HYDERABAD, INDIA—A court-appointed scientific panel on 17 October has come down heavy on genetically modified (GM) foods. It is calling for a 10-year moratorium on field trials of any GM food crop as well as nonfood crops such as cotton equipped to produce an insect-killing toxin from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). A decade, the panel said, “is a reasonable length of time” to strengthen India’s regulatory regime and develop “a cadre of experts in areas of relevance to food safety evaluation, environmental impact assessment etc.” The recommendations delivered to India’s Supreme Court are not binding. The court has not yet scheduled a hearing on the report, after which it could issue a directive compelling the government to implement a ban. In the meantime, biotech leaders hope to rally public opinion behind GM crops. “The scientific community should now stand up and tell the people of India, ‘Please take responsibility,’ ” says Maharaj Kishan Bhan, a vaccine specialist and secretary of the Department of Biotechnology in New Delhi. The call for a ban clashes with a report last week from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s scientific advisory council, which hailed genetic modification as a transformational technology that has paid dividends for agriculture and health. “The current debate, unfortunately, is demoralizing and isolating our scientists,” says council chair C. N. R. Rao, a chemist at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore. 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One success story scientists say is Bt cotton, which now accounts for 93% of the total crop sown in India. Food crops have not fared so well. In 2010, the government halted plans to commercialize Bt brinjal, a kind of eggplant. Then in August, a panel appointed by India’s Parliament stated that field trials of GM crops “under any garb should be discontinued forthwith” and that all R&D should “only be done in strict containment.” As a result, Parliament is now mulling the creation of a national Biotechnology Regulatory Authority to serve as a GM watchdog. Some scientists fear the latest report will strengthen the hand of GM opponents. In May, the Supreme Court of India appointed the six-member panel of scientists to offer advice in an ongoing case in which anti-GM activist Aruna Rodrigues and others have challenged the introduction of GM crops in India. Among the panel’s recommendations are calls for more rigorous “intergeneration” animal feeding studies, a halt on trials conducted outside public institutes, and the removal of advisers with conflicts of interest from regulatory bodies. Bhan hopes the Supreme Court will not send the wrong message at a time when GM research, he argues, should be stepped up to meet challenges to food productivity posed by climate change and a rising population. Down the road, he says, “scientists should not be blamed for not being sensitive for meeting the future food security needs of the country.” U.S. Department of Agriculture Growing dispute. An Indian advisory panel has called for a decadelong moratorium on field trials of genetically modified plants, including cotton (above) and food crops.
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The investigation of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has revealed that charter bills of Bombardier Challeger 300 aircraft – used mostly by Lalit Modi with his family and friends, were paid by corporate companies from its pocket.Even the Government of Rajasthan was not spared. Out of three charter bills – used by Vasundhara Raje and others – one was paid by the Rajasthan Government and two remained outstanding.Exclusive copy of DRI’s showcause notice with Indiatoday.in, expose how on the instruction of Lalit Modi, the corporates/individuals and the government were paying the charter bills for the usage of Lalit Modi and his aircraft.Based on the passenger manifest and bills raised by GWPL, it appears that out of its total flying of 792 hours 50 minutes -a) 125 hours 45 minutes (16 pc) have been utilised for self use of Modi, his family members and friends and billed to Lalit Modi,b) 553 hours 10 minutes (70 pc) have been utilised for self use of Lalit Modi, his family members and friends, but billed to others,andc) 113 hours and 55 minutes (14 pc) have been shown as utilised for chartering to others.Investigation revealed that 86 per cent of the aircraft has been used mostly by Lalit Modi, and in these cases the Charter bills have been billed to different companies as per the instructions of Modi.According to Pradeep Thampi’s statement to DRI, there was no system or procedure as such for getting written requisition or email for charter in M/s GWPL. “Most of the chartering were done as per the oral directions of Lalit Modi, since GWPL was basically working under the direction of Modi. There was no written requisitions received for chartering”, Thampi stated.advertisementSome of these parties against whom the charter bills were raised as per the directions of Lalit Modi, are: Ansal Properties, Net Link Blue (Dubai based), Ananda Heritage, Renuka Calil, Percept Pictures, Aditya Chellaram, Pawan Goel, Ashok Kumar Goel, Zoom Communication, Global Sports Broadcast Services (Singapore based, linked to Zoom Communication), DNA Entertainment Network, Go Airlines Pvt Ltd, Gherzi Eastern Ltd and the Govt of Rajasthan.N Srinivasan in his statement to ED had given the name of Netlinkblue for paying Rs 3.5 crore to Golden Wings. Even Pradeep Thampi revealed all these corporate names before the ED officials while giving his statement last week.Harinder Singh, managing director, Percept Pictures denied paying the bill. He said, “I had been invited by Modi for Formula 1 event to Singapore. I had travelled with few other gentlemen in Modi’s aircraft, but why I was billed for it, I dont know. In fact, I returned back in Jet Airways flight, paying from my pocket. Therefore, we did not pay Rs 24 lakhs bill raised in the name of Percept Pictures.”In case of Government of Rajasthan, as per DRI’s showcause notice, between 11/9/2008 to 11/11/2008 – Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje and her team had travelled thrice – across the country in Lalit Modi’s aircraft. Specific details are:1) Travel Number 1Dates of flight:– 11/09/08 – Mumbai to Jaipur — 12/9/08 – Jaipur to Bangalore– 13/09/08 – Bangalore to Mumbai– 15/09/08 — Mumbai to Jaipur– 15/09/08 – Jaipur to MumbaiNumbers of Hours of Flight: 9.40 hrsTravellers– Vasundhara Raje– Omprakash Mathur– Prakash Chand– Venkatesh Sharma– Phoolsingh– Usha,– Arja Shridhar (related to KKR)All these dates – the invoice number was: GWPL/08-09/015Name of the party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanBill Amount: Rs 38,01,513 (Rs 38 lakh)Bill paid/outstanding: PAIDCategory of Usage (as per DRI analysis): Private use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.2) Travel number 2Dates of flights– 15/10/2008 – Mumbai to Jaipur– 16/10/08 – Jaipur to Guwahati– 16/10/08 – Guwahati to Kolkata– 18/10/08 – Kolkata to JaipurNumber of hours of flight; 9.45 hrsTravellers– Vasundhara Raje– Phool Singh– Harinder Singh– Dushywant Singh– Gopinath Munde– Dhana– Usha– Arja ShridharInvoice No: GWPL / 08-09/024Name of Party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanBill Amount : Rs 38,34,285 (Rs 38 lakhs)Bill Paid/Outstanding: OUTSTANDINGCategory of Usage (DRI analysis): Private Use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.3) Travel Number 3Date of flights– 9/11/08 Mumbai to Delhi– 9/11/08 Delhi to Jaipur– 10/11/08 – Jaipur to Cochin– 10/11/08 – Cochin to Tirupati– 11/11/08 – Tirupati to Delhi– 11/11/08 – Delhi to Jaipur– 11/11/08 – Jaipur to MumbaiNumber of hours of flight: 11.45 hrsTravellers:– Vasundhara Raje– Dushyant Singh– Niharika Raje– Hari Singh– Phool Singh– Usha– Uma– Arja ShridharInvoice Number: GWPL/08-09/029Bill Amount: Rs 46,20,805 (Rs 46 lakh)Name of Party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanadvertisementBill paid/Outstanding: OUTSTANDINGCategory of Usage (DRI analysis): Private use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.Every month, a statement showing the bills raised and position of payments, were handed over to Rohit Salian, manager (accounts) working at the office of K K Modi group companies, Mumbai. “GWPL never followed up with any of the parties for collection of outstanding amount as it was either Modi himself, or through Rohit Salian, that the outstanding payments were monitored for collection. As the entire affairs of GWPL were as per the directions of Modi, neither he or nor any other person from GWPL had taken any steps for collection of outstanding payments from the parties to whom the bills for charters were raised,” Thampi stated to DRI. Scrutiny of the lease agreement between GWPL and Peel Aviation revealed that the aircraft was leased to GWPL without any security deposit. Further probe of ledger, balance sheet and annual report of GWPL exposed that GWPL has only made payment of Rs 1,10,92,782 (out of Rs 10.78 crore) to Peel Aviation towards the lease amount. The remaining lease amount of Rs 9,75,00,000 is still outstanding. “Although this amount has been outstanding for a period of over three years and more now, still Peel Aviation never took any legal action against GWPL for recovery. It is indeed queer that the aircraft worth Rs 81.21 crore has been leased by a company based in Ireland to a company based India having no past relationship and continue to lease the aircraft even though there is no regular payment of lease amount, ” the DRI’ SCN stated.The lease agreement was terminated on 30/09/2010, apparently only after DRI initiated an enquiry on the import of the aircraft. The SCN concludes, “therefore, it appears that the so called lease was just a cover – part of overall, “management overview”, created by professionals/persons hired by Lalit Modi to import the impugned aircraft into India for his private use, but under cover of NSOP not to pay due customs duty.” Lalit Modi has not replied back to DRI’s showcause notice till now, whereas, the enforcement directorate is likely to issue summons to all corporate parties to know the reasons of making these payment in lakhs/crores to Golden Wings – on the directions of Lalit Modi.The aircraft is at present parked at Beggin Hills airport after it made its last trip to the United Kingdom on January 20, 2010.
Angelique Kerber displayed her grit and vaunted fitness as she battled back to beat France’s Pauline Parmentier 7-5 3-6 7-5 in scorching heat on Monday to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.Kerber was joined in the round of 16 by Venus Williams. The 36-year-old American, who was forced to saved three match points in her opening victory, faced no such drama on Monday with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.Kerber, who will reclaim the world number one ranking next week, won the first set by taking the last three games after facing set point, and was a point from trailing 5-2 in the third set before surging to victory.”It was a tough match and a high-level match from both of us,” the second-seeded German said on court after her two-hour, 33-minute victory. “Pauline played unbelievably from the first ball, and we both battled until the end.”Kerber persevered despite Parmentier saving 13 break points in the match.”She is a really tricky opponent,” the German said. “She played a lot of spin, especially from the forehand side.”I’d had great practices in the last few months so I’m ready to stay on court for three hours.”Next up for Kerber will be 14th-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina, who recovered from a bout with dizziness to beat 25th seed Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4 1-6 6-4.Fourth seed Simona Halep met a different fate against her French opponent, as 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic registered a 6-3 6-3 win to reach the fourth round.advertisementMladenovic, riding a positive wave after notching her maiden WTA title at St. Petersburg and reaching another final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, maintained her form against a rusty Halep.The Romanian, playing her first event in five weeks due to a knee injury, fell in one hour 42 minutes.
The ongoing Border-Gavaskar series is in its final leg with the deciding Test match to be played in Dharamsala from March 25. Both teams have one win under their belt and will be going all out in the final match. With the kind of buzz this series has already generated, cricket lovers are eagerly waiting for the first ball to be bowled on Saturday. (Not sure Virat Kohli knows how to spell ‘sorry’: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland)WATCH FULL CLARKE INTERVIEW HEREBut cricket has not been the only talking point this time. Rarely has a cricket series between India and Australia been so intense post 2008 when India travelled Down Under and played out probably the most thrilling and controversial contests in international cricket. (Virat Kohli a great leader, Team India fully supports him: Cheteshwar Pujara)The 2-0 scoreline barely does justice to the fact that India competed hard and gave it back to the Aussies whenever they were provoked with the infamous ‘monkeygate scandal’ being the lowest point for both teams. (Australia shattered because India are giving it back: Chetan Chauhan to Aaj Tak)Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who played an integral part in that series nine years ago, is now keenly following the action from the sidelines as a commentator and cricket expert, as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith’s men battle for the trophy here in India. (Virat Kohli alleges Australia of disrespecting team physio Patrick Farhart)Apart from the outstanding quality of cricket from both sides, Smith’s team along with the Australian cricket board and a section of the media there, has been targeting the Indian captain with some bizarre allegations and uncalled for verbal volleys. Kohli on his part, has given it back to the Aussies in his own way and stood up for what he feels is right – be it for the DRS controversy or speaking out against the Australian team for disrespecting India physio Patrick Farhart.advertisementClarke, who has seen and done it all, was left bewildered when an Australian daily compared Kohli to US president Donald Trump and called the comparison a “load of shit.””Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump – what a load of shit s that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. I could just laugh about the Trump thing (comparison). I find it quite funny and am sure Virat will also find it quite funny,” Clarke told India Today.”Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him.”Clarke then went on to say that this series has been absolutely terrific with some outstanding cricket being played over the past one month and compared it to the 2005 Ashes series, which is rated as the greatest Ashes ever played.”This is just getting out of control. I understand how the world works, the Australian media wants to see their team do well and same goes for the Indian press. But the cricket has been unbelievable. This has been one of the best Test series that I can think of. It reminds me a lot of the 2005 Ashes series with both teams fighting hard on the field.”You’ll see at the end of this series, Virat Kohli will shake hands with Steve Smith and they’ll be good friends once again. They’ll go to the bar or the IPL and they will be completely fine,” he added.
Refugees Share on LinkedIn Sara Mardini has settled in Germany, but returned to Greece to volunteer with a search and rescue team. Photograph: Helena Smith Share on Facebook Pinterest Reuse this content Yet the drama swirling around Sara has dominated headlines. To her friends, Mardini is selflessly dedicated to doing good. “I am a card with two faces,” she says, rolling a cigarette between painted fingernails. “I have experienced being inside and outside the boat, I am a rescuer and a refugee. Every single boat I have ever helped, I have felt in my bones.”But for others, Lesbos is at the centre of a murky underworld of people-smuggling. Local officials and police claim that, of all the philanthropic organisations working on the island, the Greek ERCI has aroused most suspicion in tracking migrant arrivals and – according to one police report – bringing people illegally ashore.The group, which has been credited with rescuing hundreds of people at sea, has now ceased operations. Organisations that rescue migrants have come under fire with some claiming they are a “pull factor” for migrants in regions at the frontline of the migration crisis.Sara Mardini shows little anger over what has happened to her. Her months behind bars have made her want to help improve conditions in Greece’s toughest prison.“I will keep in touch with people there – the guards, the prison manager. They were all very lovely. You could see they could feel our pain,” she says. “I am not usually an emotional person. I have learned how to deal with hard emotions … the only thing I do know, however, is that none of us [in ERCI] has done anything illegal. We have very strict rules that we have always followed.”She will spend the next few months doing what she had intended to do before her arrest at Lesbos airport in August: studying at the liberal arts school in Berlin where she has been accepted on scholarship.But the fresh-faced student also has a message. 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For each of the 107 days she spent behind bars in Athens’ high-security Korydallos jail, she clung on to the hope that a trial would prove her innocence.“There were times when I’d say, ‘I can’t do this any more’,” the refugee-turned rescue worker said shortly after her release this month. “My heart was very heavy.”Mardini, a former competitive swimmer, made international headlines along with her sister Yusra after the pair jumped into the sea and towed a sinking dinghy for three hours through the turbulent waters of the Aegean, saving the lives of 18 fellow passengers onboard. She was arrested in August along with three other charity workers on charges of people-smuggling, spying, violation of state secrecy laws and money laundering.By the time a guard broke the news that she was to be freed, Mardini was so mentally and physically exhausted she was unable to leave her bed.“In jail you are a ball of emotion,” she says. “A phone call from someone outside could blow my brain. And then suddenly on a day when I am feeling really bad, when my body seems to have stopped responding and I can’t even lift my little finger, I am told, ‘You will be freed [on bail].’ And all I feel is shock. Shock at everything really.”At 23, Mardini is now the face of humanitarianism under fire. Coming three years after her own dramatic landing on the island of Lesbos, her arrest, the charges against her and her long incarceration pending trial caused international outrage. She is the most high-profile victim of what humanitarian operations have said is the criminalisation of volunteers for charities and aid groups detained across Europe. On 5 December she was finally freed after her lawyers posted a €5,000 (£4,450) bail.While she was locked up, Mardini says she meditated, exercised, attended art classes and spent a lot of time sleeping, in the hope of blocking out what she remains acutely aware of: under Greek law the crimes she was charged with carry penalties of up to 25 years in prison.“I want this to go to trial, I want my freedom back,” she says. Mardini, who has settled in Germany, returned to Lesbos to work as a search and rescue volunteer with the Emergency Response Centre International, a Greek NGO. “I think we will know all the truth when it gets to trial and I won’t feel free until I am over with it, until I hear I am innocent.”The Mardini sisters were among a group of 20 Syrians making the treacherous sea crossing in a small dinghy from Turkey to Greece in August 2015, when their dinghy began taking in water, and the siblings, both competitive swimmers, jumped overboard to haul and push the boat, reaching Lesbos more than three hours later.Yusra, who has since become a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, went on to participate as a refugee team member in the 2016 Rio Olympic games and the sisters are the subject of an upcoming film. “People should never be afraid of what they don’t know,” she says. “I worry about conflicts not only in Syria, in Africa, Afghanistan, in so many places. 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ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 4, 2017May 9, 2017By: Cassandra Morris, Program Officer, Gender and Reproductive Health, HealthBridge Foundation of CanadaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In recent decades, Vietnam has had remarkable success in improving maternal health, with the maternal mortality ratio declining 64% between 1990 and 2013. While this decline is impressive, the national figures obscure the persistent health inequalities that exist between the Kinh ethnic majority and Vietnam’s 53 ethnic minority groups. Ethnic minority women are far more likely to deliver without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant (SBA) and face significantly higher rates of maternal mortality.For Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, their cultural preferences and traditions surrounding childbirth are often portrayed as obstacles to the uptake of maternal health services. One cultural preference that is viewed as a barrier to receiving maternal health care is the use of traditional birthing positions. During facility-based delivery, women in Vietnam (as in many countries) are expected to lie on their backs, in the supine position, to deliver their children. The supine position allows the attending health care professional to have a better, unobstructed view of the birth.Providing women-centered careThe optimal position for labor and delivery from a medical perspective has been studied extensively. While there are slight advantages and disadvantages to both supine and non-supine positions, the evidence does not support the routine use of the supine position. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified the routine use of the supine position as a practice that should be eliminated.In 2016, WHO released “Standards for Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Health Facilities,” which recommends that health professionals encourage women to “adopt the position of their choice during labor.” Despite these recommendations, many countries and health facilities around the world continue to dictate the routine use of the supine position for childbirth. In Vietnam, the National Standard Guidelines on Reproductive Health were recently updated in an effort to improve quality of care. However, these new guidelines continue to prescribe that women lie on their backs on a delivery table during childbirth.Mandating the supine position constitutes a failure to provide a person-centered approach to maternal care as it prioritizes convenience for the SBA over the comfort of women giving birth. For some of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups, this policy can also be culturally insensitive. A preference for traditional non-supine birth positions has been well-documented among several of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups.Respecting women’s preferencesIn northern Vietnam, research among Thai and H’mong women highlighted the importance of traditional non-supine delivery positions. H’mong women described delivering in a sitting or squatting position, aided by the use of a low birth stool. Traditionally during labor and delivery, Thai women maintain a kneeling position while grasping a strong woven cloth – called a pieu – that is suspended from the ceiling.In the South Central Coastal region, research among the H’re and Bana groups found that women unanimously preferred to deliver in their traditional non-supine positions, which were considered more convenient and comfortable. In addition to their own experiences during labor and delivery, women expressed a belief that giving birth in the traditional position makes the infant stronger.Preferences and traditions around the time of delivery are diverse among ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Some customs require more ingenuity or resources—for example, those that involve the use of fire. However, there are many customs that can be adapted relatively easily to ensure culturally sensitive facility delivery, including traditions surrounding placenta burial, male involvement at birth and religious practices.Providing high quality care requires utilizing evidence-based policies that respect the cultural practices, preferences and needs of ethnic minorities. Positioning cultural preferences as a barrier to overcome represents a continuation of assimilation policies directed towards ethnic minorities. If, instead, the challenges of providing culturally sensitive maternal health services are viewed as the barrier, then the responsibility is shifted towards the health sector to provide higher quality, respectful and patient-centered maternity care.—Learn more about respectful maternity care.Access publications and news articles about maternal health in Vietnam.Share this:
Posted on April 26, 2017April 26, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)While maternal mortality is declining in many parts of the world, underlying conditions affecting maternal health—such as diabetes in pregnancy—are often under-prioritized. Please tune in on 28 April for the first webinar in a three-part series, Diabetes in Pregnancy: An Epidemic Holding Back Progress, hosted by Women Deliver.The series will present the emerging evidence base, highlight promising programs and equip the maternal and newborn health communities with tools to spark greater action for addressing diabetes in pregnancy.In Part 1: Examining the Evidence, learn about the prevention, screening, treatment and management of diabetes in pregnancy to improve the health of women and newborns.REGISTERDetails28 April 2017 | 9:30am EDTSpeakersDr. Ana LangerDirector, Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public HealthDr. Gojka RoglicMedical Officer, Diabetes Unit, World Health OrganizationDr. Anil KapurChairman of the Board, World Diabetes FoundationDr. Hema DivakarConsultant Obstetrician and Medical Director at Divakars Hospital, Bengaluru, IndiaModeratorDr. France DonnayResources —Stay tuned for updates on the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.” Infographic: Diabetes in Pregnancy ➔Infographic: FIGO Initiative on Diabetes in Pregnancy ➔Policy Brief: Improve Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition ➔Policy Brief: Ensure Access to Comprehensive Health Services ➔ Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Eden Hazard will prove to be a revelation at Real Madrid if he can translate his “extraordinary” Chelsea form to Spain, according to former Los Blancos striker Fernando Morientes.After years of speculation, Hazard joined Real Madrid in the close season in a €100 million (£88m/$112m) deal, seemingly replacing Cristiano Ronaldo a year on from his departure for Juventus.The 28-year-old arrives in the Spanish capital having scored 110 goals in 353 appearances for Chelsea, helping the London club win six major honours in seven years including two Premier League titles and two Europa Leagues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Belgium forward has not yet made his competitive Madrid debut due to a thigh injury but will be expected to lift a team that struggled last season and has started the new campaign in unconvincing fashion.Zinedine Zidane’s side opened the season with a win at Celta Vigo but have drawn their last two matches against Real Valladolid and Villarreal, with Hazard only able to watch on from the sidelines.Former Madrid forward Morientes is certainly expecting a lot from Hazard, believing the club’s latest ‘Galactico’ buy will be a big hit in his new surroundings.”I believe [he can be a revelation], given the relation between price and what we saw last year,” Morientes said at a La Liga event on Tuesday.”It is true there were some Liverpool players who were at a spectacular level but, for me, Hazard was by far the [best] Premier League player. The fact he came to La Liga, I think he has been an extraordinary signing.”It is not just because of the value added to our competition, but because he is player who created a lot of expectations.”Many recognised players were supposed to come to Madrid but, at the end, Hazard is the most notable. Everyone expects he can keep last year’s level, which was extraordinary.”Despite his injury, Hazard was initially named in the Belgium squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against San Marino and Scotland.However, after joining up with Robert Martinez’s squad and being assessed by team doctors he was quickly released from the squad along with his brother Thorgan, who has been struggling with a rib injury.
The Illini will be giving up a home game for this one.Can’t spell Ireland without R E D❗️Who’s ready to jump the pond with @HuskerFBNation?🎟 + ✈️ packages below. #GBR— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) October 14, 2019Aviva Stadium opened in 2010. It can host gridiron football and has done so on several occasions. When outfitted for football, it can seat up to 49,000 fans.The 2021 game will be the fourth played at Aviva Stadium. Notre Dame and Navy faced off there in 2012, and will return for a rematch in 2020. In 2016, Georgia Tech beat Boston College in front of 40,000 fans. LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 01: Cheerleaders of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Illinois 31-16. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The next two college football seasons will have an international flavor as several teams head to Ireland for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. Notre Dame and Navy were already slated to play there in 2020, and now a pair of Big Ten teams have been added.On Monday, Nebraska announced that they would be heading to Aviva Stadium in Dublin to take on Illinois. The game will take place on August 28 during Week 0 of the 2021 season.Nebraska will be making its first-ever appearance in Europe, and only its second-ever game outside of the U.S. The last time the Huskers played overseas was in 1992 when they beat Kansas State in Japan’s Tokyo Dome.As for Illinois, it will be their first trip outside of the U.S. They were scheduled to play a game against USC in Moscow in 1989, but that game was ultimately cancelled.
Robert Lewandowski believes Bayern Munich have the advantage over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race as he claims they boast more quality than their rivals after landing Philippe Coutinho.The 31-year-old had publicly expressed his dismay at the Bavarians’ failure to add to their squad in attacking areas following the departures of the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.Dortmund, meanwhile, had a busy, efficient summer after signing Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz while also bringing Mats Hummels back to the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Lewandowski does now appear to be content with Bayern’s summer business, however, with Coutinho and Ivan Perisic both arriving, and believes his side have more quality than their main title rivals.”Dortmund did a lot [in the summer window], they have a big squad. But in the end it’s not about quantity, but about quality,” he told Sport Bild. “And from that point of view it’s clear to me that we have the players of higher quality.”The Poland international has been impressed with what he’s seen of Coutinho so far following his summer switch from Barca and thinks his arrival makes Bayern more “unpredictable”.”His [Coutinho’s] final ball is insane, he can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League. He can give us that something special. It makes us more unpredictable [with Coutinho in the team], which makes us more dangerous.”Lewandowski, who turned 31 earlier this month, is contracted with the Allianz Arena club until 2021 but is set to sign a two-year contract extension.The striker, who currently has 273 goals in the German top-flight, has set his sights on breaking more Bundesliga records and aims to play into his late thirties.”From my point of view there are only details left to clarify [regarding a contract extension],” he said.”Maybe I can even reach the 300-goal mark in the Bundesliga. I would like to play another five, six years at the top level.”Having drawn on the opening day with Hertha Berlin, Bayern then beat Schalke 3-0 and sit two points off top spot with Dortmund having won their two fixtures so far.The Bavarians are next in action when they host Mainz on Saturday, while Dortmund travel to Union Berlin for matchday three.
Mario Mandzukic looks set to remain at Juventus after ending negotiations with Qatari side Al Rayyan.The Croatia international had been linked with a move to Qatar for several months, though reports in Italy stated he was reluctant to make the switch.Al Rayyan were said to be offering 33-year-old Mandzukic a €7 million salary, while Juventus were holding out for a fee of €10m. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Juve revealed two weeks ago that Mandzukic was in talks over a potential move to Qatar, but it seems the former Bayern Munich star will remain in Turin until January at least, as Al Rayyan confirmed on Saturday that negotiations are over.”Al Rayyan announces the suspension of negotiations with Croatian player Mario Manzukic,” a statement from the club read.Mandzukic joined Juve from Atletico Madrid four years ago and has made 162 appearances in all competitions for the Italian giants, scoring 44 times and winning four Serie A titles.But the striker has not featured for the Bianconeri this season, as he is not part of new coach Maurizio Sarri’s plans, having even been left out of their squad for the Champions League. The reigning Serie A champions will try to offload him and fellow outcast Emre Can in January.”We are evaluating his situation and he too must do so calmly,” Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport in Italy on Saturday.”He is a great player and has an added value, a special guy. If he considers it appropriate to leave, he will be satisfied, otherwise we will evaluate other possibilities.”Qatar is not the only source of interest in Mandzukic, however, as he rejected an offer from French champions Paris Saint-Germain in August, while Manchester United have been linked with him since the summer.The Red Devils are looking to bolster their attack after seeing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave to join Serie A side Inter and are said to be considering making a bid for Mandzukic in January.Meanwhile, fellow Premier League side West Ham and MLS outfit LAFC are said to be monitoring his situation.Mandzukic is currently tied to Juve until 2021, having signed an extension in April this year.
Virgil van Dijk admits to not watching Liverpool’s Premier League title rivals Manchester City, with the Reds defender claiming that Jurgen Klopp’s side still have nothing to lose at this stage.Having missed out on the crown by a solitary point in 2018-19, the men from Merseyside are determined to go one better in the current campaign.A faultless start has been made to that quest, with an eight-point lead at the top of the table established after just eight games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Liverpool could be forgiven for glancing over their shoulder, given that a commanding advantage was squandered to City last season, but Van Dijk insists pressure is being embraced.He told Sky Sports ahead of a trip to Manchester United on Sunday which will give Klopp’s team a chance to put down another marker: “I don’t think we have anything to lose. Man City are the champions, they’re defending their title and we want to get it. In my point of view, we just have to go for it.”The pressure gets bigger, but that comes from the media. They love to put more pressure on us and that’s something we have to deal with. I don’t mind because I’m not thinking about what other people say, I just want to win every game that is ahead of me.”We definitely need to enjoy it [being top of the Premier League] and be full of confidence, especially with the way we’ve got these points, having not had the best games but still getting the wins.”There are so many games left, you can’t really think about it [winning the title] – it’s not realistic. We shouldn’t and we don’t, but it’s the better situation to be in.“I don’t watch Man City’s games but I have family and friends who text me or say something, especially after the Wolves game [when City lost 2-0]. That’s just part of life but we’ve learnt from last year that we don’t have to look to the others until the end of the campaign. So far, we have been doing well but Man City are definitely not going away.”The hunger [to win trophies] is even more than it was before [winning the Champions League]. Everyone wants to experience it again. It was such a fantastic evening with the whole build-up and everything that started with the game against Barcelona at home.”We all have dreams, we all have targets. With the Champions League last year, we all started the competition hoping to win it and it’s the same with the Premier League. Hopefully it’ll happen this year but if not, we go again next year.”Liverpool are looking to land a first English top-flight title since 1990, with a barren run on that front about to hit the 30-year mark.Van Dijk is determined to help restore domestic dominance, with it his opinion that the Reds can get even better.The Netherlands international added: “There’s definitely room for improvement – managing the games a bit better, sometimes teams are playing well against us and they want to beat us and they never give up.”I’m thinking about Sheffield United when we played away, how tough it was there and big credit to them, they pushed us right to the end, created dangerous moments.”There were times in the game when we had big chances but at the moment, we try to grind out those games as well and I think it’s very important.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web