Pinning their hopes on buttons

first_img“All the way with LBJ.” “I like Ike.” Peace signs and rainbows. Catchy slogans, iconic symbols, and striking colors are the makings for memorable political buttons.“Campaign buttons are ideal ‘collectibles’ because they are small, because they connect directly to events that can be dated and that often have very broad resonance, and because they remind us that ordinary people — voters and activists — drive political and social change,” said Laurel Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University professor and resident expert of objects at Harvard.Schlesinger Library Curator of Manuscripts Kathryn Jacob has sorted through the Radcliffe Institute’s collection of nearly 1,000 buttons dating back to the mid-19th century. The buttons are from local elections, school committees and town councils, to state and national elections promoting the likes of Elizabeth Holtzman, a Radcliffe graduate and Congresswoman from New York, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American candidate to run for the presidency of the United States and the first woman to seek the democratic presidential nomination.,Campaign issues are wide-ranging, beginning with women’s suffrage and tracing the political movements that followed. The buttons “are very tangible representations of women in American culture and the role they have increasingly assumed during and after suffrage,” said Jacob. “I like the early suffrage buttons. I like to think of the women who were brave enough to wear them. It was a very big change in American culture. I like them for what they symbolize.”The Harvard Kennedy School Library is home to about 2,000 buttons donated by Steven Rothstein, campaign enthusiast and former head of the Perkins School for the Blind. The collection traces ballot initiatives, topical issues, and local and national campaigns from Calvin Coolidge to Barack Obama.For Director of Library & Knowledge Services Leslie Donnell, combing through the collection brought back many memories. “It’s very visceral,” she said. “For me, the excitement was to look back in time. I can remember campaigns that were going on in the ’70s. And it was really fun for me to look back and say, ‘I remember that.’”,Collectively, the buttons serve as an overview of American politics since the early 20th century. Individually, a button may bring back a particular moment in U.S. history.“We have a number of Wallace buttons. I remember back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. I remember the trauma that was going on in the South. And so again, it brought back history, social history too,” said Donnell.“Cronin for Congress.” “Maine for Muskie.” “Go Mo.” Alliteration and rhyme are tools of the button trade. Strong design may distinguish a button. And color is key. A bright orange Norman Mailer button stands out in a sea of blue and red tones, though course materials coordinator Emily Eckart, who has worked closely with the collection, is quick to point out, “He didn’t win.”Interesting stories are unearthed from a button. McGovern/Shriver is the ticket most remember from 1972, but a couple of McGovern/Eagleton buttons found in the mix led Eckart to read about this lesser-known vice presidential candidate. Thomas Eagleton, who suffered from bouts of depression, had to quit the race when several hospitalizations were revealed.For Eckart, while it is interesting to observe the trajectory of famous politicians through their rising offices, it’s even more fascinating to see the names from unsuccessful bids. “You never hear about them as soon as they lose, but it’s really cool to see how many people participated in the process.”last_img read more

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The Stars of Dinner With Friends Dish About Pals, Pizza & and Party Must-Haves

first_img Current Role: Gabe, who shares Karen’s passion for food and is heartbroken when his two best friends decide to get a divorce. Stage and screen cred: Romantic flicks You’ve Got Mail and Miss Congeniality and off-Broadway’s Lobby Hero. Don’t share a summer house with me if… you are not willing to pay for everything. Meals also. And if you are buying orange juice, get fresh-squeezed. And get whole coffee beans. You don’t have a coffee grinder? Wait, you expect me to come up here on weekends during the summer and you don’t have the decency to have a coffee grinder? I’m not offended, actually, I’m just hurt. My longest friendship has lasted… 30 years. At a dinner party, I’m the one who… brings the wine and cheese. Dinner with Friends JEREMY SHAMOS See Dinner With Friends at the Laura Pels Theatre through April 6! Current Role: Tom, a once-devoted husband who decides he’s not happy in his relationship with his wife Beth. Don’t share a summer house with me if… you don’t have one of your own, because I don’t have one! Don’t share a summer house with me if you… snore. MARIN HINKLE HEATHER BURNS View Comments The best meal for a serious talk is… not scrambled eggs. You would think that because the egg is both a symbol of new life and also used in so many important metaphors (“don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” “walking on eggshells,” “leggo my Eggo”) that it would be an ideal meal for getting deep with a friend. In reality, they are just so jiggly it is hard to keep a straight face. DARREN PETTIE Current Role: Karen, a food and wine enthusiast who feels forced to choose sides when her best friends break up. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 13, 2014 Heather Burns, Darren Pettie, Marin Hinkle and Jeremy Shamos are coming for Dinner! The four stage and screen favorites are currently starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Dinner With Friends, playing two married couples trying to maintain their close friendship as they get older and grow apart. What starts off as a friendship full of decadent dinners and trips to Martha’s Vineyard becomes strained when Tom (Darren Pettie) decides he wants to get a divorce. Below, the four stars chatted with Broadway.com about their own lasting friendships, favorite “serious talk” foods, dinner party necessities and more.center_img Stage and screen cred: Broadway stints in The Assembled Parties, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Rivals, and a Tony-nominated turn in Clybourne Park. The best meal for a serious talk is… a huge healthy salad. That way you can deflect any tension by crunching on the leaves or alternatively picking through the veggies when the conversation needs a moment of repose. The best meal for a serious talk is… pizza. If the talk happens to go into the wee hours, pizza is still good cold. Stage and Screen Cred: Ghost Town, The International, TV’s Mad Men and the 2006 revival of Butley on Broadway. Current Role: Beth, an artist who must reimagine her life as a single woman when her husband, Tom, decides to call it quits. My longest friendship has lasted… for decades. I have two best friends from elementary school. They are like my “bonus” siblings. Actually, let’s face it, they are family. At a dinner party, I’m the one who… steals the silverware. I can’t help it. I have a fork fetish. At a dinner party, I’m the one who… they forgot to invite but I come anyway and watch TV in the other room. At a dinner party, I’m the one who… is most excited about the dessert. I love baking. I love chocolate. And I have very little willpower. My longest friendship… was with my friend Joel whom I met on the first day of first grade. Even though he lives in San Francisco, we keep in close touch. We’ve discovered electronic mail recently. No stamps, not even envelopes. I can’t really explain it here, but it is so fast and easy. I’m not getting paid to advertise it, by the way. I just think it’s a real time saver and reccommend it. My longest friendship has lasted… since the sixth grade with my friend Olen. We went on a date to see A Fish Called Wanda. Our romance didn’t survive, but we’re thick as thieves to this day. Don’t share a summer house with me if… you have a problem with sand. I love playing with the kids at the beach so inevitably there will be sand in the house after a day of swimming in the ocean, collecting sea glass and building castles. It comes with the territory. The best meal for a serious talk is… fried chicken. Stage and screen cred: TV’s Two and a Half Men and Deception, as well as Broadway appearances in Electra and A Thousand Clowns. Related Shows Star Files Jeremy Shamoslast_img read more

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Shumlin, lawmakers and businesses unveil Jobs Bill to get Vermonters back to work

first_imgHeavy on food and agriculture, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and key lawmakers, appearing at Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, today unveiled a comprehensive package of proposals to promote manufacturing, job training, veterans’ employment, value-added agriculture jobs and more to jumpstart Vermont’s economy.‘This is one of the most thorough, broad-reaching proposals to create and support good-paying jobs in Vermont that has been proposed in recent memory,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘Any one of these proposals would be a step in the right direction toward getting Vermont’s back to work. Taken as a package, this Jobs Bill will stimulate every sector of Vermont’s economy.’The Governor said it was vital that the Agency of Commerce and Community Development partner with the Agriculture Agency and the Department of Public Service and other state agencies and partners to promote everything from marketing to new workforce training.‘The Agriculture sector remains important to our state ‘ without a doubt ‘ and efforts such as Buy Local and the localvore movement, growth in our specialty food sectors, as well as diversification of our farming community will require more promotion and collaboration,’ Gov. Shumlin said.The Governor also highlighted efforts focused on creating and protecting good jobs for Vermont’s veterans and the long-term unemployed.The bill would also stimulate manufacturing jobs, provide extensive job training and internships for young Vermonters, improving access to capital, and support efforts to strengthen healthy downtowns.Governor Shumlin thanked ACCD Secretary Lawrence Miller, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller and Karen Marshall, Chief of Connect VT, as well as everyone else across state government and elsewhere for their hard work to put together the sweeping package of economic proposals.‘These proposals shows an array of economic and community development activities that will help get our veterans and unemployed back to work, enable creative workforce development activities to fill much needed skills, revitalize our communities including our creative economy and value added agriculture as well as help expand existing business while we seek to attract new jobs to Vermont,’ said ACCD Secretary Lawrence Miller.  ‘We believe this array of initiatives shows the Governor’s commitment to vulnerable Vermonters and our important businesses and communities.’ Among the proposals: ·         VETERAN AND LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED INCOME TAX CREDIT. An employer may apply for a tax rebate of up to $2,000 when the employer hires a veteran and up to 1,000 when the employer hires and retains into a new, full-time position, a long term unemployed individual.·         RETURN TO WORK TRAINING PROGRAM. A program to enable unemployed to be trained and gain work experience at an employer while collecting unemployment.·         SEASONAL WORKSHARE. This will allow employers interested in partnering to share workforces during their ‘off’ season.·         ESTABLISH A CREATIVE ECONOMY OFFICE. The Film Commission Advisory Board will advise the office to focus on technology and other portions of the expansive creative economy.·         MENTORING ENTREPRENEURS. Comprised of business leaders committed to devoting their time and knowledge to growing the next generation of successful entrepreneurs.·         VALUE ADDED TRANSITION/DIVERSIFICATION PROGRAM. A new $1 million program at VEDA to help farmers seeking to transition and/or diversify out of conventional agriculture into other forms of agricultural production or value added agriculture.  The program will offer flexible lending terms and funds will come from VEDA’s current farm lending resources.·         FUNDING FOR GAP (GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES) CERTIFICATION. Establish a matching fund program to help Vermont-grown producers obtain needed equipment and make building modifications to enable them to reach GAP or other food safety certifications (so they can access larger retail markets). ·          ‘MADE IN VERMONT’ Expand Vermont co-branding program to support Vermont’s agricultural sector as well as other Vermont enterprises that are positioned to use and support the Vermont brand.·         ENABLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SKILLED MEAT CUTTERS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. Expanding opportunities for locally grown foods includes the ability to process locally grown meat products here in Vermont.·         LOCAL FOODS COORDINATOR. State employee to coordinate food buyers, such as schools, state agencies and institutions (colleges and hospitals) with farmers and value added producers in Vermont. ·         FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS. Strategically focus funding to continue the competitive grant program for Farm to School to expand opportunities for Vermont producers to serve these markets and Vermont schools seeking to source locally grown products. ·         ENABLE MARKETING OF CSA SHARES TO STATE EMPLOYEES. Authorize the marketing of CSA’s in state office buildings so state employees are aware of opportunities to buy locally grown products and support local farmers. ·         STATEWIDE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. Create a statewide internship program that links college and high school student with Vermont employers.·         GOVERNOR’S CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE. Expanding an existing successful program.·         (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) STEM TAX CREDIT. A Vermont company that hires a qualified recent grad in this area will be able to claim 50 percent of expenditures (up to $5,000 a year, per new hire) that go toward relieving a new hire’s debt load, and credit on their corporate income tax. The new hire will be eligible to receive a $5,000 income tax credit every year for five years.·         LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM. Establish a loan repayment program to target these needed resources in under-served regions.·         ENABLE DEVELOPERS TO APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE DESIGNATION AND INCENTIVES UNDER THE VERMONT NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM·         MAXIMIZE PRIVATE INVESTMENT THROUGH THE FEDERAL NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT PROGRAM. Education of RDCs and other development entities in NMTC-eligible areas, particularly in the Northeast Kingdom. With partners, conduct outreach to in and out-of-state developers and investors to invest in or expand facilities in eligible areas.·         REENERGIZE OUR INDUSTRIAL PARKS for this and the next century.·         VERMONT BUSINESS PARTNER INCENTIVES. This would allow a Vermont company to earn a tax credit if they bring a vendor, supplier or customer to Vermont that will create jobs. ·         EXPANSION OF EB5 PROGRAM to new sectors and enable program growth.·         THE VEPC INITIATIVE. Reauthorize VT Economic Growth Incentive (VEGI) and expansion of the program. ·         VERMONT TRAINING PROGRAM. Add 5% to the health care allowance when considering the wages at the end of training for both new hires and incumbent workers.·         INCREASE SLAUGHTERHOUSE CAPACITY IN VERMONT·         VAAFM TRAVEL FUNDS FOR FEDERAL FARM BILL. Funds will be made available to allow the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to be involved regionally in the formation, interaction and movement toward passage of the Federal Farm Bill. ·         MERCHANT BANKING. Improve funding for Vermont-scale businesses.·         LONG-RANGE ECONOMIC PLANNING. After developing a short term strategy, work on a long-term set of goals for the Vermont economy.·         MONITORING THE FARM TO PLATE PLAN.·         VERMONT SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND. This will enable VSJF to apply Community Development Fund Institution (CDFI) designation and there by receive up to $2million in capitalization for the Flexible Capital Fund ‘ a near equity, patient, mezzanine level financing fund for growth stage businesses in the VSJF’s market sectors.  Source: Shumlin’s office. 2.3.2011last_img read more

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3 things members want from your branch

first_imgThe next time you walk into one of your branches, ask yourself this: “What do all of these people want?”It’s a valid question, considering that more and more transactions are being done outside of the branch every day. As alternative channels account for more transactions, what exactly brings members into the branch?Consider how a typical consumer might find his or her way into – and out of – your branch:Identifies shared branching or in-network ATM at your branch using an online locator such as co-opcreditunions.org/locator.Transfers funds from an account at another credit union to make a loan payment. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Syndicate snaps up £185m Victoria investment deal

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SPW extends APG asset-management contract for ‘indefinite period’

first_imgSPW, the €10bn sector-wide pension fund for Dutch housing corporations, has extended APG’s contract for asset management and pensions provision for an indefinite period.APG will also continue as SPW’s adviser on communications, as well as legal and actuarial matters.The industry-wide scheme has been a client of APG and provider Cordares, which merged with APG in 2008, since 2006.APG and SPW said the focus of their continued co-operation would be to improve service quality and lower costs. SPW chairman Jim Schuyt highlighted the “high degree of satisfaction” among participants and cited “good returns on investment, APG’s considerable knowledge of the housing corporation sector and excellent communication”.SPW has 400 affiliated employers and manages the pension rights of 67,000 pensioners.As of the end of February, its official ‘policy’ funding ratio stood at 108%.APG recently announced that SPMS, the €9bn occupational scheme for medical consultants, extended its contract for pensions provision and advisory services on communication, legal and actuarial matters until 2021.SPMS has been with APG since 2011, following its departure from provider Doctors Pension Funds Services (DPFS), jointly owned with SPH, the €9.5bn pension fund for general practitioners.At the time, SPMS placed its fiduciary asset management with BlackRock.In 2013, PGGM, the €182bn provider of the healthcare scheme PFZW, took over DPFS and took on SPH as a new client.last_img read more

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Henson: Big Ten basketball freakishly strong

first_imgVander Blue isn’t too impressed with the Big Ten conference, but the same can’t be said for AP voters and college basketball coaches around the country.The newly released AP Top 25 poll features six Big Ten teams in the rankings, while the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll showcases five from the Big Ten. A loaded Michigan State team comes in at No. 2, and the Purdue Boilermakers enter the season at No. 7 in both polls.Michigan, Ohio State and Minnesota all have spots in the rankings, and Illinois even snuck into the AP poll at No. 23.To give some perspective, the Big Ten has one more ranked team in the AP poll than the ever-popular Big East, which has five, while the numbers are reversed in the Coaches poll. The Big Ten also boasts more ranked teams than the ACC — a conference that looks pretty weak aside from Duke and UNC.Now preseason rankings are pretty meaningless overall, but in my opinion, they have made one thing very clear — the Big Ten will be one of college basketball’s top conferences.At least in the 2009-10 season.The Big East gets a lot of credit for its depth and style of play, but let’s remember that it was a Big Ten team that squared off against an ACC squad in last year’s championship game.After going through a physical and defensive-minded Big Ten slate, the Spartans were proven on both ends come tournament time. Sparty shut down an uber-explosive Louisville team en route to a championship appearance, and they showed the country just how far Big Ten basketball can go.But that was last year. This time around, the Big Ten is that much tougher.Purdue comes into the 2009 season with a talented and experienced roster that is primed for a deep NCAA run. Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson and Chris Kramer are all returning for the Boilermakers.I swear, it seems like these guys have been on this team for a solid decade, but Matt Painter’s team is going to be that much better with another year of experience under its belt.So, MSU and Purdue are clearly the top teams, but teams like Michigan, Ohio State and Minnesota also bring back a wealth of talent. The Wolverines are continuing to improve, and Manny Harris has shown signs of promise as a pure scorer. When DeShawn Sims is playing well and establishes a presence inside, this is a tough team to beat.But the conference’s best all-around player doesn’t play for MSU, Michigan or Purdue. The conference’s top player suits up in scarlet and gray.Evan Turner returns to an Ohio State team that looks to bounce back after a disappointing loss in the NCAA Tournament to an upset-minded Sienna team. We saw firsthand how dominant Turner can be last year as Mr. Everything for OSU, and I would expect more of the same from the junior this time around.And as much as it pains me to say it, Minnesota seems to be heading in the right direction under head coach Tubby Smith. The Gophers beat the Badgers twice last year, and they are clearly no longer a pushover. I’m not sold on the Gophers coming in as the No. 18 team in the land (according to the Coaches), but Minnesota’s improvement has made the Big Ten conference that much better.Lastly, it’s the Illini who earned themselves a ranking in the AP poll. Bruce Weber’s team was just barely shut out of the Coaches’ poll, and Illinois has a lot of talent and potential returning alongside a strong incoming freshman class.Now there is a look at the Big Ten’s top teams, according to the preseason polls, but I feel like a team is missing.Oh, yeah. That would be the Wisconsin Badgers.You know, the team that has never had a losing record in the Big Ten under head coach Bo Ryan. The team that constantly frustrates the hell out of opponents and in recent years has always been found near the top of the Big Ten standings.The fact that the Badgers are projected by some to finish seventh in the Big Ten could speak to the depth of this conference.But the experts just don’t expect much from UW this year. They say the losses of Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft will hurt too much and they say there just aren’t enough proven players on this team. I’ve heard that before.If there is one thing I have learned as a UW sports fan, it’s this: Under Bo Ryan, regardless of who is out on the floor, the Wisconsin Badgers will always have a shot at the Big Ten title. Period.So, I personally expect the Badgers to contend for the conference title this year like they always do, but I know this year’s race is going to be an extremely heated one.Elite squads like MSU and Purdue — mixed in with several improving programs that possess game-changing individuals — make this Big Ten conference one of the deepest I have seen. So say what you want about the Big Ten. Call it slow, call it boring, and if you hate watching legitimate defense played, turn on any random NBA game.But as a Badger fan, I’ll be watching some great college basketball, because this year the Big Ten is one of the most competitive conferences around.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Big Ten is overrated this year? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

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Smith, Olmos reach semis in tourney

first_imgThe Women of Troy sent seven players to compete in both singles and doubles at the individual Pac-12 championships held last week in Ojai, California, where senior Giuliana Olmos and sophomore Gabby Smith saw their runs in the singles and doubles semis end on Saturday.USC sent three doubles teams. They had the tournament’s No. 4 seed, consisting of senior Giuliana Olmos and sophomore Gabby Smith, and earned one of five at-large bids, with junior Zoë Katz and sophomore Madison Westby taking the spot. Katz and Westby came in at the 80th ranked team in the nation but lost a difficult first round match to a pair from Stanford 7-6 by a score of 7-5 in the tiebreaker. Just as they have all season in dual matches, Olmos and Smith had a strong showing in the tournament, winning their first and second round matches, 7-6 and 6-1, respectively, on the way to a semifinal berth.  In the semis, they fell to the 22nd-ranked team in the nation of Alexandra Osborne and Ebony Panoho from Arizona State, ending their tournament run.The singles draws brought many more wins for the Women of Troy. Four players were entered in the invitational draw: Smith, senior Paige Keating, and freshmen Jessica Failla and Kristen Venter. Venter and Keating dropped their first round matches in straight sets. Failla continued her strong season with two wins before losing to Melissa Lord from Stanford in the quarterfinals.Smith made a very impressive run to the semifinals, grinding out three match wins, two of them lasting three sets, before losing to Caroline Lampl from Stanford.Westby was drawn against the top player in the tournament in the first round, Maegan Manasse from Cal, and lost in straight sets. Katz won her first match over 76th-ranked Lynn Chi from Cal, but lost a competitive 7-5, 7-5 match to Krista Hardebeck from Stanford in the second round. Olmos, seeded fourth in the tournament, finished off some of the last matches of her career strong, winning three matches on her way to the semifinals. But she also ran into Manasse, falling to the Pac-12’s top player.Although no player came out with a title, the many wins across the board once again showed the depth of this year’s stellar 19th-ranked Trojans. They will wait for the reveal of the national tournament bracket on May 3 and will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the team tournament beginning May 19, followed up by individual singles and doubles tournaments to cap off the 2016 campaign.last_img read more

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Mourinho , Wenger Relive Rivalry as Arsenal Storm Old Trafford

first_imgJose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger had never hidden the animosity between them, the height of it being the famous shove of the ‘Special One’ by the Arsenal manager in 2014, when Mourinho was with Chelsea. Since his sack at Stamford Bridge early last season both gladiators will be confronting each other for the first today and on a different ground in an encounter that would definitely reignite their old rivalryManchester United go into today’s game at the back of a 3-1 thrashing of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Jose Mourinho’s men languish at sixth on the table, six points of Arsenal. Mourinho has not lost a single league  game against the Arsenal Manager Arsene, with Wenger’s  only victory being the 2015 Community Shield. But there is cause for optimism for Wenger as his team are on a tremendous unbeaten run in the league losing 3-4 to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Emirates back in August in the opening weekend.However, United’s supremacy in English football has been put under serious threat since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but their dominance over Arsenal haven’t ceased. While there are a number of injury concerns for Manchester United, Arsenal has very few injury concerns to deal with.Manchester United will be without their first defender Chris Smalling owing to an injury, while Eric Bailly is also set to miss out following surgery. Besides the central defenders, United have injury concerns in their midfield as well as forward line as well. Wayne Rooney is reportedly struggling with a swollen knee while Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is down with a calf injury. Luke Shaw is also reported to be having a little bit of niggle while Antonio Valencia has been ruled out with a broken arm. However, Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit for the encounter.However, Arsenal are in a favourable position as far as injuries to the players are concerned. They had a worry regarding their talismanic midfielder Alexis Sanchez. But Wenger might just sit comfortably owing to the fact that Sanchez put up a stellar show on national duty for Chile scoring two of his team’s three goals against a strong Uruguayan side.The match may also witness the much anticipated out of the playing turf clash which may take place between Wenger and Mourinho. The duo have a history of some off-field fiascos which might be reignited at Old Trafford.Wenger has however confirmed he will shake hands with Manchester United manager and moved to deflect attention away from the dugout.  “Of course, I respect the ritual that is so important in the Premier League,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference when asked if he would shake hands with the United Manager ahead of kick-off. “I won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here. I do not make these games a competition between two managers, it’s between two clubs. It’s not the controversy that makes the audience; it’s the quality of the game. It is a top level game and will be watched all over the world.”Mourinho famously branded his opposite number a specialist in failure during his second stint as Chelsea boss and the pair clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge as their bitter relationship reached boiling point in 2014. “I don’t think I have to describe our relationship. He fights for his team, I fight for mine,” Wenger added.The pair have met on 11 previous occasions in the Premier League, with the Portuguese having won five of those encounters, while six ended in draws.However, those were while Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea, so will a change of club have an impact on the ‘Special One’s’ seemingly impregnable hold over the Frenchman?Of 11 previous meetings between the two in the top flight, the United boss has won five while six  ended with the spoils shared. The last time the two sides met was back in February last season. Teen sensation Marcus Rashford scored a brace on his league debut for United as they grabbed all three points in a scintillating 3-2 victory over the Gunners.Meanwhile, 10th placed Southampton host Premier League leaders, Liverpool, in a battle of two high-intensity teams seeking to better their performances from last season. Liverpool are undefeated in all competitions since their 2-0 loss to Burnley on August 20 and the Reds are seemingly improving by the game, outscoring the opposition, most recently demolishing Watford 6-1 at home.Southampton, conversely, have been a mixed bag this season. They’ve registered some very strong performances, particularly a 1-1 away draw to Manchester City, but they’ve lacked some of their consistency from last year, only managing to win three games this season, losing their last two in succession.Whilst an away defeat to Liverpool would be a much easier pill to swallow than their shocking 2-1 defeat to Hull in the previous fixture, losing three on the bounce will not sit well with the Saints faithful and Claude Puel will be keen to ensure that his players are focussed for what will almost certainly be one of their toughest games all season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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MFM Maintains Winning Streak in Final Six

first_imgOn Sunday, MFM upset Nigeria Customs 58-57 in the opening match of the Final Six to the surprise of the spectators who were expecting a blow out for the new entrants.It was a tension soaked encounter in which the Customs led for the better part of the duration but the MFM ladies took over when it mattered most to win with just one point margin. The victory was the third recorded by the team just a single point margin.Only yesterday, Coach Aderemi Adewunmi said he was proud of his players recording two wins in their first two games of the Final Six.“Nobody expected us to be in the Final Six and now that we are here the girls are getting getter and winning games. I simply urged them to go on and enjoy themselves but they were just determined to win.“I am so happy with their professionalism and discipline. This is good for the sport and we look forward to better tidings in the competition,” coach Aderemi said.MFM defeated First Deepwater in the crucial final match in Enugu to qualify for the final phase of the competition in Lagos.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, said the competition would get better every year“We are happy with the progress made so far and we are very optimistic that we will take women basketball to the next level in Nigeria because the signs are there that things can only get better at continental and global levels,” Amangbo said.The competition continues today and it ends on Thursday at the national Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ZENITH BANK WOMEN’S B’BALL LEAGUEThe new entrant into the National Women Basketball League, the Mountain of Fire Basketball Club, on Monday completed a back-to-back victory in their first ever appearance in the final phase of the competition.In the abridged format which is n a home and away basis, the MFM ladies defeated Nigeria Customs in the reverse fixture 56-49 in the Final Six which started on Sunday at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.last_img read more

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