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first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Dec 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Arteta feels a degree of loyalty to Guardiola but is keen to take over at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to keep Arteta and has hinted that he would be the ideal replacement to take over at the Etihad when he himself eventually leaves.Arsenal are believed to be keen to bring in a manager who has ties to the club, giving Arteta – who used to skipper the side – an advantage, though technical director Edu favours Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.MORE: Frank Lampard backs Carlo Ancelotti ahead of potential Arsenal moveMORE: Arsenal ready to interview 10 men for the manager job as surprise candidates emergeMore: 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 Mikel Arteta wants guarantee from Arsenal board before accepting manager’s job Ljungberg drew with Norwich, lost to Brighton and beat West Ham (Picture: Getty)Former Valencia manager Marcelino reportedly flew into London for talks earlier in the week, while axed Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with an instant return to management with the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta, though, is the favourite to get the gig full-time, but The Sun report that he is seeking assurances over the nature of the project at Arsenal before going any further.While he is keen to return to his former club, and become a manager in his own right after several years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant, he wants a guarantee over what is on offer and their plans for the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhoever takes over at Arsenal faces a testing period, with two of the club’s star players – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – out of contract in 18 months.Arteta is also conflicted about leaving City and Guardiola midway through the season, particularly with the side struggling in the Premier League and falling 14 points adrift of rivals Liverpool.center_img The Spaniard is one of the main contenders to take over at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta is very interested in taking over at Arsenal but reportedly wants guarantees from the club’s board before engaging in further talks.The Gunners axed Unai Emery at the end of last month after a terrible run of form, with interim boss Freddie Ljungberg finally securing a Premier League victory at the third time of asking to end their two-month barren run.Arsenal are casting their net wide in the hunt for a permanent successor to Emery, with as many as 10 candidates likely to be interviewed. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgStatement on the Passing of State Representative Florindo Fabrizio July 24, 2018 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the passing of State Representative Florindo “Flo” Fabrizio, who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 16 years:“Representative Fabrizio’s life was one of passion and he spent his career fighting for the people he represented in Erie. Flo was a loyal and loving husband, father, colleague, friend and representative. He was a personal friend to me and I will never forget his zeal for life, even in his most difficult days. His legacy in Erie and across Pennsylvania will live on for years to come and I encourage all Pennsylvanians to keep him, his family and all those mourning in their thoughts today.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgProperty – representing 4.8% of the pension fund’s assets – returned 7.2%, with listed real estate generating 9% and exceeding its benchmark by 0.5 percentage points.The scheme’s combined private equity and hedge fund holdings returned 8.7%, leading to a year-to-date return of 15.3%.Since the start of the year, the pension fund’s coverage ratio – discounted against market rates – has increased from 125.3% to 130%, equating to an official coverage ratio of 138.8%. The pension fund said it preferred to use the market rate for its investment and risk policy, as this provided a “better picture of our financial position”. The €23bn pension fund of banc-assurer ING has reported a 6.6% return on investments – including the combined effect of its interest and currency hedge – for the third quarter, resulting in a year-to-date return of 22%. The pension fund’s 75% fixed income portfolio of bonds and interest swaps returned 7.9%, mainly due to currency fluctuations following increased interest spreads between the large economies, it said.The Pensioenfonds ING added that its fixed income holdings returned 27.5% over the first nine months of the year.The scheme said its equity portfolio (16.5%) returned 4.6% in the third quarter, adding that its European investments contributed no more than 1 percentage point of return.last_img read more

first_imgTalking to IPE earlier this month, the Romanian CFA Society warned of a “de-facto nationalisation” of the second pillar by the reform.PensionsEurope called on the Romanian government to “withdraw its plan” for the new capital requirements. Romania’s proposed changes to its second pillar pension system will impose “disproportionate capital requirements” on providers, PensionsEurope has warned. In a strongly worded statement issued jointly with the Romanian pension fund association APAPR, the European pension fund lobby group supported Romanian stakeholders’ recent criticism of the government’s reform plans.“[The] pension reform… envisages new disproportionate capital requirements for pension funds which PensionsEurope finds highly political and devastating for the Romanian pension system,” the statement said.APAPR president Radu Craciun added: “The new 10% capital requirements would mean that pension fund managers need to put aside an additional estimate of €800m, 11 times the current capital requirements and almost twice as much as all fees charged by the pension schemes in the 11 years of operation.” Matti Leppälä, PensionsEuropeImplementing this measure would “devastate the current stability and good results” of the Romanian second pillar’s mandatory defined contribution (DC) plans, said Matti Leppälä, CEO of PensionsEurope.Combined with other reform proposals, this would “destroy Romanian second pillar DC pension plans”, added Leppälä.Over the past decade, Romanian second pillar pension funds have been among the best performers in Europe with over 8% annualised nominal returns after fees, by mainly investing in government debt.Additional criticism came from the Romanian financial market regulator ASF, which warned that the high level of capital requirements “can discourage the administration side of these privately managed pension funds”.This in turn could lead to providers withdrawing from the market, the regulatory body warned.last_img read more

first_imgJan De Nul has installed the first of ten Siemens wind turbines at the 42MW Tahkoluoto wind farm off Pori, Finland.The company’s heavy-lift jack up Vole au vent is expected to install the second Siemens 4.2MW turbine at the site on Monday evening, 19 June, Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, the developer of the EUR 120 million wind farm project, said.Last week, Jan de Nul installed all ten gravity base foundations at the wind farm.The turbine installation is scheduled to be completed by mid-July, and the subsea cables are expected to be installed by the end of July.The project is to be commissioned during the autumn of 2017.Tahkoluoto is the world’s first offshore wind farm designed for icy conditions.last_img

first_imgRederi AB Donsötank, Swedish family-owned shipowner, has contracted two oil products and chemical tankers at Chinese Wuhu Shipyard Co. Ltd.The ice strengthened ships, featuring ice class 1A, will be powered by LNG. In addition, the newbuilds will have shore connection for port operations, prepared for 1000 kWh battery-pack.“Together we have a long relation in development of newbuildings, with focus on safe transports, working environment and the ecological impact on the environment,” the company said.The vessels will be commercially managed by Navix Maritime Chartering and are scheduled for delivery in 2021.The company has five small clean tankers in its fleet, based on the company’s website information.Based on VesselsValue’s information, Wuhu Shipyard has 21 newbuildings under construction, including 12 Ultramaxes, with deliveries spread across 2019 to 2020.last_img read more

first_imgSeven crew members of the Portuguese flagged containership MSC Talia F have been kidnapped off Gabon, Dryad Global informed on Sunday, March 22.The boarding took place some 52 nautical miles West of Port Libreville, the Gabonese Republic.“It is believed that the vessel has a crew of 17 all understood to be Ukrainian nationals. The vessel is believed to have been en-route from Lomé to Port Libreville at the time of boarding,” Dryad said in a report.The 2005-built feedermax is owned by Greek Technomar Shipping and managed by Switzerland-based MSC, data from VesselsValue shows.WMN is yet to receive a comment on the matter from the owners and managers of the ship.As informed, this is the first incident within this area in 2020. Within 2019 there were 4 recorded incidents at Port Libreville and the Owendo Anchorage involving a spate of incidents in December 2019.One of those incidents resulted in the kidnapping of four Chinese fishermen and later the crew from a vessel transiting from Douala to Port Libreville, Dryad said.last_img read more

first_imgNewsHub 6 December 2017Family First Comment: Yet another reason that we need an expert panel to tackle the health issues around pornography www.PornInquiry.nzOne in four Kiwi teenage girls have been asked to share nude photos of themselves in the past year, a new report has found.The survey of “sexting” habits among Kiwi teens aged 14-17 also found one in seven boys were asked to send a nude or nearly nude picture.However, just four percent of the teens actually sent the pictures, according to the findings by online safety group Netsafe.“What we’ve found in the research is that although teens are being asked for nude images, only a minority are actually sending them,” the group’s chief executive Martin Cocker said on Wednesday.“Sending nude images in itself is often not the problem, it’s what can happen once those images leave your control.”He urged parents to talk to their children because it was important they understood the potential risks before making a decision to engage in this kind of behaviour.This was especially important given about half of the kids surveyed believed the sharing of nude images happened “often” or “very often”.READ MORE: read more

first_imgStuff 27 April 2018 Forty-seven marriage celebrant applications have been rejected in the past two-and-a-half years because the applicants were unwilling to officiate same-sex weddings.The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed last month – after a request from Family First New Zealand under the Official Information Act – that the department had declined 47 independent celebrant applications based on the intention on the part of the application not to solemnise same-sex marriages since September 7, 2015.Applications made before September 2015 were made in paper format and could not be reviewed without significant research.The department said it had not received any complaints about marriage celebrants who were unwilling to solemnise a same-sex marriage.But it added that independent marriage celebrants “must make themselves available to all persons legally to marry in New Zealand and cannot refuse to solemnise any marriage due to reasons that would contravene the Human Rights Act 1993”.Family First New Zealand national director Bob McCoskrie said the rejected applications contradicted assurances made by Labour MP Louisa Wall when she introduced the Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill to Parliament in 2012.She said: “What my bill does not do is require any person or church to carry out a marriage if it does not fit with the beliefs of the celebrant or the religious interpretation a church has.”But she added that while churches could discriminate, the state could not and should not. “It is not the state’s role to sanction heterosexuality or homosexuality.”She Wall said the bill was about opening up the institution of marriage to all people who were eligible.“There is no reasonable ground on which the state should deny any citizen the right to enter the institution of marriage if he or she chooses. That is not the process of inclusion,” she said.“To any person concerned about their own beliefs and how they wish to celebrate marriage, it is important to always remember that this bill allows a couple to only obtain a marriage licence. It does not mean that a minister or celebrant must marry the couple.”Wall said in an email on Friday that organisational celebrants were authorised through a separate process to independent celebrants and could refuse to solemnise marriages.She directed Stuff to the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for comment on why the 47 applications were rejected.Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said it was important to distinguish between organised celebrants and independent celebrants.Organised celebrants were nominated by organisations, and those organisations needed to be recognised by Montgomery as “a formal organisation with marriage purposes”, he said.“Once registered, they can then nominate people to be celebrants for their organisation,” he said.“Independent celebrants, however, are providing a public service, and they are acting on behalf of the Government and are required to comply with the Marriages Act and other relevant legislation.”One of the criteria for independent celebrants is they be willing to obey and comply with the law, including the Human Rights Act.“If they are not willing to comply with the Human Right Act, ie they will choose to discriminate against certain members of the public, then I can’t appoint them,” Montgomery said.All organisational celebrant applications have all been approved since September 2015, regardless of whether they choose to solemnise same-sex marriages or not, he said.“When Louisa Wall put forward that legislation, that ability was included – organised celebrants are not obliged to marry any couple.”McCoskrie said politicians “who support the right of freedom of belief and conviction should fix the anomaly”.“The bill … did not protect the consciences of independent marriage celebrants who are not lawfully able to refuse a request to marry a same-sex couple by reason of the same-sex of the couple.”In the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference”. would-be marriage celebrants rejected because they refuse to carry out gay weddingsNewsHub 28 April 2018There have been no complaints about marriage celebrants refusing to perform gay weddings, it has been revealed.But it appears that’s because the Department of Internal Affairs has refused to approve applications from would-be independent celebrants that refuse to carry them out.Forty-seven applicants have been rejected since September 2015, according to documents released under the Official Information Act to conservative lobby group Family First.Under the law, organisational marriage celebrants aren’t required to carry out gay weddings if it contravenes their religious beliefs. Independent marriage celebrants however “must make themselves available to all persons legally able to marry in New Zealand and cannot refuse to solemnise any marriage due to reasons it would contravene the Human Rights Act 1993”.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the documents contradict claims made by Labour MP Louisa Wall, who introduced the same-sex legislation through Parliament, that celebrants wouldn’t be made to carry out same-sex weddings if they didn’t want to.“When the Bill was rushed through to its final reading, it still did not protect the consciences of independent marriage celebrants who are not lawfully able to refuse a request to marry a same-sex couple by reason of the same-sex of the couple.“This law currently provides a culture of coercion. Politicians who support the right of freedom of belief and conviction should fix the anomaly.”READ MORE: celebrants miss out over marriage equality oppositionRadio NZ News 28 April 2018Nearly 50 people have been turned down as marriage celebrants because they refuse to solemnise same-sex marriages.The Department of Internal Affairs said 47 applications to become independent celebrants had been turned down since 2015.The Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery said celebrants affliated with a religious or philisophical organisation could choose who they offered their services to.But independent marriage celebrants provided a service on behalf of the government, rather than an organisation, he said.That meant they must comply with all the relevant laws, including the Human Rights Act, which makes it an offence to discriminate based on sexuality.The number of declined applications was a small proportion of the 500 people who apply each year to become celebrants, Mr Montgomery said. read more