Tackling banned under terms of Premier League protocol for training: BBC

first_imgPremier League players will be prohibited from tackling and pitches will have to be disinfected when clubs return to training as part of plans to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the BBC reported on Tuesday.Citing an official protocol sent to Premier League players and managers outlining conditions for returning to training, the BBC’s report said pitches, corner flags, cones and goalposts would have to be disinfected after each session.Players will be tested twice per week for the virus and take a daily temperature check, while they will also be forbidden from congregating together or travelling to or from training with team mates, the report added. Topics : The Premier League did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the BBC’s report.English soccer has been on-hold since March along with most leagues across Europe due to the pandemic.Yet while clubs across the continent have begun training again and set dates for re-starting their seasons, England’s top-flight is yet to confirm plans for returning to training or matches.Germany’s Bundesliga is set to become the first of Europe’s top five leagues to start up again when matches resume on Saturday, while the Polish, Austrian and Portuguese leagues have also confirmed start dates.Clubs in Spain’s top two divisions have returned to individual training and while no date has been set for matches to restart, La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he hopes action will resume from June 12.last_img read more

Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli

first_img Tom OlverWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kShares Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Martinelli’s form has caught the attention of football icon Ronaldinho (Picture: Getty)Brazil great Ronaldinho has tipped Martinelli for big things in the future and compared the forward to his legendary former team-mate Ronaldo.‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ he told The Mirror last month.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying a phenomenal breakthrough season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Pablo Mari has backed Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli to go on and ‘become a top player’ if he keeps working hard and makes the most of his ‘incredible talent’.Martinelli, 18, has burst onto the scene this season, scoring ten goals in 21 appearances, and his solo wonder strike away to arch-rivals Chelsea last month will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans.The youngster’s outstanding form has even caught the eye of the Brazil national team who are considering offering him a place in their squad for the 2020 Olympics.Mari knows Brazilian football well after a short spell with Flamengo and the defender had been admiring Martinelli’s performances from afar before his January move to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:10FullscreenBurnley 0-0 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/burnley-0-0-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2102370/This 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.The Spaniard believes Martinelli is a unique talent but has urged the teenager to keep his feet on the ground and not look too far into the future.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability,’ Mari told Arsenal’s official website.‘He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play.‘His decision-making is improving all the time.‘Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player.’ Mari has tipped Martinelli for a big future (Picture: Getty)Mari added: ‘He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent.‘Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well.‘I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented.’last_img read more

Remarks by Governor Wolf at It’s On Us PA Press Conference

first_img June 08, 2016 Remarks by Governor Wolf at It’s On Us PA Press Conference It’s On Us PA,  Remarks,  Videos It’s On Us PA Press ConferenceHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:I want to thank all of you for being here to contribute to the important work that the “It’s on Us PA” campaign is doing.The effort to combat sexual assault and provide a safe haven for Pennsylvania’s students and young people is extremely importantThat is why Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to join the White House in this noble effortThis initiative has three goalsFirst, to improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems in the commonwealthSecond, to remove or at least reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting sexual assaultAnd third, to demonstrate that we are committed – at all levels – to the task of eradicating this scourge in PennsylvaniaWe need to treat sexual assault in our schools and colleges as the serious problem it truly isWe need to agree that we’re not going to put up with it any longerThat’s because sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us, and especially on those who are assaultedAn estimated 1 in 5 college women are assaultedNearly 20% of young women between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually assaultedMostly by someone the survivor knows and trustsClassmateSupposed friendA relativeOr a family memberAnd the impact is serious and widespreadSurvivors are more likely to experience immediate and long-term health issues like:Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – 94%Depression – 75%And suicidal tendencies – 35-50%Safety is a fundamental civil right and sexual assault is a clear violation of that civil rightWhen that violation occurs for any member of a communityIt occurs for every member of that communityIt violates the right of everyone to a safe societyPennsylvania must take a stand against sexual assault.That’s what the “It’s on Us PA” campaign is all about.It is about we, as a Commonwealth, saying that this act is entirely unacceptable and against the way of life we envision for ourselves and those in our communityWhen these acts are not taken seriously, or ignored, victims are singled out for humiliation and those that have committed them go unpunishedThat’s what happened at Stanford University, where a member of the University swim team was caught in the act of raping a young womanHe received only 6 months in a county jail with probation, while his victim will have to live the rest of her life with the feeling of violation and danger that he causedThese kinds of leniencies send a message to the community that we are not serious about preventing sexual assault, and safeguarding our young people.These kinds of leniencies are unacceptable.The “It’s on Us PA” campaign is about delivering that message across the Commonwealth.We need to end sexual assaultMy administration is committed to this goal.We have great partners in this effort who are committed to doing just thatSince January, over 800 people – including over 200 colleges, universities and school districts in Pennsylvania – have signed the pledge to join the “It’s on us” campaignMy administration has engaged them to help in this effortOver the past 6 months, we have held roundtables across the Commonwealth to hear from survivors, students, healthcare professionals and policy makers, trying to create better strategies for ending sexual assaultTo that end, I have proposed $1 million in the 2016-17 budget to invest in community partnerships that will help prevent sexual violence and remove barriers to reporting in schools across PennsylvaniaAdditionally, I have directed the Department of Education to provide support and technical assistance by administering this program and align state level resources to better support school districts and postsecondary institutionsIn the near future, my administration will introduce a legislative package designed to ensure that safety and wellbeing of students and young peopleThis package will target the enormous number of statutes and regulations that cover different types of harassment and violence to identify opportunities to prevent sexual violenceI am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world as to what committed citizens can do to make our world betterIt’s truly on all of us to accomplish thisLet’s get to workAnd thanks for your commitment to freeing our commonwealth of the problem of campus sexual assaultNow, I am very proud to turn the podium over to Coach Jay WrightCoach Wright is a key ally in the effort to end sexual assault on campusHe, like the rest of us, is committed to making sure that sexual assault has no place in the life of a young person.He also happens to coach the National Champion Villanova Wildcats Basketball teamJay WrightLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This suburb is attracting buyers because of its strong sporting credentials

first_img16 Flower St, Woolloongabba. Picture: realestate.com.auThe living and dining areas flow out to a large rear deck, which overlooks the garden. A renovated bathroom has a large combined bath and shower.Both of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the front room would operate well as an office.For investors, the property has a good rental history of long-term tenants.It is two blocks from the South City development which, upon completion, will include a full-sized supermarket, cafes and restaurants. 27 Henry St, Woolloongabba. Picture: realestate.com.auThe three-bedroom home is listed through Will Torres, of Place – Coorparoo.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe house is on 405sq m and has the potential for renovation or redevelopment subject to council approval. It is a short walk from Logan and Ipswich roads. The post-war home has original VJ walls, timber flooring and exterior fretwork. Two of the bedrooms are airconditioned and there is a central bathroom.The kitchen is open plan and next to a dining and living area, from which the front deck can be accessed.Meanwhile, another home close to all of the sporting action is the renovated two-bedroom home at 16 Flower St, Woolloongabba.It is listed, seeking best offers of more than $615,000, through Kellie O’Connor, of O’Connor Realty. Love  your sport? Reckon living within walking distance of one of Brisbane’s major sporting stadiums sounds like a dream come true?If you answer yes to any of these questions, then Woolloongabba is for you. The suburb, about 3km from the Brisbane CBD, is home to the famous Gabba stadium.If you want to live not far from all the AFL or cricket action, the property at 20 Vanda St is listed for buyers of more than $1.18 million.The five-bedroom, triple-gable Queenslander is fully self-contained on both levels, with kitchens, living areas and entertainment spaces.Upstairs is a more traditional Queenslander style, with two bedrooms and a third bedroom in the sleepout. Downstairs is more modern, with three bedrooms, an open-plan living area and a kitchen overlooking the fenced yard. The property has a swimming pool and a wooden garage that has been converted for storage. There is also a Queenslander-style cubby house.Also not a long walk from the stadium is 27 Henry St, Woolloongabba, which is scheduled for auction on May 20.last_img read more

There is a home to suit every buyer at auctions across Brisbane’s outer suburbs this weekend

first_img132 Ernest Street, Manly“At this stage, I’ve got one registered bidder and two others that will possibly register on the day.”On the lower level, there is a cellar and workshop, two bedrooms as well as a theatre room and family area that opens onto a deck. 8 Ernest Street, Morningside“In the last two to three years… people have been responding to them well,” Mr Tolley said.“You can do a bit to them – everyone likes to add their own little personal touch.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago 8 Ernest Street, MorningsidePlace Bulimba agent Dion Tolley said there were a few keen buyers interested in the three-bedroom home at 8 Ernest St, which was built in 1920.“(I’m) in the process now of getting a few registered (to bid) on the day,” Mr Tolley said.“It’s quite special given the character of the home.” 132 Ernest Street, Manly“There’s lots of interest because people are looking for a property with views and it’s also surrounded by multimillion-dollar properties,” Mr Sorrentino said.“In the last three weeks, we’ve had about 100 groups through. 132 Ernest Street, ManlyThe ground floor is dedicated to an open kitchen, dining and living area that flows onto a balcony and also has the master bedroom with ensuite.Two extra bedrooms are on the upper level with a deck. 8 Ernest Street, MorningsideIt sits on a 405sq m block and has an open kitchen and dining room that flows onto a covered outdoor deck as well as a separate lounge room.The feature front door, timber floors, VJ walls and ornate ceilings give it a classic charm.Mr Tolley said homes with character were becoming more attractive to buyers. 26 Whitehead Road, The GapIt has a combined family and meals area that flows through to the kitchen and into a combined dining and sitting room on the first floor.There is also a separate study and lounge room.All the bedrooms are upstairs. 26 Whitehead Road, The GapFROM older homes with classic charm to luxury, modern mansions – a property to suit every buyer will go under the hammer this weekend.A pre-war character home in Morningside will be one of the first to go to auction on Saturday, February 24, at 9am. 132 Ernest Street, ManlyIn Manly, a three-storey luxury home with views of the bay and marina will go to auction on Sunday, February 25, at 11am.Place Manly principal Marc Sorrentino said the property at 132 Ernest St had attracted a lot of interested buyers. 26 Whitehead Road, The GapAnother character home at The Gap will go to auction at 12 noon.Harcourts Solutions agent Stephen Dangerfield said the renovated and well maintained Tudor-style property at 26 Whitehead Rd was one in a handful in the area. 26 Whitehead Road, The Gap“It’s quite a unique style of home,” Mr Dangerfield said.The two-storey house sits on a 977sq m block and has four bedrooms.last_img read more

Crane delivered to Tanzania

first_imgKIROW Rail & Port AG, based in Leipzig, has completed a KRC 900 rail-mounted rescue crane, and delivered it to Tanzanian Railways Corp. Work is now under way on a similar crane for Ghana.Kirow has completed the take over of Kocks Krane International, which specialises in container and heavy-lift cranes, and Kranbau Eberswalde which builds level luffing cranes; the two subsidiaries are being absorbed into Kirow’s corporate identity.Maschinenbau Kirow,Leipzig, GermanyReader Enquiry Number 143last_img read more

Pensions industry weighs in on ECB data reporting plan

first_imgThe associations said it was not clear which German entities would have to report to the ECB. The central bank’s requirements would prove an additional burden for IORPs, the German organisations added, as such funds would be subject to “the almost simultaneous introduction of new reporting requirements by EIOPA”.“I fear this being a very significant resource drain for no demonstrable benefit”Mark Dowsey, Willis Towers WatsonIn total, pension funds would in future have to comply with three “extensive” reporting requirements, the associations added, including “existing, but hopefully reduced” reporting to the German national supervisor.They raised concerns about the timeframe for reporting liabilities – within 14 weeks – and said this was too short if a binding validation of the data was required within this period.Mark Dowsey, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, told IPE that the ECB’s data collection plans were “a big issue for many pension funds in Europe”.“I fear this being a very significant resource drain for no demonstrable benefit,” he said. “I understand the ECB’s wanting a broad handle on things at the macro level, but this sort of granular detail seems unnecessary.”What the European Central Bank has proposed EIOPA is still consulting on the regular reporting of occupational pensions information from national supervisory authorities. The requirements would apply to pension funds of €1bn or more in assets.According to Willis Towers Watson, the information sought by EIOPA goes beyond that targeted by the ECB – including, for example, data about pension protection schemes.In its work programme for 2018, EIOPA said its strategic ambition was to be “the EU data-hub for the collection, use and dissemination of reference and reporting data on EU insurance companies and pension funds”. It also claimed this year’s stress test of pension funds “will likely highlight a number of risks in relation to the occupational pensions market, and EIOPA will need to enhance its means of collecting, managing and analysing data on the sector”.EIOPA’s data proposals have already been criticised by pension funds, although formal responses will come in following the end of the consultation on 27 October.EIOPA and the ECB have worked together in setting up their definitions and frameworks with a view to minimising the reporting burden on the pensions industry, the two parties have said.EIOPA’s proposals – which are still open to consultation until 27 October – are focused on obtaining information from national supervisors. However, Willis Towers Watson’s Dowsey said regulators would still have to seek this data from individual pension schemes.The UK and other non-euro-zone European countries would probably be unaffected by the ECB’s regulation, Dowsey said, but – subject to Brexit negotiations – would probably still be affected by the EIOPA proposal. Proposed new data reporting rules affecting pension funds should be delayed by up to a year to aid understanding and compliance, according to German pension fund trade bodies.Both the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) have proposed frameworks for data gathering from pension funds, both of which have been criticised already as posing a significant burden.Responding to the ECB’s consultation, which closed at the end of September, Germany’s aba called for a 12-month delay to the first required reporting date, from the end of 2018 to at least the end of 2019, “because from our perspective the earlier date is not feasible”.aba’s response was also on behalf of the German trade bodies for public and church pension funds (AKA) and Versorgungswerke (ABV).center_img The ECB wants pension funds to report regularly on their assets and liabilities as a means of “increasing transparency in this fast-growing sector of the financial services industry”. It published a draft regulation on this at the end of July and its consultation on the regulation ended on 29 September.According to Willis Towers Watson, the ECB regulation would require pension funds to provide broad and detailed reports on their assets, liabilities and membership numbers. At the asset level they would have to provide each security’s identification number (ISIN), price, market value, number of units, revaluations, and more.The draft rules state that “national central banks” should co-ordinate quarterly asset portfolio data and annual data regarding liabilities and membership. Dowsey questioned what the ECB or regulators would be able to do if they thought the data revealed a problem.“Let’s say they establish that pension funds have a significant exposure to Greek sovereign debt, or too many people are investing in a certain security,” he said. “They can’t compel [investors] to sell. Even issuing a warning would move markets, perhaps unnecessarily.”Trade bodies call for minimal reporting burdensPensionsEurope – the continental trade body for pension funds – and the Netherlands’ Pensioenfederatie both voiced support for the ECB’s aims in their consultation responses.The Dutch trade body appeared relatively unconcerned by the central bank’s plans. In comments shared with IPE, it said the dataset as requested by the ECB was not as comprehensive as the dataset requested by its national supervisor.“Consequently, the effect of this initiative on Dutch pension funds should be limited,” it said.In general, however, it was very important that reporting burden and costs were minimised as much as possible for its pension fund members, the Pensioenfederatie added.“When it comes to the process of data collection and distribution, a central role should be played by the national authority, that already [has] a lot of information available (at least in the Netherlands),” the federation said. PensionsEurope also emphasised the importance of keeping the reporting burden and costs to a minimum, but said it was “happy to see that the ECB already pays a lot of attention to that in its draft regulation”. However, it reiterated that pension funds should not be required to pay high fees to third parties to obtain the information required by the ECB and EIOPA.EIOPA’s plans for an EU “data-hub”last_img read more

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign fund buys 21% stake in UK pension insurer

first_imgIn the past 12 months PIC has backed pension fund buy-ins and buyouts worth more than £2.3bn. Competition within the sector has increased markedly in recent years, though, as companies seek to de-risk their existing DB pension schemes.Earlier this month, the trustees of the Littlewoods Pensions Scheme agreed an £880m (€1bn) pensioner buy-in deal with Scottish Widows and, in the first quarter, Rothesay Life acquired a £12bn portion of Prudential’s annuity book. According to JLT Employee Benefits, more than £19bn of bulk annuity transfer deals, longevity swaps, buy-ins, and buyouts have been struck in 2018 so far – close to the £21bn agreed in 2017.Tracy Blackwell, CEO at PIC, said: “We are confident that… they will continue to build on the valuable support provided by JC Flowers over the past 12 years, and ensure that PIC is ideally placed to meet the increased demand from pension fund trustees.”PIC has more than £25bn of assets, representing the benefits of over 150,000 individuals.Estimates put ADIA’s overall portfolio holdings at between $800bn (€692bn) and $875bn. The PIC purchase is the latest in a long line of investments by ADIA designed to build up its private equity arm across a range of sectors, including financial services, healthcare and technology.In recent years, ADIA has acquired stakes in KKR India Financial Services – a wing of the US private equity giant KKR – and US firm Hyatt Hotels, as well as holdings in the UK’s Gatwick Airport and Thames Water. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, is to acquire up to 21.4% of the Pension Insurance Corporation Group (PICG) for an undisclosed amount from private investment firm JC Flowers.PICG is the parent company of Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), the specialist insurer that provides bulk annuities to UK corporate pension schemes in what has become an increasingly buoyant market in recent years.“This investment is a further demonstration of our ongoing strategy to seek out principal investments in market-leading businesses with strong management teams,” said Hamad Shahwan Aldhaheri, executive director of the private equities department at ADIA. “PIC has proven its ability to respond to the growing trend for UK companies to de-risk their defined benefit [DB] pension obligations and, as such, has strengthened its position as the industry’s leading pension insurance provider.”last_img read more

‘Toxic childhoods’ blamed for 22,000 self-harm cases

first_imgThe figures showed that in the past year, NHS hospitals treated 18,037 girls and 4,623 boys aged between 10 and 19 after they had deliberately harmed themselves — a rise of 11 per cent. During the same period, cases involving children between 10 and 14 rose from 4,008 to 5,192 — an increase of 30 per cent. Experts warned that cyberbullying on social networking websites had heaped misery on thousands of families, creating childhoods characterised by anxiety and loneliness. Lucie Russell, the director of campaigns at the Young Minds charity, said children were living in an “unprecedentedly toxic climate”, with a 24/7 online culture that they could not switch off. “Cyberbullying and ‘sexting’, bleak employment prospects and a society obsessed with body image are creating a negative environment around children and young people,” she added. The Telegraph 1 October 2013 More than 22,000 children and teenagers were treated in hospital for  self-harming last year, according to official figures which experts said showed the “toxic” effects of social media and a society obsessed with body image.Charities said the statistics, which showed a 30 per cent rise in self-harming among 10 to 14-year-olds, were a “deeply worrying” reflection of the pressures on young people. Young people turned to self-harm as a coping mechanism to manage emotional distress and were too often dismissed as attention seekers, said experts.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10348593/Toxic-childhoods-blamed-for-22000-self-harm-cases.htmllast_img read more

Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date

first_imgNewsRegional Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date by: – September 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Mr Chavez – here wearing an indigenous head dress – says cancer will not stop his reelectionVenezuela’s presidential election will be held on 7 October 2012, the electoral authorities have announced. The date is earlier than expected, as Venezuela’s presidential polls are usually held in December. President Hugo Chavez has said he will seek another term to continue his left-wing “revolution”, despite undergoing treatment for cancer. The main opposition coalition will choose a candidate to stand against him in a primary on 12 February. Mr Chavez immediately expressed his confidence that he would win a third six-year term. He wrote on Twitter: “7 October 2012: your destiny is written! We will write another revolutionary victory on your page! We will live and we will conquer!”The left-wing leader, who has governed Venezuela since 1999, has said he wants to serve at least two more terms, which would take him through until 2025. Mr Chavez, 57, says he is now convalescing after having surgery for cancer in June and subsequent chemotherapy, but the exact nature and extent of his illness has not been made public. Speaking before the election date was announced, he promised an energetic campaign despite his ill health. “You won’t see Chavez hiding,” he said.“You’ll see a recuperated Chavez touring the country as a candidate, touring the streets at a rhythm set by circumstances.”ChallengersAs well as giving Mr Chavez time to recuperate, the October election date gives the opposition Table of Democratic Unity (MUD) plenty of time to campaign. The favourites to win the opposition nomination in February’s primary are the governor of Miranda state, Henrique Capriles Radonski, and the governor of Zulia state, Pablo Perez. Opposition leaders have welcomed the announcement of the election date, while expressing concern at the long transition period it will leave before the start of the next presidential term in February 2013. “This election date, two months earlier than is traditional, has an advantage in that we now have a date,” MUD executive secretary Ramon Guillermo Aveledo said. “But the disadvantage is that it extends the lapse between the presidential election and the taking of office,” he added. The opposition alliance says Venezuelans have had enough of what they say is Mr Chavez’s poor economic management and dictatorial style. They are also hoping that dissatisfaction with high crime rates, inflation and electricity shortages will boost their support. But Mr Chavez still has strong support, particularly among the poor who have benefited most from his socialist policies, which have seen Venezuela’s oil riches spent on services including health and education. Mr Chavez’s personal charisma and promise of revolutionary change have helped him secure repeated election victories since he first won the presidency in 1999. Parliamentary elections last year showed Venezuelan voters evenly divided between support for Mr Chavez’s socialists and the opposition. BBC Newslast_img read more