Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 1:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery believes mitigating factors have hampered Arsenal this season (Getty Images)Unai Emery believes multiple issues away from the pitch have been responsible for Arsenal’s poor performances this season.The Spaniard is under huge pressure having guided the Gunners to just one win in their last five Premier League games.Arsenal are already six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and fans are calling on the club to sack Emery just 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger as manager.Emery, however, feels incidents at the club including the attempted robbery involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny’s decision to go on strike in order to force through a transfer before the season had begun, and Granit Xhaka’s clash with supporters have had an impact on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny went on strike to leave Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’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 Comment Unai Emery explains reasons why Arsenal have struggled this season
The threadbare Lakers lineup will get some reinforcement Thursday in the form of Rajon Rondo, but LeBron James’ return remains unclear, coach Luke Walton said late Monday.”I think Rondo will play Thursday as long as he continues to move with no setbacks until then, but that will be something that we’ll keep pushing him and we’ll re-evaluate each morning,” Walton told reporters (via ESPN.com) after the Lakers’ 130-111 loss to the Warriors. Rondo, 32, has missed 14 games after surgery to repair a ligament in his right ring finger. James, meanwhile, also has missed 14 games since straining his left groin Dec. 25.He is making progress, but appears to have more rehab work to do. Related News NBA trade news: Rockets agree to deal Carmelo Anthony to Bulls “I haven’t seen him do contact yet, so I don’t feel as confident,” Walton said when asked if James would play Thursday against the Timberwolves. “But I know you know how serious he is about his rehab. So he’s doing everything possible and we’ve talked. I know he’s dying to get back on the basketball court, but he also knows that getting healthy is the top priority. So whenever that day comes, he’ll be back out there, but I would say right now I feel more confident about Rondo being ready for Thursday.”So if you’re keeping track: Rondo is probable, James is questionable-to-doubtful and Lonzo Ball, who sprained his left ankle Saturday, is out 4-6 weeks.The Lakers (25-23) have gone 5-9 since Christmas Day, when both James and Rondo were injured, and have fallen from fourth in the Western Conference to ninth. With Rondo and Ball out Monday, Brandon Ingram started at point guard and had three assists but also two turnovers in the blowout.Afterward, Ingram clearly was eager to envision Rondo’s impact — beyond his 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in only 14 of the Lakers’ 48 games this season.”It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor,” Ingram said of Rondo. “Puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better.”
As thousands of retrenched workers, who were put on the breadline following Government’s downsizing of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), continue to struggle to earn a livelihood, calls have been reiterated for these workers to be given sugar lands to sustain themselves and their families.The most recent call was from social activist Christopher Ram last week as he addressed the opening of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana’s Sixth Triennial Conference. Ram told the gathering that the ConferenceSocial activist Christopher Ramwas being held against the backdrop of what he described as the “single largest layoff in the history of Guyana” in one of the major sectors of the economy.He went on to blast the coalition Administration as well as GuySuCo for not putting in place “mechanisms to cushion the financial, social, economic and personal impact and consequences on lives and livelihoods of these people”.To this end, Ram outlined several recommendations, which he believed are needed to ensure that the dismissed workers were able to adequately provide for themselves and their families.“Workers must be given lands to carry out the trade and earn their livelihood in the activity in which they are most proficient. The value to the Government of some privatisation proceeds in the short term is simply not worth the long-term effects of deprivation of some safety net to the workers,” Ram outlined.Among the other recommendations the social activist detailed were: the retraining and re-educating of workers; businesses being given incentives to employ workers; and direct and indirect contributions to the welfare of terminated GuySuCo employees, including scholarships to the children of the workers, should be made tax deductible, especially for businesses.Since Government’s announcement of the closure of several estates under GuySuCo, there have been widespread calls for the lands under GuySuCo to be distributed among the displaced workers in order for them to sustain themselves and their families.However, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said back in January that plans to lease sugar cane lands to the retrenched workers have been put on hold, pending the completion of ongoing valuation of the Corporation’s assets that was being carried out by United Kingdom-based PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Following Government’s announcement of plans to downsize the local sugar industry – leaving just the Uitvlugt, Albion and Blairmont Estates – in order to make it more viable, the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to manage the divestment of the Corporation’s assets. These include “all the moveable and immovable property owned, used, leased, or licensed by GuySuCo or the State, save and except for Albion Estate, Blairmont Estate, and Utivlugt Estate”. Also included in the takeover are all properties owned by, or leased to, the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and Enmore Estates, and other properties in the Demerara and Berbice counties as well as 4700 acres of State land.In order to bring in revenue to sustain its operations, GuySuCo had, in 2016, sold to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) some 3000 acres of cane land reportedly between Sophia, Greater Georgetown, and Ogle, East Coast Demerara. Government previously communicated its intention to use acres of land owned by GuySuCo for housing projects and other developments.However, at a meeting of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in February, it was revealed that the CH&PA paid over $1 billion for lands, but those lands have not yet been identified and handed over by GuySuCo.