Fernandinho the glue binding surging Man City together

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Fernandinho, Pep GuardiolaManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Among a dazzling array of midfield options, it is the often unheralded Fernandinho who Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has relied on most in another stunning start to the season for the Premier League champions.The Brazilian will face old club Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday as City seek to make amends from the only blip of their campaign so far, a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon in their last Champions League home game.If any reminder was needed over Guardiola’s influence, he was banned from the touchline that night.Since his return, City have won nine and drawn one, a 0-0 stalemate away to Liverpool, of their last 10 games, scoring 29 goals and conceding just two in the process.Although fulsome in his praise of the maturing centre-back pairing Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, Guardiola’s defensive philosophy is dependent on a team effort to keep the ball as far away from City’s goal as possible.“Always we try to convince our players as far away the ball is from our goal, we are safe. It’s much, much better. The moment the ball is around our box, anything can happen,” said Guardiola this week.“In 10 years I was always concerned, always focused, maybe more than any other thing, in defending well.“The only difference is we do it far away from our goal.”Central to that philosophy is Fernandinho’s ability to not just read the game and quickly regain possession, but also use the ball soundly as a springboard to City’s attack.“There is always a relation. When you attack good, you defend well. When you defend well and are solid, you attack better,” added Guardiola.‘Luckiest manager in the world’ Despite turning 33 earlier this year, Fernandinho has started all of City’s 14 Premier and Champions League matches this season, while the more creative talents of David Silva, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling have had to live with Guardiola’s rotation policy.“Ferna would make any manager the happiest or luckiest in the world,” said Guardiola ahead of City’s 3-0 win in the Ukraine against Shakhtar two weeks ago.“He is a joy to have as a player – he is very special. He will always be a special player for me to work alongside.”Guardiola knows very well the dual demands of Fernandinho’s role having won the European Cup in his days as a player in the same position for Barcelona.Fernandinho received arguably the highest praise from his manager when he claimed even Guardiola the player couldn’t force his way into the current City juggernaut given his form.So far City’s failure to land Jorginho, who instead choose to follow Maurizio Sarri in the move from Napoli to Chelsea in July, to share the burden as the midfield anchor hasn’t proved costly.Instead, Guardiola’s men show no sign of a slip in standards from their record 100-point Premier League campaign last season, as evidenced by a 6-1 annihilation of Southampton on Sunday.It is the Champions League that remains the holy grail for City’s Abu Dhabi owners, though, and despite the Lyon stumble, another victory against Shakhtar will put the English champions well on course to make the last 16 for a sixth straight season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Nominations Open For Boss Of The Year Award

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston ChamberOlympia, Washington – The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its third annual Boss of the Year award.  Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance.“With the challenging economy impacting organizations everywhere, leaders are making the difference between whether an organization barely survives or actually thrives”, said Reid Bates, Chair of the Thurston County Chamber and owner of Express Employment Professionals.  “This award is a great way for bosses to be recognized by their teams and the Chamber and for their examples to be shared across the community”, says Bates.Once again, Saint Martin’s University business students will play an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community and to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.Nominations for the “Boss of the Year” award will be accepted through October 26th.  You may mail, fax or send via email to the Chamber office.  The award recipients will be announced on December 12 at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University. For more information about the “Boss of the Year” competition, contact David Schaffert at dschaffert@thurstonchamber.com  or Reid Bates  at Reid.Bates@ExpressPros.com.For a Nomination Form please visit www.thurstonchamber.com Facebook4Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Bruh moment of 28th October 2019: ter Stegen’s save so incredible that Barcelona resurrected…

first_imgImage Courtesy: DPA/FC BarcelonaAdvertisement bgqkeNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9gdsd7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2m88( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7nhpWould you ever consider trying this?😱131a8xCan your students do this? 🌚8myxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Marc-André ter Stegen was inordinately praised after that incredible save against Slavia Prague last Thursday. The clip of the German shot stopper has gathered attention around social media to such an extent, the club has created a meme video dedicated to the save!Advertisement Image Courtesy: DPA/FC BarcelonaTitled ‘@mterstegen1 AIRLINES‘, the clip starts off with the German goalkeeper jumping high and stretching his arm to deflect Slavia forward Peter Olayinka’s clip, edited into a ‘shooting star’ meme. Check it out below, courtesy to Barça’s official Twitter.Advertisement The ‘shooting star’ meme trend started back in 2016, where clips of people, animals or objects jumping, falling or getting airborne was edited into them traversing over famous landscapes and finally into space and beyond. The hilarious meme, making proper use of the song ‘Shooting Star’ by Australian electronic music duo Bag Raiders.Ter Stegen here is also shown to fly off from the field, soaring over the Pyramids in Egypt, alongside military jets, past an astronaught in the space, and finally coming back to his spot and making that awesome save.The video has got a mixed response from the fans, some praising the creativity, while others are mocking it for being ”too cringey.”The UEFA Champions League Group F match between the Červenobílí and the Blaugranas at the Sinobo Stadium saw a 2-1 victory for the visitors, as club talisman and skipper Lionel Messi opened up the scoreline in the 3rd minute, while the rest were both scored by the home team. First the equalizer by Jan Bořil in thr 50th minute, 7 minutes later and Olayinka himself unfortunately sending one to their own net. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Madison Bumgarner pushes aside trade talk: “I’m trying to win games for the Giants”

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants used seven pitchers Thursday night — even with Madison Bumgarner throwing nine sterling innings — and had Tyler Beede in the on deck circle waiting to hit after Donovan Solano.Beede, who struck out in the 14th inning, didn’t have to take another swing. With the bases loaded and no outs, Solano singled to right off reliever Chris Mazza to score Brandon Crawford from third base and give the Giants an exhausting 3-2, 16-inning victory over the New York Mets at Oracle …last_img read more

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Naspers makes moves in Brazil

first_imgCity Press and Daily Sun are some of the newspapers produced by Media24, a Naspers subsidiary. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS Meloy Horn Head of Investor Relations +27 11 289 3320RELATED ARTICLES • R2.4 workers’ recession fund • SA, US tighten trade relationshipBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s leading media conglomerate Naspers is expanding its business interests in Brazil, having acquired a major stake in the country’s e-commerce group BuscaPe.com.In a deal worth $342-million (R2.5-billion), Naspers bought 91% of BuscaPé’s share capital. The acquisition will be funded from available resources, Naspers said.BuscaPé, with headquarters in Sao Paulo, is Latin America’s top e-commerce services provider. “Its various properties enable consumers to make informed purchase decisions and transact on the internet,” affirmed Naspers in a statement.E-commerce, short for electronic commerce, is the trading of goods and provision services via the internet, especially on websites whose sole business is advertising other businesses and products.BuscaPé is the exclusive provider of internet shopping solutions for more than 100 portals and websites in Latin America. It also provides services to leading companies Microsoft, Globo and Abril, with more than 10-million products and 320 000 online and offline stores.“BuscaPé gives us a fast-growing business in line with our e-commerce focus,” Antonie Roux, head of internet at Naspers, said. “It’s a diversified internet platform [with] a whole spectrum of business models within the e-commerce value chain across core Latin American markets.”In recent years BuscaPé acquired a stake in leading e-commerce competitor Bondfaro and bought shares in QueBarato, a leading free-classifieds network in Latin America. The group also runs an e-commerce research business, eBit, and a fraud risk assessment service, FControl. Naspers already owns significant shares in two Brazilian groups. It owns 30% of media and publishing corporate Grupo Abril, and 54 % of Compera nTime, one of the largest mobile value-added services companies in that country. Compera nTime is estimated to have an excess of 25-million users across Brazil.E-commerce is one of the most prospective areas of the internet, Naspers said in a statement. Through the acquisition of e-commerce business units Allegro and Ricardo groups in Eastern Europe, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed corporate has built considerable knowledge in this field.“Given Naspers’s extensive experience in the internet, they can help us grow to the next level. Some future collaboration between Allegro and BuscaPé is likely,” BuscaPé CEO Romero Rodrigues said.Latin America of key interestNaspers said Latin America is of particular interest to it, as it’s home to more than 550-million people. The group lists the continent’s “favourable demographics, rising disposable incomes, underleveraged consumers and a less-penetrated internet market” as providing a “good investment backdrop”.“After investments in [Grupo] Abril and Compera nTime, Naspers has developed a good understanding of the fast-growing Brazilian market,” said Hein Brand, CEO of Naspers’s operations in Latin America. “BuscaPé is one of the few established players in the industry, and can grow further,” he added.Naspers was founded by Die Nasionale Pers (The National Press) in 1915 in Cape Town and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in September 1994. The conglomerate also has a listing on the London Stock Exchange.It has transformed from a traditional print media player to dominating television and the internet. Naspers owns 85% of Media 24, a company responsible for a number of successful national and community newspapers and magazines in South Africa.It owns broadband operator MWeb and MultiChoice Africa, which has more than two-million pay-television subscribers in Africa.In addition to Brazil and Eastern Europe, Naspers has significant business interests in China, Russia, the Netherlands, India, Singapore, Thailand and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.Queries or comments? Contact Bongani Nkosi at bonganin@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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[Survey] U.S. Airport & Airline Tech Amenities Suck

first_imgFollowing up a survey that found dissatisfaction with airport and airline tech offerings, we asked frequent fliers and a pilot if the survey reflected the reality of the tech-unfriendly skies.“Wi-Fi exists in all airports but should be free and unrestricted, like air and water.” That common sentiment was voiced by Michael Liebow, CEO Foretuit, an enterprise mobility company. Liebow is the kind of customer you might expect the air industry to bend over backwards for. He has racked up more than a million frequent flier miles on both Delta and American Airlines.Of course, tech amenities such as Wi-Fi vary from airport to airport. And travelers aren’t just demanding free and reliable Internet access. These days the tech-savvy traveler wants better mobile boarding options and more push notifications about travel alerts and delays, according to a survey of 2,600 travelers released this week by FlightView, a provider of real-time travel information.Among the survey’s key findings:Only 31% of travelers are satisfied with current in-flight Wi-Fi offerings, and only 42% are satisfied with airport Wi-Fi.93% of travellers want flight status alerts, 73% want boarding alerts and 57% want seat upgrade info.80% of travelers want to board with an electronic pass, but only 50% have had the opportunity and less than 60% took advantage of it.37% of travelers use a tablet in flight while only 38% are still using laptops.Europe Outpaces The U.S.While the survey covered U.S. airports and travelers, international travelers told us that tech amenities are generally better both in non-U.S. airports and on airlines based in other countries. Liebow noted the highly touted tech offerings of Emirates, including mobile, curbside check-in, while Jennifer Haack of Berlin-based tourism startup Waymate gave high marks to Scandanavian SAS Airlines.“As with many things, Scandinavians are ahead of the curve,” she said. “SAS offers free Wi-Fi on all its flights. Stockholm airport offers up to three hours of free Wi-Fi, and the new terminal has plenty of outlets to easily charge your devices.”Delta Tops Domestic CarriersWhile the FlightView survey didn’t drill down to offerings from specific airlines, travelers we spoke with mentioned Delta as the U.S. airline that offered the most tech amenities. At Delta’s terminal in Laguardia Airport (New York City), the airline offers free iPad stations to all customers – not just Delta SkyMile members.“This is an excellent example of an airline embracing technology to meet the demands of travelers, particularly in a notoriously congested airport where any relief is welcome,” said Pete Meyers, a vice president with EuroCheapo.com who flies in and out of LaGuardia on a regular basis.Evaluating Wi-Fi Service At Top AirportsBrian Hooks is a captain with American Eagle, a commuter fleet owned by AMR, parent corporation of American Airlines. He sees his fair share of airports in any given month. Hooks said service “is pretty poor across the board.”Here’s how Hooks rated some of the airports he frequents:Raleigh/Durham International: Boingo provides Wi-Fi in the brand-new terminal, but it is among the worst Hooks has encountered. “It still drops out constantly and is slow when it does work, plus you pay,” Hooks said.Reagan National (Washington, DC): Just “okay,” according to Hooks. The service is free, he said, “but the signal won’t extend to the end of the concourse.”Toronto: Free and decent with good range, according to Hooks. JFK (New York City): Another Boingo-serviced airport, and another airport with “poor and pricy” Wi-Fi. The exception, Hooks said, is the JetBlue terminal, where the Wi-Fi is free and works well. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Trends#web last_img read more

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Journaling for Renewal

first_imgReferences:CDC. (2017). Journaling for your health.Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.Gratitude Journal. (2018). Greater Good in Action. UC. Berkeley.Hiemstra, R. (2001). Uses and benefits of journal writing.Harrist, S., Carlozzi, B.L., McGovern,A.R. &Harrist, A.W. (2007). Journal of Research in Personality, 41 (4), 923-930.L.M. English & M.A. Gillen, (Eds.), (2001). Promoting journal writing in adult education (New Directions for Adult and continuing Education, No. 90, pp. 19-26). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Written by MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team member: Alicia Cassels, MA, Military Families Learning Network Program Development and Evaluation SpecialistAbout eight years ago, I found one of my childhood journals, created when I was about 11 or 12 years old, it had been packed away for decades. Although I had no active memory of writing the words, vivid memories of my childhood self, long lost friends and emotions flooded back as I read. Time melted away. Although I have been teaching and writing about journaling for two decades, I have kept a personal journal nearly twice that long. Over the years, journaling has served as my method for renewal, tool for reflection, vehicle for self-expression, space for goal setting, and canvas for dreaming. Until I began reading my childhood words, I hadn’t realized that journaling would also serve as a valuable keepsake and powerful archive of my life events. Write what must not be forgotten. -Isabel AllendeI am inspired by the words of Isabel Allende, Chilean writer, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recipient of Chile’s National Literature Prize, and the 2014 American Presidential Medal of Freedom. As I reflect on my own experiences with journaling and those that my students and clients have shared in class and clinical settings over the years, I remain amazed that so much can be accomplished through picking up a pen.What Do You Want to Remember?As you think about the potential of journaling to enrich your life, consider three questions.What do you want to remember?What do you want to achieve?What do you want to document?Body, Mind and SpiritJournaling provides an effective method for renewal. According to the CDC, regular journaling may help identify causes of stress and help determine whether a concern is part of a pattern or an isolated issue, while also helping point the way toward a solution. Research shows that journaling may help:Increase feelings of gratitude and well-beingProvide greater understanding of personal challenges and strengthsClarify thoughts and feelingsImprove sleepAchieve weight loss goalsIdentify strengthsManage information overloadAlthough basic journaling allows for reflection on daily thoughts and activities, there are many types of specialized journals. Special-purpose journals can be helpful for those wishing to achieve weight loss and wellness goals. Gratitude journaling has been shown to improve mood, optimism, and sleep.Five Basic Steps to Help You Get Started:Select a place where you will be able to sit comfortably for at least 15 minutes. Most people prefer that this be a quiet, private place with little interruption.Select a pen and paper or use electronic means to record your thoughts.You may want to try to spend at least 10 minutes writing, allowing your mind time to reflect.Remember to keep your journal entries in a private, password-protected location. Entries on paper may be shredded if you have concerns about privacy.Don’t like blank pages? Try these conversations starters.Today I am grateful for…My favorite time of day is…My description of a perfect day would be…A personal or professional goal that I have been thinking about lately is…last_img read more

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TORONTO ILLUSTRATOR TEAMS UP WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY ON CHILDRENS BOOK

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto-based illustrator Kathryn Durst says she’s found a true collaborator in Paul McCartney after working closely with the rock legend to bring his bedtime tale for grandchildren to the page.McCartney revealed the cover of his upcoming children’s book “Hey Grandude!” featuring Durst’s drawings on social media Wednesday. Advertisement Durst says some authors take a hands-off approach to the visual side of storytelling, but she and McCartney spoke several times on the phone to discuss his ideas for the illustrations.She says McCartney had direct input into the “retired hippie-ish” design of the titular Grandude, inspired by a nickname by from one of his eight grandchildren.When she met McCartney in Montreal last fall, Durst says she felt like she was seeing an “old friend.”“Hey Grandude!” is set to be published by Random House in September.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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