Arsenal agree deal to sign Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano

first_imgMartinelli has scored six goals for Ituano in 2019 (Metro Grab)UOL also report that Martinelli’s agents also offered him to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals but no club came forward with a proposal.AdvertisementAdvertisementItuano also attempted to put up a fight to keep a portion of Martinelli’s economic rights but Arsenal refused.Martinelli, who made his professional debut last year and is capable of playing on either flank, scored six goals for Ituano in the Campeonato Paulista earlier this year.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly heading to Arsenal this summer (Instagram/Ituano)Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Ituano forward Gabriel Martinelli, according to reports in Brazil.The Gunners have been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old’s progress and scouts have been providing detailed reports for several months.Martinelli had a trial with Manchester United in 2017, while he has also been linked with a move to Barcelona.But according to UOL, Arsenal have now reached an agreement to sign Martinelli and the forward will make the move to the Gunners once he turns 18 in June.ADVERTISEMENTSeveral Brazilian teams were also in the running including Flamengo, Cruzeiro and Santos, but Martinelli opted to make the move to the Premier League after extensive talks. Comment Arsenal agree deal to sign Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Apr 2019 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link952Shareslast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Fresh guidelines for SDG investments [updated]

first_imgThe Dutch financial sector, government and supervisors have welcomed new guidelines for measuring the impact of investment in the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations.The guidelines – drawn up through a joint effort of the financial sector – have been endorsed by the Platform for Sustainable Financing, established by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank last year.The sector organisations represented in the forum – including the Pensions Federation, the Association of Insurers (VvV) and the Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association – are now to discuss the recommendations with their members.A significant amount of funding is needed in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030, but currently it is difficult to establish the exact impact of investments. The guidelines provide a limited number of indicators for measuring impacts. Investments are expected to be scaled up ultimately from millions to billions of euros. The platform’s working group that produced the suggestions will flesh out the guidelines.APG and PGGM have already plotted investment routes to the UN’s sustainable development goals. Last year, the two asset managers – which cater for the €389bn civil service scheme ABP and the €187bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, respectively – as well as asset managers MN and Kempen Capital Management, announced that they wanted to contribute to the UN’s SDGs.PFZW said it wanted to have invested €20bn in projects linked to the SDGs by 2020, while ABP said its aim was to have a €58bn stake in this category of investment by then.Pension assets now 181% of GDPFinance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that combined assets of Dutch pension funds had risen from 90% to 181% of the Netherlands’ GDP between 1997 and 2016.In the same period, liabilities increased from 77% to 178%, he said. Dijsselbloem was answering MPs’ questions about the country’s annual budget.Dijsselbloem added that, during the past 20 years, total liabilities had exceeded assets four times, in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2011.The difference was largest between 2007 and 2008, when a €200.6bn (40.8%) funding surplus transformed into a €38.6bn (6%) funding gap, the minister said.His overview also showed that the discount rate for liabilities – based on interest rates with a 20-year duration – had dropped from 5% at the end of 2007 to 1.2% at 2016-end.The minister reiterated his view that raising interest rates was a bad idea.Next week the Dutch parliament is to debate a bill to increase the discount rate as long as the European Central Bank continues its policy of monetary easing. The bill was tabled by Martin van Rooijen, MP for the party for the elderly, 50Plus. Deutsche Bank scheme considers futureThe board of the €390m Dutch pension fund of Deutsche Bank has said it plans to consult its 800 active participants, as well as its sponsor, works council (OR) and accountability body (VO), about the future of the scheme.The company pension fund is facing a decreasing number of participants and increasingly stringent and expensive regulation. Last year, its costs for pensions provision had risen to €660 per participant.Although the board said the scheme’s current situation was not worrying, it underlined the importance of an early assessment of its future for the mid-term, also taking the expected reform of the pension system into account.At August-end, funding of the pension fund stood at 118.2%. The Deutsche Bank scheme is a collective defined contribution arrangement.TenCate to transfer to sector schemeThe €415m company scheme TenCate is to transfer its pensions to sector scheme Mitt at the end of the year.The scheme said the employer would made an additional contribution of €10m to ease the transition to Mitt, the €2.7bn industry-wide pension fund for the fashion, interior design, carpet and textile industries, where its 800 active participants will accrue new pension rights.Last year, TenCate’s board concluded that continuing independently was not an option for the longer term, following the textile firm’s plans to increase the independence of its businesses.As a consequence, the pension fund would have had to deal with more employers, each of which could decide to place their pension arrangements elsewhere.The board also cited rising costs for implementing different pension plans combined with a dropping number of participants and increasing difficulties finding new board members.At August-end, funding of Mitt and TenCate stood at 99.5% and 98.9% respectively, a difference that could be bridged by the sponsor’s additional contribution.Mitt’s cost of pensions administration of €96 per participant was less than one-third that of the TenCate scheme. Asset management costs at both pension funds were roughly the same.last_img read more

Bolton Owner Agrees Deal to Sell Club

first_img“A period of due diligence has now begun,” said a Bolton statement.“Once this process has been completed and the requirements of the EFL have been satisfied a further announcement will be made to supporters.”Anderson owns 94.5% of club through his Inner Circle company and said in January that he was “doing his utmost” to find a buyer amid fan protests.Basran is the founder of investment firm VGC Partners and runs a private equity fund backed by Eduardo Savarin, one of the co-founders of Facebook.The club was placed under a registration embargo in January, meaning an agreed permanent deal for on-loan Forest Green striker Christian Doidge collapsed.The subsequent disagreement between the clubs led to Forest Green selling “No Ken Do” T-shirts – in reference to Anderson – with all profits going to the Championship club’s Supporters’ Trust.Anderson first bought a stake in the club during a takeover in 2016 along with former striker Dean Holdsworth, taking majority control the following year after acquiring Holdsworth’s company’s shares after it went into liquidation.Bolton was beaten 2-1 by Leeds United on Saturday which left the team second-from-bottom of the Championship and four points from safety.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bolton Wanderers has said that an “agreement in principle” has been reached for owner Ken Anderson to sell the club.BBC Sport understands the consortium is led by businessman Parminder Basran, alongside businesswoman Sharon Brittan and entrepreneur Jeff Thomas.The Championship side is scheduled to appear in the High Court on 20 March after being issued with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs.last_img read more

SBC Bookies Corner: European Elections – A Strange Affair…

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Brexit delays see the UK electorate participate in next Thursday’s European Elections (23 May).With Conservative and Labour parties damaged by their handling of Brexit, does this ‘last UK-EU election’ point towards a new dawn for UK politics? Furthermore, what are the implications of any UK-EU election results – SBC gets the bookies lowdown…______________Sarbjit Bakhshi – SmarketsSBC: Both Conservative and Labour camps have been damaged by their handling of Brexit. Do the European Elections point towards new contenders emerging in UK politics? Sarbjit Bakhshi (Head of Politics Smarkets): With the Conservatives and Labour in disarray over Brexit, parties that are much clearer on the issue such as Change UK and the Brexit Party are likely to make significant gains at their expense.At this stage, our markets are showing a very strong possibility (91%) of the Brexit Party claiming most seats against all other parties from the UK.Those other parties need to get their houses together to eat away at this lead. Whether they have enough strength to do so after years of bitter internal infighting, is another matter.Katie Baylis – BetfairSBC: With the Conservative Party trounced at last month’s local elections, and facing further humiliation at a European level. Is this the end of Theresa May’s PM tenure or does she continue as the ‘Teflon Lady’?  Katie Baylis (UK & European PR Betfair): The PM has been on borrowed time for months, but her determination to get a Brexit deal in place on her watch has seen her withstand any calls to stand down, promising instead to leave once a deal is reached which still looks a long way off.  But with many senior Tories determined to force her out, the seemingly never-ending negotiations could add even more pressure on her to exit before then. Punters on Betfair Exchange have no doubt she won’t last the year with odds currently at 2/13 that she will go in 2019, but the second half of the year is favoured for a departure with odds of 11/1 that she’ll be gone by the end of June and a much shorter price of 6/4 that her exit date will be between July and September, with the final months of the year at 7/5.Matt Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: What are the implications of any European Election results. The UK government is set on leaving the EU, and terms of departure have been agreed on by negotiating parties? Matt Shaddick (Ladbrokes Politics): Whatever happens, the results will probably be forgotten quite quickly, as the elections are likely to be written off as a meaningless exercise, certainly by the losers. However, if the Tories do poll under 10% (a 5/2 shot at Ladbrokes) that’ll help pile the pressure on Theresa May to go sooner rather than later. If The Brexit Party do top the poll as the betting markets suggest they will, it’ll give them a boost running into the Peterborough by-election two weeks later.The prospect of a 2019 general election will probably diminish even further, as neither the Conservatives or Labour will fancy giving Farage a shot a re-arranging the House of Commons if his party has just won the most seats in the Euros.________________________last_img read more

Bertha Downgraded to Tropical Depression, as Rain Continues in South Florida

first_imgBertha, the second named storm of 2020, has been downgraded to a tropical depression.The system formed off the coast of South Carolina at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It made landfall as a tropical storm an hour later, just east of Charleston, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving north at 15 mph.It weakened quickly to a tropical depression, while prompting flash flood warnings in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update.Meanwhile, heavy rain continues to drench our state.A flash flood warning is in effect for the east coast of South Florida until 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy: National Hurricane Center Gusty winds may also produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of eastern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas through the remainder of Wednesday, according to the hurricane center.On Tuesday, record-setting rainfall caused a flood warning for central Broward County through northern Miami-Dade from 9 p.m. to midnight.West Palm Beach recorded 6.73 inches of rain Tuesday, while Fort Lauderdale picked up 4.86 inches.last_img read more

Deputies: Woman Had Gun in Diaper Bag at Disney World

first_imgYunique Smith was arrested July 18 on two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession.According to officials, Smith was going through Epcot security with an adult man, as well as their 7-month-old daughter and her 7-year-old son, when the guard spotted a 9mm handgun and a plastic bag containing marijuana.Orange County deputies responded to the scene. A search of the diaper bag revealed that it contained a .45 caliber handgun.No other information has been released. Court documents reveal that a Georgia woman was arrested at Walt Disney World last week, after security there found two guns and some marijuana in her child’s diaper bag.last_img read more


first_img            RUBEN ALBARADO, ASSISTANT TO PETER MILLER, POSHKY, WINNER: “He was back with Cal-breds and I think that was the key. He likes this track and we knew there was speed in the race, so we just told him (Fernando Perez) to sit back and he’ll run big.“He rode the horse perfect. No questions asked. Poshky has always been a nice horse. He tries. We knew we had a good shot.” TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, SECOND: “I was sitting right where I wanted until Bejarano (Rafael on Ashleyluvssugar) moved at the five-eighths pole and when he moved, he made me move. You can’t make a five-eighths mile move and go on to win. I tried to give him a little breather around the turn but . . .“He ran hard, he’s such a nice horse. He always gives it to you and we’re proud of him.” JOCKEY QUOTES Albarado has been with Miller the past six years and before that was with Don Warren for 27 years. TRAINER QUOTES FERNANDO PEREZ, POSHSKY, WINNER: “Peter said there is a couple of speed horses but just try to relax, don’t fight him too much. I knew we would be in trouble if I couldn’t get him to relax. I had a really good trip, we broke well and I was able to have him relax, sit behind the speed, I went to the outside and we made it.”             NOTES: The winning owners are Gary Barber of Los Angeles, Leonard Friedman (Silver Ranch Stable) and Adam Wachtel.last_img read more

Peter Lim wants Paco Alcácer if Kevin Gameiro and Sobrino leave

first_imgThe operation planted by the club: transfer with purchase option Valencia, provided that the departure of one of its current strikers was previously fulfilled, I would propose to Borussia a transfer with option to buy. The ché club would even accept, if it were a sine quanon condition, that the option be mandatory at the end of this season. The German club, which a year ago exercised the purchase option it had for about 28 million euros to take over the Valencian striker, would not put obstacles (beyond the economic ones) on its way out. The amount of a hypothetical transfer would be similar to that paid in its day by the German cllub to Barcelona. But Lucien Favre has other offensive referents in his plans, such as Sancho, Gotze, Hazard and the newly incorporated Haaland. Valencia has not yet contacted the agency representing the international, Toldrá Consulting, which it has called in recent weeks the Seville (option discarded with the signing of En-Nesyri) and also probed the Atlético de Madrid after the injury of Diego Costa. The black and white club, according to its strategy, will not do so until firm steps are taken in the cases of Gameiro or Sobrino, that are not for the work of leaving or Celades to force them to it. Lyon, who is also interested in Ekambi (Villarreal), has formally asked about Gameiro, but the player, who will turn 33 in May, is happy in Valencia and does not enter his plans to leave the entity in January. Regarding the situation of Alcácer in Germany, Valencia does not need much more information than it already has about it, a striker who has had better times than those currently living see Dortmund (has played 15 of 28 games, only 8 starts). The black and white canterano, whenever he has been asked, has said for active and passive his desire to return one day to play at the Mestalla club, a soccer player whom Valencia has had in several phases of the last transfer markets .center_img Peter Lim wants to recover Paco Alcácer for Valencia and has a plan to try to make it now in January or failing that in summer. The black and white strategy goes through the exit of Kevin Gameiro and / or Rubén Sobrino. The French striker is in the market (although that is not his will), with Lyon on the prowl for weeks, and the manchego will be raised the offers that the club could reach. The exit of one (or both) would leave room in the offensive plot and a greater margin of Fair Play (the one that is had now wants to invest in a right side) and that plus would go to go to Alcacer. last_img read more

Cannavaro in the dark as Guangzhou owner vows shake-up

first_imgBut under the Italian World Cup winner Cannavaro they have failed to win in six games, tumbling out of the Champions League and Chinese FA Cup, and are in danger of surrendering their CSL crown.They are fifth in the league following a 2-0 defeat on Sunday at promoted Beijing Renhe and immediately afterwards owner Xu Jiayin signalled that his patience had run out.Guangzhou Daily and Xinhua news agency cited Xu as saying that they would “adjust” the club’s foreign stars and warned that older domestic players were also in danger in the cull.Cannavaro, the Italian World Cup winner who took over as coach from the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari in the close season, is not thought to be imminently facing the sack, local media said.But the 44-year-old said he had not been told of the drastic transfer plans announced by Xu.“But if the chairman decides to do it, we will definitely do it,” Guangzhou Daily quoted Cannavaro as saying after the Beijing defeat.“I thought it was going to be difficult at the beginning of the season, but I didn’t think it would be this hard.”Brazilian winger Alan, attacker Ricardo Goulart and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj are the overseas trio currently favoured by Cannavaro.Chinese clubs are restricted to three foreign players per match under Chinese Football Association (CFA) rules.Guangzhou Daily said that Goulart or Gudelj are most likely to be axed and the club are looking at midfielders in Europe.Guangzhou say that they are still committed to having an all-Chinese team eventually, in line with a government push to improve the fortunes of the perennially disappointing national side.The CSL, with just over a third of the season gone, is now on hold for the World Cup and will resume on July 17.The summer transfer window opens on June 18 in China.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Under pressure: Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro © AFPSHANGHAI, China, May 21 – Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande are set for swingeing changes and are likely to raid Europe for new signings as a sense of crisis envelops Fabio Cannavaro’s dejected side.Guangzhou have dominated the Chinese Super League (CSL) for nearly a decade, lifting seven consecutive titles and twice winning the AFC Champions League.last_img read more

Cavani, Neymar on same wavelength as PSG target streak

first_img0Shares0000Edinson Cavani and Neymar talk tactics during PSG’s win at Rennes last weekend © AFP/File / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIERPARIS, France, Sep 28 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says he has done nothing special to improve the relationship between star forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani, despite the pair playing a key role in helping the French champions enjoy their best ever start to a season.Cavani scored twice and won a penalty that was converted by Neymar as PSG came from behind to beat Reims 4-1 on Wednesday, making it seven wins from seven games this season. Neymar’s first season in Paris following his world record transfer from Barcelona was brought to a premature end by a foot injury. But before that there were concerns the Brazilian had a frosty relationship with Cavani, with the duo notably bickering over penalty-taking duties.There were no such problems on Wednesday, as the pair led PSG to another victory in the absence of the suspended Kylian Mbappe.“I haven’t done anything special. It is important that they exchange with one another,” said Tuchel, whose team are already eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.“They play in the same team don’t they? I haven’t done anything. They are grown ups and, above all, they are pros.“I also get the feeling that along with Kylian Mbappe and Angel (Di Maria) they are a quartet who want to win trophies and improve together.”PSG go to Nice on Saturday looking for an eighth win out of eight in the league — if they do that they will match the best ever start to a season by any French club, set by Olympique Lillois in 1936.– Mbappe back –The good news for Tuchel is that Mbappe can return having completed his three-match ban, and the France star will surely feature ahead of next Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Red Star Belgrade.PSG need a positive result in Europe after losing away to Liverpool in their opening group outing, but first they face Patrick Vieira’s Nice, who have won three of their last four matches, and can welcome back Mario Balotelli after he missed the midweek victory at Nantes.“I know what I can get out of Mario at the moment and I am going to use him. He can maybe last an hour, or 80 minutes. The important thing is that he is ready to help the team,” said Vieira.Lyon, Marseille and Lille are all eight points off top spot, and Lyon entertain a Nantes side whose Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso is reported to be on the verge of the sack after a poor start to the season.Nicolas Pepe could not prevent Lille from losing at Bordeaux in midweek © AFP/File / NICOLAS TUCATMeanwhile, Marseille go to Lille after beating Strasbourg 3-2 in midweek thanks to Valere Germain’s stoppage-time goal.Monaco visit Saint-Etienne on Friday looking for a first win since the opening weekend of the season.Player to watch: Nicolas PepeLille must be delighted that the 23-year-old Ivory Coast international forward turned down the chance to move away from the club in the summer transfer window. The financially troubled northern side may have needed the money, but keeping Pepe gives them a much better chance of remaining up towards the top of the table.He was unable to prevent Christophe Galtier’s side from losing at Bordeaux in midweek, but he has four goals this season and will be hoping to fire Lille to a fourth win from four home games when they host Marseille.FixturesFridaySaint-Etienne v Monaco (9:45pm)SaturdayNice v Paris Saint-Germain (6:15pm), Angers v Guingamp, Caen v Amiens, Lyon v Nantes, Reims v Bordeaux, Strasbourg v Dijon (all 9pm)SundayRennes v Toulouse (4pm), Montpellier v Nimes (6pm), Lille v Marseille (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more