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Manchester United’s transfer stance on Nicolas Pepe as Arsenal close in on club record deal

first_img 1 min. story Comment Full Screen Video Settings Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 27 Jul 2019 1:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares About Connatix V67539 Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are closing in on a club-record £72million signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.The Gunners were reported to have been working with a heavily restricted summer budget having failed to qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season.However, according the BBC, Arsenal have agreed a fee with Lille, who are happy to receive payment via a number of structured installments.Arsenal were said to have drafted in super agent Jorge Mendes to help broker a deal and the transfer will now go through once an agreement with Pepe’s representatives has been reached.ADVERTISEMENT 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 CityNapoli emerged as Arsenal’s most serious rivals for the 24-year-old’s services but were beaten to the punch, as they were last summer when both Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno chose north London over a move to southern Italy.AdvertisementAdvertisementManchester United were also reported to have been monitoring Pepe’s situation, but the BBC claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never had any interest in the versatile forward.Although the Norwegian is still keen to reinforce his attack before the start of the season, Solskjaer is more focused on finding a replacement for Romelu Lukaku than bolstering his squad with the addition of another winger. PLAY Manchester United’s transfer stance on Nicolas Pepe as Arsenal close in on club record deal Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with the progress of Daniel James (Picture: Getty)Daniel James, a £15m arrival from Swansea earlier this summer, made a positive impression on United’s pre-season tour of Australia and Asia and Solskajer was particularly encouraged by the bravery the diminutive winger displayed in the face of some hostile treatment.‘Dan is so quick and it’s not easy to time tackles against him,’ the United manager said.‘I can understand why players mistime tackles against him. He’s a brave little boy and he jumps, he’s taken a few knocks over the tour but as an old man I like to see tackles.‘There’s no rolling about, or diving or feigning. If he stays down he’s injured but he gets up when he’s just hurt.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementlast_img read more

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China Overtook the US as World’s Largest Crude Oil Importer in 2017

first_imgChina surpassed the United States in annual gross crude oil imports in 2017, importing 8.4 million barrels per day (b/d) compared with 7.9 million b/d for the US, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In 2013, China had become the world’s largest net importer of total petroleum and other liquid fuels.As informed, new refinery capacity and strategic inventory stockpiling combined with declining domestic oil production were the major factors contributing to the recent increase in China’s crude oil imports.In 2017, 56% of China’s crude oil imports came from countries within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a decline from the peak of 67% in 2012. More so than other countries, Russia and Brazil increased their market shares of Chinese imports between those years.Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia as China’s largest source of foreign crude oil in 2016. OPEC countries and some non-OPEC countries, including Russia, agreed to reduce crude oil production through the end of 2018, which may have allowed other countries to increase their market shares in China in 2017, EIA said.Several factors are driving the increase in China’s crude oil imports, as explained by EIA. China had the largest decline in domestic petroleum and other liquids production among non-OPEC countries in 2016, and EIA estimates it will have had the second-largest decline in 2017.In contrast to declining domestic production, EIA estimates that growth in China’s consumption of petroleum and other liquid fuels in 2017 was the world’s largest for the ninth consecutive year, growing 0.4 million b/d (3%) to 13.2 million b/d. As China has built up inventories of strategic petroleum reserves, China’s crude oil imports have increased faster than their domestic consumption.In addition, China has reformed its refining sector by reducing restrictions on both imports and exports.What is more, China’s crude oil imports have increased because of higher refinery runs and expanding refinery capacity.Ongoing infrastructure expansions will likely contribute to further increases in China’s crude oil imports, EIA said.In January 2018, China and Russia began operating an expansion of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline, doubling its delivery capacity to approximately 0.6 million b/d. According to trade press reports, as much as 1.4 million b/d of new refinery capacity is planned to open in China by the end of 2019. Given China’s expected decline in domestic crude oil production, imports will likely continue to increase over at least the next two years, EIA added.last_img read more

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$60k award after baby wrongly seized

first_imgStuff co.nz 9 March 2014A judge has awarded $60,000 to the parents of a baby girl wrongly seized by welfare authorities.The young couple, from Dunedin, have told the Sunday Star-Times of their harrowing two-year battle to regain custody of the girl, who was taken by Child, Youth and Family at just 14 weeks because the agency wrongly suspected she’d been abused.In fact, the baby’s multiple fractures were the result of rickets, caused by a lack of Vitamin D.The pair were forced to go to court to prove they hadn’t abused the baby.The couple, who cannot be named because of Family Court suppressions,  took their daughter to a doctor in 2011 after she began “vomiting and twitching”.The doctor suspected a bowel obstruction and arranged for the baby to be admitted to hospital. An MRI in hospital revealed the baby had a fractured skull, ribs and limbs.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9806866/60k-award-after-baby-wrongly-seizedlast_img read more

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WNTP and DSC Trail/Tour Guiding course receives high level of success

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiaryTours WNTP and DSC Trail/Tour Guiding course receives high level of success by: – July 28, 2011 82 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Promotion and Community Animator at the Waitukubuli National Trail Project Management Unit, Roselyn Paul The Promotion and Community Animator at the Waitukubuli National Trail Project Management Unit, Roselyn Paul has declared that the Tail/Tour Guiding Programme has received a sixty-seven percent success rate.“For the South District there were sixteen participants; fifteen successfully completed the course, fourteen passed, the pass mark was eighty percent and one was referred in one area. In the North there were fifteen participants and nine successfully passed, three were referred in one area of assessment, one was referred in two areas of assessment. There was a group from the East and North East with sixteen participants six have already passed; seven referred in one area only and one referred in two areas. Overall we have had a high level of success about 67 % success rate and by the time the others sit the exam we will have 90% success.The training programme which was done in collaboration with the Dominica State College saw the execution of a series of training programmes in trail/tour guiding in which forty-five (45) persons from across the island participated.While addressing the closing ceremony and handing of certificates for the basic level programme, Ms. Paul noted that the programme “gave participants the opportunity to acquire knowledge of our local history and folklore, communications skills and interpersonal skills with the right attitudes for improving tour guiding in Dominica. Participants were trained to operate as confident, cooperative and consumer focused tour guides at the entry level of the tourism industry.”Head of Product Development of the Discover Dominica Authority, Ms. Kathleen CuffyMeantime, Ms. Kathleen Cuffy, Head of Product Development at the Discover Dominica Authority, encouraged the trainees to find creative ways of trail guiding which will ensure that visitors return and tell others about their experiences.“Education is not just about the basics that you have learnt at the Training Programme, but use the information and experience to figure out creative ways in providing a unique experience along the trail. That is very important; don’t just go by what you have learnt today, be creative, take initiatives and do things that we know will entice visitors and most of all encourage them to spread the word of the Waitukubuli National Trail,” she said.Ms. Cuffy also highlighted the significance of ensuring that visitors have a good experience when they visit Dominica.“We know what word of mouth does, so if the experience is good they are sure to come back and to tell at least ten other persons” she said.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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DLP members pleased with Court ruling

first_img Tweet 3 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews DLP members pleased with Court ruling by: – January 11, 2012center_img Hon. Ambrose GeorgeMembers of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) have been congratulating Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint-Jean after their recent Court victory.The High Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Skerrit and Education Minister Saint-Jean legally contested the 2009 general elections.Information Minister Ambrose George told a public meeting in lagoon on Tuesday evening that the judgment sends a clear message to “the detractors of the government and Roosevelt Skerrit. This result of the case which was handed down is another mandate that you are giving to Roosevelt Skerrit to continue the governance of this country”.Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore also added his voice in support of Tuesday’s judgment.Mr. Blackmoore said “it is not a victory about Roosevelt Skerrit or Peter St Jean. It is a victory for the people of Dominica and the DLP will continue to be served by the best prime minister in Dominica. We shall continue to represent all Dominicans, most importantly the down trodden”.Senator, Alvin Bernard The Minister of Environment Kenneth Darroux said he is hoping that the results of the matter will finally put to rest, all the allegations targeted at the defendants.“We are very happy that the court decision went in our favour so we can continue to govern the country without any interruption. As we have always said from the beginning, whichever way the decision went we would have abided by the decision. I hope this put to rest everything and that we can continue things as normal,” he said.Meantime Senator Alvin Bernard reminded supports to give God thanks for their victory at the Court on Tuesday. “Not withstanding what the critics might have told you all week long, we have decided that whatever the judge had decided today that we were going to give God thanks. We have to give God thanks for this victory but do not be mistaken ladies and gentlemen this is a journey. To God be the glory ladies and gentlemen,” he told the crowd.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

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Deery win at Donnellson another milestone for Aikey

first_imgIt had been even longer since Jeff Aikey drove to victory lane following an IMCA Late Model tour race at Donnellson. Both absences ended Friday night. A pair of Illinois tracks host the next two Deery events, with $2,000 to win features at Quad City Speedway in East Moline on Aug. 11 and at Quincy Raceway on Aug. 18.  Jeff Aikey won for the 70th time in his Deery Brothers Summer Series career Friday at Lee County Speedway. The IMCA Late Model tour victory paid $2,000. (Photo by D&M Racing Photography) Feature results – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 3. John Emerson, Water­loo; 4. Tommy Elston, Keokuk; 5. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 6. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 7. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 9. Sam Halstead, New London; 10. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 11. Brian Harris, Davenport; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 13. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 14. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 15. Curt Martin, Independence; 16. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 17. Logan Duffy, Independence; 18. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax; 19. Ron Boyse, Kalona; 20. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 21. Mike Smith, Kellogg; 22. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 23. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 24. Matt Strassheim, Morning Sun. Aikey passed Zrostlik for second by the time the next lap was scored and the race stayed green to the finish. Eckrich led by half a straightaway at lap 20 but Aikey kept up the chase through traf­fic, moving inside and to the front with four to go and then checking out.  Eckrich had started from the pole and set a blistering pace on the initial start and again following the second of two lap 14 restarts. Eric Pollard, who’s won his career-first Deery feature last week at West Union, had rolled to a stop in the second set of turns to bring out the first of those yellows. Hard charger Brian Harris started last in the field of 24 and finished 11th. Zrostlik was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.center_img The victory was his second of the season and series-leading career 70th. Aikey’s one previous Lee County win came in April of 1996. “Andy was tremendous out there,” said Aikey, equally quick to compliment the track prep crew at Donnellson. “And what a race track!  High, low, you could run wherever you wanted to go. It was a great show for the fans.” Touring IMCA Late Models made their first appearance at Lee County since Sept. 4 of 2010 on Fri­day night.  DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 2) – It had been several years since the last time Lee County Speed­way hosted the Deery Brothers Summer Series.  Aikey finally caught passed race-long leader Andy Eckrich with four circuits left in the 40-lapper, then pulled away to the $2,000 checkers. John Emerson, 11th starting Tommy Elston and Joe Zrostlik completed the top five.last_img read more

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Auto racing safety pioneer Bill Simpson dies at 79

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 16) – Bill Simpson, a pioneer and innovator in auto racing safety, died Monday in Indianapolis at the age of 79. A former driver himself, Simpson is credited with designing next generation helmets and other safety equipment, as well as the use of Nomex in the manufacture of fireproof racing suits.  “It’s difficult to overstate the impact Bill Simpson had on motorsports,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “He was truly a visionary who made racing safer for thousands of competitors, from Saturday night dirt tracks to the super speedways.”center_img The founder of both Simpson Racing Products and Impact Racing, the California native was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2003 in recognition of his many contributions to the sport. last_img read more

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Sachin called me at 4:30pm, I reached coach’s house at 9:30am: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgMumbai: Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said that he had met batting great Sachin Tendulkar at the age of 14. He uploaded a video on Instagram on Thursday which he spoke about how he met Tendulkar, who turns 47 on Friday.”I was 14 and on my birthday I requested my coach that I want to meet Sachin,” he says in the video. “He took permission from Sachin and he said yes. He told my coach that you can ask Ajinkya to come around 4.30 in the evening.”Rahane said that in his excitement, he ended up reaching his coach’s home at 9.30 in the morning of the day he was to meet Tendulkar.”I was so excited and nervous as well. We used to live in Dombivali at the time so from there I went to Dadar where my coach lived. 9.30 in the morning, I was there at his house. And Sachin had called me at 4.30,” said Rahane.”So my coach asked why are you here now and I said what if the train got delayed or there was no train. I don’t want to miss any chance of meeting Sachin.”I don’t remember exactly what I was doing for all that time but I was roaming around outside Dadar station. I was so excited about meeting Sachin that I did not even understand when all that time went. And then I met him for the first time at his home, took his autograph and discussed a little bit about cricket.”Rahane would go on to share the dressing room with Tendulkar in his initial years with the Indian team and while playing for Mumbai. IANSAlso Read: Anderson in England is really challenging: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

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Woods savours mentor role but hopes to play Ryder Cup again

first_imgBy Larry FineCHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, sidelined from playing for more than a year due to persistent back problems, threw himself into his role as assistant captain on the United States’ Ryder Cup team and loved the experience.“As a player that has been on these teams, to be on a different side of it, to be on the vice-captaincy side of it has meant so much to me,” Woods told reporters after the U.S. beat Europe for the first time since 2008, clinching a 17-11 triumph at Hazeltine on Sunday.“To be part of getting to know these 12 guys, and these vice-captains and our captain on a deeper level has meant so much to me.“And the relationships that we’ve forged here this week and actually before this week, these are bonds that will last a lifetime.”Woods, 40, has played in seven Ryder Cups but only in one winning team and has a record of 13 wins, 17 losses and three halves.Players including Patrick Reed, the top U.S. points earner with 3.5 from five matches, and Brandt Snedeker, a spotless 3-0 in the competition, have praised Woods for his dedication and the help they received from him.Although enthused by the idea of becoming a future Ryder Cup captain, Woods hopes to make yet another comeback to competitive golf in coming months and ultimately return as a playing member of the U.S. team.“I would love to do it,” he said about a captaincy. “I would be honoured to do it in the future if asked.“But from the player standpoint of it, I like playing. I love these guys. I love being out there in the fight with these guys.“I was just in the fight a different way and had to do my role … and it was pretty cool.”Bubba Watson thought having Woods as a fellow vice-captain was a kick.“I have Tiger’s cell phone number now, yes. I’m going to text you all the time,” said Watson, drawing laughs from the team and Woods himself.last_img read more

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Majestic Kohli guides India to seven-wicket win

first_img(REUTERS)-Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 154 to make short work of a seemingly steep target as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Mohali to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series yesterday.New Zealand, who won the last match in Delhi to tie the series at 1-1, were all out for 285 in the 50th over after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field.India chased down the target with 10 balls to spare, riding on Kohli’s 26th century in the 50-over format.The hosts lost both their openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane inside nine overs and, with the required run rate climbing, needed a solid partnership to get back on track.Kohli, who was dropped on six by Ross Taylor off Matt Henry, and Dhoni (80), who promoted himself up the batting order to number four, provided just that with a brisk third-wicket stand of 151 runs.India’s Test captain Kohli, who will turn 28 next month, finished things off with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 97 with Manish Pandey (28 not out).With India needing 23 from 18 balls, the stylish right-handed batsman, who scored an unbeaten 85 in the first ODI, tore into paceman Trent Boult, hitting three fours and a six in his over to plunder 22 runs.Earlier, James Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39 not out) added 84 for the ninth wicket to prop up New Zealand after the touring side had been reduced to 199 for eight following a middle-order collapse.Opener Tom Latham top-scored for New Zealand with a 61 and the side were comfortably placed at 153 for two in the 29th over with a promising stand of 73 between Latham and Taylor (44).But they lost their next six wickets for 46 runs needing some rearguard action from Neesham and Henry.Paceman Umesh Yadav and off-spinner Kedar Jadhav each picked up three wickets for the hosts though the former proved expensive, giving away 75 runs in his 10 overs.The fourth ODI will be played in Ranchi on Wednesday.NEW ZEALAND InningsM. Guptill lbw b U. Yadav 27T. Latham c M. Pandey b Jadhav 61K. Williamson lbw b Jadhav 22R. Taylor st Dhoni b Mishra 44C. Anderson c Rahane b Jadhav 6L. Ronchi st Dhoni b Mishra 1J. Neesham c Jadhav b U. Yadav 57M. Santner c Kohli b Bumrah 7T. Southee b U. Yadav 13M. Henry not out 39T. Boult b Bumrah 1Extras (w-7) 7Total (all out, 49.4 overs) 285Fall of wickets: 1-46 M. Guptill,2-80 K. Williamson,3-153 R. Taylor,4-160 C. Anderson,5-161 L. Ronchi,6-169 T. Latham,7-180 M. Santner,8-199 T. Southee,9-283 J. Neesham,10-285 T. BoultBowling: U. Yadav 10 – 0 – 75 – 3(w-3),H. Pandya 5 – 0 – 34 – 0(w-2),J. Bumrah 9.4 – 0 – 52 – 2, K. Jadhav 5 – 0 – 29 – 3(w-2),A. Patel 10 – 0 – 49 – 0, A. Mishra 10 – 0 – 46 – 2.INDIA InningsRo. Sharma lbw b Southee 13A. Rahane c Santner b Henry 5V. Kohli not out 154M. Dhoni c Taylor b Henry 80M. Pandey not out 28Extras (lb-2 w-7) 9Total (for 3 wickets, 48.2 overs) 289Fall of wickets: 1-13 A. Rahane,2-41 Ro. Sharma,3-192 M. DhoniDid not bat: K. Jadhav, A. Patel, H. Pandya, A. Mishra, U. Yadav, J. BumrahBowling: M. Henry 9.2 – 0 – 56 – 2(w-1)T. Boult 10 – 0 – 73 – 0(w-2),T. Southee 10 – 0 – 55 – 1(w-2),M. Santner 10 – 0 – 43 – 0,J. Neesham 9 – 0 – 60 – 0(w-2).last_img read more

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