Transfers Aubameyang to Arsenal deal moves closer as Gazidis holds formal talks with Dortmund Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:08 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Premier League Bundesliga African All Stars The Gunners’ chief executive was in Germany as the north London club looks to secure the signing of the highly-rated Gabon striker Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the club’s transfer negotiators having been in Germany for their first round of talks with Borussia Dortmund.Ivan Gazidis, the club’s chief executive, new contracts expert Huss Fahmy and Sven Mislintat, the head of recruitment who joined from Dortmund, touched down on Sunday afternoon in a bid to move talks forward on a deal for Aubameyang.As reported by Goal earlier on Sunday, Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of completing his move to Manchester United having arrived for a medical with the club, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to add world-class attacking talent to his side and sees Aubameyang, a former team-mate of Mkhitaryan at Dortmund, as the perfect forward to complement the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal lodged their first formal offer for the Gabon international on Saturday, with reports suggesting that Dortmund value Aubameyang at £53 million, and it’s understood the German side are looking at Olivier Giroud being used as a potential makeweight in the deal.The German club’s CEO Hanz-Joachim Watzke told Ruhr Nachrichten: “I can confirm that there has been a first request from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and we are not commenting on the sums that have been called from England since noon today [Saturday].”Discussions between the Gunners and Dortmund on Sunday lasted several hours with Mislintat confirming to local German media that nothing had been finalised as of yet.Photos from Germany also showed Aubameyang’s sports car parked at the same Dortmund Airport terminal. Goal revealed last week that the striker, who has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances this season, has already agreed personal terms with the club. Aubameyang has endured a frustrating season with Dortmund, with disciplinary issues having previously seen him internally suspended and dropped from the first-team squad.Despite those conflicts, he has still raced to 13 goals in the Bundesliga this season, a tally bettered only by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Primera División Iniesta the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Barcelona The midfielder, who will play his last game for the Catalan club on Sunday, has called for the Blaugrana to put their faith in La Masia Andres Iniesta’s time at Barcelona is about to end. The news that all of the club’s fans did not want to hear became reality in late April as the player confirmed his departure in a tearful press conference.The start of a long and painful goodbye had come in the final of the Copa del Rey, when the midfielder signed off with a goal and a vintage display, before leaving the pitch to an ovation from fans of both Barca and Sevilla.On the way off, he had embraced several of his team-mates and he then sat on the bench for a few minutes, emotion etched on his face as tears flowed down his cheeks. And shortly afterwards, he returned to lift the trophy following a comprehensive 5-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now After the game, he refused to confirm his departure, but said he would speak soon, and with the whole squad given most of the week off, the following Friday was the time to announce his decision to the world.Flanked by family, friends, the Barca board and most of his team-mates (Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, the latter due to a passport issue, were notable absentees), he revealed his reasons for walking away this summer.”I don’t want to fool myself or fool anybody,” he said. “I’m 34 years old (actually he was still 33 at the time) and I know that everything would be more difficult. It’s a rule of life. Other challenges come and I will try to be as happy as I have been here.”Clearly, it was a difficult decision. “It is a really hard day for me,” he said of his imminent exit and move (probably to play in China or Japan, although it is still unconfirmed). “Because I have been here my whole life. Saying goodbye to what has been my home and my life is really complicated. But I understand that what comes next is even more complicated and difficult.”I could never forgive myself for making an uncomfortable situation at a club that has given me everything. That would not be fair on me and it would not be fair on the club.”Iniesta had signed a “lifetime” contract at Barca in October, but he had doubts back then and has chosen to leave on a high, still performing at the top level and with a domestic double set to be sealed this weekend as the Catalans close in on La Liga.The player broke down several times as he annpunced his decision to leave and especially as he thanked his parents and his sister, also present, remembering how he had arrived a shy kid 22 years ago, and his wife and “three treasures”, who were also in the room to watch his farewell press conference.There was also a message for the club. “Succeeding here was ingrained in my head,” he said. “It was a bit tough at first but it didn’t matter. The club should be aware of the value of the youth system. They are working well.”“Andres eats at a different table,” Guardiola once said early on in his tenure as Barca boss. “He’s an example. I always says he’s an example for the youth players. They should look at him: he doesn’t wear ear rings, he doesn’t dye his hair.”He plays 20 minutes and he doesn’t complain. Wherever you play him, he doesn’t complain. And he always plays well, and he always trains well. And when he is injured, he is in a bad mood because he wants to come back and help the team. For Barca to have a player like him is priceless.”It has been and as Andres prepares to bow out on Sunday, nothing will be quite the same again. But Guardiola is right: just as Pep himself was back in the day, Iniesta is the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at La Masia. He can only hope the club gives them a chance.
Share The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that the United States Department of Agriculture, its parent agency, has “engaged an independent investigator” to look into complaints against Chief Tony Tooke.News of this investigation comes as the Forest Service is dealing with allegations of a broader culture of harassment and retaliation within its ranks, as detailed in an investigation published by the PBS NewsHour this week.In the course of reporting its investigation, the PBS NewsHour discovered allegations of sexual misconduct against Tooke, specifically relationships with his subordinates, before he became chief.In a statement, Forest Service press officer Babete Anderson said the investigation would “undertake a thorough review of [Tooke’s] conduct. We take very seriously the responsibility to promote a safe, respectful and rewarding work environment for all employees.”When asked about the allegations, Tooke said in an email: “I’m in support of this investigation, and I have fully cooperated from the start. I expect to be held to the same standards as every other Forest Service employee.”In an email to employees responding to the NewsHour’s original report, a spokesman from Tooke’s office said: “The stories the Forest Service employees shared during the PBS NewsHour piece are important to hear, difficult and heart-wrenching as they may be. Stories like these, which have come to light over the past few years, have underscored that there are elements of sexual harassment in the Forest Service that have existed and continue today.”It continues: “While we have taken significant actions over the past several years to address sexual harassment in the Forest Service, we acknowledge that we have more work to do. These are critical issues that the Forest Service must continue to take on to increase our efforts to protect our fellow employees so they know they can speak up and speak out, without any fear of retaliation or reprisal. We continue to consult with outside experts and focus internal resources to help us better support victims of harassment during investigations. Victims must know that there will be accountability for persons who engage in sexual harassment and reprisal. We are committed to our duty to create a workplace that is respectful, rewarding, and above all, a safe place for all employees. The Forest Service is committed to permanently changing our culture to create the workplace we all deserve”The statement, from Dan Jiron, acting deputy undersecretary for natural resources and the environment, did not mention Tooke.After the NewsHour team reported on those allegations this week, more than 45 women and men also came forward with their own stories about the agency. If you are in the U.S. Forest Service and want to share your experience, email us at email@example.com.
Share @FirefightersHOU has withdrawn from the scheduled debate on Proposition B after the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event. Please see attached news release. pic.twitter.com/FJKbynI4Gy— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) October 3, 2018 Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) announced Wednesday afternoon it has agreed to participate in a debate with Mayor Sylvester Turner about pay parity between the local police and fire departments.On Wednesday morning, the HPFFA had announced that its president, Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, would not participate in the debate, which is scheduled for Saturday, due to disagreements with the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) which is organizing the event.The HPFFA said in a statement obtained by News 88.7 that “the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event.” The statement detailed that the Harris County Democratic Party “rejected a HPFFA request to directly address precinct chairs so they could vote on whether the county Democratic Party should support firefighters and Proposition B.”However, a statement sent around 4:30 p.m. announced that “after working through a variety of miscommunications” the HPFFA had agreed to take part in the debate about Proposition B.Lancton thanked the HCDP for “further clarifying the ground rules of the Prop B debate.” “Fairness of the debate and the inclusion of the precinct chairs in this process are priorities for us. The precinct chairs deserve to be as involved as possible in the debate,” the HPFFA president added.The debate will take place this Saturday, October 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed by the HCDP.