Top articles ‘I think if they were top of the league or fighting for top four in a really good moment they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others.‘They don’t have much to celebrate, they have to get every opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table.‘To be the champion of north London means nothing for me because I think you have to be much bigger than that and have much more ambitions than 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 CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal or Spurs? Paul Merson predicts who will finish higher in Premier League next seasonMORE: Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli responds to Ronaldinho comparing him to Ronaldo About Connatix V67539 Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro Skip Ad Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Sky Sports)North London bragging rights will once again be on the line when Arsenal travel to arch-rivals Tottenham on Sunday.The teams are separated by just one point after 34 Premier League fixtures, with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal currently eighth and Jose Mourinho’s Spurs ninth with four games remaining.While it appears unlikely that either side will be able to secure a top-four – or even top-five – finish in the English top-flight, the opportunity to get one over your biggest rivals should not be overlooked.Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be desperate to fire his side to victory and goes into the match in fine form, having scored 23 goals this season and three in his last thee appearances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Full Screen Auba responds to a question on sky sport that spurs are better than Arsenal? ð pic.twitter.com/8LpR3VnNfE— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) July 11, 2020 Read More Read More Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1/1 1 min. story Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Jul 2020 12:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares SPONSORED Comment Ahead of the north London derby, Aubameyang was put on the spot with a series of ‘true or false’ questions in an interview with Sky Sports.At one point, the Gabon forward was asked: ‘True or false, Spurs are better than Arsenal?’And a smirking Aubameyang responded: ‘Sorry?! Are you serious!? They are better than us? Come on, false.’ / Coming Next Read More Ahead of Sunday’s clash, Jose Mourinho said Arsenal had little ‘to celebrate’ after they appeared to mock Tottenham’s recent defeat to Sheffield United on social media.Highlights of the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Sheffield United were captioned: ‘It’s not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.’Mourinho said: ‘You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble. ‘Are you serious!?’ Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s class response to Tottenham question PLAY Read More Advertisement
Share Share 10 Views no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Ministry of Health to host health promoting school initiative workshop by: – March 2, 2012 Sharing is caring! The Ministry of Health will be hosting a workshop on Health Promoting School Initiative, on Monday March 5, 2012, for principals of primary schools on the island.Photo credit: elcivics.comThe Health Promoting School Initiative strives to provide a healthy environment, health education, school health services, along with school community projects. It also includes other programmes such as nutrition, food safety, physical activities and social support.The objectives of the training workshop are:1. To build the capacity of school principals to advocate for improved school health programmes.2. To create a network and alliance for implementing the concept.3. To strengthen and build upon current health promoting programmes at schools and4. To develop a plan of action to improve the health of school age children.The training takes the form of three presentations which include environmental health, nutrition and the Health Promoting School concept. This will be followed by group activities.The Health Promoting School Initiative programme was conceptualized due to the increase of CNCDs- Chronic non Communicable Diseases and obesity in children and the need to start early intervention at school level.Dominica Vibes News
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday that fans could be allowed to attend top-flight matches in the 2020-21 season on a “phased basis”.The Premier League plans to resume the 2019-20 campaign on June 17 following the coronavirus lockdown.But the remaining 92 fixtures will be played behind closed doors to minimise the health risks of football’s return in a country badly hit by the pandemic.The prospect of playing the next season with no fans is unappetising for the Premier League and Masters suggested it could be possible to being back supporters at some stage.“No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis,” Masters told Sky Sports News.“Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards.“We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”The biggest concern for ‘Project Restart’ is another wave of the virus, which could lead to the competition being suspended again.With that in mind, Masters said it was crucial clubs agreed on a plan for what would happen if the season had to end early before games resume.But he would not be drawn on whether an unweighted points-per-game model would be used in decide the final table in the event of the season being abandoned.“We need to have plans in place so that we go into the start of the season knowing that if it can’t be completed, what then happens,” Masters said. “(But) I’m not going to give away any of the details of the private discussions we are having with our clubs.”– ‘Legitimate concerns’ –The video assistant referee (VAR) system is set to be used in the remaining matches, but Masters said it would be done remotely rather than from the officials’ usual base at Stockley Park.“VAR has its own social distancing issues but we think there is a way of completing the season with VAR, so absolutely our intention is to complete the season with VAR in place,” he said.“The hub itself could be a problem, so if you can’t do the hub you have to do it remotely, and that’s what we’re looking at.”Liverpool are two wins away from clinching their first English title for 30 years, but they could be forced to play at a neutral venue when the trophy is within reach on police advice.Police chiefs are concerned about the safety risks of Liverpool fans gathering outside Anfield or any other stadium their team are playing at.Masters said talks with the police about neutral venues for some games are on-going, but he hopes Liverpool can at least have a trophy presentation.“They (the police) have legitimate concerns but we think we can mitigate some of the issues they’re trying to deal with,” he said.“Ultimately, we want the season to be played out on the pitch and we’re discussing a number of options to make it as fair as possible.“We’ll do everything we possibly can to deliver a trophy presentation. It’s really important to mark that moment and to give the fans that memory to mark it.”Share on: WhatsApp
President Trump has reversed course on his plans to host next year’s Group of Seven, or G-7 Summit, at his Miami golf resort, Trump National Doral.The commander-in-chief tweeted Saturday night: Mr. Trump had announced last Thursday that his resort would host the summit.The White House had been defending its decision to use a Trump property for the summit, saying it would be run at cost or no profit, although some media outlets and Democrats criticized the administration for it.The emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the President from accepting any gifts and money from foreign governments.
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?First off, there’s apparently an appetite for spring professional football. Although the quality of play, particularly on offense, doesn’t approach the NFL — nobody said it would, of course — this has not been an amateurish effort. Indeed, as Alliance co-founder Bill Polian stressed from the outset, “These guys are men playing professional football.”Every player on the eight teams is getting an opportunity to display his skills, and lack thereof, to the regular turnout of NFL scouts at AAF games. There’s a longstanding truism in football that whatever you do on a field is on film, and that’s the window into your abilities. “Film doesn’t lie” is how most scouts put it.Those talent evaluators should be most impressed by the performances of the front sevens pretty much throughout the league. If there are Alliance standouts who will quickly catch on with NFL clubs in May and thereafter, look for most of them to come from defenses.And they are allowed to head back to the big league.“There is an official policy, once the regular season begins and ostensibly once training camp begins, we expect the players to stay here for the completion of the Alliance season,” Polian says. “If their team doesn’t make the playoffs, we’d be happy to let him go, other than that they have got to make the commitment throughout the season.“One of the reasons we can do that is our season ends just before OTAs begin (in the NFL), so a player can go back to the NFL and not miss significant OTA time and he is in shape because he has been playing.”That defensive performances have so outshined the offenses shouldn’t be a stunner. Certainly, Polian isn’t surprised.“It is always easier to put together a defense because it’s reactionary,” he explains. “An offense requires choreography and difficult and complicated movements and requires synchronization.”The area the Alliance’s offensive woes have been most pronounced has been the red zone, which often has resembled a dead zone for teams trespassing there. There have been 65 field goals compared to 75 offensive TDs. Five teams aren’t averaging 20 points an outing.Most obvious is the level of performance at quarterback and receiver. To get a full appreciation of how good NFL passers are — even the mediocre ones — an examination of Alliance QBs is educational. For the most part, there are enough off-target throws, even if by a foot or less, to cause interceptions. Plus, the wideouts in general don’t have the hands or agility to make the adjustments we see from, say, Julio Jones or Larry Fitzgerald.Dropped passes have plagued virtually every AAF team, something that will prove worrisome for those receiving invitations to NFL workouts, minicamps and training camps. There will be a significant number of players getting those invites.Off the field, the Alliance has shown staying power — isn’t that what it’s all about? — with good TV ratings, digital participation and solid enough attendance.Weather has been a factor in some cities, including blizzard-like conditions for one game in Salt Lake City. Spring isn’t really sprung in several AAF locales, but the league reports that San Antonio is averaging about 28,000 fans and San Diego has had two crowds of more than 20,000. Generally, attendance has been 10,000 or above, though Birmingham (6,539), Salt Lake (9,302) and Arizona (9,531) have had fewer fans for a game.League co-founders Polian and Charlie Ebersol and chairman Tom Dundon — the major backer who is pouring $250 million into the Alliance — speak glowingly about how many eyeballs are watching. One of the broadcast partners, CBS, even is switching two games from its cable outlet to its main network, including a regular-season contest on April 7, NCAA Final Four weekend.CBS televised the league opener from San Antonio on Feb. 9 and got a 2.1 rating that beat the NBA on ABC.Turner Sports originally signed up for one in-season game and a playoff. It has added two Saturday afternoon matches.NFL Network, the other main AAF broadcaster, has averaged 502,000 viewers, the Alliance says, and saw a rise in audience on a night its game went up against the Academy Awards.“We experienced a 15 percent rise in viewership on NFL Network from Week2 to Week 3, even with our Sunday prime-time game taking place during the Oscars,” Ebersol says. “Our business plan from the beginning was to earn our viewers. We didn’t spend millions on marketing and promotion; we bet the farm that we would earn the attention of fans by putting top-flight football on the field each week and we are thrilled that it paid off. Millions of people have tuned in each week on TV and our platforms and engaged with our product 100 percent organically.”The league also has added sponsors as the schedule progressed, which Ebersol and Dundon point to as evidence the Alliance is addressing the thirst for football in the advertising community once the NFL’s season concludes. Those sponsors include MGM Resorts, New Era, STARTER and TurboTax, with sponsors from the automotive, food and beverage categories in the works.Most of all, the Alliance isn’t losing sight of what it was established to be: a developmental league.“When we started this journey, one thing we wanted it to be is complementary to the NFL and what they are doing,” says San Antonio’s general manager, former Cowboys star fullback Daryl Johnston. “Talking to coaches, one of the things they are frustrated by in this current CBA is the reduction in practice and meeting time. This is what the Alliance would be perfect for, and hopefully at some point in the future for us to bring in some of those (NFL) guys at the back end of the roster … and address some of the areas where the coaches feel there is a need for that development.” The Memphis Express made its home debut at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, facing off against the Arizona Hotshots. And once again, the Express showed positive signs on defense while struggling offensively, sending the home team to a 20-18 loss and an 0-2 record in the team’s inaugural season in Memphis.
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions has been an Olympia institution since 1991, witness to the ups and downs of the local economy. Now, in 2017, as they prepare to reveal the lineup for their 27th season, Harlequin founders Scot and Linda Whitney, along with their staff of passionate artists and professionals, are looking to the future. For 26 years, Harlequin Productions has provided a crucial cornerstone of art and entertainment in the Olympia community, and now the question is whether the community will help it continue.Why is it important to keep a live theater company open in our community?Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe and Christian Doyle perform in this year’s Stardust show. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions.Live theater has played a crucial role in society, stretching back thousands of years to a time when the general public was largely illiterate. Before books and newspapers, actors and live performances were essential for sharing spiritual and philosophical knowledge with the general public. As more and more people have learned to read and as technology has advanced, live theater has remained a vital way for humans to connect to stories and to each other.In a time when science is beginning to show concerns about how mobile devices may be affecting children’s brains, and adults have trouble looking each other in the eye because phones are easier to interact with, a place to tell stories face-to-face is increasingly necessary.How can we help?As the following graph shows, Harlequin Productions has been able to keep its nose above the water of encroaching expenses (red line), but has worked harder and harder to stay afloat (green line) as a nonprofit organization.With its productions being completely locally produced, and not having some of the same public, corporate and national support opportunities as more metropolitan areas, Harlequin relies on the support of the local community. Besides buying tickets and attending shows, Olympia arts patrons support Harlequin’s work through business sponsorships and individual donations.An easy and fun way to help make Harlequin sustainable is by joining the RLT Club. (Real. Live. Theater.) The concept is that many people giving a little adds up to a lot. Currently, there are 107 members, who make an automated donation of an average of $25 per month. That may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly to over $27,000 per year.Harlequin Productions produces modern, cutting-edge shows alongside classics like the 1955 show, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” proving the timeless nature of theater.In order to help stabilize finances, Harlequin has set a goal of signing up 200 new sustaining members. It’s easy to join and effortless from then on. (You may also stop your recurring donation at any time.) When you sign up, you’ll receive an RLT Club button. And every time you wear it to a show, you get a free cookie! If you join at $25/month or more, you’ll get an official RLT Club tote bag, too.The best news is that contributing to this important organization will make you feel good. You will surely be entertained when you attend a Harlequin show. You’ll feel even better knowing that you are supporting this local jewel, especially as you munch a delicious cookie. Buy tickets today by visiting harlequinproductions.org. And join the RLT Club to become a VIP Sustaining Member
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaWith the return of spring, the Port of Olympia will be resuming its popular marine terminal tour program in downtown Olympia. Tours, which are free to all, offer the opportunity to see and learn about the workings of Thurston County’s international shipping terminal.In addition to observing cargo operations, including the mobile harbor crane, log loaders and other equipment, visitors will learn about the various ways Thurston County is connected with the global trade network, and the role the Port plays in moving a wide range of goods to their final destination. Over 10,000 individuals have toured the Port of Olympia’s working waterfront over the past decade.Tour participants can expect to leave with a better understanding of the economic impact the Port has in our community as well as working knowledge of the Swantown Marina & Boatworks, Olympia Regional Airport and the Port’s Real Estate Development program.Tour DetailsReservations Required. Space is limited. Reserve at http://www.portolympia.com/98/Port-Tours.Photo ID Required for 17+. Due to Federal regulations, the secured Marine Terminal requires photo identification for everyone over 17 years of age.Location and Duration. The outdoor walking tours begin at Port offices, 626 Columbia Street NW STE 1-B (Olympics Room) in Olympia. Tours last approximately two hours.Attire. Because tours are outdoors, participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.Children of all ages are welcome. Tours are stroller and wheelchair accessible.A vessel in port is not guaranteed.2018 Tour ScheduleThursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 p.m.School and Group ToursIn addition to the monthly scheduled tours, the Port also welcomes tour groups from schools or other organizations. School and group tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation grants are available for Thurston County schools upon request.To schedule your group tour, or if you have questions, please contact Brianna Baker at [email protected] or by calling 360-528-8013.