Portugal coach Fernando Santos has dismissed the suggestion that his team relied too much on Cristiano Ronaldo and said they worked hard to function as a unit as they prepared to face Iran in their decisive World Cup Group B match on Monday.Santos also played down the notion that the European champions would coast to a win against the Middle Eastern side.Portugal and Spain, who take on already-ousted Morocco, are on four points and need a draw from their respective matches to guarantee progress.But a tenacious and ambitious Iran, masterminded by former Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz, can still go through if they win, a feat that is not beyond them if they play as they did in their narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of former world champions Spain.Portugal have relied heavily on Ronaldoso far in Russia. He has scored all of their four goals, including a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against Spain. Ronaldo’s goal against Morocco made him Europe’s all-time leading scorer in international matches.Iran coach Queiroz, who worked with him at Manchester United and with the national team, has called Portugal “Cristiano Rolando and a group of players who run after him”.Santos said he was not concerned by Queiroz’s knowledge of Ronaldo and believed the team functioned as a whole unit.“It has been shown very clearly that this is Portugal against Iran. It is not the coaches that are going to be playing and it is not Cristiano Ronaldo playing against someone. It is the team who are going to be playing Iran,” he told a news conference.Despite collecting four points, Portugal have struggled to hit peak form so far in Russia and their performances have been dogged rather than beautiful, Ronaldo’s perfectly placed late free kick which earned them a draw with Spain notwithtstanding.Santos praised Iran as “the best team in Asia” and predicted a tricky encounter in Saransk.“This (Iran) are a very strong team, well-organised with good experienced players. They are beautifully organised defensively but not only that. They are good on the counter-attack,” he said.“It’s going to be a fascinating game. I think Portugal will move on to the Round of 16 but it’s going to be a hard-fought battle,” he said.“We are going to try to prove on the pitch we have the quality to beat Iran but there are many difficulties.”
– as inaugural “Uncapped” opens to publicThe Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) has said it is committed to putting in the work and effort that would see the local agriculture sector, and more particularly its agro-processing component, reaching new heights.The Association has, however, noted that agro-processing would reach new heights only if the right and enabling environment is created.This statement was made by President of the GMSA, Shyam Nokta, at the opening of the first ever agro-processing fair, dubbed Guyanese Flavour “Uncapped”.A section of the crowd at the opening of “Uncapped”The three day event was opened to the public on Friday and ends today. It served as a venue for an exhibition, market opportunity and food festival.The exhibition has been geared to target local markets — to help the agro-processors sell their products to more retailers in Guyana, and to help stimulate greater demand for the products countrywide.According to Nokta, Guyana’s untapped agriculture, and by extension agro-processing potential, has been talked about, the country’s ability to expand and diversify agriculture having been recognised. However, agro-processors are often unable to compete, both at the domestic level and in external markets, as a result of varying issues, particularly the lack of knowledge of locally produced products both here and abroad – something which the event has been aimed at addressing.Nokta outlined the GMSA’s vision for advancing the local agro-progressing sector, but noted that it can be achieved only through a clear Government policy; by addressing critical barriers; and by creating an enabling environment for investments. “We need to hear from Government!” he declared. “What is the policy on agriculture and agro-processing…? To sustain, grow and expand to commercial viability, there needs to be a clear policy framework for agriculture development and agro-processing,” he stated. Nokta went on to say that among the critical barriers to agro-progressing that need to be addressed are: the availability of affordable financing in a timely manner; the high cost of energy; and the high transport cost associated with moving produce to markets, coupled with untapped technology.On the latter note, the GMSA President touted the establishment of a centralised agro-processing facility. “This could be built modularly and through a public/private partnership. It has been tried in Guatemala, Belize and other countries with much success. Why can’t we do it here? Just imagine the difference it would make if the farmers from Black Bush Polder or Canals Polder know there is a place where they can take their produce and receive a fair price. This will certainly help to strengthen the economic position of farmers, and encourage stable supply,” he posited.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony, applauded the initiative and urged the private sector to build a stronger international partnership in order to be successful.Nagamootoo noted that Guyana is one of the few countries that can boast about a free and independent judiciary, which is also guaranteed independence financially.“I believe that we need much more of these ideas that could tell politicians in Government that we don’t have a monopoly on ideas, views and approaches that could be taken at any time to change the direction in which we are going, or to improve the context of the approach,” Nagamootoo noted.Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, said Government and the private sector need to work together in order to build the agriculture sector, and must be able to support cheap financing.“There is still a lot more that needs to be done. I like to see more together to exploit Guyana trade agreements. We are party to a number of trade agreements that give us nearly 1 billion people around the world for a wide range of products,” Gaskin noted.
However, going into Tuesday night’s Champions League Group C opener against Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad, Guardiola sees plenty of room for improvement before City can be considered serious contenders at home and abroad.“To take it to the next level we have to improve a lot. Of course, we are so happy with the results and the way we are playing after two months. But it is not enough to win the Premier League or the big targets in the Champions League.”“Now, after four games in the Premier League, I would like to tell our fans that we may be first with the way we have played up until now, but it will not be enough to win the title. So we have to improve.”Such a demanding nature explains why Guardiola has reached at least the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of his seven years as a coach.-Expectations-Manchester City midfielder David Silva (R) hugs teammate Kevin De Bruyne as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo joins them after the English Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 10, 2016Expectations are high after City spent £170million strengthening a team that reached the final four for the first time last season.However, Guardiola failed to add to his two European Cup triumphs with Barcelona during three years at Bayern Munich, and he admits that it will be even harder to take City to the next level.“It was a pleasure to be coach of Barcelona and Bayern, and with their history they are used to reaching semis and finals,” he added.‘Manchester City don’t have that. Roberto Mancini helped us achieve the first step and Manuel Pellegrini did a really good job to reach the semi-finals. To take it to the next level we have to improve a lot.”“When you have been (in the semis) five, six, seven years, then one year you achieve the final. If people are asking me to win the Champions League here with Manchester City, I really have to be a very good coach. I will try but the history is the history. The people believe I failed in my process in Bayern Munich because I didn’t win the Champions League. I have to accept that.”With their next two group games away to Celtic and his old club Barca, the 45-year-old is aware of the need to get off to a winning start against Monchengladbach.-Aguero back-Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (R) greets striker Sergio Aguero after he was substituted on August 28, 2016Sergio Aguero — serving a three-match ban in domestic football — will return to lead the line on Tuesday night.Pellegrini’s City beat the Germans home and away in last year’s group stage, but Guardiola failed to do so in the Bundesliga in his last four attempts as Bayern boss.“They beat me many times and they are aggressive. They bring the game one against one and when that happens, it is a fight man to man. They are a brave team with a brave coach (Andre Schubert), one of the best teams in Europe.”Guardiola is refusing to compromise on his principles and will continue to ask new keeper Claudio Bravo to pass the ball out from the back. The Chilean was fortunate not to concede a penalty for a two-footed challenge on Wayne Rooney after losing control of the ball on his debut at Old Trafford.But Guardiola said: “Whether it is Claudio, Willy (Caballero) or Angus (Gunn), they are going to make mistakes in the future and the opponents are going to score goals, I am pretty sure of that. I am not a romantic. But I try to convince my players to keep the ball in the Champions League, League Cup, Bundesliga or friendlies because that is the best way to win games.”-Sterling hits form-Raheem sterling celebrates his goal against West Ham with team mate Nolito. PHOTO/DAILYMAILGuardiola has certainly got the best out of Raheem Sterling, who is rebuilding his confidence after an indifferent first season at City and a miserable Euro 2016 with England.A call from his new manager this summer was ‘a massive boost’, and Sterling also revealed he has learned to ignore his critics on social media. ‘I block that out and play football,’ he said.“Before, every time you take a stroll, you’d be on your phone, on your app, being nosy to see what people are saying when you see your name. Now I simply leave it alone.”-By DailyMail–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his players celebrate after the English Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on September 10, 2016MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 13- A flying start to life in English football might suggest otherwise, but Pep Guardiola has warned that Manchester City aren’t yet good enough to win the Champions League, or even Premier League, this season.The Spaniard’s six straight victories have brought 17 goals, culminating in a hugely impressive win over his old rival Jose Mourinho in the Manchester derby at the weekend.
0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that experience and status count more than wealth for teams competing in the Champions League © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinWATFORD, United Kingdom, May 22 – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status. “When Real Madrid and Barcelona want one player other teams cannot compete,” said the Spaniard. “It’s not just money. It’s Real and Barca. (Money) is not enough. To compete against them we need time, decades.“For years this club (City) was not playing in Europe, and now we’ve been there seven years. But to achieve the next step, the gap is shorter but it’s more difficult — to compete head to head against the big clubs in Europe, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus.“Atletico Madrid made that step but even they could not win the Champions League even though they deserved to.”Guardiola revealed that Sergio Aguero, who scored twice against Watford and could have had more, will remain at the Etihad Stadium next season, along with captain Vincent Kompany, who opened the scoring with a free header from a corner.Despite his misgivings about City’s chances against the top clubs in Europe next season, the manager was relieved to have secured third place in the Premier League and so avoided a qualifying round.– ‘No second chance’ –“It was in our hands, not depending on anything, and Watford had trouble in defence, a lot of injuries, but always when you play for something on the last weekend of the season it is complicated, there is always pressure, there is no second chance,” said Guardiola.“But we showed many good things and we are so happy,” added the manager whose initial campaign in England ended without a trophy.Guardiola said his first season in the Premier League, “was what I expected”.“Big, big teams, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. Knowing Chelsea play one game a week, how strong they are. Tottenham were second and one of the best teams of the world playing football. The gap is like this, we were not good enough but we want to play better next season to reduce that gap and fight to the end.“In terms of how many times Man City have been in Europe, we cannot compare against Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea.“Every year qualifying for the Champions League will be tougher and tougher, and we are there.“We are satisfied because we are in the Champions League. Tomorrow we will think about what to do next season and the pressure will be the same, to try to win. And if it’s not possible to improve, to try to find out why and make changes.”Watford manager Walter Mazzarri left the club after six successive defeats, their worst run for 44 years, but he cited injures as the reason.“While we had a complete squad we were fighting for seventh place, reached 40 points and were 10th. But today we had absolutely no defenders, I would like to see which team could do better,” he said.“I gave everything and with such a difficult situation a less experienced manager would have done worse. We were safe with six games left. It’s another objective in my career.“I’m experienced enough to know you cannot have 20,000 people on your side. I know the majority understood what was going on.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE on talkSPORT 4 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Defensively, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ben Davies will come in for the rested Rose and Aurier but due to injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Foyth it’s set to be Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the centre with Hugo Lloris between the sticks.How Spurs could look against Olympiakos BIG PRESENTS UP TOP targets stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Erlk Lamela and Heung-Min Son celebrate a goal against Crystal Palace Manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side are not among the favourites this season, despite reaching the final last time around.“No one today will give us a chance to be one of the contenders to be in the final in Istanbul but that is normal,” he said. “That makes it very exciting.“We know to repeat the same campaign we need to play in our best. It is so early to talk about the final but most important is to show our quality, our squad quality and do our best.“I don’t care if people think if we are contenders or not because we went to the final and have a possibility to fight for this title.“I don’t care. I am focused on starting this Champions League in a good way.” Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman statement Against Crystal Palace, Tottenham finally appeared to get their narrow midfield four working nicely.Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, ahead of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko and behind Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, caused havoc for the Eagles’ defenders and you would be surprised if the attacking midfield duo were left out but Dele Alli is now fit again and pushing for time on the pitch.We could see Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele come in for Winks and Sissoko to give them some time out after a busy early season.Meanwhile, up top, Lucas Moura could finally get a chance to shine in place of Heung-Min Son. Buildlineup.com appointed AFP or licensors Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship deals Tottenham star Hugo Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino speak to the press on target Pochettino is already rotating his squad for the match – a bold move considering we’ve only just had an international break.Full-backs Danny Rose and Serge Aurier are both left at home to rest despite the latter only starting his first game of the season on Saturday.Elsewhere, Pochettino is without the injured Giovani Lo Celso and Juan Foyth, while Ryan Sessegnon is back on the treatment table after feeling irritation in his previously injured hamstring.How should the Argentine set up his side to face Olympiakos? talkSPORT.com takes a look below. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more After going so close to glory in June, Tottenham Hotspur return to the Champions League with a tough away trip to face Olympiakos.Spurs battle their Greek opponents at 5:55pm – live on talkSPORT 2 – in 30 degree heat and will need to keep their cool to register a vital win. Buildlineup.com Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 4 AFP or licensors Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week 4 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Opponents Olympiakos came through qualifying to reach the group stage, beating Russian side Krasnodar over two legs.They are regulars in the group stages of this competition, but have not made it into the knockout rounds since 2013-14. Their best ever run was to the quarter-finals in 1998Portuguese boss Pedro Martins has only one doubt for the match with centre-back Ruben Semedo suffering from a knee problem.They love to play the ball out from the back so expect a high press from Spurs to try and force them into mistakes.How Olympiakos could look against Tottenham Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ latest update 4
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The youngsters from New Nation PrimarySchool will be part of Coca-Cola’sflag bearers and ball crew. Coca-Cola South Africa president WilliamEgbe believes the host country will stagea spectacle. Coca-Cola’s Onwell Msomi speaking at theWorld Cup trophy tour media launchin Ellis Park Stadium.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sammy MohlaoliSenior Communications ManagerCoca-Cola South Africa+27 11 644 0528Bongani NkosiAfter touring 53 African countries to stir up excitement about the World Cup, the Fifa trophy is headed to its final destination, South Africa, in time for the long-awaited kick-off in June.The coveted solid-gold cup, last won by Italy in 2006, will arrive in South Africa on 5 May for a whistle-stop journey through about 38 cities and towns across the country’s nine provinces.Coca-Cola, one of the official 2010 Fifa World Cup sponsors, will lead the tour that starts in the Western Cape on 7 May. At each event authorities will allow up to 800 people to view and photograph the booty.“This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience as not all South Africans will be able to get tickets to watch matches, but everyone will have an opportunity to participate in the tour,” said Onwell Msomi, Coca-Cola’s general manager of the 2010 project team in South Africa. “Our emphasis is on reaching those South Africans who often miss out on this type of events.”“[The tour] will unite the nation and generate extra enthusiasm among all South Africans in the last 30 days before the World Cup kicks off,” he said.The trophy’s 130 000km journey across the continent and the rest of the world will end in Gauteng, the province that will host final World Cup match, early in June in time for the kick off on the 11th .“We have committed to take the trophy on an epic journey of South Africa,” said Coca-Cola South Africa president William Egbe.Taking the trophy around South Africa will contribute substantially to the excitement that’s already gripped the country, said former Bafana Bafana player Sipho Ndzuzo. “Everyone will be closer to the trophy and South Africans will then see that they have a role to play in the World Cup,” Ndzuzo added.“We used to see it on television, now we will see it here in Africa.”‘Showing the world what Africa is about’Egbe believes that being prepared for the tournament goes beyond the measure of stadium readiness, it’s also about the continent’s excitement for the tournament. He’s banking on Africa’s flair to make this the best World Cup ever.“We Africans are known to be exuberant in how we celebrate life, now the world will get a taste of how we celebrate football,” Egbe said. “We’ll guarantee our visitors a warm welcome and excitement in the stadiums.”Coca-Cola is satisfied with South Africa’s preparations, he added. “The reality is that not only is South Africa ready, it will be ready to make this a spectacular World Cup.“Football in Africa is an integral part of how we express ourselves,” said Egbe.Nurturing young starsAlthough it will take many years before World Cup comes to Africa again, this year’s tournament should not be seen as the end of a long journey in grooming football stars on the continent, Egbe believes.It is the “beginning of a much longer journey” in nurturing Africa’s footballers. “There’s no question that the development of soccer at grassroots level is fundamental …” he said.In this regard the company prides itself in its Copa Coca-Cola Football Stars competition, which has drawn young players from around the world, giving them an opportunity to hone their football skills, build team spirit and develop vital life skills.The actual Copa Coca-Cola tournament will take place in South Africa before the start of the World Cup. It’s not just about glory, Coca-Cola said, but also “about respecting diversity and forging friendships with players from vastly different backgrounds and cultures”.“Copa Coca-Cola is something that’s dear to us in terms of youth development,” said Msomi.Thanks to the beverage giant about 786 South African youngsters will also get hands-on experience in the stadiums during matches as flag bearers and ball crew members. The teenagers, who will have to have some knowledge of the game, will carry the giant national flags of each team and collect balls that are kicked off the pitch.Mbulelo Mbayimbayi, a 14-year-old from New Nation Primary School in Johannesburg, is thrilled to be one of the flag-bearers. “There will be a large crowd at the stadiums and it will be fun,” he said.“I would love to carry the flag of my home country, South Africa, or the flag of Brazil because I love Ronaldinho.”
Q: When is an employee who is not pregnant and not trying to become pregnant still covered under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)?A: When she recently gave birth.The PDA amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, covers employers with 15 or more employees and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.Now here’s the case. An employee returns to work following a three month leave of absence for the birth of her child. Shortly after her return to work she expresses an interest in being promoted to a vacancy for store manager. During the search to fill the vacancy the employee begins acting as the interim store manager. The next month the employee is interviewed by the HR manager for the store manager role. Approximately six to eight weeks later the company President interviews the employee for the position. The next week the employee is told another candidate has been hired for the position. The next day the new manager’s first pay check is ready, which usually takes two weeks to process. The employee quits three days later and sues her employer, her employer’s parent company and two senior managers for discrimination under the PDA. So the first question the court addresses is whether an employee is protected under the PDA when she is no longer pregnant or trying to become pregnant. To this the court provides a definitive, resounding and affirmative response, “…women who very recently gave birth…are unquestionably within the protected class of pregnant women.” OK. So that begs the question for how long? To this the court indicates the answer to this question “requires selecting a temporal cutoff based on the facts of the given case.” This is a.k.a., “it depends.” The court then reviews prior case law and finds “a pattern has developed in this Circuit establishing a loose line at approximately four months from the date of birth.” OK. So next we have to determine at what point in time the alleged act of discrimination took place. Was it the date the employee first expressed an interest in the position e.g., about 3.5 months after giving birth or was it the date the employer made its hiring decision e.g., about six to 6.5 months after giving birth? The court found it was the former in this case and declined to grant the employer’s motion for summary judgment. How did they reach that decision? First the court noted that it “must draw all inferences in the plaintiff’s favor.”The timing of the newly hired manager’s first payroll check was “suspicious”The delay in hiring the new manger was atypicalPut together, it was plausible that all of the employer’s actions following the employee’s initial expression of interest were merely a “sham”As a result, the Plaintiff is “comfortably situated among similar pregnancy discrimination cases” Lessons learned and food for thought.Keep yourself safe. Note the employee sued two senior managers as well as the direct employer and the parent company. Train your managers on employment laws.Be prepared. The court noted that the President seemed unprepared for the interview – she did not have a copy of the employee’s resume nor did it appear she had read it – thus contributing to the appearance of a sham. Train your managers on interviewing skills.Recall that the employee served in the role of interim or acting store manager. If she was good enough on a temporary basis, why not on a regular basis?Check out the EEOC’s recent guidance just published on July 14th addressing these issues and more.To read the original blog post, please click here.
richard macmanus Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social networks#web Following on from our Q&A with Benjamin Joffe about how Facebook compares to top Asian social networks, Kaiser Kuo from Ogilvy China Digital Watch reported today that Facebook users in China “received a message on their main pages this morning asking them to help out with the translation of the site into simplified Chinese”. Kaiser calls this a “a very Web 2.0 approach to the arduous task of translating the site.” This is the latest example of speculation that Facebook is about to enter the booming China market.Also fueling rumors that Facebook will launch in China is a report from Marketwatch stating that Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has increased his personal investment in Facebook to more than US$100 million. Sounds impressive, however his initial investment had been $60 million for just 0.4% of the company – remember it has a $15 billion valuation. So he probably hasn’t even cracked 1%.Benjamin told us in our interview that currently “Facebook has almost no presence in the three markets we cover: China, South Korea and Japan.” In China, QQ is the dominant player with 300 million active accounts. MySpace has a presence in China, but according to the Forbes report linked above, it “hasn’t been able to steal significant market share from any of the top Chinese social-networking sites since it launched in China a year ago.”We reported in November that Facebook made an $85 million offer to purchase Zhanzuo.com, a leading Chinese social network with 7 million users. Nothing appeared to come of that though.Forbes noted that Facebook currently has 247,000 members from China. If you browse Facebook, you’ll come across Chinese language users in Facebook. So this move by Facebook to crowdsource the site translation would be one step in formalizing that user base. But there’s still the matter of monetizing and doing business development in China, which would require an office and staff there.Can Facebook Be Competitive in China?It would be fascinating to see Facebook try to enter China, a Web market that is very tough to succeed in for Western companies. This was one of the main themes to come out of the recent Media 08 conference in Sydney, at which I met both Benjamin and Kaiser. Indeed a presentation at Media 08 by Jonathan Haagen, an analyst from the Economist Intelligence Unit, was entitled Why Western Tech Companies Fail in China(!) I’ve embedded it below, because it’s well worth Facebook’s execs reading it 😉 A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit