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Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe caught breaking coronavirus lockdown guidelines

first_imgNicolas Pepe was seen playing football in public, flouting coronavirus lockdown guidelines (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have spoken to Nicolas Pepe and reminded him of his responsibilities after he and three of his teammates were caught flouting the government’s lockdown rules.Footage shared on WhatsApp, obtained by The Sun, showed club-record signing Pepe playing football with friends in north London.The Ivory Coast international’s strike partner Alexandre Lacazette was pictured having his car washed by a valet company, while experienced duo David Luiz and Granit Xhaka were reportedly spotted having a meetup in Southgate, north London.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTAn Arsenal spokesman told The Sun: ‘Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ll be speaking to our players.AdvertisementAdvertisement Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live‘We were concerned so we have spoken to Nicolas who shares a house with a number of relatives who were involved in this game.‘We have reminded him of the importance of everyone following the guidelines.’ Comment David Luiz and Granit Xhaka, pictured here last month, were also reported to have broken government guidelines by The Sun (Picture: Getty)The Arsenal quartet are the latest footballers to have broken the guidelines put in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus which has decimated the sporting calendar and claimed the lives of over 18,000 people in the UK alone.Earlier this month Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was forced to apologise after he was seen conducting an outdoor training session with the club’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele, while Spurs were embarrassed again this week when Serge Aurier posted a video of him training in public alongside teammate Moussa Sissoko.‘We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here,’ the pair said in a joint statement.‘We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing.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‘We must all respect the government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic.‘We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.’Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, meanwhile, was forced to make a grovelling apology after it was revealed he was fined £240,000 by his club Manchester City for holding a sex party at his home.And Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish was embarrassed when he was pictured at the scene of car crash little over 24 hours after imploring the public to remain indoors and follow the government’s advice.MORE: Arsenal flop Denilson explains how Arsene Wenger tried to save his Gunners careerMORE: Bayern Munich make first move for Arsenal transfer target Dayot Upamecano Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 11:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link502Shares Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe caught breaking coronavirus lockdown guidelines Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Reasons for optimism

first_imgKeyes & Co principal Damien Keyes says the Townsville property market will improve.PROPERTY prices in Townsville are continuing to drop despite an increase in confidence according to latest Queensland Market Monitor report. The report, compiled by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, examined property data from the September quarter.For the September quarter Townsville median house prices fell 1.5 per cent to $330,000 while the quarterly median unit sale price fell 15.5 per cent to $236,000.However days on market reduced from 70 in August 2016 to 64 days in August this year.In the same period vendor discounting in the house market fell from 8.6 per cent to 7.8 per cent and the most active price bracket was for house sales below $350,000.REIQ regional director and Keyes & Co Property owner Damien Keyes said there were positive indicators. “Volume has lifted for this quarter so it feels like a good platform is being built for the early part of next year,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“External investors are picking off these cheaper properties so I think 2018 will be a case of really watching the sales volumes because that will be the first indicator of prices increasing.“Agents are saying October and November were really strong and I don’t think you’ll see huge price jumps but you’ll see an overall increase in confidence in Townsville’s property market.”In more positive news for Townsville rental vacancy rates have fallen to 4.3 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent in September 2016.Rent prices have also remained steady at $285 a week for three-bedroom houses, $240 a week for two-bedroom units and $300 a week for three-bedroom townhouses.The report flagged the Port of Townsville’s proposed $1.64 billion expansion, the stadium project, Haughton Pipeline duplication, airport redevelopment and Townsville being the FIFO hub for Adani as economic growth drivers. The report stated that the Townsville property market was expected to improve in 2018.“The regional economic outlook looks promising as a number of large projects … commence injecting investment to the region and creating job opportunities,” the report stated.“Considering the strong infrastructure program, the REIQ remains positive about the future of the Townsville housing market. However, the house and unit sale markets are still classed as falling as there is not yet evidence that demand is improving to achieve price stabilisation.”last_img read more

LAPD officer-involved shooting occurs near University Park Campus

first_imgThe southern end of Magnolia Street was sealed off to the public Tuesday night after an officer-involved shooting took place south of Adams Boulevard at approximately 4:45 p.m. near University Park Campus.According to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar, an altercation occurred after a traffic stop involving two LAPD officers in which a man in his thirties exited his vehicle with a knife and reportedly attempted to stab the officers on the scene. The officers responded with gunfire and shot the suspect, who remains in critical condition. The suspect and the officers, both of whom sustained non-life threatening injuries, were transported from the scene.The preliminary investigation concluded that “there is no indication whatsoever” that any USC students were involved in the altercation.Jonathan Miller, a senior majoring in human biology who heard the shooting from his home on the intersection of Magnolia and 27th Streets, said the first indication that something had occurred was a faint screeching sound, followed by sirens and the appearance of several ambulances and fire trucks.“There was a lot of running, a lot of rushing by the police,” Miller said. “It was very, very fast.”The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, which handles all cases of officer-involved shootings, is currently investigating the incident.last_img read more

Warriors’ Stephen Curry jumps into student section to celebrate Davidson’s win

first_img Related News Curry jumped into the stands of the student section and joined the Wildcats in celebrating the team’s 19th victory over the season.Steph just jumped in the Davidson student section to celebrate the Wildcats win over St. Joe’s. pic.twitter.com/vGtKBcP2Yq— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 16, 2019Steph just made the year for these kids. pic.twitter.com/JtRwee2MCT— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 16, 2019The six-time All-Star even took a few moments to sign autographs after the game.  Steph hugging Davidson players and coaches on their way back to the locker room now he’s signing autographs for fans on his way out. pic.twitter.com/ZOBR7nUTYO— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 16, 2019″It’s surreal,” Curry said before the game (via ESPN). “I know I accomplished a lot, but it still doesn’t quite sink in. The opportunities that I get to experience now, a program that meant so much to me that gave me my entire, just, basketball and base and foundation and how much I’ve learned from Coach [Bob] McKillop and my teammates and stuff like that when I was on campus. I always look forward to going back and watching them play and being a part of the program any way I can.”In terms of just helping them with gear and representing me and the school as well, it’s just wild to think about. And I’m just happy to be a part of it.”Curry will be in Charlotte through at least Sunday as he participates in All-Star weekend activities. He will square off in the 3-point contest Saturday and then play in the All-Star Game as part of Team Giannis on Sunday. NBA All-Star 2019: Stephen Curry reveals bet against brother Seth in 3-point contest Davidson had a special alumnus sitting courtside Friday as the Wildcats knocked off Saint Joseph’s 80-72. Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who is in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, for All-Star weekend, watched at John M. Belk Arena as his alma mater came back from a seven-point halftime deficit. Then he took his celebration to another level.last_img read more

Cranes to play Madagascar ahead of Ghana showdown

first_imgUganda Cranes team that started the game against Northern select side on Saturday. File photo.With only five days left to the World Cup qualifier clash against Ghana, Uganda’s football governing body has confirmed that the Uganda Cranes will play Madagascar in a practice game on Wednesday at the Star Times stadium in Lugogo.This comes after speculation that Uganda was not going to have a build up game before clashing with Ghana late this week which was a concern to the general football community due to fitness concerns regarding several players.“On Wednesday, Uganda will play a practice game against Madagascar at Lugogo,” FUFA media officer Ahmed Hussein confirmed.“This is not an official friendly so no points will be awarded to the winners but we (FUFA) thought it would be of great importance to the team as it will definitely boost their fitness ahead of the Ghana game on Saturday,” Hessein said.He said only those who will have purchased the Shs25,000 tickets before 5pm on Monday will be allowed to watch the game.It remains to be seen whether any professional players will take part but the players who played on Saturday against the Northern Regional select side will surely be available.Madagascar  national football team that will face the Uganda Cranes on Wednesday. File photo.This will be the third fixture between the two African side with the only previous meetings coming in 2014 during qualification for AFCON 2015 as both teams won thier home fixture against the other.Previous meetings between the sidesAFCON Qualifiers: 18/05/2014 Madagascar 2-1 UgandaAFCON Qualifiers: 31/05/2014 Uganda 1-0 MadagascarUganda Cranes team is currently in residential campGoalkeepers.Tom Ikara, Ismail Watenga and Benjamin Ochan.Outfield playersNico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Savio Kabugo, Tom Masiko, Paul Mucureezi, Moses Waiswa, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Nelson Senkatuka, David Owori, Fred Okot, Dan Birikwaliira, Bernard Muwanga, Tadeo Lwanga, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Emmanuel Kalyowa, Albert Mugisa, Derrick Nsibambi, Milton Karisa, Shafiq Kagimu.Commentslast_img read more