Laurent Koscielny suffers injury setback during Arsenal’s Europa League win vs BATE

first_imgAdvertisement Laurent Koscielny suffers injury setback during Arsenal’s Europa League win vs BATE Laurent Koscielny came off injured against BATE (Getty Images)Arsenal progressed to the Europa League last-16 after overturning a 1-0 deficit to beat BATE 3-0 at the Emirates but it wasn’t all good news for Unai Emery as Laurent Koscielny limped off injured.The 33-year-old missed the opening months of the season after rupturing an Achilles in a Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid in May and Emery has sought to ease his captain back in gently since his return.Koscielny has featured in 13 of Arsenal’s previous 16 games in all competitions but his latest appearance was brought to a premature end as he had to be replaced 56 minutes into the game against BATE with Sokratis Papastathopoulos taking his place.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Frenchman appeared in some discomfort as he hobbled away from the action although Arsenal will be encouraged that he was able to come off unaided. Once seated on the bench, Koscielny was soon strapped up with ice which appeared to cover his calf.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Sokratis celebrating Arsenal’s third goal against BATE (Getty Images)Emery is already without Rob Holding for the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury, however, he didn’t appear to be concerned about Koscileny’s injury, stating that he was taken off as a precaution and that he could be in contention to play against Southampton on Sunday.He said after the game: ‘I think it’s precaution. We are going to wait until tomorrow. I hope he is OK for Sunday. It’s muscular. He started to feel not good.’Shkodran Mustafi also spoke up about Koscielny post-match, saying: ‘I hope its nothing serious but he had a smile on his face when he came off.’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 CityInterestingly, Koscielny handed the captain’s armband to Mesut Ozil rather than Petr Cech as he made way with the German playmaker handed a rare start having struggled to establish himself in Emery’s plans over the past few months.Following their disastrous result and performance in Belarus last week, Arsenal dominated BATE from start to finish on home turf and were ahead on the night and level on aggregate after just four minutes courtesy of a Zakhar Volkov own goal.Mustafi doubled their lead with a thumping header after 39 minutes before Koscielny’s replacement Sokratis sealed the win on the hour mark, just four minutes after coming on.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 Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Feb 2019 8:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link62Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch pension fund does U-turn on issue of intergenerational ‘unfairness’

first_imgHe said the average contribution structure – where younger members subsidise older members – was no longer tenable.Until recently, PFZW was one of the larger Dutch pension funds to defend the average contribution approach, saying it was a pillar of solidarity in the system.Borgdorff did, however, criticise individual defined contribution as a system that ignored the issues of longevity and inflation.“If you ignore the advantages of a collective arrangements – and the risk-sharing and solidarity – you will have no answer for longevity or the erosion of pensions by inflation,” he said.Given just one area to change within the Dutch pension system, Borgdorff said he would move to create an equal contribution system.“We have to change the way we build our pensions,” he said. “The average contribution for pensions works so the younger pay more than they get, and the older get more than they pay.“This is not a problem when you have the same amount of years before and after 45, but this is not always the case.“We have to solve this problem. One way is doing something about the risk-sharing in pensions, and I would want to stick to equal contributions for everybody, as it important for the labour market.“This is not because the current system is bad but mostly because people [want to know] whether what they get is what they were promised. We need to promise what we can stick to, as members do not believe us any more.”Borgdorff also reiterated his scheme’s commitment to becoming fully sustainable by 2020.PFZW recently announced that investments for its 2.6m members would see a reduction in carbon footprint by 50% within six years.According to the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO), the €156bn healthcare scheme performed best regarding sustainability last year. Peter Borgdorff has called for a shift away from the Netherlands’ famed risk-sharing “solidarity” in favour of equal contributions from young and old members in order to make the system more sustainable.The managing director at PFZW, the €152bn scheme for healthcare and welfare workers, said changing the way pensions were accumulated in the Netherlands would be his top policy, were he put in charge of the industry.Speaking at the World Pensions Summit in The Hague, Borgdorff emphasised the importance of resolving the issue of intergenerational “unfairness” and criticised the pensions industry for focusing on the “wrong angle” respecting the system’s sustainability. “The debate in the Netherlands should be about the future of the pensions system,” he told delegates. “But, unfortunately, the debate tends to be about everything that went wrong, and what is wrong with the system and what is wrong about how we do things.”last_img read more

More Ichthys work for Monadelphous

first_imgThe Ichthys LNG development is a multi-billion dollar project to develop the Ichthys gas and condensate field discovered in the Browse Basin approximately 220 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia.This is not the first time Monadelphous has been involved with the Ichthys development. The company last month secured a long-term offshore maintenance services contract for the Ichthys project.Also, back in 2014, the engineering firm won a major construction contract for mechanical works at the Ichthys onshore LNG facilities in Darwin. Australian engineering company Monadelphous Group has won more work on Inpex’s Ichthys gas field development in Australia.The company has been awarded a subcontract for structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation work for Kawasaki Heavy Industries on the cryogenic tanks at the Ichthys Project Onshore LNG Facilities in Darwin.last_img read more

Boskalis Harbours EOWDC Foundations at Peterhead Port

first_imgBoskalis has awarded Peterhead Port Authority with a contract to harbour the suction bucket jacket foundations for Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.The contract will see the port moor one of the world’s largest floating cranes, with a maximum lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes, and up to six barges that will transport the 11 foundations – the heaviest of which weighs around 1,800 tonnes and is about 77 metres high, Vattenfall said.Peterhead Port Authority will also accommodate two supporting offshore construction vessels while a project site office will be established at the harbour for the installation operations which are due to start later this year.The foundations will be transported to Peterhead for mooring via the six barge vessels, five of which will carry two foundations while the sixth will transport the final one. The installation vessel will be moored alongside the barges for heavy-lift operations. When offshore work starts, more than half the foundations will be installed under the water within the seabed.Peterhead Port is to support the installation operations for at least four months with the offshore work expected to take around four to six weeks.Boskalis is Vattenfall’s key supplier for the offshore construction and installation on the project including the foundations and cabling.Andre Andringa, project director at Boskalis, said: “Peterhead Port Authority’s facilities provide a natural fit to support the foundation installation work for a number of reasons. With more than 3km of deep-water berthing, it can comfortably accommodate a large heavy lift vessel while the harbour is also sheltered which helps minimise the impact of weather conditions for loading.”Peterhead Port has now become the latest harbour in the North-east of Scotland to provide support for the EOWDC. Last year, Vattenfall invested in leases totalling 24 years with Aberdeen Harbour Board to establish a base at Regent Centre for its construction team and a warehouse unit at Commercial Quay which will support the lifetime operations of the project.“We welcome the selection of the experienced Peterhead Port Authority to marshal the massive steel structures needed for the cutting-edge EOWDC, and which builds on our investment with the project in the north east,” Adam Ezzamel, Vattenfall’s project director for the EOWDC, said.”We are sure the sheer scale and prominence of the pioneering technology and work involved with the EOWDC will create a positive renewables momentum for the region putting the north east at the centre of international offshore wind innovation.”The 92.4MW EOWDC, also known as Aberdeen offshore wind farm, is believed to be the first UK offshore wind project to deploy suction bucket jackets of this kind on a large scale. Through being paired with one of the world’s most powerful turbine models, the MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW, they also represent an industry first, Vattenfall said.last_img read more

Crider drops out of congressional race

first_imgGreenfield, In. — Greenfield Republican Mike Crider has dropped out of the race for congressional seat in Indiana’s 6th District. Crider cited a lack of financial support as a key factor in the decision.Crider has served in the Indiana State Senate since 2013. Brother of Vice President Mike Pence, Greg Pence, Jonathon Lamb and Stephen MacKenzie are on the ballot for the May 2018 Primary.last_img

Bayern warn Man City over Sane as transfer saga rumbles on

first_imgBayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummeenigge has suggested the club will not be held to ransom for Leroy Sane.Advertisement Manchester City want around £100million for the 24-year-old with the Germany winger keen on the move after falling in the Etihad pecking order under Pep Guardiola. Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap OperasWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Rummenigge said: “There will still be players who demand a high price. But the big question is: Who is able to pay this price?“Cash is a position that no longer exists on a large scale in professional football.“Maybe it’s good that we are becoming a bit more rational and stable. After all, the risk for clubs has been increasing in recent years.”Sane has missed the entire season after picking up a serious injury in City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool back in August.There were rumours of a move to Bavaria coming to fruition back then but his injury curtailed any possible exit.Sane has been a quality performer since moving to Manchester from Schalke as one of Guardiola’s first signings in 2016.He has scored 39 goals in 134 games and is seen as a potential successor to Arjen Robben at the Allianz Arena.Bayern had Robben and Franck Ribery on either flank for almost a decade but the duo called time on their careers in Germany last summer.Serge Gnabry has become a crucial member of the squad, but the German giants are still keen to strengthen out wide.Leroy Sane is looking to return to full fitnessRead Also: Premier League chiefs, coaches at war over June 12 restart dateGuardiola has regularly stated that he wants Sane to remain in Manchester but admitted in January that, with 18 months remaining on the player’s deal, it is out of his hands.“It’s a question for Leroy, his agents and the club, I’m not involved in that,” he said.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Laliga: Five players test positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Five players in Spain’s top two divisions have tested positive for COVID-19, La Liga has confirmed.The league has stepped up the testing of players and staff as the likes of champions and La Liga leaders Barcelona returned to their club’s facilities last week. La Liga did not reveal the identity of the players or their clubs.It said the players would remain at their homes where they would continue individual training before being tested again “in the next few days” to determine whether they can return to their club’s training ground.Many clubs have returned to individual training as part of the second stage of La Liga’s four-phase protocol for getting back to activity after Spain’s top two tiers were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Real Madrid is due to resume training for the first time in two months on Monday, while La Liga has said it hopes matches will resume, without spectators, by June.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19La LigaSpainlast_img read more

Allardyce: Cresswell should stay

first_img “It’s all pure rumours and speculation. My problem is does it affect Aaron Cresswell and affect his performance? “That’s for me to make sure Aaron does what he can all season and he performs on a consistent basis. What will happen in the summer, we will wait and see. I have even heard somebody said we have put a £25million buy-out on him. “That’s the first I know, I haven’t heard anything through the owners to say ‘well, if somebody wants Aaron Cresswell they would have to pay £25million’.” Cresswell is likely to keep his unbroken Premier League appearance run in this weekend’s London derby at Loftus Road – but Allardyce will still be without strikers Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, whilst James Tomkins and Guy Demel are missing from a depleted defence. Allardyce may be certain on what lies in Cresswell’s immediate future but his own career path remains unclear. Reports earlier in the week suggested the club had made an audacious bid to lure Jurgen Klopp to east London after the Borussia Dortmund coach revealed he would be leaving the German club in the summer. West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has since dismissed such claims and insisted scheduled talks with Allardyce at the end of the season will take place as planned. Allardyce is more focused on addressing the slump in results rather than his future at the club – which has been in question for some months. “It has never been any different,” he said when asked about Brady’s recent remarks. “Do people think I don’t speak with (Co-chairman David) Sullivan and Karren? Of course, I do. We have been like that for many months. “The focus for me to get the team winning football matches. There is a massive downside to what we have done at the minute. We have a responsibility to get back on winning ways. “My job is to make sure it doesn’t affect our performance and we get back to winning. For me it’s all about continuing to improve the position in the league to be where we are.” Press Association But Allardyce, who takes his Hammers to relegation-threatened QPR this weekend with only one win in their last 12 outings, believes Cresswell should remain at West Ham and continue his progression rather than seek a move. Asked if Cresswell would be better off staying at Upton Park, the Hammers boss said: “There’s no doubt about that because he’s year one in the Premier League. “Year one is an ongoing experience that you have that you know the level. Aaron now needs to grow from that experience. His challenge is to continue to work even harder than he has this year, not to rest on his laurels. “We have seen players do that and then year two is more of a disaster than his impressive first year. His professionalism will come into play at the start of next year by where he gets and if he gets to the next level.” Cresswell has not represented England at youth level but there were calls for his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad to face Lithuania and Italy last month. Although he was not called up, he has continued to shine for the Hammers and scored a free-kick in their recent 1-1 draw at home to Stoke. Recently quoted as saying he is “very happy” at West Ham, it is unlikely Cresswell would be angling for a move and, with four years remaining on his current contract, Allardyce has dismissed reports that the club may struggle to hold on to the left-back. “As far as I am concerned, no one has bid for Aaron Cresswell,” he added. The 25-year-old has been an ever-present in the league so far this season, his first at Upton Park following a summer move from Ipswich. Having twice been named in the Championship team of the year Cresswell has continued to impress in the top flight and has reportedly caught the attention of some of the league’s biggest sides, with City and Chelsea both believed to have taken a look at the former Tranmere man. Sam Allardyce has told Aaron Cresswell he would be better served staying put at West Ham next season even if he is wanted by Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and Chelsea.last_img read more

Kohli named Wisden’s ‘Leading Cricketer’ for third straight year

first_img(REUTERS) – India captain Virat Kohli was named ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ for the third time in a row in this year’s edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, the publication said yesterday.Kohli, 30, was also named as one of Wisden’s five cricketers-of-the-year along with England’s Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, County Championship-winning captain Rory Burns and Tammy Beaumont from the England women’s team.Kohli, who scored only 134 runs during India’s previous tour of England in 2014, amassed 593 runs in his side’s five-Test series last year at an average of over 59 to book his place on the list.“Despite finishing on the losing side, India captain Virat Kohli shone with the bat, laying to rest his struggles in England in 2014,” Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said.“His Test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level, if that was possible.” Kohli, who also won the ICC’s cricketer, Test and One-day international player-of-the-year awards in January, scored 2 735 runs across all three international formats in 2018 at an average of 68.37, which included 11 centuries.India’s Smriti Mandhana, who scored 1 291 runs in limited overs, was named Leading Cricketer in the women’s game while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named Leading Twenty20 Cricketer for the second consecutive year.last_img read more

Rowing : Todd’s graduation ends family legacy as leaders in Syracuse program

first_imgOne family’s era as coxswains on the Syracuse rowing team is coming to an end. For eight years, a member of the Todd family has called the stroke patterns and strategies for the varsity eight or varsity four boats.Kate and Allison Todd have built a legacy of high-energy leadership that made them the heart and soul of the program.The sisters rowed together for one year before Kate Todd graduated. Kate said Allison instantly energized the team, especially when she hid in lockers and jumped out at teammates before 5:30 a.m. rowing sessions. She also made a difference on the water, coxing the novice eight crew to a first-place finish at the Big East championship in 2009. Accolades aside, the year was special because she was able to spend it with Kate.The feeling was mutual.‘To end my career with my sister was the best ending I could have asked for,’ Kate said. Allison was highly recruited coming out of the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y. Todd chose Syracuse over powerhouses Tennessee and Indiana because she felt most comfortable at SU with her sister already on campus.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter spending the 2008-09 season with her sister, Allison stepped out of Kate’s shadow and brought the program respectability to the national level. Her leadership and competitive personality brings out the best in her team.‘She is somebody that people like as a coxswain because she’s going to do anything she can to keep you ahead,’ assistant coach Alicia Kochis said. ‘In our practices, she’s the kid who’s cutting corners and sneaking up on people and just taking any advantage that she can during practice.’Todd took the reins of the varsity eight boat midway through the 2009 season. She not only continued the Todd legacy in the boat but also initiated a family atmosphere outside of it.During Allison’s sophomore year, the team was training in Stuart, Fla. when they stumbled upon a Salvation Army store. The only things she could think to buy were the most ridiculous in the store: two mounted Asian geishas.‘It was like the best three dollars ever spent,’ Todd said.It happened to be a teammate’s birthday, and the tradition of passing geishas to teammates on their birthdays was born.‘Just being able to make everyone on such a large team feel part of it and important is something that she’s done a very good job at,’ Kochis said.Hiring coach Justin Moore in 2010 changed the culture of the SU program, and Todd has been the perfect extension of his hard-working philosophy. In one year, the team has cut its times against Clemson and Cornell by 10 seconds. Last weekend, it lost to No. 15 Notre Dame by six-tenths of a second.Todd will miss her own commencement on May 13 because she’ll be in New Jersey for the Big East championship, marking the end of the Todd family era.Todd will head back to Buffalo, where she’ll continue studying nutrition and food science. And then, the dedicated coxswain will take a break from the sport.‘I’ve never had a summer to just do nothing,’ she said. ‘But I absolutely know that I want to get involved, whether that’s in a club program or if I have national team aspirations.’She hopes to make the national team one day. Last season, Todd was selected for the USRowing Pre-Elite Camp.But now, her career at Syracuse is coming to an end. And Todd admits it will be tough to move on after four years leading the Orange.‘It’s been great. I’m going to miss it more than I can say,’ Todd said. ‘But it’s been a phenomenal experience and I would recommend this to anybody.’jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on May 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more