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Sports PLAYER RATINGS: Szczesny prevents landslide, Welbeck fails to deliver goods at Dortmund

Showed his vision to set up Wilshere.ALEXIS SANCHEZ (7)Carried the fight to Dortmund and never stopped running, but even he wilted.MESUT OZIL (4)Another anonymous display from Arsenal's record signing.DANNY WELBECK (5)Gives everything but must be judged on goals and he was guilty of missing chances again.

Two strikes from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ciro Immobile were enough to end the Gunners six-match unbeaten run in Germany.

And here Express Sport examines how the players fared in their first game in Champions League Group D.

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY (7)

The quick reflexes of Arsenal's goalkeeper helped prevent a landslide defeat.

HECTOR BELLERIN (5)

Arsenal's defending was inept, but full debutant Bellerin cannot be blamed.

PER MERTESACKER (4)

Looked anything but a Germany veteran with over 100 caps.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY (5)

Initially held Arsenal's back four together, but then he faded too.

KIERAN GIBBS (5)

His wing came under heavy early pressure as Arsenal were overwhelmed.

MIKEL ARTETA (4)

Offered little protection to the defence and made some glaring errors.

JACK WILSHERE (5)

Failed to reproduce the heroics witnessed against Manchester City on Saturday.

AARON RAMSEY (6)

Arsenal's only real creative spark. Showed his vision to set up Wilshere.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ (7)

Carried the fight to Dortmund and never stopped running, but even he wilted.

MESUT OZIL (4)

Another anonymous display from Arsenal's record signing.

DANNY WELBECK (5)

Gives everything but must be judged on goals and he was guilty of missing chances again.

Express
17/09
1 Points
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Tories face wipeout as Ukip warns of a 'political landslide'

There is a massive appetite out there for change." Mr Farage's party has made inroads in Labour's northern strongholds in recent elections, and he said: "We're going all out for the workingclass vote now.

Mr Farage said the party was "testing the waters" with potential turncoats - both Tory and Labour - and predicted Ukip could hold the balance of power in the next Parliament.

With the Westminster rumour mill on full throttle, Tory MP Zac Goldsmith yesterday denied he would be joining fellow Tory Douglas Carswell by jumping ship to the anti-Brussels party.

It came as a dramatic new poll gave Ukip a massive 44-point lead over David Cameron's party - and Mr Farage predicted that a win would result in "more and more people coming over to us".

The Clacton poll put Ukip on 64 per cent, the Tories on 20, Labour on 13 and the Lib Dems on 2. More than half favoured quitting the European Union, with 54 per cent supporting a British exit and 26 per cent opposed to cutting ties to Brussels.

In a sign of Mr Carswell's popularity in the seat, 34 per cent of those indicating they would vote Ukip said it was because they liked their former Conservative MP.

Fifty seven per cent said it was because they liked Ukip and nine per cent said it would be a protest vote.

Among Tory voters, 49 per cent said Mr Carswell was a hero despite his defection, with just 17 per cent saying he was a traitor.

Mr Farage said the stakes were high in the contest for the Essex seat, which will see Mr Carswell take on his former party.

The Ukip leader added: "This is the moment. If we win the by-election in Clacton, it will create a landslide in British politics.

"If we lose, then selling ourselves as a party that can win a significant number of seats will get a lot harder.

"If Douglas wins this by-election, then there will be more and more people coming over to us. We could end up holding the balance of power by next May."

He added: "I'm going to keep playing double or quits until I lose.

"But if I win three more hands, we'll be out of the EU and a free country again. There is a massive appetite out there for change." Mr Farage's party has made inroads in Labour's northern strongholds in recent elections, and he said: "We're going all out for the workingclass vote now. Five of our most winnable seats are Labour-held and there are even some Labour MPs thinking of joining us."

Mr Cameron has dismissed Mr Carswell's decision as "bizarre" because he had promised a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU by the end of 2017.

Mr Goldsmith took to Twitter yesterday to dispel newspaper suggestions he was going to defect if the Government changes its stance on green subjects.

"I was critiquing Ukip's position on green issues to illustrate why I couldn't join them," he said.

Tory MP Nigel Evans said: "I fought the Ribble Valley by-election in '91. It was the 13th safest seat in the land and we lost it and a year later I was the MP. So how important are these by-elections?" 

Express
01/09
12 Points
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Deadly landslide in south-west China

The landslide was believed to have been caused by a breach from a small reservoir, state broadcaster CCTV said.Local television footage showed dozens of rescuers combing areas covered in dried mud. Officials said that they were expecting environmental conditions to "bring some difficulties" to ongoing search and rescue operations.The landslide which struck Yingping village on Wednesday night was the second disaster to hit China's southwestern region this month.

At least six people have died and 21 others are missing after a landslide struck a village in south-west China.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that more than 70 houses in the village in Guizhou province were destroyed.

It also said, quoting officials, that 22 people were injured and had been transferred to hospitals for treatment.

The landslide was believed to have been caused by a breach from a small reservoir, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Local television footage showed dozens of rescuers combing areas covered in dried mud.

Officials said that they were expecting environmental conditions to "bring some difficulties" to ongoing search and rescue operations.

The landslide which struck Yingping village on Wednesday night was the second disaster to hit China's southwestern region this month.

Earlier this month, an earthquake struck a remote region in neighbouring Yunnan province, killing 615 people.

BBC
28/08
1 Points
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Japan landslide: Rescuers race to find survivors

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency. Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.

At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency.

Police quoted by the agency say that more people could be unaccounted for, buried by mudslides and not yet reported as missing.

About 3,000 rescue personnel have been trying to remove mud and debris hampering the search.

Torrential rains have led to the evacuation of up to 100,000 people.

Experts say the chances of survival for people trapped without food or water in such a disaster decreases significantly after the first 72 hours, which passed early on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon all searches in the area were called off when the shape of nearby hillsides appeared to change, raising fears that more landslips could be on the way.

"Operations in (two districts) were halted as hills there were becoming misshapen," a Hiroshima police spokesman is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

The landslides happened after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said.

Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.

Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Reports said he was killed while holding a toddler he was trying to rescue. A father was handing his small son to the rescue worker only to see both engulfed as a fresh mudslide swept down the mountain.

"There was a really strange smell, a very raw, earthy smell. When we opened a window to see what was going on, the entire hillside just came down, with a crackling noise, a thundering noise," Reuters news agency quotes one woman who survived as telling local television.

She and her husband fled moments before mud gushed through their house, leaving boulders where they had been sleeping, Reuters says.

Correspondents add that a number of children are thought to have perished in the disaster.

Much of central and southern Japan is mountainous, with many homes nestled into steep slopes.

Last year, a typhoon triggered landslides on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, that left 35 people dead.

BBC
23/08
13 Points
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Japan landslide: Rescuers race to find survivors

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency. Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.

At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency.

Police quoted by the agency say that more people could be unaccounted for, buried by mudslides and not yet reported as missing.

About 3,000 rescue personnel have been trying to remove mud and debris hampering the search.

Torrential rains have led to the evacuation of up to 100,000 people.

Experts say the chances of survival for people trapped without food or water in such a disaster decreases significantly after the first 72 hours, which passed early on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon all searches in the area were called off when the shape of nearby hillsides appeared to change, raising fears that more landslips could be on the way.

"Operations in (two districts) were halted as hills there were becoming misshapen," a Hiroshima police spokesman is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

The landslides happened after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said.

Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.

Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Reports said he was killed while holding a toddler he was trying to rescue. A father was handing his small son to the rescue worker only to see both engulfed as a fresh mudslide swept down the mountain.

"There was a really strange smell, a very raw, earthy smell. When we opened a window to see what was going on, the entire hillside just came down, with a crackling noise, a thundering noise," Reuters news agency quotes one woman who survived as telling local television.

She and her husband fled moments before mud gushed through their house, leaving boulders where they had been sleeping, Reuters says.

Correspondents add that a number of children are thought to have perished in the disaster.

Much of central and southern Japan is mountainous, with many homes nestled into steep slopes.

Last year, a typhoon triggered landslides on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, that left 35 people dead.

BBC
23/08
1 Points
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