Classic Transfer: Arsenal sign Juventus star for £11million

first_img Thierry Henry and Ray Parlour celebrate as Arsenal defeat Inter Milan 5-1 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry celebrates winning the Premier League title in 2004 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry celebrates scoring at the Emirates during his final season – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Henry chews the fat with Gunnersaurus and Ashley Cole – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 15 15 15 John Terry struggled to stop Thierry Henry – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… And so did Fabian Barthez – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry completes a hat-trick against Leicester City – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry and Arsene Wenger were a match made in heaven – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Arsenal stars celebrate winning the Premier League in 2002 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Thierry Henry celebrates scoring for the club against Leeds United in the FA Cup as he made a brief return to north London – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry celebrates in Arsenal’s final season at Highbury – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 15 Winning the Champions League just wasn’t meant to happen – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 15 Thierry Henry applauds the Arsenal fans at the Emirates 15 15 15 On August 3, 1999 Arsenal swooped to sign Juventus misfit Thierry Henry for £11million.Highly-rated but unable to make an impact during an eight month stay in Serie A after a move from Monaco, Arsene Wenger was happy to take a punt on a player he’d given a debut to at his former club.The outlay was worth every penny.Signed as the Gunners needed a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, the man who had struggled on the left wing in Turin, was moved into a central role by Wenger but no goals in his first eight games set alarm bells off.Even Henry knew something had to be done. “I’ve literally had to go back to school and be re-taught everything about the art of striking,” he revealed.But he was a player who knew where the back of the net was as he showed at the 1998 World Cup, top scoring with three for France, who won the tournament on home soil.Once his abilities in front of goal had been awoken there was nothing to stop the lithe and long-limbed 22-year-old, with his electric pace and sleight of foot.He ended his debut season with 17 Premier League goals, with the Gunners finishing second in the table behind Manchester United, while they were to lose to Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final and the next campaign was again tinged with disappointment as they finished as runners-up once more and lost another final – this time the FA Cup to Liverpool.But in 2001/02 everything changed, Henry took his displays up a notch, firing the Gunners to a Premier League and FA Cup double. His goalscoring continued and so did the silverware with another FA Cup the next season.Henry’s biggest achievement though, was his part in Arsenal’s unbeaten campaign in 2003/04, where he netted 30 Premier League strikes – 39 across all competitions – and was at his imperious best, gliding past defenders with ease.A third FA Cup in 2005 was to be his last silverware with the club although the Gunners came agonisingly close to winning the Champions League in 2005/06, as Barcelona defeated them in the final.After the 2-1 defeat, the Catalan giants failed with a huge bid for the Frenchman but, just a year later, he would join them in a £16.1million deal, at a time when Arsenal were slipping behind Chelsea and Man United in the title race, hampered by the financial strain of moving to the new Emirates Stadium.Henry went with the begrudging blessing of the Arsenal faithful and Arsene Wenger having become the club’s all-time record goalscorer, won two titles, three FA Cups and a vast array of individual awards.He was a success at Barcelona too, claiming his sought-after Champions League winners’ medal when the Spanish side beat Manchester United in Rome back in 2009, while also claiming the La Liga title and Copa del Rey to complete a historic treble.Henry saw out his career in America with New York Red Bulls, but in 2012 he did spend a brief loan spell back in north London, playing seven matches and scoring twice to take his tally with the club to 228 goals.Gooners everywhere regard the Frenchman as a living legend and it’s not hard to see why.Click the right arrow above for more classic pictures of Thierry Henry… Thierry Henry was rewarded with a statue outside the Emirates in 2011 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Thierry Henry and a host of Arsenal heroes celebrate at White Hart Lane in 2004 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… last_img read more

Asia-Pacific airlines urge action on safety oversight

first_imgAsia Pacific airlines are “deeply concerned’’ about safety oversight in the region and want carriers facing bans because of inadequate national aviation regulatory systems to be given an opportunity to prove they are safe.The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, which represents a wide cross-section of the region’s airlines,  used its assembly of presidents on Friday to reiterate its call on South-East Asia’s governments to respect the primacy of standards required by the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It urged governments to strongly support the “No Country Left Behind’’ campaign which aims to address differences in regulatory oversight between countries by helping laggards improve safety oversight implementation and compliance.AAPA expressed concern about authorities in foreign jurisdictions taking punitive action against airlines and holding them responsible for the shortcomings of regulatory authorities found to be deficient in audits.The issue arose in Indonesia were the country’s airlines were banned almost a decade ago from flying to the US and Europe because the national safety system failed to meet international standards and due to the nation’s poor record of air crashes. Europe scrapped its flight ban on the nation’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, in 2009 after it passed a series of international audits. Yet it was not until this year, when the US Federal Aviation Administration upgraded its safety rating for Indonesia to Category 1, that Garuda was able to fly to the US.  Category 1 means that the FAA has found the country complies with international standards.The Asia-Pacific airline group said any additional restrictions on airlines should be based on transparent criteria and strong evidence while considering their potential extra-territorial impact.“AAPA also re-iterates the call on governments to allow foreign air carriers the opportunity to demonstrate that their safety systems and performance follow accepted international standards before imposing sanctions or restrictions on them,” it said.Other areas of concern by member airlines, included government protectionism, security, the environment, taxation and health pandemics.AAPA said it remained “resolute’’ in its determination to confront barriers imposed by governments that continue to threaten short-term profitability and maximum long-term potential.The organisation also warned the travelling public was being burdened with a proliferation of government taxes and charges as well as imposts by monopoly services providers.Some of these were in contravention to ICAO policy, it said.“A number of airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world have increased or are planning to increase user charges without proper consultation with stakeholders,’’ it said “ In addition, a number of governments have recently introduced or increased taxes on air travel including Australia’s Passenger Movement Charge and the UK Air Passenger Duty.’’The airlines called on government to adhere to ICAO polices and carefully consider “the overall economic effects of putting further financial strain on the travelling public and the aviation industry and to refrain from increasing the tax burden in any form’’.On security, AAPA called for the development of better risk-based aviation security and for government regimes to better co-operate to avoid duplication.It said government should promote the use of “available technologies’’ and dedicate enough resources to ensure inbound and outbound passenger processing works better.The organsiation also endorsed ICAO’s move to introduce a global carbon offset scheme next decade to help meet the industry’s CO2 emissions targets.“The Association goes further in urging governments in Asia to commit the necessary investment in aviation infrastructure to keep pace with growth in demand to ensure improvements in operational efficiencies and reduction in environmental impact,’’ it said.Members of AAPA include Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways International, Korean Air, China Airlines, Asiana and Malaysia Airlines.last_img read more

Evaluate this year’s hybrids to plan for 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers open up corn and soybean fields and get the 2016 harvest rolling it is important to take a good look at how this year’s products handled the difficult growing season. Asgrow/DEKALB technical agronomist Brad Miller shares his tips with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.last_img

Three militants killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag

first_imgSecurity forces killed three militants, including Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen Srinagar district commander Muhammad Ehsan Fazili alias Eesa, in Anantnag on Sunday night.Amid violent protests, the authorities placed parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir under security restrictions. Educational institutions were closed and exams cancelled. Train services were suspended.Police said, Fazili and two others were killed during a search operation.The police identified the second slain militant as Syed Owais, an affiliate of the Hizbul Mujahideen, and a resident of Kokernag. “The identify of the third is being ascertained,” the police said adding that arms and ammunition, including AK-47 rifles, pistols, hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site.Fazili, a student of Bachelor of Technology of Baba Ghulam Shah University, had joined the militants in September last year and “was involved in a recent attack on a police guard post at Soura, in which one police constable was killed”, said the spokesman.The policeman’s killing was also claimed by the Islamic State-affiliated news magazine ‘Amaq’, fuelling speculation about local militants’ links with the group.Violent protestsViolent protests broke out as hundreds of locals participated in the funeral prayers of Fazili and Owais in Srinagar and Kokernag.The protesters raised green and black flags. A few protesters unfurled the IS flags in the procession held for Fazili. They chanted pro-azadi and pro-militant slogans. Security forces used smoke shells to control the situation.Clashes spread in large parts of Srinagar. Several vehicles were damaged by the stone-throwing protesters. Most offices and business centres also remained closed.Top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were placed under house arrest.last_img read more