first_imgIn addition, Valencia has gone one step further and has recognized that 35% of its staff (including technicians and staff) are infected and the positives are due to exposure in matches. that the team played against Atalanta, in Milan, and Mestalla. “Despite the strict measures adopted by the Club after playing a UEFA Champions League match in Milan on February 19, 2020, an area confirmed as high risk by the Italian authorities days later, distancing the workforce from the work environment and the general public, the latest results show that the inherent exposure to the parties has caused around 35% of positive cases “Valencia has reported. The plague of infected by coronavirus increases in Valencia. After announcing last Sunday five positives (Gayà, Garay, Mangala, Camarasa and Juan Aliaga), the Ché club reported tonight of new cases on the roster and coaching staff. Valencia has not given the exact number of those infected, but it has revealed that “all are asymptomatic cases and they are in their homes with medical monitoring and isolation measures, carrying out their scheduled work plan normally. “last_img read more

first_imgIf only NBC could cancel this show as easily as it does all of its other losers. Three games may not be enough to judge a coach, but Charlie Weis supporters have to be alarmed. Weis proved in his first two seasons at Notre Dame that he can coach someone else’s talent on game day, but now it doesn’t look like he’s much of a recruiter. Weis succeeded the respected Tyrone Willingham, who is beginning to turn things around at Washington in his third season. Is it possible Willingham left the cupboard this dry, or did Weis fail miserably to recruit Notre Dame-caliber talent before and after his first two seasons? It’s too soon to tell, but according to one Sporting News source the Irish are shockingly weak on the offensive line. And that’s even with a quality center (John Sullivan) and tight end (John Carlson) recruited by Willingham. “That offensive line is the worst Division I line I’ve seen in a long, long time,” an AFC scout told Sporting News. Never fear, UCLA fans. No matter how bad the Bruins looked Saturday in Salt Lake City, they will win again this season. And soon. How can I be so sure? Simple. They have an Oct. 6 home game against Notre Dame on their schedule. As shocking as the Bruins’ performance was in a 44-6 loss to previously winless Utah, it doesn’t compare to the incredibly pathetic 0-3 start turned in by Notre Dame. The Irish aren’t just off to a three-game start duplicated only once before in their proud history, they haven’t even been competitive. If they had Appalachian State instead of Michigan State on their schedule this week, they’d still be 14-point underdogs. When they face USC later this season, they will be 35-point underdogs. At least. It says something that true freshman Jimmy Clausen is already starting at quarterback and Demetrius Jones has already decided to transfer because he felt betrayed by Weis. That means that prior to the previous two seasons, Weis was unable to recruit a quality athlete ready to step in when Brady Quinn moved on to the pros. That’s alarming, given that Weis’ expertise is on offense and he should have had the nation’s top prep quarterbacks just dying for a chance to go to Notre Dame. Give Weis credit for one thing, though. He showed character, setting a good example for his players and the program, after the Michigan debacle. By all accounts, he stuck around after the beating and answered all the negative questions for as long as reporters could dream them up. There aren’t many coaches who would do that, but Weis showed he at least understands the big picture – and what it means to be the coach at Notre Dame. “Justifiably so,” Weis said after the 38-0 loss to Michigan. “After you lose a game like that, the scrutiny that you come under after a game like that has to be expected. “It just comes with the territory.” The Irish haven’t scored a touchdown on offense this season. Under Weis, known as an offensive guru, the Irish are last in the nation in total offense (115 yards per game), scoring (4.3 points) and net yards rushing (minus-14). Those who hate the Irish are undoubtedly enjoying this. Those who resented what Clausen did as a 19-year-old senior at Oaks Christian High may manage a smile. For everyone else, however, it’s a sad day for college football. Notre Dame isn’t Notre Dame and that diminishes the sport. There’s no way UCLA or USC fans can feel the same sense of excitement, or accomplishment, when they watch their schools pound the Irish this season. Ratings silliness: Because the BCS continues to ignore the public outcry for a Division I playoff system, the top-25 rankings take on a seriousness and finality they don’t deserve. Want proof that not everyone who votes is either qualified or takes the time to carefully consider each spot in the rankings? Consider that UCLA deservedly fell out of the rankings after losing at Utah, but still garnered votes in both the AP and coaches’ polls this week. Consider that Michigan also fell out of the rankings, but still garnered some votes even after losing its opener to Appalachian State. Are you kidding me? A team worthy of the top 25 doesn’t get drilled by an 0-2 team starting its backup quarterback. A team worthy of the top 25 doesn’t get beat at home by a team that’s not even in Division I-A. What that means, basically, is that whoever voted for UCLA or Michigan just didn’t have time to figure out if unranked teams they weren’t familiar with deserved to crack the top 25. And considering this stuff has a bearing on the BCS bowl games, that’s not good enough. Watch out this fall: Here’s a stat that indicates Weis hasn’t done the job, recruiting-wise, entering his third season. And it’s a warning sign for teams that figure to be playing the biggest games in December and January. Florida, tremendously impressive and already ranked No. 3 by AP and the coaches, is starting 11 freshmen and sophomores. Fifty-seven of its 85 scholarship players are freshmen or sophomores. That’s amazing. Coach Urban Meyer appears to be right up there with USC’s Pete Carroll as the best coach and program builder in America. Rule change review: The NCAA was only trying to add a little excitement to what was becoming a boring ritual – kickers booming the ball out of the end zone – when it moved the ball back to the 30-yard line for kickoffs. But it should pay close attention to injuries if they begin to pile up from one of football’s most dangerous plays. An extra 5 yards for the kick-cover team to build up speed and sacrifice their bodies could be a dangerous thing. USC sophomore kick returner Vincent Joseph was hurt in Nebraska, and you can certainly make the case it was just a freak play that left him with a throat injury, but it’s a warning sign of what may be coming. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgVIEWS of all persuasions are invited to Donegal Daily at info@donegaldaily.comBY PHILIP McFADDEN, DONEGAL ACTION AGAINST AUSTERITYAt the EU Leaders Summit in Brussels on 22nd November 2012, the Taoiseach said that there would be no bank debt relief for Ireland before the end of the year. Yet again Enda Kenny proves himself to be an incompetent negotiator. The ‘elephant in the room’ is the bondholders, and under this odious debt Ireland is drowning!In the years subsequent to the introduction of the euro, Irish banks and building societies, finding themselves with access to cheaper money, began to borrow by the billion.Those billions were loaned out by the major European banks and financial institutions and were in turn used by the Irish banks and building societies to fuel a property bubble that became more inflated with every passing year until eventually, in late 2007/early 2008, the bubble burst.In such circumstances what would normally happen is that the lender banks would take a hit or a ‘haircut’ – as it is known as in the banking industry – and move on to the next investment opportunity. This is how capitalism works. An intrinsic element of the business they’re in is making money from money. Not on this occasion. At the behest of the ECB/EU, what had been a system founded in risk/reward, profit-and-loss became simply profit-and-reward.In September 2008 our government was coerced by a legion of representatives from the Irish banks into blindly providing a ‘blanket bank guarantee’ (Brian Lenihan and Brian Cowen, then Finance Minister and Taoiseach respectively were told the total exposure was ‘only’ €5bn). Then, as that was expiring, it was the ECB strong-arming both Cowen’s government and then the Enda Kenny-led government that succeeded them into continuing to transfer that bank debt to public shoulders.Until now that bank bailout has cost the Irish people €69.6bn in direct input to the banks (NAMA’s €5.5bn contribution included). This is not the full story.Indirectly also we are continuing to bail out our banks and their failed bondholders. In 2012 the bonds paid by our banks amounted to a total of over €20bn; in 2013 it will be another €17bn; in the four years 2012/13/14/15, it will amount to over €55bn, money being bled on a weekly basis from a dying economy.Part of that comes from the bailout money but part of it we’re also paying, on an on-going basis, through the newly imposed bank charges, through the high interest rates, as we own every bank except Bank of Ireland, in which we have a large share. Meanwhile normal commerce is almost entirely suspended in Ireland, the banks we have so expensively ‘saved’ because – we were told over and over we needed a ‘functioning banking system’, are functioning only if you’re a bondholder.This was private debt – every cent of it. We, the Irish people, didn’t borrow it, had no liability for it. It was not our debt then; it’s not our debt now and will never justly be our debt. It was imposed on us without us ever having been consulted.We need to retrieve that money starting with the Promissory Notes –they should be destroyed. We must also stop paying the bank bonds – secured or not. The ECB must be informed that we’re not paying them a penny of any money we had to borrow to bail out our banks’Some would argue that we can’t do that as we now have a legal obligation to pay all of that money – which begs the question ‘where were they when all that odious debt was being imposed on us?’ And if something can be imposed, then equally it can be ‘un-imposed’.The people are sick of this austerity and will not tolerate it anymore. The poor and the working poor have to bring Fine Gail/Labour to account. We have to react before it’s too late. Protest, write letters or e-mail your local government representatives. We, the people of Ireland, have to confront the Fine Geal/Labour government representatives. We should not forget that a Fianna Fail/Green government caused this mess.We have to get radical, we have to get vocal, we have to protest for our rights.By paying the bondholders we are destroying the HSE, home help service and child benefit. As a result of paying the bondholders our rural schools are being closed down, our rural Garda stations are being closed down and our rural libraries are being closed down. Paying the bondholders will lead to the centralization of the Coast Guard service which will jeopardise the lives of our already demoralized fishermen.We do not need Germany and France to tell us we are a ‘special case’. This is patronizing and shallow rhetoric. We don’t need ‘improved terms and conditions’. This is odious debt which will be passed on to several future generations – annual reparations for a private war between private banks. We need a debt ‘write off’ and we need it NOW.Philip McFaddenVIEWPOINT: ‘WE HAVE TO GET RADICAL’ – DAAA was last modified: December 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:VIEWPOINT: ‘WE HAVE TO GET RADICAL’ – DAAAlast_img read more