David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarino

first_imgAdvertisement David Luiz has had an unsteady start to life at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)David Luiz has absolutely none of the qualities needed by Arsenal manager Unai Emery, according to former Chelsea and Celtic striker Tony Cascarino.The Brazilian arrived at the Emirates from Chelsea this summer in a move which was widely praised as a positive signing for the Gunners.However, it has been a dodgy start to life in north London for the 32-year-old who has not kept a clean sheet in his four Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far.He was criticised for his performance in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last month and was at fault again against Watford on Sunday as he felled Roberto Pereyra in the penalty box, giving away a spot-kick for the second time in his short Arsenal career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRepublic of Ireland international Cascarino has been scathing of the Gunners’ display at Vicarage Road as they tossed away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, specifically calling out Luiz for his lack of positive influence.Cascarino wrote for the Times: ‘Arsenal had no control, no composure. They needed to sign a defender this summer, someone who is cool under pressure and has leadership qualities — and they went and spent £8 million on David Luiz, a player who has never embodied any of those qualities.’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 CityArsenal had been in total control at Watford, leading 2-0 at half time, but defensive mistakes cost them two points after the break.Before Luiz gave away the penalty, Sokratis Papastathopoulos was at fault by giving the ball away in his own box, allowing Tom Cleverley to score.Cascarino believes that little has improved since Unai Emery took over as manager last summer as the players are not capable of carrying out the Spaniard’s plans.‘Emery has been at Arsenal for more than a year and, while they have improved in some areas, the same problems remain,’ the 57-year-old continued.‘Last season we were talking about whether they had the players to always be passing the ball out from the back, and we are still having that debate now — it must be infuriating for Arsenal fans to watch and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.’Arsenal are looking to bounce back from the disappointing draw at Watford with a busy week ahead of them, traveling to take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Sunday before hosting Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday and Nottingham Forest in the League Cup the following Tuesday.MORE: Who is to blame for Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies after Sunday’s epic collapse against Watford?MORE: Arsenal defender Sokratis admits he cost his team the game against Watford Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarinocenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Government owed millions for business loans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Millions of dollars are now owed to the National Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO) by persons who borrowed funds to start their own businesses and never paid back, according to Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Errol Mc Leod. In some cases, he said, the funds were not used for what they were intended.Mc Leod said efforts are now being made to recover the monies. He made the disclosure yesterday, while speaking to reporters, following a public consultation on ‘Enterprise Development through Business Incubation’.Minister Mc Leod said there was “hardly any evidence” to support the recipients involvement in business development with the funds received. The loans disbursed would have ranged from TT$250,000 (US$39,370) to TT$500,000 (US$78,740) each. Mc Leod expressed dissatisfaction with the operations of NEDCO because of improprieties which he said came to his attention a year ago, when he took office. However, he said he could divulge any details because of an ongoing investigation.NEDCO was established in 2002 as the implementing agency for government’s policy on small and micro-enterprise development. Caribbean 360 News Share 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Government owed millions for business loans by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more

Walcott expected out for a month

first_imgArsenal’s Theo Walcott is expected to be out for a month with a knee injury he sustained in Saturday’s FA Cup third round win against Tottenham.Walcott’s injury may force his manager Arsene Wenger to make a move for a new striker in the transfer window.Widespread reports in Monday’s newspapers suggested Walcott will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off following his impressive performance as Arsenal’s lead forward, filling in for the injured duo of Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner.”Theo has a knee problem,” Wenger said after the game on Saturday. “We don’t know if it is a stretched ligament or just a kick, he got two kicks on his knee.”We still have [Lukas] Podolski and [Mesut] Ozil on the bench. [Olivier] Giroud was sick, he was not injured, so for the next game he should be available. Of course if we lose Theo for a longer period, it is a problem.”Bendtner is also expected to be out for around a month after injuring his ankle against Cardiff on New Year’s Day, leaving Arsenal alarming short of striking options heading into a condensed period of action that will include crucial Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League games. Walcott was reported to be due for a scan on his injured knee on Monday, with the results likely to be crucial in Wenger’s transfer plans for the next few weeks.However, the Arsenal boss has again warned it will be difficult to seal deals for top players in this mid-season transfer window.”I said many times we don’t rule anything out, but you know as well that all the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets,” Wenger said. “We are like everyone, we look out there and see what is happening, if an opportunity turns up. Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult.”Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has expressed his hope that his Walcott will not face disciplinary action after he taunted Tottenham fans by reminding them of the score line as medical staff carried him off.Wilshere was given a two-match ban by the FA for an offensive gesture towards Manchester City supporters last month, but he hopes the jovial nature of Walcott’s repost to his detractors will be taken into account. “I think they [Spurs fans] were giving him a bit of stick and he responded. He’s a bit smarter than me, I suppose,” Wilshere said. “It is football. They were giving it to him and got it back. People have to look at it as a bit of banter.”last_img read more

Wellington City Council votes 3-2 to move forward with Quiet Zone intersections

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Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Just curious · 327 weeks ago Why not move the tracks north of town around the out skirts and make a road over it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 327 weeks ago 150k…now how many other things could the city use that money for??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Worked for the SF · 327 weeks ago I know it and Vince knows it, when engineers get called to work at 3 am, and they are tired, they will blow the horn anytime there is a whistle board, for as long as they want. Their thought is, if I’m up’ everyone should be up. They don’t care about anyone who lives here, especially since they are from Texas. I think the farther away you live(like Vince and Mrs. Korte) you don’t hear this horn. It’s all BS. I worked for the ATSF for 10 years and it was a good company. I think we need this because of the jerks who are causing this. Report Reply 2 replies · active 326 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Pokesalad · 326 weeks ago For the cost $150,000.00 to do this I say get over it, learn to sleep with a fan, take handfuls of sleeping aids, whatever it takes…we cant afford this BS period the end. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Katie · 326 weeks ago I was at the meeting and it was my understanding that the FRA has already gave Wellington the go ahead on this. Also, the cost isn’t $150,000. It was $150,000 the first time it was proposed and the cost now is $100,000. Unless I misunderstood something, I think the quiet zones are a sure thing now. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Sam · 326 weeks ago I use to live a block from the tracks. Ever time one goes threw my dog would howl as long as the horn blew, it hurt ears. It also was nerve racking for the length of it blowing. Night time your in bed is even worse. So uncalled for. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 326 weeks ago Why does it cost money for someone to stop blowing a horn? Helloooo? 100-150 thousand for what, exactly… a guy to stand on top of the train and yell “lookout !” ??? Seriously, here. And… CLOSING all intersections? What kind of draconian idea is THAT??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Big Red · 326 weeks ago If you sound proof your home and get good windows you honestly do not notice the noise. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Credence · 326 weeks ago Was any consideration given to the safety issue concerning the people living south of the railroad tracks? I understand there are times when crossing the tracks is not possible due to the trains, but to totally eliminate access by emergency vehicles through the blockage of the tracks at key intersections seems a little excessive. I realize there are three access points remaining located on Ash, Fair and U.S. 81 but why eliminate alternative routes that could be crucial in the event of an emergency south of the tracks? I have lived in Wellington my entire life and have experienced the noise from the trains and learned to live with the inconvenience. The train tracks have been located in the same area for decades, so why is this an issue now? It reminds of those folks who build hoses next to an airport or slaughter house and then complain about the noise and the smell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down lifetime resident · 326 weeks ago Having grown up in Wellington, I have fond memories of the old steam engines and their whistles which enveloped those within earshot in a serene aura. Those weren’t as loud and offensive as the current blasts. In today’s world of advanced technology, why can’t that sound be emulated on modern engines? Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 3-2 vote, the Wellington City Council approved the implementation of quiet zones at the railroad crossings from G Street to the Santa Fe-Burlington Northern railroad office that would keep trains from blowing horns within the city limits. It also voted to not recommend the closing of any traffic intersections in doing so.Council members John Tracy, Jim Valentine and John Brand voted for the proposal. Jan Korte and Vince Wetta voted against it. Council member Kelly Green was not in attendance.Keep in mind, this is a motion to move forward with the quiet zone process. It is in no way final approval. Wellington City will submit a recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration which will then need to approve it.The proposal would designate the five intersections at C, Washington, Jefferson, G and H Streets as “Quiet Zone” intersections. The city would need to construct a system in place in which it would make it impossible for traffic – whether it be vehicles or pedestrians – to cross the train tracks while a train is passing through. In turn, the BNSF would not blow the whistle in these zones, unless the engineer finds its absolutely necessary to do so. Train horns are required by federal law to be sounded at all public crossings 24 hours a day to warn motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching. Train crews may also sound their horns when there is a vehicle, person or animal on the tracks within 25 feet.The quiet zones could cost the city around $100,000, Wellington City Manager Gus Collin said. Concrete medians would be built on the north and south sides of the intersection which will go up to the crossing arms currently in place. These medians will be 100 feet long and look like those placed on the Kansas Turnpike separating the north and south-bound traffic.The council chambers were packed at Tuesday’s meeting with people testifying both for or against the proposal. Debate lasted for over an hour.Wellington resident Paul Weber said 20 to 25 percent of the Wellington residents are affected by the whistles. He said he has worked on a quiet zone proposal for several years and has only heard one resident who was against having a quiet zone.Larry Shimer, another Wellington resident and former city council member, said he guesses there are over 70 trains now going through Wellington instead of the 20 or 25 trains that went through when he first bought his house around 20 years ago.“When the trains go through you can’t hear one another, you can’t watch TV, you have a hard time sleeping,” Shimer said. “I love the trains, but if you have property in the area, you aren’t selling your home because of those horns. Property values have plummeted.”Wellington City Judge Frank Korte said he is against the proposal because of liability concerns.  If the city establishes quiet zones and there is an accident, the city, not the railroad, would become liable. The city of Wellington could find itself in a lawsuit that could cost city taxpayers in the millions of dollars.“I suggest you take this off the docket because there are so many unanswered questions,” Korte said.Korte said the huge liability could make taxes skyrocket, and have a detrimental effect on economic development because newcomers would not want to take on that burden of increased liability.Wellington resident Sherry Wiley said she walks eight miles a day and closing the tracks would no longer make the town accessible for her.Wellington resident Fred Hinman, who brought the proposal up at the March 5 meeting, said he has been on the FRA website and that quiet zone intersections are considered safer than the non-quiet zone intersections.“There are 590 quiet zones in this country,” Hinman said. “It is not like we are the pioneers… With the modest amount of money it will take to build these quiet zones, the prospect of property values going up, and no safety issues; it is an easy thing to do to create a better quality of life in Wellington.”Collins said when talking to a few communities for which quiet zones were implemented, liability insurance did not go up.The Wellington City Council members then took their turn to speak.Brand made a motion to close the G Street intersection, because in doing so, the BNSF would pay the city $50,000. That motion died due to a lack of second. Both Tracy and Valentine expressed their desire not to close any intersections in town. Tracy said in his first tenure on the council, the quiet zone proposal died because there was a disagreement over whether or not to close intersection(s).Jan Korte, earlier in the meeting, said it would be best to close all intersections and have one elevated crosswalk over a crossing for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.Wetta said he has two sons working at BNSF and the railroad loves quiet zones because they no longer have to pay for liability. He said he would not vote for a proposal unless he had more information about the liability the city would take on if quiet zones were implemented.Valentine said he is voting for quiet zones because that is what his constituents want. He also worried about the number of horns in the future hearing Wellington could get as many as 100 trains a day.Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this story it was incorrectly stated that the total cost of the Quiet Zone is $150,000. It is actually $100,000.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgAlmost 800 pupils from a Donegal secondary school are to undertake a World Record attempt – for shuffling!Staff and pupils from the Loreto Community School in Milford will undertake the challenge at the end of this month in their school gymnasium.The pupils and staff have been undergoing a coordinated training regime under the watchful eye of dancers from Dynamic Waves dance group. On the day it is hoped the pupils of the school will ‘shuffle’ at least a minute to break the record.The shuffle is a new dance-step which is sweeping the planet!The Guinness Book of World Records usually request a member of their staff to be there to verify a world record.But on this occasion, Guinness World Record bosses say they are happy to have two members of the Gardai as independent judges. Members of the student council along with teacher Nathania McDonnell came up with the madcap plan for the ‘shuffle.’Ms McDonnell said “The Guinness Book of Records people told us we need at least 250 people shuffling but we’re going to go much bigger than that.“It’s going to be a great bit of fun but we have a bit of planning to do yet to make sure up to 800 people are all shuffling at the same time.“Most of the pupils are naturally shufflers but I think the people from Dynamic Waves are going to have their work cut out for them with some of the teachers,” she laughed.There is even a rumour that principal Andrew Kelly is going to attempt to ‘shuffle.’ DONEGAL SCHOOL ATTEMPT TO SHUFFLE THEIR WAY INTO THE WORLD RECORD BOOKS was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Loreto Community SchoolNathania McDonnellshufflelast_img read more