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a month agoXavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Xavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Xavi says management must persist with Ousmane Dembele.The World Cup winner is again on the outer at Barca following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and a catalog of more disciplinary problems.But Xavi told ARA: “Always trust Dembélé? Yes, he has a huge potential. He is fast, skillful and uses both his feet, which complicates the life of defenders. But if (Lionel) Messi asks from him more professionalism, it must be true. He has injuries. He is a young boy and he has the ability to mature, no doubt. “But it also depends on him. I knew players with a lot of potential who did not evolve afterwards. And at the same time, players with less potential have been in Barcelona for many years. It’s a question of mentality.” last_img read more

a month agoArsenal director Venkatesham plays down January transfers: It must be tactical

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal director Venkatesham plays down January transfers: It must be tacticalby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has played down the likelihood of the club making moves in the January transfer window.The Gunners were active in the summer market, signing Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.But Venkatesham says any more signings in January will only come out of necessity.He told Bloomberg: “Well listen, we’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window. “We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we’re very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years. “When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.The January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.’Asked whether the defence would be strengthened again, he continued: “Listen, as I’ve said, we’ve been really focused over the summer, we made some defensive reinforcements signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.”We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season. “The players that we look for are the players we believe will make the biggest impact on the pitch from a sporting perspective.” last_img read more

More HOPE Workers for Westmoreland Vector Control Programme

first_img “With more staff we will be able to cover more communities to identify breeding sites that we had missed before,” he said. Story Highlights Mr. Morris informed JIS News that the mosquito population had increased with the recent heavy rains, and the HOPE programme workers, who begin their rounds today (October 8), will help in the Department’s vector control efforts. Vector Control Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Ryan Morris, says the Aedes Aegypti mosquito population in the parish should decrease with the help of the second cohort of 25 Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme vector control workers. Vector Control Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Ryan Morris, says the Aedes Aegypti mosquito population in the parish should decrease with the help of the second cohort of 25 Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme vector control workers.Mr. Morris informed JIS News that the mosquito population had increased with the recent heavy rains, and the HOPE programme workers, who begin their rounds today (October 8), will help in the Department’s vector control efforts.“With more staff we will be able to cover more communities to identify breeding sites that we had missed before,” he said.Mr. Morris said he is hoping that participants in the 12-week programme will assist the Department to get the mosquito population down, noting that with the addition of 25 workers, more stringent checks can be done to even more areas in the parish.He also advised that plans are in place to have thorough once-per-week inspections of typical mosquito breeding sites in various Westmoreland communities, to ensure that the population stays down, as well as to ensure that residents are applying the information given to them by vector control workers.The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is responsible for the spread of the dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses.The second phase of the HOPE programme ends on December 28.last_img read more

Alarming Figures of Pedophilia in Morocco 71 cases per day

first_imgCasablanca- According to the latest statistics made available in 2011 by the High Commission for Planning, 26,000 children are subjected to rape per year, which represents an alarming ratio of 71 cases of rape per day.Rape has become one of the most condemned crimes in Moroccan society. In all its forms, rape has very detrimental effects on the victims not only at the psychological and physical levels, but also on their social life.Hespress news outlet recently published a video in which three female activists discuss the disastrous effect of rape on victims and their families. The intensity of the traumatic effects of this hideous crime might push the victim to subsequently commit suicide, as was the case with Amina Filali in March 2012.According to a female activist in the video, there are two elements that help rapists get away with their crimes in Morocco: (1) the social condition of the victims, which makes them vulnerable and unprotected at all levels, and (2) the judicial gaps in Moroccan law, which are exploited by rapists to guarantee not being punished for their crime.According to the same activists, 26,000 children, were victims of rape, a figure previously revealed by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).However, this figure only encompasses the number of victims who reported their cases. Other victims, whose number is unknown, are loath to be part of any statistics, and prefer to maintain their anonymity.The social traditionalism that certain Moroccan families cling to pushes them to renounce the rights of victims from fear of being socially rejected. This, coupled with a penal code that is not strictly enforced, only encourages rapists in Morocco to commit more crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributelast_img read more

Football Postgame comments lead to reprimand for Harbaugh 10000 fine for Michigan

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh looks on after the last touchdown during the game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorMichigan football coach Jim Harbaugh had some strong words for the media following his team’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to Ohio State on Saturday. During post-game interviews, the Toledo native had harsh criticisms for the officiating. The comments resulted in a $10,000 fine imposed by the Big Ten Conference on Michigan.A public reprimand was also issued to the Wolverines’ coach, with no further punishment announced at this time. The comments made by Harbaugh were stretched throughout the presser, and he failed to answer many of the reporters’ questions, instead speaking about the officiating rather than his team.“I’m bitterly disappointed in the officiating,” Harbaugh said on Saturday. “I could have been watching the game instead of being concerned (with sideline behavior.)”Although he is known for his tirades, Harbaugh had never been directly reprimanded by the Big Ten. The statement on the subject reads as follows.“The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Michigan’s game against Ohio State on Nov. 26, 2016. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.” read more

Mens diving led the pack at ScholarAthlete dinner

Ohio State athletes traded in their cleats and jerseys for heels and suits as they filed in to be honored at the 43rd annual Scholar-Athlete dinner.More than 500 athletes showed up for the event, some looking uncomfortable in their dress clothes and others looking proud of their dapper sport coats and skirts.One thing was obvious about the group as they lined up to enter the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom: They were proud. Team members from various sports complimented other teams for their achievements and Ryan Jefferson from the men’s diving team seemed to be getting extra attention as he approached the venue with a large trophy in his arms.The award was the Varsity “O” trophy, given to the team who boasts the highest grade point average for the school year.“It was a great honor to win last year,” Jefferson said. “We all work hard but you don’t usually get recognition like this.”The team picked up the trophy again for the sixth straight year. The cross country team took the trophy on the women’s side.  The men’s individual Varsity “O” trophy, given to a student who demonstrates success in the classroom, on the field and in the community, went to football player Andrew Moses.Football had 44 members at the dinner, the most of any team in attendance.“Our goal is always to be 3.0 students,” quarterback Terrelle Pryor said. “Every time we have more teammates who get that GPA, it’s a huge accomplishment.”For Pryor, being named a scholar athlete is the first step in achieving his goal of becoming an Academic All-American this summer. “I’ve really matured,” Pryor said. “I’m growing up and it’s all about being a man. I have to have a schedule to succeed and go by that plan. Once you mature as a person it shows on the field as well as in the classroom.”Senior cross country and track member Taylor Candella was in attendance for the fourth year in a row. Candella has balanced sports and academics with a position as chair of theStudent-Athlete Advisory Board and as a member of the Athletic Council.“It’s a great accomplishment,” Candella said. “We care about our grades, not just our sports, and I think it’s great that we have a record number of people with over a 3.0 who are able to manage playing a varsity sport at a school like Ohio State.”Senior volleyball player Anna Szerszen was the only athlete in attendance who is currently working on a graduate program along with her undergrad. She plans to get her MBA when she concludes her fifth year here at OSU.“It involves a great deal of commitment,” Szerszen said. “You have to make sacrifices and manage your time if you want to be successful.”Several awards were directed specifically at seniors, including the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Award and several other that recognized the academic achievements of the athletes.The Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, considered the most prestigious award given at the event, went to diver Chelsea Davis and men’s swimmer Stefan Sigrist. The Medal is given to the athletes who have the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics.The award included a $5,000 post-graduation scholarship.The two teams that finished as the “Most Improved” were women’s soccer and men’s tennis.In all, 503 athletes were honored, the first year that the event included more than 500 athletes, as last year only 493 were honored. read more

Buckeyes struggling to enter tournament picture

After being ranked as high as No. 6 in the country early in December, the Ohio State women’s basketball team surprisingly now must fight for its right to play in the NCAA Tournament, which takes college basketball’s top 64 teams. Seven upsets will do that to a top-10 team, with the latest being to Northwestern on Sunday at home. Those defeats came to unranked Syracuse, Duquesne, Michigan twice, Penn State and Northwestern twice. “We’re not a team that fights through adversity. That’s how you win games. You got to claw it,” OSU coach Jim Foster said Sunday after his team’s 74-68 loss to Northwestern. Inversely, the Buckeyes (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) are 3-2 against ranked teams, losing to then-No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 19 and No. 22 Iowa on Jan. 8. And the team’s last six games of the season won’t be any easier. OSU plays No. 5 Purdue (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten) on Thursday at Nationwide Arena. Then, three of its last five games are away: Minnesota (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) on Sunday, Purdue on Feb. 20 and No. 11 Michigan State (20-3, 8-2) on Feb. 24. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but OSU came into Sunday’s in seventh place in the conference. The pile of losses is even more surprising considering the Buckeyes were ranked in The Associated Press‘ Top 25 for 130 straight weeks — a streak that ended last week. Over the past six seasons, OSU racked up 170 wins, sixth most in the country over that span. “It was frustrating — very,” senior center Jantel Lavender said after Sunday’s loss. Missing the tournament would be disappointing for such an established program and for Foster, who has taken the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament each of his eight seasons in Columbus. His teams made the Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2009. But the Buckeyes have played the country’s third-toughest schedule and, according to Realtimerpi.com, rank No. 18 in the nation in RPI. “It’s not different than anything they’re going to face in life. If you’re going to roll over and quit, you’re not going to have a very good life,” Foster said. “This is one of the easiest things in life to fight, quite frankly.” The numbers say OSU is better than its record indicates. After Sunday’s loss to Northwestern, the team averages 72.6 points per game, and has posted an 11-2 record when it has scored more than 70 points. And, only Connecticut has shot at least 50 percent from the field against the Buckeyes. After an injury to starting forward Sarah Schulze, Foster started freshman center Ashley Adams. The 6-foot-4 center provides another defensive presence down low for OSU. But even that hasn’t been enough. “I think that we don’t have … a mentality about defense enough,” Lavender said. “Teams come at us, and we’re not responding in the right way.” read more

Golf Ohio State leans on international recruiting with climate posing challenges

Ohio State junior golfer Jaclyn Lee tees off during a round of golf in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsNearly every student at Ohio State complains about the ever-changing weather. In Columbus, learning to deal with the wind, rain, cold and overall fickle forecast is seemingly a rite of passage.Perhaps no member of the Ohio State community has more cause to complain about the weather than women’s golf head coach Therese Hession.Ohio State has less reputation and notoriety in golf than it does in many other sports, giving Hession a more difficult time recruiting than top programs. This is in large part due to Mother Nature. Top recruits want to go somewhere they can golf consistently year-round. Thanks to weather that gets cold early and stays chilled late, that’s just not possible in central Ohio.Since the mid-2000s, Ohio State has looked to untapped markets outside the United States to attract talent and remain competitive nationally as a way to circumvent the obstacle that Ohio’s climate presents.“A lot of times, the top players in some countries are really good players,” Hession said. “They might be equivalent to the top 10 or 15 percent of the players in America. A lot of the [top players] in the United States don’t give me a look up here in Ohio.”Plenty of international players want to come to the U.S. and compete in the NCAA. Hession said this is mostly due to the professional opportunities in North America — particularly the LPGA Tour — that are more lucrative than other international women’s tours.In countries with colder climates, players who want to compete as much as possible are drawn to the U.S., where they can play in tournaments around the country throughout the year.“I wanted the opportunity to get better at my golf game,” said Jaclyn Lee, a junior from Calgary, Alberta. “It’s hard to do that when the seasons turn in Canada, which is why I chose to come down [to the United States].”Though the Ohio State women’s golf team spent only $19,207 on recruiting in the fiscal year 2017, according to Ohio State Athletics’ NCAA financial statements, international travel is expensive. Hession said the coaching staff typically travels overseas to watch specific tournaments and monitor the players they want to pursue and have not seen before, rather than approach players they have already pinpointed as targets.Yet the team still needs to build a relationship with its recruits in order to establish a supportive environment vital to performance.“[Players] want to feel like they can trust me and that I will be there to take care of them,” Hession said.Having limited face-to-face interaction with international players, Ohio State has leaned heavily on technology to build relationships with recruits. This includes emailing, Skype conversations and FaceTime tours of the team’s indoor golf facility. The team also strives to build relationships with players’ coaches in their home countries. Due to NCAA regulations, coaches are not allowed to directly contact recruits until their junior year of high school. Communication with coaches provides a middle ground for Ohio State to closely monitor a player early in the process without committing any violations.Many high-school coaches continue to work with their players after they leave for college. Technology allows Hession to collaborate with these coaches and help players improve their game.“You can sit there with your phone and take a video and send it off to the teacher and they can respond in five minutes with their synopsis of what they think is going on,” Hession said. “I like to talk to those coaches, too, and tell them what I’m seeing. Video shows one thing of a swing or a putt or a chip, but I get to see a lot of how they manage themselves on the golf course, how they’re handling pressure.”Ohio State hopes its targeting of international players can help the team garner a reputation and attract talent from different countries. Katja Pogacar, a native of Slovenia who golfed for the Buckeyes from 2013 to 2017, now plays on the Ladies European Tour. Hession said she believes Pogacar’s success at Ohio State leading to a professional career has made young players in Slovenia more aware of the team.“When [recruits] know that [former players] have had a good experience and they’ve improved and they’ve gotten better and been on some great championship teams, that’s the best sales pitch that anyone could ask for,” Hession said.In the past decade, Ohio State has seen golfers from five different continents on its roster. The weather has provided Hession with a challenge to find the talent. But she has shown that she and the rest of the team will go anywhere to improve the team. read more

Wrestling Ohio State remains undefeated with a 433 victory against Indiana

No. 2 Joey McKenna attempts to finish a single leg takedown on North Carolina State University’s Jamal Morris in the 141-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. McKenna won the bout by major decision, 10-2. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won 43-3 in dominant fashion against Indiana (3-7, 0-3 Big Ten) in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday.No. 17 redshirt freshman heavyweight Chase Singletary started the Buckeyes off with a pin to defeat freshman Rudy Streck. No. 2 senior(141) remained undefeated on the season pinning redshirt freshman Paul Konrath and No. 3 redshirt senior Micah Jordan (149) also won via pin against redshirt freshman Kyle Luigs.Freshman Malik Heinselman (125) won a close match 3-2 over three-time NCAA qualifier senior Elijah Oliver following Singletary’s pin to give Ohio State an early 9-0 lead, with which the Buckeyes continued to dominate, eventually winning nine out of 10 bouts.Ohio State No. 1 senior Myles Martin (184) won via pin against redshirt junior Norman Conley. No. 2 redshirt junior Kollin Moore (197) won by pin defeating redshirt junior Jake Hinz.  Martin and Moore both remain undefeated on the season.Redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero (165) was defeated by Indiana’s redshirt senior Bryce Martin.Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell (174) has won two in a row since returning from knee injury, winning by major decision 12-2 over redshirt sophomore Jacob Covaciu.This was the first of two duels for the Buckeyes this weekend. They square up against Michigan State at 2 p.m. on Sunday at St John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Following the Michigan State duel Sunday, Ohio State has an highly anticipated battle against rival No. 6 Michigan on Jan. 25. read more

Paul Pogba shows support for Napoli Koulibaly

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that the wristband he wore during the club’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth was in support of Kalidou Koulibaly.Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants and monkey noises during Napoli’s 1-0 loss to Inter Milan last week Sunday by the Nerazzurri supporters.The Napoli defender and his manager Carlo Ancelotti were furious by the actions of the home fans at the San Siro and Ancelotti asked for the match to be stopped twice.The Senegal international was sent off late in the game for a second yellow card offence after sarcastically applauding the decision of the referee to book for a foul on Inter’s Matteo Politano.Pogba wore a white wristband as he scored a brace in United’s win over the Cherries at Old Trafford on Sunday.The France international explained on his official Instagram account afterward that it was a gesture of support to Koulibaly.“Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year. (Plus) honour handband for (Koulibaly)- 2019 say NO to racism,” Pogba wrote.Meanwhile, Ancelotti has revealed that Napoli will simply leave the pitch if similar incidents arise again in the future.He said: “It’s a shame because twice we asked for the match to be suspended for the racist chanting towards Koulibaly.”“It shook him – he’s a good-mannered player and he was bombarded by the stadium. Despite our requests and the chanting, the game wasn’t suspended. I think it should have been. Next time we’ll stop playing ourselves.”last_img read more