“There is inequality of data and health services. We cannot merely look at the services in Jakarta but must also look at other regions,” he said.The death of a 40-day-old baby was reported by the COVID-19 task force in Pamekasan, East Java, on Monday. The baby had tested positive for COVID-19 with fever, cough and respiratory problems and is believed to have contracted the virus from neighbors who visited weeks ago.Read also: 40-day-old baby dies in East Java after contracting COVID-19 from visitors“We don’t lack protection of children, but we lack awareness that they could fall sick and die. We must protect those who are born during the pandemic,” Aman said.No deaths among children have been reported so far in neighboring Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand.In Europe and the United States, meanwhile, doctors have seen a sharp surge of a severe immune disorder in children linked to COVID-19. At least five under-18s in the UK, three in the US and one in France have died from the syndrome.An analysis by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in The Lancet Global Health journal in May, estimated an additional 1.2 million maternal and under-5 deaths could occur in just six months due to a reduction in routine health service coverage and an increase in child wasting based on the worst of three scenarios in 118 low- and middle-income countries.Based on the analysis, UNICEF estimates an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services.“Under a worst-case scenario, the global number of children dying before their fifth birthday could increase for the first time in decades,” said UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore.As of Thursday, around 7.9 percent of 50,187 people found to be COVID-19-positive in Indonesia are children below 17 years of age, which would mean at least 3,964 children are infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the country, according to the official COVID-19 figures.Children, according to the official figures, account for 1.6 percent of the 2,620 people confirmed to have died of COVID-19, which would mean about 42 children have died with the virus.According to a preliminary analysis by the Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, many children are infected with the virus because of poor hygiene or an unhealthy lifestyle, indicators of which include failure to frequently wash one’s hands with soap, to eat fruits and vegetables in sufficient amounts and do daily physical exercise.Read also: Five percent of Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases are children: MinistryAs the number of cases among children increases, the IDAI and the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) have stated that the government should not reopen schools yet, following the Education and Culture Ministry’s announcement that the country will allow phased reopening of schools located in COVID-19 low-risk areas, or “green zones”, starting in July. “Not all students in schools in the green zone come from the green areas too. They could come from the yellow or red zones,” KPAI chairman Susanto said.Topics : More than 200 children including newborns and those under 5 years of age are believed to have died from COVID-19 in Indonesia as the virus has devastated the country’s fragile health system.The Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI) revealed on Thursday that at least 1,543 children in Indonesia had tested positive for COVID-19 since the country announced its first coronavirus case in March. Thirty-six of them had died of the disease.Meanwhile, 6.123 children were categorized under the PDP status, which refers to people that have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been tested for the virus, 204 of them had died. “The data is devastating,” IDAI chairman Aman Bhakti Pulungan said in a meeting with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees education.He noted that the high number of child deaths from the disease that mostly kills the elderly was mainly due to diarrhea and pneumonia, as well as insufficient time for medical personnel to save them.“Four of five children come to the hospital with gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,” he said, adding that they would report every child with diarrhea symptoms as a PDP case.In the most recent case last week, Aman said, an 8-month-old baby died in a remote area before being hospitalized. The baby had asthma and a low blood sugar level.
Relax around the pool.Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents negotiated the sale.“This sale continues a great start to 2018 for the luxury end of the Gold Coast market, which continues to have momentum,” he said.“There are buyers aplenty for big-ticket homes but the top shelf is starting to look rather lightly stocked.”The Gold Coast’s record stands at $27 million, which was set by a Mermaid Beach mansion in 2008.The highest sale this year is a Mermaid Beach house that changed hands for $11.6 million in April. Anyone for a bite to eat?Instead, the house was extensively renovated, to open up the property along its 70m length of water frontage.The result is luxury resort-style, with huge bedrooms, a decadent master suite, high ceilings and expansive entertaining areas on a sprawling 2703sq m riverfront block.Features include a full-scale surfer mural adorning a bedroom wall, and there’s a tennis court, lap pool, diving board and pontoon. Style at every turn. The property at 8-10 Marseille Court, Sorrento is more like a resort.A LUXURY Gold Coast mansion has sold for $9 million, smashing the suburb record.The riverfront property in the Bundall locale of Sorrento trumps the $8 million sale achieved in 2009 for a mansion in the same street.Property records show the palatial house at 8-10 Marseille St was bought by investor Robyn Smith in 2007 for $6.2 million. What a view!It was listed at almost $14 million last year before being dropped to $9.95 million.“I initially thought it was too big for us, I was going to knock it down and build something smaller,” she told the Bulletin when the property hit the market.After living in the house, she realised, “it would have been a sin to knock it down”.“It’s a beautifully built, solid home. I couldn’t recreate it and still have that feel.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago
Tiger Woods faces a lengthy wait before he can begin his bid for a fifth Masters title when the year’s first major championship gets under way on Thursday. The 14-time major winner has started just two events in 2015, carding a career-worst 82 to miss the cut in the first and withdrawing through injury after 11 holes of the second, but said he was ready to ” compete to win a golf tournament” after 11 holes of practice on Monday. World number one McIlroy has been drawn alongside three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and American Ryan Moore at 10:41am, with US Open champion Martin Kaymer in the group behind with Brandt Snedeker and Houston Open winner JB Holmes. McIlroy and Mickelson were among the players battling for the US PGA title in near-darkness at Valhalla last year, with Mickelson and Rickie Fowler stepping aside on the 18th to allow the final group of McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger to tee off and beat the fading light. With 98 players in the field, Charley Hoffman and Brian Harman make up the first group out in the tournament proper at 7:45am, with Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer again acting as honorary starters five minutes earlier, the legendary trio hitting tee shots on the par-four first before retiring to the clubhouse. England’s Danny Willett will begin his Masters debut in the second group at 7:56am alongside 1987 winner Larry Mize and US amateur public links champion Byron Meth. The final group tees off at 1:59pm and features three players ranked in the top 13 in the world, Australia’s Jason Day, Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Fowler. Fowler finished in the top five in all four majors last year. Press Association But Rory McIlroy will enjoy an earlier start to his attempt to become the sixth player to complete the career grand slam at Augusta National this week. Woods has been drawn in the penultimate group for the opening round alongside fellow American Jimmy Walker and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, teeing off at 1:48pm local time.
… $1M handed over, additional funding promisedTHE National Sports Commission (NSC) has thrown its support behind a team of four boxers who will leave Guyana after Christmas for a three-month training stint in Cuba.Keevin Allicock, Dennis Thomas, Desmond Amsterdam and Colin Lewis, all former or current Caribbean Boxing medal winners, are attempting to qualify for the Olympics – a feat which Guyana last achieved in 1996.Allicock is a two-time Caribbean champion, while Amsterdam and Lewis are former Caribbean champions and Dennis Thomas a Caribbean two-time silver medallist.President of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle noted that the training sessions in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean Island would make the boxers as prepared as possible for the Olympic Qualifiers, which is scheduled from March 26 to April 3, 2020, in Argentina.He also stated that the boxers would be in Cuba along with national coaches Terrence Poole (MS) and Sebert Blake for three months. A few of the boxers and the coaches are awaiting approval from Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force and Guyana Power and Light.COSTLY VENTUREThe cost for the venture is approximately US$30 000 (over G$6.2M).In the NSC boardroom, yesterday, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, handed over a cheque for $1M to get the process started. He noted that either in January or February a second cheque would be given to the association.“The Government of Guyana is committed to providing the necessary support to all of the sporting disciplines.”Ninvalle later disclosed that the NSC would be contributing a total of $2.5M to the venture, while the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) has also promised a substantial amount.GBA Technical Director Poole was also elated with the support. “If you need good results in any sport, you have to start with investments. So, I appreciate the contribution made by the Government of Guyana very much.”BOXING MEDAL All parties involved were happy for the boxers and the sport as a whole and were optimistic that the venture is a step in the right direction.Jones said that if Guyana should secure medals again at the Olympics it would be in boxing and that the NSC is aware of the part it has to play to make this a reality.The country’s lone Olympic medal (a bronze), was won by Michael Parris at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, since then we have struggled to replicate the feat.Ninvalle noted that reaching the Olympics is a tedious process, but he feels that with the boxers’ talents and their extra training sessions they could accomplish the task.Poole also welcomed the lengthy training and noted that in the past, teams were prepared a few weeks prior, which hindered their performances.According to Ninvalle, having the boxers in Cuba is a necessary step. He said that other nations have begun to step up their training and at the recently concluded Caribbean Boxing Championships in T&T it showed.“We have seen the level of boxing that Jamaica and Trinidad and even Grenada have been producing and that is because of the fact that they have exposure.With this (the training session), our team would be exposed every week to championship boxing in Cuba.” He added that they will be fighting and sparring amongst some of the best boxers and should return ready to take on all challengers.Cuba is extraordinary when it comes to boxing. The country is listed as second place in the all-time Olympic medal table, having won a whopping 73 medals, 37 of which were gold.That country also has the distinction of being the only nation with two three-time Olympic champions (Teofilo Stevenson and Félix Savón).
CardinalsThe Cardinals have a young roster and a reasonable payroll, but they also have a young, budding star in Harrison Bader patrolling the outfield. Not that Harper wouldn’t help, but they’ve shied away from paying big bucks to star players not named Yadier Molina (Dexter Fowler is not a star) for a long time.RedsThe Reds have done well to move money around while keeping their top prospects in place and improving for 2019, but to think the Reds would pay Harper’s asking price while Puig and Kemp are still on the team (for now) seems a bit farfetched.BrewersMilwaukee made it to the NLCS in 2018 on the strength of NL MVP Christian Yelich’s hot stretch in September. The Brewers historically haven’t been a team to break the bank for free agents, and that’s enough reason to expect that Harper won’t join the Crew in 2019. Hello, Mystery Reader.I know Chris is reading. John, too. But you, Mystery Reader, you’re special. Sometimes in big-time contract negotiations, the inclusion of Mystery Teams makes things as convoluted and intriguing as the end of “The Departed.” It also sends fans into a frenzy, forcing them to wonder, “What if?” This week, MLB analyst and former GM Jim Bowden took to the Twitter Machine to add fuel to the Harper fire, using the magic buzzword in the process:According to multiple sources there are indeed “mystery” team(s) in on Bryce Harper that the public is not aware of…and as many texts/emails & phone calls I’ve made…I still can’t find them…..#Braves ? #Cardinals ? #Astros ? #Giants ? #Angels ? #Yankees ? #BlueJays ? I give up— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) February 4, 2019MORE: The five best free agents who aren’t Machado or HarperThe Phillies, White Sox, Nationals, Dodgers and Padres have met with Harper, which leaves about 25 Mystery Teams. Luckily for me, I will be right about 29 of the teams listed below.This offseason we’ve spent a ton of time trying to figure out why your team will sign Bryce Harper, so let’s take some time to explain why it won’t.YankeesLet’s just get this one out of the way. The Yankees have already allotted a fair amount of money to free agents this offseason: Zach Britton, J.A. Happ, CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner all re-signed, while DJ LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino were big-splash additions. For those hoping for Harper (or Manny Machado), that door is pretty much closed, especially with management insisting on staying under the tax threshold.MORE: Yankees not expected to add Harper, anywayRed SoxThe Yankees’ AL East rival, coming off a 108-win season and a World Series championship, already has a bloated outfield with Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and, occasionally, J.D. Martinez. Couple that with its insistence on shedding payroll, and the 26-year-old Harper isn’t trading his Nats red for Boston. In fact, he’s as likely to be in a Red Sox uniform next season as I am.RaysDo I really have to go there? OK, I will: It’s the Rays. The day the Rays spend $200 million-plus on a big-name player will be the day Puigs fly.OriolesIs there a chance Harper could make his way up the Beltway? Sure; Baltimore hasn’t always been a big-spending team, but it isn’t afraid to hand out cash when necessary (Chris Davis, Line 1). But that’s a pie-in-the-sky scenario considering the O’s never had any intention of re-signing their own superstar — Machado. What changes with Harper?Blue JaysJays GM Ross Atkins recently said he’s “contemplating” signing the six-time All-Star to patrol the outfield. Well, I’m contemplating buying a yacht and a loft in a Manhattan high-rise, just so you know. Depending on how far Harper’s price drops, he could be an intriguing option for Toronto, which has spent lots of money in the past and whose payroll eclipsed $162 million in 2018. It could happen, but don’t count on it, eh?MORE: But if Harper were to sign with Toronto…AngelsThe Angels have Mike Trout, and given his contract is up after the 2020 season, it would make sense to maximize that window. They’re a bit away from contention now, but Los Angeles of Anaheim of California has had pockets as deep as an Adele song. Still, with top prospect Jo Adell coming up and with Justin Upton and Albert Pujols still on the books, it’s hard to see LA of A of C adding another $30 million-per-year deal.A’sThat’s not Moneyball, baby.MarinersWell, it’s not a trade, so Jerry Dipoto likely wouldn’t know how to bring in Harper. Besides, given the way the Mariners have shed and moved payroll this offseason, it’s hard to see them making a serious run at him.AstrosThe Astros will have to make some contract decisions in the coming years — Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and George Springer, namely — so adding another big-time contract likely would upset the balance. Houston owner Jim Crane said the Astros have room to grow the money on the books this offseason, but they should probably use that extra cash to bring back Dallas Keuchel instead.RangersDespite some urgings from soothsayer Tony Romo, the other Texas MLB team likely doesn’t want to attach itself to a big-money contract while being so uncertain about its future or current direction.White SoxContrary to popular belief, the White Sox have won a World Series this century; what’s more, it wasn’t that long ago. Chicago is still a solid year or two from being contenders, however, and while Harper would certainly accelerate that timeline and put the club in the discussion for a division title, the White Sox need to show growth before being taken seriously, even though some of their young talent showed promise in 2018.MORE: The cases for and against the five best fits for Bryce HarperTwinsThe Twins are out from under Joe Mauer’s contract after his retirement. No disrespect to Minnesota, but does anyone see Harper going there? Plus, the Twins’ payroll was never higher than it was in 2018 — roughly $131 million — and is set to be under $100 million in 2019. Unless Harper gives Minnesota a big, big discount, it ain’t happening.IndiansThe Indians are trying to cut payroll, so why would they want to add when it comes to Harper? Plus, with Francisco Lindor getting more money through the arbitration process and the starting pitching needing to get paid soon, they’ll need to reallocate resources to properly retool in the coming years.TigersThe Tigers didn’t used to be ashamed of shelling out cash to improve their lineup — see Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder’s contracts, to name a few. Both of those deals were made under the Dave Dombrowski regime, however, and Dombrowski was trying to win championships for an aging owner. I wouldn’t expect the Tigers to open up the checkbook while the team is in flux and might be shipping off more pieces in the near future.RoyalsThere’s no way the Royals would pay that kind of money for Harper when they barely wanted to pay their own star free agents — Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer — a few years ago. MetsNew general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said it himself: The Mets have six outfielders. That’s a crowd. Also, the Mets don’t like to spend money, so there’s that, too.NationalsThey hardly qualify as a Mystery Team considering the offer they’ve reportedly made Harper, but at this point, you have to figure that if they wanted Harper back, he probably would have signed already.PhilliesIt seems like it’s the Phillies and everyone else when it comes to Harper, so why hasn’t he signed yet? Clearly, they aren’t a Mystery Team, so maybe that disqualifies them from the process.MarlinsThe Marlins traded away the 2017 NL MVP and the eventual 2018 NL MVP and are in the process of trying to trade their star catcher. That’s a no. BravesWell, the Braves needed an outfield bat — that was, until they re-signed Nick Markakis to a one-year deal. The Bravos already made a splash in free agency, bringing in Josh Donaldson on a one-year, $23 million deal, but I’d imagine they’re probably done this offseason unless it’s for a pitcher.DodgersThe Dodgers sent lightning-rod outfielder Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds as part of a salary swap involving Homer Bailey. There would have been a spot for Harper in January before the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock to a $50 million contract. There’s still a shot LA gets him, but it’s a long one.GiantsNew president of baseball ops Farhan Zaidi could make a splash by signing Harper, but again, the Giants are looking to shed payroll after finishing 2018 with the second-highest in the majors, more than $205 million. I’d expect them to move money before being in on someone like Harper, even if they needed him.RockiesThe Rockies dumped a boatload of cash into their bullpen before the 2018 season and have been rumored to be wanting to sign star third baseman Nolan Arenado to a contract extension. While Harper launching dingers in Coors Field would be fun to watch, a deal now would be weird timing for both sides with the Rockies’ window closing.PadresThe Padres have not been shy about throwing around money when they think the guy is right: Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Jake Peavy. Though the Hosmer deal dwarfs others in franchise history, it’s difficult to see Harper heading west, even with young talent on the way up to the big club.DiamondbacksWho knows what the Diamondbacks really are? They were unwilling to give Paul Goldschmidt a contract extension, shipping him off to St. Louis instead, and they didn’t want to bring back Patrick Corbin after a career year. Now you’re telling me they’d want to bring in Harper? I’d buy that for a dollar.MORE: Grading the Paul Goldschmidt tradeCubsWhile the club’s payroll issues have been blown a bit out of proportion, all the early talk of Harper wanting to play with fellow Las Vegas denizen Kris Bryant seemed equally overblown. With one bad contract still in the outfield (Jason Heyward) and a top-five payroll once 2019 rolls around, it doesn’t seem financially feasible for the Cubs to make that move for the long term — at least not yet.PiratesThe Pirates are going all-in on cost-controlled starting pitching. The largest contract the franchise has ever given out is a six-year, $60 million deal to Jason Kendall in 2000. ‘Nuff said.
The sign posted Monday morning reads: “Please be advised that the City’s computer system is currently down. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.”However, a spokesperson for Riviera Beach says the system is not down and is running. It’s unclear which services, if any, are affected.Last month, Riviera Beach city leaders agreed to pay a ransom to get the city’s computer system back online after “someone clicked on an email” which launched a virus.The ransom payment came just weeks after Riviera Beach agreed to spend almost $1 million to fix and replace compromised computer equipment. The city of Riviera Beach just paid a hacker $600,000 worth of bitcoin to get control of their paralyzed computer system.Today, a sign on the front door of Riviera Beach City Hall claims the city is experiencing another computer system outage, just weeks after it fell victim to a cyber attack.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods decides to be his own swing coach Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Caldwell-Pope has missed two road games, and won’t travel for games in Houston on Dec. 31 and Minnesota on Jan. 1. He was expected to play against Golden State.While playing for the Detroit Pistons, Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early March 29 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, after police say he was spotted going about 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was arrested after a field sobriety test. A further test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCaldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points this season. He signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers as a free agent in July. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. APLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day sentence at an Orange County detention center after violating his probation on a drunken driving arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday (Friday Manila time).Caldwell-Pope is allowed to leave the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center for practice and Lakers games in California under a work-release program, but must wear a GPS monitor outside the facility.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
A 21-year-old miner, who was stabbed during a row over a hammock at 111 Miles Mahdia, Region Eight on Tuesday last, succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Hubert Willi, of Campbelltown Village, Mahdia reportedly took his last breath on Sunday morning.Based on information received, the now dead young man and the suspect were under the influence of alcohol when the stabbing incident took place.According to the police, on the day in question, Willi was walking along the Mahdia roadway when he saw the suspect and confronted him about a hammock belonging to him. An argument ensued between them and it was at this time that the perpetrator became annoyed and dealt the victim two stabs to his body before escaping. He was reportedly stabbed to his right side, lower back and buttocks.The injured man was picked up and transported to the Mahdia District Hospital but due to the seriousness of the injuries, he was referred and transported to the GPHC to seek further medical attention.Willi was a patient at the medical institution until his demise at about 10:00h on Sunday. A post-mortem is expected to be performed today.The suspect was arrested and has subsequently confessed to wounding the now dead man. He is expected to be arraigned with murder when he makes his first court appearance.The issue of miners being stabbed to death following arguments or altercations continues to increase. Intoxication is usually evident in the circumstances leading to these unfortunate situations.On Friday last, a teen miner was allegedly killed by a close relative who was also his employer at the time of his demise.Nineteen-year-old Dave Boyal, a miner of Batavia, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), and other miners were in their hammocks when the alleged perpetrator entered the mining camp.He appeared intoxicated and commenced cutting down the hammocks that the miners (including Boyal) had tied.According to the police, Boyal tried to persuade his relative to desist from doing so, and it was during this intervention that the suspect picked up an arrow and fatally stabbed the teenager in the abdomen.Just last month, alcohol and quick tempers proved to be a deadly mix when another 19-year-old miner was stabbed to death by his associate in a camp at Frenchman, located a few miles from Mabura.The dead teen, Alex Daniels, was said to be consuming alcohol with his killer when an argument broke out. Persons around intervened but when the duo returned to their camp, the argument escalated and the perpetrator used a knife to stab Daniels in the region of his heart.In December 2018, another miner lost his life after being allegedly stabbed to death by a Brazilian national whom he was arguing with over bar-b-que sausages.The suspect, a chef, was said to be engaged in a heated argument with the now dead man over the frying of sausages, which led to the chef allegedly stabbing the man to his chest.In October last, a gold miner allegedly stabbed a 20-year-old to death as they argued over cigarettes in the Potaro mining community. (Kristen Macklingam)
0Shares0000Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has scored 43 goals in his first season for the club© AFP/File Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Mohamed Salah has reassured Liverpool fans his stunning first season is “just the beginning” of his time at the club despite speculation over interest from Real Madrid.The Egyptian collected awards in Liverpool on Thursday after being voted player of the season by both the club’s fans and his teammates before boarding a flight to collect the Football Writers’ Association’s award in London. The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma last summer, a return that has seen him heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, who face Liverpool in the Champions League later this month.But Salah, who needs just one more goal to become the outright record-holder for the most strikes in a 38-match season in the Premier League, appears content with life at the club.“I’m very happy here, everything is fine,” he said. “Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited.“It is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. It is just the beginning.”Liverpool cannot focus all of their energies on Real just yet, with the battle for a place in next season’s Champions League still not settled.A point in their final match, at home to Brighton on Sunday, will be enough to secure a top-four finish, after which all eyes turn to Kiev.Salah, who was last month crowned Professional Footballers’ Association players’ player of the year, won the writers’ award ahead of Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane.Speaking in London, he said: “I was here four years ago (with Chelsea) and a lot of people were saying he couldn’t play in the Premier League. I left Chelsea but it was always in my mind to come back to make them wrong. So I make them wrong.“I’m not the same player. I improved a lot in Rome but I can’t say everything is me. The team-mates are maybe different. The coach is tough and they always help me inside and outside the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Roy Hodgson was determined to remain upbeat after England’s 1-0 victory over Portugal.The Three Lions completed their Euro 2016 preparations at Wembley with a third victory in a row, thanks to Chris Smalling’s late goal against ten-man Portugal playing without Cristiano Ronaldo.They were a man down ten minutes before half time when Bruno Alves’ challenge was high and reckless on Harry Kane – WATCH IT HEREAfter beating Turkey, Australia and now Fernando Santos’ side, the 68-year-old boss now has nine days to prepare for their Group B opener with Russia.Hodgson said: “It’s often a struggle when you play against 10 men, especially when the team is well organised defensively.“We’d have preferred 11 v 11 so the game would have flowed more, it would have been attack, defence, attack, defence. Tonight it was pretty much us on the ball on the time having to find a way through a packed and well organised Portuguese defence.“But I’m pleased we kept our composure, please we showed patience and pleased with the clean sheet and pleased the longer the game wore on we got more and more dangerous and looked like scoring a goal.“When we eventually got it, it was a result of a long period of pressure and sustained pressure.”Rooney started in a front-three with Kane – the Premier League’s golden boot winner – and Jamie Vardy – champion with Leicester City in 2015/16- but the Three Lions lacked a cutting edge in their final match ahead of the European Championship.He added to ITV Sport: “It went like it went. I am not prepared to add my voice to the debate“I am not prepared to say this is better, or that is better. We need both systems. We need all of those players playing well. We need all of those players doing what they can do well.“Of course in every game of football some people have a really good night, and some have a less good night, and I am not prepared to stand here on national television and criticise some players while praising others.“I am really happy. The 23 players have really done well and if I start being dissatisfied when we win three games in a row against Turkey, Australia and Portugal then I am going to be a very hard coach to please.”