Brazilian Military Athletes Train to Compete in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

first_img“A lot of people ask me for tips on how to set up training. I try to pass on my knowledge as a professor of physical education and as an athlete to help improve others’ well-being,” he said. Military discipline helps athletes train “Discipline is huge. To defend the country and do their job, Soldiers have to take care of their health and their body.” His daily routine begins at 5:30 a.m. at the Air Force Sports Commission (CDA) in Rio de Janeiro. Following his morning workout, Mendonça conducts military tasks at his barracks, then finishes the day by training with his field hockey team at a club in the city of Rio. “The prize is a recognition of individual effort and teamwork,” said Mendonça, who joined the military in 2003 as a recruit at the Specialized Aeronautic Instruction Center (CIEAR) in Rio de Janeiro. “I am contributing in my way to spreading and developing hockey. I want to represent Brazil at the Olympic Games.” Vying for the 2016 Olympics Like Mendonça, the lessons of military discipline help Bia Neres in her athletic pursuits. The sergeant has little time to relax. “I get to the barracks, stretch and warm up, do races, and then at lunchtime I do sets at the gym,” he said. “It takes a great deal of physical and mental effort to handle all of this.” “The support of the Armed Forces this year is making all the difference,” Bia Neres said of PAAR. Whether Mendonça and his teammates get to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio depends on the team’s performance in the 2015 Pan-American Games, which will be held from July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada. To have a chance of qualifying for the Olympics, the Brazilian team will have to place sixth or better in the Pan-American Games. “A lot of people ask me for tips on how to set up training. I try to pass on my knowledge as a professor of physical education and as an athlete to help improve others’ well-being,” he said. Mendonça began playing field hockey in 2009. At the CDA, his dedication to practices attracted the curiosity of his peers. Bia Neres said she was initially surprised with the intensity of physical activity at the barracks when in she entered the Army Sports Commission (CDE), which is located Rio de Janeiro and manages the PAAR, in 2014. She has completed the basic stage of a Temporary Technical Sergeant and has completed classes on military rules and values. Like Mendonça, the lessons of military discipline help Bia Neres in her athletic pursuits. The 2016 Olympic Games will be held from August 5-21, 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host about 10,500 athletes from 205 countries competing in 42 events. The sergeant, who is known as Bia Neres, is vying for one of two spots on the Brazilian team for her event. She entered the Army in 2014 via the High Performance Athlete program (PAAR), an initiative launched in 2009 that helps military branches support athletes as they train. In 2014, there were 516 athletes in PAAR, including 193 in the Army, 177 in the Navy, and 146 in the Air Force, according to Army Colonel Alexandre Nascimento Freitas, a member of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (CDMB). “The prize is a recognition of individual effort and teamwork,” said Mendonça, who joined the military in 2003 as a recruit at the Specialized Aeronautic Instruction Center (CIEAR) in Rio de Janeiro. “I am contributing in my way to spreading and developing hockey. I want to represent Brazil at the Olympic Games.” Proud to represent Brazil in sports Mendonça is drawing upon the discipline he has learned as a Soldier to train for the competition. “There is a marked spirit of collaboration. I learned a lot from that environment, even though in my case as an athlete I am much more solitary.” The 2016 Olympic Games will be held from August 5-21, 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host about 10,500 athletes from 205 countries competing in 42 events. Brazilian Air Force Staff Sergeant Bruno da Silveira Mendonça hopes to represent his country in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with the same pride with which he wears his military uniform. The sergeant has little time to relax. “I get to the barracks, stretch and warm up, do races, and then at lunchtime I do sets at the gym,” he said. “It takes a great deal of physical and mental effort to handle all of this.” Mendonça, 30, is captain of the Brazilian national field hockey team. During a gala ceremony December 16 at Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theater, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) honored him with the prestigious 2014 Brazilian Olympic Prize. A jury of journalists, former athletes, and sportscasters chose Mendonça for the honor, recognizing him as the best field hockey player in the world. Brazilian Air Force Staff Sergeant Bruno da Silveira Mendonça hopes to represent his country in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with the same pride with which he wears his military uniform. “Mendonça and Bia give talks and courses and encourage qualities such as courage, resilience, and camaraderie, and even project the image of Brazil’s military organizations,” said Major Wagner Siqueira Romão Romão, the PAAR Army manager. “They help bring the Armed Forces closer to the population.” One person inspired by Mendonça’s enthusiasm is another military athlete hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics: Sergeant Beatriz Neres, who competes in the triathlon. Career athletes as well as those that enter the Armed Forces via PAAR serve as examples, transfer their knowledge to others, and promote best practices for physical activities. Vying for the 2016 Olympics Proud to represent Brazil in sports Mendonça is drawing upon the discipline he has learned as a Soldier to train for the competition. By Dialogo December 25, 2014 Mendonça began playing field hockey in 2009. At the CDA, his dedication to practices attracted the curiosity of his peers. Inspiring other military athletes She has been able to do so with significant financial support from PAAR. The program has an agreement with the Ministry of Sports, which provides resources to cover the monthly salaries of $1012 for a sergeant and $450 for a private, the two ranks of athletes in the program. Military athletes also earn the annual 13th monthly salary, health benefits, and child education benefit. The program provides the main source of income for about half of its participating athletes. “Discipline is huge. To defend the country and do their job, Soldiers have to take care of their health and their body.” Career athletes as well as those that enter the Armed Forces via PAAR serve as examples, transfer their knowledge to others, and promote best practices for physical activities. One person inspired by Mendonça’s enthusiasm is another military athlete hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics: Sergeant Beatriz Neres, who competes in the triathlon. Military discipline helps athletes train The triathlete, who intends to continue her career in the Army, is now training for the 2015 Pan-American Games, where she hopes to earn points toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. The sergeant, who is known as Bia Neres, is vying for one of two spots on the Brazilian team for her event. She entered the Army in 2014 via the High Performance Athlete program (PAAR), an initiative launched in 2009 that helps military branches support athletes as they train. In 2014, there were 516 athletes in PAAR, including 193 in the Army, 177 in the Navy, and 146 in the Air Force, according to Army Colonel Alexandre Nascimento Freitas, a member of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (CDMB). “There is a marked spirit of collaboration. I learned a lot from that environment, even though in my case as an athlete I am much more solitary.” Mendonça, 30, is captain of the Brazilian national field hockey team. During a gala ceremony December 16 at Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theater, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) honored him with the prestigious 2014 Brazilian Olympic Prize. A jury of journalists, former athletes, and sportscasters chose Mendonça for the honor, recognizing him as the best field hockey player in the world. Whether Mendonça and his teammates get to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio depends on the team’s performance in the 2015 Pan-American Games, which will be held from July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada. To have a chance of qualifying for the Olympics, the Brazilian team will have to place sixth or better in the Pan-American Games. She has been able to do so with significant financial support from PAAR. The program has an agreement with the Ministry of Sports, which provides resources to cover the monthly salaries of $1012 for a sergeant and $450 for a private, the two ranks of athletes in the program. Military athletes also earn the annual 13th monthly salary, health benefits, and child education benefit. The program provides the main source of income for about half of its participating athletes. Bia Neres said she was initially surprised with the intensity of physical activity at the barracks when in she entered the Army Sports Commission (CDE), which is located Rio de Janeiro and manages the PAAR, in 2014. She has completed the basic stage of a Temporary Technical Sergeant and has completed classes on military rules and values. The triathlete, who intends to continue her career in the Army, is now training for the 2015 Pan-American Games, where she hopes to earn points toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. “The support of the Armed Forces this year is making all the difference,” Bia Neres said of PAAR. Inspiring other military athletes His daily routine begins at 5:30 a.m. at the Air Force Sports Commission (CDA) in Rio de Janeiro. Following his morning workout, Mendonça conducts military tasks at his barracks, then finishes the day by training with his field hockey team at a club in the city of Rio. “Mendonça and Bia give talks and courses and encourage qualities such as courage, resilience, and camaraderie, and even project the image of Brazil’s military organizations,” said Major Wagner Siqueira Romão Romão, the PAAR Army manager. “They help bring the Armed Forces closer to the population.”last_img read more

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What Every High School and College Grad Needs to Know

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For seniors in high school and college, graduation is quickly approaching. Soon they’ll have to choose whether to pursue more schooling or jump directly into the workforce when the nation is still reeling from the Great Recession. Having a college degree may ease their way into the work force, some experts say.At Stony Brook University, the Student Activities Center was bustling with activity on a night dedicated to seniors graduating this May. The SBU Graduation Fair, held on March 26, gave students the opportunity to speak with career counselors as well as inquire about class rings and cap and gown sizes.One of those in attendance was Matthew Ivins, a Shoreham resident who has spent his time at Stony Brook studying English and Environmental Studies.When asked whether he would pursue a graduate degree or start his search for work, Ivins said that he plans to look into both alternatives.Asked about finding a job in this tough economy, Ivins admits that “it’s terrifying and daunting,” but he remains optimistic.“Still, if you work hard enough, I think you’ll find something,” he says. “It might not be what you want right away, but if you follow through, I think that you can eventually get to where you want to be.”Ivins already has something to look forward to: his planned summer internship with a sports management company working with the U.S. Woman’s Open in Southampton this June. He credits his previous internship with the University’s athletics department for making it possible.Internships and extracurricular accomplishments used to be nice things for students to have on their record, but now they’ve become a necessity, according to Andrea Lipack, the associate director of employer relations at Stony Brook University.“Are there students who still graduate without them and find employment? I’m sure,” said Lipack. “But the opportunities that are presented to them are far fewer.”Lipack, who works with more than a dozen other colleagues at the SBU career counseling center, estimates that only 30 to 40 percent of the 24,000 Stony Brook students on campus likely use the center, whose services range from engaging employers to organizing job fairs and securing internships.“My biggest piece of advice is to be open and flexible and not stereotype opportunities,” said Lipack. “We encourage [students] to be well-rounded and to get involved outside the classroom, through experiential experiences or through those extracurricular activities.”Whether high school graduates should attend college or join the workforce is up to them, Lipack says.“There’s fields out there that are more vocational where a college degree might not be necessary for what they want to do and that’s fine,” says Lipack. “I think starting high school students with work experiences early is a good idea for that reason.”According Shital Patel, an associate economist at the New York State Department of Labor, Long Island has had a high level of unemployment for several years.But in 2012, Long Island showed a 2 percent job growth in low-wage jobs such as restaurant work or retail.In Nassau County the unemployment rate was 8 percent for those without high school diplomas, and a bit lower, 7.8 percent, for high school graduates. For those with a bachelor’s degree, the unemployment rate is 4.9 percent. Roughly the same figures apply to Suffolk County.“Your job prospects are better by having a degree,” said Patel. “Pursue something that you enjoy and also look at what other skills are necessary to gain jobs in that industry.”last_img read more

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Credit union growth surpasses expectations despite deceleration in U.S. economic activity

first_imgFive years ago, it seemed a new, never-before-seen tech gadget landed in stores every month–a phenomenon that served as a serious boon for economic growth. Five years later, we’re still waiting for the next big thing, and, frankly, so is the economy.Advances in information technology allow us to communicate faster, simplify business processes and transactions, and convert billboards and advertising electronically to entice more consumption. Yet, there seems to be shortage of innovation – particularly in merchandise – that has stalled discretionary consumption. In other words: Retail sales could use a boost.Here at CUNA, we recognize how the recent dearth of innovation combined with pesky downward wage pressures have put a crimp on U.S. economic growth, and how this might affect the bottom lines of credit unions across the country.The Decelerating RecoveryWhile America has effectively recuperated from the Great Recession, growth rates that we would call “healthy” remain fairly elusive. That’s because business investment spending, which fuels innovation, has remained low and household consumption has been tempered due to slow wage growth. U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) annual growth has averaged 2.6% since 1980, but since the Great Recession, our economy has only expanded by 1.5% to 2.5% – a direct product of a lack of innovation and tepid economic activity. If GDP is going to climb back to 2.6%, consistent and higher investment spending and higher consumption must take place.Meanwhile, as we approach full employment, job growth will begin to sag, and largely because confidence in the market will encourage more Americans to hop off the sidelines and join the workforce. As a result, delinquency rates at credit unions should continue to slide, affecting noninterest income, but ultimately credit union loan portfolios would benefit from a rebound in job growth.Credit unions also should keep an eye on how well the dollar holds its value. We expect inflation to pick up later this year, but a fading dollar value coupled with an overall rise in commodity prices would lead to higher operational costs at credit unions and chip away at loan revenues.More moderate economic growth, as we have experienced of late, means fewer interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve. Accordingly, we lowered our projections in our latest economic forecast, and now expect only two increases this year, with the federal funds rate finishing 2016 at roughly 0.90%.For credit unions, the ebb and flow of savings rates and loan growth will prove challenging. Savers save less when rates are low, while borrowers borrow less when rates are high. Look out for a firm signal from the Federal Reserve that it will move further from a near-zero interest rate to an interest rate that supports an economy at full capacity.The Good News? Credit Unions are Staying StrongDespite more moderate economic expansion, credit union savings, loan, asset and membership growth in the first quarter all outperformed our first quarter projections. Still, with two expected rate hikes from the Fed on the horizon, we expect savings growth to fall short of last year’s levels.Interest rates have risen more slowly than expected after the Fed’s first rate hike in December last year, and the anticipated transfer of funds to money market mutual funds has not materialized. Still, we expect a modest rebalancing of funds to investments with higher rates of return as the Fed continues to raise short-term interest rates. Moreover, savings growth, fueled by last year’s low gas prices, will disappear as the price of oil continues to climb.Credit union loan-to-share ratios are also solid, indicating a healthy use of credit union resources. We might see a slowdown in savings, but the strength of credit union loan portfolios should balance out earnings. We project a negligible 0.05% decrease in earnings for 2016 and 2017.Impressively, membership growth should just about keep pace with last year’s blistering rate – slowed slightly by a small step back in indirect auto lending and higher interest rates. But the still-healthy membership growth has prompted us to raise our loan growth projection a full percentage point to 10%.What to Look Out ForThe Fed appears content – for now – to sit tight on the federal funds rate, but when it decides to begin nudging rates higher, net-interest margins are sure to narrow, likely taking a bite of your earnings. Credit unions should also keep tabs on any overfunded loan-loss allowance accounts. We’re expecting loan-loss provisions to drop and funding costs to rise in 2016, a development that will pare down credit union returns on assets (ROA).CUNA’s economic forecast will next be updated in June incorporating first quarter GDP and other macroeconomic data, which will provide further clarity on the state of credit union operations. So mark your calendars, and don’t forget about our monthly CUNA Economic Update video series. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Perc Pineda Perc Pineda is a senior economist of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He tracks U.S. macroeconomic trends, conducts economic research and writes articles for CUNA publications. He received … Web: www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more

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Data and analytics: It’s about insights and execution

first_imgCUNA Mutual (Madison, Wisc.) is both affirming continuity in its service to credit unions and executing a kind of departure with its launch of CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics LLC,  a new data and analytics technology and services business designed to help credit unions deliver a better member experience through actionable insights. CUNA Mutual describes the new entity as the industry’s most integrated end-to-end solution, bringing together data management, reporting and performance management, and advanced analytics.CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics represents part of a more than $250 million investment in innovation to help the credit union industry. In its statement announcing the new entity, CUNA Mutual says that the AdvantEdge Analytics’ full suite of software tools and intelligence reporting will integrate and significantly expand the scale of data to help credit unions gain stronger member intelligence, accelerate analytics adoption and strengthen their market share. CUNA Mutual Group recently acquired Chicago-based data analytics startup, SavvyIntel, to further build-out the analytical reporting capabilities for the AdvantEdge Analytics product suite. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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HR Answers: DOs and DON’Ts of successful succession planning

first_img continue reading » Succession planning is crucial for every business and for every key employee. It is the process of preparing for when important roles within an organization become vacant and how to best fill them. Every organization experiences turnover, retirements and sudden losses. When those events happen, institutional knowledge is lost, affecting not just your business operations but sometimes the member experience as well.Your credit union should have a succession plan in place for every executive and leaders with key roles. For example, if you have an account manager who is in charge of a key portfolio, this is someone you want to make sure you can replace without disruption to the member (or business member).The timeline for a good succession strategy is typically one to three years, but in reality, it’s an ongoing process that should be bolstered continually with internal knowledge-sharing and mentoring. By planning ahead, your credit union will be prepared to continue working towards its future goals.Below are a few “do’s” and “don’ts” to keep in mind when it comes to succession planning: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Kicks Off 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show, Celebrating Strength and Diversity of State’s Agriculture Industry

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 06, 2018 Governor Wolf Kicks Off 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show, Celebrating Strength and Diversity of State’s Agriculture Industrycenter_img Economy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf kicked off the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show today, celebrating the show’s 2018 theme, “Strength in Our Diversity.” The annual eight-day event will highlight the breadth and diversity of Pennsylvania’s agriculture and food industry, the people who make it thrive, and investments the commonwealth has made to support the industry’s long-term prosperity.“Pennsylvania’s food and agriculture industries account for 18 percent of our state’s economy,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s a $135.7 billion impact. Agriculture accounts for nearly 580,000 jobs in the state, paying total wages of nearly $27 billion. Those are hard-earned dollars that are going to our families and keeping our communities strong.“The power of agriculture is transformative. I’ve seen that potential in Pennsylvania, and we’ve worked hard under my administration to invest in and grow this industry. Over the past three years, we’ve invested more than $50 million in grants, loans and tax credits to help beginning farmers start a new operation and help other producers upgrade their equipment, install conservation practices, and preserve their farms,” added the Governor.Governor Wolf noted that under his administration, operating funding to the Department of Agriculture increased by 23 percent. Funding for farmland preservation increased by 45 percent, and funding to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences increased by more than $6 million. The state has also dedicated $3 million over the past three years to connect farmers with the charitable food system, dedicated recurring funding to protect Pennsylvania’s $13 billion poultry industry from highly pathogenic avian influenza, brought renewed attention to agriculture education at the K-12 level, and expanded workforce development training opportunities to help more Pennsylvanians find meaningful careers in agriculture.“I’ve signed historic legislation that has created new markets for our farmers, helped them to be the stewards of our natural resources that they want to be; and lowered their tax burdens. I want Pennsylvania to be a place where agriculture continues to thrive — where everyone, regardless of their background or zip code, has a chance to succeed.”The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Mike Stack, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and his wife, Nina Redding; U.S. Senator Bob Casey; U.S. Representatives Dwight Evans and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson; and other distinguished representatives of Pennsylvania agriculture, including young ambassadors representing Pennsylvania’s top commodities.Today’s ceremony began with a Pennsylvania Army National Guard ceremonial color guard and the singing of the National Anthem by 2018 Farm Show Star-Spangled Sing-off winner Rachel Duke of Clearfield. State FFA President Nathan Moyer of Selinsgrove, Snyder County, and 4-H State President Andrea Repetz of New Cumberland, Cumberland County gave remarks and introduced Secretary Redding and Senator Casey, who both delivered remarks.“This year’s theme —  Strength in Our Diversity — was inspired by the tremendous breadth of our agriculture industry, the people, the landscapes, products, views, and production practices,” Secretary Redding said, “For 102 years, we have come together as a diverse state to celebrate an amazing industry, full of entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. Over the next eight days, we intend to celebrate our people, our products and our prosperity as we tell the story of our agriculture and food industry.”The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 6 – 13, 2018. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.last_img read more

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CMHC director named President of Indiana Council board

first_imgCommunity Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg.LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Lawrenceburg, was recently named president of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers (ICCMHC).The Indiana Council’s incoming president is selected by the Council’s sitting officers. Talbot, who has been with CMHC since 2000, was the Center’s Director of Performance Improvement & Information Management until June 2010, when he was named executive director after the retirement of former CEO Joe Stephens.ICCMHC is a membership trade organization dedicated to serving the state’s community-based mental health providers.Talbot is responsible for running monthly meetings of the Indiana Council as well as traveling to centers throughout the state.“The landscape of healthcare is currently very dynamic and exciting. Issues like cost of care, increasing risk, population health management, the rise of healthcare consumerism, and, most significantly, the shifting venues in healthcare delivery all provide unique challenges to the health care field today,” said Talbot.“Behavioral health and its role are at the forefront of many of these issues. I feel honored to be in this leadership position and look forward to working with key stakeholders as we navigate an ever-evolving industry.”last_img read more

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So far so good for Martinez

first_img In the Barclays Premier League, after a fifth-placed finish in 2013-14, they are ninth, while they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the third round stage in September. They have suffered some notable injury setbacks, with the latest being the loss of defender Antolin Alcaraz for up to 12 weeks due to a dislocated shoulder sustained in Saturday’s top-flight 0-0 draw with Swansea. But Toffees boss Martinez is confident in his group’s ability to handle whatever is thrown at them. Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s home Europa League clash with Lille, Martinez said: “I think we have adapted really very well. “I have been very impressed with the manner in which, as a squad, we have been facing every game full of energy and full of desire. “We want to grow into this competition, try to be as good as we can, and clearly the first objective is to try to get through (to the knockout rounds). “Step by step, we are enjoying the demands of this season.” Then asked if he thought his squad was strong enough to cope with the injuries coming its way, the Spaniard said: “Yes, and I think we have shown that. “In football, you can take two approaches – one is to start moaning about injuries and suspensions. The other is to look at opportunities. “I felt once the summer transfer window shut we had a strong enough squad in terms of quality and numbers to face the Europa League and the domestic competitions. “The answer is clear – yes, we can cope with injuries, suspensions and the demands of the games. “I have been very pleased with the manner in which we have adapted to the travelling, to playing Thursdays and Sundays. “I think the mentality of the group has been ready in terms of being able to perform consistently in every competition.” Martinez has made several changes to his team for the last two Europa League fixtures, and added: “I think there is not such a thing as a weakened side. “I don’t see a weakened side by making four, five, six changes. I think the real strength we have proven is that, making changes, we are ready to face the games. “It doesn’t mean we are not taking things seriously or that we don’t expect the team to perform in a manner where they could win. “If we want to become a big club with a big mentality, we need to face many, many games in a short period of time – and then you need a large squad. I think we have responded to it really well.” Alcaraz has joined fellow defender John Stones (ankle) on the sidelines and in the absence of that pair, Martinez is set to bring either veteran Sylvain Distin or youngster Tyias Browning into his first XI at centre-back on Thursday. On the potential timescale for 32-year-old Paraguayan Alcaraz’s period out, Martinez said: ”The decision now is if he needs surgery or not, and it is one we are going to measure well and make the right call. “So it would depend – between six and 12 weeks, depending on the route we are taking.” Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone (both match fitness) are also unavailable for first-team selection at present, but Darron Gibson is in contention again after missing the weekend’s game due to a knock. Meanwhile, Martinez has dismissed reports linking him with the manager’s job at Inter Milan. He said: “I think you can’t comment on things that come out in the press, otherwise you will be filling a lot of hours talking about speculation. “There is nothing for me to comment on.” The Merseysiders have a more hectic schedule this term, with them participating in the Europa League for what is their first continental campaign since 2009-10. Certainly on that front, they have fared well to date – they currently sit top of Group H having taken five points from their first three games in the pool, a 4-1 home victory over Wolfsburg followed by draws away at FK Krasnodar and Lille. Roberto Martinez feels Everton have done a good job so far this season of adapting to the demands placed upon them – and is sure they will continue to do so. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Adebayor blasts negative atmosphere

first_img The Togo striker, speaking after Spurs’ 2-1 home defeat against Stoke on Sunday, said the players were afraid to get on the ball during the contest but added Mauricio Pochettino is not to blame for the team’s poor form. Tottenham have also lost at home to West Brom, Newcastle and Liverpool this season and are currently 12th in the Barclays Premier League table. Emmanuel Adebayor says Tottenham’s players are paralysed by fear at White Hart Lane and would rather play away due to the negative atmosphere generated by the club’s supporters. “Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so,” Adebayor said. “At least you know I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me. “And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players. “I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win. “But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder.” There was a nervous atmosphere from the start at White Hart Lane on Sunday and the fans were quick to vent their frustrations after Bojan Krkic gave Stoke an early lead. The criticism seemed to affect the players and Pochettino admitted after the match his players “needed a lot of time to recover”. “When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you,” Adebayor said. “But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home – that’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. “Obviously I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything as clear as night, I could see that nobody wanted the ball. “It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way at the moment. “We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution – the quicker the better.” Pochettino had put his faith in Adebayor as his first-choice striker this season but the 30-year-old has scored just twice in 12 appearances. The talented forward is often criticised for a lack of effort in games but Adebayor insists he always tries his best for the team. “For 13 years now I’ve been a professional and I’ve had to deal with that stick everywhere I’ve been to,” Adebayor said. “If I make a mistake it doesn’t mean I’m lazy, I will always try my best, but the funny thing in football is, when you score two goals everyone is like ‘Wow, he’s back on form and back to his best’. “But that’s not the point. Even when things aren’t going my way I am still trying the same, running around, wanting the ball, jumping to head it and looking to play my football. “But now because I have missed a couple of chances, people are like ‘Whoa, he is not trying and shouldn’t be in the first team.’ “As a footballer you have to deal with those things, but it does make you laugh.” Tottenham have now lost five league games already in the current campaign and have seven fewer points than they did under Andre Villas-Boas at the same stage last season. Villas-Boas was sacked in December last year but Adebayor insists Pochettino is not to blame for the club’s poor form. “Obviously all managers bring their own philosophies, the way they see football, the way they see games,” Adebayor said. “But come on, this the third or fourth manager in two or three years so we just have to stop it now being about the manager. “He’s a good manager and we just have to find a way so that we can try to understand what he wants to tell us and how he wants us to play and put that on the pitch. “If every player could do what the manager wants then we would win the Champions League but at the moment we are not getting the message. “To me, he is a good manager and a good man – we just have to get what he is telling us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ross Barkley Focus

first_img United’s dominance of midfield restricted his time on the ball, which was minimal in the first half. He enjoyed a bit more freedom in the second half as the game opened up, but never really got a handle on the game. LINK-UP PLAY With Romelu Lukaku up front on his own, Steven Naismith not in the game and Aaron Lennon isolated out wide. Barkley did not have many options available. He increasingly looked to come deeper to receive and lay-off, which is not where he operates best. THREAT He looked sluggish in his movement with none of his usual verve with the ball. He posed the greatest danger from set-piece deliveries. OVERALL A long way from his best, which was as much down to United’s midfield dominance as his own performance. Press Association Here Press Association Sport looks at how the 21-year-old fared in the 3-0 defeat. INFLUENCE center_img On the back of an impressive England performance Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was looking to maintain his form for his club against Manchester United. last_img read more

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