Nicolas Pepe inspires Arsenal comeback against West Ham as Gunners show fight for Freddie Ljungberg

first_img Comment Arsenal’s next six league matches Manchester City [H]Everton [A]Bournemouth [A]Chelsea [H]Manchester United [H]Crystal Palace [A] Sean KearnsMonday 9 Dec 2019 10:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Nicolas Pepe inspired Arsenal’s comeback against West Ham (Picture: PA)When Freddie Ljungberg eventually gets round to watching back his first victory as Arsenal interim boss there may be chunks of it he’ll want to forget.For an hour the Gunners were as poor as they’ve been all season, no matter who has been at the helm. The passing was wayward, the tactics disjointed and the less said about the defending the better. But as the Swede will have learnt by now; it’s results that matter and what a crucial three points this was for Arsenal.The Gunners entered the match on their worst run since 1976 and with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton on the horizon, it’s not far-fetched to suggest defeat could have seen them staring at the relegation places by Christmas.AdvertisementAdvertisementFor an hour, it looked like it was going that way. In an indescribably poor first half, West Ham entered the break a goal up thanks to Angelo Ogbonna’s deflected strike. The Italian reacted quickest to Pablo Fornals’ floated cross after 38 minutes and his header bounced in off Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The Hammers, who have won just one of their last nine, showed more ambition during the opening 45 minutes but it was an uninspiring half bereft of quality.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Ogbonna gave West Ham a half-time lead (Picture: PA)The irony is that the home side actually improved after the break and were threatening a second when Gabrielle Martinelli latched onto Sead Kolasinac’s cutback to strike the equaliser. It was the Brazilian’s seventh of the season but his first in the Premier League. A rare bright light in an otherwise depressing campaign for the Gunners. Aubameyang rounded off the victory (|Picture: Reuters)For Arsenal it was victory at last. Every single Premier League club has picked up three points since the Gunners last won against Bournemouth on October 6th. This was just their fifth win of the season and their third post-August. Though their fixtures ensure there can be no lapse in concentration, the victory gives Arsenal some breathing space and they’re now seven points above the relegation zone and into the top half.AdvertisementAdvertisementFinal score: West Ham 1-3 ArsenalMan of the Match: Nicolas PepeAttendance: 59, 936MORE: Deontay Wilder claims Anthony Joshua fight will ‘never happen’ Pepe came to life after the break (Picture: AP)Arsenal could scarcely believe they were ahead, so poorly had they played for an hour. But it got even better just three minutes later when Pepe turned provider for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to volley home to give the Gunners a two-goal lead.Just nine minutes separated the three goals and the London Stadium emptied even quicker. The empty seats made for a grim look as seven minutes injury time were announced and less than half of the 59,000 attendance were there to witness it. The Hammers travel to relegation-threatened Southampton on Saturday and there’s then 12 days before their trip to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. You fear anything but a win for Manuel Pellegrini at St Mary’s will see him lose his job. One win in ten would test the patience of any board. Advertisement Nicolas Pepe inspires Arsenal comeback against West Ham as Gunners show fight for Freddie Ljungberg The goal shook West Ham’s confidence, which isn’t the most difficult feat at this moment in time. Suddenly, where once there was tackles, there was now space. Unimpressed with what he’d seen in the last two matches, Ljungberg made changes aplenty in east London. Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz and Joe Willock were out, while Nicolas Pepe, Calum Chambers and most notably Martinelli came in. They were changes that many thought the Swede would make when he was first appointed, given he had spent time with the players before and would have wanted to immediately stamp his authority on the squad.Ironically, it was another of Unai Emery’s signings that got on the scoresheet next when Pepe curled home an exquisite finish with his left foot into the far left corner. It was the Ivorian’s first league goal for the club and the sense of relief was palpable as he celebrated wildly in front of the away crowd behind the goal.last_img read more

4 more OFWs flunk virus test; WV’s COVID-19 cases rise to 97

first_imgOn the other hand, the test results of the most recent (May 9) batch of repatriated Ilonggo overseas workers were yet to be released. This brought to 27 the number of repatriated Ilonggo overseas workers who have the virus, and to 97 the region-wide COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 yesterday. * Iloilo City – 16 People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN Also, according to DOH-6, 38 patients have recovered while 10 died. * Negros Occidental – two Twenty-five cases (26 percent) have severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) while 15 cases (15 percent) showed mild cases of infection, added Pulmones. These four OFWs are currently in isolation at quarantine facilities in this city and Negros Occidental. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. * Antique – 14 * Iloilo province – 18 * 23-year-old male from City Proper, Iloilo City (Patient No. 96) Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, said majority of the region’s COVID-19 patients were asymptomatic or not showing signs and symptoms of the disease. * Capiz – five * 50-year-old male from Molo, Iloilo City (Patient No. 94) * 45-year-old male from Talisay City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 97) In Case Bulletin No. 46 released yesterday, DOH-6 further disclosed that 14 of the cases were in hospitals, five on home quarantine while 30 were in quarantine centers of local government units. * 30-year-old male from La Paz, Iloilo City (Patient No. 95) * Guimaras – zero * Aklan – six Here’s the breakdown of the 97 cases as of May 11: * repatriates – 27 (Aklan, one; Antique, three; Guimaras, two; Iloilo province, four; Negros Occidental, five; Bacolod City, two, and Iloilo City, 10) “Of the 97 confirmed cases, 57 were asymptomatic or 59 percent of the total,” said Pulmones. ILOILO City – Four more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who recently returned to Western Visayas tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The four OFWs – and the 23 positive others – were part of the over 260 Western Visayan overseas workers who returned to the region on April 9, 28 and 29. They were the following: * Bacolod City – ninelast_img read more

Cloudy Day…Pirates drop another heartbreaker to Athletics 2-1

first_imgClouds hang over PNC Park during a rain delay before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics in Pittsburgh Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The Athletics won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Dan Straily pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday night.Straily (6-2) struck out seven and walked three in 6 1-3 innings for his second straight strong outing. Grant Balfour worked the ninth to remain perfect in 24 save chances this season. The A’s have won 10 of 13.Gerrit Cole (4-2) lost his second consecutive decision despite working seven innings for the first time in his four-week major league career. Cole allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two. Andrew McCutchen strikes out against Oakland Athletics closer pitcher Grant Balfour during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The Athletics won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)After the start was delayed 1 hour, 42 minutes, Pedro Alvarez hit his 23rd home run but Pittsburgh matched a season high with its fourth straight loss.Straily has struggled starting on four days’ rest during his brief major league career, coming in 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA when not given at least five days between starts.Yet the rookie had no issues dealing with Pittsburgh’s suddenly punchless offense. The Pirates have scored just six runs during a 2-6 slump that has dropped them behind first-place St. Louis in the heated NL Central race.Alvarez provided Pittsburgh’s lone run with a 448-foot drive to the bushes in center leading off the second. The home run made him just the third player in team history to reach 23 homers before the All-Star break, joining Ralph Kiner and Willie Stargell.In a way, Alvarez is having the type of season the franchise once envisioned for Moss. The first baseman spent parts of three seasons with the Pirates between 2008-10, with Pittsburgh hoping his raw left-handed power would help him pound balls off – or over – the Clemente Wall in right field.It never really happened. Moss hit all of 13 homers in 195 games for the Pirates before eventually making his way to Oakland, where he’s become a key cog in one of baseball’s biggest surprises.Moss provided a glimpse of what could have been in Pittsburgh in the fourth when Cole wobbled for the briefest of moments. The right-hander had retired nine straight when John Jaso stepped to the plate. The Pirates swung the defense to the right only to have Jaso smack a double down the left-field line. The ball would have been playable if Alvarez was in his normal position at third base. Instead, he was 40 feet away as the ball rolled into the outfield.One pitch later, Moss gave the A’s the lead, sending a changeup into the second row in right to give Straily all the backing he needed.The Pirates didn’t get a runner to third base over the final six innings. Their best chance to tie the game came in the seventh when Alvarez led off with a walk and moved to second on Russell Martin’s sacrifice bunt. Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle replaced Straily and struck out pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez before getting Jordy Mercer to pop up to first.Jose Tabata led off the ninth with a single off Balfour, but Andrew McCutchen and Alvarez struck out before Martin grounded out meekly to first as Balfour extended his club record for consecutive save chances converted to 42, dating to last season.NOTES: The start of the game was pushed back due to the potential of inclement weather. While lightning flashed several times during the 1:42 delay, it never actually rained. … Oakland LF Yoenis Cespedes was selected to the American League team for the Home Run Derby next Monday night in New York. Cespedes, who has 15 home runs this season, is the first A’s player to be chosen for the Home Run Derby since Jason Giambi in 2001. … McCutchen went 0 for 3, ending his 10-game hitting streak. … The series wraps up on Wednesday when Pittsburgh LHP Francisco Liriano (8-3, 2.20 ERA) faces Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (8-7, 4.11). … Hall of Fame golfer Arnold Palmer, who grew up in Latrobe, about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh, was in attendance.last_img read more

Nor’easter Hits Shore Area in All the Usual Places

first_imgStory by John Burton – Photos by Tina ColellaFlooding from Tuesday’s nor’easter that hit all the shore communities in Monmouth County was what those who live and travel through the area have come to know all too well: portions of roads were closed and you proceed through the water at your own and your vehicles’ risk.Sea Bright of course, had the most damage.Nearby Rumson, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch also suffered extreme flooding in some areas, re-routing traffic and rescuing drivers in flooded vehicles.Sea Bright Office of Emergency Management Director C. Read Murphy said of this storm, “This was a little bit stronger than a lot of the nor’easters but a short duration.”And during that brief but heavy storm, some of the borough streets prone to flooding, had as much as two-to-four feet of standing water on them for parts of Tuesday and into late Wednesday morning, he said, extending through three high tides.The areas that had the deepest flooding were some side streets on the borough’s very northern and southern end facing the Shrewsbury River and a portion of Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36, according to Murphy.Oceanport – Monmouth Boulevard“We had some significant flooding in low lying areas similar to other municipalities,” said Borough Administrator/Clerk Thomas Rogers. “The low lying areas are in the south of the borough and requires us to close roadways and detour traffic during the high tides.”“When the tides receded, the roads cleared,” he said. “Today  (Wednesday) there was some ponding on some properties.  It’s a normal occurrence during a soaking rain.”Oceanport had some significant flooding in the marine area and Monmouth Beach had some flooding on both the Shrewsbury River west end of the borough and some along Ocean Avenue as well.“We had some flooding throughout the town but no major catastrophes,” John O.  Bennett III, Oceanport Borough Administrator.The borough closed the usual streets that usually flood Oceanport Ave., Arnold St., and Bridgewaters Drive.“The old borough hall was shown to be unacceptable again,” he said referring to the former borough hall that floods just about during every storm.He confirmed again it would be a problem to retain the existing building,Once the waters receded by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday “everything worked out fine,” Bennett said.Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, said, “the water was really high especially along Oceanport Avenue.”“The water was almost level with the tops of the bulkheads,” she said. “But all of us who live here know which way to drive out.”No homes were reported flooded, however, she said.A couple of days prior to Monday night’s and Tuesday’s storm had strong northeast winds, which Murphy said, “exacerbated the water situation,” contributing to the flooding.This is a common occurrence during high tides and storms and borough residents have come to adapt to it, he noted. However, “The biggest problem were people driving thorough the water,” he observed, “and cars breaking down.”That happened to four vehicles, requiring borough employees to haul them out in Sea Bright alone.last_img read more

Oak Hill Academy Plans to Open New High School

first_imgThe Socrates School at Oak Hill Academy willbe “an alternative high school for curious students that uses a personalizedapproach to education,” said Joseph A. Pacelli, headmaster of Oak Hill. “It’s going to be a shift from traditionalschooling as we know it and different than anything else offered in our area,”said Pacelli. “We’ve taken a hard look at where our schools are now and thedirection they should be going.” In its inaugural year the school could featurea class of 10 students. Annual tuition may be priced around $18,000 a year,said Pacelli. Oak Hill’s current enrollment is 292 studentspre-K through eighth grade, with an annual tuition rate of $20,100, accordingto the school’s website. Oak Hill Academy is hosting a May 14 informational meeting with a question-and-answer session at the school’s technology center at 7 p.m. To register for the meeting visit the Socrates School page at oakhillacademy.com. Academic days at the new high school will bedivided into blocks, beginning with the Socratic Block, a humanities-basedcurriculum focusing on social studies and English/language arts that wouldincorporate lesson plans from both the Big History Project and the Great BooksFoundation. The Laurel Springs School offers students aone-on-one relationship with teachers, and allows students, should they chooseto do so, an opportunity to advance as far beyond the mandatory graduationrequirements as they would like. To help aid that progression up the academicladder, Pacelli said each student will be developing an e-portfolio, aneasy-to-navigate and easily digestible online record supplied to admissionsofficers that will display each student’s growth and progression over theirfour years at The Socrates School. “We hope to identify books over a particularperiod of time and integrate them into our Big History Project,” Pacelli said.“Everything will be connected and working toward our ultimate goal.” Oak Hill wants to invest in a program thatwill create passion among its students by not pigeonholing their academic path,but providing structure with room to explore any interest they may have, saidPacelli. “Our world has evolved. Our technology hasevolved. Why hasn’t our education system?” Pacelli asked. “Quite frankly, thesame old methods are boring. Teachers are teaching the same way as it’s alwaysbeen done. Information is being distributed the same way it always has been. Itshouldn’t be. There are new ways, and it’s time for the kids to take morecontrol.” Students would round out their days with anElective Block that focuses on an area of study of their choosing, and a FlexBlock for physical education, community service-based efforts and anapprenticeship during their senior year, for which Pacelli hopes to forgepartnerships with Bell Works, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the Count Basie Centerfor the Arts and countless other organizations in the area.center_img Outside of Catholic schools, Ranney School inTinton Falls is the only other independent, co-educational high school inMonmouth County. Now more than ever, creative secondary education offerings arein demand by local families, said Erin Avery, founder of Avery EducationalResources in Fair Haven, a school consulting and test prep firm. The writing intensive program will feature at least one-quarter of instruction time in an online setting and tap into state-of-the-art educational tools like the The Big History Project, an ongoing, unified global initiative founded by Bill Gates and David Christian to gain a better understanding about the history of the cosmos, Earth, life and humanity. The course covers history from the Big Bang through present day with interdisciplinary methods. Next would be the Academic Block, a math,science and foreign language curriculum provided by the Laurel Springs School,an accredited online private school that would allow educators to hone in oneach individual student’s learning level and instruct that student at anappropriate pace. “This is something we’ve been considering foryears, but we wanted to do it right and not duplicate what’s already outthere,” Pacelli said. “It eats at us when we hear from our graduates that whenthey left Oak Hill, they were hoping to find something more to bridge the gapbetween high school and college. We want to use the resources we have to offerthat to them.” Pacelli also pointed to the Great BooksFoundation, another potential program for The Socrates School that publishesgreat literary works in an online database and uses them to promote reading anddiscussion programs as a means for critical and reflective thinking activities,as well as social engagement between students. Pacelli said that goal is to provide afour-year educational experience that leads to better prepared students as theytake the next step in their academic careers, whether it be a four-yearuniversity, a community college or a trade school. This article was first published in the April 11-17, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. The Socrates School will begin with an initialfreshman class, and offer an additional higher grade of study each year throughthe 2023 school year, establishing a four-year high school program. “I applaud Oak Hill’s courage to move into the secondary school space and offer a hybrid model that allows students the flexibility to enjoy both in-person and virtual learning options, which is already taking place at the college level.” MIDDLETOWN – Oak Hill Academy, currently aprivate school in Lincroft educating students through eighth grade, is hopingto launch a new high school in the fall of 2020. last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Castlegar/Nelson Midget Reps

first_imgStaff at Mallard’s Source for Sports are pleased to announce the Reps as Team of the Week.The team includes, back row, L-R, John Katountas, Nathan Pereverzoff, Erik Craft, Simon Zwick and Colton Steeds.  Middle, Tyler Maida, Coleton Dawson, Trevor Rigby, head coach Tony Maida, Mitch Klein and Casey Kirk.  Front, Grant Matthews, team captain Joseph Gauthier, James Tucker, assistant captain Nick Maida and assistant captain Tyler Chernenkoff.Missing, assistant coaches, Scott MacDonald and Gerry Gauthier and Matthew MacDonald, Garrett Steeds and Jesse Yanke. After a slow start to the season, the Castlegar/Nelson Rebels have turned it around in the B.C. Minor Hockey Midget Rep scene.last_img read more