Pablo Mari pushing for Arsenal transfer as talks advance with Flamengo Advertisement Pablo Mari completed his medical with Arsenal over the weekend (Getty Images)The Brazilian club are understood to be unhappy with Arsenal’s decision to change the terms of the deal and have threatened to keep the player.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, ESPN Brazil claims that Mari’s desire to play in the Premier League has been a key factor in the negotiations between Flamengo and Arsenal.The report also claims that Flamengo have not ruled out the possibility of loaning Mari but want a guarantee from Arsenal that he will be purchased at the end of the season.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 CityColuna do Fla claim that talks between Arsenal and Flamengo are at an advanced stage and Mari is now close to completing his move to Mikel Arteta’s side.Arteta’s desire to sign Mari may now be increased after Shkodran Mustafi was stretchered off during Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Bournemouth on Monday evening.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 Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 9:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.3kShares Comment Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Pablo Mari, according to reports in Brazil (AMA/Getty Images)Pablo Mari is pushing to complete his move to Arsenal as the Gunners have stepped up negotiations with Flamengo, according to reports in Brazil.The 26-year-old arrived in London with Arsenal’s technical director Edu on Saturday and the deal was expected to be completed over the weekend.Mari had his medical with Arsenal but the Gunners were unable to agree a fee with Flamengo and the Spanish defender was forced to return to Brazil on Monday without his move being finalised.Reports in Brazil have claimed that Arsenal have switched from offering Flamengo a permanent transfer worth £7.5 million to a loan deal which includes an option to buy in the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
Florida voters will have an opportunity to decide this November whether to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, after the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously approved a ballot proposal. The measure will appear on the ballot as Amendment 2.The proposed constitutional amendment, which is spearheaded by Orlando attorney John Morgan, would need approval from 60 percent of the voters to take effect. If that happens, the state’s minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour on September 30, 2021 and increase by $1 each year until it hits $15 an hour on September 30, 2026. The minimum wage is currently $8.46 an hour.Morgan, who also led a ballot drive three years ago that legalized medical marijuana, issued the following statement Thursday:“Now, the sprint to reverse decades of inequality really starts — and let me tell you — this is going to be a tough challenge,” Morgan said. “But just like voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of medical marijuana in 2016, I’m confident that we will do the same in 2020. I’m confident because Floridians are compassionate and know that giving every worker a fair wage means not just lifting up those who would directly benefit but lifting up our broader economy when hardworking folks have more money to spend.”On the other hand, Governor Ron DeSantis and groups including the Florida Chamber of Commerce fear that increasing the minimum wage could raise costs for many businesses, and lead to job cuts.According to Edie Ousley, vice president of public affairs for the Florida Chamber, “We fully expected it to be confirmed (by the Supreme Court), but that doesn’t make it a good idea. This ballot measure will actually hurt the very people its proponent claims it will help. In fact, Florida could very likely lose nearly half a million jobs by 2026, and we’ve seen estimates that are higher than that. This is the poster child for a proposed constitutional amendment masquerading as a turnout weapon to impact the presidential election.”The Supreme Court does not typically consider the merits of proposed constitutional amendments. However, it reviews issues such as the wording of ballot titles and summaries that voters see at the polls. Justices weigh questions such as whether proposals might be misleading and whether summaries meet a 75-word limit.Thursday’s opinion stated the minimum-wage proposal “clearly and accurately identifies the subject matter, and it complies with the word-count requirement.”“Likewise, the ballot summary is clear and unambiguous and complies with the word-count requirement,” the opinion continues. “Indeed, the ballot summary is nearly identical to the language of the proposed amendment itself, and it explains in a straightforward and accurate manner how the proposed changes would affect the existing system — by raising the minimum wage incrementally on an annual basis to a certain point and then resuming the existing system of adjusting the minimum wage annually for inflation.”
Sunday will not be rain-free, although it will be an improvement over Saturday, according to forecasts.A ridge of high pressure off the east coast of the state will begin to move closer to shore today, forcing its clockwise flow over our area. That will mean showers in the Atlantic will affect Miami-Dade or Broward counties, as well as areas not of us, such as Orange County and the I-4 corridor.Graphic courtesy: WPEC/CBS12Palm Beach County could still see a few isolated to widely scattered showers through Monday.We can expect to have partly sunny skies and drier conditions by New Year’s Eve, and sunny skies and cooler temperatures for the first day of 2020.
An active shooter situation initially reported at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida did apparently NOT involve the actual base itself. A lockdown order was sent out but officials now say the report that triggered the move was related to shots fired near the base. MacDill serves as the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Authorities are still assessing the situation.
Floridians might soon be able to more easily buy certain types of fireworks to celebrate holidays such as the Fourth of July and New Year’s.The state’s Senate Rules Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would legalize the use of exploding fireworks on those holidays.Currently, Floridians are required to sign a document that claims the person is purchasing such items in order to scare birds away from farms and fish hatcheries.Those are the only uses allowed under the current law.“Fireworks law in Florida is one of the craziest laws we have on the books. We literally require you to commit fraud in order to purchase fireworks,” says Republican Senator Jeff Brandes. “You can buy sparklers in Florida, that’s no problem, but you can also buy mortars. All you have to do is sign a piece of paper to say you’re using them to scare birds.”His colleague, Republican Senator Travis Hutson, is sponsoring the bill.According to Hutson, “I believe Floridians should be able to enjoy their holidays and not be confused or discouraged by our fireworks laws.”The bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote.
Local authorities say they have arrested a man they believe is the “Pillowcase Rapist,” who is blamed for attacking more than 40 women in South Florida during the early 1980s.Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as 60-year-old Robert Eugene Koehler, a registered sex offender from Palm Bay.He was arrested on Saturday and is being held at a jail in Brevard County, awaiting transfer to Miami-Dade.The Pillowcase Rapist allegedly terrorized women in an area stretching from South Miami to Deerfield Beach between May 1981 and February 1986.Photo courtesy: Brevard County Sheriff’s OfficeUsing a pillowcase, towel or shirt in order to hide his identity, the rapist broke into town homes and apartments, attacking at least 44 women during that timeframe.This is a developing story.
Police say 62-year-old Graham De Luis-Conti, a convicted child molester, is the second inmate to die after being beaten with a walking cane by another inmate last week at a central California prison.According to authorities Jonathan Watson, 41, used the cane to beat the heads of two inmates convicted of child molestation. Both victims were serving life prison sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years old.Watson has served 10 years of a life sentence for first-degree murder and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury or death.Officials say the will continue to investigate the incidents.
The West Kootenay Wildcats, based in Castlegar, finished third at the B.C. Hockey Female Bantam provincials in Kelowna.Nelson Minor Hockey product Jesse Cooper, joined by two other Heritage City players — Emma Hare and Jena Wheeldon — agreed to blog the happenings of the Cats for The Nelson Daily.The Wildcats opened with a 2-0 win over Kamloops in the eight-team tournament Sunday. However, the Cats couldn’t keep the drive going losing in the semi final round Tuesday to North Shore 3-0. West Kootenay concludes the tournament Wednesday by defeating Prince George 3-1 to claim the bronze medal.Here’s the account of the Cats final day from winger Jesse Cooper.The final game was a tough game but in the end we won 3-1. Before the game most of the girls were sad as this would be our last game together as a team. When (coach) Cary (Fisher) came in to talk to us he said, “You don’t have to play for your parents or us coaches, you have to play for your teammates.”Lindsay Swanson scored two goals from the blue line and Steph Mcualey got a greasy goal of front of the net. At the end the coaches left use in our room to say our goodbyes. Many tears were shed as some for some of the girls, that was there last game of hockey while also many of the second years would move up to midget. All people no that teenage girls don’t always get along, but the West Kootenay wildcats did. Never once were there arguments and no one was ever left out. Our team worked together and it showed in the way we played. I would also like to give a shout out to our goalies Morgan Flynn and Lauren Biggz for all there amazing saves and keeping us in the game many of times. It was a season I will never forget and it was an honor to play with these girls.
West Kootenay opened the eight-team tournament with a 2-0 win over Kamloops.Merissa Dawson, assisted by Waterstreet, scored on the power play before Julie Sidoni netted an unassisted marker.The Wildcats dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Terrace before defeating Richmond 3-1 on goals by Sidoni, Emma Wheeldon and Waterstreet.Dawson scored the lone goal against Terrace.Terrace, Richmond and West Kootenay all finished tied for top spot in the division. Terrace won the division on a tie-breaker and defeated host Vernon 5-1 in the final.This West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats play two exhibition games scheduled in Nakusp on November 17-18 against Kamloops.The next tournament is in Kamloops November 23-25. Catalina Hartland made a game-saving save in shootout sparking the West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats to a 2-1 win over Abbotsford in the bronze medal game at the Vernon Girl’s Hockey Tournament Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.Leading 2-1 after a goal by Kendra Waterstreet, the Wildcats got the win when Hartland thwarted the Fraser Valley shooter. Julie Sidoni scored the only goal during regulation time for West Kootenay.The teams played 4-on-4 and 3-on-3, but solved nothing which forced the shootout.
It’s obvious, the Nelson Leafs don’t mind putting in a little overtime to get the job done.Logan Wullum scored with 2:34 remaining in the first overtime period sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Castlegar Rebels Thursday night in the Sunflower City.The win gives the Leafs a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final with Game six Friday at the NDCC Arena. All three of Nelson’s wins have come in extra time.Nelson led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Brent Headon.The Leafs continued to lead, 2-1, after 40 minutes as Everett Hicks and Dale Howell exchanged goals.In the third, Logan Styler tied the game with a goal eight minutes remaining in regulation time.Castlegar out shot the Leafs 38-30 keeping Nelson goalie Devin Allen busy for most of the game.The winner of the series advances to meet Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Murdoch Division Final. The Hawks ousted Grand Forks Border Bruins in four games to advance.