July 31, 2021

Arsenal bid £37m for Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen

first_imgAdvertisement Is Joachim Andersen the solution for Arsenal’s defensive problems? (Getty Images)The report claims that Sampdoria would be open to selling both players but the Serie A club are demanding at least €50m (£44m).AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have extensively scouted both Praet and Andersen this season as the duo helped Sampdoria finish ninth in Serie A.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 CityPraet, a central midfielder, scored two goals and registered three assists in 37 appearances.Andersen, meanwhile, is a commanding central-back and his one of Serie A’s highly rated defenders.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 Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Jun 2019 2:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link948Shares Arsenal bid £37m for Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen Arsenal have tabled a bid for Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet (Getty Images)Arsenal have submitted a €42 million (£37m) offer to sign Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, according to reports in Italy.Unai Emery has been given a restricted budget of around £40m to work with in the summer transfer window after missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League.The Gunners boss is keen to strengthen several areas of his squad, while Arsenal are also looking to offload some of their top earners including Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Tuttosport report that Arsenal have already made a move for Praet and Andersen but their bid has been rejected by Sampdoria.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mica groups seek government intervention with banks to support homeowners

first_imgRepresentatives from both Mica Action Donegal and the Mica Action Group have called on the government to engage with banks to support mica affected homeowners with the required 10% contribution.The two groups met yesterday met with Joe Mc Hugh to get an update on progress on the Mica scheme.Joe Morgan from Mica Action Donegal also gave Minister Mc Hugh an update on his ongoing engagement with key mortgage lenders across the county and received assurance from Minister Mc Hugh of his support on this issue. Joe Morgan, Chairperson of the MAD, said: “Councillor Liam Blaney and I have been lobbying lenders in Donegal over the past four to five months on behalf of homeowners who are affected by the defective blocks issue to try to get them to support homeowners in some way towards their 10% contribution.“We have made representation to the major lenders (i.e. AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, and Ulster bank) and have pointed out the benefits to each of the lenders of supporting homeowners in this scheme.“Specifically we have asked each lender to offer a range of supports to homeowners, namely: 0% interest loans for fixing homes, restructuring existing mortgages to support zero increase in monthly repayments and importantly in the case of those homeowners who don’t have sufficient money to contribute towards fixing their home, a request to the bank to make up any shortfall in the 10% contribution.“Reinstating market valuation to Mica properties is of equal benefit to both the homeowner and the lender and secures the investment on behalf of both parties,” he said. “We are approaching the lenders, based on the principle of dual interest in order to guarantee that all homes can be fixed. The alternative, where homeowners do not have access to funding, is mortgage default and repossession.“Given the current market valuations of Mica properties, this cannot make fiscal sense.“Whilst the major lenders have been willing to participate and have been engaged in our meetings with them, they have highlighted Central Bank regulation as a stumbling block towards flexibility in the options they can offer to their customers.Therefore in the meeting yesterday, we asked Minister McHugh to engage with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to start a dialogue with the Central Bank with an aim of publishing a joint statement supporting unique and extraordinary measures to ensure mortgage defaults and associated repossessions are avoided.“A recent social media poll indicates almost 60% of existing secured finance on Mica properties is held with lenders where the Irish Government still have a significant shareholding. “This means that the Government have a responsibility and the necessary influence to support us in this,” he added.“Indeed, agreement on proposals will not only facilitate the homeowner and the lender but will also avoid a noteworthy impact on the exchequer finances brought about by a significant level of mortgage default.“The proposed Mica scheme is described as almost operationally ready.  However, in my opinion, the scheme will be out of reach of many homeowners who will struggle to find the necessary funding to make up the 10% private contribution.“Delays in realising the necessary funding will only serve to escalate the funding requirement and therefore increase the likelihood of the homeowner losing their home and the lender and state interest being reduced to next to nothing. Time is of the essence” “I am delighted that Minister McHugh has committed to a discussion with Minister Donohoe to further this request. Confirmation of a joint communication from The Department of Finance and The Central Bank supporting proposals will significantly influence the level of participation we can expect from lenders in Donegal.”Mica groups seek government intervention with banks to support homeowners was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Animal Engineering Is Not Just a Metaphor

first_imgSome evolutionists complain that talk of molecular machines and engineered systems in the living world is a misleading figure of speech.  Why, then, do human engineers seek to reverse-engineer them?Make like a fish:  On open-access paper in PNAS describes attempts to reverse-engineer melanophores, the light-sensitive organs in fish that give them coloration.  So far, the team has used proteins to self-assemble into a melanophore-like structure.  “We believe that self-organization of molecules in microstructures can be a powerful method for assembling functional molecular systems in future nanotechnology,” they said.I dream of hawkmoth with the elegant moves:  “Animals Have Moves Engineering Only Dreams Of,” Susan Reiss writes in Live Science. Robot designers at the University of Washington are carefully studying the nerves and muscles of hawkmoths to just begin to learn how to build actuators for flying robots.   They artificially move flowers and watch how the moths respond.  “The resulting knowledge may help engineers improve the designs of remote, distributed sensors and actuators, biologically-inspired robotics and brain-machine interfaces.”As the worm turns:  Most people may not be aware that roundworms swim.  Robot designers at Texas Tech are watching the tiny lab roundworm C. elegans, though, in hopes of “setting the stage for designing smart soft robots.” Science Daily reported.Even a brown recluse is good for something:  “The silk of a spider feared for its venomous bite could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body,” PhysOrg reported.  Researchers at the College of William and Mary are finding its unique silk fibers ideal for studying how they are put together.  Thin-film implantable sensors could come from the research, leving the spider’s fangs outside, of course.Putting antibodies to use:  PhysOrg also reported that researchers in Spain are using biological polymers, like those found in antigens and antibodies, to build structures on the nano scale.  A photo with the article shows the company logo made out of the materials.  Their “molecularly imprinted polymers” are “are synthetic materials with similar functionality to certain biological molecules, such as antigens and antibodies, used as receptors to detect certain molecules, for that reason MIPs are considered as biomimetic materials.” Animals Have Moves Engineering Only Dreams Of(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the August 29 issue of Nature, Eleonore Pauwels cautioned readers to “mind the metaphor” and not speak too literally of molecular machines.  Using computing and engineering metaphors in biology too loosely, she felt, could be misleading.  On the October 10 issue of Nature, Brett Calcott only partially agreed.  “Biologists borrow more than words” he opined, adding, “biologists don’t simply borrow words, they take engineering principles — derived from theory and practice — and apply them to biological systems.”  Further, he said,  “We use the same terms because the same formal criteria can be usefully applied to both engineered and evolved systems.”  Indeed, the useful comparisons are widely applicable: “Shared engineering terminology extends beyond biomechanics to molecular and systems biology.”Pauwels just doesn’t want to acknowledge a supreme Engineer.  To do good science, though, don’t have to.  You can just recognize good design and try to imitate it.  The rest of us can laugh at the illogical phrase, “engineered and evolved systems.”last_img read more

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Young People Urged to become Entrepreneurs

first_img “There is no better time to have an entrepreneurial venture than when you are young… this is the time to take risks,” Dr. Clarke said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke, emphasises a point while addressing attendees at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22). Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke, is encouraging young persons, to take on entrepreneurial ventures, particularly those leaving tertiary institutions.“There is no better time to have an entrepreneurial venture than when you are young… this is the time to take risks,” Dr. Clarke said.He was speaking at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22).The Finance Minister pointed out that the skills being learnt and the knowledge being gained in college/university will be useful in embarking on a new business in the current economic climate.“The environment that we have today, which is an environment of great economic opportunity, the likes of which we have not seen in Jamaica in decades, is one that I would encourage you to take advantage of,” Dr. Clarke urged.The Finance Minister emphasised that the “new Jamaica” which is emerging, is one of economic opportunity particularly for young people who want to go into business.“Jamaica will not be able to achieve its potential without persons venturing out, taking a risk, starting a business, providing a service, hiring people, growing and prospering,” he said.He assured that the Government has been putting measures in place to continually improve the business environment and provide a supportive ecosystem which facilitates the success of small businesses.“We have put in place a set of policies that are geared towards encouraging the “bubbling up” of small businesses, that are geared towards encouraging small and micro businesses to emerge and to thrive” he said.These include, as was outlined in his Budget presentation – the abolition of minimum business tax “which has been an unnecessary burden on micro businesses”.The Minister also announced the abolition of the asset tax for non-financial businesses; and the raising of the threshold of General Consumption Tax (GCT) from $3 million to $10 million.“We believe that these measures will remove some of the fiscal obstacles to small business growth and small business success,” he said.Dr. Clarke also informed that for the upcoming financial year, the Government has put in place avenues through which Micro Small and Medium Enterprises can find financial support, which he termed the “oxygen” for businesses.“We have programmes through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and directly through the Ministry of Finance to provide financial support whether it be by way of loans or by way of collateral support,” he said.He noted that the Government has also set aside $200 million in equity financing for business start-ups to complement private angel networks. He was speaking at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22).last_img read more

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MPC Container Ships Resumes Shopping Spree

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed ship ower MPC Container Ships ASA continues its ambitious fleet buildup campaign with the addition of five new feeder containerships.The latest fleet additions are being purchased from Simatech Shipping & Forwarding from Dubai, the operator and manager of the vessels.The total purchase price for the vessels is USD 41.9 million and will be settled in cash, the company said.The fleet consists of 2004-built Sima Pride, 2005-built Sima Perfect and Sima Prestige, 2006-built Sima Sapphire and 2007-built Sima Sadaf.MPC Container Ships expects to take over the vessels in the first half of 2018, lifting the total fleet of the company to 64 feeder units.last_img read more

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Ohio State uses late 143 run to beat Notre Dame 6461 stay

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerWith just 58 seconds remaining, it looked as if the Ohio State Buckeyes were going to be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten.No. 3 OSU trailed Notre Dame, 58-50, but used a 14-3 run over the final minute of play to beat the Irish, 64-61, in the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.OSU’s leading scorer, senior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr., did not enter the scoring column until the final minute of the game. His nine points just before the final buzzer coupled with a free throw by senior guard Aaron Craft with three seconds left helped the Buckeyes hold on to win.The Buckeyes (12-0, 0-0) led 33-26 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field and holding Notre Dame to just 34.4 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.But the Buckeyes would hit a dry spell in the second half, going nearly nine minutes without a field goal. That allowed the Irish to take an eight-point lead.Back-to-back baskets by junior center Amir Williams and junior forward LaQuinton Ross cut the lead to four, but the Irish (8-4, 0-0) were able to extend the lead back to eight before giving up the late run to OSU that cost it the game.Four turnovers and a missed free throw allowed OSU to regain control for good.Ross led the Buckeyes with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Williams added 13 of his own. Craft and junior guard Shannon Scott chipped in with 10 each.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return home Dec. 27 against Louisiana-Monroe (3-3, 0-0). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Ohio State on track heading into Jesse Owens Track Classic

Distance runners, freshman Dominik Seitzer (left) and redshirt-sophomore Josh Sabo, pace the field during the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 21 at French Field House.Credit: Brandon Claflin / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to pay tribute to legendary runner Jesse Owens as the team debuts at its only home outdoor meet of the season.This weekend, the Buckeyes are slated to host more than 24 collegiate teams along with several unattached runners Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 29th annual Jesse Owens Track Classic.Owens, known as the Buckeye Bullet during his time at OSU, is most recognized for his ability in the sprints and long jumping events. He set three world records at the 1935 Big Ten track meet and holds four gold Olympic medals: one each in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, long jump, and 4×100 meter relay.In the past, Olympians such as John Drummond, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses and Buckeye Olympians Diane Dixon and Joe Greene all competed in the Jesse Owens Track Classic according to an OSU press release.The Buckeyes are excited to return home after five weeks on the road, men’s coach Ed Beathea said. He said he believes the Buckeyes have gotten off to a steady start into the outdoor season, but are looking forward to competing hard this weekend as they transition into the next phase of the season.“I think that we are on track for where we would like to end the season,” Beathea said.Beathea is confident the team is on pace to face high competition.“Performances have been a bit of a mixed bag,” Beathea said. “Some guys have thrived and done well and some guys have done relatively average. But when I look at our results from last year, we are where we should be on how we train.”Senior sprinter and hurdler Justin Hines agreed with Beathea, saying the pace the Buckeyes have taken in their training during the outdoor season.“We usually start off a little slower, then pick it up a little,” Hines said. “Coach usually peaks us right before conference. We are at a good spot based on the marks we have right now and I think that if we keep moving forward, we will be very competitive in the conference meet.”Moving forward is one thing Beathea hopes to see his team do this weekend.“We are taking each week for what it is, but we understand that for our training, we need to get our legs back and turn over a little bit faster,” Beathea said. “I would like to see them fight a little more and compete with a stronger sense of urgency.”He said many athletes are still adjusting from the indoor to outdoor season. But with a few meets under their belts in the outdoor season, he hopes they will be “more spirited.”One athlete who intends to improve and compete harder is senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle.Bogle said he has had a “rough” couple of meets to start the outdoor season, but is being patient with his training. He hopes this weekend at home will help him get his confidence back.“We want to do our best and show that we can’t be beat at our own track,” Bogle said.Bogle said he and his teammates are continuing to practice hard each day and keep healthy in order to be successful this weekend.The home track advantage comes with bittersweet returns for Hines because this is his last race at home as a Buckeye. He said he is excited, however, to have his family and friends make it down to the meet.“The guys tend to enjoy being at home because they get more support,” Beathea said. “Mechanically (they) look the same, but there is a feeling of comfort of being at home.”The meet starts Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Correction April 17: An earlier version of this story noted the athlete in the photo on the left to be Jackson Neff. In fact, it is Dominik Seitzer. The caption now reflects the correct individuals in the photo. read more

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Ohio State baseball wins in walkoff fashion takes down Penn State 76

The OSU baseball team celebrates a walk-off win on April 5 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU defeated Penn State, 7-6.Matt Wilkes / Lantern photographerThere’s no place like home.Dorothy might have said it in “The Wizard of Oz,” but that’s been the theme for the Ohio State baseball team throughout the month of March, and now into the first week of April. That stretch has seen the Buckeyes win 12 of their last 14 games at Bill Davis Stadium, and the run continued through the weekend.In a back and forth battle, OSU beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon, giving the Buckeyes their fifth walk-off win of the year.After struggling in the batters box for five at bats, sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery dug in again with a runner on base. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were tied, but Montgomery got the hit when it counted most, smashing a double to right field that allowed freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt, who had come in as a pinch runner, to score, giving the Buckeyes (21-7, 6-2) the 7-6 win.“When you have a chance to win a ballgame, you have to win a ballgame,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “This is a series where we need to take care of business, to play good baseball.”Getting runs and coming up with big hits in crucial moments has become a trend for the Buckeyes, and redshirt-junior second baseman Nick Sergakis attributed that to the team’s resiliency.“We are overall a scrappy team, top to bottom,” Sergakis said. “We fight till the last out is made and I think that’s the biggest difference between this year and last year.“We remember last year. It’s good to go out there and when we need it, we get the hits. It’s good to know we have that ability.”OSU struggled to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the third, when senior catcher Connor Sabanosh stepped to the plate. Sabanosh continued his dominance at the batters box with the first home run of his OSU career.The catcher has impressed with a .426 slugging percentage and a .373 on-base percentage. He has also recorded six doubles this season to go along with his career-high 14 RBIs.The Buckeyes also hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since 2011 this weekend, as senior outfielder Pat Porter and junior third baseman Troy Kuhn slammed back-to-back homers in sixth inning to give OSU a two-run lead going into the seventh.“These guys just continue (to) battle, we have two outs, nobody on and we just barrel two balls and Porter and Kuhn get two big hits to get us back in the lead,” Beals said.After hitting 23 total home runs last season, OSU is on track to surpass that with 20 home runs so far in 2015. The Buckeyes swatted a total of four home runs this weekend with sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson tallying the lone homer in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Nittany Lions.“We have confidence, there’s no doubt about that. I think that ability to win, our guys feel that,” Beals said. “Winning is a learned thing and our guys have that right now. They feel like they can get hits and find ways to win games.”The Buckeyes are set to complete their third Big Ten series on Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Nittany Lions at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

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Danny Murphy understands why Spurs wont rest star player

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy insists he believes the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino is in a tight position regarding the fitness of Harry Kane.The Argentine tactician has received a lot of backlash for the recent fitness of struggles of the England captain after the player admitted to be struggling but physically and mentally with his fitness.Pundits and fans alike have questioned Pochettino’s decision not to give Kane a more extended holiday after he featured in all of England’s seven games at this summer’s World Cup.The academy product of Tottenham Hotspur finished as the top scorer of the tournament with six goals and with some other key players like Heung Min-Son missing from the Spurs’ team for the start of the season, Murphy believes he understands why Pochettino had to start the new campaign with Kane up front.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“What can he do? If you are the manager and you have your best player saying I want to play it’s difficult.” Murphy told Sky Sports.“You can say protect him, but the manager has to protect himself, what if he leaves Kane out and they don’t win? There are lots of different things to it.”Spurs next face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and Pochettino’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Watford just before the international window.last_img read more

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