TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola ready to learn De Jong plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are expected to soon learn of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong’s transfer plans.City boss Pep Guardiola has identified the Ajax starlet De Jong as his No.1 midfield target. But Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are both also pushing hard to sign De Jong and are prepared to outbid City when it comes to wages.While Ajax – in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in over a decade – are preparing to keep hold of De Jong, his agent insists a decision over his long-term future will soon be made.Ali Dursun said on Thursday: “I think the choice may be made in the coming weeks.”So that after the winter break all attention can be fully focused on football for months.“Frenkie must be able to fully focus on that. He still plays with Ajax and the Oranje for so many prizes.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Nick Saban does not have a personal Twitter account. If I had to bet on it, I’d guess the Alabama head coach will never have one. The five-time national champion said today he’d consider getting one, though. During an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show, Saban said he’d get a personal Twitter account if “someone can prove to me there’s an advantage.” Nick Saban on @twitter“If someone can prove to me there’s an advantage in it I’ll certainly do it” pic.twitter.com/t0vAjoDRLF— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016Most college football coaches do have Twitter accounts.Jim Harbaugh’s is probably the most-popular and he has 417K followers. Urban Meyer has had one for a year-plus and he also has 417K followers. How many could Saban get up to? During his interview with Finebaum, he was also asked about Lane Kiffin’s use of social media. The Alabama offensive coordinator has done some trolling of his rivals and his use of bitmojis. I asked Nick Saban about @Lane_Kiffin‘s trolling & use of bitmoji’s“I don’t think that’s something anyone should do for attention”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016“Lane, Coach Saban wants to see you in his office. Bring your phone and your Twitter password.”
Urban MeyerThe Cavs have a three-time national champion cheering them on in Game 4 of the NBA Finals this evening. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is in Cleveland for this evening’s contest against the Warriors. #ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016Many photos of the Buckeyes’ national title-winning head coach were snapped pregame. We have an Urban sighting #GoBucks #ALLIN216 #nbafinals pic.twitter.com/dwQm5LvxFk— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer here to bring the #cavs some Championship luck! #3cavs @wkyc @WKYCSports pic.twitter.com/BSxQg8V5PK— Dave Chudowsky (@DaveChudowsky) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer chatting with Spike Lee before game 4 of the #NBAFinals #ALLin216 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/gXKUyudAaM— Kyle Robertson (@KRobPhoto) June 11, 2016Meyer’s sitting behind the Cavs’ bench and reportedly looks a little nervous.#ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5 — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016 Urban Meyer is right behind the Cavs bench and looks like a nervous wreck because Urban Meyer is the best. — Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) June 11, 2016It’s gotta be Ohio good luck to have @OSUCoachMeyer sitting behind the @Cavs bench. #ALLinCLE #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bsEStkFKNU— Kyle Kutuchief (@KyleKutuchief) June 11, 2016The Cavs and the Warriors are currently playing on ABC.
President Bill Clinton has announced that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will participate in the eighth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative joining world leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and civil society who gather each year to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.President Obama and Governor Romney will address separate sessions during the final day of the Annual Meeting to be held September 23-25 in New York City.“I’m grateful that President Obama and Governor Romney are taking time to join leaders from all parts of society who choose to address our greatest global challenges through the Clinton Global Initiative,” said President Clinton. “CGI is built on the spirit of non-partisan, cross-sector collaborations that drive action and I’m proud that, since we began in 2005, CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments that are already improving the lives of 400 million people all over the world.”In addition to President Obama and Governor Romney, President Clinton announced new participants including Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Felipe Calderón, president of Mexico; Denzil L. Douglas, prime minister of the Federation of Saint Kitts & Nevis; Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Atifete Jahjaga, president of the Republic of Kosovo; Goodluck E. Jonathan, president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda; Kamla Persad-Bissessar, prime minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Hashim Thaçi, prime minister of the Republic of Kosovo; Timothy F. Geithner, secretary of the treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, finance minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Regina M. Benjamin, surgeon general, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Cheryl D. Mills, counselor and chief of staff, U.S. Department of State; Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, U.S. Department of State; Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize-winner; Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group; Tom Golisano, CGI’s founding sponsor, and founder and chairman of the board of Paychex; Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer, The Coca-Cola Company; Arif Naqvi, founder and group chief executive of Abraaj Holdings; Peter G. Peterson, chairman, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Condoleezza Rice, founding partner of RiceHaleyGates LLC; Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Reeta Roy, chief executive officer of the MasterCard Foundation; Carlos Slim Helú, founder, Fundación Carlos Slim; and Linda Zecher, president and chief executive officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will join the CGI Annual Meeting with the theme Designing of Impact.For the first time, the CGI Annual Meeting is built around the single theme, “Designing for Impact,” which will examine how the Commitments to Action that CGI members make can be structured to achieve the most positive, measurable results. The three-day meeting will focus on designing for individual lives, our environments and the systems we rely on including food, an inclusive economy, and good governance.CGI will conduct Design Labs facilitated by the following leading design experts: Kate Canales, Director of Design and Innovation Programs, Southern Methodist University; John Cary, Founder and Editor, PublicInterestDesign.org; Krista Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer, D-Rev: Design Revolution; Heather Fleming, Chief Executive Officer, Catapult Design; David Janka, Levinthal Fellow, Stanford University Institute of Design; Patrice Martin, Co-Lead and Creative Director, IDEO.org; Liz Ogbu, Scholar in Residence, Center for Art and Public Life, California College of the Arts; Sandy Speicher, Education Lead, IDEO; Sarah Stein Greenberg, Managing Director, Stanford University Institute of Design; and, Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead and Creative Director, IDEO.org.Earlier this year, CGI introduced a comprehensive program of year-round opportunities for CGI members organized around eight tracks which will be threaded throughout the programming at the Annual Meeting including Girls & Women, Education & Workforce Development, Energy & Ecosystems, Global Health, Market-based Approaches, Response & Resilience, Technology and the Built Environment.Previously announced participants at the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting include: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; Madeleine Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group; Joyce Banda, president of the Republic of Malawi; Walter A. Bell, chairman of the board at Swiss Re America Holding Corp; Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of the GAVI Alliance; Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO; His Majesty King Juan Carlos I, Kingdom of Spain; John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco; Jason Clay, senior vice president of market transformation at the World Wildlife Fund; Chelsea Clinton, board member of the William J. Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative; Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary of state, U.S. Department of State; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme; David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.; Salma Samar Damluji, chief architect at Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation; Mallika Dutt, president and CEO of Breakthrough; Jay S. Fishman, chairman and CEO of the Travelers Companies, Inc.; Anne H. Hastings, chief executive officer of Fonkoze Financial Services; Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; José Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States; Robert Ivy, executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects; Antony Jenkins, group chief executive at Barclays PLC; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia; Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group; Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO of Alcoa Inc.; Kay Krill, president and CEO of ANN INC.; Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist at the New York Times; Sasha Kramer, co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL); Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author, journalist, and deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations; Elizabeth Littlefield, president and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Molly Melching, founder and executive director of Tostan; António Mexia, chief executive officer, EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.; Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children; Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank; Jayaseelan Naidoo, chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Reema Nanavaty, director of economic and rural development at Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA); Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, Inc.; Denis O’Brien, chairman of Digicel Group; Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation; Clarence Otis, Jr., chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants, Inc.; Stephan Ouaknine, chairman, managing partner, and CEO of Inerjys Ventures Inc.; Johanna Ralston, chief executive officer of the World Heart Federation; Navinchandra Ramgoolam, prime minister of the Republic of Mauritius; Jim Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy Corporation; Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods Inc.; Robert E. Rubin, co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, former secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Kiran Sethi, founder and director of the Riverside School, Ahmedabad – India; Luis A. Ubiñas, president of The Ford Foundation; Rajiv Shah, Administrator of United States Agency for International Development; Porfirio Lobo Sosa, president of the Republic of Honduras; Lynn Stout, distinguished professor of corporate and business law at Cornell University Law School; Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson; Daniel Yohannes, chief executive officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation; Kandeh Yumkella, director general of the United Nations Development Organization; and Jochen Zeitz, chairman of the management board and CEO of PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport.President Clinton will also honor remarkable individuals for their leadership in philanthropy, government, civil society, and the corporate sector at the sixth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in a special ceremony with live musical performances and celebrity presenters on Monday, September 24.The full agenda for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative can be found at clintonglobalinitiative.org/2012.
EDMONTON – Alberta is committing up to $1 billion to grow its downstream oil production.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says the money is to be used for loan guarantees, grants and royalty credits to spur more private-sector investments in processing Alberta crude.There will be $500 million in royalty credits for a second round of the petrochemicals diversification program — starting in 2020 and spread over four years.Another $500 million is for loan guarantees and grants for a petrochemical feedstock program starting in 2021.The plans are contained in legislation introduced by McCuaig-Boyd in the house last week.The money is on top of $1 billion in loan guarantees and grants recently announced by Premier Rachel Notley for more partial upgrading by oil developers in Alberta.“It’s going to help us move away from the boom-and-bust policies of the past without sacrificing our leadership in the oil and gas industry,” McCuaig-Boyd told a news conference Monday.
Canada’s annual inflation rate in July hit its highest level in nearly seven years as gasoline prices and the cost of air transportation pushed prices higher.Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index for last month was up 3.0 per cent on a year-over-year basis, compared with a 2.5-per-cent increase in June.Economists had expected a year-over-year inflation rate of 2.5 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The result, the highest reading since September 2011, put inflation at the top end of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one to three per cent.CIBC economist Andrew Grantham said the reading “at least modestly” increased the odds of a September interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada.“We continue to lean toward an October rate hike rather than September. However, a big upside surprise in Q2 GDP could tip the balance on that,” Grantham wrote in a report.Second-quarter GDP figures are set to be released Aug. 30.The Canadian dollar rose after the latest inflation report was released, reflecting the increased chance of higher interest rates.Earlier this summer, the Bank of Canada predicted inflation to move as high as 2.5 per cent — due to temporary factors like higher gas prices — before it settles back down to two per cent late next year.The Bank of Canada can raise interest rates to help prevent inflation from climbing too high. The central bank raised its trend-setting interest rate to 1.5 per cent earlier this summer.However, the average of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which leave out more-volatile data like pump prices and are closely watched by the central bank, rose last month to 2.0 per cent compared with 1.96 per cent in June.Benjamin Reitzes, Canadian rates and macro strategist at the Bank of Montreal, said one month did not make a trend and added that core inflation remains stable.“At this point it would take more than one month I think to really change the narrative generally around inflation,” he said.“The overall backdrop for inflation hasn’t changed all that much.”Reitzes noted the Bank of Montreal continues to expect the central bank to keep its key interest rate target on hold at its Sept. 5 announcement, but raise it in October.All eight major components of the consumer price index rose on a year-over-year basis in July with the transportation index being the largest contributor with an 8.1 per cent increase.A 25.4 per cent increase in the price of gasoline and a 28.2 per cent increase in the cost of air transportation compared with a year ago helped push overall prices higher.Food purchased from restaurants also gained 4.4 per cent, while mortgage interest costs rose 5.2 per cent.On the flip side, telephone service costs were down 5.1 per cent and traveller accommodations slipped 4.1 per cent compared with a year ago.In a separate report, Statistics Canada estimated the direct impact of tariffs on U.S. imports implemented earlier this year on the consumer price index to be up to 0.07 percentage points.“An amount of up to $600 million of tariffs per year may be passed through to consumer prices, which may cause a decimal place increase in the posted CPI change during a limited period of time,” the agency said.
New Delhi: Gone are the days when people residing in remote villages of the country used to traverse miles for their banking needs as the India Post’s ambitious project Darpan, which was launched to provide banking services to un-banked rural population through post offices is turning out to be a gamechanger in achieving financial inclusion.It may not go down well to all other banking service providers as India Post has crossed one crore mark of transactions in a month through Darpan project. In March alone, the project registered one crore transactions worth of Rs 1,509 crore and the figure would go up in succeeding months. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’According to a senior government official, the mandate of the Darpan project was to strengthen the infrastructure facilities in branch post offices by equipping postmen with handheld devices. Darpan stands for digital advancement of the rural post office for a new India “Under the scheme postmen were provided handheld devices, which is little larger in size than the POS machines and devices are being used to provide doorstep banking services to customers residing in even remotest part of the country,” the official said, adding that the facilities such as money transaction, online payment for Rural Postal Life Insurance, booking of registered letters, speed post, money orders, etc are being availed by the customers. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The Darpan project, which was launched in December 2017, has scripted a new success story in a very short tenure. In the months of January and February, the banking transactions through handheld device were 93 lakh and 97 lakh respectively,” the official said, adding that about 7.50 lakh premiums of the postal life insurance and about 5 lakh registered letters/speed posts have been booked through handheld devices in a month only. As there are challenges of connectivity in remotest villages, so we are improving that by installing signal booster antennas in those areas, the official further said. “Rural areas in the Naxal infested states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also covered under the Darpan project and response is commendable,” the official said, adding, “We have opened 1,700 branch post offices in LWE areas in the year 2018-19 and the target is to open over 2,000 new branch post offices in the year 2019-20.” At the launch, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha had said that the Darpan project, which aims at digitalising rural post offices would change the lives of rural people.
Washington DC: The United States is transferring USD 1.5 billion originally meant for the Afghan security forces and the Pakistan military to a fund to help pay for construction of the US-Mexican border wall, according to acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan. “We reprogrammed USD 1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 120 miles of border barrier without impacting readiness,” Shanahan said in a statement late Friday. “The funds were culled from a variety of sources, to include unexecuted prior year funds, the suspension of reimbursements to Pakistan, and costs reductions in a series of contracts,” he said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMore than USD 600 million of these funds come from an Afghan security forces account. The US is also taking USD 78 million from the Coalition Support Fund, which is money used to reimburse Pakistan for logistical and military support for American military operations in Afghanistan. The funds have been reprogrammed despite an increase in attacks inside Afghanistan and a complaint by the US chief negotiator that peace talks with the Taliban are not moving at a sufficient pace, Dawn said.
The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (18-4) will be making its first NCAA Tournament semifinals appearance in program history. On Friday, the Buckeyes face No. 1-ranked University of Maryland (21-1), six-time NCAA Tournament champions. “Maryland’s a big opponent, traditionally a highly ranked team, winners almost every year of the national championship,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. The Buckeyes are the underdog heading into Friday’s game but are using it to their advantage. “I think it’s an advantage for us. Maryland might not see us as something that they have to worry about, but I think that we are going to give them a game for sure,” Cacciatore said. This isn’t OSU’s first daunting task during its tournament run. OSU beat Albany 2-1 in overtime in the first round. Freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque scored a goal with just 1:30 remaining in regulation. Ten minutes into the overtime period, Pastor-Pitarque scored again for the OSU victory. The second-round game against Syracuse ended in similar fashion for the Buckeyes. OSU trailed Syracuse 2-1 in the second half when junior midfielder Aisling Coyle tied the game for the Buckeyes, scoring off an assist from Pastor-Pitarque with 12:26 left in regulation. The game went into overtime, when Coyle scored the game-winning goal off a penalty shot. “Going into overtime both games to get to the Final Four, from behind, shows a lot about (the players’) character and commitment, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said. Even though it will be OSU’s first visit to the Final Four, Coyle said the experience the team has gained from the first two tournament games gives it confidence against Maryland. “We are relaxed about it. The girls that were playing the past weekend in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight had never even got to that stage before, so we have a lot of confidence and have fun when we play,” Coyle said. “We know that we can do this. We aren’t too worried about Maryland. They should be more worried about us even though we are the underdog.” OSU plays Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Friday in College Park, Md.
OSU Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team took down Robert Morris 7-3 with a strong second-half rally Wednesday afternoon. The Buckeyes (5-5, 1-1 Big Ten) went on a 3-0 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to extend to a four-goal lead that proved too big for the Colonials (4-6) to overcome. A series of turnovers and fouls led to a slow start for both teams. Robert Morris junior defender Shannon Lynch put the first goal on the scoreboard following a foul on Ohio State 12 minutes into the first half.Buckeyes junior attack McKayla Conti tied the score at one with fewer than 15 minutes remaining in the game, and junior midfielder Baley Parrott followed up with a free-position goal to give Ohio State the lead before just before the end of the first half. “We weren’t moving the ball that well in the first half,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said. “I thought our decision making was a little poor so we changed our set up a little bit [and] attacked from up top.” After a near 15-minute scoring drought in the second half after Ohio State’s early second-half run of three straight goals, the Colonials inched closer with a goal by junior attack Kerri Sayrafe. Robert Morris’ final push to close the gap was not enough, and a goal by Parrot with fewer than three minutes remaining secured the game for the Buckeyes. “I’m really proud of our team. We stepped up,” Venechanos said. “We didn’t like our start of the game, but I thought our defense definitely held the fort tight for us.”Parrot led the team with three goals and now leads the team with 28 goals. Ohio State sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo had 13 saves and gave up a season-low three goals. The Buckeyes will turn their attention back to conference play and look to keep the momentum going when they face No. 6 Penn State at noon Saturday.