Qatar W. Cup weathers Gulf crisis but fresh storms brew

first_img0Shares0000A this file picture taken on December 23, 2017 shows supporters of the Qatar national football team waving their national flags at a Gulf Cup of Nations match against Yemen in Kuwait City © AFP/File / Yasser Al-ZayyatDOHA, Qatar, Jun 4 – Qatar’s World Cup organisers have ridden out the initial shock caused by the country’s ongoing confrontation with its powerful neighbours, but experts warn bigger crises may lie ahead.FIFA is looking at a proposal to expand the 2022 football tournament from 32 to 48 teams, an increase that could pose the greatest risk yet to Qatar’s plan to host the first World Cup in the Arab world. Qatar has already come under scrutiny over allegations of corruption and human rights abuses — but that may be nothing compared with pressures it faces in the run-up to 2022.“I think FIFA’s proposal represents the biggest threat to the tournament simply because it would wrong-foot Qatar into sharing the tournament with other countries,” said Simon Chadwick, a sports and geopolitics expert at Britain’s Salford University.Sharing the cup, he said, would represent “something of a defeat for Doha”.– ‘No risk to World Cup’ –In the year since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies including Egypt abruptly froze relations with Qatar — accusing it of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran — World Cup organisers have proved resilient.The embargo, in place since June 5, 2017, cut off the supply of construction materials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but they were swiftly replaced by imports from Malaysia and China.By the end of 2018, three of the eight stadiums earmarked for 2022 will be completed.The design for Lusail, the stadium set to host World Cup 2022 final, is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.Qatar’s colossal weekly budget of $500 million (428 million euros) on World Cup infrastructure has built new roads, hotels, neighbourhoods even towns — its $36 billion metro system is on track to open in 2019.“Our projects are going ahead as scheduled,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, one of the World Cup organisers, after the crisis began.“This is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”And while gas-rich Qatar has proved it can weather the economic consequences of the crisis, the politics of the boycott have proved more difficult.Football, it seems, has found itself fully in the fallout’s firing line.Officials in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have openly called for Qatar to be stripped of the World Cup.A Swiss investigation into the controversial awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar is ongoing.A picture taken on May 18, 2017, shows the Khalifa International Stadium after its redevelopment ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARQatar’s sports broadcaster beIN Media — which has exclusive Middle East rights to televise this year’s World Cup — has found itself the victim of a vast pirating operation allegedly based in Saudi Arabia.“The crisis is not about football, but the World Cup does seem to have become a tool in the ongoing standoff,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute.“It would be an enormous coup for the Saudis and Emiratis if they could do anything to throw Qatar’s hosting rights into question.”The political crisis has also seeped into the South West Asian Football Federation — launched in Saudi Arabia in May.Members of the new federation include Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain, but not Qatar.– FIFA Congress –Qatar has bought time on the highly controversial issue of labour, appeasing some critics by agreeing to a vast reform programme.But should FIFA at its June 13 congress in Moscow move to expand the number of teams in the 2022 cup, Qatar would have to tackle a heavily expanded workload on a tight timeline.A 50 percent increase in teams would strain Qatar’s ability to host the tournament.While Doha initially bid for 12 stadiums, it is only building eight.Questions have also been raised over how the country will accommodate the up to 1.5 million fans expected to attend the event — and that’s before 16 teams are added.Optimists suggest one solution could be to share the tournament with others in the region — a face-saving way for Qatar, Saudi and the UAE to rekindle ties with games in all three countries.But only one nation has so far offered to help Qatar in 2022: Saudi Arabia’s arch nemesis, Iran.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Join Brand South Africa live on Twitter with Homecoming Revolution’s Angel Jones

first_imgAngel Jones, founder and CEO of Homecoming RevolutionJoin Brand South Africa on Wednesday 18 March for a 20-minute live-tweeting conversation with the inspirational Angel Jones, founder and CEO of Homecoming Revolution. The session will reach out to Global South Africans for questions on contributing to skills and employment in South Africa.Brand South Africa will collect the questions from Global South Africans, and tweet them via its Twitter platform @Brand_SA to @HomecomingRev. The questions will be retweeted by Global South Africans.Brand South Africa will also direct the live Twitter questions it receives during the session to Homecoming Revolution.• Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015• Time: 1pm UK time, 3pm South African time• Hashtag: #GSAHomecoming• For more, visit @Brand_SA, @glosaf and @HomecomingRevAbout Angel JonesAngel is the founder and CEO of Homecoming Revolution, the one-stop platform that brings home African diaspora professionals.With a BA in English and Economics from the University of Cape Town, Jones spent seven years at M&C Saatchi in London before returning home to South Africa. In 2000 she co-founded Morrisjones Advertising, where she created the kulula.com brand, the Wimpy “Foreign” ad, the Bafana Bafana World Cup Parade and the Rubybox “Come to Me” ad.She is a founding member of Entrepreneur’s Organisation South Africa and is a board member of Roedean School. Her accolades include a mention by President Thabo Mbeki in the 2004 State of the Nation Address, SABC Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Award in Media in 2004, Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards finalist 2007, and African Leadership Network New Generation Leader 2011.She is married to Carlos Gomes. They have an 11-year-old daughter, a seven-year-old son, two cats and seven chickens.Angel Jones loves• Being African• Being alive in the technology age, in which you can easily communicate with thousands of people around the world• Speaking at events, meeting new people and staying in touchAngel Jones hates• Unbalanced journalism on Africa• Realising she’s using too many exclamation marks• The Comic Sans typefaceWhy Homecoming Revolution?“It was Madiba himself who inspired me to return home from London,” Jones says. “I feel very privileged to be alive at this vital turning point for Africa, and I truly believe that we can play a major role in creating prosperity for Africa”Angel Jones’s favourite quote“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” – Steve Jobs, AppleAbout the Homecoming RevolutionEstablished in 2003, Homecoming Revolution is the proven brain gain company for Africa, with a focus on South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. We introduce worldwide African professionals to employers and relocation services back home.last_img read more

Opera: Facebook Rules the Mobile Web

first_imgTags:#news#social networks#web Update: Opera just informed us that there was a large error in the report. Twitter’s numbers didn’t drop 21% last year. Instead, Twitter’s numbers actually increased by 689%. You can find the rest of the original post – including the conclusions we drew based on the faulty data – below.Opera collects its data from users of its Opera Mini browser. As every request is routed through Opera’s servers, which then compress the sites to speed up delivery, Opera is able to collect very accurate statistics about its user base. In total, over 46.3 million people use Opera Mini every month and these users access close to 20 billion pages.It’s important to note that some of this data is skewed towards the countries and regions where Opera is highly popular. These include Russia, Southeast Asia and Great Britain. This explains the large number of Russian social networks like vKontakte and spaces.ru in Opera’s global top 10. If anything, however, this strong bias towards Russian sites makes Facebook’s growth rate even more impressive. Opera Mini in the USIn the US, the most popular site among Opera users is Google, followed by Facebook and Yahoo. Also in the top 10 are Wikipedia, MySpace, Opera’s own homepage, YouTube, CNN, ESPN and AccuWeather. Twitter.com’s Growth Rate in the US in 2009: -21%With regards to social networks in the US, Opera registered a 194% year-over-year growth for Facebook.MySpace, which hasn’t gotten a lot of good press lately, managed to grow 25% in the US, while the number of users who went to Twitter.com on their Opera-enabled mobile phones declined by 21%. Globally, however, Twitter grew 2,859%.Considering that some of these users probably opted to use a dedicated Twitter client instead of a mobile browser, these numbers by themselves aren’t too alarming for Twitter. It could also be that very few of the most active Twitter users are also Opera Mini users. In the context of some of the other numbers about Twitter we have covered in the last few weeks, though, this decline lends more credence to the theory that Twitter isn’t attracting a lot of new users in the US anymore. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinoiscenter_img Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Opera just released its latest State of the Mobile Web report. In this report, Opera focused on analyzing the behavior of users of Opera Mini, the company’s mobile Web browser. Worldwide, Facebook is the leading social network among Opera Mini users, and the social network saw its traffic from Opera Mini users increase by 619%. Twitter’s global growth rate was close to 2,900%. In the US, however, Opera Mini’s users are not very interested in using Twitter. Traffic to Twitter from Opera Mini users declined 21% over the course of the last year. last_img read more

TNT stays in playoff hunt, routs quarterfinals-bound NLEX

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico FEU ends NU’s streak, gets share of second spot Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img “We’ve been struggling offensive this conference and that’s no secret,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad led by as much 38, 59-3, early in the third quarter. “I think the two-week break really helped us.”“Today, at least offensively we looked a lot better than in our previous games. We needed a win for us to give ourselves a chance in the playoffs and the only thing we can control is this game,” Racela added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNewly-acquired guard Jericho Cruz was one of the big reasons for the KaTropa’s improved offense.Cruz fired a team-high 17 points and had three rebounds, four assists and two steals in his debut TNT. Kelly Williams also had 17 points on top of 16 rebounds and three steals. PBA IMAGESTNT staved off elimination after crushing NLEX, 101-75, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Despite the blowout win, the KaTropa’s playoff status remains up in the air with their fate of making the quarterfinals already out of their control.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ The Road Warriors, who came into the game already assured of a spot in the quarterfinals slot, scored the game’s first four points, but the KaTropa took it from there.TNT outscored NLEX, 31-12, in the second quarter to take a 58-28 advantage heading into the second half.JR Quiñahan scored a game-hgh 20 points while Kevin Alas added 14 for the Road Warriors (6-5).RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

VT LEAGUE FINALS ACTION

first_imgThe inaugural VT league finals took place last weekend, with some exciting action in both the semi finals and grand finals in both the men’s and women’s division, with two matches heading to drop offs and another totaling an amazing 19 touchdowns. For all the action from the days play view the attached summary. Related Filesvt_league_finals_report-docvt_league1-jpglast_img