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Defence the key to Arsenal’s top-four bid

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first_img0Shares0000Defensive woes – Arsenal manager Unai Emery © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Unai Emery is faced with a defensive dilemma that could make or break Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish to their Premier League campaign.The Gunners travel to Wolves on Wednesday having missed a chance on tightening their grip on a top four finish ahead of at least two of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United undermined by a 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday. Arsenal were extremely poor defensively that day. Two goals were from badly-defended set-pieces while the other was the result of an extraordinary individual error by Shkodran Mustafi.Gunners manager Emery had opted to rest a number of players after a win at Napoli the previous week that had seen north London side Arsenal into the last four of the Europa League.Now, after that plan backfired, the Spaniard must decide whether to keep the three-man back line that allows Mesut Ozil to flourish in an advanced midfield position behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, or play safe with a traditional back four.Arsenal won 1-0 at Watford in their most recent away day outing with a back four and switched to one at half-time against Palace.It would be no surprise, therefore, if Nacho Monreal came back on the left of the defence and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who came off the bench at the break on Sunday, was restored to the right.– Mustafi mistake –Emery’s biggest headache though is to decide if the veteran Laurent Koscielny can carry on playing at a time when Mustafi cannot be relied on.Under pressure: Even after Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on, Shkodran Mustafi and the Arsenal defence struggled to cope with Wilfried Zaha © AFP / Adrian DENNISSunday was not the first time Mustafi’s errors had been costly — an attempt to shield the ball from Wilfried Zaha merely allowed the Palace forward a free run on goal — yet no Gunner in any position has been picked more in the Premier League this season than the Germany international.Fortunately, Sokratis Papasthopoulos has served a two-game ban and is expected to go straight back in the team.The inexperienced Konstantinos Mavropanos is another option and started against Watford and Palace but was substituted before the hour mark against the former and lasted just 45 minutes in last weekend’s match with the Eagles.“I have the confidence in our way and I want to be positive because this season we have been working and fighting to be in this key moment with the possibility to be in the top four, and we are,” Emery said after the Palace loss.“We are also in the semi-final of the Europa League and we can be proud of all the season.“Today we can be frustrated, but tomorrow stand up and be ready for the game on Wednesday against Wolves knowing it is going to be very difficult but it is in our hands.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Challengers seek seat on water board

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first_imgIt also raised its commodity charge from $1.50 per cubic foot of water used to $1.70 per cubic foot. Board members said the rate increase is needed to help pay for a $5.6 million capital improvement program over the next seven years. It would include replacement of a major line that runs from Colima Road to Mills Avenue – somewhat along Cornishcrest Road. The district serves about 4,200 customers and 20,000 residents. “I think the rate hike is excessive,” Briggs said. “They decided to pay directly for the $5.7 million capital improvement program,” he said. “It should have been financed. They should have gotten a loan.” But Kennedy and Lee said it’s cheaper over the long run to pay for the program now than floating a bond issue. “That would have put the burden on the kids,” Lee said. “We had a bond issue when the district was formed, and it’s the only one we’ve ever had to issue.” Stephenson-Rodriguez said she doesn’t have a position on the rate increase, but is concerned about water quality. “You have water coming out of your faucet, and it has millions of particles in it,” Stephenson-Rodriguez said. “I want to know why the water comes out so cloudy.” The two incumbents said Stephenson-Rodriguez’s concerns were groundless. “That’s very inconsistent with all of the reports we get from our tests of the water,” Kennedy said. “Maybe she’s got a bad system at her house.” Kennedy and Lee cite their experience as to why they should be re-elected. “The whole world is going through a critical period regarding water,” said Lee, referring to reductions in water from the Colorado River and Northern California. “This is no time to have inexperienced people running the water district.” Kennedy said that not only has he been on the board for 12 years but he also worked for the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Department for 27 years. Stephenson-Rodriguez said she brings more than just concerns about water quality. “I’m a union benefits manager,” she said. “I understand health care and contracts and how to work with vendors.” Briggs said he would bring more common sense to the board. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – Twelve years ago, Bill Clinton was in his first term as president, the Internet was in its infancy and the Orchard Dale Water District had its last contested election. Fast forward to Nov. 6 and incumbents Joe Kennedy and Clifford Lee, who were elected in 1995 as challengers, now are the incumbents themselves in a contested election. Yvette Stephenson- Rodriguez and Clifford Briggs this time around are trying to unseat the two incumbents on the issues of rates and water quality. But Kennedy and Lee say this is no time for a change. The hottest issue might be over the board’s decision in May to raise the monthly service charge on homeowners with five-eighths-inch or three-quarter-inch meters from $10 to $15.05. last_img read more

What pressure? Riyad Mahrez insists Leicester are loving title fight

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first_imgLeicester forward Riyad Mahrez has insisted the team are under no pressure as they chase a first top-flight title in the club’s 132-year history.The Algeria international had not expected at the start of the season that, with nine games to go, the Foxes would be looking down from the top of the Barclays Premier League, with a five-point advantage over the following pack.But he claimed the pressure was far less than at the same point in the 2014/15 term, when they were bottom of the table and needed seven wins from their last nine games to escape the drop.And, as he nears the end of a remarkable season – which has seen him score 15 league goals and be strongly tipped to be crowned PFA Player of the Year – he brushed off suggestions that he was looking ahead to a possible transfer to a bigger club.“I’m not thinking about that,” he said. “The last games we need to keep working hard and see what we can do. I’m really not thinking about this. I have three more years in Leicester and then we’ll see.”The 25-year-old was making no predictions of whether City can finish champions, telling the Press Association: “I don’t know. The future will say that to us.”But he did admit he did not start the 2015/16 campaign anticipating Leicester would be top of the table in March.“I wasn’t expecting that, but that’s now the reality,” he said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m pleased.”Asked whether he was feeling the pressure, he replied: “No pressure. We are playing as always. We will just see what can happen for us.“We just work hard for everyone. We are just a good team, good team-mates and we are doing well. We have to keep going.”Mahrez was speaking as he visited the Palace of Westminster to accept a Sportsman of the Year prize as part of the Political and Public Life Awards, voted for by readers of Asian Voice magazine.He told Sky Sports: “People think we have pressure, but we are just like normal. We have always been like that and we stay like that, like a normal team.“Now everyone starts talking about us, and that’s normal of course because we are doing very well, but we have to keep going. No pressure, just a bonus. You’re in a good team, you have to enjoy.”He left no doubt that he felt there was less pressure at the top of the table than the bottom.“Last year was very difficult,” he said. “Last year we had pressure.“Last year gave us more experience and we are now in a different situation – we are playing for the title. It’s something crazy, but that’s the reality. You have to enjoy it. I’m very happy, but we have to keep going.”Leicester East MP Keith Vaz welcomed Mahrez to Parliament for the ceremony.He said: “I’m delighted that Riyad Mahrez has accepted the award of Sportsman of the Year. He has brought joy and delight and pleasure to all of Leicester and he has become a real icon.“I’m sure he will get many awards this year, but I’m delighted that this is the first.” Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring for Leicester City against Watford 1last_img read more

Canadians healthier than Americans

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Canada’s national health insurance program is at least part of the reason for the differences found in the study, Woolhandler said. Universal coverage makes it easier for more Canadians to get disease-preventing health services, she said. ATLANTA – You can add Canadians to the list of foreigners who are healthier than Americans. Americans are 42 percent more likely than Canadians to have diabetes, 32 percent more likely to have high blood pressure, and 12 percent more likely to have arthritis, Harvard Medical School researchers found. The study comes less than a month after other researchers reported that middle-aged, white Americans are much sicker than their counterparts in England. “We’re really falling behind other nations,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a co-author of the Canadian study. last_img read more

HOUSEHOLD TAX: UPROAR AS COUNCILLORS ARGUE OVER MOTIONS

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first_imgINDEPENDENT and Sinn Fein councillors in Donegal accused Government parties tonight of deliberately blocking a debate on two motions on the Household Charge.Sinn Fein councillor Jack Murray had put forward an emergency motion asking the council not to use their powers to access utility bills to track down people who haven’t paid their household tax.And Independent councillor John Campbell also had a motion asking the council not to send out staff door-to-door to collect the €100 fee. But the motions couldn’t be voted on because they passed a 6.15pm deadline set by the Mayor Noel McBride (Fine Gael) under standing orders.As councillors Campbell and Murray tried to read their motions onto the record they were interrupted by several councillors in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.Cllr Bernard McGuinness (Fine Gael) accused Cllr Murray of “pretending to do something about something you can’t do anything about.”Cllr Murray retored: “That’s pathetic.” Cllr McGuinness responded: “You’re pathetic.”Cllr Murray was furious, saying that other councillors had spoken at length during the day “to deliberately prevent my motion from being heard.”Fellow Sinn Fein councillor Marie Therese Gallagher complained: “They didn’t want this debate taking place.”As councillor Murray called for a vote, Mayor McBride rang the bell to end proceedings – leaving both household charge motions hanging.  HOUSEHOLD TAX: UPROAR AS COUNCILLORS ARGUE OVER MOTIONS was last modified: March 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mapping out cancer’s code

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake A cascade of critical genetic alterations – a domino effect – is required to cause any of the 200 diseases collectively called cancer. But despite 30 years of laborious work, scientists have found only a fraction of them. Those alterations differ by cancer type, and other genetic changes determine how aggressive each person’s malignancy will be and even whether a particular treatment is likely to work. “The challenge of cancer is its complexity,” said leading cancer geneticist Dr. Ronald DePinho of Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. “There are a staggering number of genetic alterations that occur.” But the time is right for a massive, government-led push to unravel cancer’s genetic underpinning because of recent successes mapping the human genome, a molecular blueprint of our species, said NIH Director Elias Zerhouni. “Through this project I think what we will see is an acceleration of discovery,” he said. “This is really the beginning of an era.” The project will bring researchers who now work independently together to hunt not just specific cancerous gene mutations, but chromosome rearrangements, faulty on/off switches and other abnormalities. WASHINGTON – Cancer is a disease of genes run amok, and scientists have found only a fraction of the bad actors. Tuesday, the government unveiled a $100 million project to speed discovery of culprits and cures, the first step toward a comprehensive map of cancer’s genetic makeup. It’s an audacious project – the technology to even try it wasn’t available just a few years ago. And it comes at a crucial time: Half of U.S. men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetimes, and cases are poised to jump as the baby boomer population begins hitting 60 next year. The Cancer Genome Atlas will “tackle the cancer problem like it’s never been tackled before,” said Dr. Francis Collins, genetics chief at the National Institutes of Health. All the data from The Cancer Genome Atlas – abbreviated, in a bit of scientist humor, TCGA to reflect the four “letters” of DNA’s code – will be made public for use by scientists anywhere in the world. The first step is the three-year pilot project announced Tuesday, to focus on two or three cancer types, chosen within the next few months, to ensure that the larger goal of a complete cancer gene map is technologically doable. After all, it’s a far bigger project than mapping humans’ genetic makeup. “We’re talking about basically thousands of Human Genome Projects,” said Collins, who directed that program. Even the pilot project will require collecting hundreds of tumor samples from hundreds of patients. “We have the opportunity, because of advances in technology, to really look at the global nature of what is wrong with the cancer cell in a way that frankly we could not have dreamed of even a few years ago,” Collins added. The payoff could be huge. A handful of so-called targeted drugs – Herceptin, Gleevec, Iressa, Tarceva – are proving remarkably effective at battling certain cancers in patients with specific faulty genes. That’s only a small portion of patients: About 20 percent of breast cancer patients have the genetic aberration that Herceptin targets, and just 10 percent of lung cancer sufferers harbor the mutation that Iressa and Tarceva target. But for those patients, the targeted therapies are proving effective – in Iressa’s case doubling, to two years, some patients’ survival, said Dana Farber lung cancer researcher Dr. Bruce Johnson. Every new gene abnormality that’s discovered is a potential target for another therapy. “I personally have lost every member of my family to cancer. Every one is more difficult than the last, and I personally believe that this kind of project is going to change” treatment, said Dr. Anna Barker, a deputy director of the National Cancer Institute, which is running the new project with Collins’ National Human Genome Research Institute. While the project won’t offer immediate new therapies, she acknowledged, “it’s going to give a lot of hope to patients.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Volleyball To Host Annual Season Kickoff Breakfast Sept. 6

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first_imgStory Links The Drake University volleyball team will host its second-annual Season Kickoff Breakfast Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 a.m. in the Courtside Club.The annual breakfast comes on the morning of the team’s home opener and start of the Hotel Renovo/Hotel Revel Drake Invitational. In addition to the breakfast, attendees will also get a preview of the 2019 season from seventh-year head coach Darrin McBroom and student-athletes as part of the hour-long event.”We had a great turnout for this inaugural event last year and I really appreciated the support that we received,” McBroom said. “It is a great opportunity for our community to connect with our student-athletes before we get too deep into the season and it serves as a kick-off for the Drake Invitational that opens the same day.”The cost of breakfast is $15 per person. Fans interested in attending should RSVP to head coach Darrin McBroom at darrin.mcbroom@drake.edu.The Bulldogs are coming off a historic season in which they advanced to the MVC Tournament semi-finals for the first time since 1998 and the program’s first postseason tournament (NIVC) since 1995. Under McBroom’s guidance, the Bulldogs are also coming off back-to-back 20 wins seasons for the first time since 2010.Following the breakfast, the Bulldogs begin their 2019 home schedule Friday evening against Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. The four-team tournament continues Saturday morning when Drake takes on Milwaukee at 11 a.m. and Saint Louis at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Drake Invitational are available at DrakeTix.com. Volleyball Breakfast RSVP center_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

MAN HOSPITALISED AFTER BEING STABBED THREE TIMES

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first_imgA young man is recovering after being stabbed THREE times in Letterkenny today.Man was stabbed in Letterkenny today.The man, who is in his early 20s, was attacked in the Long Lane area of the town.He was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment. However, after being treated, the man was released from hospital this evening.It is understood that the man’s injuries were not serious.It is not known the circumstances which led to the man being attacked.It is not known yet if the attack has been officially reported to Gardai. However a Garda source told Donegal Daily they were aware of the incident. MAN HOSPITALISED AFTER BEING STABBED THREE TIMES was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaihospitalletterkennyLong LaneSTABBEDlast_img read more

Uganda to host 2019 Woodball Beach World Cup

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first_img Tags: Woodball All 21 member associations supported Uganda’s bidKAMPALA – Uganda has won the bid to host the 2019 Beach Woodball World cup which will take place in May next year.This was confirmed on Monday morning during the International Woodball Federation general assembly where all national federations supported Uganda to host the 2nd Beach Woodball World Cup.Uganda’s bid was well presented by the General Secretary of the Uganda Woodball Federation Joseph Collins Ssemmanda in presence of 21 Countries.The World cup will run from 25th to 31st May at Spennah Beach in Entebbe.Meanwhile, Uganda had to settle for silver at the 23rd International Taiwan Woodball Open last weekend.Uganda finished second at the 23rd International Taiwan Woodball openUganda’s Watson Mugume brought joy to the team when he stormed the finals of the Fairway Competition. Watson defeated Chinese Taipei’s Wang Yen Po to reach the Finals.However he lost 2 -5 to Hou Yi-Cheng to settle for only a Silver Medal.Comments last_img read more

FUFA, Uganda Tourism Board enter into partnership

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first_img Tags: Darius MugoyaFUFAJustus MugishaLilly AjarovaRogers ByamukamatopUganda Tourism Board UFA First Vice President Justus Mugisha shows off the MOU with Uganda Tourism Board CEO Lilly Ajarova. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)MENGO – The Federation of Uganda football association (FUFA) and Uganda Tourism Board (Board), have on Thursday, 20th June, entered into a one-year partnershipThe two bodies have signed a one year deal worth UGX 200m, in an attempt to promote domestic Tourism within the country.The renewable partnership was officially unveiled to the public at a press conference held at FUFA House in MengoThe momentous occasion followed a series of successful board room meetings as disclosed by the FUFA First Vice President Justus Mugisha flanked by the FUFA second Vice President Darius Mugoya, FUFA Marketing and Sponsorship committee chairman Rogers Byamukama, FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu as well as officials from UTB led by their chief Executive officer Lilly Ajarova and UTB Board member Eddie Kirya.What they saidRogers Byamunkama, FUFA Marketing, and Sponsorship Committee Chairperson“This is a very important day in football. Once again, FUFA is unveiling a partner to the swelling of sponsors and partners. This is the confidence that football has built.“On behalf of the federation, I am extremely happy about this partnership. This is merely a partnership but a marriage that will last for eternity.Justus Mugisha, FUFA First Vice President“I am very excited about this partnership with the Uganda Tourism Board which indeed speak volume.“This has proved that FUFA is worthy for it. The partnership with UTB, a Government body also justifies the Government of Uganda’s continued trust and improved relationship with FUFA.“The Brand of football in the country has improved and we are happy that football is taking the right strides. I convey the greetings from the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo who is currently in Egypt with other members as well as our Uganda Cranes team for the TOTAL AFCON Egypt 2019 Finals.Lilly Ajarova, Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Tourism Board“Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is excited is to be here today.“This has not been a one day process. There have been discussions before. In line with our recently launched strategic plan of sustainable increase for the volume of domestic and international tourism as well as building brand equity and value, UTB is glad to associate with FUFA.“This is business unusual and a double bottom-line opportunity. We want to create a positive opportunity for the youth in Uganda through football as we also develop sports tourism. Uganda Cranes’ back to back participation in the Africa Cup of Nations has also been a great development and a unique opportunity to develop Uganda’s international tourism.Ajarova speaks to the media on Thursday.Darius Mugoya, FUFA Second Vice President“FUFA is delighted to have sealed off yet another partnership.“We are glad that the partnership with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) comes at the opportune timing when the Federation of Uganda Football Associations was trusted by CECAFA to host a number of regional tournaments starting August with the CECAFA U-20, CECAFA Women and CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in December 2019.“These are all opportunities to work with people from all the 12 CECAFA members’ countries as we exploit Uganda’s tourism potential.Uganda Cranes, the main brand at FUFA and the FUFA Drum (Inter-Provinces) Tournament will be the main actors in the partnership.Comments last_img read more