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LUH patients urged to participate in Patient Experience Survey

first_img Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Patients discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital are being urged to participate in the National Patient Experience Survey, which is running for the second year in 40 hospitals across the country.Nationally, an estimated 28,000 patients will receive the survey in the post by mid-June.Rachel Flynn, who heads up the survey, says last year’s results helped to affect change at a number of hospitals, including Letterkenny, and this year’s survey will help ensure those improvements are continuing.She says the local participation record is very good…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – June 8, 2018 center_img LUH patients urged to participate in Patient Experience Survey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAudio Update – Glenveagh is still Donegal’s most popular attractionNext article22 people awaiting admission at LUH News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

Lenexa council approves updated plans for Sikh gurdwara

first_imgA rendering of the gurdwara design approved by the Lenexa City Council on Tuesday.The Lenexa City Council approved the final plan for a new, $4.5 million Sikh temple — the Midwest Sikh Gurdwara — at its Tuesday night meeting.The council had put plans for the project on hold at its April 17 meeting because of concerns about the project’s design expressed by some Lenexa City Council members and nearby residents. The Lenexa Planning Commission had recommended approval of the project’s preliminary plan at its April 2 meeting.A view of the gurdwara from the southwest.The developer held a community meeting June 5 at Fire Station 3, which about 30 people attended, and later submitted an amended preliminary plan, which the council approved at its June 19 meeting. The planning commission recommended approval of the final plan with no stipulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.Ward 2 councilmen Thomas Nolte and Bill Nicks opposed the final plan; Ward 4 Councilwoman Mandy Stuke was absent.The Lenexa gurdwara is planned for the northeast corner of 101st Street and Lone Elm Road. The two-story building will contain about 24,750 square feet. The second floor will hold the main worship hall with capacity for about 325 seats at roughly 11,000 square feet. The first floor will contain roughly 13,750 square feet for a kitchen, dining hall, classrooms and conference rooms, Pradeep Shukla, an architect and planner with Shukla & Associates in Leawood and the project’s architect, said in April.The building’s exterior will comprise precast concrete panels and brick, and three ornamental, golden domes in Sikh-style architecture will sit atop the building. The building’s parking lot will have 125 spaces.The building will sit on 12 acres, part of a 42-acre lot purchased two-and-a-half years ago by the Midwest Sikh Association, Shukla said. The association plans to eventually sell lots to build single-family homes on the remaining 30 acres in the same price range as existing, surrounding homes.The association plans to sell its Shawnee gurdwara but won’t put it on the market until the new one is completed, association President Swinder Singh said Tuesday. He estimated that groundbreaking on the new temple could start early next year and be completed about a year later. The Shawnee gurdwara is at 6834 Pflumm Road. It opened in 1989, according to its website.last_img read more

THUNDER STRUCK! Cup champs Griffith Swords Thunder knocked out in opening round

first_imgBasketball Ireland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics 70-76 Ambassador UCC GlanmireTop scorers NUIG Mystics: Kiera Gaines 23, Dayna Finn 15, Aine McDonagh 12Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Claire Rockall 19, Grainne Dwyer 13, Alexis Eckles 10Half time score: NUIG Mystics 35-46 Ambassador UCC Glanmire Hula Hoops Men’s Presidents Cup (Round 1 – Knock out)LYIT Donegal 82-84 Keane’s SuperValu KillorglinIT Carlow Basketball 83-89 NeptuneBallincollig 20-0 Dublin LionsFr Mathews 99-76 LIT CelticsParis Texas Kilkenny 77-75 Ulster University ElksPortlaoise Panthers 70-64 Ej Sligo All Stars Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1:   UL Huskies v Marble City Hawks, PESS Building-UL-Limerick, 17:00;Griffith College Swords Thunder v Fabplus North West, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Portlaoise Panthers, Mardyke Arena, 13:00;DCU Mercy v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, DCU Complex, 15:30; HULA HOOPS NATIONAL CUP FIXTURESHula Hoops National Cup quarter-finals (Pat Duffy Cup)To be played weekend of December 1-3rd with first named having home advantage.Moycullen v Pyrobel KillesterBlack Amber Templeogue v ÉannaUCC Demons v Garvey’s Tralee WarriorsDCU Saints v UCD Marian There were thrills, spills and upsets galore at the weekend as the opening round of the Hula Hoops National Cup got underway, dishing up some spectacular results across the board. Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics 70-76 Ambassador UCC GlanmirePyrobel Killester 78-64 Portlaoise PanthersCourtyard Liffey Celtics 66-65 Singleton SuperValu BrunellDCU Mercy 74-69 IT Carlow Basketball Hula Hoops Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup (Round 1 – Knock out)Griffith College Swords Thunder 70-75 DCU SaintsBlack Amber Templeogue 90-81 Belfast StarKUBS 47-101 UCC DemonsMoycullen 79-71 Maree Basketball Ireland Men’s Super LeagueUCD Marian 66-91 Pyrobel Killester Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:   IT Carlow Basketball v Ballincollig, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;LYIT Donegal v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, Bishops Field, 15:00;LIT Celtics v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, SportsHub Limerick IT, 18:00;Neptune v Portlaoise Panthers, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;EJ Sligo All-Stars v Titans, Mercy College, 19:30; Monday 30th October 2017Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Griffith College Swords Thunder v DCU Saints, ALSAA-Dublin, 15:00;Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Eanna, Tralee, 15:00;Moycullen v KUBS BC, NUIG Galway, 15:00;Black Amber Templeogue v Maree, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30; Team representatives from the Men’s Super League pictured at the official launch of the Basketball Ireland season 2017/18 at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin, where the Hula Hoops National Cup draw also took place. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile One result in particular caught the attention of basketball fans nationwide, as underdogs DCU Saints caused the upset of the weekend when they overcame reigning Cup champions Griffith College Swords Thunder in thrilling fashion, 75-70. Basketball Ireland Fixtures: October 28th-30thSaturday 28th October 2017          Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   UCD Marian v DCU Saints, UCD, 19:00;KUBS BC v Black Amber Templeogue, Greendale, 19:00;Maree v Griffith College Swords Thunder, CC-Oranmore, 19:45;Pyrobel Killester v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, IWA-Clontarf, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Pyrobel Killester v IT Carlow Basketball, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00;Maxol WIT Wildcats v NUIG Mystics, Mercy Gym, 19:00; Hula Hoops President’s Cup quarter-finalsTo be played weekend of December 1-3rd with first named having home advantage.Fr Mathews v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s KillarneyBallincollig v Portlaoise PanthersNeptune v TitansParis Texas Kilkenny v Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Sunday 29th October 2017 Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Belfast Star v UCC Demons, Methodist College, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Detailed Results – October 21st-23rd Basketball Ireland Men’s Hula Hoops Cup (Pat Duffy Cup)Moycullen 79-71 Maree – MOYCULLEN ADVANCETop scorers Moycullen: Cian Nihill 22, Brandon McGuire 19, Patrick Lyons 15Top scorers Maree: Eoin Rockall 15, Watkins Williams 13, Kenneth Hansberry 11Half time score: Moycullen 42-34 Maree “It was a sweet win to get,” admitted DCU Saints head coach, Joey Boylan. “It feels very good to get the win, especially in the Cup. It was always going to be a tough game, being up against Swords and especially in their place, but we never let them get a run on us.”Indeed, Swords, who had lost just one game so far this season, were left on the back foot from early on as Joey Boylan’s charges drove into a 38-42 point half time lead, with Men’s Super League September Player of the Month, Dee Proby, proving to be a massive thorn in the side of the Swords defence, top scoring with 30 points.Elsewhere, Black Amber Templeogue held firm to run out 90-81 point winners over Belfast Star, with a phenomenal display from Lorcan Murphy, which saw him net 30 points for the Dubliners despite the best efforts of Star’s Conor Quinn and Keelan Cairns.“We made hard work of it,” admitted Templeogue’s Mark Keenan afterwards. “The second half was a tight affair, it came right down to the last few minutes but I’m just happy we closed it out.”UCC Demons eased passed KUBS in style on Saturday evening at Greendale, while Moycullen did just enough to scrape past a determined Maree in the all Galway battle on Sunday afternoon.There was also Cup action in the Men’s Division One league, with the battle for the President’s Cup producing some big results. Cup holders Neptune got out of jail just in time against IT Carlow, managing to hold their nerve in the dying seconds to edge into the second round.Elsewhere, Paris Texas Kilkenny shocked Ulster University Elks with a big win at home, while Cup runners-up from last season, Ej Sligo All Stars bowed out at the hands of Portlaoise Panthers.In the Women’s Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics and Singleton SuperValu Brunell dished up one of the games of the weekend, with just a point separating the sides at the final buzzer, and the Kildare team relieved to take the win.“It was a great win. We didn’t get off to the best start – it took us at least two quarters to figure out their strengths,” said Celtics head coach, Mark Byrne. “Once we did that, we played great defence in the second half. They’re a really tough team, smart and well-coached, so any win against them, you’ve got to be happy with.”Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester bagged their first win of the season when they overcame Portlaoise Panthers at home on Saturday evening, while NUIG Mystics had to settle for second best in a close tie with Ambassador UCC Glanmire. Mark Ingle’s charges at DCU Mercy meanwhile made it two from two with a solid win over IT Carlow Basketball on Sunday afternoon. Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1: Marble City Hawks 55-53 MeteorsFabplus North West 52-74 Fr MathewsUlster University Elks 72-78 Griffith College Swords Thunder Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:   Ballincollig v Fr Mathews, Ballincollig CS, 13:00;LYIT Donegal v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Bishops Field Sports Centre, 15:00;Ulster University Elks v Paris Texas Kilkenny, Ulster University Elks, 15:00;Portlaoise Panthers v LIT Celtics, St Marys Sports Hall, 15:00;Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v Dublin Lions, Killorglin Sports Centre, 15:00;Titans v IT Carlow Basketball, The Jes, 15:30; print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Paulo Gazzaniga the hero as Tottenham down Hornets on pens

first_imgDELE ALLI sealed Spurs’ shootout victory on his Milton Keynes  homecoming.The England star scored the vital  penalty after keeper Paulo Gazzaniga had saved efforts by Etienne Capoue and Domingos Quina.9 Dele Alli and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga were the shootout heroes for SpursCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Dele Alli was spot on as he equalised for Spurs with just under ten minutes remainingCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdIt was a crazy end to a crazy night at a crazy venue where we saw three sets of supporters watched two teams score four goals in normal time.The last three came in the final eight minutes as Spurs trailed and then led before Capoue’s 89th-minute leveller.At least it made the journey to Stadium MK worthwhile for thousands of fans who were delayed by road and rail problems worthwhile.Mauricio Pochettino fielded a stronger-than-expected team, despite making eight changes from Saturday’s 2-1 win at Brighton and giving Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen the night off.9 Erik Lamela thought he had won it for Spurs when he fired them 2-1 up in the final secondsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Isaac Success had given Watford the lead at MK DonsCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdMind you, he had to. Spurs took enough stick for moving this clash 50 miles without putting out a side full of kids.In fairness, Tottenham’s marketing department did a fine job of filling the stadium with as much club branding as possible to make it feel home.MK Dons followers might not have been too pleased — although AFC Wimbledon would call it karma! Tottenham even brought their own mobile club shop to compete with local vendors who did a roaring trade in half-and-half scarves.Though, surely, with around 1,000 seats snapped up by MK Dons season-ticket holders third-and-third-and-third scarves would have been more appropriate.Unsurprisingly for this most unusual of day trips, the atmosphere in the stands felt decidedly touristy.And on the pitch the match started like an exhibition game with neither team seemingly sure as to which should assume the role of the home side.Dele, the night’s main draw on his return to his former club, nearly gave the locals what they wanted to see when Lucas Moura’s volley across the face of goal was just too far ahead of the England midfielder at the far post.Watford’s ex-Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes then got down well at the feet of Lucas Moura following his fellow Brazilian’s burst into the box.But it was the Hornets who finished the first half the stronger as Success fired a shot from the edge of the box down Paulo Gazzaniga’s throat before Marc Navarro tested the Spurs stopper from even further out.Spaniard Navarro was clearly just setting his sights as moments later his 35-yard curler flew just over the bar.9 Christian Kabasele was sent off for this foul on Dele AlliCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Paulo Gazzaniga saved twice in the shootout to earn victory for TottenhamCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 The Hornets will be stinging after their cruel defeatCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdSpurs’ Toby Alderweireld then made a last-ditch tackle to deny Ken Sema a strike on goal just before the break.This should have shaken up Spurs going but they came out for the second half just as sluggish and went behind just 41 seconds after the restart.Isaac Success latched onto Kiko  Femenia’s pass and smashed a shot past Gazzaniga in front of the 4,000 travelling fans — plus 1,000 or so neutral ones!Femenia almost added a second goal just two minutes later as he shot straight at Gazzaniga.Full Premier League weekend preview including Chelsea v Liverpool and Man City v Brighton Dele, who was still known as Alli the last time he played a home match here, skied a volley way over and sub Heung-Min Son had a shot cleared off line by Ben Wilmot as Spurs looked doomed.But Dele levelled with an 81st-minute penalty after Christian Kabasele was sent off for bringing him down in the box.9 The Argentine goalkeeper came up trumps for Spurs in the Carabao CupCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Tottenham are now in the hat for Saturday’s fourth round drawCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdIt was ten-v-ten by then though as Spurs right-back Serge Aurier limped off after Poch had used all three subs.Erik Lamela then looked to have won the game in normal time for Spurs with an 86th minute strike after being played in by Mousa Dembele.But, incredibly, ex-Spurs midfielder Capoue made it 2-2 with a last gasp shot that was deflected off Ben Davies.Dream Team’s football agents give all the news from the Premier League match week 6last_img read more

Senate GOP Redrafts ACA Repeal Bill; Keeps NII and Additional Medicare Taxes – Vote Planned Next Week

first_imgThe net investment income (NII) tax and the additional Medicare tax would survive repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) under a just-introduced, revised Senate GOP proposal. In June, Senate Republicans proposed to abolish both taxes (TAXDAY, 2017/06/23, C.1). The revised Senate GOP plan would repeal or delay other ACA -related taxes. The ACA’s individual and employer shared responsibility provisions also would be eliminated.We will be voting next week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on July 13. Democrats are uniformly opposed to the bill, but will have an opportunity to offer amendments on the Senate floor when the bill becomes open for debate. Republicans, holding a slim 52-majority, can only afford to lose two GOP votes.NII and Additional Medicare TaxesThe ACA created the NII tax and the additional Medicare tax to help offset the cost of health care reform. Both taxes generally reach higher-income taxpayers. The NII tax subjects qualified taxpayers to 3.8-percent tax on the lesser of (i) net investment income, or (ii) modified adjusted gross income that exceeds $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers and surviving spouses, and $125,000 for married taxpayers filing separately). An additional 0.9-percent Medicare tax is imposed on the wages and self-employment income of higher-income taxpayers.Originally, Senate Republicans had proposed to repeal the NII tax and the additional Medicare tax. The previous Senate GOP proposal would have repealed the NII tax retroactively to the start of 2017. The revised bill retains both taxes.Other TaxesThe revised Senate GOP bill would repeal, among other ACA taxes:—the medical device excise tax;—the health insurance provider fee; and—the excise tax on tanning servicesThe excise tax on high-dollar health plans (also known as the tax on “Cadillac plans”) would be delayed until after 2025. Additionally, the revised Senate GOP bill would return the medical expense deduction to its pre-ACA parameters.Various rules for health savings accounts (HSAs) and health flexible spending arrangements also would be modified. For the first time, individuals would be able to use their HSAs to pay for premiums and not just health services and products.Shared Responsibility ProvisionsLike the original bill, the revised Senate GOP bill effectively repeals the individual and employer shared responsibility provisions in the ACA. The bill would make the payment amounts $0 for qualified individuals and large employers. This change would be retroactive beginning in 2016. Individuals with a gap in insurance would be required to wait six months before reapplying.Premium Tax CreditAny individual who was overpaid in Code Sec. 36B advance premium tax credits would have to repay the entire excess amount, regardless of income, beginning in tax year 2018. Changes would also be made to the premium credit’s eligibility criteria, starting in 2020.Hill ReactionSenate Finance Committee Chairman (SFC) Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, took to the Senate floor on July 13 to say that, while the bill is not perfect, it deserves an open debate and amendment process. “There are some things in the bill that, given my preferences, I would do very differently,” he said.” The next vote on this legislation will presumably be whether to let the Senate proceed to the bill,” he added.“One thing that the bill does have is a large amount of money for states to put in what is called a stabilization fund. We can have a reinsurance pool so that folks with a preexisting condition would be reinsured and that would keep premiums lower for that person but also for the entire group,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said.Meanwhile, Democrats remain critical of the measure. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor on July 13 that the revised bill draft is similar to the original. “It appears little has changed at the core of the bill,” he noted. “My Republican friends should not be tempted by the promise of amendments to fix this bill.”Similarly, SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., criticized the bill for providing certain delayed tax breaks for the wealthy. “No one in Oregon or in America is okay with a bill that just delays tax breaks for the fortunate few—yet that’s what the GOP is doing,” Wyden said in a July 13 tweet.By Jessica Jeane, George Jones and George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffDiscussion Draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to HR 1628last_img read more

November 2014 Intel® Chip Chat Podcast Round-up

first_imgIn November we continued to archive livecast episodes from the Intel Developer Forum with episodes on software-defined storage, the RedFish spec, and the Intel server SoC product line. We’ve also got an episode from SC14 on recent Intel Lustre storage announcements. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming podcast, feel free to leave a comment on this post!Intel® Chip Chat:Software-Defined Storage for Agile Enterprises with EMC – Intel® Chip Chat episode 351: Three interviewees from EMC (Danny Cobb, Steve Sardella and Jason Davidson), stop by to chat about developments in the storage industry. Software-defined storage will allow users to create storage pools across large clusters of servers with different levels of service, while NVM Express over Fabrics will give data center operators the distance and robustness of existing standard (Ethernet, Fiber Channel) while also delivering the efficiency of the NVM Express standard. For more information, visit Redfish Spec: A Simple and Standard Management Interface – Intel® Chip Chat episode 352: In this archive of a livecast from the Intel Developer Forum, Billy Cox, the GM of SDI Software Development at Intel and Jeff Autor, a Distinguished Technologist in the Servers Business Unit at HP, stop by to talk about the new Redfish specification from Intel, HP, Dell and Emerson Network Power which has recently been submitted to a new forum in the DMTF. Redfish enables devices to be scalable, discoverable, extensible and easy to manage via a simple, script-based programming method. This allows use cases from data center operators to enterprise management consoles to expand data access and analysis. For more information, visit and Scalable Storage with Lustre* Software – Intel® Chip Chat episode 353: Brent Gorda, the GM of the High Performance Data Division at Intel, stops by to talk about the Lustre* file system, which operates at extreme scale and efficiency and is popular in the HPC industry. The Lustre team at Intel recently announced the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre version 2.2, which added some significant maintenance and management tools, support for the underlying OpenZFS file system, and enhancements to use MapReduce* under Lustre (allowing data to be kept in one place). For more information, visit: Intel System on a Chip Product Line – Intel® Chip Chat episode 354: Nidhi Chappell, the Server SoC Product Marketing Manager at Intel stops by to talk system on a chip (SoC). The design philosophy is all about integration – IO, network and NIC on the same package as the microprocessor for use in markets including communications, storage and microservers where scalability and density are critical. Intel is using SoCs in Intel® AtomTM processors and recently released details on the upcoming Intel® Xeon® D processor line, the first true Xeon processor based SoC. For more information, visit read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have loaned midfielder Oliver Norwood to Sheffield United until January, when a permanent transfer will be completed.Norwood has won promotion to the Premier League in each of the past two seasons with Brighton and then Fulham, where he played 41 games last term.The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international leaves Brighton after 37 appearances in all competitions.”This is a fantastic capture for us,” said Blades boss Chris Wilder.”Oli has great ability, is a great age and will make us stronger. He complements our squad and our transfer business over the course of the summer window.”Brighton manager Chris Hughton commented: “He is keen to play regular senior football.”He added: “Sheffield United provides him that opportunity. On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to thank Ollie for his efforts.” last_img read more

a month agoTottenham remain determined to find Victor Wanyama buyer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Tottenham remain determined to find Victor Wanyama buyerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham remain determined to find a buyer for Victor Wanyama in January.The Kenya international turned down a move to Club Brugge after their offer was accepted.Olympique Marseille were also in contact with Wanyama’s minders, but the market shut with him still a Spurs player.The Guardian says Spurs still want to offload the midfielder when the market reopens.Wanyama’s deal runs to 2021. last_img

a month agoMan Utd legend Keane fears Solskjaer’s job on the line

first_imgMan Utd legend Keane fears Solskjaer’s job on the lineby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane fears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is on the line.United have quickly come back down to earth now that the season has started, and on Sunday Solskjaer’s United side were comfortably beaten by West Ham at the London Stadium. Responding to the defeat, Keane told Sky Sports: “If you are looking at the board, how much money have they spent?”There was a feel-good factor for Ole at the start. You can hang your hat on Rashford but he is not that kind of striker. They need time, three or four transfer windows.”If you lose like today and not get results, the pressure builds and builds. You won’t get time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoNicolas Pepe & perspective: Why slating Arsenal attacker just wrong

first_imgNicolas Pepe & perspective: Why slating Arsenal attacker just wrongby Chris Beattie2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Nicolas Pepe and these ex-players. “Horrible”. “Redundant”. “I don’t know what he is”. Of course they’re right. Of course they’re right in what they say about Arsenal’s record signing……oh wait. Hang on. That wasn’t messrs Keown, Merson and Wright slating Pepe after Bramall Lane. No. That was John Aldridge and Danny Murphy pulling apart Roberto Firmino’s game just months after joining Liverpool from Hoffenheim.At the time, Aldridge, one of the club’s greatest No9s, would even question Firmino’s courage. Yes, Firmino! The hardest working front-to-back striker in the game. But four years ago, Aldo saw things differently: “The Brazilian also pulled out of a challenge that was 55-45 in his favour. Liverpool fans won’t accept that. I’ve been going for 50 years and I know it’s unacceptable.”Of course, cycle forward to today and Aldridge’s opinion has dramatically changed. As has Murphy’s. The former Reds midfielder would later admit his initial judgment of the Brazilian was wrong. You get the drift. Pepe isn’t three months into his Premier League career and he’s being absolutely slaughtered. The €80m man bearing the brunt of blame for Monday night’s defeat at Sheffield United. Criticism which really is undeserved.Yes, he isn’t playing as a record signing is expected. And yes, he should be burying that chance in the first-half. But it was at the end of a move he’d initiated on the edge of Bernd Leno’s penalty area. And he’d had to bend his run twice to get the timing right to meet the cross. Nine times out o… okay, okay given his current confidence levels… seven times out of ten Pepe is side-footing that volley past Dean Henderson in the Blades goal. It would’ve been one of the great goals of the season. An end-to-end Mickey Thomas or David Rocastle effort. Different players. But Pepe, with all his shimmies and tricks, is also capable of doing that. And next time, there’s every chance he’s volleying the ball home.As mentioned, Pepe isn’t playing like an €80m signing. But he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch on Monday night. Indeed, he had some bright moments. For the neutral, sitting back, it was a performance typical of a player from Ligue 1 trying to get to grips with the rigours of Premier League football. And showing some promise – at Bramall Lane no less. A dart and low cross down the right-hand side could’ve had the Gunners ahead in the first-half. Then after the break – and that miss – Pepe actually beat Henderson, but his shot from outside the area dipped the wrong side of the post.But Pepe kept persisting – which should be encouraging for the Arsenal support. The head hasn’t dropped yet. Which is a good sign. That’s not to say he shouldn’t be doing better – and this isn’t about making excuses for the Ivorian. But watching Pepe get caught up in the extremes of Prem punditry, some reality needs to prevail.”Pepe, is he going to get into the team?” queried Martin Keown, the former Gunners centre-half. “It’s a massive amount of money they have paid for him and Lille will be laughing all the way to the bank with that one.”Really? Luis Campos, Lille’s sporting director, would say otherwise. His job would be far easier having Pepe still on the books than €80m in the bank. Certainly, good friend Jose Mourinho believes so. The Special One a regular at LOSC games last season where he was able to assess Pepe up close.”He knows how to defend, to play in the 4-4-2 as the right winger, you know how to defend, not only that area but also the inside,” said Mourinho, essentially describing Pepe’s performance on Monday night to a tee. “He does that very well. When he has the ball and also without the ball, he is very effective and very direct.”I think this boy has fantastic potential.”And “potential” is the word here. Pepe wasn’t signed by the Gunners for the here and now. At 24, he’s still learning his craft – and now doing so in the most demanding league in the world.Four years ago, when it was Firmino getting it in the neck, Pepe was running around the French Third Division with US Orleans, having been plucked from Angers’ reserves team. Today he’s with Arsenal – and as their record signing. A little perspective is required. Pepe’s first months as an Arsenal player haven’t been as horrible as claimed. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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