Asia’s Quest Ventures plans to invest in Indonesia

first_img“We were deliberate in selecting our investors and we hope with this fund we can bring different skill sets, domain experience and connections to help our companies,” said Goh Yiping, partner at Quest Ventures.Asia Fund II was Quest Ventures’ first institutionally backed fund, receiving financing from Pavilion Capital from Singapore and QazTech Ventures, Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund subsidiary.The funding marked Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund’s first investment in a venture capital fund in Asia.“This partnership with Quest Ventures and Pavilion Capital will enable Kazakhstani start-ups to secure important investments, improve competencies and gain access to global markets,” said Adil Nurgozhin, chairman of the board of directors at QazTech Ventures. (eyc)Topics : Singapore-based venture capital Quest Ventures plans to expand its investment to Indonesia, among other Southeast Asian countries, after recently announcing the first close of a fund worth US$50 million.The amount represented more than half of its target for the fund named Asia Fund II. It will be invested in post-seed and series A stages funding in start-ups across Southeast Asia and emerging Asia such as Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.Quest Ventures has been deploying capital in Singapore and Vietnam with its portfolio, including as second-hand e-commerce platform Carousell, property finding platform 99.co and rental fashion StyleTheory.last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang illness as Arsenal duo return for Huddersfield clash

first_imgUnai Emery reveals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang illness as Arsenal duo return for Huddersfield clash Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has come down with an illness (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Laurent Koscielny have been struggling with illnesses ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Huddersfield.The pair are still expected to travel to the John Smith’s Stadium, though, as the Gunners look to get their charge a top-four finish back on track with victory over Jan Siewert’s side.Arsenal have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks and Stephan Lichtsteiner struggled in Hector Bellerin’s absence at right-back against Manchester City, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is closing in on his first-team return.Maitland-Niles has been out of action with a knee problem and the versatile youngster could come into the starting XI at Huddersfield. Henrikh Mkhitayran, meanwhile, is back in contention after a period on the sidelines with a foot injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Huddersfield, Emery explained: ‘We thought first, last week, after six weeks being injured, it was not enough [for Mkhitaryan] to play against Manchester City.‘But after this week, playing first with the U23s and then working with us, it’s the first time I can think with him being us. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Feb 2019 2:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link823Sharescenter_img Unai Emery’s side are looking to bounce back after their demoralising defeat to City (Picture: Getty)Emery urged his players to produce a morale-boosting performance at Huddersfield in the wake of the side’s defeat to City.Asked about Arsenal’s struggles away from home, Emery replied: ‘My first criticism is myself. I work over anything other criticism can do to me, the work in the present and future can change our way.‘Then it’s how we are doing away, at home. We are with the possibility and opportunity to take the top four but we know it’s not easy.‘One month ago we were in the same situation but it’s not easy. We are strong at home, we need to do better away. We started very well away, changing our mentality to get more points.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But now we need to recover this confidence, this performance. The next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.‘We know defensively we need to do better. It’s for all. We try to play with three, with two centre-backs. We won with three, we won with two.‘It’s work, continuing in our way, be patient sometimes, be calm, but above all work.’MORE: Ander Herrera wants to sign new Manchester United contract Maitland-Niles is back in contention (Picture: Getty)‘Today is sick, but I think is good for Saturday, Aubameyang. Yesterday was sick, Laurent Koscielny, but today is training well.‘[Maitland-Niles] stopped for 10 days but physically I think he’s ok. He’s working well with us today.‘He can be with us, also on Saturday.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

​AMF takes €1.2bn hit from discount rate fall in first half

first_imgCommenting on investment returns of assets backing the pension fund’s traditional with-profits pensions, Tomas Flodén, head of asset management at AMF, said: “The various parts of our portfolio have, just as intended in the traditional pension management, parried and complemented each other in a good way during a messy spring.”He said equities had seen the strongest recovery during the second quarter of the year, although the return for this allocation was still somewhat on the minus side at the end of the quarter.“At the same time, our interest-bearing assets have delivered an increasingly positive return, and our real estate assets have also shown a plus,” said Flodén.While traditional with-profit pensions make up the bulk of AMF’s operation, it also provides unit-linked fund investment.In the results statement, AMF reported a rise in total assets to SEK661bn from SEK649bn this time last year, with its solvency ratio dipping to 182% at the end of June from 186% 12 months before.The fund said its five-year and 10-year average annual returns were now 5.9% and 7.1% respectively, compared to 7.3% and 7.9% 12 months ago.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Changes to the discount rate used to calculate liabilities depressed group profit of Swedish pension provider AMF by SEK12.4bn (€1.2bn) in the first six months of this year, pushing its business result into the red, according to interim financial results published today.The blue-collar pension fund said investment returns rebounded in the second quarter as markets picked up following March’s coronavirus lows, but it still posted a 1.4% investment loss for the first half.Reporting its group business result, AMF – Sweden’s second-largest pension provider after Alecta – revealed a SEK12.0bn loss, compared to the group profit of SEK31.6bn it declared in the same period last year.However, in notes to these figures it said changes in the discount rate had an impact on earnings of -SEK12.4bn in January to June 2020. Changes to the rate, which guides adjustments to liabilities, had reduced earnings in the same period a year before by SEK15.0bn, the notes showed.last_img read more

Has Feminism Ruined Relationships?

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Has Feminism Ruined Relationships? by: – June 28, 2011 50 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img By Marcus Osborne for GalTime.comI was inspired this week after watching an episode of Bravo Television’s “Real Housewives Of Orange County.” I’ll just say loud and proud right here, “I love me some trash TV.” Get over yourselves TV snobs.So there I was, watching the blondes on RHOOC (by the way, these women all look eerily alike) when one of the ladies breaks into a treasure trove of deliciously derisive quotes regarding feminism and marriage. You can find the exact quotes anywhere online, but in her rant, she claimed that America has gotten so liberal that women spend too much time proving that they can do anything that men can do instead of living up to their roles as women.That role being strictly mother and wife and subservient to her husband because…well…because he’s the man. She goes on to say in a biblical reference, that because she was made from her husband’s rib, that it is her duty to do whatever her husband asks – and she loves it that way.I was taken aback by these comments. Not because I take issue with any woman who decides that her path in life is to be mother and wife, but because the idea of a woman actually embracing a subservient role is a bit of a risk and slightly archaic. Even in the dating arena this is an issue for many women. On my Facebook page I brought this up and one woman commented that, “Guys don’t know how to date anymore – honking their horns or texting from the car. What happened to showing up at the door with flowers?” It’s risky for the woman who decides to forgo a career of her own and place her financial future and independence in the hands of someone else. I couldn’t imagine having to give a grown woman an allowance! And what happens if/when the marriage ends?  Starting over is hard enough (I’ve been there.) Starting over with virtually nothing has got to be a nightmare.On the other hand, who could argue with the idea of having one parent at home with the kids all the time? What’s so bad about that? But back to the original issue: “Has  ruined relationships?” As a self-proclaimed “progressive dater”, my answer is “no.”I completely embrace the ever-evolving dating and mating scene. This is the modern reality of the game of love, sex, and relationships – the players keep getting better. Meaning women are bringing far more well-rounded and self-sufficient lives to the table. This, to me, makes women far more interesting, engaging and exciting than ever before. And long-term, from a practical standpoint, it means that the fiscal weight of carrying a household won’t fall solely on my shoulders. But, to the point of the “traditional daters”, there’s a lot to be said for knowing your role in a relationship at the outset.So feminism hasn’t ruined relationships. The inability of the parties involved to effectively communicate their expectations may actually be a greater issue. If you believe in hardline gender roles in romance, then that needs to be discussed and the couple needs to agree. Or agree to disagree and move on.  To be clear, I don’t believe there is one “right” way. Whether traditional or progressive in your dating life, each style has viable, relevant pros and cons. Share Sharelast_img read more

West Indies lose third ODI despite Russell’s heroics

first_img Share Tweet NewsSports West Indies lose third ODI despite Russell’s heroics by: – June 14, 2011 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img West Indies Team. Photo credit: southasiabiz.comST JOHN’S, Antigua — Andre Russell played a superb back-to-the-wall innings for West Indies but they fell to defeat at the hands of India in the Third Digicel Pearls One-Day International.The young allrounder from St Catherine in Jamaica came to the crease at Number 9 and saved the West Indies from disaster. He blasted an amazing 92 not out from 64 balls as the home side reached 224-8 from 50 overs. The Windies bowlers then went to work and had the Indians deep in trouble but they rebounded to reach 228-7 to win by three wickets with 22 balls to spare.The right-hander smashed the balls all parts of the field and way out of the ground as he counted eight fours and five sixes to beat his previous ODI topscore of 49, made against England in Chennai in the recent ICC Cricket World Cup.“When I went in I was not nervous. I actually ran all the way to the crease. I was pumped up from the start and I knew the team needed me today in a big way. I was batting with a senior partner so I knew I just had enough time to get myself settled, build an innings and get a good score for the team,” he said.Playing in just his seventh One-Day International, Russell featured in two significant partnerships. He added 78 for the eighth wicket with keeper Carlton Baugh (35) and an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 51 in five overs with tailender Kemar Roach.“I felt I played really well. What made this innings special for me was the fact that it was under great pressure and it came against India, who are the world champions. As a young man, trying to make a name for myself, I just want to continue to do well for West Indies and work hard on my game. This innings has given me a lot of confidence and self-belief. I would have to say, the only regret is that we ended on the losing side.”Even though Russell’s batting brought him to prominence on Saturday he still sees himself as a bowling allrounder.“I see myself as a bowler first. That is the skill I work on the hardest, so I know I have to make some big contribution to the team with the ball as well. When I go to the nets I work on my bowling first and after that I look to get a knock. But I always work on m batting as I always look to play my part in the team. When I retire from international cricket, I want to be called a legend. I want to stay here and contribute as much as I can.”The win gave India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match rubber. The Fourth Digicel Pearls ODI will be at the Sir Vivian Richards Grounds on Monday, a public holiday.Caribbean News Now Share Sharelast_img read more

Man nabbed for squatting in luxury suites of football stadium

first_img Promoted Content11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Loading… A homeless man in St. Petersburg, Florida was nabbed by security operatives after he was discovered using a luxury suite at Al Lang Stadium last Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Rose Wong. A cleaning crew reportedly realized something was amiss when they discovered razors, blankets and shaving cream containers in the suite. A subsequent surveillance video review revealed Daniel Albert Neja, 39, entering the food and merchandise stores of the stadium, which is primarily used by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship. Footage reportedly showed that Neja had been in the facility since July 26. Police suspect he may have entered the stadium by blending in with a cleaning crew. Neja was likely able to stay in the stadium as long as he did because cleaning and maintenance of the stadium had been limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Advertisementcenter_img Al Lang Stadium reportedly had an unknown tenant. Read Also: PSG unsure over Navas’ fitness for UCL semi-final According to the arrest report, Neja had reportedly taken $1,043 worth of clothing and consumed $250 in drinks. Neja reportedly faces charges of burglary and resisting an officer without violence, and was held in the Pinellas County jail on Thursday in lieu of $5,150 in bail. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Midway Points

first_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPosition-by-position breakdownQuarterbacksHunt missed too many simple passes for this position to get a passing grade. AJ Long, and to a lesser extent Austin Wilson, gives Orange fans hope. But hope alone doesn’t win football games.Running backsOne of the deepest groups Syracuse has really hasn’t proved it. Although Prince-Tyson Gulley has displayed his explosiveness, George Morris II has done little in his limited opportunities. Adonis Ameen-Moore isn’t producing as the power back he was in 2012. And freshman Ervin Philips has only displayed flashes of talent.Wide receiversThe absences of Ashton Broyld and Brisly Estime haven’t helped the productivity of this unit, but neither have the players on the field. Freshman Steve Ishmael caught two touchdowns against Florida State and is starting to come on, but whether it’s Hunt, Long, Wilson or Riley Dixon, the receivers have been sub-subpar.Tight endsWith Josh Parris and Kendall Moore swapping stints on the sideline, this unit hasn’t had a chance to excel and it hasn’t. Before the season, tight ends coach Bobby Acosta set a goal of 51 receptions for the position group. Through six games, the tight ends have nine.Offensive lineThe offensive line’s had its highs — allowing just 4 sacks this year, tied for lowest in the ACC — but certainly its lows as well. Penalties were a common theme through the first half of the season and have been a major roadblock for the Orange’s red-zone offense, which has plagued SU through its four-game losing streak. Although the front five paved the way for a steady rushing attack early on, SU hasn’t eclipsed 156 yards on the ground the past three games.Defensive lineSyracuse has pressured every quarterback it’s faced and kept opposing run games in check. With the emergence of Wayne Williams, the unit is actually growing in depth too. Defensive line coach Tim Daoust has said he wants his players to be written about every week. If much of the rest of the team wasn’t floundering by comparison, it would be talked about around the ACC.LinebackersCameron Lynch has established himself as one of the top linebackers in the ACC. He’s averaged just more than eight tackles a game and leads the Orange in total wrap-ups by 17. While Marqez Hodge has taken over the middle spot, Lynch and fellow senior Dyshawn Davis have been veteran leaders for a group with a bright future.SecondaryThere are a lot of factors that play into an opposing team’s passing success, but the secondary naturally catches the brunt of any pass-defense deficiencies. The Orange’s pass defense has certainly been statistically weaker than its rush defense, as SU has given up 11 passing touchdowns to six rushing, and 252 passing yards per game — which places it toward the bottom of the conference in that category.ReturnersWith Estime not fully healthy, SU’s return game has suffered and is third to last in the ACC in average yards per kick return. Philips hasn’t brought a kickoff past the 30-yard line since the season opener. However, the Orange is sixth in the ACC in average yards per punt returns and none of SU’s returners have fumbled a return.PuntersDixon has been the best player on this team and pinning back the best of opponents. Yeah, he had a punt blocked, but it wasn’t his fault. He threw a game-winning touchdown against Villanova and ran for 42 yards against Notre Dame. And he’s the punter.KickersIf Cole Murphy had the starting spot since the beginning of the season, Syracuse’s kickers would have a different level of progress. But Ryan Norton’s early-season woes set the group back significantly. Norton made 4-of-7 field goals before being replaced by Murphy — who made his first start against Notre Dame — and has made 6-of-7 field goals since. Published on October 14, 2014 at 12:51 am First-half assessments and updated season predictionsPhil D’AbbraccioThe Real Slim ShadyOriginal season prediction: 6-6Updated prediction: 5-7With a healthy Terrel Hunt, maybe Syracuse could pull off winning four of the next six. But the inexperience that the Orange has to throw out onto the field due to injuries will go 3-3 the rest of the way and miss bowl contention.Scott Shafer: B-It’s only been one game, but it appears that Shafer’s coaching change-up has infused some semblance of life into a Syracuse offense that failed to finish drives the previous three weeks. The injuries that have plagued this team to a 2-4 start don’t fall on Shafer’s shoulders. Through the rough start, he still appears to have the full support of the rest of the program.Jesse DoughertyThe Doctor’s InOriginal season prediction: 6-6Updated prediction: 5-7With two wins to its name, Syracuse starts the second half with a win over Wake Forest and then scraps out two more. Potential wins include North Carolina State, Duke, Pittsburgh and Boston College, and saying the Orange will split 2-2 in those four games doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.Scott Shafer: B-In a lot of ways, a team’s record is a reflection of its head coach. But what I’ve really liked about Shafer so far this season is his willingness to try things, like anything from trick plays to demoting his offensive coordinator. It shows that he’s not willing to be satisfied with the mediocre hand he’s been dealt, with a host of injuries setting SU back. It’s also not an easy thing to shake up a coaching staff like he did, and signs against Florida State showed that it could be a positive change moving forward.Jacob KlingerClear Eyes, One HeartOriginal season prediction: 7-5Updated prediction: 4-8The season began with the promise of a fast-paced offense backed by a typically aggressive Scott Shafer defense. Blitzes and a strong run defense happened. But the offense has mostly fallen apart when it gets within striking distance of the end zone and the Orange pass defense has been beat too deep too much. Mediocrity has been the result.Scott Shafer: CHe appears to be holding together a team that has plenty of reasons to be divided — an offense that’s much worse than the defense, a coaching shake-up and more losses than wins. It’s still his job to win, but Shafer can’t be blamed for injuries and SU seems to be back to improving. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ With Syracuse (2-4, 0-2) halfway through its season and on a four-game skid, Daily Orange beat writers Phil D’Abbraccio, Jesse Dougherty and Jacob Klinger look back at the first six games and ahead to the final stretch.First, here is how they graded each position, as well as the entire team. Total grades for positions and the team were averaged out from each writers’ marks.last_img read more

Political society should take a page out of the art world’s book

first_imgShideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily TrojanIn art, there are no rules. French Dadaist Marcel Duchamp mounted a bicycle wheel on a wooden stool and called it readymade art; photographer Andres Serrano submerged a crucifix in a basin of his own urine; performance artist Chris Burden asked his friend to shoot him with a .22 rifle in the middle of a gallery. The art world remembers the renegades and dissidents. But even within its own realm, art is singularly self-aware. Instead of getting angry, artists get even. Instead of lamenting society’s shortcomings, artists brazenly confront those responsible. Out of this heterodox mindset came the movement of institutional critique, a response to the institutions and industries that control art. Think of it this way: How many times have you snidely thought, “I could have done that,” while browsing a modern art exhibition? True, you or any toddler could splatter paint on a canvas or pull Burden’s trigger, but the point is you didn’t because you didn’t think of it first. Further, whatever comparable artworks you may have created in your lifetime weren’t legitimized by the physical spaces of the gallery nor by the institutions of museums themselves. And in the end, what makes art art is the aesthetic, cultural and institutional space it occupies. A jar of piss is worthless in Serrano’s basement but worth thousands in a museum because certain powerful people deemed it so. The inherent role of politics in art has long been debated. The way I see it, while not always overtly propagandistic, every piece of art is a demonstration of power — whether on the part of the artist, on an institutional level or in the way it is publicly interpreted. Through institutional critique, artists attempted to flip this narrative. Fighting back against the art institution, which had come to be perceived as a space of “cultural confinement,” they sought to vilify the principles and power structures behind the distribution of art and ideas. Contemporary artist Hans Haacke tried to display documentation of the business dealings between one of New York City’s biggest slum landlords with wealthy art officials in an exhibition that was abruptly canceled for artistic impropriety by the Guggenheim’s director. In what I regard as one of the most wantonly empowering acts of feminism despite the controversy it inspired, performance artist Andrea Fraser distributed several copies of a DVD documenting her sexual encounter with an art collector who had paid her a significant sum of money not for sex but to participate in her artwork. Her performance was more than a sex tape — it critiqued the power structures of the art world which, Fraser argued, are already exploitative and resemble prostitution. Art did what it always does — accentuate injustices, propose alternatives and push for a better future — and it worked. However radical their projects may have seemed, these renegade artists set out to fix the art world by calling out its faults through their practices. The critiques they made were consequently absorbed by art institutions and lauded by the very power structures they once denounced. Nearly 40 years after the inception of such works, Fraser wrote in an essay in Artforum that “the practices now associated with ‘institutional critique’ have for many come to seem, well, institutionalized.” But why stop with the relatively microcosmic art world? My hope is that other rebels, marginalized groups and free thinkers will follow suit by pushing their respective sectors to improve their conditions. The practice of institutional critique as a tool for self-examination and enhancement is extremely valuable and applicable to all areas of broader society.As with all social and artistic movements, the iconoclasts arise from the margins. We decry the shortcomings of the institutions we live under — education equality, gun control, misogyny, racism — but through art, we know that the very critiques of these grievances themselves can be more than a peripheral chorus of dissenting voices: They can become parts of the institution and integrated into our culture. There may very well come a time when, just as Haacke and Fraser were acquiesced into the institution they ridiculed, the student activists of Parkland, Fla., and the women of Time’s Up will reconcile with a greater institution that presently undermines them. From artists, we can learn to question everything, to never take anything at face value, to be our own internal watchdogs, to fearlessly challenge the institutions we unwittingly live under, to force them to work for us as they should. Taking advantage of the lawlessness and freedoms of the art world, artists are forcing us to confront how we can do better and paving paths toward better futures. It’s up to our bureaucrats, leaders and politicians to follow their lead. Catherine Yang is a sophomore majoring in communication. She is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “State of the Art,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Americans learned serious lessons in those first 100-days

first_imgSome people can hardly be blamed if they question: if the term of a US president is approximately 1,460 days,  why is so much attention being placed on a new president’s achievements in the first 100 days of his tenure?With a job as vitally important, and far ranging as the US presidency, some expect the first 100 days would be more of a probationary period allowing a new president to become acquainted with the demands and technicalities of the office. However, over the past several presidencies, Americans have been weaned to expect significant achievement from new presidents in their first 100-days in office.Unfortunately, in the first 100-days of the incumbent president nothing significant was achieved. In fact, there are those who are surprised that the incumbent even succeeded in reaching this questionable 100-days milestone.However, over these 100-days all has not been lost. There have been lessons learned over the period.It was learned that the incumbent is extremely disillusioned. He reminds many of the story of the Emperor who was so vain he walked around his empire naked, firmly believing those who told him, he was wearing the most beautiful robe.  It’s difficult to find another comparison for the incumbent president referring to the ‘achievements’ of his first 100-days as the most successful of any US president in US history.The first 100 days revealed the unwillingness of Americans to sit behind walls and complain about their government. More American may have taken to streets in cities across America since January 20 to protests various policies, or demand policies not being considered, than in any other 100-day period.The period has also revealed the nation is even more divided than was originally envisaged on November 8 last year. Approximately half of the country have indicated their willingness to support the policies of the incumbent president and administration regardless of the negative effect of those policies on the majority of the population. Meanwhile the other half remain firm in opposition to the policies and the administration.Regardless of the efforts of Republicans to repeal or rewrite it, these past 100 days revealed the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, is entrenched in the American system. Americans want the affordable healthcare program President Obama offered them. They want the program to be improved on, to be more affordable, not repealed.Americans learned since January 20 that the nation’s judicial system is a strong foil to a president and administration who seeks to by-pass checks-and-balances implicit in the US Constitution. Without a strong US judicial system, an absurd immigration system based on bigotry might have been implemented after January 20.Significantly, despite almost daily criticism of it as “fake” and “dishonest” over these 100-days the American media has stood firm. Because it has stood firm pointing out the flaws and inconsistencies in the White House it has been chastised. But through the media’s relentless effort, Americans are apprised of various incidents and types of behavior that have made them aware and alert for any potential eventuality.The past 100-days has starkly borne out that America has a serious leadership gap not only in the White House, but in the Democratic Party. Where is the new leadership of that Party that can earnestly unite the party, and prepare to take back the Senate, the House and the presidency?This may be the greatest revelation of the first 100 days of the incumbent administration currently in Washington. Through a plethora of false starts, questionable attempts at legislation, blatant mendacious statements, Americans with potential leadership quality seem to have grown more disenchanted with Washington and its ability to function favorably for the nation. This is a situation that needs urgent remedy. Despite all the modern technological advances, Americans cannot be led by robots. America needs quality men and women to step into leadership roles before matters get even worse.last_img read more

Cal Bank Beach Soccer League Leaders Toppled

first_imgKeta Sunset suffered their first defeat in 26 matches in the ongoing CAL Bank sponsored Beach Soccer League.It took a gritty, in-form Ada Assurance led by Coach Maxwell Kpeglo to break that impregnable record of the defending champions.In a tightly contested game at the Arena, Ada Assurance outscored their opponents to clinch a dramatic 4-3 win and by so doing climbed to the top of the league table.Assurance fell behind to an Awutey Senyo goal in the third minute but recovered to level through Billy Kissieh, only for Sunset to regain their lead three minutes later through Kumedzro Gilbert.The end to end action continued as Sappor Divine pulled the goal back for the very determined Ada team.The game’s decisive moments came when last season’s second highest scorer, Joseph Lawerh shot Ada into the lead with two strikes in the final quarter. Sunset Sports grabbed a late goal to reduce the deficit but it was too late as the final whistle blew for the end of the engrossing encounter.The defeat for one Keta team seemed to have sparked another into super gear mode as Havedji Mighty Warriors handed city boys, East Legon Sharks a crushing 16-2 defeat.Marksman Nyadedor Freeman’s five goals along with Torsu Alfred’s four, a brace each from Jerry Eglu and Charles Tagbor and two more strikes from Delicious Kwawu killed off the hapless Sharks.Captain Innocent Kumensah sealed the victory for the Havedji.In other games, Nungua United posted a surprise 5-4 win defeat over the out of sorts Tegbi Youth. Struggling Wuo Gb33, despite their impressive start to the season seem to be on a steep decline as they lost 3-2 to Dansoman.The win for Dansoman eased their relegation worries. Another side that appears to have lost their way in the Championship is Layoca who continued their poor run with a 3-1 defeat to debutants Teshie United who have now worked their way to mid table. Division One In Division One, League leaders Gulf Powers maintained a tight grip at the top despite losing 2-4 to African Angels.African Angels put their noses in front in the hotly contested game, courtesy George Adu’s brace and though Gulf Powers responded through Benjamin Adjetey’s brace, goals from Richard Odai-Williams and Francis Botchway were enough to ensure African Angels took all the spoils. In other games Nima, Tema United and Cape Coast Warriors handed respective 3-0 defeats to Senya Sharks, Chorkor Blue Whales and Osu Dolphins respectively.The weekends final game saw Golden Eagles compound the misery of the relegation threatened Winneba Giants as they beat them 4-1.The Giants proved to be no match for the Eagles who took an emphatic three nil lead courtesy a hat trick by Joseph Tornado early on in the game.Faisal Hussein secured the points when he hammered home the fourth, the Giants only consolation was executed by Prince Afawuho wrapping the fixtures for match day 9.The Ghana Beach Soccer league goes on a one week break to resume on Saturday 4th of May with a full line up of fixtures.last_img read more