Fernandinho out of Arsenal trip

first_imgFernandinho Fernandinho out of Man City’s trip to Arsenal Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 21:41 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) fernandinho - cropped Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Premier League The midfielder suffered a hamstring strain in the Carabao Cup final win over the Gunners but City are confident it’s not too serious Fernandinho will miss Manchester City’s trip to Arsenal on Thursday with a hamstring injury.The midfielder suffered a muscle strain in Sunday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup final victory over the Gunners at Wembley.City are uncertain how long the 32-year-old will be out of action but they will not risk his involvement at the Emirates Stadium this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Scans have shown Fernandinho suffered a hamstring strain during the Cup victory over Arsenal,” City said in a statement.”The Brazilian was withdrawn after 52 minutes of City’s Wembley win, but thankfully the initial prognosis suggests the problem isn’t serious.”No timescale has yet been set for his return but the Premier League game against the Gunners on Thursday will come too soon.”Top-of-the-table City head into the match looking to stretch their lead over second-place Manchester United back to 16 points.last_img read more

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Chelsea deny Hudson-Odoi transfer request

first_imgChelsea have denied Callum Hudson-Odoi’s transfer request, blocking the teenager’s hope of a January exit to join Bayern Munich, Goal can confirm.Hudson-Odoi hoped to escalate matters at the end of last week in pursuit of a move to the Bundesliga champions, personally delivering his request for a winter move.However, he will now have to wait until at least the summer to receive his exit, with Bayern likely to come back for Hudson-Odoi at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The last official offer from the Bundesliga giants was a deal for £35 million ($46m), though after Hudson-Odoi’s transfer request the Bavarians were willing to negotiate further.A move to Bayern is still likely to be Hudson-Odoi’s preferred destination next season, but rejecting a sale now provides the Blues with an opportunity to further work to convince the 18-year-old his future is best served by remaining at Stamford Bridge. Hudson-Odoi’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2020 and the winger has thus far rejected all offers by Chelsea to renew it, despite promises of improved playing time and wages of at least £70,000-a-week. The youngster has seen an uptick in playing time in January, and though he remains without a Premier League start this season, he did receive a place in Maurizio Sarri’s XI for the club’s FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.Hudson-Odoi played the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory over the Championship side, netting his second goal of the season in all competitions with a 64th minute strike which put his side up 2-0 at the time.Chelsea have denied Callum Hudson-Odoi’s request for a transfer in the January window. He delivered it in person and wanted to move to Bayern Munich but he will have to wait until the summer at the earliest. Bayern’s last official offer was £35m #CFC @goal— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 28, 2019His performances and talent have his team-mates hoping he commits long term, with Antonio Rudiger telling reporters Chelsea had to make sure Hudson-Odoi stayed.The man himself has refused to be drawn into comment over his transfer situation, with Hudson-Odoi telling the BBC after his performance against Sheffield Wednesday: “I don’t know. I can’t say.“I just keep working hard and you never know what happens. I can’t say [if I spoke to Bayern].”Hudson-Odoi is looking to continue in the footsteps of other English youth players who have ventured to Germany had found success.Jadon Sancho, who has delivered six goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga this season with Borussia Dortmund, tops the list, but is not alone as Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson, who is on loan at Hoffenheim, has scored six times this season in the German top-flight.last_img read more

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Gowda urges PM to release Rs 5000 cr as interim flood relief

first_imgBengaluru: Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release Rs 5,000 crore as interim relief to flood-ravaged Karnataka and to notify it as “national calamity.” In a letter to Modi, the JD(S) patriarch said he had not seen such destruction to both human lives and properties in his six decades of political career. “I request you to release rupees five thousand crore as interim relief pending submission of final memorandum by the state government followed by assessment from a high-level central team and recommendation of the inter-ministerial committee on disaster management on assessment and quantification of the damage suffered by the state due to flood havoc,” Gowda said in his letter. “I hope that the government of India would extend its helping hand in the hours of need to wipe the tears of vast population of the state which has facing a major tragedy and to rebuild their lively hood with all form of assistance from the state and central governments,” he said. However, the Karnataka government has requested the Centre to immediately release Rs 3,000 crore. A total of 2,694 villages in eighty-six taluks of 17 districts in Karnataka have been affected due to floods and rains.last_img read more

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Obama the chicken nugget guy among most retweeted in 2017

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They all made the biggest splash on Twitter this year.Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics to Korean boy bands. It was a year in which almost every sector of society was mashed together or clashing on social media, with the “Tweeter in Chief,” President Donald Trump, leading the way.The top retweet came from fast food lover Carter Wilkerson , who begged people to retweet him so that he could get a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. He fell short of the 18-million retweet bar set by the fast-food chain, but Wendy’s gave Wilkerson the nuggets anyway for the effort.President Barack Obama , with 1.7 million retweets in August, was second. Obama took three of the top 10 spots on the list. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James was seventh, with a tweet that criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to rescind Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior’s NBA championship.Curry, and others on the team, said that he didn’t want to visit Trump in the White House.While he did not make the most retweeted list, Trump took the top spot for the most tweeted about elected world leader. He also came in No. 1 for top tweeted U.S. elected officials, with Vice-President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan taking second and third. PBS’ special live coverage of Trump’s inauguration day was the most viewed live stream broadcast of the year.With the media in Trump’s crosshairs, it was also in the sights of Twitter users. The top three tweeted news outlets were Fox News , CNN and The New York Times .Some other highlights: #halamadrid was the top sports hashtag, @NFL was the top sports handle and the most tweeted about musicians were Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys.last_img read more

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How to Revive Moroccos Hollywood A Road a Festival and a

Rabat – The city of Ouarzazate, known as “Morocco’s Hollywood,” is suffering from decreasing touristic activity, which has heavily impacted its economy. Local actors invited officials and businessmen to a conference to figure out what went wrong.“This region had been victim of an image attributed to it, that it’s poor and isolated.”  So said El Habib Choubani, the president of the Draa-Tafilalet region, which includes Ouarzazate and four other provinces.On Saturday, November 4, a panel organized by the city’s municipal council and the Conseil de Développement et de la Solidarité (CDS), a think tank with a focus on social and economic issues, gathered representatives of the region’s government, business sector, and film industry. The goal was to discuss the ways to overcome the problems facing the region in these sectors. The first issue discussed was the isolation of Ouarzazate.  The panelists pointed repeatedly to the problem of the area’s inaccessibility, which has prevented it from properly exploiting its tourism potentials.“Difficult access, whether by ground or airline transportation, makes Ouarzazate seem disconnected with the rest of Morocco and the world,” said the panelists.And this has even impacted the cinema activity. Ouarzazate and its surrounding areas are mostly famous for their cinema studios and film locations, which have attracted prominent film and television productions worldwide, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre, Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Ben-Hur (2010), and Game of Thrones (2011).“Now, the region’s accessibility problems drives away international film productions, which find it easier to travel to Cape Town in South Africa or Amman in Jordan,” deplored a panelist in reference to two of Morocco’s main cinema competitors.Generally speaking, the panelists also deplored the opportunity cost caused by the absence of cultural tourism, which they said needs to be strengthened by building museums for example.“It’s high time Ouarzazate has its own cinema festival. ‘Symphonies du Désert’ should be resurrected,” said Mohamed Benamor, CDS president, referring to the music and cinema festival of the region launched in 1990s.More urgent than culture is the problem of the roads. For decades, subsequent governments have been talking about the construction of the Tichka tunnel, which would allow vehicles to avoid the titular mountain between Marrakech with Ouarzazate.Vehicles currently spend around four hours traveling the 200 kilometers between the two cities, part of which run through the dangerous Tizi N Tichka mountain road, which has taken the lives of many drivers in past years.This awaited project requires a budget of about MAD 8 billion. “The construction of the tunnel is the region’s main demand,” said Aderrahmane Drissi, the president of the municipal council of Ouarzazate.Recently, Minister of Transport Abdelkader Amara said in a parliament session that his department launched a call for tender to conduct studies for the project by the end of this year.Limited air traffic service is also a problem. “The region remains among the most ill-served in Morocco in terms of flights,” noted Benamor, who is also investor and owner of the major hotels in the city.Three flights link Ouarzazate and Casablanca, a number regional actors believe is far too low. In addition, the relatively high-priced ticket – MAD 600 for one way – worsens the situation.“To date the region has reached an agreement to increase the number of flights to six and reduce the ticket price to MAD 400,” said Choubani.Aside from that, Ouarzazate is also in need of an effective PR campaign. In June 2016 the city’s image was seriously affected by the statements of Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell, injured while shooting the fifth season of the television series in the city, who criticized Ouarzazate’s deplorable health facilities. read more

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Schools reckon with social stress Im on my phone so much

BUFFALO, N.Y. — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies … and further notifications.Teachers around the country have run similar experiments, typically recording dozens of trips to the board.“One girl, just during the one hour, got close to 150 Snapchat notifications. 150!” marveled Chavis, who teaches honours-level courses at Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina.She’s among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a “mental health tsunami .”Testing, extracurricular-packed schedules, and perpetual stressors like poverty can all weigh on students. But research now points to smartphones-driven social media as one of the biggest drivers of stress. After all, that’s where college acceptance letters fill Instagram, everyone knows where everyone else is going for spring break, and athletic failures and awkward social moments can live forever.Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State who has studied the issue, said it’s no coincidence that youth mental health issues have risen with the number of phones. “What a lot of teens told me is that social media and their phones feel mandatory,” she said, leading to a loss of sleep and face-to-face interactions necessary for their mental well-being.Last year, an editorial in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ flagship journal recommended that doctors ask adolescent patients about their social media use as part of routine screening, alongside older questions about home life and drug and sexual activity. “Aberrant and/or excessive social media usage may contribute to the development of mental health disturbance in at-risk teenagers, such as feelings of isolation, depressive symptoms, and anxiety,” three researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics.Researchers are still arguing whether phones drive student depression or depression drives phone use. But 70 per cent of teens view anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers , according to a February Pew Research Center report. Nearly 60 per cent of parents said they worry about the influence of social media on their child’s physical and mental health in the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America survey .Schools are starting to react. Many districts now hire outside companies to monitor students’ social media postings for signs of distress. Others invite in yoga instructors and comfort dogs to teach even the youngest kids to keep technology from putting them on edge.Belfast Area High School in Maine even staged an #unplugged event day in April — but it served to underline the technology’s pull when less than 20 per cent of students and staff took part.Meanwhile, students and parents are filling school auditoriums for screenings of documentaries such as “LIKE ” and “Angst ,” which explore social media, technology and anxiety. Movements like Away for the Day and Wait Until 8th discourage cellphones in middle school.When she first got a smartphone around seventh grade, all the posting, messaging and liking pushed Nia Coates’ anxiety level to “probably a 10,” she said. Now a high school junior, the Buffalo, New York, teen has figured out to manage the distractions.She’ll completely log out of her Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, and sometimes will delete an app altogether for a while. “The older I’ve gotten, the more I realize it doesn’t really matter so it’s not as stressful,” Coates said, recalling how in the past she’d post something only to delete it to avoid being judged.Anxiety has taken over as the most significant obstacle to learning among Chris Doyle’s high school students at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. Some rack up absences because they feel overwhelmed by the day ahead, Doyle said. A teacher for 30 years, he has seen a profound shift toward constant self-evaluation that he associates with social media, YouTube, and even school grade portals sometimes checked dozens of times a day — things students have never before had to manage.“That kind of awareness of other people’s lives, even maybe what used to be considered other people’s private lives, is kind of hyper right now,” Doyle said. “And I don’t think that usually leaves most people feeling good, because nobody’s perfect and most kids feel very imperfect.”But putting the genie back in the bottle isn’t easy. In Illinois, Glenbrook High Schools District 225 experimented with limiting teens’ access to their grades on a digital portal. But for every student who said the grade book caused them anxiety, there was another who said losing regular access created even more stress, said instructional innovation director Ryan Bretag.Some students simply appear overwhelmed by nonstop social-media notifications during the school day. “It becomes an anxiety — ‘well, if I don’t answer them back right now I’m missing something,’” said Troy, Missouri, high school teacher Elizabeth Utterback. Freshmen are particularly susceptible, she said. Her own class tallying experiment netted 80 notifications among 20 students in less than 30 minutes.“I definitely feel stress with online profiles, social media, to keep up, maintain my profiles and stuff,” said Emily Mogavero, a 17-year-old student in Buffalo, New York. “It kind of worries me that I’m on my phone so much.” Mogavero said she sometimes puts her phone out of reach or powers it down so she doesn’t hear notifications.Teaching limits at an earlier age might help. Deirdre Birmingham of Montclair, New Jersey, signed onto a campaign called “Wait Until Eighth” because she didn’t think her video game-loving 10-year-old son was ready to manage a smartphone’s pull.The idea, which got its start in Texas two years ago, is to lessen the peer pressure of being the only kid without a phone by enlisting parents of classmates to agree to hold off until at least eighth grade. So far, almost 20,000 people have signed on, founder Brooke Shannon said.“I had a gut level that it would be difficult for my child to manage,” Birmingham said. “As a grown-up, I find it difficult sometimes to manage.”Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press read more

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Sri LankaChina cobranded satellite launched

Sri Lanka’s first co-branded satellite was launched from China today, officials at SupremeSAT announced.Supreme SAT  Sri Lanka said that the satellite named ‘SupremeSAT – 1’ will be capable of providing communications services, including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting services to the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Australia. “This is a proud moment for us as citizens of Sri Lanka,” Vijith Peiris, Group Chief Executive Officer of SupremeSAT said in a statement The launch was initially expected to take place on 22 November but was postponed due to bad weather, Space Systems Engineer Rohitha Rajapaksa said.The Sri Lankan Board of Investment (BOI) entered into an agreement with Supreme SAT earlier this year to launch the communications satellite for Sri Lanka. The Satellite will be positioned above Sri Lanka in the Geo-Stationary orbit at 87.5 degree east approximately 36000 km above the surface of the earth. Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country to own a Communication Satellite and becomes the third South Asian country to have launched a satellite after India and Pakistan. read more

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After meeting with Annan key drug companies pledge more help to fight

After meeting with the executives of six of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced a major new agreement on concrete steps to help developing countries fight AIDS, which he called “the greatest public health challenge of our times.” Senior executives of Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline, Hoffman-La Roche and Pfizer pledged to continue and accelerate substantial price reductions, particularly for Africa and the world’s least developed countries, the Secretary-General said in a statement released after the meeting.The companies further agreed to continue to offer affordable medicines to other developing countries, and to recognize the need to consider increased access to HIV/AIDS medicine to qualified non-governmental organizations and appropriate private companies offering health care in these nations.”Today’s commitments consolidate, and go beyond, the progress which individual companies had made in reducing prices since last May, when five of them signed a Joint Statement of Intent with the United Nations,” Mr. Annan said. “This represents a contribution to the global response to the epidemic, going much further than any of us could have predicted 12 months ago.”The Secretary-General, who said he had called the meeting because “AIDS has become my personal priority,” emphasized that the solution did not lie with pharmaceutical companies alone. “I am calling for a major mobilization — of political will and significant additional funding — to enable a dramatic leap forward in prevention, education, care and treatment,” he said.”In the next few months, leading up to the Special Session of the General Assembly at the end of June, the United Nations will be working overtime to mobilize increased resources for all aspects of the struggle against HIV/AIDS, and for better health care in developing countries,” Mr. Annan pledged.The UN estimates that in a number of countries, decades of development are being reversed by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Some 36.1 million people are living with HIV or AIDS worldwide, with 5.3 million newly infected during 2000 alone. That same year, 3 million people died of AIDS, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 21.8 million. read more

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Japanese leader advocates womenomics in address to UN General Assembly

Creating an environment where women find it comfortable to work and enhancing opportunities for women to actively participate in society are urgent priorities for Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the United Nations General Assembly.In his statement, the Prime Minister declared his intention to create a “society in which women shine” within the country’s domestic structures and also as a thread of its international diplomacy.Mr. Abe cited “womenomics,” a theory which asserts that the advancement of women in society is directly correlated with its growth rate.The Prime Minister announced that his Government will implement official development assistance (ODA) in excess of $3 billion over the next three years, targeting women’s participation in society and the empowerment of women; health and medical care for women; and prevention and resolution of conflict as related to women.Mr. Abe is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual debate, which ends on 1 October, at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials present their views on issues of individual national and international relevance. On Syria, Mr. Abe declared Japan’s support and cooperation towards the international community’s efforts to dispose of the country’s chemical weapons, as well as to assist the people displaced and forced into neighbouring countries.“Japan will continue to provide assistance also to areas under the control of the opposition groups,” Mr. Abe said, adding that Japan is also planning to deliver portable X-ray devices and other medical equipment to those areas.In parallel with the process of political dialogue, Japan will newly provide approximately $60 million for humanitarian assistance in Syria and surrounding countries.Turning to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Abe condemned the country’s nuclear and missile development and urged Pyongyang to “rectify its own actions.”Mr. Abe also urged that the country return every Japanese national abducted, stressing that normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries remains “unthinkable” without the resolution of this issue.The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of private sector investment, particularly in Africa, and the role of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). read more

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