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Metal fatigue

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British Land fails in rent review fight

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Governor Wolf Declares Heroin and Opioid Epidemic a Statewide Disaster Emergency

first_img# # # WHEREAS, the opioid crisis is of such magnitude or severity that emergency action is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of affected citizens in Pennsylvania;WHEREAS, the opioid crisis is a public health emergency in Pennsylvania contributing to addiction, overdose emergencies and deaths; andWHEREAS, the opioid crisis includes heroin and prescription pain medications, such as morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and hydromorphone; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis impacts all areas of the state – including urban, suburban and rural communities and all ages including both young people and older Pennsylvanians – and is unprejudiced in its reach and devastation; andWHEREAS, the deaths because of overdose are preventable and the effective treatment of opioid use disorders can reduce the risk of overdose; andWHEREAS, the Drug Enforcement Agency reports the total number of fatal drug overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2016 was 4,642, a 37% increase from 2015 and those deaths increasingly are the result of fentanyl and other synthetic opioid compounds; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s rate of drug overdose is 36.5 per 100,000 which is significantly higher than the national average of 16.3 per 100,000; andWHEREAS, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program reports the number of emergency department visits related to an opioid overdose have increased by 82% from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017;WHEREAS, the Governor and the Acting Secretary of Health have reasonable cause to believe that disease, illness, and health conditions, including death, are being caused by the opioid crisis;WHEREAS, it is necessary to make Naloxone more widely available to treat narcotic overdose in emergency situations;WHEREAS, it is necessary to expand access to treatment facilities, as well as treatment options across the commonwealth; andWHEREAS, it is necessary to temporarily reduce regulatory burdens, in accordance with federal and state law, to ensure that individuals receive needed treatment without delay.NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the provisions of section 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. § 7101 et seq., I do hereby proclaim the existence of a disaster emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.Further, I direct the establishment of an Opioid Unified Coordination Group that shall utilize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to provide a consistent framework and approach to enable government to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The Opioid Unified Coordination Group shall consist of the heads of the following Commonwealth agencies, or their designee, and such other executive branch agencies as the Governor may designate:The Department of HealthThe Department of Human ServicesThe Department of Drug and Alcohol ProgramsThe Pennsylvania Emergency Management AgencyThe Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and DelinquencyThe Pennsylvania State PoliceFurther, the Opioid Unified Coordination Group shall establish a Public Health Emergency Command Center (Command Center) that will operate within the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) located at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.Further, during the period of this emergency, recognizing the need for urgent and expeditious action, pursuant to 35 Pa.C.S. § 7301(f), I do hereby authorize the suspension of relevant regulatory statutes that agencies under my jurisdiction are authorized by law to administer or enforce as may be necessary to respond to the opioid crisis.  Any regulatory statute that agencies under my jurisdiction desire to be suspended must be reviewed by the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, and filed with the Opioid Unified Coordination Group.IN ADDITION, if any administrative order, rule or regulation relating to the opioid crisis is inconsistent with the requirements of this Proclamation, or any rule, regulation, plan or administrative order issued pursuant hereto, or if strict compliance with such provisions would prevent, hinder or delay necessary action to cope with the emergency, then such provision is hereby rescinded for the duration of this Proclamation.Still Further, pursuant to 35 Pa.C.S. § 7301(b), all agencies under my jurisdiction are authorized, ordered and directed to issue, amend and rescind such rules, regulations, orders and plans as necessary to carry out their respective responsibilities and functions pursuant to this Proclamation, to issue, amend and rescind such rules and regulations or orders under their respective statutory authorities as may be reasonably necessary to assist in responding to this opioid crisis.Further, all Commonwealth agencies purchasing supplies or services in response to this emergency are authorized to utilize the emergency procurement procedures set forth in section 516 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa. C.S. § 516.  This Proclamation shall serve as the written determination of the basis for the emergency under section 516.STILL FURTHER, I hereby urge the governing bodies and executive officers of all political subdivisions that may be affected by this emergency event to act as necessary to meet the current exigencies as legally authorized under this proclamation.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, this 10th day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and forty second.TOM WOLFGovernor MEDIA CONTACT:  J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116 Expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by waiving the regulatory provision to permit dosing at satellite facilities even though counseling remains at the base NTP.This allows more people to receive necessary treatments at the same location, increasing their access to all the care and chances for recovery.Waive annual licensing requirements for high-performing drug and alcohol treatment facilities to allow for bi-annual licensure process which streamlines licensing functions and better allocates staff time. DDAP will request that facilities seek a waiver by filing exception requests to the annual licensing requirement.Waive the fee provided for in statute for birth certificates for individuals who request a good-cause waiver by attesting that they are affected by OUD. This is of particular importance to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations who often cannot obtain copies of their birth certificates in order to access treatment and other benefits due to the financial requirements.Waive separate licensing requirements for hospitals and emergency departments to expand access to drug and alcohol treatment to allow physicians to administer short-term MAT consistent with DEA regulations without requiring separate notice to DDAP.Governor Wolf was joined at the declaration signing by PEMA Director Rick Flinn, Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith, and the Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, who today signed the revised first responders “leave behind” standing order for naloxone.For a one-page summary of the declaration, visit governor.pa.gov. Full text of the declaration is included here: Allows Pharmacists to Partner with Other Organizations to Increase Access to Naloxone by waiving regulations to allow pharmacists to partner with other organizations, including prisons and treatment programs to make naloxone available to at-risk individuals upon discharge from these facilities.Allows for the immediate temporary rescheduling of all fentanyl derivatives to align with the federal DEA schedule while working toward permanent rescheduling.Authorizes emergency purchasing under Section 516 of the Procurement Code to allow for an emergency contract to expand the advanced body scanner pilot program currently in place at Wernersville that is used on re-entrants returning to the facility. This would prevent the program from lapsing.Speeding Up and Expanding Access to TreatmentWaive the face-to-face physician requirement for Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) admissions to allow initial intake review by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) or Physician Assistant (PA) to expedite initial intakes and streamline coordination of care when an individual is most in need of immediate attention. Governor Wolf Declares Heroin and Opioid Epidemic a Statewide Disaster Emergency GOVERNOR’S OFFICEPROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCYJanuary 10, 2018 January 10, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf took another step forward in bolstering the fight against heroin and opioid addiction by signing a statewide disaster declaration to enhance state response, increase access to treatment, and save lives. The declaration is the first-of-its-kind for a public health emergency in Pennsylvania and will utilize a command center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to track progress and enhance coordination of health and public safety agencies.“While we have made progress in combatting the heroin and opioid abuse crisis and drastically expanded Pennsylvania’s response, we are still losing far too many Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “I am taking this step to protect Pennsylvanians from this looming public health crisis, and I am using every tool at my disposal to get those suffering from substance use disorders into treatment, save more lives, and improve response coordination.”Among the declaration’s specifics are 13 key initiatives that are the culmination of a collaboration between all state agencies, with focus on the departments of Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Pennsylvania State Police.“I routinely challenge all commonwealth agencies to think innovatively about how they continue to address the opioid epidemic and seek solutions that last long beyond our tenure in this building,” Governor Wolf said. “One such solution is to use the executive authority granted to me as the governor of this commonwealth to waive statutory regulations that create barriers to treatment and prevention, prevent first responders and others from saving lives, and reduce efficiency of our response.”The 13 initial initiatives are organized by three areas of focus and include:Enhancing Coordination and Data Collection to Bolster State and Local ResponseEstablishes an Opioid Command Center located at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), which will house the Unified Opioid Coordination Group that will meet weekly during the disaster declaration to monitor implementation and progress of the initiatives in the declaration.Expands Access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to Other Commonwealth Entities for Clinical Decision-Making Purposes to improve treatment outcomes and better monitor compliance among prescribers.Since 2016, 90,000 physicians have conducted more than 1 million searches on the PDMP.Adds Overdoses and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) as Reportable Conditions in Title 28, Chapter 27 to the DOH in order to increase data collection and improve outcomes in both areas.Authorizes Emergency Purchase Under Procurement Code for Hotline Contract with Current Vendor, giving DDAP further emergency purchase authorization to allow the department to enter into a contract with the current drug and alcohol hotline vendor to ensure uninterrupted services.To date, the 24/7 helpline, 1-800-662-HELP, has received more than 18,000 calls to connect those suffering from substance use disorder with treatment.Improving Tools for Families, First Responders, and Others to Save LivesEnables Emergency Medical Services providers to leave behind naloxone by amending the current Standing Order to include dispensing by first responders, including Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)The existing naloxone standing order and funding for naloxone to first responders has allowed for more than 5,000 lives to be saved so sufferers can be linked to treatment for substance use disorder.last_img read more

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Axe murderer’s Queensland luxury home sold for millions

first_imgThe showpiece former luxury retreat also had development approval for a subdivision to create an additional six residential lots just minutes to Buderim village” according to the listing.It was on the market just three months before it was snapped up for $140,000 less than the asking price, selling to an investment company for $2.35m in April last year.That’s not a bad deal considering the median price of houses in the area has gone up 33.6 per cent in the past five years.An investment firm bought the property and immediately put it up for rental. The van Bredas lived a millionaire lifestyle but valued their Sunshine Coast retreat.A 23-YEAR-old who was today found guilty of axing his multi-millionaire family to death at home had lived an idyllic luxury lifestyle in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.Henri van Breda was found guilty of murdering his parents Martin and Teresa as well as his brother Rudi, and attempting to murder his sister Marli in their estate in South Africa, one of two homes they had maintained on opposite sides of the world.The van Bredas had relocated to South Africa for business reasons, but kept their sprawling Sunshine Coast property intact with a view to returning to the idyllic lifestyle in future.They had bought what was then a seven bedroom, seven bathroom, two car space property in 2012 for $2.2m, with the 3.86 hectare property including development approval for six additional residential lots.Henri van Breda is led out of the High Court in Cape Town, South Africa, after being found guilty of the murder of his parents and brother and the attempted murder of his sister more than three years after the gruesome attack. Picture: AP Photo/Nasief Manie.Related: Home owned by family killed in axe attack for salePat Rafter loses millions in Sunshine Beach dealTheir Queensland home was a sprawling eco designed luxury retreat where every bedroom had an ensuite and opened up to expansive private decks, patios or gardens.The grounds themselves were covered in rainforest and bamboo water gardens, though the home was also just four minutes from the Maroochydore city centre, eight minutes from the beach and 11 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport.The quirky main building was made of hardwood in a rare circular shape, designed and built with nine ensuite bedrooms, seven of which were operational when the family frolicked there.The van Breda’s luxury escape was listed at $2.49 million last year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe living zone incorporated a “voluminous” double height atrium ceiling, with the home also having a luxury stone kitchen, prep area and walk in pantry — “an incomparable family home” that could be a luxury guesthouse, coming with a caretaker’s cottage, orchards and multiple dams.It was a far cry from the grisly scenes that investigators met in the family’s De Zalze Golf Estate home in South Africa in January 2015 the day after the parents and son were killed.It took two years after the family was murdered and their son Henri put on trial for the executor of the van Breda’s will to put the property on the market in Queensland.At $2.49 million, it was listed as a “captivating oasis with subdivision opportunity” with sweeping views to Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains.Every bedroom in the uniquely designed home opens onto verandas, patios or gardens. The property was put up for rent three months after the sale date, listed at $2,650 a week with a commercial slant as a home, bed and breakfast, retreat, and accommodation venue.The new owners turned the property into an 11 bedroom, 10 bathroom, 10 car space estate and got development approval for a pool and spa to be put in for over $31,000 in October last year.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Villarreal want to re-sign Man United’s Eric Bailly

first_img That is according to a report in fichajes.net which outlines how the Ivorian central defender is the dream signing for the Yellow Submarine this summer.Advertisement Loading… Now aged 26, Bailly made 47 first-team appearances for Villarreal across 18 months after signing from Espanyol in a deal reported to be €5.7m in January 2015. His high-performance level multiplied and he became the first signing of boss Jose Mourinho at United in the summer when the Red Devils also landed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. After making 38 appearances in a promising debut campaign in England – helping his team to the EFL Cup and Europa League successes – Bailly suffered a series of injury problems, with a troublesome knee injury limiting him to just one Premier League start this campaign. Villarreal want to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly just four years after he left the club for Old Trafford.center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful MutationsDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Read Also: Ronaldo named greatest European striker since 2000He impressed in the two-goal victory at Chelsea in February and appeared as a substitute in the victory over Manchester City in United’s most recent Premier League outing while also playing cup games against Derby, Club Brugge and LASK.Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have established themselves as first-choice central defenders under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the club would have no plans to sell Bailly.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Boxing: Wilder Agrees to World Heavyweight Unification Fight in UK

first_imgWorld heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder claims he has agreed to fight Britain’s Anthony Joshua in the UK.The American, 32, holds the WBC title and wants a unification bout with Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion.He tweeted: “The $50m offer for him to fight me next in the US is still available. Today, I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK.” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports he will send the contracts but wonders if Wilder’s claim is “bluster”.He added: “It’s all come as a bit of a shock that Deontay’s finally come back to us on the offer and seems to accept the terms.“One thing I can tell you is that by the end of this week Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we’ll see if he’s real.”Hearn has previously criticised the Wilder team for appearing to do their business via social media, insisting “deals are made in the boardroom, not on Instagram”.“If he prefers the fight in the UK, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose,” Wilder added.Wilder’s Manager, Shelly Finkel, told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK.He said: “Deontay sent an email to Joshua (Sunday night), and I sent one (Monday) to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract.”Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the winner would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once.Russian Alexander Povetkin is the WBA’s mandatory challenger and is close to a deal to fight Joshua, although Joshua could face Wilder first if Povetkin is able to fight the winner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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35-17 defeat to Florida State a sign of Syracuse’s unraveling season

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Syracuse had seen the play before. The ball hopped around the backfield from quarterback to running back then back to the quarterback. The white jerseys spun around and followed, but just a step behind the whole time. Eventually the ball came back to Florida State quarterback Alex Hornibrook. He slung the third pass of the play, the first forward one, just before the rush collapsed. Tamorrion Terry caught the pass and weaved inside then back out on the Syracuse defense for a 54-yard gain. For the third-straight week, Syracuse (3-5, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) was burned on double pass trick play. This one didn’t go for a touchdown, but it set one up in the Seminoles (4-4, 4-1) eventual 35-17 throbbing of the Orange at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Syracuse’s issues this year are a broken record, and the scratches on the disc aren’t going away. An offensive line, which had a player quit prior to the game, allowed seven or more sacks for the fourth time in as many conference matchups. An offense which kept the team in games for the past three seasons failed once again failed to eclipse 150 yards in the first half. And a team, still unsure of the answers, fielded questions about the same flaws it showed the week before and the week before that.This is what a season falling apart looks like. “I feel like there’s a lot of the same mistakes,” Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito said. “I feel like it’s a lot of mental mistakes which is what makes the coaches the most upset. Things that we’ve talked about, just keep popping up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs each game carries on, Syracuse cements itself as potentially the worst team in what might be the nation’s worst Power 5 conference. Syracuse is now one of four teams that hasn’t won a Power 5 game. The Orange rank last in the nation in sacks allowed, and took seven more on Saturday. Even the defense, which had forced turnovers in 21-straight games, ended its streak against Florida State. Of the 14 ACC teams, Syracuse is the only one that hasn’t won a conference game. Against FSU, Syracuse compiled 343 total yards, though 219 of those yards came in the second half. The Orange’s three first half points only happened after a drive was extended by a roughing the kicker penalty. In past weeks, the offense at least had a big pass play or a designed quarterback run for chunk yardage. Not on Saturday. By the time the Orange rushing attack put together its most yards (192) since Western Michigan, FSU was playing second string players.“We just keep sticking,” defensive tackle Josh Black said. “We just can’t figure out how to fine-tune this to make it happen in the first half as opposed to the second half.”All of this came against a Florida State team not much different than last year’s Seminoles squad which the Orange defeated 30-7. Leading up to the game, rumors of firing head coach Willie Taggart stirred again and the Seminole faithful questioned where their program had gone wrong. But Syracuse has its own issues this year and they started compounding even before Saturday’s game began. On Friday, offensive tackle Ryan Alexander’s resignation from the program was announced. Defensive back Trill Williams was ruled out before the game began. Then, shortly after kickoff, DeVito was sacked twice on the first series and Florida State scored on its first two possessions. The sacks were the same as they’ve been all year. Some came from blitzes where the Orange left a man unblocked. Others came from successful pass rushes, leaving DeVito nowhere to scramble. The offensive line did look better though, Babers said, noting that the seven sacks didn’t indicate how successful the line had been. DeVito had a time to throw more often than in past games. It still wasn’t enough. “The frustration is seeing the same happen over and over. I do think there was some positives in the offensive line which is kind of, I’m not going to say the word excited but I’m like, ‘Hey, okay.’”In prior games, Syracuse’s offensive ineptitude had been hidden by strong defensive play. On Saturday, the stale offense was again on full display. Outside passing routes didn’t work, with throws often sailing out of the reach on comeback patterns. Jump balls, sometimes the saving grace of a flaking offense, didn’t land. When it came time for third down, the Orange false started several times, and failed to pick up blitzes on others. In the fourth quarter, the Orange scored twice, but fourth quarter rushing yards when trailing by three scores pad stats, not win games.“The past couple games in the first half, offensively we have not done nearly enough,” DeVito said. “For everything to start clicking in the game, it’s good and all but it doesn’t help us win the football game.”The offensive production came too late. Syracuse had already failed to stop a trick play and a funky offensive set. It had already faltered on its own trips to the red zone. Syracuse had already started to unravel, both in the game and in the season, and now it might not stop.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

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Christle unclear as to why Walsh resigned

first_imgThe association says the comments of Sport Ireland Chairman Kieran Mulvey and Cheif executive John Treacy were “unhelpful, highly questionable and disingenuous”.IABA Chairman Joe Christle says they still don’t know why Walsh resigned and as far as he was concerned the deal had been agreed and the Wexford man would remain on.Sport Ireland and the IABA will appear before the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications to discuss the recent controversy next Wednesday.last_img

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Netherlands v Ghana: 3 Major talking points

first_imgHave you ever had that moment when you address the Netherlands simply as Holland because it rolls off your tongue easier, I bet you have. According to Nana, my “prim-pro” friend, the correct usage is the Netherlands.Apparently, North Holland and South Holland are two provinces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Back in the 17th century, these two provinces served as a gateway, a major trade hub, where commercial activities with the west were conducted and as such, the Netherlands, became commonly referred to as Holland. Though it might be politically incorrect, both names have been used interchangeably since, especially by those of us in the football space. As Ghana’s Black Stars engage their Dutch counterparts, the Oranje, in a 2014 World Cup preparatory match tomorrow June 31, at 6.30 GMT in Rotterdam, Ghana’s Black Stars will need to be similarly detailed in what is considered a useful work out ahead of the tourney. When we sit in front of our screens, the name Holland or Netherlands will matter little, instead we will concern ourselves with 3 major talking points: THE MOCK RONALDO TESTSince last December when the World Cup draw was made and Ghana grouped with Germany, Portugal and U.S.A, many Ghanaians have been having nightmares about a certain Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Part of that fear is external; Ronaldo is the reigning world best player and just recently aided Real Madrid to annex their 10th UEFA Champions League, breaking records for fun and mesmerizing defenders. The second part of that fear is internal; Ghana’s full backs have not inspired confidence in Ghanaians and naturally, there is some form of apprehension about how Ronaldo and co. will be handled on the wings. Tomorrow’s game against the Netherlands provides the Black Stars defense a chance for a dress rehearsal of that “fearful” battle. Granted the Dutch wingers in Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens are not exactly “Ronaldo-sphic” but they are pacy wingers with loads of guile and trickery that will provide the perfect mock test of Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Jefferey Schlupp’s readiness to deal with the Ronaldo threat. Do these defenders wield the positional sense, speed and strength to execute the task? The answer lies in Rotterdam.  AN IDEA OF STRATING LINE UP  Another usefulness of this high profiled friendly is that it provides Ghana’s coach, Kwesi Appiah, an opportunity to fine tune his tactics, especially his preferred formation for the World Cup. Indeed, his opposite number Louis Van Gaal has openly stated that he will use this match to test his starting line up in this game and I do not expect Kwesi Appiah to do any different. If I were Appiah, I will start with Adam Kwarasey in goal because he, among the three goalies, has the perfect balance of experience and form. As mentioned above, Ghana will have pacy and tricky wingers to contend with, so I will play Daniel Opare and Jeffrey Schlupp at the right and left full backs because they both strike a balance between pace and power. In central defense, I will pair experienced Michael Essien with John Boye who will complement his senior with height and ruggedness. In the double defensive midfield pivot, I will pair in form Afriyie Acquah with Sulley Muntari while I will deploy Kwadwo Asamoah on the left wing for his ability to assist the left full back and similarly, Andre ”Dede” Ayew on the right. I will put Abdul Majeed Waris on top of the attack supported by Asamoah Gyan in the hole. This strike partnership has worked and shouldn’t be broken unless Waris fails to step up, only will I bring in Kevin Prince Boateng to play in the hole and push Gyan on top. Looking good huh? We can’t wait. THE CHOPPED THREEChopped sounds a little hash but that’s the reality of the situation. FIFA’s deadline for submission of final 23 man squads is June 2, only a couple of days after this friendly and it wouldn’t take any intelligent guessing to know that Appiah will use this game to finalize the chosen 23 and send 3 players back home to watch the World Cup in HDTV. Appiah’s mind would have been made by now, but surely, he must have about 5 or 6 borderline players out of who 3 will be dropped. Straight off the top of my head I am thinking a David Accam will have to play out of skin to book his seat; Mubarak Wakaso will need to have a stinker of a game to give up his seat; Rabiu Mohamed’s match fitness will be under scrutiny even though I get a sense he will get the loyalty pass like Fataau Dauda; Afriyie Acquah is up against stiff competition in the midfield but if he produces another outstanding performance he will have Appiah reaching for Tylenol extra; and then there are the borderline defenders; Jefferey Schlupp was decent in the farewell game in Accra, but then again, that was more of an exhibition game and this game will answer whether he is ready; Rashid Sumaila’s seeming  recklessness where he has caused 2 penalties in his last 2 outings may hurt him if he doesn’t get an opportunity  to wipe the slate clean. So, those are the candidates for the board. Come tomorrow night, we will have a clearer idea whose head will be chopped or is it cut rather? Well, Just like Holland or Netherlands, the value is the same. Have you ever had that moment when you address the Netherlands simply as Holland because it rolls off your tongue easier, I bet you have. According to Nana, my “prim-pro” friend, the correct usage is the Netherlands. Apparently, North Holland and South Holland are two provinces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Back in the 17th century, these two provinces served as a gateway, a major trade hub, where commercial activities with the west were conducted and as such, the Netherlands, became commonly referred to as Holland. Though it might be politically incorrect, both names have been used interchangeably since, especially by those of us in the football space. As Ghana’s Black Stars engage their Dutch counterparts, the Oranje, in a 2014 World Cup preparatory match tomorrow June 31, at 6.30 GMT in Rotterdam, Ghana’s Black Stars will need to be similarly detailed in what is considered a useful work out ahead of the tourney. When we sit in front of our screens, the name Holland or Netherlands will matter little, instead we will concern ourselves with 3 major talking points: THE MOCK RONALDO TESTSince last December when the World Cup draw was made and Ghana grouped with Germany, Portugal and U.S.A, many Ghanaians have been having nightmares about a certain Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Part of that fear is external; Ronaldo is the reigning world best player and just recently aided Real Madrid to annex their 10th UEFA Champions League, breaking records for fun and mesmerizing defenders. The second part of that fear is internal; Ghana’s full backs have not inspired confidence in Ghanaians and naturally, there is some form of apprehension about how Ronaldo and co. will be handled on the wings. Tomorrow’s game against the Netherlands provides the Black Stars defense a chance for a dress rehearsal of that “fearful” battle. Granted the Dutch wingers in Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens are not exactly “Ronaldo-sphic” but they are pacy wingers with loads of guile and trickery that will provide the perfect mock test of Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Jefferey Schlupp’s readiness to deal with the Ronaldo threat. Do these defenders wield the positional sense, speed and strength to execute the task? The answer lies in Rotterdam.  AN IDEA OF STRATING LINE UP  Another usefulness of this high profiled friendly is that it provides Ghana’s coach, Kwesi Appiah, an opportunity to fine tune his tactics, especially his preferred formation for the World Cup. Indeed, his opposite number Louis Van Gaal has openly stated that he will use this match to test his starting line up in this game and I do not expect Kwesi Appiah to do any different. If I were Appiah, I will start with Adam Kwarasey in goal because he, among the three goalies, has the perfect balance of experience and form. As mentioned above, Ghana will have pacy and tricky wingers to contend with, so I will play Daniel Opare and Jeffrey Schlupp at the right and left full backs because they both strike a balance between pace and power. In central defense, I will pair experienced Michael Essien with John Boye who will complement his senior with height and ruggedness. In the double defensive midfield pivot, I will pair in form Afriyie Acquah with Sulley Muntari while I will deploy Kwadwo Asamoah on the left wing for his ability to assist the left full back and similarly, Andre ”Dede” Ayew on the right. I will put Abdul Majeed Waris on top of the attack supported by Asamoah Gyan in the hole. This strike partnership has worked and shouldn’t be broken unless Waris fails to step up, only will I bring in Kevin Prince Boateng to play in the hole and push Gyan on top. Looking good huh? We can’t wait. THE CHOPPED THREEChopped sounds a little hash but that’s the reality of the situation. FIFA’s deadline for submission of final 23 man squads is June 2, only a couple of days after this friendly and it wouldn’t take any intelligent guessing to know that Appiah will use this game to finalize the chosen 23 and send 3 players back home to watch the World Cup in HDTV. Appiah’s mind would have been made by now, but surely, he must have about 5 or 6 borderline players out of who 3 will be dropped. Straight off the top of my head I am thinking a David Accam will have to play out of skin to book his seat; Mubarak Wakaso will need to have a stinker of a game to give up his seat; Rabiu Mohamed’s match fitness will be under scrutiny even though I get a sense he will get the loyalty pass like Fataau Dauda; Afriyie Acquah is up against stiff competition in the midfield but if he produces another outstanding performance he will have Appiah reaching for Tylenol extra; and then there are the borderline defenders; Jefferey Schlupp was decent in the farewell game in Accra, but then again, that was more of an exhibition game and this game will answer whether he is ready; Rashid Sumaila’s seeming  recklessness where he has caused 2 penalties in his last 2 outings may hurt him if he doesn’t get an opportunity  to wipe the slate clean. So, those are the candidates for the board. Come tomorrow night, we will have a clearer idea whose head will be chopped or is it cut rather? Well, Just like Holland or Netherlands, the value is the same.last_img read more

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Fantasy Updates: Josh Gordon rising in rankings after reinstatement

first_img2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200Tom Brady gets a boost with an establish down-the-field threat added to his offense. The 42-year old may have been looking at more handing the ball off this season with Sony Michel and Damien Harris in the backfield. Gordon’s return sets up as, at the very least, a dynamic play-action weapon that New England didn’t previously have. It probably doesn’t elevate Brady into starting fantasy quarterback level, but it gives him an upside he previously may not have had.ESPN reported that Gordon should be with the Patriots at their preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 22, although he’s unlikely to play. The expectation is that Gordon will be ready to go by Week 1 of the regular season. Josh Gordon has been reinstated from his suspension, per multiple reports. He’ll be set to rejoin the Patriots on Sunday and will be eligible to play Week 1. The news brings with it a big shakeup to the Patriots’ WR corps and the overall fantasy rankings and sleepers.Gordon has obviously battled off-field issues throughout his career, but he’s been mostly productive when he’s been on the field. He played 11 games for the Patriots in 2018, catching 40 balls for 720 yards and three touchdowns. His 11.3 yards per attempt his way is the highest connection with Brady in the Pro Football Focus era, per their @PFF Twitter account. During the offseason, Brady posted video on his Instagram of working out with Gordon. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetWith the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, there was uncertainty as to who would catch passes in New England besides receiver Julian Edelman and running back James White. The Patriots drafted N’Keal Harry in the first round, signed Dontrelle Inman, and had undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers running with the first team during training camp, but it was still anyone’s guess as to who would emerge as the No. 2. Now, Gordon adds to the intrigue.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Josh Gordon Fantasy OutlookBecause of Gordon’s myriad suspensions throughout his career, it will be hard to count on him playing 16 games. His per-game production should make him a borderline fantasy starter, though. In his 2018 action, Gordon was the 33rd-best fantasy WR in fantasy points per game. That was right behind Calvin Ridley and Mike Williams and right ahead of Chris Godwin. That also factors in his lone game in Cleveland, where he had one catch for 17 yards and a TD. The presence of Gordon will lower expectations for everyone else in the Pats’ receiving corps, aside from Edelman. Meyers goes from a first-team contender to a potential depth piece. Harry, who hasn’t shown well in camp so far, is much less likely to be pressed into heavy duty early.last_img read more