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Arsenal and Tottenham in race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli

first_img Comment Advertisement Mertens could be available on a free transfer next summer (Getty Images)According to Il Mattino, both Arsenal and Tottenham have registered their interest in signing Mertens.The report claims that both Premier League sides have ‘taken information’ on Mertens ahead of a potential move.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Juventus, AC Milan and Inter are also reportedly interested in signing the Belgian.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 CitySpeaking about his future last month, Mertens admitted he could leave Napoli at the end of the season.‘I still don’t know what my future will be,’ he said.‘My objective right now is to have a very good season with Napoli. Then we’ll see how things go. There’s still some time left until the end of the season.‘Here at Napoli, I still have seven months left on my contract. I don’t know where I’ll be playing next season.‘At the end of this year, I’ll assess whether to renew my contract or not, but it’s still too early. I’m not in a position to rule anything out.’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 Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham in race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli Dries Mertens is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham (SIPA USA/PA Images)Arsenal and Tottenham are in the race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli, according to reports.The 32-year-old’s current contract with the Serie A club expires at the end of the season and he is yet to agree a new deal.Mertens is currently in his seventh season at Napoli and is a key part of their attack with 116 goals for the Italian club.But Napoli risk losing the Belgium international next summer with several clubs lining up for his signature.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Pensioners pushed out of Gold Coast property market

first_imgBrent Martens said rental prices have skyrocketed. Picture Mike Batterham“I had two owners who have recently sold and are looking to rent for a year or two, and they are shocked at how much rent has increased in even just a couple of years,” he said.CoreLogic shows the median house rental price on the Gold Coast has increased to $530 in the last twelve months to August, 2017, an increase of almost four per cent.Units are up to $410, an increase of 3.79 per cent. Demand far outweighs supply of rental accommodation. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT“We were not surprised by the affordability issues on the Gold Coast, as identified by the National Shelter report,” she said. “However, we do expect a small reprieve once the Comm Games have passed. The accommodation built for the Games will be converted to student accommodation and this will go some way to easing those tight conditions in this market, albeit briefly.”The REIQ agreed there was a need for more affordable accommodation for pensioners. Most of the Gold Coast is reportedly unaffordable. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)National Shelter executive officer Adrian Pisarski said the report showed “most of the Gold Coast is moderately unaffordable” to an average annual household income of $80,000.“When you drop the income down to $60,000 a year, the whole of the Gold Coast is unaffordable to severely unaffordable to renters,” Mr Pisarski said.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Gold Coast vacancy rate is 1.9 per cent in the September quarter and the market remains in tight range with demand for rental accommodation outstripping supply. It’s beautiful, but it costs more than a pretty penny to rent here.PENSIONERS are the worst hit by the Gold Coast rental crisis, as rents surge across the city.New figures in the national Rental Affordability Index revealed Surfers Paradise, Southport and Robina lead “extremely unaffordable” suburbs for single pensioners receiving $25,000 in benefits a year.center_img Anne Parker has launched her own website to help other battling renters.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoMs Parker is now looking to rent in a senior sharehouse with many other women in her position.“It’s just not feasible, everyone is getting squeezed out of the market,” Ms Parker said. “Prices have gone up astronomically.”But it’s not just seniors doing it tough. Harcourts Coastal business development manager Brent Martens said all rentals in a 10km radius of Surfers Paradise have skyrocketed. An aerial view of residential apartments and housing on the Gold Coast , Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVINGAnne Parker spent 35 years on the Gold Coast, working in IT for Gold Coast City Council and police prosecution.But the mother-of-three is now living with her aunty in an Eagleby retirement village, after she fell sick and was forced to retire.“Life has changed from being independent to begging,” Ms Parker, 52, said. “I’ve been struggling ever since, I’ve been homeless.”last_img read more

Backing for at least two weeks paid leave for new dads

first_img“The period immediately following the birth of a child is demanding and difficult for mums, especially with sleep deprivation, recovering from childbirth, and coping with the existing demands of siblings,” Mr McCoskrie said. Currently new Kiwi fathers are allowed two weeks of unpaid leave, while in 2011 Australia introduced the “Dad and Partner” pay scheme, which provides fathers with two weeks’ leave after the birth of a child with a minimum wage.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/promote-hands-parenting-fathers-family-first-calls-paid-dad-leaveShould fathers of newborns get paid leave?Otago Daily Times 16 March 2016Fathers of newborns should get two weeks paid “father leave” to help them bond with their baby and support their partner through an often stressful time, Family First NZ say.A number of countries have varying paid leave for new dads.In 2011 Australia introduced a “Dad and Partner” pay scheme, that provides two weeks leave for most working fathers after the birth of a child, with a payment equivalent of the minimum wage.The support is to help fathers bond with their child, take on more care, and help out mothers following a birth.Family First NZ submitted today to a Parliamentary committee considering a parental leave amendment bill and, while supporting an extension of paid parental leave to 26 weeks, also asked for paid father leave of two weeks rising to four weeks.National director Bob McCoskrie said its own polling carried out by Curia Market Research showed 68% of New Zealanders backed paid father leave.“The period immediately following the birth of a child is demanding and difficult for mums, especially with sleep deprivation, recovering from childbirth, and coping with the existing demands of siblings,” Mr McCoskrie said.“This will promote hands-on parenting by fathers, which is a good thing.”READ MORE: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/376501/should-fathers-newborns-get-paid-leaveCalls for paid paternity leave to help baby bonding NewsHub 16 March 2016Family First New Zealand is calling for paid “father’s leave” for dads, to help them bond with their baby and support mums through a demanding time.Currently, the primary eligibility for paid parental leave lies with the mother. Dads are entitled to two weeks unpaid leave, but many struggle to take it.Auckland dad of newborn twins, Ashley Giles, says he saved up his holiday to be able to take the two weeks leave after his wife Natalie gave birth.“I took a two week holiday to be able to stay at home and look after my wife and take care of our babies,” he says.“There’s huge pressures around being a young dad. A really big thing is being able to provide for your family, so if there’s a facility to be able to say, ‘We’ll take care of the pay for you’, and allows you to stay at home and take care of the babies and do what you need to as an additional carer for them, then that’s fantastic.“It’s going to remove some of the barriers we’re faced with as parents.”Family First made a submission to a Parliamentary committee today considering a parental leave amendment Bill.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/calls-for-paid-paternity-leave-to-help-baby-bonding-2016031619#axzz436BiY6pD The organisation also supported extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks, and wanted paid “father leave” for four weeks. “This will promote hands-on parenting by fathers, which is a good thing.”center_img NZ Herald 16 March 2016Family First Comment: Discussing this with Paul Henry (TV3) tomorrow morning 6.50amPAID FATHER LEAVE • There are calls for fathers of newborns to get at least two weeks paid leave.• “Father leave” was introduced in Australia in 2011, and is in place in a number of other countries, including Sweden.• At present, dads are entitled to two weeks unpaid leave. The primary eligibility for paid parental leave lies with the mother. If her partner is also eligible then she may transfer all or part of her entitlement to her partner.• Family First NZ has today called for paid father leave. In the past, the Families Commission has supported calls for such leave.• Paid maternity leave will be extended to 18 weeks next month.Fathers of newborns should get two weeks paid “father leave” to help them bond with their baby and support their partner through an often stressful time, Family First NZ say.Family First NZ submitted today to a Parliamentary committee considering a parental leave amendment bill and, while supporting an extension of paid parental leave to 26 weeks, also asked for paid father leave of two weeks rising to four weeks.National director Bob McCoskrie said its own polling carried out by Curia Market Research showed 68 per cent of New Zealanders backed paid father leave.“The period immediately following the birth of a child is demanding and difficult for mums, especially with sleep deprivation, recovering from childbirth, and coping with the existing demands of siblings,” Mr McCoskrie said.“This will promote hands-on parenting by fathers, which is a good thing.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11606601‘This will promote hands-on parenting by fathers’: Family First calls for paid dad leaveTVNZ 16 March 2016Fathers to newborn babies should be permitted to two weeks of paid parental leave, says Family First.Today, Family First submitted support for the idea to a Parliamentary committee considering a parental leave amendment bill, NZME reports. National director Bob McCoskrie said Family First polling indicated 68 per cent of New Zealanders supported the idea of paid father leave.last_img read more

Results in the 2011 LIME National Basketball League Finals

first_imgNewsSports Results in the 2011 LIME National Basketball League Finals by: – September 15, 2011 Share Share The following is the 2011 Basketball results in the 2011 LIME National Basketball League Division one and Premier Division Finals, which was played at the Massacre Basketball Court last night.The evening’s action began at 7:00 pm with the 2010 Division one defending Champions, Wesley RAPTORS taking on the undefeated Goodwill STARZ in the Kubuli Vita Malt Division One Finals. The defending champions entered the finals with high expectations of regaining the championship. The Starz team were searching for replacements for their two key players, who were serving a two match suspension. The Raptors team quickly seized the oportunity by attacking the Starz on the interior. The Starz team was dealt a further setback when they lost their inspirational captain Daynes Peters, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder, while attempting to block a shot in the early stages of the second quarter.At the end of the first half the Raptors team had opened up a twenty one point lead (44-23). The spirited effort of Jeffery Gregoire who scored five 3 pointers could not slow down the dominance exhibited by the Raptors team. At the end of regulation Raptors defeated Starz by twenty two points (74-52).Leading the way for the Raptors team were Clem Telemaque 20, national team player Steve Oliver Hypolite 15, Devon Baton 14 and Curtis Akiel 11. For the Starz Jeffery Gregoire scored a game high 21, Straun Gregoire 13 and Kanrawn David 10. Raptors lead the best of five series (1-0).Game two featured the 2009 champions, Gatorade Blazers and the NO LOOK team in DOMLEC Premier League 2011 Finals. Before the biggest crowd for the 2011 basketball season thus far, the Blazers team took the early initiative and home support by ending the first half leading the NO Look team by eight points (38-30).Entering the third quarter, the Blazers team had no answer for the 7ft 2 center Garth Joseph, as he lead the NO Look team to draw the score even (52-52) at the end of the third quarter. Driven by the huge crowd, both teams battled for control of the game, but at the end of regulation it was the Blazers team who were victorious, with a winning margin of six points (77-71). Lester Langlais 25, Nathan Jno Jules 14, Thomas Felix 13, Javeed Joseph 12 and Sean Reid 11 lead the Blazers while Garth Joseph scored a game high 36 points, Ken Leslie 14 and Bernard Mills 13 for NO Look in a losing effort. Blazers lead the best of five series (1-0).The DABA Executive would like to thank the many supporters who turned up at the Massacre Hard Court to support the teams and would therefore solicit their support in game two to be held at the Lindo Park Hard Courts on Friday 16th September 2011 begining at 7:00 p.m. COME SUPPORT, LET’S MAKE BAKETBALL THE SPORT OF CHOICE.Gary BenjaminSecretary, Dominica Amateur Basketball Association Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet 34 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Malay police chief shoots wife’s nephew

first_imgYesterday, Baylon filed a string ofcharges against Baylen – direct assault, trespass to dwelling and physicalinjury. Police Major Jess Baylon surrenderedto the Cabatuan police station after shooting Dennis Baylen, 27. ILOILO City – The chief of Malay,Aklan’s police station was jailed for shooting the nephew of his wife inBarangay Tinio-an, Cabatuan, Iloilo on Tuesday night. Moments later Baylen returned andpelted Baylon’s house with stones. “What I did was only to protect myfamily. Take note that the incident happened inside my compound. I took a leaveof absence to be with my son on his birthday. Dennis interrupted ourcelebration,” said Baylon./PN The police officer said he stoppedBaylen and told him to go home; on the other hand, he decided to let the uncleinside his house. The shooting happened at around 10p.m. A stone hit Baylon’s wife unconscious.center_img After shooting Baylen, Baylon alertedthe Cabatuan police and surrendered. He also gave up his service firearm. Baylen, on the other hand, filed anattempted homicide complaint against Baylon. “I did not have the intention to killhim. I only wanted to neutralize him,” said Baylon. He said Baylen was unruly, armed withstones and a bottle and tried to harm his (Baylon) family. Prior to it, Baylon said, a drunkenBaylen mauled an uncle, Lambert Baylen, in front of his (Baylon’s) house. The unruly Baylen tried to enter thehouse thus, Baylon said, he shot the suspect on both legs.last_img read more

Gag order needed vs ABS-CBN – Calida

first_imgSolicitor General Jose Calida. CNN He then reiterated his request for anoral argument to defend the OSG position that the network’s franchise must benullified due to several violations. Calida added that what the OSG want isto stop the discussion while the case is pending in court. In a consolidated reply to the SupremeCourt, Solicitor General Jose Calida said ABS-CBN’s claim that a gag order willimpair the people’s right to information is “overly sweeping if not altogetherexaggeration.” The SC did not make any action onCalida’s quo warranto petition as well as in the gag order motion against thenetwork earlier this week and the high court will tackle the cases during itsen banc session on March 10./PN He added: “It is respectfullysubmitted that the Honorable Court’s plenary power embodied in the Constitutionclearly gives statutory basis to the Honorable Court’s jurisdiction to hear thepresent quo warranto petition.” MANILA – The Office of the SolicitorGeneral (OSG) insisted there was a need to issue a gag order against partiesfrom discussing in public the quo warranto case filed against televisionnetwork ABS-CBN.center_img “The issues raised before thisHonorable Court do not present political but legal questions which are withinits province to resolve,” the Solicitor General said. In his quo warranto petition to thehigh court, Calida said the OSG uncovered numerous abuses and violations ofABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence of its legislative franchise. Calida also maintained that the quowarranto is allowed under the Rules of Civil Procedure in order to obtain ajudicial declaration of the supposed violation committed by the network. Calida also said the network violatedthe constitutional provision against foreign ownership of media entities whenit issued the Philippine Depository Receipts to foreigners. “The exercise of such right is notabsolute for it may be so regulated that it shall not be injurious to the equalenjoyment of others having equal rights, nor injurious to the rights of thecommunity or society,” Calida said.last_img read more

Brown continues IMCA Frostbuster success at Marshalltown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 8) – Close finishes in all four feature events highlighted season-opening Frostbuster action Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.Kyle Brown took the early lead and then held off late pressure from his father David and Josh Gilman on his way to the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory.Kyle Brown, who was inches behind Nick Roberts at the completion of the first lap, inherited the lead when Roberts spun a short time later to bring out the caution.Brown took advantage on the restart and built a half-straightaway lead by the time David Brown made his way into second on the sixth of 25 laps. He maintained that advantage until he encountered lapped traffic with 11 laps to go.Traffic was no longer a factor after caution slowed action a final time with four laps remaining. The straightaway Gilman trailed the leader also disappeared.When racing resumed, Kyle Brown held off Gilman by less than a car-length to take the victory with David Brown close behind. Tim Ward raced from 18th starting to fourth.The $1,000 win was Kyle Brown’s third of the season and second in two events during the extended Frostbuster Week.Damon Murty also inherited the early lead in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. Although he started in row three, Murty took over the pole position following a first lap caution that shuffled the lineup.Murty held serve throughout two more stoppages while Donavon Smith worked through the field after starting in the sixth row.Smith pulled alongside Murty as the leaders exiting turn four on the final lap. He surged past Murty at the stripe to steal the victory, his career 99th in the division.Randy Roberts took top honors in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Roberts battled three-wide with early leader Tyler Soppe and Sam Wieben before breaking free on lap eight.Wieben chased Roberts through traffic, but was unable to mount a charge as Roberts held on for victory in the caution-free event.Dustin Elliott was victorious in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock 20-lapper. Elliott battled Nathan Ballard and Benji Irvine before Eric Stanton made a late bid for the lead.Elliott was able to hold on by less than a carlength to take home the win.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center; 2. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 3. David Brown, Kellogg; 4. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 5. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 6. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 7. Scott Davis, Madrid; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 9. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 11. Trent Jackson, Marshalltown; 12. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill.; 13. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 14. Mike Mueller, Rosendale, Wis.; 15. Scott Simatovich, State Center; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 17. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 18. Brandon Brinton, Nevada; 19. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 20. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 21. Josh Foster, Newton; 22. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 23. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 24. Gatlin Leytham, Ames; 25. Zach Rawlins, Newton.Stock Cars – 1. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 3. Steve Meyer, Grundy Center; 4. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 5. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 6. Donavon Nunnikhoven, Sully; 7. Jared Daggett, Marshalltown; 8. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 9. Kevin Balmer, Garwin; 10. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo; 11. Curt Balmer, Green Mountain; 12. Cody Frerichs, Howard Lake, Minn.; 13. Jeff Wollam, Marshalltown; 14. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 15. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 16. Ben Walding, Des Moines; 17. Don Vis, Marshalltown; 18. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 19. Trent Murphy, Scranton; 20. Austin Evens, Independence.Hobby Stocks – 1. Dustin Elliott, Marshalltown; 2. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 3. Benji Irvine, Stanley; 4. Derek Hodges, Des Moines; 5. John Watson, Des Moines; 6. Garrett Eilander, Newton; 7. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 8. Justin Lichty, Waterloo; 9. Gene Nicklas, Grinnell; 10. Dustin Graham, Boone; 11. Gary Pfantz, State Center; 12. Dustin Filloon, Toledo; 13. Jack Phillips, Mitchellville; 14. Shawn Kuennen, Hazleton; 15. Clint Nelson, Baxter; 16. David Simpson, Ankeny; 17. Randy Byerly, Tipton; 18. Brandon Pitts, Ames; 19. Brian Derry, Boone; 20. Travis Merical, Marshalltown; 21. Kyle Dulin, Brandon; 22. Craig Lovig, Marshalltown; 23. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 24. Tim Barber, Story City; 25. Greg Gilbert, Osceola; 26. Justin Hanson, Hawkeye; 27. Kevin Derry, Indianola; 28. Andy Peck, Newton.Northern SportMods – 1. Randy Roberts, Boone; 2. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 4. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 5. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 6. Zach McKinnon, Hatley, Wis.; 7. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk; 8. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 9. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 12. Cory Rose, Boone; 13. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 14. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 15. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 16. Brandon Spagner, Crete, Neb.; 17. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 18. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 19. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 20. Josh Appel, Mason City; 21. Neil Follett, Conrad; 22. Ryan King, Montour; 23. Jared Van Deest, Holland; 24. Curt Hilmer, Dysart.last_img read more

Henriquez open to Wigan return

first_img He added: “But just being involved with a Premier League team, living the experience of first-team football and learning from other players and other teams has been very good. “You always improve and pick up new things from new managers and new players. “That was the point of the whole exercise, and I hope to show what I’ve learned when I return to Old Trafford.” Press Association Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez has not ruled out a return to Wigan next season even though they have been relegated.center_img The 19-year-old Chilean joined the Latics on loan in January but made just eight appearances – which included only four in the Premier League as substitute – with his only goal coming in the 3-2 defeat at Sunderland. “I didn’t play a lot of football, which was obviously the target when I arrived in January,” Henriquez told the Wigan Evening Post. “I have enjoyed my time here (Wigan) and I wouldn’t rule out coming here again if that is a possibility. Who knows?” last_img read more

Ellsworth girls’ tennis team advances to quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ tennis team beat Erskine Academy 5-0 on Tuesday at the Ellsworth Tennis Center in a Class B prelim to advance to play Oceanside in the quarterfinals.The quarterfinal match was scheduled for last night, Wednesday.Singles: Sarah Shelton beat Jordan Bowie 6-0, 6-0; Lauren Hale beat Katie Holeworth 6-2, 6-0; Alex Grant beat Kayla Parsons 6-1, 7-5. Doubles: Sammy Mason and Hannah Craig beat Adrianna Stinchfield and Judy Lu 6-1, 6-0; Victoria Page Jackson and Avery Jester beat Cassandra Ray-Cassidy Penny 6-2, 6-4.The Ellsworth boys’ tennis team ended its regular season undefeated with a 5-0 win at Washington Academy on May 27.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagle boys had a bye in the prelims, and they will play in the quarterfinals on Thursday.last_img read more

Central snaps Bucksport softball team’s winning streak at 23 games

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The Bucksport softball team saw its 23-game winning streak snapped Wednesday when it suffered a 3-1 defeat to the visiting Central Red Devils.Central scored the game’s opening run in the first inning before Bucksport scored one of its own to tie the game in the second. Yet the Red Devils added runs in the third and fourth innings and kept the Golden Bucks off the scoreboard the rest of the way en route to the victory.Kate Saunders took the loss for Bucksport despite striking out eight Central batters. Central’s Kaelyn Parks held the Golden Bucks to one hit as the Red Devils secured their first win of the season.The loss was Bucksport’s first since it fell to Madison 3-1 in the Class C championship game June 18, 2016. The team went 20-0 to claim the state title last season before defeating Mattanawcook Academy, Ellsworth and Dexter to begin the 2018 campaign.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more