October 21, 2020
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  • 1:30 am Rating revolution sparks jobs fears
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first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 9:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.2kShares Don’t bring this bastard near my club. @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/sDaM1pdsu7— qaliil (@qaliilshaafto) September 14, 2020 Comment Advertisement Runarsson quickly deleted the tweets after they were brought to light, with some Arsenal fans even suggesting he should not be signed as a result of the posts – though most recognise he was a young kid tweeting in anger during a difficult period for the club.Arsenal had originally targeted Brentford’s David Raya as a replacement for Martinez, though the Championship club refused to sell, with Runarsson’s looming bargain arrival freeing up more funds to be spent on a new midfielder.MORE: Sead Kolasinac set to stay at Arsenal after talks with Mikel ArtetaMORE: Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson as Emiliano Martinez joins Aston Villa for £20mFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Runar Alex was just 14 when he posted the tweets nearly a decade ago (Picture: Twitter)A month later, with Fabregas now having left and Nasri primed to join Manchester City, he tweeted again, saying: ‘Arsene Wenger is definitely the dumbest man on this planet!’ and once again hashtagged the term ‘French f**k’.That tweet also coincided with a defeat, with Arsenal having lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool the day before, and just a week later they would be ripped apart at Old Trafford, losing 8-2.center_img Runarsson will cost significantly less than previous target David Raya (Picture: Getty)However, some eagled-eyed Arsenal fans have dug up tweets made by the Icelandic shot-stopper when he was a teenager – which Runarsson has since deleted – in which he slams the north London club’s legendary former manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBack in July 2011, the keeper – who appears to be a very frustrated Arsenal fan – tweeted: ‘Arsene Wenger is a little too stupid!’ and hashtagging ‘French f**k’.It is not entirely clear what might have riled the young Runarsson, who would have been just 14 at the time, though Arsenal would sell both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri that summer. The goalkeeper was just a teenager when he posted the messages almost a decade ago (Pictures: Getty)Prospective new Arsenal signing Runar Alex Runarsson may have some bridges to build at the Emirates after branding Arsene Wenger a ‘French f**k’ in now deleted tweets.The Iceland international has emerged as a bargain replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa in a £20million deal that means the Gunners are in need of a new deputy to Bernd Leno.Runarsson has been identified as the man to plug that gap, with goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana having worked with him at Nordsjaelland and current club Dijon setting a price tag of just £1.5m. Advertisement Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson deletes tweets calling Arsene Wenger a ‘French f**k’last_img read more

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first_img“This would amount to double counting, implying that £100 of equities would have more value than £100 of bonds,” they said.In the opinion of the authors, the only correct discount rate for USS would be the yield of inflation-linked bonds issued by an institution with a creditworthiness equal to USS and its sponsors. International pension experts have urged UK’s largest pension fund to refrain from using expected returns to calculate its liabilities and employer contribution levels. In an open letter to the £64.4bn (€72.5bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – drawn up by independent UK consultant John Ralfe, Dutch risk expert Theo Kocken and Zvi Bodie, professor of management at US Boston University – 39 experts argued that holding more equity for longer “won’t magically reduce costs and liabilities” and would increase risks.“The suggestion that shortfalls could be reduced this way is exactly the reason why many other British and American pension funds have run into serious problems,” the letter argued.Ralfe, Kocken and Bodie contended that, if liabilities fell as a result of the scheme taking more risk, USS would improve its funding position by drawing from returns that had not yet been achieved, while risks would be ignored. Theo Kocken“The employers can no longer pay the pensions, so they start fiddling with the valuation, pretending they will pay later,” said Kocken, founder of risk manager Cardano, in a subsequent comment. “Taking more investment risk would only be possible if the employers, as guarantors, can handle this, but not as a way to reduce a funding shortfall.”The letter was in response to recommendations from USS’ Joint Expert Panel, a group of experts tasked by unions and employers with assessing the scheme’s valuation in an attempt to resolve a long-running industrial dispute. The University and College Union led strike action after USS proposed closing its defined benefit (DB) section.The panel argued in its report that USS should give more weight to future returns when setting contributions. It also suggested delaying by 10 years a plan to derisk the investment portfolio as a way to improve the scheme’s funding position.The study group concluded that postponing derisking by 10-20 years would reduce the scheme’s current funding shortfall by £2.6bn and cut required contributions by 1.3 percentage points.Meanwhile, a mathematics lecturer at the University of Sheffield has suggested that USS exaggerated its funding gap and predicted that the scheme would generate a large surplus over the course of next 20 years.In university papers, Sam Marsh chided the Pensions Regulator for putting pressure on the pension fund and described derisking as “poorly thought-through risk management”.According to Marsh, given historic returns, full funding could be achieved through very “modest profits”.last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Winner in 365||MMP/desiGna/Jungle Bay Love Contest Announced by: – February 17, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 44 Views   3 comments Winning photograph of PamichaJohn-Baptiste and her hubby Kenyata Francis365||Media, Marketing and Production (365||MMP) is delighted to announce that Pamicha John-Baptiste has won the Valentine’s Day Love Contest, edging out Latoya Langlais.After 13 days of stiff competition, John-Baptiste’s photo of herself and her boyfriend garnered 387 ‘likes’ in total topping the competition, with Langlais’ finishing with 380.The Contest involved couples posting photos of themselves on the Facebook page of 365||MMP and getting friends to like the photos for a chance at prizes.As winners, John-Baptiste and her boyfriend are entitled to a One-night Getaway Package courtesy of Jungle Bay Resort and Spa which includes accommodation and breakfast for two, a $240 gift card to desiGna, a Dominican owned online store. The winning couple will also receive a complimentary Couple’s photo-shoot from 365||MMP.Langlais and her spouse are also set to receive a complimentary Couple’s photo-shoot from 365||MMP as second place prize winners. John-Baptiste has said that she and her hubby, Kenyata Francis, are excited to have won the contest and anticipate the relaxation and enjoyment they can expect from a getaway to Jungle Bay and that she is also curious as to what Francis will buy her from desiGna.The couple’s getaway package is valid for one year, from the Feb 14, 2012 – Feb 13, 2013.Press Release365||MMPlast_img read more

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first_imgCOBLESKILL, N.Y. – Will Ward made a name for himself in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modi­fied ranks last season, with a career-best eight feature wins and a spot on the starting grid for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.As work and weather permit, you’ll see his name in results from IMCA events across New York this year.“If they’re holding an IMCA Modified race in the Northeast, we’re going,” said the Cobleskill clip­per, already the winner of four features, most recently on back-to-back nights May 12 at Outlaw Speedway and May 13 at I-88 Speedway.“I like that the rules are going to be the same wherever I go. I can run here in New York, then go to Boone for Super Nationals and not have to change anything,” he continued. “If I wanted to go to Arizona and race, I could do that, too.”Now in his fifth Modified season, Ward has spent his entire racing career in the IMCA division. He pi­loted a 16-year-old chassis as a rookie – his dad Billy had previously raced the same car – be­fore switching to newer Larry Shaw models.Ward notched single wins in 2013 and 2014 before seeing more pieces of the racing puzzle come to­gether in 2015. He was a seven-time winner at Skyline Raceway and topped the rain-inter­rupted Empire State Series event completed at Afton in August.“We got into some newer equipment. I got a 2013 car that didn’t have as many races on it,” Ward explained. “It’s crazy how good the car got after we got together with some Shaw guys, Erwin Rac­ing Supply out of Beaver Dam, Va. I really have to credit them for helping us get to where we are setup-wise.”The service manager for a Peterbilt dealership in Albany, Ward will chase Dirt Works Eastern Re­gion points Fridays at I-88 and Saturdays at Skyline. Atomicwraps.com Empire State Series and odd race night dates such as the Thursday opener at Outlaw, which necessitated a 3-1/2 trip one way, will complete his schedule.He doesn’t have any interest in or the budget for big block racing.“To me, a real Modified is what we’re racing. I don’t get a kick out of the big block modifieds with their high-cost engines. The money they spend is ridiculous,” Ward said. “The IMCA class here in New York is full of guys who go to work on Monday and we’re all friends.”In addition to his parents Billy and Debbie and brother Wyatt, Ward’s crew includes fiancée Eliza­beth Burman, Ken True and Mike Butler.His sponsors are WDW trucking, First Hauling and Locomotions Sports Bar & Grill, all of Co­bleskill; Frick Trucking of Selkirk; Snap-On Tools of Albany; and Erwin Racing Supply.last_img read more

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first_imgThe proposal by the players’ association, given to Major League Baseball Tuesday evening without a negotiating session, was detailed to The Associated Press by a pair of people familiar with the negotiations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.MLB did not appear to view the proposal as productive but made no comment. MLB has said that absent an agreement it could go ahead with a shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games.Players made their move one day after management cut its proposed schedule from 82 games to 76.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TAIWAN BASEBALLMore fans, fewer restrictions: Games go on Taiwan ballparks NASCAR says all fans will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings, mandated to social distance at six feet, and will not have access to the infield, among other revised operational protocols.NFL-FALCONS-GURLEY PHYSICALTodd Gurley passes physical with Falcons, impresses RyanATLANTA (AP) — Running back Todd Gurley has passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his return to Georgia with the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons say Gurley passed his physical on Monday in Atlanta. TENNIS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGRankings after next year’s French Open will determine Olympic qualifyingLONDON (AP) — The tennis rankings that come out after the 2021 French Open ends will be used to determine who qualifies for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The International Tennis Federation says its eligibility rules will be the same as originally set up for Tokyo, with requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup — and an appeals process for players who do not meet those standards.The cutoff for ATP and WTA rankings points for the 2020 Games originally had been Monday. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics were pushed back a year to July 2021. DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is creating an athlete group that will look into loosening restrictions on protests at the games.CEO Sarah Hirshland tweeted the plans for a new group, which is being formed in response to George Floyd’s death last month and the worldwide protests that followed.The USOPC put out a statement last week signaling its solidarity with black athletes. But the federation received blowback from several athletes, most notably hammer thrower Gwen Berry. Berry is serving a 12-month probation for raising her fist on the medals stand at the Pan-Am Games last summer.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAGBan the Confederate flag? NASCAR could see the end of an era HORSE RACING-SANTA ANITA FATALITIES2-year-old filly dies after training injury at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse broke down during a workout at Santa Anita and was euthanized, making it the 14th fatality at the track since late December.Lightsaber, a 2-year-old filly who had yet to race, died Sunday in what the California Horse Racing Board called a training-related death. She sustained a left hind leg fracture and attending veterinarians found the injury was unrecoverable, which led to Lightsaber being euthanized.Santa Anita resumed live racing on May 15, although it is closed to the public and media. The Arcadia track closed on March 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic, although training was allowed to continue. No fish story: Michael Jordan’s boat nabs 442-pound marlinUNDATED (AP) — Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too.Jordan and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” hauled in a blue marlin weighing 442 pounds at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Tuesday. It’s an event held annually at Morehead City, North Carolina, that attracts anglers from across the world.Jordan’s is the sixth-largest blue marlin caught so far during the tournament, which boasts a $3.3 million overall purse.The fish wasn’t enough to place in the top three, so it is not eligible for prize money. But Jordan and his crew still have two more days to catch a bigger marlin. PGA Tour to hold minute of silence at 8:46 to honor FloydFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is leaving the 8:46 a.m. tee time vacant this week at Colonial. It’s part of a tribute to George Floyd and to support efforts to end racial and social injustice.Authorities say 8 minutes, 46 seconds is how long Floyd was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee before the handcuffed black man died.Commissioner Jay Monahan says the tour will have a moment of silence and reflection at 8:46 a.m. in each of the four rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The moment of silence will start with three short blasts of the horn.FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME UNDATED (AP) — The familiar scene of Confederate flags waved by fans at NASCAR tracks could soon be a relic of racing’s good ol’ boy roots.Bubba Wallace — the lone black driver in the sport — this week declared it is time for the stock car series with deep ties to the South to ban the flag at its properties and formally distance itself from what for millions is a unwelcome symbol of slavery and racism.The signs are everywhere that NASCAR could do so. As the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, the predominantly white field of drivers united for a video promoting social change. A black NASCAR official took a knee before Sunday’s race near Atlanta in what may have been a first and the governing body vowed to do a better job of addressing racial injustice.Wallace – who wore a black T-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” at Sunday’s race — seized the moment and issued his most compelling comments yet on the often thorny nature of race and racing: “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags.”There was no immediate statement from NASCAR. The series in 2015 asked fans to “refrain from displaying” the flag at its facilities and events. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR set to allow fans back in Florida, AlabamaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow fans back at the track for races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.NASCAR will allow up to 1,000 Florida service members, representing the Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral, to attend the Cup Series race Sunday as honorary guests and view the race from the grandstands.Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will allow up to 5,000 guests in the frontstretch grandstands/towers for the June 21 Cup race. There will be limited motorhome/camping spots available outside the track. NHL-KINGS-CARTER SURGERYLA Kings’ Jeff Carter has surgery on core muscle injuryLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has undergone surgery to repair a core muscle injury.The Kings say Carter had surgery last week. The veteran Stanley Cup winner is expected to be fully healthy for next season.Carter was injured in a game at Winnipeg on Feb. 18, and he missed the final 10 games of the Kings’ season. Gurley’s $6 million, one-year deal with Atlanta was made official on April 6. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL didn’t allow players to report to their new teams immediately for physicals.Gurley’s physical was notable because he has a history of knee problems, including an injury while a standout for the Georgia Bulldogs. A persistent left knee injury limited his effectiveness late in 2018 with the Los Angeles Rams. He played in 15 games last season.The Falcons expect the 25-year-old Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, who was released, as the leader of the Falcons’ running attack.NFL-BROWNS-DIVERSITY PROGRAMBrowns welcome 6 coaches as part of diversity program CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have welcomed six young coaches, including two women and former NFL player Leonard Hankerson, to take part in the final three weeks of their offseason program.As part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the team brought in the coaches so they can gain experience while working with an NFL team and potentially land full-time jobs in the league.Hankerson played four seasons with Washington. He’s in his second season coaching wide receivers at Stephen F. Austin.Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said diversity will always be an important component for Cleveland’s organization.GOLF-COLONIAL-FLOYD TRIBUTEcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP sources: MLB players cut to 89 games, want prorated moneyNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players have moved toward teams but remained far apart economically in their latest proposal for starting the pandemic-delayed season, adamant they receive full prorated salaries while offering to cut the regular season to 89. Associated Press WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Midwestern State women’s basketball coach Noel Johnson has died from ovarian cancer at age 47.Johnson was also the point guard for Texas Tech’s 1993 national championship team.Her 159 wins in 12 seasons as Midwestern’s coach were the most in program history. As a Texas Tech player from 1991-95, Johnson helped the Lady Raiders to four consecutive Southwest Conference championships and the NCAA Sweet 16 each of those four seasons.A memorial celebrating Johnson’s life is scheduled for June 20 on the Midwestern State campus.JORDAN-A BIG FISH NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwan baseball league is continuing as a trailblazer for sports resuming after the lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic.An easing of restrictions by the government last weekend allows more fans at the ballparks and allows them to sit closer together while they’re supporting their teams in the Taiwan-based CPBL. Spectators are only required to wear face masks when they’re not in their seats and ball parks are allowed to be up to 50% capacity.The Taiwan league resumed play in April in empty stadiums. Last month the CPBL started allowing up to 1,000 fans to attend games.AMERICA PROTESTS-USOPCUSOPC forming group to look into Olympic protests Update on the latest in sports: Football Hall of Fame reopeningCANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will reopen Wednesday after nearly a three-month closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The hall closed on March 16, but permission has been granted by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for museums, science centers and zoos to open.There will be several health and safety guidelines in place for visitors and workers at the Canton shrine. All employees must wear face coverings and visitors are encouraged to do so as well.The hall is making both masks and disposable gloves available. It also will hand out a stylus to anyone wanting one for the interactive displays. Los Angeles is among the seven teams that won’t be returning to action when the NHL resumes competition this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing a regular role over the past two years in Buffalo.OBIT-NOEL JOHNSONMSU coach, former Texas Tech title guard Noel Johnson dies TENNIS-US OPEN-DJOKOVICDjokovic may skip US OpenBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is thinking of skipping the U.S. Open — if it is played — and instead returning to competition on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic tells Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS that the restrictions that would be in place for the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic would be “extreme” and not “sustainable.” He says that “as things stand,” he would skip the U.S. Open and return to action in September on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic says most players he has talked to were “quite negative” about going to New York. June 9, 2020 The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets says he’s hoping to reel in a “little bit bigger fish” later this week.last_img read more

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first_imgLeasing · Construction on the University Gateway Complex nears completion. Students will soon be able to lease apartments for next year. | Photo by Ian-ElstonA pummeling economy has done little to slow progress on two of USC’s most important capital construction projects and both are on schedule to open next fall.The University Gateway apartments, which will also serve as a restaurant and retail complex on the northwest corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard, has made “significant progress,” said Matt Burton, a principal at Urban Partners LLC, the company developing the building.Starting Sept. 5, students can lease apartments for the 2010-2011 school year at the Gateway Welcome Center in the University Village.“Knock on wood, everything has gone smoothly,” Burton said. “There is no question as to when we will open.”Retail and restaurant leases are currently under negotiation as well. Construction crews are now working floor by floor for the next six to nine months to finish all the interiors of the apartment units, which could eventually house as many as 1,600 students.The highly anticipated Ronald Tutor Campus Center — under construction, along with Gateway, since 2008 — has also made progress over the summer. Once open, it should help alleviate campus student congestion, those involved say.“The biggest thing we’ve accomplished is getting brick, stone and glass on the exterior of the building,” said Stan Westfall, a USC project manager. “We’ve been fortunate on the project that we haven’t had any huge delays.”Administrators hope the progress will mean less disruption during the school year for students.“We try to do things, such as utility work, that are more disruptive during the summer when there less students are around,” said Curtis Williams, vice president of campus development and facilities management services.Construction began in summer 2008 to replace Commons, which held restaurants as well as mail and USCard services, with a more dynamic student center that would help boost USC’s profile.“[Commons] wasn’t fitting for the top, elite university that USC is,” said Jason Cruz, the Campus Center project coordinator. “It wasn’t adequate for the students.”The new center will include study areas, an outdoor plaza and dining options. The building will also be home to several offices, including Undergraduate Admissions, Undergraduate Student Government, and Student Life and Involvement and KSCR radio station.“It’s going to be the new hub of the campus,” Cruz said.Administrators are still deciding which organizations will be housed in the campus center, and when the center will be open to students.Administrators also hope the campus center will be a model for new, greener buildings on campus. The building is USC’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building.Recently, the center won a Green Building of America Award. Given by an organization called Real Estate & Construction Review, the honor recognizes the center’s environmentally friendly design and construction. The building uses more energy-efficient materials and did not use materials containing harmful chemicals.last_img read more

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first_imgIn other track news, Down’s Ciara Mageean failed to reach the 1500 metres final. Last night, Usain Bolt won a 3rd consecutive Olympic 100-metre title.  The Jamaican won gold in a time of 9-point-eight-one seconds.South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson’s 17-year old 400-metres record. She placed 11th in her semi final, in a time just two-hundredths of a second off her season’s best.last_img

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