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England’s entire year without fab four Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Raheem Sterling | Football News

first_imgWednesday 18th November 7:00pm Back fourBack five – Advertisement – Fab four available5 of 6 games0 of 7 games However, England’s reduction in strike rate, and indeed change of formation, has also coincided with tougher opposition. England’s 27 goals before coronavirus came against Bulgaria (twice), Kosovo (twice), Montenegro and Czech Republic, and an average world ranking of 79th.England before and since coronavirus England in action against Belgium 5:19 – Advertisement – preview image Highlights of the Nations League Group A2 match between Belgium and England Goals per game4.51.3 That drop has also coincided with England’s move back to the five-man defence that proved successful at the 2018 World Cup, a formation Southgate has a lower win percentage with but often opts for against tougher opposition.England under Southgate: Back four or back five? Win percentage70.8%45.8% 3:32 Games2424 The whole world is taking notice of Jack Grealish following a series of impressive performances for Aston Villa and England, says Gabriel Agbonlahor Iceland 0-1 England – September 5 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Maguire, Henderson, WinksDenmark 0-0 England – September 8 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Walker, Henderson, Winks, Maguire, Foden, GreenwoodEngland 3-0 Wales – October 8 – Notable absentees: Sterling, Sancho, Kane, Henderson, Greenwood, FodenEngland 2-1 Belgium – October 11 – Notable absentees: Kane (from bench), SterlingEngland 0-1 Denmark – October 14 – Notable absentees: Sterling, Chilwell, TrippierEngland 3-0 Rep of Ireland – November 12 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Gomez, Ward-ProwseBelgium 2-0 England – November 15 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Maguire, James, Ward-ProwseEngland vs Iceland – November 18 – Notable absentees: Sterling, Rashford, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Ward-Prowse, James, CoadyIn England’s six games before coronavirus halted football, Southgate’s side scored 27 goals, averaging 4.5 goals per game, with 19 of those coming from England’s fab four. Southgate had Kane, Rashford, Sancho and Sterling available for all but one of those six games, and were averaging nearly 12 shots per game, compared with 8.7 per game since.In the seven games since, England have scored nine goals, averaging 1.3 goals per game, with England’s fab four responsible for just three goals. Southgate has never had all four available. Raheem SterlingImage:Raheem Sterling has been unavailable for three of England’s last seven games, and won’t feature against Iceland on Wednesday eithercenter_img Shots per game11.88.7 Jack Grealish in action for England against Belgium Goals279 Last six games of 2019Seven games since Sancho was also deemed unavailable for the win over Wales at Wembley last month after breaking coronavirus protocol, and has also experienced a dip in form for both club and country, having not scored for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga in 11 games. Kick off 7:45pm Average ranking of opposition79th in world17th in world In the last seven England games, Rashford has been unavailable four times, Sterling three times and Kane once, while Kane also started on the bench in the victory over Belgium last month. Sterling will once again be unavailable for Wednesday evening’s game against Iceland at Wembley. England have been unable to call upon their ‘fab four’ – Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling – for an entire year.In each of England’s last seven games, dating back to November 2019, Gareth Southgate has been without at least one of the talented forward quartet through injury, prompting their goal rate to drop significantly.- Advertisement – Since, they have faced Denmark and No 1-ranked Belgium twice each, in addition to Iceland (twice), Wales and Republic of Ireland, an average world ranking of 17th.Southgate will also argue that he has been thin on the ground in both midfield and defence – Maguire’s form dipped before his sending off against Denmark, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are both injured, Jordan Henderson missed the first three matches of the year and Phil Foden missed a total of five games for breaching coronavirus protocol. Sue Smith says England suffered without the pace of duo Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling in their Nations League defeat to Belgium 1:10 A similar level of absentees at club level would be deemed a crisis, but with an unlimited English talent pool to dip into, Southgate is unlikely to escape the criticism.He does, however, want to see the Premier League bring back the five substitutions ruling; Southgate would directly benefit from this going into the Euro 2020 tournament.“We were able to make five changes against Belgium, we made four in the end and clubs don’t have that option,” Southgate said. “What will it take for that to change? There were a couple of less serious injuries against Belgium but what do we do? Wait until we get a load of really nasty ones?“(Injuries are) a worry in the longer term because with no winter break, something has to give.”Our England Euros XIs – now pick yours!With England’s hopes of qualifying from their Nations League group over, attention now turns to next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament and who makes it into Southgate’s best XI.Our team of writers have picked their strongest England sides for the competition. Does Rashford start? is it a five-man or four-man defence? And where can Southgate squeeze Grealish in?See who they’ve chosen and why here, then use our team selector to pick your best England XI. – Advertisement – This has of course paved the way for new faces – Jack Grealish, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Mount have all impressed – but England’s free-flowing, free-scoring style in late 2019 has been absent.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Global count, emergency WHO meeting, Hong Kong vaccine plan, Navy cases, passenger screening, China quarantine

first_imgJun 10, 2009Global novel flu total approaches 28,000The world tally of confirmed novel H1N1 influenza cases grew to 27,737 today, including 141 deaths, reported from 74 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The total is an increase of 2,449 from the WHO’s last report on Jun 8. Much of the increase was in South American countries, especially Chile, which reported 1,283 new cases. Meanwhile, Australia’s health ministry said today that its latest case count is 1,260 cases, an increase of 36 since yesterday’s report.[WHO update 46]WHO calls emergency committee meetingThe WHO has called a meeting of its emergency committee for tomorrow at noon to discuss the spread of the novel H1N1 virus, spokesman Gregory Hartl told Reuters today. Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan conferred today with health authorities from several nations to ask about increases in novel flu cases, Reuters reported. Yesterday Chan said she would confer with governments in preparation for a possible announcement that the epidemic meets the WHO’s pandemic definition.[Jun 10 Reuters story]San Diego County cancels public health emergencyOfficials in San Diego County, Calif., on Jun 8 called off the public health emergency that they declared in early May at the start of the novel H1N1 outbreak, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday. Three county residents, a 9-year-old boy and a father-daughter pair, were among the first US citizens to be diagnosed with the novel H1N1 virus. As of yesterday, San Diego County had counted 239 cases, the most of any California county.[Jun 9 San Diego Union-Tribune story]Hong Kong approves vaccine planHong Kong’s government endorsed a plan yesterday to immunize 2.5 million people with a novel flu vaccine that it expects to be available no earlier than October, The Standard, a Hong Kong newspaper, reported today. According to the plan, four groups will receive free vaccination: healthcare workers, children between 6 months and 6 years old, those older than age 65, and people who have chronic medical conditions. The government will stockpile enough doses for an additional 500,000 people.[Jun 10 Hong Kong Standard story]Novel flu cases detected aboard Navy shipTwenty-four sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima were recently sick with H1N1 infections, a Navy spokesman told the Associated Press (AP) yesterday. The first three patients, who were on temporary assignments to the ship, got sick in late May. The 21 from the ship’s crew had mild illnesses and have returned to duty. Several others have been isolated in the ship’s medical unit after reporting flulike symptoms.India may ask nations to screen departing passengersIndia may ask countries reporting large numbers of novel H1N1 cases to screen passengers on departing flights, Indo Asian News Service (IANS) reported yesterday. The health ministry is repeating its request that the nation’s external affairs ministry ask affected countries to conduct screening for possible flu. A health official said India’s confirmed novel flu cases have been flagged during airport screening and that travelers with symptoms should be encouraged to postpone their trips.[Jun 9 IANS story]China quarantines Florida high school groupNine Florida high school students and their teachers were quarantined in Beijing yesterday after an airline passenger they sat near on their flight got sick with flulike symptoms, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported today. They could be detained in a hotel for about a week while officials conduct regular flu tests. In other developments, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, his wife, and his bodyguard were released today after a 3-day quarantine in Shanghai, the Associated Press reported.last_img read more

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St. Louis Catholic School earns ‘STEM’ grant

first_imgPictured from left to right: Landon Beiser, Samuel Rodriguez, Parker Smith and Sophie Ramey .Batesville, In. — St. Louis Catholic School recently received grants from Shopco and the Southeastern Indiana REMC to purchase STEM materials for the primary classrooms.Because our globally competitive economy demands workers skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math. Today’s children are tomorrow’s workforce and it is important to start fostering these skills in young children. After attending a conference at the University of Indianapolis, which stressed the importance of STEM in the classroom, I knew it was important to bring STEM to St. Louis Catholic School to foster that love of learning.Using the grant money from Shopco and REMC, teachers were able to purchase the following materials: Incubators for the Kindergarten Chick Embryology Program,  iPads to use with the Osmo kits, Bee Bots and mats, Cubetto Kits, Ozobots, Engineering and Design Playground kits, and Dash Robots. Many of the resources allow students to learn and experience the basics of computer programming through hands-on play;  experience the life cycle of a chick; learn robotics fundamentals; plan, design, and build their own playground; use sequencing and problem-solving skills; directionality and planning, and customize and code with colors.  All of these wonderful resources encourage students to build critical thinking and communication while using creativity and collaboration skills. We are so grateful for the generous donations from Shopco and the Southeastern Indiana REMC who helped turn our dream into a reality.last_img read more

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Play Your Part episode five: get involved with the initiatives

first_imgYou can get involved with the guests featured on episode five of the Play Your Part series. In this episode, guests show how they promote skills development and mentorship through arts and culture.Choreographer Paul Modjadji has been appointed as an ambassador of two international dance organisations. You’ll find out more about this choreographer in episode five of Play Your Part this week on SABC 2. (Image: Paul Modjadji)Brand South Africa reporterViewers can get involved with the initiatives of which Play Your Part episode five guests are part. In this week’s episode, guests Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu, dancer and choreographer Paul Modjadji, and filmmaker Firdoze Bulbulia tell their stories.The episode, which airs on Saturday, 23 September 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2, is hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane. Artist and musician Mabalane is also a co-founder of the initiative, Shout for a Safer South Africa.The 26-episode Play Your Part series aims to inspire viewers to become active citizens and take part in volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Learn more about this week’s guests and how you can get involved with them:Esther MahlanguEsther Mahlangu. (Image: IOL)Mahlangu is a globally known Ndebele artist. Born in Mpumalanga, this gogo (grandmother) is preserving heritage by teaching skills she learned from her mother and grandmother, to young women.The award-winning artist has held various exhibitions and has been involved in a number of projects around the world. One of her works was the first African art car; a BMW 525i was painted with motifs of the Ndebele tribe.Contact detailsWebsite: vgallery.co.za/estherpress/default.htmFirdoze BulbuliaFirdoze Bulbulia. (Image: Facebook)Filmmaker Bulbulia is a founding member of the iTouch Foundation, which aims to empower South African women through skills development and mentorship programmes.The foundation was launched in 2015 in honour of Feroza Adam, activist, ANC publicist and member of the first democratic parliament. The organisation focuses on supporting women from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in media, communications and information technology.Contact detailsWebsite: itouch.co.zaTwitter: @FIRDOZEPaul ModjadjiModjadji wears many hats, including dancer, choreographer, writer, author and social entrepreneur. The award-winning dancer’s accolades include being made the Africa/South Africa Ambassador for the prestigious European Star Dance Union in Brazil in 2014.Modjadji also established a community development project that gives performance arts workshops and training to communities such as those in his hometown, Hammanskraal.Contact detailsWebsite: paulmodjadji.com/welcomeTwitter: @paulmodjadjiTo get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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SaaS Is Over-Promising and Under-Delivering, Survey Says

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… According to a new survey of more than 300 enterprises by Gartner Research, software as a service has failed to impress business users across the board. Both U.S. and U.K. users polled were far from enthusiastic about their experiences with SaaS. Most telling was that customers gave the most dismal reviews to areas where vendors are making the biggest promises: namely, low costs and high performance. Despite changing attitudes towards its security and reliability, these results suggest that providers are creating some of their own ills by overselling and under-delivering when it comes to key benefits of SaaS.Where SaaS Has FailedRespondents replied with surprising unanimity on how lukewarm they felt about the performance of SaaS: on 16 factors, all received less than 5 on a 7 point scale. But those areas where they expressed greatest dissatisfaction were those in which SaaS companies have continually made rather grandiose claims. Cost: Few enterprises anticipated annual costs to be so high. Hardly surprising, since rock-bottom cost is the number one promise of vendors of all stripes. After signing up, however, 42% said that there were high and often unexpected costs to SaaS, making it the number one reason they rejected it. Ease of Integration: Painless interoperability with their legacy applications is a key consideration of businesses before diving into SaaS, and it’s also the number two disappointment that causes them to leave it behind. For our bet, this is one realm where providers are already on the ball with improvements; countless development teams are working hard to make their applications play nice with SharePoint and other enterprise standbys. Speed of Implementation: Fast deployment, even just days or hours in extreme cases, is a feature that the majority of outfits promote. But lack of speed in implementation garnered the third lowest rate of satisfaction. What Vendors Can Do To Fix ThisEnterprise vendors, this is your challenge: capitalize on the growing acceptance of SaaS without being overzealous. Continuing declines in IT budgets will give you a seat at the table, regardless of other concerns. But an easy pitch on being efficient and cost-effective doesn’t give you leeway to brand SaaS as a magic bullet. To do that is to shoot yourself in the foot. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Embattled Ronaldo prepares to play for Juventus

first_imgUdine, Italy, Oct 6 (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play for Juventus against Udinese on Saturday, despite rape claims made against him, although his coach Massimiliano Allegri admits he may be tempted to rest the embattled star.The Portuguese superstar has travelled with the Italian champions to play at Udine, a small town in northeastern Italy on the border with Slovenia, in a match kicking off at 1600 GMT.US police on Monday re-opened an investigation into accusations by former American model Kathryn Mayorga that the former five-time Ballon d’Or winner raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009.”Ronaldo is doing well, he is ready to play. His professionalism and his composure on and off the pitch are not in question,” Allegri said Friday.”I could go with a front three of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, or alternatively one of them could be rested,” he added.The Italian sports press predicted on Saturday that the match against Udinese, lying 14th in Serie A, could be the most difficult of the season for Juventus, who are looking for a tenth straight win in all competitions.”Stronger than the mud,” headlined Turin daily Tuttosport, a traditional backer of Juventus, above a photograph of Ronaldo dining with the team, and a bigger picture of the star smiling.”CRSexe,” was the front-page headline on Rome-based Corriere dello Sport, referring to the allegations. Another headline said “World of Juve shaken” after the club’s share price plunged almost 10 percent on Friday.The back page was covered in an advert for Ronaldo’s line of underwear.Ronaldo, 33, has strenuously denied the accusations and has hired David Chesnoff, known as the lawyer of the stars, to defend him.advertisementThe Las Vegas-based criminal lawyer has already worked with well-known athletes like Shaquille O’Neal, Mike Tyson and Andre Agassi.After initially dismissing the accusations as “fake news” on Instagram, the former Real Madrid player took to social media during the week to “firmly deny” the accusations.”Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” he said on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.- Sponsors concerned -======================However, there have been off-field consequences to the controversy.Just two weeks ago, shares in Juventus rose 180 percent to a record level of over 1.80 euros. On Friday, they closed down 9.92 percent at 1.19 euros on the Milan stock exchange.Nike has said it is “deeply concerned” by the allegations against one of their marquee athletes whose relationship with the US sportswear giant is rumoured to be worth $1 billion (869 million euros).”We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” a Nike spokesman said.According to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo is one of only three athletes to have been given a lifetime deal with Nike, joining an elite club that also includes NBA icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan.EA Sports, for whom Ronaldo is a leading figure in their phenomenally successful FIFA video game market, also described the allegations as “concerning”.”We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values,” the group said in a statement.Juventus have so far stood behind Ronaldo, who moved to Turin in the summer in a 100 million euro ($115 million) deal from Real Madrid.However, the Italian club’s reaction to the issue has angered some fans.The Portuguese striker “has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus”, the club wrote on Twitter on Thursday, breaking their silence over the allegations.”The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”Juventus later posted a video on YouTube and Twitter showing their star celebrating a goal, with the caption: “Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!” The defending Serie A champions’ tweets were widely panned on social media as “dismissive” and “insensitive”. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Oct 16 2017

Oh, and don’t forgetWomen in FIFA18 story mode! Things That Caught My EyeMr. Kaepernick Goes To WashingtonOn Sunday, representatives of Colin Kaepernick — the free agent NFL quarterback best known for launching a league-wide protest over police mistreatment of African-Americans and who has not been signed to a roster — filed a complaint alleging collusion between teams essentially blackballing him from the league. While this is interesting in and of itself, there’s a bigger component of the filing that affects the whole operation: Under the collective bargaining agreement, the entire CBA can be terminated if there’s clear and convincing evidence of one incident of collusion involving one player. Whether there’s actual evidence is to be determined, but the Kaepernick case now has immense ramifications and could potentially give players lots of leverage over NFL owners in a hypothetical negotiation resulting from the threat of CBA termination. [NBC Sports, ESPN, Mike Freeman]Cricket picks up in the U.S.Increased immigration from the Indian subcontinent has primed the U.S. Cricket for growth. For instance, in the Washington Cricket League there are 42 teams, with another 18 competing in the Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board. The sport is huge around the world, and according to the International Cricket Council there are 200,000 U.S. players on 6,000 teams in 450 leagues. I have failed at literally every other sport; maybe in cricket I will finally find my true calling. [BBC]40-year-old Bostonian achieves personal milestone in New Jersey swampCongratulations to Mr. Tom Brady of New England who set a record yesterday when playing in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. After defeating the New York Jets, he beat two retirees — a Mr. Brett Favre and one Mr. Peyton Manning — in cumulative number of regular season wins in the NFL, with 187 across his career. Congratulations. [ESPN]Best football team in New YorkCurrently 5-0, the Columbia Lions are the winningest football team in New York City, beating out all the other college teams, the local professional football team, and also the Giants. This is legitimately insane: Columbia, which won again Saturday, hasn’t had a winning season since 1996, and since 1982 have finished .500 or better on only three occasions. [FiveThirtyEight]College football flips the tableThis was a ridiculous weekend in college football. Clemson lost to Syracuse, dropping its chances of making the playoff from 55 percent to 29 percent according to our playoff projections. Washington lost to Arizona State, dropping its chances of making the playoff from 43 percent to 23 percent. Their losses appears to be gains for Ohio State and Wisconsin. [FiveThirtyEight, ESPN]Vegas, you’re full of itRight now Las Vegas bookmakers have the Golden State Warriors with around a 47 percent chance of repeating as NBA champions. Our CarmELO system has them closer to a 38 percent shot of repeating. Feel free to use this information of the house edge to fleece your friends at your own leisure. [FiveThirtyEight]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number-29.4 pointsAaron Rodgers was injured yesterday and may be out for the rest of the season. This is a massive deal for the Green Bay Packers. With Rodgers starting for all the remaining games, there was a 79.6 percent chance Green Bay made the playoffs and a 53 percent chance they win the division. Without him, those chances drop to 50.2 percent and 25.1 percent, a massive swing of -29.4 points to make the playoffs. [Brian Burke, ESPN]Leaks from Slack: Gnatsneil:Washington easily the most disappointing franchise in Wild Card era history according to Eloneil:[Screenshot of a color coded spreadsheet mentioning: 0.00: Washington actual league championship series appearances in wild card era2.03: Washington expected league championship series appearances in wild card era-2.03: The difference between those numbers{rows and rows of higher numbers}: That difference but for all the other teams who play baseball.…and other information]neil:obviously a huge shortfall between expected LCS appearances and actualPredictions MLB NFL See more NFL predictions See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

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