FHFA Director Mark Calabria’s Plan for Conservatorship

first_img Previous: A Data-Driven Approach to Neighborhood Stabilization Next: What’s Holding Black Homeownership Back? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 21, 2019 2,967 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Calabria Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Director Mark Calabria’s Plan for Conservatorship Calabria Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac 2019-05-21 Seth Welborn About Author: Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save FHFA Director Mark Calabria’s Plan for Conservatorship Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria is aiming for privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and in this Video Spotlight, Calabria talks with CNBC’s Diana Olick about the hurdles in the way of taking Fannie and Freddie out of conservatorship.Calabria states that he does not intend to wait for Congress to pull Fannie and Freddie out of conservatorship. Calabria also discusses how the FHFA will need to look at other ways to build capital before pulling the GSEs, and what shareholders may or may not need to worry about in the near future.“If I can end the sweep, reach some changes to the share of Treasury, we can get them out of conservatorship, we can start to build capital, I can start to monitor loan quality, get them in a safe and sound fashion,” Calabris stated. “There’s a lot I can’t do: I can’t create competition, I can’t create a guarantee, those are going to be in the hands of Congress. I’m going to call for those things, but Congress has to play its part.”In another interview with the Wall Street Journal, Calabria stated that he wants to out the now-profitable GSEs back into private hands, something that has been tried and failed by lawmakers in the past.“I see my goal as setting a path to end the conservatorship” for the companies he said, adding, “they have to be stronger, healthier companies” compared to before the 2008 housing crisis.“My objective is to get us to a spot where we don’t have to worry about the system blowing itself up,” he addedCalabria stated that he is awaiting completion of plans ordered by President Donald Trump to refashion the mortgage system, set to be completed around June.Among Calabria’s concerns is the “qualified mortgage patch,” which allows more highly leveraged homebuyers to obtain Fannie and Freddie-eligible mortgages. Patch usage has grown in the last few years, and according to Calabria, changing the patch would be a key tool to shrink Fannie and Freddie without a full overhaul, though he states that he does not intend to do away with it entirely. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Driving Digital Access for the One and the One Billion

first_imgIn many areas around the world, the lack of reliable, affordable electricity has been one of the biggest barriers to providing technology access to students. In some cases, schools cannot keep the lights on and power a computer lab simultaneously.One program that Dell Technologies has initiated to help break this cycle is our Solar Learning Labs, which seek to close the learning gap by partnering directly with Computer Aid International to deliver computer labs built in converted, well-ventilated shipping containers, powered by solar panels and our technology. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 8.26%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, 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.This is a modal window.RestartShare We launched the first Solar Learning Lab in Nigeria in 2014 and currently have 20 labs in six countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Mexico, and Colombia) providing nearly 17,000 students with access to digital technology. This does not include the countless members of the local communities who also have access to the labs. More about the Solar Learning Labs:The labs use a combination of solar power, energy-efficient Dell Wyse technology and air-cooled servers. Our team members volunteer to work onsite at these labs to install equipment and provide training to teachers.Under the instruction of Dell Technologies’ local youth learning partners, the Solar Learning Labs teach students basic computer skills, graphic design, robotics, and coding, in addition to life skills and entrepreneurship in some communities.These labs not only impact local students, but also benefit whole communities by giving them access to quality learning experiences, reliable power, and a local internet service, which is paid for and maintained by Dell Technologies.Earlier this month we announced our Progress Made Real 2030 plan which is grounded in the belief that technology and data combined with the human spirit are the positive forces capable of creating change. The plan includes moonshot goals which will help us propel our social impact commitments over the next decade. As the vice president for global strategic giving and social innovation, I was personally invested in the creation of our Transforming Lives moonshot goal which is this: With our technology and scale, we will advance health, education and economic opportunity initiatives to deliver enduring results for 1 billion people by 2030.When talking about our work with initiatives such as the Solar Learning Labs – it’s important that we do not forget about the one in one billion. So how do these labs help the one? Providing technology access to one young person will give them the skills they need to seek out job and life opportunities. If you look at the multiplier effect of nearly 17,000 students with these increased opportunities, the impact of that access will be passed on, supporting their families, becoming active members of their communities and ultimately helping to grow their local economies.Now, what if we could grow these labs from 20 to 100? This ambitious thought led us to work with Computer Aid International on a crowdfunding approach to scale the program and help them deliver 100 Solar Learning Labs by 2030. Dell will continue to provide the technology required for each lab, but in order to deliver digital skills on this larger, more wide-reaching scale, we will need to engage others to support the expansion of this proven program.Today is Giving Tuesday, a generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. Put simply, it’s a day that encourages people to do good. On this day, as our team members look for ways to give back, they can support this crowdfunding initiative by donating to Computer Aid to ultimately scale the Solar Learning Labs. And through our employee match program, in which Dell will match donations to eligible charities up to $10K USD per year per employee, they can make an even bigger contribution to helping to scale the Solar Learning Labs and support digital access for underserved youth and communities.We know that getting to one billion is an ambitious goal. We also know we can’t get there alone. It requires strategic collaboration with nonprofit groups like Computer Aid, local and national governments, our partners and customers, and others who share our values and sense of purpose. It’s a tall order but one we’re ready for. We truly believe technology has the power to transform lives. Please join us.For more information on contributing to Computer Aid, please visit www.solarlearninglabs.org.last_img read more

Tyson Chandler expected to sign with Lakers

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Phoenix Suns’ Tyson Chandler heads up the court during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. Chandler is going home. The Suns are buying out Chandler’s contract, a move that will allow the 18-year veteran–once he clears waivers–to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday, Nov. 3, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Suns had not yet revealed it publicly. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)Tyson Chandler is going home.The Phoenix Suns are buying out Chandler’s contract, a move that will allow the 18-year veteran — once he clears waivers — to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Suns had not yet revealed it publicly.ADVERTISEMENT He helped Dallas win the 2011 NBA title, and was an All-Star in the 2012-13 season. He’s also been a teammate of new Lakers star LeBron James before — as part of USA Basketball’s team that won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. And he’s appeared in 1,086 games, which is 10th most among all active NBA players.The Lakers were playing at Portland on Saturday night. Phoenix next plays Sunday, at home against Memphis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The New York Times first reported that Chandler and the Suns were agreeing on a buyout. Chandler was in the final season of his four-year deal with the Suns, and was due to make about $13.5 million this season.The 36-year-old Chandler played his high school basketball in Compton, California, just a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles. With the Lakers, he’ll likely be the backup to JaVale McGee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissChandler was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, but has never played for either the Clippers or the Lakers. Chandler wound up debuting with Chicago, and has also played with New Orleans, Dallas, New York and Charlotte before joining the Suns in 2015.Chandler has seven appearances with the Suns this season, all backing up No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton. Chandler has averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in about 13 minutes per game this season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Biles wraps up remarkable worlds with 4th gold medallast_img read more

Ding dong battle in Donegal could go into tomorrow!

first_imgIt’s going to be a fascinating battle between outgoing councillors Niamh Kennedy (IND) and Noel Jordan (SF) to see who tops the poll in the six-seater Donegal Municipal District.However, with 19 candidates and a major battle for the final two seats, the count in the John Bosco Centre could run into Monday.It’s safe to say that Kennedy and Jordan are almost home and dry. And the next two seats look set to be filled by the outgoing Michael Naughton (FF) and Barry Sweeney (FG).But, there’s going to be a fierce battle between the outgoing Tom Conaghan (IND), John McNulty (FG), Michael McMahon (SF), Billy Grimes (IND) and outgoing Seamus Maguire (IND) for the final two seats.On the fourth count, just 100 votes separate them. McNulty, however, is not transferring well and admits he’s in a battle.Ding dong battle in Donegal could go into tomorrow! was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks’ Pete DeBoer calls Golden Knights coach chirping his players “ridiculous”

first_imgSAN JOSE — The chirping between the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights’ benches may have subsided a bit in Game 6. That doesn’t mean all of the talk coming from the Golden Knights bench quieted down, though.In fact, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Monday that it’s Vegas coach Gerard Gallant doing most of the talking right now.Asked if the talk — particularly through the media — dying down recently between the two teams maybe works in the Sharks’ favor, DeBoer said, “I don’t know if it works in our …last_img read more

New Archaelogical Findings at Judean Fortress Khirbet Qeiyafa

first_imgA hilltop near where David fought Goliath has revealed buildings and artifacts suggestive of royal organization during the time of King David.A press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the discovery of “royal public buildings” at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortress on a hilltop overlooking the Elah Valley.  First reported by archaeologists in Nov. 2008 (see 11/16/08), it yielded an inscription (1/07/10) and other artifacts that warranted further excavation.  The 7-year dig has concluded with the press release claiming that two buildings were “David’s palace” and “an enormous royal storeroom.”  Also found were numerous stone jars, along with “evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt.”  With its exceptional view, the site would have been valuable as a lookout.Science Daily and PhysOrg picked up on the phrase “David’s Palace” in their headlines for articles that republished the IAA press release.  Live Science considered it “indicate that David, who defeated Goliath in the Bible, ruled a kingdom with a great political organization.”  The dig was managed by Yossi Garfinkel (Hebrew University) and Saar Ganor (IAA).Conservative Bible history professor Todd Bolen in Israel, on Bible Places Blog, urged caution:Whenever you see a sensational claim such as the discovery of a specific item mentioned in the Bible, you should be suspicious. In most cases, the archaeologist seems to be driven more by a desire for attention than by the evidence (e.g., the Cave of John the Baptist, the palace of David, or anything announced by Yosef Garfinkel in the last six years).This is a bit surprising, since Bolen was initially enthusiastic about the site’s potential (12/24/08).  Apparently he has reasons for distrusting the IAA and these particular excavators, one reason being that the end of a dig season is a tempting time to announce sensational discoveries for fund-raising or other non-academic motivations.  There is no question from the photos released, though, that significant buildings, walls and artifacts from a well-developed fortress have been found.  How they relate to the kingdom of David specifically awaits further analysis.The site is very intriguing and seems to support the Iron Age identification.  But respecting Bolen’s informed opinion, we will refrain from reading too much into the press release.  Bolen feels Garfinkel is press-happy, hasty to interpret findings, and prone to sensational announcements (11/19/08).  Surprisingly, he finds more credibility (but not a lot more) in the announcement that a room of the prophet Elisha has been found at Tel Rehov (7/23/13), on the grounds that its excavator, Amahai Mazar, has impeccable credentials.  Even so, it’s nearly impossible to prove the room had anything to do with Elisha, he quickly warns.The potential harm from hyping archaeological digs too early (see his entry) is making Biblical archaeology a laughing-stock, and giving occasion for skeptics undermine Biblical history.  As a science, archaeology needs a heavy measure of scholarly caution.  With that in mind, hoping for further analysis of Khirbet Qeiyafa soon, we announce this latest series of findings with a subdued wow. (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

van “Kluis tot Kookhuis” — Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGC2JV5Xby Rebel & the Bandits An idyllic town square in MaastrichtThe town of Maastricht in the Netherlands has an impressive number of 1677 national heritage sites, which is the second highest number of a Dutch town, after Amsterdam. It’s become known as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro.A lovely row of buildingsAs with many European towns, there is a idyllic town square in Maastricht. On the perimeter of this area sits a lovely row of buildings. One building in particular has an impressive history. Over the years, this building has been:ButcheryCafe/restaurantRehearsal spaceSavonnerie (rug seller)Soap merchantGlass and pottery storePiano sellerHousing casualties of World War IIMayor’s residenceLocation of signing of Treaty of MaastrichtBankCookware retailer (current use)Currently a cookware shopThis geocache has 6,891 logs and 2,733 favorite points, earning it unofficial cult-status amongst devout geocachers. Since it was formerly a bank, the thick walls of concrete and steel prevent accurate coordinates from being received. To find this geocache, you’ll need to guesstimate the location, take note of the address, then head inside. Formerly a bankCan you figure out which box is the geocache?It’s placed with permission of the owner (who’s also a devoted geocacher), and there are limited hours, so plan accordingly. What you find shall be worth more than all the riches in the Netherlands: a smiley. Just make sure you don’t get logged out, or locked in.The geocache looks exactly like one of these…K-WAY (translated from German)After the visit of the marvelous market, you can also see what it is all about in “Kluis tot Kookhuis”. When visiting the cache, of course, should not be forgotten, which I like to give an FAV. WOW. I was just thrilled and would have no idea how long to stop me. TFTC KarstenCabo da RocaThis cache has been on my wishlist for a long time! Today KatnissTonks and I went on a trip to Maastricht. Right at the beginning of our tour we looked for the old vault room. Really awesome, that there is such a nice cache! Thank you for the exceptional experience and the showing of this interesting place!Micweig (translated from German)Today we are together with Team “bone crusher” started from the Eifel to graduate from our personal 3-country Challenge. Maastricht was our first stop of the round and on this one we were first aware that Favi points speak for themselves. 😉After some Sucherei we were still able to find. Brilliant. Something we have not seen. Secured as Fort Knox, we have registered us in the logbook. Of course, we leave here a bow and thank you for this great start!For me personally memories were awake. Here I have but spent many weekends in my youth, a great city, again and again!Found it!Always sign the logThis is one of Signal’s favorite geocaches!Make sure you don’t get locked out (or locked in)Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:Limburg, NetherlandsN 50° 51.091 E 005° 41.410 Difficulty:3Terrain:1 SharePrint RelatedMaastricht:Wandelen op en langs de stadsmuren – Geocache of the WeekApril 3, 2019In “Community”Magna Plătĕa Bruocsellae (Fr-Nl-En) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 27, 2019In “Community”Bucharest—One Geocache at a TimeAugust 13, 2019In “Guest Blog”last_img read more

Bollywood on the small screen is a flop

first_imgTracking Tv TrailsCricket: DD Sports breaks into TAM’s top 20 and has 12 places among the top 100, thanks to the India-West Indies ODIs.Suspense: Ssshhh … Koi Hai … may not be very strong on spelling but it’s definitely top of the charts at No. 14.Family Drama: Critics may have,Tracking Tv TrailsCricket: DD Sports breaks into TAM’s top 20 and has 12 places among the top 100, thanks to the India-West Indies ODIs.Suspense: Ssshhh … Koi Hai … may not be very strong on spelling but it’s definitely top of the charts at No. 14.Family Drama: Critics may have tired of woman-oriented soaps but there’s only a slight dip in their ratings.Blockbusters: Bollywood on the small screen is a flop with Zee’s much hyped Thursday film coming in only at 99.last_img read more

Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Brian Heruela. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netAfter spending most their time riding the San Miguel Beer bench for the past several seasons, Brian Heruela and David Semerad are looking forward to playing a more significant role with their new squad TNT.Heruela and Semerad were part of the deal that sent embattled guard Terrence Romeo to the Beermen last month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “They’ll definitely get more of a chance here there’s no doubt about that. They fit in really well here with what we’re trying to do,” TNT consultant Mark Dickel said after Monday’s practice at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.Heruela and Semerad are eager to show what they’re capable of something that they weren’t able to do during their time with the Beermen, who relied heavily on their star-studded core of June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross, due to their lack of playing time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 29-year-old Heruela was a third round pick by Blackwater in 2014 but he emerged as one of the Elite’s top players before he was surprisingly traded to the Beermen.“I learned a lot coming from SMB. I’ve matured. To be honest, whether or not it’s a big role, my mindset is to just be physically and mentally ready,” Heruela said. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Far from satisfied, Team Lakay aims to continue success in 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img The 6-foot-4 Semerad has yet to get his break in the pros but his collegiate career at San Beda where he won four championships speaks for himself.“I’m a hustle player. I work hard on defense. I’m working on pick and rolls with the team so I fit in well here,” said Semerad, who joins his twin brother Anthony at TNT.The Semerad twins are teammates for the first time since their collegiate days.The two, along with fellow new acquisition Michael Miranda get their chance to prove themselves on opening day with TNT taking on Barangay Ginebra to usher in the PBA’s 44th Season on Sunday at Philippine Arena.“Whatever it is that I can do to help the team, I’m more than willing to do that,” said much-improved big man Michael Miranda, who blossomed into a dependable role player under Yeng Guiao at NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Belgium defeat Algeria, 2-1

first_imgBelgium’s Axel Witsel wins a header during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday. (AP)Belgium opened its World Cup campaign with a 2-1 comeback win over Algeria on Tuesday, relying on second-half goals from two substitutes after a tense start in Group H. Algeria opened the scoring with a penalty in the 25th minute and the surprising lead stood for 45 minutes until Marouane Fellaini’s strong glancing header, with his back to goal, from a Kevin De Bruyne cross. Fellaini, who many had considered would start the match, had only come onto the pitch five minutes earlier and was coach Marc Wilmots’ final substitution. Dries Mertens’ right-foot strike beat Algeria’s goalkeeper in the 80th minute after Eden Hazard saw him free on the right and set him up for the decider. Mertens, who went on at the start of the second half, sent his shot high in the net outside of Rais Mbolhi’s reach. “We knew it would be tough, that there would be no space,” Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said. “We made one error and we paid for it. The bench made the difference. We showed mental strength and we came back.” Algeria attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli converted a penalty in the first half after he was dragged down in the area by Belgium left back Jan Vertonghen. At that point, Algeria was on course to produce another upset of a major team as it did in 1982 when it beat West Germany in its first group match. But the Algerians were tired by the end, having started the game brightly.advertisement “We just missed a big upset, a victory,” Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic said. “We were so close. “My players have no reason to blush. They may be disappointed, but there is no reason to cry.” Belgium is widely billed as the favorite in Group H, which also includes Russia and South Korea. But Algeria dominated possession in the opening minutes, surging forward and moving the ball with flair. Belgium eventually settled down and regained control, ending the match with 65 percent possession. Before Belgium’s comeback, the Algeria defense held firm, setting up a bulwark in the final third of the pitch. When Belgium had the ball, Algeria defenders allowed them little room to maneuver. Algerian defenders at times doubled up on Hazard, shutting down space for him to operate down the left. Defensive midfielder Axel Witsel had Belgium’s best two opportunities in the first half – powerful 25-yard shots parried by the Algeria goalkeeper in the 21st and 34th minutes – and also snuffed out Algeria threats by protecting the back four and winning numerous aerial duels. Wilmots brought on Mertens for Nacer Chadli after halftime to give Belgium more of an attacking edge. He also took off lone striker Romelu Lukaku, who was left stranded and had a disappointing match, and replaced him with Divock Origi in the 58th. He made his final substitution in the 65th when he brought on Fellanini for Moussa Dembele to give the team more of a physical presence.last_img read more