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Third Ward Public Meeting for Ocean City Flooding Project Draws Big Turnout

first_img“When people bring up flooding, it’s a buzzword for something that affects the whole city,” Wilson said. With the fury of the Jan. 22-23 nor’easter still fresh on her mind Aitken was among more than 80 residents who turned out for a public meeting Saturday to hear about the latest project to protect the island community from flooding. Letterie is skeptical whether the road and drainage improvements planned between 14th and 16th streets will alleviate the flooding. She fears that old, leaky bulkheads along 16th Street remain a weak spot. Rinck noted that the project is emblematic of citywide anti-flooding efforts. Streets will be raised with a new layer of paving. Bigger pipes will improve drainage. There will also be new curbs and sidewalks. “There never used to be flooding up to the bay. Now, it floods up to the bay,” Aitken explained. Wilson, though, expressed confidence that the facelift for the Third Ward’s roads and drainage will be a vast improvement over what exists now. “I’m not hopeful,” Letterie said. Rinck said all of those things will give residents more protection. However, he also stressed that no single project can provide an ironclad guarantee against the type of extreme flooding that was spawned by Hurricane Sandy or last month’s nor’easter. Wilson wrapped-up the meeting reminding his constituents that he is available to discuss this project or any other issues within the Third Ward. Following the most recent rounds of flooding, the city has begun clearing out drain tops every day, while street sweepers are removing debris from roads on a daily basis, Gillian said. Mayor Jay Gillian, in his weekly message posted on the city’s website, said the improvements planned between 14th and 16th streets include increasing the capacity of drainage pipes and reconfiguring the roads to move flood waters into the storm drainage system. Rinck recalled how there was little flooding on the island years ago. Then flooding became more frequent during a series of powerful storms during the 1980s and 1990s. After a more recent period of calm, severe flooding returned during Sandy and last month’s nor’easter, he added. Saturday’s meeting focused on one of the first projects scheduled to get underway, a $1.6 million overhaul of the road and drainage system in the Third Ward between 14th and 16th streets from Bay Avenue to the bay. In addition, the work will extend from 16th Street to West Avenue.A big crowd turned out during a public meeting Saturday on plans for road and drainage improvements to reduce flooding in the Third Ward.Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson organized the meeting to outline the benefits of the project and answer questions from concerned homeowners. The large turnout at the Ocean City Free Public Library also included residents from outside the Third Ward, underscoring the seriousness of flooding throughout town. “If the perfect storm comes, it’s no crapshoot. It’s not going to work,” Rinck warned the residents. Ocean City plans to spend $17.4 million in 2016 and $34.6 million over the next five years on a series of road and drainage upgrades designed to reduce flooding. The inspection process at more than 40 different locations usually is spread out over the year, but crews made sure each valve was working all within the last week, according to Gillian. “The sad reality is, the sea level is rising,” Rinck said.Roger Rinck, the City’s Manager of Engineering and Construction, told residents that rising sea levels are contributing to the flooding problem “It’s a great project,” Wilson said. “It will upgrade the infrastructure, beautify the streets and prepare us for the 10-year storm.” The mayor also said he asked the Public Works Department to inspect each one of the city’s check valves, the mechanisms that prevent tidal waters from flowing backwards through the storm drainage system and onto the streets. Work on the Third Ward project is expected to begin as early as March and be completed by Memorial Day, said Roger Rinck, Manager of Engineering and construction for the City’s Engineering Division. Marion Letterie, another resident on Bayonne Place, said the nor’easter filled her garage with water. She was forced to rebuild her home on elevated pilings after Sandy destroyed her first house at the same location. Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson, who organized the public meeting, believes that road and drainage upgrades will provide much-needed protection against flooding.By Donald WittkowskiOver on Bayonne Place, Dot Aitken saw her street transformed into a river by the powerful storm that unleashed the worst tidal flooding since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Aitken, who has had to deal with repeated flooding at her Bayonne Place home during the three years she has lived there, is convinced the problem is getting progressively worse. One of her neighbors displayed a cellphone photo that showed their part of Bayonne Place was completely underwater during the nor’easter.last_img read more

News story: HMCTS legacy notification service – meeting summary 18 June 2019

first_imgHMCTS updated the steering group on its specific work to implement an interim solution that both met its legal obligations and provided continuity of service for charities. This work is ongoing and HMCTS reflected its continued confidence that such an arrangement would be secured, and that this would be announced to the sector as soon as possible. HMCTS agreed to keep members of the group informed of progress and will meet again for a further update at the end of next week.The meeting also agreed the mutual determination of both HMCTS and the sector to develop a longer-term, sustainable legacy notification service, and HMCTS invited the sector bodies to nominate charity representatives to attend a joint MoJ/HMCTS workshop next month (July 2019) to help define more clearly the charity sector’s needs and requirements for such a service.HMCTS remains grateful for the patient support and assistance provided by the sector in helping to address all these issues in the best interests of all.last_img read more

Professor honored for work on climate change consensus

first_img Related Professor’s novella imagines a world done in by climate change Destination: Doom Harvard Professor of the History of Science Naomi Oreskes will be awarded the sixth annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, Climate One at the Commonwealth Club announced today.The award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. It was established in honor of Stephen Henry Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology, who died in 2010.“I’m deeply honored to receive this award named after Stephen Schneider,” said Oreskes. “As Steve understood, communication is not just about the facts, it’s about conveying the meaning and significance of those facts — and this is what I have tried to do for climate science.” “Professor Naomi Oreskes is one of the world’s pre-eminent historians of science,” said award juror Ben Santer, a climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “Her 2004 Science paper helped to quantify, for the first time, the broad scientific consensus on climate change. Her recent research unmasked the forces behind denial of human effects on climate and improved our chances of having a responsible, science-based discussion of climate change solutions.”Juror Cristine Russell, senior fellow in Harvard’s Environment and Natural Resources Program, praised Oreskes’ communication prowess: “Her defining work has had a significant impact on public understanding of human-caused climate change. Her masterful, 2010 popular book, ‘Merchants of Doubt’ [with co-author Erik M. Conway], and the subsequent documentary film drew widespread media attention to the ideological and industrial efforts by climate denialists to undermine climate science.”Oreskes has primarily been interested in the problem of anthropogenic climate change, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent. She is the co-founder of the Climate Accountability Institute and is investigating the ethical and legal obligations of the individuals and groups that have attempted to discredit the scientific evidence of anthropogenic climate change.She will receive the award in San Francisco on Dec. 15. The award is presented by Climate One, a project of The Commonwealth Club of California.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s director of health and counseling to leave College, take position at Notre Dame

first_imgElizabeth “Izzy” Fourman, director of health and counseling at Saint Mary’s, will leave the College on Friday to take a position at Notre Dame, the College announced in a Monday email.“Izzy has worked for Saint Mary’s for nine years and has been an outstanding advocate for student health on our campus,” Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said in the email. “We will truly miss her.”Johnson said in an email to The Observer that Fourman gave the College 30 days notice of her resignation.The College will look for a replacement for Fourman “very soon,” Johnson said, and in the meantime, Saint Mary’s has instituted a management plan for the interim.The College’s plan, Johnson said, is to immediately hire a part-time nurse practitioner to supplement the hours in which Fourman saw patients. “Izzy did not see patients full time as she had many administrative duties to complete,” she said. “Others on the team will assist with the administrative duties.”Counselors will not be expected to take on other duties in light of Fourman’s absence, Johnson said. Besides the nurse practitioner, no others will be hired to fulfill the interim between Fourman’s absence and the hiring of a full-time replacement. Editor’s Note: This staff report was updated to feature additional quotes on Oct. 28, 2019. Tags: health and counselinglast_img read more

Georgia 4-H Impact

first_imgAs a Georgia 4-H agent, Pamela Bloch knows that 4-H can change the lives of young people. To the uninitiated, however, that impact can be hard to describe.Earlier this year, Bloch finished a paper that describes the impact 4-H can have on students based on a series of focus groups she conducted with Georgia 4-H alumni.For her study, which she completed as part of her master’s degree program in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, Bloch focused on the impact of Georgia 4-H’s Project Achievement program.Project Achievement allows 4-H’ers to select areas of interest and carry out projects related to those areas. They learn about a topic — whether it be cooking, textiles or animals — and then develop, practice and deliver a presentation on that topic. The goal is to help a child decide whether they are really interested in a certain topic and whether that interest could lead to a career.“Project Achievement is such a strong component of 4-H, so I wanted to see whether there is something that connects project achievement with alumni moving into their adult lives,” she said.Bloch, who works as a Georgia 4-H agent with UGA Cooperative Extension in Gwinnett County, knew that her participation in Illinois 4-H’s Project Achievement as a child laid the groundwork for her career as an Extension agent, preparing her to speak in front of large crowds with confidence. She wanted to know how the program influenced the career paths of other former 4-H’ers.“The data came back really interestingly,” Bloch said. “When I was looking at what I was finding, Georgia 4-H Project Achievement has helped people to build friendships, develop positive habits and strengthen public speaking skills.”Two lawyers from two separate focus groups attributed their time in 4-H with developing the public skills they used on a daily basis.Bloch’s research has helped to confirm that there is a tangible connection between Project Achievement and the success that alumni attain in their careers. She found that arming kids with tools that help them to learn more and speak with confidence has helped shape the careers of 4-H’ers in Georgia.For more about the programs offered by Georgia 4-H, visit read more

KTUphoria Rings in Jones Beach Concert Season

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York KTUphoria helped launch the 2015 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater summer concert series this weekend with a stage full of stars including Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Shaggy and many more hit singers.Despite the threat of rain, fans packed the seaside amphitheater for the annual pop fest thrown by 103.5 WKTU—but sadly one of the headliners, Pitbull, could not make it due to flight delays in Florida–and that disappointing news wasn’t revealed until almost the end of the concert.But his absence did not detract from the evening’s excitement.“New York energy is addictive,” Ricky Martin, flanked by black-clad backup dancers, told the crowd—making all the fangirls go wild—between singing his hit songs “La Copa de la Vida,” “Shake Your Bon-Bon,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “She Bangs.”The lineup also included DJ ProStyle, whose hit “Danza Kuduro” got the crowd on their feet; Prince Royce, who played his danceable singles “Stand by Me” and “Carazón Sin Cara,” as well as Adam Lambert, to name just a few.Lady Antebellum got the party officially started with her concert at the beach on Friday.Many of the artists at KTUphoria stopped to pose for pictures and talk to reporters as well as fans on the red carpet as they made their way into the concert. Among them was up-and-coming singer Laura Marano of Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” fame.“I’ve never been here, it’s like the coolest venue, I’m so excited!” Marano exclaimed. Later, upon taking the stage, she decided to capture that enthusiasm with a crowd selfie, urging the audience to “make the stupidest face you can.”Opening the show was American Idol season one winner Kelly Clarkson singing her hits “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Miss Independent” before her microphone suddenly flew off the stand and landed in the audience.“I’m sorry I threw my mic at ya’ll,” Clarkson jokingly sang.Adam Lambert, a fellow American Idol star and season eight runner up, showed the crowd he can hit the high notes with his new song, “Ghost Town,” off his latest album, The Original High, which is slated to be released June 16.When Shaggy got to the stage, it seemed as though the whole concert came just to see him. Everyone was on their feet, dancing, waving their hands and screaming. Fifteen years after reaching stardom with his hit, “It Wasn’t Me,” the Jamaican-American proved he’s still got it with his latest single, “I Need Your Love.”Closing the show was Jason DeRulo, who started his set with his hit “Wiggle” and “Want To Want Me” off of his new album Everything Is 4, slated to be released Tuesday. He went a little old school with “Whatcha Say,” “Riding Solo” and the hit of the night, “Marry Me.” He also brought out special guest singer Alyxx Dione to perform her new song that just hit the radio, “Chingalinga,” which also features DeRulo.That’s when DeRulo dropped the news that Pitbull was unable to make it, which visibly and audibly upset many fans in the crowd. On the bright side, at least the rain held out until the very end when the audience started heading home. ‘Til next year!last_img read more

Mall owners Simon, Taubman revise merger terms, $800 million price cut

first_imgEven prior to the pandemic, malls had been suffering from falling foot traffic with more people shopping online, and retail and restaurant tenants closing stores or going bankrupt. The pain has been especially strong from embattled department store chains like Bon Ton and Sears. Two mall owners — CBL and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month.With the new deal, Simon saves close to $800 million. Taubman has also agreed not to declare nor pay a common stock dividend before March of 2021.The original deal structure, where Simon will acquire an 80% ownership interest in Taubman while the Taubman family will sell roughly one-third of its ownership stake and remain a 20% partner, remains unchanged, the companies said.Both Simon’s and Taubman’s boards of directors have approved the terms of the transaction, which is expected to close either later this year or in early 2021. It remains subject to Taubman’s shareholders’ approval.Simon shares are down about 50% this year, while Taubman shares are up about 27%.Read the full press release here. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In February, prior to the coronavirus pandemic arriving in the United States, Simon had agreed to buy Taubman in a deal valued at $3.6 billion, eyeing Taubman’s 26 high-end malls that include a handful in Asia. But the company then announced in June that it was exercising its contractual rights to terminate the deal. Among other things, Simon was arguing that Taubman’s portfolio of shopping malls were suffering more than some of its peers’ during the pandemic, due to lack of tourism and luxury spending.Taubman quickly filed a counterclaim, and the two were headed to court.But the announced revised terms signal there is hope in the retail real estate industry that traffic will rebound at America’s best malls once a vaccine for Covid-19 is widely distributed and consumers regain confidence to head back to stores to shop.- Advertisement –center_img Luxury mall owner Taubman Centers has agreed to a lower price to merge with the biggest mall owner in America, Simon Property Group, the companies announced Sunday, evading what could have been a heated legal battle during the holidays.Under the new deal, Simon will now pay $43 per share for Taubman, down roughly 18% from an original price of $52.50.The companies also said that they have settled their pending litigation. Simon and Taubman were set to face each other in Oakland County Superior Court in Michigan, beginning Monday, to negotiate the contested deal.- Advertisement – Shoppers ascend and descend escalators at the King of Prussia Mall, owned by Simon Property Group, United State’s largest retail shopping space, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.Mark Makela | Reuterslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 14

first_imgGovernment must solve border crisis Long considered a political talking point, the immigration crisis poses both a humanitarian issue and security threat.The former can be ascribed to those fleeing violence, poverty and government corruption, while the latter arises from gang-members looking to terrorize.Frequent headlines illustrate each reality and have been exploited by both parties to gain popular support in addressing their preferred priorities.Brutal trafficking conditions by unconscionable smugglers are heart-wrenching, as is the separation of children from their parents upon arrival. Moreover, gang-related murders and the infiltration of drugs is equal cause for resentment. The only reason that would merit the recent 35-day government shutdown is the incapacity of our representatives to solve the problem.Mirroring these immigrant factions, past reform bills have failed over the competing interests of amnesty and border security, mutually exclusive, in that improperly vetted immigrants gaining citizenship is not secure and motivates further smuggling. Meanwhile, a steady flow of caravans gives resonance to the request for a largely symbolic wall, which would be better positioned along Mexico’s southern border.Attenuating illegal entries would then free resources to hire more immigration judges while temporary legal status is granted to illegal migrants.If our government is unable to resolve an issue pertinent to public safety and welfare and distracts from foreign aid initiatives that could treat the problem’s source, then perhaps it shouldn’t remain open past this three-week spending bill.Stephen DansereauAlbany I’m writing in response to Mr. Belardo’s Feb. 8 letter and his diatribe against “dumb liberals” and the identification requirements to enter federal facilities. I thank Mr. Belardo for his service in World War II, but he has the facts of the ID requirements all wrong. In the aftermath of 9/11, measures were introduced in Congress to enhance our national security. In 2005, both houses of Congress were controlled by the GOP and the president was George W. Bush.They passed the requirements that go into full effect in 2020. In 2020, it will be necessary to have enhanced identification to board a domestic airliner, enter a federal building, among other things. New York state was one of a few states that complied with the new rules by offering enhanced IDs early on. Sorry to correct you Mr. Belardo, but you are barking up the wrong tree. Thomas BensonSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems focused on downstate interests Distressed about the state of the countryI’ve been watching the news and seeing how completely malfunctioning our government has become in the last few years that it’s absolutely heartbreaking. Don’t dictate what’s defined as murderIn response to Elizabeth Lerner’s Feb. 7 letter, I ask where her authority to define murder for the rest of us comes from? The law? It was once legal to beat slaves. Jim Crow was the law of the land in the south. Nazi Germany provided for the legal elimination of undesirable or those afflicted with mental-health issues. So the legal argument does little to bolster a moral stance.But then, I was astonished to read her definition of the abortion we are all talking about as the “removal of immature non-breathing, non-conscience (sic) cells.Science clearly has third-trimester fetuses as viable, feeling living human beings. For Ms. Lerner to cling to that outdated, minimalist definition of a baby is both ignorant and appalling, considering we are talking about a child’s execution.There’s no medical reason for a late-term abortion to occur other that the convenience of the mother. That does not qualify as “health care.” I can only react in horror at the level of indoctrination it takes to justify killing living babies and making it out to be some sort of right. Killing a bald eagle egg is a crime, but killing a child in vitro is “reproductive health care.”Patrick WalshGuilderland In his Jan. 30 letter I think Howard Schlossberg doth protest too much about New York state Democrats largely representing New York City and downstate interests.When you look at the type of agenda that the governor and his Democratic allies in the Legislature have pushed in the past few weeks, it’s clear there is no real upstate agenda for Mr. Schlossberg’s Democratic Party. There’s no greater example of that than the governor’s proposal to rip over $60 million in state funding from the budget for our upstate towns and villages that depend on that funding to provide services and keep taxes down.Late-term abortion, giving free taxpayer dollars for college tuition to illegal aliens, and further eroding our Second Amendment civil rights are just some of the other low-lights of a downstate-driven agenda of Mr. Schlossberg’s Democratic Party, which is drunk with power and cares very little for upstate New York’s values or economy. Just wait until they pass the single-payer, government-run socialized medicine plan and legalizing marijuana, which is next on their agenda.With the Democrats’ agenda, thousands have already left the state. If Mr. Schlossberg is the last one left upstate after the Democrats have their way with our economy and way of life, please make sure he turns the lights off.Joanne Hwaszcz Schenectady Inmate pay raise is moral and practicalThe Gazette’s Feb. 8 editorial attacking state legislation (A.1275, S.3138) to raise wages for prisoners is wrong on several fronts. First of all, the prison minimum is proposed to be raised only to $3 per hour.  It’s now as little as 10 cents, a fact that was not mentioned in the editorial. Leadership of the Department of Corrections knows management and security depend as much on incentives as coercion.  I have no strong opinion on any of our presidents since Clinton, but the actual Congress and Senate are nothing but schoolyard bullies posturing to each other with no care for the country itself or the people.For years, the reality television shows have made us look like fools to the world. But now our politicians are the joke.A lot of television shows claim to be non-biased, but the only television shows I watch that truly follow that are Kelly & Ryan Live, The Talk and David Muir. I was listening the other day to my music library of my favorite songs and two of them made me contemplate these days. One was a song from a movie I saw when I was 14 called “One Tin Soldier,” from The Legend of Billy Jack in 1971.A Disney movie, Pocahontas with the song, “Colors of the Wind” in 1995. They made me almost weep because both time periods made me dwell on what is going on currently.I know comics used to make a joke of this saying, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Why can’t we? Kathryn HardingSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists As a religious volunteer in the prison system for seven years, I saw how incentives can be effective.Opportunities for compensated work, education classes, better living quarters and other elements give inmates a reward for good behavior, reducing the burden and risk to guards and civilian staff, visitors and volunteers.Correctional Industries (CorCraft) provides skill development for inmates, but unfair compensation. CorCraft produces furniture for public agencies at below-market prices and returns a healthy profit to the State treasury. Perhaps taxpaying private sector furniture makers deserve a playing field that is not so drastically tilted toward the prison competitor paying its workers 65 cents per hour on average. Raising the wage would be fairer to these companies and their workers as well.  Like a lot of good legislation, the Assembly/Senate bill is not only practical, it’s morally correct.As we observe Black History Month, we should reflect on the abusive systems of slavery, mass incarceration and injustice that have characterized so much of minority workers’ experience in the American economy over the centuries. The time for “corrections” is overdue.  Gordon BoydSaratoga Springs Don’t fault libs for ID requirementslast_img read more

Privacy fears as India hand stamps suspected coronavirus cases

first_imgIn response, the western state of Maharashtra and southern Karnataka state this week began using indelible ink to stamp people arriving at airports.The hand stamps include the date that a person must remain under home quarantine, and states that those marked are “proud to protect” their fellow citizens.”When I first heard of the stamping in Mumbai, I thought it was fake news,” said Supreme Court lawyer N S Nappinai, an expert in data privacy legislation.”I understand the concern but where does one draw the line? Should fundamental rights be suspended in an emergency like this?” The coronavirus outbreak has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance, with the risk that these measures will persist even after the situation eases.Technology is being used across Asia to track and help contain the epidemic.In India, government officials are also pulling out citizen and reservation data from airlines and the railways to track suspected infections.”We found people who were stamped and were travelling. They had signed a self-declaration that they will not travel because they could be carriers of coronavirus,” said Archana Valzade, under secretary in Maharashtra’s health department.”It is their duty as well to stop the infection. Stamping is essential and very useful to reduce the spread,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding no one has raised objections so far.In southern Kerala state, authorities have used telephone call records, CCTV footage, and mobile phone GPS systems to track down primary and secondary contacts of coronavirus patients. Officials also published detailed time and date maps of the movement of people who tested positive.”People have been jumping quarantine and it has been a challenge to track them,” said Amar Fettle, who is heading the coronavirus control team in Kerala.”But we have formed hundreds of squads, including policemen to track and ensure people follow the norms.”As more COVID-19 cases are reported in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged citizens to stay home and follow government instructions.Modi’s appeal came just days after several news outlets reported that stamped people had broken self-quarantine rules.In Mumbai, travellers with a history of having visited coronavirus-impacted countries were asked to get off a train, health officials in Maharashtra said.In the eastern city of Kolkata, a bureaucrat’s son met with friends on his return from a visit to Britain and had to be forced to be admitted in the hospital where he tested positive.”As a doctor who has worked in the public health service and in the community, I find people are not realizing the seriousness of the pandemic,” said physician Armida Fernandez, former head of one of Mumbai’s biggest municipal hospitals.”Knowing the situation of public health in India and that we are dealing with 1.3 billion people … I am for the steps the government is taking,” she said. People suspected of having the coronavirus in India have received hand stamps and are being tracked using their mobile phones and personal data to help enforce quarantines, raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance.The outbreak, termed COVID-19, has infected more than 234,000 people worldwide and killed nearly 10,000, according to a Reuters tally.In India more than 200 people have been infected and four have died, with officials reporting multiple cases of people fleeing from quarantine.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Paul Merson urges Mesut Ozil to keep quiet over Unai Emery comments

first_imgOzil didn’t hold back when asked about his old boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty Images)‘And then a manager comes in and the players start saying ‘it’s better now, it’s more fun’, no. I believe what Emery is saying. They shouldn’t have been where they were with the quality they have.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The players weren’t doing the right things. You just don’t say anything.’Emery, who was relieved from his duties as Arsenal boss in December, has also been on the defensive over the attitude and commitment of his former squad.More: 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 ArsenalIn an interview with France Football, the Spanish boss said that ‘some players did not have a good attitude’ and ‘asked for more than what they were giving back’.On Emery’s comments, Merson added: ‘It was also going to be a hard job. The defence wasn’t good enough from the word go. As soon as the window opened Arteta brought in two defenders, so he knew straight away.‘I found it hard watching Arsenal under Emery, it was the same as Wenger. It was soft. At least they go to Burnley and don’t get bullied or dominated.’MORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan will return to Arsenal from Roma unless Gunners lower asking priceMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s greatest attribute Paul Merson urges Mesut Ozil to keep quiet over Unai Emery comments Mike StavrouTuesday 11 Feb 2020 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link556Shares Advertisement Paul Merson believes Mesut Ozil should refrain from criticising Unai Emery (Sky Sports)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told Mesut Ozil not to get involved in criticising former manager Unai Emery.Several Arsenal players, including the German midfielder, took swipes at the ex-Sevilla boss during their Dubai warm-weather training camp.Ozil said that the team under Mikel Arteta are much ‘happier’ and willing to ‘give everything’ for the club.Those comments didn’t sit right with Merson, who told Sky Sports’ The Debate: ‘I’m not a great lover of that [comments from Ozil]. I don’t like it when a manager comes in and says the players aren’t fit. Because that’s a dig at the old manager.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more