Charges dropped against owner, designer of Verruckt waterslide where boy was decapitated in horrific accident

first_imgABC News(KANSAS CITY, Kansas) — The owner and designer of what was billed as the world’s tallest waterslide have had all charges against them dropped on Friday in relation to the horrific death of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.Schlitterbahn Water Park owner Jeff Henry and designer John Schooley had been charged with second-degree murder after Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the Kansas City, Kansas, ride called the Verrückt. Operations manager Tyler Miles, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, also had his charges dropped on Friday.The defendants issued a motion to dismiss the charges over what they called “improper evidence and testimony displayed to the grand jury.”The water park company, which has since closed its Kansas City location, hailed the decision to dismiss charges in a statement.“We welcome today’s decision which dismissed the charges against all defendents (sic),” said Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications for Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. “We are thankful for all the support and encouragement we’ve received.”The grand jury had returned an indictment against Henry, Schooley and Miles on March 21, 2018, in Wyandotte County, Kansas. But on Friday, the judge dismissed those charges saying the jury was shown “a highly dramatized” made-for-TV drama produced by the Travel Channel.The defendants lawyers also argued an expert who testified before the grand jury about American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, even though they weren’t required by law at the time of the development of the slide. An expert also discussed the death of someone at a different Schlitterbahn Water Park, but that was an employee who was killed while performing maintenance.“The Court holds that the three areas of grand jury abuse cited by the defendants are credible and persuasive and must be considered illegal evidence that should not have been presented to the grand jury,” Judge Robert P. Burns wrote.The motion does say the state could still file a criminal complaint or take evidence before a different grand jury.Prosecutors have alleged that Henry and other employees of the water park attempted to hide from investigators documents detailing at least 13 injuries on the Verrückt waterslide leading up to Schwab’s death.“We are obviously disappointed and respectfully disagree with the court’s decision. We will review the ruling carefully, including the court’s observation that the ruling ‘does not preclude the possibility that the State could continue to pursue this matter in a criminal court,’ and take a fresh look at the evidence and applicable law in this tragic and troubling case to determine the best course forward,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement released Friday.Caleb Schwab’s parents, Michelle and Scott, who was a state representative at the time and is now Kansas’s secretary of state, spoke to “Good Morning America” about the accident in 2017.Caleb’s brother Nathan was waiting at the bottom of the slide while his parents were tending to the family’s other children.Michelle heard Nathan screaming, ‘He flew from the Verruckt, he flew from the Verruckt,’” Michelle Schwab recalled to “GMA.”Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.“There was a gentleman who wouldn’t allow me to come close enough to see what was going on, and he just kept saying, ‘Trust me, you don’t want to go any further,’” Michele Schwab said. “I kind of knew in my mind that I shouldn’t see it, that I probably don’t want to see it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UCT in world top 100 subject ranking

first_img10 May 2013South Africa’s University of Cape Town was ranked in the top 100 of universities around the world for eight of its subject areas, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, released on Wednesday.It ranked 32 for education and training, and was also included in the top 100 for earth and marine sciences, politics, psychology, law and legal studies, history and archaeology, geography and English language and literature.“Regarded as one of Africa’s leading universities, UCT’s consistent performance in world ranking systems speaks to the university’s commitment to quality research as well as first-rate higher education,” UCT said in a statement.The latest QS World University Ranking by subject is the third edition of the study and evaluated 2 858 universities around the world, ranking 678 of these.Nineteen of UCT’S subjects were included in the 30-subject ranking, with agriculture, civil engineering and politics being rated for the first time.“The methodology of the QS survey relies heavily on a global survey of what academics and employers think of a particular university,” said UCT’s deputy vice chancellor, Danie Visser.“It is most pleasing that UCT has registered sufficiently internationally to be placed in the top 100 in no fewer than eight areas and in the top 200 in 19 different areas.”QS Surveys also look at citations per faculty, staff-student ratio and the degree of internationalisation by the proportion of international students and faculty.“Since UCT’s research impact is above the world average in many areas and because we have a very good proportion of international students, these indicators would tend to boost our scores,” Visser said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa’s shoe-shine king

first_img18 December 2015“We’re the biggest shoe-shine company in Africa,” says Lere Mgayiya, the founder of Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience, which operates in three major South African airports, in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Shoe-shine king Lere Mgayiya: a home-grown success story— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) July 14, 2015But starting a business wasn’t easy, Mgayiya says. A former South African Airways employee, he is a serial entrepreneur who started up several small businesses that were unsuccessful. In his life, Mgayiya has sold produce – he sold eggs to the Parliament canteen – as well as worked with livestock; he has also had a public mobile phone business and dabbled in stock market investment.Ultimately, those efforts proved fruitless. “I was considered a loser by my peers and family because I resigned from SAA and the money I invested was gone. That created a lot of pressure for me to look for a job. But I did not want to do that because it is not who I am at all,” Mgayiya says.In 2002, inspired by an article about a local shoe shiner, he invested in the man’s business. He also added its unique selling point – the airport locations.Lere’s Shoe Shine at OR Tambo are fantastic! Love these guys. Please support them they do a fantastic job! @pavlobiz— Aki Anastasiou (@AkiAnastasiou) November 11, 2014Having worked in airports before, he understood that passenger traffic passing through would make it a strategic location for his service. He used his connections to negotiate a deal to operate at Cape Town International Airport. The company, initially named Airport Shoe Shine, started off slow but steady. Mgayiya sold most of his valuables to invest in his first luxury shiner’s chair and the company’s single employee.“We worked 18 hours a day, six days a week,” he remembers, with the hard work paying off in a substantial profit in the first two months, money he invested back into the company. With two more chairs and more shiners, the business soared.The company’s biggest break was when it received authorisation to open at OR Tambo International, South Africa’s largest airport, where the shiners became a popular feature for travelling businesspeople.Mgayiya partnered with Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), which operates the airports in the country, in his inevitable, unconventional way.“I had read about Acsa looking to encourage businesses within the airport and one day saw the chief executive walking around the Cape Town terminal. I walked up and told her how well she was doing; how I could see how she had turned the business around because I was at the airport every day. And she was so impressed that she asked me why I had not expanded to Johannesburg.”The rest is history.In 2008, the business expanded to OR Tambo and Durban’s King Shake airports and soon after into five other airports around South Africa. However, the stress of running eight detached locations on a limited budget led Mgayiya to close some and focus on the major airports in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.“We learnt our lesson. We expanded too quickly to inappropriate places, which almost killed our business. We had to kill those operations fast before they killed us,” Mgayiya says.But as these three continue to gain more customers, Lere’s Shoe Shine is now eyeing expansion again. This time, though, the business is looking to go global, with plans for partnerships in the US and UK, as well as in the rest of [email protected] @Radio702 staff treated to shoe shine from Elliot for Lere’s Shoe Shine @BDO_SA for the 1st #CEOSleepoutZA— mich (@michalentweet) May 5, 2015Mgayiya’s business philosophy is simple: passion and clever thinking are more important to entrepreneurs than just money. The business’s customers – be they tourists arriving in South Africa for the first time or seasoned business travellers – always enjoy having someone to talk to. “They enjoy the experience of interacting with (the shoe shiner), (so all my) employees have extrovert personalities“They’re someone to connect with, talk to, when you’re far from home in a hard, cold place like an airport, it’s nice to find a quiet, relaxed space for a chance to stop and relax for a moment and maybe engage meaningfully with someone that you might not have met in any other situation. That’s what this business is really about, everything else will follow if you engage with the client.”Today, Mgayiya has 45 employees and he estimates his company shines the shoes of between 120 000 and 130 000 customers a year.His advice to budding entrepreneurs is to be prepared to commit themselves completely to their business, even if it means facing greater risks. “If you are not invested in that business, it changes the chances of success.”He firmly believes that good businesses are made from good ideas, from your head and heart. “It is the driving force which is generated from the love and passion for those ideas that makes it successful – it is not just the money,” Mgayiya says.“No matter how poor you are, no matter where you come from in life. it is your brain that makes you successful and your heart that drives you.”Source: AFKInsiderlast_img read more

What’s the Definition of ‘Green Building’?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Recently I spent some time accumulating definitions of “green building” from as many sources as possible. These various definitions included ten different characteristics of green buildings.Of course, not all definitions agree, and none of the definitions include all ten of the characteristics that I identified in the various definitions.The three most common characteristics appeared in most of the definitions. According to most sources, a green building:Beyond these three characteristics, sources differed widely. Only a few definitions noted one or more of the remaining seven characteristics that I discovered (and list below).A green building: The logic behind the definitions Let’s look at the logic between each of these ten characteristics.1. A green building is energy-efficient. Energy use is strongly associated with greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing energy consumption tends to reduce damage to our environment caused by burning fossil fuels.There are many different ways to reduce energy use: for example, we can buy more efficient appliances, install thicker insulation, or specify windows with a very low U-factor. Determining whether the environmental benefits of reduced energy consumption are valuable enough to justify the cost (the environmental cost as well as the financial cost) of expensive energy-saving measures is tricky, so implementing this point takes judgment.It’s also worth noting that most countries in the world are now transitioning to energy sources that don’t involve greenhouse gas emissions. Once a region completes this transition, the environmental argument underpinning energy efficiency mostly evaporates.2. A green building is water-conserving. Almost all green building definitions include this point, and it generally makes sense. Of course, if you live in parts of Canada, Iceland, or Norway where fresh water is abundant, it makes little sense to invest in expensive equipment to save water — especially… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

FEI Ratings Gives OSU 3.8% Chance to Win Out

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) rating is a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted drive efficiency, which filters out garbage time and, in this case, projects the likelihood a team will go undefeated.Among the 20 undefeated FBS squads, the FEI gives Oklahoma State the twelfth best chance to go undefeated this season – a 3.8% likelihood.From ESPN:The Cowboys have not yet proved to our ratings that they are capable of truly contending for the Big 12 championship against Baylor, TCU, and Oklahoma. But they do draw each of those teams to Stillwater next month, and the home-field advantage might ultimately give them the edge they need.AdChoices广告On the list, Baylor and TCU rank at No. 7 and No. 11, respectively; while Oklahoma ranks No. 15 on the list with a 3.3% chance to win out.The FEI ratings system also factors in home-field advantage, strength of schedule, and the projected scoring pace of each individual game, among other factors.What do you think, Cowboy fans? Do you think the 3.8% chance to win out for the Pokes is too high or too low?last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Tries To Keep Quirky Big 12 Streak Alive In Norman

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Saturday’s Bedlam game will be Mason Rudolph’s 19th Big 12 start. Two his freshman year. Eight last year. Nine this year. In the previous 18 games he is:0-3 against Baylor15-0 against every one elseThat’s pretty weird, right? His five losses as a starter at Oklahoma State are Central Michigan, Ole Miss and Baylor (x3). He’s undefeated against everyone else. Remember, Rudolph didn’t start last year against OU, and he only threw three passes.“I ran into a former OSU player this weekend who will remain nameless, and he and I were talking about Bedlam,” Carson Cunningham told me on our podcast on Monday. “He said, ‘nobody talks about how we didn’t have freaking Mason last year. Our entire offense changed. Nothing against J.W., J.W. was a great quarterback. I love J.W. I’d go to war with him any day. But our entire offense changed. That goes so unnoticed.’”I know this to be true because I actually forget Rudolph didn’t play Bedlam last year, and this is what I do for a living. Gundy said on Monday that No. 2 is really starting to hit his stride as a college QB.“He’s in his third year, but he’s really just in his second year,” said Gundy. “He’s at a point now where most quarterbacks really start to improve in the early part of their third season — once they’re into 25 games or so. He’s kind of developed into that and that’s where he’s at. He’s improving. He’s playing with confidence. He’s developed into a good leader.”He was also asked about how in the world Rudolph, as a freshman, held the fort down in Norman in 2014 before the Ice Pirate closed things out in overtime.“Probably not far enough along to figure out the situation he was in. He was from South Carolina. He just went and played. I’m sure he knew it was a big game, but sometimes youth can be as much of a benefit as anything involved and saying, ‘I’m just going to go play the game.’”Now he has a chance to do what no other OSU QB has done in the modern era — win twice against Oklahoma on their home turf. He would also go 16-0 against Big 12 teams not named Baylor. That would be quite a feat for somebody with a full season of eligibility still left to go.last_img read more

Notebook: Cowboys Getting Amped Days Before Spring Game

first_img• Later, when I was talking with Tre Flowers, Chad Whitener sneaked behind him. Apparently everyone wants to know what’s being said about them. I propose they just come to PFB to find out later on.• After Gundy got to practice, there was no talk of rattlesnake hunts, singlets or “Big Daddy” mugs. It was exclusively football.• When the media broke from Gundy’s interview and started watching practice, all the reporters saw was a swarm of focus.• Every position group was challenged at the highest level. Coaches were barking. Players were really buzzing around. It was intense and good.• There aren’t any fun videos this week because frankly there wasn’t a lot of fun. That makes sense though. The Cowboys’ Spring Game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.Click here for more details. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At every spring practice I’ve been to, the theme has been fun. Not Wednesday. Well, let me establish. The first 15 minutes or so were fun. Everything after that was about as intense as spring practices come.Here’s the rundown:• The Cowboys got to the Sherman E. Smith Training Center about 2:20 p.m.• Headlined by Ramon Richards, Trey Carter and Tre Flowers, several Cowboys, mostly defensive guys, grabbed a football and a pair of filled trashcans and started playing a game of trashketball. I guess they didn’t realize it would pretty difficult to score on a trash can that was already filled.• After Mason Rudolph spoke and the media moved to Mike Yurcich, Rudolph creeped behind to listen in on what his offensive coordinator was saying about him which was pretty funny.• See 20 seconds in below.last_img read more

Atalanta 1 Dortmund 1 (3-4 agg)

first_imgAtalanta 1 Borussia Dortmund 1 (3-4 agg): Returning Schmelzer strikes late Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 06:08 23/2/2018 Marcel Schmelzer - cropped Getty Images A below-par Borussia Dortmund were indebted to a late Marcel Schmelzer goal as they edged past Atalanta in the Europa League. Marcel Schmelzer’s dramatic late goal sealed a 1-1 draw for Borussia Dortmund against Atalanta and booked their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League.Dortmund captain Schmelzer has been out of action since December with an ankle injury and wasted no time in making an impact on his comeback as a half-time replacement for Jeremy Toljan, reacting first to Etrit Berisha’s fumble to lash home and give the Bundesliga side a 4-3 aggregate victory.Peter Stoger’s side were second best all night and found themselves behind after just 11 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goalkeeper Roman Burki, whose season has been plagued by high-profile errors, flapped at a corner and Rafael Toloi stole in at the back post to prod into an empty net.The hosts squandered a number of golden opportunities to put the tie beyond Dortmund, most notably through Bryan Cristante, Josip Ilicic and Alejandro Gomez.And their wastefulness was punished seven minutes from time as Schmelzer’s timely intervention secured progression to the next round for the visitors.Danke, Käpt’n! #atabvb 1-1 — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 22, 2018 Atalanta started at a blistering pace and could have been ahead inside four minutes, but Marten De Roon blazed his effort from the edge of the penalty area unceremoniously over the crossbar.The Dutchman’s profligacy was forgotten seven minutes later, though. Toloi took full advantage of Burki’s inability to deal with Gomez’s corner to prod home at the back post ahead of the despairing Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Gomez was the provider again midway through the first-half when his clipped ball over the top was met by the unmarked Cristante, who inexplicably headed wide with the goal at his mercy.A strangely subdued Dortmund finally burst into life after the half-hour mark with Andre Schurrle testing Berisha from distance and Michy Batshuayi seeing a deflected effort creep agonisingly past the post.The hosts started the second period with the same verve that characterised their first-half display, Remo Freuler dragging a shot wide within a minute of the restart.Ilicic then drilled beyond the post, before Mattia Caldara saw his goal-bound effort deflected just over.Dortmund threw on Marco Reus in a bid to inject some life into their stuttering attack, but it was the Serie A side who came closest to scoring next.Ilicic stormed towards the visitors’ backline and curled a left-footed effort past Burki’s post, while Gomez spurned a glorious opportunity with 11 minutes remaining.On-loan Chelsea striker Batshuayi had seen a low drive thwarted by Berisha, but the keeper spilled a shot from Reus and Schmelzer pounced to seal Dortmund’s place in the last 16.2 – @Schmelle29 scores his 2nd goal in 64 games in Europe. Important. #AtalantaBVB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) February 22, 2018 read morelast_img read more

Liga MX clubs congratulate Del Toro on Oscars

first_imgMexico ‘You fill us with pride’ – Liga MX clubs congratulate Guillermo del Toro after Oscars wins Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 13:54 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guillermo del Toro Oscars Frederic J. Brown Mexico Liga MX The Mexican soccer community united to pay tribute to the Guadalajara native after he took home the Best Director award Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar for Best Director and his film “The Shape of Water” won Best Picture.The news Sunday night filled plenty of Mexicans with pride, and the Mexican soccer community was no exception.Del Toro, who was born in Guadalajara, said in 2016 that if anything he’s an Atlas fan, replying to a follower who had tweeted him regularly for more than a year asking if he was a Club America fan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Perhaps the celebratory message from Atlas will bring him the joy the Rojinegros have failed to bring their fans this season.”In this Academy we also recognize your talent. Many congratulations,” Atlas wrote to the director.En esta Academia también reconocemos tu talento. ¡Muchas felicidades, @RealGDT! #Oscars— Atlas FC (@atlasfc) March 5, 2018 Rival club Chivas put aside any animosity and also praised Del Toro. “Mexican pride,” wrote the club, which signs only Mexican players. “Congratulations @RealGDT! Thanks for representing us with your great talent.”🇲🇽 Orgullo mexicano 🇲🇽 ¡Felicidades, @RealGDT! Gracias por representarnos con tu gran talento. #Oscars— CHIVAS (@Chivas) March 5, 2018The Mexico national team account also joined in the praise for the 53-year-old:From México to the world! 🇲🇽Congrats @RealGDT for Winning the Academy Award for Best Director.#SoyMéxico | #Oscars— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) March 5, 2018The award for most creative posts of the night has to go to Monarcas Morelia. “You fill us with pride, @RealGDT! Once more you put Mexico’s name on high,” the team wrote after his Best Director win. Then after the Best Picture award, “You did it again, @RealGDT. You’re a true ‘crack’. Many congratulations.”¡Nos llenas de orgullo, @RealGDT! Una vez más pusiste el nombre de México en alto. #Oscars— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) March 5, 2018¡Una vez más lo hiciste, @RealGDT! Eres un verdadero crack, muchas felicidades. #LaFormaDelAgua #Oscars— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) March 5, 2018Earlier in the night was when Monarcas locked up the crown, though. After seeing the bright yellow dress Baby Driver star Eiza Gonzalez wore on the red carpet, they wondered if it may be an homage. “You couldn’t have chosen a better evening dress for the Oscars,” the team wrote with an edited version calling the team’s shirt to mind.No podrías haber escogido mejor vestido de gala para los #Oscars ❤️💛— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) March 5, 2018The night, though, belonged to Del Toro.Ahora sabemos que el agua tiene forma de estatuilla dorada.Muchas felicidades @RealGDT por el Oscar a mejor director.— Club Pachuca (@Tuzos) March 5, 2018″Now we know that water has the shape of a golden statue,” Pachuca wrote in its tribute.last_img read more

€1b on transfers & flops PSG no closer to UCL

first_imgPSG Over €1 billion on transfers and flops PSG are no closer to Champions League glory Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(63) Nasser Al-Khelaifi PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG UEFA Champions League Neymar PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid The Parisians endured another premature European exit at the hands of Madrid, showing they are still well off what is required to win the tournament Another year, another massive investment, another miserable Champions League elimination. Once again, come May, Paris Saint-Germain will not be holding aloft the European Cup.More than ever this season, PSG’s big dream seemed tantalisingly possible. The summer additions of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco and Dani Alves from Juventus suggested a strengthened challenge, but most of all it was the stunning signing of Barcelona ace Neymar for a world record fee of €222 million that signalled that PSG would mount a challenge for the trophy like never before.The group stage was easily negotiated, with a final round loss to Bayern Munich offering negligible damage to Unai Emery’s side, yet once again at the first sign of genuine danger in the last 16 they folded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Real Madrid came through their last-16 clash 5-2 on aggregate, despite enduring a miserable season domestically. The Blancos are currently third in La Liga, 15 points off leaders Barcelona, and exited the Copa del Rey in the last eight to minnows Leganes. Yet they were too strong for PSG.The Parc des Princes side were punished for their naïve display at the Bernabeu, where they held a 1-0 advantage but folded late on to lose 3-1 to a side steeped in European glory. Back home, they never threatened to overturn the deficit, losing 2-1 on the night. It could have been more.Six years on from their acquisition by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), PSG are getting no closer to winning the Champions League. A handful of quarter-final appearances followed by successive exits in the first knockout round is a pitifully poor return for a club that will have spent over £1 billion on transfers by the time Mbappe’s original loan deal is converted into a permanent move.Of course, their greatest investment of all was consigned to watch this encounter from the stands, having broken a foot against Marseille in a recent Ligue 1 victory, potentially depriving Emery of his unique talents for the remainder of the domestic season.Even without Neymar, PSG had a group of players that should have been capable of unsettling their guests. However, the greater nous of the visitors restricted them to just a single shot on goal in the opening 25 minutes. That was a free kick from Angel Di Maria that deflected over, taking the edge from what was a fervent atmosphere at kick-off. An attack bought for upwards of €250m was much too easily blunted and in truth the Spaniards advanced without any fuss. By the time Marco Verratti was sent off for a second yellow card midway through the second half, the tie was already over following Cristiano Ronaldo’s third strike of the tie. Edinson Cavani bundled an equaliser soon after but a dreadful clearance by Adrien Rabiot allowed Casemiro to secure victory in Paris.PSG spending“We didn’t do anything we should have done tonight,” PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi admitted on beIN Sports after the game.”We don’t want to over react tonight, we will talk to the players. We need to be calm and relax and we will think at what we have to do next.”PSG have discovered that buying overnight success at this level is no easy task. Neymar’s arrival was supposed to give PSG the aura of a superpower to match their playing staff. As yet, they do not possess the swagger or the attitude to suggest they are at the pinnacle of the game. Perhaps that will only come with success, yet it appears there are key ingredients still missing to lift them to that level.On the field, they appear short of a top-class defensive midfielder. With Thiago Motta 36 this year, they need a player to act as a foundation for the defence to be constructed around. Meanwhile left-back is another area where there is scope for an upgrade, with neither Yuri Berchiche nor Layvin Kurzawa truly convincing at this level.Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridIt is in the dugout, though, where the building work is liable to start first. Emery may have been appointed on the back of his strong Europa League record with Sevilla, but in his first experience with a true European giant he has flopped.Emery has lacked the personality to handle the strongest characters in the dressing room and his tactics and game management have not been good enough in big games – particularly in the first leg against Madrid and during the stunning collapse to Barcelona at this stage last year.It would be unfair to dismiss him as an unmitigated failure – PSG’s domestic dominance this season has been formidable, even accounting for their financial strength – but his failure to win a single Champions League knockout tie is damning enough for PSG to look elsewhere.”We still believe in our project,” Al-Khelaifi said. “This is not the time to make changes. We have time to think about what we need to change, we must be calm.”We are happy with our investments. We believe in our players, Neymar and Mbappe are the future of the club.”Emery is not. Under the Spaniard, the quality of the squad has undoubtedly improved, yet they are as far from their holy grail as ever. For a spend of €1 billion, PSG must do better.last_img read more