Emergency authorization for peramivir draws fast response

first_imgOct 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Requests to use the intravenous (IV) antiviral drug peramivir in hospitalized H1N1 flu patients came quickly after the government issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) Oct 23, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said today.”We released the peramivir [EUA] at 8 p.m. Friday, which is not a great time, but the feeling was we wanted to get this approved and get the drug moving as quickly as possible,” Dr. Philip J. Peters said during an educational teleconference for clinicians today.”We have had several inquiries and have sent it out to, I believe, five hospitals so far,” he said.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the peramivir EUA to make an IV antiviral drug available for H1N1 flu patients in response to a CDC request. The existing antivirals indicated for H1N1 are oseltamivir (Tamiflu), taken orally, and zanamivir (Relenza), which is inhaled. Those routes of administration may not be feasible for critically ill patients, especially those on ventilators.Peramivir, like oseltamivir and zanamivir, is a neuraminidase inhibitor. It is in clinical trials and has not yet gained FDA approval for general use. The FDA has been considering issuing an emergency authorization for several months, and interest in using it in severely ill H1N1 patients has grown as the pandemic has spread across the country.Under the EUA, clinicians who want to use peramivir must fill out a set of forms available on the CDC Web site and fax them to the agency.Previously, clinicians who wanted to use the drug for H1N1 patients faced a more involved process called an emergency-use investigational new drug (EIND) application. The drug was used in a few patients under those rules, according to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer, and other experts.”I know there are a few who have gotten better, who got it under an emergency use IND,” Dr. Richard Whitley, president-elect of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, told CIDRAP News last week. But he said it took 48 to 72 hours to obtain the drug under the EIND rules.Under the new EUA, the CDC will draw peramivir from the Strategic National Stockpile and send it to the requesting physician’s hospital free of charge, Peters said today.The FDA’s EUA letter calls on the CDC to send the drug to hospitals “as soon as possible within 24 hours of CDC’s decision” to provide it.In a news release about the authorization, BioCryst said it has transferred enough peramivir for 1,200 treatment courses to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The donation was made under the company’s development contract with HHS.”BioCryst has worked with HHS to enable the government to rapidly deploy an initial supply of peramivir, and we are prepared to deliver more,” Jon P. Stonehouse, BioCryst chief executive officer, said in the release.The company said it is completing production of about 130,000 treatment courses to prepare for orders it may receive from the United States or other governments. A treatment course is 600 milligrams (mg) once a day for 5 days.The FDA letter says the “totality of scientific evidence” indicates that IV peramivir may be effective in H1N1 patients and that “there is no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the emergency use of peramivir administered intravenously for the treatment of 2009 H1N1 in certain adult and pediatric patients.”The EUA permits use of peramivir only in hospitalized patients, Peters noted in today’s Clinical Outreach and Communication Update (COCA) call.In clinical trials so far, peramivir has yielded outcomes similar to those for the other neuraminidase inhibitors, Peters said. One study showed comparable results for patients who received a single IV dose of peramivir and patients who received oral oseltamivir for 5 days, he reported.”The dose we’re recommending is 600 mg once a day, given intravenously, for 5 to 10 days,” he said. A CDC fact sheet for clinicians provides pediatric dosing recommendations based on modeling, as no pharmacokinetic studies have been done in children, he added.Adverse events in patients given peramivir have included diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and neutropenia, Peters reported. Physicians who use the drug under the EUA will be asked to report any serious adverse events.”We don’t anticipate that there’ll be resistance problems with peramivir,” which seems to have a resistance profile similar to that of oseltamivir, Peters said. He noted that 9 oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 isolates have been found among more than 1,000 tested in the United States. Most of the resistant viruses were from patients with severe immunosuppression.In response to a question, Peters said an IV formulation of zanamivir exists but is in a much earlier stage of clinical testing than peramivir. Under EIND rules, the formulation has been used in several patients because of concern about possible resistance to oseltamivir, he said.”Peramivir and zanamivir are really two separate issues; it’s not that one would be approved [for an EUA] and not the other,” he commented. “With the body of evidence available at this time, the FDA felt there was enough information available on safety and efficacy to approve peramivir. Zanamivir could be approved in the future.”So far, between 6% and 25% of hospitalized H1N1 patients have required intensive care unit placement, Peters reported. He said three different types of clinical presentations have been seen in those cases: primary viral pneumonia, invasive bacterial co-infections, and a worsening of organ dysfunction in patients who had poor cardiopulmonary reserve because of preexisting conditions.See also: CDC information on peramivir EUAhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/eua/peramivir.htmOct 15 CIDAP News story “FDA faces decision about use of peramivir for H1N1”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges USDA Support of Vital Pennsylvania Agriculture Sectors

first_img Economy,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health ‘Industry and all who rely on its products counting on a plan’Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to immediately publish a plan to support agriculture producers, food processors, workers, and local food systems, regardless of size of operation. The $9.5 billion included in the CARES Act – at Perdue’s discretion to distribute across dairy, livestock, specialty crop sectors, horticulture, and restaurants – has the potential to ensure Pennsylvania remains a national leader in agriculture.“We need Secretary Perdue to publish a plan that includes resources, guidance, and protection for the industry that is working to provide for Pennsylvanians and Americans despite the risk, stress, and uncertainty of our current pandemic,” said Wolf. “Pennsylvania’s farm families are working hard to sustain life; we need immediate federal action to sustain agriculture because every day, we rely on it.“In addition to critical financial support, the industry relies on skilled labor to perform essential duties and keep the supply chain strong,” added Wolf. “We can’t have the fruits of their labor going to waste during a time when so many are experiencing food insecurity as they stay home to save lives.”The full letter is as follows:As COVID 19 continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives, I write to request your immediate action on behalf of vital agricultural and food industries within Pennsylvania, as well as the many Pennsylvanians who are experiencing food insecurity because they must stay home to save lives.From the start of my administration’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, I designated agriculture and the entire food supply chain as essential and life-sustaining. As is the case across the country, Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, food processors and manufacturers, and grocery store workers are among the many heroes working on the frontlines to keep Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world fed, despite great risk, stress, and uncertainty. We must come together as a nation to defeat and recover from this virus. Our recovery and our national security are impossible without the certainty of a safe, secure, and available food supply.I ask that USDA take swift and decisive action to publicize and implement a plan to immediately and equitably stabilize the agriculture industry, and to support agriculture producers, food processors, workers, and local food systems, regardless of size of operation. This plan must include resources, guidance, and protection for these workers. Every sector of agriculture, food processing, distribution, retail, grocery stores, and farmers markets are negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need support. Specifically, I ask that you provide immediate support in the following ways:Direct Support through the CARES ActThe $9.5 billion included in the CARES Act – that is at your discretion to distribute across dairy, livestock, specialty crop sectors, horticulture industries, and restaurants – has the potential to ensure that Pennsylvania remains a nation-leader in agriculture. This funding must be used wisely to mitigate against the disruption to supply chains and markets to help our farmers, producers, and processors, including immediate access to capital for our small businesses, farm families, and agriculture industries. Pennsylvania’s recommendations for direct support though the CARES Act include the following:Livestock, Poultry, and Meat and Food Processing Support:Pennsylvania is home to many livestock and poultry markets and meat processors, processing beef, poultry, and swine on behalf of Pennsylvania farmers and farmers from many surrounding states. We also have many food processers in all categories that take raw agricultural products and turn them into food or other important products for a safe food supply. These processors need immediate support to help cover expenses above and beyond normal operating costs, so that they can provide critical protections to their workers and modify their operations to continue providing nutrition for the United States and a market for our farmers. Livestock and poultry farmers that have experienced processing disruptions must be immediately reimbursed for lost income and increased mitigation expenses.Dairy Farmers and Processors:Pennsylvania and New York jointly petitioned you on behalf of our dairy industries, as dairy is the largest sector of agriculture in Pennsylvania. Our dairy farmers and dairy processors were among the first businesses within agriculture that were most immediately impacted by supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19. Immediate support to dairy is critical and must include direct payments to farmers, loans and support to dairy processors, immediate purchases of dairy products and distribution through the charitable food system, and risk management options through the Dairy Protection Program. My administration and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have provided bipartisan support to our dairy industry to help weather the past five years of challenges. Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose its dairy farmers or dairy processors, and we need your immediate assistance on behalf of this industry.Horticulture and the Green Industry:The horticulture industry, including greenhouses, floriculture, and garden centers, have been especially harmed by the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, spring is planting season for homeowners and gardeners, as well as the time that many celebrate religious holidays with beautiful, high-quality flower arrangements grown by small businesses in Pennsylvania. The social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation steps necessary to save lives and protect our healthcare system from being overwhelmed have meant that many businesses in the green and horticulture industries have had to unexpectedly close their physical operations or transition to alternative delivery models just as they were preparing to start the busiest season of the year. The sales made now are critical to sustain their businesses throughout the year. These losses must be immediately covered through USDA assistance, and every support must be provided to small businesses that may not historically have worked with or benefitted from USDA programs.Specialty Crops:Immediate purchases of specialty crops, such as mushrooms, fruits, vegetables, and other specialty crops to support the charitable food system and ensure food does not go to waste. These farmers must be compensated for lost crops due to COVID-19 disruptions.Equitable Support for Lost Markets and Financial and Technical Support for Transition to Alternative Delivery Models:The necessary shutdown of food service institutions and our general way of life has disrupted many traditional businesses within agriculture outlined above but also those in new or niche markets such hydroponics, aquaponics, small-scale production of specialty food products for restaurants and farmers markets, agritourism, urban agriculture, and other small businesses that support local food systems. It is critical that USDA provide direct support to those agri-businesses and farmers who may not typically receive or seek federal support through USDA but who are critical to local and state economies. It is also imperative that USDA provide support to the end markets for many agri-businesses, including restaurants. Pennsylvania is home to many farm-to-table restaurants and other food service institutions that take pride in procuring high-quality, local, and specialty products from our Pennsylvania farmers. Our farmers also provide these products to neighboring markets in New York, Washington D.C., and the entire U.S. As small and large businesses scramble to react to the ever-changing marketplace, USDA must provide financial and technical support to help agri-businesses and farmers explore and transition to new delivery models.Ensuring an Adequate WorkforceIn addition to support through funding, we need your support in the way of our workforce. Now more than ever, the labor demands of Pennsylvania agriculture are high. The H2A program provides skilled workers that sustain Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector and perform essential duties that keep our supply chain strong. I strongly urge you not to cut adverse effect wage rates for these workers. At a time when many critical infrastructure sectors are voluntarily providing hazard pay in recognition of the heroic sacrifices of front-line employees within the food and agriculture sectors, it is more important than ever to maintain living wages for all workers in agriculture. In addition, at a time of unprecedented unemployment, lowering wages in agriculture will only serve to disadvantage this industry as it looks to hire additional workers and compete with other industries. I am proud of those agriculture and food processing employers in Pennsylvania that have been paying far above the federal minimum wage for years, and many of these are employers who participate in the H2A program. It is unconscionable to consider breaking from a contracted wage rate for workers who are risking their lives to grow and harvest the food every American relies on for survival.Providing Mental Health ResourcesAnother way that USDA can support our farm families and agriculture industry workforce is through mental health resources and services. The COVID 19 pandemic has quickly reshaped and disrupted our daily routines, changing nearly every aspect of how Pennsylvanians live. The agriculture community continues to provide unwavering service to this nation, compounding the stress and anxiety in this uncertain time. I ask that funding and resources be available for mental health services for the agricultural and restaurant sectors authorized in the CARES Act, a critical need to support those who are working so hard to support us.Protecting our Most Vulnerable CitizensAs we look to support our farmers, USDA must provide every possible flexibility within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to maximize the buying power of SNAP recipients. More people in the nation are experiencing food insecurity than ever before. Improving existing nutrition programs can help to address this issue, while also creating a new market outlet for our farm goods. In order to maximize the buying power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, USDA must reconsider its interpretation of section 2302 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to allow an additional emergency allotment to all households, up to the maximum benefit for their household size. Currently, USDA maintains that households that receive the maximum benefits will not receive any additional SNAP assistance. This means nearly 40 percent of SNAP households and those with the lowest incomes, will not receive any additional assistance despite real need and funding availability.USDA must use every tool in its toolbox to support our most vulnerable citizens experiencing even more stress due to COVID-19, while helping to balance the food supply chain according to the congressional intent of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. During a time of national crisis, when our most vulnerable citizens are going without while farmers are forced to dump safe and nutritious products because of supply chain disruptions, it is unconscionable to consider that aid and support be withheld from those most in need when USDA has the authority and ability to help both.Thank you for your assistance during this pandemic. Our nation’s reliance on a strong and vibrant food and agriculture industry has been revealed through this public health emergency; and while we’re up to the challenge, the support outlined here is essential to weather this storm.The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and New York Department of Agriculture and Markets also recently submitted a letter to Secretary Perdue urging the USDA to use federal stimulus funds to assist the states’ dairy industries affected by COVID-19.“New York and Pennsylvania remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting our citizens from COVID19 and to supporting our dairy producers and processors, as well as the rest of the food supply chain. We ask that USDA take immediate action to ensure those who are going hungry because they are staying home to save lives can access food that would otherwise be wasted unnecessarily. USDA must make an immediate investment in our dairy industries today to ensure that we have a future food supply. We must come together to rebuild our nation, and our farmers must be supported today so that they can continue to feed us in the years to come,” wrote Pennsylvania Secretary Russell Redding and New York Commissioner Richard Ball.View Governor Wolf’s letter as a PDF here or on Scribd.View the Department of Agriculture’s letter as a PDF here or on Scribd.For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.View this information in Spanish. April 15, 2020 Governor Wolf Urges USDA Support of Vital Pennsylvania Agriculture Sectorscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brisbane’s unit landscape evolves with smarter green spaces

first_imgMatthew Franzmann says the first thing to consider when designing your apartment garden was weather conditions.When it comes to designing a garden for your apartment balcony, Form Landscape Architects are leaders in the industry having designed for such developments as Sunland’s Grace on Coronation and Billbergia’s Skytower.Form Landscape Architects designed landscaped spaces at The Yards, Brisbane.Form Landscape Architect principal Matthew Franzmann said the first thing to consider when designing your garden was weather conditions.“Balconies in apartment developments are generally elevated and exposed to relatively harsh conditions in the form of direct sun, winds, and sometimes driving rain,” Mr Fanzmann said.“Every balcony is different, and understanding that will help you select appropriate plant species.”He said once that was understood, you could select plants to suit.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly core index October 201800:34“In the harsh conditions that are generally experienced on balconies and the limited space that is typically provided, succulents are an excellent low maintenance option,” he said.Form Landscape Architects designed outdoor spaces at the South City Square development.“These species could include jade plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, dragon tree and agave species.“For those balconies on the southern shaded side of a building it’s a great opportunity to have a lush subtropical palette of plants that could include fiddle leaf fig, xanadu, white bird of paradise and grape ivy.”Mr Franzmann said selecting pots for balcony spaces could be challenging.“Consideration needs to be given to available space, watering requirements, and the type of plants that will be used,” he said.>>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<“For very tight spaces consider green wall gardens, but keep in mind that these dry out faster than most and require more intensive maintenance and watering.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoLike any garden, he said regular watering was key to its success.“Balconies rarely have a direct water supply so plants in pots will require hand watering,” he said.Form Landscape Architects designed outdoor spaces at the South City Square development.“The regularity of watering is dependent on the plant selection and the size and type of pots selected.“For example, it is wise to have larger pot sizes made of less porous material as these provide more soil volume and therefore better moisture retention for the plants.“Self-watering pots can also be used to minimise the regularity of the watering.”MORE:Celebrity’s plan to bring beautiful design to more homesMillenials changing the way their parents design homesFinally, Mr Franzmann said the selection of a high-quality potting mix was essential.“Look for potting mixes that have water retention additives and slow release fertiliser incorporated in the mix.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy The Block has been such a success00:35last_img read more

Japan’s Hokkaido Gas finalizes 10-year LNG deal with Mitsui

first_imgLNG World News taff The Ishikari LNG terminal (Image: Hokkaido Gas)Japan’s Hokkaido Gas has finalized a deal signed in September last year to purchase liquefied natural gas (LNG) from trading house Mitsui & Co.Under the deal signed on Wednesday, Hokkaido Gas will buy three LNG cargoes per year with a capacity of about 200,000 tonnes for a period of 10 years starting from 2019.The city gas supplier will receive the chilled fuel on an ex-ship basis at its Ishikari LNG import terminal on Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island.Hokkaido Gas did not specify any particular project from which the fuel would be supplied.According to a Hokkaido Gas statement, the contracted LNG supplies would come from various projects Mitsui is involved in.last_img read more

Severe weather pushes through listening area

first_imgPhoto from BrightBATESVILLE, Ind. — It was a loud night for many people throughout the listening area as severe thunderstorms pushed through last night.The first round of strong storms pushed through around midnight for many areas, but the storms were not severe.Many listeners woke up to severe thunderstorms this morning as the second round of storms began moving through around 5:00 AM.The National Weather Service issued several different severe thunderstorm warnings for the area.No major damage was reported, but 2-inch hail was reported in Sunman, and around 5,000 customers in the listening area were without power.Submit storm damage pictures including a description of when, where, and what to news@wrbiradio.com.last_img read more

How Ighalo, Fernandes saved Solskjaer’s job at Man Utd – Pundit

first_img Promoted Content10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket “They went to Tranmere in the cup, if they’d have lost that it could have been curtains for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “They won 6-0, Bruno Fernandes came in and they haven’t lost with him in the team. “Bruno Fernandes has coincided with the upturn, but it’s only seven or eight games. read also:Man Utd board: In  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer we trust “There’s a few ups and downs, and it depends on how you look at it. “It’s too early to say Solskjaer has turned a corner, he needs a lot longer than seven or eight games to prove that.” Bruno Fernandes to United was seemingly the transfer saga that would never end, but the Old Trafford club eventually landed their man from Sporting Lisbon after negotiating the price down to an initial £47million fee. Odion Ighalo was a loan deal much criticised by many, but both the on-loan Shanghai Shenhua man and Fernandes have started as a dream under Solskjaer. Between them, they’ve scored seven goals already, with Fernandes winning February’s PFA Premier League player of the month and Ighalo nominated for Uefa’s Europa League player of the week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, nearly lost his job earlier this season, thanks to the last-minute turn-around January transfer of Nigeria’s loanee, Odion Ighalo, and £46.6million hiring of Bruno Fernandes, according to ESPN pundit, Mark Ogden. Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in action for Man Utd From the start of January, however, Solskjaer was struggling – with his team losing four out of seven games across all competitions. Things began to turn at the end of the month, though, with United crushing Tranmere 6-0 in the FA Cup. Following on from that impressive win, the Red Devils have gone on an unbeaten run, with Fernandes also emerging as one of the best players in the league. And Ogden claims that the result in the cup and the addition of playmaker Fernandes were key to Solskjaer staying in charge. However, Ogden still thinks the United chief has a long way to go before things are all fine at Old Trafford again. “It is too early to start to say Solskjaer has turned things around.I remember at the end of January they lost 2-0 to Burnley and that was straight after the game against Liverpool where they lost in abject fashion. “Fans were starting to turn against the Glazers, the owners, and it was quite a moody time.last_img read more

Inter offers €10m for Victor Moses

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Inter Milan are on the verge of acquiring the services of Chelsea winger Victor Moses after manager Antonio Conte made a specific request for the club to sign the Nigeria international. Moses, 29, played under Conte when the Italian was in charge of Chelsea and has already expressed his positive opinion on the transfer and wants an immediate move to Inter. Fenerbahce, the club at which the Nigeria international is currently on loan, will not stand in the player’s way in moving to Italy. According to Sky Sport Italia, the African winger will return to Chelsea to be immediately loaned out to Inter until June for no cost. Inter have already made it known that they will not make a permanent move for Moses this month, but could revisit the situation in the summer if they deem him to have successfully adapted to Conte’s 3-5-2 formation. A fee of €10 million (£8.5 million) has been mooted as the figure which Inter will have to pay if they wish to acquire the player on a permanent basis in June. The Italian coach knows Moses very well and impressed Conte ahead of the 2016-17 season, for which he was rewarded with a regular spot at Chelsea in the wing-back role. The duo then went on to win the FA Cup in 2018 after beating Manchester United in the final at Wembley. Moses has only made six appearances for Fenerbahce this season but should he join Inter, he would follow Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in leaving the Premier League for Serie A. In Chelsea colours, Moses has played 78 games, scoring eight goals and assisting 8 times in the last 24 months. Antonio Conte has been incredibly active this month in the market and Moses may not be the last of this January market. Chief among those targets are Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen and Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud. However, while Jose Mourinho insists that Spurs have received no offer for Eriksen, the Serie A side are believed to be confident about signing the Premier League pair.Tags: Antonio ConteChelseaInter MilanVictor Moseslast_img read more

Wenger ready for battle

first_img The Magpies have suffered five consecutive defeats to slip down towards mid-table and put scrutiny on the position of manager Alan Pardew, who will return to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban. By contrast, Arsenal have secured back-to-back defeats following their dramatic FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan at Wembley to take control of securing Champions League qualification ahead of Everton, who lost ground after defeat at Southampton on Saturday. Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must prepare for a battle and forget about Newcastle’s poor recent form ahead of Monday night’s clash at the Emirates Stadium. Given their current form, the Magpies would appear to have little chance of stopping the rot at the Emirates Stadium, despite the return of Moussa Sissoko to the squad after injury. Hatem Ben Arfa is fit too, but has found himself out of favour in recent weeks amid rumours of a bust-up with the manager. However, Pardew is confident that his team can have a say in the shake-up at both ends of the table during what remains of a difficult campaign, with Cardiff and Liverpool also still to play. Asked about the prospects for achieving Mike Ashley’s goal, he said: “I hope we can get the results that we need. “Maybe three, maybe four points will probably secure it, and we need to get those in three tough games. “They have all got something on them. We can be a real hindrance to Arsenal and Liverpool, and Cardiff as well, so that’s what we have to focus on, ourselves really.” In the short term, ending a depressing run of results and winning over critics will be the only aim, with the manager admitting they have simply not been good enough in recent weeks. Pardew, who saw his team lose 2-1 to Swansea at the death last weekend, said: “We need a result, of course we do. Every game in the Premier League is very important, whether you are the Newcastle manager or the Arsenal manager. “What I do know is for us, our recent run has not been good enough for our fans – they have made that very, very clear – and it certainly hasn’t been good enough for me and my staff, and I include the players in that. “They are desperate to get a win and I think a little bit of desperation last week cost us the game because what we did towards the end of the game was a sign of a team that hasn’t won for a while. “We just need to get it all right and, if we can get it all right, we can get a result, even at Arsenal.” Wenger, though, urged against any sense of complacency. “You know that Newcastle have quality, so of course we have to prepare like we will face a Premier League battle,” the Arsenal manager said. “The exciting thing in the Premier League is that everybody fights for every game and we have to prepare for that. “We have come back [with] a better display in our offensive quality which brings confidence, so that is what we want to build on now.” Captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to be available again after sitting out the 3-0 win at Hull with a hamstring problem. Midfielder Abou Diaby made a welcome return from a serious knee injury when he played for the under-21 side in midweek, but will not be rushed back after reporting a minor groin problem. Newcastle looked odds-on to secure a top-half finish when they trounced Stoke 5-1 at St James’ Park on Boxing Day, but the wheels have fallen off since. They have lost their last five league games and 12 of the last 17 to claim a paltry return of 13 points from a possible 51. That record sent them into the weekend in ninth place, but only two points better off than the Potters in 10th. Press Associationlast_img read more

Slaven Bilic rues wasteful West Ham finishing in draw with West Brom

first_imgSlaven Bilic admitted West Ham’s wasteful finishing cost them as they were pegged back by Rickie Lambert in a 1-1 draw against West Brom. The Hammers led through Mauro Zarate’s superb first-half free-kick and had plenty of chances to extend their lead. But Cheikhou Kouyate, Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho missed decent opportunities while Boaz Myhill made two fine saves to deny Manuel Lanzini. And they were made to pay five minutes after the interval when half-time substitute Lambert’s shot was deflected in by Winston Reid to earn the visitors a point. “It’s a fair result over 90 minutes, they deserved something from the second half – but in the first half we should have been more than 1-0 up,” said Upton Park boss Bilic. “After the goal until the end of the first half we created three or four chances, and their ‘keeper made some great saves. “At half-time we were pleased with the way we had played. But by four o’clock I was not pleased with the result.” Bilic’s problems in front of goal were compounded when his main striker Sakho limped off with a thigh injury which could sideline him for some time. “We are still waiting until the specialists see him, but it doesn’t look good,” added Bilic. “It’s a big blow for us, he’s a key player.” West Ham went ahead in the 17th minute when Zarate curled a free-kick up and over Albion’s defensive wall and into the top corner. Press Association But Kouyate glanced Aaron Cresswell’s cross wide, Moses blazed over, Jonny Evans blocked Sakho’s goalbound effort and Myhill twice denied the Lanzini to keep the deficit at one. And West Ham were made to pay for those missed chances five minutes after the interval when a half-cleared cross fell to Lambert, who fired the rebound straight at the arm of Hammers skipper Reid. Lambert immediately appealed for a penalty but quickly changed his tune as he saw the ball bouncing past wrong-footed keeper Adrian and into the net. Even then Moses had a chance to win it for the hosts two minutes from the end, but he volleyed Lanzini’s chip across goal and wide. West Brom manager Tony Pulis saluted Lambert, who this time last year was still a regular in the England squad but now finds himself kicking his heels on the Baggies’ bench. “We were fortunate to get in the dressing room at half-time only 1-0 down, and then it was time for Rickie,” said Pulis. “He’s a great professional. He has not played as much as he would have liked but his attitude is fantastic. The lads want to play and that’s something you have to deal with. “Rickie is a throwback to the times when footballers cared about football, and he cares. He has been a terrific signing for this football club.” last_img read more

Courtside: Presenting the Democratic candidates as sports figures

first_imgContrary to the Sanders/LeBron dichotomy in which a middle-ground stance is nonexistent and essentially forbidden, that dynamic doesn’t play out with Klobuchar or Leonard. In fact, most people I know lack an opinion about either. Neither is very hated (outside of the state of Texas), but neither is really worshipped (in the United States). Plus, did you see the way Klobuchar defended herself against Pete Buttigieg’s relentless attacks in Wednesday’s Democratic debate? That’s worthy of a Defensive Player of the Year Award — or two.  There’s a lot happening in the world of sports right now, especially in Los Angeles. The NBA second half is about to kick off and the Lakers and Clippers are gunning for a top seed. Two USC basketball teams are playing key games down the stretch and making their cases for the NCAA Tournament. The MLB is a shitshow and the Dodgers are indirectly involved in that, for obvious trash-can- and 2017-World-Series-related reasons. If I’m being honest, Klobuchar is about as entertaining of a speaker as Leonard. The monotone, often expressionless and rather mundane style serves as a constant reminder that Leonard isn’t here to have fun, just to play basketball — and, in Klobuchar’s case, run for president.  What do these two things, sports and the primaries, have to do with each other? Honestly, pretty much nothing. But I do understand that the various going-ons of the sports world can be so time consuming that it’s hard to be fully informed about the various going-ons of the political world. For all you sports fiends out there faced with this predicament, fear not — here’s each relevant candidate described as a sports figure in a half-assed attempt to make things easier to understand.  There’s also another important thing going on in the world, and it’s about to take L.A. and California by storm: the Democratic primary. (Wait, don’t lose me, I understand this is a sports column. I’ll get there.)  Both of them are quite experienced, they both have lost in the finals, and they’ll both earn their spot in the next “final” of their respective fields. Ooh! A dual prediction!  Sen. Elizabeth Warren — Kevin Durant Michael Bloomberg — New York Yankees I’m not knocking the basketball talent or the political smarts. But the hype is way too high. No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft? F-cking president? Y’all need to relax.  Both were once far more popular than they are today, and both are becoming even more unpopular by the minute. But, alas, they’re still quite relevant in their fields — for better, or, more likely, for worse. You either love or you hate LeBron, and the same applies to Bernie. Seriously, have you ever heard someone express a neutral opinion about the Lakers superstar or the Vermont senator? Didn’t think so. Whichever side you stand on, you can’t deny they’re both remarkably consistent. LeBron has been an MVP candidate essentially every year for the past decade, and Sanders probably holds the record for fewest flip-flops of any politician, ever. Rich. They think they can spend their way to the top, and honestly, they may not be wrong. Judging by the most recent national polls, Bloomberg has a shot to win this thing, and the Yankees certainly have a shot to take home the title in 2020 as well. Spending ridiculous sums of money on ads, spending ridiculous sums of money on Gerrit Cole. Money talks, I guess.  Look, the promise is undeniably there. But come on, what has he actually done? Australian basketball? Mayor of South Bend? Lithuanian basketball? Please.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar — Kawhi Leonard Joe Biden — Clay Helton Sen. Bernie Sanders — LeBron James Pete Buttigieg — LaMelo Ball  Both Warren and Durant have been labeled by many angry followers of their respective fields as snakes, and, to be honest, it’s not a totally outlandish statement.  Both of them were in prominent positions of quite successful teams just a few years ago, and at one point, some people thought they were both the guy. But recently, it’s becoming more and more obvious that their positive images were an illusion, created by someone else who actually was great and just took them along for the ride. Barack Obama, meet Sam Darnold.  But once you move past that and realize that their snake-like tendencies are blown way out of proportion, what you’ll find is actually quite impressive. Durant is pretty damn good at basketball; Warren is smart, prepared and knows what she’s talking about. Don’t tell your friends you like either of them, though — it’s not “cool.”  Both say a lot of things that make you go, what? Did he really just say that? They both often make you wonder if they really know what’s going on. Yes, Warren slightly backstabbed longtime pal Sanders for comments that she may have twisted and taken out of context; yes, Durant ditched his good friend Russell Westbrook and slightly snaked on the Thunder in 2016; yes, both of these moves were done with bigger goals in mind: Warren, the White House; Durant, a ring. What else does money do? It makes people hate you. If Bloomberg didn’t have the money, no one would be talking about his past racism or sexism because he wouldn’t be relevant. If the Yankees didn’t have the money, they’d be just another franchise — not the hated-by-everyone-except-Yankees-fans organization that they are.  I acknowledge this exercise was totally worthless. When the primaries roll around, don’t rely on my stupid column, do your own damn research. But, if you take away one thing, let it be this: Joe Biden gives off insane Clay Helton vibes. Nathan Ackerman is a sophomore writing about sports and sociopolitics. He is also an associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Courtside,” runs every Friday.last_img read more