Portugal: Port in a storm

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Edu calls Lyon to propose Matteo Guendouzi swap deal

first_img Comment Edu tried to arrange a swap deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal technical director Edu called Lyon chiefs to propose a swap deal that would see Matteo Guendouzi head to Ligue 1 and Houssem Aouar move in the other direction to the Emirates. Guendouzi’s time at Arsenal appears to be up, with Mikel Arteta growing tired of the young midfielder’s attitude. Arteta knows he has to offload players this summer in order to add to his squad. Willian has arrived on a free transfer but he wants to bring in several more players ahead of next season.ADVERTISEMENTArteta is a great admirer of Aouar, 22, who scored three goals and provided four assists in 23 Ligue 1 starts last season, scoring a further six goals in cup competitions. AdvertisementAdvertisementManchester City have also been tracking the midfielder for 22 months but they have so far not held any discussions with Lyon about signing him. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Aug 2020 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Edu calls Lyon to propose Matteo Guendouzi swap deal Guendouzi is set to leave (Picture: Arsenal FC via Gett)Arsenal are the only side to make any approach, with Edu proposing a swap deal that would see Arsenal also pay the French club some money, according to L’Equipe. Lyon rejected the offer because they want a cash-only deal. While they rate Guendouzi, they don’t feel they need another midfielder and would prefer to invest the money back into their squad elsewhere. 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 ArsenalAouar will have a chance to test himself against English opposition on Saturday night when Lyon face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals. The winner faces the daunting task of taking on Bayern Munich, who crushed Barcelona 8-2 on Friday evening.Paris Saint-Germain and Red Bull Leipzig will contest the other semi-final on Tuesday.Would Aouar be a good signing for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Shorter Standardized Tests Begin This Week for Many Pennsylvania Students

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – As many students begin taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSAs) this week, changes implemented by the Wolf Administration for this school year are reducing the test by as much as two days, giving students and teachers more time in the classroom for learning.“We want to put the focus back on learning in the classroom, not teaching to a test,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Standardized testing can provide a useful data point for a student’s performance, but our focus should be on teaching students for future success, not just the test in front of them.“Students, parents, teachers and others have told us that too much time in the classroom is used for test taking. These changes respond to those concerns, reducing testing time, while maintaining the rigor of the assessment.”As previously announced, this school year the Department of Education removed two sections of the PSSA – one in math, one in English language arts – and reduced the number of science questions. Testing time is shrinking by an average of 20 percent for students in grades 3 through 8, and an even greater reduction – nearly 25 percent – for Pennsylvania’s youngest students.The math assessment has been shortened by 48 minutes for grades 3 through 8 by removing a section of multiple choice questions. The English Language Arts assessment has been shortened by 45 minutes and the Science assessment has been shortened by 22 minutes.More changes are coming to the PSSA. Starting in 2019, the testing window will be compacted from three weeks to two weeks and shifted to late April, giving students more time to learn before taking the test.“The Department of Education is committed to hearing from stakeholders across the commonwealth on issues impacting our classrooms – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “In addition to changes to the PSSA, stakeholder contributions have been critical to the development of the state’s ESSA plan, as well as the Future Ready PA Index that will take effect next year.”The PSSA changes arose from discussions between the Pennsylvania Department of Education and stakeholders for nearly a year as it developed its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan. The Wolf Administration worked with stakeholders to review the proposed changes and ensure the assessments retained their rigor, accuracy, and alignment with Pennsylvania state standards.Standardized tests are mandated under federal law and can serve as important tools for schools to review their progress and achievement. However, noting that standardized tests not only interrupt learning, but can also be disruptive for students, even those in non-testing grades, the department plans to continue to identify ways to further reduce those disruptions in coming years.Additionally, this year, the department introduced the Future Ready PA Index, a new, public-facing school report card that expands the indicators used to measure performance, extends the comprehensive approach to ensuring student and school success. The index, scheduled to launch in the fall, will place additional emphasis on academic growth, evaluation of school climate through a robust chronic absenteeism measure, attention to both four-year and extended-year graduation rates, and assessments of postsecondary readiness.Details about the PSSA reduction, the Future Ready PA Index, and Pennsylvania’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan are available on PDE’s website. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Shorter Standardized Tests Begin This Week for Many Pennsylvania Studentscenter_img April 09, 2018last_img read more

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€11bn Italian fund launches alternative investment tenders

first_imgFondo Pensione Previndai, Italy’s industrywide fund for white-collar workers, is seeking to allocate around 10% of its €11bn portfolio to up to nine closed-ended alternative investment funds (AIFs).Previndai manages its members’ assets in two insurance portfolios and two financial portfolios.The financial portfolios — balanced and growth — are worth €1.2bn and €700m respectively.The allocation will be made within the two financial portfolios. The mandates are:One global or European infrastructure equity fund (minimum size target €200m);One to three Italian infrastructure equity funds (minimum €100m);One global or European private equity fund (minimum €150m);One or two Italian private equity funds (minimum €90m);One or two global or European direct lending funds (minimum €250m).The tenders follow the decision by the fund’s board to introduce into its strategic asset allocation an overall share of 10% in illiquid alternative investments, to be allocated to each of the financial portfolios in the following asset classes:Global infrastructure equity (1% weighting);Italian infrastructure equity (4% weighting);Global private equity (1% weighting);Italian private equity (1% weighting);Global direct lending (3% weighting). 
The board has also adopted multi-asset management mandates and broadly diversified market benchmarks.To be eligible for selection, each AIF must be run by a single manager and its fundraising phase must end on or after 30 November 2018. It must not use financial leverage.The AIF must be denominated in euros, Previndai said. Alternatively, it said, some instruments of participation must be in euros. This restriction does not apply to the underlying investments.The investment by Previndai will be limited to 25% of the AIF’s value.The AIF’s lead portfolio manager must have a track record of at least three years in the management of alternative investments for institutional clients, consistent with those for which the application is submitted.The tender notice and RFI questionnaires are available on the fund’s website.Applications close at 12.00pm CET on 4 October 2018.last_img read more

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Authorities assessing Shell’s Gaupe tieback decommissioning plan

first_imgUK authorities are assessing the plan for the decommissioning of the infrastructure associated with Shell’s Gaupe field subsea tieback. Gaupe and Armada map; Source: Shell The Gaupewells were tied back through the Gaupe field pipelines to the Armada complex.They came on stream in the first quarter of 2012. Production was temporarily suspended in August 2018, and after clarifications regarding future use, the owners declared CoP in December 2019. In November2017, the Armada Complex was divested to Chrysaor with the intent of extendingfield life and CoP was deferred. Armada’s gasand condensate are sent towards the North Everest platform, with gas enteringCATS at the CATS riser platform and condensate enters the Everest Lomond Systempipeline before joining the FPS pipeline at Forties Charlie. Separationof Armada from decom plan Shell’s plan includes the full removal of the SSIV, two risers, two pipelines, and the partial removal of two umbilicals, as well as any associated apparatus up to the UK-Norway median line. The wells are tied back to the Armada Complex via two pipe-in-pipe systems and a flexible riser which was installed within a platform conductor caisson. Controls for the field are provided by the Armada facilities via two electro-hydraulic control and chemical supply umbilicals, one to each drill centre. It is worthnoting that the Gaupe field assets were originally included within draftdecommissioning proposals for the Armada Hub. Approval-in-principle from theOGA for the cessation of production of the Armada Hub and associated tiebackswas granted in August 2016.center_img The Armada facilities,CATS riser and facilities beyond are not part of the decommissioning programme. Fluid from the two drill centres are commingled at the Gaupe SSIV manifold, located close to the Armada Complex located in the Central North Sea, 250 kilometres East of Aberdeen on the UKCS. The field comprises two production wells in the Norwegian sector, Gaupe North and Gaupe South. The Gaupewells and associated subsea infrastructure were not part of the divestment andremained within the Shell portfolio. Decommissioningplan As the field is located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf a separate decommissioning plan has been submitted to the Norwegian authorities for approval. Gaupe and Armada Hub layout; Source: Shell Due to the Gaupesubsea infrastructure decommissioning scope being limited, Shell will seeksynergies with other projects to be able to perform the operations in acost-efficient manner.last_img read more

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Indicted Netanyahu claims victory in Israel vote

first_imgMonday’s election, Israel’s third inless than a year, was called after inconclusive votes in April and Septemberleft the Jewish state in a political deadlock. The central election committee saidTuesday morning they had completed counting all the votes, but the checks theywere conducting meant the results would only be published in the lateafternoon. (AFP) JERUSALEM – Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu claimed victory on Tuesday in Israel’s general election, with exitpolls putting the indicted premier in a strong position to form the nextgovernment.center_img While there is no guarantee that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form a coalition, he hailed the election as a ‘giant’ success. AFPlast_img read more

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Area Basketball Scores (1-12)

first_imgArea Basketball Scores.Friday  (1-12)Boys Scores.Greensburg  44     Batesville  39Batesville JV won 39-33East Central  58     Franklin County  53Girls Scores.Shawe Memorial  36     Milan  32South Ripley  80     Rising Sun  32Oldenburg  52     South Dearborn  42Greensburg  63     Columbus East  60North Decatur  41    SW Shelby  37South Decatur  53     Waldron  40Rushville  44     Greenwood  24SW Hanover  41     Switz. County  27Brownstown Central  55     Hauser  33Eastern Hancock  58     Morristown  44Crothersville  67     Edinburgh  53last_img read more

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Wisconsin dominates Lawrence

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoIf the two exhibition games are any evidence, two glaring truths about the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team seem evident. Forward Alando Tucker appears every bit the all-conference player he is expected to be, and the youth of the Badgers still has some growing up to do to repeat the successes of seasons past. Led by Tucker’s 25 points and six rebounds, Wisconsin defeated a feisty Lawrence University team 81-46 Monday, but looked to be a little rusty and lacking chemistry in their second exhibition game of the season. The Badgers used the same starting five as they did against UW-River Falls Nov. 5, with Tucker, sophomore center Brian Butch, junior forward Jason Chappell, junior guard Kammron Taylor and senior forward Ray Nixon initially taking the floor. Wisconsin dominated statistically, holding the Vikings to only 28.8 percent shooting, while UW shot at a 68.6 percent clip for the game and enjoyed a considerable size advantage.With the score 30-18 at the half, the game was much closer than expected early as Wisconsin played the antithesis of the kind of ball fans have grown accustomed to seeing under head coach Bo Ryan. The team looked very uncomfortable and rushed in the swing offense, turning the ball over four times in the first 5:21, which led to Ryan calling a quick timeout. The team continued to appear awkward the rest of the half, however, committing eight turnovers and surrendering seven offensive rebounds, going into the locker room up only 12, despite shooting 57 percent and holding Lawrence to a paltry 23 percent from the field. “All they had to do was hit some threes early and they’d be beating us,” Ryan said, also adding that the Badgers’ giving up offensive rebounds was a first-half concern. Tucker was very impressive however, tallying 13 points on 6-8 shooting and also forced several Viking turnovers, before rallying the team during halftime. “I think in the first half we didn’t play hard as we could have and I stressed that at the half,” Tucker said. “Night in and night out we need to bring that intensity that we brought in the second half.””He did a great job. He works hard,” said Ryan. “He really energized our guys defensively.”UW looked more composed and cohesive in the second half offensively, hitting 23 of 30 shots and picking up 14 assists, double the seven UW had in the first period of play. “I thought we did a good job of [moving the ball],” Butch said of the offense in the second half. “We’re still learning from each other and trying to play off each other and that is what these two games can get us ready for.”The team also turned the heat up defensively, limiting Lawrence to only three offensive rebounds. The Badgers took final control of the game when they went on a 20-4 run early in the second period, sparked by six straight points from Tucker and a vicious, crowd-pleasing block by Butch. From that point on, Wisconsin took a 55-30 lead and cruised the rest of the way. Marcus Landry supplied the highlight reel play of the evening midway through the second stanza, when he dunked over a well-positioned Lawrence defender off a fast break, but Tanner Bronson received the loudest ovation of the night when he made a 3-pointer with 4:30 left in the game. Butch ended the game with 10 points and three rebounds and Taylor chipped in 11 points and a game-high six assists. Wisconsin now looks forward to the start of their regular season, which will begin against Norfolk State Friday night at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands.”Let’s play,” Ryan said. “I think the guys are ready. They are ready to play somebody when it counts.””Physically we’re there, we’re ready. These games here are real important,” Tucker said.last_img read more

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Comedians encourage voter participation

first_imgIn the low-lit ballroom of the Radisson Hotel, a stage stood with a lone microphone planted in the center. This was the setting for the USC Funny or Die: Jokes for Votes, headlined by producer and director Judd Apatow. The event, which took place on Sunday evening, aimed to “promote voter registration and getting out to vote this November,” according to its Facebook page. Jokes for Votes was hosted by Funny or Die, NextGen Climate and the USC Special Events Committee. Apatow and several other comedians, including Ron Funches, Moshe Kasher, Beth Stelling and Taylor Tomlinson, presented comedy segments throughout the evening.Apatow, who once attended USC, told stories about his experiences in Hollywood as well as some of the lessons he’s learned over the years.“No one is thinking about you as much as you think they are,” Apatow said about the time he made a joke about David Schwimmer. He convinced himself that the actor hated him for the joke, and went so far as to hide from Schwimmer the entire night at a charity event.Even though the evening was dedicated to voter registration, few of the remarks were aimed toward the campaign trail. Instead, Apatow’s set included anecdotes about actors Robert De Niro and Mark Ruffalo’s eccentric methods for smiling in photos, as well as a story about an evening with Val Kilmer in which he failed to tell the actor that he had a booger hanging out of his nose “for 45 minutes.”While most of the evening refrained from talking about the election outright, politics manifested itself in more subtle ways. Kasher, who was named Best New Comic by iTunes in 2009, spent a portion of his set advocating for women by tearing apart the “evils of catcalling.”“Women have to deal with the strangest things,” Kasher said. “In order to understand what women go through you have to bend your brain. Men don’t fully get it because it doesn’t happen to us, and if it did we would not like it.” Kasher referred to a man he encountered in New York who would grunt loudly at women he found attractive. “Never in the history of New York City has a woman been flattered by the growl,” Kasher said.Similarly, Tomlinson discussed how unsafe it can be for a single woman to feel secure when going out on excursions. “Being a woman is fun most of the time until you want to go on a walk by yourself,” Tomlinson said. “We have to read all the tricks and trips on Buzzfeed on how not to die. If something bad does happen, society is predisposed to think that somehow it is the woman’s fault.”The night was not completely void of election humor, as Apatow took the time to personally apologize for Trump’s candidacy. He had written some of the jokes aimed at Trump for the White House Correspondents Dinner.“Apparently, that was the moment Trump wanted his revenge and decided to run for President,” Apatow said.Ultimately, the goal of the evening was to encourage voter registration. The comedians urged viewers to register at a booth in the back, or to text the number provided on a flyer at the event to determine if they were registered or not.Funches argued that while there is always a place for positivity, laughter is needed more than ever in the current social climate.“I think right now it’s important to be positive and to remember that above all else we are all human and we all want the same things, we all want love, and we all want to be taken care of,” Funches said. “That’s something that’s important to remember.”Gisella Tan, director of the USC Special Events Committee, said that the evening was one stop in a tour the comedians are doing around schools in California. Tan emphasized that comedy was an important tool in reaching young adults who may not want to vote. “It’s trying to get students to come out to register to vote,” Tan said. “In order to get students to be more engaged in politics it’s really essential to present the topic in a more easily digestible form. I think comedy is a really good way to do that.”last_img read more

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Gallery: Syracuse men’s soccer reaches 3rd round of NCAA tournament with 3-0 win

first_imgNo. 8 seed Syracuse (12-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) took down Dartmouth (9-5-5, 5-1-1 Ivy), 3-0, at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. The Orange overcame snowy conditions to play past Thanksgiving for the third year in a row.SU will face either No. 9 seed North Carolina or Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 27 in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Comments Published on November 20, 2016 at 6:06 pm Contact Tony: ajcurtis@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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