Resident doctors take on COVID-19 as training hangs in balance

first_imgTwo resident doctors from Airlangga University (Unair) in Indonesia’s COVID-19 epicenter – Surabaya, East Java – had been on track to wrap up years of studies in the next few months. However, following days of intensive treatment at their teaching hospital Dr. Soetomo Hospital, where they had been training and serving patients for years, they succumbed to COVID-19.Internal medicine chief resident Miftah Fawzy Sarengat died from the virus on June 10 after tending to COVID-19 patients in Surabaya, marking the first fatality reported among residents in Indonesia. Topics : “There is much worry among fellow residents. It is not only about fears of contracting the virus and potentially infecting families at home, but also about prolonging our education, whether we want it or not,” he said. “Adding one more semester means paying tuition fees for one more semester and more living costs for six more months.”Read also: COVID-19: How the second largest province became Indonesia’s epicenterSeventeen universities in Indonesia offer residency programs with an estimated 13,000 students, according to the Academy of Medicine of Indonesia (MKKI), the Indonesian Medical Association’s (IDI) council overseeing medical education.These residents are assigned to teaching hospitals, many of which are being used as COVID-19 referral hospitals. They work long hours with little to no pay, and when they do receive a salary it is way below the living wage.Indonesia’s university-based system for its residency programs meant that residents were considered university students who had to pay tuition fees, said MMKI chairman David Perdanakusuma.The fees range in the millions to the dozens of millions of rupiah, although there are scholarship options, with program duration lasting four to 12 semesters.This is in contrast to the hospital-based system applied in other countries, in which residents are considered workers who receive salaries throughout their training.”One of the ways to be able to survive being a resident is to be rich,” the Unair resident joked, adding more seriously that being a resident might not only lead to financial constraints, but also physical and mental issues.A 2011 research study that polled 117 University of Indonesia pediatric residents at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta found that 23.9 percent of students had experienced depression two weeks prior to their interviews. The study, published in Sari Pediatri, a journal from the Indonesian Pediatric Society’s (IDAI) publishing agency, also found that 59 percent of them had experienced depression more than once, with a majority of them relating it to their programs of study.As a result of the pandemic, some residents of pulmonology, internal medicine and anesthetics, among other fields, have been asked to directly tend to COVID-19 patients at ERs, wards and intensive care units under the supervision of specialist doctors.Hospitals and medical workers have had to limit services to non-COVID-19 patients, who have declined in number over virus fears, and reduce polyclinic activities and elective surgeries.This disrupted training among residents, as they were less exposed to cases that would help them meet the required competencies to complete their studies, David of the MKKI said. Less than a month later, on Sunday, pediatric resident Putri Wulan Sukmawati died from the virus, though Soetomo Hospital, also a COVID-19 referral hospital, insisted that she did not work in a COVID-19 isolation room and that the management was already “contact tracing internally”.center_img “At the hospital, there is no space that is safe from COVID-19. Even if we do not work in the COVID-19 [isolation] room, we can be infected by our colleagues,” an Unair resident who requested anonymity told The Jakarta Post on June 23.He said that, up until May, the teaching hospital had failed to provide enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for residents working in the emergency room, prompting them to rely on PPE donations. It was only in June, after reports caught the public’s attention, that the hospital allowed residents at the ER to ask for a new set of PPE for every four hours, he said. A resident at Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, who wished to remain anonymous, said his teaching hospital of Saiful Anwar had seen a “boom” of COVID-19 patients, meaning there was a high possibility of prolonged training.”[Hospital] departments are now requesting for tuition fee relief […] We are certainly financially concerned because we rely on our own money and scholarships, and we cannot work [while taking residency],” he said on Sunday.Read also: Workers, volunteers involved in COVID-19 fight entitled to JKK benefits: Manpower ministerJoni Wahyuhadi, the president director of Soetomo Hospital and curative management head of East Java’s COVID-19 task force, told the Post on June 26 that the hospital made sure there was an adequate stock of PPE and that it was processing incentives for residents. He said it was restructuring its ER.At the time, he said nine residents were treated for COVID-19 at the hospital, with one admitted to the ICU. On Monday, Joni said one resident was treated for the disease at his hospital and three others at Unair’s infectious diseases hospital. Joni did not respond to questions on the total number of infections among residents.Unair has promised a 50 percent cut in tuition for residents providing care to COVID-19 patients. It has also waived their tuition while they take temporary leaves of absence from their study programs.Meanwhile, David said the government had now rolled out incentive policies for residents via teaching hospitals, which were expected to register residents with the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) to access the benefits.”There is a possibility for a hospital-based residency system. Consequently, there needs to be an adequate teaching staff and hospitals that meet the teaching requirements,” he said. “There also needs to be support [from policymakers] in the form of regulations and laws on the inception of hospital-based systems.”last_img read more

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand makes Premier League top four prediction

first_imgManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand makes Premier League top four prediction Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 1:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester City will defend their title against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand has backed Manchester City to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title with a bigger points difference than last season and has predicted that Manchester United will finish in fourth place.Liverpool pushed City to the final weekend last term but, in the end, had to settle for runners-up behind Pep Guardiola’s side despite amassing 97 points across a magnificent campaign.Chelsea came third, albeit finishing a staggering 25 points behind Liverpool, and Mauricio Pochettino led Tottenham to fourth place to seal the final Champions League qualification spot.Arsenal and United had disappointing seasons, finishing fifth and sixth respectively, but Ferdinand is confident his former club will qualify for Europe’s elite competition this time around.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked where United will finish in the Premier League, Ferdinand told Stretford Paddock: ‘I think fourth.‘I think City will win it, Liverpool second with a bigger points gap than last season and then I think Spurs and Manchester United.‘I just think Spurs… because they’ve been together, there’s a consistency with the players that are there. They know the manager, they know the system.‘The new stadium could become a fortress. If they get it to become a fortress which they’ll be aiming to do then it’ll be hard, I think Man United will finish fourth behind that. There will be improvements.’ Ferdinand is confident Solskjaer can lead United to a fourth-place finish (Picture: Getty)United made a serious statement when they spent £80million on Harry Maguire and Ferdinand believes the defender’s ‘biggest issue’ will be overcoming constant unfair comparisons with Virgil van Dijk.He told Joe.co.uk: ‘I think the biggest issue for Harry Maguire is going to be the comparisons with someone like Virgil van Dijk. I’ve seen it already: “Ah, he’s gonna change the fortunes of Man United, the way Van Dijk did”. It’s different.‘Van Dijk went into a very settled team, a team that were on the cusp of winning anyway, they were much closer than United to the top of the league, so it’s a very big difference.‘But the price tag… he’s cost more than Van Dijk so people are expecting the same if not more than what Van Dijk’s done in terms of the influence he has on the team, but I think it’s a very different proposition.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It’s impossible to predict if someone will be a success or not. You’d like to think he will be if you’re a Man United fan.‘He’s got some great qualities in terms of his confidence on the ball, his ability to drive out with the ball – you would have to say he’s up there with the best in the world in that respect.‘But, more than that, United have been searching for someone with a personality, someone who will take on the responsibility, to be the leader from the back.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘From what I’ve heard from people close to him, he has those characteristics so fingers crossed. It’s dealing with the questions a lot of people are gonna have about him.’MORE: Manchester United reject offer from Everton to sign Chris Smalling on season-long loan dealcenter_img Advertisement City won the Premier League by one point last season (Picture: Getty)On what would represent success for United this season, Ferdinand replied: ‘Champions League.‘Get in the Champions League and win a trophy would be success. I’m quietly confident.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery celebrates Joe Willock’s tackle like a goal in Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 12 Aug 2019 10:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Read More Skip Ad struggling Manchester United captain Harry… / Top articles Unai Emery was delighted with Joe Willock’s show of determination against Newcastle United (Arsenal)Joe Willock impressed during Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United on Sunday but there was one moment from the 19-year-old that sparked Unai Emery on the touchline.The incident came in the first half when Willock was running with the ball on Arsenal’s left flank but was stopped in his tracks and shoved off the pitch by Jonjo Shelvey.Instead of asking the referee for a foul, Willock got straight to his feet, chased down Shelvey and put in a sublime recovery tackle to win the ball back and start Arsenal’s counter-attack.Emery is typically animated on the touchline and Arsenal’s ‘Bench Cam’ footage caught the Spaniard celebrating Willock’s show of determination as if Arsenal had scored a goal.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Skip by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 PLAY Read More Read More 1/1 Read More Advertisement Read More Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal got their Premier League campaign off to an excellent start at St James’ Park as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the second half sealed Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle.Willock started the game before he was replaced by Dani Ceballos after 64 minutes.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd after the match, Emery praised the performances of Willock and Reiss Nelson.‘They are young, they need to get confidence, to get experience. But we need to be winning,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We are helping them but pushing them and our demand is a very big demand.Unai Emery’s reaction to Joe Willock’s recovery tsckle on Shelvey.#afc pic.twitter.com/YE887NAPF2— Gilles 🇳🇬🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@GrimandiTweets_) August 12, 2019 1 min. story Coming Next ‘They need to do one process and sometimes it’s playing like today and sometimes it’s maybe starting in the bench.‘But above all, they are going to be with us.‘They deserved to be with us and to give them confidence can help us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal SPONSORED Unai Emery celebrates Joe Willock’s tackle like a goal in Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors

first_imgToday I’m proud to sign #TiernesLaw, which gives our justice system more tools to hold domestic abusers accountable and strengthens protections for victims who are still at risk. pic.twitter.com/CLaSELG9YQ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 16, 2018 The Blog,  Weekly Update,  Workforce Development Tierne’s LawOn Monday, Governor Wolf signed SB 449, also known as Tierne’s Law, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta. This act amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and clarifies judges’ use of risk assessment tools when setting bail amounts to determine whether the perpetrators of domestic violence pose a continued danger to their victims.“We all know the tragic story that led us to take a hard look at our laws, and make this change,” Governor Wolf said. “We mourn Tierne’s loss with her family, and while we can never fix what they’ve had to go through, Tierne’s law will help us prevent senseless and horrible situations like this one from happening to more Pennsylvania families, and will hold perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse accountable for their heinous crimes.By signing Tierne’s Law, Governor Wolf builds on his support for victims of domestic violence. On April 6, the governor asked State House leaders and committee chairs to send him a package of domestic violence reform bills that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.“I urge the House to pass a package of domestic violence bills, including Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns,” said Governor Wolf. “We know that many domestic abusers use firearms to harm their victims, as was the case with Tierne, who died from a gunshot wound inflicted by her abuser spouse.”Workforce DevelopmentGovernor Wolf announced new funding for the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center to help with the creation of two new welding training programs in Bedford and Somerset counties. These programs will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce which will inevitably help the companies succeed and grow in a rapidly-evolving economy.This investment builds on the governor’s commitment to workforce development in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday Governor Wolf announced that his administration has helped more than 2,000 companies train their existing workforces. A total of 120,000 workers at more than 2,200 companies across the commonwealth have been supported through the incumbent worker training program since the beginning of the Wolf Administration. Additionally, on Thursday the governor announced his commitment to helping youth and young adults receive the work experience they need to succeed in college by announcing funding for local summer internship programs throughout Pennsylvania.SeniorsOn Friday, Governor Wolf announced that 41 senior centers across the commonwealth would receive grants from the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.“Senior community centers serve as gateways for older adults to access vital community services,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources they need to revitalize and expand services that enrich the lives of Pennsylvania’s senior population.”See a complete list of grant recipients.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018Monday, 4/16/18Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Construction Season in South Central PA, Highlights ProjectsWolf Administration Cabinet Members Host Community Event in TunkhannockGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Providing Protections for Victims of Domestic ViolenceGovernor Wolf Supports Recommendations of Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Approved by Secretary of HealthGovernor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting CommissionTuesday, 4/17/18Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset CountiesPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie DentGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” HutchinsonPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Southeastern RegionGovernor Wolf Thanks House for Passage of ‘Grandfamilies’ Legislation, Urges Senate to VoteWednesday, 4/18/18Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former First Lady Barbara BushGovernor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing WorkforceGovernor Wolf Announces $60 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 CountiesGovernor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Combat HazingThursday, 4/19/18Pennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship ProgramsGovernor Wolf Celebrates Revitalization at Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Highline in PittsburghFriday, 4/20/18Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2017-18 Senior Community Center GrantsPennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of TreasuryHighlights from the Blog:April Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA’s Workforce, Creating Jobs That Pay, Connecting Growing CommunitiesGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Urges Action on Domestic Violence Legislation (Round-up)Highlights from Twitter:When Meek Mill was resentenced to prison for parole violations, his case brought hundreds of thousands to call for change in PA. We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. My plan: https://t.co/hgbFL5aVyU pic.twitter.com/p3IzlJmVYU— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 17, 2018 April 23, 2018 Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Abortion law in fact still good, says Government

first_imgMedia Release 15 March 2017A poll has found that half of NZ’ers in the 18-40 age bracket believe that women risk harming their mental health as a result of having an abortion.The independent poll commissioned by Family First NZ and carried out by Curia Market Research asked respondents whether they agreed with the following statement: “Women who have abortions risk harming their mental health as a result of the abortion.” Overall, almost half (46%) agreed with the statement, 22% were unsure or didn’t say, and only 33% disagreed. There was little difference between male and female respondents. Significantly, strongest agreement with the statement came from the younger 18-40 age bracket (50%).“This is the unheard discussion around abortion. From personal experience, and from the hundreds of women who have contacted me through the Buttons Project, I know that there is a mental health component to having an abortion – but no-one wants to talk about it. Yet this poll reveals that many people are aware, especially the younger generations. That is a positive,” says Marina Young, spokesperson for Family First NZ and founder of the Buttons Project.“Abortion can harm a women, but pro-abortion groups refuse to acknowledge this, seeing the right to abortion more paramount than the long-term health and welfare of the women involved. We believe women have the right to the best independent information and advice before making a decision that could impact them later in life,” says Mrs Young.A University of Otago study in 2008 found that women who had an abortion faced a 30% increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.And a research paper entitled “Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy? A re-appraisal of the evidence” by Professor David Fergusson, John Horwood, and Joseph Boden which was published in the 2013 edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry concluded that the evidence shows that abortion was not associated with a reduction in rates of mental health problems, but was associated with increases in risks of anxiety, alcohol and drug misuse, and suicidal behavior. They state: “There is no available evidence to suggest that abortion has therapeutic effects in reducing the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy. There is suggestive evidence that abortion may be associated with small to moderate increases in risks of some mental health problems.” A meta-analysis of 22 studies and over 877,000 participants over a 14-year period, published in 2011 in the British Journal of Psychiatry, revealed that 81% of females who had an abortion were found to be at an increased risk for mental health problems, including depression, alcohol abuse and suicidal behaviors. The study also revealed that as many as 10% of all mental health problems are directly attributable to abortion. The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK have recommended updating abortion information leaflets to include details of the risks of depression. They said that consent could not be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information.In a poll of NZ’ers in 2011, the majority of New Zealanders (64%) said that women considering abortion have the right to be fully informed of the medical risks of abortion – and the alternatives.“Family First NZ believes that any attempts to liberalise the laws around abortion in New Zealand would cause more harm than good to women. It is time that the research on the post-abortion mental health outcomes was given equal weight against the pro-abortion claims of ‘benefits’,” says Mrs Young.READ FULL RESULTSENDSLabour Wants To Remove Abortion SafeguardsMedia Release 13 March 2017 Family First NZ is concerned that the Labour party wants to remove safeguards in the current abortion law which are there to protect women and children and introduce extreme abortion laws which has been shown overseas to place women at risk.“Contrary to misrepresentation by pro-abortion groups and politicians, any New Zealand woman who has an abortion under the current legislative guidelines and protections is not committing an illegal act, and is therefore not considered a criminal. To claim otherwise is simply false scaremongering aimed at deceiving people into supporting the introduction of an extreme abortion law in New Zealand. The existing safeguards are there to protect women and children,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.“Abortion is also a health issue – it’s a surgical procedure that has risk factors associated with it. A sound law needs to reflect that reality, and not leave women exposed to harms, such as those recently witnessed in the criminal trial of Kermit Gosnell who was able to operate a dangerous legal abortion facility which resulted in female client death and other atrocities thanks to extreme abortion laws. Is that what the Labour party wants?”“What is really required are laws which protect women from the Gosnells of this world, that promote informed consent and complete information about abortion and abortion-related risks, and that provide women with independent pregnancy counselling so that women can make truly informed decisions from a place of certainty and knowledge,” says Mr McCoskrie.“The good news is that there has been a significant drop in abortions to the lowest number since 1994, and the rate will continue to drop as knowledge of the prenatal development of the unborn child increases, and as an increasingly pro-life younger generation become parents themselves. The ‘bunch of cells’ argument which has driven the right-to-abortion argument is now just ‘flat-earth science’.”“Abortions can harm women – a fact supported by half of New Zealanders – yet pro-abortion groups refuse to acknowledge this, seeing the right to abortion more paramount than the long-term health and welfare of the women,” says Mr McCoskrie.“Contrary to erroneous claims by pro-aborts, the Abortion Supervisory Committee has simply recommended that some of the wording in the Act which is ‘outdated and clumsy’ should be updated, should reflect ‘technological advancements’, and ironically should reinforce ‘safety, and robust consultation processes’. The report does not call for a change to the legal status of the law.”ENDS Forty-year abortion law, described as ‘offensive’, in fact still good, says GovernmentStuff co.nz 17 March 2017Family First Comment: It’s not ‘good” because human life is being killed, but it’s way way better than what Labour and Greens are proposing! The current law also has safeguards which protect women!Justice Minister Amy Adams said “The Government has a busy legislative programme focused on issues that affect large numbers of New Zealanders, such as family and sexual violence, money laundering and vulnerable children to name just a few. We are not currently looking at reforming or re-drafting the abortion law on the basis that it is working broadly as intended.”http://www.chooselife.org.nzA 40-year abortion law that still refers to people with impaired mental capacity as “subnormal”, does not need changing, says the Government.Justice Minister Amy Adams said the law might be outdated, but it was workable and the Government had higher priorities.“The Government has a busy legislative programme focused on issues that affect large numbers of New Zealanders, such as family and sexual violence, money laundering and vulnerable children to name just a few.“We are not currently looking at reforming or re-drafting the abortion law on the basis that it is working broadly as intended,” she said.Adams comments came after the chair of the Abortion Supervisory Committee, Dame Linda Holloway, requested MPs on the Justice and Electoral Select Committee redraft aspects of the law.The statute, which sits under the Crimes Act, was outdated and “offensive” in parts – opening up the committee to lengthy legal challenges by anti-abortion groups using semantics to chip away at its authority.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/90534269/Forty-year-abortion-law-described-as-offensive-in-fact-still-good-says-Government?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

2013 IMCA point fund is record $593,791

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – A rec­ord $593,791 in point funds will be paid to IMCA driv­ers, based on national, re­gional, special series and local track standings, this season.That’s approximately $33,000 more than last year.“Point fund amounts are based on the number of sanctioned tracks, the num­ber of licensed members and the number of drivers racing at 50 percent or more of the sanctioned events at their local track or tracks,” ex­plained IMCA Director of Points and Membership Virginia Lindsey. “The 2013 point fund speaks to the loyalty of our members,” she added. Individual point fund amounts are published in the November Inside IMCA newsletter. Point fund checks will be presented to all drivers at­tending the Nov. 30 national awards banquet. Checks will be mailed beginning the following week to drivers not in at­tendance that evening.last_img read more

Win ‘bittersweet’ for O’Driscoll

first_img He added: “It was a massive mix of emotions: delight at being part of this historic moment alongside guys you have battled with, but tempered by not playing. It was hard and I would be lying if I said otherwise. “You are desperately envious of those who are out there but there is not a sliver of ambiguity about wanting to see the boys win. That is non-negotiable: 100 per cent you want the team to go well. I have spent a lot of time with these guys. “But thanks be to God, I am a series winner with the British and Irish Lions, albeit it did not finish as I would have liked it to. But you cannot write your own script.” O’Driscoll relived the moment on Wednesday when he was dropped for the first time as a professional. The Irishman had widely been tipped to be named captain in what would have been his final Test for the Lions, but he knew the writing was on the wall when Gatland and assistant coach Rob Howley approached him by the coffee machine and asked for a quiet word. “I realised a quiet word in the meeting room was not a good sign,” he said. “They were not going to ask me to be captain. That would have been said to me there and then. It was a blow. “Having seen other players react in the past to being dropped has given me an insight into how to respond and behave properly. I have seen guys who are dead men walking on tours when they have not been selected and you cannot be that person.” Dropped centre Brian O’Driscoll conceded it was a “bittersweet” moment as he watched the British and Irish Lions seal their first series victory for 16 years. Press Associationcenter_img The 34-year-old Ireland international was left out of the match day 23 by coach Warren Gatland for the deciding Test against Australia on Saturday, which they won 41-16. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, O’Driscoll said: “The final whistle was bittersweet. You do not feel as much part of it if you have not played, no matter what. That is just how it is.” last_img read more

Dead sharks wash up on Delray Beach

first_imgBeachgoers in Delray Beach were met with an unsettling surprise after a pair of dead sharks washed ashore, Tuesday morning.The sharks were reportedly spotted near the shoreline on the north end of Delray Beach.One of the sharks appeared to be a baby while the other one was said to be full grown.The sharks did not wash-up together as the baby was reportedly more decomposed than the other.The Ocean Rescue division of the Delray Beach Fire Department said crews were dispatched to remove the dead sharks.“Ocean Rescue officials said if you see dead sharks along the beach, call the agency right away at 561-243-7352.”last_img

Burruchaga Reveals Argentina’s Russia 2018 Ambition

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportFormer Argentina star, Jorge Burruchaga, has revealed that the South American nation is aiming to win her third World Cup in Russia next year.The former winger who scored Albiceleste’s winning goal in the 3-2 defeat of then West Germany at Mexico ’86, told Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, Argentina was gunning for the silverware again 31 years after. In a chat with Scorenigeria.com yesterday, the Franco-German Nigerian gaffer revealed his discussions with Burruchaga at the last World Cup 2018 Draw ceremony in Moscow early this month.“I met Jorge Burruchaga at the (World Cup) draw. He told me ‘we are coming to win the World Cup,’ revealed the Eagles coach who is also aiming to make history with the three-time African champions.To show how serious the Argentines are about their ambition to win the cup in Russia, Rohr also hinted that the team’s handler Jorge Sampaoli and his crew have already secured a training base.“They have chosen a magnificent base camp and will put everything in to make it (winning the cup) happen,” Rohr stressed.To Nigerian football fans still celebrating the 4-2 defeat of the Albiceleste in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia, Rohr stressed that Argentina is not the same team without Messi. “We will not make the mistake of thinking that we already know them (Argentina).“We beat them in friendly Krasnodar last month, but Argentina played without Lionel Messi. And Argentina without Messi, it’s not the same team.“They let in four goals, they may not have changed much defensively, but offensively they can change everything.“Argentina are still vice-champions of the world, and had not passed away from the coronation in 2014,” concludes the coach.Like in the previous three World Cups, the two teams will clash again in the last Group D match after the matches against Croatia and Iceland.Incidentally, Messi has featured five times in matches against Nigeria, but has only scored in two of such games.The first was at the 2005 Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Holland when his two penalty- kick goals sealed a 2-1 victory against Nigeria in the final.At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Messi scored twice in the 3-2 win over a turbo-charged Super Eagles in Porto Alegre.He fired blanks in other games against Eagles. The first was the final match of the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing. He also followed up the no-show against Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup group game in South Africa and the friendly match in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2011.last_img read more

Kanu Robbed of £8,000 in Russia

first_imgFormer Nigeria Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has been robbed of £8,000 (about N4million) in the city where Super Eagles are to play their opening Group D match against Croatia on June 16.TASS Russian News Agency reported that the money was stolen from Kanu’s luggage by the baggage handlers at the Khrabrovo Airport.“When Kanu discovered that the money was stolen when he got to his hotel, he promptly made a report and the two airport staff were detained on suspicion of stealing the money from the Nigeria legend.” Lieutenant Colonel Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, said the loaders were dealing with the baggage from a London to Moscow flight.“The stolen cash was removed (from the loaders) and will soon be returned to the owner”, she said.The loaders, aged 30 and 36, face criminal investigation and could be sent to jail for up to six years.Kanu played alongside ex-Manchester United and England star Wes Brown in a FIFA legends team against a Russian legends side.The ex-Arsenal man, a former Nigerian international, did not mention the theft in speaking to the media in the Baltic city.“Kaliningrad is a very nice city with very nice people,” said Nwankwo Kanu.“ Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country,” Kanu was quoted as saying to UK’s Mirror newspaper.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more