Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stepping Down

Today is my last day as HOD in the Department of ADP & DipBus at HICT – I am stepping down – and I will start the new year just focusing on teaching and being involved in other equally challenging stuff. Very special thanks to Shireen Ng for her steadfast support.

I didn’t watch the Arsenal-Portsmouth game early this morning – but anyway, I heard this morning’s news over the radio that Arsenal thrashed Portsmouth 4-1. Arsenal undeniably showcased their Premier League title credentials with this comprehensive win – so Chelsea and Man U, watch out!

The Gunners took the lead when Eduardo's free-kick deflected in off Younes Kaboul (28), before Samir Nasri fired in a second (52). Aaron Ramsey made it 3-0 with a brilliant solo goal, hammering in from 20 yards (69), before Portsmouth’s Nadir Belhadj's close-range strike (74) gave his team faint hope. Even this slim hope vanished when Alex Song splendidly headed in a Nasri cross (81) to wrap it up for Arsenal.

A happy result for the Gunners.

Wintry weather has resulted in Wednesday’s match between Celtic and Kilmarnock being called off. An SPL statement said the match in Ayrshire could not be played due to "approach roads to the stadium being declared unsafe by the police".

Divisional commander chief superintendent Bill Fitzpatrick said: "Having examined the stadium and its immediate environments on each of the previous two days, Strathclyde Police cannot guarantee that the football match scheduled for Wednesday night could be held without considerable and unacceptable risk to spectators and others attending the match.

"Extreme weather conditions have resulted in thick compacted ice covering large areas of the approaches to the stadium – this has proved resistant to mitigation”. At least, six SPL matches had to be re-arranged.

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