first_imgOUSU will reject £8,000 in advertising revenue from UBS next year in protest at the company’s links to the Sudanese government.UBS has come under extensive criticism over its assistance in launching PetroChina, a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Company, on the Shanghai stock exchange. The CNPC provides financial support to the Sudanese government and military.The student union is seeking alternative advertisers for the Oxford and Cambridge Careers Guide 2008. The Oxford Student will also avoid using UBS advertisements from Michaelmas 2008. UBS has used both publications in the past for its graduate recruitment.Responding to the vote, Lincoln student and Aegis Trust Student Chair Mark Darby said, “We’re very pleased that OUSU is taking a stand against immoral corporations. Students have always been at the forefront of ethical campaigns against multinational companies and we hope to keep it that way.But concerns have been raised about the financial implications of the move, which has the potential to leave a substantial hole in OUSU’s budget for next year. OUSU’s Vice- President of Finance, Rich Hardiman, nevertheless played down the importance of the loss of income, stressing, “These things are always under review – the ideal situation is that they stop underwriting genocide.UBS declined to comment directly on OUSU’s decision but reiterated previous denials of any direct link to the situation in Darfur. The company’s website boasts a substantial section on corporate responsibility and claims, “We take human rights standards into account when vetting potential clients.” Amnesty International has already dismissed the distinction made by UBS between PetroChina and the CNPC as a “legal fig leaf.”by James Staffordlast_img read more

first_imgMcGuinness said that online auctions have been a double-edged sword. While sales can continue, it’s not ideal for potential buyers when sizing up a purchase.“If you’re buying livestock, you have to be able to see the livestock before you purchase them. It’s not a piece of clothing,” McGuinness said. “You buy animals based on how they walk and the carcass shape, the flesh that’s on the animal, that’s what you’re buying an animal for, for meat. You have to be able to see the confirmation of an animal. Cameras do not show you that.”Some marts have been able to allow farmers to view an animal by appointment before bidding remotely. – Advertisement – DUBLIN — In July, Eimear McGuinness set up an online auction system in the livestock market she manages in Donegal town in northwest Ireland. Markets (known as marts in Ireland) around the country where cattle, sheep and other livestock are bought and sold were largely curtailed as coronavirus restrictions limited the number of people that could gather around auction rings to place bids.Since then, the coronavirus crisis has deepened and Ireland re-entered lockdown last month. This has seen the traditional mart industry rely solely on online auctioning for sales to continue. – Advertisement – McGuinness said poor broadband access in rural and remote areas “was a major flaw straight away” that made it difficult for buyers to partake in bids.In another case, an IT glitch in late October caused the online system for dozens of marts to collapse, leading to significant disruption.Livestock marts are a key avenue for farmers to buy and sell animals, mostly for meat. More than 160,000 people are employed in Ireland’s agri-food sector with exports worth 14.5 billion euros ($17.1 billion) in 2019.Online biddingOther companies have raced in with their own solutions to address the challenges.Mark McGann and his co-founders at Galway start-up HerdEye, which develops artificial intelligence for livestock health monitoring, re-purposed their tech in March for a new venture called MartEye, providing cameras and software for online auctions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “It’s an app for the farmers where they can bid. They watch the video of the cattle coming in and they can hear the auctioneer and they can bid. On the auctioneer’s side there’s a dashboard we had to build for them to operate the sale,” McGann said.While the system was built as a temporary measure, McGann said it has become much a bigger focus for the company now, having seen 170 million euros ($201 million) worth of sales made through its system. It has now expanded into the U.K.The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA), a group that represents the interests of all sectors of farming nationwide, said that online bidding has only worked as a “supplementary system.”“There are huge concerns about marts operating exclusively under this system, and in particular at this time of year when throughput is at peak numbers,” an IFA spokesperson said.“The platforms being used to run sales have been working well, but what happened recently when one of the online systems went down shows the risk of operating using this system alone.”Opening the martsMcGuinness, who is also chairperson of Mart Managers of Ireland, said marts, farmers and the agriculture industry had been hit hard this year. Spring and fall were typically the busiest times of the year for sales and both periods have been struck by lockdowns.During the summer months, when restrictions eased partially, McGuinness said marts developed procedures to safely allow farmers back around the rings with physical distancing, mask wearing and logging details for contact tracing. “None of us liked it but we did it and we actually settled into a routine through the summer and we just got on with it. While we found it strange, we had to employ loads of extra staff to do this,” she said.Mart managers and the IFA are arguing their case to Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to allow a limited number of buyers back on site with strict protocols.A spokesperson for the department said that it will “continue to monitor the situation” as the weeks progress.“There is no facility to permit buyers to congregate and attend in the sales ring while the country remains at Level 5,” they added, referring to the highest level of coronavirus measures.The current restrictions are due to be eased on Dec. 1, depending on case numbers, and mart managers like McGuinness will be hoping for some reprieve. “We know what works and what doesn’t work.” Kilcullen livestock Mart in Co Kildare which has reopened with reduced numbers and increased sanitation procedures as Ireland moves into the second phase of easing its Covid-19 lockdown measures.Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Imageslast_img read more

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first_imgHowever, there was one major positive for Pakistan against Australia. Mohammad Amir picked up his first five-wicket haul and was key in Australia losing eight wickets for 84 runs. It was Amir who produced his brilliance during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final when he took Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan’s wickets to help Pakistan beat India and win the tournament for the first time. Sarfaraz said Amir was a big positive for the side.“If you take a positive from this match it is how Mohammad is bowling for us that is a big thing to take into our next matches. He’s a world-class bowler. When he’s swinging it, it’s very difficult to try to get on top of him. Then when it’s seaming and swinging, it’s even harder,” Sarfaraz said.Pakistan will take on India in the high-voltage clash in Manchester on June 16 while Australia will take on Sri Lanka at The Oval on June 15. Pakistan lost for the sixth time in 10 World Cup clashes against Australia.Australia will take on Sri Lanka in their next encounter.Pakistan will take on India on June 16 in Manchester. New Delhi: Pakistan had a torrid time in the field against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Asif Ali dropped Aaron Finch and the Australian skipper made Pakistan pay by blasting his 23rd fifty. The same fielder also dropped David Warner when he was on 104 but that did not prove costly as the left-hander perished for 107. Pakistan’s fielding lapses proved to be costly and despite Mohammad Amir’s 5/30 which restricted Australia to 307, Pakistan was undone by better fielding from Australia and they lost by 41 runs. For Pakistan, their fielding woes against Australia was a sense of deja-vu. In the 2015 quarterfinal in Adelaide, Rahat Ali dropped Shane Watson off Wahab Riaz and Pakistan squandered their chance of reaching the semi-final.Speaking in the post-match press conference, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team has to improve fielding if they are to match India in their upcoming high-voltage clash against India in Manchester on June 16. “We made too many mistakes in all departments. I’m very disappointed with our fielding, it is not up to the mark or standard expected. We will have to work hard to improve on this before we play India, there can be no excuse,” Sarfaraz said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

first_img“Nobody takes for granted the time that we have on the field and obviously we have such depth on the bench that it’s important to continue to showcase why you deserve to be on the field for those 90 minutes or however long you’re playing,” Morgan told Omnisport. “For us, it’s just important for us to continue to play our tempo.”Lloyd, preparing for her fourth World Cup, also gave credit to the Americans’ depth and she believes it will be enough for the U.S. to see success in France.”It should give the group a lot of confidence knowing we’ve got so much depth to this team,” Lloyd told Omnisport. “We can seriously be deadly and unstoppable. It’s coming together for everyone and so it’s looking good.” Women’s World Cup 2019: 8 crazy USWNT facts to know Ellis drew from what she knew when she selected the roster. While she picked a mix of newcomers with 11 rookies heading to their first World Cup, the rest of the team was selected after playing through the highs of winning the 2015 World Cup and then the lows of playing in the 2016 Olympics when they didn’t make it out of the quarterfinal round. Of the 23 players selected, only Adrianna Franch, Rose Lavelle, Jessica McDonald, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson made the roster without previously playing in a major tournament. Instead of taking a chance on young prospects like Emily Fox or Andi Sullivan, Ellis selected Morgan Brian, Allie Long and Ali Krieger. Combined, Brian, Krieger and Long have combined to play barely 1,000 minutes for the national team since the start of 2018. To put that in perspective: Alex Morgan played more than 2,000 minutes during the same span.”As much as you want to focus, for sure, on the here and now, you also know what someone is like,” Ellis said. “When you look at a player, it’s not just what they can do on the field — it’s trusting them to execute. Set pieces are such a massive part of world events, and knowing that Mo (Brian) will always know her role, always do her job in those types of things, it’s the big picture.”One area in particular where the depth and experience is present is among the forwards. For the first time in the USWNT’s World Cup history, USA will have two players (Carli Lloyd and Morgan) who have reached 100 international goals or more. There will be two more forwards going to France than the 2015, 2007 and 2003 teams and three more than the 2011 roster.  “As much as we ask our forwards to do in the pressing game,” Ellis said, “I think having depth, having legs is part of the consideration for seven games in a month, that kind of thing.”Morgan, who has 101 international goals in 163 appearances, acknowledged the amount of depth the national team brings to any game. For example, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh would make strong starters for any nation, however, those two would likely come off the bench behind Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe in this tournament. Getty Images “Coming out of the Olympics, it was looking at not just player personnel but profile — what kind of players, where is the game headed, where are we trending,” coach Jill Ellis said during a conference call after the roster was announced (via ESPN).”And making sure we had players who could fill those needs and be able to contribute to where I envisioned the game going four years on. I think what we’ve come to is exactly that, is a team with great energy, a team with great experience.” Related News What are the most important factors that the U.S. women’s national team will have to rely on if it wants to win another World Cup title?Experience and depth. last_img read more

first_imgFortified by a cross-court winner to bring up break point at 3-2, Williams looked poised to seize control, but instead a tame forehand into the net to let Muguruza off the hook. Share on: WhatsApp – Barrage –It was the first of a series of vital escapes for Muguruza, who was matching Venus blow for blow in a series of bruising baseline rallies.Gifted two set point at 4-5, Venus couldn’t deliver the knockout blow and Muguruza over-powered her in a gripping rally to save the first before scrambling out of trouble on the second.Muguruza had the momentum now, her piercing ground-strokes gradually moving Williams into enough awkward areas to land the crucial first break at 5-5.Williams was rattled by Muguruza’s barrage, fatally allowing the Spaniard’s lob to drop in and present her with set points that she gleefully gobbled up.Muguruza was just six when Venus first won Wimbledon and the 23-year-old’s third major final appearance was dwarfed by Williams’ 16 Grand Slam title matches.But in all those finals, only Serena had produced the lethal power and poise Muguruza was showing and suddenly Williams was beginning to look her age.Still reeling from the shock of losing the first set, she served up a limp double fault on break point to hand Muguruza the lead at the start of the second set.Williams was shattered and Muguruza went for the kill so ruthlessly that in the blink of an eye she had broken twice more to take a 5-0 lead.Muguruza had spoken eloquently this week of etching her name onto the Wimbledon honours board alongside Venus, Serena and the other All England Club icons.It took one last blizzard of thunderous winners to ensure her dream would come true.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title and shattered Venus Williams’ history bid with a majestic 7-5, 6-0 victory in Saturday’s final.Muguruza overwhelmed Williams with a supreme display of power hitting in 77 minutes on Centre Court to become only the second Spanish woman to win Wimbledon.Watched from the Royal Box by King Juan Carlos of Spain, the 23-year-old finally got her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish two years after losing to the American’s sister Serena in her maiden Wimbledon final.Fittingly, it was Muguruza’s current coach Conchita Martinez who was the first woman to raise the Spanish flag at Wimbledon in 1994 when she defeated Martina Navratilova.“The first set was tough. We both had a lot of chances. I’m glad I took mine,” Muguruza said.“Two years ago I lost in the final against Serena and she told me I would win one day. Here I am. Finally!”Venezuela-born Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title, following her French Open triumph last year, denied Williams, 37, in her attempt to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open era.Back in the Wimbledon final after an eight-year absence, Williams had hoped to clinch a sixth All England Club title, nine years after she last lifted the trophy.Instead, she paid the price for a surprisingly nerve-ridden display that condemned her to a second Grand Slam disappointment this year following her Australian Open final loss against Serena.“Congratulations Garbine. I know how hard you work,” Williams said.“I tried my best to do the things Serena does, but I think there will be other opportunities.”Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10.But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and will climb to fifth when the new rankings are confirmed next week.Remarkably, of her four tour-level titles, two are now Grand Slams.With persistent drizzle blanketing the All England Club, Williams and Muguruza were competing in the first Wimbledon final to begin under the roof, watched by a sell-out crowd including Hollywood actress Hilary Swank.Twenty years ago, Venus admitted she was a bundle of nerves when she made a losing Wimbledon debut against Magdalena Grzybowska and, in her ninth All England Club final, once again there was anxiety coursing through her error-strewn display.last_img read more

first_imgikolor, knee-deep during a hunt for a cacheThe nominations for August’s Geocacher of the Month go beyond the norm for geocaching…in all the best ways.With a total of 40,779 finds between them, there’s no shortage of geocaching wisdom gained through experience. Together, Trekkie79, ikolor, and Team Geo-Rangers embody the best elements of a geocacher: passion, creativity, and a determination to make the game inviting to new and old players alike.Although it’s tough, there has to be a winner.This month, the recipient of this award comes from the land of sunshine, oranges, alligators, and geocaches.Her name is ikolor, or “I-hopeyou’renotafraidofawesome-kolor”, as one ‘cacher put it. She’s been called “the backbone of south Florida geocaching,” and it’s not hard to believe it. With over 6,600 finds and 162 hides, you’re more likely to run into ikolor on the way to a potential FTF than on the way to the grocery store. What’s more astonishing? Her find rate is currently at 3.79 caches per day.But her geocaching stats aren’t why she’s our newest Geocacher of the Month.One geocacher says, “[ikolor] embodies all the positive qualities of Geocaching. Every Geocacher I know considers her a friend. She is always there to lend a helping hand. Her events are always fun and eagerly awaited. No puzzle can guard its secrets from her solving skills. She really enjoys getting out there and finding a cache. It doesn’t matter if its a simple park and grab or a difficult multi stage hike in the woods. Her caches are many and well thought out. Overall she is very deserving of this honor.”ikolor got her start in 2009, when she read a newspaper article about geocaching.She quickly became a part of the local community, as affected by them as they were by her: “My husband, radioman84, and I love to cache and do it as often as we can. In 2011 radioman84 had a massive stroke while we were out on a caching spree. He almost died. The caching community pulled together and showed us how truly amazing these people are! They were totally there for us. I grew to love caching, not for hiding and finding caches, but for the people that make up this crazy sport!”ikolor and radioman84Another ‘cacher confirms it: “Although we only cache part time in her neck of the woods we are always welcomed like old friends at her events. She has a way of bringing cachers together not only as a team but as social groups who have a great deal of fun. She embodies not only the spirit of caching but also the skills of a great cacher..”ikolor (front and center) at one of many CITO eventsCongraulations to ikolor…and thank you for everything you do! Your presence as a player of the game has clearly had a significant positive impact on those around you. New to geocaching? Talk to one of these three veterans. The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinShare with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedVote for the August Geocacher of the MonthAugust 9, 2014In “Community”Announcing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgA new analysis of data collected from coal-fired power plants shows that groundwater contamination from coal ash dumps is nearly universal. The Guardian writes that of the 265 coal power plants in the U.S. that monitor groundwater, 242 of them report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant. Contaminants include arsenic, a known carcinogen, as well as cobalt, cadmium, and lithium. The study, led by Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) attorney Abel Russ, is based on data that became available to the public for the first time in 2018, three years after new federal coal ash regulations were issued. EIP and Earthjustice, which also took part in the study, said stronger regulations are needed to protect drinking water from contaminants.RELATED ARTICLESCoal Production Hits 35-Year LowCoal Is No Boon for U.S. Treasury, Report SaysA Cloudy Future for CoalCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Data was collected from more than 4,600 monitoring wells around ash dumps at the 265 coal-fired plants, about three-quarters of the total number of coal-fired plants operating in the U.S. The remainder of the plants were not required to meet the federal monitoring rules because they had closed their ash dumps before the rule went into effect, or because they were eligible for an extension, EIP said. Although groundwater extracted from the monitoring wells showed widespread contamination, the safety of drinking water in nearby wells is not known because power companies are not required to test private wells. The report’s authors said U.S. coal plants produce about 100 million tons of coal ash annually. For much of the last century, they said, the ash has gone into unlined landfills and waste ponds that were vulnerable to leaks. The majority of the coal plants report unsafe levels of at least four toxic constituents of coal ash, according to the report. “Many of the coal ash waste ponds are poorly and unsafely designed, with less than 5% having waterproof liners to prevent contaminants from leaking into the groundwater, and 59% built beneath the water table or within 5 feet of it,” the statement said. In addition, the report notes, the federal Coal Ash Rule does not cover coal ash dumps that have been closed, even though they, too, are polluting groundwater. The report says there are hundreds of these ash dumps across the country. A trade group representing the coal ash industry contested the findings and said EIP’s interpretation of the monitoring data was faulty. The top polluter is in Texas The list of the 10 sites where groundwater pollution was worst included power plants in Texas, North Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, Utah, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Heading the list is the San Miguel Power Plant in Christine, Texas, about an hour south of San Antonio along Interstate 37. The report notes that groundwater near the plant is contaminated with at least 10 pollutants that are leaking from coal ash dumps. They include cadmium and lithium at concentrations more than 100 times what are considered safe. The 400 MW plant is owned by the San Miguel Electric Cooperative, a member-owned mining and power generating cooperative. The cooperative’s website devotes several pages to the benefits of coal ash. “Coal ash is king in Texas,” the website says. In a section titled “Coal Ash: Beneficial for Everyday Life,” the cooperative says coal ash has a variety of uses in construction, manufacturing, and environmental remediation. Fly ash, another byproduct of burning coal, is useful for road construction and for making concrete. The website asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency has classified coal combustion products (CCPs) as non-hazardous. “The agency made that determination after more than 20 years of study,” the website says. “In fact, it and other federal agencies encourage the use of CCPs and other recycled materials in construction.” According to the website Ashtracker, the San Miguel plant has 26 groundwater monitoring wells, all of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels. Groundwater contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, boron, beryllium, cobalt, cadmium, thallium, arsenic, selenium, radium, fluoride, mercury, molybdenum, and antimony. The second and third most polluting plants are, respectively, Duke Energy’s Allen Stream Station in Belmont, North Carolina, and PacifiCorp’s Jim Bridger power plant in Wyoming. San Miguel responds Nothing new here, the San Miguel Electric Cooperative said in a written statement to Green Building Advisor. The cooperative said that data the Environmental Integrity Project used in its analysis had already been cited in an earlier report on groundwater contamination. “As was the case with that report, San Miguel is well aware of the situation, as the data was collected and reported by San Miguel and is posted on San Miguel’s own CCR website,” the statement says. The cooperative took issue with the report’s  ranking system because it does not recognize that groundwater could be “previously impacted by naturally occurring levels of constituents making it unfit to drink,” as is the case at San Miguel. “Never in the EIP report does it disclose, recognize or explain that there is no evidence of risk to human health at San Miguel given that the groundwater alleged to be contaminated by CCR units is not used for drinking,” the cooperative said. The statement adds, “This appears to be an intentional omission, indicating EIP’s clear purpose of triggering fear and suspicion, as opposed to presenting a balanced view of the facts.” San Miguel said it was conducting all required investigations and that it would take any corrective actions required by law. The industry says it is fixing the problem Tom Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association, a trade group that promotes the recycling of CCPs, said he had not seen the EIP report. He said his organization is focused on recycling, not managing coal ash in landfills and ponds. He referred questions on that issue to another industry group, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group. Jim Roewer, its executive director, said in a telephone call that the EIP report overstates the extent of the problem. The report’s authors interpreted the data differently than the procedure outlined in the federal coal ash rule. “The evaluation of the data that EIP took is overstating the extent of violation of groundwater protection standards,” Roewer said. “In some cases, they’re pointing to constituents that there aren’t groundwater protection standards for and saying that’s a violation. Well, no, it’s not, under the rule.” He also said that results of groundwater monitoring don’t necessarily mean that anyone’s drinking water is contaminated. Roewer said some companies have already started looking at corrective measures, as outlined in the federal rules. “There are impacts out there,” he said. “Those impacts are being addressed by the industry… Any impacts we’re having on groundwater that have been identified as a result of our monitoring program will be addressed as required by the rule.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal ‘Arsenal handed a pot of gold in Mkhitaryan’ – Keown tips Armenian to shine Chris Burton 21:27 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The former defender believes Arsene Wenger’s latest addition will prove to be a big hit, but still fears for other members of the Gunners squad Arsenal have “been handed a pot of gold in Henrikh Mkhitaryan”, says Martin Keown, but Alexis Sanchez’s exit still raises concerns.The Gunners reluctantly resigned themselves to the fact that the Chilean forward would be heading through the exits during the January transfer window, with it clear that no contract extension would be signed.They have been able to counter that blow by landing Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a swap deal , with Arsene Wenger ensuring that his creativity department has not been depleted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Keown believes that agreement makes sense for all concerned , with Arsenal having acquired a player who can slot seamlessly into a ball-playing outfit.The former Gunners defender said in the Daily Mail : “Arsene Wenger may have been handed a pot of gold in Mkhitaryan. Wenger will definitely get the best from him.“Wenger seems to create a different environment to Jose Mourinho. Watching Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw for Manchester United recently, I felt sorry for them. They did not appreciate Mourinho’s style.“Wenger will focus on what Mkhitaryan can do. The player will be coming in with a point to prove. “Mourinho does not always get it right with players. Look at Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah. They have been two of the best players in the Premier League this season and both were let go by Mourinho at Chelsea.“Mkhitaryan is coming in with a point to prove and if he can make it work, this will have been a successful transfer window for Wenger.”Arsenal still have the opportunity to make the winter window even more successful, with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still in their sights despite struggles to reach an agreement.There are, however, other issues still to be resolved, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere yet to commit to fresh terms as contract issues continue to cast an unwelcome shadow over Emirates Stadium.Keown added: “Arsenal have lost a top player in Alexis Sanchez. But the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil has created a negativity around the club.“Arsenal have had two years of uncertainty over whether Arsene Wenger will stay, and now it has been the same with these two players.“I do not see this happening at other clubs. This week, Manchester City quickly tied Kevin De Bruyne down to a new, five-year deal.“If Sanchez had clearly made up his mind that he wanted to leave long ago, why did the decision makers at the top of the club not realise that sooner?“In the summer, Arsenal could have got £60 million for Sanchez. The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan now has at least allowed them to get something from the deal.“While I hope we are proved wrong, I think Ozil will leave this summer. It feels like Arsenal have been dictated to by these players for too long. In the future, this situation cannot be allowed to happen again at Arsenal.“I feel sorry for the other players in the dressing room who have had to deal with this going on around them.”last_img read more

first_imgStar Wars: Force For Change in collaboration with Omaze will launch the Star Wars “Past, Present and Future” fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation.STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS WITH EPIC FUNDRAISING EVENTThe campaign is themed around the timeless appeal of Star Wars, with experiences inspired by the saga’s past, present, and future. Lucky winners will receive prizes, like the chance to appear in the upcoming Han Solo movie, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or, an overnight stay at the fabled Skywalker Ranch.Over the course of four weeks between April 11th and May 11th, 2017, fans may enter at for a chance to win these once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experiences, with each week bringing a new prize to be awarded to a randomly-selected winner. Additionally, at the end of the campaign, one randomly-selected grand prize winner will be awarded all three amazing experiences.Starlight Children’s Foundation is joining Star Wars: Force for Change as the initiative’s newest charity beneficiary in 2017. Through a $1 million grant, Star Wars: Force for Change supports the foundation’s core programs which are designed to bring comfort and joy and comfort to hospitalized kids through Starlight’s network of more than 700 children’s hospitals, clinics, camps and other partners across the US. Star Wars: Force for Change and fan donations through this campaign will also provide new Starlight programs, like fun, comfortable Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns, to tens of thousands of hospitalized children across the country.Since 2014, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF have joined together to help improve the lives of children around the world. With the support of Star Wars fans, the collaboration has raised more than $9 million to help the world’s most vulnerable children. To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has helped UNICEF save the lives of over 30,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition through the distribution of over 4 million packets of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food Packets (RUTF) around the world.“In a year that we celebrate 40 years of the Star Wars saga, I continue to be inspired by the incredible generosity and charitable efforts of our fans,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We are so proud of their tireless dedication to positively impact the lives of children and others around the world, and hope this year’s Force For Change campaign will offer a few of those wonderful fans an experience they will never forget.”Star Wars “Past, Present, and Future” Winner Experiences: • Past – Stay at Skywalker Inn, tour of the archives & the Ranch, and a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope • Present – Join the cast and attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere and exclusive after party • Future – Visit the set, meet the directors and have the chance to appear in the untitled Han Solo movie • Grand Prize – One winner will receive the Past, Present AND Future prizes!Fans are encouraged to follow the campaign at for exclusive updates each week.last_img read more