Peace with Pogba needed for Mourinho to shirk familiar criticism

first_imgPogba hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month as he has been hauled off by Jose Mourinho in defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle, and dropped by the Portuguese for victory over Huddersfield at Old Trafford in between.Reports in the French press emerged last week that Pogba is unhappy with the role given to him by Mourinho, in particular the defensive demands imposed by the Portuguese.Mourinho pointedly said Pogba would have occupied his favoured role on the left of a midfield three for Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup win at Huddersfield if he had not been ruled out hours before the game due to illness.The arrival of Alexis Sanchez on the left side of the United attack in January has exacerbated those differences as Pogba and the Chilean are yet to complete 90 minutes together.Sevilla v Manchester United © AFP / Vincent LEFAIMourinho described rumours of a breakdown in communication between he and Pogba as “big lies”, but has not hid his criticism of the 24-year-old’s form.“In this moment he is not playing well… and the team needs him at a good level.”No more so than in the next few weeks as in between their two legs against Sevilla, United also host Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League with all three sides locked in a battle to finish in the top four.“When he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be,” added Mourinho.“I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players, for some reason are not performing.”– Can Mourinho harness attacking talent? –For the hundreds of millions spent by United in the transfer market in recent seasons, Pogba remains the most marquee of them all having beat off competition from around Europe to make him then the most expensive player in the world in 2016.Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) talks with midfielder Paul Pogba on the sidelines in January 2018 © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONThe question remains whether Mourinho, who extended his contract in January to 2020, and Pogba can reconcile their differences for the common good.Despite his stellar coaching career, it is not the first time Mourinho has failed to muster the maximum potential from a prestigious talent.Two of the frontrunners for Player of the Year honours in England, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, were disregarded by Mourinho and sold on the cheap during his time at Chelsea.Not long after he returned to United, Pogba told French magazine So Foot he’d be “the new midfielder”.A player he defined as “can defend, he can win the ball, he can make the play, he can pass, he can score”.A concept that doesn’t sound too dissimilar to Mourinho’s definition of a box-to-box midfielder in recent weeks.“(It) means you have to defend well, have the physical conditions to go to the other box, where you have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and then, when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box,” said Mourinho.“Now people say a box-to-box has to play free of defensive duties.”Time will tell if United’s star player and coach can harmonise their ideas on paper onto reality on the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba, pictured on February 3, 2018, hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester United’s Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday night is the type of occasion for which the English giants swallowed their pride to pay £89 million ($125 million) for Paul Pogba, four years after he left Old Trafford for Juventus as a free agent.Yet, it remains to be seen whether the French midfielder even starts at the Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of the last-16 tie as much due to his form as his fitness.last_img read more

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Conservation Center In India

first_imgEarlier this week, the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), where they witnessed first-hand orphaned Asian elephants and rhinos and other injured wildlife and met the dedicated staff that rescue and care for these animals.Prince William and Princess Kate bottle fed orphaned elephant calves and baby rhinos at IFAW/WTI’s animal rescue center in Kaziranga, India“We are delighted that their Royal Highnesses made time in their busy tour schedule to visit the IFAW- WTI center and meet staff and the animals under care,” said Azzedine Downes, IFAW President and CEO. “With elephants and rhinos in particular facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss, human conflict and poaching, IFAW is pleased that the Duke and Duchess are able to raise public awareness of these threats to an international audience.”The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) is the leading wildlife rehabilitation facility in India and is a joint effort of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam Forest Department (AFD).At the center, the Royal couple were escorted by Vivek Menon, Senior Advisor at IFAW and Executive Director of WTI, Mr. Downes, the Center Manager, Rathin Burman, and veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumatary. The Duke and Duchess fed and walked with elephant calves, met their keepers, and viewed a wide range of rescued wildlife including baby rhinos.CWRC has pioneered wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in India. Since opening in 2002, the CWRC has saved more than 1,600 animals and achieved a number of notable firsts, including the first documented release of hand-reared clouded leopards, first documented reintegration of orphaned Asian elephant calves into a wild herd, and in 2013, three hand-reared, endangered female rhinos gave birth to calves after release into Manas National Park.“India’s biodiversity is a global treasure, and every rescued animal that we successfully rehabilitate and release helps rebuild endangered wild populations,” said Mr. Menon. “We are proud to share all that the center staff have accomplished with the Duke and Duchess, and grateful that the Royal couple is using their influence to share it with the world.”last_img read more

Weve got great character – Etheridge

first_imgCardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”last_img read more

SpiceJet Posts ₹275 Crore in Losses in Q3 Recapitalisation will Help Turn

first_imgSpiceJet announced its third-quarter results on Thursday evening, with the airline posting a loss of ₹275 crore — an increase of 59% — on the back of poor passenger numbers and a one-time cost of ₹295 crore.The recently recapitalised airline saw a 31% decline in capacity, with revenue falling to ₹1,300 crore against ₹1,769 crore recorded a year ago for the same quarter. ReutersSpiceJet said in a statement that its net loss has widened to ₹173 crore for the third quarter. The quarter also witnessed the airline stand at the brink of total collapse, after the Maran brothers stopped infusing funds to keep the airline going, even as it accumulated significant losses, and saw its credit obligations skyrocket.The Marans finally transferred ownership and management to Ajay Singh, the original promoter of the airline, who brought in fresh funds to keep the airline going.With the recapitalisation move, SpiceJet is also re-negotiating contracts and settling dues with creditors, which together is expected to bring down costs, Chief Financial Officer Kiran Koteshwar said.The airline scrip was trading at 19.65, down by 0.40 or 2%, at the time of reporting.last_img read more

3 die of drinking liquor at wedding programme

first_imgKeraniganjThree men died allegedly after drinking toxic homemade liquor in a wedding ceremony at Habibnagar area in Keraniganj on Saturday, reports UNB.Among the deceased two were identified as Sajal Mandal, 28, son of Gopal Mandal of Shubhatta Habibnanagr and Md Sharif, 40, son of Mohammad Ali of the same area, said Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dakkhin Keraniganj police station.Three people felt sick after taking liquor at a wedding programme in the area on Friday night, said sub-inspector Abdur Rahim, investigation officer of the case, quoting locals.Locals rushed Sajal and Sharif to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital where Sharif was declared dead, police said.Later, as the condition deteriorated, Sajal was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where he died in the morning, said SI Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.However, the person whose identity could not be known was admitted to a city clinic where he died on Saturday evening, said the OC.A case of unnatural death was filed with Dakkhin Keraniganj police station in this regard.last_img read more

New Floods Possible In West Houston Amid Harvey Recovery

first_img Share Charlie RiedelChurch members gather to pray around flood victim Carlos Ochoa during Sunday service in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Humble, Texas. The church building was flooded with two feet of water from Hurricane Harvey prompting services to be held in the parking lot for about 2,000 people.Authorities went door-to-door Sunday in parts of storm-battered Houston, warning that more flooding was coming, while a nearby city that lost its drinking water system struggled to restore service and officials kept watch on a crippled chemical plant that’s already triggered explosions.Nine days after Harvey ripped its way across Texas, areas of west Houston braced for more water — not from the storm but from controlled releases to relieve swollen reservoirs. Crews were urging residents whose homes had already taken on water to flee, and that they were shutting off power in some areas.“If you have water in your homes, I have issued a mandatory evacuation for them because it’s dangerous for those who are choosing to live there,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“But also, it’s very, very dangerous for our public responders, first responders, who are needing to be out there, trying to provide protection to them,” he added.Meanwhile, officials in Beaumont, population almost 120,000, worked to repair their water treatment plant, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps halted. The Army Corps of Engineers sent pumps, and an ExxonMobil team built and installed a temporary intake pipe to try to refill a city reservoir. Exxon has a refinery and chemical plants in Beaumont.In Crosby, outside of Houston, authorities continued to monitor the Arkema plant where three trailers of highly unstable compounds ignited in recent days, sending up thick black smoke and tall flames. A Harris County fire marshal spokeswoman said there were no active fires at the facility, but six more trailers were being watched.Elsewhere, people buried the dead and took steps toward recovery. Friends and family gathered Saturday in Tyler to remember a former high school football and track coach whose body was found Aug. 28.Harvey is blamed for at least 44 deaths. Fire officials in the community of New Waverly, about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of Houston, said a 6-month-old was missing and presumed dead after being ripped out of its parents’ arms and swept away by floodwaters, the Houston Chronicle reported.Houston’s school district said up to 12,000 students would be sent to different schools because of flood-damaged buildings. Harvey flooding is believed to have damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, which includes the nation’s fourth-largest city.Kim Martinez, 28, waited for insurance adjusters to come to her Southbelt/Ellington neighborhood, a devastated middle-class area of southeast Houston.“You can be prepared for anything but not a monster storm like Harvey,” said her mother, Maria Martinez, 63.Not everyone was able to think about rebuilding yet.About 200 people waved signs and shouted as they rallied Saturday outside a still-flooded subdivision in the western suburb of Katy, demanding to know when they can return home. Turner has warned residents that their homes could remain flooded for up to 15 days because of ongoing releases of water from two reservoirs protecting downtown. About 4,700 dwellings are in the area affected by Turner’s evacuation order, but hundreds have refused to leave.The school district assessed its own losses. Twenty-two of its 245 schools had extensive damage that will keep them closed for months. Though school is set to start Sept. 11, more delays could come.President Donald Trump made his second visit to the devastated region Saturday. He and first lady Melania Trump met with evacuees sheltering at the NRG Center in Houston, where they spent time with children and helped to serve food. Later, they helped load trucks with relief supplies at a suburban church. They also visited Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey damage.About 1,000 evacuees remained at the George R. Brown Convention Center, down from a peak of about 10,000.Trump has asked lawmakers for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts — a request expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, which returns to work Tuesday after its summer break. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called that a simple “down payment” on recovery funding he expects to soar past $120 billion.Harvey came ashore Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, then went back out to sea and lingered for days off the coast as a tropical storm. The storm brought five straight days of rain totaling close to 52 inches (1.3 meters) in one location, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S.Another storm churned far out over the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma was on a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early this week. The Category 2 storm was moving northwest at nearly 13 mph (20 kph). No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.___Associated Press writers Jeff Amy and Johnny Clark in Beaumont, Texas; Frank Bajak, Jason Dearen, Elliot Spagat and Tamara Lush in Houston; Adam Kealoha Causey in Dallas; and Tammy Webber in Chicago contributed.last_img read more

Heavy rainfall to hit Bengal again mercury to remain low

first_imgKolkata: Temperature in the city may continue to be on the lower side for the next three days as the districts in North and South Bengal will be lashed by fresh rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning, and gusty winds in a few districts, as predicted by the Alipore Meteorological department on Sunday.”Due to cyclonic circulations in Bangladesh and other adjoining areas, the districts of North and South Bengal, including Kolkata, may receive light to heavy rainfall from Monday to Wednesday, accompanied by thunderstorms. The maximum and minimum temperature in Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosethe city will be around 28 and 18 degree Celsius respectively,” said an official of the Alipore Meteorological department. “An alert has been sounded for the districts of Gangetic Bengal as several districts may witness thunderstorm, accompanied by lightning and gusty winds on Monday. Whereas several districts of South Bengal may witness the Nor’Wester (Kalbaisakhi) rain on Tuesday, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds,” he further said. On Sunday, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 28.9 degree Celsius, three degree lower than normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 16 degree Celsius, five degree lower than normal. Although the city did not receive any rainfall, the skies remained partially cloudy. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLast week, both Bengal and Odisha had been lashed by heavy spells of sudden rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning and gusty winds due to Western disturbances in the region. Several pockets of Kolkata had also been completely thrown out of gear due to severe waterlogging and traffic disruptions. Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the state have claimed the lives of six people, apart from uprooting trees and snapping cables in several areas. “The rainfall which may occur in the upcoming days is not due to the Western disturbances which had occurred last week. The rainfall which may occur from Monday is due to cyclonic circulations which have developed in Bangladesh and other adjoining regions,” he said.last_img read more

How VCommerce Could Be the Next Big Trend for Startups

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » January 30, 2014 There’s e-commerce, m-commerce and even t-commerce, but the next wave of tech-driven shopping may be driven by v-commerce, according to Harry’s co-founder Andy Katz-Mayfield.The shaving startup pushed V-commerce – or vertically integrated commerce – into the Silicon Valley spotlight this week, announcing Wednesday it raised $122.5 million to purchase the 93-year-old German razor factory Feintechnik. The company says it will now be able to create products at the speed of digital demand.Vertical integration is hardly a new concept (it was first employed by Andrew Carnegie in the late 1880’s with Carnegie Steel). But the idea of controlling all stages of production, from R&D to manufacturing to sales, is seeing a renewed interest among retailers who today are able to bypass traditional distribution channels and go straight to consumers—thanks to the Internet.“We control everything now from manufacturing to selling directly. It’s important, because it basically creates this feedback loop where customers can drive innovation and send us straight back to product development,” says Katz-Mayfield.Related: 5 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2014In an increasingly fast-paced global market, Harry’s isn’t the only retail startup looking to cut back on the time it takes to develop new products and bring them to market. Startups like American Giant and Everlane are also cutting out the middlemen and putting a premium on manufacturing, and investors are getting on board: American Giant just raised a $3.6 million round, bringing total funding to north of $8 million, and Everlane has raised a reported $1.1 million.“To me, this is a snapback to, ‘Hey, if I’m going to do product innovation, it makes sense to be closer to my factories to harness their capabilities,” says Willy Shih, author of “Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,” and a professor at Harvard Business School.What’s Driving the Move Toward the New Vertical IntegrationShih says the reemerging trend stems from two major factors: labor and energy costs.While Shih says companies have always seen the advantages of having product development and manufacturing under one roof, cheap labor in Asia in the ‘90s drove businesses to separate the two.“Labor costs in China were so much lower – 50 cents an hour including salary and benefits, relative to average costs in the U.S. that were twenty times to fifty times higher,” says Shih, driving companies whose products had a labor-intensive component to move manufacturing to Asia.Even though separating these phases created a lag time, Shih says the cost savings made it worthwhile.Related: P90X-Inspired Fitmob Aims to Disrupt Gym Industry“What happened to the notion of keeping product design close to innovation? Well, we filled the sky with planes,” says Shih, joking that his earlier engineering career earned him 5 million frequent-flier miles, as his companies shuttled him to Asia up to 18 times annually.But rising labor costs in Asia and a higher cost of fuel – not to mention the natural gas boom in the U.S. – are turning that model on its head. As a result, Shih says startups today are more willing to move to places with a history of expertise (as in the case of Harry’s and Germany, which has a storied background in precision machining), while others will simply move operations closer to home in the U.S.“As oil got more expensive and labor got more expensive, the arbitrage equation doesn’t work so well anymore,” says Shih. Moving away from startups, Shih points to automakers like Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler, which are investing heavily in factories in southern states like Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama, where labor is now relatively competitive and energy prices are low.  A New Emphasis on TransparencyReturning to the retail-startup space, entrepreneurs and investors alike say consumers are placing more of an emphasis on getting to know the companies they buy from, giving another edge to vertical integration.A recent paper published by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers partner Randy Komisar points to a new type of “artisanal” manufacturer, based on principles that “promote economic prosperity, enliven local communities, and offer customers a rewarding experience based on quality and value.”“The Internet and compatible technologies are enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and consumers are increasingly informed about what their alternatives are when making purchasing decisions,” writes Komisar.In this vein, Harry’s e-commerce site heavily promotes the relationship with the Feintechnik factory it just purchased, playing up Feintechnik’s history as well as the expertise of the four hundred engineers, designers and craftsmen who work there. Likewise, Everlane encourages its shoppers to get to know its factories: Its site features a map of the factories the company uses with in-depth histories of each facility.“With the advent of the Internet, consumers have real transparency into brands where they’re making things and how they’re making things. I think that’s really important,” says American Giant CEO Bayard Winthrop. The company produces its apparel in the Carolinas and California.Related: 5 Tips for Launching a Side BusinessAnd though American Giant doesn’t currently own its factories, Winthrop says it is actively moving in that direction, already playing an important role in the staffing and training of the workers making its clothing.While Harry’s will continue to manufacture in Germany, and only a handful of Everlane’s factories are in the U.S., Winthrop and Komisar believe the new landscape could help further fuel a rebirth of American manufacturing jobs.“I can say that in the apparel sector, you can expect to see a lot of change coming, which is going to liberate U.S. manufacturing, at least in the cut-and-sew apparel sectors,” says Winthrop, adding that overseas working conditions, like those that led to the Bangladesh factory fire, are also increasingly top-of-mind for American buyers.Can V-Commerce Become a Lasting Trend?Despite some of the advantages of vertical integration, Shih is quick to point out the potential downsides of this startup model. For one, he says, lower energy costs may disappear. At the same time, it may do nothing for the U.S. on a global scale.“It will take effort to move [factories], but the question is, did we actually fix any of our competitiveness problems, other than labor rates shifting and energy costs dropping?” asks Shih.And it may hurt product innovation, he says.“Historically, the argument for specialization, rather than owning the whole thing yourself, is that all your products need to be competitive,” says Shih. “I have a tech shift that obsoletes some of the aspects of my chain, I now need to get rid of it.”However, Shih says this risk may not be as pressing an issue for startups like American Giant or Harry’s.“The razor market is at a much slower pace than the market for computers or tablets,” says Shih.Related: Corner Office Secrets for Staying Innovative Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min read This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESSlast_img read more

Tor Project announces end of Tor Messenger

first_imgTor Project announces end of Tor Messenger by Martin Brinkmann on April 02, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: April 03, 2018 – 9 commentsThe Tor Project launched Tor Messenger back in 2015 as a beta with the aim to improve the security of instant messaging communication services and user privacy.Based on Instantbird, an instant messenger that relied on code and technologies developed by Mozilla, Tor Messenger allowed users to use various protocols supported by Instantbird including Facebook Chat, Google Talk, XMPP, IRC or Jabber.Tor Messenger sent data over the Tor network and enforced one-on-one conversation encryption using Off-the-Record messaging.The project tried to introduce support for multiple chat and messaging protocols in a client that came with security and privacy presets to improve both with minimal user configuration.It was clear even back then that the solution had limitations. One of the core issues of Tor Messenger was that communication was built on existing networks which meant that servers could log metadata.Tor Messenger was not the first chat client that relied on Tor to improve security and privacy. TorChat, released back  in 2011, was probably the first attempt to bring instant messaging and Tor together.The Tor Project announced today that it will discontinue support for Tor Messenger after the release of eleven beta versions.Three reasons are provided:Development of Instantbird has halted and while the chat functionality is available in Thunderbird or will be ported to Thunderbird, its user interface won’t.Metadata leaks because of the reliance on third-party protocols and networks. Metadata could reveal patterns of communication and information about participants such as communication preferences, friends, when and who people are contacted and more.Tor Messenger never left beta status because of limited resources. Limited resources prevented the introduction of new features, resolving bugs more efficiently, or even managing to get Tor Messenger audited externally.The Tor Project felt that the best course of action was to sunset Tor Messenger. The team suggests that users who rely on Tor Messenger check out the EFF’s “Building a secure messenger” article or check out CoyIM if support for XMPP is required.Now You: Which messaging apps or services do you use?SummaryArticle NameTor Project announces end of Tor MessengerDescriptionThe Tor Project announced today that it will discontinue support for Tor Messenger after the release of eleven beta versions.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Suite stay at Secrets Akumal top prize in Sunquests latest contest

first_img Thursday, July 28, 2016 MISSISSAUGA — Sunquest has a seven-night stay at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya up for grabs, in a new contest for bookings July 28 – Aug. 3.All Deal of the Week bookings qualify as a ballot to win. Sunquest will be doing a random draw for the prize when the Deal of the Week ends and the winner will be notified on or before Aug. 10Agents will also receive a bonus US$150 resort coupon, for a total of $550, at all Secrets Resorts and Spas offered by Sunquest in Mexico, the D.R., Jamaica and Costa Rica. This applies per room, per stay, in Preferred Club room categories.For more information visit travelbrandsagent.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: AMResorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Sunquest Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Share Suite stay at Secrets Akumal top prize in Sunquest’s latest contestlast_img read more