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Is Manchester United’s Ed Woodward Ahead Of The Wave Or Just Weird?

Rivalries, some local, some regional, some national were central to marketing of the Premier League and from the late 90s in the first five years or so of the new century there was no rivalry that produced better and higher octane matches than Arsenal and Manchester United.

Ferguson against Wenger and Keane versus Vieira were far more than sidebars to the team rivalry as they each carried authentic bitterness and hate.
There is still a rivalry but it is now of the tepid variety. When the two sides lined up on Saturday at Emirates Stadium it was more a case who might be best able to challenge for the title of the best-of-the-rest.

The Brave Journalists, Asia Report To End Impunity

VideoThe United Nations made November 2 of this year the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (#EndImpunity on Twitter). The UN, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International (PEN) […]

In Tokyo’s sake bars the mood turns grim as weary workers brace for more pain

Grilled chicken and beer fail to raise the spirits of poorly paid and part-time workers who see little sense in yet another costly election

The neon flickers into action, bathing the central district of Shinbashi in light. Giant screens blare out ads for electronic gadgets and energy drinks. High above street level, trains arrive every couple of minutes and deposit hordes of office workers on to Shinbashi’s narrow back streets in search of grilled chicken skewers and beer, and the chance to take stock of an extraordinary week for the world’s third-biggest economy.

If the buzz of activity in Shinbashi – packed with offices, bars and restaurants – is any indication, this does not look like a country in recession. But the Friday evening feelgood factor is at odds with the hard data. Last Monday Japan’s government caught almost everyone off guard when it announced that, after a second consecutive contraction in quarterly GDP, the economy was officially back in recession for the first time since 2012. Put simply, Japan’s consumers have stopped spending. Exhibiting the same caution that consigned their economy to more than two decades of stagnation, their thrift threatens to derail prime minister Shinzo Abe’s inflation-led mission to revive the economy.

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