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Double murder prompts Greek investigation into illegal adoption ring

File image of a Greek police officer on patrol. Greek authorities are investigating an illegal adoption ring linked to Albania - AFP/AFP
File image of a Greek police officer on patrol. Greek authorities are investigating an illegal adoption ring linked to Albania – AFP/AFP

A double homicide of sisters in Albania on New Year’s Eve has prompted a judicial investigation into an alleged illegal adoption ring in northern Greece.

It is the third illegal adoption ring that authorities in northern Greece have investigated in the last two years.

According to testimonies by relatives after the incident, the sisters were made by their alleged killer to give birth in hospitals in Thessaloniki to infants that were then illegally adopted by Greek couples.

In her statements in Albanian media, the victims’ sister has claimed that over the years, the two women gave birth to more than ten babies that were then sold to foster parents from inside the hospital.

Surviving relatives have also testified that a lawyer in Thessaloniki, who is now apparently dead, participated in the infant trafficking operation. An investigation has been launched by the district attorney of Thessaloniki.

A 2015 investigation by the Balkan Investigative Research Network found Greece was a “booming black market” for hundreds of babies sold by mainly Roma women from Bulgaria every year. Adoptive parents pay up to 40,000 euros per baby from mothers from Greece’s poorer neighbouring countries.

In 2019, authorities in Thessaloniki busted another infant trafficking ring of 66 members, involving personnel in private maternity wards, lawyers and doctors.

The ring had been bringing in women, mostly Roma, from Bulgaria, Albania and Georgia to give birth in Thessaloniki.

The infants were privately adopted with the assistance of the members of the ring who falsified documents so that foster parents would appear to be the children’s biological parents. The authorities estimated the group made more than 500,000 euros.

“When some things cannot be achieved in a transparent manner, they will happen in the dark” says Eleni Georgarou, a lawyer and head of the Foster Parents Network in Thessaloniki. “There is a whole industry for women to sell their babies, while intermediaries get rich”.

Illegal adoption rings are attributed to Greece’s problematic framework for adoptions, where official processes can last between three to five years. After repeated calls for decades by International organisations such as the United Nations, a new law voted in 2018 attempted to streamline the process, but its implementation remains incomplete


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Inquiétudes sur le démarrage de la campagne de vaccination grand public

File d’attente devant le centre de vaccination Charles Bertheau dans le 13e arrondissement de Paris, le 15 janvier.

Y aura-t-il assez de doses pour répondre à la demande ? A la veille de l’élargissement de la campagne vaccinale à l’ensemble des « plus de 75 ans », à compter du lundi 18 janvier, la question inquiète dans les rangs des professionnels de santé. « On s’attend à des tensions et à un début de semaine difficile, pointe Jacques Battistoni, président de MG France, premier syndicat chez les médecins généralistes. La vaccination a été ouverte à un très large public, mais sans préciser que le nombre de doses restait limité… On va se retrouver avec des files d’attente, des gens frustrés. »

Plusieurs centaines de centres de vaccination doivent recevoir cette nouvelle population, qui représente environ cinq millions de personnes, appelées à se faire vacciner plus tôt que prévu, après le coup d’accélérateur décidé par le gouvernement, début janvier. Les patients « à risque », atteints de maladies graves, doivent eux aussi venir s’ajouter dans les jours qui viennent – soit environ 800 000 personnes, a annoncé le ministre de la santé, Olivier Véran, lors de la conférence de presse gouvernementale jeudi 14 janvier.

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Mais le nombre global de doses de vaccins reste le même, soit 500 000 par semaine, pointent de toutes parts les médecins libéraux, en première ligne de cette nouvelle phase « grand public ». « Nous avons une forte inquiétude sur l’approvisionnement, insiste Jean-Paul Ortiz, à la tête du CSMF, premier syndicat chez les médecins libéraux. La situation est très irrégulière selon les territoires, certains centres ne rencontrent pas de difficultés, mais d’autres ont déjà du mal à avoir suffisamment de vaccins. »

Plannings d’inscriptions déjà complets 

Avec une inconnue supplémentaire : le laboratoire Pfizer a annoncé, vendredi, qu’il allait devoir réduire temporairement les livraisons de nouvelles doses aux pays européens, jusqu’à début février.

Une certitude à ce jour : l’engouement pour la vaccination est là. Standards téléphoniques pris d’assaut, plannings d’inscriptions déjà complets… Dès son ouverture jeudi, la plate-forme nationale lancée par le gouvernement, « Sante.fr », a été surchargée et bloquée, avec 8 000 connexions toutes les secondes, a rapporté le ministre Olivier Véran. Vendredi, plus d’un million de rendez-vous avaient été pris auprès d’un centre de vaccination dans toute la France pour les deux injections (soit 500 000 personnes concernées), a indiqué la direction générale de la santé.

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En Allemagne, trois hommes (au moins) pour le fauteuil d’Angela Merkel

La CDU, le parti de la chancelière, se réunit les 15 et 16 janvier pour désigner son nouveau chef de file. Trois hommes sont sur la ligne de départ, et l’un d’eux pourrait donc succéder à Angela Merkel à l’automne prochain à la tête du pays.  


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Mali : Appréhender la portée du chaos pour une saine repentance politique

-du départ forcé du Président IBK selon le bon vouloir d’un Imam, chef de file, pardon autorité morale de la contestation qui semble avoir pris le parti de tourner le dos au Boulevard de l’indépendance, laissant le peuple sans guide très éclairé et très respecté.
– de Bah qui remplace Boua, des colonels qui remplacent les généraux pour le même casting avec les mêmes angoisses du lendemain, sauf que la redondance des crises devient plus stridente, le rétrécissement de la perspective à l’horizon et embrigadement des bouches, pas que dans les bavettes anti-covid-19.
Chaque jour c’est la même grisaille informative : des attaques, des morts, des sanglots, des larmes, il est vrai que cela est amplifié par la revanche de la Covid-19 sur notre dilettantisme, pour ne pas dire légèreté. Qu’est-ce qui a vraiment changé depuis janvier ? Rien apparemment sauf qu’on est tombé de Charybde en Scylla. L’obstacle au bonheur du peuple désigné était un leurre, un piège pour le Mali démocratique et pour cette nation fière et digne obligée désormais et encore de subir les oukases, les vexations et les humiliations d’une CEDEAO qui ne parvient même pas balayer devant sa porte…. Fallait-il faire partir IBK et son régime au prix de l’imprévoyance et de l’aventure politico-religieuse, le chaos démocratique ? Depuis le départ d’IBK et de son régime, la nation a pleuré plus 200 de ses dignes fils selon un décompte de Malilink ? Depuis le départ d’IBK et de son régime quel est l’état des libertés démocratiques et le nombre des prisonniers politiques et d’opinion ?
Réveil brutal pour plein de revanchards. Pour que dans la cohésion nous prenions conscience des avatars du processus, des erreurs et fautes de casting, de la profondeur du chaos laissé par le départ d’IBK et de son régime, chaos qui ne cesse de s’approfondir, pour une vraie et saine repentance politique qui invitera chaque fils du Mali au chevet du Mali. Car, le Mali ne peut se faire dans la désunion et les chicanes. Le Mali se fera avec tous ses fils ou ne se fera pas ; le Mali se fera en se tenant par les bras et non en se tirant dans les pattes.

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Trump’s partially built ‘big, beautiful wall’

Donald Trump is approaching the end of his presidency the same way he started his candidacy: talking about a border wall.

It has been more than five years since Trump announced his presidential bid with a promise to build a “great, great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the end, Trump built a mere fraction of what he promised, 452 miles of a wall — most of which replaced old, existing fencing. And he never got Mexico to pay for it.

Still, Trump is visiting the city of Alamo in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday to tout the border wall as a “promise made, promise kept” by his administration while he faces a House vote on Wednesday to impeach him again — and he continues to face fallout from his own party for urging his followers to march to the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in a deadly riot.

But his partially built border wall is a reminder, in the end, of unfulfilled promises. However, for Democrats, former U.S. and Mexico officials, immigrant advocates and migration experts agree: It remains a symbol of the Trump presidency, defined from the beginning by anti-immigrant rhetoric and hardline policies.

“What he accomplished in four years with the wall could’ve been done in a bipartisan way with less noise. But that was never the purpose. It wasn’t about the wall,” said Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.

“This was always about a larger symbolism about walling off America from outside dangers,” Selee added.

The 452 miles of border wall that have been constructed are only a fraction of the 1,954 miles of U.S.-Mexico border. And only a small portion of the 452 miles — about 40 miles as of Dec. 18, according to a Customs and Border Protection report published by nonpartisan Factcheck.org — is newly constructed wall where none previously existed.

“It’s really a failure,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a lawmaker representing part of the border. “Instead of saying let’s heal the country together. It’s not happening. His priority is the fence. His priorities are his priorities and not the country’s.”

Some Democrats and immigrant advocates said they were worried about the potential for violence during Trump’s visit — especially given the recent insurrection and the president’s longstanding anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“It’s incredibly dangerous,” said Alida Garcia, vice president of advocacy at FWD.us, a bipartisan pro-immigration group. “We’ve seen since the first two minutes of President Trump launching his campaign that he wanted to define a war in quotes along the border and against immigrants, Latinx people, asylum seekers and Mexicans.”

The Trump administration has spent more than $15 billion on the border wall project — all of it coming from either appropriations from Congress or diverted funds from the Defense Department. None of it was paid for by Mexico — a promise Trump repeatedly made on the 2016 campaign trail, but which was completely shut down by Mexican officials under two different administrations.

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a press call last week the agency already has funding to complete another 300 miles of barriers and aims to award contracts for construction before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Biden has previously vowed that there “will not be another foot of wall constructed” during his administration, but existing contracts could complicate efforts to stop some construction. He also has said he will not tear down parts of the wall built under Trump. Biden will be under pressure to follow through on a long immigration to-do list that includes undoing much of Trump’s immigration policies — and delivering more pro-immigrant policies than President Barack Obama, who was dubbed the “Deporter in Chief.”

Trump’s visit marks the first time he has stepped out in public since the deadly riots at the Capitol. In recent days, he’s been increasingly isolated, still complaining about the election he lost to Biden, and not having events on his daily schedule. Meanwhile, several Trump administration officials have resigned following the insurrection.

On Monday, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced he would step down from his position, citing “recent events,” including recent court rulings challenging the legality of his appointment to the post. “These events and concerns increasingly serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the department in this critical time of a transition of power,” Wolf wrote in a letter to the department.

The White House would not say who is accompanying the president on his Texas trip or whom he would meet with once there. However, Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will be in Austin on Tuesday for the first day of the Texas legislative session, Texas Tribune reported, so they are not expected to meet with Trump.

Members of the Hidalgo County GOP, however, were “calling all Conservatives, Patriots & Freedom Fighters” on Facebook and Twitter to welcome Trump to the border area with posters. While Biden comfortably won in the Latino-majority county, it’s one of the areas in South Texas where Trump made his most significant improvements in the 2020 election. Trump boosted his numbers in Hidalgo County by more than 23 percent compared to 2016, but still lost by 17 percent.

The City of Alamo on Monday afternoon said the Trump administration did not formally contact them about the president’s trip, which was announced over the weekend. Robert Salinas, Alamo’s city manager, urged that all demonstrations be “peaceful and respectful.” James Darling, mayor of neighboring city McAllen, said he understands “that emotions are high on both sides,” but called for peaceful demonstrations.

Other Texas border Democrats, like Reps. Vicente González and Filemon Vela, on Monday urged for Trump to cancel the trip and for elected officials to boycott his visit. Vela pointed out that Trump should focus less on the wall and more on the pandemic, given how hard-hit the Rio Grande Valley has been by Covid-19.

“If the President insists on pursuing this wasteful trip, he should not show up empty handed. He should bring hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses and the military personnel necessary to help inoculate the residents of South Texas,” Vela said.


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Trump’s partially built ‘big, beautiful wall’

Donald Trump is approaching the end of his presidency the same way he started his candidacy: talking about a border wall.

It has been more than five years since Trump announced his presidential bid with a promise to build a “great, great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the end, Trump built a mere fraction of what he promised, 452 miles of a wall — most of which replaced old, existing fencing. And he never got Mexico to pay for it.

Still, Trump is visiting the city of Alamo in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday to tout the border wall as a “promise made, promise kept” by his administration while he faces a House vote on Wednesday to impeach him again — and he continues to face fallout from his own party for urging his followers to march to the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in a deadly riot.

But his partially built border wall is a reminder, in the end, of unfulfilled promises. However, for Democrats, former U.S. and Mexico officials, immigrant advocates and migration experts agree: It remains a symbol of the Trump presidency, defined from the beginning by anti-immigrant rhetoric and hardline policies.

“What he accomplished in four years with the wall could’ve been done in a bipartisan way with less noise. But that was never the purpose. It wasn’t about the wall,” said Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.

“This was always about a larger symbolism about walling off America from outside dangers,” Selee added.

The 452 miles of border wall that have been constructed are only a fraction of the 1,954 miles of U.S.-Mexico border. And only a small portion of the 452 miles — about 40 miles as of Dec. 18, according to a Customs and Border Protection report published by nonpartisan Factcheck.org — is newly constructed wall where none previously existed.

“It’s really a failure,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a lawmaker representing part of the border. “Instead of saying let’s heal the country together. It’s not happening. His priority is the fence. His priorities are his priorities and not the country’s.”

Some Democrats and immigrant advocates said they were worried about the potential for violence during Trump’s visit — especially given the recent insurrection and the president’s longstanding anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“It’s incredibly dangerous,” said Alida Garcia, vice president of advocacy at FWD.us, a bipartisan pro-immigration group. “We’ve seen since the first two minutes of President Trump launching his campaign that he wanted to define a war in quotes along the border and against immigrants, Latinx people, asylum seekers and Mexicans.”

The Trump administration has spent more than $15 billion on the border wall project — all of it coming from either appropriations from Congress or diverted funds from the Defense Department. None of it was paid for by Mexico — a promise Trump repeatedly made on the 2016 campaign trail, but which was completely shut down by Mexican officials under two different administrations.

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a press call last week the agency already has funding to complete another 300 miles of barriers and aims to award contracts for construction before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Biden has previously vowed that there “will not be another foot of wall constructed” during his administration, but existing contracts could complicate efforts to stop some construction. He also has said he will not tear down parts of the wall built under Trump. Biden will be under pressure to follow through on a long immigration to-do list that includes undoing much of Trump’s immigration policies — and delivering more pro-immigrant policies than President Barack Obama, who was dubbed the “Deporter in Chief.”

Trump’s visit marks the first time he has stepped out in public since the deadly riots at the Capitol. In recent days, he’s been increasingly isolated, still complaining about the election he lost to Biden, and not having events on his daily schedule. Meanwhile, several Trump administration officials have resigned following the insurrection.

On Monday, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced he would step down from his position, citing “recent events,” including recent court rulings challenging the legality of his appointment to the post. “These events and concerns increasingly serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the department in this critical time of a transition of power,” Wolf wrote in a letter to the department.

The White House would not say who is accompanying the president on his Texas trip or whom he would meet with once there. However, Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will be in Austin on Tuesday for the first day of the Texas legislative session, Texas Tribune reported, so they are not expected to meet with Trump.

Members of the Hidalgo County GOP, however, were “calling all Conservatives, Patriots & Freedom Fighters” on Facebook and Twitter to welcome Trump to the border area with posters. While Biden comfortably won in the Latino-majority county, it’s one of the areas in South Texas where Trump made his most significant improvements in the 2020 election. Trump boosted his numbers in Hidalgo County by more than 23 percent compared to 2016, but still lost by 17 percent.

The City of Alamo on Monday afternoon said the Trump administration did not formally contact them about the president’s trip, which was announced over the weekend. Robert Salinas, Alamo’s city manager, urged that all demonstrations be “peaceful and respectful.” James Darling, mayor of neighboring city McAllen, said he understands “that emotions are high on both sides,” but called for peaceful demonstrations.

Other Texas border Democrats, like Reps. Vicente González and Filemon Vela, on Monday urged for Trump to cancel the trip and for elected officials to boycott his visit. Vela pointed out that Trump should focus less on the wall and more on the pandemic, given how hard-hit the Rio Grande Valley has been by Covid-19.

“If the President insists on pursuing this wasteful trip, he should not show up empty handed. He should bring hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses and the military personnel necessary to help inoculate the residents of South Texas,” Vela said.


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What is Wikileaks and where is Assange?

<p>This file photo taken on 1 May 2019 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gesturing from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012</p> ((AFP via Getty Images))

This file photo taken on 1 May 2019 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gesturing from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is due in court at the Old Bailey in London on 4 January, where a judge will decide whether to extradite him to the US to face espionage charges.

Assange, 49, from Townsville, Australia, has been charged by the US with several counts of conspiracy and espionage after he obtained and published thousands of classified documents.

He was arrested in London in April 2019 after seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in the English capital for more than six years.

Assange had been granted asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012 after losing his battle against extradition to Sweden on charges of rape and sexual assault.

In May 2019, Assange was charged under the US Espionage Act of 1917 on 17 counts for publishing classified material provided to him by then US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Assange is the first publisher to be charged under the act, according to AlJazeera.

He has also been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, after he was alleged to have hacked into a government computer. He could face a maximum of five years in prison related to that charge.

A decision on Assange’s extradition to the US to face the 18 charges is expected on 4 January. If convicted in the US, Assange could face up to 175 years in prison.

What is Wikileaks?

Wikileaks is a whistleblower news site that publishes classified material and media that is provided to them by anonymous sources.

Assange founded Wikileaks in 2006, but the whistleblower site rose to prominence in 2010 when it released sensitive military material passed to them by Ms Manning.

The material included a 39-minute video of a US military helicopter firing and killing more than a dozen Iraqis. Two Reuters journalists were killed as part of the incident.

The video led to a global outcry about the US’ actions in Iraq and its overall military presence in the Middle East.

In July 2010, Wikileaks, alongside other news organisations, leaked close to 100,000 documents related to the US’ military actions in Afghanistan.

The whistleblower site then leaked close to 400,000 documents related to the Iraq war a few months later. Both leaks were praised as they exposed a high number of civilian casualties in the Middle East that were not previously reported.

Wikileaks also published more than 250,000 diplomatic cables dated between 1996 and 2010, that provided insights into more than 270 US embassies around the world.

The site has continued to leak classified documents, material and communications over the years since, but caused controversy after leaking materials related to then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The organisation has also been criticised for failing to protect the privacy of individuals, after leaks revealed social security numbers and other private information not related to the leaks.

Where is Assange?

Julian Assange has been held in Belmarsh prison, located in Thamesmead, London, since April 2019.

Assange was arrested in April 2019 after the Ecuadorian government reached an agreement to expel him from the embassy and into the custody of the UK authorities.

The country’s president Lenín Moreno said that Assange’s asylum was withdrawn after he violated international conventions on domestic interference during his time at the location.

He was arrested inside the embassy on 11 April 2019 by the Metropolitan Police, in connection to his refusal to surrender to the court for extradition to Sweden in 2012 to face two allegations of rape. Sweden dropped the charges and ended its investigation in November 2019.

On 1 May, Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks imprisonment in Belmarsh prison for violating the conditions of his bail in 2012, and has been held there ever since.

Assange initially appealed the sentence, but subsequently dropped his appeal in July 2019. He has been kept in prison following his initial sentence, as he awaits to find out if he will be extradited to the US to face the espionage charges.

His hearings related to his possible extradition to the US were delayed as the defence asked for more time to prepare its case, due to complications surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Assange has only left Belmarsh prison to attend court hearings related to his extradition case, but could leave on 4 January after the judge decides on his fate.

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Andre Hill: Police fire officer who shot and killed Black man holding mobile phone in Ohio

<p>File image: A police officer in riot gear stands guard as protesters gather near Black Lives Matter Plaza during a protest on 12 December , 2020 in Washington</p> (Getty images)

File image: A police officer in riot gear stands guard as protesters gather near Black Lives Matter Plaza during a protest on 12 December , 2020 in Washington

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The Columbus city on Monday fired a white police officer who last week shot and killed 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man, who was holding up a mobile phone.

Columbus police officer Adam Coy, who has been a part of the force for 17 years, will now face criminal investigation for the death of Mr Hill.

The termination was announced on Monday hours after the Columbus Public Safety Director, Ned Pettus Jr, in a disciplinary hearing for Mr Coy, upheld the Columbus police chief Thomas Quinlan’s recommendation to terminate the police officer.

“The information, evidence and representation made by Chief Quinlan as the investigator are, in my opinion, indisputable. His disciplinary recommendation is well supported and appropriate,” said Mr Pettus.

He said the action of Mr Coy “do not live up to the oath of a Columbus Police officer, or the standards we, and the community, demand of our officers.”

“The shooting of Andre Hill is a tragedy for all who loved him in addition to the community and our division of police,” said Mr Pettus in a statement.

The police chief of Columbus, which is the capital of Ohio, said, “this is what accountability looks like.”

“Mr Coy will now have to answer the state investigators for the death of Andre Hill,” said Mr Quinlan, who had expedited investigation in the case and last week released a video statement that said he had seen enough to recommend Mr Coy’s termination from the force.

On 22 December, Mr Coy and another police officer responded to a neighbour’s non-emergency call about a car in front of his house in the city’s northwest side that had been running, then shut off, then turned back on.

The police officer had not activated the body camera but an automatic “look back” feature captured the shooting without audio. The footage showed Hill emerging from a garage and holding up a mobile phone in his left hand and then a few seconds later he was fatally shot by Mr Coy.

Subsequently, Hill lay on the garage floor for several minutes without any officer on the scene coming to his aid.

Mr Pettus further said that the use of body cameras and duty to render aid will be among the actions under further review. He informed that “additional investigation of misconduct regarding Mr Coy and other police officers who responded to this critical incident will continue to be investigated.”

According to the police’s policy, officers are required to activate their body cameras when they go out to investigate major incidents such as a shooting, robbery or burglary.

Earlier this year, protests erupted in the US after George Floyd, a Black man, died in Minneapolis when a police officer, while arresting him, knelt on his neck. The protests led to the revival of the Black Lives Matter movement and demands were raised against excessive use of power by police personnel. In some places, demand was made for defunding the police department.

Additional reporting by agencies

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Con el mejor puntaje, James Rodríguez se mete en el once ideal de nuevos fichajes de la Premier League

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley v Everton - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 5, 2020 Everton's James Rodriguez in action Pool via REUTERS/Oli Scarff EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Burnley v Everton – Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain – December 5, 2020 Everton’s James Rodriguez in action Pool via REUTERS/Oli Scarff EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (OLI SCARFF/)

James Rodríguez sigue al margen de las convocatorias del Everton por cuenta de los problemas físicos. El jugador colombiano se ha perdido cinco compromisos al hilo y sumará uno más este lunes, cuando los ‘toffees’ reciban al Manchester City, por la jornada 16 de la Premier League, torneo en el que el equipo acumula un registro de cuatro victorias consecutivas y se ubica en la segunda casilla, con 29 puntos.

El mediocampista cucuteño tuvo un buen arranque de temporada en el balompié inglés, de la mano del entrenador Carlo Ancelotti, y sus números le permitieron quedarse con un lugar dentro del once ideal de los refuerzos de la Premier League 2020/2021, según el portal especializado en estadísticas WhoScored.

“El paso de James Rodríguez, del Real Madrid a Goodison Park, fue sin duda el más llamativo. De hecho, es una de las transferencias más notables en la historia de la Premier League. Fue un éxito instantáneo entre los fanáticos de los ‘toffees’ y tiene seis anotaciones en sus primeras diez actuaciones en la liga”, dice un fragmento de la reseña sobre el zurdo de 29 años.

El portal le dio una calificación de 7.63, señaló que su nivel ha estado a la altura de las circunstancias y que ha dejado registros de un futbolista de la élite. “De los jugadores que han comenzado más cinco partidos en la liga inglesa, en la temporada en curso, solo es superado por Kevin de Bruyne en la frecuencia para crear una oportunidad clara de gol, el talentoso belga lo hace cada 101,2 minutos y el ‘cafetero’ necesita de 120,7 minutos”, subrayó WhoScored.

Rodríguez suma 846 minutos en el la liga local y su última presentación fue en la igualdad, 1-1, con el Burnley, el pasado 5 de diciembre. Hasta el momento, tiene una cosecha de tres goles y misma cantidad de asistencias. En promedio, hace 2.5 pases clave por partido, 2.2 remates, 1.9 regates y su precisión en los pases es del 83.5%.

Los futbolistas que acompañan al colombiano en la nómina ideal del portal son: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa); Matty Cash (Aston Villa), Wesley Fofana (Leicester), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea); Allan (Everton), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham); Ademola Lookman (Fulham), Timo Werner (Chelsea) y Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

Imagen cortesía de WhoScored.
Imagen cortesía de WhoScored.

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