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Paul Merson admits concern for Arsenal’s top four hopes

first_imgAdvertisement Paul Merson admits concern for Arsenal’s top four hopes Emery is in his first season as manager of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Arsenal aren’t a “shoo-in” to finish in the top four despite an easy run of fixtures from now until the end of the season.The Gunners take on Newcastle on April 1, before clashes against the likes of Watford, Leicester City and Crystal Palace later in the month.Unai Emery’s side do not play a top-six side again in the Premier League this season as they look to secure a top-four finish.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 CityThey also currently sit fourth in the table with a two-point gap over Manchester United in fifth, so have an advantage over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men as well as sixth-placed Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, despite easier fixtures on paper, former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes they still have work to do if they are to secure Champions League football for next season.‘Newcastle are a dangerous side,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘They’ve been really good recently, are hard to beat and have a couple of match-winners in their team.‘But these are the kind of matches Arsenal finish off.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‘If Liverpool had Arsenal’s remaining fixtures they would win the league, but you just know that Arsenal won’t win all of these games and that’s why they are not a shoo-in for the top four.’As well as focusing on their domestic campaign, Arsenal are also seeking Europa League glory under Emery this season.They take on Napoli in the quarter-final of the competition, with the first leg scheduled for April 11.MORE: Arsenal receive Ramsey and Monreal injury boostWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 1:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gov Wolf: $50 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Support Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 08, 2020 Expenses for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of equipment and property or other expenses incurred to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses.Program funds must be utilized for eligible expenses initiated on or after March 6, 2020 and completed on or before December 30, 2020 to be considered as eligible for this grant program.Grant recipients should expect to receive further communication from OSFC in the coming weeks. A full list of fire companies receiving grant awards, along with the recently updated federal guidance, can be reviewed online by visiting OSFC’s website. Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) will be awarding $50 million worth of grant funding to fire, rescue, and EMS across the commonwealth to offset expenses related to COVID-19.“Our fire, rescue and EMS are the first responders often on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “All these professionals – some working as volunteers – give selflessly to support neighbors and communities. These CARES Act grants can assist in supporting them and their ongoing efforts to keep their neighbors and communities protected and safe.”“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office has remained open to provide the necessary resources that our fire service and EMS personnel need to fulfill a critical public safety role throughout the Commonwealth,” said Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego. “Departments have been exceptionally patient during this process, as our office has worked through changing federal guidance dictating how these dollars can be spent.”The purpose of this funding is to provide some much-needed financial assistance to first responders who have found it difficult to keep their operations running due to COVID-19. Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies.As stated in Act 26, the money must be used for operational and equipment expenses. Eligible expenses include:Operational Expenses – such as but not limited to:UtilitiesInsuranceApparatus Repairs/FuelPersonal Protective EquipmentLost Revenues due to Pandemic Restrictions Gov Wolf: $50 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Support Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19last_img read more

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Ireland confirm Pakistan as first Test opponents

first_imgIRELAND’s first Test match will be against Pakistan in May 2018 after the two countries came to an agreement during the ICC meetings in Auckland this week.Ireland, along with Afghanistan, were elevated to Test status earlier this year.“We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year,” CEO Warren Deutrom said. “It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team, so I’m delighted.”Pakistan’s trip to Ireland will come before their two-Test tour of England which begins in late May. The date and location for the Ireland match will be confirmed in the coming months.“There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I’m sure our players and fans, can’t wait to rise to it,” Deutrom said.“We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket, the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support.”Bangladesh were the previous team to join the Test ranks when they played their first match against India in November 2000.“Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket. It’ll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time,” William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, said.“It’s sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved. I know how much this will mean to all the players and just how much we all will forward to our dream of being Test cricketers realised. I’m certain there will be an incredible atmosphere from both sets of fans who will be keen to witness a piece of history.”last_img read more

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Brothers turn dream gym into reality

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It all started with a dream and a vision for basketball-loving brothers Jericho and Jensen Ilagan, who have carved their niche in Philippine basketball through different capacities.While Jericho has become one of the more prominent basketball leaders in the country as COO of the Asean Basketball League the past three years, Jensen is one of the trailblazers of the recreational basketball circuit in Metro Manila as chief organizer of the Next 5 Hoops tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jensen Ilagan said Phenom can be a venue for corporate events and basketball events with its full size Fiba standard basketball court.Phenom also has a 100 square meter training area where players can do skills training and shooting and a fitness gym.“We believe that any player or any athlete, needs to be prepared whenever they compete regardless if its recreational or at the varsity level or professional level,” said Jensen Ilagan. The facility also boasts of the popular Dr. Dish Basketball machine which aids players in improving their shooting.“I think this is long overdue we’ve been on soft opening for quite some time now,” said Jensen. “The ultimate goal is to be the first complete athletic training facility in the country.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Bataan, Cebu turn back NCR foes; Manila’s Lao gives back About the only thing missing for the brothers is their own basketball facility.The brothers finally opened Phenom Sports Center along Zaldivar St. in Makati City recently, fulfilling not just a dream they nurtured a decade ago, but also providing a facility for professional and recreational players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Any basketball enthusiast dreams of having an own facility,” said Jensen.“This is our story. Ten years ago, two basketball loving brothers dreamt of having their own facility and now that we have this type of facility, the goal and the vision is to be able to help the basketball community in a way that we would be able to train and develop and produce professional type of athletes.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more