Antonio Conte says he needs to settle differences with Chelsea board to stay

first_imgShare on Twitter The Chelsea manager has seemed calmer over recent weeks after months of stuttering results and (largely recruitment-based) disputes behind the scenes, and he was back to his firebrand best on the touchline. He described the performance as “almost the perfect game” but talk quickly drifted back to his future when he was interviewed by the Italian media.“In 14 years, Chelsea have changed coach 10 times, so they do have a tendency to chop and change here,” the 48‑year‑old told Mediaset Premium. “The media plays on this when the results are negative and they were already talking about me getting sacked after we lost the first game of the season to Burnley. But it’s no problem for me. In fact, I really like pressure. I just hope it doesn’t affect the players. In our line of work, we always have a bag packed. My intention is to remain here but if something were to change there would be several different scenarios opening up.“It’s no problem for me. I have said very clearly I have a contract to 2019 and I intend to respect it but anything can happen in football. I’m happy here but, to move forward with the marriage, everyone needs to be in agreement. All parties must be happy.”The Italian Football Federation has expressed an interest in reappointing Conte as Italy’s manager, though he is more likely to remain in the club game if as expected, given his tempestuous relationship with the board, he leaves Stamford Bridge early. There could be openings in the summer at Paris Saint‑Germain, Real Madrid and both Milan clubs, positions he would surely find tempting.Conte had asked Eden Hazard to play as a false No 9 against Barcelona, a role in which the Belgian has impressed at times but found difficult against top sides, before switching Hazard to the left upon the introduction of Álvaro Morata late on.“To be honest, I like the role as a false No 9 but, in games like this against a quality opposition, it’s difficult,” Hazard said. “You don’t get a lot of the ball. I think I might have touched 25 balls and 15 of them were flying towards my head. That’s not really playing to my qualities.“I’ve won some aerial duels, against [Gerard] Piqué, so I think it’s not bad. But if I had to choose, I’d prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes. It’s the manager who has the final word. On the wing I feel more comfortable; that’s my place.“We’re going to see how we will play in Barcelona. We have to give the maximum, defend well but do better with the ball. The pitch is bigger too in Barcelona, so we will see which surprise the manager has in store for us. Nothing’s lost. We can still dream.” Antonio Conte has admitted he would need to settle his differences with the Chelsea board if he is to see out the final year of his contract but would expect “several different scenarios” to open up at rival clubs should he depart in the summer.Conte masterminded an impressive display in the Champions League last‑16 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday, when Chelsea were the more threatening side despite the visitors’ monopoly on possession. Read more Barney Ronay at Stamford Bridge Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp news Antonio Conte Share via Email Share on Pinterest Lionel Messi breaks the shackles and his non-existent Chelsea hoodoo Topics Reuse this content Chelsea Share on Facebooklast_img read more

National Health Fund Donates Autoclaves to Infirmaries

first_img Autoclaves are equipment used to sterilize surgical and laboratory instruments, and pharmaceutical items, among other medical apparatus. Story Highlights The devices were presented to Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, by NHF Chief Executive Officer, Everton Anderson, during a ceremony at the Ministry in Kingston on May 3. The National Health Fund (NHF) has donated 12 new autoclaves, valued $9.3 million, to infirmaries islandwide. The National Health Fund (NHF) has donated 12 new autoclaves, valued $9.3 million, to infirmaries islandwide.Autoclaves are equipment used to sterilize surgical and laboratory instruments, and pharmaceutical items, among other medical apparatus.The devices were presented to Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, by NHF Chief Executive Officer, Everton Anderson, during a ceremony at the Ministry in Kingston on May 3.Mr. McKenzie said the autoclaves will greatly assist in safeguarding the health of the infirmaries’ residents and clients.He noted that the institutions have been operating without the equipment for some time, adding that the NHF’s donation “will go a far way” in rectifying this anomaly, and thanked the entity “for making that possible”.Mr. McKenzie disclosed that the infirmaries are also to be outfitted with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, standby generators, industrial driers, washing machines and mattresses by year end.He also advised of plans to expand the number of institutions in operation. These include, the construction of a $45 million facility in Manchester for females, slated to commence shortly.Mr. Anderson said the NHF was pleased to partner with the Ministry to provide the autoclaves.“I have been to so many of the infirmaries and the work that is done is tremendous. For the most part, the care that is given is very good. It is a good project and we embraced it because it really raises the bar in our line of work,” he said.Mr. Anderson said the NHF also dispenses medication to the infirmaries as part of the comprehensive care for the residents, adding that “we have also started sending pharmacists to several [of the facilities] to visit to do some reconciliation”.last_img read more

Screen Actors Guild Awards And Patagonia Sur To Plant Forest In Chilean

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Awards is expanding efforts to further reduce its carbon footprint thanks to a unique reforestation partnership with Chile’s Patagonia Sur, a for-profit conservation company founded by American entrepreneur Warren Adams that is a leader in private land conservation, reforestation and carbon offsetting in South America.Though Hollywood and Chilean Patagonia are thousands of miles apart, these two unique regions are being linked in an exclusive effort to battle climate change. In 2012, on behalf of the SAG Awards, Patagonia Sur planted a grove of 45 native-species trees on degraded lands in Patagonia, Chile, to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby helping to fight the threat posed by climate change.For the 2013 SAG Awards, Patagonia Sur is planting 3,400 trees — two for each of the 1,700 guests at the Post SAG Awards Gala hosted by People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In their gala gift bags, guests will find a code enabling them to log on where they will be able to affix their names to the trees being planted in their honor within a part of Chilean Patagonia, now called the SAG Awards Forest. Viewers inspired by these efforts can also evaluate their personal carbon footprint by going to the same website.This year’s expanded partnership with Patagonia Sur continues the SAG Awards’ commitment to green practices. In October 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, the SAG Awards was honored with the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal, recognizing the production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness, while creating a nearly zero waste event.What’s in a tree? Actually quite a lot when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases. Trees capture, or sequester, carbon from the atmosphere in the process known as photosynthesis.In 2010, Patagonia Sur launched a reforestation project at its 8,000-acre Valle California property in the Palena region of southern Chile, with the aim of enhancing biodiversity and selling carbon offsets. The company is planting a mix of native beech trees on degraded lands that were previously cleared for pastureland by early settlers. A single tree planted in Valle California will sequester nearly half a ton of carbon over an 80-year period.Patagonia Sur’s Valle California project, which planted one million trees in 2012, is the first in Chile to use native species to generate carbon offsets, and has been officially accredited by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) by meeting three key criteria: measurability, permanence and independent verification. That means SAG Awards attendees will offset 1,700 tons of carbon, negating their carbon footprint.Patagonia Sur is a for-profit conservation venture that invests in, protects, and enhances scenically remarkable and ecologically valuable properties in Chilean Patagonia. A leader in eco-tourism experiences, Patagonia Sur has developed sustainable lodging on two of its properties, Valle California and Melimoyu, (, where guests may enjoy all the amazing outdoor activities scenic Chilean Patagonia has to offer.The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Nominations were announced Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.last_img read more

Your Chance To Meet The Script

first_imgHere’s your chance to meet The Script at an upcoming US show of your choice.A new charity auction benefiting Musicians on Call is giving you the chance to meet the three Irishmen who are as direct – as impassioned – as their songs.The Script’s fourth album, No Sound Without Silence, is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders and channeling the momentum of their last, rocket-powered campaign. They finished touring #3 at the end of last year, took a scant couple of weeks off, then quickly re-entered their studios in London and Dublin.Musicians on Call brings ive and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.To make a bid, click here.last_img read more