Hart calm about City ‘stumble’

first_img Wednesday night’s 2-0 home loss was the most disappointing yet in a run of results which began with a 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow in Russia before a 2-1 loss to West Ham in London. With the Manchester derby against United looming large on Sunday City must quickly rediscover their spark if they are to reverse the run. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart insists there is no need to panic about his side’s form after their winless run was extended to three matches with defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup. “I think we’ve set up a good basis but in the last two or three games we’ve stumbled a bit,” Hart said on Sky Sports News. “Looking back, the Moscow second half was really disappointing for us. West Ham was a hard game, a really hard game and people are going to struggle there. We know we can do better, we know we can do a lot better. “Then obviously the Capital One Cup was a trophy we were looking to defend and we were not up the standard we wanted to be and the manager didn’t shy away from that.” Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini said after the match that he was worried about an apparent “lack of trust and confidence” within his squad, but Hart played down the meaning of the phrase. “Those are keywords that he uses,” Hart said. “I don’t think they’re anything to be built on too much. We know what we are as a unit. Not everyone is exactly at their peak just now. We just need a few players, myself included, to step up and it will come back. “This is one of those difficult patches we’ve gone through many a time and as he pointed out, last season we had less points and were in a worse position (at this stage) and we won the league. We’ve got to look to things like that but the main thing is to get it right on Sunday.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Iowans with disabilities urged to make their votes count

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa will play a pivotal role in the selection of 2020 presidential candidates – but too often, Iowans living with disabilities just don’t vote.About 11% of Iowans report having a disability, but that figure jumps to 30% for people age 65 and older. National Disability Voter Registration Week starts Monday, July 15, an effort to make this bloc of voters more influential.Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says barriers faced by people with disabilities will be acknowledged during “Rev Up” week.“‘Rev Up,’ stands for register, educate, vote, and use your power,” says Shannon, “all of which are really applicable to a growing segment of the population. People with disability in 2020 will number about 23% of the vote.”It’s estimated one in four U.S. adults has a disability. A study by Rutgers University found that if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without, there would be nearly 2.5 million more votes cast.Democratic presidential hopefuls have been in Iowa for weeks, but Shannon says exposure to the candidates doesn’t necessarily turn into votes. The Rutgers study showed that, although the 2018 midterm elections experienced the highest voter turnout ever among people with disabilities, a nearly 5% gap still existed between them and other registered voters.“That was even more significant in Iowa, where we had 64 percent of people without disabilities turning out, versus only 56 percent of people with disabilities,” Shannon adds. “So, that’s an 8.6 percent gap.”In January next year, Democratic voters in both Iowa and Nevada will be able to caucus through their phones for the first time, after the Democratic National Committee mandated that caucuses find ways to be more inclusive.last_img read more