Undoing the damage

first_imgExperts at Harvard and elsewhere say that getting the world economy back on track will take time, despite the fact that the National Bureau of Economic Research recently said the U.S. recession was technically over a year ago.In a nod to the lasting and dramatic impact of the lagging economy and the urgent need to explore creative ways to improve it, Harvard President Drew Faust convened a University-wide forum on Tuesday (Oct. 12) to discuss the fiscal malaise, including its historic context, and possible policy solutions, including tighter regulations and financial reforms.“The Economic Crisis, Two Years Later: A Panel of Harvard Experts” took up where a discussion in the fall of 2008 left off. Then, students, faculty, and staff assembled in similar fashion at Sanders Theatre as Harvard authorities explained the Wall Street meltdown.“We had help then, as we do now, to understand how we got where we were and what the future might hold,” said Faust, who turned to the five Harvard scholars on the panel for their insights on the stalled economy that were gained in the last two years.The regulatory failures that helped to worsen the financial crisis were largely a result of an outdated system that had been designed to handle traditional banking transactions, such as deposits and loans, and was not geared for the “revolution in banking” that occurred in the past 30 years, said David S. Scharfstein, Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking at Harvard Business School.Discussing the fiscal reforms contained in the newly passed Dodd-Frank law, Scharfstein said the revisions affect a longstanding, market-based system of finance in which banks over time pooled loans, issued securities based on such loans, and traded them.“We did not adapt a regulatory system to deal with that new form of banking,” or “shadow banking,” he said, and he called the Dodd-Frank reforms an important first step in creating a regulatory regime that can begin to police banks more strictly, as well as “non-bank financial firms that pose systemic risk.”The challenge, he conceded, is for regulators to find the right balance between too much and too little regulation.The nation is going to have trouble figuring out what to do with its “exploding debt,” said Kenneth Rogoff, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, who predicted that a raise in taxes, a drop in government spending, or most likely some combination of the two will be required to address the ongoing problem.But there will be good news eventually, said Rogoff, author of “This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.”Though recovery is “slow and sometimes painful,” and almost impossible to predict accurately, it always arrives eventually, he said.An ironic byproduct of the recession, one that financial authorities have advocated for years, is part of what propels continuing hard times, said Brigitte Madrian, director of the social science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School.Partly because of a dried-up consumer credit market, and partly because of a shift in the public mindset concerning spending, worried Americans have begun saving more.“This restraint is … keeping us mired in the recession to some extent,” she said, adding that, on a brighter note, such saving would keep consumers better prepared for future downturns.Adjustable-rate mortgages are simply “unhealthy,” suggested John Campbell, chair of Harvard’s Economics Department, Harvard College Professor, and Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics, who called for a stable restructuring of mortgages and a reassessment of the social goal of home ownership for most people, since renting would be a better option for some.The problem, he said, involves the institutions established by the government to promote long-term, stable mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the end, they “really got out of control,” becoming both part of the shadow banking system and too big to fail, which meant the government had to step in to support them financially.“Unfortunately we have not yet confronted this problem … This is unfinished business” even with the Dodd-Frank reforms, he said.In terms of the banking and corporate bailouts underwritten by the government, the panelists agreed that Washington’s interventions, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program, saved the country from a full-blown depression and also will cost the public significantly less than initially predicted.“I think that the goal of stabilizing the financial system was really a home run,” said Scharfstein.Moving forward, the panelists said that economists will have an important role to play in helping to avoid future crises. Campbell called for greater collaboration among economists, who too often work on small, segregated sections of much bigger problems.“A lot of people had specialties and could only see a piece of it,” he said, referring to the financial crisis. “It was very hard to put it together.”For Scharfstein, working directly on policy issues is an important way for economists to have a greater impact down the road.“Engagement with policy and engagement with Wall Street in understanding what is going on is very important, both because I think we have a lot to add to that and because it enriches our research,” he said.Richard Freeman, the Herbert S. Ascherman Professor of Economics, also participated in the discussion.last_img read more

The mystery of Mahler

first_imgSpeaking to an audience at the Harvard Ed Portal, Federico Cortese, senior lecturer on music and director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, wondered why Americans have such a unique relationship with Gustav Mahler, the composer who conducted both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic before his death in 1911.When he came to the United States from his native Italy, Cortese said, “Mahler was at the pinnacle of the pantheon of symphonic music, much more so than Europeans were ready to accept. I can assure you that there is nothing more exciting for students, no matter how advanced, than to play a Mahler symphony. Why Mahler and not, for example, Strauss?”The phenomenon goes well beyond youthful exuberance, Cortese said during his April 14 lecture, adding that most hunts to hire music directors in America require some experience performing Mahler, almost as a central point of music. “The understanding of Mahler as the defining music composer here in the U.S. is so deeply rooted,” he said. “Why is that?”At first, Cortese believed it originated in Mahler’s years of work in the United States. After completing his tenure with the Vienna State Opera in 1907, Mahler experienced a meteoric rise in America, with appointments as the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in 1907 and as director of the New York Philharmonic in 1909.In Vienna, Mahler had developed a reputation as a passionate, hypersensitive, and demanding leader. “In 10 years in Vienna, he fought with everyone,” Cortese said. “He would work singers to the point of exhaustion. He was hypersensitive and very kind, actually, but very difficult to deal with.”In America, Mahler was known as a hard-working visionary, one who expected the best of everyone in his company, especially himself.Cortese noted that, in addition to sometimes displaying anti-Semitism, European audiences could mock Mahler for his sweeping, expressive conducting style. But American audiences of the time embraced it, and that dynamic quality of conducting is accepted throughout the world today.“The theatrical gestures of Mahler, the rich orchestration — this all appealed to American tastes, so Mahler may seem strangely familiar to American audiences in terms of sound,” he said. “But the fact remains that the love Americans have for Mahler is both generous and not quite clear. We don’t know exactly why it exists. And don’t get me wrong: I love Mahler. But it’s a curious phenomenon.”Mahler’s apex in America didn’t last. Professional conflicts and a turbulent marriage took a toll on his career and health. After conducting his last concert at Carnegie Hall in February 1911, he returned to Austria, where he died.One of the most profound factors in America’s embrace of Mahler, Cortese said, may lie with one of Mahler’s greatest champions, Leonard Bernstein.“I think a lot of it has to do with Bernstein,” Cortese said. “He advocated for Mahler with a passion, and Bernstein turned his passions into missions. If you listen to a recording of Bernstein conducting Mahler’s music, you’ll hear that his interpretation is very personal. The fascinating thing is that, as with all love affairs, there are no clear answers.”Robert Lue, faculty director of HarvardX and the Ed Portal, and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, said the portal was thrilled to have a conversation with Cortese.“What is particularly important is the experience that Federico creates in understanding music, in understanding the performance of music and the conducting of music, in collaboration with our students in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra,” Lue said.Speaking after his lecture, Cortese expressed his thanks for being able to speak directly to members of the Allston and Brighton community at the Harvard Allston Ed Portal.“The role of any university, but especially an institution like Harvard, can be broad in the sense that it can go from the highest level of research to teaching students, and reaching out to the greater community members who are interested in a variety of subjects. It’s very important. Working with communities like Allston and really reaching out to them — that’s what it’s all about.”last_img read more

Money makes a difference in cholesterol management

first_imgA program that offered financial incentives to both patients and their physicians to control low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol could be a cost-effective intervention for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study showed that the shared incentive program provided reasonable value even when accounting for additional costs, such as electronic pill bottles to monitor drug adherence, more frequent cholesterol measurements, administrative expenses, and the actual cash incentive, which maxed out at $1,024 per year, split between the doctor and patient.“Financial incentive interventions are only effective sometimes. When these programs show health benefits, the next question should be whether the health gains are worth the added costs, which is what we modeled in this study,” said lead author Ankur Pandya, assistant professor of health decision science.The study was published today in JAMA Network Open.CVD is the leading cause of death and health care costs in the U.S. The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, which are cheap in their generic form, are proven to help prevent CVD. Yet long-term adherence to these medications is below 50 percent. One proposed strategy to improve adherence rates and lower LDL cholesterol — often referred to as “bad” cholesterol — is offering financial incentives, but it’s unclear if such programs are worth the costs.To determine the cost-effectiveness of financial incentives, the Harvard Chan researchers, along with colleagues from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, developed a model-based analysis that simulated CVD progression.They applied this analysis to data from a 2015 clinical trial involving statins in which patients were randomized to one of four groups: no financial incentives; financial incentives for only the patient; financial incentives for only the doctor; or a financial incentive shared between the patient and doctor. That study showed the shared incentive group was superior at reducing LDL cholesterol, but it did not examine whether the health gains represented good value given the added costs. The 2015 study was also limited in that it only followed up with patients three months after the study ended.Chan School researchers used the CVD model, developed by corresponding and senior author Thomas Gaziano, to simulate lifetime CVD progression among a cohort of 1 million patients that mirrored the 2015 study population. Results showed that the shared incentives program had an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of $60,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY), a metric that reflects how much money is required to produce one year of high-quality life with a particular intervention. Under current standards, ICERs between $50,000 and $150,000 per QALY represent “intermediate value.” The researchers said the findings demonstrated that the shared financial incentives program provided reasonable value for the health gains it produced compared with programs that offered financial incentives to only the patient or only the doctor or offered no financial incentive at all.Importantly, the researchers found that the cost-effectiveness of the shared incentives intervention hinged on how long the LDL benefits persisted. They concluded that the shared incentives strategy with at least five years of follow-up warranted a large-scale study in a real-world setting by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or private health care payers.“Combining financial incentives for providers and patients with advanced technologies to monitor compliance, including electronic pill bottles, has the potential to improve patient care while remaining cost-effective, and this strategy should be further evaluated,” said Gaziano, assistant professor in the department of health policy and management at the Chan School and director of the global cardiovascular health policy and prevention unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Other Chan School authors included Stephen Sy, Milton Weinstein, and Meredith Rosenthal.Funding for this study came from National Institute on Aging grant RC4 AG039114 and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute grant 5R01HL104284-03.last_img read more

An American tradition

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaGreen beer isn’t Irish. Neither is corned beef and cabbage. But along with green rivers and green clothes, they define an American Saint Patrick’s Day.Across the ocean on March 17, many Irish will probably fill their pots with the customary lamb and potatoes.“People in Ireland don’t see anything we eat as traditional Irish food,” said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension health and nutrition specialist.“Their ideas are typical lamb dishes. It’s really what we’ve kind of developed in this country to be Irish foods. Originally, lamb was probably more expensive in this country, so we switched to beef.”Crawley traces her roots back to Ireland. Like her ancestors, she said, many Irish immigrants were very poor when they first came to America. And that might be when corned beef came into play.“It was probably used because it was one of the least expensive meats,” she said. “It probably wasn’t as flavorful a piece of meat, and that’s why it was seasoned, to make it more tender and more tasty.”While all beef has some saturated fat and cholesterol, Crawley said, corned beef’s biggest downfall is its sodium content. Just 3 ounces of cooked corned beef brisket has 964 milligrams of sodium, slightly less than half of what a person should eat daily.For those measuring, a 3-ounce serving is the size of a deck of cards. Most people eat a slab of corned beef two to three times that size.“It’s something that’s a special-occasion food,” Crawley said of corned beef.Potatoes are probably the most Irish part of any American St. Patrick’s Day dish. Many Irish originally came to the U.S. to escape starvation due to the potato famine.“Potatoes were a very big part of their diet at that point, and they still are,” Crawley said. “That’s probably why potatoes are so popular in this country.”Americans can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day fare of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes with a little less guilt and with relatively little hassle. Crawley suggests balancing that sodium-loaded meal by eating foods lower in sodium the rest of the day.Also, add the cabbage and unpeeled potatoes in the last 10-20 minutes of cooking so that “they’re barely cooked instead of cooked to death,” she said.Find corned beef that’s as lean as possible, or cook it on March 16 and skim off the fat before reheating it on St. Patrick’s Day. Crawley first heard of green beer in the 1970s in Cleveland, Ohio. “I think the Irish would probably be horrified,” she said. “It’s probably a marketing tool for bars.”Instead of indulging in dyed beer, she said, “there are good Irish beers available. And maybe if you buy a better beer, you won’t drink as much.”A serving of alcohol is a 12-ounce beer, 4 to 5 ounces of wine or 1 to 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. Men should drink two or fewer servings a day. Women should drink one or less due to a direct relation between excess alcohol and breast cancer.“Beer has a lot of calories and not much else,” Crawley said. “Moderate intake may have some health benefits. But, again, the risk of abuse is so much there that people who don’t drink shouldn’t start.”As for what the Irish may be serving on St. Patrick’s Day, “I went to an Irish pub in Amsterdam, and what they served was shepherd’s pie [a casserole-type dish with layers of ground beef or lamb, carrots and green peas, topped with mashed potatoes],” she said. Traditional dishes also include lamb stew with potatoes and carrots. But that may be changing a bit.“Until the 1990s, people were leaving Ireland to work in other countries,” Crawley said. “Now, people are moving back.”As the Irish economy booms, she said, restaurants there are leading a renaissance with novel, innovative cuisine.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Israel releases plan to install 15GW of new solar capacity by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Israeli government is betting hard on solar and energy storage to help the nation towards energy independence.Energy minister Yuval Steinitz this week announced a new plan to deploy around 15 GW more solar capacity to help raise the 2030 target for the proportion of national electricity drawn from renewables from 17% to 30%.“In the next decade, solar energy and electricity storage facilities will be set up on a scale equal to all existing electricity production in the country today,” said Steinitz in an official statement.The minister predicted renewables would meet around 80% of power demand by 2030, with gas covering the balance and coal phased out.The change, Steinitz added, will be driven by the private sector, with clean energy investment expected to reach around ILS80 billion ($23 billion).Israel had around 1.19 GW of solar capacity at the end of last year, according to International Renewable Energy Agency figures. Developers installed around 120 MW of solar in Israel last year.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Israel wants another 15 GW of solar by 2030 Israel releases plan to install 15GW of new solar capacity by 2030last_img read more

Transnational Organized Crime, One Of The Greatest Threats To South America’s Security And Stability

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati / Diálogo September 26, 2019 Brazil co-hosted the sixth South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) in the city of Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte. SOUTHDEC, co-sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command, was created to discuss topics that affect the stability and security of Western Hemisphere nations. This edition, which was held in Brazil for the first time, covered current issues, such as natural disasters and transnational threats, which require a joint effort from participating countries. Diálogo spoke with Brazilian Air Force General Raul Botelho, chairman of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff about this and other topics.Diálogo: What are the greatest regional challenges that Southern Cone nations must overcome jointly with the United States?Brazilian Air Force General Raul Botelho, chairman of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff: We can highlight two extremely relevant challenges: humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and the fight against transnational threats. For instance, we currently handle the challenges, mechanisms, and regional response capabilities for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which provided lessons on sharing various initiatives and difficulties that countries face when dealing with this matter. With regard to transnational threats, transnational organized crime is one of the greatest threats to South America’s security and stability, specifically arms and drug trafficking.Diálogo: Why is it important for Brazil to participate in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions?Gen. Botelho: Participation in UN peacekeeping operations increases the training and insertion of Brazilian Armed Forces in international operations in support of our foreign policy. This type of mission promotes a greater visibility for Brazil in the group of nations, reaffirming its commitment to protecting peace and cooperation among people, and enabling the exchange of knowledge and experience with contingents from other countries.Diálogo: Do you think that Brazil is a good military partner for its neighbors and for the United States? How can the military-to-military relationship be improved with partner nations?Gen. Botelho: Yes, I think that Brazil is a good military partner, not only for its Latin American neighbors, but also for the United States and globally. In 2019 alone, more than a dozen bilateral cooperation agreements, memoranda of understanding, and declarations of intent between several countries have been or will be signed. We have about 15 similar documents still under review or negotiation, which will soon become concrete measures in the defense sector. The United States is a long-standing strategic partner. This partnership is becoming stronger every day, as demonstrated by mutual visits by leaders from both nations, signed cooperation agreements, Brazil’s increasing participation in significant roles at the U.S. Southern Command and, naturally, the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives has recently approved Brazil as a U.S. major non-NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] ally.We are strengthening our growing friendship and cooperation ties, enabling regional interests on development and security issues to be reached. Regarding opportunities to improve the military-to-military relationship with partner nations, it is my understanding that the main obstacle to overcome is the different approach amongst countries regarding legislation on important aspects to promote greater military-to-military integration. There must be a clear understanding of the political reality of each country and respect for their sovereignties as a starting point toward building partnerships that aim for regional military integration in South America.Diálogo: What is your priority as chairman of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff?Gen. Botelho: To develop a strategy that projects a modern concept of joint work, where defense capabilities are established by an appropriate method, guided by a common understanding of defense priorities, aligned with updated planning and doctrine, in order to face any potential possibilities. Additionally, to build a defense intelligence agency that encompasses all segments of intelligence to deliver reliable timely knowledge in support of the decision-making process and the creation and execution of military strategic planning.last_img read more

Long Beach Boardwalk Set for Demolition, Residents Bid Farewell

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Beach residents said farewell to the iconic boardwalk on Saturday. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)For one last day, Long Beach’s battered and splintered boardwalk generated a much-needed shot of energy to a storm-weary community as residents said goodbye to the historic landmark, many opting for a final stroll along the 2.2-mile stretch of hallowed wood before its demolition, set to begin this weekend.Full of mixed emotions — saddened by the loss of the iconic structure but eager to rebuild the city after Superstorm Sandy — residents and elected officials joined together during a ceremony Saturday to bid farewell to the boardwalk and relive its historic past.Hundreds huddled together on Grand Boulevard under a sunny sky as officials attempted to lift the somber crowd by crediting the boardwalk for giving Long Beach its charm but also pledging to rebuild stronger and smarter. Some spectators took in the events from the boardwalk, others peered out from windows and balconies of waterfront apartments.Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman said Saturday was a “very emotional time,” but added, “we know that there’s so many good times to come.”The 2.2-mile long iconic boardwalk stood tall through dozens of storms since it was created in 1907 and passed the strength test during a handful of powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, but it finally relented in October when Superstorm Sandy spawned a record storm surge that crippled the structure. Long Beach was one of the hardest hit communities when the massive hurricane slammed into Long Island Oct. 29.Long Beach officials said demolition is to be completed within 30 days and a request for proposal process must be completed before construction starts on a new boardwalk. Officials have yet to say when they expect the project to be finished. The estimated cost is $25 million.“We desperately want to have the boardwalk and beach up and running as soon as possible,” said Long Beach spokesman Gordon Tepper. Many residents are crossing their fingers that a new boardwalk will be ready to go by the summer.“Our boardwalk,” said Scott Mandel, city council vice president, “is the spirit of Long beach…it’s the heart of Long Beach.” He added that the city would emerge “through the rubble stronger and smarter.”“It’s a symbol of love and happiness,” said Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), who claimed to know every crack on the boardwalk.“People would just sit up here and look at the ocean,” he said nostalgically.After the ceremony, which featured prayers and a poem from a former Long Beach resident, the crowd was invited to pick up a piece of lumber from the boardwalk and to continue the ceremony at the Long Beach Historical Society.Others decided to grab a piece of history themselves.“It’s part of everyday life here,” said 42-year-old Nancy Koenig of Long Beach, who moments earlier broke off a large chunk of the boardwalk to help keep the memory alive. “It’s where you meet friends for a chat, just sit and relax, read, watch the ocean, go for bike rides…we love the boardwalk.”Lynbrook resident Marianne Stone set her feet on the boardwalk for one final time and opened up about the good — and bad — experiences walking the boardwalk.“We’ve put many, many miles on this boardwalk,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place.”Any fond memories?“A few bike crashes,” she said with a laugh.Kathy Boyle has lived in Long Beach for a decade and had to leave the city for her sister’s house following the hurricane and recalls seeing pictures of the destroyed boardwalk on the Internet and getting emotional.“I sat there 2 o’clock in the morning crying for an hour,” she said.The storm destroyed the first floor of her house but Boyle admitted the demolition is harder to take in.“I care more about this…this is so big,” she said, “it’s so hard to explain how important it is to life here.”Stone and Koenig were nearly done collecting wood from the boardwalk when a city police officer started shouting people off the doomed structure.Before leaving, they picked up some wood and smiled for a photo.Another memory.last_img read more

Southold Town Supervisor Involved in One-Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Town of Southold Supervisor Scott Russell.Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell was involved in a single-car crash Monday night in his hometown of Cutchogue, but walked away without any serious injuries, Southold Town police said. Russell was driving a 2014 Ford Escape south on Skunk Lane just after 9:30 p.m. when wet leaves caused the vehicle to slide off the roadway, police said. After striking shrubbery, the vehicle rolled and came to a rest on the driver’s side, police said. The supervisor successfully extricated himself from the vehicle after the crash, police said. Members of the Cutchogue Fire Department treated Russell at the scene. Phone calls made to Southold Town Hall went unanswered.last_img read more

Ex-Oyster Bay Official Gets 2 Years for Tax Evasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 77-year-old former Town of Oyster Bay planning commissioner was sentenced Wednesday to 2 ¼ years in prison for federal tax evasion when he failed to report $2 million in outside income.Frederick Ippolito, of Syosset, had pleaded guilty at Central Islip federal court in January. Leonard Wexler also sentenced Ippolito to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $548,487.00 in restitution.“The defendant’s position as an influential official within a local municipality did not exempt him from paying his fair share of taxes, just like any other citizen,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Ippolito received over $2 million in consulting fees from Old Bethpage-based Carlo Lizza & Sons Paving, Inc. and from being a principal of that company but willfully failed to report it on his personal tax returns or the returns of entities he controlled from 2008 to 2013.As the town commissioner of planning and development, he was responsible for the enforcement of all codes, rules, and ordinances pertaining to building and zoning, and supervised the issuance of permits for construction. He resigned following his guilty plea.last_img read more

Leicester 4 – 0 Braga

first_imgHe turned provider with a wonderfully disguised pass from a shooting position to tee up Dennis Praet midway through the half (67) before James Maddison got on the scoresheet after evading Raul Silva’s challenge with 12 minutes remaining.The victory moves Leicester three points clear at the top of their Europa League group, ahead of their visitors, with three wins from three games – and already on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages.How Leicester outfoxed BragaIf there were any worries remaining about how seriously the Foxes are taking the Europa League this season, Brendan Rodgers’ decision to retain seven of the line-up who won at Leeds only 72 hours prior would have extinguished that doubt.- Advertisement – That was about as good as it got for Braga after the break, as Leicester continued to improve and added a third when Iheanacho, looking likely to shoot from another lovely Maddison ball, instead rolled it through for Praet to slot home moments after coming on.The Foxes summed up their nickname even with such a convincing advantage, harrying and pressing their opponents into mistake after mistake, and saw Maddison score the goal his performance deserved 12 minutes from time when he fired past Matheus in the final chance of note.What’s next?Leicester host Wolves on Super Sunday live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm; Kick-off at 2pm.Braga face a tough trip to second-placed Benfica on Sunday night in the Primeira Liga; Kick-off at 8pm. In a reversal of roles, Iheanacho’s run and perfect pass found the dangerman just outside the box, and after turning inside Viana with an exquisite touch, pulled a superb full-length stop out of Matheus with his bottom-corner-bound effort.Moments like that can prove pivotal in games, but two minutes into the second period the Foxes put aside any worries with another stroke of good luck, when Viana’s unwitting deflection on Iheanacho’s long-range effort took it into the far corner beyond the stranded goalkeeper.Braga had momentary hopes of a comeback when Joao Novais poked the ball through for Paulinho, who planted the ball wide from a fine position on the left of Schmeichel’s box. Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester thrashed Braga 4-0 to keep up their perfect start in the Europa League group stage.A touch of fortune helped Iheanacho bundled in an opener 20 minutes when Matheus could not hold his heavy touch and allowed him to tap in from close-range, with a significant deflection off Bruno Viana helping his 25-yard drive beat the goalkeeper again two minutes into the second period.- Advertisement – Against another side with a 100 per cent record from their opening two games, the hosts would have impressed their manager with how they were straight into their stride, but both teams routinely saw their back threes turn into fives without the ball, restricting a route to goal at either end.It took a nicely disguised ball from Maddison to carve out the first real chance of the night, which would give Leicester the lead. Iheanacho’s heavy touch looked to have turned his pass into Matheus’ body, but a touch of fortune saw it rebound off the goalkeeper and deliver the striker a tap-in. Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates with Leicester City team-mates after putting them 2-0 up against BragaImage:Iheanacho celebrates with Leicester City team-mates after putting them 2-0 up against Braga Kelechi Iheanacho puts Leicester City ahead against BragaImage:Iheanacho opened the scoring with a close-range tap-in – Advertisement – At the other end, Viana should have done better when rising above James Justin from a corner which he nodded straight at Kasper Schmeichel, but in a half of few other chances, a moment of magic from Maddison could have put Leicester in full control moments before the break.- Advertisement –last_img read more