Pep confidant: the Barca great thriving in China’s ‘crazy’ second tier

first_imgSapporo ends bid for 2026 Winter Olympics MOST READ “Now it’s very good, but the first four months were very difficult — different culture, different food, different thinking about life,” he told AFP during an interview in Hangzhou, the city near Shanghai where Zhejiang are based.It was more than just adjusting to a new life for Sergi, a mainstay for Barcelona as a raiding left-back from 1993 to 2002 — it was learning a new kind of football.“This football is different from Europe. The last 20-25 minutes is crazy football, each match is the same, attack, attack, attack, no control,” he said, speaking English but occasionally turning to his translator, the man he jokingly calls his “Chinese wife” because he is so reliant on him.Sergi’s point was illustrated on Saturday when Zhejiang, second in China League One, surrendered a 2-0 home lead during a madcap three-minute spell to draw with mid-table Beijing BG.Several times Sergi buried his head in his hands as his team unraveled.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Then came the phone call from China, whisking him to the other side of the world.What with the time difference and demands of the job, Sergi does not watch Barcelona on television, even for El Clasico.But he remains friends with many of his Camp Nou team-mates, particularly Manchester City manager Guardiola.Sergi gives an insight into what makes his fellow Catalan one of the greatest coaches of his generation.“I talk to him about my experience here, always he wants to know about other kinds of football.“He asks me what experiences I have or lessons I have learnt in China, then he uses that.“He likes to get advice to improve himself and learn from it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum This photo taken on September 15, 2018 shows Zhejiang Greentown headcoach Sergi Barjuan looking on during the Chinese second division football match between Zhejiang Greentown and Beijing BG in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.Barjuan excelled at Barcelona for nearly a decade, played in two World Cups for Spain and counts Pep Guardiola as a close friend. No wonder then that it took time getting used to China’s second division, where he says that players often lack composure and some pitches are desperately poor. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTSergi Barjuan excelled at Barcelona for nearly a decade, played in two World Cups for Spain and counts Pep Guardiola as a close friend.No wonder then that it took time getting used to China’s second division, where he says that players often lack composure and some pitches are desperately poor.ADVERTISEMENT But they travel to Wuhan Zall on Wednesday in a top-of-the-table clash knowing that victory will put their promotion charge back on track with a handful of games left.Sergi, who won nine major trophies with Barcelona and played with the likes of Guardiola and the Brazilian greats Ronaldo, Romario and Rivaldo, said his first task at Zhejiang was to make the players run less and think more.“They cannot play like Barcelona, that’s impossible, impossible,” said the likeable Sergi, who earned more than 50 caps for Spain.“But a lot of the running is meaningless. When they get the ball, they need to think: what’s best for the team?“Yesterday, the last 20 minutes… just running but not thinking, stop!”Guardiola friendshipSergi, who after leaving Barcelona played for Atletico Madrid for three years, is one of the best-known among a clutch of foreign coaches working in China, lured to the country by handsome contracts.He hopes that promotion to the CSL would mean farewell to the pitches of the second tier, calling their sometimes poor quality one of the biggest differences he has found from home, and describing Zhejiang’s own surface as “very, very bad”.That could explain his side’s stuttering home form, failing to win in their last eight matches at their sparsely supported Dragon Sports Center stadium.After retiring as a player in 2005, Sergi spent two years as Barcelona youth coach, then managed three different Spanish sides, the last being Mallorca briefly in 2017. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Known in the football world simply as Sergi, the 46-year-old left his family behind last November to become coach of Zhejiang Greentown, who were relegated in 2016.Barcelona it is not.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut after a rough start getting settled, the no-nonsense former defender has taken a youthful side to within touching distance of a return to the Chinese Super League (CSL).It is a measure of compensation for the “big problem” of being away from his family in Spain, especially his four children. 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‘Tantalising’ ends with 1 critical, 1 in custody for attempted murder

first_imgPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding an altercation, which has left one teen critical after he was reportedly struck to the head with a plank by a 17-year-old youth.Reports are Peter Liverstone, 18, is in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the teens are known to each other but were not on speaking terms because of a previous incident.However, it was related that the altercation stemmed from the two teasing each other at about 20:00h on Friday evening at La Retraite, West Bank Demerara (WBD).This newspaper was told that the victim reportedly picked up the piece of wood and hit the suspect on the left side of his shoulder after he reportedly became annoyed over the tantalising.The teen of Old Road, La Retraite, WBD, grabbed the wood from Liverstone and dealt him a blow to his head causing him to collapse.Realising that Liverstone was unconscious, he was picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was examined by a doctor.He was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. A report was made to the Police who visited the scene. Police were unable to locate the plank that was used to hit Liverstone.Several persons in the area were questioned, which led to the arrest of the teen.last_img read more

B.C. 55 Plus Games golf qualifiers coming to the Energetic City

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN – Lakepoint Golf Club will host a qualifying event for the B.C. 55 plus Games on June 12th.The event will see residents from all over the North Peace competing for 48 total spots, and a chance to compete at this years B.C. 55 plus Games in Kimberley and Cranbrook. This years games start September 11th-15th.Last year the games saw over 3500 athletes participate, with the North Peace coming away with more than 20 medals.- Advertisement -Qualifiers start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, all residents are welcome to spectate.last_img


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This week has been an eventful one.In the past 7 days, I have finished up my job, started full time at my Personal Training business, moved location to Optimal Fitness, all while moving house… and we have begun building our new house……….phew!!!!It would be easy to assume that my eating these past few weeks has been pretty crappy, but you know what happens when you assume something. During times of increased pressure and stress, mistakes in our dietary habits can easily happen.You don’t have time to prepare meals. You are snowed under at work and haven’t time for lunch. You are rushing from place to place and grabbing the quickest thing that comes to hand and those things are usually junk.Is it any wonder that some of us wake up one morning and wonder what the hell happened?How do we get around this problem? How do we make better choices when you are tight for time and finding it hard to think ahead?Here’s a few things that I did over the last few weeks that help me to stay on track and keep mistakes to a minimum.1: I got up earlyWhen you know you are going to have a busy day ahead of you, setting the alarm to go off half an hour earlier than usual means you can get up and prepare yourself a big breakfast.This isn’t anything new. Our mothers have been telling you this for years and mammies know best. By eating a balanced breakfast not only are you are curbing hunger for a few hours, you are also helping your concentration levels and because your satiety levels are increased the likelihood of reaching for something at the till is greatly reduced.2: I reduced my carbohydrate intake.My training was all over the place because of different projects pulling me from pillar to post.Carbs are a fuel source for our body; if the body is idle it doesn’t need as much fuel. Reducing your intake of carbs to mainly around training times means your body will use them for energy and you won’t have excess in your system that can be stored as fat. 3: I increased my intake of vegetables.When you take something out you simply cannot leave a void.Increasing your intake of vegetables with every meal will help keep you feeling fuller for longer during and after meals and because vegetables have very few calories, you don’t have to worry about how much you eat.4: I snacked on fruit and nutsWhen you are in a hurry you always end up reaching for the quick fix food choices.Keeping portions of fruit and nuts at hand means you will always have a quick and portable snack at hand.Portion sizes for nuts are a small palm-full or a thumb length of them (not the whole bag).The reduction of carbs means that our fat intake will have to increase to keep energy levels up; snacking on nuts can help with this.5: I ate protein with every meal.This should be a staple of every diet no matter what the goal is.Protein helps with satiety levels and will keep you fuller for longer and because it is so satisfying it is very hard to over eat, you are getting calorie control without even knowing it.Protein is also needed for maintenance of and increasing muscle mass, this is not a bad thing.The more muscle you have the more calories your burn at rest.You are basically turning your body into a fat burning machine; pass the chicken ☺These are some basic tips that you can use when you are busy and find it hard to pre-prepare your meals in advance. They should help you keep on track.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program to help you reach your goals, please contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TOO BUSY TO EAT was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

Chelsea to brace themselves as Real Madrid eye up more of the first team

first_img REVEALED possible standings Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Eden Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid gameday cracker shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 Chelsea news Chelsea fans are bracing themselves for a nervous week days following news that Real Madrid are not done with them yet.The Spanish side are believed to be preparing to show Eden Hazard how much they want him by making one last push to sign him before LaLiga’s transfer window closes on 31 August, the Mirror report. Courtois spent three years on loan at Real’s local rivals Atletico Madrid Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star silverware tense punished Hazard has been at Chelsea since 2012 when the club paid Lille £32m for him. He arrived in London as one of the most promising young players in the game and his stock has risen considerably since then.With the exciting Belgian in the side, Chelsea have won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup.During his World Cup where he captained Belgium, Hazard suggested he was thinking about leaving: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.“Certainly after this World Cup.“I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.“You know my preferred destination.” Hazard’s current contract expires in 2020 and the 27-year-old will almost certainly be sold if the Premier League club cannot convince him to sign a new one.Thibaut Courtois was sold to Real this summer, but Chelsea would have lost him for nothing in 2019 when his deal was due to expire. REVEALED 2last_img read more


first_imgBrian McDaid’s Bundoran foam picturePHOTOGRAPHER Brian McDaid loves getting out and about.So when a woman from Raphoe called him on Sunday afternoon to tell him he’d better get to Bundoran quickly, he wondered what all the fuss was about.Well here it is – a town covered in foam, sent crashing ashore in the storm. And what a stunning picture it is from Brian, who runs the Cristeph Gallery in Letterkenny. BRIAN’S INCREDIBLE ‘BUNDORAN IN THE FOAM’ PICTURES was last modified: January 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Biran McDaidCRISTEPH GALLERYletterkennylast_img read more

Takeaways: DeBoer’s bold decision is paying off for Sharks

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)EDMONTON, Alberta — The last time the Sharks squared off against the Edmonton Oilers they lost to a team that received an emotional boost with Ken Hitchcock making his debut behind the bench.On Saturday, they took advantage of a squad that’s on the backslide, losing five straight after producing a 9-2-2 record in Hitchcock’s first three weeks as head coach. With the win, the Sharks (21-12-7) kicked the Oilers …last_img

3 Ways Social Media Is Reshaping the Political Landscape

first_imgRelated Posts The recent political conventions underscored a few disconcerting trends. Our political leadership is not only out of touch with reality but also tends to distort the truth. How can social-media-based innovations address these challenges?Given that social media excel at connecting people with society’s leaders, there is no question social entrepreneurs can play a major role in the country’s future. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted in his company’s S-1 IPO filing that he viewed Facebook as a tool that could “bring a more honest and transparent dialogue around government that could lead to more direct empowerment of people.”While Zuckerberg believes that social media can more bring accountability to the political process and offer solutions to some of our biggest problems, how is this vision being realized? A number of startups are approaching the social engagement process in different ways. ClicktivismFounded in 2006 by two Stanford University undergrads, aims to overcome microcosmic challenges. The company lets citizens create online petitions. Its most famous win was “forcing” Bank of America to rescind its planned monthly $5 banking fee, a petition started by a 22-year-old nanny Molly Katchpole.Demonstrating the budding interest in online activism, often dubbed “clicktivism,” has signed up 17 million members and is adding 2-3 million clicktivists each month, according to Communications Manager Charlotte Hill.In August, helped three high-school students succeed: in getting a woman, CNN’s Candy Crowley, to moderate the presidential debates, something that hadn’t occurred since 1992. (Look here for other victoriesHill tells me that generates revenue by accepting advertisements from non-profits, basically “sponsored petitions.” The formula may be working because the company already has grown to 150 employees.Civic EngagementPOPVOX was born to address the problem of too much information. Founder and CEO Marci Harris worked as a legislative assistant in Washington and discovered that congressional staffers were drowning in too much noise, so the idea to create an online sentiment platform was born.POPVOX automates the process of constituent communications with their political representatives. The online platform makes it easy for citizens to follow proposed legislation and express support or opposition, which is then sent with a personalized note to involved representatives.Harris tells me that POPVOX relies on a freemium model. Politicians are welcome to place a free widget on their site but if they need analytics, the company is more than happy to oblige for a monthly subscription fee. michael tchong A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Government#Non-Profits#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification POPVOX users are not required to be citizens or even registered voters. So users can keep civic logins separate from their Facebook or Twitter login. This feature lets members rely on anonymous screen names yet communicate with Congress using their real name.Voter EngagementVotizen takes a different approach. It spent a lot of money and time digitizing voter registration records for 200 million Americans. It took two years to capture the data, which was supplied by local registrars on floppy disks, magnetic tape and even spreadsheets.The resulting 1TB database was used to create a social-media-driven service that lets members discover who their social media connections like – or to find like-minded individuals. Votizen has raised $2.25 million from the likes of Napster co-founder Sean Parker and angel investor Ron Conway in addition to Twitter celebrity Ashton Kutcher.Votizen believes politicians and activists will pay to reach its members, selectable by affinity or geography. The service says it has so far attracted 1,549,231 members. Votizen co-founder and CEO David Binetti says the goal of the service is to reduce the role of money in politics by making “the size of a person’s network more important than the size of their wallet.”Clearly, social entrepreneurs have heeded the call to help reshape America’s political landscape, whether through clicktivism and heightened civic or voter engagement. I plan to look at the other challenge, realtime transparency and fact-checking, in an upcoming post.Soldier on America and do contribute your ideas to our Social Revolution ideation engine. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

It’s not straight to detention centres for those not on NRC

first_imgAn official said the persons being deported were not part of the NRC, which certifies the citizens of India and not foreigners.“Those being deported are not at all connected with the NRC. They are already declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals and are in detention camps. Their nationality verification has been done by Bangladesh which has issued transit documents for them. They entered India with legal documents and might have overstayed, some as recent as three years back,” said the official.The Ministry has asked the Assam government and neighbouring States to ensure maintenance of law and order in the run-up to, and after publication of, the draft NRC.“Assam has been advised to set up a State-level coordination committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to ensure coordination among State agencies, NRC authorities and Central agencies. Round-the-clock control rooms at the State capital and district headquarters are to be activated to receive complaints and coordinate prompt response,” the Home Ministry said.An intensive public awareness campaign has been launched to disseminate information regarding the NRC process, options available for individuals whose names do not figure in the draft NRC, and the procedure and timeline for filing claims and objections so as to address the concerns of people left out of the draft list, the Home Ministry said. Ailing centenarian returns home from Assam detention camp  As per directions of the Supreme Court, the Registrar General of India (RGI) is to publish the final list on July 30 to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who had illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.The first draft containing the names of 1.9 crore out of 3.29 crore applicants was published on December 31 last year. The second and final draft is scheduled to be published on July 30. 52 to be deportedMinister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed Parliament on Wednesday that 52 Bangladeshis currently in detention centres in Assam would be deported on July 30.“The [Bangladesh] government has accepted the identity of these people as its nationals. These 52 people will be deported on July 30 from the Mankachar check-post in Assam,” Mr. Rijiju said.In the past two years, 39 Bangladesh nationals were deported from Assam. The total number deported in 2013 was 5,234; the figure was 989 in 2014; 474 in 2015 and 308 in 2016.Also Read A paper trail that leads nowhere The Home Ministry has advised the Assam government that no action should be initiated by the administration or the police based on the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is to be published on July 30.“There is no question of referring the persons whose names do not figure in the draft NRC to the Foreigners’ Tribunal as people are entitled to file claims and objections and due opportunity has to be given to them before final publication. The question of referring any person to a detention centre based on NRC exercise also does not arise. State government has been asked to issue clear instructions in this regard to all administrative and police functionaries,” Home Ministry said on Wednesday.Also Readlast_img read more

Muzaffarpur shelter home case may be tip of the iceberg: Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday gave voice to its apprehension that the rape and abuse of minor girls in the Muzaffarpur shelter home in Bihar may be a tip of the iceberg. There may be other undetected cases of sexual abuse of children in shelter homes across the country.“A large number of young girls may be abused… we cannot let children suffer,” Justice Madan B. Lokur gave words to the top court’s anguish.Accompanied by Justices S. Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta on the Bench, Justice Lokur called for evolving an “immediate” mechanism to identify and rescue children abused inside shelter homes.Daunting challengeJustice Lokur said data about such instances might not be even forthcoming. The challenge to unearth such incidents of sexual abuse of children by shelter home authorities was daunting. “Some States admit this [sexual abuse inside homes] has happened and corrective steps need to be taken. Some States may be wary of admitting. They do not want such incidents of rape to go on record… they want their records to look good. There must be something that can be done,” Justice Lokur said.Advocate Aparna Bhat, who is the court’s amicus curiae in the case, drew the attention of the Bench to an incident of sexual abuse of 26 children at a shelter home in Andhra Pradesh. Justice Lokur said framing a policy for child protection might take time, but a shorter and immediate action was necessary to help the victims of abuse. The court summoned the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development on October 8.The discussion came even as the CBI informed the Bench that it had recovered skeleton of a minor girl during the ongoing probe into the Muzzafarpur shelter home case.The agency informed that the girls rescued from that home are suffering from post-traumatic disorder. The CBI is interviewing the children with assistance from experts of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. Justice Lokur said both investigation and rehabilitation should go side by side.Over 30 girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at a shelter home run by an NGO in Muzaffarpur and the issue was highlighted in an audit report submitted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to the Bihar social welfare department.The girls cannot be treated only as evidence, the TISS counsel submitted.Meanwhile, on a separate petition, the court asked media monitor, National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), to recall one instance when action was taken against a media outlet or individual for violation of its guidelines to protect the privacy of rape survivors, especially minors.“Just give us one,” Justice Lokur asked senior advocate S. Ganesh, for NBSA.“There are scores of orders passed,” Mr. Ganesh responded.“How many scores, 100 ‘scores’, 200 ‘scores’? Which are these orders? How was it implemented?” asked Justice Lokur.The court was piqued that the Press Council of India and the Indian Broadcasting Federation did not even put in an appearance in court.The court finally asked the NBSA to file an affidavit on the action taken by it for violations under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and the Indian Penal Code.The court also sought to know about the action taken by the NBSA in 2018 for violations of its guidelines. The court posted the matter to October 22.last_img read more