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Woodside and partners secure exploitation authorisation for Sangomar field

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first_img The Sangomar field is located in the Senegalese part of the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin. (Credit: D Thory from Pixabay) Woodside and its partners have secured approval from the Senegalese government for the exploitation plan for the Sangomar field (formerly known as SNE field), offshore Senegal.The government has also granted exploitation authorisation to the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture for the field development.Woodside said that the start of the execution phase of the phase 1 development of the Sangomar oil field will be subject to final execution of the host government agreement with the Senegalese government along with the approval and award of key contracts.The RSSD joint venture is made up of Woodside Energy (Senegal), Capricorn Senegal, a subsidiary of Cairn Energy, FAR, and Petrosen.Woodside has a 35% stake in the RSSD joint venture, while Cairn Energy Senegal holds 40% stake. FAR and Petrosen hold 15% and 10% stakes respectively in the joint venture.FAR managing director Cath Norman said: “This is a momentous milestone for the joint venture and the people of Senegal and FAR is proud to have played an integral part in the discovery, appraisal and now commitment to develop the significant oil resource offshore Senegal.”Partners aim to bring Sangomar field on stream in 2023First oil from the Sangomar field is aimed to be drawn in early 2023. The Senegalese field is estimated to produce 645 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), which includes 485mmbbl of oil and 160mmboe of gas.The oil field is located in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep Blocks, which are spread over a combined area of 7,490km² within the Senegalese part of the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin.The RSSD partners plan to develop the Sangomar field with a stand-alone floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility with 23 subsea wells and associated subsea infrastructure.The FPSO, which is likely to have a production capacity of 100,000 bbl/day, will process the oil before its export to market through tankers. The vessel will facilitate the integration of potential future development phases, which includes gas export to shore and subsea tie-backs at a later stage. The Sangomar field is estimated to produce 645 million barrels of oil equivalentlast_img read more

NATALIE RASCHER CITY COUNCIL PLANNED RECOUNT WITHDRAWN

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first_imgNATALIE RASCHER CITY COUNCIL PLANNED RECOUNT WITHDRAWN In response to the withdrawal of the City Council Ward 2 recounts petitioned by Vanderburgh County GOP Chairman, Wayne Parke, I would like to make the following statement. “First I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of my supporters and the residence of the second ward that believed in my aptitude to serve and vision for a better community.After meeting with legal counsel both Mr. Parke and me agreed that while there were more than 40+ issues found in absentee ballot validity, a recount would not allow for those ballots to be properly challenged under the current Indiana State election law.Therefore, I asked him to withdraw from this process. I plan on continuing to serve my community as a private citizen and look forward to my next endeavor, whatever it may be.” Natalie Rascher, a graduate of Leadership Evansville, has a long history of public service on local boards and in community organizations including the Junior League of Evansville, the Greenway Advisory Board, and the Vanderburgh County Alcoholic Beverage Board. She has served as a volunteer for the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, YWCA, and the Alzheimer Association.Natalie and her husband Zac Rascher live in Evansville’s Second Ward with their three children.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Councilman DeVlieger Hosts First Ward Meeting Saturday

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first_imgCity Council Vice President Michael DeVlieger will host a First Ward meeting Saturday at noon at the Howard Stainton Senior Center inside the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.The First Ward encompasses the area from the Longport Bridge to the north side of 4th Street.The meeting will address topics of concern and invite feedback from the public. No formal action will be taken.The meeting will also be streamed online. Sign-in details are below.To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/574608589You can also dial in using your phone.United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073United States: +1 (571) 317-3129Access Code: 574-608-589New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/574608589 The Stainton Senior Center is located inside the Ocean City Community Center.last_img read more

News story: Students praise quality of colleges and training providers

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first_img We want to improve the quality of education for everyone and I’m thrilled that today’s student satisfaction figures give the FE sector the recognition it deserves. Further education can bring amazing opportunities for learners. I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand how colleges and training providers across the country are changing the lives of people of all ages and from so many different backgrounds. It’s been a privilege to hear the personal stories of all those involved in Further Education. The passion and commitment of teachers and the life changing experiences of young people shine through. The figures come at the same time that further education colleges across the country have seen an increase in the number of good or outstanding ratings they have received from Ofsted.The survey took place between October 2017 and May 2018, with a total of 341,627 learners taking part from an eligible population of 1,821,629, across 923 colleges and other training providers. Colleges and training providers across the country are continuing to impress students, with new figures showing that at least 90 per cent of learners are happy with their place of study and its teaching quality.In one of the largest student satisfaction surveys of its kind, which had over 300,000 respondents, findings published by the Department for Education revealed: The Government has taken significant steps to improve the standards in our further education sector, through multi-million pound schemes including, the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), National Leaders of Further Education programme and National Leaders of Governance programme.Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: 90% of learners were satisfied with their FE provider 91% of learners were satisfied with the teaching from the FE provider 82% of learners were likely to recommend their learning provider to friends or familylast_img read more

Hashim Sarkis appointed dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning

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first_imgHarvard University Graduate School of Design professor and alumnus Hashim Sarkis has been appointed as Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.Sarkis is currently the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at the GSD, and has been on the faculty since 1998. The Aga Khan Program is a joint endeavor between Harvard and MIT, and is a leading program for the study of architecture, urban issues, and visual culture in Islamic societies.In addition to his teaching and writing, Sarkis is the founder and principle of Cambridge- and Beirut-based Hashim Sarkis Studios, which has won numerous competitions and designed civic and commercial projects, as well as private houses, from Massachusetts to Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.Sarkis received his BArch and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987, his MArch from the GSD in 1989, and his PhD in architecture from the GSD in 1995. Read Full Storylast_img read more

U.S. States Build Stockpiles Of Malaria Drug Touted By Trump

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: BFMTV / YouTubeSALT LAKE CITY — State and local governments across the United States have obtained about 30 million doses of a malaria drug touted by President Trump to treat patients with the coronavirus, despite warnings from doctors that more research is needed.At least 22 states and Washington, D.C., secured shipments of the drug, hydroxychloroquine, according to information compiled from state and federal officials by The Associated Press. Sixteen of those states were won by Trump in 2016, although five of them, including North Carolina and Louisiana, are now led by Democratic governors.Supporters say having a supply on hand makes sense in case the drug is shown to be effective against the pandemic that has devastated the global economy and killed nearly 200,000 people worldwide, and to ensure a steady supply for people who need it for other conditions like lupus.But health experts worry that having the drug easily available at a time of heightened public fear could make it easier to misuse it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned doctors against prescribing the drug, hydroxychloroquine, for treating the coronavirus outside of hospitals or research settings because of reports of serious side effects, including dangerous irregular heart rhythms and death among patients. It’s the latest admonition against the drug that Trump mentioned 17 times in various public appearances, touting its potential despite his own health advisors telling him it is unproven.Oklahoma spent $2 million to buy the drugs, and Utah and Ohio have spent hundreds of thousands on purchases. The rest of the cities and states received free shipments from drug companies or the U.S. government over the last month. Ohio received a large donation from a local company.Several states including New York, Connecticut, Oregon, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas received donations of the medication from a private company based in New Jersey called Amneal Pharmaceutical. Florida was given 1 million doses from Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical.The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it has sent out 14.4 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to 14 cities, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, from the federal government’s national stockpile, a source that also provided South Dakota and California with supplies. The agency said earlier this month it had sent 19 million tablets and didn’t explain the discrepancy between the two figures. The U.S. government received a donation of 30 million doses from Swiss drugmaker Novartis on March 29 to build up the stockpile, which does not normally stock the drug.“If he (Trump) hadn’t amplified the early and inappropriate enthusiasm for the drug, I doubt if the states would have even been aware of it,” said Dr. Kenneth B. Klein, a consultant from outside of Seattle who has spent the last three decades working for drug companies to design and evaluate their clinical trials.Klein said it’s understandable that government and health officials looked into hydroxychloroquine — which is approved for treating malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus — as a possible remedy during a frightening pandemic, but the time and energy has been misspent. The potential side effects are worrisome, especially because many coronavirus patients already have underlying health conditions, he said.“The states and the federal government are reacting in light of that fear. But it’s not a rational response,” Klein said.Doctors can already prescribe the malaria drug to patients with COVID-19, a practice known as off-label prescribing, and many do. Medical and pharmacy groups have warned against prescribing it for preventive purposes. The FDA has allowed it into the national stockpile, but only for narrowly defined purposes as studies continue.Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has previously acknowledged that the drug is “not without controversy,” but defended the state’s efforts to build up a supply. As questions mounted Friday, though, he distanced himself from an $800,000 purchase the state made from a local company and said it would be investigated.Herbert also halted a plan to spend $8 million more to buy 200,000 additional treatments. “The bottom line is, we’re not purchasing any more of this drug,” he said.Other states have received it from the federal government. South Dakota, with a population of 885,000 people, received 1.2 million doses and is using the drug for a trial as well as doctor-approved prescriptions for COVID-19 positive patients.South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican and Trump ally, said earlier this month she pushed the White House to provide enough hydroxychloroquine to give it to every hospitalized person, others who are vulnerable to the coronavirus and “front line” health care workers. As of Tuesday, Sanford Health said there were 200 patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in a registry, and that some of them may have taken hydroxychloroquine, but it was not a requirement.It is one of several states that say they are using some of the doses for clinical trials going on to assess whether the drugs has benefits for COVID-19 patients.Many states, however, have opted to steer clear over concerns about side effects and lingering questions about the drug’s effectiveness. At least one of those states is led by a Republican governor, Tennessee, where the state’s Department of Health sent a letter warning against using the drug or hoarding it.“We were seeing a flood of inappropriate prescribing and hoarding, quite frankly,” Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters.Kansas health director Dr. Lee Norman said the state has no plans to buy the drug because evidence is lacking that it helps treat COVID-19.Most states aren’t paying for the drug, and it’s not clear why Utah didn’t get it from the federal reserve or a donation from a business like Amneal Pharmaceutical.News releases from state governments show the New Jersey-based company has sent millions of doses of the drug free of cost to states, including 2 million to New York and 1 million to Texas. A company spokesperson declined to provide a list of donations or answer other questions from The Associated PressPharmaceutical companies can often manufacture pills they already make fairly cheaply. The donations may have been done to earn good publicity while setting it up to make future sales if hydroxychloroquine ends up being a reliable treatment for the virus, Klein said.Controversy has swirled around the drug since Trump started promoting it in the White House briefing room on March 19.He mentioned the drug in briefings through April 14, and the White House distributed press releases praising Trump’s efforts to stockpile it for use in areas of the country hard-hit by the virus. But for the past week, as studies have shown mixed or even harmful results, Trump has gone silent on the drug.Asked about it Thursday, Trump said he hadn’t heard of the a study done at U.S. veterans hospitals with preliminary results that showed no benefit, and rejected the notion he had stopped promoting hydroxychloroquine as a cure.“I haven’t at all. I haven’t at all,” Trump said. “We’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims jump more than 500

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first_imgWeekly unemployment claims rose steeply last week continuing an upward trend over the last couple of months. For the week of November 20, 2010, there were 1,401 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 508 from the week before. Altogether 9,563 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 795 from a week ago and 1,847 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,385 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 120 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 696 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 16 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Coronavirus, community economies, cooperative advance in payments/preparedness

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jon Ungerland Jon Ungerland believes the core philosophy underlying credit unions is the plausible and sustainable model for preserving healthy financial institutions and promoting financially dignified and strong communities in the 21st … Web: www.dalandsolutions.com Details Cryptocurrency market cap is growing, again, with even previously reserved or skeptical analysts projecting increased adoption of the assets/currencies and potential quadrupling of market cap.FinTechs are acquiring Banks as a means of controlling distribution of modernized digital and financial products/services to localized and internet communities of consumers.The World Economic Forum officially formed a cryptocurrency governance council at their Davos 2020 summit.Major governments around the world are actively exploring their own digital currency initiatives as alternatives to challenges confronting fiat currency markets and as digital alternatives to cash.These are just some of the current events which clearly indicate money is morphing, merchants aren’t waiting around for banks, and consumer cryptobanking is happening, and cryptocurrency is no longer the nerd living in the basement of financial services (it’s the promising protégé with an impressive and growing side hustle!).Yet, institutional participation and readiness lags woefully – especially in the community FI sector.Community financial institutions can’t afford to react to consumer sentiment; because for the first time ever (due to the technological innovation known as distributed ledgers) waiting will mean the money is already gone; it will have morphed into new distributed networks and out of dollar deposits at traditional/local financial institutions.Sure, there are recent examples of persisting challenges with cryptocurrency transaction speed and stability. However, before anyone presumes plastic will persist without challenger (not to mention planned price increases for processing payments in the eCommerce space), it’s important to remember the inherent simplicity and openness of this ‘internet of money’ means that a few highly-skilled and seriously motivated players will be able to innovate around and past those challenges without the inefficiencies of prior payments networks and their myriad of stakeholders, territorial players, and incumbent interests.In the end, consumers will move towards value, convenience, rate of return, ease of use, security, and other factors favoring digital payments and currencies; merchants will move towards pricing, features, and value for patrons/consumers.  Legacy payments solutions offer little to communities, consumers, or cooperatively minded financial institutions.  Cash is dirty; plastic is pricey; consumers and merchants know this. Community financial institutions need to be positioned to support local, valuable, sustainable, and relevant networks with modern technology. We can help. If your credit union hasn’t asked this question yet, put it at the top of the list for your next executive strategy and technology chat: how long will traditional and bank-controlled payments (cash, paper, plastic) be considered viable or safe in a world where Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 is an economic and social reality (as an ideal medium for all sorts of nasty vulnerabilities and systemic diseases)!?My suspicion; recent global and economic events will help ensure 2020 is the year merchants and communities accelerate into the future of payments and away from legacy and cash/paper contaminated banking and settlement services.My suspicions are rooted way back in 2011, when my wife and I took a trip to The Berkshires; and there we encountered Main Street merchants using/accepting “Berkshares,” a local currency which provided additional purchasing power to patrons who used the proprietary currency issued by a local bank.Now, in 2020, I’m concerned (and convinced) other alternative currencies represent real and present dangers to the existence of local financial institutions and the affordable and fair access they provide to community strengthening consumer financial services.To understand why, let’s rewind back to 2012, when my team and I wondered why this localized economy concept of “Berkshares” couldn’t/shouldn’t be digital. This thought led to the design and development of our technology to support direct-to-merchant relationships for digital payments, capturing patron prepaid balances in local financial institutions, supporting digital payments and rewards, etc.In 2016, I bought my first Bitcoin on Election Night … fully mesmerized by the political events of that evening (and a fair ways into my third glass of bourbon).In 2016 the financial services industry was intoxicated by a different “B” word, Blockchain.Execs and IT leaders of most institutions I encountered at the time were excited, energized, and invested in some ‘security’ or ‘ID verification’ experiment using Blockchain. If they weren’t planning to use Blockchain to solve for an entire array of ‘security’ issues, they were attempting to ‘improve’ everything from loan file tracking to toilet paper inventory management using the promising distributed database technology.In the following year, 2017, Bitcoin burst to historic price points and market cap marks as a security and potential alternative/digital currency. At peak market (thus far) in Dec 2017 total (global) crypto market cap was ~$600b.In January 2018 “the bubble burst,” or so the predominant narrative goes.Throughout 2018 the typical conversation I experienced with financial institution execs or IT experts in banking/credit unions went something like this, “Bitcoin, isn’t that the fake money stuff that collapsed at the end of 2017 and is just like the Dutch Tulip Bulb mania from the 17th Century?” I’d estimate that out of 2000 financial institution execs I spoke to/with throughout 2018 and 2019, twenty (20) were intrigued to understand cryptocurrency – specifically Bitcoin.  At the same time, in 2019, FinTechs maintained a furious pace of development, furthering distributed ledger technology and targeting payments and banking services with complete awareness of the exposed flank in financial services. In January of 2020 Jack Dorsey’s Square Inc. secured a patent for a merchant based payment network predicated upon cryptocurrency.As of Feb 2020 Bitcoin had rallied back to $10k+ per coin, and altcoins/other cryptocurrencies followed the same parabolic path. The resurgence of market cap strength and the strong return on investment in the cryptocurrency sector should be troubling for financial institutions. The consumer value proposition for a financial institution savings account was between .25% and 2% from 2011 to 2019, 2% being a “high yield” offering at boutique online outlets. During the same timeframe the return on Bitcoin (as just one cryptocurrency) was approximately 9.4k% (no, that’s not a typo) – and that includes the loss of value during the ‘great bubble burst’ of Jan 2018.In other news from Feb of 2020, Coinbase (US leading cryptocurrency exchange) became the first official cryptocurrency firm/exchange to receive Visa’s blessing to offer the holy sacrament of financial services – a debit card.So, here’s the situation for financial institutions and providers of traditional retail financial services:Consumers can currently receive exponentially greater value return from non-dollar holdings in assets/currencies like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ether, Ripple XRP, etc.Payments tech firms are securing intellectual property to overlay on their existing merchant transactions processing networks, which will not only allow consumers and merchants more affordable payment methods, but will (presumably) allow consumers to store value outside banks/credit unions and receive greater returns/rewards for values stored/spent on cryptocurrency and alternative merchant payments networks.Local financial institutions are unware they could do the same, but ought to be rapidly seeking solutions to support similar payments networks.Community financial institutions should also be looking to add value to consumers by providing a secure place to store cryptocurrency with a trusted and local partner.last_img read more

COVID 19: Public fend for themselves amid scarcity of information from government

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first_img“Before that, no information. Many residents do not know anything about the coronavirus. Honestly, we are worried now because the patient was our neighbor,” she said.She said she needed detailed information about the virus, especially about the symptoms and what to do not to spread it to others.“We know about how to maintain our hygiene. But we need more information about the symptoms and how it spreads. I’m sure many residents are still in the dark,” she went on.Surakarta administration claims it has disseminated information about the novel coronavirus in public spaces such as markets, shopping centers, bus terminals and stations. Officials say they have reached out to subdistrict and even to neighborhood (RT) units.“We have to move fast so people will know what the coronavirus is,” Siti Wahyuningsih, the head of Surakarta Health Agency said on Sunday.She said the main points of the information included hygiene and good nutrition.Residents should not panic, she said, the coronavirus was the same as other viruses. “The important thing is to maintain immunity, keep up our hygiene and our health standards. We also encourage people not to get close to crowds,” she said.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said his administration was serious about it and had allocated Rp 2 billion (US$ 131.8 million) for extraordinary measures.North Sulawesi administration has allocated extra funding to handle the coronavirus crisis. The funding will be used to add an isolation room as there are currently only 10 available.Manado Health Agency head Ivan Marthin said it had distributed information in the community.The North Sulawesi provincial capital has reported one COVID-19 case and Lion Air operated flights from the city to Guangzhou in China before the outbreak.Ivan acknowledged the limited information most people had about the coronavirus, but they knew that it could be deadly. “Most people know about the coronavirus from social media, that’s why we give them information about the spread, that it is not airborne,” he said.Latest research has said that the novel coronavirus is mostly likely not airborne, but this is not conclusive.Deisy Makawata, a Manado, North Sulawesi, resident, said she knew only a little about the virus. “I’m kind of in the dark. What I know, for example, is to avoid people who’ve just returned from abroad and that the virus stays on things but not in the air.”The administration in Batam in Riau Islands, which borders Singapore, says it relies on the media to spread information about the novel coronavirus because of budget constraints.Batam Health Agency Didi Kusumajadi told The Jakarta Post on Saturday that it did not have any plan to reach out to local communities.“We don’t have enough budget or manpower to go to neighborhoods. We rely on the media,” he said. But he said he had deployed medical personnel to schools to provide information.“Sometimes we get requests from companies or factories, and we do that,” he went on.He said the administration had sent a circular, telling people not to panic. He admitted that many people knew only a little about the virus.Sigit Pramono, 38, who runs a food stall, said he got information from social media. “I don’t know the symptoms in detail, I know very little,” he said.“What I know is to keep up our hygiene, maintain our immunity and avoid leaving the house if not really necessary,” he said.Sarma Siregar, an employee of a private company, said he did not know how to prevent the spread of the virus.Another resident, Susi Lee, said she had some knowledge about the virus but she learned about it from social media.Last week, the police arrested at least six people for spreading misinformation and fake news about the virus on social media.Agust Hari contributed to this story from Manado, North SulawesiTopics : Despite the country having two months to prepare for the arrival of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Indonesian people say they have limited knowledge about the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and what little they know they have learned from the media or social media, not from any government institutions.Residents of Surakarta, Central Java, one of the cities reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases, said they began to get more information after Indonesia reported its first confirmed cases on March 2 and before the city reported its first death.Erlangga Bima Sakti, 23, said before the first deaths were reported in the country on March 11, he did not receive much official information about the virus. Earlier, he learned about it from the media, including social media. “There has been limited information about the virus from the government. It began to trickle after someone died,” he said.Another resident, Iwan Adi, 23, also found the information on his own from social media and news portals.“I learned about how it spread, how to prevent it, what the symptoms are, from the media. Before, there was not much from the government,” he said.Astuti Herliani, 45, a neighbor of the deceased victim in Surakarta, said a health official came to the subdistrict office and invited residents on March 14, three days after the COVID-19 patient died in Moewardi General Hospital.last_img read more

Barcelona cool interest in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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first_img Comment Barcelona cool interest in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Mar 2020 9:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not top of Barcelona’s shopping list (Picture: Getty Images)Barcelona are unlikely to make a summer move for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they prioritise moves for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-German’s Neymar.Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in 2021 and the club are struggling to negotiate a new deal as the striker is looking for wages of around £300,000-a-week.The Gunners are desperate to keep hold of the 30-year-old, who has scored 61 goals in 96 games for the club since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, however, his contract demands are an issue.Barcelona have shown an interest in the Gabon international and were thought likely to make a move for him at the end of the season, but that now seems unlikely as their focus is elsewhere.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Express reports that the Catalan giants would prefer a move for Martinez or an attempt to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp over a bid for the Arsenal man.Martinez, 22, has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Inter this season and is emerging as one of the brightest talents in European football, also scoring nine goals in 17 appearances for Argentina since his international debut in 2018.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 CityA move to re-sign Neymar is also a possibility after he left Barca for PSG in 2017 for a world record fee of £198.The Brazilian has since scored 69 goals in 80 games for the French side, but is thought to be keen on a return to Spain and Barcelona are interested in bringing him back.Barcelona’s interest in Martinez and Neymar may not rule out Aubameyang leaving Arsenal in the summer as if Inter Milan or PSG lose a striker, they could turn to north London for a replacement.The prolific forward attempted to distance himself from transfer rumours earlier this month, insisting he is happy at the Emirates.‘It means a lot (to play here),’ he told Arsenal’s official club website. ‘When I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they always had great players and they won trophies as well.‘I think it is really a pleasure to be here, I am really happy – that’s my feeling.’MORE: Arsenal urged to complete £45m transfer deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas ParteyMORE: Ian Wright reveals Thierry Henry’s biggest worry before joining ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more