Hughes defends City's form



The Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has described some of the reaction to his team's run of seven straight league draws as "hysterical". City, who have failed to win their last three games despite leading, have not won in the Premier League since September and face leaders Chelsea on Saturday. "There is a little bit of hysteria around at the moment, as we have had on numerous occasions since I have been City manager," said Hughes.

"It becomes predictable because we are being judged on the amount of money we have spent. But we are progressing. We are in December and have only been beaten once." That defeat was a 4-3 loss at Manchester United, but their form is a far cry from the four consecutive wins with which they began the campaign. "We have been frustrated by the number of draws, but we know that as a group we will get stronger as the season progresses," said Hughes.

"Every team of mine is stronger in the second half of the season and I am convinced that will be the case again because of the quality and strength in depth we have. "We are still very much where we thought we would be at this point, within one or two points of the teams above us, with a game in hand, so we are in very good shape." Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Robin van Persie's prolonged injury lay-off might force him to buy in the January transfer window, but only at the right price.

"I did not feel we were in need to buy anybody. But we will be out on the market, that is for sure. However, we will only make a decision if it suits us," said Wenger. Elsewhere, Italian striker Federico Macheda has signed a new contract that will keep him at Manchester United until June 2014. @Email:emegson@thenational.ae

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A clear distinction between the residences and the Raffles hotel with the amenities operated separately.

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Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

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Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
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Director: Payal Kapadia

Starring: Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam

Rating: 4/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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Ferrari

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Starring: Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Patrick Dempsey

Rating: 3/5

'Cheb Khaled'

Artist: Khaled
Label: Believe
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Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

The Africa Institute 101

Housed on the same site as the original Africa Hall, which first hosted an Arab-African Symposium in 1976, the newly renovated building will be home to a think tank and postgraduate studies hub (it will offer master’s and PhD programmes). The centre will focus on both the historical and contemporary links between Africa and the Gulf, and will serve as a meeting place for conferences, symposia, lectures, film screenings, plays, musical performances and more. In fact, today it is hosting a symposium – 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction that will look at the six decades of Frank Bowling’s career, as well as those of his contemporaries that invested social, cultural and personal meaning into abstraction. 

Bridgerton season three - part one

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Rating: 3/5

 

 


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