Luca Pellegrini is on the cusp of completing a move to Juventus after arriving at the club’s health centre for a medical on Sunday.The 20-year-old Roma left-back is expected to sign a five-year deal in a reported €10 million (£9m/$11m) switch that will send Leonardo Spinazzola in the opposite direction.Pellegrini, an Italy Under-21 international, spent the second half of last season on loan at Cagliari, where he made 12 appearances in Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare His transfer to Turin will boost Maurizio Sarri’s full-back stocks after the new Bianconeri boss opted not to retain Spinazzola, who struggled for first-team opportunities under Massimiliano Allegri last term.#Juventus : #LucaPellegrini è arrivato al J|Medical // Luca Pellegrini has arrived at J|Medical to undergo his medical tests ahead of his move to Juventus 🇮🇹⚪️⚫️ @goalitalia pic.twitter.com/tpZPNwyKvL — Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) June 30, 2019 The versatile 26-year-old completed a medical with the Giallorossi on Saturday and could serve as a successor to Inter-linked Alessandro Florenzi on the right side of defence.Pellegrini could soon be followed to the Allianz Stadium by Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer.Goal can confirm that Juventus have reached an agreement with Rabiot after the player refused to sign a new deal with PSG.Rabiot is set to sign a five-year contract with the Serie A champions, which will net him €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season. In addition, Rabiot’s mother Veronique, who serves as his agent, is set to pocket a commission of €10m (£9m/ $11.4m).Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to Paris on Friday in order to close negotiations and a framework has been reached.However, while Rabiot is due to arrive from PSG, Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci could end up heading in the opposite direction to the Parc des Princes.With PSG set to miss out to Juve for the signing of Ajax centre-half Matthijs de Ligt, the Ligue 1 champions have made contact with the representatives of Bonucci.PSG sporting director Leonardo has started tentative talks with representatives of the Italy veteran about making him the club’s latest superstar signing.They will look to take advantage of the added competition at Juventus, should De Ligt’s signing go ahead as planned, by luring away a player who has made nearly 250 appearances for the Serie A champions.Juve have already secured the signing of Turkish defender Merih Demiral from Sassuolo this summer, increasing the possibility that the club will allow stalwart Bonucci to seek a move.
“It is almost two years to the day that dramatic political change was unleashed in this region, starting in Tunisia and later encompassing Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria,” Mr. Eliasson said in his statement to the 17th meeting of the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism for the Arab States, held in the Lebanese capital.“Countries across the Arab world and beyond have been affected, inspired and altered by the events taking place,” he added. “There has been tremendous suffering as well – and in some cases profound uncertainty and fear about what lies ahead.”The Regional Coordination Mechanism meetings, held in various regions, focus on enhancing collaboration among UN system organizations so that they can be more effective and efficient in delivering results for UN Member States.In his speech, the Deputy Secretary-General said that the unfolding events across the Arab world have many lessons for the UN’s work. “The Arab uprisings have forced clarity and urgency on many key aspects of development. Our challenge now is to respond effectively to these imperatives,” he saidAlso, he noted, as the Arab world shapes a new political landscape for the region, now is the time to set a new course of development. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, reaffirmed the need for inclusive and sustainable development, he said. Member States agreed to establish a set of so-called Sustainable Development Goals, with time-bound targets to end poverty and hunger while preserving the environment. In addition, September’s high-level General Assembly meeting on the rule of law adopted a declaration that provides a strong tool for building key foundations of development, which can be done through honest institutions, effective public services, independent judiciaries and trustworthy security sectors.“The Regional Coordination Mechanism has a role to play in taking these outcomes and understandings forward,” said Mr. Eliasson. “You can support global, regional and national strategies to establish or reinforce the building blocks of sustainable development, such as energy, water, transport, food and nutrition.“You can direct our focus on the Millennium Development Goals, which we must do as the 2015 deadline approaches,” he said, referring to the anti-poverty targets agreed on world leaders. He also stressed the need to start discussing an Arab and regional perspective on the post-2015 development agenda, and to ensure that Arab voices are clearly heard and that the region’s priorities are considered.Mr. Eliasson also stressed the need for the UN to strengthen its impact on the ground, in people’s lives. “The political changes in the Arab world have shown how closely inter-related this region is – politically, culturally, socially and economically. No Arab country stands unaffected by the winds of changes in the region. No approaches or strategies can be put forward today without taking into account regional players and regional realities.“It is therefore essential for United Nations entities and regional institutions to come together at meetings like this to think and act jointly and regionally,” he stated, adding that the Regional Coordination Mechanism is an important vehicle for cooperation and action.“It can ensure policy coherence and consolidate multiple efforts. It gives us space to think collectively, craft a regional vision and set joint strategic and substantive goals to guide our work on the ground.”On Sunday, Mr. Eliasson visited the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and met with its Force Commander, Major-General Paolo Serra, and the mission’s senior leadership. Headquartered in Naqoura, in the country’s south, UNIFIL is tasked with ensuring that the area between the so-called Blue Line – separating Israel and Lebanon – and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) so they can fulfil their security responsibilities. The Deputy Secretary-General emphasized the need for continued coordinated operations with the LAF, and praised the contributions of UN peacekeepers to peace and security in southern Lebanon. “South Lebanon has witnessed a period of unprecedented calm thanks to the work of the mission, the strong liaison and coordination arrangements, the commitment of the parties as well as the excellent peacekeeping partnership between the LAF and UNIFIL,” he said. “All these elements are critical to maintaining stability in the area at a time of heightened tensions in the region.” As part of his visit, Mr. Eliasson will also meet with Lebanese officials in Beirut later this week.
Robert Deveaux Woodruff Band was the keeper of many historically significant documents and artifacts until his death in 2013. His family has decided to donate the materials to Brock’s Special Collections and Archives. Another collection of historically significant artifacts is being donated to the Brock archives.The donation of the Woodruff Family Collection to the University will be recognized Tuesday at a presentation in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Lobby.The Woodruffs came to Niagara shortly after the American Revolution and became a prominent political, social and economic force in the area and within Upper Canada.Local oenophiles may already be familiar with a Woodruff family landmark. The Woodruff House was rebuilt at Ravine Vineyard in St. Davids in 2009 and serves as the winery’s tasting room.The collection being donated to the University is 11 boxes of archival records that chronicle the family’s involvement in the War of 1812, the building of the second Welland Canal, the Upper Canada Rebellions, constructing roads and railways, environmental conservation, the First World War, business, politics, and much more.Overall, this collection touches on every major aspect of life in Upper Canada/Ontario particularly during the nineteenth century and often in fine detail.It contains a land document signed by Isaac Brock, letters from William Hamilton Merritt, engineering plans for the second Welland Canal, and the records of one of the earliest environmental conservation efforts in Ontario.The entire collection is valued at $325,000. The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board recently certified it as being of outstanding significance and national importance.The donation presentation happens from 11 a.m. to noon. Items from the collection will be on display at the announcement and in the Special Collections and Archives. Members of the Band/Taylor family, who donated the items, will also be on hand.