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Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jan 2020 7:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.1kShares 1 min. story Comment He will now undergo a medical and pen personal terms as the Gunners look to wrap up a deal worth around £7million before next Friday’s transfer window deadline.Mari, 26, has had an interesting career, having been bought by Manchester City but never actually playing a match for the Premier League champions.Edu Gaspar, dirigente do Arsenal, e Pablo Marí no Galeão. pic.twitter.com/wcKhlL9D9r— Victor Gammaro (@vgammaross) January 25, 2020 PLAY Video Settings The Spanish centre-back will now undergo a medical at London Colney (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are on the verge of announcing a deal for Flamengo defender Pablo Mari, with the centre-back spotted flying to London with Gunners technical director Edu to have his medical.Mikel Arteta has made no secret of his desire to bring in reinforcements in the January window, with a central defender one of several positions he was hoping to strengthen this month.And Edu has been working hard to secure a new recruit, finally convincing Flamengo to sell Mari despite the Brazilian side being loathe to lose such an important player.According to GloboEsporte, a breakthrough in talks was made on Friday and the Spanish defender quickly boarded a plane to London with Edu which will touch down on Saturday lunchtime.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Flamengo star Pablo Mari pictured with Edu flying to London to complete Arsenal move Full Screen Instead, he was sent out on various loans – to Girona, NAC and Deportivo La Coruna – before landing a permanent deal to Flamengo last summer in a deal that was only worth around £1m.He quickly established himself in the first team and became the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores, while he got a taste of life in the Premier League when he played against Liverpool in the Club World Cup final. Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Pablo Mari took on Liverpool’s star-studded attack at the end of last year (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s back-line was heavily criticised against Chelsea last time out, with Shkodran Mustafi gifting the ball to Tammy Abraham before David Luiz was sent off as he tried – and failed – to rescue the situation.With the Brazilian suspended, Sokratis having been out of action with illness and Calum Chambers picking up an ACL injury that will take between six and nine months to heal, Arsenal’s lack of depth – and quality – at centre-back has become all the more noticeable, prompting an acceleration in talks for Mari.Arsenal fans will hope Mari is even half as good as the last player Edu unearthed from the Brazilian league, with Gabriel Martinelli having shone since swapping South American for North London.MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals conversation with Dani Ceballos over Arsenal futureMORE: Mikel Arteta dealt transfer blow with Arsenal target Layvin Kurzawa set to join Juventus from PSGMore: 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
Press Release, Public Safety, Round-Up Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf took an unprecedented step Friday to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania by signing an executive order addressing all types of gun violence in communities of every size. The executive order approaches gun violence from both public health and public safety angles through a multifaceted approach that includes boosting prevention programs, increasing data sharing and developing new training.The executive order was praised by local leaders, legislators and advocates, including the following:Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair“I am grateful that Governor Wolf has broken the mold in this unprecedented move by jumping to action with this executive order to establish a comprehensive plan to save more lives and keep our communities safe. Governor Wolf laid the foundation with this executive order and it’s now on us as lawmakers to pass this legislation.”Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald“Governor Wolf’s actions today are common-sense steps that will allow us to address the growing amount of gun violence in our community. I support his efforts to ask the General Assembly to move forward on safe storage legislation, the red flag law, and institution of a state-level universal background check on all gun purchases. Legislative action, alone, isn’t enough and the Governor’s order recognizes that.“We look forward to supporting these efforts to share data, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and halt domestic violence-related and self-inflicted shootings. We stand ready to assist in any way we can and thank the Governor for this robust approach to an issue that continues to plague all of our communities.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto“Gun violence continues to take innocent lives across the United States. Enough is enough. No one in America wants a country where guns make our schools, places of worship and public spaces unsafe. I applaud Governor Wolf for taking executive action to protect Pennsylvanians in the face of opposition to sensible reforms in Harrisburg and in Washington, DC. I stand with the Governor and will continue to work every day to keep our residents safe.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney“I commend Governor Wolf for his recent executive order and his unwavering leadership to advance a much-needed gun reform agenda for the Commonwealth. The gun violence we saw last week in Philadelphia was horrific, and yet another testament to the need for gun control measures that can truly save lives. The City of Philadelphia is devoting tens of millions of dollars toward the implementation of a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan that focuses on the structural and societal issues that lead to violence. But cities cannot solve this epidemic alone. I urge the General Assembly to follow the Governor’s lead and do their part.”Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse“I fully support Governor Wolf’s executive order on reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth. The executive order takes a strong multi-faceted approach on this issue that is affecting our communities.”Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA“Governor Wolf is taking much-needed action that will dedicate the power and resources of the Executive Branch to fighting gun violence and making PA safer. We appreciate his actions today and echo his call for the legislature to do its part and pass critical laws like Extreme Risk Protection Orders, background check expansion and granting cities the power to regulate firearms on city property.”Marybeth Christiansen, Volunteer Pennsylvania State Chapter Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America“Gun safety advocates across our state have been calling for action to prevent gun violence, and we are so grateful that Governor Wolf listened. There is so much that we must do to keep our communities safe from gun violence, and this executive order is a huge step in the right direction. Now, it’s time for our state and federal lawmakers to listen to their constituents and commit to passing common-sense gun laws.” Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf’s Gun Violence Reduction Executive Order August 20, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Batesville, In. — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of three honors to be given at the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner.The “Educator of the Year” is Mrs. Cathy Ollier, The “Community Service Award” will go to Anne Raver and the “Community Impact” honor will go to Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children.The buffet-style dinner will be Thursday, January 24 at the Knights of Columbus in Batesville. For more information or to make raffle prize donation please call 812-934-3101.
Last Thursday was my first opportunity to go to track practice in the new Batesville High School multi-purpose facility. It was a typical March 1st weather day. It was warm and wet in the morning, and before track practice time rolled around it had rained all day and the temperature was dropping rapidly. The wind was blowing heavily. In the old days track practice would have gone down the drain. Not now!!The Batesville High School track team had a very productive workout in the new facility. The 3-lane track allowed a normal warm-up for all participants. After that, we were able to break down into groups. Some used the track to continue their workout, jumpers did plyo-metrics on one end of the facility, while the shot putters used the other end. The discus throwers went with me into the Commons area to work on discus form (without the discus–no throwing allowed). At different times, part of the team was in the weight room right next to the track doing their weight training.It is nice to see that the Batesville spring athletes can now join their counterparts at East Central and Greensburg in having a facility that allows year-round training.
As the number of coronavirus cases spike in Florida, many Disney World workers are worried about the park reopening July 11.More than 7,000 people who work at Disney World are worried about the parks grand reopening, they have signed an online petition saying “this virus is not gone, unfortunately, it’s only become worse in this state.”Disney is putting several measures in place to reopen safely, but staffers who signed the petition are hoping they’ll reconsider, saying it’s not fair to ask the people who work there to risk their lives.About 10% of Disney’s workforce have signed this particular petition, and there’s a similar petition by Disneyland workers in California which has nearly 50,000 signatures.Disney plans to reopen all 12 of its theme parks around the world by mid-July.
PLAYERS who deliberately cough at other players or match officials can be red-carded, say football’s rule-makers and the Football Association.The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said such and offence fell within “using offence, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”.It added: “As with all offences, the referee has to make a judgement about the true nature of the offence.”The guidance comes amid the global coronavirus pandemic.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players,” added IFAB.“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”The FA also issued guidance for grassroots football which will come into force immediately.In a document, it wrote: “If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending-off, a caution could be issued for ‘unsporting behaviour’.”It added that referees must not look to punish “routine” coughing and “action can only be supported where it is evident it was a clear act against someone else”.In terms of the Premier League and English Football League, there is no written guidance and it would be down to the referee’s discretion as to the punishment. (BBC Sport)
The opening ceremony of the 2016 Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Games will hold on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa, Oshodi, Lagos.The 3rd edition of The Nigeria FMCG Games is the flagship sporting event of the FMCG sector. The opening ceremony will feature March Past, side-attractions, fan engagement activities, football matches and other sporting events.Speaking on the upcoming event, Chief Operating Officer of MediaVision Limited (Organisers of the event), Jimmy Sogbesan, said: “This year’s edition of the FMCG Games will exceed expectation as several elements have been added to make it more rewarding for the teams, fans and supporters.” The FMCG Games commenced in 2013 and has featured the biggest companies in the FMCG industry and this year will be no different as companies like Unilever, Nestle, Friesland Campina, Dufil and BUA Group will be participating.This year’s games will last six weeks (weekends only) and will see teams compete for medals in Football, Table Tennis, Athletics, Chess, and Scrabble.The tournament was designed to bring together employees of the FMCG Industry as well as their families and friends in an atmosphere of fun, sporting competition and networking.The FMCG Games is the brainchild of MediaVision Limited – Nigeria’s Leading Sports Marketing Company.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The last batch of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) officials and football stakeholders left St Petersburg last night for Nigeria via Dubai, one week after Super Eagles crashed out of the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup here in Russia.Eagles players had earlier left their Essentuki camp base in batches for their respective clubs to either join their teammates in preseason camps or holiday.At the Hilton Hotel and adjoining Haempton in St Petersburg yesterday, most of the Nigerians football stakeholders who boarded theÂ midnightÂ flight from the Pulkovo Airport were mostly NPFL football administrators and NFF secretariat staff. Most of the NPFL administrators were seen discussing the restart of the domestic topflight this weekend.Rangers International FC of Enugu Administrator, Davidson Owumi, Rivers Unitedâ€™s Okey Kpalukwu and several others were amongst those who boarded the Emirates flight out of the Pulkovo Airport for Lagos last night.Eagles crashed out of the Russia 2018 tournament with just one victory in three Group D games.Â Â Nigeria lost opening game 2-0 to Croatia and defeated Iceland 2-1 but lost the bruising battle with perennial group rival Argentina by the same 2-1 to leave the tournament with dream unfulfilled.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, was again on the scorers’ sheet yesterday with his second goal in two games for Leicester City in a pre-season game.The Super Eagles player yesterday scored Leicester City’s only goal in the 1-1 draw with Valencia at the King Power Stadium, four days after netting in the 2-1 defeat to Udinese.Iheanacho opened scoring in the 11th minute, lashing home from close range with a first time shot, but Daniel Parejo pulled the Spanish visitors level seven minutes later. The former Manchester City forward compatriot at the Foxes, Wilfred Ndidi was also in the starting line-up and both were taken off at half-time as boss Claude Puel made four changes.Nigeria’s other star at Leicester, Ahmed Musa, who featured on Saturday against Udinese, was not involved on Wednesday night as speculation grew over his impending transfer.Also yesterday, another Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses was a 63rd minute substitute for Pedro.The Nigeria star playing in an advanced role as Chelsea lost 6-5 on penalties to London rivals Arsenal after a 1-1 regulation time draw in their International Champions Cup clash in Dublin.Antonio Rudiger scored the first goal of the match in the sixth minute with a header but Chelsea missed a great chance to pull further away as Alvaro Morata’s penalty was saved by Petr Cech in the 15th minute.The Blues paid for the miss as Alexandre Lacazette equalised for the Gunners in the third minute of second-half added time.Incidentally, another Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi, was also a 63rd minute substitute for Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe.Iwobi came close to a late equaliser for Arsenal but his effort from Callum Chambers’ cross was saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Marcin Bulka in the 85th minute before Lavazette’s late, late intervention meant the match would go into penalties.Both Moses and Iwobi scored their penalties but Cech saved Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s kick to give the Gunners a sudden death win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram