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Barcelona fight back to win Spanish Supercup

first_img0Shares0000Wall game: Lionel Messi tries for goal from a free-kick © AFPTANGIERS, Morocco, Aug 13 – Barcelona battled back to defeat Sevilla 2-1 and win the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele hitting a sensational winner to help give Lionel Messi a winning start as captain.It was Barcelona’s 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons. However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.Pablo Sarabia gave Sevilla the lead after just nine minutes on a counter-attack.Gerard Pique, who announced his international retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.But Ben Yedder hit a weak penalty which was easily saved by Ter Stegen.The match had endured a controversial build-up when Sevilla threatened to file a complaint against Barcelona if the La Liga champions fielded more than three non-EU players.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Supercup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches.Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an “improper lineup” in Tangier.New signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur were expected to be Barca’s three non-EU players on Sunday, although Brazilian centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad.In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the match day line-up.Philippe Coutinho has reportedly acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife in the last week, while his fellow South Americans Messi and Luis Suarez are already EU citizens.Sevilla qualified for Sunday’s match as last season’s Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Charter ‘boosted banking access in SA’

first_img27 September 2012The percentage of South Africans with a bank account increased from 47% in 2005 to 63% in 2011 after the launch of the country’s first Financial Sector Charter in 2004, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.Addressing more than 350 delegates from over 70 countries at the opening of the 4th Global Policy Forum in Cape Town, Gordhan said South Africa’s experience of the Financial Sector Charter provided a lesson on how to confront the challenges of financial inclusion.The first charter was negotiated in 2004 and resulted in the Mzansi bank account, which has been taken up by three-million users, while banks also began rolling out more branches, he said.The second Financial Sector Charter was gazetted for comment by the Department of Trade and Industry in March.Gordhan said the long-term sustainability of financial systems hinged on the ability of these systems to serve all citizens.“The inequality, the social and political distrust of elites, and the neglect of the poor and the impoverishment of millions as a result of the financial crisis, that we still haven’t recovered from, poses serious challenges to the economic, political and social stability and progress of ourselves,” he said.He said the National Treasury was developing a “twin peaks” regulatory framework for financial services which would come into effect in the next 18 months.The new model would see the development of different regulatory focuses between prudential regulation and consumer protection, while the National Treasury would remain responsible for policy implementation, including one of encouraging greater financial access.He said an IMF report on financial stability released in April was concerning, as it indicated that innovative products were already being developed to sidestep the new financial regulations.The financial sector is faced with various challenges, include a disconnect from the real economy, said Gordhan, who pointed out that banks needed to serve more people and entrepreneurs to generate growth and create jobs.Another challenge was how multi-national banks were serving emerging markets, he said.It was also important to develop regulations to ensure that the poor were protected should new crises emerge.Central banks also needed to ensure that their respective banking sectors weren’t overly dominated by a few big banks, as this could stifle competition and the development of new and affordable financial products.Also addressing the conference on Wednesday, the deputy governor of the central bank of the Philippines, Nestor Espenilla, said the central bank’s policy of focusing of micro finance had led to 200 community banks providing financial services to almost a million micro entrepreneursEspenilla said that along with increasing micro finance, the Philippines government had also encouraged more financial education and consumer protection.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Cattle producers getting a market rally for Christmas

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You might have seen a picture floating around the internet with a cattle producer asking Santa for market prices to make a comeback this year and it looks as though jolly old St. Nick might have come through.According to USDA’s cattle-on-feed numbers last week, there was an 11% drop on cattle placement numbers compared to a year ago. That has provided some support in the cattle markets this week but the reason for the decline may make the new numbers deceiving.“These figures may imply that some cattle may have simply stayed out of feedlots and remained on grass or winter wheat pastures,” said Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst. “Those cattle may be coming in to feedlots later which will put the pressure back on the more distance contracts.”The livestock markets have been put through the wringer lately and fed steers have recently averaged about $116 per hundredweight.“That, of course, causes very significant losses for cattle feeders,” Shagam said. “Just six months earlier those feeders paid about $220 for feeder calves and are now reporting losses of upwards of $500 a head.”Producers are trying to hold off on buying feeder cattle at the moment, but as long as there is plenty of forage, cow-calf operators are content to hold on to the cattle they have.Late last week as the new USDA data was released, word also spread that Congress was quickly moving an omnibus spending bill through that included the repeal of COOL, or Country of Origin Labeling. This move added to the positive news for the livestock sector, as doing away with COOL would fend off retaliatory tariffs threatened by Canada and Mexico.“COOL and the cattle-on-feed numbers, together, should give us the ability to rally back $15 to $20 a hundredweight on prices,” said Mike Zuzolo from Global Commodity Analytics. “COOL represented lost export demand to Mexico and increased competition from Canada in terms of beef.“Even though you can argue the placements of these latest cattle-on-feed figures, the latest report is below year-ago levels and I think that is a very healthy sign and should give the market pause to want to put more pressure on the supply side bearishness.”A wide futures market swing like the one taking place this week is something seldom seem with the slow pace of the holiday season and Zuzolo doesn’t see much happening on the cash side of things until the calendar turns.“If we start to see a positive reaction in box beef prices, then I think your February fat cattle should be able to get to the $135 to $136 level in the middle of January and maybe push $140 before it expires,” Zuzolo said.Dressed weights are 25 to 30 pounds more, year-to-date, which shows how well feed grain prices are holding up their end of the bargain. That sways the supply side sentiment to a little more positive from neutral. The demand side of the equation has a different feel.“USDA keeps bringing this to the forefront more and more in their reports,” Zuzolo said. “Although USDA said that red meat exports would be up by 8% in 2016 versus 2015, they were still going to be 1.5% shy of 2014 levels.”Zuzolo says that is the factor that will put a cap on the cattle market in the near term, until demand improves on the export front.last_img read more

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How Can Quora Balance Quality and Openness?

first_imgOn Quora, quality means more readable answers from insightful people. It might make sense to limit the amount of answers one can post in a day. Voting is another thing to consider.What was once a quiet forum has been disrupted, for better or worse as power users such as Louis Gray (and the other usual suspects) brought their large followings. This seems to skew the dynamics of the site:several people notice the power users’ answers,these answers will receive considerably more votes than anyone else participating in the discussion,other users add their grains of salt, either to get attention or simply to join the conversation,the quality of replies tends to decrease, since by definition not everyone is an expert.It would be unfair to criticize influencers for driving interest in the service. In the case of more casual services such as Friendfeed or Google Buzz, the added flow is clearly beneficial.But this is different for a service that thrives on quality rather than quantity. What can be done to Quora’s mechanics to prevent noise?There are several ways around this problem. SomethingAwful is known for charging its members to participate in its forums. This has the merit of filtering out trolls and passive users. ASmallWorld relies on referrals to create the impression of a tight-knit network. Wikipedia has a group of administrators who are selected from among its most active and reliable contributors.Restricted voting, Posting LimitsHowever, these alternatives might be perceived as drastic by the community. They might not even work in this case. What possible solutions would fit Quora’s DNA? Giving users a call to action might be a different approach. For example: showing questions that need more followers, encouraging users to add questions in topics that are not active, or to add questions or tag friends to certain topics. One way to de-clutter the feed would be to separate questions, votes, answers and friend activity, which would make top users appear less frequently.On Quora, quality means more readable answers from insightful people. It might make sense to limit the amount of answers one can post in a day. Voting is another thing to consider: On Digg, the friend following feature led to an oligarchy where a few power-users such as MrBabyMan would dominate the front page. To avoid this, why not restrict voting only to people who follow and have contributed to a topic? Maybe also limit or group the amount of posts by one person in the feed at one time? Or why not make answers anonymous? If all else fails, maybe they should request that influencers vote up one humanitarian post per day!Should Quora become more democratic or try to remain an aristocracy? As I explained in a previous post, the startup community is a meritocracy, so it might make sense to build a system that reflects it. This millennia-old question has no simple answer. What better place than Quora then to ask: How do you think the it should evolve? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ramine darabiha Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Despite the booming interest in the service, Q&A site invite-only model outside of the U.S. and a few select countries. This may be an attempt to control the growth of the community, similar to the early days of Facebook. This cautious approach is not only limited to its community. The service only opened up to search engines last August. Access via RSS feeds is limited. Recently it released a very limited API, coupled with the arrival of the first Chrome and Firefox extensions. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Christmas Message from the Honorable Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Premier of the Turks and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 21, 2017 – Providenciales – My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, as we gather with our friends, families and loved ones to celebrate the momentous occasion of the birth of our Lord, let us be ever mindful of the renewed hope that it signified.   As we reflect on the true meaning of this annual celebration we are reminded of the promise of a new beginning.   Let this renewed hope fortify our faith and form the foundation for optimism for the year ahead.In the spirit of the season let us endeavor to mirror Christ by showing kindness to our neighbors, demonstrating endurance through our trials, showing compassion to the less fortunate, being selfless towards those we love and honoring the Most High with our gratitude and praises.In the face of the immense obstacles that we have overcome, individually and collectively over the past year, this Christmas season is one in which we have much to be thankful for.    As leader of this great nation, I am reminded of the challenges we face toward progress; but I am bolstered by your prayers, well wishes, my love of country and to emulate the servant’s heart of our Lord and Savior.I extend thanks to all within the Public and Private sector and wider community who contribute to the growth and success of the Turks and Caicos Islands.On behalf of the Government of this great nation, I extend joyous greetings and warm wishes to all within the length and breadth of this beautiful by nature archipelago for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.May God continue to bless the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-RobinsonPremier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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ComicCon celebrates 50 years in San Diego

first_img Ed Lenderman, July 9, 2019 Posted: July 9, 2019 Ed Lenderman Comic-Con celebrates 50 years in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Comic-Con may be more than a week away, but its 50th anniversary in San Diego was celebrated today. And it was the County with the proclamation.As we told you recently,  Comic-Con has re-upped.  That includes its more than 130,000 attendees and the 10s of millions of dollars those fans spend.That’s along with  local residents who flock to the Gaslamp Quarter to be part of it all.  So, fresh off signing an agreement to stay in San Diego through 2024, County Supervisor Greg Cox recognized the pop culture phenomenon and all it’s meant to region, not just to the City.Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer stood beside him in the Supervisors’ Chambers as Cox read the proclamation:  “We have declared July 9th, 2019  Comic-Con International 50th Anniversary Day. David, thank you so much for coming down and thank you for what you’ve done for the region:  Attendees in the Chambers applauded.In an interview with KUSI, Glanzer told me, even in it’s infancy, organizers thought, “If we can just get people through the doors, they’ll come back and bring their friends.”And have they ever. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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