Detroit police soldier on, despite COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgpolybutmono/iStock(DETROIT) — At a community event in Detroit earlier this month in which a number of Detroit Police Department officers were present, the moderator of that event later tested positive for COVID-19.Although it isn’t certain, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said of members of the department getting the virus from that event — it is certainly cause for concern.“I don’t think anybody can definitively say how,” Craig told ABC News.DPD has had two deaths since the start of the global pandemic and the disease hits close to Craig — he has tested positive for the coronavirus.The chief is working and leading the department from at home and said police chiefs “aren’t invincible” and that they have to have a plan when they are down for the count.The department, which operates in the most populous city in the state that has the third most COVID-19 cases in the country, has a total of over 500 officers quarantined and 114 civilians and officers test positive for the virus.“The department has taken a very aggressive posture and keeping its members safe. Early on, when we started quarantining some of the officers, some might have thought that maybe we’re a little bit over the top,” Craig said. “I’ve always believed that we’re doing the right thing and trying to keep our members safe. And doing so meant that we can’t change the number of officers.”In order to put up with the triage of losing officers to testing positive for the virus or the mass number of officers quarantined, Craig deployed some of the department’s specialized units to the hardest hit precincts.Craig told ABC News that response times have been lower across the city, but that doesn’t mean policing doesn’t stop because the department has been hit hard by the virus.“We haven’t seen a disruption in service, but the idea is quickly responding instead of waiting,” Craig said.He said the city has acquired a rapid COVD-19 test for first responders, so that way they can quickly test and get officers back into service.Craig said in addition to losing an officer, they’ve also lost a dispatcher, to COVID-19 — and fortunately, when that dispatcher got sick, the department had a plan for the rest of the dispatch staff.“When we had the one 9-1-1 call taker become ill, it impacted our entire call center. So much so that we had to shut it down. And the good news was that we had a fallback location that we put in operation while we. Began to do very surgical cleaning of the place to get it back operational again. But the idea of having a backup center plus has shown its value,” he said.Craig said his men and women who are quarantined are wanting to come back to work and are wanting to serve the community.“Despite the numbers that have been quarantined in numbers that have tested positive. Police officers are courageous. They’re resilient,” he said. “Many of those have been quarantined or eager to get back to work, support their colleagues. And so really, that’s a testament to the kind of police officer we recognize. And I’m not saying it’s unique to Detroit because this is happening all across America. But these young men and women, these American police officers, despite this unknown enemy, are still going out and keeping our city safe, despite not knowing that they’re confronting.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sector skills plans still fail to impress

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employers say they are confused, not enthused, by the announcement of a newnational skills network to replace the NTOs. Elaine Essery finds out whyElaborate charade or visionary tactic? The jury is out on governmentproposals to establish an employer-led network of Sector Skills Councils and anindependent Sector Skills Development Agency to police it. Delegates at October’s employer skills summit and NTO National Councilconference heard announcements from Education and Skills Secretary EstelleMorris and Adult Skills Minister John Healey on plans to bring about astep-change in the planning and delivery of education and training to meetemployer needs. They are detailed in Meeting the Sector Skills and ProductivityChallenge, the Government’s response to the Building a Stronger Networkconsultation on the future on NTOs. Just how the new set-up will work remains unclear and a development guidesetting out how the network can be formed is expected this month. What is clear is that the 72 existing NTOs will cease to be recognised inMarch 2002. A much smaller number of bodies will be awarded licences by the SSDA tobecome SSCs. Fitness for purpose, critical mass of employer support and sectorscale will be key licensing criteria. By the end of November, six trailblazer SSCs will be announced to setstandards for others to follow. These are likely to include some of the mosteffective NTOs as well as new groupings of sector employers. Employer-led groups will then be invited to submit proposals to become SSCs.Some may be built on the strongest NTOs, but the Government believes that onlya small minority of NTOs are currently fit to deliver the remit of SSCs. Exceptional funding will be granted to NTOs working towards SSC proposals orwhere essential sector-related work needs to continue. ConcernsGovernment recognises employers’ concerns that the present system seems dominatedby colleges and training providers rather than consumers. In return for their buy-in, it is promising employers an influential voicein a system of demand-led, cradle-to-grave education and training provision. NTO National Council chief executive Andy Powell sees great potential forthe new network to have a big impact. “Individually NTOs do good things for their industry, but collectivelythe network is quite simply not making a difference to school curricula,qualifications, higher education or where the LSC in England spends all itsmoney. NTOs weren’t set up to do that,” he says. “The deal is that employers coming together in larger, strategic unitswill have a determining influence to improve the whole education, learning andskills system. Employers have to trust Government on that.” Frustrated But there is distrust among employers. Many are cynical and frustrated atwhat they see as an unnecessary reinvention of the wheel. Michael Parkinson, president of engineering company Airedale Springs,supports the idea of NTOs, but is critical that they were allowed toproliferate. “Why can’t the Government have the guts to say there’s nothing wrongwith NTOs in principle, but that they need pruning and encouraging to cometogether. In a sense, that’s what they’re doing, but yet again we have toexperience the confusion of renaming and rebranding them,” he says. Parkinson wholeheartedly agrees that employers matter and that sectors areimportant. Had the former Tec director not experienced the ragged transitionfrom Tecs to LSCs, he would probably have been happy with the policy statement.”It’s a good document and, taken in isolation, it reads well,” hesays. “But in terms of what’s behind it, I’m more cynical. I, like manyemployers, have lost patience with the ways in which Government operates. “I’m sick of politicians reinventing things and repairing things whichdon’t need repairing. And I don’t think I’m on my own.” He isn’t. “I think the Government is again confusing everyone,”says John Bambery, MD of Lancastrian Labels and Print, and chairman of thePrint and Graphic Communication NTO. “NTOs were only set up a few years ago, and we’ve had great difficultyin explaining to employers what NTOs are. They’ve now come up with somethingnew, as if to reinvent the wheel, and, again, no-one seems to know exactly howit’s going to work. It’s going to be a re-education exercise in getting throughto employers,” he says. Bambery is critical of the failure of successive governments to follow throughtraining initiatives to their final conclusion before making changes whenthings appear not to be working. It makes the task of engaging employers allthe more difficult. “The Government fails to recognise that a vast number of companies inall sectors have no desire to have anything to do with training. It’s verydifficult to involve them when they don’t see an end gain and regard it as morebureaucracy.” Graham Wescott is chairman of GJ Holdings – a group of companies operatingin road haulage, warehousing, distribution, shipping and forwarding. “I can’t trust the Government,” he says. “It started from asituation where it wanted something less than 72 NTOs, but there ought to be aneasier way of getting rid of some of the dead wood without having to go throughthis charade of consultation, reassessment and making sectors gettogether.” Wescott, who is also chairman of the Road Haulage and Distribution TrainingCouncil, is concerned that road haulage may become part of a much biggertransport SSC which will fail to meet sector needs. “We work with other transport NTOs now and we all have differentproblems. If you have too big a sector with lots of little sectors underneath,it will just create a monolythic structure which achieves nothing.” It is a concern shared by employers in the broadcasting sector representedby Skillset. But Peter Meier, head of human resources at Channel 4, is encouraged thatfitness for purpose will be key. “Skillset has good support from theindustry and is already achieving much of what the Government is aimingfor,” he says. “The worry we had was that it would be put togetherwith other ex-NTOs in a larger grouping which may not have been appropriate asfar as we were concerned.” Others welcome rationalisation into larger units. Dr Michael Sanderson,chief executive of EMTA, the NTO for engineering manufacture, says, “Ithink it will make a difference and it’s the right way to go. What I’d like tosee is, say, 25 bodies of equal strength. “One of the problems is that there’s a lot of in-fighting because we’redifferent sorts of organisations. A smaller number of organisations that aremore or less the same, with more or less the same income and number of staff,would find it easier to co-operate.” ExperienceKaren Price, chief executive of the e-skills NTO, has direct experience ofthe benefits of rationalisation. Over a period of 18 months, she saw three NTOsmerge to form the present IT sector NTO. “Now we’re at the end of the process, we’re much stronger and more capableand we have a much bigger voice as an NTO because of the rationalisation,”she says. Price foresees no difficulties in adapting to SSC requirements, and isthoroughly positive. “Our employers are delighted that they’re going tohave a far greater role to play in the skills agenda and realise that workingwith us collectively they can make a bigger difference than trying to tacklethings individually,” Price says. “There are issues that need clarifying, but I genuinely believe theGovernment intent is there to get it right and I think we as employers andemployer-owned organisations can work with the Government until we do get itright.” Financing future arrangements is an issue. Funding for the new sector networkis set to double in 2002/2003 and treble the following year. Each SSC willreceive up to £1m a year, but Meier believes it is not enough to meet all theGovernment requires of SSCs. “Employers in our industry give quite a lot of money to Skillset – lastyear Channel 4 gave £625,000 in all. In the current environment, we’re notgoing to be able to increase our contribution and it will be the same forothers in the sector,” he says. “Government is being over-ambitious in what it can achieve with itsfunding. It’s got to review that.” And there is disappointment in progress so far. Delegates had hoped Healeywould give details of how to bid to become an SSC but, says Sanderson, “Weheard nothing more than the minister told us at a briefing a month before.”Absence of agreement from the devolved administrations on this UK-wideinitiative is thought to be behind the delay. “EMTA will certainly beputting in a bid to represent engineering with the full support of theemployer, trade union and institutions community. But, apart from lobbying,there’s very little we can do formally now.” Powell understands the negativity expressed by some parties and concludes,”I think the vision is right and I’m hopeful about a lot of things. Thebig issue for Government is its ability to manage this change and thetransition effectively and on that I think there are questions at themoment.” SSC countdownNovember 2001– SSC network development guide published– Advertisements for chairperson and chief exec of SSDA appear– Trailblazer SSCs announcedDecember 2001– Advertisements for the board of the SSDA appear– Trailblazer SSC development contracts agreedJanuary/February 2002– Chairperson and chief executive of SSDA appointed– SSDA begins work. Senior management recruited and staffseconded from government departments, devolved administrations and the NTOnetwork to run the agency – SSC proposals acceptedMarch 2002– NTO recognition ceases– Contracting for exceptional continuing funding for NTOscompleted April 2002– SSDA fully operational – Contracting for mainstream SSC development completed– Awarding of contracts to SSCs commencesAugust 2002– Exceptional funding to NTOs ceases – SSDA takes responsibility for sectors not covered by a SSC Sector skills plans still fail to impressOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Reduced seasonality in elemental CHN composition of Antarctic marine benthic predators and scavengers

first_imgAt all but the lowest latitudes, photoperiod varies through the year, resulting in seasonal variation in coastal primary productivity. This leads to a pronounced seasonality in the physiology of most primary consumers, particularly in the seas around Antarctica, which are amongst the most seasonal on the planet. However, higher trophic levels have a more constant food supply and a recent study showed that a range of Antarctic benthic predators and scavengers had very little seasonal variation in physiology. This study investigated the seasonal signal in tissue elemental composition of these same five common benthic predators and scavengers: the gammarid amphipod Paraceradocus miersii; brittle star Ophionotus victoriae; nemertean Parborlasia corrugatus; nudibranch Doris kerguelenensis and tissues of the notothenioid fish Harpagifer antarcticus. Carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and nitrogen (N) contents and C:N ratios were determined for five to seven time points during one year at Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Whilst there were significant differences between species, only P. miersii exhibited seasonal differences, with significantly higher CHN content and C:N ratio in summer than in winter. In the other four species, elemental composition and C:N ratio were very stable throughout the year, supporting the assumption of homeostasis in ecological stoichiometry of benthic consumers and adding to the previously measured lack of seasonal physiological patterns. Recent disruption of the annual patterns of primary productivity, due to reduced occurrence of winter sea ice, may, therefore, not have an immediate impact on higher trophic levels.last_img read more

Council Honors American Legion for Excellence Award

first_imgPost Commander Bob Marzulli accepted the award from New Jersey American Legion Department Commander Mike Babli during a recent county meeting.In order to be considered for the Excellence Award, Post 524 had to exceed its previous year’s membership, sponsor youth activities, work actively in its community, and demonstrate service to America’s troops and veterans.During the last year, Post 524 increased its membership by 10 percent and sponsored local youth in Boy Scouts, the American Legion National Oratorical Contest, and at Boys State leadership conferences. The organization was also active in the Ocean City community by sponsoring activities at The Shores at Wesley Manor and taking part in Memorial Day ceremoniesService to military personnel and families was rendered through the Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program, at the Vineland Veterans Home and during the local Walk for the Wounded and Run for the Fallen events.“This award is extremely meaningful to our American Legion family, especially as we build our new Post building at 46th Street,” said Commander Marzulli. “We look forward to expanding our community presence, increasing our membership base and continuing our work as ‘Veterans Serving Veterans.’ ”Mathers said it’s a dream of post members to turn the key on the Legion’s new home at 46th Street and West Avenue by Memorial Day. Ocean City American Legion Commander Bob Marzulli accepts the American Legion Post Excellence Award from New Jersey Department Commander Mike Babli. This is the fourth time in the last five years that local Post 524 has been recognized.City Council on Thursday invited Korean War veteran Dick Mathers to share some of the success stories of Morvey-Miley American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City.The post won the prestigious Post Excellence Award from the New Jersey Department of American Legion for the fourth time in the last five years. Ocean City ranks among the most successful of New Jersey’s 326 American Legion posts, Mathers said.last_img read more

Greencore fined £1m after death at cake factory

first_imgGreencore has been fined £1m after a worker died at its cake and desserts factory in Hull.A self-employed electrical contractor died after a falling from a stepladder while wiring a motor above a machine in October 2013.According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Greencore agreed this work could be completed using a stepladder, which it had provided.Hull Crown Court heard that an HSE investigation found Greencore had failed to properly plan the work from the beginning, including access arrangements to be made for installation of motors.Greencore Grocery Ltd, of Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1m with £30,000 costs.Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Denise Fotheringham said falls from height remained one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities.“The risks associated with working at height are well known,” she added. “Work at height regulations require that all work at height is properly planned and appropriate access is provided.“If Greencore had carried this out, this death could have been prevented.”Greencore said everyone at the business was deeply saddened by the accident.“The company wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the family,” it added in a statement.“The health and wellbeing of our staff and contractors is of paramount importance to Greencore and we have worked closely with the Health & Safety Executive since the accident occurred to ensure every measure is in place to prevent anything of this kind happening again in future.”last_img read more

Who Would You Want Hanging Off a Building with You?

first_imgWhat would you do if you could walk on air? That’s the question that our customer Nike put to viral photographer Benjamin Von Wong. And Von Wong replied “I want to showcase everyday people defying gravity a 1,000 feet up in the air.”He didn’t know exactly how to do it, but he didn’t have to worry about having a computer that would stand up to the challenge. Von Wong took his Dell Rugged Latitude 30 stories up the side of a building in Manila, Philippines.©Von WongThe results can be seen on his blog, but I also got a bit of the behind-the-scenes story from Von Wong.Because he didn’t want to wait until he was on firm footing to know if he had the shot he needed, his laptop went out on a wire with him.“Every time I’d jump around, it would crash into the glass,” side of the building he said and described it as “very exciting.”I’d call that putting it mildly. Hanging on the side of a skyscraper while taking photos of social entrepreneurs – not professional models or stunt people – and even at times having someone hold your feet up to get them out of a shot would be vertigo-inducing for many of us.“My rugged did get out of it a little dinged up,” Von Wong said. “But that’s what it’s for!”Yes, Dell Latitude Rugged systems are designed specifically to take a beating, so few dings are no big deal. But with photography as his profession, why would Von Wong have had a rugged laptop even before undertaking this adventure?©Von WongWell, Von Wong doesn’t typically play it safe in a studio. Hanging from buildings is just one way he takes photos that, as he puts it, “people think are photoshopped.” His surreal imagery has been known to involve both fire and water, so he needs a system that can be prepared to face the elements.But why did he choose to place social entrepreneurs in the element of air for this particular project?Von Wong has a passion to connect people and a recent focus on conservation related projects.“I greatly believe in the power of humanity to solve problems,” he told fstoppers this summer. “When we decide to do something, we can.”Some of his recent work is designed to get people talking about plastic pollution. A topic near and dear to Dell’s Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier whom Von Wong joined on a Dell-hosted panel discussion at last year’s SXSW.Grenier helped Dell understand the breadth of challenges our oceans face today, and now we are creating the first commercial-scale global ocean plastics supply chain. But you don’t have to be a worldwide corporation to make a difference, and that’s what Von Wong wanted to convey in his latest work.“By showcasing everyday people doing extraordinary things, I hope that viewers, will feel empowered to challenge themselves, support others and to pursue amazing life experiences of their own,” he said.I’m glad to see that our Dell Rugged system was there to take a few hits and help Von Wong create his own amazing experience. You can see from the expression of the Manila school children pictured below looking at the just-captured images, it’s pretty jaw-dropping.©Von Wonglast_img read more

40 financial rules for 40 year-olds

first_imgby: Jeff RoseEvery decade of life has its financial challenges and opportunities.In your 20s, you feel invincible.Your 30s brings on a whole new set of responsibilities including career and family.However, your 40s are especially important because you are closing in on retirement.Making a huge money mistake in your 20s isn’t nearly as devastating to your long-term prospects as doing so in your 40s.Now that you’re scared spitless, here are 40 financial rules for your 40s: continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

The future of collections technology and borrower interaction

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Mortenson Jeff Mortenson is VP/client relations for AutoPilot® services. Jeff is primarily responsible for client relations surrounding SWBC’s financial institution group’s AutoPilot services; a suite of risk and account management … Web: www.swbc.com Details You keep hearing about the digital revolution—technology is becoming more and more integrated into our daily lives. The way financial institutions transact and communicate with borrowers has evolved as well, largely due to changes in technology and a shifting consumer mindset. There is a push for credit unions to continue finding ways to innovate and stay relevant amongst the competition. The effect that Amazon and other digital retailers have had across many industries has resulted in resetting the average consumers’ expectations. Consumers want options. And the wants of each generation of consumers can be different. It’s frustrating; trust me, I get it. Changes in communication brought about by new technologies of the digital revolution also apply to how you administer and communicate on your accounts that are past due. Thankfully, technology has afforded us ways to become more efficient, more personal, and focused on giving a borrower options that they may not even mind that you’re reaching out to collect payment. Thanks to automation, machine learning, and technology that can be integrated into core systems, the future of interacting with borrowers during the collections cycle is looking very promising. Here’s what I mean. Borrower Contact PreferencesDifferent people prefer communicating through different channels. As technology creates more contact options, it’s important to keep pace with borrower preferences. Phone calls, emails, and text messages are all expected options for borrower-institution communication. Consistency and redundancy are both preferable and possible, with some consumers stating their preference for a given method and others requiring multiple contact methods to gain top-of-mind awareness.In 2015, MarketingSherpa commissioned a study to understand how consumers prefer to be communicated with across more than a dozen channels. With more than 2,000 responses, the majority of U.S. adults prefer email communication—to the tune of 72%! And the astounding fact was that regardless of age group, email was the preferred method to communicate with a company. The late millennials and early Gen X-ers were the biggest champions of email communication at a whopping 87%. So how does this data apply to the collection world?  Text-to-CollectIt’s clear by now that credit union members, like almost everybody else in the country, are attached to their mobile phones and devices.  As we’ve already discussed, traditional bank competitors and technology firms offering text-to-collect payment options and other specific digital applications are eager to assist today’s consumers if we do not meet their needs.According to a 2019 TechJury article:5 billion people in the world can send and receive SMS messages.SMS messages have a whopping 98% open rate.Text messages have a 209% higher response rate than phone, email, or Facebook.90% of SMS messages are read within 3 minutes.To make sure your collections team is competitive, you should consider offering text-to-collect and other mobile based services. If your credit union allows members to accomplish their financial tasks from their mobile device via a communication platform that they prefer, such as text messaging, they’ll have no reason to take their business elsewhere.Mobile Payment and Communication SolutionsIt should come as no surprise that consumers rely on their smartphones to get through the day. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2019 research, the vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 81%, up from just 35% in the Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. The numbers tell a revealing story. It’s evidently clear that in order to effectively reach your customers, creating tools and services that are mobile accessible, is a central aspect of an effective omnichannel communications strategy.  In order to keep up with the times and your members’ behaviors, it is practically mandatory to implement mobile payment services in today’s collections environment. But, one-time implementation isn’t enough. You must commit to update offerings as the mobile world evolves. Some items to keep top of mind include:Knowing when and where consumers will most likely use their smartphones to make loan paymentsUnderstanding what factors impact the usage and engagement of your consumersLearning how the demographics of your borrowers interact with mobile technologyAn omnichannel strategy involves allowing your borrowers to access payment services from a variety of channels, including a website, a mobile application, social media networks, call centers, and physical branches. To further empower collectors, each channel should also provide metrics so that you can gather data and determine usage and engagement.Keeping up with the pace and lifestyle of your borrowers is not always easy—especially with the rapid pace of advancements in tech. However, connecting with borrowers on their preferred terms is a critical aspect of staying relevant, engaging, and valuable to your members.Advancements in technology have created shifts in borrowers’ communication preferences, and when it comes to collecting payments, it’s important to reach out to borrowers in a way that will encourage engagement—and payments! Learn more about in-house vs. outsourced collections. Download the collections comparison guide today.last_img read more

Is Liverpool’s fab four the future? Pros and cons for Jurgen Klopp to consider | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – In the most demanding fixture of their Premier League season.“It was a tough decision to change the system before we play City,” he admitted afterwards. But it was largely vindicated.Liverpool were beaten 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium in July and there was a 5-0 defeat in this fixture back in 2017. Klopp has still never beaten Pep Guardiola’s side at the stadium in a Premier League fixture but the attacking approach almost blew City away early on.- Advertisement – In the build-up to Manchester City's penalty against Liverpool, Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson were caught out to leave Gini Wijnaldum exposedImage:In the build-up to Manchester City’s penalty against Liverpool, Mane and Andrew Robertson were caught upfield leaving Wijnaldum exposed preview image “I thought it made sense, that’s it,” Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports before the game when asked about his selection. “If you want to get something here, you have to be really brave.”Faced with the decision of whether to choose long-time favourite Roberto Firmino or the in-form newcomer Diogo Jota, the Liverpool manager opted for both in a bold 4-2-4 formation.- Advertisement – Sadio Mane is caught inside forcing Gini Wijnaldum to close down Kyle Walker and leave Kevin De Bruyne in space for Manchester City's equaliser against LiverpoolImage:Sadio Mane is caught inside forcing Gini Wijnaldum to close down Kyle Walker and leave Kevin De Bruyne in space for Manchester City’s equaliser against Liverpool Firmino, playing as a centre-forward alongside Mohamed Salah, was one-on-one against Ederson within minutes. Sadio Mane found himself in space at the far post soon after. Manchester City were pinned back, they were put under pressure, and they were creaking.“Obviously, a little surprise for the opponent, the different system.” GRAPHICImage:Liverpool’s wide forwards were more tucked in during the second half as Klopp sought to control the half spaces “Half-time, we could adjust it,” Klopp explained.“The boys were compact again, we did not have these situations any more, City had to play a lot around the formation and these kind of things. All what we wanted.“In the game when they do not close this gap or do not close that gap, they think that it would not have happened with the other system. But the boys are just ready to listen, ready to adapt, and ready to perform, so I am really happy. It was really good football.“It is the game with the lowest number of chances that City have had against us. Even when they won the games, they had more.“The game, I liked a lot.” Gabriel Jesus’ equaliser illustrated the issue. Mane was upfield in a central position rather than in that left-midfield slot and that compelled Gini Wijnaldum to move wide to close down Kyle Walker in possession. That left De Bruyne free in the middle to feed Jesus.Over on the other flank, it was Jota caught ahead of the ball when Alisson’s kick went straight to Ilkay Gundogan. He passed to De Bruyne and they went close once more. The situation in the build-up for the penalty was slightly different. Andy Robertson was dispossessed by Walker and with Mane also out of the game having anticipated the pass, the covering Wijnaldum was left in a two-on-one situation and De Bruyne was away again.Robertson can make that ambitious run when playing in a 4-3-3 formation. Wijnaldum coming across is not such a problem when Fabinho is stationed in midfield. Asking the Dutchman to provide that protection in a two-man midfield leaves spaces vacant. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool “That is always the big danger if you have got two in midfield and the wide players are wingers,” Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports.“If you think of the teams in the mid-1990s when you were going into Europe, and you played 4-4-2, a lot of times it’s like, ‘OK, that is great going forward, but can you get back in and help us, make us solid, make us compact’.“And that is sort of the risk and reward. A couple of times – as Jurgen Klopp says – they could not quite get back in there, that is when Kevin De Bruyne showed his class, setting up one goal, putting in a cross for Raheem Sterling, and also where the penalty came from.“But it happened very rarely.”That is because Liverpool found some of the solutions at the break. Jurgen Klopp felt it was a super game of football against Manchester City 4:20 Liverpool were worthy of their lead and it is that opening 20 minutes that will encourage Klopp that weaker sides could be beaten if they repeat this frenzied opening against others.What followed will be the concern.“For us, the biggest challenge for us tonight was for Sadio and Diogo, defending these half spaces. They are both, in their mind, very offensive players, but in these moments they have to become midfielders. These gaps, we left them open for like 10 minutes, and in these moments they got the goal and they got the penalty. That is how football is.”This was a genuine 4-2-4 in the first half and, as Klopp suggests, while that brought positives, there were also negatives.Allowing Kevin De Bruyne space proved costly. 3:00 – Advertisement – Diogo Jota was caught ahead of the play in the build-up to Kevin De Bruyne's shot in Liverpool's draw at Manchester CityImage:Diogo Jota was caught ahead of the play in the build-up to De Bruyne’s shot Klopp is right. The expected-goals numbers show that – penalties aside – Manchester City’s chances against Liverpool on Sunday had an expected-goals value of just 0.63.That is significantly down on the numbers for the past two years and a mere fraction of the figures for the two seasons prior to that. Playing the extra attacker somewhat stifled City.“It is an offensive line-up but if everyone is doing their job, it is an even more solid defensive formation,” he added.Perhaps the worry is that it robbed Liverpool of something at times too. When Klopp points out that it is “an even more solid defensive formation”, this is likely because it becomes a four-man midfield rather than a three-man midfield given the demands on the wide midfielders.Is that the best way to utilise Mane and Jota?“It’s another goal threat for Liverpool,” said Carragher. “All the chances, it is always these four players involved, it is not one of the midfielders getting forward. It’s always about the real attacking players to get the goals for Liverpool.”Klopp has found a way to get his four forwards into the team. Finding a way to get them into their most effective positions and functioning to their maximum is the challenge now.last_img read more

US Supreme Court’s Ginsburg again being treated for cancer

first_img“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” she said in a statement. “I remain fully able to do that.”Supreme Court justices serve until they die or voluntarily retire, and Ginsburg has clung to her position despite her age and health struggles, aware that if she leaves it could change the US judicial landscape.President Donald Trump’s administration would relish an opportunity to appoint a new justice who would tilt the court in a more solidly conservative direction, potentially shifting US law and social policy for decades.The four liberals — with moderate conservative Chief Justice John Roberts often acting as a swing vote — have prevented a reversal of long-standing abortion rights, rebuked stronger executive powers for the president and staved off greater involvement of religion in public life. Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court by president Bill Clinton in 1993, has suffered at least three previous bouts with cancer over the past two decades, including colon cancer and lung cancer.’I wish her the best’ “My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease,” Ginsburg said.”I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” she said. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine.”Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.”Ginsburg said a brief hospitalization this week for an infection was unrelated to her cancer diagnosis and treatment.Asked Tuesday at a White House press conference about Ginsburg’s health, Trump said: “I wish her the best… She’s actually given me some good rulings.”Trump has welcomed some of the Supreme Court’s rulings, but more often over the past three years it has dealt his administration setbacks — on his immigration policies and, more recently, his bid to prevent his finances from being made public. Both Trump’s Republicans as well as Democrats have made the balance of the court a campaign issue for November’s presidential election.Trump, who has already appointed two justices to the court, said in June he was planning to release a list of potential candidates for the next vacant seat if he is reelected.”If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice,” he tweeted.Democrats have sought to mobilize voters, warning that Trump should not be allowed to name another justice.Hugely popular with Democrats, Ginsburg has become a feminist hero and an unintentional social media icon fondly known as “The Notorious RBG,” a riff on slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G.”She is the consummate fighter,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond, calling Ginsburg “an extremely independent, clear, talented and farsighted jurist.””Even when her views do not prevail, she writes incisive dissents that eviscerate the majority’s arguments and show how similar cases should be resolved in the future,” he said.Ginsburg has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including for two days in May to remove gall stones.Her hospital stays have always seen her actively participating in court activities by teleconference.”She’s got this,” said Representative Joyce Beatty, one of several Democratic members of Congress who wished her a speedy recovery. “There’s a reason she’s #NotoriousRBG.”Topics : US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 87-year-old anchor of its liberal wing, said Friday that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer but will remain on the bench.Ginsburg, one of the four progressive justices on the nine-member court, said a biopsy in February had revealed lesions on her liver.Ginsburg, the oldest member of the court, said a course of immunotherapy had proved unsuccessful but chemotherapy was “yielding positive results.”last_img read more