Peter Schmeichel calls Paul Pogba a ‘problem child’ in huge rant after Manchester United’s draw with Arsenal

first_imgPeter Schmeichel was unhappy with Paul Pogba’s display against Arsenal (Stadium Astro/Getty)Peter Schmeichel has slammed Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s draw with Arsenal and has called the midfielder a ‘problem child’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner was initially classed as a doubt for the match due to an ankle problem but he was fit enough to start in midfield as United were held by the Gunners at Old Trafford.Scott McTominay opened the scoring shortly before half time but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal, which was overturned by VAR after being initially ruled out for offside, secured a point for Unai Emery’s side.Schmeichel attended the match at Old Trafford and in his interview after the game he made it clear how unhappy he was with Pogba’s display in United’s midfield and even accused the 26-year-old of ‘hiding’ in the first half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was a really weird performance. Sitting in the stands looking at the team and the shape it was difficult to understand what was going on, what the plan for the game was,’ Schmeichel told Stadium Astro. Advertisement Schmeichel says he did not understand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan for Arsenal (Getty Images)‘It was very clear what Arsenal was doing.‘In every game before today they played the ball out from the back, [today] they didn’t. Every goal kick was kicked up, putting pressure up to the Manchester United half.‘But when Manchester United had the ball it was difficult to see what the plan was.‘And one thing that Ole Gunnar mentioned, when United had the ball he said it was very slow, I can only agree with that.‘The way the ball is being moved around when Pogba is in the team is different to the pace the ball is being moved around when he’s not in the team. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s equaliser (Getty Images)‘When you have someone who takes up so much attention, we need to understand what is his role, what is he going to do for this Manchester United team?‘I think the players are good enough around him.‘He was kind of hiding a little bit in the first half, especially in the first half. Second half was a little bit better.‘Of course when he gets moved further forward his defensive responsibilities are a bit less, then he gets the ball a bit more.‘He’s not playing in the same way he did last season for sure. Schmeichel has called on Solskjaer to clarify Pogba’s role at United (AMA/Getty Images)‘It’s just all this slowing up, I think they need to find out what his role is, how Manchester United should play with him in the team.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Then it should be communicated so that everyone [understands], 75,000 [fans] here are not too happy about him, to be fair.‘You kind of hear that around, people don’t like Pogba that much because he doesn’t do much for the team.‘But we’ve seen the world-class quality, how do we get him to perform that in this Manchester United team?More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m not saying he’s doing everything wrong, I’m more confused as to what his job is.‘He’s a world-class player, you expect someone like him to take charge of the game, to direct the young players, there were seven academy players today, to be the guy they can look towards and find guidance when its difficult.‘But it’s kind of the other way around which is so weird.‘With his statistics, sometimes you have the goalkeeper from the bottom team having the best statistics because he makes the most saves, you can’t really put much into those kind of statistics.‘It’s more for me what the eyes are seeing and there’s a big difference watching Manchester United on TV and actually sat in the stand and watching what’s going on.‘For me it’s not great to have that kind of player in the team in this period of time.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Peter Schmeichel calls Paul Pogba a ‘problem child’ in huge rant after Manchester United’s draw with Arsenalcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Oct 2019 2:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Comment Advertisement Scott McTominay scored Manchester United’s goal before half-time (AP Photo)‘That is something I think they need to work on.‘If Pogba is playing in this team he needs to speed it up a bit.‘He was seriously slowing it down, in the first 25 minutes just basically playing the ball backwards. For a player of his calibre that was disappointing.‘I don’t understand what his role in this team is.‘Even when Ole made the substitutions and put Pogba further forward, not a lot happened.‘There were two very good passes in the game from Pogba but it’s two, it’s not 15.‘And I see that as a problem. He takes up so much attention.‘It kind of feels like he’s a problem child in this team.last_img read more

Why are more children seeking help for serious mental health problems?

first_imgStuff co.nz 2 April 2016Family First Comment: This article is raising the exact same issues we already raised in our February report on the anti-smacking law “Defying Human Nature”. https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/smacking-law-2016/“It’s not that young people have different problems from when he started 13 years ago. There are just more of them. More severe depression. More severe anxiety. More self-harm. More suicide risk. Post-traumatic stress; psychosis; personality development problems; autism spectrum disorders – the list goes on. Cut through the jargon and it boils down to one thing – more young people with ‘real challenges just coping with day to day living’.” College of Psychiatrists spokesmanThere’s a stack of yellow slips on school guidance counsellor Edmund Salem’s desk and a string of emails waiting. Those are just the self-referrals – the teens voluntarily seeking help.“The work is very busy on the front line,” the Tawa College counsellor says. That’s an understatement. Health Ministry statistics show demand for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has soared by 30 per cent in just five years.In many areas, new referrals have spiked more than 50 per cent and in the Lakes DHB region, twice as many young people are seeking help today compared with five years ago.But that’s just the worst cases – the most severe 3-5 per cent of youth mental health problems. Think severe depression, crippling anxiety, suicide attempts, cutting and massively disruptive childhood disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.Advocates say stretched services are turning away young people with serious problems – including teens at risk of suicide. Which means family doctors, community clinics and school counsellors are left to cope with increasingly severe anxiety and depression.So is modern life simply more taxing for today’s youth, or are we raising less resilient young people?READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/77974796/why-are-more-children-and-young-people-seeking-help-for-serious-mental-health-problemslast_img read more

How to Tell if the Person you Met Online is Married.

first_img Share 46 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img LifestyleRelationships How to Tell if the Person you Met Online is Married. by: – April 18, 2011 Share With technology we are all connected all the time. We can Skype, text and talk to people anywhere in the world. It is amazing that with all of this technology our relationships have not gotten smarter.In fact, we are still trying to date married people. Married people posing as possible dates on social networks are as common as pollen in the spring. Every week I hear at least one story from someone who believes they have found their soul mate in a married man or woman they met online.When you are infatuated with someone, they can lie to you more easily. The lust or infatuation hinders the ability to comprehend the truth. Your new soul mate will tell you all kinds of things. They may tell you they were living with someone, but never loved them.They may tell you they cannot leave someone due to their small children. There is a reason for every lie, and the lies are numerous.Clues Your Man is CheatingThere are ways you can tell if someone you met on line is married. The obvious one, looking for a ring, is not reliable, and it is difficult to look for a ring on Facebook or Skype. Here are a few more suggestions:1. Google the person. Some of the information may be incorrect with Google, but there should be signs as to whether the person is married.2. Ask yourself how available the person is. If they seem to have a complicated schedule and can only talk to you at strange times, this may be a sign.3. If the person talks only about themselves, this is a warning sign that they may be married. People who are married are afraid of getting caught in a lie about their life. They aren’t planning on sharing you with their friends or family, so they don’t talk about their friends or family in detail.4. People who are married don’t mention their past. When they do, it isn’t consistent.5. Many times, people who are married will say they are separated or preparing for divorce while trying to date. Be careful in regards to this. There is no legal separation in Texas and many other states. If they are separated (many times they aren’t, but will tell you they are), they are still very much married.The term soul mate was very popular several years ago. It is a seductive idea to think there is one special someone waiting for us. There are people who naturally connect with us, who we feel we have known for a long time and we are magnetically drawn to.Whether you call this person a soul mate or very attractive depends on what you are looking for. Many people who look for their soul mate are looking for that romantic connection.They think of themselves as half a person and, therefore, not complete without someone else. Believe me, you are whole as you are. If you find a person who recognizes your wholeness and is attracted to that, you have a much better chance of creating a healthy relationship.A person who is married but wants to date is looking for a vulnerable partner they can latch onto. They prefer someone who is also lonely, perhaps in a bad relationship, who can help them alleviate their loneliness and make them feel better about themselves. You will never find your soul mate with her husband.You may, however, have an affair with a married man or woman. The chances of that affair leading to divorce of their current partner and marriage to you are slim. The chances are greater that you would be able to see this soul mate as a person who lied to both you and their spouse.One thing is for sure, if you marry the person you had an affair with, most of your conflict will resolve around jealousy and boundaries. If you marry them, and have a couple of kids with them, they may begin looking like your spouse while being someone else’s soul mate.by HybridMomYahoo Shinelast_img read more

Use the break to review squad, Ginola urges Mourinho

first_img Loading… Tottenham hero, David Ginola, has urged manager Jose Mourinho to use the Premier League suspension to review his squad. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Inventions That Make Us Question Humanity8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Most Praised Historical Movies6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Ginola hopes the enforced break due to the coronavirus will give Mourinho time to get some key players fit again and build the club up to become challengers once more in the future.Advertisement He stated: “Spurs have everything: A fantastic stadium, modern training facilities and one of the best set of fans in the country. Read Also:Ginola still angry Newcastle blocked dream Barcelona move “But now they need to assemble a team that’s consistent enough to be able to play at the top-level year in year out.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Willamette battle goes to Yeack

first_imgBy Ben Deatherage LEBANON, Ore. (April 19) – A lengthy side-by-side tussle at Willamette Speedway ended with Kyle Yeack in victory lane. In the Wirth Wireless IMCA Modified main event, Matt Mitchell was ultra-quick. The Vancouver, Wash., native had a perfect night headed into the feature and was eligible for a clean sweep. It wouldn’t take long for Mitchell to take possession of the lead as he was dominant but soon would be threatened by another driver.That other driver was Crawfordsville’s Yeack. who started to challenge for the top spot with just 10 laps to go.Mitchell and Yeack battled side-by-side for several laps before Yeack secured the position with just five laps remaining. The three-time Willamette champion went on to win the feature in the first Wirth Wireless IMCA Modified main event of the season.last_img read more

Ronaldo splashes £8.5m on Bugatti

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Cristiano Ronaldo has passed the time during lockdown by reportedly splashing out £8.5 million on a limited edition Bugatti – one of only 10 in the world. The Juventus superstar is currently in lockdown in his native Madeira in Portugal as the footballing world continues to be at a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ronaldo has resorted to retail therapy to help get himself through the situation by ordering the luxury sports car Bugatti Centodieci, according to Bild. If the Portuguese goes through with the sale, he would add to his incredible collection of cars which already includes a Bugatti Chiron and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The French car manufacturer is known for creating some of the most high performance and grandest sports cars in the world and their latest model, the Centodieci, is believed to be a tribute to the legendary Bugatti EB110. Bugatti’s official website describes Ronaldo’s reported new toy as “breathtaking”, although offered no comment as to whether the 35-year-old was a buyer when contacted by Bild. The description reads: “Inspired by the historical model, the Centodieci pushes all boundaries of imagination with its breathtaking performance and pioneering design. “Featuring a modern interpretation of the classic wedge shape and with the iconic W16 engine, the Centodieci transports the EB110 gracefully into a new millennium. “The ten limited-edition vehicles are distinguished by their perfect elegance and sculptural beauty, making the Centodieci a true, tangible work of art.” The supercar has an 8.0 litre, quad-turbocharged W16 engine and can go 0-62mph in just 2.4 seconds, with a top speed of 236mph.Tags: BildCoronavirusCristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

Ronaldo and Messi go head-to-head for Ballon d’Or again

first_img(REUTERS)-Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world’s best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d’Or announced yesterday.Barcelona’s Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrid’s Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007, when AC Milan’s Kaka won.Despite a dip in form this season, Ronaldo, who inspired Portugal to the Euro 2016 title and Real Madrid to the Champions League crown last season, is hot favourite to regain his title.He is one of six Real Madrid players on the list with Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Pepe as the European champions boast more candidates than any other club.Messi and his two Barcelona striking partners, Neymar and Luis Suarez, scorers of more than a century of goals between them in 2016, also feature on the list along with team mate Andres Iniesta.Romantics will be delighted to see that Leicester City, fairytale winners of the Premier League, are represented by pauper-to-prince striker Jamie Vardy and England’s players’ player of the year, Algerian Riyad Mahrez.Mahrez and Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only players on the list who hail from outside Europe or South America.France, with Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris, Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba, and Argentina, with Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, are the best-represented nations with four players each.France Football magazine, who have awarded the Ballon d’Or every year since 1956, announced the shortlist, with the winner set to be announced in January.For the past six years it was the FIFA Ballon d’Or until world football’s governing body ended its association with the award in September.Shortlist:Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon)Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales)Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy)Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Argentina)Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay)Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/France)Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/Argentina)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United/Sweden)Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)Koke (Atletico Madrid/Spain)Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/France)Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City/Algeria)Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany)Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil)Dimitri Payet (West Ham/France)Pepe (Real Madrid/Portugal)Paul Pogba (Manchester United/France)Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)Rui Patricio (Sporting/Portugal)Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Uruguay)Jamie Vardy (Leicester City/England)Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich/Chile)last_img read more

The Latest: Reds employee tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe Latest: Reds employee tests positive for coronavirus The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.” Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___ ___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak. All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date. ___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. March 18, 2020 In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14. According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___ Associated Press The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak. The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate. 4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30. The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive.___2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic. A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m. 3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it. ___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year. 1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary. Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:25 p.m.An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

No room for sentiment, says Fazeer Mohammed

first_img… No to preferential treatment for players who turned up for WC qualifiersREGIONAL cricket commentator and analyst, Fazeer Mohammed, has rubbished claims that players who showed up to play for the ICC World Cup qualifiers should have been given preferential consideration when the final squad was selected by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Tuesday.Of the 16 players who took part in the qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which secured the team a place at next month’s World Cup, nine have been included in the final squad.Two-time T20 World Cup winner Marlon Samuels is the most notable absentee in a list that included Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Nikita Miller, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams.In this instance, scribbled on the final list submitted to the ICC on Tuesday, the most notable inclusion would perhaps be that of Andre Russell who turned down the chance to represent the region at the qualifiers, after stating that he had not sufficiently recovered from injury.The situation has sparked debate in some areas, particularly the exclusion of Samuels, who had not played cricket for some time, due to an injury but expected to be fit for the World Cup.In an interview with the SportsMax Zone, however, Mohammed insisted cricketing reasons should be the only consideration in selecting the squad.You remember in the days of the Kerry Packer era when the West Indies lost their Packer players for a period and the likes of Alvin Kallicharan and even Malcolm Marshal and so on came into the West Indies squad. From the moment that was sorted out and the World Cup came up in 1979 all the top players were back,” Mohammed added.“There is no room for sentiment in competitive sport. I understand recognising the roles played but are we selecting a squad as a favour for turning up or are we selecting a squad to be competitive or even getting to the winning stage of the World Cup?” (SportsMax)last_img read more

Bike lanes lead to traffic woes, students say

first_imgBikes are a popular method among students for getting around campus, but issues arise when they mix with other forms of traffic.Designated bike lanes, which were implemented along the often-crowded Trousdale Parkway last semester, were put in place to ease the traffic flow. However, students have complained that the lanes have failed to live up to their promise.Wrong way · Prior to the bike lanes, a Dept. of Public Safety survey found nearly 25 percent of undergraduates were involved in accidents. — Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanIn a survey conducted prior to the lanes’ installment, nearly 25 percent of USC’s undergraduates said they had been involved in a collision within the past year. Dept. of Public Safety Captain David Carlisle said that it is unclear whether the lanes have prevented further collisions since most incidents go unreported.Some students, such as Jeremy Chen, an undeclared freshman, expressed reservations about the lanes’ effectiveness.“[The lanes] help, but not to a large degree,” Chen said. “There are times when … [Trousdale] still seems super congested.”Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson said the boundaries created by the lanes were meant to show students where to ride or bike safely.“When I walked in the center of campus before, I felt vulnerable,” Jackson said. “But the lanes have helped me feel safer.”Ekua Armah, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said though the lanes make it clear which way to go, the issue arises when pedestrians cut across the bike path and interrupt the flow of traffic.“It’s annoying,” Armah said. “People wander aimlessly into the lanes and just aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.”Some students complained about the inconvenience of dismounting bikes during peak traffic hours, as well as the difficulty of entering and exiting the only designated bike lane on campus.“Since the lanes are only on Trousdale, it is really hard during rush hours to exit the lanes and make your way through all the people to get to other parts of campus,” Armah said.USC hired Kendall Planning and Design  last October to formulate a comprehensive plan to make the campus friendlier to bikers and pedestrians alike. Principal Architect Alison Kendall said there is significant room for improvement.“The bike lanes are only the beginning,” Kendall said.Kendall said she, along with a consulting team, came up with hundreds of recommendations for improvement.Though some ideas would work on the issue in the long term, Kendall emphasized that there are still more immediate solutions, like educational programs.Kendall said passing out plans that show bike routes and give a “basic overview of the rules of the road in L.A.” would allow bikers to familiarize themselves with the lanes and learn how to safely travel around campus and the city.Though there are currently no plans to expand the lanes or alter existing policies, Kendall will be speaking on a panel with community service officer Charles May, as a part of the “Campus Conversations” speaker series in March.“This is not something you solve all at once,” Kendall said. “There’s plenty of potential for improvement.”During the first several weeks of the fall semester, DPS officers were stationed along the lanes to enforce the lane policy.“The lanes have been very effective when officers are there on Trousdale and 34th,” Carlisle said. “It’s been easier since people know where to go and there seem to be less collisions within the lanes.”The stationing of officers to enforce the policy is only temporary; however, Carlisle said soon officers will only be there when staffing allows it.“[I] hope the positive behaviors will continue, as it is in the best interest of everyone,” Carlisle said.Jackson observed that pedestrians only followed protocol when DPS officers were present last semester.“Some people were just rude and inconsiderate and didn’t pay any attention to [the lanes],” Jackson said of the unguarded lanes.USC Bookstore employee Rachel Diggs is less sure of the lanes’ future effectiveness.“People are still going to take their own path, regardless of the rules,” Diggs said.Christina Nour, a freshman majoring in civil engineering said,  the lanes can cause more harm than good if not used appropriately.“The lanes can help if people use them the way they are meant to be used,” Nour said. “But when bikers don’t ride in the bike lanes and pedestrians don’t walk in the designated walkways, then there’s chaos.”last_img read more