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Energinet Looks to Buy Bornholm Spare Cable

first_imgDanish national transmission system operator Energinet wishes to purchase a 3.300 meters long spare cable for the Bornholm interconnector to ensure readiness for a cable repair in case of a failure.The Bornholm interconnector between the Danish island of Bornholm and Sweden consists of 3 single core XLPE subsea cables operated at 60kV.The scope of supply consists of all labour, equipment and materials required for design, fabrication, factory testing, supply and delivery.Energinet has set a deadline for submission of tenders for September 3, 2018.Danish subsea services provider JD-Contractor covers contingency repairs of all Energinet subsea asserts in Denmark, including the transmission systems and the export cables.last_img read more

Hot-car death: ‘Death is punishment enough’ – Family First

first_imgNZ Herald 5 June 2015A Wanganui health professional who pleaded guilty to manslaughter after her child was left in a hot car has been discharged without conviction.Before Justice Simon France in the High Court at Wanganui this morning, the woman began crying at the first mention of the boy’s name.The court heard the boy died of heatstroke and dehydration. He was discovered only after his creche texted and then phoned to inquire where he was.The defendant sobbed as the summary of facts was read out in court.About 20 people attended in the public gallery, many sharing tearful hugs during a morning adjournment.The 16-month-old boy, whose name has been suppressed, died outside her workplace on January 16. Police have not publicly confirmed the circumstances of his death, but charged the 35-year-old mother with his manslaughter in April. conviction in infant’s hot car death3News 5 June 2015Family First says the decision is appropriate and that her child’s death is “punishment enough”.However, national director Bob McCoskrie is disappointed police pursued the prosecution, thereby initiating a “drawn-out court process” which “served no public benefit”.“It has just added to the pain of a mother who has already received a life sentence. What was the point of pursuing this further?“No jail term or punishment could have outweighed the consequence of the mother’s mistake. This does not appear to be a neglectful mother. It appears to be simply a tragic, tragic mistake. Fortunately the judge agreed.”Police should have used their discretion under the prosecution guidelines not to press charges, he says. conviction for woman in manslaughter of her sonStuff 5 June 2015A lobby group is criticising police for prosecuting a Whanganui health professional, whose son died after being left in a car on a hot day, saying it was not in the public interest.But police say it is their job to present the evidence to the court, which then decides what is appropriate.The 35-year-old woman was discharged without conviction by Justice Simon France in the High Court in Whanganui on Friday, having pleaded guilty last month to the manslaughter of the 16-month-old toddler, who died on January 16.The woman, her husband and the child were all granted permanent name suppression.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said he welcomed the decision, but was disappointed with police’s actions.The case was not in the public interest, and police could have used their discretion to keep the case out of court, he said.“The drawn out court process has served no public benefit. It has just added to the pain of a mother who has already received a life sentence.” read more

Dominica Tourism Sector stands to benefit tremendously from first International Cricket Test Match

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 592 Views   no discussions Share Kubuli Girls at Windsor Park StadiumIt is the first day of the historic International Test Cricket Match at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, Dominica and several fans have gathered to show their support for the teams.Deputy Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee espressed his excitement that Dominica has been afforded the opportunity to host this test match and highlighted the benefits which we will receive.“From what we have seen today we have had a very good turnout and it does highlight the fact that Dominicans love their cricket and they will do anything to be there and I think it augers well for the rest of the match.”He also highlighted the tourism aspect of the influx of visitors on island.Deputy Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee, Mr. Sobers Esprit.“First of all I think we have seen in terms of the numbers of overseas we have sen quite a number of Dominicans returning as well as a number of visitors who have come for the games and as well as the promotional value for Dominica is very tremendous. We have a number of media here covering the game and I have already read a few reports online and on the wire service and it just emphasises sports tourism in Dominica” he said.Secretary of the Dominica Festivals Committee, Marva Williams describes the International Test Cricket Match as a great plus for the Tourism Industry.Secretary at the Dominica Festivals Committee, Ms. Marva Williams.“We are now getting into the Tourism Industry and we are now trying to build on that, and having the International Cricket come to Dominica is a major plus for us in terms of the number of visitor arrivals and in terms of the exposure which we are going to get via radio and internet. We also have a booth inside the stadium where people can purchase their “I AM DOMINICA” t-shirts, you can get information on the 15th World Creole Music Festival which is October 28th to the 30th, 2011. I can say that it is an exciting thing and DFC had a major role to play in this cricket because we were responsible for the accreditation and making sure that everything is in order so that persons can get access into the venue” she said.Cricket commentator Joseph Thomas gave an overview of the match thus far, “I think the game is going good. India won the tost and decided to bat, there was some moisture on the wicket and obviously wanted to exploit it. They’ve got three West Indian wickets thus far which is what I think the West Indies would have done if they had won the toss. It’s early days yet we have just about a couple minutes for lunch and just about two overs to go. The match is evenly poised at this point. We expect the West Indies to build back Chanderpaul and Bravo the wickets, we expect them to build back and move on from there.”When asked by our reporter to give his sentiments on Dominica being the host of this historic game Mr. Thomas expressed delight and elation.“I feel very proud as a Dominican to know that this is the newest test venue. Windsor Park in Dominica is the newest test venue in the world. I cant be more elated than how I am. A number of persons have turned out to see the first day’s play we expect many more persons to come out during the test match, to make Dominica really proud and showcase what it is we have got. We are paying and patriotric sporting public and we expect no more than just this” he said.He also concluded that the Dominican public supports cricket more than any other country in the Caribbean which was evident in 2009 with  Bangladesh and also in 2010 with South Africa.At lunch time West Indies were 64 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.News reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica Tourism Sector stands to benefit tremendously from first International Cricket Test Match by: – July 6, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

No. 1 Seasiders End No. 5 Argonauts 10-Match Winning Streak

first_imgNo. 1 Seasiders End No. 5 Argonauts 10-Match Winning Streak March 27, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – Two of the best in NCAA Division II women’s tennis squared off at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on Tuesday. In the end, top-ranked BYU-Hawaii posted an 8-1 win over fifth-ranked West Florida. BYU-Hawaii (19-0) won their 46th consecutive match, while West Florida’s (12-5) 10-match winning streak came to an end.West Florida’s lone victory came in the first position doubles match as the Argonauts sixth-ranked team of Tammy Kevey (Auckland, New Zealand) and Mandy Septoe (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) earned an 8-2 win. The victory ended BYU-Hawaii’s streak of seven consecutive shutouts.With all six of their singles players ranked, BYU-Hawaii swept the singles competition. The first position singles match featured two of the best singles players in the nation: West Florida’s fourth ranked Suzana Cavalcante (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and BYU-Hawaii’s Dori Magas. After Cavalcante won the first set, Magas came back to win the second set and shutout Cavalcante in the tiebreaker. With the loss, West Florida remained winless in 15 matches against BYU-Hawaii.West Florida will return to Gulf South Conference action on Tuesday against West Alabama. The match will begin at 2 p.m. at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex.RESULTS#1 Singles: #5 Dori Magas (BYUH) def. #4 Suzana Cavalcante (UWF), 3-6, 6-4, 10-0#2 Singles: #2 Yuliya Ustyuzhanina (BYUH) def. #16 Tammy Kevey (UWF), 6-2, 6-2#3 Singles: #3 Jing Jing Lu (BYUH) def. Mandy Septoe (UWF), 6-4, 6-1#4 Singles: #28 Anna Anikanova (BYUH) def. #35 Renata Mattos (UWF), 6-3, 6-3#5 Singles: #33 Maggie Deng (BYUH) def. Paola Arevalo (UWF), 6-2, 6-4#6 Singles: #15 Ramona Husaru (BYUH) def. Anne Claire Beard (UWF), 6-2, 6-1#1 Doubles: #6 T. Kevey/M. Septoe (UWF) def. Y. Ustyuzhanina/A. Anikanova (BYUH), 8-2#2 Doubles: J.J. Lu/D. Magas (BYUH) def. #14 P. Arevalo/S. Cavalcante (UWF), 8-4#3 Doubles: R. Husaru/M. Deng (BYUH) def. A.C. Beard/R. Mattos (UWF), 8-1<>Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Wenger thrilled with Sanchez coup

first_img Press Association Sport understands a defensive midfielder is also on Wenger’s wanted list. Arsenal have been linked with both Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender and fellow Germany international Sami Khedira, although his reported high wage demands could derail any potential deal. There is no doubt, however, that bringing in Sanchez – who also had interest from Liverpool and Juventus – will present something of a personal coup for Wenger. The Gunners boss is understood to have spoken to the player face to face while working for French television at the World Cup in Brazil, convincing him Arsenal was the right place to further his career. ”As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal,” Wenger said on the club’s official website. ”Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. ”He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad.” Sanchez helped Barcelona win the 2013 Primera Division title and is expected to feature in the Emirates Cup at the start of August. The Chile international, who helped his side reach the last 16 at the World Cup before losing on penalties to hosts Brazil, is relishing the new challenge. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to step up his summer recruitment drive after a deal was agreed with Barcelona for “fantastic” Chile international Alexis Sanchez. ”I am so happy to be joining Arsenal – a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London,” Sanchez said. ”I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to be playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League. I will give my best to Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.” Arsenal know they must continue to work on bringing in other reinforcements if the FA Cup winners are to mount a long-overdue sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title, having been clear at the top in January only to fade away and finish fourth. While Debuchy will represent a Premier League-ready replacement for Bacary Sagna, who left on a free transfer to Manchester City, there is also need to sign at least one goalkeeper after number two Lukasz Fabianski joined Swansea following his last appearance at Wembley. Wenger will return to Arsenal’s Hertfordshire base after the World Cup final, ahead of a trip to New York at the end of the month, where the Gunners will tackle former captain Thierry Henry’s Red Bulls. After games against Benfica and Monaco at the Emirates Cup, Arsenal then return to Wembley to take on Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on August 10, before starting the new Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace the following weekend. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder completed his medical in London on Thursday, the two clubs reported to have agreed a deal in the region of £30million, and will join up with his new team-mates at the end of July after spending some time on holiday following the World Cup. Arsenal are also expecting to imminently complete the £10m transfer of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle, with Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo another reported target. Press Associationlast_img read more

Authorities arrested a man who faked his death to avoid prosecution in a child rape case

first_imgAuthorities arrested a Mississippi man who, police say, faked his own death to avoid prosecution in the alleged rape of his 14-year-old stepdaughter.On Wednesday, 43-year-old Jacob Blair Scott was arrested in the Antlers, Oklahoma, area after Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office received a tip describing Scott and saying he was living in an RV.Scott was added to the US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list, according to US Marshals Inspector Jeremy Stilwell.Police say he was not cooperative at first, and denied his identity. Authorities were able to verify it was him by by his tattoos.The US Marshals said they believed Scott had faked a suicide on his boat to avoid prosecution and could have lived off the grid, thanks to his military training. Officials offered a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to his arrest.Scott has been indicted on 14 counts, including sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes and exploitation of a child. He’s also wanted by federal authorities in Mississippi for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.He’s being held in the Pittsburg County jail in Oklahoma.last_img read more

Students share stories about sexual assault

first_imgStudents gathered at Tommy Trojan Thursday night for Survivor Speak OUT, an event that gave students who have survived sexual violence an opportunity to share their stories in a safe space.Safe haven · Take Back the Week featured spoken word poet Andrea Gibson and her inspiring poems. Afterwards, the stage was open for sexual assault survivors to share their own stories. Kevin Fohrer | Daily TrojanThe event served as the culminating event of Take Back the Week, a weeklong effort by the Women’s Student Assembly to raise awareness about sexual violence. Take Back the Week included the Clothesline Project; on Alumni Park, a night of “artivism” at Ground Zero and other panels and workshops concerning issues of sexual violence.Survivor Speak OUT opened with introductions of several student services, including the counseling services offered by the Engemann Student Health Center.The event featured a keynote address from award-winning poet and activist Andrea Gibson, introduced by Take Back the Night director Yesenia Menendez as someone who “is not gentle with her truths.”Gibson’s performance was very powerful. She performed several potent spoken-word poems and provided encouraging words to the audience.“Even if you don’t write poems, I really recommend writing a love poem to your body,” Gibson said as an introduction to her poem, “I Sing the Body Electric, Especially When My Power’s Out.”After Gibson’s performance, the stage was opened up to survivors of sexual violence who were given the opportunity to share their stories. Several survivors took to the stage, sharing poems, stories and emotional outpourings to a supportive audience. Everyone in the audience held lighted candles throughout the Speak OUT.The event attracted several dozen attendees.“I’m interested in hearing what survivors have to say,” said Lilly Taing, a sophomore majoring in health and humanity. “A lot of people can’t or don’t understand how [survivors] are feeling or dealing with their situation, and a lot of time people blame [the survivors].”Many survivors and supporters at the event advocated against victim-blaming, and created an encouraging environment for those who might blame themselves for the violence that had been committed against them.Maggie Deagon, a sophomore majoring in Spanish and health and humanity, noted these events are important for bringing awareness to sexual assault.“Events like this start a conversation about issues people might not be talking about otherwise,” Deagon said.Taing agreed that the event brought important coverage toward the issue.“Especially in front of Tommy Trojan, the center of campus, I think this event could cause students to take notice,” Taing said.Indeed, several passersby stopped to see why a crowd had gathered around Tommy Trojan, and found a strong audience of people supporting one another.After Speak OUT, the audience rose to walk together around campus with their lighted candles, letting their light take back the night from all the perpetrators of sexual assault.last_img read more

Accused killer of USC professor to be committed

first_imgFormer graduate student David Jonathan Brown was ordered Tuesday to be committed to a California Department of State Hospitals location for up to life. Brown was charged with the stabbing death of professor Bosco Tjan, and was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity in January based on two psychiatric evaluation reports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leslie Swain recommended Brown be committed to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino. Steve Schoenfield, Brown’s public defender, said he is pleased Brown will receive medical treatment. “He’s severely mentally ill and needs help,” Schoenfield said. “Hopefully with that help he will get well and with each day, improve. I hope to see him one day being assimilated back into society. I don’t believe that’s going to be in the near future, of course.”Brown was arrested in December 2016 after Tjan was found dead from multiple stab wounds.Tjan was a professor of psychology and co-director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Center at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He had worked at the University since 2001.Prior to the fatal stabbing incident, Brown had studied neuroscience and had been working in Tjan’s lab. Police said that the murder was motivated by a “personal dispute.”“I think that this is a tragedy all the way around, and I know how much [Tjan] liked David and David liked him,” Schoenfield said. “He supported David and he was a great mentor to him, and I hope his family can have peace.”last_img read more

Trojans ready for ITA Kick-off Weekend

first_imgAfter a tough outing in the Southern California USTA Pro Futures, the USC men’s tennis team returned to its winning ways with a dominant showing at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. The team followed up that performance with a commanding 6-1 victory over UC Riverside on Monday, giving the team some momentum heading into the ITA Kick-Off this weekend.In the Sherwood Collegiate Cup singles competition, the Trojans were strongly represented with nine entrants. Sophomore Nick Crystal, senior Jonny Wang, senior Roberto Quiroz and freshman Thibault Forget swept their first-round matches, while both sophomore Rob Bellamy and junior Max de Vroome won their opening matches in three sets to advance to the second round. Freshman Tanner Smith and sophomore Connor Farren failed to advance to the second round after both of them were swept in their first match. Senior Eric Johnson, despite winning the first set in his opening match, was also eliminated from competition after losing the second and third sets of the match.Of the six Trojans that advanced to the second round, only Quiroz and Wang would make it to the quarterfinals. Quiroz’s second round matchup against Vince Schneider of Baylor started rough for Quiroz, who lost 2-6 to Schneider in the first set. Quiroz fought back, however, and easily won the next two sets by scores of 6-2 and 6-1 to win the match. Wang also needed three sets to move on to the quarterfinals when he took on Karue Sell from UCLA in the second round. Wang won the first set 6-3, but dropped the second set to Sell 2-6. Despite his troubles in the second set, Wang took control in the third and final set, winning the set 6-1 and punching his ticket to the quarterfinals. Bellamy’s singles play came to an end when he was swept 4-6, 5-7 in his second round matchup. Crystal, Forget, and de Vroome failed to advance to the quarterfinals after each of them lost their respective second round matches in three sets.In the quarterfinals, Quiroz and Wang dominated their competition, with both of them sweeping their respective opponents. Felipe Rios from Baylor gave Quiroz a tough fight, but Quiroz was able to finish the job in the first and second sets, winning 6-4, 7-6 (4) and earning a spot in the semifinals. Wang didn’t have too much trouble in his quarterfinals matchup, beating Mate Zsiga from Baylor 6-1, 6-2.Quiroz and Wang were pitted against each other in the semifinals. Quiroz swept his fellow teammate 6-2, 6-3 en route to the championship match, where he took on UCLA’s Dennis Mkrtchian. In the championship match, Quiroz made things look easy, sweeping Mkrtchian 6-2, 6-0 and claiming the Sherwood Collegiate Cup singles title.Quiroz said it was a big moment for him when he won the Sherwood Collegiate Cup.“For me, it’s a very important accomplishment,”Quiroz said. “Sherwood is such a traditional tournament. Being able to win the tournament is unbelievable and even more [because] I’m a senior. But you know what, I wasn’t feeling great last week, but I just tried to give my best… I never gave up and I just kept building every match, and I think that was key to my success. And, you know, I’m very happy, but I’m more motivated to work harder and give my best to the team.”In doubles action, the Trojans were well represented with four teams. Smith and Wang enjoyed a first-round bye, while the other three USC pairings competed in the opening round. Quiroz and de Vroome advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1 win over UCLA’s Michael Guzman and Ryoto Tachi, while Bellamy and Farren moved on with a 6-4 win over UCLA’s Austin Rapp and Mkrtxchian. The pairing of Crystal and Forget, who lost 1-6 to Baylor’s Julian Lenz and Rios, was the only USC pairing that did not advance to the quarterfinals.In the quarterfinals, two of the three remaining USC pairings won their matchups and continued to the semifinals. Quiroz and de Vroome advanced to the semifinals via a walkover, while Smith and Wang took down Juan Benitez and Zsiga from Baylor by a score of 6-3 to continue on in the competition. Bellamy and Farren were eliminated from doubles play after a heartbreaking 6-7 (4) loss to Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz of Stanford.Like the singles semifinals, the doubles semifinals pitted the two remaining USC competitors against each other. Quiroz and de Vroome shut out Smith and Wang 6-0 to advance to the finals. In the championship game, Quiroz and de Vroome fell to Fawcett and Romanowicz 4-6, finishing second in the doubles tournament.The team returned to Marks Stadium on Monday, where they took on the UC Riverside Highlanders (UCR). In doubles play, the Trojans were unable to pull out a victory.  Michael Carella and Calvin Ngo (UCR) defeated Bellamy and Forget 6-4, while Luis Gaståo and Sean Robles (UCR) defeated redshirt freshman David Laser and Smith 6-2 to clinch the doubles point. Crystal and Farren were up 5-3 over Julian Ruffin and Sina Sharifi before play was suspended.Bellamy shared his thoughts on why he believed his team did so poorly in doubles action. “There were two new pairings: myself and Thibault,” said Bellamy. “We had never played before, and so that was interesting. And the guys on Court 3, David and Tanner, had also never played before. With doubles, it just takes a lot of getting used to, knowing what your partner’s going to do and kind of understanding each other. It’s also the first dual match of the season, so there’s some nerves.”Losing the doubles point would not matter, however, as the Trojans dominated singles play, winning all six of their matches. Johnson and Crystal both took down their respective UCR opponents by a score of 6-1, 6-1.  Farren defeated Sharifi 6-2, 6-2, while Forget earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Robles. Bellamy reigned victorious in a 6-4, 6-1 win over Carella, and Smith outlasted Hans Baumstark 7-5, 6-4. With the six victories, the Trojans won the meet 6-1 and are now officially 1-0 on the season.USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith talked about how this match was different from the Southern California USTA Pro Futures and what he did to get his team back into winning form.  “The tournament we played was really, really tough two weeks ago,” said Smith. “It’s very hard to compare that to today’s match [against UC Riverside]. We needed to get together, and we needed to work hard and train. It’s that simple.”Following the Southern California USTA Pro Futures, Smith said that his team needed to focus on footwork. After the match against UC Riverside, Smith talked about the improvements he has seen in that area. “We had the energy out here [against UC Riverside] and that translates to footwork,” said Smith. “You know, just an aggressive mindset, and working super hard and moving your feet.  We saw that, and it’ll just get better and better.”This weekend, the Trojans will be hosting a two-day tournament at Marks Stadium with UNC Wilmington, Santa Clara and Louisiana-Lafayette for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. On Friday, UNC Wilmington will take on Santa Clara in the morning, while the Trojans will take on Louisiana-Lafayette in the early afternoon. The loser from each of the two games will play a consolation match Saturday afternoon, and the winners from Friday’s games will play in the championship game Saturday evening.UNC Wilmington is 2-0 on the season with 7-0 wins against both Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb. In fact, UNC Wilmington, which is ranked No. 50 nationally, didn’t lose a set in either match. The freshmen will be a key factor for UNC Wilmington this weekend, considering there are six of them on the team.Santa Clara, like UNC Wilmington, is 2-0 so far this season. Santa Clara, which has taken on UC Santa Cruz and Sonoma State, won both of its matches by a score of 4-0 and never gave up a set. Santa Clara consists of only seven players, but is ranked No. 56 nationally.Louisiana-Lafayette has a 2-2 record on the season. Three of those four games were played during the Florida State Invitational, where Louisiana Lafayette went 2-1.  Their only loss in the tournament came against No. 72 North Florida by a score of 0-4. Louisiana-Lafayette rebounded and won the next two matches against Furman and South Alabama by scores of 4-2 and 4-3, respectively. In Louisiana-Lafayette’s last match, they fell to Lamar 3-4.last_img read more

Chelsea Dreaming Upset at Camp Nou

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE*Conte goes head-to-head with Valverde to survive been ‘chopped’Antonio Conte has said he will consult his players ahead of Chelsea´s Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday and after the game he might do better to seek out Ernesto Valverde. Both coaches faced chaotic starting points this season but only Valverde heads into this last 16 second leg at the Camp Nou with his domestic campaign still very much intact.Each began the campaign at the end of a frenzied summer, in which key players were sold, less wanted ones bought and with the feeling overall of a squad weakened rather than bolstered.Asked in September to reflect on the club´s transfer dealings, Conte said: “This question is very difficult to answer. I think we have to wait until the end of the season and then we’ll see.”Valverde was even less diplomatic. “The best thing about this window is that it is now closed,” he said.Each had unexpectedly found a gaping hole in attack as Neymar was lured by Paris Saint-Germain while Conte was only too happy to let Diego Costa leave, but then watched Manchester United walk off with Romelu Lukaku, the intended replacement.Barcelona bought Ousmane Dembele, the club´s most expensive signing, who limped off 55 minutes into his debut and would not return until January.Chelsea, meanwhile, plumped for Alvaro Morata, who lacked confidence and gumption, and then in January Olivier Giroud, who had already been failing to get into the Arsenal team.There were the players missed. For Chelsea, Lukaku, Alex Sandro, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente. For Barcelona, Marco Verratti, Hector Bellerin and Jean Michael Seri.And the ones brought in. Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger, for Chelsea. Paulinho and Gerard Deulofeu, on a buy-back agreement, for Barcelona.But, eight months on, and with the season’s end now in sight, one coach allowed the frustration to fester and deepen, while the other has ensured it is all-but forgotten.Barcelona sit eight points clear at the top of La Liga, and are unbeaten after 28 games. Chelsea are fifth, four points adrift of the Champions League qualification spots, and perhaps need to win the tournament to play in it again next season.The Blues could certainly beat Barca – they were unfortunate only to come away from the first leg with a 1-1 draw – or still sneak into the Premier League´s top four.But they are 25 points behind Manchester City and their miserable title defence is likely to mean Conte departs in May.What Conte has complicated, Valverde has simplified. Barcelona have become more functional this season, playing 4-4-2 as well as 4-3-3, and tighter at the back. They have conceded only one more league goal than the miserly Atletico Madrid.When Valverde was asked about the possibility of Neymar returning last week, he typically brushed it off with minimal fuss. “It is a fantasy and we will not talk about speculation we know would not end here,” he said.And he has kept Messi happy, the Argentinian arriving this week with five goals in his last four games, including the crucial winner against Atletico Madrid.Conte, meanwhile, is yet to find a solution to his striking problems, has given oxygen to his conflict with the club´s hierarchy and has succeeded only in alienating his own best player, Eden Hazard, who is disillusioned with a lone role up front.After Barcelona edged out Atletico 1-0 earlier this month, Diego Simeone said Messi was the decisive factor but also had paid tribute to Valverde´s calm and calculated Barca revival.“It makes me happy to see a Barca so tight and strong defensively,” Simeone said. “What Valverde is doing is wonderful. He has reinvented them.”They hope to have Andres Iniesta available again after the midfielder trained on Monday, following a hamstring strain.On Chelsea, Valverde said: “They are very strong and defend very close together. We have a lot of hope and all is still to play for.”RESULTSRoma 1-0 ShakhtarMan Utd 1-2- SevillaTODAYBesiktas v B’ MunichBarca v ChelseaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more