Industry outsider gets top Railtrack position

Posted On Oct 20 2020 by

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Cesar Azpilicueta admits that Chelsea are hoping to put a dent in Liverpool’s title challenge

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Comment Cesar Azpilicueta has his sights set on another win at Anfield (Getty Images)Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that Chelsea enjoyed derailing Liverpool’s title challenge in 2014 and are hopeful of doing so again on Sunday.A run of 11 straight victories propelled Liverpool to pole position in the Premier League table with three games to go during the 2013-14 season but a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield proved fatal to their challenge with Manchester City pipping them to the title.Jose Mourinho rotated his squad for that game to concentrate on a Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid a few days later, but goals from Demba Ba – after Steven Gerrard’s untimely slip – and Willian handed Chelsea a surprise win.AdvertisementAdvertisementAzpilicueta, who was in the Chelsea starting XI that day, is hopeful of putting a dent in Liverpool’s title bid once again but conceded that his side will have to defend solidly as a team in order to keep their attack quiet.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Apr 2019 12:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Cesar Azpilicueta admits that Chelsea are hoping to put a dent in Liverpool’s title challenge Advertisement Demba Ba scored the crucial opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Liverpool in 2014 after Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip (Getty Images)‘We enjoyed that day and hopefully we can replicate it on Sunday,’ he told Sky Sports.‘It’s not about frustrating Liverpool, it’s about playing our game. We know they are fighting for the title but for us every point is very important for the top four. It’s an important game.‘We know we’re going to play a very strong side, but first of all we need to keep the solidity that we’ve shown in the last games, and defend very well as a team because they are a big threat.‘And if we take our chances, I think we’ve proved ourselves already this season when we won (2-1) in the League Cup. I think it’s a big game, and everyone’s looking forward to it.’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 CitySunday’s game at Anfield represents Liverpool’s sternest test ahead of the title run-in with home games against Huddersfield and Wolves and away trips to Cardiff and Newcastle making up their final four fixtures.A victory against Chelsea, therefore, would set them up nicely to win a first top-flight title since 1990 with Manchester City still to play both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United before the end of the season.Chelsea have plenty to play for themselves with a top-four place in their sights and although they are currently third in the table, they have played a game more than Spurs, Arsenal and United.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementlast_img read more


Rio Ferdinand reveals how Mikel Arteta won over Arsenal’s squad

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Sep 2020 10:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Mikel Arteta has impressed during his start at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Mikel Arteta’s vision and tactical prowess has won over Arsenal’s players.The Spaniard replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates last December and he inherited a fractured dressing room, with senior members like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka looking likely to leave.However, despite being a novice in management, Arteta has taken to the role with consummate success and guided the Gunners to an FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, as well as Community Shield success over Liverpool. Aside from a string of impressive results, it’s been the manner of Arsenal’s displays that has surprised Ferdinand and he believes Arteta’s got the players on side by displaying his tactical acumen. ADVERTISEMENT Ferdinand’s been impressed by Arsenal (Picture: Youtube)‘I watched Arsenal at Craven Cottage against Fulham and, man, it was a breath of fresh air watching that team,’ Ferdinand told the Five YouTube channel. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve always moaned about there’s no one taking responsibility. The defenders don’t defend well enough, they are a bit wishy-washy, and they’d always come up against teams especially against teams you’d expect them to win and they’d fall flat on their face.‘Under Arteta we are in a new world, it seems to me.‘It’s easy to say, ‘it’s Aubameyang’ because he’s getting the goals. But I think you look at the similarity between the goal in the Community Shield against Liverpool and you look at the goal against Fulham at the weekend – they were almost identical goals.‘And what that does is reinforces again to those players. I can see him [Arteta] playing those two goals side by side in a team meeting and saying, ‘listen boys, this is what we’ve been doing in training and in our last two games it’s coming to the fore on the pitch in the 90 minutes’.‘And there’s no better reinforcement for what he’s trying to put to them tactically but also as a manager and his ethos. That’s the best way to get them [the players] to believe and to understand and say, ‘you know what, I have bought into this now, I’m in’.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 CityArsenal kicked off their season with a 3-1 win against the Cottagers and their week got better with the announcement of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract extension.The 31-year-old put pen to paper on a new three-year deal to end the speculation over his future.He’ll be hoping to celebrate on Saturday as the Gunners host West Ham United, who lost at home to Newcastle on the opening weekend.MORE: Slaven Bilic heaps praise on Frank Lampard as West Brom complete loan signing of Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher Rio Ferdinand reveals how Mikel Arteta won over Arsenal’s squad Commentlast_img read more


Greek uncertainty remains key issue, pension funds admit

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgThe company’s global strategist Salman Ahmed noted that, unless the creditors comprising the IMF, European Central Bank and EU reassess their previous negotiating position, it increased the risk of Greece’s leaving the single currency.“At the top level, the EU will now have to decide if allowing Greece to lurch out of the European project makes sense, given the strong question mark such a development can raise on the irreversibility of the union,” he said. “After all, let us not forget Greece makes up less than 2% of euro-zone GDP and has an economy that is smaller than the size of Milan.”However, according to the €189bn Dutch asset manager PGGM, the referendum outcome has hardly changed its view.The manager said a dedicated ‘Greece team’ was closely monitoring developments, and that clients were briefed on a daily basis.“Uncertainty remains the key issue,” it said. Uncertainty surrounding Greece’s ability to service its debts was also an area highlighted by Columbia Threadneedle’s head of asset allocation Toby Nagle, who questioned whether the ECB would be able to continue offering emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Greek banks. “As things stand today, our base case is that the Greek government will be unable to service its ECB debt on 20 July and the ELA will at that time be cut off, requiring the circulation of a secondary currency and reducing exponentially the prospect that Greece will continue to be a full member of the euro-zone,” he said.“Indeed, even ahead of 20 July, there remains a risk the banks run out of cash under the ECB umbrella, speeding up the process further.”Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for Europe at JP Morgan Asset Management, said Greece’s departure from the euro-zone would be costly for tax payers, not least because of the losses suffered by the ECB.But she also warned it would re-shape the universe for institutional investors.“It would have important long-term consequences for the euro-system and the future risk premium on euro-zone assets,” she said. However, like others, Flanders believes the contagion from Greece’s exit could be contained.“In theory, at least, the ECB also has much more effective tools available now to deal with any tightening of financial conditions that results from the Greek vote,” she said. The fallout of the vote has nevertheless impacted the funding of Dutch pension funds. Dennis van Ek, actuary at Mercer, said that, around lunchtime, the 30-year swap rates had dropped by 4 basis points to 1.72% since Friday-end, and that European equity markets had dropped 1-1.5%.As a result, the average coverage ratio has fallen by approximately 1 percentage point since Friday and would currently stand at 109%, he estimated.He placed the official ‘policy funding’ – the criterion for indexation and rights cuts – at approximately 107%. The decisive rejection of Greece’s bailout conditions spells uncertainty and could see the introduction of a parallel currency in the country, the asset management industry has warned.Hours after the Greek electorate voted ‘No’, backing the stance of Alexis Tsipras’s government, some of Europe’s largest asset managers refused to be drawn on the market risks.APG’s CIO Eduard van Gelderen said, through spokesman Harmen Geers, that, as a long-term investor, it was “not appropriate to comment on short-term developments”.Lombard Odier Investment Managers questioned whether Greece’s exit from the European Union could be possible.last_img read more


APL Vancouver Fire Under Control off Vietnam

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgThe situation aboard the fire-stricken containership APL Vancouver is progressing favourably and is under control, according to the ship’s operator APL.The Singapore-based company informed that shore support and firefighting tugs have been deployed under the oversight and assistance of a Vietnamese coast guard vessel on site.Additional resources, including equipment, external specialised firefighter teams and salvage master have been mobilised.APL Vancouver’s crew on board remained safe, APL said, adding that the company is in contact with the vessel’s Master and local authorities to coordinate all necessary actions.The Singapore-flagged containership suffered fire in the early morning hours of January 31, while it was sailing from Shekou to Singapore.The source of the fire aboard the 115,060 dwt vessel is still unknown. APL Vancouver was being attended by the Vietnamese Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center, fire fighters, firefighting tugs and a salvage master.last_img read more


Sun ‘stops chickenpox spreading’

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Where you live could be a factor in developing chickenpoxExposure to sunlight may help impede the spread of chickenpox, claim researchers.The University of London team found chickenpox less common in regions with high UV levels, reports the journal Virology.Sunlight may inactivate viruses on the skin, making it harder to pass on.However, other experts say that other factors, including temperature, humidity, and even living conditions are equally likely to play a role.The varicella-zoster virus is highly contagious, while it can be spread through the coughs and sneezes in the early stages of the infection, the main source is contact with the trademark rash of blisters and spots.PollutionUV light has long been known to inactivate viruses, and Dr Phil Rice, from St George’s, University of London, who led the research, believes that this holds the key why chickenpox is less common and less easily passed from person to person in tropical countries.It could also help explain why chickenpox is more common in the colder seasons in temperate countries such as the UK – as people have less exposure to sunlight, he said.He examined data from 25 earlier studies on varicella-zoster virus in a variety of countries around the world, and plotted these data against a range of climatic factors.This showed an obvious link between UV levels and chickenpox virus prevalence.Even initially confusing results could be explained – the peak incidence of chickenpox in India and Sri Lanka is during the hottest, driest and sunniest season.However, Dr Rice found that, due to atmospheric pollution, UV rays were actually much lower during this season compared with the rainier seasons.He said: “No-one had considered UV as a factor before, but when I looked at the epidemiological studies they showed a good correlation between global latitude and the presence of the virus.”Professor Judy Breuer from University College London said that while UV could well be contributing to the differences in the prevalence of chickenpox between tropical and temperate regions, there were other factors which needed to be considered.She said: “Lots of things aside from UV could affect it – heat, humidity and social factors such as overcrowding.“It’s quite possible that UV is having an effect, but we don’t have any firm evidence showing the extent this is happening.”BBC Newscenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Sun ‘stops chickenpox spreading’ by: – December 19, 2011last_img read more


10 summer fruits that’ll fuel any workout

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Share Share 81 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle 10 summer fruits that’ll fuel any workout by: – June 21, 2014 Sharing is caring! It’s just not summer without a thick, juicy slice of watermelon or a pint of fresh berries. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients, fruit is an essential addition to any diet—and can help power up your workout. Summer is one of the best times of the year to indulge, according to Sharon Richter, R.D. “Along with tasting the best and being the most nutrient dense during the summer months, fruit is also an excellent source of non-processed carbohydrates, which provide your body with steady fuel during exercise,” she says. Here are 10 of our favorites to eat whole or chop and toss into salads and smoothies all summer long.WatermelonWant to get more amino acids into your body? Eat some watermelon. This summer staple contains citrulline, a nutrient that your body converts to arginine. Arginine triggers your body to make more protein and can speed up the repair time of damaged tissue.Figs Figs have a bad rap due to their overly processed cookie namesake, but a ripe, fresh fig is delicious. Two figs have 35mg of calcium, which is essential for building bone density.GuavaWhat an apple is to Americans, a guava is to tropical dwellers. This wonder fruit is packed with the antioxidant lycopene and has more potassium than a banana. A cup of guava has 3g of fiber, about the same as an apple.KiwiOunce for ounce, this mini furry fruit trumps the vitamin C content of an orange. One kiwi has 117% of your daily-recommended vitamin C requirement which studies show can help keep skin supple and wrinkle-free.StrawberriesStrawberries are sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Eat them in the warmer months when they’re in season, and avoid those oversized, flavorless Frankenfruits you see at the grocery store the rest of the year. Choose organic when you can; strawberries don’t have a thick skin that can protect their delicate flesh from pesticides.PapayaPapayas come packed with a full serving of vitamin C, as well as beta-carotene and vitamin E to help reduce inflammation in your body. When you’ve eaten the fruit, grind the seeds for a black pepper alternative.Goji berriesGoji juice is popular though pricey, but you can get the same benefits of this superberry by buying them fresh. With a flavor some consider a cross between a cranberry and a cherry, the goji berry is said to boost brain health and protect against age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s.StarfruitAt only 28 calories, starfruit is a low-calorie, nutrient powerhouse. It’s loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants that can help protect you against certain diseases. Found mostly in Asian markets and specialty stores, it can be sliced up for a fun addition to fruit salad.Passion fruitGetting your daily fiber requirement can be a tedious and bland process. Enter the passion fruit. Down a cup of it for a whopping 25 grams of fiber. Beware though: It does contain 229 calories, so factor that into your daily budget.MangoThe pulp, which is high in both fiber and water content helps aid digestion. Try some frozen mango in your protein shake for a tropical twist.Healthy Livinglast_img read more


Montserrat contributes to CARICOM entrepreneurship training manual

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first_img Share 23 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Director of Information and Communications Nerissa Golden. Image via: gov.msBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — Montserrat is being considered for a new pilot project to help at-risk youth start businesses.Director of Information and Communications Nerissa Golden was part of a 13-member team that met in St Kitts last week to develop a new manual for training young people in entrepreneurship. Golden, who is also an author of a book on entrepreneurship, collaborated with experts in anti-gang activity, education and youth work to craft the CARICOM Secretariat’s “first formal intervention in the area of youth entrepreneurial development.”The group used as a baseline the manual created by the Barbados Youth Business Trust for developing a new tool which can be adapted to the varying needs of youth around the region. BYBT has been in operation for 15 years and has helped hundreds of young people launch businesses by providing loans, mentorship and other support.Golden said that, during the closing sessions of the meeting, she advocated for Montserrat to be added to the list of CARICOM member states where the new manual will be piloted. “The manual is designed so that at the end of the one week training, participants have the practical tools and information to go out and launch a business. We recognized that not everyone taking the course may want to start their own venture, but they will be more aware of the possibilities for the future.”CARICOM’s deputy programme manager responsible for youth affairs, Dr Heather Johnson, said the sessions were designed to develop a short, practical and hands on training module to equip “at risk” or vulnerable youth with entrepreneurial norms, values and basic business skills.As such, participants established the regional context for youth risk and vulnerability and for youth entrepreneurial development; and reviewed existing training materials. This task was considered extremely important given the findings of the 2010 Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development (CCYD), which noted that youth unemployment levels throughout the region are among the highest in the world. In accepting the report, heads of government declared that youth entrepreneurial development is critical in countering youth unemployment, mitigating drug abuse, crime and violence and fostering economic resilience. “The Community sees its role as institutional strengthening and capacity development, with particular emphasis on forming strategic private/public sector and civil society partnerships as well as facilitating regional policy coordination and programme harmonization,” Johnson revealed. She thanked the participants for their hard work over the past few days and explained that the module and collaborative process will foster a culture of entrepreneurship as more young people prepare to capitalize on the opportunities of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The CARICOM youth entrepreneurship material development workshop is a follow up activity to a Second Chance project that was piloted in The Bahamas, Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis last year. This project included a skills training and alternative dispute resolution component and was implemented by the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Montserrat contributes to CARICOM entrepreneurship training manual by: – November 1, 2011last_img read more


Newcastle manager confirms deal for ex-Motherwell keeper

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_img The Toon academy product arrives back at St. James’ Park from Scottish club Motherwell. “The deal has been signed in the last 24 hours,” Bruce confirmed after Toon’s loss to Manchester City in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.Advertisement Loading… Newcastle United boss, Steve Bruce, has confirmed the club have signed Mark Gillespie. read also:Newcastle in advanced Bosman talks with Motherwell keeper Gillespie “We’re delighted to have him on board. “It just goes to show, he went away as a youngster and played games and now we welcome him back.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s Daughter7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more


Diamond duo lead Curragh field

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Aidan O’Brien may ask El Salvador to go to battle again after his sixth place in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last week. The Ballydoyle trainer could also call on Ernest Hemingway. John Oxx has Call To Battle, Oliver Brady has Zafarqand and Dermot Weld may rely on Voleuse De Coeurs. The potential field is completed by Midnight Soprano, who landed the Group Three Noblesse Stakes at Cork last week. Her trainer Paul Deegan has yet to decide whether she will take her chance or perhaps wait for the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday week. “We’re not sure yet. We might go for the Lancashire Oaks. We are still weighing up the options,” said the Curragh handler. “She’s in super order and we’re very happy with her. We’ll decide in a day or two where we go. I’m not sure yet.” The former, trained by Richard Fahey, was winning for the first time since the Dee Stakes in May 2011, while Johnny Murtagh’s Royal Diamond, last year’s Irish St Leger hero, showed distinct signs of a return to form at York. As well as Glen’s Diamond there are two other prospective British raiders in the Roger Varian-trained Mijhaar and Sir Graham Wade from Mark Johnston’s stable. Glen’s Diamond and Royal Diamond, first and third in last month’s Yorkshire Cup, feature among 10 possibles for the At The Races Curragh Cup at the County Kildare course on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more