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Radiography of Madrid after seven months: the goal and the defenseRadiography of Madrid after seven months: the goal and the defense

first_img12 Militao (992; 17th)Another example of a player surpassed by demand and expectations. The 50 million investment today it seems too many. Militao, who despite this has made a fix in the calls of Brazil, has not threatened the welfare states of Ramos and Varane. Starting with him, Zidane’s men have won six games, lost four and tied one, with a slightly favorable goal balance: 17-16. He has not scored or assisted, while in Porto, in 2018-19, he made five goals and distributed four assists. The coronavirusLogically, also in sport, it has been a turning point. The season of Real Madrid, in the midst of many doubts, she was stopped by the health crisis after seven months of competition. Until then there was an alternation of light and shadow. The balance is good in goal and defense: 35 goals against in 39 games (0.89 on average) and 14 goals (18.18% of the total) and 18 assists in attack. Areola (674; 20º)Better sensations than data, which is still worthwhile being where it is. Has fitted 9 goals in 8 games (1.12 on average) and he has scored 3 doors to zero (37.5%). His stop percentage is discreet, 59.09% (that of Courtois, 72.92%), but in the club he has really liked his adaptation to the role of second goalkeeper. Worker, collaborator for the good atmosphere of the locker room, his transfer until June might not be his end at the Bernabéu. 5 two Marcelo (1,495; 11th)It still does not recover its old level, but streaks has offered better impressions than last season, the one that put him in the pillory. For it Zidane has put a cable in it, in the antipodes with the Brazilian of a Solari who promoted Reguilón. Statistics portray his offensive assets and his defensive debts: with him Madrid scores every 38 minutes and fits every 28; without it, every 77 and every 127. 2. 3 Carvajal (2,910; 5th)It has gone from less to more, losing even in the last stretch of 2019 the ownership in the Selection. Madrid, however, has missed him when he has not been: four wins and three losses without him. Its hierarchy and importance, in fact, led Odriozola to leave on loan in January. Mendy (1,638; 10th)One of Zidane’s big bets in terms of reinforcements, completely successful in view of its performance and how it has fallen into the hobby. Mendy has been presented as a rock in defense and a pylon hammer in attack, the heir to a left lane for which Marcelo, however, promises to fight. Nacho (641; 22º)His most difficult season since he settled in the first team. A difficult knee injury, the level of Ramos and Varane, and the commitment to Militao (€ 50m) have heeled him. Zidane recognizes his values ​​and his worth, but It has only taken him in nine games, three of them in the Cup. His versatility has helped him, acting six times on the sides.center_img 6 Sergio Ramos (3,033; 2nd)The captain, reliable although with some lapse in defense, as in the recent night of Villamarín, has differentiated himself since August in functions of ‘9’. With 7 goals, he is, equal to Rodrygo, the second top scorer of a template with wet gunpowder. 4 Varane (3,000; 3rd)The most regular of the Madridista back line. The knee has respected him, has found regularity, exceeded 300 games in white and taken a step forward in responsibility when it comes to taking the ball. To that we must add three goals and one assist. 3 Courtois (2,865 minutes; 6th of the squad)This more than half a year has proven his signing (around 35 million) and silenced the memories of Keylor Navas. The Belgian’s records are unquestionable: 26 goals in 32 games (0.81 average) and 15 goals to zero (46.87%). Zamora, after Casillas’ in 2007-08, is again a real goal in Madrid. 13 one Odriozola (434; 23rd)Weighed down by the weight of the shirt, With errors as notorious as his unnecessary expulsion in the Mallorca debacle, he went on loan to Bayern in winter. In Munich it has hardly fared better, only 70 minutes, But it is still his great opportunity to demonstrate what led him to Madrid and La Roja.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE, Dialogue among Peace Messengers: Catching up on Ebola WarMESSENGERS OF PEACE, Dialogue among Peace Messengers: Catching up on Ebola War

first_imgLast week, through a firsthand experience, I noticed the high level of tardiness and lack of coordination in the reporting lines for Ebola response. Of grave concern is the wide communication gap between reporting and Ebola action. It took more than seven hours, from the time it was reported to the Ebola hotline team, to remove a dead man from the street of Mamba Pointe and we understand that was one of the quickest removal.It is not clear to me and I am sure to many others if we are catching up on the Ebola war or the continuous spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is catching up with us. Our overstretched health care system is still struggling to cope with the spread of EVD.More than seven months into this epidemic, it is our submission that current approach is weak, sub-divided and uneven. Therefore, we need a seamless response strategy-no gap. A common and comprehensive approach is required to catch up with the control and prevention of EVD.It has taken us a long time coming into grips with this epidemic. Catching up on Ebola war requires a scale of vision that aligns with a scale of threat. To conquer this Ebola war; we need geographical social mapping of the spread of EVD, demographic information on those affected by the Ebola virus and human behavioral research to understand the sociocultural context of those health practices that lead to the spread of EVD. Essential to catching up, is the use of social networks that are critical to changing health practices.What is perhaps required now and more than ever before is it to take up a lot of pressure off the health workers who are presently in the frontline. We need, as mentioned in all of our publications, a collective response to the scale of the challenge that presently confronts us. We also need a much faster approach to improve our under-resourced health care facilities.With over 4,500 fatalities and a projected 9000 by end of this month, we need a game changer starting today. The threaten strike action by health workers is not catching up as this would fester the spread of EVD in Liberia. Our leaders should be good listeners and our frontline service providers should be good negotiators. EVD is not and should not be a precursor to violence. There is a need for calmness and coordination of efforts directed at a common goal — eradication of Ebola.Our priority now should be about saving lives and this we can do through the establishment of more community care centers for laboratory testing, isolation and possible quarantining of contacts, increased community awareness and mobilization program and improved contact tracking and tracing program.For the time being, a lot more still needs to be done and with the cooperation of everyone, this, too, will be a chapter in the history books of our country. At this moment, it is a big challenge that requires a more aggressive and transparent approach.On our part and as part of preventive and control efforts to the propagation of EVD, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia will continue to engage in community education outreach programs to rebuild trust in our health system and to provide information on the symptoms of Ebola virus, resource linkages to establish mobile clinics and groups that cater for young people and conduct capacity building and partnership strengthening programs for young people to reduce the impact of EVD using health promotion strategies.From the standpoints of parsimony-(carefulness), specificity and reinforcement of current efforts, MOP considers it expedient to consider improving our health care system by adding more health care providers to the fight against Ebola. Use of faith based organizations, social networks and bi-lateral as well as multilateral cooperation is critical at this time.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “It takes a village” to control Ebola, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teens accused of raping girl to stand trial in High CourtTeens accused of raping girl to stand trial in High Court

first_imgThree teenage boys who were arraigned for the rape of an 11-year-old girl were on Wednesday committed to stand trial in the High Court.The order was handed down by Magistrate Judy Latchman when the defendants made their second appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after being released on their pre-trial liberty by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The teens – 18-year-old Caozuyag Menuy as well as a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old – are accused of having sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of consent between October 1 and October 31, 2017 while in the vicinity of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.According to the prosecution’s case, the boys allegedly held down the child and molested her. The matter was reported to the Police, and the teens were arrested.Defence Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, in an application for bail for the boys, asked the Magistrate to be lenient and grant bail in a reasonable amount.Bail was granted in the sum of $70,000 for the 18-year-old while the 15-year-old and the 14-year-old were each placed on $40,000 bail.last_img read more

Aging nation faces hearing-loss crisisAging nation faces hearing-loss crisis

first_imgStefan Heller of Stanford University said research in restoring damaged hearing cells “is very much at the beginning and it’s still a long, long road.” Inner and outer hair cells in the ear pick up sound vibrations and send them to the brain. Damage to outer cells causes hearing impairment, which can be helped by hearing aides, he said. Damage to the inner cells cannot be repaired and causes deafness. Heller said ear stem cells have been isolated in laboratory work and grown into cells that resembled hair cells. “They’re not perfect,” he said. When placed in the ear of chicken embryos, most of the cells died. A few survived and were implanted into the inner ear. The next step, he said, is to try the experiment in mice. Gene therapy is being tested in an effort to produce more hair cells in the ear. The result so far has been a type of hybrid cells and researchers are unsure whether they can get these cells to survive. SAN FRANCISCO – An aging U.S. population faces a looming crisis in hearing loss, researchers said Saturday. Some research holds promise, but much is in the early stages. By 2050, there could be as many as 50 million people in the United States with impaired hearing, Steven Greenberg of Silicon Speech in Santa Venetia, Calif., told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hearing loss results in social and psychological isolation, “which makes their life hell,” Greenberg said. Thanks to loud music and a generally noisy environment, young people have a rate of impaired hearing 21/2 times that of their parents and grandparents, he said. Heller said scientists in Japan are experimenting with drugs that seem to help spur the growth of hearing cells in young mice. The results in older mice are far less promising. There seems to be something not yet understood that prevents new cell development in the inner ear. This is an area where cancer is not known to occur, he said, and an indication that something prevents cell development. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – Liverpool facing season-defining week, warns former Reds aceExclusive – Liverpool facing season-defining week, warns former Reds ace

first_imgIt is make-or-break time for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has been warned.The Reds have made a stuttering start to the new campaign, and Dominic Matteo claims the next week will define their entire season.Liverpool travel to Newcastle on Saturday, face Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Bernabéu on Tuesday and then welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Anfield.“This is a real tough week ahead for Liverpool. This is a real defining point of the season for them,” said ex-Reds ace Matteo, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “You look at the next three games coming up, that is a real tough, tough week. I think after this week we will know which way Liverpool’s season is going.”Brendan Rodgers will be without Daniel Sturridge for all three of the crunch clashes.The Reds have struggled in attack without the England ace, with summer signing Mario Balotelli yet to impress, and Matteo has called for Rodgers to give Rickie Lambert more of a chance over the next seven days.“I think the fans want to see Lambert. I definitely want to see him given a chance,” he said.“He has not really had much of a chance since he has been there. He needs game time and if you give Lambert the chances, he will take them.”last_img read more

Mata’s ‘Common Goal’ to use football for goodMata’s ‘Common Goal’ to use football for good

first_imgSo far 34 footballers, including German World Cup winner Mats Hummels, Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Japan’s Shinji Kagawa plus UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, have pledged part of their salary to Common Goal, run by NGO streetfootballworld, which has assembled a global network of community organisations.Mata’s one percent helps the India-based OSCAR Foundation, which promotes the value of education through football, a gender equality project in Colombia and also goes into a general pot.The Spanish international, speaking to AFP after visiting two primary schools through his work with the Manchester United Foundation in a deprived area of northwest England, is disarmingly modest about being seen as a figurehead of Common Goal.“Curiosity got me into it,” says the 29-year-old. “Someone had to start it and Jurgen (Griesbeck, the founder of streetfootballworld) and myself said ‘let’s start and see how people react’ and they have reacted well.Juan Mata joins in football activities with pupils during a visit through the Manchester United Foundation to Beever Primary School in Oldham, northwest England on February 19, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFF“It is not about myself. It is trying to be the biggest football club in the world.“Just with me it wouldn’t go very far. In football it is very important to have a team bond and spirit and even more so with Common Goal.”Mata, who is also studying for two degrees, says he is happy with the response so far, even if he does not yet have a global superstar signed up.“People tend to think about the ones who aren’t in and I prefer to talk about those who had the courage to voluntarily call and be part of it,” he says. “I am really proud of them.“We are having important discussions with people who make decisions in football about how to integrate Common Goal into the football industry and if it turns out differently it doesn’t matter. I just feel it is needed and fair for the world somehow.”– Life in a ‘bubble’ –Mata, who won the Champions League with former club Chelsea in 2012, has admitted in the past that footballers live in a “bubble” but he says it is understandable that sometimes they forget their modest roots.“It’s not easy when you are 20, 21 years old,” he says.Football remains Juan Mata’s passion but increasingly as a tool for social change © AFP / Oli SCARFF“Imagine you play for a club like Manchester United, you start getting famous, you start to get some good money and we are not ready for that at that age, so it’s difficult to keep your feet on the ground and to think about ‘OK let’s gonna keep that way, let’s not forget from where I come from’.Mata credits his family with nurturing a philanthropic streak.“Common Goal comes from my education and my family,” he says. “They taught me things, my parents, my sister, my grandfather, who was influential in my personal life and professional one.“In the whole family he was fantastic, everyone loved him so much,” the player added of his late grandfather, who died last year.“And for him to have lived so many finals, happy moments, it makes me feel happy with myself, and he definitely was and still is a big influence in my life and in my family’s life.”Mata was struck deeply by a visit he and his girlfriend made to the OSCAR Foundation in Mumbai last year and they subsequently put on a photographic exhibition in Manchester.“I experienced some hard moments,” he says. “When you see the state of how many people live and the extreme between wealthy and poor people money-wise it is hard to bear.“But it was a great experience to feel how spiritually rich they are, many of the people we visited.“It was very, very good to see the Oscar Foundation’s work first hand and to live there with them. The classroom is in the slums and it was important to see it.”Football remains Mata’s passion but increasingly as a tool for social change.“Football unites all the projects but they do education, gender equality and basic needs but football is always present,” he says.“It is something I always wanted to do, to use the power of football for the better.”To find out more about the Common Goal project, visit www.common-goal.org.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juan Mata signs copies of Spanish books he distributed during a visit to Royton Hall Primary School through the Manchester United Foundation in Oldham, England on February 19, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFFOLDHAM, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – World Cup winner Juan Mata is breaking the mould, challenging the general perception of spoilt, rich footballers and helping to awaken the sport’s social conscience through the ‘Common Goal’ project.The Manchester United midfielder is encouraging players to follow his example and pledge a minimum of one percent of their wages to a collective fund — and he wants to make it “the biggest football club in the world”.last_img read more

Lakers changing defensive plansLakers changing defensive plans

first_imgIt might be easier said than done for two reasons, however. First, the Lakers big men are hurting after a week in paradise. Kwame Brown has spent more time wearing ice packs on his surgically repaired left ankle and right shoulder than scrimmaging. Chris Mihm also has been slow to rebound from ankle surgery. Second, the Lakers’ penchant for fouls was noteworthy last season. Foul trouble led to centers entering and exiting games through a rapidly spinning revolving door. What an exhibition Jackson made it clear that he’s no fan of exhibitions, although he acknowledged that they serve their purpose in preparing teams for the regular season. “They used to call them exhibitions,” he said, breaking into a sly grin. “Now they call them preseason games because they don’t want anyone to know that they’re exhibitions. But they really are just exhibitions.” Adopting a more serious tone, Jackson added: “We don’t want any players to get hurt. We want a flow to our game, but we also want our players to get into game shape. We’ll try to extend their minutes from about 24 to 32 by the end of the preseason.” Kobe or Coby? With two guys named Kobe (or is it Coby?) in camp, you might think Jackson might have a bit of trouble keeping them straight when he selects teams for scrimmages. Since an opening-day mix-up, Jackson has taken to calling free-agent rookie Coby Karl, well, Coby Karl. “I named the teams on the first day and Kobe (Bryant) said, `You named me on both teams. Which is it, black or white?’ ” Jackson said. Asked if he calls Kobe Bryant by his full name, Jackson grinned and said, “No.” Impressing at camp Jackson said Karl, the 24-year-old son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, and Elton Brown, a free-agent forward, were the most impressive players during the first week of training camp. “(But) neither of them has a spot on our roster,” Jackson added. The Lakers have 14 of their 18 players on their training camp roster under contract for this season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he might sign a 15th before the regular season begins Oct. 30. Lineup change Forwards Lamar Odom and Luke Walton are the only players who will not see action in either of the Lakers’ two preseason games in Hawaii. Odom is recovering from off season shoulder surgery and Walton is nursing a strained right hamstring. Jackson said Vladimir Radmonovic would replace Odom in the starting lineup. Around the league Nets: Reserve Bernard Robinson tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in practice last week. Nets president Rod Thorn had no timetable for his return. Knicks: Center Eddy Curry has a tear in his right shoulder and will miss the preseason opener against Philadelphia. He will be re-evaluated by a team doctor in New York today. Curry, who averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds last season, had an MRI Sunday at Palmetto Richland Hospital, the team said on its Web site. Nuggets: Guard Anthony Carter will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Carter will have screws inserted into his third metacarpal, which he fractured during practice Saturday morning. A return timeline is expected after the surgery. Miscellany: The NBA is staging another successful preseason tour in Europe. Regular-season games on the continent are the next step. “I think that time is coming closer,” Commissioner David Stern said at halftime of the Toronto Raptors’ win over Virtus Lottomatica Roma. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We had a different philosophy defensively. We changed our philosophy this year. We want to put more pressure on the ball in the scoring areas and not so much pressure outside the scoring areas. So our rotations will be a little different.” The Lakers gave up an average of 103.4 points last season, better than only five teams in the NBA. They scored an average of 103.3, so you can see why they struggled to be a break-even team at 42-40. Jackson wants them to be stingy this season, starting with tonight’s exhibition opener against the Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. PDT at the University of Hawaii). He doesn’t want his guards chasing the ball from baseline to baseline this season, and he wants his big men to play more forcefully near the basket. “Like anybody else, they’re going to have to be active and get in the rotations,” he said. “They’re going to have to get away from the basket and challenge shots, eliminate guys going directly to the basket. Challenge guys and then it’s easy to block shots.” By Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Coach Phil Jackson plans to add a new wrinkle to the Lakers’ defense in 2007-08. He wants them to play some this season. “We want to get back in order to prevent fast breaks,” he said. “We want to be in front of the basketball to stop penetration. We want to challenge shots. We want defensive rebounds to eliminate offensive rebounds. That’s what we want to do. last_img

Letterkenny Rovers star heads to Scottish League side for two-week trialLetterkenny Rovers star heads to Scottish League side for two-week trial

first_imgLetterkenny Rovers star Paul McVeigh is currently having a two-week trial at Scottish side Alloa Athletic. Alloa Athletic are currently top of the Ladbrokes League 1 – and have won all four of their opening SFL games.McVeigh, enjoyed a wonderful campaign as Letterkenny Rovers embarked on a memorable FAI Intermediate Cup journey, reaching the decider at the Aviva. They also played four FAI Senior Cup games, and it was McVeigh’s MOTM performance against Athlone Town that caught the eye of scouts.A week after their Aviva disappointment, Letterkenny travelled to Athlone, and produced a superb display that earned them a replay at Leckview.It was the former Finn Harps players performance in the initial cup tie that prompted scouts to take him to Scotland for a two-week trial.McVeigh flew to Scotland yesterday evening and trained with Alloa’s first-team squad this morning. Letterkenny Rovers travel to Cockhill on Wednesday night for their season opener in the League Cup.Letterkenny Rovers star heads to Scottish League side for two-week trial was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alloa AthleticnewsPaul McVeighScotlandSporttriallast_img read more

PEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNYPEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNY

first_imgA Letterkenny man led Gardai on a pursuit through the town after being spotted holding a bottle of wine while driving.John McDonagh fled from Gardai after being reported to be drinking and driving at Ballyboe on March 5th last.After being approached by Gardai he fled and drove up through the Long Lane and Glencar areas of the town where he was pursued by Gardai with flashing sirens. McDonagh, 32, tried to overtake another car in his way and mounted a footpath but crashed into the other car.The defendant, of 19 Cashel Park, Lisnennan, Letterkenny, drove on down Convent Road in his Volkswagen Passat and forced two pedestrians to jump out of the way.Gardai again tried to stop McDonagh but he continued to drive towards the Oldtown area of the town before being hemmed in and arrested by Gardai.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told Letterkenny District Court his client had argued with his partner earlier that day and had decided to go drinking.He said his client was getting married this year, was very sorry for what had happened and accepted he will be off the road for a long time.Judge Paul Kelly said the incident was at the upper end of the scale.“This was an aggrevated incident. He was stopped by Gardai and then tried to escape and evade Gardai over a length of time. God knows what might have happened if he was not trapped.“He also collided with another vehicle and put a number of pedestrians and Gardai in danger,” he said.Judge Kelly ordered a community service report and said he was considering imposing 200 hours community service for both charges of dangerous driving.PEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MET EIREANN INCREASES ITS STORM ALERT TO STATUS RED FOR DONEGALMET EIREANN INCREASES ITS STORM ALERT TO STATUS RED FOR DONEGAL

first_imgWEATHER ALERT: Met Eireann has just increased its weather warning for Donegal to a dangerous status red.Met Eireann has upgraded its warning to status red for Donegal.The warning had been at a status orange alert but has been upgraded in recent minutes.Met Eireann says the issuing of a status red warning is a comparatively rare event. During such events people are advised to stay indoors and even to move their families.The weather watcher is warning people that gusts of up to 150 km/h could hit Donegal later today.Winds are expected to increase by late afternoon and will get stronger by this evening.Met Eireann is also warning that high seas will make coastal areas along Donegal will also be open to being lashed by the storm. Met Eireann explains “The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.”People are also being advised to move objects from their gardens indoors and not to make unnecessary journeys.ESB crews are also on standby in case of power outages.The county council is also on standby to attend any damages caused by falling trees and other items. MET EIREANN INCREASES ITS STORM ALERT TO STATUS RED FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMet Eireannstatus redstorm alertlast_img read more