New PM urged to not let industry set agenda on child obesity

first_imgNew Prime Minister Theresa May has received a message from health campaigners, urging her to make sure the food and drink industry learns from its mistakes, when the government publishes the childhood obesity strategy.The Children’s Food Campaign compiled a letter to May, saying that she must learn from the experience of the Responsibility Deal, which relied on action from the food and drink industry to solve the problem.The letter also urged May not to offer any last chances for the industry to show it can self-regulate, while implementing financial penalties for those who fail to respond to compulsory targets.Children’s Food Campaign co-ordinator Malcolm Clark said: “Letting the food and advertising industries set the terms of their commitments on tackling the marketing of junk food to children is no way to prioritise public health.He added: “We are alarmed by reports that the government appears to have given in to industry’s economically short-sighted demands for purely voluntary measures and a lack of firm commitments on restrictions on marketing to children and promotion of less healthy food and drink.”This follows a leaked copy of David Cameron’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, revealed last week , which prompted campaign group, Action on Sugar (AoS) to call for its revision.AoS said the government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, which has been delayed until the autumn, does not go far enough. It estimated the plan, in its current form, will only reduce calorie intake by around 10-20Kcal/person/day as a maximum.last_img read more

Madeline Singas Sworn in as Acting Nassau DA

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Madeline Singas, the chief assistant Nassau County prosecutor, was sworn in as the acting district attorney Tuesday, when her former boss, Kathleen Rice, took the congressional seat she won on Election Day.Singas, who was Rice’s chosen successor, plans to run in a special election this fall to keep the county’s top law enforcement job if Gov. Andrew Cuomo declines to name a replacement. But the governor—who is mourning the recent death of his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo—has not made his plans known. Nassau County Democratic and Republican party leaders have not officially named any candidates, either.“I am honored and privileged to represent this office and the 1.3 million residents of Nassau as I continue our office’s commitment to integrity and the fairest administration of justice,” Singas said in a statement. “As DA Rice’s Chief Assistant for the last four years and as a lifelong prosecutor before that, I will make sure that there’s a smooth transition at the District Attorney’s Office. I’m looking forward to continuing to refine many of the innovative programs that we initiated during the last nine years, and ensuring that Nassau County continues to be one of the safest big counties in the United States.”The 48-year-old Manhasset resident had previously served as chief of the Special Victims Bureau, which prosecutes sex crimes, child abuse and domestic violence cases. Singas replaced Rice’s prior chief assistant, Meg Reiss, when Reiss moved to London four years ago.After Rice won the seat held by former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), a campaign committee dubbed “Friends of Madeline Singas” was filed with the New York State Board of Elections, care of Manhattan-based Tucker Green Consulting, Inc., and was established.“Madeline is an innovative, highly decorated career prosecutor who will work tirelessly to keep our office on the forefront of effective, smart law enforcement,” Rice had said in a statement announcing Singas’ June 2011 appointment as her chief assistant. “From murder to domestic violence to child abuse, Madeline brings with her a wealth of experience handling some of our county’s most serious cases.”Among the high-profile prosecutions under Singas’ belt are the case against Edgar Sanchez, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and dumping her body in Sands Point, and the trial of Leonardo Valdez-Cruz, who is serving life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, Jo’Anna Bird. Singas also discovered that a Hofstra University student who claimed to be gang raped by five male students in a dormitory bathroom had fabricated the allegation. In addition, Singas was the chief prosecutor on a panel Rice had commissioned to review the 1988 sex abuse conviction of Jesse Friedman.Before working in Nassau, Singas started her career as a prosecutor in 1991 in Queens, where she eventually became chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau. The married mother of two graduated from Barnard College and Fordham University School of Law.last_img read more

Golden Grove, Friendship to contest final on New Year’s Day

first_imgTHE inaugural 592 Beer Inter-Village Football Festival final will be contested between Golden Grove and Friendship after dramatic semi-final victories on Sunday at the Golden Grove Community Centre ground.The home side Golden Grove defeated Beterverwagting (BV) 3-1 in front of a large crowd. Dwain Jacobs handed the hosts the lead in the 58th minute lashing into the back of the net after receiving a forward pass once first half failed to produce a goal,The lead proved to be short-lived, as Omari Glasgow equalised in the 63rd minute, sprinting onto a through pass and slapping his effort past the goalkeeper.However, Golden Grove restored their advantage in the 73rd minute through Phillip Williams, who blasted into the roof of the net after the goalkeeper parried the ball onto the woodwork and it fell into his path.The win was then sealed in the 90th+1 minute compliments of Dextroy Culpepper who rifled a powerful shot into the lower left corner, past the onrushing goalkeeper following a swift counterattack down the right side.Meanwhile, Friendship defeated Paradise 3-1 on penalty kicks after regulation and extra time ended 1-1. Goalkeeper Seon Thomas was the hero for Friendship. He recorded three consecutive saves in rounds two, three and four respectively to seal the outcome.Thomas’s performance mirrored his teammates who recorded three consecutive goals from the penalty mark. Before the eventual conclusion, E. Evans handed Paradise the lead in the 28th minute, only for Clive Andries to equalise in the 53rd minute.Tournament coordinator Eon Havercome during a pre-match comment said, “The tournament couldn’t have provided a better matchup for the final of the inaugural edition. We have witnessed tremendous football since the start and the competition has certainly exceeded all expectations with the support and quality on display every evening from players and spectators alike.”He further said, “Once again I expect the final to be a monumental evening, the two teams are the best of the lot and have displayed their championship credentials in the previous rounds so I expect the fans to be treated to a dramatic and exciting atmosphere on January 1.”The eventual champions of the event will pocket $500 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $200 000, $150 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.Similarly, individual prizes will also be awarded for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, the MVP of the finale, the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament and the Best Goalkeeper of the final.Some of the major sponsors of the tournament are Bakewell Guyana Incorporated, ExxonMobil, NSC, Flavours Boss and Colin Talbot Construction Services.last_img read more

South Sudan, Rwanda skip inter-parliamentary games planning meetings

first_img(L-R) Ajuri County MP, Hamson Obua from Uganda, Joint Committee chairperson, Gideon Thoar Gaptan and Webuye West MP, Daniel Wanyama from KenyaKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Rwanda and South Sudan are yet to confirm their participation in the East Africa Inter-parliamentary games, with just three weeks left to kick off.  Uganda is scheduled to host the games slated for December 7 to 18, 2019. The competition brings together participants from the six national parliaments, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and the East Africa Legislative Assembly-EALA.Ideally, delegations from the six national parliaments and EALA constitute a 24-man joint planning committee to ease communication and coordination of activities.  This year’s Joint Planning Committee chaired by Gideon Thoar Gaptan, one of South Sudan’s EALA representatives, and Ugandan Legislator Susan Nakawuki is in Uganda to make final touches on the security, as well as the readiness of the facilities and the teams.The committee held its first meeting in May in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, the second meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in August and the third meeting in Kampala this week. But representatives from both countries have skipped all preparatory meetings for the annual competition.  Gaptan says that the committee is committee is concerned that the two countries have continued to shun the preparations, yet they have not stated whether or not they will participate in the games this year. He, however, downplayed reports that Rwanda’s nonattendance could be linked to the ongoing border closure dispute between Uganda and Rwanda. He states that it is important that all the member states participate to fulfil the aim of the games which include showcasing regional unity, creating collaboration between the EALA and the national parliaments and establishing networks for citizens among others.    The games will take place at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Lugogo Indoor Stadium and Kampala Capital City Authority –KCCA’s Phillip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.   The Participating teams will battle for a total of 495 medals in eight disciplines. These include basketball, golf, football, athletics, netball, tug of war, walk race and volleyball.  Also, Persons with Disabilities will participate in the games, mainly in darts, in the spirit of inclusion.Meanwhile, Masindi Woman MP, Jalia Bintu says that the committee has decided that each team will feature only two parliamentary staff and the rest MPs so that MPs can showcase their talent and capability in the eyes of citizens and their voters.  Bintu, the manager of Uganda’s Women’s team says that the rules apply for games that require more than five players.  Daniel Wanyama a representative from the Kenyan National Assembly told Uganda Radio Network that the two countries can even show up for the games without prior confirmation, because it is not a do or die affair but rather for the purpose of deepening regional integration.    Wanyama, as head of Kenya’s sports club, says that his delegation will have 200 people.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :09 You know the best guy in the whole wide world is my main man Dwayne Woodruff, aka “Da Judge,” but the second best guy in the whole wide world is Attorney Billy Goodrich.I mean c’mon man, we started first grade together. Now I want you all to know that the third best guy in the whole wide world is Attorney Jack Goodrich. Not only that, he’s the best looking and best dressed of all three…just ask him and he’ll tell you. By now you’re wondering what these guys have to do with sports? Well, to be honest, nothing. But I guarantee you they all know why I call them the best guys in the whole wide world!Yea Mon…I’m no fool. Hold up, wait a minute, did I almost forget to tell you that Dom Gambino is the fourth best guy in the whole wide world? Man, this could go on for a while.:08 You want to complain about your Pittsburgh Steelers being 2-3. Do you know that New England is 3-3 and Green Bay is 3-3 and the Jets are 3-3 and the Giants are 3-3 and the self-anointed Eagles are 3-3 and the Cowboys are 2-3. Need I say more?:07 Ok, you want me to believe that all those people knew that Lance Armstrong took performance enhancing drugs and they knew all this time and no one ever said a word until now. Do-you-really-believe- that? Or do you think that maybe “The Powers that Be” just might have something on some of these guys to get them to roll over? Hmm…:06 As promised, I went to the old timers basketball practice and here’s what I found out. “Bum” Coates still got game and yes, he can still shoot the ball. But guess what else I uncovered? “AI” is still sudden death from that wing spot. “Hop” and “Spud”…both former great athletes back in the day, are still rollin’. “Big Bill” is still quiet, but effective on the boards. “Mike W.” and “Chuck” can still run faster with a ball than most people can without one. “Mike Dean” is just cool and “Mitch” is the key to victory with his inside game. And to no one’s surprise, I can still shoot the ball… always could and always will. Don’t believe me, ask the other guys I just mentioned. I shut down the gym with five in a row…all net! I’m just saying!! But the real reason I bring this to your attention is this, No. 1 — When the old timers have a home game here, go out and support them. You can still see some great ball. No. 2 — In the wake of the sudden loss of some of our basketball brothers who loved and played the game, it’s just great to be able to live life and still enjoy the game that brought us all so-much-fun!!!:05 Movie Review Time: You know you love it. Yes, you do…yes, you do! All “Taken 2” is doing is “Taken” your money. I mean, it’s alright, but it’s not close to the original. I give it two basketballs…and that really is because it’s Liam Neeson.:04 And while I have the attention of the artistic side of your brain, how about this…“Back to the World,” “If I were only a Child Again,” “Keep on Pushin’,” “We’re a Winner,” “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue,” “Stone Junkie”…aawwee, you forgot about Curtis Mayfield…excuse me, the great Curtis Mayfield. You know there was “The Man” and his music before and after “Superfly”!:03 Round up—Pitt lost to Syracuse; WVU went back to Texas and got their butts whopped; Ike Taylor and the Steelers gave another one away at the end; Penn State was off; the City League is holding onto a league (more next week); the Pirates are done; “Jeter,” and now the Yankees are done and there may never be hockey again. There, that’s all I got!:02 Don’t forget the Plum Lady Mustangs are holding their “Got Skillz” basketball camp for girls ages 3-8 years old. But here’s what you need to know. Two of the greatest-of-all time will be on hand to teach your girls the game. Three-time NCAA UConn national champion and WNBA star, Ashley Battle and University of Pittsburgh All-American and Big East Hall of Famer, Coach Jennifer Bruce. For more information, call Coach Bruce at Plum Sr. High School. Call now…Do it now!:01 Time is running out to get your tickets to the best time you will have the rest of this year, Jazz at Le Maison Du Paix. For you city league grads…and some of you recent Penn Hills and Woodland Hills grads, that means “The House of Peace.” For your $25 donation, that will go to The Champions Toys for Tots Christmas Party, you get wine and cheese, the Fabulous Allure Models Fashion Show, face masks painted by local artist, Ernie Bey (a keepsake to be sure), photo taken for you and yours on the spot and last, but not least, the legendary Kenny Blake in concert. This is a VIP status dress to impress event to be held at one of the most magnificent locations in Allegheny County that you will never forget. (You must call to buy or reserve tickets. Only 60 tickets available. Call now, 412-628-4856.:00 Double OvertimeAnd this man could get it for you. A fond farewell to one of Western Pa’s all time greatest basketball stars, Mr. Jim McCoy. “Jumpin” Jim McCoy and his late brother Julius came out of Farrell, Pa. and dominated the game on every level. A former Pittsburgh Piper who I had the pleasure of knowing through Connie Hawkins, his Piper teammate. He now takes a starting position on “Heaven’s Hooper’s” and trust me, that already super star team just got taken to another level.~GAME OVER~ :10 SANDUSKY, will you please shut-up!! One or two people might lie on you, but not 40. Just shut up and take it the same way you gave it…say what!!last_img read more

Trinity Hall to Proceed; Litigation May Continue

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Trinity Hall girls school is preparing to move forward with its permanent campus with the latest approval of the planning board in hand, over the continuing objections of area residents and possibly more litigation.After a six-hour public hearing last week, filled to a standing-room only capacity for much of the hearing, the planning board reaffirmed its prior approval of the all girls religious school proposed for Chapel Hill Road. Following the school’s approval – coming after 1 a.m. on Thursday – with a 4-2 vote, the school’s co-founder, Victoria Gmelich said, “We’re ready to break ground.”No date, however, has been set to commence construction.Ron Gasiorowski, the Red Bank lawyer representing an area resident opposed to the project, said this week, “I was obviously disappointed with the decision. I think there are a multitude of issues that remain open and my client and I will be meeting and discussing options and making a determination of what to do next.”Previously, Gasiorowski has said his client of record, Linda Glowzenski, would continue the legal battle opposing the project.In addition, there are two other lawsuits stemming from the project, involving similar objections, said Gasiorowski, who is representing those plaintiffs as well.Last Wednesday’s hearing was the third separate time the planning board addressed this application. Last August, the board initially denied the application, citing traffic safety and other concerns. A Superior Court judge remanded it back to the board after the judge invalidated a portion of a township ordinance. On the second occasion the board approved it but the judge again remanded it, ruling the board acted incorrectly by not allowing public comment for the second-round hearing. That precipitated last week’s hearing and this approval.Trinity Hall is a private all-girls secondary education, Roman Catholic-based school, that is planning on constructing its permanent campus on about 37 acres of an approximately 60-acre undeveloped and largely wooded property on Chapel Hill Road at the Kings Highway intersection that could eventually accommodate as many as 500 students. The project has been a local hot button for area homeowners who continued to voice objections to the proposal, saying a large intense use for the residential area is out of place and would increase traffic creating a public safety concern, and negatively impacts the area’s environment and the homeowner’s quality of life.Gasiorowski at last week’s hearing argued there continues to be environmental and traffic safety concerns involving the project. He presented an engineer, who alleged the school project’s storm water management plan did not meet state Department of Environmental Protection’s or the township’s requirements under its ordinance and would pose a flooding threat given the area’s high water table.Gasiorowski told the board it should have its engineer take another look at the storm water plan before rendering its decision.John Giunco, Trinity Hall’s lawyer, called those assertions “incredible,” telling the board the project has received permits from the Department of Environmental Protection. Giunco also reminded the board in his closing the project is a conditional permitted use in the zone and required no variances. “I think you have more than a substantial reason to approve it,” Giunco told the board.The project continued to have its detractors, with Farm Road resident Peter Tommaso calling it “A square peg in a round hole.”“It doesn’t fit here. It doesn’t belong here,” Tommaso added. “In essence this will destroy the way of life as we know it.”But township resident Susan Meehan offered her support for the school saying “It has proven to be a good neighbor,” by revising its construction plans to make improvements to Chapel Hill Road and other accommodations.
 Trinity Hall issued a release on its victory, in which Gmelich stated, “We have prevailed after a long, arduous and often contentious process in which we maintained grace under pressure. We have kept our heads up and behaved aboveboard and I am proud of that.”Trinity Hall currently leases space from the township’s Croydon Hall facility, located in the Leonardo section.last_img read more

Fair Haven Presents Concept Plans for New Municipal Buildings

first_imgBy Vincent Ferrer FAIR HAVEN – Residents got their first look at concept plans for new municipal buildings to replace the existing public works building and police headquarters. A second project would see the construction of a new municipal/police building at River Road and Cedar Avenue, to be completed by spring 2021. The new municipal building’s first floor would be the new home of the borough police department. The second floor would house municipal offices and services, while the third floor would serve as a council meeting room and storage area. “This is not a want, this is a need,” said Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli. Some residents applauded the council’s use of the open forum, but were quick to voice concerns over added traffic, environmental impact and tax implications for residents.  A new public works building will be built on a portion of its present site on Third Street. Image courtesy The Goldstein Partnership The concept plans call for the construction of a new public works building on a portion of its present site on Third Street, featuring a reduced size and more residential aesthetic. According to the borough’s timeline, it will be completed by early 2020.   A concept plan shows a new municipal building with police headquarters at River Road and Cedar Avenue. Image courtesy the Goldstein Partnership There is a third project, to convert the existing municipal library building into a library and community center by the end of 2021. The library would be moved to the downstairs floor, effectively doubling its size, and the top level would be converted into a community center.  The police department, formerly a school building, has decomposing stucco, water damage, improper wiring and several ADA violations. Similar shortcomings and noncompliance were shown for the current community center.   More than 200 residents attended the Borough Council’s Jan. 10 session at the Knollwood School gymnasium. They heard architect Eli Goldstein explain the current state of disrepair of existing municipal facilities.  “I know the council wants to get something approved, but I just don’t remember asking for it,” said one resident.  Theresa Casagrande, the borough administrator, said the project’s estimated price tag is still being determined. “Once we get more detailed plans, we will start to look at costs,” said Casagrande. Uncertainty also remains over how much the borough might receive from the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, which the borough plans to apply for once criteria is announced.  A similar presentation will be made before the Fair Haven Borough Planning Board in the coming weeks. The full special meeting presentation is available on the borough’s website at read more

Irish Blog — Bombers win opener on Ireland Rugby Tour

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are currently traveling the roads of Ireland on Rugby tour.The team, which has been raising money to help offset the costs, left last week from Nelson.LVR Vice Principal Frank Marisco, who is with the team on the tour, is going to blog the tour for The Nelson Daily.Here’s his first contribution.Tries by Connor Butler, Sean Hickson, and Daigan Cairn, with a pair, along with Kevin Lewis kicking one penalty and two conversions, led the Bombers to a 27-5 in their opening game of the tour.Maverick Seed and Jake Lock had great games and were very impressive in all aspects of the game, especially tackling. The man in charge of Youth Development Rugby for Leincster Province was there and he was surprised and impressed by our level of skill and fitness. It was blustery and windy but a nice day. After the game the boys were treated to soup and sandwiches at the Balbriggan clubhouse. Today we are on the pitch for a training session with (coach) Mr. Joyce after a tour of the new Aviva Stadium. Tomorrow we head for Galway and expect to play a much stronger team there.last_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to our senior men’s road relay team who took a bronze medal in the National Championship’s in Raheny at the weekend.The team consisted of Darren McBrearty, Paddy Brennan, Ciaran Doherty and Danny Mooney. The team were just pipped for second place by Joe Sweeney who posted the fastest two mile time of the day on the last leg.We also had a ‘B’ team at the race and consisted of Garvin Walker, Christy Johnston, Darren King and James McFadden.This weekend its all systems go for the Easter 3 k run.  The race begins at 11.15 from the LYIT and entries will be taken from 10am at Aura Leisure Centre.The following weekend is the North West 10k and organisers are appealing to as many people as possible to enter online. They can do this by going to the North West 10k website.LAC NOTES: TEAM TAKES BRONZE was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Letterkenny Athletic Clublast_img read more

Uruguay World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_img 4 RECORD IN QUALIFYINGUruguay managed to reach the finals without having to play the inter-confederation play-off for the first time this century. Tabarez’s side finished second to Brazil – though a massive 10 points behind – and were second top scorers in the qualifying campaign behind Selecao. They did struggle against fellow qualifiers Brazil and Argentina, however, as they didn’t manage to win any of the four matches played either home or away against the South American heavyweights, leading to suggestions La Celeste may be nothing more than flat-track bullies.Edinson Cavani netted 10 goals to finish as CONMEBOL top scorer – three clear of his closest rivals – but he struggled for consistency in the final third as he only scored in eight of his 15 appearances, meaning he played 47 per cent of his games without hitting the back of the net.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSUruguay only played one match ahead of the World Cup, a surprise given most nations contested either two or three. They hosted Asian minnows Uzbekistan in Montevideo on June 8 and comfortably defeated them 3-0.BASE CAMPSports Centre Borsky, Nizhny NovogorodPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. ONE TO WATCHThough Uruguay’s goalkeeper, defence and attack largely picks itself, a number of young and talented midfielders are hoping to break into the first XI ahead of the more established but ageing core. Juventus’ 20-year-old, Rodrigo Bentancur is one of those players, with some eye catching cameo performances in Italy this season giving him an outside shot of making Tabaraz’s starting line-up in Russia.The former Boca Juniors star joined Juve last summer and has only won six caps for La Celeste – making only two appearances in World Cup qualifying – but if he earns a starting role he could prove himself a star. There is no doubt the versatile midfielder has a wealth of talent, he just needs the opportunity to show it. Juve were wise to bring Bentancur to Italy last summer, rather than waiting a year; the youngster’s value could quadruple if he performs in Russia.FIXTURESFriday, June 15: EGYPT v Uruguay (Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg) – kick-off 13:00Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay v SAUDI ARABIA (Rostov Arsenal, Rostov-on-Don) – kick-off 16:00Monday, June 25: Uruguay v RUSSIA (Samara Arena, Samara) – kick-off 15:00KITS Uruguay will appear in their 13th World Cup when the 2018 edition takes place this summer. takes an in-depth look at the Group A nation.MANAGERFormer school teacher Oscar Tabarez is now in his 12th consecutive year as Uruguay boss, having been hired in 2006. The 71-year-old first led his nation at Italia ’90, but left after the tournament and spent time managing clubs in Argentina, Italy and Spain. Upon Tabarez’s return in 2006 he designed a new approach to youth football in Uruguay to improve the continuation from youth to senior level. His process has been a roaring success, with the nation’s 10 most capped players coming through the ‘Proceso’.La Celeste have qualified for all four World Cups since Tabarez’s return, and he guided them to Copa America success in 2011. Tabarez’s managerial record in his second spell with Uruguay reads: Games 135 Wins 61 Draws 32 Losses 42.CAPTAINDiego Godin has been regarded as one of the world’s finest central defenders for a number of years, with top class performances at both international and club level catching the eye. He has won 116 caps for La Celeste, and first wore the armband at the 2014 World Cup due to permanent captain Diego Lugano’s injury. Lugano was left out of Tabarez’s post-World Cup squads, and Godin was named skipper full-time.The 32-year-old has been a key player for Diego Simeone’s brilliant Atletico Madrid side, going on to play more than 300 times for the club since first arriving from LaLiga rivals Villarreal. He is the stalwart of a defence that has been one of the most watertight over the last half-decade, and he famously scored the goal that won Atleti their first Liga title since 1996 with a header against Barcelona in 2014.KEY PLAYERUruguay’s biggest strength comes in the forward positions, and they are likely to be one of just a few nations who line-up in a 4-4-2 system this summer. Luis Suarez is exceptional and will likely be on penalty duty in Russia, but Edinson Cavani just edges out the Barcelona man in’s opinion.The 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker has struck 42 times in 100 Uruguay appearances, and he has been banging them in for fun at club level in 2017/18 with 39 goals in 47 games. He became PSG’s all-time top goal scorer in January, and has netted nine more goals than compatriot Suarez this season despite playing one fewer match. 4last_img read more