Dave Matthews Band has welcomed an impressive mix of guest performers to jam with them during their 2018 fall arena tour thus far. Warren Haynes, Jon Faddis, James Casey, and Eric Krasno have all been welcomed to the stage to play alongside Matthews and his group since the tour began in late November. DMB continued that trend last night during their tour closing show in their original hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where they welcomed the show’s support act, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to join them for a set-closing performance of “Ants Marching”.On Saturday, Dave Matthews Band opened the show with “Warehouse” off of 1994’s Under The Table and Dreaming, followed by fan favorite “The Song That Jane Likes”. Come Tomorrow’s “Do You Remember” came next, before Dave and company worked through a series of choice cuts with “Funny The Way It Is”, “Crush”, and a cover of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, played earlier this tour for the first time since 2016.Dave Matthews Band – “Crush”[Video: DMB4041]“Say Goodbye”, “You Might Die Trying”, and “Can’t Stop” all came next, before the band invited up guitarist Joe Lawlor to lend a hand on Under The Table and Dreaming’s “Rhyme & Reason”. Dave Matthews Band was firing off on all cylinders, as the band mixed old and new with “Digging a Ditch”, “She”, “Lie In Our Graves”, and “Where Are You Going”. The band then invited up jazz trumpeter John d’Earth for “Jimi Thing”, which included a segment of Prince’s “Sexy M.F.”, before the band exited the stage to allow Dave to deliver a solo rendition of “Here On Out”. The band reemerged for a smooth segue of “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel”, before inviting up Preservation Hall Jazz Band to assist on an impressive take on “Ants Marching”. Dave, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, and Tim Reynolds opened up the encore with “Christmas Song”, which recently made its way back into the setlist after a four-year break, followed by “Two Step”. Dave Matthews Band brought the show to a close with “Halloween”, played for the first time since 6/17/17.Dave Matthews Band – “She”[Video: DMB4041]Dave Matthews Band – “Two Step” > “Halloween”[Video: DMB4041]Dave Matthews Band will look to pick up where they left off starting with a run of European concert dates next spring. Tickets to the band’s upcoming performances can be found on the official DMB website.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, VA | 12/15/2018Set: Warehouse, The Song That Jane Likes, Do You Remember, Funny The Way It Is, Crush, Burning Down The House, Say Goodbye, You Might Die Trying, Can’t Stop, Rhyme & Reason*, Digging a Ditch, She, Lie In Our Graves, Where Are You Going, Jimi Thing^, Here On Out^^, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, Ants Marching^^^Encore: Christmas Song%%, Two Step > Halloween%Notes:*with Joe Lawlor^with John d’Earth^^Dave solo^^^with Preservation Hall Jazz Band%%Carter, Dave, Stefan and Tim%Last time played 6/17/17
Martin Puchner’s new book, “The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization,” begins in space with a moment from the dramatic Apollo 8 mission. More than 200,000 miles from Earth, astronauts connected with their audience of 500 million by reading the first verses of Genesis. Puchner was drawn to the tale for its powerful pairing of traditional storytelling and technology, a theme at the heart of “Essential Works in World Literature,” the Humanities 12 course he teaches with David Damrosch. Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, chair of Theater, Dance & Media, and editor of the “Norton Anthology of World Literature.” He told us about books that changed his life, heading south for research, and what Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s biographies have in common. Kelsey and Puchner examine The Written WorldThe dean of Arts and Humanities and the English professor chat about the literature that has shaped civilization.GAZETTE: “The Written World” came out of your co-teaching Humanities 12 and the HarvardX course on the same topic. Was the book a natural extension of the courses?PUCHNER: The study of literature is often so specialized that it’s very hard to get the big picture. The more I thought about it and I saw this big picture, I was captivated. I couldn’t find books that captured the history of literature on this scale. So I said, “I guess I’ll write it myself.”GAZETTE: Your research took you around the globe, but also to several Southern states, including Georgia and Alabama. Why there?PUCHNER: The second origin of the book was when I started to edit the “Norton Anthology of World Literature” about 12 years ago. It forced me out of my own specialty and to think for the first time about the big picture. It so happens that a lot of the biggest adopters of this anthology are in the South, often small, rural universities. Why are there so many more world literature courses being taught in the South? I think because during the canon wars, the coastal elite universities gave up on their great big book courses. These courses were often focused on Western literature and with very few women writers. Out of a conservatism, the South held on to these courses, but transformed them, from Western civilization courses to the world literature courses we have today. The result is that schools with robust world lit courses are those Southern universities. It’s been a real education for me to get to know an aspect of higher American education that I wouldn’t get to know otherwise. These programs are crucial because teachers are sometimes teaching students who haven’t left their state, who don’t have a passport, but they can convey something about the world through literature.GAZETTE: What books changed your life?PUCHNER: I wasn’t an avid reader. When I was growing up, literature was valued, but I was not particularly interested in it. It crept up on me, maybe around 15 or 16, not sooner. I remember some experiences, like reading “Lord of the Rings” several times. It made an impression on me, but more importantly it created an entire world. The other signature reading moment was when I found myself in northern Greece in my early 20s. I was at a summer school in Thessaloniki, spending a week on Mount Athos. It was a completely strange place belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church and closed to tourists and women. It was where you went if you wanted to convert to the Orthodox Church. I found a way in and I had brought Joyce’s “Ulysses,” a book the church didn’t like. I was in a medieval “The Name of the Rose” kind of world, reading it secretly. That experience me made me switch from philosophy to literature for the rest of my life.GAZETTE: Paper and printing are at the heart of “The Written World.” And yet 20th-century poet Anna Akhmatova’s story was captivating because she fought to keep her work oral as a way to protect it from totalitarian Russia.PUCHNER: Spoken storytelling continues to feed literature to this day in a really important way. Akhmatova was crucial for me, but so was the West African “The Epic of Sundiata,” which was transmitted orally for centuries. It was only written down in the 20th century. These two are important in the overall story of technology and its influence on literature. It’s not just improved technology that made a difference. It’s who owned and controlled it. The two authors were good reminders that as excited as I got about the advantages of paper over papyrus and print over handwritten books, it was always a question of how these technologies were used, and their unintended consequences. I just talked to a librarian about current technology. It’s so hard to preserve electronic email because we don’t know if we will be able to read these formats in 20 years, The obsolescence of these electronic formats is staggering.GAZETTE: How does storytelling fit into the national conversation?PUCHNER: Look at the presidencies of Donald Trump and Barack Obama. It has struck me that they have, in both cases, come to the attention of the general public through their autobiographies (“Dreams from My Father” and “The Art of the Deal”). Both men managed to forge these stories about their lives that took them to the White House. These two books are quite different, but they are both variants of the American type of autobiography — a combination of a search for identity and professional achievement.
A spoof of the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin (which is, of course, now a Broadway musical), Twisted premiered at the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago in 2013. Just as Wicked revealed the real story of the Wicked Witch of the West, Twisted intriguingly promises to tell the story of Aladdin from the perspective of Ja’far, the Royal Vizier. Twisted features a score by A.J. Holmes (currently standby for Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon) and Kaley McMahon and a book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Eric Kahn Gale. Robert W. Schneider directs the concert, with music direction by Justin Fisher and orchestrations by Andrew Fox. For Twisted tickets and more info, click here. Get a sneak peek of Twisted from the YouTube video below! Got Aladdin fever? You’re not alone! The acclaimed theater troupe StarKid are bringing a concert version of their hit musical parody Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier to 54 Below for two performances on March 17 at 7PM and 11:30PM. StarKid Productions (aka Team StarKid) was founded at the University of Michigan in 2009 by Glee star Darren Criss, Brian Holden, Matt Lang and Nick Lang. Best known for A Very Potter Musical, the company has also created the musicals Me and My Dick, Starship, Holy Musical B@man!, A Very Potter Sequel and A Very Potter Senior Year. Holmes will play Ja’far, joining Jeff Blim as Aladdin, Tyler Brunsman, Andrea Ross, Holly Grossman, Rebecca Spigelman and George Salazar (Godspell). View Comments
One region, 8 anchor destinations, countless adventures.From the highest mountain peaks in Virginia to the most diverse river ecosystem in America, Southwest Virginia is a place for accessible wilderness, extreme adventure and pastoral recreation, all rolled into one.Daniel Boone Wilderness TrailOver two centuries ago, frontiersman Daniel Boone and his crew blazed a trail from what is now Kingsport, Tennessee along 200 miles through Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. Today, visitors can travel the legendary Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail through areas like Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Opportunities for recreation include hiking, fishing, cave exploring and viewing the region’s rich history. Visit the Anderson Blockhouse, an assembly point for over 250,000 settlers on their way into America’s heartland.High KnobAt 13 miles wide and 26 miles long, High Knob is one of Appalachia’s largest mountain ranges, where its heart was breached by massive erosion to create caves and karst landscapes like Natural Tunnel. The Civilian Conservation Corps built High Knob Recreation Area in the 1930s, and it now includes a lake stocked with fish, trails and a rebuilt observation tower. Mountain bikers can ride the newly opened Sugar Maple Mountain Bike Trail, and hikers can journey up Little Stony Falls to waterfalls, gorges and mountain scenery.Breaks Interstate ParkBreaks Interstate Park is Southwest Virginia’s best kept secret. The Russell Fork River is a whitewater classic, boasting scenic Class III and epic Class V. Over eons, it tore through a mountain to create the five-mile gorge, “The Grand Canyon of the East.” Visit Garden Hole, where the fish are everywhere. Pine Mountain Trailconnects the Kentucky side of the Breaks, where an observation tower provides a cool five-state view.Clinch RiverYou have many outdoor options along the Clinch River. Fishermen can enjoy a long day of casting for the stocked muskie and walleye, with access points from Blackford to the Tennessee line. If it’s wildlife viewing you’re after, the Clinch Mountain is a natural pathway for migratory birds. Hikers can explore the trails in Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve and the Channels, a grand series of sandstone outcroppings.Appalachian TrailOver 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail travels through the heart of Southwest Virginia. Hikers can journey north from North Carolina and enjoy the view from Virginia’s highest mountain, Mount Rogers. Walk through the Great Valley, up Big Walker Mountain and along the eastern edge of Burke’s Garden. Then traverse upper New River Valley before heading back across the ridges toward Roanoke. Hike a few hours or take a weekend and camp in a primitive shelter or pitch a tent.Mount Rogers National Recreation AreaThe centerpiece of the region is the Mount Rogers National Recreation area, 200,000 acres of trails, campgrounds, wilderness areas and more. Mount Rogers NRA is flanked by two Virginia state parks, Grayson Highlands and Hungry Mother. Climb the highest mountains in Virginia, or rappel down an awesome rock cliff. Bike along a rushing stream. Ride your horse along scenic trails, and stay in campgrounds especially for equestrian visitors.New RiverContrary to its name, the New is the oldest river in North America, second in the world after Africa’s Nile. Flowing through craggy rock cliffs and deep gorges, the New River provides whitewater rafting and flatwater sections for tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Hikers, horseback riders and bicyclists can ride along the New River Trail State Park. History buffs will appreciate the old Shot Tower State Park, which provides a glimpse of how lead was mined nearby to make ammunition for early settlers.Blue Ridge ParkwayDrive along America’s Favorite Drive for long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. In spring, dogwood and redbud line the roads followed by rhododendron and wildflowers. In October, the trees burn with autumn color, and winter reveals a palette of grays and bare branches. Stay at Rocky Knob campground, and hike the nearby Rock Castle Gorge Trail. Learn about America’s music roots at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
Responding to increased healthcare costs and higher incidents of health issues among staff, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in Wentzville, Mo., committed to improving its employee’s lives with a wellness program, says Robyn Whalen, president of human resources (HR) and administration for the $207 million asset credit union.1st Financial Federal’s program started with three basic components:An online wellness platform, which provided a fun place to play and track progress toward creating healthy habits;“Fruit My Cube,” an online service that delivers individual orders of fresh fruit and vegetables directly to the workplace once a week; andA subsidy for gym membership.In an exchange with Credit Union Magazine, Whalen shares more about the credit union’s wellness journey. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 16: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the U.S. economy during a press briefing at the Queen Theater on November 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden and his advisors continue to work on the long term economic recovery plan his administration will try to put in place when he takes office. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The chairman of the organization is Doug McMillon, the president and CEO of Walmart. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, are among the Business Roundtable’s board of directors. The group’s members include more than 100 chief executive officers.“We are urging policymakers to enact phase four legislation now,” Bolten said during the briefing.On trade, Bolten specifically mentioned that they believe Biden should begin cutting back on the tariffs that have been implemented by the Trump administration on foreign goods. He did note, though, that even if the administration removes trade barriers, there are still hurdles to overcome when it comes to trade deals with China.- Advertisement – The move comes as companies start to hire lobbyists to prepare for the incoming Biden administration. The Business Roundtable had been in touch with Biden’s campaign before he was elected president.Bolten confirmed to reporters that the Business Roundtable has been holding discussions with Biden’s team and that, even on policy disagreements, the group is convinced it can work with the new administration.“We feel like that even on the areas where we may disagree on policy, we will have a fair chance on input and to make our positions known,” Bolten said. One area of disagreement is Biden’s campaign proposal to raise taxes on people making over $400,000, plus an increase in the corporate tax rate.At least one lobbyist working with the Business Roundtable has previous ties to Biden. Eric Rosen, a lobbyist at the firm Invariant, has Business Roundtable as a client and was once a Judiciary Committee counsel to Biden when he was part of the powerful Senate committee.Biden has been filling out his administration with advisors who have ties to the larger business community, including Ron Klain, who is the president-elect’s chief of staff, and Steve Ricchetti, who on Tuesday was named one of his counselors. – Advertisement – The Business Roundtable, a large and influential group consisting of prominent corporate leaders, has decided on its key policy priorities under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration and a new Congress.Joshua Bolten, the CEO of the advocacy and lobbying group, told reporters Tuesday that it will start pushing policymakers on a slew of initiatives, including another coronavirus relief bill to help small businesses, the removal of tariffs, and police reforms.Congress is locked in a stalemate over another Covid-19 relief bill. Republicans in the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, have pushed for a smaller, more targeted measure with enhanced unemployment benefits, and aid and protections for businesses. House Democrats, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are pushing a much larger bill that would include even more unemployment benefits, as well as aid to state and local governments, and direct payments to individuals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
U.S.-based oil and gas company Kosmos Energy has completed drilling the Resolution exploration well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The primary exploration objective proved to be water-bearing. Source: KosmosKosmos has 50% interest in the project and BP has the other 50% interest.Kosmos said on Tuesday that the Resolution was designed to test an amplitude-supported sub-salt prospect in the underexplored western Garden Banks area. The well encountered reservoir quality sands; however, the primary exploration objective proved to be water-bearing.The well will now be plugged and abandoned and the well results integrated into the ongoing evaluation of the surrounding area.Kosmos expects to spud the Oldfield prospect in early December with results in the first quarter of 2020. Kosmos has a 40% interest in this well and Hess has a 60% interest.In addition, Kosmos said it continued to high grade its multi-year infrastructure-led exploration prospect inventory in the Gulf of Mexico with further three wells expected in 2020.The Resolution well was located in approximately 600 meters of water and was drilled to a total depth of approximately 7,700 meters. Kosmos expects to record approximately $55 million of exploration expense in the fourth quarter related to the drilling of the Resolution exploration well.It is also worth reminding that, earlier in November, Kosmos said it had failed to find oil at its Moneypenny prospect in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Moneypenny prospect was drilled in Mississippi Canyon Block 214 in late October 2019.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
FaithLifestyleNewsRegional Trinidadian priest bats for gays by: – February 12, 2014 127 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Chairman of the Eric Williams Memorial Committee, Reginald Vidale, makes a point on the draft Constitution at UWI SPEC, St Augustine, on Monday. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANKA Catholic priest has come out in support of the gay community, saying their rights, including the right to love whomever they want, should be included in the Constitution.Dr Fr Stephen Geofroy captured the attention of the audience with his comments during consultation on the draft Constitution at the University of the West Indies Sport and Physical Education Centre, St Augustine, on Monday evening.Geofroy said the matter should not be debated further and instead Government should be embracing of all its people.“Now on the issue of sexual orientation being subject to further national discussion…discussion about what? Aren’t LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), aren’t they not humans still, yes or no?” said Geofroy.“Yes? Then they should have rights as other people have,” he continued as he received loud applause from the packed hall.Geofroy said there was no debate on whether gays are people or not as they have expressed themselves clearly that they are part and parcel of this country’s culture.“We’ve come over a long history of slavery and indentureship and now it is time to break the many things that denigrate the person,” said Geofroy.“This is certainly one of the things we have to do and we have to be very decisive of it.”Geofroy said there has been discrimination on the basis of race, colour and class in this country.“…I don’t see the difference with sexual orientation. We are citizens of a country and people have the right to love who they want irrespective,” said Geofroy .He said to continue discussing the issue at a national level without taking a decision was to go the way of other countries such as Nigeria and Uganda as part of a political agenda.“I think we should avoid that like the plague,” he said.Geofroy said the rights of a minority should not be suffered because of the majority as the bill of rights speaks to upholding the dignity of all.“We do not belong to a theocracy, neither are we in a religious oligarchy where people impose their beliefs on others,” said Geofroy.He said if it was this way then moves would be made to criminalise adultery, masturbation and the use of condoms.“Then all of these things should be looked at and in my tradition I would say first, they are all sins so I think we have to be very careful on human rights and our rights to our own belief but not the right to impose it on the rest of the population,” he said.The draft Constitution recommends that the Chapter on Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms should not be altered and the issue of sexual orientation and human rights should be made the subject of further national discussion and public education.Executive director of the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO), Colin Robinson, who spoke before Geofroy, expressed his disappointment that the draft Constitution did not offer equal protection and rights to persons who are gay.Robinson said he felt ashamed when reading the draft Constitution which states there should be further discussion on the issue.“Shame that my nation’s leading lights would miss that the point of a Constitution is to protect people from others. That the lack of consensus about my rights is the most compelling reason why they need protection. Shame that the conclusion of my nation’s constitutional reformers is that all I am worth is further national discussion, and that I will only merit constitutional protection when I don’t need it as much. Heartbreak that you got it so clearly; and you wouldn’t do anything about it. And I wonder if I feel such shame, what do young LGBT people in our nation with much less resilience and a less-loving family than me feel reading your report,” he continued.Robinson called on the commissioners, among them Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, to ensure that protection for sexual orientation and gender be added to the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.Speaking to the Express yesterday by phone, Robinson said he was not surprised by Geofroy’s comments.“He’s a real Catholic…I was encouraged, I wasn’t surprised,” he said. He said it was not the first time someone of the Catholic faith has expressed such views.Robinson said there was a small group of Catholics and Anglican clergy members as well as a Hindu pandita who offer “pastoral care” to persons from the gay community and give them the opportunity to worship.Robinson said Trinidad and Tobago has reached a place where the “glass is half full” and political leadership is required to fill that glass and ensure rights for all.CAISO staff attorney Richie Maitland pointed out during the consultation that a research poll conducted by the Caribbean Development Research Services of Barbados found that 56 per cent of this country’s population accepted gays.He said ten years ago, under the People’s National Movement (PNM) regime, it was stated in the draft gender policy that the issue of gay rights should be discussed further and the same is being said today.“I just wonder how long this will take, how long we will be discussing this matter?” he asked, adding that there needs to be no more political cowardice in ensuring constitutional protection for the LGBT community.Trinidad Express
The details of the transfer fee paid to Valencia are yet to be confirmed, with reports from BBC Sport claiming it is in the region of €23m.The Foios-born midfielder thanked Valencia for their help in his development, before stating his determination to be a success in English football.“Every player wants to be involved in an attacking team, and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football,” he told his first official interview with the club website.“I am so happy to be joining City.”Torres leaves the Esadio Mestalla after making 97 appearances in all competitions for Valencia, following his senior club debut in 2017.He established himself as a key player for Los Che during the 2019-20 season, despite the constant managerial upheaval at the club. Pep Guardiola has been heavily linked with a bid for the 20-year old in recent weeks, and City have now confirmed he will join the 2018-19 Premier League champions on a five year deal. Read Also: Drinkwater touts Chilwell for Chelsea switchMarcelino was fired after just a month of the 2019-20 campaign, before being replaced by his former assistant coach Albert Ceades.Celades was sacked before the end of the season, with Salvador ‘Voro’ Gonzalez taking temporary charge, before Javi Gracia was named as the club’s new permanent boss on July 27.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Premier League giants Manchester City have completed the signing of Spanish U21 international Ferran Torres from Valencia.Advertisement
“It is normal when you are attacking for 90 minutes that sometimes with a counter attack the other team can score one goal. “But I think before they scored their goal we had three or four clear chances to score. “If we are scoring and the other team has four, five, six chances every game to score, then of course I would be concerned. But that is not the reality.” Restored England goalkeeper Joe Hart – making his first Premier League appearance since the October 27 loss at Chelsea – performed well to keep Fulham at bay in the first half. Hart, who kept his place following the Capital One Cup win in midweek, has been told he will continue in goal against Liverpool after a series of high-profile errors resulted in his demotion. The England stopper recognised his mistakes and worked hard in training to prove himself to Pellegrini. “I was very happy with how Joe was working,” the Chilean added. “Every player has a time sometimes when they don’t do so well. He understands perfectly that he works hard to come back and he did well. “Joe Hart is enough of a professional to play and not to think of the World Cup and to think about Man City. “He had the conscience that he was not playing well and that is very important for a player. “I decided he would start this game because I have watched him work all week and he’s worked really well.” Navas’ strike came when he latched on to a through-ball from David Silva, following fine work by Alvaro Negredo, and used the elusive pace which has earned the nickname ‘Pajarito’, or Little Bird, before netting. “I am very happy to score the goal that gave us the three points,” Navas said. “We knew that Liverpool had won, so we needed to come here and win this match and I am happy that we did it. “We are full of confidence and if you want to win the Premier League you have to win at places like this. “We want to win every match in order that we can challenge for the title and we are extremely happy that we won.” The Spain winger is optimistic of another strong display on Thursday. Navas added: “Liverpool are playing very well this season. They are a strong side but we are confident that we can get three points versus Liverpool.” Press Association But Pellegrini insisted his side had proved themselves on the road with wins including against European champions Bayern Munich and went on the offensive to fend off critics after his side conceded five times in two games. “Maybe you give too much importance to when we don’t win away,” Pellegrini said. “We won away the three games in the Champions League, two games in the Capital One Cup the last three games we won two and drew one. “Then everybody is continue talking that we can’t win away and now everybody is talking because Arsenal scored three goals and Fulham scored two more, but, I repeat, we are improving. “If you see a statistic we are the third or fourth best defence in the league.” Fulham fought back from 2-0 down to level through a fortuitous Vincent Kompany own goal before a late City rally and goals from substitutes Jesus Navas and James Milner earned victory. “I don’t think Fulham had many chances to score,” Pellegrini said. “We had very bad luck with the second goal, they scored one goal on the counter attack. Manuel Pellegrini has defended Manchester City’s away and defensive records as the 2012 champions’ bid to regain the Premier League title gathers pace. Saturday’s 4-2 defeat of Fulham was City’s third away win from nine games this season, a statistic which contrasts starkly with their 100 per cent home record from eight matches. Had it not been for losses at Cardiff, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Sunderland, City would be well clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of the summit meeting at home to Liverpool on Boxing Day.