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Respecting Amerindians, while alive and in death

first_imgDear Editor,The four-year-old male child from the Mabaruma township (Barima/Waini) who was bitten by a poisonous scorpion on Saturday, 5th August, 2017 and died the same day at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) has been laid to rest at the Mabaruma cemetery, after a decent burial on Saturday, 12th August, 2017. Thanks a million to the Regional Health Officer (RHO) and the owners of “Wings of Humanity”, an aircraft made quick arrangements for the child’s body to be flown back to Mabaruma after the post mortem, for a decent burial.But if it were not for the RHO and owners of Wings of Humanity, the poor Mabaruma child would have been given a “poor or criminal burial” at the Georgetown Cemetery. I was informed that there is a $30,000 pittance for death expenses paid out by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs (MoIPA).According to my understanding, the MoIPA has completed its budget for submission to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), for incorporation into Guyana’s upcoming National Budget.I wonder what MoIPA’s budgetary line item for Amerindian death expenses looks like?If it is not at least $8 million, Amerindians referred to the GPH for medical treatment by hinterland hospitals, if they die, will continue to be given poor burials like criminals, in Georgetown.I do not think this is being fair to our people. It is gross hypocrisy when we see the value and importance of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples only when they are alive, but when they die: to hell with them.It is therefore very important that, as representatives of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples, we desperately need to respect them when they are alive, and when they die.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

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Custodian, girl recognized

first_imgVictor Caballero, custodial supervisor for the El Rancho Unified School District, said he understands why Gaona is so well-loved. “He’s probably one of my best employees,” Caballero said. “He’s a self starter, he motivates not just himself but people he’s around. He’s just an awesome person. There’s no negative in Jerry.” Burke principal Mark Matthews said he has known Gaona since they were children, when they attended the same middle school. Now, Gaona is a positive example for children, Matthews said. “This guy is a dynamite worker,” Matthews said. “He’s a great role model for our students as well, to see someone who works so hard take so much pride in what he does.” Matthews said Gaona is a humble person, and was surprised and honored by the letter Rebecca gave him. Rebecca’s mother, Maria Elena Amavizca, said Rebecca always has empathy for others and notices the world around her. “She’s very thoughtful and very kind,” Amavizca said. Amavizca’s older daughter, Priscilla, also knew Gaona and once gave him a card in thanks for his work. “I’m very proud of them, for them to actually acknowledge and appreciate that,” Amavizca said. “I think it’s great that they have that in them.” Rebecca said she got the idea to give Gaona a letter when she and her sister decided to make cards and letters for their teachers. “We both thought of giving our teachers some cards, and then we remembered Jerry, because he was very special to us, too,” Rebecca said. She said her favorite memory of Gaona was his kindness to her when she was having a hard day. Rebecca said she had walked to school that day and was crying. Although she was late, Gaona waited for her at the door, then let her in before locking it. He also asked if something was wrong, and offered to excuse her tardiness. “He had a loving heart, and every time I see him, he always says hi,” Rebecca said. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A school custodian and a seventh-grade girl were honored together at a school board meeting, he for his hard work and she for her kind heart. Rebecca Amavizca, 12, wrote a letter of appreciation to Jerry Gaona, a custodian at Burke Middle School in Pico Rivera. The letter touched him so deeply that he decided to share it with the school principal. Soon, a plan was in the works to let Rebecca read her letter at last week’s El Rancho Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting, at Pico Rivera City Hall, where Gaona could thank her for the letter with flowers, chocolates and sincere words. “This little girl, what she wrote to me, it kind of did buckle me, because it made me think I am making a difference,” Gaona said. Gaona, 51, said he has done custodial work since he was 11 years old, when his family had to toil together to make ends meet. He began at Burke Middle School four years ago, where he is head custodian. A lifelong Pico Rivera resident, Gaona and his wife, Patricia, have six daughters who range in age from 13 to 31. His youngest daughter, Yvette, attends Burke Middle School. Gaona said he enjoys his work and the opportunity to be a good influence on children. “I love what I do. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it,” Gaona said. “I do it more because of the kids. I just enjoy interacting with them.” Rebecca is not Gaona’s only fan at school. Last year, the yearbook was dedicated to Gaona. last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT TO TARGET NON REGISTERED SEPTIC TANKS FIRST

first_imgAccording to the National Inspection Plan for domestic Wastewater Treatment systems, the government will target non registered septic tanks first.This unexpected announcement is hoped to get more people to register after only 185,000 availed of the €5 offer which expired on the 30th of September.Now homeowners have to pay the normal €50 fee to register their septic tank by February 1st 2013. This means that more than 300,000 homeowners will have to pay the increased charge. Failure to register can result in a maximum fine of €5,000. According to The National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems “Registration Inspections – It is proposed that inspection of non registered DWWTS (Decentralised Waste Water Treatment Systems) will take precedence over registered systems initially. It is envisaged that each WSA will undertake inspections of non-registered properties within their functional area. Appropriate enforcement action shall be pursued by WSAs in respect of homeowners who fail to comply with the registration process.”Denis Sheridan of DS Environmental Services adds “It is difficult to know if this approach will urge homeowners to register as they are already fed up with the bully tactics by the Department of Environmental. There is a lot of misinformation on the new septic tank regulations and we recently added accurate information to our website so people can make an informed decision.”.Tanks can be registered online at http://www.protectourwater.ie/, at local authority offices or by post. Forms can be collected at council offices, libraries or Citizens Information Centres and sent to Protect Our Water, PO Box 12204, Dublin 7.For more information see www.dsenvironmental.ie GOVERNMENT TO TARGET NON REGISTERED SEPTIC TANKS FIRST was last modified: October 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DS Environmental ServicesNational Inspection Planwastewaterlast_img read more

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South Africa to market the ‘Big Seven’

first_img23 June 2009 South Africa is well known among tourists in search of the “Big Five” wild animals: the buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. Two more could soon be added to the marketers’ “Big” list, however – and you won’t find them on land. Source: BuaNews Sonjica said South Africa’s waters were populated with significant numbers of marine mammals, including whales, as well large ocean predators such as the shark. “We will be marketing these animals – sharks and whales – to the whole world,” she said. “We will add these two species to the Big Five and have a resultant Big Seven.” Briefing journalists in Cape Town ahead of her budget vote speech in Parliament last week, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said that South Africa offered tourists some of the best whale watching in the world, as well as shark cage diving in places like Gansbaai in the Western Cape. She added that partnerships with security institutions such as South African Police Service, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the Department of Defence were crucial to deal effectively with environmental crimes. She added that it was important for the government to pursue its programmes of protecting the country’s marine life, given that there was already a decline of the stocks of some of the species, including the shark. “This requires innovative management strategies if we want to ensure sustainability of our marine living resources,” she said. “A government-wide intervention is required in the coastal communities to address coastal poverty and alternative livelihood opportunities in light of declining fish stocks.”center_img Sonjica pointed out that declining fish stocks was a global phenomenon, with approximately 25% of the world’s marine fish stocks being considered over-exploited. Environmental courts Though she did not specify which shark and whale species, Sonjica was presumably referring to the famous great white shark and the southern right whale, plentiful off South Africa’s coastline and smaller only than the blue whale. Sonjica said many environmental crimes were committed by organised crime syndicates, and warned that the government would not take a soft stance on perpetrators. As the justice department could not adequately deal with environmental crime, environmental courts would be set up to see that criminals were not only caught but also prosecuted. Sonjica said this year had been declared the Year of the Shark, and October would be declared Marine Month to focus on the significance of the country’s sea and marine life. Marine conservationlast_img read more

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‘I feel an obligation to be balanced.’ Noted biologist comes to defense of gene editing babies

first_img By Jon CohenNov. 28, 2018 , 2:50 PM © Ken Richardson ‘I feel an obligation to be balanced.’ Noted biologist comes to defense of gene editing babies When a researcher in China startled the world earlier this week with the revelation that he had created the first gene-edited babies, only one prominent scientist quickly spoke out in his defense: geneticist George Church, whose Harvard University lab played a pioneering role in developing CRISPR, the genome editor used to engineer embryonic cells in the hugely controversial experiment. Church has reservations about the actions of He Jiankui, the scientist in Shenzhen, China, who led the work.The fiercely debated experiment, described by He at a meeting in Hong Kong, China, today, used CRISPR to try to make the babies resistant to HIV by crippling a receptor, CCR5, that the virus uses to infect white blood cells. But Church also thinks there’s a frenzy of criticism surrounding He that exaggerates the severity of what one critic gingerly called his “missteps” but another called “monstrous.”ScienceInsider spoke with Church shortly before He’s lecture in Hong Kong, but Church had seen the data earlier. 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Q: What do you think of the criticism being heaped on He?A: I’d just as well not hang myself out to dry with someone I barely know, but I feel an obligation to be balanced about it. I’m sitting in the middle and everyone else is so extreme that it makes me look like his buddy. He’s just an acquaintance. But it seems like a bullying situation to me. The most serious thing I’ve heard is that he didn’t do the paperwork right. He wouldn’t be the first person who got the paperwork wrong. It’s just that the stakes are higher. If it had gone south and someone had been damaged, maybe there would be some point. Like what happened with Jesse Gelsinger [who died in a 1999 gene therapy experiment]. But is this a Jesse Gelsinger or a Louise Brown [the first baby born through in vitro fertilization] event? That’s probably what it boils down to.Q: Do you think the experiment is unethical?A: People have said there’s a moratorium on germline editing and I contributed to reports that called for that, but a moratorium is not a permanent ban forever. It’s a checklist of what you have to do. It really seems like he was checking off the published list [see p. 132] by the National Academy of Sciences and added a few things of his own. At some point, we have to say we’ve done hundreds of animal studies and we’ve done quite a few human embryo studies. It may be after the dust settles there’s mosaicism and off targets that affect medical outcomes. It may never be zero. We don’t wait for radiation to be zero before we do [positron emission tomography] scans or x-rays.Q: When did you learn about it and what was your reaction?A: About a week ago, and I was hoping he did everything right. You don’t have that many shots on goal. He’s not doing it the way I’d do it, but I’m hoping it doesn’t work out badly. As long as these are normal, healthy kids it’s going to be fine for the field and the family.Q: What do you think of his decision to cripple a gene to prevent HIV infection?A: It struck me as bold choice to do CCR5. In some ways it doesn’t make sense, but in another way it makes more sense than β-thalassemia or sickle cell, both of which you can prevent with preimplantation genetic diagnosis. [These genetic diseases are two prime targets of many CRISPR researchers.] The real issue is what’s the best first case.Q: But there’s a relatively low rate of HIV infection in Chinese women. This isn’t like in, say, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, where the medical need to protect young women from the virus is great.A: This was a stretch, there’s no doubt about it. There could be a bunch of small risks. Quite clearly the major motivator was testing CRISPR.Q: What do you think of the criticism the experiment doesn’t address an “unmet medical need”?A: The unmet medical need is there is no cure or vaccine for HIV. And in that sense, there’s more of a medical need than there is for β-thalassemia, for which there is an alternative, unless both parents are homozygous. [If both parents have two copies of the mutant gene, all of their offspring will develop the disease.]Q: What about concerns that CRISPR will make unintended edits in the genome, so-called off-target effects?A: I’m not saying they’ll never be an off-target problem. But let’s be quantitative before we start being accusatory. It might be detectable but not clinical. There’s no evidence of off-target causing problems in animals or cells. We have pigs that have dozens of CRISPR mutations and a mouse strain that has 40 CRISPR sites going off constantly and there are off-target effects in these animals, but we have no evidence of negative consequences.Q: Would you have been part of this experiment?A: Probably not. But I probably wouldn’t have put the sequence of the 1918 flu virus or smallpox virus in the public domain. This is a slightly lower risk than putting potent pathogenic sequences in the public domain.Q: There’s some worry that the backlash to He’s experiment will harm the field.A: In the early days of gene therapies when there were far fewer preliminary studies, there were three deaths that set back the field. It may have just made us more cautious. And gene therapy is certainly back in force. And I don’t think these kids [the babies whose genomes He edited] are going to die.Q: What about the argument that He wasn’t transparent enough and should have published preliminary work and done more to make his intentions clear to the scientific community before implanting the embryos?A: Those are valid critiques, and he probably will pay some price. I’m a little extreme on the transparency end of the spectrum [Church’s website lists more than 100 affiliations he has with funders, companies, and nonprofits], and it’s nice to have company on that. But at some point, we should start focusing on the health of the babies.last_img read more

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis keeps key portfolios with himself

first_imgMaharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur on Sunday.Even as the Shiv Sena had made last-ditch efforts to get the next best deal after the chief minister’s post, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday chose to keep key portfolios with him.Soon after the Assembly poll results were announced, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had said there would be a ‘mini Modi’ government in Maharashtra and he was not wrong. The way the portfolios were allocated by Fadnavis reveals party president Amit Shah’s writ has prevailed.Like the Modi government at the Centre where the PMO plays a key role, Fadnavis also centralised power with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).According to sources, the ministers will be given time-bound goals to achieve certain tasks, which will be monitored by the CMO.The last two days had witnessed several ministers lobbying for key portfolios. All the ministers have got more than one departments. The CM has kept key portfolios – Home, Urban Development, Housing and Health – with him.Eknath Khadse, a senior BJP leader, has been given the responsibility of Revenue department. He will also look after departments of Excise, Minority Development, Waqf, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries. Though Khadse had set his eyes on the chief minister’s post, the party initially offered him the Assembly speaker’s post – a deal that he declined.Sudhir Mungantiwar, the MLA from Chandrapur district, is the minister for Finance, Planning and Forests. He is considered close to Nitin Gadkari. Another Gadkari aide, Vinod Tawde, has been made the education minister. He is also the minister for Sports and Cultural Affairs.advertisementPankaja Munde, late Gopinath Munde’s daughter, is the minister for Rural Development, Water Conservation and Women and Child Development. Prakash Mehta – the Gujarati face in the Cabinet – will hold the charge of Industries, Mining and Parliamentary Affairs.MLC Chandrakant Patil has been made the minister for Co-operatives, Marketing, Textiles and PWD. Vishnu Savara, the party’s tribal leader from Thane district, is the minister for Tribal Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance.last_img read more

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Crop insurance scheme being implemented in fair manner

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 31 (PTI) With opposition parties attacking the BJP-led Haryana government over the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the state government today claimed the scheme is being carried out in a “transparent and fair manner”.Congress and INLD have alleged that the plan was aimed at “benefiting only private insurance companies”, adding insurance premiums are “compulsorily deducted” from farmers accounts in banks.”The selection of insurance companies for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Haryana has been done in a completely transparent and fair manner. The bids were invited from the insurance companies through the e-tendering system.The insurance companies empanelled by the government of India are alone eligible to participate in the bidding process,” said a spokesperson for the Haryana Agriculture department.”The premium payable to the insurance companies in Haryana is one of the lowest in the country. Therefore, there is no question of favouring any insurance company by the State Government,” he claimed.Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the maximum premium payable by the farmer is only 2 per cent of sum insured in case of Kharif crops, 1.5 per cent in case of Rabi crops and 5 per cent in case of commercial and horticulture crops.This is the lowest premium among all crop insurance schemes implemented in the country, the spokesperson said, adding that the remaining premium will be paid by the state government and central government as subsidy.Besides, the Haryana government has decided to take only 2 per cent premium from farmers for cotton crops and the remaining 3 per cent of the farmers share will be paid by the state over and above its normal share.advertisementThe sum insured in respect of various crops has been increased under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and made equal to the amount of crop loan.Under the earlier schemes, the premium payable by the farmer was quite high and, therefore, the sum insured was reduced to keep the premium low, he said, adding that this reduced the amount of claim payable in case of damage to crops.Under the new scheme, there are possibilities of payment of higher claim amounts in view of the increase in the sum insured. The scheme covers the damage caused to the crops by inundation apart from hailstorm and post-harvest losses of crops due to unseasonal rains for the first time, he said.The scheme is being implemented on area approach with village as the insurance unit. The nature of crop insurance is unique and its implementation at individual field level is not feasible due to the problems in assessing the historical yields and the actual yields, he said. MORE PTI CHS BSA SK TIRlast_img read more

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Student dies during slap fight game in Pakistan

first_imgLahore, Apr 15 (PTI) In a shocking incident, a sixth grade student lost his life while playing innocuous face-slapping at his school in Pakistans Punjab province, media reports said.During break time, Bilal and Aamir chose to play Thapar Kabaddi (face-slapping) at Government High School Mian Channu when Bilal was severely struck near his neck, the Express Tribune reported.During the game, students and teachers also gathered in the ground to watch the fight, it said.The incident happened earlier this month but its video surfaced yesterday.As the game begun, both of them started to slap each other as hard as they could. The event took an ugly turn, when Bilal unable to bear Aamirs slaps lost his conscious and fell on the ground.Nobody came to his aid and shifted him to the nearby hospital while the rescue team also arrived late after a delay of half an hour, the report said.The incident points towards grave negligence on the part of police, school administration and parents of the victim.Sources said that the school administration failed to take Bilal to hospital for medical treatment immediately after the incident and are equally responsible as the local police for not carrying out post-mortem of the body, it said.Thappar Kabaddi, also known as Chanta Kabaddi, is a famous sport in many cities of Punjab. PTI AMS NSA AMS AMSlast_img read more

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Who’s laughing now? Moreno silencing the critics

first_imgLiverpool From ‘sign a f***ing left-back’ to Mr. Reliable: Alberto Moreno’s Liverpool revival Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:40 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Alberto Moreno Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Liverpool Liverpool Sevilla Opinion The defender reached his lowest point against Sevilla in May 2016. On Tuesday, he’ll line up against them as one of the Reds’ standout performers This was never meant to be the solution, nor did it seem plausible. When Jamie Carragher’s now deleted ‘sign a f***ing left-back’ tweet following the 2016 Europa League final against Sevilla was co-signed en masse, including by those within Liverpool, it was predestined to be the inscription on the headstone of Alberto Moreno’s Anfield career.Liverpool 12/1 to beat Sevilla 2-0Instead, that sharp, to-the-point plea is now a measurement tool representing just how much the defender has altered his narrative. And make no mistake, as the 25-year-old faces his former club on Tuesday — the same opponents he gravely faltered against a year-and-a-half ago, when his awful clearance followed by a feeble challenge led to Los Rojiblancos’ equaliser in their eventual 3-1 victory — it will be all down to him. His resilience. His fight. 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 For two consecutive summers, Liverpool looked to do exactly as Carragher, amongst others, had suggested: recruit a replacement for Moreno.First, there was the pursuit of Fulham’s teenage gem Ryan Sessegnon, with the club’s long-term vision of him and Trent Alexander-Arnold enlivening the full-back positions foiled by the starlet’s wish to remain in London.A push for Ben Chilwell was in motion too, with the 20-year-old preferring a switch to Merseyside over Arsenal. But there was a question mark around how committed he was to leaving Leicester City, so the interest was abandoned.Alberto Moreno Liverpool PSThat prompted Jurgen Klopp to turn to midfielder James Milner during the pre-season camp in California last year, deciding he would be the trusted option on the left flank.Not by design, Liverpool failed to fortify that position through investment, and yet, Moreno managed just eights starts in 2016-17, with only two of those coming in the Premier League.On May 28, the Reds’ recruitment plans for the role took a further knock. An approach for Roma’s Emerson Palmieri was being prepped before he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage on the final day of the Serie A season to torpedo that transfer.A check was made on Benjamin Mendy, but the France international had already decided months in advance that he would be leaving Monaco for Manchester City, following a conversation with Kevin De Bruyne in a UEFA doping control room at the Etihad.A long, exhaustive search led Liverpool back to Andy Robertson, who had been tracked for two years, and Hull City banked £10 million as the Anfield side finally signed a f***ing left-back.Moreno, meanwhile, was on the market. He knew it, but refused to accept it. There were few enquiries, all of which fell below his £15m valuation, and while minds inside and outside Melwood were erasing the Spaniard from the picture as they plotted the 2017-18 campaign, he began to rub out his flaws.During a summer in which his young family were in a little bit of limbo, his ‘big brother’ Lucas departed for Lazio, his close friend Philippe Coutinho unsuccessfully agitated to join Barcelona and a competitor in his stylistic mould was added to the squad, it would’ve been natural for Moreno to crave a fresh start elsewhere.Instead, he didn’t think of where he could go to escape his issues, but how he could effectively address them. There were the twin problems of timing and thinking: when to attack; when to hold; how to reduce the rashness; how not to overestimate his recovery pace.Moreno CoutinhoHe had to operate less on instinct and with more understanding of what was required during individual moments in relation to the collective. The “brainless” Moreno would now strategise his way through games. The “defensive impostor” would learn to prioritise clean sheets rather than blindly supporting the attack.At the training ground, even when the Sevilla academy graduate was on the fringes of the first-team, there were never any concerns around his attitude or enthusiasm. The fundamental facet Moreno lacked was the comprehension of how to apply Klopp’s instructions correctly and consistently. The only person with the power to rectify that problem was himself.”I always talk about my family, my daughter, my parents, how much they have helped me, and it’s true,” Moreno told The Guardian, “but in the end, it’s the player who does it, who changes the situation. He’s the one that goes out there in front of I-don’t-know-how‑many-thousand people.”Last year was useful for me: to think, to change things, to say to myself: ‘Alberto, what can you do better?’ And the first thing was: defend. I’m a defender. And I’ve changed that.”I’m more focused — I think you can see that — and thankfully I haven’t made any mistakes. Maybe in my first few years at Liverpool, I was always thinking: ‘Attack, attack, attack.’ Confidence is vital for a footballer but I’m [also] more settled, more focused. Now I’m like, ‘First, let’s defend, keep a clean sheet and, then, let’s go forward.'”The evidence of this stacked up in pre-season with stellar displays against Crystal Palace, Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and Athletic Bilbao, which led Klopp to declare Moreno is “100% back,” while describing him as a “new player.”Fast forward and only Mohamed Salah has a greater case to be considered Liverpool’s standout performer of the campaign ahead of the full-back thus far, with his elevation at club level leading to a first Spain appearance in three-and-a-half years.Unfortunately, there will be plenty who view Moreno through the prism of his mistakes rather than the reality of his revival. He will be wise to the fact that his unexpected rise this season won’t be universally applauded and that any stumble will be still be magnified.Moreno has proved, though, that beyond his infectious personalty, the bottle-flipping, the Hoverboard walks with his Bull Terrier and the ‘Unbelievable Jeff’ soundbites, there lies a steely determination to succeed.Jurgen Klopp Alberto Moreno Liverpool PS“I never had something like this. I never had it, to be honest,” Klopp told the club’s official website of the father of two’s turnaround sans any tantrums or a drop in professionalism.”This season is not a surprise, the surprise is how (he) dealt with last season. There was not one bad word in the whole season.”Yes, he was in my office. Yes, he asked what he could do better, and we spoke about the things he had to do better.”On the other hand, (Milner) played really well and he’s a machine. He could play every two days, so there was not a lot of reasons to make the change then — he had no rhythm.”I felt that it was unfair after the season. I thought ‘damn, we didn’t use him often enough’.Alberto Moreno“Before the season, he came to my office and asked again, and I told him we (would) get another full-back, but it was not the plan for Milly to be in the full-back race again, so you decide what happens — and he decided it.”How he reacted on last year is really, really good. He’s now a much better defender. That’s how it is; he’s a brilliant footballer.”When Sevilla sold Moreno to Liverpool in the summer of 2014, there was genuine despair at the loss of one of their own, one for the future, one to watch.On Tuesday, when he returns to the Pizjuan for the first time, the overwhelming feeling from the hosts can be one of pride — the boy from the capital city of Andalusia has battled hard to become a man, to become the player they always knew could be.And it’s all on him. 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Former Chelsea boss unimpressed with Conte & Mourinho

first_imgManchester United v Chelsea Conte & Mourinho set a bad example with war of words, says ex-Chelsea boss Grant Rahul Bali Last updated 1 year ago 20:05 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho Getty Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea Antonio Conte José Mourinho The Manchester United and Chelsea bosses will rekindle their rivalry in Premier League competition on Sunday following regular rounds of trash-talking Manchester United and Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have set a bad example with their childish bickering, says Avram Grant.Two high-profile figures have never really seen eye-to-eye throughout their respective coaching careers and have regularly taken the opportunity to attack one another.A war of words has intensified in the 2017-18 campaign, with Mourinho having accused Conte of behaving like “a clown” on the touchline , before the Italian hit back by advising his Portuguese rival to look at his own history of technical area theatrics . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The current United boss then brought up match-fixing allegations from the Chelsea coach’s past , with an unfortunate affair played out in public as verbal jousting became commonplace at pre and post-match press conferences.Grant believes the petty arguments reflect badly on two men who should know better, with the former Chelsea boss telling Goal ahead of a rekindling of rivalries at Old Trafford on Sunday: “Nobody needs to say what they said.“Football is a game of emotions and sometimes even coaches need to be good examples with things that they don’t need to say.“I’m sorry about this because they are two top managers and they have done this, but it will be settled on the pitch between the players of Manchester United and Chelsea. The coaches will not play.“They are mature people and I’m sure that they don’t want to fight with each other. They did what they did and they will finish with this. The only fight in football needs to be on the pitch.”United and Chelsea are set to lock horns in Premier League battle with just three points separating them in the table.Both sides head into that contest on the back of European stalemates in the first legs of their respective Champions League last-16 encounters.The Red Devils were held to a goalless draw away at Sevilla, while the Blues played out a 1-1 scoreline with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.Antonio Conte Jose Mourinho war of words Avram GrantGrant believes Conte’s side can take positives from that performance, despite conceding an away goal, and thinks that the Blues can still progress past the Catalans .He added on a heavyweight encounter with Barca: “I think Chelsea played well. They did a lot of counter attacks. They hit the post twice.“Barcelona is Barcelona. They know how to hold the ball. It doesn’t matter which coach is in charge. The system is the same, they have the same identity, but I’m not sure if Barcelona will qualify.“Chelsea can be a good counter-attacking team and like they did to Barcelona when they won the Champions League, they can do it again.“Part of my job when I joined [Chelsea] as a director and then as a coach was to build a style of play, but it’s difficult to build one style of play when the coaches are changing.“On the other hand, even Real Madrid don’t have a style of play – they change from time to time according to the players they have. I have a feeling that Chelsea will win in Barcelona.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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