CBI leaves centre for political heart

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Sokratis reveals why Unai Emery ‘needs’ Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

first_imgSokratis reveals why Unai Emery ‘needs’ Mesut Ozil at Arsenal Ozil returned – and impressed – against BATE (Picture: Getty)‘He played very good,’ Sokratis said of Ozil’s display.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Mesut is a fantastic player and when he is fit he is one of the most important players in the team. Of course when something is not going good, everybody is there to criticise but we have to see also what Mesut did in the last years for this team.‘All the team, all the players are behind him and we need a good Mesut to go (forward) because we know that he is very important for us.‘Mesut is very important, he is a very good guy and we need him’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 ArsenalEmery has grown frusrated at Ozil’s tendency to pull out of matches at late notice.The German has struggled with a back injury in recent months and had several bouts of illness.Sokratis says the problems have mounted up for Ozil but says he’s turned a corner recently.‘He was sick, he had some problems but after he came back for training,’ he said.‘Now, he is good. He did well yesterday and I hope in the next games he will go forward like this. He enjoys (himself) and we enjoy that he is with us.‘But when you are injured, it is difficult.’MORE: Cesc Fabgregas speaks out on Chelsea’s poor form since his departure from the club Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil made just his second start of 2019 on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos insists Arsenal ‘need’ Mesut Ozil because when he’s fit he’s ‘one of the most important players’ in the team.The German made just his second start of 2019 in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.The 30-year-old was told he could leave the club in January but he’s keen to stay in London and knows his £350,000-a-week wages are unlikely to be matched elsewhere.Emery dampened talk that Ozil’s return on Thursday was a turning point but Sokratis insists the club ‘need’ the German.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 Feb 2019 2:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link402Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

IPE Views: Seeing climate change ‘actions’ for what they are

first_imgThese days, with climate change an ever more prominent issue for institutional investors, it is easy to get excited about the different initiatives and announcements that hit our screens on a regular basis. It’s important to see them for what they are, and to not conflate managing the risks and opportunities of climate change with action to mitigate it.The press release that landed in my inbox on Friday is a perfect example. It had all the ingredients of a classic “ESG” news story. There were the big, powerful investors – six named sovereign wealth funds, including Europe’s largest, Norges Bank Investment Management – and the buzzwords: climate change, long-termism, value creation, sustainability, transition risk, physical risk… But again, read the text and it is clearly about understanding, managing and reporting on the financial implications of climate change, which the framework depicts as a development or phenomenon the investors are powerless to affect.Engaging with companies is mentioned, but there is no commitment to do so – “SWFs may wish to engage” – and the objective is not to effect any change, but “to understand” aspects such as “the risk and opportunities associated with the climate change issues that the Paris Agreement is seeking to address”.A contact at a climate finance think tank tells me: “Implicit perhaps in the framework is the idea that climate risk management frameworks contribute to shifting capital allocation, but this is indeed not a given. Managing risks and having an impact in the real economy are indeed not the same thing.”Getting a group of major sovereign wealth funds with very different perspectives and political backgrounds to back such an initiative is no mean feat and could have an important signalling effect.Also, the communication about the framework does not pretend to be about trying to change the course of man-made climate change. The language is quite clearly about risk management and analysis – and, yes, opportunities.More powerful investors using their influence to push for more and better data and showing climate change is on their radar is a good thing. The “ESG space” is a broad church, harbouring investors that want to manage change as well as those who want to effect change. Given the types of issues dealt with in this field – from human rights to climate change – asset owners, asset managers and advocacy groups should be clear about their objectives.The framework can be found here. The six-strong group of major sovereign wealth funds has produced a framework on climate change to promote the integration of climate change analysis into the management of large, long-term and diversified asset pools, as I wrote on Monday.The question in my mind was – as it often is when presented with such initiatives – was this going to be about managing the investment impacts or implications of climate change, or addressing climate change itself? As objectives or motivations, the two are quite distinct.I found very little in the framework to indicate this was about the sovereign wealth funds seeking to actively contribute to the fight against climate change.There are some parts of the framework that come close to this, such as the section on “ownership”, where the document sets out the sovereign wealth funds’ expectations of companies.last_img read more

Pacific Jewel to Leave P&O Cruises’ Fleet

first_imgCruise company P&O Cruises Australia will be bidding farewell to one of its older vessels, Pacific Jewel, as part of its commitment to refresh the fleet.As informed, Pacific Jewel’s final cruise will be on February 24, 2019, before being transferred to a new operator following its sale.The 1990-built vessel will leave the P&O Cruises fleet in March 2019, by which time it will have served the brand for almost ten years.The company said that it will welcome a second Grand Class ship to its fleet. Carrying more than 3,100 passengers, Star Princess will join its sister ship, Golden Princess, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet from the end of 2021.Star Princess will replace the considerably smaller Pacific Jewel which can carry around 2,000 passengers and crew.Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, said welcoming two Grand Class ships — Star Princess and Golden Princess — was part of the evolution of the P&O Cruises fleet. In September last year, P&O Cruises announced its plan to renew its fleet over time.Myrmell said P&O Cruises would continue to base ships year-round in its key homeports of Sydney and Brisbane as well as offering seasonal sailings from other Australian states and New Zealand.A transformed Golden Princess will join the P&O Cruises fleet in October 2020 while its sister ship, Star Princess, will join P&O Cruises at the end of 2021.last_img read more

Bacolod SP seeks modified ECQ ban on seniors

first_imgBACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here has passed a resolution asking the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to reconsider banning everyone over 60 years old from going outside their homes during the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Councilor Archie Baribar, author of the resolution, said senior citizens also need to go outside, [or], to move around, as long as they are practicing social distancing. “A very significant number of senior citizens in this city belongs to the bracket of 60 to 70 years of age and disallowing  them to go outside tended to be unhealthy (physically and mentally), counterproductive and contrary to their total well-being,” the councilor furthered. Especially those who live alone, the government should not isolate seniors in their homes, as such may be detrimental to their health, according to Baribar.center_img Pineda said he is respectfully asks the national government to reconsider this provision to ensure that senior citizen’s rights are not unduly curtailed, but still ensuring the protection of their health and safety./PN They should be allowed to do their errands and work if they are still able, he added.last_img read more

Son shines as Tottenham Hotspur thrash Palace

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Son Heung-min scored his first goals of the 2019/2020 campaign on Saturday as Tottenham Hotspur put their early season struggles behind them by thrashing Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. Crystal Palace, who boasted the meanest defence in the top-flight before the game, conceding twice in four matches, could not help losing heavily this time in a 4-0 defeat. Two strikes from Son and a goal apiece for Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela inside 45 minutes gave Spurs their first win since the opening day. Roy Hodgson’s Palace side were behind after nine minutes, when Son ran on to a long ball from Toby Alderweireld before shifting it on to his left foot in the area and driving into the bottom corner. The South Korean then turned provider in the 21st minute, playing the ball to Aurier who was overlapping on the right into the box. The former Paris St. Germain defender struck a low cross, only for it to deflect into the net off Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt. Aurier returned the favour barely two minutes later. A deep cross by the Ivorian found Son at the far post to volley in the third before Lamela got a fourth just before half-time. He fired home Harry Kane’s cross from the edge of the six-yard box. Spurs took their foot off the gas in the second half, presumably with one eye on their opening UEFA Champions League group game against Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday. But Crystal Palace barely registered any dangerous attacks to threaten their fellow Londoners. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Crystal PalaceErik LamelaSerge AurierSon Heung-minTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

O’Neill to face old friend

first_img Press Association Michael O’Neill is preparing to do battle with a familiar face on Sunday, as an old friend attempts to derail Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 dream. There is a whole lot more riding on the follow-up, with Northern Ireland having taken nine points from a possible 12 in Group F, while their opponents face a fight to stay in contention with just four points from their four fixtures. O’Neill admits he and Paatelainen have declined to swap advice about other teams on the road to France, but accepts the two men know each other’s style “inside out”. “We’re similar to players, I think. When you’ve played at a club with someone and then you’ve worked briefly with them as a coach there’s obviously a relationship there. “But we didn’t spend hours on the phone or anything up to that, so the relationship hasn’t changed at all. Obviously we are less inclined to discuss the opposition because he probably thinks he doesn’t want to tell me things I perhaps don’t know and vice versa. But we both know each other inside out and how our team will play. “Regardless of what happens it won’t affect how close we are.” O’Neill even sees a parallel between the two national sides, with both he and Paatelainen attempting to eke the best out of a small number of top-tier players, while building a strong group in support. “I think Mixu has done a great job there and his job is quite similar to mine,” he said. “You have a limited pool of players to choose from and he has got them playing in a nice style. “There’s no doubt Finland are a good team but there is a dependence there on five or six players and the team’s make-up is quite similar to mine.” Northern Ireland’s current position, and the well of optimism around the squad, is in stark contrast to an underwhelming first campaign under O’Neill. Brief glimmers of light – a battling point in Portugal, a 1-0 win over Russia – were outweighed by dismal defeats against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg. And the manager is both pleased and grateful that senior men such as captain Steven Davis, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley did not allow themselves to become disillusioned. “That’s the only way you can build an international team, you can’t build one, unless you’ve got massive resources, if you can’t be patient,” he said. “You need the patience of Steven, Gareth, Jonny and Brunty, who continue to come through the disappointment. They move on, but this is the reward for those players. “Over the past 18 months I’ve seen a lot of change and a real progression.” The Northern Ireland match-winner in recent months has been striker Kyle Lafferty, who scored against Hungary, Greece and the Faroe Islands before being shut out in the defeat by Romania. He has had a change of scenery since then, leaving Norwich for a loan spell with Turkish side Rizespor. Part of his motivation for that unexpected move was a desire to get regular game time at centre forward, with the Canaries having used him predominantly in a withdrawn role. Davis, a former Rangers team-mate of Lafferty, explained: “He just wants to go out and get regular football, and a chance to play up front. “He’s had a few experiences in other countries so I think at the time he knew it was the time to move on. He had Northern Ireland in the back of his mind, he wanted to improve his football for international level too. “He’s always going to give you 100% commitment and effort, give you everything but it’s about getting him focused. “We’ve seen a focused Kyle Lafferty in this campaign so far and long may it continue.” Finland are the opponents at Windsor Park, led by the Mixu Paatelainen – the man who gave O’Neill his coaching break as his number two at Cowdenbeath. The pair have already crossed paths on the international circuit, sharing an entertaining 3-3 friendly draw in 2012, during O’Neill’s early days at the helm. last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: Trump First President to Attend NYC Veteran’s Parade

first_imgFor the first time in its 100-year history a US President and the first lady attend the New York City Veterans Day parade today. President Trump will lay a wreath and the president will deliver remarks and offer a tribute to the men women who served this country during the opening ceremony of the annual event.Organizers say there will be more than 25,000 participants – veterans, active duty military personnel, and veterans supporters; also high school and college bands, and floats. The parade takes place over two dozen blocks on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The President and First Lady remain in New York tonight, staying at Trump Towerlast_img read more

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for COVID-19

first_imgCNN “Prime Time” anchor Christopher Cuomo has tested positive for COVID-19, the network revealed Tuesday morning.Cuomo, host of “Cuomo Prime Time,” is “feeling well” and will continue to work from the basement of his home for the next two weeks, per a memo circulated to CNN staffers.CNN Host Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for Coronavirus https://t.co/FIv3bo5eu2— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 31, 2020 Chris Cuomo’s brother New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is concerned about his mother Matilda because she recently visited Chris at his home because she was lonely. The governor made it clear that his brother made a mistake by potentially exposing his mother to the virus.There are at least 162,168 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems. At least 3,040 people have died in the US from coronavirus. https://t.co/8822U1pZF6— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2020last_img read more

Old skate park to get new lease on life as pickleball court

first_img Steve FullerReporter at The Ellsworth American,Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast’s Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. Latest posts by Steve Fuller (see all) Bio Turn about is fair play – January 29, 2020 Real stories – March 11, 2020center_img The Gould Life – January 8, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The skate park at the Down East Family YMCA, closed for several years due to safety concerns, is set to reopen next month with a new look and a new purpose: pickleball.Peter Farragher, the Y’s CEO, said Y officials had talked for awhile about “what would be the next thing for the skate park.” It was Fitness Director Robin Clarke, Farragher said, who suggested pickleball courts.Pickleball, for those who are not familiar with it, is played on a badminton-size court, uses a modified tennis net and combines the elements of those two games with those of ping pong. Players use graphite or wood paddles to strike a plastic ball with holes, and the game can be played as either singles or doubles.Farragher said the motivation to go forward with the pickleball plan at this time was seeing how successful Friends in Action’s pickleball program has been at the Moore Center on State Street.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJo Cooper, executive director of Friends in Action, said her group launched its program indoors at the Moore Center in mid-2015 and that it has proven very successful.She said its popularity has only grown “as people found out about it and started trying it.”“It really surprised me,” said Cooper, “with how quickly it took off.”Pickleball is offered at the Moore Center from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Crews cleaned up the area around the skate park next to the Y recently and Farragher said the next steps include sealing the surface of the courts and putting in the necessary lines. He said the plan is to open the remade facility in June.Farragher said the Y has received a couple of donations to help cover the cost of the work but is still looking for additional funding. He said this new use for the skate park seems like a perfect fit.“The timing is just right,” he said. “It’s a great thing.”Use of the pickleball courts will be free to anyone with a YMCA membership, Farragher said, while non-members will have to be a minimal hourly fee.Pickleball has grown in popularity in Maine in recent years, and Ellsworth is not the only community to look at taking an old facility and converting it to use for pickleball.In Belfast, for example, the City Council in December discussed converting a basketball court described as “dilapidated” into a space for pickleball.The skate park in Ellsworth dates to 2003. It was closed in the summer of 2012 due to safety concerns, including the discovery of rotting wood on some of the equipment. Latest Postslast_img read more