Martin Skrtel has terminated his Atalanta contract by mutual consent less than a month after joining from Fenerbahce and has been replaced by Simon Kjaer on deadline day.Skrtel, 34, is reported to have fallen out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini regarding slow first-team integration and the two parties agreed to end their association just 24 days after the defender joined.The former Liverpool defender had spent the three previous seasons at Turkish giants Fenerbahce before departing the club on a free transfer this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Previously, Skrtel enjoyed a nine-year spell at Anfield, which saw him claim one trophy, the 2011-12 League Cup.He also finished as a runner-up for the Premier League title in both 2008-09 and 2013-14, while missing out on a Europa League crown as Liverpool fell to Sevilla in the 2016 final.Skrtel featured in the Champions League in two of his three seasons at Fenerbahce, and appeared set to return to the tournament with Atalanta, who will appear in the competition for the first time in their history this season.However, if he does feature in the Champions League, it will not be with Atalanta, as their partnership has come to an abrupt end.A statement from the club simply stated: ”Atalanta BC announces that it has consensually terminated the contract with Martin Skrtel.”Atalanta moved efficiently to secure a replacement, however, with Denmark international Kjaer arriving on loan from Sevilla, where he had spent two seasons.Although generally first choice at the back in those two campaigns, the signings of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos saw Kjaer fall down the pecking order and he becomes the third player to swap Sevilla for Atalanta in this window after Luis Muriel and Guilherme Arana.Kjaer is the 19th player to leave Sevilla since Monchi’s return as sporting director, while they added a 13th new signing of this window with the deadline-day acquisition of goalkeeper Yassine Bounou. Bounou arrives on loan from Girona with a purchase option.Atalanta had mixed fortunes their opening two Serie A games of the season, winning one and losing one, and return from the international break against Genoa on September 14. They will then face Dinamo Zabreb midweek, the first of their matches in Champions League Group C, which also includes Manchester City and Shakhtar.
“We have seen so many women and children dying needlessly from preventable diseases,” Mr. Ban told reporters at the Ambo Mesk health post in Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia’s northern state of Amhara. “Training good health workers [and] training good midwives can save a lot of women’s and also children’s lives.” The Horn of Africa nation knows all too well the challenges associated with ensuring maternal and child health. Every 25 minutes, another Ethiopian woman dies from complications related to child birth. Most are in rural areas, far from any clinic. At the health post, Mr. Ban met with the staff providing essential services to communities previously living without ready access to such care. He also visited a larger health centre, a few kilometres away, which supports the health post by providing it with supplies and on-the-job training. There he spoke with doctors and nurses about their work, as well as with some patients.“I hope that the Government will try to expend these posts, clinics and centres and also hospitals,” said the Secretary-General, who also spotlighted maternal health when he visited Nigeria earlier this week. At a major UN development summit in New York last September, participants adopted the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, committing $40 billion in resources to a global effort to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. The strategy identifies the finance and policy changes needed, along with vital interventions to help improve health and save lives. It is expected to prevent, between 2011 and 2015, the deaths of more than 15 million children under five, as well as 33 million unwanted pregnancies and the deaths of 740,000 women from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Mr. Ban commended Ethiopia on its commitment to improve maternal and child health, including its goal of quadrupling the number of midwives. The country is a good example of how a little investment can go a long way in saving many lives, he added.The UN chief is now in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he is attending an African Union meeting on peace and security. On the sidelines of that meeting, he met with the Vice President of South Africa, the President of Equatorial Guinea, the President of Senegal and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.Yesterday, while in Nigeria, he told a national forum of governors that the country deserved credit for its efforts to improve health care, especially for women and children.“But much more can be done,” he said. “In particular, I urge you to remedy the gap between the provision of health infrastructure and the quality of service. Address inequities in accessing care, and ensure that funding for women’s and children’s health is available and smoothly disbursed throughout the country. Make commodities, drugs and supplies more readily available.“I urge you, too, to work towards equal participation of women and men in public life. This will go a long way to improving women’s and children’s health. I also encourage you to expand the successful Midwives Service Scheme and deploy community health extension workers to rural areas.” 25 May 2011Visiting health workers in Ethiopia today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the progress made in improving the health of women and children, while also stressing the need to do more to avoid needless deaths.
The Indians were handed over to the Thalaimannar police for further investigations.The police said that the two trawlers have been kept safely with the navy. The navy arrested eight fishermen off Mannar while poaching in Sri Lankan waters late last night, the police media unit said today.A navy unit of the Thalaimannar naval base arrested the fishermen and also seized two trawlers. The Indian fishermen are to be produced before the Mannar Magistrate today. (Colombo Gazette)