Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David Luiz

first_img Sean KearnsThursday 8 Aug 2019 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David Luiz David Luiz wants to force through a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe’s agent has backed Arsenal’s deadline day move for ‘natural leader’ David Luiz.The Chelsea defender refused to train on Wednesday and wants to join London rivals Arsenal before today’s 5pm deadline.Frank Lampard has made it clear that Luiz will not be first choice this campaign and Arsenal are desperate to sign a centre-back following the departure of Laurent Koscielny.Luiz signed a new two-year deal at the club in May but much has changed in pre-season and he’s ready to end his second stint at Stamford Bridge.ADVERTISEMENT Luiz is valued at around £8m (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have already spent around £120m this summer, the bulk of which was on Lille forward Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the Ivorian’s agent, Samir Khiat, has backed the Gunners’ move for Luiz.He is not just a defender, but a natural leader,’ said Khiat.‘A beacon in a dressing room. It would be a good fit.’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 ArsenalArsenal had hoped to sign Red Bull Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano but the Bundesliga club are refusing to listen to offers for the Frenchman.Instead, Leipzig have informed the Gunners that they will need to pay the 21-year-old’s £92m release clause to lure him away from the club.MORE: Manchester United could pay £70million for Sean Longstaff after Ed Woodward blunder Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More

UK government seeks ‘allies’ in challenging Brussels on IORP II

first_imgThe UK government has said it will challenge all proposals in the IORP II Directive that do not “add value” to the local pension system, a minister has warned.Economic secretary to HM Treasury, Andrea Leadsom, said the government fundamentally disagreed with the European Commission’s treatment of pensions as “insurance products”.The Conservative MP, who joined the Treasury in April this year, said the government would challenge IORP II proposals with allies in the European Union that postponed solvency requirements for European pension funds.However, speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds’ (NAPF) annual Europe seminar, the MP said details on how and which proposals to negotiate were still scarce. “The [European Commission] has forged ahead with a legislative proposal that still represents problems for the UK,” she said. “It has made a poor case for strengthened rules around governance and transparency.“The UK should not be obliged to change the way we regulate IORPs if we have a robust approach to regulation.“If there is no clear case for changing the way UK occupational pension schemes meet high standards of governance and transparency, then we will oppose new prescriptive requirements.”Solvency requirements were originally included in IORP II before being dropped by the Commission, after negotiations with member states opposed to the measures.The UK, alongside Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium, compelled the Commission’s to postpone solvency requirements in favour of a focus on governance and transparency, currently being debated.However, the revised IORP II, since publication in March this year, has drawn much criticism for being overly prescriptive in terms of transparency, communications to members and governance – particularly in more developed pensions markets.Leadsom denied suggestions her party’s plans to re-negotiate the UK’s relationship with Europe would undermine the government’s negotiating position – or the efforts of the NAPF and PensionsEurope.Should the Conservative Party win next year’s general election, it has committed to holding an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU if re-negotiations take place.Leadsom – also a member of the Conservative Party’s Fresh Start Group looking at re-designing the relationship – said that, where the government was focusing on policy, it would remain focused.“There is no muddying of the waters,” she said.“We are working towards reform of the EU to make it more competitive. But individual portfolios are absolutely focused on the engagement to the benefit of the EU and not just UK interests.“I do not see the two things as incompatible. Those who are negotiating within the EU are very careful to avoid bringing issues of fundamental reform into discussions about day-to-day legislation.”last_img read more

adminSeptember 29, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

20 soldiers killed in Nigeria attack

first_imgSoldiers belonging to the Joint Task Force patrol Monguno in Borno state, Nigeria on Dec. 15, 2019. AFP/ARAB NEWS They attacked troops inside the town,destroying at least 750 homes in the process. Thousands in Monguno had already beendisplaced from their homes elsewhere in Borno state by militants. The militants entered Monguno in Bornostate posing as a convoy of soldiers on Tuesday, the sources added. Aid group Medecins Sans Frontiereswarned last year that many thousands in Monguno lacked proper shelter, water,sanitation, and food.(Reuters) MAIDUGURI – Around 20 soldiers werekilled and nearly 1,000 people were homeless in a militant attack on a town innortheastern Nigeria, sources said on Wednesday. Islamic State West Africa Provinceclaimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news agency.       last_img read more

adminSeptember 25, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

Bulldogs Swimming Results

first_imgBulldogs Swimming took on the Tigers of Lawrenceburg and the Knights of South Dearborn in a triangular meet on Tuesday night. Final scores were SDHS 112, Batesville 108 and LHS 55 for the girls. The boys meet finished with LHS scoring 98, SDHS 91 and BHS 74.Event winners included the 200 Free Relay composed of Gwen Martin, Audra Brewer, Jenna Ertel and Sonja Gaulin, Ashley Daulton (100 back), and Allison Storms (100 Breast).Event runner-ups included girls 200 Medley Relay (Daulton, A. Brewer, Storms, Kate Poltrack), Halle Renck (200 IM), Gwen Martin (50 Free), Gaulin (100 Free), Joseph Choi (100 Free, 100 Breast), Poltrack (500 Free), Boys 200 Free Relay (Skylar Simpson, Adam Hollowell, Mason Enneking, Choi), S. Simpson (100 Back), Ertel (100 Breast), Girls 400 Free Relay (Martin, Gaulin, Poltrack, Storms), Boys 400 Free Relay (Quinn Rasnick, Grant Meyers, Ethan Brewer, Choi).Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Milan High School Thursday evening to take on the LHS Tigers and Milan Indians. BHS Women took the top spot by a narrow margin finishing with 112 points. Milan finished with 104 and LHS with 57. The boys team took third scoring 72 points. Milan won the meet with 109 while LHS scored 79.Ashley Daulton led event winners by winning both of her individual events (100 Back and 50 Free). With Kate Poltrack following up with a win in the 500 and a second place finish in the 200 Free. Allison storms also finished with a first and second place finish in the 100 Free and 50 Free, respectively.The boys team was lead by Joseph Choi’s two third place finishes in the 100 Free and 100 Breast.BHS Swimming travels to St. Leon to take on the East Central Trojans January 16 and returns to Milan on January 18 to take on the Milan Indians, LHS Tigers and Rebels of Southwestern.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

adminSeptember 24, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

Rev. Virgil Ball, 85, Brookville

first_imgRev. Virgil Ball, age 85, of Brookville, Indiana went to meet Jesus Tuesday morning October 2, 2018 at his residence on Oxford Pike in Brookville.Born October 3, 1932 in Clay County, Kentucky he was one of seven children born to the late William G. & Victoria (Napier) Ball. He was a graduate of Clay County High School with the Class of 1952, and went on to attend Eastern Kentucky University, and graduated with an Associates Degree in Divinity from Cincinnati Bible College. On April 5, 1958 in Whitcomb, Indiana he and the former Ileen Shafer were united in marriage, and she survives.Virgil was retired, having served as Pastor of the former Mt. Carmel Baptist Temple; and had also worked for many years at Cincinnati Incorporated. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting & fishing, talking and storytelling, gardening and flowers, and most of all companionship with family and friends. Education was important to him and he believed that you should try and learn something new every day.He was a member of the Brookville Road Baptist Church, a 65 year member and office holder of Harmony #11 F. & A.M.; member and office holder of the Brookville Order of Eastern Star Chapter #449; Worthy Patron of Rising Sun #326 Order of Eastern Star, and a member and office holder at Lawrenceburg #427 Order of Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, and had been bestowed the Honor of Kentucky Colonel.Besides Ileen, his loving wife of over 60 years, survivors include his daughter, Marcia Ball of Brookville; his “Adopted Daughters” Patricia Woods of Bath, Indiana, Marie Bonnlander of Greensburg, Indiana, Judith Hathaway of Oxford, Ohio and Cindy Trosper of Miamitown, Ohio; his sister-in-law, Kathleen Ball of West Harrison, Indiana; as well as many nieces nephews & cousins.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Ethel Ball, Hazel Holcomb, and Mary Sandlin; brothers, Oakley Ball, Henry L. Ball, and Estill Ball; adopted daughter, Elaine “Chip” Woods.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where Eastern Star Memorial Services will begin at 7:30 P.M., immediately followed by Masonic Memorial Services.Mitchell Ball, Roy VanWinkle, and Tim Ball will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:30 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Springfield Cemetery in Bath, Indiana.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Harmony Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, or the Brookville Road Baptist Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ball family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

adminSeptember 24, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

Rust shines at Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Joel Rust bested the Coors Light IMCA Modified field for his first local win in the open wheeled division Friday at Marshalltown.Brandon Leeman, Rod Clement and Jake Strayer split time up front before Rust worked the top side to take the lead away on lap 16.Strayer powered back on lap 17 but Rust did not give up and took the lead back for good with two laps to go. Strayer ended at the runner-up and Scott Simatovich was third.Other winners included Donavon Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Jared VanDeest in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Eric Stanton in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Smith’s victory was his career 96th in the class.last_img read more

adminSeptember 23, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

Bill Shepherd, Sr.

first_imgA recent death caught my eye in the Indianapolis Star.  The elder Bill Shepherd passed away at the age of 91.  He was an Indiana All-Star along with his sons, Bill, Jr. in 1968 and Dave in 1970.  Bill, Sr., received this honor of being an All-Star in 1945.  Both of his sons were not only All-Stars, but were named Mr. Basketball in their respective years.The elder Shepherd got his start just down the road at Hope, Indiana.  He played for the Hope Red Devils where he led them to their first ever sectional title.  This high school has been replaced with what we now know as Hauser.  Shepherd went on to play basketball and baseball at Butler with the legendary Tony Hinkle.  Of course, both of his sons followed him to Butler.Bill spent 41 years at Carmel High School.  Most of that time he was their athletic director.  Besides being the athletic director, he also coached both of his sons in basketball.last_img read more

adminSeptember 23, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

Swiss football league submits plan for possible resumption of matches

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Swiss football league says it has submitted a detailed plan to the government for the possible resumption of training and matches in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown.The SFL said the plan was drawn up in co-operation with health experts. The Swiss Government last week announced a gradual end to restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus, starting with beauty salons and hairdressers on April 27.This raised hopes that the football season, which was suspended on March 2, could get underway again in the near future.Football in Europe is currently at a standstill, although teams in neighbouring Germany and Austria have restarted training under strict social distancing restrictions in preparation for a resumption of their seasons.The SFL said in a statement that restarting the championship, even with matches played behind closed doors, could be a positive sign for the country in general.But it added that this was also necessary to prevent the financial ruin of Swiss football. “With the resumption of play with ‘ghost games’ (matches without spectators), under scientific supervision and combined with a risk management concept, top football wants to send a signal that it is possible to return to something closer to normality as soon as possible,” SFL said.“This seems to be the only viable way to save Swiss professional football in its current form while at the same time complying with the important requirements for the protection of players and the population.”The SFL said the plan contained “possible scenarios for the resumption of training operations and the organisation of ghost games and is intended to serve as a basis for a decision by the authorities on professional football.”It had teamed up with the Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at Bern University in drawing up the plan.SFL said the documents were also intended as a general guide “to show how training, competitions and also leisure sports activities can take place again within the framework of the protective measures that are still in force”. Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19ResumptionSwiss Football LeagueSwitzerlandlast_img read more

adminSeptember 22, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

Bolton to Iran: U.S. is Prudent, Not Weak

first_imgU.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that Iran should not “mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness,” after the Trump administration suddenly called off last week’s military strikes against Iran, which were intended to be a response to Iran shooting down an unmanned American surveillance drone on Thursday.President Trump says he cancelled the planned strikes, with just minutes to spare, after learning the attack would likely kill 150 innocent people.However, Bolton emphasized that the U.S. still reserves the right to attack at a later time, and added that a new set of sanctions on Iran will be announced on Monday.During a meting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bolton told reporters, “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East. As President Trump said on Friday our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go. And as he made clear yesterday, referring to his earlier remarks, the president said, ‘I just stopped the strike from going forward at this time.’”Bolton is in Israel for three-way talks with his Israeli and Russian counterparts. Those discussions are expected to focus on Iranian involvement in conflicts across the region.A top Iranian military commander also warned on Sunday that any conflict with his country would have significant consequences across that region, and would endanger the lives of U.S. forces. Major General Gholamali Rashid’s made those remarks while addressing Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps during a field visit to a command center for Iranian radars and missile systems.He oversees and coordinates joint military operations in the Iranian Armed Forces.U.S. officials say that military cyber forces struck Iranian military computer systems last Thursday. They added that those cyberattacks disabled Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps computer systems that controlled the country’s rocket and missile launchers.….Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again – The sooner the better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019 On Saturday, President Trump said he appreciated the fact that Iran did not fire on a U.S. spy plane with 30 passengers last Thursday, as it flew over the same area as the drone that Iran shot down.He also left open the possibility of eventually becoming a “best friend” of America’s longtime adversary in the Middle East.Meanwhile, Iranian lawmakers on Sunday chanted “death to America” in an open session, as acting parliament speaker Masoud Pezeshkian condemned what he termed as a violation of Iranian airspace by the U.S. drone.last_img read more

adminSeptember 20, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More

England return to ‘Gabbatoir’ to face their demons

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – England’s Ashes debutants face a baptism of fire in tomorrow’s opening Test at the Gabba, where four years ago the tourists’ batsmen crumbled under an Australian short-pitched bowling assault.Joe Root’s team spent their final tour match in Townsville last week trying to acclimatise to the muggy conditions that will greet them in Brisbane; but few of the players will have any inkling of the challenge that awaits them.The ‘Gabbatoir’ has proved impregnable to visiting teams for nearly 30 years, with its willing pitch, stifling weather and hostile crowds adding up to one of the world’s tougher introductions to a Test series.Only Root, former skipper Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and James Anderson remain from the England team that suffered a 381-run hiding at the Gabba in 2013/14, when a marauding Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets and set the tone for the series.The rest of the side, and particularly their inexperienced batsmen, face a big step up after preparing against weak tour sides on tepid pitches far from Brisbane.“It’s a tough wicket to come and start a series on, especially when you’re not playing on wickets or having practice wickets like that,” former Australia quick Ryan Harris, one of the victors at the ground four years ago, told Reuters.“Obviously we don’t let them play anywhere near Brisbane (in the lead-up) for that reason.”Once out on the field, the bear-pit atmosphere of a packed crowd can quickly become foreboding.The wrap-around terraces at the bowl-like stadium create an impression of being hemmed in and stifle any breeze that might relieve the players as they labour in the soupy heat of a Brisbane summer.“You get the humidity as well at this time of year, which drains you,” said Harris, who played much of his domestic cricket at the ground for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.“Especially out in the middle of the Gabba, it always seems to be a bit hotter.”Bad things seem to happen to England in Brisbane.Four years ago, an ailing Jonathan Trott was dismissed cheaply in both innings amid a barrage of bouncers from Johnson and the Australian quicks. He promptly left the tour with a stress-related illness.In 2006/07, England fast bowler Steve Harmison famously sent the first delivery of the series to his captain Andrew Flintoff at second slip. England lost the match and the series 5-0.Another England quick, Simon Jones, also had a first day to forget at the Gabba when he ruptured knee ligaments sliding to retrieve a ball in the outfield in the 2002/03 series.last_img read more

adminSeptember 19, 2020burahaLeave a Comment

Read More