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October 20, 2020

Retail

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October 19, 2020

Tokyo Olympic athletes face tracking apps if virus persists, says task force

first_imgOlympic athletes could face strict controls on movement and repeated coronavirus tests under measures discussed Wednesday by a task force charged with finding ways to safely hold the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games.With less than a year until the Olympics, organizers and Japanese officials met for the second time with a long list of possible requirements on the agenda.Athletes may have to submit a detailed plan of their activities in advance — and pledge to follow it — or save their whereabouts on a “map app”, according to documents prepared for the meeting. They may also be required to undergo frequent coronavirus testing — including three days before leaving home, another on arrival, and others during their stay.They will, however, be allowed to train during any quarantine.”Tests are one of the most important issues from the two perspectives of securing safety and a sense of security for athletes,” Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto told a press conference.”We’d like to create a system, or mechanism, to continue testing when they enter Japan.” But, Muto said, ensuring the reliability of pre-departure testing in every country — and guaranteeing the accuracy even of high-precision PCR tests — will be a challenge.Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots Miraitowa (2nd L) and Someity (2nd R) ride on a boat during a parade in front of spectators with karate practitioner Kiyo Shimizu (L) and para athlete Hajimu Ashida (R) in Tokyo on July 22, 2018. Japanese organisers formally introduced their doe-eyed 2020 Olympic mascots to the world on July 22, christening them with superhero names that could provide a tongue-twisting challenge to some.(AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura )’Cautious optimism’ The 2020 Games were postponed in a historic decision earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are now set to open on July 23 next year.Other restrictions floated in Wednesday’s meeting included athletes avoiding public transport where possible and also introducing social-distancing “pedestrian traffic lanes” in venues and Olympic villages.Common spaces such as lobbies, lounges and traditional hot spring baths might also be closed to reduce social contact.When asked how the rules would be enforced, Muto said it depended on which restrictions were chosen.The postponement of the Games has caused all manner of logistical headaches, forcing the renegotiation of contracts with venues and hotels, and efforts to keep sponsors on board for another year.Topics :last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

The REIQ says a weak inner city vacancy rate is no cause for alarm for property investors

first_imgPine Rivers has the tightest vacancy rate in Queensland. This home at 4 Livingstone St, Strathpine is listed for rent for $420 per week. Picture: realestate.com.auPine Rivers, north of Brisbane, had the tightest rental market in the state with a vacancy rate of just 1.3 per cent. Residential Tenancy Authority figures reveal 479 bonds were lodged for three-bedroom homes in Pine Rivers region during the March quarter compared to 367 at the same time last year. Ms Mercorella said the lower vacancy rates had switched from the inner city five years ago to the outer suburbs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoNow there were fewer vacancies in outer suburbs and more in the inner city.Ms Mercorella said the weak inner city market was “ not sounding alarm bells for us at this stage’’. “At the moment, supply is quite high and tenants have got the ability to shop around and that is why we are seeing those vacancy rates hit those kind of levels,’’ she said.“I think over time that will stabilise, we will see that supply absorbed and those vacancy rates will normalise.“Most landlords understand that what we are going through is a pretty unique period in our history.” Ms Mercorella said the current high levels of inner city apartment supply meant that some potential investors could buy well.“If you are looking to invest in that market, because the supply is higher you can actually negotiate yourself a pretty good deal when you are buying.’’But she warned that meant they may also have to negotiate a more reasonable rental rate because there were more properties to choose from. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Picture: Claudia BaxterFinding  a rental property in inner city Brisbane is becoming a lot easier, with new figures revealing the vacancy rate has hit 4.4 per cent.A vacancy rate of about 3 per cent is considered an equilibrium.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO, Antonia Mercorella labelled the inner city vacancy rate as “weak’’, but she said it shouldn’t be a major cause for concern for property investors.She said higher vacancies were a result of the steady level of apartments being built in the inner city exceeding demand. Five years ago, the inner city vacancy rate was a very tight 1.4 per cent.Ms Mercorella said just outside the inner city ring, vacancy rates had tightened. Within the five km to 20km ring, vacancy levels went from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent. Within the greater Brisbane area, encompassing Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay council areas, vacancy rates had also reduced. Vacancies on the Gold Coast are tight. This unit at 2/3028 The Boulevarde, Carrara is listed for rent for $670 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auMore broadly throughout the state, Ms Mercorella said the news was fairly good as vacancy rates had started to improve in regional areas and were showing “promising signs’’.She said the stronger price of coking coal, and the lower Australian dollar boosting tourism numbers, had improved the regional economies.“The housing market in regional Queensland is closely tied to these two industries and we can see that workers are being attracted back to these cities with the tightening of vacancy rate figures,” Ms Mercorella said. Within the southeast, vacancies remained tight on the Gold Coast at 1.7 per cent and the Sunshine Coast at 1.8 per cent.last_img read more

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September 29, 2020

People moves: PKA appoints deputy investment director

first_imgPKA, LCP, Old Mutual Global Investors, DNB, Insight, Hermes, Redington, Sustineri, KPS, GRI, Robeco, PRI, ClearBridge, Franklin Templeton, KPMG, London & Capital, XafinityPKA – Michael Flycht has been appointed by PKA as deputy director for investments, with direct responsibility for listed equities, credit and absolute return. He will start his new job on 1 February 2018. Flycht will be returning to the company he previously worked for, following a five-year absence. In the intervening period, he has been head of derivatives at P+, the pensions administration firm for Danish pension funds DIP and JØP. Before leaving PKA in 2012, Flycht was a portfolio manager.LCP – The UK consultant and actuarial firm has appointed Zuhair Mohammed as a partner in its investment team. He joins from Aon Hewitt where he worked for 10 years, and has also worked at P-Solve, Alexander Clay & Partners and Noble Lowndes. Mohammed is also one of only two consultants among the members of the 300 Club, a think tank of global pension and investment professionals. He said: “I’m excited to be joining a consulting business that has a refreshing clarity of purpose built around clients and to have the opportunity to make a real difference.”Old Mutual Global Investors – Freddie Woolfe joined the manager as head of responsible investment and stewardship on 13 November. He was most recently at Newton Investment Management, where he was responsible investment analyst primarily covering the healthcare and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Before that he worked at Hermes Equity Ownership Services as associate director and head of UK engagement. Woolfe is picking up the responsibilities of Paul Emerton, who left OMGI earlier this year. DNB – The Dutch State has appointed Tom de Swaan as a member of the supervisory board (RvC) of financial regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). De Swaan is an economist and has ample experience as a prudential supervisor, board member and internal supervisor in the financial sector. Since 1986, he has worked as supervisory director at DNB, as chief financial officer at ABN Amro, non-executive board member of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, and as chair of the RvC at Van Lanschot. Currently, De Swaan is chair of the board of Zurich Insurance Group, a position he will give up before the start of his term at DNB on 1 June 2018.Insight Investment – Detlef Schoen has been appointed as head of real assets for the manager’s farmland investments. He joined Insight in August. Reza Vishkai, who was formerly the head of real assets, has moved to a newly created consultative role and will continue to advise and provide oversight to the farmland investment team.Hermes GPE – The private equity arm of Hermes Investment Management has hired Sanjeev Phakey from the Universities Superannuation Scheme to focus on fund and co-investments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The asset manager has also appointed Fidel Manolopoulos to work on its direct investments and partnerships with investors and general partners across Europe and North America. Manolopoulos joins from Mojo Capital, a specialist fintech investment group based in Luxembourg. Redington – The UK investment consultant has appointed its first chief technology officer. Adam Jones has joined the company from Altus Consulting, a financial technology consultant, where he was head of innovation. He will be responsible for Redington’s technology strategy.Sustineri – Martina Macpherson has joined the low carbon advisory firm, having previously been at S&P Dow Jones Indices. She was most recently head of ESG research and analysis at the index provider, having been promoted to that role in the summer. Before that she was head of ESG indices. She joined S&P in 2016. Prior to joining, she served as founder and managing partner at SI Partners, an independent ESG consulting firm. She sits on the board of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.Kring van Pensioenspecialisten (KPS) – The Dutch organisation for pension professionals has named Henk-Jan Strang as board member with responsibility for strategy and development. Strang has been an independent adviser and interim manager in the pensions sector since 2006 when he left consultancy PwC, where he had worked since 1989. At KPS, he will focus on the impact of new technologies, consolidation and pensions reform, and the changing consumer, as well as on supervision, governance and legislation. Strang succeeds Annemiek Vollebroek, who had been a board member at KPS since August 2011.GRI – Eric Hespenheide has been appointed as the chairman of the GRI board of directors, effective 1 January. A familiar figure in the sustainability reporting world, he will replace Christianna Wood. Hespenheide previously served as chairman of the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board and subsequently as the interim chief executive of GRI, where he led the roll-out of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. Hespenheide was previously a partner at Deloitte. The GRI is an organisation focussed on improving the reporting and communication of sustainability issues.Robeco – The €152bn asset manager has appointed Christoph von Reiche as head of global distribution and marketing. He also joins the executive committee. Von Reiche will be responsible for the company’s worldwide strategy and sales organisation, as well as for marketing and consultant relations. He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management in London, where he was head of European institutional business. Between 1995 and 2014 Von Reiche worked at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt. His positions there included head of Germany for its asset management arm.Principles for Responsible Investment – The PRI is seeking French-speaking investors for its Francophonie Advisory Committee. A notice on the group’s website said it wanted to appoint two members from France-based signatories to the principles, as well as one each from the French-speaking regions of Canada, Africa and Europe. The committee is chaired by Daniel Simard, CEO of Bâtirente, a Quebec-based pension fund. It has been launched to help guide the PRI’s operations in French-speaking countries.ClearBridge Investments – The global equity manager and subsidiary of Legg Mason has named James Arnold as business development manager, based in London. He joins from Goodhart Partners, an institutional equity boutique manager. He will be responsible for growing the group’s European presence and distribution. Franklin Templeton Investments – Bérengère Blaszczyk has been promoted to head of distribution for France and the Benelux region at the US investment giant. The new role takes effect from 1 December and will give her oversight of retail and institutional sales and marketing teams in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. She has worked at Franklin Templeton for 15 years and is currently country head for Benelux.KPMG – The accounting and consultancy giant has promoted two partners and five directors from within its UK pensions team. James Riley and David O’Hara have been promoted to partner, while Iain McLellan, Kerry Oakes, Claire Whittaker, James Keclik and Laura Higgins have all been appointed as directors. London & Capital – Kate Miller has joined the $1bn asset manager as head of institutions. She comes from P-Solve where she was a consultant. Before that, she was a consultant and chief operating officer at Meridian Investment Consultancy.Xafinity/National Pension Trust – Consultancy group Xafinity’s defined contribution (DC) master trust has appointed two new senior staff. The National Pension Trust has hired Andy Flynn from Zurich as head of DC communications and Jonathan Hight-Warburton as bid manager – he previously worked at Xerox.last_img read more

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September 27, 2020

Pledge to extend parental leave

first_imgNZ Herald 10 October 2013A Labour government would extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26, David Cunliffe told trade unionists yesterday in his first big speech since gaining the leadership a month ago.The adoption of extended paid parental leave as policy was among employment law changes Labour would embark on soon after becoming the government, Mr Cunliffe told the Council of Trade Unions conference in Wellington.Pledging to “scrap National’s unfair labour law changes in the first 100 days” of office, he took aim at National’s “fire at will” 90-day trial period for workers, youth rates, its “attacks on collective bargaining” and legislation “taking away smoko and lunch breaks”. “The Labour Government I lead will turn back the tide of anti-worker legislation that has been flowing like a river from the Key Government for the last five years. We will be a true red Labour party, not a pale blue one.”He said Labour would also extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26 weeks as set out in social development spokeswoman Sue Moroney’s member’s bill.Mr Cunliffe said extension of paid parental leave was earmarked for the first term of a Labour government, “but we don’t know exactly what the state of the books is going to be yet and we’re having to balance that with the need to be fiscally responsible, which we will be”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11137680last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Sound Commentary: Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural Women

first_img 39 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sound Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural WomenBy Manuel OteroDirector General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) InternationalLifestyleLocalNews Sound Commentary: Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural Women by: – March 8, 2020  To address inequalities and bridge the divide that affects rural women, one must first understand the situation that they face every day in bearing children, producing, and working in organizations.Sound public policies, programs and affirmative actions that incorporate a gender focus in the rural environment, call for appropriate strategies and a powerful social coalition, with the capacity to build awareness about a crucial issue in the modern world.Women in rural areas are characterized by their diversity. They are indigenous people, Afro-descendants, peasant farmers, fisherwomen, artisans, migrants, youngsters and adults.There are sixty million rural women in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which 17 million are registered as economically active, and only 4.5 million are classified as agricultural producers.Although many women are major producers, exporters or heads of organization, they are still viewed as the “producer’s wife” or “assistant” and relegated to a subordinate role.Women produce half of the world’s food, yet seven out of every ten people suffering from hunger are women.Women own less than 15% of the land and less than 2% of overall property in developing countries. They receive only 10% of global income, although they shoulder two-thirds of the workload. Women in rural areas account for up to two-thirds of the 800 million illiterate people in the world and represent 43% of its agricultural labor force.Moreover, young women work more hours overall and more unpaid hours. This means that they often have limited resources, which makes them more dependent on their parents, brothers or partners – a situation which often leads to abuse, control and other expressions of gender violence.Women in rural areas have the lowest levels of employment and access to basic services and make up the majority of those in informal jobs and the lowest paid positions.Allowing rural women and men equal access to production resources would boost women’s crop yield by as much as 30%, and reduce the number of women suffering from hunger by up to 17%.More than 60% of the poorest families, which live on marginal lands, are headed by women – families without access to technological developments that would enable them to increase their output.Their poverty also prevents them from accessing the most basic production inputs, such as fertilizer, pesticides and basic machinery in order to participate in production chains and trade. These inequalities directly affect the productivity of rural territories, and in turn global food security. Under-representation in politics and digital exclusion are other aspects of this reality.This situation compels us to collaborate with governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations to begin to take decisive action and ensure that all women in rural areas in the American hemisphere can exercise their rights as citizens.Rapid and consistent action combined with a long-term vision will result in immense and positive social repercussions.Women who are earning an income are more likely than men to invest in food and a better education for their children. Thus, not only is discrimination immoral, it is inefficient.We cannot afford to wait any longer. Neither can they!                                              Director General of IICA, Manuel Oterolast_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Pardew turns focus on league survival

first_img Newcastle currently sit in 16th place in the table, just four points better off than Reading inside the bottom three and Pardew is well aware that advantage could have all but disappeared by the time his side kicks off on Sunday afternoon. The game has added spice for him as he was summarily dismissed from his job as Saints manager by chairman Nicola Cortese in August 2010 after 13 months in charge. A similar same fate befell successor Nigel Adkins in January, although the south coast club’s fortunes have taken a turn for the better since the appointment of Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement. Southampton have collected four of the last six points on offer, the last three from a stunning 3-1 home victory over champions Manchester City, and Pardew is under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be having seen his side lose 2-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium in November. He said: “It’s going to be dear to my heart to win this game, trust me, so I won’t be pulling any punches in my dressing room. But that’s easier said than done. Southampton have definitely picked up and they play a high pressing game which we are going to have to combat.” Striker Shola Ameobi emerged a matchwinner, calmly stroking home the 64th-minute penalty which ensured Newcastle’s progression, but is likely to be among the substitutes once again on Sunday with Frenchman Yoan Gouffran, who is ineligible in Europe, ready to resume after recovering from a badly-gashed shin. Ameobi said: “It is difficult for me. When you try to establish yourself in the team, you play one week, then have three out. But it’s important to know that it is not about me – it is about the team. That always comes first.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned his players to forget about their Europa League heroics and concentrate on the task of dragging themselves to Barclays Premier League safety. The Magpies booked a last-16 clash with big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala next month with a 1-0 victory over Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine on Thursday night. However, despite his delight at the win, Pardew swiftly turned his attention to Sunday’s visit of former club Southampton to St James’ Park. Asked if Europe now had to be put to one side for the time being, Pardew said: “Yes, for sure. We have got two very important Premier League games and if we could get three, four points out of those two games, I would take that now. It would give us a good angle to go into the next phase of the Europa League.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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City cut gap with Villa win

first_img Tevez, who replaced knee injury victim Sergio Aguero, broke the deadlock in first-half injury-time after a mistake by Villa defender Ciaran Clark. Victory again cut runaway leaders Manchester United’s advantage to a still formidable 12 points with only 10 games remaining. City goalkeeper Joe Hart was unconvincing when attempting to punch clear a cross from Joe Bennett while Matija Nastasic did well to deal with a cross from Gabriel Agbonlahor when under pressure from Christian Benteke. Benteke was causing plenty of problems in the air and climbed above the City defence to head over an Ashley Westwood corner before the champions were indebted to Tevez clearing a Benteke header off the line after 22 minutes from a Charles N’Zogbia centre. City regrouped and Jack Rodwell forced Villa keeper Brad Guzan to tip over a shot from a narrow angle. But it was his last contribution, with the former Everton player picking up some sort of injury in the Villa box and he was replaced by Edin Dzeko. Guzan then palmed a curling drive from Pablo Zabaleta on to a post. Tevez broke the deadlock in first-half injury-time with his 11th goal of the season. Clark was caught in possession by Dzeko when trying to be over-elaborate and appealed in vain for a foul as he threaded the ball through to Tevez, who kept calm and cut back inside the box before slotting past Guzan. Matthew Lowton cleared a shot on the turn from Tevez off the line after he had been teed up by Dzeko. Then Yaya Toure’s angled low shot hit the post and Dzeko had strayed offside before converting the rebound. Press Associationcenter_img Carlos Tevez kept alive Manchester City’s slim hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title with the only goal at relegation-threatened Aston Villa.last_img read more

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Slade powers to more sprint glory

first_img “That will be another picture of the grandkids off the wall at mum and dad’s house!” Lynam said: “Stupidly I watched the race on the inside of the track and I couldn’t see anything. They were all just running up in a blur, but I knew he was up in the front of the pack and I’m delighted with the result. “It was a muddling, messy sort of race and it wasn’t ideal for him. “I’ve always spoke of him very highly and thought he was very good. “I’m looking forward to taking him to Melbourne. The last race of his career will be in the VRC Sprint in Melbourne in November. “I think today he’s proved he’s the best sprinter in Europe and the obvious step now is to try and make him the best sprinter in the world. What better place to go than Australia and try to beat them on their own patch, which won’t be easy, but we’ll give it a go. “Ideally, we’ve about eight weeks between now and Haydock and then eight weeks between Haydock and the VRC Sprint. “Haydock is a maybe, nothing else.” Ivory was thrilled with the effort of Tropics, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. It doesn’t get much better than this. It was a phenomenal run. “The way this horse won his Group Three last year, there was so much more to come but the yard just took a long time to get going this year. “We had a bug in the yard and one thing and another, but we’ve come through that and the horses have started to run a lot better. “You’ve got to keep believing in them. You’ve got to keep getting up every morning and say ‘there’s more to come’. “He’s in the Haydock Sprint Cup and at the end of the year we might end up abroad somewhere.” Slade Power successfully followed up his Royal Ascot triumph with a dominant display in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. Eddie Lynam’s five-year-old was a heavily-supported 7-4 favourite following his maiden Group One victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes last month and although he got warm before the off, it clearly had no effect on his performance. Racing in the far-side group and given a nice lead by Spanish challenger Noozhoh Canarias, Slade Power was ridden to lead entering the last of the six furlongs and was well on top as he passed the post a length and a half clear under Wayne Lordan. Tropics, a 66-1 outsider, ran a massive race to fill the runner-up spot for Dean Ivory, with the John Gosden-trained Gregorian finishing strongly to grab third ahead of American runner Undrafted. Lynam and the owners David and Sabena Power were due to be double-handed in the race but Slade Power’s fellow Ascot hero Sole Power, winner of the King’s Stand, was taken out due to the ground. David Power said: “We always said this horse needed time and this was always going to be his year. “That (sweating) was never a concern. It would be a concern if he didn’t sweat up. It’s part of his nature.” Sabena said: “I was disappointed when Sole didn’t run, but I think Slade will give him an awful time when he gets home! “We’re terribly lucky.” The owners are the parents of leading bookmaker Paddy Power, who made a match bet of £5,000 with Undrafted’s owner, Wes Welker, a leading American Football player, earlier this week. But Power revealed: “Because Sole Power didn’t run, we’re both going to give £5,000 to the Injured Jockeys Fund. Press Associationlast_img read more

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September 20, 2020

Jose Mourinho: I would only quit if I lost support of Chelsea dressing room

first_img Mourinho is in the midst of the worst run of results of his trophy-laden career, but he remains happy with his handling of Chelsea’s miserable season, saying: “I am not afraid, I’m not crying, I’m not desperate”. Southampton’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday left the Premier League champions 16th in the standings and led to the inevitable suggestion that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be firing another manager. Jose Mourinho says he will only quit Chelsea if he loses the backing of the players. “In this moment it’s not so easy and my feelings – I’m so unhappy with the sport feeling of defeat but I am so happy with myself with the way I am facing this.” Mourinho does not doubt the quality of his squad and believes an about-turn in confidence or good fortunate will help his players sooner or later. “Only Mother Nature can do it,” he said. “They need to feel luck, they need to arrive at half-time winning 2-0, 3-0. “They need to fly without pressure, they need to play and feel that everything is going in their favour. “Not to feel this pressure, this panic, this negativity. Decisions against, unlucky, mistakes. “They need it. Time will bring it. I don’t know next match, in two matches, in three. For sure they will get that confidence back, for sure.” Press Association Mourinho, who insisted he would not resign, suggested the media should speak directly to the players who do not go on international duty, captain John Terry among them, to ask whether they are supporting the Portuguese, rather than report speculation. “People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players,” Mourinho said. “Get a table at Cobham (Chelsea’s training ground) next week – John Terry doesn’t go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn’t go, Ramires doesn’t go. Ask them. “If they tell you they don’t trust me, (that) is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table.” Mourinho insisted he was handling the spell well, after a fourth loss in eight Premier League games. “It makes me understand how big a guy I am,” the Portuguese said. “I am not afraid. I’m not crying, I’m not desperate. It makes me realise how big I was, how big I am. “When you win and you win titles and you are champion, life is easy. It’s easy to be proud. It’s easy to be what you are. last_img read more

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