Pay your debts, and play to your strengths

first_imgI mean no disrespect to the others. But it is a fact that most countries do one or two things brilliantly and other things less well. A Google search for ‘gourmet Hungarian cuisine’ gets 39 hits. That is more than similar search results for all the other countries in the region combined. ‘Polish gourmet cuisine’ gets nine hits (as does Czech) followed by Estonian (seven), Romanian (six), Latvian (four), and Albanian, Croatian and Bulgarian with a ‘Googlewhack’ (just one hit). For all their merits, Bosnian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Montenegrin, Slovak and Slovenian gourmet cuisine have yet to reach Google’s search spiders. One could also imagine other specialisations. Slovenes keep their country spotless: so put them in charge of the tourism industry everywhere. Estonians will run the public administration, Bulgarians the computers, Romanians the parties, Slovaks the think-tanks, Lithuanians the literary festivals (but featuring Czech authors). Poles will shoulder the military burden and make the films. Most people in the region have a rough idea of their own country’s strengths and weaknesses; they may even, grudgingly, concede such specialisms. But the more interesting point is outside perceptions of excellence. A good test of this is to Google a country’s adjective and (within the same quote marks) the term ‘world-class’. That gives a rough index of foreign estimation (and, to be fair, a country’s capacity for self-promotion). The results create a startling picture. Googling ‘world-class Polish’ (as a phrase) produces a stonking 65,000 results (ahead of ‘world-class Russian’, which gets 58,600). A few of those hits may be polish as in shoe polish, rather than Polish as in Pilsudski. But even so, Poland’s strengths, broadly spread across culture, science, sport and music, tower over the internet landscape. Romania is in next place with 28,000 hits, but thanks only to a fluke-ish strength in one single sport. Add the term ‘-gymnast’ to the Romanian search (to remove hits that mention that word) and the country plunges to 1,870, behind Czech (23,000), Hungarian (15,900), Bulgarian (6,800), Albanian (3,000) and Ukrainian (2,900). No other country seems to be so dependent on one claim to fame. The next echelon of countries is way behind. ‘World-class Slovak’ gets 219 hits, Lithuanian 189, Estonian 106, Latvian 14, Bosnian eight, of which three are the same blog post about excellent coffee in Travnik. ‘World-class Moldovan’ gets zero. Even for non-Moldovans, these quantitative metrics are crude and even unfair. But no more unfair than the idea of Greece being bailed out by hard-working (and poorer) ex-communist eurozone countries such as Estonia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The writer is central and eastern Europe correspondent of The Economist. England to Greece: “Pay your debts and you get your weather back.” As southern Britain sweltered in unseasonable October heat, this wisecrack set me thinking about other fanciful exchanges. If Britain could block all stag parties from despoiling the cities of central Europe and the Baltic states with vulgar songs and loutish antics, could the east European migrants in Britain please stop brewing illegal vodka and eating swans? Next, why not put the Hungarians in charge of all the cooking between the Baltic and the Black seas? After three decades in the region, I have had plenty of time to assess other national cuisines: potato-dough dumplings, greasy concoctions of pickles and pork, and chewy Balkan barbecues have left indelible traces on my tastebuds. Hungarian cooking trumps the lot, from cold sour-cherry soup to pancakes with chestnut puree, via beef tokány (too complicated to explain here, but it involves smoked bacon, garlic, black pepper, bay leaves, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and lemon rind, with mace, ginger and saffron as optional extras). last_img read more

Fierement wins Kikka-sho by nose

first_img KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS KYOTO – Fierement beat second-favorite Etario in a photo finish Sunday at the Kikka-sho, the final leg of the Japanese triple crown.Fierement, the seventh favorite, held steady in the middle of the pack of three-year-old colts throughout the 3,000 meter turf race until cruising ahead along with Etario after the final turn. Kikka-sho, Fierement, Etario Fierement crosses the Kikka-sho finish line on Sunday in Kyoto, edging out Etario. | KYODOcenter_img With French jockey Christophe Lemaire aboard, Fierement crossed the line at Kyoto Racecourse in 3 minutes, 6.1 seconds, a nose ahead of Etario.Fierement, sired by seven-time G1 champion Deep Impact, earned his first Grade 1 victory and picked up 120 million yen (about $1.06 million) in prize money. The colt improved to three wins with one second-place finish since winning his debut in January.Lemaire, who rode Satono Diamond to a Kikka-sho title in 2016, ended Mirco Demuro’s bid for a second straight victory. The Italian jockey steered Kiseki to a win in Kyoto last year.You Can Smile finished third at one-and-a-half lengths behind the leaders, while race-favorite Blast Onepiece finished fourth.Epoca d’Oro, who won this year’s Satsuki-sho, the triple crown’s first leg, finished eighth. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Cristiano became the first footballer to earn $ 100 billion a…

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo, the Italian player of the Italian club Yunts, has made history by becoming the first soccer player to earn over $ 100 billion (US $ 76 billion) a year.According to Forbes, a leading financial publication, Ronaldo made $ 105 million last year. Ronaldo is fourth on the Forbes 2020 list in terms of revenues. The superintendent’s earnings have not been affected by the fact that Yuventus cut his salary by four million euros (over Rs 32 crore) following the Covid-19 crisis.Cristiano is the first athlete to earn so much revenue after golf legend Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather.Tiger Woods achieved this feat in 2009. Mayweather 2017 too.: 18 crore from Instagram on lockdownLONDON: Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has earned a whopping Rs 18 crore from his Instagram posts alone during the lockdown. Cristiano is the highest-earning athlete on Instagram from March 12 to May 14, according to an online report by AttainMobile. Lionel Messi is second. Messi is worth Rs 12.5 crore. Brazilian superstar Neymar is third with a net worth of Rs 11.35 crore. Indian cricketer Virat Kohli also slipped in the top 10 of the list. Kohli earned over Rs 3.96 crore on Instagram. The top six earners from Instagram are: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo – Rs 18 crore Followers: 219,000,000 2) Lionel Messi – 12.5 Followers: 151,000,000 3) Neymar – 11.35 Followers: 138,000,000 4) Shaquille O’Neal – 5,83,000 4.23 Followers: 62,900,000 6) Virat Kohli – 3.96 Followers: 59,000,000last_img read more

Gayle fails, but Rahul stays to guide KXIP to victory

first_imgCHANDIGARH, India, CMC – Talismanic West Indies left-handed opener Chris Gayle failed to ignite, but K.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal hit half-centuries to lead King’s XI Punjab to a dramatic six-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League yesterday. Gayle fell early in the chase for 16, but a century, second-wicket stand between Rahul, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 71, and Agarwal seem to put KXIP on course for a pedestrian victory after they were set a target of 151 in the 22nd match of the tournament at the I.S. Bindra Stadium.Three wickets – including the scalp of Agarwal for 55 – between the 18th and 19th overs of the innings threatened to derail KXIP’s chase.Needing 11 off the final six balls of the match, Rahul and England star Sam Curran held their nerve and kept their wickets to guide them over the finish line with one ball remaining.Chris Gayle After Curran scored a pair of deuces and a single off the first three balls of the final over from Afghanistan pacer Mohammad Nabi, Rahul formalised the result with a lofted straight drive for four and two runs off the penultimate delivery on a fumble from Australian star David Warner at long-on.The victory gave KXIP their fourth win of the tournament and places them third in the table with an inferior net run rate, though they are tied on eight points with leaders Kolkata Knight Riders and second-placed Chennai Super Kings.Earlier, Warner too, carried his bat for 70 not out to anchor SRH to 150 for four from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were put in to bat. The left-handed opener shared a vital 55 for the fourth wicket with Manish Pandey, after he had put on a crucial 49 for the second wicket with Vijay Shankar.In the chase, Gayle fell in the fourth over, when he slapped the first delivery from champion Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to long-on and Deepak Hooda held an outstanding, sliding catch, after running around the boundary to his right.But Agarwal came to the crease and struck seven fours and one six from 43 balls, sharing 114 with Rahul, whose resistance included seven fours and one six from 53 balls. When Agarwal was caught at deep mid-wicket off the first ball of the 18th over from Sandeep Sharma, KXIP still needed 19 from 17 balls.But Sharma had South African David Miller caught at long-on for one off the last ball of the same over and Siddarth Kaul got Mandeep Singh when Hooda took his third catch in that position off the final ball of the 19th over to set up a thrilling finale.Sharma ended with two for 21 from four overs.last_img read more

Milan’s Andrea Pirlo on verge of joining Chelsea

first_imgMilan ace Andrea Pirlo is on the verge of joining Chelsea and being reunited with former Rossoneri coach Carlo Ancelotti, according to Spanish paper Marca.Pirlo, who has been chased by a number of top European sides, has always claimed he would be staying at Milan, but reports in Italy have suggested otherwise.Spanish media have linked him to Atletico Madrid, but it now appears that he will be heading to the Blues.The report suggests contacts between Ancelotti and Milan have gathered excitement in recent days with Chelsea ready to tempt the Italian with an €18million bid.Further voices surrounding the Milanese giants claim they are ready to lure Sao Paulo ace Hernanes to the San Siro as a replacement for the Italian.It is suggested the Brazilians want €30m for their man, but the Rossoneri are looking to respond to that demand with just a €10m offer. As for Pirlo, neither Chelsea nor Milan have made a comment on the latest emerging news from Spain.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Ice Breakers take BST Series to Phillips County, I-76

first_imgHOLYOKE, Colo. (April 7) – Three Blood, Sweat and Tears series, including the inaugural tour for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, see their first action of the new race season during April 12 and 13 Ice Breaker events at Phillips County Raceway and I-76 Speedway.The Precise Racing Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Addiction Chassis Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Leary Racing Products Series for the Northern SportMods travel to Holyoke on Saturday and to Fort Morgan on Sunday.Phillips County starts racing at 5 p.m. Saturday and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the program. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for youngsters five and under. The first heat race is slated for 1 p.m. at I-76, where econos complete the afternoon card. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under.All applicable IMCA points, including local track points, will be awarded each day. Pit passes are $30 and late models run at both Ice Breakers.More information is available from Tour Director Joe Bellm at 720 404-0400 and at the, and websites.All three series are based on drivers’ best nine of 10 finishes. Champions receive bonus points applicable toward national and regional standings. Addiction, located in Price, Utah, and Leary, of Denver, Colo., both furnish a portion of $1,000 point funds to be paid in their respective series. Located in Wichita, Kan., Precise provides a portion of the $2,000 Modified point fund for a second consecutive season.last_img read more

Shakib stars as Bangladesh stun West Indies with second-highest World Cup chase

first_imgBangladesh powered to the second-highest run chase in World Cup history as Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant century clinched a remarkable seven-wicket win over the West Indies on Monday.Shakib blasted 124 from 99 balls and Liton Das hit a superb 94 from 69 deliveries to lead Bangladesh to 322-3 with 8.3 overs to spare at Taunton.Bangladesh’s highest one-day international run chase put them behind only Ireland’s 329-7 against England in 2011 in the history of successful World Cup chases.“Shakib Al Hasan has made it in this World Cup now. In every match he’s doing something that’s exceptional and let’s hope it continues for the team,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said.“Liton Das normally opens or bats at number three but he’s coped with moving down the order and he’s delivered the goods.”Mashrafe’s side remain in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals after their second win in five matches.“We have a chance to go through but we have to win all of our matches,” Mashrafe added.It was a brutal day for the West Indies, who were shambolic in the field and bowled far too loosely.A third defeat from their five games means a semi-final berth is extremely unlikely as the optimism from the thrashing of Pakistan in their opener fades away.“We could have been more disciplined with the ball and we let ourselves down in the field as well,” Windies captain Jason Holder said.“I thought we got through the first 10 overs well batting but never got the momentum and had too much to do at the back end.”The highest chase in the current World Cup prior to the masterclass from Mashrafe’s men was New Zealand’s 248 against Bangladesh.But the Tigers had already posted 330 in the first innings of their win over South Africa earlier in the competition and they were never intimidated by their task against the Windies.Opener Tamim Iqbal set the tone in the chase with six fours in his 53-ball innings of 48 before being superbly run out by Sheldon Cottrell.Soumya was dismissed for 29 when he scooped Andre Russell to Chris Gayle in the slips.But there were huge cheers from the Bangladesh fans around the ground when Shakib became just the second player to score 6,000 career ODI runs for the Tigers.After reaching his fifth successive ODI 50, Shakib — who scored 121 against England earlier in the tournament — took command with a scintillating innings that climaxed when he stroked a boundary to reach his century.Shakib is now the highest run scorer at this year’s World Cup so far and the West Indies were helpless as he and Das demolished their wayward bowling to romp home.Adding to the epic nature of the success, the unbroken stand of 189 between Shakib and Das was the second highest for the fourth wicket in World Cup history.Shakib finished with 16 fours, while Das, playing his first World Cup match, bludgeoned eight fours and four sixes.Earlier, Shai Hope’s 96 and the joint-fastest fifty of the tournament from Shimron Hetmyer helped the West Indies reach 321-8.The Windies couldn’t be contained in the second half of the innings as Hope laid the foundations for his country’s fourth highest World Cup score with a resolute 121-ball innings.Hitting around Hope, Evin Lewis made 70 from 67 balls before Hetmyer smashed 50 in 26 balls, featuring four fours and three sixes.It was the equal fastest 50 in this year’s tournament and the third quickest by a West Indies batsman in World Cup history.Lewis’s partnership of 116 with Hope was the West Indies’ first century stand of the World Cup.Holder’s 33 from 15 balls ensured the Windies went past 300.But Shakib and Das showed that total was nowhere near enough with their sublime display.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Wenger ‘concerned’ about lack of defensive cover at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is concerned about the lack of defensive cover in his squad.The Gunners were without first-choice defender Per Mertesacker for their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, with the German international yet to reach full fitness following the summer’s World Cup.Summer signing Calum Chambers, 19, put in another impressive display as a makeshift centre-half in the last-gasp 2-1 win over the Eagles, though an injury to Kieran Gibbs proved another blow to Wenger’s already stretched defensive resources.And the Frenchman did confess he isn’t satisfied with his options at the back, suggesting he could dip back into the transfer market before the end of the month.“Yes, I am concerned,” said the Gunners boss.“We’ve had to be creative with buying a right-back [Chambers] and playing him as a centre-back, that shows you it’s difficult to find the right quality in that position.“As I’ve said many times, we’re still on the market and should the right opportunity present itself we will take it.”Asked if the club have made any offers, he added: “No, but it’s possible [they will before the window closes].”Arsenal left it late to secure three points against a plucky Palace, Aaron Ramsey tapping home in stoppage-time to secure victory over the managerless side.The Eagles were left devastated following Tony Pulis’ exit as boss less than 48 hours before their trip across the capital, but Wenger praised the spirit of his opponents, who took the lead through debutant Brede Hangeland in the first half.“Credit to Palace, they fought hard,” he said. “They were physically strong and well organised.“We still lack a little bit a change of pace, but they gave us big problems in defence. But we keep going, that’s one of our strengths, and it paid off today.”Ramsey seems to have continued his match-winning form in the new top flight season and the Welshman, too, was impressed with their London neighbours.The midfielder added: “It was very difficult. They came out and defended really well and were very tough to break down.“They lost their manager earlier in the week but you’d never have known that the way they played. But that’s irrelevant. The result is what we were looking for and we got the three points.”last_img read more

‘The London Stadium is a nightmare. It’s like a powder keg’ – West Ham legend

first_imgWest Ham legend Tony Gale says the London Stadium has been a ‘nightmare’ for the club, who MUST secure a stronger police presence at games if their move to the former Olympic venue is to be a long-term success.The Hammers claimed a brilliant 2-1 victory over Chelsea in their EFL Cup London derby on Wednesday night, but the big win was tarnished by clashes between fans.Police made seven arrests as chairs ripped from the stands, coins and bottles were hurled between sections of supporters, with both West Ham and Chelsea confirming they will hand out lifetime bans to those found to be involved.It’s not the first time violence has taken the spotlight since West Ham’s Stratford move. From just nine competitive games played at the new ground, 23 fans have already been banned.Former Hammers star Gale was at the game and he joined talkSPORT on Thursday morning to give an eye-witness account of the events.And the ex-defender is disappointed the scenes distracted from what was an impressive display from Slaven Bilic’s side in an important derby.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Gale said: “The football was absolutely terrific. West Ham were brilliant last night, they were back to their best.“But all you can hear this morning is about the crowd trouble, and it’s marred what was a really great game of football for West Ham.“You could see seats and coins being thrown, both sets of fans were at it without a doubt. You couldn’t say it was all West Ham fans or all Chelsea fans.”A Chelsea fan (@Gate8_CFC) shared this photo of a friend who was injured by a thrown coinGale added: “The club have got real problems with the stadium. They’ve inherited a lovely stadium, it really is beautiful, but it’s not a football ground.“It wasn’t built with segregation in mind. There are so many entrances that it’s like a powder keg.“I feel for West Ham because you’d have to have thousands of police to stop any trouble happening, but they’ve got to try and do something about it.“They’ve just got to pay to get more police in, because people want to go to a game of football and be safe so they can watch it and the kids can watch it as well.“They’ve got stewards there, but to be fair to them when you’re confronted by hundreds of thugs, are you really going to stand in their way?“I know it’s their job, but when people – grown men – are fighting it is really difficult. You need policing there, you definitely need policing in that ground.“It’s a nightmare for the club.“Last night was a big test for the club and unfortunately they failed.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Tony Gale IN FULL abovelast_img read more

Eight Rookie Management Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgI moved into my first formal leadership role in my late 20s. I was a top sales performer, and I saw my promotion to sales management as the natural next step in my career. I was energized, armed with big ideas, and ready to change everything — immediately! Welcome to leadership. You’re now a manager, with direct reports. Congratulations! Leadership isn’t a job; it’s a responsibility. You have the  opportunity to help people grow, succeed and fulfill their potential. You have the opportunity to make a difference.  That is work that really matters.  Welcome. You already know what’s coming next. One of the best ways to grow as a leader is to find a mentor. Look for someone who’s doing the kind of work you see yourself doing someday, and study their example.center_img 8 Ways to Avoid Rookie Management MistakesDon’t try to implement major change on your first day. You’re probably full of big ideas, but it’s important to take a step back, observe, and understand.  Conduct as much discovery and due diligence as possible (even prior to day one).  Spend time getting up to speed on everything you need to know about your employees and their day-to-day work. Sit in on meetings. Conduct one-on-one’s.  Talk to customers. Ask great questions. Learn.Get off on the right foot with your direct reports. You don’t get a second chance. People want a confident, capable leader, but they also want to work for someone who’s accessible and open. Spend the time required to demonstrate you are interested in helping people be successful. Talk about what people can expect from you first.To develop strong relationships, be authentic. When you’re getting to know people, be yourself. This sounds easy, but new managers often fall into the trap of acting like a manager. People see through the act. Be genuine and people will respect and begin to respond to you.Learn what motivates your employees. Find out what matters to people. Understand how other people define success. I believe that everyone wants to contribute and succeed.  It’s up to managers to understand the barriers and start breaking them down.Listen. Ask employees for their perspective and input. If your decisions involve people, then involve them. What do they think needs to change? What’s going well, and what’s not working? It’s amazing what you can learn when you stop talking and start listening.Acknowledge what’s working. Start with the positive, and give praise and recognition where it’s due.  No one wants a new manager who has a laundry list of things to improve without any appreciation for what is working well and who is making good things happen.Focus on collaborative change. Change is hard. Invite participation in building the game plan and you’ll get more buy-in when it’s time to implement new initiatives.Walk the walk. People will listen to what you say, but they really watch what you do. Be the change you expect in others. Leading by example is particularly important as a new manger working to establish credibility and earn trust.  Have a vision and set the pace required to move the team in the right direction. Don’t rely on your organization for 100% of your development. The world is changing quickly, and it’s incumbent on us to own our skill development. Great leaders understand the learning never stops. The good news is, you have access to unlimited books, blogs, TED talks — you name it — that can help you accelerate your growth.  My own personal rule: for every 50 hours of work, I want to spend 5 hours improving myself. My experience isn’t unique. A lot of new managers make the same mistakes. You can do better. Here’s how: The abrupt change shocked people and was met with a lot of resistance. I was confused by the conflict I felt with my team. Why wasn’t everyone ready to commit with the same intensity to the work required to hit our big, bold, record-breaking sales goals?last_img read more