Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after ending goalless run in win over Newcastle

first_imgThe German scored the third of Arsenal’s four goals in Sunday’s rout (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil says Arsenal are ‘on the right path’ after securing a thumping 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Sunday in which the German playmaker ended his long wait for a goal.After a stale first half at the Emirates, the Gunners came out flying in the second half as quick-fire goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and record signing Nicolas Pepe put the hosts on their way.Newcastle put up little resistance and in the final embers of the match the icing was put on the cake as both Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette – who had not scored since the start of December – netted. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 9:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kShares Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after ending goalless run in win over Newcastle Arsenal’s players were delighted to see Ozil end his wait for a goal (Picture: Getty)Ozil’s own barren run in front of goal had gone on much longer, having failed to find the back of the net since scoring in a 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace in April of last year – almost nine months ago!AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut he was thrilled to see Arsenal pick up a much-needed win, and get on the score sheet, and let Gunners fans know about it on social media afterwards.Taking to Instagram, he posted a picture of his celebration against Newcastle and wrote: ‘Great team win for the Arsenal! We showed why we’re definitely on the right path #YaGunnersYa’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 ArsenalThe post echoed comments Ozil made during Arsenal’s warm-weather training camp, when he said the whole team are enjoying their football again under Mikel Arteta compared to axed boss Unai Emery.‘As a team, we are much happier and everyone wants to give everything for this club,’ he said last week. ‘Especially tactically we improve a lot and I hope in the future we will be more successful.’Ozil’s goal against Newcastle, which was admittedly aided by a goalkeeping error, came after a string of 35 passes and head coach Arteta hopes to see more of that going forward.Asked if Ozil’s goal summed up what he’s trying to build, the Spaniard replied: ‘It’s part of it. When everyone is involved in what we want to do and everybody is participating towards a goal, it’s very pleasing for me.‘A lot of things we work on is to make sure everyone is relevant on the things we want to achieve. But if we can score in two [passes] it may be better.’MORE: Graeme Souness slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for comments after Arsenal’s win over NewcastleMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals how Alexandre Lacazette reacted to being dropped for Arsenal’s win over NewcastleMore: 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 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Oil scheme finalises transfer to PGB

first_imgNedlloyd scheme grants indexation paymentThe €1.4bn pension fund for former Dutch shipping company Nedlloyd has announced indexation of 1.35% for this year.Last year the fund paid out just 0.05% as an index-linked bonus payment to participants, saying that the nFTK calculation model was “very stifling”.Dutch pension schemes can pay their participants a full index-linked payment if their funding ratios are around 122%. Nedlloyd’s funding level was 120.7% at the end of September 2017, meaning it could pay 90% of the full indexation amount.Last year the Nedlloyd pension fund said it was still struggling with the rules of the nFTK. It argued that the calculation method did not offer enough help for a fund with a large number of pensioners.Even though the scheme was able to grant a better level of indexation this year, director Frans Dooren said the complaint was still relevant.“We can award very little in periods with low inflation,” he said. The fund’s growing number of pensioners have had to wait too long for catch-up payments, Dooren added. The Nedlloyd scheme investigated an alternative model of aiming for a fixed indexation of 2% or more. Dutch schemes can select this option or choose to link annual uplifts to wage inflation or price inflation.However, after an analysis the resulting pensions were found to be only marginally better, with an increased risk of benefit reductions in the first five years, and so it was rejected.Improving funding levels have led to several sector schemes announcing indexation payments for 2018.Watchdog overshoots budget for transition to general pension fundCommunication watchdog Authority Financial Markets (AFM) has exceeded its budget for the transition of its pension fund into a general pension fund by €1.4m, a spokesman confirmed.Total costs of the transition to De Nationale APF – the general pension fund (APF) established by NN Investment Partners and its subsidiary AZL – amounted to €1.9m.The AFM said that it had underestimated the complexity of the tender it had to put out under European legislation.“The external pensions adviser and the Pensioenfonds AFM had estimated costs before the tender had started and only the main elements of the transition had been clear,” it explained.The spokesman said the AFM had not taken into account additional legal costs, the transition costs of the investment portfolio and higher liquidation costs of the pension fund.The supervisor indicated that it would recoup its overspending over the course of this year from the organisations under its supervision, including pension funds, which account for 3.5% of total supervision costs.The AFM’s pensions have been expensive for years. Following the 2013 liquidation of Mercurius – a company pension fund for schemes of financial institutions including the AFM and EuroNext – the watchdog had to start its own pension fund.However, the set up process turned out to be more expensive than expected and the new pension fund appeared to be too small from the start, with administration costs of €770 per participant and combined asset management and transaction costs of 0.83%. Both figures are higher than the average for Dutch schemes.As of 1 January, the AFM pensions are managed by the APF and structural annual costs savings would be €135,000, according to the spokesman. Archimedes, the pension scheme of oil companies Q8 and Gunvor has transferred to multi-sector fund PGB.The pension scheme had considered the move before but wasn’t sure if it could be completed because of the narrow difference between the funding levels of Archimedes and PGB. If the level for Archimedes had dropped below that of PGB, it would have meant a pension cut for the smaller fund.The €580m Archimedes fund said on its website that worker councils and the regulator had granted permission for the transfer. It completed on 1 January 2018.In recent months, market and interest rate developments turned out to be in favour of Archimedes, according to its chairman Hans Thomassen. The fund had a funding level of 111.3% at the end of 2017, while PGB’s funding ratio was 108.9%.last_img read more

Flintstone Aims at Floating Wind Sector

first_imgFlintstone Technology, part of MacGregor and the Cargotec group, is diversifying its mooring operations to help drive down costs for the offshore floating wind industry.Namely, Flintstone said it has developed a set of mooring system solutions to match specific project requirements in oil and gas and marine renewable energy.According to the company, experience in the oil and gas industry combined with the mooring solutions, is transferable and provides benefits to offshore floating wind in lowering costs and increasing reliability.Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone, will be presenting on the ‘development and implementation of a subsea tensioned mooring system’ on the opening day of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT 2018), which takes place in Marseille, France, from April 25-27.“There are many similarities between the offshore floating wind and oil and gas supply chains. Our technology, although originally designed for offshore floating production, is suitable for any permanently, moored floating system. We believe we can make a real impact in the OFW sector to increase efficiency and drive down costs,” Clayson said.last_img read more

Fighting child sexual abuse in the Caribbean

first_img Share NewsRegional Fighting child sexual abuse in the Caribbean by: – May 19, 2012 56 Views   no discussions Tweet Photo credit: whatislove-2010.blogspot.comKINGSTON, Jamaica (UNICEF) — A nine-year old boy was systematically raped by his pastor while his mother was at work; an 18-month old baby boy died of internal damage after being raped by his uncle; a little girl was infected with gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV by an uncle who was in and out of prison.These are some of the cases Sandra Knight, a general practitioner at the paediatric hospital in Kingston, has treated over the years. The abuse tormented her, compelling her to speak out to the press. Knight’s accounts have created an uproar in the Eastern Caribbean, and an avalanche of front-page stories about child sexual abuse has followed.“I felt that my peers were becoming complacent about this issue,” Knight said. “But I felt I had a tsunami in front of me, which was affecting me because I also have a 6-year-old daughter. I saw these children dying, getting sick, being traumatized for life.”A silent emergencyChild sexual abuse is shrouded in secrecy and abetted by shame. While most abuse is hidden and up-to-date statistics are scarce, it is known that nearly 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 around the world have experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence worldwide. In the Caribbean region, sexual violence against children is greatly underreported, and this abuse is often culturally sanctioned. A study in Jamaica indicated that men often believe they have a right to engage in sex with girls under their care, while children in Guyana reported believing that sexual violence can be blamed on a victim’s clothing. Sexual violence against boys is especially underreported, and in some countries, is not even recognized as a crime. “Sexual abuse happens everywhere – at home, school and in other institutions, and has a serious physical, psychological and social impact, not only on girls and boys, but also on the fabric of society. It is one of the main factors that contribute to HIV infections, and that is why it is not surprising that this region has one of the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS worldwide,” said Nadine Perrault, UNICEF regional child protection adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Our experiences in preventing and responding to sexual abuse have taught us that laws by themselves have been ineffective in protecting children, mainly because of the silence surrounding the issue and the risks that victims face in speaking out – risks such as stigma, shame, harm and further violence. And then, often, children do not know where to turn.” Breaking the silenceTo address the taboo surrounding child sexual abuse, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago developed the Teddy Bear Campaign. Using the image of a teddy bear with a band-aid over its heart and the tagline ‘Break the Silence’, this initiative has mobilized a wide range of government and non-governmental partners to protect children from sexual abuse.The campaign was discussed during the sub-regional meeting for follow-up to the UN study on violence against children in the Caribbean, which took place in Kingston this week. UNICEF is currently working to expand the reach of this campaign to other countries in the Caribbean.“Something that has touched me deeply in the discussions that took place during this conference is the really high incidence of sexual abuse in the Caribbean,” said Marta Santos Pais, special representative for the secretary-general on violence against children. “I think everyone in the region seems incredibly committed to moving forward and very encouraged by the opportunity to replicate the Teddy Bear Campaign. I am confident that the materials will be replicated and tailored to each country, and we will have greater awareness, greater commitment and fewer cases to be regretted.”Ending a vicious cycleIn March 2012, 15-year-old Taisha* was at her sister’s house when her 19-year-old brother raped her.“My mom didn’t believe me, and I didn’t know what else to do so I decided to go to the police by myself,” Taisha said.Unlike Taisha, most children are brought in by their mothers, many of whom have been victims of abuse themselves. “It is a vicious cycle,” said Knight. “Mothers who have been abused as children, and who did not get help, see this again in their children and don’t do anything about it or resent them for it, looking at it in a distorted way. Some of them felt so much shame that they don’t want their children to go through that and cover it up.” Taisha is now in a safe home where she is attending school.“If I were to talk to girls in the same situation all around the world, I would tell them to keep their head up high and remember that they are here for a good reason, and they should not let what they’ve been through stop them in their tracks,” she said. “Going to the authorities is the best thing to do because keeping it to yourself will not help.”* Name changed to protect child’s identity By Tamar HahnCaribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Burnley rewards hard working Lukas Jensen with new contract

first_imgBurnley have handed a new contract to young Danish goalkeeper Lukas Jensen, tying him to the club until 2021 with the option of a further year. The 20-year-old signed on a short-term deal in the summer and has now been rewarded for some impressive performances for the Clarets’ Under-23s. ‘It’s brilliant to sign my first ‘permanent’ contract,’ Jensen said on the club’s website ‘It’s been a long journey, but we are finally here and it’s the best feeling ever. Rewarded for Hard work Danish goalkeeper Lukas JensenAdvertisement ‘I am delighted to have signed this with Burnley. It’s a big dream to do it with a Premier League club. It’s like a childhood dream came true.’ Jensen remains down the pecking order at Turf Moor, with Nick Pope the established number one, and Joe Hart, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Adam Legzdins also on the books. Read AlsoAshley Young sends message to Man Utd fans after sealing Inter  transfer However, he hopes the new deal will afford him time to develop and move up the ranks. ‘Hopefully I can keep learning from all the top goalkeepers at Burnley and kick on from here,’ he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Nani names Ronaldo as football’s greatest

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movies10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap Operas7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny The Orlando City spent several seasons with Ronaldo at Old Trafford. “One player who really surprised me and impressed me a lot, in the beginning, was Paul Scholes – he was phenomenal,” he told Football Wave.Advertisement “My favourite was still Cristiano Ronaldo – the best. “Best player ever? I have seen so many… even from the past like Maradona, Pele… but I would pick my companion of many battles, someone I have won so much with, someone I really respect. read also:Ronaldo voted greatest player of all time in fan tournament “Numbers don’t lie and they also show he is the best – Cristiano Ronaldo.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nani said former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is above Lionel Messi, Pele and Diego Maradona as football’s greatest ever player.last_img read more

Senator Leising meets with U.S. Ag Secretary

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Republican Indiana state senator Jean Leising was one of several leaders attending a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at the Indiana State Fair.The session was billed as a “listening session” for the latest farm bill debate.“It was an honor to be included in the discussion with state and national leaders on issues facing the agricultural industry,” Leising said. “I’m very appreciative that I was able to voice my concerns relevant to rural Indiana to our state and national leaders. It takes collaboration on all sides to keep this industry healthy, and I believe today’s meeting is a great example of moving toward that goal.”Leising, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, brought rural development funding for broadband and water infrastructure in Indiana to Perdue’s attention.Later this month, Leising will attend the Rural Caucus at the State Fair where she will continue to study and address issues facing Indiana’s farming industry.last_img read more

COVID-19: 212 people test positive as 4 succumb to virus

first_img212 people have tested positive of COVID-19 in the last 24 hrs after 3937 samples were tested bringing the total number of cases to 34,705.Of the positive cases, the youngest is a one month old infant while the oldest is 76 years.Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said 132 are male while 80 are female adding that 14 are foreigners. Unfortunately 4 patients succumbed to the virus bringing the total number of fatalities to 585.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanIn terms of distribution by Counties, Nairobi recorded 96 cases, Mombasa had 21, Kiambu 11, Busia 10, Uasin Gishu and Laikipia 9, Taita Taveta and Narok 8, Machakos and Nakuru 7, Kilifi and Lamu 6, Kajiado 4, Bomet 2 while  Bungoma, Kericho, Kwale, Murang’a, Migori, Nyeri, West Pokot and Meru had 1 case each.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesDr Aman spoke in Homabay County during a tour to assess the level of preparedness and was at hand to congratulate the County for put up measures to combat the spread of the virus.Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti said the County has trained 1310 healthcare workers, and a further 2817 community health volunteers.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayHe lauded the President and the Ministry of Health as well as front line health care workers for the work they are doing to protect Kenyans from the virus.Awiti further called on the ministry to upgrade the County level 4 hospital to level 5 status saying it has met the required standards. Dr Aman also revealed that 195 patients have recovered from the virus, 141 from the home based care program while 54 were discharged from the various hospital facilities across the Country.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Neymar bags two-match ban

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Neymar ‘super happy’ to return to training with PSG Neymar has received a two-match ban for his sending off against Marseille in Sunday’s bad-tempered Classique, while the LFP has also revealed its intention to investigate claims Alvaro Gonzalez racially abused the Brazilian during the match.Neymar was one of five players sent off during injury time at the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the latter’s Ligue 1 return. Florian Thauvin scored the only goal of a tense match filled with foul play and clashes between players, and which boiled over in the final minutes.Leandro Paredes and Dario Benedetto, whose initial scuffle sparked the brawl, were both shown second yellow cards, as was Neymar, while PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa as well as Marseille’s Jordan Amavi saw straight reds for serious violent play.In Neymar’s case, he was caught by VAR striking defender Gonzalez across the back of the head, an infraction which means he misses his side’s meeting with Metz on Wednesday as well as one further match.The LFP furthermore included a one-match suspended ban in his punishment, which will come into force if the ex-Barcelona star indulges in more foul play in his first game back once the sanction is completed.Paredes received an identical sentence to his team-mate, while Kurzawa, who kicked out at Amavi, was hit with a six-match ban. On the Marseille side, Benedetto will sit out one match, while Amvai was suspended for three after throwing a punch in the melee.Following the match, Neymar accused Gonzalez of directing racist comments at him, claiming that he was called a “monkey son of a bitch” and that “my only regret is not hitting that asshole in the face” in a string of social media posts on Sunday evening.Tags: Alvaro GonzalezFlorian ThauvinMarseilleNeymarlast_img read more

Kamara not bitter over Stoke snub

first_imgKei Kamara thought he had blown his dream of playing in the Premier League when he was shown the door by Stoke after a 10-day trial four months ago. Press Association However, the striker from Major Soccer League club Sporting Kansas returns to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday hoping to ensure the Premier League safety of Norwich as he closes in on the end of a three-month loan spell at Carrow Road. Kamara, who has stayed in touch with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Kenwyne Jones, said: “I had some good training sessions in my 10 days at Stoke and was able to play one of my [practice] games with Michael Owen up front. I felt like I could have fitted in because I was more of an aerial threat but it didn’t work out.” center_img He added: “Everybody has a different opinion and there’s no bad blood, no disrespect to the coaching staff over there. “Everybody sees something different every day. I mean, before I had my fiancee someone else was with my fiancee who didn’t like her. They left her and I got her and I think she is the best woman ever. “It’s just how it is. I was just excited to train with a Premier League side. I said thank you for the opportunity and went back home.” Stoke’s loss was Chris Hughton’s gain and while Kamara has scored just one Premier League goal it was against Everton in February, an equaliser, and it did help to clinch the three points in an eventual 2-1 victory. “To just play a game in England was something I’ve always dreamed about, especially as I was 28 years old,” said Kamara. “To score a goal to help the team get points and then to realise I was the first player from Sierra Leone to score in the Premier League that’s up there definitely with the tops.” Norwich defender Michael Turner is ruled out with a groin injury he suffered against Reading last week and Leon Barnett has been recalled as cover from his loan spell with Cardiff. last_img read more