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first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 3:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link189Shares Comment Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends clear message to Arsenal over his future Advertisement Mkhitaryan was shipped out on loan at the start of this season (Picture: Getty Images)Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made it clear he doesn’t plan on returning to Arsenal and instead wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent in the next transfer window, according to reports in Italy.The Armenian was sent out on a season-long loan to the Serie A side at the start of the campaign after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.Despite missing large portions of the season through injury, Mkhitaryan has registered six goals and three assists in just 13 league appearances.His excellent form prompted Roma manager Paulo Fonseca to declare his interest in keeping the 31-year-old at the club after his loan deal expires.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I want him to stay and he also wants to stay,’ Fonseca told Russian TV programme Great Football last week.‘However, it should be clear that everything is now on hiatus, and we’ll have to talk to Arsenal.‘I want to continue working with him because he’s a great player and a great man.’ Mkhitaryan may not be in Mikel Arteta’s plans (Picture: Getty Images)And according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Mkhitaryan had the following message for Arsenal when asked about his future plans: ‘My time in London is over, I hope you manage to find an agreement with Rome because my desire is to stay.’The report also states that the Gunners have lowered their asking price for the midfielder from €25.2m (£22m) to around €10m (£8.7m).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 ArsenalThe 31-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, is mediating the deal between the two clubs and is said to have explained to Arsenal that selling Mkhitaryan for a more affordable price is a better option than paying his wages to just sit on the bench.The Gunners have also been strongly linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has a release clause of £43.5m.However, club head of football Raul Sanllehi told staff not to expect any mega-money moves this summer as finances will be severely affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.MORE: Mikel Arteta tips Kieran Tierney to become ‘special’ at ArsenalMORE: Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey warned Arsenal transfer could ‘destroy’ his careerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Squinting in the late-afternoon North Carolina sun, Tim Lester put his hand to his mouth and gnawed at his fingernails as he tried to come up with something that AJ Long did better in his second game.The offensive coordinator had already pointed out some of the mistakes the true freshman quarterback made and what he had done adequately.“He did well early,” Lester said earlier in the postgame interview. “Second half, he struggled — mentally.”Now, 15 pensive seconds, a “that’s a good question” and two “I don’t know’s” passed before he responded to the question — giving efficiency on third-and-long situations as his answer.But Lester’s pause said it all about Long’s first collegiate start. The potential that the Syracuse quarterback’s 4-yard touchdown run exhibited was balanced out by the inescapable fact that it was the offense’s only touchdown in SU’s (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) 30-7 victory over Wake Forest (2-5, 0-3) on Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLester’s confidence in Long indicated the rookie, who completed 22-of-32 passes for 171 yards Saturday, will still be Syracuse’s starter going forward — while Terrel Hunt’s fractured fibula heals — regardless of sophomore Austin Wilson’s recovery from an upper-body injury.“Physically, he did a good job. He threw the ball where it needed to be,” Lester said of Long. “He just needs to continue to make better decisions for a whole game.”Five days after Long revealed his nickname among teammates to be “AJ Freestyle,” he showed why.The quarterback brought his offense from its own 8-yard line to inside the Demon Deacons’ 5. Long dropped back on a second-and-goal and was looking for tight ends Kendall Moore and Josh Parris to get open when the pocket began to collapse.Long scrambled out to the right, kept his distance behind the line of scrimmage and cut a sharp turn for the pylon and punched it in with a lunge before a pair of WFU defenders could get to him.“Thankfully, I got there,” Long said.By halftime, Long — working with junior center Jason Emerich in place of the injured John Miller — had economically completed 12 of his 18 passes and led an offense that converted 6-of-9 third downs. It was a vast improvement from SU’s 33 percent conversion rate coming into the game, and some of the completions came at lengthy distances.But as the Orange kept the ball on the ground in the second half and Long had to make decisions earlier in the play, he had his faults, Lester said.“I just have to clean those up and make sure I put the offense in the best possible situation to be successful,” Long said.Twice, Long was on the wrong side of the field, Lester said. There were zone-reads he should’ve handed off that he held onto. He missed other progressions from the pocket and threw one fourth-quarter pass into double coverage that bounced off a Wake Forest cornerback’s hands.Still, Lester said, Long knew his mistakes when he came off the field and has the ability to make up for them with his feet.“He’d like to get some plays back on some reads,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “He was in high school last year. We’re going to keep working with him.”By game’s end, the Orange was in position to send sophomore Mitch Kimble, the No. 2 quarterback now, out on the field to make his college debut and deliver six handoffs.Just before talking with reporters after the game, Lester spoke to his new starting quarterback.Lester acknowledged Long’s youth and was comforted by Syracuse’s win, but still expects more from his starting quarterback.“I know he’s a true freshman,” Lester said, “but I kept telling him, ‘You need to put 60 minutes together of good decision-making.’” Comments Published on October 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Caricom Secretariat on Saturday announced the retirement of Tyrone Sutherland, a long-serving Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO).The Caribbean Meteorological Organisation, established in 1973 with headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is one of the oldest Caribbean institutions. A member organisation of Caricom, the CMO coordinates the joint activities of the Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Services of 16 English-speaking countries in the region.The CMO’s training arm and its climate, research, and instrument centre is the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and is located in Barbados.Sutherland completes a 50-year international career in meteorology that started in his native Saint Lucia back in 1968. He was one of two early meteorologists that led the development of the Saint Lucia Meteorological Service, which he headed until early 1982. He then spent the next 10 years as a Meteorologist and Severe Storms Specialist with the Meteorological Service of Canada.In 1992, he joined the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the specialised United Nations agency located in Geneva, Switzerland, which coordinates global activities in meteorology, hydrology and related geophysical sciences. He worked there as a Scientific Officer in its Tropical Cyclone Programme, then as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General of that Organisation.After resigning from WMO to take up this Caribbean post at CMO in 1999, he represented the Caribbean in WMO affairs and was elected by WMO as a member of its Executive Council, a position he retained until his retirement, becoming one of the longest-serving members of that council in the world. During that period, he served two successive terms as a Vice-President of the WMO, the second Caribbean representative to do so!In the Caribbean, Sutherland will be remembered for leading the modernisation of the Caribbean weather radar network that provides radar coverage of the region from Belize to Guyana. Under his leadership, the CMO has worked very closely with all the countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean in ensuring that the region is served by a modern warning system for tropical storms,Dr Arlene Laing and Tyrone Sutherland – Incoming and outgoing Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisationhurricanes and other severe weather.He has been succeeded by Dr Arlene Laing, a native of Jamaica. Dr Laing was selected by the Caribbean Meteorological Council, which is the Ministerial-level governing body of the CMO, after an intensive international search.Dr Laing has been a weather forecaster, a research scientist, a university professor, and a trainer in operational weather forecasting. She earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of the West Indies, then completed a master’s degree and doctoral degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in the United States.  Prior to joining the CMO, she was a scientific analyst at US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She also served as a project facilitator at the Weather Prediction Center of the US National Weather Service and spent several years as a researcher at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She is the lead author of “Introduction to Tropical Meteorology”, a peer-reviewed online textbook, and co-author of the award-winning book, “Meteorology of Tropical West Africa: The Forecasters’ Handbook”.Both Sutherland and Dr Laing agree that the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation has provided unity of purpose for its member countries in meteorology and related sciences.The organs of the CMO will continue to provide scientific advice and guidance to the Caribbean in an era when severe weather, climate variability, and climate change issues are expected to be among the major challenges facing the region in the foreseeable future.last_img read more