LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen!

first_imgRecommended for you 1 Comment Pingback: » LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen! 1 Comment Kadetten Schaffhausen to keep Luka Maros until 2021 No winners in Schaffhausen ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsOne of the best examples that goalkeepers are like a wine – better when they are older, Austrian NT member Nikola Marinovic has signed contract with the Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen! A 39 years-old goalie who is born in Serbia, signed two years contract with possibility on extension on two more seasons. That could put him on the TOP of the list of active proffesional goalkeepers.Marinovic began to play in Serbia for RK Crvena zvezda. He also played for RK Lovcen Cetinje. He played for West Wien and Bregenz in Austria, and then, since 2009 in Germany (HBW Balingen, HSG Wetzlar and Frisch Auf Goppingen). Related Items:Kadetten Schaffhausen, Nikola Marinović Kadetten Schaffhausen Swiss Super Cup 2019 winners ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

OPINION – A WTO Investment Facilitation Agreement: Any added value for…

first_img Aug 7, 2020 Heeding PM Mottley’s Clarion Call for Vulnerability Index Nov 26, 2019 Promoting Investment in Sustainable Development Goals for… Pamela Coke-Hamilton Named New Head of International Trade… Jul 27, 2020 Caribbean countries, to varying extents, have been implementing reforms at the national and regional levels to improve their business environments and the functioning of their investment promotion agencies (IPAs). The ultimate goal of these reform initiatives is to attract FDI that foments economic growth and development, foreign exchange inflows, job creation, and access to markets, skills, know-how and technologies. With regional governments already undertaking reforms, would a WTO Multilateral Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement add value for the Caribbean or would the legal burdens of signing a multilateral agreement outweigh any potential benefits? Should the Caribbean seize this opportunity to be among the rule-makers in an area of development-interest to the region or should we sit this one out? This latest SRC Trading Thoughts probes these questions. What is investment facilitation? International investment rule-making is presently fragmented, that is, taking place largely in a complex maze of international investment agreements (IIAs), including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters in trade agreements. IIAs have traditionally focused on investment liberalization (market access) and investment protection, and more limitedly, investment promotion and investment facilitation provisions. Various definitions of investment facilitation exist but the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) defines the concept as “the set of policies and actions aimed at making it easier for investors to establish or expand their investments as well as to conduct their day-to-day business in host countries”. Investment facilitation differs from investment promotion which focuses on promoting a particular location as an attractive investment destination. Examples of investment facilitation procedures include establishing single windows and/or special enquiry points, improving the efficiency of administrative procedures and providing aftercare services for investors. Investment facilitation initiatives, therefore, seek to create a more transparent, facilitative, predictable, and ultimately attractive, environment for both local and foreign investors. Background to the negotiations Rules on investment are largely absent from the WTO’s legal architecture. The exceptions are the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) where commercial presence is one of the four stated modes of supply of a service, and under the Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS) which prohibits trade-related investment measures inconsistent with the GATT 1994. Investment was one of the so-called ‘Singapore issues’ – four issues which were introduced to the WTO’s agenda at the First WTO Ministerial Conference (MC1) in Singapore in 1996. A Working Group on Trade and Investment was established but investment was later removed from the WTO’s agenda due to lack of consensus among Members on the way forward. Facilitation of global investment flows is slowly taking on policy prominence internationally not only because of the importance of trade and investment flows to global economic growth and development, but the role that investment can play in meeting the financing gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in developing countries which is estimated by UNCTAD to be US$ 2.5 – 3 trillion per year. UNCTAD’s Global Action Menu for Investment Facilitation, one of the best known investment facilitation initiatives multilaterally, comprises 10 proposed action lines with options that investment policymakers and government agencies can implement in their national or international investment policy making. More recently, however, at the WTO, the Buenos Aires Ministerial (MC 11) concluded with, inter alia, a Joint Statement Initiative (JSI) co-sponsored then by some 70 Members calling for “structured discussions with the aim of developing a multilateral framework on investment facilitation”. Since March 2018, JSI participants have conducted regular structured discussions, and from March 2020 the discussions have entered the negotiations phase. The Streamlined Text and Members’ proposals circulated by the Coordinator in January 2020 are being used as the starting point for the negotiations. The proposed agreement will apply to measures adopted or maintained by Members for facilitating FDI in both services and non-services sectors across the whole investment life-cycle. However, three main things should be noted. Firstly, the initiative is concerned only with FDI as opposed to portfolio investment. Its scope excludes government procurement, public concessions and conditions, and market access/right to establish. Thirdly, investment protection rules and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) are expressly excluded. What are the pros and cons of joining the negotiations? Firstly, CARICOM policy makers must assess whether the potential gains of participating in, and eventually signing, any future WTO Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement outweigh the potential erosion of their protectively guarded policy space in this important area, including their right to regulate. To this end, general and security exceptions (similar to GATT Article XX and GATS Article XIV) will be among the issues to be negotiated, allowing Members to adopt or enforce measures necessary to regulate, once done in a manner not inconsistent with their rights and obligations under the Agreement. Secondly, WTO negotiations on investment facilitation will likely complement but possibly also go beyond the investment facilitation provisions in our existing treaty practice. The majority of CARICOM Member States’ IIAs are the classical BIT which focus primarily on investment protection and liberalization and less so on investment promotion and facilitation. The investment provisions in some CARICOM trade agreements with third States, such as the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and the cooperation agreements between Brazil-Guyana and Brazil-Suriname, possess more extensive investment facilitation provisions. A third consideration for CARICOM policy makers is whether there is added value to adopting binding multilateral commitments in an area on which our countries are arguably making progress unilaterally and where non-binding multilateral investment facilitation initiatives already exist. Regionally, CARICOM Member States are seeking to conclude the long-awaited Draft CARICOM Investment Code and Investment Policy. Turning nationally, Jamaica has made significant progress in its business and investment facilitation reforms, earning it the title of the easiest Anglophone Caribbean economy in which to do business according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Index for several years. Other countries have been making reform initiatives, such as developing single windows and launching investment guides (iGuides) with donor assistance. However, current reforms are still not enough to make a substantial impact on regional economies’ investment attractiveness. No CARICOM country currently ranks within the top 50 economies for the World Bank’s Doing Business Index or the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Moreover, unilateral reforms can be easily rolled-back. Adopting multilateral commitments can not only complement, but accelerate and lock-in Caribbean governments’ business environment reforms to the benefit of both local and foreign investors. A fourth issue is that while CARICOM countries are primarily net FDI-importing countries, having other countries adopt multilateral rules on investment facilitation may facilitate our investors’ ability to invest in those countries as well. While our governments’ focus is largely on inward investment, outward investment can also benefit our economies when our investors repatriate profits back home, bringing in valued foreign exchange. A fifth issue is the cost of compliance with the Agreement’s eventual provisions, particularly with regard to notification requirements to the proposed WTO Committee on Investment Facilitation. Developed country Members are placing increased pressure on other Members to comply with their notification requirements under the various WTO Agreements. Some Caribbean countries have been unable to meet their notification requirements due to capacity constraints. Signing this agreement would add an additional notification burden. As such, for any negotiated investment facilitation for development agreement to be truly development-focused, it should take into account the development levels of the eventual signatories. Eligibility for special and differential treatment (SDT) is now a contentious issue in the WTO due to some developed countries’ concerns that large emerging economies are unjustly availing themselves of flexibilities by continuing to self-designate as ‘developing countries’. The approach to SDT in the TFA, in which Members themselves designate their capacity to implement each provision as opposed to blanket flexibilities, is often mooted as a more palatable methodology. However, if the TFA approach is adopted in this agreement, the current ‘teething’ issues with the TFA’s implementation must be taken into account by the eventual framers. One such issue is the difficulty some ‘high’ and middle income countries have encountered in accessing funding for TFA implementation. Lastly, Caribbean policy makers should be clear-eyed about what a binding multilateral investment facilitation agreement can and cannot achieve. While it might provide a signal to investors of our countries’ seriousness about facilitating investment, it will not automatically lead to greater FDI inflows. When making their decision about where to invest, investors also look, for example, at whether the jurisdiction has a well-functioning and speedy court system, macroeconomic stability and low crime. These are areas on which many of our countries still have work to do. We must, therefore, also get our fundamentals at home right. The way forward? The stakeholder consultations and needs assessment survey presently being undertaken by the CARICOM Secretariat in advance of the negotiations should be applauded. The results should help to ultimately inform Member States’ decisions on whether joining the negotiations would add value to the region’s investment facilitation efforts. Without doubt, investment facilitation for development is an area of strong development interest to the region. Should our countries decide to formally join the negotiations, our policy makers must be clear on what they wish to get out of the agreement, and what such an agreement can and cannot achieve. Having some CARICOM countries take part in the negotiations does not impede others from signing on to the final agreement later. It also does not preclude Caribbean countries from not signing on to the final text should it not reflect our interests. In the event that CARICOM Member States are not convinced that a binding WTO agreement is the best approach for them, they have the option of following the UNCTAD Global Action Menu for Investment Facilitation as a best practice guideline for their on-going reforms. However, what we would not want is to completely lose out on an opportunity to help shape future multilateral rule-making in a critical area of development interest to our region. Alicia Nicholls, B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.B. is a trade researcher with the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. Learn more about the SRC at Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img May 13, 2020 You may be interested in… UNCTAD 15 Set For Next April in Barbados by Alicia Nicholls The majority of World Trade Organization (WTO) Members have this month commenced negotiations to conclude a binding multilateral agreement on investment facilitation for development. The negotiations, which have received the support of the global business community, seek to facilitate investment flows between economies in a sustainable and pro-development manner. To date, one hundred WTO Members, including four CARICOM Member States, have endorsed the Joint Statement Initiative on Investment Facilitation for Development. Essentially, Member States will be negotiating the investment equivalent of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Caribbean countries are largely net foreign direct investment (FDI) importers, that is, countries where FDI inflows exceed outflows. According to ECLAC’s Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean Report of 2019, “FDI flows to the Caribbean totaled US$ 5.623 billion in 2018”. The 11.4% dip compared to 2017 levels was mainly attributed to reduced inflows to the Dominican Republic, which despite the drop, accounted for a 44% share of FDI inflows to the Caribbean sub-region. The Dominican Republic’s share of regional inflows was distantly followed by the Bahamas (18%), Jamaica (14%) and Guyana (9%). CARICOM: Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation AgreementBy Elizabeth Morgan The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation, commonly known as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), is the success of the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations. After several years of exploratory work, in 2004, it was decided to negotiate this agreement. Of the new…March 14, 2019In “CARICOM”Private Sector Capacity Building and Consultation: CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade FacilitationThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened a Private Sector Consultation and capacity building workshop on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) and the CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation.    The Meeting, intended for national Business Development Organisations from CARICOM WTO Members, takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, 19-20 April,…April 20, 2017In “CARICOM”WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part III): Implications for CARICOM MembersWhen the World Trade Organization (WTO) resumes work shortly, the Members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), like others, will need to be prepared to address the issues on WTO reform which include proposals on special and differential treatment (S&DT) and differentiation/graduation. In addition, preparations will commence for the 12th WTO…September 4, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

XLP round-up

first_imgCSL Asia Shipping faced a challenge when it was asked to transport three wind turbine blade moulds at very short notice. The moulds were at Shanghai’s Zhanghuabang terminal awaiting dispatch to India, but they had not been loaded onto the scheduled vessel.CSL found a suitable alternative vessel berthing at Luojing terminal, 30 km from Zhanghuabang. An emergency project team worked with the shipper, port and vessel operator to complete booking, Customs clearance, and transfer between the two terminals, and loading.CSL engineers recently helped with the transportation of three fishing boats from Shanghai to Luanda, Angola, providing accurate measurements and technical drawings of the vessels as per Customs requirements.Two of the fishing boats measured 36m in length and weighed 250 tonnes; the third was 33m long and weighed 240 tonnes.Fellow XLP member Ba-Shi Yuexin, meanwhile, has completed a three-year contract for the Clinker Line project – also in Luanda – that saw the Shanghai-based logistics company move 80,000 tonnes of cargo.The 70 shipments comprised of steel, a cement grinding mill barrel, an engine, transformers and specialised vehicles. Ba-Shi Yuexin oversaw the entire project from collection of the pieces in Shanghai to delivery in Luanda, including Customs clearance and vessel chartering.www.xlprojects.netwww.yuexinlogistics.comwww.cslships.comlast_img read more

Little, Clarkson top Balfour Golf Tournaments

first_imgJackie Little and Reg Clarkson were recently crowned champions during a pair of golf tournament at the Balfour Golf Course north of Nelson.Little took home the top prize at the Balfour Ladies Open last Thursday while Clarkson won the Balfour Senior Men’s Open in late August.Jennifer Green took home the Low Net Title during the Ladies Open Tournament. Little is not done with her season as the Balfour Champ is now off to compete in the Senior Women’s Amateur Irish Open and Senior Women’s Amateur British Open across the Big Pond.Little won the Super Senior title at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior held  in Osoyoos during August.Clarkson fired a near-record round during the Balfour Senior Men’s tournament, finishing with a three-under score of 69.Both tournaments attracted players from throughout the West Kootenay region.Reg Clarkson receives the Balfour Senior Men’s Open Trophy from club professional Craig Wilkinson. — Submitted photolast_img read more

Stuttgart issue hands-off warning to Spurs and Liverpool over Pavard

first_imgTOTTENHAM or Liverpool will need to fork out much more than £26m to sign Benjamin Pavard, according to his German club Stuttgart.The 21-year-old defender has attracted many admirers over the past 18 months with the Bundesliga side.3 Stuttgart have issued a hands-off warning to clubs interested in Benjamin PavardCredit: AFPSpurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing defensive reinforcements this summer, with the future of Toby Alderweireld among others uncertain.And a club spy reportedly checked on Pavard as Stuttgart won 3-2 at Cologne a fortnight ago.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have also been linked with an interest in the versatile youngster, who can play centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield.But Stuttgart’s sporting director Michael Reschke has moved to end speculation over his French international star’s future.3 Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bolster his backline this summerCredit: PA:Press Association3 Pavard (right) is believed to be wanted by both Spurs and LiverpoolCredit: EPAThe chief told Bild: “We are the ideal club for him right now and he feels that.”If, in the future, a club from Europe’s top 10 shows real interest, we’ll sit down.’HE WON’T PLAY’ Sessegnon told NOT to sign for Spurs by former fave”Benjamin and his agent are aware of it.”But, if this summer a club believes they can sign him for €30m, this club is profoundly wrong. “We wouldn’t even open the door for such a talk.”Pavard moved to Stuttgart from Lille in 2016 and immediately helped them to win promotion back to the top-flight.Full Saturday Premier League preview including Liverpool v Watford and Stoke v Everton He recently signed a contract extension until 2021, but declared himself ready to consider a move once the season is over.Pavard said last month: “My main focus now is to make sure that we stay up.”But I will take another look at how things are in the summer.”How to win £1MILLION with Sun SixSUN SIX is the new predictor game where you can win £1million – just by correctly picking the results of six games.Here is how to get your mitts on the million:Make your picks – predict the scores from these six gamesEnter your details – quickly sign up to Sun Bets so we can contact youScore £1m – Watch the scores roll in and you can win £1mTop pundits IAN WRIGHT and DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM have made their picks for this week if you need a steer.And remember, you can claim a free £30 bet with Sun Bets when you sign up put a tenner on this weekend’s football here.Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham: Heung-min Son double rescues Spurs after Harry Kane ankle injurylast_img read more

Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live Debuts Today

first_imgShare This!It’s back again!  The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! which premiered last year is being performed again this year at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. During the show, Guests are able to experience a live concert that features some of your favorite songs from the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, see some of your favorite characters (like Star-Lord and Gamora) and watch as an alien band from Xandar performs.To celebrate the Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! show, you’ll also be able to grab some great new beverages and snacks.©DisneyAt Fife & Drum, for a snack, you can grab a Mix Tart strawberry-filled shortbread cookie. Beverages include the Awesome Mix Slushy which is a frozen blue raspberry, strawberry, and lemonade slushy and it’s served with a fun glow cube; the I Am Root float, featuring Barq’s Root Beer with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and mint leaves; and the Destroyer Punch with orange, pineapple, and lime juices and grenadine. There’s also an adult version of the Destroyer Punch which includes cherry bourbon and is called Galaxy Juice.©DisneyIf you are looking for something a bit more substantial you’ll want to head inside Liberty Inn where you can grab a Space Sandwich which features barbecue pulled pork topped with crispy onions and served on a Kaiser bun with french fries; the Awesome Mix Plate which includes french fries topped with barbecue pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, bacon, and lettuce; the Cosmic Cake which is chocolate cake is filled with vanilla buttercream and space sprinkles; and finally Rocket Fuel, a frozen Coca-Cola slushy with grenadine.Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! is scheduled to take place from June 14 to August 18. Showtimes are at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 7-13 Mar 2005

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This week: Microsoft’s RSS Aggregator, mobile web 2.0, open source web 2.0 (stats,adverts, topics), Structured Blogging, ETech.Well this week has been a blur of activity for me and my server. First off I launchedan RSS statistics projectwith Jon Udell and Feedburner, then later in the week I had fun riffing on whatMicrosoft was up to with, their sandbox development of a web-based RSSAggregator. Microsoft Makes A Start On RSSWhen I read the short SiliconBeatpost about Microsoft’s sandbox development of aweb-based RSS Aggregator, I immediately blogged it andtook screenshots (which became a popular attraction when Microsoft briefly pulled the site). Ithought it was big news, and still do, because of what the prototype revealed – Microsoftintends to integrate an RSS Aggregator with its MSN Search product. That’s importantbecause their main rivals, Google and Yahoo, are primarily search companies.Weall knew Microsoft would eventually come out with an RSS Aggregator product, but most ofus thought it would be integrated into Outlook. Well it seems that search is insteadgoing to be the platform from which Microsoft will challenge its main rivals in the RSSwar.I updated my post 5 times during the week, so my other thoughts are there if you’reinterested.Mobile Web 2.0Scott Gatz, senior director of personalization products for Yahoo, emailed me (and others)during the week to break the news about Yahoo’s new mobile RSS service. This is anextension of the My Yahoo! re-design which was launched in November. Scott said:“Basically we redesigned My Yahoo around RSS and now we brought it to the mobile world(and we have a desktop ticker too). Really all about getting whatever you want whereveryou want.” Interesting stuff and Russ Beattie has more detailsabout how to actually use the mobile service.Who else is doing mobile RSS? I’ve been aware of Bloglines mobile service for a while now and I’veeven tried to use it on my mobile phone. And Iread in Susan Mernit’s blog today that Google has a new mobile service. Susan says: “the deal is thatGoogle’s put up a new mobile start page with links to all their current mobileservices–SMS, web and image search, imode interface.”No mention of RSS, but it wouldn’tsurprise me to see it introduced soon (ditto GoogleNews).Open Source Web 2.0Bit of talk about open source things in the Web 2.0 world this week. Most importantlyof course, there is my opensource RSS statistics effort 🙂 But also Jeff Jarvis has a great idea for an open source adnetwork. And Marc Canter has been writing inspiring stuff about Open Topics. Plus forthe geekier amongst us, there are now a heap of resources forAjax web development (how GMail and other great web apps like it were developed). Myfavourite resource, for its claim to handle 99% of the development work for you, is SAJAX – Simple Ajax Toolkit.Structured BloggingA couple of weeks ago Iwrote about Bob Wyman’s (of PubSub) post on what he calls “structuredblogging”. As he described it then: “The basic idea is to go beyond “mere” text inblogs and include structured XML that describes job-openings, events, new prices, pressreleases, updates to phone numbers and contact info, requests for proposals, etc.”Now PubSub has come up with a new weblog called It currently offers aWordPress plug-in to carry out structured blogging. It also has some XML schemas andfurther technicalresources. Looks pretty interesting and I’ll be following its progress. Would begreat to get a Movable Type plug-in for this.EtechFinally, the coming week promises to be a good one for Web 2.0. The O’Reilly Emerging TechnologyConference is being held March 14-17 and the sessions sound like Web 2.0 Geek Nirvanato me 🙂 What a pity I can’t be there… sob! However I look forward to lots of reportsfrom the bloggers who do attend and I sure hope Heath Row (or someone as thorough as him) will bethere to transcribe the sessions. Better yet, I hope IT Conversations records them and publishesthem soon after. C’mon, I’m relying on the blogosphere to be my ears and eyes for ETech –don’t let me down people!last_img read more

Germany set quarterfinal date with Argentina; England, Mexico go home

first_imgEngland suffered World Cup heartbreak with an embarrassing 1-4 second round defeat at the hands of old foes Germany in a classic and controversial match which brought back memories of the 1966 final, here today.They have set up a quarterfinal clash with Argentina, who beat Mexico 3-1 in an ill-tempered match in Johannesburg.Mueller scores, Lampard deniedThomas Mueller scored a double in the 67th and 70th minutes after Miroslav Klose (20th) and Lukas Podolski (32nd) had made it 2-0 for Germany. Matthew Upson pulled one back for England in the 37th minute in a round of 16 match at Free State Stadium here.England were denied a clear goal in the 38th minute when they were down 1-2 with a Frank Lampard thundering shot hitting the underside of the crossbar before falling well beyond the goal-line but the referee did not award it a goal.Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda not awarding the goal might have erased the 44-year-old agony of the Germans who still rued that extra-time controversial goal by Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final at Wembley to give England their only World Cup triumph.But today, Joachim Loew’s men did more than enough to show that they were the far better side despite the mistake by the referee.Germany meet the winner of the round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico in the quarterfinal.The hole in the England central defence left by the injury of Rio Fernandes came to haunt England with Matthew Upson who filled in the shoes of the Manchester United stopper being outrun and outmuscled by Miroslav Klose in the 20th minute.advertisementGerman keeper Manuel Neuer’s goalkick sailed over John Terry’s head and Klose, who returned after serving a one match suspension, got the better of Upson before coolly poking past an advancing David James.The strike gave Klose his 50th international goal, the second highest for any German after the great goal-poacher Gerd Mueller.Klose could have scored his second goal in the 31st minute but his right-footer inside the England box after being fed by Thomas Mueller was brilliantly blocked by James.Next minute, Germany doubled the lead from a move initiated by Klose. A clever flick from Klose found Mueller inside the England box with no defenders around. Mueller released the ball for Lukas Podolski whose left-footer from near the left edge of the six-yard box went past keeper James into the net.A stunned England regrouped and needed five minutes to pull one back with Upson making amends of his defensive sloppiness against Klose by outjumping his marker to connect a Steven Gerrard aerial pass into the German net in the 37th minute. .Next minute, the memories of the classic 1966 World Cup final between the two sides at Wembley in London returned but this time it was England who were at the receiving end.Frank Lampard’s fierce and dipping shot from outside the box beat German keeper Manuel Neuer, bounced off the underside of the bar and fell well beyond the goal-line but the referee Larrionda did not award a goal.Television replays clearly showed that the ball had crossed the goal-line but apparently the line assistant could not run down the touchline when the ball hit the ground beyond the goal-line.Seven minutes after resumption, England were denied the equaliser by the woodwork with Frank Lampard’s free-kick from around 30 yards beat the German keeper but still found the crossbar on the way.Germany added two goals in the space of three minutes — both from fast counter-attacks exposing the slowing legs of England players whose average age was more than 29 as compared to 25 of the Germans.Lampard’s 67th minute free-kick from outside the German box rebounded from a defender and in an amazingly swift counter-attack, the ball landed on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s legs.Schweinsteiger, who was declared fit at the eleventh hour, then broke down the left and sent a precise low cross for Muller, who outran two England defenders, to fire past keeper James to his left post net.Three minutes later, Muller made it 4-1 from another swift German counterattack. Instead of Schweinsteiger, this time it was Mesut Oezil who gave the pass from the left for Mueller to blast it into the England net.England captain Steven Gerrard made a late attempt to reduce the margin but his 81st minute strike was pushed away for a corner by German keeper Manuel Neuer.Tevez puts Argentina in the quartersIn Johannesburg, Carlos Tevez struck twice  as Argentina crushed Mexico 3-1. Tevez’s first goal in the 26th minute was off-side, but the referee failed to spot it much to the anguish of the Mexicans.advertisementGonzalo Higuain made the score 2-0 when a Mexican defender accidentally passed him the ball near the goal.At half-time players from both sides exchanged heated words as they headed off the turf. The referees and support staff had to step in to separate the two sides.After the break, Tevez scored a scorching right-footer that flew past Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Perez’s left.Javier Hernandez struck a consolation goal for the frustrated Mexicans.last_img read more

Former Portugal footballer Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race

first_imgIn this Dec. 17, 2001 file photo, Portuguese player Luis Figo receives his trophy as FIFALuis Figo wants to be FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed for official challenge against Sepp Blatter.The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement on Wednesday timed for release with an interview with CNN.”I look at the reputation of FIFA right now and I don’t like it. Football deserves better,” the 42-year-old Figo said in the statement. “Football has given me so much during my life, and I want to give something back to the game.”FIFA president Blatter is the strong favourite to get a fifth presidential term in the May 29 ballot despite bribery and financial scandals which have implicated several of his executive committee colleagues.The deadline for would-be candidates to file nominations from five of FIFA’s 209 member federations is 2300 GMT Thursday.”I have seen the image of FIFA deteriorate, and as I speak to many people in football – to players, managers and association presidents – so many of those people have told me that something has to be done,” Figo said.Figo, the 2001 world player of the year, launched his campaign one hour before Netherlands federation president Michael van Praag held a news conference in Amsterdam to explain his bid.Van Praag also says he has five nominees but, like Figo, has not identified them.Their rival campaigns suggest splits within UEFA, which is the only one of the six FIFA confederations officially opposing Blatter.advertisementFigo was UEFA’s ambassador for the Champions League final in Lisbon last year, and Van Praag is an elected member of UEFA’s ruling board which met on Monday.Van Praag, an outspoken critic of Blatter last year, said late Monday he was running because no other “credible challenger” had emerged.UEFA president Michel Platini opted last August not to stand against Blatter, though said he encouraged rivals for his 78-year-old former mentor.On Wednesday, Platini’s spokesman, Pedro Pinto, welcomed Figo’s entry.”Credible candidates with new ideas will hopefully add to an open debate in the campaign,” Pinto said in a statement. “It is good for FIFA, and it is good for football to have valid candidates with extensive experience in the sport, and from different parts of the world.”Platini has also supported the candidacy of his fellow FIFA vice president, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.Other potential contenders seeking nominations include former FIFA official Jerome Champagne – a longtime Blatter ally and the only contender to publish a detailed manifesto – and former France player David Ginola, who is being paid by a betting operator to run.Figo is also paid to do promotional work for a betting firm, Asian operator Dafabet, and was an ambassador for its 2014 World Cup promotions.It is unclear if Figo and Ginola will pass mandatory integrity checks on potential candidates by FIFA’s ethics committee.The FIFA code of ethics covers officials who are “forbidden from taking part in, either directly or indirectly, or otherwise being associated with, betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transactions connected with football matches.”FIFA has set up an election oversight panel, chaired by its audit and compliance panel chairman Domenico Scala, to assess the integrity checks and nomination papers before declaring which are the official candidates.Scala is expected to publish the candidate list before mid-February.Blatter has led FIFA since 1998, and has worked for football’s governing body for 40 years.Beside the scandals during his leadership, the Swiss official has overseen FIFA use spectacular commercial success from the World Cup to build cash reserves of $1.5 billion and distribute increasing bonuses to its national members who have shown little desire for change.Blatter needs two-thirds of the votes for victory in a first round of secret balloting of the 209 members in Zurich, or a simple majority in subsequent rounds.last_img read more