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Arsenal FC Manifesto: The 10 point plan for 2015/16

We consider where Arsenal can improve next season. Photo: PA With the General Election around the corner, party manifestos have been released and are currently under intense inspection by the media and public. We consider what the equivalent documents may look like for Premier League clubs, starting with Arsenal. Currently lying in second place, sitting seven points behind Chelsea and having played a game more, it looks as though it will be 11 years without a title for the North London club, despite an impressive recent run of form. After ending their nine year trophy drought last season with an FA Cup victory, expectations have been raised, and fans are looking for a return to the success Arsene Wenger achieved during the first half of his managerial tenure. Here is Arsenal’s 10 point plan for next season: 1) Offer A Sustained Title Challenge Arsenal have not challenged for the title at the death since they last won the league in 2004. Despite leading the chase for the majority of the campaign last season, a poor run of results meant they ended the year in the all too familiar fourth place. Arsenal must provide a serious tilt at the title next season and maintain aspirations into the latter weeks of the season. 2) A Stronger Start to the Season Arsenal’s poor start to this season was well publicised, and had certain factions of fans calling for Wenger’s dismissal. Four wins in their first 12 left the club in eighth place, and it is only thanks to an exc...  

Labbadia straight back in at the Nordderby deep end

It's not just Nordderby bragging rights on the line when Bremen entertain Hamburg on Sunday Following a brief spell as Hamburg head coach between 2009-2010, Bruno Labbadia has returned to the club on a 15-month contract with the Red Shorts currently propping up the rest of the table Bremen are far better off in ninth, but don't need reminding they lost the first instalment of this season's derby 2-0 on Matchday 12 Bremen - Bruno Labbadia returns to the Hamburger SV dugout as the Bundesliga's bottom club travel to SV Werder Bremen to contest the 102nd Nordderby on Sunday (kick-off 15:30 CEST/ 13:30 GMT). bundesliga.com previews the 49-year-old's second debut at the helm of the only side never to have been relegated from Germany's top flight... The stakes As much as it means for both clubs to get one over on their biggest local rivals, one of them needs the points far more than the other. While Bremen are ninth, Hamburg slipped to the bottom of the table last week and now have just six games left to stave off a maiden relegation to the second tier. Team news: Bremen Bremen boss Viktor Skripnik will be without defensive duo Luca Caldirola and Santiago Garcia, while versatile attacker Fin Bartels has been ruled out for six weeks with a foot problem. Franco Di Santo missed the season's first derby through injury, but will lead the line this time. Team news: Hamburg Dennis Diekmeier and Marcelo Diaz miss out with injury, while Johan Djourou is suspended after his red card on Match...  

Fox Theatre bringing 'Newsies,' 'Matilda the Musical' in for 2015-16 season

Indefatigable children — and several impressive women — take center stage in the Fox Theatre productions next season, all in shows new to St. Louis.“Matilda the Musical” and “Newsies” concentrate on kids who triumph against all odds. Based on Roald Dahl’s enduring novel, “Matilda” won four 2013 Tony Awards with its tale of a smart, imaginative girl who stands up for herself and her friends at the worst school in the world. It’s still running in New York and London.In Disney’s “Newsies,” poor kids who earn pennies selling newspapers in old New York take on the tycoons of publishing and discover the power of organized labor. “Newsies” won 2012 Tony Awards for best choreography and best score.The powerhouse women include songwriter Carole King, whose life story and unforgettable songs come together in “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.” With hits including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Beautiful” comes to the Fox with strong St. Louis connections: Producer Paul Blake, longtime executive producer at the Muny, got the “Beautiful” ball rolling, and director Marc Bruni has directed a number of Muny productions. “Beautiful” won two Tony Awards last year.The heroine of “If/Then” is a modern...  

Investors Look to Earnings for US Market Direction

New York: Investors attempting to determine whether US equities will rebound from Friday's selloff or continue to sink will look to a deluge of earnings next week for a clearer picture of the economy. The S&P dropped 1.1 per cent on Friday, its biggest decline since March 25. Equities lost ground after industrials Honeywell International and General Electric took hits from the strong dollar, while concerns over new trading regulations in China and Greece's place in the Eurozone dented sentiment. Since hitting a high of 2,119.59 on February 25, the S&P has held in a range of about 80 points. Investors have grown concerned about the impact of a strong dollar on quarterly results, even as they remain leery of missing out on any rally. "Our markets will get kind of quiet again as we wait for some of those earnings and what is going to happen on the 24th with Greece," said Keith Bliss, senior vice-president at Cuttone & Co in New York. Euro zone finance ministers meet April 24 to try to reach a deal for Greek debt repayments. Next week is among the busiest of the earnings season, with results expected from companies including Amazon.com Inc, General Motors, Boeing and Morgan Stanley. The results could help investors gauge the impact of the rise in the greenback and assess the strength of the economy after a string of lacklustre economic reports. "Most companies have been able to beat on the bottom line and miss on the top line, and that has been the story now for quite...  

'More mature' Lazio ready to challenge Juventus, even if title is out of sight

Lazio coach Stefano Pioli has played down suggestions that equalling Sven Goran Eriksson’s club record of nine consecutive wins will put them within sight of challenging Juventus for the Serie A title.Lazio have replaced city rivals AS Roma in second spot in the Italian top flight and sit 12 points behind Juventus ahead of their top-of-the-table clash in Turin later Saturday.Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri underlined the danger of Pioli’s visitors when he said the game was a “title decider”. But Pioli said: “Juventus have too much of a lead for us to become a threat. Even a win in Turin for us would change little.”Nevertheless, Lazio travel north on the back of eight consecutive league wins that has seen Pioli’s men take their goals tally to 58 for the season – one more than Juve’s total of 57.A ninth consecutive win would see Pioli equal a club record set by Sven Goran Eriksson, who led Lazio to their second scudetto in 2000. Pioli, meanwhile, claims a “more mature” Lazio have learned their lesson from a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Italian capital at the end of November.“That game served as a lesson for us. We were far too generous and made the mistake of trying not to concede goals, and we lost our focus,” he added.“Now, the squad is more intelligent and more mature. This time, we’ll be a lot more compact and that will allow us to concentrate on our own game. “W...  

Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea agrees to join Real Madrid

Updated APR 18, 2015 6:28a ET Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has agreed to join Real Madrid, according to Spanish television channel La Sexta. QPR striker Charlie Austin is set to move on this summer - whether they beat the drop or not. Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho says he is 100% committed to the club regardless of whether they win trophies or finish in the top four this season. Joe Hart has admitted Manchester City's players have let down under-pressure boss Manuel Pellegrini this season. Chelsea midfielder Oscar has urged the club to sign Lazio star Felipe Anderson - even though there are doubts about his own future. Liverpool want to sign Petr Cech in a £7.5million loan deal from Chelsea next season. Carlo Ancelotti will want a bigger say in Real Madrid's signings if he is to carry on at the Bernabeu next season. Jose Mourinho claims it is easier to manage Manchester United than Chelsea within the modern confines of Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules. Alan Pardew has warned Crystal Palace's Premier League admirers that if they want to sign Yannick Bolasie this summer then the bidding will have to start at £20million. Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe to avoid bad company. Mikel Arteta is desperate to stay at Arsenal and will sign an...  

The 10 greatest hits of the Hubble era

Video from the National Geographic Channel on Building the Hubble. National Geographic ChannelThe Hubble telescope is held by space shuttle Discovery's robot arm Dec. 25, 1999, in preparation for its release. Discovery's seven-person international crew redeployed the telescope after three days of repairs.(Photo: Agence France-Presse)The Hubble Space Telescope is just 350 miles or so closer to deep space than those of us on Earth, but its vantage point outside the atmosphere and away from light pollution allows it to see billions of light-years farther. In its 25 years of service, it has fundamentally changed our understanding of astrophysics. Its cameras have found black holes, galactic collisions and the violent deaths of stars. Hubble has helped us put an age to the universe and confirmed that it is full of planets. It has been called the single most important scientific instrument in the history of humankind.USA TODAYTimeline: Hubble's path to orbit EarthHubble's operations are managed by the Space Telescope Science Institute, on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Here are what the institute considers Hubble's 10 most important scientific discoveries.COMET IMPACT (1994)This Hubble telescope image of the giant planet Jupiter reveals the impact sites of two fragments from comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. Twenty-one large chunks of the comet rained down upon Jupiter in July 1994. The impact sites, located in the planet's Southern Hemisphere, are the dark spots in th...  

Oral cancers are overlooked but often deadly

What did baseball great Tony Gwynn, former Presidents Grover Cleveland and Ulysses S. Grant, psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, producer Bruce Paltrow and movie critic Roger Ebert have in common?  If you guessed they all died from oral cancer, you’d be right. The “C-word” strikes fear in the hearts of many. You probably wouldn’t be shocked to hear that, in our country, the cancers that kill the most are lung, breast and colorectal cancer in women, and lung, prostate and colorectal in men. These are well known. Oral cancer, however, doesn’t get much coverage. Would it surprise you to know that oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (base of tongue, tonsils and upper throat) cancers kill someone every hour of every day in the U.S.? The Oral Cancer Foundation has declared April Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and is doing all it can to spread the word about this deadly scourge. Oral cancers should be easy to treat and cure, but because they are frequently undiscovered until well advanced, cancers of the mouth and throat are especially lethal. If not detected early, nearly half of those affected will not survive beyond five years. A few more sobering facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the Oral Cancer Foundation: — More than 8,000 people will die from mouth and throat cancers this year. — Projections forecast that more than 43,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancer will be discov...  

Manchester United's David de Gea says YES to joining Real Madrid

Journalist Josep Pedrerol said on Spanish television channel La Sexta that the United shot-stopper wants to be playing at the Bernabeu next season. However, while De Gea has said yes to the move, an agreement between United and Real has yet to be reached. "David de Gea has said yes to Madrid," said Pedrerol."The Manchester United goalkeeper wants to wear the white of Real Madrid from next season.GETTYDavid de Gea has reportedly said yes to joining Real Madrid"The club considered many options for the goalkeeping situation but have decided on De Gea."And David de Gea is clear... he wants to be the Real Madrid goalkeeper. David de Gea has said yes to Madrid Josep Pedrerol "One of the problems had been the future (or not) of Iker Casillas but this is no longer an impediment to the signing of De Gea."Only an agreement between the clubs is lacking."It is reported that his poor relationship with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is one of the main reasons why De Gea is opting to return to Spain. ...  

Onondaga Lake researcher debunks 3 myths about swimming in the lake

2014-10-28-sdc-autumn0079se.JPG Central New Yorkers enjoyed a perfect autumn day last October in the Willow Bay area of Onondaga Lake Park. Onondaga County plans to open a swimming beach someday at Willow Bay. (Stephen D. Cannerelli | scannerelli@syracuse.com) Syracuse, N.Y. -- A report issued this week saying that the northern end of Onondaga Lake is safe for swimming again after 75 years has created a buzz about how clean the lake really is. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said she hopes to launch a study next year about putting in a beach at the north end of the lake, in the Willow Bay picnic area. The author of the new lake report, Dave Matthews, a scientist with the nonprofit Upstate Freshwater Institute, talked with Syracuse.com to set the record straight on a few things. Matthews, who has studied Onondaga Lake since 1997, said there are some common myths about the lake and swimming. Here are three of them, and why Matthews says they're false: 1. If the south end of the lake has too much bacteria to swim in, the north end can't be safe, either. The south end of the lake does have too much coliform bacteria for swimming, Matthews concedes, because of sewage overflows coming in from Onondaga Creek and the county's wastewater treatment plant. But that bacteria would die or settle to the bottom long before it could travel the 3 miles to Willow Bay, he said. "These bacteria are adapted to live in the bodies of humans and other animals, and they like it w...  


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