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£75m Suarez 100% a Barcelona player

16 July 2014 Last updated at 17:43

Luis Suarez is now “100%” a Barcelona player, the Spanish club has said.

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The club is looking to rebuild under Enrique, who was appointed in May, after failing to win a major trophy last season for the first time in six years.

If the transfer fee is confirmed at £75m, it will be the third largest in football history.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo cost Real Madrid £86m and £80m respectively.

Barcelona have been told by football’s world governing body Fifa that, under the terms of the ban, they will not be able to publicly unveil Suarez, as they have done with previous signings.

It was estimated that about 90,000 fans were in the Nou Camp for Neymar’s presentation in June 2013.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have allowed 22-year-old forward Cristian Tello to join Portuguese side Porto on a two-year loan deal.

Porto have the option to buy the Spain international at the end of the loan spell, while Barcelona can recall him after one season.

Brazil claims victoryin World Cup

Many of the approximately 1 million foreign tourists who descended on Brazil took in the sights, as well as the World Cup matches.


(CNN) — Brazil’s national football team may have been smoked on the pitch by Germany, but now government officials are claiming a 2014 FIFA World Cup victory of another sort.

According to figures released this week by Brazil’s federal government, the World Cup was a triumph for the country’s transportation and tourism industries.

“We lost the trophy, but Brazil won the World Cup,” said Aloisio Mercadante, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff, in a statement.

“Brazil showed that they know how to win, lose, host and celebrate peace with respect and a ‘make yourself at home’ atmosphere that won the world over.”

According to government figures, 1 million foreign tourists visited Brazil during the month-long event, far exceeding its pre-Cup projection of 600,000 visitors coming to the country from abroad.

About 3 million Brazilians traveled around the country during the event, just short of the expected 3.1 million.

Additionally, according to the government, of the million foreign visitors, “95% of them said they intend to return.”

“We were saying that we would host the World Cup of World Cups,” said President Rousseff in a statement. “Indeed, we staged the World Cup of World Cups.

“We had one problem, our match against Germany. However … we beat the pessimistic predictions and hosted the World Cup of World Cups with the immense and wonderful contribution of our people.”

Not everyone onboard

The government’s assessment of the World Cup’s impact on travel was significantly more enthusiastic than a report last week in the Wall Street Journal that called the event “a bust for Brazil’s domestic travel industry.”

Citing figures from the Brazilian Airline Association, that story projected total air travel in Brazil falling 11% to 15% during the World Cup compared with the same period in 2013. The story blamed hiked-up prices and large crowds for scaring off domestic tourists.

Economists who study the impact of large sporting and other events on local and national economies tend to be less sanguine than the governments that host them.

“Every time you get a World Cup tourist you get one less regular tourist,” Dr. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist and economics professor at Smith College in Massachusetts, tells CNN.

“Generally speaking, the World Cup does not benefit the host’s tourism industry.”

Zimbalist says it’s doubtful Brazil’s international tourism profile will experience long-term positive impact as a result of the World Cup.

He points to heightened media coverage around the event that focused on “unsavory conditions” facing the country, such as violence, poverty, pollution and social unrest, as illustrated by public demonstrations against the huge amounts of public funds spent on new infrastructure.

Furthermore, he said, the World Cup won’t provide sustained promotion for the smaller of the event’s 12 host cities.

The Amazonas city of Manaus is an example.

Zimbalist cited public money spent on a stadium that will eventually become underutilized. Rather than inspire coverage of the beauty of the surrounding Amazon, media reports tended to focus on the new facility and the conflict that surrounded its construction.

“It’s very hard to see how that’s going to promote tourism in Manaus,” says Zimbalist.

More where that came from

Turning mega-sporting events such as the World Cup and Olympics into proxy tourism campaigns remains an uncertain enterprise.

Some cities continue to reap the benefits of hosting.

Barcelona has seen a tenfold increase in tourist numbers since it hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Meanwhile, a decade after hosting the 2004 summer games, Olympic venues in Athens have become decaying ghost towns.

For now, it’s unlikely there will be enough time to assess the long-term economic impact of the World Cup on Brazil’s economy in advance of the country’s next huge event — the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Will they knock down Astrodome?

Rows of dirty, tattered seats ring the Astrodome in Houston in 2012. Harris County voters rejected a proposal to remodel and save the Astrodome. The proposition was rejected by a 53%-47% vote. However it is too early to determine the Astrodome’s fate, as nothing can happen until the county commission meets and votes to go ahead with the demolition. Look back at some memorable events that the famous venue once hosted.


(CNN) — Some folks in Texas think it would be a good idea if they tore down what has been called the “Eighth bursa Wonder of the World” and replaced it with a park.

The Astrodome, which opened in April 1965 as an engineering marvel, hasn’t had a tenant since 2003 when the Houston Rodeo moved to a new stadium next door. (The Astros scooted away after the 1999 season).

Last year, Houston residents said they weren’t going to spring for a property tax increase that would have helped pay to turn the now-dilapidated dome into a spiffy, green convention center.

25 years on the ‘dead stadium’ tour

So Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans, who also play at NRG Stadium, asked two firms to come up with some potential uses of the land.

One is a $66 million greenspace that, if they got started soon, could be ready in time for the 2017 Super Bowl.

The site would feature columns on which great moments or players or entertainers would be remembered.

“Although the option does include removal of the NRG Astrodome building itself, it pays homage to the history, heritage and culture of the Dome,” the rodeo said on its website. “The plan is constructed so that anyone who visits the space will have the ability to learn about the relevant events held in the Dome escort and about its unique history.”

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Joe Stinebaker, a spokesperson for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, said this doesn’t mean the Astrodome is coming down any time soon.

“Anybody and their brother can make a proposal,” Stinebaker said. “This is not a county proposal. This is coming from tenant NRG Park. The county does not have a proposal pending nor is there a timetable.”

On Twitter, he said that only the commissioners will decide the fate of the first domed sports stadium in the world. And he said the judge doesn’t want the dome knocked down.

Cops reenact toddler’s hot car death

Atlanta (CNN) — Open a car door on a summer day, and a sauna blast will quickly remind you just how seethingly, sticky hot it can get inside in just a short time. It’s suffocating.

For 22-month-old Cooper Harris, strapped all day into a child’s seat in his father’s SUV, as the sun baked it, it was fatal.

Investigators in Georgia wanted to know how high the temperature climbed in that back seat, so this week they recreated that sauna heat in Justin Ross Harris‘ silver Hyundai Tucson.

They drove it to the spot where it sat in the sun for seven hours on June 18, the day Cooper died.

They have not released the data yet, but CNN weather experts believe temperatures could have climbed to nearly 140 degrees inside the car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Authority has corroborated the possibility.

“Even outside temperatures in the 60s can cause a car temperature to rise well above 110° F,” the agency said.

The test came in the same week that the Cobb County medical examiner’s office said toxicology tests on the boy revealed nothing abnormal, meaning he apparently was not drugged or medicated.

That report and the autopsy report — which found the child’s cause of death “consistent with hyperthermia” and that investigative information “suggests the manner of death is homicide” — will not be released to the public until the investigation is complete, the office said Thursday.

Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris, is charged with murder and child cruelty. He has pleaded not guilty.

Harris fired by employer

Harris, who worked for two years at the The Home Depot’s corporate offices in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna, has been terminated, a spokeswoman for the company said Thursday.

Harris, a web designer, had been on unpaid leave since charges were filed last month.

Catherine Woodling gave no details of the termination.

A Home Depot charity fund paid for Cooper’s funeral.

Measuring temperatures at key times

During this week’s car test, investigators parked in the same space that Harris did, WAGA reported, and measured the temperature at times of day that are key to the father’s murder case:

— At 9:30 a.m., when police say Harris pulled into the parking lot at The Home Depot’s corporate offices. He normally would have taken Cooper to daycare then, but left him in the car.

— At 12:42 p.m., when the 33-year-old father placed light bulbs he had purchased inside the car.

— And at 4:16 p.m., when investigators say Harris drove off.

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On the day Cooper died, the high temperature reached 92 degrees. Investigators used outside thermometers on Tuesday to monitor outdoor temperature rises.

Dozens of children die in hot cars every year, the NHTSA said.

People are in danger of dying of heatstroke when their body temperatures climb above 104 degrees and stay there for prolonged periods, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Heat attacks the brain, heart, kidneys and muscles, the Mayo Clinic said.

Victims can experience nausea and faintness, before organ damage sets in, eventually leading to death.

The elderly and small children are particularly susceptible to heatstroke.

Who is Justin Ross Harris?

Death highlights key role of digital evidence

Uncomfortable details

Initially, police said the death of the toddler was the result of tragic absent-mindedness.

They said the dad had apparently forgotten the boy was in the back seat of his Hyundai Tucson and apparently didn’t remember until he was done with his workday, drove a couple of miles and pulled into a shopping center parking lot.

But suspicions grew as police investigated, and Harris was charged.

Investigators also have unearthed uncomfortable details in Harris’ online activities. He has performed Internet searches on child death in hot cars, they said.

While Cooper was left in the car, Harris was allegedly chatting via an online contact service with women. Police say that Harris, who is married, has, in the past, sent sexually explicit messages and photos on the service, including to an underage girl.

Leanna Harris, Justin’s wife, has not been named a suspect in the case. Officer Michael Bowman, a Cobb County police spokesman, said Monday, “Leanna Harris has been interviewed. Detectives continue to work on the case.”

Opinion: In hot car death, leave the mom alone

Police have alleged she behaved strangely in the days before and moments after the death of her 22-month-old boy.

Thursday, defense attorney Lawrence Zimmerman confirmed to CNN he had been retained by Leanna Harris.

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Germany expels U.S. Embassy official amid spying allegations


(CNN) — The German government said Thursday it is expelling a person it describes as the representative of U.S. foreign intelligence services based at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

The move comes after two allegations emerged of Germans spying for the United States over the last week, claims prompting an investigation by German prosecutors of a suspect accused of passing secrets.

The call comes against the background of the current investigation by the federal prosecutor and questions that have remained unresolved for months about the activity of U.S. intelligence in Germany.

“The German government views these events as very serious,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

In a statement, Seibert stressed the importance of “mutual trust and openness.”

“It remains essential for Germany, in the interest of the security of its citizens and its armed forces abroad, to cooperate closely on the basis of trust with its western partners, in particular with the USA.” Seibert said the government “is ready to offer that, and expects its closest partners to do the same.”

German prosecutors said Wednesday they are investigating a suspect accused of passing secrets.

“Officers of the federal criminal office have since this morning searched the living and office rooms of an accused in the Berlin area because of initial suspicion of secret service agency activity. They said “an arrest did not take place.”

As a matter of policy, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to comment on the reported intelligence activity.

“The reason for that is there’s an important principle at stake, which is declining to comment on them publicly allows for the sufficient protection of our national interests, in some cases the intelligence assets, and more generally, American national security,” he said.

Only last week, bursa German prosecutors ordered the arrest of a German citizen on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence agencies.

On Friday, the German foreign office called in the U.S. ambassador to discuss it.

Both the German escort prosecutor and the foreign office released scarce information then, but officials have spoken in detail with German journalists, who published many reports on the allegations of U.S. spying on the country.

“If the reports are correct, it would be a serious case. If the allegations are true, it would be for me a clear contradiction to what I consider to be a trustful cooperation between agencies and partners,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Her warning came as U.S.-German relations are already shaky in the aftermath of disclosures by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden that showed the United States was listening in on Merkel’s phone calls.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an interview Tuesday with the German news site Spiegel Online, said both countries need to talk about what intelligence collection should be allowed and what might thwart intelligence and security cooperation.

“Clearly, the surveillance on Chancellor Merkel’s phone was absolutely wrong,” she said.

Germany and other friendly countries complained when Snowden’s leaks last year revealed U.S. surveillance of foreign leaders as well as screening of foreign phone calls and Internet contacts in investigating terrorist ties.

The Obama administration responded that all countries conduct surveillance on each other, but the President also has ordered changes in U.S. programs.

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Pope’s apology still doesn’t cut it

Pope Francis speaks during the feast-day Mass on a one-day trip to the Calabrian region of Italy on Saturday, June 21. The Pope spoke out against the Mafia’s “adoration of evil and contempt for the common good,” and declared that “mafiosi are excommunicated, not in communion with God.’


Editor’s note: Heidi Schlumpf is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and teaches communication at Aurora University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — After meeting Monday with six victims of sexual abuse by clergy members, Pope Francis apologized for the crimes committed against them and begged forgiveness “for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse.”

Apologies are all well and good, but this one brings to mind two trite but true sayings: “Too little, too late” and “Actions speak louder than words.” Unfortunately, Francis has more to do so that future popes won’t have to keep saying “I’m sorry” for these crimes and the Catholic Church’s cover-up.

This is not to downplay the important symbolism of public apologies from the church’s top leader. Indeed, Francis seems sincere and acknowledges the complicity of the institutional church in the cover-up, not just the actions of individual men.

But Francis is not the first pope to meet bursa with sex abuse victims or even the first to offer an official apology for what has to be one of the gravest evils in the church. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, met on several occasions with victims, including during a trip to the United States. After one such meeting,escort he also issued a formal apology, saying he was “deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured.”

In comparison, Francis’ apology, given during a lengthy homily, was more extensive, emphasizing the psychological and spiritual pain victims have endured and noting that these “despicable actions” had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.”

It also was better than his, “Yes, but …” apology earlier this year, when he mentioned that abusers were “quite a few in number, though not compared to the total number” of priests, after earlier complaining about how the church had been unfairly singled out for the problem of sexual abuse of minors.

Given the enormity of this problem facing the Catholic Church, however, victims’ rights groups are correct in expressing disappointment with how long it took for the new Pope to meet with them (16 months into his pontificate). In March, editors of the National Catholic Reporter, which has been covering sex abuse by clergy for nearly three decades, implored the Pope in an open letter to make meeting with victims a priority.

As someone who clearly understands the significance of his actions — everything from his choice of attire to whose feet he washes on Holy Thursday — Francis should have met with victims much sooner than this.

Still, Monday’s apology seems to be part of more significant movements in the Vatican, including the naming of a victim to a new panel to address sex abuse and the recent defrocking of a Polish archbishop and papal ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors.

But there is much more to be done, starting with the removal of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn, who has been found guilty of failing to report suspicions of child abuse to police or state child welfare authorities. The diocese has recently been ordered to pay $1.1 million for violating terms of an earlier contract of reparations.

Of course, a good apology includes not only acknowledgment of personal and/or corporate responsibility for the victim’s pain, but also a promise to fix things, or at least to not continue to inflict that pain. The church is finally, after decades of denying or minimizing victims’ pain, accepting responsibility. But we’re not yet there on fixing things.

That’s why victims’ rights groups are understandably frustrated by the molasses-like pace of the church on this issue. Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, applauded the courage of the victims who met with Francis on Monday but complained about the need for more decisive action.

“The Pope says the church should ‘make reparations’ to victims. That’s secondary. Stopping abuse and protecting children comes first. And sadly, no child on earth is safer today because of this meeting,” she wrote in a statement.

Here’s another saying: “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” If that’s true, it will be the victims who will be the real saints, not the apologizers.

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Obuh & Tetteh: A passion for coaching

Two African teams advanced past the group stage in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poultry 2013 with Ghana and Nigeria evolving using their particular sections Both regular outsiders only at that level the happy couple have another thing in keeping too each campaign being helmed by charming leaders of males who have been once gifted gamers themselves

Ghanas Sellas Tetteh symbolized legendary club Hearts of Oak and many Nigerian clothes before separate spells responsible for his countrys U-17 U-23 and U-20 sides in the last decade The 56-year-olds finest hour arrived 2009 as he brought the U-20s around the world title in Egypt For John Obuh he came tantalisingly near to clinching a worldwide crown within the same year as he steered Nigerias U-17s towards the final from the FIFA U-17 World Cup on home soil The erstwhile forward won’t get the opportunity to higher that achievement at Poultry 2013 however as his side were removed by Uruguay within the last 16 and that he has walked lower as Nigerias U-20 coach

Despite the fact that disappointment the guy renowned for his flamboyant headgear – putting on a Stetson in Colombia and beret in Poultry – isn’t going to quit his convictions Like Tetteh whose expenditure is still within the search for U-20 glory the 53-year-old is really a guy of steadfast concepts Former team-mates at Nigerian club Julius Berger the 2 males were therefore excellent company once they sitting lower with FIFAcom for any frank and passionate discussion from the tournament their very own teams performances and African football generally

FIFAcom: Gentlemen what were your particular goals once the FIFA U-20 World Cup started? Sellas Tetteh (ST): The introduction of the gamers For all of us the problem has transformed a little as were within the quarter-finals and you want to win Its a learning process for that boys but for the coach Our goal continues to be development nevertheless its important too to visit completely within the tournament Were attempting to mix the 2

John Obuh (JO): Its an essential competition because if you do not do things well only at that level you will not go onto succeed in the level above Its your final hurdle before joining the elite You will find lots of gamers who’ll change from the U-20 team towards the senior team so its vital that you succeed

What is your opinion gamers learn within an atmosphere such as this? ST: Should you consider the eight teams remaining were along side it which had the most challenging start But my gamers fought their way through with many different spirit Theyve found that in football there is nothing ever over before the final whistle Thats an essential lesson

JO: For all of us everything is quite different as weve been removed The gamers need to comprehend particularly that in competitions such as this it is the referee who decides everything Anything they might be feeling it is the referee that has the ultimate say and thats just the actual way it may be the referee has his reasons and hes doing the very best he is able to too Poor that match [against Uruguay] the boys required to stay relaxed and never react too rapidly – but human instinct is what it’s

You’ve both tried several worldwide competitions as coaches and without doubt possessed a whole selection of feelings That was the finest challenge? JO: For me personally this tournament has unquestionably been the most challenging We’d more pressure than normal upon us to obtain results therefore we needed to develop a team knowing that Its a genuine challenge to mix building for future years with getting leads to the immediate present

ST: Id the U-20 World Cup in ’09 Apart from a draw against Uruguay we won all of our matches It had been challenging to remain in the same higher level In comparison ideas had difficulties to start with so we departed to some strange start But Ive loved this too – its just different Another teams have previously arrived at their peak and therefore are in route lower again Within our situation were getting more powerful and more powerful We have to maintain and control that progress and well observe how that calculates against Chile

The aim would be to make certain that afterwards theyre sufficiently strong psychologically to cope with the tough moments that inevitably come

John Obuh on the significance of a gamers mental development

Inside a tournament such as this would you enable your gamers get out there and take full advantage of finding yourself in the host country or do you’d rather keep an eye on them? ST: It is dependent You’ll need a little of both I would like my gamers to become happy – thats fundamental They have to have a great time but everything needs to be moderately They require an innovator – me – because thats the way you obtain the best from them The connection between gamers and coach is essential

JO: You must know the African attitude is not like the European one Our boys may be depressed by some things which is not always the situation with European gamers Due to you need to keep them focused throughout the tournament Obviously we allow them to venture out every so often like a group also to produce a good atmosphere and provide them just a little freedom We didnt get it done too frequently though as that does not fully trust the African attitude

Only at that level do you consider it’s more essential for that gamers to build up psychologically in order to enhance their football? JO: The mental aspect is vital and thats what you could possess the most affect on The aim would be to make certain that afterwards theyre sufficiently strong psychologically to cope with the tough moments that inevitably come This is actually the ideal time to speak to them explain this important side of football making them realize that things are linked: you need to be strong in your thoughts in addition to in good physical shape

ST: Each aspect count What is great when you train with youngsters may be the satisfaction you receive from watching them grow and transform A number of my former gamers still arrived at see me which fills me with pleasure

Theyve found that in football there is nothing ever over before the final whistle Thats an essential lesson

Sellas Tetteh on which he thinks his Ghana team have discovered

Exist variations between African South American and European teams only at that age and when what exactly could they be? ST: Elsewhere development is key In Africa were less than there yet which makes things harder But were determined We are able to fight and were passionate but may I recieve the sense that African gamers dont have a similar tactical instincts When they can go and play in Europe though their passion and determination combined with collective discipline there creates an excellent cocktail

JO: For me personally you will find lots of variations African gamers have technical characteristics theres without doubt about this however they lack collective discipline Thats something thats difficult to train them simply because they believe a lot in their own individual personal talent – an excessive amount of actually since you see matches in which the individual takes priority within the team European sides tend to be more sincere from the instructions they get and consequently they obey the tactics made the decision on in the beginning before the finish of the overall game

Both of you performed the overall game her Has that assisted you to definitely be much better coaches? JO: Should you performed in a certain level there is no question it can help you be a coach Its just like a child who watches his father and attempts to take something aboard thatll help him grow afterwards that child will attempt to pass through by himself understanding and experience

ST: Absolutely I recall perfectly what my coaches stated in my experience and that i pass that onto my boys within my own way Sometimes I only say to my team: What Im telling at this point you is one thing I had been trained two decades ago But simply since you were a great player does not mean you will be a great coach You’ll need a large amount of passion humbleness and stamina

What remember about playing together? ST: Ah he would be a very gifted guy very effective Us Ghanaians accustomed to go and play in Nigeria since it was our Eldorado at that time We experienced some good moments together at Julius Berger – we actually loved ourselves a great deal

JO: He was among the best midfielders of his era an excellent player I had been a forward and that he offered me a large amount of good passes also it would be a real pleasure to experience together Plus hes still my pal that is what matters most

4 ways Christie kept moving forward


Editor’s note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of “Jimmy Carter” and “Governing America.” This January, Penguin Press will publish his new book, “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — After months of being beat up by the media about his “Bridgegate” scandal in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is still standing. And there is even some evidence that he might finally be regaining ground.

A new poll from Quinnipiac shows that the governor has narrowed the lead that Hillary Clinton, another possible presidential candidate, has over him in Iowa. His appearance on “The Tonight Show” and at a charity softball game in Yankee Stadium generated some media buzz about the more likeable parts of his personality.

Although his political reputation is a long way from repaired, the idea that the governor might still run in 2016 is back on the table.

How can this be?

A number of factors have helped him absorb the continued blows that he has received from the constant news coverage and ongoing investigations into the events that transpired in the Garden State. The dynamics of the scandal have followed a few principles about surviving scandal politics that have worked in his favor.

1. Avoid the smoking gun: This is the biggest one.

Until investigators have clear-cut evidence that a politician is responsible for the scandal at hand, there is always room for a person to maneuver. In certain cases, American voters are willing to give the benefit of doubt to the person accused — especially in a heated partisan environment where investigations and accusations often turn out to be unfounded — until there is evidence in hand that the politician is guilty beyond any doubt.

Whether the evidence is a recording of White House conversations (Watergate) or pictures on Twitter (Weinergate), it’s not usually over before this information actually emerges.

The absence of a smoking gun of illegal activity has been very important in this case since, to many Americans, so much of the story — leaning on politicians, favoring friends and intimidating enemies, making politics a top concern among the staff — all seem like politics as usual in New Jersey.

2. Time your scandal well: As with everything else in politics, timing is everything when it comes to scandal.

It matters very much when a story breaks. With Christie, the timing was good and bad. The revelations about the bridge began at a real high point for the governor when the media was virtually nominating him to be the Republican nominee on their own. So the impact of negative information was dramatic.

But the story also broke a long time before any presidential primaries started. There is a huge amount of time still remaining until the political season really begins. This means that Christie has had some time for the noise to die down and the worst of the coverage, thus far, has taken place when nationally many people are not paying attention.

The virtues of the scandal happening early are amplified in a rapid-fire media age where reporters turn their attention to the next big story quickly and the readers and viewers are quick to move on.

3. Keep governing: Christie has followed the Bill Clinton playbook.

When faced with bad press and damaging allegations, keep doing the job that you were elected to do. During the past months, Christie has continued to focus on his work in New Jersey. He has been steadfast in his effort to convey the image of a politician most concerned about the challenges facing the electorate rather than the challenges he faces as a result of the scandal. He has also used his fundraising and appearances with the Republican Governors Association to continue to remind voters and member of the party of the assets that he can bring to the table as a party leader.

By doing so, he continues to give the public opportunity to evaluate him a leader in action, rather than just the subject of investigation, and to charge that the accusers are more concerned in scandal than solving problems.

4. Remind your party that they need you: One of Christie’s greatest virtues is his party. Even with all the problems that President Barack Obama has faced, the GOP remains greatly damaged. The party has suffered in the polls as a result the way in which Republicans have governed in Congress, as well as continued disapproval of President George W. Bush.

Many of the possible candidates, such as Rand Paul or Marco Rubio, are untested or have serious potential weaknesses, such as Paul’s noninterventionism at a moment that things are heating up overseas. Christie receives considerable protection just from the fact that Republicans don’t have so many alternatives. Desperate to regain the White House, Republicans have been willing to give him some slack as the story unfolds.

To be sure, it is far from clear whether Christie will ever regain the strength he once had. The recent news about a second scandal involving alleged securities laws violations connected to a major road repair might rekindle public interest in his wrongdoing and potentially produce the smoking gun that has not yet emerged.

But at this point, Christie is still showing some signs of life and remains a player on the political field. He still has the potential to join the list of politicians who have stared scandal in the face and survived politically.

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Suso, Lopetegui in sync in defeat

This is football.” That was the sombre, but matter-of-fact, assessment that echoed from either sides of the Spanish touchline as they crashed out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup at the hands of Uruguay.

Both La Rojita midfielder Suso and his coach Julen Lopetegui cut dejected figures after the 1-0 quarter-final defeat at Bursa’s Ataturk Stadium. With the innards of the arena littered with shell-shocked Spaniards after the surprise loss, the pair conceded that the competition would now have to be seen as point of growth, rather than one of eventual triumph.

The 19-year-old Liverpool starlet remained composed in the aftermath, putting a brave face on the outcome when speaking to FIFA.com, with an empty-handed journey home now awaiting his side. I think we have to learn from every moment, from every point of the tournament, he said. “I think this will obviously be the biggest one, and it will be a learning experience for all of us.

While clearly exasperated and disappointed to be departing Turkey 2013 earlier than he had anticipated or hoped for, Lopetegui reflected believed the pain of the result would take his players forward in their development. “They are very young and this [tournament] has been a big step for them,” said the 1985 FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up.

They will learn from what they have been through here. It will help give them a greater appreciation of the game as you have to learn to win, and you have to learn to lose – this is football.

Having coasted through the group stage at a canter, Spain‘s tournament began to wear away at the seams during the knockout stages. First, they went down to an early goal against Mexico, needing a deflected, 90th-minute Jese goal secure passage with a 2-1 win. Then their Turkey 2013 journey fully unravelled when Felipe Avenatti’s header hit the back of the net in the 103rd minute. However, in Suso‘s eyes, they were unfortunate to be dealt a tough hand.

You have to learn to win, and you have to learn to lose – this is football.

We got nine points in the groups, but in the knockout stages we came up against the toughest teams we could have, I think, in Mexico and Uruguay,” he said. “This is football, and if you want to win a World Cup you have to beat the best teams. We tried to do that today, but luck just wasn’t on our side.

Spain dominated possession, just as they had against Mexico, but a well-organised Charruas side proved too formidable to find a way through. While admitting both sides had begun well, Suso felt La Rojita had done enough to deserve passage into the final four. “I think we played some good football, but in the first half both teams were playing really well, he said.

However, Uruguay were waiting for us to come at them and defended, which made it difficult for us to work through them in the first-half. In the second half though I think we were the better side; the only real chance they had from then on was from the corner where they scored.

Having won European titles in charge of Spain‘s U-19 and U-21 sides in the last year, it was not to be a unique 12-month treble for Lopetegui. “We had our chances, and definitely enough to make it though this quarter-final,” he conceded. “For me, we had the better opportunities but once they scored we couldn’t turn it around. I think we deserved to win, but it wasn’t to be.