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Retail: Waiting for Paradise

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Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown

first_img / Comment 1 min. story Coral BarryThursday 5 Mar 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link879Shares Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown Skip Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goalscorer (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta off handing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a massive new deal with the Arsenal striker’s contract set to expire next summer.Arsenal have been working on convincing Aubameyang to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal amid relentless transfer speculation about their top goalscorer.The Gunners continue to find themselves in tricky contract situations, with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey running down their deals and demanding massive wage boosts to sign new contracts.Arsenal gave in to Ozil’s demands, but allowed Ramsey to leave the club on a free transfer last summer.ADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Read More Top articles ‘I wouldn’t want to see him go, but they don’t want to be held to ransom either.‘You could argue with Ozil that’s what happened because at the time [Alexis] Sanchez and Ozil were two big players and they didn’t want to lose both so they invested heavily in Ozil.’Ozil penned a reported £350,000-per-week deal just months before his deal was due to expire, while Alexis Sanchez was sold to Manchester United mid-way through the season.Despite investing heavily in Ozil, the German has failed to deliver consistently on the pitch for Arsenal and reports claim the London club have repeatedly tried to offload the playmaker.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 CityArteta spoke about the future of Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s game against West Ham this weekend and confirmed he wanted his and Lacazette’s contract talks concluded quickly.‘We will have to do that [contract talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure,’ Arteta said.‘We will see the intentions that we have, his intentions, and where we are sitting at that moment.‘I think it’s difficult to predict that context right now.‘For me, it’s very easy, I want to keep him in any circumstances.’MORE: Arsenal keen on Jonathan David as potential Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacementMORE: Arsenal begin talks to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun KokcuFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Read More Full Screen SPONSORED Read More With Alexander Lacazette’s deal also nearing it’s expiry date, Keown urged Arteta to consider offloading both his strikers.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Key decisions need to be made [with Aubameyang and Lacazette],’ Keown told Goal.‘Are they going to stay or not? Do Arsenal have to face up to the prospect of perhaps losing Aubameyang? Coming Next 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Video Settings Read More Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Global E&C selected as construction contractor for EnQuest’s UK assets

first_imgEPC contractor Global E&C has been awarded a contract as the default construction contractor for several EnQuest’s UK offshore assets.The Magnus Platform; Source: KCA DeutagThe company also secured a position on EnQuest’s engineering, modifications, and repair services (EMRS) framework for brownfield services, including survey, engineering, and fabrication.Global E&C said that it would deliver all construction-related activities across the Thistle, Heather, Magnus, Northern Producer, and EnQuest Producer facilities.It is worth noting that the EPC firm held contracts with EnQuest for the past five years.Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, added: “Innovative commercial arrangements such as the relationship between EnQuest and Global E&C help unlock North Sea activity in a safe and sustainable way, and drive improvements in performance.”Global E&C also stated it was looking to recruit an additional 60 offshore and onshore personnel across a number of disciplines.Terry Allan, Global E&C’s corporate development director, said: “We’ve been very focused on a strategy to be the most efficient brownfield focused EPC contract in the North Sea and this notable award for our team is a significant part in that journey.”It is worth reminding that EnQuest had to evacuate workers from its Thistle platform last week, which sits 125 miles northeast of Shetland. The platform was shut down and evacuated in a precautionary move following a subsea structural inspection.Following the evacuation of 151 workers from the platform, Britain’s workers’ union RMT suggested that the speed of evacuation suggested ‘a serious problem.’Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

The Latest: Mets GM says multiple coronavirus cases for team

first_imgZaidi says Bishop got his test result on Friday and has mild symptoms.Bishop would have been on the club’s roster of 51 players announced Monday for the start of camp later this week. Zaidi says Bishop is in Arizona and wasn’t around any others from the organization.The 22-year-old Bishop is the team’s first-round draft pick from 2019, selected 10th overall out of Arizona State. The Giants are planning their first workout Friday.___Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says a player who was asymptomatic has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Latest: Mets GM says multiple coronavirus cases for team Van Wagenen did not identify any of the players on a video call with reporters, nor did he detail their conditions or reveal when they tested positive. He says the club is optimistic the player on the 40-man roster will be able to return to action early in training camp, which begins Friday at Citi Field.“He is recovering and we feel like he’s in a good position, but we’ll sort of wait and see once we get everybody here in camp,” Van Wagenen said.The GM said none of the positive tests occurred at the club’s regular spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.___The Chicago Bears are offering full refunds to season ticket holders because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoyer says no players have tested positive or opted out of this season because of concerns about the coronavirus, nor have any coaches.___The New York Jets are offering fans refunds or payment deferrals on season tickets this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team began emailing season ticket holders Monday to alert them about their options. The Jets also are deferring season ticket payments for July, as they have done each of the last three months.Jets season ticket holders will have the option to get a full refund on 2020 tickets or defer all payments toward the 2021 season. Season ticket holders who choose one of those options can also opt to keep their same seats in 2021. The Governors currently have 11 athletes who have tested positive. The FCS-level school in Clarksville, Tennessee, did not identify the sports involved.Austin Peay closed its facilities Saturday. Athletic director Gerald Harrison said in a statement Monday that the positive tests are regrettable but procedures put in place worked as expected. That includes isolating those who tested positive along with people at risk through contract tracing in self-quarantine.Austin Peay also is cleaning and disinfecting its facilities.Austin Peay won the Ohio Valley Conference football championship last season and lost in the FCS quarterfinals.___ Season ticket holders who choose that option will be able to renew their seats for the 2021 season, the team says. The Bears are not sure how many fans will be allowed at Soldier Field this season.Chicago is scheduled to open at Detroit on Sept. 13 and host the New York Giants a week later. The Bears also have home preseason games against Cleveland and San Francisco on Aug. 15 and 29.___Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says two staff members have COVID-19 and were experiencing mild symptoms. Hoyer would not reveal their names. He says one was tested because “a friend of a friend had it and he’d been in contact with that person,” and the other was “out of an abundance of caution.” ___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.Monday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says one player on the team’s 40-man roster has tested positive for the coronavirus, in addition to multiple minor leaguers. The Carolina Hurricanes will help deliver meals to local healthcare workers to thank them for their work amid the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced a five-week program Monday to deliver 1,000 meals in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. It begins Wednesday when Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour assists with the first delivery, this one to the UNC Health Wakebrook behavioral health campus in Raleigh.More meals will be delivered each Wednesday through July.___San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi says minor league center fielder Hunter Bishop has tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img ___NBA All-Stars Kemba Walker and Trae Young, and U.S. women’s Olympians Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be coaches for an online basketball camp set up in response to coronavirus restrictions.The camp for children of all ages was launched by former NBA player and longtime TNT basketball studio analyst Kenny Smith.Two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo and WNBA star Brittney Griner are also set to work “The Jet Academy,” with more participants to be announced.The camps begin July 20 at www.jetacademycamp.com and can be streamed on any device. Schedule details and pricing are available on the website. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Also, season ticket holders with personal seat licenses who opt for the deferred payment or refund on tickets will also be able to defer their PSL payment, which is due in November to November 2021.The team says those fans who make automatic payments on their season tickets will continue to have their payments made unless they opt for the deferral.The Jets have not made individual game tickets available as they continue to monitor the situation regarding government restrictions and regulations during the pandemic. NFL teams are scheduled to report for training camp on July 28.__Austin Peay has suspended voluntary workouts and closed its facilities after a cluster of positive tests for the coronavirus among its athletes. June 29, 2020 Zimmerman said in a statement his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus because she has multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children, including a newborn. He told The Associated Press last week he was still undecided on whether to play.As part of his announcement, the 35-year-old Zimmerman said he’s not retiring.Ross is a 27-year-old right-hander with five years of major league experience, all with Washington.___Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Smith has run a camp for 25 years in North Carolina, where he played collegiately. But camps have been limited or canceled in many locations because of rules limiting sizes of gatherings because of the virus.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule.The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. The positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.Since its return to golf, the tour had no positive tests the opening week in Texas; one positive test in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and three positive tests — plus two positive tests for caddies — in Connecticut.English says in a statement he feels healthy and supports the tour’s additional policy of not letting anyone at Detroit Golf Club until the test results were back. Previously, a player could practice but not enter the clubhouse while waiting on the results.English started the season with limited status and has risen to No. 27 in the FedEx Cup. He must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the next two tournaments. Hill didn’t identify the player, but said he “feels great” and will go through MLB protocol to join the team.Hill said he would be surprised if any Marlins players opt of the season because of health concerns.___Longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have decided not to play this season.General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross opted out “for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones,” adding the team supports their decisions.last_img read more

Whicker: Walker Buehler, Dodgers know the advantages of winning Game 163

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire SAN FRANCISCO — What to make of this Monday afternoon in Dodger Stadium?How many will attend a 163rd game that will determine nothing of substance except convenience? How willing are the Dodgers and Rockies ready to sell out for playoff position?The answer was on Justin Turner’s cellphone.Someone wanted to know if he’d have a chance to catch video of German Marquez, Colorado’s starting pitcher in this National League West title-decider. The Angels did that in 2005, thanks to rain in the Division Series. They were in New York on Sunday, home on Tuesday and Chicago on Wednesday, and by the weekend they could barely lift a bat and lost the ALCS in five.“It’s not do-or-die, but it’s a must-game,” Roberts said, and it made perfect sense.“If you win the division, you play a fresh series,” Turner said. “If you lose the division, you play a Game 7 right out of the gate.”Buehler, the Vanderbilt alum, said it reminded him of NCAA regional competition. The best way to win is to stay in the winners’ bracket. If you lose, you’re burning through more pitchers, you’re playing on a tightrope every night.“It’s kind of weird to say it, but it’s true,” Buehler said. “It’s like win or go home, but not really.”A victory Monday allows Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu to face the Braves and keeps the pitching wheel on its axis. A loss Monday means some improvisation for Tuesday, although Alex Wood would be ready and able.The usual stuff from Buehler, backed by a fairly fresh bullpen, could make life simpler.“He’s calmed down on the mound as the year has gone on,” Kenley Jansen said. “I’m not talking about velocity, but he’s not out there going 120 mph. I think you’re seeing a superstar in the making. He’s built for this, you can see.”Marquez is on the same track. He struck out the first eight Phillies he faced on Wednesday. On June 30 he two-hit the Dodgers through eight innings and beat them 2-1. He has posted a quality start (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs) in 15 of his past 16 assignments, and is 14-10 after he was 9-9 on Aug. 8.So much for the Giants yearning to derail their rivals. The Dodgers outscored them 28-7 for the weekend. And it reminded that 162 games are longer than they used to be.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I’m calling up the video right now,” he said, sitting in a clubhouse full of Dodgers, 10 of whom scored in this 15-0 win over the Giants that completed a sweep of the three-game series.East of here, the Rockies were similarly businesslike in thrashing the Nationals and preserving the tie.The answer was also in the Dodgers’ choice of Monday pitchers. Walker Buehler will not be saved for whatever follows.“He’s our best,” Manager Dave Roberts said. Since July 31 Buehler has shaved his ERA from 3.65 to 2.76, and when he faced the Rockies on Sept. 19 he struck out 12 of them in six innings.If the Dodgers win they will earn two precious off days before they would play host to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. If they lose they go to Chicago or Milwaukee for a wild-card knockout game Tuesday, which would give them three games in three days in three locales.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies On March 29-30 the defending NL champions lost a pair of 1-0 games at home to San Francisco, with Joe Panik hitting game-winning home runs off Clayton Kershaw and Jansen. The Giants won 71 games the rest of the way, the Dodgers lost 69, and Panik hit only two more homers. On Sunday it took the Dodgers five minutes to score twice.On Saturday Max and Cathy Hickey, of Visalia, sat in prime seats behind home plate. He’s a Dodgers fan and he wore a “Roseboro 44” jersey. She’s a Giants fan and she wore a “Marichal 27” jersey. She used to wear Sergio Romo’s jersey but someone mischievously told her she should commemorate Marichal instead. She didn’t know that on Aug. 22, 1965, Marichal held up a bat and, with two hands, slammed it against Roseboro’s head during a pennant race.The Dodgers won that pennant and Marichal was suspended 10 games, laughable by today’s jurisprudence. But Marichal became friends with Roseboro and spoke at his funeral.Today’s baseball is more peaceable, with second-chance showdowns and swollen playoffs. Whether the bizarre 2018 season will be kept in the scrapbook of good old days is doubtful, and to be determined. At this point the Dodgers just want days. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

FUFA set to defy NCS, calls new rules archaic

first_imgUOC president Blick (left), FUFA VP Mbidde (middle) and Magogo (right) at the press briefing on Thursday. PHOTO BY FUFASoccer governing body FUFA insist they will defy new regulations for them to register with National Council of Sports NCS.FUFA president Moses Magogo told the press on Thursday that not only are the rules useless in the effort to move sport forward, but some clash with statutes of their international soccer governing body FIFA. He instead called for dialogue to resolve the impasse, following an ultimatum of June 30 to comply.“The new laws are old and useless since they don’t solve the problems of sports industry. From 1964 to 2014, we haven’t attributed our successes in sports to regulations. Sports activity is a dynamic industry that will require amendments in regulation,” Magogo said Thursday.“We have fulfilled 99% of the new guidelines and failed to consent towards a clause regarding trustee. We told NCS from the start of this exercise that there would be a flaw with FIFA  Statutes if we registered as a Trustee. We have contacted NCS for audience but they have refused to get back to us.”Magogo told the press at the Uganda Olympics Committee offices that focus should be on amendments of the NCS ACT that governs Uganda sport. “We asked for an extended time to October 31 so that we could have a general assembly according to FIFA’s statutes, however to our dismay, there was no response to our matter.”Out of 50 associations, only 17 are nationally recognised by NCS as sports associations and new regulations the body set last year. “We are at a time when Uganda Cranes is preparing for an AFCON qualifier against Botswana next weekend and instead of looking for the over sh800m needed for the fixture – NCS is not contributing anything to this – here I am discussing issues that are meant to destroy sport in this country.  Instead, just yesterday I got a letter telling me of a 30th June 2016 deadline.”Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) president Robert Jjagwe was saddened by what he called the “antagonistic nature and conduct of NCS.” He added that “NCS interference is detrimental to the game and sport activities.”However NCS General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi says FUFA have had enough time to prepare themselves to meet the new regulations and register.“We don’t consider it a registered national association. They should fulfill the guidelines, register at a fee and thereafter acquire a certificate of recognition.”Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) president William Blick advised NCS to engage federations. “International laws are very important and help govern sport from an international perspective. I am afraid if  NCS stick to their guns national sports federations are going to have problems and I do not  want to see this happen. I therefore urge members to sit down and talk.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Morning Newswrap October 5

first_imgPak exposed: Eyewitnesses across LoC give graphic details of India’s surgical strikes, says reportAccording to some newspaper reports, bodies of those killed by the surgical strikes on September 29 were taken away in trucks for secret burials.Post declares Trump’s candidate winner prior the results, goes viralThe GOP post that appeared 90 minutes prior to the debate announced Trump’s candidate as the clear winner of the debate scoring on issues of economy and Hillary’s scandals.Iulia Vantur and Salman call it quits? Other times Salman has been unlucky in love While many thought that Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur would tie the knot this December, it now seems like a distant dream. But it isn’t his relationship with Iulia that has taken the wrong turn. Here are the other times Salman has been unlucky in love. Sponsors hail Maria Sharapova’s reduced ban Maria Sharapova can return to the court next April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her two-year ban by nine months.last_img read more