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Toni Kroos would be Premier League success, says brother, amid Man United talk

first_img1 Toni Kroos in action for Germany Manchester United target Toni Kroos would have no problem adapting to the demands of the Premier League, according to his brother Felix.Kroos is being heavily linked with a big-money switch to Old Trafford from Real Madrid in the summer to join up with Germany team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger.However, it is understood that Kroos remains happy at the Bernabeu, where he is still considered a crucial member of the squad and the Spanish giants are eager to keep hold of the 26-year-old.“There is always a lot of talk around England and Spain. You should only believe it when it is certain,” said his younger sibling Felix, who is currently on loan at Union Berlin from Werder Bremen.“But I don’t think England would be a problem for Toni. The only adjustment would be missing Christmas.“If you are able to play a great ball, you’ll fit in anywhere.”last_img read more

Africa’s growth ‘has to be inclusive’

first_img10 May 2012While Africa has experienced its best decade of the past 50 years, there are major challenges still to be tackled, African Development Bank Tunisia president Donald Kaberuka said at the opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.“We should not confuse economic growth with economic transformation,” Kaberuka said, noting that the structure of African economies had not changed fast enough and that countries remained vulnerable to external shocks.Public policy choices should target ways to leverage wealth from natural resources for broad-based, sustainable growth, Kaberuka said, identifying two key drivers for the future: the education of children of the poor as a tool to address generational change, and the development of small and medium enterprises to close the wealth gap.Over 700 participants from more than 70 countries are taking part in the three-day WEF on Africa, the first to be held in Ethiopia.Time for Africans ‘to take ownership’Monhla Hlahla, chairperson of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), told the plenary that it was time for Africans themselves to occupy centre stage on the continent and to take ownership of their lives and production.African farmers were now in a position “not only to produce coffee beans but also to taste the coffee”, Hlahla said, but added that strong and decisive leadership was required to keep African development on track.She said the future of the contintent called for leaders that were predictable and consistent, and that were able to move Africa up the value chain.No growth ‘if millions are left behind’Kofi Annan, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Africa Progress Panel, Switzerland, emphasized the need to empower young people and to strengthen health and education to ensure that Africa reaped a “demographic dividend” over the next decade.Annan told delegates that African government policies needed to create equal access to opportunities to avoid dissatisfaction in the future. “We cannot talk of growth when millions of people are left behind,” Annan said.A lack of consensus and vision had led to a situation where each new government in Africa had a tendency to start afresh instead of building on the achievements of its predecessor, Annan said.It was therefore important for more debate to take place to reach consensus on the direction countries needed to take.Bekele Geleta, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told the plenary that it was important for Africans to feel that they had a stake in their countries’ wealth, and that there was free and fair opportunity for everyone.Geleta said the mindset within Africa was changing, with Africans increasingly wanting to shape their own lives and actively engage in their future.Mood of ‘pragmatic optimism’Gao Xiqing, president of the China Investment Corporation, said Africa was in the position of being able to create a new template for its future.However, Xiqing said it was important for African countries to ensure that their growth was as inclusive as possible. In this, he said, Africa could learn from China, which had prioritized growth over development and was now facing challenges such as huge wealth inequality and environmental problems.World Economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab told delegates that the mood in Africa today was quite different from what it was 22 years ago, having moved from one of cynicism through scepticism and then realism to today’s atmosphere of “pragmatic optimism”.Doug McMillon, chief executive of US retail giant Wal-Mart, told the plenary that, while its $2.4-billion investment in Africa – through the acquisition of South African retailer Massmart – the company was excited by the numbers it looked at before making the decision to invest.“There are a lot of things to be optimistic about in the region,” McMillon said.SAinfo reporter and World Economic Forumlast_img read more

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Google to ban cryptocurrency and related advertisements

In this Dec. 21, 2017, file photo, a Bitcoin logo is shown is displayed on an ATM in Hong Kong. Google says it is going to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, as well as related content like trading advice and cryptocurrency wallets. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) The new policies, which also ban other complex financial products, will go into effect in June.The Mountain View, California-based company announced the change Wednesday.The move follows a similar step by Facebook earlier this year. The social networking giant updated its ad policy in January to ban financial products often associated with deceptive practices, including those involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Google says it is going to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, as well as related content like trading advice and cryptocurrency wallets. This April 26, 2017, file photo shows Google’s web address, in Philadelphia. Google says it is going to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, as well as related content like trading advice and cryptocurrency wallets. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Google to ban cryptocurrency and related advertisements (2018, March 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-google-cryptocurrency-advertisements.html Bitcoin crash could derail other cryptocurrencies read more

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