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Aaron Ramsey told he’s played his last game for Arsenal after devastating scan results

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Ramsey joins Juventus at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)However, the Sun claim that Ramsey’s injury is worse than first feared and specialists have confirmed to him that he will not play again this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe news is a devastating blow to Ramsey and to Arsenal fans, who had been desperate to see the midfielder in action again.Ramsey had hit good form before his injury and the Gunners have lost all three of their fixtures without him since he was sidelined.MORE: Watch pair of incredible flukes from David Gilbert and Kyren Wilson in Snooker World Championship quarter-final Aaron Ramsey told he’s played his last game for Arsenal after devastating scan results Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Apr 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link524Shares Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Aaron Ramsey has been told he’s played his last game for Arsenal after scan results confirmed he will be out for around two months.The Welsh midfielder limped out of Arsenal’s second leg Europa League quarter-final clash against Napoli with a hamstring strain.Ramsey agreed a deal to join Juventus in January and departs Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract expires.The 27-year-old had been in a rich vein of form and had hoped to feature in Arsenal’s final league game of the season before a prospective Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

​Danish schemes see returns moderating in 2020 after 15% last year

first_img“However, it is our clear expectation that the Danes will get used to more moderate returns in the next few years,” he said.PensionDanmark said it had been continuously adjusting its investment strategy in line with falling interest rates, and had increased its investment in renewable energy infrastructure, property and other assets.Anders Schelde, CIO of MP Pension, said his pension fund’s high return had been particularly driven by a very strong stock market, which had produced a 30% return alone in 2019.“But pretty much all of our investments had tailwinds,” he said, adding that even real estate, which was the poorest-performing asset class, ended the year with a 9% gain.With the US election due in 2020, geopolitical turmoil and a looming conflict in the Middle East, Schelde said it was very difficult to predict what would happen this year.“It is our clear expectation that the Danes will get used to more moderate returns in the next few years”Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive officer of PensionDanmark“However, we are still confident and are aiming for a return in positive territory in 2020, but the risk of more extreme outcomes in both directions has increased,” he said.Between 2009 and 2019, MP Pension said it produced an average annual return of 9%.At Danica Pension, investment director Poul Kobberup said 2019 had gone well for the Danske Bank subsidiary’s customers, partly because of falling interest rates and partly on the back of equity price increases in the period.“At the same time, we at Danica Pension have stuck to our long-term strategy, and we have invested more of our customers’ pension savings into alternative investments, which for several years have produced good, stable returns – and in green investments,” he said.Kobberup said the pensions firm, therefore, expected to maintain its long-term strategic approach to the investment mix in 2020.“On top of a really good year in 2019, however, we will probably see more normal returns in 2020,” he warned. Pension funds in Denmark are publishing early reports of unusually high 2019 investment returns on the back of strong markets all round, while dampening expectations that last year’s success can be repeated in 2020.Labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark reported a 15.7% pre-tax return for scheme members with 15 years to retirement and a medium-risk investment profile in 2019, and the fund for academics, MP Pension, said its DKK16.4bn investment return for last year equated to a return of 15%.Meanwhile, Danica Pension – the country’s second biggest commercial pension fund – announced customers with low-risk profiles and five years to retirement received a 9.9% return for last year, while those with high-risk profiles and 30 years to retirement made a 25.5% gain.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive officer of PensionDanmark, said the 2019 return was equivalent to about three to four years of normal return in one year.last_img read more

Leading cause of deaths in Dominica resulted from CNCD’s

first_img Share Share LocalNews Leading cause of deaths in Dominica resulted from CNCD’s by: – September 12, 2011 Tweet 196 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts speaking at the National Summit last week.National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts has indicated that the leading causes of death in Dominica during the period 2005 to 2009 resulted from Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.Speaking at a national summit recently held in Dominica, Dr. Ricketts explained that the statistics identifies stroke, diabetes and cancer as the main causes of death.“The leading causes of deaths between 2005 to 2009 were stroke, diabetes, heart disease; heart attacks more specifically, prostate cancer, hypertensive diseases, respiratory infection, pulmonary disease, lower respiratory disease, heart failure and cancer of the digestive organs. So you can see most of the causes of death in our population are related to the CNCD’s; stoke or cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer,” he said.The Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases Behavioral Risk Factor or STEPS Survey was conducted as part of a situational analysis of CNCD’s and revealed that fifty-two percent of deaths in Dominica resulted from CNCD’s.“Fifty-two percent of deaths in Dominica resulted from CNCD’s; most of these diseases can be attributed to common preventable risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol.”Dr. Ricketts admonished that we need to pay closer attention to health as the ‘health of a nation is the wealth of a nation.’“If we do not pay attention to the issue of health there will be no wealth because in the first instance our people in the working age will not be able to produce and even if you produce you have to use those resources to treat the illness that you have. So we need to focus on wellness, retaining our health as a strategy going forward.”The survey also revealed that Cardiovascular Diseases (stroke, coronary (ischemic), heart disease and hypertension) resulted in 333 deaths, Diabetes mellitus resulted in 228 deaths, Ischemic heart disease in 206 deaths, Malignant neoplasm of prostate in 176 deaths, hypertensive diseases in 165 deaths, Acute respiratory infection in 137 deaths, Pulmonary heart disease, diseases of pulmonary circulation and other forms of heart disease in 120 deaths, chronic lower respiratory diseases in 96 deaths, heart failure in 84 deaths and malignant neoplasm of digestive organs and peritoneum, except stomach and colon in 66 deaths.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the National Summit last week.In related news, Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit who also addressed the national summit last week says although the ‘Red Clinic’ has saved the lives of many Dominicans suffering with CNCD’s, there is need for a sustainable approach towards treatment of the diseases.“I have seen with the help of God of course the so called ‘Red Clinic’ having saved the lives of many Dominicans but there has to be a sustainable approach towards treating those who are affected with CNCD’s. Too many of our people have to go to Barbados to get post-surgery treatment and if they cannot find the resources, they stay home and die,” he said.According to the Prime Minister, the decision by his government to offer free access to medical care for citizens above age sixty was based on the fact that too many people are dying of these diseases as they cannot afford the treatment.“Some people have criticized the government for introducing the free access to medical care for those who are 60 years and older but that was one of the motivations of the government; to introduce free medical care because in my walking around in Dominica there were many people who were afraid to go to the hospital because they were owing a few dollars and they were afraid to that somebody would say to them we cannot admit you because you are owing us and you have not paid us.”The Prime Minister further warned that if the epidemic of CNCD’s are not treated seriously and urgently, it will cause a more devastating effect on the economy than Hurricane David or the decline of the Banana Industry.“I am saying to Dominicans that if we do not treat this matter seriously; and I believe that we are attempting to do it, but I do not get the sense that the Dominican population is sufficiently seized with the seriousness of the matter and the implications for the future of Dominica. This is going to be; if we do not treat it properly, worst than Hurricane David and it is going to be worse than the negative impact of the demise of the Banana Industry on our economy.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Pellegrini family adds top five bonuses for Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series opener

first_imgBy Erika Palmai WagnerBRIDGEPORT, N.J. – In honor of their family patriarch, the family of Craig Pellegrini Jr., the driver of the no. 27 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car, has graciously chosen to sponsor top five finishers in the season opener at Bridgeport Speedway on April 30 in memory of Albert A. Pellegrini, Craig’s car owner, grandfather and mentor, who passed away earlier this year.“My grandfather was a dedicated race fan who just loved going to the races when he could,” Pellegrini Jr. noted. “As a child, I can remember spending my weekends with him and my dad at Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday nights, and also he often liked coming and watching me race go karts when we ran them before moving into a full-sized Sprint.  With this being the first race of the season since his passing, and also with it being the first race for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, we couldn’t have thought of a better way to remember him by than raising the ante on opening day in his name.”On April 30 at Bridgeport Speedway, dubbed the “fastest dirt track in the east,” Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series drivers will race for an increased purse thanks to the Pellegrini family.The winner of the 20-lap feature event will take home $500, with second earning $300, third place will receive $225, fourth will get $175 and fifth place will collect the advertised $150 plus a brand new Hoosier Racesaver Spec right rear tire.Additional bonuses, including $50 to each heat race winner, and other added weekly contingency bonuses will also be up for grabs to MASS members.Among confirmed entries for the series opener, in addition to Craig Pellegrini Jr., are Tim Tanner, Tommy Carberry, Bryant Davis, Stef Carberry, Joe Kay, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, David Bonner, Logan Diehl, Rick Stief, Bryant Davis, Brendon Poff, Harris Kohen and Dave Brown Jr.The list of rookies making their MASS debut includes Patrick Compton, Austin Burke, Bobby Schreff, Dean Conk Jr., Tom Carberry, Doug Snow and John Webster Jr.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. on opening night.Albert A Pellegrini of Buena, N.J., was a zoning officer for Buena Vista township for over 25 years and also was employed by Bernal Mechanical for over 30 years as an estimator and purchasing agent. Pellegrini also owned a gas station in Vineland, N.J., where he built and worked on race cars that he raced at Vineland Speedway. Dedicated to his work and family, Albert never wanted anything less for his three sons and grandchildren whom he was survived by.“He really made me smile at the track, and he always knew what was best for me,” Craig Jr. recalls. “We were really looking forward to this upcoming season because we were finally going to be racing closer to home, but his memory will keep me going, and I will always be thinking of him and what he strived for me to be … fast.” For more info on what’s going on with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, visit our Facebook page or visit our new website at read more

Eagles Blanked by Hawks

first_imgELLSWORTH — Sophomore lefthander Debbie Colpitts allowed just two hits as she pitched the Hawks to an 8-0 shutout of the Eagles on Tuesday at Ellsworth.The game was close in the early going, but Hermon struck for three runs without benefit of a hit in the fifth inning when Ellsworth righthander Ashley Smith was beset by uncharacteristic wildness, walking four batters and unleashing several wild pitches.The Hawks added three more runs in the sixth inning.Singles by Maggie Harding and Kayla Blanchard were the only hits for 0-2 Ellsworth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio admin Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Barcelona, Sevilla Seek Doubles in Copa Final

first_imgSevilla appear to have the significant disadvantage of having beaten Liverpool in the Europa League final just five days before facing Barca at Atletico Madrid`s Vicente Calderon.By contrast, Luis Enrique`s men have had a free week since Luis Suarez`s hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada retained their league title.Enrique insisted he expects to win, but warned that Sevilla`s experience in finals could pose Barca problems. “I am an optimist, I think we are going to win,” he said. “Sevilla have brilliantly won again the Europa League final and they have the chance to do the double too which is very important for a team like Sevilla.“They keep winning titles. With us they are one of the teams most used to playing finals and that will make tomorrow a very attractive match.”The action off the field has been dominated by a political row in the buildup as Catalan separatist flags were initially banned from the stadium by the Spanish government before Barca successfully appealed that decision through the courts.“Very few things surprise me in this country,” said Enrique. “In the end the logical thing has happened and the freedom of expression for everyone has been respected.”All three previous meetings between the sides this season have been settled by one goal as Sevilla won 2-1 at home in October in La Liga before Barca claimed victory by the same scoreline at the Camp Nou in February.“We have their respect because we have earned it when we`ve faced them,” said Sevilla coach Unai Emery. And Emery is keen to pile the pressure on Barca as favourites despite Sevilla`s fantastic cup record in the three years since he took charge.“They need this title because Barcelona feed off winning titles, but our strength is our desire,” he added. “These moments come around very rarely for us. How many times have Barca won the Cup? Loads. We haven`t, but for us to play in tomorrow`s final is a gift that we will happily unwrap.”Barca are expected to name an unchanged team from the side that started at Granada with Enrique afforded the luxury of choosing from a squad free of injuries and suspensions.Sevilla are without the suspended Steven N`Zonzi and Timothee Kolodziejczak, whilst Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli remain sidelined by injury.However, Spanish international goalkeeper Sergio Rico and captain Jose Antonio Reyes could return after missing out against Liverpool in midweek.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Newly-crowned Spanish champions Barcelona face Sevilla, fresh from winning their third consecutive Europa League, as both seek more glory in the Spanish Cup final today. Another successful campaign for both sides will end as it began after Barca edged Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time in a thrilling season-opening European Super Cup final. Indeed, Barca could end the season with four trophies in total having also claimed the Club World Cup in December.Barca captain Andres Iniesta laughed off suggestions that a La Liga and Cup double is the minimum requirement for the Catalan giants to ease the pain of their Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid at the quarter-final stage last month.However, the Spanish international did admit Barca`s success of winning six La Liga titles and three Copas del Rey in the past eight years has provoked a relentless demand for more trophies.“When you win a league it`s impossible for it to be a bad season. It will always be a good season,” Iniesta said yesterday. “This team always has the obligation to win in a final. We fight for all the titles each season, sometimes we win and other times we don`t, but the obligation to win is permanent.“It is like that in every game we play, so imagine what it is like in a final. The club doesn`t allow errors, dips or not winning things and this will not change.”last_img

New faces standing out in Badger backline

first_imgWhile the departure of goal-scoring dynamos Nick Van Sicklen and Jed Hohlbein may have hampered the offense of the 2005 Wisconsin men’s soccer team, the team’s defensive core only grew stronger in a year’s time.With four incoming recruits joining four returning letter-winners in the back, the defensive outlook looks improved for a Wisconsin team that recorded only one shutout last season.“It all starts with our captain, all-Big Ten central defender Aaron Hohlbein,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “I think everybody is a better player because of Aaron’s presence back there. I also think there has been some great improvement by some of the other guys — Hamid Afsari, for example, has done very well. Both Andy Miller and Zack Lambo have also done a good job so far and both played great over the first weekend.”Not only did freshman standouts Lambo and Miller successfully work their way into the starting lineups this past weekend at the Big Toe Invitational, but they also played important roles in securing 2-1 victories in both matches.Against UNLV, Lambo set-up the team’s first goal of the 2005 campaign with a free kick from the left flank. Lambo’s cross found Hohlbein on the back post, whose header brought the Badgers back into the game.In the victory over Drake, it was Lambo assisting again, this time serving in the ball that produced the game-winning goal. Only 46 seconds into overtime, Lambo picked out junior forward Reid Johnson whose flick-on found sophomore Sho Fujita directly in front of the net.“I think Zack brings a very polished left foot,” Rohrman said. “He served a great ball to Hohlbein for the goal on Friday to get us going, and he also served the ball to Reid (Johnson) in overtime allowing us to win the Drake game. His ability to play well in the flow of play and also on set pieces is a pretty nice weapon to have.”Lambo, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defender from Crystal Lake, Ill., has adapted well to the college game early on, but admits that concentration and focus are aspects of his game he must continue to improve.“The general pace of the game has been the main transition from high school,” Lambo said. “You have to know where you’re going to play the ball before you get it, so the first touch is so important. Everybody is bigger and has a little more pace to them, so it’s been tough. But, it’s encouraging because it’s making me a better player.”Along with Lambo, Miller has made great strides with the team, playing stellar defense in his first career start against Drake. The Barrington, Ill., native is a physical defender for his size (5-foot-10, 150 pounds), but, like Lambo, is still adjusting to the speed of the college game.“Coming in as a freshman, you’re obviously not as developed as some of the other guys,” Miller said. “Dealing with bigger and faster players will probably be the most difficult change. The play is a lot faster too — a hundred times faster than high school.”As Rohrman employs his new freshman talents, he can also enjoy the luxury of having veteran defenders, such as Afsari and reserve Andrew Cardona, available on his roster. “Andrew (Cardona) is a seasoned veteran with the team,” Rohrman said. “He played some key roles for us the first couple of years and right now he is in a bit of a support position for us. He’s done a great job in what we’ve asked him to do and I don’t doubt that Andrew will certainly get on the field — it’s just going to be a matter of where and when.”When the Badgers head to Milwaukee for the Panther Classic next weekend, the young men from Illinois, Lambo and Miller, will most likely be on the pitch, fighting for a win. The influx of talent will provide Rohrman with plenty of room for tinkering with the lineup this weekend and throughout the season.“We’re always looking to tweak and adjust things so that we can be sure we’re putting the 11 on the field that will work best for us going into each game,” Rohrman said. “We changed things from Friday to Sunday this past weekend and I felt they were good adjustments. Going into this next Friday, we’re going to look at a few different things back there and possibly make a few more adjustments.”last_img read more

Capital One Bowl commentary

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — It could not have been scripted any better.Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez, who brought the UW football program from shambles to the national picture, coached his 11-point-underdog Badgers to a 24-10 victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl in his final game as the team’s leader.And not only was it a victory in a game in which most analysts didn’t even give the team a chance, but it was a domination on both sides of the ball for Wisconsin.”I’m very, very proud of how my football team played,” Alvarez said. “We made it perfectly clear that we can separate ourselves and gain a lot of respect for our program.”The Badgers did just that, closing with just the fourth 10-win season in school history and sending Alvarez out on top. The win improved the head coach’s bowl record to 8-3, the best record among any college coach in history that has coached in at least 11 bowl games.For a little perspective, consider that before Alvarez arrived in Madison, the Badgers had appeared in just six bowl games in the previous 103 years.”You’ve gotta give it to Barry. His last game he goes out on top, and it’s only fitting,” Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said after the game. “[His bowl record] is pretty impressive. He’ll be in the College Football Hall of Fame.His players turned it up a notch for him.”The end was just as fitting with regard to the credit — or lack thereof — given to the Badgers heading into this season and heading into their final game.Predicted to be a middle-of-the-road Big Ten team this year after losing a plethora of big-time players — including its dominating front four on defense — after last season, Wisconsin proved itself a gritty, resilient team and culminated its season with its best performance all year.”It ranks right up there,” Alvarez said of the win. “This is a very good opponent. They have good enough personnel to go out and beat anyone every week. So, when your players play well and everything comes together and you’re able to walk off with a win, it’s very gratifying.I hate to rank wins because I love them all. Nobody enjoys winning more than me.”Despite setbacks to Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State during the regular season, the Badgers allowed Alvarez to enjoy victories in dramatic fashion all year.John Stocco’s quarterback draw beat rival Michigan and forced analysts to respect the Badgers as they moved to 4-0. Jonathan Casillas found a way to one-up Stocco’s heroics, blocking a punt in the waning moments at Minnesota to bring home Paul Bunyan’s Axe.Indeed, Wisconsin showed it was not just a mediocre team this year, and the season would have been considered a success whether the Badgers won or lost the Capital One Bowl.Nonetheless, they proved their doubters completely wrong on a national stage against the Tigers.Wisconsin was a double-digit underdog that was receiving respect from basically no one outside of ESPN’s Lou Holtz. Auburn was supposed to do the dominating, would pick apart the Badger defense and would stop Calhoun and make it a long day for UW.Instead, it was all Wisconsin.”It means a whole lot,” said senior wide receiver Jonathan Orr, who caught four passes for 74 yards. “Only a select few teams each year win 10 games. … To get a win period is good, but just to have all those extra bonuses and seeing Coach Alvarez out the right way did make it that much more satisfying.”While the victory sent Alvarez out on the highest note, it also made for a fluent passing of the torch from him to new head coach Bret Bielema, who officially assumes the Wisconsin throne Jan. 30.”We did that already. I passed the baton as I walked in,” Alvarez said. “I said, ‘You’ve got the baton. The office is cleared out. Go hire a great staff.'” Bielema’s triumph in UW’s final game matches the aforementioned stories of persevering through times where many questioned his coaching ability. His defensive unit had struggled at times throughout the year, causing many to question Alvarez’s quick decision to name him head coach, but he proved himself Monday.Alvarez has never second-guessed his decision, but complimented Bielema’s preparation for the Capital One Bowl and reaffirmed his confidence in the future of the Wisconsin program which he turned around in his 16 seasons.”I think Bret has a good nucleus,” Alvarez said. “These kids know how to win, they know how to work, they’re a close-knit unit. I’m excited about the future of our program. I’m excited about the person I named to lead the program.”last_img read more