Embed from Getty ImagesArsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking Alexis Sanchez with a move to Chelsea, insisting he believes both the Chilean and Mesut Ozil want to stay at Arsenal.Gunners boss Wenger was responding to reports in the Chilean media quoting Sanchez as saying he wanted to stay in London with a team that “fights for titles.”The comments have been portrayed as Sanchez, who is said to be a Blues transfer target, hinting that he wants a move to Stamford Bridge.“There is only one team in London, so he is happy,” Wenger joked.He added: “The interpretation is not always what they want to say. He says he wants to win the championship, and I can understand that completely.”The contracts of Sanchez and Ozil are due to expire next year and they are yet to agree new deals.Wenger said: “It is true we have not extended his (Sanchez’s) contract yet but I hope he will stay.“I personally believe that both of them want to stay and hope the club finds an agreement with them.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
ARCATA >> Volleyball is a momentum sport for a reason. The right swing in momentum can change the game for any team, regardless of the score. That is exactly what happened for the Humboldt State volleyball team on Thursday night against Cal State East Bay in Lumberjack Arena.Down two sets to none, the Lumberjacks (12-13 overall, 7-10 CCAA) overcame an unlikely deficit by winning the final three of five sets to put away the Pioneers (13-13 overall, 9-9 CCAA) 3-2 (22-24, 25-27, 25-20, 25-18, …
Budding science journalists in Africa areto gain from the knowledge andexperience of their mentors.(Image: SjCOOP) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nadia El-AwadyPresident, WFSJ+20 10 615 2228Janine ErasmusScience journalists in Africa and the Middle East are to benefit from an ongoing mentoring programme set up by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development.Assisting with implementation will be the Development Communications Network, an NGO located in Lagos, Nigeria.The second phase of SjCOOP, or the Science Journalism Cooperation, was officially launched at the end of February 2010 by Egyptian journalist Nadia El-Awady, president of the Quebec-based World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).El-Awady is a veteran in the field – she is also president of the Arab Science Journalists Association, and has worked both as a full-time and freelance science journalist, and editor.The World Federation of Science Journalists represents 41 science journalist associations in Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.Its aim is promote science journalism as a means of greater interaction between science and the scientific community, the media, and the public.Boosting science journalism skillsThe CAD$4.3-million (R31.5-million) SjCOOP mentorship project pairs experienced science journalists with rookies and offers training in Arabic, French and English.It will strive to equip 60 young journalists from 30 countries with the skills to proficiently report on complex issues that are relevant to Africa and the Middle East, such as health, the environment, agriculture, research, and science and technology. Another 15 participants will learn to be trainers themselves.The project also plans to establish another 10 science journalism associations to support the 60 mentees and their 16 mentors. Training is carried out mainly by distance, through the WFSJ website, email, Skype and telephone. However, the trainees and their mentors do meet face to face at least once a year.Latin America and Asia are to get their own SjCOOP programme soon.Interested journalists can watch out for announcements on the WFSJ website. Potential mentors are also invited to apply.Flagship projectAs with the first stage, which was the flagship project of the WFSJ from 2009 to 2009, the second stage of SjCOOP runs for three years.A number of young journalists from both Anglophone and Francophone African countries took part in the first phase, representing Cameroon, Madagascar, Burundi, Senegal, Rwanda, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana.The programme aimed ultimately to raise the profile of the genre on the continent and boost its ranks of competent science reporters. In its final report, published in May 2009, it claimed to have succeeded.SjCOOP graduates have founded the first pan-African science magazine Science Africa, as well as five new science-related TV programmes and six radio programmes. They have also established seven new science beats in regional newspapers, magazines and news agencies.Even better, said the SjCOOP report, a number of graduates received promotions as a direct result of their new skills, and 22 of them have walked off with 44 prizes for their articles – this includes five prestigious scholarships from MIT and Canada’s International Developmental Research Centre.Furthermore, a number of new science journalism associations have sprung up in Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and the Arab World. A handful of others are in the process of being drawn up, and another eight have twinned with associations in the developed world. Two ailing associations in Kenya and Nigeria have also been revived.Previously there was little cooperation between Western science journalists and their peers from emerging nations, but the SjCOOP initiative has given African journalists the confidence to interact with colleagues from overseas on a knowledgeable and professional level.Positive influenceSo now, with proof of the success of the project, the more ambitious and demanding second phase is about to get underway.“The first SjCOOP had a major positive influence on science journalism in Africa and the Arab World in the past three years”, said El-Awady. “This second phase is much more ambitious. We will provide journalists with an opportunity to achieve the best a science journalist can hope for: make a difference in the life of people.”She added that the WFSJ hopes to repeat the success of the first course, and to continue to improve the quality of science reporting.The UK Department of International Development was a partner in the first phase, with the International Development Research Centre of Canada, which will again support the initiative from April 2010. The Swedish International Development Agency is also involved.Phase one also received funding from agencies such as Unesco, academic journal publishing house Elsevier and the German-based Robert Bosch Foundation – part of the multinational Bosch Group.
@Eden_RichardsAustralia’s Mixed Open side have made it three from three, securing an epic 11-10 come from behind victory to break the hearts of New Zealand.The Aussies scored the last three touchdowns of the match to snatch victory after trailing for majority of the nerve-racking win.Outstanding performances from Ifor Jones and hat-trick hero Mase Parsons was not enough for the Kiwis, with the class of Australian captain Michael Singh helping the Aussies get over the line by the smallest of margins.New Zealand’s effort and determination must be commended, sticking it to Australia from the first moments of the match.It was clear New Zealand had come to play, scoring through Danyon Morgan-Puterangi after just 17 seconds of game time.But Australia made it 1-1 in the 2nd minute, with Adam Pryde beating New Zealand’s defence in the centre of the field.The match was turning into a high-scoring affair when New Zealand hit back straight away, crossing in the 3rd minute through Jones to make it 2-1 very early in the contest.The Aussies evened up the scoreline five minutes in when Tim Glazebrook took advantage of two offside Kiwi defenders to score in the middle of the park.Jones set up New Zealand’s next, with some fantastic interplay putting Bayley Waudby over for a touchdown in the 7th minute to make it 3-2 in their favour.But Australia soon replied, with Glazebrook scoring his second in the 12th minute to level the scoreline at 3-3.The match continued to to-and-fro as New Zealand hit the lead again through Puawai Gardiner with seven minutes to go in the first half, but Aussie captain Singh responded immediately to level it up at 4-4 in the 14th minute.The last two minutes of the first half belonged to the Kiwis, scoring twice in that period to take a much-needed 6-4 lead into the half-time break.Australia woke up after half-time, scoring two minutes after the break through Leah Percy to cut the margin to one touchdown.Two minutes later it was 6-6, with Australia’s Simon Lang crossing to give his side all the momentum in the 24th minute.But New Zealand wrestled back some control of the match five minutes into the second half as Nathan Rollinson crossed for a touchdown to give the Kiwis a 7-6 lead.Singh scored his second to draw Australia level in the 26th minute, but again New Zealand had an answer as they restored their one-touchdown lead through Parsons.The Kiwis looked to be in control 10 minutes from full-time, hitting a 9-7 lead courtesy of an Autumn-Rain Stephens touchdown.However, Australia were not done yet, scoring through Elin Mortimer in the 31st minute to have some hope of a comeback victory.But when Parson’s scored his third touchdown of the match for New Zealand it appeared it wasn’t going to be Australia’s day.Trailing 10-8 to the Kiwis in the 33rd minute, Australia had to be the next team to score.They did just that, crossing through Leah Opie-Lukins to keep the Aussies within reach of victory.Australia scored again with five minutes to go and it was suddenly all locked up with a thrilling finish to come.The Aussies’ never say die attitude saw them hit the lead with two minutes to go, with Zara Nicholas crossing in the left corner.Australia hung on to win 11-10, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.It was a performance full of tenacity from the Aussies who would not let themselves be beaten.Australia 11 (Glazebrook 2, Singh 2, Nicholas, Mortimer, Costello, Opie-Lukins, Pryde, Lang, Percy touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 10 (Parsons 3, Gardiner, Stephens, Rollinson, Waudby, Morgan-Puterangi, Jones, Takerei touchdowns)Related LinksMixed Open
Ex-Real Madrid fitness coach Mauri: Ancelotti would’ve kept winningby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni Mauri, Carlo Ancelotti’s long-time fitness coach, has spoken of their demise at Real Madrid.Mauri only ended his association with Ancelotti this season at Napoli, though his son is now part of the staff.On Real Madrid, Mauri told TuttoNapoli: “Not only did we win the Decima, but also a Copa del Rey, a Super Cup, a World Cup … The memory is beautiful, despite the end.”I went from being defined as a ‘hidden genius’ to being regarded as ‘the designated one’, and all for reasons of the Merengues leadership.”Yes, those seasons were the best of my career, a pity that it would end like that, we could have continued to win as my friend (Zinedine) Zidane did later.”They said that the defeat with Juve was the fault of our athletic preparation, which they defined as soft, but it was a lie: we know very well what was behind that year. We achieved the club’s record of consecutive victories, 22, and that says it all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valdano backing James to revive Real Madrid careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano is backing James Rodriguez to revive his career with the Spanish giants.Valdano is confident that the Colombia international will take advantage of the opportunity given to him by Zinedine Zidane.”James is a world-class player and if he is able to commit himself like he has, we have a player who is going to give another leap in quality to the squad,” Valdano told Onda Cero.”He is more mature and has learned along the way.”I am convinced that he will be able to take advantage of this second chance and he will perform at his level.”
Mississippi State Football LetterMost college kids are rowdy. College football players are college kids, so you would expect many of them to be rowdy, too, especially when they’re staying in a hotel. Mississippi State’s football players are apparently not, though. Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen recently received a letter from a Connecticut resident who stayed in the same Miami hotel as MSU during the Orange Bowl. It reflects extremely well on the Mississippi State football program. I was copied on this letter from a Conn. resident who stayed at @HailStateFB hotel during @OrangeBowl. #HailState pic.twitter.com/lGBKO0TDuL— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) June 26, 2015Mullen has to love receiving a letter like that.
Story Highlights Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna Goodison, says the talents and gifts possessed by cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou), were “purely Jamaican”. For her part, Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, called for “more public and scholarly” recognition of Jamaican writer and activist, the late Una Marson. Ms. Goodson said Miss Lou was a brilliant performer, adding that her work drew from, and took its shape and character from everything Jamaican, “the best and worst of us, but mostly the humour and the heartbreak of us”. Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna Goodison, says the talents and gifts possessed by cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou), were “purely Jamaican”.Speaking at the second presentation in the ‘Four Women’ series held yesterday (March 18) at the Institute of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, Ms. Goodison said Miss Lou “was the first of us who really did that. She was not looking anywhere else and she was not trying to be the Shakespeare of Jamaica; she was the Louise Bennett of Jamaica”.Ms. Goodson said Miss Lou was a brilliant performer, adding that her work drew from, and took its shape and character from everything Jamaican, “the best and worst of us, but mostly the humour and the heartbreak of us”.Miss Lou was among four influential Jamaican female pioneers whose lives and contributions to Jamaica were discussed over the past two weeks at the ‘Four Women’ cultural series held at the Institute.For her part, Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, called for “more public and scholarly” recognition of Jamaican writer and activist, the late Una Marson.Miss Marson, who died in 1965 at the age of 60, produced poems and programmes for the BBC as well as plays such as ‘London calling’ and ‘Pocomania’.The DPP said that despite the great strides made by Una Marson in making Jamaica known worldwide, “she is still virtually a stranger to many in her homeland and the wider diaspora world”.She said that Miss Marson was a force to be reckoned with, and despite the challenges she faced during her lifetime, she did not allow that to stop her from reaching her goal.The DPP, who read extracts from Miss Marson’s published works, ‘Heights and Depths’, said she should be highlighted during Black History Month, Jamaica Day or Women’s History Month.Other presenters at the series were writer and poet, Rachel Manley; and Associate Curate and Research Officer at the IOJ, Shari Williams, who spoke on sculptor, Hon. Edna Manley; and opera singer, Mercedes Kirkwood, respectively.The event was organised by the Jamaica Music Museum, in association with the National library of Jamaica.
zoom Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has managed to slightly improve its financials by shrinking its net loss in the second quarter of 2017.Although the net loss decreased, the company still ended the quarter with a net loss of USD 23.8 million, compared to a net loss of USD 31.3 million seen in the same three-month period of 2016.Diana Shipping’s operating loss stood at USD 15.5 million, compared to an operating loss of USD 24.2 million reported a year earlier, while the company’s time charter revenues reached USD 37.8 million, up from USD 28.3 million seen in the same quarter of 2016.The increase in time charter revenues was due to increased average time charter rates achieved for the company’s vessels during the quarter and increased revenues resulting from the enlargement of the fleet.Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to USD 50.3 million, compared to a net loss of USD 62.7 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Time charter revenues for the first half of the year increased to USD 69 million from USD 59.1 million reported in the same six-month period of 2016.
Derek Jeter has been cleared to play in a New York Yankees minor-league game this coming Saturday, the team announced today. The New York Yankees shortstop is scheduled to play no less than five innings for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a game against Lehigh Valley.Jeter is working his way back from an ankle injury he suffered back on Oct. 13th. After surgery and a stint of rehab, he played five spring training games, where a new break was discovered on April 18th. As a result, he hasn’t played in a single game this season.Last season, before the all-star suffered the injury, he hit .316/.362/.429 (114 OPS+) while leading the majors in hits (216), plate appearances (740) and at-bats (683). So having Jeter back will definitely improve the lineup of the Yankees, if he gets back in to the swing of things.