Arsenal ready to meet Real Madrid’s £45m asking price for Dani Ceballos

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Jun 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link290Shares Comment Advertisement Arsenal ready to meet Real Madrid’s £45m asking price for Dani Ceballos Ceballos is valued at £45m (Picture: Getty)However, the report claims Arsenal are more willing to meet Madrid’s €50m (£45m) asking price which could see the playmaker move to the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal Madrid president Florentio Perez is said to be an admirer of Ceballos and will seek to install a buy-back option in any deal that sees him leave the club this summer.Unai Emery has been given just £45m to spend this summer so would use the entirety of his budget in signing Ceballos.However, the Spaniard is willing to sell the likes of Mesut Ozil to raise extra funds this summer.MORE: Rafael Benitez had ‘no idea’ Newcastle United were about to confirm departure from club Dani Ceballos is expected to leave Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to hijack Tottenham’s move for Dani Ceballos by meeting Real Madrid’s £45million asking price for the Spaniard.The playmaker is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer as Madrid look to balance the book after splurging close to £300m on the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao.Ceballos is currently on international duty with Spain’s U21s and has sparkled during the European Championships in Italy, scoring twice so far in the competition.According to AS, Tottenham are interested in signing the midfielder and have already held talks with Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Legalising cannabis not a cure for social harm, police union hears

first_imgLegalising marijuana for personal use is not a silver bullet and won’t see the end of gangs or cannabis-related crime, nor free up police resources to tackle other crime, the Police Association has heard.The warning comes from police intelligence practitioner and cannabis researcher Carrie Drake, who was one of several speakers at the second day of the association’s annual conference in Wellington today.The conference theme is about policing cannabis if it were made legal for personal use in New Zealand. A referendum on legalisation by or at the 2020 general election is part of the confidence and supply agreement between Labour and the Greens.Drake interviewed frontline officers in jurisdictions where cannabis was legal or decriminalised, including US states and the Netherlands, as part of research while at Massey University.She found that legalising cannabis is often viewed as a panacea, but cannabis-related social harm existed regardless of the drug’s legal status, gangs continued to cause social havoc, and police continued to be called to cannabis-related incidents.Drake said a US officer told her: “We just have not seen all the wonderful promises that were made to us.”When association president Chris Cahill asked members for a show of hands from those who expected legalisation to allow resources to be deployed elsewhere, no one raised a hand.Officers in some US states also told Drake that there seemed to be an increase in drug-affected driving, but testing for impairment was unenforceable.The difficulty of testing for impairment – not just for drivers, but also workers, including on-duty police officers – has been a major topic of debate in the conference.READ MORE: NZ Herald 11 October 2018Family First Comment:  Someone speaks the truth… “legalising cannabis is often viewed as a panacea, but cannabis-related social harm existed regardless of the drug’s legal status, gangs continued to cause social havoc, and police continued to be called to cannabis-related incidents.” #PeopleBeforeProfits last_img read more

3 ‘drug peddlers’ busted in Silay

first_imgBACOLOD City – Three suspected drug peddlers were nabbed in twoseparate sting operations in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The suspects were all detained in the custodial facility of the SilayCity police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or theComprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Later that afternoon, police apprehended two more suspects in the saidvillage. Eleven sachets of suspected shabu valued around P45,000 were seizedfrom the 52-year-old resident Rolando Benetua Jr. around 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 27,a police report showed. They yielded four grams of suspected shabu valued around P60,000. Prior to the incident, the suspect sold a sachet of suspected shabu toan undercover cop for P500, the report added. They were Andrea Robles, 18, and her live-in partner Carl Jun Rivera, 26,police said. last_img read more

What Should Indiana’s Energy-Efficiency Programs Look Like?

first_imgState leaders are requesting ideas about how to craft effective energy-efficiency policies for Indiana. (Photo: David Wilkerson)What should Indiana’s energy-efficiency programs look like? State leaders are requesting ideas about how to craft effective energy-efficiency policies.The Citizens Action Coalition is weighing in, and its executive director, Kerwin Olson, is convinced the best path forward is to repeal Senate Enrolled Bill 340, which weakened the state’s energy law. He said it’s important to ensure large utilities participate in efficiency programs, to maximize their resources and save money.“Utilities in the state of Indiana should be required to pursue all available cost-effective energy-efficiency resources,” he said, “in order to meet their legal obligation of providing least-cost service to their captive customers.”Olson said his group also wants the state to establish a public-purpose fund using all ratepayers’ money, with an independent administrator to oversee the fund and to implement statewide energy-efficiency and demand-side management programs. About 2,500 people signed the comments being sent to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.Olson said a public purpose fund would allow all energy users to pay in based on a percentage of their bill, making it fair for customers of all sizes. He said that would help end what he called an “excessive amount” of compensation that utilities receive for the cost of their energy-efficiency programs.“The way that they recover costs from the public right now unnecessarily makes energy-efficiency programs more expensive than they otherwise need to be,” he said, “and a public purpose fund, paid into by all ratepayers, removes that conundrum.”Olson said a public purpose fund also prevents utilities from inflating the cost of energy-efficiency and demand-side management. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is expected to release recommendations to the governor by year’s end.More information on the comments is online at Public comments can be viewed at read more

World Cup dream drives Coutinho

first_img At Anfield he has been given an ideal platform, and while it may be premature to be thinking about elevating him into a similar category the portents are good. The Brazil-hosted World Cup next summer is in his thoughts, and Coutinho admits it would be a dream to play in the tournament for his country. In Brendan Rodgers he has a club manager whose ‘death by football’ mantra means he will enjoy a lot of possession this season. The crucial factor will be what he does with it but on the evidence of his first four months in England and a handful of pre-season friendlies the omens are good. Speaking about his heroes, Coutinho told Press Association Sport: “They play more or less my position and they were my inspirations as I was growing up. “I think both of them were super-excellent players, especially when Ronaldinho played at Barcelona it was like magic. Every time I had a chance I would watch him because he was someone who I looked up to.” Coutinho turned 21 in June and he still has a lot to learn about English football, but he is already seen by fans as a crucial part of the the club’s future. It is a weight of expectation which does not bother a player who scored the Reds’ final goal of last season at Anfield in May to cap a promising four months following his arrival from Inter Milan. Many questioned why Rodgers had spent £8.5million on youngster who had failed to make the grade in Italy, but he quickly showed flashes of a potentially brilliant talent and his progress has continued in pre-season where he has been the club’s stand-out player. Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho grew up with Brazilian compatriots Ronaldinho and Kaka as his idols and now he wants to follow in their footsteps. The form has singled him out as Liverpool’s likely creator-in-chief going into the new Premier League season and it is a role he is more than comfortable with. “I don’t feel any extra pressure,” he added ahead of the game against Stoke. “The supporters are always there and that gives me a lot of strength to do my best for my team-mates and the club and to make the fans happy.” He knows Liverpool can be the perfect place to showcase his abilities and, with a longer-term view, could gain him enough recognition to represent his country’s senior team – with the added incentive of the World Cup on home soil. “Of course it is a dream of mine. I need to have a good season at Liverpool, take my chances here and hopefully that would give me a chance of being called up for the national team,” he said. “It would be my biggest step in football and I will do my utmost to be there.” The hustle and bustle of the Premier League may be an unlikely place for a young, slightly-built playmaker to choose to ply his trade but Coutinho welcomes the challenge. He admits he had problems at Inter, where he moved from Vasco da Gama in 2010 aged 18, and in only his second season he was loaned out to Espanyol. Spain seemed an ideal location for him to develop, but when Liverpool came calling he leapt at the chance – even if there was no lure of Champions League football. “It had no weight on my consideration to come to Liverpool,” he said. “Obviously we are not where we would like to be which is playing in the Champions League – or even the Europa League – but we as players will do our best in order to be able to be playing in those competitions next season. “It was a dream for me to play in a big team like Inter but I had tough times there and that was difficult but now my mind is at Liverpool and that is where I want to be.” He watched the every move of Ronaldinho, in particular, and marvelled at how he pulled the strings for Barcelona in his pomp. Coutinho envisaged the day when he too could have a chance to emulate his two heroes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League tournament from 2020

first_imgThe FIH Pro League will be held in the first six months of the year.India are banking on Hockey Series Finals to qualify for 2020 Olympics.Nine teams are competing in the FIH Pro League. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Lausanne: The Indian men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League next year after pulling out of the inaugural edition, which began in January. Welcoming India back in the league, the international hockey federation (FIH) said the move has been supported by other participating countries. “…India’s men team will join the FIH Pro League from 2020 on, as was unanimously supported by the other participating National Associations,” the FIH said in a statement after its Executive Board meeting. In July 2017, Hockey India had decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the competition.     Hockey India never gave any official reason for the decision but it was speculated that the inferior ranking of the women’s team prompted India to pullout from both the competitions as there was no option to take out just one team. Hockey India also believed that the country had better chances of qualifying for the Olympics via the Hockey World League.RELATED     In the inaugural Pro-League which began in January, nine teams are competing in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches till June. The top four teams will earn a ticket to the FIH’s Olympic Qualification events.     “It is great that India will join the FIH Pro League already next year. There is such a passion for hockey in the country that it will add a lot to our newest competition,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.     “Furthermore, FIH would like to thank all participating National Associations who, by agreeing on a common scheme for the 2020 and 2021 calendars, have once again shown the solidarity of the global hockey community and their utmost will to grow the sport together.”     The EB also approved the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro League match schedule principles. The League competition will be held within the first six months of every year and all these matches will remain ‘home games’.      The away games will be kept too but will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example: In 2020, Team A will host Team B twice within a couple of days, and in 2021, Team B will host Team A twice within a couple of days.     “This scheme reduces by half the travel of the teams compared to the current format, therefore decreasing costs for teams, benefitting athletes’ welfare and reducing the impact on the environment,” the FIH said.      As India is not playing in the FIH Pro League this year, they are banking on the Hockey Series Finals to qualify for next year’s Olympics. Bhubaneswar is hosting one of the three Hockey Series Finals in June.last_img read more

BOA Lawyers’ League: Agbakoba, Falana in Grand Finale

first_imgFalana & Falana, the surprise team of the 2016 BOA Lawyers Football Tournament is set to battle Olisa Agbakoba Legal in the final slated for Sunday April 24.After missing out of the competition meant for practicing lawyers in Lagos, Falana & Falana returned determined not to play second fiddle to any of the 16 law firms participating at this edition.Now, the Ikeja GRA-based team is set to take on defending champions, Agbakoba.To reach the final, Falana & Falana penultimate weekend defeated Aluko & Oyebode 2-0 in the semi final with Tayo Fashanu and Tony Ajadi’s ninth and 18th-minute goals respectively separating the sides.Falana had similarly sent packing former champions, Lagos State Ministry of Justice (LSMJ) by the same margin with Fashanu also accounting for both goals.However, it remains to be seen if Agbakoba will surrender its crown without a fight. OAL insiders told THISDAY at the weekend that they aiming for an encore.“As you know our pedigree, we don’t just boast but have what it takes to retain the title. We are not scared rather it should be Falana & Falana who should be afraid of meeting us in the final come Sunday. We are the defending champions and should be accorded all the respect we deserve,” observed one of the top supporters of OAL who simply identified himself as John during the semi final clash with Tayo Oyetibo/Bayo Osipitan.That semi final clash sapped OAL players as it deadlocked at regulation time. Agbakoba escaped into the final courtesy a 4-3 victory in a penalty shootout.The Bankole Olumide Aluko Football Tournament (BOA), also known as Lawyers’ League, is held in memory of the late lawyer, Bankole Olumide Aluko, a founding partner in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode, who passed on 14 years ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FB : Syracuse’s momentum derailed by costly penalties; Orange ground game limited

first_img Published on October 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — By the time Jeremiah Kobena’s frustration boiled over only four minutes into the game, Syracuse had already been tagged with four penalties. So when Eli Rogers muffed a punt and a mad scramble for the football ensued, Kobena lost his cool and threw two punches during the scrum.He was handed SU’s fifth penalty of the opening five minutes and the second of four personal fouls called on the Orange Saturday.‘We may have been a little too hyped in the beginning and that starts to make us make mistakes,’ Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib said.By the time the clock reached zero and Louisville had handily beaten Syracuse 27-10, the Orange had racked up 12 penalties for 99 yards. Several others called on SU during the game were declined. It was the sloppiest performance of the season in terms of penalty yardage and the first time all year Syracuse seemed to lose its composure.In addition to the opening flurry of penalties, costly violations later in the game killed SU’s offensive drives. On its series that carried over from the first to the second quarter, Andrew Tiller’s false start turned a second-and-6 into a second-and-11 inside Louisville territory. Two plays later, the Orange punted.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTrailing 24-3 in the fourth quarter, Syracuse had one of its final chances to try and mount a comeback derailed by a pair of penalties. Back-to-back false starts moved the Orange from Louisville territory back to its own side of the field.SU failed to pick up a first down on the rest of that series and eventually turned the ball over on downs.‘The effort was good, the focus and doing the right thing all the time wasn’t there today,’ Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘Obviously by the penalties because that’s the one thing we’ve done a good job of.’Cardinals halt SU running gameFor the first time since its second game of the season against Rhode Island, Syracuse came into Saturday’s game against Louisville with a different offensive game plan. Gone was the run first, run second, pass third mantra employed by the Orange for the majority of the 2011 season.‘The offense took shots early,’ Marrone said. ‘I’ve done this a lot. In the NFL, we played against a lot of teams that play man coverage, which they play. They bring a lot of pressure, and you have to hold them up and make plays.’As Syracuse’s offense came out firing behind the arm of Nassib — and sputtered miserably — the run game suffered. By the time the first quarter was over, SU trailed 14-0 and ran the ball with Antwon Bailey on less than 40 percent of its 11 plays.At that point, the Orange was forced into throwing the ball more than it would have liked to try and dig out of a two-score deficit. Bailey saw limited carries (15) as a result, and he was held to less than 100 yards for the first time in more than a month. As a whole, the Syracuse rushing attack gained only 84 yards.‘They were getting us on some of the runs, too,’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said of the Louisville defense. ‘So it was kind of — everything was kind of not really working the way we wanted it to at the time.’In particular, Bailey had no breathing room between the tackles. The Cardinals tallied 14 tackles for loss Saturday, many of which were created as a result of penetration through the middle of the Syracuse offensive line.The limited success the Orange did have running the ball came outside the hash marks. Bailey ran several successful plays out of ‘The Express’ formation — SU’s version of the ‘Wildcat’ formation. He reeled off gains of 14 and 24 yards out of this set.Nassib also scrambled for 18 yards on one play, escaping the pocket to his left to avoid a rush up the middle.‘That’s where the outside runs and tosses came in, trying to get outside of their pressure,’ Bailey said.Overall, though, Saturday’s game was another example of how the Orange is not capable of winning a Big East game through the air. Its best offense this season has come as a result of a solid running game setting up easier passes downfield.The Cardinals quick 14-0 lead prevented Syracuse from running the ball as much as it would have liked and exploited the weaknesses in SU’s passing game.‘You can’t give a defense like that third-and-long chances where they thrive,’ Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. ‘That’s where they get after you. We just have to make sure to keep it manageable as a whole.‘A couple key third downs we didn’t pick up, and once that stuff starts snowballing, it’s not a good thing for the offense.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Sam Levine ‘truly made the world a better place’

first_imgSamuel Levine, a senior majoring in psychology who was known for his thoughtfulness and optimism, died of severe head trauma on March 19 while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during spring break. He was 22.According to KTLA, Mexican authorities say Levine fell six stories after climbing onto an air conditioning unit outside of his hotel room. The exact circumstances of his death, however, are unclear; Claire Becker, Levine’s girlfriend and a sophomore majoring in international relations and narrative studies, says he fell through an unstable part of the roof of a hotel.Passionate Trojan · Classmates of Levine said he influenced those in his life with his thoughtful comments and graceful confidence. — Courtesy of RIP Sam Levine Facebook pageLevine was born and raised in Oak Park, Calif., by his parents Michael and Debra Levine. He had two older brothers named Ryan and Andrew.“They have a really tight-knit family. All his relatives live nearby. They are the type of family that doesn’t judge, they are so accepting,” Becker said. “The first time I met Sam’s dad, Michael, he told me that his wife and boys were his best friends and the reason he lived.”Levine attended Oak Park High School, where he was a three-year varsity basketball player. He won the Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player in his senior year in 2009.Sean Spear, a friend of Levine and a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning, said Levine was kind- hearted and thoughtful.“He was elected four times in a row for homecoming king, but was such a humble guy that he never wanted the spotlight on him,” Spear said. “He would always encourage his friends to vote for the other guys.”After graduating from high school, Levine showed his commitment to his community and his love for sports by returning to OPHS to coach the freshman and sophomore basketball team.Levine attended Moorpark College for one year before transferring to USC in 2010 as a sophomore.“Sam’s dream was to go to USC and that’s why we connected so well,” Spear said. “For Sam, there was nothing about USC that he wasn’t in love with. Everything he wanted in his college experience he got at USC. I remember him telling me he felt he was truly blessed to go to such a fine university.”Many of his friends remembered Levine for his strong sense of school spirit.“He was a proud Trojan,” said Justin Silber, one of Levine’s roommates and a senior majoring in business administration. “He wanted to go to USC his entire life. He loved Los Angeles. He was a Southern California kid.”Levine was an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. His fraternity brothers, who held a memorial for Levine Monday night, said he touched several lives during his time in the fraternity.“He was always quick to smile — very lighthearted, very kind, very caring — and probably one of the most genuine people I know,” said Ryan Park, a member of Sigma Chi . “[He was] always there if you wanted to talk about something heavy and always willing to give advice.”Becker also endearingly described his infectious personality.“I fell in love with him the first time I saw him,” Becker said. “He was so classy and such a gentleman and he was so charismatic that just looking at him made me smile. Everything that came out of his mouth was so thoughtful. He was very calm and collected and radiated confidence but not arrogance at all.  I don’t think he knew how incredible he was, but everyone else could see it.”Levine was especially passionate about athletics.He was a practice player on the USC’s women’s basketball team his sophomore year and was a marketing director for the men’s baseball team his junior year. Upon graduation, Levine had his sights set on the sports industry.“He was looking to combine all the things he loved and had learned: sports, psychology and marketing,” Silber said.Levine’s friends said because his zeal for life resonated with many people, his impact will be felt forever.“In 22 years, Sam Levine was able to touch more people than others do in a lifetime,” Spear said. “He was a guy who truly made the world a better place. He will be dearly missed but I know his spirit will live on through all those who have been touched by knowing him.”Silber said the death of his roommate has left the community in shock.“It’s been a really somber and sobering experience realizing how good of a person we had,” Silber said. “He was the one person everyone loved and the one person everyone respected,” Levine’s funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Pierce Brothers Memorial Park in Westlake Village, Calif.last_img read more

ATG becomes first to join IBIA following rebrand

first_img Following the rebranding of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) last week, Swedish betting operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has been named as the first operator to join the association.ATG has joined the integrity association as it moves to bolster its global monitoring and alert platform to cover approximately 50 international online and retail betting brands. Magnus Lunner, ATG Chief Security & Quality Officer, said: “Protecting our product, consumers and sporting events from betting-related corruption is a foremost business consideration for ATG.“Joining the International Betting Integrity Association, a globally recognised body and leader in its field, is a natural extension of that core aim. ATG is committed to upholding the highest values of integrity and to working with our partners in the association to ensure the safest possible betting environment.”The operator, which recently added sports betting to its horse race betting product range following the regulation of Sweden’s market, has committed itself to protecting its customers from corruption by joining the IBIA. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the International Betting Integrity Association, added: “I am delighted to welcome one of the leading brands from the newly opened Swedish market to the association. ATG joins other responsible and committed sports betting operators intent on working collectively to protect their businesses from corruption.”The integrity association currently acts as a figurehead in the promotion of integrity across the regulated sports betting industry. It utilises collective action through its Monitoring & Alert Platform as a means to allow operators and industry stakeholders to report suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets.Working alongside sports bodies such as FIFA, UEFA, the TIU and the IOC, the IBIA monitors transactional activity linked to individual accounts and uses this data to collaborate with regulators in preventing corruption. BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more