Arsenal 2 – 1 Barcelona

first_imgArsenal struck twice in five minutes late on as they staged a stirring comeback to beat Champions League favourites Barcelona on a night to savour at The Emirates.Barcelona looked on course to take a precious lead into the second leg of this last 16 clash at the Nou Camp as they protected the first-half lead given to them by David Villa.The Catalans wasted chances to strengthen their position, with Lionel Messi an unlikely culprit, leaving the door open for Arsenal to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive in spectacular fashion.Robin van Persie equalised 12 minutes from time with a shot that somehow eluded Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes at his near post before substitute Andrey Arshavin sent Arsenal’s fans into ecstasy with a crisp finish that gives them a slender advantage to take to Spain.Arsenal were attempting to follow in the footsteps of arch-rivals Tottenham after their magnificent win against AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday – and they were not to be outdone as they made it a memorable 24 hours for north London in Champions League combat.Arsene Wenger’s side were intent on proving a point after losing 6-3 to Barcelona over two legs at the quarter-final stage last season – and they achieved their objective without sacrificing their long-held principles. For all the talk of Arsenal attempting to make it a physical confrontation with the lavishly-gifted Barcelona stars, the Gunners continued to play their trademark passing game and reaped a rich dividend in a frantic finale.Barcelona, ironically, looked in control as they game entered its final phase, but once Van Persie levelled the mood inside The Emirates helped sweep Arsenal to victory.Coach Pep Guardiola will still be confident Barcelona can overturn a narrow deficit in the return, but Arsenal now have something to protect and will travel with the confidence this triumph will have given them.Jack Wilshere was the symbol of Arsenal’s development since these teams last met with a performance of composure that made a nonsense of his tender teenage years, while Arsenal’s resilience and dogged determination as Barcelona dominated possession for lengthy spells met with Wenger’s approval.Wenger described it as “a special night” – and Arsenal’s manager must take great credit for a relentlessly positive attitude on and off the pitch, introducing Arshavin for Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner for Theo Walcott even though his side were behind. He insists Barcelona remain favourites to progress but Arsenal will feel they have applied pressure to Barcelona as they carry a weight of expectation into the second leg.Arsenal were determined to guard against type of chasing they suffered in the opening half at The Emirates when the sides met last season – and this time around they more than held their own against the Catalan artists.Samir Nasri’s availability after a hamstring injury provided a real bonus for Arsenal and they started with admirable attacking intent. A wonderful moment of invention from Cesc Fabregas, lifting the ball over the Barcelona defence, forged an early opening for Van Persie but keeper Valdes was alert and made a crucial block.Barcelona’s response was the lacerating passage of play that has become their trademark. Villa sent Messi clear, but the little Argentine over-elaborated with a routine finish and not only guided his effort over Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny but wide of the far post.last_img read more

Two Wellington Mexican Restaurants are experiencing owner changeovers

first_imgChelle Klein, new owner of El Chili Verde.Mi Casita takes over where La Fiesta used to Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As required by law, the Wellington City Council approved the re-issuing of Cereal Malt Beverages licenses for two Mexican Restaurants in town because those businesses are experiencing ownership changes.La Fiesta Restaurant in Wellington is no more. The business was recently bought by Sonia and Jose Lozano. The restaurant has been renamed Mi Casita Inc. Restaurant (meaning little house) located at 1104 North A Street.In downtown Wellington, JoAnn Buckman, who has been the owner of El Chili Verde, a venerable family restaurant in downtown for 20 years, is leasing the business over to her former employee Chelle Klein, who will become the business owner. Buckman said she will help her husband run the Manilla Liquor Store and spend more time with her family.“I’m not retiring,” Buckman said.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA-BASED STORM THE COURT IS NAMED 2-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPION MALE; COLT BY COURT VISION IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE HIS 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN THE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES SUNDAY, FEB. 9ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2020)–A longshot no more, trainer Peter Eurton’s Santa Anita-based Storm the Court was an overwhelming 147-51 selection as the nation’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male, as was announced last night at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards gala held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.By Court Vision, out of the Tejano Run mare My Tejana Storm, Storm the Court, who finished 96 votes clear of runner-up Structor, won his Eclipse on the strength of his gutty gate to wire triumph in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile here on Nov. 1, a race in which he prevailed by a head and paid $93.80 to win.“We had no idea on how the vote would go, so we’re obviously elated,” said Eurton, who returned early this morning from Gulfstream.  “We weren’t about to count our chickens before they hatched, but it is very gratifying and we’re excited about running in the San Vicente.“He’s a late foal (May 5, 2017), so he’s still growing.  He’s filled out some since the Breeders’ Cup and he’s training well.”A well beaten third in Santa Anita’s Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27, Storm the Court’s connections were undeterred and the colt responded with his Breeders’ Cup triumph at odds of 45-1.  With the winner’s share of $1.1 million, Storm the Court now has total earnings of $1,172,951–not bad for a horse that was purchased for $60,000 at the Ocala Breeders April 2-year-old in Training Sale.“This is definitely a once in a lifetime deal,” said part owner Dan Hudock, who resides in nearby Glendora with his wife Rosalyn.  “I told my wife this is a million to one shot, if you think we can do this twice, you’re crazy!  I’m really a nobody, but I’ve been doing this for 35 years and for 32 of those, I was dealing with claiming horses.“I’ve done the math and a $20,000 claimer costs just as much to maintain as Storm the Court.  We’ve been with Pete for three years now and with this horse, we don’t see a vet bill, he gets shoes, Lasix for workouts and a couple carrots!  We had no idea if we’d win.  We stayed home and watched the whole thing…My phone was ringing all night.”With two wins from four starts at age two, Storm the Court, who has been ridden in all of his races by Flavien Prat, worked five furlongs this past Sunday and is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 9.“A couple more works will tighten the screws up a little bit,” said Eurton following the work, which was completed in 1:00.30 in tandem with Prat.  “I’ve got pictures of Flavien pulling up with a smile on his face.  He’s very pleased and that makes me happy.”last_img read more

Threefifths of staff at Slug and Lettuce Walkabout and more enrol in

Threefifths of staff at Slug and Lettuce Walkabout and more enrol in

first_imgMore than three-fifths (63%) of hourly-paid staff at pub group Stonegate Pubs, which operates 772 UK venues under brands that include Be At One, Slug and Lettuce and Walkabout, have enrolled to use a new flexible pay benefit since its launch in April 2019.The financial benefit, provided by Wagestream in partnership with Fourth, was implemented for Stonegate Pubs’ 12,500 hourly-paid employees in April 2019, as part of its wider retention and recruitment strategy.The new benefit aims to help employees improve their financial health and reduce money-related stress.The flexible pay service enables staff to access and draw down a percentage of their earned wages on any day of the month prior to their scheduled payday for a flat fee of £1.75. The benefit is not a loan, so no interest is charged on the transaction.Employees are also able to access budgeting advice, for example to help them understand their payslip, as well as financial welfare support, offered in conjunction with The Money Charity and the Money Advice Service, via the Wagestream mobile app.Since its introduction in April 2019, 6,000 of the organisation’s employees have made at least one pay transfer.Tim Painter, HR director at Stonegate Pubs, said: “Our employees have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the introduction of this service.“Getting early access to money [employees] have already earned, that to all intents and purposes [belongs to staff], seems so simple, but this is a real revolution in pay that is already making it easier to recruit and retain staff.”last_img read more