first_imgChelsea have never previously faced Napoli, but they will know not to take Walter Mazzarri’s side lightly after they qualified for the last 16 at the expense of Manchester City.The 2008 beaten finalists have also only ever won once in Italy in seven attempts.“I think that at this stage we can come up with the cliches about it being difficult, and it will be difficult because we’ve seen that Napoli were in the same group as Manchester City, so that reflects on the quality of Napoli,” Chelsea secretary David Barnard said.For Arsenal, meanwhile, the clash with Milan is a repeat of their meeting at the same stage in 2007-08.On that occasion the Gunners won 2-0 on aggregate, with Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor scoring late goals in the second-leg at the San Siro after a goalless first-leg.“It’s going to be a fantastic two games,” Arsenal club secretary David Miles told Sky Sports after the draw, before admitting: “If I’m being honest there are probably some other teams we may have preferred.”Nevertheless, Milan have also been eliminated by English clubs in the round of 16 in each of the last two campaigns, losing to Tottenham last season, and to Manchester United in 2010.Barcelona will go to Germany first to face the 2002 runners-up Leverkusen, who qualified from Group E behind Chelsea.There is history between the clubs, as Leverkusen beat Barca in the 1987-88 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, on their way to winning their only European trophy to date.However, the Catalans will fancy their chances of gaining revenge this time as they aim to become the first club to win the Champions League in successive seasons.“We have got Bayer Leverkusen! That’s not a bad draw! I have always enjoyed playing in Germany. The atmosphere is always great there,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said on Twitter from Japan, where Pep Guardiola’s side are currently preparing for Sunday’s Club World Cup final against Santos.Real Madrid, who romped through the group stage winning all six games in Group D, will be heavy favourites to beat CSKA Moscow, although their Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueno told Eurosport that the Spaniards will not be taking the tie lightly.“In football you never know. CSKA won at Inter in the group stages and will not be an easy team to play against,” he said.“They will be really up for it. It will be very very cold there in February and it will be a difficult surface (CSKA play on artificial turf).“We are a great team, of course. The level of performance so far this season has been very good but it is tough to win this competition so we just need to make sure we produce the best performance we can possibly muster.”Meanwhile Bayern Munich, who are hoping to reach the final at their own Allianz Arena, will meet Manchester United’s conquerors Basel.“The team will be motivated because the objective is to reach the final in Munich,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“Of course, we will be favourites. If the team plays to its best then we have a good chance of reaching the quarter-finals.”Marseille will take on 2010 winners Inter Milan in a tie that sees Claudio Ranieri once again come up against Didier Deschamps.Ranieri was in charge of Chelsea when they lost to Deschamps’ Monaco in the semi-finals of the competition in 2004.Benfica meet Zenit St Petersburg, while Lyon will face the tournament outsiders APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus.“They are probably the weakest team left in the competition, but that doesn’t mean we will not have to do really well if we are to go through,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.“APOEL have done brilliantly, especially away from home, although this is one of the kindest draws we have had in recent years.”Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) SharesPARIS, France December 16 – England’s two surviving representatives in the Champions League, Chelsea and Arsenal, were handed tough ties against Italian opposition in Friday’s draw for the last 16, while holders Barcelona will come up against Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen.Chelsea will take on Napoli, while Arsenal will meet reigning Serie A champions AC Milan, with both Premier League clubs travelling to Italy first.last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver woman, 54, died Friday morning after a rip current swept her out to sea in Lincoln City, Ore. Around 10 a.m. she went swimming with her 23-year-old daughter off the beach at D River Wayside State Recreation Area. About 15 minutes into their swim, both were swept away by a rip current and began to yell for help to people on shore. The daughter was able to swim away, but the victim disappeared for several minutes before being spotted face-down in the water off shore, according to the Oregon State Police. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue sent out a rescue swimmer, along with a rescue board, to retrieve her, said Lt. Jim Kusz. She was pronounced dead at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. The victim was visiting the area with her husband and daughter, who have withheld her name. “Nearly 50 percent of all our water calls are rip currents,” Kusz said. A rip current rushes water out to sea, overpowering even the strongest swimmer. They can sweep unsuspecting beachcombers off their feet and out to sea. The Oregon State Police and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are investigating.last_img read more

first_imgEmployee perks and benefits are the second biggest thing employees should consider when thinking over your job offer (behind base salary).Of course there are the normal (and costly ones) like healthcare, dental, vacation days, and bonuses. However, not all benefits need to cost your company a ton of money, and these six low cost/free benefits may just put you a step ahead of your competition in the quest for top talent — and help you with your talent retention once they’re on board.Consider adding one (or a few) of these employee perks to your benefits package:Discounted gym membershipsIn most areas this should cost you nothing. There are generally plans available that will offer a “corporate discount” if you have a certain number of people who sign up. I know that one gym in Boston takes $20 off of the monthly cost if you have a group of five or more from your company. The membership is still paid by the employee but you can boast that your benefits include a discounted gym membership.Bring your pet to work dayOkay, so this isn’t right for every office, but if you have a smaller environment of pet lovers, try letting them bring their dog in every other Friday. Sure, it may slow productivity, but Fridays are generally slow regardless, and who’s not happier around a few pups??Casual dressThis one obviously depends on your industry and type of work, but if your employees are mainly in the office then let them wear jeans! At the very least, have casual Fridays. Especially us “Millennials” – we like to be comfortable and if jeans will make us work harder, let it happen. Also, a good way to improve productivity is to have a contest that allows for jeans on Friday if you reach a certain goal.A Nap RoomYou think I’m kidding, but I’m not. There was a study done that proves a 10 minute nap at the right time of the day (between 1pm and 3pm) boosts productivity astronomically. Just stick a La-Z-Boy into a small, never-used conference room and there you go — a benefit every employee will take advantage of at some point.Summer HoursOkay, so maybe this one isn’t “free,” but who is over-productive between 3:00 and 5:00 on a Friday afternoon during summer? Summers tend to have a lower work load, so give your employees two extra hours to their weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day and they will make it up to you the rest of the year. Those few hours go a long way.Open vacation policyThis is big one. It may even actually cost the company less, but it is seen as a huge perk to employees. Not having to worry about taking vacation or a family emergency is a huge weight that’s lifted. Also, it has been found that companies with open vacation policies have a better work environment. It gives the employees control and allows them to make adult decisions and work at their on pace.So there are a few examples of low cost benefits. There are so many more options so get creative. Take advantage and your employees will thank you for it with hard work and positive attitudes!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more