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Arsenal are hoping to sign Pablo Mari on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are, however, likely to find it hard to raise the necessary funds to sign Upamecano, especially in light of the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic which prompted the club to request the playing and coaching staff take a 12.5% pay cut.AdvertisementAdvertisementUpemecano, meanwhile, will reportedly only move to a club where he has a strong possibility of regular first team football.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 ArsenalBoth Manchester clubs, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping tabs on his sitatuation but Bayern Munich are so far the only club to have made a formal approach. The Bundesliga leaders look set to lose long-serving stalwart Jerome Boateng in the summer, while Upamecano is represented by German agency SportsTotal, who also have Toni Kroos on their books, which could prove pivotal with regard to the defender’s future.MORE: Manchester United move ahead of Arsenal in transfer race for Dayot UpamecanoMORE: Manchester United ready to hijack Arsenal’s move for Dayot UpamecanoRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 10:11 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 Comment Bayern Munich make first move for Arsenal transfer target Dayot Upamecano Arsenal are among several high-profile European clubs tracking Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)Bayern Munich have registered concrete interest in Arsenal transfer target Dayot Upamecano.The highly sought after France international defender is destined to leave Red Bull Leipzig this summer for a fee of €60m.According to L’Équipe, the 21-year-old is yet to decide his next destination but a host of Europe’s biggest clubs are said to be monitoring his situation. Arsenal were reported to have made a bid last summer but instead spent the majority of their transfer budget on Ivory Coast international winger Nicolas Pepe. ADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have shown defensive improvement under new head coach Mikel Arteta and are hopeful of making Pablo Mari’s loan move from Flamengo permanent in the summer. Advertisement
The Marks & Spencer Group’s pension scheme had a statutory surplus of £204m (€279m) as at the end of March last year, an improvement of £494m since the last triennial actuarial valuation.The defined benefit scheme had a deficit of £290m as at 31 March 2012.As a result of the valuation and the reduction in discount rates in particular, annual cash contributions for future service will increase from £42m in 2015-16 to £57m in 2016-17, according to a statement.The pension scheme’s investments in return-seeking assets, which outperformed over the three-year period, were responsible for the improvement. The scheme was also insulated from the effect of falling Gilt rates as it was fully hedged for interest rate purposes.The scheme will continue to pursue a de-risking strategy with no change to the 2012 funding arrangements for past service, according to the statement.In other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is seeking to recruit a panel of companies to provide administrative and actuarial services for the fund’s scheme assessment process.The move marks a shift in strategy, with the UK lifeboat fund having so far operated a model of two separate panels for the different services.“The new model,” the PPF said, “will provide greater consistency and efficiency during the PPF assessment period to maximise resources and achieve certainty for scheme members.”The new panel will comprise four companies. The PPF expects to appoint the panel in July with an initial contract of two years.Work is due to start in August, and the deadline for applications is 11 March.Lastly, UK insurance and investment manager Legal & General has completed a second buyout in the US, of approximately $65m (€58) in pension liabilities.Legal & General’s first buyout deal in the US was a $450m agreement with the US subsidiary of Royal Philips in October 2015.Kerrigan Procter, managing director at Legal & General Retirement, said: “The US is a key market for Legal & General, and we are uniquely positioned with our US life assurance business, rapidly growing investment management business and US pension risk transfer operations.”
Mr. Lester E. Renner, 94, of Lexington, SC., formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Lexington.He was born on July 30, 1923 to George and Lillie (Steingruber) Renner in Aurora, IN. Lester received a degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University in 1949 following service with the U.S. Army in WWII. In 1943 he married the former Mary Anne (Mickey) Mackey at Ft. Eustus, VA. before his deployment to Europe. The couple was blessed with three children, three granddaughters and six great grandchildren. Lester was a member of the Aurora First Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir and served as a Deacon and Elder. He had a long membership with the Aurora Lion’s Club and held many offices. He enjoyed acting and singing with the River town Players and volunteered with the Dearborn County Council on Aging.Lester is survived by his son, David (Paula) Renner of LaPorte, IN, daughter, Mary Jane (Guy) Sorrell of Chapin, SC; son-in law, John Blasdel of Bright, Indiana; granddaughters, Andrea (Renner) Miller, Trisha (Blasdel) Spears, and Sarah (Blasdel) Reed, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; a brother Arnold E Renner and his Finnish daughter, Nina Wilkman.He was preceded in death by his parents George and Lillie Renner; his loving wife, Mary Anne Renner, daughter, Anne Blasdel, grandson, Drew, great grandson, Nathanial, brother Harold and sister, Ruth Meyer.Services for Mr. Renner will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, June 8, 2018 with Rev. Dana Stout officiating.Memorials are suggested to the Aurora First Presbyterian Church. If unable to attend services please call the funeral home office at 812-926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.visit:www.rullmans.com
The Hertfordshire club have been one of the more vocal on their belief that Project Restart has been pushed too early but despite that, and the positive tests, are still returning to training with the guidelines in place. Last week manager Nigel Pearson spoke to The Times about the return of football saying, “God forbid we have a fatality. People are closing their eyes to the threat. “Yes, we would like to restart it but it’s got to be safe. We should be cautious. To ignore possibilities is foolhardy,” clubs then voted on Monday to allow players to return to training in small groups whilst continuing with social distancing, similar measures in Germany were put in place ahead of Bundesliga’s return last week. Deeney would be integral to Watford’s survival hopes. Read Also: Ronaldo talks tough after returning to Juventus training Some have criticised Watford, and Deeney, for their caution by suggesting it’s all to do with their desire to stop relegation and save themselves from the drop. The club are currently only avoiding going back into the Championship on goal difference. On Tuesday Deeney explained that his five month old baby and unanswered questions about people of black, Asian and mixed ethnicity being more likely to contract the virus were the reasons he doesn’t want to return. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 More Watford players have joined captain Troy Deeney by deciding not to return to training on Wednesday, following the club’s three positive tests for Covid-19. Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Loading… Deeney has been very strong on his stance that he will not return to training, believing it is too early for clubs to return and because some of his questions have remained unanswered. The Hornet’s captain revealed yesterday his exact reasons for not returning and on Tuesday afternoon his stance was at least partially vindicated. It was revealed that there were six positive Covid-19 tests and three came from Watford, including one player, and, according to the Athletic, ‘several’ more players have chosen to follow Deeney’s actions and won’t return to training on Wednesday. 748 Premier League players and staff were tested for the virus on Monday as part of ‘Project Restart’, with Norwich City’s tests being done on Tuesday, and only six came back positive. Half were from Watford with the player and two members of staff now self isolating for seven days and Burnley’s assistant manager Ian Woan confirmed as another of the positive tests.Advertisement
Grammer, IN—Southeastern Bartholomew County, County Road 1000 East between County Road 400 South and the Town of Grammer will be completely closed to all traffic beginning at 8 am today and will not reopen, weather permitting, until Thursday, September 19, 2019, at approx. 5 pm.
New Delhi: Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat were included in the top Rs 30-lakh Grade A along with Pooja Dhanda as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday rolled out its revolutionary central contracts system for the grapplers. It was expected that Bajrang and Vinesh, who won the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals this year, will be kept in the top grade. Pooja had become only the fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championship recently. Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who are struggling with form for quite some time, could not make the top Grade. They will figure in the Grade B, which will offer a financial support of Rs 20 lakh for one year. The contracts will be reviewed after one year. Read More |Hockey World Cup: India maul South Africa 5-0 in openerWFI is the only Indian Olympic Association-affiliated National Sports Federation to offer contracts to its athletes and only the second after the BCCI.Read More | Ireland footballing icon Keane hangs up bootsThe announcement was made by WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, who inaugurated the senior National Championship at Nandini Nagar here. “Grapplers could move up or down after review in the grades,” said Singh. WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar said the contract will come in effect from November 15. “The wrestlers will be paid on quarterly basis. It will give them self dependency,” said Tomar adding that no one is required to furnish details on how the fund has been spent. It has been learnt that wrestlers, after signing the contract with WFI, will not be allowed to take any other financial support from other organisations like JSW. Asked about the decision to put Sushil and Sakshi in Grade B, Sharan Singh said, “Sushil changed the face of the sport in the country with his two Olympic medals. We have to have him in the list despite the fact that he is not competing much. “Sakshi’s performance is also going up and down but wrestlers can jump into the next category with good performance.” Vinesh hailed the move saying it will give a huge boost to the sport at the junior level. “It is good for the junior wrestlers. It will be an added motivation. There will be medal, fame and support. It’s really a good incentive for the Cadet and junior level wrestlers,” Vinesh told PTI. Vinesh said the support will also help established stars like her. “The budget will shoot up now and we can use it for more exposure in terms of training and competitions abroad. We can plan better now without worrying about funds. I plan to compete in at least 5 tournaments, specially the UWW ranking events, next year,” she said. Sakshi, who is enduring a tough time, said she was a tad “disappointed” for not featuring in the top grade. “Yes, I was expecting to be in top grade but once I again start performing strong, there is a good chance to get upgraded to the top bracket,” she said. Talking about her lean patch, Sakshi said, “I was winning in last 4-5 seconds earlier but now I am losing at the same time, giving away points in the last few seconds. I think I am getting puzzled. I am working on mat. We are not machines, performance can go up and down.” The C category, offering support of Rs 10 lakh, features Sandeep Tomar, Greco Roman grappler Sajan Bhanwala, Vinod Om Prakash, Ritu Phogat, Sumit Malik, talented Deepak Punia and Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran. The D category, which will give Rs 5 lakh support, will have Rahul Aware, Naveen, Utkarsh Kale, Sachin Rathi, Greco Roman’s Vijay, Ravi Kumar, Simran, Mansi and Anshu Malik. There are four wrestlers in category E for Rs three lakh support: Navjot Kaur, Kiran, Harpreet Singh and Jitendra Kumar. Categories from G to I will have 30 gold medallists each from Under-23, Junior, Cadet and Under-15 National championships. Category F wrestlers (U-23) will get Rs 1,20,000 per year, Category G (Junior) Rs 90,000, Category H (Cadet) Rs 60,000 and Category I (U-15) Rs 36,000 every year. “Wrestlers in the G to I categories will be upgraded to next Grade when they win gold medals at the Asian and World level,” said Tomar. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Rookie Akshaya Persaud’s maiden half-century stunned Barbados Pride and gave reigning champions CCC Marooners their first win of the Regional Super50 here Saturday.Chasing a modest 173 for victory in a day/night Group A fixture at Warner Park, Marooners appeared headed for defeat at 82 for five in the 26th over before the left-handed Persaud produced a composed, unbeaten 51 to see them to a come-from-behind four-wicket victory.Sadique Henry struck a breezy 30 while Akeem Jordan chipped in with a crucial 29, in a 58-run sixth wicket stand with Persaud, which change the game’s complexion entirely.Jordan had earlier undermined Pride with his lively pace, snatching four for 21 as the innings folded disappointingly for 172 in the 44th over.Off-spinner Larry Joseph chipped in with three for 25 while left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh finished with two for 29.Captain Jonathan Carter and Nicholas Kirton both top-scored with 42 while all-rounder Kyle Mayers struck 27 but Pride declined from 116 for four in the 29th over, to lose their last six wickets for 56 runs.Jordan engineered the two early breakthroughs for CCC, getting Leniko Boucher to chop on to the 11th ball of the day without scoring and then removing the other opener Kjorn Ottley for seven, caught at the wicket driving in the sixth over.Carter counted four fours off 71 balls while fellow left-hander Kirton struck five fours and a six off 56 balls as they repaired the damage in a 67-run, third wicket stand.However, Joseph struck twice in the 21st over to rock Pride, trapping Kirton lbw on the backfoot and then inducing new batsman Tevyn Walcott to hole out to long on without scoring.Carter tried to rebuild again in a 30-run, fifth wicket stand with Mayers who continued the effort by adding a further 27 for the sixth with Shamar Springer (7).But once Carter edged Joseph to Jordan at slip in the 29th over and Mayers was bowled by Persaud in the 34th after striking three fours and a six, Pride lost their last five wickets for 29 runs.In reply, Marooners looked in decent shape at 47 for one before losing dramatically losing four wickets for 35 runs in quick time.Opener Romaine Morrison (22) was involved in a second wicket stand of 29 with Henry before losing his composure and slicing a swipe at pacer Miguel Cummins to Mayers at third man in the 16th overWith one run added in the next over, Paul Palmer edged a defensive stroke at speedster Chemar Holder to Ashley Nurse at first slip for one.Odaine McCatty (4) and Henry then followed to leave CCC in dire straits but Persaud arrived to stroke four fours and two sixes in a superb 79-ball knock to deny Barbados.Jordan struck three fours in a 36-ball innings and even when he departed in the 37th over, opener Abhijai Mansingh (14 not out) who was earlier forced off injured in the third over, returned to post 33 in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Persaud which put Marooners over the line.