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Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea

first_imgWillian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 11:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Willian missed Chelsea’s last three games due to an Achilles injury (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Arsenal face a potential problem in midfield as reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid are now planning to keep Dani Ceballos.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy have been impressed with Ceballos’ performances under Mikel Arteta and the midfielder will now be given the chance to impress Zinedine Zidane during their pre-season campaign this summer.Zidane, who allowed Ceballos to leave on loan last year, will still have the final say over the 24-year-old’s future but Arsenal had been confident about keeping the midfielder for another season.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 ArsenalArsenal were already in the market for a new central midfielder this summer with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey one of their top targets.But the 27-year-old, who will only be sold if his €50 million (£44.9m) release clause is met, is understood to be demanding a £200,000-a-week salary.Partey’s potential arrival would inflate Arsenal’s wage bill even further as the club also need to commit in excess of £200,000 a week in order for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Willian is closing in on his move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Willian has passed his medical with Arsenal as he closes in on completing a free transfer from Chelsea, according to reports in Brazil.The 32-year-old has already announced that he will be leaving Chelsea after spending seven years at Stamford Bridge.Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal and is now putting the finishing touches on his move to Mikel Arteta’s side.According to Esporte Interativo, Willian passed his medical tests with Arsenal on Tuesday after the examinations showed no complications.ADVERTISEMENTWillian had missed Chelsea’s last three matches, including the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley, due to an Achilles injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Arsenal are satisfied with Willian’s condition following his medical and are now poised to complete their first signing of the summer. Commentlast_img read more

Seagreen Requests Scoping Opinion for Seagreen Phase 1

first_imgSeagreen Wind Energy Ltd has requested a scoping opinion from Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, for the proposed 1.05GW Seagreen Phase 1 wind farm project. This scoping request, submitted mid-May, was accompanied by a scoping report which identifies the potentially significant impacts associated with the proposed development during construction, operation and decommissioning.The scoping report details the proposed scope for the environmental impact assessment(EIA) and eventual production of an environmental statement (ES) to accompany consents applications for the development.The scoping report also identifies key design changes associated with the proposed development over the previous consent applications and considers the implications of these changes in terms of environmental impacts.Through submitting the scoping request, Seagreen is seeking to use of the advances in wind turbine technology and design since the original consent application was submitted.The prospective development would be located within the same area as that considered in the 2012 EIA for the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo sites.The Scoping Report also marks the beginning of consultation with stakeholders and consultees to commence discussion of the survey methodologies to inform the EIA.Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, a joint venture partnership between SSE and Fluor, was awarded by The Crown Estate the exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme.The zone is located approximately 25km east of Fife and covers an area of 2,852km2.The project is being developed in two phases, with the 1.05GW Phase 1 in the northern area of the zone being developed first, followed by the 1.4GW Phase 2 in the south eastern area.In October 2014, following submission of an Environmental Statement and further consultation with the relevant statutory bodies to complete the Habitats Regulations Assessment process, Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd received consent for Phase 1 of the development from Scottish Ministers for two offshore wind farms, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo. These projects each have a capacity of 525MW.last_img read more

British expert says preliminary inquiries should end in Eastern Caribbean

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional British expert says preliminary inquiries should end in Eastern Caribbean by: – September 17, 2011 Sharecenter_img Map of the Eastern Caribbean. Photo credit: caribbean-on-line.comKINGSTOWN, St Vincent — A British legal expert helping with the revamping of the criminal justice system in the Eastern Caribbean believes that preliminary inquiries should be abolished.A preliminary inquiry determines if the state has enough evidence to justify a trial. It is intended to safeguard against putting people in jeopardy of being convicted in a trial without the state having sufficient evidence to prove the case.If, after hearing the evidence, the magistrate is satisfied that there is enough evidence that the person could be convicted, then the person is committed to trial at a higher court.Witnesses often testify twice: during the preliminary inquiry and also at the trial.“Why call witnesses twice? We can call witnesses just once at the trial and then their evidence can be tested,” criminal justice advisor to the Eastern Caribbean in the British High Commission Daniel Suter said, referring to preliminary inquiries.On Wednesday, Suter discussed on local radio the Prosecutors’ Code recently launched in St Vincent and the Grenadines.Suter spoke of the deficiencies in the local court system, saying that delays, often caused by procedures and the manner in which matters are investigated, were one of the main concerns.“What I am looking at is to make investigators work more closely with prosecutors at an early stage. … What I can see as a good way ahead is abolishing preliminary inquiries. I don’t think that they are systems that allow for justice in as much,” Suter said.He added that preliminary inquiries also delay trials and accused persons should be tried “at the earliest stage” since this relates to human rights.“It is [also] not fair for witnesses and victims that matters are prolonged for that period of time,” he said.Suter emphasised the role of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in determining who is prosecuted.He objected to the police performing the role of arresting, interviewing, investigating, charging and then prosecuting an individual, as is generally the case in the magistrate’s courts.“My personal view is that that’s unconstitutional and that it should be the DPP who determines the matters that are prosecuted both in the Magistrate’s Court and also the High Court.”He said that with the implementation of a national prosecution service, police prosecutors, would become part of the DPP’s office.In this way, the DPP would be fulfilling his constitutional role of managing prosecutors going through the Magistrate’s Court and “maintaining that objectivity and independence,” Suter said.He said that police prosecutors who do not become members of the national prosecution service could return to investigating or study law.Suter also addressed the issue of prosecutors passing the “evidential stage” and the “public interest test” before going to trial.“Within the code for St Vincent, it says that there must be a reasonable prospect for conviction. So, if all the points to prove for an offence are made out and the prosecutor decides ‘Yes I believe I can get a conviction on the basis of the evidence that is produced to me by the police,’ the evidential stage is passed.”He, however, cautioned that it should not always be the case that even if there is sufficient evidence that a person should be prosecuted.Prosecutors, Suter said, should consider, on a case-by-case basis, the potential long-term negative impact of prosecution on a person’s life.He said if a prosecutor, after such considerations, decides not to move forward with the case, the crime would still be recorded and prosecutors might not be as lenient with repeat offenders.The Prosecutors’ Code speaks to this in that it sets out the parameters in which a prosecutor decides whether to prosecute.“… [T]he public needs to know … what are the rules of engagement that the prosecutor makes the decision by and the public interest test can be one that can cause a lot of debate. And therefore the code sets out a number of examples where the public interest stage can be considered,” Suter explained.“It is a debated point but there is something there to secure justice and the reason for the code is to ensure there is transparency, objectivity in relation to any decision being made, because, of course, they can be critical decisions,” he explained.Suter also suggested that police interrogators tape or video record their interview of suspects, saying that this could help to protect the credibility of the police.He further noted that the changes being proposed to the Eastern Caribbean court system are not “UK-centric”. The UK, he said, can learn much from other systems around the world.by Kenton X. ChanceCaribbean News Now contributor Share 37 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Nasarawa United retires late Chineme Martins jersey

first_imgRelatedPosts FG directives on COVID-19 alters NFF investigative panel’s work plan NFF inaugurate committee to investigate Nasarawa defender’s death Medical facilities: Plateau United, state FA, others meet over NFF, LMC directive Nasarawa United Football Club has retired the jersey number of its late player, Chineme Martins, who died in March while playing for the club.Isaac Danladi, Chairman of the club, told newsmen in Lafia on Thursday that the jersey would be rested for the 2020/2021 season. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Martins, who donned the number 20 jersey, slumped and died during his team’s Nigeria Professional Football League encounter with Katsina United at Lafia Township Stadium.Danladi said the decision was to respect the late player for his contributions to the club.He said: “As a mark of respect to our departed colleague and player, Chineme Martins, who died in the course of service to the club, management decided to rest his number 20 jersey for the whole of 2020/2021 season.“May his soul rest in peace.”Sunday John, a journalist and football enthusiast in Lafia, described the decision as a welcome development. John said the decision would go a long way to comfort the family and fans of the late player.He said: “I appreciate what the club has done.“His death was painful to everyone.“This step will, in some way, console everyone.“However, I feel that more should be done. “The stadium should be named after him or one of the stands should be named after him.”Tags: Chineme MartinsIsaac DanladiNasarawa State Footbal Clublast_img read more

Sherwood: Vlaar wants Villa stay

first_img Now the manager himself has given Villa fans firmer suggestions the former captain could stay. “I’ve told Ron I want him to stay and he’s said he wants to,” said the Villa boss. “So his representatives are going to talk the club and I’m confident something can be done. Are we close? Well, put it this way, we’re not a million pounds away! “He’s a man who is quite rightly in demand but I can see him being here next season. “Ron’s going to have a lot of options. He’s not long come back from a World Cup where he had a really good tournament.” Sherwood is well aware of ‘Concrete Ron’s’ importance to the team. “He’s indicated to me that he’s happy and I’m thinking exactly the same way, so I’m sure it will get done,” he said. “Our best results have come when Ron is playing. He’s a great character to have around and has a very calming influence.” Holland international Vlaar had looked increasingly likely to leave Villa Park when his contract expires this summer to join a bigger club. Manchester United have been most strongly linked with the centre-half, but Vlaar hinted recently that Sherwood’s impact as manager could convince him to stay. Tim Sherwood has revealed in-demand defender Ron Vlaar has told him he wants to stay at Aston Villa. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked after accepting Real Madrid job

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking turn of events, Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain manager a day before the FIFA World Cup 2018 and a day after it was announced that he will take the vacant Real Madrid manager’s spot after the World Cup.Lopetegui on Tuesday signed a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and hence, it was decided by the Spanish hierarchy that it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.Luis Rubiales, the Spanish Football Association president, who was supposed to attend FIFA’s congress in Moscow on Wednesday flew to Spain’s training camp on Tuesday night to discuss the matter.”We cannot fulfill our own values. It’s a difficult and painful situation. We would have liked to end up here at the top with Julen, but we have not determined the way we act,” said Rubiales.“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck,” added the Spanish FA president.“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”Spain plays their first Group B match against Portugal on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Sharapova knocked out of US Open by Sevastova

first_imgMARIA Sharapova’s first Grand Slam tournament in 19 months ended with defeat by Anastasija Sevastova in the US Open fourth round.Latvia’s Sevastova, the 16th seed, won 5-7 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in New York.The 27-year-old will play Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals, after the American beat Julia Goerges.Sharapova, ranked 146th after returning from a doping ban in April, was given a wildcard into the main draw.The 2006 champion had played just one match since May coming into Flushing Meadows, with injuries forcing her out of the grass-court season and US Open build-up.She played superbly to upset world number two Simona Halep on the first day of the tournament, and then beat Timea Babos and Sofia Kenin on her way to the last 16.Sevastova proved too strong, however, the 5ft 5in Latvian’s defensive skills and ability to create angles ultimately derailing the Russian.“The first set was very close, it could have gone either way,” said Sevastova.“She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running every ball, and just stayed there.”Sharapova ended the match with 51 errors to 42 winners as she pressed too hard in trying to break down Sevastova’s brilliant defence.The Latvian went close to taking the first set after coming back from 4-1 down, but Sharapova clinched it with two magnificent forehands in game 12.The momentum had already begun to swing though, and Sevastova would level thanks to a single break at 2-1 in the second – in one rally lobbing Sharapova twice, prompting the Russian to scramble left-handed in desperation.A six-minute bathroom break ahead of the decider apparently did not have the desired effect as Sharapova quickly fell 3-0 down.She had said after her opening match that “this girl has a lot of grit”, and it was in evidence as she cut the deficit to 3-2, but in the end Sevastova had too much.Sharapova fought off three match points before a big first serve left the five-time major winner flailing at a return that flew wide after two hours and 17 minutes.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Remita Corporate Champions Cup Season 5 Kicks off

first_imgThe 2019 edition and fifth season of the annual corporate football tournament, Remita Corporate Champions Cup, widely known as RC3, is set to kick off at the Sports Pavilion of Yaba College Technology, Lagos, every Sunday from August 18 to September 1, 2019.The tourney which is in its 5th edition would feature eight leading corporate brands across various industries in Nigeria: Union Bank, First City Monument Bank, IHS Towers, MTN Nigeria, Nestle, Unilever, NEM Insurance, and Friesland Campina.“As always, we strongly believe that work-life balance is a necessity and can substantially contribute to a healthier, productive workforce. This is therefore a pivotal reason we have been a part of this tournament since its inception, and five editions running, we continue to promote team bonding, inter-company networking and wellness among employees from different firms, in an stress-free manner,” said John Obaro, Managing Director, SystemSpecs headline sponsor of the tournament. “More so, we are convinced that a nation with a workforce able to maximise its time and energy for work and other important aspects of their life would be able to immeasurably contribute to national growth and advancement,” Obaro added.Legendary former Super Eagles goalkeeper and tournament ambassador, Peter Rufai, disclosed his hopes for the tournament: “Now in its fifth season and growing even stronger, the success of RC3 this year would surpass all four editions past.“Personally, I expect a remarkable competition. I also anticipate a championship that would engender and strengthen camaraderie among the participating players, teams, organisations, supporters and other individuals across various walks of life,” stressed Rufai.Also speaking on his expectations from the competition, Chief Operating Officer of MediaVision, Jimmy Sogbesan, said: “It has been five whole seasons of spectacular soccer across Corporate Nigeria; we guarantee participating teams and spectators nothing short of that for them and their loved ones again this year.”With the best of football skills and passion by professionals in Nigeria on display, Remita Corporate Champions Cup is the pinnacle of Corporate Games in Nigeria. Its 2019 edition would bring together top brands and SystemSpecs customers in a friendly environment.Regarded as the most prestigious league of all corporate football competitions in Nigeria, the Remita Corporate Champions Cup 2019 would feature winners and runners-up of various sector-based footballing competitions in Corporate Nigeria, covering banking, FMCG, insurance and telecoms. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Racing cancelled in Tipperary tomorrow

first_imgBetween Saturday night and Sunday morning over 17 millimetres of rain fell resulting in the postponement of the meeting.A date for the rescheduled meeting has yet to be announced.last_img