Chelsea’s chances of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal rated by Craig Burley

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first_imgChelsea’s chances of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal rated by Craig Burley Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jun 2020 10:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is coveted by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Former Chelsea star Craig Burley believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will only move to Stamford Bridge this summer if Roman Abramovich is willing to break the bank for the Arsenal captain.Aubameyang has enjoyed another reputation enhancing season and is contention to win a second successive Premier League Golden Boot Award. The Gabon international, who turns 31 later this month, has just over 12 months remaining on his current contract and will assess his options come the summer.Mikel Arteta, who has made a positive impression since succeeding Unai Emery, is reportedly set to make a personal plea to his current skipper, but he faces a difficult task given Arsenal’s precarious financial predicament and a likely lack of Champions League football to offer. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as PSG, are carefully monitoring Aubemyang’s situation, while there is interest in the former Borussia Dortmund star closer to home. ADVERTISEMENTAbramovich is reportedly set to provide Frank Lampard with two marquee signings this summer, but the Chelsea boss, himself, will face no easy task in persuading Aubameyang to cross the London divide, according to Burley.center_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Arsenal against Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat back in December (Picture: Getty)He told ESPN: ‘Look is Aubameyang one of the hottest strikers around? Absolutely. His goalscoring stats, even beyond the last two years, but certainly the last couple of seasons, at Arsenal, he’s produced the goods.‘But he is going to be 31 soon and you know Chelsea have been in the process of bringing in younger players. Clearly they need a striker, someone to come in with more experience and more quality than Tammy Abraham who has done a very good job.‘Clearly they are in the market for a striker. Are they in the market to shell out for a 31-year-old who they probably will get a couple of years out of? Potentially they are but only for the right price. We know Arsenal are not desperate to let him go unless they get a bumper deal.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‘There is a lot of bluff and also the fact that Arsenal are trying to sell the fact that they are going to be much better next year they may still get in the Champions League as an outside bet.‘Chelsea have to sell the project as well. They are not on the coat tails of Liverpool they themselves are fighting for Champions League football next year.’MORE: Gary Neville highlights Arsenal’s big mistake with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal ready to take £20m gamble on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Raul Sanllehi policy U-turn Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Parents heartbreak sentence enough’

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first_imgNZ Herald 6 June 2015 Washington Post magazine reporter Gene Weingarten wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning article interviewing 13 parents who had accidentally killed their young children by leaving them inside a car. Following yesterday’s decision to discharge a Whanganui mother without conviction, he tells Morgan Tait why he strongly believes parents should not be prosecuted in these circumstances.I spent almost a year on that story, during which time I spoke with 13 people who had done this to their children. As I recall, there were seven men and six women. Some remained deeply wounded, paralysed by their grief and guilt; some had managed to better transcend these things, and move unsteadily on. Some of the 13 were reserved and guarded, some were more open. Some of them had been prosecuted, some not.One thing that bound them together was their absolute certitude that these cases should not be prosecuted. I came to agree with them.From their perspective, it is entirely about helping these people heal. They are already in an unfathomable hell. They have lost a child. They caused it. There is no greater psychological burden I can imagine. When they are prosecuted, two things happen: They are so busy defending themselves that they have no time to grieve, which, as any grief counsellor will tell you, is a dreadful thing.Second, their marriage – already deeply strained by a sense of betrayal – is further imperilled by introducing a huge financial burden.That’s what the parents say. They are biased, but they are also in a unique position to analyse this. I agree with them, but my reasons extend further.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11460607last_img read more

Govt refuses to budge on cannabis reform

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first_imgNewsHub 7 May 2016Family First Comment: Good!The Government is still refusing to budge on the recreational use of cannabis, but says it’s open to further discussion around its medicinal use.The comment has once again re-lit debate around cannabis law reform the same day as “J-Day” protests across the country.Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is giving an inch, but protesters at today’s J-Day in Auckland want a mile.“Overall I want to make sure New Zealanders get access to the medications they want over time, but I don’t at this point support making marijuana available,” Mr Coleman said.More than 1000 gathered in Albert Park for the annual protest — this year’s theme the decriminalisation of medicinal cannabis.Currently, non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis products can be accessed only with ministerial approval, but that’s rarely granted.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/govt-refuses-to-budge-on-cannabis-reform-2016050717#axzz486npWhdUlast_img read more

North Decatur educator finalist for ‘Educator of the Year’

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first_imgGreensburg, In. — North Decatur Elementary School teacher, Dottie Hellmich is a finalist for the Indiana Department of Education “Teacher of the Year” award.Hellmich is a 24-year educator who graduated from IUPUI in 1993 and began teaching at St. Mary’s School in Greensburg. She began teaching at North Decatur Elementary School in 1996. Until 2013 she taught sixth graders, fourth graders and gifted students. Since 2013, she has been the technology and integration specialist.This year, Hellmich earned “Teacher of the Year at North Decatur Elementary School and the district.The top 10 finalists will be revealed by September and the winner will be introduced in October.last_img

BCEF launches scholarship to honor Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran

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first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville High School students may apply for four separate scholarships administered by the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) through one common application this year. In addition to the James A. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship, the Mary C. Horstman Scholarship, and the Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket Scholarship, a fourth scholarship has been added, thanks to a donation to BCEF from the family of BHS alumnus Sgt. Chad Keith.“Sgt. Keith was a 2000 BHS graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom,” said Anne Wilson, BCEF executive director.  “Through a donation from the fundraising efforts of his family, a new $500 scholarship has been established.”The Sgt. Chad Keith Memorial Scholarship is available to either 2019 BHS graduates who will attend college or trade school or any BHS alumni who are currently attending college or a trade school.“It was the wish of Sgt. Keith’s family that this scholarship also be made available to those already enrolled in college or trade school,” Wilson explained. “As a tribute to our armed forces, the essay for this scholarship involves interviewing a veteran and explaining how this person embodies patriotism.”The James A. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship and the Mary C. Horstman Scholarship were established through the generosity of donors via estate planning.  Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to recipients of the Fritsch Scholarship in 2019 and three $1,000 winners will be chosen for the Horstman. In its second year, the Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket Scholarship, funded through a targeted donation to BCEF from the companies, will award one $2500 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in a STEM field.Scholarship money to be awarded to BHS graduates this year by BCEF will total $21,000.The BCEF common application, instructions, and details regarding all four scholarships are online here. Scholarship applications are due to BCEF no later than 4:30 PM on March 1. Questions about the scholarships may be directed to Wilson at awilson@batesville.k12.in.us or 812-934-2194.last_img read more

McIlroy spurred on by Europe record

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first_img Press Association “We have an image in our team room and it shows how much red, white and blue is still on it,” said the 25-year-old. “If you look at the honours board of the Ryder Cup, America have still won a lot more than Europe and that’s what we’re going towards. “Okay, we have won eight of the last 10 or seven of the last eight or whatever it is, but we are still very much behind the US in terms of Ryder Cups won. “That is our goal and our main objective to catch them up and overtake them as quickly as we can. “I don’t think this (their recent record) diminishes the competitive aspect of the Ryder Cup at all. “Even though we’ve won the majority of the last 10, a lot of them have been very competitive. The last two Ryder Cups previous to this one Europe only won two of the sessions. “At Celtic Manor we had to combine two sessions and have all players out on the course and we won that session 5 1/2 to 1/2, and then everyone saw what we did in the singles at Medinah. “Those were very tight matches. I have no doubt that come Hazeltine in a couple years’ time it will be a tight match again. World number one Rory McIlroy insists the desire to redress the balance in Ryder Cup history means the event will not be diminished by Europe’s recent dominance over the United States. “The Ryder Cup will go on long past the years we are living. It’s a great spectacle of sport between two very competitive teams: Europe have just been getting the better of the US the last few years, but that’s not to mean that the US won’t bounce back and win a few over the next five or six.” In terms of personal satisfaction McIlroy said the Ryder Cup victory provided the icing on the cake after adding two majors to his growing collection earlier in the year. Coincidentally the last man to achieve such a feat was Tom Watson, the defeated United States captain, in 1977. McIlroy said: “It’s obviously a nice honour to have. It’s the icing on the cake of what has been a very special summer for me, to win back-to-back majors, the Open Championship and then the PGA, and then to be a part of this fantastic team led by a wonderful captain. “I couldn’t have asked for the summer to end any better. I didn’t know that it had not been done since 1977 but, you know, if it’s not me in a couple years’ time again, I hope it’s one of these guys (his team-mates) that gets two majors and gets a Ryder Cup.” McIlroy revealed he approached his singles match against good friend Rickie Fowler with more focus than the final rounds of the Open and US PGA, which he won this year, and that resulted in a comfortable 5&4 victory which helped Europe to an overall “I personally am just really proud of how I played,” said the Northern Irishman. “I was probably up for this match more than I was the final two rounds of the majors I won this year. “It just meant so much to be to be a part of this team and to win.” The 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory at Gleneagles was their eighth in 10 attempts, but with the overall record in America’s favour the Northern Irishman knows there is still a long way to go. Europe still trail 25-12 in terms of victories and captain Paul McGinley used a graphic depicting the divide as a motivational tool this week. last_img read more

Monk keen on Europa League

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first_img “I do not believe this myth that you would try and avoid it,” Monk said. “Why would you try and avoid it? Players want to play in European competitions. “We had an unbelievable experience in the Europa League last season. Yes, our league form did suffer but that is not enough to put us off.” Monk was actually appointed interim manager at Swansea before the club’s last-32 tie with Italian giants Napoli, Michael Laudrup having left the Liberty Stadium only a few weeks earlier. Swansea fought out a goalless draw at home and were 12 minutes from progressing on the away goals rule before Napoli struck twice late on at the Stadio San Paolo to win 3-1. “I want to experience that and manage in Europe,” said Monk, who has confirmed that talks have opened between himself and the club over a new contract. “I got a taste over the two legs against Napoli and it was fantastic. “I would like to taste it again with my own team and put my own stamp on it. Swansea manager Garry Monk insists he does not want to avoid the Europa League next season. Monk had previously appeared lukewarm on the idea of Swansea appearing in a competition regarded as a poisoned chalice for English clubs, citing the heavy playing and travel demands that the tournament puts on domestic commitments. But Swansea’s shock 1-0 win at Arsenal on Monday has put them in contention for a top-six spot and Monk says the club are keen to repeat their European experience of last season when they qualified for the Europa League as Capital One Cup winners. “We are pushing for it and I want to progress with what I am doing here. “This club is ambitious, which I like, and I want to try and grow here, pushing the squad forward. “That is why the club have talked about extending the contract and those discussions will go into more detail in the coming days and weeks.” Swansea plan to play in a pre-season tournament in Texas from July 9-19 alongside the likes of Lyon, Malaga, Newcastle and Mexican team Pachuca. But should they finish seventh and Arsenal win the FA Cup then their first Europa League qualifier would be on July 30, and that could possibly affect their pre-season preparations. “It is another thing to take into consideration if we do qualify,” Monk said. “Whether it fully affects it depends on where we finish in certain positions, so we will have to see what happens. “It is not ideal cutting short the players’ already short summer but footballers now should understand the days of a 10-month season with two months off have gone. “It is a 12-month thing now and all players should understand that, even though there are obviously times when they have to get their rest.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Cricket was our ultimate healer after 2015 earthquake: Nepal skipper Paras Khadka

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first_imghighlights New Delhi: Nepal’s journey in the cricketing world has been nothing short of a fairytale. In the 2014 World T20, they created waves when they defeated Hong Kong by 80 runs and Afghanistan by nine runs but missed qualifying to the main draw by a whisker. However, their journey was interrupted in a devastating way in April 2015 when the country was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which killed close to 10,000 people. The cricketing infrastructure was totally damaged while some of the players were scarred physically and emotionally. However, the cricketers showed their resilience and they rebuilt. In March 2018, the ICC granted Nepal ODI status and in less than one year, they have created history by winning a bilateral ODI series in the UAE which was held recently in the ICC Cricket Academy venue in Dubai.Speaking exclusively to News Nation, Paras Khadka, the skipper who became the first Nepal player to hit an ODI century to guide the side to history, stated that the game of cricket was their ultimate healer following the devastating earthquake and spoke about how Nepal has made giant strides. “It was hard. The whole country was suffering. More than cricket, it was about lives. It was about getting back to normal. Luckily, we managed to pull through. It was a tough time. Life is bigger than anything else. Cricket was actually a healer. The game allowed us to forget the bad times,” Khadka said.For Khadka and many Nepal players, April 2018, three years after the catastrophic earthquake was a day of absolute joy. Nepal defeated Papau New Guinea by six wickets in Harare to earn ODI status. Since 2010, Nepal had been struggling in Division Five of Cricket but through sheer hard work and determination, Nepal scaled the summit. Khadka fondly recalls the day when Nepal were awarded ODI status. Nepal won an ODI series for the first time in their cricketing career.Nepal secured ODI status in April 2018.Sandeep Lamichhane has been Nepal’s international star, playing in all T20 franchise leagues. “The journey has been fabulous. The ODI status last year was one of the biggest things for us. We are here in our second bilateral series in which we have won 2-1. The journey has been amazing from Division 5 to ODI. There have been lots of ups and downs. There were plenty of sacrifices from players who came and went. There were plenty of highs and lows but we are finally here. Hopefully, we can make the most of out of this and get good exposure for our players so that we can become better,” Khadka said.Sandeep Lamichhane – International starIf there is one cricketer who has made giant strides in the world of cricket from the Himalayan nation, it is young legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane. The 18-year-old has been a history-maker in a lot of ways, becoming the first player from Nepal to play for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the Indian Premier League, St Kitts and Nevi Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League and for Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League. Khadka said Lamichhane is the prime reason why Nepal is on the world cricketing map.“Sandeep has been fantastic. He is playing franchise T20 cricket all over the globe representing Nepal. People now know that Nepal plays cricket because of him and it sends a strong message. It is good. There is plenty of talent that is emerging after Sandeep,” Khadka said.In Nepal’s first ODI series, they were held 1-1 by the Netherlands. After losing the first game by 55 runs, they held on to win the next game by one run. In the first game against UAE, they were bowled out for 113 and UAE won by three wickets. Despite the loss, Khadka remained positive because they had made UAE work very hard in chasing a small target.“Both teams really struggled. With 40 runs to get and only three wickets remaining, we still had a chance when UAE were chasing 114. However, the UAE batsmen played sensibly and got them through. We had built pressure and this gave us the belief to bounce back mentally in the second game,” Khadka said.The belief worked brilliantly. Nepal turned the series around as they thrashed UAE by 145 runs with Sompal Khemi taking 5/33 and in the last match, Khadka smashed a century as Nepal secured their place in the history books. Nepal cricket is on a high but there are issues. The Cricket Association of Nepal has been banned by the ICC since 2016 due to government interference. Khadka stated that getting the right cricketing environment for the youngsters was the key.“We need to sort out our management issues. It is important that we get our cricket board to function. We need to invest into this talent. We need to expose players to the right cricketing environment. We have a fantastic future ahead for Nepal cricket,” Khadka said.History secured, outlook positive. Khadka’s boys will be aiming to take the cricketing world by storm in the coming years as they continue their fairytale journey. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Real Madrid Brace for Laliga Restart Like World Cup

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first_imgA modest player in the Belgian leagues before dedicating himself to preparing players, Dupont’s single biggest challenge is to get the best out of Eden Hazard.The former Chelsea forward might well be the difference between Real Madrid eliminating Barcelona’s two-point lead over them, and winning the league. He knows Hazard well from his time as Lille physio where both men first caught they eye for being exceptional at what they did.Dupont was signed by Real Madrid at the start of this season in a bid to make the team better physically. Zinedine Zidane had returned to the club but did not want his previous physio Antonio Pintus working with him into the new campaign.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2019/20 season will go down in football history as one of the strangest. The title will be won by the players as always, but the physios who prepared them for the 11 games in 39 days in soaring temperatures will have played a bigger part than ever.As Spain’s Diario AS put it on Tuesday, Real Madrid’s Gregory Dupont believes there is only one way to go about preparing for the rest of the campaign – treat it like a World Cup.The 47-year-old fitness guru – known in the game as the ‘Scientist’ for his commitment to, and willingness to use, the latest sports science investigation – knows a thing or two about successfully preparing a group of players for such a tournament: he was France’s physio in Russia two years ago as they lifted the World Cup.“I trust the science and I try to put it into practice in sport,” he says of his methods. “Fifteen years ago there was not that knitting together of the two fields.”last_img read more

Borrisoleigh and Thurles Sarsfields prepare to do battle this weekend

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first_imgBorris’ will be hoping the late great Liam Devaney will bring them some good fortune against the reigning County champions.The Borrisoleigh and Tipperary hurling legend passed away aged 82 earlier this year.Paddy Stapleton, who captains Borrisoleigh this weekend, says he hopes Liam will be looking down on them on Sunday…That game throws in at 3.30 in Semple Stadium, on Sunday and Tipp FM’s live coverage is being brought to you in association with The Village Grill, Clerihan. Borrisoleigh and Thurles Sarsfields make final preparations ahead of their weekend clash.Tipp GAA TV caught up with Borrisoleigh and Thurles Sarsfields before Sunday’s Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Finallast_img