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Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Jan 2020 12:30 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 Comment Mikel Arteta hints he wants to sign a defender amid Mykola Matviyenko transfer speculation Mikel Arteta’s defensive options at Arsenal have been limited by injuries (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has hinted he wants to sign a defender before the transfer window closes, amid speculation he is interested in Mykola Matviyenko.The Ukraine international is said to have caught the eye of Arsenal’s new head coach during a Champions League clash between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk last season.City failed to act on the recommendation of Pep Guardiola’s former assistant and Arsenal, according to Matviyenko’s agent, are already in talks to sign the 23-year-old.Calum Chambers will miss the rest of the season following the cruciate knee ligament injury he picked up against Chelsea last month, while Rob Holding has been gently eased back into the first team picture following his recovery from a similar setback.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough William Saliba will join Arsenal in the summer following his season-long loan at St Etienne, doubts remain over the long-term futures of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while Arteta recently complained that defensive mistakes were bound to occur while he is reliant on makeshift full-backs Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.🤔 Are we still in the transfer market for a defender this month?👔 @m8arteta has his say… pic.twitter.com/nqciJtJKay— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 24, 2020 ‘I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly,’ he said when asked directly about interest in Matviyenko‘It is something we are trying to internally and when we have news we will communicate with you guys.‘We have been looking at different positions obviously since I joined.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‘We lost Calum and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions so it’s true that at the back we have been short.‘But there are other positions as well depending on what happens in the market that we might need to assess.‘At the moment I am 50/50 because this transfer (window) is very very complicated. I only want to bring someone in if I am really convinced he can improve the level that we have.’MORE: Arsenal lead race to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico MadridMORE: Arsenal confident Sokratis Papastathopoulos will be fit for Bournemouth clash Advertisement Advertisement
According to the consultancy, a key action for governments should be to “encourage and improve consistent, standardised and transparent disclosure” of information relevant to evaluating ESG factors.Such evaluation was problematic at the moment and “from the investor’s viewpoint this can legitimately be used as a reason not to act”.The consultancy said its research had shown a lack of consensus about the impact of responsible investing on returns and a lack of standardisation of definitions across the industry, which together posed “one of the biggest hurdles for investors”.“What is clear through our involvement and interaction with trustees and other institutional asset owners is that while there are many groups that are engaging with this topic, there is still significant confusion around terminology, materiality and, more relevantly, what trustees’ duties are in this area,” said Aon.“We therefore believe that the government has an important role to play in setting standards, clarifying duties and responsibilities, and providing the tools and access to reliable data that is necessary to assess financially material risks.”The DWP’s recent investment regulation proposals were helpful, Aon suggested. It said these would “encourage and ultimately lead to greater standardisation and agreement across the industry, which we see as a necessary first step towards greater adoption of [responsible investing] principles by trustees”.‘Problematic’ members’ views proposalMeanwhile, a proposed requirement to take members’ views into account was “the most problematic aspect” of the policy changes proposed by the DWP, according to Aon.The government has proposed that trustees be required to make a statement on the extent to which its membership’s views would be taken into account regarding investment decisions. Aon said it was supportive of the general direction of the proposal but suggested the draft regulations, if unchanged, could be misunderstood.“Under the draft regulations, regardless of caveats, most trustees will feel they have to actively seek those views from members, especially in [defined contribution] schemes where the information will be made public,” the consultancy said.“This could be a difficult and costly exercise for schemes, with substantial challenges to obtaining members’ views in a meaningful way.”The UK’s pension fund association rejected the changes proposed by the government, describing them as neither “practical nor purposeful”. The UK government should work with the pensions and investment sectors to establish an “agreed responsible investing framework”, a consultancy has suggested.Aon made the recommendation in its response to a consultation by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on regulatory changes aimed at “clarifying and strengthening” trustees’ investment duties, in particular with respect to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters.Working towards an agreed responsible investing framework would enable the regulations to be effective, according to the consultancy.One of the main changes proposed by the DWP was a rewording of current rules for occupational pension schemes to make it clear that trustees should consider financially material ESG matters.
The former world number one is enjoying a remarkable run in New York. “I think when you’re coming up from kind of nothing, then you become a number one player in the world, sometimes you can start to think you’re invincible and that you’re better than everybody, and it’s not true,” Azarenka said. Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Facts About Sasha Obama7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?If Zodiac Signs Were Women: Amazing Artwork By Vivien Szaniszlo8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Read Also: Lionel Messi gifts blind boy life-changing glasses The two-time Grand Slam winner had never beaten Williams before in a Grand Slam. Her last appearance in a Grand Slam final came in the US Open in 2013 when Williams beat her. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 After a first set plagued by double faults and unforced errors, Azarenka turned the tide in the second, upping her service game and getting more returns in play as she began to dictate lengthy rallies. “I knew I needed to step up with my aggressivity, play a little smarter, play with a little bit more width of the court and bring the intensity up,” Azarenka explained. Victoria Azarenka came from a set down to stun record-chasing Serena Williams on Thursday and set up a US Open final against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Azarenka recovered from a 6-1 hammering in the first set to win the next two 6-3, 6-3 and schedule her first Grand Slam final appearance in seven years.
Rangers are second bottom of the Barclays Premier League table and face a crucial month that includes fixtures against Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace. Redknapp’s dislike for club festivities grew in December 2009 when his Tottenham side flew to Dublin for a secret night out, only to lose 1-0 at home to Wolves on their return. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has told his players to forget about organising a Christmas party and to focus all their attention on avoiding relegation. Press Association “No, I’m not into Christmas parties, not for footballers,” Redknap said. “I think it’s more aggravation than it’s worth. It’s a changing world out there and there’s always someone out there with a camera on their phone.” Redknapp continued: “I haven’t spoken to them about it, they haven’t mentioned anything about a Christmas party. “I think they understand the pitfalls of going out. “You’ve only got to be closing your eyes and someone has got a picture of you making it look like you’re drunk. It’s not worth the hassle.” Rangers host fellow strugglers Burnley on Saturday, hoping to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since September. “We’re in a relegation battle and we need to make sure we concentrate fully,” Redknapp said. “I think we’ve got a Christmas do on Monday with all the staff who work behind the scenes and run the club. “It’s just a meal, so we’re going to go to that. But as far as going out and having a jolly-up, (it) is not something I want.” Redknapp added: “It’s a big month for us. In terms of the fixtures, the teams we’ve got are down there with us so it’s important we pick up some good points from these games.” Burnley endured a poor start to the season but have moved above QPR after going unbeaten in their last four matches. Danny Ings has played an integral part in the Clarets’ recent revival, scoring four goals in his last six games, and Redknapp is expecting a tough test from Sean Dyche’s side. “They’ve got goals in the team. Ings can score – he’s a bit like Charlie Austin – the pair of them are good goalscorers,” Redknapp said. “Sean Dyche has done an amazing job there, he’s got a great enthusiasm, he knows the game, he’s got excellent knowledge. “He’s a very positive guy, every time you see him he’s always believing they’re going to get a result. “I’ve been impressed with him, I think he’s done a smashing job.”
GROVE Hi Tech Football Club (GHTFC), the leading club in the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) has a new president, Wayne Williams, who was elected Monday evening last when the club also adopted a new constitution.Williams and his executive, numbering six persons will serve until 2019. Vice President (Administration and Programmes) is Ms. Nicole Matthews; Secretary – Sophia Singh; Treasurer – Jermaine Alves; Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – Delicia Matthews and Head Coach, Levi Braithwaite.The club has also named an Assistant Coach in Jermaine Alves, while in its quest to get its female team up and running, they have appointed Ms. Candacy McKenzie to chart the way forward.EBFA president Franklin Wilson who overlooked proceedings, including the elections, congratulated the executive and challenged them to get into work mode immediately in terms of taking the club to the next level.Wilson noted that the club, unlike many others, have their own field and club house and this is a plus for them. He encouraged them to work towards refurbishing the club house and improving the field whilst committing the EBFA to assist the club as best it can.Williams thanked the members for reposing such confidence in him and promised to do his best to transform the club.Williams reminded that discipline will be one of his key pillars as he noted that the club has an abundance of talented players but there needs to also be a high level of discipline on and off the field exhibited by every player as well as officials.The new executive was expected to meet yesterday to come up with their work programme for the remainder of the year and beyond. Grove is the fourth EBFA club to have held its elections and adopt a new constitution in recent months.The others are Highway United located at Yarrowkabra on the Linden Soesdyke Highway, Herstelling Raiders FC of Herstelling, and Mocha Champs.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.Hamilton’s victory, in a race enlivened by a wet start and some terrific wheel-to-wheel battles, ties him with first-race winner Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.Vettel was second, hardening impressions that 2017 will be a fight between the two multiple champions.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen moved up from 16th on the grid to finish third.The grand prix could have swung in favour of either Hamilton or Vettel depending on how events had played out.In the end, fate decided for Hamilton, who was able to control the race from the front throughout and respond to his pursuers, who were always kept well out of arm’s length.Vettel had to fight back after losing out on strategy in a chaotic opening, which kept the shape of the race in doubt through a series of incidents and accidents.Verstappen further heightened his already burgeoning reputation as one of F1’s most exciting drivers with a strong performance to challenge Hamilton early on.The Dutchman, up from 16th to seventh on the first lap, took the final podium spot, but was under pressure in the closing laps from his more measured team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who Verstappen had overtaken impressively in the early stages.Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas had a chastening day, spinning behind the safety car in the early stages and dropping back to 12th, from which he recovered to finish sixth, behind the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.And there was cruel luck for Fernando Alonso, who drove a strong opening lap to have the uncompetitive McLaren-Honda up into eighth place, ran seventh for much of the race and was on course to finish there when his driveshaft failed shortly after half distance.The race could have turned out very differently had it not been for a key moment on lap four.After a wet start, Hamilton led the opening lap from Vettel and Bottas but the deployment of the virtual safety car following a crash by Williams rookie Lance Stroll, punted off by Force India’s Sergio Perez, prompted Vettel and most of the midfield runners to pit for dry tyres on lap two.The decision dropped Vettel to sixth but with all the runners ahead of him still on the grooved intermediate tyres on a rapidly drying track.The four-time champion was now in a strong position, and poised to take the lead when Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Verstappen pitted.But Hamilton and the others were saved by a crash by Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi, the Italian losing it at the last corner, just as he had in qualifying on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Debo Oshundun, has said the upcoming Lagos Media Marathon scheduled for May 1 is not exclusive to only journalists.Speaking at the weekend in Lagos, Oshundun who is the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee said the Lagos Media Marathon though being spearheaded by journalists was opened to every member of the public to participate and have fun.He explained that just like there is the Aviation Marathon in Singapore that is organised by stakeholders in the aviation industry but its open to every runner and Comrade Marathon organised by miners in South Africa and participation is usually for everybody. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos Media Marathon is a 10km and 5km road race that is open to participants outside the media industry. “It is necessary we make this clarification because some erroneously think that the Lagos Media Marathon is only for journalists, it is for everybody, everybody across Nigeria and beyond are all welcomed to be part of the race” the Lagos SWAN chairman stated.“The only difference is that while journalists and students will not be paying any registration fees, other members of the general public will be paying a token of N3, 000 to participate in the Lagos Media Marathon”According to Oshundun, with the N3, 000 registration fee, participants are guaranteed a quality goodie bag, quality running kits as well as medal among other things.Oshundun also announced that the registration for the Lagos Media Marathon will officially take off on Friday, March 1.“The registration will begin on March 1st on our website lagosmediamarathon.com where people can pay and be entered immediately. Physical forms will also be made available at various centers that would be announced soon,” he added.Already, organisers have stated that they are expecting over 30,000 runners in this inaugural edition of the Lagos Media Marathon.
Carol Folt, the chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill, will begin her presidential duties on July 1, after Interim President Wanda Austin leaves her position. (Photo from USC News) Folt resigned from her position in January 2019. The decision came one day after she approved the removal of a Confederate statue on campus that many students deemed racist. Folt, who is entering USC amid several scandals and lawsuits against the University, will serve as the first female president in USC’s 139-year history. She will replace Interim President Wanda Austin, who was appointed last August. The University announced the decision to appoint Folt in an email to the USC community Wednesday. At a press conference, Folt said she, along with others she spoke with at USC, are ready and willing to create change at the University. “It is the greatest privilege in the world to be a first,” Folt said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “You carry this amazing opportunity to talk about it. But truth: no first comes without thousands of people. I just look at what [Austin’s] done, and I am the beneficiary of all that.” Caruso said he hopes that Folt looks to the search committee as an advisory group as she transitions into her new role as head of the University. Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee said she believes Folt’s previous experience with controversies at UNC will prepare her to take on the role of USC president. Graduate Student Government Vice President of Programming Kris Coombs, Jr. said he is interested in seeing how Folt will work to rebuild trust within the USC community. Folt, a biologist with extensive experience in higher education, will begin her duties July 1. Before coming to UNC, Folt served at Dartmouth University for 30 years as a faculty member, provost and interim president for the school. In a statement to the USC community, Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said Folt is a leader who will guide the University with students, faculty and staff in mind. During her six years as chancellor of North Carolina’s flagship university, Folt faced multiple high-profile controversies. She assumed the position following national news of a long-running academic fraud scheme involving student athletes whose course schedules included classes — which never met in person — to help them fit the academic requirements for playing. Folt was selected by the 23-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee comprising Caruso, Austin, Academic Senate President Yaniv Bar-Cohen, members of the Board of Trustees and faculty, along with search firms Isaacson Miller and Heidrick & Struggles. The committee was formed in August. Folt dealt with multiple internal and NCAA investigations of the athletics scandal and terminated faculty members involved in the incidents. She said her experiences at UNC have prepared her to effect change at USC. Folt said the decision to remove the base of a Confederate monument at UNC has given her peace of mind, and situations involving history and nomenclature are often nuanced. Austin recently created the University Task Force on Nomenclature to create a process for students concerned with building names and monuments to submit their concerns. “There was so much diversity on the search committee, and I was actually very worried about it in the beginning, because to have 23 people all get aligned, and if you looked at the criteria, it was a long set of criteria,” Caruso said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “There was a great sense of camaraderie, there was a great sense of transparency, everybody shared information, everybody had healthy discussions, everybody had a different point of view. At the end of the day, it was unanimous.” “The last three were all exceptional,” Caruso said in the interview. “Obviously, [Folt] stood out for a number of reasons but all [were] really exceptional. And then we had a half-day session to make a decision, and it was unanimous on [Folt].” “Sometimes when you have challenges, you are in the best position to make change,” Folt said at the press conference. “I haven’t heard any voice of complacency … No one is saying, ‘Everything is perfect, don’t tell us we have to change.’” Daniel Hahm contributed to this report. “I feel the president needs to have at least one person whose job it is to look at the president and say, ‘I don’t think this is benefitting students,’” Mark Malan, a member of the Staff Assembly and an accounting technician in the Provost’s Office, said at the forum. “Because I don’t think Nikias had that.” “I believe so deeply in what [USC] has done and what it can do,” Folt said at the press conference. “I also have learned that you take on challenges by never forgetting your bigger mission and the good things that happen. It’s that pairing that I think brings the vibrancy. If we have no challenges, it just means no one’s finding [them].” “I think it’s evident that she has a clear understanding of what’s ethically right, and I think just from hearing a very small glimpse of who she is and what she’s done and what she stands for, it makes me excited to know that she’s going to be leading us,” Lee said. USC community members have called for increased transparency and accountability from the University in light of recent controversies. At an open University Forum Tuesday, several members of the USC community spoke out about what they hope to see in the next leader of the University. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee hosted three listening sessions since September to gauge which values and qualities students, faculty and staff wanted to see in USC’s next president. According to the search committee website, many expected the next president to have cultural competency and experience running a large institution. Those who participated in the sessions said the University needs to increase its transparency and commitment to students. At the press conference Wednesday, Folt said she has listened to these town halls to prepare for the position. In addition to the college admissions scheme and the class action lawsuit against former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused of years of sexual misconduct, Folt will assume the responsibility of handling a suit against a former campus doctor who allegedly sexually assaulted over 20 male students, and a class action suit against the University alleging unfair admissions processes in light of the bribery scandal. At the press conference, Folt said she accepted the position because she wanted to help the University work toward change following the recent turmoil. “Honesty, accountability, candor. If the community wants that, we are already so far ahead,” Folt said. “That gives me the chance to come in and take actions that get us there.” Caruso said Folt was selected from a list of 100 potential candidates, which was narrowed down to three primary candidates during the search process. “There’s been a lot of concern given everything the University has been through, so I am optimistic that she’ll know what to do,” Coombs said. “It will be difficult since there’s so many of us, but that’ll be nice to be able to watch her and see how she takes leadership in a different direction.” Carol Folt, the former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named USC’s 12th president following a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees, the University announced Wednesday. “As I have come to know Dr. Folt and how she thinks, it is clear that USC has chosen a brilliant, principled leader with clarity of purpose and integrity to lead the university forward and upward,” Caruso said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Ours was a global search, and we spoke to over a hundred diverse and world-class candidates.”
Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws On Tuesday, Steve Sarkisian was introduced as USC’s head football coach at the John McKay Center, ushering in a new era for Trojan football. The introduction comes one day after former interim head coach Ed Orgeron resigned from his position and held an emotional final team meeting.All in the family · With deep ties to USC and the Trojan football program, new head coach Steve Sarkisian returns as USC’s head coach. Sarkisian was one of five finalists interviewed by Athletic Director Pat Haden. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“It’s obviously difficult, but at the end of the day it’s a business,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said. “I think our team has done a great job of understanding that — especially this year, [since] we’ve had three head coaches in one year … [But] we’re very excited to have a great leader like Coach Sark. I’m excited to get started with him.”Sarkisian, 39, was a quarterbacks coach, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for USC under former head coach Pete Carroll from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008. Most of that time was spent alongside Lane Kiffin, who was fired from his head coaching position in September and replaced by Orgeron for the remainder of the season.Orgeron guided the Trojans to a 6-2 record to complete the season, headlined by a massive upset of No. 5 Stanford, and gained support from many fans who believed he deserved to have the “interim” tag removed.Athletic Director Pat Haden, however, decided to hire Sarkisian, who helped win five Rose Bowls in his seven years at USC and reconstructed a Washington program that was 0-12 in the season prior to his arrival.“Steve resurrected a moribund program in Washington,” Haden said. “He has relationships with local [high school] coaches, and he knows the Pac-12 and USC.”Sarkisian brought his wife and three children to the press conference, where he declared his passion for USC and seemed at ease with the media horde surrounding him.“To be home, to be the head football coach at USC, is just awesome,” Sarkisian said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I felt like I had to take advantage of and jump on the first chance I got it.”The Torrance, Calif. native didn’t hold back from explaining his expectations for the program, saying he expected USC to resume competing on a national level immediately.“We are not rebuilding at the University of Southern California,” Sarkisian said. “‘Rebuilding’ is not a word around here. Coach O proved that we can win right now.”Orgeron certainly reinvigorated USC’s fanbase — not to mention, its team — and was offered an assistant head coaching position and pay raise by Haden. But the man affectionately known as “Coach O” chose to pursue a head coaching opportunity in lieu of his success at Troy, and held an emotional meeting with the Trojans on Monday afternoon to inform them of his decision.“I respect his decision; it wasn’t like he abandoned us or left us,” Kessler said. “When he started talking yesterday in the meeting, you could see it in his eyes and his voice that he was beyond crushed.”The team was likewise dismayed, as several players left the McKay Center in tears, feeding the notion that some of the squad’s players who are eligible for the NFL Draft might be encouraged to leave school early in wake of Orgeron’s withdrawal.Some of those knee-jerk, dejected emotions seemed to dissipate after a team meeting with Sarkisian later that night. But only time will tell if the new head coach can convince some of the Trojans’ most talented players to don the cardinal and gold for one more season.“Right now, emotions are high,” said redshirt junior safety Josh Shaw, who said he’s currently leaning toward staying at USC. “Maybe a guy feels like he wants to leave right now. But in two weeks he gets to sit down and talk with Sark and see the new staff, see the new scheme, then he’d probably be encouraged to stay.”For now, the Trojans are looking forward to participating in a yet-to-be-determined bowl game, in which they’ll be coached by offensive coordinator Clay Helton.“We’re gonna go out there and do it for ourselves,” Shaw said. “We worked hard this whole season; we’ve been through a lot. It’s another opportunity for us to go out and have a 10-win season, which is a positive for all we’ve been through this year.”With a permanent head coach in Sarkisian, it seems as though the chaos that has surrounded USC football since the disappointing 7-6 campaign last year might finally be coming to a close.But the program still has plenty of work to do before it can claim a return to national relevance — a charge Sarkisian hopes he’ll be the one to lead.“I came here to win championships,” Sarkisian said. “We’re gonna recruit the kids with the desire, the kids with the character that can embrace that [mentality] and want to do something special here.”