View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Arellano coach Obet Javier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University head coach Obet Javier is bracing for a gauntlet of games to end the elimination round.The Lady Chiefs are gunning for their third title in four years and Javier knows achieving the feat won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Up ahead in the latter part of their schedule are four of the top five teams last season—San Sebastian, San Beda, College of St. Benilde, and University of Perpetual Help.“These are four tough teams so we know that we have to prepare well for them,” said Javier in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn what served as a tune-up match for Arellano before its tough stretch, the Lady Chiefs dominated the Lyceum Lady Pirates in three sets, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, to extend their perfect run to 5-0.READ: Arellano blasts Lyceum for 5th straight win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But Javier added that for Arellano to sweep its remaining games, it has to play even better than how it performed against the Lyceum.“We’re still starting slow and that’s not a good sign for any team especially if you’re playing against these next ones,” said Javier. “We have to show them, or show ourselves at least, that we can immediately get it going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
Over 500 students aspiring to take admission in undergraduate courses at Delhi University flocked to attend the first of DU’s ‘Open Days’ counseling sessions where university officials answered queries on the best-four policy, sports admissions and additional eligibility criteria.University officials cautioned students to not fall in the trap of agents who claim to help applicants in getting admission in any college by paying extra money. “Be wary of people who claim they can get you admission in any college if you pay money. There is no management quota, no NRI quota in Delhi,” said J.M. Khurana, dean students’ welfare.Most of the queries from students were around the best-four policy for cutoffs and admissions for Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) and sports quota. Khurana said the best-four calculation will include one language, two academic or elective subjects and the subject in which admission is being sought. “In case a student does not include the subject, in which he seeks admission, in his best four percentage, he or she will face a deduction of 2.5 per cent,” he said.The ‘Open Days’ sessions will be held till May 30 from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Sundays, at the varsity’s conference centre.
Freelancing is precarious. With episodic income, it’s hard to take vacations or even sick days. But what if you’re injured or sick and unable to work for a while?Being a freelancer doesn’t have to mean being on your own in case an accident happens. Disability insurance ensures that you’ll have income, even if you’re unable to work.Here’s a comprehensive look at disability insurance — from the people who know freelancers best. Freelancers Union is the nation’s largest non-profit representing the independent workforce. We’ve been advocating for freelance workers for nineteen years and we’ve been helping freelancers get benefits for over ten of them. Check out the disability insurance plans we offer through our National Benefits Platform.Do I need disability insurance?Having disability insurance ensures that you’ll still have income if you’re unable to work due to a long-term injury, accident, or illness. It’s particularly important for freelancers, who don’t have the luxury of sick days or sick leave in the case of a life-altering event.Can I even get it as a freelancer?Yes, you can! You’ll need to report your income, but even freelancers can get disability insurance. Your disability insurance means you’ll get income replacement checks (like a paycheck) while you can’t work, as long as your claim is approved.How does it work?You sign up for a disability insurance plan depending on your income and how much you want to receive monthly in the event you’re unable to work for a long period of time. The premium you pay is scaled to the size of the monthly benefit you’d receive, so higher premium for higher monthly benefit.In the event of a life-altering accident, injury, or illness that renders you unable to work, after a waiting period (varying from plan to plan, generally from 30-90 days) you’ll receive benefit checks of the amount you signed up for. Monthly checks will be issued during the period of your disability, based on the terms of the plan you select. Depending on the plan, coverage may stop at age 65.What are my options?You can purchase disability insurance plans from a number of private insurance companies, including at Freelancers Union’s National Benefits Platform. Plans will differ by the amount of coverage they provide and how long you’ll need to wait before you can collect benefits.There are also plans that are intended to cover your credit while you’re unable to work, rather than your income. These plans pay out disability checks towards your mortgage or a loan payment you may have been working on.Is there anything else I should know?Freelancers might not think they need disability insurance, but in fact, it’s pretty important! You’re your own boss… which means that the buck starts, and stops, with you. If you’re unable to work due to an accident, you might not have the same safety net 9-5 workers do. Disability insurance provides peace of mind with a relatively low premium per month. You can get coverage through our plans starting as low as $7.94/month.Freelancers Union offers access to a disability insurance plan through Guardian, with a 30 or 90 day waiting period, specifically designed for freelancers. You can check it out, along with our other benefits, at our National Benefits Platform.
HMD Global is gearing up to launch a brand new version of the Nokia X in China on May 16. Ahead of the launch, the upcoming Nokia X made its way to the Chinese certification website TENAA on Thursday revealing almost all the key specifications that the smartphone may pack. With just a few days to go for the launch — a week to be precise, the Nokia X has now been leaked in live images, revealing the complete design of the phone. The live images show the Nokia X with a glass body and also confirm notched display and dual camera set up on the back panel.According to earlier rumours, Nokia X will be the first phone by the Finland based company to come with iPhone X-like notch on top of the screen giving room for the selfie camera and earpiece to fit in. The newly leaked live images confirm the same. However, going by the new live images of the Nokia X leaked on Chinese microblogging site — Weibo, looks like the smartphone will sport a smaller notch compared to the iPhone X.The live images show the Nokia X from all sides. Coming to the front panel first, the Nokia X is seen with very thin bezels on the sides. However, there is a slight bottom chin on the bottom with standard Nokia branding. The images show no physical capacitive keys for the Nokia X, instead, reveal on-screen navigation buttons.Moving to rear panel, the live images show the Nokia X with a dual rear camera set up fitted within a vertically aligned oval-shaped housing. Following the dual camera set up, we see a LED flash which will help capture clear pictures in low-light situations. Right below the dual camera set up sits the circular fingerprint sensor module, which is followed by the Nokia brand logo. The live images reveal side details of the Nokia X as well. On the left side we see the power and volume controllers, while the right side will include the SIM card tray.advertisement Image courtesy: WeiboThe striking factor about the Nokia X design is the white colour outline running around the power and volume button, the dual rear camera set up, and the fingerprint sensor. The white outline makes the camera set up, fingerprint sensor, and the side keys to standout and also adds up to the design of the phone.Nokia X expected specs and priceOn Thursday, Nokia X was spotted on the Chinese certification website TENAA which revealed the complete (almost) specs details of the phone. The benchmark listing revealed that the smartphone will sport a 5.8-inch TFT display with a screen resolution of 2280×1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. On the hardware front, the Nokia X (2018) is said to be powered by an octa-core processor which will work on a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz. Earlier rumours had suggested that the Nokia X may be backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.The TENNA listing reveals that the Nokia X will come in three variants — 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM coupled with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The storage capacity can be expandable via up to 128GB via a microSD card. The benchmark listing further suggests that the Nokia X will come in three colour variants — Blue, Black and Silver white.ALSO READ: Nokia X gets TENAA certification in China, reveals details about designs and specificationsThe TENNA listing doesn’t reveal the camera specs details of the Nokia X, all that it reveals is that the smartphone will sport a Carl Zeiss lens in the rear camera. Going by the earlier rumours, the new Nokia X is expected to come with two 16-megapixel sensors on the rear, the details of the front camera remain unknown so far. The new Nokia X is said to be backed by a 3,000mAh battery and run on Android 8.1.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.As for the pricing of the phone, the Nokia X is expected to be a mid-ranger and may come with a starting price CNY 1,600, which is roughly around Rs. 16,900. There’s still no word on the Nokia X India launch.
Berlin, Jul 11 (PTI) Children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot tend to develop motor skills differently and are better at jumping and balancing, scientists say. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, is the first study to assess the relevance of growing up shod vs barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance during different stages of childhood and adolescence. The study shows that habitually barefoot children are noticeably better at jumping and balancing compared to habitually shod children, particularly from 6-10 years of age. While these beneficial barefoot effects diminished in older adolescents, the research nevertheless highlights the importance of barefoot exercise for motor development as children grow and mature.”Walking barefoot is widely thought to be more natural, and the use of footwear has long been discussed as an influencing factor on foot health and movement pattern development,” said Astrid Zech, a professor at University of Jena in Germany.”A few studies report that barefoot situations change biomechanics in children and adults during running and jumping – but only limited knowledge exists for the clinical relevance of this finding,” said Zech. “We wanted to investigate, for the first time, whether changes in foot biomechanics due to barefoot activities are actually relevant for the development of basic motor skills during childhood and adolescence,” she said.Researchers assessed three motor skills – balance, standing long jump and a-20 metre sprint – in 810 children and adolescents from 22 schools across rural Western Cape South Africa and urban areas of northern Germany.advertisement The two groups were selected to represent different footwear lifestyles: children from South Africa are habitually barefoot, while children from Germany wear shoes most of the time.The habitually barefoot participants scored significantly higher in the balance and jumping tests compared to the habitually shod participants. This difference was observed in both test conditions (barefoot and shod) and across all age groups (6-10, 11-14 and 15-18 years), but particularly evident in 6-10 year-old children. The habitually barefoot children also performed better when barefoot than when shod.”Most of the primary school children in our study (South Africa) go to school and perform sport and leisure activities barefoot,” said Ranel Venter from Stellenbosch University, who led the South African research team. “Our finding that these children performed better in balancing and jumping supports the hypothesis that the development of basic motor skills during childhood and adolescence at least partly depends on regular barefoot activities,” said Venter.Overall, the researchers’ work emphasises the benefits of barefoot physical activities for motor development.”Physical education classes, exercise and sport programs, and reactional activities that aim to improve basic motor skills could benefit from including barefoot activities,” said Zech. “Parents could also encourage regular barefoot time at home,” she said. PTI MHN MHNMHN
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Donors feel they have no connection to your charity.For your appeals to be effective, you must answer the question of “Why me?” Your need alone is not enough. You are competing with many messages and many appeals. Think about why your cause is personally meaningful to your audience. Here’s how to do it:Understand why your donors give. Invite them to tell you their stories to gain insight on what motivates people to support your programs. In-person events, thank you phone calls, and online surveys are all easy ways to collect this information.Segment and target appropriately. Don’t use the “spray and pray” method of marketing to win support for your cause. Segment your audience and tailor your messages to speak to each group. (Learn how you can appeal to your audience’s sense of identity.) In a recent review of U.S. Trust’s Insights on Wealth and Worth report on wealthy donors, The New York Times shared three key reasons why donors don’t give. While the report focused on those who have at least $3 million in investable assets, it’s not hard to imagine that these reasons are similar for donors of all income levels. Here are three reasons donors may opt not to give to your organization this December, and some ways you can address their concerns:Donors are concerned their gift will not be used wisely.If a donor is unsure about how their gift will be used or if there is any question that their gift will be put to good use, they’re not going to respond to your fundraising appeal. It’s critical that you let donors know the impact their gift will have. Here’s how to do it:Be clear about how their gift will be used. Give would-be donors tangible examples of how their donations will be used to address the problem you’re trying to solve. Let them know how their dollars will make an impact and be clear about the expected result. (More ideas on how to show the impact of a donation.)Show your results. Highlight what results have already been made possible by other donors and continue to report on your organization’s work. If it’s not easy to find stories and photos that illustrate your progress, donors may assume you have none to share.Share your ratings. Include your ratings and endorsements in your fundraising appeals, on your website, and in printed materials. These ratings reassure donors and let them know that you’re a reputable organization.Make your information readily available. Make your ratings, annual reports, program information and other financial reports easily accessible from your website. Don’t make potential donors have to hunt for the information that will help them make a decision about your cause. Be sure to also update your information on 3rd-party sites, like Charity Navigator and Guidestar, where many donors will go to research your charity. Donors don’t want to be on a “solicitation list.”I’ve heard many donors of all giving levels echo this sentiment, which means we’re not doing our jobs as fundraisers and marketers. It’s our responsibility to balance our fundraising asks with updates and other messages that give back to the donor. This ultimately goes back to the first two points: by being good stewards of donors who feel a connection to your cause, you’ll be creating a community of supporters who will welcome your updates, and even your next fundraising appeal. Here’s how to do it:Have a solid stewardship plan that focuses on building long-term relationships with your supporters. Go beyond a standard thank you letter to keep your donors up to date on the impact of their gift and make donors feel like part of your community. Pamela Grow has some great advice on how to create “wow” experiences for your donors that will make them look forward to hearing from you.Set clear expectations. Let donors know what to expect once they donate. Will they hear from you monthly? Should they expect to receive a newsletter in the mail? Be upfront about your communication frequency—and then make good on your promise.Put the control in the hands of the donor. Obviously, no one ever wants to have a donor opt out of their communications, but you must make it easy for them to do so if they come to that decision. By highlighting the fact that they can easily control their contact preferences, you’ll actually make donors feel more at ease about giving you their contact information. For more tips on connecting with donors this holiday season, don’t miss out on our next free webinar. I’ll be leading a session on how to create an effective appeal for the last few weeks of the year. I’ll share some great examples and take your questions. Here are the details:Free Webinar: Create Amazing Last-Minute Fundraising AppealsTuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1pm ESTRegister Now(Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway and we’ll send the recording of the presentation straight to your inbox!)
Peter Hart started a company called Evrconnect in 2014 with the goal to provide small and medium-size nonprofits with powerful technology that was affordable and easy to use; including online fundraising pages, websites, donor management, and communication tools. Within a few years, Evrconnect and Network for Good teamed up to create our current integrated donor management system.“There’s no group of people who are more mission and purpose minded than nonprofits. I’m drawn to them because of their passion. Feeling like you’re a small part of what they’re doing is rewarding.”Q&A with Peter Hart, Product ManagerWhat do you do as product manager?I make sure that our products provide meaningful value to our customers. We talk with our customers, get consistent feedback, and turn that feedback into a prioritized list of opportunities where we can add value to the donor management system and help small nonprofits fundraise easier.What’s your experience with nonprofits?My family owned and operated a golf course in Indiana, so I grew up helping all kinds of nonprofits in the community with their golf fundraisers. Seeing how hard the nonprofits worked to raise money for their cause gave me a unique perspective and appreciation. It also gave me my initial purpose of wanting to help nonprofits fundraise. I decided early in my career that I wanted to combine my passion for creating innovative software with my strong desire to help make fundraising easier for nonprofits.What do you enjoy most about your work?Getting to work with so many nonprofits and be part of what they’re doing is inspiring and motivating. Our nonprofit customers are passionate about their cause and the needs of their community. Our goal is to help them fulfill those needs. I like figuring out the challenge of how we can make fundraising easier for them and how we can create opportunities to help nonprofits.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?I love to spend time with my wife, Bethany, and four awesome kids, Hunter, Ben, Hallee, and Sadie, which keeps me plenty busy. I still love to play golf when time allows and spend time on the golf course I grew up on, which my parents still run.Lightning RoundDream vacation? I’ll take a week in Disney with my family followed by a week in Hawaii with just my wife Most recent book read? The Little Ladybug My 1-year-old can’t get enough of this one…Last movie seen in movie theater? Oh boy…well, the last movie I remember seeing in the theater was Mission: Impossible — FalloutYour theme song? “I Hold On” by Dierks BentleyFavorite color? GreenRead more on The Nonprofit Blog
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 2, 2015December 3, 2015Click 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)To highlight the rising and disparate rate of maternal deaths in the U.S., the Maternal Health Task Force is launching a blog series to explore strategies to mitigate these deaths and inequities and build a repository of information and resources for stakeholders across the U.S. and globe. We invite you to participate in the blog series by contributing a post and following the series.Maternal mortality has decreased 45% worldwide since 1990. However, this progress has not extended to the U.S. where the maternal mortality ratio (MMR)—or number of women who die in pregnancy or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy per 100,000 live births—has been rising since the 1980s. The United States fares worse than most developed nations, ranking 65th in the world with an MMR of 28 in 2013. Despite the U.S. commitment to Millennium Development Goal 5—to decrease the MMR by three quarters from 1990 to 2015—the MMR in the U.S. has more than doubled in that time.Equally disturbing are the deep inequities in maternal mortality in the U.S. The most notable inequity is race: When MMR is stratified by race, black women die at three to four times the rate of white women.Approaches to mitigate inequities in maternal health and death in the U.S. are needed at multiple levels of the system, from clinical care at the individual level to interventions aimed at the underlying social and economic determinants at a societal level. Integration of these multi-level efforts and capacity building of community-based efforts are needed.Now that the U.S. has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it has committed to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. The strategy to end preventable maternal mortality, which operationalizes SDG goal 3.1, states that countries, like the U.S., who have an MMR less than 420[*], should seek to reduce it by two thirds by 2030. What do we need to do to get to 9 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030?Potential topics for blog submissions, all with an equity lens:Situating the U.S. maternal health crisis within the global context: Often the U.S. is used as a benchmark for other countries. However, maternal health in the U.S. is rife with problems. How do we change the dialogue about maternal health and the U.S. in order to describe an accurate picture and create awareness for the need of improvement?Addressing rising Cesarean section rates: What are some of the underlying reasons why African Americans experience higher rates of C-sections? What does this say about the experience of pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period among minority women? How do women describe their experience with the healthcare system when it comes to choosing birthing options?Addressing chronic disease as a driver of maternal mortality: Why do these health conditions disproportionately affect women in the U.S.? How do chronic diseases impact maternal health in the U.S.? How does overall health impact pregnancy outcomes among women of color? What is being done to address some of these issues?Improving measurement and reporting requirements: There are only six states that require the measurement of maternal mortality, resulting in systematic undercounting of maternal deaths as well as lack of information regarding the background and causes of maternal deaths. What impact does this lack of effective measurement have on efforts to address maternal health and mortality? Does this disproportionately affect racial minorities and those with low socioeconomic status? How does lack of measurement affect accountability?Opportunities for collaboration between the public health, medical, policy, and advocacy communities: Too often organizations and people working on maternal health in the U.S. are siloed. How can we combine efforts and work collaboratively to address inequities in maternal health care? How can we merge policy and public health efforts in reducing inequities in maternal mortality?You may also feel free to suggest your own topic to our editors.General guidelines for blog posts:Please include the author name, title, and photo.Goal: Guest posts should raise questions, discuss lessons learned, analyze programs, describe research, offer recommendations, share resources, or offer critical insight.Audience: The audience for this series is health and development professionals working in maternal and newborn health around the world, primarily in resource-constrained settings.Tone: Conversational. Doesn’t need to meet peer-reviewed publication standards.Feel free to choose your own style or approach. Q/A as well as lists (eg. top ten lessons) can often be effective ways of organizing blog posts.Length: 600-800 words.No institutional promotion.Please include links to sources such as websites and/or publications.May also include photos and videos, please include a caption and a credit for the photo.To contribute a post to this series, please contact Vanessa Brizuela at email@example.com or Katie Millar at firstname.lastname@example.org.Submissions to this series will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to posts received by November 16, 2015.Posts in this series will be shared on the MHTF blog and may be cross-posted on other leading global health and development blogs.Photo: “United States of America” ©2011 Mr. Lugan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.Share this:
The half-life of a good performance in the Premier League is mysterious thing.Some players can leverage a good display into a free ride for quite a while; some barely get the leeway of one poor game before the critics re-emerge.On that basis, if we look at Manchester United’s 2018-19 campaign, the rollercoaster ride that was December is notable for the fact it featured all of Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera’s goals and assists from last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The only other Premier League player who compares, in terms of enjoying just one truly productive month, is Jordan Henderson, in April, but the Liverpool captain can point to pivotal performances in the Champions League in May, which led to him lifting the trophy in June.Herrera, of course, has since moved on to Paris Saint-Germain, so that leaves Lingard as the only true one-month wonder in England’s top flight.With that in mind, a torrid evening against Wolves on Monday was badly timed, largely because Monday Night Football lends itself to forensic studies of a player’s performance in the Sky Sports studios.Lingard failed to have a shot or create a chance at Molineux, which is rarely a good look, but he did have the best pass completion rate of any player in United’s midfield or attack.Subtleties like that, though, may not placate fans reared on raw output, but coaches notice it; coaches notice everything.Did Jesse Lingard score or assist a PL goal?May 2018: noAug 2018: noSep 2018: noOct 2018: noNov 2018: noDec 2018: YES (4G 2A)Jan 2019: noFeb 2019: noMar 2019: noApr 2019: noMay 2019: noAug 2019: no pic.twitter.com/YGP1XOAIOg— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) August 19, 2019If a tree falls over and nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a noise? Hard to say, frankly, but if a player gets into good positions and helps others get into similarly productive areas, should he keep his place in the team?Lingard’s Expected Goals (xG) figure since the start of last season is 4.7, so given he has netted just four times, he is underperforming, especially when you consider positional rival Juan Mata’s three goals from an xG of only 1.6.In the perpetual war for popularity that is Premier League football in 2019, the lucky man outshines the worker. Homer Simpson wins; Frank Grimes does not.Lingard’s true misfortune is to have reached the Manchester United XI in an era that can at best be described as transitional. Utd since Aug 2018 Expected Goals Goals Paul Pogba 16 13 Marcus Rashford 11.9 12 Romelu Lukaku 10.7 12 Anthony Martial 7.6 12 Jesse Lingard 4.7 4 Scott McTominay 1.6 2 Juan Mata 1.6 3 Alexis Sanchez 1.5 1 Luke Shaw 1.4 1 Ander Herrera 1.3 2 His total of 27 goal involvements in 113 appearances (roughly one every four games) is not wildly inferior to that of Paul Scholes (one every three games) but it does help you identify the players who probably didn’t get enough credit at the time.Nani is the best case in point. Seen as a sort of stopgap Cristiano Ronaldo imitation device, the winger’s record of 69 goals/assists in 147 appearances (one every 2.1 games on average) would make him an absolute superstar in the current United team.A glance further back at players such as Ronaldo himself (a goal involvement every 1.7 games), David Beckham (one every 1.9 games) and Ryan Giggs (one every 2.3 games over a Premier League career that lasted more than 600 matches) only reinforces the point.Lingard’s magnified spell without a goal or assist will surely end soon. But even if it doesn’t, the work-rate and application that has earned him the faith of a succession of United bosses, as well as England manager Gareth Southgate, will grant him more opportunities, whether you like it or not. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Romelu Lukaku has fired back at pundit Gary Neville for questioning his professionalism, citing the praise of his former coaches as proof of his commitment to the game.Lukaku completed a £74 million ($90m) move to Inter this summer, bringing to a close a two-year spell at Manchester United that was filled with ups and downs.The Belgian was subject to criticism on the way out, with former United player Neville tweeting Lukaku, having admitted to being overweight “will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious!” Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Lukaku, who opened his Serie A account in his debut with Inter last week, took exception to the tweet, saying one only has to look to the long list of managers who have praised his work ethic to see how wrong Neville is.”Don’t question my professionalism,” Lukaku told BBC Sport. “I live for this game. I am at home all the time. I try to do everything to improve.””He (Neville) can talk about my fitness but he should never say anything about my professionalism, that I don’t work hard enough. That is something he cannot say. All the coaches I have had say the same thing about me.”What did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say when I was on the training ground? What did he say? That I always work hard and always do my best to try and improve myself. Same with Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez. Now Antonio Conte will say it.”Last year was just a bad year. It happens in football. You just have to move on. I am not going to sit here and react in a negative way.”We are grown men. He is a pundit. He gets paid to say this kind of stuff. I am paid to play football. I just want to do my best for Inter Milan. That is it.”Lukaku also moved to deny any fitness issues during this past pre-season with United – which had been used as justification as to why he did not see the field.The striker started for Inter in their 4-0 win over Lecce in the Serie A opener, going 90 minutes, and discussed the high levels of fitness required to play in head coach Antonio Conte’s system.”I was training by myself for the last couple of weeks in Manchester with one of the physical coaches,” Lukaku added.”From Singapore until I moved here, I was basically only doing running and not training on the pitch. When I got here they asked me what I had been doing.”I had not done any group training, only running, so we kept the running part going. They introduced me to the group exercises and then they organised some friendlies and that was it.”When I arrived, the first four days were about building up the physical aspect, getting as fit as possible for the first game – do a lot of physical work and adapt tactically to what he (Conte) wants on the pitch.”How we play involves a lot of pressing, being in the right positions. You have to be alert and sharp in training.”When asked if he knew why United thought he had a fitness issue, Lukaku told BBC Sport: “No.”
COLUMBIA, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: Le’Ron McClain #33 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks on September 17, 2005 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)A retired football player and former Alabama standout took to Twitter this weekend to blast the NFL Players Association for not giving him proper medical help. On Friday night, Le’Ron McClain posted a series of tweets discussing his battle with mental health.This isn’t the first time that McClain went on social media to unleash a rant against the NFL. However, the tone of his message has changed.Back in August, the former Crimson Tide fullback said his head is “messed up.” Now, McClain is saying that he’s going to check himself into a mental health facility.Prior to announcing his plans about checking into a mental health facility, McClain criticized the NFL for not having his back. He went as far as to say the league has made him feel helpless. Here a few of McClain’s tweets that he posted this weekend:I need a doctor who is willing to test my brain for CTE and all other things. I need help can any doctor help me please. This not the normal since this summer and they say ole you fine. Denied do what you got to do puppet. @NFL today I felt helpless cause of your decision. ThankU— LeRon McClain (@LeRon_McClain33) October 19, 2019Devastated and do they care. Nope sit up on there high horses looking down on me as the help. Thank you @NFLPA thanks for not having my back. This is really bad and ridiculous. Imma post the denial letter. And you telling with a headache right, no sleep for 5 nights thats normal— LeRon McClain (@LeRon_McClain33) October 19, 2019No!!!! Ill be grateful when shyt turns around. When I can have a normal day in my brain. Like im so pissed right now im up walking around room like its normal. https://t.co/ZRx77215Z7— LeRon McClain (@LeRon_McClain33) October 19, 2019Going to check myself into a mental hospital North Harbor in Tuscaloosa. Im going here.. Pray for me I need help man… I got to go tonight…— LeRon McClain (@LeRon_McClain33) October 19, 2019This is obviously a concerning matter for McClain.McClain, 34, was a fourth-round pick out of Alabama in 2007. He played for the Ravens from 2007-10, the Chiefs in 2011 and the Chargers from 2012-13.The former Alabama standout was a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro in Baltimore. McClain totaled 1,310 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns and had 557 receiving yards and three touchdowns.Hopefully the former fullback can get the help he needs.
The Tigers OC feels Clemson has been more impressive than the Crimson Tide so far this season.“I think somebody told me yesterday that we’ve won five games by 31 points or more and you look at Bama, who’s No. 1, and they’ve won three, and two of them were vs. Group of 5,” Scott said, via 247Sports. “It’s not really the rhetoric that we are seeing out there.”Looks like the Alabama-Clemson animosity is starting a bit early this season. The two elite programs have gone head-to-head in four straight College Football Playoff games, splitting the series at two a piece.The Tigers have the latest bragging rights, winning the 2018-19 national title with a 44-16 blowout of the Tide. There’s still a lot of football left to be played this season, but there’s a good chance both teams once again make the CFP.As for now, all Clemson can control is what’s in front of them. As long as the Tigers keep winning, the rankings will sort itself out. SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Most national analysts feel Clemson has played below its standard so far this season. As a result, the Tigers have seen their AP Top 25 ranking drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in a matter of weeks.Clemson still hasn’t lost a game this season. But a a close win over North Carolina and sub-par performance vs. Louisville was rather uninspiring. And the Tigers paid the price for several lackluster performances.Alabama is still No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll but there was a shake-up in the Top 5 as Ohio State jumped Clemson to move to No. 3.See the full poll: https://t.co/DWCBw9xytPMore AP college football: https://t.co/lyS9Elfx0c pic.twitter.com/rdm1AzO5dx— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 21, 2019Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott thinks the team’s drop in the rankings is unwarranted. But rather than just pointing out the Tigers’ success, Scott called out Alabama.
Neymar admits he looked to leave Paris Saint-Germain over the summer because when you are not happy “you try to change”, but insists he will give his “best” for as long as he remains in France.After two seasons at Parc des Princes, the Brazil international forward made it clear that he wanted out during the last transfer window.A retracing of his steps to Barcelona was the 27-year-old’s preferred choice, but PSG refused to let a €222 million (£200m/$262m) asset walk away without a fight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The Ligue 1 giants dug in their heels during discussions with Barca and the deadline ultimately passed with no deal done.Neymar has been forced to stay put as a result, with the South American having to build bridges with a fan base that was left less than impressed with his actions.He maintains that he will give his all for PSG when fit and selected, telling Otro of a hectic few months: “I think when you’re not happy, regardless of what your job is, you try to change, you try to find new places, a new profession so that you can find yourself.“So, this is what I tried to do. But I ended up staying. And, as I mentioned, I will give my best.”Neymar is currently nursing another knock, having suffered untimely injuries in his two previous campaigns with PSG, but has also recorded four goals in five appearances.Those efforts have helped to endear him to the locals once more, with the Brazilian adding: “All good. I feel happy.“I will give 100 per cent on the pitch and try to bring victories to Paris, especially in the Champions League.“It started well, thank God. With goals, helping the team in the best way possible.“I hope it stays like this throughout the entire season. And in the end it’s all smiles here in Paris.”PSG have made a strong start to the season, establishing themselves as the early pace setters once again in Ligue 1, while impressing in the Champions League, where they have beaten Real Madrid and claimed an impressive victory away in Galatasaray.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored doubles to ease the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino and kick-start Tottenham’s Champions League campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.Spurs have endured a difficult start to the season, with just one win in their previous seven games – including a 7-2 European defeat to Bayern Munich – leading to speculation that Pochettino’s position could be under threat.His side made light work of accommodating opponents on Tuesday, though, as goals from Kane and Son inside the opening 16 minutes gave them the platform for a first Champions League win of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Son added a third in the 44th minute before Erik Lamela and Kane scored in the second half to help Spurs move up to second in Group B, five points behind Bayern.FULL-TIME: A convincing victory in the Champions League.#THFC 5-0 #FKCZ pic.twitter.com/bK7F2yeFfn— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2019Spurs started on the front foot and went ahead in the ninth minute, Kane losing his marker at the near post and glancing Erik Lamela’s inswinging corner past Milan Borjan.Lamela was the provider again after 16 minutes, cutting back inside down the right and picking out Son at the far post, where the South Korean steered a powerful half-volley high into Borjan’s net.Borjan then twice prevented Spurs from increasing their advantage midway through the first half, superbly pawing away efforts from Tanguy Ndombele and Lamela.There was little he could do about Spurs’ third shortly before half-time, however, as Son coolly slotted past the keeper from eight yards after being played in by Ndombele.Lamela spurned two glorious chances at the start of the second period before finally finding the back of the net in the 57th minute. The 27-year-old collected Serge Aurier’s pass inside the area, spun away from his marker and blazed past Borjan.The Red Star goalkeeper denied a clean-through Lamela soon after, while Son clipped into his side-netting after a surging run.Kane got the better of Borjan in the 72nd minute, though, slotting into his left-hand corner from 10 yards to seal a dominant win that suggests Pochettino’s players are still fighting for him. What does it mean? Don’t write Spurs off just yetSpeaking ahead of this game, Kane said it could just take one positive result to turn Spurs’ stuttering season around – this might be it. Pochettino will certainly breathe a little easier after a ruthless display that suggested there is still plenty of life left in a side that has been written off by many.Lamela in fine formThe Argentina international was central to Spurs’ success, putting in two delicious crosses that were clinically dispatched by Kane and Son in the early stages and scoring a superb fourth in the second half. AND THERE IT IS!!! #THFC 4-0 #FKCZ pic.twitter.com/UivQqF0PaP— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2019 Lloris’ understudy looking shakyHugo Lloris’ replacement, Paulo Gazzaniga, did not have a great deal to do but when called into action he hardly inspired confidence. Spurs fans will be hoping the France World Cup winner returns to action sooner rather than later.Key Opta Facts- This was Tottenham’s biggest win in a major European competition (excluding qualifiers) since beating Anorthosis Famagusta 6-1 in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.- Tottenham have become only the second side to win a Champions League game by at least five goals having lost their previous game in the competition by at least five goals – after Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 (beat Celtic 5-0 after 6-1 loss to Barcelona) – and the first to do so in a single season.- Kane has scored 16 goals in the group stages of the Champions League; only Paul Scholes (19) has more among English players.- Son has netted more times at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium than any other player in all competitions (seven). Each of his past nine goals in the Champions League have been scored in England.What’s next?Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday with a daunting trip to leaders Liverpool, while Red Star are in domestic action against Radnik Surdulica a day earlier. read more
Chelsea’s youth system may have alleviated some of the damage done by the club’s transfer ban, but coach Frank Lampard admits they have a “long way to go” before they can claim to have matched Ajax.The Dutch giants’ youth academy is world-famous, having produced some of Netherlands’ greatest ever players throughout the years.Chelsea have had to call upon those who have come through their own system and benefitted from loan spells in other leagues after the Blues were punished by FIFA for breaking rules on recruiting young players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have all made an impression since breaking into the first-team, helping Lampard’s team to a five-game winning run in all competitions heading into their Champions League clash with Ajax.Although Lampard is happy the London club are producing exciting players, hd feels it will take a long time for them to build the kind of reputation Ajax currently have.”We’ve got a long way to go to claim the similarities, but I think pride in the short term, yes,” he told reporters when asked if the Blues’ academy can be compared to their rivals’.”We shouldn’t get carried away with ourselves, it’s great we have a good feeling at the club in terms of the young players that have come through. “I think it’s long-deserved recognition for the academy itself and those players as well, but we are at a place here that is steeped in history of bringing young players through, creating great teams with groups of young players over the years.”We have a long way to go to do that. But in the short term, I’m certainly happy and we need to continue working so that they continue their development, the young players.”Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with a young squad last season, losing out to Tottenham in the dying seconds of the tie.And Lampard hopes to take inspiration from the Eredivisie champions’ achievement by boosting his players’ confidence.”I aim to give them confidence because I believe in them,” he added. “What Ajax did last year was incredible: to get as far as they did with such a young team.”With us, I think you see my belief in them because even though everyone says we had a transfer ban and it’s the only option I have, that’s not true. I have lots of options in the squad and I make the options on the players I feel should play.”The young players have shown it and I believe in them. That’s a good thing. But we mustn’t get carried away with thinking that’s the end of the story. It’s a nice story until now but success in the longer term is what we have to work for.”I keep saying it is just the beginning of the road but I feel like by having belief in them, they can feel that back, which is good. I also need to be strong in driving them to get better all the time.”