“The patient they brought to the hospital two days ago was identifiedas a person under monitoring (PUM),” Toriano stressed.For now, the medical responders who are under home quarantine are waiting forclearance to return to work. KALIBO, Aklan – Five medical emergency responders in Kalibo, Aklan haveplaced themselves under self-quarantine in their respective homes after cominginto contact with a patient who did not disclose her travel history in MetroManila. The said emergency responders brought the 51-year-old cancer patient tothe Aklan provincial hospital in this capital town on March 16. Toriano added that the community becomes at risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) if people would not apply preventive measures like proper hand washing and restricting themselves to activities outside their homes. According to MunicipalDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) in Kalibo civil defenseofficer Terence June Toriano, the patient did not reveal her travel to MetroManila to any of the members of the emergency medical services (EMS) team whoassisted her. During the initial medical evaluation of the attending physician, theydiscovered that the patient, along with her family members, went to the LungCenter of the Philippines in Quezon City in the past 14 days. To date, this capital town has no confirmed cases of the COVID-19.(With a report from Akean Forum/PNA) Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 use thermal imaging cameras to detect travelers with signs of coronavirus. CNN PH
Today marks 12 years since the death of 127 sports fans at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra, the worst stadium disaster in Africa.The disaster occurred during a match between Ghana’s two most successful football teams, Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club and Asante Kotoko in 2001.As characterised by clashes between the two sporting clubs, trouble had been anticipated and extra security measures had been taken.But after the home team, Accra Hearts of Oak, scored two late goals to defeat Kotoko 2–1, disappointed Kotoko fans began throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch.The response to this crowd disturbance from the police was to fire tear gas into the crowd.Panic ensued and a resulting stampede led to the deaths of 127 fans from asphyxiation – a condition characterised by severe deficient supply of oxygen to the body due to inability to breathe normally. An official inquiry, the Sam Okudzeto Commission, blamed police for over-reacting with reckless behaviour and indiscriminate firing of plastic bullets and tear gas.The inquiry also accused some officers of dishonesty and indefensible laxity.Reports claim that medical staff had already left the stadium, as the incident happened near the end of the match.Some gates were locked, preventing escape. Six police officers were charged with 127 counts of manslaughter afterwards, but the court ruled that the prosecution had failed to make a case.The Sam Okudzeto Commission of inquiry recommended improvements to stadium security and first aid facilities, and that nationwide rapid response teams should be set up. To mark this year’s celebration, Ghana Football Association has directed that a minute’s silence be observed for the 12th anniversary of the May 9th disaster during the midweek matches in the GLO Premier League.With the matches falling one day before the 12th anniversary of the tragedy, match officials including referees and match commissioners were asked to make sure it is observed.
According to the management, it is policy that should a student be in the process of completing their 11th grade year, the student has the option to also complete the 12th grade in the Firestone School System. (Above: Firestone High School students in a science lab session in 2018)The management of Firestone-Liberia Incorporated has clarified recent reports regarding the education of dependents of company employees recently made redundant.Management classified the report as “erroneous,” saying, “It is the policy of Firestone-Liberia, Inc., and also outlined in the company’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that all dependent children, who are enrolled in the Firestone School system, have the option to remain in school for the duration of the current school year, regardless of whether the employee of the dependent should be retired, terminated, made redundant or has resigned from employment.”Further, according to the management, it is policy that should a student be in the process of completing their 11th grade year, the student has the option to also complete the 12th grade in the Firestone School System.With the understanding that some employees recently made redundant will choose to immediately relocate outside the concession area, and enroll their children in a school of their choosing, the management of Firestone-Liberia offered redundant employees, as an added benefit, the option of a relocation stipend of $75 per student to be applied towards enrollment fees in a different school.At the time of the redundancy action, the management said it was clearly explained to all employees that, should they take advantage of the relocation stipend, the children would no longer be enrolled in the Firestone School System.More than 90 percent of employees who were made redundant took advantage of the relocation stipend for their dependents.At the time employees came to collect the relocation stipend, company representatives again explained that by taking advantage of this benefit, the child would no longer be receiving education benefits from Firestone-Liberia.Firestone-Liberia says it remains committed to the education of Liberia’s children, with more than 12,000 students enrolled in the company’s school system.“Recently, we have been made aware that certain employees who took advantage of the relocation stipend offer would now like to have their dependents complete the current school year in the Firestone School System. For those employees who choose to return the $75 relocation stipend, Firestone-Liberia is prepared to re-enroll those students and conduct additional tutorial support to aid the student in completing the current school year.Employees who want to take advantage of this offer should contact the company’s human resource (HR) department as soon as possible to begin the process,” the management said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Last week: 3 Next: Bye3. Kansas City (9-2)Probably should still … 1. New Orleans (9-1)The Drew Brees for MVP train is pulling even with Patrick Mahomes. Was darn near perfect in blowing out the Eagles. Gave Rams their lone defeat, hence the top spot.Last week: 2 Next: Atlanta2. L.A. Rams (10-1)The clock management police were all over Sean McVay for that 38 second possession leading up to the last Mahomes interception. Forget it. It’s only bad clock management when you lose.
All the love and attention they got on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2016, is evident on the faces of the children at Malaika Orphanage.In the heart of Hillbrow, a place of despair for many, the young children at Malaika Orphanage beamed on Nelson Mandela Day when they were offered the love and care many children take for granted.GEM (Going the Extra Mile), the mobile rewards platform for volunteers, along with Trace TV and The Sophie A Kanza Foundation, brought smiles to the children of Malaika Orphanage when they hosted them to a photo shoot, a mini concert and face painting.Among those at the orphanage on the day were rapper Emtee and singer Bucie Nqwiliso, who treated the children to a performance, and TV personality Maps Maponyane.Groceries and clothing were also donated to the orphanage on the day.GEM is in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign as they work towards the same end.GEM’s relationship with Play Your Part started with a phone conversation between David Shields, co-founder of GEM, and Brand South Africa’s strategic relationship manager for business, Rodney Moloko. This led to the app’s first 10 activations, on Mandela Day last year.“Since then we have grown in leaps and bounds. I would like to think GEM and Play Your Part go hand-in-hand as GEM helps people physically play their part,” said Shields.The turnout varies from activation to activation as volunteers tend to go to places closer to them. “We choose the establishments to help whether or not they fit the GEM profile, which is quite stringent. The place has to be safe, warm and welcoming and some organisations don’t fit those criteria.”THE FOUNDATIONThe Sophie A Kanza Foundation is an NPO operating in the inner city of Johannesburg. It was founded by two sisters, Sophie and Louise Kanza, who were born in Democratic Republic of Congo but have lived in South Africa since they were toddlers.The foundation focuses on collecting and distributing food, clothes and toiletries and recruiting local and African youth as volunteers. This is to show unity in diversity, the sisters say. The foundation also runs the #25Dresses Campaign, which collects matric dance dresses for orphaned girls.“My sister and me grew up with nothing and lived out of the generosity of people until we could fend for ourselves,” said Sophie Kanza. “That has been our single motivation to do good for those in need.”They had decided to use charity as the means to bring people together because they felt it was important for youth to know they could make a difference, regardless of their nationality, race or financial status, she added.ONE NATIONUnity in diversity is the goal of the foundation – building friendships and learning from and about each other’s cultures.“Many ‘foreigners’ are accustomed to congregating among themselves to avoid victimisation,” Sophie Kanza said. “We work to take them out of these comfort zones. Once we work together towards making a difference we learn that we are all the same, brothers and sisters of Africa. Not enemies or threats.”There was a lack of platforms created for dialogue and genuine interaction between locals and immigrants, she added, saying South Africans needed to go into Africa to soak up the culture and experiences so that they could bring them home to share with others.“I believe Africans have an inherited entrepreneurial spirit. Even before paper money, banks, business schools etc. This inherited spirit needs to be nurtured and developed to bridge the gap. Many skills have become income generators, such as hairdressing, dress making etc, many of which are self-taught.”In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly officially declared 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as Nelson Mandela International Day. The purpose of the declaration was to “honour the long history of Mandela’s leading role in the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa”.The day is celebrated with 67 minutes of doing something good and trying to make every day Mandela Day.
From a distance, Feldheim looks like many other rural villages in Germany: a cluster of buildings surrounded by farmland and forests. The backdrop includes numerous wind turbines, but that’s not unusual in Germany’s breezy north. What is unusual is that there are two signs welcoming visitors to Feldheim: the typical yellow sign that is found at the edge of every village, and another in blue and white announcing that Feldheim is an “Energieautarker Ortsteil,” or an energy self-sufficient district.In 2010, Feldheim became one of the first villages in Germany to supply all of its own electricity and heat. Electricity from wind and PV are becoming cheapFollowing the tour, I had a chance meeting at the EQ-Sys facility with Michael Raschemann, one of the two founders of Energiequelle. I was surprised both by his youthfulness and his accessibility. When I asked about the absorption cooling system that used heat from the biogas plant to keep the EQ-Sys factory cool during the summer, he happily showed me the system’s components. On the shop floor, he also explained to me various exhibits-in-progress that would be housed in Feldheim’s New Energy Forum.“All that you have helped to achieve here in Feldheim is impressive and admirable,” I told him. “I’d like to think that communities in the U.S. could also become energy self-sufficient. But how feasible is it to replicate Feldheim’s success without generous government subsidies and a deep-pocketed partner like Energiequelle?”He considered the question and answered carefully.“I think it comes down largely to energy prices. In Germany, new wind parks are producing power for 4 to 5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is on par with coal plants that burn lignite [inexpensive but highly polluting brown coal]. Power generated by large solar farms continues to drop in price, and is now in the 8 to 10 cent per kilowatt hour range — making the newest PV competitive with gas-fired power plants, and within striking range of coal plants. As costs for renewable energy continue to drop, many things will become possible.”I thanked him for his time, and for helping to demonstrate in Feldheim what may one day be possible to achieve in villages around the world. Wood chips are used to fuel a combined heat and power plantThe wood-chip boiler is located a few hundred feet from the biogas plant. Heated water from the CHP plant flows to a distribution center (with all of the necessary manifolds and circulators) near the boiler, and from there is sent through distribution pipes to buildings in the village. The boiler is equipped with two hot water storage tanks that help to accommodate spikes in hot water usage — for example during unusually cold weather. The wood-chip boiler does not fire often, because heat from the CHP plant covers the village’s needs for most of the year.After seeing the biogas plant and the wood-chip boiler, we piled into a bus to visit the solar farm located between Feldheim and the town of Treuenbrietzen. During the Cold War, the Russian military had used the site as a communications center. When the Russians abandoned the buildings in 1994, Treuenbrietzen did not have the resources to make use of the site. Energiequelle purchased the site in 2004 for a nominal sum, invested about 1.7 million euros in building demolition and site remediation, and began developing the solar farm in phases. Although the solar farm is owned by Energiequelle, all of the PV panels are mounted on trackers produced in Feldheim by the company’s daughter firm, EQ-Sys.As we wandered through the field of large column-mounted PV arrays, I asked a member of the group about other stops on their energy-related tour of Germany. One of the group’s visits had been to a nuclear power plant that was being decommissioned.“The nuclear power plant’s output was roughly equivalent to that of the wind park in Feldheim,” he told me. “The plant took ten years to build, it operated for twenty years, and it will take twenty years to decommission. Makes wind power look pretty attractive, doesn’t it?” RELATED ARTICLES Germany’s Bioenergy VillagesVisiting a District Heating Plant in AustriaGerman Building Codes Keep Ratcheting UpA Construction Trade Fair in GermanyA Visit to a German Home CenterA German Deep-Energy RetrofitGermany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany The wind turbines are supported by concrete towersThe final stop on our tour was the wind park — or rather, two of the many wind turbines located on agricultural land just outside the village of Feldheim. As I have long been fascinated by these giant wind turbines, I was excited to see them close up.The first tower we visited was a 2.3-MW unit that has been in operation since 2005. Kathleen gave us the particulars: 98 meters high to the hub, rotor diameter of 71 meters, etc.I was surprised to learn that the stacked rings that make up the tower are concrete until the uppermost section, which is steel. Two vertical holes in each column section are aligned so that steel cables can be installed that run the height of the tower. The cables tie the sections together, but they also allow for some flexibility in high winds. The 16 meter diameter base of the tower contains a transformer and inverters for managing the power generated, and a simple cable-suspended man lift for conveying technicians up and down. A vertical ladder along the inside of the tower provides emergency access.The second tower we visited was one under construction. I marveled at the size of the track crane being used to hoist mechanical equipment up to the top of the tower. This new turbine would have a capacity of 3.0 MW, which is apparently standard for the industry today. In the distance, we could see another similar tower being erected.The distant tower was part of a “repowering” project. Three of Feldheim’s original four wind turbines are being replaced. The original turbines were completed in 1994, and were rated at 500 KW. At 3.0 MW, the new turbines are six times more powerful. Energiequelle owns some turbines that are rated at 7.5 MW. The wind industry has come a long way in twenty years. Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Local residents get cheap electricityThe energy-related developments in Feldheim have had a cascading effect. The decision to install a district heating system led to discussions about the village’s electricity grid. Could some of the power being generated in the wind park be fed directly to buildings in the village?The answer was a qualified “yes.” When the utility company that owned the existing power lines refused to allow the village to use those lines to distribute electricity directly from the wind park, Energiequelle fronted the money to pay for the installation of new underground power lines — and fiber optic cables. As with the district heating system, the connection fee paid by building owners for access to this local grid was â‚¬1,500.Residents pay 16.6 cents/kWh for electricity. Germany’s national average is about 26 cents/kWh. It all started with a few wind turbinesI visited Feldheim twice recently. During my first visit I met with Michael Knape, the mayor of Treuenbrietzen, the adjacent town to which Feldheim belongs. I had seen Mr. Knape give a presentation about Feldheim at a bioenergy village conference in Berlin, and I was eager to follow up with him. He suggested that we meet “at the construction site” in Feldheim. When I asked which one, he sounded surprised: “There’s only one.” PV trackers are manufactured locallyThe relatively low cost of electricity and heat was a factor in Energiequelle’s decision to build the production plant of a daughter company, EQ-Sys, in Feldheim. The company, which fabricates trackers for solar arrays, has twenty-three employees, most of whom live in and around Feldheim.Heat from the CHP plant keeps the production facility warm in the winter and — via an absorption chiller — cool in the summer. The solar trackers fabricated in Feldheim were used by Energiequelle in a large solar farm that it developed on an abandoned Russian military base north of the village. A boost to the local economyThe story of Feldheim becoming energy self-sufficient is largely about the successful public-private partnership between Energiequelle, the company that Mr. Raschemann founded, and the village of Feldheim.In 2000, the German government passed the original version of its Renewable Energy Law that provides attractive incentives for investments in renewable energy. In consultation with the residents of Feldheim, Energiequelle developed a plan to build thirty-nine more wind turbines in two phases.With annual lease payments in the â‚¬15,000 to â‚¬20,000 range, these additional turbines represented a welcome boost to the local economy.By 2004, the renewable energy industry in Germany was growing briskly, but the agricultural sector was suffering. Prices had fallen for sugar beets and potatoes, the staple crops of the farmers in Feldheim. At the same time, costs for fuel, fertilizer, and animal feed were rising.Because Energiequelle had proven to be a reliable and generous partner for the village, the manager of the local agricultural cooperative approached Mr. Raschemann to explore ways in which the cooperative and the company might work together. These discussions led eventually to the building of a biogas plant that is jointly owned by the farmers and Energiequelle. Battery storageMy meeting with Mayor Knape helped to clarify the history, ownership structure, and financing of the projects in Feldheim. However, there wasn’t time for a tour of the various installations. He suggested that I contact the New Energy Forum Feldheim — the nonprofit group in whose temporary conference room we were meeting — to set up a tour.Before we parted, I asked Mr. Knape about what comes next: Where does he see Feldheim heading in terms of energy infrastructure?“We are looking forward in the coming months to the completion of the New Energy Forum Feldheim, which will be an information and training center focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. We also hope to have a large battery storage system installed in Feldheim later this year. The battery will be able to store excess electricity from the wind farm, and release it when needed to the public grid. But my main focus these days is on the town of Treuenbrietzen. I’d like to find ways to adapt the technologies used and lessons learned in Feldheim to the town — particularly to the historic town center.” A district heating system with a wood-chip boilerThe villagers, the local municipality, and Energiequelle formed a limited partnership to finance and construct a district heating system that uses heat from the biogas-fired CHP plant. The system includes a wood chip-fired boiler and two hot water storage tanks to help handle peak heating loads. The boiler is fueled with waste wood from logging operations in the cooperatively owned local forest.The heating network supplies thirty-five homes, two town buildings, four large pig-breeding barns, and a machine shop.The district heating system was commissioned in 2009, and cost â‚¬1,725,000 ($2,348,000) — including the wood chip-fired boiler. Of this amount, â‚¬138,000 was provided by the local limited partnership, â‚¬830,000 came from EU and state grants, and the balance was financed conventionally through a local bank.The owners of each of the thirty-five homes on the grid paid a one-time connection fee of â‚¬1,500 ($2,000). Their heating costs have been averaging 10% to 20% less than for fossil fuel-based alternatives. Perhaps more importantly, most of the money that residents pay for heat stays in the village, and heating costs are now largely independent of fossil fuel prices. Finding the job site was not difficult. Feldheim has just one main street, and most of the village’s homes are on it. I pulled up to a two-story building wrapped in scaffolding. Several masons were repointing brick and reproducing masonry moldings on the front of the building, while at the gable end, another crew was installing batts of mineral wool insulation on the walls. A large sign out front announced the Neue-Energien-Forum Feldheim, or “New Energy Forum Feldheim.” I noticed an electric vehicle charging station adjacent to the building.As Mr. Knape and I settled into a temporary conference room that had been set up on site, I asked him, “Why Feldheim? Why here?”“In the early 1990s,” he told me, “a graduate student named Michael Raschemann visited the village while looking for a location to install four wind turbines.” The conditions in Feldheim seemed promising because the area is windy, and the land surrounding the village is relatively flat. In his subsequent discussions with the villagers, Mr. Raschemann proved adept at addressing the villagers’ concerns and winning their trust. He even offered local residents the opportunity to invest in one of the four wind turbines — a wise investment, as it turned out. Fuel from agricultural wasteThe technology underlying biogas fermenters is well-understood in Germany, where there are over 8,000 plants in operation. These systems typically create usable methane gas by fermenting a combination of agricultural waste and fuel crops. The raw materials that feed Feldheim’s biogas plant are all produced within a radius of about four kilometers, on land owned by the farmers’ cooperative.The methane gas generated in the biogas fermenter is burned in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to produce heat and electricity. Originally the farmers had intended to heat only the stalls of their pig-breeding operation with heat from the CHP plant, but once it was up and running, they realized that the system could provide most of the heat needed in the village. A mixture of corn silage, rye, and manureI returned to Feldheim several weeks later to tour the renewable energy installations. The group I accompanied was an international delegation that was being hosted for a week in Germany by the nonprofit group Bread for the World. The group included representatives from Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Tanzania, and Bolivia.After watching a PowerPoint presentation (in English, the common language), we headed out for the tour. Our guide was Kathleen Thompson, a British ex-pat who lives nearby.We stopped first at the biogas plant. Technicians from EnviTec, the company that had installed the plant, were doing routine maintenance. Kathleen explained that the farmers who cooperatively manage the plant typically handle day-to-day issues, but that every 2,000 hours (roughly every 3 months), professional technicians give the plant a tuneup.On a daily basis, corn silage, rye grain, and manure slurry are fed into a mixer, and then piped to the fermenting tank where the substrate remains for fifty days. Pipes conveying warm or cool water regulate the temperature in the tank, and the bacterial composition of the substrate is carefully monitored. Fermentation gas consisting mostly of methane and CO2 is collected from the top of the fermenter and piped to the CHP plant.The biogas is burned in the engine of the CHP plant to power a generator that creates electricity which is then fed into the public grid. Heat from this process is transferred to the district heating system via water pipes. The sludge that remains after the substrate has been fermented is a high quality fertilizer that the farmers spread on their fields.The entire process is automated, for the most part. Daily responsibility for the biogas plant rotates among the farmers, who typically check on the operation several times a day.
“But this was the best fight I had against her, maybe next time I can get back at her,” said the Rio Olympian.READ: Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer “No regrets. It was a good fight. I did my best,” said Alora who in the third round of the middleweight final tried frantically to score but still can’t find her range.Her defeat came after Francis Aaron Agojo fell to Vietnamese Nguyen Van Duy, 30-17, in the men’s bantamweight semfiinals.Agojo barged to the semis with a dominating 35-5 win over Cambodia’s Va Mithona.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next What she can’t solve?READ: Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Her height. I tried to intercept but every time she has (arms and legs) sticking to me,” said the 27-year-old, five-foot-8 Alora in Filipino.Seavmey is reigning Asian Games champion and just also recently defeated Alora in the Asian Championship/Olympic qualifying held in the Philippines. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ But he found himself in the same bracket as the Vietnamese who dealt him a defeat in the gold medal match two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine taekwondo team will go home with two golds—via men’s poomsae team and Samuel Morrison in men’s lightweight—three silvers and four bronzes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Faced with an enemy four inches taller, Filipino top taekwondo bet Kirstie Elaine Alora lost a 14-6 decision to settle for silver in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Alora tried to fight through the outstretched arms of 6-foot Cambodian Sorn Seavmey up to the last second but still fell short against the opponent that has beaten her four times already.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford captain Deeney: Liverpool still miss Coutinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney feels Liverpool still miss Philippe Coutinho.The Reds sold the Brazilian play-maker for £142million a year ago to Barcelona.Deeney told BBC Radio 5Live after Liverpool’s loss to Man City on Thursday night: “The big difference between the two [teams] is Liverpool lose a Coutinho, Man City don’t lose players. Man City, they let you go when they’re good and ready.”They don’t lose players, I think that’s a huge ingredient as well where if they had a Coutinho they would play him in front of those two holders and then it’s a different dynamic to that whole midfield.”Because all of the players that have been mentioned can get across the ground, they can all cover the distance but have they got that little bit of magic that a Coutinho might have?”Can he whip a free-kick in the top corner that changes the game on its head? So that’s a big difference as well that City don’t lose players, people go on their terms, we’re talking about one per-cent here.”We’re talking about the best two teams in our league, if not in Europe and you can’t make arguments for them being the best.”They lost one player to make a better team but do you add to that to get more quality but you lose the team effect? It’s a real tough situation.”
Man Utd manager Solskjaer hails ‘man-of-the-match’ Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with the performance of James Garner and Brandon Williams in the 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.The two teenagers were thrown into the deep end in Serbia, with Solskjaer giving his man-of-the-match vote to fullback Williams.He said: “I thought Jimmy grew into the game, did really well in the end got tired in the end which is normal. And Brandon MOTM absolutely excellent, fantastic attitude, great defending, great in the air, gets us the pen by driving the ball forward, brace, we have found a left back there.”The atmosphere was excellent, intimidating but we gave them loads of encouragement our players had to step up and calm the crowd down we couldn’t but Brandon I don’t think he put a foot wrong.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say