The Program Coordinator of a non-for-profit foundation based in Monrovia has described actions of the Quardu Gbondi citizens in Lofa County as ‘totally unacceptable and unbecoming acts of violence’ against the Liberian leader.A week ago the Liberian leader visited Lofa County officially intended to assess the conditions of the Ebola virus Disease impacts and accomplishments at the epic-center in Foya District and other areas.Program Coordinator Byrd Leroy Morris Sr. head of Change Incorporated (CI) further pointed out that the attitude of the Quardu Gbondi citizens and youths does not represent the aspirations of Liberian youth groups.“If we are young people are to take over the mantle of leadership of the nation in the near we must cultivate virtues that would commensurate with the herculean tasks ahead,” Mr. Morris stressed.He further indicated that the currently new wave of doctrine of disrespect to Constitutional authorities is becoming a vicious circle and called on all young Liberians to desist from unwholesome and ungodly attitude if Liberia is to forge ahead. Mr. Morris also noted that with young people assuming leadership let us as Liberians be more civil in their utterances to leaders especially those that are constitutionally elected in the country.The CI boss warned that Liberians cannot and should not vote people in power just to insult them and Liberians should channel their displeasures and grievances through other means rather than verbal abuses.“This is becoming a new culture and folks see this as a means of entering government and that is if one becomes fearless and provocative in their utterances, it is evident that the government may pacify him/her with a job,” Coordinator Morris asserted.Mr. Morris also pointed out some Liberians may want to argue that Boakai Jalieba allegedly insulted the President and was rewarded with an Assistant Ministerial Post. He however, urged Liberians to leave that up to him and posterity will judge and rest of his people.Mr. Morris added that this trend should serve as a wake-up call to our leaders and those constitutionally elected to respect the young people and prioritize the well being of young people through the provision of employment and scholarship opportunities if we are to forge ahead as a nation and people.The CI head that Liberians should be more civil in addressing issues with their leaders and added that he is using this medium to apologize to the Liberian President for the rude behavior exemplified by youths in Lofa County.The CI head noted that the manner in which their grievances were meted out against the Liberian leader were indeed counterproductive.He also emphasized that the President will always be the President and this nation is a nation governed by law and people should respect those tents if this nation is to forge ahead and depend on the youth as future leaders of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, on the celebration of her 90th birthday, April 21, 2016.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, the President extended heartfelt greetings on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name. “As we join you in celebration, we pay tribute to you as the longest serving monarch in British history, whose modesty and call for national duty as citizens inspired trust and rallied all British subjects during the Second World War and beyond. These distinct attributes of yours remind all leaders of the sacred obligations to their people,” President Sirleaf stated. President Sirleaf reflected with appreciation on the friendship and good understanding existing between the United Kingdom and Liberia, since the United Kingdom’s recognition of Liberia’s declaration of nationhood in 1848.The President wished Queen Elizabeth good health and the Government and peoples under her leadership the blessings of peace, unity and prosperity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is now seeking the help of the public to arrest four men, who are wanted in connection to murder and rape investigations.Wanted are Farouk Khan of Byderabo Road, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Dillon Fitzgerald of Lot 2793 Central Ward, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Carlos Hackett; Winston Rodney called “Skinny”, 35, of Pomeroon, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Khan, 25, is wanted for the murder of Perion Boob, which occurred on April 21, 2019, in Kuribrang, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). Bobb was killed after he was confronted by the group of men, after reporting to the police that persons were stripping a vehicle. His friend, Emmanuel Jeffrey, who was allegedly abducted following the shooting but later escaped reported to Police that the murder occurred while he and Bobb were transporting dredging equipment from Kuribrong trail to Kuribrong Backdam. Bobb was shot once to his stomach. His body was later found slumped over the steering wheel of the pick-up he was driving. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Fitzgerald is being sought for a rape he allegedly committed in 2018. Additionally, Hackett is also wanted for rape committed on a child under the age of 16 which occurred between June 1 and 30, 2017, at Wismar Scheme, Linden. Rodney called “Skinny”, 35, of Pomeroon is wanted for the said offence which occurred between July 1 and 31, 2019, at Lamp Island, Kwakwani. Reports are Rodney sexually assaulted a five-year-old. Reports are that between July 1 and July 31, the village of Kwakwani was hit by flooding and the suspect along with the little boy were alone in a boat traversing the community when the child was sexually assaulted. A senior officer told this publication that the child told his mother what had occurred and she made a report to the police.“The suspect was immediately arrested and interviewed and was held for the 72-hour period but when the time elapsed he had to be let go,” the senior police source told Guyana Times on Friday.According to the officer, the file had been sent for legal advice, but by the time it was returned to the police to take action, Rodney had gone into hiding.Meanwhile, Commander of E Division, Linden Lord, when contacted by this publication on Friday said the child who was sexually assaulted would be receiving counselling and other forms of care that is provided when such incidents occur.He also confirmed that although the suspect was arrested for the alleged crime, when the file was eventually returned with the instructions to charge the suspect, that mandatory 72-hour holding period had already expired.According to Commander Lord, a wanted bulletin has been issued for Rodney, who is at large and ranks of his Division will continue to search for the alleged paedophile who has gone into hiding since he was released from Police custody.Just recently, the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) revealed that sexual abuse of children remains high in the country. The number of reported cases is as follows: 801 in 2018, 392 in 2017 and 616 in 2016. Similarly, cases reported for boy children were 179 in 2018, 442 in 2017 and 118 in 2016.Meanwhile, just last week, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack stated that sexual offence cases continue to dominate the courtrooms across the country but that there are notable increases in convictions nationwide.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-6978, 225-8196, 226-2870, 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station.All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The match between the Buenos Aires arch-rivals was due to be played at 2000 GMT on Sunday after initially being postponed following the attack near River’s Monumental stadium, which left Boca players with injuries from shards of broken glass and suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.“There isn’t a level playing field to play the final. That is why Conmebol have taken the decision to postpone the final of the Libertadores and to call a meeting of the presidents of both clubs in Asuncion to find a new date,” Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez said.Boca president Daniel Angelici said he would petition the governing body’s autonomous disciplinary commission to punish River, suggesting he may even be hoping his club are awarded victory by default.“Matches are won and lost on the pitch, that’s my personal perspective, but I have a responsibility as club president and that’s why I have to stick to the statute,” Angelici said at a press conference.Earlier on Sunday, Boca issued a statement requesting Conmebol not only postpone the match but also apply “the corresponding sanctions provided in Article 18.”Among the sanctions available under the governing body’s rules are “disqualification from competitions and exclusion from future competitions”.Security forces stand guard as River Plate supporters leave the Monumental stadium after the Copa Libertadores final, second leg, was postponed © AFP / Juan MabromataIt includes other options, such as a fine, the deduction of points and being forced to play a game behind closed doors.– ‘Shameful image’ –Three years ago, Conmebol used Article 18 to punish Boca after their fans attacked River players with pepper spray at half-time of a Copa Libertadores quarter-final tie.Boca were kicked out of the competition with River progressing.On Saturday, Boca captain Pablo Perez and midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo required hospital treatment after River fans pelted their team bus with sticks and stones and doused it in pepper spray.“We’ve given a shameful image to the world,” Dominguez said.The meeting between Boca president Daniel Angelici and his River counterpart Rodolfo D’Onofrio will take place on Tuesday at Conmebol’s headquarters in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.But finding a new date to complete the final may be difficult, not least due to the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires next weekend to be attended by United States President Donald Trump and his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, requiring a massive security operation in the Argentine capital.The Copa Libertadores winners are also due to represent South America at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from December 12-22.Saturday’s attack initially moved Conmebol to announce that kick-off had been delayed but Boca players emerged from their dressing room to talk to the press and insisted they were in no condition to play.Images circulating on Argentine television showed players stepping off their team bus rubbing their eyes from the effects of the pepper spray, while others from inside their dressing room showed them being treated for cuts by doctors.When Perez returned from hospital, he was wearing a large white bandage over his left eye.Boca fans await their team outside their hotel before the Copa Libertadores final was postponed © AFP / JAVIER GONZALEZ TOLEDO“We can’t play like this,” veteran forward Carlos Tevez told Fox television at the time.– Endemic violence –When the kick-off time approached with still no sign of any players coming out to warm up, a deflated feeling seemed to spread among fans inside the ground.“It’s not easy to take this decision when there are 60,000 people in the stadium and the (television) rights have been sold to a ton of countries,” Angelici said on Saturday.As fans left the ground on Saturday scuffles broke out with police leading to several arrests.Argentina has a problem with football-related violence and more than 300 people have been killed over the last 50 years because of it, according to one charity.The endemic violence led Argentine authorities in 2013 to ban away fans from all matches in the country.The ‘superclasico’ final between Argentina’s two most popular teams, already known worldwide for their fierce rivalry, was dubbed the most important club match in the country’s history.It was finely poised at 2-2 following the first leg two weeks ago at Boca’s Bombonera stadium.That too had to be postponed due to a torrential downpour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boca Juniors captain Pablo Perez needed hospital treatment after the attack on his team’s bus © AFP / Juan MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 25 – The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final has been postponed for a second time after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus, organizers Conmebol said on Sunday.Boca said they will petition the South American federation to also punish River following scenes Saturday the club described as “shameful”.
Letterkenny Gaels Club Notes. Is cúis áthas agus bród go bhfuil muid ag tacú le Rith aríst na bliaina seo. Tá muid ag dhéanamh ár gcuid ar son na Gaeilge sa club agus os comhair an phobail. Beidh baill club s’againne ag Rith síos an príomhsráid ag 11:50rn. Bigí linn. Letterkenny Gaels are delighted to be associated with the national Rith event which takes place this Friday. Our club members will proudly run the Letterkenny Main Street Kilometre which is scheduled for 11.50am. Our u-18 lads kicked off their 2016 season with a defeat to neighbours Naomh Colmcille in Group 3 of the Northern Minor league. They are fixed to play away to St. Eunans next Sunday. Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn are entering a float in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny on Thursday 17th March. All club members are invited to take part and we welcome as many children and young people as possible to join us on the day, dressed in club colours. Members are asked to assemble at the Gaels lorry near Letterkenny Community Centre along the Pearse Road at 2.20pm. Bígí linn!Have you a spare half hour? Volunteers are needed on St Patrick’s Day Thursday 17th March to help with the Church Gate collection at all Masses at the Irish Martyrs. Seo an bailiúchán teanga ar son Comhaltas Uladh agus cuidíonn an CLG leis achan bhliain. This collection is to support the development of Irish and the provision of gaeltacht scholarships by Comhaltas Uladh. Please contact Bairbre 089 4218215. The u-12 camogie team travelled to Meadowbank in Magherafelt for an Ulster Blitz at the weekend. The girls played some of the top teams in Derry and Antrim and finished the day with 2 victories and 3 draws. The Senior Ladies Footballers circuit training continues every Wednesday night in the clubhouse from 7 to 8pm. All welcome. This year we will have Ladies and Girls football for u-12, u-14, Minor and Senior. Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs.The indoor underage football training concludes this Friday night and will take a break for a few weeks and move outside to Pairc na nGael after Easter. New members welcome. Camogie training and the winter league for u-8 & u-10 teams will finish this Friday and resume outdoors after Easter. U-12 camogie and girls circuits will also continue after the break. New members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details. The U-14 hurlers will take part in the Donegal B Feile on 20th March with the winning team progressing to the All Ireland Feile Competition in June. Hurling training for u-6 to u-13’s will also resume after the Easter break. Contact 086 8405785 for more details. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLETTERKENNY GAELS FACE ST EUNAN’S IN MINOR LEAGUE CLASH NEXT SUNDAY was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsSport
IT Tallaght was the venue for this game in the Colleges and Universities Football League. LYIT were coming off the back of a defeat at home to Sligo IT and were committed to coming home from Tallaght with , at least, a share of the spoils. Daire McDaid reverted to his usual midfield role flanked by Brian McVeigh of Letterkenny Rovers and Marty Doherty the Cockhill Celtic player. The role of these three defined the game both in pace and passing.Paul McVeigh and Simon McGlynn played up front, both of whom had experienced a heavy weekend with their respective teams, McVeigh representing Ulster in the interprovincial competition and Simon McGlynn making a telling contribution to the Finn Harps U19 semi-final game against UCD in Finn Park. The early running was made by the front two with Ryan Connolly and Adrian Delap providing support from the right side. McVeigh went close on several occasions and was at the receiving end of a lot of heavy tackles from Devine of Tallaght, a player now on the Shamrock Rovers books, and well acquainted with the CUFL league, this being his third season in Tallaght colours .The only goal of the game came from a LYIT attack started in midfield by Marty Doherty with Paul McVeigh pressing on goal, Ryan Connolly seized the chance to roll the ball over the line to leave the margin at 1-0,The second half commenced with two changes to the Tallaght side, Tallaght manager Pat Scully replacing both full backs a move that he hoped might calm the pace set by Connolly and McGlynn in particular.The one outstanding chance that came the way of Tallaght brought out the best in Letterkenny IT keeper Mark McElhinney who pushed the ball over the bar from close range. The result leaves the table very much on a level with match day 3 to come and another away game for LYIT in Blanchardstown. LYIT: Mark McElhinney, Caolan McDaid, Fearghal Harkin, Michael Kusigagbe, Adrian Delap, Brian McVeigh, Daire McDaid, (Captain), Marty Doherty, Ryan Connolly, Paul McVeigh, Simon MCGlynn. Subs Christopher Doherty for M. Kusigagbe, Connor Doherty, Shay Durning, Derek Ani.Manager: Shane Byrne.LYIT show promise after first win of season was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLYITtallaght
DONEGAL Senior Football manager Jim McGuinness has tonight won a deferral in the playing of senior club games until after the Ulster final clash with Down.Senior club and intermediate games are being deferred until August 12.Junior A and B championship matches will however go ahead this weekend. The decision will once again open up the club v county debate with grassroots GAA members divided over the benefits of deferring games.Several club members contacted donegaldaily.com to complain.County supporters however will welcome the decision which will allow the panel of players to concentrate on getting ready for the Down clash at Clones on July 22.McGuinness made his plea before the county board meeting earlier this evening. GAA NEWS: MCGUINNESS WINS GAME POSTPONEMENT, BUT CRITICISM FROM CLUBS was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Oaks Christian, Oak Park, Nordhoff of Ojai, Grace Brethren of Simi Valley, Carpinteria and Santa Paula will compete in the upper Tri-Valley League. Fillmore, Villanova Prep of Ojai, Santa Clara of Oxnard, Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara and Malibu will play in the lower Frontier League. The approved releaguing means Oaks Christian likely will remain in Div. XI for the foreseeable future. The TCA has 15 schools that will compete in one to three leagues, depending on the sport. It will be the fifth such umbrella conference in the section. Dominant defense: Campbell Hall of North Hollywood (5-0), No. 1 in Southern Section Div. XIII, will count on its defense when it plays No. 5 Whittier Christian of La Habra (4-0) in a Delphic League opener Friday night at Whittier College. Campbell Hall, idle last week, has two straight shutouts – the Vikings have not been scored upon since the third quarter of a 14-6 victory over then-No. 1 Hamilton of Anza on Sept. 16. Whittier Christian has a high-powered offense averaging 39.5 points per game. Also: Vasquez of Acton, a freelance team, thrashed Mammoth 38-0 last week to improve to 6-0. … Perennial High Desert League power Mojave (2-2), which had been No. 2 in Div. XII, was upset 28-19 by No. 8 Boron in a nonleague game. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Oaks Christian has won the past two Southern Section titles, defeating Oak Park in the championship game on both occasions. Oaks Christian administrators, who sought to a play a makeup game under an arrangement that would have both teams playing three games in nine or 10 days – a plan that meets CIF State regulations – believe the bylaws state that a league champion has to play all its league games; meaning neither team would be eligible for a league title. Oak Park administrators, who rejected the Oaks Christian plan citing safety concerns, point to a clause in the constitution stating exceptions for natural disasters. If league officials determine that both teams are title-eligible, Oak Park would be seeded higher if both teams win the rest of their league games, based on the league’s Rose Bowl formula for breaking ties, which awards the higher seed to last season’s lower-seeded team. Releaguing: The newly formed Tri-Counties Association has set its two leagues for next season. “My guess,” Oak Park coach Brian Crum said, “is that it’ll be a major point of discussion.” Depending on how the league’s bylaws are interpreted, the ramifications of the canceled game between the Southern Section Div. XI powers could be major. OAK PARK – A Tri-Valley League administrative meeting scheduled for today wasn’t hastily called to diffuse the area’s hottest small-school football controversy. But how the league will handle the fallout of a wildfire-forced cancellation of the Sept. 30 Oaks Christian of Westlake Village/Oak Park game will be brought up.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Hawaii, Santa Barbara and San Diego are the top three destinations for Whittier travelers joining more than 2.9million Southern Californians taking out-of-town vacations this Thanksgiving weekend.The Automobile Club of Southern California is predicting that, overall, 4.7percent more people will travel this holiday weekend compared with last year.Most will travel by car. Air travel is estimated to increase by 1.4percent, the Auto Club said.Many people are booking cruises or traveling to popular tourist spots with the family rather than visiting relatives nearby, Auto Club officials said.Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said travel is up in part because of dropping gas prices, even though prices are still 20 cents higher than last year.Travel by automobile will increase 4.8percent this Thanksgiving – a significant jump from the usual 1percent to 2percent change from year to year.“It’s a family holiday,” Spring said. “This year, some people are optimistic with the gas prices coming down, so more are traveling.“But most families find that driving is more cost-effective than flying, especially when transporting a whole family.”Caltrans issued a warning last week for motorists to allow extra time if they are traveling north through the Grapevine on the Interstate5 because of an ongoing closure “for mudslide and slope stabilization repairs.”With the increase in car travel, some local mechanics are busier than usual.Robert Perez, manager of Bob’s Auto Center in Whittier, said business began picking up early Monday as people came in for last-minute tuneups before the holiday weekend.“Today’s been real busy,” Perez said. “I got a few customers here who are going on vacations and want to get their cars ready. We usually do see an increase around this time (of year).”The same was true at the Jiffy Lube on Colima Road in Whittier, according to store manager Victor Flores.“We’ve seen our car count go up for the past three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday,” Flores said.Gas prices continue to drop in Southern California, but travelers will still pay the highest ever to fill their tanks this weekend, according to the Auto Club.The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline dropped from $2.94 on Oct.15 to $2.63 on Nov.15.On Monday, the average price dropped again to $2.52 in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, Auto Club spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said.But prices are still about 20cents per gallon higher than a year ago, she added.“We’ve reached new heights, so there’s a lot farther downward to go,” Montgomery said. “We’re in a traditional time of year when prices go down.”Gas stations in Hacienda Heights, Covina and Whittier were among the lowest prices listed at www.losangelesgasprices.com, ranging from $2.33per gallon to $2.35per gallon.Statewide, Thanksgiving travel is expected to increase from 4.4million Californians leaving town last year to 4.6million this year. The Thanksgiving holiday gives families a chance to take a week off while using fewer vacation days, Montgomery said, and multigenerational vacations are popular.“Everyone meets in Hawaii or they go on a cruise together,” she said. “It’s a nice way to connect with family and get a vacation out of it.” email@example.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029
UEFA Europa League (Semi Finals Return Legs) Tags: europa league RB Salzburg (0) vs (2) Olympique De MarseilleRed Bull Arena, Wals-SiezenheimThursday, 03-05-2018Referee: Sergey Karasev (Rus).Marseille won the first leg 2-0Salzburg manager Marco Rose has a fully fit squad at his disposal and changes are hardly expected despite an ordinary performance in the first leg at Marseille. Salzburg lost the first leg 2-0 in France but have overturned a similar deficit in the previous round by cancelling a 4-2 loss at Lazio with a 4-1 win at their home turf.Steve Mandanda, Hiroki Sakai and Boubacar Kamara are the players sidelined with injuries for the Olympians. Rudi Garcia has no reasons to make change to the eleven that performed admirably in the first leg.Salzburg are unbeaten in their 7 home games in the Europa League this season, 5 wins and 2 draws. They kept clean sheets in 5 of those and three of those wins came by 3 or more goal margins. Marseille have an unbeaten home record in the competition, but they have managed only 1 win from their 8 away games so far (3 draws and 4 losses). But, they have not conceded more than 1 goal in any of those.Three meetings between the two sides so far, all in this season. The teams now share a win, draw and loss. Salzburg’s overall record against French Ligue 1 clubs is 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses from 7 games. At home, they won 2 and lost 1 of the three so far. Marseille’s overall record against Austrian clubs is 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses from 7 games. They won 1 and lost 2 of the three away visits to Austria.Florian Thauvin(left) and Demitri Payet(right) will key in deciding Marseille’s fate on ThursdaySalzburg will dream until the final whistle but looking at the quality in Marseille’s ranks, i think they will go through despite losing the game tonight.Prediction: Salzburg to win by a one goal margin.Comments Atletico Madrid (1) vs (1) ArsenalEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridThursday, 03-05-2018Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Ita).10 men Atletico Madrid held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the first legArsenal go into Thursday’s Europa League semi final winless in their past six European visits to Spain (D2 L4), last winning in February 2006, – a 1-0 victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League.Alex Iwobi has travelled despite suffering a slight hamstring injury in the weekend defeat at Manchester United but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied and Mohamed Elneny (ankle) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) are also out. Wenger has confirmed that David Ospina will start ahead of Petr Cech in goal.For the hosts, Diego Costa started his first game for Atleti in three weeks at the weekend, though did not impress as Alves were beaten 1-0 on Sunday. The former Chelsea striker is expected to feature after sitting out the first leg. Sime Vrsaljko is suspended after his red card from the first leg.On the previous two occasions Arsenal have drawn the first leg of a European semi-final, they’ve progressed to the final (1979-80 and 1993-94 Cup Winners Cup). However, the past five teams to achieve a score-draw away from home in the first leg of a major European semi-final have progressed to the final, including both teams in the Europa League (Dnipro in 2014-15 and Sevilla in 2015-16). Atletico have lost just one of their past 17 home games in European competition (W13 D3), but that was to an English side (Chelsea in the CL group stage this season). The Gunners are aiming to qualify for their sixth major European final, and third under Arsene Wenger – they reached the Uefa Cup final in 2000 and Champions League final in 2006 under the Frenchman, losing both. Alexandre Lacazette has had a hand in 13 goals in his past 13 Europa League starts (11 goals, two assists).Antoine Griezmann (left) scored Atletico’s goal in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates last weekArsenal had a chance to win the first leg after they got themselves into a great position, leading 1-0 and a man up but somehow let Atletico get back level so I think it’s a big opportunity missed. I don’t see Arsenal out playing the Spanish side in their own back yard let alone the Gunners frequenting Atletico’s goal.Prediction: Both teams to play out a goalless draw.