first_imgIn response to the nation’s need, several small and medium enterprises across the archipelago have started diverting their resources to produce PPE and provide them to hospitals for free.The minister also highlighted difficulties in distributing medical professionals to the facilities that needed them most. The ministry’s records show that the country has about 40,320 specialist doctors spread across more than 2,800 hospitals.Meanwhile, only 132 of these hospitals have the facilities and capacities to be designated as COVID-19 referral hospitals.“We also need special facilities where medical personnel can get some rest during their free time,” said Terawan. Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has said that a variety of issues is hampering the country’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, including the shortage of protective gear as well as medical workers to provide tests and treatment for the disease.“Our first obstacle [in fighting COVID-19] is getting a sufficient number of personal protective equipment [PPE] such as hazmat suits and surgical masks. The entire world is currently experiencing high demand for such equipment,” Terawan said on Thursday at a working meeting with House of Representatives Commission IX on health care.The shortage of PPE had also hindered authorities from launching rigorous testing programs to detect the disease earlier and more accurately. Doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients as well as other health workers have faced discrimination from people fearing that they might transmit the virus. Some health workers have reported that they had been kicked out of their rented rooms as a result of the social stigma.Other communities have come together to help out those who have been affected by the outbreak and the most vulnerable through various initiatives involving individuals, community organizations and private companies.Read also: Anti-COVID-19-initiatives:-Helping-Indonesia-fight-the-outbreakFor example, the Indonesia Disaster Awareness Movement Foundation (Graisena) is running an Instagram fund-raising campaign to provide aid to families whose breadwinners have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Eligible families will receive Rp 20,000 (US$1,20) per person per day for a maximum duration of 45 days. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMedia Release – National Center on Sexual Exploitation 8 February 2018Family First Comment: “If we are ready to transform how our culture treats women — from exploitative to empowering — we need to stop making and watching films like Fifty Shades Freed that glamorize sexual violence against women.  It is entirely hypocritical that this film is coming out amid the momentum of Hollywood support for the #MeToo campaign. This story sends a message that an abusive relationship can eventually turn into a loving one and suggests money and prestige permit a person to sexually exploit people at will.”Washington, DC – The Fifty Shades franchise is advertised as an erotic romance, but in reality it is a story of sexual violence.Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation said, “Fifty Shades Freed irresponsibly and dangerously legitimizes sexual violence against women and encourages women to accept this type of abuse as normal or even desirable.”“If we are ready to transform how our culture treats women — from exploitative to empowering — we need to stop making and watching films like Fifty Shades Freed that glamorize sexual violence against women.“It is entirely hypocritical that this film is coming out amid the momentum of Hollywood support for the #MeToo campaign. This story sends a message that an abusive relationship can eventually turn into a loving one and suggests money and prestige permit a person to sexually exploit people at will,” Hawkins added.Fifty Shades Freed condones or outright encourages the physical and psychological torture many women cannot escape from. The Domestic Violence Hotline reports more than half of female victims of rape identified their intimate partner as the offender. Women like Anastasia don’t have ‘happily ever afters.’ They suffer at the tyrannical hand of their abuser.The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, along with other organizations like Culture Reframed, the London Abused Women’s Centre, and Collective Shout have opposed the franchise from the start. In an effort to oppose the film’s release,  these groups have conducted a joint 50 Dollars not 50 Shades campaign. Instead of buying a ticket to Fifty Shades, donate 50 dollars to a women’s organization and help stop abuse.About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography.ENDlast_img read more

first_imgGood memories and even bad ones are not easy to forget. No matter how long it takes, from time to time it flashes in the mind like a clip from a good movie more so when you were there live. That is why in sports for instance some breath-taking moves and jaw dropping goals by some of the best footballers in the world seldom leave the mind. They remain as reference point sometimes long after the actors have left the stage. Time to venture into coaching for Super Eagles ace John Utaka Seventeen years ago, former Super Eagles striker now current coach of French side Montpellier Under 19 side, John Chukwudi Utaka got a standing ovation in faraway Blantyre, the commercial city of Malawi. It was the occasion of 2004 Nations Cup qualifier between the then Christian Chukwu tutored Super Eagles and the Flames of Malawi. The Malawians chose to stage the match in Blantyre instead of the capital city Lilongwe. You may want to consider it a case of Lagos versus Abuja. While Blantyre is the commercial city that bubbles of activities and of course boasts of legion of soccer fans, Lilongwe is the political capital, that is not to say that  it does not boost of soccer fans but of course you cannot compare it with what you would expect if you staged a high wire match in the country. And so the match was dubbed battle of Blantyre billed for March 29 2003 at the 60,000 Kamuzu Stadium Stadium. Midfield maestro Jay Jay Okocha took charge of the middle in the battle of Blantyre Expectedly before the two teams arrived every available space has been taken by eager fans wanting to savor every minute of the show. Interestingly it was a time when midfield maestro Jay Jay Okocha was doing what many called a yeoman’s job for Bolton Wanderers. Some of the fans who had stormed the arena know him and are itchy to watch him at close range. Ordinarily the home fans would have loved to see their darling team give highly rated Eagles a run for their strength and skill, but Utaka who was then playing for French side Lens had a different plan up his sleeves. He approached the match with all the seriousness it deserved looking out for early opportunity which presented itself in the 10th minute and there was no missing it. Some who came a bit late were approaching the stadium when they were told that an Utaka has already shot Nigeria into the lead. The match was full of thrills, enough to cheer and shout about but the Utaka strike turned out to be the one and only goal of the encounter. Read AlsoEx-Eagles forward Utaka begins coaching career with Montpellier youth team It was a match that saw Ifeanyi Udeze and Femi Opabunmi bagging yellow cards just like Joseph Gatros, Essau Boser Kanyenda and Peter Mgangira equally saw yellow on the Flames side. It may have ended as a low score match, but Utaka sure made the difference kudos also to his entire teammates who worked like busy bees the first blast of the whistle with Okocha marshaling the midfield Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu called the shots in the encounter Utaka who flagged off his playing career with Rangers international in 1997 played for over 12 different clubs in the course of his career. He made 49 appearances for the Super Eagles with six goals to his credit. Recall that that year Eagles made it to the last four of the Nations cup hosted by Tunisia finishing in the third place after beating Mali 2-1. There is time for everything, time to play and time to teach others how to play perhaps that explains the new role of the 38 year old former international as he ventures into coaching. Starting lineup of the match way back 2003 Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama Defender Joseph Enakarhire Defender Ifeanyi Udeze Defender/Midfielder Joseph Yobo Midfielder Ikpe Ekong Midfielder Jay Jay Okocha Midfielder/Forward John Utaka Forward Femi Opabunmi Forward Yakubu Chukwudi Nworgu Olajengbesi FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?These Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

first_img “If you change country or don’t play for that country for three years you still have a choice. I’ve not played for anyone since the World Cup in 2011, the Olympics would be five years so I still have a choice.” McIlroy in particular has come under pressure to decide whether to represent Great Britain or Ireland when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016, with the possibility being raised that an IOC rule will take the decision out of his hands. That would change if McIlroy did join McDowell in Melbourne this winter, the latter saying: “The dilemma Rory and I face is a very unique one. “Regarding the World Cup of Golf this year for example, that if we played we’d then be compelled to play for Ireland in the Olympic Games; is that rule going to stand? “I had an informal conversation with Rory last night about are we going to play the World Cup together, I need my partner in crime in Melbourne. I would love to do that and the Olympics will not enter my head with regards to making the decision of whether I’m going to play the World Cup. “If it forces me into playing for Ireland at the Olympics so be it. Regardless of whether Rory plays I want to play and I would like him to be there as well.” McIlroy has previously said he might simply not play in Rio to avoid upsetting people with his decision, and added last week: “The more it’s talked about it’s just going to get blown up. I would rather not talk about it until the time I have to decide what to do.” McDowell and fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy have represented Ireland in the last two stagings of the biennial event, which this year is reportedly set to be staged at Royal Melbourne in November. “I think it’s Rule 41 but I still have a choice. They can’t take it away from me,” McIlroy said last week. Press Associationcenter_img Graeme McDowell insists the debate over which country to represent at the Olympics will not stop him from playing in the World Cup.last_img read more

first_img “The lads are feeling confident, we’re going about our business quietly and we’re churning out results at this moment in time so we hope that continues,” Cahill said on “There’s a good feeling among the squad. We’re there, we’re in and around. “Arsenal and Man City aren’t dropping points at the moment so we need to be within touching distance. We are, and we’re happy with how it’s going.” Samuel Eto’o scored all three goals – taking his Premier League tally to six – after justifying Mourinho’s selection of the Cameroonian ahead of Fernando Torres. “I love big games,” Eto’o told Chelsea TV. “Before the game I spoke with Jose I told him I like big games and I wanted to play in this game. “It’s tough. He has big strikers, Fernando, Demba. He gave me my opportunity. “I’m so happy for me, for the team and the supporters.” Eto’o has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer after an indifferent start to his Premier League career, but the former Barcelona and Inter Milan ace would favour a return to Real Mallorca. Gary Cahill believes confidence is building at Chelsea as Jose Mourinho’s men aim to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal and second-placed Manchester City. A 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge left defending champions Manchester United 14 points adrift of Arsenal, but moved Chelsea two points behind the Gunners with 16 league games to go. It was Chelsea’s sixth win in seven Premier League matches, at the concession of just three goals, and means Manchester City, Liverpool and United have all lost at Stamford Bridge this season. He told Spanish radio station COPE: “I have signed all season for Chelsea and I try to enjoy it and then to Mallorca.” Cahill was influential in two of Eto’o’s goals, creating the second with an incisive pass before seeing his header saved as the striker scored a third. “This hat-trick is going to do his confidence the world of good,” Cahill said. “He is a top, top player, a great performer. He’s been involved in massive games in the past. “It’s great to have a player of that ability – with all his experience – in our squad.” Chelsea next play Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday before resuming Premier League duty at home to West Ham and away to Manchester City. Torres replaced Eto’o against United, but suffered a knee injury which will keep him out for a number of weeks, meaning Mourinho will give Demba Ba his opportunity. Ba has not started for Chelsea since the Premier League win at Norwich on October 6 and has been limited to short cameos off the bench when in the matchday squad. Nevertheless Mourinho insists he has never lost faith in the Senegal striker and repeated that he will not be buying a frontman in the winter transfer window. Mourinho’s first priority is to secure Champions League football for Chelsea next season, given the club’s travails in the last two campaigns. Chelsea were 25 points adrift in sixth in 2012, but qualified after winning the European Cup, while last season a place in Europe’s elite club competition was only assured by a final-day victory over Everton. The Blues are six points better off than fourth-placed Liverpool after the United win. “We are trying to create the space between us and the ones outside the top four, because we want to play Champions League, we need to play Champions League,” added Mourinho, who believes Manchester City are title favourites. “We are putting ourselves in a position of that stability. In the last years Chelsea finished outside the top four and last year qualified for the top four in the last match, under big pressure. “If this season we can be stable and be always safe in the top four, that’s very, very important. “At the same time, if you are safe in the top four, you are not far from the leader and if you are not far from the leader you can enjoy the league in a different way. “We are not favourites, but we are not far (off).” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Comments This was the one opportunity that caught Paul Pasqualoni’s attention. He was comfortable as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed living in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, Texas. A potential return to college football was not high on his list of priorities. And even if he wanted to leave for a head coaching job somewhere else, he admittedly would not know the first place to look. ‘I’m not the kind of guy that’s on the phone looking for the next job,’ Pasqualoni said. ‘I couldn’t tell you if one guy is moving to another job, or somebody else is moving around. I’m the worst guy in the world in knowing what’s going on from a job standpoint.’ But this opening was different than others. It was exactly what he had wanted and precisely the job he never thought would be there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Randy Edsall, who built the Connecticut football team into a Big East champion, abruptly resigned and fled for Maryland to take over as the Terrapins’ head coach in early January. And if there was a place Pasqualoni felt he could fit in, it was Connecticut — his home state. So when Jeff Hathaway, the former UConn athletic director, called to offer the then 61-year-old the job, there was no way Pasqualoni could turn it down. ‘I will say this, if I was going to go back to college football, I thought it was going to have to be a place geographically where I would have a chance to fit in and know the territory,’ Pasqualoni said. ‘To be honest with you, I never expected the University of Connecticut job to be available.’ The opportunity to go home was the best possible scenario. He was raised in Cheshire, Conn., 53 miles southwest of the UConn campus in Storrs. He knows the landscape of Connecticut football better than anyone, having been on the coaching staffs at Cheshire High School and Southern Connecticut before getting his first head coaching job at Western Connecticut in 1982. Pasqualoni is no stranger to the Big East, either. He is the second-longest tenured head coach in Syracuse history after leading the Orange from 1991 through 2004. He was the architect of some of the best teams in program history, accumulating an overall record of 107-59-1 and leading the Orange to four Big East championships and nine bowl games. But from 2002 to 2004, the team struggled, going 16-20 in those three seasons. Daryl Gross, who was one year into his tenure as Syracuse’s athletic director, fired Pasqualoni after the 2004 season, saying that he felt a change was in order. He moved on to the NFL for the next six years, splitting time between the Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. Anyone who knows him, though, believes that it’s college football — not the NFL — where Pasqualoni belongs. Donovin Darius was a free safety for Pasqualoni at Syracuse in the mid-1990s and was not surprised when his former head coach moved back to college. Darius said Pasqualoni’s strongest attributes apply more to the collegiate level, where players need to be developed. Many need a male role model in their life to give them structure, and Pasqualoni can be that person. ‘I think the development of players, especially at the college level where you have young high school kids coming from all across the country to come to the university, and you have a chance to be a part of giving them knowledge and direction, I think that was always his forte,’ Darius said. ‘I think that’s one of the reasons why he’s so successful in college.’ When Darius took custody of his two younger brothers during his junior year at Syracuse, he went to Pasqualoni to seek help. Pasqualoni made some calls to the SU administration, and soon after, Darius was permitted to move off campus and essentially be a father to his brothers. Everything Pasqualoni did, Darius said, he did for his players. He not only demanded respect from them, but also demanded that his players respect each other. And it all showed on the field when the Orange had some of its best seasons during Pasqualoni’s tenure. The team finished at .500 or better in all but one of the years with Paqualoni calling the shots, and the team won nine or more games six times. As head coach, Pasqualoni made sure his players knew that letting their teammates down with sloppy play could not be tolerated. They fed off Pasqualoni’s leadership every step of the way. ‘When you have the leadership, who is demanding that respect from the players amongst themselves, it’ll be a great team,’ Darius said. ‘We were accountable for one another. ‘He put it on his shoulders, really. He knew that he was the head of the organization. The organization was going to rise and fall with his leadership.’ Pasqualoni’s win-first, respect-all reputation is why he had so many supporters throughout Connecticut. And it is part of the reason why he has the potential to be very successful leading the Huskies. Many Connecticut high school coaches have known Pasqualoni for years, especially since many played for him during one of his early coaching stops in the state. One of those coaches is Mark Ecke, who played for Pasqualoni at Western Connecticut and is now the head coach at Cheshire High School. A member of the Connecticut High School Football Coaches’ Committee, Ecke was among a group of coaches who signed a letter that went directly to Hathaway in support of Pasqualoni. ‘We couldn’t be happier,’ Ecke said. ‘As Connecticut high school coaches, we’re ecstatic because we’ve got a Connecticut guy here, in our flagship program in the state of Connecticut. To say, ‘Hey, this is somebody that walked the same halls you did, that rode the same buses that you did years ago, and look where he is now.’ It’s really a great example, and they take a lot of pride in that.’ Ecke said that at UConn’s first game, there will be plenty of supporters from Cheshire cheering on Pasqualoni and the Huskies. The type of team they will be seeing, though, is still unknown. Pasqualoni is taking over a team that is one year removed from its first-ever Bowl Championship Series berth after winning the Big East championship, but the 2011 squad looks very different than that from a season ago. With the Huskies featuring the most experience on defense, where they return nine of 11 starters, that unit will have to be the anchor as the offense continues to develop and find the right personnel. UConn’s defensive players were exposed to Pasqualoni’s schemes shortly after he took the job. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson said knowing Pasqualoni had so much success at both the collegiate and professional levels made him and his teammates eager to learn his system. It is a much more aggressive scheme with various disguises and not necessarily easy to pick up.    ‘When he came in, it looked like we were reading Spanish when we were looking at the playbook,’ Wilson said. ‘But I mean, we’re older guys, so we pick up on it.’ Another difficult transition for the Huskies will be the quarterback position. During training camp, it was an open competition with four players: Michael Box, Johnny McEntee, Scott McCummings and Michael Nebrich. All vied for the starting spot now that Zach Frazer graduated, and the four have made just one collegiate start between them. Under Edsall, UConn was predominantly a rushing team, with the departed Jordan Todman leading the Big East with 141.2 yards per game in 2010. New offensive coordinator George DeLeone, who served in that same position for Pasqualoni at Syracuse in 13 of the 14 seasons he was there, still does not know the identity of his offense. ‘I’d love to have all the bells and whistles. I’d love to throw the ball down the field every play,’ DeLeone said. ‘I’d love to be exciting. … We have to do what’s best for our football team. We have to figure out what that is.’ What is best for the team is still uncertain, but it is clear that Pasqualoni was best for the program. And the allure that comes with his new head coaching job overshadows any possible frustration and growing pains that will come with year one. Of all the possible jobs that could have opened up, this was the one where Pasqualoni felt he fit the most. The chance to go home was perfect. Said Pasqualoni: ‘To say I’m excited is probably a little bit of an understatement.’ Published on August 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Public Schools Press Release: April 27, 2017: Threat Investigated at Ella White ElementaryShortly before dismissal today, a nonspecific threat was discovered in a bathroom stall at Ella White Elementary. In consultation with law enforcement, the decision was made to evacuate all students and staff to the far edge of the playground for the final minutes of the day. Students were then dismissed to busses and parents on schedule.The building was then secured with the assistance of law enforcement. A visual scan of the building is currently being conducted and Michigan State Police will also be onsite.All events at Ella White are cancelled. Kindergarten Registration scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 16th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.This threat was determined to be non-credible. However, precautionary measures were taken to insure the safety of students and staff, and we are continuing to work with law enforcement.Alpena Public Schools will make every effort to identify the individual responsible and hold them accountable in accordance with district policy. Should additional information become know, Alpena Public Schools will keep Ella White families and staff, as well as our community, informed through media releases, social media post, robocalls and/or our web page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, APS, ella white elementary, School ThreatContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Chamber Opens House on New RenovationsNext Blood Donation Held in Alpena Wednesday to Help With Shortagelast_img read more

first_imgAsante Kotoko are in danger of losing lucrative sponsorship deals with MTN and RLG, can exclusively reveal.The two firms who are in the telecommunications business are unhappy with the mileage being received from the Ghanaian champions since the new board took over in August.The Kumasi-based club only agreed to a renewal of the initial three-year deal with MTN in October.But the club’s failure to register most of their supporters on the several telephone packages of MTN including their Mobile Money service as one of the conditions for the renewal threatens to scupper the deal.The champions have been funding player salaries mainly from their sponsorship deal with MTN.This means, the club stands to lose massively if they are unable to salvage the collapsing relationship with the telecommunications giants. Kotoko also have to deal with a similar problem with telecommunication gadget manufacturers RLG.There was an agreement to have RLG produce Kotoko branded mobile phones as part of the terms for their sponsorship agreement.But feasibility studies conducted by the Ghanaian-own firm shows the initiative is bound for failure despite the relative success of the team in the Ghana Premier League.RLG feel the club’s leadership is not doing enough to sensitize the supporters about these plans to ensure its success upon rolling out.The club must now organize themselves to put out a solid defence to these two firms in order to retain the sponsorship packages. Kotoko remains the most sponsored team in Ghana but their financial books are still in a critical state.The club has had to rely in donations, grants and loans from wealthy supporters to run the club’s operations in the Premier League.The situation is even to get worse as the club prepared to open their campaign in the CAF Champions League.last_img read more

first_imgValtteri Bottas headed Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes dominated first practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.Bottas was 0.039 seconds quicker than Hamilton, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third was 0.939secs off.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth, separated by just 0.011secs.Haas’ Romain Grosjean was a surprise sixth. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was seventh on his return after missing two races because he caught coronavirus.The pace of the Haas cars, with Grosjean’s team-mate Kevin Magnussen in ninth place behind the second Red Bull of Alex Albon, was the big surprise of the day. They are usually towards the back of the field.Perez and team-mate Lance Stroll, who was 10th, were slightly out of position but they were the only drivers in the top 10 to use the medium tyres to set their fastest time rather than the quicker softs. Vettel showed improved form after struggling during the last two races at Silverstone. Ferrari discovered a crack in his chassis when stripping the car on Sunday night and have changed it for this weekend.The teams will have spent the session assessing the durability of tyres in the hot weather, after the struggles that cost Mercedes victory at Silverstone on Sunday.Pirelli has supplied the hardest of its three compounds for this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, while each tyre was one grade softer last time.Barcelona, like Silverstone, is tough on tyres because of its series of long-duration, medium- and high-speed corners, and the temperatures this weekend are forecast to be even higher than they were on 70th Anniversary GP race day.But at least in this first session there were no major indications of problems for any team, although Hamilton did say his front-left tyre was showing some signs of problems when he did a long run late in the session. McLaren’s Lando Norris was down in 13th place, two behind team-mate Carlos Sainz, while George Russell sat out the session for Williams to give development driver Roy Nissany some practice.The Israeli was slowest of all, 0.3secs slower than race driver Nicholas Latifi.last_img read more

first_imgMORE: How to watch all USWNT matches at the 2019 World CupThe 29-year-old was in breathtaking form against Thailand in Reims, scoring a remarkable five goals in her team’s 13-0 demolition of its overmatched opponents. Say what you will about the caliber of the USWNT’s opposition Tuesday, but some of Morgan’s goals would have been head-turners no matter who the U.S. was playing.”For Alex tonight, I thought she was tight and tidy in the box, and she pulled the trigger well and there were some world-class finishes,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said after the game.In particular, Morgan’s third goal (a quick turn and finish into the corner from 15 yards out) and her fifth (a flick past her defender and a half-volley hit with some venom) were the strikes of a world-class forward full of confidence.”I’m feeling in peak form right now,” said Morgan, who tied a World Cup record for most goals in a game. To tie Michelle Akers’ record is obviously incredible, but just even more than that I think this was a great team performance for us. We were able to execute on so many chances that we had, and we showed just how diverse our attack really is.” REIMS, France — This may finally be Alex Morgan’s World Cup.The United States’ star striker is taking part in her third such tournament, but for the first time, she is healthy, in form, in her prime and ready to be the difference-maker on a winning team. And to say Morgan laid down a marker in the USWNT’s opening match would be an understatement. (Getty Images) In addition to making Mogran the clear front-runner for the Golden Boot after just one game, Morgan’s outburst showed that this World Cup might be her moment in the sun after two straight tournaments on the periphery.In 2011, Morgan was the youngest player on the team and didn’t start a game the entire World Cup. She did, however, announce herself when she came off the bench to score a goal in both the semifinal and final, with an assist in extra time of the final, as well.Four years later, Morgan battled a knee injury throughout the tournament and played a supporting role in her team’s World Cup title, ending the competition with just one goal.This time around, Morgan’s teammates have seen a player in recent weeks who is determined to be center stage.”I think in her mind she had it set she was going to score some good goals,” U.S. defender/midfielder Julie Ertz said. “I’ve seen it in training; it’s no different. I don’t want to say I was surprised, because I wasn’t. I’ve been training with her every day. I’ve been defending her every day, and tonight was amazing.”MORE: Why the USWNT’s blowout win over Thailand was importantFor a striker, confidence is paramount. The effects of Morgan’s five-goal performance could linger long beyond the USWNT’s World Cup opener. For opponents, that is a scary prospect. “You can see the feeling; that’s the big part of it,” Ellis said. “You want to have that feeling. It’s a self-belief, it’s a confidence, it’s an energy — call it whatever you want, but goal-scorers have to feel that. When you have a deluge of goals like that, it’s a good feeling, and it boosts the confidence.”That confidence was apparent after the game. When asked if she could have ever dreamed of scoring five goals in the World Cup opener, Morgan said she had a more modest — if still lofty — objective in mind heading into the game.”I had a personal goal for three.”last_img read more