Offices: Holborn-again

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Cesc Fabregas hits back at ex-Arsenal teammate Julio Baptista for criticising Manchester United’s tactics against PSG

first_imgCesc Fabregas hits back at ex-Arsenal teammate Julio Baptista for criticising Manchester United’s tactics against PSG Marcus Rashford’s penalty sent PSG crashing out of the Champions League (EPA)‘They had to bring on their academy players in the last 20 minutes because they did not have anything else.‘Have they been lucky? Yes. But they deserve respect for fighting and believing until the end.‘I am a defender of good football but you always have to adapt to what you have.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Manchester United are through to the Champions League quarter-finals (Getty Images)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 CityBut Fabregas hit back at his former Arsenal teammate by defending Solskjaer’s approach and pointing out that United were hampered by several injuries, as well as Paul Pogba’s suspension.‘Each team plays to their strengths and United had at least eight of their top players out,’ Fabregas said. Commentcenter_img Cesc Fabregas supported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in Manchester United’s win over PSG (Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista criticised Manchester United’s tactics in their Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.United completed a remarkable turnaround in Paris by sealing a 3-1 victory to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.Solskjaer’s side were forced to defend for the majority of the game but Romelu Lukaku capitalised on two defensive errors to keep United in the tie before Marcus Rashford’s penalty in extra time completed the upset.Baptista, however, was unhappy with United’s approach to the game and claims Solskjaer’s side will not win the competition if they adopt similar tactics in the next roundAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Manchester United have got to the next round without merit, they just played and defended the whole game, counting on luck to beat PSG,’ the Brazilian posted on Twitter.‘As good as they are, Manchester United cannot afford play like that if they want to win the Champions League.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 8:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Seadrill makes headway with restructuring plans

first_imgLooking ahead, Seadrill said that the offshore drilling market remains challenging and it expects this dynamic to continue in the short to medium term. The majority of customers remain focused on conserving cash and are still reluctant to commit to significant new capital projects offshore until an increased consistency and upward trend in oil prices is demonstrated. The significant rig supply overhang remains and a faster return to a balanced market will require drilling contractors to be more disciplined in retiring older units, the driller said.According to Seadrill, tendering activity has continued at increased levels, albeit from a low base, over the past few months, especially in the North Sea floater and South-East Asia and Middle-East jack-up segments. Market behavior points increasingly to the market having reached its bottom. An increasing number of recent tenders released by oil companies seek to contract at current bottom of cycle dayrates for increased durations and / or with multiple fixed price options periods.“We still believe in the long term fundamentals of the offshore drilling industry, driven by years of under-investment in new fields and the competitiveness of offshore resources on a full cycle basis,” Seadrill concluded.Also on Wednesday, Seadrill promoted its chief commercial officer Anton Dibowitz to the CEO role, to replace Per Wullf starting from July.Offshore Energy Today Staff In the quarterly report on Wednesday, Seadrill said that, during the first quarter 2017, its revenues decreased by 36% to $569 million from $891 million in the same period of 2016.The company’s operating income dropped by 75% totaling $83 million, compared to $328 million in the prior-year quarter.Net income for the first quarter 2017 was $57 million, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.13, compared to net profit of $149 million in the same period of 2016.According to the quarterly report, Seadrill’s headcount has been reduced from 6,995 at year end 2015 to 5,196 at the end of the first quarter. Of the 1,799 reduction, 1,380 have been offshore and 419 onshore.Seadrill’s order backlog as at May 24, 2017 is $3.4 billion, comprised of $1.4 billion for the floater fleet and $2 billion for the jack-up fleet. The average contract duration is 13 months for floaters and 30 months for jack-ups. Profit & revenues down  Offshore driller Seadrill has said it has made progress with its restructuring plans which may involve Chapter 11 solution.In April, the company reached an agreement with its bank group to extend the comprehensive restructuring plan negotiating period until July 31, 2017, reflecting significant progress on the terms of such restructuring made with the bank group, Seadrill said in its first quarter 2017 report on Wednesday.The company also said it is now in advanced discussions with certain third party and related party investors and its secured lenders on the terms of a comprehensive recapitalization. Further, the company is in receipt of a proposal from the third party and related party investors which remains subject to further negotiation, final due diligence and documentation.Seadrill is also in discussions with certain bondholders who have recently become restricted again. While discussions with secured lenders and certain investors have advanced significantly, a number of important terms continue to be negotiated and no assurance can be given that an agreement will be reached.The company continues to believe that implementation of a comprehensive restructuring plan will likely involve schemes of arrangement or chapter 11 proceedings, and it is preparing accordingly.It is likely that the comprehensive restructuring plan will require a substantial impairment or conversion of bonds, as well as impairment and losses for other stakeholders, including shipyards.As a result, the company currently expects that shareholders are likely to receive minimal recovery for their existing shares. The company’s business operations remain unaffected by these restructuring efforts and the company expects to continue to meet its ongoing customer and business counterparty obligations. Bottom reachedlast_img read more

EEW pipes for Formosa 2 jackets

first_imgEEW Group is producing the steel pipe components for the 47 jacket foundations to be installed on the Formosa 2 wind farm offshore Taiwan. Located between four and ten nautical miles off Miaoli County, Formosa 2 will comprise 47 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines installed in water depths of up to 55 metres. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2021. The production of the steel pipes for the jackets started in January at EEW Korea, EEW KHPC, and EEW Malaysia and is expected to be completed in October 2020. “The development of renewable energy sources in East Asia is a role model for other countries. After the successful completion of the first Formosa I Phase 2 project (for which we supplied 20 monopiles from EEW SPC) we are proud to be a part of the follow-up project Formosa II,” said Christoph Schorge, CEO of the EEW Group. With lengths up to 78.9 metres, an outside diameter of 2.4 metres, weights up to 280 MT, the pin piles are also being manufactured at EEW KHPC, EEW Korea, and EEW Malaysia, with more than half of the units already completed. Jan De Nul is the EPCI contractor for the project’s foundations and subsea cables. As previously reported, EEW Group is also in charge of manufacturing and delivering the 194 pin piles for the 376 MW project. The Formosa 2 wind farm is being developed by a partnership between JERA, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, and Swancor Renewable Energy. With a total tonnage of 47,500 MT, the steel pipes will be assembled into jacket foundations by Saipem and PT SMOE. First Pin Piles for Formosa II OWF at Gwangyang Port, South Korea. Source: EEW Group. In total, EEW Group will deliver 91,500 tons of construction steel pipes for the project.last_img read more

Arteta ready to rebuild squad with three LaLiga starlets

first_img Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Will You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The Spaniard, also 23, can play across the midfield, breaking through on the right before being shifted across due to Ferran Torres’ emergence. Soler, therefore, has shown he is more than capable of playing as the No10 or out on the left. Finally, the Gunners may also make a move for Espanyol star Marc Roca. read also:Ferdinand: Arteta should build Arsenal around Martinelli, Saka, Willock Roca, also 23, is a holding midfielder and boasts an impressive record of 2.5 tackles per match – more than any member of Arteta’s squad. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, plans to base his squad rebuilding on LaLiga talent. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta La Razon says Arteta has lined up three exciting LaLiga rising stars who all played in the 2019 Under-21 European Championships final and put them high on his wish list. Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez is a target for plenty of clubs this summer with Manchester City, West Ham, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich all keen. But it is Arsenal who could be at the front of the queue for the 23-year-old central defender. Arsenal are also being linked with Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ivy Tech Community College Names Ron Eads as Executive Director of CCEC Program for Lawrenceburg and Batesville Area

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN —Lilly Endowment has made a grant to the Ivy Tech Foundation to support Ivy Tech Community College’s new statewide Career Coaching and Employer Connection (CCEC) program. This new, more strategic approach, will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices working alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience. The new approach will transform Ivy Tech’s current Career Development structure and programs to focus on intentional career advising and employer engagement.Ivy Tech Community College of Lawrenceburg and Batesville is pleased to announce that Ron Eads has been hired as its Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections. In this role, Eads will be overseeing a new team which will include an Employer Consultant, a Career Coach, and a Career Experiences Specialist.The CCEC team will be working as a cross-functional team to help students put together their Career Development Portfolio and prepare them for their job search. This new team will work collaboratively with businesses to help coordinate internships, externships, and work and learn opportunities in the Lawrenceburg and Batesville Service Area serving the counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, and Ripley.Contact Ron with any questions or for further information: read more

Allardyce looking to future

first_img Allardyce maintains he will embrace the changes to the backroom staff at the Boleyn Ground. “I am enthusiastic about that idea. We all agreed that whoever comes in has to be qualified and of the right type to supplement our already highly qualified backroom staff, in whom I have complete confidence,” he said. “The appointment is absolutely down to me and the challenge is to find the right person to help us score more goals next season, because that is what we need to do.” Allardyce continued: “Style of play is crucial, but it is also important that players realise their capabilities and play to them on a consistent basis. “What we are striving for is the players playing well, as they did in the final home game of the season against Tottenham – a club who had spent many more millions of pounds than us – but not for one game, but consistently. “We will all be striving hard to achieve that consistency when we resume training and if we can regularly find that standard, then I am sure the supporters will be as happy as I will. “Entertainment value, contrary to what some people say and think, is high on my list and always has been because this is an entertainment business. “It is also a results business, though, and we need to win matches. If we can win games the right way next season then that has to be our ultimate aim and number one priority, particularly at home.” Allardyce, who took West Ham up at the first time of asking via the Championship play-off final three seasons ago, is busy looking to bring in new recruits for the challenges ahead. He said: “I am not going to make any predictions at this early stage – certainly not before looking to see what everyone else does during the transfer window – but by the time we begin the new campaign we should have a clearer picture of how far we feel we can go. “We are all aiming for a top-10 finish.” While some Irons supporters remain sceptical Allardyce can implement the needed changes, the former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle boss is in no doubt he can lead the club forward as they look towards taking up residency in the Olympic Stadium from 2016. “The past is the past, you can’t change anything – the crucial thing is to learn from it,” Allardyce said on the club’s official website, “I am happy and proud to continue for another season as West Ham manager. “I have had good, fruitful meetings with my employers and we are all in agreement that we want to move this great club forward in a united way. “To that end we – the board, the staff, the players – are unified in wanting to create an exciting team for next season, one that is going to be better than last season. “I sat down with the owners and Karren Brady to discuss many things and the outcome of that meeting is that we are all moving forward in a very positive manner. “Things have been resolved satisfactorily on both sides and we now look forward to a productive summer and hopefully a very successful season. “We want to try and achieve at least what we did in the first year back in the Barclays Premier League, which was a top-10 finish.” The Upton Park side announced on Tuesday Allardyce would remain as manager, but that he must accept a handful of “improvements”, including a commitment to a more positive style of play with an agreement to hire a new attacking coach. Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are aiming for “at least a top-10 finish” in 2014/15, having for long spells battled too close to the drop zone for comfort before eventually pulling clear to end up 13th on 40 points. Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to learn the lessons of last season and move the club forward. last_img read more

Newcastle draw to halt losing run

first_imgAyoze Perez ended relegation-haunted Newcastle’s eight-game losing streak as they picked up their first Barclays Premier League point since February. But they fell behind just two minutes later, and in depressingly predictable fashion as Anichebe climbed above Taylor to head Gardner’s free-kick past the helpless Tim Krul. Sissoko shot straight at Myhill after running on to Cabella’s clever 39th-minute flick, but his side had to wait just two minutes longer to drag themselves back into the game. Taylor picked out Perez on the edge of the box with his free-kick and the Spaniard took a touch before drilling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner to popular acclaim from the Toon Army. Dawson floated a cross just high and wide after Chris Brunt had gone one-on-one with Krul two minutes before the break, but the sides went in level to the unaccustomed, at least in recent times, sound of applause from the locals. The Baggies could have been back in front within three minutes of the restart when Anichebe broke and fed skipper Darren Fletcher, who crossed for Gardner to fire just wide first time as he arrived at the back post. Cabella was starting to make an impact and it was his enterprising run which led to the 64th-minute corner from which Perez tested Myhill at his near post. Carver sent on leading scorer Papiss Cisse, fresh from his seven-game ban, as a 68th-minute replacement for Emmanuel Riviere, but it was the visitors who very nearly regained the advantage with 17 minutes remaining when Brunt saw his header blocked on the line by a combination of Dummett and Krul before substitute Saido Berahino stabbed the rebound against the post. Krul palmed away Berahino’s 76th-minute shot after he had been played in by Anichebe, but Myhill had to produce an injury-time save to keep out Sissoko’s stinging shot in a tense finish. However, the former Tenerife frontman’s seventh goal of the season was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw with West Brom at St James’ Park on a day when the battle for survival took a series of twists. The Magpies had briefly slipped into the bottom three when Victor Anichebe headed home Craig Gardner’s 32nd-minute free-kick, but Perez levelled four minutes before the break with a sweetly-struck shot to hand head coach John Carver a little respite. However, the home fans among a crowd of 47,894 left the stadium knowing there is still work to be done if their team is to avoid the drop with a trip to QPR next weekend and a final-day clash with West Ham on Tyneside to come. Sunderland’s surprise win at Everton in the day’s early kick-off left the Magpies even more in need of victory, and that was not lost on their supporters, who answered skipper Fabricio Coloccini’s plea to get behind their team. The loss of Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat to suspension meant yet another reshuffle which resulted in midfielder Jonas Gutierrez lining up at left-back, and the Magpies’ frailty at the back was to haunt them once again. They started the game in positive fashion with midfielder Moussa Sissoko blasting a long-range drive just over Boaz Myhill’s crossbar with four minutes gone. But they enjoyed a major escape four minutes later when Craig Dawson got his head to Gardner’s inswinging corner and saw his effort come back off the post with the black and white shirts converging to block Youssouf Mulumbu’s follow-up. Spurred on by their good fortune, Newcastle pushed forward, but were able to create little of note in open play despite the best efforts of Remy Cabella, who saw plenty of the ball, but could do little with it. Indeed, most their best efforts came from Ryan Taylor free-kicks with the midfielder twice finding the head of defender Paul Dummett and going for goal himself, but with no tangible reward. Newcastle went close to the opening goal on the half-hour when Coloccini headed another Taylor free-kick back across goal for Sissoko to rifle in a shot which was blocked on the line by Joleon Lescott. Press Associationlast_img read more

Six former Berbice cricketers honoured at BCB 80th anniversary celebration

first_imgSIX outstanding former players have been recognised for their performances on the cricket field and for being ambassadors of the game in the Ancient County, as part of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) 80th anniversary celebration last Friday.The players honoured were Sudesh Dhaniram, Kevin Darlington, Orvin Mangru, Andre Percival, Deonarine Persaud and Zaheer Moakan.BCB president Hilbert Foster, in a review of the programme, stated that the current batch of Berbice players need to know of the achievements of yesteryear players who had dedicated themselves to the game despite the low financial returns.While the current players enjoy huge financial incentives, the majority of past cricketers were involved in cricket due to their love of the game.Orvin Mangru (right) receives his award from BCB Secretary Robbie SaywackFoster promised that the BCB would continue to honour players, umpires, officials as long as he remains the president. The six players were selected by the pro-active BCB-based on their performances on the field, role model status, personal discipline and contributions to Berbice cricket.Sudesh Dhaniram represented Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant cricket club, Berbice, Guyana and West Indies ‘B’. He became a household name across the Caribbean when he scored two majestic centuries on debut against Barbados and Leeward Islands.Foster stated that Dhaniram, if he was playing today would have walked into the West Indies team. Kevin Darlington for many years during the 1990s was a permanent member of the fast-bowling attack and represented Bermine and Berbice and Guyana..Albert Smith presents gift to Zaheer Moakan.Orvin Mangru, a product of the Albion Community Centre cricket club represented Berbice and Guyana at the Under-19 level and holds the national record for the most wickets in an innings – 9 for 116 – versus Barbados in 1999. Andre Percival would forever be remembered for leading Guyana to three consecutive Under-19 Championships and his leadership of the dominant Port Mourant Cricket Club in 1990s.Percival was also a member of the Guyana team which won the first-ever Stanford 20/20 titles and also played for the West Indies Under-19 and B teams.Deonarine Persaud for a number of years captained Port Mourant Cricket Club to numerous titles including the National Bristol Cup.Persaud also represented Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies at the Under-19 levels. Zaheer Moakan was widely respected and known for his duties as an umpire, but was a productive cricketer at the First and Second Division. A solid left-handed batsman, he represented Police Sports Club and Young Warriors Cricket Club before turning to umpiring.Moakan, speaking on behalf of his fellow awardees, expressed gratitude to the BCB for making them feel special on the 80th anniversary of Berbice cricket. He hailed the work of the current executive and urged all Berbicians to work together for the development of the game. Each of the retired players received framed certificates, trophy, medal and a gift.The 2019 Tribute to Retired Programmes was sponsored by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS and Republic Bank.last_img read more

The shoe still fits for Syracuse basketball and big-play freshman Tyler Lydon

first_img Published on March 29, 2016 at 12:05 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman CHICAGO – Even if the shoe fit, there was no time to put it on. Tyler Lydon’s left sneaker squirted off his foot and he couldn’t look back at it before Michael Gbinije swung a pass to his right and into the wide-open freshman’s hands.Isaiah Wilkins left the double team on Gbinije and darted to his left before soaring through the air. Lydon sold Wilkins on a pump fake before taking a dribble to his left and sinking a 3 with his white and orange sock still sliding across the floor. Gbinije threw Lydon’s shoe out of bounds against the outside of the scorer’s table and Lydon backpedaled the other way, pointing to his shoeless foot and barking at a referee for some sort of reprieve so he didn’t have to guard Anthony Gill with his sneaker three-quarters of the way down the other end of the court.“You can’t stop playing in that situation so I was like, ‘Why not?’” Lydon said. “I think that was like the first 3 I’d made since the first game.”It was a relatively insignificant bucket that cut Syracuse’s deficit to nine with 2:24 remaining in the first half against Virginia, but it was just about the last possible thing Lydon hadn’t done yet this season. He’s proved to be efficient from deep. He’s turned a hesitancy from the field into an ability to pump fake and finish at the rim. He’s hung with the big boys and blossomed into a reliable rebounder, often opposing centers that have far more bulk than the lanky freshman.On Sunday, his 11 points and six rebounds were heavily masked by a 21-point second half from fellow freshman Malachi Richardson. Lydon has rarely played the star. That’s left Gbinije, sometimes Richardson and even Trevor Cooney and Tyler Roberson on occasion. But in No. 10 seed Syracuse’s (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 68-62 upset of top-seeded Virginia (29-8, 13-5), the supporting role embodying efficiency and timely plays on both ends down the stretch fit seamlessly into the narrative of Lydon’s season that may still not have reached its peak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of freshman normally … don’t continue to get better at the end of the year,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “Most of them come out in the beginning and then they kind of maintain, but he’s just been getting better and better the last six, seven or eight games.”If Lydon had maintained how he started this season, he’d be the star. A roaring and unexpected performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis set the bar high for the versatile freshman that was now popping up higher on scouting reports.Teams followed him out to the perimeter. They pounded the ball in his direction down low. Physically inferior to almost everyone he guarded, Lydon was on the receiving end of criticism from Jim Boeheim that he wasn’t physically ready after Isaiah Hicks and Brice Johnson tore through the Orange’s frontcourt in the Carrier Dome.Then there was the critique, from Boeheim, teammates and himself, of his hesitation from the field when he’d pass up wide-open shots for simple passes.Lydon couldn’t use his weight to manhandle centers, and he had to shed his stutter from the field. The versatility had faded midseason, was re-discovered down the stretch and had to find a way to carry over into a postseason that the Orange isn’t supposed to still be playing in.Those ways came in the form of stepping out to where he normally wouldn’t and blocking a Josh Perkins floater that saved Syracuse’s season in the Elite Eight. Or forcing Gill into a travel on a 2-on-1 with 8:17 left that allowed SU to slice its deficit to single digits on the next possession.“Tyler Lydon made a couple great plays in the back of (the press) to stop them in a 2-on-1 situation,” Boeheim said, “and we finally got our offense.”Then pulling a once-uncharacteristically quick trigger and hitting a 3-pointer from the wing against UVA to cut Syracuse’s deficit to three less than two minutes later. And finally hauling in a rebound with less than 10 seconds left over Gill and Malcolm Brogdon, an individual feat against two opponents normally reserved for Roberson, but one the freshman did to all but secure a Final Four spot after Roberson fouled out minutes prior.“He looks like a lightweight fighting heavyweight,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said, “and at the end of the day, no one’s really been able to really hurt him down there.”After his block against Gonzaga, Lydon elevated and hit the ground with the ball in his hands before hitting two foul shots. Following his rebound against Virginia, Lydon elevated and hit the ground with the ball in his hands before hitting another two foul shots. Both plays that will barely show up in a box score, but ones that may be the difference between the Orange heading to Houston or staying home.And one final time before Syracuse left the court at the United Center, Lydon elevated before coming back down on two feet. No foul shots were needed. No game needed to be sealed. This time, it was up a ladder to cut down the net and then back down.His left sneaker was snug on his foot, just like the shoe that Syracuse still fits. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more