A new beginning for De Jong

first_imgChosen best midfielder of Europe by UEFA last August and ranked seventh in the The best that took Leo Messi, in Barcelona nobody doubts the entity as a footballer of Frenkie de Jong (12-5-1997). The arrival of Setien, coach who gives high priority to the midfielder, is a new and exciting start for the Dutchman. But also a start. De Jong chose Barcelona for its sports stability instead of the economic temptations of PSG or the City and, 17 years later, the club dismissed a coach. De Jong, an investment of 86 million euros from Barça, is a huge player, but he needs a stir. 2. 3 LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 22, 2020 The beginning of De Jong has been gaseous. After a promising start, with excellent preseason games and exhibitions against him Valencia or in Eibar, went off to get into a small crisis. De Jong disappointed in the Classic, where he Madrid dominated in the center of the field and his figure waned while others, like that of Fede Valverde, grew up in the rival. Maybe because I needed a break, the year ended on the bench. He was substitute before the Alaves. The beginning of 2020 was even worse. In Cornellá He lived his first black night. He was expelled in the derby before the Spanish for two absurd offenses, the second one after an innocent loss. And the thing did not improve in the Arabia Super Cup. De Jong came out in the picture of the last goals of the Athletic. De Jong is not a player of making numbers, but he also craves a goal and two assists in 26 games for a player with that price. The cache with which he was incorporated into Barça forces him to something else. Maybe Setién knows how to play new keys in the former player of the Ajax. Critics with Valverde reproached him that the center of the field had lost prominence. Although that remains to be seen, it is clear that the arrival of the Cantabrian coach strengthens the figure of the midfielder. De Jong also has to take a step forward and begin to justify the expectations with which he arrived at Barça. Being Europe’s best midfielder for UEFA, like its natural talent, demands much more.last_img read more

JPL scrimmage over screenings heats up

first_img“Giving us the information is voluntary,” read the forms the employees received. “However, we may not be able to complete your investigation, or complete it in a timely manner, if you don’t give us each item of information we request. This may affect your placement or employment prospects.” The forms also include an open-ended waiver giving investigators access to records that “may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, and criminal history record information.” A small percentage of JPL employees with higher security positions will be required to provide information including a list of overseas trips, financial histories and police records. The information must be provided by October. At an informational meeting at JPL Tuesday about the new measures – the laboratory’s third – the meeting room was packed with employees, said Dennis Byrnes, the chief engineer of flight dynamics. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CA?ADA FLINT- RIDGE – JPL employees protesting what they say are invasive new security screenings gained a new congressional supporter this week. On Tuesday, Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., sent a firmly worded letter to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez requesting a meeting to discuss changing the regulations, which require fingerprints for a FBI background check, personal references and information about past residences and drug use. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had implemented the strict new rules in accordance with an executive order from President Bush to create secure identification for federal employees. But many employees, including some at JPL, which is operated for NASA by Caltech, believe the background checks went a step too far. Their complaints gained the attention of Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, David Dreier, R-San Dimas, and now Holt. “Section Six of the directive states that it will be implemented `consistent with … the Privacy Act,’ ” Holt wrote in his letter to Gutierrez. “By having agencies share employee fingerprints and other information with the FBI, current implementation violates that portion of the U.S. Code.” Holt’s letter came after he was contacted by “many government employees and contractors from several Federal agencies,” including four senior scientists at JPL. “Research thrives best in an atmosphere of openness,” Holt, a former physicist, said Wednesday. “I am concerned that these invasive policies are jeopardizing scientific progress by discouraging talented researchers from federal employment.” Though many JPL employees have submitted the required information without complaint, several are considering not doing so – and risking losing their jobs as a result. last_img