1 Fredy Guarin is a wanted man according to his agent According to his agent, Fredy Guarin is a wanted man, with Chelsea and Real Madrid named as just two of the teams to miss out on the Colombian over the past year.In a recent interview Marcelo Ferreyra revealed that Inter Milan had rejected moves from the European duo for his client, although it will be increasingly hard for them to hold onto him when he scored goals like this.In a 4-1 victory over Atalanta on Sunday, Guarin played a huge role, earning a penalty for his side and scoring twice – including this beauty – to ease the pressure on boss Roberto Mancini.Guarin has been criticised in recent seasons as a player with bags of potential, but little in the way of a final product, but he looks like he may be finally blossoming into some player.
OAKLAND — Sunday night wasn’t officially goodbye.No, the Warriors will play two more home games at Oracle Arena next weekend to open the 2019 NBA Playoffs, and the well-held expectation is that there will be a handful more contests in Oakland, as the team aims to win its fourth title in five years in the weeks to come.Truthfully, no one can say when the final Warriors game at Oracle Arena will take place. That’s the nature of the playoffs. So for Sunday’s final regular-season home …
11 April 2006The past few years have seen a remarkable crime turnaround in South Africa, thanks in large part to public-private partnerships. So observes The Economist in a survey of South Africa contained in its 8 April issue.According to The Economist, the most visible result of the dramatic reduction in crime in Johannesburg, the country’s financial capital, has been the swift regeneration of the city centre. Business Against CrimeAnd it singles out Business Against Crime, the organisation that pioneered a successful model using private sector know-how to combat crime with a mixture of public and private money, as the driving force behind the turnaround.Business Against Crime set up its closed-circuit TV surveillance cameras in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD) after the success of a similar scheme in Cape Town. Within 18 months, street crime had dropped by 80%.“Bank robberies, once common in the CBD, have become rare,” The Economist reports. “And whereas only a couple of years ago people avoided using their mobile phones in the streets to avoid attracting muggers, they now talk into them with gusto.”Applying the model elsewhereBusiness Against Crime’s model is now being applied to other parts of South Africa’s criminal justice system, such as the slow processing of criminal cases.“BAC spent R31-million over several years on getting outside experts to analyse the flow of cases, from the initial reporting of an incident in a police station to the arrival (or not) of the case in court,” The Economist reports.“On the basis of this research, the government spent about R2-billion on reforming the whole system.“Perhaps partly as a result, conviction rates – a dismal 8% in 2000 – are beginning to creep up.”General decrease in crimeAccording to the author of The Economist’s report, the crime turnaround in Johannesburg may also have helped to bring down crime in South Africa as a whole.The report cites government statistics indicating that:The overall murder rate for the country is down by over 40% from its peak in the mid-1990s. The murder rate in Soweto, Johannesburg’s world-famous township, is down by as much as 60%. Violent crime in general has fallen by 8% in the two years 2004-05. Property crimes have declined by 11% in the same period. The number of car thefts in 2004-05 was the lowest on record.The Economist notes that “areas of concern” remain, with cash-in-transit robberies on the increase and a large number of firearms still in circulation – “a legacy of South Africa’s apartheid-era wars with its neighbours.”400 000 ‘guardian angels’At national level too, SA’s private sector has “energetically moved into crime prevention to fill the void left by the state in the 1990s,” the report notes, citing official figures showing that 265 000 people are now working in the “guarding” business in South Africa – almost double the number of regular police force members.Counting related occupations such as private investigators and in-house security guards, the report estimates that the total number working in the country’s private security industry may be as high as 400 000.“With that sort of investment, it would be astonishing if crime had not come down in the past few years,” The Economist notes.Government’s roleSouth Africa’s government has also played its part in the improvement.“In the mid-1990s the state police force suddenly had to transform itself from an instrument of political repression into a crime-fighting force,” the report notes. “Many (mainly white) officers left and numbers dropped, but with better pay they have since risen again, to about 150 000.”Antony Altbeker, a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, told The Economist that increased social security provision by the state had also helped to reduce crime in one of its largest categories – namely, crime among people who know each other.Altbeker, pointing to research showing that as much as half of all crimes fall into this category, argues that increases in state pensions and child support since 1994 have moderated “some of the petty squabbling and inter-personal violence within families, including murders.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
10 December 2012South African golfer Charl Schwartzel’s last title victory had been in the 2011 US Masters. When he broke that drought on Sunday, he did so in style, winning the Thailand Golf Championship by a massive 11-shot margin over a classy field.Schwartzel had finished second to Lee Westwood by seven shots in the same event in 2011, but there was no holding him back this time around as he carded three rounds of seven-under-par 65 to go with a 68 in the third round for a tournament record total of 25-under-par 263 on the Amata Spring Country Club course.It was his first win on the Asian Tour. Apart from the Masters, which counts as both a PGA and European Tour win, Schwartzel has six other European Tour titles and five Sunshine Tour victories to his name.‘I played pretty flawless golf’Throughout the 72 holes of the event, he dropped only one shot and led from wire to wire. “Making one bogey the whole week pretty much sums up how I played. I played pretty flawless golf,” he told the media after securing victory.“I hit some great shots out there and never got myself in any trouble. It’s nice to keep some bogeys off the card, which has been my Achilles heel for a while.“I got off to a nice start and just kept it going. I felt good out and obviously the course suits my eye. It’s nice to play some good golf out there.”Looking back on the time since his last win at Augusta, Schwartzel said: “It’s always hard when you’ve won such a big tournament (and don’t win again). You go on a high and you feel that you can win all the ones that you play in. I came close a few times.‘A difficult year’“Winning is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. You know, it’s been quite hard work and it’s been a difficult year especially in the middle [when I was injured].“It’s nice to put things in place and get the win that I’ve been looking for for a while.”Current Masters’ champion Bubba Watson shared second with 20-year-old Thai golfer Thitiphun Chuayprakong on 14-under-par 274 after closing with a seven-under 65.‘A lot of mistakes’“I didn’t have my best stuff on Friday and Saturday and made a lot of mistakes,” Watson said of his middle rounds of 70 and 71.“Schwartzel played pretty good and my best stuff probably wouldn’t be as good,” he admitted. “It would have given me a chance to scare him, but I didn’t have my best in the previous two days.”Spain’s Sergio Garcia was alone in fourth, 13 shots off the pace, on 12-under-par 276.LEADERBOARD 263 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) (-25) 65, 65, 68, 65274 Bubba Watson (USA) (-14) 68, 70, 71, 65274 Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Tha) (-14) 66, 67, 71, 70276 Sergio Garcia (Esp) (-12) 69, 69, 68, 70277 Hyun-bin Park (Kor) (-11) 68, 74, 67, 68278 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) (-10) 68, 71, 72, 67278 Prom Meesawat (Tha) (-10) 69, 72, 70, 67278 Simon Dyson (Eng) (-10) 72, 71, 67, 68278 Scott Hend (Aus) (-10) 70, 68, 69, 71278 Daniel Chopra (Swe) (-10) 67, 67, 69, 75 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material