Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Apr 2020 4:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to leave Arsenal at the end of the season (Picture: EPA)Barcelona face competition from Real Madrid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Zinedine Zidane’s side made an initial move for the Arsenal captain.The Gabon star will have 12 months remaining on his deal at the Emirates by the end of the season and talks over extending his contract have been met with reluctance.Much will depend on Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League and with that looking unlikely, Aubameyang had been expected to move on.Barcelona had been leading the race for the former Dortmund star and reports in Spain had even claimed Aubameyang recently bought a house in Catalonia in preparation for a move to the Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT Real Madrid make move for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang wants to play Champions League football (Picture: Getty)But Barcelona have reservations over Arsenal’s £60m asking price for Aubameyang, believing that the fee is too high for a player entering the last year of his contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat’s opened the door for Real Madrid, who have recently opened talks with Arsenal according to France Football.Zidane’s side are said to have made an initial enquiry through an intermediary for Aubameyang and value the Gabon ace at around £40m. Luka Jovic is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer and the striker has attracted interest from Arsenal, opening up the possibility that the Serbian could be used as a makeweight in any deal.More: 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 CityHowever, Real believe signing Aubameyang will be difficult and expect Arsenal to put up a sustained fight to keep him. It’s claimed Mikel Arteta would be more willing to cash in on Alexandre Lacazette, who has been sidelined since the Spaniard’s arrival in December.Manchester United have also been heavily linked with a move for Aubameyang but Arsenal’s preference, beyond convincing the striker to stay, would be to sell abroad. MORE: Gary Neville hails Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood as the ‘real deal’ Advertisement Advertisement
Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff throughout Pennsylvania to honor Dan Rooney, long-time owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and former United States Ambassador to Ireland.“Mr. Rooney was truly loyal and dedicated to the tremendous organization he built and the city and country that he loved,” Governor Wolf said. “On behalf of every Pennsylvanian, Frances and I express our deepest condolences to the Rooney family, Dan’s friends and colleagues, and every member of Steeler Nation, and we encourage Pennsylvanians statewide to join us in this tribute.”Flags shall remain lowered at half-staff until his interment. The United States Flag should remain at full-staff during this tribute.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. April 14, 2017 Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Dan Rooney SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
“It is huge because it is two weeks and if you get an indifferent result and are dwelling on it it can last forever,” said the England international. “We know it was a poor team result in Basle (where Liverpool lost 1-0 in their second Champions League outing) but three days later we got another game and we used that to our advantage, took it and got three points.” Lallana was a boyhood Everton fan but you would not have guessed it from the way he celebrated after drilling a low shot across Ben Foster just before half-time. The 26-year-old has had a frustrating start to his Liverpool career after a knee injury in pre-season sidelined him for more than a month. “I think a lot of my feelings were represented in my celebration,” he told LFC TV. “It was a proud moment with a bit of relief as it’s always nice to get off the mark. “I got nine in the league last season so it would be nice to get double figures, especially when Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is out injured we have to chip in and get goals. “If we do that we will find ourselves winning a lot more games.” In his last couple of games, Lallana is starting to show the quick feet and quick wittedness manager Brendan Rodgers believes will help knit together the midfield and forward line and make his side a more potent attacking force. “I thought he was very good. His intensity and work-rate was exceptional and he showed his quality,” said the Reds boss. “I am delighted for him; he is a wonderfully technically gifted player and he scored a wonderful goal.” Rodgers also reserved praise for Henderson, whose second-half performance in particular not only showed how he has embraced the vice-captaincy but also the benefit of him being allowed to play further forward. “We flipped the midfield triangle about, which gives Jordan more licence to go into the corridor,” added Rodgers. “He is one of the few players in the country who can really dominate without the ball with his running capacity and Saturday was about trying to get him forward that bit more and encourage him to go. “That forward run allows him to offer the combination for Adam on the first goal and the second goal he arrives in the box and finishes really well. “It was a big performance for him. His confidence level is very good. “As a player (he) has wonderful physical capacity and he has great running ability but he has lovely technique on the ball. “He is playing in a structure where he understands his lines of pass and he knows his role is to create goals and score goals. “I was delighted for him because it is something we have been encouraging him to do, arrive in the box more.” West Brom’s stand-out performer was England Under-21 international Berahino, who kept the Liverpool defence busy all afternoon with his movement. His penalty was his fourth goal in three matches but his manager believes once he can consistently finish better he will be even more of a handful. “Everyone is talking about Saido at the moment and understandably so as he is a really talented young player but he is going to miss chances,” said Baggies boss Alan Irvine. “He still has plenty of things to work on, he knows that and he’s level-headed, professional, and I have no doubt he will continue to improve. “I thought he was a handful for Liverpool and he needs to be that little bit more clinical at times but he will get that as he works on his finishing after every session.” The £23million summer signing from Southampton opened his account for the Reds with a well-worked goal having combined with Jordan Henderson, who grabbed the winner after Saido Berahino had converted a second-half penalty. It ended a run of three league matches without a win and Liverpool’s first three points since August 31 against Tottenham – easily their best performance this season – sending the players away to play for their countries with a bit more of a spring in their step. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits it would have been a long international break without a confidence-enhancing win over West Brom. Press Association
Tallahassee police say a suspect is in custody after at least six people were stabbed at an office Wednesday morning.The stabbings took place at Dyke Industries on the city’s northwest side.Tallahassee Memorial Hospital confirmed they were treating six patients, but did not disclose any additional information.Officers were called to the office just after 8:30 a.m.This story is developing.
The parents of a 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery who was killed by two white men armed with guns called for immediate arrest after they faced the prospect of waiting a month or longer before a Georgia grand jury could consider bringing charges.The incident happened on February 23rd when Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while he went out for a jog outside the port city of Brunswick. According to an incident report filed by Glynn County police, Arbery was shot after two men spotted him running in their neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon. Gregory McMichael told police that he and his adult son believed Arbery had robbed houses in the neighborhood. They armed themselves with guns before getting in a truck to pursue him. The father said his son, Travis McMichael, got out of the truck holding a shotgun, and Arbery “began to violently attack.” He said Arbery was shot as the two men fought over the shotgun, according to the police report.After Arbery was shot, the police report says, Gregory McMichael turned him onto his back to see if he was armed. The report doesn’t say whether he had a weapon.Video caught on cellphone shows the killing. The video surfaced online Tuesday and has gone viral. Since the release of the video large numbers of crowds have gathered in the neighborhood Arbery was killed, and the state opened its own investigation.No arrests have been made or charges filed in coastal Glynn County more than two months after the killing. Jackie Johnson, the district attorney for Glynn County, recused herself from the case because Gregory McMichael worked as an investigator in her office. He retired a year ago.George Barnhill, the first outside prosecutor on the case, stepped aside in mid-April at the urging of Arbery’s family, and he has a son who works as an assistant prosecutor for Jackie Johnson.Now, an outside prosecutor placed in charge of the case said he wants a grand jury to decide whether criminal charges are warranted, and that won’t happen till June since courts remain closed due to the coronavirus.Attorney for Arbery’s family, Lee Merritt, said that the father and son should be arrested now before a grand jury decides to indict them. Merritt also says this should the U.S. Justice Department should also investigate the death as a hate crime. “These men were vigilantes, they were a posse and they performed a modern lynching in the middle of the day,” said Lee Merritt.The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the shooting.Many state leaders have shown support to Arbery including Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and Former Vice President Joe Biden..@GBI_GA Director Reynolds has offered resources & manpower to D.A. Durden to ensure a thorough, independent investigation into the death of #AhmaudArbery. Georgians deserve answers. State law enforcement stands ready to ensure justice is served. https://t.co/ktLiPf7LoY— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 6, 2020 My full statement on the investigation into the death of #AhmaudArbery. pic.twitter.com/UOaCsSkNPz— GA AG Chris Carr (@Georgia_AG) May 6, 2020 The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood. My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder. https://t.co/alvY5WjdHx— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 6, 2020
Robert DareRobert L. Dare, age 88, lifelong Wellington resident, died Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, KS.Â He worked as a salesman for Jostens for over 30 years.Robert L. Dare was born on February 3, 1928 in Wellington, to William H. Dare and Frances F. (Smith) Dare.Â He was raised in Wellington and was a WHS graduate with the Class of 1946.Â Bob then joined the United States Army and served from September of 1946 â€“ March of 1948.Â After active duty, he then served in the United States Air Force Reserves.Â Bob graduated from the University of Kansas in 1952.Â He was a member of the Beta Theta Phi Fraternity.Robert married Patsy Jean Gault on July 20, 1958 in Wellington, KS.Â Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage.Bob was an avid golfer throughout his life.Â He won the 1969 Kansas State Amateur Championship and the 1989 Senior Amateur Championship as well as numerous other tournaments in Kansas and the surrounding states.Â He was president of the Kansas Amateur Mens Golf Association from 1969-1972 and was instrumental in developing junior golf in the state.Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and watching KU basketball games. He was active in his church family, was a deacon and taught Sunday school class. He also volunteered his knowledge and time to prepare tax returns at the Wellington Senior Center.Bob was a member of the Wellington Church of Christ and the American Legion Tom Schwinn Post #90.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patsy on Feb. 24, 2016; and one granddaughter, Melissa Hughes.Survivors include two children, Bill Dare and his wife, Ami of Tulsa, OK and Jean Ann Hughes of Wichita; six grandchildren, Monica, Madison and Matthew Hughes and Lauren, Benjamin and Preston Dare.Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Christ on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 10 a.m. Â Mr. Michael Nelson and Mr. Tom Norris will officiate.Â Interment will follow the service at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 2, 2016, from 3 to 8 p.m. Â The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with the Wellington Golf Course Trust Fund in lieu of flowers. Â Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
WAUKEE — Both of Iowa’s U.S. Senators will be joining Vice President Mike Pence at an event in central Iowa this afternoon to tout the benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.Senator Chuck Grassley says the timeline in Congress for the trade deal is still loose but he’s optimistic it’s gaining support. “There is still negotiation going on on environment and labor and enforcement, but I understand those are good faith negotiations,” Grassley says, “and where there’s a will, there’s going to be a compromise worked out.”Some three months ago, Grassley — a Republican — met for about a half hour with Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi specifically to talk about USMCA. “I left that meeting with positive feelings,” Grassley says. “I still have positive feelings.”Grassley says Pelosi favors passage of the trade agreement but other Democrats are reluctant to move ahead with it unless changes are made. He says the pact won’t be brought to the floor until it has the votes needed to pass, which he hopes is soon. “It does have to be done before the end of the year,” Grassley says. “Time is ticking off. There’s still three months, but that’s not very many days for Congress to meet. I hope the House Democrats don’t forget about this important policy in the midst of impeachment.”Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and Vice President Pence will be attending the USMCA event at 2:15 this afternoon at Manning Farms in Waukee.
“I am convinced that Hazard will be decisive at the end of the season” 10 “The Euro? This summer was a perfect time for a major tournament.” How is the communication with the players?We have taken the opportunity to look at all the accumulation of data that we had about them, which are now more in club dynamics, with their detailed and specific programs.What do you think of the postponement of the Euro Cup?We had the UEFA congress and saw the need not to press for domestic competitions. Periods had to be opened to end the domestic leagues. It was a decision of necessity, of force majeure. After two years of work, with a perfect classification and the group in a good psychological and team moment, the tournament was in a good moment for us. But it was the right decision. Now, to focus on the League of Nations.For his 30 points out of 30 and the accumulation of stars in top clubs, was this your great opportunity?We wanted to get more prepared after the 2018 World Cup and it was achieved, gaining depth of squad, team play and experience, with a tight-knit group. It was a perfect time for a major tournament, but we have to try to improve, not to think that we cannot reach the level that we thought we would reach this summer. Are you in contact with Zidane?Not lately. We have it when there is need, such as when Eden arrived and was injured in the first international break. The relationship with Madrid is very good. Also with the other clubs, and that is not easy. It helps me to have been in clubs for many years to understand both positions.The one who was doing very well was Courtois.It has always been clear that he was aware of what it takes to be the ‘1’ of Madrid. It came at a time of change, quite difficult, but he was always very focused to demonstrate what it is. Since Galatasaray in Champions has been seen, from there it has been essential in the results. He is still very young and can undoubtedly break all records in Madrid’s goal. It is with that confidence and with that illusion and desire to demonstrate what is inside.Did you have more affection for him in September and October?No, he is a person who is far above emotions. It knows how to focus a lot on what it can control and it closes tightly on the highs and lows. He has probably been the most consistent in Belgium in the last 46 games, never reflecting any emotional state that might come from his club. His maturity is well above his years. The most positive thing is for Hazard?We were very confident that he would get well because he does not need, when he is discharged, much time to reach his level. The deadlines were good enough for him to play for Madrid the last few days and come with Belgium. Now we are concerned with players who may have a team change, a game change elsewhere, or the older ones, with specific cases such as defense. They have a lot of experience, they have been playing together a lot, also at those ages because of their performance, not because there are no other options, because there are young people who can help the team.What did Hazard say to him?It is very sensible, calm, familiar. Is always happy. He is focused on recovering as soon as possible to miss the minimum number of games. He was very focused on recovering well and soon for the European Championship; Now all he has to do is focus on whether he can play a very important role with Madrid this season, which I am sure he does.Trust him a lot.It has the perfect character to be able to react as needed when there are situations such as the operation or the postponement of the Euro.Did you ask for advice on whether to have surgery?No. That had to go from the medical side and there was always great communication between Madrid and us. Madrid have led him with excellence, very close to the doctors who have followed Hazard in his career. How do you reconcile it with the family?I have a seven-month-old girl and a six-year-old girl. I did not know the first months of my first daughter for being in charge of a club, and this period at a human and home level is being very beautiful. I have the opportunity to be my daughter’s teacher, something that tests you because it is much more difficult than you can imagine.What do you miss the most?You have to adapt, I have never been wanting what I do not have. I only remember the people who are affected and those around them. I see myself privileged because I am with the family; it would be very hard, almost impossible, separated. Hopefully we all get the best out of this and realize that we as humanity were not prepared to face a pandemic. We have to be prepared for when normalcy returns.What is the first thing you will do then?Gather the whole family in one room, a normal dinner. My parents are over 75 years old, they are a population at risk, and that requires discipline. The lack of contact, also with those of my wife, is missed. A normal dinner. Soccer teaches you to expect what is not expected and to survive. How much talkHe is the captain and there is always contact at essential and important moments for the future of the team. He is at the perfect age to take responsibility at a club like Madrid and Belgium, number one in the world.He has defined his first white season as bad.It is fully adapted to the League and Madrid. His only problem has been injuries. You have been very, very unlucky. Luck plays a huge role in any component of football and he has missed more games this season than he has in eight years at Chelsea. That is bad luck and I am convinced that very soon that luck will change, and he will be able to be a decisive and stellar player. There are no equal days in quarantine, but how is your routine?15 years ago it would have been very very difficult. Now are very hard times, but with the internet there is a lot of help to work and structure everything. Every morning I can be connected with the Federation and work on the different projects that do not depend on soccer. From there I spend many hours. “We all know that Courtois is going to mark an era in Madrid” It is the best in the world?Definitely. The World Cup was the reflection: it was the best. Being the best in the World Cup, reaching Madrid and its qualities and size allow it to do things that others cannot.Has it been good this year to remove the debate with Keylor?He is a player who understands, and very well, that when you don’t win a match in a team that demands Madrid, you have to be very mature and improve to do the next one. It is very troublesome when you are not ready for that, but Courtois is, it does not affect his confidence and his level. It has constantly adapted and improved. We all know that it will mark an era, an era, in Madrid.You finish contract in June. How is the renewal?We have had contacts and talked a lot about the ideas for the future of the Federation and the team. They were quite positive. We will wait at the end of the June break to see if it develops, and we will announce the result. 1 STORY OF A CONFINEMENT: FROM BELGIUM TO WIGAN“We started learning about the coronavirus from the first cases, in China. With the monitoring of our players we are presented because football is canceled there, where we had still to Carrasco, Fellaini and Dembélé. It was clear that there was a problem. When he arrives in Italy, the consequences were much closer. I kept traveling, but the last game was Leipzig-Tottenham. On the return of that all were canceled and covered Spain. There I decided to isolate ourselves with the family in the United Kingdom and be more aware of the complex situation. of the community. I chose England because we are closer to my wife’s family and the family’s risk groups in general. It is a more comfortable isolation because it is in an area between Liverpool and Manchester, in the north, in the town of Wigan, on the outskirts, very rural, with only 460 inhabitants. Here I learned the British language, football and culture. I won the FA Cup. People are very fond of me. I was very happy. They are stories that are not forgotten … “.
Telecommunications company Digicel has almost doubled the sponsorship for this year’s Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships from $8.5 million to $16 million in cash and prizes in this, the second year of the six-meet high school series.The Grand Prix, which gets under way on February 6 with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay as well as the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, was launched yesterday at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.The other meets in the series are the Corporate Area Development Meet on February 11 and the Camperdown Classic on February 13, both at the National Stadium; and the Central Championships on February 16 and the G.C. Foster Classics on February 20, both at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town.The events to be contested over the course of the series will be the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m.REGIONAL MEETSThe five regional meets – the Corporate Area Development Meet, Youngster Goldsmith, Camperdown Classic (Corporate Area), Western Championships, and Central Championships – will be used to determine the qualifiers for the final on February 20.The six athletes with the two best times from each of the regional meets will advance to the final, with the athletes with the two best times from any meet who did not advance to the final earning wildcard spots for each event.Points will also be awarded to the winning schools, and the institution with the highest number of points will be declared champion at the end of the series. A champion boy, girl, and coach will also be named.The prizes for this year’s event include smartphones, $1 million worth of sporting equipment to the winning schools, and cash prizes of up to $250,000 to the champions.Any athlete who breaks a meet record will earn a scholarship of $20,000, which will be paid directly to the school the athlete will attend in September 2016.There are also $20,000 awards for breaking a championship or national junior record.Digicel’s chief executive officer David Butler told The Gleaner that the company was committed to the long-term development of Jamaican sports.”Since Digicel has been in Jamaica, we have been involved in many grass-roots schemes. Last year was such a success. We just felt that after a huge opportunity, we could see that people really loved the Grand Prix, and the idea was to put more back into the schools,” he said.”This year, we included a scholarship fund of just over $1 million, and that was really important, and it’s also about what kids are doing after athletics,” Butler added.Butler also revealed that the company had extended its three-year sponsorship of the meet, which began in 2015, until 2019.”I think we really wanted to show our commitment to this, and it gives great comfort as well to the events that are involved that we extended that out and we wanted them to understand that this isn’t a one-off thing,” he said.More than 14,000 athletes from 200 schools around the island are expected to participate in the Championships.
Dear Editor,The quality of data being released into the public sphere leaves a great deal to be desired. Is this a deliberate ploy, or is it simply reflective of deeply embedded inadequacies?What exactly was the point of the quite ridiculous First Quarter Local Suppliers List released by the DPI on behalf of ExxonMobil? Are the authorities really satisfied with this information? Do the authorities or the energy giant really believe that it is adequate for the purposes of monitoring or systematic appraisal of the company’s local content obligations?If ExxonMobil or one of its contractors purchased a packet of rubber bands from a local store, or a few cigarettes from a street vendor, would that have been sufficient to merit inclusion in the list? In the absence of any qualifiers, one must assume so.A list like this is meaningless. The average Guyanese household or small business could equally produce a list of 100 entities or individuals from whom they purchased goods or services over the course of three months. The average shopping trip to Bourda Market (cited on the list) would include at least half a dozen. For a larger business, a similar list would run into multiple hundreds. What exactly are we measuring here?Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caires