Arsenal defender Rob Holding not keen on West Ham loan switch

first_imgRob Holding is not keen on a West Ham switch (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal defender Rob Holding is not interested in a loan move to West Ham, despite the Hammers coming in with a £5m offer to take him on a season-long deal.Holding had been thought to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates and available for transfer this summer, with the likes of Newcastle also interested in his services.However, the centre-back started the Community Shield as Arsenal beat Liverpool and played 90 minutes of the opening game of the season as the Gunners kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Fulham.There is plenty of competition in the middle of defence at Arsenal, especially since the signings of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba, but Holding appears to be confident in the fight for his place.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Sun reports that the 24-year-old is ready to turn down a short-term move to West Ham, even if Arsenal were prepared to accept the substantial loan fee on offer.Holding’s chance to prove himself to manager Mikel Arteta is set to continue with Shokdran Mustai, Pablo Mari, Sokratis Papastathopoulous, David Luiz and Calum Chambers all out injured.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 CitySokratis and Mustafi are available for transfer with Napoli keen on the former, while interest in the latter appears limited.Holding appears to have climbed up the pecking order, though, and is likely to start on Saturday against West Ham, who will have to contend with what they have missed out on.David Moyes’ side got off to a really poor start to the season last weekend, losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle and the Scot is desperate to add to his central defensive options, having tried and failed to sign Burnley’s James Tarkowski earlier in the summer.MORE: Santi Cazorla congratulates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over new Arsenal contractMORE: Emiliano Martinez reveals how Mikel Arteta reacted when he asked to leave ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal defender Rob Holding not keen on West Ham loan switchcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 16 Sep 2020 7:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Commentlast_img read more

UK public funds hit out at ‘simplistic’ pooling guidance

first_imgUK local authority pension funds have accused the government of imposing higher costs through changes in its stance towards asset pooling.The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published a consultation in January on new guidance for funds within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) regarding the ongoing asset pooling projects.LGPS funds in England and Wales have set up eight asset pooling vehicles designed to improve scale and cost efficiencies for the 88 schemes in the local authority system.The policy, brought in by former chancellor George Osborne in 2015, has required council finance officers to dedicate thousands of hours of work to setting up the vehicles, obtaining regulatory permissions, appointing new staff and systems providers, and conducting manager searches. With roughly a third of LGPS assets now overseen by the pools, some local councils have expressed “serious concerns regarding the appropriateness” of the latest guidance from central government. Source: Chris McAndrewRishi Sunak, UK local government ministerIn a letter to local government minister Rishi Sunak, the Northern LGPS – a £45bn (€52.5bn) collaboration between the pension funds for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire – said there were “many inconsistencies between the LGPS investment regulations and the draft guidance”.In particular, the letter highlighted a shift of stance from the ministry to require all pools to set up an entity directly regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK’s main finance regulator.The Northern LGPS pool opted not to set up an authorised entity, maintaining that to do so would incur additional costs that would outweigh any benefits of pooling assets. So far it has established an infrastructure vehicle used by Northern’s three member funds along with the three LGPS funds within the Local Pensions Partnership, another pool. GLIL, as it is known, has so far raised more than £1.8bn from its investors.“Based on our research in this area, we estimate that establishing an FCA-regulated company would increase Northern LGPS’ costs by approximately £10m to £15m,” the letter said. Having initially estimated savings of £28m, the pool has since said the total saved could be “substantially higher”.It said it would expect central government to meet these additional costs as part of a 2018 agreement with the MHCLG not to impose excessive cost increases onto council tax payers.center_img Source: timajoThe Merseyside Pension Fund is one of several LGPS funds criticising government plansLondon funds weigh inMeanwhile, local authority pension funds in London have also criticised the MHCLG’s draft guidance. The pension committee for the £2.4bn Wandsworth Pension Fund, one of 32 LGPS funds in the London CIV pool, hit out at the “simplistic” guidance, which it said failed to take into account the diverse nature of individual pension funds.“If too much of the [investment] process is delegated to the pool operator there is a significant risk that offerings will be too generic to allow for differing attitudes to risk appetite, volatility, ESG considerations and… currency decisions,” Wandsworth said.It also argued that “enforcing too strict an approach will hinder the market and restrict who will be able to tender for any mandates”, including potential preventing “good quality boutique managers being able to bid due to capacity constraints”.The £1.5bn Lambeth Pension Fund said the draft guidance “introduces significant risks of consequence falling on council tax payers” due to its “dogmatic” demands on LGPS funds.In particular, the fund’s response highlighted a proposed 5% cap on investments individual funds would be permitted to make outside of the pool after 2020. As not all funds would be able to invest via pools by this point, given the timescales set out for launching new offerings, the proposed limit was “of no effect”, Lambeth argued.The fund called for the 5% limit to be scrapped and for the MHCLG to relax its requirements for investments outside the pool to allow for more time for establish the relevant expertise.In its draft response to MHCLG, the £1.3bn Islington Pension Fund said: “We do not believe the pools have had enough time to prove themselves on selection of managers to achieve optimum performance net of fees and value for money to pay our pensioners and sustain our funds and, as such, the mandated 2020 date should be flexible.”Further readingLGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply A consultation paper sent out by the MHCLG in January to funds within the £275bn LGPS system has heightened tensions between policymakers and pension fundslast_img read more

10 year sentence for Mason City man guilty of robbing two people

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 10 years in prison after robbing two people in northwestern Mason City back in January.25-year-old Jacob Mills was accused of approaching two people who were walking in the area of 14th and North Washington on January 19th and demanding that they empty their pockets. One of the people gave the suspect a cell phone, with Mills smashing it on the ground.Mills then demanded the backpacks they were wearing and ordered one of the victims to get into a car, where he started asking questions and punched the victim in the face. As the victim attempted to get away, Mills grabbed them by the hood, took them to the ground and began choking and punching the victim, with Mills then leaving the scene.Mills was originally charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree theft and assault with the intent to inflict serious injury. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the robbery charge was dismissed, with Mills pleading guilty to first-degree theft and assault.District Judge James Drew sentenced Mills to ten years on the theft charge along with 30 days in jail on the assault charge. He also issued a $1000 fine which was suspended.last_img read more

Pitt to meet Mississippi in Compass Bowl

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet on Jan. 5 in a matchup of 6-6 Big East and Southeastern Conference teams which are led by first-year coaches. Pitt became bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season with Saturday’s 27-3 rout of South Florida, rebounding after losing its first two games to Youngstown State and Cincinnati.Paul Chryst’s Panthers also took No. 1 Notre Dame to triple overtime before losing.“While it is unusual to play in the same bowl three years in a row, we are excited to be facing a traditional program like Ole Miss,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. “This game is held in a great football city and our hosts have already discussed giving our team some different experiences on this trip. We are proud of how our team finished the regular season and we’re excited they can play one more game together.”The Panthers are joining the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.Mississippi won its sixth game with a 41-24 upset of Mississippi State for the program’s first Egg Bowl win in four years. Rebels coach Hugh Freeze led a resurgence of a team with one Southeastern Conference win over the previous two seasons and coming off a 2-10 year.Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork praised Freeze “for the fantastic turnaround.”“I especially want to congratulate our seniors and the rest of the team for their hard work and for buying into the cultural change for our program,” Bjork said.The Rebels are 8-1 in their last nine bowl games dating back to a 13-0 win over Air Force in the 1992 Liberty Bowl. Making it back to the postseason for the first time in three years is a boost, Freeze said.“I think it accelerates our journey, our process,” he said. “Not just the extra practices, but the extra media coverage—we’re one of the teams still playing.”Freeze said he doesn’t know much Pitt, beyond that the Panthers took Notre Dame down to the wire and got better as the season went along.Running back Ray Graham and quarterback Tino Sunseri give Pitt a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season for the first time.The Panthers beat Kentucky 27-10 two years ago and lost to SMU 28-6 last season.“We’ve been given a great opportunity to play a quality program like Ole Miss,” Chryst said. 1,000 YARD RUSHER—Pitt running back Ray Graham (1) goes over the goal line for a touchdown during the first quarter against South Florida Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) last_img read more

Red Bank to Close Broad, Monmouth Streets for Pedestrian Use

first_imgMayor Pasquale Menna, ad hoc committee members, public works personnel, office of emergency management, fire, and others will be involved in the process. Because the council did not know when exactly the governor would reopen certain businesses, he said the whole idea behind the plan “was to get at least the parameters moving forward on an anticipated opening.” “We can’t wait. We want Red Bank to be ready the second we get the call,” said councilwoman Kate Triggiano.  Now that Gov. Phil Murphy has given the green light for outdoor dining to resume June 15, the borough will prepare Broad and Monmouth streets as pedestrian plazas, closing the roadways to vehicular traffic certain days of the week. By Allison Perrine The street closures were unanimously approved by the council at the May 27 meeting. According to the mayor, the length of the closure was the consensus of all the stakeholders involved with public safety consideration. As part of the plan, Broad Street from Front Street to Wallace Street, will be open for pedestrians only from Thursday evenings through Saturday evenings. Monmouth Street, from Broad Street to Maple Avenue, will be open for pedestrians only on Sundays.  Murphy announced June 1 that restaurants could reopen for outdoor dining as of June 15, along with nonessential in-person retail shopping. The steps come as the state enters into Stage Two of reopening the economy. Stage Two Openings “Entering Stage Two does not mean, just as it didn’t when we went into stage one, that we flick a light switch. This will continue to be a phased in restart based upon a careful analysis of inherent risks and the ability to safeguard public health,” said Murphy June 1 in a press conference. “The easier it is to have strong protocols in place or to ensure reduced densities of customers, the sooner that business can reopen.”center_img During the public comment portion of the meeting, Victor Kuo, the owner of Temple Gourmet Chinese, asked why committee members decided to close Broad Street from Front Street to Wallace Street and not extend the closure further. Temple is located on Broad Street near Linden Place, outside of the street closure area. News of the plan came at a council meeting May 27, days before Murphy’s announcement to move forward with outdoor dining. An ad hoc Downtown Red Bank Reopens Committee was formed at the end of May with a goal of finding a space for restaurants and businesses to operate appropriately though the pandemic to relieve some of the economic stresses that have burdened the downtown area. “Pedestrian plazas would allow for open air dining, more space for our retailers and our restaurants to operate under restrictions and a new way to experience our downtown,” said Triggiano, an ad hoc team member. “We want to be prepared as a downtown and a town to move as quickly as possible when our businesses are able to reopen.” RED BANK – Get ready to experience Red Bank in a very new way. One week later, effective June 22, salons and barber shops will be able to reopen. Gyms and health clubs have not yet been given the green light, but they will be handled in the period to follow, Murphy said. However, he urged that residents still adhere to social distancing guidelines. And this is the first phase of reopening for Red Bank, Triggiano said. Other solutions and areas of the town will be addressed going forward to help its businesses. “Nothing is going to be carved in stone,” said Menna. “The idea is to roll it out and let’s see how it plays out. And then if we have to tweak it, we will.” The article originally appeared in the June 4 – 10, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgDANIEL O’DONNELL and partner Kristina Rihanoff got off to a flying start in their foxtrot routine on Strictly Come Dancing this evening – and landed 23 points from the judges on the hit BBC TV show.And now the judges believe Daniel can get better – if he gets the better of his nerves.“It’s the most nervous I’ve been in 35 years,” said Daniel after his dance. Judge Bruno joked that the performance was “premium ecomomy” and told Daniel he had to have more confidence.And Daniel joked: “We might have hit an air pocket or two.”Judge Craig said however the routine was “lacking in style” but did praise the Donegal man for his “great musicality” adding that Daniel “needs to be more dynamic”.But judge Darcey said Daniels lifts were “seamless and very good” telling Daniel:”Throw those nerves away – and give more and more.” And Len told the couple: “You must have been on EasyJet because there was a lovely flow to it – there’s a charm and an elegance to it.”Daniel said afterwards: “I love the foxtrot – it feels like I’m going to take off. Even if we go home now, I loved it….and the good thing is I can fly home now.”Daniel and Kristina scored 23 points – two more than last week as follows:Craig 5Darcey 6 Len 6Bruno 6Total: 23DANIEL DONS AIRLINE PILOT UNIFORM FOR FLYING STRICTLY PERFORMANCE! was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BBCdaniel o’donnellfoxtrotKristina RihanoffStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

‘It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess’

first_imgA Donegal woman whose home was devastated by Storm Lorenzo floods says she can’t bear to think about what tomorrow will bring.Sheena Culloo at Clarendon Drive in Donegal Town had a panicked awakening at 6am on Friday morning when floodwaters rushed into her home.“The water was coming in fast, back and front,” she said. “It reached up to two inches by the time it stopped.” As fire services came to assist locals, the rush was on for Sheena to move her furniture upstairs and save pieces from irreparable damage.Sheena’s son (21) who has cerebral palsy, has an adapted bedroom and wetroom downstairs. As the floods came in, Sheena had to bring his bedding, furniture and computer upstairs also.“My son asked his friends to help and they landed in force. They did a great job and only for them and the amount of helping hands we had we were able to get the important things moved,” Sheena said.“It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess,” she said. Sheena Culloo outside her Clarendon Drive home in Donegal town. (North West Newspix)This is not the first time that homes at Clarendon Row were flooded. Three years ago this area, which lies beside the River Eske, was flooded and hit on several occasions since.“It’s so disheartening to see everything in your house touched by water,” Sheena said.“It’s very hard to think about tomorrow or the next day. When the tide returns tonight or another storm comes what are we going to do?“We have young families, pensioners and people living on their own here.”Sheena said that her house has not been affected as badly this morning as it has on other years. But since the first floods, she has been unable to get insurance. “All the damage will have to come out of our own pockets,” she said.The water had subsided by midday Friday, but Sheena said that the worry will be constant for any future storms this winter.“The water is away but the river is still flooded and the tide is high. It’s not a nice feeling wondering will it happen again.”The Government has issued a notice to the public that the Urgent Needs Payments may be available to help with the immediate costs of assistance after an emergency such as flooding. More information is available at: ‘It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess’ was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Townfloodslast_img read more

Crusaders’ slow start too much to overcome

first_imgFor three quarters the Crusaders outscored the Blue Raiders, for the most part looking like the better team while doing so.The only issue was that the Blue Raiders massively out-played the Crusaders in the first quarter of the NorCal Division-V championship and took a lead which enabled  No. 3 Caruthers to withstand a ferocious comeback attempt by No. 1 St. Bernard’s and hold on for a 52-44 win, Tuesday night at St. Bernard’s High.After one quarter of play Tuesday night the Crusaders were staring a 17-5 deficit in the face, one which could have been worse if not for a Maddie Costa 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the first — the team’s only field goal of the quarter.From the start of the second quarter on, however, the Crusaders (26-7) showed they would not have their season so easily ended. Fast forward to the 3:30 mark in the fourth quarter and the Crusaders faithful could be heard up and down Henderson Street as Costa turned a steal into an assist to Mackenzie Finck, whose layup cut Caruthers’ lead to one point, 39-38.It would be as close as the Crusaders would come as Caruthers guard Jacklyn Kulow quickly silenced the crowd with a 3-pointer.Crusaders guard Jasa Sisemore brought her team once again within a possession, 42-40, with an off-balance layup — the type of nearly out-of-control play Sisemore has lived off all season.The senior’s following action, unfortunately for her team, crossed the line from nearly out-of-control to haphazard.After Caruthers’ guard Jaque Magana put her team ahead 45-40 thanks to a 3-pointer with two minutes to play Sisemore let a pass intended for Costa sail well above her head and out of bounds, giving the ball right back to the visitors. Magana, with a fresh possession, let the clock wind down before hoisting another 3-pointer. It didn’t go in, but a whistle let the Crusaders know their comeback attempt was quickly becoming just that as Sisemore picked up her fourth foul of the night and Magana went to the line to shoot three with a 5-point lead and 70 seconds to play.Magana hit two of three at the line, pushing her team’s lead to 47-40.Magana led all scorers Tuesday night with 26 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter and played a large role in giving Caruthers the cushion it needed to keep the Crusaders at arms length for the bulk of the game.Sisemore led St. Bernard’s with 15 points while Emily Gardner chipped in 12 more as well as six blocks.last_img read more

San Francisco Giants select local Serra High product Hunter Bishop in MLB Draft

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. NEW YORK — When Hunter Bishop was in grade school, the Palo Alto, Calif. native would travel up to San Francisco to take in Giants games with his father, Randy, and brother, Braden.He watched Barry Bonds launch balls into McCovey Cove, inspiring him to believe he might one day do the same.After the Giants selected Bishop with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2019 MLB amateur draft, he’s one step closer to having his …last_img read more

Google’s Conversation Translation Looks Like a Gimmick

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Google#international#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Google Translate on Android will now perform real-time, automated audio translation for conversations between English and Spanish speakers, Google announced in a blog post today.The service is just beginning and is reported to be very experimental. Franz Och, head of Google’s translation services, said in February of 2010 that this new service should “work reasonably well in a few years’ time.” Given the wide range of languages, accents and intonations in the world, we probably shouldn’t expect this to be much more than a gimmick yet.As ReadWriteWeb’s Mike Melanson explained last February:…we can only imagine the difficulty of the task ahead, especially with languages such as Mandarin or Cantonese, which are tonally based. In Mandarin, for example, the word “ma” can have four different meanings according to the tone used. If the speaker uses the first tone, a constant high pitch, then the word means “mother”. If they use the third tone, a dropping then rising pitch, however, the meaning changes to “horse”.Anyone who has used Google Translate in text form knows how awkward it can be. Do you know any Spanish speakers who can’t speak better English than Google Translate likely could? If so, do you really want to pull out your expensive smart phone and start waggling it in their faces? I expect this software will be used by lazy students doing homework far more often than it will be in actual conversation. ReadWriteWeb writer Curt Hopkins, who translates poetry, says of Android Translate, “this sort of tool works best for people who’ve studied a language already and are using it as a dictionary or refresher.”Tower of Babel technology will always have a powerful draw; last month a new mobile augmented reality technology called Word Lens promised to translate written words on the fly and overlay the translation on our view of the world, for example. People were very excited about it all around the web. It made a great demo video, but the actual results when using the app are terrible.Language, context, culture, class, technology – all of these present huge challenges. Google’s much celebrated computational learning of what words often appear together, thanks to things like search queries and Google Docs, still struggles to come close to the awesome power of wet-ware, the human mind. Language translation is an art. Approaching it like science sounds like a recipe for poor communication. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more