Driven by fear: the Salvadorean children sent on the perilous journey to the US

Parents in the most homicidal country in the world face a common dilemma: send their children away with strangers, or risk seeing them killed at home

The day a child leaves home is rarely easy for any loving parent, but it is hard to imagine the moment comes with as much sadness and anxiety as in El Salvador, where families entrust their sons and daughters to strangers for the perilous and illegal journey to the United States.

Related: One murder every hour: how El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world

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Nike Releases the Air Mowabb in an Earth-Inspired “Militia Green”

The Nike Air Mowabb’s trip on the comeback trail has been a long time in the making. Having received a “Trail End Brown” colorway earlier this week, the floodgates have been opened for the hybrid model to re-establish itself as a perennial all-season contender. The silhouette can be seen here sporting a “Militia Green” colorway that blends in with the terrain with which it’s intended to conquer. Muted earth tones in olive green and black are juxtaposed against crimson accents on the neoprene collar, while a speckled grey midsole adds just the right amount of underlying contrast.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Huge Names, Targets Eyed by Louis van Gaal

Manchester United have once again been linked with a sensational move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, this time in a swap deal for David De Gea.

According to Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star, United are hopeful the Spaniard and £65 million can land the Welshman. Cross cited a “club source,” who said: 

This would be the perfect deal for the club. It would cost them a lot of money but Gareth Bale is one of the world’s biggest stars, while goalkeeper De Gea has made it clear he wants to leave.

It would suit all parties but there is not much time left and deals like these tend to take weeks because of everything involved. But United remain determined to bring in a big, big name before the window closes.

The Telegraph‘s Liam believes the transfer would be excellent business for United, but he isn’t hopeful a deal will go through:

B/R columnist Guillem Balague also firmly believes Bale will remain at the Bernabeu, but he admitted United’s interest in the forward is genuine, per Sky Sports: “This summer Manchester United were willing to pay a huge amount for Bale but learnt quickly he was not going anywhere.”

Lastly, and most importantly, Bale himself has frequently reiterated his desire to make it work with Los Blancos, despite still receiving jeers from some sections of the Madrid faithful following a difficult spell last season.

According to ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan, he said: “The fans are good with me, and it is a dream for me to play for Real Madrid.” 

The winger is yet to win over the Madridistas, but he still managed to rack up 17 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last year so United’s interest is understandable.

Should the 26-year-old struggle to impress in the Bernabeu‘s high-pressure environment again this season then a move next summer could certainly be on the cards.

For now, though, Bale is clearly not going anywhere.

Another player unlikely to depart his side is John Stones, but the Red Devils are reportedly the only club still in pursuit of the young defender.

That’s according to the Independent (h/t Daily Star‘s Colin Harvey), which noted Chelsea are no longer in the running for the youngster after seeing four bids turned down, the largest of which was for £38 million.

The Telegraph‘s Liam believes the 21-year-old has a big future ahead of him, but feels the reported fees are too large to justify:

Most likely, though, what scuppered Chelsea’s attempts to land Stones will equally hinder United.

Everton are clearly determined to keep Stones no matter the amount of money offered and rejected the youngster’s transfer request, per their official Twitter feed:

Further, Everton would arguably be even more reluctant to allow the player to move to Old Trafford given the clubs’ recent history in the transfer market.

While Marouane Fellaini‘s transfer was a successful switch for both sides, United threatened to sour their relationship over their pursuit of Leighton Baines.

The Toffees are therefore unlikely to welcome more interest from the Red Devils in their key players.

Stones’ transfer saga looks set to rumble on until deadline day, but don’t expect him to be wearing a United shirt on September 2.

The great east European road trip part four: Romania

Romania’s Maramures region may be modernising in places but take a walk in the countryside among forests, wooden churches and hay stooks and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time

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Driving over the Gutâi Pass into northern Romania’s Mara valley the signs were good: a summit mysterious with cloud, an old woman selling honey by the road, and as we dropped out of the forest and back into sunlight, long panoramas of rolling countryside dotted with hay stooks leading off into the purple ridges of the Carpathians. People say that if you want old Europe, a place steeped in the rhythms of nature and skills lost elsewhere, then Romania’s Maramures region is for you. Guidebooks talk of medieval isolation and ways of life unchanged since the third century AD. And then there was William Blacker’s sublime 2009 book The Enchanted Way which cast a deeply romantic glow over the entire place. No wonder we were fired up with great expectations.

So when we began to see the villages, there was some consternation. Yes, there were a lot of traditional wooden houses with great square ornamental gateways and barns where homemade haymaking tools were leaning. But there were other buildings too: block-built houses with ugly balconies and UPVC windows. These did not fit. Nor did the old man in a Chelsea football shirt. Expectations are vital in the travel trade and ours were not being met, not yet at least.

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Premier League Fixtures: Live Stream, TV Schedule and Week 4 EPL Predictions

After a midweek chock full of thrilling Capital One Cup and European play-off action, the Premier League returns for Week 4.

Newcastle United will look to replicate their impressive performance in the League Cup at St James’ Park as they host Arsenal, while Liverpool welcome a struggling West Ham United side to Anfield.

Elsewhere, the in-form Leicester City face a Bournemouth team fresh from their first-ever top-flight win.

Here is all the viewing information you need to catch the weekend’s EPL action, complete with score predictions for each fixture.

Live streaming is available via Sky GoBT Sport Player and NBC Sports Live Extra. Information is courtesy of livesoccertv.com.

 

Bournemouth vs. Leicester City

Leicester are one of the teams to beat in the Premier League at the moment, having carried their outstanding end-of-season form from the last campaign firmly into the new one.

The Foxes are currently behind only Manchester City in the league, and as former Leicester striker Gary Lineker hints, they have topped the table after each of their games this season, having each time played before City:

Wide man Riyad Mahrez’s goalscoring exploits show little sign of abating and the Algerian has scored four in three games for Claudio Ranieri’s side, while impressive new signings Christian Fuchs and Gokhan Inler made their full debuts in the midweek win over Bury.

Per Leicester’s official website, Fuchs is optimistic ahead of the clash but remains wary of the Cherries after their win. He said:

We know Bournemouth have a good momentum and good spirit and that they won at West Ham.

They just got promoted so they’ll be trying everything to stay in the league. I still think that we are a good tram and we’ve had the better start to the season to give us a push. I believe we can win there and I’m really positive about that.

The away tie at Bournemouth could indeed prove tricky, as Eddie Howe’s team will be on cloud nine following their historic victory.

As the highlights courtesy of BPL Zone show, Bournemouth were ruthless in punishing the Hammers’ slack defence.

The Independent‘s Jack Pitt-Brooke notes the Cherries were certainly the deserved winners:

Back in front of their own fans, Bournemouth will be a difficult proposition for Leicester, but the Foxes’ form and superior quality can give them the edge on Saturday.

 

Liverpool vs. West Ham United

West Ham travel to Anfield with something of a crisis brewing back at Upton Park.

The Hammers looked thoroughly impressive in their opening-day win over Arsenal, but since then back-to-back defeats against Leicester and Bournemouth have offered significant cause for concern.

Further, the club announced on Thursday the departure of captain Kevin Nolan by mutual consent, per BBC Sport.

The Guardian‘s Jacob Steinberg felt the midfielder was somewhat hard done by:

Steinberg also took to Twitter to summarise the club’s worrying situation. He said:

West Ham haven’t played this badly since Avram Grant was in charge. It is not easy to see what [Slaven] Bilic is trying to do. What is their style? What worries me is that West Ham have barely created any chances with good team play. Errors vs. Arsenal, pressure yesterday. It wasn’t to everyone’s (anyone’s) tastes but you knew what [Sam] Allardyce’s plan was. Yesterday was as bad as I have ever seen… Yes, it’s early, but they look like relegation material right now. Losing to Leicester and Bournemouth at home is what teams who go down do.

Things aren’t likely to improve for West Ham in Week 4 though, as they will now be without the suspended Carl Jenkinson, as well as goalkeeper Adrian, while Nolan’s passion and leadership will be a huge loss in the dressing room.

Further, Liverpool have impressed thus far in the season. The Reds are yet to concede in three matches, including their trip to Arsenal, and sit in third on seven points.

Though they have only netted twice, their attack looked sharp and fluid at the Emirates on Monday and, if not for a stunning performance by Petr Cech, would have scored several times against the Gunners.

West Ham will likely turn around their situation when given more activity in the transfer market. The acquisition of Dimitri Payet is incredibly impressive, but they’re probably going to have to wait at least another week to record any more points.

Expect a comfortable win and a strong performance for the home side here.

Tropical storm Erika leaves at least 20 dead in Caribbean

Prime minister of Dominica says huge effort needed to rebuild after 15 inches of rain roared down on island, while Haiti and Dominican Republic also hit

Tropical storm Erika began to lose steam on Friday after causing a trail of destruction that included at least 20 people deaths and another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

The Dominica prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said in a televised address late on Friday that the island has been set back 20 years in the damage inflicted by the storm. “The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected,” he said, adding that hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed. “We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica.”

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