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Over 2.24 lakh beneficiaries given COVID-19 vaccine so far; 447 cases of adverse effect reported: Govt


New Delhi, January 17

A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said.

The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports, adding that 2,07,229 of them received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.

He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.

India has approved two vaccines—Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India—for emergency use in the country.

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. PTI





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Woman, 35, reveals she’s given birth to a baby girl with her 21-year-old stepson

A weight-loss influencer who traded in her husband for her stepson has announced the birth of their first child together. 

Marina Balmasheva, 35, from Russia, married her new husband Vladimir ‘Vova’ Shavyrin, now 21, ahead of welcoming their baby girl, who has not yet been named. 

The Russian blogger – with more than half a million followers on Instagram – has known Vladimir since he was seven after previously being married to his father Alexey Shavyrin, 45, who now cares for their five adopted children. 

She divorced Alexey after 10 years together and he has previously accused her of seducing his son when he came home on holiday from university.

Marina and Vladimir’s little girl was born yesterday in the maternity hospital in Krasnodar, weighing slightly over 8lbs.

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Marina Balmasheva, who traded in her husband for her stepson, has announced the birth of their first child together (pictured)

Marina Balmasheva, 35, from Russia, married her new husband Vladimir 'Vova' Shavyrin (pictured), now 21, ahead of welcoming their baby girl, who has not yet been named

Marina Balmasheva, 35, from Russia, married her new husband Vladimir ‘Vova’ Shavyrin (pictured), now 21, ahead of welcoming their baby girl, who has not yet been named

The Russian blogger - with more than half a million followers on Instagram - has known Vladimir since he was seven (pictured left, together, when he was seven) after previously being married to his father Alexey Shavyrin, 45, who now cares for their five adopted children

The Russian blogger – with more than half a million followers on Instagram – has known Vladimir since he was seven (pictured left, together, when he was seven) after previously being married to his father Alexey Shavyrin, 45, who now cares for their five adopted children 

Her new husband Vladimir was not present at the birth. It is unclear if this is due to COVID-19 restrictions or personal choice. 

Marina posted pictures of her daughter to her many fans but said her partner had instructed her not to show the girl’s face. 

‘Dad does not want to show our daughter yet,’ she said. ‘That’s why the view is only from the back… We are thinking about the name.’  

Marina and Vladimir's little girl was born yesterday in the maternity hospital in Krasnodar, weighing slightly over 8lbs (pictured)

Marina and Vladimir’s little girl was born yesterday in the maternity hospital in Krasnodar, weighing slightly over 8lbs (pictured)

Her new husband Vladimir was not present at the birth. It is unclear if this is due to COVID-19 restrictions or personal choice. Pictured, the blogger at the hospital following the birth

The blogger pictured at the hospital following the birth

 Her new husband Vladimir was not present at the birth. It is unclear if this is due to COVID-19 restrictions or personal choice. Pictured, the blogger at the hospital following the birth

The blogger divorced Alexey (pictured together) after 10 years together and he has previously accused her of seducing his son when he came home on holiday from university

The blogger divorced Alexey (pictured together) after 10 years together and he has previously accused her of seducing his son when he came home on holiday from university

Marina said she was a ‘complete mess’ after the birth yesterday which followed her waters breaking as she watched Game of Thrones. 

‘Everything is very good with us,’ she said. ‘[The baby] did not sleep too well at night, but [she] has been sleeping since 6am.’

Earlier, she told her followers details of her pregnancy and revealed how she went through a succession of plastic surgery treatments to make herself attractive to her new spouse who she calls ‘the most charming blue-eyes in the world’. 

Marina (pictured while pregnant) posted pictures of her daughter to her many fans but said her partner had instructed her not to show the girl's face

Marina (pictured while pregnant) posted pictures of her daughter to her many fans but said her partner had instructed her not to show the girl’s face

'Dad does not want to show our daughter yet,' the blogger, pictured with her new husband, said. 'That's why the view is only from the back… We are thinking about the name.'

‘Dad does not want to show our daughter yet,’ the blogger, pictured with her new husband, said. ‘That’s why the view is only from the back… We are thinking about the name.’

Marina (pictured with her husband) said she was a 'complete mess' after the birth yesterday which followed her waters breaking as she watched Game of Thrones

Marina pictured with her husband

Marina (pictured with her husband) said she was a ‘complete mess’ after the birth yesterday which followed her waters breaking as she watched Game of Thrones

'Everything is very good with us,' the influencer, pictured with her husband, said. '[The baby] did not sleep too well at night, but [she] has been sleeping since 6am.'

‘Everything is very good with us,’ the influencer, pictured with her husband, said. ‘[The baby] did not sleep too well at night, but [she] has been sleeping since 6am.’

She said: ‘So many people tell me to use makeup because of my young husband. But there is one thing – he fell in love with me with all my scars from plastic surgeries, cellulite, excessive skin and personality. And I do not want to seem better than what I am.’ 

She also told how she insisted on a prenup so that she keeps all her money and assets in case of divorce from her new husband.

Marina’s ex complained that ‘she seduced my son…He had not had a girlfriend before her. They were not shy to have sex while I was at home. 

Marina pictured preparing the nursery with her 21-year-old husband

Marina's little girl, pictured

Marina pictured preparing the nursery with her 21-year-old husband, seen left, and her little girl, pictured right

Marina (seen while pregnant) now says her previous marriage was 'not living but pretending'

Marina (seen while pregnant) now says her previous marriage was ‘not living but pretending’

Marina said that Vladimir's mother - another ex-wife of Alexey's - would help them care for the baby. Pictured, with Vladimir

Marina said that Vladimir’s mother – another ex-wife of Alexey’s – would help them care for the baby. Pictured, with Vladimir

‘I would have forgiven her cheating, if it wasn’t my son. She was running to my son’s bed from our bedroom when I was sleeping. After that she was coming back and lying in bed with me as if nothing had happened.’ 

She now says he previous marriage was ‘not living but pretending’. She told her followers: ‘Did I have regrets that I destroyed the family? Both yes and no.

‘I was ashamed that I killed the stability of “mum and dad”. Did I want to return to my ex? No. Do I feel anger and hatred towards him? Not any longer.

Marina previously told how her adopted children dealt with her relationship changes, saying it was 'absolutely calmly.' Pictured, with Vladimir

Marina previously told how her adopted children dealt with her relationship changes, saying it was ‘absolutely calmly.’ Pictured, with Vladimir

The blogger also told how she insisted on a prenup so that she keeps all her money and assets in case of divorce from her new husband (pictured)

The blogger also told how she insisted on a prenup so that she keeps all her money and assets in case of divorce from her new husband (pictured)

‘He is a good person and a wonderful father to our children…. How did children take the changes? Absolutely calmly.

‘What [do I have] today? I am married. I moved to a bigger city. I love and I am loved.’

She previously said that Vladimir’s mother – another ex-wife of Alexey’s – would help them care for the baby.

Marina told how her husband fell in love with her with all her 'scars from plastic surgeries, cellulite, excessive skin and personality.' Pictured, husband of Marina Balmasheva on his 21st birthday

Marina told how her husband fell in love with her with all her ‘scars from plastic surgeries, cellulite, excessive skin and personality.’ Pictured, husband of Marina Balmasheva on his 21st birthday

Marina admitted she underwent plastic surgery to make herself attractive to her new husband. Pictured, photos of her before, aged 32, (left) and after, aged 35, (right) plastic surgery

Marina admitted she underwent plastic surgery to make herself attractive to her new husband. Pictured, photos of her before, aged 32, (left) and after, aged 35, (right) plastic surgery

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“I would have given a fuck to Mayweather”: Julio César Chávez responds clearly to Faitelson on social networks | The State

ANDThe always provocative television commentator, David Faitelsón I assure in social networks that -with all due respect- Julio Cesar Chavez, the best boxer Mexico has ever had could not defeat “not even on Mars” the American Floyd Mayweather, who retired undefeated with 50 professional fights.

But it is not easy for César del Boxeo to “bite his crest” without taking home a souvenir, so, minutes later He categorically responded to the ESPN journalist:

“You are very right neither on Mars nor Jupiter I would have beaten him but here on this earth at 140 pounds I would have given both of them a shit” Referring to Jose Luis Castillo who supposedly defeated “Money” in the most difficult fight of his career, hands down.

Mike Tyson himself has assured without hesitation that Chávez was a much better boxer than Mayweather still in its best stage.

The one who did go wrong with two you are with Chávez was his uncle Roger Mayweather whom the Mexican defeated twice in Las Vegas in the 1980s, both via chloroform.

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Dubai’s abra drivers given training on COVID-19 precautions

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has held a workshop to educate drivers of abras operating at Sabkha and Baniyas marine stations about the precautionary measures against COVID-19. They were also briefed on various offences and the best practices in marine transport.

Saeed Al Balushi, director of Passengers Transport Activities Monitoring, Public Transport Agency at the RTA, said: “Abra drivers had been briefed on violations such as the use of an expired driving permit, disregard to abra queuing at the station’s platform, reckless driving, lack of cleaning and maintenance of the interior and body of the abra, disregard to the maximum number of riders, collection of excess fare, overnight staying on-board the abra, failure to wear the uniform, poor personal hygiene, and failure to comply with the safety and security measures in place.”

The field workshop took place at Sabkha and Baniyas marine stations and attended by 35 abra drivers. The workshop stressed on the importance of taking preventive measures against the coronavirus for the safety of both drivers and riders

Al Balushi added: “The importance of the workshop is highlighted by the increased public use of abras during these cooler days, especially among tourists and residents. The Passengers Transport Activities Monitoring Department is keen to realise RTA’s vision as a world leader in seamless and sustainable mobility.”

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Sissoko claims Mourinho has given Tottenham “belief” trophies are on their way

Moussa Sissoko admits Jose Mourinho has made Tottenham believe they can be ­winners.

Spurs have not lifted ­silverware since the League Cup in 2008 but made it back to the final of the competition by beating Brentford 2-0.

Sissoko opened the ­scoring in the semi-final and Mourinho has his sights set on landing this trophy for a fifth time at Wembley on April 25.

Spurs have gone close in recent seasons, losing two semi-finals, a League Cup final, missing out in the title race and the ­Champions League final under previous manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho was brought in to replace Pochettino because of his brilliant CV and reputation for always delivering trophies and ­Sissoko says the players believe they are on the cusp of a new era of ­success with the serial-winner in charge.

Moussa Sissoko’s first-half goal set Tottenham on their way to a 2-0 victory over Brentford

“He gives us that belief, we just need to trust him because he won many titles with every team where he’s been,” said Sissoko.

“He knows how to win. We need to believe in what he says, give our best on the pitch, to fight and if we do it then we will be close to doing something good.

“It’s so important. This club deserves it first of all, this club has been waiting for a trophy for many years and we’ve been close to winning something but we didn’t for different reasons.

“This season we can still win something. We’ve a good squad, a strong squad with a lot of quality and need to believe in ­ourselves. Hopefully we can bring one or even more trophies.”

Spurs will play in their first final since 2015
Spurs will play in their first final since 2015

Sissoko experienced the near misses under ­Pochettino and, despite having respect for the ­former boss, clearly has bought into the philosophy of Mourinho, who won the League Cup three times in two spells with Chelsea and once with Manchester United.

His style of football does not always please Spurs fans but in an era when it is increasingly difficult to win, let alone with style, Mourinho does at least give them genuine hope.

Sissoko said: “We know what type of manager Jose is and what he did in the past. The chairman brought him here to win trophies and he’s tried to bring that mentality to the team. I’ll not say we didn’t have it before with the old manager but the team’s working a lot on it and he pushes hard every day on it.

Jose Mourinho will attempt to win his fifth League Cup trophy in April
Jose Mourinho will attempt to win his fifth League Cup trophy in April

“It’s good we reached the final, now we have to win it. It’s time to win a trophy.

“It can be an exciting season but we need to keep fighting like we have since the start of the season.

“We had two games where we were struggling a little bit against Leicester and even Palace, but the season is still long, there’s still plenty of things to do.”

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Premier League and EFL given green light to continue despite new lockdown

Premier League football has been given the green light to carry on despite the Government introducing tougher new coronavirus rules.

The Football Association and EFL have also received assurances about elite sport ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup that they will also be exempt.

It comes as a huge relief for English football in the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson bringing in a new raft of crackdowns.

Premier League football restarted during the original lockdown last June and the Government remain happy that the protocols mean it is safe for players.

Football is also seen as important for the national mood amid the pandemic and it can carry on in the Premier League, EFL and FA Cup.


But grassroots football will be stopped while even club’s academies at youth level and under-18s will also not be allowed to play on during the stronger rules.

Premier League chiefs are desperate to play on for the sake of finances as football has struggled during the pandemic with games behind-closed-doors while TV deals would also be at risk if there was another break.

However, there is frustration among Premier League bosses and even at Government level about the “Covidiots” who have broken rules over Christmas and New Year.

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Three games – Fulham ’s games at Tottenham and Burnley plus Manchester City ’s trip to Everton – have been postponed in the past week while the EFL has been hit by a raft of games being called off amid fears about the FA Cup third round this weekend.

Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon were pictured at a family get together with West Ham ’s Manuel Lanzini while City, Fulham and Crystal Palace have all seen players flout strict lockdown rules.

The Premier League have twice written to clubs over the festive period warning they must remind players over their responsibility to behave well and fall into line with protocols.

Now there are stricter national lockdowns there can be no excuse and the Government are relying on football to act responsibly after being given special dispensation to carry on.

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Sandy Hook father given full facial disguise on 60 Minutes due to threat from conspiracy theorists

The father of a child who died during the Sandy Hook school shooting has been given a full facial disguise before being interviewed on television, to protect him from being identified by crazed conspiracy theorists.

Lenny Pozner’s son Noah, six, was the youngest victim of the December 14, 2012 massacre of 20 children and six staff.

Since very early on in the aftermath, Pozner was singled out by conspiracy theorists claiming that the murders never happened, and that it was all part of a Barack Obama-led plot to rid the country of guns.

‘I was being attacked for the memory of my son. My son’s very short life was being attacked, and I just wasn’t going to stand for that,’ said Pozner, appearing heavily disguised on 60 Minutes, in a segment discussing a campaign to have social media companies held responsible for the content they allow online.

Lenny Pozner appeared in disguise on 60 Minutes, to avoid conspiracy theorists finding him

A team of theatre make up specialists worked to alter Pozner's features for the interview

A team of theatre make up specialists worked to alter Pozner’s features for the interview

Pozner was given a wig, prosthetics and fake skin in a bid to disguise him from attackers

Pozner was given a wig, prosthetics and fake skin in a bid to disguise him from attackers

He has fought back against the trolls, winning settlements against those spreading the lies and campaigning for Facebook to remove the conspiracy theory posts.

In June 2017 Lucy Richards, 57, was sentenced to five months in a Florida jail for having sent messages to Pozner, including one that read: ‘Death is coming to you real soon and nothing you can do about it.’  

In June 2019 Pozner won a defamation case against editors of a book that claimed no one died at the Newtown, Connecticut, school.

A summary judgment found that James H. Fetzer and Mike Palecek defamed Pozner with statements that his son’s death certificate was a fake.

In October 2019 a Wisconsin jury determined the amount that Fetzer must pay Pozner for making defamatory statements, with the foreperson writing in ‘$450,000’ on the form.

In December 2019 the host of the InfoWars show, Alex Jones, was ordered by a Texas court to pay $100,000 in damages to another father. Pozner’s case against Jones is still pending. 

Pozner's son Noah was six when he was murdered at Sandy Hook school in December 2012

Pozner’s son Noah was six when he was murdered at Sandy Hook school in December 2012

Lucy Richards (pictured) was sentenced to five months in prison for sending him death threats

Lucy Richards (pictured) was sentenced to five months in prison for sending him death threats

Pozner’s aggressive countering of the lies has made him a particular target for conspiracy theorists – he has received multiple death threats, including one voicemail that saw a woman sentenced to prison, and has moved house seven times for safety.

‘Conversations denying the tragedy. Accusing the government of staging it,’ he said, when asked on 60 Minutes what form the conspiracy theories took.

‘That Noah did not die; that I’m not Noah’s father. It all revolves around the notion that these are staged shootings, scripted events, that I’m an actor, that I’m paid, to fake the death of a child.’

Pozner founded the HONR Network to help those who faced similar situations.

Noah was one of 20 children and six staffers murdered in the Connecticut school in 2012

Noah was one of 20 children and six staffers murdered in the Connecticut school in 2012

Mourners embrace following funeral services for six year-old Noah in December 2012

Mourners embrace following funeral services for six year-old Noah in December 2012

Tributes to Noah and the other children are seen at a memorial for the victims in 2012

Tributes to Noah and the other children are seen at a memorial for the victims in 2012

He has helped Maatje Benassi, who in March was labeled Patient Zero because she had been in Wuhan, China, in October 2019.

She had represented the U.S. military in an armed forces version of the Olympics; was a cyclist and an Army reservist who served in Iraq.

In March an article about her in her local newspaper caught the attention of a deep state conspiracist named George Webb and he filmed a video accusing her of being part of a plot to spread COVID, posted by a conspiracy theorist on YouTube that had already drawn hundreds of thousands of views.

She began getting death threats.

‘We’re going to put a bullet in her skull. Let’s load up the trucks. Let’s go get them. Let’s hang them,’ she recounted, adding that her address had also been posted online.

Both are now campaigning to try and make social media networks more accountable for their content.

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At least 60 elderly residents of luxury Houston high rise are given COVID-19 vaccines

Dozens of senior citizens in a luxury high rise in Texas were given COVID-19 vaccines in the state’s first wave.

The Montebello condominium complex in uptown Houston boasts marble tile bathroom floors, an outdoor pool, valet parking, a concierge service and a 24/7 security guard, and has condos that can sell for up to $4.8 million.

And, in the last two weeks, approximately 60 residents have been immunized against the virus, reported the Daily Beast.

In Harris County, where Houston is located, there are more than 237,000 confirmed cases, one-sixth of all infections in the state. 

But thousands of at-risk healthcare workers have been struggling to receive their vaccines due to hospitals quickly running out of supply.

Approximately 60 residents of the luxury Montebello condominium complex (pictured)  in uptown Houston received COVID-19 vaccines

The Montebello's general manager said the state authorized the vaccines and that the building is working with a distributor. Pictured: An interior of one of the Montebello's condos for sale

The Montebello’s general manager said the state authorized the vaccines and that the building is working with a distributor. Pictured: An interior of one of the Montebello’s condos for sale

However, a spokesperson for Houston Health Department said he isn't aware of any arrangement with the high rise building. Pictured: The outdoor pool available to all residents

However, a spokesperson for Houston Health Department said he isn’t aware of any arrangement with the high rise building. Pictured: The outdoor pool available to all residents

Meanwhile healthcare workers have been struggling to receive their vaccines due to hospitals quickly running out of supply. Pictured:  A healthcare worker receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, December 21

Meanwhile healthcare workers have been struggling to receive their vaccines due to hospitals quickly running out of supply. Pictured:  A healthcare worker receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, December 21

‘The state of Texas authorized it,’ Daniel Hancock, general manager of the Montebello, told the Daily Beast.

‘We’re working with a distributor…It’s a blessing we were able to get it.’ 

Hancock did not name the distributor and the Montebello is not on a Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) list of providers to whom COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated.

However, he did tell the publication that the building was able to get doses of the jab because of its elderly population, although it’s unclear how many elderly people live in the building.

One of the residents to be inoculated, 68-year-old David Fink, told the Daily Beast this isn’t the only healthcare service he’s received through the building.

He also gets his yearly flu shot by being a Montebello resident.  

In Harris County, where Houston is located, there are more than 237,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one-sixth of all infections in the state (above)

In Harris County, where Houston is located, there are more than 237,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one-sixth of all infections in the state (above)

‘It was all above board,’ he said. 

Both Hancock and Fink told the Daily Beast that other apartment buildings in Houston have similar arrangements to get their residents doses of the coronavirus jab. 

Neither the Texas DSHS or Houston Health Department (HHD) responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

However, a spokesperson for the HHD told the Daily Beast he wasn’t aware of any arrangement with the high rise.

‘All the distributors have to register through the state health department,’ Porfirio Villareal said. 

‘The apartment complex is not an approved provider. If a site is not approved, not on the list, and receiving shipments of the vaccine, then our recommendation is not to go to that site.’

The list from the Texas DSHS only lists hospitals, medical centers, pharmacies and living centers as recipients.

However, just 40 percent – 340,000 – of the 786,000 doses distributed across the state have been administered. 

In Harris County, where Houston is located, only around 45,000 of 150,500 doses have been administered. 

Many say they’ve been struggling to find a provider to get the vaccine despite the DSHS recommending that Texans call up and ask to receive a shot.  

‘I have not been able to find anyone who actually has the vaccine,’ Michael Calder, a resident of Allen, who falls under the state’s criteria, told CBS DFW.

He called three locations, two of which told him they had run out and one of which said only employees were being vaccinated.  

‘It’s extremely important. I don’t want to get sick,’ he said. 

‘I don’t want to be the last person to get sick and die, while a vaccine is being distributed already.’  

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Frank Lampard given boost as Thomas Tuchel eyed by potential Barcelona chief

The shadow of Thomas Tuchel has been looming large at Chelsea but the German is now a candidate for the Barcelona job, according to reports.

PSG axed the German last month less than six months after he’d led them to the Champions League Final.

Tuchel’s stock remains high though and he has been linked with the Blues hot seat as they struggle for form.

Bild claimed that Roman Abramovich would’ve considered sacking Lampard had Chelsea lost to Aston Villa last time out.

They were forced to settle for a point meaning it is just one win in five league games for the west Londoners.

Thomas Tuchel is now on the market

Tuchel is thought to be on their radar with the German keen on working in England.

But Bild also understand that the former Borussia Dortmund boss is the preferred candidate of a budding Barcelona president.

Elections for the top job at the Nou Camp are set to take place on January 24 with each individual pitching different ideas to sway the vote their way.

Barcelona’s struggles off the pitch are mirrored by those on it and a trophyless season is on the cards.

Ronald Koeman signed a two-year deal in the summer and a horror showing may lead to him getting the boot.

Chelsea fell to a disappointing defeat at Arsenal last time out
Pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard

That would open the door for Tuchel to take over at the Nou Camp, an opportunity he would be unlikely to turn down.

Former club president Joan Laporta is among several names looking to assume power.

He though has signalled a desire to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp having been the man to appoint him back in 2008.

Major factors in the election are set to be the future of Lionel Messi and the club’s financial situation.

Players were asked to take a pay cut as the Catalans count the cost of the global pandemic.

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Rashford hails extra “dimension” new signing has given Man Utd this season

Marcus Rashford has hailed new teammate Edinson Cavani for giving Man Utd “another dimension” since his arrival at the club in October.

The veteran forward, 33, has been proving his doubters wrong in recent weeks, provided several key contributions to United in an improved spell of results.

Cavani scored twice in the comeback win over Southampton last month, before getting on the scoresheet again in the League Cup victory against Everton in midweek.

And the Uruguayan came off the bench to set up Bruno Fernandes’s goal against Leicester, impressing Rashford in the process.

“He’s a top player, he has lots of qualities and I think he gives us another dimension that’s different to what we already have in the team,” Rashford explained to Man Utd’s official website.

Marcus Rashford has hailed the impact of Edinson Cavani at United

“It’s good to play with him and to see him scoring and assisting is important for any forward and we need to keep up between us what we’ve been doing.”

Cavani had only been on the field four minutes when he dropped short to collect a pass, before turning and slipping the ball into Fernandes’s path for him to score.

United only had another 11 minutes to play to seal an important victory, but Jamie Vardy found a late equaliser to earn a share of the points, after Harvey Barnes had cancelled out Rashford’s goal earlier on.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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Discussing Fernandes’s strike, Rashford said: “For that goal, it was all the way from back… I think it was Eric [Bailly] who stepped up and played a good ball through the lines.

“It was a great turn from Edinson and he drove at Jonny [Evans] who then had a decision to make, whether to step out to him or stay back and let him shoot.

“Edinson played a nice pass and it was a good goal, but to concede and to throw it away is difficult to take.”

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Cavani picked out Bruno Fernandes for United's second
Cavani picked out Bruno Fernandes for United’s second

Rashford had missed a golden chance in just the first minute, heading over when unmarked inside the box, before making amends soon after with his finish.

While a point away at second placed Leicester was a decent return for United’s efforts, Rashford admitted the Red Devils were left ruing missing the opportunity to leapfrog the Foxes in the table.

“It feels like a loss in the changing room,” he added. “I think we deserved to win the game and we had the chances to win the game, but we didn’t quite get over the line. Now we just need to recover and go again in the next one.”