MMA vessel to support stranded Australian FPSO

first_imgMMA said last week that the Mermaid Searcher would provide offshore logistics services as well as other marine services out of Darwin to Upstream PS. Offshore vessel provider MMA Offshore has been awarded a support contract with Upstream Production Solutions for which the MPSV Mermaid Searcher will be used. Earlier this year, the Australian government was tasked to find a solution for the continued safety and security of the Northern Endeavour FPSO after Northern Oil and Gas Australia (NOGA), the operator of the FPSO, was placed into liquidation. “We are very pleased to be working with our new client to ensure the safety and security of the Northern Endeavour“, MMA Offshore concluded. Following a letter of agreement in February 2020, the contract award to Upstream PS was confirmed in mid-May 2020. center_img It was agreed that Upstream PS would operate and maintain the FPSO in lighthouse mode, which is the minimum required for safe operations, with no production and a small crew until a longer-term solution is determined. The Northern Endeavour FPSO is permanently moored between the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields in the Timor Sea. Upstream PS has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to provide operations and maintenance services for the Northern Endeavour FPSO.last_img read more

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Afrique du Sud : aperçu economique

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud est la mine des nouvelles idees economiques de l’Afrique, a la tete du continent africain en termes de production et d’extraction miniere et produisant une grande partie de l’electricite de l’Afrique.Le pays est tres riche en ressources naturelles, possede des secteurs financier, juridique, de communications, energetique et de transport bien developpes, une bourse classee parmi les 20 premieres du monde et des infrastructures modernes assurant une distribution efficace des marchandises dans toute la region du Sud de l’Afrique.L’Afrique du Sud possede un cadre juridique progressiste et de rang mondial. La legislation regissant le commerce, la main d’œuvre et les questions maritimes est particulierement bien developpee et les lois sur la politique de concurrence, les droits d’auteur, les brevets, les marques et les conflits respectent les normes et conventions internationales.Le systeme financier du pays est elabore et solide. Les reglementations bancaires se classent parmi les meilleures du monde et le secteur est classe depuis longtemps parmi les 10 meilleurs du monde.Non seulement l’Afrique du Sud est une economie emergente mais elle est aussi la porte d’entree vers d’autres marches africains. Le pays joue un role important dans l’approvisionnement en energie, en aide humanitaire, transport, communications et investissement sur le continent. Ses liaisons routieres et ferroviaires bien developpees fournissent une plateforme et les infrastructures pour un transport terrestre au cœur de l’Afrique.La croissance economiqueL’economie de l’Afrique du Sud s’est trouvee dans une phase ascendante du cycle commerciale depuis septembre 1999, la plus longue periode d’expansion economique jamais enregistree dans le pays.Pendant cette reprise (selon des donnees jusqu’au quatrieme trimestre de 2007), le taux de croissance annuel moyen du pays etait de plus de 4 %. Dans la decennie precedant l’annee 1994, la croissance economique etait en moyenne de moins de 1 % par an.Le produit interieur brut (PIB) reel de l’Afrique du Sud a progresse de 3,7 % en 2002, de 3,1 % en 2003, de 4,9 % en 2004, de 5 % en 2005, de 5,4 % en 2006, pourcentage le plus eleve depuis 1981, et de 5,1 % en 2007. Au quatrieme trimestre 2007, l’Afrique du Sud a enregistre son 33eme trimestre d’expansion continue de son PIB reel depuis septembre 1999.L’economie d’Afrique du Sud a ete completement restructuree depuis l’instauration de la democratie dans le pays en 1994. Des reformes macroeconomiques audacieuses ont encourage la competitivite, ont fait progresse l’economie, en creant des emplois et en ouvrant l’Afrique du Sud aux marches internationaux.Au cours des annees, ces politiques ont cree une structure macroeconomique solide comme le roc. Les impots ont ete reduits, les prix ont chute, le deficit fiscal a recule, l’inflation a baisse et les controles sur le change se sont assouplis.La croissance economique et une gestion fiscale prudente ont vu le deficit budgetaire de l’Afrique du Sud reculer (la difference entre le total des depenses et des revenus du gouvernement, hors emprunts) a chute de façon importante, de 5,1 % du PIB en 1993/1994 a 0,5 % en 2005/2006, le deuxieme deficit fiscal le plus bas de l’histoire du pays apres celui de 0,1 % atteint durant le boom de l’or en 1980.En 2006/2007, le pays a enregistre son premier excedent budgetaire de 0,3 %.L’inflation a la consommation a suivi une tendance a la baisse depuis 2002 lorsque les prix a la consommation ont augmente en moyenne de 9,3 % suite a la tragedie du 11 septembre a New York. L’inflation a la consommation a atteint une moyenne de 4,3 % en 2004, 3,9 % en 2005, 4,6 % en 2006 et 6,5 % en 2007.Malgre une baisse des impots generale, l’economie optimiste, un plus grand respect fiscal et une administration fiscale et douaniere en amelioration ont vu les revenus du gouvernement augmenter en fleche et atteindre 475,8 milliards de rands en 2006/2007, plus de trois fois les chiffres de 1996/1997.La notation des investissementsPlus d’une decennie de reformes institutionnelles coherentes et d’une gestion economique saine a egalement ete recompensee par une solide notation des credits, impliquant moins de risques pour les investisseurs et reduisant le cout du capital pour les emprunteurs des secteurs public et prive du pays.Les notations de credit de l’Afrique du Sud n’ont cesse de s’ameliorer depuis 1994, avec une augmentation de Standard & Poor’s, Moddy’s et Fitch en 2005. Toutes les agences ont cite l’amelioration de la stabilite economique du pays, la reduction de la vulnerabilite aux chocs exterieurs, une dette moderee et des institutions politiques fortes et stables.En 2006, Moody’s et Fitch ont indique que la tendance a la hausse allait probablement se poursuivre, revisant leur prevision au sujet de la notation de l’Afrique du Sud de stable a positive. Fitch a explique que le changement de prevision traduisait l’amelioration de la performance et des previsions en matiere de croissance suite a une augmentation rapide des investissements publics et prives et des micro-reformes permanentes de l’economie.De plus, le pays a considerablement ameliore ses finances publiques deja solides et son bilan exterieur.Les defis: l’approvisionnement energetiqueLa plus grande menace immediate de la croissance economique permanente de l’Afrique du Sud est une contrainte de capacite qui s’est developpee precisement a cause de la bonne performance economique du pays au cours de ces dernieres annees.Cette croissance, associee a l’industrialisation rapide et au programme d’electrification de masse de ces dix dernieres annees, a finalement conduit, en janvier 2008, a une demande d’electricite depassant l’offre.Les coupures de courant qui en resulterent inciterent le gouvernement a agir rapidement pour regler la crise. Le plan de reaction comporte un investissement de 343 milliards de rands sur cinq ans pour financer une nouvelle generation de centrales electriques et un ensemble de mesures de reduction de la demande civile et industrielle.Les agences de notation Standard & Poor’s et Fitch ont declare en janvier 2008 que le manque d’electricite n’etait pas considere comme une menace immediate de la notation de credit du niveau d’investissement de l’Afrique du Sud mais pouvait devenir un probleme si cela limitait la croissance economique.Les defis: le chomageLe Fonds Monetaire International (FMI), dans son evaluation de pays annuelle de 2007, a indique que l’economie de l’Afrique du Sud traversait sa plus longue periode d’expansion jamais enregistree et que ces dernieres annees ont vu une croissance elevee dans un environnement d’expansion de credit rapide, de prix des actifs en hausse, de renforcement des finances publiques et de developpement des reserves internationales financees par des entrees massives de capitaux.Au meme moment, le FMI a exprime ses inquietudes sur le deficit actuel du pays et le taux d’inflation.Le rapport du FMI a aussi identifie le probleme de longue date du chomage comme etant l’un des principaux defis de la croissance economique dans le pays avec la pauvrete, les grands ecarts de richesse et l’incidence elevee de VIH/Sida.Mais le rapport a aussi approuve l’approche de ces problemes par les autorites sud-africaines avec des politiques visant a augmenter la croissance economique dans un environnement stable et des initiatives afin de reduire le chomage et ameliorer les conditions sociale.Le FMI a declare que cette strategie pourrait etre soutenue par des reformes du marche du travail et une plus grande liberalisation du commerce.La cle identifiee par le FMI pour repondre a ces defis sera l’integration economique de la majorite auparavant defavorisee de l’Afrique du Sud. L’economie de l’Afrique du Sud presente une dualite marquee avec une economie financiere et industrielle elaboree ainsi qu’une economie informelle sous developpee.Alors que le secteur economique financier et industriel de premier rang a cree des infrastructures et une base economique avec un grand potentiel de croissance et de developpement futurs, son secteur economique de deuxieme rang represente a la fois un potentiel inexploite et un defi pour le developpement du pays.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookSouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryDepartment of Trade and IndustryStatistics South Africalast_img read more

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SA invention soothes stuttering

first_imgThe credit card-sized VoiceAmp 601 Fluency EnhancerTamara O’ReillySouth African inventor Alan Falck has patented a remarkable new device that can help people overcome stuttering. The credit card-sized VoiceAmp 601 Fluency Enhancer uses the soothing effects of choral sounds to allow stutterers speak more fluently.A socially debilitating condition, stuttering occurs when the normal flow of speech is disrupted with pauses, frequent repetitions or a prolongation of the first syllable of words. Speaking before a group of people or talking on the telephone tends to make it more severe. More than 1% of the South African population are stutterers, while 5% stutter at some time and recover spontaneously during childhood.“It is not known what causes stuttering, but what we do know is that it is a complex interplay of a combination of factors like genetics, family dynamics and child development,” says Dina Lilian, speech therapist at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg.There is no cure for stuttering. But for 70 years it has been known that situations where a phenomenon called choral accompaniment occurs – such as singing, reciting poetry or speaking alone – often improve fluency.Knowing that hearing one’s own voice can also cause a person to speak effortlessly, Falck, the managing director of VoiceAmp, invented the device in collaboration with research teams at the University of the Witwatersrand and other South African universities. It is now being successfully marketed across the world.Falck is no stranger to inventions; he has been known to be creative with his hands from the age of eight, when he started making solar panels. His interest in speech aids began when his grandfather lost his ability to speak clearly; Falck invented a device that amplified his grandfather’s vocal chords.How it worksThe VoiceAmp 601 is based on an electronic reproduction of choral accompaniment, where the device receives the user’s voice signal via a microphone. This signal is then processed by the device and altered to produce a choral voice. The choral voice is then played back to the user via an earpiece, which unlocks the stuttering effect and allows the user to speak with little or no interruption.Settings for three different background noise levels can be programmed to simulate noisy to quiet backgrounds at the flick of a switch.“This device helps mainly those with a severe stutter and is best used in conjunction with speech therapy,” says Lilian. “For those who have benefited it really does make a remarkable difference to their lives.”Useful linksVoiceAmpSpeakeasylast_img read more

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Ethiopian minister is first African to head the World Health Organization

first_imgFormer Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been chosen as the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former Ethiopian health and foreign affairs minister, has been elected director-general of the World Health Organization. Tedros is a respected community health researcher, specialising in the fight against malaria. (Image: World Health Organization)CD AndersonDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the government of Ethiopia and elected by the WHO member states to begin his five-year term as director-general on 1 July 2017. He succeeds Hong Kong’s Dr Margaret Chan, who has held the position since 2007.Tedros has been Ethiopia’s minister of foreign affairs since 2012. He was also the Ethiopian health minister from 2005-2012, during which time he spearheaded a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system.Actions included expanding the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3,500 health centres and 16,000 health posts. Ethiopia’s health service workforce was also increased by 38,000 workers, including doctors, nurses and emergency service workers. In addition, he overhauled the financing mechanism to expand health insurance coverage to more Ethiopians.As Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Tedros worked closely with other African nations on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to financing achievable Sustainable Development Goals for the continent.As an internationally recognised malaria researcher, with a PhD in community health research, Tedros will be tasked with leading WHO developments in the fight against not only malaria, but also HIV/Aids and Ebola crises. During his career, he has worked extensively with United Nations bodies to ensure fair representation for African countries in health research and aid.Tedros has chaired the board of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as head of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board.His successes with these two organisations included securing increased funding to fight life-threatening diseases in Africa. At the RBM, his team created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which made inroads in malaria awareness and prevention not only in Africa, but also in Asia and Latin America.Tedros was also co-chair of the board of the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health.Addressing the World Health Assembly shortly before the vote, Tedros pledged to lead the WHO in responding to future emergencies more “rapidly and effectively”, particularly the early detection of Ebola outbreaks.He also vowed to use his experience as Ethiopian health minister to actively ensure all Africans had access to healthcare, emphasising that “all roads should lead to universal health coverage. I will not rest until we have met this.”Further outlining his vision for the organisation’s role as a global health security body, Tedros said he foresaw the WHO’s work ensuring “a world in which everyone can lead healthy and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live”.(Image: World Health Organization)His five priorities as WHO director-general are:Advancing universal health coverage;Rapid and effective WHO response to disease outbreaks and emergencies;Ensuring the wellbeing of women, children and adolescents are the primary focus of global health and development;Helping nations address the effects on health of climate change; andMaking the agency transparent and accountable.Reacting positively to the appointment of the experienced doctor, the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s leading biomedical research charities, stated that his track record on global health issues held great insight and strong political will when dealing with governments around the world.Wellcome director Dr Jeremy Farrar added: “Dr Tedros has the power to herald a new era in how the world prepares for and responds to epidemics, including building partnerships, strengthening public health systems, and developing new vaccines and therapies that are available to all who need them.”Source: World Health Organization, The Guardian, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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How can delayed weaning benefit your operation?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At what age do you wean your lambs? This is a question that I have asked producers many times. I have heard ages ranging from 35 to 130 days of age with the most common answer being 60 days of age. This is the most common weaning age for producers in the eastern United States. When I ask producers why they wean their lambs at 60 days of age or younger, most respond with “that’s the way we have always done it here on the farm, so why change now?”From a researcher’s perspective, this is not a valid answer. Weaning before the natural weaning age (between 100 to180 days of age depending upon sheep breed) is stressful. Weaning stress can lead to decreases in animal performance as demonstrated by decreased weight gain. Weaning stress can also result in decreased animal health as shown by decreases in immune system function that can lead to an increased susceptibility to disease and infection. However, if we were to let nature run its course and allow for animals to wean naturally, could we increase animal health and performance?Considering the nutritional components of milk (fat and protein) as well as the stress associated with weaning, if producers increased the weaning age of lambs, would this allow operations to capitalize on lamb growth and health? In order to determine if delayed weaning benefits lamb health and performance, the authors below conducted two experiments.Data measurements collected in both experiments included body weight (BW), average daily gain (ADG) to monitor lamb performance. Packed cell volume (PCV), Fecal Egg Counts (FEC), and FAMACHA eye scores were collected to monitor lamb health. Packed cell volume is a measurement that determines the amount of circulating red blood cells in the body, which can be used to assess the level of anemia (blood loss). Fecal egg counts were used to quantify the number of parasite eggs being shed per gram of feces. FAMACHA eye scores were also used to assess circulating blood levels by viewing the mucosal membrane of the inner eyelid, a quick and easy way for producers to monitor their flock on-farm for Haemonchus contortus.In experiment 1, lambs were placed into one of two weaning treatments; Pasture Control (PC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed on pasture and Ewe (E): lambs placed on pasture with ewe and weaned at approximately 123 days of age. Grazing paddocks were primarily composed of tall fescue and known to be infected with parasites (Haemonchus contortus – parasite of interest). In addition, lambs in experiment 1 were provided one of two mineral sources, loose mineral verses block mineral supplementation. At the end of the grazing phase, all lambs remained in their treatment groups and were fed to a targeted finishing weight (~120 lbs.) during the feedlot phase.For lamb performance, lambs that were weaned at 123 days of age (E) had a greater final BW and greater total ADG. From a health standpoint, E lambs had a higher PCV value at the end of the grazing portion of the trial when compared to PC lambs. Farm records also indicated that 41.7% of PC lambs required anthelmintic treatment as a result of parasitic infection whereas 0% of E lambs required anthelmintic treatment. In addition, when looking at the effects of mineral type, lambs consuming loose mineral had a greater overall ADG while on pasture when compared to those lambs consuming block mineral.During the finishing phase, E lambs had a greater average BW entering the feedlot, spent fewer days in the feedlot, and had a greater overall ADG when compared to PC lambs. However, PC lambs had a greater gain:feed ratio and greater total dry matter intake (DMI) while in the feedlot when compared to E lambs.In experiment 2, lambs were placed into one of four weaning treatments; Pasture Control (PC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age. Ewe (E): lambs weaned at approximately 116 days of age. Social Facilitator (SF): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed on pasture with non-lactating, non-related ewes. Feedlot Control (FC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed in a research feedlot facility. Lambs in the pasture treatment groups (E, SF, and PC) were housed on the same pastures as described in experiment 1. All lambs in experiment 2 were provided with the same loose mineral due to the results found in experiment 1. At the end of the grazing phase, all lambs remained in their treatment groups and were fed to a targeted finishing weight (~117 lbs.) during the feedlot phase.From a performance standpoint, E lambs had the greatest final body weight while FC lambs had a greater final BW when compared to PC lambs at the end of the grazing phase. FC lambs also had the greatest final ADG at the end of the grazing phase. Due to the change in diet, FC lambs had the lowest BW for the first 28 days of the grazing phase. As for lamb health, E and FC lambs had a smaller change in PCV values from day 28 to the end of the grazing phase. As calculated in experiment 1, farm records showed that a total of 5, 50, and 55% of FC, PC, and SF lambs received anthelmintic treatment during the grazing phase whereas 0% of E lambs received anthelmintic treatment.During the finishing phase, FC lambs spent the greatest number of days in the feedlot, had the greatest total weight gain, and lowest DMI per day when compared to all other treatment groups. Additionally, E lambs spent the fewest number of days in the feedlot, had the lowest total weight gain, and had a the highest DMI day when compared to all other treatment groups during the finishing phase.Delayed weaning in both experiments proved to be beneficial. For those producers that face challenges with parasitic infection and are interested in raising grass-fed lamb, delayed weaning may be a cost effective alternative as delayed weaned lambs had greater gains and did not require any treatment for internal parasites. In addition, while mineral supplementation is important for basic biological functions, experiment 1 showed that lambs that were offered a loose mineral had a greater overall ADG when compared to those lambs that were consuming block mineral. Upon entering the feedlot, delayed weaned lambs spent fewer days on feed and were marketed at the same age as those lambs that entered the feedlot at 60 days of age. Therefore, for those producers that are interested in utilizing more pasture, decreasing the use of anthelmintics, and decreasing the amount of grain require to finish lambs, delayed weaning may be a viable option.last_img read more

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Why did Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha commit suicide? Police clueless

first_imgA day after noted singer Asha Bhosale’s daughter Varsha committed suicide at her home in Peddar Road, the Gamdevi police in Mumbai still have no clue why the singer’s daughter took such a step. Investigations have been moving at a slow pace as the police have not been able to question Varsha’s family members. According to Gamdevi police officials when ever they tried questioning the family most of them broke down.”The family is still is in a state of shock, and despite our numerous attempts since Tuesday morning, we haven’t been able to get much insight into the reason why she (Varsha) took such a drastic step,” said an officer from the Gamdevi police. Police officials said that they would be looking at two scenarios; whether Varsha had got some news that immediately depressed her or whether she was depressed because of some development that happened a few days back.The police are hence trying to find out whether Varsha, who was depressed, received or made any phone calls before shooting herself. The police would now be scrutinizing her call records to see if any such call acted as the trigger. The calls are important as Varsha’s driver and her maid have told the police that they did not notice anything amiss in her behaviour when they saw her last at 4.30 pm on Sunday. Police officials believe that Varsha committed suicide sometime during the night.The police are also investigating who owns the .22 Browning pistol with which Asha shot herself. The police have a record of two licenced guns in the family. While one .32 pistol belongs to Asha Bhosale’s brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, her son Anand owns a .45 pistol.The Bhosle family members till now have not been able to shed any light on who the gun belonged to. Police officials said that if the gun was licenced then the owner could face a case under the Arms Act as one of the conditions of the licence is to see that the licensee should keep the gun out of the reach of any one except him. If the gun is unlicensed then the police investigation would concentrate on how did Varsha lay her hands on the pistol.advertisementVarsha commits suicide Varsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singer Asha Bhosle, allegedly committed suicide on Monday by shooting herself with a licenced gun at her South Mumbai residence.Varsha’s body was discovered in a pool of blood by her maid servant and driver early on Monday morning. Varsha was known to be depressed for a long time and had attempted suicide on two occasions in the past.Varsha, 56, was a singer and a former columnist for web portals and magazines and had a history of depression for which she was undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Varsha had reportedly attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills in 2008.However, the family maintained that her previous attempts were actually adverse reactions to medicines.Sources close to the family, however, said that Varsha was indeed undergoing psychiatric treatment for a better part of the last few years.On Monday, Asha’s driver and maid discovered Varsha’s blood soaked body on the sofa of their ‘Prabhu Kunj’ residence at Peddar Road in Mumbai. Asha was away in Singapore for an event on Marathi music.Varsha’s aunt and Asha’s older sister, Lata Mangeshkar, who resides in the adjacent flat was also not at home. It was early morning when Asha’s maid Deepali arrived as usual and knocked at Asha’s door. When no one answered, she went down to the driver to ask him if Varsha was at home.”The driver told her that it is possible that Varsha might be sleeping. Deepali returned a couple of hours later to still find no answer to the door. This is when, worried, she rushed to the driver and asked him to enter the house. The driver then entered Ashaji’s house from Lataji’s flat and found Varsha’s body,” a police officer said.Police have said that Varsha used a licenced gun to shoot herself in the head. They are now investigating who the gun belongs to. Varsha, however, has left no suicide note in the house.”We are awaiting the post-mortem report from JJ Hospital, where the body was taken for autopsy. We are also waiting for Ashaji to arrive. We will be able to get clarity on who owned the weapon and also on the mental state of her daughter immediately before she may have taken the drastic step. As of now, it is the case of an accidental death. When we are through with the investigations, we’ll be able to arrive at the exact nature of the death,” said a senior officer.The police have also said that primary investigation has brought to their notice that Varsha was suffering from severe depression after the death of noted fashion photographer Gautam Rajadakshya, who she was very close to. Rajadakshya passed away last year.Varsha, who was Asha’s daughter from her first marriage to Ganpatrao Bhosle, used to live with Asha at Peddar Road and also their apartment in suburban Khar. She had been living with Asha for many years, especially after her divorce from her husband, Hemant Kenkre, who is a freelance sports writer.Varsha had written a few articles in praise of her mother for websites. Asha arrived in Mumbai late on Monday evening from Singapore.advertisementlast_img read more

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Pele backs new Brazil coach Tite

first_imgBrazil football great Pele has given his backing to new Brazil coach Tite, describing the former Corinthians manager as the “right man” for the struggling national team.Tite was named Brazil coach on Wednesday, replacing the Selecao’s 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga, who was sacked after the team was dumped out of the Copa America following a 0-1 loss to Peru.The result meant Brazil failed to progress beyond the group stage of the continental tournament for the first time since 1987.”He is reliable… he is the right man for the national team,” Pele told reporters on Thursday at the Pele Museum in the Brazilian port city of Santos.The 75-year-old was speaking after being bestowed with the Olympic Order by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.Despite supporting Tite’s appointment, Pele also showed solidarity for Dunga, who he said was not responsible for Brazil’s poor recent results.”I think it’s unfair to criticize Dunga,” said Pele, who played in Brazil’s 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup-winning teams.”He wasn’t to blame. The national team didn’t have time to prepare and the team changed a lot from competition to competition.”Brazil will be aiming to win their first Olympic football gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games, which will be held from August 5-21.last_img read more

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We can change some perceptions: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza ahead of World Cup 2019

first_imgBangladesh head to the cricket World Cup 2019 to change perceptions about their potential to compete despite having consistently punched above their weight in recent 50-over tournaments.The Tigers registered their best finish at the 50-over World Cup at the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand when they reached the quarter-finals, having defeated England in the group stages.They then proved their World Cup progress was no fluke by qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy from a group that featured hosts England, Australia and New Zealand.But just days before the start of the World Cup on May 30, the side does not feature in picks among teams that are expected to make the last four at the one-day international showpiece.Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza urged his players to therefore make sure the cricketing world takes notice from the moment they start their campaign against South Africa at The Oval on June 2.”If you ask all the experts, analysts and former players about their favourites for this World Cup, none of them will pick us,” Mortaza told reporters.”I think we can change some perceptions if we can do something this time, more than how much it changed in the past. It is a great opportunity for us.”There will be no dearth of experience in the side with Mortaza, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, batting mainstay Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim all making their fourth World Cup appearances.All four also have knowledge on how to win games on the big stage, having played in the 2015 victory against England in Adelaide and also when they defeated heavyweights India at the 2007 tournament in the West Indies.advertisementThe skilful Mustafizur Rahman will lead the pace attack and is expected to be a handful with his many variations.”We must work really hard, and it is important to find out if we are prepared to do that,” said Mortaza, who will be playing his final ODI World Cup.”The best teams sometimes don’t make it to the semi-finals, let alone win the World Cup.”There’s no pressure on us to win the World Cup, or even reach the semi-finals. We just want to play well.”While the experts have not placed much hope on the South Asian side, former captain Mushfiqur believes a last-four spot could be within reach for Bangladesh, with teams needing to be consistent in the 10-team round-robin format.”Having most experienced players in the team, this is the strongest World Cup team that Bangladesh have ever had,” he said. “It’s not impossible. It’s tough, but possible.”I personally believe that we have the ability to reach the knockout stages, and anything can happen if we can reach that point.”last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea have not signed Pulisic as Hazard replacement – Honigstein

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea have not signed Pulisic as Hazard replacement – Honigsteinby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea signing Christian Pulisic is not a direct replacement for Eden Hazard, according to German football expert Ralph Honigstein.The American completed a move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and has been immediately loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the 2018-19 season.Many Chelsea fans have feared Pulisic’s signing means Hazard will leave the club this summer. But Honigstein doesn’t think that is the case.”I’m not sure what this means for Hazard but he is not, at least not in my mind, a direct replacement,” he said.”He can play in the same positions of course but he is not going to add those goals necessarily.”He will provide plenty of assists and keep the ball, but I don’t see him filling the role that Hazard has – basically becoming both Chelsea’s playmaker and major goalscorer in the absence of a more prolific centre forward. I think we have to look at this move in isolation.” last_img read more

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