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Walker needs brains not just brawn, says Guardiola

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first_img0Shares0000Kyle Walker, pictured in September 2017, has played a key role as Manchester City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – Kyle Walker has been told by Pep Guardiola he is physically one of the best full-backs in the world, but needs to improve his football brain to maintain his form into his thirties.The 27-year-old Manchester City full-back has enjoyed an excellent season since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in July for a fee that could rise to £52 million ($69 million) with performance-related bonus clauses. Walker has played a key role as City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field, dropping just two points in their opening 17 matches.“Right now I’d rate him as one of the best, definitely,” said Guardiola of Walker at Friday’s press conference.“He has energy. He is so strong defensively. But I’d like to help him to solve problems not just through his physicality but also through his thinking.“When you are so strong physically, you solve all the problems that way. When you get to a certain age -– 28, 29, 30 -– you need to think after that more about what is going to happen.“I always encourage him to think and after that, do it.”The City manager has revealed that he criticises his players more when they win, because he believes they will be in a better mood to take in what he is saying.– ‘You can do better’ –“We try not just to think that if we win, that’s good, and it’s enough, and if we lose, it’s bad,” he said.“That, I think, is a big mistake.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola flatly denied directing his players to deliberately commit fouls for tactical purposes © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF“You have to develop more by talking about the bad things when you win. Because after that, the players don’t believe that it’s just a complaint or a regret.“When you lose, you have to work more on their confidence, and say: That is part of the game, you can do better.”Guardiola, meanwhile, has dismissed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s claim City commit a lot of ‘tactical fouls’ to stop opponents counter-attacking.Mourinho made his comments before last Sunday’s Manchester derby, which City won 2-1 at Old Trafford.“I never, never, never, never sent a message like that to my players,” said Guardiola.“You can ask the players, these players and the old players if my message on the pitch was to commit fouls. I don’t use this kind of message.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The New New Media: Apple’s Subscription Model

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first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Every Monday evening we’ll be looking at the latest in new media trends. The series is named after the title of one of my favorite books, The New New Thing by Michael Lewis. In that book, published in 1999, Lewis chronicled the dot com era startups that were attempting to re-make various industries. A similar upheaval is currently underway in traditional media – newspapers, magazines and book publishing. All are being radically overhauled by Web startups and tech giants like Apple and Google.In today’s post, we look at Apple’s challenge to the magazine and newspaper industries. In particular, Apple is preparing a new subscription model for the App Store that will position it as a powerful intermediary between media publishers and consumers.Rumors of a subscription model for the App Store surfaced soon after the iPad was launched last year. Traditional magazines such as TIME showed immediate interest in the iPad, as a way to sell more magazines. Speculation was rife over Apple’s desire to be the gateway for consumers to subscribe to these publications.See Also:iPad Magazines: The Pros & ConsiPad Newspapers: Ripe For InnovationHowever subscription functionality was withheld by Apple, which to this day does not allow publishers to directly bill their subscribers from within iTunes. Publishers have been forced instead to sell individual editions on the iPad, (poorly) mimicking the functionality of buying an app. All was not lost for publishers wanting to pursue the subscription model, however. Apple left open the gate for publishers to re-direct users to their own websites in order to process subscriptions, which publishers such as The Economist duly did. In the left screenshot above, users are prompted to subscribe from within The Economist’s iPad app. However when clicked, the subscribe button opens a browser window outside of the iPad (see image to the right).Another option for publishers was to use Zinio, an online magazine shop which offers iPad subscriptions to magazine titles like Rolling Stone and National Geographic. However the Zinio user experience is not quite as good as a native iPad app like Wired. Plus Zinio is an intermediary for publishers too – and as an iPad app itself, it’s as reliant on Apple as the publishers are.Apple can control apps like Zinio. But allowing publishers to directly control their iPad revenue stream even outside of their iPad apps proved troublesome to Apple, so it finally moved to close the gate a few months ago. All new apps that offer a subscription outside of iTunes now risk rejection by the App Store. Apps that currently re-direct users to their own websites to subscribe have until the end of June this year to shut off that functionality. Apple has asked app developers to “please submit an update that uses the In App Purchase API for purchasing content, by June 30, 2011.”So Apple is about to move into the subscription business in a big way. It’s expected to launch this model via a partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which is developing an iPad-based newspaper called The Daily. There have been production delays with The Daily, though, which has forced Apple to delay its launch too.Who is Apple’s subscription service good news for? Undoubtedly for consumers, who just want an easy and inexpensive way to subscribe to their favorite newspapers and magazines on the iPad.Apple currently forces publishers like TIME to sell individual issues, instead of having a cost-effective subscription option.For publishers it’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand it will lead to increased readership, but on the other hand publishers will cede control over the subscription process and accompanying reader data to Apple. In its upcoming subscription model, Apple may or may not decide to share user data to publishers (it hasn’t so far, on individual issue sales). Also publishers will have little control over what revenue cut Apple will take, although it’s likely to be the same 30% it takes on the App Store.Frédéric Filloux argues in Monday Note that Apple’s subscription service will be of much more benefit to small publishers, who will accept a relatively high revenue cut by Apple in exchange for outsourcing the technicalities of subscription.For big publishers however, there remains a lot of fear over the control Apple will have over them. In a recent New York Times article, publishers like Hearst appeared to be pinning their hopes on alternative tablets – Android, Kindle and others. That seems like a vain hope though, as Apple has built up a considerable early lead in the tablet market for magazines.When Apple does launch its subscription model alongside Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, overall it will be a good thing for consumers and publishers alike. But it also means that another content industry will fall under Apple’s dictatorial governance, alongside the music business.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#New Media#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Fork the Internet at Contact Summit

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first_imgProxy voting to expert friendsopen source democracy“Filter Bubbles” and how to prevent them Related Posts Can we build an alternative Internet that can’t be turned off?Alternatives to top-down registries and corporate-controlled access 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Program or Be Programmed author Douglas Rushkoff proposes that we fork the Internet, and he’s convening a summit on the subject. Contact will be held October 20, 2011 at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City. From Rushkoff’s description, it sounds like it will be conference/unconference hybrid: there will be scheduled speakers, but attendees will also be able to convene meetings at the event.We’ve highlighted a few projects that aim to create a create government-less Internet before. This isn’t a new idea for Rushkoff either. In this CNN piece he suggested the creation of a new Internet that would work a bit more like FidoNet.Here’s Rushkoff’s proposed list of subjects:TECHNOLOGYBUSINESS AND ECONOMICSCULTUREGOVERNMENTMEANING New net-based currencies and transaction networksNet-enabled Local Activism and Job Creation What Factors Facilitate Collective Intelligence?The Reclamation of Public Space “Contact will hope to revive the spirit of optimism and infinite possibility of the early cyber-era, folding the edges of this culture back to the middle,” Rushkoff writes. That sounds a little too utopian and nostalgic, but this is an important event. I also like the slogan: “Content was never king. Contact is.”center_img klint finley A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#events Arts networking initiativesDecentralized social networking platformslast_img read more

IOA sacks Suresh Kalmadi, V K Malhotra to replace him

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first_imgSuresh Kalmadi was on Tuesday removed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case.The decision to remove him was taken at a meeting of the IOA members where a no-confidence motion was moved, which saw vice-president Vijay Kumar Malhotra being elected as the interim president.After his arrest on Monday, the former Organising Committee chief was immediately suspended from the Congress.  Minister of State of Sports Ajay Maken on Monday had indicated that Suresh Kalmadi’s days as Indian Olympic Association head may soon be over in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case.  “While we have asked the IOA to take action against Kalmadi, we are also seeking legal opinions and the views of Attorney General G.E. Vahanwati. So, even if the IOA doesn’t taken action, we will remove Kalmadi if the AG gives the go-ahead,” Maken had told Headlines Today. On being asked if he believes that a tainted person should not head the IOA, Maken said, “I entirely agree. A tainted person should not represent India at the international fora. However, since IOA is an autonomous body, we need to be careful about the IOC guidelines.” Slipper thrown at Kalmadi On Tuesday, when Kalmadi was being taken to court by the CBI, a man flung a slipper at him. Although Kalmadi was not hurt in the incident, the alleged attacker was immediately taken into custody. He was identified as Manoj Sharma and was being questioned by the police.advertisementManoj is a Gwalior-based lawyer, whose license was revoked earlier for rowdy behaviour inside court. He reportedly came to Delhi two days ago, with an affidavit demanding Kalmadi’s arrest. He has reportedly told the police that he is a warrior against corruption.last_img read more

10 days agoWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirement

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first_imgWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirementby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has retired from international duty with Scotland.Steve Clarke’s side are not going to qualify for Euro 2020 through the conventional route, but are set to play in a Nations League semi-final play-off in March, which could have given Snodgrass the chance to create a legacy for his country.Despite that, the West Ham man has hung up his Scotland boots at the age of 32, taking to Instagram to confirm that he would be stopping at 28 caps. He said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream.”It’s now the right time for me to step aside, though, and retire from international duty and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Omprakash Mishra joins TMC

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first_imgKolkata: Omprakash Mishra, former state Congress vice-president, joined the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday.Mishra went to the chamber of Mamata Banerjee in the Assembly and joined the TMC. He has been made the All India chairman of the Trinamool Congress Education Forum. Mishra came to the Assembly with Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister and went to the CM’s chamber. Mishra, a close aide of Adhir Chowdhury, was sidelined after the latter was removed from the post of PCC president. He was one of the PCC leaders who wanted to have an alliance with the CPI(M) in 2019 Lok Sabha election. However, the alliance did not happen and Mishra resigned after the Lok Sabha election results were out due to poor performance of the party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMishra also spoke about alliance with the Trinamool Congress to stop the spread of BJP in Bengal. However, the Congress opposed this view and said the party should distance itself from both the Trinamool and BJP and should form alliance with the CPI(M). Meanwhile, Adhir Chowdhury, Congress MP visited the Assembly and said the Congress and CPI(M) should not only share floor in the Assembly but the alliance should continue outside the Assembly as well. It may be mentioned that in 2016 Assembly elections, the alliance between Congress and CPI(M) did not click and the Left Front got only 32 seats, the lowest since 1972.last_img read more

Working women bearing more of the breadwinning burden 2016 census shows

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first_imgTORONTO – Men and women are each making comparable contributions to the family finances in nearly one-third of all couples, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as the latest data from the 2016 census revealed new details about how — and which — Canadians are paying the bills.Of the 8.2 million married or common-law couples in the country last year, 96 per cent of them saw both members earn at least some income in 2015, the most recent year for which data was available, the agency reported.And in 32 per cent of cases, both incomes were “fairly equal,” or within 40 to 60 per cent of each other — a marked improvement over 1985, when only 20.6 per cent of couples were each making comparable salaries.“Many factors have contributed to this advance, led by the increased labour force participation of women,” Statistics Canada said in a brief on the new data. “Combined with a narrowing of the gender wage gap, women now contribute a larger portion of the couple’s combined income.”Men, however, continue to earn an appreciably higher income in fully half of all opposite-sex couples, while women earned the larger share in just 17.3 per cent of cases — a glaring difference, although significantly better than in 1985, when nearly three-quarters of the men made more, compared with just eight per cent of the women.The gender gap persists in same-sex couples, too: male couples earned a median income of $100,707 in 2015, compared with $92,857 for female couples.As she embarks on a career in law, a profession long dominated by men, Jennifer Chan said she expects to work longer than many of her male colleagues, citing student debt, the gender wage gap and potential family obligations, if she decides to have children.Two years after graduating, much of Chan’s Legal Aid salary goes towards paying down her student loans instead of building savings. She’s proud to say she’s knocked $30,000 off her outstanding balance “on a completely average salary.”Chan, 27, said she could have pursued a higher-paying corporate job, but at the expense of career satisfaction and work-life balance. Still, the decision will affect her financial goals, she admitted.“I work at Legal Aid; it’s not like I’m going to make millions of dollars here,” she said, describing the double whammy of lower pay and heavier debt load that can hit new female graduates especially hard.It will likely mean holding off on buying a home right away – the Toronto housing market is especially expensive, she conceded – as well as putting on hold her plans to max out her RRSP and tax-free savings account.“It’s prolonging some of the other financial goals that I have … but ultimately it was a choice that I made.”Women in the workforce, especially in professions long dominated by men, will likely earn less over their career and work later in life to achieve a comparable level of pension and retirement savings, said Nora Spinks of the Ottawa-based Vanier Institute of the Family.Women, Spinks said, tend to be slightly younger than their male partners, are paid less and often choose to leave temporarily in order to have and raise children. Those who get divorced later in life often suffer an especially heavy financial blow.“The women who are now in their 60s were part of the cohort that lost time in pension-building when their kids were little, because they often had a year or two without benefits and the like,” said Spinks, noting women simply have to work longer to support themselves.What’s more, she added, women aren’t guaranteed more security or spending power just because they’re generating more income.“Those women who are in the paid labour force and maybe earning, finally, $100,000 — are they supporting their mothers in another household? Are they sending money back to the Philippines? Are they providing funds for their grandchildren’s childcare? Have they just given their kids a massive down payment for their own Toronto home?”As more women join the workforce, census data released earlier this year showed a comparable increase in the number of men choosing to be stay-at-home dads — evidence of shifting societal norms, Spinks added.She cited outdated Hollywood stereotypes in movies like “Three Men and a Baby” and “Mr. Mom,” which “showed men as incompetent. Incapable. Klutzes. Not any more.”“The image of the stay-at-home dad is no longer one of failure or an idiot, but rather one really dedicated to family and being there for his family.”There’s a wrinkle, however: any growth in men swapping roles with women likely has more to do with the last major economic downturn and a loss of manufacturing jobs than with any great strides forward in pay equity or gender parity.“It’s not that she’s gone up significantly,” she said. “It’s that he’s gone down.”Making sure women have supports at home to pursue career goals is also key.Family doctor Ritika Goel, also a new mom, said she’s hyper-aware of how often family obligations and work obligations clash for women.Goel, 33, works in a community health centre that supported her desire to take a year of maternity leave, but has several physician friends in male-dominated specialty fields that actively discourage taking time off.“I chose to take a year off and I’m happy I did that for my life and my bonding with my child,” she said. “At the same time, those are things that impact your career prospects.”last_img read more

Liberals pass Canada Post back to work bill

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first_imgLegislation ordering postal workers back to work was passed in the House of Commons during a special session that dragged on into the wee hours of Saturday morning.Bill C-89 passed third reading by a vote of 166 to 43.The Senate is now set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.The legislative push came as Ottawa, as well as smaller towns in Ontario, B.C., and Quebec became the latest targets of rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Despite the rush to pass the legislation, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the bargaining table.“They can still pull a deal off,” she said.That said, Hajdu added: “Obviously, we would prefer that the parties are able to negotiate an agreement together, but the time has come that we need to be prepared to take action if they cannot.”Hajdu referred to mail delivery as an “essential service” and said small businesses that rely on the postal service to deliver their goods over the busy Christmas season could go bankrupt if the situation isn’t remedied quickly.“And when I say small, I mean really small. I mean people that, you know, sell marmalade or handmade goods, that this is the most profitable time of their year and if they are unable to make their earnings this time of year, they very well might be facing the end of their business.”Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the government for undermining the collective-bargaining process. The government has removed all incentive for Canada Post to reach a negotiated settlement now that the agency knows workers will be ordered back to work by early next week, they charged.“The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process,” said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. “Without it, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and workers have no recourse to demand a fair process.”Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn’t come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.“The mail was moving, and people know it,” he said. “People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered. That was the point of our rotating-strike tactics, not to pick a fight with the public.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Liberals of hypocrisy, professing to believe in the right to collective bargaining while bringing in what he called the “worst, most draconian” back-to-work legislation.“They’ve shown their true face … that this government is not a friend of working people,” Singh said.New Democrat MPs voted against the motion to speed up debate on the back-to-work legislation, with many making an elaborate show of walking out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists in salute to postal workers watching from the public gallery. The votes of those who walked out were not counted.Six New Democrats remained in the chamber – representative of the small number the party maintained would get a chance to speak during the subsequent expedited debate on the bill.CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and is threatening to challenge it in court.The union won a court challenge against back-to-work legislation imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers’ right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.Hajdu argued that her bill is “dramatically different” from the “heavy-handed” approach taken by the Harper government and takes into account the concerns of both the union and Canada Post.But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu to express their concern that the bill may not be constitutional. The pair said Hajdu had promised to issue a government analysis detailing how the bill does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but it still had not materialized by Friday evening.CUPW members have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots, though Canada Post and the union dispute how big the pileup is.Canada Post says it could take weeks – even stretching into 2019 – to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.Waseem is a letter carrier for #CanadaPost. He tells us why these striking postal workers are in MP Morneau’s Toronto constituency office. #CDNpoli @CityNews @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/bhX5GhbfQo— Tony Fera (@tonyfera1) November 23, 2018last_img read more

The creation of a “War Room” Key to Success in the…

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first_imgWashington DC — Morocco needs a new powerful framework to overcome recent public relations setbacks in its never ending cold war with Algeria over the “Western Sahara.”The time is ripe for Rabat to engage the underlying political and diplomatic preconceptions that led to a patchy Sahara policy. The key to a viable strategy in the Southern provinces rests with the creation of a “war room” that would incorporate different intelligence agencies and all Ministries, including Interior and foreign affairs, involved in implementing policies in the Sahara.  Recent events point to the need for a national strategy to merge domestic, international and economic assessments of the situation in the Sahara into one single vision. Time and time again, domestic and social episodes turned into international incidents. A high level interposition among the competing security and political entities will streamline the “Sahara policy” creating comprehensive international strategies and positive local dynamics.  One of the most favorable outcomes of the creation of a “war room” will be the removal of the long-running impediments to a complementary multifaceted strategy in the Southern provinces. Improving the lives of the average Sahrawi is as important as reinforcing the political and diplomatic efforts on the international scene. In creating a sustained income stream for the population based on a strong self-sustained local economy, Morocco will earn international recognition. Events such as Javier Bardem’s showing of an anti-Moroccan movie in Paris, violence during United Nations envoy visits to the Sahara or the upcoming Pro-Algeria activist Haider stay in Washington underscore the need to tighten and streamline Morocco’s response to the Algerian provocations.A decision by a local Interior Minister official in the Sahara could carry several implications on the international scene. As such, close and coordinated efforts between all parties involved in the decision making process in the Provinces is critical to a successful implementation of the “Local Autonomy Plan for the Sahara.” As Rabat casts local autonomy, and not independence, as the only viable resolution to the conflict, Moroccan politicians and officials must elucidate and expound the details of the Moroccan Proposal. Some Parliamentarians and political figures’ lack of knowledge about the aspects of this crucial dossier is shameful. Dumping millions of dollars into lobbying efforts spins attitudes at the international level but doesn’t influence attitudes at the local Saharan level, if only because it gives the impression that Morocco is consolidating its positions. The fact remains, however, pro-Algeria elements are still active in Laayoune while Moroccan diplomats struggle  to expose Polisario’s human rights abuses in the Tindouf Camps.Morocco needs to appeal to a rising Sahrawi youth that doesn’t remember the Sahara war and holds very different expectations from government and politicians than their fathers and grandfathers did. To succeed in winning the hearts and minds of all the Sahrawis, Moroccan authorities should rethink some aspects of their Sahara strategy. Unified and sustained security, economic and foreign policies could be the avenue to a successful implementation of the Local Autonomy Plan for the Sahara.  Concluding that the diplomatic-lobbying efforts to influence international attitudes are more important than local domestic policies is an oversimplification; in fact, small, targeted assistance programs for young Sahrawi may have more impact on the image of Morocco’s management style in the Sahara. Adopting the two strategies thru the creation of a “war room” would be a plus.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Casablanca: Bus crashes into Bank Agency Injures Eight People

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first_imgCasablanca – A bus crashed into a bank agency located at Ibn Tachfine Boulevard on Thursday morning, leaving eight people injured, according to LE360.  On Thursday, one of El Madina buses crashed into a bank agency on Ibn Tachfine Boulevard, in Casablanca’s Roches Noires neighborhood, leaving 8 people injured and serious material damages.Some witnesses said brake failure was what caused the bus to end up in the bank agency, according to LE360. According to the same source, the bus crash took place at 6:30 am. The bus driver had allegedly attempted to avoid collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction, before the bus ended up crashing into the bank agency.Eight injured victims were subsequently taken to Mohammed V hospital in Casablanca.last_img read more