Bartomeu, between putting out a fire and signing a striker

first_imgJosep Maria Bartomeu live another borderline situation in the Barça. Acting President since January 2014, when he took over from the resignation Sandro Rosell, and winner of the elections on July 18, 2015, is surely facing the most difficult situation he has experienced since January 2015. There are many fires in Barça, but none like when he burns Leo Messi. That storm of Anoeta ended up taking ahead Andoni Zubizarreta (since then the club has not found stability in sports management), but Bartomeu, thanks to the help of Xavi and, according to other sources, Mascherano, managed to save the relationship between Messi and Luis Enrique and win a triplet that reaffirmed him as president. Along the way, the president of Barça has lived more moments of crisis. The Neymar cases, the falls in Rome or Liverpool. But Messi has reappeared in this earthquake, a sort of Pope in Barça. And it will cost to solve it. 10 It is difficult to know the communication strategy that Barça will follow from now on. How it is difficult to know how Bartomeu will try to solve the situation of Abidal and Messi. The Frenchman, since Tuesday, has already closed the door of the locker room if he did not already have it. Not even the president had shown him much confidence in the winter market. He had discredited him by not allowing him to sign what he wanted and, despite a meeting last Sunday in which he had supposedly left reinforced, he no longer trusted him. Abidal was already weak. Your interview in the Sport He has done nothing but definitely put it on the wire. He has surprised Abidal’s awkwardness in all his answers. On Xavi, on Valverde and even about the new coach. Abidal recognizes conversations with Xavi, Henry and Pochettino, which makes it clear that Setién was a fourth or fifth option.center_img Abidal’s future may be directly related to the signing of the forward. Barça wants a patch that covers the long-lasting injuries of Suarez Y I trembled. If Bartomeu definitely drops Abidal’s thumb, it would have to be himself and Ramon Planes who decide what reinforcement of The league, if there is any shot, reinforce Barça from here at the end of the season.And then there is the Messi affair, which really has restless Bartomeu. With contract until June 2021, Bartomeu seeks to extend his contract before finishing his term. Messi has a clause that could leave Barça for free this summer. It doesn’t seem like I’m going to do it. His declaration of love for the club when he won his sixth Golden Ball reassured the fans. But Messi observes with concern this spiral of misstatements, flip-flops in sports decision making and, in general, the symptoms of club breakdown. If you continue to see the broken club, you could make a drastic decision. It doesn’t look like the current scenario but Bartomeu He must take great care of his movements so that the Messi issue does not start to become a ball.last_img read more

Southgate to name World Cup squad early to avoid anxiety

first_imgSouthgate has until May 14 to register a 35-man provisional squad with FIFA and needs to whittle it down to 23 by June 4 — two days after England’s next friendly, against Nigeria.But the England boss will name his squad before the penultimate warm-up friendly, with the announcement expected shortly after the Premier League season ends on May 13.“I’d like to (name the squad before the next friendly) because you end up being able to run a performance camp rather than a selection camp,” the England manager said. “I think there’s a difference in the feel for everybody.“If you name 28 and they aren’t sure, but if you name 23 and five on standby — which Sven (Goran Eriksson) did well, then everyone knows where they sit.“If you have got 28 or 30 who think they might have a chance, then there’s a lot of uncertainty and anxiety within the games,” he added. “For me, it’s much better to get the 23 secured and work from there.”Southgate already has a “pretty clear” idea about how he will fill 20 of the slots, and over the identity of his first-choice goalkeeper and skipper.Everton ‘keeper Jordan Pickford has perhaps edged ahead of Jack Butland while Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson are frontrunners for the captaincy.Meanwhile, Adam Lallana is confident his fitness problems will not cost him a place in England’s World Cup plans after an injury-blighted season.The Liverpool midfielder, who made a second-half appearance against Italy, suffered a serious thigh injury in early August, reducing him to a bit-part role for his club this season.But the 29-year-old is bullish about his prospects of making the 23-man squad, insisting he has sufficient credit in the bank despite his lack of match time.“I’m confident enough in my own ability and what I bring to the squad,” he said. “He (Southgate) recognises what I bring to the team, my team-mates recognise that and I recognise it also.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate plans to name his 23-man World Cup squad early © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 29 – England manager Gareth Southgate plans to name his 23-man World Cup squad early to help avoid unnecessary anxiety among his players.Tuesday’s promising 1-1 draw in Italy was England’s last match before Southgate names the travelling party for the June 14-July 15 finals in Russia.last_img read more


first_imgAn inquest into the death of a LYIT student in Mayo seven years ago has returned a verdict of accidental death.Ashling Gallagher from Bunacurry, Achill Island, died when her van collided with a cement lorry on the Mulranny to Newport road in 2004. A key issue during the eight-day hearing was the condition of the road surface at the time of the crash.The Gallagher family have expressed disappointment with the verdict. They said that they had campaigned on behalf of their daughter, a student at LYIT in Letterkenny, to find out why her van, which was travelling at a normal speed, inexplicably ended up at the other side of the road.At the time of the crash, the road had recently been resurfaced and a final layer had still to be applied.The Gallagher’s legal team argued that there were no warning signs to reduce normal speed or to indicate that there was a temporary surface in place.The solicitor for the family said civil proceedings are under way.It is one of a number of cases being taken by families against councils over warning signs on roads.FAMILY OF LYIT STUDENT KILLED IN ROAD CRASH VOW TO FIGHT ON was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Most capped internationals from the top 25 ranked teams in the world

first_img 26 26 23. United States – Cobi Jones (164 caps) 13= Wales – Neville Southall (92 caps) 13= England – Peter Shilton (125 caps) 26 26 18. Croatia – Darijo Srna (134 caps) 26 22. Iceland – Runar Kristinsson (104 caps) 24. Ecuador – Ivan Hurtado (168 caps) 26 25. Turkey – Rustu Recber (120 caps) – Click the right arrow above to see who has the most caps for the top 25 ranked countries… 8. Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo (138 caps) 26 3. Germany – Lothar Matthaus (150 caps) 26 26 26 26 17. Mexico – Claudio Suarez (177 caps) 26 5. Colombia – Carlos Valderrama (111 caps) 26 15. Peru – Roberto Palacios (128 caps) 10= Spain – Iker Casillas (167 caps) 26 26 26 6. France – Lilian Thuram (142 caps) The Galatasaray midfield has now made 130 appearances for the Oranje and will no doubt beat the record soon.But who are the most capped men across the world? Click the right arrow above to see who has played the most for the top 25 ranked countries… 19. Costa Rica – Walter Centeno (137 caps) 10= Poland – Michael Zewlakow (102 caps) 26 26 12. Italy – Gianluigi Buffon (168 caps) 2. Argentina – Javier Zanetti (143 caps) 26 4. Chile – Claudio Bravo (112 caps) 26 7. Belgium – Jan Ceulemans (96 caps) 26 9. Switzerland – Heinz Hermann (118 caps) 26 26 26 26 26 The Premier League season may be over, but with a World Cup just one year away, internationals are being played across the globe.Friendlies and qualifiers are getting teams ready for a trip to Russia, and in the Netherlands’ 5-0 friendly win over Ivory Coast, Wesley Sneijder drew level with Edwin van der Sar as the nation’s most capped player. 20. Egypt – Ahmed Hassan (184 caps) 21. Slovakia – Miroslav Karhan (107 caps) 16. Uruguay – Maxi Pereira (120 caps) 1. Brazil – Cafu (142 caps)last_img read more

Chelsea expected to announce new manager next week

first_img possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Latest football news Chelsea are set to announce Maurizio Sarri as their new manager next week.The club’s non-World Cup players return for pre-season training on July 9th, a week on Monday, and the Blues want their new man unveiled by then. predicted ALTERED who plays? 1 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence The west London club are reluctant to pay Conte off with his compensation package worth around £9million if he doesn’t work for the 12 months remaining on his contract.Conte has even prepared a rigorous pre-season schedule for the players just in case he remains in charge next season, according to The Sun.center_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? highlights gameday Sarri has long been the favourite to replace Conte The former Napoli boss is preparing to finally succeed Antonio Conte after months of uncertainty and instability at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea’s players have been left in the dark over who their boss will be next season, but there is a feeling among the squad they will return to work under Sarri or Conte, rather than anybody else.According to the Telegraph, the Blues have held talks with Aleksandr Golovin, Alisson and Daniele Rugani, all of whom are rated highly by Sarri.Whereas Conte is not understood to have been involved in any talks with the club over transfers. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? crackers last_img read more


first_imgPolice have pledged to do everything they can to find a murdered schoolgirl as fresh searches for her remains began 17 years after her disappearance.Arlene Arkinson, 15, from Castlederg, Co Tyrone, went missing after a night out in Bundoran. Police believe she was abducted and killed.The teenager was last seen in a car driven by convicted child killer Robert Howard. In 2005, he stood trial for her murder despite the fact her body had not been found. He was acquitted by a jury which was not aware he was serving a life sentence for the 2001 murder of schoolgirl Hannah Williams, 14, from south London.Forty sites in and around the Castlederg area are to be searched by the PSNI in an operation set to take months.The officer leading the new searches, PSNI Detective Superintendent Raymond Murray, said the aim was two-fold – to find Arlene’s body and progress the investigation.“On a personal level, Arlene’s family has been in torment for 17 years,” he said. “We want to do everything we possibly can to reunite Arlene with her family. Arlene’s sisters and brothers have suffered for too long. Despite the considerable time gap and the challenges involved in locating remains, we will do everything we possibly can to achieve this. “On a policing level, the recovery of remains may represent a significant opportunity to progress the investigation, as knowledge of any remains or the location of a body deposition site may provide evidence to further our inquiries.”The first search got under way on what would have been the 70th birthday of the teenager’s late father Willie.Arlene’s sister Kathleen Arkinson said she was scared to be too optimistic. “This is the biggest search so far and our hopes are built up,” she said. “I just hopes she’s found, I don’t know what way we’ll react if she’s not.”The search will take place on land at Scraghy Road between Castlederg and Ederney, Co Fermanagh, close to where Arlene was last seen in the early hours of August 14, 1994.Ends FRESH SEARCHES START FOR ARLENE ARKINSON was last modified: August 31st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arlene ArkinsonPSNIRobert Howardsearcheslast_img read more

Flooding forces more to flee

first_img “It’s just lousy,” said Ralph Petricone. “Learn from your mistakes.” In the northern part of the state, floodwaters knee-deep and higher cut off some neighborhoods, and sewage backed up into homes in Jersey City. In Connecticut, the ground was so soft because of the steady rain that trees toppled, blocking the railroad tracks in Naugatuck. Commuters were forced to take shuttle buses. Up to 3 inches of rain was expected in parts of southwestern New Hampshire. State workers passed out 46,000 sandbags and 550 well-testing kits. Officials in Keene, N.H., one of the cities hardest hit by earlier flooding, issued a mandatory evacuation for 93 residents of a mobile-home park along the Ashuelot River, and a voluntary evacuation for 1,200 other residents. In Alstead, N.H., where at least 12 homes washed away last weekend, Gov. John Lynch set up a temporary office in the town fire department, passing out laminated cards with his cell-phone number and direct lines to state agencies and public utilities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SPRING LAKE, N.J. – Toilets backed up with sewage, military trucks plowed through headlight-high water to rescue people, and swans glided down the streets as rain fell for an eighth straight day around the waterlogged Northeast on Friday. Overflowing lakes and streams forced hundreds of people from their homes in New Jersey and New Hampshire, and parts of New York and Connecticut also were under flood warnings. Some spots have had more than a foot of rain since Oct. 7, and 2 inches to 3 inches more rain were expected in some places by today. Across the Northeast, at least 10 people have died because of the downpours since last weekend, and four others remain missing in New Hampshire. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Acting New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Codey declared a statewide state of emergency – the first step toward applying for federal aid – late Friday afternoon. In the shore town of Spring Lake, giant military vehicles rolled in to help carry out hundreds of residents after an inlet flooded and a pumping station overflowed, sending sewage into the water. Jack O’Connor, 84, was rescued from his apartment by rowboat. “All the years I’ve lived in Spring Lake, I’ve never been in a boat until now,” he said. Not far away, 65 homes were evacuated because of lake flooding, and a dam at a state park failed, swamping the streets. About 100 nearby residents who evacuated overnight as the Shark River rose were being allowed to return by afternoon. In the town of Oakland, a half-dozen swans glided down the middle of a street as neighbors watched water lap at their porches. last_img read more

Google Apps Stocks Its Marketplace Full of Educational Apps

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#E-Learning#Google#web The Google Apps Marketplace gives third-party developers the ability to offer installable apps that integrate with Google Apps. The marketplace is only a little older than nine months and although there have been educational apps available since the test-prep company Grockit joined the marketplace last fall, the majority of these third-party apps have really aimed more at the Apps for Business than at the Apps for Education users.That is, until now, with the launch of a new education category for the Google Apps Marketplace that includes over 20 educational apps from 19 vendors.The apps include learning management systems (such as the gradebook LearnBoost or the K-12 LMS Haiku), bibliographic tools (like EasyBib), and learning aids (such as Grockit and DreamBox).The apps are accessed through single sign-on and are integrated with a school’s Google Apps for Education accounts – with Google Calendar and Docs, for example. As such, these new educational apps in the marketplace greatly expand the potential for Apps for Education – for schools and for developers.Why the Marketplace Matters for SchoolsEven without the marketplace, Google Apps for Education offers schools a substantial value: budget savings, cloud-based collaboration and communication tools, ease of licensing and installation, and so on.The new education category in the apps marketplace gives schools additional resources, with both free and paid apps. According to Google Apps Partner Lead Scott McMullan, schools have already been utilizing many of the available apps, but as, up ’til now, these apps have really geared towards business users, schools have had to adapt what’s there to the educational setting. No surprise, says McMullan, schools have been demanding new, specifically ed-focused content.The addition of apps like BrainPOP marks a big step forward in terms of that very content. As Din Heiman, COO of the animated education site, says, “We believe Google Apps Marketplace can contribute to education because of the convenience that it can afford teachers and their students. The BrainPOP app will enable easy access to BrainPOP subscriptions, and will help keep track of valuable formative assessment data via shared teacher spreadsheets.”Why the Marketplace Matters for Ed-Tech DevelopersBut it isn’t simply a matter of better content delivery for teachers and students. The addition of a new category in the marketplace provides a big opportunity to education technology companies as well. Having an app in the marketplace could help address one of the major challenges that ed-tech companies face (particularly new companies that are up some of the giants in the industry, such as Pearson and Blackboard): adoption.Meredith Ely, Marketing Manager for the online gradebook LearnBoost agrees. “One of the traditional problems in education is distribution,” she says. “Before it was tough to reach teachers in a scalable way. But with education heating up, and Google putting themselves in a position to help solve the distribution problem, it means that truly innovative education companies can reach more people than ever before.”The new category means – hopefully – that great educational products have a better chance of reaching their target audience – students and teachers. And that audience is nothing to sneeze at, as Google Apps for Education is already serving over ten million of them. audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Addressing Complex Problems Within Networks

first_imgThink about it. Not Extension as an organization, not Extension as an institution, but Extension as part of a movement.It’s been about a year since Steve Judd shared the book “Connecting to Change the World” with me. At the time I had been thinking about networks for years. I believed, and still do, that Extension professionals should be using networks to fuel their professional development and reach out to the people they serve.I didn’t fully understand, however, that Extension could be involved networks working to address complex problems.Problems like climate, obesity, food security are difficult or impossible to solve because the knowledge around them is incomplete or uncertain, they are interconnected with other problems, and the situations around these problems keep changing. The traditional “expert” model and Extension’s dominant theory of change, diffusion of innovation, are inadequate to deal with these problems. Networks are particularly suited to addressing the issues around complex problems because they generate more solutions, more quickly; they are resilient, quickly filling voids when a person leaves; and they provide a way of approaching these problems from many different angles. “Connecting to Change the World” tells the stories of collective action networks that are making a difference. It also includes information on why these diverse, decentralized networks were able to accomplish things no single organization, even Extension, could. Most importantly, the authors share strategies for building and strengthening networks that can collectively do meaningful, impactful work.This book launched a conversation within the Network Literacy Community of Practice and the Military Families Learning Network. It also led me to seek out more information on collective action networks and Extension professionals who were working within them.Which leads me back to the quote above from the conversation below. Some Extension professionals are already working within collective action networks and thinking deeply about what that means. I had the opportunity to talk with four of them. Jamie Bain, Noelle Harden and Stephanie Heim of University of Minnesota Extension are working within networks around food systems. They are also authors of the report, “Cultivating Collective Action: The ecology of a statewide food network.” Jeff Piestrak of the Alfred R Mann Library, Cornell University, has worked within networks to promote resilient agriculture and healthy food systems in New York state and beyond. Our conversation focused on why Extension should work within networks, what roles Extension professionals could play within networks, how Extension professionals could start thinking and behaving more like a network, and more.Please share your thoughts, reflections and questions in the comments section below.Bob Bertsch seeks and shares insights on weaving collaborative networks. He’s currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice. You can find Bob, @ndbob, and engage in this conversation using the hashtag #ExtCAN, on Twitter.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs Tunisia

first_imgHarry Kane led from the front for England they stole a vital point from Tunisia in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener in Volgograd on Monday.Kane’s brace helped England beat the African nation 2-1 at the Volgograd Arena.Kane, who scored in the 11th minute to give England the lead, headed the ball past Tunisia’s reserve goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in the 91st minute to send Gareth Southgate and his teammates into euphoria as they all raced to catch their captain charismatic, who raced to the corner flag to celebrate.England will now be second in Group G behind Belgium, who had dispatched World Cup first-timers 3-0 earlier in the day in Sochi. Speaking after the match, a breathless yet proud Kane said that his team never stopped believing and it is a massive result for the lads.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS)”It’s massive. I’m so proud of the lads. It’s tough. We played so well especially in the first half and we could have scored a few more. We kept going. It’s a World Cup, you go to the last second. I’m absolutely buzzing,” said Kane.”We’ve done it for a while [had good resilience] since the gaffer has been here – he’s instilled it into us. We’ve got a great bond off the pitch so it’s great to see it on the pitch. We’ll get onto the plane happy tonight,” he added.What a feeling to score a winner for @England at the @FIFAWorldCup. Loved it! No less than we deserved. #ThreeLions #ENG #WorldCup Kane (@HKane) June 18, 2018There were a few penalty shouts against the Tottenham Hotspur man but they were not given. Kane feels that the decisions were unjust but scoring towards the end was justice served.”We could have had a couple of penalties, especially when you look at theirs. A few corners, they were trying to grab, hold and stop us running. Maybe a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end. That’s football, that’s the ref. It showed good character to get on with it,” said the Spurs and England striker.Standing alone at the far post, Kane guided a headed pass from Harry Maguire into the net and the winning goal came at the end of a drab second half in which Tunisia defended deep and nullified England’s attack in the second half.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL HIGHLIGHTSIn the first half, Kane had put England ahead in the 11th minute when Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen could only palm a strong header by John Stones on to the foot of the striker. Tunisia equalized in the 35th when Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty, shooting beyond the diving Jordan Pickford. The penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm.After the break, England struggled to maintain the intensity of the opening period and Tunisia looked more comfortable as they contained their opponents’ attack until Kane’s winner.But, captain Kane was very proud of his boys, who never really gave up and went on till the last whistle before he himself had the last laugh to down the Tunisians.”I’m really proud. We did a lot of work on training field and were itching to play. Get the nerves and excitement out of the play,” said a proud Kane.STAT | @HKane is the first player to score a brace for @England in a #WorldCup match since @GaryLineker in their 3-2AET win over Cameroon in 1990. World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018Kane now has scored 15 goals in 25 appearances for England. The last player to score more in their opening 25 games for the Three Lions was Gary Linekar.Also, he became first player to score against two different goalkeepers in the same World Cup match since Diego Forlan vs South Africa in 2010.Coach Southgate also praised the the 24-year-old and said that he is delighted for him.”I’m personally delighted. He will feel the pride in leading his country to a win in a World Cup match tonight is the most important thing.”last_img read more