‘Betrayed’ Mourinho turns on Chelsea players

first_imgLEICESTER, England (AP):The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester (35 points) lead the heavyweights (Arsenal, 33, Manchester City, 32, Manchester United, 32) of England by at least two points nearly halfway through this season.Jamie Vardy (34th) and Riyad Mahrez (48th) scored for Leicester, while Loic Remy reduced the deficit close to time.”It’s magical,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who used to coach Chelsea. “I don’t want to wake up.”Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team’s latest loss in their dreadful English Premier League title defence, saying yesterday he felt “betrayed” and accusing them of not trying their best.”If I was a player, I’d be giving a lot more,” Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss that left Chelsea (15) one point off the relegation zone after 16 games.Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, have lost nine games so far and are 20 points off the lead.”All last season I did a phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level, it is more than they really are,” said Mourinho, who appeared at a loss to explain Chelsea’s regression.”I feel my work was betrayed,” he added, as he criticised the defending for Leicester’s goals.Asked if Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, Mourinho said: “We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points. But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”Even before the Leicester loss, Mourinho acknowledged he is in the toughest spell of his managerial career.”The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager,” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.”I want to stay and I hope (Chelsea owner) Mr. (Roman) Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”Champions League drawMeanwhile, the Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings yesterday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011 and beat the English club in the 2006 final.Arsenal will host the five-time champions on February 23 after advancing to the knockout round for the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16 stage.French champions PSG and Chelsea will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the knockout phase. Chelsea won in the quarter-finals in 2014, but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.Also, five-time champions Bayern Munich will play away first against 2015 runner-ups Juventus, while record 10-time champions Real Madrid will face Roma.Still, there was one fresh look in the eight pairings as the two newcomers to the knockout rounds were drawn together: Gent will host Wolfsburg first in Belgium.Also, it was: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City; and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg. City’s first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.The first legs will be played on Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-9 and 15-16.last_img read more

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Stocks trip, stumble, fall to end week

first_imgConcerns lingered about a decline in the yen carry trade, which refers to the process of borrowing yen to acquire assets with greater yields in other currencies. A slowdown could hurt liquidity worldwide. Concerns about Japanese interest rates also weighed on investors. A well-received profit report from American International Group Inc. kept the Dow industrials from falling further Friday; the insurer and pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. were the only two advancers among the index’s 30 stocks. Merck, which received a mixed verdict Friday in a trial over its former painkiller Vioxx, finished up 20 cents at $44.19. The Dow fell 120.24, or 0.98 percent, to 12,114.10. The Dow has fallen seven of the past eight sessions. Broader stock indicators also fell. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 16.00, or 1.14 percent, to 1,387.17, and the Nasdaq composite index slid 36.21, or 1.51 percent, to 2,368.00. For the week, the Dow fell 4.2 percent, the S&P 500 lost 4.4 percent and the Nasdaq tumbled 5.9 percent. For the Dow and the S&P 500, it was their biggest weekly point drop since the week ending July 19, 2002. And for the Nasdaq, it was the poorest weekly showing since the week ending Sept. 21, 2001, the first week of trading after the 9-11 terror attacks. NEW YORK – Stocks stumbled in the final session of a tumultuous week Friday as the yen rallied against the dollar and concerns about the U.S. economy still dogged investors after Tuesday’s huge drop. The Dow Jones industrials logged their worst weekly performance in more than four years. The Dow, as it had Thursday, poked tentatively into positive territory Friday before retreating as the yen furthered its gains and investors failed to shake their unease. Larger economic concerns such as the ascendent yen have dominated Wall Street for much of the week after Tuesday’s worldwide sell-off that sent the Dow down 416 points and rattled investor confidence about the state of the U.S. economy. Neil Massa, senior trader at MFC Global Investment Management, said stocks wobbled Friday after the yen broke through a key resistance level of 116.80. The dollar fell 0.92 percent, to 116.86 yen. Bond prices rose sharply as economic concerns lingered and raised hopes for an interest rate cut. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 4.51 percent from 4.55 percent late Thursday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices fell sharply. Light, sweet crude settled down 36 cents, to $61.64, per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after settling at a more than two-month high Thursday. “I think looking at the world economies as a whole it just seems like growth is slowing across the board, or at least that’s the impression,” Massa said. Diane Dercher, chief economist at Waddell & Reed, said investors are trying to sort through the myriad signals the markets have given off this week. “Fundamentally, I don’t think a lot has changed this week and I think it’s been more of a psychological re-evaluation of risk and a lot of this is focused around what’s happened in the Asian markets,” she said. “There is a renewed focus on how weak the economy is going to be and the data that we’ve gotten this week have been very mixed and that just adds to confusion,” Dercher said. Investors seemed unfazed by the final Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for February, even as it fell to 91.3 from 96.9 from January. Earlier this week, the Conference Board said its own measure of consumer confidence reached a 51/2-year high. With Friday offering little of the economic data that had at turns boosted and deflated sentiment during the week, investors again looked abroad for direction. Performance of overseas markets has taken on renewed importance this week after a nearly 9 percent drop in the Shanghai Composite Index helped touch off the worldwide selling and sent U.S. stocks reeling. The major U.S. indexes each lost more than 3 percent Tuesday, erasing $632 billion in shareholder equity, according to S&P. The pullback in stocks came after an enviable run-up. The stock market had gone more than 45 months without a drop of more than 2 percent in a single session – until Tuesday, when concerns that the economy would slow and dent corporate profits came to a boil. Fed Chief Ben Bernanke told Congress during the week that a single event didn’t trigger Tuesday’s slide, which was the biggest point drop in the Dow since trading resumed following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. While the drop brought many tense moments for investors, many observers said stocks were overvalued and were due to consolidate. On Friday, St. Louis Federal Reserve President William Poole told reporters in Santiago, Chile, the week’s pullback didn’t appear to be “a huge issue,” according to wire service reports. With trading Friday less frenetic than in previous days, investors had some time to parse individual stocks as they looked for bargains.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Klopp not stressing over Salah slump

first_imgLast season’s Premier League Player of the Year has now scored just once in his last seven games.However, he remains only one goal behind City’s Sergio Aguero in the race for the Premier League golden boot.“When you are a striker or offensive player and you have chances in a game, you want to score with them, that’s clear,” said Klopp ahead of Burnley’s visit to Anfield on Sunday.“But as a manager I’m more than used to that, that players don’t score all the time, so that’s how it is.“He has an unbelievable record, that’s all. His goals brought us where we are – not only (his goals), but a big part of it.”Liverpool no longer have a first title in 29 years in their own hands with nine games of the Premier League season remaining.However, with City feeling the physical strain of trying to complete a historic quadruple of trophies, Klopp insisted there is still plenty of reason for optimism.“We always said we wanted to be in a position to fight for the top spot in the league and we are still in it,” added the German.“That’s all we need to be positive, optimistic and excited in a very positive way about the challenge.”And Klopp is not just concentrating on pre-match preparation for his players, but Liverpool fans too with Sunday’s clash kicking off at midday.“Our people are very important, we spoke a lot about that – we need atmosphere at 12 o’clock,” he added.“I said it last time as well – if you have a ticket for the stadium, go to bed at 10pm latest on Saturday night, don’t drink and be on your toes from the first until the last second!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s “unbelievable record” for Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool are in the Premier League title race thanks to Mohamed Salah’s goals despite the Egyptian’s faltering form of late.Salah missed two huge chances as Liverpool drew for the fourth time in six league games in a 0-0 stalemate away to Everton last weekend to fall one point behind Manchester City at the top of the table.last_img read more

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Reading 0-1 Birmingham: Wasteful Reading beaten by smash-and-grab Blues

first_img Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson celebrates Beaten FA Cup semi-finalists Reading lost again as they were defeated 1-0 by Birmingham in a scrappy Championship game at the Madejski Stadium.Although Reading dominated most of the match, they wasted several chances in the closing stages of the first half.Birmingham held firm and grabbed the winner seven minutes from the end, when Clayton Donaldson nodded in his 16th goal of the season.Reading were involved in a dramatic 2-1 defeat against Arsenal, after extra-time, in the last four of the Cup at Wembley on Saturday, and retained goalkeeper Adam Federici, whose fumble led to Alexis Sanchez’s winning goal.But at least Reading had no pressure on them, with their last lingering doubts of relegation having been removed when Millwall lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.Birmingham had little to play for either, apart from trying to improve on a poor recent record of just two wins in eight league matches.And it made for a largely stale encounter, where the Royals were left to rue a series of missed chances.Garath McCleary, scorer of Reading’s equaliser against Arsenal, fired wide after a long pass from Jake Cooper, while a Cooper header lacked the power to test Birmingham keeper Darren Randolph.Randolph was then forced to make a flying save to keep out a fierce McCleary shot, with the keeper also stopping two decent long-range attempts from Nathaniel Chalobah.Reading kept up the momentum after the interval but, as Birmingham defended stubbornly, the home side spoiled good approach work with poor final touches.But Birmingham rallied late on, with Federici having to make two smart saves to deny substitute Demarai Gray.And the visitors broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute. Stephen Gleeson delivered a corner from the left and Donaldson rose unchallenged to glance a header past the helpless Federici to seal a smash-and-grab three points. 1last_img read more

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Setting sail for a better future

first_imgStudents at the Izivunguvungu sailingschool learn life skills as well as theboating essentials. Youngsters from informal communitiesin the Western Cape are given a chanceto forge a rewarding career. The school’s best young sailors go forwardto compete in local and national racesand regattas.(Images: Izivunguvungu) MEDIA CONTACTS • Matthew Mentz  MD, Izivunguvungu  +27 21 786 1120 RELATED ARTICLES • Aviation, maritime careers for youth • SA women marine pilots make history • SA harbour chief makes world history • Oh captain, my captain • Volvo Race boost for CT firmLyndon JafthaSouth Africans who live near the coast can enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing at any time. For the past decade the non-profit Izivunguvungu-MSC Foundation for Youth has ensured that young people from the Western Cape’s disadvantaged communities can enjoy those activities too.Working with the South African Navy (SAN) and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Izivunguvungu (isiZulu, meaning “a sudden strong wind”) gives youngsters the opportunity to learn about sailing, boatbuilding, and they also receive education about health, literacy, and recycling and caring for the environment.Based in Simon’s Town, the Izivungu school enrols students between the ages of 11 and 18. There are currently 100 attending the school, with an average of 20 students, from schools servicing informal settlements including Red Hill and Ocean View, sailing on a daily basis.Lessons take place in the afternoons, and only once children have learnt how to swim. Promising students are taken on as instructors once they complete their training – however, at the moment there are funds enough for just two instructors.Students are not only taught the basics, but are also instructed in competitive sailing, boat building and repair, and navigation. Boats in all conditions are donated to the school, and the students learn how to get them seaworthy again before taking them out to sea.They also learn mathematics and physics, important subjects in the nautical sector. In addition, the school transports the students to the Simon’s Town dockyards and provides each one with a hearty meal after their sailing exercises.Besides their maritime education, Izivungu students are encouraged to fish in False Bay and participate in outdoor activities such as rock climbing and mountaineering.On the cultural side, the SAN Band supports the Izivunguvungu Music Project, which teaches brass and percussion skills to the musically inclined, who then get the chance to perform with the navy band during the annual SAN Festival.Developing their maritime skillsThe Izivunguvungu-MSC Foundation for Youth, in conjunction with the SAN Festival, is responsible for organising the largest developmental regatta in South Africa. Here, more than 50 development sailors compete in dinghies supplied by the SAN.Every Sunday, students take each other on in bosun dinghies, which look like small yachts and can carry a crew of up to four people. The 14-footers are fast enough to take part in competitions, and stable enough for beginners to handle. At the end of each competition season, the best teams are chosen to compete in local and national regattas and races.In 2011, seven students undertook the trip of their lives when they competed in the annual Cape to Rio Yacht race. The crew steered their yacht, Spirit of Izivunguvungu, into a credible seventh place out of 16 starters. The 5 343 km race took 20 days to complete.Speaking just before the race got underway, Izivunguvungu skipper Kader Williams expressed his pride in his young crew.“These are guys that have been on the back of a police van but changed their lives for the better,” he said.Like the rest of the team, the 31-year-old Williams started off as a young student and worked his way up through the Isivungu ranks.Izivungu graduate Asenathi Jim (19), also a 2011 Cape to Rio crewman, is currently campaigning for a spot in Team SA for the 2012 Olympics.With the experienced Roger Hudson, Jim is part of a two-man team that has been preparing for the Olympics since 2009. The duo is in Barcelona for the 470 World Championships, which take place from 10 to 19 May.Giving youngsters a chanceIzivunguvungu was started in 2001 by triple Olympian, former world sailing champion and qualified teacher Ian Ainslie, since 2004 a member of the South African America’s Cup entrant Team Shosholoza. Ainslie has been a keen sailor since the age of 13, and today is recognised as one of the country’s most accomplished helmsmen.The foundation has had a rewarding relationship with the SAN since its inception, and it is with their help and that of the Mediterranean Shipping Company that it can continue to do fulfil its mission.The navy provides the premises, which include an office building, recreational and educational space, a classroom, a clothing storeroom, and a kitchen and dining room. The navy has also given the school access to manpower for specialised teaching, vessels and emergency equipment.The Mediterranean Shipping Company continues to fund the initiative, and their support covers the salaries, food, competitive clothing, transport and petrol, and building maintenance. The MSC has also donated the keelboat Donna Mia Always, and helps promising students out with job opportunities.last_img read more

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Bing’s Mobile Interface Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

first_imgMicrosoft just updated Bing’s mobile interface. The new interface features tabs and is optimized for high-resolution touch-screen devices like the iPhone or Microsoft’s own Zune HD. The earlier version of Bing Mobile worked reasonably well, but the interface was rather generic. The new version, on the other hand, makes good use of the iPhone’s touch screen when searching for movies, for example. Bing now shows a list of movie posters that you can scroll through with a sideways swipe.New Features: NFL Updates & Flight Search The Bing team also added a few new features to the generic mobile search. Users can now search for NFL teams and players and get real-time updates about games, stats and scores while a game is on. This feature is only available in the U.S.In addition, Bing has implemented a flight search feature. You can now type in the airline code and flight number and Bing will return the latest gate information and departure and arrival times.But Will Anybody Use It?The new mobile interface for the iPhone and similar devices looks a lot better than the earlier version and is also more usable. Given that users can only switch between Google and Yahoo as their default search providers on the iPhone, however, it’s questionable how many iPhone users will actually use Bing’s mobile search. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#NYT#search#web center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Microsoft Brings Facebook to Outlook with Social Connector Update

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley Tags:#enterprise#news#Products The new version of Microsoft‘s Outlook Social Connector, adding Facebook and Windows Live support to the existing LinkedIn and Myspace support, is available for download. Specific connectors are available here. Social Connector adds information such as recent conversations and shared appointments from within Outlook, plus profile and status update information from social networks. It’s quite similar to some of functionality provided by the third party plugin Xobni. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now As we noted when Social Connector was first announced, the service is currently one-way – you can’t update your status from Outlook with it – and is not only opt-in, but you specifically have to download a plugin to use it.Social Connector only pulls publicly available information. If your photo and job title are connected to a supported public profile associated with the e-mail address you’re sending from, Social Connector users (and users of other services like Xobni and SenderOK) will see that information attached to e-mails. That’s something you should consider when deciding what information to make public on social profiles.Regarding the similarities between Social Connector and Xobni, Terra Carmichael, Head of Communications at Xobni, said “The core of our product is in how we make it insanely easy to search for people or information in your inbox. Xobni is really about helping people find information and contacts quickly, and then giving them a full view of their relationship with that person, including threaded conversations, shared connections, Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn updates and information.” Carmichael added “We have a full pipeline of announcements coming out in 2010 that includes additional platforms and top requested product features.”Those looking for something similar to Outlook Social Connector in Gmail should look at Rapportive, which also brings in LinkedIn data and recent Tweets from users. We raved about it earlier this year.We’ve written before that e-mail plugins are hot. E-mail is a still a crucial part of any enterprise’s workflow, and even though it’s been around for about 44 years companies are still finding ways to improve upon it. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Indian-American Billionaires List This Year Includes A Self-Made Woman

first_imgThe number of Indian-Americans billionaires is on the steady rise and this year Forbes’ list of billionaires include a self-made Indian-American woman: Jayshree Ullal, a technology entrepreneur with a net worth of $1.3 billion.Other Indian-American billionaires in the Forbes’ 2018 List of Billionaires released earlier this month includes: Rakesh Gangwal, Romesh Wadhwani, Vinod Khosla, Kavitark Ram Shriram, Brian Sheth, John Kapoor, Aneel Bhusri, Niraj Shah, Jayshree Ullal and Bharat Desai.Read it at INE Related Itemslast_img

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Indian Govt to Introduce New Ticket Prices for Taj Mahal

first_imgVisitors to the Taj Mahal will have to pay Rs 200 to enter the main mausoleum and the tombs in the basement from April 1 onwards. Visitors will also have to pay a fee of Rs 50 instead of Rs 40 to enter the UNESCO World Heritage site.While the Indian Ministry of Culture seems to be having a rethink about its proposal to impose a limit on the number of tourists visiting the 16th century monument per day, it is going to change the fee structure. The move will help preserve the Taj Mahal, and ensure better crowd management, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Feb. 13.There was no entry fee so far for the main mausoleum, where Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal’s tombs are housed. The entry fee will be valid only for three hours, at the end of which the visitor will have to pay the amount again.“We need to preserve Taj Mahal for the generations to come. New barcoded tickets would cost ₹50 instead of the earlier ₹40 and it would be valid only for three hours,” Sharma said at a media briefing. “A separate ticket of ₹200 will be needed to enter into the main mausoleum to ensure the protection of the area and better crowd management.”To avoid misuse, the barcodes on the tickets would help the Archaeological Survey of India to calculate the time spent by the visitor inside the monument.Sharma said: “On an average, Taj Mahal receives about 40,000 to 50,000 tourists daily. This number swells to nearly 1.5 lakh levels over weekends and on holidays. To control crowds, and to conserve the monument better, we consulted the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and asked them to suggest ways.”The NEERI report recommended that the number of footfall at the mausoleum should be reduced to protect its integrity. “We thought capping the number of tourists per day was not a viable option, but we had to do something. The hike in prices is not to generate revenue, but to ensure that only people who are genuinely interested enter the area,” Sharma said.The ministry will make sure that foreign tourists who pay Rs 1,250 for entering the Taj Mahal get separate queues, separate toilets, complimentary bottles of mineral water, and single-window grievance redressal system. There will also be a provision of safe corridor built for them from Agra railway station to Taj Mahal.The government was exploring how they can bring about the end of “lapka culture” that makes touts fleece and harass tourists at the monument. “We are exploring how we can bring this ‘lapka culture’ to an end by bringing them under the ambit of serious offenses and organized crime so that they can be booked accordingly. First, we will warn them, then we will identify them and then we will punish them… We want to bring this in by April 1. These touts are a menace,” he said.This lapka culture, Sharma said, was not restricted to only the Taj Mahal, but is also present at other places of tourist interest like the Red Fort and Qutub Minar in New Delhi. Many tourists, both domestic and foreign, are “ambushed” right at the railway station, he added.The Supreme Court on Feb. 8 directed the Indian government to submit a vision document on the preservation of the Taj Mahal within four weeks as pollution continued to degrade the monument. Related ItemsAgrataj mahalTourismlast_img read more

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Manpreet to miss Azlan Shah Cup following fathers demise

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia), Apr 6 (PTI) Indian mens hockey team today suffered a big jolt even before the start of their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup opener against Japan after centre-half Manpreet Singh was ruled out of the tournament following the sudden death of his father. Manpreet today returned home on hearing the death of his father just before Indias opening fixture against Japan, which the Sardar Singh-led side won 2-1 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium here. Indias squad was reduced to 17 for the opening match against Japan and to make matters worse they will not be able to get a replacement for Manpreet. Manpreet got the news of his fathers demise hours before the match against Japan. He was immediately given permission to return to Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur and board the evening flight to India. It takes three hours by road to reach Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh. A minutes silence was observed before the start of the match between India and Japan. The Indian team also sported black arm-bands as a mark of respect to Manpreets father. India chief coach Roelant Oltmans said the loss of the pivotal centre-half was a big blow for the team. “Losing Manpreet is a big blow to the team. He has to be with his family at this critical moment,” said Oltmans. Oltmans said after checking with the tournament director and International Hockey Federation (FIH) staffs, he got to know that India were not allowed to bring in a replacement for Manpreet as per the tournament rules. “We cannot bring any replacement. The tournament rules are such that any replacement of players is permitted until the team managers meeting,” said Oltmans. “The meeting of team managers was held yesterday. Theres not much that can be done,” the coach said, adding that the Indian squad would now be officially made 17. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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