Belvedere and Axa set to pre-let Isis Reach

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Mixed messages

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Offices: Manchester returns to its core

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to seal shock Chelsea transfer in January

first_imgAubameyang wanted to join Chelsea (Picture: AFP via Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly attempted to force through a transfer to Chelsea in January – but a move failed due to his excessive wage demands.Aubameyang will face off against Chelsea on Saturday when Arsenal take on Frank Lampard’s side in the FA Cup final. But he was keen to swap his red jersey for a blue one. According to the Daily Mail, contact was made on behalf of the Gabon international as he was keen on a move to Stamford Bridge. ADVERTISEMENTBut his high wage demands meant that a move didn’t get off the ground. It’s claimed he would have been comfortably the highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history, if they had bowed to his demands. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to seal shock Chelsea transfer in January Arsenal and Chelsea will face off on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang’s contract expires at the end of next season – and his future at the Emirates is far from certain. AdvertisementAdvertisementShould Mikel Arteta’s side fail to win Saturday’s final, Arsenal will not be involved in European football next season. And failure to land the trophy could see Aubameyang – who has scored 27 goals this season – depart.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 CityDespite already signing Timo Werner, Lampard is keen on signing a striker but Aubameyang would have to lower his wage demands for a move to come to fruition. Barcelona and AC Milan are both interested in the 31-year-old as well and will no doubt be watching Saturday’s final closely to see if Arsenal secure Europa League qualification.Who will win the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%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. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Initiative develops shareholder-engagement guidelines for Germany

first_imgA taskforce has developed guidelines for dialogue between investors and the supervisory boards of listed companies in a move designed to modernise shareholder engagement in Germany.The guidelines are the work of a Developing Shareholder Communication initiative, spearheaded by Hermes EOS and Ernst & Young.They are significant because of the specificity of Germany’s corporate governance model, company law in the country, and what has been the dominant practice in this regard, despite some changes in recent years.   Germany has a two-tier corporate governance model, with employee co-determination. Under German company law, the supervisory board (comprising non-executive directors) has a right to a dialogue with investors but only pertaining to topics that fall within its remit, with responsibility for communication with investors remaining with the management board for all other matters.Hans-Christoph Hirt, co-head at Hermes EOS, told IPE: “If you just look at the law, it isn’t envisaged that non-executive directors in the German two-tier system speak with investors, and it also certainly hasn’t been common practice.“Unlike in the UK, where it’s sort of part of the job description of non-executive directors to speak to investors, in Germany, it’s not in the tradition, and if you strictly interpret the law, you may come to the conclusion it’s not aligned with or even prohibited by the law.”The guidelines were produced by a small working group, crucially including some of the top legal authorities in Germany, with input from a stakeholder advisory group.Investor representatives included Claudia Kruse, managing director of sustainability and governance at APG Asset Management; Ingo Speich, head of sustainability and engagement at Union Investment; and Henning Gebhardt, global head of equities at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.Thomas Richter, CEO of BVI, the German investment fund association, welcomed the work of the taskforce, including as a response to the EU shareholder rights directive; this foresees institutional investors playing a more active role in corporate governance.  “The eight guiding principles are a great way for both German and international investors to establish a more formal dialogue with the supervisory board,” he said. “We have noticed increasing demand especially from institutional investors to speak to the supervisory board and not only the management board.”Richter was also involved in the stakeholder group.The guidelines are intended to serve as a practical tool but also to “establish a framework for the communication of listed companies and to contribute to good dialogue practices”, according to the group behind the principles.They also have a wider purpose, according to Hirt.“This initiative was also about putting the issue firmly on the table and having a bit of a discussion around the current legal framework,” he said.“The view of the working group and the stakeholder group was that it is perfectly possible under the current legal framework to have this dialogue, provided you recognise there are certain boundaries.”Pushback is expected but also welcome.“We expect a very fierce, particularly academic legal discussion around this issue,” said Hirt.“The politicians are on board, but there are strong pockets of practising lawyers and particular academic lawyers who I think will take issue even with the starting point that you can have a dialogue if you stick to certain rules.”The government commission for Germany’s corporate governance code, in what is understood to be a departure from its previous position, has indicated that it intends to consult on a proposal to amend the code with respect to the topic of communication between supervisory boards and investors.The head of the government commission, Manfred Gentz, was a member of the stakeholder group advising the Hermes/E&Y initiative.Two other members of the stakeholder advisory group are also on the government commission: APG’s Kruse and Joachim Faber, head of the supervisory board at Deutsche Börse and on the board of directors of HSBC.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: Palm Beach couple drop $3 million on Bilinga house

first_img Artist impression of three-level homes planned for the beachfront in Bilinga by developer Christie Leet.“This is the ultimate traditional house and land package,” he said.“Your own home, designed to your needs, on the beach on the Gold Coast is still a dream for many locals and the interest we have had indicates there are plenty of buyers ready to make the switch from an apartment to a home.The Golden Four is structured to allow buyers to purchase the land and then work with a builder to customise pre-approved house designs. Remaining residences are priced at $3.195 million, $1.699 million and $1.599 million.Each of the two beachfront residences in The Golden Four will sit on about 250 sqm of land and have 8m of ocean frontage. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Designer’s house sells in $3.75 million deal The Golden Four at Bilinga.A PALM Beach couple has snapped up a beachfront house in The Golden Four at Bilinga for a multimillion-dollar price.The project has received strong interest since launching in December with one of the four residences – Illuka – selling for $2.995 million.The Golden Four is a cluster of four stand-alone houses on individually titled lots with no body corporate fees. There are two with beachfront positions.Sherpa Investments managing director Christie Leet said The Golden Four provided an alternative option to owning an apartment. MORE NEWS: Interstate buyer makes Gold Coast day trip to attend house’s auctioncenter_img The four-bedroom houses have been designed to include double garages, lifts, 3m ceilings, ducted airconditioning and indoor/outdoor living areas including plunge pools.All four properties were designed by Herwig Hartl Architects with interiors by Michelle Gibbons of Dot Dot Designs.Pending council approval, civil works are due to start in April.last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Come Up Short Against Lady Trojans

first_imgIt was a rough night for the Lady Wildcats. East Central played well and picked up a lot of our great swings winning 25-12, 25-17, 25-16.Kamryn McCool ended the night with 9 kills and 1 block. Autumn McDaniel did a great job digging 19 of their hard hits. She also had 1 ace serve. Kendall McCool set very well and played good defense digging 9 balls.The Cats will be back in action in their final regular season match on the Thursday as they travel to South Dearborn. Then it will begin season three as they prepare to take on Madison in Sectional on Thursday, October 12th.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.ECVB defeated FC last night in 3 with the scores of 25-12, 17, 16.‘It was senior night and our last home match of the year. Varsity finished the regular season undefeated at home, which was a goal from the beginning. The next goal is to finish undefeated in conference.’  Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Next up- Harrison tonight with freshman starting at 4:30.Varsity is now 24-3 on the season and 13-0 in EIAC.FC JV fell to East Central tonight in 2 sets 25-18, 25-11.We came out giving them a run for the money but just couldnt hang on. My team has improved so much this season. We were digging hits and just weren’t capitalizing on them in front row. Rachel Bischoff had 10 digs. Jalynn Rogers added 9 and Charlotte Barrett added 5. Makyah Richardson and Charlotte Barrett each had 2 kills. Lilli Stewart added 1 kill. Rachel Bischoff, Charlotte Barrett and Kaylynn Rauch each had 1 ace serve.We may have lost but we stayed strong playing a very good team. These girls love a challenge and that is what we had. We travel to our last season game this Thursday at South Dearborn @5.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

Shooting believed to be in self-defense

first_imgBatesville, IN — In what appears to be a possible case of self-defense, a Batesville man is dead following an early morning shooting at the Canterbury Apartments.According to Batesville Police Chief Stan Holt, officers from the Batesville Police Department responded to a domestic violence 911 call from an apartment on Arlington Drive shortly after 8 am Monday morning.Upon arrival at the scene, officers allege discovering the body of a 46-year old male, with the cause of death being a gunshot wound to the chest. In the initial investigation by police, it is alleged that the deceased was shot by a juvenile resident of the apartment as he was committing a violent attack upon the juvenile’s mother while armed with a knife. Chief Holt stated that witnesses at the scene and the juvenile all collaborate that the juvenile fired the fatal shot, and all have been cooperative with investigators. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time, pending notification of his immediate family.According to Franklin County Prosecutor Chris Huerkamp, under Indiana Law, a person is justified in using deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat, if that person reasonably believes that force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person, or a third person, or the commission of a forcible felony.Although no one is currently in custody as a result of the shooting, Huerkamp said he will make a final determination on whether or not his office pursues criminal charges upon completion of the investigation. At that time, more details will be made public.Huerkamp further emphasized that the investigation is ongoing and that all potential suspects and/or criminal defendants would be presumed innocent until proven guilty.last_img read more

Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua is adamant neither he nor Tyson Fury are overlooking their respective “banana skin” opponents as anticipation builds towards a potential showdown between the two world heavyweight champions next year.It is understood Joshua’s defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO crowns against Kubrat Pulev has been pencilled in for December 12 at London’s O2 Arena, while Fury, the WBC champion, is committed to a third bout with Deontay Wilder. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Fury himself have already confirmed an initial agreement is in place for a blockbuster two fights between the British pair next year provided they avoid upset defeats in their next contests.Joshua knows from bitter experience that nothing can be taken for granted after last year’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jr which sent shockwaves through the sport and although that was avenged, the Watford fighter is focused on Pulev.Pulev has won his last eight fights since suffering the only defeat of his professional career to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, while Wilder’s explosive power is well-renowned after amassing 41 stoppages in his 42-1 record.Asked who has the sterner test, Joshua told the PA news agency: “We’ve got to put them on an equal playing field because if I say ‘I’ve got the bigger test’ or ‘he’s got the bigger test’, you never know what’s going to happen.“They’re both banana skin fights. It’s like ‘get past this one then there’s the big one next’, so this one is just as important as the big one. “When the time’s right we’ll fight. We’re keen but I’ve got Kubrat Pulev first which is a mandatory defence, which I have to do. Once I get past that I’m a free agent.“I’m going to say we’ll fight next year but everything else that comes with it, I’ve just got to put to the back of my mind and just focus on Kubrat Pulev. Once I get past him, hopefully Fury will be the next one in line.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaBanana skinDeontay WilderKuvrat PulevTyson Furylast_img read more

Maontri bids for Sligo success

first_img The Matty Tynan-trained eight-year-old won four in a row on the all-weather at Dundalk back in early 2014 but she had never won on the turf until her last start at Leicester, where she ran out a convincing two length victor under Cam Hardie. She carries top-weight of 9st 13lb here but Ian Queally takes a valuable 7lb off and she can be expected to go close. Press Association Maontri will bid to follow up her recent win at Leicester when she takes her chance in the Sligo GAA Raceday August 18th Fillies Handicap.center_img Natural Woman won her maiden over the course and distance last month and she looks a big danger, while others to consider are Takeachanceonme, Belezza Oscura and Que Sera Sera. Johnny Murtagh has booked Pat Smullen to ride Stanley Daley in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden and this son of Bushranger looks the one to beat. He was a good fourth on his last outing at Navan and the step up in trip to six furlongs here should prove ideal. Patrick Prendergast does well with his runners at Sligo and is represented by Greyscape who looks the main danger in a first-time hood. Prendergast has Windward Passage (first-time cheekpieces) in the opening Guinness Claiming Race and the Dubawi gelding has solid claims in what is a competitive contest. Elusive Gent has some form to his name and is sure to have plenty of supporters, while Gun Shoot, General Bunching and Park Ranger are others to consider. Course and distance winner Three Bells might be able to defy top-weight in the Sligo Rovers Raceday August 5th Handicap, while Flowing Air, Palace Art, Bribe The Bouncer and Eloge are a few for the shortlist in the Audi Sligo Apprentice Handicap. Eight-time winner Rock Critic makes his return to action in the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Rated Race and it will be interesting to see how he gets on. Dual course and distance winner Queen Of Alba was third to the high-class Pleascach at Naas on her penultimate start and is sure to have plenty of supporters. Harasava ran well to finish second at Tipperary recently and should prove hard to beat in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden. last_img read more