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Unai Emery rates Arsenal’s top-four chances after shock defeat to Wolves

first_imgEmery still believes Arsenal can finish in the top four despite the defeat (Picture: Getty)‘When we win we win together and when we lose we lose together. In general we have the possibility to be in the top four.‘I want to say to the players and supporters we are continuing and will take the opportunity on Sunday.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery rates Arsenal’s top-four chances after shock defeat to Wolves Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 10:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link146Shares Wolves ripped Arsenal apart in a ferocious first half display (Picture: Getty)‘We are disappointed but we need also to look at all the season. It’s not in our hands but we need to prepare the best possible match on Sunday,’ said Emery, who faces Leicester next.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We started at the beginning [of the season] last after two matches in the Premier League and little by little we came back and took chances to be in the top four. That’s our target but it’s difficult.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘This is the moment to think that all these players worked to have this opportunity. We lost today and Sunday but we have two ways into the Champions League.’He added: ‘I usually am very critical with myself. I’m angry with myself. First I am thinking the solution: think about Sunday and take the possibility to come back with our best performance.center_img Advertisement The Gunners’ poor away form this season continued at Molineux (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is still optimistic that Arsenal can finish in the top four this season despite succumbing to a shock 3-1 defeat away to Wolves on Wednesday night.The Gunners were put to the sword by the hosts in a ferocious first half, with Ruben Neves curling in a free-kick, Matt Doherty heading home and Diogo Jota seizing on a misplaced pass to run through the Arsenal defence and score.The results means Arsenal stay in fifth place in the table, one point behind Chelsea, and now need their rivals to slip up. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lessons learned in first title chase pay off for Grabouski

first_imgJordan Grabouski (center) became a two-time Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national champion this season, adding the 2016 trophy to matching hardware from 2011. At left is Clay Smith, president of Speedway Motors, title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing, and at right is Brett Root, IMCA president. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BEATRICE, Neb. – The lessons he learned winning his first IMCA national championship paid off again this year for Jordan Grabouski.So did his success at a slew of early-season specials in Kansas and Nebraska.The Beatrice, Neb., hotshoe parlayed a division leading and single season career-best 33 feature wins and two local track titles into the 2016 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national title.“When I won my first national championship in 2011, the points really went down to the last weekend and I had to win my last race,” he said. “I had a better understanding that the point season was 50 races and was more patient this year.”“We only finished outside the top five eight times (in 51 starts) this year,” Grabouski noted. “A lot of that was because as you race more, you don’t put yourself in position to wreck or get a DNF.”“We’ve run a crate engine from Friesen Chevrolet for a couple years and that’s been a big boost for us,” he added. “We had another year where we didn’t have any problems engine-wise and that gave us more time to focus on other areas of our program where we need to improve or develop more consistency.”The Jet Racing Central Region king also topped local track point standings at Beatrice Speedway and Thunder Hill Speedway. He won 10 features at his hometown track and nine more at the Mayetta, Kan., speedplant.“We’ve always enjoyed racing with (promoters) Mike and Pam Conkwright at Thunder Hill. My brother lives in Kansas City so we could stay overnight with him and then race Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka,” Grabouski said. “Beatrice is my favorite track. It’s minutes away from home and I grew up watching races there.”Grabouski’s longest winning streak during his 2011 championship season was four; he set the tone early in 2016 with eight straight checkers between March 25 and April 15.After sweeping Sunflower Classic features at RPM Speedway and DirtFest main events at Salina Speedway, Grabouski won the Husker Duel at Beatrice, the Husker State Duel at Thayer County Speedway, opening night at U.S. 30 Speedway and the first Ice Breaker show at Eagle Raceway.Two starts later, he won his first-ever outing at Atchison County Raceway.“Running for the national championship wasn’t something we planned to do before the start of the season. It just happened,” Grabouski stated. “After winning eight in a row we thought maybe it was something we could pursue. Later in the year, when we figured it could be reality, we started racing four times a week when we could to make sure we got all our starts in.”Grabouski is now ninth on the all-time IMCA Modified wins list with 160 career checkers. He’s posted double figure feature win totals in seven of the past eight seasons.“A lot of drivers have won one national championship but not a lot have won two,” Grabouski said. “I told my crew we’d get through 2016 and then make some decisions about next year.”The City of Beatrice now has bragging rights as home to six IMCA Modified national championships, with Johnny Saathoff owning the other four. Des Moines, represented by Dave Farren, Bill Davis Sr. and Danny Wallace, had also had five.Starts: 51Wins: 33Additional Top Five’s: 10HIS CREW: Father Kent, wife Whitney, crew chief Jackson Weeks, Eric Ebeling, Josh Houseman, Steve Durman, Jordan Junker, Damian Anderson and Kevin Vanlaningham.HIS SPONSORS: GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Terry Phillips Racing of Springfield, Mo.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Ricochet Shock Guards of Brush, Colo.; Keyser Manufacturing and Integra Shocks, both of Coopersville, Mich.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Penner Insurance, Wrightway Hay Harvesters, Orange Bowl, Nippert Farms, J’s Grill and Pub, Nelson Tree Service, The Auto Shop and Twin Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge, all of Beatrice; PBS Rentals of Crete; Side Trek Bar & Grill of Harbine; Novotny Ag and Brynn Novotny Motorsports, both of Jansen; Schmidt’s Inc. and Schmidt Machine, both of Fairbury; Sasse Farms of Diller; Wojo Painting and Moock Trucking, both of Lincoln; Hergott & Traeger Farms of Gilead; VP Heartland of Manhattan, Kan.; Zeck Ford of Leavenworth, Kan.; Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Callies Performance Products of Fostoria, Ohio; Sybesma Graphics of Sanborn, Iowa; CPD Racing Shocks of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Real Racing Wheels of Independence, Iowa; Marshalltown, Iowa, Speedway; Total Power Batteries of Vista, Calif.; FK Rod Ends of Southington, Conn.; Kevko of Fairmont, Minn.; Speedwerx Headers of Forest Lake, Minn.; Simpson of Brownsburg, Ind.; Icon Pistons of Carson City, Nev.; Roscoe Carburetors, Roscoe, Texas; and Jones Pulley Systems of Ottsville, Pa.last_img read more

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Record 16.8 Million Americans Have Sought Jobless Aid During Pandemic

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak.The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948. They paint a bleak picture of a job market that is quickly unraveling as businesses have shut down across the country. More than 20 million American may lose jobs this month.The viral outbreak is believed to have erased nearly one-third of the economy’s output in the current quarter. Forty-eight states have closed non-essential businesses. Restaurants, hotels, department stores and countless small businesses have laid off millions as they struggle to pay bills at a time when their revenue has vanished.All told, in the past three weeks, 16.8 million Americans have filed for unemployment aid. The surge of jobless claims has overwhelmed state unemployment offices around the country. And still more job cuts are expected. The unemployment rate could hit 15% when the April employment report is released in early May.A nation of normally free-spending shoppers and travelers is mainly hunkered down at home, bringing entire gears of the economy to a near-halt. Non-grocery retail business plunged 97% in the last week of March compared with a year earlier, according to Morgan Stanley. The number of airline passengers screened by the Transportation Security Administration has plunged 95% from with a year ago. U.S. hotel revenue has tumbled 80%.The government-mandated business shutdowns that are meant to defeat the virus have never brought the U.S. to such a sudden and violent standstill. For that reason, economists are struggling to assess the duration and severity of the damage.“We’re just throwing out our textbooks,” said Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. economist at S&P Global Ratings.The Penn Wharton Budget Model, created at the University of Pennsylvania’s business school, projects that the U.S. economy will shrink at an astonishing 30% annual rate in the April-June quarter — even including the government’s new $2.2 trillion relief measure, the largest federal aid package in history by far. An economic contraction of that scale would be the largest quarterly plunge since World War II.A key aspect of the rescue package is a $350 billion small business loan program that is intended to forestall layoffs. Small companies can borrow enough to cover payroll and other costs for eight weeks. And the loans will be forgiven if small businesses keep or rehire their staffs. The Treasury Department has begun to roll out the loans to mixed results. Many small businesses have had trouble accessing loan applications, and many economists say the $350 billion is insufficient. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he will seek an additional $250 billion for the program from Congress.The rescue package also added $600 a week in unemployment benefits, on top of what recipients receive from their states. This will enable many lower-income workers to manage their expenses and even increase their purchasing power and support the economy. It also makes many more people eligible for jobless aid, including the self-employed, contractors, and so-called “gig economy” workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers.But many of these people have been expressing frustration and bewilderment about the process for seeking benefits as a flood of applications has overwhelmed many state offices. Margaret Heath Carignan said she called the unemployment office in Maine, where she lives, 291 times on the day that people with the last names A through H were eligible to call.She never connected to anyone.Carignan, 57, was laid off — temporarily, she hopes — from her position as a certified medical assistant at an orthopedic practice in Portland, Maine, a job she had held for 20 years. The office furloughed her and others because they’re unable to see many patients. She hopes to return once the coronavirus is contained.“It’s hard to feel like you can’t help people,” she said.Even with non-essential businesses largely closed and health authorities imploring people to stay at home, some Americans who have lost jobs continue to look for work. Normally, to qualify for unemployment benefits, people who are laid off must activity look for a new job. But unlike in previous recessions, that expectation has become nearly impossible. Many states as a result are waiving or loosening the requirement to look for work.In Tennessee, people on unemployment can satisfy the job-search mandate by creating and maintaining a re-employment plan. But many appear to be unaware. And at least some of the jobless say they’re still receiving notifications from the state saying they must actively seek work.Shamira Chism was laid off from her job as a line cook at a Nashville restaurant three weeks ago. To prove she is looking for work, she said, she must do an online job search twice a week and save the search. There are a few job postings at grocery stories and big distribution centers like Amazon but nothing in her field, she said.Few states have managed yet to distribute to recipients the extra $600 a week in unemployment aid that the federal package provided. Tennessee is working to upgrade its computer system so it can do so.Chism, 31, is able to pay her bills right now only with the help of her parents. Tennessee unemployment benefits are $275 per week.For other unemployed workers, the viral shutdowns have made it nearly impossible to do the kind of networking that is normally a crucial part of a job hunt.Ryan LaRe of Salt Lake City has been looking for work since mid-February. At first, things seemed normal: He applied, got some interviews and moved through the process. He has worked as a fundraiser for non-profit groups, a field that is in turmoil as donations have dried up.Now, nearly every employer he has looked into has imposed a hiring freeze. He’s expanded to call center and administrative assistant positions. Still no luck.“It makes mundane tasks feel monumental when I don’t know where my money is going to be in a month,” said LaRe, 24. “The aspect of staying at home is hard enough, and not feeling productive is going to be what gets to me.”last_img read more