Royal Opera House retail sold in latest Irish swoop

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Alex Iwobi reveals why he left Arsenal to join Everton on deadline day

first_imgAdvertisement Alex Iwobi reveals why he left Arsenal to join Everton on deadline day Iwobi scored on his final appearance for Arsenal in the Europa League final defeat against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Explaining his decision to leave Arsenal, Iwobi said: ‘The offer was too attractive for me to turn down.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The manager was telling me: ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.‘He has given me the confidence I will do well. I am ready for a new challenge and chapter in my life.‘I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully, with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.‘Hopefully, I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well.’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 CityIwobi featured prominently during Unai Emery’s debut season at Arsenal, playing as many matches in the Premier League (35) as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.However, the arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a club-record £72m deal threatened to cut his first-team minutes this season, while youngster Reiss Nelson also impressed during pre-season.Everton, like Arsenal, had made Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha their top target this summer but after seeing a £70m bid plus two players rejected, they moved for Iwobi instead.The Toffees were active over the summer spending over £100m to sign Iwobi, Moise Kean, Andre Gomes, Jean-Phillipe Gbamin, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe.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 Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Aug 2019 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Alex Iwobi joined Everton for £34m from Arsenal on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)Alex Iwobi has revealed that his decision to leave Arsenal and join Everton on transfer deadline day was to take on greater responsibility as a player.The 23-year-old surprisingly made the move late on in the transfer window, joining Everton for a £34m fee and signing a five-year contract with the club.Iwobi had been at Arsenal since the age of seven and made his first-team breakthrough in 2016 before going on to feature 149 times for the club, scoring 15 goals.And the Nigeria international has admitted that he is keen to shake off the ‘youngster tag’ he had at Arsenal and embrace a new challenge under Marco Silva at Goodison Park.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Jermaine Pennant accuses Arsenal flops of ‘trying to get Unai Emery sacked’ amid Mauricio Pochettino links

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has emerged as a potential replacement for Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a controversial move the Emirates and Pennant has suggested Arsenal’s players are trying to get Emery sacked.ADVERTISEMENT‘The players have got to look at themselves because there is only so much that the manager can do,’ the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Stoke City star told 888sport.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He can give instructions and pick the team, but he can’t pass the ball for you. And some of the goals they are conceding is not due to the manager. That comes down to application.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 City‘That comes down to knowing how to defend properly. It’s the fundamentals like seeing the correct pass and knowing where to be and where not to be. That’s down to the players.‘They need to look at themselves and be more energetic. Defend like every game is a cup final.‘Instead they’re half-hearted like they’re trying to get Emery sacked.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Nov 2019 5:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link48Shares Comment Jermaine Pennant accuses Arsenal flops of ‘trying to get Unai Emery sacked’ amid Mauricio Pochettino links Unai Emery post 2-2 draw with SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:11FullscreenUnai Emery post 2-2 draw with Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-post-2-2-draw-southampton-2055604/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Pochettino largely impressed at Tottenham, helping the club secure four successive top-four finishes and reach the Champions League final last season.He lost his job earlier in the month, however, and former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was named his successor.Pennant insists Arsenal should consider replacing Emery with Pochettino, adding: ‘It does need a shake up and they should really be putting in a phone call to Poch.‘At the end of the day he didn’t ask to leave. He got sacked by Spurs so he’s got every right if he wants to stay in north London where his family has probably settled.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Arsenal is a big club and bigger than Tottenham as a whole.‘Poch has said his goodbyes and he has shown how much he cares about Spurs but if Arsenal come calling it’s Spurs who are the ones who have missed out for sacking him.‘I don’t think there would be any disrespect. It’s a job and we all have to work.’MORE: Emery hits out at claims he has lost the Arsenal dressing roomcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal’s players have been accused of trying to get Unai Emery sacked (Picture: Getty)Jermaine Pennant has accused Arsenal’s underperforming players of ‘trying to get Unai Emery sacked’.Emery is under immense pressure at the Emirates but Pennant – who played 26 games for the Gunners – says the players ‘need to look at themselves’.Having won just two of their last 11 Premier League fixtures, Arsenal have slipped to eighth in the Premier League and are currently eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gold Coast property that’s been home to 500 winning horses has hit the market

first_img16 Ascot Drive.“I gave up training but these have to be some of the luckiest stables on the Gold Coast,” the 73-year-old said. “There is a pattern of winning horses.Located two blocks away from Magic Millions, the 3858sq m property is opposite the Gold Coast Turf Club. High profile horse trainer Kevin Butcher is selling his horse stable and house in Bundall currently being used by fellow horse trainer Dave Kelly, who’s pictured with one of the race horses at the property. Picture by Scott FletcherYOU’LL be on to a winner if you take a chance on this Bundall property.More than 500 winning horses have trotted through the gates of the property that has hit the market for offers over $3 million. Dubbed the ‘Lucky Horse Shoe’, 16 Ascot Drive in Bundall comes with a four-bedroom house, 38 stables, an equine pool and horse walker — plus a very good chance of winning the next race. 16 Ascot Drive, Bundall.Magic Millions race winner Warrior Girl, who was trained on the property, scooped more than $250,000 in 2010, according to owner Kevin Butcher who bought the property 30 years ago.Mr Butcher, who retired from racing in 2009, has since rented his home to horse trainer Dave Kelly.Mr Kelly said several winning horses were stabled on the property, including thoroughbreds Aldini, Camillo and Hison. “The horses bring in a really good turn-over and my clients who come anywhere from Japan to New Zealand are pretty happy with the big bucks the horses are making,” Mr Kelly said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 16 Ascot Drive, Bundall.“It comes down to how relaxed the horses are on the property, it is really private and peaceful.“The stables are tucked away behind the house and the open areas and breezes make for very comfortable stables.”The home was built by Mr Butcher six years ago and has high ceilings, cedar shutters and an ensuited main bedroom with a spa. 16 Ascot Drive.Knobel and Davis Property Services agent Brett Laws is marketing the property and said it was one of the Gold Coast’s few remaining blue chip operational stables. “It is an ideal home for the next top trainer or to lease out,” Mr Laws said.“There are two round yards, a sand roll, tack rooms, a feed shed and a manager’s office. It’s fully operational.”last_img read more

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IPE Views: Tail risk protection or Texas hedge?

first_imgHowever, tail risk assumes non-normal distributions. Therefore a pure risk parity approach may result in a misleading representation of what the risk profile could be in extreme cases. Investors have to beware that they have not entered into a Texas hedge and replaced one risk with another. Diversifying across asset classes may sound a good idea, but if all asset class correlations tend to narrow in a crisis, it does not provide any downside protection, whilst replacing an element of, say, a bond allocation with commodities that may end up being a classic Texas hedge.The unfortunate truth may actually be that there is no magic solution to managing what really matters to institutional investors, namely tail risk. For they face the problem that a high net worth individual or a family foundation may not face, namely that the agents acting on their behalf have to focus first and foremost on their own career risk and their own firm’s business risk.As one insurance company fund manager once told me, “We don’t mind going over the cliff as long as we end up doing so after our competitors!” For them, having slightly better performance most of the time would enhance their own and their firm’s success, even if tail risk was increased. The issue that institutions should perhaps focus more on is that financial markets are still unstable. Developed market bonds may be in bubble territory, whilst US equity markets seem to have been treated as a safe haven to deposit money – despite the uncertainties surrounding the US economy.Now may be the time to think seriously about setting up a systematic risk management plan, to be brought into play in the event of extra-ordinary market volatility that could presage yet another market crash. Having a plan, whether a simple stop loss with position limits to a more complex drawdown control system is certainly better than being forced into exiting the market at the bottom!Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Is diversification at all costs the right decision? Could diversification of asset classes be masking the real risks associated with investment, wonders Joseph MariathasanAugust is often a quiet time for markets, with very thin trading as it becomes impossible to make any committee-driven decisions within large institutions. Half the committee is on holiday, whilst the other half is preparing to go. But after recent financial markets more closely resembled a roller coaster ride, August may be the right time to think about preparing for the next inevitable crisis.What institutional investors really want is to have exposure to most, if not all, of the upside of the their investments, but be able to protect themselves from the worst of the downside – so as to protect themselves from tail risk events, so-called “black swans” or low frequency/high impact events. The problem that an institutional investor faces is very different from that of a family foundation and really results from the conflicts between acting as an agent, as institutional managers are doing, and acting as a principal, which is what  a family foundation can, at least under certain circumstances do. After a major crash, Institutional investors are often forced to reduce risk exposures, which means selling equities at the bottom of the market. Investors not faced with explaining their losses to their clients can in turn afford to ride out the downturns and maintain positions hoping markets will bounce back.Of course, it is possible to buy insurance in the form of put options on a continuous basis, but this would be an expensive proposition. Diversifying asset classes is, of course, the obvious route. But the real question is: how do you measure diversification? Measuring the market capitalisations is one way, but that gives no information about how risky each asset class may be. Another would be to look at risk through a risk parity approach.last_img read more

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Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research

first_imgNote: Family Planning in NZ is affiliated with Planned Parenthood.Stuff co.nz 15 July 2015A US anti-abortion group has released an undercover video of an official at the family planning group Planned Parenthood discussing in graphic detail how to abort a foetus to preserve its organs for medical research – and also the costs associated with sharing that tissue with scientists.Over a lunch at a Los Angeles restaurant, two anti-abortion activists posing as employees from a biotech firm met with Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research. Armed with cameras, the activists recorded Nucatola talking about Planned Parenthood’s work donating fetal tissue to researchers and pressed her on whether the clinics were charging for the organs.The Center for Medical Progress, which recorded and edited the video, says the footage proves that Planned Parenthood is breaking US law by selling fetal organs. But the video does not show Nucatola explicitly talking about selling organs. The Planned Parenthood official says the organisation is “very, very sensitive” about being perceived as illegally profiting from organ sales and charges only for the cost, for instance, of shipping the tissue.The video, filmed by a group called the Center for Medical Progress, threatens to reignite a long-standing debate over the use of fetal tissue harvested through abortions, and could add fuel to efforts seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.In a statement, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood said the video misrepresents the organisation ‘s work. Planned Parenthood clinics, with a patient’s permission, may sometimes donate fetal tissue for use in stem-cell research, said the spokesperson, who added that the group’s affiliates, which operate independently, do not profit from these donations.“At several of our health centres, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards,” spokesman Eric Ferrero said. “In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centres , are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/70270331/Undercover-video-shows-Planned-Parenthood-official-discussing-fetal-organs-used-for-researchlast_img read more

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Ministers must do better, says CARICOM chairman

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Ministers must do better, says CARICOM chairman by: – May 30, 2011 Tweet Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Grenada’s prime minister, Tillman Thomas, on Friday expressed dissatisfaction with the absence of several ministers with responsibility for ICT at the 36th special meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, (COTED) that was hosted by Grenada.The meeting, which was convened to discuss and approve both the draft regional digital development strategy (RDDS) and its attendant implementation plan, as well as other ICT related issues, was not able to field a quorum of eight member states, with only four ministers attending, despite confirmations received by the CARICOM Secretariat.Thomas, who has lead responsibility for science and technology, including ICT in the quasi Cabinet of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, stressed his displeasure that the meeting was taking place without the benefit of the full participation of all member states.“Our people cannot afford leadership that is tentative and unstable. We have been talking long enough. It’s now time to act,” he warned.He noted that the formulation of the strategy was a mandate from the Conference and in moving the process forward to implementation of the Strategy, he said, he had anticipated that after six years since the last meeting on ICT, that this would be a “special meeting,” and that the relevant ministers would have regarded it as a “stepping stone in the region’s thrust to utilise information communication technology as a driving force in our development.”The CARICOM chairman lamented that while developments in ICT were galloping in some countries the Caribbean region was still pursuing the adoption of a digital developmental strategy.He added that the region’s dependence on traditional business models and focus on the tried and tested continued to be challenged by a generation who had embraced the opportunities of ICT and technological advancement.“And while we wait on a quorum for the adoption and adaption of this strategy some of our nationals are finding international success in their homes via their computers,” the Grenada prime minister noted.He sounded a word of caution that “we stand to lose our best minds to the developed world unless we embrace ICT with commitment and urgency.”“Our countries have yet to engage ICT as a development tool that should be integrated into our culture and psyche,” he noted and, as such, he expressed the belief that the region’s people were finding evidence of technological success in countries like Singapore, India, Malta and Japan.Noting that significant work was done to formulate what was regarded as a robust strategy on ICT, Thomas told the 36th Special COTED that it was imperative that the process continued and that there was commitment to bring it to “full term and safe delivery.”He therefore called on all member states to recommit to driving the regional digital development strategy forward, noting that “the future of our people hinges on it.”“Our credibility as a region will be questioned, not just by the rest of the world but by our own people. We must seize the opportunity that is available to us now to take the lead in this sector,” he asserted.“We are years overdue. ICT is here to stay, we must embrace it and make a paradigm shift or we will be left struggling to catch up,” he concluded.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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McTominay speaks out over new Man Utd signings Ighalo, Fernandes

first_img A long-running transfer saga and protracted negotiations with Sporting Lisbon finally bore fruit last Thursday as the 25-year-old completed his switch to Old Trafford. Fernandes arrived to much fanfare and a fee that could reach €80million (£67.2million), but the midfielder comfortably dealt with the pressure in a promising debut against Wolves, with the midfielder spilling the beans about his first impressions of Premier League football here. Ighalo, meanwhile, was far more of a surprise swoop; the former Watford striker signing on a six-month loan from Shanghai Shenua with minutes to spare on Deadline Day. And while Ighalo’s move might not be the surprise last-minute swoop it was made out to be, United midfielder McTominay has revealed the duo have made a brilliant first impressions on the group. “They are really, really nice guys,” he told Sky Sports. “First and foremost they are good people. That’s what we need at this football club. “We need people who are good friends, obviously, who can go out for dinner for everybody as well. “What they bring onto the pitch we have seen that, and hopefully they can bring a lot for us. First impressions are very, very good.” Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Most Beloved First Ladies Of All TimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Speaking to MUTV, former Watford forward Ighalo has revealed the full extent of his mood as a move to Old Trafford drew nearer. “Yeah, it was very dramatic. My agent called me the day before and said Man United. I would love to go,” the 30-year-old said. “A few other clubs had shown interest, I said please, just pick United, if it’s going to be possible. At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors’ room and hit his door and all that. “I said: ‘My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen’. “So they started talking and discussing. I didn’t sleep throughout that night, because it was going to end at 7am, Shanghai time, and the transfer [window] is going to close there. “So, from 11pm, there was paperwork, negotiating and all that, for the loan deal and all that, so we are talking and other teams are calling them, wanting me, but I told my agent that this is what I want. I want to come here. “He said you’re going to get a pay-cut to go to United. I said: I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay-cut, I know that, make it happen’. Read Also:Man Utd slash Pogba price as star makes clear exit plan “So the director and everybody didn’t know what to say anymore, because I had already made up my mind, so my agent started putting it in order, and, at 5am, we finished. “My agent said he’d forwarded all the papers to United, they will confirm for me if everything is okay. I think, around 5-6am, he said everything is okay, it’s done. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has welcomed the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo at Old Trafford and claims they are exactly what the club “needs”.last_img read more

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Wenger justifies Chambers gamble

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is prepared to take a “gamble” by signing teenage defender Calum Chambers from Southampton. Wenger told several national newspapers: “He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions. “He hasn’t played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future.” Chambers would act as a deputy to France international Mathieu Debuchy, a recent arrival from Newcastle, while Carl Jenkinson remains an alternative option at right-back for the north London club. Southampton are experiencing a summer of change with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all departing for Liverpool and teenage left-back Luke Shaw joining Manchester United. Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino has swapped the Saints for Tottenham, with Dutch coach Ronald Koeman replacing him at St Mary’s. Press Associationcenter_img The 19-year-old full-back, who has only made 18 Barclays Premier League starts, has reportedly agreed personal terms to join the Gunners and has completed a medical, with the move expected to be announced on Monday. The compensation heading back to Southampton is estimated to be around £16million and, while Wenger understands the size of the fee may be surprising, he is confident Chambers will justify the outlay with his versatility. last_img read more

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