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Indonesia reports 2 H5N1 deaths

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Feb 13 to include a clarification about the number of avian flu cases in Indonesia that have been confirmed by the World Health Organization.Feb 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry yesterday announced two H5N1 avian influenza deaths, involving a woman and a boy from West Java, according to news services.The woman, 22, died yesterday morning at Slamet Hospital in Garut, and a 9-year-old boy died in the same hospital later that afternoon, the Jakarta Post reported today. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms their cases and two other cases reported by Indonesian officials last week, the country’s official avian flu toll will be 85 cases with 65 deaths.The woman apparently had contact with dead chickens a week before she died, hospital spokesman Yogi Suprayogi told the Associated Press (AP) yesterday. He said hundreds of chickens had mysteriously died in the woman’s village, Karangpawitan, about 125 miles southeast of Jakarta, in recent days, and four other people from the woman’s village had become ill.Few details were available about the boy. The Post reported he was referred to Slamet Hospital 2 days ago. His family brought him home from the hospital yesterday morning, but hospital officials persuaded the family to bring him back, the story said.I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s health minister, told the Post that the two deaths serve as a reminder to keep people and poultry apart. “Other provincial administrations should follow the Jakarta administration in its effort to keep poultry away from people,” he said. Mass culling of birds and backyard poultry was set to begin Feb 1 throughout Jakarta and surrounding areas, but the city has been hit by massive flooding in recent days.West Java Health Agency Director Yudi Prayudha said 27 people from West Java had been infected with avian flu since last 2005, and 23 of them died.Meanwhile, South Korea reported another avian flu outbreak in poultry 2 days ago, bringing the total since November 2006 to six. The outbreak occurred at a chicken farm in Ansong city in Kyonggi province, about 50 miles southeast of Seoul, and agriculture officials have confirmed that it is the H5N1 strain, Bloomberg News reported.In response to the outbreak, agriculture officials ordered the culling of 240,000 birds, including 133,000 chickens, Bloomberg reported. The Korea Times reported today that though the new outbreak is about 30 to 40 miles from two of the recent outbreak sites, authorities think it unlikely that the virus spread from one of the latter sites, the Times reported. Instead, officials suspect it was spread by migratory birds living near the Ansong River.In Pakistan, government officials confirmed that H5N1 avian flu had been detected in a chicken flock and peacocks at a home in Islamabad, the capital, the AP reported yesterday. It was the third such finding in a week, the AP said. Pakistan had poultry outbreaks in 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), but no human cases have been reported.See also:Nov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by country read more

Proposal to Ban Assault Weapons in Florida Fails to Make Ballot

first_imgFlorida voters will not have the opportunity to vote in this year’s election on whether assault weapons should be banned.A proposed ban did not receive the 766,200 signatures it needed to be placed on the ballot.Supporters of the measure say they are now focusing their efforts on putting the question to voters in the 2022 election. The group that is pushing the petition — Ban Assault Weapons Now — collected 145,000 verified signatures during the past year. The deadline for the signature requirement was February 1.“Despite the best efforts of the NRA and politicians in Tallahassee to place obstacles in our path, we will continue our fight to save lives by working hard to ensure voters have the final say over their safety in 2022,” Gail Schwartz, Ban Assault Weapons Now’s chairwoman, says in a prepared statement.The proposal calls for banning the sale of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 bullets. That policy would include weapons like the AR-15 rifle.The statewide campaign formed following the 2018 Parkland shooting.However, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has been unwilling to hear bills that would ban the weapons.last_img read more

COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 10,000

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses to close in the tri-county area.Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores. Non-essential businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, are required to close or convert to take-out only. SDNT850wftl. Florida Keys government officials are closing the island destination to visitors beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. The only exception is for long-term renters in vacation homes and R/V parks with contracts of 28 days or more, who are already in the Keys. There is currently one confirmed coronavirus case in the Keys and it is travel related. Also one confirmed case in Indian River County The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is surpassing ten-thousand.Nearly a quarter of a million people have been infected with the virus in 163 countries and regions.Johns Hopkins researchers say there are now more than 200 dead in the U.S. and over 14-thousand infected.California Governor Gavin Newsom is taking dramatic new action to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.Gavin Newsom explained more than half of the people in California, over 25 million people, could be infected with the respiratory illness.That could result in thousands of hospitalizations, much more than the state’s hospital capacity. Folks will still be allowed to do essential tasks like going to the store, picking up medicine and going for walks.Newsom suggested law enforcement wouldn’t be enforcing the order, instead saying social pressure would regulate behavior.The statewide order follows similar orders in major California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. As of last night the state of Flordia has 432 positive cases of coronavirus, with 29 in Palm Beach County, 96 in Broward County, and 101 in Miami-Dade County.That makes South Florida the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Officials increased Florida’s death toll to nine after a patient died in Duval County. There are no mandatory quarantine or isolation orders in Florida at this time.Stay updated with Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Find the latest information on #COVID19:— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 19, 2020last_img read more

PGA tour continues

first_imgHe hit a six-under-par third round of 66, to put himself top of the leaderboard heading into today’s final round on 15-under. Tiger Woods will be hoping it can only get better in his final round.That’s after the former world number one hit a career-worst round of 85, 13 over par.last_img

Dodgers hold hope Clayton Kershaw could still contribute this season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CINCINNATI >> With only 41 games left in the regular season, Clayton Kershaw figures “I kind of have to” take the next step in his recovery from a back injury if he is going to pitch for the Dodgers again this season.So he will try throwing off a mound Saturday for the first time since his back pain flared up after a simulated game on July 16. Kershaw is expected to throw 20 to 25 pitches in Saturday’s bullpen session then throw a longer, 40-pitch session when the Dodgers return to Los Angeles Tuesday. If the preliminary steps go well this time, Kershaw could throw to hitters soon and maybe even go on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment before the end of August, leaving him time to make “a couple, three starts” before the end of the regular season, as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts put it Friday.Kershaw would not get into specifics but said he does feel he will pitch again this season.“We’ve got a good plan in place to where I feel I can contribute – hopefully if I’m pitching well enough to make a difference or at least help out,” he said. Roberts offered more details than Kershaw about the “good plan in place” but wouldn’t go beyond the two bullpen sessions to target a date for Kershaw to throw to hitters (either in another simulated-game setting or in a rehab start).“I think that for us, let’s get past the 20 to 25(-pitch session) and then we’ve got the 40-pitch ‘pen and we’ll see where we’re at,” Roberts said.center_img “I feel good. So far, so good. It’s the whole ‘one-step-at-a-time’ thing. (I am) optimistic. I get to throw a bullpen tomorrow. So that’s exciting. Another step. I’ve been throwing for the last week and a half and I haven’t had any problems. I still feel pretty normal. That’s great.”Kershaw was noticeably more fluid and aggressive in his movements while throwing on flat ground to A.J. Ellis Friday afternoon than he did when his throwing program first resumed 12 days ago. The left-hander wouldn’t compare his current state to how he felt before throwing to hitters in that sim-game a month ago. But he acknowledged the first attempt to return from a mildly herniated disc was more aggressive, aimed at getting him back in short order.“I gave it a shot the first time and we were all pretty aggressive with the whole thing,” he said. “I didn’t really have any signs that it was going to backfire. But it did. So now we go with the conservative approach. I still can’t play. But having different steps — getting to go on the road, getting to throw bullpens — kind of keeps you more optimistic.”Kershaw was in a good mood Friday after flying to Cincinnati, joking that he was motivated to join the Dodgers on the road by the lure of “Skyline Chili” – a locally-favored concoction involving spaghetti noodles, chili, cheese and onions.last_img read more

Improved Man City difficult to catch, admits Mourinho

first_imgHowever, the Portuguese coach reckons even if those errors are eradicated next season, it will be difficult to challenge for the title if free-spending City bolster their squad once more over the summer.“I think we should have eight, nine or 10 points more than we had,” said Mourinho after reaching the FA Cup final by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Saturday.“It was not acceptable the last defeat (to West Brom), not acceptable the performance at Huddersfield, not acceptable the performance at Newcastle, so we lost a few matches where we should do better.“Can we improve next season? Let’s try. Can Manchester City keep this level or improve this level? Only they can say.“If they have the team they have, and they are going to invest on the top of the team they have, of course it’s going to be difficult.” London, United Kingdom | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side have little chance of catching Premier League champions Manchester City next season unless the standards set by Pep Guardiola’s side slip.Second-placed United trail City by 16 points with four games of the league season to go after Guardiola’s men kept up their chase of a series of Premier League records by thrashing Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.Mourinho believes United let crucial points slip away in defeats to West Brom, Huddersfield and Newcastle. United have spent hundreds of millions themselves since Mourinho took charge just under two years ago, splashing a then world record £89 million fee for Paul Pogba in 2016 and beating City to the signature of Alexis Sanchez in January by reportedly making the Chilean the highest paid player in Premier League history.However, Mourinho hinted at only minor alterations to his squad this summer to replace the retiring Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, whose contract expires in June.“We are going to improve the basics to improve our squad. We need to find a replacement for Michal Carrick, if Felliani leaves, we need to find a replacement for Felliani,” added Mourinho.“We believe that more than spend, spend, spend (it) is more (about) the evolution of our players.“We have some young players who need to get with both hands opportunities for their evolution.”Classy City thrash Swans.Official #cityvswans recap…— Manchester City (@ManCity) 22 April 2018Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mourinho struggles to make case for Manchester United defence

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho will be desperate for his struggling Manchester United side to put their defensive woes behind them against the Premier League’s bottom club Fulham but the form book suggests they may struggle to do so.An exciting, if error-strewn, 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in midweek means United have conceded 25 goals in their 15 Premier League games to date — more than four times the number conceded by Liverpool.Alarmingly, only the division’s bottom five teams have a worse defensive record and United have managed to record just two clean sheets all season — in a win at Burnley and a goalless home draw with Crystal Palace.Even more remarkably, in the two complete seasons under Mourinho’s management, United conceded just 29 goals in 2016-17 and 28 goals last season.That leaves United facing the real prospect of overtaking those marks for an entire campaign before the turn of the year.Injuries have certainly not helped Mourinho’s cause but nor has his general tendency this season to chop and change his team selections.Against Arsenal, Mourinho made seven changes from the weekend draw at Southampton, meaning he has made a total of 46 in the opening 15 games, more than any other team.The past two games have seen Mourinho opt for a three-man defence, employing wing-backs higher up the field, although there has again been a lack of consistency in his selections.At Southampton, Mourinho opted for Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic as his three central defenders, a bold choice given two of those players are considered midfielders.Four days later, for the visit of Arsenal, Mourinho opted for Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, playing in the first team for the first time this season. Smalling and Bailly were both suffering with injuries while, to further add to the uncertainty in defence, Mourinho also handed a full league debut to 19-year-old Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot as his right wing-back and handed Matteo Darmian just his third appearance of the campaign on the other wing.Unsurprisingly, United’s defence looked terrible in conceding goals to Shkodran Mustafi, courtesy of a dreadful mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea, and a Rojo own goal — a defensive catastrophe that left Mourinho joking that his team had scored all four goals against the Gunners.– Mourinho praises attitude –But, given the patched up nature of his defence, Mourinho insisted he was delighted with their attitude and effort in midweek.“We have to be happy with the spirit, the effort, the dynamism, the intensity, the understanding of our difficulties,” he said.“The changes we made in the team to be more compact, with so many problems and at the back (there) was a kid with his first start, was Eric, half injured and without playing for a long time, was Smalling injured — I have to say injured.“There was Marcos Rojo, in the first minutes of his season, was Darmian with a third start. So difficult circumstances and the team, as a team, had a very good response.”Fulham, bottom of the table and with just 15 league goals in as many games this season, should offer United’s defence a sightly easier challenge on Saturday, although the arrival of new manager Claudio Ranieri may produce a galvanising effect, at least based on their 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday.United’s French international forward Anthony Martial came off early in the Arsenal game with what Mourinho described as a “pre-injury” and will have his fitness assessed before the Fulham game.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Healthy and Delicious Smoothies Now Available at Zoe Juice Bar

first_imgSubmitted by Zoe Juice Bar As we begin our second month at Zoe Juice bar we are introducing delicious, hand crafted, healthy smoothies. We have 8 signature smoothies including Daily Greens, The Ruby, Kick Starter, Berry Breeze and more. The ingredients of our Green Garden smoothie include fresh, raw cucumber-apple juice, kale, spinach, mango, papaya, strawberry, pineapple and banana. This green smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals.Zoe Juice Bar is dedicated to making healthy living fun, convenient and enjoyable. We do not use syrups, added sugars or concentrates in our smoothies. We believe nature perfected the taste and integrity of each ingredient and we creatively blend them together into a delicious, healthy drink.We are offering free samples of many of our smoothies this Saturday, January 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!We are located in the parking lot directly in front of Ralph’s Thriftway next to Randy’s Compounding Pharmacy.Like us on Facebook  or visit us on our website.To learn more about Zoe Juice Bar, read a full article here telling our story. Facebook72Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

United Way Holding Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Drive for School Supplies

first_img“Working directly with local schools, we have been able to identify those items needed most by our area children,” says Timothy Hearne, president and CEO of United Way of Monmouth County. “Providing educational supplies helps support a child’s ability to learn while removing some of the financial burden from parents, many of whom are struggling. Many of these children have been further impacted by the effects of Super Storm Sandy, so these donations are needed now more than ever.”In addition to offering an opportunity to donate school supplies, each site offers volunteers a way to give their time to the drive. Volunteers are needed at each of the community events, and also to help sort donations throughout the month of August.Interested volunteers should register by contacting United Way of Monmouth County at 732-938-5988, ext. 2042.More than 20 United Way corporate partners also will be collecting donations for the 2013 Stuff the Bus drive.Area groups and local businesses are welcome to hold their own school supply collections, which will become part of the Stuff the Bus drive.For more information on participating, please contact Kaarina Romero at [email protected] • Aug. 3 at Target of Middletown• Aug. 9 at Walmart of Freehold• Aug. 10 at Target of Manalapan• Aug. 16 at Target of Howell• Aug. 17 at Target of Ocean United Way of Monmouth County’s annual Stuff the Bus school-supply drive will be held at five locations during the month of August to meet the growing demand for school supplies in the community.The drive is designed to help ensure that all children in Monmouth County begin the school year with the tools they need to succeed.Stuff the Bus events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stores, where shoppers are invited to purchase and donate new school supplies on site:last_img read more

Nelson’s Julien Locke captures bronze medal at US Cross Country Championships

first_imgLappe Nordic’s Evan Palmer-Charette of Thunder Bay came sixth. Locke and Palmer-Charette were the only two Canadian U23 athletes in the final.Locke, born and raised in Nelson, won a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ont., in March of 2015.The 22-year-old Locke, who started racing for the Nelson Nordic Ski Team at the age of six, joined the Black Jack squad at 14 years of age and has been competing with the Rossland-based club since his teens.The U.S. Cross Country Championships consists of four days of races — classic distance, freestyle sprint, freestyle distance and classic sprints from January 3-9.Lock, who trains and races full time also runs a web design, photography and filmmaking business.Story originated at The Nelson Daily Julien Locke of Nelson finished in the medals Monday at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan.Locke, who competes for the Black Jack Ski Team in Rossland, finished the 1.5 kilometer Sprint Distance in third place in a time of three minutes, 18.38 seconds.Reese Hanneman of the United States won the race in a time of 3:15.14. USA teammate Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess was second.last_img read more

Will Apple and Microsoft Join Forces To Fight Google?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Trends Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… With Apple, you never know who is going to be evil next. Microsoft usually gets the grand prize, but as of late it appears that Google may be getting the cold shoulder for its forays into the mobile word.Apple and Google have historically been very friendly. But in recent months, the tenor of that relationship has changed. Apple rejected Google Voice for the iPhone. And now it appears that the relationship may get a bit cooler with all the talk of a Google phone.As that relationship becomes more distant, it appears that Apple and Microsoft may be warming up a bit, which may prove fruitful for the future of the iPhone in the enterprise. It may also prove beneficial for Microsoft, too, as it is also fighting off Google’s efforts to win over the enterprise with its Google Apps productivity applications.As PCWorld points out, Microsoft may be smart to team up with Apple. The iPhone is a solid, smart phone. Microsoft could do well by developing applications for the iPhone that serve its customers. Its Exchange Server and Office products still dominate the enterprise. As it is platform agnostic, Microsoft can develop applications for the iPhone that support its customers and protects its market share.Apple needs a good partner like Microsoft to make any significant dent in the enterprise. It does not have the enterprise infrastructure like Research in Motion does with the Blackberry Server. Without an enterprise management service, Apple will find it tough for the iPhone to make any deep play into the corporate world.Further, Google is showing signs that its plans to dominate the Internet is dependent on having hardware to go with its enterprise services and cloud-based operating systems. Google is reaching out to handset and netbook manufacturers. This suits Google’s designs on the enterprise. Google Apps are gaining acceptance as an enterprise suite. The Android OS finally seems to be gaining some momentum. And the Chrome OS is a strong contender for the netbook market, especially as Windows Mobile 7 shows yet more signs of delays.We expect the enterprise will serve as the place where the battles intensify between Apple and Google. Microsoft has nothing to lose in teaming with Apple to fend off Google, a common rival and current evil force du jour.last_img read more

Saving The World, One Text At A Time

first_imgIt was Marissa’s 18th birthday when she was rescued from an abusive pimp by a team of undercover police officers. A text message saved her life. Marissa sent a text to the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization that works to combat human trafficking in the U.S., and in just two hours the nonprofit and law enforcement officers coordinated a way to remove her from the dangerous situation. Organizations like the Polaris Project are using text messaging to solve trafficking cases like Marissa’s. The nonprofit is partnering with Twilio, a platform that lets developers integrate voice and text services into mobile and web applications, to build in SMS services into its crisis hotline.Jennifer Kimball, a systems and data coordinator for the Polaris Project, shared Marissa’s story at Thursday’s Twilio conference and talked about how her organization is using SMS to effectively communicate with victims of human trafficking.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Nonprofit#SMS#texting#Twilio selena larson The pilot program launched in March has been very successful, with over 300 unique text message threads corresponding to 248 hotline cases. Almost 80 percent have been sex-trafficking cases. “We’re seeing people under 18 who are reaching out directly over text,” Kimball said in an interview. “On the phone hotline that has been historically very rare for us.”A Nonprofit PushTo further benefit nonprofit organizations like the Polaris Project, Twilio launched, a new initiative that will provide nonprofit organizations the communications technologies needed to have a greater impact on the communities they promises to deliver “one billion messages for good,” and CEO Jeff Lawson said the company wants to make it easy for nonprofits to use Twilio to establish better communications tools. “We’re using the power of connections and communications to connect the dots,” Lawson said. “To close the gap, and make it so people that can help can connect with people who need help.”The Global EffectMultiple initiatives from Internet giants have surfaced this year, all with the ambitious goal of connecting the world to the web. But even if underdeveloped countries don’t have full broadband Internet access, their citizens are still connecting to each other via SMS, a resource that these tech companies could be potentially overlooking.Smartphones saturate the U.S. mobile market, so it might surprise users that 70 percent of handset shipments were feature phones last year. Mobile data plans in developing countries are often the same price as they are in developed nations, so the high price point deters potential users. That’s why many nonprofits have begun using SMS to communicate with their consituents. The Twilio-powered project Clean Kumasi partnered with US Aid to raise awareness about the health problems caused by public human waste surrounding areas like schools, villages and other public areas in Ghana. The community-led total sanitation program uses SMS capabilities to enable users to text notifications of human waste in public areas. The program eventually added call-in functionality, as people often preferred that method of communication. The Success Of SMSThe Polaris Project is just one of the many nonprofits that are quickly embracing text messaging to better connect with their communities. Although they are still focused on the United States, they plan on expanding to other countries, and SMS capabilities would be a huge benefit. “We’re starting to see a few more crisis texting hotlines,” Kimball said. “Any organization looking to reach youth, this is the way to do it.”Nonprofits are always looking for the most effective way to reach people in need, and SMS is proving to be a successful tool to further their missions. Images via Flickr and the Polaris Project The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The two easily ousted the Thais despite Dalida’s health issues. Dalida played with a strained right hand.The semis matchup against the hometown bets is on Tuesday, 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe men’s team, however, wasn’t so fortunate as Reymark Begornia and Robert Garcia were ousted by Ong Sai Hung and Mohd Farez Izwan of Malaysia, 11-2, 11-6. MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Filipino duo of Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida entered the women’s doubles semifinals in squash after beating the Thai tandem of Suviva Kitvijarn and Tuddaw Thamronglarp, 11-4, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.Aribado and Dalida, who drew a bye in the round of 16, arranged a duel with Malaysia’s Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris in the semis.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

Real Madrid jump to fifth in La Liga standings after 2-0 win vs Valencia, Espanyol lose

first_imgReal Madrid produced another unconvincing display on Saturday but rode their luck to earn a 2-0 win at home to Valencia which allowed them to climb to fifth in the La Liga standings and soothe their recent troubles.The European champions, who were humbled 3-0 by tiny Eibar last week, took a fortuitous lead when Valencia midfielder Daniel Wass nodded a Dani Carvajal cross into his own net in the eighth minute after former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista had failed to clear the danger.The visitors, knocked out of the Champions League in mid-week, let Madrid off the hook on three occasions in the second half when Santi Mina and Paulista failed to hit the target with glorious chances from inside the area.Valencia’s Michy Batshuayi was then denied by his fellow Belgian and former Chelsea team mate Thibaut Courtois in the Real goal and moments later, down the other end, Lucas Vazquez sealed a barely deserved yet vital win in the 83rd minute, completing a quick-fire counterattack spearheaded by the tireless Carvajal.The win enabled Real to capitalise on Espanyol’s 3-0 defeat at Getafe and leapfrog the Catalans into fifth place on 23 points, three behind La Liga leaders Sevilla who visit Alaves on Sunday and two from champions Barcelona, who host Villarreal.Real’s mood after last week’s debacle in Eibar had been lifted by a 2-0 win over AS Roma which sealed top spot in their Champions League group.They were missing Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Marcelo though Spain midfielder Isco returned to the squad after a highly-publicised exclusion against Roma but still did not make the line-up. Homegrown midfielder Marcos Llorente was rewarded for his mature display on Tuesday with another starting berth.advertisementLlorente provided some much-needed balance to the team which has been lacking in the absence of usual anchor Casemiro, and Madrid controlled the first half without giving their fans much to get excited about besides their opening goal.Valencia came out with renewed energy and spirit in the second half and took the game to Madrid but failed to keep their cool whenever they managed to find an opening.”We are tired after two very demanding games but we’re very happy with the victory,” Carvajal told reporters.”We had a very good first half then Valencia took a step forward in the second half and had a couple of chances but they left space open and we managed to finish them off.”last_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery: We’ll keep playing out from the back

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’ll keep playing out from the backby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery admits Arsenal must improve their passing out from the back for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.The Gunners’ sloppy distribution against Watford on Saturday saw them blow a two-goal lead to settle for a draw.And Emery is expecting similar high pressure from Frankfurt on Thursday.”To learn is first to have analysis on how we can improve, how we can recover our confidence playing with our objectives, starting and controlling the match, what we are doing with the ball.”Really on Sunday we needed more, that’s what we wanted. We made some mistakes and conceded some goals.”We spoke and we are working yesterday and today on how we can play tomorrow. Frankfurt are usually doing a very high press, with very fast players around the opponents.”Tomorrow we need to improve on the mistakes we made on Sunday to do better. Also we want to achieve another way on the pitch, how we can break the pressing.”After we want to control every game with the ball, with the positioning. We did that on Sunday in the first half, but in the second half we didn’t. And tomorrow is a new challenge, how we are improving, our positioning, our control and our ability to break the press.”Also how we can play the long ball and make some actions in the attacking third, to get the ball, to score and to win the match. Tomorrow is another challenge for us to show we can improve from the game on Sunday.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoDaniel James already feels settled at Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Daniel James already feels settled at Man Utdby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James says he feels settled at Manchester United.Following his £15m summer move from Swansea City, James has been one of the stars of United’s difficult start to 2019-20.At 21, James will be one of the younger players in Wales’ starting XI in Slovakia, yet he feels at home in the red jersey.”I think I’ve grown into the Welsh team really well since that game against Slovakia,” he says.”A year ago I wasn’t really playing for Swansea, but everything just happened so quickly. It is just a case of how you grasp that.”If you’d said to me a year ago that I would now be playing regularly for Manchester United and Wales I’d have said: ‘Don’t be silly’.”But things happen so quickly in football and you have to be ready for anything.”It is a very proud moment for me to be playing for my country every time I’m picked. There is going to be pressure this week, but I’m used to that now.” last_img read more