Tevez wins it with a flash of brilliance

Manchester // Carlos Tevez halted Chelsea in their tracks, but Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, still backed Carlo Ancelotti's team to win the Premier League title. Tevez's 59th-minute strike - a wonderful solo effort - brought to an end the champions' perfect start to the season - five straight wins - and lifted City to within four points of the pace setters. "I still say that Chelsea are favourites to win the title, they are a very strong team," Mancini said.

There was though an element of mind games about Mancini's pronouncement that echoed his pre-match assertion that it would be "easy" for Chelsea to retain their title. It was far from easy for Chelsea yesterday as City's acerbic approach smothered the usually adventurous outlook of Ancelotti's men. And while Mancini is keen to play down his team's own chances of winning the title, he admitted: "If we can keep the gap between us and those at the top close until the second half of the season when some our injured players come back then we will see.

"I can't rule it out as a possibility. We will have to try." Mancini paid tribute to the attitude and application of his team. "Everyone worked very hard. It was a great team effort. If you ask me about Tevez I say he did so well for us defensively because he kept two of their defender's occupied all the time. He also took his goal very well." Ancelotti conceded City deserved to win. "They played the counter-attacking game very well," said Ancelotti.

"We just could not get our usual attacking play going. This was not a good day for us. "But I still think it is a strong possibility for us to still win the title. I think though that as I suspected City have the possibility." City set out in ultra cautious mode with a defensive 4-5-1 formation while Chelsea kept their attacking 4-3-3 style. But Mancini's men hustled and harried all over the pitch and neither Didier Drogba nor Florent Malouda could exert the sort of influence they have done so far this season.

Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea's Serbian full-back, almost gave them the lead in the 28th minute, heading against a post from a corner and then planting the rebound back into the grateful hands of Joe Hart, the City goalkeeper. City maintained their patience and in the 59th minute hit Chelsea with a classic sucker punch. After Ramires lost possession for Chelsea, Tevez was fed the ball in the centre circle.

He then went off on a driving run which had both John Terry and Ashley Cole running scared. The England pair made the basic error of backing off until Tevez had reached the 18-yard box. The Argentine accepted the invitation to shoot and sent a piercing low drive beyond the reach of Petr Cech, which went in off the post. Michael Essien had a late chance to equalise but headed a corner over from close range.

Mancini was delighted but warned: "We must not think we have achieved a lot just because of a win like this, if we are to challenge."


Director: Elie El Samaan

Starring: Nour Al Ghandour, Mahmoud Boushahri

Rating: 3/5

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The trip

Geodyssey’s (Geodyssey.co.uk) 15-night Nicaragua Odyssey visits the colonial cities of Leon and Granada, lively country villages, the lake island of Ometepe and a stunning array of landscapes, with wildlife, history, creative crafts and more. From Dh18,500 per person, based on two sharing, including transfers and tours but excluding international flights. For more information, visit visitnicaragua.us.

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Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000


Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)


Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
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Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
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Google wasn't new to busting out April Fool's jokes: before the Gmail "prank", it tricked users with mind-reading MentalPlex responses and said well-fed pigeons were running its search engine operations .

In subsequent years, they announced home internet services through your toilet with its "patented GFlush system", made us believe the Moon's surface was made of cheese and unveiled a dating service in which they called founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page "Stanford PhD wannabes ".

But Gmail was all too real, purportedly inspired by one – a single – Google user complaining about the "poor quality of existing email services" and born "millions of M&Ms later".

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A fraudulent investment operation where the scammer provides fake reports and generates returns for old investors through money paid by new investors, rather than through ligitimate business activities.

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Best Club : Liverpool   

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 Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

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 Best Referee: Stephanie Frappart

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Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atletico Madrid)

Best Women's Player:  Lucy Bronze

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Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

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How to vote

Canadians living in the UAE can register to vote online and be added to the International Register of Electors.

They'll then be sent a special ballot voting kit by mail either to their address, the Consulate General of Canada to the UAE in Dubai or The Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi

Registered voters mark the ballot with their choice and must send it back by 6pm Eastern time on October 21 (2am next Friday) 


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