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Basildon – Unglamorous, but promising

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Unai Emery praises Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti after Arsenal transfer link

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Apr 2019 7:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link329Shares Unai Emery says Umtiti is ‘a very good player’ (Getty Images)‘France has a lot of very good footballers who are playing abroad.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The French league is a very attractive market for a lot of teams.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal.‘I’ve always been able to count on those players.’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 Samuel Umtiti has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has suggested he would approve Arsenal’s bid to sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.The Gunners have been heavily linked with a £60 million move for the France international at the end of the season.Umtiti, meanwhile, has reportedly told his Barcelona teammates that he is considering his future after losing his regular role alongside Gerard Pique to Clement Lenglet.But Emery has hinted that he would welcome the chance to have Umtiti in his squad at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a very good player,’ Emery told RMC Sport. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Unai Emery praises Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti after Arsenal transfer linklast_img read more

PGGM director joins UK’s NEST investment committee

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first_imgNEST Corporation, the trustee body that runs the UK’s workplace pension fund NEST, has appointed Jaap van Dam, the director for investment strategy at €238bn Dutch pension investor PGGM, to join its investment committee.Van Dam will be responsible for further developing NEST’s investment practice in order to continuously improve it, the fund said.He has broad knowledge and experience on strategy, investment policy formulation, asset allocation and value chain design.He is chair of the VBDO, the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development, chair of European Chapter of the 300 Club, and member of the research committee for the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM). Van Dam said: “The rapid growth of NEST over the coming decades will require important decisions around investment management. I am a great admirer of the intellectual rigor NEST applies to its practice – from the behavioural choice design to the investment solutions it implements.”The appointment comes as the fund reaches £10bn (€11.9bn) in assets under management invested on behalf of its more than 8.6 million members, it announced.Mark Fawcett, NEST’s chief investment officer, said that reaching such a milestone “shows NEST is set to become one of the largest players in the UK pensions market and the scheme is now receiving £400m new contributions every month.”Additionally, following a competitive recruitment last year, Jennie Austin also joined NEST’s investment committee last November.She has spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry, and ran funds both actively and passively as an equities manager with the BT and Post Office pension schemes.Most recently at FTSE Russell, Austin worked for 10 years with some of the UK and Europe’s largest pension and sovereign wealth fund investment teams.“There are a range of investment approaches, such as climate funds and factor investing, where I can offer my expertise and help shape the right approach to deliver the best member outcomes,” she said.Chris Hitchen, chair of the NEST’s investment committee, said this was the first time the fund had made appointments to its investment committee from outside of its trustee board.He added that both van Dam and Austin’s “deep experience and international perspectives will really help NEST as it grows into a large-scale investing institution.”last_img read more

Deepwater Horizon: CPRA Highlights Decade of Restoration

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first_imgToday, on the 10 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) reflects on the tragedy and the decade of coastal restoration progress that has contributed to the state’s overall recovery. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion initiated an immense tragedy that took eleven lives and spewed over three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an unprecedented disaster that sadly claimed the lives of 11 men 10 years ago today. We will never forget them, nor their families, who have been forever impacted by this tragedy, and I am praying for all who suffered loss that day,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “It further crippled Louisiana’s already fragile coastal ecosystems, which millions relied upon for their livelihood. But through hard work and dedication we have made great advancements. The disaster has become the impetus for some of the biggest projects in our coastal master plan and an opportunity for our state to grow its restoration and water management economy. It is our hope that in the coming years Louisiana will be building more coastline than it is losing each year.”As a result of the various legal settlements and fines imposed, more than $7.29 billion in settlement money will be awarded to the State of Louisiana for coastal projects through 2031, and another $1 billion will be awarded for economic damages. CPRA, the lead trustee administering the Louisiana settlements, has seized on the decade since the spill, making significant strides toward the restoration of the Louisiana coastline.Coastal Project Funding in Louisiana Using Oil Spill Settlement Funds:Projects Completed (9 projects): $555 million;Projects in or Near Construction Phase (12 projects): $320 million;Projects in Engineering & Design (26 projects): $4.21 billion.last_img read more

Manning Statue

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first_imgRecently the Indianapolis Colts unveiled a statue of Peyton Manning outside of their stadium in Indianapolis.  This is one of those cases when the statue was well deserved by the player being honored.  When Manning came to the Colts, he totally adopted Indianapolis as his home.Peyton got very involved with Children’s charities in the city.  He was very free with his time when different organizations asked him to either represent them or honor them with his presence.  He has a children’s wing named after him at a local hospital.Even though Manning’s career did not end in Indianapolis, his conduct in retirement is still exemplary.  If you haven’t seen one of his commercials which are well done and funny, you must be living in a cave somewhere.  Manning makes sure he stays away from controversial subjects that tend to cause dissension among the ranks.I can think of two statues outside of ball parks that the fans in those cities simply adore.  One is Manning’s in Indianapolis and the other is Ernie Banks outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago.last_img read more

Jayden Schmidt

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first_imgBut the cherry on top of Jayden Schmidt’s Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod season would be be qualifying for Saturday’s main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Sixth in current national standings and a contender for the Junior National Champion honors as well, Schmidt learned the racing basics in go karts before moving to the SportMod class. He’s got some time yet before deciding whether to go to work or continue his education after graduation from high school, with the ultimate dream, of course, of racing for a living. Jayden Schmidt Seventeen years old and a senior at Seymour, Wis., High School, Schmidt got his first look at Boone Speedway when he pulled into town on Sunday. He was comfortable wheeling his way around Iowa’s Action Track and ready to get down to the serious business of winning Monday’s 16th heat. center_img “I’ve driven on similar tracks so I’m used to corners like they have at Boone,” he said. “I know the competition here is very good. My goal is to make the show on Saturday, then I’ll be happy.” He’s got a career-best 14 feature wins and two track titles to his credit, long with a big lead in the state points race.last_img read more

Bryant’s death shocking — NBBF

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first_imgRelatedPosts Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade Kobe Bryant honoured in Bosnia with giant mural The Nigeria Basketball Federation on Monday described the death of basketball legend and multiple NBA winner, Kobe Bryant, as shocking. The Media Officer, NBBF, Afolabi Oni, in a statement on Monday in Lagos said the death of Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday had thrown the global basketball family into mourning. Also, NBBF President, Musa Kida, described Bryant as not just a basketball legend, but a global icon who took the world by storm and left his mark on the sand of time. Kida said: “The unfortunate incident involving the basketball star alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others who died in the fatal helicopter crash is one that will leave a dent on the sporting community forever. “We join the world to mourn a man that has given everything to entertain the world through basketball. “We commiserate with his family, the Los Angeles Lakers franchise where he played his entire NBA career, the NBA management and people all over the world who have been affected by this unfortunate incident.” Kida said Bryant was an inspiration to many kids in Nigeria who wanted to take up basketball as a profession. He said: “We are going to miss him. We pray that his soul and the eight others find eternal rest. “Apart from being an 18-time All-Star with five NBA championships, he was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA.”Tags: Afolabi OniKobe BryantLagos StaeMusa KidaNBBFlast_img read more

Fresh Flowers in Your Home Can Reduce Anxiety and Pain

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first_imgNew research shows that fresh flowers can alleviate anxiety and can have positive effects on patients healing from surgery. Apartment Therapy recently brought up a 2008 study done by the American Society for Horticulture Science.Researchers studied 90 patients recovering from appendectomies. The patients were randomly split into rooms either with plants or without plants and the patients’ physical and psychological responses were measured. What they found was those who had flowers and plants in their rooms had lower systolic blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of anxiety, pain and fatigue, and overall positive emotions.last_img read more

FL Red Flag Law in Spotlight Following Mass Shootings

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first_imgShortly after, the tragic Parkland school shooting, lawmakers in Florida passed the “Red Flag Law” which allows law enforcement agencies to seize firearms from individuals they believe may pose a threat to themselves or others.The Florida law has been thrown into the spotlight in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.President Trump is reportedly considering making the bipartisan legislation federal law in efforts to combat mass shootings in the US.The law is known in Florida as the Risk Protection Act.It allows a law enforcement agency to petition a judge to force someone they believe is a threat to surrender their firearms for a period not to exceed a year.Over 450 guns were seized in South Florida almost immediately after the law was enacted in the state in 2018. The recent mass shootings have reignited calls for gun control, including banning assault weapons entirely in the US.The ban on assault weapons has been a controversial topic amongst Americans.Those who oppose the ban of assault weapons argue it would infringe on their second amendment rights.But others argue that the weapon is dangerous, has been used to kill vasts amounts of people, and should not be accessible to civilians.President Trump is reportedly in talks with lawmakers as Americans call on officials to find a solution to the mass shooting epidemic in the US.last_img read more