Bill Hughes Jr. to Open Ocean City Campaign Headquarters

first_imgBill Hughes Jr. won the Democratic nomination to run for New Jersey’s Second District seat in the House of Representatives.Bill Hughes Jr. invites the public to the grand opening of his new campaign headquarters 6 to 8 p.m. today (Monday, Aug. 4) at the Crown Bank building at 801 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City.The event will include refreshments, volunteer recruiting and training, and distribution of campaign material.Hughes is a Democrat running against 10-term Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo for a seat in Congress in the November 2014 general election.Hughes is an Ocean City native whose father held the same Congressional seat from 1974 to 1994.last_img

M&S food sales down 0.9%

first_imgM&S’s food division has recorded a 0.9% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for the 13 weeks to 2 July. M&S said its food business continued to strongly outperform a deflationary market, with LFL sales slightly down when adjusted for the timing of Easter this year.First-quarter food sales rose by 4.0%, with LFL sales down 0.9%, of which 0.5% was due to Easter timing, it said. New Simply Food stores continued to perform ahead of expectations.It also said chief executive Steve Rowe was trying to reposition the retailer by cutting prices and reducing the number of promotions.M&S reported its sharpest quarterly decline in clothing sales in more than a decade. LFL clothing and home sales were worse than expected, falling 8.9% in the 13 weeks to 2 July.“These are not the numbers I wanted to see,” said Rowe, “not by any stretch.”Rowe said consumer confidence had weakened in the run-up to the EU referendum last month, but added it was “too early” to say what effect the UK voting to leave the EU would have on the business – the company maintained its full-year guidance.He said: “As highlighted in May, consumer confidence weakened in the run up to the EU referendum. While it is too early to quantify the implications of Brexit, we are confident that our strategic priorities and the actions we are taking remain the right ones to deliver results for our customers and our business.”Shares in M&S fell more than 1.5% in the first hour of trading this morning (7 July). The retailer has seen more than a third of its value wiped off in the last two months.last_img read more

Agrosecurity training

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia Extension Service county agents met in Tifton, Ga., March 7-8 to learn how to teach farmers, emergency workers, veterinarians and others how to respond to an incident that might jeopardize Georgia’s food supply or farm economy.Georgia Agroterrorism Committee members trained the county agents. With the training, agents will start this summer setting up a network of people to become the eyes and ears for the state in the case of an accident or attack, said Don Hamilton, UGA Extension Service homeland security coordinator.”Once people complete the training,” Hamilton said, “they’ll have a much better idea of what an agrosecurity incident looks like and what to do if it occurs.” About 125 from south Georgia took part in the training. Another train-the-trainer session is set for county agents in north Georgia later this month.Georgia is the first state to develop and offer an agrosecurity training program, said Lee Myers, assistant commissioner for the Georgia Department of Agriculture and chair of the agroterrorism committee. It could be used as a model for other states.The committee plans to have 3,500 people trained statewide by the end of the year.Most people aren’t aware how vulnerable the food supply is to agroterrorism, Myers said. Agroterrorism is defined as any intentional use of chemical, biological or radiological agents or explosives to destroy crops or livestock or disrupt food distribution.”Most cities have less than a seven-day food supply,” Myers said.People who take the training can also help the state respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods, said Corrie Brown, a professor with the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.”Mother Nature may be the ultimate terrorist,” she said.The program will also teach people how important the agricultural industry is to the state’s economy, said Hamilton.Georgia’s food and fiber industry directly accounts for about $29.5 billion of the state’s $544 billion economy and 17 percent of its total manufacturing output, according to John McKissick, coordinator for the UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.The program will be an opportunity for certified personnel, such as emergency workers and veterinarians, to get free training hours to maintain their certifications, too.Having trained workers would also help small communities become eligible for grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Phil Williams with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.last_img read more

Ecuadorian Navy Officers Visit USS Thach During Southern Seas 2011

first_img Guided-missile frigate USS Thach hosted Ecuadorian navy officers for a tour while pierside in Manta, Ecuador, on 1 August, as part of Southern Seas 2011. Eight officers met with Thach leadership and walked through spaces around the ship. The tour took the Ecuadorian officers through the ship’s main engine spaces, mess deck, berthing, damage control and supply store rooms. The group also viewed the exterior of the ship and was briefed on the ship’s various communications arrays and weapons systems. “In the Ecuadorian navy, we are working on improving and upgrading the command and control systems and the communications systems,” said Ecuadorian navy Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Lopez. “The goal of this tour was to see how the U.S. Navy’s systems compare to ours and to get an idea of how these systems can work for us.” “This class of frigate was designed as a multi-functional and multi-mission ship,” said Lopez. “I found it very interesting how the U.S. Navy installs various equipment in one ship to do many different operations.” “This tour provided an opportunity for the Ecuadorian navy officers to view the frigate’s capabilities and equipment,” said Cmdr. Jeff Scudder, Thach’s commanding officer. “The Ecuadorians are looking for ways to work with the Navy and interoperate with our systems for counter-illicit trafficking, anti-surface warfare, maritime security and surface surveillance.” Thach arrived in Manta for a brief stop for fuel and supplies during their deployment for Southern Seas 2011. Southern Seas is a six-month deployment culminating with the multi-national exercise PANAMAX in mid-August. By Dialogo August 05, 2011last_img read more

Unai Emery explains how Mesut Ozil can get back in the Arsenal starting XI

first_imgThe German has only played in one of the last seven Premier League matches (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has urged Mesut Ozil to find more consistency on the field and off it in order to force his way back into the Arsenal team – potentially starting tomorrow.The German World Cup winner has not played for the Gunners since wearing the captain’s armband in a 2-1 win over Cardiff City at the end of January, appearing in just one of the last seven Premier League matches.He did not travel to Belarus for the first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 clash with BATE Borisov due to illness, while there have been reports that Emery is wary of using him in more physical encounters. Comment Advertisement Ozil appeared to have lost the faith of his manager in recent months (Picture: Getty)Former boss Arsene Wenger also suggested Ozil is suffering from being in a ‘comfort zone’ after signing a new long-term contract a year ago that made him the highest paid player in the club’s history.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Emery says Ozil has been working well in training this week and has not closed the door on integrating the 30-year-old back into the Arsenal team.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 CitySpeaking on Wednesday, Emery explained: ‘The key is in his hands. He is working very well this week.‘I ask him in our conversation for consistency, to be available for us for training, when you can train consistently you can help us with your best performance in the games. Unai Emery explains how Mesut Ozil can get back in the Arsenal starting XIcenter_img Advertisement Ozil missed the defeat to BATE but looks set to return in the second leg at the Emirates (Getty)‘This week has been good for all the players. I am looking at him doing the training like we want.‘He needs to be available consistently for training, without the injuries, without the sickness. Without that we cannot see the best Mesut with us.’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 ReporterWednesday 20 Feb 2019 2:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link708Shareslast_img read more

2018’s top homes revealed and Queensland reno projects are right up there among them

first_imgB & B Residence in Paddington, designed by Hogg & Lamb. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.A Morningside home in the same category, designed by Kieron Gait Architects took the approach of adding to the highset 1920s house by connecting it back to its garden via a pavilion. The original Queenslander was now a “retreat” containing the bedrooms and a TV and craft room while the new “garden pavilion” houses the kitchen, dining room and living areas. “Connected by a covered, but open deck and link, it encourages breezes through the site and allows the family to feel like they are within thegarden domain.” Crescent House in Seven Hills, by architecture firm Deicke Richards with Steven Clegg Design. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesArchitect Jolyon Robinson, whose design for Avonlea saw it short-listed for the new house over 200sq m award as well as the sustainability gong, said the project was bittersweet for him as the property was on the site of his childhood home.“That house was probably the most special to me because our family home used to be on that site when we were kids,” he told The Sunday Mail. “The old Queenslander burnt down nine years ago and I was commissioned by the new owners to design them a new family home. Terrarium House in Highgate Hill by architecture firm John Ellway. Picture: Toby Scott.Also in the category was JB House in Capalaba by Reddog Architects which looked at reutilising the existing home and reconfiguring it for passive environmental control, taking a “simple approach” that revealed “points of intersection between new and old and use ordinary materials to create extraordinary spaces”.“This extension to a single storey, brick veneer home in Brisbane’s east is an example of a new wave of alterations and additions projects in the city’s suburbs,” the firm said in its statement on the project. Bungalow Garden Rooms in Paddington — Architect Myers Ellyett with Dan Young Landscape Architect. Picture: Cathy Schusler.It will face stiff competition from fellow Queenslanders, with an Auchenflower project called Bungalow Garden Rooms by Myers Ellyett with Dan Young Landscape Architectalso up for thelandscape award nationally, and three others also up for the “over 200sq m” renovation prize.A Paddington home called B & B Residence designed by Hogg & Lamb tackled turned an existing inner-city Queenslander cottage on a steep site into a reinvigorated private, functional space. “Views are edited while portions of the sky, trees and mountains are carefully framed through a series of openings, peepholes and voids,” was how Hogg & Lamb described it. Yeronga House by Tim Bennetton Architects. Picture: Shantanu Starick.Smaller renovations under 200sq m out of Queensland also caught the judges’ eyes, three of which were now in the shortlist for nationals including Terrarium House in Highgate Hill by John Ellway, where a 100-year-old cottage was jettisoned into the 21st century with a sympathetic upgrade that involved inhabiting the undercroft. ”The house began as an exercise in pragmatics,” was how the firm described the challenge. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMorningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.The fourth house to make the cut for its “over 200sq m” renovation work was Yeronga House by Tim Bennetton Architects in Brisbane. The low key Queenslander was transformed with a new pod or studio created to the rear of the house, separated by a walkway and series of decks going to the garden. They even raised the level of the garden to avoid the use of all balustrades. Avonlea in Eumundi gave Robinson Architects a chance to make the most of the site. Picture: Nic Granleese.“It was a labour of love. I obviously knew the site but hadn’t been there for 20 years. “The old Queenslander was beautiful but hot in summer and cold in winter. Having a blank canvas and the ability to get all the fundamentals right like orientation and windows was so great.”Of the seven Queensland renovations that made the national cut, four were for alteration and addition over 200sq m, including Seven Hills property Crescent House by Deicke Richards and Steven Clegg Design. The home was also short-listed in the garden or landscape category nationally. center_img Avonlea in Eumundi, designed by Robinson Architects. Picture: Nic Granleese.QUEENSLAND home renovations from garden rooms to pavilions and undercroft rejuvenation have made the cut in the battle for top national honours.Eleven homes in the Sunshine State were short-listed for the 2018 Houses Awards — and in a nod to the record surge in renovations, seven of the houses were upgrades.Juror Stuart Vokes, director of Vokes and Peters Queensland which won the coveted Australian House of the Year last year, was blown away by the calibre of designs coming out of Queensland.The work was so good that two homes were nominated for double awards: Avonlea by Robinson Architects in Eumundi and Crescent House in Brisbane’s Seven Hills byDeicke Richards with Steven Clegg Design. JB House in Capalaba by Reddog Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.Monash Road House in Tarragindi by the firm Zuzana and Nicholas made it a triple out of Brisbane for the smaller renovation category, using a strategy of “minimal intervention”.The project involved “renovations to an existing post war house in Tarragindi, Queensland, through minimal interventions and new insertions within the old house” was how the firm described their work. Monash Road House in Tarragindi by architecture firm Zuzana and Nicholas. Picture: Toby Scott.Two new houses over 200sq m made the shortlist too — one out of Ashgrove called Glenlyon Estate by Push Architecture and Louise Walsh Interior Design and the other a glass pavilion wrapped in timber sliding screens titled Tinbeerwah House by Teeland Architects in the Noosa Hinterland. Glenlyon Estate in Ashgrove by Push Architecture and Louise Walsh Interior Design. Picture: Maree Homer.The idea was to open the Noosa home “to the bush, ocean, stars and sky”, with hardwood screens allowing the owners to control light, breezes, privacy and views. “The long thin plan ensures the building is only one room deep to maximise, ocean views, cross ventilation and natural light. The house layout allows the family to come together to cook, eat and relax, but also the separation of more quiet spaces for reflective time.” Tinbeerwah House in the Noosa hinterland by Teeland Architects. Picture: Jared Fowler.The 2018 Houses Award is in its eighth year and saw the highest number of entries ever, with 477 submissions, up 7 per cent on 2017.Houses magazine editor and 2018 juror, Katelin Butler, said it was “great to see our talented architects and designers experimenting and challenging the status quo, resulting in a series of surprising and delightful architectural moments.” The winners will be announced on July 27. QUEENSLAND HOMES IN 2018 HOUSES AWARD SHORTLIST: Avonlea (New House over 200m2 and Sustainability) B & B Residence (House Alteration & Addition over 200m2) Bungalow Garden Rooms (Garden or Landscape) Crescent House (Garden or Landscape and House Alteration & Addition over 200m2) Glenlyon Estate (New House over 200m2) JB House (House Alteration & Addition under 200m2) Monash Road House (House Alteration & Addition under 200m2) Morningside Residence (House Alteration & Addition over 200m2 ) Terrarium House (House Alteration & Addition under 200m2) Tinbeerwah House (New House over 200m2) Yeronga House (House Alteration & Addition over 200m2)last_img read more

Rachael Wong – Abortion won’t stop violence

first_imgThe Australian August 2019Family First Comment: “How does abortion help a woman experiencing domestic violence? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t…It is deeply disturbing that abortion is being framed as a solution for women who are experiencing domestic violence. When a woman is violently attacked while walking alone at night, those who suggest that women should take more care not to put themselves in dangerous situations are rightly condemned for blaming the victim. In such circumstances, White Ribbon reminds us, “blaming women for the violence of men is victim-blaming”. But is that not what they do by proposing abortion as a protection against the violence of an intimate partner? Abortion does not in any way undo or address domestic violence and, in the case of women suffering domestic violence, heaps further violence and trauma on these women.”How does abortion help a woman experiencing domestic violence? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.During debate on the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, some NSW MPs have spoken about how greater access to abortion will help women experiencing violence from a partner during pregnancy. Anti-domestic violence organisation White Ribbon, an ardent supporter of the bill, tweeted: “Women are at increased risk of experiencing violence from an intimate partner during pregnancy. Access to reproductive health services can be lifesaving especially for those in abusive relationships.”Leaving aside the ironic use of the term lifesaving in the context of abortion, it is deeply disturbing that abortion is being framed as a solution for women who are experiencing domestic violence. When a woman is violently attacked while walking alone at night, those who suggest that women should take more care not to put themselves in dangerous situations are rightly condemned for blaming the victim. In such circumstances, White Ribbon reminds us, “blaming women for the violence of men is victim-blaming”.But is that not what they do by proposing abortion as a protection against the violence of an intimate partner?Abortion does not in any way undo or address domestic violence and, in the case of women suffering domestic violence, heaps further violence and trauma on these women.Women typically seek abortions because they feel like they have no other choice — because they have been coerced by a partner or fear some other form of domestic violence; because they are overwhelmed by study, career or family pressures; or because they lack the financial or emotional support necessary to raise a child. Abortion under any of these circumstances is not choice, it is desperation.Instead of simply providing women with the so-called “choice” of abortion on demand, we need to do far more as a society to address the underlying causes and provide positive alternatives that are not going to expose them to further harm. If women are trapped in a cycle of domestic violence, we need to find better ways to help them break free and break the control their violent partner seeks to exercise over them.A further tweet from White Ribbon reads: “Addressing reproductive coercion is a key part of our efforts to eliminate violence against women, and we are proud to be part of the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance standing with all those signed.”But what about women who are coerced into abortion? What efforts are being made to eliminate violence against them?The bill provides no protection for such women. Recent polls in NSW and Queensland show that one in four people knows at least one woman who has been pressured into having an abortion. In 2017, NSW saw two shocking cases of NRL players who had coerced their girlfriends into having abortions. Last year, during parliamentary hearings on the Queensland abortion bill, an abortion provider admitted to performing abortions on women she knew were being coerced. How’s that for pro-“choice”?By making abortion lawful for any reason, the bill removes protections for women against abortion coercion. Whereas now abortions can be performed lawfully only on health grounds, under the bill — where abortion is permitted for any reason — women are even more vulnerable to coercion from their partners, family or others.Allowing abortion for any reason also removes protections for little girls against violence and discrimination before they’re even born. As many as 200 million women and girls are missing worldwide because of practices such as sex-selective abortion. There is evidence that the practice is already occurring in Victoria, a state that reformed its laws to allow abortion on request in 2008. Take for example the high-profile case of doctor Mark Hobart, who in 2013 refused to refer a couple for a sex-selective abortion; or a recent study from La Trobe University that has found fewer girls than boys being born in some ethnic communities. It is widely known that women from cultures that prefer sons face pressure to abort daughters.We should be seeking to implement more protections for women, not to take away the limited ones that exist.When NSW elected its first female premier this year, the hope of women in the state was that Gladys Berejiklian would be a leader who would advocate for all women. It is disappointing for Berejiklian to allow this bill to be rushed through by those hellbent on pushing a left-wing agenda.Women who experience domestic violence in the form of abortion coercion have been overlooked by sponsors of this bill and are ignored by ideologically driven groups such as White Ribbon. If their commitment to women and combating domestic violence is genuine, they will seek to eliminate the real problem: the violence, not the child.Rachael Wong is a barrister, managing director of Women’s Forum Australia and adjunct lecturer in the school of law at the University of Notre Dame Australia.https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/abortion-wont-stop-violence/news-story/acf48960b83b865d9578ddf49a15753clast_img read more

Man United finally seal N1.4bn loan deal for ex-Eagles star Ighalo

first_imgManchester United have completed the £3m (about N1.4bn) loan signing of ex-Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo – but the deal does not include an option to buy. Ready for Old Trafford: Sportsmail’s mocked up image of how Odion Ighalo will look in United red According to the Daily Mail report, Ighalo will travel back from China in the next few days. United see him as a short-term fix to striker problems exacerbated by Marcus Rashford’s back fracture, and good value for six months. The report further added that the Red Devils beat Spurs to his signature with Jose Mourinho trying to solve his own striker crisis at the last minute. In addition, Man United to pay just a third of Odion Ighalo’s mammoth wages during his time at Old Trafford. United sealed the shock deal late in the evening on deadline day for the former Watford striker. He will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side until the end of the season. Loading… Read Also: BREAKING: Man Utd agree deal to sign Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua Bournemouth were determined not lose King, 28, and United faced having to break the bank to stand any chance of persuading the Cherries to part with the former former Old Trafford academy product. Ighalo will now return to the Premier League with United, having left three years ago for China. Ighalo netted 40 goals in 100 games for Watford before signing for Shanghai Shenhua in a £22m deal. The Nigerian  enjoyed a decent season last term, scoring 10 goals in 19 games for Shanghai despite missing over two months with a hamstring problem. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 United have agreed a contract that will see them contribute £100,000-per-week of that figure while he is on their books. United turned their attention to Ighalo in their increasingly frantic search for a striker after Bournemouth wanted £40million for Josh King. United conceded defeat in their bid to land Bournemouth’s King after their offer of around £20m on Thursday night was quickly rebuffed and described as ‘a joke’ by senior Bournemouth officials. They followed that up by informing the Cherries they are now looking at alternatives to King rather than planning to make an improved offer. Striker Ighalo, 30, has just under two years left on his £300,000-per-week contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The InternetThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Video: Liverpool’s Milner goes viral, snaps coronavirus gloom

first_imgLiverpool star James Milner has become a social media star in playing up to his no frills image by filming himself doing domestic chores whilst the Premier League is suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 34-year-old former England midfielder first posted images of himself sorting his tea bags one by one as a response to team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posting a glamorous video of himself and his pop star girlfriend Perrie Edwards dancing on their stairs.The players have been left to their own devices after team training was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.”‘Hey @Alex_OxChambo Barrels of laughs here in Milner household as well – rationing the tea bags for the week #crazydays #somuchtogetonwith #notgotthemovestocompete’.” tweeted Milner on Monday.After rationing his tea bags, the 61-times capped Milner took to his garden and filmed himself nose down to the lawn clipping the grass with a pair of scissors and a ruler to ensure each blade was the same height.“Now the tea bags are sorted I’ve got time to level out this lawn,‘” he tweeted.”‘Wonder if I can borrow Anfield’s ‘Keep off the Grass sign’.” Loading… Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledgeThe Premier League is in abeyance since last Friday after both Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.Liverpool have been left tantalisingly close to their first ever Premier League title – they are 25 points clear of two-time defending champions Manchester City with nine matches remaining.The English Premier League are due to meet on Thursday to consider their options with the postponement of Euro 2020 until next year at least giving them some leeway in resuming the domestic season.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Is Hachi, And He’s The Happiest Dog On Instagram8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Thauvin ready for tough start

first_img “It’s always been my dream to be a footballer in the Premier League, and I’m happy to be here and do that. “The Premier League is well known for being a very physical league. It’s a bit different to France. It’s not something that concerns me, although maybe I’ll have to take a bit of time to get used to it. Once I do, I’ll be fine.” Steve McClaren’s men head for Old Trafford having allowed the positives from an encouraging opening-day display against Southampton to dissipate with a poor performance in defeat at Swansea last weekend, and the head coach will be looking for a significant response. Thauvin has been at his new club for just a matter of days, but he insists he is ready to play. He said: “Of course, it’s a magnificent stadium, a magnificent ground and they are a massive team too in the Premier League, so it’s always an honour and a pleasure to be able to play in such places. “I did pre-season at Marseille, played in all the friendly games – I even started the season out there, so if the coach needs me, I am there.” Newcastle had chased France Under-21 Thauvin for more than two years, although he revealed there was a time when he might have ended up at Arsenal instead. He said: “Two or three seasons ago, Arsene Wenger perhaps made an approach with Arsenal, but apart from Arsenal, Newcastle are the only other club who have made an approach for me in the past.” Newcastle’s new signing Florian Thauvin has shrugged off his £13million price-tag as he prepares for the challenge of proving himself in the Barclays Premier League. The 22-year-old winger, who completed his move from Marseille to Tyneside on Wednesday, could be thrown in at the deep end at Manchester United on Saturday, but is relishing the task of justifying the Magpies’ investment in him. Thauvin said: “It’s not a problem for me to have such a high price-tag. I’m a footballer, and that’s my passion and my job. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more