Ross Barkley raises Chelsea threat level to ease burden on Eden Hazard

first_imgShare on Twitter Topics Read more Share on LinkedIn Ross Barkley attributes improved form for Chelsea to Maurizio Sarri What the 92% figure clearly suggests is that Barkley has become more judicious in his pass selection. That is a significant leap from a career average of 85.2%, one that can only partly be explained by the possession-based nature of Sarri‑ball. The suggestion is that there is a maturity about him now and he no longer feels the need to play the killer pass at every touch.The other metric in which there has been a significant improvement is in distance run. Even to the naked eye, Barkley looks sleeker than in the past, and the stats show he is running on average 1.5km per 90 minutes further than in his Everton days.Sarri has been working individually with Barkley to improve his tactical understanding and clearly feels progress has been made. “He has improved the defensive phase,” the manager said after last Sunday’s 4-0 win at Burnley. “Now I think Ross is complete.”A capacity to fit the system is essential, of course, but it is the goals he brings and his capacity to ease the burden on Hazard that make Barkley vital to Chelsea. Eden Hazard Share via Email Play Video Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Without goals from the centre‑forward or midfield, there is only so far any side can go. Perhaps Hazard can reach the 40-goal target Sarri has set for him but it would be much easier if he were not the only threat opponents have to deal with. That’s why Barkley is so valuable.He has never been exactly prolific over his career – just 28 league goals to date – but Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Kanté have only 38 over their careers between them. That Barkley has scored in each of his last three games for Chelsea is not a coincidence. But nor is it a coincidence that Sarri has not started Barkley against either Liverpool or United.He presumably sees Kovacic as the safer option, although at the moment that may simply be an issue of familiarity. Certainly there is little to support a view that Barkley is somehow unreliable or untrustworthy in possession: his pass success rate is lower than Kovacic’s but is still 92%, the second highest at the club and the fifth highest in the league. Factor in the detail that Barkley has three assists to Kovacic’s one and, although there is a small sample size and the nature and condition of the opposition has to be taken into account, there is an argument Barkley’s passes hurt the opposition more. Conte had lost his temper with him during the semi-final second leg over the length of time it had taken Barkley to prepare himself to come on after Willian had picked up a first-half injury, an incident that threatened to become emblematic of the Englishman’s career: a player with all the talent, all the equipment, but somehow just not quite ready to take his chance.Yet this season, the immense potential of Barkley is perhaps finally beginning to be transformed into something more substantive. He has played just 391 minutes, so it is still very early days – and Everton fans will rightly point out that they saw plenty of flickerings – but already he has three goals and three assists. And it is this that is likely to make him key to Chelsea mounting a sustained title challenge.Amid their unbeaten start to the season, one concern stood out for Sarri’s side. It was apparent in the early stages of the 2-2 draw against Manchester United two weeks ago. Twice with the score at 0-0, Hazard worked positions on the left side of the box. The first time he cut the ball back for Kanté, who stabbed the ball unconvincingly goalwards, seemingly attempting an impossible one-two amid a crowd. Wonderful defensive midfielder that he is, Kanté lacks goalscoring instinct: he has only 11 league goals in a seven-year career.Then Hazard, after a clever dart, squared across goal, only to find that neither Álvaro Morata nor any midfielder had anticipated the pass, despite the fact that after Hazard had made the run there was realistically only one place he could deliver a dangerous ball. The lineup with which Sarri started the season offered control but a lack of goals from the centre. There was no equivalent of Marek Hamsik bursting forward from midfield and no centre-forward in form (although whether even an in-form Olivier Giroud bothers with goals these days is debatable). features Chelsea Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri on unbeaten record: ‘I was lucky’ – video Ross Barkley Share on Messenger Sportblog Share on WhatsApp 1:00 Michael Duberry on football after tragedy: ‘I tried to focus but you couldn’t ignore it’ There is perhaps no group of players so used to adapting themselves to the ways of a new manager as those at Chelsea, where the only consistent philosophy of the Roman Abramovich years has been one of perpetual revolution, but even by their turbulent standards this season has been one that has brought significant change. Everything is different under Maurizio Sarri. Eden Hazard is trusted to be the left-sided floating No 10 he has always wanted to be. César Azpilicueta has gone from centre-back to right-back. N’Golo Kanté thrusts forward from midfield rather than shielding the defence. And Ross Barkley gets on the pitch.The turnaround in the 24-year‑old’s fortunes has been dramatic. Last season he was a spare part, an unwanted signing, the jumper given to Antonio Conte by an aunt, which he feels he cannot get rid of but gets out only when it is really cold and everything else is in the wash. “It’s not simple,” Conte said scathingly in January after a 2-1 Carabao Cup exit at Arsenal, “especially when on the bench the only substitute is Ross Barkley.” Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Hundreds of homes threatened as flood waters continue to rise near Montreal

first_imgRIGAUD, – Rising water levels continued to flood various regions of Quebec on Wednesday, with parts of the Montreal area hit particularly hard by the impact of heavy rains.Some streets were submerged in the western borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, forcing residents to leave their homes.Further west, just off the island, the community of Rigaud bore the brunt of heavy rain, with more than 30 familes having to evacuate their residences.Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said about 400 homes could be affected by the surging water levels.Gruenwald said river levels have risen by eight centimetres in the past two weeks and were expected to climb another five to seven centimetres on Wednesday.That, he added, could see water starting to enter homes through basement windows.Gruenwald said he is very concerned with the situation in his community.“We are preoccupied with this high level, not just because of the level of the water,” he said. “We are preoccupied because, at that level, if we start having strong wind, either east wind or west wind, it will cause an enormous amount of damage.”The mayor urged more residents to leave their homes.“If anything happens and we need to give this service to evacuate them under emergency status at 2 o’clock in the morning with three feet of water in the street, it’s not going to be very funny,” Gruenwald said.“This is not July, this is not August, when the water is nice and warm. This is serious business, very serious business.”Martin Guilbault, the chief of operations for the Montreal fire department, warned residents to not resort to generators to try to keep their homes dry.“Generators can’t be used inside homes because of carbon monoxide,” said Guilbault. “Generators must be outside.”Central Quebec was also affected, with 250 homes threatened in Becancour, while officials in the western Quebec town of Gatineau said more than 80 residences had been evacuated as of Wednesday afternoon.Environment Canada said heavy rain is expected to fall in several regions of the province on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

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The white paper 20 needs to be stopped say Indigenous leaders

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsIndigenous leaders and allies gathered on Parliament Hill Monday to express concerns over Indigenous legislation that is making its way through the House of Commons, and the Senate.It’s being called the national day of action against Canada’s termination agenda.At the heart of the protest are pieces of legislation dealing with Indigenous child welfare, and Indigenous languages. Bills C-91 and C-92 are anticipated to receive royal assent next month.Chief Lee Crowchild of the T’suut’ina First Nation says he wants people to educate themselves on the proposed legislation.“I think this day of action, this reality that’s taking place across Canada is a wakeup call for the generations that we can’t just sit idly by,” said Crowchild.One of the issues with the proposed legislation is funding.The Indigenous Child welfare act is supposed to help Indigenous communities gain jurisdiction over child welfare, but money will still be funneled through the provinces.Indigenous leaders say their people should be creating their own child welfare laws.“We as first nations are in the process of our own. Developing our own law, and this law on childcare is pending. So in essence we know what the problem is, and we will know how to fix,” said Chief Lewis of Onion Lake Cree Nation.(Onion Lake Chief Henry Lewis addresses the crowd on Parliament Hill Monday. Photo: Amber Bernard/APTN)The recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights framework, developed by the Liberal government, but killed late in 2018, is also under scrutiny.It is being compared to the 1969 White Paper that was released by current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliott Trudeau.It aimed to dissolve the Indian act and assimilate status Indians into Canadian society.The framework promises to support indigenous communities working towards self-governing nations but critics say it looks all too familiar.“It is steeped in what everyone is referring to as the White Paper 2.0,” Crowchild said.More rallies like this are planned throughout the summer by Indigenous leaders and grassroots organisations, leading up to the fall federal [email protected]@AbernardNewslast_img read more

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Tea association and unions fail to resolve arrear impasse

first_imgDarjeeling: The recent meeting between the Darjeeling Tea Association and the trade unions failed to resolve the ongoing arrear impasse. In January 2018, the daily wages of tea garden workers had been increased by Rs 17.50. In majority of tea gardens in the Hills, the increment took effect from March 2018.”Though a year has passed, still the arrear has not been paid in around 60 per cent of the tea gardens in the Hills,” said Balam Tamang, president, Darjeeling sub division committee, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union, which is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. There are 87 gardens in the Hills. On March 1, the Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union had issued an ultimatum to the gardens that if arrears were not paid within March 6, the dispatch of tea would be stopped from March 7. The joint forum of tea trade unions had threatened to stop plucking of leaves, if arrears were not paid by March 10. “Arrears could not be paid to tea workers because of financial paucity. By stopping plucking and dispatches the financial situation would further get compounded which would be detrimental to the interest of the workers and the onus of which would be on the trade unions themselves,” said Sandeep Mukherjee, principal advisor, Darjeeling Tea Association. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe unions have decided to continue the agitation. “The meeting failed because the Darjeeling Tea Association did not agree to pay arrears by March 10. They have not announced a fresh date for a meeting also. We will continue with the protests,” Tamang said. The joint forum has also decided to continue with the agitation. “We will wait till March 10 as declared earlier. If they fail to pay the arrear we will stop plucking tea leaves from March 11,” said Saman Pathak, a member of the joint forum.last_img read more

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Big Data Isnt Just For Big Businesses Anymore

first_img 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Oh goodness, there are those words again: big data. As a business owner these words are starting to sound like nothing more than a catch phrase, or worse yet a catch all for the world-gone digital. Begging the question, will ignoring the proliferation of big data make it go away? Unfortunately, no. Ignoring this shift will only cause your company to become more and more obsolete.So with big data here to stay and your company needing to utilize it, let’s take a moment to try and simplify what big data is and why every company (not just enterprises) should be leveraging it.In its simplest form big data is defined as the entire pool of digital information available to an organization. Taking this one step further, the data is generally broken down into two buckets commonly referred to as structured data and unstructured data. The way structured vs. unstructured data is determined is by whether or not the data is in a format that is simple for analysis (spreadsheet, application, database) or is just in a raw format like an article, blog or infographic. And this sort of data just keeps on growing.Related: Move Over Big Data — Here Comes ‘Fast’ DataNinety percent of the world’s data has been created in just the past two years and the amount of new structured and unstructured data will grow in the next year by 60 and 80 percent respectively.To put into perspective just how much data there is being created these days, here is a snapshot of one minute (not an hour or a day, but a minute)2,000,000 Google Searches685,000 Facebook Updates200 Million Sent Emails48 Hours worth of video uploaded to YouTubeSo now that we’ve given the crash course on what big data is, let’s talk a little bit about how organizations can benefit from it and perhaps more importantly afford access to it.Big data for (sm)all business. While every business can benefit from data in some way, most businesses are looking to use data to improve and enhance its decision-making process in: Risk managementUnderstanding when and why customers leave (or buy)Research and developmentImprove customer targetingUnderstand customer needsAnalyze social behaviorHow small businesses can tap into big data.  At this point the question has probably shifted from the what and how of big data to the where — where can I get my hands on useful data to help my business drive better decisions?Related: 5 Ways Data Can Help You Stay Ahead of the GameThe good news is big data is becoming more available by the day. Entrepreneurs can invest in various open-source software solutions, inexpensive analytics tools and startups like Factual looking to help other small companies tap into big data. There are also data brokers like Acxiom or Datalogix that can assist companies.In Phil Simon’s book Too Big To Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data, the author not only discusses the shift occurring allowing small-business owners access to data but also outlines ways that big data has been tapped into by small organizations using crowdsourcing and open bidding. This tactic has allowed startup access to rich data that answered very specific questions while only costing the company anywhere from a dollar to $5,000.  Pursing big data in your business. The future of big data is bright as more companies are finding not only savvy ways to use it but smart ways to harvest it and make it available to businesses seeking to invest in better decision making. For those looking to tap into big data, here are a few tips:Take the time to understand what your goals are for big data.  Are there a few very specific pieces of information you seek such as customer demographics or attrition metrics? Making big data goals smaller can make the potential of implementing a big-data program more realisticLook at data-on-demand sources like Kaggle where you can choose the size of the project and the amount of extractable information you seek.  Much like a Priceline “name your own price” strategy.Finally, many traditional data brokers have become more reasonable with mounting competition and therefore offer highly useful data at prices that smaller organizations can afford.Related: 3 Ways to Use Big Data to Drive Repeat Sales April 11, 2014 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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