Barca team news vs Atletico

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Atletico Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 22:42 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona celebrate Getty Images Primera División Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Barcelona Everything you need to know ahead of the league leaders’ visit to the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday… Barcelona face the biggest threat yet to their 100 per cent record in the Primera Division this season so far as they travel to Atletico Madrid in the eighth round of the competition on Saturday.Ernesto Valverde’s side have won all seven of their fixtures in La Liga this term and sit six points clear of the Rojiblancos ahead of this weekend’s meeting in the capital.That will be the first for the Blaugrana at the Wanda Metropolitano after the stadium was inaugurated last month, and an eighth win would leave the Catalans in a commanding position at the top of the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Here, Goal looks at everything you need to know ahead of the big match on Saturday night…BARCELONA INJURIESOusmane Dembele underwent an operation on a thigh injury he picked up at Getafe last month and the France forward is now expected to be sidelined for up to four months, meaning he will almost certainly not feature again in 2017.Rafinha and Arda Turan are also out and will play no part in the game against Atletico.Ousmane Dembele Getafe BarcelonaBARCELONA SUSPENSIONS With no players sent off this season and only a handful booked (Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba three times each in La Liga), Barcelona have no suspended stars for the match against Atletico.Gerard PiqueBARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWith Ousmane Dembele still sidelined, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde must decide which player will start in attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on Saturday.The two South American forwards should feature from the outset, despite turning out for their national teams in CONMEBOL World Cup qualification games over the past week.Valverde could choose Sergi Roberto on the right, with Denis Suarez and Aleix Vidal also options. Gerard Deulofeu looks unlikely to be included, however, after falling out of favour in recent weeks.Elsewhere, Andres Iniesta (who recently signed a new “lifetime” contract with the Catalan club), should start in midfield despite a knock.Barcelona possible AtleticoATLETICO TEAM NEWS Atletico Madrid have made a strong start to La Liga and are in fourth place ahead of the game against league leaders Barcelona.Diego Simeone’s side have picked up four wins and three draws in the Primera Division so far and have won both of their home matches (against Malaga and Sevilla) at the recently inaugurated Wanda Metropolitano stadium.Diego Costa has returned to Atletico from Chelsea, but the Spain striker is uneligible until January due to the club’s transfer ban. Meanwhile, right-back Sime Vrsaljko is a doubt for Saturday’s game.Diego Simeone Atletico MadridBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Atletico have not won in their last 14 Liga games against Barcelona (losing eight of those), their worst run without a win against them in the competition. The Rojiblancos’ last win over Barcelona in La Liga was in February 2010, a 2-1 success that was the only defeat for the Catalans in that Primera Division campaign. Only against Sevilla (23) has Lionel Messi scored more goals in La Liga than against Atletico (22). Antoine Griezmann has scored in all three of the competitive games which have been played at the Wanda Metropolitano: two in La Liga and one in the Champions League. Diego Simeone has just won two of his 21 games as coach against Barcelona in all competitions (drawn seven, lost 12), none of them in La Liga. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Atletico versus Barcelona kicks off at 20:45 local time at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday and will be broadcast live from 19:40 UK time on Sky Sports Football.last_img read more

Nebraska Fans Will Love Tom Osborne’s Adrian Martinez Comment

first_imgAdrian Martinez lifts his helmet in the air for Nebraska after a win during the 2018 college football season.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Nebraska Cornhuskers are on the rise trying to get back to national prominence in 2019.Head coach Scott Frost’s first season resulted in a disappointing 4-8 record. But the future of the program is bright because of quarterback Adrian Martinez.Martinez threw for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while also rushing for 629 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018. Remarkably, he produced those numbers as a true freshman.Many expect Martinez to make a big jump going into his sophomore campaign. The latest to hop on the Martinez bandwagon is the legendary Tom Osborne. Osborne gives high praise to the Nebraska quarterback saying he’s “the whole package”, via Omaha.com. In fact, Osborne said Martinez might be the most-gifted Nebraska quarterback he’s ever seen.You’ve probably heard enough praise for #Huskers QB Adrian Martinez.But it means a bit more when it comes from Tom Osborne.He “probably has the best combination of skills of any quarterback I’ve seen at Nebraska.” (PLUS) https://t.co/7peSe2vlsv— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) August 29, 2019Quite the praise considering the quarterbacks Osborne coached in his Nebraska career which spanned from 1973-1997. The hall-of-fame coach won three national championships with Nebraska and coached legendary QBs like Tommy Frazier, Turner Gill and Scott Frost.Martinez is one of the main reasons the Cornhuskers have garnered so much hype this off-season. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit weighs in on what he expects from Nebraska in 2019.“Internally, I think there’s a ton of belief in the direction they’re going,” Herbstreit said on his ESPN podcast, via 247Sports. “They’ve got a great quarterback who is only going to get better. He’s got some skill around him. JD Spielman is one of the better receivers in the Big Ten. He’ll have a monster year. I just don’t know if they’re there defensively for the week-in, week-out grind that it takes to be able to avoid a hiccup or two. I still think that Wisconsin (is a favorite), another team that I feel is somewhat forgotten because of the way their season went last year.”Nebraska’s season opener takes place this Saturday against South Alabama.last_img read more

Recipients of 2010 Order of Nova Scotia Announced

first_img Burnley (Rocky) Allan Jones, Halifax, is a fierce champion of racial equality and justice. He is a promoter of social reform in the areas of justice, employment, housing, and education. Believing that African Canadians need to work together for change, Dr. Jones helped establish the Black United Front of Nova Scotia and the National Black Coalition of Canada. He helped create two Dalhousie University programs: the Transition Year Program, to redress educational inequities faced by members of the First Nations and African Canadian communities, and the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie Law School, to increase the representation of Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq in the legal profession. He heads his own law firm devoted to human rights, labour and criminal law. A inspiration in musical education, an advocate for racial equality, and a founder of Christmas Daddies are among the five Nova Scotians to be invested into the Order of Nova Scotia this year. Premier Darrell Dexter announced the 2010 Order of Nova Scotia recipients today, Oct. 12. “The Order of Nova Scotia recognizes those who have brought honour and prestige to our province,” said Premier Dexter. “This year’s recipients have made outstanding achievements and helped make life better for Nova Scotia families in every region. “I want to thank all the recipients for their contributions to their communities, and to all Nova Scotians.” — J. Chalmers Doane, South Maitland, Hants Co., has been calledone of the most outstanding music educators in Canada. He was a supervisor of music education in the Halifax school system from 1967 to 1984. He established an innovative music education program that taught thousands of children to play an instrument and helped foster a lifelong appreciation and love of music. His unique, accessible program, featuring the ukulele, was so successful that it quickly became adopted in schools across North America. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has founded many orchestras and bands. His passion for music and his ability to generate enthusiasm in students and teachers has had a lasting influence on generations of Nova Scotians. Eva June Landry, St. Peter’s, Richmond Co., is a deeply committed educator and passionate advocate for rural and economic development. She was a teacher, a principal, a reading specialist, and became the first female superintendent of schools in Richmond Co., Cape Breton. In 1980, she became the province’s first female inspector of schools. She has served as a 4-H leader for more than 50 years, actively promoting the youth development organization in Canada and abroad. For the past 25 years she has been a volunteer with Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres, where she has worked to maximize access to hearing and speech services for children and adults throughout the province. James (Jim) Herbert Leonard Hill (deceased), Dartmouth, was beloved throughout the Maritimes as one of the two founding “daddies” of the Christmas Daddies Telethon. He found his life calling in 1964 when he and his colleague, Jack Dalton, witnessed a young boy panhandling while having lunch. They passed a hat and raised $15 for the boy and the idea for the Christmas Daddies Telethon was born. Today it is one of the longest-running telethons in North America and has raised more than $27 million to provide toys, food, and clothing to less fortunate children across the region. It has been running for 46 years, inspiring hundreds of volunteers to help thousands of children and their families. — Rev. William Robert (Bill) Pope (deceased), Mount Denson, Hants Co., was a minister, care facility manager, publisher, and philanthropist who selflessly served his community. After seven years as a United Church minister, he helped establish Windsor Elms Senior Citizens Home and served as its first manager. Rev. Pope and his wife Isabel established a publishing company, Lancelot Press, and printed and bound more than 500 books, inspirational magazines, and newsletters. After their son, Robert, an artist, died of cancer at age 35, they established the Robert Pope Foundation to foster health and healing through art, education, and community health initiatives. It provides scholarships to students at NSCAD University, supports the medical humanities program at Dalhousie University, and contributes to palliative care facilities and hospices. The recipients were selected by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council from 75 nominations from across the province. The 2010 recipients will be recognized at an Investiture Ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Province House. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.last_img read more

Resting place of the HMS Terror given national historic site protection

first_imgOTTAWA – Ottawa has set aside nearly 60 square kilometres of seabed off the coast of Nunavut to keep gawkers and scavengers away from one of Canada’s most famous shipwrecks.The HMS Terror is one of two ships from the Franklin expedition which became trapped in ice in the Arctic in 1845, ultimately leading to the deaths of all 129 men on board, including expedition leader Sir John Franklin.The location of the wrecked ships were one of Canada’s greatest unsolved mysteries until September 2014, when the first of the two ships, the HMS Erebus was found south of King William Island.The HMS Terror was found almost exactly two years later, in September 2016, north of the HMS Erebus.Both ships are in pristine condition despite resting beneath the sea for more than 170 years and the artifacts which remain have immense value.In October, the United Kingdom said it would transfer ownership of the ships and their contents to Canada.Earlier this month, the federal cabinet ordered the National Historic Sites of Canada be amended to add 57.8 square kilometres of seabed encompassing the HMS Terror.“An area of this size is required to prevent access and activities directed at the wreck, and to protect underwater historical resources related to the wreck,” reads the order in council published last week.“The size of the area would protect any underwater debris and artifacts dispersed around the wreck, make it difficult for unauthorized individuals to approach the wreck, and facilitate monitoring of the site.”A similar order was made for the sea bed around the HMS Erebus in 2015.Nobody is currently allowed to visit the sites without permission. Not that getting there would be easy.King William Island is more than 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut, and boasts just one, small settlement — the Inuit hamlet of Gjoa Haven — on its southeast edge.The HMS Terror lies 24 metres beneath the surface of the water in Terror Bay. The HMS Erebus is 11 metres below the surface.On the Parks Canada website dedicated to the wrecks, the “getting here” tab paints an unappealing picture of making the trip.It says while the region offers “spectacular scenery, wildlife and opportunities to experience Inuit culture” it also comes with “a host of dangers” including remoteness, limited access to help for anyone who runs into trouble, unpredictable river crossings, high winds, and polar bears.“You must be self-reliant and responsible for your own safety,” the site says.Inuit guardians were posted at both wreck sites throughout the ice-free season to protect them. The sites are also monitored with help from the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Transport Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, and the Canadian Coast Guard.Longer term protection is in development for a permanent Inuit guardians program, and for the eventual ability of people to visit the sites.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Western Sahara: Trump Signs Pro-Morocco Spending Bill

Rabat – At a news conference in the White House’s Rose Garden yesterday, President Trump controversially called for a national emergency and announced his signing of a sweeping 2019 spending bill which he said would avoid a repeat of a painful government shutdown.The bill includes sections that favor Morocco’s Western Sahara position, suggesting that after a period of doubt in President Trump’s first months in power, the two allies are again set on a good course.Trump’s Rose Garden address, which essentially laid out the president’s high-handed take on border security, saw him complain that waves of “aliens” that have been invading the US. The spending bill he pledged for as a consequence includes bolder moves to unlock the funds needed to build his “Mexico Wall.” The move is reportedly not sitting well with policymakers in Washington, with dissenting voices condemning the circumstances of the president’s national emergency call as an assault on the separation of powers.Reiterating US support for MoroccoElsewhere, though, a bit farther from the seemingly shambolic US domestic scene, the bill that Trump signed on Friday reiterates US support for Morocco. It seals the previous pro-Morocco steps that both the president and the two houses of the US Congress had taken earlier this year.President Trump signed a similar spending bill in late January, but back then it was simply a temporary move to secure a partial end to the painful government shutdown.The country was just emerging from a three-week government shutdown, the longest in US history, and there were reports of US government workers turning to food banks to survive.“I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks… Over the next 21 days I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith,” Trump said at the time.But having failed to secure the “cooperation” he had hoped to get from Democrats for his migration policies, Trump said he felt compelled to resolve to the boldness he seemed to embrace in his Friday address.The 2019 spending bill would still prevail, but it felt burdensome to wait for all the normal congressional procedures and the traditional hurdles of Washington politicking, Trump suggested as he announced his national emergency. “I didn’t need to do this. I just want to get it done faster.”While the bill is allegedly vague and –understandably— controversial on US domestic issues, it is unequivocally pro-Morocco and unusually forthcoming on US development funds for Western Sahara.It reiterates Morocco’s position that Western Sahara should be considered as part of the US aids funds allocated to Morocco. “Funds appropriated under title III of this Act shall be made available for assistance for the Western Sahara,” read the bill’s “Morocco” section.The bill also calls for better monitoring of the humanitarian aid to the Tindouf camps’ “vulnerable refugees.” The plea for international action to better track whether Tindouf-bound humanitarian assistance does actually reach its rightful recipients has been a crucial point of order in Morocco’s Western Sahara diplomacy.Morocco-US relations have been erratic in recent months, culminating in heightened doubts in Rabat when National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared to embrace Polisario-friendly rhetoric when he unveiled the US Africa strategy in December 2018.In more recent weeks, however, the relationship seems to be reverting back to its traditional line, with Washington viewing—and treating—Rabat as its most reliable and strongest ally in North Africa. read more

Benazir Bhutto named among seven winners of UN human rights prize

26 November 2008A Congolese doctor who treats female victims of sexual violence, a nun who advocated for indigenous rights before her murder in Brazil three years ago and the slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto are among seven recipients of a prestigious United Nations prize awarded for outstanding work in human rights. The UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights, awarded by the General Assembly every five years, will be presented this year at a ceremony in New York on 10 December to mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).This year’s winners, announced today, include Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Ramsey Clark, ex-Attorney-General of the United States; Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director and co-founder of Jamaicans for Justice; Denis Mukwege, co-founder of the General Referral Hospital of Panzi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and Human Rights Watch.Ms. Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister, and Dorothy Stang of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are also being posthumously honoured.An ardent advocate for democracy and for the human rights of the most vulnerable sections of society, particularly women, children and minority rights, Ms. Bhutto was twice elected prime minister of Pakistan. After returning to Pakistan late last year following years in exile, Ms. Bhutto was assassinated in an attack in Rawalpindi.Sr. Stang defended the human rights of the poor, landless and indigenous populations of the Anapu region of Brazil for nearly 40 years, despite numerous death threats. She worked with farmers to help rebuild their livelihoods, cultivate their land and defend their rights from loggers and ranchers, becoming a symbol of the fight to preserve the rainforest before being killed in 2005.Prior to her role as High Commissioner, Ms. Arbour served as the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and was responsible for the first indictment in history of a sitting head of state, Slobodan Miloševic. Mr. Clark, a veteran human rights defender and rule of law advocate, played a key role in the civil rights and peace movements in the US, and more recently has spoken out against abuses committed in the name of “counter-terrorism.”Under Dr. Gomes’ leadership, Jamaicans for Justice has become the premier human rights advocacy group in the Caribbean country, developing innovative local and international partnerships to advance the cause of human rights. For more than 10 years Dr. Mukwege has devoted himself to helping women and girls who are victims of sexual violence in the war-torn DRC region of South Kivu, setting up specialized services for their treatment and training nurses, obstetricians and doctors so that all those who come to the hospital can be helped. Human Rights Watch has documented human rights violations across the globe and advocated for the promotion of human rights and freedoms for some 30 years. The organization has played a key role in major advocacy campaigns, such as for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and more recently the Cluster Munitions Coalition.“As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we acknowledge the tireless work and invaluable contribution of these individuals and organizations that have fought to see the rights and freedoms embodied in this historic document become a reality for people in all corners of the world,” said Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto.“These awardees constitute symbols of persistence, valour and tenacity in their resistance to public and private authorities that violate human rights. They constitute a moral force to put an end to systematic human rights violations,” Mr. D’Escoto said in a press release issued today.The prize was first awarded on 10 December 1968 on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR and previous recipients have included Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Amnesty International. read more

Swedish star Dalibor Doder is ready for the EHF EURO 2012

← Previous Story United Serbs: Two captains, one wish – Medal! Next Story → Croatian legend, Niksa Kaleb: France, Denmark, Croatia and Serbia for the medals” At the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, Sweden will have attack organised by Dalibor Doder, the best playmaker of the last WCh 2011.  Situation with his child is going better and he is ready to play for the national team, after he missed the “Croatia Cup” in Osijek last weekend.– Baby only sleeping and eating. He is a little Doder, a little fighter – said happy father. Dalibor Doder read more

Megalogenis proclaims election strangest ever

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Megalogenis, senior columnist at The Australian, has described the recent Federal Election as “possibly the strangest election result you’ll ever get in Australia, but possibly one we’ll see more and more.” I wouldn’t have thought this was a great campaign for the 51% of Australians who were born overseas or who have parents who were.The prominent Greek Australian political commentator told around 150 people at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Thursday the two major parties did not try to engage with migrant voters. “I wouldn’t have thought this was a great campaign for the 51% of Australians who were born overseas or who have parents who were,” he said. The author of Faultlines and The Longest Decade described Julia Gillard as the first Prime Minister to campaign on a “Small Australia” platform, and pointed to Tony Abbott’s mission to “stop the boats.” He said these platforms were designed to speak to voters in Queensland, which is “whiter than the national average.’ But he said the anti-immigration policies wouldn’t have worked in the bush. “In the bush people want people,” he said. “They don’t care who comes and they’re not afraid of refugees.” He said the weekend’s result was a win for neither major party. “I love the fact this result is undecided, it sends a shiver up the spine of the major parties,” he said. “I love that a leader and an opposition leader, who have been so afraid of their own shadows have been given a ‘none of the above’ judgement.” He said the Coalition’s costing had been “the shonkiest thing I’ve seen in 20-odd years,” and decried the “short-termism” from both the Labor and Liberal parties. “We may well need a one-term government from each side to completely smash the idea that this is what’s required,” he said. He slammed both parties for their “relentless obsession with polling.” “It’s the thing that matters least when you get into power,” he said. He said the election was decided in “the mining states” – Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. “They’re grumpy as all get-up in Queensland and WA,” he said. He said this was largely due to the global financial crisis in 2008/9, when the mining states were hit by housing shortages and an unemployment rise. But he said things were quite different in the southern states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, where voters mainly wanted to be inspired by their leaders. “We don’t have the mood swings a mining economy will have,” he said. In the southern states he said the seats that swung away from the ALP – Melbourne in Victoria and Denison in Tasmania – are home to Australia’s highest population of working women. “So whatever Gillard had for working women in those regions, she turned them away.” In NSW, the ALP lost several seats, but Megalogenis said these were all nominal Liberal seats anyway. “Nothing happened in NSW that would affect the election result,” he said.last_img read more

North Carolina rebounds to beat Ducks at Final Four

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — North Carolina missed the shots. No surprise there.Kennedy Meeks saved the game. No surprise there, either.Meeks, the only Tar Heel who could shoot straight Saturday night, grabbed the game-saving offensive rebound in a 77-76 victory over Oregon after ice-cold Carolina missed its fourth straight free throw down the stretch.All part of a career night for the North Carolina senior, who was on the bench last year when Villanova devastatingly ended the Tar Heels’ chance at a title with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.In this one, Meeks was front and center. He finished 11 for 13 to match his career high with 25 points. And he had 14 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass and none that was more important than the last one. It secured a Monday-night date with Gonzaga in the title game, where the Tar Heels (32-7) will go for the program’s sixth title.“If it wasn’t for Kennedy Meeks, we wouldn’t have been in the basketball game,” Carolina coach Roy Williams said.Meeks had plenty to mop up for.The rest of his team shot a brick-a-minute 14 for 55 from the floor (25 percent). Justin Jackson was one of the few to break through. He had 22 points on 6-for-13 shooting and made three 3-pointers and two free throws to help the Heels to a double-digit lead and put them on the verge of a runaway midway through the second half.Given the late lead and Oregon’s own awful shooting (37 percent), losing this one might have felt every bit as bad as the Villanova loss last year for this, a team on a mission with only one acceptable destination.last_img read more

Petitioners ask Governor to Stop Supporting SameSex Marriage Bans

first_imgMore than 1,200 Alaskans have signed a petition asking Governor Walker to withdraw Alaska’s support for an amicus brief defending same-sex marriage bans.The attorney general signed the brief two weeks ago. The NAACP, Christians for Equality, and Alaskans Together for Equality all signed the petition.Comments support equality for all citizens. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of such bans on April 28. They’ll issue a final decision by this summer.Download Audiolast_img read more