Transfers Alexis and Ozil exits would be a ‘huge setback’ for Arsenal, admits Iwobi Chris Burton 04:53 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Transfers A. Sánchez Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil The Gunners continue to see two key figures run down their current contracts, with both heading towards January sales or free agency in 2018 Losing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would be a “huge setback” for Arsenal, admits Alex Iwobi.The Gunners continue to run the risk of seeing two key figures head for the exits in the near future.Both Sanchez and Ozil are running down their current deals, with no fresh terms having been put in place as yet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Arsenal were able to prevent either from leaving over the summer, with Manchester City having pushed hard for Sanchez, but they now face January sales or possible free transfers in 2018.Iwobi hopes those situations can be avoided, telling the Sun on Sunday of the contract rebels: “When they are fit they are unstoppable. They are both capable of changing a game or a season.“They have a big decision to make. But it would be a huge setback to lose them because from the stats you can see we do need them for their goals and assists.“For a team like Arsenal, we need to be aiming for the top four and we need what they bring.”While Sanchez continues to be heavily linked with a move to City, Ozil is now being linked with their Manchester rivals United.Iwobi is desperate to ensure that Premier League foes do not get to benefit from the pair’s considerable talent, with the 21-year-old looking for Arsenal to offer enough to convince both to extend their time in north London.The Nigeria international added: “It will be great for them to stay.“I’ve learnt a lot from them.“Just the opportunity to even train with them has been amazing. They are two top class players with great experience having played at the top level.”Sanchez was initially benched after missing out on a deadline day transfer, but has since been welcomed back into the fold.Ozil, though, has now slipped out of contention, with fitness issues and tactical tinkering leaving him on the sidelines.Throughout all of the furore surrounding their future, Arsenal have been able to steer clear of distractions to head into the current international break on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Tottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Hong Kong-listed port investor China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) has agreed, through its subsidiary, to buy a 51 percent stake in Zhongshan Port Group.Under a share purchase agreement, expected to be signed on September 13, 2017, CMPort’s Shenzhen Chiwan Wharf Holdings Limited would buy the share from Zhongshan Zhonghang Investment Development for a total of CNY 485 million (USD 74.1 million).The amount would be paid in two installments and funded by the internal resources of the group and external bank loan facilities.Zhongshan Port Group currently operates three port zones namely Zhongshan Port, Xiaolan Port and Shenwan Port in the Pearl River Delta region with a total of 23 berths in operation.CMPort said that the acquisition would further strengthen its port network and strategic synergy of port resources in the Pearl River Delta region.Following completion of the deal, Chiwan Wharf, Zhongshan Zhonghang Investment Development and Zhongshan District City Construction Investment Group Co (ZDCCI) will each hold 51 percent, 11.51 percent and 37.49 percent of the equity interest in the port, respectively.Earlier in September, CMPort entered into a deal to buy 90 percent of shares in Brazilian port operator TCP Participações S.A.With the acquisition of TCP, worth USD 923.7 million, the group aims to expand its business to the Latin America region and further consolidate its position globally.
TORONTO – A plant that can take about a decade to produce a flower that emits a scent akin to rotting flesh is set to bloom this week at the Toronto Zoo — years ahead of schedule.The corpse flower, a native of Indonesia, will bloom for just eight to 36 hours sometime this week, said the zoo’s curatorial gardener, noting that when in full bloom, the plant produces one of the largest and smelliest flowers in the world.“This is a very rare occasion,” said Paul Gellatly. “They only flower every seven to 10 years sporadically and there is no guarantee that it will.”The plant at the zoo is only five years old, but Gellatly said he knew something unusual was going on based on what he saw over the past few weeks.A month earlier, the leaf portion of the plant began to die off and recede into the corm, an underground plant stem. Such plants then produces more leaves or a flower, never both, he said.But the plant at the zoo showed signs of flowering, despite its young age.“I was pretty excited,” Gellatly said. “I couldn’t get to my supervisor fast enough to let her know.”Gellatly said he then sent off numerous pictures to colleagues at the New York Botanical Garden to be sure the plant was about to flower before the zoo went public.“This is the first one I have seen gone to flower,” he said.The plant is native to the jungles of the Indonesian island of Sumatra and smells like rotting meat while blooming, which attracts carrion flies and beetles for pollination.The flower will smell its worst on the first night it blooms, Gellatly said. The flower is threatened in Indonesia and will become the first in the Toronto area to ever bloom, he said.The zoo has 14 corpse flowers of various ages, but this is among a group of the oldest.A corpse flower recently bloomed at Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory. The two have great differences in mass, Gellatly said.The Toronto Zoo’s corpse flower bulb weighs 24 pounds while Edmonton’s came in at a whopping 200 pounds, he said.The zoo has dubbed the Toronto plant “Pablo ‘Pe Ew’ Caso” after a naming contest.It has been moved to one of the zoo’s production greenhouses for display from its usual spot in the Indo-Malaya pavilion and visitor hours will be extended so members of the public can see the pungent plant in bloom.A corpse flower also bloomed in Vancouver earlier this year.In July, that plant — dubbed Uncle Fester — flowered at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, drawing thousands of visitors.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the flower was endangered. In fact, it is a threatened plant.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team just keeps on rolling. OSU came into a Friday afternoon contest against No. 14-ranked Northern Michigan unbeaten in its last five games, but fell behind Wildcats, 1-0, in the first period. The Buckeyes responded with four unanswered goals over the final two periods, however, and upset Northern Michigan, 4-1. OSU Sophomore forward Alex Szczechura tied the game in the second period and a third-period tally by sophomore forward Chris Crane put OSU in front for good. Senior captain Cory Schneider scored two goals late in regulation to clinch the upset. “I thought we got better as the game went on,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said after the game. “We’re all about competing and work and goals by committee… It’s fun to coach these kids.” The Wildcats struck first, scoring on a shot from sophomore center Stephan Vigier shot at 16:07 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Junior left winger Kory Kaunisto assisted on the tally, the only for either team in the first period. The Buckeyes came out firing in the second period. OSU took 12 second-period shots, and one found the back of the net early. Szczechura out-muscled a defender behind Northern Michigan senior goalie Reid Ellingson’s net. Szczechura then wrapped around the goal before firing a shot home from close range to tie the score at 1-1. “(We were) working hard down low and I just kind of got (the puck) and took it to the net,” Szczechura said of his goal. “Luckily for me, it just went in. Nothing special about it.” Two Wildcats penalties gave OSU a 5-on-3 advantage just minutes later, but Ellingson denied four Buckeyes’ shots and Northern Michigan held OSU off. OSU outshot Northern Michigan, 17-8, through two periods, but the 1-1 score held as the third period began. At 10:38 of the final period, Northern Michigan freshman defenseman Jake Baker received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for an open-ice hit on OSU senior Danny Dries. After having his head illegally contacted by Baker, Dries eventually returned to his feet. Moments later, the Buckeyes made the Wildcats pay on the resulting power play when Crane poked a goal passed Ellingson to put OSU up. “They took a five-minute major and we capitalized,” Crane said. “Going hard to the net — that’s our mentality as Ohio State and it worked out for us.” With just more than two minutes to play Schneider, a forward, jammed a goal passed Ellingson to clinch the upset. Schneider also added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play. Senior goalie Cal Heeter stopped 13-of-14 shots in the game to preserve the win, which improved OSU’s record to 7-3-1 overall and 4-2-1-1 in the CCHA. The Wildcats fall to 4-3-3 overall and 1-2-3-2 in the CCHA. The two teams will meet again at the Schottenstein Center Saturday with the opening face-off set for 7:05 p.m.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (10) catches a snap during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorAfter the 2016 spring game, then-redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow said he wasn’t ready to assume the role of backup quarterback. Now-redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins wasn’t in the mix for the job yet, having not arrived at Ohio State.On Saturday in the 2017 spring game, the two threw a combined 59 passes, completing 40 of them. Haskins was 21 for 32 with the Gray team and 5 for 5 with Scarlet. Burrow was 14 of 22 for Scarlet. Now exiting spring camp heading toward summer workouts and fall camp, whoever wins the backup quarterback job feels confident enough to be the next man up behind redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.Haskins had the most opportunities in the passing game, playing for nearly the entire game on the Gray squad after Barrett played just the first quarter. Haskins completed five passes for more than 20 yards, throwing for 283 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Burrow connected on three such passes, accumulating 262 passing yards and three touchdowns on the day.Burrow said that the game has slowed down for him quite a bit from a season ago.“I see just about everything that’s going on on defense, know the offense way better — the ins and outs, what’s going on up front,” he said.Burrow and Haskins each stood in the pocket and sprayed the ball all over the field, not being afraid to throw it deep and let the receiver make a play in the air. The effect of a Ryan Day-Kevin Wilson offense was on full display for the first time for the Buckeyes and the passing game reflected that change the most.Burrow came into the spring game as the clubhouse leader for the backup quarterback job, but after a strong performance from both the Athens, Ohio, native and Haskins, OSU coach Urban Meyer will have a decision to make come fall.“I know it is very close. But I’m not prepared to say who is (No.) 2, who is (No.) 3, et cetera, yet,” Meyer said.Meyer continued saying that all four quarterbacks — Barrett, Burrow, Haskins and freshman Tate Martell — have been exceptional during spring camp. He added Haskins and Burrow played well Saturday.In his first time playing in a game scenario, Haskins confirmed beliefs about his arm. He overthrew receivers at time, but dropped in a few long passes on target to redshirt junior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin for his three touchdowns.When asked whether or not he thought Burrow and Haskins are ready to be the quarterback on deck, Dixon emphatically said he’s confident Burrow and Haskins each can be the leader of the offense, if need be.Haskins said that he did what he sought out to do this spring and did enough to win the backup job. But until fall camp, he and Burrow will have to wait to prove they’re the right choice to be the next up after Barrett.“As far as the competition goes, we’re just going back and forth rotating twos, ones,” Haskins said. “Doing everything we need to do to get each other better.”
After coming off of a cancelled home-opening match against Duquesne last Sunday, Ohio State regained momentum after its win over No. 5 Florida by gaining an 8-0 victory against Morehead State.Ohio State (2-2) tied for the third-most goals in one single game in school history. Freshmen forward Emaly Vatne scored three of the eight goals in Thursday night’s win, recording the 15th hat trick in Ohio State history, scoring in the 41st, 68th and 73rd minutes against Morehead State. Vatne said she is most proud of her team’s professionalism on the field tonight. “We approached this game with a really good attitude,” Vatne said. “We didn’t let up in one moment of the game, so I think that’s something we should really be proud of.”In the 22nd minute, freshmen defender/midfielder Talani Barnett notched a goal from eight yards inside the right post, giving Ohio State the early lead. A minute later, freshmen forward Kayla Fischer found success by scoring a goal in the first half, recording her third goal of the year. Junior midfielder Alyssa Baumbick also picked up two goals, resulting in her first pair of goals of the season. In the 57th minute, sophomore forward Marissa Birzon, crossed over from the left wing to tally Ohio State’s fifth goal of the night. Vatne said, as a group, Ohio State really found a rhythm and were able to capitalize on the moments when they got the opportunity to play. Head coach Lori Walker-Hock spoke about the importance of gaining confidence looking ahead to conference play in a couple of weeks. Walker-Hock also said the best part of this kind of a game is being able to get a lot of people on the field and gaining some experience. “That’s where a game like this really benefits us is getting that experience for some of our young players and clearly our young players connected pretty good tonight,” Walker-Hock said. The Buckeyes will resume action this Sunday as they take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m at Alumni Stadium.
Pep Guardiola has warned his players that progress must be continued to be made at Manchester City in order for him to see out his new contractThe Catalan signed a new two-year deal with the Premier League champions on Thursday that he will see remain at the club until the end of the 2020-21 season with his original contract still having a further year remaining.In his nine-year managerial career, Guardiola has spent four years at Barcelona and three at Bayern Munich.The 47-year-old warned that he may also decide to leave City, after a short spell, if they are unable to continue their progress made from this season.“The contract and the manager always depends on the result. We have extended two years to stay for the next three years but we depend on results,” said Guardiola, according to SportsKeeda.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In football, what you have done in one year can change absolutely everything. But I have confidence with the club, with the chairman [Khaldoon Al Mubarak], with [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain]. We know [each other] perfectly.“When we feel things are not going well, we are going to change and I am going to make a step back.“I am trying, with all my efforts and desire to avoid that, and instead of making a step back we are going to make a step forward to maintain the level of this club.“We have a contract because we have to have a contract, but the club knows me and when I have the feeling that our relationship with the players is not good I am going to make a step back and another guy is going to come to help the players maintain this high level.”
Ahead of the last-16 clash between Japan and Belgium, defender Gen Shoji said he is up for the challenge and is well aware what exactly he needs to be prepared for.Even though Lukaku might be Shoji’s direct opponent in the fixture, he is not Belgium’s only attacking option. Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are just some other names who could easily find the back of the net of Japan’s goal.“I do feel I will be faced with Lukaku quite a lot. In preparation of the match, I think I have to overcome him mentally,” Shoji said, according to FourFourTwo.“Yes, we are facing Belgium, a formidable foe, but I’d like to be mentally prepared.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Akira Nishino, manager of Japan, said he has already talked with Eiji Kawashima after some not normal mistakes the goalkeeper made in the group stage.“He’s a perfectionist,” Nishino said.“[After] the first and second matches, I actually had a chat with him, personally. His position, his play, we discussed for quite a long time. ”“He’s the only one who’s played as a goalkeeper in Europe. And he self-analysed his play very well.”
The common human default mode is that we focus our energy on the here-and-now, and care less about ourselves and the events of the farther-off future. The creative mind may tell us still more about how we connect to our future selves. Read the whole story: Quartz Researchers that include UCLA Anderson’s Hal E. Hershfield have established that prompting individuals to think about their own distant future reduces acts of present-bias. Young adults shown a photographic rendering of their retirement-age self committed to saving more today for retirement. Individuals prompted to think about themselves 20 years on chose to exercise more often. It also prompted participants in one study to make more ethical choices. This present-bias can get in the way of all sorts of decisions that might improve our lot. The struggle with delayed gratification is what makes it hard to choose saving for retirement over spending today, or committing to a diet or exercise plan for our future health at the cost of spending less time on the couch binging Netflix and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Or, say, supporting public policy aimed at tamping down the march of global warming for the benefit of future generations. An inability to think far into the future has also been shown to influence our empathy and ability to consider the perspective of our enemies.
October 18, 2010The Classical Indian Music Concert presented by the Arcosanti Community Council on Saturday night, October 16, was a wonderful event. We are grateful that the world-class musicians, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and Abhijit Banerjee were able to come to our community.The evening began with an Indian music workshop. Three guitarists and one vocalist attended. The maestro Tarun taught with patience and good humor about the scales, rhythms and accents of North Indian Music. The santoor is similar to the hammered dulcimer.Cumin scented the air as well as the tomato gravy for the vegetables at the traditional Indian dinner following the concert, but alas, no photo. The performance was inspired and joyful improvisation. Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya played the 100 string santoor and Abhijit Banerjee played the hand-drum tablas.
BBC Worldwide has launched its authenticated SVOD service BBC Player in Malaysia in partnership with Telekom Malaysia.The rollout marks the second country to receive the branded TV everywhere service, following the BBC commercial arm’s launch of BBC Player in Singapore last year in partnership with StarHub.Subscribers to Telekom Malaysia’s IPTV service, HyppTV, will be able to sign in to the BBC Player to access “the very best of BBC content”.Viewers will be able to access the service online and via iOS and Android mobile apps and will be able to watch content from BBC Worldwide’s global brands – BBC First, BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies, and BBC World News.BBC Player viewers will also have exclusive access to season 24 of popular car show Top Gear after it starts to broadcast in the UK this month.“To launch BBC Player in Malaysia so soon after its successful introduction to Singapore is testament to both the very high quality of this product and the digital demand for our programming,” said BBC Worldwide global markets president, Paul Dempsey.“This latest launch clearly signals the potential for Player to offer something new to our partners and audiences in further markets.”The BBC Player was built using broadcast and VOD specialist Ostmodern’s Skylark content management system (CMS).Ostmodern CEO, Tom Williams, said: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide on this new service. It demonstrates the power of Skylark as an integration framework, while also showcasing the powerful content curation and editorial workflow tools in the CMS.”
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