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PSG say goodbye to ‘legend’ Thiago Silva as Chelsea move awaits

first_imgSilva, 35, underwent a medical in London on Thursday and is expected to sign a two-year deal with Chelsea, according to reports in Britain.The Brazil center-back enjoyed eight trophy-laden years with the French champions, winning the Ligue 1 title seven times and five French Cups while making 315 appearances for PSG.Silva could become the latest signing for Chelsea in a busy close season that has seen the arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr. The Blues are also interested in Bayer Leverkusen rising star Kai Havertz. Paris Saint-Germain paid a fond tribute to departing captain Thiago Silva on Thursday, calling him “one of the greats” ahead of a reported move to Premier League side Chelsea.”Thiago, thank you for eight years of unforgettable memories, leadership and commitment. You are one of the greats and your legendary status at PSG will live forever,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in a club statement.”My very best wishes to you and your family for your new adventures, you will always be part of our family and our history, Merci Captain.” Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal issue injury updates on Rob Holding and Dani Ceballos ahead of West Ham game

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 8 Dec 2019 2:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Rob Holding is nearing a return to fitness (Picture: Getty Images)Rob Holding could return to action for Arsenal on Monday night against West Ham, but Dani Ceballos is still not ready to return from injury.Holding has not played since the 2-0 defeat to Leicester on 9 November as he has been struggling with a knee problem.However, the club have issued an update on the bruising to his left knee and the centre-back is now being assessed ahead of the clash with the Hammers, with the potential of him being involved.The 24-year-old has only played in one Premier League games this season having missed months of action with an ACL injury which he picked up a year ago.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTInterim manager Freddie Ljungberg will be delighted to have another option in the middle of defence with the likes of Sokratis and David Luiz struggling for form of late.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 CityCeballos has been out of action since the draw with Vitoria Guimaraes on 6 November with a hamstring tear and is not even back to full training yet.The Spain international is expected to be back to training in mid-December and Arsenal will hope to have him available again by the end of the month.The 23-year-old has made 11 Premier League appearances since arriving on loan from Real Madrid and will be desperate to return to action as he tries to win a place in Spain’s squad at Euro 2020.Otherwise the Gunners have a clean bill of health with no other first team players out injured, however, they continue to struggle for results having gone nine games without a win in all competitions.The pressure is on Ljungberg to pick up three points at the London Stadium on Monday night having sunk into the bottom half of the table.MORE: Manchester United urged to sign Bruno Fernandes and a striker in January by Danny MurphyMORE: Ryan Giggs reveals what he told Daniel James before Manchester United beat Manchester Citycenter_img Comment Arsenal issue injury updates on Rob Holding and Dani Ceballos ahead of West Ham gamelast_img read more

More UK DB schemes shut their doors to new members

first_imgThere had also been a rise in the potential for medical underwriting as a way of helping schemes derisk more cost effectively, he said.The survey included data from more than 230 private sector DB schemes in the UK with assets of over £1bn, and was based on publicly available information up to 30 September 2017.“The largest occupational schemes in the UK are an integral part of the economy and strongly influence the behaviour of smaller schemes with respect to developing innovative methods of sponsor support and risk mitigation,” Vaughan commented.The data showed that 69% of the pension schemes had a deficit on their company accounting basis – up from 57% the year before.Sponsors had also put more into the schemes to reduce deficits, with the average annual employer deficit contribution rising to around £208m from the previous year’s £60m, according to the survey.Barnet Waddingham said this increase was largely due to two employers making large one-off contributions.Regarding asset allocation, the survey showed a significant increase in the average allocation to “other” investments – a category comprising hedge funds and derivatives, or funds where it was not easy to see the allocation between different asset classes.Around 38% of scheme assets were categorised as “other” investments in the latest survey, up from 29% the year before.The median annual increase in transfer values paid out was 56%, the study showed, but the consultancy found that some schemes had seen an increase of over 200%. The number of large UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes that are in deficit has increased, and more schemes have now closed their doors to future accrual, according to a new report.In its latest annual survey, consultancy Barnett Waddingham reported that only 4% of schemes were open to new members, and the share of schemes now closed to future accrual had climbed to 43% from 37% in the previous year’s study. Andrew Vaughan, partner at Barnett Waddingham, said: “For the sixth year running, these statistics show that year on year, schemes over £1bn [€1.1bn] continue to close for future accrual of benefits.”This still left many firms with large liabilities to manage, he said, adding that the attractiveness of bulk annuity deals had grown over the last few years.last_img read more

​Scottish Widows hands £30bn of disputed SLA mandate to BlackRock

first_imgMeanwhile, a spokesperson for Lloyds confirmed to IPE that UK-listed asset manager Schroders could be in line to gain the remaining mandates, amounting to around £80bn.The Financial Times reported last week that Schroders and Lloyds were in talks, with the asset manager reportedly offering a “joint-venture sweetener” in the form of a possible stake in its Cazenove Capital wealth management arm.Schroders subsequently confirmed the discussions in a stock exchange announcement, saying it was in talks “with a view to working closely together in parts of the wealth sector.” BlackRock increased its dominance of the European investment market today, securing a £30bn (€34bn) mandate from UK financial services company Scottish Widows.The mandate – to run a range of index strategies – forms part of a £109bn contract that Scottish Widows’ parent company, Lloyds Banking Group, is attempting to wrest from Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA).As well as the £30bn mandate, Lloyds said it was pursuing a strategic partnership with BlackRock, including collaboration in alternative asset classes, risk management and investment technology.Antonio Lorenzo, chief executive of Scottish Widows and group director of insurance and wealth at Lloyds, said: “BlackRock has been selected following a competitive tender process in which it clearly demonstrated its global market leading capabilities and deep expertise in the UK market.” Lloyds said in a statement today: “The group is also near to finalising arrangements in respect of the remaining £80bn of assets that are within the scope of the asset management review, and will provide an update in due course.”The huge contracts have been up for tender since February, when Scottish Widows launched a review of its asset management arrangements and terminated its partnership agreements with SLA.Scottish Widows and Lloyds have argued that long-term contracts signed with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2014 to run the money could be terminated if it turned into a material competitor.Aberdeen merged last year with insurance company Standard Life, which Lloyds argued was a material competitor. However, in May SLA disagreed and said Lloyds and Scottish Widows did not have the right to terminate the arrangements. SLA sold the bulk of its insurance business to Phoenix at the end of August 2018.The parties remain at odds over the issue, but Lloyds said today it was confident of its right to end the contracts, and expected the arbitration process to conclude early next year.“The management of the assets [by BlackRock] will commence upon conclusion of the current arbitration process with Standard Life Aberdeen or when the existing contract expires,” it said.last_img read more

UN and business leaders call for end to HIV travel restrictions

first_img Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Share Share Most travel restrictions were imposed by governments in the 1980s, when less was known about HIV transmission, and treatment did not exist. (Credit: rrw.nl)NEW YORK, United States, Thursday November, 29, 2012 – In a move jointly sponsored by the United Nations agency dealing with the global HIV/AIDS response, more than 40 top business leaders on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws and policies restricting freedom of movement of people living with HIV.“Every individual should have equal access to freedom of movement,” said the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé.“Restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV are discriminatory and a violation of human rights,” he added.The Caribbean is second to sub-Saharan Africa in the number of people afflicted with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are speaking out ahead of World Aids Day, which is observed globally on December 1.They represent nearly two million employees in industries from banking to mining, travel to technology, according to a release issued by UNAIDS and GBCHealth, which comprises companies addressing global health challenges.Travel and other restrictions remain in 45 countries, and threaten people with HIV with such penalties as deportation, detention or denial of entry into the country in question, the statement said.Calling HIV restrictions “bad for business,” Chip Bergh, President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., said, “Global business leaders are coming together to make sure we end these unreasonable restrictions.”Most restrictions were imposed by governments in the 1980s, when less was known about HIV transmission, and treatment did not exist. Since then, much has been learned about how to effectively prevent, manage and treat HIV, the statement said.It’s time to send HIV travel restrictions packing,” said Kenneth Cole, CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions. “Using our collective might, I believe we can use our influence to eliminate these discriminatory practices.”Other major companies whose CEOs have joined the appeal include Johnson & Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company, Pfizer, Heineken, Merck, the National Basketball Association, Kenya Airways and Thomson Reuters.While restrictions affecting HIV carriers vary from country to country, they can also include denial of work visas, disallowing short-term stays for business trips or conferences, and blocking longer-term stays, such as residence-for-work relocations and study-abroad programmes, according to UNAIDS.The United States lifted its 22-year HIV travel ban in 2010, while other countries that have removed restrictions include Armenia, China, Fiji, Moldova, Namibia and Ukraine.“These countries include major hubs for international business,” UNAIDS said.Ending discrimination against HIV carriers is part of the “Getting to Zero” theme for World AIDS Days from 2011 to 2015. The day was launched in 1988, and was the first ever global health day. caribbean360center_img Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional UN and business leaders call for end to HIV travel restrictions by: – November 29, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Tobago could become a duty-free shopping hub

first_img Sharing is caring! Tobago tourism authorities support turning island into economic free zone.PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago– Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced that serious consideration is being given to repositioning as an economic free zone.The prime minister made this announcement during the recent official opening of Magdalena Grand Resort on Tobago. “We will partner with the [Tobago House of Assembly] and of course the people of Tobago on two other important initiatives, to which we are giving consideration, so it is not a decision yet, but we are looking at these two areas again to build capacity, tourism and of course help to develop the people of Tobago. The first to do, making Tobago an economic zone so we can have it as a duty free island, that means we can attract more visitors to Tobago,” said Persad-Bissessar.“In order for us to do that I just want us to understand when we say duty free zone it doesn’t mean those of us from Trinidad can come across and buy things here, we will have people with non Trinidad and Tobago passport to benefit from a duty free area,” she added.She also announced that approval had been given by the Cabinet to establish a TT$250 million fund, which would provide for debt restructuring for Tobago businesses, and which could also be accessed by hoteliers in order to upgrade their hotels. She said the fund would start with immediate capitalisation of TT$100 million, and annual contributions for the next three years of $50 million to reach the quarter billion dollar target.These measures have reportedly received endorsement from Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association president Nicholas Hardwicke, who suggested that making Tobago a duty-free zone should encourage significant tourism and investment activity on the island.“We have not had that facility in Tobago. The type of shops on the island don’t support this type of leisure activity. We think it will be a significant development for the visiting community, an interesting opportunity for retailers and entrepreneurs, as well as provide employment opportunities,” Hardwicke told another section of the media.Persad-Bissessar also spoke of exploring the feasibility of introducing the island’s first marina that will operate to international standards.Hardwicke reportedly described this as a very positive development.“We are renowned for being outside the active hurricane zone, unlike a lot of other islands; we produce a lot of raw materials on this island that yachties need, and at lower costs, so there is no reason that with the right facilities, Tobago cannot become one of the more premier leisure and pleasure craft mooring facilities in the region,” he is quoted to have said.Caribbean 360 News 53 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Tobago could become a duty-free shopping hub by: – June 8, 2012last_img read more

Check Sex Offender Registry Before Trick-or-Treating

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Halloween is less than a week away, and many kids are already excited and planning on knocking on every door.However, police are saying it’s very important for parents to check the sex offender watch website to know which houses children should avoid.There are currently 48 registered sex offenders residing in Ripley County along with another 4 offenders traveling to the county to work.There are 41 registered sex offenders that live or work in Franklin County, 49 in Decatur County, and 105 in Dearborn.Residents are encouraged to check addresses where they live, work, and spend time to see if registered offenders live nearby.The website also allows residents to sign up for free automatic e-mail notifications if an offender moves within a specified radius of any registered address.last_img read more

Greensburg Chili’s reopens after Friday fire

first_imgPhoto provided by a listenerGreensburg, In. — Patrons and employees escaped a fire at the Greensburg Chili’s Friday afternoon around 2:30.Investigators say the ire started in the mulch outside the building and spread into the walls by the time firefighters arrived. Additional firefighters were called to the scene to help dismantle wall areas and extinguish the blaze.Photo provided by a listenerIt is not known what caused the blaze, but there is speculation that careless smoking may have been a factor. No damage estimate is available. The establishment reopened around 1 p.m. on Saturday.last_img

SPI announces sale of Farley Speedway

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – Keith Simmons, owner/operator of the Farley Speedway located on the west edge of Farley, Iowa, announced he has sold the popular 3/8-mile dirt track along with all the assets of Simmons Promotions.The new ownership group is headlined by Dubuque businessman Joel Callahan, owner of Calla­han Construction. Callahan is the majority investor of the new ownership group which also in­cludes Farley businessmen Jason Rauen and Roger Simon.Simmons owned and operated the Farley Speedway for 16 seasons bringing the track national recognition by providing outstanding stock car racing action that included a wide variety of Na­tional sanctions and many different types of race cars.Simmons has agreed to remain on as an advisor and will continue to oversee all track prepara­tion.“Selling the Farley Speedway was a very difficult decision for me to make but at the same time, I am very excited to see this group of owners come on board with a plan to keep racing alive and make several improvements to the Farley Speedway that I have had dreams about,” he said.The entire 2017 racing schedule has just been released and can be seen at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website. Details regarding major special events will be forthcom­ing in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Lord Sugar wants to fire AVB

first_img Villas-Boas’ position as Tottenham manager has come under scrutiny in recent weeks because of a dip in form. Tottenham lost 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday and Sugar has become bemused with the way the Portuguese has set his team out in recent matches. Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar wants Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement and replace current Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. Sugar’s main role in TV show The Apprentice is to fire contestants who are not up to the job, and the successful entrepreneur, who now sits in the House of Lords, clearly feels Villas-Boas has not been up to scratch himself so far. “I’ve struggled to understand AVB’s tactics,” Sugar told talkSPORT “You wonder how we are going to get a goal. “Four, five or even six games before [the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City] you couldn’t see where the goals were coming from. “The formation that AVB plays, I don’t understand at all. I put my hands up, I am no great football expert, but I don’t understand it at all.” And Sugar would like to see Ferguson replace Villas-Boas. “My dream would be that my good friend Sir Alex Ferguson will get itchy feet in about a year or so and decide he wants to get back into management and maybe bring his wonderful wife down to London and manage our team,” Sugar added. “If he comes to watch the game, I will suggest some nice houses for him and his wife to stay in.” A £100million summer spending spree raised hopes among the Tottenham faithful, but that hope has given way to fear, especially as a rampant Manchester United team are due at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Sugar added: “(Chairman) Daniel Levy did a very good deal with [Gareth] Bale. He was going, there was nothing he could do about it, and he has given (sporting director) Franco Baldini the money to go out and spend, but I wonder if it is just a case of spending for the sake of spending it. “Maybe we should have sat back a few moments and been a bit selective, a bit like (Arsenal boss) Arsene Wenger.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more