Inter’s Chinese boss ‘likes’ Mourinho jibe

first_imgMourinho responded in typically controversial fashion as the United manager marched onto the pitch at the final whistle with his hand cupped to one ear.“They insulted me for 90 minutes,” said Mourinho. “I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, with a cool head I wouldn’t have.”And Zhang — always very active on social media — saw the photos on Instagram and immediately placed a “like” to the post on FcInter1908, a partner of Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, triggering further comments.Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes had slammed Mourinho’s gesture. “This is everywhere he goes. You need to win with a bit of class,” said Scholes, 43.“I don’t think there’s any need for it but that’s the way he is.”Mourinho’s treble with Inter Milan in 2010 — which included his second Champions League triumph after also winning it with Porto — provided an enormous boost to the Portuguese’s reputation as a top-class manager.Zhang, 26, is currently in Shanghai with club vice-president Javier Zanetti for the China International Import Expo with the goal of widening the boundaries of the Inter brand.Mourinho spoke in Turin of being part of the “Inter family” and the 55-year-old’s mocking of rivals Juventus pleased fans of the club who had snatched a 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday with a late Mauro Icardi goal.The Spaniards qualified for the knockout round with Inter second in Group B, three points ahead of Tottenham with two games left to play.For the first time since the 2002-03 season Italian clubs could see all four teams going through to the last 16.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are top of Group C ahead of last year’s finalists Liverpool despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.Roma are level with champions Real Madrid at the top of Group G on nine points, following a 2-1 victory at CSKA Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan to the treble in 2010 © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Nov 8 – Jose Mourinho may have enraged Juventus fans by taunting them after Manchester United’s dramatic 2-1 win in Turin on Wednesday but Inter Milan’s Chinese president Steven Zhang was impressed by his attitude.Mourinho’s side snatched a vital Champions League victory in Turin thanks to Juan Mata’s free-kick and a Leonardo Bonucci own goal in the last four minutes.last_img read more

Tigers maul Mazama, advance to semifinal round

first_imgKali Zanotti had 14 points, Sophia Belton dropped in 10 more and the Arcata High girl’s basketball team rolled to a 57-32 win over Mazama in the first round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, Thursday night at Arcata High.“We played with great effort tonight and its pretty clear, that’s why we won,” Arcata head coach Doug Oliveira said. “What we lacked in technical ability we more than made up for with effort. I was very pleased with how we looked.”Arcata (1-0) started off slow …last_img

Courts to protect South Africa’s water

first_imgThe Department of Water Affairs will belaunching courts that will address watercrimes that threaten the security of supplyto lawful water users(Image: Graeme Williams, Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sputnik RatauDepartment of Water Affairs+27 12 336 8733Nosimilo RamelaSouth African Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on 11 August 2010 that environmental courts will be set up to address crimes that threaten the quality and supply of water.Sonjica, speaking at the Agri SA water conference in Johannesburg, said her department was concerned about the impact of deteriorating water quality in South Africa, as it’s among the most water-scarce countries in the world.She said the new courts would help deal with all water-related crimes, but that role-players in the agricultural industry should also come up with ways to protect the country’s water supplies. She named agricultural practices, mining and urban development as the main contributors to water pollution.“It’s a serious matter for us and you will soon be invited to the launch of the first courts because we want to strengthen our regulatory bodies in this regard. I understand that water pollution is one of the areas of great concern for the agricultural sector today,” she said at the conference.The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) will be working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users, the minister said.She added that unauthorised or illegal water abstraction was also a problem, and the department was strengthening its enforcement capacity to deal with such offenders.She said 14 water-management inspectors had been recruited and trained, and that the capacity of the compliance, monitoring and enforcement directorate had grown significantly.“We will intensify this aspect of our work to ensure that we bring all offenders to book.”Incentive schemesTurning to the issue of municipal waste-water, Sonjica spoke about the Green Drop Certification Programme, which encourages municipalities to comply with drinking-water and waste-water legislation put forward by the DWA.Being awarded Green Drop status implies excellent waste-water management and a respect for the environment and the health of the community.“Currently we have more than 50 qualified assessors conducting consultative audits on the management of the waste-water treatment works to guide local authorities in the direction of excellence,” the minister said.According to the Green Drop Report (PDF, 1.22 MB), released in 2009, 203 of the 449 waste-water systems assessed scored better than 50% when measured against the set criteria for quality and management, while about 7.4% of all waste-water systems were classified as excellently managed.Sonjica said the department was well on its way in meeting the 2010 target of assessing all the municipal waste-water treatment works in the country.She added that the design competency of some of the waste-water systems was stretched to capacity due to population and economic growth, which compromised the quality and management of the waste-water systems.“Shortcomings in the local government funding model as well as the skills deficit in the labour market exacerbate the problem even further.”In closing, Sonjica urged the farmers attending the conference to work with the department to fight illegal water abstraction.“Without effective regulation, your water may dry up or the quality may deteriorate significantly,” she said.last_img read more

Give time frame to fulfil election promises: Selja

first_imgTaking a dig at how the BJP and the JJP opposed each other during the Assembly elections, Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja on Monday said now after forming the government in the State, both parties should give a time frame by which they will fulfil their poll promises. Stressing that both parties had levelled serious allegations against each other during electioneering, the Congress leader in a statement said, “People of the State want to know the time frame by when those promises will be fulfilled and allegations investigated.” When in the Opposition, the Jannayak Janta Party had alleged a cash-for-jobs scam and the drug menace, Ms. Selja said, adding that now people were “questioning it” for extending support to the BJP despite “opposing them tooth and nail” during electioneering. “People are seeing this as a betrayal of faith,” she said alluding to the post-poll alliance between the two parties. BJP promisesAttacking the BJP, the State Congress chief said the BJP had made many promises in the 2014 elections, which it “failed to fulfil” in the past five years of its rule.last_img read more

Vintage values

first_imgThe 40 ft high dome perched atop the heritage mansionDominating the skyline of Kolkata’s Sambhunath Pandit Street is an octagonal dome, painted a dazzling shade of silver. At an approximate height of 40ft, the orb is seen perched on a four-storeyed vintage mansion. Clustered on its facade are windows with green wooden slats and antique-metal grilles that shove you inside a time capsule.Weave your way through a jumble of modern structures dotting the affluent neighbourhoods of Chowringhee and Elgin Road to gape at the 77-year-old residence of Janaki Nath Mukerji, the first Indian Post Master General of British India. A formal portico leads up to the main entrance where a JNM-stencilled Belgian glass door greets you. Also sharing door space are the family motto”Laborare est Orare” (Labour is worship) and mystic shlokas from The Upanishads.The drawing room is outfitted with ornate sofasStep inside the enchanted precincts of this Raj-era building through a Burma-teak main door. For design buffs who set foot here, it’s a veritable Mecca. The roster of objets d’art strewn generously include a stylish hat stand, opulent four-poster beds, Belgian stained-glass chandeliers and much more. Nearly everything in the 12,000 sq ft-sprawling structure spells heritage chic. There are more than 30 rooms in Santikutir, as the house has been fondly christened, spread out between its four levels. Of all the spaces, the black and white stone courtyard leading on to the foyer make the most fitting start to your sightseeing tour. Snaking up from the foyer is a well-waxed Italian marble staircase, which is indeed a glorious affair with 75 continuous steps that are not punctuated by landings. It is flanked on one side by a flamboyant wooden banister while the other side is a dado rail embellished with Italian grey marble along with red and green mosaic.An intricately carved dresserStroll through a maze of winding corridors and courtyards to discover a fantastic assortment of vintage bric-a-bracs. The roll call of collectibles displayed in various rooms is long and intriguing. You cannot miss Burma-teak secretariat tables, a single-unit dresser, a 1938 roll-top writing desk from the stable of 19th century carpenters Prabartak as well as cupboards from the city’s famed period furniture outfit C Lazarus and Company.Mukerji’s initials are stencilled on the glass doorBut the most treasured piece in this furniture cornucopia is Janaki Nath Mukerji’s very own double bed. A groovy four-poster, this early 20th century piece flaunts a delicate woodwork-detailed headboard and is still cherished by the Mukerji clan. Great grandson Soumen Mukerji recalls how the bed functioned as a single-sleeper unit when he was young. Almost always, he admits candidly, half of the bed’s sprawling expanse was piled high with thick volumes.Clearly, books outnumbered residents in this opulent building once upon a time. Mukerji, who was conferred the ‘Order of the British Empire’ for his contribution in the field of long-distance telephony, built a collection of over 10,000 titles on a wide variety of subjects ranging from history and philosophy to religion and science. Several first editions and rare volumes were part of this collection too.The courtyard is skirted by verandahs on three sidesBut the bibliophile’s family has moved on since then. Currently, frenetic refurbishment is a way of life here but it’s being carried out without toning down its legendary grandeur. The renovated drawing room sports an ornate look with walls painted a dark shade of peach accentuated with warm-yellow lighting. Highlights include floor to ceiling Victorian-style curtains with classic swag valances. They work as adornments for the room’s skylights which are offset by colourful mosaic niches outside. The crown jewel of the mansion is its central courtyard that whisks you off to a bygone era. Offering unfettered views of the sky and skirted by verandahs on three sides, it used to be the venue for several communal gatherings including musical soirees and condolence meets.May be the glorious days of yore are long gone and things have toned down. But as the sun goes down on the glossy dome, you cannot help but wonder how this majestic structure still manages to transform the landscape.advertisementlast_img read more

Leeza Gibbons New Book Helps Jumpstart Your Life

first_imgLeeza Gibbons has released a new book for anyone who wants to jumpstart their life.Leeza Gibbons Take 2“If you could hit the reset button and start over, would you? I did and I’ve found anytime is a good time for a re-do! That’s why I am so excited to tell you about the release of my brand new book, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” she says. “This is more than a book to me. It’s a chance for me to share my life and the lessons I have learned with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired, encouraged and empowered enough to realize that if this is not the life you ordered, you can always call for a TAKE 2!“The book is really for anyone who wants to head in a new direction. If you got divorced, depressed, fired or maybe you’ve gained weight – I’ll help you begin again. If you feel stuck or if you’ve just lost your way, TAKE 2 will help you get back on track and will remind you that this is YOUR life and it should be lived by YOUR rules!“Now is your time. You can do it with no regrets, no excuses and no looking back (I promise).“In TAKE 2 I provide you with the tips and techniques to get you on your way.”You can find out more about the book, and how to order it, here. The book is available at read more