Avoid these common mistakes when selling your house

first_imgIf you want to find a buyer, maybe don’t leave your knickers laying around on the bedroom floor or on the clothesline during the open inspection.WANT to sell your house quickly? Then these are the things you most certainly shouldn’t do.We’ve asked three prominent Brisbane real estate agents what sellers shouldn’t do if they want to keep a buyer interested.Haesley Cush of Ray White reckons buying a property is a sensory experience and it is important how it looks, smells, the noises and how it feels, so get rid of bad smells.“They are the silent killer of a deal,’’ he said.“People who love dogs can’t smell them and people who don’t have dogs are intoxicated by the smell of someone else’s pet,’’ he said.Throw open those windows, light candles, but don’t go too far and make it smell like the “Estee Lauder at David Jones. Declutter and don’t just shove it all under a bed or the nearest wardrobe.Space Property Agent’s Judi O’Dea reckons decluttering was very important.“See how other people present their home, if yours is cluttered it most likely won’t stack up. Take time to look and see,’’ she said.“Does the garden resemble a jungle so you have to beat a path to the front door?“Is the kitchen a shambles with washing up in the sink and dirty clothes in the laundry, washing on the line or knickers on the bedroom floor? Would you buy a house like that?’’Ms O’Dea said don’t be afraid to ask for help.“A good agent will have lots of good ideas about how to present your property, after all it’s her or his best interests to get the best deal for you, they should know all the pitfalls.’’And whatever you do fix broken things. “Fix broken lights (replace blown light bulbs), tidy up the garden, get rid of spiders, and spring clean, your home. Nobody ever didn’t buy a house because it was too clean.’’ A dirty dunny is not going to make a buyer desperate for your house. Dirty grout and bathrooms “A clean house translates to a buyer as a well maintained house. A well presented house translates to a structurally sound house.’’Mr Cush also advised taking down some of those personal photos. “People don’t want to see your half naked glamour shots. I mean they’re lovely, but pack them away in the storage box during the open houses. You’d be surprised how many people leave them up’’ Do it yourself renovations. “DIY is great when its great, but when it’s bad it is horrid. Think styrofoam tiles on the ceiling, fake brick sheeting over external walls and faux fireplaces poorly glued to walls as a centrepiece of the home.’’Dixon Family Estate Agent’s Jack Dixon said sometimes factors that turned buyers off were outside the seller’s property.center_img Renovations are great, but some jobs should be left to the professionals.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago Neighbour’s dogs that start barking the moment buyer steps onto the back deck, were an immediate put off, he said.Mr Dixon advised if sellers were on good terms with neighbours they should ask if they could keep them inside during inspection times. “This also applies to music and can be a particular problem in apartment or townhouse complexes, just communicate with your neighbours and ask for their co-operation during the sale process.’’ Photography shrines are a put off too, including oversized wedding or children portraits.“Sure they are a wonderful part of your home and memories but to maximise the sale process you need to make it as easy as possible for buyers to picture their family in the home.’’ Sellers wanting to be present for an inspection — a big no, no.“Buyers should be left to wander through the house with the agent in a relaxed environment, not having to strike up a conversation with a seller and feel as though they are intruding on a personal space.’’Don’t do a “male clean up’’ up he said, “shifting and making piles is different from cleaning’’.Mr Dixon said he has found a passed out uni student or tenant more times than he cared to remember“Opening a bedroom to see the sprawled out body of a tenant or uni student recovering from a ‘late night study session’ can quickly kill the flow of an inspection.’’last_img read more

People moves: LPP names non-execs; LGIM hires deputy CIO [updated]

first_imgLPP, LGIM, PGGM, M&G, AP3, Aberdeen Standard Investments, ERIC, American Century Investments, BNP Paribas, Mediolanum, Värde PartnersLocal Pensions Partnership – The collaboration between three UK local authority pension funds has named a trio of new non-executive directors. Sarah Laessig and Jill Mackenzie have been appointed to the LPP board, while Martin Tully has been appointed to the board of the company’s investment subsidiary.Laessig is a former Citigroup banking executive and is currently a commissioner on the Civil Service Commission and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, as well as holding non-executive positions at two technology firms.Mackenzie held senior human resources roles at Lloyds Bank and Virgin Media, and now is a trustee of several pension schemes including NEST, the Judicial Pension Board, the Legal Services Commission Pension Scheme, and the Welsh Assembly Members’ Pension Scheme. Tully is an independent consultant, having worked for more than 20 years at companies including Ashmore, Rothschild, Citigroup and HSBC. Legal & General Investment Management – LGIM has hired Sonja Laud as deputy CIO, a newly created role. The firm is also set to bring in William Riley as head of solutions. The pair will join in January.Laud joins from Fidelity International where she was head of equity, and she has also worked at Barings, Schroders and DWS in fund management and asset allocation roles. Riley was previously head of client solutions portfolio management at BlackRock, working across multiple strategies and asset classes.PGGM – Henk Broeders has started as a member of the supervisory board of the €215bn asset manager and pensions provider PGGM, focusing on audit, risk and compliance. Since the end of the 1990s, Broeders has worked at Unilever and McKinsey & Company.Broeders is chairman of the Stichting Hanarth Fonds, a foundation for cancer research, a trustee at a foundation to support the Amsterdam Alzheimers Centre as well as a member of the supervisory board of the Alexander Monro breast cancer hospital in the Netherlands.M&G Investments – The UK-based investment house made a trio of changes within its global distribution team. Micaela Forelli has been appointed head of European distribution, based in Luxembourg. She has worked at M&G since 2001 – with a three-year spell at Fidelity until 2010, according to her LinkedIn page – and is currently director of global banks, a role she will continue alongside her new responsibilities.Earlier this year M&G shifted nearly €40bn of assets to Luxembourg to ensure ease of access for existing European clients post-Brexit.Manuele de Gennaro has replaced Forelli as managing director and chair of the board of M&G Switzerland. He joined M&G’s team in Zurich in 2015 having previously worked at Aberdeen Asset Management and Credit Suisse. Kelly Hebert has been appointed to the newly created role of head of M&G Belux (Belgium and Luxembourg). Hebert was previously director of sales for the Benelux region, having joined M&G in 2014.AP3 – Elena Westerdahl has moved to the Swedish state pension buffer fund to take on the role of senior quantitative analyst. She was previously chief analyst at Nordea, where she worked since 2005. She has also worked as a risk management consultant at Oliver Wyman and valuation expert at KPMG Corporate Finance. Aberdeen Standard Investments – The €630bn asset manager has hired Aymeric Forest as global head of multi-asset investing. He will succeed Guy Stern who is to retire next year after a handover period.Forest will join in February. He was previously head of multi-asset investments for Europe at Schroders. In his new role at Aberdeen Standard he will take responsibility for the £140bn (€161bn) multi-asset business.ERIC – The Electronic Research Interchange, an investment research firm, has named Daren Riley as its chief executive. He has been an adviser to the company since last year and in his new role will be responsible for developing ERIC’s strategy “to address the realities of the investment research market under MiFID II”, it said in a statement.Over the course of his 30-year career, Riley has held senior equity investing and sales management roles at Nomura, CLSA and Macquarie Group. He also founded and managed an investment management business specialising in Asian equities and global macro strategies. American Century Investments – The $162bn (€142bn) investment house has appointed Benjamin Day to lead the firm’s UK office. He was previously head of global sales at Stratton Street Capital for four years, and has also worked as head of sales and marketing at Esemplia Emerging Markets, part of Legg Mason.BNP Paribas Capital Partners – The alternative investments arm of BNP Paribas Asset Management has brought in Charlotte Laurent as head of sales, responsible for developing the group’s offerings for European institutional investors. She was previously senior vice president in charge of business development at Bedrock Asset Management, an investment house serving family offices. She has also worked at Commerzbank and Nomura. Mediolanum Asset Management – The Irish asset manager has hired David Holohan as senior equity investment strategist. His appointment follows those of Astrid Schilo, who joined as a multi-asset strategist, and Inma Condé, who is the firm’s new head of manager research.Holohan joins from wealth manager Merrion Capital Group where he was CIO and fund manager. He was previously a partner and investment director at Cedar Capital Advisors.Värde Partners – Mona Girotra has joined the $14bn specialist alternatives manager as global head of consultant relations. She is based in New York and joins from hedge fund manager Highbridge Capital, where she was managing director of business development and investor relations. She has also held senior roles at JPMorgan Asset Management and Neuberger Berman.last_img read more

BW Offshore to drill additional well offshore Gabon

first_imgFPSO specialist turned oil company BW Offshore will drill an additional appraisal well to test one of several prospects mapped in the Ruche area within the Dussafu license offshore Gabon.BW Offshore said on Wednesday that the drilling campaign on the Ruche North-East prospect was planned to begin in mid-2018.The drilling will begin following the completion of the two production wells and the appraisal well at the Tortue field.The objective of the appraisal well is to identify additional resources in the greater Ruche area which will be aggregated with the existing Ruche discoveries and form the basis for future development phases.Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Offshore, said: “The planned well offers an attractive risk-reward profile. The Borr Norve drilling rig is already nearby and available, allowing us to spread mobilization costs across additional wells.Related:  BW’s Tortue appraisal well hits oil (Gabon)“Data from the 2016 site survey at the Ruche North-East location points to a good probability of success. The location adjacent to an existing discovery to facilitate a development is another important reason to drill the well.”In a separate announcement, BW’s partner in the Dussafu Marin Production Sharing Contract, Panoro Energy said that the estimated cost of the well was projected to be less than $20 million.The prospect is located approximately three kilometers from the existing Ruche discovery wells and is mapped as a four-way structure in the Gamba reservoir, with potential in the deeper Dentale formation. The size of the Ruche North East structure, and the targeted resource volumes, are comparable to the Ruche field.According to Panoro, the objective of the well is to prove up additional resources in the greater Ruche area, to be aggregated with the existing Ruche field (discovered by Panoro in 2011) to form the basis of future development phases.John Hamilton, Panoro CEO, said: “While Panoro, along with its operating partner BW Energy, remains fully focussed on Phases 1 and 2 of the Tortue development, we are excited with the decision to drill this new well in order to continue unlocking the considerable exploration potential at Dussafu. Ruche North-East represents a low cost and attractive risk-reward drilling opportunity to develop Ruche as a second production hub at Dussafu.”last_img read more

Prov’l gov’t purchases 2 ventilators for WVMC

first_img *41-year-old male from Lambunao (region’s Patient No. 28) *94-year-old male from Miag-ao (region’s Patient No. 31) *50-year-old male from Pavia (region’s Patient No. 37) Aventilator is a computerized microprocessor-controlled machine that providesmechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs, todeliver breaths to a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathinginsufficiently. *59-year-old female from Barotac Nuevo (region’s Patient No. 10). Asof April 16, according to the Department of Health, Iloilo province had 16confirmed COVID-19 cases. These were the following: Eachventilator cost P1.4 million. *65-year-old male from Guimbal (region’s Patient No. 2) ILOILO– The provincial government purchased an initial two ventilators for theWestern Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City which has beendesignated as referral hospital for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) casesin the islands of Panay and Guimaras. *44-year-old female from Lambunao (region’s Patient No. 25) *51-year-old female from Guimbal (region’s Patient No. 18) *39-year-old female from Lambunao (region’s Patient No. 27) *25-year-old female from Barotac Nuevo (region’s Patient No. 36) WVMC’scapability to handle COVID-19 cases must be enhanced, said Gov. Arthur DefensorJr.center_img *70-year-old male from Lambunao (region’s Patient No. 16, died) *48-year-old female from Lambunao (region’s Patient No. 30) *21-year-old male from Miag-ao (grandson of region’s Patient No. 12) Difficultyin breathing is one of the symptoms of COVID-19. The others are fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some patients may haveaches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Thesesymptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected butdon’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Theprovincial government plans to buy three more ventilators. *22-year-old female from Miag-ao (region’s Patient No. 12) *58-year-old male from Guimbal (region’s Patient No. 22, died) The Iloilo provincial government procured two sets of respiratory ventilators worth P1.4 million each. These machines will provide effective medical care to COVID-19 patients at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. * 70-year-oldfemale from Lambunao (region’s Patient No. 29) *52-year-old female from Pavia (region’s Patient No. 38) TheCOVID-19 pandemic has led to shortages of essential goods and services – fromhand sanitizers to facemasks to beds to ventilators. Several countries havealready experienced a shortage of ventilators such as the United States, Italyand Spain. Asidefrom ventilators, the provincial government is also scouting for personalprotective equipment (PPEs) for frontliners at WVMC, Western Visayas Sanitariumin Santa Barbara town and district hospitals./PNlast_img read more

Kakuta heads to Spain

first_imgGael Kakuta has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan from Chelsea, the Spanish club have announced. The 23-year-old winger, who first headed to Stamford Bridge as a teenager in 2007, has only made six appearances for Chelsea and has had a succession of loan spells with clubs such as Fulham, Bolton and Lazio. “Rayo Vallecano can report that Gael Kakuta has joined for the 2014-15 season from Chelsea FC on loan,” Rayo Vallecano said on their official website. Press Associationcenter_img Kakuta is most well-known for the fact his signing led to Chelsea being issued with a transfer ban due to the circumstances of his departure from former club Lens. That ban was subsequently lifted as Chelsea appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the Frenchman has struggled to make his mark since. He only made 11 appearances across loan spells at Fulham and Bolton before finishing the 2010-11 campaign at Dijon in Ligue 1. A two-year stint in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem saw him finally start to play more regularly, but he then only managed to make a handful of appearances at Lazio after joining them for the second half of last season. last_img read more

Sport Minister makes impromptu stop at Golden Jaguars training camp

first_imgMINISTER of Social Cohesion, with the responsibility for sport, Dr George Norton, on Wednesday made an impromptu stop at Guyana’s national senior men’s team, the Golden Jaguars, who are in preparation for their October 7 clash against Grenada in St George’s.Guyana will play the Grenadians at the Kirani James National Stadium for the first time since 2015 after having their 2–0 win over the men from the ‘Spice Isle’ at the Guyana National Stadium overturned by FIFA.“I read about the team training in the newspapers and I felt it was necessary to show my support,” Dr Norton told the players who gathered at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Camp Ayanganna ground, under the watchful eyes of coach Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover.Norton is no stranger to the sport and is considered a big fan of football. He always lends support, especially to the hinterland players, even before his tenure with the David Granger-led Government of Guyana.“I don’t want to sound like a politician but when we were going to send in our list for the elections, some young men saw me going down the road with the party and they said,: ‘our future minister of sport’ … but of course they (Government of Guyana) made me Minister of Public Health. Somewhere along the line, I felt that something was missing,” Dr Norton said.While pledging his support to the team and sports in general, Norton spoke about his ‘take over’ of the ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, after former Junior Minister Nicolette Henry was elevated to the post of Minister of Education.Norton, who also served as a vice-president of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), told the players about his love for the game, and while his heart is in the right place where sport is concerned, “we don’t know it all. Sometimes we can’t do it but what we must prepare to do is give it our best shot and that is what I’m prepared to do with sports.”The minister also stated that his ministry is prepared to work closely with the GFF to help present a well-rounded team and one that truly represents Guyana’s diversity.After calling 28 local players to trials, Dover initially said the players earned their ‘call-up’ to the squad from performances in the Corona Beer Cup and Mayor’s Cup.The other players, Dover said, who make up the squad are players who are part of the senior national pool. According to Dover, a shortlist of the local squad will be done prior to departure and they will be joined by the selected international players.Guyana team will make a two-day stop in Trinidad and Tobago before leaving for Grenada on October 5.Pernel Schultz had led Guyana to a 2-0 victory over Grenada on March 29, 2015 at the Guyana National Stadium, scoring both goals in the first half, but FIFA declared it a loss by forfeit for Guyana (3-0), citing articles of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.The GFF was fined 4 000 Swiss francs (G$859 000) for playing Matthew Briggs, after FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee had conducted an investigation in the England-based player’s participation in an International ‘A’ friendly match.The squad: (goalkeepers) Richie Richards, Alex Murray, Jonathan Copeland, Kellon Major. (defenders) Jeremy Garrett, Jamaine Cummberbatch, Delroy Ferdinand, Travis Henry, Cecil Jackman, Shomol Smith, Solomon Austin. (midfielders) Curtez Kelman, William Europe, Ryan Dowding, Denzil Fordyce, Delwyn Fraser, Eusi Phillips, Anthony Benfield, Eon Alleyne, Ryan Hackett, Delon Wrights, Jamal Pedro, Darren Benjamin, Dwyane McLennon, Jamal Haynes. (forwards) Gregory Richardson, Shane Haynes and Randolph Wagner. … Team urged to be good ambassadorslast_img read more

Ex-Nigeria International, Obi Okoye, for Burial

first_imgThe remains of former Nigeria international defender Francis Obi Okoye, who died in December 2016, will be interred at his family compound in Mbarakpaka, Ihiala, Anambra State on Thursday.An energetic and efficient defender in his days with the Red Devils (as the Nigeria senior team was known in those days), Obi Okoye featured in a number of matches for Nigeria between 1959 and 1961. He was in the Nigeria team that defeated Ghana 3-1 in a 1960 Olympics qualifying match in Lagos in October 1959, though the team lost 1-4 in the return fixture in Accra.His team –mates included Elkana Onyeali, Isaac Nnado, Dejo Fayemi, Emmanuel Omiunu, Dan Anyiam, Godwin Achebe, Albert Onyeawuna, Olu Onagoruwa, Fabian Duru, Asuquo Ekpe, Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun and Amusa Shittu.A versatile sportsman, Okoye also excelled in athletics and tennis. A certified teacher, he starred for the renowned Aba XI (known then as Aba Giant Killers), from where he was picked for the Eastern Nigeria Selected XI, and then on to the Red Devils.In later years, he attended several coaching courses within Nigeria and abroad, earning top badges in Wales and England.He also served as a match commissioner in Nigeria in the 1990s and was an executive of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin can’t hold lead, loses regular season finale

first_imgANDREW SCHORR/Herald photoIn a game not nearly as close as the score indicated, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team dropped its regular season finale to Drake at home, 3-1.Despite scoring first, the Badgers (9-7-2) were uncharacteristically overmatched by a Bulldogs team that could have scored more than the three goals it did.The loss not only broke a three-game win streak for the Badgers, but also marked the first time all year that UW lost by more than one goal. The 27th-ranked Bulldogs had little trouble pulling out the win, as they were aided not only by a strong 20 mph wind in the first half, but UW’s sloppy play as well.“Everything just seemed to be a split-second late, or a little bit off,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “It just wasn’t clicking.”Not clicking may have been an understatement.The Badgers went into halftime tied at zero, but the Bulldogs owned a seven-to-one advantage in shots during the first half. Junior keeper Alex Horwath was the sole reason UW didn’t lose by more, making several key saves to cover for his teammates’ ineffectiveness.“That’s what my job is,” Horwath said of his saves. “We didn’t come out ready today; it was a bad day for us. That’s unfortunate because this was a big game.”Drake was much quicker on and off the ball and was able to maintain possession, something Wisconsin had trouble doing. Much of the game was played in UW’s half of the field, and the Badgers could not connect on passes.Despite playing into a strong wind the first half, the Badgers showed an aversion to playing the ball on the ground and consequently found few chances to string passes together. Wisconsin finished with only four shots, a season low.“The team seemed to be a little off-kilter today,” forward Scott Lorenz said. “Not picking up second balls translated into not being able to generate any good attacking chances.”Lorenz proved to be one of the lone bright spots Wednesday night, as he scored his team-leading 10th goal in the 57th minute to give the Badgers their only lead. Senior Victor Diaz found Lorenz’s head on a service from the endline for an easy goal.“Victor served in an unbelievable ball,” Lorenz said. “I just made the run, and he found my run. … Credit Victor with everything on that — it was well done on his part.”The lead didn’t last long, however, as Drake’s Kenan Malicevic scored the first of his two goals on a volley from the top of the six-yard box in the 67th minute. Kevin Shrout put the Bulldogs ahead two minutes later on a free kick from 35 yards out.“Certainly I would have hoped for us to do a bit better with that lead, and defend a bit better down the [stretch],” Rohrman said. “Overall, it was just in bits and pieces, and it just wasn’t good enough tonight.”UW showed moments of effectiveness after Drake took the lead, but it was ultimately too little, too late. Even with the wind aiding them in the second half, the Badgers’ sloppy, slow play proved to be too much to overcome.Wisconsin has a week to try to shake off the loss before the Big Ten Tournament starts. Assured of the seventh seed after Penn State upset No. 17 Indiana, UW will face either Michigan or Northwestern in the opening round.Despite the poor performance against Drake, Rohrman is upbeat about UW’s chances in the tournament.“This one stung a bit, but I think if you look at all our games prior to this, we’ve competed very, very well,” Rohrman said. “[We’ve been] on the short end of a couple penalty kicks or overtime games. … We feel we can compete with anyone.”“We’re still confident in our abilities,” Horwath said. “We’re not afraid of anybody. If anything, maybe this will motivate us a little bit. We can’t come out and play like a youth team in the first half.”last_img read more

Professor discusses Chinese land grabbing in Africa

first_imgOn Monday afternoon, the Dornsife Center for International Studies hosted Professor Deborah Braütigam of Johns Hopkins University to lead a seminar on the role that China played in acquiring land in Africa.Scramble for Africa · Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Professor Deborah Braütigam speaks to students in a presentation titled “‘Feeding Frenzy’: China, Africa and the ‘Great Land Grab.’” – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanBraütigam, who currently teaches international development and comparative politics at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, discussed how, despite conventional wisdom, which holds that the Chinese government and companies have played a large role in African land acquisition, research actually suggests the opposite.One of the main points that  Braütigam made was that even though there is Chinese interest in acquiring land in Africa, it is often challenging for the Chinese to capitalize upon that interest.“There is interest, but it’s not as intense as is supposed. It’s not as though the Chinese really want to secure Africa for their food supply,”  Braütigam said. “There are a lot of difficulties in implementing that interest, which is what many investors have found. That doesn’t come into the media, nobody’s reported that or it hasn’t been reported in a very big way.”In describing how and why Chinese agricultural interests might have manifested in Africa,  Braütigam referenced a familiar American biotechnology company, Monsanto, and the role it play in African agriculture.“Monsanto in Africa has captured a lot of the hybrid maize market, and Monsanto seeds are sold all over southern Africa,” Braütigam said. “The Chinese would like to do this with rice because they’ve developed hybrid rice. And so they would like to be the Monsanto of rice. Global brands are part of the interest in Africa as a market and a place that’s a global testing ground.”Attendees of the seminar included undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty members from various schools outside of Dornsife departments and members of the public. Many were fascinated by  Braütigam’s presentation and asked detailed questions in the Q&A session following the talk.Roshni Ashok, a junior majoring in international relations and economics, was interested in how the land grabbing relates to globalization.“The most important thing that I took away [from the talk] is how it’s private versus public investment in Africa,” Ashok said. “When people say that investments are being made by a certain state, they could actually mean by a private investor. It’s really entrepreneurial energy and how globalization has kind of thinly veiled states’ actions in terms of what people do.”Braütigam was invited to USC by Professor Carol Wise. Before joining the School of International Relations at USC in 2002, Wise was a colleague of  Braütigam’s at Johns Hopkins. Wise heard that  Braütigam was speaking at the RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank in Santa Monica, Calif., and invited her to share the same presentation with USC students.“I think that in terms of our students, there are so many images of China and its activities in the world,” Wise said. “I think it’s really important for them to be exposed to all points of view with regard to A) the rise of China and its influence in the developing countries, and B) its influence in very specific countries in different issue areas.”Wise believes that it’s important for Americans to learn about China because it is such a fast-growing nation.“We’re supposedly looking at the next hegemonic state,” Wise said. “China is going to really outpace the U.S. in the size of its economy very soon, and I think we just need to know so much more about it.” Follow Kristen on Twitter @K_Hernlast_img read more

Super Eagles Thrash Libya 4-0, Ighalo Nets Hat-trick

first_imgHaving won the penalty, the former Watford man stepped up and duly converted from the spot; firing home into the left corner of the net to send the home fans into delirium.The hosts continued to dominate the early proceedings and were only denied a second by the woodwork moments later. Oghenekaro Etebo fired in a pin-point free-kick which was well met by fellow England-based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, but the latter’s header cannoned off the outside of the frame, with Abduala rooted to his spot.Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was then called into action at the other end of the pitch and had to be at his best to keep out the visitors, who threatened to hit the hosts with a sucker punch.Nigeria suffered an injury blow in the 19th minute as Shehu Abdullahi was forced off the field with an injury – Ola Aina took his place on the park.The game continued to ebb and flow and having successfully navigated through a spell of pressure from the Mediterranean Knights, Nigeria pushed forward and hit the post once more on the stroke of half time.Jamilu Collins embarked on a lung-busting run down the left flank and looked sure to score after bypassing a couple of Libyan defenders on his way to bursting into the area, but the woodwork ultimately denied him what would’ve been a memorable goal.Ighalo netted a second in the 58th minute following a defence-splitting pass by Alex Iwobi. The China-based forward, though, still had a lot to do, but showed great composure to round the Libyan shot-stopper before firing home into an empty net.He then scored a third with 69 minutes on the clock. Ahmed Musa found the goal-poacher in acres of space inside the area and having sorted out his feat, Ighalo bundled home the rebound after Abdaula had denied him at the first time of asking.Samuel Kalu netted a fourth for the Nigerians in the 90th minute, curling home an unstoppable right-footed shot from the edge of the area to cap a perfect day for the Super Eagles.Both teams clash again in a Matchday 4 fixture at the 18,000 –capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the city of Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday.Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has dedicated the Eagles’ win to President Muhammadu Buhari.Yesterday’s match was the first in the fresh tenure of the Amaju Pinnick –led NFF, following the elections in Katsina three weeks ago that handed the board another four –year term. And it was instructive that Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Pinnick’s predecessor and major challenger in the election, was beside the trailblazer and history –maker in the VIP Box at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.“We dedicate this victory to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued massive support to all the National Teams, the NFF and Nigerian Football generally. The President and his wonderful team take the credit for the conducive environment in which Nigerian Football is thriving.“I also want to appreciate Governor Udom Emmanuel and his Government in Akwa Ibom State. They have remained pillars of support for the Super Eagles for several years now, and the support of the good people of Akwa Ibom State deserves kudos as well.”Pinnick, who is also the 1st Vice President of CAF, commended NFF’s partners and sponsors, specially praising Official Optimum Partner, AITEO Group for their huge contributions to all facets of the Nigerian game.“I wish to also thank Coca-Cola, Nigerian Breweries, Zenith Bank, Nike, Cadbury Nigeria PLC, Emzor, WAPIN Insurance, TGI, 1XBET, Peak Milk, Simba Group and SuperSport for their contributions which we very much appreciate.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Odion Ighalo netted a hat-trick as Nigeria’s Super Eagles claimed an emphatic 4-0 win over Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo yesterday.Nigeria proved their quality with a commanding victory over a Libyan side rocked by the resignation of their head coach in the build-up to the clash and climb above their opponents, a point behind South Africa’s Bafana Bafana who dispatched the Seychelles 6-0 in Soweto yesterday also.The Super Eagles went in the front as early as the fourth minute following a goalkeeping howler by Mohamed Abdaula. The Libyan captain coughed up possession before bringing down Ighalo inside the area, leaving the referee with little choice.last_img read more