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Desiree Ellis
Banyana needs to maintain match fever
8 June 2019, 5:38 PM

Banyana Banyana need to match the fast pace of their high level opposition in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for satisfactory outcomes in their matches. This is according to coach Desiree Ellis who was speaking ahead of their opening match of the tournament against Spain in Le Havre, France.

She added that they also need to guard against conceding first, which has been their challenge in the preparation matches they have played this year.

Banyana Banyana have played against mostly top ranked countries teams leading up to the World Cup. In almost all of those fixtures, they found themselves on the back-foot having allowed the opposition to score first. To overcome this challenge, Ellis feels they need to be slightly quicker in their approach on and off the ball.

“Sometimes we get rushed in giving away the ball quickly in the Norway Game for example in the USA game, giving free kicks away things happen quickly and not being able to cover each other, not being able to cut out the cross, passing to the opponent when you get rushed and pressed very quickly. Those are the lot of things we picked up happens faster for a lot players,” says Ellis.

Part of the World Cup preparations was to ensure that each individual player is able to focus for the entire duration whilst on the park. In the build-up matches to the global spectacle, Ellis picked up, that it was an aspect of the game that influenced the results.

“To help with the mental strength is the players we have around each other especially the experienced ones who will try and drive and push everything like they did in qualifying for the World Cup it’s going to be key. Everybody reacts to situations or take it in your stride and it’s another game that what we have to guard against to try and keep the players as calm as possible”, says Ellis.

Ellis has not been consistent with her starting 11 in the matches leading up to the World Cup. She is, however, expected to go for the more experienced group against Spain.

Donald Trump waving to photojournalists
US and Mexico to work on migration issue
8 June 2019, 4:13 PM

United States (US) President Donald Trump says a deal struck to avert tariffs on Mexico will work if America’s Southern neighbour plays its part in cracking down on migration across the border.

Trump tweeted that ‘Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, it will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!’

Mexico has agreed to expand its policy of taking back migrants while the United States processes their asylum claims.

It also managed to avoid a proposal it had continually rejected that it process asylum claims on its own soil before migrants try to reach the United States.

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G20 wants more tax from tech giants
8 June 2019, 3:51 PM

Group of 20 finance ministers have agreed to compile common rules to close loopholes used by global tech giants such as Facebook to reduce their corporate taxes.

That’s according to a copy of the bloc’s draft communique that has been obtained by wire agency, Reuters.

South Africa is part of the G20. Facebook, Google, Amazon, and other large technology firms face criticism for cutting their tax bills by booking profits in low-tax countries, regardless of the location of the end customer.

Such practices are seen by many as unfair. The new rules would mean higher tax burdens for large multinational firms but would also make it harder for countries like Ireland to attract foreign direct investment with the promise of ultra-low corporate tax rates.

 

A person walking and holding a Huawei handset
China to curb some technology exports to US
8 June 2019, 3:27 PM

China is preparing to curb some technology exports to the United States (US), the chief editor of China’s Global Times newspaper said on Saturday.

If enacted, the measures suggest Beijing would retaliate over US restrictions imposed on Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies Co Ltd due to what Washington said were National security issues.

In a tweet, the pro-CCP paper’s editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin said that China “is building a management mechanism to protect China’s key technologies.”

“This is a major step to improve its system and also a move to counter US crackdown. Once taking effect, some technology exports to the US will be subject to the control,” he added.

Hu did not cite any named sources in his tweet. The Global times is not an official mouthpiece for the Communist Party though its views are believed to at times represent those of its leaders.

Around the time of Hu’s tweet, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua reported that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) would organise a study to establish a “national technological security management list system.”

These announcements come weeks after Washington placed Chinese network equipment maker and smartphone vendor Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars US companies from supplying it with goods and services.

Soon afterwards, Beijing announced it would release its own list of “unreliable” foreign entities. It also has hinted that it will limit its supply of rare earths to the United States.

Ivan Golunov
Investigative journalist hospitalized
8 June 2019, 3:05 PM

Russian police said Saturday that an investigative journalist, facing drug charges in a case supporters say is trumped-up, has been taken to a Moscow hospital after he fell ill in custody.

Ivan Golunov, a reporter for Meduza independent news site who has been charged with attempted drug-dealing, “complained of feeling unwell,” Moscow police said in a statement.

“As a result of examination by paramedics, the decision was taken to send the detainee to a medical facility for assessment,” Moscow police said.

Golunov’s lawyer Pavel Chikov earlier wrote on Telegram that medics suspected Golunov had broken ribs, bruising and concussion. Golunov on Friday told a representative of Russia’s presidential rights council, which advises President Vladimir Putin, that he had been beaten while in custody, with police twice punching him in the head and standing on his chest.

The 36-year-old has investigated high-level corruption among Moscow officials and Meduza said he had received a number of death threats. It believes he is being persecuted for his journalistic work.

Police detained Golunov on Thursday and said they found designer drug mephedrone and cocaine in his rucksack and flat, but supporters suggested they were planted.

On Saturday police charged Golunov with attempting to deal a “large amount” of drugs, Chikov said. Golunov was due to attend court on Saturday for a ruling on whether he is to be held in custody but it was unclear whether this would go ahead after his hospitalisation.

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