Maxi Gómez, mini Barça –

first_imgLionel Messi lamenting. Valencia 1-0 Barcelona | Maxi Gomez dropped the ball into the area after several rejections by the defenders, shot wide deflected, but the ball touched Alba and entered his goal. Maxi Gomez was at eleven meters and there was a giant Ter Stegen, who began his recital. Thanks to the German the Blaugrana team did not go to the locker room with the game lost and an irremediable break in Setién’s credit. The Blaugrana goalkeeper again saved his team against a rejection against his own goal from Piqué, then had a sensational double performance in which he also intervened the stick and finally cut another shot from far away from Coquelin. If Ter Stegen had his job out of his ears, Jaume could take a nap in the other goal. Not one Barça player passed near him until minute 42. Before, Messi fired two faults away. One went very high and the other at the hands of the goalkeeper.Given the total disruption, half an hour after the game, Setién decided to change the system he went out to play with and return to the old Valverde system, that was when Barça showed signs of not being dead. The Blaugrana team could go to rest giving thanks to the sky that the game continued 0-0. He had 45 minutes to save another grim afternoon. As soon as the second part began, the game got more uphill to Barcelona with Maxi’s goal against which Ter Stegen could do nothing this time because the ball touched Alba and dislodged him.From there, Barca had no choice but to react, not to be out of pride. Worse could not be played. A disastrous Arthur left his post to Arturo Vidal, who reactivated the culé mood. Valencia 2-0 Barcelona | Perfect diagonal of Ferran Torres that Maxi Gómez received controlled and shot with his right hand to place the ball on the long stick far from the reach of Ter Stegen.Photo:DAILY AS / DAVID GONZALEZ See gallery The best images of the defeat of Barça in Mestalla The Chilean began to connect with Messi, who had two occasions, a very clear one that broke Gabriel Paulista when the Catalans already sang the goal. Vidal was the only offensive argument of a club that had no striker on the bench to threaten a Valencia that was beginning to be scared of the Argentine, as always, the only culé argument.But the desire to go for the game stripped Barça behind and Maxi Gómez received a ball absolutely alone in a backlash and sentenced the game. It could have been worse for Barça, which conceded the third at the exit of a corner, but was canceled due to lack of Busquets. If he had climbed the scoreboard, Barça would have lost the lead without the need for Madrid to play. The first test of Setién ended in tragedy before the party of a Valencia that came from being thrashed by Mallorca a week ago and that did not win a match without Parejo on the grass since 2014 and that erased the Blaugrana team from the field winning only by 2 -0 thanks to the great performance of Ter Stegen. The Setien effect is not noticeable. Barça seems more lost to each game and it is not that it improves, it is that the few things he did well and that earned him to conquer the leadership have been forgotten. Goals1-0, 47 ‘: Sunrise, 2-0, 76 ‘: Maxi Gomez ChangesVidal (55 ‘, Arthur Melo), Rodrigo (58 ‘, Gameiro), Jaume Costa (79 ‘, Maxi Gómez), Rakitic (84 ‘, Frenkie De Jong), Alex Collado (84 ‘, Ansu Fati), Ruben Nephew (89 ‘, Carlos Soler) Setién appeared in Mestalla with the center of the field dreamed for his system: Busquets, De Jong and Arthur and if the idea was to give many passes, the success was resounding. If he was playing soccer, he failed resoundingly. The bland and barren monologue of Barça with the ball could have the objective of wearing out the opponent for, as the coach Blaugrana said in the previous “end up winning the game in the 80th minute”. Nor did it turn out, in 77 it was Valencia who killed the game.Setién’s tactic was a risky bet, especially if in defense you are a drama, as is the case at hand. After nine minutes of sleeping the sheep with the ball and not seeing the rival area or with spyglass, Barça lost a ball and the home team planted in three passes against Ter Stegen. Sergi Roberto collapsed before Gayà and Piqué made him a penalty. Photo:DAILY AS / DAVID GONZALEZ CardsReferee: Jesús Gil ManzanoVAR Referee: Ignacio Iglesias VillanuevaPique (9 ‘, Yellow) Umtiti (42 ‘, Yellow) Busquets (51 ‘, Yellow) Coquelin (53 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

Get the Facts Right on Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares  July 28, 2014; Wall Street JournalWith children comprising a large proportion of the casualties in the war in Gaza—as many as 236 Palestinians under the age of 18 in Gaza killed (among 1,032 Palestinians killed) and 1,994 (among 6,233) wounded—the humanitarian aspects of warfare should be clear to anyone, no matter what they believe about Israel or Hamas and their reasons for starting and continuing the fighting. The Wall Street Journal’s Tamer El-Ghobashy writes that at the current rate, “one young Gazan every 2½ hours” dies because of the warfare.Given that Gaza has faced a tight restriction on the flow of supplies for many years, it should be no surprise that WSJ reports that “medical equipment and supplies are in short supply…and hospitals and clinics simply can’t handle the burden of long-term care for amputees” and other injuries, including brain trauma. As NPQ has written elsewhere, a significant proportion of Palestinian children in Gaza and in the West Bank suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), whose long-term effects will be an issue for years after this latest war in Gaza comes to an end.Save the Children reports that 80 percent of the population of Gaza depends on humanitarian aid as it is, no doubt related in part to the longstanding Israeli blockade and restrictions on trade and commerce in the occupied territory. Lately, critics of the Obama administration have targeted the notion that President Obama pledged $400 million in aid to Gaza and the occupied West Bank just recently. There actually has been no new pledge of $400 million from the U.S., but a Congressional Research Service report issued earlier this month pointed out that between FY2008 and now, the U.S. has provided approximately $400 million annually in “Economic Support Fund” assistance divided between project-specific assistance administered by USAID and direct financial support of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Obama administration proposed a reduction of this assistance in FY2013.In addition to these direct sources of aid, the U.S. is the largest donor to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), meant to assist Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon in addition to Gaza and the West Bank. In FY2014, the U.S. provided $250.9 million of UNRWA’s $732 million budget, though the $250 million is substantially less than the $294 million allocated by the U.S. in FY2013. Ironically, or sadly, it was an UNRWA school in Gaza that was hit by an Israeli shell, though Israel says that it was only one errant mortar shell that hit an empty schoolyard and claims that no one was likely killed by it, though Gazan authorities say that 15 people were killed in the incident.As a matter of fact, the new U.S. offer of aid—humanitarian aid—came from Secretary of State John Kerry during his most recent effort to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The pledge was for $47 million, but as we have noted, relatively little of it was new money; much of it was existing bilateral aid reprogrammed for immediate humanitarian needs, and $15 million actually for UNRWA in response to the agency’s latest “flash appeal.”It is important for nonprofits to get the facts right. One fact that is undeniable is that the current warfare is a tragedy for children in Gaza.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more