Arsenal lead Chelsea in race to sign Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal lead Chelsea in race to sign Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Apr 2019 6:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link53Shares Comment Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is wanted by both Arsenal and Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are leading the race to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser with talks over a new deal having stalled, according to Emery is said to have identified the Scotland international as a cut-price potential signing have been impressed with his performances this season which have yielded 13 assists and seven goals.The Spaniard is likely to working with a restricted budget this summer, regardless of whether or not he can secure Champions League qualification.Three defeats in as many matches have severely dented Arsenal’s hopes of securing a top four place in the Premier League and face Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi final on Thursday at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityEmery is desperate to add to his forward line in the close season with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi having endured mixed campaigns and January loan signing Denis Suarez already on his way back to Barcelona having failed to make a single start following his arrival from Barcelona in January.Fraser, 25, has just over a year remaining on his current contract but has shelved talks over an extension with Bournemouth unwilling to offer him significantly improved terms.‘They are a huge club, a massive club,’ he said of Arsenal’s interest recently. ‘When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well. Emery: I don’t agree with the first yellow cardTo 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 6:59FullscreenEmery: I don’t agree with the first yellow card 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.‘I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.’Chelsea are also monitoring Fraser’s situation but it is Arsenal who are said to be in pole position.Maurizio Sarri appears destined to lose Eden Hazard to Real Madrid come the end of the season but Chelsea have already recruited his likely replacement in the shape of Christian Pulisic.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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims Jamie Vardy should have been sent off before Eddie Nketiah red card

first_imgThe Spaniard felt Leicester’s frontman should have seen red himself (Pictures: Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta has taken aim at Jamie Vardy over his challenge on Shkodran Mustafi during Arsenal’s draw with Leicester City on Tuesday night and believes the forward should have seen red.The Gunners took an early lead at the Emirates after Bukayo Saka put the ball on a plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though the match ultimately hinged on a moment in the second half when an intervention from VAR saw Eddie Nketiah sent off for a late challenge.Arsenal’s 10-man rear guard could not hold on, conceding to Vardy late on – though Arteta feels the Leicester frontman should not even have been on the pitch and questioned the refereeing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 11:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Vardy caught Mustafi’s face with his studs at the very end of the first half (Picture: DAZN)Reacting to Arteta’s comments, Jamie Redknapp said: ‘This is one where only Jamie Vardy can tell us if he meant to do him or not, because he slips and then they go in for a challenge and his right foot goes into [Mustafi’s] eye and it looks really nasty.‘I’d like to think he wouldn’t mean that, but I can see what Mikel Arteta is saying because it looks really dangerous and he’s caught him in his face with his studs.’On the VAR decision to send Nketiah off, Arteta added: ‘I don’t understand the rules. Since I’ve been in this country, in the last year I’ve never seen a referee check any of the images. It’s the rules, I can do nothing now.’MORE: Cesc Fabregas leaps to Eddie Nketiah’s defence after red card against LeicesterMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang delighted for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal tie down young duoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Vardy netted at the death to dent Arsenal’s slim Champions League hopes (Picture: Getty)Asked for his thoughts on the game and the red card, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘Well I’m extremely proud of our team, the way we played, against this type of opposition, how dominant we were.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The first half that we made, clearly we should have gone three or four nil up and killed the game – and that’s what you have to do against this type of opposition.‘With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player, he has to know he’s a young kid. It can be a red card.‘But then Leicester has to play with 10 men after 42 minutes.’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 ArsenalAsked which challenge he was referring to, he continued: ‘For one challenge which is between the 40 and the 45 minutes – that has to be a red card as well.’Probed again on which challenge he meant, Arteta said: ‘One challenge which is between the 40 and the 45 minutes.’The challenge he was referring to happened just before the half-time break when Vardy and Mustafi came together, with the Leicester forward’s boot hitting the defender in the face on the deck, and Arteta clearly thought there was more malice in the challenge.center_img Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims Jamie Vardy should have been sent off before Eddie Nketiah red card Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Nykredit splits leadership of asset management, administration divisions

first_imgAsset manager BankInvest announced today that it had appointed Bo Bertram as the new chief executive of both BI Holding and the BankInvest Group. Nykredit said Bo Bertram would leave the company’s executive board with effect from today.Following his departure, the board will comprise managing directors Bjørn Mortensen, Georg Andersen and Jesper Berg, it said.The new leadership team at Nykredit Asset Management will be the current investment director Peter Kjærgaard and the new client director Morten Therkildsen.Therkildsen is coming to Nykredit from a job at Carnegie Asset Management.Meanwhile, Nykredit Portfolio Administration will be led by director Jim Isager Larsen, who was previously responsible for clients in the same business area.Therkildsen, Kjærgaard and Isager Larsen will all report to Duus, Nykredit said.Duus said Nykredit had a focused asset management business with some unique skills, and was also Denmark’s largest administrator of mutual funds. “Both areas have now evolved to a level where a division is natural,” he said. “It gives us a better opportunity to focus and define specific objectives for each area, and in this way create the basis for further growth.”Isager Larsen said that, as separate business areas, the vision of each section would become clearer, both for their customers and staff.“Our asset management services are sought after, and we must take advantage of that because the demand for low costs and economies of scale will intensify in the future,” he said.Before coming to Nykredit, Bo Bertram worked for Danske Bank, and he is also chairman of the CFA Society Denmark.At BankInvest, Bo Bertram will be stepping into the shoes of the firm’s current chief executive Bo Foged, who – as reported by IPE in May – has been appointed group finance director at Danish statutory pension fund ATP.Foged will start his new role at ATP on 1 January 2015, on which day Bo Bertram will take up his job as the head of BankInvest. Denmark’s Nykredit Asset Management is splitting its business into two distinct divisions in the wake of the decision by its managing director to move to rival BankInvest.The two new sections are Nykredit Asset Management – which manages investments on behalf of clients – and Nykredit Portfolio Administration, which undertakes outsourced investment administration.Nykredit Asset Management will have a new two-man leadership team, while Nykredit Portfolio Administration will become an independent business area under Nykredit Wholesale, according to the plan.Group director Kim Duus said: “The organisational change is, of course, an extension of our strategic aim of having an increased focus and a strong orientation towards customers, as well as happening against the background of the decision by Lars Bo Bertram – until now managing director – to look for new challenges.”last_img read more

BT Pension Scheme doubles PE exposure with £1bn Hermes mandate

first_imgSimon Moss, partner at Hermes GPE, said: “The mandate will allow us to further enhance our relationships in the market as we put the funds to work, and demonstrate our proven execution capability to our global deal sourcing network.”The firm said the £1bn allocation will be invested over three years, and divided equally between funds and co-investments.The money will be invested globally by its investment team of 16 staff, working out of London, New York and Singapore, it said.Hermes GPE said it makes the most of private equity exposure on behalf of institutional investors by using a mix of co-investments from around the world, and investments in primary funds.The firm said it had been an “early adopter” of the co-investment approach within private equity, and had raised $480m for its co-investment fund Hermes GPE PEC II LP at the close in September 2014.This fund was already around 82% committed, and was expected to be fully committed by the end of 2015, it said.The BTPS has been increasing its overall exposure to alternatives in recent months, having been involved in buying stakes in rail company Eurostar and Associated British Ports via Hermes Infrastructure.In March, Hermes Infrastructure bought 10% of Eurostar on behalf of several pension funds when the UK government sold off its stake in the company for £585.1m.In the same month, the infrastructure manager and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) jointly acquired 30% of ABP for £1.6bn. The UK’s £40.3bn (€57bn) BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) is almost doubling its exposure to private equity, awarding a £1bn mandate to Hermes GPE to invest in the asset class internationally.According to the most recent BTPS figures, the pension fund had £1.2bn invested in private equity at the end of June 2014, which represented 3.2% of total assets.Much of this exposure is already invested via Hermes GPE, though precise figures were not available.Hermes GPE — part of Hermes Investment Management, which is in turn owned by BTPS — will see its assets under management grow to £4bn as a result of the mandate.last_img read more

‘Like a marathon on a treadmill’: UK schemes stand still in 2016

first_imgPension funds need to place more emphasis than ever on risk management as they battle record deficits and low returns, BlackRock has warned.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at the asset manager, said “the cost of making the wrong decision gets ever greater” for pension funds as they mature.His comments came as the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) reported the total deficit across schemes in its 7800 index was £224bn (€257bn) at the end of 2016 compared with £195bn 12 months earlier – although the calculation method for the index changed last month.“For UK pension schemes, 2016 was like a marathon on a treadmill,” Tunningley said. “Energy was spent, [and] pain incurred, but the finish line looked upsettingly similar to the starting post…. One step forward, one step backward was the story of pension fund deficits in 2016.” Tunningley warned of further difficulties ahead given an uncertain outlook for the UK economy and the potential for “declining corporate health of sponsors”.Different sources have given wildly different estimates for the funding position of UK pension schemes – but all paint a similarly dismal picture.Mercer’s research, which covers FTSE 350 companies’ pension schemes, said the aggregate funding position declined from 91% to 84%, with a total deficit of £137bn.Data from JLT Employee Benefits, which monitors all private sector DB schemes, showed the aggregate funding ratio fell from 84% at the end of 2015 to 77% at the end of 2016, as the net shortfall hit £434bn.PwC estimated the UK’s total shortfall at £560bn, adding that companies would have to pump £10bn a year into schemes to erase this figure within a decade.Pension schemes using liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies were among the only winners last year, according to Tunningley.“Many schemes should be hedging more, and [we] expect continued pension de-risking activity to drive appetite for UK LDI strategies in 2017,” he added.He also highlighted “liability-sympathetic secure income assets” to help manage funding-level volatility and rein in deficits.“Though no silver bullets exist to eradicate the pensions problem, many pension funds can make more of these assets to improve their outcomes,” Tunningley said.last_img read more

New Addition to Royal IHC Team

first_imgRoyal IHC has just announced acquisition of Maritime Design & Engineering Services (MD&ES), based in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands.The company provides engineering services to a wide range of clients in the maritime sector, including IHC. Its services vary from feasibility studies and concept designs to detailed engineering.Following the acquisition, the staff of MD&ES will continue their activities within the department of IHC Engineering. Mr Wim van de Voorde, former General Manager at MD&ES, will become Director Engineering Shipbuilding at IHC.Arjan Klijnsoon, Executive Director Shipbuilding at IHC, commented: “The acquisition of MD&ES enables IHC to strengthen its existing engineering organisation with high-quality engineers, who will contribute to the successful execution of our strong shipbuilding order book.”Wim van de Voorde added: “The already established bond between Royal IHC and MD&ES is further strengthened by this development. It is also a reward for the projects MD&ES has completed in the maritime sector, in which quality and customer-friendliness have been highly valued by our clients.”last_img read more

Bulldog Swimmers Battle In Tri-Meet Against Sea Dragons And Tigers

first_imgThe Batesville High School Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams traveled to Lawrenceburg for a triangular meet against EIAC rivals Lawrenceburg and South Dearborn.TEAM SCORESMenBatesville Bulldogs 113, South Dearborn 111, Lawrenceburg 86WomenLawrenceburg 117, South Dearborn 108, Batesville Lady Bulldogs 90BULLDOG WINNERSMenSean Callahan — 100 Back (1:07.59)Ethan Brewer — 100 Breast (1:15.06)Benjamin Moster — 500 Free (6:01.92)WomenMaria Lopez — 500 Free (6:38.57)Paige Oldham — 50 Free (29.21)NOTABLES7 individuals on the women’s team and 10 on the men’s team swam new events tonight7 Men and 9 Women topped their previous best timesThe men’s 200 Medley and 400 Free relays finished in first place; The women’s 200 Freestyle relay also finished in the top spot.Joseph Shroder was the individual point leader for the Bulldogs while Maria Lopez led the Lady BulldogsUP NEXTThe Batesville Bulldogs swim team will be visiting Milan for a Tri-meet against opponents Milan Indians and Lawrenceburg Tigers on Jan. 16 at Milan Elementary School in Milan.Full results can be found here: of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

Badminton News Srikanth enters pre-quarterfinals of World Championship

first_imgChina: India ace Kidambi Srikanth struggled past Spain’s Pablo Abian in a three-game match to enter the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals at the BWF World Championship here on Wednesday.The fifth seeded Indian recovered from a slump during the hard-fought contest to see off Pablo 21-15 12-21 21-14 in a second-round match that lasted 62 minutes.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia’s Daren Liew, a former world no 10, who had won the 2012 French Open Super Series.Srikanth erased a 2-4 and 6-8 deficit in the opening game before gaining upper hand with a 16-13 lead. He then reeled off four points to reach game points. Pablo tried to recover but the Indian quickly pocketed the opening game.ALSO READ | Indian juniors bag six medals at Jordan TT meetIn the second game, Srikanth had opened up a 6-3 lead but Pablo rode on a six-point burst to move ahead.The Indian made it 10-12 but the Spaniard registered seven straight points to enjoy a healthy lead to eventually roar back into contest.In the decider, Pablo managed a slender 11-9 advantage at the break but Srikanth turned the tables and then surged ahead to shut the door on the Spaniard.ALSO READ | Ramkumar, Paes make early exit from Atlanta Open For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Fitness enthusiast Theodore Henry to launch Boot Camp-style programme

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyHE was known as one of the most-feared inside-centre and prop players in the Caribbean during his rugby days, but now Theodore Henry is transferring that energy into getting people in shape; calling it COVFIT-19.What started as a casual workout for him and close friends to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, has blossomed into full-blown Boot Camp-like training, attracting scores of persons from around the city and even further afield – those who are desirous of using a rigorous work-out to stay fit.The dreadlock-wearing fitness enthusiast and head coach for the country’s National Sevens Rugby team, said COVFIT-19, a term he crafted to stay fit during the Coronavirus pandemic, has now spiralled into something he hopes will drive the nation to staying fit and healthy.“Officially I want to launch a fitness club where I will be targeting the various sporting teams to come and get their fitness levels to an elite standard. I will also be doing personal training, group sessions for persons who are trying to lose a bit of weight or burn some fat,” said Henry.Rain? No problem. It’s clear that the weather doesn’t stop Theodore Henry during his workout programme.Asked about the response so far, he pointed out it has been “alarming and growing daily, but right now I have been trying to keep it to a minimum because of the COVID-19 situation. Every week I have about two-to-three new persons joining.”At present, he added, because of the pandemic, training is only done between 5:30am and 8:30am at D’Urban Park, and as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted or permitted, evening sessions will be held.In 2016, Henry joined USA’s Clint Smith and Kenya’s Bernard Ouma, who both averaged 4.93 out of five and graduated at the top of their class, following a three-month International Coaching Course and General Conditioning from the University of Physical Education in Budapest, Hungary.Henry was the lone Guyanese at the course which saw 25 participants from over 14 countries and his participation was made possible by Guyana Olympic Association (GOA).Back then, upon his return, he had told Chronicle Sport his International Coaching and General Conditioning Diploma meant he can work with any sports team representing Guyana, and not just Rugby.He also recently wrapped up his personal trainer certification and currently is working on being certified as a sports nutritionist.Known for his integral role in helping Guyana to secure many regional titles as a player and coach, Theo, as he’s also popularly called, revealed that he had fallen in love with fitness during his playing days in rugby, adding “as most persons would know, we were one of the fittest teams in the Caribbean.“Testimony is in the fact that we were able to win six consecutive (regional) titles – all due to fitness; I mean our skill level improved over the period of time which was superior to other teams, but our fitness made us more dominant.”Meanwhile, Henry has cautioned that if persons are thinking about joining his programme, they should be prepared to work hard, since he’s adamant that no shortcuts will be taken.“If you’re coming to my programme, you need a specific goal and I will scientifically design a programme to reach that goal. I will assist you with the nutritional part of it as well, so you’re going to get a complete package. You’ll get the physical part as well as the guidance as it relates to the dos and don’ts in terms of food,” Henry said.Interested persons can contact ‘Theo’ on telephone number 629-1403.last_img read more

On the block: Syracuse vs. Michigan

first_imgCenterRakeem Christmas starts for Syracuse, but Baye Moussa Keita gets the bulk of the minutes for the Orange. Keita has played the best basketball of his career lately. Everything has started to click for the 6-foot-10 Senegal-born Keita, who sputtered through most of the season. He carried Syracuse in the Big East tournament semifinals against Georgetown and in the third round of the NCAA Tournament against California. But Keita will be up against Mitch McGary, one of the best centers in college basketball. McGary didn’t start for Michigan at the beginning of the season and played minimal minutes. But he has been one of the best players in the tournament so far, scoring 17.5 points per game. Advantage: Michigan Power ForwardC.J. Fair has been Syracuse’s rock all season. Guards Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche have had peaks and valleys, but Fair has been consistent throughout. Fair scored in double digits in 27 of Syracuse’s last 29 games. He relies on his mid-range jumper and attacking the basket. Glenn Robinson III, a former five-star recruit, has shown flashes of greatness so far in the NCAA Tournament after a topsy-turvy regular season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He has the shooting and driving ability to bust Syracuse’s zone, but he may not have the experience to do so.Advantage: Syracuse Related Stories Not just yet: Boeheim reiterates he doesn’t plan on retiringLong and winding road: Beilein arriving at Final Four stage with decades of help, friendship from BoeheimCoaches reflect on Rice video, defend professionCarter-Williams, Burke renew 10th-grade duel in Final FourSyracuse-Michigan promises showdown of in-form shooters Southerland, Stauskas Point GuardMichael Carter-Williams has been unstoppable of late, averaging 18 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 steals over Syracuse’s last two games. The 6-foot-6 point guard is a nightmare matchup for opposing teams. He’s one of the best distributors in the country and is tough to contain when he doesn’t settle for jump shots. But Michigan has an electrifying point guard of its own in Trey Burke. Projected by many as a Top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, Burke is lightning quick, drains 3s – including his game-changer against Kansas – and finishes at the rim. The point guard matchup is a dandy.Advantage: Michigan Small ForwardSyracuse’s downtown specialist James Southerland hit 83 3s on the season while shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc. Against Michigan, though, Southerland won’t only be counted on to shoot. He’ll play a key role in Syracuse’s matchup zone and will have the daunting task of closing out on Nik Stauskas, one of the premier shooters in the country. Stauskas, a Canadian sniper who’s shooting 45 percent from 3 and 85 percent at the line, doesn’t miss often when he has space. Southerland and Stauskas are two of the smoothest shooters in the game. Either one could dominate on Saturday, but Southerland gets the slight edge for his rebounding and defense.Advantage: Syracuse BenchBaye Moussa Keita, Jerami Grant and Trevor Cooney come off the bench for Syracuse. Cooney has scored in just one of the Orange’s last five games – a seven-point performance against Montana. But he’s capable of lighting it up from downtown. Grant’s best game of the season came against his brother Jerian and Notre Dame on Feb. 4. He hasn’t scored in double figures since then, but he can produce inside when called upon. Scrappy point guard Spike Albrecht gets minutes off the bench for the Wolverines, and Jon Horford and Jordan Morgan split time at forward. Both teams rely heavily on their starters, but Keita, who plays starters’ minutes, gives Syracuse the slight edge off the bench.Advantage: Syracuse -Compiled by Trevor Hass, asst. copy editor,, @TrevorHass Comments Published on April 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm Shooting GuardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Triche has been streaky all season. He has scored 20-plus points seven times, but he has also scored in single figures 10 times. Triche is certainly capable of lighting it up from downtown, but he’s shooting just 29 percent from beyond the arc on the season. His leadership will be key on Saturday. Tim Hardaway Jr. will likely guard Triche. Hardaway, the son of five-time NBA all-star Tim Hardaway, may pose problems for Triche. Both players thrive in big games but are inconsistent. Triche is a better defender and smarter player.Advantage: Syracuse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more