The Scot thinks his players may actually fare better against Manchester United next weekend. “Whatever happened in this game, Old Trafford would take care of itself,” he said. “Manchester United is a great game to play in and a great stadium to go to. “It’s a game similar to Chelsea in that no-one expects anything from us. But we will go up there and try to get a result.” Defender Ron Vlaar thinks Aston Villa cannot claim to be a decent side if they let their concentration drop in key games. Villa were brought down to earth on Sunday when they followed up their 1-0 win over Chelsea by losing 4-1 at home to Stoke. The Midlands club have not won three home matches in a row since 2007 – something which has contributed to their failure to break into the top six in the last three years. Vlaar is confident Villa can pick themselves up again from the Stoke defeat, but he still knows there is plenty of room for improvement. “If the discipline and the effort we had last week (against Chelsea) drops by only one per cent, and if the focus is not right – I’m not saying it wasn’t right (against Stoke) but it has to be spot on – then we are not as good as we think,” the Villa captain told AVTV. Christian Benteke got Villa off to a perfect start when he fired the hosts ahead in the fifth minute, but a series of defensive lapses allowed Stoke to cruise to only their second away win of the season. Vlaar wants to move on quickly from the defeat, which caused Paul Lambert’s side to slip into the bottom half of the table. “We have to get rid of games like this and learn,” the Dutchman said. “Everyone is down after such a big difference from the Chelsea game. We made mistakes all over the pitch. You really want to get a good streak of winning games and it doesn’t happen now. “We have to look in the mirror and say honestly that we made too many errors. But we have come back and stepped up again, and we have to do it again.” Lambert was unhappy with the “lethargic” effort of his players, but given that Villa are nine points above the relegation zone, he was loathe to complain too much. Press Association
LONDON: Raheem Sterling scored the first goal of the Premier League’s return to action after the coronavirus lockdown as Manchester City defeated Arsenal 3-0 behind closed doors at the Etihad stadium on Wednesday night. The result means Liverpool, whose lead has been cut to 22 points by second-placed City, cannot now win the title on Sunday at Everton in the Merseyside derby. But the league table was far from the minds of the few people inside the stadium at kickoff time, with a minute’s silence for victims of the coronavirus followed by the players and officials taking a knee in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Sterling, a prominent supporter of the movement whose slogan featured on the players’ shirts, fired home on the stroke of halftime to put the hosts ahead. City had threatened on several occasions to provide the first goal of “Project Restart” with Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno saving efforts from Sterling and David Silva and racing out to foil Riyad Mahrez. The goal came after Arsenal substitute David Luiz failed to deal with a ball into the box and allowed Sterling in on goal, and the Brazilian was at fault again for City’s second. Mahrez got the wrong side of Luiz as he burst into the box and the ex-Chelsea defender put his hand on the Algerian’s back. Referee Anthony Taylor ruled he had pushed him to the ground, awarding a penalty and sending off Luiz. Kevin De Bruyne confidently converted the spot-kick and City never looked in any danger against opponents reduced to 10 men. City also ended the game with 10 players when Spanish defender Eric Garcia was carried off on a stretcher after a collision with his keeper Ederson. City were not able to replace him as manager Pep Guardiola had used all five available substitutes. Guardiola’s side wrapped up the win in stoppage time when Sergio Aguero hit the post, after a neat exchange with Sterling, and substitute Phil Foden slotted home the loose ball. Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Luiz blamed himself for his team’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday in which he was sent-off in the 49th minute. Luiz, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of the month, came on as a 24th minute substitute for the injured Pablo Mari but endured a dreadful night. The central defender was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opener just before the interval and then gave away the penalty for the second goal four minutes after the restart. Not only did Luiz’s mistake cost a goal, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring from the spot, but his expulsion, for the foul on Riyad Mahrez, left his team a man down for the remainder of the game. Aston Villa and Sheffield United played out a goalless draw on Wednesday with strong statements against racism and an embarrassing failure of goalline technology. AgenciesAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 18th June, 2020
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, in the United States, in cooperation with the nongovernmental organization Mesoamerican Development Institute, this week signed a memorandum of understanding with four Central American universities to establish a research and education consortium known as the Networked Engineering Research Center at UMass Lowell (NERC).Civil and environmental engineering associate professor Kenneth Lee will lead the efforts to develop collaborative engineering and science projects between UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst, the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua and the National University of Costa Rica.The Technological University of Panama will join NERC when it signs the agreement later this year.Recognizing the importance of this inter-American partnership, the National Science Foundation awarded a two-year, $45,300 grant to get the project going. “We will focus initially on the sustainable production of biofuels and coffee as well as essential oils, which are used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry,” Lee said. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Source = Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises has yet again claimed the crown as World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line in the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey — making the win Crystal’s seventeenth consecutive triumph. The ultra-luxury holiday company is the only cruise line, hotel, or resort to win its category every year since the awards began. Crystal’s winning score for 2012 reflects thousands of jet-setting readers’ ratings across six areas: service, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. The results are published in the renowned magazine’s August issue.“While we have delighted travellers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing, we have offered a consistency of experience that is unmatched in our industry,” says Crystal President Gregg Michel. “Travel + Leisure’s discerning readership clearly recognises the best when they see it, and I couldn’t be prouder of our staff for their generous service, creativity and attention to detail.”In recent months, Crystal has spent US$40 million on stylish redesigns of its award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and US$100 million in a little over five years. Its Six-Star service, quality, and choices were also enhanced by introducing “All Inclusive” fine wines, premium spirits, and gratuities; partnering with renowned organisations like USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for a complimentary sophisticated filmmaking curriculum; crafting dozens of innovative, maiden port calls and itineraries, including more local overnights and shorter voyages; helping travelers get to and from ships more easily via Crystal’s new Fast Track Check-In and VIP Airport Services; and adding Bistro tapas and casual evening Chinese Comfort Food to a range of gourmet dinner options that includes Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio cuisines. Local European entertainment and experts on board, Elton John and Diva-homage shows, Facebook and iPad classes, 360-day previews of shore excursions, and a new marketing campaign entitled “Begin a New Story” were also introduced to the Crystal landscape this year.The Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Award joins several other high-profile honours bestowed upon the luxury line since the end of 2011, including Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Service (Large-Ship); Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Mid-Sized Cruise Line (18th year), Cruise Ships (#1 and 2), and Spa; and ground-breaking design awards, including Hospitality Design magazine’s first-ever Distinctive Cruise Design award.