Gareth Bale’s struggles at Real Madrid have seen things go “terribly, terribly wrong”, says John Toshack, with a man being linked with Manchester United and Tottenham urged to make an important decision on his future.The 2018-19 campaign proved to be another testing one for the Wales international in Spain.He did take in 42 appearances across all competitions and pass the 100-goal mark for Real, but fell out of favour when Zinedine Zidane returned to the Santiago Bernabeu for a second spell as manager. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Transfer talk was immediately sparked, with a return to the Premier League being mooted for the former Spurs star.Ex-Wales and Madrid boss Toshack admits that Bale needs to decide quickly what his next move will be, with the 29-year-old looking a shadow of his former self amid the uncertainty surrounding his mental state and struggles for form.”The situation that he’s in at Real Madrid certainly can’t be helping him,” Toshack told BBC Sport Wales.”It needs sorting out as soon as possible… because when you look at this player, what he’s shown that he can do and look at what he’s producing at the moment, something is going terribly, terribly wrong somewhere.”Wales has played twice for Wales since the 2018-19 domestic campaign came to a close, but he made little impact against Croatia or Hungary and has been urged to end a “battle” with Madrid that he is not going to win.Toshack added: “I would have thought he would have been absolutely banging the dressing-room door down to get out there on the pitch at this particular moment in time, to show people that they’re making a mistake by not playing him.”People talk about maybe the fitness levels are not there, but I don’t go along with that 100%. Bale’s performances recently have been disappointing, no question about that.”And I think the sooner that things get sorted out for him now the better it’ll be for Wales and for himself because, from what I can see over here, there’s not the brightest future for him at Real Madrid.”There’s a bit of a battle going on here between his agent and Madrid at the moment, I think, that needs to be sorted out.”
23 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s terrorist attack that killed Kamal Medhat, the deputy head of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, and several of his bodyguards. “He hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice promptly,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “Such actions must not be allowed to endanger the climate of calm that currently prevails in Lebanon,” the statement added.According to media reports, a roadside bomb exploded as Mr. Medhat’s convoy was leaving a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. There are more than 200,000 Palestinian refugees living in 12 camps throughout Lebanon. They are assisted by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides education, health and relief and social services to some 4.6 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Mobile crushing and screening equipment group Powerscreen has announced a series of improvements to the plant controls used in its product range. Powerscreen states that it “continuously looks for opportunities to integrate new technology within its new product development”, with the latest advancement involving automation and control systems, simplifying the interaction between operator and machine. Initially launched in 2011, Powerscreen began implementing a wide ranging upgrades to its plant control system to coincide with the redesign of its machines to be compliant with Tier 4i/Stage IIIB emissions legislation.The upgrade transformed the user interface into a more streamlined and integrated solution. In earlier iterations within the mobile cone crusher range, the system had a multiple controller setup with different interfaces for engine, cone setting, choke control and machine power. With the latest generation system, all engine and machine functions are controlled and operated on a single, intuitive and graphically driven Human Machine Interface (HMI) colour display. The menu interface and display are designed to provide the operator with a balanced amount of process detail for any given task; from tracking the machine to crusher setting to full plant operation. An operator can access more detailed information through a secondary menu within the setup, diagnostics and alarm settings menu, which can help an operator or service technician identify and resolve faults.Within the screening range, the new colour HMI display provides improved diagnostic capabilities, such as fault log history, electronic engine information and fault code support, while retaining the industry-standard fault icons for shutdown and derate warnings. A small PLC (Programmable Logic Control) inside the display panel houses the main operational software. The aligned rollout of these systems with Tier 4i/Stage IIIB-compliant Powerscreen machines mean that the 1000 Maxtrak, 1000SR and 1300 Maxtrak cone crushers, as well as some Warrior and H-Range screens, that are already dispatched and in operation include the new plant control with HMI display. The same models with Tier 3/Stage IIIA engines are planned to be upgraded soon.In the US, Ian Williamson represents a local distributor, Powerscreen Mid-Atlantic, and says of the system improvements:.”The control system advancements have made life much easier for our customers and service department. Our team is able to promptly help customers by resolving any breakdowns in the quickest of times. This system on the newest models is operator-friendly and the screen is incredible, even in direct sunlight the graphics are really clear.” Next year will see the release of more new Powerscreen models. These machines will be launched with the “next generation” of plant automation advances as standard. The system has already been developed and results of initial testing are promising, more information will be made available in 2013.