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first_img “It’s a mirror, Leicester and Watford,” Ranieri said. “Like us, they are strong and they play very well in counter attack and press a lot.” Watford have improved in recent weeks and last week defeated a West Ham team which had a week before beaten champions Chelsea. Ranieri is wary, with the Hornets improving under Quique Sanchez Flores, who succeeded the Italian at Valencia 10 years ago. Of course the Foxes are improving too under Ranieri, who succeeded Nigel Pearson last summer. The former Chelsea boss said: “Now arrives a very particular team. “In the last six matches away they were very, very strong (losing once). Be careful. Beware. “They are at the beginning, because they’ve been working together for three months. They I’m sure will get better. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes there are startling similarities between his side and Saturday’s opponents Watford. “They started not so well at the beginning. It’s normal (when you) change the coach, change a lot of players. “Now they are in very good condition. It will be a very interesting match.” Leicester have relied on second-half rallies of late and Ranieri says that is only natural in the nature of the Premier League. “We try to start very well, but of course at the beginning all the matches are a little more tactical and slowly, slowly arrives English football,” he said. “It’s more open, box to box, all the matches, then it’s an open match and anything could happen.” The Foxes are third after six wins and one loss in their opening 11 games ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Hornets at the King Power Stadium. Leicester have a strong home record – their only defeats in 12 at home have been against title-chasing Chelsea last term and Arsenal – while Watford have one loss in six away from Vicarage Road, at Manchester City. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img“In other developments, a financial institution and real estate giants are on the verge of committing to both headline sponsors and real estate partners for the Abuja City International Marathon, this goes to show the commitment of the private sector in Nigeria to grow sports and encourage wellbeing’’The 50km ultra-distance race will be held on December 7, 2019 at Sagamu, Ogun State.Greatly supported by the Ogun state government and Valuejet Nigeria, the ultra-race will also feature a 5Km Fun Run open to everyone. Other sponsors include Valuejet Nigeria, SevenUp Bottling Company and Aquafina.Registration is free, as interested participants can register on https://remointernationalultrarace.com.Keystone Bank, one of Nigeria’s premium banks operates with best practices and offers leading solutions and services to its clients and associates. The bank is known for convenient and reliable banking solutions that make banking a seamless experience.Ultra-distance race also called ultramarathon is longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres or 26.219 mi.The ultra-race is the first African Championship in IAU’s 35 years history. The race is set to open a new stage of development in ultra-distance running in Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Keystone Bank Limited has signed a major sponsorship deal with Nilayo Sports Management Ltd, the organizers of Valuejet IAU African Championship Remo 2019, Nigeria’s first ultra-distance race.The Managing Director of NSML, Bukola Olopade, said yesterday that: “Valuejet IAU African Championships is a trendsetter, the ultra-race is setting an excellent example for ultra-running on the continent, ultra-runners from all across IAU member countries will be visiting Nigeria to compete in the African Championships.“Keystone Bank, a bank that values excellence has chosen to partner with us to make history together, the bank recognizes the importance of athletics in the development of the country and this sponsorship will go a long way in contributing to the success of the event”last_img read more

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first_imgThe defending champions were comfortable for long periods, with McKennie getting on the end of a Christian Pulisic cross for the game’s only goal.The result saw the US reach the semifinals of the tournament for the 10th straight time.USA started well as Pulisic went close twice in the opening four minutes.The attacker fired wide after a driving run before then being denied by Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who made a superb save to tip over a Pulisic effort from close range after Paul Arriola’s cross from the left.Curacao managed to settle after the early scares, but the US found a deserved opener through McKennie’s second international goal.Pulisic cut in from the left before clipping a cross to the back post, where McKennie headed in.With his 1st goal of the 2019 @GoldCup, @WMckennie secures the lead for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/Kj4STneecC— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019While USA appeared to be in control, Curacao threatened at different times, with defender Darryl Lachman heading a corner over three minutes before half-time.The US made a slow start to the second half before Pulisic almost doubled their lead, shooting just wide from the edge of the area.However, Curacao looked the more dangerous of the two teams throughout the second half, while Gyasi Zardes blazed over the crossbar for USA in the 79th minute.Curacao continued to enjoy periods in possession late on, with Leandro Bacuna almost scoring a stunning equalizer in the 84th minute, his 25-yard effort wonderfully saved by Zack Steffen.What does it mean? Repeat of 2017 decider setJamaica have been runners-up at the past two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and shape as a threat to the US in the last four. Jordan Morris scored a late winner in the 2017 final between the nations.Pulisic shines in home stateThe Chelsea attacker was bright from the outset in his home state of Pennsylvania. Pulisic set up McKennie’s goal and was a constant threat for USA, going close on numerous occasions. The United States edged into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals after a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia on Sunday.Weston McKennie’s first-half header lifted USA past the minnows in their quarter-final clash at Lincoln Financial Field. The math checks out- @cpulisic_10 + @WMckennie =  1:0 pic.twitter.com/YB6r1wN20r— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019USA continue to stand up defensivelyThe team’s defensive work could be what makes them CONCACAF Gold Cup favorites, given Mexico’s struggles in the past two games. The US have yet to concede in four games at the tournament while scoring 12 times.What’s next?USA will face Jamaica in a semifinal in Nashville on Wednesday, while Curacao can look forward to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September.last_img read more

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first_imgDES MOINES — The State Board of Education took the first step Wednesday in approving changes to the rules governing the use of seclusion rooms in Iowa schools.There were concerns about three main issues when changes were first proposed, and the board voted down the first version of the rules in August to allow time for more public input without having to start from scratch.Board of Education lawyer, Nicole Proesch, says one key point changes the language that tells teachers when they should act to put a student in a seclusion room.  “People said you have to get rid of the term serious physical injury. When you look at criminal code and when you look at IDEA, the definition for serious physical injury was loss of use of body part, dismemberment, disfigurement or possible death,” Proesch says.Administrators told Proesch they were worried the language would keep teachers and staff from taking action. “Even when they should, because they’re going to say ‘I’m not sure if what that student is going to do is going to cause serious injury. I am going to bow out and I’m not going to step in,” Proesch says. She says they looked at several definitions and settled on using bodily injury.Proesch says they talked with administrators and education groups about the change. “And they felt more comfortable with that because they felt that it would give teachers more room to use their judgment,” Proesch says, “And not have to second-guess whether it was going to result in some serious injury causing death.”Nicole Proesch and David Tilley present the rule changes.The rule for notifying parents is changed from the current requirement that parents are notified within ten minutes to let them know within an hour after the incident is over. Ed Department deputy director, David Tilley says teachers felt that ten minute rule created some issues. “Now the time clock starts once the issue is resolved and under control,” Tilley says. “That eliminated a lot of the educators worry that you’re going to put me in a position between maintaining and helping this kid — versus going and notifying a parent.”Proesch says parents said they could not always be reached at work during the day and that created issues. The rule also says parents must be notified no later than the end of the school day.  “The original rules as they currently sit are end of school day. So, if we don’t change anything it is the end of the day. Some administrators came to us and said to leave it as it is. We’ve actually up the ante by saying an hour after it has ended,” Proesch says.The last big change that was a point of concern in the public hearings and input was the size and type of rooms. Proesch says administrators felt two years currently given to make changes is not enough. “That’s why we extended that out, and then we also changed the room size a little bit, modified it down just so that A: it would make it a little bit easier for some schools that have rooms already. And we were also taking into consideration about some of the comments we received about how big it really needs to be and what works,” according to Proesch.The changes on room size were included to prevent the seclusion rooms from simply being a broom closet.  “We’ve had incidents where that has occurred — and those ere the incidents that we are trying to prevent,” Proesch says. “When we look at the rules and we look at things in here that says it has to comply with heating, ventilation, lighting, accessibility, dimensions, it has to be habitable. It shouldn’t be a utility closet that has chemicals sitting on the floor.”Tilley says the hope is that they rooms never have to be used. “The goal of crisis intervention is de-escalation and the opportunity for kids to get themselves back together,” according to Tilley. “These should if they’re used therapeutically — should be used as little as possible, as short a time as possible.”Tilley says the total package of rules is intended to help ensure that happens in a safe manner. “Even those these were the three sticking points — it’s our perspective that there is a significant set of other changes that were made in these rules — about definitions, about training, about when seclusion and restraints should not be used,”Tilley says.The rules now go out for more comment with the first public hearing set for January 7th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the board room of the Board of Education office in Des Moines.Here are the proposed rules: Seclusion Room Changes PDFlast_img read more

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