Transfer gossip: Top Man United target won’t force move, Chelsea get £100m bid

first_img 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 4 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti predicted Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Crouch scored his 100th Premier League goal in 2017 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest talkSPORT.com headlines, EXCLUSIVES and transfer stories:Everton FC transfer news: Lucas Digne leaves Barcelona pre-season training camp to seal Toffees moveDanny Drinkwater reportedly heading for Chelsea exit, Crystal Palace and Southampton interestedSam Allardyce predicts no ‘third season disaster’ for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in 2018/19 ALTERED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Thibaut Courtois and Willian are wanted by Real Madrid. TOP WORK IN DEMAND 4 moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Latest Transfer news Everton are set to offer Jordan Pickford a new contract at Everton as they look to secure the long-term future of the England No.1, who has been linked with Chelsea. (The Times)And, at Stamford Bridge, striker Olivier Giroud is planning to fight for his place at Chelsea, despite holding talks with Marseille. (Daily Mail)Aston Villa want to sign West Ham’s 30-year-old winger Robert Snodgrass on another loan deal, having signed the Scot last season on a temporary deal. (Birmingham Mail)Newcastle are in talks with West Brom to sign Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon as the Magpies look to strengthen their forward lline. (Sky Sports) How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Burnley are preparing a £500,000 for Stoke striker Peter Crouch as they bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign. (The Sun)Middlesbrough’s former Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will have a medical with Leeds on Monday before a possible £10m move. (Daily Mail)Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella is set to seal a £3.5m move to Norwegian side Rosenborg after a deal was agreed between the clubs. (Liverpool Echo)Fulham are close to signing defender Alfie Mawson from Swansea, with talks between the clubs at an advanced stage. (Sky Sports) Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Take a look at all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from Saturday’s newspapers and online… targets three-way race smart causal Most Popular Premier League News silverware Chelsea FC transfer news: Real Madrid plotting daring £100m move for Thibaut Courtois AND WillianChelsea transfer news: Maurizio Sarri dismisses Gonzalo Higuain talk, praises Alvaro MorataWatford weighing up whether to sign £26million-rated Liverpool forward Divock OrigiManchester United transfer news: Red Devils plan £35m bid for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Manchester United told they must pay huge wages to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern MunichManchester United transfer news: Juventus plot move to take Paul Pogba back to Serie AChelsea plan shock £30m move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey revealed 4 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star NEW ERA latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Real Madrid have made Chelsea an opening offer of £100million for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielder Willian as they spend the money generated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus. (Daily Mail)And Chelsea could use the money they get to move for Juventus defender Mattia Caldara rather than the striker Gonzalo Higuain who has previously been linked with the Blues. (Corriere della Sera)Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire is keen on a £65million move to Manchester United but will not force a move and Leicester are reluctant to sell. (Daily Mirror)Napoli are interested in signing wantaway Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian on loan with the option to buy at the end of next season. (Manchester Evening News) Alfie Mawson could move to a Premier League club after relegation with Swansea City. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets last_img read more

SA cracks down on social grant fraud

first_img Source: BuaNews 21 September 2010 Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on people involved in social grant fraud to surrender to the police or face being tracked down, following the arrest of seven people believed to be part of a syndicate that defrauded the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provincial governments of R174 000 in social grants. “Those scoundrels who may still be involved in such illegal practices and corruption, they better surrender to police immediately, or we will hunt and find them,” Mthethwa said in Pretoria on Tuesday. According to the Police Ministry, more than a thousand people, who also face arrest, benefited from the scam, which involved the sale of fraudulent child birth charts and people claiming social grants for children that did not exist. On Friday, the police tracked down and arrested the syndicate that had been operating in the Bushbuckridge and surrounding areas. The ministry identified the two kingpins of the syndicate as a 41-year-old and 46-year-old man who allegedly defrauded the provinces’ South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) through illegal possession of and trading in child birth charts. Investigating Officer Colonel Fanie Molapo said doctors, nurses and SASSA officials were working in cahoots with the syndicate. Molapo added that one of the men had confessed to selling 130 child birth charts. “In essence this would, in some cases, translate to people buying more than one chart, thereby claiming social grants for children who are non-existent,” the ministry added. The other man, who works at Bushbuckridge Hospital’s pharmacy section, confessed to buying the charts for R10 each and selling them for R120 each. During his arrest, police confiscated 15 blank child birth charts, dated with the Bushbuckridge hospital’s official stamp. Four other suspects who were in possession of the fraudulent charts, and a nurse at clinic in the area, were later arrested. Mthethwa applauded the police’s Crime Intelligence Team for the arrests, adding that the police viewed these “despicable practices” in a serious light. “We are particularly incensed in that such criminal acts are compromising the integrity of a legitimate programme aimed at poverty alleviation by government. We shall not allow that,” he said.last_img read more

Big crops in 2016 pushing need to boost demand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA weekly crop progress report of Nov. 7 had the U.S. corn harvest at 86% while the soybean harvest was 93% complete. Ohio was at a very similar pace that showed corn harvest at 81% with soybeans at 95% complete. The five-year average harvest pace for Ohio had corn harvest at 67% and soybean harvest at 85%. The fantastic harvest weather since early October had Ohio’s producers experiencing very few delays due to rain events. In fact, the weather has been pretty much one of a prolonged trend of normal to above normal temperatures with below normal rainfall. It allowed those producers planting wheat to get it sowed timely during the first two weeks of October. Then for many, rains followed within seven to 10 days, pushing wheat to a fantastic early start with fields a deep green, bringing smiles to producers. Unfortunately, with world wheat stocks at record levels, wheat prices are in the tank as they continue to trade at 10-year lows. For many in Ohio, wheat prices for new crop 2017 wheat are near the $4.30 mark, certainly nothing to be excited about. Those that can double crop soybeans following wheat will certainly be well pleased with the 30 to 40 bushels per acre many experienced with double crop soybeans in 2016.The Nov. 9 USDA supply and demand report proved to be bearish as corn and soybean production, yields, and ending stocks were all above trader expectations. USDA put U.S. corn production at 15.226 billion bushels and the yield at 175.3 bushels per acre. Both are at new record levels. Corn ending stocks rose 83 million bushels from October, now at 2.403 billion bushels. Corn is flirting near the critical ending stock number of 2.5 billion bushels. That kind of a number often brings about negative price thoughts that can last for months. Demand for corn is above levels of last year. All eyes will continue to watch U.S. corn exports in the months ahead, now at 2.15 billion bushels. It will be crucial to watch since those exports were lowered 100 million bushels last month. December CBOT corn currently has a contract low of $3.1475. For much of this fall it traded in a sideways range of $3.30 to $3.60.USDA estimated U.S. soybean production at 4.361 billion bushels with a yield of 52.5 bushels per acre. Ending stocks are at 480 million bushels, up 85 million bushels from the October report. Both U.S. corn and soybean production and yields are at record levels this year. The U.S. soybean yield has risen every month since the actual field reports began with the August report. At that time USDA estimated the soybean yield at 48.9 bushels per acre. It should be no surprise that the U.S. soybean yield in November was up 7% or 3.6 bushels from August. The 2016 soybean production year has been compared to 1994 with similar weather patterns. In 1994 the November yield compared to August rose 11%.Grain producers, especially soybeans, are being treated to a new news event. No, it is not the election of Donald Trump as President. Rather, it comes from China. On Friday, Nov. 11, grain markets watched with anxiety and surprise all at the same time. That day January 2017 CBOT soybeans closed at $9.86, down 12 cents, and near the lows for the month of November. News that the Chinese government had capped speculation on the trading of commodities in China aided the day’s decline. Rumor had it that China had forced a large fund to liquidate large long soybean positions as the fund exceeded position limits. More details will certainly be seen in coming months.With harvest quickly coming to a halt as of mid-November, harvest selling pressure is now behind us. Producers seemed to be willing to sell soybeans this harvest season to give them operating funds. They are holding quite a bit of of corn in anticipation of prices hopefully moving near the $4 mark in coming months. In the near-term the market will continue to focus on record production and less on record demand.last_img read more

Lightning strikes twice! Usain Bolt scores brace in crucial football match

first_imgUsain Bolt made the best of a first start given at Central Coast Mariners and struck two goals against Macarthur South West United during a friendly to save his footballing career.Soon after retiring from his sprinting career, Bolt had made it public that he was looking to have a professional career in football. After a few months of training at Borussia Dortmund, Bolt shifted to Mariners in Australia to live his footballing career.Bolt made his first appearance for the Mariners on August 31 and then played an entire second half on September 19 against North Shore Mariners, where he alternated between left wing and forward position.It was against South West United that Bolt truly announced himself. In the 55th minute, Bolt received a ball close to the six-yard box but despite pressure from the defender, he held his ground and netted in a low strike to score his debut goal. He also performed his trademark celebration after scoring his first.Here it is, @usainbolt, the footballer, scores his maiden Mariners goal. What a moment! Don’t think limits! #SWSvCCM #CCMFC @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/X7zrqmrYCZCentral Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018Just a little 10 minutes later, Bolt’s constant pressing yielded results for him when he was right in front of the goal to make the best of a confusion and collision between South West United’s defender and goalkeeper.BOLT HAS HIS BRACE!That’s two goals tonight for @usainbolt!! What a moment in sport, don’t think limits! #CCMFC @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/0NeIH9i49VadvertisementCentral Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018Ahead of the match, Bolt had said that this will be a make a break match for him and it will determine what the club wanted to do with his career.”This will determine … (what) the club want to do with my career, so it’s a very important game,” Bolt said on Wednesday.”I have been improving but you won’t know what level you’re at until you play a competitive game so I just have to go out there and see what I need to do or whether I should continue or not.”After the match, Bolt was elated having scored twice to prove himself and felt he was happy to have scored in his first start for the club.”My first start and scoring two goals, it’s a good feeling. I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving,” Bolt said.last_img read more

10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe wants more Cup action

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe wants more Cup actionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe hopes to keep his place for the next round of the Carabao Cup.Tuazebe captained United to their shootout win over Rochdale this week.United travel to Chelsea for the fourth round next month in an all-Premier League blockbuster. “These are the kind of games you want to be playing,” said Tuanzebe. “People dismiss the Carabao Cup and say it is a nothing kind of trophy. But you respect the teams who are in it and you respect the competition. Chelsea will be a big game and we want to win it and march on.” last_img

BC premier denies crisis says one investment doesnt make an economy

first_imgKinder Morgan announced Sunday it was stopping all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk. It has set a deadline of May 31 for talks with various stakeholders to reach an agreement that could allow the project to proceed.“All of a sudden when the shareholders in Texas issue a press release there’s a constitutional crisis,” Horgan said.The government announced in February that it will ask the court to decided if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen in the Trans Mountain pipeline. The decisions to refer the matter to the courts prompted Alberta to suspend a ban on wine imports from B.C.“What we’re talking about here is the province of B.C. going to court to assert our jurisdiction and protect the interests of British Columbians,” Horgan told the legislature. “We said in an election campaign a year ago this is what we would do.”He said B.C. is in court to defend its coast and its interests from a project that will triple bitumen shipments from Alberta to Burnaby and increase tanker traffic seven-fold in B.C. waters.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday and told both leaders to build more oil refineries instead of pipelines. VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan showed no signs Monday of backing down on the battle over the Kinder Morgan pipeline, rejecting widespread claims his government’s challenge of the $7.4 billion project is hurting the economy and tearing apart the country.His tone ran from calm to exasperated during a 30-minute question period in the legislature where the Opposition Liberals accused his government of hurting investor confidence, ignoring the rule of law and picking an unwinnable fight with Alberta and the federal government.“One investment project does not an economy make,” said Horgan, adding B.C. has the lowest jobless rate in Canada and a solid credit rating. “The premier stands alone in his opinions,” he told the legislature. “Is this burgeoning fiasco his definition of success?”Wilkinson urged Horgan to meet with the prime minister to resolve the dispute and ensure certainty for the federally-approved project.Greg D’Avignon, president of the B.C. Business Council, said the government’s decision to prolong the process threatens the credibility of the country’s regulatory and project approval systems.British Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce said the implications of the decision by Kinder Morgan are “seismic,” and if this project can’t be built it will show the world that government approvals count for nothing.Opposition to the pipeline has ramped up in recent weeks, with several dozen people arrested near the Burnaby marine terminal in the last month.Trudeau said last week in Victoria the pipeline will be built.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img “That would be leadership,” he said.Notley said Monday she told Horgan in a telephone call that B.C.’s opposition to the pipeline threatens the rule of law in Canada and she made it clear her province will retaliate.Notley said she will introduce legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s reckless pipeline battle ignores the law, creates uncertainty and tears at the fabric of the nation.last_img read more

Search for Denny Poole this Thursday

first_imgWhistles, bear bells, bug spray, reflective vests, water and snacks will be supplied by Horne.Horne is hoping someone can help with Walkie-talkies and an elder that could help smudge the group and say a prayer before the search.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jessica Horne shares she would rather have a search party than a Birthday party this Thursday, July 25, 2019.Horne shares further the search party will meet at the brake check on the Dawson side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge at noon and will proceed to search until 5 pm.last_img

People dont verify fake news before sharing

first_imgMost people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found. Researchers at Ohio University in the US found that several factors can be used to detect misinformation, otherwise known as “fake news,” on social media. The study, published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, found that, by looking at certain factors, it is possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors. “This is a pioneering study that helps understand why individuals would share misinformation on social media using a theoretical lens and information literacy factors,” said a professor at Ohio University. “Fake news and misinformation could be rightly termed as the major issues of our time. Almost every other study in this realm falls short of highlighting the vital role of individuals in halting the spread of misinformation,” he said in a statement. To test the research hypotheses that predict the sharing of misinformation, he extended his work from a US framework to gather data in Indonesia. Indonesia is not only one of the largest social media markets in the world, the country has caught news headlines for fighting misinformation and hoaxes, especially during its election season, researchers said. The study asked participants to rate their perceived internet skills, self-esteem and internet experiences as well as their attitudes towards fact-checking online information, belief in reliability, and how often participants shared information without fact checking. There were 396 participants in the study, which found that age, social class and gender did not play a huge part, but rather media and information literacy was found to be the biggest factor in recognising misinformation. Those who have a strong belief in the reliability of the information are more likely to share information online without verification, researchers said. The study found that people from lower education levels, lower income and those newer to the internet would benefit most from learning additional information literacy.last_img read more

Debt burden and BRI

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will have to hard sell BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) in the 2nd Forum, concluding today in Beijing. BRI envisages massive investment in infrastructure, encompassing marine, rail and road projects across 65 countries from Asian to Europe and Africa, that collectively account for 30 per cent of global GDP. BRI was expected to emerge as a fulcrum to the global economic and political landscape, under Chinese hegemony. However, fear of debt trap for smaller and weaker nations looms large. Further, in the light of the US-China trade war, BRI is losing the steam. Many of the debt-laden countries are scaling down their projects under BRI and some are feared for losing their political sovereignty. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe fallacy of the debt trap lies with China luring small and weaker nations with massive loans in the name of infrastructure development. And, when their debt is not paid, it captures their land and resources. It violates the global norms for a development loan, as it leaves little room for debt relief. Observers and analysts accused China of playing a game of bully with “debt diplomacy”. Certain projects become dormant despite the huge investment. According to the Washington Post, some projects with big investment make no economic sense. In Sri Lanka, Chinese loan was spent in the designated airport to handle a million passengers in a year. Now, it has been dubbed as one of the emptiest airports. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe harsh critic of BRI is Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohammad, who demanded re-negotiation of East Coast Rail Link project with Chinese financial support. The project was approved by the previous government. The present government reduced the scope and cost of the project by a third. His Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry accused over-pricing, which created a financial burden on the government. Joining the stream was Pakistan, who recently cancelled Rahim Yar Khan power project, which was part of BRI. It has cut the size of Belt and Road project by US$ 2 billion. The Railway Minister Rashid said that “Pakistan is a poor country that cannot afford huge debt burden” Sri Lanka has already sunk in the debt trap. Its Hambantota Port was taken over by China for a 99-year lease on account of Sri Lanka’s failure to repay the loan. Myanmar announced that it was wishing to scale down the Kyaukpyu Port project. In the Maldives, the ratio of debt to GDP sparked to 70 per cent, believed to be due to BRI. In August 2018, President of Maldives Abdul Yameen inaugurated Chinese–built bridge connecting two islands in the archipelago. One month later, Yameen was voted out and the new government began decoding the mountain of the debt burden. Yameen, a close friend of China, borrowed heavily from Beijing to build a new runway for the airport, housing development and hospitals and a long “China-Maldives- Friendship Bridge”. A study by the Centre for Global Development portrays eight nations vulnerable to Chinese debt trap under BRI. They are mostly African and Eurasia countries, and Pakistan. India is not a party to BRI. It suspected the project is a smokescreen, which China is using to siege strategic control on the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it poses a big challenge to India to increase hobnobing with its neighbours and friends in Africa. The Chinese debt trap leads to loss of financial sovereignty of these countries. Debts are turning into equity and finally, ownership goes to China. This will weaken trade opportunities between India and its neighbours, some of ASEAN nations and African countries. The growing burden of debt will give more opportunities to China to dominate the terms for trade and investment with the debt-ridden countries. SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Area) and ASEAN are the cases in point. It will be a new turf for Chinese backdoor entry to India through Bangladesh and Nepal and some ASEAN members. The surge in debt burden will increase India’s vulnerability in the emerging trade block, say RCEP (Regional Cooperation for Economic Partnership). The countries which are currently suspected to fall prey to the debt trap are members of RCEP such as Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. China is the biggest stakeholder in RCEP, which includes ASEAN 10 + 6 (China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and India). At present, India has a trade deficit with RCEP, which is mainly due to China. Given China’s predominance in RCEP, the major concern for India is the trade expansion with debt-laden countries, who are likely to lose trade sovereignty. It will provide a leeway to China for its backdoor entry into India. Apart from trade vulnerability, the debt trap will escalate security concerns. The growing debt burden, which will rip the political sovereignty of India’s neighbours, is feared to escalate security concerns. The acquisition of Hambantota Port in Sri Lank by China is a case in point, where security vulnerability will rise with Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. The port is likely to be used for China’s military base, as is suspected. Given the deceleration of BRI rhetoric in the wake of rising debt burden for smaller and weaker nations and the trade war between US and China, which hardly foresees cease-fire in the near term, it is imperative for China to reinvent the project. In light of this, India needs a constant watch and dialogue with debt-laden countries from the perspectives of trade expansion and deepening political relations with these countries. 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