Dani Ceballos signing will present Unai Emery with new Mesut Ozil problem, claims Steve Nicol

first_imgDani Ceballos signing will present Unai Emery with new Mesut Ozil problem, claims Steve Nicol Arsenal are closing in on the loan signing of Dani Ceballos (Picture: Getty)‘You certainly can’t play both of them in the same team. So that means you’re going to play him ahead of Ozil?‘He’s a good player yes but as I said, Arsenal’s problems aren’t going forward. They score goals, they excite the fans, but they can’t defend.‘Dani Ceballos doesn’t help them in that department.’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 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 5:43 pmShare 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 Advertisement Mesut Ozil has impressed on Arsenal’s pre-seaosn tour of America (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has questioned Unai Emery’s pursuit of Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos and believes the Arsenal manager is set to create himself a new Mesut Ozil dilemma.Arsenal are set to sign the 22-year-old midfielder on a season-long loan with the player said to have arrived in London for his medical on Tuesday.Ozil struggled to win over Emery last season and was left out of several high-profile matches, particularly away from home.Arsenal have been unable to find a buyer for a player who signed a contract worth £350,000-a-week 18 months ago but the 30-year-old has shown flashes of his best form on the pre-season tour of America which culminated in last night’s penalty shootout defeat against Real Madrid in Washington.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 CityNicol believes Emery would be better served, however, concentrating on reinforcing Arsenal’s notoriously porous defence rather than add to his attacking options with a player who shares many of Ozil’s attacking characteristics.‘I’ve got to say, when I’m looking at Arsenal, I’m thinking ‘right, they need to strengthen, no question’,’ Nicol said.But their problems are all defensive, at the back and in the middle of the park. And when you’ve already got Mesut Ozil, why are you going out and getting Dani Ceballos?last_img read more

Government Pension Fund Global cites ‘particularly strong’ EM equity returns

first_imgNorway’s NOK5.5trn (€556bn) Government Pension Fund Global has seen investment growth of 3.3% over the last quarter, with emerging market equity outperforming developed markets.While second-quarter figures for the fund noted that returns had been “particularly strong” in countries including Russia, Turkey and Brazil, the returns must be contrasted with prior equity losses in the markets over the last year.However, emerging market equity nevertheless returned 7.4%, 3 percentage points above developed market equity.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) also noted the financial sector was its worst performing industry, with its equity holdings only returning 2.1% – compared with 11.8% from oil and gas companies. The report said increasing numbers of lawsuits against the financials sector, the rising cost of settlements and regulatory pressure negatively affected the sector’s return.Underlining the performance problems, the fund said BNP Paribas, UBS and Credit Suisse Group had been the worst performing stocks over the last quarter.Signalling further problems for the financial sector, NBIM also said it would support changes to the board structure at a number of those regarded as systemically important by the world’s regulators.“One of the core principles of good corporate governance is the separation of board of directors from the day-to-day management of the company,” it said.“One of the clearest ways of achieving this is to separate the roles of chairman and CEO. In the second quarter, this principle formed the basis for our voting at systemically important financial institutions, where we see particular benefits in keeping the roles of chairman and CEO separate.”The Financial Stability Board in 2011 listed 29 banks as systemically important.Among those, US bank Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase and others currently have joint chief executives and chairmen, a matter of shareholder pressure in recent years.The fund’s fixed income portfolio returned 2% over the course of the quarter, with inflation-linked bonds offering the strongest return at 3.3%.It also shifted further into emerging markets, increasing holdings in fixed income and equity from over the previous quarter by 0.1 percentage points and 0.3 percentage points, respectively.Real estate outperformed fixed income, offering a 3% quarterly return, with the portfolio’s growth over the last year apparent from rental revenue.Rental income almost doubled over the past year, to NOK1.5bn for the first six months, with returns from its property portfolio to date at 5.1%.However, its property portfolio, when measured in local currency, returned 7% over the first six months of the year.Despite property only so far accounting for 1.2% of the fund’s value, NBIM highlighted its plan to aggressively invest in the area.“With real estate eventually accounting for as much as 5%  of the value of the fund, our goal is to build a global but concentrated real estate portfolio,” it said.“We expect to invest 1% of the fund each of the next three years in the private real estate markets.”last_img read more

Westpac rate hike fallout: 45% of Queenslanders to fix home loan

first_imgNearly half of all Queensland mortgage holders plan to fix their home loan rate in the next 12 months, according to new research. Photographer: Liam Kidston.NEARLY half of all mortgage holders in Queensland plan to fix their home loan in the next 12 months, amid the threat of more lenders hiking interest rates.A new survey by finder.com.au has found 45 per cent of borrowers in the state are set to make the move by July 2019.It follows the move by Westpac to become the first of the Big Four banks to raise interest rates independently of the Reserve Bank of Australia. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent at its last board meeting. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.Finder.com.au money expert Bessie Hassan said fixing rates was one way borrowers could mitigate risk in an uncertain mortgage market. “Borrowers have been spooked by recent out-of-cycle interest rate rises, with Westpac the first of the Big Four to do so,” Ms Hassan said.“As the threat of other lenders increasing their rates grows we expect to see more borrowers opting to lock in a fixed interest rate.”Ms Hassan said borrowers should be chasing a home loan rate with a three in front of it — whether it’s a variable or fixed mortgage. WESTPAC TRIGGER FIRST RATE RISE FOR ALL HOMEOWNERS The other Big Four banks are expected to follow Westpac’s lead. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.RateCity research director Sally Tindall said she expected the other three big banks to follow suit soon.“If your lender hikes your interest rate, it’s the perfect time to start considering your options,” she said.“Ironically, the banks are desperately seeking out customers to boost their lagging profit margins. “They’re doing this by offering rock bottom rates, but only to new customers so if you’ve got a bit of equity in your home, now is a great time to consider refinancing.”center_img Westpac has hiked interest rates on variable home loans.Variable rate customers who have their mortgage with Westpac — and some of its subsidiaries — will be forking out an average of $35 extra a month and $420 a year, after the bank increased rates by 14 basis points.Nationally, 38 per cent of mortgage holders across the country plan to fix their home loan in the next 12 months, according to finder.com.au, but the push was being led by Queensland and NSW. TOP PROPERTY MARKET ON THE COAST More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agolast_img read more

Veja Mate Pushes SMC to New Heights

first_imgThe provision of technicians by Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) to the 402MW Veja Mate project saw SMC reach a significant milestone – the company now contracts over 100 people.The Veja Mate wind farm comprises 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines installed in the German part of the North Sea. The construction of the Veja Mate wind farm was completed in less than 14 months, and just 23 months after the Financial Close.Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd was established in 2006 by Captain Ian Coates. In its early days, the company’s sole remit was the provision of vessel inspections to the oil & gas sector. Over the last eleven years the business has grown and now provides a range of specialist services and personnel across the oil & gas, offshore wind and utilities sectors.“The business started eleven years ago with one person and has now grown in scale to employ over one hundred members of staff,” Coates said.”This is a tribute to the hard work, professionalism, high standards and a dominant safety culture that SMC has built its foundations on since day one. Thank you to all personnel past and present, who have, and continue to work to the highest safety standards. We must also thank our large client base for their continued support and up take of SMC’s specialist services.”Veja Mate is a EUR 1.9 billion project owned by the Highland Group Holdings Ltd, Siemens Financial Services and CI II managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.last_img read more

Legalizing Assisted Suicide Takes Away Mental Health Care for the Disabled

first_imgLifeNews 10 August 2016Family First Comment: “Many people don’t realize how making disability a legitimate condition for suicide jeopardizes the safety of all disabled Canadians….  This assisted-dying legislation takes away the mental health safety net for disabled Canadians.”When I was born the doctors told my parents to put me in an institution. Luckily, my parents ignored the doctor’s advice and took me home.Initially I went to a segregated school, and then argued my way into a regular school. I went on to complete an undergrad in Humanities and a Master’s in Family Therapy. I now have a successful career as a speaker. I’m married, I have two grown children, and I have a great life.In the discussion about Canada’s assisted dying legislation, many people don’t realize how making disability a legitimate condition for suicide jeopardizes the safety of all disabled Canadians.So let me try to explain.What would happen if my wife died and I became depressed and suicidal?Now if a non-disabled Canadian becomes suicidal, there is a commitment among psychiatrists and counselors to rekindle that person’s desire to live, and if necessary to protect that person from themselves.However, as a disabled Canadian, if I become suicidal it is possible and even likely that the psychiatrist will see that as a rational and informed decision.And that commitment to help me move through and beyond my suicidal state might now be seen as forcing me to live an unbearable life.And so that psychiatrist may, in fact, help me die. That terrifies me.As a disabled Canadian, I want the same commitment to suicide prevention that is afforded to non-disabled Canadians. This assisted-dying legislation takes away the mental health safety net for disabled Canadians.http://www.lifenews.com/2016/08/10/legalizing-assisted-suicide-takes-away-mental-health-care-for-the-disabled/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Will captain Kings XI Punjab with an open mind: KL Rahul

first_imgKOLKATA: New Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul is unsure if the burden of captaincy would take a toll on his batting, as he feels previous form would count for little, and that all cricketers would be ‘slightly’ nervous when the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts this month in the UAE.The 28-year old stylish batsman was in red hot form in white-ball cricket when the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head a few of months ago, bringing the world to a standstill. Having last played in the Ranji Trophy semi-final for Karnataka against Bengal in February, Rahul said his batting was “all over the place” when he hit the nets for the first time two months ago. Therefore, he said, he is not sure his rich vein of form will count or not when he leads KXIP in the cash-rich league in two weeks’ time. “Firstly, I think we are starting fresh. I don’t think what has happened seven months prior will matter now,” Rahul told IANS in an interview from Dubai. “We are all coming into the tournament with not [having played] a lot of cricket. So, I am not if my batting form is going to be the same as it was seven months ago. We all as cricketers are slightly nervous because we haven’t played a lot of cricket, like I said,” said the man who is now India’s first-choice wicket-keeper in white ball cricket. “And in a tournament like IPL which is huge, I would be lying if I say all of us are not nervous at all. We are, but that’s the challenge of sport. No one expected this to happen. ” Rahul said he is looking forward to captaincy and will go into it with an open mind. “Coming to captaincy, I don’t know if it’s going to play a part [in my batting] or if it’s going to hamper anything but I am quite looking forward to the responsibility. “I have always enjoyed that leadership role and I have always enjoyed having responsibility on my shoulders. Like I said it’s the first time I am doing it so…I am going into this with an open mind and to learn on the go from each game and each day,” stressed. “The first hit I had was a couple of months back in Bangalore. I got in a couple of sessions. Those two days were very, very bad and I was very nervous and my batting was all over the place. It was a bit scary. But I realised [rustiness] after two sessions; the third session slightly got better. Then I started hitting the ball well. Then, there was a break and before coming here I did get a few sessions in Bangalore,” he said. Asked if MS Dhoni’s retirement will add to expectations from him behind the stumps, Rahul admitted the expectations are there. “Yes the expectations are always there from not just me but all the XI that represent the country and all 15 guys who are playing in the team. Does it make me conscious? I don’t think so. Not so far at least,” he said. “For now, my focus is solely on the IPL and getting some cricket under me. It’s a place nobody can ever fill in Indian cricket. That’s something I genuinely feel. Whatever role is given to me, it excites me. I am not very conscious about it,” he conceded. Rahul further said he would look to use whatever he has learned from Dhoni and Virat Kohli when he leads the IPL franchise, besides also leaning from his observations of England’s ODI World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, and compatriot and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma. “Having had the opportunity to play under them and with them has been a great learning. Both of them are different individuals and they lead the team differently but one thing that stands out is the passion that they have for the country and the team,” he said. “Their will to always win and push the team and take the team together is something I have learnt and would want to use the same thing with my team. Also, watching Rohit [Sharma]…I have quite enjoyed Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan’s captaincy as well.” KXIP are yet to win the IPL in 12 attempts, but Rahul said the focus will not be on that; it would be on the process. “It is important all of us stay in the present and we must focus on the process and not worry about the end result,” he said. (IANS) Also Watch: Watch: Patient Being Taken to Hospital in Hand Cartlast_img read more

Football News Paris Saint Germain Beat Nice, Extend Lead In Ligue 1 To Five Points

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Angel Di Maria grabbed two goals while Kylian Mbappe struck on his return from injury as Paris Saint-Germain won 4-1 at Nice to surge five points clear at the top of Ligue 1. PSG lost Neymar and the influential Idrissa Gueye to injury over the international break while Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were only fit enough to make the bench for the trip to the Cote d’Azur. “At the start of a run of six very intensive matches, it’s always good to start with a win,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “We had a good first half, I was happy. We had chances to control the match but at the start of the second half, we forgot to close it out.”   A spectacular triple save by Walter Benitez kept out Presnel Kimpembe and Abdou Diallo in the opening minutes at the Allianz Riviera but PSG soon made the breakthrough. Di Maria raced on to a first-time pass from fellow Argentine Mauro Icardi before calmly guiding beyond Benitez in the Nice goal on 15 minutes. Only Mbappe has been involved in more goals in France this year than Di Maria, who duly doubled his tally six minutes later with a sublime lob from an unfavourable angle.  Marquinhos replaced PSG captain Thiago Silva at half-time and headed against the crossbar at a corner, but a mistake from the Brazilian presented Nice a lifeline on 67 minutes. An ill-advised attempt at chesting down a cross allowed Kasper Dolberg to tee up Ignatius Ganago to blast home via the underside of the bar. Any chance Patrick Vieira’s side had of salvaging a result effectively evaporated though with the dismissal of Wylan Cyprien and Christophe Herelle in a matter of minutes.  Cyprien was shown a second yellow card for dissent with Herelle sent off following a VAR review for a petulant slap on Leandro Paredes. Tuchel threw on Mbappe, restricted to just two substitute appearances since August, for the final eight minutes and PSG made the most of their two-man advantage. Mbappe drove low under Benitez to claim his first goal since August 11 and then laid on an assist for Icardi to tap home in stoppage time.  Also Read | Neymar Becomes Youngest Brazil Player To 100 International Caps, Team Held By SenegalNantes could trim PSG’s lead back to two points on Saturday when they head to bottom side Metz, while Rudi Garcia begins his reign as Lyon manager against lowly Dijon. Garcia, 55, must win over underwhelmed fans and turn around a season that is already threatening to go off the rails after taking charge of Lyon on Monday. He has been tasked with ending a miserable run that has left them languishing in 14th place after nine games, already seven points away from the Champions League places for which they are expected to challenge.last_img read more

T&T brush aside Barbados to retain Women’s Super50 title

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC) – Opener Felicia Walters stroked a half-century as Trinidad and Tobago defeated Barbados by 21 runs here Sunday, to successfully defend their Women’s Regional Super50 title.Playing in the final at the Arnos Vale Stadium, T&T were bowled out for 164 off 46 overs, with Walters top-scoring with a patient 53. Reniece Boyce got 29 and Rachael Vincent, 20.Leg-spinner Keila Elliot was the best bowler with four for 47 while seamer Deandra Dottin picked up three for 41.In reply, Barbados battled back from a terrible start to appear on course for victory at 70 for two in the 19th over before collapsing to lose their last eight wickets for 63 runs.West Indies Women stars Dottin and Kyshona Knight both hit 32 while Charlene Taitt chimed in with 24.Slow medium Felicia Walters helped hurt the innings with three for 25 while slow bowler Karishma Ramharack (2-10), fast bowler Shenelle Lord (2-27) and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-36) all finished with two wickets each.Sent in, T&T got off to a decent start when Walters anchored two successive, productive stands, putting on 44 for the first wicket with Boyce and another 49 for the second wicket with Lord.Walters struck just three fours but held the innings together, batting through until the 45th over before finally being dismissed.T&T were well placed at 103 for two in the 24th over but lost their last eight wickets for 61 runs, with Elliot and off-spinner Hayley Matthews (2-17) also doing the damage.Barbados were placed under pressure early in their run chase when in-form opener Matthews (9) and her West Indies teammate Kycia Knight (0) were both prised out cheaply with just nine runs on the board in the third over.A recovery followed, however, as Dottin and Knight then combined in a 61-run, third-wicket stand to ensure the innings flourished.Once Dottin was bowled by Ramharack in the 19th over, the innings went into freefall, with five wickets tumbling for 27 runs to leave Barbados tottering on 97 for seven.Taitt and tail-ender Shamilia Connell (20) made an attempt at a rearguard action in a 32-run, eighth wicket partnership but Mohammed had Connell stumped in the 42nd over to signal the final rites.last_img read more

Maradona Extends Contract as Gimnasia Coach

first_imgDiego Maradona…gets fresh mandate at Gimnasia Diego Maradona will remain as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season after extending his contract, the club said on Wednesday.Although it gave no details, the club whose fans are known as Triperos, tweeted: “For us, you are one more Tripero and your heart is as blue and white as ours. GIMNASIA 2021 MARADONA.”The 1986 World Cup winner took charge at Gimnasia in September 2019 when they were bottom of the first division. Although their results improved, they were still heading for relegation when the Argentine season was cancelled in April.However, the Argentine football association subsequently voted to suspend relegation, saving Maradona’s charges from the drop.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Alpena city manager announces retirement

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The city of Alpena will be losing one of it’s most dedicated employees in December.City Manager Greg Sundin announced his plans to retire at last night’s city council meeting. After delivering his final ‘State of the City’ address, Sundin gave a heartfelt speech on his plans to retire. His last day will December 20, 2019. His actual retirement date will be in mid-January of next year.Sundin started as a planning and development director with Alpena. He took over the role of city manager in 2012, serving over seven years in the role. Sundin thanked his colleagues and staff after 20+ years of service.“Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to pursue two fascinating, challenging, and most of the time, fun careers with the City — one (Planner) I deliberately sought and the other (Manager) that sought me, even though I initially resisted. I look forward to my remaining ten months. There is much to do and much to accomplish.”Sundin will carry out his duties until December. He will remain active in the community.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, City Manager, City of Alpena, Greg Sundin, Planner, RetirementContinue ReadingPrevious Special guest reads to kindergartners for National Reading MonthNext ‘Sanctuary Lecture Series’ to feature doctor that exposed microbeads in personal care productslast_img read more