Some of the Arsenal squad, including Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, had their first pre-season fitness training session at London Colney on Tuesday afternoon, under the watchful eye of assistant manager Steve Bould, with Arsene Wenger still out at the World Cup on media duty for French TV. Carl Jenkinson was another put through his paces, and the right-back is expected to face competition for a starting place from Debuchy next season with the France international set to finalise the formalities of his £10million switch from Newcastle in the coming days, with suggestions a medical has already been completed. There was positive news from the Gunners camp on Tuesday as Abou Diaby, a long-term injury absentee last season, was able to take part in the fitness sessions and could yet prove an asset for Wenger next season. Arsenal’s players will return to pre-season training on a staggered basis following the World Cup – with German trio Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski all out in Brazil for the duration. Despite Wenger not being on site, Arsenal have remained busy in their summer recruitment drive. Defensive cover is needed following the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City on a free transfer after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has joined Swansea. The signing of Sanchez, though, would present another major move by the Gunners, who smashed their transfer record at the end of last year’s summer window to bring in Ozil from Real Madrid. A defensive midfielder is also said to be on Wenger’s wanted list, with Lars Bender at Bayer Leverkusen a long-term target. Arsenal also released several players at the end of their contracts, including Nicklas Bendtner. The Denmark forward has several options, reported to be both from within the Premier League as well as European sides. Arsenal step up their pre-season schedule in New York at the end of the month ahead of hosting the Emirates Cup and the FA Community Shield against Manchester City at Wembley on August 10. Arsenal remain confident of pushing through a £30million deal for Chile winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and expect to complete the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy later this week. Press Association Sanchez is understood to have instructed his representatives to close negotiations with the Gunners after deciding against offers from both Liverpool and Juventus. Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona have accepted Sanchez’s desire to leave and head to London rather than Anfield, where he could have been used as a makeweight in a potential deal for Luis Suarez.
THE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), under the presidency of Hilbert Foster, in 2018 started a financial scheme to assist young cricketers with a stipend, when they gain selection to the National team.Under the Dr Puran Singh National Players Incentive Scheme, the vibrant BCB provided $10 000 to every Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 male cricketer and to Under-19 female and senior female cricketers who represent Guyana.BCB, late February, handed over $80 000 to eight female cricketers who gained selection on the senior teams. They were Erva Giddings, Shemaine Campbelle, Shabiki Gajnabi, Plaffiana Millington, Melanie Henry, Sheneta Grimmond, Lafona Gilgeous and Tremayne Smartt.On Wednesday April 10, 2019, president Hilbert Foster handed over $60 000 to the five Berbice players selected on the National Under-15 team along with coach Julian Moore.The five players who are currently in Antigua are Matthew Pottaya. Isaiah Thorne, Tameshwar Mahadeo, Rampertab Ramnauth and Sobhai. The presentation continued on Monday April 15, 2019, when Foster handed over another $60 000 to Oma Matadin.Matadin received the stipends on behalf of Shabiki Gajnabi, Lafona Gilgeous, Ashley Ramnauth, Ameera Abrams, Ashmini Munisar and herself.The players are part of the Guyana Under-19 female team who are now taking part in the Regional Under-19 tournament. Later in the year BCB would be handing over more stipends to Berbicians selected on the National Under-17 and Under-19 male teams.Foster at both presentations said BCB was very proud of all of its players and urged the players to always strive for excellence. He reminded them of the importance of representing the county of Berbice as ambassadors on and off the cricket field.As Berbice Cricket Ambassadors, they would be following in the footsteps of John Trim, Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher, Joe Solomon, Alvin Kallicharran, Leonard Baichan and Roy Fredericks. Berbice cricketers, the BCB president told the young cricketers, are highly respected around the world for their cricketing skills, humbleness and high standards.Foster also pledged that as long as he remains president of BCB, the present high standard would be upheld. He expressed gratitude to Dr Puran Singh, who resides in Barbados, for his sponsorship of the Scheme valued at $300 000.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 15, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On the sidelines of the political posturing and rhetoric at the Partners’ Forum on Women’s & Children’s Health sponsored by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health underway at the prestigious Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi this weekend, there have been some illuminating discussions. The day before the event, there was a robust agenda of “Pre-Forum Technical Discussions” that better demonstrated the Forum’s theme (“From Pledges to Action”) than the Forum itself.Hidden in the schedule was one rich and intriguing session that deserved better publicity. A group of young researchers from the Public Health Foundation of India (the MHTF’s partner in the Global Maternal Health Conference held in Delhi 2 months earlier) presented their findings of innovative interventions across India in several fields: maternal health, adolescent and sexual health, family planning, policy/advocacy, access and referral, and infrastructure. Using some simple criteria to define “innovative,” these researchers have compiled a directory of projects that are demonstrating success and deserve closer scrutiny. I joined the challenging q & a session after the presentations, questioning why there was no mention of any projects rolling out mag sulfate for the treatment of eclampsia/pre-eclampsia at the community level — the researcher in charge replied that she was dismayed to find no documentation of such work in India. I also asked if there was any work underway on using misoprostol without mifepristone for 1st trimester abortions — again, no data on any such effort. Clearly two opportunities for programmers that need to be seized.After that session at the Indian Islamic Center, I tuk-tuked over to the conference venue to catch the last 1.5 hours of a consultation for the PMNCH NGO constituency where roundtables were set up for a prodigious group to break out and discuss a series of ill-conceived questions about how NGOs can/should be engaged in accountability for the Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women and Children — the Forum’s major document. The organizers’ efforts for inclusivity resulted in a discursive and often repetitive list of demands and strategies none of which seemed to call on the Secretary General himself to be held accountable. Cynics like me see the S-G’s Strategy to be one of his major campaign tactics to amass support for his re-appointment to a second term next year. The Strategy itself offers nothing new — it is mostly an adaptation of previous multi-lateral declarations, calls-to-action and a few treaties compiled in a new format. I assume that the Forum organizers were counting on the process of this NGO consultation to be more important any actions resulting from it.A welcome change in tone and topic came immediately following in a session convened by the impressive mHealth Alliance, literally on the heels of their Summit held in Washington DC which my colleague Raji Mohanam has been blogging about here in the past few days. David Aylward, the head of the Alliance framed the conversation by presenting an overview of how new and existing information and communication technologies are re-shaping public health research and interventions. He then introduced Al Hammond, a social entrepreneur who’s company HealthPoint Services Global is piloting a hub-based mobile health care scheme for pregnancy women in Punjab. The session was designed to be interactive and it decidedly so. Participants included local and global NGOs, the telecom industry, health care rights advocates, and other mobile health project leaders. It was a challenging and often contentious conversation that seemed to inform Aylward and his Alliance significantly as they are rolling out a dedicated maternal health initiative. Their site has a place for projects to promote themselves and an ideas exchange that is designed to shape the initiative. Check it out.The most provocative conclusion reached in the m4Health session addressed the ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses available to the poor and marginalized With absurd patient:doctor ratios growing more absurd as brain drains proliferate, one participant suggested that the ambition to train and deploy more trained health care professionals is short-sighted; instead of looking to more in-person treatments, it’s time to scale-up virtual treatments where fewer doctors and nurses can treat more patients ideally with an stronger emphasis on prevention. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.Share this:
Atletico Madrid settle Lucas Hernandez fee with Bayern Munichby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid are prepared to make Lucas Hernandez available for an affordable price – at the end of the season.BILD says Atletico have negotiated with Bayern Munich in order to avoid any possibility of Lucas’ exit in the January transfer window.Atlético, who are keen to hold onto Lucas for the rest of the season, have proposed to sell him to Bayern for less than the value of his €80m buyout clause, if the German club wait until the summer to sign him.A World Cup winner with France, the defender has been a key figure for Diego Simeone in a defensive line-up weakened by injury, mainly due to his versatility to play at both centre back, his natural position, and at left back, a position he has grown into in recent seasons due to the successive absences of Luis Felipe through injury. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claimsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire admits he still needs to work on his leadership skills.Unted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repealed last week that he envisages Maguire becoming the club captain.”It’s something I still want to improve on, my leadership qualities on the pitch and especially my talking,” he said. “I want to demand more from the players, demand standards, but I’m obviously not concentrating on that at the moment. “I am fully focused on improving the team and getting this club back to where it should be.”
Obviously, those 2018 youth players won’t be old enough in 2019 to figure into the senior team’s World Cup fortunes. But the lack of earlier success could suggest a down period coming for the Americans in upcoming World Cups. At least, that’s assuming youth-level results are predictive of future senior-team outcomes. But is that true?Fortunately for the U.S., the relationship there is only a moderate one. To measure this, I’m using a system called “Dynasty Points,” which I’ve used before to track a team’s postseason success over multiple years. In each tournament, you get 1,000 points for winning the whole thing, 500 for finishing second, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16 (when applicable).2These values are roughly scaled to reflect how many teams you needed to beat out in order to reach a given level of the tournament, while keeping the value of winning at a constant 1,000. If a team’s performance at the youth level was cause for concern or optimism for later iterations of the senior team, we’d expect a strong relationship between World Cup dynasty points and dynasty points produced by the youth teams in the decade between five and 15 years before.But looking at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups (and weighting by the number of youth tournaments that led up to each — meaning 2015 had more of a sample, since the era of two youth tournaments didn’t begin until 2008), the correlation coefficient between youth performance and World Cup success is 0.49. That’s not a nonexistent relationship by any means, but it also indicates that about three-quarters of the variation between countries in World Cup success is explained by something other than youth-level results in the years beforehand.Broadly speaking, if a team consistently finishes well in the Under-17 and Under-20 events, it tends to do better at the World Cup as well. Many of the most successful youth-level countries — such as Germany, the U.S. and Japan — are also among the best World Cup teams. But the relationship isn’t perfect. According to Dynasty Points, North Korea is the most successful youth-level team since 2002, winning four tournaments and finishing second on two other occasions. Yet North Korea has advanced out of the group stage just once in its World Cup history.3The North Korean team was banned from the 2015 World Cup after a doping investigation. Meanwhile, Norway and Sweden have been incredibly successful at the World Cup level (they rank third and fifth in all-time Dynasty Points, respectively) and have combined to advance out of the group stage of a youth tournament just twice since 2002.The U.S.’s own history is instructive in the imperfect relationship between youth results and World Cup outcomes. Although it dominated junior tournaments from 2002 to 2008 — winning two events, finishing second in another and never losing before the semifinals — it has also made two World Cup Finals and won Olympic gold with the senior squad since its ongoing youth-level dry spell began in 2010. 2012U-20 WCYouth64.51000– 2015World CupSenior76.51000– 1999World CupSenior66.01000– 2002U-19 WCYouth66.01000– 1995World CupSenior64.5350– 2011World CupSenior64.0500– YearTournamentTypeMatchesWins*Dynasty Points 2008U-20 WCYouth65.01000– 1991World CupSenior66.01000– 2004U-19 WCYouth65.0350– 2010U-20 WCYouth42.5115– 2014U-20 WCYouth42.0115– 2003World CupSenior65.0350– 2012U-17 WCYouth32.00 2016U-20 WCYouth63.0250– 2006U-20 WCYouth64.0250– Is the USWNT’s youth-level talent pipeline drying up?Results for the United States at both the World Cup and youth-level tournaments Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which began in 1991), capturing the Cup three times and winning more matches (33) than any other country. Along the way, Team USA has given us multiple generations of superstars, the latest of which includes names like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath — all of whom figure to represent the Stars and Stripes in France next summer.But this won’t quite be the same roster as the one last seen hoisting the World Cup in 2015 (or even the one America sent to the 2016 Olympics). Likely gone are goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Lauren Holiday and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Christie Rampone and Ali Krieger, among others. And while the U.S. has perpetually been able to retool on the fly with the emergence of even greater young talent than before (remember Morgan’s breakout performance as a 22-year-old at the 2011 World Cup?), there’s growing concern that the next generation won’t be as ready to carry the torch.Specifically, the U.S. results at the youth level — including both the Under-17 and Under-20 Women’s World Cups — have been pretty mediocre in recent years. The U.S. didn’t advance out of its group in either tournament this year and has advanced past the quarterfinals just twice at the youth level since 2008.1That year, Morgan helped power the U.S. to the championship at the Under-20 Cup with this ridiculous goal. 2008U-17 WCYouth63.5500– 2016U-17 WCYouth31.00 2007World CupSenior64.5350– 2018U-17 WCYouth31.00 2018U-20 WCYouth31.50 It bears mentioning that the 2012 Under-20 squad also won gold, so the U.S.’s recent youth results haven’t been completely devoid of success. And it’s also important to note that the senior team can poach promising young stars from the youth level, inherently limiting the U.S.’s performance in U-17 and (especially) U-20 tournaments in favor of bolstering the main roster.It’s true that next summer’s team will be asking more of some players who hadn’t taken on full-fledged starring roles in previous major tournaments. But a number of those have drawn rave reviews during friendlies and qualifiers with the national team this year, including Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn, both of whom also logged time on the 2016 Olympic team. And forward Mallory Pugh, who will turn 21 just a few months before the World Cup, is as promising as any member of the U.S.’s next generation. Pugh returned from injury to score six goals and set up three others in 10 international games this year — and could be just scratching the surface of her talent.According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age of Team USA in its 2018 games was 26.4 years old, compared with the average age of 32.6 for the group that took the field in the 2015 World Cup. A few standbys do remain from the rosters of old — Lloyd and Rapinoe are still the anchors of this team, while Morgan remains at the top of her game, having scored or assisted on 14 goals in 15 games with the national team this year. But the 2019 World Cup will also serve as a transition of sorts into a new era for the USWNT. And although America’s youth-level results leading up to next year aren’t great, we shouldn’t assume that the U.S.’s senior-team dominance will end any time soon. Dynasty Points are awarded for success in a tournament. A team gets 1,000 points for winning the tournament, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16.* Ties are counted as a half-win.Source: FIFA
Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s football team might only be No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Poll Rankings, but it ranks as the most valuable program in college football, being evaluated at more than $1 billion, according to a study done by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, and published in the Wall Street Journal.Brewer’s exact value estimate of the program is $1,510,482,000, one of only three teams that is worth more than $1 billion, with Texas being evaluated at $1.24 billion and Oklahoma at $1 billion. Michigan was the only other Big Ten team in Brewer’s top 10, ranking at No. 6 with a value of $893 million.Brewer told the Wall Street Journal that he could envision the Longhorns surpassing the Buckeyes and that the adjusted revenue Texas brings in annually is higher than Ohio State’s, but that the on-field success of the Buckeyes and lack thereof from the Longhorns pushes Ohio State out in front.The study was conducted in a way to try and measure how much a team would be worth if it were sold on the open market like a professional sports team. With that said, Ohio State would rank last among all NFL teams in terms of total value, as the 32nd team in the NFL is the Buffalo Bills worth $1.6 billion, according to Forbes. The Dallas Cowboys are No. 1 with a current value of $4.8 billion.Ohio State was ranked No. 1 last year in the same study, also conducted by Brewer. At the team, it was valued at $946.6 million, indicating a 59.6 percent increase from last season.Ohio State reserve quarterback Joe Burrow weighed in on the news.Our team is worth 1.5 BILLION dollars but it wouldn’t be fair to other students if we get a free hamburger https://t.co/SKHPmhzeRq— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) September 22, 2017
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) and junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrate a large run in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State claimed its first Big Ten title since 2014 with a 27-21 victory against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes outgained the Badgers 449-298, and did not trail for any point during the matchup. There were plenty of statistics that tell the story of how this game finished. 18 – Wisconsin points off turnovers. The Badgers did not look great on offense. As previously stated, they had just 298 total yards, and their quarterback, Alex Hornibrook, threw two interceptions without a touchdown pass. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense. And Wisconsin’s defense essentially drove its offense Saturday. It tied the game in the first quarter on a pick-6 of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, forced and recovered a fumble on Ohio State’s 8-yard line that led to a field goal and turned an interception in the third quarter at its own 48-yard line into eight points on a touchdown that drive in the beginning of the fourth quarter.Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOnly once did Wisconsin start inside its own 40-yard line and march down the field to get points. The Badgers began at their own 23-yard line and marched down to the Ohio State 27-yard line and kicked a 46-yard field goal. Offensively, Wisconsin looked lost. But mistakes by Ohio State’s offense kept the game close throughout the matchup. 2.7 – Yards per carry by Jonathan Taylor. Heading into the game against Ohio State, Taylor was one of the leading rushers in the nation and had more rushing yards than any running back in the Big Ten. Despite only being a true freshman, his name quietly emerged as a darkhorse candidate in the Heisman Trophy. But just as Ohio State did to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Michigan State’s L.J. Scott, Taylor was bottled up by a stout Buckeye rushing defense, averaging his fewest yards per carry on the season. His previous low was 4.2. The 41 total rushing yards also were the lowest, stooping below the previous low of 80. Taylor and the Badger offensive line came into the game expecting to be the catalyst for the offense, but instead the defensive line of the Buckeyes bullied the Badgers’ offensive front. No rusher had more than 7 yards on a single carry, and overall the Buckeyes had five tackles for a loss. The Badgers have relied so heavily on their freshman running back all season, but against one of the top rushing defenses in the nation in Ohio State, Taylor was unable to come through for them. And given the struggles in the passing game Wisconsin has faced all season, it was hardly a surprise to see its offense struggle to get off the ground without the help from Taylor.19 – Rushes by J.T. Barrett. A knee injury to Barrett was evidently not enough to reduce the amount of carries he received. It would have seemed like a smart move to protect Barrett as much as possible, but the redshirt senior quarterback ran read options and designed quarterback runs as often as any other game. In the end, his 19 carries were the most of any player in the game, two more than freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball back to the referee after running in a touchdown in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe decision to use Barrett as the primary ball-carrier was made all the more puzzling by the fact Dobbins turned 17 carries into 174 yards, a 10.2 average yards per carry, while Barrett only averaged 3.2 yards per carry with 60 yards. Dobbins also had two carries each that went for more than 50 yards. If there was ever a game Ohio State would seem to lean off its quarterback for all the rushing production, it would have been this game.141 – Yards gained on two passes from Barrett. The overall numbers for Barrett in the passing game looked solid. He was 12-for-26 for 211 yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He was not outstanding by any means, but he did enough to get the job done. However, his stats take a step back when his 84-yard deep ball to wide receiver Terry McLaurin and 57-yard screen pass to H-back Parris Campbell are removed. Then, Barrett was just 10-for-24 with 70 passing yards and two interceptions.Fortunately for Ohio State and Barrett, those two passes did happen, and nothing can remove them from the stat book. But Barrett was not overly effective Saturday. He missed several wide open receivers downfield and had a couple instances where he was nearly picked off because of wildly inaccurate throws. He did not look like the same quarterback whose name was found in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy earlier this season. He did just enough to win the game, but he had many more opportunities to break the game open and failed to convert. 0 – Sacks allowed by Ohio State. After the game, center Billy Price said every time Barrett took a hit, he was always one of the first people over there to help him up and check on him. He added that he didn’t like when people hit Barrett. So the offensive line simply made it the goal to prevent any sacks on the injured Barrett. And they did. Going up against a vaunted defensive front that was sixth in the nation in total sacks (39) and eighth in sacks per game (3.25), the Ohio State offensive line stood strong and gave its quarterback plenty of protection. The Buckeyes did an effective job protecting their quarterback as much as possible. Though Barrett was still hit several times whenever he attempted to carry the football, he had all the time he needed to stand in the pocket and complete passes, or wait for receivers to get open. Barrett did not make the most of every opportunity, but his offensive line certainly gave him a chance to have one of his best passing games of the season.