Mesut Ozil has expressed his joy at helping Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday.The Germany international’s future has been called into question in recent weeks, with the attacking midfielder struggling for game time under Unai Emery.Ozil was on the bench against Bournemouth, and missed Premier League clashes with Tottenham, Manchester United and Huddersfield Town with a back complaint. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? However, the 30-year-old was back to his brilliant best against Sean Dyche’s side.Ozil wore the captain’s armband during the game, which Arsenal won 3-1, and produced a phenomenal pass in the build-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opening goal.Following the match, Ozil wrote on Twitter: “YaGunnersYa (sic). Very valuable 3 points won. Glad I could help the team today!”The Germany international has been heavily linked with a January loan move away from the Gunners, as the club looks to get his £350,000-per-week wages off of their bill.Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir are keen on a deal, with president Goksel Gumusdag claiming the club are ready to offer Ozil the world to convince him to move to the Super Lig.”Mesut Ozil is a precious player,” Gumusdag said, as quoted by Bild .”I hope one day our paths will cross at Basaksehir.”If he wants to be with us as well, we would do anything to get him.”Ozil has scored four goals and provided three assists thus far this season, while Arsenal currently lie fifth in the Premier League table. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Watford ended West Ham’s winning streak with a 2-0 victory at London Stadium which saw Javi Gracia’s side climb to sixth in the Premier League.The hosts went into Saturday’s contest on the back of four wins on the bounce, but saw their momentum halted by Troy Deeney’s emphatic first-half penalty and a late Gerard Deulofeu goal.Manuel Pellegrini’s men were left to rue a number of near-misses as their search for a goal proved fruitless, Michail Antonio coming closest as he twice hit the woodwork in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? It represents the Hammers’ first loss since a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City last month, leaving them 12th in the table.| The skipper opens the scoring #watfordfc #WHUWAT [0-1]Listen live ⤵️https://t.co/mxkU36Cmjo pic.twitter.com/O4xpJMiObF— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 22, 2018West Ham threatened first and Christian Kabasele made a vital sliding interception to prevent Antonio’s dangerous delivery from reaching Javier Hernandez, while Fabian Balbuena was pressed into defensive action at the other end to thwart Deulofeu.The Hornets wasted a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the 24th minute as Jose Holebas miscontrolled when he had the freedom of the penalty area after West Ham’s plan to play him offside backfired. It did not take long for the visitors to shrug off that disappointment, Balbuena’s clumsy challenge on Roberto Pereyra allowing Deeney to open the scoring with a powerful finish from the spot.West Ham twice came close to an equaliser either side of the break, Ben Foster making a smart stop to keep out Hernandez’s volley and then Antonio’s header hitting the post. Andy Carroll’s introduction in the place of Mark Noble underlined West Ham’s attacking intent and the hosts continued to press, Hernandez fluffing his lines to shoot tamely at Foster from just eight yards out. It took a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski to push Abdoulaye Doucoure’s stinging drive over the crossbar in the 71st minute as Watford sought to put the game to bed. Doucoure then made a timely intervention to deny the lively Hernandez just as the Mexican was lining up the target. There were chances for both sides late on with Deeney shooting straight at Fabianski and Foster saving from Antonio before watching his follow-up effort hit the bar, but Deulofeu had the final say with a cool finish to settle matters after being played in by Pereyra. What does it mean? Hornets flying highWith back-to-back wins under their belt, Watford now sit in the top six heading into a busy run of fixtures that will shape their season. West Ham arguably deserved at least a point and must quickly pick themselves up from a first defeat of the month.Fostering defensive confidenceIn a game of fine margins, the calm presence of Foster was key in Watford’s triumph, the Englishman making seven saves in a display that frustrated West Ham.Balbuena pays the penaltyIt was a day to forget for Balbuena, who went off after injuring himself in conceding the penalty that ultimately cost West Ham the game. His passing accuracy of 54.4 per cent spoke volumesKey Opta Facts- Watford have won five of their last eight Premier League games against West Ham (D1 L2), winning three away from home in this run (1-0 in February 2007, 4-2 in September 2016 and 2-0 in December 2018).- West Ham have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 Premier League home games.- Deeney has scored in three of his last four league appearances against West Ham, with two of those goals coming at London Stadium.- Deulofeu scored in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in his career.- Watford ended a run of seven consecutive Premier League games in which they failed to keep a clean sheet. What’s next? Pellegrini takes his side to a resurgent Southampton on Thursday, while Watford host Chelsea on Boxing Day. read more
Luka Modric’s wonderful goal helped seal Club World Cup history as Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 to become the first team to win the tournament three years in a row.Santiago Solari’s first silverware since being appointed as Julen Lopetegui’s successor was set up by Modric’s first-half strike as Madrid comfortably triumphed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, moving past rivals Barcelona with their fourth title in the competition.The Croatia midfielder, who added the Ballon d’Or crown to his World Cup Golden Ball this month, bent the opener into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards, with Marcos Llorente also drilling home from outside the box before a Sergio Ramos header extended Madrid’s lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Al Ain had a goal from Caio Fernandes ruled out for offside when they only trailed by one and Zoran Mamic’s side – who replied through an excellent Tsukasa Shiotani header – can be proud of their efforts on home soil as massive underdogs against the European champions, despite Madrid adding a late fourth through Yahia Nader’s own goal.The perfect way to cap off #TheBest year for @lukamodric10? He has @realmadriden in front in the #ClubWC final pic.twitter.com/VmlslWFoxG— #ClubWC (@FIFAcom) December 22, 2018Madrid hit the post in the third minute when Llorente got clear in the left channel, his cutback deflected on to the woodwork by fortunate defender Ismail Ahmed.Al Ain should have taken the lead when Marcelo’s mistake let in Hussein El Shahat but captain Ramos made a miraculous goal-line clearance to deny the winger, then Madrid nudged in front.Neat build-up play from Karim Benzema set up Modric and the Ballon d’Or winner curled home a beauty from 25 yards, Caio then seeing a rapid reply ruled out for offside.Benzema missed a brilliant chance to extend Madrid’s lead before goalkeeper Khalid Eisa made outstanding saves to deny both Gareth Bale and Modric before the break.Madrid effectively clinched the trophy in the 60th minute when a cleared corner fell kindly to Llorente, his thumping half-volley giving Eisa no chance and opening his professional account in some style.Ramos powered home a Modric corner to make certain of Madrid’s victory, celebrating the goal with unused substitute Isco, although Al Ain scored a deserved consolation through Shiotani with four minutes left.Madrid had the final say, though, as a cross from substitute Vinicius Jr was turned into his own goal by Nader in the first minute of stoppage time. WHAT A GOAL!!!@marcosllorente pic.twitter.com/wsel09O91H— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Solari up and runningThis was not always completely convincing from Madrid, but they did not need to get out of second gear. Solari’s side left too many gaps at the back and more clinical opponents may have punished them, but the coach will be relieved to collect the first trophy of his reign.Modric the man of the moment There were few arguments about Modric ending Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or and he ended 2018 on another high note. His opening goal was superbly struck and the midfielder also forced a scrambling save from Eisa with a stunning volley as well as crossing for Ramos’ goal.Madrid survive Benzema’s baffling missRonaldo’s sale to Juventus meant Benzema would have to hugely increase his meagre goalscoring returns from last season to address the deficit. But the former France striker has struggled to step up, with an atrocious miss from Lucas Vazquez’s cross particularly worrying. Benzema – who has six league goals this season – did set up Modric’s opener, yet he is ultimately in the Madrid team to score goals, not make them.Key Opta Facts- Madrid have won the Club World Cup four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018), surpassing Barcelona (2009, 2011 and 2015) to become the competition’s most successful team.- Solari is the first Argentinian manager to win the Club World Cup. The previous five Argentinians to manage in a Club World Cup final lost the game, all in charge of teams from South America.- Madrid captain Ramos is the third player to score in different Club World Cup finals, after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.What’s next?Madrid can enjoy a brief break before returning to LaLiga action at Villarreal on January 3. read more
Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane praised Virgil van Dijk for his impact at the club, saying the Dutchman had proven to be one of the world’s best defenders.Van Dijk was signed by Liverpool from Southampton for a reported £75million in January, putting him under pressure to deliver.But the 27-year-old has starred under Jurgen Klopp, whose team hold a four-point lead atop the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Mane, who has seven league goals and an assist this season, said Van Dijk’s fee had been forgotten thanks to his performances.”It’s been a big, big impact. We’ve all seen it. Of course at the time he signed people were thinking that the club had overpaid for Virgil,” he told reporters.”But since then everyone has forgotten about the fee because his form has been so good.”He’s done such a great job for us back there. I am so happy to have him as a team-mate.”He’s one of the leaders. You can see it in every single game. He has proved he’s one of the best defenders in the world.”Passion. pic.twitter.com/wLAObDoa5P — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 22, 2018 Van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool during their 2-0 win over Wolves on Friday and Mane was quick to top fun at his team-mate. “I said to Virgil: ‘Finally, you have scored in the Premier League for us!’” Mane joked.“It had been a long time. Everyone is happy for him and he’s such a good player that I’m sure that more goals will follow for him.”Liverpool got a bit of help on Saturday with Crystal Palace taking a win over Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp’s men now hold a four-point lead atop the Premier League. They’ll be back in action quickly, with Newcastle up next on Boxing Day and a clash with Arsenal to come on December 29 to close out 2018. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea are 11 points away from Premier League leaders Liverpool and are staring down the reality that they are not title contenders this season.Maurizio Sarri has sent warnings that his side ‘are a step behind’ both Liverpool and Manchester City throughout the course of the season, even when his side racked up an impressive 18 game unbeaten streak in all competitions.A strong ‘big six’ in England’s top flight means a top-four finish is a battle, and Chelsea find themselves just outside the top tier of challengers alongside Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Some saw Sarri’s comments as pessimism at the time but the recent run has exposed shortcomings at Stamford Bridge that the Italian was evidently aware of – the same ones countryman Antonio Conte complained about before him.Strange mentality On any given day, Chelsea can beat anyone. Both Manchester City and Liverpool have found that out already this season, but the real challenge is to grind it out week after week.That’s where Chelsea are failing, they are unable to blow teams away like Man City, whereas Liverpool’s title charge has been characterised by a dogged mentality.Even the best teams have bad days but Chelsea seem to fade for large periods of games in which they had previously been doing well. In November, the issue for Sarri was starting games slowly but now it’s that Chelsea react poorly to hardship, most blatantly when the opposition scores.Leicester City earned their first win at Stamford Bridge for more than 18 years with a 1-0 win on Saturday and they deserved it. A strong Claude Puel game plan still needed resilience as Chelsea dominated possession and created more chances.However, Jamie Vardy’s second half strike saw Chelsea collapse and Sarri seemed baffled about his team’s lack of ability to mount a response.”I think we played very well for 55 minutes, we played very good football,” said the Italian. “After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players. It was very strange.“I think we could have done better. We only had to continue to play like we did in the first part of the match. There was time to score but we reacted as a team that was shocked. I cannot understand our reaction.”There are many games that you could look to in highlighting examples of poor mentality from Chelsea and it doesn’t matter if they won, lost or drew. Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Tottenham and Leicester City… the examples are numerous of this ‘strange mentality’ that plagues Chelsea’s side and that is costing them points.A possible solution would be the emergence of leaders of the ilk of those long gone at Chelsea. The Blues’ most feared team featured the likes of John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, whose mental toughness complimented their immense footballing talent.There’s also a need for Chelsea to kill off games more ruthlessly when they are on top.Lack of reliable striker Eden Hazard has emerged as Chelsea’s leading striker, operating as a false 9, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud only having six league goals so far between them.Chelsea have switched formations to play with eight-goal Hazard up front, but Leicester opted to use a deep block and give him, Pedro and Willian little space to weave their magic.Giroud is hard-working and a good influence for the team but, as proved at the World Cup, he needs others to take the role of goal scorer.Morata was meant to be the 20-, potentially 30-goal-a-season man but he has not shown himself robust enough to cope with the pressure of being under the spotlight. At Juventus and Real Madrid, the talent of his team-mates offered him some hiding space, but Chelsea invested £58 million plus add-ons in his potential to rise from the shadows and become a main man.So far it has been not so good for the 26-year-old since his move to west London. It has been a run of injuries, complaints, yellow cards and excuses rather than goals. Spain dropped Morata from their World Cup squad and Sarri left him out after switching to a false 9 against Man City.It is a sad indictment for a player who is clearly so talented. Patience is limited in football though and this might be an area where Chelsea look to the transfer market for a solution.Chelsea explored the possibility of signing Gonzalo Higuain in the last transfer window and are rumoured to be interested in him again. The false 9 may also be here to stay, but that might lead to Sarri looking for more clinical small forwards – with a host of names having been linked – including the likes of Christian Pulisic, Nabil Fekir and Ousmane Dembele.Some people think Sarri also needs a ‘Plan B’ but the 59-year-old was hired on the knowledge that he doesn’t deviate from his tactical plan. There’s also been unrest among his substitutes at Chelsea but this is just another example of history repeating itself after his spell at Napoli.Chelsea’s other concern is integrating their world-class youth players into their first team, but to do so they need a manager to stick around for a long time. They will hope that man is Sarri, so fixing the striker and mentality issues would be the best places to start, with bigger issues to be resolved along the way.Achieving great things takes time for most, just ask Pep Guardiola at Man City. 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Leeds can go back to the top of the Championship on Sunday if they overcome Aston Villa away from home.Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won all of their last five Championship outings but find themselves heading to Villa Park looking up at Norwich, who defeated Blackburn thanks to a late Teemu Pukki strike on Saturday.In Birmingham, they will find themselves up against a Villa side who are seven undefeated and with a habit of being involved in exciting, high-scoring games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Game Aston Villa vs Leeds Date Sunday, December 23 Time 1:30pm GMT / 8:30am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the UK, the game will be shown on Sky Sports Football and Main Event and can be streamed through the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Aston Villa players Goalkeepers Nyland, Moreira, Bunn Defenders Chester, Tuanzebe, Richards, Taylor, Elmohamady, Bree, Hatton Midfielders Jedinak, Whelan, Hourihane, McGinn, Lansbury, Bjarnason, Grealish Forwards Bolasie, El Ghazi, Adomah, Abraham, Kodjia, Hogan, Davis, Hepburn-Murphy Villa go into Sunday’s match without key midfielder Jack Grealish or fellow midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.Meanwhile, Dean Smith will have to monitor a number of players in the build up to kick off. Neil Taylor and James Bree are doubts in the defence, while midfielders Henri Lansbury, Mile Jedinak and Albert Adomah are all concerns.Goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic will join up with the squad in January after his signing from Gent was confirmed.Possible Aston Villa starting XI: Nyland; Elmohamady, Chester, Tuanzebe, Hutton; McGinn, Hourihane, Whelan, Bolasie, El Ghazi; Abraham Position Leeds players Goalkeepers Peacock-Farrell, Huffer Defenders Douglas, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Pearce, Phillips, Berardi, Shaughnessy, Halme Midfielders Forshaw, Dallas, Hernandez, Baker, Klich, Shackleton, Harrison, Brown Forwards Roofe, Alioski, Roberts, Saiz, Bamford, Clarke, Harrison Leeds’ squad is hit by a number of absentees, which could pose issues in the busy festive period.The defence is the area of the squad worst hit, with Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi ruled out along with Conor Shaughnessy. In the midfield, Stuart Dallas is sidelined while Samuel Saiz has agreed to join Getafe and will train with the Spanish club before the move is formalised. Izzy Brown is set to miss out for a month with a thigh problem.Luke Ayling will return to the team after a couple of months out with Marcelo Bielsa stating he will “probably be a starter”.Possible Leeds starting XI: Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Jansson, Philips, Douglas; Baker, Klich, Forshaw, Alioski, Hernandez; RoofeBetting & Match Odds Aston Villa are 6/4 favourites to win the match at bet365 . Leeds can be backed at 15/8, while a draw is priced at 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . Match Preview After an absence of 15 years, Leeds United are finally making a strong move to return to the Premier League under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine has guided them to five successive Championship victories and the top of the table, but on Saturday they lost their status as they were not in action. Less than 24 hours after they were pushed off first place by Norwich, they have the opportunity to regain it, albeit against an Aston Villa side in good form.Injuries have hampered the plans of Bielsa and the Lilywhites in recent times, but they have not stopped the Elland Road side’s impressive momentum, which has made the manager something of a cult hero at the club.“I am thankful, it is important for me the feeling they give to the club, but they give me an importance that I think I don’t deserve,” he said ahead of this encounter. “Affection is the maximum aspiration for a human being. When you receive affection, it is something you are very thankful for. In this case though, I don’t think I deserve the recognition I am getting.”New Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will enjoy similar recognition if he keeps the team on an upward course in the table, with his side consistently one of the most entertaining to watch in the league, with an astonishing 77 goals coming from their 22 matches to date.“I think it will be one hell of a good game because both teams play in the same manner,” he predicted. Victory would lift Villa to seventh in the standings and within touching distance of the playoff positions for the first time since a 4-1 loss to Sheffield United on September 1.
Chelsea have been inconsistent since the final international break of the season at the end of November and they could do with a win against Watford on Wednesday. A run of three wins in a row was brought to a halt by Leicester City, who shocked Stamford Bridge, pulling off a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea wasted a host of chances.This comes as the battle for the top four places sees little margin for error, with Tottenham on a run of exceptional form and Arsenal sitting just behind fourth placed Chelsea on goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Chelsea Injuries Alvaro Morata is back in contention but he didn’t make the bench for Leicester’s recent visit to west London. Gary Cahill also returned and Victor Moses is back in training but both players remain on the fringes at Stamford Bridge.Andreas Christensen is the only major doubt having suffered a hamstring injury last week in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth.Chelsea Suspensions Neither Chelsea nor Watford have any players suspended for the match.Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up Eden Hazard has operated as a false 9 for Chelsea in three matches so far for Sarri and the Belgian’s central influence has seen his side win two of those games.Sarri also seems to have settled on a preferred XI, with Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante having started all of the Blues’ Premier League games.The battle for places comes down to Willian and Pedro in attacking berths, while in midfield Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are aiming to prove that they are the best option. The Watford game is sandwiched between the recent defeat to Leicester and an upcoming away trip to Crystal Palace, so rotation is to be expected.Watford Team News Andre Gray is expected to remain out, having missed the past two weeks with a knee injury. Will Hughes has a hip problem to contend with and is unlikely to make the home match against the FA Cup winners. Sebastian Prodl is also working on coming back from a knee injury.TV channel & kick-off time The match at Vicarage Road kicks off at 7:30pm GMT (2:30pm ET) on Wednesday and it will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK.Best Opta Match Facts Watford won their most recent meeting with Chelsea (4-1 in February), ending a run of 13 games without a win against them in all competitions (D3 L10). Watford are looking to record back-to-back competitive wins against Chelsea for the first time since April 1987. The last four games between Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League have seen 21 goals scored (Watford 10 goals, Chelsea 11 goals), at an average of 5.3 per game. Eden Hazard has scored 99 goals in all competitions for Chelsea and could become the 10th player to reach 100 for the club. Chelsea have already lost two Premier League games in December – they last lost three games in the same calendar month in October 2015 under Jose Mourinho. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for “the trophies we won together” but is excited to now have “the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer” in the Manchester United hot seat.Change has been implemented at Old Trafford in the wake of a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign.Mourinho paid the price for inconsistencies with his job, with the Portuguese moved out amid talk of rifts in his squad and an inability to generate the required results. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? He is, however, a proven winner and Mata will be forever thankful to his former boss for helping him to taste Carabao Cup, Europa League and Community Shield success.Mata wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”While proud of his achievements from the past, the World Cup winner is not looking to focus fully on the future.United opened a new era in the best possible manner on Saturday as they swept to a thumping 5-1 victory away at Cardiff.Mata hopes that is a sign of things to come, with an iconic figure now at the helm and belief returning to a disgruntled fan base.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.“It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.“It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.”United have moved back into sixth spot in the Premier League table.There is still an eight-point gap to be bridged to the top four, but the Red Devils remain convinced that they can force their way back into the Champions League spots.They will get the chance to take another positive step towards hitting that target on Boxing Day when they play host to struggling Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FIFA 20 VERSION!There is nothing that gets a club’s fan base more excited than the prospect of having a wonderkid on their books, a game-changing player who can define the team for years to come and propel them to silverware at home and in continental competition.FIFA 19 is no different, with an astute signing of a young player turning your Career Mode team from also-rans into genuine contenders. There are loads of talented young players from around the world that end up becoming superstars with the right tuition and game time, including many bargains that may even be willing to sign for teams outside the top flight.Goal compiles all the wonderkids in FIFA 19, listing the players with the highest potential rating under 20 in the game. This list is ordered by position, with the players separated into the category of their primary position. For example, Kylian Mbappe’s preferred position is on the wing, so he is listed as a forward, but he’s also the best young midfielder in the game too as he’s just so talented, he can play almost everywhere! Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? PO. = Position(s) CR = Current Rating PR = Potential Rating VA. = Value *Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 19 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career ModeFIFA 19: BEST YOUNG GOALKEEPERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. G Donnarumma 19 AC Milan GK 82 93 £25.5m A Lafont 19 Fiorentina GK 77 89 £10.6m A Lunin 19 Real Madrid GK 76 88 £9.2m C Fruchtl 18 Bayern Munich GK 65 86 £900k M Svilar 18 Benfica GK 67 85 £1.1m A Plizzari 18 AC Milan GK 66 84 £950k W Farinez 20 Millonarios GK 73 83 £4.4m J Biljow 20 Feyenoord GK 72 82 £3.4m B Dragowski 20 Fiorentina GK 71 82 £2.8m F Uzoho 19 Deportivo GK 68 82 £1.4m F Muller 20 Mainz GK 67 82 £1.2m Diogo Costa 18 Porto GK 66 82 £950k O Mandanda 19 Bordeaux GK 64 82 £700k Y Diouf 18 Troyes GK 62 82 £400k S Laiton 18 Auxerre GK 60 82 £350k G Kobel 20 Hoffenheim GK 66 81 £1m L Plogmann 18 Werder Bremen GK 60 81 £350k A Semper 20 Chievo Verona GK 67 80 £1m M Schubert 20 Dynamo Dresden GK 67 80 £1m P Dahlberg 19 Watford GK 67 80 £1m A Muric 19 Man City GK 61 80 £400k L Ingolotti 18 Atletico Aldosivi GK 58 80 £200k Once again, AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best young shot-stopper in the game, reflecting his real-life status where he won Goal’s NxGn in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2018. Donnarumma’s price in FIFA 19 will probably scare off many potential suitors, but he is the only young goalkeeper who ends up with a rating over 90.Andriy Lunin starts Career Mode on loan from Real Madrid, so is not an option in the first transfer window, but value can be had if you look to Bayern Munich’s Christian Fruchtl or Benfica’s Mile Svilar, who impressed last season against Manchester United in the Europa League despite conceding an own goal.Those two will probably not get into your team straight away, with the vast majority of talented young goalkeepers having ratings less than 70 at the start of the game.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG DEFENDERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. M de Ligt 18 Ajax CB 80 91 £18m T Alexander-Arnold 19 Liverpool RB 78 88 £12.3m D Upamecano 19 RB Leipzig CB 76 88 £10.6m Diogo Liete 19 Porto CB 74 87 £8.4m B Kamara 18 Marseille CB,CDM 71 87 £3.9m A Bastoni 19 Inter CB 67 87 £1.3m Pablo Maffeo 20 Stuttgart RWB,RM 78 86 £11.4m N Mukiele 20 RB Leipzig CB,RB,RWB 77 86 £10.6m Eder Militao 20 Porto RB,CB 75 86 £8.8m J Kounde 19 Bordeaux CB 73 86 £5.7m E Ampadu 17 Chelsea CB,CDM 63 86 £650k M Saracchi 20 RB Leipzig LB 75 85 £8.4m A Hakimi 19 Real Madrid RB,LB 75 85 £7.9m P Restos 19 Bayer Leverkusen CB,RB,LB 75 85 £7.9m J Foyth 20 Spurs CB 70 85 £3.1m M Varnier 20 Cittadella CB 70 85 £3.1m G Itter 19 Wolfsburg LB 67 85 £1.3m F Benkovic 20 Leicester CB 76 84 £8.8m T Herndandez 20 Real Madrid LB,LWB 76 84 £8.4m F Udokhai 20 Wolfsburg CB 76 84 £8.8m Lato 20 Valencia LB,LWB,LM 75 84 £7.9m T Fosu-Mensah 20 Man Utd RB,CB 74 84 £7m I Konate 19 RB Leipzig CB 73 84 £5.3m D Maresic 18 Sturm Graz CB 72 84 £4m Diogo Dalot 19 Man Utd RB,LB 72 84 £4.1m Dodo 19 Vitoria Guimaraes RB 71 84 £3.4m N Perez 18 Argentinos Juniors CB 70 84 £2.9m C Carter-Vickers 20 Spurs CB 69 84 £1.8m N Cozza 19 Montpellier CB,LWB 68 84 £1.5m R Gummy 20 Lech Poznan RB 68 84 £1.6m K Ruegg 19 Zurich RB,CM 67 84 £1.3m L Mai 18 Bayern Munich CB 64 84 £750k R James 18 Wigan RB,CB 64 84 £725k Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most in-demand defenders in world football, but is surprisingly affordable in FIFA 19 – if you have that budget that is! He has a current rating of 80, meaning he’s probably good enough to be a starter at most clubs before getting better and better each season.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s breakthrough season at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp has earned him the prize of the best young full-back in FIFA 19. It’s not quite a trophy, but with an opening value of just over £12 million, you may be able to tempt him away from Anfield to win silverware elsewhere.Wales international Ethan Ampadu is a versatile defender, having already played for his country in midfield, and is available relatively cheaply at the start of the game. If you can sign him in the first transfer window, you’ll be greatly rewarded as he develops into a brilliant talent on and off the ball.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG MIDFIELDERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. L Bailey 20 Bayer Leverkusen LM,RM 82 89 £27.7m E Barco 19 Atlanta United LM,CAM,ST 74 89 £10.6m C Pulisic 19 Borussia Dortmund RM,LM,RW,LW 79 88 £16.7m H Aouar 20 Lyon CM,LW,CAM 78 88 £14.5m K Havertz 19 Bayer Leverkusen CAM,RM,CF 79 88 £16.7m P Foden 18 Man City CAM,CM 73 88 £7m Riqui Puig 18 Barcelona CM 68 88 £1.6m S Tonali 18 Brescia CDM,CM 66 88 £1.2m A Diawara 20 Napoli CM,CDM 77 87 £12.3m I Sarr 20 Rennes LM,RM,ST 76 87 £11.9m Y Karamoh 19 Inter RM,RW 73 87 £7.5m J Sancho 18 Borussia Dortmund LM,LW 72 87 £5.7m A Davies 17 Vancouver Whitecaps LM,RM 72 87 £5.3m Sergio Gomez 17 Borussia Dortmund CAM,CM 68 87 £1.6m A Gomes 17 Man Utd CAM,LW 66 87 £1.2m A Dabo 17 Nantes LM,CM 63 87 £700k V Tsygankov 20 Dynamo Kyiv RM,LM 79 86 £15.8m Wendel 20 Sporting CP CM 75 86 £10.1m S Berge 20 Genk CDM,CM 75 86 £8.8m Gedson Fernandes 19 Benfica CM 74 86 £8.4m Ferran Torres 18 Valencia RM,RW,LM 73 86 £6.2m Jovane Cabral 20 Sporting CP RM,LM 73 86 £6.6m Paulinho 17 Bayer Leverkusen RM 71 86 £4.1m Kangin Lee 17 Valencia CAM,LM,RM 70 86 £3.1m S Diop 18 Monaco CAM 65 86 £1.1m Alfa Semedo 20 Benfica CDM,CM,CB 76 85 £9.2m Dani Olmo 20 Dinamo Zagreb LM,CAM 75 85 £9.7m M Locatelli 20 AC Milan CDM 75 85 £8.4m Bruno Xadas 20 Braga RM 74 85 £8.4m M Mount 19 Chelsea CAM 74 85 £8.4m G Chakvetadze 18 Gent CAM 72 85 £4.8m A Maier 19 Hertha Berlin CM,CDM 72 85 £5.3m M Cuisance 18 Borussia M’gladbach CM 72 85 £4.8m M Zaracho 20 RC Avellaneda RM,CM,CAM 72 85 £5.3m A Tchouameni 18 Bordeaux CDM,CM 71 85 £3.9m S Ozcan 20 Koln CM,CDM 70 85 £3.4m M Sharapenko 19 Dynamo Kyiv CM,CDM,CAM 69 85 £2m B Woodburn 18 Liverpool CAM,LW,ST 68 85 £1.6m M Edwards 19 Spurs RM,CAM 66 85 £1.2m T Kubo 17 Tokyo CAM,RM,ST,LM 63 85 £700k Bundesliga duo Leon Bailey and Christian Pulisic are well known around the world already and their values in FIFA 19 reflect this. They’re both first-team ready at the start of the game, just like Bailey’s team-mate Kai Havertz, who is the perfect young player to support the attack through the middle.Manchester City’s Phil Foden is available for half the price of the German-based players, and with excellent ball control and passing, he can be a midfield anchor for many years. Most of the midfielders have multiple positions, with attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo capable of playing anywhere across midfield or even in attack. He’s a very affordable option as he starts the game on loan at J-League club Yokohama F Marinos. Oh, and he’s also nicknamed the ‘Japanese Messi’. Who wouldn’t want him in their team?Aside from Kubo, there are number of talented 17-year-olds available at reasonable prices, but they will need plenty of game time to reach their potential. Luckily you can train them in FIFA 19 or even better, give them game time.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG FORWARDS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. K Mbappe 19 PSG RW,ST,RM 87 95 £63.4m Vinicius Junior 17 Real Madrid LW,RW 77 92 £15.4m M Rashford 20 Man Utd LW,ST,LM 81 89 £23.3m P Cutrone 20 AC Milan ST 77 89 £14.1m R Sessegnon 18 Fulham LW,LB 75 88 £10.6m J Arp 18 Hamburg ST 69 88 £1.9m C Under 20 Roma RW,LW 77 87 £12.8m M Kean 18 Juventus ST 72 87 £5.7m Joao Felix 18 Benfica LW,CAM 70 87 £3.2m C Hudson-Odoi 17 Chelsea LW,CAM,RW 68 87 £1.6m P Pellegri 17 Monaco ST 67 87 £1.3m L Martinez 20 Inter ST 79 86 £15.8m F Chiesa 20 Fiorentina RW,CF 77 86 £12.3m J Kluivert 19 Roma LW,RW 75 86 £9.7m Rafael Leao 19 Lille ST,LM 72 86 £5.7m C Kouame 20 Genoa ST,CF 71 86 £4.4m T Weah 18 PSG ST,LW 69 86 £1.9m Brahim Diaz 18 Man City LW,RW,CAM 69 86 £1.9m A Gouiri 18 Lyon ST 67 86 £1.4m W Geubbels 16 Monaco ST 64 86 £900k S Bergwijn 20 PSV LW,RW 77 85 £11.4m K Dolberg 20 Ajax ST 76 85 £10.6m E Mor 20 Celta Vigo LW,RW,ST,CF 74 85 £8.4m T Abraham 20 Chelsea ST 74 85 £8.8m D Rossi 20 Los Angeles FC LW,ST,RW 72 85 £5.3m O Okwonkwo 20 Bologna LW,CAM 70 85 £3.4m M Romero 19 PSV ST 70 85 £3.4m M Maolida 19 Nice LW,ST,LM 70 85 £3.3m J David 18 Gent ST 68 85 £1.6m Matheus Cunha 19 RB Leipzig ST,RM,CF 67 85 £1.4m M Boadu 17 AZ Alkmaar ST 66 85 £1.1m V Supriaga 18 Dynamo Kyiv ST 66 85 £1.2m R Nelson 18 Arsenal RW 65 85 £980k T Chong 18 Man Utd RW,LW,CAM 65 85 £980k M Odegaard 19 Real Madrid RW 74 84 £7.9m E Dennis 20 Club Brugge ST,RM,LM 73 84 £6.2m H Bande 19 Ajax LW,ST 72 84 £4.8m D Solanke 20 Liverpool ST 70 84 £3.5m C Stengs 19 AZ Alkmaar RW 69 84 £2m Leo Jaba 19 PAOK ST,LM 69 84 £2m Han Kwang Song 19 Cagliari ST 68 84 £1.7m E Haland 17 Molde ST 67 84 £1.3m M Sylla 18 Monaco ST 65 84 £990k G Middleton 18 Rangers LW 64 84 £810k J Sargent 18 Werder Bremen ST 64 84 £840k E Nketiah 19 Arsenal ST 64 84 £860k R Brewster 18 Liverpool ST 62 84 £620k R Griffiths 18 Lyon ST 61 84 £500k It’s no surprise that Kylian Mbappe is the highest rated young player in FIFA 19 as well as the teenager with the highest potential. The PSG superstar starts off at 87 rated but can reach as high as 95 – which is better than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s current ratings!Unfortunately signing Mbappe is all but impossible for the vast majority of clubs, so you will likely have to look elsewhere to find your talismanic frontman. Hamburg teenager Jann-Fiete Arp can become an 88-rated striker while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is a brilliant young winger who can also play through the middle.Two young Americans who start off relatively cheap and low-rated are PSG’s Timothy Weah and Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, but both can become an unstoppable force by the time the 2026 World Cup in North America rolls around.
Timothy Weah has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain on loan in order to gain more first-team experience.The United States international broke into the PSG squad at the end of last season, but has struggled to hold down a place in the current campaign and has not been in the matchday squad since August.He has only played three games in all competitions this season and hopes a loan move will help him improve as a player and put him in a better position to be a PSG regular next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The 18-year-old forward announced his intention to leave on loan in a long Instragram post, thanking his followers and PSG’s fans for their support.”I just want to take the time to talk to everyone about the decision my family and I made about going on loan this winter,” Weah wrote.”First of all, I want to thank the fans for their constant support, as well as the coaching staff and my team-mates for making me feel part of the family. These few months were great even though I did not play much, I was always grateful for the opportunities I had at the beginning of the season because it opened many doors for me this winter.”I love you and I know you will go to the end and you will take the cup this year, God is with you all. I will miss the fans as well as the energy you bring to each game. I love you and God bless you. I hope that after these six months, I will be ready to return to the Parc des Princes and give everything to make you proud to be Parisian.”Weah has been linked with a loan move to Scottish champions Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers eager to find a replacement for striker Moussa Dembele who left at the end of the summer transfer window.Should Weah move to Scotland, the teenager would be eligible to play for Celtic in the Europa League, with the Bhoys facing Valencia in the round of 32.
Vector Control Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Ryan Morris, is reporting a major reduction in breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the parish.“We have seen a significant trending down, and we are heading back to normalcy,” he told JIS News.He said that following the declaration of an outbreak of dengue fever in January, the department’s capacity was enhanced with the addition of 29 temporary vector control workers from the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and the Ministry of Health Vector Support Programme, bringing the total to 60.They worked along with the eight permanent workers to destroy mosquito breeding grounds in the parish.“We were also encouraged to hire additional transportation to assist with getting the staff to and from locations to undertake larvicidal control activities,” Mr. Morris noted.He said that the boost in staff complement enabled the department to carry out eradication activities in more communities.While the temporary workers completed their three-month stint on April 5, Mr. Morris said that activities will continue, to ensure maximum coverage of high-risk areas.“To date, we have two private pest controllers operating within the parish, one operating in eastern Westmoreland, while the other is at the western end. The main team continues to fog the central area of the parish,” he noted.Health and Education Promotions Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Gerald Miller, for his part, told JIS News that the department embarked on a sensitisation programme aimed at engaging residents in destroying mosquito breeding sites.“We have been utilising the JIS to do community announcements on dengue-prevention methods in various sections of the parish. This was done from February 15 to March 31. High-risk areas of the parish were targeted. Our sensitisation sessions in the clinics and hospitals are ongoing, as well as public service announcements by way of a local radio station in the parish,” he said.“The response has been great. Persons are now saturated with the information, and we hope that they transfer that into their behaviour,” he added.The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for the spread of the dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses. Vector Control Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Ryan Morris, is reporting a major reduction in breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the parish. “We have seen a significant trending down, and we are heading back to normalcy,” he told JIS News. Story Highlights He said that following the declaration of an outbreak of dengue fever in January, the department’s capacity was enhanced with the addition of 29 temporary vector control workers from the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and the Ministry of Health Vector Support Programme, bringing the total to 60.
Facebook Cochrane has been performing since the 1970s, but he stepped into the international limelight with the massively successful single Life is a Highway from his album Mad, Mad World, which was released more than a quarter-century ago.The town of Lynn Lake — which has a population of about 500 to 600 people — has been buzzing with anticipation for the event. It has spent the weekend hosting a Homecoming Summer Festival, a community first.The headlining musical guest? None other than Cochrane himself. A Canadian musician known worldwide for his song about life as a cruise on the highway, returns home to northern Manitoba today to officially open a stretch of highway named in his honour.Tom Cochrane will be in his hometown of Lynn Lake for unveiling of the Tom Cochrane’s Life is a Highway highway.The Manitoba government announced last October it would name a 322-kilometre section of Provincial Road 391, between Lynn Lake and Thompson, Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway, after the multiple Juno Award-winning rock musician and his 1991 popular single. Award-winning musician Tom Cochrane returns home to Lynn Lake, Man. Sunday to open a stretch of highway named in his honour. (CBC) He’s due to hit the stage around 4:30 p.m. Sunday for an all-acoustic set.“We really hope that he can communicate to the young people in the town and shine a bright light into the community,” said organizer Eugene Shin. “He’s the cause for the festival, he’s the reason why, and sparked the interest in former Lynn Lakers.”Shin said in addition to Cochrane being there, a number of miners who once worked in the mining community will also make their way back. Many have been away for 15 to 20 years, he said.Shin said he hopes the festival will help people in the community connect with its past and present.“Hopefully it will lead to something big in the future,” he said. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement
French national newspaper Le Figaro has partnered with Brightcove, which will power the mobile version of its news and entertainment channel, Le Figaro TV.Le Figaro will use the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform to expand the reach of its video library across mobile devices, which currently account for nearly a third of the website’s traffic.The firm said the deal will allow it to seamlessly integrate with leading ad networks and servers, delivering a richer, more interactive advertising experience.“Since introducing video on the site two years ago, we grew our video traffic six-fold and have kept our audiences engaged, with more than 80% of viewers completing more than 50% of each video on Le Figaro TV,” said Bertrand Gie, managing director of new media at Le Figaro.“With Video Cloud, we’re able to broaden the reach of our extensive library of on-demand video content, making it available on tablets and smartphones without compromising on quality or viewer experience.”Le Figaro TV offers original short-form content on-demand. It claims that more than 70 news and review videos are uploaded every day.
Video distribution technology provider Quickplay has teamed up with multiscreen app development provider You.i TV to provide a joint platform powered by Quickplay’s virtual headend, combined with a front-end user interface to deliver OTT video services across connected devices including iOS, tvOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Xbox, PlayStation, Roku, Smart TVs and RDK set-top boxes.You.i TV is providing the front-end technology, while Quickplay’s managed video platform provides the backend service via a software defined headend. Quickplay also handles all of the adaptive streaming and content management, including DRM solutions, user entitlements, dynamic advertising insertion, banner ad support, multi-language support, and featured content from over 200 providers.“You.i TV’s reinvention of how TV operators and programmers build multiscreen applications is driving success with major content brands in Canada and the United States,” said Wayne Purboo, CEO and co-founder of Quickplay.“Our work with the You.i TV team on existing opportunities for OTT services will play a key role as we continue to build our partner ecosystem to provide the most open, efficient, scalable and robust solution in the market for operators and content programmers to take advantage of Next Generation TV Services.”
The Rutgers-led team’s findings may eventually help researchers identify biomarkers – measurable indicators such as proteins or modified genes – that could predict an individual’s risk for binge or heavy drinking. (Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Related StoriesUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthStudy: One in five university students affected by problematic smartphone use”We found that people who drink heavily may be changing their DNA in a way that makes them crave alcohol even more,” said Distinguished Professor Dipak K. Sarkar, senior author of the study and director of the Endocrine Program in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. “This may help explain why alcoholism is such a powerful addiction, and may one day contribute to new ways to treat alcoholism or help prevent at-risk people from becoming addicted.”In 2016, more than 3 million people died from the harmful use of alcohol, according a World Health Organization report. That is 5 percent of all global deaths. More than three-quarters of alcohol-caused deaths were among men. The harmful use of alcohol also caused 5.1 percent of the worldwide toll of disease and injuries.Scientists at Rutgers and Yale University School of Medicine focused on two genes implicated in the control of drinking behavior: PER2, which influences the body’s biological clock, and POMC, which regulates our stress-response system.By comparing groups of moderate, binge and heavy drinkers, the researchers found that the two genes had changed in the binge and heavy drinkers through an alcohol-influenced gene modification process called methylation. The binge and heavy drinkers also showed reductions in gene expression, or the rate at which these genes create proteins. These changes increased with greater alcohol intake.Additionally, in an experiment, the drinkers viewed stress-related, neutral or alcohol-related images. They also were shown containers of beer and subsequently tasted beer, and their motivation to drink was evaluated. The result: alcohol-fueled changes in the genes of binge and heavy drinkers were associated with a greater desire for alcohol.The findings may eventually help researchers identify biomarkers – measurable indicators such as proteins or modified genes – that could predict an individual’s risk for binge or heavy drinking, said Sarkar, who works in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Source:https://news.rutgers.edu/heavy-drinking-may-change-dna-%E2%80%93-leading-increased-craving-alcohol/20190128#.XE9x5VxKi72 Jan 29 2019Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 11 2019Southern courts favor physicians in malpractice lawsuits over facial trauma treatment, while courts in the Midwest favor patients, according to a Rutgers study.The study, which was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is the first to explore facial trauma litigation. It also found that outcomes in facial trauma lawsuits generally favor physicians, with nearly three-fourths of cases being dismissed before trial.In 2016, nearly 43,000 cases totaling $3.8 billion in payouts were awarded for allegations surrounding diagnosis, treatment and surgery, with the top five defendant specialties being surgical. About 15 percent of plastic surgeons face at least one malpractice lawsuit annually.The researchers studied defendant data from facial trauma malpractice cases in the Westlaw federal litigations database. They reviewed 69 cases from 1913 to 2016. Most decisions occurred between 1965 to 2013, with half processed through legal systems in the South, 29 percent in the Midwest, 11 percent in the West and less than 9 percent in the Northeast.About 75 percent of the plaintiffs were males with injuries to the jaw or with multiple facial fractures. A complaint of delay or failure to diagnose accounted for 50 percent of the lawsuits, which were significantly more likely to be brought against an emergency physician who failed to diagnose a fracture.The researchers found that patients who had an initial X-ray that was followed by imaging with a computed tomography (CT) scan or other, more sensitive scan were more likely to be diagnosed with a fracture. “This tells us that emergency medicine physicians may be able to reduce their risk of malpractice by using sensitive radiography, like CT scans, while evaluating potential facial fractures,” said corresponding author Boris Paskhover, assistant professor, department of otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.Related StoriesPsychiatric diagnoses deemed “scientifically meaningless” by expertsBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTOf the cases that went to court, 58 percent were tried by a judge and 38 percent by a jury. Three-quarters of the examined cases were decided on behalf of the defendants, 19 percent on behalf of the plaintiff, 3 percent were settled and 3 percent had an unknown outcome. Awards ranged from $14,437 to more than $1.8 million.”An overwhelming majority of cases decided in the favor of the plaintiff were jury trials,” said Paskhover. “This finding is understandable given the overall litigation structure of the United States court system, where it is a constitutional right for persons to be initially tried by a jury of their peers and not experts within the field.”The Midwest upheld 40 percent of the malpractice suits, while the South dismissed more than 90 percent. The researchers considered four possible scenarios that could account for this finding: a tendency for juries of Midwesterners to side with the plaintiff, an increased rate of legitimate malpractice cases occurring in the Midwest, a preponderance for frivolous suits in the South or a proclivity for Southern judges to dismiss claims.”It may behoove Midwestern physicians to consider settlements over a trial, while Southern healthcare professionals may be more comfortable allowing malpractice decisions to be decided through litigation,” Paskhover said. Source:https://www.rutgers.edu/
Until 2016, they primarily focused on celebrities, cars and the lucrative beauty industry.The sites helped generate income in a country where youth unemployment is a whopping 55 percent.”Young people understood how Google algorithm worked and they were experimenting for couple of years with ways of making money from ads,” IT expert Igor Velkovski told AFP.But as the US presidential race heated up, politics suddenly became a new attractive target.”Trump started to mean revenue. When Trump stories turned out to be profitable, they understood that conspiracy theories will always gain an audience,” Velkovski said.Web designer Borce Pejcev, 34, helped create many of the pro-Trump sites.”It became clear that the conservatives were better for making money, they like conspiracy theory stories, which are always clicked before being shared,” he told AFP.Digital consultant Mirko Ceselkovski makes no secret of the fact that he helped advise people like Pejcev on how to create fake news.”I helped Trump win,” his business card reads.”I just taught them how to make money on internet and how to find an audience,” Ceselkovski told AFP.”The more clicks, the more Google Ads money… it’s a click-ruled world.” ‘Vaccines kill’Even adults with steady jobs joined the fake news industry, including English teacher Violeta who only gave her first name.During the US election campaign, she almost doubled her 350-euro monthly salary by working just three hours a day. “I know it’s wrong to take a side job which consists of saying ‘Vaccines kill!’, ‘The Holocaust did not exist’ or promoting Trump,” said the mother of two.”But when one is hungry, one doesn’t have the luxury to think about democratic progress,” she added.Violeta said some of her own students were regularly “arriving late and sleeping in class” because they too were writing for those websites.While Jovan has stopped producing fake news, his friend Teodor continues to work for a company that runs hundreds of lifestyle websites.Teodor is earning 100 to 150 euros monthly, almost as much as his mother, a part-time worker in a textile company.”Blame me if you like, but between that and putting stories on internet, I choose the second option,” Teodor said. Jovan got a pair of Nike sneakers and went on holiday to Greece, his reward for having helped turn the small Macedonian town of Veles into an epicentre of “fake news” during the 2016 US presidential race. “That’s what the so-called fake news sites bought me,” said the 20-year-old who did not want to reveal his last name.”I was earning about 200 euros ($230) a month… Only a few earn this kind of money,” he told AFP in Veles, home to around 50,000 people.Once a thriving industrial hub, Veles has suffered decline since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and, like the rest of the country, now grapples with rampant youth unemployment and mass emigration.But two years ago, a new source of income unexpectedly opened up when investors offered money to locals for producing news stories in support of Donald Trump who was campaigning to become the 45th president of the United States.Hundreds of websites and Facebook pages started to come out of Veles servers with the sole aim of tarnishing Trump’s Democrat opponents like Hillary Clinton or his predecessor Barack Obama.The sites, many of which have since disappeared, distributed articles about Clinton’s alleged racist remarks on Beyonce or fake statements, in which she allegedly praising Trump’s honesty.Jovan, a student at the Veles’s Faculty of Technology, was recruited in 2016 by one of dozens of local investors engaged in a clickbait race.His work consisted of retrieving articles published mainly on right wing US websites, such as Fox News or Breitbart News, and then “adapting them, changing them a little, putting in a catchy title”.Jovan says he “doesn’t know” if he contributed to Trump’s victory, adding: “I don’t care.”What mattered to the young man, whose parents lost their factory jobs in 2003, was that for the first time he made enough money to afford things.”We were writing what people wanted to read,” Jovan said.’I helped Trump win’With lower living costs than Skopje—the only other city to offer a university degree in IT studies—students started to flock to Veles in recent years and get involved in clickbait sites. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: How a Macedonian town became a ‘fake news’ epicentre (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-macedonian-town-fake-news-epicentre.html Explore further © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ‘Fake news’ didn’t change US election outcome: study
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