Labour wants Livingstone, but what’s in it for him?

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Who is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and why do Arsenal want to sign him?

first_img 1/1 Dayot Upamecano is on Arsenal’s radar ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline (Picture: Getty)Having impressively reinforced their midfield and attacking departments with the signings of Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal will focus their attentions on bolstering their backline from now until Thursday’s transfer deadline.Arsenal’s summer business has certainly been eye-catching but Unai Emery’s squad currently has a top-heavy feel to it as the first weekend of the Premier League season approaches, particularly with Laurent Koscielny set to depart.Manchester United were the only club in the top-six to concede more league goals than Arsenal last term and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set about rectifying that issue by splashing out a combined £130m on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Although Leipzig’s scouting network is one of the most effective across Europe, the club also benefits from being the big player in Red Bull’s football stable. The current squad boasts a number of players recruited from Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls, for instance.Upamecano epitomises the Red Bull model more than most having played for RB Leipzig’s feeder club Salzburg and honed his skills at the Austrian club’s own developmental side FC Liefering during a loan spell in 2015-16.Interestingly, Upamecano reportedly turned down a move to Manchester United in 2015 in order to sign for Salzburg instead, presumably due to the club’s propensity to give young players regular minutes in the first-team.Is he similar any of Arsenal’s current defenders?It was immediately evident upon Emery’s appointment that Arsenal would look to play out from the back, starting with short passes from the goalkeeper to defenders and progressing from there.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn order for that style of play to work, Arsenal’s defenders need to be comfortable in possession under pressure and last season Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopolous generally performed well in that regard, averaging 92% and 89% pass completion rates respectively.Upamecano is accomplished with the ball at his feet but his pass accuracy rate of 82.5% contrasts unfavourably with Koscielny and Sokratis. Part of the reason for that is he is more adventurous with his passing than either of them, often looking to play in between the lines or over the top. Who is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and why do Arsenal want to sign him? Nicolas Pepe became Arsenal’s club-record signing when joining from Lille last week (Picture: Getty)In contrast, Arsenal are yet to improve their defensive options with £27m signing William Saliba heading straight back to Saint-Etienne on loan. With Koscielny set to join Bordeaux and Shkodran Mustafi available to the highest bidder, Arsenal’s need to recruit a new centre-back is paramount.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Advertisement Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Upamecano would likely start alongside Sokratis Papastathopolous in the heart of Arsenal’s defence (Picture: Getty)From a physical perspective, Upamecano is quicker than any of Arsenal’s current central defenders and he uses his pace to close down attackers quickly as well to chase back balls launched over the top of the defensive line.Despite standing at a relatively small 6’1, Upamecano has a great leap and is strong in aerial duels, winning 65% in total last season, which was only bettered in Arsenal’s squad by Mustafi with 66%.Is he what Arsenal need?In terms of his position, he is absolutely what Arsenal need. The acrimonious departure of Koscielny has left Arsenal lacking bodies in an area of their squad that was already understaffed.Unless Arsenal can manage to get someone in, they face the prospect of entering the new campaign with a centre back pool consisting of Sokratis, Mustafi, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 6 Aug 2019 1:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link179Shares Skip RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is seemingly the club’s top target to come in with reports emerging on Monday that they have tabled a £55m offer to bring him to north London following a couple of impressive campaigns in the Bundesliga.Here’s why Upamecano features so prominently on Arsenal’s centre-back wishlist.Who is he?Upamecano is a 20-year-old central defender who plays internationally for France at youth level. In 2015, he helped his country win the European Championship at U15 level, being named in the Team of the Tournament for his efforts.Born in Evreux in the French region of Normandy, Upamecano spent time with his local club Evreux Football Club 27 – currently in the fifth-tier of French football – prior to signing for Valenciennes in 2013. Read More Read More Advertisementcenter_img Video Settings Upamecano represented France at this summer’s U21 European Championship (Picture: Getty)Signing Upamecano would, therefore, increase competition for places while adding much-needed quality. At Leipzig, Upamecano has established himself as one of the best young defenders in Europe.AdvertisementNevertheless, there are concerns too. Upamecano missed four months of last season due to a knee injury, only returning for Leipzig’s final two games of the season, while he is also not yet the finished article despite his high potential ceiling.With Koscielny on his way out, Arsenal are losing an influential player and with a youthful defender arriving next summer in the form of Saliba, Arsenal might have preferred to sign a more experienced defender than Upamecano this transfer window.Are there any alternatives?As Bournemouth’s £75m valuation of Nathan Ake amid interest from Leicester City demonstrates, Arsenal are unlikely to source a central defender from the Premier League without paying an extortionate fee due to the imminent closure of the transfer window.Consequently, if they are to sign a central defender between now and Thursday, they will almost certainly be sourced from abroad. Alongside Upamecano, Daniele Rugani of Juventus has been touted as a potential arrival. 1 min. story SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More / Skip Ad PLAY Dayot Upamecano played in Austria for Red Bull Salzburg before joining RB Leipzig in 2017 (Picture: Getty)From there he was snapped up by Red Bull Salzburg in a €2.2m deal two years later, who immediately loaned him out to their feeder club FC Liefering.Following an impressive start to the 2016-17 campaign with Salzburg, he moved on to RB Leipzig in January 2017 for €10m.How did he end up at RB Leipzig?RB Leipzig are renowned for their youth-orientated approach to recruitment. In April, a study from CIES – The International Centre for Sports Studies – revealed that the players in RB Leipzig’s squad for the 2018-19 season had been signed at an average age of just 21.43 years, the lowest across 24 top divisions in Europe.The club’s entire strategy is centred around buying talented, first-team ready players from untapped markets – including increasingly France – and developing them into stars. Considering they have secured three top-three finishes in four seasons since promotion to the Bundesliga in 2015, their model has proven extremely successful. About Connatix V67539 Top articles Daniele Rugani is another defender reportedly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Despite being well-regarded in Turin, Rugani has never started more than 22 Serie A games in a season for the club and the summer arrivals of Matthijs De Ligt and Merih Demiral have seen him slip down to fifth-place in the pecking order, also behind Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.Arsenal are believed to have enquired about the possibility of taking Rugani on a two-year loan deal but Juventus would prefer an outright sale. Wolves are also reportedly interested in the 25-year-old and would be willing to pay £30m to sign him.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 Comment Read More Coming Nextlast_img read more

Washington State’s liberalized recreational cannabis policy: Healthy Youth Survey, 2008-2018

first_imgSpringerLink 8 June 2020Family First Comment: The state legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Adolescent marijuana use after legalization remained steady or trended down slightly. However, the 2018 survey indicates a slight upward trend for 8th and 10th grade (year 9/11 NZ) students. Having a close friend who uses marijuana and perceived parental acceptance of marijuana use are consistently linked to adolescent use.The state of Washington has conducted a Healthy Youth Survey in even-numbered years since 2008. The state legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Adolescent marijuana use after legalization remained steady or trended down slightly.However, the 2018 survey indicates a slight upward trend for 8th and 10th grade (year 9/11 NZ) students. Having a close friend who uses marijuana and perceived parental acceptance of marijuana use are consistently linked to adolescent use.Read abstract of this study published in Prevention Science here.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Clean water, sanitation and food remain relief priorities in Haiti, says UN official

first_imgNewsRegional Clean water, sanitation and food remain relief priorities in Haiti, says UN official by: – October 5, 2011 Valerie Amos meeting Haitian residents. NEW YORK, USA — Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and food are the priority humanitarian needs in Haiti over the next year, the United Nations relief chief said on Tuesday, stressing that the estimated 600,000 people still in camps after last year’s earthquake continue to depend on aid for survival.“They are extremely vulnerable, facing food insecurity, the threat to cholera and of course natural disasters, such as the current hurricane season,” said Valerie Amos, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York after her two-day visit to Haiti last week.During her visit to one of the camps in a neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince, residents expressed frustration over having to continue living in the camps because they cannot afford to rent houses or repair their own homes.“The president, donors and the people of Haiti want to see a much greater focus on development and there is considerable frustration that the pace is slow. But I want everyone to remember that the humanitarian crisis in Haiti is not over.”“While important efforts are being made to put the country on the road to recovery, and I fully support this, significant humanitarian needs remain and must be addressed,” said Amos, who is also the UN emergency relief coordinator.The number of people dying from cholera, which has claimed the lives of nearly 6,500 people in Haiti over the past one year, is falling, but heavy rainfall last month set off new outbreaks of the disease throughout the country.“Sanitation and the provision of safe water is a national priority, and the ministry of public health and population is progressively improving and taking over the cholera treatment centres,” Amos said.“The international community needs to work together to support Haiti. We cannot forget the hundreds of thousands of people living in camps or are affected by the cholera epidemic. We have asked for $382 million for critical relief and protection work this year and have so far received only 57 percent of the funding needed,” she said.Guarding against gender-based violence and forced evictions from the camps also remain a critical concern for humanitarian agencies, she added. Caribbean News Now 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

PSG ‘terminate Icardi’s contract with immediate effect’

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicMacaulay Culkin’s Own Version Of The New ‘Home Alone’6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone Read Also: How PSG will react to Barca using FIFA rule to re-sign Neymar The striker claimed he threatened a Nerazzurri Ultras group with “100 criminals from Argentina” after a skirmish in 2015. Inter fans held banners calling Icardi “a piece of vile s***” before a clash against Cagliari — and applauded when he missed a penalty. Chelsea, who are in the market for a new striker, are likely to pay close attention to his availability after previously being linked with him. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Paris Saint-Germain have already terminated Mauro Icardi’s loan deal following comments made by his wife and agent Wanda Nara, according to reports. Controversial Wanda angered PSG chiefs after informing the club that the striker wants a return to Italy when the campaign finally ends. Icardi, 27, has been in blistering form since moving to the French capital from Inter Milan on a temporary deal. The striker, who fell out with Inter boss Antonio Conte, has scored 17 goals in 26 appearances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season. But his time in France is set to end on a sour note according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. It will leave his future shrouded in doubt when he does eventually return to the San Siro. Despite formerly captaining the side with a terrific goal record, Inter fans were happy to see the back of him after a turbulent spell last season. Wanda had been vocal in responding to criticism of her husband which eventually led to the club stripping him of the captaincy.center_img Icardi was furious and refused to travel with the squad for a Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna before isolating himself from team-mates. He later attempted to sue the club for £1.4million after they banned him from training to further push him out of the club. Icardi also had a spat with Inter’s ultras after releasing his autobiography. Loading… last_img read more

Negros boxers get hero’s welcome

first_imgBACOLOD City – A hero’s welcome wastendered to the two Negrense boxers who bagged gold medals in the recentlyconcluded 30th Southeast Asian Games. They advised aspiring boxers to have aproper training and have a discipline in order to achieve the same./PN City mayor Nicholas Yulo led theturnover of cash incentive worth P50,000 to each boxer during an awarding ritesat the Bantayan Park , Barangay Poblacion, Bago City. According to Yulo, Bago City hasalready produced several talented boxers, citing late Mayor Manuel Torres whospearheaded the boxing program for the Bagonhons. Yulo said the Sanggunian Panlungsodpassed a resolution granting cash incentives to the medalists as well asP10,000 to their trainers. He lauded the effort of the two athletes who gaveglory and pride to the city. Ladon, for his part, said he willinvest the cash aid for his preparation for more upcoming tournaments. center_img Rogen Ladon, who won in the men’sflyweight division and James Palicte in the men’s Light welterweight division,arrived yesterday in Bago City, Negros Occidental. Rogen Ladon, who won in the men’s flyweight division and James Palicte in the men’s Light welterweight division, arrived yesterday in Bago City, Negros Occidental. MAE SINGUAY/PN Palicte, meanwhile, said he will usethe incentive for the construction of their house. Yulo explained that part of theprogram offers grassroots training for Bago residents who are interested inboxing, by then they select those who have the full potential and prepare themfor competitions.last_img read more

Ampatuans appeal guilty verdict on Maguindanao massacre case

first_imgThe Quezon City court said that, whileAnwar Sr. was not at the scene of the crime on Nov. 23, 2009, his suggestion tokill the Mangudadatus and to bury their vehicles “was one of the moving factorswhich emboldened all the more Datu (Andal) Unsay (Ampatuan) and their othercohorts in carrying out their wicked plan.” “The court should not have reliedheavily on Badal’s testimony. This particular witness lied with respect to amaterial point, and there was a conscious and deliberate intention to falsify,”Datu Ipi and Datu Ulo said. The Maguindanao Massacre is consideredas the Philippines’ worst case of election-related violence and the singledeadliest attack on journalists since detailed records were kept./PN Badal, who was the vice mayor ofSultan Sabarongis town in Maguindanao when the massacre happened, claimed inhis testimony that he was the commander of the Ampatuan family’s private armedgroup. “As to how the said witness could havememorized, precisely to the letter, all of the statements made by each andevery supposed participant in all of these meetings, is highly doubtful, naymiraculous,” Anwar Sr. said. Anwar Sr. added there was not enoughevidence to prove he was part of the conspiracy to kill now-Maguindanao Rep.Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu despite him “agreeing to kill” members of the Mangudadatuclan in a meeting. Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes on Dec. 19declared several members of the Ampatuan clan guilty of multiple murder for themassacre of 57 people in Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009. MANILA – Members of the Ampatuan clanhave filed separate appeals to the guilty verdict meted by the Quezon CityRegional Trial Court (RTC) in relation to the Maguindanao Massacre incident. Datu Ipi and Datu Ulo, meanwhile, saidBadal only testified that they were seen at one of the meetings, but did notmention what their involvement was. They added Badal recanted his testimonyduring cross examination that the two were present during the Nov. 16, 2009meeting. Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. and other accused in the Maguindanao massacre case await the court verdict on Dec. 19, 2019. CNN PHILIPPINES Anwar Sr. casted doubt on theallegation that he aided and facilitated the escape of Datu Unsay, pointing outthat the only evidence presented by the prosecution to prove this is an allegedphone call by prosecution witness Lakmodin Saliao to him. Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan elevatedhis appeal straight to the Court of Appeals (CA) as he asked the Quezon CityRTC Branch 221 to submit all the records of the case to the CA. Anwar Ampatuan Sr., and his sons Anwar“Datu Ipi” Ampatuan Jr. and Datu Anwar Sajid “Datu Ulo” Ampatuan, meanwhile,filed motions for reconsideration before the Quezon City court, casting doubton the credibility of star witness Sukarno Badal.last_img read more

LGUs buck return of stranded Ilonggos

first_img“The continuing transport of LSIs will greatly contribute to the increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the province,” according to LMP-Iloilo in a resolution approved yesterday afternoon. * maximize first the gains the LGUs have achieved thus far in battling the coronavirus Led by Mayor Mediatrix Fernandez of San Enrique town, LMP-Iloilo noted that of the 67 new COVID-19 cases that the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 recorded on July 12, 52 were LSIs. ILOILO – The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Iloilo Chapter appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to temporarily halt the return of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Metro Manila. In her understanding, Mamon added, the moratorium on the return of LSIs would be                                until July 15, citing the conversation of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. and Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the national COVID-19 plan./PN The provincial government is supportive of the LMP-Iloilo’s position. Acting Provincial Administrator Suzette Mamon also cited the COVID-19 testing backlog of the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory. She said some 1,000 specimens still waiting to be analyzed were from the province. * strengthen first hospitals and other medical facilities, and LGUs The other reasons it cited for seeking a halt to LSIs’ return were the following: LMP-Iloilo secretary Mayor Geefree Alonsabe of Alimodian town said local government units (LGUs) were running out of quarantine facilities. He cited his town as example. The moratorium was imposed on June 28. LMP-Iloilo stressed “there is a need to (first) build on the existing response measures of the government relative to the (coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak.” But the advisory also stressed that the “movement of LSIs from areas under enhanced and modified enhanced community quarantine is not permitted.” “This is part of the agreement by provincial governors, highly-urbanized cities’ mayors and members of the regional inter-agency task force,” read part of the DILG-6 advisory released by Officer-in-Charge Juan Jovian Ingeniero. The delay, said Mamon, has resulted to many quarantined people extending their stay in quarantine facilities beyond 14 days. Alonsabe also said his town’s healthcare workers were also running out of personal protective equipment (PPEs). “A prior coordination to their receiving local government units (LGUs) may be explored to ensure that (the LSIs’) travel will be properly arranged,” DILG-6 added. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 has announced the lifting effective today (July 15) of the moratorium on the travel of LSIs back to Region 6.last_img read more

Potters to stand by Jerome

first_img A statement from the club read: “Stoke City can confirm that Cameron Jerome accepts the FA charges made against him in relation to breaches of its betting rules. “Cameron has admitted the charges and will in due course attend an Independent Regulatory Commission, at which he will be supported by the club. “The club or the player will not be making any further comment at this time.” Jerome is facing the prospect of a ban – in June, Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend was fined £18,000 and banned for four months, three of those months suspended, for similar offences. The charges meant that he missed playing for England Under-21s in the European Championships after he withdrew from the squad. An FA statement said: “The FA has charged Stoke City’s Cameron Jerome with breaches of its Rules in relation to a number of betting offences. “Jerome has admitted the charges. A date for an independent regulatory commission to hear the case will be set in due course.” Stoke say they will support their striker Cameron Jerome when he appears before a disciplinary commission having admitted charges of breaching the Football Association’s betting regulations. The 26-year-old, a former Birmingham player and England Under-21 international, has been charged with betting on a competition in which his team plays, which is contrary to FA regulations. It is understood that there is no suggestion of any match-fixing allegations or that Jerome has gambled on games he has been involved in. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Judge Charged With Helping Illegal Migrant Rejects Plea Deal

first_imgSuspended Newton Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph has rejected a plea deal that would have allowed her to avoid prosecution and possibly keep her law license if she admitted that she illegally helped an undocumented immigrant exit her courtroom out the back door to elude arrest by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, according to several people briefed on the federal prosecutor’s offer.US Attorney Andrew Lelling had offered Joseph a “deferred prosecution agreement” under which she would not have been indicted and, in a year, as long as she didn’t repeat the conduct, prosecutors would abandon the obstruction of justice charges, according to the people familiar with the deal. But, Joseph refused to admit she violated federal law and now faces the possibility of up to 20 years in prison if convicted of obstruction of justice.“Our client has pleaded not guilty because she is not guilty,” said Joseph’s lawyer, Thomas Hoopes.The US attorney’s office declined to comment on the plea offer, which legal experts say is extremely rare.If Joseph, 51, who has been on unpaid suspension since her indictment in April, had accepted the deal, it is unclear whether she could have kept her job as a judge or her license to practice law, according to state law.last_img read more