Layvin Kurzawa agrees deal to join Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgLayvin Kurzawa agrees deal to join Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 10:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link16.4kShares Layvin Kurzawa is set to join Arsenal on a free transfer (Getty Images)Layvin Kurzawa has reached an agreement to join Arsenal this summer, according to reports in France.The Paris Saint-Germain left-back is out of contract at the end of the season and would be available on a free transfer.The French champions are open to selling the 27-year-old during the January transfer window and Arsenal have held talks over a potential deal this month.But according to France Football, Kurzawa has now agreed a five-year contract with the Gunners and will join them in the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Layvin Kurzawa is out of contract at the end of the season (Getty Images)The report also claims that Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer of Kurzawa and has ‘repeatedly’ told Arsenal’s hierarchy to step up their efforts to sign him.AdvertisementAdvertisementInter were also interested in a deal for Kurzawa but the defender refused their approach and has opted to join Arsenal.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 CityKurzawa was signed by PSG from Monaco for around £20 million in 2015 but the French defender has fallen down the pecking order and has started just six games in Ligue 1 this season.As he is out of contract at the end of the campaign, PSG have been demanding a fee between €5m and €7m (£4.2m – £6m) from Arsenal to complete a deal this month.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 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Assists Confectionery Manufacturer Expansion to Lehigh Valley, Supporting 134 New Jobs

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Stuffed Puffs, a food processer, will grow its manufacturing operations with its expansion to a 150,000-square-foot building in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The project will support the creation of 134 new, full-time jobs in the commonwealth.“Food processing is one of Pennsylvania’s most robust and vibrant industries, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $5 billion in sales annually,” said Gov. Wolf. “It is only fitting that a new, innovative food company would make the commonwealth its new home, and we are proud to make the investment that will turn that plan into reality.”The company will be located at the former Guardian Life property owned by JG Petrucci to manufacture chocolate stuffed marshmallows and plans to make significant improvements to the property. Stuffed Puffs will begin manufacturing operations in May 2020 and has committed to investing $31.5 million in capital funding toward the project and creating 134 jobs within three years.“The idea was born around a campfire,” said Michael Tierney, founder of Stuffed Puffs, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 2010. “It’s a simple idea, but very hard to execute, which is why it hasn’t been done before. I spent seven years figuring out a truly innovative system that breaks the rules of traditional candy making – our new plant will help this amazing product continue to grow and support our company and community.”Stuffed Puffs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $670,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $268,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $140,400 in grants for workforce training and development. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.“The decision of Stuffed Puffs to expand its production operations to the Lehigh Valley is an example of the region becoming a national leader in food and beverage innovation and production,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). “Since coming to Factory to accelerate its growth, Stuffed Puffs has realized the advantages of making its product in the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania with the available talent, educational institutions, and access to market. The combined efforts of the state, Northampton County and the City of Bethlehem, and the benefit of Factory LLC being here, is a best practice example of how to grow U.S. manufacturing.”Stuffed Puffs is a confectionery manufacturer that uses a custom designed and highly secretive manufacturing process to make a chocolate-filled marshmallow. The company also has the ability to make multiple shapes and flavors of marshmallows with various fillings. Stuffed Puffs initially launched its product exclusively at Walmart stores and will be expanding to other retailers in 2020.“Stuffed Puffs is the easy new way to make a good old-fashioned American favorite S’mores, even better and it’s delicious also to eat right out of the bag,” said Richard Thompson, Managing Partner at Factory LLC the parent company of Stuffed Puffs. “At Factory LLC we seek innovation and we know Stuffed Puffs is a big winner and the new plant will support our continued growth, because we can’t make it fast enough.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit November 12, 2019 Wolf Administration Assists Confectionery Manufacturer Expansion to Lehigh Valley, Supporting 134 New Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest: Mariners report 3 positive tests for coronavirus

first_imgThe Latest: Mariners report 3 positive tests for coronavirus The team did not specify whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches or staff. The Mariners said all three are asymptomatic and are currently quarantined.___Wisconsin says seven of its athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the school started testing them a month ago.School officials previously had said two tested positive out of the 117 athletes who were part of the initial group of tests. The school now has conducted 428 total tests. The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday.Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. ___North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff.The school announced results Wednesday following 429 tests administered to athletes, coaches and athletics staff as they began returning to campus last month. That followed a plan that included athletes receiving multiple tests and a phased return for the school’s varsity programs running from June through early August.The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts, though it said the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases.It’s unclear exactly what date football workouts will resume. Associated Press The Ivy League also was the first conference to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournament on March 10, just ahead of the quick spread of the virus in the Northeast.___The Detroit Tigers acknowledge an undisclosed number of players on the team have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Tigers general manager Al Avila said some of them were isolated, retested, and passed protocols to resume baseball activities. Avila said in a statement that those who tested positive “are being closely monitored by our medical staff and we hope to have them back on the field soon.“Avila added that the team will not identify players who are unable to participate in workouts due to non-work-related injuries. ___Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party.The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst declined to say whether the positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Boston Celtics.___ Wisconsin isolates individuals who test positive, and the athletic department’s infection response team monitors their recoveries.School officials aren’t specifying which sports are affected by the positive tests.___The Ivy League has placed all sports on hold for the rest of the year for its eight schools because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ivy League becomes the first Division I conference to make the move, which affects the start of basketball season. The league is leaving open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the virus outbreak is better controlled by then. The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm.The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___More AP sports: and The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience.According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale.___ July 8, 2020 Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Athletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.___ NASCAR in August will move its road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona’s road course, which is used by the IMSA sports car series and incorporates part of the famed 2.5-mile oval. The race on Aug. 16 was a necessary move from Watkins Glen because NASCAR cannot meet New York’s quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.___The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s strong second-half makes Senior Day sweet as UW defeats Minnesota

first_imgFor one of the winningest classes in University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program history, Sunday’s 66-49 win over Minnesota on Senior Day at the Kohl Center provided a fitting end to the regular season careers of seniors Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter.The 111 wins the group has been a part of during their time as Badgers is now tied for second all-time among wins for a senior class. Only the 2013-16 class has accumulated more wins (115) while representing Wisconsin.Of course, these seniors will have a chance to break that record as postseason play begins next week at the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., where the No. 22 Badgers (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten) will be the No. 2 seed.Men’s basketball: Bohannon blood stuns No. 22 Wisconsin as UW blows late 9-point leadIn the end, it was familiar blood that did the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team in. Jason and Zach Read…On Sunday, the seniors carried the Badgers to a much-needed win after dropping five of their last six. Showalter and Hayes steadied UW early, finishing with 12 points each, while redshirt sophomore Ethan Happ nearly posted a double-double (nine points, 13 rebounds). When it was all said and done, the UW seniors accounted for 46 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks.“It was very encouraging,” Showalter said of the Badgers’ performance. “We’re a dangerous team when we make shots. When we share the ball around like we did tonight, we can beat anyone. It’s good to get that confidence back in all of us and going forward into tournament play it’s what we need, so hopefully we can build on that.”UW trailed by two at halftime, and Koenig had played just five minutes and attempted one shot in the first half due to early foul trouble. But 37 seconds into the second half, Koenig knocked down a 3-pointer to give UW a 30-29 lead – foreshadowing what was to come. Koenig drained another triple to tie it at 33, the start of a 10-0 run that would propel the Badgers to victory.“I thought we had more fun this game than we have in a long time,” Koenig said. “I just didn’t think we let anything get to us.”Hayes, on his first 3-point attempt in four games, made one from behind the arc with 15:29 remaining, giving the Badgers a 36-33 lead. Happ converted the front end of a pair of free throws, before Showalter’s 3-pointer on the next possession upped the UW lead to 40-33. During the run, Minnesota (23-8, 11-7) was 1-for-6 from the field and scoreless for 3:23 before head coach Richard Pitino was forced to call a timeout with 13:58 left.“I thought we did not play an intelligent game today,” Pitino said.After a Minnesota bucket, it was D’Mitrik Trice’s time to shine. The freshman showed off with a personal 6-0 run, starting with a 4-point play after being fouled but still making his 3-point attempt. Brown then found Trice on the block for a layup, before it was Brown’s turn to do some inside damage by unleashing a furious one-handed slam that carried the frustrations he’s endured for more than a month.“We just never gave up on each other,” Brown said, “even when we were playing like trash and garbage.”It was all part of an 18-2 run over five minutes and 28 seconds that saw Wisconsin take a 48-35 lead.Men’s basketball: No. 22 Wisconsin’s recent struggles remind Greg Gard of past successful teams that found way throughTimes are tough for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, but as head coach Greg Gard said Tuesday, it Read…Minnesota would get back within 6, but Hayes’ and-one with 3:30 left, and Koenig’s third triple at the three-minute mark made it 58-45.And Koenig wasn’t done yet. In his final act at the Kohl Center, he went on to add two more deep 3-pointers, finishing with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“My team needed me and I was gonna let it fly,” Koenig said. “That’s what I did and I don’t think I played that great. I airballed a couple shots. But, you know, shooters shoot and that’s what I did.”The lead grew enough that Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard was allowed the pleasure of removing the seniors with 28.7 seconds left — complete with a Hayes bow at center court — while the student section chanted “Thank you seniors!” as the final buzzer sounded.“The togetherness, the grittiness, that was us,” Gard said of the win. “That was us. I’m happy for our seniors, obviously.”Wisconsin’s defense held a Minnesota offense that had scored 80 points in four straight contests to under 50 for the first time this season. Akeem Springs, who scored 16 points in the first teams’ first matchup this season, was scoreless.UW finished the game shooting 43.9 percent from the field, making half of its shots in the second half. The Badgers shot 55.6 percent from 3-point range (10-for-18), but still struggled at the free throw line (6-for-16). A  23.3 percent second-half shooting effort doomed Minnesota and allowed UW to make the game-deciding runs.To begin the evening, Hayes got off to fast start, scoring 5 points within the game’s first four minutes. Minnesota then took advantage of a Wisconsin scoring drought, an Achilles heel of late for UW, going on an 8-0 run over a span of three minutes early in the second half.Over a six minute-plus stretch, the Badgers scored just 2 points – a Happ tip-in off his own miss. Luckily for UW, Minnesota didn’t do much scoring either. The Gophers largest lead never grew to more than 6.Men’s basketball: Despite comeback, typical struggles burn Badgers late in lossThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball lost their fifth of last six games Thursday, dropping a late 9-point lead to Read…UW countered with a 7-2, with layups from Happ and Trice before Brown nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 6:02 left in the half to solicit an eruption from the crowd and force Minnesota to burn a timeout at 20-19.“Ethan kicked it out to me and I heard him say ‘Come on, V,’ so I had to knock it down at that point, couldn’t let him down,” Brown said.Following a Minnesota score, a Hayes two-hand slam made it a 1-point game again, before a Happ hook shot gave UW its first lead since the 15:35 mark of the half. During that stretch, UW made six shots in a row, with Happ converting four straight attempts after missing his first five.Minnesota jumped back out to a 4-point lead, and took a 29-27 lead into the half, but the Badgers outscored the Gophers 39-20 in the second half. UW has now won seven straight over Minnesota.last_img read more