Corporate travel demand still subdued on Cathay

first_imgCorporate travel demand remains below par on Cathay Pacific as the group’s November passenger traffic took a 5 per cent hit due to air traffic control changes in Hong Kong.But there were more signs the airline’s important cargo business was improving due to strengthening exports from Hong Kong and mainland China.The combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) network carried 2.64  million passengers, down 5.1 per cent on the same month a year ago. It has risen by just 0.7 per cent in the first 11 months of the year compared to a 2.5 per cent rise in capacity.The passenger load factor fell  1.4 percentage points,  to 83.5 per cent, as a 2.3 per cent decrease in capacity was outstripped by the fall in traffic. “The decrease in passenger traffic during November was expected as we operated fewer flights primarily to complement the cutover of the new air traffic control system at Hong Kong International Airport,’’  Cathay Pacific general manager revenue management Patricia Hwang said in a statement.“November is traditionally a peak month for corporate travel, and while we did see some positive movement in this area, demand proved softer than in previous years. “Sales in the United States were impacted by the presidential election, while Mainland China sales continued to weaken as a result of overcapacity in the market. Competition remains intense, with yield under considerable pressure.” The two airlines carried 167,520 tonnes of cargo and mail in November, an increase of 4.6 per cent  compared to the same month last year, and the load factor rose 1.1 points to 68.1 per cent.Cathay Pacific general manager cargo sales & marketing Mark Sutch said the growth was backed by strong exports of new products from Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as special products from Northeast Asia and the Americas.“During the peak, there were more ocean-to-air conversions,’’ he said. “Apart from an increased load factor, yields have also improved month-on-month.’’Cathay launched a twice-weekly freighter service to Portland, Oregon, In November as well as a once-a-week service to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Australia.last_img read more

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SA, Angola strengthen ties

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma (Left) and AngolanPresident Jose Eduardo Dos Santos have cemented ties between the two countries. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent Magwenya South African presidential spokesperson + 27 72 715 0024 USEFUL LINKS • The Presidency • Business Unity South Africa • Business agreement between South Africa and Angola • Department of International Relations and Cooperation RELATED ARTICLES • SABMiller invests more in Angola • Economic boomtime in Angola • Angola’s four year plan for health • The Southern African DevelopmentCommunity • Wine exports break new records Khanyi MagubanePresident Jacob Zuma’s recent visit to Angola, his first state visit to an African country since his inauguration in May 2009, has borne much fruit for the two countries.Zuma was accompanied by 11 cabinet ministers and over 150 local business leaders – the largest delegation ever to accompany a president on an international trip.Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, who invited Zuma to his resource-rich country from 19 to 21 August, said the historic visit signalled the start of a new era between Africa’s biggest economy and Africa’s biggest oil producer.Dos Santos said South Africa had the skilled labour that Angola needed to help it build infrastructure and develop as a country following its 27-year-long civil war which was formally brought to an end in 2002. Vast stretches of Angola’s roads and many of its buildings were destroyed during the unrest.Several trade agreements, which will go a long way in boosting economic ties between the two countries, were reached during Zuma’s visit. The most significant one involves a cooperation deal in the oil sector.Under the agreement, state oil and gas company PetroSA and its Angolan counterpart Sonangol plan to work together in the exploration, refining and distribution of oil.“Huge opportunities still remain in the petroleum and gas sectors in Angola with 28 of the 51 concessions offshore still to be licensed and explorations under way offshore,” reads a joint statement released by the two bodies.Dos Santos and Zuma also discussed the distribution of electricity from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Grand Inga Dam hydroelectric project, which, according to project leaders, will be able to supply power to the entire African continent with enough left over to sell to Europe.Healing old woundsIn between several scheduled meetings during the visit, Zuma took time to make an emotional pilgrimage to a former anti-apartheid camp where several cadres of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) died in exile. MK was the African National Congress’s (ANC) armed wing during the struggle against white minority rule in South Africa.During this time Angola, through the ruling MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) party, was an ally of the ANC and provided refuge for many political activists and military training for MK soldiers.Zuma also laid a wreath at a monument honouring Angola’s first president Agostinho Neto.“This is to remind us where we come from and encourage us to work harder for the goals for which many lost their lives,” Zuma said at the ceremony.During his visit Zuma also addressed a special seating of the National Assembly in Luanda where he formally thanked Angola for hosting political activists during apartheid.“Angola was our home away from home during very difficult moments in the history of our country and our struggle,” he said.“We would like to express our gratitude for the solidarity and comradeship that was extended by Angolans to the ANC and the people of South Africa during the struggle for our liberation.”Zuma himself spent time in exile in Angola during the apartheid years.A stable AfricaDiscussions between the two heads of state also centred on providing military assistance to other African countries, such as conflict-torn DRC.During the talks Angola and South Africa, both of which currently have the biggest military forces in Africa, explored the issue of a unified peacekeeping force in that country.Addressing the Angolan parliament, Zuma spoke about the importance of a stable Southern African Development Community (SADC).The SADC is an inter-governmental organisation that works towards boosting socio-economic, political and security cooperation, as well as integration among 15 Southern African states.“The organ [SADC] has been seized with various crucial matters such as the situation in Zimbabwe, Madagascar and others, based on the view that peace must prevail in Africa,” Zuma said.“As the current chair of SADC, we will continue to support the inclusive government in Zimbabwe and render whatever assistance our capacity allows. We urge countries of the developed north to join the continent in assisting the people of Zimbabwe to lift themselves out of the socio-economic difficulties they face.”Business for AfricaTurning to business matters during his parliamentary address, Zuma outlined the sectors that will form part of the trade agreements between South Africa and Angola.“The consultation mechanism will help us to consolidate and strengthen friendship and solidarity between the people of the two countries in various areas.“These include trade and industry, mining and energy, defence and security, immigration, tourism, communication, science and technology, banking, transportation, agriculture, fishing and others,” he said.South Africa shares a sound business relationship with Angola. In 2007 South African exports to Angola amounted to R6-billion (US$753.5-million), while Angolan exports to South Africa were in the region of R12-billion ($1.5-billion).Zuma also spoke to the business community of Angola during his visit, emphasising the importance of South Africa’s private sector in helping Angola strengthen its commercial industries.Business Unity South Africa (Busa), who led the business delegation, met with their Angolan counterparts during the tour. Busa was formed in October 2003 through the merging of the Black Business Council and Business South Africa.The body is hailed as one of the first truly unified business organisations in South Africa.It was agreed that the already established Angola-South Africa Business Forum would be vital in coordinating business operations between the two countries.“There’s a lot of energy, a lot of interest, a lot of commitment here at the moment, things are on the boil,” said Jose Severino, president of the Association of Angolan Industry, speaking to newswire AFP about the Busa meeting.“Angola has many, many natural resources and then we see on the South African side there is potential [to] create excellent partnerships to further enhance the growth of our country,” said Severino.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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21 years on, SA remains ‘lesson in nuclear disarmament’

first_img1 December 2014It has been 21 years since South Africa dismantled its nuclear weapons programme, and the country’s progressive disarmament policies continue to play a significant role in the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.Speaking at a seminar to mark 20 years of democracy and disarmament in South Africa, Johann Kellerman from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation outlined how the country’s foreign policy had, since 1994, been committed to peace, human security and disarmament for both conventional (including small arms) and weapons of mass destruction capabilities.“This policy forms an integral part of South Africa’s commitment to democracy, human rights, sustainable development, social justice and environmental protection,” he said.The seminar, held on 25 November, was hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in collaboration with the Oslo-based International Law and Policy Institute and the Pretoria Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).Since South Africa’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1991 and the decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme in 1993, the country had played a leading role in international disarmament and non-proliferation forums. “There are many lessons that can be learned from the South African case,” said Noel Stott, a senior research fellow at the ISS.“The importance of this country’s nuclear weapons programme is not so much that it developed one, but that it voluntarily dismantled it. This offers useful insights into how other states can disarm and why such a decision would improve global human security.”Nic von Wielligh, author of Die Bom: Suid-Afrika se Kernwapenprogram (The Bomb: South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme), discussed South Africa’s decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme and place all its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.“When conditions change and the deterrent is no longer required, there must be the political will to dismantle the weapons, allow international inspections, and be totally transparent about it,” said Von Wielligh.Global movementSouth Africa is a strong proponent of the humanitarian initiative, a global movement that has placed the potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons on the international agenda.In support of this initiative, the country made key contributions to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Norway in March 2013 and in Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014. The next conference will be hosted in Vienna, Austria in December 2014.Sarah Swart, the regional legal adviser of the ICRC, spoke about the importance of this initiative for the debate on disarmament.“According to an assessment carried out by the ICRC from 2006 to 2009, the means to assist a substantial portion of survivors of a nuclear detonation are not currently available in most countries, and is not feasible at the international level. There is therefore a humanitarian imperative to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in the first place.“The world is at a critical juncture regarding nuclear weapons. The Red Cross Movement will continue to call on all states to ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used and to pursue negotiations to prohibit their use and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding instrument, in accordance with existing obligations.”Source: Institute for Security Studieslast_img read more

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Winners Named in Passivhaus Competition

first_imgOther category winnersFirst and second place awards were also announced in several other categories, including single-family, multifamily, commercial/institutional, and best project by a Certified Passive House Consultant under the age of 35. Here are the results:Single-family. Karuna House, designed by Holst Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, was the first-place winner. Second place went to a project called Island Passive House on Shaw Island, Washington, which was designed by Tessa Smith and built by Artisans Group.Multifamily. View Haus 5, designed by Bradley Khouri and b9 Architects and built by Cascade Built, was the first place winner in the multifamily project category. R-951, a row house in New York City, was the second place winner. Architects are listed as certified consultant Paul A. Castrucci and Grayson Jordan, project architect.Commercial/institutional. The Sunshine Health Facilities Residential Building, a 58-bed mental health facility in Spokane Valley, Washington, won top honors. The project was designed by Sam Rodell and built by Jon Hawley. Second place went to the Warren Woods Ecological Field Station in Three Oaks, Michigan, which was designed and built by GO Logic.Under 35. There was a tie for the best project by a Certified Passive House Consultant under 35: the EcoMOD South project in South Boston, Virginia, by Barbara Gehrung, and Island Passive House by Tessa Smith. Orchards at Orenco, what is now the largest certified Passivhaus structure in the U.S., has been named the overall winner of a design competition sponsored by the Passive House Institute U.S. The 57-unit affordable housing project in Hillsboro, Oregon, was judged to be the project that best exemplifies Passivhaus building practices and accelerates their adoption in the U.S.Construction of the project was detailed in a series of blogs at Green Building Advisor by Mike Steffen, vice president and general manager of the Walsh Construction Company, the general contractor.Orchards at Orenco was one of a number of projects singled out for recognition in the design competition. Winners were announced by PHIUS at the 10th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Chicago earlier in September. (That conference is not to be confused with the upcoming annual conference of the North American Passive House Network in Vancouver in early October).The Orchards project, built just outside Portland, Oregon, was also named the winner in the Best Affordable Housing Project category. Ankrom Moisan Architects designed it.“This competition was a fitting way to celebrate our 10th annual North American Passive House Conference,” Katrin Klingenberg, executive director of PHIUS, said in a news release. “And Orchards at Orenco is a perfect illustration of how far passive building has come in that time.”PHIUS said that affordable multifamily projects are the fastest-growing segment of the Passivhaus market. Two other very large projects are, in fact, in development, including a 276-unit project in Kansas City, Missouri, called Second and Delaware.The second place winner in the Affordable Housing category was Belfield Town Homes in Philadelphia, designed by Plumbob LLC and built by Jig Incorporated.last_img read more

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Open to out-of-tribunal settlement on Mahadayi dispute: Goa

first_imgMarking a clear departure from its stand against any out-of-court settlement in the long simmering Mahadayi water dispute with Karnataka, the Goa Minister for Water Resources, Vinod Palyekar, said on Thursday they were open to talks with Karnataka and Maharashtra to explore an out-of-tribunal settlement.He was replying to a question by The Hindu on the state government’s response to Karnataka Chief Minister’s letter requesting the Goa Chief Minister to come for talks to which Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis has also given support.Mr. Palyekar said that once Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar returns from U.S. on Friday, he will discuss the issue with him. When asked what made Goa government change its “very rigid stance” of sticking to tribunal verdict only, Mr. Palyekar, who represents the Goa Forward Party in the BJP-led coalition government in the state, remarked that all three States have been spending huge money over the dispute and the legal battle has been on for long. It would be in the fitness of things to explore an amicable solution, he said.When asked whether Goa would change its earlier stand that it will not allow one drop of water to Karnataka beyond what the tribunal accepted, as a precursor to talks for an out-of-court settlement, Mr. Palyekar said that Goa has only Mahadayi as its main source of water as against Karnataka which has many such sources. Therefore, he would not like to commit anything at this stage.“But they have some other suggestions, what is the harm in discussing and talking to find if some solution emerges which will not adversely affect us and at the same time will have something for them as well?” asked Mr. Palyekar.Mr. Palyekar said he had recently met Karnataka Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil at a function in Karnataka where the latter broached the water dispute issue and indicated that they have some proposals like building power plants in joint association with Goa.“At least it is my personal view that it would be advisable for all the three States as well as for the country if we can sort out our issues through talks. It would save money as well as time and energy,” he said.When asked about the strong pressure exerted by environmentalists and civil society that with the tribunal expected to give its verdict next month before the expiry of its term, any deviation by the Goa government would compromise it’s interest, the Minister said that his view was that “talks is an option to negotiate and discuss issues, to have a give and take, to reduce the differences and to come to a solution where, as long as Goa’s interest is not compromised, there should not be any problem.”“I am of the opinion that it would be a better option to work for an out-of-court settlement by agreeing to discuss the issue. That is what I will tell the Chief Minister,” Mr. Palyekar reiterated.“We have made it clear that Goa cannot release water. But if they have some other suggestions, why not hear them and try and see of some solution can come out,” he said. asked the Minister when asked Goa has taken firm stand over some works continued by Karnataka despite tribunal order to the contrary.Goa and Karnataka are battling out the long simmering dispute over the latter’s controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam projects across the Mahadayi, which is known as the Mandovi river once it enters Goa. Considered the lifeline in the northern parts of the state, it originates in Karnataka and meets the Arabian Sea in Panaji. While the river traverses 28.8 km in Karnataka, its major length of 81.2 km is in Goa. Karnataka plans to construct seven dams on the river, aimed at diverting the waters into its water-starved Malaprabha basin in North Karnataka. Goa has opposed any plans of Karnataka to divert waters from one basin to another. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, whose earlier attempts to get previous BJP Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to come for talks for an out-of-court settlement failed, has written to Mr. Parrikar on Wednesday asking him to agree to a joint meeting with their Maharashtra counterpart in order to find an ‘out of court’ and amicable resolution to the Mahadayi water dispute issue.last_img read more

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PH squash team nets two more bronzes

first_imgRobert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH gets first bronze in pencak silat Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Neymar Gets Injured Again, Limps Out of Brazil’s Friendly Against Nigeria

first_img Brazilfootballinternational friendlyNeymar First Published: October 13, 2019, 7:06 PM IST Sao Paulo: Striker Neymar limped out of Brazil’s friendly against Nigeria in Singapore after only 12 minutes of play.The 27-year-old was replaced by midfielder Philippe Coutinho on Sunday after feeling an injury in his left thigh. The first half ended with Nigeria ahead 1-0. Midfielder John Aribo scored in the 35th minute after dribbling past Marquinhos in the penalty box.Neymar walked normally to the dressing room. He threw a shirt to fans and gave them a thumbs-up as he left.Neymar missed this year’s Copa America because of a right ankle injury. He only returned to action two months later.The Brazilian also had a right foot injury in January playing for his club Paris Saint-Germain. The problem in his fifth metatarsal took kept him off the pitch for almost three months.Neymar also injured his right foot months before the World Cup in Russia.The friendly could have marked Neymar’s rise to second all-time Brazil top goal scorer. He has 61 goals, one less than two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Manning, Broncos to Super Bowl

first_imgDENVER  — No, you’re not seeing things.That really was Peyton Manning lumbering his way down the field for a 12-yard gain and a first down Sunday. And thanks to his defense, that will be Manning — the 39-year-old quarterback who was supposed to be on his way to a retirement party — and not Tom Brady playing in the Super Bowl two weeks from now.Ol’ No. 18 engineered a 20-18 victory over the Patriots — not settled until Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby picked off Brady’s pass on a 2-point attempt that would have tied it with 12 seconds left.The Patriots had to go for 2 after Brady hit Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone because Stephen Gostkowski missed his first extra point in 524 tries in the first quarter.Aqib Talib stepped in front of Brady’s pass and deflected it skyward.Roby, who forced the game-changing fumble in last week’s victory over Pittsburgh, made the pick. The Broncos (14-4) recovered the onside kick and the celebration began. Manning is now 6-11 in his vaunted series against Brady, but 3-1 when it has counted the most — with the AFC title on the line.“Well, it’s been a special rivalry over the course of my career against the Patriots, the entire organization,” Manning said. “To play four times in the AFC championship with so much on the line, those games have been very special.”Manning surpassed his boss, John Elway, as the oldest quarterback to take his team to the Super Bowl. The Broncos will play Arizona or Carolina, who met later in the NFC title game.Whether it’s been Manning lining up under center, or Brock Osweiler, who took snaps while Manning was injured for six weeks toward the end of the season, the Broncos have depended on a defense that gave up the fewest yards this season and came up with game-saving plays time and again.Von Miller finished with 2½ sacks and an interception. The Broncos harassed Brady all day. He finished 27 for 56 for 310 yards. After being shut out twice inside the Denver 20 late in the fourth quarter, Brady lobbed a 40-yard pass to a double-covered Gronkowski to keep a desperation drive going on fourth-and-10.Then, on fourth-and-goal from the 4 with 12 seconds left, Brady found Gronkowski — again double-covered — in the back corner of the end zone. The tight end stepped in front of Chris Harris Jr. for the catch, and the game came down to one play.The Broncos defense made it once again, and the franchise is now headed to its eighth Super Bowl. This marks No. 4 for Manning, who could become the first quarterback to lead two different franchises to titles.“The one thing we’ve done all year long is we just grind as a football team,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “Our fans are great to play for. Defensively, we played our tails off all year long and we found a way to win another tough one.”Was it vintage Manning? Not quite.Vintage Manning has never been known for taking off when the field is clear, the way he did with 9:49 left in the third quarter and nothing but air between him and the first-down marker on the Patriots sideline.The 17-for-32 performance certainly won’t go in his top half, nor will Owen Daniels go down as one of his top 50 all-time favorite receivers. But 17 completions was enough, and it was Daniels, the tight end who has played his whole career somewhere with Kubiak, who caught both of Manning’s touchdown passes.Faced with the new title of “Game Manager,” Manning made the best playoff scramble by a Broncos quarterback since Elway helicoptered his way to a first down in the Super Bowl 18 years back to help the Broncos finally break through.More fresh in the minds of Broncos fans was Manning’s decision to pull up and throw in the playoff game against the Colts last season when he had as much or more open space in front of him as he did Sunday.Some thought his career might be over after that one.Nope. Not after this one, either. There’s at least one more game in his future — Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California.EDDIE PELLS, AP National WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Watch: Brazil star Jesus calls his mum after contract extension with Man City

first_imgManchester City forward Gabriel Jesus on Friday extended his Manchester City contract to 2023, adding two more years to his previous deal.The striker gave the good news to his mom Vera Lucia Diniz de Jesus on a video call. The sweet exchange between the mother and son was recorded by the club and later shared on their Twitter account.Jesus’ mother was delighted after his son gave her the good news.”It’s great. This season is going to be amazing because you are the man,” said Lucia.She also asked Jesus to send her kiss to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.”Congratulations! God bless you and your colleagues for the next season and send a kiss to Guardiola, I haven’t met him yet,” Lucia dded. “God bless you son, bye!””This season is going to be amazing because you are the man!” @gabrieljesus33’s mum knows! #alomae #mancity pic.twitter.com/hnzrCzBg0tManchester City (@ManCity) August 3, 2018Jesus has scored 24 goals in 53 matches across all competitions since joining City in January 2017 and helped the club win the league title and League Cup under manager Pep Guardiola last season.”I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person,” Jesus told City’s website.”Pep had an important role in my signing, but also the club. City is a huge club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything.”advertisementEarlier this week, Jesus returned to Manchester City training ahead of their Community Shield clash against FA Cup winners Chelsea on Sunday.last_img read more

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ISL: Chennaiyin beat Pune City to register first win of season

first_imgDefending champions Chennaiyin FC tasted victory for the first time this season with a convincing 4-2 victory against FC Pune City at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Tuesday.Ashique Kuruniyan’s early goal in the ninth minute gave Pune the lead but a strong second half from Chennaiyin allowed John Gregory’s men to seal three points. Mailson Alves equalised with a header in the 53rd minute and Gregory Nelson completed the comeback two minutes later. Inigo Calderon and Thoi Singh helped the visitors increase their lead and Jonathan Vila’s late goal was nothing more than a consolation.Brazilian striker Marcelinho was given his marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Germanpreet Singh as Pune ended the game with ten men to compound interim coach Pradyum Reddy’s woes since another striker, Diego Carlos de Oliveira, also remains suspended for another red card against FC Goa.Reigning champions @ChennaiyinFC picked up their first victory of the 2018-19 season with a solid 4-2 win over @FCPuneCity in Pune.More videos: https://t.co/mrtZlxdTeK#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #HeroISL #FanBannaPadega #PUNCHE pic.twitter.com/Zk3Wy5v0qvIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 6, 2018A tentative start by the defending champions was punished by Pune City less than ten minutes into the match. An audacious cross-field diagonal ball by Robin Singh allowed Kuruniyan to race past Inigo Calderon on the left flank and beat Karanjit Singh from a tight angle inside the box.John Gregory’s men had the lion’s share of the ball but struggled to create clear-cut chances with it. The visitors were content to use the turnovers to good effect whenever they sensed an opportunity from their own half.advertisementChennaiyin came out of their blocks quickly after the restart and scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Martin Diaz fouled Anirudh Thapa outside the box and the young midfielder picked out Mailson Alves at the far post from the resulting free-kick. The skipper’s looping header hit the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.The match turned on its head as the champions took the lead two minutes later. The scorer turned provider as Mailson’s long ball found Nelson on the right flank who ran in behind Lalchhuanmawia Fanai before chipping the ball over an onrushing Kamaljit Singh.Chennaiyin doubled their lead in the 69th minute from Thapa’s corner-kick. Pune’s defence failed to tackle the delivery from the corner and Raphael Augusto managed to push the ball into the path of Calderon who tapped the ball into the net.The visitors grew in confidence as the second half progressed and scored their fourth goal three minutes later. Augusto played a delightful ball across the face of goal for Jeje whose shot was kept out by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Thoi who made no mistake from handshaking distance.Augusto almost wrote his name onto the scoresheet with a dipping effort on goal but the swerving effort full of Brazilian flair hit the crossbar.Pune grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Jonathan Vila rose the highest at the near post to head in Marcelinho’s well-taken corner kick. Marcelinho, however, jumped into a dangerous tackle to steal the ball off Germanpreet Singh with just seconds left on the clock and the forward was punished with a straight red card.Pune are now at the bottom of the league ladder with just two points from six matches while Chennaiyin moved up to the eighth spot with four points from seven matches.last_img read more

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