Cesc ‘won’t be Messi middleman’

first_img However, while Fabregas has made no secret of the fact he would relish the chance to play alongside his former Barca colleague Messi once again, the Spain international insists he is in no way a middleman for any possible Chelsea bid. Fabregas, who swapped the Nou Camp for Stamford Bridge last summer, also believes the reports about Messi’s current situation at Barcelona are wide of the mark. He said on Spanish radio programme Al Primer Toque on Onda Cero: “I’m upset that they say that I could be mediating for Messi to come to Chelsea. How can I be talking about contracts… I’m only a footballer. “He (Messi) will do what makes him happiest. Personally, as his friend, colleague and footballer, if you gave me the chance to play with him again, I would welcome it. “I don’t know Luis Enrique. I do know Leo and I doubt very much that what is being said is happening, because he’s a very relaxed guy and I’ve never seen any of that in the three years we spent together. “Messi is happy at Barca and they are happy with him.” Messi, who has been at Barca his whole career, started Thursday’s Copa del Rey last-16 first leg against Elche and scored the third goal in a 5-0 win. Chelsea have been linked with an audacious big-money swoop for Messi following claims in Spain this week that the 27-year-old’s relationship with his Barca coach Luis Enrique has broken down. That speculation was further fuelled on Monday when – on the same day Barca sacked their director of football Andoni Zubizarreta – Messi missed training through illness and later started following Chelsea and some of their players on Instagram. Cesc Fabregas has bristled at suggestions he might be involved in any Chelsea move to sign Lionel Messi – and believes the Argentinian superstar is happy at Barcelona.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Nigeria Shines as India, Sri Lanka Dominate Lagos Badminton Classics Â

first_imgTeam Nigeria put up impressive show at the third edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics which ended on Saturday at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere. Although the traditional stronghold of badminton, Sri Lanka and India stole the show emerging as champions in most of the five categories, the emerging Nigerian players proved their mettle. The pair of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu fought gallantly to the final of the Women’s Doubles but lost to the Sri Lankan duo of Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Ishadika Kavidi in the final match.  It was two straight win of 21-8, 21-5 for the Sri Lankans. But the score lines speak little about the efforts of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu who had faced very stiff oppositions on their way to the final. They beat the Ugandan duo of Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba. The Nigerian pair had to come from behind to eventually win 14-21, 21-18 and 21-15. Before then, they had beaten another Nigerian team of Asisat Ogunkambi and Felicia Omotola in the quarter-finals. Nigeria’s Badminton Federation President, Francis Orbih, is undeterred that the Nigerians did not emerge winners.He remarked that the Nigerian team is still work in progress as his administration will embark on talent hunting, talent development and popularising badminton to lift it from the realm of lesser-known sport. He said that with assistance of the corporate organizations in Nigeria as well as those of governments and individuals, Nigeria will soon become a force to reckon with in international badminton circuits.He particularly praised the efforts of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who has lifted the Lagos International Classics since its inception. He hopes to establish other competitions across the country even though the Lagos tournament will still remain the only international classics and the highest in Africa. The dynamic way the tournament has become has seen that no individual has absolute dominance.Top seed and winner of the first edition, Misha Zilberman  of Israel could not make it to the final match of the men’s singles as he was eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner and fourth seed,  Rahul Yadav Chittaboina of India who went ahead to beat compatriot, Karan Rajan Rajarajan  21-15, 21-13 in an entertaining final match.  The elimination of top seed and inaugural winner, Misha Zilberman was not the only upset of the Lagos International classics. Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa of Sri Lanka who was unseeded in the tournament emerged champion in the women’s category after a close victory over India’s Mugdha Agrey who was seeded fourth heading into the international challenge. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Etihad baggage allowance

first_imgEtihad baggage allowance: RelatedEmirates hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat is Emirates’ luggage allowance and how can you and avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges? Here’s everything you need to know…British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!Qatar baggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on board a Qatar Airways flight? How much checked luggage can you fly with? Avoid excess baggage charges with this handy table of luggage weights, sizes and fees, plus tips on making the most of your checked and hand luggage allowance. Etihad hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees Etihad hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees 50x70x38cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions in total if travelling to or from Canada and the US45x72x90cm for all other destinations 32kg maximum weight allowance One or more, depending on fare type and destination If you’re a musical type, and you instrument of choice fits within the cabin baggage dimensions, you may bring it onto the cabin. This goes for violins, small flutes and harmonicas (you get the idea). Alternatively, you can check in larger musical instruments or pieces of sports equipment as part of your checked baggage, or you can cover them by purchasing additional baggage allowance. Any items must be securely packed to sustain the journey. When it comes to checked baggage, the maximum weight and dimensions you can take on an Etihad flight varies, depending on your destination. Meanwhile, cabin baggage restrictions differ greatly depending on your fare class. Read on for information on the number of bags you are allowed on an Etihad flight, and the maximum weight and dimensions for checked bags and hand luggage. Etihad Cabin bag Size Etihad hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard What additional items are permitted with your carry-on? If you’re checking in a cabin bag, but don’t fancy packing your handbag in the pull-along, you’re in luck. Etihad allow passengers to bring on a second, smaller piece of hand luggage in addition to their main item. Here’s what they allow to be taken on for free: 50x40x25cm maximum cabin baggage dimension 7kg maximum weight for economy class12kg across two bags for Business Class and First class5kg for infants One hand luggage bag per person in Economy ClassTwo hand luggage items for passengers in First Class and Business ClassOne bag for infants Everything you need to know about the baggage rules and restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, British Airways and Jet2.50 insider tips and tricks to travelling smart that will change the way you organise a tripFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.Find the best flights every time with these 6 tipsFind the perfect flight with Skyscanner’s super search tools and explore the world without making a big hole in your pocket.Save space on cheap flights: wearable luggage jackets reviewedEver since some airlines started charging for check-in (hold) luggage, people have been looking for ways to save money and beat the baggage charges. Skyscanner reviews the best luggage jackets and wearable luggage options.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.Information correct as of 1st February 2017, obtained from https://m.etihad.com/en/information/baggage-information/. Please always check the latest guidance at https://m.etihad.com/en/information/baggage-information/ before booking a trip Savvy traveller? Read on for more budget-boosting and stress-saving tips: What are the baggage allowances for sports equipment and musical instruments? Etihad hold baggage Size Etihad hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed  ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Handbag, pocket book or purseOvercoat, wrap or blanketUmbrella or walking stickSmall camera and / or binocularsA reasonable amount of reading matter for the flightInfant food for the journeyInfant carry basket / carry cotBraces or prosthetic devices (provided the guest is dependent on them)Briefcase or portable PC which is not being used as a container for transportation of articles, regarded as baggageMobile phonelast_img read more