SAN JOSE — Marcus Sorensen may be ready to rejoin the lineup when the Sharks, looking for their third straight win, host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.Sorensen, who has missed the last three games with an upper body injury, was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice as he skated on the Sharks’ third line with Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow.“Took a good step. It’s all about how you react to things the next day,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “So, not prepared to pencil him in yet, …
Mahajan presents us with what is going right in Africa and builds a strong case for the continent as an exciting destination for foreign investment – even in these turbulent times. Collier helps us understand the traps than are keeping millions of Africans mired in poverty and which are hampering from the continent achieving the potential Mahajan so correctly identifies. Mahajan argues that Africa, with more than 900 million consumers, is on the world fastest growing markets. He invites us to understand that Africa, taken as a whole, has a Gross National Income of around 980 billion, making it the tenth largest economy in the world ahead three of the four BRIC economies – Brazil, Russia and India. It’s ahead of India on a GNI per capita basis as well. In fact, six Africa countries boast a higher GNI per capita than China. “There will soon be a billion consumers on the continent of Africa,” Mahajan writes. “Every day, they need to eat, they need shelter. They want education for their children. They would like to have soaps to wash their clothes. They desire cell phones, metal roofs for their homes, televisions, music, computers, movies, bicycles, cosmetics, medicines, cars and loans to start businesses.” A lot of people think Africa’s wealth resides in oil and diamonds . If we’re talking about oil and diamonds as primary exports commodities, we’re talking about one the factors that Collier sees trapping much of Africa in poverty. But Mahajan sees the wealth of Africa is other kinds of oil and diamonds. He cites the case of Bidco in Kenya will has built a $160 million business selling cooking oil, detergent and other products to low income customers throughout East Africa. As for diamonds, he identifies the so-called Black Diamonds of South Africa, as the University of Cape Town’s Unilever Institute called them. They are members of South Africa’s rapidly emerging black class, which, unleashed by the end of apartheid, has been growing at a rate of around 30 per cent a year. They are not a uniquely South African phenomenon. Mahajan estimates that there are aound 400 million people in the middle segment of the overall African market. This help account for the fact that while the four largest African companies are still in the resources business, firms in other sectors are gaining an ever larger representation in the top 20. These include makers of consumer goods like SABMiller, telecoms companies like MTN, Orascom and Telkom SA, and banks like Standard, Absa and FirstRand. Mahajan isn’t the only one telling this story. On September 2, the Wall Street Journal ran an article headlined “Investors bet Africa stocks are new tigers”. It gave the example of the Ghana Stock Exchange All-Share Index which, at the point, had appreciated by 63 per cent over the preceding nine months while on Wall Street the S&P 500 was down 13 percent over the same period (and has since swooned even more dramatically). The Journal had a very telling quote for Charl Malan, the head of African research for Van Eck Global. African stocks, he said, were not a play on commodity prices any more. “If you think the commodities cycle is unsustainable, then why is Africa sustainable? Because this time, there’s a whole range of growth initiatives put into place by various African leaders.” What helped inspire the Wall Street Journal story was an article by David Nellor, a senior adviser in the International Monetary Fund’s Africa Department. Comparing their performance with the of the so-called Asian Tigers as they readied for take-off in 1980, Nellor concluded that “several African countries…are promising candidates to become part of a second generations of emerging market countries.” “The same crucial development,” Nellor continued, “are taking place in parts of sub-Saharan Africa today – growth is taking off, the private sector is the key driver of that growth and financial markets are opening up. The search for yield…has encouraged investors to expand their horizons.” In a separate study, published last month, the IMF looked at what it called the “Great Sub-Saharan Africa Growth Take-off”. If found that the fast growers were a diverse group, including resource rich and landlocked countries as well as resource poor countries that have not had large gains in their terms of trade. The IMF also found that while most African countries were going to having difficulty meeting the Millennium Development Goal by the 2015 target date, growth was benefiting the poor who were seeing real rises in their incomes. So there is a new and very hopeful story being told about Africa. Tragically, the old story, the story of conflict, atrocities and refugees, continues to be told as well. Right now the focus is on the eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Darfur situation in Sudan continues to be a grave concern as does Uganda’s unfinished war with the Lord’s Resistance Army. This is where Collier’s findings become interesting. As the name of his book indicates, his focus in the poorest one billion people on the planet. They are concentrated in Africa and Central Asia, and they are the least likely to touched by the growth story we’ve been looking at so far. The countries they live in are caught in one or more of a set of often interrelated traps which include civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources and bad governance. Collier begins a sobering statistic: 73 per people in the bottom billion live in societies that have recently been recently been through a civil war or have recently been through one. He then goes on to demonstrate, empirically, the intimate relationship between poverty and conflict and how they feed each other. One of his key findings is that Africa is not uniquely conflict prone. Rather, it became more prone to conflict when as its economic performance deteriorated. In other words, causation has flowed from poverty to conflict not vice versa. The trouble is that once a civil war has erupted, it tends to have a highly destructive impact on the economy, thereby sowing the seeds for further conflict. The experience of having been through a civil war roughly doubles the risk of another conflict, Collier writes. And even if further conflict can be avoided, undoing the economic consequences can be very difficult. Collier believes that DRC will need 50 years of peace at its present growth rate to get back to 1960 income levels. Nonetheless, growth does directly help reduce the risk of civil by raising incomes and making it easier for countries to diversify their exports. Fragile states that rely on the export of one or two high value commodities are always at high risk of conflict resulting from competition to control the rents from those commodities. The lesson to be drawn is that anyone who is serious about seeing Africa meet the potential Mahajan describes in Africa Rising must, in addition to be serious about pro-growth economic policies, also be serious about conflict resolution and prevention. This is why South Africa has been more than happy to play it part in working with regional partners and the African Union for peace throughout the continent, from the DRC to the Great Lakes to Darfur to the Comoros to Cote D’Ivoire to our neighbor Zimbabwe. To achieve the African Renaissance we all dream of, we need to end cycles of violence and economic immiseration and prevent new ones from starting. We bring to the table our own experience in bringing peace and democracy to a land that was torn apart for generations by racial oppression. Among the most important of those lessons is for peace to be sustainable, all parties must feel they own it and no one should leave the table thinking that that they were forced to accept terms by powers outside the negotiating room. This takes a lot of patience, creativity and a capacity for empathy, but the election on April 28, 2004, and the adoption of our new constitution two years later, showed it can be done. We also know, from bitter ongoing experience, about how hard it is to escape the continuing echoes of conflict. There severest challenges we face today, from crime to skills shortages to HIV/AIDS, owe their origins to what apartheid and our struggle to end it did to the fabric of our society. Above all, we understand that if our so-called miracle is to last, it must be underpinned by economic policies that promote growth and equity, help generate the resources needed to roll the legacies of our history and enable us to play our part in the great Africa Rising story.
14 September 2010Mentor a young person. Visit an old age home. Start your own volunteer project … as part of its “Legacy” campaign, Brand SA has called on South Africans this Friday to “fly the flag” by volunteering some of your time to South Africans who need it.Brand South Africa’s Legacy campaign aims to leverage the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by providing platforms for South Africans to keep achieving and showcasing their “South Africanness” to the world, while entrenching the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year.SA Legacy campaign explainedFor the past three Fridays, and the next two to come, South Africans have been “celebrating all the things that make us who we are”. Each Friday has a different theme, this Friday’s being a call to do something good for each other, for example:Visiting www.forgood.co.za for how to go about volunteering in your community.Finding a young person in your community that you can mentor.Finding out how you can work with your local SAPS to make your surroundings safer.Organising a visit to an old age home or hospice.Creating your own volunteer project.Volunteering for an existing project.Do Good Week – poster“When we stand as one, we can do anything,” Brand South Africa said in a statement. “We can build stadiums. We can host the most successful Fifa World Cup™. So what if we all came together to do something good for each other?”“This Friday, Fly the Flag by volunteering some of your time and resources to South Africans who need it.”SAinfo reporterSA Legacy campaign: programmeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Malapa Hominin 1 (left), Lucy (centre) and Malapa Hominin 2 (right), showing the difference in height between A. sediba and A. afarensis. (Image: Lee Berger, Wits University) A reconstruction of what Lucy might have looked like, by award-winning palaeoartist Elisabeth Daynes.(Image: Atelier Daynes) The Hadar region in Ethiopia, where Lucy was found. Family tree showing the existing hominoids: humans (genus Homo), chimpanzees and bonobos (genus Pan), gorillas (genus Gorilla), orangutans (genus Pongo), and gibbons (four genera of the family Hylobatidae: Hylobates, Hoolock, Nomascus, and Symphalangus). All except gibbons are hominids.(Images: Wikipedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • National Museum of Ethiopia +251 11 111 7150 RELATED ARTICLES • New fox species found at Malapa • A new boost for an old science • SA unearths new human ancestor • Fossils tell the mammal story • Maropeng top evotourism destinationJanine ErasmusEthiopia’s grand old lady Lucy – the 3.2-million-year-old fossil discovered in 1974 – has come home after touring the US for the last five years. Her return was enthusiastically celebrated by her compatriots, who consider her an icon of human evolution.Lucy is a specimen of the hominid species Australopithecus afarensis, which walked the earth between 3.9-million and 2.9-million years ago. South Africa’s A. sediba, which lived about two-million years ago, is thought to possibly be a link between Lucy’s species and our own.Taxonomically, hominids, or Hominidae, belong to a family of primates, which include four living genera, namely humans; gorillas; orangutans; and chimpanzees and bonobos. Australopithecus is one of the extinct genera in the family. One of the notable characteristics of the family is the ability to walk upright.Fossils belonging to A. afarensis have only ever been found in North Africa, and Lucy is no exception – she was unearthed at Hadar, a village in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia’s Afar Triangle. This is the origin of her species name. She is also known by her catalogue name of AL 288-1, signifying Afar Locality, the site’s number, and the first fossil discovered there.This region is known for its wealth of archaeological finds; they include the Gawis cranium, most of the top of the skull of what scientists believe to be a human ancestor from the Middle Pleistocene period (about 781-thousand to 126-thousand years ago). It also encompasses the Gona river, where stone tools dating back 2.6-million years were found between 1992 and 1994.Throwing off Ethiopia’s negative imageThe US trip marked the first time that Lucy, known locally as Dinknesh (“special” or “wonderful” in Amharic), had left her home country. Before the jet-setting fossil went abroad, she had been stored in a special vault at the National Museum in Addis Ababa.The tour was titled Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, and it featured over 140 other cultural and religious artefacts, both ancient and modern.Although she was accompanied by a team of scientists and security personnel, there was some opposition to the initiative, mainly because of fear that Lucy would be damaged. One of the objectors was National Museum researcher Berhane Asfaw, who was quoted as saying that he was the first to object and even though she’s returned he still is not convinced it was necessary to send Lucy away.The tour took in 11 US cities, including Houston, Seattle, New York, and Austin.A portion of the tour’s proceeds, said to be around US$1.5-million (R14.3-million), was allocated to the museum to help it upgrade its research facilities. The tour was also aimed at raising Ethiopia’s profile as a tourism and science destination.Breakthrough discoveryLucy was discovered on 24 November 1974 by US paleoanthropologist Donald Johansen and graduate student Tom Gray, while the two were mapping the area. A white bone caught their attention, and one glance told them it was a hominid ulna – a bone from the forearm. Investigating further, they found more fragments, and eventually managed to collect 40% of the skeleton, including a lower jaw, skull and pelvis. Because none of the bones and bone fragments were duplicated, the team realised they had come across the remains of a single person.Her informal name comes from the famous Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, played over and over by the team during their celebrations just after the find.She is thought to be a female because of the width of her pelvic opening, and because her size is consistent with the trend seen at Hadar of males being bigger and females being smaller – Lucy is a little lady. While alive she stood about 105cm tall and weighed just 29kg. Physically, she looked similar to a chimpanzee, with an ape-sized brain too.Although her species was able to live in trees, Lucy’s petite skeleton also shows evidence that she walked upright – her knee cap has a prominent lip which prevents it from slipping out of position as weight shifts from leg to leg during walking, and the surfaces of her knee joint are adapted to the extra weight they need to carry in the upright position. Also, Lucy’s pelvis and vertebrae show typical adaptations, such as a spinal curve, needed to cope with a permanent upright stance.Her humerus (upper arm) to femur (upper leg) ratio is 84.6%, a figure obtained by dividing the length of the humerus by the length of the femur and multiplying by 100. In contrast, this figure is 97.8% for chimps, indicating long arms for climbing trees, and 71.8% for modern humans. Lucy’s dimensions indicate that either her legs were lengthening, or her arms were getting shorter, or both.The researchers are of the opinion that Lucy was a vegetarian. They found no clues as to the manner of her death, as her bones showed no signs of damage from scavengers. Lucy was already an adult when she died, because her cranial bones had fused and her wisdom teeth – the third pair of molars – had emerged and were slightly worn.According to Johansen, Lucy is important not because she’s the oldest or best-preserved fossil – she is neither – but because her species is located on the human family tree at a “pivotal point”. At that time there was a split leading to the development of two branches – one leading to the human genus Homo, and one that died out.Until just a few years ago Lucy was the oldest hominid fossil known. The discovery in 1994 of Ardi, a female of the early human-like species Ardipithecus ramidus, eclipsed even Lucy, as the newcomer was estimated to be about 4.4-million years old.
The final voter registration drive before this year’s local government elections will be held on the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016. All adult South Africans are urged to get their names on the voters’ roll, so they can use their democratic right to choose the municipal leaders they want.You can register to vote if you:are a South African citizenare at least 16 years old (you can only vote from the age of 18, though)have a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a temporary ID certificateYou can register at the voting station in your community. Dial *120*432# to find your voting station or use the voting station finder on the Electoral Commission website. All voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm on 9 and 10 April.If you can’t register on that weekend, make an appointment at your local Electoral Commission office to register there.If you don’t have an ID, you can apply for one at your local Home Affairs branch.Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration details.Follow the Electoral Commission on Twitter – @IECSouthAfrica – and like them on Facebook – IECSouthAfrica – to get updates and more information.More about the 2016 municipal electionsLocal government elections are held every five years, nationwide, to elect councillors to govern municipalities for the next five years.Municipal councils’ current term of office ends on 18 May 2016.Councillors serve on town, city, metropolitan or district councils. It is their job to deliver services to citizens living in their areas – including water, electricity and sanitation.The exact date of the 2016 Municipal Elections will only be known when the election is proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.In terms of the Constitution the election must be held between 18 May and 16 August 2016.So get ready to have your say in the 2016 municipal elections. Your vote is your voice. Use it!
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Tags:#agile#agile project management#kanban#Project Management#workflow management Related Posts Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Kris HughesSenior Content Marketing Manager If there’s a guiding light for Agile project management, then Kanban is the Northstar project managers turn to for direction. As a visual management tool, Kanban enables teams to get more done on demand without unnecessary steps. It’s especially helpful for teams working with Agile project management or product management methodologies.Kanban has had a significant impact on the world of project management, so much so it’s the preferred planning method of teams spanning various industries across the globe. There are many ways Kanban is driving the development of Agile project management.Easy InterfacesIncreasing your project’s chances for success calls for employing an interface your team can easily use. When you use software tools that infuse elements of Kanban, you can help better manage your projects. One primary reason for an improved workflow process is Kanban focuses on visualization. Drag-and-drop card boards use foundational elements of Kanban you can often find in robust project management software.This element helps make interfaces easy-to-use for Agile teams regardless of the industry or organization. For example, Project Manager’s Kanban boards feature a drag-and-drop interface with customizable cards and columns. The action of dragging and dropping cards into columns is intuitive and helps make it easier to place cards in the preferred columns quickly.Quick VisualizationsWhen you work with an Agile team, it’s important everyone is on the same page to ensure the project moves along. However, continuous improvement of processes requires a fast way to identify issues or the next steps necessary for advancing the project. Kanban helps make quick visualizations of the workflow possible when you use a project management tool that incorporates it.Kanban boards support visual mapping techniques, making it easy for your team to determine valuable steps in the workflow process. For example, you can set up columns for team members based on various categories, such as To Do, Doing or Completed. Instead of using text-only lists to facilitate the workflow, Kanban boards make it easier for everyone involved in the project to have a better overview of when a team member completes a task crucial for new team members to proceed. It’s also a quick way for project managers to determine if an assignment is taking longer than expected.FlexibilityThanks to its flexibility, Kanban is a favorite among Agile teams. Traditional long-term planning requires great effort to employ modifications. However, you can make changes on demand when implementing Kanban. That’s because Kanban is flexible enough to accommodate changes when you need to make them, unlike more traditional project management methods. For instance, you can easily assign a task to a new team member if it requires a higher skill level than what an existing team member working on the task has. You also have the flexibility to shift due dates thanks to single-style tasks when using project management software with Kanban boards.Consistent WorkflowDesign sprints and iterations that are fixed are often included in the flow of processes for product development projects. This often means project managers may have to reset project boards and adjust schedules to accommodate several meetings that can interrupt and extend the product development process. However, implementing Kanban in the Agile methodology helps simplify the product development process. That’s because Kanban facilitates consistent workflow. Consistent workflow means you won’t have to worry about needing to plan for sprint meetings on a regular basis or unnecessary demonstrations. Instead, implementing Kanban helps you to keep your project running with less fuss.Work-in-Progress (WIP) EfficiencyProjects often have multiple tasks; Agile team members must complete. But too many tasks can bring on inefficiency. Research has shown multi-tasking can require various components of the brain, and may even take up to 40 percent more time than if a person focused on completing a single task. Instead of simplifying the project workflow, having too many tasks makes the project more complex and may even lengthen the time needed to complete your project. Thus, it’s critical to have a system that helps limit the number of tasks your team members can tackle at a time to enhance work-in-progress efficiency. Luckily, Kanban helps to address this issue. Kanban allows the addition of new tasks only when there is space that needs to be filled, thus limiting WIP. For instance, you can use Kanban boards to limit the number of debugging tasks your developers can complete before moving to the next phase in testing your product. By restricting the tasks each Agile team member can achieve at a time, you can help the work that is in progress to flow easily and helps your developers become more productive. This helps to align better with the principles of Agile project management and enhance the overall project efficacy.Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to making your projects more efficient, it’s vital to employ strategies that can help you lighten your workload. The great news is that you can take advantage of the benefits that Kanban brings to your Agile team by using a robust project management tool, such as Project Manager. ProjectManager.com offers Kanban boards within its latest release, to complement the software’s existing suite of comprehensive project management tools. Visit their website to learn more, and try out a free 30-day trial of the software. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Kris Hughes is the Senior Content Marketing Manager for Austin, Texas based project management software company ProjectManager.com where he leads the site’s social media and content initiatives. Kris has been quoted and featured on websites including Forbes.com, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, ShareThis, Tech Republic and TechTarget.
“Momentum’s a scary thing,” Nance said. “When another team has momentum it doesn’t matter if you put the guys with the best plus-minus on the team in. Once it snowballs and gets rolling, it’s hard to stop.”Ante Zizic had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Nance added 13 points with 11 rebounds.The Cavaliers, who defeated Chicago on Sunday, won back-to-back games for the second time this season. Cleveland (11-41) had lost 18 of 19 before beating the Bulls.Bradley Beal scored 31 but Washington lost in Cleveland for the second time this season. The Cavaliers topped the Wizards 116-101 on Dec. 8, a game Cleveland led by 29 points.The other time the Cavs won consecutive games was Nov. 23-24 when they stunned Philadelphia and Houston. Cleveland also broke a nine-game home losing streak and won at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since beating New York on Dec. 12.Trevor Ariza had 13 points. McRae scored 15 points and Gary Payton II had 11 — all in the final quarter.McRae was a reserve on Cleveland’s 2015-16 team that won the NBA championship.HE SAID ITBeal had a simple theory on why the Wizards played so poorly until the final minutes.“We probably thought that Cleveland was terrible, and they came out and punched us in the mouth, just like they did last time,” he said. “You can’t overlook anybody. You’ve got to respect every team in the league.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “We were at like 32 seconds for three minutes, I swear,” Nance said of the harrowing finish.The Cavaliers seemed to be on their way to an easy victory most of the night. Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and Cedi Osman had 26. Cleveland matched a season high with 15 3-pointers and led 105-80 with 6:58 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThen the Cavaliers, who hit seven of 16 free throws in the final period, nearly fell apart as Washington’s reserves almost pulled out a stunner.The margin was trimmed to nine, but Cleveland still led 115-103 with 42 seconds remaining. Jordan McRae hit two 3-pointers and Tony Brown Jr. had a layup as the Cavs missed three of four from the line. 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Osman missed two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Wizards called a timeout to set up a chance to tie the game.Osman stripped the ball from Brown at the 3-point line and Nance dribbled out the clock.Washington’s starters were on the bench most of the fourth quarter and coach Scott Brooks kept them there for the last possession.“They earned the right to win the game,” he said of his backups. “These guys earned the right to get us to overtime.”The Cavaliers were relieved to head home with the win.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. (22) and Washington Wizards’ Trevor Ariza (1) vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. wasn’t sure the clock would ever run out Tuesday night.The Cavaliers’ forward wasn’t the only one. Cleveland nearly squandered a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding off Washington’s comeback for a 116-113 win over the Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT THE NEXT STEPKevin Love will likely participate in contact drills this week. Cleveland coach Larry Drew has been impressed with how the All-Star forward has moved in offensive drills. The Cavaliers are off until hosting Dallas on Saturday, but Drew doesn’t anticipate Love will play this week. Love had foot surgery in November.TIP-INSWizards: C Ian Mahinmi (sprained right thumb) and F Sam Dekker (back spasms) returned after missing one game apiece. Dekker began the season with Cleveland and was traded to Washington on Dec. 8 as part of a three-team deal that included Milwaukee.Cavaliers: Had six players in doubles figures. Collin Sexton scored 12 points and Matthew Dellavedova added 10. … Sexton fouled Beal while the Wizards’ guard was hitting a 3 in the first quarter. Beal completed the four-point play at the line. … Osman was selected to the World Team for the Rising Stars game that will take place during All-Star weekend.UP NEXTWizards: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
AdvertisementImage Courtesy: World CupLes Blues star Paul Pogba has paid tribute to Argentine wizard Lionel Messi after France knocked Argentina out of the FIFA World Cup 2018.Lionel Messi’s La Albiceleste’s world cup dream ended in a defeat as they finished second behind Didier Deschamps Les Blues. The Europeans earned their first ever victory over the South Americans at a World Cup, after the seven goal derby came to an end at the Kazan Arena in Russia. Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe was at his best as he scored a brace to help his team secure their golden ticket to World Cup quarter-finals where they’ll take on Uruguay.Speaking after the game, Pogba took a moment to praise his idol aka the La Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi. In an on pitch interview, Manchester United star Pogba said TyC Sports: “We know that we are playing against probably the best player in the world. For 10 years now I have been watching him, learning from him. He makes me love football more, always.”“We want to play against the best, and today we won against the best. I will always be united with him, world class players like him, that is all I want to say.”Paul Pogba on Messi: “We’ve played against the best player in the world. I’ve been watching him for 10 years to learn from him, he makes me love football. He’s always going to be an idol for me.” pic.twitter.com/DYEqoabr5T— Messi World (@MessiWorId) June 30, 2018Also Read: La Albiceleste Are Out Of The World Cup After Les Blues Proves Too Heavy For ThemAdvertisement
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done it again. We now know SPORTS is an acronym for Skill, Perseverance, Optimism, Resilience, Tenacity, and Stamina.Speaking via video conference at the inauguration of synthetic tracks at PT Usha’s Usha School of Athletics, Modi said, “For me, sports includes these attributes. S for Skill, P for perseverance, 0 optimism, R resilience, T tenacity, and S for stamina.”Modi’s penchant for coining acronyms has become an almost integral part of his public statements. That when it came to attacking his enemies, the fact that the word play worked to his advantage cannot be denied.Recently, when the government he heads was celebrating its three years in power, it was only fair that his party came up with the idea of celebrating MODI fests across India, MODI in this case standing for Making of Developed India. (Of course, one of the first to use this acronym was Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu)Here are some famous acronyms Modi has invented so far: 1. IT + IT = ITLast month, at the launch of Supreme Court’s digital filing system, Modi came up with a new equation: IT + IT = IT (Information Technology + Indian Talent = India Tomorrow)2. SCAM During the bitterly-fought Uttar Pradesh election earlier this year, Modi coined SCAM (Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav, and Mayawati) to corner his competitors. Modi’s Man Friday, Amit Shah, also made headlines in that election for coming up with KASAB (Ka in Hindi for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and Ba for BSP).3. ABCDadvertisementSimilarly, in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Modi’s ABCD (Adarsh, Bofors, Coal and Damaad) was a big hit. It referred to the many scams that marked the Congress-led UPA’s 10 years in power.4. RSVP Around the same time, in a more focused attack on the Gandhi family, Modi thought of RSVP (Rahul, Sonia, (Robert) Vadra and Priyanka). It was in response to Rahul Gandhi questioning the Gujarat model of development, that the BJP has often counted as Modi’s first major achievement. 5. AKsModi once said three AKs are enough to destabilise this country. The three AKs stood for AK-47 (the gun), AK Antony (veteran Congress leader), and of course, the third AK being Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had unsuccessfully contested against Modi from Varanasi in the 2014 election.Also read: Narendra Modi’s Weibo post makes Chinese realise it’s their President’s birthday todayAlso read: Presidential election 2017: PM Modi may have bigger plans for Metro Man Sreedharan