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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father holding up talks over new Arsenal contract

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father holding up talks over new Arsenal contract Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 3:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kSharescenter_img Arteta has struck up an excellent relationship with skipper Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Aubameyang’s father, Pierre-Francois, looks after the forward’s interests and always prefers to meet in person rather than remotely.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDuring the coronavirus crisis that has been impossible, with Pierre-Francois’ insistence on doing business face-to-face meaning Arsenal have had to wait until lockdown restrictions have been loosened to make real progress on a deal.Nevertheless, the club and player have been in talks for some time and Arteta is confident that his relationship with Aubameyang – and plans for the future – can entice him into committing his future to the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSpeaking about Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City on Wednesday evening, Arteta said: ‘It is our responsibly to make him feel that this is the next step in his career.‘In order to do that he needs to feel valued and feel [that he] belongs and feel that we want him. The 30-year-old has 17 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)‘He really needs to believe we can take this club forward and that he’s going to be a key player in that.‘At the moment I am extremely happy with how he has been performing and behaving. We have a really good relationship, we can discuss face-to-face a lot of things.‘I think he’s very happy at the club. We have many discussions with Pierre, his family and agent. I am pretty positive that we can find the right agreement for all parties.’MORE: Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian WrightMORE: Tim Sherwood tips Gabriel Martinelli to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Gunners’ top scorer is out of contract next summer (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father’s preference to meet with Arsenal bosses in person to discuss fresh terms is holding up the club’s attempts to extend his current deal, according to reports.The Gabon striker is out of contract next summer, when he will be free to leave the Emirates for nothing, and recently admitted that his current situation marks ‘the most important decision of his career’.Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep the club’s top scorer in north London, personally intervening to persuade him to stay, though talks are proving tricky.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, September 4 – September 10, 2016

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: September 09, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania received $3.7 million in federal grants to battle the opioid abuse crisis. Fighting the current opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania is a top priority for Governor Wolf and the grants will be used to improve initiatives created to help those suffering with substance use disorder.The governor also announced that a grant of $3.5 million will go towards the revitalization of Midtown Harrisburg. The revitalization project includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings, which will be renovated to contain a mix of commercial and residential space.On Saturday, the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University football teams will play each other, reviving a storied inter-state rivalry. Before the game, Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Penn State President Eric Barron will join Governor Wolf to promote It’s On Us PA. It’s On Us is a campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending campus sexual assault.Governor Wolf’s Week, September 4 – September 10, 2016Wednesday, September 7, 2016Statement on Governor Christie Ending Reciprocity AgreementPennsylvania Receives $3.7 Million in Federal Grants to Battle Opioid CrisisGovernor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown HarrisburgGO-TIME: Labor & Industry Space Optimization Project Saving $250,000 AnnuallyThursday, September 8, 2016Governor Wolf Lauds Revenue’s Online Innovation for Businesses and Tax ProfessionalsGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Welcome Visitors to the Governor’s Residence this Sunday during Gallery WalkFriday, September 9, 2016Ahead of Pitt-Penn State Game, University Leaders Join Governor Wolf Against Campus Sexual AssaultGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Receives Nearly $7 Million in Grant Funding for TransitGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot DayHighlights from The BlogLet Your Voice Be Heard – Register to Vote by October 11 (VIDEO)It’s On Us: Everyone Can Play a Part in Eliminating Sexual Assault on Campuses. Here’s How.Putting Coal Miners Back to Work and Improving CommunitiesRecovering from Devastating Flooding in Connellsville, PA (VIDEO)center_img Governor Wolf’s Week, September 4 – September 10, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The “Rugby Equality Bill” – (the “Redefinition of Rugby” Act)

first_img(Author Unknown)Rugby is a game played by most boys in New Zealand in their childhood, though some don’t want to play it at all. A significant section of the community have always preferred to play a different sport, like soccer.But Rugby gets all the status in New Zealand, commanding all the respect. So much so that those who play soccer are often made to feel like second-class citizens. They lack the mana of those who play the nation’s revered game.To end this discrimination we have decided to redefine Rugby to include any sport involving two teams with a ball. As long as you love your team-ball sport you are a rugby player and should be recognised as such in law. Some of our opponents try scare mongering by saying: “well then hockey will end up being called rugby” – but that is not what we are saying at all. This bill is only about soccer players having the right to be considered rugby players like all other rugby players. Hockey uses a stick and no one is saying that should be called rugby.This isn’t about whether you prefer soccer or rugby. It is a fundamental matter of justice and equality. Why should those soccer players who play every week with a ball against another team not have the equal opportunity and right to be recognised in the street as rugby players? Why are they denied the title and privileges on the grounds that they play differently? Shouldn’t all boys in New Zealand have the same rights regardless of their sporting preference? Why discriminate against boys for the way they choose to play their ball-sport? Aren’t we a country that prizes freedom of choice? In New Zealand you can be a rugby player if you are a boy or a girl, an Asian, Indian, Maori or European…. but apparently not if you are a soccer player.We should remember that rugby itself has historically undergone many changes. Once upon a time, there were only four points for a try and now there are five. There are eight in the scrum today instead of six in earlier times. Before you had to jump by yourself in the lineout and now you can be lifted. So the Rugby Union is happy to adjust and refine the definition of rugby throughout the ages– but for some reason they stop at soccer. That old boys’ club want to control the definition themselves because underneath, they really regard soccer players as wusses. But look at how they handled their own finances in Otago. And let’s never forget that once upon a time there were white Rugby Union teams in South Africa who refused to let black people be rugby players alongside them. Do we want to perpetuate the same kind of discrimination by denying that soccer is an equally legitimate form of rugby?New Zealand has always prided itself on a clear separation between sport and politics, and in the 21st century our political system needs to be free from all forms of discrimination. We led the world in giving women the vote. Yet there are still those who are happy to bar the door to those who play sport differently. There is no point in having a referendum on the issue because of course most rugby-playing New Zealanders will want to defend their privileges and guard the status quo.Some say that we have already achieved equality, when the national soccer team finally got called the “All Whites”. That was a step in the right direction, but it didn’t go far enough. Soccer players need the same access to the “All Black” name and jersey. It’s not good enough to call them “All Whites” when overseas everyone’s heard of the All Blacks. No one talks about the All Whites. It is time to embrace the right of all ball-playing New Zealanders to be regarded as rugby players, regardless of the shape of the ball they use and how they choose to handle it.UPDATE: Please note that we have removed the reference to suicide in this satirical piece. In light of horrendous stats on suicide just released, it was an inappropriate reference. The piece was sent to us – we didn’t write it – but we should have vetted it better. We apologise for any offense the reference may have caused. It was certainly not our intention.last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualifiers to begin with African event in Senegal

first_img Promoted Content8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… A total of 33 places in the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020 will be up for grabs at the African Olympic qualifier beginning in Dakar tomorrow. The competition at the Dakar International Expo Centre in the Senegalese capital, which concludes on February 29, is the first in a series of boxing qualification events for this year’s Olympic Games. The qualifiers are being organised by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force, established after the International Boxing Association was stripped of its recognition as the governing body for the sport in June. Twenty-two berths will be at stake across the eight men’s weight divisions, with 11 available in the five women’s categories.Advertisementcenter_img Three places in the men’s flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light-heavyweight categories will be up for grabs in Dakar. Read Also:Olympic boxing qualifier in China scrapped over virus: report Two spots will be available in the heavyweight and super-heavyweight divisions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bacolod fast craft operator awaits Marina permit

first_imgWeesam Express operator Frank Carbon disclosed yesterday they are still waiting for a “special permit” from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina). BACOLOD City – Despite the easing of sea travel, Iloilo-bound fast craft of Weesam Express coming from this city and vice versa cannot resume operation yet. FLICKR He said there will be no more requirements necessary when boarding the vessel once the trip will resume only that persons at the age below 21 and above 60 are not encouraged to travel based on Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s Executive Order No. 43, extending the modified general community quarantine in this city until June 30./PN Carbon revealed that if Marina would only allow them to have 60 passengers (about 20 percent of the vessel’s total passenger capacity), they will have no choice but to hike fare. “Without the special permit, the operation of the shipping lines would be illegal,” Carbon reiterated. He advised travelers to wait for further announcement of trip schedules to avoid being stranded at the seaport terminal. He added: “If Marina will not reconsider our request we will have to increase the fare for about P50 to P70 in order to cover up the number of passengers which was being reduced.” “That is why we asked the Marina to reconsider their decision by allowing us to have the 50 percent of the total capacity of passengers in every trips, which is about 150 passengers, but they reduce it to 60 persons only due to the strict implementation of one meter distancing,” Carbon said.last_img read more

Anna Sams

first_imgAnna Ruth Sams, of Laurel, was born in Clay County, West Virginia, on February 24, 1938, beloved daughter of Howard B. and Lola E. Thomas Fitzwater. She married Aris Sams on February 27, 1956, in Shelbyville, Indiana. Anna was a long-time employee of Comb’s Market in Laurel, and was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In her spare time, Anna enjoyed reading, and crocheting caps to give to her family and friends. She looked forward to spending time with her family, and seeing the first hummingbird of Spring. Anna passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in Indianapolis surrounded by her loved ones. Those surviving who will honor Anna’s memory include her son, David (Lori) Sams of Laurel; granddaughter, Courtney (Christopher) Shaver of Richmond; grandson, Nathaniel (LeeAnna) Sams of Connersville; grandson, Derrick (Sierra) McNeely of Connersville; great-grandchildren, Riley Shaver and Maverick McNeely; brother-in-law, Franklin Handy of Connersville; and several siblings, nieces and nephews. Anna was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Aris; her daughter, Cynthia Sams; sister-in-law, Arlene Handy; and several siblings. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Pastor Glen Goins will officiate the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Laurel North Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Anna Sams.last_img read more

Ball State updates quality-of-life report for all 92 Indiana counties

first_imgMuncie, IN—Ball State University recently released an updated quality-of-life report for all of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Using publicly available data, researchers ranked each county under seven major categories that included people, health of human capital/workforce, education of human capital/ workforce, government impact and economy, arts/entertainment/recreation, changeable and static public amenities.Researchers also released a “housing barometer” tool for each county based on a county’s home prices relative to the state and growth.  The housing barometer evaluates county housing markets using county-wide home values and the relative growth rate over the last eight years. Each county is categorized as growing, warning, distressed, and recovering housing markets.To view your county’s data click here.last_img read more

Tottenham deny takeover reports

first_imgTottenham have denied they are in discussions regarding a reported £1billion takeover, but it remains unclear where the club will call home for the 2017/18 season. Press Association The new stadium, a 56,250-seat venue, has been hit with a legal wrangling which now means it will not be ready to host Spurs from 2017 onwards – as the club confirmed on Thursday they are likely to be forced to spend a season in a different ground. Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and stadium:mk have all been touted as potential venues, with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust expressing fears the club’s identity risks being severely damaged if the wrong groundshare option is taken for the 2017/18 campaign. “The board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust is understandably concerned to hear the latest announcement from the club regarding delays to the building of a new stadium,” a THST statement read. “While we cannot, for obvious reasons, comment on the details of the legal process around the High Court appeal, we find it surprising that negotiations between the club and one business have continued for seven years without resolution.” Although accepting that a move may be beyond anyone’s control, THST also laid out issues it worries could risk longer-reaching changes to its club. “While the Trust is pragmatic about the need to move from White Hart Lane for one season, the prospect of moving from north London raises a number of issues for supporters, the local community, and the club’s identity,” the statement added. “For the supporters, there are serious issues over the logistics and expense of travel to home games. For the local community, which is depending upon the stadium project as a catalyst for regeneration, there are serious economic implications. We believe the cost of such a move to the local economy needs to be seriously considered. “Moving away from the area threatens serious damage to the identity of a club which has always played in north London. We would like greater transparency as to why the option of playing at White Hart Lane, the option which would benefit N17 the most, is apparently now no longer available. “Our greatest concern is that, once the club moves for one season, it is but a short step towards moving for two seasons, or more. “When the club’s current board tried to move us to Stratford, Tottenham Hotspur supporters showed their fierce opposition and we would urge the club to learn the lessons from that episode. A football club divorces itself from its community and identity at its peril.” Wembley has been identified by THST as a favoured solution, but Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino conceded a move 50 miles away to Milton Keynes remains a possibility. “Every single decision the club makes is to improve and give better facilities to our supporters, so I back this decision,” he said. “Yes, I was in Milton Keynes to watch the game with Manchester United in the Capital One Cup. It was the first time I had been there. “It is a very good stadium with very good facilities but nothing more – it’s a possibility. “We need to speak a lot about this decision because we need all the information about the club, the supporters and the team. But at the moment we are not talking about this.” On a busy day for the north London club, they also announced that a dditional funding is being sought for the stadium venture, with Rothschild appointed as financial advisors. “The stadium redevelopment plans are a significant part of the future for both our club and the local area and represent a complex infrastructure project that requires funding,” the Spurs statement added. “This substantial construction project requires discussions with multiple providers of finance so that the optimum financing package can be achieved. To this end, we have appointed Rothschild to advise us on those options. “Accordingly, we are at a stage where we are starting to engage with a number of financing institutions and potential funders in respect of the new stadium development project.” It was reported on Thursday morning that the club’s owner Joe Lewis was prepared to sell as Spurs build a new stadium adjacent to their current White Hart Lane home. Tottenham said those suggestions were wide of the mark, with a statement on reading: “Contrary to recent press speculation, neither the club, nor its majority shareholder, are in any takeover discussions and the focus of the club is fully on delivering the new stadium project.” last_img read more

Golden Jaguars to know opponent today

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will host the official draw for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying matches today in Miami, Florida, and the Golden Jaguars – Guyana’s Senior Men’s National Football team – will know whom they will face in their quest to qualify for the confederation’s biggest tournament. Fans and media will be able to follow all the action beginning at 20:00hrs (Eastern Caribbean time) via CONCACAF social media channels.As announced in March of 2018, the group stage of the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League kicked off qualifying for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.After round-robin play, the top two finishers in each of the League A groups and the top finisher in each of the League B groups secured their participation in the 16th edition of the Confederation’s premier tournament for men’s national teams.The 12 teams already qualified for the 2021 Gold Cup are Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and the United States.The road to the 2021 CONCACAF  Gold Cup will continue next year with a two-round qualifier, to be played in a direct elimination format.Beginning in March of 2020, the second-place finishers of League B (French Guiana, Guyana, Montserrat and St Vincent and the Grenadines) will face the first-place finishers of League C (Bahamas, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Guatemala).After home-and-away play, the four round-one match-up winners will advance to the second round, where they will face the third-place finishers of League A (Bermuda, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago).The second round will take place during the FIFA window of June 2020.DRAW PROCEDURESThe draw will be executed using a single blind system, involving three pots. The 12 participating teams will be divided in the pots as follows (in alphabetical order by CONCACAF Nations League):Pot A: Bermuda, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and TobagoPot B: French Guiana, Guyana, Montserrat and St Vincent and the GrenadinesPot C: Bahamas, Barbados, Guadeloupe and GuatemalaThe draw will begin by randomly selecting a team from Pot C and placing that team in matchup number 1. The process will be replicated with the remaining three teams in Pot C, using matchups 2, 3, and 4, according to the order in which they are drawn. The same procedure will be used for Pot B.For Pot A, the first team drawn will face the winner of matchup number 1, the second team will face the winner of matchup number 2, the third team will face the winner of matchup number 3 and the fourth team will face the winner of matchup number 4.last_img read more