Heading into the first of two regular-season games at Wembley this year, it’s clear that stadium officials want to see a lot more of the NFL as well. London’s Wembley Stadium started staging regular-season NFL games in 2007. (AP Photo) MORE: Jaguars getting comfortable overseas? | Week 3 NFL recap | Best images With the league expanding its annual international series from one game to two this year, the usual questions arise whether one day the league will expand to London. And while the league says any such decision is several years away, Wembley officials say they’ll be ready if the day comes. Squeezing in a full slate of home games on Sundays shouldn’t interfere with the stadium’s commitments to host England’s national team soccer fixtures and other events, Wembley’s managing director Roger Maslin said Monday. “Absolutely we can,” Maslin said in an executive box overlooking the Wembley pitch. “I am absolutely confident if (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell wanted to have a franchise here we could absolutely deliver on it.” Known for being England’s national football stadiumthe other football, played with a round ballWembley started staging regular-season NFL games in 2007. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers, before the Jacksonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. It is the first of four games over four seasons in London for the Jaguars, raising the prospect of the Florida team one day uprooting to London, where owner Shad Khan bought Premier League club Fulham in July. The two 2013 games sold out within hours, which Maslin said is a sign of the rising popularity of the NFL in Britain. Sunday’s game matches a pair of 0-3 clubs. The “core fan base” in the U.K. is now more than 2 million, according to Chris Parsons, the NFL’s senior vice president of international.
They dont matter anymore. Its like weve just graduated from college without any experience. Whipps Cross is part of Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest government health trust in the UK since 2012 following a merger between local hospitals in east London, which now includes Mile End Hospital, Newham University Hospital, The London Chest Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomews Hospital. Barts Health is on a mission to save 77.5 million this year, which it said will be done across the board and with plans that will not affect clinical safety or the quality of care for patients. But according to Villarico, the Trusts strategy to pinch nursing staff salaries is unfair and disrespectful after years of loyal service and valuable contributions, many of them claiming to have worked for the hospital for over a decade. The truth is we give so much to this hospital. We do several jobs in one: we are nurses, porters, cleaners, and whatever else that needs doing. Thats why were so bitter about what they plan to do to us, he said. For Marvin Escueta, another senior nurse at Whipps Cross, cutting nursing staff or reducing their salary will have a far reaching effect on several other people, not only within the UK but as far away as the Philippines. We will struggle even more. We will provide even less for our families, especially our children. And we dont just have expenses here in London, we also send money back home to our relatives in the Philippines who rely on us. he explained. Escueta believes that debanding nurses could reduce their monthly income by approximately 500, or P35,000, citing an example from Band 6 down to Band 5. The 38-year-old from Manila added: Everyone will be affected, even our friends here and the local community. This will reduce patient care.