Barco ‘wants to continue’ in Atlanta amid European links

first_imgEzequiel Barco ​has tried to put to rest rumors that he will be leaving Major League Soccer for Europe in the near future. The midfielder was a star for Argentina at the Under-20 World Cup and has been linked with the likes of Serie A side Napoli as his star continues to rise. A record signing in January of 2018, Barco failed to live up to the hype in his first season in the league, but is looking to continue his development with the MLS side moving forward.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I want to continue here in Atlanta,” he told . “I’m calm about it [the speculation],” Barco said. “I think this [Atlanta] is a great team where I can continue to grow as a player and then at the end of the year we’ll see what happens. But today my focus is here and I’m not taking it away from Atlanta.”Atlanta has already sent one star to Europe in the form of Miguel Almiron​ being sold to Newcastle. That move has opened the door for Barco to step in as a key member of the Five Stripes, who has been named as an MLS All-Star this season.  Barco, along with fellow Argentine Pity Martinez, have helped Atlanta cover for the loss of their star man, and the club sits fourth in the Eastern Conference, just five points back of the Philadelphia Union with two games in hand. Rather than being upset at not playing much in 2018, Barco says he was fine with sitting behind and learning from Almiron. “Last year of course I didn’t play much,” Barco said. “That’s because Miguel Almiron is a very important player who made a big difference in this league. In every game he was a difference-maker and he stood out a lot.”Barco has also tipped Martinez for improved performances, saying he too will need time to adjust to the style of play in MLS.  “Pity has shown that he can play in this league and in any other league,” Barco said of his new teammate. “We think he’s a very important player for our team. The truth is that it takes time to adapt, but we’re doing everything we can so that he feels comfortable on the field and really show what he did at River.”last_img read more

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO: Time to Heal Divisions

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, September 19, 2014; Image: UK Chamber of Shipping zoom Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of ShippingNow that the campaign on the Scottish independence is over, and the result of the referendum is in, the divisions must be healed across industries, businesses and communities alike,  Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping said today commenting on the decision of the majority in Scotland to remain inside the UK.According to Platten, the UK Chamber was never going to publicly back one side, “but it is no secret that we have expressed significant concerns about what independence would look like for a shipping industry that is a powerhouse of the Scottish economy. ““In business, we know that the enemy of growth is uncertainty.  And whichever side you supported, there has been tremendous uncertainty across not just the Scottish economy, but the UK as a whole.  As the polls tightened in the closing weeks of the campaign, billions of pounds were wiped off the stock market and the pound plummeted against every major currency in the developed world. The result of yesterday’s referendum has eased that uncertainty, but frankly the result was just too close to put an end to the independence question,” Platten said.The UK Chamber of Shipping raised various issues concerning shipping that should be addressed by Scotland, should the majority had voted Yes.According to the UK Chamber, obvious questions included establishment of a separate ship registry and MCA; taxation of shipping, followed by potential introduction of work permits and trade restrictions, seafarer training standards along with funding and provision of marine safety infrastructure (coastguards, lights, emergency tugs etc).“We know the Scottish Government has valued the expertise we have been able to provide, and was grateful for the measured tone and sensitivity with which we conveyed our opinion.  But so too has the media and UK parties valued our candour and vocal involvement in explaining how this macro-political event would impact on the economy, and the shipping industry’s massive contribution to it.” Platten added that the UK Chamber of Shipping is already working towards an event in Holyrood in November and is resuming its  work across all aspects of Scottish shipping from Aberdeen to Glasgow.He stressed that a key part of his strategy is “to foster deep and productive relationships with our Scottish members – as well as those we need to influence in Edinburgh and beyond.”last_img read more