Manchester United and Arsenal target Jonathan David explains why he rejected Premier League move for Lille

first_imgAdvertisement David was being courted by a host of Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Jonathan David has revealed he turned down a move to the Premier League in favour of Lille due to concerns over playing time in England’s top flight.The 20-year-old has made a name for himself at Belgian side Gent, scoring 18 goals in 27 Pro League appearances last term.The attacker – who already has netted 11 times in his first 12 international games for Canada – was being chased by a whole host of Europe’s top clubs.Arsenal and Man United both reportedly held talks with the player’s agent over a potential move.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Lille swooped in and signed the youngster for a reported €31.5 million fee, becoming their record signing above the recently departed Victor Osimhen.AdvertisementAdvertisementDavid admitted the thinking behind his decision was based on where he could gain the most playing time and Ligue 1 offered more potential for him to grow than the Premier League. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link596Shares Advertisement Manchester United and Arsenal target Jonathan David explains why he rejected Premier League move for Lille Comment David joined Lille in a club-record €31.5m move (Picture: Getty Images)‘Everyone knows the Premier League is a high-quality league,’ he told France Bleu Nord.‘But my choice was dictated by the fact that above all, I wanted to be sure of playing.‘My choice was made quite early. But I understand that it took a little while to finalise between the two clubs.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Gent wanted to keep me one more season, but I had made my choice and they respected it.‘I always knew it was going to be done, even if it took a little while. I really liked the sports project that Luis Campos [Lille’s sporting director] and the club management sold to me.‘That’s really what encouraged me to join Lille. In fact, I especially wanted to join a club where I know that I will keep playing and getting better.‘There is a very good team here with very good players.’MORE: Mesut Ozil will regret wasted years at Arsenal if he stays, says Alan SmithMORE: Manchester United put transfer plans on hold to focus on Jadon Sancho dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Domestic equities drive AP4’s return in first half of 2018

first_imgAP4’s exposure to Swedish equities helped the SEK366.9bn (€35.6bn) fund to outperform its benchmark in the first half of 2018.As the first of Sweden’s four main state pension buffer funds to report first-half figures, AP4 posted a 3.8% investment return, beating its benchmark by 1.4 percentage points.Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of the Stockholm-based fund, said: “It is gratifying that our active management continues to deliver an excess return in relation to the reference index that guides our long-term asset allocation.”The fund’s net result for January to June was SEK13.7bn, according to the interim report, and total fund capital grew to SEK366.9bn from SEK356.6bn at the end of December 2017. AP4 paid SEK3.3bn to the pension system in the period.Ekvall said the fund’s work on sustainability had been “deepening and broadening” over the first six months of 2018.“We are working intensively with several projects involving both sustainability analyses and sustainability investments,” he said.Work on adopting a comprehensive approach to sustainability was now taking shape in various parts of the portfolio, the pension fund said.At the beginning of this year, AP4 invested in the Amundi Planet fund, a $1.4bn (€1.2bn) green bond fund, alongside several other major Swedish and European institutional investors.It also divested from firms in which coal accounted for more than 20% of sales.“This has further reduced AP4’s carbon footprint and thereby lowered climate risk in the portfolio,” the fund stated.Draft legislation on a set of new investment guidelines for the AP funds is expected to be passed by parliament after September’s elections. The bill includes a new focus on the funds’ work on sustainability.Ekvall also said he had “a very positive view” of the revamped investment rules.“This modernisation is necessary to give the AP Funds the conditions for modern and cost-effective asset management,” he said.last_img read more

Poor children achieve less, earn less

first_imgChristchurch Press 25 April 2012Children raised in poor families will earn less and achieve at a lower academic standard but will not have higher crime levels, a Christchurch study has found. The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS), run by Otago University, has been following the lives of more than 1000 people since 1977. The latest study, published in Social Science and Medicine, has looked at the impact of family poverty on children up to the age of 10 and how this is reflected in adulthood.…”Being brought up in an affluent family is advantageous to your education and career,” he said. “The major effects of being brought up in a poor family appear to be significant reduction in both educational achievement and earning opportunities that was still evident at the age of 30.” Poverty contributed to higher dependency on welfare in adulthood, he said.… He said the study had produced some “interesting results”. “Contrary to popular belief, being brought up in a poor family does not mean increased rates of crime or mental health problems in adulthood,” he said. “These seem to be affected by how the family functions … the quality of relationships and is influenced by things like abuse, conflict, limited bonding and factors like that.” read more

Heart swap patient marks 25 years

first_img Share 33 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Heart swap patient marks 25 years by: – October 12, 2012 Ms Davidson-Olley has spent her life campaigning for more organ donorsThe UK’s first baby heart transplant survivor is celebrating a quarter of a century since her historic operation. Kaylee Davidson-Olley, of Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, was just five months old when she had the operation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. To mark 25 years since the procedure, Ms Davidson-Olley will meet medical experts from around the world at Newcastle’s Centre for Life later.She will be joined by 30 other patients who got new hearts aged under a year.Ms Davidson-Olley, a shop sales advisor, regularly takes part in the World Transplant Games and has spent her life campaigning to get more people on the organ donor list. ‘Important decision’She said: “I cannot believe that I am fit and healthy 25 years after my transplant. “This was only made possible because of the generosity of a family who made that important decision about organ donation, a decision that saved my life. “Without that family discussing organ donation, I simply would not be here.”In total, 112 babies aged under a year have received new hearts in the UK during the past 25 years. Consultant paediatric consultant Dr Richard Kirk, based at the Freeman, said that despite awareness campaigns, there was a shortage of baby hearts – two UK babies have died this year waiting for a new organs.He also said six babies were desperately ill waiting for new hearts. Dr Kirk said: “We are very proud of Kaylee and urge parents to consider organ donation, despite incredibly difficult circumstances.”Anthony Clarkson, assistant director for Organ Donation with NHS Blood and Transplant, said three people died in the UK every day waiting for an organ transplant.BBC News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Prioritise good character,ability in players’ selection – Sanusi charges coaches of U-17 girls

first_imgGeneral Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, on Thursday charged the coaches of the Under-17 women national team, Flamingos, to place much premium on good conduct, excellent character and level-headedness as on-field ability, in their final selection of players for the team. Loading… A full house of the invited playing body is on ground at the team’s Bluespring Hotel, Abuja and twice-a-day training sessions have intensified at the FIFA Goal Project facility inside the National Stadium Complex Package B. This year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals, the seventh since the competition was launched in New Zealand in 2008, will be staged in India. Nigeria participated at all five tournaments between 2008 and 2016 but narrowly failed to qualify for the 2018 edition held in Uruguay, following defeat by Cameroon on the away goal rule in the final lap of the qualification series. PLAYERS INVITED TO U17 GIRLS CAMP Augustina Unamba, Nelly Chukwuebuka, Damilola Amole, Nwacke Odinaka, Favour Edwin, Perpetua Osinachi, Chidinma Ogbuchi, Onumeze Shadrack, Linda, Nnaocha, Chinyere Kalu, Miracle Ohaneri, Precious Taiwo, Mary Nwakwolam, Chinyere Ihuoma, Idowu Kuku, Uluoma Onwere, Blessing Green, Maryam Abdulkabir, Motunrayo Yusuf, Olushola Shobowale, Deborah Abiodun, Amarachi Odoma, Esther Inyang, Rofiat Imuran, Ireti Eretan, Dahz Alvin, Foluke Opeyori, Esther Onyenezide, Damilola Oladipo, Ogechi James, Zepere Azama, Hannah Yusuf, Oluchi Okwara, Opeyemi Ajakaye, Kelechi Chukwumalem, Temilope Owoeye, Jumoke Alani, Yemisi Samuel, Deborah Abiodun FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sanusi spoke as received the crew of assistant coaches Bankole Olowookere (assistant coach 1), Queendoleen Akpan (assistant coach 2) and Mohammed Ndanusa (goalkeepers’ trainer) at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja, as the crew intensified work ahead of selection of the squad that will confront Guinea in a 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture early next month. “Good character and demeanour, as well as comportment showing good upbringing and sense of purpose, are as important as ability in any profession, football inclusive. Anyone who lacks good character and discipline cannot succeed in any endeavour. You must take these to heart as you prepare the girls for the challenges ahead. “Nigeria has an impressive record in the history of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup but we expect you to do even better than your predecessors. I congratulate you on your appointment and I assure you that the NFF will give you maximum support to succeed in the job.” Olowookere, Akpan and Ndanusa are preparing the Flamingos for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against Guinea, which first leg will hold in Conakry on Sunday, 1st March, with the return leg in Nigeria a fortnight after. The Guineans edged out neighbours Guinea Bissau in a preliminary round. Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?World’s Most Delicious Foods5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested on drug charges

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges.According to police, Christina Black was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a narcotic drug.Police say they were called to West Central Avenue regarding a trespassing.When officers arrived on scene, they received permission and entered the residence.Officers heard yelling and found Black, who had an active arrest warrant in Jennings County for theft.Black told police when she was taken into custody that she had a bag of methamphetamine on her.The bag was found and tested positive for methamphetamine.last_img

Victor Osimhen wins Lille’s player of the year award

first_img The former Golden Eaglets striker enjoyed a debut season in the French Championnat when he netted 18 goals and recorded six assists in 31 appearances in all competitions for his Christopher Galtier’s team before the season was ended as the result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Osimhen, 21, who recently lost his father to the cold hand of death was also named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season.Advertisement Read Also: Champions League final could be played in Portugal The former Wolfsburg forward is still in the race for the Marc Vivien Foe award, alongside Super compatriot Moses Simon, who also emerged Nantes’s player of the season. Clubs in England, Italy, and Spain are showing interest in the striker, but Lille have made it clear that they will only do business for a transfer fee in the region of 80 million pounds. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It would be recalled that he was also named Charleroi’s player of the season before his  10 million pounds summer move to Lille Metropole. Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen has been voted Player of the Season by French Ligue 1 club Lille. The club made the announcement on their official Twitter handled on Tuesday, June 2, even as they thanked the fans for voting. Loading…last_img read more

All lanes of I-74 open

first_imgBatesville, IN—According to INDOT officials, all lanes of I-74 between New Point and the Ohio state line are now open! Intermittent work will continue through summer 2020, but traffic impacts should be minimal (if any).last_img

Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami shine as India beat New Zealand in Super Over

first_imgHamilton: Hitman Rohit Sharma hit a brilliant unbeaten 15 (including two sixes) in the Super Over as India chased down New Zealand’s score of 17 to win the third T20I at Seddon Park and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match T20I series on Wednesday.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson followed up his excellent 95 with an unbeaten 11 in the Super Over, but it just wasn’t enough as Rohit and K.L. Rahul (5*) took Tim Southee to the cleaners.This after the game was tied as India pacer Mohammed Shami came up with a classic last over just when it looked like Williamson would take the Kiwis home with a batting master-class.It is for a reason that the Indian bowling attack is considered one of the best in the world and with Jasprit Bumrah having a one-off bad day, Shami rose to the challenge and bowled a brilliant last over as New Zealand failed to score the 9 runs required despite Ross Taylor starting the over with a six.While Shami dismissed Williamson off the third ball of the over, he cleaned up Taylor (17) off the last ball with the Kiwis needing one run to win.Earlier, Williamson single-handedly took the game away from the Indians in the 17th of the innings – Bumrah’s third. The Kiwi skipper picked 14 from the over to bring the required rate below the 10-run mark.Going into the 17th, New Zealand needed 43 off 24 balls. But at the end of the over, the Kiwis needed 29 from the last three overs. With Ross Taylor giving Williamson company, it was all about not doing anything reckless for the hosts.For the Indians, their failure to grab the opportunity with the bat was followed by some poor show on the field as even someone like Ravindra Jadeja dropped a catch, not to mention quite a few misfields.Williamson took full advantage as he ensured that he not only held one end up, but also hit the timely boundaries to keep the hosts in the game. But him getting out with the Kiwis needing 2 runs brought the visitors right back in the game as Shami bowled a couple of dot balls before sending Taylor’s stumps for a walk in the park off the last ball.Bowling first, New Zealand paceman Hamish Bennett took three wickets to put Rohit Sharma’s half century in the background as the hosts restricted India to 179/5 in 20 overs.Bennett (3/54) grabbed two wickets in three balls to remove Rohit, who slammed a 40-ball 65 including six fours and three sixes, and Shivam Dube (3) early on and then claimed the prized scalp of skipper Virat Kohli (38) in the 19th over as India never really got going after the initial flourish.Manish Pandey’s 14-run cameo along with Ravindra Jadeja’s 10 off five helped India reach a defendable total in the end. This after the tourists were off to a blazing start with in-form K.L. Rahul and Rohit looking to take the Kiwi bowlers to the cleaners. India raced to 69/0 in the first six overs and it looked like New Zealand’s ploy of asking India to bat first to blunt their strength of chasing would fall flat.But Colin de Grandhomme’s first over of the series broke the 89-run stand as Rahul was caught at point by Colin Munro in the ninth over as he was undone by the extra bounce on offer.All-rounder Shivam Dube was promoted up the order to No.3 to continue the onslaught but a double strike by Hamish Bennett in the 11th over meant both Rohit and Dube (3) were sent back in quick succession. While Rohit holed out to Tim Southee at long on, Dube sliced a back of a length delivery to Ish Sodhi at third man.Kohli took a bit of time to get going as the Kiwis held the upper hand before the Indian captain smashed a six and a four off Mitchell Santner in the 15th over which yielded 13 runs as India moved to 127/3.Shreyas Iyer looked to heap more misery on Santner as he hit a six off his first ball in the 17th over, but the left-arm spinner had the last laugh on his home ground as he changed the pace to outsmart the batsman who was stumped by Tim Seifert.Kohli tried to change gears but was caught at extra-cover by Southee off Bennett. India, though, made some ground in the final over as Pandey and Jadeja hit a six each to take 18 off Southee’s over.Brief scores: India: 179/5 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 65; Hamish Bennett 3/54); New Zealand: 179/6 (Kane Williamson 95); Super Over: New Zealand: 17/0; India: 20. (IANS)Tie facts* It was the 17th tie in T20I* India’s second involvement with tie matches in T20I.* India first played a tied game in T20I against Pakistan in Durban in 2007. India won the tie 3-0 (bowl out).* It was the seventh occasion when New Zealand were involved with a tie in T20I.Also Read: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma – Team India’s chase mastersAlso Watch: AASU and AAGSU reaction on Government of India signing Bodoland Accord with NDFBlast_img read more

Rampant Manchester City go top, Palace slump continues

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City thumped Watford 6-0 to move top of the Premier League on Saturday as Crystal Palace suffered their fifth successive loss in a 1-0 defeat by Southampton.With joint leaders Manchester United playing today, along with Chelsea, City took their opportunity to lay down a title marker with another attacking masterclass and go three points clear of their neighbours at the summit.Sergio Aguero scored his 10th City hat-trick, with strike partner Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling also netting against previously unbeaten Watford as City, who beat Liverpool 5-0 and Feyenoord 4-0 this week, romped home.Aguero has now scored 175 goals for City and is closing in on the club’s all-time record of 177, set by Eric Brook between 1928 and 1940.“I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals,” said manager Pep Guardiola.“We have found our game, we can make short passes and we have a lot of energy from our fullbacks,” added the Spaniard whose side had 28 shots on goal and inflicted Watford’s heaviest top-flight league defeat.Former England manager Roy Hodgson would have loved to call on some of that firepower at Selhurst Park as he began his latest job at Crystal Palace, who look serious candidates for relegation after suffering the worst start to a season by any side in English football’s top-flight history.Steven Davis scored the only goal of the game after six minutes and Southampton, for whom Virgil van Dijk came on as a substitute to play his first game in eight months, survived the odd second-half scare to take all three points.“We didn’t deserve a fairytale ending,” Hodgson said. “We didn’t play well enough. After the goal you could see the nerves and the anxiety.”It was hardly much better for Liverpool who completed a disappointing week by drawing 1-1 with Burnley at Anfield. The visitors remained unbeaten away from home in the Premier League this season after a win at Chelsea and a draw at Tottenham Hotspur.Even Philippe Coutinho’s first start could not secure the points for Liverpool, who trailed to a Scott Arfield goal before Mohamed Salah equalised with his fifth of the season.Newcastle United posted their third successive win, 2-1 over Stoke City, to cheer Rafa Benitez on his return to the dugout after ill health. For the second week running, Jamaal Lascelles scored the winner to justify the expected award of a new five-year contract at the club.Newcastle are fourth, two places and one point above fellow promoted side Huddersfield Town, who drew 1-1 with Leicester City.Jamie Vardy’s second-half penalty earned the visitors a point after Laurent Depoitre had given Huddersfield the lead.West Ham United drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion in a game memorable only for Gareth Barry’s record-equalling 632nd Premier League appearance for the home side at The Hawthorns.In Saturday’s late kickoff, suggestions that Tottenham Hotspur had cracked their home curse after their midweek Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund proved shortlived.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were held 0-0 by Swansea City, the third successive time Wembley’s new tenants have failed to win at home in the league this season.last_img read more