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Willian completes Arsenal medical ahead of transfer from Chelsea

first_imgWillian completes Arsenal medical ahead of transfer from Chelsea Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 10 Aug 2020 4:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShares Willian will sign a three-year deal with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Willian will become Arsenal’s first signing of the summer as Arteta seeks to revamp his Gunners squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementA raft of players are up for sale at the club this summer, including Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.Arteta has been told he has to sell before he can buy, hence the move for Willian on a free transfer.The Gunners are willing to compensate Ozil for getting him off the wage bill as the German is the club’s highest earner by some margin, on a weekly salary of £350,000-a-week.MORE: Borussia Dortmund chief tells Manchester United that Jadon Sancho will not be sold Comment Advertisement Willian will join Arsenal this week (Picture: Getty)Arsenal expect to complete a deal for Willian this week after the winger completed a medical at the club on Monday.The Brazilian announced his departure from Chelsea on Sunday by releasing a statement confirming his exit after seven years in west London.The 32-year-old wanted a three-year deal to extend his stay with the Blues but Chelsea refused to meet his demands and stuck to their two-year offer.Willian therefore decided to leave and Arsenal were willing to give him the three-year deal he craves, albeit on slightly less than his £120,000-a-week salary at Stamford Bridge. ADVERTISEMENTThe free agent underwent his medical in north London this morning according to the Evening Standard ahead of completing his move to the Gunners. last_img read more

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Sprawling home with ocean views brings in top dollar at auction

first_imgMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside 6 Alverna Close, Wynnum.Two registered bidders took part in the auction of the 2045sq m property with a local buyer securing the home. “The new owners are local owner-occupiers who have lived in Wynnum all their lives. They loved the size of the property and its uniqueness,” Mr Lordi said. “They were going to build something like it in the local area but decided to buy instead of waiting the 12 months for something to be built.“The vendors built the home nine years ago. They were selling to downsize and they were absolutely over the moon with the sale.” The home at 6 Alverna Close, Wynnum, sold at auction.AN executive home with pool, tennis court and ocean views has taken out the title of Wynnum’s highest residential sale in more than three years. The five-bedroom property at 6 Alverna Close sold at auction for $2.35 million earlier this month.Marketing agents Joseph Lordi and Edward Vallis, of Sotheby’s Ascot, said the sale was Wynnum’s only $2 million residential transaction this year.“We had an absolute abundance of interest and through the Sotheby’s network we attracted a couple of international expats looking to buy back into the bayside suburbs,” Mr Lordi said. Inside 6 Alverna Close, Wynnum.Mr Lordi said Wynnum was offering high end buyers more bang for their buck than neighbouring Manly. “From the buyers we had through the door (of 6 Alverna Close) there is demand for properties of this calibre in the area,” he said. The sale price of 6 Alverna Close is the third highest ever achieved in the bayside suburb behind 12 Alverna Close, which sold for $2.44 million in February 2014, and 195 Bay Terrace, which sold for $2.4 million in October 2014.last_img read more

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Asset management roundup: BNPP partners with SME loan originator

first_imgBNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has entered into a strategic partnership with CODE Investing, an alternative finance platform, to boost the French investment group’s ability to invest in loans to small and medium-sized businesses.BNPP AM will now be able to tap into loan opportunities through CODE, which is the UK’s institutional marketplace for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) debt.The arrangement with CODE, which originates loans, will provide the asset manager with direct lending access to unsecured SME loans of between £500,000 and £5m.“Given the structural shift in the way that SMEs access financing, we are very pleased to have entered into a partnership with CODE Investing as part of the development of our SME alternative financing franchise,” said Stephane Blanchoz, head of SME alternative financing at BNPP AM. “As BNPP AM expands its SME lending capability in the UK and in continental Europe, the partnership will be key in originating loans to enable us to provide clients with an attractive investment offering.”Ayan Mitra, CEO and founder of CODE Investing, said: “CODE aims to deliver a more streamlined, certain and user-friendly experience to SMEs in search of growth capital. With our emphasis on institutional – rather than retail – lenders, we believe CODE’s marketplace will ultimately be able to provide SMEs with an aggregate view of financing available to them in the market.”In a separate move, BNPP AM has signed up to a code of transparency sponsored by the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).Introduced in May 2017 by the LGPS’s scheme advisory board, the code is designed to increase transparency of investment costs and charges for local authority pension funds, with the data provided in a standardised format.At present, the code is voluntary but the aim is for it to be adopted across £260bn of local government pension scheme assets as “the gold standard for cost transparency”, BNPP AM noted.Disclosure templates drawn up by the LGPS informed the work of the Institutional Disclosure Working Group, whose recommendations on displaying asset management costs won the backing of the UK regulator yesterday.More than 55 asset managers have signed up to the LGPS disclosure code.FRR keeps Russell Investments on transition management dutyRussell Investments has won a new global portfolio transition management mandate for FRR, France’s €36bn pension reserve fund.The mandate will allow FRR to manage portfolios through transition periods under the auspices of Russell Investments Implementation Service. Russell said the transition process would include carrying out buy and sell orders on financial instruments that originate from FRR’s asset managers.Dominique Dorlipo, president, Russell Investments France, said: “Our clients in France and globally have come to expect consistency in the quality of our service from our dedicated team. Our transition management value proposition is strong, and we’re very pleased to serve the FRR through this renewed mandate.”The move represents the third consecutive mandate awarded to Russell Investments by FRR since its appointment in 2010.last_img read more

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​IPE Conference: China will not exit coal any time soon

first_imgDespite increasing moves in China towards environmental responsibility at many levels, the country will stick to coal as a source of energy and heat production, experts from China told delegates at the IPE Conference in Dublin.Robert Li, senior vice president and investment strategist at China Asset Management, said: “I think those in the international community who really understand the situation in China must acknowledge that in no foreseeable future will China be able to survive without coal.”Li was responding to a question from Dennis Gadsby, trustee of the UK’s Industry-Wide Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme on China’s use of coal.The strategist said it was important to differentiate between a necessity and something where an alternative was being sought. “When the earth was created, China did have a very strong concentration of coal compared to a lot of countries,” he said. “When you think about coming from an energy independence perspective, China will need coal, but from our perspective, how can we make it better than the status quo?”He said that, over the past few decades, the business community had come to understand the problem, and moves to create “infrastructure technology to optimise these kind of efficiencies are under way”.Li gave the example of one Chinese company that was working to extract excess heat from electricity generation processes to warm up households, reducing the need for direct coal heating.“These are new technologies that we think will generate very good returns going forward,” said Li.Meanwhile fellow panellist Yan Hu, member of the advisory board of Vermilion Partners in China, agreed that “we can’t ban coal heating instantly, overnight”.Environmental think tank Global Carbon Project this week cited increasing coal use in China as one of the main causes of a spike in carbon emissions this year.last_img read more

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Former Scientology leader exposes church and moves to Caribbean

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 87 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img FaithLifestyleNewsRegional Former Scientology leader exposes church and moves to Caribbean by: – July 2, 2012 Debbie Cook relocates to Guadeloupe where Scientology has little or no presence.POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe– Scientology has been called many names, most of them unprintable, with the frontrunner generally regarded as “The cult of greed”. Following the recent case of Debbie Cook, a former church executive, it could well be referred to as “The cult of intimidation”.Cook, who rocked the church early this year with damaging testimony before agreeing to stay silent forever, has chosen to leave the United States and relocate to Guadeloupe, friends say.The former Scientology officer and her husband Wayne Baumgarten have sold their car, their furniture and many other household possessions, according to Jon Donley, a Web designer and media consultant who worked for the couple in 2010 and 2011 at their now-defunct marketing company in San Antonio, Texas.Why they chose Guadeloupe isn’t clear. But the island is an overseas territory of France, whose government has taken a strong stance against Scientology. Consequently, the church is thought to have little or no presence there.Guadeloupe’s port city, Pointe-à-Pitre, is a cruise ship destination, but Scientology’s passenger ship, the Freewinds, which sails in the Caribbean, does not dock there.The couple’s relocation is the latest chapter in a showdown that generated a torrent of negative publicity for the church and its leader David Miscavige.The drama started last New Year’s Eve when Cook sent an email from her home to hundreds of Scientology parishioners, urging them to stand up to aggressive church money-raising tactics and other practices.The Scientology community was stunned. Cook, 50, widely respected among parishioners, had run the church’s worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater for 17 years. Her surprise email was nevertheless forwarded to thousands of inboxes.Cook and Baumgarten had left the church’s religious order, the Sea Organization, in October 2007. They signed lengthy non-disclosure contracts, agreeing to say nothing about church operations. The church paid each $50,000 and they moved to San Antonio and started their business.The church responded to Cook’s email by suing her and Baumgarten in civil court in San Antonio, asking a judge to enforce the nondisclosure contracts and award at least $300,000 in damages.That action led to a hearing on Feb. 9. Church attorneys called Cook as a witness, but that backfired when Cook’s attorney was allowed to follow with questions of his own, resulting in three hours of riveting testimony.Cook described being physically abused by church staffers at Miscavige’s direction and held against her will for seven weeks with other Sea Organization officers in a locked and guarded building at the church’s campus outside Los Angeles.She said she also witnessed church staffers beat up and taunt their peers while demanding confessions of wrongdoing.After the testimony, the church said Cook was “clearly bitter and falsely vilifying the religion she once was a part of.”A second day of testimony was scheduled, but the church ended it soon after it started.The public skirmish continued for another month, with the church moving for a quick judgment in its favour and Cook’s team responding with demands to depose church staff and gather other evidence.The two parties then began lengthy settlement talks, reaching an agreement signed April 23. Cook and Baumgarten recommitted to nearly all the terms of their 2007 nondisclosure contracts. They can have no contact with current or former Scientologists or anyone else who has said or written or produced anything negative about the church or intends to.Their business was “destroyed,” their attorney Ray Jeffrey said. Many clients were Scientologists who severed ties.Fighting off the church “wore them down,” their friend Donley said.”I really believed they had no idea, even after being on the inside, the church was going to come after them.”The agreement says neither party took money from the other in ending the lawsuit. Not known is whether the two parties reached an undisclosed side agreement.According to Donley, Baumgarten stuck to the language in the agreement when they met shortly after the talks ended, saying he and Cook walked away with nothing.The couple was no more forthcoming when Donley joined them for a farewell dinner and asked if their move out of the country was a condition of the settlement.“They looked me right in the eyes and said, ‘We can’t talk about that,’ ” Donley said.Scientology, established by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1953, is thought to be one of the world’s largest non-Christian cults.  It is also one of the wealthiest, most secretive and most litigious.Caribbean 360 News Sharelast_img read more

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National Rounders League

first_img Share Share NewsSports National Rounders League by: – July 13, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 59 Views   no discussions The 2011 LIME National Rounders League opens this Sunday July 17 at the Windsor Park Stadium.  Some twenty six teams from all over the island have confirmed their participation in league and Sunday’s Round-o-rama which starts at 10:30a.m.BAWI Overcomers, C.B. Carib Beer Strikers, Carib Territory United, Layou Conquerors, Courts, St. Joe Diamond All Stars, Dubique Strikers, Dublanc Almond Stars, Hagley Unpredictable, Kalinago Strikers, Mahaut Kubuli Superstars, Matadors, Old School Castle Bruce, P.M.H., Police Sports Club, Scotts Head Royal Blazers, Tremors, Canefield Vikings, New India Rising Stars, Lyn-Flic GF, Domsetco Stars, ACS South Defenders, Flamboyant Pacers, Lime United Strikers, Capuchin Reformers and Tarrish United.Expected to address the formal opening are: The president of the National Rounders Steering Committee, Mr. Maclean Elizee; Sports Coordinator,  Mr. Trevor Shillingford; Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central Hon. Norris Prevost; LIME’s Corporate Communications Manager, Miss Ferdina Frampton and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Justina Charles.This is the second National Rounders League which has been held in collaboration with the Sports Division, which is providing logistical, technical and financial support to the organization. The committee’s goal is to become a fully fledged National Rounders Association in the not to distant future. LIME has been supporting the development and organization of Rounders through the South East Sports Committee for the past fifteen years and has gladly transferred its sponsorship to become the Headline Sponsor for the National Rounders League.Carib Territory United is the 2010 National Champion and Marinor L A Stars the runner up.By: Abraham BrowneSouth Officer Southlast_img read more

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Cover Crop Workshop & Field Day Tour planned

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Central Muscatatuck Watershed Project, Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Ripley County Purdue Extension are sponsoring a Cover Crop Workshop & Field Day Tour on April 4, at Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4425 East 350 North, Butlerville, IN 47223. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.Presentations to include drainage and cover crop successes, drainage vidoes and lessons learned, benefits and challenges of cover crops, soil basics, funding opportunities.To make reservations, contact Ripley County Soil & Water Conservation District office in Versailles at 812-689-6410 extension 3, by March 28.Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to anyone with interest.last_img read more

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Forster targets England place

first_img And the former Newcastle man is hoping to use such performances as a springboard to displace Manchester City’s Joe Hart as Roy Hodgson’s go-to goalkeeper. “It was good to keep a clean sheet,” he said. “It was nice to make the save, it is one of those where I haven’t really had that much to do save-wise and it is just important to try and help the lads out as they defended brilliantly in front of me. It is my job when one comes along to make those saves. “I was delighted to have the interest from Southampton. They were brilliant last season, a few have gone out but we have got a lot of good players in. “It is one of them where I have only played two games in the Premier League and it is a fantastic league to be a part of. “It comes down to playing well for Southampton first and foremost – that is what it is all about. If I do all that then we will just have to see what happens with England. “For me personally it is about me working as hard as I can with Dave (Watson, Southampton and England goalkeeping coach) and in the gym and improve myself as a ‘keeper.” Koeman is still without a win after his first two Barclays Premier League games in charge, with his new-look side unable to break down a resolute West Brom defence. Fraser Forster is hoping his move south can see him move up the reckoning in the race to become England’s first-choice goalkeeper – and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is backing his new signing to do just that. The 26-year-old was signed from Celtic to take over the number one position at St Mary’s and impressed on his home debut in Saturday’s goalless draw with West Brom. In a match where chances were at a premium, Forster made the save of the game as he kept out a late shot from Baggies’ record signing Brown Ideye. James Ward-Prowse came closest when he clipped a post with a free-kick with Forster’s late save vindicating Koeman’s decision to replace Artur Boruc. The Dutchman said: “The goalkeeper is a very good one, we know that because that is the reason that we sign players. He’s 26, and that is a young age for a ‘keeper. “We knew the situation with Boruc, his contract and the fact that he is older and we have to change that. Forster brings qualities and experience and he showed that.” Saints fans lauded Forster with calls of ‘England’s number one’ and Koeman believes that is not something beyond his capabilities. “I can’t say that because I’m not the coach of England,” he added. “I’m the coach of Southampton and I’m happy that he is playing for Southampton. Who plays in the national team is not my job. “Of course he is capable, he was one of the three goalkeepers in the World Cup. If you take three ‘keepers to the World Cup, all the three can play because they are all good. “We like that he will be number one for England, of course, because that is good for himself, good for his experience and finally good for Southampton.” The other goalkeeper on display in the dreary deadlock was Hodgson’s other regular squad member Ben Foster. The 31-year-old started England’s final World Cup group game against Costa Rica and West Brom head coach Alan Irvine is pleased to have his own international-class keeper. “I’m delighted with the one I have got, absolutely delighted,” he said. “He is a terrific goalkeeper and really big personality, and is really important in our dressing room and I would not swap him. “(He has a) great personality, great professional and he is able to get other people going as well and full of enthusiasm and full of energy.” At the other end of the pitch, Irvine was pleased with the impact debutant Ideye made after coming off the bench. “It is early days for him,” he said. “He is a good finisher and if he gets into positions where he gets chances then he will score goals. It is a good start. That is really encouraging – there is more to come from him.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Claudio Ranieri wants his Leicester side to remain on their guard

first_img Press Association The Foxes have shocked the Barclays Premier League this season and could go top if they win at Newcastle on Saturday. If Arsenal also drop points at West Brom, victory will take Leicester top before current leaders Manchester City face Liverpool in the late kick-off. They are third, just a point behind City, but are set to face them, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea before the end of the year a nd Ranieri is wary before they reach his pre-season target of 40 points. “We know every match is a trap,” he said. “I know there will be some matches when we don’t take a point but maybe the next we’ll take a point. We are looking for 15 points and we are fighting for these 15 points. After, maybe we can change our minds. “I want to understand this team. We have played 12 matches and after January we can speak more clearly about Leicester.” Jamie Vardy will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Barclays Premier League record if he recovers from a hip injury to score in a 10th straight game, with Van Nistelrooy having set the record while at Manchester United in 2003. Vardy broke into the England squad in the summer and Ranieri wants Danny Drinkwater and Marc Albrighton to follow him. Manchester United rookie Jesse Lingard and Tottenham’s Ryan Mason were squad replacements for Tuesday’s win over France after Vardy, Michael Carrick and Fabian Delph dropped out injured. Mason has started just four league matches compared to Lingard’s one while midfielders Drinkwater and Albrighton have played in every Foxes game a nd Ranieri wants the pair to get recognition. “I hope so because if these two players like Drinkwater and Albrighton can follow him (Vardy) it means Leicester are at the top,” he added. center_img Boss Claudio Ranieri has warned Leicester they could be walking into a trap ahead of their games with the big boys.last_img read more

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PUMA’s Man City Kits Pay Tributeto Manchester’s Heritage

first_imgManchester: PUMA and Manchester City have revealed their 2019/20 home and away kits, the first designs of their partnership, which pay tribute to Manchester’s industrial and cultural heritage.Following Manchester City’s success last season in men’s, women’s and academy football, the club will push for new honours this season, wearing uniquely designed kits that also feature the club’s 125th anniversary crest.The 2019/20 home kit draws inspiration from Manchester’s industrial heritage, celebrating the true grit, fight, and character that emerged from the cotton mills of Manchester.The woven jacquard wave pattern, running through the shirt, is a visual representation of the looms which were integral to the industrial revolution in Manchester. The iconic City blue is highlighted with purple, a colour previously used in club kits, and is used on the home shirt for the first time.The 2019/20 away kit celebrates the city’s “Madchester” years, a period of extraordinary cultural activity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The kit is directly inspired by former nightclub, The Haçienda, which was once an epicentre for emerging music, bands, DJs, and artists.“The partnership between Manchester City and PUMA goes beyond football. We want the club’s global fans and local Mancunians to all feel invested in this, and it starts with combining our very creative kit designs with authentic stories from Manchester’s history and music scene,” said Adam Petrick, PUMA’s Global Brand Marketing Director. IANSAlso Read: PUMA Launches Special Edition Shoes For Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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