Eden Hazard will not feature in Belgium’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers as expected, with brother Thorgan also absent this week.The elder Hazard is yet to make his competitive debut for Real Madrid following a €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea, having sustained a thigh injury on the eve of the new La Liga season. Despite missing the first few weeks of the campaign, the 28-year-old was still named in Belgium’s squad for the first international break of the season, although head coach Roberto Martinez insisted he would “not take any risks” and that a decision on his role would be made early this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane subsequently announced Hazard would not be fit to feature for his country against San Marino and Scotland, telling reporters last week: “He can travel with the Belgium squad, he can be seen by the Belgian team doctor, but he’s not fit to play right [email protected] & @HazardThorgan8 left us. Both are injured and not able to play against San Marino and Scotland #EURO2020— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 3, 2019″We know that, he knows that and hopefully for the benefit of Belgium and everyone involved, he rests.”So it has proven, as Hazard was kept out of Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal at the weekend and his departure from the the Red Devils camp was announced on Tuesday, with Borussia Dortmund star Thorgan following him.Thorgan’s departure similarly does not come as a surprise after being substituted late in his second Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund against Koln, having joined this summer.A rib injury was set to rule the former Borussia Monchengladbach man out for “several weeks” just days before he was called up by Martinez.Belgium, who are top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group with four wins from four, visit minnows San Marino on Friday and then go to Hampden Park to play Scotland next Monday.They had already lost back-up goalkeeper Koen Casteels to injury, with Hendrik Van Crombrugge called up in his place.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2015 6:50 am MDT In this April 2, 2015 photo, Daniel Marquardt from LaFayette, Ga., fills out an application during a huge 15-county job fair in Ringgold, Ga. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to 281,000, yet remain at very low level WASHINGTON – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week. Yet even with the increase, applications for jobless aid remain low, a reassuring sign after hiring slowed last month.Weekly applications rose 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The climb occurred after applications plummeted to match a 15-year low in the previous week.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 3,000 to 282,250. The average has fallen 11.8 per cent in the past year.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the steep decline in the last 12 months suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs.Meanwhile, the number of people receiving benefits fell to 2.3 million, the fewest in more than 14 years. That partly reflects the drop in layoffs and improving job market. But it also dropped because the federal government’s extended benefits program, which added more weeks of jobless aid to the 26 weeks provided by most states, expired at the beginning of 2014.As a result, one reason fewer people are receiving aid is that they have used up all the weeks available.Economists are watching the unemployment benefits data a bit more closely after hiring stumbled in March.The government said last week that employers added just 126,000 jobs that month, the fewest in 15 months and snapping a yearlong streak of monthly gains above 200,000. The unemployment rate remained 5.5 per cent.The slowdown in hiring followed a raft of indicators that pointed to a slowing economy. Factory output has fallen this year as businesses are placing fewer orders for industrial machinery and other equipment. Lower oil prices, in particular, have reduced demand for drilling equipment.Consumers have also remained cautious about spending, despite solid job growth and cheaper gas. Many Americans appear to be saving the windfall from lower prices at the pump or using it to pay down debt.Harsh winter weather has also weighed on growth, as cold temperatures and snowstorms kept people away from stores and open houses. The stronger dollar has made U.S. exports more expensive, cutting overseas sales.Still, applications for unemployment benefits have remained low, suggesting that weaker growth may have caused businesses to delay hiring, but it hasn’t panicked them into cutting jobs.Other data this week suggest the economic slowdown could be temporary, a sign hiring may rebound. A survey of services firms, such as retailers, banks, and construction companies, found that they grew at a healthy pace last month. And government data released Tuesday showed that the number of available jobs climbed to a 14-year high in February, a sign that hiring could pick up in coming months.