first_imgArsenal ready to sign William Saliba’s centre-back partner Wesley Fofana Arsenal scouts have been impressed with Wesley Fofana (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are keen on following up the signing of William Saliba by signing the Frenchman’s St Etienne team-mate Wesley Fofana.The Gunners snapped up Saliba last summer and agreed to let the defender spend the season on loan in France, before moving to north London for the 2020/21 season.Saliba arrived in a deal worth £27m and Arsenal have continued scouting the defender this season to keep an eye on his progress. Saliba joins Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Though Saliba has been the focus, scouts have picked up on the improvement of his centre-back partner Fofana and the Daily Express claim Arsenal want to sign the 19-year-old. The defender’s come through the ranks at St Etienne and he’s impressed in his 14 appearances this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe cancellation of Ligue 1 means St Etienne have narrowly avoided relegation but they remain under severe financial pressure. The club are therefore seeking a replica of the deal they agreed with Arsenal for Saliba, which would enable them to keep Fofana for an extra season but in full knowledge they they will receive a fee at the end. AC Milan and Everton are both touted as rivalries for Fofana’s signature. MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo reminisces over Manchester United’s Champions League final win on Instagram Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 May 2020 7:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNorwegian subsea services provider Reach Subsea has been awarded a frame agreement for the provision of inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services to Statoil. The frame agreement has a duration of five years and starts in 2019, Reach Subsea said on Friday.Commercial terms under the agreement are confidential between the parties. However, the frame agreement is call-off based, which means that Statoil can award contracts for IMR services in the North Sea on an as needed basis, the company explained.Reach Subsea CEO, Jostein Alendal, said: “We are proud to be awarded the IMR Frame Agreement with Statoil, which is of significant strategic importance and improves visibility for our service offerings for the next five years.”Statoil also recently awarded a five-year contract to Subsea 7 for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The contract involves the provision of a life of field support vessel Seven Viking for five years.The services includes onshore project planning and offshore operational execution.last_img read more

first_imgStuff 24 April 2016At least one potential surrogate has volunteered to be impregnated with sperm frozen before promising Auckland teenage filmmaker Cameron Duncan died 12 years ago.The offers have breathed life into grieving mother Sharon Duncan’s dreams of creating a grandchild using her dead son’s sperm, which he banked when aged 15 before starting chemotherapy for bone cancer in 2002.“They’ve had time to think about it, as the years have gone by.“I think it’s really cool, I don’t have to go to a stranger – it’s someone in our circle,” she said.If Cameron hadn’t lost his cancer fight in November 2003 when only 17 years old, he would have celebrated his 30th birthday this week, a milestone that has proved a sharp reminder to his mother that time is passing swiftly.“He was an amazing young man who inspired many, many people through his films… I could think of nothing better than to produce a child from him,” Sharon said.While New Zealand’s laws and regulations have blocked her plans to date, she has been granted an extra decade to keep his sperm frozen while she seeks a solution.“But I don’t want to don’t want to wait 10 years because by then I’ll be nearly 70,” Sharon said.“I’ve spent the last several years battling against irrelevant fertility reproductive laws in New Zealand, and I demand a change.”Cameron banked sperm in 2002 because he was warned his cancer treatment could destroy his fertility and he wanted children in his future.At the time, he signed a form at the fertility clinic gifting it to his mother if he died, but it failed to specify his frozen sperm’s use after death.His family had not discussed what to do with the sperm before his death because they were so focused on his survival.“The form he, and presumably, all other donors in 2002 signed, simply asked ‘in the case of your death, who do you leave the sperm to’, so he wrote my name,” Sharon said.A few years after Cameron’s death, Sharon inquired at a fertility clinic to see if she could use his sperm with a surrogate to produce offspring to raise, but was told it was deemed illegal.Under the 2004 Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act, nobody has the right to use sperm stored by a minor aged under 16, except the person himself. An applicant to use the sperm has to show he gave consent for its use before dying.However, Sharon believes that law does not apply to her case because it was introduced after Cameron’s death.“I have always argued that he banked his sperm two years before that law existed, yet still [the Ethics Committee] maintain that ‘law’ remains applicable.“These rewrites did not exist at the time of his signing, how can they apply to me now?”Guidelines for the storage, use and disposal of sperm from a deceased man came into force in 2000, but they had no age specification.In 2014, the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology granted her approval to keep her son’s sperm frozen for one year because a law change imposed a 10-year limit on storage of frozen gametes, embryos and other fertility tissue.At the time, she was told she would have to prove how she could overcome the legal hurdles to use her teenage son’s sperm without his consent.Last year, she sought another extension to keep the sperm frozen while she tried to make her dreams reality and was granted an extra 10 years.Since then, she has spoken to Russian doctor Lemara Kelesheva, who is raising four grandchildren in Moscow after using her dead son’s sperm to impregnate two surrogates, who both had twins in 2011.Her son had died of leukaemia in 2005 aged 23.Meanwhile, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said he was still waiting for more information before he could approve a proposed review of laws and regulations about collection, storage and use of gametes and embryos from dead and comatose people. read more

first_imgMs. Darlene Angela Scudder, age 69, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on October 4, 1949, in Vevay, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Julian and Emma (Beutel) Scudder. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of the Vevay High School. Darlene was employed as a shuttle bus driver for Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, for 12 years and for Plastic Molding Factory in East Enterprise, Indiana, for several years. She was also employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for nine years and for the Madison Shoe Factory for five years. She was a member of the Riverview Southern Baptist Church and enjoyed reading James Patterson books, watching the Colts and The Walton’s on the television. Darlene passed away at 4:12 a.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Darlene will be missed by her daughters, JoKay Beatty and her husband: Mike of Florence, IN and Amy Teeter and her husband: Rob of Somerset, KY; her son, Freddie Sullivan and his companion: Misty of Vevay, IN; her companion, Kenny Springer of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Devin Sullivan, Nigil Sullivan and Brackston Sullivan, Bristol Teeter and Bentley Teeter and her nephew, David Anthony Schurman of Bright, IN.She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Emma (Beutel) Scudder; her sister, Nancy Schurman and her brother, Freddie Eugene Scudder.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Pastor Loren Lamson at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response Unit. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

first_img Press Association The 23-year-old Costa Rica forward is set for his first Barclays Premier League start of the season at Swansea on Saturday following injury to England duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Campbell joined the Gunners in August 2011 from Deportivo Saprissa, but spent campaigns on loan at Lorient and Real Betis as he waited for a work permit, then headed to Olympiacos and last year a spell at Villarreal before returning to London for pre-season. Gunners boss Wenger resisted the temptation to allow the forward more time away from the Emirates Stadium, but accepts Campbell is entering a crucial stage of his Arsenal career. “I wanted to keep him here, I felt he has been on loan two or three times and that it is now or never for him with us,” said Wenger. “For him, as well, you belong to a club, you go one time out, two times out then after that you don’t know any more if you belong to the club or not.” Wenger has every confidence Campbell – who impressed during Costa Rica’s run to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup – possesses the style to deliver something different in the Premier League. “He has two positions – right side and centre-forward,” said Wenger. “He is a bit of a mixture between Walcott and (Olivier) Giroud. He likes to play with his back to goal like Giroud, but as well is a bit of a dribbler.” Wenger rejected criticism of Arsenal’s training methods after the London Colney treatment room became more crowded this week. “There are plenty of things that you can’t master, and as well things (happen) during the game, you cannot plan everything, players have to be robust,” said Wenger. “We sit down together and analyse exactly the workload of the players – in the last six weeks for example we know exactly the percentage of work (Walcott) has done, how much workload, what sort of exercise he has done. “Every day we know the intensity of his work, how much he has sprinted. We put it all together to see if we made a mistake.” Wenger, though, does not want to suggest his players are injury-prone. “I don’t want to put that label on them,” he said. “It is like in life, why does he catch the flu and him not? You have to accept that medically we are not all even.” Despite Arsenal’s selection worries, Wenger will not urge his players to hold back for fear of further injury ahead of what is a crucial run of fixtures – with Bayern Munich away in the Champions League and then hosting the north London derby against Tottenham before the international break. “Football, and life as well, is to play the next game like it was your last. That is part of the enjoyment,” he said. “You have to be completely in the present and not think about the next games, because who knows what will happen?” Arsene Wenger feels it is “now or never” for Joel Campbell to make it at Arsenal. last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories How Ange Bradley finally got the national title she’s been chasing for 25 yearsSyracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championshipAlyssa Manley wins Honda Award as nation’s top field hockey playerAlma Fenne leads scoring for No. 1 Syracuse in first and final season with teamRoos Weers deals with dyslexia, transition to U.S. in becoming star at Syracuse Published on January 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TRcenter_img Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley was named National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, it announced Friday.The award comes after Bradley led the Orange to the program’s first national championship this season, the first national title for a women’s team in school history. SU started the season 16-0 but lost to North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final. The Orange then defeated the Tar Heels 4-2 in the national championship.This is the second time Bradley’s been named coach of the year. She won her first in 2008, her second year at Syracuse, when the Orange went 22-2 and appeared in its first-ever national semifinal. She’s also a seven-time conference coach of the year, owns the sixth-best winning percentage in Division-I history (.751) and ranks fourth among active coaches.Since Bradley’s hiring in 2007, the Orange has appeared in four final fours, back-to-back national championship games and, this season, won its first regular season ACC title since joining the league in 2013.While Bradley was named ACC coach of the year, SU became the first team since 1994 to sweep the ACC awards. Alma Fenne won Offensive Player of the Year; Alyssa Manley, Defensive Player of the Year; Roos Weers, Rookie of the Year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange ranked second nationally in scoring margin (2.75), fourth in goals-against average (0.98), fifth in goals per game (3.82) and fifth in scoring average (3.73). Commentslast_img read more

first_imgA couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF:1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the league. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said. Polian personally spoke to Tim Tebow, who declined.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 14, 2019MORE: AAF Power Rankings Heading Into Week 2After that report started making waves, the Associated Press revealed more details as to what exactly transpired.From the AP:A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league. But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has publicly acknowledged such talks.Kaepernick’s $20 million is far more than what AAF players are making. Players earn $225,000 over three years, which comes out to $75,000 per season. In May, players can opt to chase their NFL dreams, but if they don’t get a roster spot then they are required to come back for another season.MORE: AAF Week 2 Predictions, Odds and Who to Watch The Alliance of American Football league reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing its league prior to its start last weekend.The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones spoke with AAF co-founder Bill Polian who told her that league CEO Charlie Ebersol wanted to see if the free agent QB would play. Jones also followed up on her report by saying the league didn’t initiate talks with Kaepernick.To follow up and correct an earlier tweet about Kaepernick/AAF, I’m told that though there was a conversation between Charlie Ebersol and Colin Kaepernick’s team last summer, the AAF didn’t initiate it. The AAF had other similar calls with free agent players.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 15, 2019AAF also had interest in Tim TebowThe Alliance also reached out to former NFL QB Tim Tebow, but he’s committed to baseball. What’s interesting about Tebow is that Polian reached out and so did Apollos coach Steve Spurrier. Although Tebow said he’s focused on baseball.”And I don’t blame Tim,” Spurrier said earlier this week on PFT Live. “Tim’s got a chance to go to Major League Baseball. I think he starts in the Triple A this year. I think Tim’s probably headed in the baseball direction right now, and I certainly don’t blame him. I think if I was in his situation, I might do the same thing.”last_img read more

first_imgby Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–If a school can’t keep at least half of its athletes on pace to graduate, it should not compete for a NCAA championship and be cut out of the multi-million dollar post-season pay-out, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said last week.In a crusade launched in the early stages of the NCAA basketball championship tournaments, Duncan zeroed in on the failure of 10 of the 68 schools in the Division I men’s tournament to be on track to graduate half of their players, noting that Black players are particularly ill-served.“If you can’t manage to graduate half of your players, how serious is the institution and the coach and the program about their players’ academic success?” Duncan told reporters.“Teams with academic progress rates below [that level] should be ineligible for post-season glory.”His remarks came hours after writing on the Washington Post’s opinion page that schools “need to stop trotting out tired excuses for basketball teams with poor academic records and indefensible disparities in the graduation rates of White and Black players.”Duncan also recommended the NCAA restructure its post-season tournament revenue-distribution formula, which currently pays the conference of each school $1.4 million for every game their team plays in the tournament.“Right now the formula handsomely rewards teams for winning games in the tournament, but does little to reward teams for meeting minimal academic benchmarks,” said Duncan.  “I simply cannot understand why we continue to reward teams for failing to meet the most basic of academic standards off the court.”He was citing the findings of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.  That group, formed in 1989 to combat college sports scandals by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, called for tougher standards for schools and student-athletes a decade ago.He also cited the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ annual study report that found that 10 of the 68 schools currently involved in the NCAA Tournament carry academic progress rates (APR) of less than 925, which would create a graduation rate of less than 50 percent. The academic progress rate is an NCAA measure of the progress toward graduation of student-athletes.Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, noted that only 59 percent of Black basketball players graduate, far less than the graduation percentage of Whites at 91 percent. The reports show percentages are even lower among schools such as Kansas State University, where 100 percent of White players graduate, yet only 14 percent of Black players graduate. The University of Akron also graduates every White player, but has a zero percent Black player’s graduation rate.According to the Knight Commission, in the last five years, teams that had graduation rates of less than 50 percent or an APR standard of less than 925 earned 44 percent of the total $409 million distributed.NAACP President Ben Jealous agreed with Duncan, but also acknowledged the high graduation rates made by the other 58 schools in the NCAA Tournament.“When you are coaching student-athletes, you have a responsibility to them both as an athlete and a student,” said Jealous, who highlighted programs like those at Xavier University, which sends designated personnel to check on players frequently to make sure they attend class and study regularly.“It happens because coaches decide to make sure that the young men are prepared for victory in life and not just on the court.”Duncan suggested that barring schools with poor graduation rates from the NCAA tournament would motivate more programs to follow Xavier’s lead.“The dream of playing in the NCAA tournament is what brings so many student-athletes on to these college campuses,” he said.  “If the right behavior is rewarded and bad behavior is punished, you would see all of these schools doing things in a very different way, very quickly.”(Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers.)last_img read more

first_imgALEXIS SARA COBBHave you had the opportunity to hear about the recent NFL personal conduct policy that Roger Goodell implemented?  The policy includes all NFL league and team personnel in addition to all players. There is a great deal involved in the policy but let’s focus on domestic violence. There is a mandatory six-game suspension without pay for a first time domestic violence offense, or at least 37.5 percent of a 16-game season. A second offense results in banishment from the league, with the possibility to petition for reinstatement after a year. In other words, a person can get a lifetime ban from the league with a second offense, if not granted reinstatement.I did not like the NFL personal conduct policy before the recent changes. And now that the changes have been implemented, I still don’t like the policy.The changes are a reaction to the Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice incident. He and his then-fiance /now-wife got into a physical altercation. They said some things, she spit on him and hit him, Ray hit her back and it was so hard, she was knocked unconscious. Some of the altercation was caught on camera. The footage was unsettling as Rice can be seen dragging his unconscious partner on the ground. After watching the Ray Rice incident online, I was appalled. After considering the totality of the circumstances, Goodell suspended Ray Rice for two games. The public was justifiability outraged at the ridiculously soft punishment. Two games! That’s utterly preposterous.In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Goodell referenced the Ray Rice incident when he stated, “…in response to a recent incident of domestic violence… My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right.”Goodell is correct that he was instrumental in giving a gross miscarriage of justice, however, now he is trying to overcompensate. The NFL has gone from one extreme to another.I am a female. I am strongly against domestic violence but I am also fully aware of how these new policy changes can and will be abused. It gives people who target athletes serious ammunition, it can affect the outcome of the NFL season by potentially sidelining any player or coach, and finally, it boasts of training athletes and personnel but it does not provide any immediate mandatory training.NFL players are already targets and the NFL has managed to give the people that target them even more ammunition. Many people try to get NFL players and athletes in general to pay them. For example, people have claimed athletes’ have sexually assaulted them or that they are the father of their children, when neither is the case. They will simply try to conjure up enough negative publicity or file lawsuits against athletes so that the athlete will pay them off to go quietly into the night.However, with these policy changes there are so many scenarios that are commonplace where the players could potentially be victims themselves. Do you honestly think that every person that calls the authorities and claims domestic violence is going to be telling the truth?  In the heat of the moment, people may simply try to hurt a player or coach and what better way to make headlines than to have a player or coach’s name brought up on a domestic violence charge.In a world where we are so progressive that the St. Louis Rams drafted the first openly homosexual onto the playing field, we as a nation are still backward. Especially, with our athletes. And nobody is going to talk about it. The new rules in the code of conduct policy do not account for an athlete or an NFL personnel who uses self-defense in a domestic situation.What about the female who attacks the male and the male fends her off? Let’s say that she has heard that he was cheating on her. She has some bruises, marks or scratches on her and can display these war wounds to the police. Then what? The player or coach is automatically put into a world where his career is in jeopardy. He is frontline news. It’s unfair. Plus, think of the ridicule that he is going to get if he were to tell the truth and say that she attacked him.A dishonest person can get anybody suspended and the whole team’s season can be affected. It’s ridiculous. The way that the conduct policy is set up, they will look to see how the legal battles are taken into account which means that the players could be affected toward the end of the season. So, a team could lose a potential star because someone in a relationship wanted to be vindictive and dishonest.Additionally, the policy takes into account previous behavior of before the individual were connected to the NFL. And that might be one of the greatest injustices. Roger Goodell should not get to reach back to anybody’s college days to determine his punishment for a new incident?  That is unfair and unreasonable.  Why should a player who has been in the NFL for years or a coach who has been coaching for decades be punished because of something that happened back when he was a freshman in college? It empowers females to lie and makes NFL players and personnel to live in fear.I understand where Goodell was coming from when he instituted this policy change. He had good intentions but the policy leaves much to be desired. Right now, men will be penalized on behaviors effective immediately when they haven’t been given any type of serious or intense domestic violence training.In a sport where men are so prevalent, Goodell just changed the gender influence of the game. Males coach the players. Males call the plays. Males referee the game.  Males play the game. But the NFL has just put in place a policy where a female can make allegations and affect the personnel of any team. So, in reality males play the game but females have the power to determine the outcome.(Source for this article is Sara Cobb may be reached at: or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

first_imgLongshot Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes By A Half Length Over Heavily Favored Jolie Olimpica As Wong & Cedillo Team For Mile On Turf In 1:34.15 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2020)–Heavily favored Jolie Olimpica tired late and longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars took full advantage, as she altered tactics today and rallied under Abel Cedillo to a half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Jonathan Wong, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.15.As expected, Jolie Olimpica, fresh off an impressive win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, shot straight to the lead into the first turn, with Keeper ofthe Stars settling into fourth, about a length and a half off the lead in a field of nine older fillies and mares.Second, a half length off the lead turning for home, Keeper ofthe Stars easily overhauled Jolie Olimpica en route to her second graded stakes win.“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who had ridden her in her last four starts.  “I got her back going into the first turn and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect and she finished really strong.”Most recently sixth, beaten three lengths after leading early in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf here Jan. 20, Keeper ofthe Stars was off at 36-1 and paid $74.20, $14.80 and $6.00.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper ofthe Stars, whose last win came in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes four stars back on Oct. 26, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $321,931 while improving her overall mark to 14-6-1-3.“When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, it felt like the best horse we have ever had,” said Wong. “We thought she would come from off the pace.  She is better when she has something to chase and when she on the outside and clear, because she has such a long stride (and) it takes her a while to get going.”As for Jolie Olimpica, a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred who had been so impressive in winning the Las Cienegas, she tried hard but had little to offer late, checking in second, a half length better than Mucho Unusual. Off at 3-5, Jolie Olimpica, who was ridden by Mike Smith, paid $3.00 and $2.20.“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her U.S. debut. “She was pulling and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, California-bred Mucho Unusual was the second betting choice at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Lady Prancealot.Fractions on the race were 23.23, 46.49, 1:10.24 and 1:22.30.last_img read more