2020 has not brought Benzema goals, at least for now. The French striker, the main white scorer resource, is going through his first drought in a season in which he was demonstrating the regularity that was almost always missed during his ten previous seasons in the team: he has not seen a door since December 15, when he scored in the last breath the draw of Madrid against Valencia in Mestalla (1-1) in LaLiga. He did not participate in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia by a bruise on his left leg, but still enjoyed enough opportunities in these 41 days without seeing goal. In Salamanca, much of the encounter was shy, but he left two good chances at the end of his contest, without success. He will look for that guy tomorrow in Valladolid, where he will lead the white attack again, probably with Rodrygo. An opponent against whom he has a good record: five goals in eight games against the Spaniards. Better yet in Zorrilla, where he has seen the door three times in three duels, two in the win by 1-4 last year, in which it was the last game of Santiago Solari in front of Madrid; the next day the return of Zidane became official. He has played five games and 364 minutes since his last target: 90 ’against Barcelona, 90’ against Athletic, 81 ’in Getafe, 28’ against Sevilla and 75 ’in Salamanca against Unionistas. There are 364 minutes in which he has shot 14 times, eight of them between the three sticks; a ratio of auctions in those five games of 2.8 per game (against Sevilla, he did not try once), below the 3.33 that has been averaging this course. The generation of opportunities is not Benzema’s problem: He is the player who has made the most shots both in total (66) and between clubs (35). Messi already sees Benzema in the rearview mirrorThe drought that Benzema is going through is a new phenomenon for Madrid this season: before it, it had not chained more than one match without scoring in LaLiga (in September it was two days, but did not dispute one of them). Not surprisingly, he has made 16 of the 58 goals of Real Madrid this course, almost 28%; what whites are missing is a squire in the attack that accompanies Benzema. Rodrygo has six goals, but has not scored since December 11 (in Bruges) and in LaLiga, since October 30; Bale has barely made three goals, Vinicius two, Jovic (with whom the minutes are played) one …That white dependence on the goals of the French took him to the top of the provisional classification of Pichichi during the first leg of the course: he made 12 goals in his first 16 league games. But Messi, who missed five of the first seven days due to injury, already looks at him in the rearview mirror: the Argentine has 14 goals, two more than Benzema. And with a much smaller participation: the culé scores a goal in LaLiga every 90 minutes; Benzema has fallen to 133 ’, or what is the same, you need a match and a half to score a goal.With his numbers at the beginning of the season, Benzema planned to sign his best League since he is in Madrid; the record has it set in the 24 goals he scored in 2015-16, at the orders of Benítez first and Zidane later. It is time to fix it, but right now it plans to stay in 23 targets. Although Madrid does not care about the drought of its ‘nine’, which enjoys all the confidence of Zidane: The renewal is already underway with him until 2022. The agreement will be announced at the end of this course.Near the 500 clubIn Salamanca, Benzema played his 491 game with the Real Madrid shirt; He is the 15th player with the most matches played in white and approaches the club of the 500 matches, which today has only 12 members, of which only Roberto Carlos is a foreigner (although Marcelo, with 499, is at the gates to enter) He has won 335 duels (68%) and has scored 238 goals.
Guidance on HR actions, such as performance reviews and hiring activities, will be forthcoming. Agency travel (outreach, site visits, etc.) should be postponed for at least one week, if possible. Advisory committee meetings will be canceled through December unless an exception is granted by me. Routine internal meetings and training should be canceled through the end of October. Panel and PI meetings should be postponed through the end of October, pending directorate and office review. Staff should pre-emptively communicate expectations with respective scientific communities via directorate/office websites, consistent with NSF-wide guidance, and refrain from responding to PI calls and emails until this guidance is available. Senior leadership will review and possibly modify individual and institutional performance goals to accommodate lost productivity.Additional guidance on other matters will be shared as it is developed.Your thoughts and suggestions are vitally important, and your directorate and office leaders will be seeking your input on the impacts of the shutdown and start-up approach. I invite you to attend a town hall meeting tomorrow, October 18, in Stafford I, Room 375 to learn more about our recovery plans and to share your perspectives. We will hold three sessions according to the follow breakout of directorates and offices:9 – 9:45 a.m. (BFA, BIO, EHR, OD)10 – 10:45 a.m. (CISE, ENG, GEO, OIG)11 – 11:45 a.m. (MPS, SBE, NSB, OIRM)We will also attempt to webcast the session — recognizing potential network challenges as a result of the shutdown — and we will separately post status and instructions for connecting to the broadcast. We would also invite your questions ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions will help to ensure that we appropriately address all policy, procedural and systems issues.I am truly grateful for your continuing professionalism and commitment to our mission and our nation’s science and engineering enterprise. Thank you, in advance, for your support as we work our way back to normal operations.Cora B. MarrettActing Director No advisory committee meetings for the rest of the year. No review panels until November. And don’t call us just yet.That’s the guidance to the research community from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which reopened yesterday after the 16-day government shutdown. A memo from NSF acting Director Cora Marrett (also see below) outlines a series of steps that the $7-billion-a-year agency will be taking to get back to business over the next several weeks.“It will take time and extra effort to work through the backlog of activities,” Marrett writes. “It’s important for us … to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)NSF is urging scientists not to contact their program officers until the agency has had time to catch up on the backlog generated by the shutdown and resume normal operations. To that end, Marrett’s memo asks staffers to “pre-emptively communicate expectations” with the research community and “refrain from responding to PI calls and emails.”To ease the immediate crunch, Marrett has directed staff members to postpone all panel reviews “through the end of October” and to cancel meetings of the various advisory committees that offer regular input to the agency’s research directorates and major programs until 2014. Staffers have also been asked to postpone travel, including site visits, “for at least one week, if possible.”NSF is holding town meetings this morning to give staffers at its Arlington, Virginia, headquarters a chance to comment on what Marrett calls NSF’s “recovery plans.”CORA MARRETT’s MEMO:October 17, 2013Dear Colleague,I’d like to welcome everyone back to the office after a difficult 16-day government shutdown. While I recognize that you are as eager as I am to get back to work, I also appreciate that this hiatus likely caused personal hardship for many of you. I am hopeful that the continuing resolution agreed to by the Congress and signed into law by the President will provide the basis for the longer term funding stability we need to meet our personal commitments and to plan and execute NSF’s responsibilities.In an Important Notice to the community, I described some of the effects of the funding lapse on our activities and asked for patience and support as we focus on the actions necessary to restart NSF activities. Additional detailed guidance on assistance and contract-related policy and systems issues will be provided to you, as well as the community, as soon as possible. These communications will help us set expectations for both ourselves and the community as we recover from the shutdown and transition to normal operations. A copy of the Important Notice is attached.It will take time and extra effort to work through the backlog of activities. We are establishing priorities that will enable us to resume normal operations as quickly as possible while minimizing extra burden on our already hardworking staff. It’s important for us in this timeframe to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards. We will strive for consistency in extending deadlines and addressing other delays or cancellations caused by the shutdown. We will also consider the impact of our actions on other NSF offices engaged in start-up operations and foster creative solutions, consistent with NSF policy, to recover operations and activities impacted by the shutdown.The following near term actions will help ensure a successful restart of agency operations:BFA will establish and publish on the NSF website within one week agency-wide policies for proposal deadline extensions and other grant-related actions.