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Arsenal looking to use win over Milan to give it some hope

first_imgArsenal’s Jack Wilshere waves to fans at the end of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Arsenal won 2-0. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN — After four straight losses, Arsenal needed a performance full of grit, determination and spirit to give it some hope for the rest of the season.They got it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thompson, Fajardo lead 1st PBA All-Star voting returns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The London club managed to pull off a surprise by beating AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of the last 16 in the Europa League, getting first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.“We have to use this win, use it as sort of a target,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. “We’ve got to reach these levels every week. We’ve got another game Sunday and then next week in this competition, it’s not done yet.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkArsenal lost to Swedish club Ostersunds in the Europa League last month but still advanced. The team then lost consecutive 3-0 matches to Manchester City, first in the League Cup final and then in the Premier League. Finally, the Gunners lost at Brighton 2-1, also in the Premier League.The win over Milan is a huge boost, though. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mkhitaryan, who has struggled since joining Arsenal from Manchester United in January, scored his first goal for the club and also hit the crossbar. Mesut Ozil was also back in form, setting up both goals.Now it’s back to the league, where Arsenal is 13 points behind fourth-place Tottenham and plays Watford on Sunday. Winning the Europa League may be the team’s only chance of getting back into the Champions League.“If anyone tells you you haven’t got to prove anything to anyone they’re wrong,” Wilshere said. “You’re always trying to prove yourself to people and play well in the next game and we know we haven’t been good enough. We’re all aware of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We haven’t won a game in a while and it’s not nice to keep losing games,” Wilshere said. “At the end of the day it’s our job, we’re passionate, we want to win games, win things, but when you haven’t won in a while it’s nice to win a game, especially a big game like this.”Milan went into Thursday’s match perhaps affected by the funeral that day of former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who had grown up in the club’s youth sector. But it was Arsenal that dealt with the raucous passion of the packed San Siro.Arsenal soaked up the early pressure from Milan and, despite some glaring gaps at the back at times, the players defended well and hit Milan on the counter.“We started the game thinking we’re in for a real test here, and we have to be ready defensively, we have to be willing to work hard, to dig in, dig deep,” Wilshere said.“When you start a game like that, with that attitude, we’ve got quality players who are always going to come through going forwards and create chances but we need that defensive shape and organization to give us a base and we had that tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

ECOWAS Health Stakeholders Take Stock of ‘Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak’

first_imgHealth stakeholders in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region are meeting in Monrovia to take stock of the status of implementation of the recommendations and lessons learned from the recent and unprecedented outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The EVD outbreak, which started in March 2014 in Liberia, recorded nearly 5,000 deaths in Liberia and more than 11,000 in the sub-region and beyond. But Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were the worst hit and recorded the highest number of deaths.Formally opening the three-day post-Ebola outbreak regional meeting yesterday at a resort in Monrovia, Minister of Health, Dr. Bernice Dahn, said they would review recommendations from the “decisions of the Heads of Governments and States of ECOWAS and the Abuja Declaration” aimed at improving the regional and sub-regional capacity for prevention, detection and response to threats of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.“Today, we gather here to technically review the status of implementations that formed the bedrock for articulating our investment plans for building a resilient health system. It is anticipated that conclusions reached from this deliberation will constitute the ‘Monrovia Declaration’ to be endorsed by Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS,” Minister Dahn said.Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn with other platform guests meeting under the auspices of the West African Health Organization (WAHO): “We should be adequately prepared. Disease threat in any of the ECOWAS states is a threat to all of us including the international community.”She told participants meeting under the auspices of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), that the recent Ebola virus disease (EVD) experience in the region continuously reminds and challenges them that everyone is at risk to any disease outbreak.“We should be adequately prepared. Disease threat in any of the ECOWAS states is a threat to all of us including the international community,” Dr. Dahn added.Against this background, ECOWAS continues to engage with all the three worst EVD affected countries in their recovery journeys towards rebuilding resilient health systems.Dr. Dahn praised the efforts of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS, ECOWAS Commission and WAHO for working closely with EVD affected countries in tracking and monitoring the post-EVD recovery process.“In Liberia, we will build on these partnerships and develop the necessary capacities as defined by recommendations from the International Health Regulations (IHR) Joint External Evaluation and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to prepare, detect and respond rapidly and effectively to disease outbreaks, multi-hazard threats and other humanitarian emergencies,” said Dr. Dahn.She acknowledged that Liberia is still recovering from the economic shocks that accompanied the EVD outbreak, and that it had immensely affected the domestic resource mobilization efforts.Minister Dahn further stated that it is a tedious journey to get the economy back to its pre-Ebola status.The post-EVD investment plan that the Liberian government had put in place did not attract the much-needed funds to facilitate adequate implementation of the outlined priorities, she disclosed.She expressed the hope that strong partnership will continue to play a meaningful role in filling the critical gaps.Dr. Dahn recognized that though there are ongoing works in ECOWAS to improve prevention, detection and response, owing to some weaknesses on the part of the regional body, she said she is, however, hopeful that through strong national commitment, collaboration and partnership all the necessary capacities will be established.The Director General of WAHO, Dr. Xavier Crispin, said their gathering was very important, because they were meeting on the request of leaders in the region, especially from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe, who is the Regional Coordinator for the Fight Against Epidemics in the region.“The main objective of the meeting is to access where we are in terms of implementing the key decisions reached by the Heads of State and Governments. One of the key decisions made during the last three years was putting in place an ECOWAS Regional Center for Disease Control,” Dr. Crispin said.He stated that over the next three days, they will exchange reports on where they (member states) are with the implementation at the regional as well as the national levels in term of setting up national coordinating units.He also said stakeholders will also look at where they are in term of setting up efficient laboratories, training of technicians, researchers and epidemiology surveillance in health information systems.Dr. Crispin stressed that among their main objectives is the “one health approach,” which was adopted by health stakeholders in the region.According to him, this approach is being spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and animal health organizations.“So last year in December, the Heads of State decided that now we need to work based on the ‘one health approach.’ It is important during this meeting to also access where we are in terms of involving the other sectors and not only the human health sector.”The WAHO DG also stated that critical to their deliberations will be to look at the contribution toward the ‘solidarity fund,’ which was agreed upon by Heads of State of the region.The contributions towards this solidarity fund will be made by member states so that when there is any health emergency in any country, money can be taken from the fund to help that country.He reminisced that based on contributions from some member states, WAHO through ECOWAS was able to send over a hundred medical personnel to the three worst affected countries during the Ebola crisis.Earlier, Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Health for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Control, Tolbert G. Nyensuah, stated that since the EVD transmission was declared over and was no longer posing public health emergency of international concern, they have been struggling with rebuilding their healthcare systems, especially countries that were most affected by the EVD.Minister Nyensuah said the disease affected cross-border trades and brought about travel restrictions and economic shutdown.He stated, however, that since the outbreak was declared over, they have put in place mechanisms for building a resilient healthcare system in Liberia.According to him, one of the best lessons learned during the crisis is the establishment of a National Public Health Institute in Liberia and their first concentration is on disease surveillance.He spoke of the Liberian Government making significant progress aimed at building a resilient health sector following the deadly Ebola virus disease.ECOWAS Representative to Liberia Ambassador Babatunde O. Ajisomo congratulated the Liberian government for establishing the National Public Health Institute.“This meeting, I need not stress, is very important as we were here last year when we examined the global recommendations which were put together on post-Ebola recovery. Today and tomorrow, we will be looking at the extent to which we have been able to implement those recommendations,” he said.He reminded the audience that the epidemic has become a major problem in the region. The ECOWAS Representative expressed his appreciation that WAHO and ministries of health in the region were doing all they can to keep the region healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Leicester City 1

first_imgJamie Vardy’s goal four minutes before the break put Leicester ahead in the battle of the Championship title-chasers.Leaders QPR were twice denied by goal-line clearances during a first half in which play was held up by a squirrel on the pitch.Third-placed Leicester were on the back foot early on and Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved from Gary O’Neil following Matt Phillips’ low cross before keeping out a stinging drive from Niko Kranjcar.And after ‘Suarez’, as he was dubbed by the home fans, halted play for a second time, Clint Hill’s header from Phillips’ corner was cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky.Rangers continued to dominate and went close again just before the half-hour mark.Schmeichel raced from his line to deny Charlie Austin and, after O’Neil’s attempt to score from the rebound was cleared off the line by Liam Moore, the Foxes keeper pushed away Phillips’ follow-up.Having weathered the storm, the visitors went ahead with a fine finish from Vardy.David Nugent beat Clint Hill in the air and Vardy reacted quickly to the flick-on, getting away from Richard Dunne and then firing beyond Rob Green into the bottom corner.Phillips missed a great chance to equalise, chipping the ball over Schmeichel and the bar after being teed up by Austin.The teams have had to contend with wet conditions at Loftus Road, where recent signing Yossi Benayoun is among QPR’s substitutes.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Carroll, Barton: Phillips, Kranjcar, O’Neil; Austin. Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Model plane warning

first_imgAustralia’s safety watchdog has warned about the misuse of remotely controlled model planes and helicopters received as Christmas presents.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has outlined a set of regulations covering the operation of model planes to minimize risks to safety.In 2009 CASA fined Shane Currie a resident of Perth Australia for flying his model plane within seconds of hitting a Virgin Blue Boeing 737 about to land at Perth Airport.Mr Currie mounted a video camera on the plane and then posted the video on youtube.The video, which was taken down by Mr Currie and then reposted by others has been seen over 400,000 times.It shows the model plane twisting and turning and then a Virgin Blue 737 flashes past before the model plane turns to follow the jet and crashes after being hit by jet wash.Mr Currie put the sound track of Top Gun on the video.At the time a former CASA inspector said that this type of offence would have attracted a fine of $3000.Flying a model plane within 5.5km of an airport or on an approach path is a Federal offence in Australia.To see the video go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZEgeTFFFDYCASA said that the regulations covering model planes are designed to protect people, property and other aircraft from injury or damage that could result from potential collisions.“Penalties may apply if these regulations are broken,” a CASA spokesman said.It says “the regulations are based on common sense and allow people to fly their model aircraft for recreation with no need for any approval.”The regulations state that model planes must be kept more than 30 metres away from other people at all times as well as 30 metres from any buildings, cars or boats where people are present.In addition model planes can only be operated in daylight within line of sight, not higher than 400 feet above ground level and well clear of airports and any other planes.“It is good practice not to let your model aircraft get too far away from you,” CASA said.“Operators must never fly their remotely controlled aircraft towards people, particularly during take-off and landing,” CASA said.“Take-off and landing areas must be clear of people and obstacles and a watch should be kept for curious children.”The regulator also warned that “if model planes are flown over other people’s homes or backyards it is recommended permission be obtained.”“It is recommended model aircraft not be used above areas with lots of people such as beaches, sporting events and crowded parks,” CASA said.“Care should be taken to stay away from power lines, trees, buildings and other structures that could lead to a mid-air collision which will damage a model plane.”CASA also warned that if a collision with power lines occurs there should be “no attempt to rescue an aircraft.”last_img read more

Thanks to those who make farming look simple, even when its not

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few years ago my uncle got a new farm truck. He searched long and hard for a new model with as few electronic gadgets and gizmos as possible. No power seats, windows or locks, or AC. The truck has standard transmission and certainly no heated seats or heated steering wheels. He even has to turn the knob on the radio for goodness sakes. Why would anyone purposely subject themselves to such personal calamity?The answer: all that fancy stuff breaks, and it can’t be fixed in the farm shop. Power windows, for example, are very convenient until they happen to go out when you are trying to pay at a drive-through window in a torrential downpour. Then they are frustrating, unpleasant and expensive to fix (speaking from personal experience).As I get older I continue to gain more appreciation for non-fancy, basic stuff that really works the way it is supposed to. In my years I have had all too much experience with home improvement projects where you end up working on the dysfunctional tool used for the project rather than the project itself.So, when I find something really works the way it is supposed to, I find it very satisfying. I couldn’t help but feel this way as I strolled the winter pastures with Pete Conkle on his grazing operation nestled amid the rolling hills of Columbiana County, his roll of poly tape in hand. He is this year’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Steward Award winner.Throughout the history of agriculture, mankind has fought (and lost) many battles trying to force square pegs of food production into the round holes Mother Nature provides. One thing I truly enjoy about my job is getting to work with many farmers who have found ways to make the specifics of their situation work in relative harmony with the realities of maintaining a viable agricultural operation.Now, Pete, I am sure, would be the first to tell you that plenty goes wrong on the farm on a regular basis and that some days it definitely may not seem like things are working the way they are supposed to, because they aren’t. But, at the same time, it is hard to argue with the simple pleasure (based on years of hard work and management) of watching cows rush into fresh, new winter pasture and begin luxuriously feasting after Pete sections off a new area. When you watch it, it is clear that things are working the way they are supposed to. God grows grass, animals eat it, and man manages it all in way that produces food — appealing simplicity.Of course, anyone who knows anything about intensive grazing knows that the reality of doing this is anything but simple. Last month the Ohio Forages and Grassland Council (OFGC) held their Annual Conference at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the program covered topics including research into the value of irrigating pasture, the benefits of reduced lignin alfalfa in increasing digestibility and the use of nitrogen inhibitors in pasture.All of the components of the program were to help attendees piece together a plan for better managing their pastures in the future.“Every day you have to manage it. A lot of people I work with want me to give them a cookie cutter method to do it this way and you’ll be good for this year. Every day you have to think about when you should turn them into a new pasture, when you should take them out of the old pastures. The problem we have in the spring is that we have more forages than livestock, and then in the summer we have the opposite — we have too much livestock and not enough forage. We have to take the extremes out of this equation. We can do that with management,” said Gary Wilson from Hancock County, with the OFGC. “You have to think through that because it involves your resources, different species, your soil type and many other factors. It takes planning and every day you have to think about what you want to do.”When gizmos and technology get frustratingly complex, especially when they decide to not work, something simple like mankind harnessing the combination of plants and animals to produce food is very refreshing. This, I believe, is true whether you are a farmer, a consumer, or an ag journalist.But, at the end of the day, achieving such simplicity is not so simple, and I appreciate the folks who understand that, but make it look simple anyway.last_img read more

Young people should come into sports administration: Maken

first_imgSports Federations should not be headed by politicians but by those having sports background, the new Sports Minister Ajay Maken said on Wednesday, vowing to work in this direction on a priority basis.He said he will try to “firmly convince” the sports bodies to ensure that younger people take control of the federations for the upliftment of sports in the country.”We need to ensure that sportpersons get more responsibility in sports bodies. I will see to it that it happens”, Maken said after he was given independent charge of the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry.Maken, who will take over on Thursday, said that he was of the view that politicians should not head the sports bodies unless they are young and have the background in that particular discipline.”If age is on their side and they have played the game, then only politicians should head the federations of any sports”, said the young Minister, adding that he would carry forward his predecessor M S Gill’s ideas in this context.When referred to some federations where old people were still refusing to go, he said he will try to firmly convince them rather than fight about the need to give chance to youngsters.About the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, Maken said that he would like the investigations to get over as soon as possible. “If anybody is found guilty, he should be punished severely. We want to move ahead”.Maken said he will work for promotion of sports in the country and lay special emphasis on scouting talent in the rural areas as his aim would be to ensure that India gets more medals in the 2012 London Olympics.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more