Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Willian wants a three-year deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a deal for Chelsea star Willian unless the Brazilian lowers his wage demands.The winger is set to end his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge this summer after talks over a new deal ended following months of unsuccessful negotiations.Willian wants a two or three-year deal in west London but the Blues are only willing to hand him a rolling 12-month extension.The Brazilian is happy in London and with his family settled in the capital, his representatives suggested the idea of a move to Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTHis agent, Kia Joorabchian, has good relations with the Gunners after negotiating Edu’s return to the Emirates and helping David Luiz make the same move that Willian could make last summer. Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transfer Willian is currently on £120,000-a-week at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)However, despite the fact that Willian could sign on a free transfer, Arsenal are said to be shocked at his wage demands.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Brazilian wants a three-year deal, which would take him to the age of 34 by the end of the contract.And Willian wants to maintain his current salary of £120,000-a-week for the duration of his stay at the Emirates, which would amount to £18.7m over his three years in north London.More: 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 CityMikel Arteta was already resigned to a difficult summer before the coronavirus crisis hit but the club are looking at a particularly bleak window as the pandemic hits football clubs across the world.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to be sold with the club seeking around £30m for the Gabon ace.That could help finance a move for Willian but he’ll likely need to lower his wage demands before negotiations can continue.MORE: Arsenal set price for Chelsea or Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Apr 2020 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShareslast_img read more

ESG roundup: ESG drives insurer-asset manager tie-up

first_imgSpanish insurer MAPFRE is acquiring a 25% stake in French investment boutique La Financière Responsable (LFR) in what the organisations described as a “strategic ESG-driven partnership”.The arrangement gives MAPFRE a stake in LFR and LFR access to MAPFRE’s global network. LFR managed funds will be offered through MAPFRE’s Luxembourg platform or directly to institutional investors.LFR currently has €147m of assets under management.MAPFRE’s investment in LFR was “a major endorsement” of the French boutique’s methodology for valuing stocks, according to a statement. This involves analysing more than 120 environmental, social or governance (ESG) indicators for 160 Eurozone companies using information provided directly by the companies, as opposed to secondary research.   MAPFRE chief investment officer José Luis Jiménez said: “The new relationship offers MAPFRE Group and our asset management company, MAPFRE AM, a real opportunity to play a part in the CSR debate.”Companies getting more serious about waterCompany boards are beginning to take water security more seriously, according to new research.In 2017, 520 companies (70%) that responded to questions about freshwater resources from CDP, an environmental data and campaign group, had board-level oversight of water issues. The organisation said water security now had “a firm seat at the table” at these companies’ boards.  However, only a small group of 53 companies (7%) were putting an internal price on water that accounted for its social and environmental costs and benefits, according to CDP’s report. Slightly more – 16% – saw higher water prices as a potential risk. CDP reported that 418 companies (56%) had set water targets or goals, although the majority were still short-term in nature and did not “adequately account for the sustainable thresholds of the basins upon which companies rely”.Overall, three times as many companies (73) made the organisation’s “A-list” for global water management in 2017 compared to last year. CDP launched its concept of water disclosure in 2009. At the time it had 137 investors signed up to its request for water-related information, and 175 companies responding. This year CDP asked 4,653 of the largest global companies to provide data and 2,025 companies responded, up from 1,432 last year. Its research report presented an analysis of this year’s water response data from a sample of 742 of the world’s largest publicly-listed companies. More investors have signed on to CDP’s programme, too. Today CDP acts on behalf of 639 institutional investors, representing $69trn (€60trn) in assets.Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the assets of the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, said it was pleased to see CDP reaching significantly more companies regarding water disclosure. ”Observing the steady increase in the number of reporting companies, we are now hoping to see more firms disclose targets and metrics addressing water management, rendering disclosure more meaningful for us as shareholders,” it said.Diesel bans: a tough sellBans on diesel cars in various countries and cities could prevent car manufacturers from meeting emissions targets and avoid fines, according to analysis by MSCI. Most carmakers rely on fuel-efficient diesel fleets to meet strict emissions standards in the EU, according to Arne Philipp Klug, an analyst at MSCI.He said all carmakers apart from Toyota were at risk of missing regulatory targets for fleet emissions in 2021 and that declining vehicle sales could increase the risk of fines. Diesel is dominant in German carmarkers’ fleets, accordin to Klug, but Volkwagen would not be affected much compared with Daimler and BMW. This was because there was a “marginal gap between the fuel efficiency of VW’s petrol and diesel fleets”, according to Klug.last_img read more

ACCC Concerned by NCC’s Preliminary View on Newcastle Port

first_imgThe National Competition Council’s (NCC’s) draft recommendation on Port of Newcastle, if exercised, would turn the port into an unregulated monopolist, according to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).Namely, the ACCC has raised concerns following NCC’s draft recommendation on the port, which includes the potential removal of regulation of the shipping channel service at the Port of Newcastle.The port, which provides the only commercially viable means of exporting coal from the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales, was privatised in 2014 via a 98-year lease to Port of Newcastle Operations.The NCC’s preliminary view that the declaration should be revoked would mean the terms and conditions of access to the port would be unregulated.“Should the declaration be revoked, the Port of Newcastle will be an unregulated monopolist that is able to determine the terms and conditions of its access with little constraint,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.“It would be reasonable to expect that, without regulation, further price increases at the port would follow and this would be a bad outcome for users and the economy, particularly given the history here,” Sims added.The NCC’s recommendation follows an application from the port’s owner, Port of Newcastle Operations, that the declaration of the shipping channel be revoked.In October 2018, after an application by port user Glencore, the ACCC determined the port should reduce its charge for the shipping channel service by about 20 per cent.last_img read more

CMA CGM resumes calls to Beirut

first_img CMA CGM says one worker missing, several injured following Beirut blast Ports & Logistics This week, first vessels started calling Beirut again and the port is gradually resuming operations in an effort to secure goods for local markets. One of the CMA CGM’s roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels will be deviated from its usual service to travel from Marseille to Beirut in the very near future. RoRo vessels are suited to the needs of humanitarian transportation — they can carry containers, motor vehicles and pallets. The CMA CGM Group is bearing all shipping and port operation costs and providing a storage facility in Marseille until the vessel departs. Posted: about 1 month ago The group is mobilizing its teams to centralize, consolidate and transport the humanitarian supplies of participating organizations which have a clearly identified and vetted structure to receive them on Lebanese soil. CMA CGM further said it is setting up an operational unit in Marseille and Beirut to review requests and organize delivery. On 12 August, Raoul Take, Lebanon’s Minister of Economy and Trade, said on Twitter that twelve of the port’s sixteen cranes are operational again. He added that there is no flour or bread crisis in Lebanon, as the local mills have flour stocks of 32,000 tonnes, with an additional 110,000 tonnes expected to arrive in the next two weeks. Posted: about 1 month ago The company added that all CMA CGM lines will resume their calls at Beirut port according to their normal schedules. What is more, CMA CGM said that its intermodal services will be fully ensured in Lebanon thanks to the mobilization of the company’s local staff and partners. As Offshore Energy reported last week, CMA CGM’s headquarters in Lebanon, located a few hundred meters from the site of the explosion, was severely damaged. Several workers were injured, with one of them reported missing on 6 August. Earlier this week, German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd also reinstated its services to the Port of Beirut. As informed, the campaign will allow for the transport of emergency equipment and essential goods and products provided by the CMA CGM Foundation’s NGO partners and the group’s partner companies. The initiative also has the support of deeply engaged French public institutions which have been mobilized. On 4 August, two explosions occurred at the Port of Beirut, with the second being extremely powerful, after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored improperly in a warehouse at the port caught fire. The blast killed more than 200 people and injured around 6,000, leaving thousands homeless. As the operational situation in the Port of Beirut is now back to normal again, French shipping major CMA CGM has resumed calls to this port. CMA CGM launches “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign Categories: The group continued to serve Lebanon through Tripoli ports, located 80 km from Beirut and launched a contingency plan with three temporary offices opened in Beirut and Tripoli. On 10 August, CMA CGM announced the launch of “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign, contributing to international solidarity efforts by transporting medical equipment and essential goods and products to support the Lebanese population, following the devastating explosions that hit Beirut. “Damages to Beirut terminal being less serious than what could be expected after the tragic events that took place on 4 August, a first CMA CGM vessel m/v Nicolas Delmas has been operated with success on Monday,” CMA CGM said. last_img read more

Coaching Styles

first_imgSeveral times in the past, I have written articles about the different styles of coaching that are effective.  I believe that the best asset any coach can have is his/her ability to sell their players on what they want them to do.  Too many young coaches try to take what has been effective for some famous coach and try to make it work for themselves.  Anyone who has ever coached learns from those coaches; but, trying to be them is a whole other story.  What really works is knowing your personnel and fitting strategy to their strengths.  Some teams cannot play man-to-man because they are too slow so a zone defense works with them.  If you don’t have shooters, you had better have an offense that gets your players close to the basket before they shoot.  I have seen many coaches come and go mainly because they don’t know how to adapt to the players they have.last_img read more

Raiders Sweep Games Over Bengals

first_imgMonday, December 12-Greendale at South Ripley.Grade 7-SR 32, Greendale 28Thanks to some clutch free throw shooting from Bryce Wrightsman, the Raiders capped off a dramatic 4th quarter comeback in a 32-28 win. Down by ten midway through the final period, South Ripley rallied to tie the game at 28 with under a minute to play. After a defensive stand to get the ball back. Wrightsman was fouled with about 20 seconds to play. He calmly hit the first of an one-and-one free throw to put the home team up one 29-28. He missed the second but the visiting Tigers traveled to turn the ball over. Wrightsman was fouled again, this time with only 8 seconds left on the clock. He drilled both attempts. Another Greendale turnover and foul put Wrightsman back at the line, where he hit one out of two to seal the game. He finished with 8 points, while Zach Gentile led the Raiders with 11. Ryan Miller chipped in 6 points, Dalton Smith 5, and Nick Schwarte had 2 points and several rebounds.Grade 8-SR 49, Greendale 35An outstanding team effort helped the Raiders to a 49-35 victory over the visiting Tigers. Cody Samples nailed two three pointers and added several assists; Brady Linkel dominated the glass with 12 rebounds as well as 4 points; Colby Bush grabbed 4 boards with 4 points; Bryce Franklin played tremendous defense while scoring 12 points with 7 rebounds; and Lane Sparks contributed a good all around game with 22 points, 3 rebounds, and several steals. After a 21-8 first quarter lead, the Tigers fought back to make it a 29-24 game at the half. However, the Raiders out scored Greendale 20-11 the final two quarters to come away with a win. Adam Burd led the Tigers with 22 points.The seventh graders advanced their win streak to three to increase their record to 6-8. The eighth graders raise their season mark to 12-2. Both teams travel to St. Louis in Batesville on Thursday, 6:00 tip.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more

William ‘Bill’ Dennis Voegele

first_imgWilliam ‘Bill’ Dennis Voegele of Morris, Indiana passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018 at his home.  The son of William A. and Myrtle (nee: Haskamp) Voegele was born in Batesville, Indiana on September 23, 1945.The 1963 Batesville High School graduate married Lauren Yeager on April 20, 1968 in Enochsburg, IN.  In 2005, Bill retired from Hill-Rom.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Morris.Bill was hard shelled on the outside but a softie on the inside. He loved to cook, take car rides, go riding on his motorcycle or golf cart and spend time woodworking. He also liked music but AC/DC was his favorite group.  He spent time watching birds and old movies, especially the classic tv shows, Murder She Wrote and Walker Texas Ranger. Bill always appreciated a nice bonfire and a good thunderstorm too. He also really loved his dog, Squirt.  Bill was a caring man always willing to lend a hand.  Most of all Bill enjoyed having his family around, (but everyone knew there was a curfew!)He is survived by his wife, Lauren; children Michelle (Chris) Eckstein of Sunman, IN, Dennis Voegele of NC, Nicole (Michael) Norman of Batesville and Chris (Kim) Voegele of Brookville, IN; 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; along with siblings Steve (Cindy) Voegele of St. Leon, IN, Paula (Ray) Grassman) of TN, and Becky (Tom) Baumer of Oldenburg, IN.Friends may call from 5-7pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 followed by a memorial service at 7pm all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Burial will be in St. Anthony Catholic Church Cemetery, Morris.last_img read more

Judiciary and Gender parity: NGEC raises red flag

first_imgDevelops the Judiciary’s quality legal research ability.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThe Commission has in the meantime reiterated its commitment to continue monitoring the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Judiciary and provide the leadership of the Judiciary with progress reports from time to time for their consideration. The Judiciary lacks a formal plan or a framework for achieving gender parity within specific time frames in its senior leadership positions.An audit by the National Gender and Equality Commission also revealed that cases of bullying and sexual harassment reported by Judiciary employees were rarely filed or successfully addressed.The audit however revealed that the Judiciary is gradually and progressively becoming receptive to the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination. Other concerns identified during the audit include lack of a policy addressing the use of affirmative action so that it could be applied consistently when warranted as well as failure by women to participate more as litigants in the formal justice sector.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  In a statement, Commission Chairperson Dr Joyce Mutinda said the audit sort to analyze the gender sensitivity and responsiveness of the Judiciary in its internal operations and delivery on its external mandateThe audit also revealed that the Judiciary did not collate, analyze and prepare reports with gender-disaggregated data on who was using the courts and the type of services they were using.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGA“Court processes and case management, including Court Annexed Mediation programs, were often not viewed from a gender perspective. Even in court decisions discussing constitutional principles, the language sometimes lacked gender sensitivity,” She said.The Commission has therefore made several recommendations to help the Judiciary fulfill its constitutional obligations, to uphold and promote gender equality, equity and inclusion. They include:Adopts a comprehensive gender policy;Takes measures to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles;Collects and analyses gender-disaggregated data across all fields beyond the total workforce; Develops and delivers a gender-sensitive and inclusive training curriculum for all employees;Puts safeguards in place to ensure fairness in court-annexed mediation;Uses simple education materials on equality and non-discrimination to educate the public; and The Commission observed that a body of constitutional jurisprudence on gender equality has started to develop, which recognizes the historical gender discrimination that has disadvantaged women in Kenya.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Back on the warpath: Florida State poised to return to championship discussion behind swarming defense

first_img Related Stories Hidden wounds: After a slew of unpublicized injuries derailed Syracuse last year, the program makes adjustments to stay healthy in 2012Multiple fronts: Ashton Broyld gives Syracuse a new offensive weapon who can attack defenses from a variety of positionsIn the clear: Marcus Sales enters the 2012 season refocused and rededicated to football following his season-long suspensionOn the bright side: In his first season at Syracuse, veteran coach Donnie Henderson aims to turn the struggling secondary around’The new Temple’: Coming off a 9-4 season and bowl victory, the Owls are looking to prove they’re here to stay in their second go-around in the Big East The two crystal footballs get special treatment. They’re not tucked away in the coach’s office with the rest of the bowl trophies — they’re both showcased at the entrance of the Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center for every student-athlete to see.As soon as he walks through the doors, Lamarcus Joyner is reminded about the golden age of Florida State football and the 13-year national championship drought in Tallahassee, Fla.“We’re hungry to get one,” said Joyner, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference free safety last season. “You want to add to the tradition of Florida State, and we’ve got a good chance to get one for ourselves.”The Seminoles are ACC favorites once again. After failing to take the conference in 2011 with losses to inferior teams like Virginia and Wake Forest, they enter this season with the talent needed to recapture the glory of the storied Bobby Bowden era.Joyner and his defensive teammates will be at the center of FSU’s charge this year. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will field the deepest and most talented defense since Bowden’s national championship team in 1999. Only Alabama, LSU — the two teams that played for the 2011 national championship — and Temple outranked the Seminoles in total defense last season. Florida State surrendered only 275 yards per game in 2011, and the defense will return eight starters in 2012.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf that unit plays to its incredible potential, this could be the year Florida State returns to national prominence.Defensive ends Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner combined for 15 sacks alone in 2012. Jenkins could’ve been a first-round NFL Draft pick but returned to team up with Werner for his senior season.Joyner, fellow safety Terrance Brooks and cornerback Xavier Rhodes are just as talented and just as NFL-ready. Even without recently exiled cornerback and returner Greg Reid, the secondary has few rivals in the country.Linebackers Vince Williams and Christian Jones help put the unit over the edge.“You can’t just point to one moment or one play in practice,” kicker Dustin Hopkins said of the defense. “They do something amazing on every snap, and they’re only getting better.”James “Buster” Davis can’t help but think about how he would play on a unit like this. The former All-ACC middle linebacker finished his college career six years ago, but as he watched the Seminoles last season from his home in the Jacksonville, Fla. area, he said his alma mater looks completely different on the defensive side of the ball.Davis said that Bowden and his former defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, never deviated from the recruiting recipe that won them championships in the 1993 and 1999 seasons. After all, the two had unprecedented success with undersized players who were fast and could break on the ball during their historic streak of top-five finishes from 1987-2000.“Those teams I played on were built around speed and the freedom to go make a play with that speed,” said Davis. “You could be 5-9, and if you were fast and could get to the ball, you were good. These defenses that coach Fisher and coach Stoops put out there aren’t built like that at all.”The change was necessary. By the time Davis got there, FSU was on the decline. And by the time Fisher took over, the team surrendered an average 30.8 points per game.Fisher was Bowden’s offensive coordinator for three seasons, but the work he put into rebuilding the defense — including the hire of Stoops away from his brother Mike at Oklahoma — is reflected in the state of his current roster.These Seminoles are fast, but they’re also built to combat the pass-happy spread offenses in college football.The first padded practice of the summer showed Christian Thompson just how dominant the defense has become under Fisher.Before his number was called, the senior running back was forced to watch as the defense returned three consecutive interceptions for scores. Thompson thought that the ensuing play, a screen pass away from the FSU blitz, could be a much-needed spark for a dejected offense.“It worked so well during team drills, and we were all ready to get into some sort of groove,” said Thompson. “But sometimes the defense likes to remind us that we still have work to do.”Those reminders occur often for the offense against this defense. On this play, Thompson cradled the ball against his chest before looking upfield and right into the garnet and gold helmet of Jones.“Those are the plays that you can’t wait to see in a game,” said All-ACC placekicker Dustin Hopkins. “Those are the plays you can’t wait to see them make against someone else.”On paper, the team has the makings to be among the best in the ACC, but the Seminoles must prove it on the field.Bowden’s two national championships and decades of success set the bar high for college football at FSU. Expectations are heightened in Tallahassee again in 2012.Joyner knows how important his defense is to living up to the preseason hype. The unit will be crucial to Florida State becoming a program that competes for titles at the end of the season, not the beginning.“If people are going to say that Florida State is back, that means that we’re competing for championships,” Joyner said. “They’ll be no question that we’re back when that happens.” Comments Published on August 30, 2012 at 3:27 am Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Besse a rare bright spot during difficult men’s hockey season

first_imgIn a season that the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has taken a step backwards with just a 2-15-3 overall record and a 0-5-1 record in Big Ten play, sophomore forward Grant Besse has taken a big step forward on his way to quietly having a breakout season.Besse began his career as a Badger last year with a promising freshman season, compiling eight goals and six assists, playing in 36 of the team’s 37 games. A year later, with Wisconsin’s top five goal scorers from last season no longer on the team, Besse has elevated his game to a much higher level and stepped into a leadership role for this year’s young Wisconsin team.Not being a top-line guy last season took some getting used to for Besse since he had never played a role like that before in his hockey career. Coming out of Plymouth, Minnesota, Besse was named 2013 Mr. Hockey in Minnesota, thus when he came to Madison he was unaccustomed to a reserve role. However, it ended up being a beneficial learning experience for Besse that allowed him to learn from the veteran Badgers on last year’s team.“It was a bit frustrating at first obviously coming from high school where you’re the go-to guy,” Besse said. “But I’m glad it was like that. I learned from those older guys.”Just 20 games into this season, Besse is leading Wisconsin in goals (seven) and his six assists are tied for second most on the team, making him only one goal away from matching his goal and assist total from all of last season.Besse believes that increased playing time and having more chances to make plays has been a major factor in his emergence as a go-to guy for the Badgers.“I’m getting a lot more opportunities,” Besse said. “Being on the top line and on the power play, you just have more opportunities and more ways to show what I can do.”Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves credited much of Besse’s improvement to gaining strength and using it to keep defenders from taking the puck from him.“Having a year under his belt, he’s bigger, stronger and knows what to expect,” Eaves said. “He’s stronger over the puck, so he has it a lot more.”Eaves also praised Besse for his impressive shooting ability that even caught their attention back when they recruited him out of high school. Eaves called Besse a “sniper” in reference to his gifted ability to shoot with pinpoint accuracy and overall knack for finding the back of the net.“He’s got a great gift to shoot the puck, something that’s not taught,” Eaves said. “When you shoot like that, you want him to shoot the puck as much as possible because not everybody can shoot like that.”Much like Eaves, Wisconsin senior goaltender Joel Rumpel has seen the improved play in Besse. Anytime Besse gets the puck is a reason to get excited due to his wide-ranging skillset that can threaten defenses in different ways.“Grant’s one of those special players that, when he gets the puck, you’re excited because he can make things happen,” Rumpel said. “He can turn a nothing play into something, whether it’s using his quick hands to get through guys or his deceiving shot to beat a goalie from a bad angle. He just brings that energy and that offensive dynamic that we need this year.”With so many leaders from last year’s team gone this season, Besse has not only taken a bigger role on the ice but has welcomed a bigger role off the ice as a leader of the team. Despite being new to the leadership role for this team, and just a sophomore, it hasn’t been an issue for him.Rumpel sees Besse’s maturity level as the main reason why he has been able to handle being a leader on a team with 11 true freshmen.“When you’re a young team, we’ve got to have guys like Grant, who’s mature beyond his age, and guys can look to him in the dressing room, whether it’s modeling our play after him or the things he does off the ice,” Rumpel said.But despite Besse’s strong play this season, the Badgers have been unable to have the same success as a team on the ice, as they’re still looking for their first Big Ten win of the season.The team will be looking for the sophomore forward to step up his game even more to get that first win. Besse said he feels he can do that by becoming a player who always delivers night in and night out.“I’d say consistency is probably the biggest thing I’ve been working on,” Besse said of where he could improve. “Coming game in and game out and being able to produce and not get beat defensively.”Only a sophomore, Besse has plenty of time to continue writing his story as a Badger. Regardless of where that story goes, it will undoubtedly serve as a bright spot amid a season of considerable darkness.last_img read more