Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is considering his Arsenal future (Picture: Getty)Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ‘keeping his options’ despite the club’s best efforts to get him to sign a new long-term deal.The Gabon forward has scored 50 goals in 78 appearances for the Gunners since a £57million move from Dortmund in 2018.Arsenal have opened talks with the 30-year-old over a new deal at the club, as recognition of Aubameyang’s contribution since joining the club.But the club have been frustrated with their lack of progress and Goal report that Aubameyang is unwilling at this time to commit his future.ADVERTISEMENT Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang considering Arsenal exit despite club’s efforts over new deal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Nov 2019 11:28 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 Aubameyang’s current deal runs until 2021The striker is keeping his options open to see how the season pans out for the Gunners, while Unai Emery’s future is also likely to prove pivotal.AdvertisementAdvertisementAubameyang’s current deal expires in 2021 and Arsenal are understandably treating the matter with urgency given he’ll have one year remaining in the summer.The 30-year-old was heavily linked with a move to China before he settled on a move to the Emirates but he’s yet to taste Champions League football with the Gunners.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 ArsenalThe club are also similarly determined to hand strike partner Alexandre Lacazette a new deal but they’re yet to reach an agreement.Getting Mesut Ozil’s wages off the books could help the club stretch their budget further and Unai Emery is keen to offload the German.Ozil earns around £350,000-a-week but has started just one league game this term.MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright ‘very disappointed’ by Unai Emery decision during Wolves draw Advertisement Advertisement Comment
From €18,668.01 to €70,044.005.5% He stressed that the proposed system would only be for those not currently in a second-pillar scheme, as the ICTU does not want to see the approach “replace the few good pension arrangements around”.National Superannuation FundWhelan said the ICTU would like Ireland’s revenue office to be in charge of collecting contributions, which would be paid into a single, central, defined contribution (DC) pension fund – the National Superannuation Fund – administered by a trustee board. The pension pot would be transferable, in that it would follow employees if and when they joined a new employer.Whelan warned against the involvement of a private company pursuing a profit motive for such a scheme.“The danger of people just milking this system would be ever-present, so we are fairly determined to avoid that if we can,” he said.However, he accepted private sector asset managers would have a role in investing any contributions.The emphasis on a potentially government-backed not-for-profit provider echoes the statutory nature of a number of large pension funds, such as Sweden’s AP7, the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust and the Cook Islands’ National Superannuation Fund.Similarly, the Canadian provincial government of Ontario is to launch the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan in 2018 – with a compulsory, employer-matched contribution of 1.9% for workers not currently saving into a private-sector plan.Whelan said initial discussions with Ireland’s employer association, IBEC, had already taken place, and that he was “very pleasantly surprised” to see it broadly support ICTU’s proposal.He added: “They’ve no objection to paying into a scheme, so long as they have certainty about their level of contribution.”IBEC’s head of education and social policy Tony Donohoe agreed there was little point in phasing out the USC, only to introduce “a similar tax in the form of a universal pension scheme in the future”. He also said New Zealand’s approach of having a regularly tendered list of default Superannuation providers – then assigned by the New Zealand revenue office if beneficiaries made no active provider choice – was worth considering.IBEC has previously offered qualified support to the Universal Retirement Savings Group (URSG), convened by the government in early 2015 to consider the introduction of either an auto-enrolment-based or mandatory second-pillar system.Whelan explained that the ICTU’s proposal had not been submitted to the URSG, as the initial consultation period in early 2015 had not allowed it sufficient time to consult its union member base.Successive Irish governments have weighed up, or pledged, the introduction of an auto-enrolment system, to no avail.However, the two largest parties in the current parliament both pledged before February’s election their support for such a model. From €70,044.01 to €100,000.008% From €12,012.01 to €18,668.003% Income bandRate Irish unions have called on the government to introduce a mandatory second-pillar defined pension system, suggesting it should forego a planned tax cut and use the income as the initial contribution.Fergus Whelan, head of pension policy at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), told IPE the country was facing a “huge crisis” due to low pension coverage for private sector workers and declining pension adequacy for those in Irish public sector schemes.He said the union umbrella group was supporting the introduction of a mandatory, universal retirement system for those not currently saving into a pension fund, although he noted its proposal had not been put to the Universal Retirement Savings Group (URSG) convened by the government last year. Conceding that the ICTU had “probably missed the boat”, Whelan nevertheless suggested eligible workers’ initial contributions for the proposed universal system be diverted from the Universal Social Charge (USC), a progressive tax on income which the new Fine Gael-led minority government has pledged to phase out. Introduced in 2011, the USC is levied at a rate of 1% on income up to €12,012, increasing gradually to 8% on income above €100,000.“So, what we are saying is that, for any worker who is not in a scheme, instead of giving them back their Universal Social Charge, the Universal Social Charge should be their initial contribution to the scheme,” Whelan said.“That should be matched by a contribution from the employers.”USC rates in 2016USC rates in 2016 Up to €12,0121% Any PAYE income over €100,0008%
Van Vollenhoven said she could imagine that large pension funds would place the important positions within their own administrative functions, whereas it would be likely that board members would take on these tasks at smaller schemes.The personal assignment of these functions would also pose a challenge, because in most cases DNB had to approve appointments, the supervisory director said.Pensions lawyer Frank Doornik described DNB’s offer as “very positive”, adding that the regulator should repeat this for other subjects.However, he noted that the key functions could trigger questions about the collective responsibility and accountability of a pension fund’s board.“What does it mean for the division of roles if a trustee for internal auditing is to report to the board and the internal supervision about things that have gone wrong?” he asked. “Would the board still be a collective one in this case?”In Doornik’s opinion, pension funds must be much more careful when recording their decisions and how they have been made.“This would not only apply to the decision itself, but to all considerations and all individual comments on the subject,” he said. Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has offered pension funds assistance in filling in key positions to comply with the EU-wide pensions directive IORP II.At the annual congress of the Institute for Pensions Education (IVP) last week, Gisella van Vollenhoven, DNB’s director for pension fund supervision, said the regulator had noticed that it was difficult to comply with the conditions set for the key functions of audit, actuarial matters and risk management.She said the watchdog was ready to provide advice, explaining that the support would depend on pension funds’ structure, governing bodies and scale.The introduction of key functions forms part of the pensions directive, which must be implemented across EU member states through local legislation before 13 January 2019. The Dutch Senate was expected to pass the legislation this week.
Radio NZ 26 Nov 2012The Families Commission says culture and the church are major contributors to Pacific communities getting into trouble with debt and loan sharks. The commission’s report, Pacific Families and Problem Debt released on Saturday says Pacific families are going into debt to fulfil cultural obligations to churches and extended families. It says some churches add to the pressure through tithing and donations, including reading out what each family gives. Families Commissioer James Prescott says churches need to be at the forefront of helping Pacific families out of debt, not getting them into it. “Church leaders, for instance, need to be aware of the financial constraints that many of their parishioners face so that they’re not asking them to contribute beyond their means.” Dr Prescott says Pacific families also need to learn to say no, and to offer food or other help instead of money. The commission’s report also found low incomes, easy access to finance with high interest rates and language barriers when it came to understanding contracts were factors in financial strain.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/121827/church-urged-to-consider-pacific-families’-financial-constraints
Share Tweet 30 Views no discussions Share NewsSports Cricket World Cup: Ireland are beaten by West Indies by: – March 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B, Mohali: West Indies 275 (50 overs) bt Ireland 231 (49 overs) by 44 runs.Devon Smith scored a career-best 107 and Kieron Pollard smashed 94 off 55 balls as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in World Cup Group B in Mohali.West Indies were labouring on 142-3 from 35 overs before Pollard smashed five sixes to lift them to 275 all out. Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson kept Ireland on target for a win with a stand of 91. But Joyce’s dismissal for 84 sparked a collapse from 177-3 to 231 all out, with left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn taking four wickets. The defeat leaves Ireland needing to beat South Africa on Tuesday and the Netherlands next Friday to stand any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.Pollard’s pyrotechnics provided a much-needed boost to the West Indies, who made a sluggish start in the absence of Chris Gayle, who was ruled out on the morning of the match with an abdominal strain. Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul used up 24.2 overs in an 89-run opening partnership. But Kevin O’Brien struck to remove Chanderpaul and then Dwayne Bravo in the same over. At 142-3 after 35 overs, the Windies gambled by taking their batting powerplay and the tactic paid off as five overs yielded 55 runs.Pollard smashed O’Brien for two sixes in an over on his way to fifty from 35 balls and Smith accelerated to post his first one-day international hundred. Three more sixes from Pollard followed before he was caught on the boundary trying to bring up his hundred in style as West Indies lost their last four wickets for eight runs. O’Brien finished with a career-best 4-71 and John Mooney removed Pollard and Andre Russell in successive balls. Benn gave West Indies the perfect start, removing Paul Stirling via an inside edge in the second over.Ireland’s captain William Porterfield and Joyce responded with some meaty shots before Wets Indies’ skipper Darren Sammy reined them in with three consecutive maidens. Porterfield was the first to succumb to frustration, attempting to drive Sammy over the top and lofting a catch straight to mid-on. Joyce kept Ireland in the hunt with a well-paced innings, adding 44 with Niall O’Brien and 91 with Wilson, who struck six fours and a six in his 62-ball innings. But just when another famous Irish victory looked on the cards, debutant Andre Russell fired a yorker behind Joyce’s feet and took out his leg stump.When Kevin O’Brien was brilliantly caught in the deep by Pollard for five, the onus was on Wilson to play the hero’s role but he was dismissed in controversial fashion. Given out leg-before to Sammy, Wilson sent the decision for review and looked set for a reprieve when replays showed the impact was outside the line of off-stump. But the umpire upheld his decision after ruling that Wilson was not playing a shot, leaving the clearly unhappy batsman to trudge back to the With that went Ireland’s last hope, although George Dockrell (19) fought hard to see the match into the 49th over before he was bowled by the outstanding Benn.Source: BBC Sports
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They said his career had entered its twilight. They said he’d never be the same again. They said he’d lost his killer instinct. At 29 years of age, golf’s golden boy had lost his luster. But as the sun set Sunday at Augusta, the embattled prodigy proved he’s still Tiger Woods. After four of the most memorable holes in PGA history, Woods once again donned the green jacket. The drought was over.It was his fourth Masters victory and ninth major title, but this one meant a little more. This meant more than moving into third on the all-time majors list, more than being halfway to Jack Nicklaus before the age of 30. This one made a statement.As that final 15-footer fell into the cup, Tiger was himself again. He’s married now. He retooled his swing. He has a new coach. But he’s still the best player in golf. After 10 majors without a title, Tiger was back on top. It was a familiar scene as Woods sank the final putt and erupted in celebration. This wasn’t the first time he’s walked to the clubhouse as a champion. But the path to the clubhouse was far from familiar. Tiger stood at two over after day one, when his opening round was canceled after 12 holes. Critics were patting themselves on the back nationwide. It looked like Tigers’ slide was destined to reach No. 11. After 36 holes, Woods was six strokes off the lead. His new swing was spraying drives all over the course. Woods himself seemed unsure of where each swing would end up. Then, all of sudden, he was Tiger again. His drives straightened out, his putter couldn’t miss. For seven holes, it was 1997 again. Woods rattled off seven-straight birdies, a Masters record. When the dust settled, he had turned a six-stroke deficit into a three-stroke lead. With 54 holes in the books, Tiger was in control.But Woods saved his best drama for the final round. After entering the day with a three-shot advantage, Tiger’s lead dwindled to a single stroke by the 11th. By the 16th, Woods continued to cling to a one-stroke lead. Then came the chip. Easily the shot of the tournament, Woods put his chip well off the hole and watched it roll to the lip of the cup, pause and drop in. Tiger would call it one of the best he has ever hit. Now the three-time champion led by two strokes with just two holes to play. He had just come up with a shot for the ages. This one was in the books. But Tiger had a few more surprises in store. Woods’ collapse over the final two holes was as unexpected as his historic comeback.After erasing a seven-stroke lead to vault himself to the top of the leaderboard, after taking control with a shot no one thought possible, Woods would give it all away with bogeys on the final two holes. It was inexplicable.Suddenly, a sure victory was headed to a playoff — and the momentum was clearly in Chris DiMarco’s corner. All but written off two holes earlier, DiMarco was on the verge of stealing the title. Meanwhile, Tiger had just blown a two-stoke lead in two holes. As amazing as his comeback had been, it looked like the wheels had come off for Woods.But, if the man proved anything this weekend, it’s that he can never be counted out. Tiger put his collapse behind him and birdied the playoff hole, capping it off with a 15-foot putt and a trademark fist-pump. For the first time since the 2002 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods was a champion. Along the way, he sent a possible eagle putt into the water, sprayed drives all over the course and landed a few jaw-droppers reminiscent of his glory days. But in the end, an emotional Woods was not focused on the absurdity of the final holes or the historical significance of what had just transpired.Tiger’s concern was for a man who could not be on hand to experience it all. Woods dedicated the win to his father, as tears formed in the champion’s eyes. It was a fitting end to what may be remembered as Tiger’s most human Masters triumph.
After a 2-0 win over UC Riverside last Friday, the USC women’s soccer team continues their season in Durham, North Carolina, this weekend with games against two top 20 teams.The Women of Troy take on No. 18 Duke on Friday and No. 4 ranked North Carolina on Sunday.After going 2-1 to kick off the season, USC goes into this weekend ranked No. 15 in the country.Earlier this season, in games against Texas Tech and Florida State, the team proved that they could compete with the finest of programs, earning their position as one of the best teams in the nation.This weekend, the Women of Troy will face some tough competition, but head coach Keidane McAlpine has the utmost faith in his team.“Having played Texas Tech and Florida State in the opening weekend has set the team into focus from the beginning — this is just the carry over,” McAlpine said. “They seem pretty relaxed and locked in.”Not only is the coaching staff confident in the performance for this upcoming weekend, but the team appears calm, cool and collected as well.But Reilly Parker, a redshirt junior and transfer from North Carolina, said that though the team seems poised from the outside, there is a healthy sense of urgency behind the scenes.“I think there has definitely been a raise in the level of competition at practice,” she said. “And I think that’s because we know we’re playing two extremely competitive teams that grind for 90 minutes and win games with their grit and their heart. We had to prepare accordingly.”With two challenging games ahead of them, the Women of Troy are planning on taking it one game at a time.“The way we build our program is one of development. We want to get better throughout the year, regardless of opponent,” McAlpine said. “As far as this weekend, we only talk about Duke, we haven’t talked about North Carolina. There are definitely some things we’ve worked on this week that will be useful in both games, but they will be useful in both games and beyond.”According to Parker, the game against Duke will be exciting to watch as the Women of Troy face a formation they have not yet seen this season. Because of this, the team will alter their usual game plan in order to compete.“We worked on how we’re going to play within Duke’s system,” Parker said. “Practice this week has put emphasis on a lot of the little details that we really have to be locked in on. If you’re not, it’s going to show when it comes to game time.”The Women of Troy have yet to face either the Blue Devils or the Tar Heels under the leadership and direction of second-year head coach McAlpine.“In a game like this, you don’t have time to think about it, you just have to know [what you’re doing],” Parker said. “The biggest thing has been being present in the moment.”This not only provides a remarkable opportunity for USC to make a nationwide statement, but it also serves as a chance for elite players Parker and Amanda Rooney, who also transferred from North Carolina, to go back to where it all started while now representing the Cardinal and Gold.“Like a lot of us who have transferred, we have a lot to prove,” Parker said. “We want to show that even though one school didn’t necessarily work out, that we can kill it for this new team and be a presence. I really thought that I would be nervous, but I’m not. But I want to beat them, we all do. Every game is a battle.”This weekend’s matches are just the first in a season where McAlpine and the rest of his coaching staff have upped the ante for opponents.Durham will be one of the first of these trials where the team can demonstrate its worth as a program.“We’re feeling good,” McAlpine said. “I think any time you play top teams it’s a chance to measure yourself. As much as you want to be good early, you want to be great late. So these two games are stepping in that direction.”
As it stands the Dublin forward will miss tomorrow’s semi final with Mayo through suspension. Although he has one last route to go through the Dispute resolution authority if the Dubs choose to pursue it.Mayo and Dublin will meet in the replay of the All Ireland Senior Football Semi Final this Saturday in Croke Park.
Didier Drogba netted his 12th goal in 12 games for Montreal Impact to wrap up a 3-0 victory over visiting Toronto in the USA Major League Soccer play-offs.Teammates Patrice Bernier and Ignacio Piatti had given the hosts a two-nil lead in the 18th and 33rd minutes respectively, before Drogba’s well taken finish six minutes from half-time effectively sealed the win.Impact, who have seen their fortunes swing skyward since Drogba’s midseason arrival in July, will now meet Colombus Crew over two legs next.In the 12 games that the two-time African Player of the Year has played, the Quebec side have won eight, drawn one and lost three.Impact will host Crew on Sunday at the Saputo Stadium.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports