Regulator demands better service

first_imgBRITAIN’S Rail Regulator John Swift announced on August 15 that he was proceeding with enforcement action against Train Operating Companies over poor performance of the National Rail Enquiry Service, the network of telephone enquiry bureaux accessed by a single number since August 1996. All 25 TOCs participate in the NRES scheme, divided into 10 zonal contracts let to TOCs or the private sector and administered by the Association of Train Operating Companies.Dissatisfied with NRES performance and using powers written into the passenger licence issued to every TOC, Swift published a proposed enforcement order on July 11 setting out the fines that TOCs would be liable to pay if less than 90% of calls to NRES were answered in a four-week period. Unpersuaded by subsequent representations, the Rail Regulator proceeded with a final enforcement order covering the period between August 17 and September 14. For each percentage point of calls not answered between 85% and 89%, the TOCs stand to be fined £50000, rising to £100000 per point in the 75% to 85% range and £200000 per point below 75%. During July, 71% of calls to NRES were answered; performance levels were reported to be just short of 90% towards the end of August, with ATOC sources anticipating a ’minimal’ fine under the enforcement order. olast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U17 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson Selects booked a trip to Prince George for the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup by stopping Cranbrook 5-3 during the U17 Boy’s Kootenay Playdowns Sunday in Creston.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The club includes, back row, L-R, Michael Viala, Shota Ida, Dunavan Morris-Janzen, Ryan Lewis, Andrew Tranfo, Johnny Johnson, Nolan Percival, Nolan DeRosa and Jacob Lunn. Front: Walker Dempster, Cole Sutherland, Dylan Whiffen, Lucas Burrows, Ethan Perkins and Arden Gross-WoodskeMissing, Thiabaud Engelbrecht and Justin Willness. Coach is Davis Stupich, with had behind back row.last_img read more

SA restaurant tops in food Oscars

first_imgLa Colombe restaurant’s innovative chef Luke Dale-Roberts “effortlessly combines Asian influences with a modern French style of cooking,” say organisers of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list. MEDIA CONTACTS • Alex Tunney or Emma Jarman Luchford APM World’s 50 Best Press Office +44 0 207 631 1000 +44 0 7989 3437271 +44 0 7749 617395 [email protected] [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Sommelier’s World Cup in SA• Dash of Zulu in heart of London• South African food• SA restaurants are world’s bestMary AlexanderSouth Africa’s La Colombe has been named the 12th best restaurant in the world, and the best restaurant in the Middle East and Africa, in the 2010 edition of the prestigious S Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, produced by the British Restaurant magazine. Download press release The awards organisers said the restaurant “effortlessly combines Asian influences with a modern French style of cooking”. Based at the Constantia Uitsig wine estate south of Cape Town, La Colombe has been headed by chef Luke Dale-Roberts since 2006, who has “developed ideas such as a creamy miso dressing or cepe and sage brioche to retain a loyal clientele”.La Colombe was also the winner of the Chef of the Year 2009 and Restaurant of the Year for both 2008 and 2009 in the Prudential Eat Out Awards, and was given a three-star rating, the highest, in the 2009 and 2010 issues of the Rossouw’s Restaurants guide.The restaurant named the very best in the world was Copenhagen’s Noma, run by 32-year-old head chef Rene Redzepi. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled from the votes of 806 international critics, journalists and food experts, who rate innovation in cooking over haute cuisine.Another South African restaurant to make the list was Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, which at 31 was up six places on the 2009 list. The restaurant is headed by chef Margot Janse, who organisers described as “a true champion of South African cuisine,” using “local meats such as warthog loin or springbok to great effect”.In 2009 La Quartier Francais was named the 2009 Best Restaurant in the Middle East and Africa, and was one of the top 10 restaurants in the Prudential Eat Out Awards.“This year’s list is an exciting one that highlights in particular the wealth of young, dynamic chefs bringing new ideas to the world of gastronomy,” said Paul Wootton, editor of Restaurant . The magazine is the UK’s leading publication for restauranteurs and chefs, and has been running the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, regarded as the Oscars of the food world, since 2002.In second place on the top list, after four consecutive years at number one, was Spain’s El Bulli restaurant, headed by Ferran Adrià. Adrià was also honoured with Restaurant’s inaugural Chef of the Decade Award.The UK’s Fat Duck, run by famous television chef and culinary chemist Heston Blumenthal was in third place, with Blumenthal also receiving the Chef’s Choice Award.The full list of the S Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010:Rank Change Restaurant Region Awards 1Up 2NomaDenmarkThe S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in the World, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Europe 2Down 1El BulliSpainRestaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade 3Down 1The Fat DuckUKThe Chef’s Choice sponsored by Electrolux 4Up 1El Celler de Can RocaSpain 5Down 1MugaritzSpain 6Up 7Osteria FrancescanaItaly 7Up 3AlineaUSAThe Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In N.America 8Up 33DanielUSAThe Highest Climber sponsored by Cocoa Barry 9Down 1ArzakSpain 10Down 4Per SeUSA 11Up 29Le ChateaubriandFrance 12Up 26La ColombeSouth AfricaThe Acqua Panna Best Restautant in South Africa 13Down 4Pierre GagnaireFrance 14Up 2L’Hotel de Ville – Philippe RochatSwitzerland 15—Le BernardinUSA 16Down 5L’AstranceFrance 17up 9Hof Van CleveBelgium 18Up 6D.O.M.BrazilThe Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America 19Up 10Oud SluisHolland 20Up 29Le CalendreItaly 21Up 9SteirereckAustria 22Up 3VendomeGermany 23Down 2Chef DominiqueFinland 24Down 4Les Creations de NarisawaJapanThe Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia 25Up 25Mathias DahlgrenSweden 26Up 5Momofuku Ssam BarUSA 27Up 19QuayAustraliaThe Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Australasia 28Up 17Iggy’sSingapore 29Down 11L’Atelier de Joel RobuchonFrance 30New EntrySchloss SchauensteinSwitzerland 31Up 6Le Quartier FrancaisSouth Africa 32Down 20The French LaundryUSA 33Down 4Martin BerasateguiSpain 34New EntryAquaUK 35Up 7Combal ZeroItaly 36Up 12Dal PescatoreItaly 37New EntryDe LibrijeNetherlands 3821Tetsuya’sAustralia 39New EntryJaan Par AndreSingapore 40New EntryIl CantoItaly 41Re-EntryAlain Ducasse Au Plaza AtheneeFrance 42Down 10Oaxen KrogSweden 43Down 29St JohnUK 44Re-EntryLa Maison TroisgrosFrance 45New Entrywd~50USA 46New EntryBikoMexico 47Down 24Die Schwarzwaldstube read more

‘I feel good when I help others and see them prosper’

first_imgThato Mokhothu named her company RTT Construction after her children, Refilwe, Tshiamo and Tshego. She is not only building a legacy in the business world but also in the lives of many women through her Phenomenal Women initiative.Thato Mokhothu runs Phenomenal Women, her non-profit organisation, without remuneration and says she enjoys seeing it grow. “It has helped me to feel good about myself by helping others and seeing them prosper.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBloemfontein businesswoman Thato Mokhothu believes that playing a part in the community helps to decrease stress and eases depression.The eldest of her siblings, she saw her mother become depressed following her parents divorce in 2000. Mokhothu had to become the family breadwinner for her siblings, according to the Vie by Envie online magazine.She dropped out of college and started waitressing. But Mokhothu was determined to improve her situation and went on to qualify for the National Home Builders Registration Council Women Empowerment Business Course offered through the Gordon Institute of Business Science.In 2014 she completed a Seda Enterprise Development Programme. Mokhothu also became part of the Cherie Blair Mentorship Programme.Working towards a bigger goalPhenomenal Women focuses on female and youth empowerment, says the founder of RTT Construction, named for her children, Refilwe, Tshiamo and Tshego.Mokhothu set up her non-profit organisation as a network that allowed women to share information and business opportunities. It has a Facebook group of more than 16,000 members.One of the ways Phenomenal Women empowers women and youth is by helping to connect them with possible new clients in other provinces. This allows members of the network to do business with other women in other provinces.“[Working towards making your community a better place] brings people from diverse backgrounds together to work towards a common goal,” says Mokhothu, a Play Your Part ambassador.Other Phenomenal Women initiatives include hosting finance workshops, mentorship opportunities and training in payroll, compliance advice and supplier diversity programmes. Members of the network also do various charity events, such as working with an orphanage in Heidedal, in the Free State.Mokhothu says: “I believe if the majority of people [are] involved in community work, we will be able to decrease poverty, the high rate of unemployment and assist with the economic challenges that affecting our country at the moment.“We cannot rely on the government alone to take care of the community.”Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan talked to Mokhothu.MJ: Where did you get the idea for the NPO?TM: I have always liked to help other people — when I was working for Absa I made sure that I shared available positions with friends and other people.I would also share available tenders, knowing very well that I would be applying for the same tender. In 2013, I started Phenomenal Women, but it was not registered as yet.I had a restaurant and allowed women to showcase their products at the restaurant at no cost. I started to host business workshops and invited key roleplayers such as the South African Revenue Services and the National Youth Development Agency to come to the event at the restaurant.I saw how everyone was benefiting from the workshops. People would, for instance, come to buy shoes and bags, and would also buy a plate and cold drink from me.There were other women’s associations before but they were not active in the Free State. I have been a member of some of them, but I never got to enjoy the benefits of joining.In 2014, I decided to re-launch Phenomenal Woman and register it and run it differently from other existing women’s associations. I also believe in leading by example, which has pushed me to work very hard.MJ: When did you become involved in community work and how have you made it part of your decision-making as a businesswoman?TM: From a young age my father taught me that I needed to give and help other people in order for me to be blessed or to receive more. That’s how I have lived my life.When I was in high school I was the chairperson of the TADA (Teenagers Against Drug Abuse), working together with the police. In my tertiary years, I took care of people with disabilities, visiting them and doing their hair.When I worked at Absa Home Loans, I was the chairperson of the Home Loans corporate social investment [programme] for the Free State. Our project was to renovate a school and turn it into a house of safety for children. It is still going, run by Christian Revival Church.I then adopted a children’s home in Heidedal, where I helped with things such as clothes and food. I celebrated my birthdays with the children and asked people to buy the children presents instead of buying me birthday gifts.In my company I empower other women and youth by giving them construction sub-contracting work. This is to help increase their Construction Industry Development Board levels because I know how difficult it is out there to get someone who will give you a chance in business.MJ: What are your Phenomenal Women highlights?TM: My highlights are the testimonies of women who have achieved their dream. One woman in particular started off as a member of Phenomenal Women and was inspired to follow her dream.She is currently demolishing 650 shacks used as day care centres in the Free State, and is offering them better structures with the help of Letsatsi Power Projects. These centres are also offered nutritious meals.MJ: How important are relationships for an entrepreneur and for someone who wants to make an impact in society?TM: I believe that every relationship is very important. If they know you and know your business ethics, they will listen to you and they will do business with you.When you need help in any corporate social investment projects, they gratefully assist you.MJ: Can you share tips on using social media to talk about what you are doing?TM: I use my social media pages to inspire people to get involved in community life. You need to be consistent. For example, I use social media to promote community involvement campaigns and collaborations.Branding is also very important and I have made sure that my page is full of positive quotes. I also share job opportunities and tenders.I get messages every day from different people who are inspired by my work and who would like to join me or start similar projects that I do in the community.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Twitter Definitely Ditching “Suggested Users List”

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Last month, Twitter CEO and co-founder Evan Williams stated that he “desperately” wanted to retire the company’s suggested user list – the list of Twitter accounts shown to new users of the service to help them find interesting people to follow. At the time, he hinted that it might evolve into something more “Twittery and democratic.” But now, what was a “maybe” before has turned into a “definitely.” Speaking at a conference in Malaysia, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told reporters that the suggested users list will be “going away” and “in its stead will be something that is more programmatically chosen, something that actually delivers more relevant suggestions.” According to an AP article released today, Stone explained that the new suggested users list would be more tailored to the users’ interests, but he did not say how exactly the company would accomplish this task. He also would not confirm when the current list would be removed or replaced. The Suggested Users List, commonly abbreviated “SUL,” has long been a source of controversy for the company. Meant to offer a helpful introduction to Twitter novices about what sort of interesting people, companies, and services can be found on Twitter, the list has angered many who felt it was a way Twitter could show favoritism towards some accounts while ignoring others potentially more worthy of inclusion. Noted tech legend Dave Winer argued that Twitter was taking an editorial interest in their service, and one that rapidly inflated the follower counts of those blessed with Twitter’s “gift.” Meanwhile, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis offered the company half a million dollars for three years on the list. (Twitter didn’t take him up on the offer.) The benefits to getting on the list are great indeed. Users added to the SUL, gained on average of 53,000 new followers after being on the list for a week and 170,000 within the first month. Some users even gained as many as 370,000 in the first 30 days. For a service favored by marketers, businesses, and other self-promoters, placement on the SUL was a surefire ticket to Twitter stardom. New followers meant more traffic to the websites linked in the Twitter updates and more traffic meant more money could be made through on-site advertising. It was almost as if Twitter itself was writing you a check. Thankfully, in this case, Twitter has listened to their community and is planning on a more egalitarian system. The only question now is how will they know which accounts to suggest? Of course, there is still the old stand-by method of importing your email address book to suggest users you already know who are on the service. But what Twitter plans on offering sounds a little more robust. Perhaps they will introduce an algorithm that takes into account a Twitter user’s “authority?” If that’s the case, Twitter may be jumping out of the proverbial frying pan and into the fire. This is because there isn’t solid agreement as to how “authority” should be calculated. Late last year, Twitter app Seesmic creator’s Loic Le Meur started a heated back-and-forth on the matter when he wrote a blog post which said that Twitter should rank search results by the number of followers you have. More followers meant more authority, he said. Social media guru and blogger Robert Scoble quickly countered saying that the number of people you follow was actually a more important number as is the number of retweets, the number of favorited tweets, the number of inbound links to a tweet and the number of clickthroughs on an item in Twitter search. Soon, the entire tech blogosphere was engaged in the discussion with seemingly every blog weighing in with their opinion. And this was only a casual discussion among Twitter users based on one person’s suggestion. Imagine what an official policy change by Twitter will lead to! Clearly, no matter what the company comes up with, it’s bound to be heavily debated and discussed. In any event, it will definitely be worth the wait to find out what that is. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#twitter#web center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Games Village much better now: Sheila Dikshit

first_imgRacing against time to clean up the Games Village for the foreign athletes to check in, Delhi Chief Minister on Friday said the sanitary condition at the residential areas of the much-criticised Village has improved a lot from the state of affairs a couple of days back.After visiting the Games Village on Friday, Dikshit said people are working day and night to make sure the clean up job of the Village is completed fast.”Situation is much better now … the workers will work throughout the night and make sure everything happens on time,” she said.”The residential towers are much cleaner now after professional people like the five-star hotel association and others started looking after the housekeeping,” said Dikshit asked about the sorry state of affairs shown in the pictures of the residential quarters in the newspapers and television.She said the workers were doing their best to pump out stagnant water from the basement of residential towers.”About the stagnant water we are doing what we can … and that is a tough problem. But there will be enough repellents to see the mosquitoes do not harm anybody,” said the chief minister.Asked about the English players’ reportedly staying at another place before shifting after the Games Village is ready, she said, “They are welcome … they can come and stay for themselves here.”Delhi govt promises clean towers in Games Village by SaturdayTasked by Prime Minister’s Office to clean up the mess at the much-criticised Games Village, Delhi government on Friday said it will complete cleaning-up operation in all the 34 towers in the complex by Saturday morning.advertisement”We have already completed 90 per cent of the work. Everything will be in order by tomorrow morning,” a top official of the Delhi Government told PTI.Amid strong criticism by the international delegates who dubbed the Village as “filthy and uninhabitable”, PMO on Wednesday night had directed Delhi Government to take control of the complex from Delhi Development Authority.On Thursday, the city government, taking control of cleaning, house-keeping and overall maintenance of the complex, deployed a workforce of 1,500 people including professionals from five star hotels.”We were asked by Prime Minister’s Office to take control of the Village and we have already set up a proper mechanism to ensure best possible international standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the Village. We have appointed 80 supervisors from five star hotels to take care of the house-keeping,” the official said.Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who spent over six hours on Friday at the Village overseeing the cleaning exercise, said the sanitary condition at the residential areas of the Village has improved a lot from the state of affairs a couple of days back.Dikshit, along with Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and several top officials, personally monitored the clean up exercise yesterday also at the village.The city government has appointed 40 DANICS (Delhi, Nicobar and Andaman Island Civil Service) officers in the Games Village to look after maintenance related issues.”We are confident that all the athletes and officials will be satisfied with all the facilities and services at the Village complex. We are working day and night to complete every thing by tomorrow morning,” the official said.Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell today inspected the Village and said “considerable improvements” have been made.Earlier at a Cabinet meeting, Dikshit made all her cabinet colleagues in-charge of select areas of the capital, directing them to oversee infrastructure preparedness and ensure corrective measures are taken wherever required.last_img read more

COA chief Rai empathises with Kohli over cramped scheduling

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today empathised with skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling, saying that players interest will be taken care of.India will finish their home series against Sri Lanka on December 24 before leaving for South Africa on December 28. They are scheduled to play a two-day warm-up tie starting on December 30 before taking on South Africa in the first Test on January 5.Kohli had complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the South Africa tour.”I totally empathise with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognise as Future Tour Programme (FTP) has been drawn up such that all the state associations get chances to generate revenue by conducting matches,” Rai said during a session at the Times Lit Festival here.”And unfortunately it is the players because of whom these revenue comes and their interests are not taken care of. We will ensure that there is a balance in the three formats from next year,” he added.Regarding players contracts, Rai said: “We had inherited the three grades of A, B and C. We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players. We had two rounds of consultation and we will do another one in a weeks time just before the Delhi Test.”We will make a presentation to the players. In this entire business, the one group that is left out completely is the players, their interest is not protected. Nobody has consulted them.”advertisementTo a question why BCCI is refusing to allow NADA to conduct dope tests on its players, Rai said: “We have zero tolerance to doping. As per as BCCI is concerned, it conforms to the anti-doping policies of the ICC, who conform to WADA.”As for conducting tests in the country, there is a NADA which runs the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), which is headed by secretary of Sports itself. All samples drawn from cricketers in this country are tested only in NDTL.”As of now, the samples are drawn by an agency called IDTM, approved by ICC. So we are totally in line with the countrys anti-doping guidelines. Now cricketers worldwide have issues regarding privacy and security because they have to tell their whereabouts all the time. So the ICC decided to involve IDTM.”Rai also said adhocism of BCCI created the fiasco during the selection of the India coach, where Anil Kumble was roped in for some time before the subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.”Unfortunately, there is no system in the BCCI on how a coach should be appointed but I think the move to set up the CAC is good,” said Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.”The three iconic players made the selection of coach last year. They had selected somebody who was unfortunately not acceptable to BCCI, who gave the opportunity to Kumble. The CAC had recommended him for two years but then BCCI said no no, it is for one year,” he added.Rai also said that India might have a womens Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.”With Diana Edulji (the CoA member), Mithali (Raj), Jhulan (Goswami), we have drawn up the sequence of events which hopefully you will see womens cricket … or you might even see an IPL also,” Rai said.”The match fee of the women cricketers has been doubled by us over the last three months. The rewards which were given have been brought more or less at par with the mens team. In the longer run we may not be able to make it equal because all this revenue generated from the matches played — the mens team play more and generate larger amount.”Hopefully the womens team will also come to their level in future. So next year you are certainly going to see the change,” he added.Rai also said that COA had submitted their recommendations regarding the conflict of interest that was pointed out by former member Ramachandran Guha.”We have drawn up policies on conflict of interest but you will be surprised that all those policies, including players compensation policies, we offered to SGM but even after three meetings it was not adopted,” he said.Asked specifically about the conflict of interest of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rai said: “Please be assured that our entire conflict of interest policy will leave Dhoni or anybody else with no option but to conform to it.”advertisementTalking about the need for reforms in the BCCI, Rai said: “It is not a bad idea to be setting a set of standards. I believe BCCI is very insular body. Any thing happened in BCCI never came out in the public. Now if you are throwing BCCI open to public it is good.” PTI ATK PDS PDSlast_img read more

Athletes from around the world re-enact ancient games in Nemea

first_imgFifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are taking part in very different kind of sporting tournament in southern Greece.Think of it as the no-frills Olympics: No national teams. No medals. No shoes.Wearing only white tunics and running barefoot, athletes competed Saturday in the Sixth Modern Nemean Games, a partial revival of ancient Greek games which draws enthusiastic participants aged from 5 to 89.Barefoot runners wearing tunics take part in a footrace in the ancient stadium of Nemea, southwest of Athens on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, participants from around the world are taking part in very different kind of sporting tournament. The races, only include a 90 meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and a 7.5 kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules, god of strength, sport and fertility, slayed a fearsome lion. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)The races, run in age categories, only include a 90-meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and 7.5-kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards in the area, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules – god of strength, sport and fertility – slayed a fearsome lion.Runners take an oath before competing, and pass through an ancient tunnel to reach the track. A teenage boy, with a red cloak and laurel branch crown on his head, sounds a long horn before each race.Overnight rain delayed the games for 90 minutes and caused some runners to slip in the mud during races.Barefoot runners wait inside an arcade before entering the ancient stadium of Nemea, southwest of Athens on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, participants from around the world are taking part in very different kind of sporting tournament. The races, only include a 90 meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and a 7.5 kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules _ god of strength, sport and fertility _ slayed a fearsome lion. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Irish runner Andrew Fortune stayed on his feet to win the print in his age group. A white ribbon was tied behind his head and his feet were cooled in a copper basin.“It was amazing to come into these games. The tunnel was phenomenal,” the 42-year-old said, still slightly out of breath. “The track was very muddy today.One guy tripped beside me but the feet are good and the race is won. It was a great experience — the right way to run Instead of a starting gun, track officials used a mechanism copied from antiquity: a wood-and-rope starting gate that drops to the ground when the race begins. Runners pick numbered blocks of marble out of a metal drum at random to be assigned their lane.The Nemean Games were revived by an American archaeologist who first came to Nemea in southern Greece in 1973.Stephen G. Miller, professor emeritus of classical archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, led the excavation when the ancient site still lay buried beneath a highway and vineyards used by raisin farmers.Near the southern city of Corinth, Nemea is steeped in ancient history. The 2,300-year-old Temple of Zeus stands next to the track and a museum built at the site.Miller and his team unearthed the temple and stadium, one of the four major sites where Ancient Greek games were held: Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia and Nemea.The 74-year-old has led the games at Nemea since 1996, a lower-key, more egalitarian affair than the Olympics, in which athletes engage in the no-prize competition with a relatively small but dedicated following.The games attract a mix of Greek and overseas travelers and tourists, history lovers, fitness enthusiasts and school trips. The tunics, held tight with a piece of rope, could be mistaken for hospital gowns and are color-coded: White for athletes, black for track officials, and yellow, green or light blue for other organizers.Barefoot runners wait inside an arcade before entering the ancient stadium of Nemea, southwest of Athens on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, participants from around the world are taking part in very different kind of sporting tournament. The races, only include a 90 meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and a 7.5 kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules, god of strength, sport and fertility, slayed a fearsome lion. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Miller, in yellow, manned the entrance, checking the names of athletes as they entered the games area.Giving an ancient site a little modern significance, he says, encourages people to learn.“Im an archaeologist. And what I do is greatly satisfying – to be the first person to see what was made by an ancient Greek 2,300 years ago. But that’s self-satisfaction. What does that mean for our society? Nothing,” he told the AP in an interview during an interval at the games.“I think here with our games, [people] will learn with physical contact – with the same stones and the same earth that the ancient Greeks touched. I hope they will be inspired to read a little history, to learn something about ancient Greek athletics and through ancient Greek athletics to learn about ancient Greece.”Ancient games, held over roughly 1,000 years, were of major significance in Greece, pausing wars between rival city states so that hostilities would not interfere with the competition.Unlike the ancient games and the Aug. 5-21 Rio Olympics, Miller said, Nemea is open to everybody.Barefoot runners wearing tunics take part in a footrace in the ancient stadium of Nemea, southwest of Athens on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, participants from around the world are taking part in very different kind of sporting tournament. The races, only include a 90 meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and a 7.5 kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules, god of strength, sport and fertility,slayed a fearsome lion. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)“We don’t rival the Olympic games. We supplement the Olympic games. Weextend the experience of the Olympic spirit to everybody,” he said.“You don’t have to be a great athlete as you do in the Olympics. You can be a common person. You can walk down the track instead of running. But you are part of ancient history.”TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

‘Luis Enrique a great coach’ – Marcos Alonso

first_imgChelsea ‘Luis Enrique a great coach’ – Alonso praises ex-Barca boss amid Conte future speculation Chris Burton 23:46 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Luis Enrique Barcelona Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Barcelona UEFA Champions League The former Barcelona boss has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with the man currently at the helm seeing a summer exit mooted Marcos Alonso considers Luis Enrique to be “a great coach”, with the former Barcelona boss among those being mooted as a possible successor to Antonio Conte.Chelsea have yet to decide if they will be heading in a different direction this summer, but change is being widely discussed by those outside of Stamford Bridge.Conte is only contracted until 2019 and has been confirmed among those on a three-man shortlist for the vacant managerial post with the Italian national side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp If he were to move on, then Luis Enrique – who helped Barca to nine major honours during a trophy-laden spell at the Camp Nou helm – could be among those targeted as he remains without a club.Blues wing-back Alonso admits to being a fan of the 47-year-old, telling Cadena COPE: “Luis Enrique has shown at Barcelona that he is a great coach with many qualities and I believe he would be good for any club, but I do not know him a lot on a personal level.”The Blues will not have to contend with Luis Enrique when they next lock horns with Barcelona, but the second leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter is fast approaching.That tie is currently locked at 1-1, with Chelsea set to head for Catalunya aware that they will need to score at least once to keep themselves in contention for a quarter-finals berth.“When we face Barca in the Camp Nou we will have to put in a perfect performance to progress to the next round, this is clear,” added Alonso.“We will go to the match with a lot of confidence and belief in what we are capable of doing, especially after the first leg.”While remaining confident when it comes to Chelsea’s continental campaign, Alonso admitted after a 1-0 reversal at Premier League rivals Manchester City that the Blues have issues to iron out.Marcos Alonso ChelseaHe said: “I think it’s an attitude problem and we have to make things clearer and improve quickly, because we have nine matches left and we want to be in the top four.”I think that it is difficult, but we have to change the attitude, right?”I don’t think we have a problem with quality, we have shown in many matches this season that we can be competitive against any team, like we were against Barcelona a couple of weeks ago.”If we don’t reach that kind of level of performance in every match it’s because of our attitude.”Alonso’s outing against City came a matter of hours after he learned that former Fiorentina team-mate Davide Astori had tragically passed away at the age of 31.Adding his own tribute to those already paid to the Viola captain, the Spaniard said: “Davide Astori was a fantastic person who was in good health, the news about him is shocking for everyone who knew him.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more