Huawei P20 Lite is up for pre-orders, sale to start from March 26

first_imgHuawei is set to launch P20, P20 Lite and P20 Pro on March 27. While there’s still some time for the launch date, Huawei P20 Lite has already been listed on company’s Poland website. The phone has been priced at 1,599 PLN that roughly translates to Rs 30,450.The sale of Huawei P20 Lite begins from March 26, day before the launch of P20 and P20 Pro. The phone is expected to come in Black, Blue and Rose Gold colour variants.According to past rumours, P20 Lite and Pro will sports dual cameras at the back with white balance sensor and laser-assisted autofocus. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be placed at the back panel of the P20 Lite.Huawei P20 Lite, as per the past rumours, will sport an iPhone X-like notch cut out on the top with slim bezels on the front. The notch is expected to contain front camera and sensors.On the optics front, the P20 Lite is expected to feature a pair of 16-megapixel sensors on the back panel which are further expected to be coupled with some hybrid zoom capabilities.The phone is expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the company’s very own EMUI 8.0 skin on top. The Huawei P20 Lite will be powered by an octa core Kirin 659 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a 3520mAh battery.Huawei at MWC 2018 unveiled a premium Windows notebook and new Android tablets. The Windows 10-powered Huawei MateBook X Pro is the successor to the MateBook X that launched last year in May. The laptop sports a 13.9-inch touchscreen display with 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.advertisementHuawei new Android tablet is the MediaPad 5 competes with the iPad series and comes in 8.4-inch, a 10.8-inch, and a 10.8-inch display sizes. The tablets run Android 8.0 Oreo with company’s own EMUI skin on top. The devices are powered by Kirin 960 CPU, coupled with 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128 GB.ALSO READ: This is Huawei P20 Lite, tipped to launch on March 27 alongside P20, P20 Pluslast_img read more

Joe Root and Alastair Cook out for ducks as Yorkshire edge it against Essex

first_imgYorkshire Fourteen wickets fell at Hove where Middlesex were dismissed for 230, Oliver Robinson seven for 58. In reply Sussex were 60 for four; Tim Murtagh with two for 18.Glamorgan lost 10 for 37 to be bowled out for 94, Darren Stevens taking six for 26. Kent finished on 163 for nine Joe Denly 43, Timm van der Gugten with six for 40. Leicestershire composed 301 for four against Durham and at Edgbaston Warwickshire finished on 375 for six; Jonathan Trott 76, Matthew Lamb not out 79. Share on Facebook Share via Email County Championship Division Two Essex Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up County Championship Division One Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Yorkshire opted to toss, won it and elected to bat before Sam Cook caused all sorts of problems with his nagging seamers. He claimed the first three wickets to fall as Yorkshire slipped to nine for three inside four overs, including Joe Root caught at first slip by Alastair Cook as he half-heartedly drove on the walk at his first ball of the summer.The 20-year-old also bowled Bairstow for seven with a beauty that nipped away and rocked back off-stump on the way to figures of five for 28. Peter Siddle chipped in with an excellent four for seven as Yorkshire posted their lowest total since 1973 when they were bowled out for 43 in the second innings of a defeat by Surrey at The Oval.By lunch Essex were 10 for two thanks to Jack Brooks, who had Alastair Cook caught behind for a six-ball duck as he fished at one he could have left alone before bowling Tom Westley. Wickets continued to tumble after lunch, with Brooks, Tim Bresnan and Ben Coad, who now has 20 wickets to his name in three matches, all claiming tidy three-wicket hauls. However, there were signs that batsmen could prosper as Dan Lawrence impressed with 48 off 77 balls. Tall and imposing, Lawrence played a couple of eye-catching drives through the covers and was particularly strong through mid-wicket and mid-on. Simon Harmer later boosted the Essex total with a lusty 36.After tea it was a completely different game. Batting looked a breeze as Yorkshire cruised to 161 for two, with Bairstow hitting 50 and the man he replaced at the top of the order, Harry Brook, reaching 57 not out – his maiden fifty. Bairstow set about the counterattack in typically combative style. His six over long-off off Sam Cook was the shot of the day before he was bowled by Siddle off the inside edge, prompting the Australian to give him an in-your-face send-off.Bairstow added: “There was plenty in the pitch and Essex bowled well. Every time there was something on offer we either missed it or nicked it. But for us to fight back, bowl them out cheaply and be 70 in front shows where we’re at. I think we’re in a good position. The way Harry and Puj [Che Pujara] played at the end stands us in good stead.”Trescothick injury spoils Somerset’s day Topics This was a day of Championship cricket the 2,600 crowd present at Chelmsford will not forget in a hurry: England captains current and former both out for ducks, 22 wickets falling and Yorkshire, having been bowled out for 50 in their first innings, ending it just on top. And that is not to forget that Jonny Bairstow was promoted to open in Yorkshire’s second innings and crunched a 44-ball fifty.Bairstow was spot on when he admitted: “It was difficult to sum up to be honest with you.” There was no doubt conditions played their part, with seam bowlers favoured. But the majority of wickets fell through batsman error, with a plethora of loose shots evident during the morning and afternoon sessions. Sign up for the Spin, our weekly cricket email. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn match reports County cricket: Yorkshire rally after first innings of 50 against Essex – as it happened Cricket Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Read more A cruel injury to Marcus Trescothick spoiled Somerset’s run-happy day at Old Trafford in front of new England selector Ed Smith. Trescothick broke his right fifth metatarsal setting off for a run when on 95. He summoned a runner and hobbled to his 66th first-class hundred before being caught, cutting. It is too early to say if he will play again this season. There was also a wonderful first first-class century for 20-year-old George Bartlett. There were no wickets for the newly bleached Jimmy Anderson, lucky to avoid censure after throwing a ball at the stumps in frustration and hitting Bartlett on the legs. Lancashire left out Haseeb Hameed.At the Oval, Rory Burns made 137 not out and Ben Foakes 72 as Surrey closed on 278 for four against Worcestershire. Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 302, with a quick 73 from Samit Patel; Hampshire were 70 for three at stumps, James Vince fell cheaply; Stuart Broad took two for 19. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Chalk Talk: Three Things to Take Away From the Spring Game

first_imgThe Oklahoma State spring game gave a glimpse of OSU fans what they could see in the upcoming 2017 season. Although the game plans of most spring scrimmages are fairly conservative, only using a handful of base plays, there were still some notable things that one might have noticed during the game. Here are three most noteworthy play observations in the Spring Game.Three Down/Four DownThe OSU defense has committed to using a more varied personnel in 2017. The Cowboys used some three-down fronts last season, and the recent hiring of Brian VanGorder has solidified their commitment to three-down sets. The Cowboys have clearly worked on three-down formations in the offseason. They used a nickel set on multiple occasions with the rush backer on the left side taking place of the end (most defenses will put their best pass rusher on the quarterback’s blind side).They also used a nickel set with two rush backers on each side and three lineman spaced between.This is a good sign for Cowboy fans. Last season, they used three-down sets conservatively, bringing it out in likely pass situations. There was little variety, but it makes sense considering they started using it mid-season. Now, they’ve added variety, and it’s not just for prevent situations anymore. Expect three-down sets to play a bigger role in the Cowboy defense next season.Y AlignmentA number of Cowboy fans thought that the OSU offense would minimize the cowboy back position in 2017 considering how many talented receivers they have. If the Spring Game was any indication, it’s not necessarily that the Cowboys aren’t using the cowboy back anymore.Rather, they’re adding more variation to the back’s alignment. The Orange team, for example, lined cowboy back Keenan Brown all over the field, often playing in the backfield, as a tight end and as a flexed receiver all in the same drive. The Black team did the same with Dawson Bassett on the first couple of drives.The Cowboys showed formations with the tight end flexed in the slot in both two-by-two and trips formations; in the latter, the cowboy back aligned on the line of scrimmage in both the inside slot, known as “trey” alignment, and in the outside slot, known as a “trio” alignment (terminology varies).When used correctly, flexed tight ends can be a headache to cover. If the strong-side linebacker plays the flexed end head up, then he leaves the box susceptible to the run. But if he stays in the box, then he has to leave the end uncovered before the snap which gives the offense an advantage in the passing game.If done correctly, this formational versatility should give opposing defenses headaches throughout the upcoming season, especially considering how quickly the Cowboys operate. Four-receiver sets are effective, but the use of a tight end in this fashion has its advantages as well.QB Run GameThe Cowboys’ run game looked slightly different than last season’s in the spring game. It almost appeared as if they reverted back to their 2015 ways. They put a big focus on the outside zone out of the shotgun, with no use of the pistol (which, as we’ve talked about before, allows backs to utilize their vision better in comparison to the shotgun).They used inside runs with a wing tight end, but there weren’t any available running lanes because of the extra linebacker in the box due to the tight end’s presence. Their only successful play was an inside zone read. Mason Rudolph converted a 4th-and-1 with it in the game’s first drive, and the play was used in the latter half of the game to open up holes up the middle for the running backs.This play is an example of something the Cowboys never do enough of, and that’s to run against a six-man box. Yes, cowboy backs can help in the run game, but they can also help spread a defense out as well. This play also signifies the possibility of using Mason Rudolph in the run game more in 2017. Could we see more plays like this? That’s currently unclear, but the Cowboys consistently used this play throughout all four quarters.The Spring Game in its entirety was fairly lackluster, as OSU fans should come to expect. Gundy isn’t one to show too much before the season starts, and rightfully so. Although the scrimmage itself wasn’t all that special, the game was telling of what we could see in the future. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Favored by 17 Points Over Tulsa in Season-Opener

first_imgBy the looks of it, the line at 72 is a gift from above. But against elite level competition like Ohio State last season, TU managed just 3 points and barely escaped Columbus without a goose egg.If OSU is the elite level team I think most people expect them to be, I would guess their point total next Thursday will look closer to 3 than the 41.2 average they put up throughout their entire 2016 season. So from that, here’s my advice: Take the under on the line (72), and take OSU -17. It’s going to be a rout in favor of the Cowboys. 2016 PPG Avg.36.841.2 2016 PPG Avg. — Non-Con.44.338.5 When Tulsa comes to Stillwater next Thursday, the Golden Hurricane will be doing so as heavy underdogs against the 10th-ranked Cowboys. That much we all could’ve guessed. But Vegas has now acknowledged as much, setting the betting line for the game as OSU -17 at both Bovada and Vegas Insiders.The over/under line is set at 72 at Vegas Insiders.So should you take OSU as the favorite? If 2016 told us anything, it’s that OSU — outside of, well, a game we won’t speak of — did very well against the spread. In fact, the Pokes went 8-5 against the spread in the season, ranking among the top 25 teams in the country according to广告Here are the numbers from last season on how each team fared both in the regular season and in non-conference play.center_img OSUTU While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Photojournalist and Writer, Lee Karen Stow, Shares her Experiences in Documenting Women’s Health in Sierra Leone

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 9, 2010June 21, 2017By: Lee Karen Stow, Photojournalist, Writer and MHTF PartnerClick 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)Why do I return again and again to Sierra Leone?Well, my birthplace of Kingston upon Hull in the United Kingdom has for 30 years been officially twinned with Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, the aim being to promote cultural understanding and friendships. Despite this long-established link I, and others in Hull, knew nothing about the women trying to survive in our twin city. My first visit to Sierra Leone came in February 2007 to facilitate a photography exchange project that I had founded for women of our twin cities. A visual conversation if you like, sharing our lives through imagery and learning about each other.I hoped at least 10 women in Freetown would sign up for a series of classes in digital photography skills in order to make the project work. Around 55 women signed up. I was shocked. Women were (and still are) crying out for new skills, new learning, new ANYTHING, that would lift them out of poverty and give them hope for the future. I have travelled to many so-called ‘developing’ countries but never have I seen such poverty, such a hunger for a better life, as I did that February in Sierra Leone. Appalled at the low status of these women, the struggles they face daily, and the conditions in which many of them live, I was also struck by their spirit, resilience and determination and desire to be part of a world of equality and opportunity. There IS hope here, and lots of it and I try to photograph this and show it in the evolving body of work that is ‘42′.Is it as important to photograph hope as well as despair? I think yes, because hope draws a crowd and in turn, support. I see the way Amnesty and its partners have used some of the images from 42 to show that they ”believe the world’s women – and its children – deserve better”. I’ve also been encouraged by viewers of ’42’ who are keen to help these women, or who feel compelled to learn more.Maternal mortality is a big killer in Sierra Leone, and so my project encompasses the stories of women like Isatu, who I had begun to photograph, and who bled to death during pregnancy, aged just 35. Women like Julie, who I followed as she searched the cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for the grave of her daughter Sylvia who died aged 23 a year ago, following complications in pregnancy. Women like Gladys, who carried a baby the full term, only to give birth to Lewis, a son who lived for just an hour. Young women, like Francess, Cecilia and Admire, who have yet to have children. Young women who fear becoming pregnant.Maternal mortality is high, but I also want to use this blog to report that the women in Sierra Leone tell me deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer are also high. On my recent visit, Admire explained how she had found a lump in her breast and went to the doctor who gave her cream (at a cost) to rub on the lump. She is just 20. Will she be there when I return this summer? That is my hope.Lee Karen Stow is a freelance photojournalist and writer. Her recent project ‘42’ is a photographic documentary and written study paying tribute to the women of Sierra Leone, West Africa.Share this:last_img read more

Online Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits – Keep Your Focus Tight

first_imgIt is frequently lamented, but an accepted fact, that attention spans are much shorter than what they used to be. Combining that fact with the knowledge that any time someone is reading your message online, they have email, social media, instant messaging, and other websites competing for his or her attention. It’s easy to see why your message has to be focused and to the point.Keep Presentations Focused to Hold Your Readers’ AttentionYou have a lot of background knowledge about your cause, and much of it should be on your website so that curious or skeptical potential donors can find out what you are really about, why your work is important, and who you serve. Journalists can also be great allies, and making your story easy to discover and interpret can be a big help in getting their attention.On the other hand, when you send an email or make a social media post while fundraising for a cause, you must very briefly emphasize the importance of the cause, state what you want people to do, and include a link to your donations website.Logically, it would seem that providing more information would get better results, but bearing in mind the competition for your readers’ attention, you can appreciate the contrary viewpoint — hit fast and hard.Stories Are Still ImportantStories are an important part of engaging readers, so don’t take this to mean you have to just state dry facts! Do, however, keep your stories brief. It’s tempting to share a lot of history to emphasize just how bad a situation is, but in email and social media you need to tell the story in as few words as possible.Devote a whole page on your website to each case history if you wish. That can be very meaningful to committed donors, but to get them there, you first have to grab their attention and turn them into donors.Graphics Help Summarize StatisticsOne way to provide a lot of information (particularly statistics) easily is by putting it into graphs and charts. Your readers are not likely to be in a math-lesson frame of mind, so again, keep it simple, but share your numbers in an easily interpreted graphic.Make sure to include color in the design, and label all parts clearly so readers who are not experienced at interpreting charts will understand what the data represents.By making the most of a few words in social media and email, you can engage readers, and once you get them to your website, you can provide all the information they want to turn them into committed donors.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

Train Your Fundraising Ambassadors for Year-End Success

first_imgCredit: Rachel Calderon Uncover your ambassadors’ burning questions about or greatest barriers to fundraising. Motivate them to practice, practice, practice (and more practice).The best practice is having ambassador role play ultra-specific scenarios. Ask them to break into pairs and role play a few different scenarios you provide, taking each role so they get to stand in the shoes of their conversational partner. Then, ask a few pairs to “present” to the group to spark more questions.Practice works well to highlight problem areas, so you can lead your ambassadors through them. Most important, practice shifts the unknown into the familiar. And comfort with fundraising is one of the greatest assets an ambassador can have.With December in full swing, now’s the time to select and train your year-end fundraising ambassadors. Here’s to teamwork! When Rachel Calderon, marketing and communications manager at the Central Florida Foundation, charged Foundation board members to serve as brand champions, she asked them to share their burning questions. Their queries ranged from, “How come more people don’t know what we do and why?” to “How do we reach influencers in specific industries?”The responses revealed collective nervousness (it’s comforting to know you aren’t alone) and enabled her to address gaps in knowledge and technique among the board members.Asking questions is a far more reliable way to discover what’s holding your ambassadors back than guesswork, the typical method. December is here and the pressure is on. You need all hands on deck. It’s time to call on your fundraising ambassadors.Your colleagues, board members, volunteers, and loyal donors have tremendous potential to contribute as ambassadors . All they need is a little guidance to be successful.Here are six things you can do to help your team hit the ground running:Share a clear call to action.Get super-specific when you ask people to serve as ambassadors. Break your request down into small steps. For example, ask them to “email five close friends or family members and ask them for a donation during our matching-gift period” or to “discuss your passion for our organization over Thanksgiving dinner and share the email addresses of those who for want to know more with me.”Vague requests like “spread the word” or “help us meet our year-end goals” are more likely to push prospective ambassadors away rather than mobilize them to act. The clearer you are, the more likely you are to achieve results.Offer training that makes it easy for your ambassadors to raise the most money possible.The more comfortable your ambassadors are in sharing their passion and your organization’s impact, the more they’ll do it (and do it well).Use your donor management software to identify loyal donors most likely to jump on board as effective fundraising ambassadors.center_img Guide ambassadors to share their passion with an ask. Asking for money is no easy task. Sharing concrete examples will build your team’s skill and confidence in situations that are ripe for an ask. You should cover:What to say “as is” (your organization’s name, tagline, and positioning. statement) vs. what to say in their own words (their own stories and the ask).What to do when x, y, or z happens.Who to ask for help and how.What to do with any insights they gather from these conversations (these insights will guide to strengthen your fundraising approach, don’t miss out). Build on your fundraisers’ personal passions.Credit: City Year L.A. On Board Member Octavia SpencerFundraiser-extraordinaire Gail Perry designed a powerful approach to uncovering board members’ passions. It boils down to asking one question: “Why do you care?”Gail finds that as ambassadors shares what fuels his or her passion for an organization’s work and its impact —which shapes his or her fundraising stories—“he or her re-ignites his or her own passion.” It’s a win-win.This technique works equally well for staff (it helps staff members connect their specific function to the bigger picture), donors, and volunteer ambassadors. Don’t take my word for it; check out the People magazine piece above that highlights actress Octavia Spencer’s commitment to City Year.last_img read more

Executing an Emergency Campaign in 12 Simple Steps

first_imgIn the wake of a disaster, every hour counts.  The main priority is always an immediate response to those negatively impacted who are in need. After this initial focus, fundraisers should quickly turn their attention to funding the response at hand while building capacity to address future needs.  Many fundraisers rush into action, but in order to maximize your impact, you need a strategic campaign plan to help you execute.  We asked our Personal Fundraising Coaches to share their advice on best practices in the wake of an emergency. You can leverage their expertise by following twelve simple steps to pull together a successful fundraising campaign.  #1 Tell Your Story Newsjack the disaster to tell your organization’s story. How has this disaster impacted the people or animals you serve? Share powerful and evocative narratives of those effected.  #2 Get the Word Out (Digitally)  Get these stories out across all of your digital and social channels. Using digital channels helps you to increase your reach.  Make sure that you are leveraging every channel available to get the stories out far and wide.  #3 Leverage Your Champions  Amplify your voice by asking your board, volunteers, constituents, and social community to share the message near and far. Remember that your reach is exponentially greater once you get your champions involved. #4 Create an Emergency Campaign  Design an integrated, multi-touch “emergency” fundraising campaign. If necessary, link to a special donation page for the emergency and utilize your Donor Management System to track incoming gifts and to send out thank you acknowledgements once your donations start pouring in. #5 Get Your Board Involved  Ask your board to make personal phone calls to major donors or stakeholders asking for support. Be sure to provide guidance in the form of call scripts to maximize their efforts.   #6 Reach Out to Influencers  Reach out to influencers in the community, social media, gaming sites, etc. asking them to promote your fundraising campaign.  #7 Leverage the Media  Leverage any and all media connections. For example before Hurricane Harvey hit, Network for Good customer, Texas Diaper Bank, issued a press release with a wish list and request for support  – timing counts.   #8 Create a Communication Plan Create a communication plan for your team and share key talking points with all staff. Update your voicemail and website, and brief front-line staff on how to manage calls/inquiries. Be sure to have the team actively checking and responding to all inquiries–phone, email, web, social, in-person, etc.  #9 Get Corporate Sponsors Involved  Reach out to corporate supporters and partners with options for support and a request to share among their networks. #10 Create a Banner Create a special banner on your website driving donations in order to maximize visibility. Make sure to update or create special web pages for the disaster #11 Recognize Your Donors  To show the tremendous outpouring of support from the community and beyond, recognize your donors and supporters in real time via social and on your website. Add brief quotes or testimonials from key donors to show why individuals should give to your organization. An honor roll on the disaster page is also a nice touch.  #12 Seek Matched Gifts Seek matched gifts to motivate more giving. This helps you to maximize your campaign fundraising efforts.  Use the communication tools within your Donor Management System to keep donors updated of your progress, your challenges and the campaign results. Remind them that you are all in this together and keep them motivated to maintain their ongoing support.  When disaster strikes, take immediate action with these 12 simple steps to maximize your efforts helping those in need.last_img read more

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Life-Saving Technology for Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on April 15, 2016October 12, 2016By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for HealthClick 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)Available since the 1980s, the medication misoprostol was initially marketed to prevent stomach ulcers. Health professionals eventually discovered that misoprostol also stimulates contractions of the uterus, making it useful for a number of maternal and reproductive health conditions, including postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), induction of labor, treatment of miscarriage, and induced abortion (alone or in combination with mifepristone). Misoprostol is stable at room temperature, available in pill form, and inexpensive. Because of these advantages and the drug’s wide availability in many countries, health providers began using misoprostol off-label—in a way not specified on its registration—with differing regimens and routes of administration, without evidence-based clinical guidelines.Partly because of its role in addressing the global burden of PPH, the leading cause of maternal death in low-resource settings, misoprostol has been studied extensively for its safety, efficacy, and acceptability to women. Now, a global consensus, backed by scientific and programmatic evidence, affirms that misoprostol can effectively prevent and treat postpartum bleeding. In particular, misoprostol has the potential to reach women who give birth, by choice or by necessity, at home or in health facilities that lack electricity, refrigeration, and/or skilled health providers. With the science and research supporting misoprostol for PPH firmly in place, we now need to focus on strengthening the broader health system to ensure that quality misoprostol products are available and accessible to every woman, wherever she gives birth. Indeed, with the launch of the United Nations Commissions for Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children in 2012, many partners have since worked together to address a range of systems issues–policy and governance, supply chain management, health information and financing–to improve the availability and use of essential, life-saving medicines for women and children. Over the past few years, other important developments have supported the use of misoprostol as part of a functioning health system:Policies and guidelines: The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines now includes misoprostol for both PPH prevention and treatment, validating its important role for women’s health and survival. Many global and national clinical guidelines have identified misoprostol as a key intervention for addressing PPH.Quality assurance and registration: Misoprostol is registered for PPH indications in more than 30 countries. Quality-assured misoprostol products (Misoprost, GyMiso, and Hemaprostol) are available for procurement in low- and middle-income markets.In spite of this progress, sustained, evidence-based advocacy is needed to ensure that governments make misoprostol available in the public health sector, and health providers use it appropriately in both facility and community settings. Effective advocacy can, for example, help ensure that misoprostol for prevention of PPH is included in a country’s essential medicine list. Advocates can strengthen national decision-makers’ understanding and support for increased access to misoprostol as well as mitigate concerns that promoting misoprostol in home births may deter women from seeking care at health facilities. Advocates can also share evidence to discourage perceptions that misoprostol will be re-purposed for use in medical abortion if it’s made widely available for PPH. The FCI program of Management Sciences for Health is working with partners to ensure that concerted action at the policy level will lead to sustainable improvements in misoprostol’s availability for PPH.Access to essential, life-saving medicines is a matter of health equity. Women–especially those from remote, impoverished, and marginalized communities—must have access to the high-quality care and technologies that enable them to realize their fundamental rights to life, health, equality and non-discrimination. No matter where a woman gives birth, quality health care must be available and accessible. In our call to recognize April 11th as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, we must continue to protect women’s rights to essential, life-saving medicines.To learn more about misoprostol for PPH, read more blog posts here or visit our publications page.This post has been lightly edited from its original appearance on the FCI Program of MSH Blog. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Liverpool coach offers update on Alisson’s injury

first_imgAlisson is progressing well in his recovery from an untimely calf injury, says Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, with the Brazilian still expected to return to action after the international break.Initial fears regarding the Brazilian shot-stopper were eased after he broke down in a Premier League season opener against Norwich.He was ruled out for weeks, not months, and has responded well to the rehabilitation programme he has been put on. 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? Achterberg told The Athletic: “Ali is good.“He’s in every day for treatment and they try to improve things. He’s able to do some fitness work in the gym without using his leg. It’s difficult, but you have to try to look forward and be positive. You have to try to turn a negative into a positive.” Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Achterberg added when pressed on a possible return date: “They haven’t given us a specific time he’ll be out as it’s difficult to say how quickly it will heal. That’s all with the medics. There’s an international break coming up and we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes after that.”While Alisson is currently unavailable to Jurgen Klopp, he has made a positive impact at Anfield since arriving from Roma in the summer of 2018, with a Golden Glove award secured in his debut campaign.Alisson Liverpool 2018-19Achterberg said of the £65 million ($79m) man: “At the start, you always think that a goalie needs time to settle a little bit.“Playing for Liverpool is very difficult. A lot of people don’t want to give you time. But from day one, Ali was really there for us. He cost us one goal [at Leicester] finding out what was possible and not possible in terms of playing out from the back, but that’s what you expect.“Look back in history at how many keepers came to England and were ready straight away. I can tell you Edwin van der Sar wasn’t when he started at Fulham, David de Gea definitely wasn’t at Manchester United because he struggled for more than a year. Fabien Barthez wasn’t either.“It’s not easy, but Ali is very strong mentally and adapted really quick. Before, the crowd at Anfield was on edge a lot with the goalies but he changed that around.”So impressive has Alisson been, there is now talk that he could join Reds team-mate Virgil van Dijk in the battle for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Achterberg added on such a big billing: “It’s difficult for a goalie to win that. You probably have to be on the scene and regarded as the best for a few years. Manuel Neuer had a period like that and he only got to third place.“That’s what Ali has to strive for too. In my opinion he’s definitely been the best goalie out there over the past year.“It’s about desire and mentality – wanting to be better than all the goalies in training, wanting to be better than the goalie you’re up against at the weekend.“You have to set yourself targets. Get to five clean sheets as quickly as possible, then get to 10. What’s the record? If it’s 25, say you want 26. That’s how you keep yourself hungry and sharp in your own mind, on top of what we supply training-wise.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

USWNT boss Ellis doesn’t see coaching men as a step up

first_imgU.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis is open to managing a men’s team in the future, but has said she wouldn’t necessarily view that move as a step up.Ellis will leave her position in October following the conclusion of the USWNT’s five-game World Cup victory tour. After taking over in 2014, Ellis has led the U.S. to back-to-back World Cup titles, with the most recent of those coming when the USWNT defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 final in July.  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? Ellis is likely to be in high demand when she decides to return to coaching, as one of only two people in history to win more than one World Cup – men’s or women’s. Some have suggested that Ellis, having conquered the women’s game, try her hand as a men’s coach. The English-born coach and Florida resident has already been asked about taking over at Inter Miami, the David Beckham-owned MLS expansion team set to begin play in 2020. While Ellis brushed that question aside, she spoke more about the possibility of coaching men ahead of the USWNT’s victory tour match against Portugal in Philadelphia. “People naturally see that as a step up and I don’t necessarily see it that way,” Ellis said of coaching on the men’s side. “I coach the best team in the world. I see it as not a ‘this’ move,” Ellis said as she put her hands above each other to indicate a step up. “It would be a ‘this’ move,” she said, pointing her fingers at each other to signify a lateral move.“I’ve never coached men. I went to the pro licensing and what I learned a lot in there was coaches, whether it’s MLS, USL, international, we deal with many of the same things in terms of management and tactics and such,” Ellis continued.  “I wouldn’t rule anything out because I don’t think that’s how I’m wired, I’d just look at what comes down the pipe and right now I’m not looking.”Should she take on men’s position, Ellis would join a rare group but would not be the first woman to coach a men’s team in the first two divisions of a league. That honor belongs to current France boss Corinne Diacre, who coached Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot for three seasons between 2014 and 2017. Ellis saw her side defeat Diacre’s team in the World Cup quarterfinal this summer en route to another world title. The English-born manager has earned the right to land a top-caliber position next, whether that job is on the men’s side or the women’s side, according to one of her players. “Whatever Jill wants to do she probably can considering she’s won two World Cups,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said. “It’s a resume that speaks for itself.”last_img read more

Chicharito arrives in Spain ahead of Sevilla move

first_imgJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez has arrived in Spain ahead of a move to Sevilla.The West Ham striker was greeted by media and fans, and agreed to take photos next to the Sevilla badge.An announcement of the deal is expected to arrive in the coming hours as the Mexico international makes his return to La Liga ahead of the September 2 transfer deadline. 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? West Ham are expected to receive around €10 million (£9m/$11m) for the striker, who had 10 months left on his contract.Chicharito is set to sign a three-year deal Sevilla, as the Liga side continue with an extremely busy summer.The 31-year-old striker brings to a close just over a two-year run with the Hammers which saw him score 16 Premier League goals for the club after moving from Bayer Leverkusen.Chicharito had previously indicated he hoped for an exit from West Ham, though he began the Premier League with the club, scoring a goal in his lone start of the campaign against Brighton.However, he was absent from victories over Watford and Norwich, and, having handed in a formal transfer request, his goal against the Seagulls will be his final one for the Hammers.¡Feliz! 🤩Así se lució @CH14_ a su llegada al @SevillaFC 👏— Goal México (@goalmex) September 1, 2019Chicharito returns to La Liga, where he enjoyed a season on-loan with Real Madrid in 2014-15. Mostly an option off the bench for the Blancos, Hernandez scored seven times in La Liga in his one campaign at the Bernabeu.Though often rumoured to be returning to North America with a Major League Soccer side, Chicharito will continue his European journey that began when he joined Manchester United from Chivas in 2010.Chicharito scored 37 Premier League goals during his time with United, and won two Premier League titles with the Red Devils.However, fell out favour following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from Old Trafford and moved to Madrid for a season before heading to Leverkusen.In the Bundesliga, the Mexico star revived his fortunes, scoring 18 times in two seasons for the German club, before heading to West Ham.He will look to slot into a Sevilla side that has a need up front, following Wissam Ben-Yedder’s €40m departure for Monaco in August.last_img read more

Sturridge delays call on next club despite Trabzonspor offer

first_imgDaniel Sturridge has delayed making a decision on his next club despite being offered a lucrative contract by Turkish side Trabzonspor.The former Liverpool striker’s agent, Clifford Bloxham, travelled with the player’s uncle and manager, Dean Sturridge, and his mother, Grace, to meet with Trabzonspor vice-president Sertac Guven last week.Goal can confirm they offered the England international a two-year deal worth around €3 million (£2.8m/$3.3m) per season – one of the biggest in the club’s history – but are yet to receive a definitive answer on whether Sturridge will accept it. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Despite reported interest from Real Betis, Bologna, Marseille and Besiktas, Trabzonspor are the club to have made the best offer for the 29-year-old free agent.MLS side D.C. United and clubs in Qatar have also been credited as potential destinations while Sturridge could yet agree a move to the Premier League.Clubs in the English top flight have until September 2 to name their final squads for the first half of the campaign, and as such Sturridge could still be signed in the next two weeks.Having joined from Chelsea in January 2013, Sturridge struggled with injuries for much of his time at Liverpool. The striker scored 21 goals in a memorable 2013-14 campaign, but since that season has failed to start more than 11 league matches for the Anfield outfit. In his final year with Liverpool he made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals, and was an unused substitute in June’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham.Overall, Sturridge scored 67 goals in 160 appearances during his time with Liverpool. “Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website upon confirmation of his departure.”He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.”last_img read more

Juventus want earlier kick-off times to grow Asia audience

first_imgGoal rounds up the top business stories of the week from Soccerex, including the reasons behind Juventus’ suggestion that earlier kick-off times could help them and other Serie A teams to grow in Asia, Konami announcing that the Serie A licence is coming to PES 2020 and Celtic enter the Call of Duty World League Championship…Juventus want earlier kick-off times to grow Asian audience Juventus Chief Revenue Officer, Giorgio Ricci has urged Serie A to schedule more early kick-offs to help the club grow their audience in Asia.The 2019-20 Serie A season gets underway on Saturday, and the first two weeks will see all games start no earlier than 6pm local time, which is midnight in Beijing. From the third round onwards, one game every Sunday will begin at 12:30pm, while there will also be one 3pm kick-off slot on Saturdays. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! 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Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream In contrast, the Premier League and La Liga both stage matches earlier in the day to maximise their viewership in Asia, and Ricci has called on Serie A to revise its traditional model of playing games in the evening so that its clubs can compete for eyeballs with Europe’s other major soccer competitions.“We have to find the right balance between domestic and global audiences,” Ricci told the BBC.“It is not just about the broadcasting times, it is also about the rights distribution and who is showing the games.“In that sense, the difference between the Premier League and Serie A is huge.“This is a very old story and one of the more frequent reasons for fights with the league.”A Serie A spokesman, also speaking to the BBC, agreed that the league needs to be “taking into consideration every place in the world because Serie A is broadcast in 200 territories”.However, Juventus will be forced to wait for any potential changes to Serie A’s kick-off times, with the league’s new domestic broadcast deals not set to take effect until the 2021-22 season.Until then, Juventus are looking to build their brand in Asia through other means, and this summer saw them play friendly games in Singapore, China and South Korea as part of their pre-season preparations for the new campaign.Juventus have also officially opened a new office in Hong Kong to serve the Asia-Pacific region. Three of the club’s global partners – Konami, Ganten and Linglong – are Asian companies, while they also have two regional partners in Asia in the form of China Merchants Bank and Costa Cruises.Serie A award Konami full licensing dealSerie A has agreed a partnership with Konami which sees the Pro Evolution Soccer pubisher secure non-exclusive rights to the league’s imagery and competition names.The agreement allows Konami to feature a fully licensed Serie A on its upcoming eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 title, including the body’s logo, trophy, and associated badges in the latest edition of the gaming franchise.In doing so, the developer lays another marker in its rivalry with EA Sports, creators of the FIFA series, after securing exclusive rights to Juventus, who announced in July they had joined PES 2020.The move effectively ended a 25-year relationship with EA, which still holds exclusive licensing rights to England’s Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga. The FIFA gaming title also renewed its partnership with Spain’s top-flight, La Liga, through the end of the 2023-24 season, having held exclusive rights to the league’s branding for the past three years.Konami said in a statement that its latest activation with Serie A is part of its plans ‘to deliver the most realistic football gaming experience of the year to home consoles’.Konami already holds licences for Serie A clubs including Inter and AC Milan in addition to new agreements with other European giants, including fresh deals with Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal, as well as a platinum partnership with German champions Bayern Munich. Matheus Pereira Sampdoria Juventus Serie ACeltic enter Call of Duty esports Celtic have added to their esports division by signing a team to compete in the ongoing Call of Duty World League Championship.Previously, Celtic FC Esports have only competed in the football simulation eFootball.Pro League, finishing runner-up in the inaugural edition, but are now evaluating the possibility of expanding into other titles.Call of Duty developer Activision is currently hosting the seventh edition of the World League Championship at the Pauley Pavilion, home to the UCLA Bruins basketball team in Los Angeles, with Celtic one of 32 teams competing for a prize pool worth $2 million (£1.6m/€1.8m).Announcing the new Call of Duty team, Celtic said that the World League Championship, offers them increased exposure before Activision converts the tournament to a city-based franchise model.Miguel Pacheco, Celtic’s International Business Development manager, said: “This is a great opportunity in an esports area where we see almost no engagement from professional football clubs or traditional sports organisations.”As we continue to develop and grow our Celtic FC Esports initiative, we are delighted to be able to support the team in such a high-profile esports event which has been incredibly successful in recent years.”last_img read more

‘If he’s serious, he has my number!’ – Solskjaer responds to Ibrahimovic

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has invited Zlatan Ibrahimovic to contact him if he is serious about returning to Manchester United.The Swedish striker, now playing in MLS for LA Galaxy, insisted he could still play in the Premier League after the Red Devils slipped to a shock defeat against Crystal Palace in their last game – their first ever defeat by the Eagles in the Premier League.United are short on attacking options at the moment, with only Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood left to call upon after Alexis Sanchez’ loan move to Inter on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ibrahimovic won the Carabao Cup and the Europa League under Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams before a serious injury forced him off the field and eventually out of the club.Solskjaer doubts that the move will happen, particularly given the player’s age, but has said that he is open to speaking with the forward if he is ‘serious’ about returning to Old Trafford.”If he was 28, not 38 next month [maybe it would be possible]. There’s a big difference,” The Norwegian boss told a press conference.“Zlatan had a great time here, he’s still doing well, it’s unfortunate he got his injury here. Who knows, he knows my number, he looked at my house. We can speak a native language, if he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.”I don’t think that will happen [Ibrahimovic returning to Manchester United], I think he’s had his time at the club, he’s had a fantastic career at the club.”Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals and registered 10 assists in just 53 games across all competitions with United and has registered a whopping 44 goals and 10 assists from just 49 appearances since moving to LA Galaxy.In trademark Ibrahimovic fashion, the striker teased the possibility of a return to the English top-flight, before suggesting he was happy with his European career and was focused on winning silverware with his current employers.”I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here,” Ibrahimovic told reporters.”But Galaxy has me, so I’m sorry.”Nah, I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully, I can get something here. And then we will see where that adventure finishes.”last_img read more

PSG sign €15m Keylor Navas as Areola joins Real Madrid on loan

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has joined PSG for a reported fee of €15 million (£14m/$17m), while Alphonse Areola has moved in the opposite direction on loan.The 32-year-old signed for Madrid from Levante in 2014 after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil.Navas joins the French champions having enjoyed huge success at the Spanish capital club, winning three consecutive Champions League titles, along with one La Liga title and two UEFA Super Cups. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Costa Rica international also claimed the 2017-88 UEFA Club Football Award for best Goalkeeper, and was named in the Champions League squad of the 2018 campaign, when Gareth Bale’s double over Liverpool helped the club to a third successive title.Navas then lost his number one spot at the Santiago Bernabeu upon the arrival of Thibaut Courtois last summer, and has now joined the Ligue 1 side at the expense of Areola, who has made the switch to Madrid on loan.France international Areola leaves on a season-long agreement, with no option to purchase coming with the deal.The 26-year-old spent several years in the PSG youth sides before making his senior debut in 2013 as the club went on to win the league. The goalkeeper then picked up two more Ligue 1 titles, along with back-to-back French cups. Areola was also a member of France’s 2018 World Cup-winning squad, having previously made his international debut in a man-of-the-match performance against Germany in a UEFA Nations League meeting last year.Despite starting in three of PSG’s four league games this season, Areola has made the switch to La Liga, where he looks set to act as back-up for first-choice Courtois.Former Chelsea youngster Marcin Bulka stepped in as shot-stopper for Friday evening’s 2-0 victory over Metz, a win which sent the French champions to the top of the table on goal difference.The 19-year-old Polish keeper will battle it out with Sergio Rico for the number second choice behind Navas, with the former Fulham man joining on loan from Sevilla on Sunday.The 26-year-old made 29 Premier League appearances as the Cottagers were relegated to the Championship last campaign, having played for the Spanish side 160 times over a four-year spell.last_img read more

I still resent Beckham, he let England down – Owen

first_imgFormer England striker Michael Owen has revealed that he still harbours resentment towards his old Three Lions team-mate David Beckham after the latter was sent off in a crunch clash with Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.England were drawing 2-2 with a side captained by Diego Simeone, having reached the last-16 of the showpiece event in France. With the match finely poised, Beckham was given his marching orders early in the second half for an immature swipe at Simeone.And Owen, as detailed in his new book ‘Reboot’, currently being serialised by the Mirror, still wonders what could have been if ‘Becks’ had kept his emotions in check on that fateful day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I’ll start by saying that David and I always got on well on a personal level. He was obviously a very talented player,” said the ex-Liverpool forward.“I always admired him massively because I always felt that nobody, I repeat, nobody, worked harder than David to maximise the talent he did have.“But after that World Cup in France, few would argue that his and my paths were different. I became the darling of English football for a period of time whereas he became the villain.“The general feeling in the dressing room immediately after the match was that there was nothing to say about him getting sent off. What could any of us have said to him that would have changed anything? The damage was done.“Whether I thought his actions lost us the game or not didn’t matter. For me, at that time, it was about hierarchy and standing. I was just a junior member of that squad. I was really just a kid.“But… sitting here now, with the benefit of hindsight and perspective, I feel that what David did probably wasn’t a red card offence in the first place. While it was clearly pre-meditated, it was immature and petulant more than it was violent. But for me, that almost makes it worse.“All I can say is that, as I sit here now writing this book, knowing how lucky a player is to appear in one World Cup, never mind more than one, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that what David did that day hadn’t let every single one of that England team down.“Did he deserve the abuse he got afterwards? Certainly not. What human being needs to see his or her effigy being burned?“But David let us down, and I still hold some resentment about it today.”last_img read more

Report: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool made it six wins from six with a 2-1 triumph at Chelsea, who are still without a home win in the Premier League this season.Frank Lampard’s men failed to contain the European champions, who benefited from two first-half injuries to a Chelsea defence that never looked comfortable.Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a thunderbolt before Roberto Firmino rose unmarked to double Liverpool’s lead and there was no way back for Chelsea, despite N’Golo Kante’s sensational solo effort preceding a late rally. 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 Injuries to Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen compounded Lampard’s woes, while opposite number Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a problem-free afternoon as he became the first Liverpool manager to win three times at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.Si Señor #CHELIV— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 22, 2019Willian had a penalty appeal turned down after seven minutes when Virgil van Dijk appeared to bundle him over without touching the ball.The referee blew his whistle without hesitation when Christensen brought down Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah used the free-kick to tee up Alexander-Arnold for a thunderous 20-yard shot into the top right corner.Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had equalised from close-range 12 minutes later but his effort was ruled out for offside and Liverpool promptly doubled their lead, Andy Robertson’s curling free-kick finding Firmino to head home.Chelsea, who had already lost Emerson to a thigh injury, saw Christensen limp off with a knee problem to cap a torrid first half, but Kepa prevented further misery for Lampard when he saved well from Firmino after the interval.Like @nglkante, this goal is just beautiful. He weaves his way through the Liverpool defence and strokes it into the top corner from the edge of the box!Outstanding.  1-2  [71′] #CHELIV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 22, 2019With Tammy Abraham misfiring, the hosts’ most potent attacking threat came from Kante who weaved his way to the edge of the box before scoring with a deft finish after 71 minutes.Abraham’s replacement Michy Batshuayi and Mason Mount both missed glaring late chances as a miserable afternoon for Chelsea ended with groans around Stamford Bridge.What does it mean? A gulf in classLess than 18 months ago, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and finished just five points above them in the 2017-18 Premier League table.The Blues look unlikely to get anywhere near as close to catching Liverpool this season, especially with their resources so stretched and transfers unavailable to them.Fab protects Reds’ back fourFabinho bossed the first 45 minutes of this game, driving the visitors forward and providing Liverpool’s defence with steely protection.Alonso at fault in patchwork defenceChelsea were on the cusp of getting back into the contest when Alonso let Firmino roam free in the box, the Brazil international taking full advantage of the loose marking as he put the Reds 2-0 up.Key Opta Stats- Liverpool are the first team in top-flight history to win their opening six matches of a top-flight season in two consecutive seasons.- Chelsea have lost consecutive home matches in all competitions for the first time since April 2014, when they lost against Sunderland and Atletico Madrid.- Jurgen Klopp managed his 150th Premier League game today – he has registered 92 wins in those games, with only Jose Mourinho (105) winning more in his first 150 matches in the competition.- Frank Lampard is only the second Chelsea manager to fail to win any of his first four home matches in all competitions (W0 D2 L2), after Bobby Campbell in 1988.- Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Liverpool have scored 34 goals from set-piece situations in the Premier League – seven more than any other team.What’s next?After a trip to Milton Keynes Dons in the EFL Cup, Liverpool return to Premier League action at Sheffield United, while Chelsea head into home games against Grimsby Town and Brighton and Hove Albion. read morelast_img read more

Lampard: Leeds shouldn’t win FIFA Fair Play award after Spygate

first_imgFrank Lampard said that Leeds United winning a FIFA Best Award for Fair Play was “ironic” as he has criticised the governing body after being involved in the ‘Spygate’ scandal last season with Derby County.The Chelsea manager was previewing his upcoming game against Brighton but was asked about Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds players earning the award during the week.FIFA gave the award to Leeds after they allowed Aston Villa to walk the ball into their net after they scored a controversial goal while an opponent lay injured on the field. However, Bielsa and Leeds were also fined £200,000 for spying on Lampard’s session after police in Derby caught a Leeds employee outside the Rams training ground. 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 Bielsa paid the fine and admitted that he had sent people to watch sessions of each of his Championship rivals. Lampard was angry at the time and he thought that FIFA were wrong to give their award to Leeds and their manager.“I think everyone had the same reaction because a lot of news was put to Spygate and I think quite rightly so. It got dealt with in the right way so when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year, then I don’t think it’s right, to be straight,” he told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.“I did smile. I don’t know who votes for it. Who votes for it? Listen, everyone knows what happened with Spygate is well documented. The rules changed slightly because of it and they were fined. I felt it was improper. I don’t have to say that anymore.”To get a fair play award off the back of that, I thought it was irony at first. It seemed strange to me. The moment to me it was a dead rubber versus Villa. The ball slowed down to the point of the ball going out it was quite right they allowed Villa to score.”Quite right to level out the balance of what had happened. That was that. It was a strange decision for them to win that.”Lampard’s Derby would go onto beat Leeds in the Championship Play-Off semi-final but they failed to get promoted after losing the final to Aston Villa.Following the final, Chelsea tempted Lampard over the summer to come back to Stamford Bridge and manage at the club where he was hugely successful.Frank Lampard Derby CountyPart of Chelsea’s thoughts behind hiring Lampard was to help rebuild the club with players from the academy as the Blues are hindered by a FIFA imposed transfer ban.Lampard ended his last match with a team of outfield players who had an average age of 20.2 in the 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town. That came after Lampard picked Chelsea’s youngest line up in the Premier League era against Sheffield United.The use of youth players and the hiring of club legends like Lampard and others have helped build a more positive atmosphere with the fans. Lampard is happy that supporters are on his side but he has yet to win at home in the league and is determined to bring better results alongside it.“I don’t want to just extend the honeymoon period on passion and desire, I want to win games,” he added. “Everyone knows how I feel about this club, working at Derby last year, I think it is a responsibility as a manager to try and connect the club, the fans behind the scenes and show that and understand that.He added: “I bump into them all the time. I live five minutes away. It’s hard not to. I’ve had the same feeling. It’s nice but I don’t want too much sympathy when I don’t win a game. At the end of the day, I get back to work. But it’s nice to see that and feel it.”Cabbies, people when I walk the dog; people are being very supportive about what we’re trying to do. Again I want to repay that. It’s a bit of a process but I want to repay it quickly. A lot of the fans see that it may take a little bit of time which is really pleasing.”Here we have work like want it tomorrow. The realities will remain the same and I don’t expect lots of credit because I played for the club for so long or because of what we won in an era gone by. It will be taken away from me slightly and taken to the players as it should be in how they perform; it was only their input. My job is to drive that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Pulisic will prove very important for Chelsea’

first_imgChristian Pulisic will prove “very important” to Chelsea, says Cesar Azpilicueta, with the American being backed to overcome a testing start to his time at Stamford Bridge.The Unites States international arrived in west London over the summer amid much fanfare.At 21 years of age, but with considerable domestic and international experience under his belt, Pulisic was expected to become the next star to step into Eden Hazard’s boots. 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 He has, however, found the going tough in England and has slipped down the pecking order under Frank Lampard as a result.Pulisic has not started a Premier League game since August and figured in only one of Chelsea’s last six games in all competitions – a 7-1 Carabao Cup mauling of Grimsby.The highly-rated youngster did not even make the Blues’ matchday squad for a 2-1 Champions League win over Lille on Wednesday, but he has the full support of those around him.Chelsea captain Azplilicueta told the club’s official website of a player still adjusting to new surroundings: “As the manager said, we are a group, we are all important on this long path, we are only in October.“Sometimes the manager has to make decisions, but I see him [Pulisic] working hard in training.“What I can say is to encourage him to keep working, because we know it is a new country, a new team, a bit of time of adaption is needed.“I see his character, working hard in training, and I’m sure he will be very important for us for the season.”Tammy Abraham Chelsea 2019-20While Pulisic finds himself out of favour at present, a number of other promising talents are making their mark at Chelsea.Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have become prominent figures, with Azpilicueta delighted to see academy graduates starring at home and abroad.He added after seeing the Blues collect their first European points of the season on French soil: “It was very positive to see these young lads involved in the Champions League, and a great experience for all of them.“For a few of them it was their first Champions League game, for some of them it was their first game away from home. Hopefully we can all live that kind of night for a long time.“It was a good result.“We were coming from a difficult moment against Valencia. We knew Lille would be tough and they showed why.“We were controlling the game well in the first 25 minutes until we conceded from a set-play. We had to dig in to get the three points.”Abraham and Willian got the goals for Chelsea against Lille as they moved level with Valencia on three points in Group H. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more