Pro League round-up: Sharjah will be a 'mystery'



Sharjah

Eesam Darwish, the Sharjah midfielder, believes his side could be a "mystery" to most teams if they can implement Valeriu Tita's strategies in matches. Tita replaced Carlos Azenha as the coach earlier this week after the Portuguese stepped down from the post last week citing personal reasons. The Romanian has been training the team since Saturday and Darwish is impressed with the new tactics the coach has employed. "The last coach was not bad, but in just a few days Tita has succeeded in finding proper solutions to the team's problems," he told reporters after Tuesday's training session. "His daily workouts are very different and I have not seen anything like it before. If we can implement these strategies in our matches, we will be a great mystery to all the teams."

Al Wasl

In a unique gesture, the Al Wasl fans have decided to use the metro to travel to Al Ahli for their Etisalat Cup match against promoted Ras Al Khaimah side Emirates today. The Wasl fans' association have decided to assemble at a specific place and then use the subway to reach the Ahli stadium across the city in Ghusais. They are planning to do the same for every Wasl game in Dubai. Today's match is Wasl's second of the Etisalat Cup; they lost the first 4-3 at Al Jazira. The match has been moved to Al Ahli because of maintenance work at Wasl.

Baniyas

Jorvan Viera, the Baniyas coach, will field a young team against Ajman tonight. He insisted the Pro League is more important than the Etisalat Cup, so he will take this opportunity to experiment with his line-up. "The Pro League is our priority so I will be putting out of younger team for the cup match," Viera said. "Anyway, we have a number of players away with the national team and there are some injuries as well, so there were always going to be changes. We still want to win. Ajman have been impressive so far, so this will be a test for the players. But the league is a priority for us."

Al Jazira

Frankie Vercauteren, the Jazira coach, wants his players to bulk up for the season ahead. The Belgian has been working with his squad for two weeks now and believes the one thing they need is to learn how to match opponents in a physical sense."We have been working on a number of things and one of the main issues has been the physical aspect of the game," he said. "Because we, as a coaching staff, have started late, this is something we felt had to be looked at as it's something that is normally worked on earlier than this. We will use these weeks to look at the balance of the team, get them game fit and physically ready. But that does not mean we are not working on the football." Al Jazira are at the home of Abu Dhabi rivals Al Wahda tomorrow in the Etisalat Cup.

Al Ain

Al Ain are hoping to learn their lesson from last week's 2-1 defeat to Abu Dhabi rivals Al Wahda in their first Etisalat Cup match. Matar Al Sahbani, Al Ain's first-team manager, revealed the coaching staff held a meeting with the squad to watch a video of the game and talk about mistakes and technical issues from the match. The team have since been working on those areas in training. "We didn't close the file of the first match directly until we discussed the factors of the loss and working on rectifying them," said Al Sahbani, ahead of tomorrow's trip to face Dubai. "Many Al Ain fans expected to win the derby match after enhancing the team [in the summer]. We were on the edge of winning the match."

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Rating: ★★★★

RESULT

Australia 3 (0) Honduras 1 (0)
Australia: Jedinak (53', 72' pen, 85' pen)
Honduras: Elis (90+4)

Kill Bill Volume 1

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Michael Madsen
Rating: 4.5/5

The Case For Trump

By Victor Davis Hanson
 

Company name: Farmin

Date started: March 2019

Founder: Dr Ali Al Hammadi 

Based: Abu Dhabi

Sector: AgriTech

Initial investment: None to date

Partners/Incubators: UAE Space Agency/Krypto Labs 

How to wear a kandura

Dos

  • Wear the right fabric for the right season and occasion 
  • Always ask for the dress code if you don’t know
  • Wear a white kandura, white ghutra / shemagh (headwear) and black shoes for work 
  • Wear 100 per cent cotton under the kandura as most fabrics are polyester

Don’ts 

  • Wear hamdania for work, always wear a ghutra and agal 
  • Buy a kandura only based on how it feels; ask questions about the fabric and understand what you are buying
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Best Agent: Jorge Mendes

Best Club : Liverpool   

 Best Coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)  

 Best Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

 Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

 Best Partnership of the Year Award by SportBusiness: Manchester City and SAP

 Best Referee: Stephanie Frappart

Best Revelation Player: Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid and Portugal)

Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atletico Madrid)

Best Women's Player:  Lucy Bronze

Best Young Arab Player: Achraf Hakimi

 Kooora – Best Arab Club: Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)

 Kooora – Best Arab Player: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia)

 Player Career Award: Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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How Alia's experiment will help humans get to Mars

Alia’s winning experiment examined how genes might change under the stresses caused by being in space, such as cosmic radiation and microgravity.

Her samples were placed in a machine on board the International Space Station. called a miniPCR thermal cycler, which can copy DNA multiple times.

After the samples were examined on return to Earth, scientists were able to successfully detect changes caused by being in space in the way DNA transmits instructions through proteins and other molecules in living organisms.

Although Alia’s samples were taken from nematode worms, the results have much bigger long term applications, especially for human space flight and long term missions, such as to Mars.

It also means that the first DNA experiments using human genomes can now be carried out on the ISS.

 

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Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
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Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

How will Gen Alpha invest?

Mark Chahwan, co-founder and chief executive of robo-advisory firm Sarwa, forecasts that Generation Alpha (born between 2010 and 2024) will start investing in their teenage years and therefore benefit from compound interest.

“Technology and education should be the main drivers to make this happen, whether it’s investing in a few clicks or their schools/parents stepping up their personal finance education skills,” he adds.

Mr Chahwan says younger generations have a higher capacity to take on risk, but for some their appetite can be more cautious because they are investing for the first time. “Schools still do not teach personal finance and stock market investing, so a lot of the learning journey can feel daunting and intimidating,” he says.

He advises millennials to not always start with an aggressive portfolio even if they can afford to take risks. “We always advise to work your way up to your risk capacity, that way you experience volatility and get used to it. Given the higher risk capacity for the younger generations, stocks are a favourite,” says Mr Chahwan.

Highlighting the role technology has played in encouraging millennials and Gen Z to invest, he says: “They were often excluded, but with lower account minimums ... a customer with $1,000 [Dh3,672] in their account has their money working for them just as hard as the portfolio of a high get-worth individual.”

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Creator: Netflix

Stars: Kris Fade, Ebraheem Al Samadi, Zeina Khoury

Rating: 2/5

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

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Why it pays to compare

A comparison of sending Dh20,000 from the UAE using two different routes at the same time - the first direct from a UAE bank to a bank in Germany, and the second from the same UAE bank via an online platform to Germany - found key differences in cost and speed. The transfers were both initiated on January 30.

Route 1: bank transfer

The UAE bank charged Dh152.25 for the Dh20,000 transfer. On top of that, their exchange rate margin added a difference of around Dh415, compared with the mid-market rate.

Total cost: Dh567.25 - around 2.9 per cent of the total amount

Total received: €4,670.30 

Route 2: online platform

The UAE bank’s charge for sending Dh20,000 to a UK dirham-denominated account was Dh2.10. The exchange rate margin cost was Dh60, plus a Dh12 fee.

Total cost: Dh74.10, around 0.4 per cent of the transaction

Total received: €4,756

The UAE bank transfer was far quicker – around two to three working days, while the online platform took around four to five days, but was considerably cheaper. In the online platform transfer, the funds were also exposed to currency risk during the period it took for them to arrive.


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