Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances

first_img The Chelsea and France hero also doubts Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will finish in the top four despite their promising start to the season and recent signing of Thomas Partey.Asked who is more likely to finish in the top-four out of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, Leboeuf told ESPN: ‘Maybe none of them, if Everton, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea keep going!‘With what we have seen, I don’t see Manchester United [finishing in the top-four]. If they don’t react or change things, it’s between Arsenal and Tottenham. Read More / Advertisement Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances Video Settings Read More Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Read More Advertisement Skip deadline day move to West Ham Read More Comment SPONSORED Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 1 min. story 1/1 Coming Next by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 7:39 amShare 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 Top articles ‘Let’s say Tottenham. What I’ve seen from them, I would put them in the top-four.’Liverpool hero Steve Nicol added: ‘There’s not that much separating them all to be honest.‘Most of us had Manchester United fourth or fifth before the season and we’re only four games in.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‘On present form, I can’t see that much change coming at Manchester United. Arsenal have got a new strength about them.‘It’s between Arsenal and Spurs for me. If you go on who can take a step forward this year, then it’s not Manchester United because they look like they’re going the other way.‘Arsenal have just signed Partey, who’s a beast in the middle of the park. Spurs have made good signings as well so it seems like Manchester United would be outside of that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Solskjaer had FaceTime call with Amad Diallo before Man Utd transferMORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel Arteta PLAY Full Screen Frank Leboeuf has rated Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances (Picture: ESPN)Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has dismissed Manchester United’s top-four chances and says Arsenal will also struggle to secure a Champions League place in the Premier League this season.Everton are the only club to take maximum points from their first four games of the 2020-21 season, with Aston Villa also still unbeaten and on the same number of points as Leicester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.Tottenham are currently sixth, having smashed inconsistent Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, while bid-spending Chelsea are seventh.Man United and Chelsea finished third and fourth respectively last season – behind champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City – but Lebouef cannot see the Red Devils replicating that position this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PFZW to keep tar sands investments despite campaign group pressure

first_img“Simply selling shares alone will not eliminate the problems for the world”Eloy Lindeijer, PGGM“However, we are often unable to accommodate their wishes, as the sum of all wishes does not relate to our central task, which is generating a financial return for a sufficient pension,” said Lindeijer.“As a pensions investor, we want to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, but via a different route than the one demanded by the environmental organisation.”He added that the exposures were “due to PFZW’s choice to be a passive investor with a globally diversified portfolio in all economic sectors, to keep risks to a minimum”.PGGM’s CIO pointed out that the total carbon footprint of PFZW’s listed equity portfolio had been reduced by 28% during the past two years and that the healthcare scheme’s aim was to achieve a total reduction of 50% in 2020. Earlier this month the asset manager reported that it was halfway towards this goal.Lindeijer added that shareholder engagement was central to PGGM’s investment policy, and that the three firms involved were “each in their own way engaged in the energy transition, and determining what role they see for themselves”.“Simply selling shares alone will not eliminate the problems for the world,” he said, “as there are more than enough buyers for these shares who have neither the experience of conducting a proper sustainability dialogue nor the intention of doing so.”The CIO added that, at 2017-end, PGGM had €6.4bn invested in companies and projects offering climate-related solutions, including sustainable real estate.Greenpeace has also recently protested against Swedish pension funds’ fossil fuel investments. Protesters broke into the offices of AP3 in Stockholm on 13 June and hung a banner outside the building with the slogans “lyd lagen” (obey the law), and ”flytta pengarna” (move the money).A spokeswoman for AP3 said: “Greenpeace haven’t had an honest intent and therefore the prerequisites for a dialogue do not exist.” Lindeijer said that PGGM was often approached about similar cases and had always entered into a dialogue. The €197bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW is to retain its stake in three Canadian tar sands companies amid pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment officer at PGGM – PFZW’s asset manager – was quoted in Responsible Investor magazine explaining that the investments would be kept, but “with due regard for sustainability”.Greenpeace had targeted PFZW, the €408bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, and insurers Aegon and Nationale Nederlanden over their investments, calling them “the Dirty Four”.It chided PGGM for its stakes in Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners and TransCanada, totalling €66m.last_img read more

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Tidewater, GulfMark Finalize Business Combination

first_imgUS-based companies Tidewater and GulfMark Offshore have completed their business combination, creating the industry’s largest offshore support vessel (OSV) owner.The companies informed that their stockholders “overwhelmingly supported the business combination,” with relevant proposals being approved by over 99% of the votes cast by Tidewater stockholders and GulfMark stockholders at a meeting on November 15.All necessary conditions to the closing have been satisfied and the business combination has been consummated. In connection with the completion of the transaction, GulfMark common stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange as of the market close on November 15, 2018.“We’re excited to welcome the GulfMark team to Tidewater, and we look forward John Rynd, Tidewater’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said that the company is looking forward “to commencing the work of integrating our fleets and shore-base operations in order to quickly and fully realize the strategic and financial benefits of this business combination.”The parties earlier said that the merger would create a global OSV leader with the industry’s largest fleet of 245 vessels.last_img read more

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Renowned UK Neurosurgeon on Assisted Dying and His ‘Suicide Kit’

first_imgMedscape 27 April 2017Family First Comment: This should disturb everyone!“He described the arguments from the anti-euthanasia group as being “grotesque.” “They argue that grannies will be made to commit suicide,” he said. “Even if a few grannies get bullied into it, isn’t that the price worth praying for all the people who could die with dignity?”Shocking,www.rejectassistedsuicideRenowned British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, CBE, FRCS, is back in the news with the publishing of his second volume of memoirs, in which he reminisces on 40 years of resecting brain tumors, as well as performing other complex neurosurgery procedures.His latest book, Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery , comes 4 years after his first book, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery , was published in 2014 to wide acclaim, with glowing reviews in the Economist, the New Yorker, and the New Statesman .Both contain reminiscences of the surgeries that he performed during the past 40 years, but in particular, he discusses the cases that went wrong. “As I approach the end of my career I feel an increasing obligation to bear witness to past mistakes I have made,” he writes.When he retired in 2015, Mr Marsh (surgeons in England are traditionally addressed as Mr or Ms rather than Dr) was a senior consultant at St George’s Hospital, London, where he worked at the Atkinson Morley Wing, one of the country’s largest specialist brain surgery units.His specialty was operating on the brain under local anesthesia, while the patient remained awake, in order to minimize damage to neural structures ― a technique that was portrayed in an award-wining 2004 television documentary that broadcast as part of the BBC series, Your Life in Their Hands.He was also featured in another documentary, The English Surgeon, which portrayed the pro bono work in Kiev, Ukraine, that he carried out for decades.In Favor of Assisted DyingIn his latest book, Mr Marsh shares some thoughts on death with dignity, or physician-assisted dying, a topic very much in the news these days. Several American states now allow this, and the views of the medical profession have reached a turning point, as suggested in a special edition of JAMA last year.In England, however, the Assisted Dying Bill was defeated in September 2015, and the vote was not even close, with 330 votes against and 180 votes for.Mr Marsh was exasperated, and in an interview with the Sunday Times that accompanied an extract from his new book, he described the arguments from the anti-euthanasia group as being “grotesque.”“They argue that grannies will be made to commit suicide,” he said. “Even if a few grannies get bullied into it, isn’t that the price worth praying for all the people who could die with dignity?”READ MORE: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/879187last_img read more

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Rave of the moment Ajagba craves support for Anthony Joshua

first_img Loading… “The people would support Joshua because he is the heavyweight champ,” Ajagba told Sky Sports. read also:Nigeria boxer, Efe Ajagba joins Floyd Mayweather’s ex-manager “Skill would beat Joshua, not power. I and Joshua both have the power, but skills control the power. In the main event, former world champion Jose Pedraza sealed a points victory over Javier Molina at the MGM Grand. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Efe Ajagba is drumming more support for Anthony Joshua after recording another victory in Las Vegas at the weekend. Ajagba who could not enhance his claims for a future fight with Joshua laboured to a point victory over Jonathan Rice in Las Vegas. The Nigerian heavyweight extended his unbeaten record to 14 wins with a wide unanimous decision over Rice, but Ajagba suffered a hand injury which prevented him from producing an expected knockout. Ajagba previously stopped 11 of his opponents with explosive power, although on this occasion he opted to control Rice for 10 rounds with his stiff jab, earning verdicts of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 from the judges. The 26-year-old had recently welcomed a clash with Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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AG Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to beware storm chasers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Spring brings not only April showers to Indiana but also greater chances of high winds, lightning strikes and other forms of severe weather. With this in mind, Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scammers who descend on storm-affected communities in order to take advantage of homeowners needing repairs.“We’ve all seen the significant damage that can result from storms ripping through neighborhoods,” Attorney General Hill said. “Hoosiers needing home repairs can become vulnerable targets for fly-by-night fix-up crews that appear at their doorsteps promising to work cheaply and quickly.”Reputable contractors also visit storm-ravaged neighborhoods offering their services, Attorney General Hill noted, but consumers must do their homework to make sure to hire trustworthy companies.Attorney General Hill offered these tips to Hoosiers:Do not sign documents or agree to any repair work on the spot during initial contact with someone offering services. Instead, simply obtain the person’s contact information.Do not provide access to your home to any stranger offering to perform a free inspection. Among other possible dangers, unethical contractors have been known to secretly cause damage to homes in order to then repair it.Do not fall for high-pressure tactics such as the claim that you’ll get the best deal by agreeing to hire a contractor immediately on the spot.Consider the possible wisdom of finding your own contractor rather than accepting the services of someone who shows up at your house.Research any business or individual offering services. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.Contact your insurance agency to find out your terms of coverage. Ask whether your insurance company recommends any particular repair company.Do not sign over insurance checks directly to repair companies. Rather, obtain the invoices yourself and pay repair companies directly.Get multiple quotes. Shop and compare just as you would with any other important consumer decision.Avoid letting the emotional toll of a situation influence decisions about repairing or replacing items that are damaged or lost.“The best decision is an informed decision,” Attorney General Hill said. “Double check before you write a check.”Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Indiana Attorney General about any suspected scams. You can file a complaint by visiting indianaconsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

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Pardew reflects on tough week

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew will head in to his 100th Barclays Premier League match in charge of the Magpies against West Ham after battling through a week he concedes has been one of the most trying of his time in the job. Pardew watched his side mauled 4-0 at Manchester City on Monday night a matter of hours after Arsenal tabled an unwelcome and “derisory” £10million offer for star French midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Pardew has also been unable to make much progress on much-needed reinforcements and now has injury and suspension concerns as he heads into two consecutive home games that could have a significant impact on the trajectory of the club’s season. Pardew said: “It’s not been the easiest of weeks. There’s been a few agendas in my time as Newcastle manager, but this has certainly been very colourful. “But it’s my hundredth Premier League game in charge of Newcastle this week and I’m very proud of that.” Pardew would not be drawn on the possible inclusion of Cabaye, who was not included against City but may return against West Ham despite rumours of imminent improved bids from both Arsenal and Paris St-Germain. Pardew’s latest personnel problems could hardly have come at a worse time with Steven Taylor suspended after his red card at City, Jonas Gutierrez definitely out with a hamstring injury, and Cheick Tiote battling a slight groin problem. Pardew added: “We need to get a couple of results and pretty quickly I think. Two home games give us a new chance after a difficult night on Monday when there were a whole manner of issues going on. “I have to say on reflection in the first half I think we played very well but they came at us from all angles and unfortunately on the night we couldn’t quite cope with it – on another night it might have been easier for us. “More than anything I feel sorry for our fans, this whole situation of watching their team struggle and get a sending-off and one of the best midfielders in the world not playing – it’s hard to take.” Pardew spent part of this week visiting club owner Mike Ashley in the south of France to discuss a strategy for the final week of the transfer window, and knows it is essential he strengthens his squad following the solitary arrival of on-loan Loic Remy so far this summer. Press Association And while Cabaye’s future remains unclear, Pardew dismissed talk of further exits from the club, with long-serving striker Shola Ameobi linked with a move away after continually failing to cement a first-team starting berth. Pardew said: “Shola has been a good player at this football club and a great character and leader. “My position is clear on all the players – if there is a situation where it’s right for the player and the club then we’ll move the player on. In Shola’s case that isn’t where he’s at at the moment because we need to get results quickly.” last_img read more

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Bruce defends Brady over penalty

first_img Allardyce’s Hammers were outplayed for the majority of their 1-0 defeat at the KC Stadium, but he focused on the spot-kick rather than the performance. He diagnosed a case of play-acting after Brady won a 12th-minute verdict during a slight coming together with Joey O’Brien. “Tom is our record signing and he carries it very well,” he said. “He’s a wonderful footballer who makes the game look so easy. He’s never been a regular in a team for a long time and can only get better. “He is relishing playing week in, week out, and perhaps being a big fish in a small pond. Week in, week out, people are purring at watching him play and I have never seen anyone who can kick it with both feet do it as well as he can. He makes the game look so easy.” Hull manager Steve Bruce has rejected Sam Allardyce’s claims that Robbie Brady dived to win the decisive penalty in Saturday’s win over West Ham. The Irishman was quickly up to convert the penalty, which was enough to secure three points, leaving Allardyce cursing both his fortune and Brady’s tumble. But Bruce defended the midfielder’s integrity and insisted he would discipline any of his players should they be seen to dive. “I’m not going to encourage anyone to cheat and neither is Sam. Over the years we’ve built reputations of teams being honest and I’m not going to condone that,” he said. “There was contact, how big or not I don’t know. I’m not going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, certainly if I caught any of my players trying to cheat – and that’s what it is, let’s not beat around the bush – I would punish them. “But it looks to me as though there was contact.” Bruce’s side now have three wins this term, leaving them well ahead of schedule in the fight to survive in the Barclays Premier League. Record signing Tom Huddlestone has been a cornerstone of their eye-catching start to the season, gaining plenty of plaudits for the way he dictates play from a deep-lying midfield position. The former Tottenham man, the Tigers’ marquee summer signing, won the man-of-the-match honours against the Hammers and continues to repay Bruce’s £5.25million outlay. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Nina Carberry excels again as Josies Orders delivers cross-country glory

first_img Press Association Josies Orders won a dramatic race for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. Nina Carberry brought the favourite from midfield to lead after jumping the last, galloping on resolutely up the hill to beat Any Currency and make it a seventh success in the race for Irish trainer Enda Bolger. Alt hough Kingsmere unseated his rider at around halfway, it was pretty uneventful until the closing stages as Valadom made most of the running. It was all change at five out where Uncle Junior fell and Josies Orders almost came down, leading to a great recovery by Carberry. Sire Collonges had every chance when he slipped and unshipped Sam Twiston-Davies on the turn before the second-last obstacle. There were still plenty to play for at the final flight where Dogora was short of room and got rid of Katie Walsh. Any Currency made a gallant bid to hold Josies Orders (11-4 favourite), but found the burden of conceding that horse 23lb too much after three-miles-seven furlongs and 32 obstacles. Bless the Wings was third and Valadom fourth. Carberry said: “It all went wrong from the Canal Turn and even after that he still slipped up. “He did it well and wanted to win – he loved every minute of it. “He got me out of trouble a few times, he did well to get back to where he was. The weight probably helped him a lot and he’s a horse who likes to come from behind.” Asked about Tony McCoy’s comments on Thursday that female riders could be offered a weight allowance, s he quipped: “I’d take the 3lb if he was giving it to me!” She added: “I can understand where he is coming from, but I don’t know whether it would create more opportunities.” Bolger said: “Her (Carberry’s) experience showed again. “There were horses falling around her and she got around them – she just gave him a great ride. “Hopefully we’ll come back here in December and then on to the Festival. “He won a three-mile hurdle at Ascot and Aintree, so he was no ordinary horse. “You need a horse that relaxes, which he does, and I thought today was the best cross-country field that I have seen for one of these races.” Knock House (9-2 joint-favourite) defied top weight to give Carberry a double in the Cheltenham Club Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase. Mick Channon’s charge jumped into the lead at the last and though long-time leader Foxbridge rallied on the run-in, Knock House would not be denied. The winning margin was down to a neck at the line, with Alternatif five lengths back in third. Channon said: “Nina gave him a great ride and Hen (Henrietta Knight, former trainer) has done all the schooling. “He’s always been a nice little horse and Tim (Radford, owner) wanted to come to Cheltenham because he’s got a box in the new stand, so it’s great to find him a winner. “Three-mile-one is about as far as he wants to go at the moment. “We were worried about the trip up the hill here.” last_img read more

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Nigeria’s Female Umpires Count Gains of ITF Advantage All Seminar

first_imgThe officiating department of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), in its bid to create more opportunities for women to become leaders in sports, staged the first ‘Advantage All’ seminar focusing on female certified officials based in Africa at the Garden Court East Gate Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, last Saturday.Aisha Hirse, Martina Ebijimi and Rose Abu were among the officials who were in attendance in South Africa. The three women have reflected on the seminar and also talked about how they intend to implement what they learnt in the seminar here in NigeriaThe seminar saw 14 certified officials from across Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Togo, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and host country, South Africa, in attendance. It was led by ITF officials, Kelly Thomson and Lousie Azemar-Engzell with three guest speakers: Helene Botha, Fran Hilton-Smith and Dumisani Chauke.Aisha Hirse, a white badge official, said that the seminar was all about empowering the female officials and striking a balance between the number of the men and women in officiating, as the ITF seeks to create a gender balance.For Martina Ebijimi, who’s also a white badge official, “The seminar was geared towards encouraging and helping female umpires all over the world.”“If you look at the ratio of women to men in officiating, you’d find out that women are far behind, so the ITF felt there should be a campaign geared towards encouraging women to aspire higher.”Rose Abu, a National Official and the Secretary of the Nigeria Tennis Umpires Association also related her view on what the seminar was all about and their plans with regard to the application in Nigeria.On implementation plans, Mrs. Abu said that the country’s association of umpires will encourage young female officials to be a part of the game, stating that they are all equal to the task declaring “if the men can do it, we too can do it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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