Okemo opens for season; plans for Thanksgiving

first_imgOKEMO PLANS TO OPEN FOR THE SEASON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 WITH TOP TOBOTTOM TERRAIN!Ludlow, VT – The Okemo snowmaking team has been blowing snow non-stop inpreparation for opening day of the season on November 12, 2004.Fantastic snowmaking temperatures have enabled Okemo’s snowmaking team toreally powder the slopes at every opportunity. That’s great news forOkemoskiers and riders! Okemo will have top to bottom skiing on at least 7trails, with 4 lifts in operation to whisk skiers and riders to some greatearly season snow conditions on opening day.Skiing and riding will be available for advanced skiers and riders fromthesummit of the mountain on trails such as Count Down, Upper World Cup,LowerWorld Cup, Defiance, Buckhorn and Drop Off. Snowmaking operations arecontinuing at every opportunity to open additional terrain and provide topto bottom skiing and riding. The Northstar Express will start turning at9:00 am on opening day, along with the Glades Peak Quad, the F-10 Poma andthe Sachem Quad.The Base Café, Sitting Bull Lounge and Summit Lodge will be open servingfood and beverage. The Okemo Express Rental/Repair Shop, PenguinPlayground Day Care Center, Okemo Snowsports Shop and Mountain ServicesOffice will also be open.Skiers and riders should stay in touch with okemo.com or call the 24-HourSnowphone at (802) 228-5222 for the latest updates and for moreinformationon opening day of the season.OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT PREPARES FOR AN EXCITING THANKSGIVING WEEKENDLudlow, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend is right around the corner and OkemoMountain Resort is getting ready! Okemo’s snowmakers and groomers areworking nonstop to expand terrain and create the snow conditions Okemo isso famous for. Lots of lifts, trails spread across 5 mountain areas andon-snow fun is on the agenda for the Thanksgiving Weekend.Thanksgiving Lift Operations – November 22 to 28, 2004:Monday through Wednesday: Lifts open from 9 am to 4 pmThursday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmFriday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmSaturday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmSunday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmThanksgiving Buffet Dinner at Willie Dunn’s Grille:Served from 3 pm – 8 pmCinnamon Butternut Bisque Soup, Hand Carved Vermont Turkey with HomemadeGravy, Hand Carved Maple Glazed Ham, Roasted Pork Loin, Seafood Scampi,Homemade Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Whipped Mashed Sweet Potatoes, HomemadeStuffing with Cranberries & Nuts, Fresh Steamed Vegetables, Salad Bar withFresh Bread and Holiday Desserts.Unlimited Trips ($20.99 + plus tax). 50% off to children 12 and under(18% Gratuity will automatically be added to final bill)Call to make reservations, Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 22-Nov. 24between 11 am – 3 pm at (802) 228-1387.Thanksgiving Dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern:Served from 12 pm until 8 pmButternut Squash Sherry Bisque with Forest Mushrooms or Coleman Bibb Saladwith Candied Walnuts, Roasted Beets and Maple Mustard VinaigretteCorn Fritter with Apple Chutney, Roast Fresh Turkey with Cornbread SausageStuffing, Roasted Root Vegetables, Potato Medley, Cranberry Compote andSage Gravy, Pumpkin Pie or Apple Cobbler or Wilcox Dairy Selected IceCreamBuffet is $28 per person. $15 for children under 12 (entreeonly). Beverages, tax and gratuity extra. For reservations please callthe Coleman Brook Tavern at (802) 228-1435.Schedule of EventsWed, Nov 26: Wonderful Wednesdays! VT/NH residents can ski/ride theentireday for just $39 or pay just $21 for the afternoon (starting at 12:30pm). Proof of residency is all that’s needed at the time of lift ticketpurchase.Thurs, Nov 27: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Willie Dunn’s Grille. Join usfor a beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 1 pm – 8 pm. Call to makereservations for Thanksgiving, Monday – Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 26 between 11a.m. – 5 p.m. at (802) 228-1387.Sat, Nov 29: Long Trail Apres-Ski Party. Join the fun for an Apres-skiparty with live music by Rick Redington and Long Trail giveaways in theSitting Bull Bar & Restaurant from 3-6pm.Sat, Nov 29: J1/2/3. Snowboard and Freestyle programs begin.Sat, Nov 29: Annual Okemo Season Passholder Cocktail Party and FashionShowinside the Okemo Great Room from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.Early Season Ski & Stay SpecialsWinter Weekend Warm-Up from $63.95 pp/dayAvailable opening to Thurs, Nov. 27, 2003 or Sun, Nov. 30 to Sun, Dec. 14,2003Take advantage of Okemo’s unsurpassed snowmaking capabilities and enjoyNewEngland ‘s best early season snow conditions. These sample packagesinclude lodging in either a Jackson Gore Inn room, a 1BR Okemo MountainLodge ski-in/ski-out, a 2 or 3BR Winterplace mountainside unit, and dailylift tickets. 2-day/2-night weekend stays available Friday night throughSunday.’Twas the week before Christmas from $106.25 pp/dayAvailable Sun, Dec.21 to Fri, Dec. 26, 2003Enjoy New England’s best early-season snow conditions, and then take intheHoliday Festivities in the Village of Ludlow. Visit the shops for a lastminute holiday gift, or simply relax and unwind in Okemo’s winterplayground. These sample packages include lodging in a new Jackson GoreInnroom, a 1 BR Okemo Mountain Lodge ski-in/ski-out, 2 or 3 BR Winterplacemountainside units, daily lift tickets, a free day ticket on Sundayafternoon, and the Okemo Freedom Pack. 5 -day/5 -night midweek staysavailable Sunday night through Friday. For the latest update on lifts, trails, snow conditions and events,visit the Okemo website at www.okemo.com(link is external) or the 24-hour Snowphone at (802)228-5222.last_img read more

Uniondale Man Charged in 17-month-old’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old Uniondale man described as a soulless “monster” was charged in the murder of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old child over Columbus Day weekend, Nassau County authorities said.Lord Pardo was ordered held on $20 million bond or $10 million cash at his arraignment Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. He was charged with second-degree murder for the child’s death on Sunday.“It’s clear that the defendant has no soul,” acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said Tuesday during a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola. “He’s truly a monster.”Pardo, who emigrated from Haiti in 2009 and has no prior arrest record, is not the father of the child, but he was watching the tot because the mother was working at Whole Foods in Jericho.The tragic incident occurred during the afternoon as Pardo cared for the boy, Mason Robinson, and his own three-week-old daughter, authorities said. He’s cared for the child between six to eight times in the past four months, officials said.At 1:40 p.m., Pardo notified Robinson’s mother via text message that the child had “difficulty breathing,” officials said. That’s when the woman asked Pardo to bring the child to Whole Foods, which he did, according to his defense attorney Meir Moza. The child was then taken to North Shore LIJ Hospital in Syosset, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 p.m., police said.During Pardo’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Jessica Cepriano said Robinson sustained a fractured rib, collapsed lung, lacerated liver, lacerated diaphragm, fractured skull, and massive internal injuries.“This was no accident,” acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “This baby was severely beaten and those injuries caused his death.“Nothing is more despicable than the murder of a child,” added Singas.Pardo’s defense attorney said the evidence does not point to his client willfully injuring the child.Moza said the second-degree murder charge is an example of the district attorney’s office “overreaching,” adding that the facts would prove that.Pardo has no reason to harm the child, the attorney said.“For me to believe that someone is just going to harm a baby out of nowhere, it just seems farfetched,” Moza told the Press.The attorney suggested that the injuries could’ve been caused by “negligence supervision,” but his client never intended to physically assault the child.“I don’t think that the evidence will be sustainable,” Moza said.When told of Moza’s remarks during Pardo’s arraignment, Krumpter said the “charges are consistent with the injuries the baby suffered.”The injuries, he said, are “inconsistent with an accident.”Authorities said Nassau County Child Protective Services has never investigated a case involving Pardo.last_img read more

Immigrants Express Post-Election Anxiety & Fear At Community Forum

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Anxious parents filled the auditorium at Westbury Middle School Wednesday for a community forum intended to address growing concerns among immigrant and minority groups that the new Trump administration’s controversial policies could rip families apart.Dozens of parents told a panel of elected officials, lawyers and religious leaders that children, especially Hispanic students, are hesitant to go to school out of fear that immigration agents will pick them up. Muslim residents said they’re worried about safety at mosques, especially after the recent slaying of six people at a Quebec City mosque in Canada. They said that some worshipers are avoiding places of worship entirely while others are constantly looking over their shoulders.“I’m really just tired of being scared,” said one Muslim woman wearing a traditional religious head cover to the panel. “I do not feel safe being overtly Muslim.”Some speakers said it didn’t help matters that Nassau County police did not send a representative to attend the forum despite being invited. A Nassau police spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.This was the second forum on this topic since President Donald Trump’s election victory. Organizers said they were trying to build upon themes raised from its first meeting at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, when parents urged schools to take a more proactive role in addressing their concerns.On Wednesday night, Westbury Public Schools Superintendent Mary A. Lagnado said the district, among the most diverse on the Island, is part of the fabric of the community and that’s why she believed it was important to open the school’s doors. Still, she acknowledged that other schools might be more hesitant, given the current political climate.“The auditorium that we’re in was built with community funds—it’s a community auditorium, that’s why we’re hosting,” she told several hundred people in attendance. “That’s what this country was founded on. That’s what makes us great: that we all come from different walks of life and together we can become stronger.”Issues of legal rights of immigrants, anti-religious attacks and the impact of Trump’s now-frozen travel ban took center stage. While panelists weren’t equipped to address every question, they did try to assuage parents and clear the air about unsubstantiated rumors.Asked whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can simply barge into a home or round up people walking down the street—common concerns in the Hispanic community—lawyers on the panel had the same answer: Unless a signed warrant is produced, people are not obligated to comply.Acknowledging recent raids across the country targeting undocumented immigrants, the attorneys on the panel said such operations are intended for specific individuals. They also noted that ICE agents are prohibited from indiscriminately rounding up people based on race or ethnicity and that they are legally mandated to produce a warrant when requesting someone show identification.Similarly, panelists told the audience that ICE agents are not allowed into schools or places of worship—buildings where those with questionable legal status could find refuge.Silvia Finkelstein of the Nassau District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs said that recent operations are comparable to those under the Obama administration, which deported more undocumented immigrants than any president in history.Finkelstein shook her head after she was asked to dispel the widely believed misconception that undocumented immigrants can become legal after being in the country for 10 years. Such claims are entirely false, she said. She warned the audience that unscrupulous attorneys have taken large sums of money and tricked unsuspecting immigrants. She also made the community aware of reports that criminals posing as ICE agents have harassed immigrants for money instead of arresting them. The public should be vigilant, she said.At the forum, participants said that the perceived provocation from the White House has caused such a palpable fear among immigrants that even those in the United States legally have expressed fear that their status could be reversed retroactively.But now Muslim Americans, typically one of the most marginalized communities in the country, are in a position where they’re promising to stand in solidarity with the Hispanic community.“Our doors are open, our kitchens are open,” said Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island and one of the forum’s organizers.Recognizing that Muslim Americans have “been the target of hate,” one Muslim woman said she was inspired by the thousands of people who took to the streets after Trump’s ban on seven Muslim-majority nations went into effect. Despite her own concerns, she told Hispanics in attendance: “We stand with you.”Long Island school children and their teachers share many of the same concerns as their counterparts nationwide, according to a recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center conducted after the presidential election. In that poll, 90 percent of educators said their schools had been affected negatively by the presidential campaign and that 80 percent recalled “heightened anxiety and fear among students.”“Those statistics don’t surprise me,” said Rabbi Michael White of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, who also helped organize Wednesday’s event. “Once you open that Pandora’s box, every group that is typically a target becomes an explicit target.”Despite anti-Semitic attacks before and after the election, the Jewish community on Long Island feels safe, he said.“So we have an obligation to stand and be present with our friends in communities that feel vulnerable right now,” White added.The most impassioned plea of the evening came from Westbury Village Justice Tom Liotti, who spoke critically of the Trump administration.Citing the Declaration of Independence, Liotti said that it’s the duty of citizens to rebel against an oppressive government.Referring to the Trump administration, Liotti said, “We don’t have compassion and empathy. We have bottom-line decisions.”last_img read more

The Alexander technique

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Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette reveals Mikel Arteta unleashed hairdryer treatment at half-time against Leeds

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta was furious with his Arsenal players at half-time against Leeds (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta was fuming with his Arsenal players at half-time of their FA Cup third round win over Leeds United on Monday night, with Alexandre Lacazette revealing that his manager ‘shouted a lot’ in the dressing room.The Gunners really struggled against the Championship side in the first 45 minutes at the Emirates, surviving a host of chances to get into the break at 0-0.Leeds were first to the ball and forced a string of mistakes from their Premier League opponents who could not handle the energy of the Yorkshire side.Arsenal went on to win the game with a vastly improved second half performance, with Reiss Nelson scoring the only goal of the game to book them a spot in the fourth round.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLacazette, who won the Man of the Match award, says that this turnaround was down to some angry scenes in the Emirates dressing room at the break.‘He [Arteta] shouted a lot, he was not happy because we knew they were going to play like this and we didn’t respect what he said.‘In the second half it was a lot better and thank you Reiss for the goal.’ Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette reveals Mikel Arteta unleashed hairdryer treatment at half-time against Leeds Phil HaighMonday 6 Jan 2020 10:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisement Reiss Nelson scored a fairly fortunate winner (Picture: Getty Images)While he is just weeks into his first role in management, Arteta is viewed as having a more cerebral approach than a blood and thunder one.However, match-winner Nelson says that a bit of aggression is a positive to have in a top level coach.‘I think that’s good,’ said the 20-year-old. ‘As a coach you’ve got to have that aggressive side and obviously the side where it’s love as well.‘In training he’s always asking us to press with passion and play with purpose and I think it’s all paying off.‘It gives us confidence to go forward.’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 CityArsenal were far better in the second 45 minutes in north London and created a number of chances to make the result more comfortable, although they still finished the match with just 42% possession.The win over the Championship outfit books Arsenal a spot in the last 32 of the competition where they will face a trip to Bournemouth in an all-Premier League tie.The victory hands Arteta back-to-back wins for the first time as Arsenal boss and he will be looking to make it three on the spin when he returns to Premier League action at Crystal Palace on Saturday.MORE: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dismisses transfer talk and confirms commitment to the clubMORE: Arsenal and Tottenham considering loan move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar but it would not be cheap Advertisementlast_img read more

Palm Lake Resort residents gearing up for world-class lawn bowls

first_imgPalm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa is getting a world-class bowling green and the residents couldn’t be more excited.THE BASICSPALM LAKE RESORT COOROY-NOOSADeveloper: Palm Lake GroupPrice: From $477,000Location: 19 Trading Post Road, CooroyPalm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa is getting an upgrade with a world-class lawn bowls green soon to be unveiled.A WORLD class eight-rink undercover lawn bowls green is set to be unveiled soon at Palm Lakes Resort Cooroy-Noosa.The green hasn’t been unveiled yet but that hasn’t stopped residents from getting ready for the big day. Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa sales manager Joanne Smith said her residents were so excited about the facility they had already formed a Bowls Club committee and had sharted making plans.“They even took a trip up to Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle to check out their new undercover lawn bowls green as ours will be very similar,” Ms Smith said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoPalm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa Bowls Club games director Jim Walsh said the resort’s facility was shaping up to be “absolutely spectacular”.“The open aspect of the facility looking across to the nearby bush as well as the water feature are just beautiful,” Jim says. “We are definitely going to be the envy of all the local bowlers.”Sportcrete is engaged to install surfaces for all new lawn bowls facilities across the Palm Lake Group. The Greengauge woven bowls surface used across all Palm Lake Resorts is world-renowned for its performance, durability and consistency, according to Sportcrete spokesman Ben Sutcliffe. Mr Sutcliffe said the surface produced consistent speeds of 15-16 seconds, which is ideal for all levels and styles of bowling. This is perfect for Palm Lake Resort lawn bowls rinks as they are used for a variety of events from social barefoot bowls games for beginners, right up to serious competitive matches for seasoned players. Coupled with the Sportcrete Bowls Base System, which uses the latest laser technology and environmentally friendly polymer bonding, the green at Cooroy-Noosa will be top of the range. “The outcome is a precision bowls base built to the finest tolerances, designed to perform year in and year out,” Mr Sutcliffe said. Palm Lake Cooroy-Noosa is in Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast. If you’d like to take a tour of the resort, Palm Lake’s will arrange a free nights accommodation for you. The resort features tennis courts, billiards, movie theatre, swimming pools, undercover bowls and many other world class facilities.last_img read more

Cashmere is experiencing a shortage of homes for sale

first_imgThe pool at 52 Cashmere Lane, Cashmere.Mr Spillane saw 40 groups of buyers through the home, with four written offers received.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“That’s the most amount of buyers through a home I’ve ever had in Cashmere,” Mr Spillane said.“The market is really hot here at the moment.” He added that while the home is large and set on half an acre, he credits the high price to an undersupply of stock.“Blocks of that size are highly in demand at the moment and there aren’t many coming to market,” Mr Spillane said. Inside the home at 52 Cashmere Lane, Cashmere.The new owners are a family who are relocating from NSW.“They had been studying the market for quite some time,” he said.“They loved the privacy, the size of the block and the space within the home.”Mr Spillane said that now was a good time to sell in Cashmere, and urged buyers to come with their finances sorted and be ready to act fast. This home at 52 Cashmere Lane, Cashmere, sold for $765,000.Homes at Cashmere are hot property with not enough houses up for sale.This home at 52 Cashmere Lane sold for $765,000, and Innov8 director Michael Spillane believes it is one of the highest prices ever reached in the estate.last_img read more

Dutch CIOs call on industry to ‘refocus’ on promoting long-term policies

first_imgA group of CIOs from some of the largest pension funds in the Netherlands has called on asset managers, listed companies and other schemes to “refocus” on long-term policy.In an article published in the VBA Journal, the magazine for the Association of Investment Professionals, the CIOs said conflicts of interest between pension funds and asset managers must be reduced while the impact of long-term share ownership must be increased.The contributors, including Eloy Lindeijer of the €186bn asset manager PGGM and Inge van den Doel of the €59bn metal scheme PMT, said executive boards and shareholders were putting companies under increasing pressure to meet financial targets quickly.“As a consequence, the companies often postpone investments,” they said. In their opinion, pension funds and asset managers must also do their part to bring about the necessary change, “as they have also increased their focus on the short term, due to falling interest rates and regulation, including monthly reporting to the supervisor about funding and asset allocation”.“As a consequence,” they added, “many asset managers have limited the period to achieve their benchmark to three years.”To align the interests of all stakeholders, remuneration must be tied to long-term value creation, according to the CIOs, who called for additional research into preventing “perverse” incentives for pay.They proposed that individual pension funds and their asset managers jointly design investment policies for the long term, which the scheme then translates into an investment mandate.The CIOs also argued that risk/return measurement should long term, recommending the 20-year swap rate plus a 3% surcharge as benchmark.Quantitative performance should be measured every 5-10 years and could contribute to a different way of thinking among the stakeholders, they said.They pointed out that, given pension funds’ liabilities for a period of up to 40 years, monthly reporting about development in the investment portfolio was not essential.They said traditional risk management – focusing on volatility, tracking error and standard deviation – should be extended with scenario analysis, aimed at the risk of missing long-term targets.The CIOs argued that long-term reporting must also provide insight into the “intrinsic value” of the companies within the investment portfolio, and said asset managers could contribute by investing in their own investment funds, as well as by rewarding fund managers for long-term investments.Asset managers should also consider cutting management fees longer-term mandates, they said.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Iyorhe, two other females to officiate at 2020 CHAN

first_imgRelatedPosts Three notorious Nigerian kidnappers arrested in Cameroon Adamawa Police confirm death of 18 kidnappers, but say in Cameroon Fire rips through crowded Cameroon prison Nigeria’s female FIFA-badged referee, Mimisen Iyorhe, would join Ethiopian central referee, Lidya Tafesse, and Malawian assistant referee, Bernadettar Kwimbira, to officiate at the forthcoming 2020 African Nations Championship in Cameroon. A statement by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday said the trio joined their male counterparts, 19 referees and 19 assistant referees, in the five-day training preceding the championship. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the championship, which is in its sixth edition, would hold from April 4 to 25. The statement quoted CAF Refereeing Director, Eddy Maillet, as saying that the decision was to provide a platform of more competitions for the female referees, considering the limited number of women’s tournaments and also to improve their match fitness. Maillet said: “We launched this ground-breaking initiative during the U-17 AFCON in Tanzania last April and the result was inspiring. “During the U-23 AFCON in November in Egypt, the performance of the female referees was impressive which saw two of them (Fathia Jermouni and Salma Mukansanga) taking part in the third place match. “The CHAN is the next senior competition after the Africa Cup of Nations, and it will provide a major platform for the female trio to prove that they are capable. ”It was interesting to see them compete for a spot in the final tournament with their male counterparts.” The statement added that the five-day training programme focused primarily on the application of Video Assistant Referees, which would be deployed at the sixth edition of the competition designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. The statement said: “It was under the supervision of experienced instructors such as Jerome Damon (South Africa), Jean Claude Birimushahu (Burundi), Hadqa Yahya (Morocco), Hannachi Boubaker (Tunisia) and Mohamed Hussein Ali (Djibouti). “It was the second major seminar for the pre-selected match officials after a similar one in Cairo, Egypt last February.” NAN reports that with this development, CHAN will be the third major men’s competitions to have female match officials after the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (Tanzania 2019) and the Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (Egypt 2019.) NAN also reports that Tafesse is one of the most experienced female match officials having participated in major competitions, including the last FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019. On her part, Kwimbira has several Women’s Africa Cup of Nations participation to her credit in addition to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, whilst Iyorhe served at the 2016 and 2018 Women AFCON.Tags: 2020 CHANcameroonEddy MailletIyorheSalma Mukansangalast_img read more

Petr Cech wants Arsenal to respond to their defeat to Chelsea

first_imgPetr Cech called on Arsenal to move on from the disappointment of another defeat to Chelsea to steer their Premier League title challenge back on course. The Gunners had Per Mertesacker sent off after 18 minutes and Diego Costa scored the decisive goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win for Chelsea, which leaves Arsene Wenger’s men three points behind leaders Leicester with 15 games to go. The immediate focus is on the FA Cup which Arsenal have won in the last two seasons. The Gunners play Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Press Association But the next two home Premier League matches will be a further test of their title credentials, against Southampton and Leicester. Arsenal are bidding for a first championship since 2004. “We are only three points off the lead and have Leicester and Southampton at home coming up,” Cech said on arsenal.com. “They are difficult games but if we can keep winning our games, we can go back to the top.” Arsenal beat Chelsea in August’s Community Shield, but are without a league win against their rivals in nine games, since October 2011. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini added: “We are fighting for the title and it is frustrating. “We gave it everything and it was not easy against 11 men, but what can I say? “It is a long run and we still have to fight and move forward. It is only a game but (losing to Chelsea) is frustrating and a disappointment.” Arsenal are without a league goal against Chelsea in more than nine hours, since Theo Walcott’s strike in defeat at Stamford Bridge in January 2013. Flamini had a fine opportunity in the first half, but rather than head it, he tried to acrobatically divert the ball in. He added: “I thought I could take it with one touch but it was going very quickly so it was hard.” Wenger clung to the positives of the performance, although he admitted it would be difficult to raise spirits after the loss. Wenger told Arsenal Player: “We had such a high expectation level and to lose a game the way we did it it’s really frustrating and difficult to accept. “I feel we couldn’t play with our real team for 90 minutes. I was very disappointed. “In recent games we lost we had really hard decisions against us, against Southampton and (against Chelsea). “We had a good attitude, a fantastic spirit. Despite a result that is negative, I think we should come out with even more belief.” last_img read more