Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 May 2020 10:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Comment Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey warned Arsenal transfer could ‘destroy’ his career Thomas Partey has been warned against joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been told to snub a move to Arsenal this summer.Ghana international Partey, who has a buy-out clause of £45million, has emerged as one of Arsenal’s top targets ahead of the summer transfer window.Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates at the end of the season and Partey, who has made more 150 appearances for Atletico, is highly-rated.The 26-year-old is keen to join Arsenal but has been told to stay at Atletico by former Ghana midfielder Nii Lamptey.ADVERTISEMENTHe told Ocean 1 TV: ‘There are numerous offers coming for Thomas Partey but his career will take a nosedive if he doesn’t choose his next move well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The country and league he will pick will determine his future. I will advise him to stay in Spain rather than going to England or Italy.‘Per style of play, he can move within Spain and join another top club rather than focusing on the financial gains to move out of the country because that can be suicidal. Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes, decision making can destroy your career. My move to England was a wrong one for me.‘Aston Villa was a wrong move because their style of play was not going to suit me. If I had gone to France or Spain at that time, it would have helped my career more than going to England.’Partey had impressed before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, helping Atletico knock holders Liverpool out of the Champions League.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 CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta sends warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal transfer targetsMORE: ‘It wasn’t right’: Mikel Arteta takes dig at Unai Emery’s Arsenal career Advertisement Advertisement
The leaked draft of the IORP II Directive has received generally positive reactions from experts in the European pensions industry.Hans van Meerten, an associate at law firm Clifford Chance, said the draft version was very welcome, particularly with respect to cross-border and prudential regulations.He said the removal of the full funding requirement was a “big step forward”, given previous criticisms on the definition of cross-border activity, and that the added detail on prudential regulations was a positive move by the Commission.“It means, if IORPs do not comply with the Commission’s interpretation of prudential regulation, they might have a problem,” he said. “But, by regulating prudential regulation, you also regulate social and labour laws [in member states].” Van Meerten said it was a huge step in enhancing cross-border activity, and introduced mutual recognition between member states.Even when looking at the added detail on member communications and trustee board governance – pillars two and three – van Meerten said little came as a shock.“There is a sort of ‘copy and paste’ from the Solvency II Directive with regards to pillars two and three,” he said. “It is new that the way of thinking is in line with the Solvency II and UCITS way of thinking, and there is clear harmonisation in this field, which is welcome.”Dave Roberts, senior consultant at global consultancy Towers Watson, said that, despite rumours and counter-rumours, the leaked draft was evidence of commissioner Michel Barnier’s determination to press ahead with IORP II.“Barnier is due to publish a follow-up paper on long-term investments, and he may try to tie IORP II to this, as it could ease certain current investment restrictions on pensions – particularly for cross-border plans,” he said.On cross-border and prudential regulations, Mark Dowsy, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said the added detail over prudential regulations created uncertainty for anything currently considered under that banner but not included in the Commission’s draft.He also expressed doubts as to whether it would reach the final draft in its current form.“It will not be straightforward to push this one through,” he said.“There are certain elements that some member states may argue are social and labour law, which is a member state competence. This could potentially frustrate cross-border provisions.“Because the Commission is looking to iron out inconsistencies, it should mean it is easier to operate across borders, as it limits what member states can say is social and labour law.”Aon Hewitt said that if the final version of the directive followed the content of the leaked draft, it would provide a “significant boost” to cross-border pension provision in Europe.Paul Bonser, partner and head of Aon Hewitt EU Cross-Border Pensions Consulting, said the legislation could be a “real breakthrough”.“Aon Hewitt’s large global cross-border clients have met the Commission to explain how and why they are setting up cross-border plans, and how things can be made easier,” he said. “If the Commission has listened – and this leaked draft would indicate that they have – then there could be a golden opportunity for multinational companies.”But not everyone is convinced. Bernhard Wiesner – senior vice-president of pensions at the Bosch pension fund and a board member of the German pension fund association – spoke of urgency of cross-border pensions for European worker.“Occupational pensions are the most efficient form of funded retirement provision because they rest on employers as well as social partners,” he said.“It currently only exists in very few member states – and even then, often insufficiently so. Occupation pensions are urgently needed for workers on a large-scale across the whole of the EU.”However, on the merits of the draft IORP II Directive, he was less than optimistic. “So far, it is unapparent how this draft is to encourage employers and social partners to strengthen and expand occupational pensions and IORPs within the EU.”
AFTER: The kitchen is fresh and modern.Bamboo floorboards run through the home, and the exterior is in a neutral colour-palette, with timber roller doors a standout feature.The main kitchen is upstairs and has grey hamptons-style cabinetry and a white island bench. BEFORE: The bathroom was in dire need of an update. Picture: CoreLogic BEFORE: The main bedroom continued the theme of blue and yellow. Picture: CoreLogic AFTER: The house at 42 Pansy St, Wynnum, is barely recognisable after a makeover. Another dual-living property, this time at Norman Park, will go to auction on Saturday.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 AFTER: It has since been converted into a studio. AFTER: The bathroom is now what you would expect in a display home.The property goes to auction on February 2 at 1.30pm. From a little workers’ cottage to a contemporary family home, this house has had an incredible transformation.Ray White Bulimba agent Karen Chappell is marketing the house as “as new” after the whole house, located at 42 Pansy St, Wynnum, received a makeover.“It was a workers’ cottage which has been fully renovated and restored into a five bedroom contemporary home,” Ms Chappell said.It was once a shade of yellow, somewhere between lemon and mustard, and the kitchen cabinets were teal.Since, the house has been raised, and the interior is barely recognisable. AFTER: The studio is self-contained – perfect for a teenager’s retreat.Ms Chappel said there was ample possibility for a multi-generational family to live in the home, with both levels self-contained, and a self-contained studio at the rear of the property.“It has the option of multi-generational living, with grandparents or other family,” she said.“It has got a self-contained studio which could be used for a business or a teenager’s retreat.” BEFORE: The cabinetry was blue. Picture: CoreLogic AFTER: Now, bamboo floors run through the main bedroom, and the walls are neutral in colour.Ms Chappell said she also had another property with dual-living capabilities going to auction on the same day.“It’s got two living areas, two kitchens, two bathrooms – each on their own level,” she said.“It’s immaculate and it’s an income generator.”The house at 63 Moreton St, Norman Park, will go under the hammer on February 2, at 10am. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoBEFORE: There was a single car garage at the rear of the home.
Just a few minutes ago, at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, the Conference Manager J. Femke Hoogeveen officially opened the 1st Dredging Today Conference.The two-day event, collocated with the Offshore Energy and Exhibition Conference (OEEC), will gather expert conference speakers and panelists to discuss how the world in which the dredging industry operates is changing.On the first day, the audience will have an opportunity to hear about:Strategic plans for Chittagong Port – national and international scope, Rear Admiral M. Khaled Iqbal, Chairman, Chittagong Port Authority;Outlook for the dredging industry – Richard Brakenhoff, Industry Analyst, Rabobank;Middle East perspective on business climate trends – John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, NMDC;Future markets for dredging – Maurice de Kok, Business Development Director, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors.The first day also includes Thematical session: Climate change and its impact on dredging.In particular this session will discuss what this means for the dredging community and how this drives demand for dredging solutions:The physical aspects of climate change: Rising sea levels, Rob van Dorland, Senior Adviser Climate, KNMI;Adaptation: Sustainable land reclamation in South East Asia in light of climate change Mark van Zanten, Senior Project Manager Water, Royal HaskoningDHV;Marine contractors and sustainability – what is our response to global challenges? – Sander Dekker, Sustainability Manager, Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors;The future of dredging: Sustainable vessels and equipment -Erik van der Blom, R&D Manager, Royal IHC.More info to follow soon!
Uruguay snatched a late winner as they began their World Cup campaign with a dramatic victory over Egypt, who without star player Mohamed Salah. Jose Gimenez headed powerfully into the net in the 90th minute as he met Carlos Sanchez’s free-kick to give the South Americans a winning start in Russia.Here are five things we learned. THE PHAROAHS HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO WIN A GAMEIt has been 630 minutes since Egypt won a game. The last game they won was against Congo in the qualifiers when they won 2-1. The loss against Uruguay now leaves Egypt in a very precarious situation as they have to win their remaining games to be able to qualify. This means that Hector Cuper will need to find a way around this winless streak if the Pharaohs want to qualify to the next round in their first appearance at global showpiece since 1990. SUAREZ IS STILL ON A VACATION Suarez provided 5 goals and 2 assists during the qualification stages. However, Suarez looked like a stranger against Egypt. He seems to have lost his connection with Cavani. His match was summarised into misplaced passes, poor control and missed chances. The nature of the chances he missed was worrying because he was clean on goal on three occasions. Suarez will need to find his shooting boots if Uruguay have any hope of going far in the tournament.SHENAWY MAY HAVE JUST CLAIMED THE NUMBER ONE SPOTA few eyebrows were raised when Shenawi was picked ahead of veteran goalkeeper El Hadary. El Hadary was poised to make history by becoming the oldest player ever to play at a World Cup. He is currently 45 and he still has a chance to break this record as Egypt still have at least two games left. Shenawi will stand in El Haddary’s way as he had a very commanding performance today. A point-blank save to deny Suarez and an athletic save to deny Cavani in the second half wasn’t enough to keep a clean sheet but it was an inspiring performance by the Zamalek SC shot-stopper. He was also voted as Man of the Match.FAIRYTALE STORY CONTINUES FOR MORSYIf you had told Sam Morsy that he would be playing in the World Cup two years ago I am sure he would have laughed in disbelief. Well fast forward two years and he has made his debut in a World Cup with Egypt. Morsy has had an incredible year contributing immensely to Wigan’s promotion from league one. The story of Sam Morsy is indeed a fairy tale because he was recommended to the Egyptian FA by a journalist. Would it be too much of a fairy tale if Sam Morsy ended up as a World champion? URUGUAY’S OLD WARRIORS ARE STILL CAPABLEOscar Tabarez admitted that he would be giving the next generation of Uruguayan players a chance. He started with Bentacur, Vecino, Nandez and Arrascaeta – all of which are 25 years. Uruguay looked flat and dull until the introduction of C. Sanchez and C. Rodriguez. Both wingers replaced Arrascaeta and Nandez. The game changed completely after the introduction of these veteran wingers. Perhaps, Oscar Tabarez may need to hold on to his next generation experiment and stick to his old formula.— Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.