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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirms Arsenal’s bid for Wilfried Zaha is ‘nowhere near’ enough

first_img 1 min. story Read More Video Settings Coming Next About Connatix V67539 Top articles SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling PLAY Read More Full Screen Advertisement Read More AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ said Hodgson on Tuesday evening after Palace’s friendly with Barnet.‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’Palace suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat in Tuesday night’s friendly with Barnet, although Zaha was not involved in the contest.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 CityIt appears that Arsenal are ready to move on from Zaha and look at a cheaper option in Gremio and Brazil forward Everton Soares.The Gunners have sent a club medic to Brazil to assess the 23-year-old who impressed at the recent Copa America for Brazil, scoring three goals as his country won the competition on home soil.Gremio are thought to want £36m for their striker, but this could be paid over more than one installment, making Everton are far more affordable choice than Zaha.Arsenal boss Unai Emery told reporters that the club is being patient in the market, working with new technical director Edu.”The club is working. We are speaking every day with the club and Edu,’ Emery explained.‘I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.‘We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. The club is working on that.‘We prefer to take the best decision with patience. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.’MORE: Arsenal ‘send club medic to check out Everton Soares’ as £36m deal edges closerMORE: Arsenal director Josh Kroenke makes bleak trophy admission after fans question the club’s direction Wilfried Zaha is looking less likely to move to Arsenal (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Arsenal have failed to make a bid ‘anywhere near’ the Eagles’ valuation of Wilfried Zaha.The Gunners are thought to have offered Palace £40m for the Ivory Coast international, and also included the option of three players to sweeten the deal.However, the Eagles are holding out for closer to £80m for their star man and will not be letting him go for half that price.With no further bids being lodged for the 26-year-old, he posted a cryptic message on social media on Monday which read, ‘Life goes on.’ADVERTISEMENT Read More 1/1 Comment Now his manager at Selhurst Park, Hodgson, has confirmed that unless any offer for the winger significantly improves, then he will be staying where he is. Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirms Arsenal’s bid for Wilfried Zaha is ‘nowhere near’ enough Phil HaighTuesday 16 Jul 2019 11:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / by Metro Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisementlast_img read more

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UK minister ups the ante on pension funds and climate change

first_imgThe UK pensions minister took the opportunity of London Climate Action Week to reinforce his views that the country’s pension funds both can and must play a role in “tackling climate change”.Addressing delegates at an event on Monday, Guy Opperman suggested pension fund trustees holding oil and gas securities may be doing so because they doubted the government’s commitment to emissions reductions – and they would be wrong to do so.“Perhaps they suspect that governments aren’t serious, that we won’t meet our targets and that we’ll carry on with large net carbon emissions to 2100 and beyond,” he said. The consequences of that, however, would be “dismal”, he added.“There absolutely is the political will to address this climate emergency from both the government and all the opposition parties,” Opperman continued. “If those of you in the room ever doubted your individual or collective power, I encourage you to realise it now. “There absolutely is the political will to address this climate emergency from both the government and all the opposition parties”Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion“It doesn’t let you just set the target, it requires that once you set the target you set a pathway to get there and you put in place the policies in order to deliver it,” he said at another London Climate Action Week event.“It is now law that the secretary of state for energy must bring forward a policy package in order to meet the net-zero target. This is not just some wishy-washy goal.”The driving force of regulationDuring his speech on Monday, Opperman also highlighted new and proposed regulation affecting pension schemes. He said: “I don’t want to hear any more that ‘climate change is important, but we leave it to our investment managers’.”Pension funds’ statements of investment principles had for “too long… been formulaic, generic and detached”, he said, adding that he intended to use transparency to change this.Under new regulations adopted this year, defined contribution (DC) schemes have to publish their investment policies and report on them annually.Opperman also said the legislation he had introduced to transpose the updated Shareholder Rights Directive also obliged defined benefit schemes to publish their policies on climate change. Credit: Ralf Vetterle Addressing the UK’s carbon output ‘will require a shift in policymaking’According to the CCC’s Thompson, the government’s approach to climate change was “far too siloed” and that a “pretty fundamental shift” was required in the approach to policymaking.“We’ve got too many departments… who just haven’t made the progress that we need,” he said. “This has to be owned by the new prime minister [and] the chancellor. They have to be corralling all the secretaries of state to put this front and centre of policymaking in every department.“All the major decisions that are made are going to have to go through a net-zero filter if we’re going to get to this target.”Fossil fuel divestment Neatly bookending London Climate Action Week, two royal institutions today announced divestment of shares in fossil fuel companies. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine cut the investments from its £1.3m endowment fund, according to a statement, and the Royal Society of Arts did the same for its £17m portfolio.Yesterday the National Trust, a conservation charity, announced it would sell out of all fossil fuel companies over the next three years in its investment funds, in addition to increasing engagement with asset managers to encourage them to improve their environmental performance, and seeking out opportunities to support green start-up businesses. “This legislation commits the UK to a path that pension funds must play a massive role in.”Last week the UK became the first major economy to adopt a law to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.According to Mike Thompson, head of carbon budgets at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which recommended the government adopt the target, the Climate Change Act “is probably the strongest piece of climate legislation in the world”.center_img The UK has brought forward some of the most ambitious global warming targets in Europe, according to commentators“Many defined benefit schemes are de-risked, but the £1.5trn [€1.65trn] of assets means even small percentage allocations have a significant impact on where investment is directed,” he said.Opperman also brought up government proposals for larger DC schemes to disclose and report on a “clear” policy on infrastructure investment and other illiquid assets, saying he was considering the next steps “and would personally like to go much further”. The proposals were unveiled in February, with a consultation running until the beginning April.Opperman also highlighted new governance regulations “that require trustees both to have an effective system of governance, including consideration of [ESG]; and to document how they assess risks from climate change and risks from the low carbon transition”.The UK government this week published its green finance strategy, which revealed that, together with The Pensions Regulator, it had set up a working group to produce guidance for pension schemes about carrying out and reporting a climate risk assessment, with a view to this feeding into a governance code with “statutory footing”.“I take this very seriously,” said the minister, “and I am very aware of the consequences on not addressing the long-term climate emergency. I hope you look in the mirror and look at what role you can play.”Helping pension funds to helpAccording to the organisers of the event – Sustineri, Pensions for Purpose and Accounting for Sustainability – Opperman and other policymakers in attendance also heard from pension funds about what would help them to deliver on climate goals.The event was held under Chatham House rules, but according to a report by the co-hosts, one of the main discussion points was that investors needed a more joined-up approach across government and regulatory regimes. The need for a coherent renewables policy and stronger carbon pricing was mentioned. Credit: © National Trust Images/Andrew ButlerA National Trust site in Cambridgeshire, EnglandPeter Vermeulen, National Trust’s chief financial officer said: “Many organisations have been working hard to persuade fossil fuel companies to invest in green alternatives. These companies have made insufficient progress and now we have decided to divest from fossil fuel companies.”Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor of London for environment and energy, welcomed the organisations’ decisions.“London is the global hub of the divestment movement and it is vitally important to divest pension funds from fossil fuels to help address our climate emergency,” she added.There is a big debate about whether divestment or engagement with companies is the best way to effect change. In a recent report, UBS Asset Management said the threat of divestment, together with shareholder votes, were “direct and powerful tools that can be used to put pressure on corporations because they place incentives at the heart of their raison d’être – generating value for shareholders”. Legal & General Investment Management recently announced it would cut ExxonMobil from its Future World funds as part of its “engagement with consequences” programme, while the Church of England has set a deadline of 2023 for its engagement programme with fossil fuel companies.Earlier this week a trio of senior figures working for UK occupational pension schemes signed a pledge to recommend to their boards and investment committees to “insist” on asset managers actively engaging with corporate boards to disclose a clear business plan to transition to a low carbon future.Earlier this year, more than 300 investors backing Climate Action 100+ were urged to adopt “a consistent, outcomes-focused and transparent escalation process” for their engagement with companies.last_img read more

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Kiwis’ opposition to euthanasia outweighs support in select committee report

first_imgTVNZ One News 2 August 2017Family First Comment: “Outweighs”?Yeah – by 4 to 1.#gameoverAfter spending more than two years hearing submissions and public opinions on assisted dying, parliament’s health select committee has released its findings without a single recommendation.Four in five people who contacted the committee during an investigation of public attitudes toward euthanasia legislation were opposed to the idea.The committee received more than 21,000 submissions while investigating public views toward assisted dying for the terminally ill and those with irreversible conditions, based on a petition by former Labour MP Maryan Street. In a report released today, the committee chaired by Simon O’Connor, concluded no recommendations would be made and any decision on the issue would generally be a conscience vote. “This issue is clearly very complicated, very divisive, and extremely contentious,” they said.center_img The report comes as Act leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill is expected to come before parliament, though it’s unlikely to have its first reading before parliament rises in three weeks ahead of next month’s election.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kiwis-opposition-euthanasia-outweighs-support-in-select-committee-reportlast_img read more

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Gov Okowa Boosts Super Eagles with $60,000

first_imgAt its meeting on Monday, the NFF Executive Committee had hailed Delta State’s number one citizen and his administration for full sponsorship of the Super Eagles’ two matches, as well as augmenting for the U-23 AFCON qualifier between Nigeria and Libya.Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo emerged top scorer of the 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign with seven goals, and the 1-0 victory over Africa’s number one –ranked side Egypt was brilliantly executed and must have positive implications for Africa’s fourth-ranked team Nigeria’s position in the next FIFA ranking activation.The Stephen Keshi Stadium is fast turning to a positive hunting ground for the national teams, with the Super Eagles banishing a 19-year demon by defeating the Pharaohs, and the Olympic Eagles overturning a 0-2 deficit against Libya in the first leg to reach the final round of the qualifying series for this year’s Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.The football feast in Delta State was hugely rewarding for Nigeria, as the teams won all the matches, scoring eight goals in all and conceding only one.At its Monday meeting, the NFF Executive Committee also approved that the Super Eagles play two more friendly matches during the FIFA window in June as part of the preparations for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ifeanyi Okowa Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of Delta State has again bountifully rewarded the Super Eagles following victories in their 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Seychelles and the prestigious friendly against seven-time African champions Egypt, as he presented a gift of $10,000 to Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr and another $50,000 to the team on Tuesday.Okowa similarly rewarded the team following their qualification for the 2019 AFCON with the 1-1 draw against South Africa in Johannesburg in November 2018, which they followed up with a friendly against Uganda in Asaba three days later.Captain Ahmed Musa, who on his part received rave reviews for promptly fulfilling his promise of N1million-a-goal to the Olympic Eagles by sending the team N4million on Monday evening immediately after their 4-0 win over Libya, thanked Governor Okowa for his kind gestures and support to the team, other national teams and Nigerian football generally.last_img read more

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Saubert Earns Additional All-America Honor

first_imgAlso joining Saubert on the STATS FCS All-America teams was Stetson’s Donald Payne and San Diego’s Jonah Hodges. Print Friendly Version Saubert, a fifth-year senior, ranked second among tight ends in the nation in receiving yards per game (70.5) and receiving touchdown (10). He led Drake with a career-best 56 catches for 776 yards receiving this past fall and recorded a career-high 136 yards receiving on eight catches against Morehead State (Sept. 24). He earned his third first-team All-Pioneer Football League honor earlier this month. In addition to this year’s three All-America honors, Saubert was named to All-America teams by the Associated Press, STATS FCS and the FCS ADA last season.center_img Drake University tight end Eric Saubert has collected his third All-America honor of the year by earning a spot on the STATS FCS All-America second team, the organization announced Tuesday, Dec. 20. Previously, Saubert had been named to the Associated Press and AFCA All-America teams for his efforts on the field.last_img read more

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