West Ham launch £10m bid for Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Maurice

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal are also said to be interested in Claude-Maurice (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has also been looking for Matteo Guendouzi to help convince Claude-Maurice that his future lies at the Emirates as the midfielder played alongside him at Lorient.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arsenal now look to be in danger of missing out on the versatile attacker after West Ham firmed up their interest with an official offer.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 CityManuel Pellegrini is looking to assemble a squad capable of finishing higher than last season’s 10th place in the Premier League and is eager to get his business done early.The Hammers have already signed two goalkeepers with Roberto and David Martin both joining on free transfers while the club have also launched a bid for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.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 Advertisement West Ham have made a move for FC Lorient star Alexis Claude-Maurice (Picture: Getty)West Ham appear to have stolen a march on Premier League rivals Arsenal in the pursuit of FC Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice by submitting a £10m bid for him.The 21-year-old forward is expected to leave Lorient this summer following their failure to seal promotion to Ligue 1 and has been tipped to move to England with newly-promoted Norwich City also interested.Claude-Maurice, who is a France Under-20 international, netted 14 goals in 35 league matches last season and has also been linked with Monaco, Lille and Frankfurt.Arsenal, operating under a strict transfer budget of around £40m this summer, were reported to have put together a £9m deal for Claude-Maurice last month.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement West Ham launch £10m bid for Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Mauricelast_img read more

Queensland’s highest house sale

first_img518 Noosa Springs Drive. Picture: Realestate.com.auQUEENSLAND’S highest residential property sale last week involved the transaction of a Noosa Springs home, according to CoreLogic data. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom Paul Clout-deigned house at 518 Noosa Springs Drive sold for $3.35 million. It was built overlooking a lake in 2012 and has won four industry awards, including Sunshine Coast Home of the Year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoCraig Brumby, principal of ONEnoosa, said the sellers weren’t moving far. “They are semi-retired business people and travel extensively so will remain within the area and are planning to build a smaller home on some land they’ve got 100m away,” Mr Brumby said. The buyers are a family from Sydney, according to Mr Brumby.“They run an international business and they have a base in the States and also in Sydney but were looking for a nice place to call home in Noosa where they can play golf and enjoy family time together, “Mr Brumby said. The 1360sq m north-facing allotment with 180 degree views of Noosa Springs Golf Course also has a 24m lakefront pool, buggy garage, and lockup storeroom. Extras include a staffed security gate, access to the 18 hole championship golf course, use of a commercial gym, and tennis club membership.last_img read more

Norman Park home packs a punch with all the extras

first_imgThe home comes with a private jetty on Norman Creek.The property is a short walk to express bus and CityCat services and 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The home at 33 Bodalla St, Norman Park will go to auction on October 19 at 12.30pm. The home at 33 Bodalla St, Norman Park.Private jetty, poolside entertaining, city views and a huge block close to the Brisbane River — this three-storey home ticks all the boxes. The five-bedroom home at 33 Bodalla St, Norman Park, is on 1062sq m parcel of land backing on to Norman Creek. Marketing agent Paula Pearce said the home was designed with modern family living in mind. The open-plan living area opens to the back deck.“The flawless residence provides an idyllic entertainer’s sanctuary of contemporary style and quality,” she said. On the ground floor there is garage parking, laundry, bathroom and games room. The hub of the home is on the second floor and includes the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with bi-fold doors opening to the covered deck. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago The master suite includes a private balcony.The kitchen has stainless steel appointments, stylish cabinetry, stone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. There is also a media room on this level and two bedrooms, family bathroom and a walk-in linen closet. On the top floor, the master retreat has a private balcony, walk-in robe and ensuite with dual basins, double shower, bathtub and separate toilet. Entertain in style in the poolside dining space.The two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a fourth bathroom. Outside there is an in-ground saltwater pool and alfresco dining area complete with spa. The established lawns and gardens are low maintenance at the bottom of the yard there is a private jetty on Norman Creek. last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Funding recovers from fourth-quarter falls

first_imgMercer said this had caused liabilities to drop by approximately 1% on average.Aon highlighted that the funding level of a number of pension schemes was still short of the required minimum of 104.3%, indicating that the risk of benefit cuts next year still existed.This applied in particular to the large metal and engineering sector schemes PME and PMT, whose funding still stood at 100.9% and 102%, respectively, at January-end.At the same time, the coverage ratio of civil service scheme ABP and healthcare pension fund PFZW was 103.1% and 101%, respectively.These pension funds face cuts in 2021 if their funding is still short of the required minimum at 2020-end.Mercer added that developed markets equity without currency hedging rose 3.8% in January, whereas the gain under a 50% currency cover would have been 3.6%.Emerging market equity generated 1%, while commodities produced 1.8%, Mercer said.Aon reported that fixed income portfolios returned 0.7% on average during January, and overall investment portfolios gained a similar amount.Despite the mark gains, Mercer warned of the potential impact of geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan and the lack of an agreement between the US and North Korea.Research network Netspar widens scopeNetspar, the Dutch think tank specialising in pensions, ageing and retirement, is to widen its scope to cover non-financial subjects.Presenting a new four-year research period, Casper van Ewijk and Marike Knoef, Netspar’s co-directors, said it would also look at pensions communication, behaviour of pension savers, technology, and sustainability of pension arrangements.As a consequence of the broadened research agenda, Netspar is to increase its co-operation with other disciplines, including sociology, psychology, epidemiology, communication and legal sciences, said Knoef, who is also professor of micro-economics at Leiden University.“Research into the life cycle, combined with care and housing needs and saving behaviour, is also useful for asset managers, care insurers and banks,” said Van Ewijk, a professor of economics at Amsterdam University.He highlighted that income after retirement would remain the core of Netspar’s research activities.“When we examine care needs, we focus on costs relative to income,” he said.Netspar not only had links with almost all Dutch universities, Knoef said, but also maintained an international science network.“We could quickly find out how, for example, paying of a lump sum at retirement or auto-enrolment works elsewhere, and what the experiences are,” she said.Netspar’s partners include the large asset managers APG and PGGM, insurers Aegon and ASR, and regulators DNB and AFM.The network is also supported by the ministry for social affairs, trade unions and employers. The financial position of Dutch pension funds has largely recovered from the market falls at the end of 2018, according to Mercer and Aon Hewitt.The consultancy firms found that schemes’ coverage ratios rose by 2 percentage points on average in the first two months of 2019 to stand at 108%, largely due to rising equity markets and higher interest rates.Both consultants attributed the improvement in particular to the expectation that the US and China would soon conclude a trade agreement and better than expected growth figures from the US economy.After four consecutive months of falls in the 30-year swap rate – pension funds’ most important criterion for discounting liabilities – it rose by 7bps to 1.3% in February.last_img read more

NYC’s summer day camp commences today

first_img 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews NYC’s summer day camp commences today by: – July 23, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share The National Youth Council of Dominica, (NCY) will from today, July 23rd, commence its annual Summer Day Camp, “Youth Who Recycle”.The camp is geared at educating participants in the age group 7 – 13 years old.This year, participants will be lectured on the importance of recycling by creating crafts out of recyclable materials, field trips, sleepovers and lots more. The camp will be held from daily from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown and will climax on Friday 03rd August, 2012.Registration cost is $40.00 per child (and groups of 2 or more get a discounted price). For registration and or assistance please contact the Camp Coordinator, Ms. Rocque at 277 3381 / 615 6090 or the office of the National Youth Council of Dominica at 448 6944 / 245 5865 or email nyc_dom@hotmail.com.The NYC would like to thank LIME Dominica, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Mr. Bobby Frederick ( Harlem Plaza), Mr. Frankie Bellot/ Krazy Tees and the National Bank of Dominica for its generous contributions towards its Summer Camp, 2012.Press releaselast_img read more

DOLE: 10 million workers could lose jobs due to COVID-19 crisis

first_imgMANILA – Around 10 million Filipino workers could lose their jobs due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.  The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) chief initially estimated that four to five million will be jobless as the pandemic continues to grapple the country.“Karamihan po ‘yan sa service sector. Malaki po ang tourism, ‘yung allied businesses like restaurants, then transportation,” he added.Despite the expected huge job losses in the country, Bello said they are expanding its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD program to assist those who will lose their jobs.He also said that the government is bent on resuming pending infrastructure projects that can give jobs to those who will be jobless. The DOLE have also requested P40 billion from the House of Representatives for its recovery programs.“We have talked to the leaders of the construction industry that when they start implementing these contracts, they should increase their workers by 10 percent to 20 percent,” said Bello.The national government imposed enhanced community quarantine in the country last March 16, which included strict stay-at-home orders and suspension of on-site work operations to further avert the spread of the virus.DOLE continues to provide cash subsidy to informal workers affected by the quarantine through its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, where each worker will receive a P5,000 financial assistance./PN This was the assertion of Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III, saying that around 2.6 million workers have already lost their jobs due to the temporary closure of businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“I say it but it’s possible,” said Bello during the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing.last_img read more

BIS Prepares For Winterfest Carnival, Requests Volunteers

first_imgThe PTO Winter Carnival is the primary fundraiser for the Batesville Intermediate School. (Image: Facebook)Balloons and clown shoes are coming to Batesville Intermediate School. The school PTO will host a family fun carnival on Saturday Jan., 18, from 1-4p.m. The Winterfest Carnival is the primary fundraiser for the school.It is planned as a day of fun for both BIS students and their families.The afternoon will feature different games like football toss, duck ponds, penguin fling, plinko, balloon Darts, face painting, jail cell and others.The PTO has also incorporated some physical challenges as well. Food will also be available. There will be snow cones, cotton candy popcorn, water and orange drink.Everything is purchased with tickets by contacting PTO President Mari Mause at 212-1527. Tickets are 50 cents each and will also be available at the door.The funds raised by the Winterfest Carnival will be used to support students at Batesville Intermediate School. Money will help fund classroom field trips, teacher allotments, End of Year Grade 5 Celebration, Principal’s Century Club and many other student activities. The PTO also provides funding for field trip busing and other classroom support.“Teachers pay for lots of classroom supplies out of their own pockets,” BIS PTO President Mari Mause said. “The PTO does not provide enough money to teachers for ALL supplies, but we try to help as much as we can.”It takes a lot of people to help make the carnival a success. Volunteers are always needed to operate games, cleanup, set-up, food sales and preparation. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Mari Mause if they can come and help with the carnival.“It doesn’t have to be for the entire time, we appreciate any time you can volunteer,” Mause said.“The PTO appreciates your support of our students and staff at Batesville Intermediate School and hope you families will join us for the Winterfest Carnival,” she added.If you would like further information or can volunteer, please contact: Mari Mause at 812-212-1527.last_img read more

EPL: Aubameyang scores, sees red in Arsenal draw

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal and was later sent off as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Aubameyang opened the scoring for the visitors before Andre Ayew’s deflected goal in the second half rescued a point for Palace. The Arsenal captain was dismissed after an hour for a challenge on Max Meyer. The referee originally gave the striker a yellow card but VAR upgraded the decision to a red card. Palace supporters had protested against VAR in the first half and unveiled a banner which read: “Killing the passion. Killing the atmosphere. Killing the game. End VAR now.” The result sees Arsenal remain in 10th position in the table, one point behind Palace. Aubameyang scored his 16th goal of the season after 12 minutes when he finished off a wonderful team move which consisted of 18 passes. Arsenal dominated possession in the first half but the hosts started off much better after the break and equalised after 54 minutes when Ayew’s shot was deflected off David Luiz and looped over Bernd Leno. Aubameyang was sent off 10 minutes after the equaliser and both sides had chances to win the game late on. James Tomkins saw his header cleared of the line by Sokratis Papastathopoulos while Vicente Guaita produced a stunning double save to deny Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette.Tags: Andre AyewArsenalCrystal PalacePierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Wenger: Ozil can deliver

first_img The £42.5million deadline-day arrival from Real Madrid has returned somewhat subdued performances in recent weeks, and was rested by Germany for their internationals against Italy and then England at Wembley following a minor virus. Nevertheless, Ozil will again be at the heart of the Arsenal team when they tackle Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night, where victory could see them qualify for the knockout stages. Arsenal produced the needed response after the international break, when they recovered from the defeat at Manchester United to beat a well-organised Southampton team at the Emirates Stadium – albeit with more than a little help from a blunder by visiting keeper Artur Boruc. The Gunners are also well placed to now progress through to the last 16 in Europe following their 1-0 smash-and-grab raid on Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. Any hope of Marseille extending their own European campaign, however, disappeared following a fourth-straight Group F defeat in Napoli, where they went down 3-2 on Matchday Four. Wenger, though, maintains their European results to do not tell the whole story for Elie Baup’s team. “They have quality, they are in a better period at the moment because they won their last two games and that makes them a dangerous team to play against,” the Arsenal manager said. “The quality of our concentration and focus will be vital tomorrow.” Should Dortmund draw at home with second-placed Napoli and the Gunners beat Marseille, then it would put the English side through and mean last season’s Champions League runners-up would have to be content with dropping down into the Europa League. That would leave Arsenal to then fight it out with Napoli to secure top spot and with it seeding for the knockout stage. “We know that tomorrow is a very big game in that final stage of the qualifiers. We have an opportunity to do it at home,” said Wenger, who will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from suspension. “You say 12 points may not be enough, it is true, but it might as well be enough and maybe already tomorrow, so let’s get the 12 points.” Wenger is hoping for a knock-on effect of a strong European run into the Premier League. “I always think to win helps. The confidence of the team is vital, in the Premier League the differences are so small that the confidence can make a difference,” he said. “We are in November, you are not in a calculating mode, you are in the moment of just showing that we are a strong team, and let’s improve. “We have still a lot of room for improvement and that is what is at stake for us, to become a stronger team from game to game.” Wenger has every confidence the 25-year-old’s quality will come through what has been a testing period of transition. “First of all, Ozil is a hugely talented player,” said Wenger. “He has just arrived here three months ago and overall did not have the best of preparations for the (Premier) League. “Ozil is a young player, 25-years-old, so of course there is a lot of room for improvement for him.” Wenger maintains there is no extra special demands placed on the German playmaker, who arrived in a wave of publicity and scored a superb first goal for his new club in the 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli on October 1. “We have plenty of players who can take the ball and play, but because he plays in the central part of the pitch the ball goes through him,” Wenger said. “However, we don’t put any special responsibility on him. Maybe he feels a bit more pressure to do that. “But we just want the game to be played like we see it and do not put any special responsibility on him because everybody in our team can deliver great balls.” Arsenal will soon see the best of club-record signing Mesut Ozil, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Press Associationlast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund confident of keeping hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Gabon international Aubameyang, 26, has scored 24 times in 23 games for Dortmund this season and has been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool. The Bundesliga outfit have lost Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze to title rivals Bayern Munich in recent campaigns, but they have managed to hold on to Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus when they were subjected to the same sort of speculation that is surrounding Aubameyang now. Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke is not fretting about the possibility of losing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month. Aubameyang only signed a new deal at the Signal Iduna Park over the summer and Watzke concedes interest in Dortmund’s players comes with the territory. “He’s under contract until 2020,” Watzke added. “But those situations are not new for us. We’ve been one of the bigger clubs in Europe for the past five, six years. It’s just normal that our players attract attention.” Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Watzke cited Dortmund’s ability to hang on to those players as proof they can keep Aubameyang in the Ruhr region. “Where are they right now? Still here,” he said. “At this stage, Borussia are very much capable of making financially interesting offers to players. Add the sporting element and the BVB environment to it and we don’t need to hide from anyone. “We might not have as much money as the top stars in Premier League, but we can offer a lot of other things. For instance, our players were able to celebrate Christmas.” Dortmund, who finished seventh last year in Jurgen Klopp’s final season in charge, currently occupy second spot behind Bayern during the German league’s winter break. Aubameyang is the division’s leading scorer ahead of both Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, but Watzke does not think his club are overly reliant on their in-form forward. “We can never believe that a club like Borussia Dortmund is dependent on a player; we are not dependent on anyone,” he stressed. “When Robert Lewandowski left, we found [solutions] and he even has three more goals than Lewa. We are now so well positioned that we can offer alternative solutions again and again.” Press Associationlast_img read more