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Costly Consequences of IT-related Risks

first_imgGovernance Risk Management and Compliance is one of the core services of EMC Consulting. Speaking with executives all over Asia Pacific & Japan, we hear a consistent message that they need help to re-assess their IT systems in terms of resilience and inter-dependencies.In the aftermath of an online service outage which reportedly crippled branch, ATM, Internet, and mobile banking services for customers of a large bank in Singapore back in 2010, The Monetary Authority of Singapore instructed the company to set aside an extra $230 million in regulatory capital for operational risk. In addition, the bank invested millions to bring its recovery time to less than 60 minutes.Lost revenue, churning customers and bad publicity are costly consequences of IT-related outages. On the opposite end of the spectrum, building and maintaining sturdy, highly available and robust IT systems can be cost-prohibitive for some enterprises.Businesses such as financial institutions expect – and demand – IT departments to operate efficiently and provide products and services that help generate revenue. At the same time, these IT departments are under severe pressure to lower costs and support the growth of new products and services.Innovation, time-to-market and new channels are critical means of remaining competitive. Meanwhile, the technology landscape continues to shift dramatically. Companies realize they must transform their data centers, implement newer and better information storage and processing systems, push server and desktop virtualization, move to hybrid cloud with self service and automated provisioning, and add access to new mobile devices. These changes are expected to happen while the core applications continue uninterrupted.Companies are failing to realize that IT and inter-dependencies between systems have become increasingly complex.  As technologies and IT systems change, companies must continuously reassess ever-evolving threats and the rapidly shifting technology landscape. They must also re-examine their operational risk and risk management strategy – especially on the assumptions made on events which are deemed with very low probability of happening, and start building robustness and resilience into their business-aligned highly interdependent IT organizations.The Monetary Authority of Singapore will soon publish the 4th version of “Technology Risk Management Guidelines” to help mitigate major IT meltdowns. The guidelines stipulate requirements for a high level of robustness and integrity of critical IT infrastructure and systems and also specifies the requirements for financial institutions to implement IT controls to protect customer information from unauthorized access or disclosure. With the recent rash of IT outages happening to financial institutions, it’s not difficult to understand the need for expanded guidance that focuses on both technology enhancements and preventing cyber threats and attacks.Technology solutions change continuously. What used to be compliant may no longer be. Are your IT systems up for the challenge?last_img read more

Turning the Tide by Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgEntrepreneurs are without question the trailblazers driving the global economy, accounting for about 70 percent of net new jobs in established markets and up to 90 percent in emerging markets. Furthermore, women now make up 40 percent of new entrepreneurs in the United States, and women entrepreneurship rates rose globally by 13 percent last year, while male-led start-ups only increased by 5 percent.Yet globally, many variables can hinder their growth, specifically access to the right technology, new markets, employees with the right skillset, local policies and regulations, and above all – money. Proper funding is a constant battle for every entrepreneur (especially women) no matter what stage they’re in – bootstrapping, finding their series A or B, finally turning a profit or exiting their business. Globally, access to capital is the biggest barrier to scaling a business. In the U.S. only 3 percent of VC funding went to women-founded businesses and only 7 percent of partners at top 100 venture firms are women. Globally, only 10 percent of venture dollars globally between 2012 and Q3 2017 went to startups with at least one woman founder.The aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats” hinges on the idea that investing in the economy will benefit all of those in the economy. But what if you’re a part of the 50 percent of the population that doesn’t “have a boat” or the resources needed to scale a business?As simple as it may sound meaningful change must first start with a conversation of like-minded individuals ready to bring change. That is why Dell has partnered with Springboard Enterprises to connect women entrepreneurs with investors, partners and potential new business via the Women Funding Women series.To date, we’ve held events in Brooklyn, Toronto, Amsterdam and Paris with upcoming events to be held in Austin, Sydney and Tokyo – all designed to promote investments by women, for women. We had high hopes for these cities given that they are ranked No 1, No 9 No 19 & No 12  in our WE Cities rankings for global cities best suited for women entrepreneurs, and the events did not disappoint.Hundreds of female founders, investors and community supporters (including government officials) joined us at each event to share stories about their companies, how to secure funding, and actionable steps to help women in funding the next stage of their company’s growth. You can read more about the Toronto event here, and see dates for future Women Funding Women events here.DWEN Takes Toronto in 2018During our Toronto Women Funding Women event, we were incredibly excited to announce that our 9th annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit will also take place in Toronto from July 15-17, 2018.Each year, our DWEN summit takes place in a different city across the globe, joining 200 of the most inspiring female entrepreneurs, international media and investors for two days of collaboration, thought leadership and networking.If you’re interested in joining, please fill out and submit your profile to join the network. Invitations to the DWEN Summit, regional events and partner events will be based on your profile. You can see a recap of this amazing event here.last_img read more

Judicial Council issues sanctions due to campaign misconduct

first_imgUpdated Saturday at 1:27 a.m.The Election Committee of the Judicial Council announced Friday in a press release that it is issuing sanctions in response to campaign misconduct by the McGavick-Gayheart ticket.According to the press release, the council determined that juniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart had solicited signatures for their campaign petition to become an official ticket in the race for student body president and vice president during prohibited times.“The ticket was found to have petitioned in classrooms directly after class periods which is a violation of election regulations,” the press release said.Section 17.1(d) of the Student Union Constitution — the section the ticket violated, according to the press release — states that “no candidates may campaign in any venue while occupied by a class period or exam.”“We take the allegations of election misconduct against our team — specifically pertaining to section 17.1(d) of the Student Union Constitution — extremely seriously,” the McGavick-Gayheart ticket said in a statement emailed to The Observer on Friday afternoon. “We have the utmost respect for the electoral process and Notre Dame’s Judicial Council. After careful review of both the Student Union Constitution and the actions of a member of our team, we firmly believe that the allegations are invalid, which is why we have filed an appeal to the student senate.”The student senate then held an emergency meeting Friday evening to deal with the sanctions and the ticket’s appeal. Student body vice president Sibonay Shewit requested a closed meeting due to the “sensitivity of the topic,” and the group voted to close the meeting to the public.The original sanctions the Election Committee imposed on the ticket required that the McGavick-Gayheart ticket suspend their campaign for five hours. However, after the emergency student senate meeting, the sanctions were then reduced to a two-hour suspension of campaigning for the McGavick-Gayheart ticket “‘in light of Senate’s decision’ per Subsection 13.5(j),” according to the press release.Tags: Judicial Council, sanctions, Student Union Constitutionlast_img read more

What can credit unions learn from Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods?

first_imgWhole foods has scale. In fact, they have 1.7% of the US market (according to Statista). Given that credit unions account for approximately 7-8% of the US market, Whole Foods is kind of like the Navy FCU of grocery stores. Great brand. Great return. Loyal consumers. Then you have Amazon, an E*commerce juggernaut that accounts for over 40% of all internet sales (according to Business Insider). In revenue terms – Amazon is around $150b in annual sales and Whole Foods is approximately $15b. Either way – Amazon has succeeded in delivering an online experience and building consumer loyalty without ever meeting a single customer. So what can credit unions learn from this acquisition? It pays to move away from a traditional brick and mortar mindset. No credit union has an agile culture like that of a grounds up E*Commerce company. This is because E*commerce, at its core, is a philosophy as much as it is a style of business. E*commerce is all about:Real-Time Data Driven DecisionsReal-Time Data Driven PersonalizationDigital ExperienceConstant CommunicationEase of Accessibility (login from anywhere and anything)Social Reinforcement (Crowd sourced feedback)Brand PromiseWe need to recreate our business model with a digital-first focus while using brick and mortar as a support mechanism. Foremost though, the principals above must lead our thinking.  Focus on agility and nimbleness will win in the end. No credit union has scale that can be achieved without the constant automation and optimization that comes from being an E*Commerce first company. When the biggest of our credit union brethren isn’t truly relevant, the rest of us aren’t really either. This means that we need to be hyper nimble, agile, rapid fire, and fiercely competitive about how we build relationships locally and digitally. The internet gives scale by enabling a one to many connection. This is crucial. Through the principals above, Amazon is able to feel like your store. The credit union can achieve this too. But, believing that getting to $1 billion or $10 billion will bring scale that keeps credit unions around is a fallacy. The only thing that keeps the old credit union model relevant is converting to the new model.  The “new” Amazon model is now 20 years old at this point, and at this point Amazon’s model has evolved several times over. Credit unions must convert to stay relevant!  Motivating clients keeps them loyal.Certainly Whole Foods had loyal customers, but Amazon has Prime. Prime is Amazon’s ever expanding club that provides free delivery, music, movies, and more if your part of it. Whole foods had no club and thus no motivation for customers to want to shop exclusively there. Credit unions must tap into their cooperative roots and leverage their club that is already in place. 5 key ways to do this are: Make it feel like a club, members should feel that they are part of somethingPut your community firstEducate digitally Socially engageDon’t be afraid of the naysayersLast week, I launched Credit Union 2.0 – A guide to helping credit unions compete in the digital age. The Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods only highlights the importance of credit unions getting aware, scared, and focused on reinventing their business model and being competitive in the digital marketplace. If you don’t want to be the acquired, then you must start now!  Paypal is the Amazon of the credit union industry. While I don’t think they will acquire a credit union anytime soon (given our ownership structures), they did recently acquire a bill pay vendor. Paypal is an E*Commerce first company focused on taking market share and wallet share from US consumers. They are more nimble, agile, and real-time then the average credit union. Eventually they may also acquire a brick and mortar financial industry outlet. Then, we will all wonder what happened to our local community advantage once Paypal can deliver everything we can both digitally and locally!  103SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Manchester United face competition from Juventus and Napoli for Erling Haaland

first_imgManchester United face competition from Juventus and Napoli for Erling Haaland Advertisement Erling Haaland has attracted a lot of attention (Picture: SEPA.Media /Getty Images)The race to sign Red Bull Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland is heating up, with Juventus and Napoli both interested in the prolific teenager.The 19-year-old has been linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs after scoring 18 goals in just 11 appearances so far this season for Salzburg.Having signed for the Austrian club in January of this year, the striker has already scored four hat-tricks, including one in the Champions League in a 6-2 rout of Genk.Haaland has been heavily linked with Manchester United due to his connection with Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as it was the Norwegian that signed Haaland for Molde from his first club, Bryne.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Serie A giants Juventus and Napoli have now emerged as contenders for his signature, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.Both are closely monitoring the forward’s situation and are likely to be part of any bidding war for him, should one emerge.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 CityHaaland, who was born in Leeds as the son of former Whites midfielder Alf-Inge, has spoken out on the intense speculation over his future, labeling it ‘f*cking boring’.‘The media attention is huge. It’s good pressure,’ said Haaland. ‘The club is good at shielding me a little, but I hope it will be more shielding in the future. It will be difficult, but we will try. I want to be shielded.‘It’s f*cking boring. I’m bored now. How bored on a scale of 1 to 10? 9.9.’The teenager has the chance to impress on the big stage again this week as he is in the Norway squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Spain and away in Romania.Haaland has picked up two caps for his country so far but is yet to get on the score sheet for Lars Lagerback’s team.MORE: Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar signs new contract at Old TraffordMORE: Manchester United squad ‘unconvinced’ by first team coach Kieran McKenna Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 3:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

It is finally May!

first_imgBelieve it or not, we have finally left the rain and cold of April.  Let’s hope that the month of May is much kinder to not only the sports world but to all outdoor activities in our area.  We are now at the time of the year when the spring sports at our area schools are beginning to build for the climatic state series.  Track will be the first to start the sectional process in mid-May.  Tennis will follow.As we move into the last week of May and early June, baseball, softball, and golf will begin their state series.  The seniors on all of our area teams will be wrapping up their high school sports careers.  Some of them, we hope, will be able to continue their career at the next level.  For those who don’t, we wish them well in whatever endeavors will follow after graduation.Every year there are one or two athletes here in Southeastern Indiana who start on a journey that they hope will take them to the ultimate level of being pro athletes.  This is an arduous trek.  We wish them the best.last_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested for auto theft

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested after failing to return a rental car.According to police, Stephanie Quinlan, 32, was arrested on the charge of auto theft.Police say they were contacted on March 3 by the rental company stating that the vehicle, that was due on February 9, had not been returned.The company told police that Quinlan had originally rented the vehicle with a credit card, and then paid for two additional days by cash.They were unable to reach Quinlan when the vehicle became past due.The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department visited Quinlan’s residence, but were unable to located Quinlan or the vehicle.The company contacted police stating that Quinlan had contacted them stating that she would return the vehicle with the additional money owed two different times, but failed to show both times, so they requested the vehicle be reported as stolen and for charges to be filed.last_img read more

Deery Series on Farley half-mile, at Jackson County this weekend

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (April 15) – Two more tracks with strong Late Model traditions take their turns hosting Deery Brothers Summer Series events this weekend. Farley Speedway rolls out the red carpet for the IMCA Late Model tour on Friday, April 18. The series then travels to Jackson County Speedway at Maquoketa for a Saturday, April 19 show. Each feature pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Friday at Farley. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are also on the card and both divisions will run on the half-mile track.Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under. More information is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the website. Jackson County opens the pit gates at 4 p.m. and the front gate at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. Saturday with the first race set for 6:30 p.m. Sanctioned Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, along with 4-stocks, hobby stocks and outlaw super bombers, round out the program.Admission for spectators is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and free for kids 12 and under. The track website is; additional information is also available by calling 563 590-4095 or 563 495-2503. Pit passes are $30 each night.Colby Springsteen of Wapello, winner of the feature last Saturday at West Liberty Raceway, is one point better than Justin Kay of Wheatland and seven ahead of Oxford’s Andy Eckrich in the early standings. Eckrich took the opening night checkers at Davenport Speedway on April 11. IMCA’s weekly point season for Late Models begins April 25. The Deery Series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on Sunday, May 4 and at Boone Speedway for the Memorial Day special Monday, May 26. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 97; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 96; 3. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 90; 4. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 88; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 87; 6. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 86; 7. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 85; 8. Jason Rauen, Farley, 83; 9. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, and Tommy Elston, Keokuk, both 80; 11. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 78; 12. Brian Harris, Davenport, 72; 13. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 69; 15. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, 61; 16. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, 58; 17. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 57; 18. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, 56; 19. Jeremy Grady, Story City, and Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher, both 55.last_img read more

The Latest: Austria to extend soccer suspension until May

first_img8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___ Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___ 3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.” The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m. 1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___ The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___3:30 p.m. Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health. The Latest: Austria to extend soccer suspension until May Associated Press center_img March 18, 2020 The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___ The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300). ___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed. Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___4:20 p.m. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Michael Obafemi: Finally Turns His Back on Super Eagles

first_imgIf there is one thing the Nigeria Football Federation had achieved more than any, it’s having successfully wooed players of Nigerian descent to star for the Super Eagles in spite of having played for their countries of birth at the junior cadre and the list is endless. Some are Victor Moses, Leon Balogun, Henry Onyekuru and  Sheyi Ojo among others. However, Michael Obafemi who plays for English Premier League side, Southampton, acted differently as he, on Monday night turned down his invitation to play for his fatherland and instead, opted to don the colours of Republic of Ireland reports Kunle AdewaleNigeria’s hope of having Michael Obafemi play for the Super Eagles was over the weekend dashed as the Dublin-born player made his debut for the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nation League encounter against Denmark. A thrilled Obafemi had set his sights on a long international career after becoming the first player born this century to be capped by the Republic of Ireland.The 18-year-old Southampton striker was used as a late substitute in Ireland’s 0-0 Nations League draw in Denmark days after committing himself to the country of his birth rather than to Nigeria, for whom he also qualifies. Speaking after the game at Ceres Park in Aarhus, he said: “It’s an amazing feeling to get my first cap for my country. I’m very proud tonight, absolutely buzzing. I’ll be getting this shirt framed to put it in my house. Obviously, my career is still young, but this is definitely a major moment in it. Hopefully, I can be playing for years to come. I’m still young. I want to get as many caps as possible, score goals if I can and just keep enjoying it.”Obafemi unwittingly found himself dragged into the Declan Rice saga last week as the West Ham defender pondered over whether to opt for the Republic, Nigeria or England, although he insisted there was never any question in his mind.He said: “There was no doubt in my head about playing for Ireland. I’ve represented Ireland in age grade competitions . I never had any doubts at all.”The teenager will now head back to his club hoping to get more first-team football under his belt as he attempts to force his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans for the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in March next year.O’Neill said: “He had made the commitment anyway that he wanted to play and whether it was going to be tonight or some other evening, he’s got a lot to do, a lot to do. I think he realises that himself. We’ll see what the next couple of months bring. I think Shane Long is out for a little while – I’m talking really about his club form and he’s hoping to get some time.“Obviously he has to fight for that and he has to earn that, but that would be nice if that’s the case. In terms of international football, it’s lovely for him to get on. I think his mum was here again tonight and that’s very, very pleasing. But I think he knows himself he has plenty to do.”NFF boss, Amaju Pinnick had reiterated severally that youngsters of Nigerian origin who were doing well in England and other leagues would wear the Nigerian colours at the appropriate time. He said it had been in the plans of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, adding that the federation was monitoring several Nigerian players that were making waves in the various leagues.“What we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at an appropriate time,” Pinnick had said.Obafemi, however, had a different line of thought, as his dream was always to play for his country of birth- Republic of Ireland.The 18-year-old was called up to the Ireland squad on November 6 for the friendly against Northern Ireland and the UEFA Nations League match against Denmark and  Playerworks CSM, a football agency that represents Obafemi, released a statement on his behalf.“Due to current speculation surrounding Obafemi and as Michael’s representatives, we would like to go on record to say that we are not in talks with either Nigeria or England, nor is it something we have ever pursued,” the statement read.“Since Mark O’Toole spotted Michael early on, he, along with the other staff at Ireland, have given Michael a great opportunity, which he has enjoyed immensely. Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for.                 “Martin O’Neill has shown great faith in Michael and he wants to repay that faith by helping the team achieve success. Michael is 100 per cent committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team.”Michael Obafemi has always set his sights on winning many more caps for the Republic of Ireland following his senior debut. The 18-year-old could have chosen to play for Nigeria or England but is now committed to representing the Republic of Ireland.The teenager ended speculation over his international future last week by pledging his commitment to the Republic of Ireland after parallels had been drawn between him and West Ham defender Declan Rice, who continues to consider the possibility of switching allegiance to represent England.“There was no doubt in my head about playing for Ireland. I’ve represented Ireland in  age grade competitions. I never had any doubts at all,” added Obafemi.The Dublin-born forward, who moved with his Nigerian parents to London when he was young, was introduced in the 80th minute of the scoreless draw in Aarhus and he will hope to play a bigger role in the Republic’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, which begins next March.Manager O’Neill has told Obafemi that he will need to play more first-team football Southampton as he continues his development.Obafemi became the 12th Republic player to make his debut this year as O’Neill continues to add to his squad options.Aged 17 years and 199 days, Obafemi became the second youngest player to make a Premier League appearance for Southampton after Luke Shaw, who was 17 years and 116 days old.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more