Transfer gossip: L’Équipe say Leeds want Barbet

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first_imgSome of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…L’Équipe say Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign Yoann Barbet following the defender’s departure from Brentford.Aston Villa have also been linked with the Frenchman, who is among the out-of-contract players leaving Griffin Park this summer.Villa’s former Bees boss Dean Smith has been tipped to snap Barbet up, but L’Équipe say Bielsa is also keen.QPR linked with Sunderland defenderEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR want Sunderland right-back Adam Matthews, it’s claimed.Football Insider claim Rangers, who face financial restrictions, have Darnell Furlong and Osman Kakay, and have offered Angel Rangel a new deal, are looking to sign the 27-year-old Wales international.Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley are also said to be keen on Matthews, whose Sunderland contract expires this summer.Chelsea chasing Neres, Star claimEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea are chasing a deal for Ajax forward David Neres after missing out on Luka Jovic, according to reports.The Daily Star say Chelsea are hopeful of having a Fifa-imposed transfer ban frozen by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are pressing ahead with summer transfer plans.They are said to be targeting Neres after Real Madrid agreed the signing of Jovic, who recently featured for Eintracht Frankfurt against Chelsea in the Europa League.AS link Alonso with AtleticoEmbed from Getty ImagesMarcos Alonso has again been linked with a return to his native Spain.The Chelsea left-back, who has suffered a dip in form this season, has previously been linked with Barcelona.And Spanish newspaper AS claim Atletico Madrid are showing an interest in Alonso ahead of a possible move. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoBest Healthy BlogCausing Cancer! Stop Eating These 18 Foods!Best Healthy BlogUndoFood Eat Safe9 Worst Foods With ArthritisFood Eat SafeUndopanzerrush.comPlay this Game for 1 Minute and see why everyone is addictedpanzerrush.comUndoDivorce Pay DayKevin Costner Is No Longer Living Bachelor LifeDivorce Pay DayUndoFood World Magazine30 Secret Powerful Fat Burning FoodsFood World MagazineUndoUSA Tours | Search AdsUSA Tour Packages Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUSA Tours | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Can they rebound and win at New Orleans?

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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device BRADENTON, Fla. – After another last-snap defeat, the 49ers (10-2) have retreated here to prepare for Sunday’s game at New Orleans (10-2). Good thing the fan mail can still find us and here are the top questions submitted via my Instagram and Twitter handles:Will SF beat the New Orleans Saints? (@24_caballoproblemz)Sunday’s 20-17 loss at Baltimore wasn’t a soul crusher, and it gives me no driving reason to …last_img read more

Flying high with Brand SA

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first_imgSeventy-five competitors and officials from 15 countries around the world battled it out for global domination at the recent 20th Precision Flying World Championships held in Brits, North West province.last_img

SA debt at sustainable levels: Gordhan

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first_img23 October 2013 South Africa’s debt-to-GDP ratio remains sustainable, despite having risen from 23% of gross domestic product in 2007/8 to 39.3% of GDP in 2013/14, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting his medium term budget policy statement in Cape Town, Gordhan said that South Africa’s net debt was expected to reach 43.9% of GDP in 2016/17, but assured those that have loaned the country money that its debt had not reached unsustainable levels. He pointed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a recent assessment of the country, had reached the same conclusion. At the same time, he said, the government was committed to rebuilding fiscal space by stabilising and then reducing the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio. This, he said, would allow government to respond to future economic shocks by bringing down spending on debt-service costs and creating countercyclical borrowing opportunities. South Africa’s budget deficit is expected to come in at 4.2% for 2013/14, declining slightly to 4.1% in 2014/15 before falling to three percent in 2016/17. While the budget deficit in the 2013 Budget was forecast as 4.6%, the 4.2% deficit is based on a new formula for government accounts which is in line with IMF provisions and includes extraordinary receipts and extraordinary payments in the calculation of the deficit. The borrowing requirement for the main budget is projected to increase from R168.5-billion in 2013/14 to R183.9-billion in 2014/15 before declining to R164.9-billion in 2016/17. Interest payments are the fastest growing expenditure item over the next three years, growing to R140-billion in 2016/17 – higher than current spending on health care. Compensation of public servants now accounts for 39.4% of the budget of non-interest spending and will continue to outpace inflation, but grow at a slower rate than over the past three years. Gordhan said the government’s debt management strategy over the next three years would focus on minimising refinancing risk accommodate redemptions. The government would also continue to build cash reserves and continue to switch from short-term to longer-term debt as market conditions allowed, he said. The government’s contingency reserve is projected to grow from R3-billion in 2014/15 to R6-billion in 2015/16, climbing to R18-billion in 2016/17. The contingency reserve has been reduced from R7.5-billion over the next two years to respond to spending pressures. As part of careful measures to restrict spending, Gordhan said state-owned companies would be expected to borrow on the strength of their balance sheets, rather than be funded from the fiscus. If capitalisation of the state’s core assets was required, state-owned entities would have to consider upfront disposal of non-core assets, while those state-owned companies that faced persistent difficulties would have to undergo operational restructuring, he said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Africa pushes for stronger trade links with US

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first_img6 August 2014As African leaders prepare for a roundtable engagement with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Wednesday, South African President Jacob Zuma has called on leaders from both continents to seize the opportunity and consolidate their relationship.Obama will be convening the first ever US-Africa Leaders’ Forum at the White House as he seeks to affirm his legacy of having put Africa high on his agenda as the leader of the world’s biggest economy.The summit takes place at a time when both Obama and European leaders are increasingly recognising Africa as a new growth hub, with the six-fastest growing economies being African.‘This is America’s attempt to catch up’At least one analyst who spoke to SAnews believes that Obama’s decision to hold the summit with African leaders did not come as a surprise.“We’ve seen regions like Europe and countries like China really making a big effort to get close to Africa, because the continent is growing so fast and is becoming more important, and I think this is America’s attempt to try to catch up,” South African Institute of International Affairs policy analyst Christopher Wood said on Tuesday.Wood said America could no longer ignore the fact that Africa, with a 5.4% growth rate predicted for 2014, was outpacing global growth. US goods and services exports to Africa reached a record high of $50.2-billion in 2013, up 40% since 2009. These exports supported 250 000 US jobs.Wood said the US was also looking up to South Africa as a leader and gateway to the continent, and he believes it is for this reason that South Africa will remain part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) programme.“President Zuma, as a leader in the continent, has a very important role. [He] relayed Africa’s growth story to the United States, so I don’t believe in this talk that they will take South Africa out of Agoa. It’s more [likely] just a way to get certain concessions from South Africa.”Agoa is a legislation that provides duty-free market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products. Its current term will end in 2015 and the US Senate is expected to vote on its renewal.South Africa has been leading the call for the programme to be extended for another 15 years, citing its trade benefits for both the US and Africa.Genuine, mutually beneficial partnerships: ZumaAt a US-Africa Business Forum hosted on Tuesday, President Zuma said the summit came at an “opportune” time for Africa, as the continent was in a better shape than ever.Zuma had earlier met with Senate members as well as US Deputy President Joe Biden.“The summit gives us an opportunity as leaders to look at our relations, as leaders and the business community. I also think it came at the right time when Africa is in fact organising itself better than before, in terms of how it conducts its affairs.”Zuma was speaking during a panel discussion that took place alongside the US-Africa Business Forum hosted. Other panellists included the presidents of Tanzania, Senegal, Rwanda and Tunisia.“[The summit] comes at an opportune moment, when Agoa – which has been critical in our relationship – is left with one year before it expires, and we are saying we have an opportunity to deal with that issue … to put our views to the United States, to say we would want the continuation of Agoa,” Zuma said.“We now have the experience to better discuss what we need to do about Agoa, so as to better and consolidate our relationships … I’m sure when we end this interaction, we will be in a better place to deal with our relations.”He said it was important that leaders went to Wednesday’s summit with the common goal of forming genuine partnerships to benefit both Africa and US economies.Powering AfricaObama is the first US president to invite more than 40 African leaders to Washington for a meeting. A range of things can be expected from the summit, according to Wood.“There are other things that are perhaps less important for South Africa but are important for the continent. One of those initiatives is called Power Africa, which seeks to help increase electricity connection in the continent.“Even though they will benefit from it in terms of investments, America wants to be seen to be making a difference through this powering of Africa.”South Africa has been tipped as a possible host of the headquarters of Power Africa.In its 2014 annual report, the company said as of June this year, it had helped produced more than 2 800 MW of new generation capacity, 25% of its ambitious target of adding more than 10 000 MW of cleaner energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa.On Tuesday, Obama announced a renewed commitment to this initiative, and pledged $300-million in assistance per year to expand the reach of Power Africa across the continent in pursuit of a new 30 000 MW of additional capacity to Africa, and increasing electricity access by at least 60-million household and business connections.He also announced $6-billion in new private sector commitments, bringing the total private sector commitments under Power Africa to date to more than $20-billion.This includes additional commitments under Beyond the Grid, a new sub-initiative announced at the June 2014 US-Africa Energy Ministerial. The initiative seeks to foster private investment in off-grid and small-scale energy solutions, which will expand access to remote areas across sub-Saharan Africa.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Corn diseases progressing

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As the 2019 growing season continues, producers across the Eastern Corn Belt will begin put more thought towards their production plans and management decisions for the upcoming season. One challenge that has affected corn yields in our sales territory over the past few years is foliar disease, especially Northern Corn Leaf Blight. Anyone who attended one of our Winter Agronomy Meetings heard a discussion of what conditions promote diseases (Nothern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot) and possible management options. You might ask, “What are the important management options that will protect yield from leaf diseases?” Although some of the important management practices have already been performed (crop rotation, hybrid selection, and tillage) growers still have opportunities to protect their corn from disease as discussed in the following list:• Scouting: Scouting fields is an important part of a management plan. Walk corn fields right before tassel emergence to determine disease presence and severity.• Identify Which Diseases are Present: Having the ability to identify specific diseases is a critical piece in managing GLS and NCLB. NCLB symptoms are brown or tan cigar-shaped lesions, ranging from one to six inches in length. GLS symptoms are tan or gray rectangles with parallel or straight sides, ranging from half and inch to four inches in length.• Effective use of fungicides: Whether or not to apply fungicides has become a more challenging question with lower commodity prices. Many factors must be considered when determining if a fungicide application is necessary, including: hybrid resistance, disease severity, stage of crop development, expected yield benefit, etc.While we don’t know if the weather for the 2019 growing season will be conducive for development of yield-reducing disease, we do know that there is plenty of disease inoculum in crop residue from the 2018 growing season. Should the right patterns of weather develop, producers in the Eastern Corn Belt could be looking at another year where leaf diseases threaten corn yields. As always, if diseases become a problem Seed Consultants’ knowledgeable sales staff and agronomy team are available to help customers determine where and when to apply fungicides.last_img read more

What is Agile Commerce? The Future, That’s What

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Thanks to the proliferation of Web and mobile technologies, commerce is evolving from a multi-channel effort for businesses to a more holistic one that takes place across multiple devices or consumer touchpoints. Emerging in the place of traditional multi-channel commerce? Agile commerce. Such is the key takeaway from a recent report by Forrester, which outlines precisely how consumer behavior is changing in response to things like widespread broadband penetration, smart phones and social media. According to the report, 58% of online adults in the U.S. like to research products online before purchasing them. Of course, a growing number of those adults own smart phones and tablet computers and are active on social networking sites, which they often use to solicit advice an input on buying decisions. Related Posts To adapt, businesses must realign themselves to adopt practices of agile commerce, that is, commerce that takes place across a wide range of devices, screens and other interfaces. This adaptation may require a literal organizational change (think smaller, integrated teams), but at the very least, calls for a shift in a company’s philosophy. For one, the relationship between businesses and customers should be thought of across touchpoints rather than channels, says the report. Now that companies have a boat load of rich analytics about their customers, they should utilize that data and make doing so a core component of the business. Web analytics, business intelligence, CRM and data warehouses all come into play here.Has your organization made any changes to keep up with increasingly connected consumers? Let us know in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Pacers outmuscle Pistons for much-needed win

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first_imgBoth teams played short-handed.Six-time All-Star Blake Griffin missed his second straight game for Detroit with a sore left knee while guard Luke Kennard was inactive with a sore right foot.The Pacers, already without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo with an injured right knee, played without point guard Darren Collison (sore groin) and shooting guard Wesley Matthews (strained right hamstring). Evans started despite initially being listed as questionable with a bruised right knee.EARNING ITCasey knows what the Pistons must do to win over the fan base: Win with effort. And he believes Detroit is making progress.“We’re not at a championship level yet, but we’re building to get there,” Casey said before the game. “We have to earn it (fans’ respect). They’re not going to give it to us.”UP NEXTPistons: Try to win their 11th straight home game Wednesday against the Pacers.Pacers: Will try to snap a 10-game road losing streak in the rematch. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The Pistons are in a similar position after having their two-game winning streak snapped. They started the game 7 of 11 on 3-pointers and built a 33-23 lead after one quarter.They couldn’t keep it up, though, and missed a chance to move closer to clinching their first playoff spot in three years because Brooklyn, Miami and Orlando also lost. The results assure Detroit of losing no ground in the No. 6 spot.But they allowed a potentially crucial win to slip away.“Loose balls, 52 points in the paint, those are things that break your back,” coach Dwane Casey said. “Again, the physical, hard things, we didn’t do them hard enough on the road and now we have two more days to turn things around.”Sabonis spurred the Pacers’ first-half turnaround with 14 points in 13 minutes as the Pacers built a 59-55 halftime lead.And when the Pistons charged back to take a 77-74 third-quarter lead, Turner answered with seven points and a critical steal in a 13-3 run that put Indiana on top 87-80. Sabonis’ 9-footer with 9:12 left in the game started the decisive 9-0 run that made it 98-87.TIP-INSPistons: Detroit finished 12 of 33 on 3s. … Drummond had his 10th straight double-double and now has a league-high 65 this season. …… Reggie Jackson scored 22 points and Thon Maker had 14 while going 4 of 6 on 3s.Pacers: Bogdanovic’s streak of four consecutive games with at least 22 points ended. …. Tyreke Evans scored 13 points and Aaron Holiday wound up with 10. … McMillan picked up win No. 614, breaking a tie with Mike Dunleavy for No. 25 in NBA history. … The Pacers shot 54.5% from the field and were 10 of 22 on 3s.OUT OF ACTION Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady saves 1st tweet for April Fools’ Day: I’m retiring LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Indiana’s two tallest players combined to score 35 points and grab 18 rebounds, and Turner added five blocks to help the struggling Pacers snap a three-game losing streak with a 111-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons.“We played our game,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We did a good job of taking the ball, rebounding the basketball, getting out in transition. We played our game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt’s about time.Indiana desperately needed a win after losing seven of its previous eight and its grip on home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Detroit Pistons’ Ish Smith, left, and Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 111-102. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis gave the Indiana Pacers exactly what they needed Monday night.They fought for position, repeatedly challenged Andre Drummond in the middle and made big play after big play.ADVERTISEMENT The Pacers did it by essentially battling to a rebounding draw, holding a 52-34 scoring advantage in the paint and taking the constant cues from Sabonis and Turner.Sabonis finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out midway through the fourth, while Turner added 17 points, six rebounds and three steals. Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 19 to lead the Pacers.But Monday’s victory hasn’t changed anything in the standings yet.The Pacers remain tied with Boston, a 110-105 winner over Miami, for the No. 4 spot in the East. The Celtics still hold the tiebreaker with the teams meeting in a potentially decisive game Friday in Indianapolis.“We knew March was going to be tough, but it’s a new month now,” Doug McDermott said after scoring 11 points. “I think we’re all locked in and we’re engaged with an important couple of games here to determine where we’ll be playing come playoff time.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Sindhu wins maiden Super Series Premier title

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first_imgFuzhou, Nov 20 (PTI) Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the finals of the USD 700,000 China Open badminton tournament here today. Sindhu, who became the toast of the country after becoming the first Indian women to win a silver at Rio Games, continued her rampaging run as she lifted the prestigious title after beating Sun 21-11 17-21 21-11 in the summit clash that lasted an hour and nine minutes. World No. 11 Sindhu had come into the match with a 2-3 head-to-head record but then statistics counted little when she took the court at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center. Sindhu dished out a dominating game as she zoomed to a healthy 11-5 lead early on. The Indian looked sharp and athletic as she engaged in a fast-paced game to bamboozle her opponent. Eventually it was a cross court return which earned Sindhu a massive 12 game points at 20-8. A couple of smashes on Sindhus forehand and backhand and a drop going to the net helped Sun save three points. But Sindhu sealed the opening encounter after dominating a parallel game and finishing it with a return that hit Suns face. In the second game, Sindhu had a slender 6-3 lead which she extended to 11-7 and 14-10. But Sun soon broke the rhythm by mixing her strokes and coming up with steep and powerful body smashes to catch up with the Indian at 14-14. A sharp smash and a superb return on Sindhus backhand helped Sun grab a 18-16 lead which became 19-16 after the Indian lost a video referral. At 20-16, Sun hit the nets but she roared back into contest when Sindhus stretched low return at the forecourt could not cross the net. Back to her winning side of the court, Sindhu once again started with new exuberance as the duo locked themselves in a battle of supremacy. As a result service changed hands too quickly as they moved together till 6-6. But Sindhu moved ahead with a couple of powerpacked returns which Sun failed to negotiate. The Chinese also faltered with a lift and also hit wide as Sindhu reached 10-6. A few errors helped Sun make it 8-10 before Sindhu entered the interval with a 11-8 advantage. Sindhu continued to extend her lead even as Sun tried to vary the pace of the rallies but her errors continued to pile up as the Indian was soon 19-11 up. Sindhu then grabbed the match point when Sun let go of the shuttle as it kissed the back line and then the Indian pushed the shuttle at the back, leaving the Chinese stranded before letting out a joyous scream. Saina Nehwal had clinched the China Open in 2014 before finishing runners-up last year. Sindhu had reached her maiden Super Series final at the Denmark Open last year but the title eluded her then as she lost in straight games to 2012 Olympic champion Chinas Li Xuerei. PTI ATK AH SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Atalanta into Champions League Contention with Win at Napoli

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