Bayern Munich ready to launch serious move for Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Pepe

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Feb 2019 8:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link664Shares Comment Arsenal have been tracking Pepe (Picture: Getty)Lille will be hoping a bidding war erupts for Pepe after the club slapped a £72million asking price on the Ivory Coast international.Arsenal are said to be considering backing off Pepe after the departure of Mislintat and are tracking more affordable targets.MORE: Unai Emery blamed for Arsenal’s terrible away form by Martin Keown Lille are prepared to sell Pepe (Picture: Getty)Bayern Munich are ‘seriously’ firming up their interest in Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, reports say.The 23-year-old has hit the big time this season in Ligue 1, scoring 16 goals in 23 league appearances.Arsenal have been tracking Pepe for several months, with former transfer guru Sven Mislintat heavily involved in scouting the goalscorer. Advertisement (Picture: Getty)Bayern have begun to make their move to snap up Pepe and Lille are ready to cash in on their prized asset.AdvertisementAdvertisementOnly Kylian Mbappe (18) has scored more than Pepe in Ligue 1 this season, while Lionel Messi (21) and Cristiano Ronaldo (17) are the only other players to outscore Pepe in Europe’s top five leagues.‘In terms of Ligue 1, he’s just behind Neymar and Mbappe,’ Lille coach Christophe Galtier said about Pepe.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 City Advertisement Bayern Munich ready to launch serious move for Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Pepe ‘We want to win’: Emery speaks before Huddersfield gameTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:35Fullscreen’We want to win’: Emery speaks before Huddersfield game is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Mislintat is a massive fan of Pepe and wanted to sign the Lille star either in the January or the summer window.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s move for Pepe in January failed to materialise as Mislintat made a shock exit from the club.Le 10 Sport claim that while Arsenal, Manchester City and Barcelona want to sign Pepe, Bayern are now leading the race.last_img read more

Lindsay Mitchell: Child poverty exaggerations exposed by official source

first_imgLindsay Mitchell blog 10 September 2016Family First Comment: An excellent article highlighting the false information around child poverty. It begs the question – what’s the real agenda when political groups exaggerate child poverty stats?Below is a random selection of reports regarding child poverty in New Zealand. They represent only a small fraction of similar claims:As many as 28 per cent of New Zealand children – about 305,000 – currently live in poverty.When a child grows up in poverty they miss out on things most New Zealanders take for granted. They are living in cold, damp, over-crowded houses, they do not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes are worn, and many days they go hungry. It can mean doing badly at school, not getting a good job, having poor health and falling into a life of crime.Unicef, New ZealandSave the Children chief executive Heather Hayden says child poverty could have a huge effect on our economy.“Unless there is a change of course, we’re at risk of writing off the future of hundreds of thousands of New Zealand children – sentencing them to a lifetime of poverty.“This is not just up to the Government to fix, but for all of us to make different choices so the 305,000 children currently struggling every day to get what they need to thrive, can have a future,” she says.Save the ChildrenMs Turei said 375,000 children lived in cold, damp houses and most of them were rented. “We would create minimum performance standards for rental properties which would ensure warm, healthy homes for thousands of children.”Green Party“…here in our first world paradise, 270,000 children are not getting the start they need in life.These children of Aotearoa, New Zealand:• Suffer from preventable,life-threatening diseases usually only seen in third world countries• Live in cold, damp, overcrowded, unsafe houses”Middlemore FoundationThese are by no means exceptions. They typify the discourse on child poverty in New Zealand.But I am not the only one who is frustrated by these misrepresentations of the true situation.The author of the Household Incomes Report (the official source for poverty data) has more than once, in his latest report, addressed some of the exaggerations politely referring to them as “common misunderstandings”. I disagree. The modus operandi of many politicians and advocates is to inflate problems for their own purposes. It is neither accidental nor a misapprehension.Anyway here is what Bryan Perry has to say:• A common misunderstanding involves attributing some or all of the list of deprivations surveyed in the HES and elsewhere to most or all children in low-income households – the reports are clear that this is not the case:o some develop a narrative that starts with a high number of children in low-income households, then goes on to make it sound as if all these children suffer many serious deprivations – the reports make it clear that this is not the case, and that such narratives produce misleading accountso an example using a specific item illustrates the issue:– HES collects information on the degree of any problem with dampness and mould (no problem, minor problem, major problem)– 110,000 children are in households with a reported “major problem” re dampness and mould– 50,000 of these children live in households in the bottom AHC income quintile and 60,000 in other households– this low income group (bottom quintile) has 20% of all people, and 27% of children in it (290,000)– so, “only” 17% of these children (50,000 / 290,000) live in homes that report this issue:E though this is 17% more than what most would consider acceptable, it is well off 100% or even “most” of the income pooro the same analysis applies to many other individual deprivation itemso the evidence shows that the common claim that “all or most children under a given low-income line have all or most the deprivations that society does not want children to experience” is false – the information in the reports does not support the claim, and shows them to be unfounded read more

Belgium euthanasia: Three doctors accused in unprecedented trial

first_imgBBC News 14 January 2020Family First Comment: Strict? Yeah right. “Euthanasia and assisted suicide were made legal under strict conditions in Belgium in 2002. The family argue that her reason for seeking to end her life was because of a failed relationship, far short of the “serious and incurable disorder” as required under Belgian law.”Don’t do it, New an unprecedented case, three Belgian doctors are going on trial in Ghent accused of unlawfully poisoning a patient whose life they helped to end.Tine Nys, 38, died surrounded by her family on 27 April 2010.Her sisters argue that her death should never have been allowed under Belgium’s euthanasia law, and that it was achieved in an amateurish manner.Euthanasia and assisted suicide were made legal under strict conditions in Belgium in 2002.Nys’s family argue that her reason for seeking to end her life was because of a failed relationship, far short of the “serious and incurable disorder” as required under Belgian law.The three doctors from East Flanders who are going on trial have not been named, but they include the doctor who carried out the lethal injection and Nys’s former doctor and a psychiatrist. If found guilty they could face long jail terms.READ MORE: read more

Aubameyang vows to become Arsenal ‘legend’ after new contract

first_img Read Also: Barca star faces fitness race ahead of new season He also scored a superb goal as Arsenal beat Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley last month. The 2015 African Footballer of the Year finished as the Premier League’s joint top scorer in 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “Everybody knows how special this club is, I have seen incredible players, passionate players, Invincible players,” Aubameyang said. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vowed to become an Arsenal “legend” as the Gunners captain ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract on Tuesday. Aubameyang’s contract saga had dragged on since last season amid speculation he wanted to join a club in the Champions League. But the Gabon forward revealed he had committed his future to Arsenal in a live Instagram stream from the Emirates Stadium. The deal is reported to be worth £250,000-per-week ($321,000), with bonuses that could take it beyond £350,000-per-week contract of the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil. “Arsenal fans, finally as you know I just signed the thing,” Aubameyang said. Arsenal confirmed the news themselves on their website in a statement that said: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with us!” “I dream of being one of them, amongst the best, and staying in the hearts of the fans forever. “I want to become an Arsenal legend just like Thierry, Wrighty, Adams and Bergkamp – too many to mention. “My dad is my biggest inspiration, he was captain of his club and his country so it means so much to me to be the captain of this special club. “I want to leave a legacy, this is where I belong, this is my family.” Aubameyang moved to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and has scored 72 goals in 111 games in all competitions, including one in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Fulham on the opening day of the new season.center_img After scoring the goals that fired Arsenal to last season’s surprise FA Cup semi-final and final victories over Manchester City and Chelsea, Aubameyang had refused to confirm he wanted to stay at the north London club. At one stage last term, the 31-year-old admitted he faced a big decision over his future, fuelling reports that he was ready to leave amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remained confident Aubameyang was happy at the club and wanted to stay. Over 100,000 people were watching the announcement via the official Arsenal Instagram account as Aubameyang pledged to follow in the footsteps of Gunners greats like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?8 Ways Drones Are Shaping Our FutureCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Loading… last_img read more

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic braced for “special game” against Spurs

first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic says his squad is braced for a “special game” as they prepare for Sunday’s London derby at Tottenham. Press Association The Hammers travel to White Hart Lane separated only on goal difference with their neighbours after an impressive start to the season. West Ham, sixth in the table, will be without the services of their star man Dimitri Payet however, after the French international was sidelined for three months with an ankle injury. West Ham have not lost on their last three visits to Tottenham. They won in the Premier League and League Cup two seasons ago, while they secured a 2-2 draw last term. But while Bilic says he has no particular personal animosity towards Spurs, he understands the importance of the match to both sets of supporters. “I don’t feel any dislike towards Spurs, no”, Bilic added. “But they are a London club. It means a lot to the fans because you have all West Ham fans working with Spurs fans. “It is a good thing when you win because you can’t wait to go to work and tease them or whatever. If you lose, it’s not very pleasant. “In my apartment, we are all West Ham. I don’t think my dogs are Spurs fans, but I will check it. This morning they looked at me a little bit differently.” Bilic described the 28-year-old as ” irreplaceable “, but he believes his team is still well-equipped to deal with the threat of Mauricio Pochettino’s side. “It is a special game,” said Bilic ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash. “I know it’s a cliche, but there are some games that are more special for the fans. That’s why they are derbies and this one is one of them. “Some are saying it is like the game of the season for West Ham. I wouldn’t call it that, but it is special and we are looking forward to it. “You can feel it in the camp these last few days. It is like we are waiting for a big game.” West Ham have already beaten Arsenal and Chelsea this season, and Bilic is optimistic his side will be able to add another of their London rivals to that impressive list of scalps. “We are confident now because we know whoever we play we have a chance,” Bilic, who made his debut as a West Ham player in a 1-0 win at Spurs in 1996, added. “We will approach the game with that knowledge that if we are on top of our game we have a good chance. “For the fans it would be nice if we finish above them but if you ask me if I am happy to finish ninth and they are 10th, Arsenal are 11th, and Chelsea 12th, I would rather finish second and one of them finish as champions.” last_img read more

Cricket News Women’s Big Bash League: Brisbane Heat end Sydney dominance, beat Sixers in tense final

first_img New Delhi: For the first three editions of the Women’s Big Bash League, the Sydney franchises, Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers had dominated the tournament. Sydney Thunder won the inaugural edition while the Sydney Sixers won the last two tournaments. Heading into the 2018/19 final, Sydney Sixers were looking good for a hat-trick but an inspired performance from the Brisbane Heat helped them win by three wickets with four balls to spare to clinch the title for the first time at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on Saturday. This was an inspired performance from the Heat, who had to overcome extremely hot conditions and an in-form batting and bowling line-up to beat the Sixers, who chose to bat in the final.The Brisbane Heat bowlers maintained a tight line and did not allow Alyssa Healy and Elysse Perry to get going in the powerplay overs. Healy was bowled by Delissa Kimmince for 18 but Perry and Ashleigh Gardner strung a solid partnership. Perry, who had scored 740 runs at an average close to 100 and a strike-rate of over 120, looked in great touch again but Grace Harris sent back Gardner Jes Jonassen’s left-arm spin accounted for Perry for 37.With their skipper gone, Sydney Sixers tried to build momentum but Harris kept taking wickets at regular intervals to finish with 3/23. Some big hitting from Dane van Niekerk, who finished with 32 off 15 balls which included two fours and two sixes helped Sydney Sixers reach 131/7. Brisbane Heat won the Women’s Big Bash League for first time.Ellyse Perry scored 777 runs and took 10 wickets.Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder won the previous editions of the WBBL. In response, Harris and Sammy-Jo Johnson both departed cheaply and at 14/2, Brisbane Heat faced an uphill task. However, Beth Mooney, their experienced batter and Kirby Short steadied the innings with a crucial 84-run stand for the third wicket. While Short played the sheet anchor role to perfection, Mooney found the boundaries on a regular basis. With Mooney clearly struggling in the heat, she had to take medication in order to ensure she guided the Brisbane Heat over the line.However, when van Niekerk got rid of Mooney for 65 and Short for 29, Brisbane Heat needed 30 off 31. When Erin Burns got two more wickets, it seemed that Sydney Sixers could turn the match around and register a famous win. With four runs needed off five balls in the final over bowled by Marizanne Kapp, Laura Harris pulled a short ball to deep midwicket and a collision between two Sydney Sixers fielders resulted in the Brisbane Heat winning the title in grand style.Mooney was awarded the Player of the Match for her knock while Ellyse Perry was named the Player of the Series for her 777 runs at an average of 86 in addition to her 10 wickets. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Panthers destroy Police 67 – 7 on opening day of Bounty Farm 15’s tournament

first_imgAFTER dismantling the rest of Guyana’s rugby teams to win back-to-back Sevens tournaments, Panthers turned their attention to the Bounty Farm 15’s tournament, where they opened with 67 – 7 against the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Playing at the National Park, Panthers sent a warning to the rest of Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) that they intend to dominate the game’s longer format, as they eased to a 27 – 0 lead at half time against the Police team, compliments of Osei McKenzie, Rondell McArthur and Lancelot Adonis.However, in the second half, Akeemo James slipped through a crack in Panthers’ seemingly air-tight defence to score his team’s lone try in the match, while Daniel De Abreu made good the conversion.Lloyd Anderson (#14), goes airborne for a catch, which he eventually turned into a try against the Police.Lloyd Anderson tallied 18 points in the game, scoring most of them in the second half and helped the Panthers to score 40 points. Daniel Anderson who was the team’s second highest scorer on the day, putting in three tries (15 points), was also pivotal in the Panthers’ devastating run.Meanwhile, yesterday’s game between Yamaha Caribs and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was postponed to a date to be determined by the GFRU, due to a ‘no show’ by officials.The Bounty Farm 15’s tournament will conclude on November 12. The tournament will see five teams playing two rounds of matches. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

India Women crush Windies by 7 wickets to take  T20 series

first_imgA sterling all-round performance, led by Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 40, helped India surge to a 3-0 series lead after the third T20 clash  at the Providence National Stadium, last night. Batting first proved to be a nightmare for the home team, who were snuffed out cheaply at the end of their 20 overs as they ended on a paltry 59-9.India, in reply, cruised to 60 for 3 in 16.4 overs thanks mainly to Rodrigues who oozed class in her unbeaten 40 from 51 balls with four boundaries, leading the batting charge.Only all-rounder Hayley Matthews 2-7 managed to look threatening as the home team failed to keep the five match series alive.Right-hander Jemimah Rodrigues steered India to the T20 series win with her unbeaten knock of 40.Forced to go at 2.95 runs an over, it was a horrid batting card for the Windies Women as all of their stars misfired terribly, with Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation the only two players to reach double figures with 11 runs apiece.The Indians were nothing short of ruthless in their bowling approach, collectively sharing the 9 wickets among them with Radha Poonam Yadav bowling a magical spell of 2-6 from her four overs and all-rounder Deepti Sharma duly lending support with 2-12.India lost their leading run-scorer in 15-year-old Shafali Verma who was stumped by wicket-keeper Shamaine Campbelle for a duck off Matthews.But  Rodrigues played confidently as she carried her side close to the total, even surviving a caught and bowl chance after spinner Sheneta Grimmond spilled a return catch.Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur fell to Fletcher for 7, but the unfazed Rodrigues pushed on as she took her score into the 20’s as her team crept to 37-3 at the end of 10 overs.Earlier, Windies suffered a huge blow as their top three batters– vice-captain and home-girl, Campbelle (02),  Matthews (05), and Stacy-Ann King (07)– were back in the dressing room with 26 runs on the board.When the team’s 50 came up, the Windies were eight down with just four overs remaining. The innings inevitably ended as the pair of Mohammed (06) and Selman (02) were left stranded in the middle.The two teams will clash in the fourth T20 at the Providence Stadium on Sunday. The match  bowls off from 13:30hrs.last_img read more

SuperSport Revamps Channel Offering

first_img“We’re making these changes to give DStv and GOtv customers an even better viewing experience, making it easier to navigate our wide variety of sports in the back-to-back channels. As there will be less duplication and repeats of sports and no impact on live events, the overall sport viewing will be enhanced, as will our overall HD offering,” said Gideon Khobane, SuperSport CEO.When the 2018 European football season kicks off in August, SuperSport 3 will be channel for the English Premier League for DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers, while SuperSport 7 will be the channel for Spanish La Liga matches. SuperSport 11 and SuperSport 12 will remain on the platform as permanent event channels for overflow live sports, giving subscribers a wider choice of live sports.SuperSport will also introduce two new sports channels: SuperSport 8 which will treat DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family customers to the Premier League and La Liga overflow matches as well as FIFA internationals and the IAAF Diamond League athletics in High Definition (HD) and; SuperSport 10, which in addition to one live English Premier League and La Liga match per week, will also include a UEFA Champions League and an Europa League match as well as athletics, Rugby 7’s and the newest sports genre growing in popularity – eSports, across all DStv packages.All sports currently available on SuperSport Select and SuperSport Select 2 will henceforth be available on SuperSport 9 and SuperSport 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Africa’s leading sports channels provider, SuperSport, has revamped its channels to make it easier for fans to find their favourite sports on DStv and GOtv.The new channels format will debut on July 4 and will offer viewers easier navigation and less duplications.last_img read more

Angels veteran Ian Kinsler OK with pitchers using pine tar, since most do already

first_imgANAHEIM — As Trevor Bauer’s Twitter war with the Houston Astros has revived the discussion about pitchers using pine tar, Ian Kinsler feels the entire debate is not only silly, but probably shouldn’t be coming from the Cleveland Indians’ clubhouse.“It’s a weird statement made from a pitcher who is on a pitching staff and has a bunch of peers around who are probably using pine tar,” said Kinsler, who spent the previous four seasons with the Detroit Tigers, in the Indians’ division.“If (Corey) Kluber doesn’t use pine tar, I’d be extremely surprised, because the action he gets on his pitches is something that no one else gets, so I’m sure he’s got a pretty good grip on the ball. For (Bauer) to call out one team, I don’t know what the point of that was. For me, I don’t care.”Kinsler, the Angels’ 35-year-old veteran of 13 big-league seasons, said he believes almost all pitchers use pine tar to help get a grip on the baseball. And he doesn’t mind that they do, as long as it’s not “excessive.” “If that allows them to stay away from the possibility of letting one fly, I’m all for it,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more