Aston Villa submit second offer for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez

first_imgAston Villa submit second offer for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez Martinez wants to be No.1 (Picture: Getty Images)Aston Villa have gone back in with a fresh offer for Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez, according to reports.After years at the north London club without any real opportunities, the Argentine deputised brilliantly when Bernd Leno was injured towards the end of last season.Martinez now wants to be a No.1 and faces a straight shootout with the German for a starting berth. Comment Advertisement Leno will want his starting berth back (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta will have one of the toughest decisions of his managerial career so far in who to pick for Arsenal’s Premier League opener away at Fulham on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Athletic, Aston Villa have made a second bid for Martinez, which is said to be closer to the Gunners’ £20million valuation.AdvertisementAdvertisementDean Smith is able to offer the goalkeeper a starting spot with Tom Heaton out injured for the beginning of the new season.However, the report states that Arsenal will not let the 28-year-old leave until they have a suitable replacement.Brentford’s David Raya is at the top of their wishlist, but the Championship club do not wish to sell.Martinez started Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool and featured in their 3-2 pre-season friendly defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.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 ArsenalGunners hero Kevin Campbell believes Martinez should hold onto the No.1 spot ahead of Leno.‘What I’ve seen from Martinez, I would go with Martinez, because I think he makes that defence a lot more settled,’ the former Arsenal and Everton striker told Stadium Astro last month.‘They don’t panic when he’s behind them. I’ve seen them panic when Leno’s there.’MORE: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil set for Premier League return against FulhamMORE: Lyon ‘reject Arsenal player-plus-cash bid’ for Houssem AouarFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Sep 2020 9:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShareslast_img read more

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Nevis tourism chief challenges Windward Island Airways

first_img Share 57 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Nevis tourism chief challenges Windward Island Airways by: – October 6, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Image via: flickr.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) — Chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) John Hanley has challenged Windward Island Airways (Winair) to find a way to offer its passengers lower fares, to help stimulate travel demand. He was at the time delivering remarks at a reception hosted by the airline recently in celebration of its 50th anniversary. He said, though the airline had accomplished much over its 50 years, it was important for them to do even better than before.“I challenge Winair to do all in its power to improve vital customer service excellence. I challenge Winair to continue to recognise the importance of punctuality and reliability while flying your deserving and discriminating passengers. I challenge Winair to be better corporate citizens by partnering with social and humanitarian causes in the five destinations it serves.“I dare say that only when Winair is in a position to rise to the occasion and address these critical challenges that I have just mentioned, then and only then will they have the fortitude and competitive advantage which will ensure their survival in these difficult times,” he said.While Hanley congratulated the airline on its milestone, he registered hope that they would continue to provide an air bridge to St Maarten for Nevisians and their guests for many years to come.He said Winair had been important to Nevis over the past 30 years and adequate air connectivity was one of the most critical factors affecting the survival of the destination and the island’s tourism industry.“Winair has been providing a high level of convenience to our locals and tourists alike, with direct connection to St Maarten for shopping, for onward connections with over a dozen major airlines servicing North America, Latin America as well as Europe.“Winair’s service has, for the most part, been reliable and punctual. Considering the fact that Winair flies to some of the smallest and most difficult little airports in the world, the airline must be very highly commended for its impeccable safety record,” he said. Meantime, general manager of the airport at Newcastle Steven Hanley in brief remarks also noted the travelling public’s confidence in the airline over its 50-year and its exemplary safety record.“As history shows Winair has proven their track record in safety. In the golden year of their existence, this remarkable airline has also demonstrated that no horizon is so far that it cannot be attained,” he said.The airport manager explained that his association with Winair had spanned 22 years so far, first as a passenger then as an air traffic controller and now as airport manager. He noted that the fact that the airline had survived the test of time, the uncertainty of passenger traffic numbers, administrative changes and challenges and modifications to schedules and destinations was testament to its resilience and its core staff.However, Hanley also issued a challenge to Winair as it entered its 51st year of operations and another to Nevisians.“Continue to be the faithful bridge over the waters between Nevis and St Maarten and the other Netherlands Antilles. Equally I challenge the Nevis public; let us repay the faithfulness of this airline with our continued support – Fly Winair,” he said. Winair celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reception at each of its destinations.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Monley in the money …again

first_imgThere were some good scores, the weather was definitely staying on our side and a comfortable day was had by all.  Competition was tough in the A grade and the winner off his handicap of five with 40 points on a count back was Barry Welling ahead of Keith Buchanan in second.  Third with 36 points was Alan Hanlon on a count back over fourth placed Fred Cuypers.B flight was won by Mark Henkel with a great score of 43 points.  Second with another great score, 42 points, was Sandy Leiper while third place went to Tom Cotton with 38.  The final podium spot went to our only lady player Rita Zobelli with 35 points.A Flight (0-19)1st Barry Welling (5) 40pts2nd Keith Buchanan (15) 40pts3rd Alan Hanlon (14) 36pts4th Fred Cuypers (17) 36ptsB Flight (20+)1st Mark Henkel (25) 43pts2nd Sandy Leiper (32) 42pts3rd Tom Cotton (25) 38pts4th Rita Zobelli (23) 35ptsNear Pins:  5th Roy Dayton; 7th Keith Buchanan; 12th Tom Cotton; 16th Barry Welling.Long Putt:  9th Tom Cotton; 18th Tom McDowell.Thursday, Jan. 15, The Emerald – StablefordSome stray cats were still heading home as 26 Growling Swan golfers were heading to Emerald last Thursday.  The weather was perfect with a gentle zephyr keeping tempers cool as the course certainly bared its claws.  Only ‘Mr. Consistent’ Gary Monley bettered his handicap and the general consensus was that the shoddy condition of the course presented was not good value for the price.Monday winner Mark Henkel (left) with Compass Cap recipient Alan “Colonel” Sanders.Mine host Peter Grey, always has an eventful day at golf and today he turned fifty shades greyer when he was soggy-arsed by a Hunter Gear sprinkler and then had to endure an agonizing wait to see if his maiden par 3 near-pin held up. ….. Onya Pete!Sal ‘The Muz” Brizzi one-putted his way to a count-back win in A Grade, beating JJ Harney whose fitness waned over the last few holes.‘Mr Consistent’ finished six points clear of Seesa in B Grade, whilst the Coveted Compass Cap was gleaned by Alan Taylor who accepted the award ever so graciously.A Flight (0–23)1st Sal Brizzi (7) 35pts2nd JJ Harney (10) 35pts3rd Kev Waycott (10) 33pts4th John Davis (15) 32ptsB Flight (23+)1st Gary Monley (29) 38pts2nd Seesa (26) 32pts3rd Kurt Persson (26) 31pts4th Sandy Leiper (32) 31ptsNear Pins: 5th John Davis; 7th JJ Harney; 13th Ebrahim; 15th Peter GreyLong Putts: 9th Seesa, 18th Jason SchembriNote:  The Growling Swan is a friendly PSC Golf outlet and welcomes all golfers for a fun day out.  We generally play Mondays and Thursdays with buses mostly departing at 8.30 am.  Please contact Peter Grey on 0861 503086 if you are interested in a game.The Growling Swan also caters to the lawn bowling enthusiasts.  Bus transport leaves the Swan at 10.00 am to play at Coco’s under cover synthetic lawn bowls on Sundays and at the Retreat Lawn Bowls grass greens on Wednesdays also departing at 10.00 am.  The cost including bus transport, green fees and hot lunch is less than four hundred baht, so great value for a day out.  Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you would like to come along. PSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Jan. 12, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordTwenty seven combatants set out today with the weather looking as if it was going to be on our side.  After a short bus trip we arrived to find the old club house still in use, with no date given as to when the new one will be in operation.  I have to say we were greeted by the friendliest staff I have ever encountered and nothing was a problem, which was very refreshing. We hit the tee boasting two grades and found the course still a little underdone, with tricky greens, pin placements a bit tough and dry fairways.  Overall, if they get things right (and I am sure they are heading in the right direction), booking and getting on this course will be harder than picking Saturday night’s Tattslotto numbers.(From left) Sal Brizzi, Alan Taylor and Gary Monley.last_img read more

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Laong fires blistering back nine at Pattaya Country Club

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, November 7, Khao Kheow – Stableford There wasn’t a report filed by anyone about the course today but what seemed over the weekend as though it was going to be a very low turnout changed into a full house, although only 21 played on the tournament as the Irish guys, who were due to joins us, arrived late and played in their own competition. So it was A & B from the yellows and it does look as though the Outbackers are gradually learning how to play this course as Suzi topped the day, after a lean spell of some weeks, with an excellent 41 points, to take Div A by six from the consistent Graham Johnson on 35. A happy Suzi Lawton after her fantastic 41 points at Khao Kheow.Andy Makara also turned on a bit of form to win Div B with 38 points, losing one shot to handicap in the process and he was two clear of two guys on 36, Chris Thompson and Steve Plant.In the race to the end of the month in the Big Mango Properties sponsored best 6 cards tournament, Dennis Pelly (99pts) opened up a clear lead of 13 points over Owen Walkley (86pts), they being the only two players to have entered all three counting tournaments so far; with Greg Hill back in third on 69.Finally, there was an incident involving the marking of a scorecard.  All players are reminded that it is the players responsibility see ensure that his or her card has been marked correctly at the end of the round before it is handed in to the tournament organisers.  Don’t give your marker a hard time if the score is wrong in your opinion but you failed to sign or check your card just because you’re in a hurry to leave the course!There was only one ‘2’ from Dennis Pelly on hole 17.Div A (0-15)1st Suzi Lawton (15/Hi16.8) 41pts2nd Graham Johnson (8/Hi7.3) 35pts3rd Paul Pedelty (16/Hi14.5) 34pts4th Dennis Pelly (12/Hi10.8) 34ptsDiv B (16+)1st Andy Makara (30/Hi27.5) 38pts2nd Chris Thompson (26/Hi23.6) 36pts3rd Steve Plant (18/Hi13.3) 36pts4th Paul Rogers (22/Hi20.5) 32ptsTuesday, November 8, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordIt was another good turnout here at Pattaya Country Club with 26 Outbackers playing in two divisions.Some of the visiting 17 Irish lads relax at the Outback Golf Bar.The course was in good condition and as usual our organiser for the day, Chad, got us all away in fine fashion, even though he didn’t quite believe it himself when it was down to the last two groups and he had 8 players left!  If you’d seen him the day before trying to get the groups sorted, with Capt’ Bob having about three Kens playing and Irish Sean, and then a couple more no shows in the morning, it really was quite remarkable that it all worked out OK.  Well done mate!It was nice to see Frank O’Neill in the bar on Tuesday morning, there to support his good lady, Laong who looks after him so well.  He must have inspired her that morning as she returned one of her best scores ever (42pts), which contained one the most remarkable back nines seen on any scorecard.  Going out in a modest 16 points, Laong opened up the back nine with three 4 pointers in a row, birdieing the 10th and the 12th and not content with that she collected another 4 points on hole 15, to romp home with a total on the back nine of 26!Poor John White must have wondered what hit him, as he scored a great 41 points, in stark contrast to last week’s effort, but it was only enough to earn him second place, however it did move him up the DeVere Monthly Eclectic leader-board.  Chad also scored well today to take third with 37.General Jack (35pts), followed last week’s win with another one this week, staying under the handicap radar both times as he beat Billy Fitzgerald who was going great guns on the front nine (22pts) only to struggle on the back with only 13.  Perhaps the departure of John Cogan, who had to go home to take care of one of his kids after 8 holes having already scored 18 points at that point, disrupted Billy’s obvious comfort zone.There were only two ‘2’s from Geoff Williams on hole 7 and Laong on hole 12.Div A (0-17)1st Jack Moseley (14/Hi14.9) 35pts2nd Billy Fitzgerald (12/Hi13) 35pts3rd Dennis Persson (14/Hi15.7) 32pts4th Geoff Doody (17/Hi17.9) 31ptsDiv B (18+)1st Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi25.6) 42pts2nd John White (27/Hi27.2) 41pts3rd Barry Chadbourn (18/Hi19) 37pts4th Nigel Cannon (21/Hi21.6) 33ptsWednesday, November 9, Burapha – StablefordWith 48 players it takes a little bit of time to get everyone away, but we got there in the end.  It was a great day for golf just a nice breeze and not too hot and there was a new “Boo Hoo” cup challenge today between John and Suzi Lawton against Bob Philp and Neil Lavery, which was won on the 18th by a shot from Suzi:- 100 yards to go and she hits it to 6 inches.The Capt was playing under a handicap today with his first two shots off the 1st tee going out of bounds – a great start to the day.John Lawton managed to get Neil a bit under the weather and by the time we turned it was anybody’s “Boo Hoo” cup, but the beer took over from about hole number 13 and that was the end of us.As for the rest of the scores, they were not too bad but nobody got the better of the course as the best score in was 38 points from one of the Irish lads visiting us for the second year; hope you enjoyed your day fellas.John Cunningham topped Div A with 35 points, just pipping one of the Irish boys, James O’Mahony, on count back with Jim Brackett and Owen Walkley following them in just one shot back, both with 34.Gerry Mernagh (Irish) won Div B with 38 ahead of Les Easton (37) with Pete Stonebridge a distant third on 31.Our regular players dominated Div C with the win going to Greg Hill (36) and Bob Lindborg (33) and Barry McIntosh also with 33, taking the minor places.  We also had a D division today and that was won by another of the Irish, Mr J Braithwaite, with 37.The course continues to be in magnificent condition with the greens fast and true and with run now on the fairways.Note: The “Boo Hoo” is a little fun matchplay challenge started last year and this year it will run until just after Christmas and will serve as a charity fundraiser.  So if you fancy throwing down the gauntlet for a match against your mates you’re welcome to have a go, with the losers contributing to the fund of course.There were only three ‘2’s from Owen Walkely on hole C5, Dennis Pelly (hole C8) and Tom Fitzpatrick (hole D8).Div A (0-11)1st John Cunningham (7/Hi6.8) 35pts2nd James O’Mahony (6) 35pts3rd Jim Brackett (5/Hi5.1) 34pts4th Owen Walkley (9/Hi9.3) 34ptsDiv B (12-17)1st Gerry Mernagh (17/Hi16.5) 38pts2nd Les Easton (15/Hi14.3) 37pts3rd Pete Stonebridge (15/Hi15) 31pts4th Gary Lunn (12) 29ptsDiv C (18-22)1st Greg Hill (21/Hi19.9) 36pts2nd Bob Lindborg (19/Hi18.8) 33pts3rd Barry McIntosh (18/Hi17.5) 33pts4th Bill Bennett (19/Hi18) 31ptsDiv D (23+)1st J Braithwaite (23/Hi22) 37pts2nd Steve Giles (25/Hi24.1) 34pts3rd Chris Thompson (25/Hi23.7) 33pts4th Pat Connolly (23/Hi22) 33ptsFriday, November 11, Green Valley – StablefordOur Irish friends from Wednesday, never made it, which was probably just as well as we would have been overbooked by a few on an already busy course, leaving us with a good sized field of 30, plus a couple or so.Suzi ran the comp as Capt’ Bob had jobs to do and the General was up country enjoying the delights of Loy Kratong (Thurs 10th Nov) in Surin for a change instead of at the packed beaches in Pattaya & Jomtien.Jan Eriksen led the way in Div A, with the day’s top score of 38, from Steve Plant and Murray Hart both on 37.  Div B went to a surprise winner, John Lawton (35pts) who’s back to work in Nigeria this weekend, with Andy Makara and Paul Rogers filling the second and third spots with 34 apiece.There were two ‘2’s on hole 12, one from Dennis Pelly and the other from Chris Thompson.Div A (0-16)1st Jan Eriksen (14/Hi14.1) 38pts2nd Steve Plant (13/Hi13.3) 37pts3rd Murray Hart (13/Hi13.2) 37pts4th Dennis Pelly (10/Hi10.9) 36ptsDiv B (17+)1st John Lawton (20/Hi19.4) 35pts2nd Andy Makara (27/Hi26.5) 34pts3rd Paul Rogers (21/Hi20.5) 34pts4th Roger Pickering (26/Hi25.1) 32ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474.last_img read more

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