Dani Ceballos plays down rumours he could have left Arsenal in January

first_imgDani Ceballos plays down rumours he could have left Arsenal in January Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 12 Feb 2020 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Ceballas was heavily linked with Valencia last month (Picture: Getty)‘I have never had a quiet transfer market, neither in summer nor winter,’ Ceballos told Spanish outlet Marca.‘It is a sign that you do things fairly well so that there are teams interested in you.‘But it is also true that I like stability at a club and I decided to stay at Arsenal because they signed me and I want to restore trust because I think it is time to step forward.‘It seems silly, but Arsenal fans have a song dedicated to me. There are only three or four players on the team who have a song and they have been there for many years.‘I feel very loved every time I play at the Emirates.’ Dani Ceballos has vowed to fight for his place under new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has promised Arsenal fans he will be an ‘important’ player after the winter break and shut down rumours he could have left the club in January.The 23-year-old attacking midfielder, who joined on loan from Real Madrid last summer, was a regular in Unai Emery’s first-team but has since struggled for form and fitness and made just one substitute appearance under Mikel Arteta.Valencia registered an interest in Ceballos last month and the Spain international briefly considered terminating his loan deal at the Emirates to secure a move back to La Liga towards the end of the transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Ceballos decided to fight for his place under new head coach Arteta and has vowed to repay the faith supporters have shown in him since he arrived in north London.ADVERTISEMENT Ceballos has made just one substitute appearance under Arteta (Picture: Getty)Ceballos believes a build-up of too many games may have caused the hamstring injury which sidelined him from the beginning of November through to the end of January.‘It was due to an excess of matches,’ he added.‘I had 17 games in two months, I was the only player who had played all those games. At that time I spoke with Unai and told him that in all competitions, as long as I could and my body allowed it, I wanted to play it all.‘Sometimes you have to learn from mistakes. It cost me an injury, but you learn a lot.’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 CityCeballos is confident he will be a key player for the Gunners in the second half of the campaign after putting his injury problems behind him.‘Mikel is going to be a great coach,’ he said.‘He has learned from Pep [Guardiola], he has a game philosophy that I think fits perfectly in what he asks for his team.‘Yes, it is true that he has arrived in a difficult situation for the club but mentally he is the coach that I think is what Arsenal need right now.‘Since I came back I have been working with him just two weeks and now is when I have to show him that I am fit to play in Arsenal. After the break I will be important.’MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready to trigger Timo Werner’s £50m release clauselast_img read more

Investors welcome Shell board’s backing for climate change resolution

first_imgThe investors include the UK Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF); church investors, such as the Church Commissioners for England and the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church; and other European pension funds, including Ilmarinen and Swedish buffer funds AP2, AP3 and AP4.A letter sent to shareholders by Shell said: “The board has given consideration to the resolution and has decided to recommend that shareholders support the resolution at the AGM.”The letter, from JJ Traynor, executive vice-president of investor relations, said Shell would report on:Ongoing operational emissions managementAsset portfolio resilience to post-2035 scenariosLow-carbon energy research and development and investment strategiesStrategic key performance indicators and executive incentivesPublic policy interventionsShell will provide additional reporting in 2015, in advance of full reporting in response to the resolution in 2016, in the most appropriate annually updated report or website location, which will include its sustainability reporting and its emissions reporting website.Kieran Quinn, chair of both the LAPFF and Greater Manchester Pension Fund, said: “This development from Shell is a clear example of the effectiveness of shareholder engagement backed by investor commitment. Universal owners taking an active approach to long-term risk, sustainability and carbon-management issues has benefits both for our beneficiaries and for our underlying investments.”Edward Mason, head of responsible investment for the Church Commissioners for England, said: “This shows what an important role shareholders can play in promoting business adaptation to the transition to a low-carbon economy. More widely, it demonstrates the benefit of corporate engagement and the constructive outcomes it can achieve.”Howard Sherman, head of corporate governance and product development at MSCI, said: “This is a remarkable and potentially historic development from a corporate governance perspective. It’s quite rare for a board to recommend in favour of a shareholder proposal, let alone one with such potential impact on the rest of the industry.”  Sherman added: “When I started working in this field in 1986, it was rare to even see a shareholder proposal concerning environmental issues. The few that made it on to the ballot would receive at best 2-3% of the vote. This development shows just how fast climate change has emerged as a key corporate governance issue for many companies.”  A similar resolution has also been filed by the coalition for BP’s AGM on 16 April.Have a look at IPE magazine’s excellent ESG report on carbon risk Investors in Royal Dutch Shell have welcomed the decision by the company’s board of directors to back a resolution on climate change at its annual general meeting in May.The special resolution – ‘Strategic resilience for 2035 and beyond’ – amplified by a supporting statement, calls for routine annual reporting from 2016 to include further information about certain activities related to climate change, including ongoing operational emissions management, asset portfolio resilience to the International Energy Agency’s scenarios, and public policy positions relating to climate change.It has been filed by Aiming for A, a coalition of more than 50 institutional investors with portfolios totalling £160bn (€209bn), and led by CCLA Investment Management, the specialist church and charity fund manager.Its name is taken from the highest rating (A) of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), an NGO that rates the performance of global companies on climate change. last_img read more

Kids should spend no more than 2 hours online per day

first_imgDailyMail 28 October 2013Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids’ tweeting,  texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms.  #goodluckwiththat.The recommendations are bound to prompt  eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says  parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious  consequences.It’s been linked with violence,  cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems.  It’s not a major cause of these  troubles, but ‘many parents are clueless’ about the profound impact  media  exposure can have on their children, said Dr. Victor Strasburger,  lead author  of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy.‘This is the 21st century and they need to  get with it,’ said Strasburger, a University of New Mexico adolescent medicine  specialist.The policy is aimed at all kids, including  those who use smartphones, computers and other internet-connected devices. It  expands the academy’s longstanding recommendations on banning televisions from  children’s and teens’ bedrooms and limiting entertainment screen time to no more  than two hours daily.Under the new policy, those two hours include  using the internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and  movies; online homework is an exception.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2478415/Kids-spend-TWO-HOURS-online-day-warn-doctors–parents-hope-enforcing-rule.htmllast_img read more

Egyptian Judge accused of ‘sexual bribery’

first_imgThe public prosecution filed a claim on Saturday evening accusing the head of a misdemeanor court in Nasr City, Cairo of demanding sexual favors in return for biased rulings in cases he was presiding over, according to judicial sources.  The Supreme Judicial Council approved the resignation submitted by the judge on Sunday morning, the sources added. The claim filed by the public prosecution against the judge included the testimony of four people, among whom a woman who said the judge had tried to bribe her sexually, one week ago.The accused judge had previously ruled in public opinion cases, including the acquittal of host Ahmed Moussa over the defamation of Free Egyptians Party leader Ossama Ghazaly Harb and the head of the Central Auditing Organization, Hisham Geneina.He was also involved in a case where he rejected an appeal made by five female students on sentencing them to five years of hard labor and a fine of LE100,000 each.As part of his work at the Misdemeanor Court of Nozha, the judge presided over several more cases, such as when singer Hatem Fahmy was accused of fraud, or when a man claimed to be a prophet.The judge, R. A., meanwhile denied the charge in a phone call with Al-Masry Al-Youm on Sunday evening.He also denied submitting his resignation, adding that he is being subjected to a smear campaign by the Muslim Brotherhood.last_img read more

‘Anti-wiretap law hindering fight vs sex traffickers’

first_imgManila – With most of the sex trafficking activities happening online,an official of the Department of Justice said lawmakers should considerrelaxing provisions of the Anti-Wiretapping Law.  The committee earlier found out thatChinese-run prostitution dens have been pimping Filipina teens and foreign sexworkers through chat apps.      “Most of the recruitment happensonline, through social media or through chat apps which we have no access to,”Aglipay-Villar added.  She said operatives need to secure acourt order before they can be exempted from the Anti-Wiretapping Law, which ismeant to protect the rights of private citizens. Sex traffickers, who cater primarilyto Chinese nationals, have been using food-related codes to evade censorship inChina, according to the investigation.(WithABS-CBN News/PN) Justice undersecretary EmmelineAglipay-Villar said investigators probing prostitution dens and humantrafficking activities should be allowed to monitor private conversations ofsuspects.center_img Meanwhile, Senate committee chair RisaHontiveros said they will consider Aglipay-Villar’s suggestion alongside othercalls to regulate the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations, an industry beingblamed for the alleged proliferation of Chinese prostitutes and clients in thecountry. “‘Yungmga batas natin, kailangan mag-evolve toaddress the changing nature of the crimes of trafficking and prostitution,” shesaid. Authorities rescue women from a prostitution den in Makati on October last year. With most of the sex trafficking activities happening online, an official of the Department of Justice said lawmakers should consider relaxing provisions of the Anti-Wiretapping Law. ABS-CBN NEWS “The committee will act on thatrecommendation based both sa humanrights, civil rights and effective law enforcement para sa protection ng mgababae,” Hontiveros added.last_img read more

Do You Remember Josh Speidel?

first_imgOn a recent NCAA basketball game, former Columbus North player, Josh Speidel, was seen on the Vermont bench.  Vermont honored his scholarship even though he was severely injured in a 2015 car wreck.  This wreck happened on a snowy, Superbowl evening and the wreck left Speidel with a severe head injury.In an amazing cover story, Speidel has come all the way back to where he is able to not only maintain a high GPA in his studies, but he is gradually regaining his athletic skills as well.  A lot of you local fans will remember that Batesville’s Bryan Hoeing was injured in the same basketball season.  Both athletes were projected to be All-Star players that year.  Hoeing has recovered and is still pursuing his dream of someday pitching in the major leagues.Best of luck to both of these athletes!last_img read more

EPL: Burnley, Sheffield clash for Europa League spot

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Burnley vs. Sheffield Utd Venue: Turf Moor Kick off: 12PMTwo sides with aspirations of European qualification for next season will go head-to-head in the Premier League at lunchtime as Burnley play host to Sheffield United at Turf Moor. The clubs are only separated by two points in the Premier League table, with Sheffield United occupying seventh on 47 points while Burnley lie 10th on 45 points after 32 matches.The defensive resilience of Sean Dyche’s men paid dividends once again as Burnley kept their second clean sheet in a row with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday.The ever-present Ben Mee – so often at the forefront of Burnley’s efforts to preserve a slender lead – scored his first Premier League goal since January 2017 at Selhurst Park as Dyche’s men kept the race for the European places very much alive.Following on from a 5-0 drubbing at recently-dethroned 2018-19 champions Manchester City, Burnley have recorded victories by a solitary goal against Watford and Palace since the restart, and the Clarets have only tasted defeat once in their last eight league outings.Dyche’s men are also unbeaten in their last five league matches at home, having taken points off Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before play was called to a halt, and Burnley can leapfrog the North London pair with a win this weekend should Arsenal and Spurs lose to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton respectively. On an individual level, Nick Pope will be aiming to keep his 14th clean sheet of the season as he leads the way in the battle for the Premier League Golden Glove, with the Englishman having recorded one more shut-out than Alisson and Ederson as things stand.Meanwhile, Sheffield United also demonstrated exactly why they are among the Premier League’s European chasers as they enjoyed an impressive 3-1 victory over fellow top-four rivals Tottenham on Thursday.The Blades stuck to the task at hand as further strikes from Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie allowed Chris Wilder’s men to leapfrog Spurs and enter gameweek 33 in eighth – eight points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United.In doing so, the Blades also managed to end a four-game winless run in all competitions since the restart, and with a challenging set of fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea, Leicester City and Everton still to come, it was imperative that Wilder’s men regained their confidence after a lacklustre opening to Project Restart.The Blades will now endeavour to score their first goal on the road in the top flight since February, and Sheffield United have only managed to pick up one league win from their last seven away from home – potentially a cause for concern for Wilder as he looks to bring European football to the Bramall Lane faithful. However, Sheffield ran riot against Burnley in the reverse fixture and enjoyed a 3-0 victory courtesy of a John Lundstram brace and a John Fleck strike.Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Vydra, Rodriguez. Sheffield United possible XI: Henderson, Egan, Basham, Robinson, Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens, McBurnie, Mousset.—Tags: BurnleyEuropa LeaguePremier LeagueSheffield UnitedTurf Moorlast_img read more

Man Charged with Inciting Riot, Threatening to Fight Local Deputy Police Chief

first_imgA Jacksonville man became the third person this week to be charged by West Palm Beach police with “inciting a riot,” after officers say he challenged the deputy chief to a fight and also mocked demonstrators Tuesday night.The “incitement” charge against 51-year-old Anthony Richard Couse III is a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He is also charged with assault on an officer and resisting arrest without violence.Officers arrested four other people, including a juvenile, on Sunday evening. The charges range from resisting arrest to aggravated assault.Couse remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday with his bail set at $151,000.Traffic Alert: I-95 both directions, closed at Okeechobee Blvd., Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., & Belvedere Rd. Entry/Exit ramps are closed. Okeechobee Blvd. East and West is also closed from Congress Avenue to Downtown.— West Palm Beach PD (@WestPalmPD) May 31, 2020 According to a West Palm Beach police report, just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Lakeview Avenue and Quadrille Boulevard, he rode his bicycle through the crowd, confronted Deputy Police Chief Rick Morris and demanded the chief remove his uniform and fight.He also waved his arms, apparently to encourage other protesters to join him, shouting ”(expletive) the police,” according to the arrest report.A few demonstrators tried to block Couse’s arrest as several officers had to restrain him while he struggled with police.According to The Palm Beach Post, Couse may originally be from West Palm Beach, and it is unclear why or when he moved to Jacksonville.last_img read more

Windies to win big in newly revised ICC financial model

first_img(SPORTSMAX) Cricket West Indies could be among the biggest beneficiaries of the newly revised International Cricket Council (ICC) financial model.Under the previous model which was implemented in 2014 and prioritised cricket’s big three (India, England and Australia) in terms of revenue share percentage the West Indies would have received 3.18% of the ICC’s revenue.With earning estimated to be somewhere between US$2.5 billion to US$3 billion for the next eight years that figure would have amounted to around US$81 million.The new model floated by ICC chief Shashank Manohar and already voted on by the ICC Board members at a recent meeting would see the share of West Indies and other member nations like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand move to approximately US$100M to US$115M.The move was vehemently opposed by the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI), who will turn out to be the biggest losers in the affair, despite still earning the most.The restructured revenue share would see the BBCI’s share fall from 22.9% to somewhere around 10 to 10.2%. The decrease could represent losses of around US$180-US$190 million. The ICC is expected to pass the resolution during its April Board meeting.last_img read more

Mikel Joins Trabzonspor on Two-year Deal

first_imgJohn Mikel Obi, Super Eagles Captain, John Obi Mikel has joined Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor on a two-year deal with the option of an additional one year.The Turkish club announced the news of Mikel’s switch on their website Monday afternoon.The 32-year-old former Chelsea midfielder who won the UEFA Champions League with the Blues in 2012, was a free agent after leaving Championship side Middlesbrough in May. Mikel, who has made two appearances for his country at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, has previously played in Norway and China, but achieved success in England with Chelsea.“A two-year and an additional year agreement was signed with the free captain of the Nigerian national team,” the Turkish club announced on their website.The midfielder made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge two years ago.He also won two league titles, three FA Cups and the Europa League in 2013.The Black Sea Storm already have compatriots Ogenyi Onazi and Anthony Nwakaeme in their squad and will compete in next season’s Europa League after finishing fourth in 2018-19 season.Mikel has won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria, playing for them in the past two World Cups and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.He was also one of Nigeria’s three over-age players as the African side won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more