Fighting a global menace

first_imgIf the focus on cancer sometimes tilts toward its impact in rich, industrialized nations, statistics show that the disease is a scourge all around the world, with 70 percent of cancer deaths occurring in developing countries.Children in poor countries aren’t spared. An estimated 95 percent of cancer deaths among children occur in poor countries.That glaring disparity has mobilized a group of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPS) students. The students, together with the HSPH student government, the student group Students in Latino Public Health, and the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, have put together a half-day event to raise awareness and dispel myths about cancer as a global health issue. The event, scheduled for Friday at the School of Public Health’s Kresge Building, marks World Cancer Day on Monday. As part of their commitment, students are also gathering signatures for the World Cancer Declaration by the Union for International Cancer Control, which contains a list of 11 cancer-related health priorities.“There is a lot of difference between what happens in low-income countries and what happens in high-income countries,” said HSPH student Sebastián Rodríguez Llamazares.Rodriguez said the effort calls attention to the fact that cancer is a serious problem in poor nations and that steps to prevent or treat it — routine in richer countries — should be part of the global health agenda.Associate Professor of Medicine Felicia Knaul, who heads the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, which supports student World Cancer Day efforts, said there are few cancers whose outcomes are similar in both developed and developing countries. Pancreatic cancer is one, because it’s equally deadly everywhere.“For every other cancer that can be treated, the outcomes are very different,” said Knaul, a breast cancer survivor.There are several reasons for the disparity. People in poor countries seldom hear messages about lifestyle changes — don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, exercise — that have been shown to prevent cancer. Similarly, a vaccine that can prevent one cancer fatal to women, cervical cancer, is not widely distributed. As a result, 90 percent of cervical cancer cases are found in developing countries, Knaul said.“It has very much become a cancer of poor women and a cancer for which poor women die,” she said.Disparities in mortality extend to highly treatable cancers, such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia, fatal to just 10 percent of patients in wealthy countries but deadly 90 percent of the time in poor countries.Knaul said there are several myths about global cancer that need to be exploded, including that there’s nothing that can be done, that tackling the problem would cost too much, and that bigger health issues plague the developing world. All are false, she said, adding that institutions like HSPH are key to gathering affordable, innovative solutions from around the world that can be used toward new strategies to meet the challenge.Students are a big part of the solution, Knaul said, because they’ll be designing the health solutions of tomorrow. In addition to organizing Friday’s event, students who have been touched by cancer planned to participate and share their stories of surviving or supporting a family member’s struggles with the disease.Toni Kuguru, one of the student organizers, became interested in the subject when her husband, David, became ill with multiple myeloma. He was treated in the United States and is currently in remission, but the episode got Toni Kuguru thinking about the health care system in his native Kenya, where the outcome could have been different.Kuguru said she hopes that more students will get involved after hearing about the problem and the personal testimony of those touched by cancer.“What we’re hoping for the student body is that they’ll be inspired. We’re hoping students understand there’s lots of possibilities out there to become involved,” Kuguru said.last_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Sister Elena Malits reflects on education, career at Saint Mary’s

first_imgEditor’s Note: Sister Spotlight is an effort by the Saint Mary’s News Department to shed light on the shared experience of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College students. We will be sharing the mission and stories of the sisters in an on-going series.At the age of 85, Sister M. Elena Malits is very familiar with Saint Mary’s campus — not only because she lives and teaches at the College, but also because she’s alum from the class of ‘56.“When I went to Saint Mary’s we had to have our lights out at 10 p.m.,” Malits said. “I would take my desk lamp and throw rug into my closet and read, everybody did that. Eventually, they lifted the lights out regulations. However Notre Dame still had the rules, so the boys used to go read in the bathroom.”During her junior year at Saint Mary’s, Malits was one of the first students to study abroad for an entire semester. She spent her time in Vienna.“There was a group of about 20 girls and 20 guys and it was wonderful,” Malits said. “I was the only Saint Mary’s person, however, my best friend from high school who went to a different college came with me.”The summer after her graduation and after much contemplation, Malits decided to enter the sisterhood.“When I was a sophomore in college I thought I was going to be engaged to a guy who was two years ahead of me at Notre Dame, and then he entered the priesthood which threw me for a loop,” Malits said. “After I finished college I became more and more convinced that God wanted me to do this, but when I was sure I locked myself in my room and threw books against the wall, I was so mad.”After her decision, Malits taught for a year at a college and studied to get her Ph.D. in New York City. She studied at a convent across the street from Lincoln Center, and also spent time exploring the city going to Broadway plays and operas among other activities.“When you learn the city, you could do anything you wanted,” Malits said. “You could go to museums, Broadway plays, everything and I just loved it.”Soon after she finished her coursework in the fall of 1970, she found herself back in South Bend — at Saint Mary’s — teaching. Malits said she was extra busy during her first years of teaching because she was writing her 400-page dissertation at the same time.Over the years she has taught many courses within the religious studies department.“You name it I taught it,” Malits said. “I taught everything in the catalog, but as time went on I specialized in certain things. Very often I taught ‘Theology and Biography’ where we would read the auto-biography or biography of a famous person and then discuss it. Students really liked that and found that they were touched in ways they never knew.”Malits formally retired at the end of the ‘90s, and then moved into the convent as a result of her Type 1 diabetes. However, she still wanted to teach and now teaches one discussion-based course called “Theology and Film.”“I have found that a lot of Saint Mary’s students are better at writing than they are at talking, so if you really know something you can talk about it, so I insist that this is a discussion course,” Malits said. “What I’ve learned best about teaching I’ve learned in the film course and that the important thing is the questions you ask not the answers you give. That’s really interesting because it changes your perspective on teaching.”Currently, in Malits’ free time she mainly stays in her room enjoying reading, her computer and watching movies and the news.“When you teach as long as I do, you have hundreds of books and you love to read them all,” Malits said.She also is the convent’s director of the pet therapy program. Malits brings different types of dogs around to the sisters almost every night of the week.“I make sure that the dog is friendly and a good fit for the sisters and not afraid of wheelchairs or walkers,” Malits said. “People hear about the program and bring their dogs in, we have a good bunch of dogs that interact with the sisters.”In addition to teaching, Malits was heavily involved in Saint Mary’s relationship with Notre Dame and instrumental changes within the University. Malits taught courses with a few Notre Dame priests and was the chair of the committee that made Notre Dame co-ed.“I was in my room reading when I got a telephone call from the provost at Notre Dame at the time,” Malits said. “He asked me to be the chair [of the committee] and I thought ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’ because I did not want to lose any friends from Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame, but I ended up doing it because I thought I could do some good. We did in three months what it took Harvard and Yale to do in three years.”A Monday report misspelled the surname of Sister M. Elena Malits. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Saint Mary’s College, Sister Elena Maltis, sister spotlightlast_img read more

County Guide

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of Georgia * Fulton County buys the most lottery tickets, spending more than$266 million on them in 2001. But Quitman County buys the mostper capita, with $2,096 in sales for each person in the county. Boatright said 1930 is the first census year Fulton County datacould be compared over time to the present. “Old editions are just as important as the current issue,”Boatright said. “Historical data can be found dating back to the1930s, and trends can be seen.” A Georgia County game is also available at the Georgia CountyGuide Web site(www.agecon.uga.edu/%7Ecountyguide/guideinfo.html). You can testyour knowledge about your home county or find out stuff aboutother counties. The 21st edition of the annual Georgia County Guide is now beingreleased by the UGA colleges of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences and Family and Consumer Sciences through the CAES Centerfor Agribusiness and Economic Development. * Webster County is the safest place to live in Georgia, with noserious crimes reported in 2000. * With 31 counties reporting 100 percent of their populationliving in rural areas, no Georgia county reports a 100-percenturban population. The closest is DeKalb County, with 99.6 percentof the residents living in urban areas. Orders are accepted on-line atwww.agecon.uga.edu/%7Ecountyguide/guideorder.html. Those withoutaccess to a computer can order the book through the mail bysending a check and your request to Ag Business Office, 203Conner Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7506.All orders must be prepaid. * Of the Wayne County graduates in 2001, 79.3 percent wereeligible for the HOPE scholarship. * Quitman and Baker County have the lowest teacher-to-studentratios, with fewer than 10 students per teacher. * Fulton County has the highest percentage of people withbachelor’s degrees or higher — 41.4 percent of its population.Clarke County is second with 39.8 percent. * Fayette is the richest county, with a median income of $71,227and 40 percent of the population earning more than $50,000 ayear. * In 2000, Richmond County had 1,219 physicians, one for every164 people, while Brantley County had only one doctor for 14,629people. But that was better than three counties that had nodoctors at all. The Georgia County Guide is an easy-to-use reference coveringeverything from AIDS cases to HOPE scholarships and lotterysales. The information comes from 90 federal, state and privateagencies — all public information. Looking through its nearly 200 pages of tables, charts and mapsis revealing. * The most HOPE Scholarship money went to Cobb County, with11,814 students getting $24,288,261 in funding. The research coordinator and co-editor, Sue Boatright, says theCounty Guide “has evolved over time to become the premier sourceof county data.” * The county with the most national forest land is Rabun, with132,500 acres. * Heard County commuters spend the most time in their carsgetting to work: a mean travel time of 37.5 minutes.Chattahoochee residents spend the least time: 15 minutes. “Georgia has had no boundary changes since 1931, when Georgia had161 counties,” she said. “During the 1920’s, Campbell and MiltonCounty were added to the property of Fulton County.” The book is $15, and past editions are available. The data isalso available in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for $50.Information is also available on-line atwww.georgiastats.uga.edu/. The Guide gives the latest figures on agricultural, courts andcrime, economics, education, government, health, housing andhouseholds, labor, libraries, natural resources, occupations,population, public assistance, transportation, veterans and vitalstatistics for all of Georgia’s 159 counties and the stateoverall. * The lowest dropout rate was in Fayette County, with only 7.6percent not finishing high school. (April Reese is a student writer with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Broome County sees 78 new virus cases, breaking another 1-day record

first_imgTo see where cases are located in the county, click here. (WBNG) — The Broome County coronavirus tracker says there are 304 active cases in the county. UPDATE: —– As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Broome County COVID-19 tracker has not been updated to reflect this information.center_img (WBNG) — According to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, 78 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday. There are now nine people with the virus being hospitalized, up from eight Thursday. Garnar is encourage people to stay home to help slow the spread of the virus.last_img

Biden Tells Nation: ‘We’re Going to Win This Race’

first_imgMr. Biden’s remarks about the state of the race on Friday night were his third in as many days since Election Day. Campaign advisers also indicated that they were ready to begin naming senior officials in an anticipated administration in a matter of days, if the race is called in his favor.Striking an inclusive tone, Mr. Biden urged the country to set aside partisan warfare and “come together as a nation to heal.” Noting the slow pace of the vote count — “it can be numbing,” he said — he sought to reassure anxious Americans waiting for the winner of an election that has now stretched on for three days. – Advertisement – “We have to remain calm, patient and let the process work out as we count all the votes,” he said. “Democracy works, your vote will be counted, I don’t care how hard people try to stop it, I will not let them stop it.”In Georgia, Mr. Biden went into the lead overnight Thursday, thanks to a vote tally from Clayton County, a Democratic-leaning area near Atlanta. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the state remained “too close to call” and predicted that it was headed for a recount, given that Mr. Biden’s lead stood at a mere 4,000 or so votes out of five million cast.If Mr. Biden ends up winning Georgia, it would be a major breakthrough for the Democratic Party in the Republican-dominated Deep South: Democrats rarely win top statewide races outside of Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. No Democratic presidential candidate has carried Georgia since 1992, when Bill Clinton narrowly won there.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Biden held a lead of about 30,000 votes in Arizona, after a new tranche of ballots from Maricopa County, the state’s population center, helped Mr. Trump close the gap by about 7,000 votes on Friday night. Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, said on CNN that 173,000 ballots remained to be counted statewide, including 92,000 in Maricopa County. last_img read more

Open applications for Croatian Tourism Days 2017 open

first_imgThey are open online applications for the Days of Croatian Tourism (DHT), a traditional meeting of tourism workers and all stakeholders in the tourism system of the Republic of Croatia, which will be organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board on October 25 and 26, 2017 in Mali Lošinj .DHT gathers more than a thousand participants every year, and this year they will have interesting lectures, workshops and gatherings, among other topics on world tourism trends, building national tourism brands, and the role of national tourism organizations in the tourism system; forecasts and forecasts of tourist trends in the coming years; sustainable tourism for sustainable development, regional centers of competence, etc. “In this tourist year, we are achieving excellent results, and in order to continue to develop in this direction, it is necessary to follow tourist trends and adapt to new challenges. Because of all this, this year at DHT we will deal with many important topics for Croatian tourism. I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to host world-renowned and proven experts in the field of tourism. I believe that through joint action and exchange of experiences and ideas we will use the opportunities provided to us in the form of achieving even more successful tourism results.”, Said Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, adding that he is sure that in the year when Lošinj celebrates 130 years of tourism and one of the flagships of the Croatian hotel industry, the Lošinj company Jadranka, 70 years of its business, Lošinj will prove to be excellent hosts and co-organizers.Of the world-renowned experts in the field of tourism, the arrival at DHT was confirmed by Patricia Yates, Director of Strategies and Communications of the British National Tourism Organization Visit Britain, who will present practical experience and knowledge in the field of UK tourism branding and promotion. Visit Britain is one of the strongest tourism organizations in the world whose activities related to the promotion of the national tourism product are especially focused on digital content, growth of investment in promotion in foreign markets and on strengthening business trips and gatherings. Along with her, the director of the national tourist organization of Slovenia, Maja Pak, and the head of the national tourist organization of Portugal, Turismo de Portugal, will speak about the construction of national tourist brands.The general manager of the Basque Culinary Center, Joxe Mari Aizeg, is also expected in Lošinj, who will participate in the part dedicated to the centers of competence, ie will present the way the center operates. Namely, the Spanish province of the Basque Country is the strongest in Spain and one of the world’s most famous gastronomic regions, and the ‘Basque Culinary Center’ is a higher education institution engaged in food research and promotion, with emphasis on modern cuisine and new concepts of technology, science and gastronomy.The topic of sustainable development will be especially discussed at the meeting, considering that 2017 was declared the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” by the United Nations. Also, a traditional meeting of representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia with tourism workers will be held, and annual Croatian tourism awards will be presented.Initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia “The development of the Croatian continent is one of the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and the development of continental tourism is one of my main goals in my mandate. For this reason, I wish that the Days of Croatian Tourism be held in one of the Slavonian destinations”Points out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and adds that after the end of this year’s edition of the Day of Croatian Tourism, together with the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, they will start analyzing and preparing for next year.last_img read more

Why David Luiz is unhappy at Chelsea and is considering Arsenal transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Video Settings Coming Next Comment PLAY Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Top articles SPONSORED Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE David Luiz is considering his Chelsea future amid interest from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)David Luiz trained away from the rest of Chelsea’s first team squad on Wednesday and is considering his future amid interest from Arsenal.Unai Emery is desperate to add a centre-half to his squad having seen club captain Laurent Koscielny spurn the offer of an olive branch and complete a move to Bordeaux.New signing William Saliba will spend the upcoming season back on loan at Saint-Etienne, Shkodran Mustafi has endured a difficult pre-season during which he was booed by his own supporters against Lyon, while Rob Holding has only just returned to full training following a cruciate knee ligament injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have been priced out of moves for Daniele Rugani of Juventus and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but are likely to make a late attempt to prise Luiz from Chelsea in what remains of the summer window.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling David Luiz skipped Chelsea’s first team training session on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)The 32-year-old had featured prominently in pre-season under new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and had previously spoken about the positive impact his former teammate had had on dressing room morale.According to the Evening Standard, however, Luiz was worried at having been left out the starting line-up against Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend and is concerned at how much playing time he will be afforded by Lampard.Luiz was a mainstay of Maurizio Sarri’s side last season and played a pivotal role in the club’s Europa League triumph and marshalled a defence which helped secure a top three finish in the Premier League.The Brazil international was one of the few Chelsea players to have publicly backed the Italian who became a devisive figure during his one-year tenure at Stamford Bridge.Asked if he wanted Chelsea to keep Sarri, Luiz said after the 4-1 win against Arsenal in Baku: ‘Yes. Because he is doing great. He did great during the season even with all the difficulties we had.center_img Why David Luiz is unhappy at Chelsea and is considering Arsenal transfer More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More / Advertisement Read More by Metro 1 min. story 1/1 David Luiz was a keen advocate of Maurizio Sarri’s methods and was sad to see him leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘In life sometimes you have to try to understand who is on the other side. Sometimes you need to reflect and analyse a little bit how difficult it was for him to be here today. He was training many, many clubs in the lower divisions.‘He was doing one job (banker) and then he quit to try a big journey and do something in football. Today he arrives in a big final and to do great like that, of course there is going to be emotion.‘Of course, for us, it’s emotional because we have a history of life to be here today. He deserved that, it was a fantastic season for him.’Despite Sarri’s departure, Luiz appeared to commit his future to Chelsea by signing a new two-year contract at the end of the season but, according to reports, Lampard is happy to sanction his most experienced defender’s departure with less than 24 hours of the transfer window remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Skip Ad Full Screenlast_img read more

Real Madrid block Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos’ transfer to Valencia

first_imgCeballos played for the first time since November on Monday (Picture: Rex Features)Real Madrid have blocked Dani Ceballos’ efforts to join Valencia on loan, according to reports.The midfielder is currently on the books at Arsenal, but has featured just once since Mikel Arteta took over at the Emirates.Ceballos played his first minutes for Arsenal since the start of November against Bournemouth in the FA Cup after telling Arteta he wants to cancel his loan deal before the close of the January transfer window.Arsenal have already informed Ceballos they will not support his bid to leave the club, with Valencia pushing to sign the Spaniard.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Spanish outlet Marca claim Real have blocked Valencia’s move for Ceballos as the Spanish giants do not want him joining a direct rival.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal are thought to be open to Ceballos switching clubs, as the player is desperate for regular game time ahead of the European Championships this summer. Arteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:22FullscreenArteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA Cuphttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-pleased-arsenal-progress-past-bournemouth-fa-cup-2097240/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Rio Ferdinand urges Arsenal to back Mikel Arteta in Pablo Mari transferMORE: Mikel Arteta rules out Barcelona’s chances of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal in January Ceballos is desperate for more game time (Picture: Getty)Ceballos does not want to lose his place in the Spain squad and is concerned Arteta has already made his mind up about his suitability for the team.Valencia are not giving up on luring Ceballos back to Spain just yet, but the La Liga side will find it difficult to convince Real to sanction the move.Ceballos was signed by Unai Emery and joined the Gunners on the basis that he was assured a starting place by the former Arsenal manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityInjury forced Ceballos to miss eleven games for Arsenal and he was finally recalled by Arteta when he came on for the final 20 minutes in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Monday.Arsenal chiefs believe Ceballos can still be an important player for Arsenal and are focusing their efforts on signing a centre-back before the end of the window.The transfer window closes on Friday and Arsenal face a race against time to land Pablo Mari after talks with Flamengo broke down. Coral BarryTuesday 28 Jan 2020 8:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link734Shares Real Madrid block Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos’ transfer to Valenciacenter_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Italian doctors’ scheme gains 4.1% as it boosts domestic assets

first_imgAt the time, Alberto Oliveti, president of ENPAM, said that the pension fund wanted to act as a focus for shareholder coalitions on environmental, social and corporate governance issues with other large pension funds that own shares in the same companies. Oliveti said: “We are not only interested in the dividends; we want to vote in a conscious and informed manner and gather consensus around our proposals from those with the same objectives of sustainable growth over the years.”Currently worth around €500m, with a target size of €1bn, the “portafoglio strategico Italia” includes holdings in energy companies Enel Green Power and Eni, and Banca d’Italia.In April this year, the portfolio acquired a 1.03% stake in Banco BPM, the group created 18 months ago by the merger of Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano.An ENPAM spokesman said: “After two investments in the energy sector, a further acquisition in the financial sector serves both to rebalance the overall portfolio risk, and to position ENPAM in the third-largest Italian banking group, which invests in the real economy of the country.” Italy’s biggest private sector pension fund made a net return of 4.1% on its investment portfolio in 2017, according to its annual report.ENPAM, which caters for Italy’s general practitioners, reported that its portfolio was worth €20.9bn at the end of 2017.Real estate holdings formed more than a quarter (26%) of the portfolio. During 2017 year, direct real estate made a 4.1% net return, while indirectly-held properties returned 3.9% net.ENPAM has for some time had an explicit strategy of investing in the local economy, and last year launched a portfolio with a strategic bias towards Italian assets. Its aim is to build a portfolio of small direct holdings in seven to 10 Italian companies.last_img read more

Messi ‘could have joined Arsenal’

first_img Press Association Argentina midfield maestro Messi developed into one of the world’s greatest players at the Nou Camp, but was close to considering a switch to England when he was 15 in the Barcelona Academy. A recent biography suggests the potential deal broke down because Arsenal were unable to purchase accommodation for Messi’s family, who were keen to join him in London, although the South American would still have needed to secure a work permit. Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager along with Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Arsene Wenger confirmed today. center_img Despite all of their efforts, Arsenal boss Wenger – who also scouted the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba when they were raw talents – believes the player just felt settled in Spain rather than take a chance on a switch to England. “I think in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team (at Barcelona Academy). We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas,” said Wenger. “It was not completely down to a flat in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona.” last_img read more