and we have to be careful not to overburden him again.”Leipzig currently sit third in the Bundesliga, level on points with Bayer Leverkusen but 18 behind leaders Bayern Munich.Hasenhuttl’s side host seventh placed Augsburg in their next game on Friday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

History of Touch Football

first_imgIf there are any members of the Touch Football community that are willing to donate any video, photos or documents from 1978 – 2000 please contact Glenn Hayes on (02) 6212 2800 or at Touch Football Australia would like to thank you for your donations.last_img

Details Emerge From Death Of Former Ohio State Football Player

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Details are emerging from the death of a former Ohio State University football player. He was reportedly killed by a drag racer in a tragic accident.Tyrone Harrison, a former fullback at Ohio State, was killed on Saturday night while walking along a road in New Jersey.The former Buckeyes’ football player was a vice principal at a school in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was reportedly struck by a drag racer who fled the has the tragic details:Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, was killed at approximately 9:17 p.m. near Ethel Avenue, according to a news release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Piscataway Police Chief Scott Cartmell.Authorities are actively searching for information regarding individuals involved in the drag race. The driver of the car that hit Harrison fled the scene, the release said.At the time of the impact, Harrison was walking from the Edison train station on route to a relative’s house. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained, the release said.The New Brunswick community is mourning his loss.“He always showed tremendous pride in Ohio State,” New Brunswick High School Athletic Director Craig Lowery said. “He always would talk about playing in the horseshoe (the school’s stadium), and how he wanted to have a connection and pipeline to Ohio State.”Our thoughts are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace.last_img read more

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman: $566,922 and 21 feet long

first_img1. Mercedes-Maybach Pullman 2. Mercedes-Maybach Pullman 3. Mercedes-Maybach Pullman 4. Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Meet the next level of exclusive luxury: the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman.Like the Mercedes-Maybach S600 that debuted at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the Pullman is based on the Mercedes S-Class. At 21.3 feet long, though, it’s a full 3.5 feet longer than the S600. To put that in perspective, if you parked a couple Smart Fortwos bumper to bumper next to the Pullman, the big sedan would be approximately 3.6 feet longer.Mercedes-Maybach’s second model is also one of the most expensive cars you can buy. Starting at $566,922 without armor, the leather-clad Pullman is simply palatial.In typical limousine style, rear VIP passengers sit facing the front in plush executive seats, which have individually adjustable backrests, cushions, and calf supports. The two other occupants sit facing the rear.As you’d expect from Mercedes-Maybach, the car is fitted with drink chillers, roof-mounted displays, and a partition-mounted, 18.5-inch monitor fit for a monarch. There’s also an optional Burmester 3D surround-sound system and tons of other customizable features.Power comes from a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 that produces 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, which should be more than enough to lug government officials and their bodyguards around in luxury.Related: For the opulent Mercedes-Maybach S600, the price of luxury is $189,350Coinciding with the 50th birthday of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 600, the new Pullman will officially debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. Details will continue to pour in as we approach the event, so stay tuned for more info.The car is slated to go on sale at the beginning of 2016 in Europe. As for the U.S. market, Mercedes says the model is TBD. Editors’ Recommendations The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer center_img Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected last_img read more

Gov’t to Strengthen Criminal Case Management System

first_imgStory Highlights The aim is to avoid multiple mention dates and other delays To reduce the backlog of cases within the justice system The vast majority of backlog within the court system has to do with the Traffic Court The Government will be strengthening its criminal case management system, as it seeks to reduce the backlog of cases within the justice system.Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, said the aim is to have the parties to criminal proceedings and the judge proactively manage the cases, to avoid multiple mention dates and other delays.“(This) is a feature of our criminal justice system – a lot of  time wasting,  several  mention dates and things are not ready – so the case cannot proceed and it gets put off  many times. So, we want to intensively utilise criminal case management to avoid some of those delays,” the Minister told JIS News in an interview.He explained that criminal case management is “an administrative hearing to resolve whatever issues there are, to identify what are the issues in the case, what is not an issue, and ensure that everything is ready before the matter is set down for trial.”Senator Golding said the criminal case management system is currently being spearheaded by the Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla and a Steering Committee, chaired by  Appeal Court Judge, Mr. Dennis Morrison.“It’s a process, we have to engage with the Bar and get people on board with it. We have had a number of seminars to get the co-operation of the key stakeholders,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Golding noted that the vast majority of backlog within the court system has to do with the Traffic Court and these mainly consist of unpaid tickets.As of June 30, 2012 there were some 224,341 unsettled traffic tickets in the system and those date back largely to the period where there was the manual paper-based ticketing system.In terms of other types of cases, there are approximately 30,000 pending criminal cases in the Resident Magistrate (RM) Court, of which approximately 8,700 have been in the system for more than 2 years, based on audit done in 2012.On the civil side of the RM Court, of the roughly 12,000 pending cases, approximately 2,800 cases have been in the system for more than two years.For the Gun Court division of the Supreme Court, there are roughly 2,000 pending cases, of which 404 cases have been in the system for more than 2 years.“In the Circuit Court, which is the jury trial, we measure that by how many cases are traversed from one term to another, and there are some 543 cases that were traversed,” Senator Golding said.The Minister pointed out that in the Coroner’s Court, of the 704 cases which are pending for inquest, 472 of those have been in the system for more than 2 years.last_img read more

Secylevel panel to streamline etendering process Fadnavis

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday said a secretary-level committee would be set up to study and streamline the e-tendering process of issuing contracts for various projects. He was responding to the issue raised by Shiv Sena member Subhash Sabne in the state Assembly during the Question Hour. Sabne pointed out some alleged irregularities reported in the e-tendering process of the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) located in neighbouring Thane district. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Minister of State for Urban Development Yogesh Sagar said a complaint about it was received from KDMC corporators, but the civic body had rejected the allegations. Fadnavis then intervened and said, “A secretary-level committee would be set up to study the e-tendering process and to streamline it and rectify the loopholes.” Replying to another question, Fadnavis said he had received a report prepared by members of the legislature on redevelopment of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai. “We will take a decision on the reportin seven days.The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) needs to concentrate on re-developing its own colonies. Butit can intervene in disputes in other projects and take over them,” he said.last_img read more

Cops bust human smuggling attempt

The police said that the people arrested were residents of Chilaw and Negombo. The main suspect involved in the operation is said to be a resident of Chilaw.The police said that a lorry and seven Dolphin vans were seized during the sting operation this morning. Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen was in Sri Lanka this month to discuss the issue of illegal asylum seekers.Most Sri Lankans reach Australia via Indonesia and Australia warned it could soon face a fresh wave of asylum-seeker boats after Indonesia this month removed a number of major source countries including Sri Lanka from its immigration red list.The move came despite the Indonesian Immigration Office having identified Sri Lanka – along with Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan – as a main source of asylum-seekers heading to Australia by boat. (Colombo Gazette) The police arrested 113 people from Galle Face and Negombo early this morning while they were attempting to go to Australia by boat illegally. According to the police media unit, six human smugglers were also arrested and vehicles used to transport the would be illegal asylum seekers were also seized. Initial investigations revealed that the asylum seekers had paid around Rs. 200,000 each for the illegal journey to Australia. read more

Peace process in Bougainville still needs nurturing Annan

Mr. Annan’s report to the Security Council reviews the activities of the UN Political Office in Bougainville (UNPOB) since last November. Bougainville fought a 10-year war of independence against the archipelago before a ceasefire was brokered in 1998. The election of an autonomous government is expected to take place before the end of the year.The report specifically discusses the remaining challenges and benchmarks to be achieved by the parties to the Bougainville Peace Agreement signed in August 2001. The Agreement has three elements: autonomy, a referendum and a weapons disposal plan. Mr. Annan also addresses the exit strategy of the UNPOB upon completion of its mission at the end of the year. “The peace process is undoubtedly stronger than it has ever been before, but it still needs nurturing,” states Mr. Annan. “With the Office’s bridge-building, brokering and facilitating role, they have significantly advanced the process of change that has been under way since the Agreement was signed.” Mr. Annan says that “the divisions, suspicions and mistrust created by the war,” compounded the complexity of Bougainville, a small society with a great diversity of clans and language groups.”Their leaders have a unity of purpose and action, although that has not yet permeated the whole society, which still bears the deep scars of war,” he says, adding that it is not difficult to understand this slow pace of change given “the extremely low level of the island’s development”. In order to solidify peace in Bougainville, the Secretary-General is appealing to the donor community to continue its giving assistance to the island following the expected departure of UNPOB. read more

Reports show US service firms expand more slowly in March while private

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Two reports Wednesday showed that U.S. service companies grew more slowly in March and private employers pulled back on hiring. The declines suggest businesses may have grown more cautious last month after federal spending cuts took effect.The Institute for Supply Management said that its index of non-manufacturing activity fell to 54.4 last month. That’s down from 56 in February and the lowest in seven months. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.Slower hiring and a steep drop in new orders drove the index down. A gauge of hiring fell 3.9 points to 53.3, the lowest since November. That means companies kept hiring, just at a slower pace.The ISM report covers companies that employ roughly 90 per cent of the work force.A separate report from payroll processor ADP also pointed to slightly weaker hiring in March. ADP said private employers added 158,000 jobs in March, down from 237,000 the previous month. Construction firms didn’t add any jobs after three months of solid gains.Economists were not overly concerned with the weaker reports. Several noted that ADP’s figures are less reliable than the government’s more comprehensive jobs report, which comes out on Friday.Still, most say the pace of hiring has almost certainly dropped off from the previous four months, when employers added an average of 200,000 net jobs a month. And a few reduced their forecasts for March job growth after seeing the two reports.Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, now expects just 160,000 net jobs, instead of 215,000. Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said her group has lowered its forecast to 155,000, down from 220,000.Lee said businesses may have temporarily suspended hiring because they want to see the impact of $85 billion in government spending cuts, which began on March. 1.“It appears that businesses aren’t seeing the impact (of the spending cuts) just yet but are obviously concerned about the economy going forward… and are thus holding back on orders or hiring,” Lee said in a note to clients.Still, most economists say any slowdown is likely temporary. Most say growth accelerated in the January-March quarter to a 3 per cent at an annual rate, buoyed by a resilient consumer and a steady rebound in housing.And even if growth slows in the April-June period to roughly 2 per cent, as some predict, that that would still leave the economy expanding at a solid pace in the first half of the year.“For now, there is still a lot of good news on the economy,” said Paul Edelstein, an economist at IHS Global Insight. “Home construction and demand are growing, and jobs are being added.”The ISM report measures growth in industries that range from retail and construction to health care and financial services.Even with March’s decline in the service-sector growth, the index nearly matched its 12-month average of 54.5.Fifteen of the 18 industries covered by the ISM survey reported expansion, including construction, transportation and warehousing, retail, finance and insurance, and utilities.And other reports suggest consumers are still spending, despite an increase in Social Security taxes that has reduced take-home pay.In February, consumer spending rose by the most in five months. And consumer confidence improved in March from the previous month, according to a survey released last week by the University of Michigan.The housing recovery has also boosted home prices, which makes homeowners feel wealthier. That can also lead to more spending.A third report Wednesday showed home prices rose 10.2 per cent in February compared to a year earlier. The annual gain, reported by real estate data provider CoreLogic, was the biggest since March 2006.Prices have now increased on an annual basis for 12 straight months, underscoring the recovery’s steady momentum.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2013 10:15 am MDT Reports show US service firms expand more slowly in March while private hiring weakens read more

Prosecutor to appeal UN tribunals acquittal of Vojislav Šešelj of war crimes

Serge Brammertz, who is also serving as the Prosecutor of the International Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals – the body that will oversee the residual functions of the UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, known by the acronym ICTY, as well as for Rwanda (ICTR) – said he had come to the decision after reviewing the written reasons given by the Trial Chamber Majority for acquitting Mr. Šešelj. That verdict was announced on 31 March.“Given the far reaching nature of the errors we have identified in the Majority Judgement, we underscore for the victims of the crimes that the forthcoming appeal is of utmost priority for this Office,” said Mr. Brammertz, adding that his Office considers “there has been a fundamental failure by the Majority to perform its judicial function.”Among others, his Office noted that in its view, the Majority has omitted to properly adjudicate core aspects of the Prosecution’s case, including by: failing to consider large parts of the evidentiary record; failing to provide proper reasons for its conclusions; failing to properly apply the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ standard; and failing to consider the charges against Mr. Šešelj in light of the pervasive pattern of crimes proved.“At the same time, we consider that the Majority unreasonably allowed for the possibility that criminal conduct was simply a lawful contribution to the war effort, despite the overwhelming body of evidence pointing against it,” said Mr. Brammertz, noting a “sweeping disregard” of the large number of crimes proved at trial had lead the Majority to conclude “that there was no widespread or systematic attack against the civilian population in parts of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as required for crimes against humanity.”Mr. Brammertz said that his Office would exert maximum effort to ensure the appeal in the Vojislav Šešelj case is litigated efficiently, effectively and fairly in accordance with the prescribed appeals process of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. read more

This Is How I Felt on Election Night Celebs

Usher took the high road and congratulated the Patriots while sharing a screenshot of a video call with Boston native, actor Mark Wahlberg.Can’t win them all. Congrats to the Pats. We will RISE UP and comeback stronger! Mark, we’re coming for that 🏆 in 2018, lol! #ATLUnited— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) February 6, 2017Producer Jermaine Dupri shared this self-deprecating image. Music artists weren’t the only ones feeling down. Actors who supported the Dirty Birds also expressed their thoughts.Samuel L. Jackson excitedly tweeted for the Falcons…Awwwwww Yeah!!!! RISE UP!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 5, 2017…and looked forward to the start of the 2017 season when they lost.The Agony of Defeat… see ya next season. RISE UP!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 6, 2017Sterling K. Brown, who stars in the upcoming “Black Panther” movie, said he was pleased with the way the game was going… Even Peter and Paul couldn’t win em all!— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) February 6, 2017Questlove likened the feeling to Donald Trump’s presidential victory.This is how I felt on election night. #SuperBowl— T’Questlove (@questlove) February 6, 2017T.I. nodded to Brady’s 2015 Deflategate scandal as a possible reason for the team’s win.Still can’t be mad Fareal….. #RISEUP— T.I. (@Tip) February 6, 20172Chainz hoped for a better outcome next year and hailed Super Bowl LI as “the best game ever.” 2Chainz, Usher and T.I. at Super Bowl LI (@troubleman31)Many celebrity fans were crushed when the Atlanta Falcons lost Super Bowl LI to the New EnglandPatriots Sunday and they shared their hurt on social media.During the showdown, the Falcons had a 28-3 lead over the Patriots by the third quarter, virtually guaranteeing a victory. But Tom Brady’s team ultimately snatched the Lombardi Trophy in a 34-28 overtime win, leading to a stunning loss for the Atlanta team.Falcons fans including Bow Wow, 2Chainz and Questlove all took to Twitter and Instagram to react to the upset for Matt Ryan’s NFC champions.Bow Wow went from feeling confident…21 skunk! Get tem the fuck outta here #superbowl— Bow Wow (@smoss) February 6, 2017…to feeling like the loss affected him personally.I feel like i just walked in on my wife having sex w my/ brother. Im so torn and hurt…. words cant describe this feeling— Bow Wow (@smoss) February 6, 2017Gucci tweeted a Biblical response after expressing some disappointment.I’m mad sad and exhausted 😩— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) February 6, 2017 …before feeling irritated when the tides changed. There were other well-known football fans who decided to give credit to the AFC champions’ big win. It led Brady to set several NFL records, including five Super Bowl rings, which retired Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant spoke to.5 rings can’t be deflated #Brady #Muse— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 6, 2017Singer Jordin Sparks put the 51st Super Bowl high on her list of the best games she’s attended.That was 1 of the best games I’ve EVER been to! Wow. I was high-fiving Pats fans all over the place! Much deserved. Congrats Patriots! #SB51— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) February 6, 2017 read more

Football Ohio State avoids upset edges Spartans 1716 in East Lansing

OSU redshirt junior quarterback looks for a lane through the Michigan State defense during the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Michigan — A cold, blustery November day in East Lansing, Michigan, perfectly summarized the scrappy contest between the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes and the unranked Michigan State Spartans. In a game that the Buckeyes came in as 20 point favorites, OSU edged the Spartans 17-16.The Buckeyes are now 3-3 in their last six meetings with the Spartans. “I don’t think they’re far out (of playoff contention),” said OSU coach Urban Meyer. “I just got a lot of respect. I’ve been in the foxhole against those guys and I know their coaching staff very well. I have great respect for them. They played very hard, but I don’t expect anything different.”The Spartans struck quickly on the legs of sophomore running back L.J. Scott. An innocent screen pass to the left side of the field, paired with outstanding down-the-field blocking, gave Scott a 64-yard lane all the way for a score. It was the first touchdown the Buckeyes defense had given up over nine quarters.Both teams combined for just nine pass completions in the first half. The wind gusts on the field, reported at 30 miles per hour at times, made a down-the-field passing game nearly impossible. One of the longest passes of the first half was a 14-yard toss from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett to redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh. Even that throw was altered by the wind slightly.Michigan State redshirt senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor had plenty of time to throw, as the OSU pass rush struggled in the first half to reach the quarterback. On the other side, the Buckeyes’ offensive line seemed perplexed with the Michigan State defensive front, allowing three sacks through the first two quarters.Three chunk plays were the culprit to the Buckeyes’ defensive shortcomings in the first half. All three were by Scott, who racked up 149 yards on just three of his nine touches in the two opening quarters. Most of Scott’s big runs came from off the tackle, swinging the ball wide where he found lots of daylight. Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley agreed the team failed to keep him contained at times.“A lot of (mistakes) were just little schemed-up things,” he said. “Not setting an edge on the defense.” OSU’s biggest play of the day came on a picture-perfect pass from Barrett to junior H-back Curtis Samuel across the middle of the field. In single coverage over the top, the OSU offense found a hole and Barrett floated the ball right into the outstretched arms of Samuel for a touchdown.The second half kicked off with the Buckeyes handling the opening kick. It took more than six minutes of game time before either team could find a way to score.After busting a 52-yard scamper off a beautiful lead block by Baugh, Weber pushed across the goalline for a 4-yard touchdown rush. The touchdown was his first rushing score away from Ohio Stadium this season.Weber finished his day with 14 carries for 111 yards and the touchdown, and proved to be a difference maker. He said after the game he was instrumental to the team’s approach to attacking the Michigan State defense.“Just pound the ball,” Weber said. “We knew it was going to be hard to throw the ball in that wind. Coach Meyer had a mindset that we’re going to play defense and we’re going to run the ball. I think we had over 200 yards rushing total and did a good job with that.”Samuel led the Buckeyes with 4 receptions for 40 yards, although his touches were limited by the Spartans’ defense for most of the day. He gained 53 total yards, his lowest total of the year. OSU picked up just 86 yards through the air on Saturday.A fake punt by Michigan State early in the fourth quarter from its own territory gave the Spartans a big first down, but a failed trick play and a sack by redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard forced the Spartans to punt.Scott single-handedly carried his team back into the game with nine minutes remaining, carrying the ball for all eight plays of a Michigan State drive. After plunging forward for a 1-yard touchdown rush, Dantonio decided to try for a two-point conversion, but O’Connor’s pass was picked off by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker at the goal line. On Michigan State’s final drive, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley intercepted O’Connor’s pass to seal the game for OSU. After the game, he walked into the press conference room, holding the game ball in his hands. Conley said it “meant the world” to have his teammates and coaches congratulating him for his play.Barrett, who was supposed to be carrying the ball less this season according to Meyer, finished the game with 24 carries. Overall, he handled the ball 46 times of OSU’s 67 plays from scrimmage.It is unclear how the team’s performance will affect the College Football Playoff rankings for the Buckeyes. The updated rankings will be released on Tuesday at 7 p.m.“The big playoff picture, it’s all noise,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “If you don’t focus on the task at hand, slip-ups happen. Just make sure you go out and execute. Don’t disrespect your opponent.”OSU is now 10-1 this season, and is 7-1 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes return home for a noon kickoff against Michigan to round out the regular season. read more

Survey finds Haitian women agree to be beaten by their husbands

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — A survey conducted by the Haitian Institute of Childhood (HIS) has found that the number of women who agree with at least one reason for domestic violence has not changed between the years 2012-17.The sixth Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization Survey (EMMUS-VI), which was conducted by HIS in collaboration with the Haitian Institute of Statistics and Informatics, looked at domestic violence in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.The survey which was sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health with the technical assistance from the World Programme on Demographic and Health Surveys found that after a significant decrease between 2005-2006 and 2012, from 31 to 17 per cent, on average, the percentage of women who agreed with at least one reason justifying domestic violence remained unchanged between 2012 and 2017.The survey noted that on the other hand, for men, there is a continuous decrease in this percentage in the last three EMMUS surveys, with the figures declining from 20 per cent to 15 and now 11 per cent.The survey found that 19 per cent of women in rural areas justified at least one reason for a husband to beat his wife as compared to 13 per cent in urban areas. However, in the case of men, the figure stood at 11 per cent regardless of the place of residence.The survey found that among men and women with no education, the findings were 11 and 23 per cent respectively, while those with secondary education, the figures were nine and 12 per cent respectively.The view that a man has the right to beat his wife or partner is less common among women whose household is classified in the highest economic well-being – nine per cent – as against 24 per cent for the lowest economic well-being.The survey found that males between the ages 15-49 years, who think it is justified for a husband to beat his wife or partner for at least one of the following: burns the food; argues; goes out without telling him; neglects the children; and refuses to have sex with him, ranged from 15.2 per cent for men in the age group 15-19 years to 6.8 per cent for those aged between 45-49 years.Regarding women, who were asked the same questions, the figures show that it ranged from 23.3 per cent for those within the age group 15-19 years and 16.1 per cent for those between 45 to 49 years old. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana to have prevalence surveys on gender-based violence in 2019- CARICOM SGNovember 24, 2018In “Environment”Female ranks targeted to help deal with domestic, gender violenceJune 26, 2015In “Politics”Rodrigues defends Govt. human rights track record at UN hearingJanuary 30, 2015In “Opinion” read more

Motorola Sues TiVo

first_imgTiVo has revolutionized TV watching in much the same way that cable did, back in the 70s/80s. But contrary to popular belief, the company didn’t pioneer the DVR. Motorola is claiming that title, and now the company is suing TiVO to prove it.The company claims that TiVo violated the patents on the Motorola DVR that came out in 94. There’s some speculation that the move is payback to TiVo lawsuit against Verizon. You see, TiVo sued Verizon over similar claims, leading Motorola filing a suite to protect the assets under Motorola. However, it gets sticky here for both parties. Verizon uses Motorola DVR technology, which TiVo sued Verizon for. Now with Motorola suing back, all cases could be thrown out of court if the connection proven.AdChoices广告Motorola issued a statement saying that TiVo is making false claims against Verizon, which uses Motorola DVR technology under the patent that was filed under Motorola. No word on how either of the lawsuits are doing, nor how much they are asking for in return. Via Hot Hardwarelast_img read more

Visually striking history of Nintendo is a handy guide to past consoles

first_imgOver the years, Nintendo has been through too many different video game consoles and handhelds — and iterations of the devices — to keep track of. Thankfully, graphic designer Anthony Veloso created this video to keep us from spending too much time perusing Wikipedia and committing Nintendo’s history to memory.While excellent the video doesn’t cover all of Nintendo’s bases — various redesigns seem to have been left out. However, he does include some lesser-known units such as the Game Boy Micro, which only sold around 1.5 million more units than the Virtual Boy, the console that is generally accepted to be Nintendo’s greatest failure.Try not to be too mad that Veloso left out the Virtual Boy as well as the Game Boy Pocket and the company’s Hanafuda playing cards, because the video is entertaining and it does cover just about everything you remember owning while growing up.Though Veloso missed consoles seemingly integral to Nintendo’s history, the video still shows that throughout that history — and not just beginning with the DS or Wii — the company has had a heavy focus on innovation. From the Game & Watch actually looking strikingly similar to the DS, to the Virtual Boy (although it was left out), to the waggle controls of the Wii, to the glasses-less 3D of the 3DS, and now to the recently-released tablet-based Wii U, Nintendo has never been afraid to innovate. And, whether you find it to be admirable or not that’s true whether or not those risks meant putting the company in danger.via Anthony Velosolast_img read more