Maersk Drilling receives notice of contract termination for Maersk Venturer

first_imgMaersk Drilling receives notice of contract termination for Maersk Venturer.(Credit: MustangJoe from Pixabay.) The Drilling Company of 1972 A/S (“Maersk Drilling”) announces that it has received a notification from Tullow Ghana Ltd. (“Tullow”) of early termination for convenience of the drilling contract for the drillship Maersk Venturer.Since February 2018, Maersk Venturer has worked for Tullow offshore Ghana with an expected end of contract in February 2022. The rig is now expected to end the contract in June 2020. As a consequence of the termination, Maersk Drilling’s revenue contract backlog is reduced by USD 175m covering the period from the end of the contract to February 2022.Subject to commercial prospects, Maersk Drilling will take measures to reduce Maersk Venturer’s operating costs following the end of the contract.Maersk Drilling maintains the profitability guidance for 2020 of EBITDA before special items of USD 325-375m as announced on 20 March 2020. Source: Company Press Release Maersk Drilling will take measures to reduce Maersk Venturer’s operating costs following the end of the contractlast_img read more

Runaway Gin – A Tribute To Phish Prepares For Summer Tour With New Gear & A Languedoc [Interview]

first_imgRunaway Gin – A Tribute to Phish is gearing up for their 2019 summer tour. After a huge spring including their 300th show and an incredibly received “Make Phish Evil Again” concept show, Runaway Gin – A Tribute to Phish will embark on a 10-show summer tour.Gin Tour is set to launch May 24 at the Charleston Pour House for their annual Memorial Day Weekend show. The next day, they will head to Rooster Walk for a debut performance before taking a break until a much anticipated Phish After-Party in Charlotte where they will only play songs Phish has covered. The meat of the schedule begins after Phish tour with dates in Atlanta, GA; Greenville, SC; the Outer Banks of North Carolina; Virginia Beach; Asheville, NC; Richmond, VA; and Baltimore, MD.L4LM contributor Zach Ubaldini had a chance to shoot lead guitarist Andy Greenberg some questions about the upcoming tour, Runaway Gin’s new gear, and some of Phish’s new music. Anyone planning on making a stop on Gin Tour should check out the merch stands where limited amounts of Game of Thrones-themed shirts will be waiting…Gin Terr is here.If you happen to be in these areas, give Gin a chance, the experience is second to only one. Check out their HD-shot “Reba” along with the complete list of dates below. For more dates, videos and live recordings visit Runaway Gin’s website here complete with videos, posters, photos, and setlists.Runaway Gin – A Tribute to Phish – “Reba” – 3-30-2019[Video: Andy Greenberg]Zach Ubaldini: Runaway Gin – A Tribute to Phish starts their Summer Tour at home May 24 at The Charleston Pour House. What are some of the spots besides home you are excited to hit again?Andy Greenberg: Honestly I am super excited about every spot we are playing this summer! Rooster Walk is going to be a rager, playing the Saturday midnight slot after Galactic and we may have some special guests up as well. Loads of buddies playing in this festival! Charlotte will be insane after Phish – I’ve probably only played about 2 times after Phish at this point and obviously we’re not going to miss their show. We will definitely carry that inspiration back to the Visulite and lay it thick on some funky non-Phish covers. In July we’re back at Terminal West, the Firmament, Salvage Station, OBX Brewing Station, the Broadberry, the 8×10, which all have amazing sound and production. Each of these venues make it easy for us to play at our highest level and I can’t wait to get back to each one to see what happens next! We also have a new venue we’ll be hitting in Virginia Beach called Elevation 27 and we are really really excited about this show because the new venue is supposed to be incredible and our fanbase also seems to be very excited for this show.ZU: What are some cities that have really given you the best feedback?AG: We’ve always gotten a really great response in Tampa/St. Petersburg as well as Atlanta, Richmond, Baltimore, and more recently Asheville. Of course, there’s Charleston–our home where we have played vastly more shows than any other city at this point… Always great vibes from there! Honestly though, most everywhere we’ve played has been amazing!ZU: You guys are known as one of the country’s best Phish tribute bands. With so many people playing Phish, what upgrades has Runaway Gin made in the past year to offer a true Phish experience?AG: Wow, that’s really an honor to hear! We really enjoy playing this music and are really grateful to Phish for being themselves and inspiring this project with their music. I know a lot of fantastic musicians all over the country and beyond on every instrument who also have been inspired to play this music and it’s no competition for us – we do it only for the music and experience… We are constantly upgrading every part of our project.In terms of gear, I just got a new guitar back in November and the rest of the band have all been using in-ears since the last Charleston Pour House run I believe. The in-ears have made a really big difference in the stage mix for me and each of their mixes. Put simply: we can all hear each other better than ever right now. It’s funny how easy it is to take that kind of thing for granted but it’s really tough to communicate with each other without being able to hear each other clearly at all times. Also, it is definitely helping us to sing better! My most recent addition is a synth that I will debut at a show very soon. It is going to give us a broader sonic palette and a wider array of stylistic options during improvised and ambient sections. It’s the same synth Trey used in the late 90’s.ZU: Your Languedoc is obviously a big change…I know it took you nearly 6 years, what was the process toward acquiring it?AG: I really am still not exactly sure how it happened. One day he just responded to my email after many years of no response and was basically like “let’s do this.”ZU: What other upgrades/changes to your rig did you need to make, or did you stay true to Trey’s theory of keeping gear, just understanding it better?AG: Since I got the Languedoc, I haven’t changed anything on my guitar rig. It’s helped me get used to the ‘doc being familiar with all the other aspects – it’s easier for me to hear what changed and build upon that. So yeah, definitely same gear theory and Jerry Garcia’s too. The more variables or “things” that are less within your control, the less you will be able to focus on creating the music itself… which is really what it’s all about.ZU: Last year you guys headlined your first festival. With more spots on lineups like Rooster Walk 11, what is the approach to playing a “power set” opposed from your regular 2 sets?AG: That’s a really great question. There’s so much to think about there… I guess you have to think about the festival–who else is playing, what is your time slot? Then you start to project– what would I like to hear at that point? And then you think–what would everyone else most probably feel invigorated by? The approach has to be vastly different than a headline single bill show. We must become creatively more like a dish in a multi-course meal rather than the main course. More like a picture in a portfolio rather than one single picture hanging as the centerpiece of a room.ZU: As Phish produces more music, what are some things Runaway Gin does to stay current on Phish’s changing style & new music?AG: Definitely going to Phish shows and relistening is the best way to stay current. We constantly change practice techniques, but it’s more based on what we’re currently working on more so than anything to do with where Phish currently is… Well, I guess you could say it all has to do with where Phish currently is musically. It’s really weird what we’re doing really if you think about it. We’ve learned their catalog completely out of chronological sequence which results in us acquiring the “skills” that each song teaches us–as a group and as individual players and singers–out of natural linear sequence. But also you could say that our unique sequence will cause a different narrative arc in terms of the development of the band and jam trajectories.ZU: What’s been your favorite Kasvot Vaxt song to perform, and why?AG: Definitely “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long”. Because it’s super silly and funky and that groove is thick–perhaps Phish’s thickest groove yet. Also, the bass/guitar interplay in the jam is always super fun.ZU: Has the evolution of Phish the past 8 years cultivated an evolution of Runaway Gin’s performance?AG: WIthout a doubt! I was sort of “reborn” into Phish in 2010 and it was from that era that much of the inspiration from my playing of Phish’s material comes from. The earlier material like the 90’s was obviously key in getting me into Phish originally and those shows made me who I am but that was a long time ago. I have listened to the last 8 years of Phish vastly more in the last 8 years than I have any other Phish eras.ZU: Have you taken a crack at any of the Ghosts of the Forest stuff yet on your own or with the band?AG: Yea! Some of that material is just so catchy, it got stuck deep in my head and so I had to figure out exactly what it was. That’s really the same way it was in the very beginning for me with Phish. Many really powerful, gorgeous, and memorable moments throughout the GOTF shows.ZU: What are your top three cities that are next on the list for Runaway Gin – A Tribute to Phish?AG: I am really hoping we finally get out to Colorado soon! I really am looking forward to returning to New York City and I can’t wait to get New Orleans, LA–my home of 6 years before I moved to Charleston.Runaway Gin 2019 Summer Tour:Friday, May 24th: Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SCSaturday, May 25th: Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival – Axton, VAFriday, June 21st: Ophishal Phish Afterparty – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NCFriday July 19th, Terminal West – Atlanta, GASaturday, July 20th: the Firmament – Greenville, SCFriday, July 26th: OBX Brewing – Kill Devil Hills, NCSaturday, July 27th: Elevation 27 – VA Beach, VAFriday, August 2nd: Salvage Station – Asheville, NCFriday, August 9th: the Broadberry – Richmond, VASaturday, August 10th: the 8×10 – Baltimore, MDView Tour Dateslast_img read more

IRELAND FACE UPHILL BATTLE AS CROATIA WIN 3-1 IN OPENING GROUP GAME

first_imgIreland face an uphill task to qualify from their group after a disastrous opening game against Croatia. Despite going behind after just three minutes, Ireland battled hard but were up against it against an in-form Croatia side.Shay Given was left helpless as Madzukic put Croatia in front with a nodded header before the teams even settled down. Trapp’s men put their heads down however and equalized through a terrific header by Sean St Ledger.However in the 43rd minute a dubious goal by Jelavic, which looked completely off-side, was allowed to stand.And when Madzukic netted again after just two minutes of the restart, when his header went into the net when it came off the upright only to go in off Given’s head, it was realistically all over.Keith Andrews created three good chances in in the last ten minutes which could have put a different complexion on the game but by that stage Croatia were playing down the clock. Ireland gave the ball away too easily and we were punished for it.Croatia had the ball for long periods and Ireland could not create enough chances which they could convert.With Italy and Spain to come, it looks like it will take nothing short of a miracle for Ireland to go through. IRELAND FACE UPHILL BATTLE AS CROATIA WIN 3-1 IN OPENING GROUP GAME was last modified: June 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Children discharged from hospital following weekend Aura incident

first_imgTwo children have been discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital following Saturday’s incident at the Aura Leisure Centre.The two young boys spent Saturday night in LUH – one of them in the hospital’s intensive care unit – after an incident that saw water from the Aura swimming pool’s filtration system leak back into the pool.Six children presented to LUH with various symptoms and the two boys were detained due to respiratory issues and with irritated skin, caused by a reaction to the water. One of the boys was kept in ICU on Saturday night with the other in the paediatric ward.The two were discharged on Easter Sunday afternoon.Up to 60 children were assessed and treated on site after the incident at around noon on Saturday.Initially, the hospital’s emergency plan was put in place with staff called in, before being deactivated a short time later. Over a dozen emergency service vehicles attended the scene.Parents praised the action of staff members on-site at the Aura Leisure Centre for their prompt evacuation of the complex.Yesterday, management at the Aura apologised for what they said was a ‘misleading statement’ issued on Saturday night, which claimed that all children had been discharged.“The safety and wellbeing of the children in question is of our utmost concern,” the statement read.A parent, who was in the viewing gallery at the time, described witnessing ‘a green liquid spraying into the pool’. “My three children were in the pool and my son said he was diving when he saw a dark fluid coming out in the pool under the water,” one mother told Donegal Daily.A statement from the Aura explained: ‘An issue arose where backwash (which is pool water that is contained in the filtration system) leaked back into the pool which caused some cloudiness and gave rise to foul odours.’Children discharged from hospital following weekend Aura incident was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:auraAura Leisure Centreemergency servicesICUintensive careletterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitalluhlast_img read more

Warriors make a change to their TV team: Who’s in? Who’s out?

first_imgThe Warriors, who will enter next season with a drastically revamped roster, apparently believe it’s time to give their television team a fresh look, as well.The organization announced Friday that Kelenna Azubuike will be a color commentator for the games on NBC Sports Bay Area. And no, Jim Barnett is not going away. After 35 years on TV, he’s moving over to the radio coverage.Azubuike, who will work alongside play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald, has been an analyst on Golden State’s pre- and …last_img read more

Blunders Without Number: The Fraud Problems and Darwinism

first_imgBlunders without Number: The Fraud Problems and DarwinismOne of the most respected medical journals in the world, New England Journal of Medicine, recently “retracted and republished a landmark study on the Mediterranean diet, and issued an unprecedented five other corrections after an obscure report last year scrutinized thousands of articles in eight journals over more than a decade and questioned some methods.”[1] At about the same time, Cornell University reported it was investigating “a wide range of allegations of research misconduct” raised against a prominent food marketing Cornell faculty member.The fact is, fraud is a major problem in scholarly publishing today. One evidence of this is that the retraction rate is definitely increasing.[2] And, according to New York University health journalism professor Dr. Ivan Oransky, there are ten times as many corrections as retractions. Dr. Oransky is a co-founder of the website Retraction Watch, that tracks the thousands of errors in science journals that they have been able to identify since the website was founded. Given his data, of the about 1,350 papers that were retracted in 2016, about 13,000 “corrections” were required. This number tabulated only the errors and the cases that they managed to document. No doubt many more occurred but were not detected, something that is not very easy to do.Sources of ErrorMost academic-based research is done by graduate students and, if not supervised carefully, mistakes can occur, partly because they are students just learning their trade. When mistakes or errors happen during their training, a temptation exists to attempt to cover up the mistake by adjusting the data, throwing out values that they suspect are wrong, such as misreading a measurement, then estimating what must have been the correct value. A strong motivation exists to do this, namely to complete their work to receive their degree and enter the real world to become employed to pay off student loans and start their career and/or marry their sweetheartOne of the most common mistakes in science is confirmation bias, a tendency to search for, or interpret, information in such a way that conforms to one’s preconceptions, leading to incorrect conclusions and even statistical errors.[3] This is an enormous problem in evolution which is described by critics as distorting the world through one’s evolution glasses.Worldview BiasSome behavior is observed, such as female preference for men taller than themselves, which causes curious researchers to look for an interpretation to help them understand why. An evolutionist will often interpret this difference in male and female average heights as due to females sexually selecting tall men due to the perception that they can better take care of them and any children they birth. Thus, its advocates claim that evolutionary sexual selection theory explains this physical trait.A biologist may explain the same physical difference as due to male hormonal differences, such as testosterone levels produced as a result of male chromosome regulation. A creationist would add that this biological difference existed as a result of design in the original creation of Adam and Eve. An evolutionist may also add that the hormone differences were due to sexual selection of the height trait which in turn resulted in the hormonal differences.How leading experts can be fooled.What science has documented is the biological connection between chromosomes and male traits such as height. Worldview then causes confirmational bias, in this case both by the creationist and evolutionist, thus both need to recognize this. Darwinists, though, often do not. They claim that ‘science’ has shown the cause of height differences, when actually evolutionists applied sexual selection theory as a result of their worldview, not science. Likewise, creationists view it as due to inherent design, a better explanation because it is based only on the observations. Inherent design is a fact both sides agree on.As one Indiana University Professor wrote, “whenever science meets some ideological barrier, scientists are accused of, at best, self-deception, and, at worst, deliberate fraud,”[4] a fact that has been well documented by the 12 case histories in my book Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries.[5] There is no shortage of examples of this self-deception. I am now working on a second volume that contains 12 more case histories of  evolution’s blunders, frauds and forgeries.Why Darwinism Is Prone to ErrorConfirmation bias is especially a problem in evolution for several reasons. Intolerance of creationism in scientific institutions strongly opposes alternative theories, especially those that involve outside influence such as implied by Intelligent Design. I once wrote a well-documented paper on a major problem of evolution which was rejected by the editor. The reviewers noted “you did an excellent job explaining and documenting a major problem of evolution. Now solve it,” by which he meant deal with the problem within a naturalistic evolutionary framework so that the problem is explained in such a way that allows evolutionary naturalism to remain a viable theory.One last example illustrates that evolutionary bias can cost both lives and health. Darwin concluded that ‘descent with modification’ theory (the phrase he used for evolution), explained that “the existence of organs in a rudimentary, imperfect, and useless condition, or quite aborted, far from presenting a strange difficulty, as they assuredly do on the old doctrine of creation, might even have been anticipated in accordance with [evolution].”[6]In 1911 a creationist medical doctor wrote the “Darwinian construction of ‘rudimentary organs’ is utterly untenable. There are no rudimentary organs, the function of the organs so called are gradually being discovered.” He added the “two rudimentary organs which are still being abused are the tonsils and the appendix. The tonsils have … a protective function.”[1][7] It took us over a century to prove this German medical doctor correct. Why did it take so long? The reason is partly due to the blinders that belief in evolution puts on scientists. A leading anatomy textbook published in 1908 said that the use of the tonsils “is not known, and it is often removed by the doctor when it becomes enlarged, as is the case in many children.”[8]Blunders Harm Real PeopleRecently the largest long-term study on tonsillectomy ever completed was published in JAMA. A total of 1.2 million subjects were in the study, including children born between 1979 and 1999. Of those, 17,460 underwent adenoidectomy and 11,830 a tonsillectomy within the first 9 years of life. Their health records were compared to the 1,157,684 who retained both their adenoids and tonsils.The 30-year research follow-up concluded the modest benefits of the operation mostly vanish by the age of 40. As many as one in five people who underwent a tonsillectomy suffered from serious diseases they would otherwise never be burdened with. The common childhood procedure more than tripled asthma risk, doubled the rate of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, upper respiratory tract diseases, and conjunctivitis. It also increased the risk of allergies, influenza, pneumonia, and infectious disease in general.One reason for these dramatic increased risks was that removing tonsils during the first decade of life interferes with proper immune system development and significantly reduces protection against future disease. Fortunately, the removal procedure rate has dropped from a high around 200,000 annually in the 1950s to under 50,000 today. This is in marked contrast to the trend a few years ago when a recurring sore throat alone prompted their removal.We now know that tonsils are the first line of the body’s defense system, thus the study director urged pediatricians to drastically limit or at least delay tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies as long as possible. How many people will end up sick and suffer from some disease or die early due to this past blunder of evolution can only be estimated, but the number is not by any means small.[9] Worldwide it involves multiple millions of victims.Footnotes[1] Marchione, Marilynn. 2018. Science Says: What happens when researchers make mistakes. June 13, PHYS.Org. https://phys.org/news/2018-06-science.html.[2] Marchione, 2018.[3] Kentrick, Douglas et al.,2018.  Anti-Science thinking. Scientific America. 319(1): 36-41. July[4] Chris Lee. 2010. Confirmation bias in science: how to avoid it http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/lessons/conf.bias.article.pdf[5] Atlanta, GA: CMI Publishing. 2017.[6] Darwin, Charles. 1859. The Origin of Species. London: John Murray. p. pp. 346-350 and 1871. The Descent of Man: And Selection in Relation to Sex. Rudiments pp 17-30. London: John Murray.[7] Schultz, Alford. 1911. The End of Darwinism. New York: Schultz Publishing Co. p. 13[8] Davison, Alvin. 1908. The Human Body and Health. New York: American Book Company. p. 134. Emphasis added.[9] Byars, Sean G.; Stephen C. Stearns and Jacobus J. Boomsma, 2018. Association of Long-Term Risk of Respiratory, Allergic, and Infectious Diseases With Removal of Adenoids and Tonsils in Childhood. JAMA Otolaryngology; Head and Neck Surgery. Published online June 7, 2018. E1-E13. Author Jerry Bergman, PhDDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information.(Visited 556 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cookies and coffee with a veteran at AgCredit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgCredit is inviting all military veterans and active service men to stop in to any of their offices on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, 2016, between 8:00am and 4:00pm, to enjoy free coffee and cookies as a ‘thank you’ for their service. Visit AgCredit.net to find an office location near you!last_img

New disaster funding from Ohio NRCS to plant cover crops on damaged acreage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Extreme weather conditions like the recent excessive rains and tornadoes have negatively impacted Ohio farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $4 million to help Ohio agricultural producers recover.  Technical and financial assistance is now available to producers who were unable to plant their crops, or who have experienced crop loss due to flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop.“NRCS can be a valuable partner to help Ohio landowners with their agricultural recovery effort,” said State Conservationist Terry Cosby for NRCS in Ohio. “This special sign-up encourages farmers to plant cover crops to improve water quality and soil health, prevent soil erosion, and suppress weeds on areas not planted to crops.”NRCS will utilize the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this special disaster recovery sign-up.  EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production.Cover crops provide an alternative to fields going fallow and remaining uncovered.  Cover crops also improve soil vitality by adding nutrients and organic matter. Many fields that are saturated for a long period of time face a loss of soil organisms. Cover crop roots reestablish soil health and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring it.There are significant changes with cover crops and we want producers to be successful in their 2020 planting year.  Educational cover crop workshops and field days are readily available throughout Ohio to learn more.  Additional information is also available on the NRCS website and farmers.gov/prevented-planting.Landowners should coordinate with other USDA farm agencies when participating in related programs.  It is a producer’s responsibility to work directly with their insurance agent and RMA to ensure they understand their policy.To apply for this special EQIP opportunity, visit your local USDA Service Center.  Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2019 until funding is exhausted.last_img read more

Pak Army chief Gen Bajwa gets threeyear extension

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term has been extended for another three years by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the “regional security environment”, an official announcement said on Monday. General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the chief of Army Staff by former jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November. “General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,” read the brief notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment,” the Dawn reported, citing the decision made by Prime Minister Khan. Earlier, there were reports that Prime Minister Khan may give another term to Bajwa as both were working closely. Bajwa accompanied Khan on his maiden US visit during which he met US President Donald Trump at the White House. Khan had also nominated Bajwa as a member of the National Development Council, in an unprecedented move. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In Pakistan, the appointment of the Army chief is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and his government. The practice of the senior most being made the chief is not followed. Bajwa’s extension comes amidst worsening ties between India and Pakistan following India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370. Reacting to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner, after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Pakistan also suspended its trade relations with India in retaliation against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.last_img read more

Griezmann could be key for Barcelona against Betis

first_imgBarcelona: If Lionel Messi listens to Real Betis and sits out another match, Barcelona will likely have to rely on Antoine Griezmann to finally get some points on the board. Betis, which visits the Camp Nou on Sunday, responded to a tweet by Barcelona that Messi was back to practicing with the team for the first time since being injured in the preseason by saying: “Don’t rush, Leo. No need for you to force it!” Barcelona couldn’t make up for Messi’s absence last weekend when its attack was held scoreless in a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThat was the first time the two-time defending champions had lost a Spanish league opener in a decade. And after both Real Madrid and Atl tico Madrid won, the pressure is on. Barcelona acquired Griezmann after triggering the 120 million euro ( 133 million) buyout clause in his contract with rival Atl tico. The France forward was supposed to be the fourth piece to an already world class attack featuring Messi, Luis Su rez and Ousmane Dembele. But Griezmann may be left with all the scoring responsibility in his competitive home debut. Messi strained his right calf in the team’s first practice of the season on Aug. 5 and hasn’t played since. Although it is possible he will be back to face Betis, Su rez won’t be after he injured a right leg muscle in the first half at Bilbao. Dembele has also been ruled out for several weeks with a left thigh injury. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterPhilippe Coutinho, who could have helped out as an attacking player, is no longer with the team after being loaned out to Bayern Munich this week. Malcom, a Brazilian forward who played sparingly for Barcelona last season, was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg. Griezmann had a lackluster match at Bilbao. His only good scoring chance at San Mames Stadium came in the final minutes with a header. The Frenchman, however, is used to carrying a team on his back. Griezmann was a consistent scorer for Atl tico, tallying more than 20 goals a season for five consecutive years despite the team often not having another attacking threat to draw away some of the attention of opposing defenses. The problem at Bilbao, he said, was simply “the ball didn’t go in.” The other player who could make the most of the opportunity created by the injuries is 21-year-old Carles P rez, a member of Barcelona’s reserve team. He impressed in the preseason, even scoring two goals in a 2-0 win over Japanese club Vissel Kobe, where former Barcelona great Andr s Iniesta now plays. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde included P rez in Wednesday’s team practice. Betis was the only team to beat Barcelona at its home stadium last season, outgunning the hosts 4-3.last_img read more