Cesc Fabregas explains why he would sign Kylian Mbappe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Cesc Fabregas says Kylian Mbappe reminds him of former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Kylian Mbappe would be his priority signing if he was a manager and had all the money in the world to spend. The legendary 32-year-old midfielder was in his second season with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco when the coronavirus pandemic brought French football to a halt.It’s clear Fabregas is already thinking about his next step when he finally hangs up his boots and the 2010 World Cup-winner, remembered for his spells with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, joined Spanish radio station Cadena Cope at the weekend to share his insights on the game he loves.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 9:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link671Shares Mbappe ‘goal getting and speed’ has blown Fabregas away (Picture: Getty)During his time at Barca, Fabregas shared a dressing room with arguably the greatest player of all-time, Messi, but the Spaniard overlooked his former team-mate when asked which player he would look to sign if he was a current manager.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Cristiano is 35 and Leo is going to turn 33, they are older,’ Fabregas explained.‘For youth, talent, desire and mentality, I would sign Mbappe. ‘The thought of having him for ten years up front for my team, I would go for him.’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 ArsenalFabregas reserved special praise for PSG and Borussia Dortmund stars Neymar and Erling Haaland but couldn’t look past Mbappe for his number one pick, a player who reminds him of Thierry Henry.‘Then there are players like Neymar and Haaland, but due to his goal getting and his speed, Mbappe reminds me of Henry,’ Fabregas added.‘I saw him from in behind and it was a delight when you gave him a long pass into space.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas sends Alexis Sanchez warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Manchester United transfer linksMORE: Romelu Lukaku names Tammy Abraham & Mason Mount as the best prospects at Chelsea Advertisement
The UK’s pensions watchdog has linked the automatic enrolment (AE) system brought in seven years ago with “a huge cultural shift”, with results so far including women’s participation rates in workplace pensions rising to those of men.According to The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) latest annual commentary and analysis report on auto-enrolment, more people in their twenties are now saving into a workplace pension thanks to the success of the legislation requiring employers to include staff in a workplace pension scheme unless they opt out.In the private sector, the largest increase in participation was seen among 22 to 29 year olds, with participation up from 24% in 2012 to 84% in 2018, the report showed.The 2018 data also showed the gender gap in pensions saving had been significantly reduced since the advent of the new regime, with as many women as men now saving into a workplace pension. Last year participation levels increased to 85% for both male and female eligible employees in the private sector, whereas before 2012 there had been a higher proportion of men in workplace pensions.Also evident from the 2018 analysis – which TPR said would be the last annual report of this type – was an increase in saving among employees of small and micro businesses compared with before the reforms. Total staff auto-enrolled by March each yearChart MakerWorkplace saving among staff not eligible for auto-enrolment has nearly doubled, the regulator said, with 30% of these employees asking their employer to join a scheme in 2017/18 – up from 16% in 2012/13.Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, said that when taking on a job, people now expected a pension.“Even more encouraging,” he added, “is that there has been a rise in the number of people who, although are not eligible to be automatically enrolled, are asking to join a scheme. This signifies a huge cultural shift.”Ryder said that to continue to build on the success so far, TPR wanted people to get to know their pension and consider whether they were saving enough for the retirement they wanted.But more work to be doneAt consultancy Barnett Waddingham, Mark Futcher, head of workplace wealth, commented on the new data, saying it was undeniable that the policy had been a spectacular success.“The impact that auto-enrolment has had on pension savings is staggering,” he said. “Both the number of savers, and the total amount saved into pension schemes has sky-rocketed in the last seven years.”However, the figures did not mark the end for the pension policy story, he said, adding that it was critical the government continued to build on this and educate people on the benefits of the scheme and provide the tools for more thorough engagement with savings.But former minister of state for pensions Steve Webb — now director of policy at Royal London — said the figures showed a worrying decline in employer awareness of auto-enrolment.The new report shows that only 82% of micro employers are aware of all five of their duties under the policy in the winter of 2019, compared with 88% in the summer of 2018. Awareness among medium-sized employers also declined between these two points to 94% from 98%.“Automatic enrolment has been a huge success story, but it is vital that the momentum is maintained,” Webb said. “The government must sustain publicity around automatic enrolment, especially targeted at employers, if the programme is to continue to be a success.”
Russian giant Gazprom is considering the potential of delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies to Pakistan.The country’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said the company is focusing on the construction of the North-South pipeline from Karachi to Lahore under the intergovernmental deal signed in 2015, but LNG supplies are an option.The two countries signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the delivery of liquefied natural gas in October last year.The agreement aims to create favorable conditions for the delivery of Gazprom’s LNG shipments to regasification terminals in Pakistan, a statement by the Russian ministry of foreign affairs reads.Pakistan currently has two LNG import terminals currently in operation in Karachi, however, with a total capacity of around 9.5 mtpa, a significant supply shortfall of 19 million tones of LNG per annum is still expected.However, the country is planning to develop new LNG terminals at Port Qasim to further alleviate the gas shortage and it is expected that by 2020 Pakistan’s import capacity will grow to about 30 mtpa. LNG World News Staff
LocalNews Plans being finalized for staging of 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival by: – July 4, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Director of the Discover Dominica Authority, Mr. Colin Piper speaking at a function during Tourism Awareness Month earlier this year.Director of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper says officials are currently finalizing plans and contracts for the staging of this year’s 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival.Piper told an interview with the media that while the plans will be outlined at the official media launch on July 14th, he can confirm that everything is on schedule.He said “we are trying to finalize on contracts. As you know, you are prohibited by law to advertise any artiste showing up at a festival until you have signed a contract and our hope is that by July 14th, we would have finalized all the contracts and we would be able to say to the world that this is whose coming,” he said.He said officials are trying to stay within their budget but also put on a lineup that is satisfactory.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweet 12 Views no discussions
Sixth Form Sisserou Singers. Photo credit: Facebook“Because of the vision and hard work of this production company my dream and the dream of so many others will soon be coming true…” President SFSS, Kareem P.N Bertrand.They have performed extensively in Dominica and in the Caribbean to both audience and critical acclaim and through a new web and cinematic series called Africa LIVE!HD, the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers (SFSS) will perform for the first time to an online international audience, while helping to raise funds for two of the Island’s charity organizations. The live web broadcast presentation of the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers 15th chorale production VOICES will take place on July 6th from 8-10:30 pm, with a Green Carpet Preshow from 7-7:45pm.In addition to online viewing, the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association (CDOA) will host a fundraising cinema screening of the broadcast in Toronto. A percentage of online ticket sales and a donation from the CDOA, will benefit two charities on the island, The Dominica Infirmary senior citizens home and CHANCES a home for abandoned and abused youth. Choir Public Relations Officer and Accomplished Miss Dominica 2007 Leandra Lander expressed her enthusiasm at being able make those in the diaspora feel closer to home. “We love what we do and really want Caribbean people who are far away from home to feel like they never left!”“I am proud, a little nervous, and excited that these expressions of artistic genius articulated by my choir will be viewed by many- some of whom have never even heard of Dominica, let alone the Sisserou Singers! Thank you and God bless.” President SFSS Kareem P. N. BertrandChoir Director and Dominica’s acclaimed musical arranger and composer Pearle Christian promises a brilliant production “In our 18 years of existence, it has always been our dream to expose and share Dominica’s choral talents beyond our shores. VOICES will showcase choral pieces in a variety of musical idioms including Western art music, negro spirituals, American and Caribbean pop; the ‘Voices’ from different eras, allow the choristers and audience alike to develop an appreciation for cultural multiplicity. We are rehearsing hard to ensure that we present a highly entertaining package to all our viewers.”VOICES will also include a mini Caribbean folk drama told in quatrains. The popular Caribbean folk segment features classic folk favourites including Lamou Mwen- my love by Dominica’s beloved folk music writer, arranger and composer Jean Lawrence Mathurin and Long Time Gyal from Jamaica.The Show is being held under the auspices of His Excellency, The President of Dominica, Dr. Nicholas Joseph Orville Liverpool and Mrs. Liverpool, and will be performed at Dominica’s historic Arawak House of Culture. This year Ms. Carmel Agar a musical impresario and long-time music teacher will receive an award and citation from the choir.“Our Goal for the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers LIVE in HD event is to raise as much funds possible for the charity organizations identified”, says Lucy Hamlet, Executive Producer of Africa LIVE!HD. “With a great audience turn out at the cinema screening in Toronto and mass online viewership we believe we can achieve just that.”Frances Delsol President of the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association -CDOA did not hesitate to partner with African Image Media. “The CDOA joined forces with Lucy on this initiative because we saw it as a great opportunity to promote one of Dominica’s jewels – the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers. Dominica, with its unparalleled natural beauty, boasts a number of world-class performers and the CDOA will always take a leading role in promoting all things Dominica in Canada.”In addition to the HD show, viewers will also be treated to a pre-show reel with exclusive behind the scenes access to the Choir including interviews with the staging team and Director Pearle Christian; The ‘LIVE from the Nature Isle Green Carpet’ will feature interviews with distinguished guests and audience members as they arrive. Tickets for Toronto’s cinema screening of the show are being sold exclusively through the CDOA. Worldwide audiences can watch the show @ www.africalivehd.com . Press Release EntertainmentLocalNews Dominica’s Sixth Form Sisserou Singers performance to be streamed LIVE to international audience by: – June 7, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 73 Views no discussions Share
Gregory J. Lamping, age 47 of Hamburg, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Born October 6, 1969 in Batesville, he is the son of Edith (Nee: Merkel) and Joseph Lamping. He worked for Gauck Concrete Construction just shy of 30 years.Greg enjoyed hanging out with his friends having a beer or stopping in at Obermeyer’s Marathon to shoot the breeze. A fan of the old shows on TV Land, he also liked westerns as well as watching football, basketball and baseball, usually with a bowl of popcorn. According to his family, Greg liked grill outs, fried chicken, was partial to chocolate chip cookies and loved to hop in his truck to take a ride in the country.Greg is survived by his mother Eydie of Hamburg; sisters Diane (Steve) Fullenkamp, Donna Hoeing, both of Batesville, Cindy Lamping of Stamford, Connecticut; brother Mike Lamping of Hamburg; four nieces and nephews as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, brother Dan Lamping and brother-in-law John “Buck” Hoeing.Visitation is Monday, April 24th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 25th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating and burial will follow at St. Anne’s Cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Anne’s Cemetery Fund.
Wilfried Bony’s injury-time penalty snatched a vital 2-1 victory for Swansea as Newcastle succumbed to a fifth successive Barclays Premier League defeat. The Ivorian, who had earlier cancelled out Shola Ameobi’s opener, struck from the penalty spot in the second minute of stoppage time after substitute Marvin Emnes had been tripped by Cheick Tiote. Bony’s double secured just a second league win in 10 attempts and could hardly have been more timely with the Swans sitting just three points clear of the drop zone before kick-off. But despite the best efforts of midfielders Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman, they were unable to create much of note other than a series of set-pieces, and that ultimately was to provide them with a way back into the game. The Magpies, who had not scored a single goal since Cisse’s late winner against Crystal Palace on March 22, were initially ponderous, and it was not until Debuchy’s arrival as a 21st-minute replacement for Cisse, which released Vurnon Anita from full-back into midfield, that they started to pose a meaningful threat. But when the opening goal arrived two minutes later, it did so by the direct route. Ameobi headed keeper Tim Krul’s clearance down to De Jong, picked up a neat return ball and then held off his man before shooting left-footed on the turn past Michel Vorm – his first league goal since December 2012. The home side briefly threatened to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but succumbed in stoppage time when Bony rose above Mike Williamson to head the latest in a series of inswinging Ben Davies corners beyond Krul. Newcastle returned in determined mood with Dan Gosling forcing Vorm into a 48th-minute save with a volley from Paul Dummett’s cross and Anita scuffing harmlessly wide from distance seconds later. But the pattern of the first half was largely repeated with Swansea playing the more cohesive game, although Remy might have made more of Gosling’s determined 56th-minute run and pull-back. With Remy occupying a position wide on the left and Debuchy doing much the same on the right, the Magpies started to pose a greater threat and Anita flashed a left-foot volley across the face of goal. Remy curled an ambitious effort from distance over the bar with 62 minutes gone and then drilled another dipping attempt into Vorm’s midriff. However, De Guzman curled a 78th-minute shot on to the roof of Krul’s net and the Dutchman had to come from his line to deny Bony one-on-one five minutes later as the Swans pushed for a winner. Krul had to be alert once again two minutes from time to keep out Shelvey’s well-struck drive at his near post, but there was nothing he could do to prevent Bony from claiming victory from the spot. But defeat piled further pressure on Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, whose side has now lost seven of its last nine home games and 12 of its last 17 anywhere. They took the lead against the run of play as Ameobi ended their six-hours-and-23-minutes-wait for a goal. However, Bony struck from a Ben Davies corner in first-half injury time and then completed the job from 12 yards at the death. It was perhaps no more than Garry Monk’s side deserved after enjoying the better of the game for long periods, and Pardew’s critics among a crowd of 51,057 were predictably less than impressed. Life is rarely dull at St James’ Park and a week which has seen Pardew come under intense pressure ended in eventful fashion. Pardew was able to recall leading scorer Loic Remy and full-back Mathieu Debuchy to the bench after injury, but was forced to use both before half-time as two of the three strikers in his starting line-up, Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong, departed prematurely. However, they were not the only men to head down the tunnel early as referee Chris Foy, who was knocked over just seconds into the game after Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini blocked Jonjo Shelvey’s shot into his face, had to be replaced by fourth official Anthony Taylor. There was also some football played during the opening 45 minutes, mostly by the visitors, who characteristically retained possession and attempted to create opportunities for Bony. Press Association
World number three Rory McIlroy will be an interested spectator as the third event of the European Tour’s Final Series gets under way in China on Thursday. Press Association “If we can go to Dubai somewhere close or in front, or hopefully in front by a good ways, it will make it really good,” said Willett, who carded a brilliant final round of 62 in the WGC-HSBC Champions last week to reduce his deficit to McIlroy by more than 320,000 points. “I’m just going to try and do the same as last week, knuckle down and work hard and hopefully can have another good week this week.” Willett won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the start of the season and the Omega European Masters in July, a week after finishing in a tie for sixth in the Open Championship at St Andrews. The 28-year-old from Sheffield admits his form dipped slightly after finishing third in the Italian Open, but has bounced back with a share of 11th in the Turkish Airlines Open and a tie for third across the city at Sheshan International on Sunday. ” I had a bit of a lull before that,” the world number 22 said. “I was working on a few things and it took a little bit longer to bed in, but hopefully it’s on the way back up now to where we’ve been and I can keep moving forward. ”It would be great to win the Race to Dubai. It’s nice to win tournaments and to play certain events, but an Order of Merit means you’ve played great over a 12-month period, not just a one-off.” Rose, who finished top of the money list in 2007 and third in each of the last two seasons, added the BMW Masters to his schedule after winning his eighth European Tour title in Hong Kong three weeks ago. ” It is always nice to pick up a win late in the season and pick up some points and obviously that gives me a better shot at the Race to Dubai,” the former US Open champion said. “I feel very good about my game. Getting back from Hong Kong, it was more a case of relaxing and recharging the batteries before a bit of travelling and one final, last-ditch effort to try and overtake Rory and Danny and a couple of the other guys ahead of me. “If I win any of the last two events that puts me ahead of them, depending on what they do. For me it’s fairly simple – I need to play well for the next two weeks.” Rose was fourth at Lake Malaren last year, missing out on the three-may play-off won by Germany’s Marcel Siem by a shot after recovering from a nightmare start. “Last year was an interesting tournament for me,” the 35-year-old added. “I was four over through the first four holes of the tournament and went on a tear from there, and I was 23 under par for the next 56 holes before Sunday got pretty tricky. Then I bogeyed the last to miss a play-off. “Hopefully it’s a course that does suit my eye. It’s a course that you have to drive the ball well on and distance definitely helps around here. The closing stretch is obviously tricky and 17 and 18 typically play into the prevailing wind from what I remember. That caused some trouble last year for a lot of guys coming down the stretch. I played the par fives well and I think that helps build a good score around here.” McIlroy leads Danny Willett by just 74,213 points as he looks to win the Race to Dubai for the third time in four years, but is not playing in the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren. Willett can claim top spot heading into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai by finishing 28th or better in the 78-man field in Shanghai, while Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose need to finish second or better and Branden Grace requires a win.
SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 335 (H. Amla 78, Q. de Kock 68, V. Philander 54; J. Anderson 5-72)England 1st innings 205 (J. Root 78)South Africa 2nd innings (Overnight: 75-1)H. Kuhn c Root b Anderson 8D. Elgar c Anderson b Stokes 80H. Amla lbw b Dawson 87Q. de Kock c Bairstow b Anderson 1F. du Plessis lbw b Stokes 63T. Bavuma c Root b Ali 15V. Philander c&b Ali 42C. Morris c Ballance b Ali 13K. Maharaj c Broad b Ali 1M. Morkel not out 17Extras (b-8 lb-8) 16Total (for 9 wickets, 104 overs) 343Fall of wickets: 1-18 H. Kuhn,2-153 D. Elgar,3-154 Q. de Kock,4-216 H. Amla,5-253 T. Bavuma,6-275 F. du Plessis,7-304 C. Morris,8-307 K. Maharaj,9-343 V. PhilanderDid not bat: D. OlivierBowling: J. Anderson 20 – 4 – 45 – 2, S. Broad 19 – 4 – 60 – 0M. Wood 18 – 5 – 68 – 0, M. Ali 16 – 2 – 78 – 4, B. Stokes 20 – 4 – 34 – 2,L. Dawson 11 – 1 – 42 – 1ENGLAND 2nd innings (Target: 474 runs)A. Cook not out 0K. Jennings not out 0Extras (lb-1) 1Total (for no loss, 4 overs) 1Fall of wickets:To bat: G. Ballance, J. Root, J. Bairstow, B. Stokes, M. Ali, L. Dawson, S. Broad, M. Wood, J. AndersonBowling: M. Morkel 2 – 2 – 0 – 0, V. Philander 2 – 2 – 0 – 0. NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – England must chase down a world-record 474 to win the second test while South Africa have two full days to bowl them out after the tourists’ batsmen provided the strongest possible platform for victory on the third day on Sunday.It could have even better for South Africa who, after declaring on 343-9 just before the close, thought they had Alastair Cook lbw first ball, although the decision was reversed on review.England survived two other frenetic lbw appeals before reaching 1-0, still 473 adrift and facing a huge task on a wearing pitch as South Africa push for the victory at Trent Bridge that would level the four-match series 1-1.No Test team have scored more than 418 to win, while the record at Trent Bridge is a more modest 284-7, which England chalked up to beat New Zealand in 2004.When South Africa resumed on 75-1, England knew they had to take early wickets and will rue the basic error that allowed Hashim Amla to escape at 91-1 when they failed to review a half-hearted appeal by Stuart Broad. TV replays later showed an edge to the keeper.Inevitably Amla made England pay, seldom looking troubled by still difficult conditions to make 87 — his second half-century of the match — before falling lbw to Liam Dawson on review.The bearded right-hander shared strong partnerships with Dean Elgar, who made a steadfast 80 after surviving a sharp early chance to Jimmy Anderson, and Faf du Plessis.Ben Stokes claimed the wickets of both partners: Elgar fell fending away to a ball which rose spitefully while South Africa’s captain was trapped lbw by one that kept low after a watchful 63, dismissals that proved why the high-energy Durham paceman was England’s most potent bowler.The day proved a first real captaincy test for England’s Joe Root, seeking to avoid his first defeat as captain in his second test as South Africa threatened to disappear out of sight.Surprisingly, Root chose not to turn to Moeen Ali, who had taken 10 wickets in the first Test, until 3pm, a decision made more perplexing by his eventual return of 4-78, the best by an England off-spinner on the ground since 1956.Even the new ball failed to check the tourists, with Vernon Philander (42) and Chris Morris increasing the tempo as the sun came out in the final session.Morris fell to a good catch by Gary Ballance off Moeen for 13 while Broad bagged an even better one, tumbling to his left on the boundary to dismiss Keshav Maharaj off the same bowler for 1 as South Africa pushed for quick runs ahead of a late-evening declaration.When it came, their bowlers showed England how tough the next two days will be. The all-time Test record is held by West Indies, who scored 418-7 to beat Australia in 2003.
GUYANESE Seventh Degree Black Belt Karate Master, Shihan Jeffrey Wong, Vice Chairman and Senior Instructor of the Guyana Karate College, has just returned from Paramaribo, Suriname where he had travelled to grade more than 70 students of the Suriname Karate College.Shihan Wong who last November obtained the rank of Schichi Dan or 7th Dan and as a consequence attained the title of Karate Master, undertook this as his first official international assignment since being elevated to this prestigious martial arts position.He was accompanied to and assisted by William Grant, a black belt Karateka who is also Special Assistant to Kancho Frank Woon-a-Tai Chairman and Chief Instructor of the world karate umbrella organisation, the International Karate Diagaku, that is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.Master Wong examined and graded all of the students who were eligible to undertake the examinations ranging from 10th kyu or white belts all the way to 1st kyu or brown belt. He was impressed with the standard of the students there.As with many martial arts, a belt system is used in Shotokan Karate to show the progress and proficiency of students. Belts are earned through their proven dedication to training in combination with an examination (grading).Students’ progress moves from Novice (White Belt) through the coloured Kyu grades (9th to 1st Kyu) to Black Belt (1st Dan). Learning Karate is unlimited and 1st Dan Black Belt is only the first in a series of Black Belt grades. Students (karatekas) become eligible to grade providing they have fulfilled all technical requirements, have held a current IKD passport and have appropriate permission from their Senseis.The Suriname Karate College Chief Instructor Gayendra ‘Penny’ Jaipersaud has indicated his commitment to teaching students to maintain the high level set by the International Karate Diagaku and to ensuring that individuals can achieve their Karate ambitions to the fullest extent.As the most widely practised style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.