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Chelsea star Werner “in talks” with Newcastle on a loan deal but his £270,000-a-week wage is a stumbling block

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Timo Werner is reportedly in talks to join Newcastle on loan.

But his £270,000-a-week Chelsea wages could prove a stumbling block in any potential deal.

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The German striker hasn’t reached the heights many were hoping for when he made his £48million transfer from RB Leipzig in 2020.

His return of just ten goals in 56 Premier League games is well below expected figures.

But still desperate to find success in England’s top flight, Der Spiegel reports he could be loaned out to the Magpies.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants to sign a forward before the transfer window closes.

And Werner could be the ideal candidate to fire the mega-rich Toon to Europe – although the report adds that Chelsea would insist on a purchase commitment clause for next summer.

Werner is one of Chelsea’s top earners at £270,000 a week – only Raheem Sterling, N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku are paid more.

But Lukaku was also loaned out and returned to Inter after a poor first season at Stamford Bridge.

However, Newcastle would not be willing to pay the full £270,000-a-week for Werner, which could derail a deal.

The former club of the 53-cap Germany international RB Leipzig, where he scored 34 goals in his last season, is said to be interested in a loan for Werner.

Like Newcastle, they wouldn’t take his entire salary – but the attacker could be willing to take a pay cut of up to 50 per cent to seal a move.

Chelsea and Leipzig also have yet to agree on a loan fee.

Despite his low goalscoring record and talent for missing glorious chances, Werner remains popular with coach Thomas Tuchel and Blues fans alike for his tireless work pace, fighting skills and refusal to give up.

However, he surprised his manager by revealing that he was “happy anywhere” and stressing that he wanted to play football regularly ahead of the World Cup.

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And should he break up, Kai Havertz would be the only center forward last season.

Raheem Sterling has come in and has played for Manchester City on occasion in the past, while Michy Batshuayi and Armando Broja have returned from loans and are unlikely to be first-choice starters.

Newcastle attempted an ambitious double attack on Leicester for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.

The £40m bid for Maddison was rejected and he was told it would cost £50m to land his team-mate and England international Barnes a week earlier.

Eddie Howe has already landed Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope this summer but has remained coy about further offensive signings.

He said on Friday: “Never say never but as the days go by it’s starting to look less and less likely.

“But the most important thing is that we get the right players, not the speed at which we get them in.”

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On August 12, Salman was preparing to speak at an event at the Chautauqua facility in Chautauqua, NY, when an assailant rushed onto the stage and stabbed him approximately 12 times in areas such as his face, neck, abdomen and chest, a district attorney’s office spokesperson told NBC News. The perpetrator was airlifted to hospital and the suspect was arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault.

Zafar continued: “We are very grateful to all members of the public who bravely stood up for him and administered first aid along with the police and doctors who cared for him and for the outpouring of love and support from the world. We ask for continued patience and privacy as the family gathers at his bedside to support him and help him through this time.”

Padma was Salman’s fourth wife. He was previously married to Zafar’s mother, Clarisse Luard, Elizabeth West—with whom he shares a 23-year-old son, Milan Rushdieand Marianne Wiggins.

The stabbed suspect, a New Jersey man Hadi Matarpleaded not guilty to charges of attempted second degree murder and second degree assault.

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Mike Preston’s Ravens observations on the secondary surplus, Lamar Jackson’s red zone improvement and more | COMMENTARY

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The Ravens already had a surplus of talent in the secondary at the start of training camp, but it has grown significantly with the emergence of rookie cornerbacks Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams.

They have eight cornerbacks on the current roster, including Pro Bowl performers Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, proven veterans like Daryl Worley, Kyle Fuller, David Vereen and Robert Jackson, and second-year player Brandon Stephens, who can play both safety and corner.

The Ravens most likely will keep six, meaning Armour-Davis and Williams will likely force defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald to make some difficult decisions for the initial 53-man roster.

“It’s a great problem to have,” said Macdonald, in his first season as the team’s coordinator. “We always say, ‘you can’t have enough corners.’ The short answer is, it’s going to be very tough.”

So far, Armour-Davis and Williams, both fourth-round picks in April’s draft, have played well enough to earn roster spots. They are fast, tackle well, have good recovery speed and most importantly, they have the versatility — an ability to play inside or outside, as well as special teams — that the Ravens crave in the secondary.

“Special teams ability will definitely play a big part of it,” Macdonald said.

Red zone consistency

Quarterback Lamar Jackson has become more consistent throwing in the red zone, putting the ball in a position where only his receiver can make the catch.

That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s critical. Few quarterbacks in the NFL have done it as well as Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady.

But in practice Sunday, Jackson placed three balls perfectly, including one to a sliding tight end Mark Andrews and another to wide receiver Rashod Bateman on a quick slant in.

Cleveland making progress

It appears that second-year guard Ben Cleveland is finally getting into proper shape after failing his conditioning tests several times, which prohibited him from participating in the early days of training camp.

Cleveland, a 2021 third-round pick, did a nice job of run blocking against the Titans Thursday night, and he certainly has more explosion and better feet than he did a year ago.

But he faces an uphill battle to start because starter Ben Powers and backup Tyre Phillips have improved, too. It’s a good problem to have.

False start frustration

It’s apparent coach John Harbaugh was irritated after the Ravens had several false start penalties Thursday night, and now he’s making players jog a short lap if they jump before the ball is snapped.

Rookie right offensive tackle Daniel Faalele, who has improved significantly since offseason minicamp, still struggles with conditioning and often gets tired near the end of practice, which accounts for why he tends to get beat or jump offside. It’s a lack of focus.

There was an ironic Faalele moment Sunday. Immediately after he was penalized, he was seen jogging on the sideline as the AC/DC song “Highway to Hell” blared over the speakers.

He Means well

There is no certainty that outside linebacker Steven Means, in his eighth season, will make the roster, but few play as hard. He will run, chase and stalk a quarterback all over the field until he has trouble breathing.

He has a good first step and strong explosion upon first contact, but it might be a numbers game for Means. Regardless, some team will give him an opportunity if the Ravens let him go.

Before each practice, Means, 31, is always one of the first players on the field working on his technique.

Andrews in the clutch

When you watch Andrews practice, it just gives you confidence that he is going to make a big play in crunch time. He’s snatched almost every pass thrown his way during training camp.

The confidence isn’t as strong when it comes to Bateman. He’ll make some amazing plays, like taking a quick out from Jackson, escaping a tackle from defensive back Kevin Seymour and turning it into a 40-yard touchdown.

But earlier in the practice he had a one-on-one with rookie safety Kyle Hamilton, whom he had beaten by two steps, and then he dropped a long touchdown pass from Jackson.

It just leaves you shaking your head.

Veteran leadership

It’s always fun to watch a veteran player like defensive end Calais Campbell or outside linebacker Justin Houston run 30 yards down the field to catch a ball carrier or attempt to strip the ball from his arms.

The younger players like that, which is a huge part of the reason Campbell, Houston, guard Kevin Zeitler, linebacker Josh Bynes and Peters are on the roster.

The Ravens have a key veteran in almost every position group, and that stuff rubs off.

Injury report

Tight end Nick Boyle returned to practice after missing Saturday’s session. Running back J.K. Dobbins missed his second straight day as part of what Harbaugh called scheduled knee evaluations.

Also missing were wide receivers James Proche II (soft tissue), Tylan Wallace (knee) and rookie Bailey Gaither; offensive tackle David Sharpe and rookie center Tyler Linderbaum (foot); and defensive lineman Justin Madubuike (migraine).

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State police said the man was likely struck by multiple vehicles.

A Worcester man was killed Saturday night in a hit-and-run accident on I-290 in Worcester.

Massachusetts State Police said in a news release Sunday that around 11:30 p.m. Saturday they responded to a report that a pedestrian was struck on I-290 westbound west of the exit. 20, in Worcester.

At the scene, troopers determined the victim, a 27-year-old man from Worcester, had been struck by multiple vehicles and died, state police said.

State police said their preliminary investigation indicated the man was struck by an unknown vehicle, possibly a tractor-trailer. They said he was then likely hit by other vehicles.

State police said evidence indicates none of the vehicles involved in the man’s impact stopped, but it’s unclear whether the drivers knew they had hit a nobody.

The accident is still under investigation by state and local police. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call 508-829-8410.

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RBNZ shadow board recommends 50 basis point hike in cash rates this week

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The New Zealand Institute for Economic Research (NZIER) operates a “shadow board” of analysts. The Shadow Board is independent of RBNZ and does not represent what RBNZ will do, but rather what its view is that RBNZ should do. That is to say, the Shadows do not plan what they think will happen, but what they think should happen.

As for this week’s meeting, the Shadows’ view is the same as the market consensus of a 0.5% rate hike from the RBNZ.

In Brief Comments from NZIER, pointing out a strong inflation

Inflation

Inflation is defined as a quantitative measure of the rate at which the average price level of goods and services in an economy or country increases over a period of time. It is the rise in the general price level where a given currency is effectively buying less than it has in previous periods. In terms of valuation of strength or currencies, and by extension foreign currencies, inflation or its measures are extremely influential. Inflation stems from the global creation of money. This money is measured by the level of the total money supply of a specific currency, for example the US dollar, which is constantly increasing. However, an increase in the money supply does not necessarily mean that there is inflation. What leads to inflation is a faster increase in the money supply relative to the wealth produced (measured with GDP). This thus generates pressure from demand on a supply that is not increasing at the same rate. The consumer price index then increases, generating inflation. How Does Inflation Affect Forex? The level of inflation has a direct impact on the exchange rate between two currencies on several levels. This includes purchasing power parity, which attempts to compare the different purchasing power of each country according to the general level of prices. By doing so, it helps to determine the country with the most expensive cost of living. The currency with the higher inflation rate consequently loses value and depreciates, while the currency with the lower inflation rate appreciates in the forex market. Interest rates are also impacted. Inflation rates that are too high push interest rates up, which has the effect of depreciating the currency on the exchange. Conversely, too low inflation (or deflation) pushes interest rates down, which has the effect of appreciating the currency on the foreign exchange market.

Inflation is defined as a quantitative measure of the rate at which the average price level of goods and services in an economy or country increases over a period of time. It is the rise in the general price level where a given currency is effectively buying less than it has in previous periods. In terms of valuation of strength or currencies, and by extension foreign currencies, inflation or its measures are extremely influential. Inflation stems from the global creation of money. This money is measured by the level of the total money supply of a specific currency, for example the US dollar, which is constantly increasing. However, an increase in the money supply does not necessarily mean that there is inflation. What leads to inflation is a faster increase in the money supply relative to the wealth produced (measured with GDP). This thus generates pressure from demand on a supply that is not increasing at the same rate. The consumer price index then increases, generating inflation. How Does Inflation Affect Forex? The level of inflation has a direct impact on the exchange rate between two currencies on several levels. This includes purchasing power parity, which attempts to compare the different purchasing power of each country according to the general level of prices. By doing so, it helps to determine the country with the most expensive cost of living. The currency with the higher inflation rate consequently loses value and depreciates, while the currency with the lower inflation rate appreciates in the forex market. Interest rates are also impacted. Inflation rates that are too high push interest rates up, which has the effect of depreciating the currency on the exchange. Conversely, too low inflation (or deflation) pushes interest rates down, which has the effect of appreciating the currency on the foreign exchange market.
Read this term as the reason why the RBNZ remains on its tightening trajectory:

the majority was of the view that a 50 basis point increase in the initial exchange rate at the August meeting was warranted, with only two members recommending a different tightening quantum (25 basis points and 75 basis points each ). Members of the Shadow Board pointed to strong inflationary pressures in the New Zealand economy as justification for their recommendation of further tightening over the coming year.

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Carlos Correa’s younger sister meets favorite baseball player, Shohei Ohtani, as part of “perfect birthday”

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Leibysand Correa’s wish for her 13th birthday was to meet her role model, the man who inspired her to pick up a new language, the one she considers her favorite baseball player — above her brother, one of the sport’s biggest stars.

That would be Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, and while the timing didn’t quite work out last year, Carlos Correa was able to help fulfill his sister’s birthday wish one year later. Leibysand Correa celebrated her 14th birthday on Saturday at Angel Stadium, meeting Ohtani before the game, during which both her brother and Ohtani homered.

“I feel like it was the perfect birthday for her,” the Twins shortstop said. “ … I’m sure she will remember this one for a long time and I’m very appreciative of Ohtani taking his time to take a picture with her because I know how busy he is, and I know everyone wants a piece of Ohtani. He’s the biggest superstar in this sport, so for him to go out of his way and give her a couple minutes of his time, to me that means the world.”

Ohtani emerged from the Angels’ clubhouse hours before Saturday’s game, meeting with Carlos, Leibysand and their parents, whose trip in Carlos covered. Ohtani signed her bright red Angels jersey and snapped some pictures with the family.

Leibysand, who Carlos said has been studying Japanese for three years, even spoke a couple sentences to Ohtani in his native language.

“I know she’s been working hard on her Japanese and it was a fun moment,” Correa said. “I was very happy with that. That made my heart very happy.”

Correa said his younger sister has developed an interest in East Asian culture over the recent years. She loves K-pop and often recruits him to do karaoke with her when he’s at home. When Ohtani broke into the league, “she was just in love with him.”

And as a result, Correa said, she watches all of Ohtani’s starts and catches all of his highlights.

While her brother had a nice day at the plate on her birthday — he finished the day 2-for-2 with a home run, pointing up toward his family as he neared home plate, and reached base five times — Correa said there was no question whose home run his younger sister enjoyed more.

“She’s obsessed with him and that makes me very happy because he’s a great role model,” Correa said. “He’s a guy that obviously is making history every single night and he’s just a great role model to have, so for her to look up to a guy like him, it’s good.”

And while Leibysand was able to keep her composure around her role model, the emotions of a dream come true all came spilling out when he left. Correa said he suspected meeting Ohtani was probably “the best moment,” of 14-year-old Leibysand’s life.

“She was bawling,” Correa said of Leibysand after meeting Ohtani. “She flooded the hall with her tears.”

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JERUSALEM — Eight people were injured, including US citizens, in a suspected Palestinian gun attack on a bus near Jerusalem’s Western Wall in the Old City early Sunday, Israeli police and medics said.

The alleged shooter turned on himself and his gun hours after fleeing the scene and sparking a massive manhuntaccording to Israeli Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai.

Tom Nides, the US ambassador to Israel, said he was “deeply saddened to confirm that Americans were injured in this attack”.

“I have spoken with the families and will keep them in my prayers,” he said. in a statement on Twitter.

Both Nides and the US Bureau of Palestinian Affairs said in statements on Sunday that they strongly condemned what they described as a “terrorist attack”.

A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Jerusalem declined to provide further details about the victims, citing confidentiality concerns. They spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with embassy protocol.

The shooting comes less than a week after Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip reached a tentative truce to end days of fighting that left at least 47 Palestinians dead in the blockaded enclave, and amid of an ongoing Israeli crackdown in the occupied West Bank following the violence. broke out there this spring.

Israel applauds its victories, Gaza mourns its dead as ceasefire holds

On Tuesday, Israeli security forces using shoulder-launched missiles killed three suspected Palestinian militants in the crowded West Bank city of Nablus.

Sunday’s attack in Jerusalem occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time at two locations near the entrance to the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

A gunman opened fire on a bus and vehicles near a parking lot, then ran into the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, according to Israeli police.

Israel’s Emergency Medical Service said it treated people with gunshot wounds at the scene and seven people were hospitalized.

Two of the injured were in critical condition, including a pregnant woman who was shot in the abdomen and underwent emergency labor, Israeli media reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid condemned the attack on Sunday and warned that “all who seek our harm must know that they will pay a price for any harm done to our civilians.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) said she was working with the State Department amid reports that state residents were among the injured.

“I am horrified by the terrorist attack in Jerusalem and by the news that a family of New Yorkers has been affected,” she tweeted.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the attack, and Israeli police did not immediately release further details about the suspected shooter.

A spokesman for Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, hailed the “heroic operation” against “the arrogance of occupation soldiers and extremist settlers”.

US-backed peace plans since the 1990s have called for a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel claims Jerusalem as its undivided capital, which most of the international community rejects.

The country is gearing up for another round of elections, its fifth in less than four years, in which security, along with economic issues, are usually the main concerns of voters.

Violence in Israel had subsided somewhat since the spring, when at least 19 people in several towns were killed in a series of Palestinian attacks with guns, knives and a vehicle. Since then, Israeli forces have carried out near-night raids on West Bank communities and killed dozens of Palestinians.

Among the dead this spring was Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran Al Jazeera reporter who was killed in May while covering clashes in the Palestinian city of Jenin. The Washington Post and other mainstream media concluded that Israeli forces likely fired the shot that killed Abu Akleh, who was far from any fighting.

Israel said its own investigation found the source of the bullet was inconclusive, but that its soldiers did not deliberately shoot Abu Akleh. A US investigation released in June said the shots likely came from Israeli forces but concluded they were likely unintentional, angering Abu Akleh’s family.

Steve Hendrix contributed to this report.

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