RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Kick off: 9PMBarcelona make the trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid holding a two-point advantage at the top of the La Liga standings. When Real sat at the top of the standings several weeks ago, Zinedine Zidane still found himself coming in for criticism with his side less than convincing in some of their victories. With just one win coming from their last five in all competitions, which includes defeats in the Copa del Rey and Champions League, Zidane has come under further scrutiny from a demanding fanbase. Although a win over their great rivals will change the mood at the Bernabeu, a second successive loss in La Liga will leave Barcelona five points clear with just 12 matches remaining. When taking the manner of their setback against Man City into consideration, Zidane will feel that today’s showdown has come at the perfect time for his players to prove their worth. Karim Benzema has 18 goals to his name for the season, but the experienced Frenchman has now gone five games without finding the back of the net. The fact that Real have struggled since the 32-year-old’s drop-off in the final third highlights their reliance on the frontman, putting the onus on one of his teammates to step up with Eden Hazard seemingly out until the summer through injury. While Gareth Bale has found himself in and out of the team in recent months, you have to go back to October 5 for the last time that the Wales international contributed a goal or assist for the Spanish giants. Having only featured as a substitute against Man City, it may take a big occasion such as the one today to act as the catalyst for the 30-year-old to rediscover his touch in a Los Blancos shirt. Like his counterpart in the dugouts, Quique Setien felt the weight of responsibility on his shoulders when replacing Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona manager in the middle of January. However, after an indifferent start to life at Camp Nou, Setien has witnessed Barca record three successive wins in La Liga, a streak which has taken the club back into first place. Their unbeaten run was extended on Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw away at Napoli in the Champions League last 16, putting the Catalan giants in a position to take advantage in next month’s reverse fixture. There will be those who still have reservations about the former Real Betis man, but the 61-year-old deserves plenty of credit for improving results when having to contend with numerous selection issues. Although the arrival of Martin Braithwaite has boosted numbers in the final third, Setien is having to manage the workload of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. The pair have chipped in with six of Barcelona’s last eight goals, strengthening the argument that the club could miss out of silverware this season should either man join Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez in the treatment room. Despite concerns over a defence which have kept just three clean sheets in 10 matches since Setien’s appointment, there is a feeling that Barcelona will always have a chance of victory with their star attacking duo on the pitch. That said, Griezmann’s best work this season has come from the left flank, rather than down the centre in the role he is expected to occupy on Sunday night. Real Madrid possible XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco, Benzema, Bale. Barcelona possible XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Firpo, Arthur, Busquets, De Jong, Vidal, Messi, Griezmann.Tags: FC BarcelonaLa LigaQuique SetienZinedine Zidane
DES MOINES, Iowa – The number of Iowa children without health care insurance is slowing inching up – a red flag, according to children’s advocates who track the impact on families.A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows 2.7% of Iowa children lack health insurance.That’s up about 1,000 children from two years ago.That might not seem like a lot, but Anne Discher, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Iowa Department of Human Services, says it’s a sign that progress has been reversed.“It certainly marks a shift from many years where we’ve been able to decrease the share of children who are uninsured in our state,” she states.Georgetown has compiled the nationwide rates for uninsured children for nine years. The report says continual efforts to undercut the Affordable Care Act has made health insurance harder to get, or kept families from enrolling their children.The report notes one group with the most pronounced loss of coverage is Latino children, possibly due to immigrant parents’ fear of interacting with the government.Discher says Iowa children with health insurance are more likely to attend school regularly and because they have access to medicine, they’re less likely to be absent due to chronic diseases such as asthma.“It has long-term effects too, in terms of kids who are insured are more likely to graduate from high school, they’re more likely to go onto to higher education, and they’re more likely to get a good job as adults,” she states. “So, it’s got both immediate ramifications and long-term ramifications.”Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, says the trend of fewer children having health coverage doesn’t bode well for a nation experiencing a strong economy.“This is a time of relatively low unemployment rates, and children really should be gaining health coverage, but they’re not,” she states. “So, should an economic downturn occur, the child uninsured rate would probably increase more rapidly than what we’re seeing now.”The study found the number of uninsured children in the U.S. increased by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, bringing the total number to 4 million nationwide.
The first Creeslough Walking Weekend will take place this weekend on July 7th and July 8th 2012.The walks are intense and are designed for different capabilities, and all money raised will be donated to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.The idea of the weekend is to get people out and about into the fresh air and raise some money in the process. The cost is €15 per walk or €25 for both days.Walkers are asked to register before July 1st, and choose the walk most suited to their level of fitness and expertise.Full details of contact details including email addresses and phone numbers can be found at the bottom of this article.The following is a glossary of all walks including prices, meeting points and routes. Saturday 7th JulyAssemble at the Sports field behind St Michael’s Chapel Creeslough.For strenuous walk registration is from 8.15am to 8.45am, leaving at 9.00am by coach. Car parking is available at the Sports field.Moderate walkStarting from the base of Muckish Mountain from the grotto. The moderate walk will follow a route through a forestry track and onto Lough Altan. This walk will take approximately four to four and a half hours. Cost: 15 €Strenuous walkStarting from the base of Muckish mountain from the grotto, walkers will follow the route which will take them across the Aghla group, Ard na Loch na mBreac Beadaí (Ardloughnabrackbaddy) which ascends to approximately 600 metres and on to Lough Altan.The route will take in some of Donegal’s spectacular scenery. Local wildlife includes red Deer and also the recently reintroduced Golden eagle. This walk will take approximately 6 hours.Cost: 15 €Sunday 8th JulyAssemble at Muckish Sand and Gravel, Carrownamaddy.Registration times same as Saturday.Moderate walkBeginning at Carrownamaddy, this route will take you over the historical Lough Swilly railway line, and pass an 18th century building of architectural interest. The walk will also take in Lough Agher, Lough na Boll and then onto Crockatee and Lough Akeo, which is a breeding ground for several pairs of the Diver (stellate) It will then proceed onto the cottage where Noreen Bawn (of the famous Irish song of emigration) was born.Cost: 15 €Sunday 8th JulyStrenuous walkBeginning at Carrownamaddy, the route will take you over the historical Lough Swilly railway line and past an 18th century building of architectural interest. It will also take in Lough Agher, lough na Boll, and then on to a site where there is evidence of millstone quarrying. You will then take the miner’s path which is the route the miners took to ascend Muckish Mountain to the famous sand deposits. Finally down to the bridge of tears in Cloughaneely where transport will be provided for the return journey to the car park.The duration of the walk will take approximately 6 hours and take the group to approximately 666 metres above sea level.Cost: 15 €For more info contact.Declan Breslin 087634 9101Seamus Cannon 087 636 3214Or email [email protected] find us on Facebook on Creeslough Walking Weekend.CREESLOUGH WALKING WEEKEND GETS READY FOR LARGE CROWDS was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Creeslough Walking Weekend