Even the most ardent Chelsea fan should allow themselves a wry smile at the fact that the club’s longest-serving player has made just two starts for the team – nearly five years ago. Tomas Kalas reclaimed a little prominence when he scored an own goal in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 defeat by England at Wembley last Friday. Had the defender been around at Stamford Bridge for all the time since he joined in January 2011, he would have played under nine managers. Instead, he has been on loan variously at his original club Sigma Olomouc, Vitesse Arnhem, Cologne, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Bristol City, where he moved last summer. This isn’t pointed out to knock the extensive use of the loan system by Chelsea, as much as it stretches the practise to its very limits. Instead, Kalas’s long, if sparse, service in a blue shirt reinforces the idea that even players who barely get a kick over eight years survive a lot longer on the payroll in SW6 than the … [Read more...] about Hazard exit will end era of the long-serving superstar at Chelsea
Hazard management cycle
There is usually a sense of history repeating itself with Chelsea and their managers, but the current cycle involving Eden Hazard and Maurizio Sarri is alarmingly quick even by their standards. It is 10 months since Hazard publicly voiced his criticism of Antonio Conte’s decision to use him as a false nine against Manchester City. “When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve run but that you haven’t played a game of football — that’s a pity,” said the Belgian last March after a 1-0 defeat which flattered the Blues. Hazard is one of the best players in the world when in form, motivated and focused. That, coupled with a contract extension saga which has dragged on for months, is precisely why the 28-year-old is indulged more than most when it comes to public declarations, which are more frequent and wide-ranging than many at Stamford Bridge would surely like. Amid ongoing interest from Real Madrid, Hazard … [Read more...] about Chelsea boss Sarri is playing a dangerous game with Hazard
Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?
By Christopher Sell, Bloomberg News Published 7:00 am CST, Friday, January 4, 2019 Oil had a tumultuous 2018, with prices rising to a four-year high in October before plunging more than $30 in the following months. Oversupply and demand worries are high on the concern list for the industry, making volatility a buzzword this year as well. There are other power dynamics at play. OPEC’s Viennese waltz in early December was a perfect example of a shift, with Russia brokering a deal to curb output and sharing the reins with traditional leader Saudi Arabia. President Donald Trump’s tweets demanding lower oil prices and U.S. shale producers pumping out unprecedented volumes of crude threaten to undo all of OPEC and Russia’s yearslong work. There are “major uncertainties,” and forecasting trends in 2019 is “even more hazardous than usual,” said Neil Atkinson, head of oil markets at the International Energy Agency. Geopolitical … [Read more...] about Oil’s outlook uncertain, ‘more hazardous than usual’
Bruno Fux, INSEE Ecocycle Vietnam director, speaking at the circular economy conference A reality of the current society is that to support economic development, people have to exploit many natural resources, which can seriously damage the environment. How can businesses limit these negative impacts? At the “Zero Landfill in Circular Economy” conference organised by INSEE Ecocycle Vietnam, experts and industry leaders have discussed the circular economy model and focused on the practical application of this model in efficient waste management and the responsible consumption of natural resources. The circular economy: an inevitable trend Currently, we are living in a linear economy where products are made from natural resources, sold to the market, consumed, and then disposed into the environment. This linear economy model will lead to the over-exploitation of natural resources and generation of huge amounts of waste. If we continue applying this model, the total demand … [Read more...] about The circular economy: sustainable development for big companies