No longer coy and cautious, Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri targets EPL title

first_imgClaudio Ranieri shed his coy and cautious demeanor on Friday to flaunt his euphoria about Leicester being on the brink of the Premier League title in the most stunning season in the club’s 132-year history.Breaking the habit of a season, when Ranieri has mostly restricted himself to prioritizing top flight survival, the manger finally publicly acknowledged the target is delivering the title. (Also read: Good karma will land Leicester EPL title, says Thai monk) With 12 points to play for, Leicester has a five-point lead over Tottenham as it looks to collect the biggest prize in English football for the first time.The pursuit of the title has overshadowed the landmark already achieved: steering Leicester into the Champions League for the first time by securing a top-three finish.”Hey man, we are in Champions League!” Ranieri said at a giddy news conference appearance at the central England club. “Dilly-ding, dilly-dong, come on! You forget.”You speak about blah, blah, blah, but we are in Champions League! Come on man!”Leicester’s hierarchy were mocked for hiring Ranieri last July having only just avoided relegation from world football’s richest league.The 64-year-old Italian had been out of work for almost a year after being fired by Greece for making a wretched start to European Championship qualifying.And he hadn’t coached in England for 11 years since being fired by Chelsea. Now Ranieri’s team is a staggering 29 points ahead of defending champion Chelsea, with the two teams meeting in the last round.”Fantastic, fantastic. Terrific. Well done. Well done to everybody,” Ranieri said. “The owners, the fans, to the players, the staff, everybody … it’s a great achievement, great achievement. Unbelievable. And now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes. Yes man!”advertisementAmid the unusual expressiveness, Ranieri still had a serious message for his players: “Keep calm.”One key player will be missing this weekend: top scorer Jamie Vardy. The 22-goal striker is banned for Sunday’s visit of Swansea and is waiting to discover if the suspension will be extended after admitting that his conduct toward the referee was improper after being sent off in last Sunday’s draw with West Ham.”Without our goal scorer it’s not easy to play,” Ranieri said. “But I’m very convinced … we’ll give a little more for each other to win the match.”The 2-2 draw with West Ham was followed by second-place Tottenham beating Stoke 4-0 with a ruthless attacking display that signaled the London club’s intent to push Leicester all the way to the finish.”Now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes man, only this remains,” Ranieri said. “I talk to my players, ‘Come on, now is the right moment to push’.”I always believe. I am a positive man. If Tottenham go above us, congratulations, but I prefer to be five points ahead.”last_img read more

Increased Productivity Helps Keep Inflation Low – Minister Williams

first_img She said that low productivity results in “cost increases that flow through to product prices and thereby raised inflation”. Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, is emphasising the importance of increased productivity in staving off potential inflationary pressures.She said that low productivity results in “cost increases that flow through to product prices and thereby raised inflation”.“For a country, productivity growth is important because being able to provide more goods and services to its citizens translates into better quality of life. Ultimately, that is what we want,” she added.Mrs. Williams was participating in a panel discussion at the 2018 Productivity and Continuous Improvement Conference hosted by Make Your Mark Consultants (MYMC) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on October 24.She said investment in human capital development will increase labour productivity and expand the range of the productive capacities of the Jamaican people.President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), Senator Kavan Gayle, agreed that investment in human capital, including training and certification, is critical for increased productivity.“It calls for good interpersonal skills; it also means computer literacy, as jobs are constantly changing. It also requires the capacity and ability to work as part of a team if we are going to promote productivity,” he said.Mr. Gayle pointed out that the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC), which was established in 2003, is a valuable agency, which needs to be financially strengthened to “continue to drive the focus of productivity in the country”.Other panellists included Executive Director at the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Dr. Damien King; Sagicor Chairman, Richard Byles; and Wisynco Chairman William Mahfood.Managing Director of MYMC, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, said the conference, which is in its second year, is aimed at discussing the issues that contribute to low productivity in the country and to examine best practices and solutions to addressing these. Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, is emphasising the importance of increased productivity in staving off potential inflationary pressures.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more