Emery puts on brave face as Arsenal cut adrift from European elite

first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery had been hoping to win the Europa League for the fourth time in his coaching career © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVBAKU, Azerbaijan, May 30 – Another defeat in a European final and another year without Champions League football. The first season of the post Arsene Wenger era ends in deflating disappointment for Arsenal.Unai Emery’s record as a Europa League specialist had given Gunners supporters hope that he could bring them success in the competition and lead them back to Europe’s elite. Instead Arsenal left Baku with their tails between their legs on the wrong end of a 4-1 hammering from London rivals Chelsea.A third successive season away from the Champions League comes after two decades of sustained involvement, with all the loss of prestige that entails.Emery has won this competition three times before and will have another crack next year after his side finished fifth in the Premier League, behind Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, prior to this defeat.It was always going to be a difficult task picking up the pieces after Wenger’s departure and ultimately the Spaniard has made scant progress — from sixth in the Premier League last season to fifth this time, and from beaten semi-finalists in the Europa League to beaten finalists.“We have not achieved our first target but we were close in the Premier League and we were in this final. The next challenge is to do one more step on our way,” Emery said.“We are disappointed but in general I think we made a new step in improving and being competitive to progress next year.”Arsenal started well in Wednesday’s final but were ultimately crushed by their opponents in the second half, never recovering after Olivier Giroud’s opening goal against his old side.Substitute Alex Iwobi’s brilliant volleyed effort came too late to change the outcome of the game.Their 25-year wait to win another European trophy goes on for a club whohave now lost in their last four appearances in a continental final.Alexandre Lacazette comes to terms with Arsenal’s defeat in the Europa League final © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVChelsea have won five European titles over that last quarter of a century, and Arsenal are being left to play catch-up on and off the field at the Emirates Stadium.The difference in prize money between Europe’s two club competitions is huge, with the winners of this season’s Champions League set to earn around 100 million euros ($111 million) and winning the Europa League worth less than half that amount.Arsenal had already dropped to ninth place in the most recent Deloitte Football Money League, in between Chelsea and Tottenham, with revenue of just under 440 million euros last year.– ‘Positive for future’ –Not being in the Champions League is a major factor in that, although the financial rewards on offer domestically remain massive.They brought in almost £139 million pounds ($176 million) from television in the Premier League season just finished, and a new kit deal with Adidas is believed to be worth in the region of £60 million a year for the next five years.Nevertheless, not having the pulling power of the Champions League will be a concern for Emery as he sits down to discuss transfer targets for next season.“Maybe,” Emery said when asked if he thought not qualifying would impact Arsenal’s ability to attract players.“But I think we are a big team and I think Arsenal is a big name in the football world and a lot of players want to play here.”Petr Cech retired from playing after Wednesday’s game and other players will leave the club along with Aaron Ramsey, who is off to Juventus.However, the strike pairing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored 50 goals in the season just finished and Emery believes there are plenty of encouraging signs.“We are in one process and we need to be strong in our way and it is the reason that, when we started this season, the idea was to get more competitive as a team, get closer to the other teams, and we did that,” he said.“At the moment it is not enough for our target but next year we will continue.“I am positive for our future, creating a way with young players and getting better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

League pride on the line at Niclai

first_imgThe top two teams in the Big 5 will face off against the top two teams in the Little 4 tonight as a busy week of action in the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament continues with a pair of semifinals on the boys side.After narrowly defeating Fortuna in a Big 5 playoff on Monday, McKinleyville returns home to host Hoopa Valley, while the Huskies travel to play Little 4 champions St. Bernard’s. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.At stake is a place in Friday’s Dick Niclai championship game at …last_img

Panthers move on at HDN tournament

first_imgThe McKinleyville Panthers comfortably took care of business in the opening round of the Charlie Lakin Memorial Tournament at the Arcata Sports Complex on Tuesday, running out to a 16-5 win over St. Bernard’s.The win ended a four-game losing skid for the Panthers, and sets up a semifinal showdown on Thursday against Big 5 champions Del Norte, which was 12-0 in league play this spring.The Panthers had plenty of offense and took full advantage of several St. Bernard’s miscues, racking up five …last_img

South Africa updates yellow fever requirements

first_img4 February 2015Travellers from countries that have recently been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “low-risk yellow fever countries” will no longer have to produce proof of the vaccination when they arrive in South Africa, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.The African countries on WHO’s low-risk yellow fever list include Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe.Based on recommendations taken at WHO’s recent executive board meeting, all travellers to South Africa from these countries will not be required to produce proof of vaccination against yellow fever. “This provision is with immediate effect,” the department said.Yellow fever is a tropical virus disease that can affect the liver and kidneys, causing fever and jaundice and is often fatal. It is transmitted by mosquitoes.In accordance with International Health Regulations, South Africa requires all citizens and non-citizens over one year of age travelling from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate.“As a result, South Africa implements measures for all travellers from yellow fever risk countries who are unable to produce a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at the point of entry,” the department said.Travellers who fail to produce valid yellow fever vaccination certificates can be denied entry into South Africa; or they can be placed under quarantine surveillance until either their certificates becomes valid, or for up to six days if they do not have vaccination certificates and are from high-risk yellow fever countries.“Travellers who are in possession of an exemption certificate due to medical reasons will be will be allowed entry, required to report any fever or other symptoms to the health authorities, and be placed under quarantine surveillance,” the department said.A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate requires a vaccine approved by the WHO and administered at least 10 days before departure to South Africa at a yellow fever- approved vaccination centre. The vaccine offers protection 10 days after administration.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Wheat head scab potential

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pierce Paul, Ohio State University ExtensionMore rain is in the forecast for later this week as wheat fields in the northern half of the state go through the flowering growth stage. Fields flowering today (May 30) are at low risk for scab in the northwestern corner of the state, but the risk will increase progressively later in the week as tropical storm Alberto comes through. Fields in the southern third of the state are now at much less susceptible growth stages for infection by the scab fungus.Treating fields with an effective triazole fungicide (also called DMI) such as Caramba or Prosaro at flowering will reduce scab and vomitoxin by about 50%. On the other hand, treating fields with a strobilurin fungicide (also called QoIs) such as pyraclostrobin, azoxystrobin, fluoxastrobin, of trifloxystrobin when conditions are favorable for head scab will increase vomitoxin in the grain. On average, strobilurin fungicides increase vomitoxin by about 15% when applied at boot and about 17% when applied at heading.Premixes of strobilurin and triazole fungicides (QoI+DMI) such as pyraclostrobin + metconazole, azoxystrobin + propiconazole and trifloxystrobin + prothioconazole are much less effective than Caramba or Prosaro against scab, and some combination products may even increase vomitoxin contamination of the grain by as much as 15%.last_img read more

Between a rock and…more rocks. — Pit Stop (GC5RM5D) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedNear the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 16, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Ultimate Hiding Tool — Swiss Army Knife of Geocache Containers (GC53TZQ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 17, 2014In “Community”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Yahtzee!Geocache Name:Pit Stop (GC5RM5D)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:This geocache is a perfect example of being extremely creative, while staying within the guidelines. The guidelines state that geocachers must not dig when finding or placing a geocache—however, like with this geocache, piling rocks on top of the geocache provides the same feel as a buried cache, without needing a shovel.What geocachers have to say:“Wow another GREAT cache from the CO!!! Dude you guys ROCK!!! Thanks for another creative cache. Keep up the great work!” – I C IT“Awesome set up!, this one took some werk by the CO to get this made and installed, a nickname for this one should be “patience” haha, that’s what it takes to get er’ done. great cache and of coarse another FAV point!, will definitely recommend to others. Thanks for a fun well done cache!!!” – bajatym“Another really nice job on this cache! A favorite point for certain. 🙂 THX 4 the fun!” – SmoochersmomWhat the geocache hider, Adam_710, has to say:Well i have always liked the trickier geocaches and wanted to build something i haven’t seen.. Ive always grown up around cars and a bottle jack was the first thing that came to mind, so i wanted to build around that. The construction from the mental design, to the physical product took about two weeks..the hardest part was the drawing and concepts. The physical build took two days.Honesty i love getting the favorite points for these hides, thats what makes me want to keep coming up with better geocaches! The reactions are great to the pitstop, it just takes a lot of turning lolHonestly its all for [geocachers]! I really enjoy reading the comments of the caches and there thoughts about how it was conctructed. Don’t forget to look for the ones are out there and ones that are coming out soon Photos:The geocache uncovered.Where the logbook hidesBetween a rock and more rocks.What’s the best geocache camouflage you’ve ever seen? Tell your story and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Newest Geocaching country souvenir: China

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: ArgentinaDecember 4, 2017In “Community”A new country souvenir: Romania!December 19, 2016In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: MalaysiaDecember 6, 2017In “Community” Huangshan Geopark is an EarthCache highlighting the Huangshan (黄山 literally Yellow Mountain), a mountain range in the southern Anhui province in eastern China. A frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature this area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China’s most popular tourist destinations.Huangshan Geopark GC1B40Q EarthCache Mount Emei – GE7 is located at one of Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Near the top of the mountain you will find more than 70 Buddhist monasteries of the Ming and Qing period, including the first Buddhist temple built in China in the first century.Emei Mountain – GE7 Share with your Friends:More The Terracotta Warriors have lain underground for more than 2,000 years. However, in 1974, farmers digging a well uncovered one of the greatest archaeological sites ever found. So far, archaeologists have uncovered a 20-square-mile compound, including some 8,000 terracotta soldiers, along with numerous horses and chariots, a pyramid mound marking the emperor’s tomb, remains of a palace, offices, storehouses and stables. You’ll also find a simple, small, grey box with a logbook, a pen, and rooms for a few trackables.The Terracotta Warriors GC30Y71 We’ll unveil one or two new souvenirs every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in China, we will automatically add this souvenir to your profile.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out which countries are next.Have you found a geocache in China? Tell us your experience in the comments below! Here are five noteworthy geocaches to get you started:Like mountains, lakes are considered sacred by people of this area, and EarthCache Yamdrok Lake Overlook clearly shows why. The lake is revered as a talisman, and is said to be part of the life-spirit of the area. Don’t underestimate the amount of gasping for air any physical activity will ensure, the elevation is ~4,400 meters (~15,000 feet).Yamdrok Lake Overlook GC2V1HN The People’s Republic of China:9,596,961 square kilometers (3,705,407 square miles)1,376,049,000 people1,345 active geocachesChina’s diverse landscapes, rich history, and an abundance of adventures await you. If that’s not enough and you need another reason to visit, we’ve got you covered. You can now earn a geocaching souvenir by finding a geocache or attending an event in China! Some still believe the Great Wall of China can be seen from the Moon, but that claim has been debunked many times. Apparently, the width of the Great Wall from the Moon is relatively the same as looking at a human hair from 3 km (2 mi) away, so if you get to the Moon make sure to bring your glasses. Regardless, you can log this out-of-the-world Virtual Cache Meeting Mao on The Great Wall near the monument close to the second and third towers.Meeting Mao on The Great Wall GCKB03last_img read more

A QuickStart Guide to New Adobe Premiere CS6 Features

first_imgAfter living in the shadow of FCP and Media Composer, Adobe Premiere seems poised to gain a professional user base.  Here’s what you need to know about the new additions to Premiere CS6.This is a guest post by Adobe Instructor and freelance editor, Clay Asbury. You can find more AE and Premiere tips and tricks on his site.A lot of video editors may remember Premiere as the application it was in the 1990’s.  It was clunky, unstable and wasn’t geared for the professional editing market.  When Adobe finally did a redesign of the app in 2003, it was only available for Windows users.  This allowed Final Cut Pro to capture the Mac market.  By the time it returned to Mac in 2006, FCP and Avid held the market share.Last year’s Final Cut Pro debacle has been changing that.  Many former FCP7 users are now migrating to Media Composer and Premiere.The announcement of Creative Suite 6 at this year’s NAB show shows that Adobe is listening to the professional video editing user with the addition of many new Premiere Pro CS6 features.Premiere Pro is a good option for former FCP editors, especially those looking to replace Final Cut Pro Studio with the comparable Adobe Production Premium.  Many new Premiere Pro CS6 features were added with the professional video editor’s needs in mind.  Lets take a look…1.  AudioAdobe has brought Premiere Pro CS6 audio features more in-line with those of Media Composer & Final Cut Pro. Audio tracks now have a standard type, which means mono, stereo, and surround can share the same tracks.  In CS5.5, tracks had to be specified mono, stereo, or surround. The audio mixer/meters are much improved and give you more options than FCP had.2.  ButtonsIn the source/record windows you now see less buttons, but they’ve been made bigger and easier to identify.  You also have the option to customize the window by adding or removing buttons.  One quick tip: add buttons for “go to marker” and “play around”.  This is helpful when trimming in the timeline (a common technique in FCP & Media Composer).  Even though I wish you had a choice of more buttons to add, it is a step in the right direction.3. Open CL supportOne under-the-hood Premiere CS6 feature is CL support for current Macbook Pros & iMacs (Radeon 6750M & 6770M).  Now these systems can take advantage of  Mercury Playback Engine acceleration. This is huge as it was previously only available for Nvidia cards, which aren’t an option on Macbook Pros and iMacs.4. Hover ScrubMedia Composer has had this ability for a while and FCP X has a similar function – moving your cursor over the thumbnail (in a project) will rewind or fast forward a clip.  You can also use the J, K or L keys to play the clip and set in and out points while it plays.5.  TrimmingMany editors will tell you trimming is the heart of editing, and having the right tools is crucial. Trimming in previous versions was clunky and you were unable to trim numerically from the keyboard.  Premiere CS6 features advanced trimming, with a new trim window and better trimming in sequences.  It really shines now.  You can use J, K and L keys to dynamic trim.  Also, the timeline won’t stop playing as you trim, which is a major improvement.6.  Improved Keyboard ShortcutsMuscle memory is a big deal when it comes to working quickly and efficiently with the keyboard.  The FCP & Media Composer shortcuts have been updated to work in Premiere Pro. This will save time by not having to learn new shortcuts along with a new interface.  Also, in previous versions shortcuts had categories  (Application, Panels, Tools).  Thankfully, this was done away with in CS6, making it much easier to find shortcuts.7.  Working with EffectsYou now get several features from After Effects within Premiere Pro. You can apply an effect by selecting a clip and double clicking on a effect, instead of having to drag the effect on the clip. Effects can also be added and modified while the sequence plays – big timesaver.  Other improvements include being able to apply effects to Adjustment Layers (which will apply the effect to any clips below the adjustment layer). This feature can give your footage a “filmic look” by adding fast blur to an adjustment layer and changing the blend mode to “Soft Light”.9.  Warp Stabilizer & Rolling Shutter RepairIn CS 5.5 you had to send a clip to After Effects to stabilize footage. Premiere CS6 features the ability to correct shaky footage using Warp Stabilizer, a much more efficient way to work.  The stabilizer function is similar to SmoothCam in FCP, but is more feature rich. You can also fix Rolling Shutter issues (common to DSLRs) using Warp Stabilizer or the stand alone Rolling Shutter Repair effect.10. General ImprovementsMulticam- The 4 clip limit from CS5.5 has been raised, so you can now use as many angles as your computer’s processor can handle.Merge Clips works the way you expect it to. Merge Clips is useful when syncing DSLR video with audio recorded separately (called dual system sound) Now when you merge, you have the option to remove the guide audio from the video.Media Browser- you can now search files in the Media Browser.You can now ignore the work area, and work with In & Outs like other editing apps.3 way color corrector is no longer confusing, and will be familiar to FCP users.If you drag a clip into a Sequence that doesn’t the match the Settings, you get options to match clip to sequence (similar to FCP)Option drag now duplicates a clipWe want to hear your thoughts on Premiere CS6 in the comments.last_img read more

Kolkata gets all-woman police squad

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, Kolkata Police unleashed a new weapon against eve-teasers, stalkers and roadside Romeos: an all-woman motorbike squad.Dressed in the whites of the Kolkata Police, the 24-strong squad of constables was congratulated by Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at a brief ceremony at the Lalbazar police headquarters before they set out to patrol the streets in their brand new scooties. Safer public places“Introducing “The Winners” — a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent crimes like molestation, eve-teasing etc. to make public places safer for women,” the Kolkata Police tweeted. According to a senior police officer, the constables were inducted into the force on the basis of their record. They were given four months special training before taking up the new assignment. Equipped with camerasThe squad, which is also equipped with cameras, is aimed at instilling confidence and curbing crime against women in the city. Each scooty will have two women constables. While the squad will cover the entire jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police, they will keep a special eye on schools, colleges and parks. The mobility of the scooty-riding cops is expected to provide the Kolkata Police an edge, as they can reach even remote corners of the city in no time.last_img read more

Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for England

first_imgAbsent all-rounder Ben Stokes sent best wishes to his England team-mates, in particular debutant batsman Ollie Pope, ahead of the second Test against India at Lord’s on Thursday.Stokes is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city in September last year.Stokes on Thursday, wished his colleagues well in a Twitter message accompanied by an Instagram photograph of all-rounder Sam Curran, like Pope a 20-year-old Surrey star, celebrating a wicket.Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: Prosecutor”Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week, always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity, hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland” wrote Stokes.Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week,always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity,hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland https://t.co/7y4yb2sLneBen Stokes (@benstokes38) August 9, 2018Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out after an England match. The 27-year-old however, has denied the charge against him.India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe RootadvertisementBut in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Stokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”His absence will be a big blow for England in the second Test at Lord’s which is yet to begin due to relentless rain in London.Stokes is in good form with the ball after having taken 3 wickets in the first Test as the hosts completed a 31-run win at Edgbaston on Sunday to go 1-0 up in a five-match series.England captain Joe Root confirmed on Wednesday that 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope would make his debut at Lord’s in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.(With agency inputs)last_img read more