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UL research centre benefits from €245 million boost

first_imgLimerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Previous articleTales of Limerick man’s self sacrifice in The Unlucky Cabin BoyNext articleMotorway closed following pedestrian accident John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Print Twitter Facebook Advertisement TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanLero research centreScience Foundation IrelandUniversity of Limerick The University of Limerick campusThe University of LimerickKathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A SOFTWARE engineering research centre at the University of Limerick is to benefit from €245 million funding for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre that is head-quartered at UL, will share the funding with four other centres based in Dublin and Galway.“This funding awarded to Lero will allow us to conduct research on the latest industry software challenges, enabling multinationals and SMEs in Ireland to thrive and maintain a competitive advantage, and establish Lero as a world class centre of software research excellence,” said Professor Mike Hinchey, director of Lero and professor of Software Engineering at UL.“Software has now become an essential component of virtually all businesses and across all industries and sectors. Lero brings together internationally-recognised research capabilities in software research along with 29 industry partners,” added Prof Hinchey.Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan commented: “This is good news for UL and good news for Limerick. Our growing reputation as a technology hub will be enhanced as Lero goes from strength to strength.“Having a strong third level sector in Limerick is crucial to our economic recovery and jobs growth. For more than a year now we have seen falling levels of unemployment in Limerick. It is vital that we maintain that momentum and this investment will help in that regard.”The funding of €155 million from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will be delivered through Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Research Centres Programme, coupled with €90 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry partners.The funding, which will be provided over the next six years, will support cutting-edge research in critical and emerging sectors of the economy that are key for job creation in Ireland.The five SFI Research Centres will be involved in more than 165 industry collaborations with partners such as IBM, Intel, Google and Microsoft. Linkedincenter_img University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsUL research centre benefits from €245 million boostBy John Keogh – October 24, 2014 786 WhatsApp University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineeringlast_img read more

Wilfried Zaha breaks silence after ‘sending transfer message to Arsenal’ on Instagram

first_img View 4 comments Metro Sport ReporterSunday 9 Aug 2020 9:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.9kShares The first shows Zaha pointing at a neon sign that reads: ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ and is accompanied with the message: ‘So me and @wilfriedzaha have a message for you @arsenal’.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat was followed up by another story in which he posts: ‘@arsenal if you don’t sign this man up you lot are f*****g stupid you know the price is easy in today’s market’.Palace are willing to listen to offers for Zaha this summer but they’re unlikely to get anywhere close to their £80m valuation that they had last summer given the financial effects of the pandemic.And Zaha has done his best to distance himself from the the videos, by claiming he can’t control what other people post on their social media channels. ‘I’m just enjoying my time off and can’t control everything everyone does,’ said Zaha.Billing also later did his best to quash the speculation, saying it was just ‘banter’.‘I can confirm that @wilfriedzaha had no partake in the banter last night,’ said Billing.‘It was just a joke that I decided to go ahead with’.MORE: Ronnie O’Sullivan surges past Ding Junhui and into World Snooker Championship quarter-final Wilfried Zaha breaks silence after ‘sending transfer message to Arsenal’ on Instagram Wilfried Zaha pointing at a ‘ZAHA TO ARSENAL’ neon sign in a nightclub 👀 pic.twitter.com/77neV3y9kz— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) August 9, 2020center_img Advertisement Advertisement Wilfried Zaha was desperate to join Arsenal last summer (Credits: AP)Crystal Palace forward WIlfried Zaha has distanced himself from a video circulating online in which the winger can be seen pointing at a ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ sign in a nightclub.The Ivory Coast international was desperate to join the Gunners last summer but Unai Emery opted for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe after months of frustrated talks with Palace over a fee.Zaha struggled to get over the fact that he wasn’t granted his wish of leaving Selhurst Park and managed just four goals in 39 appearances for the Eagles last term. The forward is currently on holiday after a prolonged Premier League season and a companion, Anthony Billing, posted a series of stories on his Instagram of himself and Zaha in a nightclub.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Barcelona salary limit cut by €15m

first_img Loading… Barcelona’s salary limit has been cut by 15 million euros. The Blaugrana have the highest wage cap in La Liga at 656 million euros. The most recent figures come after the conclusion of the January transfer window. These figures take into account all the money Barcelona spend on staff. This includes medical staff, club and academy players, and coaches. It also includes the boring stuff such as insurance, social security, and repayments.Advertisement Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid sit second and third. With Real Madrid coming in behind Barcelona at 641 million euros and Atletico at 348.5 million euros. read also; Barcelona receive injury boost as Luis Suarez ‘may play again this season’ Barcelona are expected to spend some more money shortly on a new signing. The club should be allowed an emergency transfer after losing Ousmane Dembele for six months. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careerslast_img read more

Gambling Commission justifies remote licence fee increases

first_img The Gambling Commission has explained its motivation behind some of the changes in its annual fee structure which will see a number of remote operators facing higher costs than before, while many other operators will see a much greater reduction.Overall there will be fee reductions for around 1,900 operators while fees will be held at their current levels for around 1,000 operators, and around 75 operators will be subject to an increase in fees.In a response to submissions regarding its consultation document on fees, the Commission revealed that it had been asked to explain the increase in fees for medium-sized and large remote operators. The Commission estimates that 11 medium-sized or larger remote betting operators would see an increase in fees, but deliver ‘significant’ fee reductions for 100 much smaller remote betting operators, the majority of which have a GGY below £5m.Operators with GGY of £15m+ will see an increase in annual fees:£15m – £55m – was £38,123 – now £46,687£55m – £110m – was £48,893 – now £75,227£110m – £220m – was £74,012 – now £137,453£220m – £550m – was £117, 746 – now £281,058£550m+ – was £155,425 – now £494,856 (with additional £200k for every £500m GGY above £1bn)The regulator explained: “The Commission’s overall costs in respect of remote betting have reduced, enabling an overall reduction in the fees payable by remote betting operators as a whole. It is therefore a question of how those costs should be recovered. A large proportion of the Commission’s cost base can be described as thematic, in contrast to other costs such as direct compliance or enforcement costs, and the largely fixed costs of regulating each operator.“Thematic costs in respect of remote betting operators include, for example, betting integrity, the development of Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) and Remote Technical Standards including the testing strategy. As there are very few economies of scale available to the Commission in these costs, it is appropriate that they should be recovered in proportion to the gambling volume generated by each operator, with GGY considered to be the best measure in that regard. While we have sought to realign cost recovery among other sectors of the gambling industry as necessary (for example, in the terrestrial betting sector), the need for that realignment is most pronounced in the remote betting sector.“Since 2007 when fees were first set, the Commission’s cost profile has changed. The fixed, minimum costs of regulating smaller remote operators have fallen (which is why the proposals would see the smallest fee for a remote general betting (standard) or betting intermediary licence reduce from £13,529 to £3,408). However, its thematic costs base has continued to grow. The fees for large remote betting operators are currently set at too low a level to recover a fair proportion of thematic costs given the relative volumes of gambling they generate. The proposals therefore seek to ensure that thematic costs are spread more proportionately to GGY.”The Commission also noted that those remote betting operators subject to an increase will only be a relatively small increase when they are introduced in April. “We anticipate that their new annual fee as a percentage of their GGY will be only 0.09% to 0.27% for a medium-sized betting operator as described above, and between 0.06% and 0.13% for a larger remote betting operator.” StumbleUpon Submit Share Sharelast_img read more

Livestock & Poultry Outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterARLINGTON, Va. (DTN) — U.S. meat production continued to climb to record levels in 2018 and that trend will continue in 2019.Total red meat and poultry production grew 2% to a record 102.4 billion pounds last year, and USDA expects these categories to increase by 2% again in 2019, to reach a new record of 104.7 billion pounds. These projections were released early Friday in USDA’s outlook for livestock and poultry, at the agency’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia.This steady rise in production kept cattle, hog and turkey prices lower last year, as well as broiler prices, which rose briefly in the first half of the year before dropping in the second half. USDA expects prices for cattle and turkey to rise in 2019, but hog and broiler prices are forecast to drop lower. Exports for 2019 are expected to increase for all the major commodities, but pork growth may be held back by ongoing trade disputes.CATTLE & BEEFThe government shutdown in January has delayed USDA’s January Cattle report, which forced the agency to rely on inventory estimates from July 2018, and current herd estimates are not available at this time.As of July, the 2018 calf crop was estimated at 36.5 million head, 2% up from 2017, and the largest calf crop since 2007. Although herd expansion continued in 2018, there are indications that is slowing. Producers indicated that they were retaining fewer heifers, and higher levels of beef cow slaughter were reported through much of the year.Commercial beef production for 2019 is forecast to increase by 3% to 27.61 billion pounds, which broke the previous record for production set in 2002. Total commercial cattle slaughter is expected to rise in 2019 by nearly 1%.Beef exports are forecast to have increased by 11% for 2018, with competitive U.S. beef prices and global demand holding steady. For 2019, exports are expected to rise 2% to reach 3.26 billion pounds. USDA predicts U.S. exports will face higher prices in 2019, but drought and flooding in Australia may limit competing supplies.Beef imports are expected to reach 3.01 billion pounds, just barely up from 2018 levels. The 5-Area steer price for 2018 is expected to average $115 to $122 per cwt, up slightly from 2018. Cow-calf operators and backgrounders will likely see lower prices in 2019, given higher projected feed prices and large supplies of cattle in feedlots. Feeder steer prices are forecast to average $141 to $148 per cwt, compared to $147 in 2018.PORKHog producers continue to expand herds, despite lower returns. Several new plants opened up in the last two years, which has added capacity and allowed producers to take advantage of expectations of strong demand.Hog inventory for 2018 was pegged at 74.6 million head, up 2% from 2017, and the largest inventory since 1943. The breeding herd was 2% higher as well, topping out at 6.3 million head. The large pig crops from second half 2018 and the first half of 2019 are expected to result in a record numbers of hogs marketed for slaughter in 2019. U.S. hog imports are forecast at 4.2 million head for 2019, just barely down from 2018.Commercial pork production is forecast to reach a record level of 27.34 billion pounds in 2019, up 4% from 2019. Despite these expected record-high slaughter numbers, the recent expansion of slaughter capacity should absorb this growth, USDA said.Pork exports increased in 2018, with low prices and increased global economic growth overriding the effect of tariffs and trade disputes. Exports are forecast to increase 6% again in 2019, to 6.3 billion pounds. Pork imports declined 5% in 2018, thanks to rising pork production and low domestic pork prices, which made the U.S. market less competitive abroad. This trend is expected to continue in 2019, with pork imports forecast to drop slightly to 1.06 billion pounds.U.S. hog prices are forecast to average $41 to $44 per cwt for 2019, down from $46 on average last year.POULTRY & EGGSBroiler meat production is expected to rise 1% to a record 43.1 billion pounds. Due to the government shutdown, current flock size estimates are not available, but at the beginning of December 2018, flocks were 1% larger than 2017. Given weak profit margins expected in 2019, flock expansion is unlikely, USDA said.Broiler meat exports are forecast to increase 1% to 7.15 billion pounds, and USDA expects prices to average $0.94 to $1 per pound, compared to an average of $0.98 per pound in 2018.Turkey production for 2019 is forecast to reach 5.92 billion pounds, after a decline in 2018. The national turkey hen price is expected to average $0.83 to $0.88 per pound, up from an average of $0.80 in 2018.The total U.S. egg production is set to reach record heights in 2019, with 9.13 billion dozen eggs expected, up 2% from 2018. As of Dec. 1, 2018, the table layer flock was 33.1 million birds, up 3% from 2017. Although weaker egg prices and higher feed costs may hamper profits in 2019, USDA expected producers to continue flock expansion.Egg prices are forecast to average $1.22 to $1.29 per dozen, down from $1.38 average for 2018.Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Qatar’s unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties

first_imgFILE- In this Saturday, April 7, 2012 file photo, the new high-rise buildings of downtown Doha, photographed in the background as Qatari women and a man walk by the sea in Doha, Qatar. Qatar, now facing a diplomatic crisis with other Arab nations, is a small country with a big history of turmoil and coups as it became one of the world’s top suppliers of natural gas and now plans to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup was based on a powerful vision that soccer could unite the Middle East.“Just think together of what we can achieve together,” Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of the Qatar’s then-ruler, told FIFA voters in 2010. She ambitiously forecast a “culture of peace across our region through football,”ADVERTISEMENT With five years until kickoff, that optimism is rapidly disintegrating after Arab neighbors severed ties on Monday with the tiny nation that turned to sports to buttress its global status.Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before there’s any need to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar’s reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor now, FIFA is predictably sidestepping detailed questions about the impact of the decision by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cast Qatar adrift diplomatically. Qatar’s Gulf neighbors have accused Qatar of supporting terror groups, interfering in the sovereign affairs of Arab countries and backing groups that undermine political stability.FIFA has reiterated that it maintains regular contact with Qatar. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Warriors focus on crown, not historic unbeaten run Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “There are still five years before the World Cup kicks off,” Grindel said. “Political solutions must take precedence over threats of boycott in this time.”Not all the countries currently embroiled in the dispute with Qatar are World Cup regulars, so there is slim chance of the entire bloc qualifying for the 2022 tournament. But Qatar will be hosting athletes from across the region when it stages the world track and field championships in 2019.“We are talking to our teams in the region to properly understand the implications for both the short term and long term,” the IAAF said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “One thing is certain, the world’s football community should agree that large tournaments cannot be played in countries that actively support terror,” said Reinhard Grindel, president of the German football federation and a member of FIFA’s ruling council.Qatar denies funding extremists, but that hasn’t stopped its neighbors from implementing punitive measures that impact people and businesses across the region, including soccer fans.FIFA was dragged into the backlash against the 2022 World Cup host nation on Tuesday when Qatar’s state-funded broadcaster beIN Sports appeared to be blocked in the UAE. With beIN holding the broadcasting rights to FIFA events across the Middle East and North Africa, the ongoing Under-20 World Cup in South Korea will now be unavailable for viewers in the UAE.FIFA said it was in contact with the broadcaster and was monitoring the situation.FIFA is also in partnership with Qatar’s flagship carrier. Qatar Airways, which signed up as a World Cup sponsor last month , has been forced to reroute journeys over Iranian and Turkish airspace after Saudi Arabia and Egypt blocked Qatari flights from using their airspace. A soccer sponsorship has already been affected, with Saudi club Al-Ahli terminating its deal with the airline.ADVERTISEMENT The escalation of the crisis in the Persian Gulf will have underscored to FIFA just how precarious the region is, and the geographical weakness of oil-and-gas rich Qatar.The desert nation is heavily reliant on food imports , predominantly through its border with Saudi Arabia, where hundreds of trucks transporting food and construction materials have now been stopped from entering.A sustained blockade could hit the construction boom required to transform the sparse nation. An entire city is being built to stage the final. Not a single stadium was ready at the time of bidding, and only one venue has so far been completed as Qatar prepares to welcome the 32 teams.Qatar has long been heavily reliant on a massive workforce of migrant laborers from Asia to expand its infrastructure. The Philippines has temporarily suspended the deployment of Filipino workers to Doha, but said there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 existing members of the labor force.Being handed the World Cup made working, living conditions and employment rights in Qatar a global concern. Practices such as the “kafala” sponsorship system that binds workers to their employer are in place across the region, but activists have largely only shone the spotlight on Qatar and the human cost of hosting the World Cup.Qatar has responded to the pressure by compelling companies to adopt labor reforms . It’s one of the consequences of hosting a major sporting event that Qatar did not seem to anticipate amid the joy of beating the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea in the 2010 vote.Qatar has the global attention, but it’s largely been unwelcome.From the moment then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter pulled Qatar’s name out of the envelope in Zurich, the whiff of corruption has hung over Qatar’s bid, coupled with concerns about heat that forced the tournament to be shifted into the heart of the European season in November-December 2022.Despite being exonerated by FIFA’s ethics investigators, speculation about Qatar being stripped of the hosting rights or being boycotted by some countries has persisted, without the call coming from any authoritative soccer body or government.Significantly, the federation of World Cup holder Germany is not endorsing such an extreme move. View commentslast_img read more

Joshua Smith drops big game Racela is expecting from him

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJoshua Smith knows that his hefty size is seen as a defensive liability at times for TNT, so when coach Nash Racela called his number in the final 7.1 seconds of regulation on Friday, even he was surprised.“It’s weird because in those situations, I’m [usually] out off the floor. The fact that they put me on the ball, I kind of looked at the coach and told him, ‘Are you sure you want me out there?’ I was just trying to be disruptive, use my length,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire With the KaTropa staring at an 89-88 deficit, Smith tried his best to distract inbounder Chris Newsome and take his options out, forcing the Bolts swingman to throw the ball to his foot.“Once I saw he had no options, he was going for my feet, I tried to move out of the way. It ended working out for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe ball rolled on the court, paving way for Jayson Castro to split the ball and fish for the foul. He ended up splitting his freebies to tie the game at 89 and force overtime.TNT went on to claim the winner-take-all Game 3, 104-96 to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For all of his faults, Smith delivered a monstrous double-double in the victory with 31 points, 27 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, much to the delight of Racela.“He’s a due for a big game like this. If you’ve noticed from the moment he came in, he has been playing controlled minutes. There were games when he played less than 20 minutes, but slowly, we’ve been stretching that,” the youthful mentor said. “As long as you give him minutes, he will get you numbers. That’s the good thing about Joshua. We just took advantage of what we had.”Smith, meanwhile, is just making most of the confidence Racela has on him, especially with the high stakes the Game 3 of the quarterfinals had for the KaTropa.“In do-or-die games, you want to leave it all out there. You don’t want to have any regrets. You don’t want to have turmoil—coulda, shoulda, woulda,” he said. “Today, I wanted to make sure I could score as many points and to try and grab as many rebounds as I can.”With Meralco out of the way, TNT will now move on and prepare for top-seed Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals series to start on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron sets record for most triples-doubles in NBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

Serena Williams Announces Engagement to Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian

Throughout the tennis pro’s year, Ohanian has been her biggest supporter, frequently posting messages of support online. When Williams tied Steffi Graff’s Grand Slam record at Wimbledon this past summer, Ohanian shared how proud he was on Instagram. Ohanian, 33, also commented on the Reddit post, which was accompanied by a graphic showing the proposal. He wrote, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.” Additionally, he confirmed the news on his Facebook page by sharing his fiancée’s post and commenting, “She said yes.”The newly engaged couple, who began dating in Oct. 2015, are notoriously private, but Williams has occasionally mentioned Ohanian on social media. Most recently, the Olympian shared an image of the couple in costume on Nov. 28. Serena Wiliams and Alexis Ohanian (@serenawilliams Instagram/@alexisohanian Twitter)Tennis star Serena Williams is engaged to her boyfriend of a year, Alexis Ohanian. The 22-time Grand Slam champion announced the news on her official Reddit page, marking a very public showing for the very private couple.Williams, 35, detailed the story on Thursday, Dec. 29, explaining that she and the Reddit co-founder took a trip to Rome, where they first met. read more

Okaka set for Udinese switch

first_imgWatford striker Stefano Okaka is expected to complete a switch to Serie A side Udinese in the next few days according to reports in Italy.Football Italia reports Okaka will arrive in Udine on Sunday and undergo his medical 24 hours later with the deal set to be wrapped up by Monday.Rumours are rife in Italy that the 29-year-old will join the Zebrette on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.The former Italy international last played in Serie A with Sampdoria, leaving in the summer of 2015 to sign for Anderlecht and then Watford.Okaka has only played a cameo role for the Hornets’ in the first half of the season, managing just 47 minutes of competitive football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family, making this a straightforward deal.#Udinese, medical visits for #Watford’s #Okaka set for Monday https://t.co/YX9oDszMYy— Pablito (@ilcano22) January 4, 2019last_img read more