To help foster a safe and welcoming learning environment, the Lambton Kent District school board is taking part in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.Throughout this week, students, staff, parents and guardians are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on learning and overall well-being.“Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an opportunity to reinforce the important lessons about the different forms of bullying; encourage students to connect with caring adults; and highlight the resources available to support students with concerns,” board director John Howitt said in a release.“We remain committed to working together to promote positive learning and work environments so that students and staff feel safe and welcome in our schools.”Schools within the board, with support from safe schools and multi-disciplinary teams, will participate in various activities throughout the week to help raise awareness.According to the 2019 School Climate Survey results, the majority of students in grades 4 to 12 know how to report bullying.The board also stated the majority of parents and guardians feel they can contact their child’s school with any concerns they might have.Bullying is generally persistent and aggressive behaviour that occurs in a real or perceived power imbalance between individuals. It can also come in various forms, such as physical, verbal, social and electronic.Any student experiencing bullying is encouraged to tell a caring adult at home or at school.Parents, guardians and students are also able to use the Student Wellness and Bullying Intervention Hotline at each school.For more information about Bully Awareness and Prevention Week, visit email@example.com Twitter.com/DailyNewsTT
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Auburndale shot just 33 percent but made 19 of 23 from the free throw line and took care of Stratford 47-41 in a WIAA Division 4 girls basketball regional semifinal Friday night at Auburndale High School.Paiton Richardson scored 13 points, and Taylor Gotz had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Apaches (19-4). Gotz was 6 of 6, and Allison Linzmeier went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the way for Auburndale.The Apaches swept all three matchups from Stratford this season.Auburndale led 18-8 after one quarter before Stratford (15-9) chipped away, cutting the Apaches’ lead to 34-31 heading into the fourth quarter.Auburndale moves on to a Division 4 regional final at No. 1 seed Marathon (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.Auburndale handed Marathon its only loss of the season, a 45-33 defeat back on Jan. 6. Marathon beat the Apaches at Marathon in a rematch on Feb. 6, 47-39.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 47, Tigers 41Stratford 8 11 12 10 – 41Auburndale 18 10 6 13 – 47STRATFORD (41): Statistics not provided. Record: 15-9.AUBURNDALE (47): Allison Linzmeier 1-3 4-4 6, Cheyenne Karl 3-8 2-3 8, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Sylviann Momont 0-3 0-0 0, Paiton Richardson 5-8 3-3 13, Shannon Yahnke 2-4 3-5 7, Taylor Gotz 3-14 6-6 12. FG: 14-42. FT: 19-23. 3-pointers: 0-1 (Momont 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Gotz 12). Assists: 9. Record: 19-4.
03 July 2007The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will push for stronger regional integration before a considering unified continental government, as delegates at the 9th African Union heads of state summit in Ghana take part in the ‘grand debate’.“The SADC member states sat in a special session and adopted a common position in this regard,” said Zambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Lazarous Kapambwe, who has been extensively involved in the SADC mission’s discussions toward an AU government.“We believe that as much as we’d like to get to a unified, integrated government, we need a foundation and that will need to come from stronger regional economic communities.”SADC’s 14 member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The theme of the summit – the grand debate – is an exploration into which of the three possible options put forward could make for a unified, integrated continent.The “Union of African States” is a view led by South African President Thabo Mbeki, proposing the gradual strengthening of regions and AU institutions including the executive, judicial, financial and technical institutions.The former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo has suggested an “African Union Government” and advocates taking 15 continental institutions created under the AU and transforming them into the 55th state in Africa, by 2015.The Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who wants an African government now, is leading the “United States of Africa” model.Regional integration“Our position is to strengthen SADC and the other regions. We have to be realistic in our goals towards a unified government,” Kapambwe said.The SADC’s vision is one of a common future, in a regional community that will ensure the economic well-being, improvement in the quality of life, freedoms, social justice and peace and security for the people of Southern Africa.“Our countries throughout Africa do not have the same level of development and it will take some time before we have the proper infrastructure in place to make that integration which we all agree upon possible,” he said.Africa’s regional economic communities, many of which have overlapping memberships, consist primarily of trade blocs and, in some cases, some political and military cooperation.These are the SADC, Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA).Kapambwe said that the SADC has done much towards regional integration, such as establishing the Southern African Customs Union, and abolishing the need for visas amongst countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.The nations in the region however, will still need some time to synchronise their essential functions in areas such as economics and governance.“We need to reach a certain level of conformity in a number of elements and this can be further extrapolated to be the case with Africa’s integration,” Ambassador Kapambwe said.‘Cultural gaps’ existKapambwe added that further gaps between countries existed because culture dictated many aspects of how countries were run, and they would need to be harmonised before differing countries could share a government.“These often have a direct correlation to the legislation and governance of countries, such as the case where many Muslim areas operate under Sharia Law and Christian countries would adopt Dutch-Roman or English common-law,” he explained.“Going in at this point or in a matter of years and hoping to meld these nations under one banner is not feasible in SADC’s view.”He added that members had to ensure that regions and eventually the continent have consensus regarding issues on human rights, selection procedures to run for office, legislation, governance and distribution of resources before having a unity government“A unified Africa is an ideal to which all the leaders in the session over the next three days aspire. It will strengthen Africa’s economic position and contribute greatly towards internal conflict resolution and many other challenges which currently face us,” Kapambwe said.Source: BuaNews
The judges have deliberated, and the winners are in!Over 50 outstanding liberty-minded leaders were nominated for this year’s Buckley Awards, and AFF is excited to introduce our four winners.Celebrate with the winners at the Ninth Annual Buckley Awards on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center in Washington, DC. RSVP here to attend.These young leaders are fighting to increase freedom in our society, and they’ve made it a mission in their lives.As the namesake of the awards, William F. Buckley, Jr. said, “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” And these winners are certainly that.Through leading a significant grassroots initiative, impacting the national debate of an important issue, and using their voice to advance the principles of liberty in our culture, their efforts to promote free markets and limited government in our society better the lives and happiness of all.Meet the 2018 Buckley Award winners:Ericka Andersen, for her impact on the national debate on the opioid crisis by focusing on empathetic free-market, private solutions through her book Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness.“In general, conservatism is like common sense to me. Limited government is better governmentbecause I believe people can and must make the best decisions for their own lives.”Photo: Ericka AndersenEricka is the digital marketing director of Independent Women’s Forum where she focuses on audience development, promotional, and engagement strategies to connect with women across the country. She is the author of Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness. An account of her husband’s life story, the book offers a message of hope to those struggling with childhood trauma.Ericka was formerly the digital director of National Review and online and digital manager at The Heritage Foundation. She also served as the director of online media outreach for Vice President Mike Pence when he was Chairman of the House Republican Conference. Ericka lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and two young children.Follow Ericka on Facebook @ErickaAndersenSylvester and Twitter @ErickaAndersen.Rob Bluey, for his work to spread the ideas of liberty and free markets across the nation, reaching new and wider audiences through his work at The Heritage Foundation and the founding of its multimedia arm, The Daily Signal.“I want my family and all Americans to enjoy freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and a robust civil society. Those are all made possible because of conservative policies.”Photo: Rob BlueyRob is the vice president of communications at The Heritage Foundation and editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, the think tank’s multimedia news organization.Rob is the founding editor of The Daily Signal, launched by Heritage in June 2014 to provide insightful, credible reporting and influential commentary on policy issues from a conservative perspective. He joined Heritage in 2007 after five years as a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C. Within a year, he was named editor-in-chief of Heritage.org and oversaw creation of the rapid-response policy blog, The Foundry, and its daily e-newsletter, Morning Bell.Rob serves on the board of visitors for the Institute for Political Journalism. He frequently speaks about journalism and digital strategy. Campaigns & Elections magazine named him a “Rising Star” in 2008. Politico placed him among Washington’s “Top 50 Politicos.”He currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two sons.Follow Rob on Twitter @RobertBluey and The Daily Signal on Facebook @TheDailySignalNews and Twitter @DailySignal.Christina Sandefur, for her impact in the lives of thousands of terminally ill Americans, empowering them to make decisions about their own health treatment through the “Right to Try” initiative.“I believe that freedom is mankind’s most precious gift and is essential for human flourishing. The right to live our lives as we see fit – to shape our own destinies – is what makes life more than mere existence.”Photo: Christina SandefurChristina is the executive vice president at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. She is a co-drafter of the 40-state Right to Try initiative, now federal law, which protects terminally ill patients’ right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market.Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America(2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences.Christina is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.Follow Christina on Twitter @cmsandefur and the Goldwater Institute on Facebook @GoldwaterInstitute and Twitter @GoldwaterInst.Carrie Sheffield, for bringing together diverse audiences and exposing them to conservative ideas through her innovative multimedia outlet BOLD.“The miracles wrought through our commitment to personal freedom and enlightenment have enabled the most astonishing discoveries in history. These simple, though dazzling truths, are so often obscured in today’s culture of shame and anger directed at our Forefathers, who were but fallible human creatures pulling us along the path of innovation.”Photo Credit: Patrick RyanCarrie is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.Follow Carrie on Facebook and Twitter @CarrieSheffield, and Bold on Facebook and Twitter @BoldTV. Join us in celebrating the inspiring achievements of this year’s winners at the Ninth Annual Buckley Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:00 pm at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center in Washington, DC.
Transfers Lewandowski’s ‘heard nothing’ from Real Madrid following agent change Chris Burton 18:34 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Bayern München Bundesliga Primera División Robert Lewandowski The prolific Bayern striker continues to be linked with a big-money summer transfer and commented on his change in representation Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has rubbished reports suggesting a change of agent means he is off to Real Madrid, with no contact received from Spain.The prolific Pole has turned to ‘super agent’ Pini Zahavi to manage his career, with the Israeli taking on one of the most sought-after talents in world football.Lewandowski is enjoying another productive season at club level, with the 20-goal mark reached in the Bundesliga for a third successive year and the sixth time in seven years spread across spells at Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is those exploits which continue to see him linked with big-money moves elsewhere, with reports of interest from Madrid refusing to go away.The 29-year-old has, however, once again moved to distance himself from the rumours and play down the importance of a change in representative, telling reporters: “No, that [agent change] has nothing to do with this speculation.“I haven’t heard anything from Real Madrid, I don’t know whether my agent has and people will write what they want, but it doesn’t interest me.”Lewandowski drew a rare blank in his latest outing, as Bayern were held to a goalless draw by Hertha Berlin, but he remains a talismanic presence in Munich.With that in mind, the Bundesliga leaders have no intention of sanctioning a sale, with manager Jupp Heynckes having said of the incessant transfer talk: “A player is allowed to change his agent, it doesn’t mean anything.“Bayern want to – and will – keep our top players.”Zahavi has also played down the Real reports, with no talks held with the La Liga giants at this stage.He told Bild after being confirmed as Lewandowski’s agent: “Of course I have a lot of contacts in the industry, but that has nothing to do with it.“However, one never knows what will happen in the future.”
Manchester United Alexis or Pogba, De Gea or Lukaku? Ranking Manchester United’s best-paid players Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty/Goal composite Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Gallery The Red Devils have been fairly liberal in handing out huge contracts in recent years, but who sits where in their list of highest salaries? Manchester United caused a real stir in January when snapping up from Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Far beyond the Chilean being recruited from a Premier League rival midway through the season, the biggest bone of contention appeared to be his British-record salary of £350,000 per week.Such is the fascination in the money being spent by football clubs in the modern era, supporters have taken an increased interest in players’ wages as well as the outlays made to selling clubs in the transfer market.And United have led the way in splashing out on playing contracts over the course of the Premier League era, signing themselves up to the five biggest deals in English history over the last five years, most recently with Sanchez. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But who gets what in the current United squad? Below, Goal goes through the Old Trafford pay-grades, listing the estimated weekly salary of the top-ranked Red Devils in terms of salary.
MLS Bob Bradley’s LAFC makes statement with debut MLS win in Seattle Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 14:31 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven Bisig MLS Los Angeles Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Seattle Sounders The expansion side enjoyed a dream start to life in MLS, with Diego Rossi’s winning goal and Tyler Miller’s big saves sparking an season-opening upset Bob Bradley hadn’t coached a match in more than a year, the longest such stretch of his coaching career, but he was rewarded for that wait on Sunday, as his Los Angeles FC made a dream start to life in Major League Soccer.The expansion MLS side went into CenturyLink Field and knocked off the two-time defending Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders, 1-0, to become the first team since those very same Sounders in 2009 to kick off an expansion season with a shutout victory, and first since the 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps to win their MLS debut.It was far from a dominant performance, and came, at least in part, with the help of the fact the Sounders rested some starters. But that doesn’t take away from the reality that LAFC looked like and played like a real team and not a collection of parts hastily thrown together, which can sometimes be the case with first-year squads. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “When you’re starting out as a team, you have to learn how to win different kinds of games,” Bradley said. “A lot of guys gave big efforts.”The dynamic duo of Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi figured to be the focal point of LAFC’s attack this season and needed just 11 minutes to let the rest of the league know just what a problem they will be to defend. Rossi’s one-time blast was the fastest debut goal by an MLS expansion team in league history, and while LAFC couldn’t generate a second, Rossi’s thunderbolt was a worthy first strike.Just as impressive was the defense Bradley was able to build, one that will help LAFC contend in year one. Even with Walker Zimmerman forced out of the lineup before kickoff, the defense was still good enough to keep a dangerous Sounders attack at bay, though it needed goalkeeper Tyler Miller to make a handful of excellent saves against his former team.The Sounders made LAFC earn it, even though veterans Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall sat the match out to be ready for a vital CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal clash with Chivas on Wednesday. Seattle still had enough firepower to spoil the visiting team’s MLS debut, especially with second-half substitutes Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Handwalla Bwana giving the Sounders a much-needed spark, forcing Miller into a total of seven saves on the night.As much as Seattle was missing key players, LAFC was also without some top options as well. Egyptian midfielder Omar Gaber was left on the bench after having been injured in preseason, Zimmerman was forced out, and newly-acquired Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta had yet to integrate into the squad. Throw in long-rumored designated player target Andre Horta, who could still be signed during the current transfer window, and you realize how far away LAFC still is from being the finished product.Nobody knows how much further there is still to go than Bob Bradley, who took the expansion Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup title 20 years ago. He knows how important a good preseason foundation was to build on, but also knows there is no rush to have his team reach its full potential just yet. Unlike his last job — Bradley’s doomed stint at Swansea City — the former U.S. national team coach actually had a hand in building this team. From Miller, who Bradley took first in the MLS expansion draft, to Benny Feilhaber, who he took to the 2010 World Cup during his time as U.S. coach, to first-round draft pick Joao Moutinho, who showed well in his professional debut.“I don’t think we showed, football-wise, what we’re capable of, but that’s only going to get better,” Bradley said. “I’m very confident that, as we build this team, that we’re going to see some real football.”LAFC still has plenty to work on, including how better to hold onto the ball in order to avoid being bombarded with pressure like we saw on Sunday, but the foundation is clearly there for LAFC to be a strong expansion team, rather than a pushover. With a tough defensive nucleus, and the Vela-Rossi tandem up top, the newest MLS team is already a handful and will only get tougher as the final pieces to the puzzle are added in the coming weeks.Things won’t get any easier for the club though. LAFC faces a tough opening schedule, with five more road games looming before unveiling its new stadium with a visit from none other than the same Sounders team it just defeated. Earning points during this season-opening road trip is key to improving the team’s chances of being a serious playoff contender.”A lot of positives, great to win, but still a lot of work to do,” Bradley said.Could LAFC follow the path of Bradley’s previous expansion team and win a title? It’s way too early for that sort of talk, but what was made clear on Sunday is that Bradley made the most of his time away from the sidelines and has put together a team ready to be competitive against the very best that MLS has to offer.
Real Madrid Ronaldo still Real’s shining superstar with Bale now a fading light Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Getty Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion The Portuguese scored both goals to give Los Blancos a hard-fought win at Eibar, in what was another disappointing afternoon for the Welsh winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise continues. The 33-year-old was on target twice to give Real Madrid all three points at Eibar on Saturday. But, alongside him in attack, these are trying times for Gareth Bale.The Portuguese made the difference again. His fantastic form in 2018 is quite a contrast to his struggles in front of goal in the Primera Division earlier on in the season. In the first half of the campaign, he netted only four times. But now, in early March and despite the occasional rest, he has already added 14 more.Three goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – two at the Santiago Bernabeu and one at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday – also helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. Cristiano is well and truly back to doing what he does best. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But amid Ronaldo’s rise, Bale’s star is fading at Real. The Welsh winger was willing at Eibar on Saturday, but struggled to make an impact in the tight spaces of a small playing surface at Ipurua.It was one of those afternoons for the 28-year-old. Whatever he tried did not really seem to come off. His movement was sometimes slow, while he cut an isolated figure and there appeared to be a lack of communication with his team-mates too. He also missed the target with a header from close range.Bale did not start either of the games against PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League and is clearly falling down the pecking order at Madrid. And, although he is still being used by Zidane in some fixtures, it is a much more secondary role for the former Tottenham man these days.A three-time Champions League winner since his €100 million move from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, Bale has been hampered by injuries during his time in Spain and his impressive early-season sparkle has also gone in recent weeks.”He is in a team where there are many players and sometimes he hasn’t played,” Zidane said on Friday. “He is fundamental for us and he will be until the end of the season, just like the others. There is nothing more.“I have to pick a team every three days and that is what I am doing. It is not a problem for him because we talk. He knows where he is and that all of the players are important. You [the media] want to look for a problem, but there is no problem. Gareth is important, but there are other important players.”That message, however, is very similar to how Zidane used to speak of James Rodriguez, who was ultimately sent away to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan after finding his opportunities limited under the French coach.It is also quite different to Zidane’s initial message on arrival as coach at Real, when he would not reveal his preferences in terms of team selection, but said: “The idea is to play with the three (Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema) in attack.”That is no longer the case, with Zidane also opting for 4-4-2 in recent times and Bale, despite finishing the game on Saturday wide left – the position where he made his name at Spurs – was unable to shine once again.So, while Ronaldo remains as important as ever with his goals for Los Blancos, the Welshman’s influence continues to fade at Real Madrid.
Arsenal Wenger racks up 700th Arsenal win Jack Davies 00:17 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Watford Premier League Arsenal v Watford Almost 22 years on from his first, the Frenchman made it 700 wins as Gunners boss in the Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday Arsene Wenger chalked up his 700th win in charge of Arsenal as the Gunners beat Watford 3-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The under-fire manager’s first victory came against Blackburn Rovers way back in 1996, when Ian Wright scored twice in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park.And goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw Wenger to number 700, while Troy Deeney – who accused Arsenal of lacking “cojones” earlier in the season – had a penalty saved by Petr Cech. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The match also saw Arsenal score their 1000th Premier League home goal, Mesut Ozil become the fastest player to reach 50 assists and Cech keep his 200th clean sheet in the competition.During his time in charge of the Gunners, Wenger has racked up seven FA Cup titles and three Premier League crowns. The Frenchman’s long reign at the helm has been called into question in recent seasons, with the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League last season for the first time in 20 years.And that streak could continue this term, with Arsenal well outside of the top four as the calendar reaches March. Wenger’s best chance at a Champions League return looks likely to be through the Europa League, which Arsenal must win to return to Europe’s top club competition next season.
Premier League Is football in the Commonwealth Games? Goal 02:45 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League UEFA Europa League The 2018 Commonwealth Games will begin on April 4 and end on April 15, but is football included in the competition? It’s taken four years, but the 2018 Commonwealth Games are now finally on the horizon.England were runaway leaders in Glasgow in the 2014 games with a total of 174 medals, 58 of which were gold, and will be hoping for a repeat performance this time round.But what is the event, who is competing, and will football be included in the schedule? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp What is the Commonwealth Games?The first Commonwealth Games was held in 1930 and was marketed as an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.John Astley Cooper, who first proposed the idea of the event in 1891, wanted a ‘Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire’. Indeed, the Commonwealth is held every four years, with the last taking place in Glasgow, Scotland 2014.There have been a variety of Commonwealth editions, including the ‘British Empire Games’, the ‘British Empire and Commonwealth Games’, the ‘British Commonwealth Games’, and simply ‘the Commonwealth Games’ as we now know it.The Commonwealth Winter Games ran from 1958 until 1966, the Commonwealth Youth Games have been held every year since 2000, while Para-sports were introduced in 1994 for athletes with a disability before they were included as full members for their national teams in 2002.Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Is football in the Commonwealth Games?In short, no. A minimum of ten core sports and maximum of seventeen sports must be included in any Commonwealth Games schedule, with the current list including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting.There are also nine para-sports, in this case swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, powerlifting, lawn bowls, and a triathalon. On March 8 2016, Beach Volleyball was also officially included in the event list.While football, along with billiards, fencing, and golf, are recognised Commonwealth Games Federation sports, hosts may not select them as official events as the are deemed to ‘need expansion’.With the games running through the middle of April, too, it would not make sense for European club players to participate due to their domestic seasons and with the 2018 World Cup kicking off in the summer.Which sports are played at the Commonwealth Games?The official list of sports included in the 2018 Commonwealth Games is as followed: Sports Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach volleyball Boxing Mountain biking Road cycling Track cycling Diving Artistic Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Hockey Lawn bowls Netball Powerlifting Rugby sevens Shooting Squash Swimming Table tennis Triathlon Weightlifting Wrestling Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Commonwealth Games venuesMain arena Carrara Stadium will host both ceremonies and the athletics, while the vast majority of events will take place in the host city Gold Coast.Some other events require facilities located elsewhere, however. Venue Sport Capacity Carrara Stadium Athletics, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony 40,000 Robina Stadium Rugby 7s 27,500 Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving 10,000/2,500 Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre Gymnastics, Netball (finals) 7,500 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Basketball (finals), Netball (preliminaries) 5,000 Gold Coast Hockey Centre Hockey 5,000 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre Badminton, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Wrestling 5,000 Oxenford Studios Boxing, Table Tennis 2,500/2,750 Runaway Bay Sports Centre Squash 3,000 Broadbeach Bowls Club Lawn bowling 2,500 Carrara Indoor Stadium Weightlifting 2,500 Southport Broadwater Parklands Marathon, Racewalking, Triathlon 2,500 Elanora/Currumbin Valley Road cycling N/A Nerang National Park Mountain Biking 2,000 Queen Elizabeth Park Beach Volleyball 4,000 Venue outside of Gold Coast Sport Capacity Cairns Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Anna Meares Velodrome Track cycling 4,000 Belmont, Queensland Shooting 3,000 Which nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games? AFRICA AMERICAS ASIA CARIBBEAN EUROPE OCEANIA Botswana Bahamas Bangladesh Anguilla Cyprus Australia Cameroon Belize Brunei Darussalam Antigua and Barbuda England Cook Islands Ghana Bermuda India Barbados Gibraltar Fiji Kenya Canada Malaysia British Virgin Islands Guernsey Kiribati Lesotho Falkland Pakistan Cayman Islands Isle of Man Nauru Malawi Islands Singapore Dominica Jersey New Zealand Mauritius Guyana Sri Lanka Grenada Malta Niue Mozambique St. Helena Jamaica Northern Ireland Norfolk Island Namibia Montserrat Scotland Papua New Guinea Nigeria Saint Lucia Wales Samoa Rwanda St. Kitts & Nevis Solomon Islands Seychelles St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tonga Sierra Leone Trinidad & Tobago Tuvalu South Africa Turks & Caicos Islands Vanuatu Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.