Arsenal boss Unai Emery refuses to rule out Dani Ceballos transfer move

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Dani Ceballos is reportedly close to joining Arsenal on loan (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery has refused to rule out a move for ‘very good player’ Dani Ceballos.The Gunners have only brought in 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli so far this summer, but Emery is determined to bring in further reinforcements before the transfer window closes.Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid’s Ceballos, 22, will be the next through the doors at the Emirates, with the north London giants ‘one step away’ from completing a loan deal for the midfielder.It’s understood Emery has played a key role in convincing Ceballos to join Arsenal over the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool who have also registered an interest in the Spain international.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCeballos is keen to secure regular playing time next season and understands that a temporary move to Premier League would be beneficial for his career.Asked about the rumours surrounding Ceballos on Arsenal’s pre-season tour, Emery replied: ‘I don’t want to speak about the names but Ceballos is a very good player.’ Ceballos starred for Spain at the 2019 European U21 Championships (Picture: Getty)Though Arsenal reportedly having a measly £45million to spend on new recruits this summer, Emery claimed the club are looking to sign ‘very big, very expensive’ players.‘Our target is to achieve three, four players to really improve our team and squad now,’ the Spaniard added.‘We are being very demanding and we are also first speaking about the possibility to sign very big players, very expensive.‘The first player in our list is the first target and after, if we cannot have that then [we try to sign] the second, but thinking every time that they are going to improve our team.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal have also being heavily linked with Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Emery confirmed that he’s in been in close contact with the club over his targets.‘We are having a lot of meetings with the club, with [technical director] Edu, also with Josh and Stan Kroenke in Denver,’ he said.‘We have a very clear idea: to sign the players who can help us with a good performance and in the positions we need.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names the two Manchester United players who will replace Ander Herrera Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jul 2019 8:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Arsenal boss Unai Emery refuses to rule out Dani Ceballos transfer movelast_img read more

Las organizaciones artísticas de Pennsylvania reciben $2.3 millones para brindar ayuda ante la pandemia

first_img July 06, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que 309 organizaciones artísticas sin fines de lucro recibirán subvenciones por un total de $2.3 millones para brindarles ayuda debido a las consecuencias de la pandemia de COVID-19. Los fondos de la Ley CARES contribuyen con los salarios del personal, los honorarios de los artistas o el personal contratado y los costos de las instalaciones. El National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) distribuyó $1.8 millones a 36 entidades para que cada una reciba una subvención de $50,000. El Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), un organismo estatal que depende de la oficina del Gobernador, distribuyó los $527,000 restantes a 273 entidades que recibirán una subvención de $1,930 cada una.“Las organizaciones artísticas son una parte importante de las comunidades y contribuyen con la salud económica de nuestro estado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La pandemia de COVID-19 ha sido un reto para muchas entidades, entre ellas, las artes. El National Endowment for the Arts reconoció el papel de las artes en Pennsylvania y la necesidad de ayudar a los artistas y las entidades que los apoyan para inspirar creatividad y vitalidad en nuestra comunidad”.La actividad económica artística y cultural, ajustada por la inflación, representó el 4.5% del producto interno bruto o $877.8 mil millones, en 2017, según el Departamento de Comercio de los Estados Unidos. En Pennsylvania, el sector aportó $25.8 mil millones a la economía del estado y empleó a 176,000 trabajadores.“El sector de las artes y la cultura se ha visto gravemente afectado por la pandemia, por lo que nos complace que más de 300 entidades artísticas en Pennsylvania reciban apoyo a través de la Ley CARES”, dijo Karl Blischke, Director Ejecutivo de PCA. “Antes de la pandemia, la economía creativa de Pennsylvania era crucial para la vitalidad y las vivencias de nuestras comunidades y para el desarrollo de los talentos de nuestro estado. El apoyo que estas entidades reciben hoy ayuda a garantizar que estén posicionadas para desempeñar un papel clave en la recuperación de las ciudades y pueblos de Pennsylvania en el futuro”.La lista de las entidades artísticas de Pennsylvania que reciben una asignación de $50,000 de la NEA está disponible aquí. La lista de las 273 entidades que reciben una asignación de $1,930 a través de la PCA está disponible aquí.Encuentre más sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English.center_img Las organizaciones artísticas de Pennsylvania reciben $2.3 millones para brindar ayuda ante la pandemialast_img read more

IPE Views: The European Commission isn’t finished yet

first_imgThe whispers in Brussels suggest another Green Paper on pensions is in the offing, says Jeremy WoolfeRevisions or developments to pensions policy from the European Commission are expected in a new, (as yet) unannounced Green Paper, which will show its face in early 2014 – perhaps as early as February. A major conference to follow is in the planning stage. So far, no specific items to be covered have emerged in Brussels whispers. But it can be assumed that solid proposals for the financial underpinning of occupational pensions’ resources will be high on any Green Paper’s priority list.Presumably, these will be in the form of ‘holistic balance sheet’ or Solvency II-type measures. Note here the relevance of the recent appointment of Michaela Koller, director general of InsuranceEurope, in the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s new stakeholders’ group. The significance of the appointment is both her seniority and that fact InsuranceEurope has for years been calling for a “level playing field” between insurance-based and company-based supplementary pensions.Another strategic topic for the policy paper could be an attempt by the European Commission to head off further contagion from EU member state governments simply capturing the assets of future pensioners under some kind of doubtful promise for the future. The perceived risk is governments will not play fair when the time comes. Then, the hopeful pension recipients will be in no position to reclaim rights if and when they find themselves falling foul. At present, the legal status of the latest venture, by the Polish government, is said to be in doubt. No doubt, the legal ’eager beavers’ in the Commission will by now be seeking to clarify this matter in favour of the pensioners. However, in this and other issues, the Commission will be up against intransigence in the Council. Bizarrely, the representatives of elected national governments often seek to patch up today’s problems and ignore future interests.Meanwhile, this week in Brussels, three-way sessions will discuss the Directive on the portability of supplementary pension rights. Cohesion will be sought between the Council, representing national governments, the European Parliament and the Commission. Social affairs commissioner László Andor had expressed optimism for agreement in June for clearance by the Council approval. However, a recent expression from Germany could put the matter in doubt.Ria Oomen-Ruijten, a leading MEP in the field, tells IPE the current key negotiating positions include the definition of an “outgoing worker”. This means someone moving from one member state to another. Also important is the need to resolve legal definitions for the differences between so-called outgoing workers, and existing workers. “We are negotiating,” she explained.According to another murmur on the Brussels grapevine, particularly in the fray on the portability issue, is internal market commissioner Michel Barnier. His cabinet of high-ups recently were considering the matter as relevant to solving the EU’s dismal performance on economic growth.last_img read more

UK politicians call for default at-retirement option

first_imgPension providers should be mandated by the UK regulator to provide a suitable default drawdown product for retirees, according to an influential group of politicians.The Work and Pensions Select Committee – made up of MPs from the UK’s lower house – said the government and the Financial Conduct Authority should draw on the success of auto-enrolment to provide an option for people who had not engaged with their savings.The committee called for the introduction of “default decumulation pathways” in a report published this morning.It said that, by April 2019, providers of drawdown products should be required to offer a default option for their “core customer group” with a maximum charge of 0.75%, in line with the charge cap for auto-enrolment defined contribution (DC) schemes. Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions CommitteeHowever, the committee’s report said the government’s hope for a “competitive and innovative market” had failed to materialise.“[Retirees] are reliant instead on getting a good deal from their existing provider,” the committee said.“The success of automatic enrolment in overcoming market failure in the accumulation phase offers a template for strengthening pension freedoms in the decumulation phase.“People would still be free to choose to invest and spend their own money as they wished. But if they did not make an active choice, they would move into a suitable and regulated default product.”The committee recommended that NEST – set up by government to facilitate auto-enrolment pension saving – should be permitted to develop a default decumulation product.NEST had been working on a proposal since 2014 but last year the government rejected extending its powers, citing private sector providers’ “intention to innovate” for the at-retirement market.“We recommend that the government allows NEST to provide decumulation products from April 2019, provided it remains assured of NEST’s ability repay its start-up loan,” the committee said.“This should include establishing a default drawdown pathway, in line with our wider recommendation. In keeping with the spirit of pension freedoms, savers would remain entitled to move their money wherever they wished.”The report also recommended the introduction of one-page “passports” to highlight savers’ options prior to retirement.Nigel Peaple, deputy director of DC, lifetime savings and research at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), backed the idea of a default drawdown product.He said: “One of the hardest problems we face is connecting DC pension savers with suitable retirement income products. The report shows how it is possible to preserve retirees’ freedom to choose while applying lessons from automatic enrolment to connect savers directly with retirement income products.” DC funds’ independent governance committees should also be tasked with assessing value for money for such products.In 2015, the UK government abolished the requirement for all retirees to buy an annuity. Dubbed ‘freedom and choice’, the policy aimed to give pension savers more flexibility regarding how they received their retirement benefits.last_img read more

UK’s NEST seeks infrastructure managers

first_imgA spokesman for NEST said the trust is waiting for managers’ submissions first before deciding on the value of the investment.He confirmed the tender process includes three lots: UK-based infrastructure, global infrastructure and green/clean renewable energy. He added that one or multiple managers could be hired.The notice stated that successful fund managers will need to demonstrate they can offer high quality and evergreen investment processes, a robust risk management framework and consideration of environmental, social and governance factors.O’Neill warned that before applying, fund managers need to carefully consider their fees and investment structures. “We need approaches that are repeatable, affordable and scalable to match NEST’s rapidly growing AUM.”NEST receives more than £400m a month in member contributions. Forecasts put the trust as having £20bn AUM by 2022, and by the late 2020s one third of the UK working population is expected to have a NEST pension pot.This new mandate will be added to the existing range of ‘building blocks’ funds that make up the scheme’s default strategy – the Retirement Date Funds – and some of its alternative fund choices.Applications for the tender can be made through the Bravo platform and must be submitted before 17 February. The spokesman said that manager appointments will likely happen by the end of the year.The procurement follows NEST’s recent appointment of private credit mandates, announced last autumn, and is another step in enhancing the trust’s investment strategy. NEST, the UK’s master trust with assets under management worth £8.3bn (€9.8bn) as of the end of September, has launched a new procurement inviting fund managers to tender for unlisted/direct infrastructure equity funds.The pension scheme “believes private infrastructure equity investments can offer huge opportunities for its 8.5 million members and is asking fund managers to submit ways in which NEST can access the asset class”, it stated.Stephen O’Neill, head of private markets, said: “Private infrastructure equity is something we’ve been reviewing and have considered the value it could bring to our investment portfolio.”He added that “when chosen and managed carefully unlisted infrastructure equity typically offers stable, long-term returns even in difficult market conditions”.last_img read more

Noosa ground floor apartment sparks bidding frenzy

first_imgThe Cove, Unit 1, sold under the hammer over the weekend.When bidding opened at $4.8m for this Noosa apartment, the final price was always going to be eye-watering, especially with half the bidders dialling in from lockdown in Victoria.A total eight bidders registered to bid on Apartment 1 at Noosa’s prestigious Little Cove, which sold over the weekend after a whopping 38 bids were cast. The kitchen of the apartment which sold for a whopping $6.3m.Agent Nic Hunter from Tom Offermann Real Estate said “the strong opening bid of $4.8m set the pace on the sun-drenched balcony just 30m from Little Cove beach”.“We had a lot of interest 130 email enquiries and hundreds of phone calls on the property, eight registered bidders on the day, six of whom were very active right up to $6m,” he said.“From there two basically pitched for the property further and further with bids of $50,000 increments up to the successful Melbourne-based buyer being the last man standing at $6.3m. It was a fantastic response to what is a gloriously positioned property.”The appeal was “absolutely about the location”, he said.“That was the number one appeal for all these bidders,” he said. “It was a property that people have been waiting for. for a long time. The successful bidder actually missed out on the sale of the penthouse three years ago.”Seconds from the beach and a close walk to some of the best features Noosa has to offer.The ground floor unit in the luxury complex saw two bidders register from the Sunshine Coast, one out of Brisbane, one out of New South Wales and four register out of Melbourne.“A lot of people are rebooting their thoughts on the next five years with themselves and their extended families, and the lack of opportunities to travel internationally.”“A lot of people in the high end are looking to find a position in Noosa which ultimately once we clear these COVID-19 restrictions is just three hours from Melbourne door-to-door. Melbourne buyers have always had a strong interest in Noosa and even more so at the moment.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe apartment was listed as having three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a single garage with “a private garden entrance, no stairs and no close neighbours except for koalas in the eucalypts near the easterly terrace”At a massive 300sq m, the apartment is the largest in The Cove complex where the resort has 23 luxury holiday apartments, a pool, outdoor entertaining and BBQ facilities for guests.Property such at Apartment 1 in such a prime position in Noosa came up “very rarely”, Mr Hunter said.“One thing we noticed in prime spots is a lot of owners repeatedly say to us that they will hand them down to their family. A lot of people are buying for their future generations to enjoy.”Mr Hunter has five buyers still on the hunt in the $5m price range for Noosa property.Other bidders were still on the hunt in the $5m price range, he said.“We’ve got five other cash buyers left over (from the auction) who are seeking a similar quality property and position in Noosa.”Mr Hunter said the buyers were looking for opportunities that were an easy walk to the water or facilities, no matter whether it was an older or a newer property.Agency principal Tom Offermann said the sale capped off a strong week for his team where two properties broke the $10m price tag.He said the Apartment 1 sale “highlights how much confidence there is in the Noosa market, especially when you consider that seven other buyers with over $5 million to invest have walked away empty-handed”.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKcenter_img MORE: Designer’s Noosa home nets $10mHay’s Noosa haven fetches $12m Golden opportunity to buy Susie O’Neill’s family homeFormer cricketer Scott Muller lands a high-scoring upgradelast_img read more

Mugabe:”The West is the source of Africa’s problems”

first_imgPresident Mugabe has been in power since 198o when Zimbabwe got her independence Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe says the West is the cause of many of Africa’s problems.Mugabe who was speaking during an interview with a Japanese TV station on the side-lines of the on-going conference on Disaster Risk Management in Sendai, Japan, said the West wanted regime change in several African countries, including Zimbabwe.Mugabe is now urging the continent to build resistance against the problems that he is saying are created by the West.“They [West] want things done their own way… They want regime change in Zimbabwe. They want me to go, them and not my people,” Mugabe was quoted by The Chronicle as saying.Mugabe, 91, urged the African continent to “build” resistance against the West.Mugabe is the current chairperson of the African Union (AU). He is also the Southern African Development Community chairperson.He  has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980 and has frequently clashed with the West.The US recently extended sanctions on Zimbabwe by another year, arguing that the veteran leader and his cronies in the ruling Zanu-PF party continued to undermine the southern African country’s democratic processes.The US sanctions were first imposed in 2003 following the country’s controversial 2002 land reform programme which saw many white farmers kicked out Zimbabwe while the land they owned was given to the indigenous Zimbabweans.last_img read more

Tottenham’s Danny Rose: I’m tired of racial discrimination by police

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has said he is tired of racial discrimination after being regularly stopped by police and asked if his car is stolen.The 30-year-old England international said he has had similar experiences for the last 15 years. “The last time, last week, when I’d just been at my mum’s house, I had pulled up in a car park. So, the engine was off,” he said.“The police pulled in and they brought a riot van, three police cars and questioned me. They said they’d had a report that a car had not been driving correctly.“I’m like: ‘So why does that make it my car?’ I got my ID out and they breathalysed me. It’s just one of those things to me now.“Each time it’s: ‘Is this car stolen? Where did you get it from? Can you prove that you bought this car.’”Rose said such incidents had made him sceptical about the prospects of lasting change. “I just give up with hoping that things will change because that’s some people’s mentality towards racism.”Rose said last year he could not wait to leave football because he had had enough of the racism in the game.Reuters/NAN.—Tags: Danny RosePOlicemPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

D’Tigress Confirms Receipt of FG’s Cash Reward

first_img“I can confirm that we have received our money as promised when we went to present the trophy we won in Mali to Mr President. On behalf of the team, I will like to thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung for making this a reality.“We must also not forget sports loving Nigerians who were supporting us while we were battling to bring glory to our motherland.”Aisha said the recent action by Buhari is a bold statement of intent ahead of their preparation for the world cup.“We believe that his Excellency will make funds available through the Ministry of Sports for adequate preparation for the World Cup. Like we have continued to maintain, we don’t intend to participate at the 2018 FIBA World Cup just to make up the numbers, we want to show the world that we can compete favourably with the best in the world.”In the same vein, the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Dallas Wings’ player, Evelyn Akhator is optimistic that the recent gesture will help in swaying Nigerians making waves in leagues across Europe and America to come back home and represent their fatherland.The WNBA star who is currently contracted to Dynamo Novosibirsk in the Russian league said the presidential largesse did not just boost the morale of the team, but will also send a message to others that “Nigeria will never ignore any of its own.“I know that the NBBF is trying to talk to many Nigerian girls in the WNBA and also top leagues in Europe to beef up the team for the World Cup.The recent act by the government will in no small way play a role in convincing them to pledge their international future to Nigeria.”Players were paid N1million each while the five technical crew each got N500,0000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Captain of the D’Tigress, the 2017 Women FIBA Africa Cup of Nations’ champions, Aisha Mohammed, has hinted that Federal Government’s decision to pay them N17.5million as earlier promised by President Muhammadu Buhari will spur the team to do better in future..Speaking on her teammates’ behalf after receiving the transaction alert of N1million as her own share of the presidential reward, the captain said the move was timely as they head into 2018 which is the FIBA women’s world cup year.last_img read more

Luck on right side of Zaugg

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoCleaning up garbage is not a glamorous job, but sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg has made a living of it for the No.1-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Zaugg, standing at 6-foot-1, is an immovable object in front of the net and has contributed to the team’s success by scoring a plethora of rebound goals for the Badgers this season.”I just seem to be in the right place in the right time,” Zaugg said. “It doesn’t matter how the puck goes in the net as long as it goes in.”Growing up in Eagle River, Wis., Zaugg always dreamed of one day playing for the Badgers, and she is making the most of her opportunities today. She is currently amid her second full season and ranks fourth on the team with 21 points, good for the top 10 in WCHA scoring.While she appreciates her personal accolades, she remains modest in her approach to the game.”I wasn’t expecting to be scoring as much as I have been this season, but I work hard and listen to the coaches and try to make the most of my opportunities,” she said.Zaugg, who plays on one of the most dangerous lines in collegiate hockey, is a permanent fixture in front of the net, while speedy linemates Sara Bauer and Sharon Cole wreak havoc against opposing defenders. The trio has proven to be more than effective this season, combining for 79 points on the year.According to head coach Mark Johnson, it was a match made in heaven.”[Zaugg’s] been scoring goals, and she has the opportunity to be playing out there with Bauer and Sharon Cole,” Johnson said. “They’re creating opportunities and making the most of them, and that’s all you can ask for.”Zaugg wasted no time making her presence felt, scoring her first collegiate goal on her first shot ever taken for the Badgers. From that point on, playing with immense confidence, she went on to score 26 points last season while being named to the WCHA all-Rookie Team.It’s fair to say no one was surprised by Zaugg’s instant success, considering her prep background in Eagle River.Zaugg led her varsity squad to back-to-back Lumberjack Conference championships as a junior and senior. She was also recognized as the most improved player on her high school team as a freshman and as a junior — playing for an all-male team.”Playing with the guys was a lot of fun. It’s a much more physical game when you play with the men and the competition is great,” Zaugg said. “It was a much faster pace than I was used to, but it helped make me a better player and prepared me for the college level.”This season, Zaugg has helped anchor the top-ranked team in the country while proving a threat on both ends of the ice and a major contributor on the power play. So far this season, Zaugg has netted six goals with the man advantage and scored four game-winners, both team bests this season.”We always need to improve our power play, but right now, things are going pretty good,” Zaugg said. “My role is to make screens in front of the net, stuff in one-timers and clean up the rebounds.”Highlights for Zaugg this season include a game-winner against a talented Dartmouth squad late in the third period as well as multi-goal games against Minnesota State and North Dakota.Zaugg maintains she will not get ahead of herself and will continue to work hard toward her ultimate goal — a national championship.”Personally, I just want to help lead my team to victory. We’re No. 1 right now and we want to stay there. We all want to win our conference and hopefully take it all the way in the NCAAs,” Zaugg said.And all along the way, you can be sure she’ll be cleaning up the trash.last_img read more