Toffees manager Roberto Martinez believes Swansea counterpart Garry Monk should not be judged on his brief record as a fledgling boss. The 35-year-old former club captain was put in interim charge when Michael Laudrup was sacked in early February despite having no previous experience. In his first month in charge he had to balance the demands of the FA Cup, Europa League and Barclays Premier League. Despite exit from both cup competitions, their league form has not improved and Monk has won just once – his first game against south Wales rivals Cardiff – as the side have picked up five points from as many matches to leave them perilously close to the relegation zone. Martinez admits he has a soft spot for his former club and, ahead of their third meeting this season, has backed Monk to keep them in the top flight. “I have been very impressed with Garry Monk and it would be a big mistake to try to assess his time just by the results,” said the Spaniard. “Some of the performances have been impressive, especially the two games against Napoli in the Europa League where he brought a mature performance from the players. “Even the game against Liverpool (losing 4-3 at Anfield) and games at home to Crystal Palace (1-1) and West Brom (a 2-1 defeat) have been very small margins and that is why they are where they are in the league. “I don’t think there is a big difference or something huge lacking. “I have been very impressed with the way he has handled the demands of a short period of time with so many games. “Everyone has had a good reaction and I know it will be a really tough game for us on Saturday.” Everton are currently sixth, occupying the final Europa League spot, but Martinez knows they will have to win the majority of their remaining 10 matches to keep their European dream alive. Manchester United are three points behind, having played a match more, but fifth-placed Tottenham could well be caught as they are only two ahead having played two games more. “Thirty points is a huge amount. We are playing for 15 points at home, which is something we welcome as our football at Goodison has been full of confidence and good play,” added Martinez. “Our points average at home has been exceptional and we need to carry on with that but in the same manner you need to be able to go away from home and get competitive performances.” Striker Michu is set to continue on the comeback trail for Swansea. Michu returned off the bench after three months out with an ankle injury when Swansea lost at home to West Brom last weekend. Jonjo Shelvey, who has had hamstring trouble, looks poised to feature at Goodison Park, along with Nathan Dyer, who also missed the Albion clash as he rested a heel injury. Monk is “totally confident” his Swansea team will collect enough points to finish clear of the relegation zone. The loss against the Baggies means Swansea go into the clash at Goodison Park just four points above Sunderland, who lie 18th. They have not claimed a league win since beating Cardiff, and the West Brom result certainly provided a piercing wake-up call if one was required. “The first thing I said to the players (last Saturday) was ‘you are now going to learn exactly what it’s like to fight’,” head coach Monk said. “You could see West Brom’s attitude in the second half. They upped the spirit and intensity, and at that point we couldn’t match it. “The positive was that we saw a team fighting for their lives. Some players will not have experienced it before, but it is at times like this you see who is a boy and who is a man. “The reaction in training this week has been good. All the players have been pushing each other. “But the ultimate point is you’ve got to turn those performances into results. If I am not happy I will tell them, but they weren’t happy themselves.” The centre-back has missed three matches with a hamstring injury and if he is not considered fit enough John Stones will continue to deputise. Midfielder Steven Pienaar, who missed last week’s win over Cardiff with a knee cartilage problem, is expected to be out for a further two to three weeks. Press Association Everton captain Phil Jagielka is rated at 50-50 to make his return for the visit of Swansea.
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Deaths in care homes fell at a slower rate than the population at large, and the total number of deaths in care homes in England and Wales now stands at 9,975.A cross-party parliamentary committee looking into the government’s handling of the crisis on Tuesday said testing had been “inadequate” in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.”The decision to pursue an approach of initially concentrating testing in a limited number of laboratories and to expand them gradually… is one of the most consequential made during this crisis,” they said.”From it followed the decision on March 12 to cease testing in the community and retreat to testing principally within hospitals.”The decision meant residents in care homes could not get tests when the virus was at its most potent stage, they added. Topics : The government’s official rolling tally, which was 34,796 as of Monday, is lower because it only records deaths after positive tests.Either way, Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe, and the government has been criticized heavily for its response to the outbreak.The ONS figures show a sharp fall in coronavirus deaths in the week up to May 8, reinforcing ministers’ claims that the country is past the peak.Numbers in England and Wales fell from 6,035 to 3,930. Care home deaths accounted for 42.4 percent of the total — up from 40.4 percent the week before. Britain’s official coronavirus death toll is now over 40,000 with almost 10,000 dead in care homes in England and Wales alone, according to a statistical update released on Tuesday.Some 40,902 deaths from coronavirus were registered by May 8, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), meaning the true toll will be even higher when deaths registered over the last 10 days are taken into account.The ONS figures include deaths where COVID-19 is suspected or mentioned on the death certificate.
Meanwhile, North Sulawesi had recorded 4,868 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, with 185 fatalities.According to Sitaro Regent Evangelian Sasingen, her strategy for keeping the region COVID-19-free until June was to impose preventive measures before the central government announced the first COVID-19 in Indonesia.“At every entrance there were strict examinations. At the beginning, we didn’t have personal protective equipment, so we wore raincoats instead”, she said in a statement published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website on Thursday.After the first case in the regency was announced, an infection cluster was detected at a market, prompting Evangelian to lock down the market temporarily while the area was disinfected. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world and Indonesia, Siau Tagulandang Biaro (Sitaro) Islands regency in North Sulawesi has become a rare case of a region with a very low rate of infection.The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was only recorded in the regency that comprises Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro islands, in June, after a resident who had just returned from the provincial capital of Manado tested positive for the deadly virus.As of Thursday, the regency, which has a population of 73,584, had one COVID-19 patient under treatment, while 34 patients had recovered and one had died. Her administration also traced the contacts of the patient, which lead them to one subdistict. Whenever a reactive result was recorded from an initial test, the suspected carrier was taken to the Rumah Singgah shelter home, which the administration has turned into isolation center.In addition to setting up an isolation center, she also established COVID-19 task forces at every level of the community from district to subdistrict, village to hamlet. The task forces are in charge of monitoring all newcomers to their respective areas.”All newcomers are obliged to undergo isolation for two weeks,” Eva said. Traditional leader of Sitaro Islands regency Erland Jaya Salindeho added that cooperation between the regional administration, traditional leaders and the community had been optimal.The challenge they faced was how to engage remote hamlets.“We addressed the issue by establishing traditional institutions who are in charge of educating and empowering residents and mitigating disasters,” Eva said.For their efforts at curbing COVID-19, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency gave an award to Sitaro regency on Thursday.According to a risk map published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website, as of Oct. 11 there were 11 “low risk” green zones that had recorded zero cases of COVID-19 and 14 regions that were not affected by COVID-19. (iwa) Topics : Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Sep 2019 3:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link21Shares Gabriel Martinelli explains the influence of Unai Emery and Edu on him at Arsenal Gabriel Martinelli is loving his new life at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying his new life in north London and has high praise for Gunners boss Unai Emery and technical director Edu.The 18-year-old signed from Ituano in Brazil this summer and has already made his Premier League debut, coming off the bench in the opening game of the season against Newcastle.He is not expected to be a regular in the first team this season, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in the pecking order, but he is happy to be learning from Emery and Edu at the Emirates.‘The coach [Emery] is a great person, and I’m learning a lot from him on a daily basis,’ Martinelli told Lance.ADVERTISEMENT Martinelli made his Premier League debut against Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)‘I try to do my best in training so that, when I have the opportunity, to grasp it with everything.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Edu is an exceptional guy, a great professional, victorious and who made history with the Arsenal shirt.‘We talked a lot when I arrived and, undoubtedly, having a person like him around motivates us more and more.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt has been a huge change for the teenager, moving from Sao Paulo to London and to a club full of household names.Martinelli admits that it was nerve-racking meeting his new team-mates because he has been watching them on the small screen from Brazil.‘I’ve arrived in a new place, with a different culture, another style of play and only with time and working day-to-day will I develop in the best way possible,’ the forward continued.‘I was received in the best way possible. Being very young, I got a little shy, because I only saw these players on television and in video games.‘But they welcomed me very well, making me feel at home and I try to learn from them on a daily basis.‘My adaptation has been the best possible. I had a strong pre-season where I was able to play a good role and showcase my qualities.‘I know the squad is packed with great players, but I know what I can do and my goal is to help the team.‘I think we can achieve great things this season by winning titles and marking our name in Arsenal ’s history.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes Instagram post demanding Arsenal sell Granit XhakaMORE: Paul Merson warns Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea about Premier League rivals Leicester and Everton Advertisement