Mourinho appointed Spurs boss

first_imgThe 56-year-old Portuguese won three Premier League titles over two spells in charge of Chelsea and returned to England to manage Manchester United in 2016.Mourinho was sacked last December following a poor run of results and has been out of work since, most recently working as a TV pundit. His first match in charge will be the London derby away to West Ham on Saturday.Despite their recent poor run, Tottenham thrived under Pochettino’s leadership.They qualified for the Champions League four times, culminating in a dramatic run to the club’s first ever European Cup final in June, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.However, domestic results had been on the decline since February, with Spurs clinging on to a top-four finish last season despite winning just three of their final 12 league games.– ‘Reluctant’ change –That form has continued at the start of this season and Mourinho arrives with the club 11 points outside the Premier League top four, 20 behind leaders Liverpool and just six points above the relegation zone, though they are well placed to reach the last 16 of the Champions League despite the Bayern humiliation.Levy said the club had been “extremely reluctant” to make the change, pointing at the poor domestic results.The job done by Pochettino was all the more remarkable given the tight budget he was afforded by Levy for transfers and wages in comparison to Tottenham’s Premier League rivals, as the club built a new stadium at a cost of more than £1 billion ($1.3 billion).Instead, much of Pochettino’s success came from nurturing a squad of young players into household names such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.“I can’t thank this man enough,” Alli tweeted alongside a picture of Pochettino with the England international.“He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.”Spurs were forced to play at temporary home Wembley for the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign and most of last season before moving into their new 62,000 capacity ground in April.The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust questioned Levy’s role in the diminishing results on the pitch.“Is the manager solely accountable? How much has the board’s line on wages and transfers contributed to player unrest and disaffection?” THST said in a statement.“Poch gave us many of our best moments as supporters, made Tottenham Hotspur a force to be reckoned with again, and forged a strong link with the fans. We will never forget the joy he brought us.”Share on: WhatsApp Jose inLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho was on Wednesday appointed Tottenham’s new manager to replace the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, with the club languishing 14th in the Premier League.The Portuguese former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager signed a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season, the north London club said in a statement.Pochettino, 47, transformed Spurs’ fortunes after arriving from Southampton in 2014 and although he failed to win a trophy he took the club to the Champions League final for the first time in their history just six months ago.But the Argentine was sacked on Tuesday, with Tottenham struggling in the league after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games.This season they were knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United and suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.– Exciting ‘quality’ –“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho, who has won domestic league titles in four different countries — Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician.“He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”Mourinho has won Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.last_img read more

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Riders rebound to square Kootenay Final with 5-2 win

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Fernie Ghostriders struck for three first period goals en route to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay Conference playoff action Tuesday in the East Kootenay City.The win evens the best-of-seven final at 1-1. Castlegar won the opening game of the series 8-4 Monday. Game three is Thursday in Castlegar.Former Nelson Leaf Connor McLaughlin, 48 seconds in to the game, Cale Wright and Alex Milhouse scored in the opening frame to put the host team in the driver’s seat.Castlegar twice scored short handed but both times the Riders answered with goals of their own.Scott Morriseau, who finished the game with three points, scored twice for Fernie while Spencer Brodt and Tyler Robinson replied the Murdoch Division winners.Luke Richardson and Jeff Zmurchyk each had two points for Fernie.Fernie out shot the Rebels 41-22. Andrew Walton rebounded from a poor performance in game one to register the win in goal.Alex Ross took the loss in goal for Castlegar.Fernie played the game without sniper Thomas Abenante who was handed a one game suspension after game one of the series for a checking from behind penalty late in the game.
 Okanagan series resumes WednesdayThe Osoyoos Coyotes and Revelstoke Grizzlies are back in action for game three Wednesday at the Forum in Revelstoke.The teams split the opening two games in the South Okanagan City.The Grizz won the opener with the Dogs winning game two in overtime.Game four is set for Thursday in [email protected]last_img read more

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Selkirk College Pride Helps Produce Spirited Effort

first_imgA mix of boisterous students, ardent local hockey fans and interested observers help provide an atmosphere unrivalled in the West Kootenay-Boundary.The Saints triumphed over Trinity Western University 6-3 with the fans scoring an assist in the victory.“Every time there is a big hit or a big save or a big play… you hear it,” Heaven says of the support in the stands.“It’s incentive knowing that when you get out there you have that backing behind you, it gives a little more desire to get out there and perform at a higher level. You are getting that support and you want to give them a good show.”The Saints have put together a modest 2-2 start to the 2015-2015 BCIHL regular season as they build towards taking a shot an unprecedented fourth straight league title.With all five teams in the league taking turns earning victories so far this season, the Saints are in a four-way tie atop the league standings in the young season.“If we can continue to build on what I have seen so far from this team, I think we will be in a good spot to get ourselves into the playoffs and move towards our ultimate goal at the end of the year,” says Heaven.The Saturday night game against the Eagles is the only game of the weekend.The Saints will return home on October 31 to take on Simon Fraser University at the Castlegar & District Community Complex. The puck drops on both games at 7 p.m. The high octane brand of hockey the Selkirk College Saints showcase on the ice is fuelled by what goes on behind the glass.The Selkirk College hockey team will return to the Castlegar & District Community Complex this Saturday night for a tilt against the Eastern Washington University Eagles.The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) contest will feature great hockey action, but it’s what happens in the stands that helps give the home team an additional boost.“That extra energy they bring is absolutely a benefit,” Saints head coach Brent Heaven says of the fan support the team receives during home games.“We don’t necessarily pay attention to what is being said or what they are doing up there, it’s more of the atmosphere and noise.”The Saints home opener earlier this month brought out more than 500 hockey fans to the Castlegar arena.last_img read more

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Supporting SA’s sport stars

first_imgMinister Fikile Mbalula urges SouthAfricans to support national teams.The South African Department of Sports and Recreation recently launched the Ekhaya initiative to ensure that the country’s athletes stay in “homes away from home” when abroad for international competitions.The campaign is two-pronged: securing hospitality services for athletes and their families is the priority, but the drive has also been designed to enhance South Africa’s reputation as a desirable destination for business investment and tourism.Brand South Africa has partnered with the department to promote Ekhaya and use it to strengthen the country’s brand.“Ekhaya is a platform … which drives South Africa’s role and position as an emerging market of choice,” said Iggy Sathekge, director of stakeholder relations at Brand South Africa.“The platform will be used to showcase South African sectors and companies which amplify our support argument for the country as an attractive investment destination,” added Sathekge.Ekhaya promises to keep local athletes focused on bringing home gold medals, while also uplifting the economy through job-creation, said the department.Plans are to implement the campaign during the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the All Africa Games in Mozambique – the next major competitions in which South African teams will participate.Magnificent FridaysThe launch event, held at Freedom Park in Pretoria on 29 July 2011, was also used to reinforce Magnificent Fridays, a countrywide campaign used to drum up support for all the country’s national sport teams.The campaign is now sharply focused on the Springboks, as the team counts down the days until the Rugby World Cup.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged citizens to support the campaign by wearing the national rugby team’s jersey every Friday.“Wear that jersey every Friday – we want to express to (captain) John Smit that they have the unwavering, unshaken support and that they must play and make us proud,” Mbalula said.Play your Part firmly behind SpringboksThe Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative is also being used to strengthen the Springbok campaign.Play your Part is a well-established national drive aiming to inspire South Africans to initiate developmental projects.“Brand South Africa has partnered with (the Department of Sports and Recreation) to mobilise support for the Rugby World Cup and the All Africa Games anchored around the Magnificent Fridays campaign. We encourage all South Africans to Play their Part in this regard,” said Sathekge.“We are encouraging all South Africans to wear sporting gear every Friday during the games to show their support for the national teams,” he added.The Andrew Mlangeni jacketMbalula also unveiled the Andrew Mlangeni jacket at the Ekhaya launch. It’s a green blazer that Mbalula will give to South African sports legends as a token of honour during the 2011 South African Sports Awards.The jacket of recognition is named after one South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons.Mlangeni was one of the longest serving political prisoners on Robben Island, spending 26 years there after being found guilty in the Rivonia trial.Although now a senior citizen, Mlangeni remains active in sport.“Andrew Mlangeni was an avid golf enthusiast. It has always been his passion, even now in his 80-something years of age, he still plays golf,” said Mbalula.last_img read more

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Tips to Motivate Your Target Audience

first_img This image was purchased by the MFLN from iStock.com on 11 January 2019 under member ID 18347305. Spc. Mason Steill gets financial assistance on Oct. 25 from Frederica Norman, a financial adviser at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. On Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Soldiers can get individualized financial assistance and can attend finance classes at Army Career Alumni Program Bldg. 404, on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. Return to article. Long DescriptionUse Simple Reminders– Appreciate the power of “nudges.” Studies have found that reminders to take action, such as text messages, are effective and can increase positive behaviors such as savings.Use “Cue” Words– Two words that people frequently react positively to are “you/your” (because information is personalized for them) and “free.”Use Peer Comparisons– Tell students or clients how their practices compare with others’. Studies have shown that peer comparisons (e.g., how many people participate in the TSP) can prompt behavior changes.Limit Required Choices– Avoid overwhelming people with a lot of action steps or decisions all at once. People avoid decision overload. If a series of steps must be taken, write them down in chronological order.Provide Opportunities for Small Successes– Make sure that people know that every small step that they take is progress and develop opportunities for them to succeed (e.g., sponsor a 30 day savings challenge).Use Visuals to Explain Complex Concepts– Seek out high quality photos, videos, and infographics that are easy to understand and that people can relate to and remember.Validate What People Are Doing Well- Give people positive reinforcement for successes in their life (e.g., parenting or organization skills) and help them transfer those positive feelings to their finances.Give Program Participants Control– Engage financial education program participants in the learning process by asking them “What do you want to learn?”For additional information about motivating clients to change their financial behaviors, review the archived Military Families Learning Network webinar Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial Behaviors and its accompanying handouts and presentation slides. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] educators and counselors face an ongoing challenge of connecting with their students or clients and encouraging them to adopt positive financial behaviors. Many people have serious “hurdles” to overcome. Return to article. Long DescriptionThis month, we’re encouraging educators to use the 30 Days of Savings Challenge as a hands on learning activity for students to develop positive money saving strategies. Learn more about the Savings Challenge here.Information that is shared with target audiences must be relevant, realistic, and relatable. What to do? Consider this list of 12 suggestions from tips shared by speakers at several professional conferences that I attended:Focus on Positive Habits- Help people identify routine actions that they can take daily to build positive habits that improve their finances. An example is saving $1 a day, plus loose change, in a jar.Address Non-Financial Aspects of Financial Behavior– Be sure to include topics such as values and beliefs in class content or in conversations with clients.Stress Present Day Concerns– Realize that people cannot focus on the future if today’s world is out of control. Define the future loosely as “later” instead of in 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, and 10 year increments.Understand People’s Obstacles- Address the gap between a client’s stated intentions and actual behavior. For example, people have difficulty making complex decisions when they are tired, stressed, and hungry.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from South Korea

first_imgSon Heung-Min and Ki Sung-Yeung will be crucial for South Korea at the World CupWith plenty of European-based talent, South Korea has players with top-level experience and the quality to makes things happen on the field.Chief among them may be Son Heung-Min, a Bayer Leverkusen forward who can change games with his pace and shooting.Other standouts include Sunderland playmaker Ki Sung-Yeung and Kim Young-Kwon, a 24-year-old defender who is likely to be South Korea’s next big export to Europe.Here are five players to watch:SON HEUNG-MINPotentially South Korea’s game changer, forward Son Heung-Min is ready to prove himself at the World Cup after making his name in the Bundesliga.Transferred to Bayer Leverkusen last July for $14 million after three seasons at Hamburg, the 21-year-old Son has not been consistently excellent for his new team but when he has played well, he’s played very well.Son is a striker who likes to use his pace to sprint past defenders from deep and then shoot from distance. He tends to score in streaks. And if he can get into groove in Brazil, South Korea will possess a powerful weapon.Not always used well in the past for the national team, Son has started to find his form under coach Hong Myong-bo.KI SUNG-YEUNGSunderland playmaker Ki Sung-Yeung controls the tempo of the South Korean team, and after an impressive season for his club he is now regarded as one of the best passers in the Premier League.Still only 25 but with 56 international appearances, Ki is approaching his peak and rarely gives the ball away.The issue for South Korea coach Hong Myong-Bo is whether to keep Ki deep, where he is a valuable outlet for defenders, or push him up the field where his passing can unlock backlines.KIM YOUNG-KWONMarcello Lippi declared in 2013 that central defender Kim Young-Kwon was good enough to play for Manchester United, one of the highest compliments that could be paid to a young Asian prospect.Kim has been a star since joining Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande in 2012, helping them to the 2013 Asian Champions League title.Physically strong, good in the air and on the ground, the 24-year-old Kim occasionally is caught napping but is improving all the time and expected to be playing in Europe very soon.JUNG SUNG-RYUNGThe goalkeeping position is a worry for South Korea coach Hong Myong-Bo, but 2010 custodian Jung Sung-Ryung is likely to start ahead of Kim Seung-Gyu.Much depends on how Jung turns up.The ‘keeper during Seongnam’s run to the 2010 Asian Champions League title seemed unbeatable, but any repeat of the clumsy performances of the second half of the 2013 K-League season could result in South Korea heading home early.PARK CHU-YOUNGArsenal striker Park Chu-Young has only played seven minutes in the Premier League since joining the Gunners in August 2011 and is now on loan to second-division club Watford as he bids to stay in shape.Inactivity at Arsenal cost Park his international place, but before the move to London he was one of Asia’s top strikers.Now back in the team, Park scored from a fierce half-volley against Greece in March.Clever and technically excellent, Park leads the line well and links up with the team’s talented attackers.last_img read more

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Former NL premier Danny Williams to testify at Muskrat Falls hearing

first_imgHAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Public hearings will continue Monday morning for an independent inquiry into the issues surrounding the $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project on Labrador’s lower Churchill River.Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams will begin testimony at 9:30 a.m. at the Beothuk building in St. John’s on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the project near Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which has been described as “the greatest fiscal mistake in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history ” by current premier Dwight Ball.During his term, Williams championed the project — which has been plagued by cost overruns and construction delays — as a form of energy independence from Quebec.He retired from politics shortly after announcing the plan for Muskrat Falls in 2010.At a hearing earlier this month, historian Jason Churchill told the inquiry that Quebec’s stronghold on the Churchill River’s resources have long blocked Newfoundland and Labrador from accessing elusive energy markets.He said Quebec has a disproportionate amount of control over the Churchill Falls Generating Station, informing Williams’ 2007 energy plan that proposed Muskrat Falls.Representatives from Indigenous groups, environmental groups and engineering and economic experts will take the stand later this month.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version mistakenly identified the lower Churchill River as being in Newfoundland. In fact, it’s in Labrador.last_img read more

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Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

first_imgLepine says Mikisew doesn’t quite have a “veto” on opening the new pit but the agreement puts pressure on Teck and makes it difficult for north pit mining to proceed if the First Nation isn’t satisfied.Mikisew was the last of 14 local Indigenous groups to sign support agreements with Teck last fall, just before the project went to a joint federal-provincial review panel that is expected to render a decision next summer.Teck manager of Indigenous affairs Robin Johnstone says the deal includes what amounts to a “no-development option,” adding that leaving unsettled part of the legal agreement with the Mikisew Cree was a “real step-out” for his company.“We essentially said we think that we can mine the north pit in an environmentally appropriate manner, but we’re going to take the first 30-odd years of mine life to actually prove to you that we will do that,” he said during a panel discussion at the Forward Summit Indigenous business conference in Calgary.“When it’s coming to the end of our mine life and we’re having to proceed to mine the north pit, we’re going to go through a process that’s going to include a ‘no development option’ and we’re going to work through that with you. So we’re really putting things on the line.” CALGARY, A.B. – The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds.Melody Lepine says the confidential agreement it signed last fall with developer Teck Resources Ltd. includes a provision requiring new negotiations before the company begins to mine its north pit, which would take it closer to Wood Buffalo National Park than any previous oilsands development.She says Teck will have to prove that it will address environmental concerns about water flow and quality in the Peace-Athabasca River delta from Frontier, which is designed to produce 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day for 41 years.last_img read more

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Capturing the beauty of everyday life

first_imgDilip Banerjee, a noted name in the world of photography, is coming up with a solo exhibition of photographs that seeks to narrate a visual journey of people in India and other geographies. Dilip says that the stories of his pictures are not a black and white tale but are better described in shades of grey which lend itself to many interpretations. Titled ‘The Song of The Road’, the show will be held from May 20 -24, at the Nehru Centre, 8 Audley Street, London. Also Read – The Puja carnivalElaborating about the work that will be exhibited, he says, “My photographs will depict images across four decades capturing fleeting moments of people I have come across – their stories of affection, struggle, despair, sorrow. In war and peace, in politics and sports, in market places and homes. While technology has closed distances, unequal distribution of wealth has widened the gap in humanity. My pictures hold out the stark differences that exist today, in many senses a paradox for the society we live in,” says Dilip. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraBanerjee did not have any formal education in photography, and most of his learnings have come from his observations in life. “Filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen and their ability to hold up the truth in simple frames has often led me in my work.” Recalling one of the best trips that gave him exotic moments to capture, Banerjee says, “While my work across the years has taken me to many places, I consider my travails to Afghanistan as one of the most fascinating ones as I first travelled soon after 9/11. I travelled to Afghanistan almost five times over a decade to chronicle the struggle of the people, its culture and landscape. While terror strikes and bomb blasts still make headlines, it’s the story of the resilience of the people that has struck me most.” Some other notable travel documentation by the photographer include ‘Rediscovering the silk-route’ where he travelled by road and documented the people, culture, and architecture of the central Asian region. He also travelled as a photo-journalist with the first group of Asian caravan to Gaza –Palestine and documented the entire journey. He was invited by UC Berkeley in October 2005 to hold a solo exhibition. The topic for the exhibition was ‘India on the move’ where he tried to capture the India growth story through my pictures over the years. His photographs were highly appreciated and acclaimed.last_img read more

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Road trip for mens volleyball starts in Romeoville

With four regular season games left before the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team sits in third place in the eight-team conference, 1.5 games back of first place Lewis University. The league’s regular season champion will be rewarded a bye during the tournament’s quarterfinal round. In 2012, the Buckeyes received the tournament’s lone bye on a tiebreaker after both OSU and Lewis finished the conference campaign with a record of 9-3. The last time the Buckeyes did not have the No. 1 seed was 2006, when they lost in the semifinals as the No. 4 seed against No. 1 seed Loyola of Chicago. Loyola of Chicago sits in second this season, one game behind the Flyers. Finishing at or near the top of the table will be crucial for OSU’s postseason success since tournament matchups are hosted by the higher seed. The Buckeyes have a 10-1 record at home this season, with the lone loss coming in a sweep at the hands of Lewis on March 2. Two of the Buckeyes’ remaining four league matches are on the road against teams of higher standing. OSU cannot afford to drop both matches if it wants to have a shot at earning the automatic berth into the semifinals. Coach Pete Hanson’s squad begins its road trip against Lewis on Thursday night in Romeoville, Ill. OSU senior setter Kyle Lawrence said he and his teammates have not forgotten about the Flyers victory in Columbus earlier this season, and they have been anticipating the rematch ever since. “We have a countdown going on in our locker room to Romeoville, so it’s definitely something we’ve starred on our schedule for the rest of the season. I think we have a little bit of fire under our butts right now after that loss at home,” Lawrence said. Lewis, meanwhile, is looking to regain its composure, coming off two losses in its last three conference matches. Flyers coach Dan Friend said he believes his players have gotten back to the form they had earlier in the season when they won their first eight out of the gate in conference play. “After last weekend, there were a few things we worked on in practice to get us into a better groove,” Friend said. After Thursday night’s contest, the Buckeyes will make the drive to Chicago to face the Ramblers on Saturday. OSU won its previous match against Shane Davis’ men on March 1 in five sets at home. After arguably its toughest week of the regular season, OSU’s schedule becomes much less threatening when it returns home on April 12 to play Quincy on back-to-back nights. The Hawks have only won four sets in league play and have no victories in 10 attempts against conference foes. Like Lewis, OSU is trying to rebound from subpar play as well. The team’s last road trip netted two losses, as the Buckeyes were only able to take two sets combined against the Mastodons of Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne and the Cardinals of Ball State. OSU (17-5, 7-3 MIVA) is currently ranked No. 11 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It is the same position the Buckeyes opened the season in before climbing as high as No. 6 in February. The team has not dropped out of the poll’s top 15 all season. OSU senior outside hitter Nick Gibson said this time of year is generally full of exciting games. “We’re looking forward to some good competition, some big matches. It’s going to take a lot. We lost to Lewis here, we’re looking to get a good win there and carry us into the conference tournament,” Gibson said. The Buckeyes’ match against Lewis on Thursday is set to begin at 8 p.m. read more

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