Fans worldwide are anticipating the September 28 release of EA Sports’ “FIFA 19,” one of the top-rated soccer video game franchises. FIFA is celebrated for its attention to detail, featuring dozens of teams from leagues across the globe as well as the national men’s and women’s teams from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
EA works to accurately recreate each player and their specific skill set for the new FIFA game each year, then provides weekly updates to reflect real-life performance. With the 2018 World Cup complete and European soccer leagues now underway, fans will soon be able to see how FIFA ranked the players on their favorite team. But for now, take a look at the game’s top ranked players for the 2018-19 soccer season.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal/Juventus – 94 Overall
FIFA 19’s cover star is the world’s most popular player, and for good reason. He was the top goal scorer in Europe’s Champions League during 2018 and led Real Madrid to its fourth championship in five years. In July, Ronaldo joined the Italian squad Juventus for a $110 million transfer fee and will earn $35 million a year for the next four years.
2. Lionel Messi – Argentina/FC Barcelona – 94 Overall
Messi has long been considered Ronaldo’s top rival, and this year he became the first player to earn a fifth Europe Golden Shoe award, which is given to the top scorer in Europe’s national leagues. Messi recorded his 600th career goal in March and still holds the European Golden Shoe record for most goals in one season, with 50.
3. Neymar Jr – Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain – 92 Overall
Neymar is considered Brazil’s best player, carrying the legacy of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho in international competition. He is the ntional’s team third-highest scoring player of all-time. After his debut season for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017-18 was cut short due to injury, Neymar started this season by leading the team to three straight wins.
4. Luka Mordić – Croatia/Real Madrid – 91 Overall
Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate was named the best player of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after leading Croatia to the finals against France. Although France would ultimately come away with the win, the tournament run was the best ever for the Croatian National Team.
5. Kevin de Bruyne – Belgium/Manchester City – 91 Overall
De Bruyne has done a lot of winning during the past year, taking the Premier League and EFL Cup championships with Manchester City and helping the Belgium National Team reach third place in the World Cup. De Bruyne was named the Premier League’s playmaker of the season following the 2017-18 season.
6. Eden Hazard – Belgium/Chelsea FC – 91 Overall
Hazard was the captain of the Belgium National Team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, leading the team to third place. As a midfielder, his amazing ball control helped facilitate scores for Belgium. He earned the World Cup’s silver ball as the second best player, behind Luka Mordic.
7. Sergio Ramos – Spain/Real Madrid – 91 Overall
A fierce defender, Ramos has been a captain for Real Madrid since 2009, presiding over four Champions League victories and earning countless individual achievements. Ramos’ aggressive style has also earned him several records for the most penalties in Spain’s La Liga and the Champions League.
8. Luis Suárez – Uruguay/FC Barcelona – 91 Overall
Suárez is a prolific scorer, holding Uruguay’s record for career goals with 55 in 104 appearances. Since 2009, Suárez is the only player besides Ronaldo and Messi to earn the European Golden Shoe.
9. David de Gea – Spain/Manchester United – 91 Overall
De Gea was named to FIFA’s FIFPro World XI first team for the first time in 2018, putting him in the company of the best goalkeepers in the world. However, he did have some struggles at the 2018 World Cup, allowing six scores in seven shots on goal.
10. Toni Kroos – Germany/Real Madrid – 90 Overall
Since Real Madrid signed Kroos as their midfielder in 2014, they have won the Champions League four out of five years. Before signing with Real Madrid, Kroos played an instrumental part in helping Germany bring home the 2014 World Cup and is now the team’s vice captain.
11. Robert Lewandoski – Poland/Bayern Munich
The captain of the Polish national team is also a top scorer for Bayern Munich. Lewandoski set an international record with 16 goals during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including three hat-tricks.
12. Manuel Neuer – Germany/Bayern Munich – 90 Overall
Neuer is considered one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. He was at the center of Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory and was named team captain in 2016. He was also named captain of Bayern Munich in 2017 but missed seven months of the 2017-18 season with a fractured foot.
13. Diego Godín – Uruguay/Atlético Madrid – 90 Overall
A core defensive stopper, Godín is the captain of the Uruguay national team and has the most all-time appearances for an international player with Atlético Madrid with 350 games.
14. Thibaut Courtois – Belgium/Real Madrid – 90 Overall
Following a dominant performance in the 2018 World Cup that included shutouts against England and Panama, Courtois was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the tournament. Just a few weeks later Courtois was acquired by Real Madrid on a six-year contract from Chelsea FC.
15. Jan Oblak – Slovenia/Atlético Madrid – 90 Overall
At just 25 years old, Oblak has already proven himself to be one of the strongest goalkeepers in Spain’s La Liga. Oblak has been named to the La Liga’s team of the season for three consecutive years, and was named best goal keeper in 2015-16.
16. N’Golo Kanté France/Chelsea FC – 89 Overall
Kanté is one of Europe’s strongest up-and-coming players, earning multiple player-of-the-year awards for his breakout 2016-17 season with Chelsea FC. Kanté joined the French national team for the first time in 2016 and his skills as a defensive midfielder helped the team take home the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
17. Harry Kane – England/Tottenham Hotspur – 89 Overall
Kane is the 25-year-old captain of England’s national team and was the highest scorer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with six goals. Kane has been a member of the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur since 2009 and signed a contract extension this year to keep him with the team until 2024. He recorded a career high 41 goals in 48 appearances during the team’s 2017-18 season.
18. Antoine Griezmann – France/Atlético Madrid – 89 Overall
Griezmann saw a pair of championships in 2018, winning the FIFA World Cup with France and the UEFA Europa League with Atlético Madrid. He was the World Cup’s second-highest scorer behind Kane and was named third-best player in the tournament overall.
19. Giorgio Chiellini – Italy/Juventus – 89 Overall
A veteran defender, Chiellini serves as a dual captain for Juventus and the Italian national team. He originally announced his retirement from the national team in March 2018 after the team failed to make the 2018 World Cup, but was called back to action in September and subsequently named team captain.
20. Sergio Agüero – Argentina/Manchester City – 89 Overall
Agüero is one of the world’s top strikers, and complements Messi with his own balanced play for Argentina’s national team. He helped Manchester City capture their third Premier League title during the 2017-18 season, scoring 39 goals in 30 appearances.
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.
Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.
Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.
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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020. It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.
A study by Dr. Habil Otanga, a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.
KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.
Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.
As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.
“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”
Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.
Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.
“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”
Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.
“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.
Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.
Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.
She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.
Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.
“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added
Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.
“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and also engage in reading that would help expand their knowledge.