Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face West Ham at London Stadium.After a promising start to the season under new coach Unai Emery, the Gunners have managed to register just two wins in their last five Premier League fixtures, losing two, with their last defeat a shell-shocking loss to table-topping Liverpool a fortnight ago.The north London side sit three points behind Chelsea, who occupy the last remaining Champions League spot, and are now positioned just three points above a rejuvenated Manchester United side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Arsenal Injuries Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.However, Arsenal are bolstered by the return of six players to full training; Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi are all available again after their respective injuries.Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery can welcome back some fresh faces into the line-up with Mustafi likely to start alongside Sokratis in defence.Bellerin could return at right-back while Mesut Ozil is another player who will be hopeful of starting in the attack, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both firing on all cylinders.Alex Iwobi could start on the flank while Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are expected to be the central midfield partnership.West Ham Team News Samir Nasri is expected to make his first Premier League appearance since August 2016 against his former club.The Hammers have received a bid in excess of £35 million for Marko Arnautovic, although the Austrian is still likely to be involved even if his agent urged West Ham to accept the offer from an undisclosed Chinese club.Pellegrini will be without Jack Wilshere (ankle), Andriy Yarmolenko (achilles), Winston Reid (knee), Manuel Lanzini (knee), Fabian Balbuena (knee), Ryan Fredericks (ankle) and Carlos Sanchez (knee).TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK when it kicks off at 12:30pm GMT (7:30am ET) and will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBCSN and Universo.Best Opta Match Facts West Ham United have won one of their last 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal (D4 L16), a 2-0 win at the Emirates in August 2015. Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham in all competitions (W8 D3) since losing 0-1 in the Premier League in November 2006. 15 of the last 17 goals scored in Premier League matches between West Ham and Arsenal have been scored in the second half. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has never won away from home against Manuel Pellegrini in all competitions during his managerial career (P6 W0 D2 L4). Andy Carroll has scored four times in his last two home Premier League appearances for West Ham United against Arsenal, scoring a hat-trick in April 2016 at Upton Park and a consolation goal in a 1-5 defeat at London Stadium in December 2016. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his last four Premier League London derby matches, netting six goals in total while also providing two assists. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Karun Nair made an epic unbeaten triple century to power India to their highest ever innings total against a demoralised England in the fifth and final Test on Monday. (SCORECARD)Nair became the second Indian batsman to score a Test triple hundred and his 303 not out helped the hosts post a massive 759/7 before skipper Virat Kohli declared.After conceding a 282-run first-innings lead, England finished on 12/0, needing to bat out the final day to save the match and prevent a 4-0 series loss. (Karun Nair second Indian after Sehwag to hammer Test triple century)Skipper Alastair Cook was unbeaten on three at the close with Keaton Jennings on nine after a difficult day in the field for the touring side.Nair struck his 32nd four off Adil Rashid to bring up his triple century before raising his bat in celebration as his coach Anil Kumble, a keen photographer, captured the moment on camera. (In pics: Karun Nair slams record-breaking triple hundred)Nair was at the other end when Lokesh Rahul, his partner in a 161-run fourth-wicket stand, fell agonisingly short of his double century on Sunday by playing a rash shot when one run away from the milestone.Playing only his third Test, Nair brought up his maiden century in the morning session, turned it into a double after tea and accelerated to reach the 300-mark in an innings which also included four sixes. (Welcome to 300-run club: Sehwag to Karun Nair)Resuming on 391 for four, India lost Murali Vijay for 29 but Nair and Ravichandran Aswin added 181 runs for the fifth wicket to put the hosts firmly in command.advertisementBatting down the order following a shoulder injury, Vijay became debutant Liam Dawson’s first Test victim when the left-arm spinner trapped him lbw.Nair, dropped on 34 by Cook, enjoyed another slice of luck when he hung out his bat trying to leave a Stuart Broad delivery, the deflection running past slip to the boundary. (Karun Nair’s record-shattering triple ton: All the stats you need to know)Ben Stokes bowled with hostility, generating reverse swing from an otherwise flat track, and nearly had Nair caught at mid-off with another short delivery.Nair was on 217 when Joe Root dropped him at slip off Jake Ball and the batsman also survived a stumping opportunity.Ashwin hit a six off Moeen Ali and registered his 10th Test fifty before he fell for 67 to a brilliant diving catch by Jos Buttler off Broad.Virender Sehwag is the only other Indian to make a Test triple century, achieving the feat twice.Brief Scores: England 477, 12/0 (Alastair Cook 3 not out, Keaton Jennings 9 not out) vs India 759/7 declared (Karun Nair 303 not out, Lokesh Rahul 199, Parthiv Patel 71)
India captain Virat Kohli said his spinners could have been more effective in the drawn third Test against Australia but for the softness of the ball used in the contest. (SCORECARD)Having reduced Australia to 63-4 in the final morning after taking a 152-run first inning lead, India looked in a great position to register their second successive victory in the four-Test series. But a wicketless afternoon session scuppered their hopes.Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh collaborated for almost four hours to frustrate the hosts with a dour fifth wicket stand of 124 runs. (Australia hold on for draw, series-decider in Dharamsala)Kohli reckoned it could have been different had the balls used in the match retained their hardness.”I think the hardness of the ball was a big factor,” the 28-year-old told reporters at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium. (Ranchi Test, Day 5: Key Highlights)”When the ball was new last night, it spun well off the rough. Even this morning, it was spinning well. But in the middle session, the ball was not hard, so could not generate that kind of pace from the wicket.”After Kohli took the new ball, Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Marsh for 53, while spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin sent back Glenn Maxwell but Australia had reached safety by then. (Virat Kohli on shoulder injury: Watching Australia score big was difficult)”On day five, wicket slows down anyway. We took the new ball and got a couple of wickets. But the hardness of the ball in the middle session was a factor,” added Kohli.advertisementAlso watch: Cheteshwar Pujara is definitely India’s wall: Michael Clarke to India TodayHis counterpart Steve Smith was rather amused when asked about his opinion. (Cheteshwar Pujara on monumental innings: Never thought I would play 525 balls)”I haven’t really thought about it. We both use the same ball, you just got to do what you can with it,” he said.Kohli dismissed suggestion that he underbowled off-spinner Ashwin, currently the top ranked Test bowler, while persisting with Jadeja, who claimed nine wickets in the match. (Not Virat Kohli, not R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja turns out to be Australia’s chief tormenter)”The fast bowlers were more effective from the far end the spinners from the commentary end,” Kohli explained.”Whenever Jadeja came to bowl, he picked up a wicket or two every three-four overs. It was very difficult to change him at that stage because he was bowling in good momentum. That was one of the factors.” (Cheteshwar Pujara has a lot of similarities to Dravid: Michael Clarke to India Today)Kohli said Jadeja’s second innings figures of 44-18-54-4 was the most economical he had seen and the left-arm spinner outperformed everyone on a pitch which did not offer much assistance to them.”You can leave aside Jadeja, because he really stood apart among the bowlers. But I think generally bowlers found it difficult to make things happen from the centre of the wicket,” he said.
By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI) Bristling with talent and supremely confident about their skills, a gifted bunch of youngsters could make the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia a celebration of Indian shootings rich talent pool. Having stamped their class on the big stage, the youngest shooters in the national team will again jostle for space with the big players, vying for top honours at the Belmont Shooting Complex in Brisbane from April 8 to 14. The abundance of talent is complemented by a confident approach which the likes of Manu Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh, Anish Bhanwala and Anjum Moudgil will display at the Games. The mix of confidence and talent helped India produce its best-ever ISSF World Cup performance in the recently-concluded tournament in Mexico, where the shooters won an unprecedented nine medals, including four gold. No wonder the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president is optimistic of a bright future. “I am thrilled that our faith in youngsters are giving results. This was a stupendous performance,” Raninder said. “We have key international events lined up throughout the year and a performance like this by youngsters of the squad bodes well,” he added. The NRAI boss deserves credit for doing his bit in streamlining the sport after the debacle at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indias only individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, specifically, lauded Raninder recently for the shooters stellar show, attributing it to the “vision” showed by the president and pointed to the investment in junior programme. The teenage shooters not only impressed but did so in their maiden World Cup appearance, and will take the confidence into the Commonwealth Games, which will be followed by the World Championships and Asian Games.advertisement Jhajjar girl Manu, 16, stole the show at her international debut with gold in 10m air pistol and a day later bagged another yellow metal in the mixed team event alongside Om Prakash Mitharwal. Shooting happened to her by chance after a brush with contact sports and the multi-faceted pistol sensation is now looking ahead to more global success. “I am extremely happy at winning two gold medals (in Mexico), especially as this was my first World Cup. I look forward to perform even better in upcoming competitions,” Manu said. That she had also won a staggering 15 medals, including nine gold, at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram will not be forgotten in a hurry. Training under Joydeep Karmakar , who missed an Olympic medal by a whisker, Mehuli has come a long way since being blacklisted for misfiring a shot that hit an employee during her early days at the Serampore Rifle Club I Bengal. Threats of a police complaint literally shook the small town girl before her mother, following a few sessions with a psychologist, got her enrolled at Karmakars academy in Kolkata, which meant a travel time of more than four hours daily in local trains with her heavy equipment. After winning two bronze medals in Guadalajara, Mehuli, who admires ace badminton champion P V Sindhu, has now set her eyes on the upcoming tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games. Prior to that, two medals came in the 2016 Nationals, eight in 2017 Nationals, followed by a gold medal in the youth category of the Asian Airgun Championships in Japan. For the likes of Bhanwala and Anjum too, CWG remains the immediate target. The Central Board of Secondary Educations unprecedented act to reschedule three Board exam papers on the shooters request, says a lot about Bhanwalas talent and its recognition. Anjum is also a multi-faceted personality and a lot will be expected of her at the Games. PTI AH PM PM
5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned The Old Fashioned is perhaps the most classic cocktail in the cocktail canon. The combination of bourbon, bitters, and sugar is hard to beat when it comes to a full-flavored yet easy-to-make whiskey drink. According to Robert Simonson in his book The Old Fashioned, the drink dates back to 1862, when it was simply called The Whiskey Cocktail.Since that time, bartenders around the world have played with the drink, adding and subtracting all sorts of ingredients popular at the time. While you can’t go wrong with the original old fashioned recipe, sometimes it’s good to mix it up a little bit. Check out four fresh takes on the classic cocktail below and get ready to tap into your inner Don Draper.Canadian Club 100% Rye Old Fashioned2 parts Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky8 dashes Angostura BittersPinch of Raw SugarOrange Peel, to garnishMethod: Muddle sugar and bitters in a rocks glass. Add Canadian Club 100% Rye and ice. Stir and top with an orange peel as garnish.Knob Creek Old Fashioned Holiday(Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon)1 1/2 parts Knob Creek Rye Whiskey1/2 part Cinnamon Syrup1/2 part Lemon1 part Wild Ale (like Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales)1 Egg WhiteNutmeg for GarnishMethod: Combine all ingredients in a bar tin without ice. Shake for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake for another 20 seconds. Double strain into chilled lowball glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg. Pumpkin Fright Old Fashioned2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey¾ parts Bénédictine2 dashes Angostura bitters2 dashes Orange bittersMethod: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir to chill and dilute cocktail, then strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an Orange slice and Pumpkin Face garnish.The 1800 Old Fashioned2 oz. 1800 AñejoDash of Chocolate BittersDash of Angostura BittersCane Sugar cubeFresh RaspberriesMethod: Muddle Raspberries thoroughly in shaker combined with 1800 Anejo. Add dash of chocolate bitters + dash of Angostura bitters. Serve in rocks glass over ice and garnish with additional raspberries and orange peel.
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), a subsidiary of Saudi Industrial Services Co. (SISCO), and Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for further expansion of Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Under the MOU, which was signed on January 28, 2019, the parties intend to further develop northern part of JIP on a long-term basis, in addition to RSGT’s existing terminal.JIP is Saudi Arabia’s largest seaport, handling approximately 50% of the all containerized volume of the country. Specifically, RSGT will consolidate the container facilities in northern part of Jeddah Port and execute a comprehensive development plan upgrading and adding berth capacity while modernizing yard and all support facilities, including RSGT’s existing terminal.This is expected to create a world-class facility capable of serving the local market, while also catering for the growing regional transshipment trade, according to SISCO.With a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, RSGT is the first container terminal in the country built by the private sector. It is the only terminal at JIP capable of fully accommodating ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) of 14,000+ TEUs.In 2018, RSGT volumes grew by more than 16% as compared to 2017.The duo will announce more details once the binding terms are agreed.
FREDERICTON — Former New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant will be stepping down as Liberal leader, and asking the party to organize a leadership convention.The Canadian Press has learned from sources close to Gallant that he intends to remain as Opposition leader until the party chooses a new head.An official announcement is expected Thursday.Gallant became leader in 2012, and premier in 2014 at the age of 32, but came up short in September’s provincial election.Gallant’s minority government was toppled two weeks ago in a confidence vote on the throne speech, and Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs and his minority government were sworn-in last week.On his last day in office, Gallant said if he was to quit as leader, he would remain as MLA for his riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.Donald Wright, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick, says ideally the new Liberal leader will be someone from outside the party who can bring new ideas and new energy, and not be associated with the last four years.The Canadian Press
DANANG, Vietnam – Leaders of the countries participating in a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump have agreed to meet and are expected to endorse a basic agreement on moving ahead without the U.S.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday that he was “reasonably confident” the 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which include Malaysia, would have a basic agreement.They are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and before Trump took office one of its most assertive supporters. Trump has said he prefers country-to-country deals and is seeking to renegotiate several major trade agreements to, as he says, “put America First.”Najib’s comments to a business conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum followed conflicting reports that a basic agreement had been reached in the wee hours Friday.Najib said officials met until 3 a.m. Friday trying to bridge their differences and produce a statement for the leaders of their countries to endorse.“I am quite sanguine we will get a deal but of course it has to go through a process of ratification and some side matters have to be worked out, but at least we have managed to salvage some kind of free trade agreement, which is important for the future of APEC,” Najib said.Vietnamese officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The negotiations are being held in Danang, Vietnam, alongside meetings of the 21-member APEC’s annual summit, where Trump’s markedly different stance from past U.S. leaders was being felt even before his arrival Friday in the coastal resort city.While most APEC members say they remain committed to their multi-country approach in weaving their economies ever closer together, many acknowledge that open trade is a mixed bag: Not everyone benefits equally.The U.S. pushback on “free trade,” evidenced in Trump’s “America First” policy, has raised eyebrows in the region after decades of U.S. pressure on opening markets.While APEC operates by consensus and customarily issues nonbinding statements, TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.But even talks this week on a declaration to cap this week’s APEC summit had to be extended for an extra half-day as ministers haggled over wording. It’s unclear what the exact sticking points were, but officials have alluded to differences over the unequal impact more open trade has had on workers and concerns over automation in manufacturing that could leave many millions in a wide array of industries with no work to do.Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh said a “new trend of protectionism” was afoot, but the group eventually managed to bridge their differences.As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, Vietnam has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. The summit is an occasion for its leaders to showcase the progress its economy has made thanks largely to foreign investment and trade. Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.But even though its economy grew at a brisk 6.2 per cent pace last year, Vietnam’s GDP per capita is still one of the lowest among APEC members at less than $2,200. Many of its 95 million people remain poor and vulnerable to natural disasters such as storms that lashed the coast near Danang just days before the APEC meetings.APEC’s members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.
Rabat – February started on a cold note. The National Meteorological Directorate forecasts a drop in temperatures and cold weather.A drop of temperature will sweep the reliefs, the southeast, the east and the highlands, with frost or ice on the forecast.High and Middle Atlas, the east, the Mediterranean, Rif and Saiss are expecting moderate to heavy rain that will change to snow in its wake. Meanwhile, the sky will be cloudy in the Atlas, the northern provinces of the South and the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes. A freezing cold snap is expected to grip reliefs of the High and Middle Atlas, the Rif and the highland, as well as snowfall at heights exceeding 1,200 meter.Moderate to strong wind gusts will hit the east, the Mediterranean coast and the northern regions of the Saharan provinces.Sub-zero temperatures reaching -06 are expected on the reliefs, from -03 to 03 ° C on the southeast slopes and the south of the east, from 03 to 08 ° C on the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes and the Atlas and 08 to 12 ° C on the coasts, the Atlantic plains, the Souss and the southern provinces.Maximum temperatures will be around 02 to 07 ° C on the reliefs and the east, from 08 to 13 ° C on the Saiss, the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes, 12 to 17 ° C on the Atlantic plains and the south-east and from 17 to 24 ° C on Souss and the southern provinces.
BERLIN — A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany party in a runoff that drew international attention.The dpa news agency reported that Octavian Ursu, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party who came to Germany from Romania in 1990, received 55.1 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed opponent Sebastian Wippel received 44.9 per cent.Actors, directors and others who made films on location in Goerlitz had called on residents to vote against the Alternative for Germany candidate. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Inglourious Basterds” are among the movies shot there.They signed a letter saying: “Don’t succumb to hate and enmity, discord and exclusion.AfD condemned the letter as unwelcome outside advice.The Associated Press