Asian markets fell Monday following a steep drop on Wall Street as the jubilation from last week’s enormous US stimulus package faded and investors returned their attention to the soaring infection and death rate of the coronavirus.Donald Trump finally signed off the more than $2 trillion pump-priming measures on Friday, but equities — which enjoyed a much-needed rally for much of the week — ended on a negative note as dealers took profits.While the disease ravages populations and the global economy grinds to a halt with 40 percent of the planet in lockdown, experts are struggling to get a grip on the scale of the crisis that is forecast to cause a worldwide recession. Topics : ‘The big unknown’ The downbeat mood weighed on Asian equities. Tokyo went into the break more than three percent down, while Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei were more than one percent lower in the morning.Seoul shed two percent and Manila 2.5 percent, while Jakarta was more than four percent down. Wellington eased 0.6 percent but Sydney, which plunged more than five percent on Friday, was more than two percent higher. Singapore slid more than four percent as investors brushed off the city-state’s monetary policy easing measures that came days after data showed it was heading for a deep recession.”The big question for markets is whether the huge stimulus introduced so far across the globe will be enough to help the global economy withstand the economic shock from the COVID-19 containment measures,” said National Australia Bank’s Rodrigo Catril.”To answer this question one needs to know the magnitude of the containment measures and for how long they will be implemented. This is the big unknown and it suggests markets are likely to remain volatile until this uncertainty is resolved.”The return to a risk-averse environment on trading floors also sent the dollar back up against higher-yielding currencies with the Mexican peso, Indonesian rupiah and South Korean won losing more than one percent apiece.The oil market remains in turmoil, with the Saudi-Russian price war adding to the impact of battered demand caused by the virus. And there are warnings the commodity, already at near two-decade lows, could sink even further as production remains heightened and storage tanks around the world approach full capacity.”When the storage capacity is filled, we should probably expect a response from Saudi Arabia, Russia, and other essential oil producers,” Innes added, though he warned “the longer their response takes, the higher the risk of another steep decline in oil prices”.- Key figures around 0230 GMT -Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 3.2 percent at 18,762.70 (break)Hong Kong – Hang Seng: DOWN 1.3 percent at 23,169.22Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 1.2 percent at 2,738.32Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1088 from $1.1148 at 2100 GMTDollar/yen: DOWN at 107.31 yen from 107.88 yenPound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2393 from $1.2450Euro/pound: DOWN at 89.45 pence from 89.46 penceBrent North Sea crude: DOWN 6.3 percent at $23.37 per barrelWest Texas Intermediate: DOWN 5.1 percent at $20.41 per barrelNew York – Dow: DOWN 4.1 percent at 21,636.78 (close)London – FTSE 100: DOWN 5.3 percent at 5,510.33 (close) And analysts say there are likely more dark days ahead, with Trump abandoning his timetable for life returning to normal in the United States and extending emergency restrictions for another month.The president said he expected the country to “be well on our way to recovery” by June 1 — dropping his previous target of mid-April.Meanwhile, senior US scientist Anthony Fauci issued a tentative prediction that COVID-19 could claim up to 200,000 lives in the US.AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes said that while governments and central banks have acted to shore up the global economy, pledging around $5 trillion in stimulus support, markets looked like they were “nearing policy fatigue where it becomes less effective, and as the surprise element diminishes, no one cares”. “So, while policy responses in the US and Europe have been spectacular… the coronavirus keeps spreading globally, deepening fears of the economic and financial impact across countries. More market turmoil likely lies ahead.”He also pointed out that with the corporate reporting season approaching “now we are about to enter a vortex of bad earnings, bad economic data, and bankruptcies”.
Montego HillsBuyers looking for the lifestyle benefits of country living combined with city convenience have come from as far as Sydney and as close as Ormeau to find the perfect place to build their dream homes.According to new residents Emma and Nick Conway, Montego Hills has become a thriving community, bolstered by traditional neighbourhood values. DISPLAY HOME MORE MANSION-LIKE THAN HOUSE Emma and Nick Conway with their children.The traditional neighbourhood values have made living in a modern acreage estate the perfect way to raise a family.”The Conways reached out to their new neighbours after their baby daughter was born five weeks prematurely and never expected the level of support that followed.“I had a caesarean, which meant I couldn’t lift my 18 month old son for six weeks after the birth,” Mrs Conway said.“I connected with two lovely ladies in the street who would visit and cuddle the baby and help out with household duties that I physically wasn’t able to manage. With no family nearby, the help was a godsend.“Other neighbours have helped out by picking up plants for us with their trailer, and another offering to mow the lawn with his tractor. Everyone pitches in and helps out where they can, making this a truly special and caring community.” Emma and Nick Conway recently at Montego Hills at Kingsholme. Montego HillsDevloper Villawood Properties state development manager Michael Williams said the community garden and the regular ‘meet your neighbour events’ were helping to foster a supportive, friendly and generous culture within the community.“Research tells us that people feel happier and safer in a close community, with strong links between social participation and wellbeing,” he said.“Feeding the horses, and congregating around the communal garden while picking vegetables and herbs provides a natural and wholesome way for our residents to connect with each other.”Montego Hills comprises a total of 158 acreage lots.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:57Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:57 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to sell in a changing market 00:58 HOW A SHOPPING CENTRE CAN BOOST PROPERTY VALUES More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Conways have built a single story ranch style house, on a hill overlooking Stradbroke Island.Mrs Conway said Montego Hills reminded her of a country style home in England due to the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere and tight-knit community.“We take the kids up to the horses at the sales centre, and spend time at the community garden picking fresh vegetables and herbs,” she said.“We go for walks along the nature trail with our neighbours; we even make cookies for the street. Emma and Nick Conway recently built at Montego Hills at Kingsholme.THE final stage of acreage homesites at Montego Hills has hit the market, with 75 per cent of the Kingsholme community now sold.Stages six and seven of the community offer some of the most secluded lots, ranging from 4,058sqm to 7,553sqm with stage seven comprising the final 33 acreage homesites to be released.Montego Hills is one of the only acreage communities currently available in the Brisbane to Gold Coast growth Corridor. THE GOLD COAST’S CHEAPEST HOUSES
The Gold Coast was the state’s third most expensive Local Government Area for houses, based on the annual median price, behind Noosa ($730,000) and Brisbane ($680,000).More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMedium-term investment saw strong results, with the median house price having increased by 23.55 per cent since its $510,000 figure just five years ago. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat does COVID19 mean for the property market?02:03 Mermaid Beach saw double-digit gains in housing values in the year to December 2019.They don’t call it the Gold Coast for nothing, with six suburbs making the city’s million-dollar club – two of which got there off record double-digit growth, latest figures show.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s quarterly market monitor reveals the Gold Coast’s annual house price rose 0.8 per cent for the year to December 2019, recording a median value of $630,000 across 5,795 transactions.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12Six suburbs made the annual million-dollar-median club, including Runaway Bay ($1.02 million), Surfers Paradise ($1.49 million), Mermaid Beach ($1,547,500), Broadbeach Waters ($1.195 million), Clear Island Waters ($1.075 million) and Paradise Point ($1.22 million).The star power came off two suburbs that saw double-digit value gains during the year to December 2019: Mermaid Beach (11.1 per cent) and Tallebudgera Valley (11.0 per cent).The report comes as prestige agents report a strong start to the year, with buyers continuing to sign contracts despite the COVID-19 pandemic.18 Camphorlaurel Court, Tallebudgera Valley sold for $1.35 million on January 15.Kollosche agent Jamie Harrison said his office had recorded a record start to the month in terms of unconditional sales on the board, with any market uncertainty bringing serious buyers to the fore. “We’ve got a lot more buyers than we do properties available, interest rates are cheaper again, and there are a lot of people out there wanting to buy and take advantage of the opportunity that’s in front of us,” he said. MORE NEWS: Best suburbs to buy a house for under $500K Gold Coast housing prices rose modestly over the most recent quarter, with a 3.2 per cent gain in values to record a median of $638,500 across 1,377 transactions. “There’s no question that many locations across the State started to firm at the tail-end of last year, similar to other markets around the nation,” says Antonia Mercorella, CEO of The Real Estate Institute of Queensland. “Time will tell whether these stronger market conditions continue in 2020 – particularly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) now impacting the national and global economies.”
Statewide—On December 13, the National Institute of Mental Health is sponsoring a webinar about transitioning from pediatric to adult health care for youth with autism. The webinar will feature a parent and daughter discussing their experiences and perspectives about making the health care transition. Registration is not necessary.Topics will include:What information and help from your health care provider would be most useful,Concerns about making the shift to adult care, andSuggestions for health care providers for pediatric and adult patients to make the transition successful for youth and young adults with autism and their caregivers.This webinar will also provide new and useful resources available at Got Transition, the national resource center on health care transition supported by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.For Webinar details: Date: Friday, December 13, 2019Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Join Webex meetingMeeting number (access code): 627 388 524Meeting password: AutismServicesJoin from a video system or applicationDial: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can also dial 188.8.131.52 and enter the meeting number. Join by phoneCall-in toll number (US and Canada): 1-650-479-3208
GREEN BAY — Playing on the road in front of an energized crowd of more than 3,700 fans Wednesday, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team defeated UW-Green Bay 59-47 to extend its winning streak to nine games.The Badgers used a strong shooting performance early to quiet the crowd, jumping out to a 9-0 lead while holding the Phoenix scoreless in the first three-and-a-half minutes of play. With all the energy that comes with a big intrastate game, UWGB couldn’t find a rhythm early and failed to stop Wisconsin from getting open looks at the basket.“For whatever reason, we were just really tight to start the game,” UWGB head coach Matt Bollant said. “I don’t know if it was the big crowd, or if it’s Wisconsin and just being so excited to play them, but it not only hurt us on the offensive end, it made us a step slow on the defensive end.”Wisconsin (9-1) got a strong early performance from guard Alyssa Karel, who scored all nine of her points in the first 10 minutes of play. But, in the end, it was the play of junior forward Mariah Dunham and sophomore forward Tara Steinbauer who carried the Badgers the rest of the way.Dunham led all scorers with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, and Steinbauer added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 3-for-4 from the line.“Our high-low was effective in the first half,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “[Tara] and Mariah were able to be the receivers, and kept us in there scoring-wise.”The Badgers extended the lead to 32-12 with 5:43 to play in the first half, but the Phoenix fought back, going on an 18-3 run over a nine-minute stretch to cut the Wisconsin lead to 35-30.Unfortunately for UWGB, Dunham hit a 3-pointer on the next UW possession, and the Phoenix would never get any closer in the final 16 minutes of play.Green Bay (7-1) was led offensively by sophomore guard Celeste Hoewisch with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Also in double figures for the Phoenix was senior Lavesa Glover with 10 points, going 3-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.Hoewisch led the Phoenix rally over the last six minutes of the first half and first three minutes in the second half, but was unable to overcome the surprisingly the slow start for UWGB.“It’s always disappointing to start your game the way we did,” Hoewisch said. “We’ve just got to learn from it. I think we might’ve made this game bigger than what it really was [and] paid attention maybe to what was on the front of their jersey. I don’t know what it was.”The biggest problem for Wisconsin in the game was a familiar one: foul trouble. UW had five fouls before the first media timeout of the game and finished with three forwards — Dunham, Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow — with four fouls apiece.As a result, the Badgers were forced to utilize some of their depth at the forward position, with senior Caitlin Gibson seeing the floor for the second time this year, playing seven minutes and putting in a pair of shots while grabbing an offensive rebound.“We’re bringing a lot of forwards in there, and I like it,” Stone said. “I just told our team, I’m very, very proud of Caitlin Gibson. She hasn’t played a whole lot this whole year and she came in and gave us quality minutes in crunch time.”Wednesday’s game marked the first time this season that Karel — the Badgers’ leading scorer — has failed to reach double digits in scoring, but it showed that opposing defenses cannot focus on one player to shut down the Badgers’ offensive attack.“[For] this team, like any other team I’ve been on, it doesn’t matter who comes out and scores,” Dunham said. “That’s the threat of this team — you don’t know who’s going to be the leading scorer. Alyssa, she had an off game, but at the same time, she played very well on the defensive end.”Defense again proved to be a strong point for the Badgers, as they held the Phoenix to 47 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the field and just 23.1 percent from beyond the arc. For Bollant, the strength of Wisconsin’s defense appeared to come from the players’ desire to play well defensively and a knowledge of the importance of defensive play.“They take a lot of pride in it,” Bollant said. “They realize that they’ve got to defend every possession to give themselves a chance to win. It’s really a team thing. … They’ve all bought in to the team defense.”
The USC men’s basketball team came out running Thursday night but couldn’t keep it going as Washington State rallied from behind to hand the Trojans a 67-60 loss at the Galen Center.Tough loss · Senior forward Marcus Johnson fouled out late in the game during the Trojans’ loss. Johnson finished with 16 points. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan USC (11-7, 3-3) led by as many as 15, but the Cougars charged back midway through the second half. Redshirt senior forward Marcus Johnson turned in a productive night, leading the Trojans with 16 points but came up short, with the rest of the team in the final minutes of the game.Guard Reggie Moore had 21 points and six assists to pace Washington State (14-5, 4-3), and guard Klay Thompson — the nation’s fifth-leading scorer — added 20 points of his own.“We were very aggressive in the first half defensively,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said after the game. “I thought we made it tough in the second half. We gave in for the first time in quite a while.”Just minutes into the second half, it looked like the Trojans were on their way to a blowout. Redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson scored five straight points before Johnson’s emphatic dunk put USC ahead 41-26.But the visitors weren’t ready to call it a night. The Cougars proceeded to go on a 12-1 run, with forward Nikola Koprivica’s three-pointer cutting the lead to four with 15:25 to go. Meanwhile, the Trojans’ offense stalled.“You can’t have both,” said senior forward Dwight Lewis, who finished with 13 points on 5-of -14 shooting. You can’t slack up on defense and not be scoring at the same time. If you do that, it will wind up in a loss like it did tonight.”A 3-pointer by redshirt senior guard Mike Gerrity halted the Cougars’ surge temporarily. But USC’s vaunted defense, which had entered the game tied for first in the nation in points allowed per game, began to crack.Even after the Trojans stretched the lead back to eight, Washington State kept coming back. With just under six minutes remaining, the Cougars scored on five straight possessions. Moore’s jumper with 3:17 left gave the road team a 58-55 lead.“Moore’s a heck of a player,” O’Neill said. “No matter who we put on him, we couldn’t keep in front.”After Moore made two free throws, another three by Gerrity cut the lead to two and energized a crowd hoping the Trojans would make a comeback of their own.But that hope was short-lived, as USC just couldn’t convert in the final two minutes and the Cougars closed out the game at the line.“We just didn’t have a good half defensively,” O’Neill said. “We just collapsed.”The Trojans won’t have much time to reflect on their second-half meltdown. Washington (12-6, 3-4) comes to town Saturday night for some more Pac-10 action at the Galen Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.“You can dwell on it tonight,” Lewis said of the loss. “But you’ve got to get ready for a good Washington team coming in.”
After on-and-off results from its deeper bench, Syracuse on Wednesday night kept its rotation the tightest it had through 15 games — and it worked.The Orange has lost games in which it used nine players and only three scored in double figures. It also has won games in which eight players scored in double digits. On Wednesday, the first time SU head coach Jim Boeheim kept his rotation to five players, Syracuse (9-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) picked up its first significant victory of the season, a 70-55 triumph over Miami (11-3, 1-1) in the Carrier Dome.“It was something a little different than we’ve been doing all season,” senior forward Tyler Roberson said, “but it’s just one game.”Roberson played a season-high 35 minutes while starter Taurean Thompson only saw five. Frank Howard and Dajuan Coleman played a combined one minute and 40.9 seconds. Boeheim has flirted with different lineups all season, using his fifth different starting five against Miami, but this was the first time he hasn’t substituted freely.Then again, it hasn’t been often that the five on the floor has excelled for as long of a stretch as John Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Tyler Lydon and Roberson did in holding the Hurricanes to 55 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That unit that was out there was in a groove, so we stuck with it,” said Lydon, who scored 20 points. “I think we can throw a number of different lineups in there and be confident with the five guys on the floor that can win a game.”The reasoning was simple from Boeheim: Roberson is better at defense than Thompson. Syracuse needed defense. Roberson’s defense worked. So Roberson played 35 minutes while Thompson rode the bench.It may have been atypical of what the Orange has done, especially with more reliable options at its disposal than last year. But those reliable options have turned out to be not so reliable, so the easy fix was to cancel some of them out.The five Syracuse rolled with on Wednesday has been used only 27.3 percent of the time over the past five games, according to Kenpom.com. Against Miami, it was used for almost the entire game with all five players seeing over 35 minutes on the floor. And for now, until another opponent shreds the zone, Boeheim has no reason to change.“If we win that way,” Boeheim said with a sarcastic smirk, “we’ll continue it, yeah.”***MORE COVERAGE:What we learned from Syracuse’s victory over MiamiTyler Roberson stifles Miami inside, scores 9 points in season-high 35 minutesSyracuse’s zone works like it should John Gillon puts stranglehold on point guard spotGallery: The best sights from SU’s win over MiamiSuperlatives from Syracuse’s win Published on January 5, 2017 at 10:59 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Players of Giwa FC are grumbling over the uncertainties hanging over them as the Jos-based club will be thrown out of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) should they fail to honour a second straight league match this weekend.Several players of the club also told AfricanFootball.com they are unhappy they have not been paid salaries for several months now.At the weekend, Wikki Tourists walked over Giwa at the Ilorin Stadium after the Jos club stayed away from the match venue following their banishment from the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on account of crowd trouble there recently.Should Giwa fail to honour their next game away at Abia Warriors on Sunday, they will be expelled from the league as clearly stipulated in the rules of the competition. One of the disturbed Giwa players said their fate is hanging in a balance.“We don’t know what next for us here. All we do is to go to training and come back. We are not happy at all,” he told AfricanFootball.com“We went to Jos stadium last weekend for the game against Wikki and there were no referees for the game. We the players are in dilemma right now and every day we get frustrated.”Another player informed AfricanFootball.com they have not been paid salaries.“We are being owed salary, some four months, some three and others two months,” he disclosed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Atletico striker Diego Costa’s red card last weekend at the Camp Nou means he misses Saturday’s game at home to RC Celta, with the relegation threatened Galicians also without their inspirational front-man Iago Aspas through suspension.Saturday evening brings a tasty clash between city rivals Sevilla and Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Both teams are well in the hunt to qualify for UEFA competition next season, while Sevilla want revenge for losing 1-0 to a late Joaquin Sanchez goal in the reverse fixture of what is known as ‘El Gran Derbi’ – ‘the big derby.’The weekend starts early on Saturday with Espanyol hosting Alaves at the RCDE Stadium. Both teams have had positive 2018/19 campaigns so far, with the visitors still harbouring hopes of European football next season.Sunday’s programme begins at lunchtime with fourth placed Getafe at 17th placed RealValladolid. Los Blanquivioletas have been unfortunate lately so really need the boost of a win to stave off the drop, while Los Azulones have their eyes firmly fixed on a historic Champions League spot.There’s a similar mix of concerns at San Mames in Bilbao on Sunday afternoon, with eighth-placed Athletic Club still aiming for a Europa League spot despite a defeat at Getafe last weekend, and Rayo Vallecano, 19th, hoping last week’s victory over Valencia can be the catalyst for a late climb to safety.The action then moves along the Basque coast to San Sebastian and Anoeta, as neighbours Real Sociedad and Eibar battle for local pride with an extra edge as they go into the game separated by just one point in the middle of the LaLiga Santander table.Next it is over to Catalonia where things should be tense as a Girona team with increasing relegation worries after three straight LaLiga defeats host a Villarreal side stuck in 18th position after frustratingly picking up just one point from their last three outings.There is yet another derbi on Sunday at Mestalla as Valencia host city rivals Levante in another of LaLiga’s most historic fixtures. The added element here is that the home side are aiming to continue their climb towards the top four, while a worrying run of results has seen Levante slide to 15th place.The weekend concludes on Monday evening in the Spanish capital’s southern suburbs whereLeganes will be aiming to top an excellent recent run with a first ever LaLiga victory against giant neighbours Real Madrid, who are already looking towards 2019/20 under recently returned coach Zinedine Zidane.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona will aim to take another step towards the LaLiga title in a weekend packed with derby clashes in Seville, Valencia, Madrid and the Basque Country.Barça’s 2-0 victory at home to Atletico de Madrid last weekend sent them 11 points clear atop the LaLiga Santander table with seven games remaining. Next up for Ernesto Valverde’s men is a trip to bottom club Huesca on Saturday afternoon, with Lionel Messi and company closing in on an eighth title in 11 years.Huesca have shown their battling qualities with 3-3 and 2-2 draws in their last two LaLiga fixtures and will be hoping for a first ever victory against a Barça team midway through a Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United.