0Shares0000Arsenal duo Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey celebrate their win at Cardiff © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Unai Emery praised Arsenal’s character after they gave a glimpse of their potential in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Cardiff on Sunday.Emery was rewarded for a bold selection after partnering Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his two main forwards, together from the start for the first time in the Premier League. Both scored as Emery’s men collected the second victory of his reign.The Spaniard saw his side make hard work of seeing off the newly-promoted Welsh club with old defensive failings twice allowing Cardiff to equalise.But Emery was impressed with the way Arsenal responded to each of those setbacks.“The reaction is very important. The reaction was very good. We were calm,” Emery said.“The most important thing is to be calm and to continue working.“We controlled the match for 70 percent of the 90 minutes.”Emery got a crash course in both the strengths and weaknesses of the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger.His decision to field two forwards paid handsome dividends as first Aubameyang and then Lacazette scored excellent goals to finally kill off Cardiff.The Bluebirds had equalised through Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward after Shkodran Mustafi headed the Gunners ahead.“They are playing minutes each match and today they started (together),” said Emery of his strikers.“We are continuing to work on the combinations. Today I think the two players scored goals and helped us. “We can continue to work to find the best performance with each player.”There is, however, plenty for Emery to ponder during the international break after the familiar failings that dogged the end of Wenger’s reign reared their heads again.After Mustafi’s powerful header from Granit Xhaka’s corner had put his visitors ahead in the Welsh capital, they failed to see the game out to half-time.In stoppage-time a poor Xhaka pass was intercepted, Nacho Monreal failed to deal with a Joe Bennett cross and Camarasa fired home.– Teething problems –Then, after Aubameyang had bent home a superb shot to restore their lead after clever work from Mesut Ozil and Lacazette, the Gunners switched off again and allowed Ward a free header to equalise again.“We need to continue improving on our defence,” admitted Emery, who also saw further teething problems for Petr Cech in the veteran goalkeeper’s efforts to play from the back.Twice in the opening eight minutes Cech made a mess of dealing with back-passes and, on the second occasion, Harry Arter fired over when he should have opened the scoring.“He has experience,” said Emery. “He is intelligent. He is doing what we want.“It’s very important for me to continue doing this and to keep improving.“We take a little risk, but when you break this risk and their pressing you can find space. We need to continue with this personality.”There was a sighting, too, of Ozil, who played a decent hand in victory having missed last week’s win at West Ham amid rumours of a row on the training ground with his manager.“Ozil with his quality, I think we need him to give us his moments in the match,” said Emery.“I think today in the second half he played a good match, he worked every minute he was on the pitch.“Maybe in the second half with his position on the pitch I think he feels better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Thiago Silva with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Paris Sain-Germain training Thiago Silva has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic he would be making a mistake by moving to the Premier League this summer.Ibrahimovic is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is reportedly considering a switch to England.Manchester United are understood to be the frontrunners to land the Swede, while Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be monitoring his situation.But PSG captain Silva is urging the 34-year-old to stay with the French champions and claims joining any Premier League club would be a step down for the talismanic forward.Despite his advancing years, Ibrahimovic is still at the top of his game and has struck a remarkable 41 goals for the club and country this season.“He is my good friend, but also at 34 he is playing the best football of his career,” said Silva, ahead of PSG’s trip to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night.“He is one of the best in the world, he is unique, there is not another player like him.“Of course I want him to stay at PSG, I cannot imagine us without him“I know he has offers from England – and it is a big league – but I don’t think there is a team in England that is at the level of PSG at the moment. For me it would be a step down in quality for him.”
Still, given the LAUSD’s decades of neglect of this problem, the long-overdue proposal is welcome. It would replace past, piecemeal attempts at dealing with dropouts with a comprehensive, systemic approach. The plan is also a testament to the difference that a little pressure, correctly applied, can bring to bear. Whether or not Villaraigosa succeeds in his broader efforts to reform the LAUSD, the threat he poses to the status quo is clearly spurring some action, just as the San Fernando Valley secession movement forced City Hall to finally start paying at least a little attention to the city’s neighborhoods. The pressure must not let up. With the mayor leading the charge – and the people of L.A. lined up behind him – real change just might be possible in the LAUSD.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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card For a while, the LAUSD tried to ignore the mayor. Then officials tried to downplay the dropout problem. Romer and his staff finally turned to angry denunciations, claiming that the 50 percent figure was a wild and irresponsible exaggeration. The rate was only a quarter or maybe a third, they said. They even set up a private P.R. fund to bolster the LAUSD’s public image and attacked Villaraigosa for grandstanding. But that strategy went nowhere. Who were you going to believe: the LAUSD or the mayor? And so now Romer is doing what he should have done all along: Start getting serious about the dropout issue. The superintendent has proposed a multifaceted, $20 million plan that would focus on intervention, remediation and parental involvement to reach kids in danger of dropping out. It would monitor students’ progress closely, and provide counseling and assistance to those who need extra help. The school board still needs to sign off on the plan and come up with the money, and even then, it wouldn’t be fully implemented until sometime in 2007. And then there are serious questions about whether the plan is the right approach or sufficient to reduce the problem. When education became the No. 1 issue in last year’s mayoral campaign, cynics scoffed. The mayor, they said, has no authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District. He can’t make a difference. The cynics were wrong, as usual. LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer’s new plan to curb the district’s dropout rate is a testament to the power of the mayor’s bully pulpit. For months, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called out the district, citing its high dropout rate, which he put at 50 percent. He has called on City Controller Laura Chick to audit the district, and even proposed taking it over himself.
Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter has gone from strength-to-strength in 2015. The committee has worked tirelessly on various projects and events alongside other local organisations in a combined effort to regenerate the historical Church Lane.The year ended on a high with the Ecumenical Community Carol Trail which was organised in association with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team. The Makersville’ Christmas Pop Up Shop initiative was another major success with ten local businesses showcasing their deigns and products to the public just in time for Christmas. There was also a great response to the second ‘Christmas Garden’ competition with Donegal’s Early Learning Schools’ and St.Bernadette’s winning joint first prize in the Class Category.Donnan Harvey is spearheading the Cathedral Quarter project and commenting on the work throughout 2015 he said: “We’ve been working very hard over the last year to improve the overall area of the Cathedral Quarter. We’ve been assisting in the clean up sites, we’ve added flower boxes, we had new gates made for Grieve’s and we’ve power-washed the lane. We also introduced initiatives such as the ‘Scrape and Paint’ and with the help of volunteers the buildings got freshened up. We’ve done it all on a next to nothing budget, but we have made some great improvements – imagine what we could do if we had a budget and a dedicated team!”The Cathedral Quarter committee was also invited to take part in Mary Kerrigan’s cross-border Heritage Sreets Alive 2015 project earlier this year.The initiative encouraged members of the community to envisage their own vision of the Cathedral Quarter and a special day of culture and events was held in August. The day was open to all communities and was the perfect opportunity for people to experience the special and historic streets in Donegal and Derry. Another highlight of 2014 and 2015 was Culture Night. A number of special guests were in attendance and there was a host of events including storytelling, heritage walks and talks and an ‘Art Lane’ exhibition.Following on from the success of the 2014, the 2015 Culture Night was equally as successful as the specially commissioned Mosaic Mural of the Cathedral Quarter logo was unveiled. Designed by Mary Faughan, the logo encompasses the Four Christian Churches in the area – Church of Ireland, St Eunans Cathedral, Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Gospel Hall. The piece was created by mosaic artist Macola Vonga and it’s the first of its kind in Donegal.“It really has been a great year for the Cathedral Quarter project. Three new businesses have opened in the area and we’re really looking forward to an even bigger and better 2016 with lots of exciting projects and co-operations in the pipeline. We’d like to take this time to thank each and every individual who has contributed in any way to the project. Without your support, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of the works to date”, Donnan Harvey.For more information on the Cathedral Quarter project contact Cathedral Quarter secretary Donnan Harvey on 086 345 2457 or visit the Save The Church Lane Facebook page.CATHEDRAL QUARTER SAVING ‘THE SOUL’ OF LETTERKENNY was last modified: December 29th, 2015 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:Cathedral Quarterletterkenny
William Gillespie in action for LYIT against Cavan College of Further Education in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.Jack O’Brien was in fine form for the LYIT side in their win over Cavan College. Pic by Brid Sweeney.GAA COLLEGES: LYIT moved closer to a pivotal position in the league table by securing a win over Cavan College.Eamon O’Boyle’s side were in dominant from yesterday afternoon and won out on a score-line of 3-14 to 2-04.Goals in the second half from William Gillespie, Niall Harley and Keelan McDaid added to the 8 point tally in favour of LYIT at half time. There followed a handful of scores from play from John Campbell, Callum Gallagher, Daire McDaid and Niall Harley and a brace of goals from the opposition who staged a minor comeback, which was effectively thwarted by the defensive play of Connall O’Boyle, Jack Quinn and Sean Peyton.In the second half in particular Fintan O’Flynn initiated many of the scoring opportunities for LYIT through his timed runs from the half back position.Jack O’Brien once again proved what a fine player he is with inspired passing in the middle sector of the match. LyIT Team:B Forkan, J. Quinn, S. Peyton, F. O’Flynn, T. Courtney, C. O’Boyle, K, Doherty, N.Harley, J. O’Brien, C. Gallagher (captain), W. Gillespie, K. McDaid, U. Larney, J. Campbell, D. McDaid. Subs:M. McNicholas for K. Diherty, L McDaid for J. Campbell, J. Boyle for D. McDaid, s. Dolan for T. Courtney and A. Kilpatrick for W. Gillespie. GAA COLLEGES: JACK O’BRIEN INSPIRATIONAL AS LYIT DEFEAT CAVAN COLLEGE was last modified: November 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASport
Sports Pundit Charlie Collins has been nominated for the Best Independent Podcaster prize in the 2013 Realex Fire Web Awards.Since leaving Highland Radio in June this year, he has brought his match analyses and news roundups online to charliecollinstalkingsport.comThe “Charlie Collins Talking Sport” podcasts are uploaded weekly to his website, where listeners can download or stream them online. Charlie’s podcasts cover a range of sports like GAA, Athletics and Tennis, with special guests each week, such as Jim McGuinness and John Joe Doherty.The website was recognised by 2013 Realex Fire Web Awards, along with 15 other nominees in the category.The winner of the award will be announced on November 6 in the Four Seasons, Dublin.CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT NOMINATED FOR WEB AWARD was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Charlie Collins Talking SportNominationweb award
Staff at Malin Head when it was given a reprieve 16 months agoDONEGAL Deputy Joe McHugh has insisted today there are no plans to downgrade the Coast Guard station at Malin Head.It followed a newspaper report today which claimed Leo Varadkar, the transport minister, wanted to make the Malin Head station part-time – operating 12 hour per day instead of 24.“In relation to today’s story in the Irish Times, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports proposed Action Plan in response to the Value for Money (Fisher) reports didn’t provide for Malin operating on a 12 hour basis,” said Deputy McHugh. “Closing Malin at night was looked at as one of a number of options but the Department’s conclusion was that the three stations should be maintained and greater efficiencies generated through closer integration of the stations using advanced technologies and improved working processes.“There are no proposals at this time to close Malin Head coast guard station.”The station fought a long campaign – backed by McHugh – to retain its status with the Government deciding to keep it open in September last year.Staff at the station work 24/7 every day of the year to help coordinate hundreds of rescues and save dozens of lives. ‘ABSOLUTELY NO PLANS TO MAKE MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION PART-TIME’ – McHUGH was last modified: December 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:closurecoast guardMalin HeadProposalsstation
Dubai-based Emirates has reduced its passenger fleet to two aircraft types after the retirement of its last Airbus A340 and A330 planes from active service.The move makes the Gulf juggernaut the world’s only airline to fly just Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.Airlines try to minimise the number of aircraft types they operate to reduce costs in areas such as maintenance and spare parts as well as to try and standardise the passenger experience.Having a big fleet of any aircraft also gives a carrier additional clout with the manufacturer in terms of pricing negotiations and determining aircraft features.With 85 A380s and 160 B777s, Emirates is the biggest operator of both aircraft types.The just retired A330, A6-EAK, was the last of a fleet of 29 and had travelled almost 45 million kilometres — the equivalent of 60 return journeys to the moon — since it joined the fleet in 2002.The last serving four-engine A340, A6-ERN, had joined the fleet in 2004 and was one a fleet of five.“The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years —- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years,’’ the airline said in a statement. “In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.’’Emirates says the retirement of the older aircraft will be balanced by younger, more modern aircraft entering the fleet and its average aircraft age will remain one of the industry’s youngest at 5.2 years.The 85th A380, the first of a new generation of a the superjumbos, and the airline’s 125th Boeing 777-300ER were delivered in the past two weeks and are among 36 new aircraft — 20 380sw and 16 777s — to be delivered to Emirates this calendar year.The order includes Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio to come to be delivered from November.The airline has 234 aircraft worth over $US 112 billion on its order book, including 150 new Boeing 777X aircraft to be delivered from 2020. The new fuel -efficient 777s will sport composite wings and feature larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin.
19 August 2010South African financial services group Stanlib has launched Stanlib Mobile, an application that will enable clients and intermediaries to view their full investment portfolios via their mobile phones.Using Stanlib Mobile, investors will have access to real-time information on their unit trusts, linked investments, retirement portfolios and offshore investments.Benefiting mobile workersThis is the first time that Stanlib intermediaries and investors will be able to view client statements, check investment balances, as well as view asset allocation and fund allocations via their mobile phones. In addition, intermediaries will be able to e-mail clients their statements direct from their mobiles.“The majority of intermediaries serve their clients out of the office and are mobile workers,” Stanlib chief operating officer Anthony Katakuzinos said in a statement this week.He said that while some industry players did offer clients and intermediaries the opportunity to view their share portfolio online, this was the first time that they would be able to view their investment portfolio via a mobile platform.“The Stanlib Mobile solution will now offer the intermediary the opportunity to discuss their client’s investment portfolio by simply using their cellphone – something they never leave home without.”Following a global trendKatakuzinos said that increasing numbers of consumers around the world were becoming more sophisticated and involved in their investment decisions, and that having access to investment information via a cellphone enabled real-time decision-making intelligence.“In line with this global trend, we have launched the Stanlib Mobile offering,” he said.Users who have registered through the Stanlib online secure website will be able to use the mobile service 24 hours a day. The application runs on iPhone, Blackberry and most other makes of handsets.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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