Messi prefers not to over-think risk of infection as La Liga return looms

first_imgLionel Messi believes he is better off not thinking too much about the risk of being infected by the coronavirus as Spanish soccer clubs step up their return to activity, saying he looks forward to getting back to playing matches.Messi and his Barcelona team mates have been back at the club’s training ground conducting individual sessions since last week, following La Liga’s four-phase protocol for returning to activity since it was halted in March due to the pandemic.All 11 remaining rounds of fixtures in La Liga will take place without spectators, with President Javier Tebas saying last week that matches could start as soon as June 12. Topics : While some players and clubs have spoken out against football returning out of fear of picking up the virus or passing it on to others, Messi said returning to matches was no riskier than leaving home for any other reason.”There’s a risk of infection everywhere, when you leave your house there’s a risk, so I think we shouldn’t think too much about it because if you do you won’t want to go anywhere,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Friday.”But we must understand that it’s essential we comply with the protocols and follow the prevention measures as much as we can. Returning to training is the first step but we shouldn’t get complacent and we must take all precautions necessary.”Messi said he is excited about returning to matches but voiced his opposition to La Liga’s proposal for teams to be quarantined together, away from their families, once matches resume.”Personally I’m looking forward to the competition returning. We know it’s going to all be very strange, without anyone in the stands, I’ve done it before and I found it out,” said the Barca captain.”With regards to being quarantined, the truth is we don’t like the idea of being separated from our families at all but we’ll have to see what the final plan is.”last_img read more

On the way out

first_imgWHILST the Mercosur free trade zone may have revived freight traffic on Latin America’s railways, the same cannot be said for the residual passenger operations. Word reaches us from Uruguay that the pro-rail party in government since 1993 has been ousted by the administration which abandoned all services in 1988.Our correspondent reports that for ’political reasons’ AFE has cancelled the August 1993 concession for Ferrotransporte to run four daily trains each way on the 64 km Montevideo – 25 de Agosto commuter line, taking over the service itself on January 2. A few days later, AFE ’suspended indefinitely’ the rural Tacuarembó – Riveira train as ’highly unprofitable’. Despite extensive upgrading of the 118 km route, AFE had extended the running time from 2h 40min in 1993 to 3h 45min, and the faster railcars which replaced loco-hauled trains last April spent long periods sitting at the stations waiting time.Across the Andes in Ecuador, it is the railcars which are the problem. ENFE has suspended all passenger services, for the embarrassing reason that all its autoferros have broken down ’irrevocably’. Presumably the locals have reverted to the traditional mode; riding on the roofs of boxcars on the remaining freight trains.Travellers to Africa reveal similar problems have reached Uganda Railways Corp, hovering on the verge of bankruptcy. URC has withdrawn all domestic passenger trains and its Lake Victoria ferries. Freight trains continue for now, but the only coaches to polish URC metals appear on the through train from Kenya, run by KRC. olast_img read more

Significant abortion decision by National Council of Women

first_img3News 12 October 2014A remit calling for abortion law reform has been passed at a National Council of Women conference.“Policy decisions at our conference so far today include members voting to ask government to review abortion law and practice with a view to simplifying it and ensuring a woman’s right to choose,” NCW posted on its Facebook page yesterday.“A significant decision for our membership.”NCW is a non-profit organisation which lobbies on issues affecting women.The remit to the conference from NCW’s Auckland branch was supported by the Abortion Law Reform Association ahead of the conference.“Our out-dated criminalised abortion laws have already been flagged by the UN, and states and countries with similar laws are, one by one, changing them,” the association’s president Dr Morgan Healey said.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/significant-abortion-decision-by-national-council-of-women-2014101207last_img read more

‘Roger is Roger’ – Djokovic not underestimating ageless great

first_img“I mean, Novak also has gone on all these runs like I did for 10 years. He did the same for the last 10 years. It helps when you start the year off with a bang. We were able to do that quite a few times.”Djokovic insists his record over Federer at the Slams since 2012 doesn’t tell the full story, pointing to their classic Wimbledon final last year.In that memorable fight, the Swiss had two match points and was one shot from victory.“It’s not like I’ve been dominating the match-ups. I’ve had success against him, in Grand Slams in particular. But Roger is Roger,” he said.“You know that he’s always going to play on such a high level, regardless of the surface.“He loves to play these kind of matches, big rivalries, semis, finals of Grand Slams. I mean, he’ll probably confirm that that’s probably the biggest reason why he’s still competing.”Federer goes into Thursday’s blockbuster on Rod Laver Arena after playing 14 gruelling sets in his last three matches, but insisted “I feel pretty good right now”.Read Also:Champion’s mindset propels Halep into Aussie Open semi-finalsHe is also under an injury cloud after a rare medical timeout midway through his quarter-final for a groin strain which hampered his movement. He dropped two sets after comfortably taking the first, before rallying to come through in five.“I don’t know if you can call it an injury. It’s just pain and problems,” he said afterwards.“Good nights of sleep, doctors, physios. Hopefully we’ll find out that it’s actually nothing bad.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “What he did (against Sandgren) was amazing. He showed me he’s one of the best players of all time. I mean, he never gives up. When it matters the most, he’s focused and he plays his best tennis,” said the world number two. “He’s a great fighter. Obviously I have lots of respect for him.” Federer and Djokovic have dominated the Australian Open for years with the all-conquering pair sharing 12 of the last 14 titles. Djokovic is the defending champion but Federer won in 2018. – ‘Pain and problems’ – “I think conditions suit us well here. Probably something to do with court speed, feeling comfortable down here,” said world number three Federer, who is gunning for a 21st Major crown. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Roger Federer continues to play at a high level despite being 38center_img Loading… Novak Djokovic is ever respectful of “great fighter” Roger Federer, but the Serb goes into their Australian Open semi-final as clear favourite after beating the Swiss maestro in every Grand Slam meeting since Wimbledon 2012. The pair enjoy one of world sport’s greatest rivalries and will be facing each other on Thursday for a 50th time stretching back to 2006. Djokovic leads 26-23. Novak Djokovic has the edge over Roger Federer in recent Grand Slams While Federer won their last clash at the ATP Finals in November, the Serb has a psychological edge at the Slams, beating him in all five showdowns since losing in the All England club semis eight years ago. Sixteen-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic has also been in fine touch at Melbourne Park as he targets a record eighth title, dropping just one set en route to the last four. In contrast, Federer has lived dangerously, two points from defeat against John Millman in the third round and incredibly saving seven match points in his quarter-final against Tennys Sandgren. Djokovic pointed to Federer’s heroics in that epic as to why he can never be written off, despite being 38 and in the twilight of his career.Advertisementlast_img read more

11 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized in buy-bust

first_imgThe 28-year-old Enecito Villarna of Barangay 2yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the custodialfacility of Police Station 1, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Villarna was nabbed after he sold suspectedshabu to an undercover officer for P200 on Sept. 13, the report added.center_img BACOLOD City – Eleven sachets of suspectedshabu were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 14.last_img

Jerome hails Pulis impact

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Cameron Jerome believes the squad has benefited from the Tony Pulis effect in recent games. Former Cardiff man Jerome, currently on a season-long loan from Stoke, believes the appointment of Pulis as the permanent replacement to Ian Holloway has had the desired effect. “From a personal point of view and the team’s point of view, it’s magnificent that someone like that has come in,” the 27-year-old said of Pulis. “Since he’s come in he has carried on the momentum that [caretaker manager] Keith Millen built up over those three or four games. “Tony has come in and he has had a big impact. The boys have responded well to him and we’re getting good results now.” The win over Cardiff came just four days after a 1-0 success at home to West Ham, who will now be looking over their shoulders as Palace continue to close the gap many thought was already insurmountable when Pulis was appointed. But the Welshman has got the players believing in their own ability with Jerome, whose maiden strike for Palace on Saturday was also his first goal since February, one of the main beneficiaries. He said: “Coming in here, playing games and getting a run in the side for the last three or four games and obviously getting the goal – the confidence is there. “It’s been a while since I have been playing games. Now I have come in a played a few games and gone on a run. “The results are starting to come for the team too and that’s the most important thing. We talked about setting the tempo early. “We knew Cardiff had a difficult away game in the week and travelled all the way here. We were at home, we had to take the game to them and we managed to get an early goal.” Whereas Palace are starting to rejoin the pack looking to secure top-flight safety, Cardiff have now won just once in their last nine Premier League games. Their derby success against rivals Swansea remains their only victory during that time and, although they held reigning champions Manchester United to a 2-2 draw, Malky Mackay’s side are now just one point clear of Palace. Fraizer Campbell has been in good form of late, but the striker missed a great early chance to give the Bluebirds the lead at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Mackay insisted afterwards that he is not concerning himself with what is happening beneath his side in the table but, with their next two away games taking them to Liverpool and Arsenal, the former Watford boss will be hoping for some strong home performances over the festive period to steer them clear of trouble. The former Stoke boss took charge at Selhurst Park a little over two weeks ago and has already steered the Eagles to two Barclays Premier League wins. Only an inferior goal difference is keeping Palace in the bottom three after Jerome and strike partner Marouane Chamakh both found the back of the net in a comfortable 2-0 win over Cardiff on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Scotland clinch series win

first_imgScotland have secured a series win over Ireland following their six-wicket victory in the postponed Twenty20 match at Bready on Saturday. Press Association The second instalment of the three-game series was cancelled on Friday following heavy rain but the two sides reconvened 24 hours later with Ireland opening the batting. Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Poynter scored 36 from 24 and 28 balls respectively and Tyrone Kane hit 26 off 17 deliveries as Ireland ended their innings on 166 for six. center_img And Scotland appeared to be in trouble in their response after Kane bowled opener George Munsey with only one run on the scoreboard. But the visitors, led by 48 off 30 balls from Matt Cross and 47 off 29 deliveries from Preston Mommsen, reached 167 for four with 11 balls of their innings remaining. And after their six-wicket victory in the series opener on Thursday, Scotland now cannot be caught with just one match of the series to be played. The sides will again meet at Bready on Sunday. last_img read more

CWI vice-president gives administration passing grade

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow has given the organisation’s administration a passing grade for its first year in office, pointing to improvements in just about all areas of the 10-point plan which the Ricky Skerritt-led team had used as a platform for election.Among the biggest achievements, Dr Shallow said, have been an improvement in team selection which has boosted players’ confidence in getting a fair chance to represent West Indies, and a better relationship with CWI stakeholders.Last March, the Skerritt-Shallow team defeated incumbent Dave Cameron and his running mate Emmanuel Nathan to take over the CWI leadership. They had presented a ‘Cricket First Plan’ to revitalise West Indies cricket, that promised: the creation of a cricket-centric organisational culture; optimum use of technology for greater effectiveness; increased investment in grassroots cricket; enhancement of the franchise system; modernisation of coaching education; increased exposure for Under-23 and Under-19 players; re-evaluation of system of team selection; repair of stakeholder relations; decentralisation of High Performance system; and utilisation of regional technical expertise.Speaking on the Mason & Guest radio show here on Tuesday night, Dr Shallow said the administration had made some progress in those areas.“We have touched on just about all of these points,” he said. “In West Indies cricket, over the years, we have had quite a few hurdles that we have to jump over and bearing all that in mind, I think we have done a fairly good job for the last 12 months.”Among the areas he gave his team kudos for was revamping the selection process.“This is one of the successes,” he said. “We have seen players have increased confidence in our system again and players believe that they are now selected more on merit and are putting up their hands, as Jermaine Blackwood, as Hayden Walsh, and other players have done.”Dr Shallow also saw the CWI’s utilisation of regional experts as an accomplishment.Seven months after the new administration took office, Phil Simmons, who had been sacked by the Cameron-led CWI, was brought back as West Indies head coach.That, said Dr Shallow, plus the inclusion of other former cricketers Floyd Reifer, Kenny Benjamin, Gus Logie and Courtney Walsh in the coaching staff, and the involvement of Joel Garner, Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan in West Indies camps last year demonstrated the CWI’s commitment to improving the game.Addressing the modernisation of the coaching system, he pointed out that CWI had hired a specialist in development coaching, Australian Chris Brabazon, as its first-ever coach education manager. The former Western Australian Cricket Association coach development manager signed a three-year deal and began work last December.“He has been making some progress so far,” Dr Shallow said.The CWC vice-president also pointed to improved relationships with players, regional governments and the media, saying, “all of our stakeholders are equally important to us”.Speaking specifically about the promise to create a cricket-centric organisational culture, he said CWI has been able to fulfil its promise to move players “to the top of the priority ladder”.He said while the four-year cricket calendar would be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has forced cancellations and postponements in the sport, CWI now “has a guide to work with”.Dr Shallow also pointed to CWI’s increased use of technology: “We have been using Zoom and the Internet generally, to facilitate meetings and reduce our expenses, being more cost effective. We have a selection analyst being more analytical,” he reported.As for increased investment in grassroots, he said that was a work in progress.“We have started the dialogue with the governments across the region and what we are saying is ‘let us hold hands in improving cricket, in developing grassroots cricket’ and we expect them to invest as Cricket West Indies intend to do, but we have to do this together.And, quite frankly, they’ve been quite receptive to the idea. We have had a few discussions with Prime Ministers across the region and we intend to have a meeting with the other Prime Ministers at some point over the next two months,” he said.Addressing the enhancement of the franchise system, the vice-president said one of the achievements has been getting players at that level to realise that they are professionals as well as to understand what is expected of them as far as fitness was concerned.“We have seen an improved fitness. They have been responding positively to the call of fitness,” Dr Shallow said.The number two at CWI said the organisation was fully committed to doing what it was voted in to do.“We continue to address all the items on our 10-point plan and we are using this as a guide to ensure that we keep performing,” he said.last_img read more

Skaneateles boys cross country sweeps Cazenovia, Solvay

first_imgAnd Matt Persampieri was just behind Smith, finishing third in 16:38. Joe Norris got fourth place in 17:02, with Will Girzadas earning fifth place in 17:40.Josh Reed, in 17.44.5, was seventh, just behind Cazenovia’s Stan Angus (17:44.2), but Skaneateles swept the rest of the top 10, Tony DiRubbo getting eight place in 17:59 ahead of Seamus Fogerty (18:09) and Nolan Gryzlo (18:12).The girls race between state Class C no. 14-ranked Skaneateles and no. 17-ranked Cazenovia also had first place in the league on the line, and it was those other Lakers that pulled it out by a one-point margin, 28-29. Individually, Skaneateles went 1-2, Sarah Tallerico winning the individual race in 19:53 and Hope Cross-Jaya getting second place in 20:19 before Cazenovia’s Lauren McLean (20:49) and Isla Stover (20:53) took the next two spots.Lillian Yengo was fifth in 21:09, maintaining Skaneateles’ early lead, only to have Cazenovia snatch four of the next five finishing spots to get in front, despite Sophia Aureden’s 21:51 that put her in ninth place. It took Cazenovia’s sixth runner getting 10th place (Laura Fitzgerald, in 21:41) to earn her team the victory.A day later, Marcellus and Westhill both swept their respective league meets – the Mustangs against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, the Warriors against Homer.The boys Mustangs routed APW 15-50 behind Kevin Huss, who won the race in 18:37 as Aidan Shea was second in 18:41. Caeden Cox finished third in 18:55 as Jonah Kwasnowski (19:46) and Elijah Hart (19:52) completed a top five sweep.For the Marcellus boys, Anella Bolster claimed individual honors in 21:16, well clear of the 21:50 from Meaghan Strempel. Alyssa McShane was third in 23:20, ahead of Virginia Lucchetti (23:57) and Sophia Maum (24:38).The Westhill boys beat Homer 17-46, led by a top-three sweep. Jacob Fricano won in 16:02, just ahead of the 16:03 from Mike Ferrara and Will Thornton, while Angelo Carr was fifth in 16:06. Brian Allen finished sixth in 16:53.In the girls Warriors’ 21-36 win over the Trojans, Liz Kessler, with her time of 19:59, was second to Homer’s Emma Anderson (18:34), but Westhill’s depth won out.Addie Lowery finished in 20:05, just ahead of the 20:14 from Angie Mesa. Sara Thompson posted 20:50 and Kylie Nowicki finished in 20:52, with Emily O’Reilly (20:57) and Ashley Heffernan (21:41) following.The Jordan-Elbridge boys defeated Hannibal 23-32. Though Sean Dristle, in 16:46, finished second behind Hannibal’s Dylan Plantz (16:14), Kenny Williams got third place in 16:50 as Lee Jewell was fifth in 17:11. Derek Quigley, in 18:04, was just ahead of Colin Jewsbury (18:10) in sixth place.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: cross countryMarcellusskaneatelesWesthillcenter_img Further cementing its place atop the Onondaga High School League Liberty division standings, the Skaneateles boys cross country team topped Cazenovia and host Solvay in Tuesday’s race at Long Branch Park.Skaneateles prevailed 20-41 over Cazenovia and 15-50 over Solvay, backing up its state Class C no. 11 ranking as, once again, Caleb Bender led the charge.Bender had already finished 1-2 with Cazenovia’s Jared Smith in the Small School race at the Sept. 21 Baldwinsville Invitational. And it happened here, too, Bender tearing to a time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of Smith’s 16:31.last_img read more

Tottenham battle Arsenal for January signing of La Liga goal machine

first_imgTottenham Hotspur could be set to rival Arsenal in the chase to sign in-form Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca this January, according to Spanish source Fichajes.net.The north London pair are both after new signings upfront this winter after enduring frustrating starts to the season in the Premier League, with Spurs relying on the under-performing strike partnership of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, while Arsenal have been without Olivier Giroud due to injury.Bacca has been in fine form in La Liga for the last year or so, scoring 21 goals last term and finding the back of the net eight times in fifteen appearances so far this season.There’s no doubt the prolific Colombian international could improve Tottenham’s fortunes in attack, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to keep rebuilding this struggling team after a number of changes to the squad in recent seasons.As well as managerial changes disrupting the club, Spurs are still recovering from the loss of star player Gareth Bale last summer, and it is in attack that they have been hit particularly hard, with other of their big-money signings failing to pay off so far.Sevilla will not want to lose such an important player, but it is believed that he could head to White Hart Lane this January.last_img read more