Arteta has plenty of options at centre-back (Picture: Getty Images)However, the centre-back is yet to make his debut for Arsenal and was a surprise omission from the squad that beat Liverpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRennes boss Stephan confirmed the French club are considering Saliba as a potential option in defence.‘William Saliba is an option,’ he admitted.‘He is an interesting player, he is coming out of an appealing season with Saint-Etienne, even if it seems more complicated with Arsenal.’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 ArsenalSpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Sheffield United, Arteta also alluded to the fact that Saliba’s transition hasn’t gone as smoothly as planned and the club are looking at ‘different options’ regarding his future.‘The difficult year that the player had and the plan that we had for him, for the transition year, we could not achieve,’ said the Spanish boss.‘We are looking at different options to try to have the best possible development for the player and to protect our intentions with William for the future. ‘We want to both be aligned and make the best decision for now and for the future.’MORE: Europa League draw: Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers learn their fateMORE: Arsenal’s Houssem Aouar hopes fade as Mikel Arteta targets Chelsea star Jorginho as alternativeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Rennes boss Julien Stephan speaks out on move for Arsenal defender William Saliba Saliba could be sent out on loan (Picture: Images)Rennes manager Julien Stephan has admitted William Saliba is ‘an option’ for the French club and finds the Arsenal defender an ‘interesting player’.Despite only linking up with the Gunners squad this summer, Saliba is believed to be in talks with Rennes over a potential loan move.The 19-year-old prospect was purchased last year for £27 million and immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for another season as part of the deal. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 4:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisement
March 28, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania is Reinforcing the Health Care System to Fight COVID-19 Press Release, Public Health All Health Care Licensing WaiversAs Pennsylvania’s frontline health care workers tirelessly care for patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is acting to reinforce their ranks by increasing the number of workers and supplies for the health care system. In recent days the state has streamlined the process for retired doctors, nurses, medical students, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers, allowed out-of-state practitioners to practice in Pennsylvania, expanded telemedicine, and launched a portal to purchase supplies.“Pennsylvania is reinforcing the ranks of our doctors, nurses and other health care providers during this emergency,” said Governor Wolf. “We have streamlined the process for retired health care workers to return to work and provide relief so those on the frontline can focus on providing care to patients. We’re also expanding the use of telemedicine and supporting and protecting health care workers by helping to purchase the necessary equipment and supplies they will need.“All of these steps are about saving lives and giving our health care system time to prepare for the expected increase in patients. I commend all of the health care workers across our state for your dedication to serving and caring for others at this unprecedented time.”The Department of State has announced a series of temporary licensing waivers for health care professionals and others during the COVID-19 disaster declaration. The waivers reduce administrative barriers to support the health care system and carry out their health care work with unnecessary burdens.The temporary license waivers for health care workers include:Health Care Professionals:Streamlining the reactivation of licenses for retired Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Perfusionists, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and Pharmacists to return to their field, and 119 applications have been received in the past three weeks.Allowing licensed health care practitioners to provide services via telemedicine.Allowing doctors with institutional licenses to practice at more than 2 facilities.Encouraged the use of telemedicine access for opioid use disorder Centers of Excellence patients.Nursing:Allowing more than 14,000 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners to assist in the COVID-19 response by lifting the requirement that they practice within a specialty.Extending license deadlines, temporary nursing permits and graduate permits.Allowing certain nursing school graduates to apply for an immediate graduate permit.Pharmacy:Allowing out-of-state pharmacies to ship goods to Pennsylvania.Allowing temporary expedited licensure for certain pharmacy practitioners and pharmacies.The Department of State has a dedicated webpage with information about all of the temporary licensing waivers.To further bolster the health care systems, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation yesterday to spend up to $50 million to purchase medical equipment and supplies, such as more beds, ventilators and personal protective equipment, for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.The Wolf administration is also expediting the purchase of critical medical supplies for the health care system with a new Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal. A joint effort between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health, the Department of General Services, and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the state of supplies that can be quickly purchased for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals.The governor announced nearly three weeks ago that all major health insurers providing comprehensive medical coverage in the commonwealth cover medically appropriate COVID-19 diagnostic testing and associated treatment for consumers and have committed to waive any cost-sharing for the testing.Earlier today, the Department of Health announced 533 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,751 in 56 counties. The department also reported 12 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 34.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit pa.gov/COVID-19.View this information in Spanish here.
Danish dry bulk specialist Clipper Bulk revealed it would acquire the Bulkhandling shipping pool, described as the world’s oldest pool of Supramax and Ultramax vessels, from Norwegian shipowner Klaveness.As informed, the duo has agreed to transfer “the trademark, governance and key people of the Bulkhandling pool” from Klaveness to Clipper Bulk. The transfer of rights and employees from Klaveness to Clipper Bulk will formally take place on April 1st.“All current members of the Bulkhandling pool have been offered to join the new Clipper Bulkhandling pool, and the new pool management will jointly with the members agree on a strategy for further growth and expansion,” the two companies said.As a result, Clipper Bulk will manage one of the leading pools for Supramax and Ultramax dry bulk tonnage in the world which dates back to 1963.Back in November 2019, Klaveness said that Klaveness Chartering would scale down its activity in the Supramax segment and that it was looking for partners in the pool business. In January 2020, Klaveness unveiled that it joined forces with Marubeni to create the world’s leading dry bulk Panamax pool. On March 10, Klaveness announced that the legacy of Bulkhandling will be continued under Clipper management.According to Lasse Kristoffersen, CEO of Torvald Klaveness, the Bulkhandling pool has significant potential for growth and the company believes that Clipper can lead the pool to further growth.“By combining the best of Bulkhandling and Clipper Bulk, we believe we will offer a unique product to the dry bulk market,” Peter Norborg, CEO Clipper Group, commented.“This is the time to join pools. And with the integration of the Bulkhandling owners, experience and governance into our pool, we know that several other owners are close to joining. We look forward to announce new pool members in the near future,” he added.
By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (April 15) – John Carney II took the lead at the start and never looked back as he cruised to his third Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car victory of the season Friday at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.Carney and Sterling Hoff started on the front row for the 20-lap feature with Carney taking the lead as the green flag fell. Third starting Joe Wood Jr. quickly moved into second from his third starting position while Gary Kelley, Hoff and Lloyd Clevenger followed in the top five.Carney had built a four car length lead over Wood before the first and only caution of the feature fell when Ty Williams and Clevenger tangled in turn four.On the restart, Carney again bolted out into the lead with Wood on his rear bumper. Andy Shouse, who had a bad start at the beginning of the feature after starting fourth, had worked his way up to the third position before the caution and would begin a battle with Wood for the runner-up position that lasted the balance of the feature.Shouse took second from Wood while Carney began pulling away from the rest of the field.Slower cars first came into play on lap nine yet Carney worked the top side of the 3/8-mile oval to perfection and threaded his way through the back of the field with no problems.Wood and Shouse continued their battle for second with Shouse maintaining the position on lap twelve as Carney had opened a half stretch lead.Carney, aboard the John James owned no. 4j, went on to capture the checkers in his first-ever appearance at the track.“I really like this place, very racy,” said Carney in victory lane. “I want to thank John for giving me the opportunity to drive this thing as the car worked perfectly. We will definitely come back here again.”Wood finally gained control with three laps to go and finished second. Shouse settled for third while ninth starting Brandon Long came home fourth. Eleventh starting Jake Martens rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. John Carney II; 2. Joe Wood Jr.; 3. Andy Shouse; 4. Brandon Long; 5. Jake Martens; 6. Chris Kelly; 7. Zach Blurton; 8. Gary Owens; 9. Gary Kelley; 10. Blake Dacus; 11. Shayla Waddell; 12. Cody Whitworth; 13. Chad Koch; 14. Jerry Jumper; 15. Sterling Hoff; 16. Chuck Bellefeuille; 17. Blake Scott; 18. Lloyd Clevenger; 19. Ty Williams; 20. Bryson Oeschger.
The Reds trail fourth-placed Chelsea by 10 points ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, and although the chance of making up the ground looks improbable in the final 10 matches, the Uruguay international has not given up. Suarez knows, however, they have to beat third-placed Spurs if they are to stand a chance. “We’ve been in good form recently and it’s a good opportunity to reduce the gap between ourselves and Spurs,” said Suarez, leading scorer in the Premier League with 21 goals. “There is a slight chance we can make Champions League football – and if we want to do that, this is the sort of game we need to win.” Suarez goes looking for his 50th Liverpool goal on his 91st appearance, and while he has been the team’s outstanding player by netting 28 times across all competitions this season he is keen to share the praise. “You have to work hard as a striker to get into the right positions and anticipate situations – that’s important, too,” Suarez told liverpoolfc.com. “It’s also evidence the team are working well and moving in the right direction as a whole – but at the same time, it is nice as a player to receive personal recognition because it means you’re doing a good job.” The arrival of £12million striker Daniel Sturridge, who has scored five goals in seven matches, and Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho in January has given the side a boost. Suarez and Sturridge, in particular, have struck up a successful partnership instantaneously. “Things have been going really well with Daniel, but not only him – there’s also Philippe,” added the Uruguayan. “They have both brought something and maybe given us an extra cutting edge. “They are players who can make a difference in a game, so it’s been nice to link up with them. The lads who were here before their arrival were doing a fantastic job, but now we have more options as a team.” Striker Luis Suarez admits Liverpool have to beat Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday if their distant hopes of Champions League qualification are not to be ended. Press Association
The Irons are set to head off to Germany to step up their pre-season schedule, which continued with a 2-1 win at Colchester on Tuesday night. Carroll – who joined West Ham in a £15million deal from Liverpool following a successful loan spell last season – did not feature in the end-of-season England friendlies because of a heel injury, but will join up with the rest of the Hammers squad as his rehabilitation continues. Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce remains hopeful club record signing Andy Carroll could be in contention for a first-team return before the international break – but insists the England striker must not be rushed back into action. Were the 24-year-old 6ft 3in forward to be fully fit by the time the next set of crucial World Cup qualifiers come around at the start of September, Carroll could well be a key figure for national-team boss Roy Hodgson. Allardyce, though, is determined to take things one step at a time with the Irons’ marquee summer signing. ”Andy is still recovering. He has got four weeks or more to go before he starts full training. His rehab is going pretty well at the moment and will be joining us in Germany, and hopefully he will be available, as will George McCarthy, as quickly as possible,” the Hammers boss said. “I hope it will be before (September) for both of them, but being fit and being ready to play are two different things – they may be fit from the injury, but they are unlikely to be capable of playing straight away. ”If we are going to put our lads through six weeks of preparation and then Andy gets fit with two days to go, you would not expect us to play him, would you?” Allardyce feels his squad are sharpening up nicely ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign after a fourth straight warm-up win, with goals from midfielder Joe Cole and defender James Collins at the start of each half. Colchester substitute Jabo Ibehre headed in a stoppage-time consolation for the League One side. West Ham will have matches against Mainz and Hamburg during their German camp, as preparations increase for the first competitive action at home to newly promoted Cardiff on August 17. ”It was a good workout for us, because Colchester are a couple of weeks ahead of where we are with their season starting earlier, so you would expect we would get a physical game. Our only disappointment was conceding a goal in the last minute,” said Allardyce. “The wins, draws or losses mean nothing to what the season will entail, whether you win them all or lose them all, it means nothing to what the first (league) game will be.”
The West Brom centre-half suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend and has not yet travelled to Belfast. He will make the journey ahead of the Greece clash, where victory will be enough to secure a place at Euro 2016, and should his country still need a result in Helsinki he will be assessed. Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans will miss Thursday’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece, but could yet feature against Finland. “Jonny will join the squad tomorrow with a view to Sunday,” confirmed manager Michael O’Neill. “West Brom have been excellent in terms of co-operation on that. We always felt tomorrow night would be too soon but he hasn’t ruled out Sunday, neither have we and neither have the club.” O’Neill had been hoping to field Evans alongside Baggies team-mates Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley in his back four but must now rethink. Craig Cathcart is the leading candidate and looks certain to start after a promising return to the Barclays Premier League with Watford. O’Neill must also find replacements for suspended trio Conor McLaughlin, Chris Baird and Kyle Lafferty. Manchester United’s Paddy McNair – who can play in defence or midfield – looks certain to come in, with Josh Magennis set to deputise for seven-goal top-scorer Lafferty. Jamie Ward, absent against Hungary last month with a hamstring problem, will return to share the goalscoring burden. O’Neill said: “Obviously the injury to Jonny at the weekend was a blow but one thing I have noticed in those three days, maybe more so than in the past, is that the squad is stronger now than at any time I’ve been in charge. “I genuinely believe that we have the players to step in and deal with this game, in terms of dealing with the situation with Jonny not being available, and also with the suspensions we have as well.” Press Association
Stoke manager Mark Hughes criticised the showing of replays of an incident involving his goalkeeper Jack Butland on the Liberty Stadium big screen during his side’s 1-0 win at Swansea. Press Association Butland escaped punishment for his 17th-minute challenge outside the area on Andre Ayew, the Stoke goalkeeper going in studs first on the Ghanaian after his bad touch had allowed the ball to run loose. Ayew had to take evasive action and referee Robert Madley waved play on, but Hughes was unhappy that the incident was replayed three times on the big screen from different angles. “He made the difference this evening and that was the key moment. “It was a good away performance, we had a good plan and we executed it really well. “We were always a threat on the break and did not allow Swansea to get any momentum. In fact I cannot remember Jack having too much to do.” Jonjo Shelvey did strike a post in the second half, but Swansea laboured for large parts of the game and their search for an equaliser was often unconvincing. The Swans have now gone six games without a win in all competitions and their first home defeat of the season dropped them to 14th place in the Premier League. “We’re in a difficult moment because we’re not quite at the levels we need to be,” manager Garry Monk said. “That’s disappointing because we all know how capable this group of players are and the football we can produce. “But it’s for me to work with the players, we need to work hard together and stick together and get back to the levels which we know this team can produce. “We’ve been in difficult moments but we have to work through it. “I’d be lying if I said I was not concerned, but I’m not overly concerned. “We went five games last season without winning and everyone said that was a difficult period and we ended up having a fantastic season.” “He (Butland) had to retrieve a situation and I thought he got the ball,” Hughes said. “There was a big shout from the home crowd as you would expect. “It could have gone against us, in fairness, but if that’s a little bit of luck that has gone our way then we’ll take it. “But I didn’t appreciate the incident being shown on the videos around the stadium. I thought that was unnecessary. “I wouldn’t like to think it was deliberate, because when those situations happen it causes a reaction in the crowd and we had to deal with that.” Stoke’s third successive Barclays Premier League victory was secured by Bojan Krkic’s early penalty after the Spanish striker had been felled by Ashley Williams. It was Bojan’s second goal of the season following a serious knee injury which ruled him out for seven months and Hughes could not hide his delight. “I am pleased with Bojan’s performance,” Hughes said.
Van Gaal is under heavy pressure and fans have been making their frustration clear, but Jones claims the atmosphere was worse during Moyes’ ill-fated season in charge two years ago. The defender said: “I wouldn’t say it’s the lowest moment. I think it became pretty glum, if you like, under David Moyes and it was unfortunate. We weren’t playing well at the time. “There’s no point saying we’ve played some good football this season because ultimately we’ve lost three games in a row – but we have in patches. We need to stick together, there’s nothing else you can do.” United, who have not won in six games in all competitions, have slipped to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and Jose Mourinho, who left Chelsea last week, has been linked with Van Gaal’s job. But Jones insists the players are backing the Dutchman to turn the situation around and are also determined to pull their own weight. The 23-year-old said: “The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job. It’s not even questionable in the dressing room. The lads are absolutely fully focused on performing well for the manager, the fans, ourselves week-in, week-out. “The players in there aren’t hiding behind anyone. We know full well we have to take responsibility. “There’s no other way. The manager picks the team and the team has got to go out and do its best. Phil Jones claims the mood at Manchester United is not as bad as it was at the lowest point of David Moyes’ short reign as manager. Press Association “We might be playing well, or playing well in patches, or not scoring or whatever it may be, but we need to stick together and us as players need to take responsibility for that. There’s no two ways about that. “We just have to keep plugging away, keep creating chances and hopefully we’ll hit someone four or five nil, but we just have to get back to the drawing board again and pick ourselves up.” United were booed off after the Canaries loss, but Jones hopes the fans get behind the team as they bid to recover form and confidence. He said: “We need them more than ever now. We have got to pull through and we will.” A gloom has descended at Old Trafford after a dismal run of results and heavy criticism of the team’s performances and manager Louis van Gaal. United’s 2-1 loss to Norwich in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday was their third successive defeat in a sequence which also saw them eliminated from the Champions League.
Ireland’s Nicolas Roche finished 3rd on yesterdays stage of the Tour of Britain to climb to 3rd overall.The Tinkoff Saxo rider put in a big challenge for stage honours on the closing climb of the Tumble but faded in the closing metres – however he is just 17 seconds off the race leaderCarrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett kept his powder dry yesterday, preferring to save his energy for the sprint stages to come. Today the riders start in Worcester with the stage end in Bristol.