Mourinho latest: TWO GAMES to save job as Chelsea star ‘says he would rather lose than win for boss’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho’s future is the subject of intense speculation after Chelsea slipped to a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday.The Blues are sitting 15th in the table, just four points above the drop zone, following the 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho’s face dominates the back pages of Monday’s newspapers, with many suggesting he faces a make-or-break week.Here’s what the leading papers say about the Chelsea boss…The Times:Mourinho will be given more time to revive Chelsea’s season, but the club’s patience in their under-pressure manager will not extend indefinitely. While the Portuguese will be permitted to take charge of this week’s fixtures against Dynamo Kiev and Stoke City his position will be reviewed during the forthcoming international break if his players are unable to emerge from a slump that has brought five defeats from their past seven matches.Daily Express:Roman Abramovich is agonising over the prospect of sacking Mourinho. The Chelsea owner, normally quick to act, desperately does not want to axe the manager he brought back to the club in 2013.  But the Chelsea manager has to turn results around quickly – and also heal damaging rifts in his dressing room.The Sun:Abramovich is still hoping Mourinho can turn a horror season around. And he will be given at least the next two games in charge, against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday and Stoke on Saturday. Former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has joined Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti as possible short-term replacements — with all three ready to listen to offers – should Mourinho go.Daily Mirror:Mourinho will be given a stay of execution as Chelsea manager – but must win back the players.  BBC presenter Garry Richardson alleged on Radio 5 Live that one first-team player’s relationship with his manager was irreparably damaged, stating: “One player said recently, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’. It may have been said in the heat of the moment, but perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.” But Mourinho will be given until at least the international break – against Kiev and then Stoke next Saturday – and possibly beyond to turn results around.Daily Mail:Chelsea continued to back Mourinho over the weekend, but it has become clear that he is now managing the club on a game-by-game basis as they wait for Abramovich to make his next move. Morale and confidence within the dressing room is at an all-time low and there are rumours that a number of the players are being sounded out by the hierarchy for their views on Mourinho’s disintegration. Guardian:Chelsea remain reluctant to sack Mourinho despite Saturday’s defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which left them in 15th place, 10 points off the top four and four above the teams in the relegation zone, there are indications that they will re-evaluate the position if the champions continue to struggle amid persistent rumours of discontent within the dressing room.last_img read more

Chile fans to travel South Africa in style

first_img4 June 2010When it comes to travelling around South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, most fans will be relying on regular types of transport such as bus, airplane, train and car. But some Chilean fans have other plans.On 14 June, overland vehicles will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, just two days before Chile’s game against Honduras in Nelspruit. The overlanders will be filled by 56 Chilean football fans who will follow their team around the country in massive 4×4 trucks.“We have set the tour from 14 until 25 June, the last Chilean game of the first round, and we are going to sleep every night in a different place,” says Pamela Mendoza, the team organiser and leader. “After the 25th we will have to adapt the itinerary according to the results.”The first destination of the tour will be the Chilean Bar, set up for the first game in Nelspruit, where the fans will have the opportunity to meet their countrymen and get into the swing of the World Cup.“We are coming to South Africa because we believe in our national team, we are soccer fans, and this is the most important sports party in the world,” says Mendoza.Overlanding has become a popular tourism pastime in South Africa. The massive, custom-built 4×4 trucks offer tours to some of the region’s most inaccessible destinations, giving a unique experience of the landscape and the people who inhabit it.Klaus Dreckman is one of the La Roja fans who will be joining the overland tour, and aside from the football he is looking forward to the prospect of visiting South Africa.“There is a lot of excitement because of the experience that we are about to have: travelling around a country very different to ours in culture, getting to know spectacular places, living unimaginable experiences, and to be witness of the biggest party in world sports,” says Dreckman.However, these fans are here, first and foremost, to show support for their national side. “We’ll bring our flags, not only the Chilean but also the ones that different overlanders are bringing to represent their own cities (Punta Arenas, Iquique and even Eastern Island),” says Mendoza.“And of course we are planning to get some vuvuzelas!”“We are going to be a red tide flood in each city and stadium,” says Dreckman.The “overlanders” are confident that Chile will perform well in the tournament. “There is a lot of expectations about what Chile can do in the World Cup,” says Drekman. “To be in second place, only one point behind the five-time world champions [Brazil], shows us that this young team, it’s ready for big challenges.”With the tournament kick-off less than one week away, the Chilean fans are full of anticipation. “The mood could not be better,” says Mendoza. “We are going to have an unforgettable experience and enjoy all the marvels that soccer and South Africa have to offer.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

BRICS leaders’ informal meeting on the margins of the G20

first_imgThe BRICS leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China on Sunday 4 September 2016. From left, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Indian President Narender Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)Global political, security, economic and governance issues was the focus of discussions between leaders of the BRICS grouping of major emerging markets – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held on the margins of the Group of 20 Summit in Chinese city of Hangzhou on 4 September 2016.To further strengthen the partnership, the BRICS leaders reaffirmed that cooperation would be based on principles of openness, solidarity, equality, mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation between them.Access to international law courts would improve the state of developing economies and the citizenry. Corruption, illicit cross-border financial-flows, and ill-gotten wealth derived from illegal activities are challenges that can best be tackled through enhanced cooperation between G20 countries.Wealth looted from developing economies, often invested through financial institutions in developed economies, robs developing economies of funding institutional and infrastructure development.Macroeconomic policy coordination between G20 member countries would ensure the benefits of any economic recovery would be sustainable and more equitably shared. Focused national growth strategies would only achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth if G20 members worked together.The G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth could be a driver for mid and long term growth and sustainable development. Its recognition of the importance of innovation in growth was welcomed.New trade protectionist policies being implemented across the globe was a concern to the BRICS leadership. Strengthening the role and negotiation functions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would allow the regulatory body to facilitate market inter-linkages and an inclusive, rules-based and open world economy.BRICS leaders stressed the importance of the WTO adherence to a rule-based, open, transparent, non-discriminatory and inclusive global trading system. However they believe the WTO needs to put development at the centre of its policies.Implementation of the outcomes reached by trade ministries in Bali and Nairobi would go a long way to creating a more equitable global economy. The BRICS governments have called for early ratification and enforcement of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.International Monetary Fund (IMF) allocation quotas did not reflect present-day global economic realities. BRICS leaders are calling on the IMF to review the way resources are distributed, and increase their funding reserves. Direction from G20 members could ensure a fairer reflection of emerging and developing economies.Completion of the 15th General Review of Quotas – including a new quota formula – by the 2017 annual meeting would create a more effective and efficient global economic architecture, this would create the environment for resilient growth.BRICS leaders also congratulated India for the speed of its implementation and the expansion of the BRICS cooperation agenda. As chair of the grouping, India will host the upcoming 8th BRICS summit in Goa between 15-16 October.Progress in the implementation of the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership underscored the importance of the 2020 BRICS Roadmap on Trade, Economic and Investment Cooperation. This has strengthened trade, business and tourism ties between BRICS nations.India has been at the forefront of strengthening of these ties through the ongoing series of people-to-people exchanges across the provinces and cities of India.The New Development Bank’s approval of its first set of loans also drew praise from the assembled leaders. The first loans as well as the successful issuance of the Bank’s first funded programmes in the renewable and green energy sectors. Leaders applauded the Bank’s potential as a source for bridging finance for infrastructure projects.Universal access to energy and energy security are critical to shared prosperity and the future of the planet. They acknowledged the importance of affordable, clean and renewable energy to sustainable development.The success of the G20 Hangzhou Summit earned the Chinese government plaudits from the BRICS leadership. They applauded the emphasis placed on a development agenda and encouraged all G20 members to strengthen macroeconomic cooperation, promote innovation, robust and sustainable trade and investment growth.BRICS governments reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. BRICS leaders expect that the agenda in China would encourage a new vison of inclusive growth from G20 governments. In this regard, they welcomed the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialisation in Africa and Least Developed Countries.Cooperation and ongoing dialogue with other emerging market economies would be strengthened. Fostering innovation between interconnected, inclusive and invigorated usher in a new era of global growth and sustainable development.International cooperation would blunt the threat of international terrorism and the risk of destabilization these heinous acts represent. BRICS leaders united to condemn terrorist violence that continue to disrupt global peace and security and undermine social and economic confidence.In expressing sympathy and support to innocent victims, they reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There can be no justification for terror or violence whether based on ideology, religion, politics, race or ethnic identity. They emphasised that a united effort guided by international law, with the United Nations playing a central role, was needed to combat terrorism.last_img read more

‘SHE Team’ on the patrol in Odisha

first_img‘SHE Team’, the innovative pilot project launched by Odisha’s Gajapati district police in Paralakhemundi started functioning from Friday to ensure safety and security of young girls and women.Justice K.R.Mohapatra of the Orissa High Court formally flagged off the ‘SHE Team’ at a colourful function held at Biju Patnaik Kalyan Mandap of Paralakhemundi. Since June 24, a massive awareness drive about the project had been taken up in Gajapati’s district headquarter town, Paralakhemundi.The theme song of ‘SHE Team’ sung by Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sarah Sharma has already drawn much attention. The young IPS officer used her Hindustani classical skills learnt during her student days in Cuttack. Its lyric was written by female inspector Mamata Nayak. This theme song was launched on June 25 and logo of the project was released the previous day. There were competitions among students and rallies to popularise concept of ‘SHE Team’ in Paralakhemundi.SHE stands for ‘Safety, Health and Environment’. This project is modelled on the lines of Hyderabad ‘SHE Team’, said Ms. Sharma. The ‘SHE Team’ of Paralakhemundi is headed by a lady sub-inspector and includes mobile patrolling teams. Four female and three male police personnel will assist her. They will patrol schools, colleges, other local institutions and public places, where young girls and women are allegedly subjected to eve teasing, stalking and harassment.Website launchedThe website of ‘SHE Team’ has been launched and a mobile app is under construction. At the time of distress, women of Paralakhemundi can contact ‘SHE Team’ through its website ‘sheteamgajapati.com’, landline number 06815-222388 or by WhatsApp number 9438916707. The website and phone numbers are being publicised through social media and other means.‘SHE Team’ will also try to prevent harassment of working women at workplaces and public places where they move for their job. It will teach self defence and cyber space safety to young girls and children.It will visit child care institutions and make children aware about sexual abuse.last_img read more