Pele depressed, reclusive because of poor health: son

first_imgPele’s public appearances have grown increasingly rare with age.Last April he traveled to Paris for a promotional appearance with French rising star Kylian Mbappe, but had to be hospitalized shortly after for kidney problems.In 2014, he was placed in intensive care for dialysis after contracting a severe urinary infection.The Brazilian great, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has only one kidney, after a broken rib during a match forced doctors to remove the other.He has also suffered a series of hip problems.Edinho said despite those issues his father is “doing well” physically. Pele, the pride of Brazilian football and the only player to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time.He has been in and out of hospital in recent years for various health issues.He never fully recovered from one of his hip operations, leaving him dependent on a walker, Edinho said.”He’s doing a bit better than when he was in a wheelchair recently, but he still has a hard time getting around,” said Edinho, 49. Football legend Pele is experiencing “a kind of depression” and barely leaves home anymore because health problems have left him unable to walk normally, his son said in an interview published Monday.”He’s pretty fragile in terms of his mobility… and that makes him suffer a kind of depression,” Edinho said of his 79-year-old father, who has had a series of health problems in recent years.”Just imagine, he’s the ‘King,’ he was always such an imposing figure, and now he can’t walk normally. He gets very shy, very embarrassed about that,” his son said in an interview published on the sports news site Topics :last_img read more

PGA TOUR’s Monahan excited about return of golf

first_imgTopics : “I know our players are excited. I know everybody that’s been a part of this process is excited to stand our game back up in such a strong way this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, with a field that features the top five players in the world and more than 100 PGA TOUR winners coming back to a place that we’ve played consecutively annually since 1946 at Colonial Country Club. I’m excited. To that point, it’s hard to believe it will have been 91 days since we last played, but I’m really proud of the effort that everybody has undertaken to get us back there” Preparation is already well under way at Colonial Country Club, where Sanford Health lab technicians have set up traveling mobile testing units that deliver results in a matter of hours. This partnership, Monahan said, should greatly assist the PGA TOUR in its safe and responsible return to play. “We were really looking at this from two standpoints,” Monahan said. “How do we apply our testing program that allows our players to prepare to compete and not have to wait for an extended period of time? And at the same time, how do we do so in a way that does not take away from the resources that are needed for the communities where we play?  “To be able to have these mobile testing facilities and vans at our tournament this week at Colonial and every week going forward, to arrive and have that test turned around in two to four hours, and for us to be able to purchase all those supplies and provide all those resources, accomplishes both of those goals.” Even if a player tests positive, the TOUR is confident that proper measures are in place to maintain a safe atmosphere for players and caddies. Players are tested prior to and immediately after their arrival in a tournament city, and once again to use certain areas of the golf course facility. The PGA TOUR’s 91-day hiatus since The Players Championship was cancelled – the longest unscheduled break from competition since World War II – will finally end Thursday when play resumes at the Charles Schwab Challenge.  As one of the first sports to get underway since the COVID-19 pandemic, golf is prepared to take center stage in Fort Worth, Texas, where current FedExCup No. 1 Sungjae Im will lead a stellar field that includes the top-five players in the world and 16 of the top 20.  PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan is well aware of what’s at stake. “I think at this point you have a wide range of emotions. But the most important one, or the most prevalent one for me, is that I’m excited,” he said.  last_img read more

Mexican finance minister gets coronavirus, bringing infection close to president

first_imgIt is not clear if Herrera’s positive diagnosis will impact Lopez Obrador’s planned trip to Washington next month to meet US President Donald Trump.Earlier this month, Lopez Obrador shrugged off calls to take a coronavirus test when another member of his inner circle also tested positive.Mexico has darted up the list of countries hardest-hit by coronavirus and now has the seventh-highest death toll globally.Lopez Obrador has been criticized by some Mexicans for his handling of the pandemic, including accusations that he did not take the virus seriously enough at the start and sent the wrong signal by not wearing a mask in public.Last week Herrera accompanied the president on his visit to the central Mexican state of Hidalgo. Topics : The new coronavirus struck at the heart of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s inner circle on Thursday as Finance Minister Arturo Herrera said he was infected.Herrera, the most high-profile member of the cabinet to test positive for the virus, said he only had “minor” symptoms.”From this moment I will be in quarantine, and continue working from my house,” he said on Twitter. One of Lopez Obrador’s closest advisors, Herrera was seen in a video standing next to his boss on Monday at the National Palace in central Mexico City where both have their offices.A photo from a week ago showed them standing close to each other and talking outside. Neither was wearing a mask to cover the mouth and nose as recommended by public health experts to limit the spread of the virus.The president’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The virus has hammered Mexico’s economy and brought life to a standstill for many months. Still, the peso and stock exchange largely shrugged off the news, with one trader saying it was because Herrera’s symptoms were reportedly mild.last_img read more

Banks ask OJK to extend debt relief program amid mounting COVID-19 cases

first_imgBanks have urged the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to extend its debt relief program as the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to show signs of slowing down.Association of State-Owned Banks (Himbara) chairman Sunarso said on Monday the banks had asked the authority to extend its loan restructuring relaxation program by at least another year.“The policy has been really helpful for the banking industry and the real sectors,” he said during a live-streamed press conference following a meeting between the OJK and 15 of the country’s biggest banks.   The bankers’ proposal to extend the debt relief program came following signs of a slow economic recovery. Despite recent relaxations of social restrictions, businesses and consumers are still reluctant to fully go back to business as the country has seen a jump in infections.Indonesia has recorded at least 80,000 COVID-19 cases of Wednesday afternoon, with over 39,000 deaths, official data shows.The government now projects the economy to shrink by more than 3 percent in the second quarter and by a further 1 percent in the third quarter, which means the country will enter a recession. The gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the lowest in 19 years.Responding to the bankers’ request, OJK chairman Wimboh Santoso said the agency would review the possibility of extending the debt relief program.“We would look at the numbers [of the restructured loans] and the sectors [that received the relief], and we hope that we can have [the data] by the third quarter.”Indonesian banks have restructured a total of Rp 769.55 trillion in loans as of July 6, according to OJK data. Some Rp 326.38 trillion worth were MSME loans from 6.72 debtors and the remaining Rp 443.17 trillion were non-MSME loans from 1.31 million debtors.  Meanwhile, multifinance firms have restructured Rp 141.45 trillion in financing from 3.89 million contracts in 183 firms as of July 7.The extension is expected to boost the banking and financial sector’s confidence so they can have more room to disburse more loans to help support the country’s economic growth, said Wimboh.Indonesia recorded a 3.04 percent loan growth in May, slower than 5.73 percent recorded in April.Other than asking for an extension for the loan restructuring program, Wimboh said banks also hoped that the government would expedite its spending and that state-owned firms would continue their projects to spur domestic demand and boost loan demand.Indonesian Banks Association (Perbanas) chairman Kartika “Tiko” Wirjoatmodjo expressed his optimism that banks could start disbursing new working capital loans to MSMEs and corporations by the fourth quarter of this year. The policy, stipulated under OJK Regulation No. 11/2020 issued in March, relaxes debt quality assessment and restructuring requirements for debtors that are hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.Indonesian banks now only assess the quality of a loan worth up to Rp 10 billion (US$683,275) based on a debtor’s timeliness in paying the loan’s principal and interest without needing to assess the debtor’s business prospects and financial condition.Banks are also allowed to declare restructured loans as good loans despite their declining quality due to the pandemic, not categorize them as non-performing loans (NPL) and not set aside provisions for them.These relaxations are applicable for one year until March 2021 and are prioritized for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and recipients of the government’s microcredit program (KUR), according to the regulation.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Settlement Shores Dredging Project Step Closer

first_imgThe Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (NSW) has just announced that pre-dredge survey works for the upcoming Settlement Shores Dredging project will start next week.According to the Council, the survey works are scheduled to be undertaken in the week of 23 September 2019.They also added that this survey will identify those areas where there is satisfactory depth and those where the movement of sands/silt has compromised the available depth, which will be targeted by the dredging operations.Dredging operations in the Settlement Shores canals are scheduled to commence in November 2019.Work is expected to take at least 5 months to complete including a brief shut down over the Christmas period.The officials have secured the necessary environmental approvals to undertake the maintenance dredging works and have appointed Birdon Pty Ltd to undertake the works.last_img read more

FIFA cancels The Best awards for 2020

first_imgRead Also: Klopp: Messi is the best, but I admire RonaldoUEFA’s award ceremony is due to be held in Monaco at the end of August, along with the draw for the Champions League group stage.Without a definite start date for the Champions League next season, these awards will have to wait until a draw takes place.The idea is to start next season’s group stages in October.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 FIFA have decided to cancel their The Best awards this year. The ceremony was due to take place in Milan in September, but that will no longer happen because of the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA president Gianni Infantino That means the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be up for the coveted The Best Men’s Player award, which will be left vacant. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been clear from the very start of this pandemic that matters will be dealt with using common sense and maximum precaution. FIFA have already suspended the Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s World Cups until February 2021, as well as the Futsal World Cup until 2021. The only competition of FIFA’s that hasn’t been suspended yet is the Club World Cup, which is set to take place in Abu Dhabi in December.Advertisement A logical decision Given that football seasons across the globe has been suspended and, in some cases, cancelled altogether, there wasn’t reason to hold an awards ceremony this year. As well as the sporting reasons for cancelling the ceremony, Infantino didn’t think an evening of celebration was the right thing to do during the pandemic. As for the European Golden Boot, that isn’t up to FIFA and there are doubts over whether it will be handed out this season. Players like Kylian Mbappe won’t be able to improve their tallies because their domestic seasons have already been cancelled. Meanwhile, France Football still haven’t decided what they’re going to do with the Ballon d’Or ceremony, which has been held every year since 1956. Loading… Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

Ferdinand could miss two weeks

first_img Press Association The former England international suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round loss to Swansea. Ferdinand, 35, had been making his first appearance since December 10 when he was forced off after 76 minutes of the third-round contest at Old Trafford. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could be out for up to two weeks, Press Association Sport understands.center_img There had been fears the former England international could face a longer lay-off but it is understood scans have revealed heavy bruising rather than any ligament damage. It is thought Ferdinand is likely to be out for 10-14 days, meaning he would be doubtful for the January 19 Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea. A more likely comeback target could be the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland three days later. last_img read more

Poll: Grade Syracuse’s performance against Gonzaga and choose the player of the game

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Women’s soccer: Keeper Clem has big shoes to fill

first_imgLast season, Wisconsin women’s soccer goalkeeper Genevieve Richard entered her final campaign with one last chance to establish her legacy on the program, and she certainly made her last 24 games count.As Big Ten Goalkeeper of the year, Richard anchored a Badger defense to the conference tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth, all while delivering 16 shutouts along the way.After such a dominant performance wire to wire in 2014, it’s almost unfair to whoever has to follow it up this upcoming season.Enter Caitlyn Clem, a redshirt sophomore for the Badgers from Okemos, Michigan. As Courtney Clem’s, the former starting goalkeeper for Michigan State who finished second in the Big Ten in saves last season, younger sister, Caitlyn Clem isn’t a stranger to filling the shoes of those before her.Living near East Lansing Caitlyn Clem grew up a Spartan, but she looked to play elsewhere, eager to make her own mark. Caitlyn Clem said she ultimately picked Wisconsin in part because of the quality of its program, but also joked that between Michigan and UW, two of her most viable options, the Badgers were the “lesser of two evils.”“There’s no way I could be a Wolverine, and I just wanted to make my own path because I was going behind Courtney ever since I became a goalkeeper,” Caitlyn Clem said. “I came to Madison and fell in love with it — this place, the team and the coaches. So it was kind of easy not to pick Michigan State.”After two seasons in the shadows, Caitlyn Clem’s opportunity has finally arrived to take the reins in Wisconsin’s backfield, and while the coaches are confident in her potential, they also realize it will take some time to fulfill.One of UW head coach Paula Wilkins immediate expectations for Caitlyn Clem is an experienced demeanor. As Richard’s mentee, Wilkins hopes Caitlyn Clem will bring the same sense of level-headedness on the field that made Richard so successful.“We want Caitlyn to be consistent, and that’s one of the things I think she learned from Gen,” Wilkins said. “We don’t get too high on our highs or too low on our lows, and we just do the simple things.”But for UW assistant coach Tim Rosenfeld, Caitlyn Clem’s ability to stay poised is low on his list of concerns. With the opportunity to play year-round in spring and summer leagues, he doesn’t think Caitlyn Clem should have an issue with shaking off rust on the pitch.The biggest challenge Rosenfeld sees for Caitlyn Clem is developing chemistry with the back line, learning the tendencies, strengths and weaknesses of each of her defenders. Solidifying the cohesiveness of the defense is a long and complicated process, one Rosenfeld hopes the team will master by the start of conference play.“That’s going to take a little bit of time,” Rosenfeld said. “I’m not sure if you’ll see that this weekend or next week, but we’re hoping that relationship builds. And by the time we head into our Big Ten season, it should look similar to what it did last year.”Working in Caitlyn Clem’s favor — as she continues building trust with her teammates — will be the returning experience on defense this season. Junior Kylie Schwartz, along with seniors Brianna Stelzer and Molly Laufenberg, played a key part in a defense that allowed just 0.42 goals per game last season.Having seniority in the starting lineup will give Caitlyn Clem a distinct advantage during practice and game prep, as she tries to quickly complete the transition to Division I play.“I had Gen to teach me a lot of these things, but even the older players teach me more and more everyday, so I look up to them for their guidance and we work off each other to get better,” Caitlyn Clem said. “Every break we have, we try to fix whatever’s being messed up and just work off each other.”In a two-game sample so far this year, Caitlyn Clem has allowed just one goal in each contest and held steady in her first overtime action, as the Badgers won a 2-1 sudden death thriller Aug. 21 at home against Western Michigan.If that’s any indication for the rest of the year, perhaps those big shoes will get filled quickly.last_img read more

Syracuse defense does ‘more than enough’ in 16-10 loss to NC State

first_img Published on October 11, 2019 at 1:42 am Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ RALEIGH, N.C. — Kingsley Jonathan bounced to his left and took a few quick steps. Shoving off an offensive lineman, he corralled North Carolina State running back Jordan Houston in his arms and threw him to the ground. Jonathan sprung up and waved his arms, celebrating with his teammates. That excitement continued the ensuing play, when Curtis Harper and Andrew Armstrong both sniffed out a Wolfpack screen. After rushing at first, Harper stayed alert, throwing his hands up when NC State quarterback Bailey Hockman released a lob pass. Harper managed to get a fingertip on the ball, deflecting before Armstrong, who fell underneath the ball, intercepted it. Yet 78 seconds later, the Orange’s defense returned to the field. Just as Syracuse’s (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) defense had got itself settled on the sideline benches, they had to put their helmets back on and trudge back out onto the field, time and time again. During a game in which the Orange defense held NC State (4-2, 1-1) to just one touchdown and extended its takeaway streak to 20 games, it still wound up on the wrong end of a 16-10 loss.“I definitely think we kept (the offense) in the game,” SU safety Evan Foster said. “At the end of the day, our job is to go out there and defend whatever happens. There’s nothing we can do about it.” After back-to-back games in which Syracuse scored at least 41 points, its offensive firepower was completely extinguished on Thursday against the Wolfpack. Twenty-seven total yards on 14 plays in the first quarter. More penalty yards than rushing yards. More punting yards than passing yards. It was clear from the get-go that if SU had any hope of taking down NC State, it’d have to be on the back of its defense. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd to the defense’s credit, it put SU’s offense on its shoulders. A Wolfpack team that poured 41 points on Syracuse last season struggled to put points on the board and was held to just three points in the second half. Hockman, who was making his first-career college start, never found any sort of consistency. He was sacked three times, threw an interception and had a completion percentage under 60%. On the ground, NC State was even less productive. Thirty-four carries went for just 104 net yards, a measly 3.1 average. Missed tackles were held to a minimum. Holes were closed quickly. Syracuse’s defense, for the most part, dominated.“I’m proud of the way our defense played,” said Armstrong, who tallied a career-high 14 tackles. “I thought we had a lot of good plays, a lot of big stops.”Gavin Liddell | Staff PhotographerDespite a few trips by the Wolfpack deep into SU territory, the Orange defense never gave in. Armstrong’s pick, which came on the first drive of the second half, occurred just outside the red zone at Syracuse’s 26-yard line. Foster nearly had an interception in the end zone but couldn’t come up with it. The two credit SU’s success deep in its own territory to quick play-calling, which allowed them to make adjustments and matchups early on before the snap. Following Foster’s near-pick, NC State kicked a field goal to go up 16-0 with 4:18 left in the third quarter. After that, it didn’t reach SU territory again. Syracuse’s defense stepped up during the biggest situations of the game, stopping NC State on 11 of its 15 third downs and forcing it to kick field goals on each of its two red zone trips. “Great defenses are always good in the red zone,” Foster said. “You can give up a big play, but as long as you keep them out of the end zone and reduce it to three points it really helps us throughout the game.”The only non-field goal NC State score of the game came on a trick play, when wide receiver Thayer Thomas caught a lateral and found running back Trent Pennix out of the backfield for a touchdown. It was a new look that Syracuse hadn’t seen, causing some miscommunication between Foster and Armstrong over whose responsibility Pennix was. If SU was playing zone defense instead of man, Babers said, that miscommunication and the touchdown never would’ve happened.“They came out really fast, and it was hard for us to matchup guys,” Foster said. “It was just one of those unfortunate situations.”After the Orange’s 63-20 loss to Maryland on Sept. 7, Babers said that he still believed that the defense would be the strength of the team. It didn’t show that against Clemson the following week, or even versus Western Michigan the next, giving up over 500 total yards of offense in each. Against Holy Cross last week, however, Syracuse had its best game of the season defensively. The Crusaders managed just 128 yards, including just 18 yards on the ground. On Thursday, SU proved that it could have elite success against a conference opponent, too. Most importantly, it confirmed that its defense, even without Andre Cisco and Ifeatu Melifonwu, can be the strength of 2019’s team.“They did more than enough,” Babers said. “What was the final score, 16-10? Sheesh, to hold a team to 16 points, it’s a good job.” Commentslast_img read more