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first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 4:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Comment The Frenchman was minutes away from returning to his old club (Picture: Getty Images)William Saliba’s inauspicious start to life at Arsenal took another twist on deadline day after he was left ‘devastated’ over the club’s handling of his attempted loan return to Saint-Etienne.The 19-year-old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2019 and was immediately loaned back to the French club, performing well last season, and he was expecting to compete for a first-team role under Mikel Arteta.But he has failed to make a matchday squad in the Premier League while the club opted to strengthen at centre-back over the summer, signing Gabriel from Lille. Arsenal also prevented Saliba from playing in last season’s French Cup final (Picture: Getty)Unlikely to get much game time this season, Saint-Etienne tried to get the teenager back on loan as a replacement for Wesley Fofana – who joined Leicester City – and thought they had an agreement with Arsenal in place before Monday’s deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, French publication But! report that the Gunners scuppered the loan deal by introducing a series of demands at the last minute.Arsenal wanted Saliba to return to London Colney a set number of times for medical check-ups, while they also introduced a compensation clause Saint-Etienne would have to pay if the defender failed to play a certain number of games.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 ArsenalBegrudgingly the Ligue 1 club agreed to the terms and signed the contract, only for Arsenal to request that they sign another document which could not be submitted to the league until five minutes after the deadline, with the move collapsing.But! report that Saliba, along with his representatives, had travelled to Saint-Etienne’s offices in Paris to get the deal over the line and stayed there from noon until midnight before the deal was finally called off.center_img William Saliba ‘devastated’ after Arsenal scupper loan move back to Saint-Etienne Saliba has been left in limbo and a Championship loan could even be on the cards (Picture: Getty)Saliba was desperate to return to Saint-Etienne and get regular game time, even agreeing to halve his salary, and he is said to be ‘devastated’ that Arsenal scuppered the deal.It is not the first time the Frenchman has been left fuming with the Gunners’ board, having been enormously disappointed with their refusal to let him play in the French Cup final for Saint-Etienne against PSG back in July.The domestic window in England is still open for another week and it has been suggested that Saliba could now be loaned to a Championship club.MORE: Mesut Ozil tells Arsenal to bring back Gunnersaurus and will pay his wages in fullMORE: Mesut Ozil facing permanent Arsenal squad axe as Mikel Arteta must leave out two playersFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe latest move follows KLP’s announcement in May that it was taking its tolerance threshold for coal as a component of businesses it would invest in to the minimum practical level of 5%.At the time the pension fund said this threshold was necessary as it was hard to get accurate information from companies on all revenue below this level.The coal sands move announced today has involved KLP excluding four Canadian companies and one Russian firm from its investments. Norway’s NOK692bn (€69bn) municipal pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) and its funds subsidiary KLP Funds are to sell the shares and bonds of five companies with oil sands activities as the group takes more climate-orientated action.Sverre Thornes, KLP’s chief executive, said: “By going coal and oil sands free, we are sending a strong message on the urgency of shifting from fossil to renewable energy.”KLP said it has decided to lower its tolerance threshold for investing in companies involved in oil sands activities, and now firms with more than 5% of their business in this fossil-fuel area will be excluded from its portfolios.This threshold had already been lowered to 30% back in December 2017. Source: Cenovus Energy Inc.Cenovus Energy’s Christina Lake oil sands projectThese are Canadian firms Cenovus Energy, Suncor Energy, Imperial Oil (which is 69.6% owned by ExxonMobil), and Husky Energy and Russia’s Tatneft PAO, the pension fund said.More than NOK305m of equity holdings have been sold and NOK229m of bonds, for a divestment totalling €53m.Thornes said KLP was continuing to reduce its exposure to companies involved in an activity not aligned to a two-degrees Celsius maximum warming target.“As the largest pension fund in Norway, KLP also wants to send a signal to the markets that oil sands should not form part of the current and future energy supply,” Thornes said, adding that KLP hoped other large asset managers would follow its example.Nobel Foundation runs sustainability footprint on listed equitiesNobel Foundation has assessed the sustainability footprint of its listed equity portfolio, which consists of 10 externally managed strategies.The underlying funds were assessed individually in addition to an aggregate analysis.According to a statement from Impact-Cubed, which was hired to carry out the assessment, the test showed that the aggregated investments have a positive net sustainability impact overall, with especially strong results regarding environmental externalities – carbon, waste, and water efficiency – and the alignment of products and services with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.“A net positive outcome across a total portfolio is not at all a given even for an asset owner who select their managers based on sustainability criteria,” said Impact-Cubed founder Larry Abele.“There is a large variation in the focus and strategies employed by ESG funds, which can result in them cancelling out each other’s benefits at total portfolio level,” he added. “If an asset owner is not paying attention to this, they may be invested in a climate fund and a governance quality fund who when put together yield a set of climate and governance exposures indistinguishable from an index-tracking portfolio.”Ulrika Berman, chief investment officer of the foundation, which is tasked with maintaining the value of the Nobel Prize, said: “Integrating sustainability into the selection and monitoring of individual managers is becoming established practice, but we are also thinking about impact in a systematic way in terms of our entire equity portfolio.”According to a statement, the SEK4.3bn (€422m) investor will repeat the footprinting exercise every six months.Magnus Dahlquist, a finance professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, sits on the Nobel Foundation’s investment committee and was one of the academics who supported the development of Impact-Cubed’s methodology in its early years.NEST launches responsible investment video for membersUK defined contribution (DC) provider NEST has launched a short video giving detailed information to members about its responsible investment approach in an accessible way.The video is the result of feedback from members and pensions experts, including a survey commissioned to better understand and engage with members, which found almost two-thirds (63%) of NEST savers said they want to know more about the pension scheme’s status as a responsible investor.The animation, which lasts around two-and-a-half minutes, emphasises the importance of responsible investing in a changing world, in a simple straightforward way.The video, the first in a series, will be available to members and the public on NEST’s website, as well as being made available to employers to host on their intranet.Helen Dowsey, Nest’s director of employer & intermediary experience, said: “One of our key findings was that members want more details on how NEST invests responsibly and more simplified information on our investment strategy illustrated in a digestible and relatable manner. So we’re producing videos like this one, which highlights how we’re managing our members’ money.”She said that upcoming videos would cover topics such as encouraging and helping members to log in for the first time, and “top ten tips” for employers to help them navigate the system.The video can be seen here.last_img read more

first_imgLavera Hulda Schmidt, age 91 of W. Harrison, IN passed away Monday, February 22, 2016 at her daughters home in Sunman, IN. Born September 24, 1924 in Cincinnati, OH she was the daughter of Ferdinand & Elsie (Rosenthal) Schneider.  She graduated from Hughes High School in Cincinnati.Lavera is survived by her son Bud (Bonnie) Schmidt of Waynesville, OH and her daughter Sandra (Late Allen) Bolser of Sunman, IN; 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. She will also be missed by her brother Ferdinand (Shirley) Schneider of Cincinnati, OH and her sister Irene Stacey of Harrison, OH.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Howard Schmidt who died in 1991 and her son Richard Schmidt.Her wishes were to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held at Bright Christian Church on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00pm with Pastor Rob Sweeney officiating.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

first_imgMarvin Lee Curlin, 79, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 in Aurora, IN.He was born in Switzerland County, IN, son of the late Russell V. Curlin and Florence M. Rayals Curlin.Marvin served his Country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and the Viet Nam Era.Marvin was a 20 year Army retiree, he then worked 11 years for Target Management and 19 years for the Air Force Civil Service. Marvin was a member of the Color Guard for several years, he was very proud of his service to our country.He was a member of the Aurora American Legion, VFW, Moose, Eagles and AM Vets. He was a life member of the KWVA and the DAV. Marvin enjoyed being with people.Surviving are children, Irene Curlin, Carol Corpuz, James Curlin and Verena Boswell, step children, Susan Tarvin, Mark Lyons, Cheryl Fussnecker, Sandra Wall and Jeff Lyons; grandchildren, Brian, Erica, James Lee, Ashley, Michelle, Marlena, Anna, Larry, Schawn and Tammy; many great grandchildren and a great great grandson; his lady friend, Dorothy.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Doris Curlin.Friends will be received Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at Funeral Home, Thursday at 11:00 am with Brother Dave Fogle officiating.Interment will follow in the Fredonia Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana 47043. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Phi Beta Psi Cancer service Division. If unable to attend services, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_img United are hoping to be able to call on at least one of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie on Saturday, and Laudrup acknowledged their return could make a huge difference. “Rooney has been a key player for them,” he said. “A fantastic, key player for them. “If he is back it gives something to the team, not only technically and tactically, but also to his team-mates. That is important. The same goes for Robin van Persie, if he is back.” Swansea’s hopes of success will not be helped by an extensive injury list. Laudrup will be without Michel Vorm, Michu, Dwight Tiendalli, Jonathan de Guzman, Pablo Hernandez and Roland Lamah for the second trip to Old Trafford in a week. The number of casualties means Laudrup is likely to dip into the January transfer market for a forward with Liverpool’s Iago Aspas and Blackpool’s Tom Ince being linked with a move to the Liberty Stadium. There had been reports a deal for Ince was close, with a fee of around £4million being touted, but Laudrup was cagey when asked about the England Under-21 man making the move to south Wales. “I think I can’t really say so much about that,” he said. “He is a talent, he has played for England Under-21s. It is a long way to go. One thing is playing in the Championship, another is the Premier League. I think there is a lot of talk and rumours and speculation so let’s leave it there.” Chairman Huw Jenkins had earlier described talks of an imminent deal as “pure speculation”. He told talkSPORT: “Looking at young British players, Tom is one of them and he performs well with the England Under-21s. “At our club, at our level, we always look for young players we can possibly add to the squad but whether we get any further with Tom Ince or other players remains to be seen. “At the moment it is pure speculation, but young players are always great to bring in, to see their careers develop, and we feel our club is right for that.” Swansea head to face the Premier League champions just six days after dumping them out in the third-round of the FA Cup thanks to Wilfried Bony’s late goal. United’s subsequent defeat to Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final condemned the Red Devils to three losses in a row for the first time since 2001. If Swansea were to secure a repeat success at a ground where they had never won prior to Sunday, it would mean four defeats in a row for United for the first time since October and November 1961. But Laudrup knows the Swans will face a United team with a point to prove this weekend. “Can we win again? I don’t know, but it is possible,” said the Dane. “I think it will be more difficult than last week. They lost in the League Cup as well and I expect the United team to come out and really go at us. “They have to win this game so we have to be ready. It will be a tough game again. They won’t like what they hear about losing three in a row. “But If they win a game, they are back. Football can change in a matter of weeks. They want to show that they are better than the things that have been said and written. “We have shown that it is possible to win there if you believe in it. We played with a lot of confidence, but needed a win. “Sometimes that win comes when you least expect it. You wouldn’t maybe expect to win at Old Trafford and we did.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup expects his side to face a full-blooded Manchester United onslaught at Old Trafford on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  (CMC) – The move by the global governing body for football, FIFA, to take over the administration of the sport in the twin-island republic has been described as “an attempted coup”, “disrespectful”, “strange” and “unfortunate” by Board members of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).On Tuesday, FIFA announced that the TTFA’s board would be replaced by a normalisation committee to restore governance and financial stability to the beleaguered organization.It said the decision was taken after an assessment it carried out in conjunction with continental governing body, CONCACAF, found extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt that resulted in the local body facing “a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.But the TTFA’s president William Wallace was caught off-guard by the decision, questioning why such drastic action had been taken when no such move was made against the previous regime, led by his predecessor David John-Williams, under which a multi-million-dollar debt was racked up. He further contended that the new executive had been making efforts to reduce the inherited debt since coming to office just under four months ago.“It’s unfortunate in that we had four years of members of the TT Football Association complaining and many people outside the football fraternity asking what’s happening…. It’s little strange that an administration that has come into office in November and this decision has been taken,” said Wallace, noting that he was yet to be officially informed by FIFA about the decision.TTFA board member Keith Look Loy, meantime, strongly condemned the FIFA move.“This is, in my view, an attempted coup d’etat by FIFA to remove a democratically elected administration, an administration elected by the will of the football community,” he said.“They are seeking to overturn that will and acting like a colonial absentee landlord that feels he could do whatever he wants, regardless of what the local people think because their views don’t matter. It is highly disrespectful.”Look Loy also questioned why FIFA had done nothing when the financial situation got out of hand under the previous TTFA leadership.“FIFA presided over the mess created by John-Williams and his administration…. People, including myself, repeatedly pointed out to FIFA officials that there was mismanagement. Their attitude was hands off and it was TTFA’s business, but suddenly it is their business,” he said.Wallace and his United TTFA team defeated Team Impactors, led by John-Williams, 26-20 in the November 24, 2019 elections.In the buildup to the vote, John-Williams appeared to have the support of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CONCACAF president, Victor Montagliani, who visited the island for the grand opening of its Home of Football complex in Couva.“[FIFA] came and celebrated with him,” Look Loy said. “The TTFA electorate rejected John-Williams. They want to hold a new administration, that has done nothing wrong, responsible for the sins of John-Williams’ administration. It is objectionable, unreasonable and unacceptable, and we’re not going to be taking it lying down.”Wallace, asked if he would appeal FIFA’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said: “It is new territory for me, we need to get some information on that.”In announcing the appointment of the normalisation committee, FIFA said the current financial situation was putting the TTFA and development of football in the country at risk, and corrective measures needed to be applied urgently.The committee – which FIFA said would be made up of an adequate number of members to be identified by its administration, in consultation with CONCACAF –will have a maximum time of 24 months to carry out its work.That work includes creating a debt repayment plan which the TTFA can implement, reviewing the local governing body’s statutes and ensuring their adherence to FIFA regulations, and overseeing new elections for an executive committee to run the TTFA again.last_img read more

first_imgRiley Donahue seemed poised to score. Eight minutes had already passed in the first half and it was still a scoreless game, a stark difference from the first game that Syracuse played Sunday, a 17-6 victory over Loyola at noon in which Donahue also played.She took a few steps forward from the free position on the left side of the 8-meter arc and shot it toward the net. The ball hit the left post, ricocheted off to the right post and trickled away from the goal. Another strong opportunity for the Orange ended without a reward.After the noon game, Syracuse head coach Gary Gait decided to sit out star players Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana, amongst others, in the nightcap against Binghamton, and relied more on secondary players to run the offense.“We wanted to allow some of our younger players that were role players with our vets (on the field) to have our opportunity to step up,” Gait said.No. 3 Syracuse (2-0) struggled to capitalize on its offensive opportunities with its ‘B’ team in. Still, the Orange did just enough to squeak out a 9-6 victory over Binghamton (0-1) in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange scored its first goal at the 18:31 mark when Natalie Wallon capitalized off an assist from Emily Resnick. In the first game against Loyola, the Orange had already scored five goals within the first 11 minutes of play.Gait called a timeout at the 11:15 mark of the first half after seeing his offense struggle to find the opening in the Bearcat defense. Out of the timeout, Donhaue passed the ball off to Ella Thorpe, who was standing on the right side of the field parallel with the goalie. Thorpe charged forward and snuck the ball in on the close side of the goal to give Syracuse a modest 3-0 lead.Gait said the only film his team had on Binghamton was from last season. He called the timeout because he saw the Bearcats playing a lot of packed-in zone defense, something that he and the rest of the team was not expecting.“Our kids were a little rattled. They’re used to playing man-to-man and dodging,” Gait said. “It took us awhile to get in sync.”Binghamton eventually scored twice to make it a 3-2 game late in the first half. The Orange scored again with 1:24 left only to concede another goal 40 seconds later to make it a 4-3 game. The Bearcats were clawing back and seizing momentum in the game from a superior SU team, even with the second-string players in.Ella Thorpe helped end the Bearcat charge and created a little more breathing room by scoring with just 12 seconds to go in the half. The Orange did just enough to prevent Binghamton from gaining momentum.But despite its bevy of good opportunities, the Orange consistently left the door ever so slightly open for the Bearcats. The Orange especially struggled from the 8-meter arc.In the first half of the Loyola game, the Orange capitalized on six of its nine free-position attempts. In the first 19 minutes of the second half, the Orange had six of those attempts and didn’t convert on any of them.“Binghamton has a really good goalie … they play really good defense especially when it’s in the middle,” said Treanor, who excelled from the 8-meter arc in the first game. “A lot of the credit (should go) to Binghamton.”The Orange finally managed to close out the game late. Kelzi Van Atta scored two goals in a 37-second span to transform a one-goal advantage to an 8-5 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.For much of the night, SU struggled to close out a team it was better than. Failing to capitalize on golden chances — SU had a shooting percentage of just 35 — prevented Syracuse from having quite possibly another blowout.“They just made some mistakes,” Gait said. “We’ll just mentally sharpen up and get ready for next week.” Comments Published on February 14, 2016 at 11:26 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse (4-2) enters Saturday’s  4 p.m. matchup against North Florida on a two-game losing streak. The Ospreys are 3-6 and have lost their last three games, most recently a 91-60 loss at the hands of Florida.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game to unfold.Connor Grossman (4-2)DefeatheredSyracuse 72, North Florida 53Against a far more inferior opponent than Wisconsin or South Carolina, Syracuse gets the chance to recalibrate on Saturday. That means John Gillon and Frank Howard elevating their assist numbers again, an offensively challenged frontcourt garnering more scoring opportunities and the entire team smoothing over its movements in the zone. At this point, SU’s main objective is to perfect those facets (among others) in time for conference play in a month.Matt Schneidman (5-1)Bird huntingSyracuse 84, North Florida 56AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Ospreys turn the ball over on 28.4 percent of possessions, according to Kenpom.com, as of Thursday evening, the third-worst percentage in the country. Combine that with the Syracuse zone, that gets much-needed relief against the Ospreys, will have no problem causing chaos and turning steals into points at the other end. The Orange should be able to showcase its scoring depth again that didn’t show up in the past two games, which will only play to the advantage for a team that can’t afford another nonconference loss.Paul Schwedelson (5-1)Syracuse 79, North Florida 55‘Sprey paintSyracuse has been outscored in the paint 58-30 in the past two games. But North Florida is a much weaker opponent than South Carolina or Wisconsin. Expect the Orange to pound the ball inside and dominate the Ospreys. While SU has no more opportunities to notch a legitimate resume-building win until conference play, all it can do is mow down the teams on the schedule. After two straight losses, Syracuse gets back to its winning ways and gets ready for a Monday night showdown with former Big East rival Connecticut at Madison Square Garden.RELATED STORIES:North Florida’s Wajid Aminu follows separate path from brothers to Division IOpponent preview: What to know about the OspreysDajuan Coleman is improving poor scoring performance in the post Published on December 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more