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Michael Owen has named Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen believes Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal is the form of Nicolas Pepe.Ivory Coast international Pepe has endured an underwhelming start to his Arsenal career following a £72million move from Lille in the summer.The 24-year-old has scored just once in nine appearances for the Gunners and admitted this week that his confidence has taken a hit.Pepe was benched for Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege on Thursday and failed to make much of an impact after entering the fray with 24 minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Owen names Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal after Standard Liege thrashing Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal thumped Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)‘Pepe, is he going to get into the team? It’s a massive amount of money they paid for him and it looks like Lille are laughing all the way to the bank on that one.‘It’s still early days and maybe the player will turn it around. But I haven’t really seen anything that I have expected to see.’It was a memorable night for Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates, with the teenage striker scoring two goals and setting up another to give Arsenal victory over Standard Liege.MORE: Gabriel Martinelli sets Arsenal record as Unai Emery’s Gunners thump Standard Liege Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 11:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link440Shares Record signing Nicolas Pepe is struggling (Picture: Getty)Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 victory against the Belgian side but Emery will be starting to become concerned by record signing Pepe, according to Premier League legend Owen.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’re talking about a lot of positives for Arsenal but there’s one negative niggling away at the moment and that’s Pepe,’ Owen told BT Sport.‘I was excited by him, I watched him in the French league, he looked a very good player. He started the season, first game he looks as though he had a bag of tricks.‘But he’s just gone off the boil and that’s a huge investment for anybody but it’s a huge investment for Arsenal especially.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I would have liked to have seen him come on and play really well today against an average team, show his stuff and get a bit of confidence, because that’s a concern I think.’Gunners hero Martin Keown has also been disappointed by Pepe so far this season and says the £72m deal could turn out to be a costly mistake from his former club.‘If you think back to Arsene Wenger he would have never blocked a path of a young player. They are in danger of doing that with Saka,’ Keown said. Comment Advertisement
Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were rivals for over a decade (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann has recalled the moment that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger squared up to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford tunnel.The Gunners took a vital early step towards their Invincible season in 2003 when they claimed a 0-0 draw at the Theatre of Dreams in just the sixth game of the season,Ruud van Nistelrooy had the opportunity to grab all three points for United in injury time but he saw his effort from the penalty spot cannon off the crossbar.That miss, of course, resulted in the now infamous Battle of Old Trafford with all 22 players involved in a brawl on the pitch at the final whistle.ADVERTISEMENT Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 (Picture: Getty)‘He grabbed him and each of them were very angry with each other and almost started to fight with each other.‘It wasn’t about me or the players it was more about the manager.‘I came in late and I remember that there were two crowds of people confront each other and I spilt some of my water onto them, accidentally of course.‘It was funny to watch, I wasn’t involved. You always expect me to be involved but I wasn’t in this situation.‘We were talking (on the Monday at the training ground) but we were waiting for fines to be handed out and of course to United.’MORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea Jens Lehmann recalls the time Arsene Wenger grappled with Sir Alex Ferguson in Old Trafford tunnel A brawl eruopted on the pitch (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Keown was fined for his part in the brawl (Picture: Getty)The fight continued into the tunnel, where Ferguson was famously on the end of a thrown pizza from youngster Cesc Fabregas.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, the Scot’s eventful afternoon didn’t end there according to Lehmann. The German claims that Ferguson was involved in a bust-up with Wenger in the tunnel, with the Frenchman grappling the Scot in anticipation of a fight. I remember after that game I wasn’t looking into the eyes of my teammates I was looking into the eyes of Arsene,’ Lehmann told BeIN Sports. ‘He was having Alex Ferguson at a short distance like that [clenches fist]. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 May 2020 9:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares
Michael Bollenbacher, 64, of Lawrenceburg, IN, formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born Tuesday, August 7, 1951 in Hamilton, Ohio, Son of the late Glenn Bollenbacher and the late Irma Lakes Bollenbacher.In his younger years Michael enjoyed camping and swimming. He liked to work with leather, making belts and wallets. He loved to be around people and was a great story teller.Surviving are sister, Glenda (John) Uhlmansiek of Aurora, IN; niece, D.J. (William) Brandt of Washington Courthouse, OH; nephew, Ray (Jennifer) Uhlmansiek of Florence, KY; great nieces, Abbie and Megan Brandt.He was preceded in death by his parents.Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6168 Martha Drive North, Aurora, Indiana on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 am with Bishop Eric Barnett officiating.Interment will follow with graveside services at Venice Cemetery, Ross, Ohio.Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. If you are unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
The KMPDU Secretary-General also went ahead to state that healthcare workers’ infections in Kenya were well over 1000 yet they had not been provided with a comprehensive cover.“Six months into the pandemic the Government of Kenya is yet to fulfil its pledge on the provision of comprehensive medical insurance and compensation for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” he said.Also Read Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauDr Mwachonda at the same time attributed the disrupted healthcare services at the county level to the unresolved Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) issues between the National Government and KMPDU.“The CBA is in its final year of implementation, several issues remain unresolved. Failure to fully operationalise the CBA has directly been linked to the scattered approaches that individual county governments and the national government have taken,” he said.Also Read Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThis, Dr Mwachonda added, has been evidenced by the various industrial actions across the counties and the myriad of court cases against many county governments.The KMPDU Secretary-General further said that the lack of resolving the CBA had also caused some doctors to be denied of the gains of on-call and risk allowances.The solution to all the above issues as Dr Mwachinda said was the creation of a Health Service Commission which would address myriad of HR challenges the country has faced pre-COVID, worsened by COVID. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has Monday issued a strike notice if their challenges remain unresolved. KMPDU Ag Secretary-General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda through a presser said: “because of persistent failure and lacklustre approach to address the HRH challenges endemic, in the health sector worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, KMPDU has resolved to consult and mobilise its members for industrial action if challenges remained unresolved.”Among their grievances according to Dr Mwachonda is that the Government had withdrawn the incentive of the COVID-19 allowance, an incentive which was withdrawn with no commitment or indication of its payment despite the increased risk that healthcare workers continue to face.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths “It is now evident that the focus on COVID-19 was skewed towards procurement that bore the COVID-19 tenderpreneurs at the expense of the much-needed human resource for health,” Dr Mwachonda said.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153
RelatedPosts Ajayi wins Ondo FA election, begs for stakeholders’ support NFF puts Ondo FA’s local council elections on hold Ondo FA declares congress by suspended members illegal The Vice-Chairman of Ondo State Football Association, Henry Akingboju, on Saturday said the association had always been fully compliant in providing medical facilities and personnel during matches in the state. Akingboju told the News Agency of Nigeria in Akure that the association had on its part always ensured that all necessary provisions were made. “We take care to forestall unseen circumstances before, during and after matches,” he said. Akingboju told NAN that all the conditions for a hitch-free match, as directed by the League Management Company, had always been met by the state FA. He added that this was always in conjunction with the management of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure and other relevant stakeholders. He said: “We have always ensured that matches went on according to the rules. “And, as regards new directives, we on our part in Ondo State will definitely get it right. “We will do the needful to ensure we have hitch-free matches in our stadium. “I will direct the (FA) Secretary to liaise with the ambulance man and I will personally see the Chairman of Sunshine Stars FC so that we can continue to get it right. “Necessary measures will also be put in place before our next home match.” NAN reports that the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, had issued directives on the provision of medical facilities and personnel at venues of league matches. The directives, which were later echoed by the Nigeria Football Federation and the LMC, were in the wake of the death of Chineme Martins on Sunday in Lafia. Martins, then of Nasarawa United, had died during their Match Day 23 in the Nigeria Professional Football League against visiting Katsina United. His death came after he slumped while standing alone in his team’s half of the pitch, and the failure to get proper and immediate medical attention must have been a cause. The incident led to the directive that no NPFL match should go ahead henceforth without the adequate provision of medical facilities and personnel at the venue. Speaking also, Tajudeen Akinyemi, Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency, managers of Sunshine Stars, said the agency had always complied with all medical measures necessary in the game of football. Akinyemi said the agency was also working on the areas which needed improvement as stipulated by the LMC. NAN reports that Sunshine Stars’ next match is against Enyimba International FC of Aba in a rescheduled Week 21 fixture of the NPFL. NAN.Tags: Henry AkingbojuOndo satte FAOndo State Football Association
Wellington: New Zealand spinner Todd Astle has decided to step back from long-form cricket and has made himself unavailable for the upcoming New Zealand A First-Class series against India A in Christchurch.Astle, who made his Test debut in 2012, has only played five Tests over the course of eight years. He last played earlier this month against Australia in Sydney. In the five matches, he picked up seven wickets at 52.57 and scored 98 runs at 19.60.The 33-year-old said he’d given the decision a lot of thought and felt it was time to move forward with a white-ball focus.“Playing Test cricket was always the dream and I’m so honoured to have represented my country and province in the longest form of the game,” Astle said in an official statement published on the Canterbury Cricket website.“Red-ball cricket is the pinnacle, but also requires a huge amount of time and effort. As I’ve got to the back end of my career I’ve found it harder to maintain the level of commitment required to be fully invested in this version of the game.“I’m really proud of what I’ve been able to achieve with Canterbury and the Black Caps. To have the opportunity to play a Test against Australia at the SCG was an experience I’ll always cherish.“I’m excited to now focus all my energy into the white-ball formats, as well as give more time to my young family and new business,” he added.Astle has had a successful first-class career. Since his first-class debut in 2005, he has played 119 matches, scoring over 4000 runs and picking up 334 wickets at an average of 32.17. He is also Canterbury’s highest first-class wicket-taker with 303 scalps. IANSAlso Read: New Zealand openers stand firm after Marnus Labuschagne double tonAlso Watch: HSLC/AHM Examination 2020: Board of Secondary Education, Assam meeting held in Guwahati
THE final team to represent Guyana at the June 3-4 South America Junior (U-20) Championships is expected to comprise approximately 49 athletes, who will be selected early next week, following the local athletes’ performances at the Independence Track and Field Meet this weekend.At a press briefing held at Olympic House yesterday morning, team manager Cornel Rose said the team will comprise 27 male and 22 female athletes. They will be chosen from a squad that the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) has been training for the past month or so.Rose was optimistic that the team can deliver on the high expectations that Guyana will do well.“I think we can have 99% success, because we have a slew of coaches working with the team and I think the training that the athletes have been doing will suffice ahead of the competition. They have been going hard and the constant training with each other will give them that competitive edge,” he shared.AAG president Aubrey Hutson noted that he too has faith in the athletes to do their best and make their country proud when they perform at the first large scale international athletics meet to be held on local shores.“I think the athletes understand the importance of having the meet here and what it means for Guyana and they will give of their best especially with the South American countries knowing our capabilities and wanting the full force of our competition,” Hutson said.Hutson also announced that arrangements are coming along smoothly for the Championships, especially as it pertains to preparations at the National Track and Field Centre, where the premier event will be held.Hutson, earlier this month, had explained that several enhancements were needed at the facility to bring it up to standard. These included the installation of safety cages for the discus and hammer throw areas, as well as the ordering of additional backup hurdles, as well as extra blocks.“We anticipate that everything should be in by this weekend, giving us an entire week ahead of the Championships,” Hutson stated.Indranauth Haralsingh of the Ministry of Tourism, was also present at yesterday’s briefing and outlined the body’s role in using the event to help market Guyana as a tourism destination.Haralsingh and others from the local organising committee later yesterday met with officials from Brazil, Chile and Suriname to speak further about the tourism packages that will be made available to the travellers.
Ugo Aliogo with agency reportComing barely months after expanding the 2026 World Cup from 32 teams to a 48-team format, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed staging what would effectively be a new mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event.According to Reuters, the tournament to be known as the “Final 8”, would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform international football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle. In a letter seen by Reuters, Infantino, suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021.He said that a “solid and serious” group of investors were willing to spend $25 billion on the competition and a revamped version of the Club World Cup, which would also start in 2021 with 24 teams.The Confederations Cup, currently staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.The letter did not clearly indicate how many slots would be allocated to each region.The plans were sent by Infantino to the members of FIFA’s decision-making Council which still has to approve them.The new competition would run parallel to existing international tournaments such as the European Championship, Copa America, and African Nations Cup, plus the World Cup qualifying stages.It could lead to criticism that FIFA is over-complicating international football and devaluing its flagship World Cup.FIFA could not immediately be reached for comment.European soccer body UEFA and its counterpart for North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, have already set up Nations League contests in their own continents.In both cases, the competitions involve all the national teams in their respective regions who are divided into divisions based on their rankings.There is promotion and relegation between the divisions, as in conventional domestic club leagues. UEFAâ€™s inaugural competition will begin in September this year. Other continents would have to set up similar competitions for the tournament to be viable.Infantino suggested that similar intercontinental mini-tournaments to the Final 8 could also be organised for the top teams in the lower divisions.Infantino’s letter said that all revenue from the competition would be redistributed.“This means that FIFA as an organisation would not benefit financially from this competition,” he said.“We believe this offer is an excellent opportunity for the confederations and member associations as well as for football in general.”In a separate proposal for Europe, the letter suggested that member associations could receive up to $50 million for taking part in a single UEFA Nations League campaign although this amount would only be for the top-five ranking federations.The next biggest five European countries would receive $15 million to $20 million while the 33 lowest-ranked associations would receive a more modest $7 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Los Angeles Fire Department and USC officials gathered at McAllister Field Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of USC Fire Station No. 15.Holes · USC and Los Angeles administrative leaders gather at McAllister Field to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThose present at the event included President C. L. Max Nikias, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmember of the 9th District Curren Price and Interim Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department James G. Featherstone. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was scheduled to attend but could not make it due to an emergency conflict regarding the state drought.The new Fire Station No. 15, which is set to replace the current station situated on Jefferson Boulevard, will be located on the corner of Hoover Street and 30th Street.Fire Station 15 opened its doors in 1900 and moved to its current location on Jefferson in 1950, Featherstone said. On average, the station responds to approximately 14 emergency calls per day, totaling around 5,120 emergencies in the past year. In order to keep up with the emergencies in the area, the new facilities will be situated on an acre of land.The new fire station is funded by USC, which annually invests $32 million in the surrounding community.“This mutual commitment to our neighborhood is not a job — it is our calling,” Nikias said.The university’s donation allowed the new station to move forward with its improvements after delays due to lack of funding.Price noted the project works toward helping both USC and the surrounding neighborhood.“We’re celebrating the inauguration, the creation and development of a community resource; a resource that’s going to serve not only the university but also the community at large,” Price said.City officials, including Feuer, were grateful for USC’s contributions toward emergency response services.“A little over a year ago, I was on my way to the swearing in of our newest district attorney, and a very big vehicle ran a red light and ran into my very small vehicle,” Feuer said. “I’m extremely fortunate to be here at all … I was on the receiving end of the service from these paramedics. They’re very serious about their job.”