Manchester United confident of beating Arsenal and Liverpool to Nicolas Pepe

first_imgManchester United have been scouting Nicolas Pepe for most of the season (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are reportedly confident they can sign Lille star Nicolas Pepe ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool.Pepe has been one of the standout attacking players in France this term, notching up 20 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1, and Europe’s elite clubs are preparing to do battle for the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.The Ivorian’s agent has confirmed that he’s in talks with several clubs over a potential big-money move with Bayern Munich thought to be at the front of the queue for his signature.However, according to The Daily Mirror, United have registered a strong interest in Pepe and believe they can lure the sought-after forward to Old Trafford with a £45 million bid.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 CityThe Red Devils are optimistic they can still attract the likes of Pepe this summer despite failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.United have been keeping close tabs on Pepe for several months with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preparing to overhaul his squad after a dismal end to the 2018/19 season. Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo 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 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conference 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.MORE: Philippe Coutinho could ‘open door’ for Liverpool’s front three, says Phil Thompson Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 May 2019 11:10 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 Solskjaer is desperate for reinforcements at United this summer (Picture: Getty)Asked about his future following Lille’s win over Bordeaux, Pepe replied: ‘We don’t talk about it, the season is not over yet.‘Once it is finished we will be able to talk about it, but now no.’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 movesThough Pepe’s agent has made no secret of the growing interest in Pepe, he has refused to name which clubs are favourites for his signature.‘We are in discussions with clubs. No decision has been taken,’ Samir Khiat told RTL at the end of last month.‘Today, there are no favourites, be it Bayern Munich or another club. Nicolas will not go just anywhere.‘We have not decided on which league.’ Manchester United confident of beating Arsenal and Liverpool to Nicolas Pepecenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, August 28 – September 3, 2016

first_img September 02, 2016 Governor Wolf’s Week, August 28 – September 3, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf The Blog, Videos, Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf announced the implementation of 25 additional Centers of Excellence to continue his administration’s top priority of fighting the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania. The Governor, joined by Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, also visited healthcare facilities in Reading and Lackawanna County that have been selected as Centers of Excellence to treat individuals suffering from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). He also announced $2 million in funding for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) to help complete the campus’ new chemical engineering program aimed at ensuring career-ready candidates for emerging industries in the region.Governor Wolf also joined Wegmans executives at the Mechanicsburg Wegmans location to toast the kick off of Act 39 liquor reforms by purchasing the first bottle of wine to go at Wegmans in Pennsylvania.Earlier in the week, the governor expressed his support and thanks for Fayette county responders and residents as they work through the challenges caused by serious flooding. Governor Wolf, joined by other elected officials, toured Connellsville on Friday to see the flood damage.Watch: This Labor Day, Governor Wolf reminds Pennsylvania about new wine and liquor reforms.Governor Wolf’s Week, August 28 – September 3, 2016Monday, August 29, 2016GO-TIME: Insurance Department Changes in Investment Managers Will Save $2.7 Million Over Five YearsTo Fight Opioid Epidemic, Wolf Administration Implements 25 Additional Centers of Excellence LocationsTuesday, August 30, 2016Governor Wolf Announces Retal PA to Establish Headquarters Operation in Washington County and Create 88 New JobsPennsylvania State Agencies Supporting Fayette County Responders, ResidentsGovernor Wolf’s Statement on Bruce Beemer ConfirmationWednesday, August 31, 2016Governor Wolf Announces 153 New Jobs with Envestnet, Inc. Facility in Chester CountyThursday, September 1, 2016Governor Wolf Buys Wegmans’ First Bottle of Wine to Go in Pennsylvania, Celebrates Additional Consumer Convenience Under Act 39 Liquor ReformsIn Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid EpidemicFriday, September 2, 2016Governor Wolf Announces $2 Million Grant for Pitt-Johnstown Engineering FacilitiesHighlights from The Blog:Pennsylvania is the New International Tech HotspotI Wish Every Month Was Peach MonthYou Can Now Get Wine & Spirit Coupons on Your Phone!Governor Wolf Announces 25 Additional Centers of Excellence to Combat Opioid Abuse Epidemic (Round-up)How the Wolf Administration is Battling Prescription Opioid Abuse (VIDEO)Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Perfect property for living the high life

first_img4102/140 Alice St, Brisbane City, BrisbaneIF you’ve always wanted to live on top of the world, this is the penthouse for you.The new luxury penthouse apartment is in Sunland’s Abian. It spans 323sq m with views over the Brisbane River and botanical gardens.On entry, spacious, open-plan living areas are accentuated by travertine tiles, high ceilings and neutral colour schemes, with floor-to-ceiling glass flooding the interior with natural light.From the front door, two galleries lead to the main living hub, providing art lovers with more than 10 metres to showcase their finest pieces. 4102/140 Alice St, Brisbane City, Brisbane“There is also a 20m dual-lane, temperature-regulated pool and spa, perfect for relaxation and fitness.” DETAILS 4102/140 Alice St, BrisbaneFour bed, three bath, four carFor sale: By expressions of interest, closing Jan 22, 5pmAgent: Simon Caulfield, Place Kangaroo Point 4102/140 Alice St, Brisbane City, BrisbaneAgent Simon Caulfield described the penthouse as the pinnacle of splendour and luxury, with Abian a building like no other in Brisbane — offering an array of world-class amenities.“The moment you enter the grand foyer you are met with extravagance,” Mr Caulfield said.“Formal sitting and meeting rooms are complimented by a 24-hour concierge service, with staff available for everything from mail delivery to dog walking and dry cleaning and apartment cleaning services.“On level two, a health club offers six-star gym facilities fully stocked with Technogym machines, free weights and yoga mats, while a day spa-like arrangement offers a one-of-a-kind Turkish Hammam and steam room, sauna and cold plunge pool. 4102/140 Alice St, Brisbane City, BrisbaneOverlooking a living and dining space and covered balcony with curved glass is the kitchen, featuring Calcutta marble bench tops, two-pac cabinetry, Miele appliances including gas and induction cook tops, a built-in wine fridge, double integrated fridges and a butler’s pantry with soft-close doors and drawers. 4102/140 Alice St, Brisbane City, BrisbaneMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoOff the gallery space, a hallway leads right to a library before curving around to a laundry with an internal clothes line, a bathroom and two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes. The library, appointed with a bookshelf of more than five metres, then leads through to a media room and a bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an ensuite.In its own wing for privacy, the main bedroom features a bespoke his and hers walk-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging and cupboard space, luggage storage and a jewellery shelf. An ensuite completes the room, boasting opulence with its art-inspired vanity and bidet.last_img read more

Dutch government calls for level playing field on pension contributions

first_imgThe Dutch government is looking to replace average pension contributions with ‘degressive’ premiums to make the system fairer for younger participants. In a memorandum to Parliament outlining the future of the Dutch pensions system, Social Affairs secretary Jetta Klijnsma said the “gradual dismantling” of the average contribution system would begin in 2020.In a degressive system, younger workers pay proportionally smaller contributions because their paid-in premiums are expected to generate greater returns over a longer period than those of older participants.In her memorandum, Klijnsma said she would work with the pensions industry, companies and workers on how best to bring about a “balanced transition”. She made clear that one of the conditions for the transition would be the removal of various legal barriers – European and international – including mandatory participation in a pension fund.The Actuarial Society has said the cost of such a transition would be approximately €25bn, whereas the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis’s estimate is closer to €100bn.Klijnsma’s memorandum also indicated that the government supported the “interesting yet unknown” variant of individual accounts with a degree of risk sharing, as recommended by the Social and Economic Council.However, the Cabinet stressed that such an approach must be “transparent and balanced and contribute to the pension outcome”.The Dutch government said further “elaboration” of current pensions contracts would be the next best option if its preferred proposal could not be achieved.Another major point of the memorandum was that every worker, including the self-employed, should be able to accrue a sufficient additional pension through “a kind of mandatory participation”.The government said it any new pensions system should pay more attention to the dynamics of the labour market and the changing roles of workers.last_img read more

Character and charm on a leafy Clayfield street

first_imgThe 22 Railway Pde, Clayfield The home at 22 Railway Pde, Clayfield. Picture: Supplied.THIS character home is on a quiet street in Clayfield, walking distance to public transport, day cares and schools. Having owned the property at 22 Railway Pde for 14 years, Darryl Tebbutt and his wife Merita are selling to make a sea change. “The home is in a fairly peaceful setting and it’s elevated so you get the nice northerly breezes,” Mr Tebbutt said. “I like that the house is light, airy and cool.” The veranda at 22 Railway Pde, Clayfield. Picture: Supplied.Mr Tebbutt said he was unable to find any information about when the house was built but he believed it was constructed in the 1930s. The property has timber floors, VJ walls, decorative breezeways and high ceilings. There is a galley kitchen and an open-plan living and dining space, opening to the rear covered deck. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, the second bedroom has veranda access and the third bedroom has a built-in wardrobe. The kitchen at 22 Railway Pde, Clayfield. Picture: Supplied.There is also a family bathroom, laundry and front veranda. The Tebbutts extended the home on one side to include a new media room with external access. Mr Tebbutt said the home had the potential to be raised and would suit a young family or a professional couple. The property is being marketed by Tim Hunt of Harcourts Clayfield. The Tebbutts originally purchased the home for its convenient location. “When we bought it, we were both working so we loved that it was close to the railway station,” Mr Tebbutt said. “We live on the Doomben line but we’re also only about 800m from Wooloowin Station.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“We could wander down to the station and we’d never wait more than five minutes for a train.“We’re also close to Sandgate Rd and there are about three buses that head into the city from there, so if there’s ever a train strike, we’re not caught out.” last_img read more

Milk give-a-way continues in the area

first_imgShelbyville, IN—Mooo-ore free milk is coming to the area. On Friday from 11:30 am to 6 pm you can get up to 5 free gallons of milk at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville at Entrance #3. This is a drive-thru event.last_img

Rodgers confirms Reina loan move

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that goalkeeper Jose Reina is set to join Napoli on loan. Rodgers, speaking at a press conference on the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand, said: “It was obviously a difficult decision. “From last season, really, as a manager I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club. “On the football side, we have to protect the team, and at that stage we started our search for another goalkeeper. “That found us Simon Mignolet, who’s top class – one of the top young European goalkeepers. “As events transpired, that move (for Reina) didn’t happen and it left us with two very good goalkeepers. Both would have been fighting for the number one position. “Then obviously an opportunity arose for Pepe and it was one we felt as a football club was best for him to take. “As a senior goalkeeper, he needs to be playing. It’s a very important year for him with the World Cup next year. “It wouldn’t have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he’d been the one missing out. The Italian club, now managed by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, made an approach for the Spain international last week. Liverpool can afford to let the 30-year-old move having signed Belgium keeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland earlier this summer. “It’s decided he will go to Napoli and we’ve got two very good goalkeepers still at the football club. “We’ll review it after the loan finishes.” Reina, who joined Liverpool in 2005, had also been linked this summer with a move to Barcelona, where he came through the youth ranks. last_img read more

Wilshere issued two-match ban

first_imgArsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must serve a two-match ban after he admitted a misconduct charge over an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans, the Football Association confirmed on Thursday evening. Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of home supporters at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners’ 6-3 Barclays Premier League defeat on Saturday. Although the incident was missed at the time by referee Martin Atkinson and his officials, the FA was able to retrospectively implement disciplinary proceedings against the player under a new pilot scheme for ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches. FA chairman Greg Dyke had earlier empathised with the player’s frustrations, but insisted the highest examples must always be maintained by the professionals on the pitch and Wilshere, who turns 22 on New Year’s Day, must take lessons on board. “As a supporter I sympathise with the players because of the flak they get from the crowd,” Dyke said on talkSPORT. “People can lose their cool very quickly, but he (Wilshere) has got to learn. He’s very well paid to play the game and he’s got to learn to cope with it. “You think back over many years of players who were hot-headed when they were younger, but not when they get older. They just learn and mature. That is what happens. It is part of life.” Arsenal will need to respond from their drubbing at City to avoid potentially being pushed down into fourth place for Christmas should all the results go against them this weekend. Defender Laurent Koscielny remains a doubt for Monday night’s showdown with Chelsea after he suffered a deep gash in his knee just before half-time at the Etihad Stadium. German forward Lukas Podolski, however, could be involved for the first time since late August following his recovery from a hamstring tear. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has targetted a return early in the new year having suffered a knee injury in the first game of the Premier League season against Aston Villa. The 20-year-old England World Cup remains hopeful of a positive recovery, just as midfielder Aaron Ramsey has shown is possible after breaking his leg in two places during February 2010. “You can either let setbacks be a setback or let them be a temporary setback as part of a learning curve to go on and turn it into something positive,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player. “People sometimes don’t realise if you get an injury like that, doing something you do on a day-to-day basis and sometimes you can’t put your finger on why it happened, to come back from that and put yourself under threat of doing that same horrific injury that brings back those bad memories again, that can be really challenging mentally. “I think the way that Aaron has come back from that injury and a time like that to show what he is doing this season and even in the seasons before, ever since I have been here, he has been a brilliant player and I can say the same about Jack (Wilshere) with his injury as well. “The amount of time he was out and to come back and see how positive he is now and how hard he is still working to make sure he tries to prevent injuries like that again, is a real learning curve for any player. “For me, now I find myself in the same situation they found themselves in, hopefully on a shorter length of injury, it does give you hope. “You can take a lot of positivity from that and confidence that you can come back stronger.” As such, an independent three-man panel agreed if the gesture had been viewed during the game, then it would have merited a dismissal. Arsenal submitted mitigating circumstances to the governing body, arguing the length of the punishment is excessive, but those submissions were rejected and so Wilshere will now miss both the visit of Chelsea on December 23 as well as the Boxing Day trip to West Ham. A statement from the FA read: “Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been suspended for two matches by an independent regulatory commission. “Wilshere was charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December. “The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video. “Whilst admitting the charge, Wilshere claimed the standard sanction for this offence was clearly excessive. The commission rejected this claim and the two match suspension will commence with immediate effect.” In December 2011, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham. However, a precedent had been set from earlier this season when a two-match suspension was handed out to Blackpool winger Tom Ince after he was retrospectively charged in relation to a gesture towards a match official in a Capital One Cup tie against Preston. Press Associationlast_img read more

Trump to Host MAGA Rally in Panama City Beach This Week

first_imgPresident Trump is scheduled to return this week to the Sunshine State to host a “Make America Great Again” rally.The rally will be held at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach on Wednesday, May 8 at 8 p.m. It will be Trump’s second rally in that city since he began his first presidential race in 2015. He has hosted nearly 40 such events in Florida during the past four years.Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., says, “President Trump looks forward to returning to Florida to share the historic achievements of his administration directly with Floridians. As paychecks grow at the fastest pace in a decade and unemployment hits generational lows nationally, Florida maintains one of the strongest economies in the nation thanks to the free market, pro-growth policies of President Trump.”President Trump most recently visited Panama City Beach last October, to survey the damage from Hurricane Michael, which meteorologists recently upgraded to a category 5 storm.Tickets for this week’s rally are available on a first come, first serve basis at Trump’s campaign site. In addition, there is a limit of two tickets per mobile number.last_img read more

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Florida Man Slams Puppy Against Elevator Wall

first_imgGraphic video from inside an elevator show the suspect striking and throwing the 6-month-old Husky puppy against the walls of an elevator.The abuse lasted for more than six minutes.Karim Fathi Ellaisy, 21, was arrested Thursday on a charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill, an arrest report said.According to the report, Ellaisy was caught on video abusing the 6-month-old Siberian Husky in an elevator at the Brickell Heights building ar 55 Southwest 9th Street.The video showed Ellaisy walking into the elevator with the Husky, which started urinating on the floor. That’s when Ellaisy yanked on the dog’s leash, causing it to slam against the elevator wall, the report said.Ellaisy was also seen slapping the dog, named Ajax, with an open hand multiple times before throwing it against the other elevator wall, the report said.“Once our officers saw this they had enough evidence to go and make an arrest, they contacted the owner of the dog which wasn’t the person who committed the crime,” Miami Police spokesman Mike Vega said.Ellaisy was booked into the Miami-Dade jail and later released on bond.Ellaisy’s attorney, Richard Cooper, said Ajax has no permanent injuries.“This is a regrettable situation for my client. This is a case involving someone who is young and inexperienced with training puppies. The video is disturbing to my client as it is not who he is,” Cooper said in a statement. “My client is being judged for the one moment in his life that he lost his cool and made a very bad choice. I am representing Karim because I know that people have bad days and do things they later deeply regret.”Ajax was released to his owner, and animal control was contacted, the arrest report said.“It’s really sad to see, if I see something like that I’m going to do something immediately,” neighbor Avi Eli said. “I would react just like I saw someone beating a kid.”last_img read more