Italian Serie A President Maurizio Beretta, center, is surrounded by reporters he arrives for talks with the Italian Players' Association and Serie A officials, at the federation headquarters, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. The Italian Players' Association and Serie A officials have been summoned for emergency talks Tuesday to try to avert a strike called for this weekend. Abete has set up the negotiations. The players' union is refusing to accept a proposal that clubs be allowed to force unwanted players to train away from the first team or accept a transfer, and there are other issues as well. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) *** Local Caption ***  ROM107_Italy_Serie_A_Strike.jpg
Maurizio Beretta, the Serie A president, arrives for talks with the Italian Players’ Association and officials on Tuesday. Strike action was called off as a result of the talks.

Serie A: striking the right chord at last



Almost a full schedule of top-flight matches will go ahead in Italy this weekend, the threat of a strike by Serie A players having been averted around the negotiating table.

A sigh of relief from those who run and finance the game could be detected at the official announcement that the players' union had accepted the compromises over contracts that were at the centre of the dispute; a relief shared by most clubs except perhaps Inter Milan, who, because they are in Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup, would have welcomed their rivals also having to catch up on fixtures in the new year, as Inter are obliged to do.

The disagreements concerned the proposed renewal of the standard contract that exists in Italy between players and employers. While clearly elements such as salaries are variable from case to case, contracts have a number of common elements and the players' union, AIC, had problems with eight clauses. The AIC had already threatened to down tools in September - the first time Italian football would have been affected by such radical industrial action by its players for 14 years - and lifted that threat after the league agreed to talks. The Italian Football Association offered to mediate and the league will publish on Monday the agreed text of a new agreement on the rights of players.

One issue is still pending, however: that is the right of clubs - or normally club presidents and coaches - to exclude senior players from first-team training.

As a management device, the banishment of footballers to practise with the reserves has long been an important tool in a coach's workshop, usually to motivate a player whose form or effort levels have slipped.

But it has also been used by club presidents or directors to penalise footballers in contract disputes, which is what angers the AIC.

They would point to events at Lazio last season, where Goran Pandev, the Macedonian striker, and Cristian Ledesma, the Argentina-born midfielder - who is now an Italy international - were banished from practice with the first team after their contract renewal talks broke down.

Claudio Lotito, the Lazio president, ordered that the players be marginalised. Pandev took the issue to arbitration, won his case, and with it the right to join Inter on a free transfer last January.

Ledesma is still at Lazio, back in the senior squad, after his plea to arbitration failed on the ground he had, from time to time, been included in senior practice sessions even though he was not picked for the first XI for half a season.

Antonio Cassano, currently marginalised at Sampdoria, has a particular interest in this aspect of any future agreement.

Further talks between league and the AIC on that issue are scheduled, though full agreement has been reached on whether players have the right to refuse a transfer if the buying club is "of equal status" to the selling club in these cases, as long as the wages offered are equivalent. Again, a high-profile case occurred recently, when Fabio Grosso, the Italian World Cup winner, was offered by Juventus to AC Milan, who were interested in the left-back. Grosso refused the move.

Though some fuzzy definitions remain in the clause governing such cases - lawyers will be encouraged by that - the league believe that the AIC is happy with the way the issue is now handled.

"A strike would have been poor publicity for Italian football," said Gianni Petrucci, the head of the country's Olympic committee. Not least in a week when Inter and Milan both lost in the Champions League and Roma drew with Cluj of Romania.

So as of today, the focus is one the right sort of strikers, the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who, against Bologna, will seek to maintain Milan's advantage at the top and secure his own pre-emimence in the scoring charts by overtaking the absent Samuel Eto'o, of Inter.

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

WWE TLC results

Asuka won the SmackDown Women's title in a TLC triple threat with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair

Dean Ambrose won the Intercontinental title against Seth Rollins

Daniel Bryan retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles

Ronda Rousey retained the Raw Women's Championship against Nia Jax

Rey Mysterio beat Randy Orton in a chairs match

Finn Balor defeated Drew McIntyre

Natalya beat Ruby Riott in a tables match

Braun Strowman beat Baron Corbin in a TLC match

Sheamus and Cesaro retained the SmackDown Tag Titles against The Usos and New Day

R-Truth and Carmella won the Mixed Match Challenge by beating Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox

Fight card

1. Featherweight 66kg: Ben Lucas (AUS) v Ibrahim Kendil (EGY)

2. Lightweight 70kg: Mohammed Kareem Aljnan (SYR) v Alphonse Besala (CMR)

3. Welterweight 77kg:Marcos Costa (BRA) v Abdelhakim Wahid (MAR)

4. Lightweight 70kg: Omar Ramadan (EGY) v Abdimitalipov Atabek (KGZ)

5. Featherweight 66kg: Ahmed Al Darmaki (UAE) v Kagimu Kigga (UGA)

6. Catchweight 85kg: Ibrahim El Sawi (EGY) v Iuri Fraga (BRA)

7. Featherweight 66kg: Yousef Al Husani (UAE) v Mohamed Allam (EGY)

8. Catchweight 73kg: Mostafa Radi (PAL) v Ahmed Abdelraouf of Egypt (EGY)

9.  Featherweight 66kg: Jaures Dea (CMR) v Andre Pinheiro (BRA)

10. Catchweight 90kg: Tarek Suleiman (SYR) v Juscelino Ferreira (BRA)

UAE SQUAD

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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
J Street Polling Results

97% of Jewish-Americans are concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism

76% of US Jewish voters believe Donald Trump and his allies in the Republican Party are responsible for a rise in anti-Semitism

74% of American Jews agreed that “Trump and the Maga movement are a threat to Jews in America"

RESULTS

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Winner: Ferdous, Szczepan Mazur (jockey), Ibrahim Al Hadhrami (trainer)
5.30pm: Arabian Triple Crown Round-3 Group 3 (PA) Dh300,000 2,400m
Winner: Basmah, Fabrice Veron, Eric Lemartinel
6pm: UAE Arabian Derby Prestige (PA) Dh150,000 2,200m
Winner: Ihtesham, Szczepan Mazur, Ibrahim Al Hadhrami
6.30pm: Emirates Championship Group 1 (PA) Dh1,000,000 2,200m
Winner: Somoud, Patrick Cosgrave, Ahmed Al Mehairbi
7pm: Abu Dhabi Championship Group 3 (TB) Dh380,000 2,200m
Winner: GM Hopkins, Patrick Cosgrave, Jaber Ramadhan
7.30pm: Wathba Stallions Cup Conditions (PA) Dh70,000 1,600m
Winner: AF Al Bairaq, Tadhg O’Shea, Ernst Oertel

Profile Periscope Media

Founder: Smeetha Ghosh, one co-founder (anonymous)

Launch year: 2020

Employees: four – plans to add another 10 by July 2021

Financing stage: $250,000 bootstrap funding, approaching VC firms this year

Investors: Co-founders

EMIRATES'S REVISED A350 DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

COMPANY PROFILE

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

MATCH INFO

Al Jazira 3 (O Abdulrahman 43', Kenno 82', Mabkhout 90+4')

Al Ain 1 (Laba 39')

Red cards: Bandar Al Ahbabi (Al Ain)

COMPANY PROFILE

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)

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Types of bank fraud

1) Phishing

Fraudsters send an unsolicited email that appears to be from a financial institution or online retailer. The hoax email requests that you provide sensitive information, often by clicking on to a link leading to a fake website.

2) Smishing

The SMS equivalent of phishing. Fraudsters falsify the telephone number through “text spoofing,” so that it appears to be a genuine text from the bank.

3) Vishing

The telephone equivalent of phishing and smishing. Fraudsters may pose as bank staff, police or government officials. They may persuade the consumer to transfer money or divulge personal information.

4) SIM swap

Fraudsters duplicate the SIM of your mobile number without your knowledge or authorisation, allowing them to conduct financial transactions with your bank.

5) Identity theft

Someone illegally obtains your confidential information, through various ways, such as theft of your wallet, bank and utility bill statements, computer intrusion and social networks.

6) Prize scams

Fraudsters claiming to be authorised representatives from well-known organisations (such as Etisalat, du, Dubai Shopping Festival, Expo2020, Lulu Hypermarket etc) contact victims to tell them they have won a cash prize and request them to share confidential banking details to transfer the prize money.

Tips on buying property during a pandemic

Islay Robinson, group chief executive of mortgage broker Enness Global, offers his advice on buying property in today's market.

While many have been quick to call a market collapse, this simply isn’t what we’re seeing on the ground. Many pockets of the global property market, including London and the UAE, continue to be compelling locations to invest in real estate.

While an air of uncertainty remains, the outlook is far better than anyone could have predicted. However, it is still important to consider the wider threat posed by Covid-19 when buying bricks and mortar. 

Anything with outside space, gardens and private entrances is a must and these property features will see your investment keep its value should the pandemic drag on. In contrast, flats and particularly high-rise developments are falling in popularity and investors should avoid them at all costs.

Attractive investment property can be hard to find amid strong demand and heightened buyer activity. When you do find one, be prepared to move hard and fast to secure it. If you have your finances in order, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Lenders continue to lend and rates remain at an all-time low, so utilise this. There is no point in tying up cash when you can keep this liquidity to maximise other opportunities. 

Keep your head and, as always when investing, take the long-term view. External factors such as coronavirus or Brexit will present challenges in the short-term, but the long-term outlook remains strong. 

Finally, keep an eye on your currency. Whenever currency fluctuations favour foreign buyers, you can bet that demand will increase, as they act to secure what is essentially a discounted property.

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UAE SQUAD

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