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‘Depay deal done in 48 hours’

‘Depay deal done in 48 hours’

first_imgSky Sports News HQ understands Manchester United have agreed to sell Depay to the French club for a fee which could rise to £21.7m, and will also include a buy-back option as well as sell-on clauses.Depay has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford since moving for £25m in 2015, making just one start under Jose Mourinho this season, and Aulas admits they have gambled on the 22-year-old.”We’ve bet on a player who wants to show his immense talent,” Aulas told RMC Sport. “There was a lot of interest in him from his time with Holland and in Eindhoven, where he had two fantastic seasons.”When you see him developing, you get the impression that he really wants to show his immense talent. So we hope, as we hoped with the women’s team by bringing in [US women’s international] Alex Morgan, and we are not disappointed.”Depay travelled to France earlier this week to complete a deal to join Lyon and Aulas is confident the transfer will be wrapped up imminently even though a number of issues are yet to be resolved.”It was a dream because he corresponds exactly with the player we were looking for,” Aulas added. “In addition, he has a certain panache.”It’s true that Jose Mourinho didn’t play him that much, so there was an opportunity for us to negotiate with Manchester United.”For the moment, we’ve got an agreement in principle but we still need to write up a contract, which is a bit complicated because there are quite a few bonuses.”This is a big operation, because I think it will be around 16.5million euros, with up to eight million in bonuses. It’s a major investment.”It’s ongoing but it will take, I think, another 48 hours for him to be registered.”Lyon host Marseille, who sit two places below them in Ligue 1, this weekend looking to extend the four-point gap between the sides, but they will likely have to do without Depay unless a move can be completed quicker than expected.Asked if Depay might be an option for that match, Aulas said: “I think that will be a little early, because at the moment we have not finalised all the documents.”If it takes 24 hours, then he could play. If it’s a little more, he will not be available on Sunday.”last_img read more

The economic rationale of a deep-water port and the Brazil road link

The economic rationale of a deep-water port and the Brazil road link

first_imgThe idea of a deep-water port and a road linking Brazil and Guyana is nothing new. The conceptualisation of this initiative was developed and publicly discussed a long time ago. Hypothetically, these are indeed good developmental initiatives to transform the economic development of any small developing nation, like Guyana.That said, it would appear that the Government of Guyana is making a concerted effort to have these initiatives materialised, which is nothing short of commendable against the backdrop of how these developments could both transform and aid in diversification of the Guyanese economy in the longer term.With approximately 80 per cent of the world’s trade in merchandise being carried by ships, maritime transport remains by far the most common mode of international freight and transport. It is the backbone of facilitating international trade, offering the most economical and reliable method to move goods over long distances. Ships can carry large volumes of merchandise, and use free highways in the seas, which only requires infrastructure developments at the seaports. In Guyana’s case, we may have to build new seaports in addition to implementing infrastructure developments at existing seaports. The performance of ports is an essential element of overall trade costs for all countries (AfricanBank Development Report, 2010).Against this background, it is widely recognised that an efficient transport system, one that facilitates the economical movement of goods, resources and people, is vital for economic growth and, by extension, globalisation. In a historical context, during the 19th century, improvements in transport and communications were major contributors to the expansion of world trade and globalisation. Communications continued to be revolutionised in the 20th century with innovations such as cars, aeroplanes, large bulk carriers, container ships and pipelines for oil and gas.The introduction of railways and improvements in road infrastructure caused land transport costs to fall by 90 per cent from 1800 to 1910; the real cost of ocean shipping fell by 80 per cent between 1750 and 1990; and by 1980, the real cost of air freight had fallen by approximately 75 per cent from its level in the 1930s. The increased participation of developing countries in world trade “would not be possible without global shipping networks, port reforms, and investments in transport infrastructure as well as trade and transport facilitation”, according to UNCTAD. Moreover, there exists “a virtuous cycle where better transport services lead to more trade, and more trade helps to encourage improved transport services”. By the beginning of the 21st century, the ‘tyranny of distance’, while perhaps not completely tamed, was greatly diminished (Tull, 2006).Economic impacts of deep-water ports in advanced economiesConnecticutThe operation of Connecticut seaports directly and indirectly accounted for 2 per cent of the State’s employment and 2.6 per cent of the State’s total output in 1997. It also contributed about 2.5 per cent of that State’s taxes. The ports significantly reduced truck traffic, and thus directly improved their environment. The relative cost to Connecticut’s metal working industry of steel delivery by truck versus ship: A ship carrying 26,000 tons of steel crosses the Atlantic in seven days at a daily rate of US $12,000. A truck carrying 20 tons of steel from Burns Harbor, Indiana makes the 900-mile trip to Connecticut in 1.4 (12-hour) days at $60 per hour. The 1,300 truck trips cost Connecticut’s steel users US$1.3 million versus US$84,000 for the same quality by ship.ConclusionEach year, ports and waterways carry more than 2 billion tons of cargo. Not only are ports crucial for the exportation and importation of goods for international trade, but also for transporting of goods domestically. Another major economic benefit that ports provide to countries is the creation and maintenance of jobs.Though space precludes a more comprehensive review of empirical studies of how seaports, or deep-water ports in particular, contribute to the economic development of countries around the world, much evidence exists, nonetheless, to corroborate and/or validate the notion that deep-water ports do aid in delivering massive positive economic spinoffs to countries. It is therefore against this backdrop that the road linking Guyana and Brazil, together with the deep-water port project, could significantly transform Guyana’s economy in terms of job creation, reduction of poverty for its citizens, more revenue in the form of taxes for the Government, better quality of life and standard of living to its people, the creation of new industries and new businesses and economic opportunities, and the list goes on.Hypothetically, depending on the location where the port might be developed, when one looks at the geographic position of Guyana on the South American map, literally kissing the Atlantic Ocean, one cannot help wondering whether Guyana could become the gateway to facilitate the transport of goods from other South American countries through Brazil and a deep-water port. If such an idea is proved to be possible and economical, then one can only imagine the sea of economic prosperity which these developments could potentially bring to Guyana.last_img read more

Greek players turn down bonus

Greek players turn down bonus

first_img0Shares0000ATHENS, June 30 – Greece’s World Cup players have turned down their World Cup bonus and called for the money to be used to build a national training centre in the cash-strapped country, reports said Monday.The team, beaten by Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday, wrote to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras saying they did not want the promised bonus. “We do not want the extra bonus. We only play for Greece and its people,” their letter was quoted as saying.“But we ask you to support our effort to find a land plot in order to create the training center that will house our National team.”The reports said the prime minister vowed to help the team carry out its wish in a telephone call to the head of the Greek federation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Giroud could face United- Wenger

Giroud could face United- Wenger

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, November 7-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could return from injury to face Manchester United in two weeks’ time, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.A fractured tibia suffered in August looked set to rule the Frenchman out for the remainder of the year, but he could return to the fray earlier than expected. “Giroud joins in training next week,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.The Gunners look set to be without defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Jack Wilshere until after the upcoming international break.“He has a mild hamstring strain and he will be out for a short period because it’s a grade one,” Wenger off Wilshere. “He should be back after the internationals.”The manager added that Koscielny: “has a little chance to be back after the international break”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Over 600 vehicles participate in Oil and Gas Rally held in Grande Prairie

Over 600 vehicles participate in Oil and Gas Rally held in Grande Prairie

first_imgRCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally. Afterward, a convoy of over 600 vehicles drove through the city with their horns blasting.Alberta’s Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous, who spoke at the event, slammed the federal government for not doing more to help.“There is not a road, a bridge or hospital that does not owe something to the Alberta energy sector and we need the prime minister to wake up to that,” he said.Bilous also made a dig at a recent call by the council of Whistler, B.C. for the oil industry to share in covering the costs associated with climate change.Advertisement “The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.Whistler’s mayor, Jack Crompton, apologized in a Facebook video last week.Alberta’s Opposition Leader Jason Kenney, who typically criticizes the NDP government’s carbon tax during public appearances, limited his salvos mostly for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and what he called “foreign money” that opposes Canada’e energy sector.While Quebec Premier Bernard Legault, speaking about the proposed Energy East pipeline, recently said there’s no “social acceptability” for a pipeline that would carry what he called “dirty” energy through his province, Kenney blamed Quebec politicians rather than Quebecers.“The vast majority of Quebecers are hard-working women and men who support our resource industries. They work in the forestry sector, they work in mining, they understand the people of the Peace Country,” Kenney told the rally.Advertisement GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A rally in support of Alberta’s oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides.“We aren’t just a monumental cash cow for the government. We provide opportunities for families across the country,” Bernard Hancock, known as Bernard the Roughneck, told the crowd at a park in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Sunday.“It puts chicken in the pot in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. It puts a roast in the oven in Miramichi, New Brunswick. It puts tortiere on the fork in Granby, Quebec. And it puts tofu on the table in Toronto and Vancouver!”- Advertisement -The event was organized by the pro-oilsands groups Oilfield Dads and Rally4Resources, which say government regulations are suffocating the Canadian oil and gas industry.Grande Prairie is a hub for oil production in northwestern Alberta, known as Peace Country. Like the rest of the province, it has felt the pinch as the province’s oil industry struggles from a price differential that’s in part due to a lack of capacity to transport its oil to markets.Many who attended Sunday’s rally held signs denouncing the federal government’s Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board, which opponents say will make it impossible to build new pipelines.Advertisementcenter_img “But they have political leadership that is saying they will take $13 billion in equalization money, largely from your industry, largely from this province.”last_img read more

Traffic costs

Traffic costs

first_imgIn that case, the trade, the jobs and the tax revenues will go elsewhere. Reducing traffic is thus not only critical to restoring Californians’ quality of life, but also assuring our prosperity. IT’S no secret that California’s overwhelmed transportation system is bad for its residents. But that’s never elicited much sympathy in the corridors of government – at any level. Now, though, experts warn that the jammed roads and freeways are bad for commerce, too. And that just might get the politicians’ attention. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle about 43 percent of the nation’s imports. They also make up the world’s fifth-largest port complex, handling some $300 billion worth of goods every year. But all that cargo needs to find its way across the state, with more than 16,000 trucks traveling through the Los Angeles port every day. As Asian imports continue to increase, so will the demand for L.A.’s ports – unless we can’t handle the ground traffic. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

David Moyes: Sunderland boss to serve touchline ban after admitting FA charge

David Moyes: Sunderland boss to serve touchline ban after admitting FA charge

first_imgSunderland manager David Moyes will serve a one-match touchline ban at Bournemouth on Saturday after admitting a misconduct charge from the Football Association.Moyes was sent off towards the end of Sunderland’s EFL Cup tie at Southampton after remonstrating at the decision by referee Chris Kavanagh not to award a penalty.The Black Cats boss, whose side are bottom of the Premier League and without a win in 10 games after the 4-1 home defeat by Arsenal, chose not to appeal against the charge, the standard penalty for which also includes an £8,000 fine.The sanctions will be imposed immediately by the governing body.A statement on thefa.com read: “David Moyes will serve an immediate one-match touchline ban after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official and accepted the standard penalty.“The incident happened in or around the 90th minute of Sunderland’s EFL Cup fixture at Southampton on 26 October 2016.“As well as the suspension, the standard penalty for this breach of FA Rule E3 also includes an £8,000 fine.”Following the cup tie on October 26, Moyes admitted he deserved to be sent to the stands.The Black Cats boss was furious after believing Maya Yoshida had brought down Sunderland forward Victor Anichebe in the area, when a late penalty would have given his beleaguered side hope of booking a quarter-final place.”I was sent off for leaving my box and swearing at the fourth official,” Moyes said.”The problem was he chased me down the touchline. I swore at him and I shouldn’t have done so I deserved to be sent off.”Moyes was in no doubt about the late penalty claim which angered him so much, but was waved away by referee Kavanagh.”When you see it again it’s a stonewaller, no question,” he added. ”Inside the box Yoshida fouls Victor, he comes across him, and it should have been a definite penalty awarded.”Sunderland have lost their last four games in all competitions, picking up only two league points so far this season as they prepare to head to Bournemouth on Saturday. David Moyes: More misery for the 53-year-old, whose Sunderland side remain bottom of the Premier League 1last_img read more

Sanchez latest: Manchester City to make formal bid as Arsenal set £35m fee

Sanchez latest: Manchester City to make formal bid as Arsenal set £35m fee

first_img Alexis Sanchez looks certain to leave Arsenal Manchester City are poised to step up their attempts to sign Alexis Sanchez.The Arsenal forward had been lined up for a move to the Etihad in the summer, when he is due to be a free agent.But City boss Pep Guardiola wants to bring Sanchez in now after Gabriel Jesus suffered a knee injury, leaving Sergio Aguero as his only recognised striker for the next few months.Arsenal are ready to sell the Chilean for £35million and it is understood that City will make a formal bid this week, with the Premier League leaders hoping to negotiate a lower fee.Sanchez, who has scored 80 goals in 165 appearances for the Gunners, is determined to make the move.And The Sun claims that the 29-year-old is even ready to forego a £25million signing-on fee to push through the switch this month.Sanchez would pocket that amount if he joined City in the summer on a free transfer, but that fee will now go to Arsenal as part of any deal. 1last_img read more

Chaplain’s aide cared for ‘angels’ of battle

Chaplain’s aide cared for ‘angels’ of battle

first_imgIt is those angels – and those who served in all the wars – who will be remembered today during Veterans Day tributes across the nation. Aguilera will speak tonight at a candlelight vigil in Van Nuys. “The way I saw it, these angels were one of us,” said Aguilera, tears cascading down her cheeks. “We just needed to care for each other when we’re far away from home.” Aguilera, an Army Reserve chaplain’s assistant now stationed at the 420th Movement Control Battalion in Sherman Oaks, wasn’t always enthusiastic about a life in the service. Her uncle was killed in Vietnam – a source of perpetual family grief. But her brother enlisted. And when the round-faced girl from East Los Angeles saw a photo of Carlos decked in Army camouflage fatigues, she did, too. The girl who’d never slept a night away from home other than at cheerleading camp ended up in boot camp – tossing grenades, firing M-16s and suffering the endless tirade of drill sergeants. “The first thing I thought as I laid my head down to cry at night was, `I don’t think this was a good idea,”‘ she said. That was 19 years ago. Soon she was gung-ho, working as a supply accountant ordering equipment or as an ammunition specialist counting bullets. After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, she was mobilized to fight in Afghanistan. There were tents. There was dust. There was the poverty of nearby villages. There was the “Dear Jane” letter from home. But there was always national pride. “When you’re out there in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere, you see the national colors. It’s the most beautiful sight – you just swell up with pride.” She would later see many flags, over many coffins, streaming from Iraq. Pfc. Sam Huff, according to her father, had been the consummate “girlie-girl” from Tucson, Ariz. She had long tresses. She liked false eyelashes. She played flute for her high school band. In July 2004 she joined the Army, the first hurdle to a career in the FBI. The following April, the military policewoman became the 37th U.S. woman to die in Iraq since 2003 when her Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. “Beneath that beautiful young lady,” according to her sergeant, “was a backbone of steel.” Aguilera, who served under Chaplain Col. William L. Brunold of Burbank in the 377th Theater Support Command, was waiting. Like the hundreds of angels that would come, the chaplain’s assistant removed the flag, opened the metal case and identified the soldier from what remained. There were the wallets, the credit cards, the photos, Chapstick and the many duffels to be bundled home to grieving families. In Huff’s case, there was her rosary ring, her prayer card and her medallion of St. Michael. Aguilera packed 20 pounds of ice around Huff’s head, chest and thighs. Brunold blessed the body: “Let Your perpetual light shine upon her.” Then Aguilera wrapped Huff’s transfer case with a crisp new flag. Like all other angels, she was accompanied by a personal color guard into an awaiting aircraft, sent off by a four-second salute. Brunold then recited a final “ramp ceremony” amid the din of whirring aircraft engines. Before the plane or helicopter lifted off, Aguilera bent over to kiss each flag-covered casket. “When the angels came in, we did the … ceremonies,” said Brunold, a 24-year reserve officer who now serves as interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norwalk. Some blessings, if appropriate, he would perform in Hebrew. “It was very dignified, what we did. Every single transfer case was saluted in a very special way.” Aguilera, whose final tour ended last year, cried just once, she said. One day, she had to console a Marine whose identical twin brother was killed while on patrol in Ramadi. The Marine demanded he see his brother, whose remains were considered unviewable. He then asked to use her cell phone to notify his mom back home. “Mom, I’m sorry,” the Marine had said, sobbing. “I’m sorry. It was all my fault. I didn’t take care of him. “I’m afraid to look in the mirror.” The tragedy caused Aguilera to cry herself to sleep. For her service, she was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal. For her part, she insists she is not a hero. Upon her return she was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as survivor’s guilt. “A day doesn’t go by,” said Aguilera, an aide to L.A. City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who organized tonight’s vigil, “when I don’t think about the angels.” For Brunold, Veterans Day means honoring the thousands of soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines who have served ahead of us. And as the former Armistice Day, to honor the millions who died in World War I and other wars. “It goes beyond just the service that I performed,” said Brunold, 55, who will attend the Van Nuys vigil. “For me, it means that we stand in a long line of proud men and women who wore the uniform, who were called to duty, when the nation needed help.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Aguilera, a 38-year-old chaplain’s assistant, processed the remains and effects of America’s fallen troops at a base in Kuwait. There, she and others who handled America’s war dead referred to them as “angels” – never “remains.” Their spirits, like those of the archangel-soldier St. Michael, looked after those in combat. There were hundreds of such angels, transported on trucks and helicopters to the small military morgue known as the Theater Mortuary Evacuation Point. It was really a tiny tin building with a wall A/C unit that could never keep it cool. It smelled of death. But the angels, their bodies in bags within transfer cases covered in Stars and Stripes dusty from the field, were now a part of life. Staff Sgt. Cristina Aguilera opened her first body bag from Iraq expecting to find the remains of an American soldier, Sam. Instead, she found herself looking at the curled eyelashes of an “angel” – 18-year-old Pfc. Sam Huff, one of 64 women killed so far in the Iraq war. “She was a beautiful, beautiful girl,” recalled Aguilera, an Army reservist who served tours of duty near Afghanistan and Iraq. “I had to talk myself through it. I had to pray, to ask God for the graces. … She had given the ultimate sacrifice.” last_img
State will not fund freeway upgrades

State will not fund freeway upgrades

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“We were absolutely floored,” said Baldwin Park Councilman David Olivas, who as secretary of the San Gabriel Council of Governments has pushed for funding of the interchange improvements. “It was our belief that they were basically going to rubber stamp the joint recommendations of Caltrans and MTA.” A Caltrans official said the decision was made by Caltrans Director Will Kempton, because requests for funds far exceeded what was available through Proposition 1B. “District 7 requests came to $15 billion,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Maria Raptis, referring to the district that includes Los Angeles County. “The total state allotment \ is $4.5 billion. This was part of a statewide effort to pare down the list.” Raptis said the projects kept on the list were chosen based on their immediate benefit to the public. “This project is not ready to go,” she added. But local officials have said the project, which would connect the southbound 605 lanes with the eastbound 10 via a bridge, could start construction within two years. They say it is as crucial as any other project in Southern California. “Why was the 405 \ kept? Why was the 5 Freeway \ to the Orange County line kept?” asked Michael Cano, transportation deputy to county Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who represents the San Gabriel Valley. “The 10/605 interchange is in the heart of the Valley, affects all portions of the Valley and residents going east, west, north and south.” Cano said Antonovich, who serves on the MTA board, hoped his counterparts from Los Angeles, the Westside and Long Beach will convince Caltrans to reconsider. Another MTA board member, Duarte Councilman John Fasana, said the MTA is going to push for the funding on its own. “The plan is to submit the list that was adopted originally \,” he said. Individual cities and agencies have until Jan. 15 to nominate projects to the state, though Fasana acknowledged the more support a project has from various agencies, the better its chances for approval. This past Thursday, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments held an emergency meeting to discuss other options, Olivas said. “We are taking a three-pronged attack, meeting with our local legislators, sending letters to all of our 10 freeway cities and working to nominate the project through MTA,” he said, adding that officials are also directly lobbying California Transportation Commission members. Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-Industry, said he supports every effort to get the interchange funded. “Two of the recurring themes I heard \ was the Metro Gold Line extension and the 10/605 interchange,” Hernandez said, speaking before Thursday’s Council of Governments meeting. “We are hoping to build a coalition to hopefully get this project back on the table.” But the fight to reinstate the project faces an uphill battle. Even after Caltrans’ purging of the list, there are still $6 billion worth of projects statewide vying for the $4.5 billion available. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dealing a blow to area commuters’ hopes for traffic relief, Caltrans has withdrawn support for a multimillion-dollar upgrade to the busy 605/10 freeways interchange. A $71 million project to improve the interchange from the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the San Bernardino (10) Freeway was originally included on a list of priorities forwarded to the California Transportation Commission on Dec. 7 by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors. But the funding was removed in a draft version of the project list that Caltrans plans on forwarding to the commission, which is charged with distributing $20 billion in transportation funding approved by the voters last month as part of Proposition 1B. The removal left many local officials reeling. last_img read more