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Oxford Union invites EDL leader

first_imgThe Oxford Union has invited Tommy Robinson, the English Defence League leader branded a “fascist” by opponents, to a nationalism debate at the society in Michaelmas.Unite Against Fascism Joint Secretary Weyman Bennett has said that the organisation, which has campaigned against the EDL since its inception, “opposes the invitation to Tommy Robinson and will call a peaceful demonstration”.Secretary’s Committee member Simon Blackaby, of St John’s College, tweeted Robinson saying “the Oxford Union would love to host you as a speaker” and requested an email address to send a formal invitation to. Robinson tweeted back asking Blackaby to “[direct message] me your number”.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%7907%%[/mm-hide-text]Union President Parit Wacharasindhu confirmed the invite was genuine and defended the decision, saying that the society was “founded on the principle of free speech. It provides a neutral arena where political views can be aired so long as they are contested”. However he said that there would be “security concerns – an issue raised by both parties – which need to be resolved” before a formal invitation letter could be sent. The EDL was founded in 2009 as a street protest movement. The group describes itself as a “human rights organisation” that “protests against radical Islan’s encroachement into the lives of non-Muslims.”Wacharasindhu also stated that the debate format “ensures his views are extensively questioned and scrutinised” and denied claims that the Union had affiliated itself with the EDL in any way. “No speakers are ever given a platform nor are their views ever endorsed by the society or any of the individuals in it”, he said. In January the Union revoked an invitation it had extended to Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, to debate the motion ‘This house would be glad to have gay parents’. The society later claimed that the invitation had not been authorised by senior members and said it would take “disciplinary action” against the junior member responsible. The Union said that it “does not wish to be associated with the BNP in any way whatsoever” and that it “strongly disagree[s] with their views.”Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of obstructing officers in east London. Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were staging what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich, the scene of a gruesome terror attack last month. However the police pressed the EDL to take an alternative route that avoided the East London Mosque in Tower Hamlets, which they refused.Blackaby did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

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Campaign Fraud Case Implicates Indy Gaming Firm—But Who Is It?

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Campaign Fraud Case Implicates Indy Gaming Firm—But Who Is It? News that a Republican strategist in Maryland pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy in what investigators say was a scheme to funnel money from an Indianapolis-based gaming company to an Indiana congressional candidate raises more questions than prosecutors seem ready to answer.And you have to think there are some folks in Indy getting pretty nervous.The campaign in question was former state Sen. Brent Waltz‘s bid for the GOP nomination in the 9th District in 2016. Waltz told IBJ late Thursday he was not aware of any illegal donations to the unsuccessful campaign and said he’s been fully cooperating with investigators.And it seems the Republican strategist in Maryland—Chip O’Neil—is cooperating, too. In court, he admitted that at least eight people, including his girlfriend, were used as conduits for illegal corporate donations from the Indianapolis gaming company to the House campaign. And the plea agreement calls for O’Neil to spill his guts about what he knows.Lots of people are named in the charging documents and O’Neil’s plea agreement—but not the Indianapolis gaming company. Neither is the company’s vice president and general counsel, who is accused in the filings of helping to set up the scheme to “evade the restrictions of corporate contributions to campaigns, to evade the limits placed on money that individuals could contribute to a campaign, and to disguise the fact that the gaming corporation was the true source of the funds.”But those names could be revealed soon as the case moves forward and O’Neil provides information in exchange for a lighter sentence. No doubt there are plenty of folks waiting to see where the dominos fall.Meanwhile, IBJ has the details on what prosecutors have revealed so far about the Indiana case and how it fits into a larger crackdown on fraudulent political action committees.last_img read more

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News story: New call for bids for the Cuba Programme Fund for the FY 2019-20.

first_img A fully developed Activity-Based Budget (financial breakdown) If you have any queries, then you should contact to Maria Sosa, Projects and Prosperity Assistant at the British Embassy in Havana: 72142231 / 52115372 / [email protected] will also find this call for bids at the British Embassy in Havana website Dates Activity previous experience in delivering and managing projects preferably previous experience working with international agencies/organizations proof of legal registration sufficient technical, financial, human and logistical capacity to deliver the project being proposed. the capacity to deliver at least 85% of the proposed project activity by mid-December 2019 Each institution may submit up to a maximum of 5 proposals, which can be completed in English or Spanish. The Embassy Programme Fund does not authorize the purchase of capital goods, flight costs above economy class, nor can it fund purely academic research projects.Only bids approved by the Cuba Programme Board will be considered for delivery. Bidders will be advised if their proposals are accepted for implementation. When approved, implementers will be asked for further due diligence information, and finally asked to sign a contract or grant agreement with the British Embassy in Havana.Please send all project documents to [email protected] the subject line of the email please indicate “Project Proposal Form” and please include in the body of the message a brief reference to the organization and the project title.The deadline for submission of project proposals is Monday March 25, 2019The budgetProject proposals must outline how budgets are to be spent using the Activity Based Budget Form (ABB). Value for money must be demonstrated.The full bid document must be accompanied by a fully completed activity based budget. FCO Project Management Procedures require the delivery of the budget using the ABB form.This must be completed – the project proposal will not be considered without a detailed ABB. Implementers will need to break down all activity costs into components so it is clear how they are made up and which month each payment is due. Provide as much detail as possible, (i.e. do not state just the figure for a workshop, but break that down into venue, catering, travel costs etc.).Indicative timetable: bidding round timeline 2019-20 Project Proposal Form for projects under £10,000 How to bid?Your proposal should include the followings forms: 22 April 2019 Outcome of successful bids notified to implementers/bidders 27 February 2019 This call for bids announcement made Who may bid? Eligibility criteriaIn order to be eligible, your organization or agency must be a legal entity, not-for-profit or commercial company, a registered non-governmental (NGO) or governmental organization, an academic or research institution, and must demonstrate that it has: This file is in an OpenDocument format ODS, 9.34KB ODT, 193KB The project funds are aimed at supporting technical assistance work between the UK and Cuba in a number of priority areas through small – scale, high-impact project interventions (up to £10,000).The British Embassy will now run a competitive bidding process in order to ensure we use our allocation for projects that are of high quality and deliver value for money.Further information and guidance on how to bid is set out below.Cuba priorities for 2019-20 (expenditure must be complete at 85% by mid December 2019)The Embassy is looking for innovative projects, with concrete objectives and measurable policy outcomes. We remind bidders that we cannot fund academic research projects, or research collaboration projects.Your proposal must be related to one of the following policy areas: This file is in an OpenDocument format 25 March 2019 Deadline for Implementers to submit Project Proposal Forms and ABB, via email to the British Embassy Havana Projects Team Project Proposal Form under £10,000 Documents for downloading 25 March -19 April 2019 Project Proposal Forms reviewed by Cuba Programme Board at the British Embassy in Havana Activity Based Budget Form (ABB) Financial and Professional Services, Central Banking Global Health Threats, Biotech and Life Sciences Higher Education and English Language Teaching Energy (including renewable energy) strategy and technology Public Procurement Public Policy, Administration and Governance Cuban economy, challenges and solutionslast_img read more

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The Laws of Profit Dynamics (Part 2)

first_imgIn my first post on the Laws of Profit Dynamics I explained that any growth a company experiences beyond what’s driven by overall economic growth is not really value creation, but rather value migration. This parallels the First Law of Thermodynamics. What follows is a comparison between Entropy and commoditization and what it takes for businesses to fight disorder and maintain their value.The Second LawThe Second Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy) tells us how energy (or its equivalent, matter) moves around. In simple terms, entropy says that systems become more “disordered” over time. Energy dissipates. System becomes spread out, less concentrated.In business, we call entropy “commoditization.” Profit dissipates. It’s hard for a business to stay hot, or for market share to stay concentrated in the hands of the original innovators.But how fast does profit dissipate and what drives the value flows? Once again, thinking like an engineer can bring structure to this question. It’s all about the strength of the forces that fight disorder. A bit of food coloring dropped into a glass of water will spread throughout the glass rapidly, achieving maximum entropy. But a chunk of iron dropped into the glass will tend to stay a chunk of iron, because the forces holding it together are strong enough to fight disorder.So what are the binding forces in business that are strong enough to fight the force of disorder and keep value from rapidly drifting away? There are several:Experience. Hard-earned, deep experience that is collaboratively shared within a team but not well understood outside the team. Think maps. Apple wanted to take control of the maps app on its iOS devices, but it apparently underestimated how much learning had gone into making maps look easy. In fact, maps are hard. Like iron. Some experience is embodied in formal patents, but even more is embodied in the collective collaborative knowledge and relationships of the company’s employees.Integration. Designing a brilliant product, whether it’s a printer or a phone, is hard. Designing a set of products that work together, like IBM did with the System 360 mainframe in the 1960s, is harder. Designing an architecture that integrates multiple heterogeneous products across an ecosystem, like VMware has done, is hardest. Effort invested in integration creates enduring value by building strong bonds that hold the system tightly together.Trust. A strong brand is a measure of the cumulative trust built up through countless transactions and experiences between a company and its customers. A positive brand represents a strong bond that resists decay.For companies that don’t or can’t create these entropy-fighting assets, the alternative is pure speed — moving quickly from one hot space to another as different opportunities cool rapidly. For example, in the technology industry, Intel has built a model that allows it to extract most of the value from a new chip early in its lifecycle. But the speed required to stay ahead of the game seems to be increasing. HP enjoyed a decades-long run in printers, whereas Apple’s smartphone is already being challenged aggressively by Android and Samsung.The Laws of Profit DynamicsThe Laws of Thermodynamics apply to steam engines and galaxies. But business isn’t a steam engine fighting for maximum efficiency, nor a galaxy racing away from the big bang and held together by gravity. So what’s the value to business leaders of following analogous Laws of Profit Dynamics? What can we learn from the successes of our engineering colleagues?In a nutshell, the laws show us what’s possible, even if it’s beyond what we know how to create today, while simultaneously keeping us honest by forcing us to do the math rather than substituting wishful thinking for productive innovation. Applying the Laws of Profit Dynamics encourages a business leader to grow and sustain value by challenging the organization every day with three questions:Who is our value coming from?Where is our value most likely to escape to?What will hold our value in place?Value is the energy of business, and these three questions can be a powerful mechanism to help a business leader harness and hold value.last_img read more

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Special mass to take place in Notre Dame Stadium to begin school year

first_imgTo kick off the academic year, a special mass will be held in Notre Dame Stadium Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., University President Fr. John Jenkins said in an email.The mass will be live-streamed for students, faculty and staff who wish to join virtually. Students who wish to attend the mass in-person may reserve a ticket in advance. Masks and physical distancing will be required to ensure health and safety.“Whether in-person or virtually, please join us as we come together in prayer, as we do each fall, to ask for God’s abundant blessings on the year ahead,” Jenkins said.Tags: COVID-19, John Jenkins, masks, Mass, physical distancinglast_img

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Lasting trees

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI guess everyone has a favorite Christmas memory. The hikethrough the woods to get a tree was mine.We lived on a farm in north Georgia in Jackson County. Ournearest neighbors were about a half-mile away on an adjoiningfarm. I could look in any direction and see nothing but fieldsand trees. And if I got in just the right spot I could look northand see the mountains.It was a perfect place to grow up.My dad had planted about an acre of eastern red cedars on a hillon the north side of our farm. Each Christmas, my mom and dad, mytwo sisters and I and whatever old dogs we had at the time madethe long hike through the woods and across a couple of creeks towhere the red cedars grew.Thrill of the huntJust getting there was fun. Our old dogs, always sniffing theground and chasing something, scouted our route in front of us.If they ever started barking, I just had to go see what they’dfound. Most of the time, what they found was of interest just tothem.Eventually we’d arrive at the hillside, which overlooked a small,rocky stream lined with native rhododendrons and mountain laurel,and we all split up to find the perfect tree. There was hardlyever a perfect tree. But it really didn’t matter. Just gettingthere was what was fun.Once we could all agree on the tree to cut, Dad would take asmall hatchet, which I still have, and cut down the tree.Now, getting to the hillside where the trees were planted wasfun. But getting the tree back through the woods and across thecreeks was not fun.Drudging trudgingI always got stuck carrying the cut end of the tree, which wasterribly sticky with sap. Needles, little pieces of bark, dirtand all kinds of things stuck to my hands. It was also the heavyend.And I could no longer run and see what the dogs were after.Once we got home, Dad would saw the bottom of the tree offstraight and stand the tree in a bucket of water outside until webrought it into the house.Our tree stand was the bucket. And it was always my job to keepthe cut end of the tree in water in the bucket. It was many yearsbefore we had a real, honest-to-goodness tree stand.The fresh-tree trickDad knew back then — and it’s still important today — to keepthe Christmas tree as fresh as possible. The way to do that is toalways make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree trunk justbefore you place it in the tree stand and then never let it runout of water.If the tree stand runs out of water, the trunk bottom will beginto seal. Then the tree will take up less water or stop taking upwater at all.If the tree isn’t taking up water, it will dry out. And a drytree is a fire hazard. If something ignites it, it can be a hugetorch within seconds.A well-cared-for Christmas tree should last the entire holidayseason. And with it should come lasting memories of loved onesand family.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Speaker decides against capital gains tax increase

first_imgSpeaker decides against capital gains tax increaseDemocratic House speaker Gaye Symington disapproved any steps towards changing the current exemption from taxation that Vermont allows on the first 40 percent of taxpayers capital gains. Symington explained her decision was due to the growing uncertainty in the financial world, and asked the House Ways and Means Committee to find an extra $3 million to $5 million in state revenues without enforcing a new tax fee.Symingtons decision ended the legislative session on three proposals for using the $21.4 million that was generated by eliminating the 40 percent exemption in new state revenues, which included her own initial plan. Her suggestion involved dividing the revenue three ways: $4.2 for targeted property tax relief, $8 million for the town highway and bridge program and $7 million to repay part of the $55 million owed by the state for school construction projects.The debate over the capital gains exemption started this past January when Governor Douglas suggested eliminating it and using the new revenue to offset reductions in income tax rates for middle and upper class residents. In a released statement the governor said, Vermont is one of only a few states where a working person making $50,000 a year pays nearly 50% more tax than someone who does not work and collects investment or trust fund capital gains income in the same amount. It is wrong for our tax system to have higher rates for working Vermonters.Douglas also explained that his commonsense reforms would permanently lower the income tax burden on more than 70,000 middle income taxpayers and save the average household up to $500 per year.”The governor’s capital gains proposal was purely a tax fairness proposal,” said Tax Commissioner Tom Pelham.The administration fully supported Symington’s decision to abandon her original plan to spend the money, even though it meant the governor’s plan died, too-a decision that would increase income taxes by more than $21 million.The controversy over the exemption wasnt solely based on how the money should be used. Lawmakers from both parties were anxious over the impact of eliminating the exemption.Rep. Rick Hube, Republica-South Londonderry explained that a small number of people pay a significant percentage of the income taxes the state collects. “The last thing we can do is jeopardize those individuals staying in Vermont.”Senator Hinda Miller, Democrat-Chittenden, explains that if the exemption is eliminated “it is going to cut down the equity capital coming into this state for entrepreneurial startups. These entrepreneurial startups are our hope for job creation.”Any House proposal eliminating the capital gains exemption faced a possible opposition in the Senate, despite the wish of the Senate Transportation Committee to use the money to address the shortfall for this years road and bridge budget. House Ways and Means Chairman Michael Obuchowski, Democrat-Rockingham, said it was important to maintain and save this potential revenue source in case of a deficit next year.”We’ve seen numbers for fiscal 2010 that project as high as an $80 million deficit,” Obuchowski said. Obuchowski said the committee would begin its search immediately for the extra revenues Symington requested.One source might be a change in a calculation of capital gains that allows some filers to show negative income. That change could generate $1.5 million to $1.9 million.House Republican leaders would prefer that the Legislature write a budget without finding extra revenue.last_img read more

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Vermont’s Jasper Hill wins ‘Tastie’ cheese award

first_imgThe October issue of Cooking Light (www.CookingLight.com(link is external)) features the brand’s first-ever Taste Test Awards ‘ “The Tasties.” The editors tested 200 food products and came up with the best-tasting winners in 32 categories. Twenty-six of the categories feature grocery store products while six showcase artisanal standouts. The issue hits newsstands September 17th. Vermont’s Cellars at Jasper Hill Cabot Clothbound Cheddar won in the artisanal cheese category.To qualify in the grocery categories, foods had to be available in major markets nationwide. Cooking Light vetted products against nutrition standards, eliminating those that contained artificial trans fats, too much salt, or artificial sugars. The panel of editors tasted finalists “blind:” the tasters did not know which brands they were sampling. Not all products are low fat. Some higher fat items are on the list because of their superior quality and taste. Used moderately, these products have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In each category, one Grand Prize Winner (GPW) is selected as well as one or more Taste Test Award Winners (TTA).”Our staff spent most of the last year tasting American grocery and artisanal foods for our awards,” says Editor Scott Mowbray. “We ate our way through bread, cereal, and hummus to find products that we felt deserved recognition. We added the artisanal categories because there is so much exciting action in the world of handmade food right now.”The 2010 Taste Test Award Grocery Winners:BEANS, Cannellini:GPW: ProgressoTTA: GoyaBUTTER, Salted Gourmet:GPW: Organic ValleyTTA: LurpakTTA: ChimayBREAD, 100% Whole Wheat:GPW: Rudi’s Organic BakeryTTA: Whole Foods OrganicBUTTER, Unsalted Everyday:GPW: Target Market PantryTTA: BordenTTA: Whole Foods 365 OrganicTTA: Wal-Mart Great ValueCEREAL, Raisin Bran:GPW: Kellogg’s Raisin BranTTA: Fiber One Raisin Bran ClustersGRANOLA, Oat and Honey:GPW: Cascadian Farms OrganicTTA: Whole Foods 365 OrganicTTA: Quaker NaturalHUMMUS:GPW: Tribe ClassicTTA: Athenos OriginalICE CREAM, Light Vanilla:GPW: Turkey Hill Vanilla BeanTTA: Edy’s Slow-ChurnedMAYONNAISE, Canola:GPW: Hellmann’sTTA: Whole Foods 365PIZZA, Frozen Margherita:GPW: Tandoor Chef Naan PizzaTTA: Amy’s KitchenPOPCORN, Light Microwave:GPW: Newman’s Own 94% Fat FreeTTA: Smart Balance Light ButterTTA: Act II 94% Fat Free ButterRICE, Long-Grain Brown:GPW: Lundberg Family FarmsTTA: Arrowhead Mills OrganicRICE, Boil-in-Bag Brown:GPW: Uncle Ben’sTTA: SuccessSALSA, Mild Tomato:GPW: Green Mountain GringoTTA: FronteraTTA: OrganicvilleSAUSAGE, Chicken and Apple:GPW: Lou’s FamousTTA: Al Fresco Sweet AppleSPAGHETTI, Whole Wheat:GPW: Gia RussaTTA: RaccontoTTA: Target Archer FarmsSOUP, Reduced-Sodium Chicken Noodle:GPW: ProgressoTTA: Campbell’s Select HarvestSOUR CREAM, Light:GPW: DaisyTTA: Organic ValleyTTA: Target Market PantrySOY MILK, Plain, Light:GPW: Target Archer FarmsTTA: SilkSOY SAUCE, Lower-Sodium:GPW: KikkomanTTA: Target Market PantryTOFU, Firm:GPW: Melissa’s OrganicTTA: Nasoya OrganicTTA: Tree of LifeTOMATOES, Diced, No-Salt-Added:GPW: Del MonteTTA: Whole Foods 365 OrganicTORTILLA CHIPS, 100% Yellow Corn:GPW: Target Archer Farms OrganicTTA: Tostitos NaturalTUNA, Albacore Packed in Water:GPW: Whole Foods 365TTA: Crown Prince NaturalTUNA, Gourmet, Packed in Oil:GPW: Ortiz Bonito del NorteTTA: CentoYOGURT, Plain, Nonfat Greek:GPW: FageTTA: ChobaniTTA: Voskos OrganicThe 2010 Taste Test Award Artisanal Winners:CHEESELeelanau Cheese Company Raclette, MichiganCellars at Jasper Hill Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, VermontBeecher’s 4-Year Aged Flagship Cheddar, WashingtonMeadow Creek Dairy Appalachian Semi-Soft Raw Cow’s Milk, VirginiaSweetwoods Aged Goat Cheese, New MexicoCONDIMENTSLattin Farms Cantaloupe Jam, NevadaSticky Finger Bakeries Orange Curd, WashingtonBreezie Maples Farm Maple Syrup, New YorkFarmer’s Daughter Hyderabadi Tomato Chutney, North CarolinaHay River Pumpkin Seed Oil, WisconsinLa Nogalera Walnut Oil, CaliforniaMEATTurner Ham House Country Ham, VirginiaTall Grass Buffalo Jerky, South DakotaPork on a Fork Cottage Shoulder Cut Bacon, ArizonaBoccalone Nduja, CaliforniaSalumeria Biellese Wild Boar Sopressata, New YorkSPIRITS AND BEERSCorsair Artisan Gin, TennesseeBlue Corn Brewery Transcendental Tripel, New MexicoStranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, ColoradoDeath’s Door Gin, WisconsinSWEETSSalem Baking Co’s Ginger Spice Moravian Cookies, North CarolinaEffie’s Homemade Corncakes, MassachusettsSweet Margy Tofikomin, IllinoisAlma Chocolate Icons, OregonChocolat Handmade Chocolates, UtahTHE BEST OF THE RESTBrooklyn Brine Co. Fennel Beets, New YorkMcClure’s Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, MichiganFreddy Guys Dry Roasted Hazelnuts, OregonEarly Bird Aloha Recipe Granola, New YorkChimay Red Chile Powder, New MexicoJeni’s Cherry Lambic Sorbet, OhioThe Bamboo Ladies Bamboo Pickles, North CarolinaBelle Chevre Belle and The Bees Breakfast Cheese, AlabamaCajun Grain Brown Jasmine Rice, LouisianaMassa Organics Crunchy Almond Butter, CaliforniaAbout Cooking LightCooking Light is the nation’s number one epicurean brand with the largest audience, most epicurean editorial and the most recipes. Founded in 1987, Cooking Light makes healthy food taste great. Each month, nearly 12 million readers turn to Cooking Light and cookinglight.com for innovative recipes; nutrition advice and food and fitness tips. Cooking Light is published by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation.SOURCE Cooking Light. NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Hicksville Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old woman was killed and her father was injured when they were struck by an SUV, which then hit a house and car, while the pair was bicycling in the victim’s hometown of Hicksville.Nassau County police said Cari Widmyer and her 72-year-old father were riding bicycles northbound on the side of New South Road when they were hit by a southbound Ford Explorer, which then struck a northbound Nissan Altima and a house at 2:40 pm Wednesday.Widmyer was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a knee injury and released.The driver and passenger in the SUV were treated for contusions. The other driver was not injured. The house incurred extensive damage.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the SUV and are continuing the investigation but the SUV driver was not charged.last_img read more

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Houssem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder

first_imgHoussem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder Advertisement Comment Houssem Aouar refused to discuss a potential move to Arsenal after Lyon’s draw on Sunday (Canal Plus)Houssem Aouar has refused to address his future at Lyon as Arsenal prepare a new bid for the midfielder.Lyon have already rejected a £35 million offer from Arsenal for the 22-year-old and the French club are understood to be holding out for a fee closer to £55m.Aouar is reportedly Mikel Arteta’s priority target with the Arsenal manager keen to strengthen his midfield before the transfer window closes on October 5.Aouar is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, while reports in France have claimed this week that the Gunners have already agreed personal terms with the midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, speaking after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday, Aouar agreed to a post-match interview on the condition that he was not asked about his future.But when asked if the transfer rumours are disturbing the team Aouar, who had just made his 100th league appearance for Lyon, told Canal Plus: ‘No, not at all, it does not disturb anything.‘It’s on the pitch where we have to improve these things. You have to stop hiding behind that.’ Advertisement Houssem Aouar made his 100th league appearance as Lyon were held to a draw by Lorient (AFP via Getty)The draw against Lorient has left Lyon with just six points from their opening five Ligue 1 games.And Aouar admits he has been frustrated by the start his side have made to the new season.‘We had the ambition to get the three points,’ said the midfielder.‘We came across a very compact block. As very often, it is difficult to find the loophole against this kind of team. ‘This is what must be worked on and changed as quickly as possible. The start of the season is not up to what Lyon should do. Six points in five games is not enough.’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 ArsenalMeanwhile, Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has said this weekend that Arsenal are not close to signing Aouar following their latest offer.‘Arsenal are too far away from Houssem’s value,’ Aulas said.‘We are counting on him to put in a great display away to Lorient and lead Olympique Lyonnais into the Champions League next year.’Arsenal also offered Matteo Guendouzi in their bid for Aouar earlier this summer but Lyon are not interested in signing the midfielder.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 6:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShareslast_img read more

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