first_img2 $302,214 $347,659 3 William E. Morey56 17% 9 9 19 15% 31% ITM% In-the-Money odds-on favorites — 82 out of 95 — 86.32% $1,086,817 7 13 SADLER EYES FUTURE AFTER SOLID WINTER MEETJohn Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory last Saturday, this in dramatic fashion with Gift Box, who hung a pulsating nose defeat on favored McKinzie.“The plan as of now is to run Gift Box in the Gold Cup here on May 27,” said Sadler, a Californian through and through, born in Long Beach and a resident of Pasadena.It was a steady if not spectacular winter portion of the Santa Anita meet for the 62-year-old Sadler, who began his training career more than four decades ago.He was second in both overall victories (25) and stakes wins (five), but his winning percentage of 26 was highest among the top eight trainers, thanks in large part to his principal clients, Kosta and Peter Hronis, owners of Gift Box and other major players, including Triple Crown candidate Nolo Contesto, who was fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.“We’re just going to sit back and see how he looks,” Sadler said of the three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile. “We don’t have a plan yet, but we’ll look for some of the bigger three-year-old races later on the calendar.”Top turf campaigner Catapult, who suffered the “worst beat” in Sadler’s career losing by a desperate nose to Ohio in the Kilroe Mile, also last Saturday, is ticketed for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27. The prestigious turf event is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the victor a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In short, Sadler had a meet any trainer would take, no questions asked. “We had the highest percentage of wins, finished second in the standings, high up in the money ($1,876,968, second only to Bob Baffert’s $2,433,970), which will all go as a footnote,” he said.Modesty aside, it was a great campaign by any standard, considering Sadler ran 90 fewer horses than meet leader Doug O’Neill (185 to Sadler’s 95, O’Neill winning 29, Sadler 25).Sadler lauded meet riding leader Joel Rosario, regular pilot of Gift Box, for his contribution to the barn’s success. “He rode our horses really well and we’re excited about him winning the title,” Sadler said. “It was a good meet for both sides. I’m really pleased.”POSTER GIRL SHORTENS UP BIG TIME FOR MIZDIRECTIONPoster Girl goes from a marathon to a sprint in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for older fillies and mares at five furlongs on the grass.Originally scheduled to be run at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, the Mizdirection drew six entrees, with Poster Girl landing in the three spot.The six-year-old English-bred mare prompted the pace last out in the Grade III Santa Ana stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf  March 30, eventually finishing eighth by 8 ¼ lengths under Evin Roman, who retains the mount Saturday.“It is unorthodox,” admitted Matt Chew, who trains Poster Girl for Victor Racing and Peter Jeong, “but she came out of the mile and a quarter in exceptional shape and the distance was too far for her . . . She bounced out of the race really well.“Six-and-a-half would have been ideal, but at Del Mar she didn’t get beat that far going five-eighths (less than three lengths last July). We were nominated to this race and it was coming up light so we decided to take a shot.”The Mizdirection, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Painting Corners, Joe Talamo; Mongolian Shopper, Ruben Fuentes; Poster Girl, Evin Roman; Algorhythmic, Martin Pedroza; Go On Mary, Rafael Bejarano; and Gliding By, Mario Gutierrez.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Merger Arbitrage works 3 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-10-19Mistressofthenight works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-10-19Candid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer  Richard BaltasStronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 12th, 2019Mucho Gusto (Outside) and  Kingly work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-08-19MidCourt works 7 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-7-19Once on Whiskey (Outside) and  Explorer works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-7-19Soi  Phet works 5 furlongs (Powell) 4-7-19Springs Eternal works 5 furlongs (Mandella) 4-7-19Kanthaka worked 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-7-19FINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who enjoyed a remarkably consistent meet with 18 wins, 15 seconds, 18 thirds and earnings of $1,609,948, is mulling two races for both Triple Crown hopeful Instagrand and monster mare Vasilika. Third in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Instagrand is under consideration for the Pat Day Mile and the Kentucky Derby, both May 4 at Churchill Downs, while Royal Heroine winner Vasilika is likely for the Grade I Gamely at a mile and an eighth on turf May 27 at Santa Anita, although the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile also on May 4 remains an option. His California-bred Galilean will be ridden by Flavien Prat in Saturday’s Grade I Arkansas Derby . . .Recent acquisitions Acker and supplemental nominee Campaign, who rallied from sixth and last to finish fourth in the Big ‘Cap, are entered in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at a mile and a half on dirt for trainer John Sadler. 52 10% $960,807 Peter Eurton53 $1,146,536 Joel Rosario225 5 26% 61% Kent Desormeaux117 27 Richard Baltas133 $414,708 Winning favorites — 161 out of 432 — 37.27% HOLLENDORFER MULLS NEXT RACE FOR TWO ACES 7 11% Assael Espinoza133 28 6 44% 15% $901,641 21 14 6 46% 6 15% 10 6 Rafael Bejarano171 19 1st John Shirreffs28 25 51% 8 $254,465 Winning odds-on favorites — 47 out of 95 — 49.47% 10 15% 15% 17% $2,201,031 Heriberto Figueroa183 Jerry Hollendorfer107 Win% 29 25 Favorite Statistics 26% 13 10 $1,876,968 16% 16% 51% $1,531,897 3 17 25 15 59% 29 Peter Miller114 13% 37% 15 Mark Glatt85 $217,148 6 In-the-Money favorites — 317 out of 432 — 73.38% 15 12 Tyler Baze195 18% $1,546,795 20 45% Geovanni Franco222 3 48% 9 9 JockeyMts $1,543,922 Aaron Gryder75 11 14 11% 37% Vladimir Cerin58 $383,790 $3,404,799 9% 13 15 41% 15% Winning favorites on dirt — 102 out of 283 — 36.04% TRAINER PAINTS A NEW PICTURE FOR POSTER GIRL 57% 22 48% 21 21% Mike Puype47 9% 27% $1,857,016 21 21% Drayden Van Dyke167 62% TrainerMts 1st 2nd Bob Baffert80 Win% FINAL SANTA ANITA WINTER STATISTICS 8 8 18 26% 34 13 $854,199 $613,998 16 2nd Simon Callaghan35 40% 24 56 7 30 44% 37% $204,648 20 Edwin Maldonado79 $231,087 58% 33% 18 Tiago Pereira179 18% 2 25 23 12 18 25 55% 31% 18% 42% 6 35 13 4 3rd 4 $514,753 Ruben Fuentes106 9 37% George Papaprodromou42 $1,878,710 1 60% 36 $176,791 12 14% 48% Money Won 41 J. Keith Desormeaux62 $647,526 24 6 57% 29 SADLER BASKS IN JOB WELL DONE AT SANTA ANITA 10 11 10 18% Philip D’Amato117 $482,030 $303,024 $1,609,948 42 1 16% 34% Winning favorites on turf — 59 out of 149 — 39.60% 37 Doug O’Neill185 18% 11 21% 25% 7 $2,433,970 11 24 $548,851 19 5 12 14 ITM% John Sadler95 $1,161,843 Mike Smith81 (Dec. 26, 2018 through Sunday, April 7, 2019) David Hofmans27 16% 9 30 28 Mario Gutierrez112 47% Agapito Delgadillo65 Steve Knapp57 40% 5 14% 1 25 14 Hector O. Palma55 9 11% Flavien Prat202 4 42% 40% William Spawr27 30 17% $266,215 43% $3,492,985 7 $765,410 $1,665,297 $371,960 12 43% 34% 16% 9 6 6 4 41% Richard Mandella47 36% Brian Koriner35 31% 59% Money Won 8 39% 40% 3 $356,406 Jeff Mullins51 7 18 17% $343,665 Tim Yakteen36 27 J. Eric Kruljac22 2 17% Joseph Talamo144 10 37% 48% 15 9 22% 7 $181,472 12 6 3rd 38% 14% 3 16 15 $1,135,251 17 $448,811 $731,004 9 20last_img read more

The ‘Zidane method’: how young people have been won

first_imgZidane handles youth as he handled the ball. With identical care, but also with the same rigor. “You cannot speak to him only with emotion and affection. For him to give 100% you must demand, even manipulate him a little. The stick and the carrot … “, It is one of the principles that Zizou imposed himself as a coach and thus he has won over the youth of the squad. The last statements of Fede Valverde (“Zidane speaks to you as if he were your friend, each word of hers must be kept inside your head”) are an example of the respect and admiration they have for him.Since he began his adventure on the bench, as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant, Zidane has always been characterized by having a special touch with the youngest of the squad. One of his functions in that successful 2013-14, season in which the Tenth was conquered, was to be a pedagogue: he took advantage of his ancestry as a world crack and a legend of Real Madrid to guide the kids in football and personal matters. So he did with Varane, Isco, Morata or Jesé. The French took each one every day and was in charge of working with him to iron out his defects and enhance his virtues. He also sometimes carried out psychological work.A plan that he has continued to apply as head coach, although sometimes the outcome did not turn out as expected. Zidane has always been clear: “I learned that you have 23 players. A third follow you out of loyalty. Another third only follows you if you give them something. And another third will complicate your life. ” He always tries to be constructive in order to minimize the last third of that composition as much as possible. And in this way he has managed to win over this season the ‘children’ of the squad: Vinicius, Rodrygo, Jovic, Valverde himself (he already did it with Isco or Asensio) …’Professor’ with ViniciusWith Vinicius (19 years old), Zidane has played the role of ‘teacher’. Distressed by months of drought and low mood, the Brazilian ‘knocked on the door’ of the Frenchman, who after training stayed with Vini to hone his shot, sharpen his aim, and smooth his momentum. “He has talked a lot with him,” they say in Valdebebas. Talks that reassured a player who had already begun to hear a whistle from the Bernabéu and that mentally strengthened him. “He talks to me so I can work hard because I’m young. And not listen to people from outside, listen to my family and the club staff, that with him there and with the players I will evolve “, the player declared to Jornal Extra. Despite the first curves, Vinicius has embraced Zizou.Soccrates Images & nbsp; (Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Soccrates Images (Getty Images) Same as Rodrygo (19 years old). The player went from Castilla, where the season began, to having an extraordinary irruption in the first team, but in the last matches he disappeared from Zidane’s plans. The Brazilian, however, does not look suspiciously at his coach. Zizou instructs and talks to him. He is aware that he is 19 years old and has just arrived at Madrid. No hurry. “With Zidane I am very comfortable. He is a very nice guy who always talks to me and gives me advice. He calls me at his office and shows me what I did wrong. He gives me advice on what he did when he played and he has helped me a lot “, recognized the player.Private conversations are part of this work of strengthening confidence and sense of belonging carried out by Zidane. Vinicius and Rodrygo, by character, have been more permeable to that message. With Jovic (22 years old) it is costing him. The Serbian, signed this summer for 60 million and who came with the goalscorer lineup (27 goals in 48 games with Eintracht last season) and competition for Benzema, was not just found. LThe drought that he is going through (only two goals in 770 ’) and a whistle from the Bernabéu affected Jovic and Zidane came to his aid. Publicly (“It is the future, he is 21 years old, he is going to score many goals and he is very good. You have to be patient”) and privately. In several talks he conveyed his confidence. “The goals will come, patience. I am happy with your work,” he repeated. Not surprisingly, the Marseillaise backed his signing with faith this summer. And despite not counting in the last games and after the latest transfer rumors, the club removed any doubts about its future: “He has a contract until 2025 and we are counting on him.” “Zidane trusts me,” the forward went on to say. Now, after starring in troubles and controversies, he only seeks forgiveness …FuturesBut Zidane has not only “convinced” the youth of the current squad, but also on loan. Odegaard (21 years old), who has earned his season at Real to be part of Madrid’s next project, has repeatedly expressed his admiration for Zidane, who already had him as a coach for Castilla. His most revealing words were pronounced when the French decided to return to Madrid just a year ago: “For me it is very positive that he returns. I know him well and we have a good relationship. It is perfect”.Achraf (21 years old), on loan at Borussia Dortmund but that Madrid wants him to be part of the next squad, he also has very good memories of Zidane. Although in this case the link with the coach is much stronger than that of the Norwegian. In an AS interview, the Moroccan winger confessed that his relationship with Marseille is almost paternal: “My relationship with him is quite good, and I continue to maintain it. He is a coach who always gives me good advice, it shows that he wants the best for me, as if I were his son. Whatever happens, I will always have a good relationship with him. ” The shy Zidane who was fleeing the cameras has been diametrically opposed in the bowels of the locker room. Dialogue is Zidane’s main weapon to persuade. And so, despite not enjoying the minutes they would like, it has won over the youngest.last_img read more

Prosecution closes case, “Smallie” says “doesn’t know” about “Mango Man” murder

first_imgA verdict will soon be handed down for Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and Sherwin Nero called “Catty” in the August 30, 2007, Kumar Singh “Mango Man” murder case after the prosecution and defence closed their cases on Monday. “Smallie” took the stand and recounted a story in which he implicated Inspector Suraj Singh and other ranks of torturing him. He told the jury that upon his 2008 arrest, he was handcuffed, beaten and shocked into signing the police caution statement which he claimed was not freely given.Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and Sherwin Nero called “Catty” denied committing the murder“They shock me up; handcuff meh hand; they start beating me up and I keep telling them: ‘I don’t know about these things’,” he claimed.He said on the second day of interrogation the ranks took him to the Brickdam Police Station in Georgetown where he said he continued to deny having knowledge of the robbery/murder.He said Inspector Singh told him that if he signed the paper, the things being done to him would stop.“The next day, they handcuff me to a post, beat me again [while] shocking me and Inspector Singh told me: ‘If you sign this paper, these things will stop’,” Williams added.“They throw a substance in me mouth, I didn’t know what it was – I keep spitting it out…then they carry me to Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where they remand me to prison,” the accused killer further detailed.Prosecutor Tamika Clarke and Attorney for the co-defendants Nigel Hughes will both try to convince the jury to return a verdict in favour of either the State or the defence on Tuesday when closing addresses are presented before Justice James Bovell-Drakes.Last week, the jury heard that an ex-Police rank transported the duo from Kumar Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara home via horse cart which the defence views as implausible. Singh was killed after gunmen stormed his premises and allegedly made off with cash and jewellery while his relatives were visiting from Suriname.Deceased: Kumar Singh called “Mango Man”During the testimonies of Singh’s wife and daughter, it was explained that the bandits fired several shots when the family home was invaded. Indroutie Singh, the wife, told the jury that her Surinamese relatives were drinking a few shots of rum on the night of the attack when she suddenly heard a gunshot, and someone said: “Pass what y’all get.” She had recalled being in the lower flat of their two-storied home when she reportedly saw two men standing in front of her sister-in-law’s husband and her own husband whom she claimed was wearing several gold rings at the time. When the gunmen left, they made off with those very rings, the woman had observed last week.Their daughter, Deoranie Singh, who had testified to hearing “terrible gunshots” detailed that the bandits asked for jewellery and the $7 million the family was keeping. “We keep telling them ‘no, we don’t have money’ and they keep insisting that ‘yes we have it’.”She said their wardrobe upstairs was shot at and a male had lashed her causing her nose to bleed. It was after the men fled that she ran to her father, held him and screamed. The testimonies of these witnesses did not face cross-examination.last_img read more

New legislation to guard against rogue operations – Gaskin

first_imgScrap metal trade– database system among measures to trace metal transactionsBy Jarryl BryanLegislation intended to facilitate the full reopening of the scrap metal trade have been submitted to, and approved by, cabinet. Their now having been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin is confident that the draft laws would allow for a more regularised trade.Scrap metalIn an interview with Guyana Times, Minister Gaskin explained that the draft laws contain provisions intended to guard against vandalism of metal, theft, and rogue scrap metal operations.“The regulations have been completed…,” Gaskin related. “The draft legislation provides for the establishment of the Scrap Metal Unit within the Ministry of Business. It provides for oversight of the Unit by a board of directors,” he detailed.“It stipulates what licences scrap metal dealers are allowed, and what criteria they need to meet to be licensed. It distinguishes between exporters and collectors of scrap metal, as well as special conditions for salvage operators,” he explained.Gaskin also related that the law will cover the transportation and compacting of scrap metal. Theft of scrap metal, and especially metal that cannot yet be considered scrap, are legitimate concerns for many businesses. This concern also extends to decommissioned Government equipment which are not safe from rogue operators.According to Gaskin, the law will stipulate a time frame within which dealers must keep scrap metal, in order to prevent the disposal of someone else’s property and enhance the traceability of metal through a system. He related that dealers will be required to enter details of their transactions into a software system.“It (the draft) speaks to issues like a timeframe between when you purchase scrap metal and when you dispose of it; so that if metal has been stolen and you’ve identified the source, you can go to the dealer and he can check his stock to see if he has indeed purchased stolen scrap metals. It’s done in other jurisdictions.“The most important thing is that, as a dealer, you must have an approved scrap metal yard. It must be a yard that is properly approved and inspected by the Scrap Metal Unit, to ensure business is not being conducted on the parapets or streets. All your business has to be done inside the yard, so we don’t have these unsightly heaps of scrap metal (lying around on the streets),” he declared.OutdatedIn 2016, an audit carried out by Ram and McRae accounting firm into the Scrap Metal Unit had found that the laws governing the scrap metal trade needed to be completely revamped. The report had cited a number of irregularities and uncertainties surrounding the trade, including the fact that the laws governing the operations are severely outdated.The unit has its origin in the Old Metal Dealers Act, Cap. 91:08, first promulgated in 1900. Supervisory responsibility for the unit has been transferred from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) by virtue of a 2012 Cabinet Paper dated January 31, 2012.The CH&PA was conferred with specific statutory powers and duties, but those do not include regulation of the business of dealers in Old Metals, as described in the long title of the Old Metal Dealers Act 91:08.The report has recommended that there be widespread consultation with key stakeholders before any concrete decisions are taken on the way forward in relation to the operations.The document also pointed out that interim measures must be put in place, since the trade is currently at a standstill, and exports are temporarily banned. The auditors also noted that there is no consistent policy towards the trade, with Government opening and closing the trade at will.Noted also is that there is seemingly a total lack of coordination between and among the four agencies involved: the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Business, the Scrap Metal Unit, and the Guyana Revenue Authority.The report said it is unclear why responsibility for the trade was transferred to the CH&PA, and why no Export Duty is paid under the Customs Act.The scrap metal trade was banned under the previous administration, and this trend had continued intermittently. The ban on the scrap metal trade came about following persistent complaints about vandalism. There were also issues regarding management of the trade.There have been intermissions, such as the three-month reopening of the trade last year. It is understood that, as of last month, the trade has been reopened, but only on a limited basis.At the launch of the Guyana Metal Dealers and General Exporters Association (GMD&GEA) earlier this year, executives had been heavily critical of the trade being banned and Government turning a deaf ear to the plight of would-be traders. The association had been explicit that the status quo of ‘Peter pay for all’ cannot continue.last_img read more

‘High on Ice’ gets helping hand from elementary students as the city prepares the festival

first_imgRogers also speaks to the benefit of children playing an active role in the annual event.“Snow sculpting is an art form, as is the ice sculpting, so it’s a way to start getting kids interested in something different while they’re young, and it’s a way to get them participating in High on Ice, and producing something that kind of beatifies that little section of the city.”Mayor Lori Ackerman seems excited to participate in the annual event as well.“This event is the highlight of my year,” Mayor Ackerman says. “The whole community coming together to have some fun and fully embrace winter is really what living in the north is all about.”Advertisement High on Ice begins with the ice carving on February 6 2015, 4:00 p.m., at Centennial Park at concludes February 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include the City Council Slide Off, a complementary hot chocolate bar provided by the Canadian Grind, music and a bon fire. “This year’s program includes popular events at Centennial Park such as free ice slides, sleigh rides, as well as some fun community races,” Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers said. “There will be great events at Toboggan Hill Park like toboggan races, snowshoe races and mountain bike races facilitated by the local Cadets.”Rogers adds, “There are six professional ice carvers attending from Canada, United States, Russia and Argentina.”The professional ice carvers will begin creating their art during the first week of February – with a set-up in Centennial Park on Friday February 6, running 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the public to watch them work.- Advertisement -New to the event this year is the creation of snow sculptures by local students from Ecole Central Elementary and other international students – as they attended a workshop on January 14 and 15, 2015 at the empy lot at 100 Avenue and 100 Street to carve 10 snow figures.These figures will be on display throughout the festival.“This way we have the sculptures up for the next few weeks – I’m just hoping the weather freezes-up a little bit – and it will get people to start thinking about High on Ice,” says Rogers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bayern sack Carlo Ancelotti after PSG defeat

first_img0Shares0000Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before their 3-0 defeat to PSG in Paris on Wednesday © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Sep 28 – Bayern Munich have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of their Champions League defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, the club announced on Thursday.“FC Bayern Munich have parted company with head coach Carlo Ancelotti as a result of internal discussions following the 3-0 defeat in the Champions League group stage match at Paris Saint-Germain,” Bayern said in a statement on their website. Former player Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international who had been serving as an assistant to Ancelotti, has been named interim coach. The 40-year-old has previously coached Bordeaux in his homeland.But Bayern have also parted company with four Italian members of Ancelotti’s backroom staff, including his son Davide.Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti, 58, with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before losing 3-0 to PSG in the French capital on Wednesday.After that game the Italian was questioned by German media about his tactics and team selection, following his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. (Sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.“Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision in the interests of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and top performance, so we can reach our goals for this season.”The defeat in Paris was Bayern’s heaviest since losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg in May 2015.It was also their heaviest loss in a group game in the competition since a 3-0 reverse in Lyon in March 2001.Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table after six games, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, before visiting Hertha Berlin on Sunday.They have not been so far off the pace at the top of the Bundesliga so early in a season since 2010/11, when Dortmund went on to win the title and Bayern finished third.Ancelotti led Bayern to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title last season in his first campaign in charge after succeeding Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.However, the Bavarians lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and to Dortmund in the semi-finals of the German Cup.Ancelotti has also coached Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid, winning the Champions League three times in his career.Among the potential replacements being mentioned is Thomas Tuchel, currently a free agent after leaving Dortmund at the end of last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Silva’s injury could be a blessing for Man City, claims Murphy

first_imgDanny Murphy believes an injury to David Silva could be a blessing for Manchester City.The Spaniard limped out of City’s League Cup defeat to Newcastle in the opening minutes after suffering a knee injury, and he is now a doubt for Sunday’s crucial Manchester derby.But former Liverpool ace Murhpy feels his absence could actually help Manuel Pellegrini’s side.He said: “I’m a bit worried about their form, and here’s why. [Manuel] Pellgrini has been playing with two up front for most of the season and seems determined to stick with that, but what’s happening in the bigger games against good quality opposition is they’re getting outnumbered in midfield.“They’ve been playing with an ineffective Yaya Toure, who for a number of weeks now has been way off his best. He’s still a talented player, but he’s not playing that well and they’re carrying him, and that’s a problem in a midfield four.“The other problem is David Silva. If he plays wide in a four, defensively you’re lacking, because he doesn’t want to run back and defend. He tries, but it’s a token gesture.“In the bigger games, it’s in this midfield area where they’re so lacking and it is something he [Pellegrini] won’t change.“Coming up, City have got some big games. They’ve got Man United at the weekend, and the next two games in the Champions League, against CSKA Moscow and Roma, are crucial. They are must-win games. And the way Chelsea are playing, the weekend’s game is probably must-win as well.“And I’m going to say, and this is something Man City fans will probably be in uproar about, that Silva’s injury could be a blessing.“He’s a wonderful footballer when played in his best position, but he doesn’t play in that position often enough for Manchester City. When he plays wide in a midfield four I don’t think you get the best out of him. To qualify that, the most goals he’s ever scored in a season for Man City is seven. I’m sorry, but for a player of his quality that’s not good enough. He might get assists and contribute in other ways, but he’s a creative player and he needs to score more.“So what I’m suggesting in the games coming up is why not play three midfielders? So you could play Yaya Toure in front of Fernando and Fernandinho for example, then you can play with the wide men and one striker, which would be Aguero.“That looks more solid. And of course it would be because you’ve got three midfielders instead of a No.10 luxury [player], then two wide men of say Nasri, Milner, Navas, take your pick. I think that could make them much more solid and give them a better foundation in games.”last_img read more

North West in ‘red zone’ as Aussie flu outbreak continues to spread

first_imgStatistics released by the HSE shows that the ‘Aussie flu’ has spread to all parts of Ireland, with the East of the country being the worst affected.The maps, which reflect figures collected between week 51 and 52 of 2017, illustrates the rampant spread of the illness.According to the HSE’s influenza surveillance report, the Aussie flu is currently categorised as having “localised activity” in Donegal. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has warned that the flu will continue to spread for the next four to six weeks, with Influenza A (H3N2, or the Aussie Flu) and B currently the predominant viruses circulating in the community.The Department of Education is urging parents to keep ill children at home in an attempt to curb the outbreak.The HPSC is urging everyone, particularly those in high-risk groups, to get their flu vaccine.The influenza vaccine is available free of charge from GPs for all people in at-risk groups, and from pharmacists for everyone in at-risk groups aged 18 years and over. An administration charge may apply to people who don’t hold medical cards or GP visit cards. What are the symptoms?According to the HSE, the symptoms of influenza usually develop over a matter of a few hours and include a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache and sore throat.This is different from the common cold, which tends to come on more gradually and usually includes a runny nose and a normal temperature.What to do if you become illThe HPSC says that the number one thing to do if you begin to feel under the weather is to remain at home. Children should be kept home from school and adults shouldn’t try to “tough it out” and go to work as this will lead to a further spread of the flu.“Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms,” a spokesperson advises.Those in high-risk categories should visit their GP if they begin to develop influenza symptoms. GPs may wish to prescribe antivirals to those in high-risk groups. “If you need to visit your GP or the Emergency Department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu.”Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze (catch it), disposing of the tissue as soon as possible (bin it) and cleaning your hands as soon as you can (kill it) are important measures in helping prevent the spread of germs and reducing the risk of transmission.Donegal Daily‘s Medical Matters columnist Dr Ciaran Roarty of Scally McDaid Medical Practice Letterkenny says that our immune system will take care of fighting the virus if you are outside of the high-risk categories.“Once again we depend on our immune system to clear the flu virus. Treatment is really aimed at easing the symptoms until this happens. The good news is that in the vast majority of cases we can treat ourselves. “Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen eases aches and pains and helps lower high temperatures. Fluids are particularly important when running a temperature in order to prevent dehydration which makes us feel worse. Decongestant drops, throat lozenges and saline nasal sprays are also helpful.“The actual influenza virus makes us feel worse than the other viruses which cause flu-like illnesses. Even the young and healthy often have to go to bed.“Symptoms of the flu come on quite quickly, are worst for the first few days and then ease gradually. The cough may persist for longer. Most people recover after a week or so.”Advice, tips, information and videos on getting over flu and other common illnesses are available at a new HSE website, www.undertheweather.ieWho’s included in the ‘high-risk category’?The HPSC says that those in the high-risk category could be the most vulnerable to influenza. These include the following groups:All those aged 65 years and olderPeople including children with chronic illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and diabetesThose with lower immunity due to disease or treatment and all cancer patientsAll pregnant women. The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy.Those with morbid obesity i.e. Body Mass Index ≥ 40Residents of nursing homes, old people’s homes and other long stay facilitiesHealth care workers and carers of those in at-risk groups.Vaccination remains the most effective means of preventing infection by seasonal influenza viruses and can reduce severe disease that can lead to hospitalisation and death. The vaccine takes two weeks to take effect once received.Ninety-four confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during weeks 51 and 52 2017, bringing the season total to 169.These hospitalisations were associated with a mix of influenza A(H3N2), A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B, with an increased proportion of influenza B cases reported during weeks 51 and 52 of 2017.Twelve confirmed influenza cases were admitted to critical care units since the outbreak began. “Less than ten” deaths have been attributed to the Aussie flu in 2017.Medical Matters: Everything you need to know about fluNorth West in ‘red zone’ as Aussie flu outbreak continues to spread was last modified: January 11th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Aussie fludonegalH3N2last_img read more

H-DNL football: Fortuna wrecks Eureka’s homecoming, downs Loggers 22-14

first_imgWith nine seconds to play in a tie ball-game Daedan Taylor found Max Hough for a 10-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, stunning the homecoming crowd assembled at Albee Stadium as Fortuna High shocked Eureka in a 22-14 Big 4 Conference win for the ages Saturday night.The win counts as Fortuna’s (3-5, 1-0) first Big 4 win since the conference began play under its current format in 2018. For Eureka (3-5, 0-1), which for the second straight week turned to Hayden Bode under center in the …last_img read more