Holiday every day in these bargain buys units on the Queensland coast

first_imgUranganMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe two-bedroom apartment with private balcony and in a complex of pools, tennis courts and a children’s playground sold tenanted for $310 per week.If you could imagine yourself sitting on the balcony every morning and are kicking yourself that you missed out on this beauty, then check out these three units we found that offer the best of Hervey Bay living. UranganThe dual key apartment is right next door to the heated lagoon pool with marina views.The two apartments provide two potential rents with the one-bedroom apartment renting out for $270pw and the hotel room renting out for $210pw, a potential $480pw in rental income, well and truly paying for its own mortgage. This unit with a stunning marina outlook sold today for $200,000 in Urangan, Hervey Bay. The perfect place to holiday every day.THE school holiday feels are kicking in with everyone seeking out some sunshine, and what better place to get that holiday feeling than from your own unit on the Queensland coast.This unit at 17 Buccaneer Drive, Urangan sold today for $200,000 with stunning views to enjoy your morning coffee or to kick back with your afternoon bevy.center_img Urangan 17/1 Shell Street is on the market for just $65,000. It’s a one-bedroom unit right on the water, surrounded by 10 acres of tropical reserve in sanctuary lakes.Or if you can stretch your budget you could pick up this two-bedroom unit at number 32/1 Shell Street with gross rent yields of 16.12 per cent.But if a luxury holiday apartment is what you’re after then this gorgeous unit at 108 and 109 Mantra Res Buccaneer Drive for $290,000 is the answer.last_img read more

Virat Kohli reacts to PM Modi’s Coronavirus address to the nation

first_imgAdvertisement s1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmnqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6ru2r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1dks1Would you ever consider trying this?😱9kusCan your students do this? 🌚8ysmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian cricket’s icon and skipper Virat Kohli, has urged the country’s citizens to be “alert, attentive and aware” to fight against the threat posed by coronavirus. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the safety measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the country, requesting his fans to rigorously follow them.Advertisement “Be alert, attentive and aware to combat the threat posed by Covid 19. We, as responsible citizens, need to adhere to the norms put in place for our safety as announced by our Honourable Prime Minister Shri @NarendraModi ji. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Kohli tweeted.Advertisement The skipper then reminded about the efforts being put by the medical professionals in the country and the world for all their fight against the deadly disease.“Also, special mention to all the medical professionals in the country and around the globe for all the efforts being put in to fight the #CoronaVirus. Let’s support them by taking care of ourselves and everybody around us by maintaining good personal hygiene. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Kohli said.On Thursday, PM Modi requested the citizens to maintain a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday March 22nd from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. while urging to inform at least 10 people about the Curfew. “The whole world is going through a very serious phase. Generally, whenever a natural crisis occurs, it is limited to a few countries or states. But the coronavirus outbreak has put the entire human race in crisis,” the Prime Minister said.“I promise you that there will not be a shortage of milk, food, medicines and other essential supplies. This supply will never be stopped, so there is no need to hoard stuff,” he added.As per various sources, India has seen over 170 cases of coronavirus till now with 4 deaths.And like most countries, India too have cancelled or postponed several sporting events throughout its territory as new cases continue to rise.The ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed after the first game, while the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been rescheduled “as a precautionary measure” over the pandemic, BCCI announced last week. You may also like:Will India take part in Tokyo 2020 Olympics if it happens?Should India’s athletes voice their political opinion on social media? Advertisementlast_img read more

Leafs begin three-game exhibition home series against KIJHL Champs

first_imgNelson led 2-1 after 20 minutes before the Hawks stormed back with three straight goals — two in the second frame and one marker in the third.Saturday Castlegar visits the Heritage City for a 7 p.m. date before the third Murdoch rival, Grand Forks Border Bruins finish off the preseason Sunday with an afternoon tilt.The six-game exhibition season has allowed management to see first hand what kind of team will open the regular season Friday, September 8 against Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena.Nelson finished last season in third spot in the Murdoch Division with a 21-21-1-0-4 record.The Leafs then upset Castlegar in the first round of the plays before falling to the eventual KIJHL Champion Nitehawks in four games. The Nelson Leafs conclude the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season this weekend with three home games at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs, fresh off a 4-2 loss to the defending KIJHL Champion Nitehawks, host Beaver Valley Friday at 7 p.m. to begin the three-game set.last_img read more

Stolen car found stripped in Guyhoc Park

first_imgPoultry farm robberySilver-grey Toyota Premio PTT 502, stolen during a robbery at Craig, East Bank Demerara, was found stripped of its parts at Guyhoc Park, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The car that was taken by bandits on Thursday lastAt the time of the discovery, the car was carrying registration number PRR 8349, and its lights, front bumper, mirrors and other accessories were missing. The car was later confirmed to belong to Lalbeharry’s Poultry Farm at Buzz-Bee-Dam, Craig, East Bank Demerara, which was invaded on May 24 and robbed of over $6 million.The vehicle was reportedly identified by several features installed by the owner’s son.On May 24, at about 04:14h, four armed men invaded the head office of the poultry business at Craig, EBD. It was reported that on the morning of the robbery, one of the owners was awakened by the sound of a “loud explosion”. He thought it was electrical in nature, but soon heard his mother pleading for her life.Within seconds, three armed men barged into his room and held him at gunpoint. Whist there, the bandits demanded money and gold.Fearful for her life and that of her son’s, the 56-year-old businesswoman immediately complied with the bandits’ demands, handing over to the men a sum of cash and a quantity of jewellery. They then escaped with the motorcar.It was later discovered that the bandits might have been holing up in the house for quite some time, since cigarette ash was found in the lower flat of the building.Back in 2017, this family had suffered significant losses following a burglary committed on their Craig Public Road business. To date, no arrest has been made.last_img read more

World Cup driving SA tourism

first_imgSouth African tourism officials say footballfans have had a positive effect on thecountry’s economy.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thandiwe January-McLean+2711 895 3000RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup tourists paint SA red• World Cup spirit in Soweto• SA fan to break attendance record• Bafana frenzy grips the nationNosimilo RamelaSouth African Tourism is confident that foreign football fans in the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are making a positive contribution to the economy – and that the benefits will last long after the final whistle is blown.“From a touristic point of view this has been a fabulous opportunity, given the exposure that South Africa has received all over the world,” said Thandiwe January-McLean, head of South African Tourism.Gillian Saunders, of accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, said predictions are that South Africa will make about R8.8-billion (US$1.1-billion) from tourism during the World Cup. “That’s just a slice of the R93-billion [$12-billion] that the games are expected to generate for the economy.”Evidence of tourist interest in the country can be seen in local bars and restaurants, which are packed daily with foreign fans here to support their teams.Cape Town‘s V&A Waterfront has become a major attraction for those attending matches at the city’s Green Point stadium.“On a daily basis it’s more or less in the region of 100 000 people coming through, with spikes on match days. These loyal supporters travel with their teams. It’s absolutely fantastic,” said V&A Waterfront spokesperson Annemie Liebenberg.Cape Town hotels have reported that accommodation close to the stadium has been almost booked out over the past two weeks. Tour operators have also seen a 20% increase in business compared to June 2009.According to South African Tourism, even hotels in Johannesburg, the country’s economic hub, are 85% full.This is despite local experts having to lower initial expectations, from 450 000 foreign visitors to 300 000 over the four-week period, due to a drop in ticket sales and accommodation bookings.Although the tournament is being played during the country’s June and July winter season, traditionally unpopular among foreign holiday-makers, tourist numbers have so far been on a par with South Africa’s busy summer period – this has given us a second peak season.Ambassadors for SA tourismWorld Cup visitors in Durban say they are so impressed with South African hospitality that they are willing to become tourism ambassadors for the country when they return home.Durban mayor Obed Mlaba said he has spoken to many tourists who have been impressed by South Africans’ warm, welcoming spirit. “They will go back with a different view of our country. Many came here thinking that they were visiting a very harsh and hostile country, but they have been treated well and they are happy,” he said.Mlaba has congratulated Durban’s locals for helping make tourists feel safe and welcome around the stadium and the city. “Although the authorities have done all the planning and implementation, it is the local residents who have extended their hospitality to local and foreign visitors.”Even representatives in the smaller host cities, such as Bloemfontein, Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth, say they have been inundated with tourists who are clearly enjoying the local sites, bars, restaurants and hotels.“We sold the most beer we’ve ever sold in the nine years we’ve been in existence,” said Sandy Nel, owner of News Cafe in Port Elizabeth.Nel said the restaurant has sold 3 135 units of beer during the tournament so far, and has seen a 200% rise in turnover.Port St Johns holiday resort owners say they have also noticed an increase in the number of tourists since the beginning of the World Cup. Although this small town along the Eastern Cape coast was not chosen as a specific host centre, it has drawn in many tourists attending matches in the province.Fans say they like the area because of its uniqueness and warm conditions. “We came here because we heard that there’s a jungle all the way to the beach, and the weather is warmer here than in Cape Town,” said the UK’s Martin Bouwer.“It has been great hosting people from other countries. Tourists like this area because it is a stop-over between Durban and Port Elizabeth,” local business owner Andy Jacobs added.With all this positive feedback, it seems the R100-million ($12.9-million) South Africa spent on its World Cup marketing campaign was well worth it. “The marketing benefits from hosting one of the world’s most-watched sporting events have been invaluable,” January-McLean said.last_img read more

Get in the Ring: Innovative start-up funding comes to South Africa

first_imgWant to change the world with your business idea? Get in the Ring, a global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders. (Image: Bizmag)Are you are an entrepreneur with an innovative start-up that needs funding? Get in the Ring could be the initiative for you.An exciting global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, Get in the Ring is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Any start-up that is eight years old or less can enter. Innovative businesses with a great potential for growth tend to do the best.“Start-ups are changing the world,” says Jochem Cuppen, global director of Get in the Ring. “They develop innovations at a high speed, defy large companies and find solutions for world challenges. We love them.“Being part of a start-up is not easy, though. It means a rollercoaster ride with low chances of success, but high returns when succeeding.”In only three years Get in the Ring has grown from a local event in the Netherlands to a global competition in 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 start-ups to thousands of funders, and millions of fans.“Start-ups need resources such as capital, talent and expertise to survive in today’s turbulent environment,” says Cuppen.“Globally, these resources are available in abundance, but often don’t connect. Sometimes because of timing, or because they are not offered in the right place. Sometimes because they are not well presented, or already taken by others.“However, they are there, and it is exactly this missing link between talented entrepreneurs and opportunities that drives what we do. We took the challenge to make a change. Will you?”Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders.GET IN THE RING COMES TO SOUTH AFRICAThe licence to run Get in the Ring in South Africa, all the way through to the International Final in 2017, has recently been awarded to the Real Entrepreneur Institute.This will include the finals for both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons of Get in the Ring – the city finals, the national finals, and the regional finals for Central, East and Southern Africa.The 2015/16 season culminates in the international final, to be held in Medellin, Colombia from 14 to 17 March 2016.HOW YOU CAN GET IN THE RINGTo take part, entrepreneurs simply have to fill in an online application form. The team then vets the applications and selects a few hundred participants to compete.Get in the Ring is looking for talented people to help make the 2016/17 season a success:Judges for the six city finals, national final and regional final. Judges should mostly be investors or representatives of funding organisations. Other judges may be well-known entrepreneurs and people in the entrepreneurial development fields.Trainers to teach participants how to pitch, known as “pitch training”. Get in the Ring are looking for people capable of training at all levels of the competition.Funders: All the way through the competition participants get to pitch one-on-one with funders, in a coordinated process. The funders then score the participants on predetermined criteria. These scores help determine the final six to battle it out in the ring.Get in the Ring are looking for venture capitalists, angel funders and representatives from larger funding organisations to participate. Funders may offer participants funding if they see the potential in the business, but this does not influence the results.last_img read more

Giving kids a sporting chance in life

first_imgIn the 25 years that Sporting Chance has been in existence, it has worked with about 170 000 and even helped unearth exceptional sporting talent. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Sporting Chance, as the name suggests, is a sports development agency that gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in sport while also receiving a physical education.One of the organisation’s more important goals was to instil an active life pattern, said founder and managing director Brad Bing. He was speaking at a Play Your Part Rugby Activation held at Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium in Cape Town on 2 October. “What you need is to create life patterns by the age of 12. You don’t just wake up on your 14th birthday and say, ‘Tomorrow I’m going to play squash.’ Your kids are going to grow up following that and that’s the culture we need to have.”Sporting Chance helped Play Your Part facilitate the activation in Khayelitsha, bringing along rugby coaches and experts to train the children.With calypso cricket and street soccer programmes their mainstay, Sporting Chance is taking sport to the children. “Basically we never make plans. All we do is facilitate the opportunity and these kids have got to grab the opportunity themselves,” said Bing.Bing himself has been active all his life. He played cricket professionally for Western Province in the late 1980s and played in England for 10 years. After he retired, he returned to South Africa with the idea of getting children outside and playing sport.“I came back with international ideas to South Africa and if you remember correctly in the 1980s it was the height of apartheid and the height of the struggle. Not many people understood the ideas I was talking about. Out of pure frustration, in September 1990 I said: ‘That’s it, I’m going to start my own company.’”And 25 years later, the organisation is still moving strongly. It has worked with about 170 000 children, some of whom have gone on to represent South Africa at the highest level. According to Bing, these include six members of the national men’s hockey side and cricket player Herschelle Gibbs.However, he insists that the organisation’s job is not to produce international level talent but to get children to play sport, lead a healthy lifestyle and receive mentorship from experienced coaches.Play Your Part worked with Sporting Chance coaches to run the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. MENTORSHIP IS CRUCIALBing’s cricket career would not have bloomed had he not received mentorship from teachers, coaches, fellow players and his father. “On a Saturday morning, when my dad or my mom took me to play cricket, they sat there and watched me. And my father would say to me: ‘You made this mistake or that mistake.’ These kids don’t have that. In our townships, those parents only come back at night and those kids get fed and put into bed so where does the mentorship come about?”When a budding athlete from a disadvantaged background lacked mentorship, he added, it was difficult to progress through the ranks. “That’s the obstacle we have to get around. You’ll always see our township [children] struggling and that is the bridge we have to cross in order to make sure that South Africa really becomes a powerhouse in sport.“If I was formerly disadvantaged I would still be toyi-toying outside the Department of Sport and Recreation’s office not because I want to be a rebel but because I want more access to facilities.” By having the sports facilities and equipment at their disposal, Brad Bing believes children from disadvantaged areas like Khayelitsha can realise their potential not just as athletes but as good people too.LACK OF ACCESSSporting Chance sees itself as a business that gives communities access to sports, coaches and facilities. “We run coaching programmes as well regardless of the type of sport it is in that community.”At the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Bing said that though there were facilities in the area, they were not maintained. “We have a rugby facility here but with all due respect you look at the clubhouse… You’ve got the poles here but you don’t see the field markings and if the fields are not marked are you telling me that rugby is actually played on a daily basis… most of those people are out there working, when do they have time to make the club work?” Bing asked.“So we are talking about rugby but where are the squash courts and the tennis courts? There are cricket facilities that haven’t been maintained. How are we going to produce black cricket in communities?”In addition, although the facility was there, residents did not have access to equipment. “We fully know that if we leave equipment here we won’t find it tomorrow so you need someone to lead that facility and make sure it’s secure.”There is also no access to professional and structured coaching. At the rugby activation, former Springboks Sevens player Mpho Mbiyozo and Sporting Chance coaches were on hand to teach children from the township about rugby and life.However, Bing said such events took place once; training programmes should be ongoing. “Believe me, in a population as big as Khayelitsha where you have got half-a-million people, you can have 400 to 500 kids coming here at any time.”Mbiyozo agreed, saying: “It ends here today, and when they go home and they’re all happy. This event is a seed but we need to water it to germinate.”last_img read more

Promise Me That You Will Not to Allow Yourself to Be Divided

first_img“Wherever there is other, there is fear.” – The Upanishads.I want you to do something for me. Well, not for me, for you. Well, not just for you, for us. For all of us.I want you to make a promise. I want you to try to keep that promise. Even when it isn’t easy to keep. Even when you are being bombarded by messages that conflict with this promise. No, especially when you are confronted with messages that conflict with this promise. . . should you decide to make it.What promise is it that I am asking you to make? It’s a big promise, and it isn’t an easy promise to keep. But it’s important.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be divided from other people.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be separated from people because they are a different color from you. No one of any color is any different from you in any way. This is true even though there are some who work very hard to make you believe there are differences. Promise not to allow their fear to divide you.I want you to promise not to be separated from other people because they have a different religious tradition from yours. There are fundamentalists in all religions, some of whom are violent, and this is true even for Buddhists. The violence of a few is not a reason for you to separate yourself from those who are not and who never will be violent. That is all but a very, very small minority, most of whom you will never encounter.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be separated from people who have different political beliefs from you. You will be told that those who disagree with you have nefarious motives, that they mean you harm. Even though you may have extreme differences in our beliefs as to what problems face us and how we solve them, we have a process for working out our disagreements, and that process does not require anger, hatred, or the demonization of millions of people with whom you may disagree.This is a big ask, I know. But I need to ask you to do something else. Something equally as important. Maybe even more important. I need to ask you to make your promise visible to the rest of the world.Stop contributing to the divisiveness. Stop posting provocative posts on social media. Stop arguing with people who are much more like you than they are different in comments or in tweets. Stop seeking out information that confirms your biases, that prove that “your side” is right and that “they” are wrong. There is no “they,” and if there is, you and I are both one of them (to someone).If you are on one knee when the national anthem plays in protest, both knees in prayer, or upset that some aren’t standing with their hand over their heart, you are still much more alike than you are different, even if you have a different belief or opinion.Those that were just lost were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. They weren’t others. It doesn’t matter what color or religion or political party they belong to, does it?Promise me you won’t allow yourself to be divided, even when powerful forces work hard to separate us. The antidote to hate is not, never has been, and never will be greater hate. The antidote to hate is love, compassion, and understanding.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Accountability and Consequences

first_imgRecently, I had a conversation with a person who told me that one of the leaders in her company led “with the stick.” His view was that a leader leads with something negative instead of positive. It would go too far to suggest that he was saying that this leader chose force, or manipulation because neither of those comes close to the truth. What this person was saying about the leader was that he holds people accountable.Accountability means that you are responsible for producing some outcome. In order for accountability to work, there must be consequences. The consequences don’t need to be dire, like losing your job, but there must be consequences, otherwise, there is no accountability.Leaders are accountable. It is part of the role and one that cannot be avoided. The best leaders embrace accountability, recognizing that the responsibility to produce a result is what empowers them to take actions that produce that result. What leaders are accountable for is a better future state. There may not be a greater responsibility.The accountability for producing a result creates a cascade of accountabilities that reach lower levels of responsibility within a company. Because the leader is accountable, they hold their executive level team members accountable for producing results, empowering them to take action. But also empowering them to hold the people that work for them accountable for producing results necessary for moving the organization forward or producing some outcome. Because the leader cannot avoid accountability, no one at the lower levels can either.Lately,  I’ve been listening to a lot of commentary on the problems with hierarchies. But there are two kinds of hierarchies, dominator hierarchies, and growth hierarchies. A dominator hierarchy will use force and manipulation to achieve the results, and the accountability for producing those results will not likely be a pleasant experience, nor will it likely occur in a culture that provides meaning or purpose in work. Accountability will feel completely different in a growth hierarchy. Instead of using power or force, the leaders will instead use inspiration and influence. They will care deeply about ensuring that the people they hold accountable have everything they need to succeed, including their continued support in their concern about the people they hold accountable individually.One of the primary things a growth hierarchy expects in the way of accountability is personal and professional growth. It’s a nurturing environment where people have the opportunity to become the best version of themselves. But even in a growth hierarchy, accountability means consequences. In this case, it may mean retraining or reassignment. Growth hierarchies tend to care about individuals and take care of them. This allows them to create greater accountability because people have the psychological safety to accept responsibility-in whatever consequences come with them. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Dembele arrives with potential to step into Neymar’s shoes

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “He didn’t choose to be in one of the biggest transfers in the history of football, but I think that he is strong enough mentally to bear this burden,” Stephan said. “We will continue to follow his evolution with great attention and pleasure.” “He is a player who generates a lot of excitement and a lot of expectations,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We expect a lot from him.”Dembele has already shown signs that he has the potential to shine and one day reach the same heights of someone like Neymar.He scored the winner when France defeated England 3-2 in a friendly back in June, in what was his seventh appearance with the French national team. One dazzling moment in that game gave fans a glimpse of Dembele’s talent. Early in the second half, he picked up a loose ball on defense and flicked it past England defender Kyle Walker — one of the quickest in the Premier League — and left him trailing on a pulsating 60-meter run toward the goal.Although slight in build, Dembele has huge upper-body strength, enabling him to ride heavy challenges and use his body to hold off opponents running alongside him. He is a constant threat with his assists, and can play well on both flanks of the field and through the middle.“You can’t tell if he’s right-footed or left-footed, he can strike with both feet,” Julien Stephan, Dembele’s coach in Rennes’ reserve team, said in an interview on the club’s website. “He’s a great competitor and he is not bothered by the pressure. He plays naturally whether it’s in front of 3,000, 30,000 or 100,000 people.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dortmund’s French midfielder Ousmane Dembele walks over the pitch during a press event of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund on August 9, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZMADRID, Spain—Only two years ago, Ousmane Dembele was playing in France’s lower divisions with modest club Rennes.On Friday, he became the second-most expensive player in soccer history when Barcelona picked him to replace Neymar in a deal that could reach 147 million euros ($173 million).ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It’s been a rapid rise for the lean forward since he was first spotted by a Rennes scout as an 8-year-old in the northern city of Evreux. The club monitored him closely and brought him to its youth academy by the time he was 13.Coaches were quickly impressed, and he was promoted to Rennes’ reserve team in the beginning of the 2014-15 season.“Everyone was talking to me about another player his age, but I only saw him,” said Armand Djire, the Rennes recruiter who got a first look at Dembele. “We brought the family to Rennes and took care of their professional and personal needs. We did everything possible so Ousmane could arrive at (main team) in the best possible conditions.”By the time he was 17, Dembele had already made his first-team debut in the French league, scoring his first goal as a professional in a match against Girondins only two weeks after his debut.In his two seasons as a professional in with the club from northern France, Dembele played 78 matches, scoring 22 goals and setting up 25 others.He became a top prospect for European clubs, and Borussia Dortmund signed him last year in a transfer worth 15 million euros (about $16.7 at the time). He scored six goals and set up 13 others in 32 Bundesliga games, turning into Barcelona’s top target the moment Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth more than 220 million euros ($260 million).Neymar had arrived as a possible successor to Messi, and when he left, the club had to find someone else to take on that difficult desk.Dembele, who will wear Neymar’s former No. 11 jersey, became Barcelona’s most expensive transfer ever, costing 105 million euros ($124 million) plus possible add-ons that could increase the value up to 40 percent of the original fee. Rennes will be entitled to about 40 million euros ($47.2 million) of the amount paid to Dortmund, meaning he’s also the club’s biggest transfer all-time.“The market has been shooting up in the last few days. It seems that every club will be signing their most expensive player from now on. The prices have gone up a lot since Neymar’s buyout clause was paid,” Valverde said, adding that he hopes Dembele “will be prepared” to handle the pressure that comes with a move of this magnitude.Dembele, whose mother is from Mauritania and his father is from Mali, was making his professional debut only 21 months ago, and now all eyes will be on him every time he steps on the field. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img View comments MOST READ The talented 20-year-old French forward suddenly turned into a star by joining the Spanish powerhouse in a transfer surpassed only by the Brazilian star’s recent move to Paris Saint-Germain.Now the pressure is on Dembele to prove his worth and show that Barcelona did the right thing by choosing him to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarcelona is hoping to re-establish its successful attacking trio, so it’s probably no coincidence that there is a lot of Neymar in the young Dembele — from the quickness to the nifty skills to the audacity to the ability to dazzle.Barcelona is already calling him the “prince of the dribble,” someone who can amaze fans with his “sublime skill and gutsy flair.” The club boasted Dembele as one of the “most promising young stars in European football,” a player who has a “golden future.” And it praised him as being “versatile, spectacular and efficient,” someone “almost impossible” to be stopped by the rival defenses. 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