Carlo Ancelotti ‘disappointed’ by Arsenal decision to hire Mikel Arteta

first_img Comment Arteta is set to land the Arsenal job (Picture: Getty)According to Italian journalist Fabio Santini, talking to 7 Gold’s Il Processo show, Ancelotti had agreed in principle to take over at the Emirates only for Arsenal chiefs to pull back and instead appoint Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe was left ‘disappointed’ by the decision because the Premier League giants were his ‘first choice’ for a new job following his sacking by Serie A side Napoli.It will be Ancelotti’s second spell in English football after a successful two-year stint with Chelsea where he won the Premier League and the FA Cup.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 CityHe has delivered league titles in England, Italy, Germany and France and is a three-times Champions League winner, lifting Europe’s biggest trophy twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid.Arteta, meanwhile, will take charge of a club for the first time.He has served under Pep Guardiola as Manchester City assistant manager since 2016 but is set to return to Arsenal – the club he captained during a five-year stint as a player.Will Mikel Arteta be successful at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Ancelotti is expected to take charge at Everton (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly ‘disappointed’ to miss out on the Arsenal job to Mikel Arteta after holding what he believed to be successful talks with the Gunners.The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan manager is now set to take over as Everton’s full-time manager and both he and Arteta could be in their respective dugouts for the Premier League meeting between the two clubs this weekend.However, Ancelotti was hoping to find himself in the away dressing room at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime rather than coaching the home side. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 3:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Carlo Ancelotti ‘disappointed’ by Arsenal decision to hire Mikel Artetalast_img read more

The riverfront apartment with the happily ever after

first_imgEuropean appliances adorn the designer kitchen that features a marble island bench and looks across a dining and lounge area that flows to the large entertaining deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The pool in the Aquila complexNew Farm holds a special place in the hearts of Robert and Leiza Clark, the owners of this rare luxury apartment with extraordinary views of the Brisbane River.It’s the suburb they lived in as newlyweds 25 years ago.“We lived in New Farm when we first got married and then moved to a larger block to have children, but we’ve always dreamt on getting get back on the river,” Mrs Clark said.“The community of New Farm is great, it’s close to James Street, it’s not out of control busy and we’re within walking distance of everything including the idyllic Howard Smith Wharves.” Before they moved to the 418sq m apartment in 2015 they spent their weekends maintaining a large property in Norman Park, all the while yearning for a Brisbane River property.“We sold our house quicker than we thought and it was actually an acquaintance of ours that owned this property and told us we could move in until we found something we wanted in New Farm,” Mrs Clark said.“We looked around New Farm for a solid six months but just couldn’t find anything that matched it and so we approached the owners with an offer to buy this apartment off them.” Close to the Clarks’ apartment is a shared gym, a 20m heated pool and private pontoon. Mrs Clark said the family had celebrated significant birthdays and hosted Riverfire parties in their home but it was now time to downside.“We’re not sure where we’ll go but we do a lot more travelling now, and while we really love the Aquila we’re excited to move on to the next stage of our lives, and so are the girls,” she said.“We’re considering other options, whether it’s coastal or downsizing in Brisbane or having a drop pad in the city that we can stay in when we’re not travelling to other places.“This property is rare and irreplaceable and we’re sure someone will value it as much as we do.” For the past four years the Clarks and their two daughters, now 19 and 22, have cherished their centrally located four-bedroom home. It’s at street level but high above the river and just one of 10 units in the prestigious Aquila development.“It really feels like we’re at one with nature and the river because we’re not so high up and we can see the river rather than staring at the sky,” Mrs Clark said.“There’s no better view of Brisbane, with one whole wall of the building glass, it’s very unique. So is the fact that everyone in this building is owner-occupiers.” With smart wiring throughout, luxury inclusions include fully automated lights, music, blinds and security, as well as a storage room with wine racks, a wine fridge, three secure car parks and a grand hallway the length of the property. Larger than the average house, two rooms with balconies and ensuites are located towards the rear of the property. The opulent master bedroom with a private balcony sits pride of place overlooking the river and has a walk-in robe and ensuite with Statuario marble and a freestanding bath.last_img read more

Fugro in further cost-cutting push after ‘tough first half’

first_imgFugro continues to implement cost reduction and performance improvement measures to counter the continued challenging market conditions. In the first half of 2017, the company’s headcount was reduced by 178 employees to 10,352 and third party expenses were further reduced by 9.6%. In addition, capex continues to be curtailed strongly.Additional measures being taken to restore profitability include improving terms and conditions and early termination of vessel charter agreements. Fugro will also retire two older vessels in the second half of the year.Furthermore, the company concluded that the acquisition of the REM Etive vessel, following the award of two multi-year inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contracts earlier in the year, is at significantly more beneficial financial conditions than charter renewal.Other measures include down-manning of vessels and vessel support enabled by standardization and application of new technologies, further FTE reduction and more flexible staffing to deal with seasonality.Another measure will be further streamlining of the organization by standardizing work processes, further reducing the number of legal entities and consolidation of support functions into shared service centers.In total, cost savings and performance improvement measures are expected to result in an annualized contribution to EBITDA of EUR 50 to 70 million, most of which will be realized in the coming 12 months.Fugro’s net debt increased from EUR 351.1 million at year-end 2016 to EUR 433.5 million, partly as a result of the seasonal increase in working capital.For the full year 2017, Fugro anticipates a decrease in revenue, however less severe than during the first half. This expectation is supported by a bottoming out of Fugro’s backlog since mid-2016.Capex is expected to be around EUR 100 million.Offshore Energy Today Staff After experiencing a tough first half of the year, the Dutch geotechnical, survey, subsea and geoscience services provider, Fugro, has made plans to further cut costs to counter the continued challenging market conditions. In its Thursday report for the first half of the year, Fugro said it reduced its net result for the period to EUR 96.4 million ($114.2M) from EUR 202.1 million ($239.4M) in the first half of 2016.The company’s revenues for the first half of 2017 declined by 14.5% to EUR 774.3 million from EUR 904.9 million in the same period of 2016.Year-on-year revenue decline on a currency comparable basis reflected ongoing underinvestment in the offshore oil and gas market but the decline was less than during the last two years.According to the company, additional measures are being implemented to streamline business processes and further reduce cost, in order to restore profitability.Backlog for the next 12 months is bottoming out with a decrease of 5.5% on a currency comparable basis compared to a year ago and 2.4% compared to the end of March.Paul van Riel, Fugro CEO, commented: “The offshore oil and gas market continued to decline resulting in a tough first half of 2017. Marine site characterization activities performed below last year mainly due to pricing pressure, and currently utilization at Seabed Geosolutions is low. The marine asset integrity business showed an improved performance at close to break-even level.”However, Riel sees more stable environment looking ahead: “We are seeing early signs of moving into a more stable environment. The marine site characterization and marine asset integrity backlog, excluding construction and installation activities, is growing, supported by signals of increased tender activity. The pipeline of potential projects for Seabed Geosolutions is solid.“In order to restore profitability we are implementing additional measures, including significant cost savings, adjusting pricing strategies and focusing on innovative, higher margin services. This will already start to contribute to improved performance in the second half of this year.” Further cost-cutting measureslast_img read more

Negros Occ. not ready for ‘Balik Probinsya’ scheme

first_img“We need to establish more jobs first for Negrenses from the National Capital Region (NCR) who will be repatriated back to the province as part of the program,” Lacson told DYHB RMN-Bacolod in a radio interview Friday morning.He pointed out that more jobs should be made in the province which would be made available for returning Negrenses, aside from the agricultural and business process outsourcing sector.Following the program’s establishment earlier this month, over 33,000 residents in Metro Manila signed up for the program, which aims to decongest the NCR.Under Executive Order No. 114, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the program aims to ensure balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth; provide adequate social services; and promote full employment, industrialization and an improved quality of life in rural areas.The program is also part of the ongoing efforts by the government to stop the coronavirus pandemic./PN BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental is not yet ready for the “Balik Probinsya” program of the government which is aimed at decongesting the National Capital Region and promotes more robust regional development.Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the provincial government needs at least two years of preparation to fully implement the program.last_img read more

Six points separate top three drivers as West Liberty show is next for Deery Series

first_imgSpectator admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and teens, and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. The Saturday show will be the 498th in series history. The tour headlines opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway on Sept. 2 before wrapping up its 33rd season at 34 Raceway in West Burlington on Sept. 21 and at Davenport Speedway on Sept. 28. Justin Kay has owned West Liberty Raceway, winning eight of the 14 Deery events held there since 2013. Consistent Andy Eckrich has four top-five finishes through the first seven events of the season and brings the series point lead to town. Joel Callahan and Matt Ryan have each won once and sit four and six points out of first, respectively.center_img The Saturday, Aug. 24 IMCA Late Model tour feature pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.  WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The points race going into the night is every bit as close as the racing will be when the Deery Brothers Summer Series travels to West Liberty Raceway this weekend. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 318; 2. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 314; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 312; 4. Curt Martin, Independence, 289; 5. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 285; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 273; 8. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 271; 9. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, 249; 10. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 217; 11. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, 200; 12. Brian Harris, Davenport, 196; 13. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 191; 14. John Emerson, Waterloo, 185; 15. Eric Pollard, Peosta, 163; 16. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 160; 17. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 154; 18. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 139; 19. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 137; 20. Terry Neal, Ely, 117.last_img read more

Curacao goalie dies after cardiac arrest

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Curacao reserve goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday in Haiti while on international duty. Pieter, 31, felt unwell and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince, where the Curacao team are staying ahead of Tuesday’s CONCACAF Nations League match against Haiti. Haiti sports minister Edwin Charles announced on Twitter that Pieter had suffered a “cardiac arrest” and died. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football expressed its sadness for Pieter’s sudden death and announced in a statement that Tuesday’s encounter between Haiti and Curacao will go ahead, with the Curacao players eager to play “as a tribute to their teammate.” A minute’s silence will be observed before the game as “the entire Confederation pays its respect to Jairzinho for his contributions to the game.” Pieter, who played for Curacao’s first division side SV Vesta, was on the bench in Sunday’s 1-0 home triumph over Haiti. Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who plays for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC, posted a video on Twitter showing the Curacao squad gathered around for a minute’s silence at the team’s hotel on Monday evening.Tags: CONCACAF Nations LeagueCuracaoJairzinho PieterSV Vestalast_img read more

Shafer appreciates support as nearly 2,500 attend Fanfest

first_imgScott Shafer kept his press conference short. The media only asked three questions before the Syracuse head coach hurried over to the fans waiting to meet him and get his autograph.So far, Shafer said the community’s support has been tremendous. On Friday he got a chance to give something back to the nearly 2,500 fans in attendance. After watching a full practice with pads, hitting and lots of action, they then got to meet and greet the players and coaches.Fans filled a chunk of bleachers and also lined the fence surrounding the practice field. “Great turnout,” Shafer said. “We just appreciate the fans so much.” Another benefit for Shafer was that he felt his players were more focused and driven while playing in front of a crowd. Along with the fact that it was the first practice with full contact, Shafer credited the team’s intensity to the fans. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Looking over at the fans I think motivated the kids to push through what was a tough practice,” Shafer said.So after his pithy interview, Shafer walked to the adjacent field. His players were already there, sitting down at long tables and getting their Sharpies ready. Eager fans flocked around the field, lining up one-by-one to get their favorite players’ John Hancock. Shafer said Fanfest was the team’s first chance this year to connect to the fans. “Everybody’s been so great in the community, and I really appreciate them,” Shafer said. “I really do.” Comments Published on August 10, 2013 at 3:08 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers defeat Buckeyes, 2-0, in regular season finale

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team wrapped up its 2013 regular season schedule Friday night at the McClimon Complex with a 2-[media-credit name=”Claire Larkins ” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]0 victory over Ohio State on senior night. The win extended the Badgers’ home-unbeaten streak to 13 games, good for best in the country.“It’s unbelievable to finish undefeated, untied at home,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said of his team who finished a perfect 9-0-0 at home this season. “Compliments to the seniors, the captains, and the rest of the squad because that’s never an easy thing to do.”The home winning streak is of great importance to the players as it is a sign of how much they have been through and how their hard work has truly begun to pay off.“We’ve been through so much together,” senior co-captain Chris Prince said. “Now we realize how short of time we have left. [Coach] Trask has always had the saying ‘you have to protect your home turf, you have to be perfect at home’ and this is the first year we’ve implemented that.”Coming into Friday night’s game, the Buckeyes (6-6-5, 1-3-2 Big Ten) had allowed just nine goals to their opponents all season and the Badgers (13-3-2, 4-2-0) became just the fourth team to score more than one goal in a game against Ohio State this season.Coming into the match, the focus was on which team’s strength would in out: Ohio State’s conference-best defense, or Wisconsin’s conference-best offense. The Badgers provided the answer to that question rather quickly.The first goal came in the 23rd minute when senior Tomislav Zadro put a diving header in the back of the net off of a Drew Conner cross from inside the box. The goal was Zadro’s fourth of the season and the assist was Conner’s team-leading seventh.In the 72nd minute, senior Nick Janus netted his team-leading ninth goal of the season on a strike from inside the box to give the Badgers the 2-0 advantage. This was the ninth game of the season in which the Badgers scored multiple goals; they had seven such games in 2012 and eight in 2011.Prince pointed to the fact that because the Badgers have spent so much time getting their defense to the level it is currently at, the offense is able to play loose and with relative ease.“It’s so much fun knowing that we can go anywhere on the field and know something good is going to come out of it,” he said.The shutout was the seventh of the season for the stingy Badgers defense and just the fourth time this season that the Buckeyes were shutout in a game that did not end in a 0-0 draw.“The whole season our defense has been strong,” senior co-captain Blake Succa said after the victory. “I expected nothing different tonight and we didn’t disappoint.”For what Trask described as a “typical Big Ten game,” the match was intense from the first to the final whistle. Seven yellow cards (four Ohio State, three Wisconsin) were handed out, tied for the highest number of cautions handed out in any Big Ten match involving the Badgers this season.“It was a very physical game,” Prince said. “That’s what we expect whenever we play them. Tonight we were the better team and found a way to put two goals in. There’s no way to get a better win on senior night.”Succa mentioned that because the Badges were familiar with the physical nature of Ohio State that all they had to do was to make sure that they matched the Buckeyes’ big, strong and physical play and the soccer would take care of itself.Going forward, the Badgers have just a few days before they head to Columbus, Ohio, to battle with the rest of the Big Ten in the annual Big Ten Tournament. Having already assured themselves of a birth in the NCAA Tournament, Columbus serves as a place for Wisconsin to get the best possible seeding it can – one that might even permit them to host a game in the opening round.“We’ve put our mark thus far on the regular season,” Succa said, “Honestly I don’t know what to expect moving forward. We’re just taking it day-by-day with the Big Ten Tournament up next to hopefully improve our seeding for the NCAA Tournament.”No matter what seed they receive, the Badgers are more than confident that they can play with not just the best of the Big Ten, but the best the country has to offer.“Anyone in the country,” Prince said of who his team could beat. “I’m telling you this is the best team, the best group of guys I’ve ever been around in my entire life. We have so much confidence in ourselves, and I’m excited to see where we go from here.”The Badgers — seeded No. 2 in the tournament — will open the Big Ten tournament Nov. 13 against No. 7-seeded Northwestern, with a second-round matchup against either No. 3 Michigan State or No. 6 Ohio State Nov. X should they beat Northwestern for the second time this season.last_img read more

Fast reaction: Three takeaways from Syracuse’s 34-18 win over West Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ ORLANDO, Fla. — In the program’s first bowl game in five years, No. 20 Syracuse (10-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) celebrated on the field while it’s former Big East rival, No. 16 West Virginia (8-4, 6-3 Big 12), slunk to the locker room after a 34-18 beating.After a lethargic, back-and-forth first half, SU steadily built a lead and held it, winning it’s fourth-straight against the Mountaineers and securing a 10-win season.Here are three reactions from SU’s first bowl game in five years.More CoverageSyracuse defeats West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl to cap first 10-win season since 2001No. 20 Syracuse’s defense stymies No. 16 West Virginia in Camping World Bowl winSuperlatives from Syracuse’s 34-18 Camping World Bowl win over West VirginiaEric Dungey delivers fitting end to historic career in Camping World Bowl Published on December 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Dungey’s curtain callAdvertisementThis is placeholder textLate in the third quarter, on a shovel pass to fullback Chris Elmore, Eric Dungey became Syracuse’s all-time leading passer, eclipsing Ryan Nassib’s 9,190 yards. Dungey finished the game with 303 yards and threw for 9,340 in his four years at SU.In his final game for the Orange, Dungey played with the same reckless abandon that fans will remember in central New York for years to come. Facing near-constant pressure early in the game, he rolled and bailed from the pocket, taking hits and grinding out yards on the ground.He threw two bad interceptions, but he also accounted for a touchdown. When he took a shot and WVU got flagged for roughing the passer in the first quarter, Dungey popped up and started clapping in the direction of the two defenders who buried him.From missing the ends of his first three seasons and compiling a lopsided losing record, Dungey pushed and pulled and cajoled SU to its best season in decades and the seventh 10-win season in school history. He will go down as a Syracuse legend, because he is.Transfer trial runIn their first ever game for Syracuse, transfers Abdul Adams and Trishton Jackson accounted for three of Syracuse’s four touchdowns.Adams, a running back who started at Oklahoma, bulldozed his way to two touchdowns on eight carries for 19 yards. Jackson, a wide receiver formerly at Michigan State, made three catches — one an acrobatic, contested grab on the left edge of the endzone for a touchdown, placing both feet down and rolling out of bounds with the ball on the first play of the fourth quarter.During bowl practices and at the joint conferences the day before the game, SU head coach Dino Babers was coy about how much Adams and Jackson would, or could play. They needed to master the playbook, be comfortable taking contact again and Babers stressed a certain amount of loyalty to the players who got SU to this point.But on the field in Orlando, it was the transfers who starred for the Orange.Unlikely contributorsEarly in the fourth quarter, a deflected pass fell in the hands of Syracuse defensive back Allen Stritzinger. The pick set up SU at the WVU 33-yard line, and a few plays later, Andre Szmyt knocked in a 34-yard field goal.Earlier, sophomore defensive end Tyrell Richards chased down running back Martell Pettaway to save a touchdown, then came bursting off the edge to drop Jack Allison for a sack.Both players have been regular contributors on special teams and occasionally earned rotational snaps or played in garbage time. But as SU dominated the Mountaineers, Babers played several younger players. He had stressed that as much as the bowl is a reward for the 2018 team, it’s also a springboard into 2019.“The interesting thing about the bowl season is that you’re really — you have one team but you have another team that’s surfacing,” Babers said on Wednesday. “Your underbelly, your 2019 team, is surfacing because they realize in less than three days maybe the guy that’s in front of them is going to be gone.”All over the field, players who had for most of the season been buried on the depth chart started sliding in and making plays. Commentslast_img read more

NPFL: Plateau Stay Top as Enyimba Crash in Akure

first_imgFormer Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba International FC of Aba lost the chance to step up to the summit of the Nigerian topflight wednesday with their first 1-0 defeat of the season to Sunshine Stars in Akure.The Aba Elephant crashed with a thud as Anthony Omaka netted the lone winner of the clash barely 10 minutes into the game. All efforts to cancel the deficit failed as the Akure Gunners held on to pick maximum points at home.Elsewhere in Lafia, Plateau United maintained top spot in the NPFL, snatching a valuable away 1-1 against neighbouring Nasarawa United. Anas Yusuf put the hosts ahead just three minutes into the game but Plateau leveled scores after the break in the 52nd through a powerful nodding by Mustapha Ibrahim from close range.The Jos based United are occupying top spot on the table with 10 points from possible 12.At the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, Lobi Stars moved to second position after a comfortable 3-0 win against Heartland. Abdulwasiu Mahmud, Sikiru Alimi and John Lazarus got Lobi Stars goals.Adeniji Adewole scored deep into stoppage as MFM FC forced Warri Wolves to a 1-1 draw at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.Jigawa Golden Stars added to the misery of former champions Kano Pillars who edged out the Sai Masu Gida 1-0 at home. Yusuf Mohammad netted the decisive strike in the seventh minute.Pillars are yet to win a game this season with one draw and three defeats from their opening four games.Akwa United poor start to the season continued after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Katsina United. Mfon Udoh missed a penalty for the Promise Keepers 12 minutes from time.The Uyo club are still searching for their first win of the season with two draws and two defeats from four games.At the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers United recorded their first win of the campaign following hard fought a 2-1 win against Rangers. Bamba Bakry put Rivers United ahead from the spot in the 33rd minute , while substitute Ibrahim Olawoyin equalised for the visitors in the 54th minute.Malachi Ohawume however scored the winning goal for the home side 16 minutes from time.Wikki Tourists returned to winning ways after Sunday’s defeat to Plateau United thrashing Delta Force 3-1 at home.MATCHDAY 4 RESULTSWikki 3-1 D/ForceMFM 1-1 WolvesRivers Utd 2-1 RangersAkwa Utd 0-0 Katsina UtdLobi 3-0 HeartlandSunshine Stars 1-0 EnyimbaNasarawa Utd 1-1 Plateau UtdJigawa GS 1-0 PillarsFRIDAYAdamawa Utd vs Abia WarriorsAkwa Starlets vs FCIUShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more