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Eric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours

first_imgEric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 11:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link639Shares Bailly was linked with Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Manchester United staff are split on whether Eric Bailly is good enough to succeed at the club, according to reports.The centre-back was hailed as the man to save United’s defence when he was signed by Jose Mourinho, but has seen a drastic decline in form in the last year.Bailly is still considered by many fans as United’s best defender, but has barely played under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over. (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has started just four games in all competitions under Solskjaer and the Independent claim the United staff at at odds over what to do with Bailly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHalf of the staff believe Bailly possesses the physicality that has been sorely missing from United’s backline.United’s fragility at the back was laid bare in the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and the club are targeting a big name addition this summer.But while Bailly may be considered by some as the centre-back to partner the incoming defender, other staff members are concerned about his ‘purer footballing ability’.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 Citycenter_img Bailly is yet to see his fortunes turn around under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)The signing of a new centre-back will mean the exit of a current Red Devil, and Bailly could be facing the axe.An injury and red card stifled Bailly’s emergence under Solskjaer and speculation was rife in January United were prepared to offload the Ivory Coast international.Arsenal were linked with a move for Bailly, but were reportedly knocked back in their advances as United decided to keep hold of their under-performing defender.MORE: Benfica expect Manchester United target Joao Felix to seal Barca or Real transfer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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PGGM, UBS collaborate on food security project

first_imgDutch asset manager PGGM and Switzerland’s UBS Asset Management have partnered to develop an impact measurement framework and methodology that tackles food security, the UN’s second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).In a joint statement, the investors said they had launched a sponsored research project with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and Harvard University in the US.The project aims to build scalable models that can be applied to global listed equities of companies selling technologies to improve agricultural yields and access to nutritious food.The research project was initiated by UBS AM two-and-a-half years ago, after its sustainable development team was selected by PGGM – the asset manager of the €197bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW – to manage a €1.5bn mandate of listed equities for its impact strategy. PFZW selected food security as one of its priority areas for investing in solutions with a real-world impact.“With the global population approaching 9bn in 2030, it is evident that providing food poses a great challenge, especially if we consider nutritional quality, access to food and resource productivity,” said Piet Klop, senior adviser for responsible investment at PGGM.“To tackle such a complex issue, we partner with the best in finance and [the] academic community to develop a replicable, science-based methodology for measuring impact in food security.“We are happy to lead the charge and hope to demonstrate that mainstream investors can deliver both market-rate returns and a measurable impact.”WUR, a leading Dutch university focused on healthy food and living environments, will examine the link between technologies produced by listed companies and agriculture yields. Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health is building models that provide deprived communities with access to nutritious food.Dinah Koehler, executive director of the global sustainable equities team at UBS AM, said that the research would focus on four food security-related metrics.“Given the complexity of our global food system, building these models is challenging,” she commented. “Based on our experience building impact models for climate change and water, we believe we have established a solid foundation for extending our measurement impact framework.”UBS AM said it also wanted to deploy academic expertise to develop impact measurement methodologies for climate change, air pollution, clean water access and healthcare, in line with other relevant UN SDGs. It has already begun developing models in conjunction with Harvard University.last_img read more

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Gov. DeSantis backs bill allowing college athletes to get paid

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis is backing Florida lawmakers’ attempts to lift NCAA rules that prevent college athletes from signing endorsement deals and profiting from their athleticism.DeSantis joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers and former Florida State University football players on Thursday to announce his support.The proposed legislation introduced by House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee is reportedly modeled after California legislation that is set to take effect in 2023.If the bill is signed into Florida law, it is expected to go into effect on July 1.The NCAA opposes the legislation citing it blurs the lines between big-money professional sports and amateur college athletics.It’s unclear at this time how either of the state’s laws would coincide with the current NCAA because it is not a government body and still be able to have its own rules independent of state laws.last_img read more

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Thomas earns ACC, Top Drawer honors after shutting out Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Senior defender Skylar Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week and was picked to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week. Both honors were announced Tuesday.Thomas played 90 minutes at right center back in a 1-0 win over Binghamton on Sept. 23 and on Saturday, he played the full match and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over then-No. 2 Virginia.Thomas’ header goal in the 31st minute off a Julian Buescher corner kick gave SU its first win over a Top-10 team since Oct. 17, 2001.No. 9 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 ACC) will take on Colgate (4-3-1, 1-0 Patriot) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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