Strict monitoring of food labelling starts – GA-FDD head

first_img…defiance will lead to prosecution Both locally manufactured and imported food products are now under the microscope by the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) as it relates to the informative content that is available to consumers.This was revealed by the Director of the GA-FDD Marlan Cole on Saturday, who informed Guyana Times that the agency is currently on a mission to eliminate all food items which are incorrectly labelled or in some cases, labelled in a foreign language.“As long as these items are not in compliance as it relates to composition or the labelling requirement or their erroneous misleading as in terms of the label, they would be refused entry into the country,” Cole stated.Cole explained that while the organisation is not responsible for the number of foreign products which are imported in Guyana, they can impose a ban on a product which is not to the expected standards. These standards are there to ensure that the consumers are aware of the expiry and manufactured dates, the manufacturer and ingredients among other details which will ensure that quality products are bought and consumed.“We’re not concerned about foreign imported or locally manufactured food. We’re not a protective agency for industries. We’re here to facilitate trade and to protect the consumers so as long as foreign imported goods reach our labelling requirement composition and they’re not false or misleading and have adequate amount of information for the consumers, they would be allowed into the country.”Furthermore, he noted that all retail and wholesale entities are found supplying food items which are expired or incorrectly labelled in relation to the Food and Drugs Act will be subjected to prosecution.“Going forward now, anybody that is found on the other side of the law where food is concerned will submit to prosecution. In locally manufactured and imported products, the requisite standards would be subjected to our regulatory oversight,” the GAFDD Director informed.This decision comes in light of the fact that many businesses, both small and large, were found with food items that are below the regulated standards. In the recent times, some items such as Ovaltine and confection were banned from entering the country because of their labelling.Last week, the Food Safety Department (FSD) also announced the launch of a campaign to discontinue the ongoing epidemic of expired products from entering Guyanese households.One local businessman has since been charged for selling expired, foreign-labelled items.The Chief Meat and Food Inspector of the Food Safety Department (FSD), Onika Blackman had explained that many persons are unaware of the dangers expired food items can cause to humans once consumed. She noted that in many instances, vendors are warned that expired products are not to be sold but many are still found with these items.Stalls at the Stabroek Bazaar were raided in search for expired products from officials of the FSD. In this scenario, many vendors were found in possession of goods that are deemed unfit for consumption as they would’ve surpassed the expiry date. The items were seized and destroyed. In some cases, the consumer information was printed in a different language while in others, the dates were removed. The expiry of some products dated back to 2017.The public is advised to notify the department of any cases where expired products are sold so that there can be some intervention to prevent the scourge of selling expired products.last_img read more

Pesticide users urged to take care as exceedances rise in Donegal

first_imgDonegal farmers and other pesticide users are being urged to use best practices to protect drinking water.Irish Water has revealed that exceedances in pesticides are on the increase across the county, with two exceedances detected during 2018 in the River Eske Public Water Supply.While the water authority has assured that there is no threat to public health, they are calling on users of pesticides to be mindful when spraying their lands. These latest exceedances in Co Donegal follows on from previous exceedances noted in 2017 in the River Eske Public Water Supply and also the Killybegs Public Water Supply as well as low level detections in many other supplies.Eight different supplies in Co Donegal (Bundoran, Fanad East, Fanad West, Frosses /Inver, Letterkenny, Milford, Fullerton Dam and Rosses) have seen the herbicide MCPA and other pesticides such as Cypermethrin, Glyphosate and Fluroxypyr detected over the past two years. This has been mostly at very low levels.MCPA, which is commonly used to kill rushes on wet land, is the main offender in cases of exceedance. Careless storage, handling or improper application means it can easily end up in drinking water leading to breaches of the drinking water regulations.The regulations are so stringent that a single drop of pesticide is enough to breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for up to 30 kilometres. Pat O’Sullivan, Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “Irish Water is continuing its extensive investment programme to improve water and wastewater services in Ireland. Providing safe, clean drinking water for all is our first priority. In Ireland, the majority (82 per cent) of drinking water supplies come from surface water sources (water from rivers, lakes and streams). Such supplies are vulnerable to contamination from land and animal run-off.”Irish Water, working in partnership with the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group, would like to remind farmers and professional users of pesticides of the need to follow best practice in the application of pesticides such as MCPA on land, particularly near lakes and rivers used as drinking water sources.The basic steps in reducing pesticide risks are – Choose the right pesticide product (Note that products containing MCPA are NOT approved for use in weed-wipers.) Read and follow the product label Determine the right amount to purchase and use Don’t spray if rain or strong wind is forecast in the next 48 hours Make sure you are aware of the location of all nearby water courses Comply with any buffer zone specified on the product label to protect the aquatic environment. Mark out the specified buffer zone from the edge of the river or lake or other water course Never fill a sprayer directly from a water course or carry out mixing, loading or other handling operations beside a water course Avoid spills, stay well back from open drains and rinse empty containers 3 times into the sprayer. Store and dispose of pesticides and their containers properly.An information video has also been produced for the campaign:Pesticide users urged to take care as exceedances rise in Donegal was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:farmingIrish Waterpesticideslast_img read more

The growth of fish farming in South Africa

first_imgAquaculture presents South Africa with a more sustainable way of harvesting fish. The World Wildlife Fund of South Africa says our seas are overexploited. (Image: Industrial Development Corporation)• Centre studies South Africa’s oceans• Safer seas for Port Elizabeth’s marine life• Can Africa lead the way to a sustainable future?• South African consumers help rebuild fish stocks• Sea life explained for young explorersShamin ChibbaIt was a cool and windy spring afternoon in East London when the executive director of the Oceanwise fish farm, Liam Ryan, met Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) officials outside his office. As he led them to a nearby tank facility, his white overcoat flapped relentlessly in the gust coming in from the shores of Leaches Bay.“We are farming kabeljou on land,” he yelled into the wind. “It’s been green-listed by WWF-SASSI [Worldwide Fund for Nature-Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative] because our impact on the ocean and the species is minimal. We only used a handful of parent kob from the sea. Also, the sea water is used sparingly; 90% of it is recycled.”October is National Marine Month and one of the main focuses during the month is on finding more sustainable ways of harvesting seafood. Ryan said aquaculture was that solution. It is, perhaps, South Africa’s cure to over-exploitation of its waters.Oceanwise is located in the East London Industrial Development Zone and is a pioneer in South African aquaculture. It specialises in harvesting kabeljou, otherwise known as kob, and supplies major retailers such as Pick n Pay, Woolworths and Food Lovers Market. Oceanwise’s kabeljou is green-listed on the SASSI list, which means it is legal to buy. Wild caught kabeljou are protected and the WWF-SA discourages consumers from buying them. All of the 900 000 fish at the farm are descendants of 20 parent kob that came from the Sunday’s River area in Eastern Cape, just 40 kilometres east of Port Elizabeth.For each year of its pilot research, between 2004 and 2008, Oceanwise produced 400 000 fingerlings from those parents. Not only did it prove the venture would be profitable, but it also proved that aquaculture would significantly reduce the impact on marine life along South Africa’s shores.Oceanwise started farming in 2009. It was a slow process at first, with its first fish only reaching the market in 2011. “It had to be built up because it takes about five months to get to about 150 grams and about a year for full growth,” Ryan explained. Five years later, the farm produces as much as 25 tonnes of kabeljou for consumption every month. Innovative fish farming for less privilegedA Cape Town company is using fish farming to feed and empower the less privileged by providing them with fully functional fish farms made out of shipping containers.Alan Fleming, director of The Business Place, an entrepreneur development and assistance organisation in Philippi, Cape Town, designed the farm last year and describes it as “profitable, affordable, repeatable, transportable, lockable and stackable”. He said it was designed to provide a cash-poor collective or poorer urban families with an income and high quality protein right where they lived at an affordable price. The space required for the container was minimal, and it could operate on energy obtained from solar power.“I’m working with taking the operational expense of electricity out of the equation, and dumping into it a capital expenditure item of renewable energy. This adds R200 000 to the price. If it gives four people a permanent livelihood, then that means about R80 000 per livelihood.”Fleming said the farm could be stocked with tilapia, a hardy fish that feeds on phytoplankton, a microscopic plant. Part of the World Wildlife Fund’s pocket guide to purchasing fish. Note that the species listed in the red with a black background are illegal to sell in South Africa. Those with an arrow have local improvement projects underway whereas those with prohibited symbols next to them are specially protected species. View the full pocket guide. (Image: WWF-SASSI) Aquaculture new to South AfricaAquaculture was still in its infancy in South Africa, said Ryan. Historically, the country’s long coastline meant it had access to large quantities of fish so there was no need for fish farming. However, with the coastline becoming increasingly exposed, the storms that repel fishermen and the demand for seafood rising, aquaculture has become more attractive.It is a relatively small industry in South Africa and in the past the government did not give it much attention. But in 2007, it began to take notice of the potential of the industry. Because of a growing shortage of traditionally harvested fish such as hake, the government invested R100-million in aquaculture projects in all four of the country’s coastal provinces.Government again showed its dedication to aquaculture when President Jacob Zuma launched Operation Phakisa in July this year. It will look to unlock the growth potential of the country’s coastline, which is in line with the National Development Plan.The operation will implement policies and programmes faster and more effectively. As a result, Zuma said it can unlock the ocean’s potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country’s GDP and create as many as one-million direct jobs.Aquaculture is a big part of that plan. According to Zuma, government recognises the industry as a way of contributing to food security since it has shown strong growth of 6.5% per year. Operation Phakisa will look to grow all segments of the aquaculture industry, especially by creating jobs within processing and marketing.Even with this investment, however, South Africa lags way behind the rest of the world. According to experts Cécile Brugère and Neil Ridler, the world’s aquaculture sector has grown at an annual rate of 9.2% since 1973, and is projected to grow at 4.5% until 2030. Global returns for commercial fish farming recorded by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in 2008 totalled 33.8-million tons, worth about US$60-billion (approximately R667-billion).Despite aquaculture’s advantages, the wild capture sector remains fishery’s biggest contributor. According to the WWF-SA, wild capture fisheries include commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries. It estimated about 500 000 people fished recreationally in South Africa, with the value of that industry placed around R3-billion in 2011. Also, commercially caught line fish was about 16 000 tons, which placed huge pressure on those species. The conservation group said 23% of South Africa’s key commercial fish resources were over-exploited. For Oceanwise chief executive, Liam Ryan, the best story to come out of the company is that of job creation. It employs 115 workers from impoverished areas of East London, all of whom had to learn new skills since joining the company. (Image: Industrial Development Corporation) A regulated industrySince the fish at Oceanwise were harvested in tanks there was no risk of escapees, said Ryan. And because they are in a protected environment, they have an advantage over those in the wild that are vulnerable to predators. Oxygen is supplemented, which means only the purest oxygen is generated. They feed on a formulated pellet that is based on natural proteins and minerals that the kabeljou need.Since the aquaculture industry is regulated, the fish at Oceanwise have to be tagged. This serves various purposes, one of them being that a fish can be traced back to the tank from where it came. Tags can also help identify males from females.Under government regulations, fish have to be protected from intermingling with similar breeds from other regions. Therefore, eggs and fingerlings from East London have to be harvested in the city. “When we supply fish to the market there is a code on every box and delivery note that says it comes from this facility,” said Ryan. “So the industry is quite protected and regulated.”The University of Stellenbosch is also helping Oceanwise by banking fish DNA. This can help to determine from which parent a fish comes. New careers and jobsThough aquaculture is punted as the future of fishery, Ryan claims that it is still considered high risk in terms of the cost that goes into setting up a farm. The IDC’s funding of Oceanwise amounted to R22-million. But the social benefits of setting up Oceanwise in East London outweigh the costs of running the facility. Not only has the farm reduced human impact on the seas, but it has also created jobs for those desperate for an income.Most of Oceanwise’s 115 workers came from impoverished backgrounds and entered the company unskilled. Some of them were school leavers whose hope for the future was quickly diminishing. “Most of these young people joined Oceanwise as unskilled casual labour,” said Ryan. “They were brought in to support the construction and early development of Oceanwise’s facilities.”But their interest in learning about aquaculture, water sciences and kabeljou over the past five years has allowed the workers to carve aquaculture careers for themselves. “This is development at its best, with a life-changing impact on these young people and their families’ lives… This type of personal growth opportunity for young individuals is rare. Since it is a new industry with a need for new specialist skills, there is a greater than normal opportunity for internal promotion and career development.”last_img read more

Please Don’t ‘Like’ This Post (And I Really Mean It This Time)

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Like button The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification len kendall Editor’s Note: This is the last installment of a 3-part series covering Len Kendall’s abstinence from the “Like” button for a month.If you haven’t been following along, in April I decided to commit myself to a simple behavioral experiment. I pledged to not “like” anything on or off of Facebook for a month, no matter how tempted I was (and believe me, I was tempted often).My hypothesis was that at the end of this 30 day cycle I would be free of likes and that my detox period would be over. That isn’t the case. I still actively have to stop myself often from hitting that button, and it troubles me quite a bit. It was so simple and I did it for so long that it has burned into my internet muscle memory far more severely than I had anticipated.I’ve learned several things along the way, but when I started this trial I wanted to answer one primary question:Who exactly is benefitting the most from me hitting the like button?While this experiment didn’t provide me with a direct answer to this question, it did force me to think long and hard about the probable ones. I’ve concluded that the following parties benefit from those billions (yes billions) of likes each day:Me: I’m not going to claim I get no value. Facebook has an algorithm that shows me people and information that I’m more interested in based on my like behavior. It’s not always spot on, and it irritates the shit out of me when I see this kind of stuff, but nonetheless it has a smart engine that shares timely content from people I care about.Brands: Likes feed brands who are trying to understand how they can refine their content distribution (copy, timing, targeting). They also increase the visibility of branded content through all sorts of Edgerank-y goodness. The fact of the matter is, I don’t care about making my favorite brands better marketers. I care about my favorite brands continuing to make products that I like. In other words, these likes don’t help me.Facebook (Part 1): Facebook makes the majority of its revenue from selling data. Yes, that manifests as selling ads, but in reality the company is selling the data that drives who sees ads and who buys them. Every single time I hit “like”, even if it’s on a friend’s baby picture, Facebook is growing its data stockpile that is being refined for their advertising customers. Sure, you could claim I’ll see more relevant ads if I help Facebook understand my tastes, but ultimately these likes don’t help me.Facebook (Part 2): When I give my friends likes, a little Pavlovian red flag goes off in their browser windows and it pulls them back into Facebook. There they spend more time, see more ads, and see more ads, and see more ads. While directly my likes may help my friends’ important posts rise to the top, it also trains them to crave likes and potentially augment their sharing behavior to earn them more likes. Again, these likes don’t help me.Above are just four benefits yielded from “like” behavior. The obvious problem is that only 25% of the these items are benefitting me. And that’s being generous since I didn’t list off countless other beneficiaries. Call me selfish, but the ROI of the like button isn’t high enough for me to continue using it. Therefore, I plan to continue abstaining from it.Although I started this experiment around a single element of Facebook, it’s led me to question the value of the many services the social network provides. Facebook has in many ways become the “big box” store of the internet. And while I do shop at such places in real life for certain commodity items, I don’t really want to go there for all my many specialty needs. I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I personally don’t want a big-box internet experience. For me, the web is about discovery, being bombarded with choice, and finding niche experts.Refraining from likes has been a trivial experiment. I know that there are far more important behavioral issues online worth exploring (cyber bullying, crowdfunding, and citizen journalism just to name a few), but I hope that this small example of personal reflection on digital habits encourages you to do the same. Think about how you’re spending time on the internet, who its benefitting, and what’s worth testing in your own digital world.And don’t like this post. I really mean it this time.Lead image via Flickr user Djenan, CC 2.0last_img read more

Captaincy always easy when team does well: SRH skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad Thursday defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets to register a hat-trick of wins in the ongoing IPL and stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar said a skipper’s job becomes relatively easy when the team does well.By virtue of the win over Delhi, Sunrisers have moved to the top of the eight team standings with six points from four games.”When the team does well, captaincy is always easy. Captain is as good as his team,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match press conference.The Sunrisers captain said it was a difficult wicket to bat on and as the tournament progresses all the pitches across the country will behave in similar fashion.”With the toss we were not sure how the wicket was going to play. We were not surprised but we knew it wouldn’t be too slow in the second innings,” he said.”Second half of the IPL, it’s going to be slow all over India, and we have to be choosy with our eleven.”Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said the batting department let his side down yet another day in the ongoing IPL.”Last two games have been the same. Tough wicket and since they bowled first, they had a bit of an idea how to go about it. We didn’t bat well. It’s another learning, we should come back positively,” he said.”After the first time-out, we thought 140-150 would have been a great total. And we had three spinners, so we could have pounced on them. Unfortunately we were short. I needed a little bit of support from someone at the other end from someone in the top 4. But it’s a good lesson for us.advertisement”The way we came back in the second innings was appreciable. The bowlers came up and that is good to see,” he added.Man-of-the-match Jonny Bairstow, who struck a quickfire 48 off 28 deliveries, too opined that the wicket on offer Thursday at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium was a difficult one for shot-making.”There was probably a little less bounce. It was a good toss to win, so we were able to see how to play on wickets like that. Probably the first such pitch we’ve come across this season,” he said.”I am really pleased with the start, just going to try and keep going. We have three games in quick succession now and hopefully we keep playing the same brand of cricket.Also Read | IPL 2019: Nervous moments for Rashid Khan as SRH crush Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | DC vs SRH Highlights, IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wicketsAlso Read | DC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Feroz Shah Kotla is Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fortresslast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right track

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right trackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club knows they’re on the right track.Despite struggling to make it past Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on penalties in midweek and failing to impress as they meekly lost 2-0 at West Ham last week, Solskjaer says he believes in the principles they are trying to instil in the squad.He said, “I never said it was going to be easy this season. There is going to ups and downs and highs and lows.“When we lose a game, go through difficult periods it is time for us to trust what we are doing and keep working to the principles that we believe in. It’s not about changing direction every time you lose.“Every game in the Premier League is winnable, but also loseable. It’s fine margins.“Sometimes you’re happy and smiling because you’ve won a game and sometimes you are angry because you’ve lost a game. But deep down you know we are on the right way.” last_img read more

Another Ride On The Red Sox Roller Coaster

61997Giants90-22+8+2+25-3117.6 131992Dodgers63+30-7-8+17-2216.6 141989Cardinals86-10+19-16+22-1716.6 12016Red Sox90-12-7+26-28+2118.8 SEASONTEAMWINS12345AVG. ABSOLUTE Δ 171985Reds90-20+4-13+36-816.0 192002Astros84+9-21+25+5-1815.6 151972Indians75-15+16-14+24-1216.0 2016 win totals based on rest-of-season projections. Seasons under 162 games were regressed to 162 games. Results were filtered so that duplicate stretches including the same team-season twice were discarded.Source: FanGraphs, Lahman DB 42002Cubs67+21-23+2+22-2118.0 81983Athletics74-6+25-10-29+1517.1 32004Mariners63+300+23-25-1218.0 101999Padres74+24-22+15-12-1217.1 182000Marlins79-15-10+38-12-415.9 52007Diamondbacks90-14+1-26+33+1417.6 MLB’s biggest roller-coaster rides (1962-2016) Last April, we previewed the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season by focusing on the franchise’s wild ups and downs in recent years. Although they posted only 71 wins in 2014, advanced-stats outlets such as FanGraphs projected Boston to win 90 games, which would have been a 19-win increase — and would have come on the heels of a 26-win decrease, after a 28-win increase, after a 21-win decrease. Boston was shaping up to be on MLB’s craziest roller-coaster ride ever.It didn’t quite work out that way. The Red Sox spent most of 2015 playing just as poorly as they had in 2014, finishing with 78 wins only thanks to a strong push in the season’s final two months, and the fallout was a total front-office shake-up. But more than one-third of the way into the 2016 season, the Red Sox appear to have made the leap that was expected of them a year ago: They have a 34-25 record, are only two games out of first in the American League East, and have a full-season FanGraphs projection of 90 wins. If that last number holds up, Boston’s past five years will once again represent the most up-and-down stretch in modern MLB history: 162003Angels77+22-24+7-12+1516.0 WIN DIFF. IN NO. OF SEASONS EARLIER 121984Angels81-11+23-17-10+2216.7 111988Indians78-17+23-24+15-516.8 What has changed for Boston since the past two disappointing seasons? Mainly, they’re getting better performances from the lineup. The Red Sox were pretty much a dead-average hitting and fielding team a year ago, which added up to a mediocre record when combined with an unspectacular pitching staff. But this year, no team in the majors — not even the vaunted Chicago Cubs — has gotten more wins above replacement from its position players than Boston, a development headlined by drastic improvements from Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts, a bounce-back season from Dustin Pedroia and the general agelessness of David Ortiz.The Red Sox will probably still spend the summer in a division dogfight with the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays; our power ratings say they’re basically a coin flip (48 percent) to win the East. But even that represents an improvement over the past two seasons and could provide more twists in the roller-coaster track the franchise has been riding. Things are never dull when it comes to baseball in Boston. 201970Mets83+17-27-12+5-1615.6 91994Reds92-19+17-16+17-1617.1 71992Orioles89-22+9+11-33+1317.4 22010Mariners61+24-24+27-10-918.8 read more

Egypt coach Cuper thinks Salah is one of the best in

first_imgThe Liverpool player is definitely of the highest importance to Egypt’s international team, considering the fact that they are now preparing for a World Cup finals appearance – something they haven’t done since 1990.Salah has been one of the most discussed players lately, and there is a reason behind that – he is currently leading the Premier League in goals scored this season as he recently claimed the first place from Harry Kane after he scored four goals in a single game against Watford.“I think Salah is one of the best players in the world right now and I don’t know if he can be the best player in the world but what he’s doing now is really important,” Egypt coach Cuper shared.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I always say that behind a great player there has to be a great team.”“I don’t know if we are a great team but we cover what Salah gives us, we try to give as much security as we can as a team and until now we have been able to achieve things,” Cuper added, according to Goal.last_img read more

Mbappe names his World Cup favourites

first_imgKylian Mbappe believes that Brazil, Germany and Spain will be the leading contenders for glory in Russia and added it will likely be the final chance for Belgium’s golden generation to win the World CupThe Paris Saint-Germain forward is currently preparing himself for his first appearance in world football’s biggest stage and recently brushed off concerns over a reported ankle injury ahead of France’s Group C opener against Australia.When pressed on who he believes will be the favourites to win at Russia, the 19-year-old admitted that he felt that France are not among the top candidates.“Brazil, Germany and Spain are at present three teams that are a little ahead of us,” said Mbappe, as stated on Goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“After, there is Belgium. For them it’s now. With their generation, I think it’s the last chance.”In his first season at PSG, the teenage striker scored 21 goals in 44 games and was included in the France World Cup squad on the back of his impressive performances.Les Bleus will also be facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.last_img read more

MLS legend Schmid dies at age 65

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has died at the age of 65, his family has announced.Schmid, who has the most wins as a manager in the history of the Major League Soccer, was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the month, needing a heart transplant.The cause of Schmid’s death was not disclosed, but his family released the following statement, as quoted by ProSoccerUSA:“On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter.”Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor.”“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing.”“While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please consider a memorial gift to support the men’s soccer program at UCLA, Sigi’s alma mater. Donations in memory of Sigi may be directed to the attention of Emily Lerner of UCLA Athletics at 310-206-3302 or elerner@athletics.ucla.edu.”last_img read more