RSF compiles 15 coronavirus safety recommendations specifically for Pakistani journalists

first_img News Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19 8. Don’t ask reporters and cameramen to do live reporting from inside hospitals and tell them to follow the recommendations of medical staff. June 2, 2021 Find out more 2. Don’t ask for live stand-ups from markets or other crowded places. 15. Finally, the central government and provincial governments should extend special credits to media organizations so that they can continue paying their employees and cover any exceptional expenses. The Associated Press of Pakistan national news agency closed its Islamabad bureau on 24 April after it was reported that one of its presenters was infected. And two journalists based in the northwestern city of Peshawar, one with GNN and one with Such News, have also been found with the virus. 3. Encourage cameramen and DSNG technicians to re-enter their vehicle as soon as possible and ensure they are carrying water, soap and hand sanitizer with them. 14. Press clubs and unions should set up a safety fund for journalists and employees, to which journalists earning more than Rs.100,000 a month should be required to contribute. 9. Ensure that the temperatures of TV studio guests are always checked on arrival with a thermal scanner, at least, and that they are asked to apply hand sanitizer. PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19 According to the information gathered by RSF, two ARY News journalists based in Muzaffarabad, in Pakistani Kashmir, have tested positive; three 24 News TV reporters are infected in the eastern city of Lahore; and a journalist and technician with Geo News in the southern city of Karachi have tested positive. April 29, 2020 RSF compiles 15 coronavirus safety recommendations specifically for Pakistani journalists A health worker (right) tests a journalist for Covid-19 in Quetta on 4 April (Banaras KHAN / AFP).   Better late than never, Pakistan’s journalists are learning of the danger. As of this evening, a total of 39 Pakistani journalists and media workers have tested positive to Covid-19, according to RSF’s tally. In the absence of testing by many media organizations, the actual number of journalists with Covid-19 could be much higher. RSF_en Recommendations for newsrooms and media management: 7. Give preference to video messages and video press conferences by officials, including the health minister, chief ministers and government spokesmen. 13. Ensure that all employee sickness insurance provisions are up to date, with immediate effect. 12. Provide all employees with special “Corona Life Insurance” and cover the expenses of any employee and immediate family member who tests positive. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News 11. Ensure that kitchens are kept clean and that kitchen staff adhere to hygiene rules. On the frontlinecenter_img 10. Either close staff canteens and cafeteria or, at the very least, ensure social distancing within them by strictly limiting the number of people who can eat at any one time. Receive email alerts 5. Remind employees to keep computers and other equipment clean and sanitized. 6. Refrain from sending reporters to press conferences that are not necessary during the pandemic. Organisation Follow the news on Pakistan “The disclosure of these figures indicates a particularly high level of Covid-19 infection among Pakistani journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Journalists are clearly among the professions at risk in Pakistan, so appropriate measures must be put in place to ensure that they can continue working without putting themselves in danger.” Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire And in partnership with its local partner FNPK, RSF has now compiled a series of recommendations specifically adapted to the situation of journalists in Pakistan, where media outlets rely a great deal on direct reporting in the field that often disregards basic safety rules. 1. Don’t send reporters to locations where a big crowd is expected. Help by sharing this information In order to help journalists to be able to work safely, RSF has posted practical information and tips on Tracker-19, a tool it has developed to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on journalism and press freedom. The management of ARY News TV, for example, reported on Monday that when tests were carried out on 20 of its employees at its Islamabad headquarters, no fewer than eight – 40% of them – were found to be positive. Today, the 24 News HD / City 42 TV channel reported ten coronavirus cases among its staff, as did the Dunya News media group. News Freedom Network executive director Iqbal Khattak added: “In Pakistan, journalists are among the frontline heroes, like doctors, paramedics and law-enforcement personnel, and they must be protected against Covid-19. It is the responsibility of both media houses and the National Disaster Management Authority to help journalists stay safe by providing them with all necessary equipment, so that they can continue to keep the public informed through their journalism.” 4. In newsrooms, encourage employees to adhere strictly to social distancing and keep washing their hands and face every hour. News In this picture taken on April 5, 2020 AFP photographer Aamir Qureshi (C) covers Christian devotees celebrating a Palm Sunday service in a neighbourhood during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Islamabad (AFP) Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further April 21, 2021 Find out more Amid a rapid surge in the number of Pakistani journalists testing positive to coronavirus, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner, Freedom Network Pakistan (FNPK), have compiled 15 recommendations for Pakistani news media so that they can avoid putting their journalists and employees in danger. January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Five embarrassing remarks when microphone was on

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sunderland manager David Moyes is in hot water over his remark to a BBC reporter that she might get a slap next time — with both of them laughing — after he thought he was off air.AFP Sports highlights five other incidents where people thought the microphone was off….. but it wasn’t:Ron AtkinsonFormer Manchester United and West Brom manager moved smoothly into the television pundit arena until disaster struck after a Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Monaco in 2004. Atkinson, who was working for English channel ITV, criticised the performance of Chelsea’s French defensive great Marcel Desailly but added a racist adjective. Atkinson believed the microphone was off which it was in England but viewers in the Middle East — who were also receiving the broadcast — heard it. Atkinson resigned immediately saying: “I made a stupid mistake which I regret. At the moment I can’t believe I did it. If you look at my track record as a manager, I was one of the first managers in the game to give black players a chance (when he was at West Brom).”Dean JonesFormer Australia batting great saw his TV career come to a calamitous end in 2006. Commentating on a Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Jones thought he was off air when South Africa’s Hashim Amla, a devout Muslim, caught star batsman Kumar Sangakkara, and remarked “the terrorist has got another wicket”. His slur — made during a commercial break — provoked a storm of protest and within hours Jones was on a plane out of Sri Lanka. “It was a silly and completely insensitive thing to say and, obviously, it was never supposed to be heard over the air….. I have no end of respect for the Muslim faith,” said Jones. Andy Gray and Richard KeysGray a former Scotland striker turned pundit and presenter Keys were the face of Sky Sports Football coverage for almost two decades until sexist remarks brought about their downfall in 2011. Thinking they were off air both made sexist remarks about Sian Massey a female assistant referee — who was due to run the line in the Wolves-Liverpool match that day — declaring female officials “don’t know the offside rule”. As it turned out, Massey made an excellent call during the match in the lead-up to a goal. Keys resigned and Gray was sacked. Keys apologised but added: “If off-air conversations of television and radio presenters were recorded, there would be no one left working. That is not to defend what happened.”Byron MacDonaldCanadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) swimming expert provoked outrage at last year’s Olympics when thinking he was off air he summed up 14-year-old Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan’s performance in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final — which effectively permitted Canada to take bronze with China fourth — in highly derogatory terms. “The little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby. Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.” MacDonald issued an apology adding: “I was referring to a swimmer’s performance, and not to them as a person.”Jacques ChiracBon viveur French President thought he was off microphone when he made derogatory remarks about British and Finnish cuisine to then German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005. “The only thing they (the British) have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease. After Finland, it is the country with the worst food. One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad.” His comments came shortly before the International Olympic Committee decided who would host the 2012 Olympics with Paris and London the main protagonists and for which the French capital had been the long time front runner. Chirac said it was meant in jest but legend has it that it cost the bid votes — Finland had two members — and London edged Paris 54-50.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

It is Arsenal vs Chelsea after Aubameyang hat-trick

first_imgAubameyang (right) celebrates with Lacazaette. They face Chelsea in final.Aubameyang hat-trick as Arsenal sweep into Europa League finalValencia, Spain | AFP | Chelsea will take on London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final after scraping past Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 semi-final, second leg draw on Thursday.Eden Hazard struck the decisive spot-kick after the two sides could not be separated over 120 minutes in what could be the Belgian’s last match at Stamford Bridge, with the tie level at 2-2 on aggregate after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s 28th-minute opener for Chelsea was cancelled out by Luka Jovic four minutes after the break.Chelsea made it a clean sweep for English teams in European finals this season and will battle it out with Arsenal in Baku on May 29 after Unai Emery’s side beat Valencia 7-3 on aggregateAt that game, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the Europa League final by scoring the hat-trick that ended Valencia’s hopes of another dramatic European comeback.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Valencia made the perfect start at Mestalla when Kevin Gameiro finished at the back post but goals from Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette left the home side needing four in 40 minutes.Gameiro scored again to spark hopes of a revival to trump even the efforts of Liverpool and Tottenham this week before Aubameyang hit his second and then completed a brilliant hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win, 7-3 on aggregate.It keeps alive Arsenal’s chance of securing a place in the Champions League next season and, realistically, their last chance, given they need to overturn three points and an eight-goal swing on Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend.Standing in their way in Baku on May 29 will be London rivals Chelsea.Valencia had been relying on the Europa League for Champions League qualification too, given they sit three points behind Getafe, who face a demoralised Barcelona on Sunday, with two games left in La Liga.But over the two legs, Marcelino’s side could have few complaints. They were second best at Emirates Stadium and defensively frantic here.Arsenal, usually so fragile away from home, picked them off with ease as Aubameyang and Lacazette, boasting 48 goals between them this season, proved themselves to be a first-class attack in a second-tier competition.“Auba was unbelievable tonight,” Lacazaette told BT Sport. “We have played badly in the Premier League during the last month and now we have to use this opportunity. We want to play in the Champions League next season and we want the trophy.” — Pain for Spain —Thursday’s result means there will be no Spanish team in either European final for the first time since 2013, and only the second time in 10 years.Valencia made a brilliant start as Jose Gaya headed wide at the near post and Goncalo Guedes fired over, with Petr Cech playing for time as early as the fifth minute in the hope of a chance for breath.Instead, Arsenal conceded, caught upfield after Alex Maitland-Niles shot at Neto, who rolled out to launch the counter-attack. Rodrigo swept wide to Guedes and ran ahead of him, receiving and firing to the back post, where Gameiro slid in.Valencia looked like they could score six let alone the one more required, only for Arsenal to find an equaliser against the run of play.Cech punted downfield and Lacazette flicked on, with Aubameyang nipping in and, before his opponents could recover, driving into the bottom corner.The rest of the half was high on intensity but low on quality as Valencia struggled to reboot. Aubameyang shot at Neto and Lacazette’s whipped effort clipped the outside of the post.Half-time should have been timely for the hosts but it was Arsenal that scored shortly after.Dani Parejo’s careless pass put them in trouble before Gaya was outmuscled. Lucas Torreira found Lacazette, who spun out of the clutches of Cristiano Piccini and buried the ball into the corner.The tie looked done, Valencia needing four in 40 minutes, but they got one back eight minutes later, Gameiro diverting Rodrigo’s shot in after Daniel Wass had cut back.Valencia believed again but only briefly because Aubameyang struck again. Maitland-Niles ghosted past Guedes and crossed to the near post, where Aubameyang was too quick for Gabriel Paulista.Some of Valencia’s fans headed for the exits and even more followed when Aubameyang lashed another shot into the roof of the net for his third, and Arsenal’s fourth.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Continue With On-Ice Lessons

first_imgThe Spartans tied the score before the intermission when Fontaine beat Selkirk College starter Russell Sanderson. After a scoreless second period, Dane Feeney gave the Saints a 2-1 lead seven minutes into the third. Matt Martin made it 3-1 for Selkirk College and despite a TWU goal with six minutes left, Sanderson shut the door.“He [Sanderson] has a calming influence in the net, he is good with his rebound control and doesn’t tend to panic,” Heaven said of Sanderson, who was named the game’s first star.“He did exactly what we needed, he stabilized the back end and gave the team the opportunity to win.”With a five-point weekend, Calvin has built on his rookie-of-the-year campaign last season to become a force for the Saints.“Dallas is a special player who is gifted offensively,” Heaven said of the Trail-raised forward who is tied for BCIHL scoring lead.“This year he has started to play with a little more of edge and he has found ways to get himself involved a little more physically. He has the skills to put the puck in the net, but it’s not always that type of game that wins it for us.”With Fall Semester mid-terms now over for the players, their on-ice learning continues and the final hockey test awaits in a few months. “We’re on the right on the path,” said Heaven when asked to grade his team at this point of the season.“My expectations are always A-plus, but if I had to give it a letter grade where we are playing right now would be in the B-plus area. We still have work to be done and there is plenty of time to do it. There is progress to be made… maybe we’re not completely satisfied, but we’re happy where we are at this point of the season.”The Saints have a weekend off and get back into action on November 19 when they host the Eastern Washington University Eagles at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. The student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints have shown great promise in the opening third of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, but there is plenty to learn before the final playoff test arrives in March.The Saints split their home weekend set with the Trinity Western University Spartans to remain atop the league standings as they build towards taking a shot at a fifth straight BCIHL championship. The Spartans took the Friday night game 4-3 and the Saints rebounded on Saturday to claim a 3-2 victory.“It was a tough start for us on Friday, we put ourselves in a fairly sizable hole,” said Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “It’s obviously a good learning experience for the guys that you need to be prepared to start at the very beginning of the game and not ten minutes in. The overall result was really good, we played some really solid hockey in the last 50 minutes. We need to learn from this and be ready every shift if we want to win in this league.”Trinity Western built a surprising cushion less than 15 minutes into the opening game with three quick goals. Saints sophomore forward Dallas Calvin got one back before the first intermission, but it was an unfamiliar spot to be in for the explosive Selkirk College offence.Trinity Western notched the only goal of the middle frame when Jarrett Fontaine beat Selkirk College starter Brett Huber. The Saints pushed hard with goals by Calvin and captain Tyler Kerner to cut the deficit to 4-3 five minutes into the final period. A wild finish that included a six-on-four advantage for the Saints to close game did not result in the tying goal as Spartan star goaltender Silas Matthys preserved the win.“We have the potential to get ourselves out of any sort of deficit, it’s just a case of having the perseverance and positivity to push through,” Heaven said.In the rematch Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex, the Saints were first on the board when Calvin scored his third goal of the weekend.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, building on two days of solid gains.Traders were showing an increased appetite for risk Tuesday, sending shares of technology and industrial companies higher.Global Payments jumped 2.5 per cent and railroad operator Union Pacific soared 9.4 per cent after naming a new chief operating officer.PG&E plunged another 13 per cent after the S&P ratings agency cut the California utility’s debt rating to junk.The S&P 500 index rose 26 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,577.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 23,818. The Nasdaq rose 80 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 6,906.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.71 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

George Canyon Announces Second Show – Presented by Top Notch Oilfield Contracting

first_imgCanyon rose to becoming one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone, and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world. For more information on George Canyon please visit: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of Fort St. John’s favourite country acts is returning to the Lido Theatre.  George Canyon announced his “Hit After Hit Tour” last week and the May 1st show sold out in less than 36 hours. Now a second show has been added on May 2nd to ensure all of George’s fans get to see the show this spring.  George is thrilled to hit the road on this National Tour, joined by Doc Walker, Charlie Major and newcomer Manny Blu.  Tickets for May 2nd will go on sale this Friday March 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. through www.energetictickets.ca, or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100TH Street.Tickets will be $55 (plus fees and taxes) for Reserved Dance Floor Seating and $60 (plus fees and taxes) for reserved seating. Sign up for the newsletter at www.energetictickets.ca/newsletter/ to receive the pre-sale access code tomorrow, March 14th.center_img www.georgecanyon.comwww.facebook.com/georgecanyonwww.instagram.com/georgecanyonwww.twitter.com/georgecanyonlast_img read more

Messi Is More Dominant Than Ever — And Barcelona Is More Dependent

2010-1133.7%36.1%20.3% 2015-1626.528.126.6 Messi’s share These personnel issues show up clearly in the stat sheet. Where once Barcelona was among the highest-pressing teams in the world, now the Blaugrana don’t force turnovers up the field at the same rate. Barcelona’s defensive numbers have still declined as its midfielders have lost range — and the team’s more conservative approach could only slow the decline, not prevent it entirely.This defensive weakness offers Liverpool its primary tactical opportunity. If Jurgen Klopp’s side can pull Barcelona into a transition game and open up midfield, there will be advantageous matchups to exploit. If Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane can find themselves running in space, Rakitic and Busquets are unlikely to slow them down.But such a transition game has a downside for Liverpool. And that’s Messi. If Liverpool seeks to exploit the weaknesses of Barcelona’s defense and create transition opportunities, that will give Messi room to operate. As he has shifted from a right-sided forward to a pure central playmaker, Messi has had to work in tighter spaces, often deeper on the pitch. 2014-1528.031.426.2 Data from La Liga and Champions League matchesSource: Opta Sports 2014-1555.527.3 2013-1427.131.819.5 2011-1230.036.121.5 Barca is even more dependent on MessiThe share of Barcelona’s production attributed to Lionel Messi, adjusted for playing time, 2010-2019 2012-1332.037.419.5 2016-1751.830.7 2018-19*47.242.0 2018-1934.741.333.6 2012-1349.632.6 In some ways, Liverpool’s task on Wednesday while facing Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal is simple. All the Reds likely have to do to reach a second consecutive European final is contain Lionel Messi, the greatest soccer player of all time.In past seasons, such a description might have been oversimplifying. Back when Xavi and Andres Iniesta roamed midfield for Barcelona, the pair’s game control and precision passing could dominate matches. More recently, when Neymar and a younger Luis Suarez joined Messi in the forward line, the interchanging of this three-headed monster was the core problem for opponents to solve. Today, the superstar supporting cast at Camp Nou is largely gone or aged out of its prime. But the astounding thing about Messi is that at age 31, he is still good enough to carry a team on his back very nearly to the top of the Soccer Power Index rankings, not to mention to an easy league title and a Copa del Rey final. Now he has the chance to bring the club a sixth Champions League title.From 2010-11 through 2013-14, when Barcelona was either managed by Pep Guardiola or still functioning mostly in his systems, Messi was a forward. He operated in the “false nine” role he made famous and ran up incredible goal-scoring and assist production, while ball progression responsibilities fell as much to him as to great midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta. The team changed in 2014-15, when Luis Enrique took over, Suarez arrived as an elite center forward and Xavi fell out of the rotation. Messi switched to a role on the right and became the team’s primary ball progressor, while Suarez and Neymar helped share the goal-scoring load.Today, increasingly, Messi just does it all. He is the lone true ball progression engine, and he’s creating an even higher percentage of his team’s goals and chances than he did at his peak, according to data from analytics firm Opta Sports. 2017-1830.732.428.1 2011-1255.425.8 2010-1156.0%25.0 *Adjusted for 38-match seasonData from La Liga matchesSource: Opta Sports 2013-1452.430.5 SeasonPressing RateExpected Goals Allowed 2016-1729.431.423.9 seasonExpected Goals + AssistsGoals + AssistsProgressive Passes + Runs 2015-1653.133.6 Messi receives the ball more often now in the back half of the pitch and the center. These are areas that normally Liverpool would expect to have at least two if not all three of its central midfielders covering. In a transition game, however, Messi might have more space to work and find passes either to Suarez or perhaps an onrushing fullback.1Jordi Alba has been Barcelona’s top attacking outlet since the departure of Neymar.The other option for Liverpool, if that seems too much of a risk, would be not to open up the throttle and play in transition but to sit deeper and look for less frequent counterattacking opportunities. This would deny Messi space to find passes. Of course, this would be nothing new. Barcelona has often faced opponents who sat deep and denied space. What has changed, however, is Barcelona’s approach. Where once Barca would patiently hold the ball forever until it unlocked an opponent, now Messi has started gunning. In the past two seasons, Messi has attempted 121 open-play shots from outside the box as well as 108 direct free kicks. In the two seasons prior, 2015-16 and 2016-17, he attempted just 83 open-play shots from outside the box and 87 direct free kicks. Messi has increased his production outside the penalty area from eight goals per season to 10.5 per season. Barca’s defense isn’t the sameBarcelona’s pressing rate and expected goals allowed by season 2017-1847.838.5 The main reason that Barcelona is increasingly a one-man team is that the other players are not as great anymore. Luis Suarez at 32 isn’t the dynamic center forward he used to be. Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta are gone. Sergio Busquets, 30, and Ivan Rakitic, 31, cannot cover ground in midfield like they used to. The result is a team that is less able to supplement the attack either with forward runs or with an aggressive high press to cause turnovers because the midfield needs to be more stable and defensive. Early in the season, Barcelona was playing more aggressive midfield tactics and was rewarded with a string of goals conceded. Manager Ernesto Valverde has since pulled back the press, which prevented a disaster but has left Messi carrying the team. This increase in production counts, but it is not spectacular. Messi has managed to be just as dangerous a ball progressor while letting it fly more frequently. But the risk Messi poses against a set defense, firing from long range, is probably one that an opponent can accept. While Messi is more dangerous shooting the ball than just about anyone else in soccer, his increased distance shooting has led to only a couple more goals over a long season. This isn’t a strategy to beat Messi — such a thing does not exist. But on balance, the statistical record suggests that even the greatest of all time has not turned gunning from 20 yards into a killer attacking plan.Barcelona is Lionel Messi at this point, and game-planning to stop Barcelona is now as simple as figuring out how to stop Messi. Which has, of course, never been simple. But with less expansive passers behind him and less explosive forwards ahead, he has never had fewer weapons among his teammates. Liverpool can either play a more risky strategy of exploiting Barcelona’s now-shaky defense or a more conservative strategy that looks to force Messi into shooting from range. Both strategies could easily be defeated by Messi finding space in transition or driving home a great shot from distance. But on balance, Liverpool is probably better off with the latter risk than letting Messi get free on the break.Check out our latest soccer predictions. read more

Ohio States Ryan Dzingel proud to be a part of mens hockey

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) prepares to shoot the puck during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternJunior forward Ryan Dzingel isn’t the most vocal player on Ohio State’s men’s hockey team, but that doesn’t stop him from being a leader.“He is a quiet leader. How he plays the game is how he leads,” associate head coach Brett Larson said.That leadership has seen Dzingel nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best collegiate hockey player in the country. The award is currently in the fan voting process to narrow the nominees down to 10, at which point a board will then finalize three nominees and announce the winner at the Frozen Four in April.“It’s not easy balancing all the most important things in my life. Faith, family and friends are the most important things in my life and always will be. I feel that if those three things are in place, school and hockey will follow. Takes hard work but all student-athletes find a way to get it done,” Dzingel said in an email.Dzingel said his biggest role models are his parents. He describes his mom as sweet and caring and said he “would like to be half the person she is.”As for his dad, who battled through cancer this past year, Dzingel said, “I could not be more proud to call him my role model/father.”The junior forward from Wheaton, Ill., joined the Buckeyes in 2011 as part of a class Dzingel described as “special.”“We knew three years ago coming in that we had a special junior class, and we were given a lot of opportunity and responsibility right away. There is a lot of talent, leadership, and hard-working guys in (this) group, which has helped us a lot. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Dzingel said.Dzingel is averaging 1.36 points per game, which leads the Big Ten and ties for 16th-best in the country. He also leads the Buckeyes in goals with 14 and is tied for the lead in assists with 16.“He continually puts a lot of effort into improving his shot. On and off the ice, he is always working on it,” Larson said. “The more shots he takes, the more goals, so I think that work ethic — working on that one area of his game — is really starting to pay off for him.”Dzingel attributes his success to shooting the puck more but also credits his teammates. He said he feels the Buckeyes can be successful if they can correct a couple mistakes.“We have a lot of guys who have bought into the team comes first (mentality). It’s a little bit cliche but we have got a good group of character people who believe in the team,” Larson said.The next puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Schottenstein Center when the Buckeyes take on Penn State. read more

Ohio State womens hockey set for weekend series against No 8 Minnesota

Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler (24) skates near the ice during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe defensive-minded Ohio State women’s hockey team is preparing for an attacking style of play from No. 8 Minnesota Duluth in a weekend series.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the two teams have different approaches to the game and that’s what makes the matchup interesting.“I see them as a team that’s going to get up the ice and they are going to try and throw anything in the kitchen sink at you offensively,” Handrahan said. “I think that our base of our game is on playing solid, consistent defense to allow our offense to create. So I think its ying and yang a little bit as far as programs.”Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler said she agrees with her coach that the teams are different. She said Minnesota Duluth might have the skill, but OSU has the speed.“We have a lot of speed in our front end as well as our defense, something that will benefit us in the game,” Kepler said.In the past three seasons, OSU (8-7-1, 5-6-1) has faced Minnesota Duluth (11-5-2, 6-5-1) in Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff games.The last time the Buckeyes met the Bulldogs was in the first round of WCHA playoffs at the end of last season. OSU lost the series after dropping two of three games.“It’s been a rivalry that we’ve had over the years because we see them so much in playoffs,” Handrahan said. “They play a very up-tempo game, a five-player game and we have to be alert and on our toes.”For this weekend against Minnesota Duluth, Handrahan said he has worked a lot with his lines to find which combination of players can make an impact on the ice.“You need three players that play well, and you need three players that play well together. If we can have three lines of scoring, that makes us difficult for anybody to play against,” he said.Senior forward Kayla Sullivan said her team has prepared to play the Bulldogs a little differently than they normally prepare to play a team.“We’ve done a lot more video than normal, mainly because they like to use a lot of set plays,” Sullivan said. “We also have a good competition going on between us. They like to play a little risky. These are usually chippy but fun games. They bring out the best in both teams.”In the Buckeyes’ most recent game against Robert Morris, Sullivan led her team scoring two goals and having one assist against the Eagles. Sullivan looks to carry that momentum onto the ice for the series this weekend.“Last game I got on the scoreboard a little more than I normally do. I had a fun game,” Sullivan said. “I just want to take that loose energy and bring that and hopefully I can continue that momentum.”Handrahan said he considers Sullivan and the rest of his seniors to be leaders on the team.“You can only go as far as your seniors allow you to go. That doesn’t mean every senior is playing a premier role but every role is premier,” Handrahan said. “They are doing a great job of keeping the team in the right frame of mind to make sure we are prepared for every game.”The Buckeyes have nearly reached the halfway point in their season and Handrahan said he’s happy with where his team is.“I think we’ve progressed. We are playing a pretty good style from a five-on-five perspective,” Handrahan said. “Starting to see lines solidify a little bit creating chemistry with one another and I think that has presented itself in scoring situations as well.”As far as the teams’ record this season, Kepler said there are a few games she would like back from earlier this season.“I know we had a few games in the past we wish we would’ve won but we’ve learned from them,” Kepler said. “Going into next semester I think we will have more confidence and going in knowing that any team can win.”The Buckeyes are set to take to the OSU Ice Rink against the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday. The faceoff is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. for both games. read more