Unai Emery reacts to Sami Khedira’s surprise Emirates Cup appearance

first_imgUnai Emery reacts to Sami Khedira’s surprise Emirates Cup appearance Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Jul 2019 10:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Advertisement Sami Khedira attended Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Lyon at Emirates Stadium (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery praised Sami Khedira after the Juventus midfielder was spotted attending Arsenal’s pre-season friendly at Emirates Stadium against Lyon on Sunday.The 32-year-old midfielder was restricted to just 20 appearances in all competitions last season due to injury and appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements by new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri.Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot arrived on free transfers from Arsenal and PSG earlier this summer to bolster an already formidable looking Juventus midfield engine room, which also includes the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi.Khedira played no part in Juve’s pre-season tour of Asia, is under contract for another 12 months and has been linked to the likes of Arsenal, Fiorentina and Valencia.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Dani Ceballos made his first Arsenal appearance during Sunday’s defeat against Lyon (Picture: Getty)Commenting on the former Real Madrid star’s presence on Sunday, Emery said: ‘Khedira is a very good player but this is the first time I have heard his name mentioned.’Emery already has an abundance of midfield options given Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka will remain in north London despite speculation surrounding their futures earlier this summer.Dani Cabellos, meanwhile, arrived on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid earlier this week and he is likely to fill the role vacated by Ramsey.Arsenal are said to be increasingly confident of securing a deal for Celtic left-back Kirean Tierney, despite having struggled to match the SPL champions’ £25m valuation, while they are expected to announce the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille this week.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 Arsenal Commentlast_img read more

Insurance language on contracts within EIOPA balance sheet ‘unfortunate’

first_imgThe inclusion of insurance industry language on contracts within the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) recent balance sheet consultation is “unfortunate” and fails to take account of a sponsor’s ability to terminate accrual, according to stakeholders advising the supervisor.In its recent consultation on the holistic balance sheet (HBS), EIOPA asked whether the term ‘contract’ could be applied to IORPs, echoing the term’s use to describe often fixed-term agreements between insurers and customers.However, the supervisor’s Occupational Stakeholder Group (OPSG) took issue with the use of ‘contract boundaries’ – which within the insurance industry requires reserves to be held against future benefits – as it argued a pension fund’s contract would only run in step with the accrual of future benefits.  Philip Shier, member of the OPSG and senior consultant at Aon Hewitt in Dublin, said the use of the terminology was “very unfortunate”. He said defined benefit (DB) funds in the UK and Ireland could see its sponsor decide to close the fund to future accrual.  “That throws a different light on the need to reserve for future accrual, which would be the way it would be done in insurance contracts.“For a pension where the employer or the IORP can, effectively, unilaterally cease the accrual of benefits at a point in time, then the contact boundaries should really be accrued benefits, because future service benefits aren’t necessarily going to be provided.“And if they are, they are going to be funded by future contributions.”The actuary said that any future contributions would be set by a scheme’s actuary to cover the future benefit accrual.In its preliminary response to the HBS consultation, the OPSG said that contract boundaries should be defined “on accrual of future benefit entitlements”.In the consultation, EIOPA appeared to accept that the terms ‘contract’ and ‘boundary’ were unsuitable for use within the pensions market, noting that the latter term referred to a fixed point in time when used by insurance companies.last_img read more

Drilon nixes emergency powers for gov’t infra push

first_imgSenate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon calls 1PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero’s accusations as “misplaced and baseless.” IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Drilon said state agencies should followthe cash-based budgeting system, which allows funds to be disbursed within thefiscal year and if unused it will go back to the Bureau of Treasury. “Hindina po kailangan ang emergency power, siguroemergency attention. Tutok lang. Pag emergency, maraming diskumpiyado d’yan kung ano ang mangyayari,” Drilon saidin DZMM radio program. “May sapat napondo, may sapat reglamento on the ground para mapabilisan ang trabaho ng mgaproyekto.” “Wala pong problema, we will finish thebudget on time,” he said. (ABS-CBN News/PN) The Senate will likely pass next year’sspending plan by end of November, Drilon said. Last week, government expanded its infrapush to 100 projects to focus on more “feasible” ones. ‘Emergency powers’ for Duterte to move ‘Build, Build, Build’ readied in House The senator said the chief of theDepartment of Budget Management told him that he himself was frustrated withgovernment agencies’ slow spending of funds. Drilon earlier called government’sinfrastructure program a “dismal failure,” with only nine out of 75 projectsthat have started construction. MANILA – The government needs to focuson its infrastructure projects instead of granting emergency powers forPresident Rodrigo Duterte to manage underspending, opposition Sen. FranklinDrilon said. Drilon made the remark after Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said he wouldfile a measure seeking “emergency powers” for Duterte to roll out his “Build,Build, Build” program faster. “Sinabipa nga niya out of exasperation, one of these days, ang Pangulo na mismo ang papipirmahin ko ng memo na nag-uutos sa mga Cabinet members na bilisan ang kanilang execution,”Drilon said.last_img read more

Mr. Clinton “Scotty” Scott, Jr.

first_imgMr. Clinton “Scotty” Scott Jr., age 88, of Rising Sun, Indiana, entered this life on March 5, 1928, in Madison, Indiana, the loving son of the late, Clinton, Sr. and Carrie L. (Romans) Scott. He was raised in Madison, Indiana where he was a 1945 graduate of the Madison High School. Scotty was united in marriage on July 8, 1948, in Madison, Indiana, to the late, Lucille N. Knaus and to this union arrived a son, Ricky to bless their home. Scotty and Lucille shared nearly 63 years of marriage together until Lucille passed away on November 3, 2011. He was employed as a Supervisor for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, retiring in 1990, after 42 years of service. Scotty will be remembered for his love of his roses and keeping a meticulous lawn. Scotty passed away at 9:22 pm, Monday, December 26, 2016, at his residence in Rising Sun, Indiana.Scotty will be dearly missed by his son: Ricky Scott and his wife: Nancy of Rising Sun, IN; his grandchildren: Jody Pitts and her husband: Marty of Rising Sun, IN, Jeff Thornton and his wife: Alisha of Bessmer, AL, Jason Scott and his wife: Kristal of Vevay, IN and Chad Scott of East Enterprise, IN; his great-grandchildren: Jake, Sydney, Bayley, Kendal, Trey, Adison, Jordan, Carson, Lindsay and Michael; his great-great-granddaughter: Remington; his brother: Raymond “Butch” Scott and his wife: Shirley of Vevay, IN; his sisters: Aldean Jividen of Hamilton, OH and Carolyn Stephensen of Vevay, IN; his sister-in-law: Betty Scott of Merced, CA; his brother-in-law: Bobby Knaus and his wife: Betty of Anderson, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Clinton Scott, Sr. and Carrie L. (Romans) Scott; his wife: Lucille N. (Knaus) Scott, died November 3, 2011; his brother: Nelson Wayne Scott; his sister: Patsy Scudder; his niece: Debra Sue Hoyt; his brothers-in-law: Lee Scudder and Loren Jividen.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 30, 2016, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Jones, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund or to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter % Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Tough matches will stand to Tipp in camogie final

first_imgThat’s the view of manager Bill Mullane, whose team played a number of closely-fought matches in the competition’s round robin series.Tipp set up a meeting with the Tribeswomen by comprehensively beating Cork in the semi-finals.Bill agrees with the suggestion that coming through so many nip’n’tuck fixtures should stand to his players. Throw-in tomorrow in Shinrone is at 2 o’clock.last_img

Irish looking to make impact at USPGA

first_imgDarren Clarke and Padraig Harrington are both out on the course while Rory McIlroy starts his tournament at one thirty.Shane Lowry begins at 6.15 and Graeme Mc Dowell tees off at five to seven.Former Ryder cup vice-captain Des Smyth says Lowry has the game to be in contention on the final day but needs to be more consistent.last_img

Immigrant arrests in Florida skyrocket as ICE aggressively carries out new…

first_imgAccording to its own data, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has escalated its enforcement efforts in Florida over the past year, arresting some 75 percent more immigrants in 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.ICE data shows that agents arrested some 6,192 immigrants in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands this year, a drastic increase over only 3,524 in 2016. Most troubling is that this increased enforcement is not aimed solely at immigrants who have committed crimes, but instead, all immigrants who do not have legal immigration status in the U.S..Reportedly, ICE’s Miami office Acting Field Director Michael Meade points to Trump’s January 25th Executive Order, effectively cancelling President Obama’s “prioritization” policy, which gave ICE directives to mainly focus on apprehending criminal immigrants, not law abiding immigrants who lacked immigration status. Under Trumps policy, any immigrant in the U.S. encountered by ICE who is in violation of immigration laws, regardless of criminal history, is a potential target for arrest and deportation. The message is clear – if ICE encounters you and you have no proof of legal immigration status, you will likely be arrested and processed for Removal from the U.S.New DACA bill gives Dreamers few protections and eliminates most family immigrationA new Bill introduced in Congress by Republicans called the SECURE Act of 2017, purports to provide protections to Dreamers currently under the DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals) program, in exchange for border security and immigration reforms, including changing the current U.S. Immigration system from family to merit based.But far from providing protections for Dreamers, the Bill instead incorporates the “Bridge Act” previously introduced in Congress, which merely offers a temporary three year DACA status and no path to a Green Card or Citizenship. Worse yet, the measure includes the controversial RAISE Act, which eliminates all family-based immigration (with exception of spouses and minor children) in favor of a merit-based system. Apparently Republican leaders see the Bill as their offer to Democrats in exchange for protection of Dreamers. Democrats on the other hand see the Bill as a “nonstarter”, saying they will not agree to any measure which offers less than permanent protections for Dreamers and adamantly refuse to trade DACA protections for any limits on family immigration.As the standoff continues, thousands of Dreamers and their supporters stage rallies and peaceful protests in Washington and across the country, in hopes of swaying Trump and the Republicans.Participants vow to continue to rally and have their voices heard until congress passes a “Clean” Dream Act. Until then, readers are urged to contact Republican members of Congress to voice support of a permanent standalone DACA law, without any other provisions such as border policies and restrictions on legal immigration.  Understanding the most common immigration bars:The Five-Year Bar:  Immigrants who are found inadmissible and immediately removed/deported upon arrival at a U.S. port and those who are removed/deported shortly after arrival in the U.S., who have been placed in removal proceedings are ineligible to return to the U.S. for 5 years.The Ten-Year Bar: Immigrants who have a removal order issued by Immigration judge are ineligible to return to the U.S. for 10 years.The Twenty-Year Bar:  Immigrants who are deported and who attempt to reenter the U.S. prior to the expiration of the ten-year ban can receive an additional 10 year bar for a total of 20 years.The Permanent Bar:  Immigrants who are convicted of an aggravated felony, entered without permission after being removed, or illegally reentered the U.S. after having previously been in the U.S. unlawfully for more than one year, may be permanently barred from ever entering the U.S.last_img read more

Argentina faces Italian job

first_imgArgentina will warm up for its next 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier by looking to extend its unbeaten run over Italy on Thursday.Paraguay is Argentina’s next hurdle as it bids to secure a spot at next year’s finals in Brazil and it will prepare for that qualifier in September with a game in Rome against the Italians.Argentina is unbeaten in the past three clashes with Italy, winning the two most recent encounters.The last meeting was also at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico in a friendly in 2001 and Argentina won 2-1, with Kily Gonzalez and Hernan Crespo scoring the goals for the visitor.Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella has picked a strong squad for the midweek match with the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain alongside up-and-comer Erik Lamela in attack.Sabella’s team has not lost in six outings but has drawn three of the past four, including a 1-1 stalemate in a World Cup qualifier away to Ecuador that would have seen Argentina wrap up qualification for Brazil 2014 if it had won. Italy has lost two of its past three games, going down to Brazil and Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup before defeating Uruguay on penalties to finish third at the World Cup warm-up event.In one change to Italy’s squad from the Confederations Cup, head coach Cesare Prandelli has included Argentina-born striker Pablo Osvaldo.But, in general, Prandelli has picked a familiar squad full of veterans such as Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo.Italy will use the clash with Argentina as a final test ahead of a busy couple of months of World Cup qualifying.While Italy sits atop UEFA’s qualifying Group B, Prandelli’s side has a quartet of big matches coming up, as it is set to play the next four teams in the standings. Italy will host Bulgaria and Czech Republic in September before a trip to Denmark and a home clash against Armenia in October to complete the qualifying campaign.last_img read more

Kumasi walks for health as hundreds attend Luv FM 2018 Fitness Walk

first_imgHundreds of residents in Kumasi converged at the Kumasi City Mall, Saturday, for the biggest fitness and wellness event ever, the Luv FM Fitness WalkThe mid-year edition of the quarterly exercise to promote a healthy lifestyle for a productive year saw patrons take part in aerobic sessions to prepare the mind and body.The young and old from all walks of life, including the corporate world, walked through principal streets of Kumasi from the Kumasi Mall through to Ahodwo, Adum and Asafo. Then came the time for the aerobics session led by experienced fitness instructors from Pulse Fitness Gym.  The muscle stretching exercise alone which lasted for about 30 minutes after the walk was followed by similar exercises for the tummy.Officials of SAQS Healthcare located inside the Mall offered free consultancy and screening as participants took the advantage to check their sugar level, blood pressure, among others.Patrons were later served with refreshment with assorted fruit beverages, ‘sobolo’, porridge and bread, among others to replenish lost energy. The climax of the event was an opportunity for participants to enjoy a discounted movie session at the plush Watch and Dine Cinema inside the Kumasi Mall. Organizers, Luv 99.5 FM with the support of Aspire Foods, Bel Aqua mineral water, Vodafone, IPMC and other sponsors gave out prizes to outstanding patrons.Other sponsors are Bookcare, IPMC, Jozzy Decore, Seven Seas Jointcare Advanced and Larmak Prostate Care.last_img read more

Donald Sterling’s first testimony combative in Clippers sale trial

first_img“The more and more he did, the more you saw the real Donald Sterling,” Fields told reporters.Donald Sterling’s attorney, Bobby Samini said Sterling performed well, and that he wasn’t trying to put on a show: “That’s our client. That’s been our client for many, many years.”The Los Angeles Superior Court trial is set to determine two main points: whether Shelly Sterling followed the rules of the trust in ousting her husband based on claims on mental incapacity, and what the effects of Donald revoking the trust may be. It will also ultimately determine whether she can sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion without her husband’s consent.Donald Sterling — who will take the stand again today — rarely addressed those points on the stand.Sterling entered the courtroom a little after 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, in a black suit over a black-striped shirt, black sunglasses and black sandals. Even his hair, usually streaked with gray, was dyed completely black. He took the stand an hour later. In his first appearance in a trial that may determine ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, a combative Donald Sterling gave a packed room everything it could have expected.He sparred with noted attorney Bert Fields, calling him “weird” and a “smartass.” He accused doctors of being hired “guns.” He talked about how much he loved and trusted his wife Shelly, then said she “can’t learn anything” and was incapable of running their corporations.The 80-year-old billionaire even suggested the Clippers could fetch up to $5 billion in a sale, that the team’s next TV deal could match the Lakers’ and that he could win $9 billion from the NBA in his antitrust suit.Afterwards, Fields, who represents Shelly Sterling, characterized the 60-minute testimony as a further example of Donald Sterling being mean and out-of-control. During one line of questioning by Fields, Sterling perked up and said back: “Tell me what you want to accuse me of. Be a man. Stand up and be a man.”On another, he told Fields: “You’re wrong. You’ve been wrong on every question today.” That prompted Judge Michael Levanas to interject: “How can he be wrong if he’s asking a question?”Again to Fields, Sterling said: “Tell me where that’s relevant if you’re not just trying to be a smartass. What do my bank loans have to do with this weird lawyer?”Fields, 85, — once called “the most feared lawyer in Hollywood by the New Yorker — is known for representing high-profile entertainment industry clients like Tom Cruise and The Beatles.When he wasn’t busy belittling Fields’ questions, or asking Fields what his name was, Sterling usually said he couldn’t recall the answer.Asked about a June 4 agreement to sell the Clippers as announced by his attorneys, Sterling said he couldn’t remember whether Samini had been his attorney on that exact date.He also denied that he was opposing the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to Ballmer due to vindictiveness or ego — despite past statements to the contrary released by his attorneys. Rather, Sterling claimed he was doing so for “economic” reasons, adding that the team could fetch $2.5 billion to $5 billion later on. He also said a new TV deal could match the $3 billion agreement the Lakers struck with Time Warner.Sterling, who is banned for life from the NBA, suggested that he had been negotiating such deals for the Clippers.Less eventful was what preceded Donald Sterling’s appearance: testimony from Dr. Meril Platzer and Dr. James Spar, the two neurologists whose examinations of him cleared the way for his removal as a trustee.Attorney Gary Ruttenburg’s cross-examination of the two focused on a few main points: that they did not reveal to Donald Sterling the legal ramifications of his examinations, and that they did not have to obtain authorization from him to release his medical records. Ruttenberg said the trust did not waive California civil code preserving doctor-patient confidentiality.Platzer said she was not aware of the potential to oust Sterling from the trust when she first examined him. The first question he asked her: “Are you wired?”When he took his turn on the stand, Sterling accused Platzer of getting drunk at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and of never finishing the examination. Platzer had denied this when the trial started on Monday.Spar said he did not know the identity of who he was examining until he had agreed to visit. He also said he had not seen a copy of the Sterling Family Trust before sending his report to Shelly Sterling’s attorneys.Both doctors said that he was cooperative during the examination — though Spar said Sterling got frustrated at the “very, very end,” threw down his pen and left the room. Spar added that the examination was near completion anyway, and that his report would not have changed.Sterling said Shelly Sterling told him the tests were routine examinations done for his 80th birthday, and he didn’t realize the doctors were “adversaries, guns who were going to testify against me.” He said he only agreed to allow Shelly to negotiate a sale of the team because he erroneously thought she could keep a percentage of the team.Afterward, attorneys for both sides tried to claim the day’s victory, citing Sterling’s testimony as strengthening their case.Samini said: “Out of all the lawyers that were in that room, if I needed a lawyer, I’d hire him.”Fields’ take: “You guys can draw your own conclusions. Is this a guy you’d hire to sell hamburgers?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more