Jedinak: Don’t doubt our commitment

first_imgCrystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak believes the performance in Sunday’s win over Liverpool proves manager Neil Warnock has the support of his players. Warnock, 65, had seen his position come under scrutiny following a fallow run of results, but can now prepare for next weekend’s game at Swansea knowing his side are just two points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in the table. And Jedinak, who leads the way in terms of goals among the Palace squad this season, insists everyone is working to improve results as they look to build on an 11th-placed finish under Tony Pulis last term. “You can judge it for yourselves from what you read but you look out there and you can’t question anyone’s commitment to the cause,” he said when asked about reports concerning Warnock’s future. “It has been difficult for everyone in the last three or four weeks – not just the manager but the players as well – but you have got to get on with it. We know the nature of football and a result like this can lift anybody and I’m sure it will. “The manager wanted us to come and assert ourselves on the game. He told us not to take too many risks but get in their faces and put pressure on them, but do it in our shape and I think we got that spot on. It was a great team effort from the management and the players.” Palace’s last victory before this one had come over Leicester, who picked up a point at home to Sunderland at the weekend to leave Warnock’s men in the bottom three. But Jedinak hailed a superb display against an out-of-sorts Liverpool side as the Eagles projected themselves up into 15th spot. “It was massive,” he said of the win. The Eagles recovered from an early Rickie Lambert strike to record a 3-1 victory – their first in the Barclays Premier League since September – and move out of the relegation zone. Dwight Gayle, the scourge of Liverpool last season with a brace as Palace came from three goals down to snatch a point and all but end the Reds’ title hopes, levelled on Sunday before second-half goals from Joe Ledley and Jedinak wrapped up a vital three points. “We have been under a little bit of pressure of late and haven’t got the results we wanted even though we have been in the contests for large periods. “Even here we conceded that goal early and we didn’t make easy work of it but we showed great character and after that goal we asserted ourselves on the game. You couldn’t ask for anything else effort-wise from the lads because we caused them some real problems.” Yannick Bolasie stole the show as he ran rings around Liverpool’s back four at a wet Selhurst Park, and Jedinak was full of praise for the Congo winger – who fired his country into next year’s African Nations Cup during the week. “He shows that week in and week out – it is a great thing,” he said of Bolasie’s impressive display. “It has been a great week for Yannick, qualifying for the African Cup of Nations and scoring a couple of goals and coming here and getting two assists – what more can I say? He has had a week to remember and long may it continue.” Bolasie will now be missing in January as he travels for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea, while Jedinak will also be absent as he strives for Asian Cup success on home soil with Australia. “I think it is difficult to leave, to be honest,” he added. “You have got the responsibility as part of your national team and it is a tournament that obviously I’m going to be looking forward to, but until then it is business as usual in trying to get as many wins on the board before I have to go.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Shoah Foundation receives first endowed fellowship

first_imgDouglas Greenberg, the grant’s donor, served as the executive director of the Shoah Foundation for eight years until 2008. He was director during the institute’s move onto the USC campus. His wife Margee, a coordinator at the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers University, was a volunteer at the institute during her husband’s tenure.Greenberg said that the archives at the Shoah Foundation are so comprehensive and hold such value that emerging scholars in the field of genocide research should use them. Greenberg said that he and his wife had hoped that one day they could make a contribution to the institute.“We were happy to be in a position where we could do something and contribute to the institute,” Greenberg said. “We knew we wanted it to go towards scholarship and research, a place where we could make a difference.”A committee of researchers and professors at USC examined and interviewed several candidates for the Greenberg fellowship and selected McBride.McBride is a recent graduate of the history department at the University of California, Los Angeles. McBride focused his doctoral dissertation on the mass genocide of Nazi-occupied Volhynia, Ukraine. Next January, the fellowship will allow McBride to spend one week at the Shoah Foundation and use their extensive genocide video collection. He will also give a lecture on Jan. 15 on the USC campus about his research.“Any sort of funding or research to work with the Shoah collection is extremely important — it is a massive collection that should be more utilized,” McBride said.During his doctoral program, McBride served as an expert consultant on war crimes investigations for the United States Department of Justice. McBride will be a visiting assistant professor for the history department at Columbia University in 2015.McBride emphasized that the Shoah foundation’s archives are so extensive that young scholars who are working on genocide research can use them in conjunction with the resources that are being utilized in Europe.“It’s a huge honor to get to be the first person to be awarded this fellowship,” McBride said. “The fellowship gives me extra ability to take some time and integrate the testimony into my work.”The Greenberg fellowship is the first addition to the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The Center, which was founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg in April 2014, focuses on interdisciplinary studies organized to analyze genocide and systematic mass violence on an international scale.Shoah Foundation Coordinator of External Relations Rob Kuznia explained that the Visual History Archive of the institute, along with the extensive collection of primary sources at Doheny Memorial Library, will provide the research fellow with important sources to further his research.“The Center uniquely positions USC as being the only world-renowned private research institution with substantial original material from the Holocaust and other genocides,” Kuznia wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. The Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Studies has named Jared McBride, Ph.D, the recipient of the Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship.Proud benefactors · Margee and Douglas Greenberg, above, gave a gift to the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Studies to endow a fellowship in their name, which was awarded to Jared McBride, Ph.D. – Photo courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundationlast_img read more

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Tyson Bomberry’s versatility shines at 2nd defender spot

first_img Published on April 30, 2017 at 11:18 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: August 8, 2017 at 7:34 p.m.DURHAM, N.C. — Tyson Bomberry’s first shot on Friday night sailed well over the crossbar, beyond a fence and into a parking lot adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium. It epitomized No. 1 Syracuse’s first half, marked by struggles at the X, defensive lapses and offensive stagnancy.Bomberry’s second shot came at a much different moment in No. 1 seed SU’s 16-15 loss to No. 4 seed North Carolina at Koskinen Stadium in the ACC tournament semifinal. Amid SU’s 8-0 run in the second half, Bomberry played give-and-go with long-stick midfielder Andrew Helmer. With his previous shot in mind, Bomberry made a clear effort to shoot at a lower angle. The ball headed straight to the top shelf, pulling SU within one of UNC headed into the fourth quarter. The play highlighted Bomberry’s knack for getting out in transition and being more than just a defender on the country’s top-ranked team.The Orange (11-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) lost to the Tar Heels (7-7, 1-3) and snapped its nine-game winning streak. Among a number of positives from the game — the third-quarter comeback, Jordan Evans’ career-high six assists and a flurry of goals from Nick Mariano (three) and Sergio Salcido (three) — was Bomberry’s effort on the defensive end, which has not gone unnoticed by those around him. His versatility has continued to shine at the second defender spot in recent weeks, Friday included.“He’s really well-rounded,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s good in the team defense. He’s good in the individual defense. He’s great in loose ball situations. He’s not afraid to run over with it. And he’s a good shooter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko’s comments encompass Bomberry’s greatest asset to Syracuse: versatility. The sophomore close defender, who works alongside No. 1 defender Scott Firman, checks in second to only senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams in ground balls (34) and tied-first with Firman in caused turnovers (13). In practice, he’s used on the wings, not only defensively, because “he’s such a good ground ball guy,” Desko said.He grabs passes in the air with regularity and often finds himself in good sliding spots. He has no glaring weakness, players note.Growing up, Bomberry took faceoffs, played attack, ran at midfield and spent time on defense. He also dabbled in football as a middle linebacker and wrestling. On Friday, Bomberry flashed his strength — bodying up UNC’s Chris Cloutier and Luke Goldstock — which he says is a product of his diverse athletic background.“He’s taken away most of their attackmen,” said senior midfielder Nick Mariano, who has a team-high 32 goals. “He’s got one of the best sticks I’ve ever seen. He picks off passes or bats them down almost every time the ball’s in the air or near him.”There are still some lapses. In the first half against the Tar Heels, Bomberry made a couple mistakes that cost SU. He guessed wrong on a pass, coming off the low corner too soon. He was then late to get the crease, where Goldstock had camped out. Goldstock scored easily.With Syracuse down 10-2 early in the second, Bomberry watched a rebound float in the air. Rather than turning his body and jumping out to an open Cloutier, who scored three times, Bomberry ball watched. Cloutier found the ball a few seconds later and converted a wide-open shot.But later, Bomberry scored to bring SU within one with his transition goal. He has practically mastered the art of the clear, teammates said, because he picks the ball up, keeps his head up and looks to run before the defense sets up. On Friday, he scooped up a ground ball to give Syracuse the final possession and a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.“Tyson’s got a great stick,” said SU assistant coach and defensive guru Lelan Rogers. “With Tyson and Scottie (Firman), they’re not amazing athletes but they have great stick skills.”Generally, Bomberry lets the player he’s guarding dictate his movements. He reads the hips, throws a bump check, then goes from there — he trusts his quick feet enough to compensate for attacks’ quick first steps. The bump check, he said, “makes them decide what they’re going to do first, six feet in front of me. Then I get more time to react.”“I know firsthand from practice, he’s really tough to beat,” said his cousin and junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry, who ranks second on SU in goals (23). “He’s got probably the best stick in the entire country. Every single day he’s picking off passes left and right. That’s huge for our defense.”Bomberry has made sizeable progression on the Syracuse defensive line and figures to take the No. 1 defender spot in 2018, with the graduation of Firman. For now, he’s a key cog in an SU defense coming off its worst game of the season.“He’s just huge, big, athletic,” North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi said. “He’s a physical presence in there. Ground balls, his presence, physicality and playing with an edge makes him a special player.” Commentslast_img read more

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With 8 foreign-born players, Syracuse overcomes language barriers

first_imgSyracuse head coach Ange Bradley barked instructions to senior Lies Lagerweij from the sidelines.“Pressure,” Bradley yelled at Lagerweij. “Pressure.”Lagerweij received the message and relayed instructions to fellow All-American, Roos Weers. But instead of English, Lagerweij repeated the instructions in Dutch, the pair’s native language. She then yelled, “pressure” audibly to the rest of the team.No. 10 Syracuse (11-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) has eight foreign athletes on the team. Seven come from the Netherlands or Germany and do not speak English as a first language. Elaine Carey, an Irish native, is the one foreign player that speaks English as a first language.“That’s the biggest adaptation that’s cultural,” Bradley said. “… Having to do something in a language that’s not your own. Think if you had to read all your books for your classes in Dutch.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAmerican field hockey is much faster and more physical than European field hockey, Bradley said. But in addition to adapting to American styles of play, SU’s foreign players must adjust to playing with people who speak a different language.For many, the adjustment to playing on a predominantly English-speaking team and adjusting to an American style of play has been a challenge, but it is also challenging for the American players adjusting to foreign languages and playing styles.Erin Gillingham, a midfielder, plays close to the back line around Weers, Lagerweij and Dutch goalie Borg van der Velde. She hears them strategizing in Dutch every game.“I have no idea what they’re saying,” Gillingham said. “As long as they get their point across to each other and they know what they’re talking about, then that’s all that matters.”Gillingham has yet to have a teammate try to talk to her in a foreign language on or off the field, but she’s heard stories of it.“They don’t even know that they’re doing it,” Gillingham said. “And that’s the funny part.”Unlike Gillingham, senior midfielder Laura Hurff has been barked at in an unrecognizable tongue, but it didn’t come off the field, it came in the thick of a heated game. While on defense, Dutch freshman Florine Hogendoorn began directing Hurff. She yelled “Go to the ball! Go to the ball!” But Hogendoorn didn’t realize she was hollering in Dutch.“I was like, ‘What? What are you saying?’” Hurff said. “And she kept saying it over and over.”Five minutes later, during a break in the action, Hogendoorn ran up to Hurff and apologized. She had just realized that she was speaking in Dutch and not English.Think if you had to read all your books for your classes in Dutch.Ange BradleyEuropean field hockey isn’t as physical or as fast as the American style. The game is much more tactical and the experience runs deeper. Many players, such as junior Emma Tufts, adjusted to field hockey after originally playing ice hockey. Foreign players don’t usually share that common experience. Hogendoorn had dreamed of playing field hockey in America for as long as she could remember.“(European players) bring a lot of knowledge to us,” Hurff said. “… They start at a younger age, so they’re really good at reading the game.”Often, when those players read the game and talk about it, the discussions are not in English. In the middle of games, it is easier for many of the players to work together in their own languages, Weers and Hoogendoorn said. For them, if it would be more effective to give directions to each other in Dutch, they’ll do it in Dutch.Speaking in one’s native language brings back a sense of familiarity for the German and Dutch players. But to Bradley, it isn’t a Dutch, German, Irish or American style that matters.“It’s still the same game,” Bradley said. “Played with a white ball and turf.” Comments Published on October 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Coronavirus: Arsenal cancel training return, pledge to continue paying casual workers

first_imgArsenal have cancelled plans to resume training on Tuesday, telling players to remain at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s first-team squad were due back in training this week after completing their 14-day self-isolation period following head coach Mikel Arteta testing positive for the virus.But, as the UK faces the prospect of a total lockdown, Arsenal now say it would be “inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time”.Arsenal gave an update on Arteta last week, saying the Spaniard is “feeling much better” and is back planning for the remainder of the season as well as speaking to his players.Arsenal said in a statement: “Our men’s first-team players were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday after completing 14 days isolation following Mikel Arteta’s positive diagnosis for the virus.“As a result of the current situation we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time. Therefore our men’s first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home.“Stay at home and save lives.”Arteta’s diagnosis earlier this month led to the postponement of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton, scheduled for March 14, before the rest of England’s top-flight fixtures were suspended, originally until April 4 and then extended to April 30.In the meantime, Arsenal have pledged to continue paying matchday and non-matchday casual workers until April 30. The north London club say this will be reviewed once a decision has been made on when football can return.Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers.“This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to 30 April 2020.“We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.” Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more

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Africa Women Cup of Nations: Line-up complete for Cameroon

first_imgKenya have qualified for the Africa Women Cup of Nations for the first time ever as Nigeria also advance to defend their title in Cameroon.Equatorial Guinea, the only other team to win the women’s continental title, will also be at the finals in November pending an investigation by the Confederation of African Football.Having already qualified for the Rio Olympics in August both South Africa and Zimbabwe also reached the continental finals.Ghana and Egypt join Cameroon as hosts in the eight-team finals.Kenya reached the finals by beating Algeria on the away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw over two legs.Teams qualified for the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations:Cameroon (hosts), Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South AfricaThe sides drew 1-1 in Nairobi on Tuesday, having drawn in Algiers 2-2 last week, and Kenya go through having scored twice away from home. The result had seemed to be going Algeria’s way when they took the lead on 21 minutes from Naima Bouheni – just after Kenya had a goal disallowed for offside.But Kenya levelled in the second-leg tie in the 79th minute through Cherish Avilla to qualify for a continental finals for the first time.Reigning champions Nigeria will defend their title in Cameroon after beating Senegal 2-0 in the second leg of their qualifier on Tuesday for a 3-1 win on aggregate.The Super Falcons missed a chance to take the lead on the half-hour when Arsenal player Asisat Oshoala hit the bar with a penalty kick.Bit six minutes later Rita Chikwelu broke the deadlock and almost immediately after the break Osaremona Igbinovia doubled the lead. Senegal’s misery was compounded when their coach was shown a red card on 50 minutes.South Africa completed a 5-0 aggregate win over neighbours Botswana with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.Banyana Banyana scored their first goal in the 18th minute as Mamello Makhabane scored from the penalty spot.Sanah Mollo and then a vicious shot from Nompumelelo Nyandeni’s made it 3-0 before half-time.There was also a convincing 4-0 second leg win for Ghana over visiting Tunisia to make it 6-1 overall. Samira Suleman and Portia Boakye both scored before half-time.The rout was completed with goals from Priscilla Adobea and a second from Suleman after the break.On Monday, Egypt booked their place by beating Ivory Coast, going though on away goals.Ivory Coast won the second leg of their tie 2-1 in Abidjan to make the score 2-2 on aggregate.Rebecca Elloh and Tia Ines scored for the Ivorians , who played at the World Cup in Canada last year, before half-time to give the hosts an overall lead. But a goal in the 86th minute from Nevein Gamal made the score 2-2 overall and Egypt progressed on the away goals rule.Zimbabwe were the first team to qualify for the finals with a 4-2 overall win over Zambia on Sunday.The second leg of the final round tie finished 3-2 to visiting Zimbabwe after Zambia had twice came from behind.Kudakwashe Basopo, who scored the only goal of the first leg in Harare, gave Zimbabwe the perfect start with an away goal after just six minutes. Zambia drew level midway through the first half through Noria Sosala but Samkelisiwe Zulu restored the lead for Zimbabwe 10 minutes before the break.Misozi Zulu matched her namesake when she scored from the penalty sport for Zambia to make it 2-2 but Zimbabwe’s Emmaculate Msipa scored a winner with just a minute left to play.It means Zimbabwe’s women have two major tournaments this year after they qualified for the Olympics in Rio.It is the fourth time Zimbabwe have qualified for the continental finals for women, their best showing was fourth place in 2000.Also on Sunday, Equatorial Guinea, who are the only nations apart from Nigeria to have won the African title, booked their place in the finals with a 2-1 win over Mali in Malabo. The result took them through 3-2 on aggregate, however the Confederation of African Football say they are now investigating whether Equatorial Guinea used any ineligible players in the matches.It follows their disqualification from the qualifiers for the women’s football tournament at the Olympics in 2020 after Fifa found them guilty of using ineligible players in the qualifying ties for this year’s Games in Rio – that they failed to reach.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Bears RT Bobby Massie signs 4-year contract extension

first_img Patrick Mahomes reveals what Tom Brady told him after AFC championship game NFL free agency news: Bears agree to deal with new kicker Proud and excited to stay a part of the legacy that is the @ChicagoBears. Now let’s get this ring. #BearDown https://t.co/SwE8lG6SNL— Bobby Massie (@MrBig434) January 26, 2019“Bobby has been an important part of our offensive line the past three years and has shown steady improvement during that time,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “Bobby has a tremendous work ethic and has displayed the kind of toughness and consistency we want in our players. More importantly, he is a great teammate and we’re excited to keep him in the fold.”The Bears now have all but one of their 22 starters — safety Adrian Amos, who can become an unrestricted free agent in March — under contract. The Bears have signed offensive right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year contract extension through 2022, the team announced Saturday.Massie, 29, was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round in 2012 and signed with the Bears in 2016. He has started all but two of his 48 games with Chicago and was a key element of an offensive line that allowed the eighth-fewest sacks in the NFL in 2018 (33).center_img Massie tweeted that he is “proud and excited to stay a part of the legacy that is the Chicago Bears. Now let’s get this ring.”The Bears won the NFC North in 2018 for the first time since 2010 before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Eagles 16-15 on a missed field goal attempt in the game’s final seconds. Related Newslast_img read more

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19 Qualified, 5 on Hold by LFA Elections Committee

first_imgThe LFA Elections Committee has qualified 19 candidates and put hold on five, requesting for further explanations to get ready for the March 22 elections in Grand Bassa County.The committee said the qualified candidates for positions in the LFA Executive Committee are Lemuel B. Sharman, Allain Krayee, Samuel Y. Karn, Ansu V. S. Dulleh, Adolphus G. Harmon, Matthew Smith and Samuel Ashley.Others are Rochell G. D. Woodson, Wilmot Smith, Yanqueh S. Borsay, Urias Glaybo, Mustapha Raji, D. Sheba Browne, Wallace G. Weiah, and Ciata A. Bishop.The committee said Madam Ciata A. Bishop will serve as the female representative to the Executive Committee while the other nine candidates will go through the voting process.Meanwhile the committee at its press conference yesterday placed a hold on the following candidates: Cyrus N. Wright, D. Maxwell S. Kemayah, and Korpo Beatrice Kpoto, for what it said, “Inconsistencies that need clarification.”Also placed on hold are candidates Adolph Lawrence and Alfred Sayon due to double nominations by the Gardnersville FC, and said the clubs and the candidates will meet the committee to sort things out at the conference in the period of eight days.Chairman Malcolm Joseph assured all applicants of free, fair and transparent elections.However, Aliou Bah was disqualified for what it termed as “constitution stigma to participate for this year elections.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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$18M infirmary, outpatient clinic built at Palms Geriatric Home

first_imgIn an effort to improve the services provided to residents of the Palms Geriatric Home and by reducing referrals of these patients to the Georgetown Public Hospital, the facility has now been furnished with an $18M infirmary and outpatient clinic, along with equipment and furnishing.The official commission of this new facility took place on Monday with Social Protection Minister Amna Ally declaring that the project is part of the Government’s efforts to ensure that the country’s seniors receive the best possible care whilst at the public institution.The observation ward in the infirmary, at the Palms Geriatric Home“We cannot bypass our elderly, and every day we look at the improvement of the services that we can provide for our elderly at the Palms and today, this is a manifestation to show that we really do care,” she said while acknowledging that there was a dire need for this to be included in the services provided.The Minister urged warned staffers against the mistreatment of the residents of the facility. “One day we are going to get old and we would not like when we get old to be mistreated and so, like our elders we would also like to ensure that we are given the best treatment,” she also added.It was also explained by Director of Social Services, Wentworth Tanner that the ward will cater specifically for those persons with communicable diseases. This is to ensure that they are quarantined.“We took a lot of things into consideration here, in the infectious ward there are special bath rails, special bath stools, to ensure that the best possible care can be provided here”“Many times there are cases when persons come back from the hospital, they are not yet at a place where we feel comfortable taking them back to the general ward, so we can bring them here for observation and complete their recovery before we send them to the ward and they’re also cases that aren’t serious enough to send them to the Georgetown hospital so we can deal with it in-house so we are going to bring those people down here for observation and continued care,” Tanner continued.Some of the most common infections there are lung related. There are also cases of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases which comes with age. He said prior to the establishment of the facilities, there is an in-house doctor who visits the ward at least once per week.The infirmary is now equipped with an infectious ward, a doctor’s office and an observation ward with six beds. The outpatient clinic has a waiting area, a doctor’s office, and a dispensary.The project, which was conceptualised in 2016, will see a reduction in the number of referrals to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).There will be two medical doctors on call 24 hours per every day, along with three nurses per shift, to attend to those persons with communicable diseases, thereby improving ward visits.The facility houses approximately 200 residents.last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Europa hopes to be tested by Swedish minnows

first_img0Shares0000Ostersunds’ Nigerian forward Alhaji Gero (L) celebrates scoring with Iranian midfielder Saman Ghoddos during the Europa League group F match against Athletic Bilbao in Ostersund, Sweden on October 18, 2017 © TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP/File / Robert HENRIKSSONNYON, Switzerland, Dec 11 – Arsenal’s hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Ostersunds, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded in the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.In the draw made Monday, the Gunners were pitched against the central Swedish club coached by Graham Potter, who played for Southampton in the Premier League as part of a long career that saw him win one under-21 England cap and make 307 Football League appearances. Now 42, Potter led Ostersunds — created in October 1996 when three local clubs (Ope IF, IFK Ostersund, Ostersund/Torvalla FF) merged — to the Swedish Cup last season, having taken the side from the Swedish fourth division to the top flight in six seasons.Far from being intimidated, Ostersunds seemed ecstatic with the draw, their English manager freely admitting his outfit would not be favourites against Wenger’s Arsenal, currently sitting fifth in the Premier League.“I think it’s really cool to go home to England and meet one of the best teams in the Premier League,” said Potter, who first signed for Ostersunds in 2010.“Now we are really underdogs,” he added in a report in Swedish on the club’s website.The club, who claimed a shock win over Galatasaray in the second qualifying round and then finished second in a group featuring Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin after only losing one game, reported that Potter looked delighted as he and the club chairman realised who they had been drawn against.“Jubilation in Ostersund, OFK meet Arsenal in the next round,” the club said on Twitter.Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic face Roberto Mancini’s ambitious Zenit St Petersburg, who beat Rangers in the 2008 UEFA Cup final.“It’s never easy playing in Russia,” Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham tweeted.Celtic dropped out of the Champions League, as did Napoli and RB Leipzig, who will meet each other in what appears to be the toughest draw of the round.Lyon, who are desperate to get to the final which will be played at their own stadium, will face Villarreal, while AC Milan will face Ludogorets of Bulgaria.The first legs will be played on Thursday, February 15, with the return matches a week later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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