Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Gunners hero Paul Merson has mocked Emery and hailed Rodgers (Picture: Getty)‘Emery is struggling and with a trip to Leicester on Saturday, he will do well to keep hold of his job if that goes against him.‘The gap is already six points to fourth and Arsenal are in a situation where they can realistically only afford to lose two more game this season to keep pace with the teams ahead of them.‘And, to make matters worse, the fans are turning, they are booing, making decisions and chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. Advertisement Emery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:06FullscreenEmery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at home 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.‘That’s not good, especially ahead of the two-week international break, a break in which Emery’s position will be under threat if they fall to the Foxes.’Merson added: ‘Leicester have been outstanding. They have an unbelievable manager. Brendan Rodgers has improved every single player at his disposal.‘He’s getting a tune out of every single player, it’s incredible. If they beat Arsenal on Saturday, they will be in the driving seat for the top four.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Rodgers has done so well that Leicester have a job on their hands keeping hold of him.‘If I were Arsenal, I’d be breaking the bank to get him, give him a five-year contract and sit back and watch him transform the club.’Emery replaced legendary manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal last year.MORE: Arsenal told they should have signed Man Utd star instead of Nicolas Pepe Brendan Rodgers could emerge as a target for Arsenal if Emery leaves (Picture: Getty)Merson believes Emery could be sacked if Arsenal lose to the Foxes next weekend and says Rodgers is the ideal candidate to take over in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners hero has urged his former club to ‘break the bank’ for Rodgers and hand the former Liverpool manager a ‘five-year contract’.He told Sky Sports: ‘I read somewhere that Unai Emery was pleased with how Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves panned out from a tactical perspective.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‘If letting Wolves have 24 shots on goal was what he wanted, then yes, it went to plan.‘But when you consider that was the most shots Arsenal have faced in a Premier League game since moving to the Emirates, I doubt whether that was his intention.‘That came after Arsenal conceded 31 shots away at Watford, who are rock bottom of the Premier League. That is some doing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Nov 2019 1:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Time is running out for Unai Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and says the Leicester City manager can ‘transform the club’.Emery is under immense pressure at the Emirates, with his Arsenal team winning just one of their last five Premier League matches to slip to fifth in the table.Arsenal are currently six points behind third-placed Leicester, who have enjoyed a sensational start to the campaign under Rodgers, who arrived at the King Power earlier in the year. Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’last_img read more

Reed Elsevier pension fund to merge with Dutch printing scheme PGB

first_imgThe €800m Dutch pension fund of publishing company Reed Elsevier (SPEO) is to liquidate itself and join PGB, the €20bn scheme for the printing industry, at year-end. In a letter to its participants, the board said it took the decision following a survey on its future, which concluded that continuing as an independent scheme would not be in its best interests.It said the number of active participants in the relatively small scheme was decreasing, which would lead to falling income from contributions while costs continued to rise.According to the pension fund, the employer agreed with its central works council (COR) to introduce a new pension plan that the scheme could not implement properly. The company, which declined to reply to questions about the details of its new scheme, has been pushing for individual defined contribution arrangements since 2013.The Stichting Pensioenfonds Elsevier-Ondernemingen has 1,700 active participants, as well as an equal number of pensioners.The scheme’s board and the employer have been at loggerheads over future pension arrangements for some time.The employer – recently re-named the Relx Group – had indicated for several years that it wanted to get rid of its Dutch pension fund.SPEO’s proposals to introduce collective defined contribution arrangements were rejected by the company, which argued that this would not fit witin its human resources policy.Funding at the Elsevier scheme, 97.1% at the end of July, is lower than PGB’s coverage, which stood at 103.1% at August-end.However, according to the board, the employer has promised to plug the funding gap at the end of this year.Filling the current difference in coverage would require an additional contribution of €50m.The pension fund said it refrained from placing its pension plan with an insurer, “as this would be too expensive”. It added that it had also been in merger talks with another industry-wide scheme.However, it declined to reveal the pension fund’s name.last_img read more

Chad sentences 10 Boko Haram members to death

first_imgTen members of Boko Haram have been sentenced to death in Chad for crimes including murder and the use of explosives, Chad’s prosecutor says.“The accused have recognised their guilt and accepted the sentence,” Bruno Mahouli Louapambe said in a statement on Friday, adding that the suspects would be shot.The suspects included Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, who Chadian officials have described as a leader of the Nigeria-based group.Chad has vowed to take a leading role in a regional force to fight Boko Haram that is also expected to include soldiers from Cameroon, Benin and Niger in addition to Nigeria. Boko Haram has targeted Nigeria’s neighbours in regular attacks this year. In June and July Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, was rocked by a series of suicide attacks that killed dozens of people – the first such attacks since Boko Haram threatened the country earlier this year.In one attack, suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked two buildings in the capital. In another, a man disguised as a woman wearing a burqa detonated a bomb outside the city’s main market.last_img read more

250 NegOcc policemen promoted

first_imgFamily members ofthese police officers were the ones who pinned the rank patches during aceremony yesterday at Camp Alfredo M. Montelibano Sr. in this city.   BACOLOD City – At least 250 members of the Negros Occidental Police ProvincialOffice (NOCPPO) got promoted to higher ranks. Those who took theiroath were 51 police Executive Master Sergeants; 43 Chief Master Sergeants; 14Senior Master Sergeants; 22 Master Sergeants; 95 Police Staff Sergeants; and 25Police Corporals.   Meanwhile, 91 policepersonnel of the Bacolod City Police Office were also promoted. “Promotion is not aprivilege but will serve as inspiration and motivation,” he stressed.center_img Baleros in his messagereminded police officers to avoid involvement in illegal drugs and otherwrongdoings. NOCPPO directorColonel Romeo Baleros led the activity, which is part of the regular promotionfor second semester of 2019. Of the 90 prompted cops, 20 were Executive Master Sergeants; four ChiefMaster Sergeants; eight Senior Master Sergeants; 13 Police Master Sergeants; 35Police Staff Sergeants; and nine Police Corporals./PNlast_img read more

IYI leader highlights importance of health for kids

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s children face many significant health issues, with our opioid crisis and an alarming increase in nicotine use being two of the most urgent. Our state needs all its children to be healthy and have the opportunity to become the strong workforce and leaders of tomorrow.Children are often the unseen victims of the opioid crisis, with kids of all ages both directly and indirectly affected. Family and community opioid abuse often affects younger children, while older youth may combat opioid addiction themselves. Hoosier children whose parents struggle with substance use disorder are more likely to experience abuse or neglect than other children.Research shows a clear connection between parents’ substance abuse and child maltreatment, and the number of Indiana kids negatively affected by substance use disorder is growing. Parental substance abuse is the primary factor in more than half (52.2%) of Indiana cases where a child was removed from their home. The addictions crisis also has contributed to a crisis in foster care for the state, with the number of children in foster care having risen 50.2 percent from 2012 to 2015.Although we may not hear as much about Indiana’s alarmingly high rates of tobacco use, the toll it is taking on our kids is no less dire. The use of any type of tobacco product is unsafe for young people. Experts agree that whether a teen smokes or vapes, the nicotine is both addictive and damaging to their developing brains.Youth are sensitive to nicotine addiction and feel dependence earlier than adults. Each year, over 3,500 Hoosier children under 18 become new daily smokers. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start before age 18, and three out of four teen smokers become adult smokers. The brain continues developing until age 25 and adolescent use of products containing nicotine can harm the part of the brain responsible for mood, learning, and impulse control.Today, the most commonly used tobacco product among teens are e-cigarettes. When adolescents use vaping products, they are both more likely to use cigarettes, and more likely to increase their use of cigarettes and vaping products over time. Teens who would otherwise be deterred from tobacco cigarettes may be attracted to e-cigarettes because of their unique qualities such as flavorings, design, and perceived social acceptance. The top reasons why teens use e-cigarettes are the use of the product by a friend of family member, availability of flavors, and the belief that vaping is less harmful than other forms of tobacco.Smoking and substance use are just two of the health issues impacting young Hoosiers – overall, we rank 34th in kids health. We can, and must, do better. We will not change these trends without investing in our kids and our communities. Distressingly, we are 49th out of the 50 states in per-capita spending on public health issues like smoking, drug addiction and obesity.The Indiana Youth Institute is part of a broad coalition of health, business and youth leaders that are coming together around a plan that calls for improving health outcomes by raising the state cigarette tax as part of next year’s biennial budget. A $2 increase in the state cigarette tax—which is currently under $1 and even lower than Kentucky—would significantly lower the appeal of cigarettes to young, price-sensitive people. It also would generate $360 million in the first year alone that could go toward funding opioid treatment and prevention, educating and protecting youth from e-cigarettes and smoking, addressing our state’s infant mortality concerns and strengthening the Healthy Indiana Plan.Kids and families benefit from these initiatives. We have the potential to move from bottom ten states in public health spending to the top 10. By raising cigarette user fees in next year’s budget, we can make meaningful and transformative investments to improve our kids’ health.Our kids are our future. They have limitless potential. Let’s ensure they have the good health needed to become Indiana’s next generation of citizens, innovators, and leaders.last_img read more

Final Coaches Corner of the Season

first_imgBe sure to tune in tonight to WRBI at 6 p.m. for the final Coaches Corner of the 2018-19 season.  It has been another great year for the show.  Each year it seems we extend our coverage of sports and other school activities in the listening area.I would like to thank all the coaches, administrators, and other personnel who attended the show.  A big shout out to WRBI (Caz, Brent, and John) and Ison’s for allowing us to do this.  Also, I want to thank our sponsors for without them this would not be possible.Hopefully, we will all be together again in August for the start of the fall sports season.  Enjoy your summer!!last_img

Valencia target Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Valencia is reportedly interested in signing Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka this summer.The 18-year-old has been heavily involved for the Gunners during the 2019-20 campaign, making 29 appearances in all competitions, contributing three goals and nine assists in the process. The teenager’s contract with Mikel Arteta’s side is due to expire in June 2021, though, and it is understood that the Premier League club are struggling to agree a new deal.Liverpool is said to be closely monitoring developments surrounding the England Under-19 international, but according to media reports, Valencia is also in the hunt.The report claimed the Spanish giants are “keeping tabs” on the left-sided player as they consider a move during this summer’s transfer window.Saka, who came through Arsenal’s Hale End academy, started the season as a winger but has largely been used as a full-back over the last few months.Tags: Bukayo SakaMikel ArtetaPremier LeagueValencialast_img read more

Darren Clarke has one eye on Ryder Cup ahead of this weekend’s EurAsia Cup

first_img And Clarke’s other wild card and nine-time Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood has been entrusted with the anchor role, partnering fellow Englishman Chris Wood against Kiradech Aphibarnrat and SSP Chawrasia. Yorkshiremen Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick could be another European pair in Minnesota and they face Byeong-hun An and Thongchai Jaidee, while Victor Dubuisson and Soren Kjeldsen take on Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung. Ross Fisher and Kristoffer Broberg face Prayad Marksaeng and KT Kim before WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan play Wu Ashun and Shingo Katayama. ” Obviously there’s Ryder Cup stuff going on in the back of my mind with possible pairings, but first and foremost, it’s about the EurAsia Cup this week,” Clarke said. “We’re here to try and win, as Jeev (Milkha Singh, Asia’s captain) is with his team. The thoughts and everything I’m trying to do is going towards this week. “When we’re finished this week, if we come back with a few pairings and hopefully if I’ve learned something from this week come September, then so be it. First and foremost, it’s definitely this week and the EurAsia Cup.” Poulter has been a talismanic figure in the Ryder Cup, earning the nicknames of ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ and the ‘Postman’ because he always delivers a point for the side. The 40-year-old had won an incredible 80 per cent of his matches before the 2014 contest , but two halves and one defeat saw that drop to 72.22 per cent, with Justin Rose now just behind at 71.42 per cent after three wins and two halves at Gleneagles. Press Association Clarke insists the clash with the United States at Hazeltine will be at the back of his mind when his side take on Asia in Kuala Lumpur, although the parallels between the two events are hard to escape. Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter, one of Clarke’s two wild cards, will partner Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in Friday’s opening fourball match against Anirban Lahiri and Korea’s Jeunghun Wang. “The reason why I certainly like the Ryder Cup and obviously this format is because it’s the purest form of golf. It’s match play,” Poulter said. “You see your opponent right in the face and you can go out there and you can make a difference. “You can hole a chip shot; you can hole a bunker shot; you can hole a long putt; you can turn a match around. In stroke-play events, that doesn’t really happen, but in match play, it does. “The second you hit that first tee shot, you want to get your opponent off the golf course as soon as possible. This format really excites me.” The inaugural contest in 2014 finished in a 10-10 draw after Asia fought back from being whitewashed in the opening session and trailing 7-3 heading into the singles. “I’m r eally excited about this,” captain Singh said. “Both the teams are very strong. At the end of the day I think whoever holes more putts, good course management, that’s what it’s all going to come down to. “Both the sides are really experienced. But I still feel my team looks very good. I’m positive, I’m excited, and I believe in my team that they are going to do really well.” Darren Clarke will put his captaincy skills to the test in this weekend’s EurAsia Cup before he tries to lead Europe to an eighth Ryder Cup victory in the last 10 contests in October.last_img read more

MDI baseball continues winning streak against Ellsworth

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mount Desert Island senior Riley Swanson hits a single during the third inning of a high school baseball game against Ellsworth on May 31 in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLELLSWORTH — Andy Pooler has known all season that his Mount Desert Island baseball team was better than it was when it lost 10-0 to Ellsworth in the second game of the year. When the Trojans got a second shot at the Eagles, they proved him right.MDI exacted revenge for its early-season defeat by riding a five-run first inning to an 8-1 win against Ellsworth on Wednesday. The win gave the Trojans their eighth win in a row.“We’ve been playing well at the right time,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said. “Even after we started off the year 2-5, we didn’t change anything. We just stayed the course and played hard, and the wins have started to come.”MDI scored its first run of the game when Nick Stanley’s RBI single scored Stanley Grierson, and the Trojans made it 3-0 when Riley Swanson hit a double to score Stanley and Drew Shea. MDI scored its final two runs of the inning on a series of wild pitches and an Ellsworth error.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s only run came in the fourth inning, and MDI immediately responded by adding a run of its own in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth. MDI held Ellsworth without a baserunner in the final two innings to claim a 7-1 victory.“They jumped on us early,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “When you’re forced to dig yourselves out of a hole right away, it’s always tough to come back.”Seth Clark made it even tougher on the Eagles. The senior pitcher pitched a complete game, struck out six batters and held the Eagles to four hits in the win.Conner Wagstaff took the loss for Ellsworth. The sophomore struck out four batters, walked seven and gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Adam Bradshaw pitched the remainder of the sixth inning and allowed one run, and Brad Smith had a strikeout and a walk in the seventh.Swanson had three singles to lead MDI, and Grierson added two hits of his own. Sam Giffin had a single and an RBI for Ellsworth.Although the Senior Day loss was a difficult way for the Eagles to end the regular season, Ellsworth has still come a long way. After posting a 5-11 season in 2016, the team has bounced back with a strong year this time around and will host a home playoff game next week.“These kids have grown leaps and bounds this year,” Curtis said of his players. “We’re honestly still a young team for the most part, but we knew we had lots of talent and didn’t make excuses.”Ellsworth (11-5) will likely receive the No. 5 seed and face Medomak Valley (7-8) on June 6. MDI (10-6) lost to Old Town on Thursday and will play as sixth seed against Presque Isle (8-8) or Oceanside (9-7).“Both of our teams our in good positions to win some games here,” Curtis said. “We’re a good team, and MDI is also a good team. All we have to do is take it one game at a time and keep winning.”Ellsworth softball tops MDI 8-3Ellsworth’s softball team finished the regular season at 10-6 after rallying from an early deficit to claim an 8-3 win over MDI.Sammy Mason pitched the first two innings for Ellsworth before Mackenzie Chipman came on in relief and held the Trojans scoreless for the rest of the game. Lindsey McEachern struck out six for MDI (5-10).Ellsworth will likely receive the No. 8 seed in Class B North and host Nokomis (8-7) in a preliminary game June 6. MDI faces Old Town at 4:30 p.m. today, June 2. The Trojans are currently 11th.last_img read more

Cricket News Sports fraternity condemns serial blasts in Sri Lanka

first_imgHere are the tweets: New Delhi: As many as 360 people are injured in this ghastly incident. It was the occasion of Easter as a lot of people were praying in Church when the blasts took place at 8:45 AM in the morning. Everyone is left shocked with it even as the cricketing fraternity has strongly condemned the attack on the innocent people.The death toll is expected to rise as the explosions hit three high-end hotels in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, where a church was also targetted. Moreover, two additional churches were also hit in Colombo and the other in the Eastern part of the country in Batticaloa.Not only Sri Lanka but the whole world is left shocked with this incident and the cricketers around the world are no different. The former Sri Lanka cricketers expressed their disappointment over the same and prayed for the families of the ones who lost their lives. Even the Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina prayed for the safety of Sri Lanka and condemned the attack. Such a sad & dreadful day for our Mother Lankan. My Thoughts & heartfelt prayers to all effected victims. Let’s stay strong and stand against terrorism during this tragic time. Pray for Lanka 🇱🇰— Chaminda Vaas (@chaminda_vaas) April 21, 2019 For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the blasts in #SriLanka. We stand as one with our neighbours in this hour of trouble 🙏🏻 read more