José Mourinho is growing restless in Pep Guardiola’s shade

first_imgFernandes a bit of a tweeter at QPRThe always entertaining Tony Fernandes has just acknowledged in a series of book‑plugging interviews that – let’s put this the polite way – he has often been the kind of chairman every agent wanting to make a quick buck likes to have on speed dial.At least he has been willing to admit it but I couldn’t help being slightly startled by the response when the man running QPR was asked why he persisted with Twitter.Yes, he said, he was not sure the club’s PR department liked it. But it was the next sentence, where he talked about it being a modern way to find players, that leapt off the page, bearing in mind Fernandes appeared to be deadly serious. “I’ve had some good tips,” he explained. “We’ve signed players people have pointed out.”As far as I’m aware, this must be a first in professional football. And, hopefully, a last. Twitter Share on Facebook Pep Guardiola predicts English charge in Europe but dampens early treble talk Manchester United Facebook Twitter Chelsea v Manchester United: match preview The latest game of “What’s eating José?” is certainly nothing new and, though he is never an easy man to second-guess, it isn’t the greatest leap of logic to suspect his spiky mood might have something to do with being caught in Manchester City’s wing mirrors and the superlatives that are being attached to the team put together by his old adversary.Mourinho may have a super‑sized ego but people with immense self‑belief are not immune to occasional insecurities. Or, indeed, jealousy. And, though these are still early days, there isn’t a lot to substantiate Roy Keane’s assertion that City might yet collapse because “it’s in the club’s DNA to mess up”.The old City, perhaps. Yet Keane appears to be talking about a time when it was Kevin Horlock, not Kevin De Bruyne, in midfield and Alan Ball used to turn up for press conferences clutching a can of cider. These days, the phrase “Typical City” is probably best summed up by the fact they have scored 35 goals in their 10 Premier League fixtures, as well as knocking in four against the Serie A leaders in midweek, and could still greedily add Alexis Sánchez to their forward line in January. Apart from the colour of their shirts and the first letter of their postcode, the modern City feel a long way removed from the days of Jamie Pollock, Bernard Manning, Kappa shirts and Kippax melancholy. Pep Guardiola Share on Pinterest Pinterest Unfortunately for Mourinho, he is never going to shake off the boring tag when, every season, he is so conservative in away fixtures against category A opponents. Mourinho once used Ángel Di María as an auxiliary left-back for Madrid. He lined up with a six-man defence in one game against Chelsea last season – a first for any United manager – and nobody should be surprised if he opts for more of the same at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. These are the games with the biggest television audiences, where opinions are shaped and reputations made, and the bottom line is Mourinho’s only league points from his last 10 away games against top-six sides have been earned in goalless draws. When that changes, maybe he will find people being kinder about his team.City, on the other hand, have already taken the champions apart and, at the current rate, are on target to finish the season with 133 goals. Yes, it would be unrealistic to think they will not slow down but, to put those figures into perspective, the record in the Premier League is 103, set by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2010, and even in the 42-game era it was 1963 when a top-division team last scored a century of league goals.City have scored more times in 10 games than they managed throughout the entire 1995-96 season and, almost implausibly, more than half the number, 66, that Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United side, the team known as the Entertainers, accumulated when they nearly won the title the same year. Arsenal scored 73 times in 2003-04, the year of the Invincibles, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble-winning Manchester United side managed 80 in 1998-99. It wasn’t until 29 December, Arsenal’s 19th game, that Arsène Wenger’s history-makers had 35 goals, whereas Guardiola’s side reached that number last Saturday, 28 October. For Ferguson’s most celebrated team, it was 19 December, their 18th fixture.It doesn’t make City immune to the pressures of leading from the front and it would be foolish, this early, to assume they are simply going to run away with it. But it is a possibility and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mourinho is so cranky right now. It can feel like a trick of the imagination sometimes to remember there was once a time when José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were comrades. Not friends, perhaps, but certainly allies and close enough that Guardiola saved his future bete noire from a tight spot back in the days before Mourinho, as Real Madrid manager, started referring to Barcelona only as ellos (them).It’s a great story given what we know now. Barcelona were playing Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés and at full-time Luis Fernández, the home team’s manager, appeared ready to throttle the newly appointed coach who was beside Bobby Robson in the opposition dugout. Mourinho had gone too far with his insults and gestures and curling of the lip. He was surrounded by Basques, with only Luís Figo backing him up, until Guardiola, the Barça captain, suddenly appeared in Fernández’s face.Guardiola did not use physical force because a man of his status had other means to settle the argument. He simply used his force of personality – the fact he was not just anyone – and the power of eye contact, staring daggers at the Athletic players, daring them to disobey him, before chaperoning Mourinho to the safety of the dressing rooms. “His intervention was achieved with pure charisma,” Paolo Condo, the Italian sportswriter, recalls in The Duellists, his book about the conflict between the two men. “He didn’t raise a hand, he didn’t make any threats, just using the weight of his own leadership.” If City continue to shimmer, it cannot be long before the bee in Mourinho’s bonnet is buzzing out of control Barney Ronay Reuse this content The Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic, left, was left unimpressed by a bizarre PR idea from the club’s director of statistical recruitment, Craig Kline. Photograph: Garcia/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Manchester City Facebook center_img Pinterest Alexis Sánchez has the chance to show City what they are not missing Read more Mourinho’s beef is because, as he sees it, his team have received a disproportionately low amount of praise. His comments in the last few days have made it clear he resents the way Tottenham Hotspur have become darlings of the media. He was desperate to portray Chelsea, a club where he now has few friends, as an ultra‑defensive team after they had sacked him, brought in Antonio Conte and won the league, and that was a classic Mourinho line when he referred to the way Liverpool were built up as “the last wonder of the world”.The only surprise, perhaps, is that he has not brought City into it and has resisted any of the old urges to start playing with Guardiola’s mind. So far, anyway. We all know what Mourinho is like and, if City continue to shimmer so brilliantly, it surely cannot be long before the bee in his bonnet is buzzing out of control.To be fair to Mourinho, he does have a point when it comes to his reputation for dull, anaemic football being over‑egged in some quarters. People seem to forget that in a dozen seasons at Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and Real Madrid his teams finished as the top scorers in their leagues seven times. Or that in three years in Spain he came up against a Barça side who were acclaimed as the most beautifully constructed club team of all time – and outscored them twice. Madrid managed 121 goals for one season, a record for La Liga, and they scored five or more on 11 different occasions in all competitions.As for boring football at Old Trafford, Mourinho’s critics ought to remind themselves what it was like under Louis van Gaal and the purgatory of watching the most joyless United side for decades. Van Gaal’s team managed 144 shots on target in his final year – on average, 3.8 per game. Mourinho had reached that number by the first week of February last season. The truth, however it is spun, it that Old Trafford, on his watch, has become a much better place to watch football. Share on LinkedIn Sportblog José Mourinho José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola on the touchline during theclásico at Camp Nou in 2012. Real Madrid won the match 2-1. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Condo was the international correspondent on Gazzetta dello Sport for many years and takes the title of his book from the 1977 film of the same name, Ridley Scott’s directorial debut, featuring the story of two French soldiers, Armand d’Hubert and Gabriel Freud, who had a trivial quarrel that escalated into a lifelong grudge. D’Hubert, like Guardiola, was cold, superior and detached. Feraud was stubborn, hot-tempered and over the top. “Pep is considered to be a figure of perfect sportsmanship, the flawless and fearless knight who offers his hand to his opponent before and after the battle,” the author writes. “Mou, meanwhile, subscribes to the football equivalent of Italian minister Rino Formica’s definition of politics as ‘blood and shit’.”It’s nicely put, even if there might be a few Manchester United supporters who dispute the follow-up line – “That’s what the fans hunger for” – now Mourinho is going through another of those phases, as he does at every club, where he is picking fights that don’t really exist, walking into press conferences with the expression of an untipped waiter and showing, yet again, why Barcelona rejected him for their manager’s job because, as their former vice-president, Ferran Soriano, now of Manchester City, once wrote, he “generates media conflict almost permanently”. Read more Kline dialled wrong Fulham numbersOnce again, the Championship is keeping to its reputation as the barmiest league in football and one of my favourite stories of 2017 so far comes from the club where the former manager once tried to heal a player’s injury with a slab of cheese.Perhaps you remember the story in this column a few years ago about Felix Magath sending Fulham’s kitman to the dairy counter of Tesco in New Malden, a short drive along the A3 from the club’s training ground, then telling Brede Hangeland to perch on the edge of a massage table and spend the afternoon in that position with the cheese carefully positioned on the sore spot.The latest news from Craven Cottage is another insight into professional football in the week that Craig Kline, the American who was brought to Fulham as director of statistical recruitment, was informed he was no longer welcome at the club and responded by calling the police to their training ground.Kline could be a challenging colleague and had a novel PR strategy when the first stories surfaced about relations being strained with Slavisa Jokanovic, the manager. Kline’s suggestion, I’m reliably informed, was to propose that he dressed up as a sumo wrestler and burst into one of Jokanovic’s press conferences to challenge him to a fight. At which point, the manager would rip off his clothes to show that he, too, was dressed sumo-style. They would grapple for a few minutes in front of the journalists and, according to the logic, this little sketch would go viral and demonstrate they did actually get on. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jokanovic turned the idea down.Kline was appointed as a friend of Tony Khan, the son of Fulham’s owner, Shahid Khan, but it isn’t entirely a surprise that it didn’t work out bearing in mind he had no previous experience in football. He had his own statistical system in place to dictate Fulham’s transfer policy, going to great efforts to keep his methodology a secret, and was not shy when it came to telling the other staff that he had the answers.Yet whatever system he used, it wasn’t flawless. One of the players Jokanovic wanted at the start of last season was a promising young striker from Chelsea’s reserves, only for the idea to be scratched because there wasn’t apparently enough data available. The player’s name? Tammy Abraham, now scoring goals for Swansea City in the Premier League and called up by England. Share on WhatsApp comment Topics Share via Emaillast_img read more

New Betting Odds Released For Urban Meyer’s Future At Ohio State

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a red Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the second half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains in limbo as Ohio State’s head football coach. The Buckeyes’ placed the three-time national champion on paid administrative leave last week.Ohio State announced on Sunday night an update to the investigation into Meyer and the program, regarding the handling of domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The investigation into Urban Meyer and the program is expected to take two weeks, Ohio State says. That would mean it should be over before the season begins.Ohio State is set to begin its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.Will Urban Meyer be fired before that game? Will he be coaching that game? Or will the head coach be suspended?Here are the latest betting odds, from MyBookie:Will Urban Meyer be fired before Week 1?YES: -200NO: +160Will Urban Meyer resign before Week 1?YES: -210NO: +160Will Urban Meyer claim “health issues” as a reason for his resigning?YES: +300NO: -350***You can view the full Urban Meyer betting odds here.Urban Meyer certainly doesn’t seem to think that he’ll be out, meanwhile. The Ohio State head coach said in his statement that he looks forward to returning to the team.“Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action. As I stated above, I deeply regret if I have failed in my words. As the son of an amazing woman and the husband to another and, as the father of two incredible young women, those who know me best know the admiration and respect I have for all women. Our core values are just that-values that do not ever waver.I ask that you continue to support the incredible coaches and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to rejoining them soon,” Meyer said.Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, has said that he can’t comment right now, but will have plenty to say when he can speak. Stay tuned.last_img read more

New Claus Porto Store Offers Musgo Real Hot Towel Shaves

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor If you don’t know what Claus Porto Porto is, you’re missing out on something that is truly special. Back in 1887, Ferdinand Claus and Georges Schweder, two German gentleman living in Portugal, opened the first national soap and perfumes factory, Claus & Schweder, in Porto. Fast forward to 1936, and somehow the name Schweder gets dropped off and the brand becomes known as Claus Porto, and they market their first grooming products with the sub-brand Musgo Real Real.This year, to mark the 130th anniversary of the iconic Portuguese label — known for the slick labels that decorate the fragrant soaps and grooming products — Claus Porto opened a brand new flagship store at 22 Rua das Flores in Porto. “We chose Rua das Flores, in the heart of Porto’s historical center, because the street has a timeless charm, like Claus Porto itself,” said CEO Francisco Neto. “It is with great pride that we can finally showcase Claus Porto properly in the city that gave it life and its name.”Joao Mendes Ribeiro — the architect who oversaw the project, which is spread over three stories of a 19th-century Porto townhouse — looked to “underline the wealth of Claus Porto’s heritage: a heritage made up not only of the physical legacy of the past 130 years, but also the intangible heritage represented in the symbolic value of each historic object.”The Musgo Real extension even has its own section, an exclusive lounge space towards the back of the store that features a vintage barber’s store. Every Saturday, visitors can head there for Musgo Real hot towel shaves, “a luxurious traditional barber service that pampers customers with the full range of Claus Porto male-grooming products.”The store even features a section that pays homage to the history and graphic identity of Claus Porto, and another area that makes shoppers feel like they’re relaxing at home. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Will ask embassies to remove Ladakh from travel advisory

first_imgLeh: Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Thursday said he would write to all embassies to not include newly formed union territory of Ladakh in any advisory against travelling to Jammu and Kashmir. Patel’s remarks come two days after tourism bodies in Ladakh asked him to tell the world that the union territory is no longer a part of strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir, to send out a message to the global community that the region is peaceful and safe for them to visit.last_img

DOUBLE ELIMINATION TWO HOME COOKS OF SEASON 5 EXIT THE MASTERCHEF CANADA

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, June 5, 2018 – The pressure was doubled as esteemed  MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung revealed that Eugene Cheng, from Vancouver, B.C., and Nadia Rehman, from Markham, Ont., are the next two home cooks to relinquish their white aprons and depart the MASTERCHEF CANADAKitchen. With three home cooks remaining in the competition, MASTERCHEF CANADA returns next Tuesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO.In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “Pop-Up Star” (Tuesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO), the Top 3 home cooks face the first-ever MASTERCHEF CANADA Pop-Up Restaurant Challenge with 30 of Canada’s top food bloggers and influencers in attendance. The winner of the Pop-Up challenge advances to the finale, while the remaining two home cooks face an intense 3-way Dessert Pressure Test that will determine which home cook moves on to the finale, and who will be eliminated.The remaining Top 3 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:Michael Griffiths, Mathematician from Richmond Hill, Ont.Andy Hay, Small Business Owner from Dartmouth, N.S.Beccy Stables, Tile Setter Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Eugene Cheng from Vancouver, B.C., and Nadia Rehman from Markham, Ont., are eliminated from the competition. Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.Throughout Season 5, viewers across the country can satisfy their MASTERCHEF CANADA cravings by tuning to the series’ previous seasons, now streaming on CraveTV™. Following the finale of Season 5 on CTV, the current season of MASTERCHEF CANADA will be available in its entirety on CraveTV, and is also slated to air on Gusto this summer (check local listings).Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:#MasterChefCanada@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@MasterChefCDAMichael Bonachini – @Michael BonaciniAlvin Leung – @TheDemonChefClaudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprileFacebook:Facebook.com/CTVFacebook.com/MasterChefCDAInstagram:@ctv_pr@ctv_television@MasterChefCDAMichael Griffiths – @michaelsfoodexperienceAndy Hay – @andyseastcoastkitchen_Beccy Stables – @beccystables Advertisementlast_img read more

Cong JDS agree on 208 seat deal in Ktaka

first_imgBengaluru: The Congress will contest 20 seats and JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two ruling coalition partners on Wednesday after weeks of haggling.The deal was hammered out at a meeting between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala this evening, the JDS said. The Lok Sabha constituencies that JD(S) will contest are Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North and Vijayapura. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!JD(S) tweeted about the constituencies from where its candidates will be contesting from, on its official twitter handle. “@INCIndia @JanataDal_S seat sharing for Karnataka #LokSabhaPolls2019 is confirmed. 20 for Congress and 8 for JDS,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao said. JD(S) had won Hassan and Mandya Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general election. The Congress had bagged nine and BJP 17. However in the bypolls, the BJP had yielded the Bellary seat to Congress. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedDuring a recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi, JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had scaled down his party’s demand and asked the national party to allot at least 10 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats. The JD(S) had earlier demanded that it be given 12 seats to contest, banking on two-third, one-third formula adopted in ministry formation and allocation of posts of heads of state-run boards and corporations. According to party sources, JD(S) bagged Tumkur seat after a hard bargain as the grand old party had decided not to cede the constituencies where the party has a sitting MP to the regional partner. The Congress’ S P Muddahanumegowda is current MP from Tumkur, and is a ticket aspirant. Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah as the seat is in his home turf,the sources said. Sharing of seats from old Mysuru region was an acid test for both the parties as the JD(S) considers it as its bastion, and the Congress has its sitting members from most of the seats there. The Congress and JD(S), which fought bitterly against each other during 2018 assembly polls, joined hands to form the government as the election threw up a hung verdict. Among the eight seats that JD(S) has got, in Hassan and Mandya the party has its sitting MPs, Tumkur is with Congress, rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP. While the KPCC chief Wednesday said the party will announce its first list of candidates on March 16, JD(S) is too likely to announce its list in a couple of days.last_img read more

Pending home sales drop 23 per cent in September the second straight

Pending home sales drop 2.3 per cent in September, the second straight monthly decrease FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, file photo, a “sale pending” sits atop a realty sign outside a home for sale in Surfside, Fla. The National Association of Realtors releases its September 2015 report on pending home sales on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) WASHINGTON – September marked a slowdown in Americans signing contracts to buy homes, the second consecutive decline for a real estate market that has been rebounding for the first half of 2015.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dropped 2.3 per cent to 106.8 last month. The index has risen 3 per cent over the past 12 months, aided by solid hiring levels and low mortgage rates that fueled stronger demand during the traditional summer buying season.But evidence of fading momentum has surfaced in recent months. Sales of newly built homes fell 11.5 per cent last month, as choppy financial markets and rising home prices are creating affordability pressures for would-be buyers. The strong demand for housing due to stronger job market — with unemployment at a robust 5.1 per cent — has failed to produce an influx of new listings that could help sales.Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A lag of a month or two usually exists between a contract and a completed sale. Signed contracts fell in the Northeast, Midwest and South last month, while dipping slightly in the West.Over the past 12 months, sales of existing homes have risen 8.8 per cent over the past 12 months. But the inventory on the market has dropped 3.1 per cent, the Realtors said last week.A mere 4.8 months’ supply of homes is available for would-be buyers, substantially below the 6 months associated with a healthy market.The tight inventories have pushed up home values. The median home sales price was $221,900 in September, a 6.1 per cent annual increase.But historically low borrowing costs have offset the impact of rising prices.The average fixed-rate, 30-year mortgage this week was 3.76 per cent, down from 3.98 per cent a year ago, according to the mortgage firm Freddie Mac. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2015 8:03 am MDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Democracy sustained by good governance not promises Pakistans Prime Minister tells UN

“We cannot lower our guard. It is not promises, but good governance that sustains democracy,” the Prime Minister said, noting that he and his supporters stood firmly committed to democracy during his long years of exile. “My Government has put people at the centre. I am pursing an inclusive approach for the entire nation.” The Government is starting an “economic revolution” so that Pakistan can play its role as an emerging market. “We have all the fundamentals and human and natural resources for such a transformation. In the immediate future, our challenge is to overcome a volatile security environment, correct structural imbalances in the economy and bring an end to energy shortage our economy has been denied the opportunity to grow fully,” he said.One of the most urgent security challenges is terrorism, Mr. Sharif said, telling the Assembly that he has tried to forge national consensus on a cohesive policy to eliminate terrorism from the country. For that purpose, he convened an all Parties Conference, which delivered a unanimous repudiation of the scourge. “We are resolved to oppose the forces of terrorism, by all means at our disposal. At the same time, we have offered dialogue to end violence, wean young extremists off extremism, and integrate all segments of our society into the national mainstream,” he said, adding that winning hearts and minds, particularly of the youth, is as important as using guns to deter terrorism. “But dialogue should not be seen as a sign of weakness or a tool of appeasement.”He went on to express his Government’s deep sorrow at the recent terrorist attack on the members of a minority community in Peshawar. The “heinous attack” united the entire nation in support of members of all faiths. “This attack has further strengthened my Government’s resolve to deal with terrorism and extremism in a resolute and comprehensive manner,” he declared. Like all the leaders attending this session of the Assembly’s annual General Debate, Mr. Sharif touched on a range of issues of nation and global importance, including sustainable development, economic and social progress and regional integration. He noted that Pakistan is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. It has therefore launched a 10-year national disaster risk reduction policy. “Adopting a proactive and anticipatory approach, we lay special emphasis on risk assessment, prevention, mitigation and preparedness,” he said expressing the hope that in future, humanitarian assistance will supplement national efforts and resources to prevent natural disasters. read more

Grave robbers rescued and then arrested in China

first_imgTWO GRAVE ROBBERS trapped underground in a Chinese Tang dynasty tomb for more than 24 hours were rescued by police, who promptly arrested them, state media reported today.The pair were among five suspected thieves in the northern province of Shaanxi who were excavating a grave which was among a cluster of emperors’ mausoleums and tombs dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).Two of them became stuck in a chamber 20 metres (66 feet) underground, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding they feared the structure could collapse or they could suffocate from a lack of oxygen.It quoted police officer Sun Weidong as saying rescuers pulled them out through a crack at the top of the chamber. All five suspects were detained, it added.Tomb raiding occurs with some regularity in China, whose ancient civilisation has left a wealth of relics buried underground. Police investigated 451 tomb-raiding cases in 2010, state media said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Chinese anti-veil ‘beauty’ campaign sows ugly tensions > Read: Residents throw ‘s**t bombs’ at Chinese grannies for dancing in public > Watch: Massive block of ice hits car in China >last_img read more

Dublin seen as hot property in Europes real estate market

first_imgDublin’s real estate market has been transformed from a ‘no-go’ location among investors only two years ago, to being one of the hottest markets in Europe, with both domestic and international investors attracted by pricing levels and Ireland’s improving economic outlook.The report also shows “51 per cent of respondents now see good buying opportunities in Ireland”.Last year, one estate agency reported a 39 per cent increase in Irish properties being bought by UK buyers.A survey of Real Estate Alliance reported that 20 per cent of their enquires now come from across the water and account for 13 per cent of sales.Philip Farrell, CEO of Real Estate Alliance, says:The average property price in Ireland is now €157,000 compared to €211,000 in the UK, so there is real value in the market, which is driving demand.Timothy O’Rahilly, real estate partner with PwC in Ireland, added:Investors believe that 2014 will mark Dublin’s comeback, driven by improving economic conditions, with unemployment at its lowest level since 2009, and forecast GDP growth of 2 per cent this year.However, he warns that “opportunities for investment will be limited due to the size of the market”.Over the past 12 to 18 months, there has been a significant increase in office prices in prime locations around the capital and local investors predict a further rise of 10 per cent this year.O’Rahilly also commented that the residential market is in recovery with “prices for well-located properties rising over 20 per cent last year”.He does, however, note that retail is still under pressure “with rents continuing to fall, albeit at a slower pace”.The top five five European real estate investment markets in 2014 are predicted to be:MunichDublinHamburgBerlinLondonHome-building at fastest rate in nine years as industry ‘turns corner’>NAMA drops 80:20 home buyer scheme citing improving market conditions>Almost 50,000 mortgages have now been restructured> DUBLIN IS ONE of the most in-demand property markets in Europe. That is according to a report by Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers.The research shows that Dublin has jumped from 20th in last year’s report to second on the list this year in terms of investment ranking.The study – entitled ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate in Europe’ – also outlines how investors are becoming “increasingly comfortable” with taking more risk in search of returns. Its authors found:last_img read more

Olympic Games fans asked not to use their phones at events

first_imgSince the last Olympic Games held in Beijing in 2008, the use of smartphones and the mobile web has exploded. The difference for London 2012 is everyone attending events is a lot more likely to have a smartphone in their pocket, a Twitter account to tweet from, and will be accessing the web to check results and view real-time Olympic content including video, images, and stats.The use of the mobile web during the games is causing problems, though. After just one day organizers are asking anyone attending an event to limit their use of mobile phones simply because the networks can’t cope.The first problems occurred during the men’s cycling road race on Saturday, where the sheer volume of data traffic from attendees meant live timings couldn’t be transmitted. That left viewers without information about split times between the leaders and the rest of the pack, and upset fans everywhere.If you consider the cycling isn’t going to be the most popular event during the games, you can understand why organizers are concerned. The actual stadiums have prepared for the additional strain by installing enough cabling to cope (hopefully), but any event taking place outside of the main stadiums is at the mercy of the local coverage offered by mobile networks.Olympic organizers can’t enforce a demand not to use your phone at en event, so they are asking nicely to limit use to urgent texts, tweets, and web access, and hoping nothing else goes wrong.The biggest test will come when we reach the finals of some major events. For example, how will the networks cope when Usain Bolt steps up to run in the final of the men’s 100 meters? With a world record expected to fall, it’s possible some viewers may see their live coverage suffer or even fail completely, depending on what method they are choosing to watch by.via Reuterslast_img read more

Why will 400000 be given to the Greek Festival of Sydney

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Festival of Sydney will benefit from $400,000 over four years if the Liberals & Nationals Government are re-elected.Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said he was delighted to support the event attended by more than 200,000 people every year.“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is continuing to support the Greek Festival of Sydney, now in its 37th year,” Mr Williams said.“The festival’s achievements are a recognition of the hard work and sacrifices made by the Greek Orthodox community of NSW, which is now the oldest and largest organised Greek community in our country.”“This funding will also assist Greek Australians to share their culture with the broader NSW community and pass on traditions to younger generations.”Member for Oatley Mark Coure MP said the funding demonstrated the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to supporting multicultural communities.READ MORE: Greek Community is pleased with the funding announcement of the Liberals & Nationals Government“This funding will ensure there is a strong future for the Greek Festival of Sydney and the event will benefit small businesses and the local tourism economy,” Mr Coure said.“For many years my community have enjoyed attending different festival events across an eight-week program. We are lucky to enjoy such a world-class event at our doorsteps, with the Festival leading the way as one of Australia’s top cultural festivals.”Greek Orthodox Community of NSW President Harry Danalis welcomed the funding announcement.“This is great news for the Greek community. The funding will also support us to attract interest from artists and performers from Australia and around the world,” Mr Danalis said.Over the last year, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has already provided more than $23 million to multicultural communities.last_img read more

Schuster tips Joachim Low to become Madrids boss

first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has tipped current Germany coach Joachim Low to take over this summer.Schuster enjoyed a successful stint at the club as a player and manager where he won League titles in both cases. And has gone further to anoint his German compatriot for the position.Schuster further claimed he recommended Low to club president Florentino Perez. According to quotes cited on Football Espana.“I spoke with him (Perez) at an honorary event and I explicitly mentioned Low.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He reacted by looking at me oddly as if I had surprised him.“Germans are very highly regarded at Real and it would not surprise me if Real tried to sign Low this summer.”The club confirmed Santiago Solari as their new head coach in October, following the departure of Julen Lopetegui, with a contract up until June 2021.However, there are rumours circulating that the club may make moves for another manager if results don’t pan out well, with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino both linked.last_img read more

Yemens coach believes the team can beat Iran

first_imgFor Slovak manager Jan Kocian, his team has what it takes to beat Iran in the opening match of Group D in the 2019 Asian Cup.In a couple of hours, Yemen and Iran will open Group D hostilities in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The game will be played today at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).“The world knows Iran. They had a great 2018 FIFA World Cup and in Carlos Queiroz, one of the best coaches in the world,” Kocian told the press as reported by Fox Sports Asia.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“We are, however, not going to let that get to us. We already have a concept of how we are going to play.”“We respect Iran, Iraq, and Vietnam but we are not going to be afraid,” he said in the news conference ahead of the match,” he added.“There is no pressure on the team and as a ‘small’ team, we are allowed to dream and that dream is to defeat Iran.”last_img read more

11th annual Dia De La Mujer exhibit celebrates women artists

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Allie Wagner, March 13, 2018 Allie Wagner 11th annual Dia De La Mujer exhibit celebrates women artists Posted: March 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsInspired by the theme of #MyVoice or #MiVoz, women artists are showcasing their work at the FRONT art gallery in San Ysidro. The exhibit is their 11th annual Dia de la Mujer exhibit, and it’s designed to celebrate and embrace various perspectives of women.The pieces of art include traditional and contemporary visual media, including projections, video, installations and live performances.“We believe in the importance of expression in any form that it might take, whether it deals with political, cultural, personal, sexual or gender issues,” museum representatives said in a statement.Allie Wagner visits the FRONT to learn about the exhibit, which opened March 8. last_img read more

Bigfoot sculpture to be unveiled tonight

first_imgThe biggest Bigfoot in North Bonneville will be unveiled at 7 p.m. today at the main entrance to the town off Highway 14.The arrival of the Great Elder will cap — at least for now — a program of regular Sasquatch sightings coordinated by the city’s Heritage Trails Committee. A whole family of the legendary Northwest woods inhabitants created by Ken Craig of Washougal has been placed on a quarter-mile paved loop around the community park.The Great Elder, which is carved of wood, is by far the largest, standing 12 feet tall and weighing 2,000 pounds. His formal arrival kicks off the city’s annual Gorge Days festivities this weekend that include a classic car show, barbecue dinner and sock-hop.last_img read more

New Exhibit Puts A Face On Hunger

first_img 00:00 /02:29 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael NyeKathy, a subject in Michael Nye’s exhibit, “About Hunger and Resilience.”They all have different stories, but there’s one common thread: Pepper, Alejandro and Kathy have all gone hungry at some point during their lives.  “I know exactly what hunger is. It’s doing without.”“It’s like you have a lion in your stomach that wants to be fed.”“It destroys your will. You look in the mirror and you don’t know who you are.”They’re three of 42 people who are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Health Museum. Over the course of four years, artist Michael Nye spent two to three days with each person, recording their stories.  “Stories may not feed people,” Nye says. “But they shine a light, I think. And they can do something.”In the exhibit, visitors can listen to excerpts of the conversations through a pair of headphones while looking at Nye’s black and white portraits of the people he interviewed. Most of their facial expressions are austere, even solemn.– / 6For Brian Greene, the show hits close to home. He works to help hungry people on a daily basis as president of the Houston Food Bank.“You see the exhibit and these are real people,” Greene says. “And they’re good people. They have a story. You get that message when you actually see their faces, you see their eyes, and you hear their stories in their own words.”The opening of the exhibit is timely. Summertime is “Hunger Season” because the hunger rate goes up dramatically for children.“During the school year, so many of the low income children are participating in the school lunch and breakfast program,” Greene explains. “Only a tiny fraction are participating in any summer food service program.”Based on Census Bureau figures, Greene says about 66,000 people in Greater Houston suffer from hunger. About 5,000 are children.The show also proves there are misconceptions about who’s hungry. It’s not always the guy on the side of the street holding a sign. The subjects range from young adults to senior citizens and many do have homes.  Green says he encountered many elderly people who’d fallen on hard times.“They couldn’t keep it together, their Social Security wasn’t enough,” he says. “I found a lot of people losing their jobs, living paycheck to paycheck.”He calls his work About Hunger and Resilience. It’s on display at the Health Museum through August 31st. X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Bill Banning Tackle Football Sacked in Committee

first_imgA bill that would have banned tackle football, heading in soccer and checking in lacrosse for children under 14 on publicly funded fields, was killed in a Maryland General Assembly House committee recently.Del. Terri Hill (D-12), a surgeon, filed a bill that would have banned contact sports for youth under 14. The bill was killed in committee earlier this week. (Courtesy photo)The Ways and Means Committee overwhelmingly rejected the legislation (19 voted to kill the bill, three did not vote), which the bill’s sponsors called a “public health” bill. The measure could have had a major ripple effect for youth sports across the nation if it had passed.The bill was filed in the House by Del. Teri Hill (D-12) a doctor, who represents parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, who says she loves football.“In reality, what we’re trying to do is minimize the risk of kids getting these injuries, because the younger the brain, the more long-term damage we see,” Dr. Hill told the CBS affiliate in Baltimore.An online petition against the bill allegedly accumulated more than 7,000 signatures.“I really didn’t expect the bill to pass, but I think it’s a conversation we have to have and I don’t think the conversation is over,” Dr. Hill told the Baltimore Sun.last_img read more

What Is Windows Defender Application Guard

first_imgWhat Is Windows Defender Application Guard by Martin Brinkmann on February 20, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: December 21, 2017 – 11 commentsWindows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016.The company revealed back then that it would integrate the feature in a future Windows Insider build before shipping it with the new feature update of Windows, the Windows 10 Creators Update.It appears that the time has come, as information about the feature is now included in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer already on Windows 10 Enterprise systems.Microsoft announced recently that it will bring Windows Defender Application Guard to Windows 10 Professional systems in Spring 2018.When you load about:applicationguard right now in the latest Microsoft Edge Insider Build version, you are taken to a welcome screen that highlights the feature to you.Windows Defender Application GuardThe Welcome Screen reads: Welcome to Windows Defender Application Guard. Windows Defender Application Guard is a lightweight virtual machine that helps isolate potentially malicious website activity from reaching your operating system, apps, and data.Below that are the three core features of Windows Defender Application Guard:Isolated Browsing — Windows Defender Application Guard uses the latest virtualization technology to help protect your operating system by creating an isolated environment for your Microsoft Edge session.Help Safeguard your PC — Windows Defender Application Guard starts up every time you visit a non-work-related site to help keep potentially malicious attacks away from your PC.Malware Removal — Any websites you visit, files you download, or settings you change while in this isolated environment are deleted when you sign out of Windows, wiping out any potential malware.Microsoft’s introduction of the feature back in 2016 reveals the underlying technology used to power the feature. According to the article — linked in the first paragraph — it uses Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology to create a new layer of defense around Microsoft Edge.This is a sandbox more or less that Edge processes run in if they are not in the list of trusted sites. Trusted sites work exactly like they do right now in the current stable version of Edge. Sites and services have access to local storage, may read and write cookies, and do all the other things they have permission for either automatically or on user request.The following happens if a site or service is not in the trusted sites list.Application Guard’s enforcement includes completely blocking access to memory, local storage, other installed applications, corporate network endpoints, or any other resources of interest to the attackerMicrosoft notes that this sandboxed copy has no access to credentials, including domain credentials. Strict no access to anything rules would break sites or services that rely on these features. Application Guard does provide access to “essential features”, and some can be configured via the Grop Policy or other management tools.System requirementsWindows Defender Application Guard has the following system requirements:64-bit processor with a minimum of 4 cores.Support for extended page tables and either VT-x (Intel) or AMD-V (AMD).8 Gigabytes of RAM recommended.5 Gigabytes of free disk space. SSD recommended.Windows 10 Enterprise version 1709 or newer, or Windows 10 Professional version 1803 or newer.Works only in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer.Managing Application GuardIf you open the Group Policy editor for instance, you find eight application guard specific entries under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates >  Windows Components > Windows Defender Application Guard:Turn On/Off Windows Defender Application Guard.Allow data persistence for Windows Defender Application Guard.Allow hardware accelerated rendering.Allow auditing events.Protect enterprise websites from loading non-enterprise content in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.Configure Windows Defender Application Guard clipboard settings.Configure Windows Defender Application Guard print settings.Allow files to download and save to the host operating system.You can enable the feature using the Windows Features dialog as well. Open the Settings application with the shortcut Windows-I, type add feature, and select the result. This should load the Windows Features program that lets you add or remove features.Locate Windows Defender Application Guard and check the feature to enable it on the device.Closing WordsSince Microsoft mentions Internet Explorer in the Group Policy, it seems that at least some of the security feature’s functionality is protecting Internet Explorer users as well.It remains to be seen how effective Windows Defender Application Guard is in protecting user systems, and how restrictive it is for users to work with.Microsoft has not revealed yet if Application Guard will be made available to all editions of Windows 10. Also, it is unclear whether the company plans to expand the use of the feature to other applications on the system.Now You: What’s your take on Application Guard?SummaryArticle NameWhat Is Windows Defender Application GuardDescriptionWindows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Panama prepares for its toughest World Cup challenge yet

first_imgNIZHNIY NOVGOROD,Russia –  Panama will name an unchanged line-up for the World Cup Group G clash against England on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, veteran coach Hernán Gómez confirmed on Saturday.The Colombian, who previously coached his home country and Ecuador at the World Cup, said he was opting for experience in his team selection.“The line-up will be exactly the same,” said Gómez.He added: “We have a certain stability and an organized team.”Ironically, England has been embroiled in a row with media about reporters revealing their starting line-up well before the game.Potential plans to drop forward Raheem Sterling for Marcus Rashford were revealed after a photograph showing a possible line-up for Sunday was published after being photographed in the hand of assistant coach Steve Holland.The publication of the team sheet prompted a spat between the England camp and the media.Gómez said though it made not the slightest difference to his plans, nor “gives me any advantage.”He praised an “organized” and “speedy” England and said they would present an even stiffer test than Belgium, the top ranked team in the group, who beat the Central Americans 3-0.“Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult match,” he said. “It’s going to be our hardest match by far.”He even admitted that the result could be the same or even worse, but snapped at one reporter who accused of him of being excessively negative.“Have you heard me talk to my players, have you?” he responded after being accused of being talking down Panama’s chances.Gomez said the Panamanians would try to defend stoutly and pick-off England in the “chaos” of the counter-attack.“If we play in an organized way and play the way we can, we can give them a hard time.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica hopes to clinch World Cup berth against a carefree Mexico A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica San Keylor takes off PHOTOS: Costa Rica comes up empty-handed in clash with Panamalast_img read more