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Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session

first_imgAlexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session Alexis Sanchez has opened up on his failed stint at Manchester United (Getty Images)Alexis Sanchez admits he wanted to leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after his first training session with the club.United surprisingly beat Manchester City in the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018 but the Chile international, who was earning £560,000 a week during his time at Old Trafford, will go down as one of the most expensive failures in the club’s history.Sanchez was unable to make an impact for United and scored just five goals in 45 appearances before he was allowed to join Inter on loan last summer.Sanchez admits he was unhappy with the atmosphere in United’s squad under Jose Mourinho and believes that was a major factor behind his struggles at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the 31-year-old claims his was so dismayed following his arrival at United that he even floated the idea of returning to the Gunners to his family and agent.‘I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that have been said which made me look bad,’ Sanchez said in a video on Instagram.‘Before going there, I had an agreement with Manchester City but it didn’t work out and I got the chance to join Manchester United. It was something nice for me, as a kid I liked the club a lot. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Advertisement Alexis Sanchez made the surprise move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 (Getty Images)‘I ended up signing without having a lot of information about what was happening with the move. During the first few days that I was with my new teammates, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.‘After the first training I had I realised many things. When I got home and I asked my family and my representative: “Can my contract be terminated and can I to return to Arsenal?”‘They were laughing about it but I really felt there were some bad things going on at the club which I did not like.‘We were not united as a team. The journalists would talk without knowing and I would get upset, even ex-players who did not know anything about how things were but they would blame me.‘But as player you need the team to be united, to be a family, and we weren’t. And you could see it on the pitch, but because they had to blame someone they would always blame me. Alexis Sanchez admits he was ‘upset’ after Jose Mourinho left him out of a squad (Getty Images)‘Sometimes I wouldn’t even play or I would only play for 20 or 30 minutes but it would always be my fault.‘Of course I know I could have played better and I didn’t, I got injured maybe because I wasn’t happy and it would affect the team, but according to them it was always my fault and I would feel bad. I wasn’t happy about the whole situation.’Sanchez also recalled the time when he was left out of the squad by Mourinho and gave a special mention to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for allowing him to join Inter on loan last season.‘There was a match against West Ham where I didn’t even get selected and that had never happened to me before, it made me really upset,’ said Sanchez.center_img View 8 comments Alexis Sanchez came close to winning the Europa League with Inter last season (UEFA via Getty Images)More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I needed fresh air, and he said there was no problem with that and I left. I only have kind words to United for giving me the opportunity.‘I’m upset that things didn’t go the way I wanted. If the team was more united and we were more like a family, if everything was more positive, I think we could have achieved better things.‘I’m saying all of this because I have learned from this as a player and as a person.‘Thanks again to United and I am sad because I would’ve liked to win trophies and make the fans happy.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Alexis Sanchez thanked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for letting him join Inter (AFP via Getty Images)‘I couldn’t understand how I had gone from being one of the best players in Premier League five months ago to not even playing.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘After that, I got home, I was really upset and sad, and the next day I did a double training session. That’s how I am and I try to do my best and football is what I love.‘The next season we got a new coach [Solskjaer], I spoke with him and I told him that I needed the opportunity to leave and Inter was as an option. Advertisementlast_img read more

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IPE Awards: Asset values at risk in warmer world (video)

first_imgHoward Covington, chairman at the Isaac Newton for Mathematical Sciences Management Committee, speaks on the risk to asset values posed by climate changelast_img

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A touch of country living with the best of what the city has to offer

first_imgKerry Ah Chin of Cairns Property Office sold 11 Rollinia Cl, Manunda, for $280,000. This low maintenance, three-bedroom home is at the end of a cul-de-sac, fully fenced and has drive through access to the backyard.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“We service mainly commercial clients but we get a bit of cross trade from residents too.“It’s pretty community minded, we work closely with a lot of other businesses on this street and bounce ideas off each other. It is a good side of town.”Manunda was named by the Queensland Place Names Board in September 1973 after the Adelaide Steamship Company’s TSMV Manunda, which regularly visited Cairns.The suburb is also home to Trinity Bay State High School, Cairns West State School and St Francis Xavier’s School.Manunda Library opened in 1991 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2007.Residents often say they love the convenience of being so close to the city on a large block with friendly neighbours and a relaxed lifestyle. Gisele George of RE/MAX Real Estate Services Cairns sold 29 James Street, Manunda, for $281,000. On a 504sq m, fenced block, the two-bedroom home is airconditioned, has high ceilings and timber floors.The location is minutes by car from The Esplanade, the city, the airport, Cairns Hospital, the Bruce Highway and the Western Arterial; and is close to shopping meccas DFO or Raintrees, Cairns Central, Stockland or the IGA.The suburb, along with Mooroobool and Manoora, also regularly top the list of Cairns’ most affordable places to buy.Real estate analysts also believe the current low prices, coupled with the area’s proximity to all the city’s attractions, mean it will increase rapidly in value and gradually be a much sought after suburb for investors. Vanessa Robinson from LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill sold 446 Severin St, Manunda, for $330,000. This light and breezy Queenslander is features 3m-plus high ceilings and lots of original touches for those who appreciate quality features.IT’S the suburb with just about everything you could possibly want from shopping to sportsgrounds and is now being sought after by investors.In terms of amenities, Manunda, just a few kilometres west of Cairns CBD, has everything. A tight-knit community of houses and apartments dominate the southern part of the suburb while the north is home to community amenities including sportsgrounds and the Cairns Cemetery, also known as Martyn Street Cemetery. In-between sits an industrial estate along and behind Anderson St. Inspired Signs owner Adam Simes runs a business in Manunda and said the location was just perfect.“It’s really good,” he said. “I’ve heard someone describe Anderson St as being Cairns’ largest shopping centre.last_img read more

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Hon Health Minister Recognises Local Lab Techs in Observance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 162 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img The following is a statement by the Hon Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Dr Irving McIntyre on Medical Laboratory Professionals Week:Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is being observed this year in Dominica from April 19-25th, under the theme “Laboratory Professionals Get Results”.Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of, and appreciation for, clinical laboratory professionals.It is a special time of year when laboratory professionals reflect on the vital role that they play to ensure that patients receive the right tests, the right diagnosis and the right treatment.This year laboratory professionals in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment have had very little time to plan lab week activities, as a result of the significant role that they are playing in the forefront of the fight against the novel corona virus, COVID-19.This is an unprecedented time in the history of not only our nation but of the entire world, as we respond and attempt to mitigate and control the spread of this COVID-19 pandemic.Laboratory professionals are on the front lines 24/7, ensuring that all of the laboratory services continue, machines are functional, resources required are available, tests are conducted maintaining prescribed quality standards, and most importantly, that patients are receiving the appropriate diagnosis and treatment in an efficient manner.Never before has there been greater public focus on this profession since laboratory professionals often work behind the scenes.  Few are aware of the critical testing that laboratory professionals perform every day to save lives, reduce morbidity and help control the cost of care.The emergence of new and complex diseases demands that laboratory professionals remain current in their field of work to help determine and diagnose these diseases.  This, in tandem with advances in analytical science and automation, makes the work of the laboratory professionals more important now than ever.This global COVID-19 pandemic crisis has brought to the fore the need for well-equipped laboratories with highly trained staff and an unrelenting focus on quality.The ability to turn around quality results in quick time is the key to providing information for rapid and efficient patient management. Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork.The Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, and by extension the Government of Dominica, has recognized the importance of having a suitable and well equipped laboratory facility and has therefore invested in infrastructure and equipment, an example being the PCR machine that the Ministry has had since 2018. The new laboratory facilities at the Dominica China Friendship, added to the dedicated staff at the Medical Laboratory, has proven to be very beneficial to the country in the fight against COVID-19.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the laboratory professionals in Dominica, both in public and private settings, for the critical work that they do in the interest of patient care and public health. Beyond meeting the public need, the celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week will help increase recognition for the profession as it improves the individual’s sense of self-worth.Further, as the various professional groups within laboratory practice work together, the sense of unity and purpose necessary to further the goals of all laboratory professionals is reinforced.Whatever the setting — behind the scenes or out in our communities — laboratory professionals are by our side, working as key members of the health care team.From April 19-25, please join the Ministry of Health and our laboratory professionals in celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and let us recognize their vital role in promoting and protecting our health.Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving McIntyre Share LifestyleLocalNews Hon Health Minister Recognises Local Lab Techs in Observance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week by: – April 22, 2020last_img read more

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Wassenberg notches Northern SportMod win at Shawano

first_imgBy Scott Owen SHAWANO, Wis. (June 28) – A high-speed chess match Saturday at Shawano Speedway ended with Tracy Wassenberg in victory lane following the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Lucas Lamberies shot from fourth to the lead on the first lap while Wassenberg moved into se­cond on the fifth go-around, setting up that high-speed chess match. Lap after lap with Lamberies leading, Wassenberg tried to get inside and get to the front. Wassen­berg showed his nose to the Clintonville teenager numerous times and Lamberies showed great poise staying in the lead.Wassenberg kept trying to get inside of Lamberies until lap 18 when he tried the outside and the pair were virtually side-by-side as the white flag waved.Wassenberg pulled ahead on the final lap and scored his fourth win of the year. Lamberies took second. Jordan Bartz started last by taking the challenge and finished third.Tom Schaal led the first five laps of the IMCA Modified feature before Matt Oreskovich snuck under­neath Schaal to take over the lead on lap six. Oreskovich was quickly joined by Eddie Muen­ster and Jerry Wilinski out in front. After a lap seven caution for debris in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main, Jerry Wilin­ski utilized an outside pass to get around Matt Oreskovich. He continued to race the high line and looked to have the car to beat.Muenster tried multiple grooves to stay with the leader. On lap 19 Wilinski got too high in turn four and kissed the wall, breaking his momentum. Muenster capitalizedand grabbed the lead and went on to win. Wilinski recovered to finish second. Marcus Yarie, who had taken the challenge to start last, passed 15 cars to finish in third. Rookie Trent Nolan paced the first six laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before Travis VanStraten took to the inside exiting turn two and secured the lead. VanStraten led the rest of the wayt for his third straight local feature win. Mike Schmidt finished second in the race. He has finished no worse than fourth in a feature this year. Nolan held on to take third in the race.last_img read more

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Police Blotter 11-7-19

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Rodgers: No burnout for Sterling

first_img Rodgers added: “I just have to protect him. I didn’t mention burnout at all. What I know is that if he never kicks a ball for the rest of the season, he has had an outstanding season. “I don’t know of another 17-year-old who had the impact he had in one of the top five leagues in the world. “He is getting to a period where he will need a rest, mentally as well as physically.” With the league match against Swansea brought forward because of the Welsh club’s involvement in the Capital One Cup final last weekend, Liverpool have had a period of inactivity. The original plan was to head out to Dubai for some warm-weather training and recuperation but that was shelved after the side’s FA Cup exit to League One Oldham last month. Rodgers has still used the hiatus effectively, though, giving the players a much-needed break and doing some scouting. “I gave the players a couple of days to recover because we had a real busy schedule of games,” he added. “The staff we went out watching games. I went to Reading and went abroad to watch a game.” Raheem Sterling is in need of a break but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers denied suggestions the teenager’s dip in form is down to burnout. Press Associationcenter_img The forward, who signed a new long-term deal soon after his 18th birthday in December, has lost the sparkle which made him an instant hit at the beginning of the season. He has also lost his first-team place, turning out for the Under-21s on Monday night after being benched for the seniors for the last two league matches having been an virtual ever-present in the first half of the campaign. Rodgers said a drop off in performance was to be expected but denied the youngster had been pushed too hard, too soon. He said: “This is a real tough league for an experienced player so it is no surprise that for a young kid that happens to him.” last_img read more

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Van Gaal unfazed by criticism

first_imgLouis van Gaal will put up his “iron shield” and do battle with those who criticise his methods at Manchester United. Just last season he branded Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure” for his lack of success at Arsenal. Van Gaal refuses to go down the same route as his former assistant though. “Every human being reacts, as I have said, in his own way and you have to ask him why he reacts like he does, not me,” Van Gaal added. “We hardly speak to each other. Sometimes on SMS.” Van Gaal, perhaps sensing his words could be seen as an attack on Mourinho, quickly reminded the gathered media at his pre-match press conference that his relationship with Mourinho is still very strong. “When we see each other, we feel the warmth between us and our families, which is nice,” Van Gaal said. With Mourinho by his side, Van Gaal won two Primera Division titles and the Copa del Rey during his first term at Barca. Mourinho has since forged a hugely successful career of his own which has yielded an astounding 20 trophies to date. The Portuguese often credits a lot of his success to Van Gaal and his other mentor Sir Bobby Robson, but the Manchester United manager thinks the main reason behind Mourinho’s success is the man himself. ”He talks about Louis van Gaal and also Bobby Robson, and I appreciate that, but you always do it by yourself,” Van Gaal said. “It’s good that Jose Mourinho’s eyes were very open when he was my assistant, but you do it by yourself.” Mourinho has riled many leading figures in football, whether it be in Portugal, Italy, Spain or England. The 51-year-old has been viewed as a somewhat arrogant figure ever since he proclaimed himself the ‘Special One’ when he arrived at Chelsea 10 years ago, so it was with some surprise that Van Gaal chose to describe Mourinho as ”modest” on Friday. ”He’s such a wonderful coach,” Van Gaal added. ”And to see that he’s been a champion in different countries is fantastic. ”He is a very modest and emotional human being, and I like that. ”He’s very special but he is very special for me because I’ve worked with him and we’ve continued our relationship, which in the football world is not always normal. That’s nice.” Van Gaal has warned Mourinho he will not be able to walk away with three points on Sunday without at fight though. “It is logical that he is further (along) with his team than I am with Manchester United. But nevertheless we can win on Sunday,” Van Gaal said. The Dutchman will need to see an improvement from his compatriot Robin van Persie if United are to breach a defence that has only conceded eight times in the league so far this season. Van Persie has found the net just twice this term, but Van Gaal is sure the former Arsenal striker will rediscover the kind of form that saw him bag four goals at the World Cup. When asked whether Van Persie was on the decline as a footballer, Van Gaal said: “No, he has showed that at the World Championship and he is showing it now except for scoring goals, but it’s only a matter of time. “But with his self-confidence, I expect that he will score and maybe against Chelsea.” Van Gaal’s decision to play 5-3-2 at the start of the season was heavily criticised and he also came under fire for failing to add any experienced defenders to his squad. A third defeat of the season, this time at the hands of his former protege Jose Mourinho, would lead to further criticism of his reign, but Van Gaal is not interested in what his doubters have to say. “Maybe you know that I am always a controversial person and a lot has written about that, but I (have) an iron shield,” the United boss said. “It’s been like that since I came to England. “Everyone can write or speak about me and I cannot change that. “It took a long time for me to understand but I cannot change that. “I have learned not to react and to believe in myself, my players and staff. That’s important.” Mourinho, who worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona for three years, employs a different tactic when it comes to criticism, often taking his enemies on in public spats. Van Gaal faces the biggest test of his reign as United boss on Sunday when unbeaten league leaders Chelsea come to Old Trafford. United’s pre-season record under Van Gaal was impeccable, but since the competitive calendar began, the Red Devils have only taken 12 points from a possible 24 to lie sixth in the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez-Flores fires warning to Jose Holebas

first_img Press Association Watford manager Quique Sanchez-Flores has thrown Jose Holebas’ future into further doubt by warning the player he needs to improve if he wants to be their first-choice left-back. Holebas was a £1.8million summer signing from Roma, where his form had kept Ashley Cole on the periphery, and was expected to feature heavily in Sanchez-Flores’ first team this season. He has been limited to only three appearances so far, however, due to competition from the impressive Ikechi Anya and Nathan Ake. And amid reports that he will leave the club in January, his manager has demanded more from the defender. center_img “Holebas needs to improve,” said Sanchez-Flores of the Greece international. “I chose him in the first match because he was the left-back but his performances have not been enough to keep him in the first XI, so it’s very easy for me. It’s not enough. “He needs to train more and train better and have a better understanding of everything. “Holebas is waiting, fighting and trying to play in the first XI. I like the players to fight to come back to the first XI. “Maybe when he arrived he thought it would be easy to play for Watford but the level of the Watford team is high. “He is fighting with Anya, fighting with Ake and the competition is high in this position.” Another reasonably high-profile summer recruit, Alessandro Diamanti, also arrived from from Serie A and is yet to play as much as had been expected, but Sanchez-Flores has insisted he has no concerns about the Italian and that he is simply focused on improving his conditioning for the Premier League. “I had the conversation two weeks ago with him,” he said. “He’s experienced, he’s working hard, but his physical level is not enough at the moment. He didn’t do pre-season, which is very important – in this age it’s essential. “He’s a good player, he’s good technically and he’s going to help us during the season, but at the moment he’s not ready for the first XI.” last_img read more

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Badgers hope to hand Huskies 1st loss

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Undefeated Michigan Tech.For those familiar with college hockey, the phrase is not only eerie, but timely, given that it’s Halloween weekend. The Huskies are 3-0-2 to start the season, after going just 5-30-1 in 2009-2010. In the past three seasons combined, MTU has just 25 wins, or three fewer victories than the Badgers finished with last season.Regardless, it’s the Huskies who are undefeated as they take on the Badgers in a WCHA matchup at the Kohl Center this weekend.While in the past this series looked like a given for UW, this weekend could pose a challenge. MTU is fourth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 4.8 goals per game. However, they’ve been prone to get into goal-fests this season, giving up 3.2 goals per game, illustrated in 4-4 and 5-5 ties earlier in the year.Despite the big goal totals, Michigan Tech isn’t doing anything fancy.“We’ve got to try and block out, prevent them from getting to the net because they like to get to the net and we’ve got to block shots,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “They’re a pretty simple team, they get the puck back and they try to get it to the net – most of their goals have been rebounds and tip ins and stuff like that.”The big battle could come on special teams, where MTU and UW are second and third nationally in power-play percentage. The power play has been a strength for the young Badgers, who have connected 13 times with the man-advantage.Despite their recent success against the Huskies – the Badgers own a nine-game unbeaten streak dating back to 2007 against them – forward Podge Turnbull isn’t taking the series lightly.“We’re expecting a 5-0 team,” he said. “They’re very strong and they’re a very hard working team. If you don’t respect that, it’s going to jump up behind you and bite you in the backside.”Wisconsin sits at 3-2-1 after losing and tying at Denver last weekend. Friday night, the Badgers fought back to tie the game at two in the second period, but gave up two more goals in a sloppy 4-2 loss.“I think Friday was kind of an eye-opener for a lot of guys, for a lot of the freshmen, just seeing how hard the WCHA is going to be,” senior goaltender Scott Gudmandson said.Wisconsin held a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s game before giving up two to allow Denver to tie the game 2-2, which held up as the final score.As a result, UW is next to last in the WCHA standings, although there has been just one weekend of conference play.“I think the guys saw how quickly points can slip away on Saturday,” Gudmandson said. “That one point, even though it’s early in the season, can come back to haunt us.”“Coming out of Denver with a point is okay, but we’re not real satisfied with that, we felt we let a couple games slip there,” Turnbull added.Despite giving up the lead Saturday, the team felt it played much better than in Friday’s game. Freshman forward Mark Zengerle was a bright spot for the Badgers, taking over the team scoring lead with a goal and two assists against the Pioneers.And while the Huskies own the edge in scoring, it’s the Badgers who are fourth in the nation in scoring margin. UW scores 2.17 more goals than it allows per game, compared to a 1.6 mark for MTU. Scoring margin is a good indicator of overall performance – the top four teams in that category last season were Boston College, Wisconsin, Miami and RIT, which, not coincidentally, made up the Frozen Four.But it’s still early in the season and the focus now is getting points, especially at home.“We’re at home this weekend and that’s a very good thing for us, because we’ve got to learn how to protect our house,” Turnbull said.“We know that we need four points this weekend, that’s our goal for this weekend,” captain Sean Dolan added.last_img read more

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