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Dec
30

Shorts: Blue Ridge Briefs

first_imgBy Jedd Farris and Travis HallTroubled Waters in the SouthDirty rivers are running throughout the Southeast. Three regional waterways recently made a list of the country’s top 10 endangered rivers, as named annually by watchdog nonprofit American Rivers. Coming in at number three, Tennessee’s Holston River is reportedly being polluted by toxic chemicals coming from the nearby Holston Army Ammunitions Plant. According to American Rivers the plant is discharging RDX (Research Development Explosive), recognized by the EPA as a possible carcinogen and known to cause seizures if inhaled or ingested. Last fall the Tennessee Clean Water Network filed a lawsuit in an effort to get the Army to clean up the Holston, which provides drinking water to 56,000 people in Tennessee and Virginia.For the second straight year South Carolina’s Edisto River has been named the fifth most endangered river, threatened by excessive agriculture withdrawls. South Carolina state law doesn’t require permits for agricultural water users, and American Rivers says industrial-scale farmers are taking advantage of the exemption and therefore threatening water quality and habitat. As the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the country, the Edisto runs for more than 250 miles from its headwaters between Columbia and Aiken to the Atlantic Coast, along the way serving as a popular waterway for both paddling and fishing.Back in Tennessee, the 125-mile Harpeth River also made the list as the ninth most endangered. The river, which flows through the Nashville metro area and rapidly growing city of Franklin, is being threatened by excessive sewage and water withdrawls as more people move to this part of the state.Carolina Rivers Expedition LaunchesRoyal Geographic Society fellow and explorer Julian Monroe has summited Kilimanjaro and trekked across Africa. Now he has set out to paddle the length of 32 Carolina rivers in a matter of two years. The Carolina Rivers project aims to help protect 32 beloved Southern waterways through exploration and education. “The purpose of this project is to let people know that they don’t have to travel to far off exotic places like Africa in order to be an explorer,” Fisher told me. “All you really have to do is turn a curious eye to your immediate surroundings. I can’t imagine a better place to do that than on a Carolina river.”15 Alabama State Parks Could Close by FallA budget crisis could close 15 Alabama state parks by the fall. In mid April state officials announced that $11.4 million would be cut from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ 2016 budget, and the majority of it would be pulled from state parks. As a result, many favorites like Lake Lurleen and Cheaha, which holds the state’s tallest mountain, are on the chopping block.According to reporting by the Huntsville Times, four closures were set to happen this spring, and on June 1 another five are supposed to begin reduced hours with smaller staffs. If the crisis isn’t resolved by October 1, the remaining 11 parks on the list will close.Man Rescued Off North Carolina Coast After 66 Days at SeaIn January, 37-year-old Louis Jordan decided to go fishing, leaving Conway, S.C., in his sailboat. Sixty-six days later he was rescued by a German ship, approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast. So what happened to Jordan that left him stranded at sea for more than two months? According to a report by CNN, his 35-foot sailboat capsized in the Gulf Stream, leaving Jordan with a broken shoulder and his boat with a broken mast. His drenched GPS and other electronics no longer worked.As he drifted in the ocean, Jordan at first rationed his remaining food and rigged a smaller mast and sail that offered little movement. He was eventually forced to drink rainwater and eat fish lured by the scent of his laundry. He amazingly survived and was spotted on Thursday, April 2, by the Houston express cargo ship. That evening Jordan was able to walk on his own into a hospital in Norfolk, Va. He told the cable news station: “I was utterly thankful and grateful to the people who rescued me, and I was grateful to God that my parents were not going to be worried about me.”last_img read more

Dec
20

Brazilian Air Force Support, Essential for International Events

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo September 06, 2019 Copa America Brazil 2019, carried out June 10-July 8, brought together players from 12 countries — 10 from South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; and two guest countries: Japan and Qatar. During the event, Brazilian airports recorded an average of 3,300 flights per day, an 8 percent increase in air operations compared to the same period in 2018. The Airspace Navigation Management Center (CGNA, in Portuguese), a unit under the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA, in Portuguese) of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) provided this data.FAB service members under DECEA control all civilian and military aircraft taking off from Brazil or flying over its national airspace. Brazil’s airspace covers 8.4 million square miles, 3.2 million square miles of which cover the national territory, while the rest corresponds to the maritime area defined under international agreements.For Copa America, DECEA created a special structure to oversee flights at the eight airports in the five host cities (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Porto Alegre). “We set up a master control room in Rio de Janeiro to be the coordination center, from which many professionals — representing important government agencies from the country — combined efforts to ensure the orderly and safe air traffic flow across the skies of host cities during the event,” said FAB Colonel Sidnei Nascimento de Souza, head of CGNA and control room coordinator.FAB service members monitored flights at eight airports of host cities from the master control room in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Department of Airspace Control of the Brazilian Air Force)Among the professionals working together in the control room were CGNA service members, representatives of the Civil Aviation Secretary, National Civil Aviation Agency, Local Organizing Committee, Federal Police, Internal Revenue Service, International Farming Monitoring System, as well as employees from the Brazilian airport infrastructure company Infraero. “Agency integration improved decision-making and request for information and flights, ensuring efficiency and flow of air operations,” said Col. Sidnei.Brazilian airports registered an average of 3,300 daily flights during the sporting event. (Photo: Department of Airspace Control of the Brazilian Air Force)Integrated systemThe Integrated Command and Control Software for Air Operations and the Total Air Traffic Information Control Flow allowed for airflow management and monitoring processes. Information on the status of airports in host cities was broadcast live, displayed on screens installed in the control room, along with radar images showing flight information and location of aircraft in the airspace of these regions.Federal agency representatives managed the control room, based on their areas of expertise. Each update generated a spreadsheet with the information required for effective air operations.The master control room model has been effectively used for other events in Brazil, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. “All information about arrival, transportation, and departure of leaders and delegations was shared,” said Col. Sidnei. “We successfully completed the Brazilian Air Force mission of maintaining flow, security, and efficiency of airspace use.”last_img read more

Dec
19

Briefs – Web site offers county government information …

first_imgBriefs – Web site offers county government information … Web site offers county government information MyFloridaCounty.com, the Web site for local government services and information, now offers businesses, such as law firms, as well as citizens the option of subscribing to the site for increased benefits.Launched this year MyFlorida County.com is a fully integrated local government ecommerce portal produced by the Florida Local Government Internet Consortium, which includes the Florida Clerks of Court and Florida Tax Collectors, in partnership with the Florida Association of Court Clerks Services Group and the eGovernment firm, NIC.“Subscription customers will enjoy significantly discounted convenience fees compared to nonsubscribers, monthly invoicing, and detailed online management reports,” said R.B (Chip) Shore, Manatee County Clerk of Court and Florida Local Government Internet Consortium president. “Subscribers also have the option of paying by paper check or electronic check — direct debit from a bank account.”Official Records Ordering is the first service available for subscription customers, enabling customers to order court documents, such as civil judgments, affidavits, deeds, and liens, with just a few clicks of a mouse. Records are currently available from 50 of Florida’s 67 county clerks of court, with more anticipated soon.“We created the subscription option with our frequent users in mind,” said Mukesh Patel, MyFloridaCounty.com general manager. “In addition to reduced fees, the ability to pay with a check – either in paper or electronic form – is a tremendous benefit.“Previously, the only payment method was credit card,” Patel said. “Because many employees do not have ready access to corporate credit cards, the online services were not feasible for everyone. The new subscription option enables businesses with more traditional accounting structures to easily use the online services.”The $120 annual subscription fee provides up to five usernames/passwords that enable authorized people or company departments unlimited access to the services. The account is invoiced for the total of all its transactions on a monthly basis.Subscribers may also customize order reference codes which enables them to more conveniently track charges they wish to bill back to their own clients, Patel said.“Our Web site is available to everyone and, our customers may, of course, continue to use MyFloridaCounty.com without a subscription,” Patel said. “The subscription is an option for those that would like the added benefits.”Future MyFloridaCounty.com services include the ability for noncustodial parents and employers to pay child support. Child support payment histories will also be available soon, Patel said.For more information about MyFloridaCounty.com visit the “Online Services” area of www.MyFlorida County.com. Dade Trial Lawyers host seminar The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association recently hosted its annual “Masters of the Courtroom Seminar and Mock Trial” at the University of Miami School of Law. The mock trial seminar serves to educate both defense and plaintiff attorneys on how to better their courtroom trial skills. The seminar/mock trial covered all of the aspects of a trial such as selecting a jury, defendant and plaintiff’s opening statements, direct and cross examinations, closing arguments and jury deliberations. Judge Norman Gerstein of the 11th Circuit presided over the mock trial. The event will also feature a panel discussion on the ethics of trial law. “I feel this mock trial is a wonderful way for attorneys to learn from experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who truly have ‘mastered’ the craft of defending their clients in the courtroom,” said Michael A. Haggard, president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association. The organizationas also recently hosted its annual professionalism luncheon, featuring Justice Fred Lewis, who told the 80 attorneys and 30 judges in attendance about the importance of professionalism among lawyers in order to succeed in their profession and in their community. “We were very appreciative to Justice Lewis for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come and speak at our luncheon,” said Michael Andrew Haggard, DCTL president. “Justice Lewis is a prime example of what it is to be successful and at the same time trustworthy and professional.” McEwen to lead Tampa Bankruptcy Bar Catherine Peek McEwen will serve as president of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association for 2002-2003. Other officers of the organization include John J. Lamoureux, president-elect; Edwin G. Rice, secretary; Julia Sullivan Waters, treasurer; and Zala L. Forizs, immediate past president. Also sitting on the board of directors are Cynthia A. Burnette, Herbert R. Donica, W. Keith Fendrick, F. Lorraine Jahn, Donald R. Kirk, Scott A. Stichter, David J. Tong, and William K. Zewadski. The TBBBA serves bankruptcy lawyers and trustees in the United States Bankruptcy Court’s Middle District Tampa and Ft. Myers divisions, covering Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hardee, Hernando, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, Charlotte, Glades, DeSoto, Collier, and Hendry counties. Those interested in joining may contact David Tong at (813) 224-9000. Palm Beach legal aid honors volunteers The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., recently honored its pro bono project’s volunteer intake attorneys. Those recognized were either retired or government attorneys who devote more than 10 hours each month screening and interviewing clients for legal assistance through Legal Aid’s pro bono project for more than three years. The honorees included Richard Kleid, Donna Krusbe, Richard Avedon, Kathy Bald, and Georgina Jimenez-Orosa. They provide services to disadvantaged individuals facing bankruptcy, consumer fraud, landlord-tenant, mortgage foreclosure, and child custody and support issues. Ruden, McClosky funds scholarship Florida A&M University College Of Law officially opened its doors to the community with a grand opening program that featured Gov. Jeb Bush. Located in Orlando, FAMU College of Law is Central Florida’s only public law school, offering students the option of daytime and evening classes. As a part of the grand opening celebration, Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, presented a check for $7,000 to the Sara Simmons Endowed Scholarship Fund. This fund will be awarded to FAMU students returning to law school after a previous career. Sara Simmons, who died in 2001, worked at Eastern Airlines for 22 years before earning a law degree at age 50. Percy Luney, Jr., dean of the FAMU College of Law, accepted the check from Evett Simmons, sister of Sara Simmons, and a former president of the National Bar Association and a partner in the Port St. Lucie Ruden, McClosky office. Also on hand for the presentation was Fred Ganious, president of Florida A&M; and Art Collins, chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees. Stetson BLSA hosts retreat Law students from across Florida met at Stetson University College of Law recently for the Southern Regional Black Law Student Association’s academic retreat, The Keys to Academic Success. “This program helped illustrate Stetson’s commitment to diversity, not only on this campus, but throughout the legal community,” said Ya’Shcaka Campbell, president of Stetson’s Black Law Student Association. Law students from Florida State, Florida A&M, Nova Southeastern, Barry, Florida International, Florida Coastal, St. Thomas, and Stetson attended the seminar. Workshops included bar preparation and the bar application process, legal writing, job search techniques, law school exam techniques, and the mechanics of practicing legal research. Zeller to lead Booher Inn of Court The Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court in Ft. Lauderdale recently named Judge Sharon L. Zeller its new president. Other officers of the Inn, which meets monthly to focus on improving lawyers’ sensitivity to issues involving professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence in the practice of law, include Judge Barry S. Seltzer, immediate past president; Judge Robert Lee, second past president; Judge Charles M. Green, president-elect; Nancy Gregoire, treasurer; Mitchell Burnstein, counselor; Donald Waters, corresponding secretary; Johanna Saxton, program committee chair; Michael Leader, membership committee chair; Jeffrey Hirsch, historian; Richard Komando, reporter; and Judge Robert F. Diaz, Law School Liasion. December 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Sep
29

​PKA poaches top PFA director to succeed CEO Damgaard Jensen

first_imgDenmark’s PKA has hired Jon Johnsen, part of the three-strong leadership team at the country’s biggest commercial pension fund PFA, to replace CEO Peter Damgaard Jensen when he retires in March.The career shift for Johnsen — who is chief operating officer at PFA in charge of customers and services — was announced by both PKA and PFA this morning.Stephanie Lose, chair of PKA’s supervisory board, said: “Jon is coming to PKA with great experience in the pensions industry. He has achieved really great results in his current role, he has a personality and some fundamental values which fit in with PKA, and he is not least an able leader.”PFA – where Johnsen has worked since 2009 – said the COO’s last working day would be 30 October, which will leave him with a four-month break before taking the reins at PKA. PKA manages four labour-market pension funds with assets of around €36.8bn.Allan Polack, PFA’s group chief executive, thanked Johnsen for his “great effort” at PFA. Jon Johnsen, incoming CEO of PKA“As part of the management team for more than a decade Jon has contributed strongly to PFA standing today as market leader with a broad-based value proposition for customers and low costs,” he said.“I understand Jon now wanting to take the step ahead and wish him all the best in his new role,” Polack added. PFA said Polack would lead the firm’s customers and services area in the future.Johnsen said via PFA that his time at the DKK576bn (€77bn) pension provider — an “incredibly exciting and educational period” — had passed quickly.In PKA’s announcement, he said he was both happy and proud to get the opportunity to lead the labour-market pensions provider.“It is one of the biggest and most respected pension funds here, and it is a big legacy that I have to live up to,” he said.Before joining PKA, Johnsen worked as technical and business director at IT provider KMD, where he was on the management team from 2003 onwards.Before that, he was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 Alongside his role as COO at PFA, Johnsen is also chair of PFA Bank and a member of the supervisory boards of Letpension, Ringkjøbing Landbobank and Forsikringsakademiet (Insurance Academy).last_img read more

Sep
29

Shell climate shareholder proposal support gets 14% of vote

first_imgA shareholder resolution calling for oil and gas major Royal Dutch Shell to set targets aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change got 14.4% of the vote at the company’s AGM yesterday, more than double the support it received in 2018, the last time it was on the agenda.Filed by shareholder campaign group Follow This, the climate targets resolution got 5.5% of the vote in 2018.The company argued against the 2020 resolution for reasons beginning with that it was “unnecessary and potentially counterproductive to Shell’s efforts to support society in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement”.The vote on it at yesterday’s AGM – at which attendance in person was not allowed – followed Shell last month announcing a commitment to realising net zero emissions by 2050, agreed with investors acting as part of Climate Action 100+, led by the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) and Robeco. Part of Shell’s new ambition involves a plan to cut its emissions intensity by 65% by 2050.Follow This has argued that although Shell was taking another step in the direction of action aligned with delivering on the Paris goals, its new ambition “falls short” of being Paris-aligned.Mark van Baal, founder of Follow This, said investors supporting its resolution had shown “vision and tenacity”.“Binding targets are imperative,” he said.Follow This’s resolutions ask oil and gas majors to set Paris-aligned targets for greenhouse gas emissions stemming from the company’s operations as well as from use of its energy products, so-called Scopes 1-3, for the short-, medium- and long-term.Progress but ‘overstated claims’According to recent research from the Transition Pathway Initiative, BP and OMV are the only European integrated oil and gas companies not aligned with the emissions reductions pledged by signatories to the Paris Agreement, with Shell and Eni having the most ambitious emissions-reduction plans.However, claims of alignment with ‘net-zero’, 1.5°C or even 2°C pathways were overstated, according to the analysis.With regard to Shell, TPI said its analysis found that Shell’s goal to cut its emissions intensity by 65% by 2050 was the most ambitious in the sector and the closest to alignment with a 2°C scenario.Writing in TPI’s report, Adam Matthews, co-chair of the TPI and director of ethics and engagement at CEPB, and Rory Sullivan, chief technical advisor to the TPI and CEO of Chronos Sustainability, said their view was that investors should welcome the progress made by the European integrated oil and gas sector in the last six months.“However, more is needed and investor engagement, through initiatives such as CA100+, will need to evolve to ensure this momentum is sustained. As shown by this TPI paper, a critical mass of European companies have evolved their position and as a result this presents an opportunity for investors to now establish a net zero standard for the oil and gas sector.”BP, OMV, Repsol, Shell and Total have all indicated they intended to further update investors on their climate ambitions during 2020.According to Matthews and Sullivan, companies should look to take action such as setting both intensity and absolute emission reduction targets, provide standardised and comparable disclosures, set Scope 3 emission targets, and establish a “sectoral decarbonisation plan”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Sep
24

Girls Area Basketball Scores (12-2)

first_imgWRBI Area Girls Basketball Scores.Monday (12-2)Jac-Cen-Del  52     Hauser  32Southwestern Shelby  63     Oldenburg Academy  25last_img

Sep
24

Max G. Maudlin, 85

first_imgMax G. Maudlin, 85, Adams, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his residence.Born, July 19, 1931 in Decatur County, Indiana, he was the son of Staton and Mary (Toothman) Maudlin.Max graduated from St. Paul High School. He retired from Moorman’s Feeds after working there for many years. He was a veteran of the Army and served in the Korean War. Max was a former member of the Adams Methodist Church, a member of the Quail Forever Club, the American Legion, the Decatur County Historical Society, and was a great proponent of the Decatur County Animal Shelter. Max enjoyed fishing and hunting.He was married to Doris Stotsenburg on March 15, 1957 and she survives.He is also survived by four daughters, Trudy (Kenny) Ewing, St. Paul, Tracy (Jim) Ingram, Adams, Tricia Scripture, Indianapolis, Trina (Brian) Ingmire, Adams; eight grandchildren, Megan (Robert) Brancamp, Kelsey (Chris) Puckett, Leah Nowling, Amanda Ruble, Eric (Christine) Scripture, Max Scripture, Keelyn Ingmire, Tristan Ingmire; two great grandchildren, Sophie Nowling and Ryan Brancamp.He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Janet Maudlin; son-in-law, Jeff Scripture; great grandchild, Alexondra Brancamp.There will be no public visitation or funeral service.Memorials may be made to the Decatur County Animal Shelter.Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Sep
23

Roger M. Davis, 73

first_imgRoger M. Davis, 73 of Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on March 8th, 2020 from health complications while under hospice care at Miller’s Merry Manor.Roger was born on March 6th, 1947 in Buchanan County, Virginia and was the son of Hayes and Ines Davis and brother to Tyrone (Cleofoe) Davis, Rita (Enrique) Davis, and Gary (Vickie) Davis. He married Miriam Miranda Caballero on October 28th, 1967 in Dolega, Chiriqui, Rep. of Panama. From his first marriage he and Miriam had 3 daughters, Jannie (Curtis) Combs Jr. of Greensburg, Indiana, Patricia (Douglas) Bowlby of Newark, Ohio and Angelica (Hanoi) Davis of Miami, Florida. He later had 2 other daughters Leidy Nunez of La Concepcion, Chiriqui, Rep. of Panama and Tonya Cisneros of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He had 10 grandchildren including Jeanine Dale of Greensburg, Indiana, Angelica (Luis) Ledezma of Miami, Florida, Maria, Curtis III and Victor Combs of Greensburg, Indiana, Katherine, George and Abner Rivera of La Concepcion, Chiriqui, Rep. of Panama, and Elijah and Damion Martinez of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He had 4 great-grandchildren Alexis Dale, Sebastian and baby Ledezma on the way, Geovanni Rivera and 2 step-daughters Araceli and Alondra Santana of Mexico  Much later Roger remarried his current wife Teofila Ayala Regalado in East Palatka, Florida on September 9th, 2010. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Verlee Davis, his sister Diana Shultz, his son baby Matthew Davis, his grandson Jordan Dale and his great-grandson Micah Dale.Roger enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from October 1965 to October 1972 during the Vietnam War Era where he had been honorably discharge. Later he then attended Colorado Community College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in welding. He worked in welding for many years at various companies such as Unifacs, and Kaiser Aluminum of Heath, Ohio; Hardin County in Kenton, Ohio; General Dynamics of Lima, Ohio; Armor Group Inc. of Madison, Indiana; Atlas LLC Holdings of Columbus, Ohio; PDM Bridge, LLC of Palatka, Florida and Caterpillar of Athens, Georgia. While working at many of these places Roger worked very hard and took pride in his work at each job where he made various machinery pieces, ATM machines, roller coasters and bridges among other creative inventions. This allowed him to grow and develop into an outstanding welding supervisor and engineer.When Roger wasn’t working he enjoyed inventing a machinery parts cleaner that later he had patented. He enjoyed working on cars, camping, fishing, boating, grilling, helping out neighbors, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 12:00 noon until the time of the Funeral at 1:00 pm.  Rev. David Little will be officiating.  Burial will follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana with Military Honors.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Family.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

Sep
22

Fabregas: Why I dumped Arsenal for FC Barca

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Cesc Fabregas has opened up about his decision to quit Arsenal and sign for FC Barcelona back in 2011. The Spanish midfielder opted to leave the north London club despite being captain at The Emirates and return to his boyhood side FC Barcelona. Fabregas signed for Arsenal as a 15-year-old back in 2003 and went on to make 303 appearances for the north London side but failed to help them to win the Premier League title. He joined FC Barcelona back in 2011, before moving to Chelsea FC in the summer of 2015. He now plies his trade in Ligue 1 with AS Monaco. Fabregas has now opened up about just why he opted to leave Arsenal back in 2011, including claiming that he felt that Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were the only two other players on his level at the north London side. Speaking in an interview with Arseblog, Fabregas said: “I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself. “I had to lead this team to win something. I gave everything. Sometimes, I used to go home after we lost and I used to cry. “I used to suffer, I used to spend sleepless nights suffering. And then you lose a game, you’re in the bus like this, destroyed, and then you hear some players laughing, thinking about where they will be going out later. “This was going on for a few years. We were playing beautiful football and I enjoyed that side of things but I was putting pressure on myself to lead, to do everything and at one point I felt kind of lonely. “Especially in the last two or three years, I felt Robin and Samir were the only players – it’s not an arrogant thing to say, it’s how I felt at that time – were the players who were at my level mentally and technically. “Many things came in my head, I have to admit I was a bit empty, I was drained mentally, physically, in my soul knowing I’m giving everything, knowing a few signings the club could have made but didn’t happen. “Seeing some behaviours from certain players or something like this made me feel I wanted to check something else. If it was not because of that, I would not have left Arsenal at that time.” Arsenal are currently in ninth place in the Premier League table as they chase a top-four finish under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners are scheduled to return to top-flight action with a home clash against Liverpool FC on 2 May as they look to climb the Premier League table.Tags: ArsenalCesc FabregasChelsea FCFC Barcelonalast_img read more

Sep
20

Saracens hope to stage Champions Cup quarter-final at Allianz Park – Mark McCall

first_imgSaracens hope to stage their Champions Cup quarter-final at Allianz Park rather than Twickenham after storming into the knockout phase with a 33-17 victory over Ulster. “We’re relaying on some planning applications to go through and the goodwill of the town council here,” director of rugby McCall said. “Hopefully we will have out first-ever quarter-final in Barnet. It would make a significant difference to us to play here rather than Twickenham, which is probably where we would be. “It would be wonderful to have 15,000 here for a one-off occasion. Fingers crossed common sense prevails.” Owen Farrell was named man of the match in front of England head coach Eddie Jones, despite an off day from the kicking tee that saw him miss four of his nine shots at goal. Farrell’s vision and athleticism were the source of the 53rd-minute try scored by Duncan Taylor that swept the match beyond Ulster’s reach and the 24-year-old is expected to start the RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at inside centre. “I thought Owen was brilliant, he was outstanding. When he missed kicks….he just puts it behind him and then gets the next one over,” McCall said. “He usually gets the really important ones over. He had a great game. “The speculation seems to be that he will play 12 for England at Murrayfield. Clearly he has the skill set to do it if you want that kind of 12 there. He’s a brilliant rugby player.” Billy Vunipola, Taylor, Maro Itoje and Schalk Brits helped themselves to tries as Saracens secured a home quarter-final despite having one game left to play, in Toulouse on Saturday. “Ulster had probably the best defence we’ve come up against all season. It took everything we had to break them down. To score four tries against them was a big achievement. It was a good win for us,” McCall said. Ulster head coach Les Kiss admitted his team were taught a lesson at Allianz Park and feels Saracens are the greatest threat to Toulon’s reign as champions. “We’re extremely disappointed, to tell you the truth. They teach us a lesson each time we play them. There is a ruthless efficiency about them,” Kiss said. “At the beginning of the season I said the one team that will challenge Toulon will be Saracens. Each week my belief in that statement becomes stronger.” Mark McCall’s men are 11 points clear at the summit of Pool One with their bonus-point demolition of the Irish province – their fourth maximum five-point haul in five group games – guaranteeing home advantage in the next round. Tournament rules state that only venues capable of holding a minimum crowd of 15,000 can be used for a quarter-final, meaning Allianz Park would have to be temporarily expanded by 5,000 seats. Press Associationlast_img read more