Tensions creeping in at PSG as questions asked of two stars

first_imgThe Uruguay striker previously played second fiddle for three years when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was PSG’s star player, and whether he is prepared to do so again could prove crucial to the club’s chances of going far in the Champions League. PSG has failed to get past the quarterfinals despite huge investment since Qatari backers QSI took charge six years ago.But after even bigger spending during the offseason—with Neymar and Mbappe costing a combined 402 million euros ($475 million)—a semifinal is surely the minimum target.The attack of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar is known as the MCN—continuing the theme for abbreviations first launched when Real Madrid’s BBC (Bale-Benzema-Cristiano (Ronaldo) attack was compared with Barcelona’s MSN (Messi-Suarez-Neymar).Although prolific in attacking terms, PSG’s trio causes an imbalance elsewhere on the field simply soaks up so much possession.Patient approach play is negated in favor of quick passes up to the front three. In turn this means that the midfield invariably stays too deep and makes for a large gap between the midfield and attack— which then impacts on the defense.Given that Cavani is the only member of the MCN who does any significant tracking back to defend, PSG’s low midfield block of three finds itself completely stretched and covering too much ground when other teams attack on the break.“I’ve rarely seen PSG get pushed around so much in recent years,” former PSG winger Jerome Rothen said after the Marseille game.If modest Marseille exploited such a weakness, teams with far bigger firepower will surely punish PSG later on in the Champions League.Nice memoriesNice was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30 in a result that swung last season’s title struggle Monaco’s way. Both players were heavily criticized following in 2-2 draw at Marseille last weekend, which allowed second-place Monaco—the defending champion—to close PSG’s lead to four points after 10 league games.Mbappe didn’t make any impact up front and omitted to track back whenever Marseille broke on the counterattack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNeymar did score his seventh league goal since joining from Barcelona, but his red card gave Marseille the chance to dominate late.It was the Brazil forward’s fifth red card since breaking into the Santos team in 2009 and, not for the first time, resulted from a petulant reaction. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors But coach Lucien Favre’s Nice is struggling badly for form this time around.Last weekend’s 2-1 home loss to Strasbourg was Nice’s sixth in the league this season—compared with just four last season—and Nice has lost its past four games in all competitions.Despite this, and the fact that PSG is unbeaten at home in league play since April, 2016, Favre is looking forward to Friday’s trip.“We’re delighted to go and play PSG,” said Favre, who guided the team to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last season. “We’ll have to defend as a team and we’ll need to be more compact.”Nice is expected to welcome back Mario Balotelli, who missed the Strasbourg match with a minor calf injury.Balotelli has made a good start with eight goals in 11 games altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, right, challenges for the ball with Marseille’s Adil Rami during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)PARIS (AP) — Tensions are creeping in at Paris Saint-Germain with questions raised as to whether Neymar and Kylian Mbappe—the world’s two most expensive players—are so far justifying their price tags.PSG is unbeaten and has scored 43 goals in 13 games overall, yet the mood seems surprisingly quizzical ahead of Friday’s home match against Nice.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And it almost proved costly. For the second straight league game, PSG needed an injury-time goal—this time from top scorer Edinson Cavani.Criticism of Neymar this week centered on his lack of composure, his reluctance to track back, and his self-indulgence.Neymar’s tendency to hold possession sees him invariably trying to dribble his way through teams, and often leads him to randomly drop deep into midfield to get on the ball as much as possible.When he does pass, his preference to seek out Mbappe often comes at the expense of Cavani—who scored 49 goals in all competitions last season. Cavani and Neymar disagreed last month over who should take a penalty in a league game, and their relationship does not appear to be a particularly harmonious one.Cavani’s patience could well be tested—yet again.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Adamson held a slim 20-19 lead in the fourth and looked desperate to hold off the Lady Warriors but Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla rose to the occasion for the Lady Falcons.Soyud gave the Soaring Falcons a 21-19 lead and Permentilla followed it up a little later to give Adamson a more comfortable 23-19 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMary Joy Dacoron then finished things off with a booming running spike for Adamson’s first win of the season.Getigan, before getting the head coaching job, was technically an assistant coach with the Lady Falcons for the season but he was more focused with Kings Montessori School’s high school team and that he only met Adamson’s players on Saturday. “I’ve only met them yesterday but since I was an assistant coach I already knew the system, so I just guided them and I wanted to bring their confidence back,” said Gatigan. “I’m technically part of the coaching staff before so I didn’t change anything in the system, I know their strengths and weaknesses so the only thing I did was guide them.”Bernadette Flora eventually finished with 15 points for the Lady Falcons while Soyud and Dacoron added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Princess Robles led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points.Adamson, NU, and University of the East are all tied at the eighth spot with 1-3 records.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Bea de Leon snaps out of slump, helps Ateneo extend win streak Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson opened its new era with a rousing three-set win over National University, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.New head coach Onyok Getigan guided the Lady Falcons to their first win of the tournament that broke a 0-3 start under the beleaguered Air Padda, who was relieved of her duties as head coach two days ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Taskforce Adopts Coordinated Strategy to Fight Ebola

first_imgWith the World Health Organization (WHO) alarming that the death toll in West Africa as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease, could rise to over 20,000 before the disease is contained, the National Ebola Response Taskforce here has put in vogue a robust strategy that will help in fighting the virus effectively.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, the National Coordinator of the Taskforce, James Dorbor Jallah said, to ensure that all of the various groups in the fight against the Ebola scourge work in an coordinated fashion in fighting the various, a national Ebola fight strategy has been evolved.The structure of the strategy, Jallah said, places the Taskforce at the head with three key parts below. The three parts are health, security and outreach. The National Response Coordinator (NRC) headed by Jallah will primarily be responsible for coordinating all of the work and functions of the three components of the strategy.Under the health component, the Ministry of Health (MOH), which is the epicenter, will supervise all teams delivering health related services. This will essentially include the collection of sick and dead bodies caused by the contraction of the EVD. The cremation and the burial of the dead as well as the formulation of a distribution plan of the medications, protective gears and related material use in the Ebola fight.   The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the Ministry of Information will head the outreach segment of the strategy. In this realm, the MIA will help in the collection of the dead Ebola bodies as well as help in the tracking of contacts made with the dead body caused by the EVD.Moreover, the two ministries will liaise and work with other local and international groups in outreach activities relative to the fight against the Ebola malady. The security arm of the strategy will be headed by the Ministry of National Defense (MOD). All security apparatuses lined up in the fight against the deadly scourged will work in sync with the MOD, Jallah divulged.The youthful and energetic NRC head said putting this structure in place was key to the successful operation of the National Ebola Taskforce.The strategy he said was intended to avoid any form of confusion and duplication and overlapping of functions. He further that, the strategy will be very instrumental in tracking all of the interventions and work that international partners are making in this battleThe strategy, Jallah asserted, has inherent in it a framework for a chain of communication amongst all members of the Taskforce and the various ancillary groups that are working in various sphere in trying to contain the virus. The NRC will coordinate the works of the various structures inbuilt in the strategy which has become a roadmap in the fight of the EVD.All strategy employed by the taskforce will be replicated in the counties where there are cases of Ebola Virus, Jallah said. He however informed the Daily Observer that, at the moment, Ebola bodies in the counties are been buried and not cremated.By the current strategy, each county has a burial team, treatment centers, and contact tracing teams working along with the health team and the Taskforce across the country.Health Facilities OverwhelmedAddressing concerns that the Taskforce was responding to calls for  the removal of dead bodies and the conveyance of the sick to treatment centers in slow manner, Jallah  agreed that the complains were genuine but attributed it to the limitation on the communication chain and logistics.To improve on the situation, Jallah explained that, the number of bed normally available at treatment centers in previous Ebola outbreak instances have been 40. But the available treatment centers have been overwhelmed thus prompting the increment of the beds to 180 at some centers. At ELWA withholding Center alone, there are plans to increase the number of bed to 300 to accommodate more cases.The rate at which people are contracting the virus has caused the Taskforce to embark on a fast track approach to developed additional treatment facilities at the Island Hospital, the Unity Conference Center, Omega Navigations Station and the JFK Medical Center.Experts from the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have stated that the outbreak of EVD spread in Liberia is unprecedented and sometimes terming it deceptive. These two institutions have years of experience but observed that the level of the EVD in Liberia must be dealt with strategically.Part of the reasons adduced for the initial slow response, according to Jallah,  was that the rate at which cremation was ongoing could not allow for the accommodation of more dead bodies owing to the limited space at the India Consul General Crematorium which is currently being used to dispose of the dead.He narrated that there is a mismatched of the rate of Ebola dead to the space at the crematorium thus affecting the body collection.He indicated that there is no withholding space at the crematorium thus prompting vehicles conveying dead bodies to park and wait with the corpses on board until the crematorium is decongested. After the vehicles are offloaded before they are sent back in the field to collect more dead bodies. But this sad development will soon be a thing of the past with the Japanese government provision of incinerators.Incinerators to Help in CremationBecause of the increase in the number of people succumbing to the virus and the attendant disposal constraints, Jallah divulged that the Japanese government has made an overture to donate five mobile incinerators to help in cremating the dead.Jallah said, two of the incinerators will be deployed in Montserrado County owing to the death rate in the county, while the rest will be deployed across the country.Liberians disposal of the dead has always been by burying and not by cremation. The only crematorium here is not spacious enough to dispose off large number of dead at the rate that the current incident is inducing.Call CentersTo assuage the problems picking up patients and fast track the collection and disposal of Ebola bodies, Jallah said,  the Call Center established in the GSA yard, will be used to route all calls for both Ebola bodies and patients.There are about 130 staffs at the Call Center working on a 24 hours three shifts schedule to receive and forward calls either for collection of patients or Ebola Bodies. With 35 staff on a shift, the Call Centers helps immensely in collecting patients and disposing off of the dead bodies.Currently, the center is averaging around 2,000 daily. Plans are underway to have Ebola call centers in each county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

S/Court Holds Key to Convicted FDA Managers’ Fate

first_imgThe decision about whether or not convicted former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Moses Wogbeh, and his colleagues would spend ten years behind bars now rests on the Supreme Court of Liberia.Their legal team has filed an appeal to review the initial ruling of Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C.’ Judge Gbeneweleh on August 25 found guilty Wogbeh and four of his colleagues, including a surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, of economic sabotage and ordered them to pay US$10,000 each into government revenue within 72 hours.Judge Gbeneweleh also sentenced them to a period of ten years in prison before asking them to restitute US$6m.His action came after government proved that the convicts accumulated from illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging activities on 1.2 million hectares of farmland throughout the country.The accused defense counsels, however, are resisting, basing their arguments on Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution, which provides that “the right of an appeal from a judgment, decree, decision or ruling of any court or administrative board or agency, except the Supreme Court, shall he held inviolable.”The defense counsels hold on to that right to appeal against Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision, meaning that Wogbeh and his colleagues will not be jailed or be made to pay a dime to government, unless the High Court look into the merit and demerit of their request.Another important issue in the case is that all of the convicted men are being placed on a criminal appearance bond, which prevents anyone from arresting them, while the High Court has not heard their appeal as provided by law.Therefore, under Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution, the men are enjoying their freedom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fatal roll-over near Chetwynd

first_imgFor more information about this rollover click here.We are still awaiting more details on a fatal roll-over near Chetwynd Saturday night.The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department reports that at approximately 11pm Saturday, they were called to a fatal roll-over on the Moberly Hill approximately eight kilometres from Chetwynd.- Advertisement -The jaws of life were used by the department.We are still awaiting further details from the RCMP. When we get those details, we will update this story.
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West Indies will beat Bangladesh in all 3 formats – Best

first_imgIn one of his twenty-four Test matches for West Indies, Tino Best did not make a huge impression with the ball as a speedster, but made headlines and history with the bat by churning out an outstanding performance.Tino BestAt Edgbaston, against host team England in 2012, this Barbadian fast-bowler inked his name in the record books by scoring 95 runs, the highest by a number 11 batsman since the five-day version was inaugurated in 1877.Currently in Toronto, Canada, as a television commentator at the Global T20 six-team tournament, Best has expressed deep confidence in the regional side dominating in three formats against Bangladesh.The West Indies have already recorded a comprehensive innings and 219-run win against Bangladesh in the Test series which began recently at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda.The seamers did the damage against the tourists on a pitch that appeared very responsive. Best’s compatriot, Kemar Roach, had memorable bowling figures in the first innings by snaring 5 wickets for 8 runs off five overs to help dismantle Bangladesh for a record-breaking 43, while Trinidadian quickie Shannon Gabriel claimed 5 for 77 from 12 overs to assist in cleaning up things in the second innings, when Bangladesh were skittled out for 144.“I think they (WI) started the series well, and will continue to dominate the series in all three formats. The pitches are good for fast bowling, and with these men in good form, they will do good against Bangladesh,” the 36-year-old Best opined.Bangladesh’s tour of the Caribbean consists of two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and a similar number of T20s in the same sequence.“Look, we have (had) quality fast-bowlers over the decades, and we will still continue to produce them. Kemar and Shannon were outstanding, and that would certainly put the Bangladeshis under tremendous pressure for the entire series, whether the Tests or the limited-overs,” Best opined.Best has featured in 26 one-dayers for the West Indies, spanning from 2003 to 2013.The second Test is currently being played at Sabina Park in Jamaica, and the West Indies have again been impressive with both bat and ball. That pitch is also expected to produce a result, according to the right-arm quickie, Best.“The pitch in Jamaica is known to be very quick as well. Bowlers will dominate there too, especially our (West Indies) quickies. Plus they have the psychological advantage against them (Bangladeshis), after bowling out them very cheaply in the opening Test,” Best related.Prior to the start of the Test series, Bangladesh warmed up against a President’s X1 in a three-day match that was drawn. They will play a 50-Over match against a West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s X1 before they get cracking in the One-Day segment. (Ravi Madholall)last_img read more

Collision near Sikanni Chief Bridge sends one to hospital with serious injuries

first_imgThe incident occurred yesterday at approximately 10:00 a.m.Cpl. Dave Tyreman of the North District RCMP says the investigators are still “piecing together this occurrence,” but believe a standstill of traffic southbound of the Sikanni Chief Bridge was a major contributing factor, as that resulted in several vehicles, including two tractor trailer units, coming to an abrupt stop. Road and weather conditions are believed to be a factor in the collision. – Advertisement –last_img

Peace River Zone Theatre Festival

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s that time of year for the Annual Spring Festival to watch live theatre performances by great local talent.What makes this festival special is the opportunity to listen to an adjudicator give a short public critique following each nightly performance and then meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”.Ticket holders will be able to observe these sessions. Cost for watching the shows are $10 per show or $25 for all three and can be purchased from npcc.bc.ca or the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office- Advertisement -Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 Our Brothers Grimm; CLICK HEREFriday, May 24th, 201910:30 am-Noon Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE 7:30 pm – Between the Sheets; CLICK HERESaturday, May 25th, 2019Advertisement 10 am to 11:30 am there will be a Public Work Shop at the NPCC.Noon – 1 pm AGM; CLICK HERE4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE7:00 pm – Annapurna; CLICK HERE9:45 pm Awards CeremonySunday, May 25th, 2019 10:30 am-Noon Coffee Critique; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Comedian Tim Allen to receive Rodney Respect Award

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS – Actor and comedian Tim Allen will receive the Rodney Respect Award tonight during the 2007 Visionary Ball fund-raiser, hosted by the UCLA Medical Center Neurosurgery Division. The star of the now-defunct ABC sitcom “Home Improvement” will be honored for his embodiment of late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s professional legacy and altruistic personality and work, UCLA officials said. Dangerfield underwent brain bypass surgery at UCLA Medical Center in 2003 to improve brain blood flow, which had been impaired by a blockage in his right carotid artery. Dangerfield’s wife, Joan, will present the award to Allen. “Rodney has our full respect and gratitude for the wonderful relationships he forged with the division of neurosurgery at UCLA, and his wife, Joan, continues to provide invaluable support,” said Dr. Neil Martin, professor and chief of neurosurgery at UCLA. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize Rodney Dangerfield’s legacy and Tim Allen’s many achievements with the 2007 Rodney Respect Award.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Visionary Ball will benefit the neurological division of the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in 2008, replacing UCLA’s current Westwood hospital. Some of the neurosurgery division’s latest technology will be on display at the gala. Two people will be honored at the event with Visionary Awards: Michael Phelps, chair of the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, for his involvement with medical research and educational programs at UCLA; and Peter Morton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe, for his commitment to philanthropic and environmental causes. The gala will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd. last_img read more

School evacuated after pipe bomb found

first_imgSAN DIMAS – Deputies evacuated a parish school and 20 nearby residents Wednesday after a live pipe bomb was found on campus. The sheriff’s Arson and Explosive Unit rendered the device harmless. It was described as an 8-inch long metal pipe capped at one end. Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Shively said there was no fuse seen and the device will be sent to the crime lab for testing. “It’s hard to tell, when something is home-made. It resembled a pipe bomb,” Shively said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA department spokeswoman later said the device was a live bomb. A student at Holy Name of Mary School found the capped pipe at 10:30 a.m. and turned it over to staff, said sheriff’s Lt. Roxanna Hart. Residents on Via Los Santos and San Dimas Canyon Road were evacuated. “(It was) around the time school was getting out for kindergartners. Those parents picked up their kids and left,” Hart said. “About 100 kids were evacuated from the classrooms and moved into the safety of the church.” – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more