But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl as the hosts joined Ajax in the final.But they could only celebrate after Celta striker John Guidetti scuffed a golden chance to put the visitors through to their first major European final with the final kick of the game.The aggregate victory took the Red Devils a step closer to their first Europa League triumph and a return to the Champions League.United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.The hosts looked nervy as Celta made an attacking start, before Fellaini settled the tension by converting the hosts’ first effort on target.The Belgium midfielder sneaked in at the far post to powerfully head in Rashford’s clipped right-wing cross.Jose Mourinho’s side created few other chances as they aimed to frustrate the visitors, who now needed at least two goals, with an organised and largely defensive approach.Although Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Fellaini all drew saves from Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez after the break, it was a functional – not flashy – performance from United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United survived a nervy last few minutes to reach their first Europa League final last night after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo. Jose Mourinho’s team went through 2-1 on aggregate following last week’s 1-0 win in northern Spain.The former English Premiership champions are to meet Dutch giants Ajax who lost 3-1 away to Lyon last night yet qualified based on their first leg 4-1 victory in Amsterdam that saw them through 5-4 on aggregate. The final is scheduled to hold on May 24 in Stockholm.Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.
WeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution keen to identify and train people for free to become world-class programmers, has been launched in South Africa.WeThinkCode co-founder Arlene Mulder said the initiative would train 100 students in its first cohort in 2016 and aim to train 1 000 students per year by 2018. (Image: We Think Code)Brand South Africa ReporterWeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution keen to identify and train people for free to become world-class programmers, has been launched in South Africa.This institution aims to eliminate the information technology skills gap in the country, promising to train young people to become software engineers in a peer- to-peer problem solving and learning environment.In partnership with Ecole 42 in France, WeThinkCode will open its first campus in January 2016 in Johannesburg. Anyone who wants to be part of this initiative must register on its website. Student applications open on 1 October for the two- year course. It is free of charge for candidates between the ages of 17 and 35.First National Bank, BBD, and Derivco are the founding sponsors. They will provide financial support for the launch of the programme and also play a role in ensuring the curriculum stays relevant to the industry. BBD is a custom software development company, while Derivco is a top-tier software and gaming development company.Students will also be able to interact with sponsors through internship opportunities and projects.WeThinkCode co-founder Arlene Mulder said the initiative would train 100 students in its first cohort in 2016 and aim to train 1 000 students per year by 2018, reported the technology news site, ITWeb Innovations. “Our education model is technology-enabled and therefore extremely scalable. Our mission is to source and develop 100 000 coders in Africa,” she said.#BornToCode, which challenges the tech leaders in South Africa to fight it out to prove their tech muscle, is another WeThinkCode project. The inaugural #BornToCode event will take place on 29 September, and will give tech leaders the chance to join the conversation and put money behind their coding talent.Tech champions will be challenged to take the student aptitude test game and compete for the top 10 positions on the #BornToCode tech leader board. They will then be required to donate a minimum of R25 600, which will cover a stipend to help students through their studies. All funds raised will go towards opening the WeThinkCode campus in January 2016.More than 20 tech leaders have already signed up, including Thabang Legae of Wesbank; Derek Wilcocks of Dimension Data; Robbie Brozin of Nando’s; and Stafford Masie of thumbzup.Source: MyBroadbandWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileIt’s hard to fathom spring planting season is just around the corner, particularly when last fall’s wet weather pattern looks to continue through spring. Many had expected to see some price rally for corn, easing their decision toward more corn acres. Crop budgets remain very tight with many seeing negative profits for corn and soybeans. Troublesome to those budgets are soybeans losing more per acre than corn in spite of corn input costs exceeding those for soybeans.Last year the United States planted 89 million acres to both corn and soybeans. This year corn acres could likely climb to at least 92 million acres. Soybean acres could decline at least 3 million acres. Therein remains a huge problem. The soybean acres decline is likely way too small, with soybean ending stocks of 925 million bushels. We will be gain much more clarity (be much smarter) with the release of the March 29 USDA Planting Intentions Report.U.S./China trade talks and weather dominated the news for January and into mid-February. As you read this column, any trade talk deal and or extension should be more clearly defined compared to just two weeks ago. Many had expected a trade deal to be accomplished by March 1, which would have clearly defined the dollar amount of U.S. agricultural goods China would have been purchasing. In addition, other expectations had the huge structural issue of intellectual property rights and technology, decades in the making, kicked down the road, to be concluded later this year.Producer frustration is evident with large amounts of 2018 corn still sitting unsold in farm bins. Rising fertilizer prices from last fall continue into the new year. Cash rents paid to land owners have not fallen in relation to declining corn and soybeans prices, which peaked in 2012. In many cases land rents have even increased in recent years. If producers opt not to rent various tracts of land for one reason or another, competition remains fierce and has often resulted in bidding wars.The Grain Export Sales report on Feb. 14 was actually the sales report for the week ending Jan. 3, 2019, delayed for over 30 days due to the government shutdown. That report had negative soybean sales of 22.5 million bushels. The negative sales resulted as China purchases and sales of nearly 39 million bushels to unknown destinations (often China), being cancelled. Traders moved to the sidelines, bringing about selling pressure lasting for hours. The result was a decline of 13 cents for the day. The reality was confusion, when piecing together the early January cancellations by China of nearly 39 million bushels were then followed by China purchasing five million tons or 183 million bushels of soybeans late in January. Confusion to traders often translates into “get me out.”Those producers who had not yet signed up for the Market Facilitation Program by late December 2018 had to wait for the government to reopen in January 2019. The deadline was extended until Feb. 14 with producer certification of actual 2018 soybean production to be completed by April 30, 2019. Ohio as well as other Midwestern states have soybeans still out in the fields to be harvested. When the weekly crop reports ended for the 2018 growing season just after Thanksgiving, there were nearly 5 million acres of U.S. soybeans yet to be harvested. It remains to be seen how many missed the $1.65 soybean payment per bushel.The crop insurance deadline for Ohio corn and soybean MPCI coverage is March 15. Plan ahead to meet with your agent to discuss coverages or make any changes.Be mindful there exists a tremendous amount of bearish market sentiment for the first two months of 2019. Already, we are hearing that this fall’s CBOT soybeans could reach $8 and CBOT corn $3.20. Unexpected price rallies can result from demand appearing out of nowhere and/or huge weather issues.On a more hopeful note, we can always think the groundhog got it right.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Far Eastern University sneaked its way to the top four after surviving Adamson University in five sets, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Tamaraws have now won four of their last five games and improved to a 5-3 record tying University of Santo Tomas for the third spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ 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 “I told the players if someone is down, they should play to help each other.”Ebon still finished with 19 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Heather Guino-o added 14 points.Eli Soyud led the Lady Falcons with 17 points while Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla added 15 points apiece.Adamson dropped its fourth straight game and languished at the bottom of the standings with a 1-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag FEU played through the emotional burden of losing two of its stars to injury during the game itself with Jeanette Villareal suffering a right ankle sprain in the first set and rookie star Lycha Ebon to a right knee sprain or strain in the fifth.Ebon managed to give FEU the 3-1 lead in the fifth but her knee found got in contact with Bernadette Flora and this led her to land awkwardly forcing her to be stretchered out of the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s good that we won but it’s unfortunate what happened to my players,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino. “I hope that their injury isn’t that severe and I hope that they can return soon.”With the scores tied at 13, captain Jerrili Malabanan calmly found the baseline to give FEU the 14-13 match point right before Celine Domingo punched through the finishing blow. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Where’s Cinderella? Favorites dominating in NCAA 2nd round
The 19th annual First Contact Sports and Cultural Festival will take place at Whites Hill Reserve, Brisbane on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2012. It will be a big two days of Touch Football as well as other entertainment, with plenty of additional aspects of the festival taking place alongside the Touch Football tournament. As well as the Men’s and Mixed Touch Football competitions, there will also be a number of exhibition games, including an Australian indigenous versus New Zealand Maori game and an invitational Papua New Guinea Men’s team versus an invitational Indigenous Men’s team. There will be plenty to see and do throughout the weekend, with free kids rides, cultural stalls and entertainment, while on the field the teams will be battling it out for $30,000 in prizes and trophies. For more information about the event, please visit the First Contact website:http://www.firstcontact.asn.au/festival.htm Related LinksFirst Contact
Is your daughter more anxious over maths than your son? Blame gendered stereotypes about mathematics as well as anxiety of both teachers and parents, finds a study. While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted with a maths problem. The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, showed that maths anxiety is seen more in girls than boys. The gender gap stems from the gendered stereotypes about the ability to crack maths. Primary-aged children noted that they had been confused by different teaching methods, while secondary students commented on poor interpersonal relations with their math teachers. Secondary students indicated that the transition from primary to secondary school had been a cause of maths anxiety, as the work seemed harder and they could not cope.
China’s retreat from providing international protection for Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and its patron Islamabad, marks a milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror with potential reverberations beyond the subcontinent. For a decade, Azhar was cast as the touchstone of Pakistan-China friendship and flag-bearer in a proxy war on India. That finally ended on Wednesday when Beijing wilted under growing international pressure and revulsion towards terrorism and agreed to the Security Council sanctions committee branding him the terrorist he is. Also Read – A special kind of bondTotally isolating them, none of the other 191 other members of the UN – including some who advocate “your-terrorist-is-my-freedom-fighter” policy in other cases – had joined Pakistan and China in backing Azhar. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said that India’s persistent “subterranean” diplomacy helped achieve this. Now the next milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror – it is still only that and not an all-out war – will be a global one if that consensus against terrorism can be extended to the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that was proposed by India in 1996. Also Read – Insider threat managementWork on it has been stuck on the most basic issue – defining terrorism, with some making a false distinction between “freedom-fighters” and terrorists. It escapes them that the mark of terrorism is the method – the wanton killing of civilians including children – and not the ideology. Arriving on a consensus on the convention is the challenge before Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative Rohan Perera who heads the UN’s working group on eliminating international terrorism. China’s turnabout, despite its words of sympathy for Islamabad, may force Pakistan to take a long-overdue inward look at its policy of classifying terrorists as bad and good – those creating mayhem within the country and those in India. That schizophrenic policy has taken a toll on Pakistan, whose diplomats like to point out that their country has suffered the most from Islamist terror. Yet Islamabad – or specifically its military overlord – was willing to pay the price to keep its army of proxies. For the world, that was too high a price. Pakistan’s strategic doctrine that its nuclear weapons provided immunity against Indian retaliation against its war by terror was tested in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in February that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel. While that attack itself stung the world, the Indian air retaliation against terror camps and Pakistan’s counter-attack in which an Indian plane was downed showed the international community how fragile the situation is. China had reluctantly gone along with a Security Council press statement condemning the Pulwama attack, which was short of a formal resolution, and it was expected that it might relent on Azhar. But it vetoed in March for the fourth time his listing as a terrorist by the sanctions committee that deals with Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and their affiliates. That re-energised the US, Britain and France to pursue the option of having the Security Council itself declare him a terrorist under sanctions of financial freeze and travel ban. They circulated a US draft resolution and lobbied hard, with Washington declaring it will utilise all available resources. If that resolution were to come up, China would have had to publicly veto it and defend Azhar, which probably gave it pause. China had claimed that it was not convinced by the evidence that Azhar was connected to terrorism, but suddenly it said the evidence it rejected was now convincing. Besides its ties with India, the Afghanistan developments were another incentive for Washington. With negotiations taking place with the Taliban for a settlement, the US would want a complete wind-down of terrorism in the region to protect Afghanistan, and also to ensure that Pakistan does not turn its other proxies fighting Afghanistan towards India. As for China, it was time to recognise its own risks. It has an Islamist terror problem in the Uighar region and beyond, and its support to JeM and Azhar was not buying it goodwill with them. As its One Road, One Belt initiative advances, Beijing will have to ensure the safety of its multi-billion-dollar investments along with it, while ensuring that pan-Islamist terror does not ply the road. Already, China has faced terror attacks in Pakistan, where its workers and resources have been targeted and even its consulate in Karachi attacked last year. Under these circumstances, it had to come out openly against all forms of terrorism if it were to credibly protect its investments elsewhere and even itself. This was the moment for it. Even afar in Sri Lanka, where it has billions invested and loaned, China saw Islamist terrorism’s potential to disrupt the island’s stability with consequences for it. And no doubt, the Sri Lanka suicide bomb massacres on Easter sunday added to the international community’s pressure on China. Sanctions committee chair Dian Triansyah Djani, a soft-spoken Indonesian diplomat with a self-deprecating sense of humour, was able to deftly coalesce these developments into a consensus against Azhar. In the subcontinent, Pakistan now faces the stark choice of complying with the sanctions against Azhar – and those imposed earlier on JeM and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba – or continuing to defy international opinion, perhaps by even spawning new proxies. Perhaps if China has had a true change of heart, it could move Islamabad away from the proxy war. Then in a post-election India, there may be an opportunity for a fresh start having met New Delhi’s prime condition of abandoning terrorism. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
NEW DELHI: AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked the residents of North East Delhi if they have ever seen the face of BJP MP Manoj Tiwari. The Chief Minister held a road show which started from Sonia Vihar in support of AAP candidate Dilip Pandey. “In the last five years has Manoj Tiwari shown his face to you? Dilip Pandey is still not an MP but everyone here already knows him,” said the Delhi CM.The CM added that despite the fact that Pandey is not yet an MP he kept working for the residents of North East Delhi. “If you knock his door at night 2 PM he will respond. He does not know only one thing, he can not dance like Manoj Tiwari,” said Arvind Kejriwal. He added that Tiwari is a good dancer but Pandey is a person of work. “This time do not vote for a person who is a good dancer but vote for a person who will do the work for the people,” said the CM. He also said that in this election people should vote for the party which has worked in the sectors of education, health and other development works. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe waved and smiled at the crowd as his open vehicles surrounded by hundreds of supporters passed through the narrow lanes of East Delhi neighbourhoods. Delhi Chief Minister took an e-rickshaw at Patparganj to hold the roadshow in the narrower lanes of the area. Kejriwal would be holding roadshows for all the seven candidates in Delhi. On Sunday, he would take out a roadshow in West Delhi, on May 6 in North-West Delhi and on May 8 in New Delhi Lok Sabha seat. Delhi will be voting in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12.