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“IS IT TRUE” FEBRUARY 7, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that earlier this week the Vanderburgh County Commissioners unanimously approved (3-0) an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with American Structure Point so they can start designing the new addition to the Vanderburgh County Jail? …this MOU releases $500,000 to AmericanStructure Point so they can start the Architectural and Engineering work on the new addition to the jail?  …that AmericanStructure Point has approximately 120 days to finalize a mutually agreed upon jail design? …yesterday the Vanderburgh County Council also approved this funding request?  …It’s great to see a consensus among the County Commissioners and County Council in the funding request to begin the design work on the new addition to the Vanderburgh County jail? …we also would like to thank Vanderburgh County Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Jeff Hatfield, Sherriff Dave Wedding, and the Vanderburgh County Building Authority Director, Dave Rector for the outstanding work they have done on this project so far? …we also commend all parties for agreeing that American StructurePoint should do the Engineering and Architectural design work on the new addition on the jail?IS IT TRUE last year it was announced that the National Gridiron League newest addition will be the Indiana Firebirds from Evansville, Indiana?  …it was also announced that the Indiana Firebirds of Evansville Indiana will play there indoors arena football home games at Ford Center beginning in March of 2019?  …that last year Scott Schoenike, the Executive Director of the Ford Center told the Courier and Press; “that he has been in conversations with several leagues during the past few years but waited for the right match.”  that Schoenike also said; “that the city believe they have found one in the National Gridiron League”? ….that a lot of people are looking forward to watching Arena Football at the Ford Center?….we wonder why we haven’t seen any advanced marketing effort by the Ford Center in promoting the Evansville Indiana Firebirds first home game in March 2019 at the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE that there was recently a patronage article online about the value that the downtown Doubletree is reportedly creating?…there is strength in numbers and just because some of the supporters of the subsidized edifice are cheerleading does not mean the numbers are working?…when real numbers showing over 65% occupancy at paying rates of $125 per night are made public, the downtown Doubletree will have proven to be a viable unsubsidized hotel?…until then articles touting its potential are nothing but fluff?…the same meaningless cheerleading went on with the Ford Center until it became blatantly obvious that the “it will pay for itself from day one” claims were nothing but hot air from aspiring former Mayor seeking a higher office?IS IT TRUE we wonder why the former owner of the Evansville Iceman Hockey didn’t send Mayor Winnecke a thank you note to him for forcing him to leave town? …it’s obvious that the Evansville Thunderbolts are losing money and Ron Geary’s Jacksonville, Fla. IceMen is doing extremely well financially? …that the Jacksonville IceMen home games average attendance is around 6,000 patrons per game and are ranked 3rd in attendance out of the 27 teams in the ECHL?  …the Evansville Thunderbolts home game attendance count is somewhere in the 2,000 range?   …when the Evansville IceMen played at the Ford Center they paid around $10,000 a game and it’s been reported that the Evansville Thunderbolts pays a $1,000 for each home game?IS IT TRUE that on page 2 article 5 of the federal indictment of Stephanie Tenbarge for stealing from Echo Housing it clearly states that all checks over $600 required two signatures?…that the signatures required for checks over $600 would be Stephanie Tenbarge and a member of the Echo Housing Board of Directors that was not named?…this begs the question about how many checks were written for over $600 and who was the second signature on those checks?…any board member who signed such checks for goods, services, or real estate taxes that assisted Ms. Tenbarge of allegedly defrauding Echo Housing should submit to questioning?  …attached is the link of the Federal indictment of the former ECHO HOUSING Director Stephanie Tenbarge Indictment.IS IT TRUE that the ECHO HOUSING spin doctors are working overtime to convince the general public that all is well since the former Executive Director has been indicted for fraud? …we wonder how the ECHO HOUSING Board of Directors is going to replenish the $150,000 plus of missing money from the agency coffers?  …we predict if the  ECHO Housing Board of Directors try to collect money from the insurance company who carries their employee fraud insurance policy they will quickly realize that everything isn’t as rosy as their spin doctors are telling people?IS IT TRUE that Bryan Bennett is doing the marketing and social media work for the Alex Burton campaign for 4th Ward City Council?IS IT TRUE that our GOP “Mole” tell us that the local Republican party may have a contested primary race in the At-Large City Council race? …we are told that the party movers and shakers are really upset with the possibility of having a contested race in the Republican primary?IS IT TRUE that the Political Director of Mayor Winnecke was recently arrested for driving under the influence?  …he has been fired by the Winnecke For Mayor campaign manager?  …recently the head coach of the Evansville Thunderbolts was also arrested for driving under the influence but was not fired?  …he was suspended from coaching for one week? …we always been told that “What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander?”IS IT TRUE we been informed that a candidate for the Evansville City Council has had the crime-fighting “Guardian” van sitting right in front of his apartment for a while?  …a friend of the individual running for City Council tells us that his buddy has no idea why the Evansville Police Department decided to park the “Guardian” van in front of his apartment because he has no knowledge that his area has a problem with crime?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Did the Mayor make a major mistake when he didn’t do everything in his power to convince the Evansville IceMen to stay in Evansville?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. 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Retailers recall garlic breads

first_imgIceland and Morrisons are both recalling own-label frozen garlic and cheese bread slices, due to possible contamination with small pieces of plastic.The bread, maufactured by Wakefield-based Speedibake, was sold by Iceland as frozen own-brand 6 Cheese & Garlic Slices and by Morrisons as own-brand Frozen 6 Garlic Bread Slices Topped with Cheese. All batch codes and best-before dates are considered to be affected. The garlic bread is sold in flow-wrapped plastic trays.last_img

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Premier Foods shares fall on sales warning

first_imgShares in the embattled food group Premier Foods fell by nearly 10% after the company, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, said it had seen falling sales in its so-called ‘Power Brands’.Prices dropped off on Premier Foods from 57.5p to 52p by the close on Wednesday, 18 June.Premier, which had also announced another joint venture to hive off its own-label powered desserts and beverages business, said that a “subdued grocery market” was to blame for an unexpected fall in sales of its Power Brands in its second quarter.Premier scrapped its earlier forecast for a 2-3% annual sales increase for the brands, which also comprise Loyd Grossman, Batchelors, Oxo, Ambrosia custard and Sharwoods.In a statement, the company said: “While Power Brands’ sales for the second quarter are anticipated to be negative and below the company’s expectations, due to subdued grocery markets, profit expectations for the 12 months to 31 December 2014 remain unchanged, reflecting the company’s ongoing focus on managing its costs. As a result the company no longer expects Power Brands’ sales to grow by 2-3% for the year to 31 December 2014, as previously indicated.”Earlier this year Premier also entered into a joint venture for its Hovis brand.last_img read more

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Michael Jackson Actually Voiced “Leon Kompowsky” On ‘The Simpsons’, Confirms Matt Groenig

first_imgFans of the long-running hit cartoon, The Simpsons, have speculated about the voice actor for character “Leon Kompowsky,” who first appeared in the show’s 36th episode, “Stark Raving Dad,” which premiered in September of 1999. Though originally credited to “John Jay Smith,” recently show creator Matt Groenig confirmed that Michael Jackson actually served as the main voice for the character. In the episode, Leon is a Michael Jackson impersonator who has come to believe he is actaully Michael Jackson, and Homer Simpson meets Leon in New Bedlam Insane Asylum.As cited by Groenig in Australia’s The Weekly, “We really did have Michael Jackson. … He has a voice that sounds like someone doing a Michael Jackson bit.” Groenig also notes that The King Of Pop first called him out of the blue, and he hung up on him, not initially believing that Jackson was actually interested in the show. He also noted that Jackson explained that he “loved Bart [Simpson] and wanted to be on the show.”However, the show was forced to use the name “John Jay Smith” in the credits, as MJ was contractually obligated by his record company not to publicly participate. Groenig also notes that while Jackson did do the voice acting for Leon Kompowsky, all the songs sung by Leon were voiced by a Michael Jackson impersonator named Kipp Lennon. The show creator added, “When it came time to do the songs, he had a sound-a-like singer and he stood there and watched the guy—and he was so nervous—who had to sound like Michael Jackson.”You can watch part of Michael Jackson’s voice acting on The Simpsons—from the 1991 episode “Stark Raving Dad”—below. [Video: letsbepandas][H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more

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You’re wrong about that, says Jonathan Franzen

first_imgAs many environmentalists and scientists worry that the United States is retreating from the fight against global climate change, acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen warned Tuesday that preoccupation with the issue is actually diverting attention from more immediate threats to nature.In a talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Franzen said the focus on preventing long-term changes to climate — a cause he contends has largely been lost — leaves scant resources for saving endangered species and other short-term ecological needs.“When it comes to the environment, climate now has an absolute lock on the liberal imagination,” Franzen said. “Any attempt to change the subject, even if you are trying to change it to the epic extinction event that human beings are already creating without the help of climate change, is an offense against that religion.”The author of such novels as “The Corrections,” “Freedom,” and “Purity,” as well as several works of nonfiction, Franzen spoke at Gund Hall as part of the Graduate School of Design’s Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture Series.Diane E. Davis, chair of the School’s Department of Urban Planning and Design, introduced Franzen, with whom she shares St. Louis roots, as a “quintessentially urban writer, a man concerned not just with the dilemmas of modernity … but also deeply cognizant of the power of place, space, and territory in creating the context of human experience.”But it was his passion for the environment and for protecting free speech, as well as his reflections on the current political climate, that occupied Franzen in his lecture.Franzen, an ardent bird watcher, drew the wrath of fellow environmentalists for committing what he termed “offenses against liberal orthodoxy” in a 2015 New Yorker article on climate change and the environment. The piece expressed skepticism that the world would “take the radical actions necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change,” Franzen said, and argued we’d be too late even if we did.Franzen also took issue with claims by some progressives that the reason the United States “can’t really get serious about reducing its carbon emissions is that fossil fuel corporations are sponsoring denialists and buying elections.” He acknowledged that this behavior occurs, but said that the issue is more complicated.“The problem really is not that democracy is being prevented so much as that democracy is occurring. … It’s precisely the citizens in the major carbon-emitting democracies who benefit from cheap gasoline and global trade,” he said, adding that the cost of that pollution is borne heavily by people in undeveloped nations like Bangladesh.Franzen said he saw a “silver lining” for the environment in the election of Trump, noting that such actions as the administration’s recent rejection of a petition to ban use of a harmful pesticide could “remind people that there are other issues besides climate change … that matter right now.”A narrow focus on global warming is also a poor strategy for mobilizing public support for the environment, Franzen said.“Ordinary Americans understand apparently better than the liberal elite does that there’s precisely nothing that any individual can do about climate change — nothing except feel guilty,” he said. “And guilt is one of the least effective human motivators.”Franzen took aim at progressives on several other issues, including for actions he said undermine free expression. He cited recent protests mounted at the University of California, Berkeley, and Middlebury College against planned appearances by controversial speakers. Franzen said the actions amounted to “suppressing free speech.”He also directed his ire at Americans focused on simply denouncing President Trump instead of “trying to understand and maybe win over the swing voters who responded to the Trump message of anti-elitism and anti-global nationalism.” The effect, he said, has been to “deepen the liberal silo, not see beyond it.”last_img read more

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3 unhealthy habits you can easily break today

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details As humans, we’re routine creatures. When it comes to being healthy, there are things we should stop doing, and things we should start doing. Here are 3 unhealthy habits you should break today.Late-night fridge runs: Everybody craves a late-night snack. Sometimes you have to say “no” to your stomach. You probably shouldn’t eat much of anything after dinner, but especially cut down on the carbs. If you’re getting ready to run a midnight marathon, by all means, load-up on the carbs. But if you’re only getting ready to count sheep, you can do that just fine without the help of carbs. Last time I checked, sleeping doesn’t take much energy.Not drinking enough H2O: Your body is made up of mostly water. If you’re drinking coffee all morning, a diet soda for lunch, and an energy drink in the afternoon, you’re not doing yourself any favors. I understand a cup of coffee in the morning, but after that you should switch to water for the rest of the day. ¾ to 1 gallon of water is a good rule of thumb for an adult male.Sleeping too little or too much: There really isn’t a magic number when it comes to the amount of sleep that you need every night. Your body will tell you how much sleep you need to function properly. Try going to bed and waking up at different times and see what works best for you. Too little sleep will mess with your immune system, prevent you from losing weight, and lead to depression. Too much sleep can lead to obesity and diabetes. Listen to your body and be consistent with your sleep patterns.last_img read more

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Vinistra: For the first time, three big golds for Teran, and even five big golds for Malvasia

first_imgDespite stricter criteria for judging wines and spirits and the 11th World of Malvasia, this year as many as five Grand Golds for Malvasia were awarded, two in the category of other wines, and for the first time three Terans were awarded the Grand Gold Medal. In addition, a total of ten major gold medals, 147 gold and 31 silver medals were awarded. 24 fresh Malvasia, one ripe and six Teran were awarded the IQ – Istrian quality.  See the list of all awarded winemakers at 26.Vinistra HERE The wines of Marijan Arman from Vižinada won the championship title at the 26th edition of Vinistra for the second year in a row. Thus, Arman’s Malvasia Gran cru from the 2018 vintage was declared the best in the category of fresh Malvasia, while his Malvasia Reserve from the 2015 vintage won first place in the category of mature Malvasia.  “Today, Vinistra is one of the most attractive wine events in the region, equally attractive to the profession, wine lovers and tourists. This is evidenced by the growing number of samples submitted for our evaluation. The world of Malvasia broke the record again. 272 Malvasias from five countries and another 242 samples of wine of other varieties and 30 strong alcoholic beverages arrived for evaluation.”, Said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra. “We in Istria do not reconcile with the existing, we are hardworking, we strive for the better and we are proud of what we have. Istria cannot be imagined without the children of Malvasia or Teran”, Said Valter Flego, Istrian prefect.center_img Along with the best Malvasia, the best wines from the Teran variety were also declared.  “The lineage has always been the foundation of our family’s existence, and over time it has grown into a reason to live. I will not lie when I say that I think we are dealing with the most beautiful art in the world – wine “, said Marijan Arman at the awards ceremony at the Parentium Plava laguna hotel in Poreč. The best young Teran, from the 2018 harvest, was produced by the Valenta winery from Kaldir, while in the mature Teran category, the award went to Teran Barbarossa from 2016, the Tomaz winery from Motovun. last_img read more

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Legal activists, journalists slam Supreme Court prohibition on recording court hearings

first_img“Such a regulation will boost the operation of the judicial mafia often found [in courts],” the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.Read also: Reforms make Supreme Court more productiveThe YLBHI went on to say that the proper documentation and recording of trials had allowed it to gather evidence about what occurred in trials, which assisted it in preventing judges and prosecutors from misquoting witness testimony.“Recording of a trial also reminds judges and relevant parties that they are being watched. At least they will think twice before committing improper acts or violating the law, because there will be evidence from the recording,” YLBHI said.Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) executive director Anggara said the regulation would affect lawyers who usually used documentation of hearings to build their case.“In general, such a ban will have a serious impact on people’s access to justice and reduce information disclosure, which are guaranteed by law,” Anggara said in a separate statement on Thursday.The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta also lambasted the provision. “It’s about court transparency. We will object if we are banned from recording court proceedings,” chairman Asnil Bambani Amri said, as quoted by kompas.com.Supreme Court spokesperson Abdullah defended the circular, saying it was designed to ensure court hearings proceeded smoothly and without disruption. Court observers and journalists who want to record a court hearing will be allowed with the permission of the head of a local court.“If we don’t prohibit recordings, we can’t differentiate between who are journalists and who are simply attendees at court,” Abdullah said, as quoted by tempo.co. (hol)Topics : Human rights activists and press organizations have lambasted the Supreme Court’s new regulation that prohibits the taking of photographs or making sound and video recordings in courtrooms without proper permits, saying the provision will only benefit the judicial mafia and restrict court transparency.The prohibition is included in a circular letter issued by the Supreme Court about courtroom rules of conduct. The circular was signed by the Supreme Court’s director general of general courts Prim Haryadi on Feb. 7.“Taking photos, recording audio or video [during a hearing] must be approved first by the head of a local court,” as stated in the circular. Prior to the circular, Indonesia was among the few countries that allowed journalists and court observers to take pictures as well as audio and video recording of ongoing court procedures.Ukraine has allowed videotaping of court sessions without obtaining permits from the judge hearing the case, with several limitations, since 2014. The Australian High Court has also allowed video recording of court proceedings since 2013.On the other hand, many other countries have strict prohibitions. The United States, for example, prohibits electronic media coverage of criminal and civil cases under a federal rule.The Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) condemned the Supreme Court’s provision on recording court proceedings, demanding it be removed from courtroom rules of conduct.last_img read more

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Sanders needs Michigan win, but Biden looking strong with key voting blocs

first_imgSanders goes into Michigan badly in need of a win after former Vice President Biden seized control of the race on Super Tuesday this week, winning a bevy of Southern states as well as Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas and causing rivals Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren to drop out.Michigan is the most competitive of the six states that hold nominating contests on Tuesday. It offers the largest number of the minimum 1,991 delegates a candidate needs to secure the nomination outright: 125. And it’s a critical moment for Sanders to try to recapture momentum before the contest shifts to Florida and Illinois the following week.In addition to Michigan, Washington state, Mississippi, Miissouri and Idaho will be holding primary elections on Tuesday. North Dakota will hold caucuses.A Sanders loss in Michigan could give Biden an insurmountable lead as the state-by-state nominating process moves into friendly territory for the man best remembered as No. 2 in President Barack Obama’s historic administration. For Bernie Sanders to remain competitive with Joe Biden in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, he’ll have to repeat what he did four years ago: Win the Michigan primary.This time around, that probably will be harder.Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Biden is showing strength with the same kinds of voters that Sanders, a U.S senator from Vermont, relied upon in his surprise defeat of front-runner Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016. The state also greatly matters for Nov. 3 general election. It flipped Republican in 2016, voting for now-President Donald Trump over Clinton by just over 10,000 votes.”Michigan is your got-to-win state,” said Adam Hollier, an African-American state senator from Detroit who is backing Biden.Biden parlayed his popularity with black voters into huge gains on Super Tuesday, winning 70% of African-American voters in Alabama and Virginia and 60% in North Carolina and Texas, according to exit polls from Edison Research.They will be crucial in Michigan, where they comprise almost 14% of the population. Some areas of Detroit are 80% African-American.”When you look at what he did all across the South, those same demographics are going to be at play in Detroit,” Hollier said.Sanders canceled plans to campaign in Mississippi this weekend, focusing instead on Michigan.Union labelsSanders may have better luck with union voters in manufacturing-heavy Michigan. He won the state’s white working-class voters in 2016, and they remain a reliable part of his base.Richard Cassel, 28, lost his job as an auto engineer in Detroit last month. That same week, he walked into a Sanders campaign office and volunteered to work the phones.”For me, Biden is just more of the same. The middle class is working professionals, and everyone else is slowly drowning,” Cassel said.But Biden has long-standing ties to labor unions and routinely talks about how the middle-class and union members built the nation.The powerful United Auto Workers Union has yet to endorse any candidate, but its spokesman, Brian Rothenberg, said it supports the idea of universal healthcare. Sanders has made a government-run healthcare system, Medicare for All, the heart of his campaign.”The high cost of healthcare is one of the impacts when you’re bargaining, so universal healthcare would actually give you a better ability to bargain at the table,” Rothenberg said.Not all of Sanders’ positions play well with the state’s unions, though. In particular, he has called for the closure of a 66-year-old crude oil pipeline that runs below portions of the Great Lakes, as part of his sweeping plan to swiftly end the US fossil fuel economy to fight climate change.”It’s going to cost (Sanders) a lot of support in our union,” said Terry Gilligan, business manager of Detroit Pipefitters Local 636.And two Michigan chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union endorsed Biden on Friday.Sanders is running ads in Michigan criticizing Biden over his past support for global trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Biden, in turn, argues that he was a key player in the 2009 auto industry bailout that rescued jobs in the state.RURAL RUNIn 2016, Sanders performed surprisingly well in the wealthy suburbs outside Detroit and blew Clinton away in rural counties. But there is evidence he won’t do that again this time.On Super Tuesday, Biden consistently beat Sanders in suburbs outside of cities including Charlotte, North Carolina, and Houston.And in rural regions of Minnesota, a Midwestern state like Michigan with a largely white population, Biden smashed Sanders, 43% to 19%, according to exit polls.This weekend, Biden’s campaign will deploy former presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota, to stump in Grand Rapids – an area that Sanders won in 2016.Dawn Bryant, 40, a General Motors Co factory worker who was laid off earlier this year, said she was torn between Sanders and Biden.”I’m divided. I’m not sure. I’m going to keep watching and weighing my options on both of the candidates,” she said. “It’s a tough, tough call.”Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal board add major restrictions to Unai Emery summer plans

first_img Comment Fraser is a wanted man (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard would like to add to his creaking defence as well, which would likely mean he would have to move others out.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is more than willing to have a summer clearout, however, and is willing to put seven players up for sale.Those on the market include Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mohamed Elneny, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and David Ospina. Ozil could be put up for sale (Picture: Getty)Whether they can find suitors for all of them is another question.Arsenal take on Wolves on Wednesday night, looking to strengthen their claim for a top-four spot, having slipped outside the Champions League places on Tuesday.Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley saw them move above the Gunners but a win over Wolves can see them return to fourth.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 Emery is set to have limitations placed on his spending (Picture: /Getty Images)Unai Emery is set to find himself incredibly restricted in the summer transfer window as Arsenal chiefs tighten the belt on funds.The former Paris Saint-Germain boss is set to have a budget of around £40million to spend – although that could rise to around £75m if he delivers the Gunners into the Champions League – but how he chooses to use that sum could prove problematic.Emery has been told by Arsenal’s hierarchy that the wage bill needs to be kept under control, which could see him need to sell before he can buy, according to the Mirror.A new wide forward is believed to be his priority, with Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser thought to be a good-value option as he approaches the end of his contract but Emery also wants to add to other areas of the pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal board add major restrictions to Unai Emery summer planscenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 9:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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