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Dreadful debut for Delph

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first_img Moments after Delph had been replaced by Jesus Navas, Real added insult to injury as an incisive move resulted in Karim Benzema volleying the opening goal past City goalkeeper Joe Hart. Cristiano Ronaldo added the second shortly after before Pepe made it three from a header. Yaya Toure pulled one back for City in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot but Real winger Denis Cheryshev added Real’s fourth with 15 minutes to go and Manuel Pellegrini’s side never looked like launching a comeback. After an evenly-matched start, City were dealt a double blow after Delph went down following a challenge with Modric and Gareth Bale then set up Benzema from the right wing, the French striker firing past Hart from the middle of the box in the 21st minute. Ronaldo quickly doubled Real’s advantage when Toni Kroos launched a perfectly-weighted ball to his feet before the Portuguese wriggled clear of Aleksandar Kolarov to chip into the net. Hart parried the ball but it went backwards and over the line, with his scrambled efforts to scoop it clear in vain. The Spanish giants moved 3-0 up just before the break from the set-piece when Isco sent in a corner and found Pepe, who climbed the highest in the box from 10 yards out to power a header past the motionless Hart. Toure pulled one back for City in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos handled the ball following a flick-on from Raheem Sterling. After the break, Real went close twice in quick succession around the hour mark when Ronaldo almost played in Isco with a one-two before the Portuguese playmaker burst into the box and fancy footwork almost undid the City defence with a shot that crept wide. Real did add a fourth in the 73rd minute through Cheryshev, who bundled in the ball as it fell at his feet from close range following a surge into the box by Isco, with City unable to gain further traction. Fabian Delph’s Manchester City debut ended with a suspected hamstring injury as Real Madrid claimed a 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cup game in Melbourne. Press Associationcenter_img The 25-year-old midfielder, who signed from Aston Villa after making a U-turn over his switch to City last week, lasted less than 20 minutes after a tussle with Luka Modric resulted in him being carried from the pitch on a stretcher. City will now face an anxious wait to determine the severity of Delph’s injury, with their opening Barclays Premier League match against West Brom just over two weeks away. last_img read more

AFCON Fans Diaries to air on Sky TV, UK, MultiTV Ghana

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first_imgFor the first time, Ghanaians based in the United Kingdom will get closer to the ”behind the scenes” action at the ongoing AFCON 2013 tournament.In a landmark agreement, two UK based TV stations Voxafrica and Klear tv have agreed to air 10 episodes of the Fans Diaries produced by Oxigen.Fans Diaries, (inspired by Black Stars Diaries from Afcon 2006 in Egypt), is sponsored by energy giants Ghana National Petroleum Corportion (GNPC) and will also be aired on Multi TV.The exciting semi-reality show captures the captivating drama, passion, and raw energy of football fans before, during and after Afcon 2013 matches.In addition to following fans, the programme will also contain unedited scenes from the camp of arguably Ghana’s biggest international brand, the Black Stars.Beyond sponsoring the national team which shares the same core values of team work, excellence and a rich history of successes, GNPC is also keen to extend their partnership with the people and communities by providing the access to the team through television. According to the Executive Producer of Fans Diaries Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, GNPC’s role at this critical stage in the team’s quest for glory is not just timely, it is absolutely priceless.”What is the point of having a national team if only a selected few are allowed to experience the feeling of belonging, joy and unity their own team is supposed to bring to them?Ampofo Ankrah added ”This is why GNPC is fuelling the passion of the nation by supporting the national team with sponsorship and beyond that, making sure as many ordinary Ghanaians as possible share in this special passion”.With support from Ghanaian waste management firm Zoomlion and exclusive decor company Vaniado, the show is set to wow audiences beyond Ghana.The Fans Diaries will also be aired on prime Ghanaian media networks including eTV, Multi TV, TV3 and GTV which means that a potential audience of over 50 million viewers could have access to Fans Diaries in Ghana and globally. A five member Ghanaian production crew has been in South Africa capturing exclusive footage on behalf of GNPC for the programme which is set to be a big hit.With this new partnership between Oxigen World, Voxafrica and Klear tv, Ghanaians and African football lovers in the UK, parts of the middle east and North Africa will get a feel of the Ghanaian and the African way of supporting their football teams.Viewers in Europe can access Voxafrica on channel 218 of the Sky digital platform with Klear tv on Sky channel 232.The Oxigen Fans Diaries is sponsored by Ghana National Petroleum Corporation – GNPClast_img read more

Starving children often dont recover even when fed enough Restoring their gut

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Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Even after starving children get enough to eat again, they often fail to grow. Their brains don’t develop properly, and they remain susceptible to diseases, even many years later. Two studies in Science this week now suggest fostering the right gut microbes may help these children recover. The work also pinpoints combinations of foods that nurture the beneficial microbes.Most of the experiments were in animals, but a small group of malnourished children given those foods also showed signs of improvement. “This is an outstanding and extremely comprehensive study,” says Honorine Ward, a microbiologist and global health expert at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Tailoring food aid to foster the microbiome “could be a key to new strategies for improving global public health and human potential,” adds David Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.Tahmeed Ahmed, director of nutrition research at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, in Dhaka, has tried for 30 years to help malnourished children recover better. About a decade ago, he was intrigued by work by Jeffrey Gordon at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, linking certain gut microbes to obesity. The two scientists wondered whether the microbiome—the set of microbes living in and on the human body—might also play a role in obesity’s opposite number, malnutrition. By Elizabeth PennisiJul. 11, 2019 , 2:00 PMcenter_img MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images A child in Bangladesh gets measured to assess malnutrition. Starving children often don’t recover, even when fed enough. Restoring their gut bacteria could help Together, their teams reported in 2014 that the gut microbiome normally “matures” as an infant grows into a toddler. They also noticed that it remains immature in severely malnourished children, dominated by bacteria found in younger healthy children. Two years later, the researchers put mature and immature microbiomes from children into mice raised without microbes. Animals given the immature microbiomes put on less muscle, had weaker bones, and had impaired metabolisms, suggesting a mature microbiome might be needed for proper development.To pinpoint which among the microbiome’s hundreds of strains are linked to maturation, Arjun Raman, a postdoc in the Gordon lab, analyzed data from fecal samples that Ahmed’s team had collected monthly from 50 healthy infants in Bangladesh as they grew. Raman identified 15 types of bacteria that increased and decreased in concert as the microbiome matured. He and the team saw the same pattern in healthy children from Peru and India and even in germ-free piglets given the bacteria and eating the same food as the Bangladeshi infants and children, they report in Science.Fostering or suppressing those microbes could be key to helping children recover from malnutrition, the researchers thought. To test that idea, they needed a way to monitor recovery. Looking for a molecular signature of healthy growth, a graduate student in Gordon’s lab, Jeanette Gehrig, and colleagues monitored more than 1000 proteins and metabolites, such as fatty and amino acids, for ones that change as healthy children grow and malnourished ones recover.Gehrig and the rest of the team then tested the effects of various foods on mice and piglets whose microbiomes had been transplanted from malnourished infants. They hoped to find foods that could “encourage catchup growth in the microbiota,” Gordon says. Milk powder and rice, standard components of food aid, did little to foster maturation, but chickpea, banana, and soy and peanut flours helped the microbiomes mature.The researchers then fed mice and piglets supplements that combined all four foods and saw that the animals’ microbiomes matured, and their growth improved. “This study points to the importance and utility of thoughtfully selected nutrients to support key members of a microbiota,” Relman says.As a final proof of principle, Ahmed, Gordon, and their colleagues compared their supplements to standard recovery fare in about 60 malnourished Bangladeshi children for 1 month. That was too little time to assess long-term physical recovery, but long enough to see effects on the molecular signatures in the blood. Only the four-food combination sharply improved those signatures, they report in Science. It also improved the 15 bacteria Raman’s team linked to maturation.The results suggest a way to improve nutrition even in well-fed children, in whom a poor diet can lead to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases as adults. “If caregivers know the best foods to feed their children to support the development of their gut microbiota, we could potentially prevent undernutrition and immature microbiota to begin with,” Gehrig says.Relman and others are more cautious, particularly because it’s not clear the mature microbiomes will persist in malnourished infants who ate the supplements. Chris Damman, a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, which funded the work, says, “I wouldn’t say this is ‘the future’ or ‘the cure-all.’ But it’s certainly an exciting lead and one that we think has promise.”Back in Bangladesh, Ahmed is coordinating an effort to provide the microbe-boosting diet and others to a larger group of malnourished children. The team will follow the children for 3 months, long enough to see whether the beneficial effects translate into healthy development. He’s hopeful, he says, that “this can be a game-changer in the treatment of malnutrition.”last_img read more