Star who played for Pep and Jose explains how Manchester rivals compare

first_imgHaving played under both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, Eidur Gudjohnsen is well placed to offer his view on the similarities and differences between the rivals.Gudjohnsen played for Chelsea when Mourinho was hired by the Blues in 2004, and he spent two further years under the Portuguese before being sold to Barcelona.Two years after Gudjohnsen’s arrival at Camp Nou, Guardiola was named manager of the Catalan club, and he guided them to a treble of Copa del Rey, LaLiga and Champions League in his debut season.The two managers now work on opposite sides of the same city, with Mourinho hired by Manchester United and Guardiola appointed Man City boss at the start of the 2016/17 season.But how do the pair compare and differ? Gudjohnsen joined talkSPORT to reveal all about the duo from the distinct view point of having worked with both up close.“They are not totally different,” the Iceland legend said. “Not in their working habits or in their eye for detail.“Guardiola would look more for solutions on how to go and attack teams and how we can dominate possession of the ball, which he is obsessed about. How we can create superiority in every area of the pitch with movement of one player moving off another one.“We see it in how they play.“Jose was a little more direct.“He would take a scrappy win any day of the week, with him it’s all about winning and it doesn’t always have to be pretty.“I think they are both exceptional managers; Jose is much more of a character I feel, while Guardiola is just obsessed about, not just playing football, but playing football his way in that possession game.”last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It has been reported that 1 in 4 patients admitted to Irish hospitals becomes malnourished and many lose weight during their stay because of the poor quality of food on offer.The food quality is deemed so bad by some patients at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin that they are spending more than €100 per week on sandwiches and food while staying there.My only experience of hospital food is seeing what people received while visiting. Thankfully, I have never been in hospital myself, so my comments on this are purely speculative.I would also like to say that this in no way reflects on the hard working staff of any hospital. They are invaluable in what they do.With everything that we know about nutrition and the human body; with all the advances in health; how is it that the very place where we go when we are most in need, is failing us when it comes to nutrition?Food is the main factor in health and yet we have a system that routinely serves up food that is not giving enough nourishment to the sick. Why is this happening?As I mentioned in my article last week;“Good nutrition should help to properly control energy balance in the body. It should prevent excessive swings in either direction; either too much or too little; but it should also provide nutrient density.”If you are getting food that does not have the right nutrients in it, doesn’t provide the right balance of vitamins and minerals and does not have enough calories to support your needs, it will not help if you are sick.Prioritising nutrition is not just about hospital food although this is also critically important to quality care and a good indicator of whether the management and staff recognise the impact of nutrition on patient outcomes More than 1 in 4 patients admitted to Irish hospitals have significant weight loss and signs of malnutrition, the majority of whom will lose more weight before they leave.Irish and international experts attending a two day conference on nutrition are calling on all healthcare professionals to urgently prioritise their patients’ nutritional care.Attendees were warned that poor nutritional care is indicative of poor quality healthcare and effectively exposes patients to significant avoidable risk to their recovery.They were told that:Nutrition screening MUST be conducted on patients on admission to hospital to identify those likely to need supplementary feeding or further assessment by a dietitian. Currently few hospitals in Ireland do it, contrary to Department of Health guidelines issued in 2009. The financial cost – Malnutrition continues to cost the health service despite repeated calls to address the problem Cost to the health service €1.42 billion per year, leading to more hospital admissions and longer length of stay for patients Partnership – HSE announce new nutrition programme at conference aimed at making nutrition and hydration of patients a safety and quality priority in the 2015 Service Plan Call to action – Hospitals must prioritise the nutritional care of patients in a systematic fashion versus the ad hoc approach taken to dateIt might sound strange to see malnourishment on the list of problems, but Professor John Reynolds, IrSPEN Chairman and head of Surgery in St James’s Hospital, reiterated the need for urgent action to be taken by everyone working in the healthcare system, and for the implementation of screening programmes:“Many people who are obese can be malnourished but it is not very obvious. They may be fat but have lost a lot of their muscle mass; they have lost their ability to deal with their infections and are at higher risk of developing complications.”Once again this reiterates that if you are not getting the right nutrient balance from your food, your body can be malnourished even though you are overweight.“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” —Thomas EdisonLet’s hope that someday this will come true.For further information on training and nutrition, contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalemmet rushefitness columnhealthletterkennywealthlast_img read more

Mack boys clinch share of Big 5 title

first_imgIt was a tight affair at Crescent City Wednesday night, but the McKinleyville boys did just enough to pull out a 47-46 win to earn at least a share of the Big 5 championship.The victory lifts the Panthers to 5-2 in league play, one win ahead of Del Norte (4-3) with one game remaining each.Senior Mason Sand scored 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead the Panthers, who improved to 16-7 on the season and can claim the league title outright with either a victory over Fortuna in …last_img

What’s next for Raiders after Donald Penn goes on injured reserve?

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders placed veteran offensive tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve Wednesday, Jon Gruden announced.Gruden said rookie Brandon Parker will start at right tackle in his place. The Raiders hope to have Penn back at some point this season.Penn injured his groin during Sunday’s 45-42 win over the Browns, and Parker played 57 of 92 offensive snaps (62%) compared to Penn’s 35 (38%). The Raiders traded up in April’s draft to select Parker with the first pick of the third round, and …last_img

Blown away by Mapungubwe

first_img23 September 2004South Africa’s first kingdom, Mapungubwe in Limpopo province, dating back 800 years and situated in a game reserve, opens to the public from 24 September 2004.The newly launched Mapungubwe National Park borders on the Limpopo river and offers spectacular views of the river and South Africa’s neighbours, Botswana and Zimbabwe, at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers.The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 2003, bringing to five the number of South African sites that have been awarded World Heritage status (there are now six – see box down right).Mapungubwe and Makapane’s Valley, also in Limpopo province (see box down right), were declared National Heritage Sites by the SA Heritage Resources Agency in 2001 – the first two sites to be declared under the 1999 National Heritage Resources Act, which replaced the old National Monuments Act.This was a long-awaited trip for me, to explore Mapungubwe mountain and the culture of a lost kingdom dating back to the 1200s – rediscovered in 1933, but hidden from public attention until only recently.Mapungubwe National ParkSA’s newest park covers 28 000 hectares at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, boasts incredible natural and cultural riches, and forms part of an ambitious project to develop a transfrontier conservation area spanning three countries.Mapungubwe was the first society in South Africa in which class distinctions appeared, with the king physically separating himself from his subjects by living with his royal entourage on the mountaintop, to which his subjects brought food and water daily.I knew the basics: that Mapungubwe (“place of the stone of wisdom”) dated back to pre-colonial times; that they were the first people, after the Bushmen, to settle in South Africa; that they lived around a hilltop; and that a beautiful golden rhinoceros, some 12cm in length and 6cm in height and made of gold foil nailed around a wooden interior, had been excavated from the site.What I didn’t know was how awe-inspiring the area around Mapungubwe would be.A giant’s landIt resembles a giant’s land – huge boulders strewn below rocky koppies and cliff faces, with wild fig trees literally growing out of the rocks, their roots clinging to the rock faces.The surrounding vegetation is mostly grassland, interspersed with huge indigenous trees – among them the wonderful baobab, some of them probably thousands of years old. Closer to the river the vegetation thickens and develops into lush green forest entangled with creepers and shrubs.Mapungubwe itself is stunning. A small, free-standing, oval-shaped mountain 30 metres high with rugged, impregnable cliff faces all around it. On top it’s largely a flat grassy plain around 300m in length, interspersed with large rocky surfaces and giving spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, with the Limpopo glistening in the northern distance.The broader area around Mapungubwe had been occupied for several hundred years before people settled on the mountain. An area east of Mapungubwe, called Schroda, was believed to have been settled around 800 AD. When that was abandoned, the community moved to a hill about a kilometre south-west of Mapungubwe, now called K2, where they set up homesteads between 1000 and 1200 AD.K2 was also abandoned, and Mapungubwe taken over, in about 1220, the king establishing himself on the top of the mountain with up to 5 000 subjects on the plains around him.They grew sorghum and millet and cotton, as excavations of storage huts reveal, herded cattle, goats and sheep, and kept dogs. A tributary of the Limpopo, now dry, ran through the valley, providing water for the community.‘If the king was ill, the land was ill’It was a sophisticated society. They produced beautiful clay pots, decorated around the rim, of different shapes and sizes. Other items have been excavated: wooden spoons, whistles, funnels, and spindle whorls with which to spin the cotton they grew.They had access to gold, now believed to have been panned from the Shashe River, which runs through gold mining areas further north in Zimbabwe, and perhaps mined from further south in Gauteng. They mined and worked iron obtained in the area.Arab, Chinese and Indian traders, travelling from Sofala in Mozambique, reached this far, bringing with them glass beads and cowrie and mussel shells to exchange for ivory and gold.There are two significant elements to Mapungubwe society, according to Alex Schoeman, research officer in archaeology at Wits University: it was not cattle-centred but rather focused around the king, who was never seen by his subjects living on the plains around the mountain.“If the king was ill, the land was ill”, Schoeman says. The king’s grave has yet to be found, and could be hidden in any one of the surrounding hilltops or small caves.Secondly, trade was the basis of Mapungubwe’s economy, like any modern economy.Giving reasons for adding Mapungubwe to its World Heritage List, Unesco said the establishment of Mapungubwe “as a powerful state trading through the East African ports with Arabia and India was a significant stage in the history of the African sub-continent.”Mapungubwe and Great ZimbabweTo this Unesco added: “The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape contains evidence for an important interchange of human values that led to far-reaching cultural and social changes in southern Africa between AD 900 and 1300.“The remains in the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape are a remarkably complete testimony to the growth and subsequent decline of the Mapungubwe state, which at its height was the largest kingdom in the African sub-continent.”Theories abound as to why, around 1290 AD, Mapungubwe was abandoned.Contrary to earlier theories invoking climate change, it is now believed that a change in trade routes led to a shift in trade to Great Zimbabwe – another advanced society, located in the south-west of Zimbabwe and distinguished by great rock walls that still stand after seven centuries, despite no form of cement being used to bind them.According to Schoeman, the Great Zimbabwe settlement was in existence at the same time as Mapungubwe, begun around 1250, but was not related to the Mapungubwe people, differences in their pottery being taken as evidence of this.However, Schoeman adds, it’s likely that some royals from Mapungubwe moved to Great Zimbabwe, even though the Zimbabweans were Shona people while the South Africans were not – their ethnic group is still being debated.But whereas Mapungubwe came to an end at about 1290, Great Zimbabwe continued to thrive until around 1400, with a population of about 20 000. It’s believed this settlement disintegrated when the Portuguese colonised Mozambique and trade routes changed again.What Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe both prove is that complex societies existed in southern Africa long before the Europeans arrived at the Cape in 1652. And, unlike existing beliefs that Mapungubwe was the predecessor of Great Zimbabwe, that the two settlements existed concurrently.The golden rhinocerosThree significant gold items were found at Mapungubwe: the rhino, with exquisitely formed ears, horn and delightful upright tail (found in fragmented form and restored by the British Museum); the top of a sceptre around 15cm in length; and a golden bowl, about 10cm in diameter.All consisted of neatly tacked gold foil around the core wooden item, and these were found in what is believed to be one of three royal graves on the top of Mapungubwe.The queen had several strings of gold bead necklaces around her neck, and gold bracelets around her wrist. In fact, the first explorer to reach the top saw her skeletal hand sticking out of the ground, the soil having been washed away, with the bracelets still in place.In all, 18 000 tiny gold beads were uncovered, and up to 40 000 glass beads. There are several bowls of these beads in the Mapungubwe Museum at the University of Pretoria.That’s where you can see the famous rhino. I couldn’t stop staring at it – the thought that this was sculpted by a craftsman 800 years ago, yet still retains its simple form and natural beauty, is thrilling. It’s South Africa’s miniature version of Tutankhamun’s treasure.Mapungubwe’s mountaintop also gives clues to day-to-day life in the society. There’s a protective rock wall at the top of a stairway up the mountain – now a sturdy wooden ladder; then a series of interlaced branches worked into holes carved into the rock face.There’s also a series of small paired holes, chiselled out of a rock alongside the wall on top, for morabaraba, a chess-like contest played with maroela pips to represent cattle – a game still played today.There are other markings in the rock surface: half-circles indicating the base of huts, larger holes for hut poles, and flat-bottomed shapes in which maize was ground. There’s also a large bath-shaped indentation of around four metres across, used to store water – and for the royals’ bath times.Across the valley at K2 a large midden was found, and pottery, clay objects and beads have been excavated.Hidden existence?According to Schoeman, there was not a conscious effort to hide the existence of Mapungubwe, or the fact of its being the first kingdom in South Africa, an accusation that has been laid against the apartheid government.The University of Pretoria has been excavating the broader site for decades, but before that time, particularly in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, excavation by individual archaeologists was rather messy, with excavators only examining every third or fourth bucket of soil that came up from the diggings, and discarding the others.“So much was trashed then, we lost so much data”, Schoeman says. The sites had to be stabilised, and it was only in the last decade that some order was established.In the 1980s the University of Pretoria indicated the nature of the findings, although it did not publicise them widely, says Schoeman.“There was some self-censorship from Pretoria”, she says, “but this was not state censorship.” Mapungubwe: SA’s lost city of gold  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro: There’s no excuses

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro: There’s no excusesby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro admits they fell well short of standards in their thrashing at PSG.Real slumped to a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.”The truth is that we didn’t play well,” Casemiro told Movistar. “They took control of the game and we know that it’s always very difficult here.”They’re very strong, they have great players and there is no excuse.”We’re going to keep working… there’s still lots of time to change this.”We always try to be aggressive, but when the result is 3-0 we know that things are noted more.”We know that if you don’t play a pretty much perfect match here, you don’t win.”There’s lots of time to change this.”Los Blancos posed very little attacking threat and weren’t able to find a way past Keylor Navas in the PSG goal.”We had chances,” Casemiro said. “We scored two goals that didn’t stand, but I don’t think there’s an excuse right now.”We didn’t play well. It’s a delicate moment to speak, but we’re working and we have time to change this.” last_img read more

Video Surfaces Of Dak Prescott Attack, Culprits May Have Boasted Online About Act

first_imgDak Prescott celebrating in his Mississippi State uniformSTARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Monday night, it was reported by a number of sources that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and at least one of his teammates were attacked outside a Waka Flocka Flame concert in Panama City, Florida while on spring break. Tuesday morning, video of the incident has surfaced. The alleged perpetrator might have also boasted on his Twitter account about his involvement.In the below clips, both Prescott and one of his teammates are brutally attacked by a group of men in a parking lot immediately following the concert. Prescott can be seen struggling to get up after the encounter. The Bulldogs signal-caller suffered a number of cuts and bruises, but according to the school, he does not have any significant injuries.One Twitter user, @str8fam_dwilson, reportedly took to social media after the incident to boast about attacking Prescott and his teammates. He’s since deleted the tweets, but a number of users screenshotted them. We can’t confirm that he was involved.So these are the ignorant fools, @str8fam_dwilson, that allegedly jumped on @DakPrescott? Just stupid @Yep_ItsCheryl— JoeAMorton (@theJunebugg731) March 10, [email protected] @str8fam_dwilson— James Thurman (@coachthurman) March 10, 2015Luckily, none of the players were seriously injured. But it’s still clear that this was a scary situation for all.last_img read more

Map: Where The Most Notre Dame Football Fans Are Located

first_imgA fan sitting in the stands dressed as Notre Dame's mascot.2 Nov 1996: The University of Notre Dame Leprachaun mascot leads the crowd during the Fighting Irish 54-27 win over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORTEarlier today we showed you the 2016 College Football Fan Map created by users on Reddit’s college football page. The map shows the most-popular college football team in every county in the United States. You can view it here.Along with the overall map, team-specific maps have been created. Here’s where the most Notre Dame football fans are located throughout the country.Notre Dame clearly has a huge fan base that spreads throughout the United States. It’s hard to find another fan base that covers as much ground.last_img

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Antonietta Collins

first_imgTwitter/AntoniettaESPNTwitter/AntoniettaESPNESPN revamped its flagship program SportsCenter towards the beginning of 2016, adding some new faces along the way. One of those new faces – Antonietta “Toni” Collins – has done a terrific job since stepping in as one of the newest anchors on SportsCenter, also providing ESPN Now news updates within the weekday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. editions of the ESPN news and information program. Collins, a graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, is a rising star at the Worldwide Leader of Sports, looking to follow in the footsteps of her mother María Antonieta Collins, a television reporter for more than 40 years in Mexico and the U.S.Where is she from? How did she get her start? Is she single? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Antonietta Collins >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more