As EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) is being rolled out in the U.S., one of the main questions revolves around its true effectiveness as a security tool against payment card fraud. Will it work as advertised and how well will it work?The October 1, 2015, “liability shift” (fraud liability assessed to the party that did not enable the EMV transaction) imposed by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover has helped push adoption from conception to imminent. No doubt, though, the U.S. is a latecomer to the EMV world, with EMVCo reporting in May 2015 that there are 3.4 billion EMV cards in global circulation, a year-over-year increase of 43 percent.Still, U.S. industry observers need look no further than to their northern neighbor to see how EMV chip cards may perform domestically. David Hooper, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation for Everlink Payment Services of Markham, Ontario, Canada, described the significant benefits EMV has brought to Canada’s financial services industry in an October webinar sponsored by the company’s majority owner, CO-OP Financial Services of Rancho Cucamonga, California. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Faculty of Transport Sciences of the University of Zagreb and Uber signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming cooperation on the development of smart cities, issues of growing global demand for shared mobility services and their importance for cities and wider communities.The result of the cooperation is that experts from the Faculty and Uber will work together to solve traffic problems in cities, and Uber will also provide scholarships to ten students of the Faculty of Transport Sciences. If we look through the prism of tourism, it is certainly an extremely important topic, because unfortunately, due to the wild and non-strategic development of our tourist destinations, we still have basic infrastructural problems after a decade of tourism. From the lack of parking, the load of the entire electricity and sewage network, etc.… because in the summer months, when the number of inhabitants increases rapidly due to the arrival of tourists, it leads to cracking at the seams.So according to HGK research, Nin expects an increase in population of 461% and 13 times higher consumption compared to off-season consumption, while in Medulin is expected to increase population by 447% and 13 times higher consumption.Certainly, as one of the solutions is integrated city transport, and unfortunately due to the unplanned development of our destinations, the question is how much we can expand the roads due to lack of space. Of course there are always solutions, it is just a question of how much tourist destinations want to deal with challenges and strategic development.Source: zagreb.infoBoth sides emphasized that they are aware that the exchange of knowledge between the academic community and leading high-tech companies, as well as their cooperation, is extremely important for strengthening the competitiveness of the Croatian economy and solving traffic problems. From now on, experts from the Faculty and Uber will work together to solve traffic jams and improve the way they move through cities, share transportation and establish smart cities. “The signed Memorandum of Cooperation between the Faculty of Transport Sciences and Uber encourages cooperation between the academic community and the economy. The Faculty of Transport Sciences, as a higher education institution and one of the leading Croatian scientific research institutions in the field of transport, through its study programs also educates students majoring in urban transport who are taught to solve the problem of urban mobility. The received scholarships will serve as an additional motivation for students in designing innovative solutions for traffic challenges in urban areas.Said prof. dr. sc. Hrvoje Gold, Dean of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.In addition to joint research projects, guest lectures and seminars, the Faculty of Transport Sciences and Uber will be dedicated to finding the best market and regulatory approaches in these areas and involve all relevant stakeholders in the dialogue. “In accordance with this Memorandum, Uber and the Faculty of Transport Sciences will jointly seek answers to the traffic challenges facing cities in Croatia, with special emphasis on traffic jams resulting from poor infrastructure and traffic organization. We will continue to encourage the development of technological innovations in the field of mobility and young intellectuals of the Faculty of Transport Sciences, to whom we will award ten scholarships”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe.Also, the whole paradigm certainly needs additional and fast transport by sea as one of the solutions. It is illogical that to this day I do not have a fast, efficient and environmentally friendly way to connect islands and cities via small shipping lines. That there is potential in this niche is evidenced by the arrival of UberBOAT in Croatia last year.For the second year in a row, Uber presented a unique service in Croatia UberBOAT which will be available exclusively on the Dalmatian coast throughout the summer, and which was used last year by tourists from more than 40 countries. This year, UberBOAT will be able to be ordered in Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik and on the islands in their surroundings.It will certainly be interesting to see what all the solutions the cooperation will offer, because two heads are always smarter than one.RELATED NEWS:WANT TO FINALLY PROVIDE OUR GUESTS PARKING?HGK: ESTIMATE OF INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CONSUMERS AND POTENTIAL OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION IN THE TOURIST SEASONUBERBOAT IN CROATIA THIS SUMMER, WITH SPLIT AND DUBROVNIK AVAILABLE IN ŠIBENIK
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m haunted by a mental image. A woman running for her life, arms raised in a desperate, but futile, attempt to shield her body. A projectile strikes the flesh of her forearm then tears into her chest. The projectile, a .223 caliber bullet, accelerated to about 3,000 feet per second upon leaving a rifle 500 yards away. It slowed by the time it reached her, but still had sufficient kinetic energy to easily kill. This woman probably died within two minutes of being shot. She was one of 58 people murdered that evening. Eighteen were shot in the head and died instantly. The instrument of her death, an AR-15 type assault rifle, was purposely designed to efficiently and quickly kill human beings. The gun can be fired rapidly from the shoulder or hip with little recoil and can support a high-capacity magazine. Each fired round hits with devastating destructive force due to its very high velocity. The AR-15 earned the tag line “one shot one kill.” It first proved its effectiveness in the jungles of Vietnam, and now, sadly, in schools and other places where humans gather.The refusal by many to consider even modest gun control, coupled with a gun lobby that plies our government representatives with millions in campaign contributions, suggests we should expect more mass shootings. Further, data suggests we can expect increases in occurrence and numbers killed as well. Regrettably, our only recourse is to hope and pray that the bullets do not find us or those we love.Larry JordanAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
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FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WAKERLEY More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Refresh in a refreshed bathroom.Most of the living is on the lower level, spilling out onto the alfresco entertainment area, with a single bedroom and family room upstairs that could be used as a teenage retreat or guest quarters. The alfresco entertainment area.The master bedroom has his and hers walk-in wardrobes with extra storage space above, and an ensuite with a double vanity. “We renovate for financial success,” she said.“Hamish was little (when we moved here) and it allowed me to have more time off work without having an income.”Mr Parsons grew up in a family that invested in buying the ugliest house in the best street and putting everything into it.“I grew up in the same house for 16 years. Ironically, they are still renovating 20 years later.”The Parsons’ finished renovating two years ago and have made this their family home but a move to Melbourne has them looking for a new renovation in a new state. Cool whites and greys accentuate the open spaces. An ex-display house in the Habitat Estate, 2 Red Gum Crescent, Wakerley was beige, brown and gold when the couple moved in with their one-year-old son three years ago.“We’ve updated it to fifty shades of grey,” Mrs Parsons said.“It was about 10 years old and in good condition, but it needed a freshen-up so we repainted it, did all the gardens, renovated the kitchen, put in internal lighting, new carpets and gave the bathrooms a cosmetic refresh.” Ex-display homes can be a great canvas for renovators.THIS is the fourth Wakerley flip house in eight years for Tilani and Dan Parsons.The layout and emphasis on storage has made it exceptional. The master bedroom has plenty of storage space.There is a study nook off the living room, storage space in the garage, two linen cupboards, and a walk-in pantry off the kitchen.Mrs Parsons said renovating took the pressure off returning to work early from maternity leave.
Mr Johnson said he was getting a lot of feedback from potential buyers commenting on the luxury finishes of the townhouses.“Inside there are matte black tapware and square set ceilings – the finishes are amazing,” he said.All six residences will be put to auction as one on June 25, with each townhouse then offered individually if not sold as a group. The townhouses go to auction on June 25.Property hunters have shown a strong appetite for a block of Gold Coast townhouses following a prolonged construction timeline. The six three-bedroom townhouses at 77 Musgrave Ave, Labrador are in the Chirn Park precinct of the suburb.Agents Jared Johnson and Lachlan Marshall, of Ray White Commercial Gold Coast, are marketing the residences alongside Joel Madam of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast.Mr Johnson said the townhouses were a long time coming after construction started more than two years ago. 1-6/77 Musgrave Ave, Labrador.A change in builders partway through the build caused the construction delay.“The Chirn Park community seems to be happy that they’re finally finished and being sold.“Everyone in the area has been waiting to see the block hit the market.”The trio has recorded 50 inquiries, 30 inspections and four offers since the residences hit the market two weeks ago. The luxury finishes have been a hit with families inspecting the property.“We’ve been over the moon with the response,” Mr Johnson said.“We have property investors who want to buy all six and who know they’ll never have to find a tenant as everyone wants to live there.“Then we have the first home buyers who are loving the location.“It comes back to being in Chirn Park and everyone seems to know about this block.”While launching the residences to the market during the COVID-19 pandemic was initially a concern, it hasn’t deterred house hunters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Open plan living.“It was a major concern for the vendor with the borders being shut and not being able to get interstate investors through,” Mr Johnson said.“But it’s awesome to see so much local interest.“We’ve certainly got interstate investors looking through the videos and looking online.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Mum with ‘ugliest house on the street’ reveals stunning renovation MORE: Why this Gold Coast home is going viral
Hot favourite Don Poli provided Willie Mullins with his fifth winner of the Festival in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham under Bryan Cooper. Winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle 12 months ago and unbeaten in two previous starts over fences, the six-year-old was a 13-8 market leader on his first start since winning at Leopardstown over Christmas. Despite racing lazily at various stages of the three-mile Grade One, Don Poli responded to Cooper’s urgings and joined Kings Palace for the lead when that horse made a mistake in the back straight. Press Association Mullins said: “It was special. It looked like he was idling the whole way up the straight, ears pricked. “It looked like he’d have won the four-mile chase after all! “If that’s the best in Ireland and over in England, you’d have to say that (he could be a future Gold Cup horse). “We’re a bit numb. The week has gone way above our expectations.” Don Poli could run again this spring as connections plot a route towards the Gold Cup next March. Mullins said: “We’ll probably get him ready for Punchestown and there’s also Auteuil in the spring. “I imagine the route we will travel now is for next year’s Gold Cup.” Connections of Wounded Warrior were satisfied by his third-placed finish. Jockey Paul Carberry said: “He picked up the first time when the pace quickened, but when the first few quickened again, he couldn’t quite go with them. “He could be an ideal Irish National type.” His trainer Noel Meade said: “You never know how much this will take out of them, but he might go to Punchestown or the Irish National. “We’ve always liked him, and he should have been in the four-miler on Tuesday, really. He’s only six and can only improve.” The two of them fought it out coming down the hill before Don Poli asserted from the home turn. Southfield Theatre briefly appeared a major threat jumping the second-last, but Don Poli powered away from the last for a six-length success. Wounded Warrior, like the winner owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was third. Cooper, who suffered an awful injury at last season’s Festival, said: “To get a winner this early (in the meeting) is great. I’ve been supported by great people. “Willie’s done a serious job with this horse. He could be very special.” Gigginstown supremo Michael O’Leary said: “He always seemed quite comfortable, if anything Bryan had to wake him up. “It’s another outstanding training performance by Willie Mullins – the man’s a genius. I have a very good jockey and a great trainer. It’s great not to have to wait until Friday for a winner.” Asked whether he could be a Gold Cup horse next year, O’Leary added: “I’ll enjoy today, there’s no point planning for next year – that will take care of itself.”
The Coral Springs police officer who was caught on camera kneeing a handcuffed man in head will avoid jail time.Instead the officer, Sandy Gomez, was sentenced to 1 year of probation and ordered by the court to take a 13-week anger management course.In December Officer Gomez was one of several officers who arrested 28-year-old Gabriel Narcisse-Beckford on petty theft charges. In the video of the arrest, several officers were seen struggling with Narcisse-Beckford who is handcuffed on the ground before he is subdued by a stun gun. The officers then moved the suspect to the curb were Gomez then proceeds to kick Narcisse-Beckford in the head.After the incident was brought to the attention of the police department Officer Gomez was immediately put on unpaid leave.We have seen the video of an incident involving some of our officers. We take this matter very seriously. Due to the gravity of the situation we are conducting a criminal investigation. At this time all the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) December 5, 2018 During his sentencing Monday, Officer Gomez apologized for his actions and told the courtroom that he was extremely embarrassed:“I’m not here to make excuses for my reaction,” he said. “I’m here to say that I’m sorry. I’m extremely embarrassed for the position that I have put myself in.”The officer also told the judge that his actions that day do not define his character and that he was worried about his fiance who was another officer at the scene:“Let me reassure you nothing like this has happened in the past, and it will never happen again,” he said. “I don’t think this incident shows who I am as a person or my character.”His attorney Mike Dutko also echoed Officer Gomez sentiment telling reported that his client accepted responsibility for his actions:“Did you hear his comments in court? He accepts responsibility for having overreacted, regrets putting himself in this position,” Dutko said. “We would like you to know and appreciate that fact he still has departmental administrative issues to deal with.”While Officer Gomez reported that this was the first incident of aggression involving him, records show that in April of 2017, the same officer was caught on surveillance pushing a suspect down while he was walking the suspect to the booking room. While the Deputy investigated in that case he was later cleared.In the current case the judge withheld adjudication so a battery conviction will not be put on the record, the police department, however, says they plan to keep Deputy Gomez on unpaid administrative leave until they complete their internal affairs investigation.
If they come through the first round their hopes will be strengthen because Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo are among the dangerous outsiders at the tournament.And Togo‚ who have the Godfather of the African Nations Cup in charge‚ can be expected to seek to play a spoilers’ role. Claude Le Roy continue to set a record for longevity at the event and is coaching at a ninth finals.In his previous eight tournaments‚ only once did he not get a side through to the last eight – that was when he was with DR Congo in South Africa in 2013 and they were inched out of second place in their group by the minnows from the Cape Verde Island.Togo can play that role in Group C‚ which is based at a new stadium in Oyem‚ with Emmanuel Adebayor leading their attack. He might be on the wrong side of 30 and short of match fitness‚ but is still one of the continent’s top players and will be eager to prove a point.DR Congo were nominated by the Confederation of African Football as one of the candidates for the National Team of the Year award for 2016 on the back of not only qualifying in top place in their Nations Cup qualifying group but also putting together a 100 percent start to the group phase of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Florent Ibenge has assembled a strong group and after bronze at the last Nations Cup finals they will have high hopes of reaching the knockout phase again. But they will need to also get past the Moroccans‚ who again have a highly talented squad on paper even if they surprisingly left out Hakim Ziyech of Ajax Amsterdam from their 23-man squad.He is rated one of the best talents in Europe but Morocco Coach Herve Renard said he could not guarantee him a starting line-up berth and it would not work well to have him mopping around on the bench.Since then‚ there have been several injuries to key players with Younes Belhanda and Sofiane Boufal likely to be sorely missed and Ziyech might yet be drafted into the squad as a late injury replacement.Morocco have invested heavily in enticing Renard to take over as their coach‚ hoping his Nations Cup magic can rub off on them. The suave Frenchman took Zambia to the 2012 title in Libreville and the Ivory Coast to success in the last edition in Equatorial Guinea.Meanwhile, Gabon are putting their finishing touches in their preparations, and The Panthers are confident they will not disappoint the home crowd.The players hope that playing in front of a partisan home crowd will give them extra edge over their opponents.“Those that have their eyes fixed on the national team can count on us to deliver, and as I say, we will give the best, we will do everything to make the party beautiful, “assures midfielder Levy Madinda.Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will carry the hopes of the central African nation on his shoulders, alongside veteran goalkeeper Didier Ovono and Sunderland’s holding midfielder Didier Ndong.Gabon’s most significant AFCON achievement is the second-round finish they achieved as co-hosts in 2012.They play the opening game against Guinea Bissau in Libreville, under the charges of former Spain manager Jose Antonio Camacho who replaced ex-Portugal international Jorge Costa in November 2016. Stars to Watch Out forAs top African soccer nations are gearing up for today’s kickoff of the Africa Cup of Nations, below are some of the players expected to light up the tournament.Riyad Mahrez, AlgeriaAfrica’s best player and BBC African Football of the Year 2016 is one player to watch out for in Gabon. The Algerian enjoyed spectacular success last season as he inspired Leicester to their first league title. Mahrez, 25, scored 17 league goals and was voted Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year – the first African to win the award. He was also influential to Algeria qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Mahrez is ranked the seventh best player in the world.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, GabonRanked the eleventh best player in the world, host Gabon will be banking on the services of their talisman Pierre Aubameyang at this year African Cup of Nations. His 25 goals in the Bundesliga saw him end last season as the league’s second-top scorer behind Robert Lewandowski. He was named the 2015 CAF player of the year and finished as runner up the following year. Aubameyang is a must watch player in the tournament. Saido Mane, SenegalMane became the most expensive African player in history when he joined Liverpool for £34m in the summer. He has made an immediate impact at Anfield with nine goals for the Reds already this season. Mane is currently the third best player in Africa, as such, the Teranga Lions of Senegal will be banking on his services at this year African Cup of Nations.Andre Ayew, GhanaWest Ham’s Andre Ayew believes Ghana are among the favourites for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. However, he is one man whose experience may just carry them all the way. Although the midfielder has missed several weeks of the English Premier League season through injury, he scored his first goal for West Ham against his former team Swansea last month. He also finished as the highest goal scorer in AFCON 2015. Ghana will be banking on him to find the back of the net as many times as possible again in this tournament.Khama Billiat, ZimbabweIn Billiat, Zimbabwe has the most important player at AFCON 2017. The Mamelodi Sundowns striker was voted the PSL Player of the Year in 2015. He was also recently voted as the second best African based player.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Oshoala capped an exciting year by winning the 2016 Women’s Player of the Year Award, beating Elizabeth Addo of Black Queens of Ghana, and Gabrielle Onguene of Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, to the award. She had earlier won the top scorer award at the Women’s AFCON in Cameroon, where she scored six goals in helping Nigeria win the African title for unprecedented eighth times.Oshoala is, however, no stranger to the big stage. In 2015, at just 20, she was named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, making her the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world, beating Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour.Oshoala, who was the youngest player to be shortlisted, was the leading scorer at the Under-20s World Cup in Canada in 2014 and was voted the tournament’s best player.Her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany, and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women’s Championship the same year.The effort also earned her a national award, Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) from President Goodluck Jonathan.“It’s my second time having a handshake with the president and I am really happy about it because there are many Nigerians out there wishing to just see him, not to talk of shaking hands with him. Having this second opportunity to shake hands with him, I am really happy about it and I know it is the grace of God at work in my life. For me, it’s a dream come true,” she said.Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, becoming the first African to feature in the Women’s Super League, with manager Matt Beard calling her “one of the world’s top young footballers”.Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English in her tribute to Oshoala, said, “At still only 20, she’s proved herself a formidable talent on the pitch. I’m proud BBC World Service is supporting the women’s game and thrilled with the interest in the award,” she said.To date, no individual has been so honoured in a competition than Oshoala, who was not only voted the Best Player in the 2014 Women’s U20 World Cup in Canada, but also carted away the Golden Boot for her goal-scoring prowess. Her seven goals helped Nigeria get to the final of the biennial competition for the second time; only to lose to the same opponent it lost to in the finals of the 2012 edition.Oshoala made the headlines when she signed for Liverpool in July 2015, becoming the first African player to play for any English women’s side.“When I got the deal from them, I was very excited. I supported Liverpool when I was younger, especially when Luis Suarez was still here. He’s a player I have really admired,” Oshoala said.In addition to Suarez, the Falcons star also idolises former Real and AC Milan midfielder, Clarence Seedorf.“I like him so much. I like players who work hard and give everything on the pitch. When you see a player like that, he is an inspiration. I love the way Seedorf played; I love everything about him. For the same reason, I admire Luis Suarez. He is ready to give everything and do everything for his club. I love players like that,” she said.However, less than a year later, Oshoala shifted her loyalty to Arsenal Ladies after a season with Liverpool, scoring three goals in 12 league appearances for the Reds.Arsenal Ladies Manager, Pedro Losa said: “Asisat is a fantastic talent and will be a great addition to our squad. She is quick, with excellent feet and has proven she can score goals so it’s very positive she has decided to join us.”The former Rivers Angels player is indeed not comfortable with her comparison with Mercy Akide. “I have heard people compare me with Mercy but the truth is I really do not like comparisons. I love Mercy, I really do. She’s a legend and has achieved a lot in the game and to be compared to her at this age is a privilege. It’s a challenge but with hard work, I will get better.”Looking back, she would always be grateful to FC Robo, where she cut her professional teeth. “I will always say a big thank to my first coach at FC Robo, Emmanuel Osahon. He discovered me and gave me my first break, before I joined Port Harcourt club, Rivers Angels sports club,” she recalled.In a chat with THISDAY, former Falcons goalkeeper, Ann Chiejina is optimistic that the way Oshoala is going, she would one day climb the podium for the FIFA Award.“I just hope and pray she keeps working hard. With the way she’s going she is not too far from being selected for the FIFA Women’s Footballer Award,” Chiejina said.Meanwhile, Oshoala has called for the continent to make conditions better for women, saying: “We deserve more. The federations in every country have to do more for female football.”Nicknamed Superzee by her appreciative teammates, the Nigerian striker owes her accolade to her speed and nose for goal.Meanwhile, there are strong indication that Oshoala may be going to China following John Obi Mikel’s move to the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Teda and Odion Ighalo looking likely to also move to the Asian country, it has emerged that she might be the latest Nigerian footballer set for a big-money move to China.Recent reports have suggested several unnamed Chinese clubs have contacted Arsenal Ladies about doing a deal for the Super Falcons striker.Oshoala, whose contract with the Arsenal Ladies runs out at the end of the 2017 season, is believed to be considering a move, while the English club is also reported to be willing to cash in on the reigning African women’s player of the year.The 22-year old joined the Arsenal Ladies nine months ago from the Liverpool Ladies, but is yet to have a wholly impressive season.Cote D’Ivoire Start Title DefenceThe 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off today with host country, Gabon, taking on Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso slugging it out with Cameroun much later. However, defending Champions, Elephant of Cote D’Ívoire will be tested to the maximum when they begin the defence of their title, paired in a group of two other strong contendersThe Ivorians‚ who have to do without retired Yaya Toure and injured Gervinho but have been boosted by the defection of Wilfried Zaha‚ played through an indifferent 2016 but seem to come good towards the end of the year and will be rightly considered a good bet to retain their title.The Elephants had been buoyed by the release of six million euros by the Ivorian government to prosecute African Cup of Nations campaign, official. The amount is meant for the preparation and participation of the Elephants in the competition scheduled to kickoff from January 14 to February 5 in Gabon.The current figure represents an increase of more than 600,000 euros (400 million CFA francs) compared to 2015. The Elephants won the last edition of the competition beating Ghana in the finals in Equatorial Guinea.Manchester United defender Eric Bailly and other teammates had begun preparatory work in Abu Dhabi and the Michel Dussuyer’s side had played two friendly matchesagainst Sweden and Uganda.Ivory Coast are locked in Group C along with Togo, the Democratic republic of Congo and Morocco. Despite missing the services of the Toure brothers – Kolo and Yaya announced retirement from international football after 2015. They will also be without captain Yao Gervinho who recently underwent surgery. The Super Falcons of Nigeria won the Africa Women Championship for an unprecedented eighth time last year in Cameroon. One of the team’s driving forces was Asisat Oshoala. Her effort did not go unnoticed as she was recently voted the African Women Player of the Year. With stardom achieved on the continent, Oshoala seems set to conquer the world, Kunle Adewale writesAsisat Oshoala has never compromised her passion for the round leather game as she abandoned her education for football against the wishes of her parents.“My passion for football made me drop out of school. This is one sport I won’t compromise. Growing up, people see me as a tomboy as I always play alongside male footballers and still do at Arsenal and anytime I’m in Nigeria. Those that that chose to go to school do so because they want to make it life likewise those of us that opted to play football. Though, my opting to play football was against my parents’ wish because they were not happy with my decision then but now I have brought them joy. I’m still not ruling out returning to school,” Oshoala said.
Over 6,000 fans filed into the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon hoping to witness the end of a brutal six-game losing streak for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten). The game ebbed and flowed similarly to the team’s previous loss versus Penn State, but senior Kelly Karlis ensured a different ending by drilling a corner three to seal the game as time expired.Nebraska (9-11, 4-5 Big Ten) controlled the first half thanks to seven three-pointers while limiting Wisconsin to zero.Senior Marsha Howard and freshman Imani Lewis led the Badgers back into the game with strong offensive performances. Howard and Lewis finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Forward Abby Laszewski captained another third-quarter surge with six points.Women’s basketball: Badgers drop sixth straight in home contest with Nittany LionsThursday night in the Kohl Center, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team suffered an away loss against the same Read…The Badgers allowed the Cornhuskers to rebuild a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter, but buckled down on defense, allowing just six points in the final seven minutes of the game.In order to pull off the upset, Wisconsin had to mend their biggest weakness — free throw shooting. Wisconsin sits at the bottom of the Big Ten in free throw percentage, but their late-game free throws allowed for a dynamic victory.Wisconsin went 8-9 on free throw attempts in the fourth quarter alone, none as crucial as Niya Beverley’s pair that tied the game with just over a minute left. Beverley stuffed the stat sheet Saturday with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.With 16 seconds left, Nebraska took a timeout and set up a play that freed up guard Nicea Eliely for a go-ahead layup with seven-tenths of a second remaining on the clock.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin splits goal-heavy weekend Border Battle in MinneapolisThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-11-4, 5-5-4 Big Ten) split their two-game series against the University of Minnesota Read…Wisconsin Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis called timeout and drew up a final play. Beverley then delivered a perfect pass, and Karlis drained the triple as time expired.The Kohl Center erupted as officials checked monitors to ensure that Karlis released the ball before time expired. They later confirmed the basket.The win comes before perhaps their greatest test of the season as the Badgers travel to College Park, Maryland to take on the No. 11 Maryland Terrapins Thursday night.