Arsene Wenger criticises Arsenal players for their ‘collapse’ against Chelsea in Europa League final

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Jun 2019 2:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Arsene Wenger criticises Arsenal players for their ‘collapse’ against Chelsea in Europa League final Comment Advertisementcenter_img Unai Emery faces another season in the Europa League with Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I would say even in the Champions League group stage, when you have a difficult game over the weekend, sometimes even in the group stage because you’re close to qualifying.‘The Premier League is so difficult that until the quarter-final the teams play with [players] who do not play in the Premier League.‘I think in recent years it’s always the team who got knocked out in the Champions League group stage who won many, many years in the Europa League.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsene Wenger was not happy with Arsenal’s display in the Europa League final (beIN Sports)Arsene Wenger has criticised Arsenal’s players for their ‘collapse’ in the Europa League final against Chelsea earlier this week.Unai Emery’s side needed to win the final to qualify for next season’s Champions League but Maurizio Sarri’s men sealed a 4-1 victory in Baku.After a goalless first half, Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 49th minute before a quick-fire double from Pedro and Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a 3-0 lead.Alex Iwobi scored an impressive long-range goal to hand Arsenal a lifeline but their hopes were quickly extinguished as Hazard netted his second of the game to restore Chelsea’s three-goal cushion.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Wenger admits he was unhappy with the performance of Emery’s side during the second half. Arsenal ‘collapsed’ against Chelsea, claims Wenger (Getty Images)‘I felt that in the first half we did quite alright but as soon as Chelsea scored the first goal we collapsed completely,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.‘In the second half we didn’t exist. It was a sad night for us.‘After that, I agree that until the quarter-final in the Europa League you play with a reserve team when you play in England because the Premier League is so demanding.last_img read more

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Gary Neville slams Granit Xhaka and says he has a ‘real problem’ with the Arsenal captain

first_imgGary Neville slams Granit Xhaka and says he has a ‘real problem’ with the Arsenal captain Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 8:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link114Shares Gary Neville says he has a ‘real problem’ with Granit Xhaka (Sky/Getty)Gary Neville has slammed Granit Xhaka and says he has a ‘real problem’ with the Arsenal captain.The Switzerland international angered Gunners fans with his reaction after he was booed off in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace last Sunday.Arsenal supporters are now calling for the club to strip Xhaka of the captaincy, while in a statement on Thursday, the midfielder revealed the abuse that he and his family have endured from fans is the reason why he reacted so strongly.Neville, meanwhile, has criticised Xhaka for his ‘ill-discipline’ and claims his performance levels for Arsenal have been ‘poor’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have a real problem every time I watch Xhaka play, to be honest with you,’ Neville told talkSPORT. Comment Granit Xhaka gestures to Arsenal fans after getting booed off against Crystal Palace (NBC)‘I said before he’s the least-experienced experienced player I’ve ever seen.‘He doesn’t seem to learn.‘I’ve never known a player commit the same mistakes game after game. He’s riddled with ill-discipline.‘He doesn’t lead in any way shape or form on the pitch, other than the fact he does seem to give his all and does, to be fair, fight for the team.center_img Advertisement Xhaka is ‘riddled with ill-discipline’, according to Gary Neville (Reuters)‘I don’t have a problem with an incident like Sunday [with Xhaka] because I think that can happen in football with passion, emotion, tension and ill-discipline.‘I’ve seen those types of things happen at United over the years where you can have a spat with fans and things like that.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Never really nice to watch, sometimes a little unhealthy, but as long as you apologise, you never really come out of these situations unless you apologise to the fans.‘But from a Xhaka point of view, he commits hundreds of fouls every match, gets loads of yellow cards, his performance levels are poor for Arsenal, and that’s my biggest problem with him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Announces Reduction in Standardized Testing (Round-Up)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Round-Up,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf joined Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, education advocates, and educators at Susquehanna Township Middle School to announce a reduction in PSSA standardized testing.“As I have traveled the commonwealth on the Schools That Teach tour, I have heard from parents, students and educators concerned about the amount of time devoted to taking standardized tests,” said Governor Wolf. “This reduction will ease the stress placed on our kids, and will allow students and teachers to focus more on learning than on testing. This change should also reassure parents that we’ve listened to their concerns about over-testing.”The Pennsylvania Department of Education worked with stakeholders to address the concerns of teachers, students and parents, and complete a reduction in PSSA testing by 20 percent for grades three through eight.Take a look at the coverage: WITF: Shorter standardized tests coming to PA public schools“This change will allow students and teachers to focus their classroom time on getting the education they need, rather than preparing for one exam,” [Governor Wolf] said…”We’re not reducing–we’re preserving, in fact–the effectiveness for measuring student progress,” Wolf said. “We understand the accountability issue, we understand the need for understanding how we’re doing in educating our children.”Philly.com: Gov. Wolf announces plan to reduce test-taking time for Pa. studentsThe State Department of Education plans to reduce one math section and one English section in the Pennsylvania System for School Assessment exams, which students take in grades 3 through 8. That should reduce the amount of time students spend taking the test by an average of 20 percent to 25 percent, depending on their age, meaning 93 minutes less for math and reading exams, according to the department.Lehigh Valley Live: Pa. students to spend less time on state tests this year“There is no doubt that reducing the actual time students spend taking state tests is good for our students,” said Dolores McCracken, of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. “Gov. Wolf today reaffirmed what educators have been saying for a long time – that too much emphasis on standardized testing interferes with teaching and learning.”The Intelligencer: Bucks, Montgomery school administrators pleased with shorter PSSA test“Anything that provides more instructional time in the classroom is going to directly benefit all of our students,” Central Bucks Superintendent John Kopicki said. “Reducing the amount of high-stakes assessments is definitely a positive step.”TribLive: Western Pa. educators welcome Wolf’s call for less state testing“This is certainly a step in the right direction,” Greensburg Salem School District Superintendent Eileen Amato said by email. “While accountability is important,” continued Amato, “it is also important to realize that standardized tests have a narrow purpose to that end. We are happy the conversation is moving towards expanding the state’s view of assessment to look at student learning through a much wider lens.”The Times: Wolf’s cut to PSSA testing draws applause from all corners“The fact you’re testing less gives you more of an opportunity to teach,” said Aliquippa School District Superintendent Pete Carbone, who acknowledged the reduced testing time “lightens the load a little bit” when it comes to the stress felt by students. “A third- or fourth-grader should not feel pressured that they have to score advanced or proficient on a test,” Carbone said. “School should be an enjoyable place for them to learn and to want to learn.”Citizens’ Voice: Changes coming to yearly state tests“Reducing the amount of time testing on PSSA is to be applauded,” Wyoming Area Superintendent Janet Serino said, adding she is hoping for “the realization that the PSSA is only one form of assessment and should not be overwhelming to students, teachers or parents.”The Morning Call: Pennsylvania cutting student PSSA test questions, teacher prep time for examsThe changes, which begin this spring, should reduce the eight hours of testing time about 20 percent in PSSA math and English exams in grades 3 through 8. Depending on the school, that would give teachers at least an extra day and a half for regular classroom instruction.Associated Press: Gov. Wolf: Standardized test changes to lessen test-taking time[Governor Wolf] said the changes are being made in response to concerns from parents, teachers and students about the amount of time they must dedicate to taking standardized tests…The Wolf administration said it hoped to make additional changes to further lessen the disruptiveness that federal mandated standardized testing can produce.center_img Wolf Administration Announces Reduction in Standardized Testing (Round-Up)   SHARE  TWEET August 15, 2017last_img read more

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Dutch lawmakers decry breadth of Brussels’ remit on pension statements

first_imgDutch lawmakers have raised concerns over the wide discretion granted to the European Commission in designing a universal pension statement.The Pension Benefit Statement (PBS), proposed as part of the revised IORP Directive, would limited disclosures on accrued benefits to two pages, with the exact shape of the statement to be set out in a “delegated act” – allowing the Commission to set regulation without input from the European Parliament. However, there has been some debate as to how the Dutch government should seek to remove the provision allowing for the use of the delegated act to set the PBS.According to the Dutch Cabinet, negotiation is the best way. However, in the opinion of Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA), the Cabinet should vote against the delegated act in Brussels.He has tabled a motion asking the Cabinet to oppose the proposed revision of the IORP Directive.“Once a directive has been established, allowing the EC to independently set rules, it will bypass the national parliament, the European Parliament and the European Council,” he said.“These bodies can only assess this, or try to revoke this, retrospectively. In practice, this never happens.”But Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, has advised against Omtzigt’s motion.She said voting in favour or against would make sense only if there were a concrete proposal.However, she emphasised that the Dutch position was “of course aimed at scrapping the delegated act”, or watering it down enough to prevent infringements on national authority.Klijnsma, responding to a motion tabled by Barry Madlener, MP for the freedom party PVV, vowed to negotiate “very hard” to streamline the Commission’s detailed proposals for governance and communications.Madlener has called on the Cabinet to get the directive “off the table”, arguing that the outcome of the European elections, with a number of “anti-Europe” parties making gains, had “dramatically” improved the Dutch position.Another contentious issue – the introduction of capital requirements on investment – is no longer part of the current IORP proposal, and outgoing EU commissioner Michel Barnier has left this problem to his successor.However, it is widely expected that the incoming internal markets commissioner will once again emphasise the introduction of capital requirements for IORPs, despite the draft law pledging not to introduce “additional funding requirements beyond those foreseen” in the Directive.In the opinion of pensions lawyer Eric Bergamin, the capital requirements would match the Commission’s policy for creating a level playing field with other industries, such as the insurance industry.Hans van Meerten, fellow pensions lawyer at Clifford Chance, also expects the proposals will be postponed rather than abolished.The Commission’s proposals for capital requirements are expected by mid-2015 at the earliest.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has said it will consult on the matter towards the end of 2014.last_img read more

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Researchers working on a breathalyser for weed

first_imgNZ Herald 9 September 2019Family First Comment: Good development..“A prototype device can tell if someone’s high on marijuana and could soon be changing the way law enforcement officers deal with weed intoxication.”We may need it even more in NZ A prototype device can tell if someone’s high on marijuana and could soon be changing the way law enforcement officers deal with weed intoxication.Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in the US have unveiled a device that looks much like the standard breathalyser but can measure levels of THC, which is the dominant psychoactive compound in weed.Tests for levels of marijuana are currently done using either blood, urine or hair samples.The new device uses carbon nanotubes to bind the THC molecules and detect the compound through a person’s breath.“The semiconductor carbon nanotubes that we are using weren’t available even a few years ago,” says lead author Sean Hwang.“We used machine learning to ‘teach’ the breathalyser to recognise the presence of THB based on the electrical currents’ recovery time, even when there are other substances, like alcohol, present in the breath.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12266223&ref=twitter (behind paywall)last_img read more

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Lew Wallace statue dedicated in Brookville

first_imgBrookville, In. — On Sunday, May 19 the statue of Lew Wallace was dedicated on the Franklin County Courthouse lawn in Brookville. Wallace was born in Brookville in 1827 and is credited with helping to defend the city of Cincinnati during the Civil War.The project was funded by a grant received by the Franklin County Historical Society and managed by Wayne Bauer. The ceremony was highlighted by the 11th Indiana Infantry Company D, Civil War re-enactors.Wayne BauerIn 1846 he was a member of Zachary Taylor’s Army, he mustered out in 1847 as a first lieutenant and did not see combat. After law school, he served as a prosecuting attorney in Indiana’s first congressional district and also served in the Indiana Senate as a Democrat.Wallace returned to the military following the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter. He participated in the battle at Shiloh and in 1862 successfully repelled an attack on Cincinnati by “Braxton Bragg’s Incursion.” Wallace also participated in the defense against John Hunt Morgan’s raid into southern Indiana.He was a diplomat, author and inventor later in life. He died at the age of 77 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.Terry Fergason, Lew Wallace impersonatorHis maternal grandfather, John Test was a circuit court judge and U.S. Congressman and his father was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, served in the Indiana General Assembly, Indiana Lt. Governor and Governor.last_img read more

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Grapplers set for Big Ten

first_imgThe Wisconsin wrestling team has been gearing up for what promises to be a successful season, with the opportunity to improve on last year’s performance.The Badgers took 15th place at the 2005 NCAA meet, with the top 10 was in sight of many of the players.According to UW head coach Barry Davis, hard work will be required in order to hit that goal in the upcoming season.”If we’re going to [get into the top 10], we’ve got to be clicking on all cylinders, we’ve got to get to the details and we’ve got to do everything right at the right times,” Davis said. “We’ll see when the time comes if that’s a possibility, but I think we’ve got an even better team than last year.””We’ve got to get everyone healthy first, and we’ll see where we’re at when the big meets come in March.”Davis holds a high level of confidence and expects a great deal of responsibility from his senior team captains, Kelly Flaherty and Tyler Turner.”Flaherty has been doing the extra things after practice, being in the weight room, just doing extra training. There’s been great leadership there,” Davis said. “Tyler’s probably the most verbal out of all of them, doing a lot of things individually, just talking to the other guys about extra workouts and other stuff.We will need these great leaders to step up in order to be successful with our team this season.”Flaherty, junior Collin Cudd and redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst are among the wrestlers who have shown strides of improvement during the offseason.”They’ve just been working on doing the little things right, which makes a huge difference when you have really good competition as we do,” Turner said. “They’re taking time before and after practice, taking their own time working on what they need to do.”The Badgers competed in the Lonestar Duals in Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 7. The meet gave some mixed signals about UW’s current status.Despite dropping the early match 19-18 to UT-Chattanooga, Wisconsin was able to rebound with an easy 36-3 defeat of Brown and a 21-15 victory over North Carolina.Davis, taking the personality of a coach expecting greater things of his squad, has been focusing more on the sole loss than the two victories.”You have got to be ready in those early-morning matches because you can’t just work into a match. You have to be ready for every match,” he explained. “Some guys got caught flat-footed and it seemed we weren’t ready to go right away. We’ve got to learn to be putting people down with authority.”Davis added that the team will need to tighten up when the scores are close in particular meets.”In the close matches, we have to find a way to score in certain situations. You’ve got to make things happen in order to get the win,” he said. “In the future, we can’t have losses like that.”The Badgers will start their season this Friday against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who finished seventh at last year’s national meet.”The Big Ten is one of the premier conferences and the first two teams we play out of the chute are Northwestern and Iowa, who are both very good teams,” Davis said, “so we’re looking forward to it. We’ll take the next weekend to work on some technical skills to get ready for it.””We believe we have a great team, so we’re looking to open other teams’ eyes, and Iowa’s going to be a good place to start,” Turner added. “We’re really looking forward to it, as it’s going to be a great match and a great start to our Big Ten season.We want to be at our peak when the Big Ten season starts, as well as at the NCAAs, and that’s what we’re working toward. That all starts next week.”Turner suggested that with hard work, a healthier team and some good days on the mats, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Wisconsin to land a spot in the top four at the NCAA meet in March.”We’re good enough to do it. We just have to get it through our heads that we are good enough to do so. A lot of the guys are starting to [believe] it.”last_img read more

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USC tops Capital One Cup standings

first_imgAfter the completion of the fall athletics season, the Capital One Cup standings were released this week, placing USC in the the top 10 for both women’s and men’s sports.The women’s teams currently rank in second place nationally, riding high off of a national championship win by the soccer team. The victory earned the women 60 points, putting the women second only to the Stanford team’s score of 83. The men’s teams, meanwhile, earned a combined 30 points for finishing in the top 10 of both football and water polo. This distinction placed them seventh in the overall standings, tied with Denver, North Dakota State and Oklahoma. First place in the standings, held by both Clemson and Stanford, is a long ways off at 78 points, but the final rankings won’t be released until the end of this semester.The Capital One Cup has honored the top NCAA Division I men’s and women’s athletic programs since 2010. The winner of the award brings home both the Capital One Cup trophy and $200,000 in scholarship funds for the school’s athletic programs.The Trojans took home the women’s award last year, and look to repeat again this year as they emerge at the top of the rankings early in the year. Last year’s victory was the first in program history, bolstered by top 10 finishes by eight of the women’s teams. The program won with a total of 96 points, edging out the Stanford women with 90 and the Penn State women with 83.5. The finish was the most highly contested result since the program’s launch.Last year’s victory was possible due to NCAA championship victories by beach volleyball and women’s water polo. The volleyball and golf teams also tied for fifth in the NCAA, with lacrosse coming in fourth, swimming coming in sixth, track coming in ninth and indoor track coming in 10th. With one national championship already in the bag for the Trojans, the team will look to finish ahead of Stanford again this season.This is the highest ranking for the USC men’s program since the 2013-14 season, when the Trojans finished sixth overall. Last year’s team finished 32nd overall despite a second place finish by water polo, a third place finish by golf and top 15 finishes from tennis, track and swimming. However, strong finishes by the football and water polo programs have the Trojans back in the top 10 ranking.The results of this year’s Capital One Cup won’t be announced until the summer, after the completion of all NCAA competition for the year. The winners will honored at the ESPYS, an annual awards show for athletics hosted in July.last_img read more

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LPGA to allow caddies in carts to cope with extreme heat

first_img FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:29 IST LPGA To Allow Caddies In Carts To Cope With Extreme Heat Players can ride in carts during practice rounds and caddies can use them during the tournament to cope with the extreme heat expected for the ANA Inspiration next week in the California desert LIVE TV First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:29 ISTcenter_img Players can ride in carts during practice rounds and caddies can use them during the tournament to cope with the extreme heat expected for the ANA Inspiration next week in the California desert.The LPGA announced the decision on its website Thursday.Traditionally the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration was moved from the first weekend in April to Sept. 10-13 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tour to shut down for five months.Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA Tour’s chief operations officer, said in a memo to players and caddies that temperatures are expected to range from 105 to 115 degrees. Considering this year has been all about health and safety, “we will be allowing caddies to take carts for the week.”“We have consulted with our medical team and feel this is the best decision to keep our caddies safe and healthy during this extreme heat,” she said.Caddies can choose to walk and push carts are an option. The LPGA said players can ride in carts during the practice rounds, but walking is required during the championship.Also, caddies will have bibs instead of the traditional coveralls at Mission Hills Country Club. The LPGA has bought 1,500 cooling towels for players, caddies, staff and volunteers.“This was the date that we needed to play the ANA Inspiration and hold a major,” Daly-Donofrio said. “We’re watching the forecast and know it’s going to be hot. And we do not want to put the health of our caddies at risk. Will it look odd? Yes, especially for a major championship. But we’re not going to sacrifice the health of our athletes or caddies for optics.”Image credits: AP COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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Study reveals that the mobile platform drives affiliate traffic

first_img SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 StumbleUpon Related Articles Skrill launches ‘Knect’ next-level rewards programme November 22, 2019 Share Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO February 14, 2020 Share Submit In a report issued by Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing and technology services provider, it has been outlined that affiliates are increasing their focus on growing traffic on the mobile platform.  The report, entitled State of Play: iGaming’s Affiliate Marketing Industry, detailed that 39% of affiliates that took part in the research said that more than 50% of their traffic arrives from mobile devices.The report includes statistical and anecdotal insights on the current state of the affiliate marketing industry as well as expectations for 2018 and what trends will define the months ahead.The research included more than 20 survey questions covering a range of topics, including mobile traffic and optimisation, preferred advertising models, verticals and markets of interest, factors when considering an operator partner and more. The full report is available for download on the Income Access website.The questions related to mobile and promotional strategies provided the most revealing insight, with 86% of affiliates outlining that they currently run a mobile site and 77% selected content (i.e. online site reviews, sports news, etc.) as a key promotional strategy.  For the latter point, other popular promotional strategies include banner adverts with sign-up offers (55%) and Twitter accounts with trackable links (30%).Casino (44%), sportsbook (36%), poker (31%) and bingo (27%) were identified as the top four verticals that affiliates are considering promoting in the future. eSports (25%), lottery (21%) and social gaming (21%) also showed signs of long-term affiliate interest.Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, commented: “With the survey report, Income Access set out to evaluate the state of the industry through the eyes of affiliates. What we found was a mix of consistency, which can be seen in results for the leading markets and verticals, and evolution. Increased interest in bourgeoning verticals such as eSports and Lottery is a great sign for the industry. That affiliates are making a conscious effort to be strategic with their content development is similarly encouraging.”Furthermore, some of the other key takeaways from the research are listed below; 25% of respondents are considering promoting eSports in the near future23% are considering pursuing the Asian market in 201855% chose Revenue Share as their preferred advertising model38% chose an evolving SEO strategy as their most valuable 2018 marketing activity62% choose Facebook as the social media channel they will focus on the most in 2018last_img read more

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