Luiz credits boss for improvement

first_img The 25-year-old Brazil international has emerged as Chelsea’s first-choice defender in recent weeks and scored a stunning 35-yard goal in the 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Fulham on Wednesday night. Luiz told Chelsea TV: “I try my best all the time. Rafa Benitez has helped me a lot. I love the philosophy he puts to the Chelsea players. He changed my game and helped a lot. He loves football and he sees football like me.” He added: “He wants to play with the ball, he wants to press high and wants to try things. He gives me confidence to try some things, like shots and passes to help the team. He knows my football, so I like that.” Luiz, who was ridiculed for defensive lapses earlier in his Chelsea career, has been tipped as a potential long-term successor to John Terry as captain, with the 32-year-old former England skipper lauding his team-mate’s credentials following the Fulham victory. Both will be key figures in the final weeks of the season as Benitez seeks to secure Champions League football next term, while also going in search of Chelsea’s eighth and final trophy opportunity of the season – in the Europa League, where Basle await in Thursday’s semi-final first leg in Switzerland. First Benitez will take Chelsea to his former club Liverpool on Sunday, with the Blues seeking back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December. Chelsea’s remaining six Premier League games are against Liverpool, Swansea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton. It is a challenging schedule, but Benitez refuses to look beyond Anfield. “I don’t see all the games, I just see the next one,” he said. “For us, it’s Liverpool now. If we can get three points we’ll be at the top, in the top three. Every game will be important between now and the end of the season. “If we carry on winning our games we’ll be in the driving seat (to place third). We have enough quality and experience in the squad. If we can beat Liverpool we’ll be in a better position. After we have the Europa League. Good mood, good momentum – we try to keep these things.” Chelsea defender David Luiz has praised Rafael Benitez for improving his performances.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Brazil legend Pele in hospital after prostate surgery

first_imgBrazil legend Pele undergoes surgery for a prostate condition after he is admitted to hospital for the second time in six months.The 74-year-old three-time World Cup winner was treated in hospital for a urinary infection in November 2014 after having kidney stones removed.The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo confirmed Pele was a patient but did not elaborate on his condition.The ex-Santos star scored 77 goals in 91 appearances for Brazil.last_img

Gov’t Urged to Prioritize WASH

first_imgWaterAid Liberia, in partnership with WASH Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the government to strengthen the health care system through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.The group made the call on Monday, August 8, in a joint communiqué addressed to the Ministry of Health. They want the government to give post-Ebola recovery for water, sanitation and hygiene the highest priority.Presenting the letter to Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh, the chairman of the Liberia WASH CSOs Network, Prince Kreplah, said the action by the group is intended to urge government to improve the health sector.Kreplah, however, commend the government for strides made to improve WASH in health care facilities across the country, adding that the government should exert more effort to deliver on its health and WASH promises.In response, Deputy Health Minister Kateh thanked WaterAid and WASH’s CSO partners for their continued work, and agreed that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial to the health care delivery system of the country.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, appealed to Liberians to take their health seriously, especially when it involves water.Following the presentation of the letter to the Health Ministry, a press conference was held to address key health and WASH issues.The Chairman of the Liberia NGOs Network, George Kayah, commended the government and development partners for steps taken to improve WASH and health care delivery but noted that despite these efforts there still remain serious deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, hospitals and clinics.WASH Coordinator at the Health Ministry, Wataku Kortima, disclosed that the government has put in place WASH protocols to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene play a key role in the country’s health care delivery system.He urged collaborative efforts among CSO actors as well as Liberians to ensure that challenges affecting the health sector are resolved. The Health Ministry has started the training of health care workers on WASH protocols and the essence of WASH in health, he added.Speaking on behalf of the British Charity WaterAid in Liberia, Program Effectiveness Coordinator Samuel Quirmolue indicated that WaterAid will continue to support the government and local partners in the sector to improve WASH and make it accessible.Meanwhile, a baseline report released on water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities in 2015 found out that about 95 percent of health care facilities do not meet the Ministry of Health’s standards on water quantity for all purposes.More than 50 percent of health facilities do not have a protected year–round source of water, and 20 percent do not have any protected source on site.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bengal becomes 7th state to have direct selling guidelines

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has become the seventh state in the country to regulate direct selling through West Bengal Direct Selling Guidelines 2018, the industry body said here on Wednesday.”These guidelines provide a definitional clarity for direct selling, paving way for a much-needed statutory push for the industry in the state. While, emphasising on a strong consumer protection mechanism,” Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) said.The guidelines also have provisions for appeal and revision to be monitored by the designated authorities. “The eastern region is a very important market for the direct selling industry with 19 per cent market share. Bengal is ranked second among the top 10 states in the country with Rs 940 crore business, accounting for 9.10 per cent share in total sales,” IDSA chairman Vivek Katoch said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe industry generate self-employment opportunities for more than 4.60 lakh direct sellers.The other states to have notified direct selling guidelines are Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Mizoram, IDSA sources said.The Union department of Consumer Affairs, had notified the Direct Selling Guidelines in 2016, a model framework on guiding principles for state governments to consider regulating direct selling and multi-level-marketing. MPOSTlast_img read more