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first_imgNational news articles chronicling the recent escape from New York to the Hamptons amid the COVID-19 pandemic have left a wave of emotion in their path. Articles like “Coronavirus Leads To Class Warfare In Hamptons,” “Hamptons Food Stores Ransacked By The Wealthy Amid Coronavirus Pandemic,” and “Wealthy New Yorkers Flee To Hamptons, Hudson Valley To Escape Coronavirus” have been published by the New York Post, Bloomberg, and CNBC. It’s true the East End has seen an influx of residents, with weekenders setting up shop and summer stayers coming back early. And yes, they are buying large quantities of food and other necessities, leaving many locals angry. But to declare class warfare by pitting the rich against the poor — insinuating that every local is poor and all wealthy are greedy — at a time like this is just not helping the situation. As a community, we should be sharing and discussing how our local fishermen are feeding the community rather than falling hook, line, and sinker for the clickbait. The public’s health is what’s important right now. Share a link to a local food pantry. Share a resource for a senior citizen. It’s unrealistic to think that anyone who owns a second home is not going to use it at a time like this. A pandemic could have easily happened in July, and we should be as prepared as possible any time of year. The grocery stores may not have been ready for the inflow of patrons, but none in the country were, and we all can, and will, adapt going forward. If New York City residents want to use their Hamptons home to quarantine, by all means do so, but please also respect the local community. Stay home. Do not congregate in public spaces and do not hoard groceries and supplies. And this should go without saying, but do not, please, under any circumstance hop on public transportation to the East End or anywhere if you’ve been exposed to, or worse, tested positive for COVID-19. A specifically cringe-worthy moment happened when we spotted a sponsored Instagram post from Blade helicopter service Sunday evening advertising “WFH = Work From the Hamptons,” offering a two-night stay at a luxury hotel and a round-trip ride from Manhattan. This is unacceptable. It is a time for everyone to stay home, not head out on vacation. Sharelast_img read more

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Government cannot afford to ignore £1.3bn in uncollected fines

first_imgAmid the last fortnight’s coverage of the government’s planned legal aid cuts, one potential alternative area of savings didn’t get any column inches: the millions of pounds that remain uncollected by the courts system every year. Some £1.33bn currently floats in this pool of outstanding fines, confiscation orders, compensation orders and legal costs, compared with £920m in 2005/06. Indeed, the matter either seems to have escaped justice minister Jonathan Djanogly, or at least, finding a way to open this treasure chest isn’t on the top of his to-do list. Take this interesting exchange in the House of Commons on Tuesday: Kris Hopkins (Con, Keighley) to Djanogly: ‘What recent progress [has] his department has made in recouping outstanding financial penalties that remain uncollected by HM Courts Service?’ Djanogly: ‘We have published impact assessments and equality impact assessments alongside the legal aid consultation, and these set out in detail what we think the effects of the proposals might be. ‘We must face up to tough choices, and our proposals focus resources on those who need help most for the most serious cases in which legal advice and representation are justified.’ Hopkins: ‘I think that was the wrong answer to my question. I hope the secretary of state has made progress in collecting the money that criminals have been fined, and may I ask that once we have collected some of the money and we have made a contribution to reducing the deficit, we increase our prison capacity?’ [Shouts heard in the chamber] Speaker: ‘Order. The minister delivered his answer with admirable force and self-confidence, but I think it suffered from being the wrong answer, as he was, perhaps, not expecting to be responding to this question. If he can provide us with the right answer to the question now, we will be very grateful.’ Djanogly: ‘I think the appropriate answer in the circumstances, Mr Speaker, is that we will look into this issue and get back to the house.’ When, and whether, Hopkins gets his answer, is a moot point. But regardless, the government has known for years that the pool of unpaid penalties has been getting deeper. The £1.3bn figure appeared in a National Audit Office report in July last year, accompanied by harsh criticism of financial management at the MoJ. The Magistrates’ Association said at the time that the failure to secure such a large amount of potential income, at a time of financial constraint, bordered on negligence. Figures in the billions often look better when written in full: £1,300,000,000. This is a lot of money. Even if only half can be recovered, it would go some way to plugging the gap left by the imminent legal aid cuts. And if the MoJ can really push HMCS to get better at recovering these debts, then there would be millions more flowing into the justice system – and potentially the legal aid budget – every year.last_img read more

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Alstom to maintain Ferromex locomotives

first_imgMEXICO: Ferromex has awarded Alstom a five-year contract to maintain 219 EMD and GE diesel freight locomotives The contract announced on January 9 includes condition-based and predictive maintenance which will include oil and vibration analysis and remote monitoring. This is expected to bring a reduction in operating costs. The locomotives will be maintained at Ferromex depots in Torreón, Chihuahua and Guadalajara, supporting 150 jobs directly.last_img

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Debate over dairy policy reform still not over

first_imgDairy reform’s most controversial issue isn’t going away quietly.advertisementadvertisementSupply management for U.S. milk production survived the House Ag Committee’s markup of the 2012 Farm Bill on a bipartisan 29-17 vote, even as opponents proposed to strip it from the bill.Click here or on the image at right to view it at full size in a new window. But it’s unlikely the fight over inclusion of supply management in dairy reforms is over. As of early August, the Farm Bill was stalled in the House, awaiting a floor vote on the measure.Republican leadership in the House had proposed a one-year extension of the current Farm Bill as opposed to proceeding to a floor vote. That proposal was withdrawn after many dairy and ag industry groups came out in opposition to an extension.But even if the Farm Bill that passed in committee is brought before the full House this year, supply management opponents say they anticipate presenting again the amendment defeated by the committee, which would strip out supply management from dairy reform.advertisementThat proposal was quickly hatched and unveiled just days before the House Ag Committee met July 11 to mark up the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 or 2012 Farm Bill.Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) co-sponsored the proposal, which would have been a margin insurance program similar to reforms included in the House version of the Farm Bill and the version already passed by the Senate.But it would not have required participation in supply management to be covered by government-sponsored insurance.The cost of margin insurance under the Goodlatte amendment would have generally cost more than similar proposals to cover milk production in excess of four million pounds and less for coverage for production less than that amount. Goodlatte’s amendment also proposed insurance without set-up fees.The versions passed by the House Ag Committee and the Senate would provide margin insurance on all of a producer’s milk when milk-feed margins fall below $4 for free, if they agree to supply management.In contrast, the Goodlatte amendment, while not requiring supply management, would have only covered the first four million pounds of a dairy’s production at or below a $4 margin for free.advertisementNMPF Senior Vice President and lobbyist Dana Brooks says the proposal wasn’t well vetted. “We were disappointed by the effort to unravel a coalition for dairy reform that has been formed over the past three years,” Brooks says.Brooks says NMPF primarily opposed the amendment because the cost of insurance premiums were imbalanced between small and large milk producers.She also says because the amendment didn’t cap government payments or address how to signal to producers an oversupply of milk in the marketplace, that it would likely enhance overproduction during times of low margins.Of the representatives who supported the amendment in committee, most cited government involvement in the control of the supply of any product as the reason for their opposition to the proposed Farm Bill dairy reforms.“This is an ideological battle – whether the government should be in a place to control and dictate supply of any product in this country,” Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin) said.International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), which has always been opposed to milk supply management in any form, also supported the Goodlatte amendment. Jerry Slominski, senior vice president and lobbyist for IDFA, says the amendment proved margin insurance without supply management could have competitive rates.“This program is much better than insurance with stabilization because it would not offset what producers get in insurance payments from what’s already being taken out of their checks through the stabilization program,” Slominski says.Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), who last fall introduced the dairy reforms in the current Farm Bill proposal, attacked the amendment in committee by saying that in the long run he believes the proposal would cost more than it saves – up to 10 times so.“The Congressional Budget Office has not scored this correctly,” Peterson asserted during committee markup. “They are projecting that prices are never going to go down.Well, let me tell you something – you’re going to cause overproduction and collapse prices. The government is going to pay and you’re not going to be able to stop it.”Slominski says although the committee’s vote defeated the amendment, it showed enough opposition to supply management to bring the issue before the entire House membership.“I think the committee’s vote had more to do with politics and the deals being cut than the merit of the amendment’s proposal because if the vote would have been on the merits of the proposal we would have won,” Slominski says. “The ag committee is a captive audience, and even among them supply management eked out a majority – but not a great majority.When this vote goes to the floor, I think a proposal with supply management is in trouble.”Slominski says offering the amendment again on the House floor for a full House vote is a real possibility given House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) reported comments calling U.S. dairy policy “a Soviet-style dairy program – and the Farm Bill would actually make it worse.”Brooks says she believes Boehner’s comments were in reference to Federal Milk Marketing Order reforms, which are not included in the Farm Bill, and not to the Dairy Market Stabilization Program. However, she acknowledged NMPF is preparing for the possibility of a floor debate on dairy policy reform.“Imagine educating 435 members of Congress on dairy policy. That’s not going to be fun. But we continue to inform members of the Congressional Dairy Caucus about proposed reforms,” Brooks says. “We suspect there will be another effort to try to put Dairy Stabilization into a supply management box.”Brooks asserted NMPF would be successful in defeating the Goodlatte amendment, even if it is brought to a vote again.“We’ve been developing this proposal for three years,” Brooks says. “It’s been developed in a glass house. There has been every opportunity for supporters or those in opposition to come and ask questions.” PDlast_img read more

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Youngsters make a splash at junior swimming games

first_imgIn total some 42 regional school and club teams took part in the event which featured over 400 young swimmers, with the races being spit into various age and gender categories.Young swimmers leap off the blocks at the start of a race. The Pattaya City Youth Swimming Games were held at Pattaya School No. 11 over the weekend of February 11-12. One of the best races of the opening day came in the 12yr male youth category where Kingpai Anglim from the Preechanusat School, Chonburi just edged ahead of Pitchyam Khlaikhum (Dhammasiri School) and Kongkiet Srihaakhum (Maryvit School) to take the gold medal for his team.Awards and medals were handed out to the winners by Pattaya Mayor Itthipol Kunplume, however the event was more about taking part than gaining the gold and all the swimmers seemed to enjoy a great time.Pattaya Mayor Itthipol Kunplume awards medals to the champions in the 12yr male category.last_img read more

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ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Day 2: Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat bag two…

first_imgAdvertisement x4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj00Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E679ezm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7y3Would you ever consider trying this?😱5kihCan your students do this? 🌚mwnRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s dominance in the ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019 at Munich continued in Day 2 as Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold medal for the nation in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s 25m Pistol event respectively. Apurvi Chandela opened India’s gold account on Sunday when she stood on the pole position at the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event.Advertisement ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Munich: Men’s 10m Air Pistol EventSaurabh Chaudhary bagged India’s second gold medal in the ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019 in MunichSaurabh started the final round on a shaky note as he shot 9.3 in his first attempt. However, the 17-year-old held on to his nerves to shoot above 10.1 in the next five attempts.Saurabh overtook Russia’s Artem Chersunov, who was ahead by 0.6 points in the first round, to maintain a slender lead. However, he held on to it in each of the eliminations to break his own World Record.Advertisement Usually, an Olympic quota is awarded to the winner of the event but Saurabh had already bagged one at the New Delhi World Cup. Shahzar Rizvi was the other Indian to reach the final round but finished fifth. Abhishek Verma, who also grabbed an Olympic quota, couldn’t qualify for the finals as he finished in the 30th position in the Qualifiers.ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Munich: Women’s 25m Pistol EventRahi Sarnobat announced her return to the shooting spree with a bangRahi Sarnobat won the gold medal after scoring 37 points in the final round. Manu Bhaker, on the other hand, finished fifth and missed the opportunity to bag an Olympic quota after a pistol malfunction in the last round of shooting.Advertisement Rahi Sarnobat was awarded with an Olympic quota for her triumph. With that, India now has bagged six Olympic quotas.Also Read: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinch gold in Asian Airgun Championship Advertisementlast_img read more

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Owen elected unopposed

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson BRETT Owen has been unanimously elected as Cardinia’s new mayor after community favourite Collin Ross withdrew his…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Life stressful for those 13-24, study shows

first_imgNEW YORK – Stressed out by your high-pressure job? Don’t assume your kid is any less stressed out by school. Especially if your kid’s a she. Young people experience stress at a high rate, and females more than males, an extensive Associated Press/MTV survey shows. A similar divide exists in terms of fears and safety: Girls and young women are less likely to feel safe in their neighborhoods, in schools, or from terror attacks. The source of stress changes as people get older, the survey shows. Among those ages 13 through 17, school is by far the most commonly mentioned source. Among those 18 through 24, jobs and financial matters are mentioned. In all, fully 85 percent of young people said they felt stress at least sometimes. “I’m a pretty high-stressed person,” said Katie Duda, 21, who’s finishing up a degree in culinary arts and awaiting the birth of her first child in a few weeks. “But if I’m not stressed out, I’m bored.” Right now, it’s the responsibility of parenthood that is stressful to Duda, who lives in Bakersfield. “It’s the unknown of it all. Not the birth itself, but the next 18 years.” Kelly O’Brien has goals. The 20-year-old from Santa Rosa, Calif., plans to finish work within a year for her degree in business administration, to get married two years from now, and later to have a family and own a home. Stress comes from balancing her studies with two part-time jobs – as a bookkeeper and as a candy-store clerk. “It’s always in the back of my mind,” said O’Brien of the financial pressures of young adulthood. “Right now I’m comfortable, but I’ve had friends my age who’ve actually bought a home. I’m like, `How can they do that?”‘ In the survey, 45 percent of girls and young women reported experiencing stress frequently, as did 32 percent of boys and young men. Those from urban areas experienced stress more frequently than those in rural areas, and surprisingly, those from middle-income households did so more frequently than those from both lower-income and higher-income households. (Middle income was defined as $50,000 to $75,000.) Psychologist Jean Twenge, a professor at San Diego State University, is not surprised by the high stress rate reported in the AP-MTV survey – 10 points higher than the 75 percent rate among adults in an AP-Ipsos poll last year. “Anxiety is higher among adolescents,” said Twenge. “Thankfully, it tends to wane in their 20s and 30s.” Twenge, the author of “Generation Me,” said another explanation is the difference in generations; anxiety and depression are rising from generation to generation. What is surprising is the higher rate for those from middle-income homes, she said: “You’d expect those from a disadvantaged background to have more anxiety.” Though most feel safe in their neighborhoods and schools, only 25 percent feel “very safe” from terror attacks. Yet when asked about the general threat of terrorism, most say they don’t think about it very often.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Marshfield’s Derek Michalski wins medalist honors, Tigers finish 2nd at Sparta Boys Golf Invitatinoal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPARTA – A day after firing a season-best score at the first Wisconsin Valley Conference meet of the season, the Marshfield boys golf team topped that with a 322 to take second place at the Singh Grewal Invitational at RiverRun Golf Course on Saturday.Marshfield’s Derek Michalski won a scorecard tiebreaker to capture meet medalist honors with an even-par and season-best round of 72. Tyler Church of Holmen and Emmet Herb of Middleton also shot 72.Zach Shortess added a 78 to take sixth for Marshfield. Jordan Schlinsog tied for 12th with an 85, Brandon Nikolai had an 87 and Grant Michaelis shot a 94 to round out the scoring for the Tigers.Middleton won the team title with a score of 309.Marshfield is back in action Tuesday at the second leg of the WVC tournament on Tuesday at Ridges Golf Course.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Sparta Boys Golf InvitationalMay 2, at RiverRun Golf CourseTeam scores: 1. Middleton 309; 2. Marshfield 322; 3. Wausau East 339; 4. D.C. Everest 356; 5. Holmen 373; 6. La Crosse Central 392; 7. La Crosse Logan 450.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: *1. Derek Michalski (MAR) 72; *2. Tyler Church (HOL) 72; *3. Emmet Herb (MID) 72; 4. Joey Levin (MID) 75; 5. Derek Tomczik (DC) 76; 6. Zach Shortess (MAR) 78; 7. Nils Arneson (MID) and Matt Tuman (WE) 80; 9. Eric Olson (HOL) 81; 10. Gabe Garlough-Shah (MID) 82; 12. Jordan Schlinsog (MAR) 85; 15. Brandno Nikolai (MAR) 87; 20. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 94. (* result of scorecard tiebreaker)last_img read more

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Will tomorrow’s wearables be powered by flexible transistors?

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#health wearables#Internet of Things#IoT#transistors#University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed an incredible light, flexible, and fast new type of transistor that could very well power the future of wearable technology.This transistor operates at a record 38 gigahertz, with simulations showing that it could reach speeds of as much as 110 gigahertz. This puts them on part with even some of the fastest computers.See also: E-skin might be the slightly creepy future of wearablesHow these transistors are created is also unique. It involves a reusable mold created with nanoimprint lithography and cutting the membrane with a nano-knife.This gives you a small, ultra-thin and flexible transistor that can be used in a greater range of applications while providing extraordinary performance.Not only that, but because the mold can be reused, it can be used to scale production in a process called roll-to-roll processing which will enable semiconductor manufacturers to produce devices on a roll of flexible plastic, in mass quantities.Not only that, but their ultra-narrow design makes it possible to pack more transistors into a narrow space.New transistors to benefit wearables?One type of product that can be made with this technology: wearables.Because these electronics are flexible and thin, they are a perfect candidate for the world of wearables where weight and flexibility are of critical importance.Wearable fitness trackers, heart monitors, smart clothing, watches, and more could be made using these flexible transistors without sacrificing in power or performance. In fact, they might even make them inherently more powerful.Here’s the downside. This technology isn’t ready for commercial production yet. There is still a lot of research to be done, and there hasn’t yet been any official estimates as to when it might be ready for prime time.Even today, engineers are struggling to find new ways to make wearable devices smaller, thinner, lighter, and more powerful. We’ve reached a point where if we want to make a more minuscule computer, we’re going to have to create new technologies to do so.With this, and other technologies on the horizon, it’s safe to say for all the great devices on the market, we’ve seen nothing yet. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Ryan Matthew Pierson Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more

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No rest for the weary Bench nonexistent in Big Ten play

Last week, a reporter jokingly asked coach Thad Matta about the impact that senior walk-on and blogger extraordinaire Mark Titus’ potentially season-ending labrum injury will have on the depth of the Buckeyes’ bench.“Well, you thought when Evan [Turner] went down things were bad,” Matta said light-heartedly. “We’re going to have to try and fight through this.”The reality of the situation regarding OSU’s bench appears a bit more serious. The team’s four starting guards, juniors Evan Turner, David Lighty and Jon Diebler, along with sophomore William Buford, average at least 32 minutes a game. Whether Matta will admit it or not, those numbers point toward potential fatigue by the end of the season.Seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons each average more than 15 minutes a game, but those numbers are a bit inflated thanks to the playing time they received when Turner was sidelined with two broken vertebrae.In comparison, Michigan State has seven players that average at least 21 minutes a game and only one player, reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, averages over 30 minutes a game. Obviously, the Spartans possess more talent, as evidenced by their No. 5 ranking and 9-0 conference record. On the other hand, coach Tom Izzo has done a solid job balancing his players’ minutes in order to keep them fresh for the end of the season.The Buckeyes appear to lack that luxury. OSU is a guard-oriented offensive team. Their focus is using the playmaking abilities of Turner on offense, which usually results in him taking a shot or getting an open look for another one of the Buckeye guards.The big men have not played a prominent role. Junior forward Dallas Lauderdale’s offensive game revolves around tip-ins and dunks while senior forward Kyle Madsen relieves Lauderdale for short intervals and occasionally hits an open jump shot.Coming into this season, speculation abounded that two sophomores could help solve OSU’s interior woes. Seven-foot-tall center Zisis Sarikopoulos and 6-foot-9-inch forward Nikola Kecman were recruited as players with above-average offensive skills, yet both have been buried on the bench this season despite their impressive size.Before the season started, Sarikopoulos expressed confidence in his offensive abilities.“I think we are different in the way this team is set up. I know I can score on the block. I like to create action,” Sarikopoulos said. “So if I’m on the block and I’m not going to score, I can find the shooter. I can pass the ball very well.”Last week, Matta hinted that he was concerned about Sarikopoulos and Kecman coping with the physicality of Big Ten play. Nonetheless, for the second year in a row, Matta has been relying heavily on his starters. According to kenpom.com, OSU ranks 327 out of 347 NCAA Division I teams in bench minutes.In order for the Buckeyes to attain a high seed for the NCAA tournament, they will need to finish the regular season strong, unlike last season when they lost four of their last seven games before the Big Ten Tournament. That might be hard to achieve considering the major minutes OSU’s starters have been logging. read more

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Florentino Perez hails Modric talent and clubs values

first_imgSpanish giants Real Madrid had their Christmas meal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday as it is the traditional and the club’s president Florentino Perez gave an address where he lauded club’s Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric.Modric’ emergence as the winner of the award means Madrid has produced winners of the trophy in the last three years as Cristiano Ronaldo won the last two editions while with the club. .“We are already focused on winning the Club World Cup,” said Perez in a report obtained by Marca.“These players are already part of history and the legend of Madrid.”“Among them is Luka Modric, winner of the Ballon d’Or and The Best, representing the talent and values of Madrid.”Report: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…“You are direct witnesses to one of the best stages in the club’s history,” Perez continued.“For the first time, we are European champions in football and basketball, a worldwide milestone.”“This successful stage is thanks to the unity of Madrid, unity that allows us to have stability.”“The stadium on Sunday was an example of the values of sport,” he said.“The passion of sport coexisted with the values of sport.”last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more

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Messi denies Barcelona threw away the Copa del Rey

first_imgAfter leading FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey semifinals with a turn around against Sevilla, Lionel Messi was fuming at critics who doubted them.During the Copa del Rey’s first Quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, the media ran with a headline that suggested the Catalan club had thrown away the competition by not calling Lionel Messi to the match.The Argentine forward has been resting for games that manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t consider risky as a new strategy he is trying to test, this is with the goal of having the best version we can possibly get of Messi for the final stages of the season in all competitions and possibly have a chance to win another treble.But the media saw this as a sign of weakness after both times in which the club lost its away matches against both Levante and Sevilla, Messi came back to save the club against the Valencian club but nothing guaranteed he would do the same against Sevilla at Camp Nou.The doubts on the Argentine player were quickly trashed by his amazing level of performance this Wednesday, he not only provided an assist and scored the most beautiful goal of the evening, but Leo also motivated his teammates to deliver the best performance they have given the public in months.🏆👑Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”🔵🔴 #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019It was clear that the player loves responding to any kind of criticism on the pitch, he usually does it in the most spectacular fashion and just goes home to enjoy the spoils of his success.However, something has changed in the Argentina international as he is taking the captain role very seriously and wanted to talk to the press in order to remind everyone that FC Barcelona will keep fighting for all the titles this season.At the very start of the current competitions that the club is now playing, Messi spoke very honestly to all the fans to let them know that his most burning desire was to win another Champions League this year and he would do everything within him to achieve it.Leo wanted to state this Wednesday that perhaps the fans misunderstood his message because he wasn’t only talking about the European competition, Lionel believes that the Catalan club should always aim to win everything each season and he didn’t think that mentioning it was necessary back then.But now that things have gotten this mixed up, the man decided to come out and remind everyone of his intentions.To think this guy has gone on to rack up 5⃣0⃣ Copa del Rey goals for Barça… 🐐 Plus the ones to come… ⚽ pic.twitter.com/JWkDoF92jNTop 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019“People keep saying that we threw away the Copa del Rey and we didn’t really want to win it,” said Messi via Diario Sport.“Maybe my message from the start of the season was misinterpreted. Let me be clear, this club wants to fight for all three competitions because it is Barcelona’s obligation every year. We are going to keep trying until the very end, we threw nothing away.”“The fans have delivered tonight. This looked like a Champions League match. We were fortunate enough to turn the result in our favor but it wasn’t easy because they did have a few important chances.”“Allowing another goal would’ve complicated everything for us, but we were lucky enough to go through. I did have a couple of chances that I missed.”“But we were lucky enough to get that goal by Luis that granted us that moment of calmness we needed. After that, my goal came when the match was already decided.”“The most important thing here is that the squad played a fantastic game and we made it to the next round.”“The penalty? Coutinho was coming from taking the last one against Levante. He wanted to take it and we came to an agreement because winning is all the mattered. He scored it and that makes me happy, because that’s where it all started,” he concluded.When you and the 🐐 are about to celebrate your 200th win in a Barça shirt 😍 pic.twitter.com/hVvwlLelX2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 31, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi and Barcelona can deliver and compete for all the titles this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more