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Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transfer

first_imgFraser could join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ryan Fraser has been offered to Arsenal ahead of a potential free transfer this summer after rejecting fresh terms at Bournemouth. Fraser’s contract expires at the end of this month and he has so far rejected the offer of a short-term contract for the rest of the season. Bournemouth are still hopeful they can persuade the Scotland winger to play in their final nine games of the season. They are close to agreeing deals with four other players in similar situations. The Cherries are currently in the relegation zone and it would be a big blow to their survival hopes to lose Fraser for the remainder of the campaign. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to The Times, Fraser is fearful of sustaining an injury that would scupper a transfer to a bigger club. He changed his agents in order to pursue a move away from Bournemouth and has been offered to Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arteta is working on a tight budget (Picture: Getty)Fraser has continued training with the team and Eddie Howe could still use him for the first games of the resumed season at home against Crystal Palace before a trip to Molineux to face Wolves. The 26-year-old admitted in January his form had suffered this season because he hadn’t ‘played for the team’ in the first half of the season. 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 ArsenalAnd it’s possible he won’t play for them again. Arsenal’s transfer budget is relatively limited amid the coronavirus pandemic and Fraser could be seen as a decent option to pick up on a free.Should Arsenal sign Ryan Fraser?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transferlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta has identified two areas William Saliba must improve in after sanctioning Arsenal loan exit

first_imgMikel Arteta has identified two areas William Saliba must improve in after sanctioning Arsenal loan exit Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link22.8kShares Advertisement David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes are blocking William Saliba’s path into the Arsenal first team (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in talks about a possible return to Saint-Etienne, while Rennes also registered an interest, but both potential deals collapsed on deadline day.Arteta’s first team squad is currently top heavy with centre halves, especially in light of the failure to offload the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Soktratis Papastathopulos.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 ArsenalCalum Chambers continues to work his way back to full fitness having missed the last 10 months with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Pablo Mari, who initially joined on loan in January, is also closing in on his return. David Luiz and Rob Holding have also been retained and have featured prominently in the early weeks of the season, while summer recruit Gabriel Magalhaes has made a positive early impression following his move from Lille. MORE: Houssem Aouar happy at Lyon after missing out on Arsenal transferMORE: ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. William Saliba is set for a loan move from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta sanctioned William Saliba’s impending loan departure from Arsenal after identifying two major weaknesses in the France Under-21 international’s defending. Arsenal spent £27million on the teenager last summer but were forced to send him back on loan to Saint-Etienne as part of the deal. Injuries and the early abandonment of the French domestic season saw Saliba’s progression stunted and Arteta has since deemed the youngster not yet ready for regular first team football. Saliba featured in a a pre-season friendly against MK Dons but is still waiting to make his senior debut and will now be sent on loan to a Championship club, most likely Watford or Brentford, to gain further experience. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta has kept a keen eye on Saliba in training and, according to ESPN, believes he needs to improve his defending at set-pieces and resist the temptation to go to ground if he is to make the step up and ultimately become a regular in his Premier League starting XI. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Weekly Update: Passing Pension Reform, Announcing Business Development and New Jobs, Continuing the Fight Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

first_img The Blog,  Weekly Update Governor Wolf kicked off this week by issuing a statement of support for Senate Bill 1, the pension reform legislation, and applauding the bipartisan support and passage of the bill. Governor Wolf stated that he will sign the bill and that pension reform is an important step in protecting Pennsylvania taxpayers. On Friday, advocates joined Governor Wolf in supporting the passage and future signing of Senate Bill 1.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced new investments through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority that will spur business development in Allegheny, Bedford, Cameron, Clinton, and Huntingdon counties. The governor also traveled to Somerset County on Thursday to join in the announcement of hundreds of new jobs coming to the region.On Friday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported that the number of fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania had increased in 2016. Governor Wolf responded to the report by ensuring that he will continue to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic and warning of the potentially devastating effects budget cuts to healthcare would have on this fight. Earlier in the week, the governor voiced his support for a bill that would make opioid education mandatory in schools, stating that educating young people is an important aspect to combating the current crisis.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 4, 2017 – June 10, 2017Sunday, 5/4/17Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Senate Pension Reform VoteMonday, 5/5/17Governor Tom Wolf Commends Advancement of Pension Reform BillGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite the Public to Second Sundays at the Governor’s ResidenceTuesday, 5/6/17Governor Wolf Approves Investments to Improve Nine AirportsGovernor Wolf Announces Opening of Another Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Under Public Private PartnershipWednesday, 5/7/17Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application DeadlineGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Five Business Development Projects and the Creation of 184 Full-Time JobsThursday, 5/8/17Wolf Administration Serving 10,700 More Vulnerable Pennsylvanians in Their CommunitiesWolf Administration Announces Aid for Survivors of Devastating Pittsburgh FireGovernor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in SchoolsGovernor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street FeesGovernor Wolf Applauds Hundreds of Jobs Coming to Somerset County, RegionFriday, 5/9/17Governor Wolf on Fatal Overdose Stats: We Must Keep Fighting, Not Start CuttingWolf Administration Approves Funding for 21 Municipalities to Improve Traffic SafetyAdvocates Join Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Legislators in Supporting Senate Bill 1Governor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Officials for Funding Announcement on I-95Highlights from The BlogPA.gov That Works: Updating Our Pilot (and Joining Social Media!)Highlights from TwitterThe #ACA market is stabilizing in PA, but if @POTUS removes subsidies, premiums will increase significantly for Pennsylvanians. https://t.co/khKou1xTQN— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 4, 2017 Aviation supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in PA. We’re investing $10 million in 9 PA airports to improve safety and help them expand. pic.twitter.com/NDxzHCM4pX— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 6, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf June 09, 2017 Weekly Update: Passing Pension Reform, Announcing Business Development and New Jobs, Continuing the Fight Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tekmar Energy Gets API Certification

first_imgTekmar Energy has achieved independent approval for the design and manufacture of its PU bend restrictors for compliance to the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment.The verification comes after undergoing a 2-year certification program with Lloyds Register.The process included; long-term material qualification, quality and manufacturing audits, review of the design methodology and witness of the verification testing to ensure Tekmar’s practices meet with the requirements of API17L.The majority of the product testing was conducted in Tekmar’s new test facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, utilizing the recent investment of a 750kNm bend test rig that was installed earlier this year, the company explained..Charlie Sullivan, head of Subsea Sales & Strategy at Tekmar said, “We are excited to receive this independent qualification, which will allow us to provide an extended range of competitive products to both new, and existing, customers in challenging market conditions.”last_img read more

The Mindfulness Backlash, and should it be pushed in NZ schools?

first_imgThe Mindfulness BacklashNew York Times 30 June 2014Mindfulness has reached such a level of hipness that it is now suggested as a cure for essentially every ailment. Anxious? Broke? Sneezing? Definitely try meditating.This vogue is in part due to the real benefits of mindfulness, a form of attention and awareness often (but not always) achieved through meditation or yoga. It’s a trend for a reason. But its increasing application to every situation under the sun has some people concerned.In The Atlantic, Tomas Rocha writes about the little-discussed possibility that, for some people, meditation could actually be dangerous. He talks to Dr. Willoughby Britton, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior who works with people who feel they’ve been harmed by meditation — one man described going through “psychological hell” as a result of his practice, while another worried he was “permanently ruined.” Dr. Britton has tracked “dark nights of the soul” — spiritual experiences that are frightening rather than calming — across a variety of religious texts, and she believes that meditation’s potential ill effects have been under-studied. Mr. Rocha writes:“Many people think of meditation only from the perspective of reducing stress and enhancing executive skills such as emotion regulation, attention, and so on.“For Britton, this widespread assumption — that meditation exists only for stress reduction and labor productivity, ‘because that’s what Americans value’ — narrows the scope of the scientific lens. When the time comes to develop hypotheses around the effects of meditation, the only acceptable — and fundable — research questions are the ones that promise to deliver the answers we want to hear.”http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/the-mindfulness-backlash/?_r=0Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Mindfulness backlash: Could meditation be bad for your health?The Telegraph 24 October 2015Convinced by studies (such as that by Oxford University in 2014, which found the technique can reduce depression relapses by 44 per cent), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now recommends mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression.The Mental Health Foundation estimates that 30 per cent of GPs refer patients with mental health issues for mindfulness-based treatment.Persuaded by claims of stress reduction and increased mental clarity, mindfulness has been eagerly adopted by huge companies including Google, Apple, Sony, Ikea and the Department of Health. Mindfulness-based anger management is offered to inmates in prison, and there are calls for mindfulness training to become mandatory in schools.“A good teacher will help you make sense of what emerges through meditation.”Dr Tamara Russell, founder of The Mindfulness Centre of Excellence. “Beneficial findings are overstated in some media reports, whereas studies without the expected results go under the radar. This leads to a skewed picture, wherein the enthusiasm may be ahead of the evidence. Currently, with mindfulness, the evidence is not necessarily consistent or conclusive.”  When Farias and Wikholm began researching The Buddha Pill, they were astonished at the paucity of solid studies on the benefits. Then their own research threw up surprising evidence that mindfulness has a range of outcomes – not all positive.“To some, this will be blissful relaxation, but for others the outcome will be emotional distress, hallucinations or perhaps even ending up in a psychiatric ward,” says Farias. “David Shapiro of the University of California, Irvine, found that seven per cent of people on meditation retreats experienced profoundly adverse effects, including panic and depression.”Psychologists Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm, co-authors of The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? “Mindfulness and meditation are bad for people. People should be thinking… Life is about going out there and meeting people and hearing their thoughts.”Oxford University professor Theodore Zeldinhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11942320/Mindfulness-backlash-Meditation-bad-for-your-health.htmlThe Dark Knight of the SoulThe Atlantic 24 June 2014In late January this year, Time magazine featured a cover story on “the mindful revolution,” an account of the extent to which mindfulness meditation has diffused into the largest sectors of modern society. Used by “Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 titans, Pentagon chiefs, and more,” mindfulness meditation is promoted as a means to help Americans work mindfully, eat mindfully, parent mindfully, teach mindfully, take standardized tests mindfully, spend money mindfully, and go to war mindfully. What the cover story did not address are what might be called the revolution’s “dirty laundry.”“We’re not being thorough or honest in our study of contemplative practice,” says Britton.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-dark-knight-of-the-souls/372766/FURTHER READING: Parental Rights in NZ Regarding “Mindfulness”https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2014/10/parental-rights-regarding-mindfulness/last_img read more

Spain pledges fund for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

first_imgMADRID – The Spanish government onFriday authorized nearly 150-million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to easethe strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivalsfrom Latin America overwhelmed its social services. Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaasaid the subsidies will be complemented by 25-million euros from Europeanfunds. Venezuelan citizens and other migrants wait at the border with Colombia, at the Rumichaca bridge checkpoint, in Ecuador on Aug. 24. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a decree requiring Venezuelan citizens, who until now could cross the border with a passport or other form of identification, to have a visa to enter the country. REUTERS/DANIEL TAPIAcenter_img Provoked by national crises inSpanish-speaking countries like Venezuela and Colombia, the number of peopleseeking asylum in Spain has skyrocketed. Madrid City Council received 50,000asylum applications between Jan. and Oct. 2019 – compared to only 36,000nationwide and throughout 2018.(Reuters)last_img read more

One killed, one injured in Switzerland County motorcycle crash

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Indiana State Police say one person was killed in a Switzerland County motorcycle. The crash occurred around 1 p.m. Tuesday on State Road 156 near Concord Road.Police say Steven Adams, 60, of Monticello, was eastbound when he struck a deer that ran into the roadway. The impact threw the passenger, Deborah Block, 50, off the bike. Adams and the motorcycle crossed the centerline inot the path of a car driven by Michele Disney, 63, of Milan.Adams was pronounced dead at the scene. Blochwas flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital with serious injuries. Disney was not injured. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected.The accident investigation is ongoing.last_img

Dyche backing for Burnley forwards

first_img Michael Kightly ended 10 hours and 55 minutes without a goal in their 2-2 draw at Leicester on Saturday. It set a club record by four minutes, the previous one dating back to 1970, before Ross Wallace pinched a point with a last-gasp free kick. Boss Sean Dyche lifted the pressure off his strikers and backed them to fire despite Burnley’s goal drought setting a new club record. “One result doesn’t define the next result. But what I do know is that this was more like how I expect the team to perform,” he said. “I use the term doomed flippantly. But I realise people will think the challenge is huge for a club like Burnley, we haven’t spent a lot of money, we haven’t played regularly in the Premier League. But we have got a group who are very honest, who want to learn, who want to improve – and they want the challenge.” Riyad Mahrez’s goal looked like winning it for Leicester before Wallace struck deep into stoppage time It denied the Foxes a second home win of the season and midfielder Dean Hammond insisted they deserved victory. “We’re disappointed, we deserved to win even if we weren’t at our best. We’ll take point and move on. There are a lot of positives, unfortunately we conceded a couple but that’s the way it goes. We’ve had a decent start to the season,” he told Foxes Player. “We’re unbeaten at home and would like a few points but it was a fortress last year and it’s starting to look like that again. Everyone wants to play in the Premier League, that’s what we worked so hard for. “I’m loving every minute. It’s a challenge every week but I think we’ve performed well and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.” Press Association Dyche said: “The question marks have been there for obvious reasons. We believe as a group we can operate at this level, certainly compete, and we kind of have done, barring last Sunday. “Goals have been hard to come by, that’s for sure, and that goal acted as a release, and then we go and get a second, and they feel a bit more relaxed about it. They don’t get any pressure from me by the way, none of them. “Brian Clough said scoring is the hardest thing in the world. He actually said it to Teddy Sheringham, before reminding him that he’d managed it 251 times in 274 games, but that was a typical Brian Clough moment. “I know that; I don’t put any pressure on our strikers. They’ve got the freedom to go and score goals and I believe they will come for our strikers.” Lukas Jutkiewicz set up Kightly’s strike, which cancelled out Jeff Schlupp’s opener, and is yet to score since his £1.5million summer move from Middlesbrough but Dyche is pleased with his efforts. “He’s doing well. I just said to him, try and believe a little bit more.” he said. “He’s had chances and it’ll come but he’s another one, a young man learning his trade at a higher level, and it is a higher level, a tough level, make no mistakes. But he’s going about his business in the right manner.” Burnley have been without the injured Danny Ings and Sam Vokes but ex-Bournemouth striker Ings is expected back after the international break following his hamstring problem. The Clarets are still winless and the point lifted them off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League after their horror 4-0 defeat at West Brom but Dyche insisted they need more. last_img read more

Meyer inspires Clan success

first_img However, Meyer wrapped things up when he fired into the empty net with Carsen Chubak on the bench for the extra attacker. Jordan Mayer scored a hat-trick and Will Frederick added a goal and an assist as Hull Stingrays recorded a 6-3 victory on the road over Edinburgh Capitals and in the evening’s final game, a pair of Jordan Fulton goals gave Fife Flyers a 3-2 win over Dundee Stars. Stefan Meyer scored twice as Braehead Clan moved to within a point of Elite League leaders Sheffield Steelers thanks to a 5-2 victory over Belfast Giants. Lee Esders, Tristan Harper and Matt Keith scored within a span of 2:31 midway through the second period to give the Clan a 3-0 lead before Mike Kompon got the Giants on the board shortly after. Meyer’s 20th goal of the season restored the three-goal advantage but Kompon’s second powerplay effort of the night got Belfast back into it. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC women’s soccer to benefit from endowment

first_imgThe USC women’s soccer program received its first ever gift of endowment thanks to generous donors within the Trojan Family.The Mehdi Khosroshahin Head Soccer Coach Endowment will provide the salary for the university’s head soccer coach and begin a $14 million campaign to assist soccer student-athletes.Winner · USC coach Ali Khosroshahin has led the women’s soccer team to four consecutive NCAA appearances, including a 2007 NCAA title. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“This generous gift of endowment is particularly significant to our soccer program as it marks the first gift of its kind to this sport,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden told USCTrojans.com. “This endowment will go a long way in helping ensure the success of Trojan soccer for years to come.”Mehdi Khosroshahin is the father of current USC coach Ali Khosroshahin, who is the only coach in Pac-12 history to win a national championship in women’s soccer.A native of Iran, Mehdi taught his children the importance of academics and moved his family to the United States in the 1970s. The Khosroshahins eventually settled in California, where Mehdi saw both his children earn college degrees and develop a passion for the game of soccer.“My dad got me here, and now he’s our number one fan,” said Ali Khosroshahin, who was only six years old when his family moved to the United States. “My dad was instrumental in giving me the work ethic where you do whatever you can do for your family. That’s the kind of lesson that we try to teach our players.”Since taking over the coaching job in 2007, Khosroshahin has led USC to four straight NCAA appearances, including its first NCAA championship in program history during his first year.last_img read more