Ray Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate

first_imgRay Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate Comment Advertisement Parlour played alongside two of the Premier League’s greatest forwards (Pictures: Sky Sports & Getty)Ray Parlour has chosen Dennis Bergkamp above the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams as the best player he ever played alongside at Arsenal.The former England midfielder spent 12 years at the north London club, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in that time.Parlour was surrounded by some of the greatest players to have graced the English game, including feared forwards Henry and Bergkamp who formed the front two of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003-04.French World Cup winner Henry has scored the sixth-most goals in Premier League history, while Bergkamp was famed for his velvet touch and immaculate technique.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd when asked who came out on top out of all of his Gunners teammates, Parlour told Sky Sports’ The Football Show: ‘The best player, it’s got to go down to two players, it’s either Henry or Dennis Bergkamp.‘Henry was amazing, what he achieved at Arsenal. When he first turned up we thought he couldn’t hit a barn door, seven games, scoring no goals, we said we can’t win the league with Thierry. We’d just lost Nicolas Anelka who was a brilliant player. Advertisement Bergkamp earned himself a statue outside the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)‘But I’d have to pick Dennis [over Henry] slightly, because he changed the attitude a lot with the British players as well. ‘He first come in in 1996, his training methods, the professionalism of him was first class, he used to stay behind in training, practice on his own. ‘We were all looking at him like wait a minute, shouldn’t we be doing a bit more practicing. I think he influenced a lot, but what a special player as well. 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 Arsenal‘Dennis was the one who would always be at the right place at the right time, if you were playing with him as well and he always read your mind. ‘If I was in a situation where I’ve only got one pass, Dennis would read that and he’d be tucking off of the centre-half and there he was picking the ball up in a dangerous area.‘So I think Dennis was a cut above everyone at that time, but Thierry would go very, very close to being the best as well.’MORE: How Jack Wilshere reacted to Arsenal selling Robin van Persie to Manchester UnitedMORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell three Arsenal centre-halves this summer, including Rob HoldingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link953Shareslast_img read more

38th CBN Tennis: Igbinovia, Agugbom Progress

first_imgJoseph Ubon was another player that was decisive in crossing the first round hurdle before heaven opened up with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Idris Aliyu.2016 CBN Juniors boys U18 winner, Christopher Bulus was the luckiest player of the day in the N14.3m prize-money tournament as he progressed to the second round at the expense of Sikiru Lamidi, who won the first set 6-2 and was leading 5-4 in the second set before an injury forced him to retire.Christopher Edward defeated Christian Paul 6-2, 6-3 while John Otu edged Christopher Itodo 7-6, 6-1 to also join the second round train.Women’s top seed Christie Agugbom was ruthless with 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Folarin Akosile.Morocco-based junior international, Oyinlomo Quadri faces a debut as the wild card player keeps a date with defending women’s champion Melissa Ifidzhen in one of the matches for Tuesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Monday Igbinovia cruised to a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win over Abba Chukwuma to book a second round spot in the 38th Central Bank of Nigeria Open Tennis Championship which served off Monday in Lagos.Rain washed off most of the first round matches forcing a reschedule of games but Igbinovia, under a dark cloud wasted no time to dump his opponent in less than an hour.“Some of the first round matches for Monday will now be played tomorrow (Tuesday),” Tournament Referee, Saidu Musa said.last_img read more

Olympics: IOC delays Russia ban decision for CAS ruling

first_imgWADA, the German Olympic committee and anti-doping bodies have backed calls for Russia’s outright ban from Rio — that would be the first time a country has been banned from an Olympic Games over doping.But the Association of Summer Olympic Federations and other groups have urged caution, pointing to the ethical issues of punishing athletes who have never failed drug tests.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has already barred Russian track and field contenders from Rio after an inquiry into widespread state-sponsored doping in the sport.The CAS will rule on whether the IAAF had grounds to impose a blanket ban on a national federation, since such a suspension inevitably punished athletes with no positive drug test on their record.IAAF president Sebastian Coe attended a CAS hearing in Geneva on Tuesday ahead of the ruling.IOC executives also ordered a reanalysis of all samples by Russian athletes taken at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, vowing punishment against anyone who helped competitors cheat.Because the Sochi Games are so tainted, the IOC said it would not give backing to any international sports events in Russia.It called on “all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze their preparations for major events in Russia.”This includes world championships and World Cups, the IOC said, calling for winter federations “to actively look for alternative organisers.”In hidingThe Russian Olympic Committee has acknowledged doping problems but insists that collective punishment against possibly clean athletes would leave “the integrity of the Olympic Movement… endangered.”Senior sports and political leaders in Moscow have also questioned the credibility of McLaren’s key witness, the former boss of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who admits he was central to the cheating scheme.Rodchenkov is in hiding in the United States and is wanted by Russia.McLaren said his team uncovered forensic evidence that proved Rodchenkov’s claims that Moscow set up a cheating system following the country’s poor performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.Share on: WhatsApp Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP |The International Olympic Committee barred Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Games and withdrew backing for international events in Russia over a state-run doping programme, but delayed ruling on a complete ban on the country until after a key court case on Thursday.With the Rio Games due to start on August 5, the IOC executive committee held emergency talks Tuesday on what Olympic president Thomas Bach called a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games” by the Russian government.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which commissioned an independent inquiry into Russian doping, has led international calls for Russia to be banned from Rio over revelations of widespread state-run doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events in Russia.But the IOC said after the talks it will first “explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice.”It is also waiting on a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on Thursday on an appeal by 68 Russian athletes against an IAAF ban from the Rio competition.Mutko barredThe controversial Mutko, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was the highest-profile casualty of the first sanctions as the IOC grapples with the biggest doping scandal in Olympic history.He has denied any wrongdoing and said he expects his deputy to be cleared as well.But the IOC ordered a disciplinary commission to look into his ministry’s role in what Monday’s report called a “state-dictated failsafe system” of drug cheating that included Russia’s secret service swapping dirty urine samples for clean ones through a hole in a wall in Sochi.Lead investigator Richard McLaren says he has conclusive evidence that the four-year doping scheme was directed by the sports ministry with the FSB intelligence agency.As a consequence, the IOC said it will not grant any Rio accreditation “to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the (McLaren) report.”That includes Mutko, who has denied that the government directed the doping programme. He told the Interfax news agency he was hoping for a “reasonable” decision from the IOC on Russia’s participation in Rio.Mutko said he has suspended five top deputies, including his number two Yury Nagornykh, described as the point man for running the cheating scheme.Key ruling duelast_img read more

Olympia Downtown Alliance Honored Downtown Champions, Including ‘Person of the Year,’…

first_imgFacebook240Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance held its 22nd Annual Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020, at The Washington Center for Performing Arts.The packed house heard from Alliance Board Chair Josh Gobel of Thomas Architecture Studios, Alliance Executive Director, Todd Cutts and Jessica Bateman, Olympia Mayor Pro-Tem. The evening included a panel discussion around the topic of New Business Downtown moderated by Ryan DiCrescenzo,  and the panelists included Liana Francisco from Seed and Bloom, Julia Ward from Moda Capelli and Sandy Hall, Dillinger’s Cheese & Provisions.During the meeting, the Alliance also honored community members with annual awards.The Alliance honored those who helped make the Volunteers in Paint Program (VIP) successful, bestowing Golden Paintbrush Awards. Congratulations to the Business Sponsors, BJ Paint’s new owners, Dan Randall, Brian Fuller and Greg Newbill. The VIP Volunteers of the Year went to Girl Scouts Hazel Hudson and Ruby O’Donnell.The Alliance awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ to Kris Tucker with Olympia Artspace Alliance. The Alliance awarded ‘Business of the Year’ to Drees (owned by Ruthann Goularte). The Alliance Awarded the Design Award to Browsers Bookshop (owned by Andrea Griffith). Finally, the Alliance awarded ‘Person of the Year’ to Matthew DeBord.Walker John, 2018 award recipient, presented DeBord with this year’s award. John said, “We are presenting Matt with this award for his tireless work in downtown and throughout the Olympia community. He’s an Olympia kid, born and raised, who loves his City. He is a tireless advocate for downtown and has supported critical commercial investment in numerous downtown projects. He also is the co-Chair of the Downtown Improvement District Steering Committee. His work on this crucial effort has been tireless!”last_img read more

SA launches new companies commission

first_img20 April 2011 The new Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, and the new Companies Act that it takes charge of, will simplify company registration and modernise business administration in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Launching the new commission in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday, Davies said it would guide the implementation of South Africa’s new Companies Act, which comes into effect in May. “I’m satisfied that the commission is in a state of readiness,” Davies said. “When we bring into force this legislation, we will be bringing to South Africans top notch legislation.” “We need to move from where we are in the interest of good governance, and this piece of legislation will help us in this regard,” the minister said, adding: “As we implement, we will sort out any problems that may arise. We will learn by doing.” With significantly expanded functions and powers, the new commission will combine the functions of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro). Administrative functions currently assigned to the minister under the Companies Act are to be placed within the jurisdiction of the commission, which will act as an autonomous statutory body outside the public service. The Act also introduces a number of new responsibilities, which Cipro currently does not perform, but will be performed by the new commission. These include pro-active enforcement measures by way of compliance notices served on defaulting companies, investigations of all complaints and contraventions of the Act, and investigating the affairs of companies. Davies rejected criticism that the new commission would be Cipro, just under a new name. “Our intention is to actually ease processes, so it won’t be business as usual. We are aware that there will be challenges at first, but what we can assure businesspeople is that things will be totally different from now on.” The process of reorganising Cipro and retraining staff had taken more than a year of intensive work, according to the department’s deputy director-general, Zodwa Ntuli. The department’s former deputy director-general, Astrid Ludin, has been appointed to lead the commission and will be assisted by several deputy commissioners. Ludin said: “The challenge for the commission will be to make sure that we have systems in place that will ensure that we deliver on the simplicity that we promise to companies. Together, we will work hard to achieve an institution that will be a vehicle for business enterprises in this country.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Diversified Agri-Services Inc. partners with Axis Seed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Blake and Nicki Rossel, owners of Diversified Agri-Services Inc. are excited to announce they have become a distributor for Axis Seed.“After careful consideration we feel the unique business model that AXIS provides will be a huge benefit to our customers. We realize there are a lot of seed companies vying for your business, however very few of them are willing to make the effort to understand each operation” Blake said.Similar to Diversified Ag, Axis Seed is independently owned and counter culture to the trend of consolidation in the agricultural industry. Diversified Agri-Services Inc. has been family owned since it was founded in 1978 by David and Linda Karcher.“Ohio is different than other areas of the country. What works in Illinois and Iowa may not be the best solution for growers here in Ohio. Blake and his team at Diversified Ag have built a solid business with this same belief. This local commitment makes them a perfect partner for Axis Seed” said Nathan Louiso, Axis Ohio owner.As an independent regional company for Axis Seed, Axis Ohio has access to all current traits and technologies. Complete information about the varieties that Axis Ohio carries are available on its web site at www.axisohio.com .Axis Ohio identifies the best soybeans and hybrid corn that will work on individual growers’ farms — matching genetics and traits with farmers’ specific growing conditions and production strategies. As a family owned company, Axis Ohio strives to build long, mutually rewarding relationships with their customers while supporting the local community.last_img read more

Poll: Android Fragmentation Issues

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile#Poll Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Image credit: Ubergizmo This week, a survey of Android developers conducted by Baird’s William Powers was highlighted by CNN’s Fortune blog in a post titled “Android is a Mess, Say Developers.” The results showed that a large number of developers have begun to build Android applications – in fact, 71% said they were building for Android, while 62% said they were building for iOS. But Fortune’s blogger, the pro-Apple Philip Elmer DeWitt focused on another aspect of the survey’s results: the problems that building for Android entails.At the top of the list was the fragmentation issue, with 56% of developers saying it was a “meaningful” or “huge” problem. Do you agree? Let us know in this week’s poll.Fragmentation is Real, but How Much of a Problem?This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this complaint from developers. Fragmentation, not just of the OS itself, but the large number of Android devices and form factors out there, means that developers have to deal with a much more complicated environment than they do when building for the iPhone or iPad.According to the survey, 24% of developers said fragmentation was a “huge” problem, 33% said it was a “meaningful” problem, 13% said it was somewhat of a problem and 17% said it was a problem. Only 14% said it was not a problem.In addition, the survey asked about other issues, like store fragmentation (due to the alternative marketplaces for apps), ease of development, app visibility and the ability to get paid. Apparently, fragmentation made Android difficult to build for, because iOS beat it here on the “ease of development” question. What also interested us in reading through this news were the comments on the original blog post. A sampling:..Android development is significantly easier because I’m a Java developer. Objective-C is only used on Apple…I’d have to learn a whole new language to build apps for the iPhone…Fragmentation can be solved by specifying hardware requirements in your manifest file. I’ve been developing for both and Android development is much easier. Am I alone in this opinion?Seems to me that the universe of this poll is way too limited. I develop for both and I think Android is much easier. Of course fragmentation is an issue but, like in any product develop cycle, you have to define who is the target of your product.Seems odd to me that IOS is rated as easier to develop on, for the simple reason that Android development is done in Java, a language most developers new to the platform already know. Objective C is an elegant language, but it does have a learning curve.What if Android is fragmented…what developers care for: “is there an audience big enough for me to make money?” If yes, they will go through any amount of pain. As an Android developer with over 30,000 downloads I can say that “fragmentation” is a problem, but its a problem in the same way the CSS browser incompatibly is a problem. Yes its annoying but nobody is calling HTML/CSS “fragmented”.Missing the trees for the forest. Developers are CHOOSING Android first DESPITE what laypersons refer to as fragmentation. That should tell you something, namely that Android is a much more preferable development environment than iOS.So, what do you think? Is Android fragmentation the “huge” and “meaningful” problem this survey says it is? And does that mean it makes Android much harder to build for? And by the way, how is it that the survey asked if something is a problem, a huge problem, a meaningful problem or somewhat of a problem all in the same question? Really?! How about something a little more straightforward?Is Android development a problem or not, or only somewhat?You tell us – in what’s hopefully a little less biased of a poll question. sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is no stranger to receiving admiration as she is practically the face of Korean women’s volleyball.She has won numerous trophies for both club and country, but the Fenerbahce spiker was surprised with the praise she received in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bets suffer in open water swim And even off the floor, Kim would be showered with praise as fans screamed “K-Y-K!” upon the mere sight of her and even members of the organizing staff couldn’t help but take pictures with her.“Thank you so much for the Filipino fans, when I play here it feels like I’m playing at home. It was great playing here.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “I didn’t expect that there’s so many people supporting me here in the Philippines and when I came here I’m really surprised that a lot of people are supporting me,” said Kim, who also guest starred in some Korean shows.Kim’s favorite moment came when a little boy gave her flowers after they beat China for the bronze medal, 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I saw him before the game and he was like giving this bouquet of flowers to me and I was like ‘after the game, after the game,’” said Kim who had seven points in the game.“He then came to me and he was so cute and my heart was just so thankful.” MOST READ Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters

first_imgKaren Khachanov caused one of the shocks of the tennis year by overpowering Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in the Paris Masters final to end the Serbian’s remarkable spell of dominance in the men’s game on Sunday.The 22-year-old Russian has for some time been seen as one of the rising young talents of the sport but few could have envisaged his demolition of the Serbian superstar, who was on a three-month, 22-match winning streak.Djokovic was expected to celebrate his return to world number one on Monday with a record-extending fifth Paris title but he went down in one hour 37 minutes amid a hail of 31 crushing winners from the Muscovite’s [email protected] à la conquête de Paris !#RolexParisMasters pic.twitter.com/1sSDblx3fEROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 4, 2018Khachanov, a strapping 6ft 6in huge hitter with surprisingly fleet movement around the court, took advantage of Djokovic appearing to be a little under-the-weather after a week struggling with flu-like symptoms.Yet even though the Serb may also have been suffering from the after-effects of his epic three-hour win over Roger Federer in the semi-final on Saturday, nothing could be taken away from the outstanding quality of Khachanov’s attacking game.From Karen with love #RolexParisMasters pic.twitter.com/B5y8FSChAHROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 4, 2018Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, whose muscular game resembles that of his childhood hero Marat Safin, the last Russian winner in Paris, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider table

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider tableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they won’t focus on their Premier League leadership – just yet.The Reds, looking to capture their first ever Premier League title, sit five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City but Robertson claims they will not get carried away.Robertson said, “We’re not looking at the table just yet, there is still a long, long way to go.”Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be five points clear but there are going to be twists and turns this season, as there were last season.”We’ve got off to a good start but it’s about keeping that going and keeping the momentum.”If we keep winning our games, that’s all that matters. But we won’t look at the table until it gets interesting.” last_img read more