Unai Emery claims Arsenal fans’ negativity is affecting the confidence of his players

first_imgUnai Emery claims Arsenal fans’ negativity is affecting the confidence of his players Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Nov 2019 3:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link101Shares Arsenal can qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League if they avoid defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery fears the negativity of Arsenal fans attending matches at the Emirates Stadium is affecting the confidence of his players.The Spaniard is clinging to his job following a miserable run of form which has seen his side record just one win in their last eight matches in all competitions.Arsenal’s only win during that disastrous sequence came in the Europa League, when two late Nicolas Pepe free-kicks rescued a victory from the jaws of defeat.The Gunners will qualify for the knockout stages if they avoid defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow, but Emery will be hoping for a vastly improved performance from the one which saw his side booed off on Saturday following a 2-2 draw with relegation threatened Southampton.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘My wish is the supporters help the team because we need them,’ said the former PSG coach. Granit Xhaka could make his Arsenal return against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League (Picture: Getty)‘Our confidence depends a lot on how we feel in our stadium with our supporters. Teams are coming here fearing us less and this is the first thing we need to change.’Arsenal have failed to win since Granit Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy following his outburst against Crystal Palace and the Switzerland international has missed the last five matches but could be in line to make his return tomorrow.‘He’s in the group and he has the possibility to play,’ added Emery. ‘I hope every supporter supports him.‘Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important for us.’Shkodran Mustafi, who was told he was free to leave in the summer, will also return to the starting line-up but he admits he could consider his Arsenal future should he receive an enticing offer in January.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’m a player for Arsenal,’ said the German centre-half. ‘I’ve got a contract for one-and-a-half more years.‘If there’s something that suits me and I want to make a next step I’m open to think about it. It’s a situation where we have to put our own interests in the background.‘I can say that in the dressing room everyone is fully focused on giving everything to get out of this. Everyone is really looking to play football and win games with Arsenal.’MORE: Unai Emery hits out at claims he has lost the Arsenal dressing roomMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refusing Arsenal offer due to Unai Emery uncertainty Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

NEST has ‘wider role’ to play in pensions, says ex-chair Churchill

first_imgBut he added that the UK was still lacking “a unified body that looks after the competing interests of the various actors”.He cited Adair Turner’s call for a pensions commission about a decade ago but said this was not an idea that “had found favour with the government”.He recalled advice the PPF was given from the US Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) when the former was set up in the UK, which was that “whatever you do in the UK, keep the politicians out of it”.“The PBGC has three Cabinet ministers on its board, and they found that that wasn’t always the best approach to deliver their mandate,” said Churchill.The PBGC is a US government agency that operates two pension insurance programmes.The board of directors is headed by a director appointed by the US president and confirmed by the Senate, and consists of the labour, commerce and treasury secretaries.Whatever the design of a pensions commission in the UK, “we do need to acknowledge the incentives that are around and playing differently on the different actors in a scheme”, Churchill said.Turner was the chair of the Pensions Commission, a temporary advisory body set up in 2002 to look into UK pension reform and that first suggested auto-enrolment.It also recommended that a permanent pensions body be set up. The idea of an independent pension commission has been supported several times since then by various stakeholders. The national UK pension association, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), renewed its call for such a body at its March investment conference in Edinburgh.Moving on to more technical design issues, Churchill flagged the need for more debate “in the public space” about default investment strategies, saying that the efficiency of these was “something that will come very much to the fore here in the UK with the rise of the recognition of defaults as being something absolutely necessary to make auto-enrolment work”.As to the question of post-retirement drawdown – the provision of income in later life – “the old products in the UK are post their sell-by date”.“We need something new, and I don’t think it’s arrived yet,” Churchill said, acknowledging that there may be new products in the UK he is not yet aware of.An interesting idea comes from Australia, he said, where in 2014 the panel leading a review of the country’s financial system recommended a “comprehensive income retirement product, which gives the individual more income, longevity protection and flexibility, so you don’t get the lock-in for life”.As for NEST, although the fund is “a power for good” and “is getting large”, Churchill said he was “slightly more modest in terms of where NEST is at the moment”.Although it has “solved participation” through auto-enrolment, he said, it has not made that much of an impact on pension design per se.“It’s still an old-fashioned DC [defined contribution] scheme,” he said, adding that those running NEST were “pushing the politicians to say ‘look, there are useful things we can do in the post-retirement space, so why not widen the mandate?”Some 6m workers have been enrolled into a workplace pension scheme, including NEST, since the launch of auto-enrolment, according to March government figures cited by NEST. NEST, the £690m (€936m) UK government-backed trust created to roll out the country’s auto-enrolment policy, has not had much of a meaningful impact on pension design and is calling for its mandate to be widened to allow it to make contributions to improvements in that regard, according to Lawrence Churchill, former chair at NEST Corporation and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). Churchill was one of three UK pension professionals speaking at the launch of a book by Keith Ambachtsheer on Thursday, each tackling a different theme of the book, The Future of Pension Management.Churchill is the chairman-elect of the Pensions Policy Institute and has various other financial services roles.In comments on the governance aspect of pension design, Churchill said the concept of ‘shared risk’ requires some form of governance structure “to balance the competing interests” of the various actors in pension provision, such as members and shareholders.last_img read more

The Gold Coast home that will help save the lives of sick and premature babies

first_imgMORE NEWS: Become and instant landlord Renders of the House for Life, which will be built at Helensvale to raise money for Mater Foundation. Plantation Home’s Alex Raleigh, Villawood Properties’ Michael Williams, Mater Foundation’s Lesley Ray, and Shaun and Jodie Spencer with their twin daughters Kensley and Kyra at the House for Life sod turning. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMrs Spencer was put on bed rest at Maters Mothers’ Hospital following multiple complications during her pregnancy.At 20 weeks the couple were told one of the twins had intra-uterine growth restriction, which meant she wasn’t growing properly and there was a chance she wouldn’t survive.Then at 27 weeks Mrs Spencer was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a serious condition that causes high blood pressure putting the mother and baby at risk. Kyra and Kensley Spencer now. Shaun and Jodie Spencer with their daughters Kyra and Kensley, who were born premature at the Maters Mothers’ Hospital.HOUSE hunters who bid for a Gold Coast property when it goes under the hammer will be helping save the lives of seriously ill and premature babies.The property, which will be built at Helensvale, is part of Plantation Homes’ House for Life project.The initiative, which is now in its eighth year, raises money to support more than 2000 sick babies who are cared for at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital.This year Villawood Properties has donated land at The Surrounds for the house.center_img Kyra and Kensley Spencer when they were born.“It was incredibly worrying as I was a first-time mum and had never been through something so stressful,” Mrs Spencer said.She was rushed to birthing suites at 31 weeks and five days after the smaller twin’s heart rate dropped.The twins were delivered by caesarean with Kyra weighing 870 grams and Kensley a healthier 1.6 kgs.“I was so happy when I heard that both twins were crying when they were born,” Mrs Spencer said.“We were very lucky that they didn’t get any infections, which are common for premature babies. Renders of the House for Life, which will be built at Helensvale to raise money for Mater Foundation.Representatives from Plantation Homes, Villawood Properties and the Mater Foundation turned the first sod at the site on Friday to mark the start of construction, which will kick off in December.Edens Landing couple Jodie and Shaun Spencer were also at the event with their twin daughters Kyra and Kensley, who were born premature.MORE NEWS: These are the Gold Coast’s cheapest beachside suburbs Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 “They were only in (Mater’s) Neonatal Critical Care Unit for 3 weeks. The doctors couldn’t believe how well they were doing, in particular Kyra.”The twins now happy and healthy one-year-olds, Mrs Spencer praised the care she received at Mater and looked forward to seeing the house once it was build.“Having been through this difficult journey, we now understand just how much the Mater needs all the funds they can get to help sick and premature babies like Kensley and Kyra,” she said.Volunteers will donate their time and resources to build the home, which will be auctioned in September, 2019.last_img read more

Addressing the Water Issues in Egypt

first_imgAn Egyptian delegation recently visited the Netherlands for a series of meetings with Dutch experts on a variety of water issues that urgently need to be addressed by Egypt.The issues that were discussed include integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), rural waste water treatment and agricultural water management, reported the Dutch Water Sector.During one of the joint sessions the Egyptian-Dutch panel discussed the issue of coastal zone management, identifying the next steps for Egypt to integrate its urgently needed coastal restoration and flood defense measures with other national development plans, including those for cities, ports and tourism and the environment.The 1,000 km long Egyptian northern coast is vulnerable and prone to flooding, coastal erosion and pollution. Therefore, Integrated Coastal Zone Management has been on the agenda of the Egyptian-Dutch cooperation since 2014.Last year, the Netherlands aided Egypt in its successful application for the Green Climate Fund grant for climate adaptation, including coastal zone management. The fund approved a $31.4 million to protect Egypt’s Nile Delta from rising sea levels due to climate change.The project, ‘Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in the North Coast of Egypt’, will be implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation over seven years.The ministry will contribute 140 million Egyptian pounds to the project, which is centered around the construction of dikes to prevent flooding of homes and farmland due to rising sea levels and extreme weather due to climate change.The project also includes the development of a ICZM plan and the establishment of a system to monitor changes in oceanographic parameters as an effect of climate change, as well as the impact of the different shore protection scenarios on the coastal erosion and shore stability.Among the topics discussed were also plans for the outward expansion of Port Said, which comprises of land reclamation including coastal protection and economic prospects related to tourism and real estate.last_img read more

Maintenance Dredging of Intracoastal Waterway Underway

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced today that the maintenance dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) channel for Palm Beach and Broward counties is underway.Dredging in Palm Beach County is limited to a small shoal and will bring the channel down to a depth of 9 feet, plus one foot of allowable over-depth.The second location, in Broward County, lies in the vicinity of the IWW and the Hillsboro Inlet channel.According to the Corps, the two locations are approximately 16 miles apart.Dredging in Broward will bring the required channel depth to 10 feet, plus two feet of allowable over-depth.Approximately 27,000 cubic yards of excavated material will be dredged between these two areas and will be placed in Dredge Material Management area MSA641A which is located in Palm Beach County, immediately adjacent to the Palm Beach dredge area.The $1.7 million maintenance dredging contract was awarded to Cavache, Inc. of Pompano Beach, Fla. on Feb. 20, 2019. The project is anticipated for completion by the end of August 2019.Boaters navigating the IWW while dredging is underway should remain diligent and aware of work areas as barges will be moving between the dredge areas and MSA641A. The contractor will take all measures to minimize obstructions to navigation as much as possible, the Corps concluded.last_img read more

50 pounds of high-grade marijuana confiscated in Dearborn County drug probe

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — The Dearborn/Ohio County Special Crimes Unit recently arrested three marijuana dealing suspects and confiscated 50 pounds of high-grade weed.In December of 2017 police had received tips about marijuana trafficking from a residence in Dearborn County. Over the next few months police determined the marijuana was coming from Colorado.On July 1 the Special Crimes Highway Interdiction Unit stopped a car driven by Larry Fagin, 43, of Lawrenceburg, on I-74 in Dearborn County. During the stop police recovered 50 pounds of marijuana and arrested Fagin. He has been charged with dealing in marijuana(more than 10 pounds), conspiracy to deal marijuana(more than 10 pounds), corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.As a result of that traffic stop search warrants were executed at two other locations and two other arrests were made.Jeffery Scott Moore, 38, of Lawrenceburg, has been charged with dealing in marijuana(more than 10 pounds), corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance. Katie Lindeman has been charged with corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.A fourth suspect, Joshua Fleek, 34, of Okeana, Oh, remains at large and is wanted for dealing in marijuana(more than 10 pounds), conspiracy to deal marijuana(more than 10 pounds) and corrupt business influence.This is an ongoing investigation.last_img read more

LaLiga to resume on June 8

first_imgSpanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has confirmed that LaLiga will return on June 8. read also:Messi asked if he would pass to Ronaldo if they played togetherAnd with LaLiga clubs having stepped up their training this week – now allowed to do so in groups of up to ten – Sanchez has officially given the green light to a June 8 return in a press conference. All 20 teams have 11 games remaining, with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The league’s president Javier Tebas has been desperate to follow the Bundesliga’s lead and resume the 2019-20 season.Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night Stars Set for World Stage

first_imgEkpo shone at GOtv Boxing Night 4 in October 2015, where he defeated crack Burkinabe champion, Jules Kabore in the fifth of their 10-round international challenge bout.Rasheed, better known as Afonja Warrior, will on March 18, take on Sam Sheedy of Britain for the vacant Commonwealth middleweight crown at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire.Abolaji came to stardom through GOtv Boxing Night, where he has featured in four editions. He is currently the national and West African middleweight champion, with both titles won at the GOtv Boxing Night.He defeated Ghana’s Adjei Sowah via third round knock at GOtv Boxing Night 6 to emerge the West African middleweight champion. At GOtv Boxing Night 8, he defeated Sunny  Iyere to win the national title.Confirming the fights, General Secretary of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Mr. Remi Aboderin, said the development was an indication that Nigerian boxing has regained its verve. Aboderin said this is due to the investment in the sport by GOtv, sponsors of GOtv Boxing Night; Flykite Promotions, organizers of the event for providing the springboard for Nigerian boxers and the NBB of C, which has supplied the regulatory backbone. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two of the boxers who have featured at different editions of GOtv Boxing Night, Isaac Ekpo and Abolaji Rasheed, are billed to fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight title and the Commonwealth welterweight title bouts respectively next month.Ekpo, a former national and World Boxing Organisation (Africa) super middleweight champion, will challenge incumbent title holder, Germany’s Tyron Zeuge, on March 25 at the MBS Arena, Potsdam Brandenburg, Germany.last_img read more

AFCON 2021Q: Huge crowd observes Black Stars training in Madina [VIDEO]

first_imgA massive crowd of teeming supporters observed the Black Stars’ recovery training at the Zurak Park in Madina Friday evening.Kwesi Appiah’s men are preparing ahead of their second AFCON 2021 qualifying match against Sao Tome and Principe on Monday in Sao Tome.Moving the Stars’ training to the Madina community is part of the campaign to bring the team closer to the fans in the #BringBacktheLove campaign.The Black Stars are back to training in Accra, and news of their unexpected arrival at the Zurak Park in Madina has attracted several fans from the community to the training ground.#Afcon2021Q#BlackStars#BringBackTheLove pic.twitter.com/ysZ6JPAxSb— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) November 15, 2019The team will train again in Madina on Saturday at 5pm before flying out to Sao Tome on Sunday.Ghana beat South Africa 2-0 in their first qualifying match on Thursday at the Cape Coast Stadium with goals from Thomas Partey and substitute Kudus Mohammed handing Kwesi Appiah’s side all 3 points.last_img read more

[VIDEO] I’m ‘ready’ to retire from the Black Stars – Agyemang Badu

first_imgGhana international midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu says he is satisfied with his achievements with the Black Stars, and is ready to retire from international football if need be.The 29 year old only recently returned to action after more than a year out due to a lung condition.Badu, who has now turned his attention towards regaining his fitness, says he would be a happy man regardless if he isn’t considered a part of the Black Stars future plans.“I need to concentrate on playing games now, due to my long spell out. It’s everyone’s dream to represent their country.“But to be frank I’ve played for the Black Stars for close to ten years. I’ve won both the U-20 AFCON and World Cup,” he said in an exclusive interview with Citi Sports’ Fentuo Tahiru.“I’ve played five AFCONs, twice as a finalist and three times as a semifinalist, and also played at the FIFA World Cup.“I’ve played 86 times for my country and scored 11 goals, one of which was nominated for the Puskas Award.“So if I don’t get a call up to the national team again, I’m still very proud of myself,” he added.”I need to thank the nation for the wonderful things it has done for me”>>>Agyemang Badu is mentally “ready” to retire from the Black Stars. >>>Says if he never plays for the national team ever again, he will be proud of what he has accomplished. #SportsPanorama#Citisports pic.twitter.com/fdRyQCo4zJ— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo_) June 12, 2020The combative midfielder has return to training with Serie A side Hellas Verona, following the Covid-19 induced break.Badu will be hoping to help his side avoid relegation when the Italian League resumes on June 20.last_img read more