‘Worried we might lose him’: UK minister on Boris Johnson’ bout with COVID-19

first_imgJohnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds was pregnant with their son at the time.Raab’s comments come hours after US President Donald Trump was taken to a military hospital near Washington after testing positive for the virus. Trump will work in special suite at the hospital for the next few days, in what the White House called a precautionary measure.With the US presidential election a month away, Raab told the newspaper that he had never met Trump’s Democratic rival for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden, or any of Biden’s senior team.But he said he had good relationships with senior Democrats on Capitol Hill and the outcome of the election would not affect UK-U.S. relations, the Times reported.”The strength of the friendship between Britain and the US I think is in great shape whatever the outcome in November,” he told the newspaper.Topics : Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said he worried for Boris Johnson’s life when the prime minister was hospitalised with COVID-19 in April.Raab stood in for Johnson as for almost a month while the prime minister recovered. Johnson first became ill with the coronavirus in late March and ended up in intensive care at one point.”I really worried we might lose him and I was worried for Carrie pregnant with baby Wilf,” Raab is due to say at the virtual Conservative Party conference later on Saturday, reported the Times.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta agreed to deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil but Arsenal bosses pulled the plug

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Feb 2020 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Comment Arteta was reportedly willing to lose Ozil had Arsenal bosses agreed to the deal (Getty)Interestingly, had the move for Ozil been made earlier, Arsenal already had targets they wanted to pursue.The Gunners had been looking at Spain international Dani Olmo as a potential successor, but he opted to join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig earlier in the January window, while Yannick Carrasco was also on their radar before his return to Atletico Madrid.MORE: Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s transfer window after Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares signingsMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as managerMore: 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 City Advertisement Mikel Arteta agreed to deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil but Arsenal bosses pulled the plugcenter_img Ozil had been a mainstay under Arteta, though he has been far from his creative best (Getty)Although Ozil is back playing regularly under Arteta – having been frozen out by previous manager Unai Emery – the move was given serious consideration by all parties.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe German was willing to listen to the offer, which would have seen him continue to take home a massive pay cheque, while Arteta gave the transfer the go-ahead.However, the Mirror’s report claims the 11th-hour offer gave Arsenal little time to work out the deal and they would not have been able to sign a replacement, so they ‘reluctantly’ pulled the plug.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 ArsenalArsenal have tried to offload Ozil – who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week – in the past without any success, and will not doubt be frustrated that they have failed to get him off their books.Ozil has started Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches but has only provided one assist, in a defeat to Brighton, all season, while he has not scored a league goal since April. Advertisement The German playmaker had a lucrative offer to leave the Gunners in January (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta reportedly sanctioned the deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil after Arsenal received a last-minute approach for the playmaker, only for club bosses to later veto the deal.Arsenal had a relatively busy end to the January window, bringing in centre-back Pablo Mari from Brazilian side Flamengo and securing a last-minute deal for Cedric Soares from Southampton.However, according to The Sunday Mirror, Arsenal could have been even more active on deadline day when they received a big offer for Ozil from an unnamed Qatari club.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms William Saliba will not be going out on loan

first_img by Metro Read More 1/1 Read More Saliba spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Fulham were another team heavily linked with Saliba and Championship side Brentford also explored a temporary deal for the young defender ahead of Friday’s deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link306Shares / 1 min. story Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Coming Next But the teenager, who was given a chance to impress in pre-season, will be fighting for a place in Arsenal’s first-team after Arteta revealed the club expect no further business ahead of their clash with Manchester City.Asked whether he expects any more players to go out on loan, Arteta replied: ‘Not at the moment.’Pressed on whether Saliba will be staying at Arsenal, the Spaniard bluntly responded: ‘Yes.’ Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Read More William Saliba will be staying with Arsenal for the time being (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has confirmed that William Saliba will not be going out on loan and will remain with Arsenal until at least January.Saliba is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners since joining the club from Saint-Etienne back in July 2019 and had looked set for a temporary move away from north London.The 19-year-old central defender was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last term and was reportedly ‘devastated’ that Arsenal failed to reach a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit for this season. Read Morecenter_img Skip Ad There was no place for either Mesut Ozil or William Saliba in Arsenal’s Europa League squad (Picture: Getty)Saliba was among the players who missed out on a place in Arsenal’s Europa League squad which was announced last week.Mesut Ozil was also left out and Arteta insists it was a ‘really difficult decision’ but one he had to make.‘Well he wasn’t the only one that wasn’t in the squad,’ the Arsenal head coach added.‘It was a really difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad at that level where they know they can’t get involved is really tough.‘I don’t like it at all but the decision had to be made because we have a limit on foreign players and unfortunately we have to make a decision.’ Arteta will be tempted to throw Partey straight in at the deep end this weekend (Picture: Getty)Deadline-day signing Thomas Partey could feature in the north-west but will have to make an immediate impression in training if he is to make his full Arsenal debut.‘Well he was here just yesterday and he is getting familiar with everything around the club,’ Arteta said.‘Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. ‘We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.‘I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff. AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 City‘I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team. ‘He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to throw Thomas Partey straight in against Manchester CityMORE: Mikel Arteta keen for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal deadline day move to West Ham SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Read More PLAY Skip Top articles Partey could make his debut against Manchester City on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing for what could be one of the toughest tests of the campaign at the Etihad this weekend but Arteta’s men will fancy their chances against an out-of-form Manchester City side.After all, Arteta – who worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant for three-and-a-half years before taking charge of the Gunners – outwitted his fellow countryman en route to last season’s FA Cup triumph. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms William Saliba will not be going out on loan Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgAEW Europe – Thibault Chauvin has been appointed as managing director of the French asset manager’s debt funds. He joins from Colony Capital, where he was managing director for real estate debt strategies. Before this, he worked at Credit Foncier as head of international real estate finance.Mobius Life – Craig Brown has appointed institutional distribution director, joining from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). Brown, who was head of global consultant relations at LGIM, has more than 25 years’ experience and has also worked at HSBC Investments and Deutsche Asset Management.bfinance – Justin Preston has joined the investment advisory firm in its public markets team as a senior associate. Preston joins from Buck Global Investment Advisors, where he was head of manager research and selection. Previously, he was at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) as an investment manager.Nikko Asset Management – The company has made three appointments in its investment team. Roger Bridges, in Sydney, will become global rates and currencies strategist. Andre Severino, in London, is the new head of fixed income for the US and Europe, and John Vail, currently chief global strategist, will lead the global investment committee process and thought leadership effort after relocating to New York from Tokyo.Silverfleet Capital – Jean Châtillon has joined the private equity firm as a principal, based in Paris, as Benjamin Hubner and Jennifer Regehr join as associates based in its Munich office. Châtillon joins from Cobalt Capital, where he invested in mid-market French companies, while Hubner comes across from McKinsey & Company’s Munich operations, where he consulted on various sectors. Regehr was previously at UniCredit Bank, working in leveraged finance.Sackers – Joe Riviere has joined the UK pensions law firm as an associate, joining from rival law firm Eversheds. EFAMA, AXA IM, Investec, AEW Europe, Mobius Life, bfinance, Nikko AM, Sackers, Silverfleet CapitalEuropean Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) – Gabriela Diezhandino has joined the representative group for asset managers as its head of public affairs for insurance, in the organisation’s new public policy department. Diezhandino will be responsible for increasing public and political support for the organisation’s aims and creating a political framework. She joins from Insurance Europe, where she worked in a similar capacity.AXA Investment Managers – The investment firm has made three appointments across its organisation. Francisco Arcilla is to become director or product development at AXA Rosenberg, the manager’s equity house. Eric Lhomond will become global head of alternative credit and external managers group, while Daniel Leon will be head of client solutions development, in its multi-asset business.Investec Asset Management – Mike Hugman has joined the asset manager as a strategist in its global emerging market fixed income team. Hugman was previously an economist at Amiya Capital, a hedge fund.last_img read more

CRMC Funds Six Habitat Restoration Projects, Dredging Included

first_imgThe R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has awarded funding for six habitat restoration projects in the 16th round of its RI Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund (CEHRTF).The council approved the funding at the March 12 semi-monthly meeting in Providence.Projects approved for funding include two salt marsh restoration and resilience enhancement projects, two projects involving fish passage or riverine habitat improvements, and one urban pollinator habitat project, said CRMC.In its request for proposals, CRMC put special emphasis on projects that would enhance the resiliency of Rhode Island’s coastal habitats to climate change and sea level rise.This was the second year of funding for the salt marsh restoration and enhancement project in Quonochontaug Pond, with $50,000 awarded to CRMC for a collaborative project with partners Save The Bay, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Town of Charlestown.The work includes restoring approximately 30 acres of salt marsh and eelgrass habitat, and will raise the elevation of the Quonochontaug marsh using material dredged from the pond.The project is similar to the successfully completed restoration and enhancement project at Ninigret. Dredging and distribution of the material onto the marsh surface was completed in January 2019, CRMC said in their release.last_img read more

Taken for Granted

first_imgIf you grew up in sports, there are a lot of things you believe everyone knows. Take for instance–how do they assign an umpire for a baseball game?–which I just assumed everyone knew until someone asked me if plate umpires got paid more than base umpires. Umpires in the major leagues are paid on the basis of seniority. Al umpires call every position on the field at one time or another in their normal rotation. If an umpire is at first base for the first game of a series, he will call the plate the next game. Then he will go to third base and all around the infield until he gets back to first base. No one pays much attention to this until there is a close play at first in one game and an argument ensues. Then the next night this umpire is behind the plate, and the first close call that goes against the team who had disagreed with the play at first base the night before, will start the argument all over again. The good umpires will tell the bench in no uncertain terms to shut their mouths, and if they do not, someone will get the rest of the night off quickly. Or, the umpire ignores it completely and the team gets tired of arguing with themselves real quick. The best umpires are those who you never know were on the field that game because that means there were no questionable calls. Unfortunately, this seldom happens.last_img read more

Mary Fritsch

first_imgMary Fritsch, 96, of New Alsace, Indiana, passed Monday. She leaves her loving family: Nick (Monica)Fritsch of New Alsace, Luci (Rudy)Schenk of Brighton, CO, Diane (Willie)Berdeguez of Owings, MD, Linda Mae (John) Waechter of Batesville, Gracie (George) Ritzi of St. Peters, Marcy (the late Jerry) Erhart of Sunman. There are 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.Mary is preceded in death by her husband Stanley H. Fritsch, her daughter Julia Conboy, her parents Louis and Gertrude Barnhorst, and Robert (Red) Barnhorst, Herman Barnhorst, Elmer Barnhorst, Viola Fisher, and Freda O’Brien.Mary grew up on a farm in the rolling hills near St. Mary’s of the Rock church here in southeastern Indiana. She helped with the farm work including shocking wheat and corn and loading hay using horses in those days before modern farm equipment was available.Mary served our country as a member of the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) during WWII. She married Stanley in 1944 and together they raised 7 children on the Fritsch family farm and their farm on Yorkridge road. Mary continued with farms chores as well as planting a huge garden and canning the produce..many quarts of vegetables and fruit and jelly to feed a family of 9. Also a fond memory is her baking in particular the homemade bread up to 8 loaves twice a week. Mary was an excellent seamstress sewing most of the clothes for 6 girls. She was truly giving of herself for others.In later years she made beautiful handmade cross stitch quilts and donated one or two to each annual church festival for many years. The last one she worked was at the age of 93!Visitation is Thursday, August 10 from 5:00-7:30 with rosary at 5:00 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, August 11 at 10:00 at St. Paul Catholic Church, All Saints Parish.Memorials: Masses, St. Paul (All Saints Parish) Cemetery Fundlast_img read more

Greensburg special education students launch ‘Excited Pirates’

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Greensburg Community High School special education class has established a breakfast beverage cart. The students are delivering tea, coffee and hot chocolate for .50 per cup to staff and faculty.Teacher Marti Moorman says, “The business helps students be more involved in school, develop relationships with other students and learn potential job skills.”  Excited Pirates and More operates every Friday and all proceeds go towards inventory and special education class events in the future.Moorman says the students analyze the financial performance in math class and use the information to modify the business plan. She says the financial analysis really motivates the students and inspires them to work hard and take pride in the concept and products.last_img read more

Dant, Rebels battle in Saturday’s Caribbean Sensation final

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Defending Caribbean Sensation 10/10 champions Dant are seeking to make it two in a row when they battle Rebels in Saturday’s eagerly-awaited final, set for the Ashtonbee number one ground, Scarborough here. The action gets underway at 09:00hrs.The final, which also forms part of the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) family fun day and All Stars feature, is expected to attract a large crowd including kids of members of the league.Added to the day’s proceedings is the B Conference final with Restoration Warriors coming to grips with Enmore at Ashtonbee number two as well as the two consolation finals which will see Caribbean Sensation meet Better Hope at Ashtonbee Reservoir number two and Ramblers and Bacchus Cricket Club face off at Ashtonbee Reservoir number one.After relinquishing the title to Caribbean Sensation in 2015, when the tournament was played with white balls, Dant rebounded to lift the crown last year in a closely-fought encounter with Better Hope, triumphing by 12 runs at the same venue.In last year’s final, Dant displayed their undoubted superiority over their rivals and have been exhibiting that same brand of cricket during the 2017 season in both the regular season games and knockout tournaments.Led by former Berbice player Loaknauth Ramsuchit, Dant include the likes of vice-captain and opener Hemnarine Chattergoon, the hard-hitting Damodar Daesrath, and Riaz Kadir while the evergreen Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran and Aftab ‘Maxie’ Shamshudeen lead the bowling attack. They will, however, be missing key all-rounder Shaun Deonandan through injury.Balkarran is also coming off a superb Toronto Cup bowling performance, claiming 10 wickets for 37 runs from five matches which earned him the Most Valuable Player award for New York Hustlers in the Masters division of the Ontario Masters Cricket Clubs (OMSCC)-organised tournament.When the two teams met in a regular season (20 overs) game on July 9, Dant easily disposed of their opponents with Riaz Kadir hitting a top score of 77 in Dant’s 137 for six. Rebels replied with 69 for nine in their allotted 20 overs.Not to be outdone, Rebels are confident they can upstage their opponents. Skipper Zaheer ‘Bucky’ Haniff is expected to lead from the front and will be banking on former Guyana Under-19 player Troy Gobin and former Canadian national Desmond Cholmondeley to continue their fine form which was exhibited in the Toronto Cup.The experienced duo of Gobin (35 not out) and Cholmondeley (40 not out) shared a brilliant unbeaten second-wicket stand of 75 which saw New York Hustlers register an easy nine-wicket victory over the Ontario Masters Softball International in last Sunday’s OMSCC’s Masters final, played at the University of Toronto ground here.The B Conference final between archrivals Enmore and Restoration Warriors should also be brimful of interest where choosing a winner is not an easy task. Enmore, led by Shiv Persaud, are the current leaders in the B Conference regular season while the Ravi Bodo-led Restoration Warriors are sitting third.last_img read more

Will the real AIBA please stand up!

first_imgNinvalle optimistic ahead of high-level meeting on SundayBOXING, one of the world’s most popular sports, is in turmoil, but president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle is chartering a course that could very well determine the way forward for the sport. Ninvalle is also an Executive Committee Member of AIBA.On Sunday September 10, Ninvalle, at the Racquet Centre in Georgetown, will host a high-level meeting that will feature representatives from the Boxing Associations from around the Caribbean, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a group challenging the hierarchy of the governing body.AIBA’s embattled president Wu Ching-Kuo, who sits at the helm of the sport, since 2006, has found himself in a power-struggle with the majority of his executive committee members who have joined forces to establish a temporary administration.Wu, according to reports, have since called the move something similar to a ‘military coup’, with the group citing that the Taiwanese is placing AIBA in peril, given the fact that the sport is facing bankruptcy.It is alleged that AIBA is not in a position to repay debts totalling 15 million Swiss francs (13 million euros); something Wu has since denied and even confirmed through several media reports that AIBA’s finances are ‘healthy’.Led by Italian Franco Falcinelli and Pat Fiacco of Canada, several executive committee members have signed a document in attempt to force Wu to step down through the Swiss courts.However, the court ruled and rejected their request, claiming the aggrieved group will have to wait for a proper hearing this month.AIBA will host their Extraordinary Congress in Dubai in November and it is said that national federations will vote on whether to have Wu removed from the helm.It is on those grounds that Ninvalle initiated the meeting, telling Chronicle Sport yesterday in an exclusive interview that the Caribbean remains a pillar in the AIBA setup and as such, it is important that they hear from both sides – the opposing group and those representing and standing in the corner of the current president.“It’s an important meeting and it’s a good thing that the Caribbean, as a collective unit, can remain in the vanguard, because it shows our leadership and it shows that we are in front as it relates fighting for the development of the sport,” said Ninvalle.The coming-together as a Caribbean body, according to Ninvalle, “gives credence to their motto: One voice, one goal, one Caribbean.”After July’s Executive Committee meeting in Moscow, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) was put in place, headed by the Italian Falcinelli who seems to be running the affairs of AIBA but this has been refuted by Wu who has put in motion a legal challenge.“It should be applauded that we could have had confirmation that the Executive Director of AIBA is coming and the President of the Americas Boxing Confederation Mr Osvaldo Bisbal (Argentina) is coming as well as members of the IMC,” said the Guyanese Amateur Boxing boss.Ninvalle further mentioned that the meeting “tells how important the Caribbean region is that they have seen it fit to send representatives. We’re hoping that we can have free, fair and frank discussions and out of that, charter a way forward for the Caribbean family.”It was reported that Wu claims he is being targeted because of his attempt to reform the AIBA and specifically singled out former executive director Ho Kim of South Korea for seeking “revenge” after his ousting over allegations of financial wrongdoing.Wu insists he is “the legitimate president” and said he had written to IOC chief Thomas Bach to explain the situation, pinning Ho as a main plotter.last_img read more