Fatih Terim, on her condition: “I am fine and I hope to get better”

first_imgFatih Terim, the legendary Galatasaray coach, gave positive to the coronavirus test some days ago. Vice President Abdurrahim Albayrak and his wife Şükran Albayrak also underwent a coronavirus test, which was positive. They all continue to recover in the hospital and improve with each passing hour. Fatih Terim, in fact, has shared her feelings through her Twitter account and has reassured her about her situation.“I have a beautiful and special feeling, I feel in my heart every prayer for me. This is an exam for all of us and we will overcome it with prayers and good wishes. I’m fine and I hope it gets better. I thank each of you and I thank you with my hand on my heart, “he said. Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz said that Terim and Albayrak are going to improve and that he is not seeing any deterioration, he has even revealed conversations with the coach in which he jokes and is in a good mood. The president of the Turkish team has also undergone the Covid-19 test. The results will be known tomorrow. Cengiz said it feels good. In Turkey, the pandemic has more than 1,872 confirmed cases and 44 deaths. 26 people have recovered.last_img read more

Aldridge, Ginobili rescue Spurs against Celtics

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining and the San Antonio Spurs overcame Kyrie Irving’s 36-point effort to beat Boston 105-102 on Friday night, snapping the Celtics’ four-game winning streak.Ginobili set up the winning basket by sneaking into the paint for an offensive rebound with 25 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT San Antonio held Boston to one field goal in the opening four minutes of the final quarter to erase a five-point deficit to set up the last-second dramatics.Jayson Tatum had 20 points, and Jaylen Brown added 15 for the Celtics.Boston scored the game’s first 11 points, prompting San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich to call a timeout and make mass substitutions during the run. Irving hit two more 3-pointers after the initial run, and Popovich drew a technical foul.The Spurs’ first lead on a fallaway 3-pointer by Ginobili at the close of the first half for a 56-55 advantage.Brown had 10 points in the third, including two monstrous dunks late in the quarter that awed the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ TIP-INSCeltics: Forward Marcus Morris was listed as questionable while rehabilitating his left knee, but felt comfortable enough during pre-game warmups to play. Morris finished with five points in 25 minutes after being listed. … Boston suffered its first loss to a Western Conference after winning eight straight. … The Celtics are 10-3 on the road, trailing only Houston (11-1) and Golden State (11-3) for the league’s best road record.Spurs: Popovich would not confirm a report by the San Antonio Express-News that Leonard will make his season debut Saturday in Phoenix. “Sooner rather than later,” Popovich said, repeating the answer he has given all season about the All-Star forward’s return. … Parker has played 36,000 career minutes as a starter, 24th in league history. … Ginobili has played 26,000 minutes in his career, all with the Spurs, the fourth most in franchise history behind Tim Duncan, Parker and David Robinson. … Green has 500 steals and 401 blocks in his career. Green, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the only players since 2009 with 500 steals, 400 blocks and 800 3-pointers.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Detroit on Sunday night in a battle between two of the top four records in the Eastern Conference.Spurs: Visit Phoenix on Saturday night in what could be Leonard’s season debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.Irving, who scored a career-high 57 points against San Antonio in 2015 while with Cleveland, created havoc again at the AT&T Center. Irving finished 13 for 21, including 6 for 10 on 3-pointers, but missed his final two 3s. His final 3-pointer rattled in and out as the buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe Spurs, already without Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Anderson, lost Danny Green in the first half. Green left with tightness in his left groin. There was no update on the severity of the injury.Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Rudy Gay had 15 points, and Tony Parker added 11 for the Spurs. The Spurs are undefeated with Parker in the lineup through six games. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments LATEST STORIES Warriors beat Pistons to finish unbeaten trip OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

I support Irfaan for President

first_imgDear fellow Guyanese,I want to congratulate my comrade, Irfaan Ali, who was elected by secret ballot on January 19, 2019, by the fully constituted Central Committee of the PPP as its presidential candidate for the upcoming General and Regional Elections.I have known Irfaan for many years and l know that he will do his utmost to not only win the elections but also to be the President who will reverse the grievous damage and hardships that the APNU/AFC coalition Government has wrecked on the lives of our people and on the nation itself. A heavy responsibility l know he will not shirk from.However, Irfaan cannot do this alone; he will be surrounded and supported by the entire leadership and membership of the party, supporters and sympathisers – all who want to see the PPP/C back in power so that hope and optimism can be renewed in our nation.I, for one, will be one of those leaders who will support and assist him and work in the PPP to the best of my ability to ensure that the PPP/C wins with a significant majority.I wish to thank so many people, both inside and outside of the PPP, who encouraged me to put my name forward as a possible candidate for the PPP presidential candidate. People from all walks of life gave me the courage to do so and l wish to thank them for having such confidence in me.I recognised that despite this support that I did not have enough votes to win, and therefore l withdrew my name. In doing so, l gave my support to Irfaan Ali.Through a democratic process, the PPP Central Committee elected its presidential candidate and President in Waiting. I am proud to have participated in this process.That contest is over, let us focus now on winning. I am ready to work for the PPP/C victory on or before March 19, 2019. Are you ready?Sincerely,Gail Teixeiralast_img read more

Kuwait writes off US$50M in debt owed by Guyana

first_img– remainder to be paid off in 9 yearsThe State of Kuwait has taken the magnanimous step of writing off US$50.7 million in debt owed by Guyana to the country since 1975, when the then Government borrowed the money for balance of payment support.Finance Minister Winston JordanIt is understood from the Finance Ministry that the debt write-off was the product of an agreement signed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in the Middle East country on March 18, 2019.According to the Finance Ministry, the monies saved through the agreement will be allocated to social projects set out in the national budgets. As such, the Ministry noted that the debt cancellation will allow an expansion of Guyana’s development agenda.This debt write-off is only a percentage, as Guyana still owes Kuwait approximately US$26.8 million. According to the Finance Ministry, however, this money will be settled through a combination of cash payments over the course of nine years, and a debt swap arrangement, which will be worked out in due course.It is understood that Guyana’s debt from Kuwait originated from a Loan Deposit, contracted in 1975, from the Central Bank of Kuwait for US$10.3 million at the time. Since then, however, the debt accumulated arrears over the past four decades, coupled with high market interest rates.It was only recently that the Government of Guyana received a grant of Kuwaiti Dinars (KD) 500,000 (equivalent to GY$344 million) from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to undertake a Technical and Economic Feasibility Study for the Redesign of the Belfield to Rosignol Road Network.The study will be carried out by the Public Infrastructure Ministry and will aim to solve the issues of deteriorating roads, poor drainage and road safety of Belfield to Rosignol.It is understood that the residents of more than twenty-seven villages along Belfield to Rosignol will benefit from this road project upon completion.The redesign of the network aims to ensure enhanced capacity of the roads, strengthen trade and economic development and facilitate new and improved interactions among farming communities. It will also reduce delays and increase user satisfaction.The Fund, one of Guyana’s developmental partners, has over the years, assisted Government to undertake feasibility studies and designs for the upgrade of road networks within the country. A similar project was undertaken in 2011 for the upgrade of the Better Hope to Belfield road network.The Kuwait loan is not the only debt Guyana accumulated dating back from the 70s. Another creditor is the Yugoimport-SDPR, which is a State-owned entity in the South-eastern European country of Serbia.Government has been trying to negotiate the settlement of its debt with Serbia. According to the Public Debt Annual Report of 2017, Guyana owed Serbia US$1.3 million, including US$745,359 as penalty interest and US$587,719 as the principal arrears. This loan was contracted since 1976.The report in fact states that Guyana’s total public debt has been increasing over the past few years; going from $317.7 billion in 2015 to $344.9 billion in 2017. Of this amount, almost 75 per cent is owed to foreigners.According to the report, in one-year Guyana saw a 4.4 per cent spike in its debt. At the end of 2016, the total public debt was $330.6 billion. This included $240 billion in external debt and $90.5 billion in domestic debt. As of 2017, external debt was $256.1 billion, while domestic debt dropped to $88.8 billion.But even though Guyana’s indebtedness to external creditors has increased, so has debt servicing (repayments). According to the Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin released last year, repayment of external debt grew by some US$24.3 million to US$85.3 million.last_img read more


first_imgThe scene of last night’s road crash in Redcastle in which a young father died. Copyright Northwest News Pix.Another person has been killed on Donegal roads overnight.The 37 year old man died following a single car accident at Clar in Redcastle around 11pm last night.The man, who is understood to be from the Redcastle area, died at the scene but was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. The man is a father of a young family but his identity has not yet been made public.The young man is the third person to die on Donegal roads in less than a week.Last week two motorcyclists were killed following separate accidents in both Raphoe and Burt.Hugh Shalvey, 34, died when his motorbike struck a jeep and trailer outside Raphoe. Meanwhile Lenny Nelson, from Cullion Road in Letterkenny, died when his motorbike was involved in a crash with two cars at Lisfannon in Burt.A full investigation has been launched into the latest crash. ANOTHER ROAD DEATH OVERNIGHT ADDS TO DONEGAL ROAD CARNAGE was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 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) Tags:car crashdeathdonegalGardaiRedvastlelast_img read more

Southland housing market still easing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While there are signs that the market is easing back – sales are softening in some markets and at the high end, appreciation rates are moderating and inventory is building – most analysts believe it will be a soft landing rather than a crash. “Home values have doubled in the past four years and almost all, if not all of those gains are here to stay,” Marshall Prentice, DataQuick president, said in a statement. During October, the median price paid for a home increased an annual 15.4 percent to $473,000. The price slipped 0.4 percent from September. The record is $476,000 set in August. Annual appreciation rates have been in the midteens percentage wise since April, DataQuick said. The housing market continued its cooling trend in October with sales across Southern California inching up from their year-ago level and annual price increases remaining in the midteens percentage wise, an industry tracker reported Tuesday. Last month consumers bought 28,489 new and previously owned houses and condominiums in the six-county region from Ventura to San Diego. That’s 1.1 percent more than a year ago and 10.2 percent under September’s level, a typical change for this time of year, said DataQuick Information Systems. Sales had been falling slightly on a year-over-year basis during the first half of 2005 but started creeping back up in August, the La Jolla-based company said. Through the first 10 months of the year 299,109 houses and condos have sold, down 0.1 percent from the like period of 2004. Last month the gains ranged from a low of 4.9 percent in San Diego County to a high of 33.1 percent in San Bernardino County. “We keep getting asked if the end is near. The question is almost phrased in biblical terms. But there is no indication other than the normal ebb and flow of a housing market,” said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. DataQuick’s report showed that: In Los Angeles County, sales increased an annual 0.9 percent to 9,792 transactions. The median price jumped 20.3 percent to $492,000. In Ventura County sales, fell 2.8 percent and the median price rose 15.1 percent to $596,000. Karevoll said that the market is the most balanced that it’s been in months, which bodes well for buyers since interest rates have started moving up. And inventory is also beginning to build, in part because some potential sellers are trying to time the peak in appreciation gains. DataQuick also believes that by next year at this time prices will be higher than they are now but the big question is by how much. The company also does not see any major signs of market distress. Foreclosure activity is edging up, but from a record low level. Down-payment sizes are stable, as are flipping rates and nonowner-occupied buying activity. In September, the typical monthly mortgage payment that a Southern California buyer committed to was $2,169, up from $2,092 in August and $1,811 a year ago. Adjusted for inflation, current payments are about 5 percent below their peak in the spring of 1989, the company said. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., believes that next year’s market will look a lot like what was predicted for 2004 and 2005. “The consensus seems to be that unit sales will decline next year and the median price will level off,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lazio, Milan clash in Serie A week 13 headline fixture

first_imgUdinese vs RomaDacia Arena, UdineSaturday, 24-11-2018 @05:00 pm After replacing Julio Velazquez with Davide Nicola, Udinese will try to turn their fortunes around against an-injury hit Roma side on Saturday. The ex-Crotone tactician will have the tough task of revitalising the Zebrette, as the Friuliani have just one point from the last seven rounds and conceded an average of two goals per game. This resulted in joint 17th spot in the table with just nine points, as many as Serie A newcomers Empoli, practically in the relegation zone. Udinese’s 2-1 defeat against Empoli two weeks ago summed up most of the issues in the team’s play under Velazquez, as the Friuliani were wasteful in front of goal, lost concentration regularly in defence and were very predictable in the attacking third. Rodrigo De Paul missed a penalty against Empoli, but he’ll need to step up if the hosts are about to cause an upset against Roma, as the Argentinian is the man who can cause havoc in the Giallorossi’s shaky backline.Roma have conceded a goal in each of their last four Serie A games and considering that Kostas Manolas, Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov are all in doubt for their visit to the Dacia Arena, Udinese would fancy their chances of scoring at least once past Robin Olsen. Daniele De Rossi is an injury doubt as well, which means that Bryan Cristante and Steven Nzonzi will anchor Roma’s midfield in the absence of their captain. Cristante has had a hard time adapting to Eusebio Di Francesco’s style, but the Milan youth product has improved significantly in recent weeks and was excellent in the 4-1 victory against Sampdoria. The Nzonzi-Cristante duo will try to match the physicality of the hosts, as Udinese often aim to out-muscle opponents, which turns many of their games into a real battle.It will be interesting to see if Nicola would go for a drastic change in Udinese’s gameplay in his debut at the helm of the club or if the tactician will stick to his team’s strengths, which haven’t been able to provide the goods under Velazquez.Roma are currently sixth in the standings and will be desperate to get a win and finally find some consistency after beating Sampdoria. The visitors will try to dominate possession and put pressure on the hostsright from the start.However, the enthusiasm that a new manager always brings in, as well as Udinese’sunorthodox style, might not allow them to do that, which could put pressure on Roma’s injury-hit backline.The Giallorossi also have a mouth-watering Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday, so Di Francesco would probably not risk some of his key players against Udinese.Javier Pastore, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Diego Perotti are also doubts for Roma, so Nicolò Zaniolo might get another start in the trequartista role behind Edin Dzeko or Patrik Schick. Udinese have some injury issues on their own, as Lukasz Teodorczyk and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu are injured, while Antonin Barak is also a doubt.Roma have won all of their last 10 Serie A games against Udinese. The last time the Zebrette defeated the Giallorossi was in 2011, when two late goals by Antonio Di Natale and Mauricio Isla secured a 2-0 victory for the Friuliani.Juventus vs SPALAlianz Stadium, Torino Saturday, 24-11-2018 @08:00 pm Juventus have been nigh-on unstoppable in Serie A this season and host a SPAL side seeking an upset. If you were to make the argument that Juventus couldn’t have wished for a better fixture to return to from the international break, I doubt there would be many out there who’d disagree with you. Now, I’m not saying for one second that SPAL will be an easy game for Juventus, because not only would that be incredibly disrespectful towards Leonardo Semplici and his side, but it just isn’t true. SPAL have the talent and ability to cause an upset, just like they did away at Roma earlier in the season, but Juve are a different animal this year. With the exception of one draw at home against Genoa, the Old Lady have been lights out in Serie A, winning 11 of their opening 12 fixtures and building a chasm between themselves and the chasing pack. While SPAL will be looking to upset the hosts this Saturday, they face a Juve team that looks hungrier, more determined and more ruthless than before. Besides the loss against Manchester United in the Champions League and the aforementioned draw against Genoa, Juve have lived up to exception massively and their already large six-point gap over Napoli looks like it can only be stretched further, but to be the dominant force that is expected of them, they need to dispatch sides like SPAL with ruthlessness, building up as much of a ‘force of nature’ feel around their team not only in Italy, but across Europe too. Juve have shown a tendency to be complacent and sit on a one-goal lead, which is what came back to bite them against Genoa and Manchester United. There is always the risk after Milan and ahead of the Champions League that SPAL won’t entirely motivate them to raise their game.But let’s not forget SPAL in all of this, who of course have their own objectives to work towards in this game. If anything, they will use the Manchester United and Genoa matches in Turin as a cause for optimism, in the sense that even if you aren’t at your best and may not be the strongest of sides on paper in comparison to Juve, you always have a good chance of a result if you take the chances you create. SPAL currently sit in 15th place in the Serie A table, just four points off of Empoli in the relegation zone. They managed to stop their losing run prior to the international break with a point at home against Cagliari, but after the tremendous start that SPAL had, the run of just two wins in 10 games is poor form for anyone and it won’t be any easier this weekend. That being said, you just never know what can happen and maybe the visitors will take notes from how they won in Rome back in October, setting up in a similar fashion this coming Saturday.Juventus to keep a clean sheet, as a fourth straight home Serie A game conceding would be their worst streak since October 2015.Inter Milan vs FrosinoneStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 24-11-2018 @10:30 pmInter have to refocus after the 4-1 mauling by Atalanta, but also gear up towards a Tottenham showdown as they host revitalised Frosinone. Every cloud has its silver linings, or so the saying goes. Luciano Spalletti’s Inter headed into the international break off the back of a 4-1 loss against Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta. It came as quite a surprise, considering the Nerazzurri were on a seven-game winning streak. The silver lining is that this loss couldn’t have come at a better time. With Spalletti able to leave his squad with the constructive message of ‘We’re not as good as we think we are, yet’ as they jetted off for internationals. So there’s arguably no better type of game for Inter to bounce back than a home match against a relegation candidate.Moreno Longo’s Frosinone currently languish in penultimate place, with just winless Chievo separating them from the bottom spot. In fairness to the Serie A new boys, they’ve begun to find their feet in recent weeks, picking up one win and three draws in their last four games, as opposed to one draw and seven losses in eight rounds prior. The game is arguably well set up for both sides. Spalletti’s men have the fourth best home record in Serie A with 13 points from six games. Frosninone on the other hand have surprisingly picked up more than half their points on the road with four from six and rank 15th for points won in away games.There’s no prizes for figuring out how this one is going to go. Even without their midfield maestro Marcelo Brozovic, Inter will still look to control and execute their game plan through the more than adequate replacement of Borja Valero. There’s a few key attacking changes planned for Inter but considering they’re up against the third worst defence in the league, this could be about damage control.In terms of team news, Brozovic will miss out due to a red card picked up against Atalanta. Spalletti clearly seems to be looking ahead to the Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur, with regular starters Kwadwo Asamoah, Radja Nainggolan, Mauro Icardi and Matteo Politano all set to be rested. Sime Vrsaljko is out after picking up an injury on international duty.Frosinone enter this one with a relatively clean bill of health aside from midfielder Emil Halfredsson and Cristian Molinaro, who are doubts for the game via injury.These sides met only once, in the 2015-16 Serie A season, Inter winning 4-0 at home and 1-0 away.Parma vs SassouloStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSunday, 25-11-2018 @02:30 pmParma seem to be finding their form again, while Sassuolo are unbeaten in four and only two points separate them. The hosts head into this match having won their last game against Torino by two goals to one, while the visitors are coming off of a 1-1 draw with Lazio. Both teams are doing well in the league, with Sassuolo in seventh and Parma in 11th, but there are only two points between them. A win or draw, depending on the results of other matches, for Parma could see them in the top half of the table for the first time since the 2013-14 Serie A season. For this to happen, Roberto D’Aversa’s squad need to ensure they’ve found their scoring touch. Prior to Parma’s trip to Torino, the Crociati went three games without scoring a single goal. This drought saw Parma drop seven points towards the end of October and beginning of November.However, D’Aversa coached his side to a massive away win against Toro to steady the ship. Goals from Gervinho and Roberto Inglese, who are the team’s leading goalscorers (Gervinho with four and Inglese three), saw their side come away with all three points and in a good position to break into the top 10. The only notable injuries for Parma include veteran midfielder Massimo Gobbi and 29-year-old striker Antonio Di Gaudio. Sassuolo will make the hour-long trek to the Stadio Ennio Tardini looking to continue the impressive season they’ve had thus far. Despite a run of three games without a win in October, I Neroverdi currently sit in 7th place in Serie A. A win this Sunday could see them move into the top five along the likes of Napoli, Juventus, and Inter. Roberto De Zerbi has multiple scoring options at his disposal to help power his side to a victory. Along the frontline, five separate players have a goal to their name, add on to that Kevin Prince Boateng and the league’s joint-highest scoring defender Gian Marco Ferrari, you have a side that can score in multiple ways. Jeremie Boga and Claud Adjapong are out of action for some time.There have been 18 goals in the last five meetings between these sides.Bologna vs FiorentinaStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSunday, 25-11-2018 @05:00 pmFiorentina will be looking to fire themselves straight back into Europa League contention when they travel to struggling Bologna. Last week, the Rossoblu handed Giampiero Ventura his first – and only – point on the Chievo bench after Riccardo Orsolini rescued a 2-2 draw. Despite this point, they are winless in their previous five Serie A matches, which highlights how huge the three points on offer for Pippo Inzaghi are. Bologna currently sit 16th and just one point clear of the relegation zone. Fellow relegation candidates Udinese host an injury-hit Roma on Saturday in a game that the Giallorossi could very well drop points in. Inzaghi will enter this match with no injuries or suspensions, meaning that he will have a full squad to choose from.Meanwhile, Fiorentina were denied by an Andrea Pinamonti strike before the break and were held to a 1-1 away draw to Frosinone. La Viola started off the season relatively well, however like their opponents are winless since September 30, a 2-0 home victory over Atalanta.They are on the back of an astonishing four consecutive 1-1 draws, as the attack earlier touted as one of the competition’s most potent seems to have hit a roadblock. Stefano Pioli will be demanding his players rediscover their form. A win in this match could see them jump up to sixth place, depending on other results.German Pezzella is the only absentee for Fiorentina, as the Argentine defender battles a thigh injury.This is sure to be an intriguing match-up for the neutral fan. Both sides desperately need the three points to enforce their respective positions in the standings.Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A games against Bologna, with just a single 1-1 draw since their 2-1 loss here in February 2013.Empoli vs AtalantaStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSunday, 25-11-2018 @05:00 pmAtalanta are on spectacular form with four consecutive victories, but visit an Empoli side rejuvenated under their new Coach. A run of four straight wins and 14 goals in the last five matches moved Atalanta back into Europa League contention. Their 4-1 mauling of Inter before the international break has been the highlight of their campaign so far. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are in tip top shape after a dismal start, finally shaking off the trauma of their Europa League play-off exit to FC Copenhagen.Empoli’s 2-1 victory over Udinese was their first win since the opening weekend and a great way for Coach Giuseppe Iachini to make his debut after replacing sacked Aurelio Andreazzoli. After seven defeats and two draws, the club decided that beautiful football and compliments weren’t enough to ensure survival, so axed Andreazzoli for someone more practical.Francesco Caputo increased his goal tally to six against Udinese and will be hoping to help his team to another victory on Sunday, but Atalanta aim to exploit Empoli’s defensive deficiencies, as the home side have conceded 12 goals in their last five games.It is absolutely no coincidence that Atalanta found their form with the return to fitness of Josip Ilicic, who spent much of the summer battling a viral infection. The Slovenian scored three goals this season, while Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez also finally got back on the scoresheet against Inter.Empoli will be without defender Lorenzo Polvani and forward Alejandro Rodriguez, who are both long-term absentees. Atalanta will also be missing wing-back Arkadiusz Reca and defender Marco Varnier, but crucially have Andrea Masiello back after a month out. Jose Luis Palomino remains in doubt.Josip Ilicic has contributed to six goals in his last six Serie A games, scoring three and assisting three. The Slovenian has a great record at the Castellani, bagging two braces here in three visits.Napoli vs CheivoStadio San Paolo, NaploiSunday, 25-11-2018 @05:00 pmNapoli moved clear in second place and return from the break for international duty against a Chievo side on their third Coach of the season. The Partenopei fought back under a thunderstorm to defeat Genoa and take advantage of Inter’s surprise 4-1 defeat to Atalanta by creating a three-point cushion in second. Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be widely expected to take the victory here with ease, but that’s precisely the kind of situation where Napoli have traditionally struggled. The fact this game is played after the break for international duty and ahead of a Champions League crunch match only adds to the risk of complacency.Chievo are rock bottom and their crisis shows no signs of calming down. Lorenzo D’Anna was sacked after two points from eight rounds, then his replacement Giampiero Ventura sensationally quit after a draw against Bologna, his only positive result in four disastrous rounds. Bitterly criticised by the club and their historic captain Sergio Pellissier, Ventura gave off the impression of abandoning a sinking ship, one that started the season with a three-point penalty due to financial irregularities. Domenico Di Carlo is at least familiar with the Stadio Bentegodi, as this is his third stint at Chievo and he twice before saved them from relegation. Manuel Pucciarelli, Emanuele Giaccherini, Pawel Jaroszynski, Nenad Tomovic and Nicola Rigoni are all on the treatment table for the visitors. Napoli miss Simone Verdi, Sebastiano Luperto, Vlad Chiriches and Alex Meret, although Amin Younes could get his first call-up of the campaign.Arkadiusz Milik is the favourite to start in attack, perhaps because Dries Mertens has never scored against Chievo in eight previous attempts. They are the only club he faced at least four times in Serie A and didn’t score past.Chievo have beaten Napoli only once, in September 2014, in their last 10 Serie A meetings, managing two draws and seven defeats, home and away.Lazio vs AC MilanStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 25-11-2018 @08:00 pmLazio and Milan face off for fourth spot and that all-important Champions League spot, but there’s a massive injury crisis. The Biancocelesti have had mixed results in recent weeks and will have perhaps welcomed the international break. A home tie against a depleted Milan provides Simone Inzaghi’s team the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways in the league, whilst also creating a small gap between them and their Milanese rivals. Aquile have won four of their six home matches so far and have only lost this fixture once in the last five seasons.Lazio welcome back Milan Badelj and Felipe Caicedo, but Lucas Leiva remains in doubt with a muscular issue. Luis Alberto has so far failed to repeat his sensational form from last campaign and is in serious need of a confidence-boosting performance. He faces competition for his place from both Caicedo and Joaquin Correa.The football Gods appear to be working against Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, as a list of key players have been side-lined with injuries. Captain Alessio Romagnoli and fellow defender Mateo Musacchio are out for a month, with Mattia Caldara, Giacomo Bonaventura and ex-Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva hobbled for significantly longer. Gattuso is hoping to have energetic defender Davide Calabria and creative attacker Hakan Calhanoglu available for selection. Gonzalo Higuain’s meltdown in the loss against Juventus means he is suspended at a time when his team are in urgent need of his quality. Currently sitting in fifth place and just a point off their hosts, the last couple of weeks have been far from ideal preparation for the Rossoneri. This crucial away trip against a direct rival, together with their injury crisis, will be a stern test of Milan’s mentality and resolve.The Diavolo are carrying an unwanted record against the current top four, having won only once in their last 16 outings against those above them. However, that win did come against Lazio and although three points looks unlikely, any positive result would be seen as an achievement in the current circumstances. Milan have earned six points during the last 10 minutes of play this campaign, more than any other side. Lazio on the other hand are yet to drop any points in same period.The last six leagues meetings at the Stadio Olimpico have seen both teams find the net, with a total of 22 goals, an average of over three per game.Genoa vs SampdoriaStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenovaSunday, 25-11-2018 @10:30 pmThe Derby della Lanterna is always a tense affair, but this time Genoa could fire their Coach and Sampdoria are in bad shape too. Il Grifone are in 14th place and winless in their last six Serie A games. Their last outing was a 2-1 defeat to Napoli in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris just before the international break. The Rossoblu did take the lead in that game and were good value for their goal advantage until a deluge poured down from the heavens and halted proceedings, giving the Azzurri the opportunity to turn the tie around after the restart. Coach Ivan Juric is under immense pressure to get something out of this edition of the derby after three defeats in a row, which saw his side concede nine goals while scoring just twice. A 5-0 thumping by Inter in their last away game followed a narrow 2-1 loss to Milan, where Alessio Romagnoli’s last minute winner stole the three points for the Rossoneri. Juric has a massive dilemma on his hands, as his main attacking threat Krzysztof Piatek has yet to score since the Coach replaced Davide Ballardini. The Pole scored nine times in his first seven matches, but looks like a different player under his new boss. Juric will have to do without the services of goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, who has yet to feature this season, while Brazilian midfielder Sandro faces a race to be fit in time for this one. The home side have won just once in their last nine derby matches, which was a 3-0 result in 2016.The Blucerchiati meanwhile have just one more point than their city rivals and are sitting in 12th position. A run of losses on the bounce saw them plummet down the table, with just two wins in their last nine games putting pressure on boss Marco Giampaolo. Giampaolo’s men lost two of those games by a 4-1 scoreline, at home to Torino and away to Roma, making it 11 goals conceded in the last three rounds. Work will have to be done on that porous defence and Giampaolo will have a few selection headaches ahead of this huge derby game. He’ll have to do without Polish midfielder Karol Linetty, who is suspended, while Vasco Regini is a long-term injury absentee and Paraguayan Edgar Barreto is out for a couple more weeks yet.Expect this match to have the full pageantry and passion that a derby of such magnitude deserves. Whether the quality on the field matches the fervour of the fans in the stands is another thing. Perhaps with both Coaches’ heads close to the chopping block, some leaky defences and a bunch of capable but misfiring attackers on the pitch, we could be in for a wide-open affair.Genoa have lost each of the last five ‘home’ editions of the derby, failing to score in four of them. Sampdoria kept three consecutive Serie A clean sheets against the Grifone, home and away.Cagliari vs TorinoSardegna Arena, CagliariMonday, 26-11-2018 @10:30 pmAfter a surprise loss heading into the international break, Torino will hope that the hiatus will have done them some good as they visit Cagliari on Monday evening. The Granata had built up a four-game unbeaten streak, including an impressive 4-1 win against Sampdoria at their opponents’ home ground prior to welcoming Parma to the Stadio Olimpico earlier this month. However, they saw this run come to an abrupt end, as Walter Mazzarri’s side became the latest to suffer an unexpected home loss against the Crociati, who are back in the top flight for the first time in several seasons. A 2-0 deficit incurred inside the first 30 minutes proved to be too much for Torino to overcome, despite pulling a goal back, and as a result, they went into the international pause sitting in tenth spot. That being said, given how congested things are in the middle of the table, a win could see a team jump up a couple of places into the European berths, whilst a loss could see that same side sliding rather uncomfortably back down to not-too-far above the relegation zone. Torino, as things stand, are in the very middle of that middle pack, meaning that every single game – and more importantly, every single point – earned could prove decisive in terms of where they find themselves standing at the conclusion of this campaign.Cagliari, meanwhile, have lost just one of their last five games and, although they are five points away from the drop zone, the Sardinians will nonetheless be hoping that their solid home record will bail them out here. Overall, the Rossoblu have done quite well at their temporary home ground, where they are unbeaten in their last six games. In fact, no team has beaten Cagliari at their home ground this season – so Torino would be looking to become the first time to leave the Sardegna Arena with all three points in hand.This could be tricky perhaps, especially considering that so far, Cagliari’s sole loss in their last five games was against Juventus – which is hardly a shock considering that no one has beaten the reigning Scudetto champions this season. That being said, although this is a somewhat fairly balanced fixture when it comes to head-to-head, with 19 wins for Cagliari versus Torino’s 24 (and 19 draws) it’s the Granata who come out on top when one looks at their more recent meetings.Torino are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Cagliari (W6 D1). The last time the Rossoblu beat the Granata was on November 10, 2013.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Serie Alast_img read more

2011: SA companies ‘far more optimistic’

first_img20 January 2011While South African businesses are expecting a comedown after a buoyant 2010 boosted by the hosting of the Fifa World Cup, local business owners remain far more optimistic than their international counterparts, according to consultancy Grant Thornton’s 2011 International Business Report.The International Business Report’s (IBR’s) 2011 optimism/pessimism index reveals an optimism balance by SA business owners of +64%, which is up four percent on last year’s index. This is against a global optimism balance of +23% for 2011, compared to +24% for 2010.The “optimism balance” is the proportion of business owners in South Africa reporting that they are optimistic, less those reporting that they are pessimistic.“While the strong rand will no doubt make business conditions tough for some this year – particularly those with an export focus – it seems South African business owners continue to be optimistic about the nation’s economic landscape for the year ahead,” Grant Thornton South Africa chairman Leonard Brehm said in a statement this week.South African business owners – while optimistic overall for business sentiment – were less hopeful for investment in buildings in the year ahead. “The construction sector also experienced significant retrenchments over the past two years,” said Brehm.The IBR survey, which is now undertaken on a quarterly basis, focuses on mid-cap listed and medium- to large privately held businesses. The optimism/pessimism survey is in its ninth year of research in South Africa.Growth in turnover expectedWestern Cape business owners are the most optimistic with a +72% balance, while Eastern Cape recorded the lowest optimism balance of +52%. KwaZulu-Natal recorded an optimism balance of +69% and Gauteng province +62%.SA business owners are expecting continued growth in turnover in 2011, with a +65% optimism balance (up from +62% in 2010) compared to the global mean of +56% (up from +40% in 2010).“South African organisations share positive sentiment for both improved turnover and a growth in profits for 2011,” said Brehm, adding that report data for profits in 2011 were +57%, up from +44% in 2010.Another positive trend expected in South Africa during 2011 is a significant increase in selling prices, with SA business owners recording +56% optimism balance for the year ahead (up from +46% in 2010). The global optimism balance for selling prices in 2011 is +28%, up from +11% in 2010.“Considering the current strength of the rand and low inflation, this optimism seems unusual,” said Brehm.Building investors less optimisticSA business owners were less hopeful about investments in buildings for 2011. This trend recorded a decline since 2010 with investment in buildings at +17% for 2011 – a drop from +25% in 2010.“The decline for investment in buildings could indicate tough times ahead for the construction industry,” Brehm said. “No doubt the World Cup infrastructure and construction boom experienced during 2009 and 2010 may also have something to do with the pessimistic outlook in terms of construction projects for 2011.”Expectations for investment in new staff for 2011 highlighted very different degrees of optimism on a regional level. South Africa’s overall +30% optimism balance features a very optimistic Western Cape with +42%, while the Eastern Cape region is far less optimistic about employment investments in 2011, recording just +16%, with Gauteng recording +33% and KwaZulu-Natal +26%.“Business owners in South Africa seem, on the whole, extremely optimistic about the economic conditions for the year ahead,” Brehm said. “We can only hope that the post-recession upturn results in sustainable business growth for dynamic organisations nationwide.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s female vloggers give the inside scoop

first_img31 August 2016Sharing experiences that relate to your audience is one of the key thingsseveral of South Africa’s most popular female vloggers have learned on theirjourney towards internet fame and increasing followers online.In celebrating Women’s Month, we talk to a few of them.Pap CultureFriends Thembe Mahlaba, Bongeka Masango and Nwabisa Mda live and work inCape Town. Masango and Mahlaba are originally from Durban and Mda hails fromJohannesburg. The three young women say they had similar interests and decidedto discuss issues relating to them via YouTube.The name of their collective was born when Mahlaba mistakenly said “papculture” instead of “popular culture” when they were talking about possible themesand names. They laughed about it, paused and realised the name fitted. “Of coursewe know that pap, the mealie meal, is something synonymous with South Africans,”they explain.These young women have covered topics such as blessers, township tourismand Project Find a Bae.Watch Pap Culture’s taxi experiences in Cape Town:Masango told the online magazine 10and5 that they were surprised by how well they had been received by their audience. “We are surprised at how excited people are to watch our content and also how engaging people are.”Mahlaba added: “The thing we always say is: ‘Guys we had this conversationamongst ourselves, obviously we are extending it to you. Without coming out corny,we want to be your friends.’”The women of Pap Culture say their favourite female vloggers include beautyand lifestyle vlogger Cynthia Gwebu, comedian Anne Hirsch, television presenterand comedian Farieda Metsileng, and the web series Foxy Five, the story of five women and sisterhood.Watch Pap Culture host television personality Khanyi Mbau on their show:Anne HirschAnne Hirsch was one of the guests featured on Pap Culture’s Ride Along vlog.On her (s)talk series, The Anne Hirsch Show local celebrities are invited to visit Hirsch.Apart from the opportunity to hug these celebrities, Hirsch gets them to takepart in an activity. For instance, radio DJ Anele Mdoda was asked to go through herphone contacts to call the most famous person on there.After numerous calls to local celebrities, Olympic medallist and well-knownswimmer Cameron van der Burgh answered his phone.Watch Mdoda and Hirsch discuss local celebrities – and then try to phonethem:Hirch and her team started the show in 2013. “It’s not really ‘vlogging’, as Ithink that’s more like a video diary, although I suppose The Anne HirschShow is a diary of my celebrity stalking in a way.“It’s been such an amazing ride with my team so far. We’ve done some crazythings and we’re looking forward to taking the show further.”She is happy they have the freedom to do what they like with it. “Sometimesthis counts against us of course, but there’s something wonderful about makingcontent, putting it out there and then people actually watching it,” she says.“And of course [I enjoy] smelling celebrities, lots of smelling of celebrities.”Hirsch says she learned that you could put anything online. “People will kind oflike it as long as you make a fool of yourself.”Her favourite female vloggers are the team of Pap Culture.Watch Hirsch with comedian Marc Lottering on her show:Nadia JafthaNadia Jaftha started off as a fashion vlogger. She told radio station Cape Talk that she was showing more videos of her interacting with her family, especially her mother, though. “When I started doing funny videos, more people started messaging and following me. Thisis because I became more relatable.”Watch Jaftha and her mother doing their make-up without using amirror:She started pranking her mother – first by acting as if she was smoking in frontof her mother,who threw margarine at her. Jaftha’s audience thought this washilarious. “My mother has always been against me smoking. When I smoked in frontof her, she was ready to literally kill me,” Jaftha laughed.“She got even more upset when she found out she wasn’t in on it.”She was the only one – the whole of Jaftha’s household knew about the prankbeforehand. Her audience loved seeing her mother upset, she says.Watch Jaftha and her mother going to the gym:Suzelle DIYSuzelle DIY recently celebrated their 100 000th subscriber by teaching viewers “How to make a piñata”. Suzelle became an internet sensation through her do it yourself videos on YouTube. On her shows, she motivates her viewers to be creative, “because anybody can [do it yourself]” as she says.Watch Suzelle show youhow to make a piñata for a party:In another video, Suzelle shows her viewers “How to dolly your trolley”. Shetells them to be eco-friendly – for example by taking their own basket to thesupermarket for their groceries. “You don’t have to use any packets, because thebasket can go straight into your car,” she says.Another popular video is Suzelle showing her audience how to make a braaipie. She has even had Tim Noakes on her show to help show viewers how to makepizza out of cauliflower.Her greatest tool was not something you would find in a tool box because itwas her creativity, she told Media Club South Africa. “Sometimes when you don’thave the tool, you need to get creative,” she explained.Suzelle has also recently helped a friend and freelance game park ranger, RynoErasmus, launch his YouTube show, Ryno in the Bush.Watch Suzelle show you how to make a cinderblock bench:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more