Argentine Ex-President Menem Back In Hospital With Breathing Difficulties

Argentina Foreign Minister Malcorra Resigns

 

Former Argentina president Carlos Menem was admitted to hospital again in the early hours of Thursday suffering from breathing difficulties, family sources told the local press.

It is only three days since Menem, who was president from 1989-99, was discharged after two weeks in hospital receiving treatment for a severe pneumonia.

He is in intensive care at the Los Arcos private clinic in the capital Buenos Aires.

The senator, who turned 90 on Thursday, was first taken to hospital on June 13 where he also received intensive care.

He was tested for coronavirus but that came back negative.

“We’ve reached 90 old man!!! I start this day paraphrasing you ‘We’re feeling bad but doing well.’ Today is your birthday, but God gave me the gift of having you on this day. I love you with my soul. Stay strong dad,” Menem’s daughter Zulema wrote on Twitter.

Since entering the Senate in 2005, Menem has kept a much lower profile than during his presidency when he pursued an aggressive privatization policy.

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Shipwreck Hunter Urges UK To Urgently Recover Sala’s Body

A picture shows flowers put in front of the entrance of the training center La Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre on January 25, 2019, four days after the plane of Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala vanished during a flight from Nantes, western France, to Cardiff in Wales. The 28-year-old Argentine striker is one of two people still missing after contact was lost with the light aircraft he was travelling in on January 21, 2019 night. Sala was on his way to the Welsh capital to train with his new teammates for the first time after completing a£15 million ($19 million) move to Cardiff City from French side Nantes on January 19.
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The investigator who found the wreckage of a plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel called on the authorities Tuesday to urgently recover the unidentified body inside.

“Time is of the essence when you’re talking about a body, so really it’s imperative that they proceed with the recovery of the plane and the body,” shipwreck hunter David Mearns told AFP.

Mearns was hired by Sala’s family to find the light aircraft after it disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21, with the 28-year-old footballer and pilot David Ibbotson on board.

He found the wreckage on Sunday, before British government’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) took over the operation. They revealed on Monday that a body had been found at the site.

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“Finding it is just the starting point. The AAIB has got to investigate it… The best outcome for the families would be to find the plane and recover both bodies,” Mearns said.

“As tragic as the loss is, it’s made much, much worse if the body is never recovered or they never get an answer to what happened.”

He is back at his home in England, but confirmed that AAIB divers are currently on the site, trying to establish what to do next.

“You have to see whether you can lift the plane without disturbing the body and also making sure that you’re picking it all up,” he said.

He said the discovery of two seat cushions on the French coast last week revealed that the plane was broken.

“It’s in one area (on the seabed), it’s all one mass, but some bits may not be connected. So what you don’t want to do is to disturb the body in a way that you lose it,” he said.

‘A matter of will’

The AAIB said it will publish an interim report within the next two weeks and did not respond to immediate requests for further comment.

Mearns is no longer actively involved but he remains in contact with Sala’s family via a group on WhatsApp.

They have raised more than 370,000 euros ($422,000) in an online campaign to pay for the private search, with donations from 4,800 people, including top footballers.

“Had that not happened, I don’t think anybody would have searched for the plane,” Mearns said.

“We were told by the AAIB that they didn’t feel that there was much to be gained… They felt it was going to be more difficult.”

In the end, the AAIB chartered a ship to join Mearns on Sunday, and they identified the wreckage.

He said recovery was now “technically possible — the water depth isn’t an issue really, and the weather can be managed with the right ship”.

“It’s a matter of will to do it,” he added.

Mearns was keen to praise the efforts by the Guernsey authorities in the days immediately after the plane disappeared. They called off the search only after concluding that no one would be found alive.

Sala was flying from France to join up with his new club, Premier League side Cardiff City, when the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane dropped off the radar north of Guernsey.

Wreck Of Argentine Submarine Found Year After Disappearance

Photo released by Noticias Argentinas on September 6, 2018 of the Seabed Constructor ship of US company Ocean Infinity in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut province, Argentina.  STR / NOTICIAS ARGENTINAS / AFP

 

The crushed wreckage of an Argentine submarine has been located a year after it vanished into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean with 44 crew members, in the country’s worst naval disaster in decades.

The Seabed Constructor, a ship owned by US search firm Ocean Infinity, made the discovery Friday, one day after the first anniversary of the disappearance of the San Juan.

The ship had set out in September on the latest attempt to find the San Juan, whose disappearance cost the Navy’s top officer his job.

There has been “positive identification of the ARA San Juan,” at a depth of 800 meters (2,600 feet), the navy said on Twitter, confirming the vessel had imploded.

The navy lost contact with the submarine on November 15, 2017, about 450 kilometres (280 miles) from the Argentine coast while it was travelling northward from the country’s southern tip.

Admiral Jose Villan, the Navy’s new head, said that the rough terrain on the ocean floor made it difficult for search vessels, which had already trawled the site, to find the sub.

Pieces of the submarine that were 11, 13 and 30 meters long were spotted in “an irregular, moon-like zone with craters and canyons” naval Captain Enrique Balbi said at a conference, adding that the hull had been “crushed inwards.”

 ‘We are destroyed’ 

“I still had hopes that they could be alive,” Luis Niz, the father of a missing sailor, told reporters, even though President Mauricio Macri’s government had already declared there were no survivors.

“We are with the other relatives. They are going to show us the photos. They say that our youngsters are inside,” said Yolanda Mendiola, the mother of crewman Leandro Cisneros, 28. “We are all destroyed here.”

Relatives are now asking for authorities to extract the submarine, though whether such an operation will be undertaken remains unclear.

“Raising the submarine to the surface is not impossible, but it is a very complex operation, and therefore very expensive,” a naval officer told AFP, requesting anonymity.

The discovery came the day after a sombre ceremony, which Macri attended, at the San Juan’s Mar del Plata base on the first anniversary of its disappearance.

It also came just before the Seabed Constructor was to leave for maintenance in South Africa. Before setting off, the searchers decided to check an area which bad weather had previously prevented them from examining.

 Massive search operation 

The Seabed Constructor is equipped with cameras that can be submerged to a depth of 6,000 meters. It was to receive a reward of $7.5 million if it found the missing sub.

Before the latest search mission began, Luis Tagliapietra, whose son Alejandro was a lieutenant on the San Juan, described it as “the last opportunity to find them.”

Ocean Infinity was also assigned the task of hunting for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Experts say the sub would have been crushed by water pressure once it dropped below about 600 meters. They believe that water seeped inside through a defective valve of the submarine’s snorkel, triggering the tragedy.

The loss of the San Juan was one of the world’s worst submarine disasters in decades, and the first major tragedy to hit Argentina’s navy since the Falklands War in 1982. Argentina, which refers to the islands as Las Malvinas, lost the war to Britain.

Argentina’s navy has been fiercely criticized for its handling of the case since first reporting the submarine overdue at Mar del Plata on November 16, 2017.

It was only several days into the tragedy that navy officials acknowledged the old, German-built submarine had reported a problem with its batteries in its final communication of November 15.

Nearly 10 days later, the navy confirmed there had been an explosion on board, which experts said was likely linked to the battery problem. An air and sea search involved 13 countries, but most of them withdrew before the end of 2017.

Authorities have opened a criminal investigation.

Families of the missing crew had kept the pressure on the government not to give up the search.

“We want to know what happened,” said Yolanda Mendiola, calling for punishment of anyone guilty in the case.

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Egypt To Allow 20,000 Fans For Togo Friendly

Egyptian Football Association Allows 20,000 Fans For Togo FriendlyThe Egyptian Football Association says it will only allow 20,000 fans for the friendly international against Togo.

The Pharaohs will host the Hawks at Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 28.

Coach Hector Cuper is preparing his side ahead of their away match against Tunisia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Argentine coach has called up 10 international players in the squad, including Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy.

Argentina End 2016 As Best Playing Nation

Argentina FlagArgentine will end the year on top of the world, leading the way in the final World Ranking of 2016 from neighbours, Brazil in second.

The Argentines therefore take the ‘Team of the Year’ title from Belgium, who they overtook at the summit in April 2016, and where they have stayed for the subsequent eight editions of the ranking.

In all, La Albiceleste, won 10 of their 15 games in 2016, losing three and drawing twice.

All other playing nations retained their spots in the top ten.

Maradona Wants Messi To Rescind Retirement Decision

Lionel-Messi-Copa-America-ArgentinaDiego Maradona has pleaded with Lionel Messi not to go through with his retirement from international football, following Argentina’s Copa America final loss to Chile.

After losing his fourth final for his country, an emotional Messi indicated his time with the national team was up, but Maradona has attempted to persuade the Barcelona forward to think carefully about his future.

He believes Messi should play on until at least the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also called on his teammates to help the 5-time world player of the year strike gold in Russia.

The 29-year-old announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as the Argentinians lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“For me, the national team is over. I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion,” the Argentinian captain said on BBC.

He side it has been four finals, saying he had tried to win the title but to no avail.

“It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.

“It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back,” he maintained.

Messi has played 113 times and scored 55 goals since his debut for Argentina in 2005 while he has an Olympic gold at the 2008 Games as his only major international honour.

Messi Laments Copa America Title Loss, Bows Out Of Argentina Duty

Lionel-Messi-Copa-America-ArgentinaLionel Messi says “It hurts not to be a champion” after Argentina lost to Chile 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the Copa America final.

The 29-year-old announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as the Argentinians lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“For me, the national team is over. I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion,” the Argentinian captain said on BBC.

He side it has been four finals, saying he had tried to win the title but to no avail.

“It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.

“It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back,” he maintained.

Messi has played 113 times and scored 55 goals since his debut for Argentina in 2005 while he has an Olympic gold at the 2008 Games as his only major international honour.

Europa League: Tottenham Coach Confident Ahead of Dortmund Clash

Europa LeagueTottenham Hotspur Coach, Mauricio Pochettino, has tasked his team to beat one of the best sides in Europe, Borussia Dortmund.

This according to the 44-year-old Argentine, is the price to pay if Tottenham want to make it to the quarter finals of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Pochettino admitted that it would be a tough game against the Germans but he is relishing the challenge, especially as his team are currently flying high in the English Premier League.

The Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, however, expects a close game as his side meets Tottenham for the first time in the Europa league. The two teams are enjoying similar fortunes as they are both second in their leagues.

They are both also five points off the top, with relatively new managers with well-skilled and well-drilled players.

Dortmund have bounced back this season as the second strongest team in the Bundesliga after a disappointing 2014/15 season.

Tuchel said he was delighted with the way his players have responded to him after he took over from Jurgen Klopp.

Argentina To Hold Run-Off Election On November 22

argentinaArgentina will hold a run-off election in November, after no presidential candidate gained enough votes to out rightly win the polls.

Centre-left candidate, Daniel Scioli, led exit polls and just edged centre-right Buenos Aires mayor, Mauricio Macri, with most votes counted.

The run-off on November 22, will be the first time an Argentine election will be decided by a second round.

With 86 per cent of the votes counted, Mr. Scioli was marginally ahead with 35.9 per cent of the vote, while Mr. Macri had 35.2 per cent.

To win outright in the first round, a candidate needs 45 per cent of the vote or a minimum of 40 per cent, as well as a 10-point lead over the nearest rival.

World Cup: Messi, Neymar Make 10-Man Best Player Award Shortlist

golden ballArgentine, Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar have been nominated among the 10 players shortlisted for the award for best player at the World Cup.

Finalists, Argentina and Germany produced seven of the candidates announced by FIFA on Friday.

Messi is nominated along with Argentina teammates Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano, while Germany provides four candidates: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller.

Neymar is the only candidate from Brazil. Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and James Rodriquez of Colombia, the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, complete the list.

The players were selected by FIFA’s technical study group of coaching analysts and the winner is selected by the FIFA technical group and announced after the final.

The candidates for best young player are Memphis Depay of the Netherlands, and France pair Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane. Nominees for that award must have been born since Jan. 1, 1993.

Previous Golden Ball winners are:

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain: Paolo Rossi (Italy)

1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico: Diego Maradona (Argentina)

1990 FIFA World Cup Italy: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)

1994 FIFA World Cup USA: Romario (Brazil)

1998 FIFA World Cup France: Ronaldo (Brazil)

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Oliver Kahn (Germany)

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: Zinedine Zidane (France)

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

Keshi Is A Man Manager Not A Technical Coach – Akatugba

Oma Akatugba RMTwo Nigerian Sport Analysts, Jannie Anthony and Oma Akatugba have referred to the Nigerian Super Eagles as a team that still needs major improvements despite their hard fought win against Bosnia Herzegovina in the ongoing World Cup.

Both were guests of Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television on Sunday, less than 24hours after the team’s match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Oma Akatugba admitted that he had criticized the Eagles after their draw against Iran, which he thought was a shambolic performance but after seeing the Argentine game against the same Iranians, he had to apologise for being initially critical as it was obvious that the Iranians were never easy opponents.

He highlighted the mentality of the Iranian team as being one targeted at frustrating their opponents, as seen in the manner their fans celebrated after their game with Argentina, despite losing the game.

Nigeria came back from an opening draw to get a hard fought win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a lone goal scored by former Eagles’ outcast, Osaze Odemwingie. While Miss Anthony commended the team for doing well and lauding Keshi for “getting his tactics spot on”, Akatugba stated that although the result could be celebrated, Nigeria did not win because they played fantastic football.

He argued that he did not see any tactical direction from the Super Eagles Coach, as the difference in the team’s performance was down to the changes in personnel, especially with the inclusion of Odemwingie in the starting line-up.

He also admitted that the duo of Michael Babatunde and Juwon Oshaniwa whom he thought were Keshi’s “personal projects” also put in outstanding performances which seemed to have justified their inclusion in the squad.

On the non-inclusion of Victor Moses in the squad that faced Bosnia, Akatugba said that this had no effect on how the team played and the victory secured. He stated, “If Victor Moses had played we would still have won. We didn’t win because Moses didn’t play, we won because the referee disallowed Bosnia’s one goal. That goal was clean, with due respect to my fellow Nigerians.”

Anthony was less critical of the team but agreed with Akatugba that Stephen Keshi was indeed more of a man manager than a technical manager, with the pretty enthusiast emphasizing the need to accept this as a value that has worked positively for the team and has also been the reason they succeeded on the African continent.

Akatugba also identified the coach’s approach in training, commending him especially for coming to the level of the players as it was reported that he communicates with the players in Pidgin English. He also lauded him for being able to build the team into a stronger unit; a virtue which he said had indeed been one of the major secrets behind the team’s recent successes.

In analysing the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the analysts had tough words for midfielder, Mikel Obi, whom they both agreed had become lackadaisical in his approach to national team games. They wondered why other players who were not accepted by Nigerians would play out their hearts and Mikel who supposedly had been the biggest star takes his stardom as an excuse to be complacent

Akatugba said, “The biggest problem of the Nigerian midfield is the biggest player in the team”, adding that it was time for Keshi to do bring on his man management skills to make Obi understand the reason for him to play for the team, with more passion rather than with arrogance.

He noted that just as Nigerians want the Eagles to improve against Argentina in their final group game, so would the Argentine be determined to improve on their performances which have been seen as below par by many football followers.

He warned the Super Eagles not to be too adventurous and advised them to go against the Argentinians with a cautious defensive approach, knowing that a draw would be enough for the team to qualify. He said that an adventurous attacking approach might backfire into a massive loss and in that situation; a win for Iran against Bosnia would eliminate Nigeria.

He noted that if the Iranians could hold the Argentinians, Nigeria could do same. “Any team Messi plays for, if you frustrate them they find it difficult to score.”

On his expectation, however, he still believed that Argentina would beat Nigeria. Miss Anthony also said, “I think Argentina would edge it.”

They both, however, had generous commendation for the team’s captain, Joseph Yobo, whom they said put in a stellar performance. Akatugba said that Keshi must thank the NFF and the media who clamoured for the recall of Yobo into the team. “You cannot buy experience”, he said, adding that Yobo’s 98 caps for the country should never have been waved aside as his performance against Bosnia was a show of how much maturity could add to the Eagles’ defence.

 

La Liga: Barcelona Prepare To Face Sevilla

Barcelona aim to catch Atletico in La Liga when they play Sevilla on Sunday, February 9, as they are three points behind the leaders.

Coach Gerardo Martino sees the match as key.

“This is probably one of the most important away matches we have got left. They are a very intense team, they have worked hard and they are strong. It was very difficult to win in the first game. They are strong at home, their strategy is good. So this match is key,” he told reporters at a news conference on Saturday, January 8.

Atletico Madrid took advantage of Barcelona’s loss at home to Valencia last week to go top of La Liga with a 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad as Real Madrid also drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao.

The “Colchoneros” are now on top with 57 points, a number that could increase on Saturday when they play Almeria, and Barcelona and Real Madrid are behind with 54.

But Spain’s two biggest clubs are on course for a Copa del Rey final showdown after recording convincing home wins in their semi-final first legs on Wednesday, February 5.

Real thumped holders Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, gaining a measure of revenge for the 2-1 defeat in last year’s final at the same stadium, while Barca beat 10-man Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Asked whether the coming ten days are key for Barca’s future in both national and international tournaments, Martino said:

“Regarding the Copa del Rey – yes. We are 90 minutes away from a final. Regarding the Champions League also, yes. We are starting the part where one of us goes one and the other one doesn’t. But regarding La Liga, I think there is still a long way to go.”

Barca play Real Sociedad in the cup second leg on Tuesday, February 11 and Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 on February 18.

“I don’t want to talk about extremely dramatic circumstances or extremely positive circumstances. What we have to do is focus on our side and get strong, knowing there are going to be a lot of comments regarding our performance after each match.” the Argentine added.