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Odds & Ends: Brian d’Arcy James’ Movie Wins Toronto Spot & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Brian d’Arcy James’ Movie Wins Toronto SpotGood news for Something Rotten headliner Brian d’Arcy James. The three-time Tony nominee’s previously reported new movie Spotlight will be screened at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Tom McCarthy and also starring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, the project follows the story of a Boston pedophile priest. Other stage and screen faves’ projects to make the lineup include Helen Mirren’s Eye in the Sky, Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition, Bryan Cranston’s Trumbo, Christopher Plummer’s Victoria and the screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, led by Maggie Smith. The festival will run September 10 through September 20.Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz Will Be Celebrated UptownA tribute to Wicked and Pippin composer Stephen Schwartz and a Patti LuPone concert are just some of the events that will take place at Symphony Space’s upcoming season, under the artistic direction of Andrew Byrne for the first time. The New York venue, which is situated at Broadway and 95th Street, was built in 1915 and a number of presentations will include centenary inspired celebrations, such as concerts celebrating Édith Piaf and Frank Sinatra, who were both born that year.Kinky Boots’ Cyndi Lauper Will Pen Another B’way ShowCyndi Lauper, who won a Tony for her infectious pop-rock score of Broadway’s Kinky Boots, stopped by The Today Show on July 28 and chatted about the recent world domination of the tuner. Lauper is especially excited that the musical is heading to London as “it’s really an English story.” She also confirmed that she will do another project on the Great White Way, which made us all “say yeah!” Check out the interview below and then Kinky Boots at Al Hirschfeld Theatre.last_img read more

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED EMPLOYEE FOR NOVEMBER 2006

first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED EMPLOYEE FOR NOVEMBER 2006Berlin, VT Mike McAdams, a resident of Orange, VT, has been chosen as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts distinguished employee for the month of November 2006.Mr. McAdams is a maintenance crew member in the facilities department and has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield for nearly thirteen years. He is cited for his can-do attitude, his willingness to help in any situation, and his dedication to his co-workers and the facility. A co-worker stated, With all of his hard work in the past and his continued contributions, Mike is a very suitable candidate for Employee of the Month.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employs about 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its branch office in Williston. A committee of employees recognizes an employee each month in honor of Carol L. Goodrich, the winner of the first-ever Employee of the Year award in 1992. This program awards individuals who demonstrate extraordinary effort above and beyond the scope of their current responsibilities. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Global Financial System Weak in Fight against Organized Crime

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo January 25, 2019 Drug-related money laundering is one of Latin America’s main problems. Criminals engaging in money laundering take advantage of the fragile financial system and the complicity of some international banks. Deutsche Bank is alleged to have been involved in these practices. In late November 2018, the German Federal Police raided several of its branches for their alleged participation in a money laundering scheme linked to the Panama Papers, a scandal that broke out in 2016, after leaked documents showed that Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had helped clients worldwide evade tax and launder money with companies set up in tax havens. The German financial giant’s involvement shows how weak the international financial system is when trying to counter money laundering. It’s also a warning sign as to the help Latin American organized crime receives from banks to conduct illicit business. According to the German investigation, Deutsche Bank helped open offshore corporations (companies that are registered in a particular country, but do not carry out any economic activity there) in Panama to evade taxes. In addition, it may have received money from companies set up in tax havens suspected of money laundering. German authorities suspect that in 2016 alone a Deutsche Bank subsidiary in the Virgin Islands helped 900 clients divert funds. The German bank never reported any possible illegal money movements. Crime conducive Sara Hsu, associate professor of Economics at the State University of New York, sees the Panama Papers case as an example of the serious problem that offshore operations pose in Latin America. Some financial institutions are willing to facilitate cash movements, taking advantage of regional countries’ weak anti-money laundering regulations, a perfect opportunity for organized crime. “Many banks are involved in offshore operations, not only Deutsche Bank. Once the money is sent abroad, it’s difficult to track. Our top suspicion is that offshore transfers are linked to money laundering, although we don’t have much information about that,” Hsu told Diálogo. “Banks can get away with it, because many countries in Latin America lack proper regulations to counter money laundering, or they don’t enforce them.” Complicit financial system Cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, also facilitated organized crime’s businesses with their lack of official bank reserves to back the digital currency. This creates anonymity for their owners and facilitates instant money transfers to any country, without leaving a trace. In addition to Deutsche Bank, other banks are also under investigation for suspected money laundering: Experta Corporate and Trust Services, HSBC Holdings, Banque J. Safra Sarasin, Credit Suisse Channel Islands Limited, UBS Group AG, Coutts and Co. Trustees Limited, Société Generale Bank & Trust, Rothschild Trust, and Nordea. Gonzalo Villa, head of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, based in Miami, Florida, told Diálogo that some institutions seek to prevent criminal use of the international financial system for money laundering. “But the system is as weak as its weakest link, and there are really weak links,” said Villa. “The international financial system is subject to the rules and law enforcement of each country, but there are grey areas, because laws are not the same, and these gaps can be easily exploited. When the goal is to break the law, all the system’s flaws are used for this purpose.” Hsu and Villa believe that often times these flaws turn the international financial system into an accomplice of Latin American organized crime groups. “Criminals who need to launder their proceeds are no longer simple criminals who make cash deposits in a bank. Rather, they use sophisticated financial tools, the same as those used by companies that carry out legal operations—for example, the use of several jurisdictions and commercial registers in many countries, etc. Organized crime uses methods that allow them to create more fronts to hide the illicit origin of their proceeds,” Villa said. Complex solutions Solutions to counter the problem aren’t easy, because criminals adapt quickly, even more so with advice from specialists such as what Deutsche Bank employees presumably gave their clients. Villa and Hsu consider it necessary for countries within the system to be committed to keep their legislation updated and establish better universal tools to prevent the international financial system from becoming an accomplice to crime. These measures depend on the political will to confront serious issues, such as those exposed by the Panama Papers case. Celina Realuyo, professor of practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric and Defense Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., thinks another important measure is for Latin American countries to increase financial intelligence work. Investigating the route by which crime money circulates helps governments detect, disrupt, and counter transnational threat networks. “Financial intelligence is helpful not only to understand how illicit networks operate, but also identify key financial leaders in these criminal networks, who are difficult to replace,” Realuyo told Diálogo. Latin America should take the role banking institutions play seriously. The global financial system must be another link in the fight against regional organized crime, not an accomplice of criminals.last_img read more

Great Neck Man Accused of Extorting Nude Photos

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Adam Savader, right, with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee (Facebook).A Great Neck man has been accused of trying to extort nude photos of 14 women by threatening to send to the victims’ families compromising images he allegedly hacked from their email.FBI agents arrested Adam Savader on Tuesday at his family’s Hutchinson Court home and charged him with Internet extortion and cyber stalking. He remains in custody pending his arraignment in federal court.“Remember what’s at stake,” the 21-year-old, who described himself on Facebook as a staffer for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaigns, allegedly told one of the victims in a text message, according to court documents. “Do you want your family and everyone in DC to see your tits? Just agree to send me a pic of you in a bra.”Authorities said Savader texted the victims—three of whom are from Long Island—from five different Google Voice Numbers using the name “John Smith,” in some cases sending the victims links to hacked nude photos he allegedly posted online.One of the victims told investigators she knew Savader from their time at Great Neck North High School. Three knew him from his studies at George Washington University. Most of the victims have yet to be identified.The investigation began after the first victim, a student at a university in Michigan, reported the alleged extortion to local police, who alerted the FBI, the records show.Some of the victims reported that before the texts started they were prompted by their email accounts to change their passwords, indicating that they had been hacked.Federal investigators eventually traced the source of the texts back to Savader’s home, many of the incidents occurring September through November. In one case he threatened to send the victims’ nude photos to the Republican National Committee.No attorney information was listed for Savader. He faces up to five years in federal prison.last_img read more

7 tips for building a positive culture in a ‘socially distanced’ world

first_imgThe global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us now, and social distancing is creating more than just operational considerations for workplaces that have transitioned to most or all of their staff working remotely.  Employees are being challenged to adapt to a new normal: new work routines while balancing dynamic life situations changing around them. At the same time, creating a positive corporate culture is something that smart leaders have invested in deeply – and for service-based brands like financial services, culture has a direct impact on how their brand is experienced. In the midst of this new reality of working remotely, there is still a lot of potential to build and enhance workplace culture and connectivity.Here are seven simple ways to support and sustain – maybe even enhance! – workplace culture amid social distancing, and the potential for increased remote work in the long run: #1 Hold daily video chatsDon’t underestimate the value of video calls! Connect with the entire team, individual departments or work groups to touch base on the business at-hand. These can be quick check-ins once or twice a day to keep project workflow moving while establishing a routine of connectivity.  This will allow everyone on the team to feel connected and “see” their co-workers while staying apprised of workflow and daily to-dos.  Video chats can be done through a number of readily available channels including Google Hangouts, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Chat room or other chat room apps—and many are free.For larger organizations, a Town Hall forum works especially well so that leaders can share a state of the union address.  During times of uncertainty, transparency is key to ensuring employees are kept informed and provided with an avenue for questions & answers. This, in turn, increases their sense of safety and security. #2 Set up quick communication channelsWith remote work as our new norm, we can no longer turn to the co-worker sitting beside us to ask a quick question.  That’s where tools like IM, Slack, or Google Chat can help facilitate faster and easier communication than traditional emails. In addition to work related channels, set up a Social Lounge Channel on the group chat to post ideas for dinner, not-to-miss binge worthy shows or share work-from-home playlists.#3 Encourage social “get-togethers” Host a rotating virtual coffee break, lunch hour or happy hour where the focus is not work related.  These informal chats around the “water cooler” provide an opportunity for workers to connect with one another – to talk about what they are doing in quarantine, what new projects or hobbies they’ve taken up, or what tactics they are taking to keep their kids busy.  Ready to step it up a notch?  Encourage staff to take each other on a FaceTime tour of their neighborhood, share videos or photos of their pets or the recent mess their kids made while trying to stay out of the way.  Take turns having co-workers give a virtual tour of their home or work space so that people can more easily relate on a personal level.  Put these virtual hangouts on the calendar or send invitations to participate.  Not only will it make sure that everyone is included, but making it a real “event” will encourage participation and sends the message that these types of gatherings are supported by the company.Encouraging and fostering opportunities for staff to maintain their usual work socialization will help people feel less isolated and alone.  Plus, it gives employees something to look forward to during their workday.  Social connectivity encourages inclusivity and camaraderie, despite being in different physical locations.   #4 Dial up the acknowledgements & accoladesJust because you can’t see the hard work and the long hours, doesn’t mean you’re your staff isn’t working just as hard.  Little notes of appreciation, thank-yous or team shout-outs are always appreciated.#5 Take time to share a laughWhile things are serious, there is still time for a little levity.  Share some of the videos, songs, memes, or jokes making the rounds on social media with your larger work group.Here’s one to try:  Talk about what you see others in your household doing (kids, pets, spouses, roommates), but call them your coworkers. “My coworker insists on napping whenever she finds a sunbeam – so unprofessional!”#6 Flexibility is keyMany of your staff are juggling having kids or other family members working from home so adhering to their typical work schedule can be challenging.  Making sure that a flexible work schedule and hours are supported is critical at this time.  Clear communication about expectations and use of a daily calendar to block out times that they are unavailable will make this flexibility easier for all to manage.Find ways to ensure that kids, pets and significant others are a welcome “visitor” and not an unnecessary intrusion.  Make it part of the culture to say hello and engage in a quick conversation if they walk in during a video call.  #7 Reimagine Company EventsIt’s more important than ever to continue with the company events that build camaraderie.  Here are creative ideas for hosting engaging group virtual events for teams, departments, or even the entire organization. Quarantine Bingo: The goal is to see who can black out the board first. You can find examples online, and customize them for your own organization. Trivia: The first person to respond correctly via chat wins (no Googling allowed!).Game Night: Play a popular board or card game that most people have at home: a virtual game of Uno where everyone has their own deck of Uno cards and can play along with the group.Watch Party: Check out the Google chrome extension called Netflix party, and engage your staff in selecting the title to watch together. Let’s take this time of uncertainty to embrace the changes of working remotely. This is a great time to strengthen personal relationships and foster a sense of wellbeing and genuine care for each other, which will only result in a stronger culture and more connected workplace, no matter where you are.How are you working from home and staying connected with your colleagues? How is your organization fostering corporate culture during social distancing? Please share your own tips and experiences, we are all learning together! 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lisa Rauliuk Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and account management. She expertly guides banks and credit unions through naming and branding projects and integrated marketing campaigns. Lisa has worked … Web: https://www.strumagency.com Detailslast_img read more

World Bank warns of 2% contraction in Indonesia’s economy this year

first_imgDespite the rising number of cases, the government and regional administrations relaxed social restrictions amid concerns of a slumping economy.Read also: Indonesia’s economy could enter recession in Q3: Sri MulyaniThe government projects the country’s economy to grow by 1 percent this year under the baseline scenario or contract by 4 percent under the worst case scenario as the pandemic batters business activity and hits demand. The economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the lowest in 19 years.The World Bank’s report, titled The Long Road to Recovery, published this month, states that Indonesia’s GDP is expected to be unchanged from 2019. Last year, the country’s GDP grew 5 percent.  The World Bank has warned that the Indonesian economy might contract 2 percent this year if mobility restrictions are further implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19.“Under somewhat harsher assumptions on the global economy of a deeper contraction, and if there is a need for mobility restrictions to be reinstated going forward, we do think that the economy could actually contract by 2 percent in 2020,” World Bank Indonesia lead economist Frederico Gil Sander said during the virtual launch of World Bank’s Indonesia Economic Prospect report on Thursday. The coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia has not shown any signs of abating as more than 1,000 new cases have been recorded daily since June. Infections stood at 81,600 as of Thursday afternoon with 3,800 deaths, official data show. World Bank Indonesia country director Satu Kahkonen explained during the webinar that the zero percent growth forecast was predicated on three things, namely: the global GDP to contract by 5.2 percent this year, the economy to be fully open in August and no second wave infections. The report suggested that a 2 percent contraction would take place if the global economy slipped into a deeper recession, wherein the global GDP shrank by 7.8 percent, impacting investment and exports. “Under this scenario where the economy would actually contract, poverty would increase quite significantly, especially if there is no additional social assistance,” Sander went on to say.The Washington, DC-based development bank estimated that without the government’s social assistance, 5.5 million to 8 million Indonesians could fall into poverty this year as a result of an aggregate decline in household income of 5 percent to 7 percent due to lower earnings and unemployment. Read also: Bank Indonesia cuts rate for fourth time to four-year low to bolster growthAround 1.63 million people fell into poverty in March, increasing the number of people living below the poverty line to 26.42 million people, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. Aside from ensuring robust health system preparedness to handle the pandemic curve, the government needs to assist firms to stay afloat and push for reforms to increase financial sector resilience, Sanders said, as he outlined suggestions for the government.Most importantly, he went on to say, the government should invest more on human and physical capital as the post-COVID-19 economy was likely to require different skills from workers. The country also needed to flatten its debt curve when it started to recover.“The idea that Indonesia can flatten the debt curve by cutting expenditure is very risky in terms of competitiveness. So, the only way out is [by increasing] tax [collection],” he said. According to the Finance Ministry, Indonesia’s borrowing needs of around Rp 1.53 quadrillion (US$104.53 billion) this year to fund the budget deficit will increase the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio to 37.64-38.5 percent by year-end from around 30 percent in 2019.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion to help strengthen the healthcare system, provide social aid and support economic recovery.Read also: Administrative issues hamper COVID-19 budget disbursement: Sri Mulyani“This is not about ‘Do you really know what kind of policy design would be good?’ We know. But do we have all the necessary infrastructure to be able to execute those good policy designs so that they are going to be able to then reach the objective that we want to achieve? This is always the challenge,” Sri Mulyani said in the webinar. She explained that the government struggled when it came to data collection, as the country depended on local government database updates to identify and target poor families. On that basis, she is working alongside the Social Affairs Ministry and the Home Ministry to provide incentives for local governments to update the needed data. “Data will not only help you to better target but to also monitor whether what you are doing is [bringing results],” World Bank managing director for development policy and partnership Mari Elka Pangestu said. “A lot of what Indonesia is doing for households, cash transfers, food and other measures, as well as for small and medium enterprises and the informal sector, is actually pretty much best practice,” Mari said.Topics :last_img read more

More than 139,000 penalized for not wearing masks in Jakarta since June

first_imgMore than 139,000 people in Jakarta have been sanctioned for not wearing masks in public during transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) from June to September, the city administration announced on Friday.As of Sept. 3, the Jakarta Public Order Agency had recorded 139,201 health protocol violations in the capital and had collected Rp 2.1 billion (US$142,507) in fines. “We fined 14,291 people [of the 139,201], while the rest did community service as a penalty,” Arifin, the agency’s head, said on Friday.He added that Rp 247 million in fines had been collected from business and Rp 764 million had been collected from public venues for violations of protocols during transitional PSBB.“Some 28 business establishments were closed, 38 establishments were fined and 17 received a warning,” Arifin said as quoted by kompas.com.Under the transitional policy, which was implemented in early June and has been extended five times, Jakarta is gradually opening workplaces, public spaces, places of worship and other locales in the hope of reviving economic activity.The policy, however, appears to have backfired as additional COVID-19 clusters have emerged and transmissions have spiked in the capital during the period.Jakarta, the nation’s hardest-hit region, recorded 1,359 new cases on Thursday, a new daily record and a jump from the 1,053 cases announced the previous day.As of Friday, Jakarta had recorded a total of 44,280 cases, with 33,260 recoveries and 1,252 fatalities. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Establish Rare Disease Advisory Council

first_img Bill Signing,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed legislation to establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council in Pennsylvania. The law is a step forward to help more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians suffering from a rare disease.Act 14, House Bill 239, was introduced by Representative Marcy Toepel, and establishes the Rare Disease Advisory Council, consisting of the secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Education (or their designees), the Insurance Commissioner (or his/her designee), and members of the public, including various health practitioners, health insurers, researchers, parents of children with rare diseases, and others with expertise in providing care to individuals with rare diseases. Other at-large appointees can serve on the council on an ad hoc basis.The advisory council, which is required to meet at least three times annually, will serve as the advisory body on rare diseases to the General Assembly and all other relevant state and private agencies that provide services to, or are charged with the care of, individuals with rare diseases.“Far too often, individuals with rare and unique diseases can feel lost because services are not tailored to their specific needs,” Governor Wolf said. “We need to make sure that when a person is sick, no matter what their disease, or how rare it is, that that patient has the best care available, and that they can reach a high quality of life as they battle their health issues. This advisory council will help us do that.”According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, there are over 7,000 rare diseases that affect 200,000 or fewer people in our country and the majority of these diseases do not have a treatment.Members of the National Organization of Rare Disorders, the Cushings’ Support Group, and other advocacy groups were on hand for the signing. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Establish Rare Disease Advisory Councilcenter_img July 07, 2017last_img read more

What the coolest rentals will cost you

first_imgThe 1470sq m house has a modern commercial grade calacatta marble kitchen, an infinity lap pool located off the main living area that appears to cascade over the hillside, an oversized bar and entertaining area currently housing a full size snooker table, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a private gym, shower and steam room, and an internal lift. Aint no boring abode hereIt has three living areas including a media room, a gourmet kitchen, a gym room, a study, a powder room, four bedrooms with ensuites including a master suite with spa. The pool and outdoor areas are fit for rock royalty More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe other kind of pool (or rather, snooker)A secluded parents’ retreat with views of the CBD, Brisbane River and mountains has a separate ensuite, large balcony and spacious dressing room.It is listed with Eadan Hockings of LivingHere. “It is definitely one of the coolest,” he said. “I have not seen one at this level before.”Mr Hockings said there had been a “surprising number of enquiries”, with a few coming from doctors but the bulk coming from interstate.For a grand less, 2112 Carlton Drive at Hope Island is also up for grabs.Overlooking the canal and golf course, this four bedroom house is more holiday home than humble abode. At $2800 per week, this Hedges Avenue luxury home is a bargain by comparison.Spanning three levels, the freestanding mansion is located on the Gold Coast’s hottest street, and has 180 degree ocean views. Here, you could rent your own estateSituated on 10 acres, the Hamptons home comes with its own groundskeeper whose primary job is to weed the field of lavender. The view from the Hope Island rental For $5000 a week, you could live here.For a cool $5000 per week, and $20,000 bond, you could live like a rockstar on Bartley’s Hill in Ascot.Built over four storeys, this house has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and space for 10 vehicles. Phwoar levels of awesome!THE weekly rent may be two and half times the average monthly mortgage repayment, and the bond alone would be a handy house deposit.But this Ascot house could be Brisbane’s coolest rental house. RELATED: Is this Victoria’s most fun rental? MORE: Hottest listing of 2018 has sold Bargain?But for those wanting to live a more luxe life, Malumba Estate at Buderim could be yours for $6500 a week, and a bond of $26,000. And kick back while the groundskeeper takes care of the lavenderThe house itself has four huge suites, a Martha Stewart kitchen and butlers pantry, an open plan formal living area and log fireplace, a hall, children’s playroom, a gym/yoga studio, a heated resort-style pool, sauna, surveillance cameras, smart home wiring, Tesla electric vehicle plug in, a fire pit, croquet lawn, spring fed dams, an organic veggie patch and much more.last_img read more

Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ Foden after Man City winning start

first_img Loading… Guardiola’s side could not afford to slip up at Molineux if they wanted to keep pace with the champions and they raced into a two-goal lead before half-time thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty and Foden’s cool finish. City’s swaggering first half gave way to an anxious spell as Wolves dominated after the interval and they had to cling on afer Raul Jimenez got one back before Gabriel Jesus sealed the points in stoppage time. Foden’s goal was a welcome morale boost in his first match since the midfielder was sent home in disgrace, along with Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, after the pair invited local women into the England team’s hotel. The breach of coronavirus protocols after England’s Nations League match in Iceland was publicly condemned by City, but the 20-year-old retains Guardiola’s trust. “For the goal and in the second half Foden played incredibly well, he helped us keep the ball,” Guardiola said. While City equalled Aston Villa’s record of winning 10 consecutive opening fixtures to a top-flight season, there is little doubt Liverpool remain the Premier League’s preeminent force for now. Pep Guardiola labelled Phil Foden as “incredible” after Manchester City survived a scare to start their Premier League title challenge with a 3-1 win against Wolves on Monday night. City’s delayed start to the campaign — due to their involvement in last season’s Champions League — had allowed Liverpool to build a six-point lead over them before they had even kicked a ball. Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch It feels like a crucial season for City and Guardiola as they look to regain the title they won in 2018 and 2019. Guardiola says he needs to “deserve” an extension to his City contract rather than just be handed one as he enters the final year of his current deal. After finishing 18 points behind Liverpool and suffering a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon, City need to push the champions harder this term and the early signs were encouraging. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But Guardiola was delighted to open with a victory given the shorter than usual pre-season. “We could not run much because we are tired in our legs but in general we did a good game,” he said. “The period that we are in, the situation that we had this last two weeks, I expected some moments where we suffer but in general we controlled it well. “It was a good performance. We know how difficult it is in this stadium. “Sometimes we need more time to get to our best condition but it was a good start to come here and win.” Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?last_img read more