WHO Agrees to Failure in Managing Ebola?

first_imgThe World Health­ Organization (WHO) has admitted to failure in managing the recent scope of the Ebola outbreak and falling short of providing a quick and suitable response to countries affected by the disease.A broad range of factors including mismanagement, bureaucracy, underfunding, poor communication and incompetent healthcare staff are to blame for failing to stop the spread of the mortal disease, WHO said in a draft internal document which was leaked out on Friday October 17, 2014.The Internal Document was quoted as saying, “Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall.”According to the report, the WHO experts failed to realize that the traditional approaches to disease containment wound be of no substantial effect in Africa, which has for long been beset with a weak health system.Also, Dr. Peter Piot, the Ebola virus co-discoverer, lashed out at the WHO for responding too slowly to the epidemic which has so far claimed the lives of nearly 4,493 people all around the world, while more people have been infected.Questioning the performance of the agency,  Dr. Piot said, “Five months passed and more than 1,000 people lost their lives before WHO finally declared the deadly epidemic an international health emergency.”Earlier this week, the World Health Organization announced that Ebola’s infection rate was likely to exceed 10,000 new cases per week in the next two months, adding that the epidemic’s mortality rate had reached 70 percent.Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Boys’ basketball: It’s all Campbell Hall in win

first_img“Defense was key for us tonight,” Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly said. “Most teams aren’t used to our up-tempo style.” Holiday’s brother, Justin, scored 14 points in the third quarter, including the final fourpoints to give Campbell Hall an insurmountable 62-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter. “They were as good as we thought they’d be,” Oak Park Ed Chevalier said. “They play at a higher level.” Justin Holiday, bound for Washington, finished with 20points, six rebounds, sixassists and four steals and Ford added 16 points and five assists. “If we play our game, get out and push the action, there’s no one that can stop us,” Jrue Holiday said. Maddox, a senior who committed to Princeton, finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Hillard added eight points. sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Shoot, I saw Jrue coming and I got of his way, so I don’t know why Hillard didn’t move,” Vikings junior Dallas Rutherford said. Campbell Hall (28-1) was in control from the outset as Holiday scored 10 consecutive points during a three-minute stretch to help the Vikings take a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kareem Maddox scored ninepoints in the first quarter for Oak Park (23-7) but struggled thereafter, managing just one field goal in the second quarter, and that basket didn’t come until there was 10 seconds remaining in the half. In the meantime, the Vikings took over. Robert Ford scored eight consecutive points to extend the lead to 27-13 with 4:14 left before intermission, and a pair of Holiday 3-pointers gave Campbell Hall a 37-15 lead at halftime. The 6-foot-4 junior hustled down the floor in transition, went up strong to the hoop and threw down a left-handed dunk over Bobby Hillard before shooting a defiant glare toward the Eagles fans in the bleachers while pounding his chest. Holiday exited the game for good seconds later and finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, sixassists and four steals for the top-seeded Vikings of North Hollywood, which advanced to Saturday’s championship game against La Canada. center_img It wasn’t as if the Campbell Hall boys’ basketball needed a lift during the fourth quarter of its 74-36 win in Tuesday’s Southern Section Div. III-AA semifinal game against Oak Park at Crespi High of Encino. But, despite the Vikings holding a 37-point lead and less than seven minutes remaining on the clock, Jrue Holiday provided a memorable highlight, anyway. last_img read more

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Slashing L.A. Unified bureaucracy may be tougher than it seems

first_img“It’s possible to move the huge aircraft carrier, but it’s tough to change course,” said Bob Stern, director of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “And it takes a long time with a concerted effort to work with the superintendent, the board and the union.” Nobody denies that the ratio of administrators to teachers is higher now than it was six years ago at the 708,000-student district. The Bureau of State Audits found nonschool positions grew 12 percent from 1999 to 2005, with most added to the division overseeing a $19.2 billion building program. Salaries and benefits for support-services employees increased 44 percent in the same period, even as salaries and benefits for school-services workers rose just 26 percent. Los Angeles Unified’s bloated bureaucracy, long decried by the mayor and teachers’ union, has now become a key issue for the district’s new superintendent and a hot-button topic in the school board race. Superintendent David Brewer III has vowed to cut inefficiencies at the Los Angeles Unified School District after a scathing audit found the nation’s second-largest district is disorganized, lacks financial controls and suffers from a “pervasive” lack of accountability. With just a week before the election, school board candidates Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan have waded into the debate on how to pare the massive bureaucracy. By all accounts, any changes face challenges – including navigating a range of competing and powerful interests. But LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed said many nonschool positions are paid for with capital funds that cannot be used to pay for teachers. And he said increased costs reflect growth in facilities, information technology, school police, inspector general and other departments. Emphasis on schools Still, efforts to change the situation are complicated. Four years ago, when LAUSD was divided into local districts, Lauritzen fought to reduce their number from 11 to four. But after lengthy negotiations he was able to cut only three districts. “The board member has to try to accomplish the possible, and the leader in that is the superintendent,” said Lauritzen Chief of Staff Ed Burke. “Although the goal is to cut the bureaucracy, implementing it becomes very difficult because you have to convince other board members and the superintendent to put it in effect.” Lauritzen believes schools should be given more autonomy to reduce the need for districtwide staff, Burke said. “The emphasis should be on the schools to make sure they have the resources, and not create more people downtown to help the schools,” he said. Galatzan says schools should have more control of their own funds and said she would ask City Controller Laura Chick to oversee an audit of all contracts, the downtown administration and all nonschool staff. To ensure Valley schools are getting their fair share, Galatzan advocates performance contracts for local district superintendents and senior staff downtown. She also said many management functions can be consolidated. “Tamar is part of a reform slate, and it means you’re going to go in fighting the bureaucracy from Day One,” said Galatzan campaign manager Mike Trujillo. “You now have a board going in seven different directions.” 10 percent staff cut Deputy Mayor Ray Cortines, education adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said the recently released audit is an important step in identifying how to streamline the district. The audit said superintendents of the eight local districts within the LAUSD had not been given the authority, responsibility and resources to accomplish their goals. It also noted a lack of benchmarks to measure program effectiveness and no consequences for noncompliance with administrative directives. Cortines said he believes the district can cut at least 10 percent of its central staff and redirect the savings to schools. Cortines also said the mayor would like to encourage the superintendent to eliminate nonessential positions that don’t serve the classrooms and schools and don’t provide local services. “I think the superintendent has taken the first right step, and now we have to see what he does with it,” Cortines said. “He is going to have to make some tough decisions. If local district office personnel don’t have the authority and the responsibility, eliminate them and save millions.” Brewer said he will seek to empower local district superintendents and move people out of the central office. Positions will be cut, but details won’t be available until the second phase of the audit is completed. That phase, which will cost more than $1 million, is expected to be completed early this fall and focus on instruction, operation and finance. If the audit finds programs aren’t working, Brewer said he’ll eliminate them. “I don’t believe in setting arbitrary targets. It could be less (than 10 percent); it could be more,” Brewer said of possible cuts. “What drives that decision is analysis. “We will find out how much we can save, and when you look at the overall budget, and not only in central, we may be able to find savings throughout the system.” `Tough, tough battle’ Brewer is expected to unveil some immediate changes in June when he releases a five-year strategic plan. He also already has announced plans to appoint a transformation team – including a chief academic officer and chief professional learning officer – to restructure business operations and develop a comprehensive instructional plan. But Stern, with the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, said Brewer has a difficult road ahead. “It’s always tough changing the bureaucracy. I wish him luck but it’s a tough, tough battle to do it,” he said. “People hate change, but change is important.” That change could come if Galatzan and mayoral-backed candidate Ed Vladovic prevail in the May 15 election, giving Villaraigosa majority support on the school board. Philanthropist billionaire Eli Broad, who has contributed more than $25,000 to the campaigns, including Galatzan’s, said reform can come with board members who support the mayor’s agenda. “I think it’ll be helpful to get four members on the school board that are prepared to work with the mayor on education reform,” he said. But the real question will be how a reform slate will translate into consistent, strong action to break up the bureaucracy, said Michael Kirst, a professor of education and business administration at Stanford University. “Assuming the (audit) is true, some kind of drastic overhaul of the bureaucracy is desirable,” Kirst said. naush.boghossian @dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR,

first_imgComhghairdeas le Neil Mac Aoidh a piocadh le imirt na “Aussie Rules”, Ádh mór duit!Comhghairdeas le Gleann Suilí a bhain an Craobh Sinsear.Bhí lá mór peil ag Bord na nÓg Dé Sathairn, bhí scaifte thíos as Co. Muineachán don lá.GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR, was last modified: October 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img

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FUNDAMENTALS OF IRISH LIFE ERODED BY BOOM, SAYS SIR GERRY

first_imgDONEGAL business guru Gerry Robinson says he believes some of the fundamentals of Irish life were eroded in the boom.And he also believes the trappings of wealth didn’t suit everyone.In an interview with the BBC to Mark Ireland’s exit from the bailout, Sir Gerry said: “There was a brashness and preoccupation with wealth that rested uncomfortably with the Irish psyche.” The Donegal-born former chief executive of Granada TV and drinks giant Allied Domecq also said in the interview that the economic crisis from which Ireland now finds itself emerging might have been anticipated by many people.“Some of the more fundamental things that mattered in life were being eroded,” he said.“We were driven by the quick buck.“And now there’s a sense that something was missing. I guess there’s a kind of Catholic mentality – an understanding that they would have to pay for all this.”   FUNDAMENTALS OF IRISH LIFE ERODED BY BOOM, SAYS SIR GERRY was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FUNDAMENTALS OF IRISH LIFE ERODED BY BOOMSAYS SIR GERRYlast_img read more

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YOUNG DONEGAL SINGER HEADS TO CHURCH TO GET ‘SOAKED’!

first_imgGabriel Paschal Blake and band.A young Donegal singer-songwriter has been given a huge compliment after being asked to guest with one of Ireland’s most hotly-tipped acts – with gigs in two different churches!SOAK, whose real name is Bridie Monds-Watson, hails from Derry and has record companies dropping at her feet.She plays two major gigs this weekend at Christ Church in Derry on Friday night and the Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Saturday. And SOAK has asked well-known Letterkenny singer-songwriter Gabriel Paschal Blake to support her.Blake will be known by many as part of the talented bunch that made up now disbanded outfit The Jamaican Vampires.Tickets for the Derry gig are £10 while the Dublin gig is €15 and both are available at Ticketmaster.The Derry gig will be a great chance for local music fans to catch both acts before they go on to bigger and brighter things.  YOUNG DONEGAL SINGER HEADS TO CHURCH TO GET ‘SOAKED’! was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gabriel Paschal Blakelast_img read more

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AER LINGUS LAUNCHES ITS NEW DAILY FLIGHTS TO DUBLIN

first_imgMinister Paschal Donohoe launches the Aer Lingus service this afternoon. Pic Donegal Daily.Aer Lingus Regional has made its first flight on its brand new service to Donegal.The service, operated by Stobart Air, flew its first flight from Dublin Airport this morning.The airline will operate twice daily return flights, seven days a week. Stobart Air successfully tendered for the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract last November.Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe was aboard the airline’s inaugural flight.Minister Donohoe said the new route is will provide “an essential link between Donegal and the capital”.He revealed how there were 199,000 foreign visitors to Donegal in 2013 and they spent €128 million. Passengers can now book flights from Donegal to the US and avail of the US immigration pre-clearance facilities at Dublin. It’s also hoped the route will increase tourism numbers in the northwest and along the Wild Atlantic Way.Anne Bonner, Managing Director of Donegal Airport, said the new route will provide an “essential air service for the people of Donegal and enable the region to access business and tourism markets that were otherwise difficult to access”.Aer Lingus Regional will also operate a new Donegal to Glasgow service, with up to four flights per week.Dinny McGinley TD says the daily flights between Dublin and Donegal are a tremendous boost to the people of Donegal, to businesses in the area and to tourism prospects.“Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, have won the PSO (Public Service Obligation) route from Donegal and they will fly twice daily return flights seven days a week year round. “Stobart Air know the route, they were there before and I wish them every success.“Donegal, along with Kerry are the only two airports who have retained the valuable PSO link. This is extremely important in maintaining connectivity between Dublin and Donegal, and in allowing people from Donegal to travel further afield with ease.“The awarding of the PSO to Stobart Air for the Donegal route is concrete recognition of the Government’s commitment to regional and peripheral areas.”AER LINGUS LAUNCHES ITS NEW DAILY FLIGHTS TO DUBLIN was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aer lingusDonegal AirportMinister Paschal Donohoelast_img read more

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Local road improvement schemes needed again – Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Government to reintroduce the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) for non-county and accommodation roads as part of Budget 2017.He said hundreds of roads throughout Donegal require immediate improvement and upgrading and the only possibility of funding for these roads is the LIS programme.The Fianna Fail Deputy said he is calling on the Government to reintroduce and provide funding for as part of the Budget process. “Thousands of families, farms and residents depend on non-county, accommodation or abandoned county roads to access the roads network within the county. These LIS roads are the only access to and from their homes, farms and as such they depend on the road daily to go about their business and livelihoods.“Previously these roads were grant aided by the Department and the local residents made a 10% contribution to the overall road grant, the road works would then be typically carried out by the County Council,” he said.He added that the situation countywide at present is that with no LIS road grants available since 2010“There is a legacy of roads deteriorating to a very poor state, becoming impassable and hazardous for safe travel,” he said. Deputy Pat the Cope proposed that LIS road grants are brought back as part of a Rural Improvement Programme to assist rural communities and families living in rural areas and the development of Gaeltacht areas.He said the LIS grants be focussed on roads on which people reside and live on, that it is their sole access road to the county roads network.The former CLAR designated areas of which 85% of Donegal is covered and included by the former CLAR programme receive priority funding and that in Gaeltacht areas that a fully funded Boithre Aise programme be reintroduced and ring-fenced for the Gaeltacht areas, he said.“It is imperative that the Government take action and deal with the absence of funding opportunities for non- county, accommodation and Gaeltacht roads as presently a great number of families are disadvantaged and inconvenienced by roads which are in poor state and greatly need repair and improvement but have no funding opportunity to avail of in order to carry out the necessary repairs,” concluded Pat the Cope.Local road improvement schemes needed again – Pat the Cope was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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KCCA FC look to get back to winning ways away to sleeping giants Express

first_img Tags: Azam UPLderrick nsibambiExpress FCKCCA FCsteven luswata Express has not defeated KCCA since 2014Azam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC vs KCCA FCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuTuesday, 01-05-2018 @04:00pmKCCA FC will be looking to bounce back from last week’s 3-2 defeat to league leaders Vipers SC when they travel to Wankulukuku to face relegation threatened Express FC in the Azam Uganda Premier League on Tuesday.The loss to the Venoms was the Kasasiro Boys’ first in 16 game across all competitions since the 2-1 defeat to Madagascan side CNaPS Sport in the CAF Champions League.It was also the first time that Mike Mutebi’s men have tasted defeat in 13 league game, leaving them scrambling in third spot, four points behind Vipers with five games to play.The Lugogo based will be welcoming back striker Derrick Nsibambi who has missed the last three games with injury but former Express play maker Ibrahim Saddam Juma is still out injured.Striker Derrick Nsibambi returns against ExpresssAgainst Express, they face a side that is desperate for points as they start the day in the relegation zone and time seems to be running out on them.Shafic Bisaso’s Red Eagles took a point off Maroons in their last game and it will surely boost their confidence.The Red Eagles will be without their suspended captain Steven Luswata but the rest of the squad is fit.What the coaches are saying:Shafic Bisaso, Express FC head coach.“It is a big game for us because it comes with only five to play and we all know that time is running out.“They are the best team in the country and we expect them to come all out as they are still targeting the league crown.“My team is ready for them and we have prepared the best way we could possibly have.“I am just praying that luck befalls us because against such side, you will need it (luck) at some point.Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC head coach.“The two most respected clubs in the country face off.“It is a pity that the two are at opposite ends of the table but it also makes it more interesting because they (Express) are fighting for their lives and we are trying to win the league.“It is going to be a very wonderful game of football because they are a team that likes to play which also applies to us.“My only hope is that the referees are not intimidated in any way like they were last time out and let football on the pitch do the talking.On how important the game is to KCCA, Mutebi had this to say.“For us it is so important like i have said earlier, we are trying to defend the league crown and we need to win it to stay in touching distance with the teams above us.“Secondly, it comes before our CAF Champions League game away to Township Rollers over the weekend so we need to build momentum going into the continental fixture.Mike Mutebi hopes the referees are not intimidated going into the Express gameMatch Facts:Head to Head.Express has not defeated KCCA FC in the last seven games in all competitions (D3 L4).However, KCCA has won only one of their last three visits to Wankulukuku, a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture last season.The last time the Red Eagles won this fixture was in the league back in April 2014 when they triumphed 3-0 away from home.KCCA has failed to score in only one of their last 13 meetings against Express, scoring 22 goals in that period including one in the first meeting this season which ended 1-0 at Lugogo.Express FC.Express start the day in 14th spot on the log with 26 points from 25 games and seat only a point away from safety.The Red Eagles have won only three f their last 10 games in all competitions (D2 L5).In their last 14 league games, Express has lost eight, drawn three and won only three, a run that has ensured that they stay in the drop zone.Their home form has however improved of late, winning four of their last five games. The other was a 0-0 draw with Proline on 02-03-2017.Against the top three this season, Express has lost all its thre fixtures, conceding four and scoring one goal.KCCA FC.KCCA FC have lost only one of their last 16 games in all competitions winning 10 including their penalty shootout victory over Soana in the Uganda Cup and drawing five.In the league, the Lugogo based side have lost only two of their last 18 games (W11 D5).Away from home, they have won only three game all season (D6 L3). The victories came against Bul, kirinya JSS and Soana.Against the bottom three, KCCA has won only two of the four games they have faced them so far and are yet to register a win away to these sides (D1 L1).The Other Games to be played today:Proline vs Vipers SC @Lugogo, 04:30pmBright Stars vs UPDF FC @Matuga, 04:30pmBul Vs Maroons @Kakindu, 04:30pmPolice FC vs Soana @Namboole, 04:30pmComments last_img read more

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Liverpool, Chelsea at home as Champions League returns

first_imgZenit vs RB LeipzigSaint-Petersburg Stadium, St. PetersburgTuesday, 05-11-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Orel Grinfeld (Isr)Zenit play host to Leipzig on Tuesday evening, as they look to take control of Group G. The visitors will be hoping to remain out in front, which would require at least a point.The Russians come into this fixture off the back of a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow at the weekend. Despite being the dominant side, Zenit failed to produce enough end product, which is a worry ahead of a game against a Leipzig side that has been in fine scoring form of late. Not only did the German outfit run wild in the final third a few days ago, they also came out on top (2-1) when this pair met in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.Fortunately for the hosts, Gazprom Arena is a very tough place for non-Russian sides to go, as is illustrated by the fact Zenit have lost just two of their 23 continental home matches since 2015.This will be Zenit’s second home match of the current Champions League campaign. First time out at this venue, they got the better of Benfica in style, winning by three goals to one. They had moments of weakness at the back, but looked a real threat going forward and did the better job of both teams creating chances and producing end product.However, creating chances and coming up with the finishing touches is something Leipzig have also done very well this term. Tuesday’s visitors notched twice on route to beating Zenit in Germany a fortnight ago, while they come into this fixture having scored no less than eight goals in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon. What’s more, their first away match in Group G yielded three points, as they got the better of Benfica, winning by two goals to one.When the pair met two weeks ago, although three goals were scored, there wasn’t an abundance of final-third quality on show.Barcelona vs Slavia PrahaEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaTuesday, 05-11-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Michael Oliver (Eng)Barcelona had their title hopes dented at the weekend as they went down to Levante. This was no rotated Catalan side; Lionel Messi and co. were beaten 3-1, but will that fire them towards a response in the Champions League? Barca are edging towards the last 16, while three points against Slavia Prague will put them on the verge of qualification.The hosts are the heavy favourites to take all three points here, as Slavia come into this game bottom of the group with a single point to their name so far. However, the worry for the hosts is the impact of juggling multiple competitions, as they are just a point clear at the top of the table domestically. They face a tough run-in, with Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund still to come in this group, so a victory for the Catalans is vital here.Slavia nearly produced a major upset in their 2-1 home defeat to the Spanish champions, but they aren’t likely to get that close in this trip. The visitors’ recent Champions League trips have brought defeats to BATE, APOEL and Dynamo Kyiv, who have each scored twice in those wins. That suggests this will be a comfortable victory for Barcelona on Tuesday.While Barcelona showed in Prague they can be vulnerable on the road in Europe, they will expect much better here. The bookies have naturally priced them up as clear favourites this week. The Catalans are coming into this one aiming to extend a brilliant run of form at home in this competition. Can they add to their recent high-scoring run on Tuesday?Barcelona have scored three goals or more in 13 of their last 17 home games in this competition. The Catalans have 30 wins in their last 33 home clashes in Europe. Before this season, Barca had scored three in eight of 11 group-stage home games.Liverpool vs GenkAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolTuesday, 05-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Ivan Kruzliak (Slo)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no new injury concerns ahead of the Champions League Group E visit of Genk. His biggest decision appears to be in midfield, where he is likely to bring back Fabinho having left him out at the weekend to avoid him getting a booking which would have ruled him out of Sunday’s game against Manchester City. Captain Jordan Henderson could be rested, having played 90 minutes at Villa Park, so James Milner may come in.Felice Mazzu has just a couple of fitness troubles on his hands before his side pays Liverpool a visit. Danny Vukovic (achilles) and Jere Uronen (ankle) are the only two players who will miss out for Genk on Tuesday, with Mazzu having a full strength squad otherwise.Liverpool and Genk’s only previous meeting was on matchday three of this season’s UEFA Champions League, with the Reds winning 4-1 at the Luminus Arena. Genk’s only away European visit to England was in October 2011, when they were beaten 5-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League group stages. In all European competition, Liverpool are unbeaten in 23 games at Anfield (W17 D6 L0) since losing 3-0 to Real Madrid in October 2014 in the UEFA Champions League. KRC Genk have played more matches in the history of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League without winning than any other club (15 – W0 D8 L7), with their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on MD3 taking them ahead of Floriana FC and Shamrock Rovers, who both have 14 winless games. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the only player involved in more UEFA Champions League goals than Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino (14 goals, 11 assists) and Mohamed Salah (18 goals, 7 assists) is Cristiano Ronaldo (22 goals, 5 assists).Napoli vs RB SalzburgStadio San Paolo, NaplesTuesday, 05-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Szymon Marciniak (Pol)Carlo Ancelotti welcomed the likes of Mario Rui and Kostas Manolas in their defeat to AS Roma in Serie A, with the duo returning from injury. And, they may hold onto their places in the starting eleven for this game as well. However, the Italian outfit will be missing Brazilian midfielder Allan, who is their only injury concern for this fixture.Jesse Marsch will be missing a few players due to injuries, like striker Smail Prevljak and defender Patrick Farkas. Austrian custodian Cican Stankovic is out of the fixture after getting injured in the reverse match.Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg have met each other on three occasions, each time in 2019 – twice in last season’s Europa League and once in the Champions League group stage this season. Napoli lead the head-to-head record with two wins (L1). San Paolo has been a fortress for Napoli, who have played 18 home games in the Champions League and have won 12 of them (D3 L3). The Partenopei are unbeaten in their last five Champions League home games, winning four of those games (D1). If Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg, they will be the first team to win three games against the same opposition in Europe in the same calendar year. Two more goals for Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Haaland (currently on six) would see him equal the record number of goals scored by a Norwegian player in a single UEFA Champions League campaign (eight for Tore Andre Flo in 1999-00 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2001-02).Lyon vs BenficaGroupama Stadium, LyonTuesday, 05-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Bjorn Kuipers (Hol)Olympique Lyonnais have endured a tough start to the season but they have managed to pick up back-to-back wins in Ligue 1. Attention will now turn to Europe and an extremely tight Group G with all four teams separated by just three points at the halfway stage. The French side have just the two players unavailable for this fixture with Fernando Marcal and Terrier both sidelined through injury.Benfica arrive in France knowing they cannot afford to lose but will be confident having won their last five in all competitions. The Portugese side sit bottom of Group G but picked up their first win against their opponents in this game last time out. Rafa Silva is a big loss for Benfica and Raul de Tomas also looks like missing out through injury in a further blow for crucial contest.Group G is the tightest pool in the Champions League as it stands, with very little between any of the four sides who each harbour ambitions of getting out the group. Both Lyon and Benfica head into this clash sitting outside the top two spots; can either side claim a victory to boost their hopes of surviving in Europe past Christmas?Lyon have been left third – behind Leipzig and Zenit – following that defeat in Portugal. They do have the bonus of the top two sides clashing on Tuesday, which offers a chance for the winners of this game to return to the qualification spots. However, the hosts don’t have a stellar home record. In fact, Lyon head into this one chasing a first home win in the Champions League since September 2016.They also come into this one having drawn their last six home matches in this competition, which offers an opening for Benfica to get something here. The visitors are searching for a point to keep them in the mix for second, while they are trying to turn around a three-game losing run on the road in this competition. The Portuguese giants head into this one following a five-game winning run, which has seen them score 11 times. Can they continue that scoring streak in France?Part of Lyon’s struggles in this competition has been their defensive record. The hosts have seen both teams score in four of their last five home matches in this competition, with the only exception a backs-to-the-wall draw with Barcelona. When Lyon get forward, they tend to leave gaps at the back. Their last 11 games in this competition have seen both teams score on nine occasions; can that record continue in this clash?The Portuguese champions should pack a punch in this clash, especially with Lyon having trouble at the back. We expect another open tie between these two, so we are backing both teams to score on Tuesday night, with Benfica likely to get forward to test the French side at the back.Borussia Dortmund vs Inter MilanSigna Induna Park, DortmundTuesday, 05-10-2019 @11pmReferee: Danny Makkelie (Hol)Dortmund received a massive blow on the weekend when Marco Reus picked up a fresh injury. There has been no concrete news over the severity of that knock, but he is sure to miss the midweek’s game against Inter. The club captain will likely be replaced by Mario Gotze.Conte made a wealth of changes to the side that secured a 2-1 win over Bologna on the weekend. He is expected to revert those changes, aside from one or two exceptions, including the goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and the two defenders in Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar.Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan’s only previous Champions League meeting was on MD3, with the Italian side winning 2-0 at the San Siro. This will be Dortmund’s third home European match against Inter – they won neither of their previous two, drawing -2 in April 1964 in the European Cup and losing 3-1 in March 1994 in the UEFA Cup. In major UEFA European competition, Inter Milan are one of only four sides that Borussia Dortmund have faced more than once at home without winning, along with Juventus, Liverpool and Barcelona. Borussia Dortmund have failed to score in six of their last eight UEFA Champions League matches, having failed to score in just six of their previous 41 matches in the competition. Inter Milan have lost their last three away Champions League matches, their worst away losing run in the competition.Chelsea vs AjaxStamford Bridge, LondonTuesday, 05-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Gianluca Rocchi (Ita)Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is set to return from injury for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Ajax, head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed. Kante has made just six appearances for Chelsea this season and has missed their last five games after his previous comeback was curtailed by a groin injury picked up on international duty with France. Midfielder Ross Barkley (ankle) and defender Andreas Christensen (thigh) are also back in training after spells on the sidelines last month.Erik ten Hag has full squad to pick from, although Edson Alvarez went off injured in the 4-2 win over PEC Zwolle at the weekend and may not be risked.Chelsea and Ajax’s only previous European clash was on matchday three this season, with the Blues winning 1-0. Ajax have never lost an away UEFA Champions League match in England (W1 D3 L0), winning most recently away at Spurs in April 2019. Their last away European Cup defeat on English soil was in April 1980, a 2-0 semi-final defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side. Chelsea have a 100 per cent-win record in UEFA Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, beating Feyenoord twice in the 1999/2000 season and Ajax on MD3 this season. Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has managed more away UEFA Champions League games without losing than any other manager (seven games), winning five and drawing two. Only two managers have lost none of their first eight away games in the competition – Louis van Gaal (first 14 games) and Pep Guardiola (first 11 games). Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has scored one goal every 47 minutes for the Blues in the Champions League (3 goals in 141 minutes) – the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in the competition. Dusan Tadic has been directly involved in eight of Ajax’s last 14 goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League (five goals, three assists), including six of their last seven away from home (three goals, three assists).Valencia vs LilleEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaTuesday, 05-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Sergev Karasev (Rus)Valencia have not started the season well and they will be in real danger of dropping out of Europe if they lose this game with Lille. The Spaniards have been unable to back up their matchday one victory over Chelsea and have picked up just one point from their next two. Valencia will be without the suspended Mouctar Diakhaby after the French defender was sent off in the last game against Lille.Lille have only picked up one point from Group H so far and with games running out, they need a positive result from this trip to Valencia. The French side have been inconsistent all season but their away record is alarming with no win from seven in all competitions. Timothy Weah continues to sit out for Lille while Renato Sanches is also still a couple of weeks away due to his hamstring injury.Will Valencia boost their hopes of making it into the last 16 by claiming a victory against Lille this week? A draw with the French side last time out was a major blow to the Spanish side, who are battling Chelsea and Ajax for a spot in the last 16. Can they continue that push on Tuesday?The hosts are looking at this one as a must-win home clash, which comes on the back of their 2-1 win at Espanyol at the weekend. The Spanish side are in mixed domestic form, but they can’t let that continue in a clash which could shape their European campaign this term. Given their last clash with Lille was a missed opportunity, the hosts must do better here.The visitors already look cut adrift in this group. Lille have been beaten by both Chelsea and Ajax so far, while a third defeat for them would all but rule them out of enjoying European football post-Christmas. However, we doubt the French side will turn things around here. They are winless in their last 11 away games across all competitions. This season, Lille have already been beaten five times in seven games on the road, while they have suffered back-to-back defeats heading into this one.Valencia are coming off the back of a solid victory, while they should view Lille as a beatable side. The visitors hardly have much European pedigree, with five defeats in seven away trips in this competition, including a loss at Valencia. Meanwhile, the hosts are coming off a campaign that saw them do what they needed to at home, to give them a chance of progressing in this competition.Comments Tags: champions leagueChelsealiverpoollast_img read more

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