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Arsenal board concerned over Jerome Boateng signing from Bayern Munich

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Bayern are willing to let Boateng leave on loan (TF-Images/Getty Images)Boateng is on Arsenal’s radar and reports in Germany last week claimed that Bayern Munich are open to offloading the 31-year-old for no transfer fee, as long as the defender’s contract, worth around €230,000 (£196,000) a week, is paid.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Goal report that Arsenal’s hierarchy have reservations over signing Boateng due to concerns over his fitness issues and his lack of playing time this season.Arsenal are keen to avoid a repeat of Denis Suarez’s situation last season after the Spaniard joined on loan from Barcelona in January but was forced to return to Camp Nou early due to injury having made just six appearances under Unai Emery.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 CityBoateng has made 15 appearances for Bayern Munich this season but the German champions were willing to allow him to leave on loan last summer.Juventus had reached an agreement with Bayern over a no-fee loan before Maurizio Sarri rejected the arrival of the German, preferring to work with Italian defender Daniele RuganiWhen asked about potential transfers after Arsenal’s win over Leeds United’s in the FA Cup on Monday evening, Arteta said: ‘We don’t talk about any transfers, but we are working on a few things.’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 7 Jan 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Comment Arsenal board concerned over Jerome Boateng signing from Bayern Munich Arsenal have reservations over a move for Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng (TF-Images/Getty Images)Arsenal’s hierarchy have concerns over signing Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng in the January transfer window, according to reports.Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his defensive options this month as Calum Chambers is ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, while Kieran Tierney is sidelined for two months with a dislocated shoulder.Dayot Upamecano remains one of Arsenal’s top targets but RB Leipzig are reportedly holding out for a £70 million transfer fee for the 21-year-old.According to Goal, Arsenal are working with a limited budget in January which means the club will likely wait until the summer before making a move for Upamecano, while Arteta will focus more on players who can arrive on loan this month.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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​UK DB schemes ‘holding too much’ in growth assets, illiquids

first_imgUK defined benefit (DB) schemes have reduced investment risk in the last nine years as they have matured, but for some sponsors this process has still not gone far enough, according to a new report.Research by consultancy Barnett Waddingham showed that, as FTSE 350 DB pension schemes have matured, asset allocation has ratcheted down to 31% growth assets in 2019 – from 51% in 2010.However, schemes approaching buyout in the next five years had an average of 27% allocated to growth assets, which exposed companies to unnecessary risk, the firm said.Nick Griggs, head of corporate consulting at the firm, said: “As schemes have matured, a general de-risking has been inevitable, but corporates need to seriously consider whether they have gone far enough. “Especially for those close to the endgame, being proactive with your strategy is crucial in ensuring the level of investment risk matches the agreed objective, whether that’s an insurance company buyout or a run-off.”The consultancy said it would expect to see companies aiming for a buyout within two years typically holding 10-15% or less in growth assets. Those that were two to five years away should hold no more than 15-25% – although the recommendation depended on the individual scheme.UK DB schemes’ funding positions were still under threat from falls in long-term interest rates, according to the consultancy.“With economic and political uncertainty driving global bond yields lower, as investors look to move into safe haven assets, schemes can do more to neutralise the impact of this and reduce the volatility of funding levels,” it said.Some firms looking to buyout in the next five years were also holding illiquid assets, with 4% of their assets on average being property investments, the firm said.“These take time to dispose of, and are unlikely to be accepted by insurers as part of a premium payment for buyout,” it warned.Barnett Waddingham also said overexposure to growth assets – particularly illiquid investments – could cause cashflow issues. It said 90% of schemes were already cashflow negative, and one in eight FTSE 350 schemes had a cashflow burden above 5% of total assets.UK private sector pension deficit hits two-year highThe combined funding shortfall of UK private sector DB schemes hit £163bn (€182.6bn) at the end August, according to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), as stock market volatility increased and bond yields fell sharply.According to the PPF’s 7800 Index, which tracks the net funding position of UK DB schemes, the figure marked the biggest deficit recorded since May 2017, when the deficit was £168bn.Total assets increased during August by 1.5%, from £1,730bn to £1,756bn, but aggregate liabilities rose by 5.4%, from £1,821bn to £1,919bn.Data from Mercer released last week showed the aggregate funding position of DB funds linked to FTSE 350 companies declined, from a £51bn deficit to £67bn.Funding position of UK private sector pension schemesChart MakerSion Cole, Head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRock, said: “Whether a scheme is in surplus or deficit will largely have decided how schemes have fared in August.“Generally speaking, better-funded schemes have more hedging and are taking less investment risk so will have coped better with the market turbulence in August. Conversely, their underfunded counterparts who need to chase returns will have been hit hardest.” Nick Reevelast_img read more

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After 13 years, Henderson resigns

first_imgAfter a season that didn’t include a single Big Ten victory, UW women’s tennis coach Patti Henderson decided to call it quits Monday.After 13 seasons with Wisconsin, Henderson is resigning from her position to pursue interests outside of collegiate athletics. Her last day of employment will be May 31, but a national search for her replacement is already underway.”It is with deep gratitude and appreciation to the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez that I step away from my position as the women’s tennis coach and follow my heart to pursue my new dream,” Henderson said in a statement.”I offer many thanks to the athletic program for providing me a training ground as rich and vibrant as all great relationships,” she added. “This was a relationship in which I was able to learn and to grow and has now completed its natural cycle. To this unfolding, I am forever grateful to Barry.”And Alvarez said he was grateful for everything Henderson has done for the university over the years.”I’m very appreciative of Patti’s years of service to the University of Wisconsin,” Alvarez said. “Patti was committed to providing a great experience for her student-athletes and that commitment was reflected in their successes on the court and in the classroom. We wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her life.”Despite her struggles in the past season, Henderson’s teams were some of the best in school history.In only her second season (1995-96), Henderson led the Badgers to the school’s only Big Ten title, a No. 7 national ranking and a NCAA regional win. Over her UW career, Henderson coached four players to seven All-American awards, while 10 of her players have won 20 Big Ten awards.In 1996 and 2002, she was honored by her conference peers as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.A possible replacement for Henderson’s position could come within the program as assistant coach Doanh Wang remains with the team. Although this past season was Wang’s first with UW, he has coached in the Madison area for several years. In three seasons coaching at Edgewood College, Wang was twice named Coach of the Year.In her statement, Henderson thanked Wang for his contributions in what was a difficult season for the entire team.”I am especially indebted to Doanh Wang, my assistant coach,” she said. “Rare is the individual who will walk away from a sure thing to take a chance at the unknown. Doanh not only took this leap of faith, he backed it up with a hunger, passion and commitment only an open heart and soul can allow.”Henderson also gave Wisconsin her best wishes.”I leave UW, with love in my heart for Wisconsin athletics and a knowing of the commitment to excellence this athletic department strives for,” Henderson said.”I wish all the best to the University of Wisconsin and the athletic department.”last_img read more

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SHOCKING! HOW COULD ANYONE DUMP THESE PUPS?

first_imgTHEY have faces to melt the hardest of hearts.But someone decided to dump them in Mountcharles – and left them. Three of them managed to make it to the garden of a local woman who rescued them – she found two others later.  “We arrived up today to collect the pups that seem to be collie x springers approx 9 weeks old. There are 4 females and 1 male,” said Ryan McCauley from Donegal Pet Rescue.“They seemed in quite good health, they had a wormy belly and wee bit nervous but other than that healthy. We looked around the area to see maybe a mother had been dumped with them but unfortunately there was no sign of her.“We walked around the local area and asked the neighbours if they had seen any dogs or unusual vehicles in the area but to no avail. We are hoping that these little cuties have wondered off by themselves but it is looking like someone dumped them in this location knowing they would be found rather than pick up the phone and ask a rescue organisation for help.“The pups were checked over and although two of them are a bit nervous of us they seem used to human contact so that puts the idea of being born wild out of the equation. “They got treated for worms and will get their vaccinations and chips in the next few days. We are pleading with the public for information on this case as it is quite strange to find healthy pups in an area where they will be found quickly.“We do get pups dumped that are unhealthy or too young to be away from the mum as the owner does want to look after them anymore but most people will call us for help.“We have had cases in the past were the pups were born in fields to a mum but these pups are used to human interaction and quite healthy so can’t be the case. We would like the public to please get in contact if they recognise theses pups or if they know the mum of these pups so we know she is safe and looked after.“The rescue centres are always under pressure but we will do everything in our power to help you especially young pups. There is no need to dump them off hoping they will be found. We have had no reports of missing pups or the rescue in the local area has had no reports of missing pups so we are assuming they have been dumped, but if these are your pups please get in contact with us. Can everyone please share so we can get the information we need on these pups and their mum. And please if you don’t want puppies then neuter your pets, dogs trust are running a free neutering and micro-chipping scheme for the month of July.” SHOCKING! HOW COULD ANYONE DUMP THESE PUPS? was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:abandoned pupsdonegalDonegal Pet RescueMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

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