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Chelsea brush aside Tottenham in controlled win

Jan 23 2022 Share

Chelsea have beaten London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in what was a close game. This loss is the third time that Tottenham have lost to Chelsea this month, which will surely be an eye opening stat for serial winner Antonio Conte. The result sees Chelsea in third place with 47 points but Spurs will overtake the Blues if they win their four games in hand.

 

 

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The first half was the perfect example of each teams’ coach’s respective football ideologies. Chelsea were dominating the possession stats, trying to be fluid in attack with Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech searching chances for record signing Romelu Lukaku. Tottenham were more cautious defensively, trying to counter attack Chelsea at every opportunity using Kane’s superior technique to release the impressive mix of physicality and pace of players such as Steven Bergwijn. Spurs striker Harry Kane coolly slotted the ball into the net in the latter half of the half only to see the goal disallowed due to his extended arm on Chelsea defender Thiago Silva’s back.

Chelsea were clearly the better team in the second half, they looked more focused and used vital players like Callum Hudson Odoi and Hakim Ziyech better to their strengths. Tottenham looked the same as they were in the first half, looking for a chance to counter attack. The scoresheet was opened by a marvelous Hakim Ziyech curler in the opening minutes of the first half. Spurs’ hopes for an easy come back were quickly shut down as in the 55th minute Thiago Silva scored a brilliant header from a free kick. The game ended with Spurs desperately searching for a goal against Chelsea’s strong defense.

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Francis Ngannou retains heavyweight title whilst suffering from torn knee

Jan 23 2022 Share

Francis Ngannou has retained his UFC heavyweight championship belt, after beating former sparring partner Cyril Gane on points. The fight was very close with commentators and mma experts stating that out of the five rounds Ngannou won 3 whilst Gane won the first two. Everyone was shocked to see that Ngannou who normally relies on his power and early knockouts, preferred a more patient approach and wrestled Cyril instead of using his boxing skills.

 

 

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  The first two rounds were all Cyril Gane. The Frenchman used his quick feet and surprising agility considering his size to his advantage, tiring the heavyweight champion out with many body shots and takedowns. Francis looked very tired after the first two rounds, something which surprised many considering his excellent record in winning fights by early knockouts.

The third and fourth rounds took everyone by surprise as Francis Ngannou looked in control, outwrestling Gane and using his new and improved grappling skills to his advantage. The fifth and last round of the fight seemed to go against the tide, when Cyril Gane managed to take down Ngannou but due to mistakes by Gane, Francis managed to edge out the win on points.

After his win Ngannou confirmed in a post fight interview that he was slightly injured. He told Joe Rogan  “It has been a very tough training camp, very tough.” and finished up by saying  “A lot of s*** happened. Three weeks ago I hurt my knee. Tore my medial cruciate ligament completely, hurt my ACL and other stuff.”

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COVID measures to ease starting first week of February said Prime Minister

COVID measures to ease starting first week of February said Prime Minister
Jan 23 2022 Share

Prime Minister Abela revealed that the COVID-19 health restrictions will begin to ease from the first week of February 2022. 

Speaking during a political event in Nadur, Gozo on Sunday, Abela backed statements by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne who also announced that this week, a COVID restriction exit-road map would be unveiled. 

‘Science showed we need a high vaccination rate to beat the pandemic. The imposed measures have been successful, and now is the time to move forward’ the PM told party supporters. 

He continued to say that it is time for the country to follow suit in discussing whether the pandemic should be treated as an endemic. Abela said that he looks forward to the discussion on whether we should be treating COVID-19 like seasonal influenza and the common cold. 

Predicting a good spring and summer in terms of the epidemiological situation, he credited the ‘coordinated and well-planned approach adopted by the government.’ 

Abela also criticised the opposition’s ‘U-turn on COVID restrictions.’ He expressed how he could not understand how Bernard Grech ‘remained so populist.

‘Restrictions were in line with other countries in Europe. The vaccine rules are there in a lot of countries. First he agreed with the measures, and then made a U-turn’ said the Prime Minister. The roadmap will be unveiled during this upcoming week.

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Why are the CDC and WHO disagreeing on COVID-19 boosters for kids?

Why are the CDC and WHO disagreeing on COVID-19 boosters for kids?
Jan 23 2022 Share

Despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) stating on Tuesday January 18th during a media briefing that there is no evidence right now that healthy children need a COVID-19 booster, the CDC seems to disagree.

The WHO statement, which was issued by WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan, comes just 2 weeks after the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorised booster doses for adolescents aged 12 to 15. 

This comes amid a surge in paediatric cases due to the Omicron variant wave. CDC data shows that this increase has been particularly high in children under the age of 5 who are not yet eligible for a COVID vaccine. 

With countries like Israel and Germany recommending COVID-19 boosters for kids aged 12 and 17, it was revealed that two doses of an mRNA vaccine protect kids against severe illness which would land them in hospital or, worse off, ITUs. 

A recent CDC study found that two doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was 91% effective at preventing multi system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which is a serious condition which can occur in children who get infected with COVID. 

Some paediatricians are saying that, despite if caught early in kids, they can recover, putting them through the illness is nonsensical given vaccines can prevent such cases. 

Doctors and experts are strongly recommending boosters for kids who have health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and chronic lung disease. Boosters can also protect other kids or family members from infection. 

During the WHO briefing, Swaminathan said that the aim with boosters is to protect the most vulnerable, which include the elderly, immunocompromised and even healthcare workers. 

With around 60% of the world’s population having received at least one dose of the vaccine, but many have not yet been administered the first series of jabs. All experts are recommending parents hesitant about vaccination to speak to trusted paediatricians to move forward with the decision. 

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