Arsenal defender William Saliba compared to Raphael Varane by his former coach

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal defender William Saliba compared to Raphael Varane by his former coach Mikel Arteta will be keen to welcome Saliba to the Arsenal team (Picture: Getty Images)Froscino admitted one of Saliba’s best qualities is his calmness and winning mentality, which will be a big asset to Mikel Arteta’s side.He added: ‘I feel enormous pride when I see him playing at this level, with this composure, this maturity, this accuracy, this sense of anticipation and this application.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 Arsenal‘I have never seen a kid have such a desire to succeed.‘He wanted, from an early age, to be a professional footballer, already hated defeat, transcended himself.’MORE: Arsenal need to sell Mesut Ozil, says club hero Andrey ArshavinMORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright offers transfer advice to Harry Kane amid Man Utd speculationFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 31 Mar 2020 4:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link538Shares Saliba is highly regarded in French football (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s on-loan defender William Saliba has been compared to Real Madrid star Raphael Varane by his former youth coach.The Gunners signed the 19-year-old for £27million last summer from Saint-Etienne and immediately loaned him back to the Ligue 1 club for this campaign.Despite missing 14 games this season with a metatarsal fracture, Saliba returned to help his side reach the French Cup final for the first time in 38 years earlier in March.Fabio Froscino, the centre-back’s youth coach at AS Bondy explained what sets him apart from the rest and told Saint-Etienne’s official website: ‘William will go far, very far. He reminds me of Raphael Varane.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘As a kid, he was already above the lot, technically clean, comfortable with the ball.‘I had positioned him at the centre forward position. Evolving then in central defence would not have allowed him, in my opinion, to progress.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

GVC Holdings rules out judicial review of FOBT decision despite £160m hit

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC Plc, the owner of Ladbrokes Coral, has appealed for time to implement the new £2 stake for B2 Gaming Machines, given that it will cost the company £160m as soon as the cut is implemented, and said that it does not intend to seek a judicial review of the DCMS‘ decision.In an update to the stock market, the company said: “Whilst we welcome the certainty provided by the announcement, we are disappointed with the outcome, particularly given the previous independent evidence on stake cuts published by both the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.“It is now important that the industry is given an adequate implementation period to help prepare and plan for the shop closures that will arise, including attempting to mitigate the impact of resultant job losses. Significant re-engineering of the machines and gaming software will also be required to effect these changes.”It added: “Today’s Government announcement marks the end of uncertainty on FOBT staking limits.  As a responsible business, we re-iterate our commitment to work closely with the Government and our regulators to ensure that both our retail and online offerings are places where customers can enjoy gambling in a safe and secure environment. In order to achieve a positive and constructive working relationship, GVC confirms that it does not intend to seek a Judicial Review of the Triennial Review decision.”The company said that the focus in the UK Retail operation over the last two years has been to create a business that is well placed to face these structural and regulatory headwinds. As such the firm expects to be able to reposition the business within two years following implementation, with an anticipated fully mitigated impact of c£120m on Group EBITDA secured by the end of this period. In the first full year the impact on Group EBITDA is anticipated to be in the region of £160m. “Therefore, we expect to retain a profitable and highly cash generative UK Retail estate,” it added. “Furthermore, our proven leading multi-channel expertise presents additional opportunities to drive online growth.”GVC reiterated that its offer for Ladbrokes Coral Group envisaged the possibility of a £2 maximum stake Triennial Review and today’s announcement has no impact on the minimum targeted synergies of at least £100m per annum.It explained: “As part of the consideration paid for the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC issued to each Ladbrokes Coral shareholder a Contingent Value Right (“CVR”) for each Ladbrokes Coral share that they held. The CVRs were constituted under a deed poll made by the Company (“CVR Instrument”), a copy of which can be found at www.gvc-plc.com.The value of each CVR, and therefore the value of any payment ultimately due from GVC to CVR holders, is directly linked to the outcome of the Triennial Review and certain laws enacted pursuant to it.“Whilst there is a formal process and methodology for determining the value of the CVRs, which GVC will adhere to, the CVR Instrument envisages that if legislation is enacted prior to 28 March 2019 reducing maximum stakes to £2, as announced by the Government today, this will result in each CVR having zero value. In such circumstances no payment would be required to be made by GVC to CVR holders and the CVRs would be automatically cancelled.”last_img read more

GOP Keeps Hold on County, Some Upsets in Towns

first_imgThere were some close calls and upsets in several Two River area races in Tuesday’s municipal elections, including Holmdel, Sea Bright, Fair Haven, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Oceanport. Republicans Tom Arnone and Nick DiRocco won seats on the Board of Chosen Freeholders; Shaun Golden won reelection for Monmouth County Sheriff; and Republicans Gerry Scharfenberger and Serena DiMaso won seats on the General Assembly (D-13). Golden also thanked everyone who supported him and his team Nov. 5. “I am humbled and honored by the outpouring of support and by the number of volunteers who helped our team to victory,” he wrote on his public Facebook page. “I am so honored to serve another term as Monmouth County Sheriff, and looking forward to serving alongside Tom Arnone and Nick DiRocco. We will continue to work hard to make Monmouth County the best place to live, work and raise a family.” Sanders offered his congratulations to Kelly, and expressed thanks to his wife, their friends “and to all the voters who came out to support Sea Bright today.” Santhana said on Wednesday that Holmdel residents “sorely needed a change” after issues were raised over who authorized costs related to a potential turf field project, the departure of the former township administrator and accusations of nepotism. “People were ready for a change, so I think that’s what’s reflected in the results,” he said. “My opinion is people primarily wanted to see new blood, new ideas and of course more transparency in the way they run our government, and more involvement.” In a narrow win, unofficial tallies indicated that Democrat Samuel Catalano and incumbent Independent Kevin Birdsall defeated Republican John Lamia Jr. in the race for Sea Bright borough council. As of Wednesday, Nov. 6, results show that Catalano received 292 votes, Birdsall, 264, and Lamia, 252. Coffey said the results of the race “speak volumes,” in that “it’s nearly a 2-to-1 margin of victory” for himself and the two Independent candidates who won election to the borough council, Thomas J. Tvrdik and Meghan Walker. The newcomers defeated Republican incumbents who ran for reelection, Joseph A. Irace and Stephen Solan. In Oceanport, Mayor Jay Coffey won reelection, running as an Independent and beating Republican councilman Robert Proto. There were 1,363 votes in Coffey’s favor and 603 for Proto. The nonpartisan race for mayor in Highlands continues as incumbent Mayor Richard W. O’Neil is currently six votes short to frontrunner Carolyn Broullon. “It’s a close race. However it works out, is how it works out,” said O’Neil. “You can’t control who wants to affiliate themselves with you.” The outcome may or may not change once all the late mail-in ballots and provisional ballots are counted. And while the Independents won the majority of votes in the township overall, Republicans Hinds and Liu had more votes in several districts. “Serena DiMaso and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the voters of LD-13 for the incredible faith they have put in us with such a resounding victory last night,” said Scharfenberger in a statement. “I can promise you that we will be unwavering in fighting for all the issues that are important to you, such as lower taxes, a better business environment, safety and security, respect for law enforcement, open space and protection of the environment.” Down by the shore, things were heating up in Sea Bright with contested races for mayor and borough council. Republican councilman Brian Kelly won the race for mayor against Democrat Jack Sanders, following days of tense arguments among community members on social media. Unofficial tallies show Kelly in the lead with 343 votes versus Sanders’ 161 votes. center_img Atlantic Highlands Democratic Mayor Rhonda Le Grice lost her run for reelection against Republican challenger Loretta Gluckstein, with 836 for Gluckstein and 612 for Le Grice. Independent challenger Joshua Leinsdorf received 162 votes. “It’s been a great nine years. I thank Holmdel for the time I spent being a leader. Now it’s time to spend more time with my family,” said Hinds. “People want change and unfortunately Holmdel wants a different look and they’re going to get it. I did the best I could. I always try to do the right thing and I care deeply about people.” The results are not considered official by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office until all late mail-in ballots and provisional ballots are counted, which should be on Tuesday, Nov. 12. But that didn’t stop candidates from celebrating their wins as polls closed, surrounded by supporters, at get-togethers in local eateries. “We’re all happy with the results. I’m glad that the governing body has put so much work into the town, along with everyone over the years. I think it’s the best outcome for everybody,” said Kelly on election night. He gave thanks to ever yone who helped him along the way including Dina Long, current mayor, who did not seek reelection. “We had a tremendous show of support from the community,” said Weber on the night of the election. “This campaign was about putting ‘People Over Politics’ and we’re very grateful to the voters of Holmdel for demonstrating their issues and concerns, and trusting us to carry them forward.” Results varied in municipal elections in the Two River area, but Holmdel Township was one of the closest races of the evening. Republican Mayor Eric Hinds and running mate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu faced off against Independents Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana in a contentious race. Weber and Santhana came out on top. The results were 2,072 votes for Weber; 1,991 for Santhana; 1,965 for Liu; and 1,953 for Hinds. There were 16 write-in votes. Republicans retained their control of the five-member Monmouth County freeholder board. “It was a rather vitriolic campaign and I think the Borough of Oceanport came out on the side of civility and positive discourse between elected officials and the electorate,” Coffey added. “The people of Oceanport twice in four years have come together as a collective and shown that it’s the community that controls the elections, not the elected officials.” In Fair Haven, Democratic newcomers Meghan Chrisner-Keefe and Michael McCue came out on top against Republican incumbents Jonathan Peters and Jacqueline Rice. Unofficial results show that Chrisner-Keefe received 998 votes, McCue, 927, Peters, 595, and Rice, 537. “We were thrilled with the results,” said Chrisner-Keefe. “All of the candidates ran honorable and respectful campaigns, and I’m really looking forward to serving our community.” last_img read more

AMERICAN CLEOPATRA & CHAMPAGNE ROOM HEAD COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 12 JUVENILE FILLIES GOING 1 1/16 MILES IN GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgCHAMPAGNE ROOM: Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC or Exline-Border, LLC and partners, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Sorrento Stakes two starts back with Mario Gutierrez up, who has ridden her in all three career starts. She’ll go a route of ground for the first time Saturday with Mike Smith at the controls. ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Separated by just a nose when last they met, American Cleopatra, a full sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will renew acquaintances with Champagne Room in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. The final major steppingstone to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, the Chandelier attracted a wide open field of 12 on Saturday.                 AMERICAN CLEOPATRA: Like American Pharoah, she’s a Zayat Stables homebred and is also trained by Bob Baffert. An impressive two length maiden special weight winner under Stewart Elliott going 5 ½ furlongs on July 31, she was second as the 8-5 favorite with Rafael Bejarano in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante Sept. 3, finishing a nose in front of Champagne Room. She’ll be reunited with Elliott on Saturday as she tackles two turns for the first time in her third career start. With Honors–Flavien Prat–122Noted and Quoted–Rafael Bejarano–122Champagne Room–Mike Smith–122Zapperkat–Norberto Arroyo–122American Cleopatra–Stewart Elliott–122Bitzka–Tyler Baze–122Datz a Violation–Martin Pedroza-122Mistressofthenight–Kent Desormeaux–122Princess Coco–Victor Espinoza–122Lake Time–Gary Stevens–122Nikki My Darling–Drayden Van Dyke–122Demigoddess–Brandon Boulanger–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com Race 10 (of 11)                                                                                                  Approximate post time 5 p.m. PST CHANDELIER IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES THE GRADE I CHANDELIER STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSlast_img read more