Arsenal ‘taking the p***’ with £15m offer for Kieran Tierney, says John Hartson

first_imgHartson has slammed Arsenal’s bid for Tierney (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are also prioritsing a move for a centre-back this summer and reports in Italy claim a £22m offer is being prepared for Torino’s Armando Izzo.However, Izzo has insisted he’s ‘happy’ in Turin amid rumours linking him with Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.‘For now I’m happy. Everyone likes to be courted,’ the Italy international told Gazzetta dello Sport.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I have four years left on my contract at Torino, and I want to show my worth: I don’t like just being called a good player. I’m worth more.’‘Among Italian defenders, other than [Giorgio] Chiellini, I don’t see others stronger or more determined than I am.‘I’m honoured to wear Torino’s shirt and I will spill blood until the last day I wear it.’MORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent ‘gives green light’ for Arsenal midfielder to join AC Milan Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Jun 2019 11:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link214Shares Celtic have rejected Arsenal’s opening £15m bid for Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)John Hartson has accused Arsenal of ‘taking the p***’ following their failed £15million bid to sign Celtic star Kieran Tierney.With Nacho Monreal set for the exit door at the Emirates, the Gunners have identified Tierney as their number one target at left-back and Unai Emery has sanctioned a move for the 22-year-old Scotland international.Advanced talks have taken place between the two clubs, with Arsenal offering various players in an attempt to sweeten a potential deal, but the Bhoys would prefer an upfront cash bid for their prized possession.The Scottish champions have slapped a £25m price tag on Tierney which could prove a problem for Arsenal as Emery has only been handed around £40m to spend on reinforcements this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityCeltic legend Harton, who also enjoyed a two-season spell with Arsenal from 1995 to 1997, has hit out at the laughable offer for Tierney.‘Kt [Kieran Tierney] situation is Arsenal have made an offer of 15m for the player.. it’s taking the P***,’ Hartson told his followers on Twitter.‘Celtic rightly have refused as they don’t want to sell. Arsenal to up the stakes to £20m with add-ons. £25m… then it’s Celtic’s call.‘They could just say no of course!Kt situation is Arsenal have made an offer of 15m for the player.. it’s taking the P***.. Celtic rightly have refused as they don’t want to sell.Arsenal to up the stakes to 20m with addons. 25m.. then it’s Celtic’s call. They could just say no of course !— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) June 24, 2019 Arsenal ‘taking the p***’ with £15m offer for Kieran Tierney, says John Hartsoncenter_img Advertisement Advertisement In a previous tweet, Hartson said: ‘My old club Arsenal testing the waters with reported £15m bid for Kieran Tierney.‘Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.’last_img read more

Martinez happy with Barry impact

first_img The 32-year-old came through the ranks at Villa before moving to Manchester City and now plies his trade at Goodison Park after a transfer deadline-day loan agreement was struck. Everton boss Martinez, who also brought in Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku on a temporary deal, reckons Barry has been a great individual to have in and around the club. Press Association Roberto Martinez has praised the impact loan signing Gareth Barry has had on the Everton dressing room as the midfielder prepares to return to former club Aston Villa on Saturday. “It is not just in the games, it is in having him around,” he said. “From the first day that he arrived he has been an incredible influence with the youngsters and an influence on the standards we have in training. “Just with that alone you realise what a figure we have at the club. He is someone who breathes the game and brings the experience he has had from his career. “He is playing with the desire and enthusiasm of an 18-year-old and has been a great player for us and I just want him to keep enjoying his football at Everton for as long as we can.” Despite being happy with Barry’s start at the club, Martinez refused to be drawn on whether he would be looking to make the England international’s move a permanent one. “It is not the right time,” he added. “I wouldn’t put that in his mindset at the moment, all I want him to focus on is to keep enjoying his football and push for a start at the weekend and develop that competition behind the scenes – that is the only thing that matters at the moment.” One player whose long-term future at Goodison Park also appears to remain in the balance is that of Leighton Baines. The left-back was subject to bids from Manchester United during the summer but, unlike former team-mate Marouane Fellaini, he was not sold to ex-Everton boss David Moyes at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old Baines has started the season in great form for club and country but Martinez confirmed no negotiations have opened with the former Wigan man, who has under two years remaining on his current contract. Asked about a new deal for Baines, Martinez replied: “There is no train of thought on that at the moment. “At the moment all that matters is to see Leighton fully fit and enjoying his football. All his performance stats have improved from last season and that is important to me. “That is what matters, everything else is just trying to find an issue from the outside to see what we can comment on.” Moyes’ United side currently sit one place and four points below Everton in the Barclays Premier League table with the Toffees just one point off a place in the top four. Martinez feels it would need a monumental effort from his players to end the season with Champions League qualification but he reckons his ever-improving side are in with a shout. “I think it [the close table] shows that there are six clubs that all are expected to be fighting for the Champions League spots,” he said. “Anyone who wants to break into those top four positions it is going to take an important effort. “I look at the six points we dropped earlier in the season with the three draws where we were really good in everything we did and six points now would make a big difference in the table. “In the manner that we have been consistent game after game allows me to think that the squad is ready to be pushed, challenge each other and is ready to hit good heights and that is what we are going to do. “Game by game we will become better, become stronger and when we get around April, March we will know where we are and what we can fight for in the league.” Fit again Steven Pienaar will be challenging for a start after scoring just seconds after coming off the bench in last weekend’s win against Hull. Martinez also confirmed Darron Gibson has responded well to surgery on a cruciate knee ligament injury and expects defender Antolin Alcaraz to be available after the next international break. last_img read more

Twin Towns traffic light fault causes major delays

first_imgTechnical difficulties were affecting a set of traffic lights in the Twin Towns this morning (Thurs) – causing long delays.It was reported that the traffic lights on the Main Street in the Twin Towns changing to red ‘every minute or so’, causing huge queues.It is understood that a bin bag has now been placed over the traffic lights. Traffic is moving slowly in the area and motorist have been advised to drive with caution.Local County Councillor, Gary Doherty said: “There’s a fault with the traffic lights in front of McElhinney’s at the moment.“The lights are going red automatically every minute or so which is causing traffic delays.“I have contacted the Council and it will be fixed as soon as possible.” Donegal County Council has been contacted for comment.Twin Towns traffic light fault causes major delays was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stars of the American Ballet supports The Rhino Orphanage

first_imgOrphan rhinos keep each other company at the Rhino Orphanage (Images: The Rhino Orphanage)Art met conservation in the bush when the visiting Stars of the American Ballet troupe performed for guests from around the world at Limpopo’s Legend Lodges last month, to raise funds for The Rhino Orphanage, South Africa’s only baby rhino orphanage.The creative concept came from ballet entrepreneur, Dirk Badenhorst, who thought it would be a great way to raise both the profile of ballet and the plight of the rhino.“The art of conservation and the conservation of art is paramount to our natural and cultural heritage and we must work towards preserving these for future generations,’” Badenhorst said.Working in collaboration with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Joaquin de Luz, and the owners of Legend Lodges, Peet and Mart Cilliers, Badenhorst’s first Ballet in the Bush gala took place on 23 and 24 June at the lodge.Dancers who have worked with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Boston Ballet performed excerpts from Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and choreographer, George Balanchine’s Tarantella, among others.Visiting the world’s first dedicated baby rhino orphanage, the dancers were moved by the plight of the baby rhinos, which would never have survived without the orphanage’s intervention. They pledged their support in the battle to save the rhino.Among the stars was Michaela De Prince, who joined New York City Ballet principal, Ashley Bouder, in a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the young rhino orphans.De Prince, who was adopted by a US couple after being orphaned during conflict in Sierra Leone, and now dances with the Dutch National Ballet company, said; “When I was orphaned I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who gave me unconditional love. And this is what I see happening at the Rhino Orphanage.”Fellow dancer Bouder said when they return to the US they will “promote the tremendous work the Rhino Orphanage team is doing. We have a lot of friends and fans who follow us on social media and we will do everything we can to help get the message out there.”Stars of the American Ballet with the rhino orphansThe Rhino Orphanage received $6500 from a few ballet supporters and dancers, in addition to the money brought in by the ballet performance.Founder and director of the Rhino Orphanage and manager of the Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Lodges, Arrie van Deventer, said: “The ballet stars were simply wonderful. We will be working with them on how we can raise awareness among ballet fans around the world about the work we do here.”Van Deventer’s Wildlife Centre is already home to a range of endangered species and animals being rehabilitated – including white lions. He has spent the past eight years building the centre as a conservation havenWHY THE RHINO ORPHANAGE?After coming across a baby rhino orphaned after its mother was killed, Van Deventer, an ardent conservationist, discovered there was no specialist facility that could look after an orphaned calf.Van Deventer, along with the lodge’s public relations and sales director, Pete Richardson, started fundraising to build such a centre, and companies such as FNB, Lafarge, New Holland, Build It, and SPAR responded with support. The Rhino Orphanage, the first specialist, non-commercial centre to care for orphaned baby rhinos, was established.“Being the first sanctuary of its kind, they called on several experts, including Karen Trendler of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Rhino Response Strategy and vets at Onderstepoort for guidance. We’ve also had to learn as we go along,” Richardson said.The centre is led by Van Deventer and centre manager, Gaby Benavides, and includes six fulltime staff members and three volunteers. The volunteers work for a minimum of three months at a time and come from all over the world. Tasks range from intensive care and constant cleaning to feeding babies through the night, to more cleaning.Looking after baby rhinos is no easy task. Despite the animals’ size and fearsome reputations, the calves need mum for the first three years of their lives. Left on their own, they simply will not survive.“We need to replace the care of the mother and make sure the injured and stressed and traumatised calves survive, first of all. That can only be done by humans. As soon as possible we introduce a rhino. The most harrowing work is with injured and traumatised babies, which takes care, skill and dedication,” Benavides said.“Full rehabilitation takes from two to three years. Each rhino is different – depending on the age at which they arrive at the orphanage. If they are very young they need a lot of attention and care, if calves are older it is more difficult to handle them and sometimes it is better to bond them right away with other rhinos that can teach them to trust humans and which food to eat.“We try to minimise human contact as soon as possible as our rhinos will go back to the wild and we don’t want to tame them and then they lose the fear of humans. If bonded with other rhinos they behave more naturally and it is a less stressful process for them as well.“So when the weaning process starts the human contact is also gradually withdrawn until they are two years old, more or less, when they go back to big camps and behave like rhinos; they still get supplement food and monitoring but without associating humans with the food; and when they are around three years old they are left without intervention. In nature this will be the time that the mum will separate from them, usually to have another calf.”Looking after these babies is a fulltime job. A typical day at the orphanage starts with making up dry feed – consisting of a mixture of teff, lucerne and pellets – in the morning. Then, special milk formula has to be made, prepared individually for each rhino according to its age, weight and health and whether it’s a black or white rhino.The baby rhinos are fed a special milk formula“We use different mixtures of non-fat milk, calf replacers, probiotics, cereals, essential amino acids, and vitamins. Baby rhinos start eating small amounts of solids when they are around two months old but will continue to drink milk until 18 months old, increasing consumption of solids and decreasing the milk gradually until weaned,” says Benavides.“Feeding equipment has to be cleaned and disinfected, as well as the overnight rooms and bomas. Water troughs and mud wallows must be filled, rhino blankets washed. Then the younger rhinos are taken for walks in the bush. Afterwards rhinos are checked for wounds, ticks, or signs of illness. Records of rhinos must constantly be updated.“At night all the same feeding and cleaning routines are repeated. Rhinos are checked throughout the night and we provide an infrared light, heater or aircon and/or blankets as needed.”Carers sleep with new, injured or ill rhinos or rhinos that haven’t been bonded with other rhinos, while rhinos that are bonded with other rhinos will sleep together without humans; but there will always be carers at night checking on all rhinos, said Benavides.ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR RHINO CAREThere are no legal standards for rhino rehabilitation in South Africa; however, the orphanage is determined to offer the best care, and is registering with the South African Veterinary Council, which means it has to meet minimum standards of animal health and welfare.“This registration will also mean we have the equipment to monitor our rhinos’ health and provide immediate treatment if needed. Currently baby rhinos are also being injured at poaching incidents and we need to be ready to increase the survival rate of these babies by providing the best of veterinary care besides the nursing.“We want to set the standards for other rehabilitation centres and help them with the expertise we have been acquiring throughout the past years to provide better care for the rhinos,” Benavides said.Regarding the security at the orphanage, Van Deventer told Africa Geographic: “Security will be extreme and it is vital we give the babies the very best chance of one day returning to the wild where they belong so they will only be cared for by the medical and rehabilitation staff and the public will only be allowed to view them via CCTV.”PLAY YOUR PARTThe Rhino Orphanage has been established as a not-for-profit charity – a Section 21 Company – with all donations going directly to fund the centre and the care and rehabilitation of the rhinos.To donate to the orphanage, visit: http://therhinoorphanage.co.za, or SMS ‘rhino’ to 49100 at a cost of R15.last_img read more

Financial Planning for a PCS

first_imgBy Carol ChurchWhen Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders come in, military families may experience mixed feelings such as excitement, fear, or anticipation. While it may be a way of life, it isn’t always an easy one. iStock-495773568 purchased by MFLN from iStock.com under member ID 18347305 16 Jan 2019 Return to article. Long DescriptionLearn more about the PCS Series of webinars focused on issues military families face during transitions: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/personal-finance/pcs/One aspect of a PCS that can be challenging and stressful is the financial preparations. It’s true that the military makes many efforts to reimburse families, but there are still many potential pitfalls along the way. How can military families avoid getting burned by the many expenses of moving households? Experienced families have mentioned these hidden costs to keep in mind:When selling a home: staging, cleaning, home improvements and advertising the home sale. Also consider possible fees when selecting a real estate agent and the possible need to continue paying the mortgage and other housing bills.If using a rental house and leaving long-term take into consideration any repair costs to avoid losing the deposit.The costs for veterinary care before departure and the high cost to fly a pet to a distant location (overseas is especially expensive).New clothes or other new necessities for a different climate and lifestyle.Building up a new pantry and purchasing new household items and cleaning products.Costs associated with selling one’s car and purchasing a new one if needed, or for storing a car.Deposits for housing and utilities.Startup costs for other services such as cable and internet.Fast food and convenience food during the chaos before and after the move.Cost of enrolling children in a new daycare, after school care program, and activities.Short-term lodging costs: this is sometimes a factor, even though the military will cover this to a point.Taken all together, this can really add up! So, how can families best handle this hit to the budget? Here are a few ideas:Sell excess household goods on Craigslist or eBay, or hold a yard sale (families will need to purge anyway) Make a budget and save in advance. Well before the change, families should do their best to figure out how much they’ll need to save and start putting money into a “PCS fund” to make up for any shortfall and to cover up-front costs. (An emergency fund is certainly a backup, but not the best way to handle this.) When there’s a plan in place, the costs are far less likely to take a family by surprise.For more on PCSing and PCS budgeting and benefits, visit the links below.PCS OverviewFiguring Your PCS/OCONUS Travel ExpensesPCS FAQsPCS Toolkit Insure belongings: It’s important to take documentary photos of valuable items and write down the serial numbers before packing.center_img Consider selling a car even if this was not the original plan, especially if PCSing overseas Research benefits ahead of time, and don’t forget to save receipts! The military provides an almost dizzying array of benefits to families who are PCSing, including money for mileage put on cars, money for meals and lodging, temporary lodging expenses, and more. They’re also eligible for advances in pay. Families shouldn’t pay a penny more than they have to. Try a DITY move: Families can earn quite a bit of extra cash by “DIY”ing at least some of their move, either by packing it all up themselves and driving a rented moving van, or by independently hiring a moving company to pack and ship their stuff. It’s often a better deal to hire the company (and easier, too!). Check the Personally Procured Move Estimator.last_img read more

Any Site C dam option will cost billions for BC

first_imgTina HouseAPTN News The B.C. government has three options to deal with the troubled Site C dam in the northern part of the province and they all involve billions of dollars.The controversial dam along the Peace River was a dream project for former premier Christy Clark, but the current government is dealing with a project that may be out of date before a single kilowatt is produced.“The project’s not on time, not on budget, and it’s export capabilities are severely limited,” said Bob McCullough, who heads up McCullough Research, a B.C. think tank.When John Horgan and his NDP government took power six months ago, one of his first acts was to have the B.C. Utilities Commission review the project – something the government under Christy Clark didn’t do.One of the highlights from the review is that the former B.C. Liberal government overestimated the need for the power that would be generated from the Site C dam.That’s music to the ears of everyone in Victoria who delivered a boatload of petitions, letters, and information to the steps of the B.C. Legislature the day after the review was released.McCullough said that First Nation communities are far too often ignored when it comes to projects like this.“They tend not to get the input that they should in my opinion,” he said. “Clearly these changes in their environment need to be taken very seriously.”The estimated $8.8 billion project would be the third dam on the Peace River and flood more than 100 km of prime agricultural land.Now, according to the B.C. Utilities Commission, the government has three options – and they all cost billions of dollars.Continue to build at a whopping cost of $10-billion knowing the project won’t be completed by 2024. Stop the project and remediate the land at a cost of $1.8 billion. Suspend and restart the project at a cost of $3.6 billion.The B.C. government said it will make a final decision by the end of 2017.last_img read more

TC Invest concept revived somewhat Minister never agreed with closure

first_img TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:john rutherford, tc invest, washington misick Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – The Minister of Finance is thrilled to see some semblance of an investment and business building arm return to governance in the Turks and Caicos, as during the launch on Monday for Invest Turks and Caicos, Hon Washington Misick struggled to say why TC Invest was shut down in the first place. It was the interim administration under former Governor, Damian Ric Todd that dismantled TC Invest and established a controversial collection agency to retrieve outstanding funds.Now, under Minister Misick, there is a new agency which will also share promotional responsibility with the TCI Tourist Board. Invest Turks and Caicos is headed by Chief Executive, John Rutherford and is located in Butterfield Square, down town Providenciales.last_img read more

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock hails amazing 2018

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock insists the year 2018 has been the best of his entire coaching career.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Warnock who guided the Bluebirds to promotion reflected on the year as a whole.“For a calendar year, it’s probably the most amazing year I’ve ever had in my career,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“To think in 2018, after surviving beforehand and losing every game last Christmas, to turn that around and get automatic promotion, take the Club up and now have 18 points by the New Year has been an amazing thing.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I don’t think any of it could have been done without everyone singing from the same hymn sheet. The fans have just been quite amazing – you’d really put them at the top of the list. The way they’ve got behind us, I’ve even got goose pimples now talking about it.”“At the end of last season at Hull City – I’ll never forget that. After the warm-up the lads came in saying: ‘have you ever heard anything like that?’ and it was 45 minutes before kick-off! That was the win that got us up, make no mistake about that.”“This year, every week has been the same. I’ve never heard anything like it either. On Saturday my daughter said that all you could hear on the radio was the Cardiff fans singing the national anthem and everything else!”“It’s just a fabulous place to be and you feel so proud to in charge of a Club like this at a time like this.”last_img read more