NP Launches New Branch in Kakata

first_imgNational Petroleum (NP), a Sierra Leonean owned petroleum products dealer, has opened a filling station in Kakata, Margibi County. The opening ceremony took place on Saturday, April 9 where the Managing Director, Mohammed S. Kanu, assured the people of Kakata that his company is there to stay. “NP is here to stay and it is a privilege for Margibi County to have us here,” said Mr. Kanu. The Sierra Leonean businessman reminded the people of Kakata that NP is a very small company from Sierra Leone.“But what we have done here is how to challenge a giant as long as God is with us,” Kanu added.He said that if David can challenge Goliath and defeat him, smaller companies can also challenge bigger ones and survive. He explained that NP met petroleum giants on the ground when it came to Liberia.“We have lived by example and showed Liberian companies how to compete against bigger firms. What they need to do is not be everywhere, but they must occupy well before moving to another place and this is exactly what NP is doing here in Liberia,” he said.“We have included cooking gas in our line of products on sale at various NP gas stations in Liberia at cheaper prices,” Kanu declared.He urged Liberians to make use of the cooking gas that is sold at NP at very reasonable price.“Cooking gas should be accessible to everybody in Liberia,” he said, “because it is easily accessible by the people in other West African countries, including Ghana and Ivory Coast, amongst others.”He thanked the county authority and people of Kakata for giving NP an opportunity to provide services to their county.Cutting the ribbon to the filling station, Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Edwin Sarvice, thanked NP for choosing Kakata to invest.He also assured NP that under the current administration of LPRC, they would create the level playing field for everybody can compete equally. Mr. Sarvice then encouraged others to emulate the good example of NP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Police Pay Ready

first_imgOfficers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) will in the next couple of days breathe a sigh of relief as Ecobank has finally agreed to pay the officers three months’ salary arrears following weeks of negotiation with the police hierarchy in Monrovia.Police Director Chris Massaquoi made the disclosure of the ‘good news’ at a press conference held at the LNP headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia yesterday.The weeks of negotiations with Ecobank led to the delay in the disbursement of the 50% Liberian dollar component to officers, according to the LNP.“The Administration met with the management of Ecobank and based on the sensitivity of this matter, Ecobank finally agreed to open a Liberian account for the LNP in three days. And as we speak, the LNP payroll has been signed today, July 20, and forwarded to Ecobank,” Director Massaquoi said.He said all officers will begin receiving the Liberian dollar component from Ecobank, thus alleviating the hardship experienced over the last two months and bringing the matter to a close.“In the second month of the fourth quarter (May) of the fiscal year of 2015/2016, the LNP submitted a 100% USD payroll to the Ministry of Finance to begin the payment of officers’ May 2016 salaries, but without prior notice, the Ministry rejected the LNP payroll and advised the LNP that the payroll submitted earlier be re-submitted with 50% in United States dollars and 50% in Liberian dollars,” Director Massaquoi explained.He said after two weeks of negotiations, the Ministry again advised that the payroll must be re-submitted with 50% in USD and 50% in Liberian dollars in categories, on grounds that the Government of Liberia was not in the position to pay 100% in US dollars into the accounts of officers as was done in the past.Again he said, the LNP prepared and re-submitted two separate payrolls, which took over three days to complete. Vouchers were being processed at the Finance Ministry, and the LNP continued its negotiations with the management of Ecobank on the way forward for the possible opening of LRD accounts for all officers, since indeed the bank already had USD accounts for them.“Based upon the bank’s position that they could not open LRD salary accounts for the officers and having deposited the May 50% GOL checks issued by the MFDP, the LNP began exploring alternative means of payment, and finally decided to make payments through checks against theLiberian dollar account, while the 50% USD was being credited to the officers’ USD salary accounts,” he said.But as we speak, he said, significant numbers of officers have received 50% of their LRD salary in checks and the process will soon be completed for the month of May, 2016.He said all efforts exerted by the LNP Administration earlier to ensure that the bank open the LRD accounts for the officers did not materialize. He said owing to the fact that the LNP maintained that it did not have LRD accounts for its officers, the LNP Administration met with the Ecobank management to open the officers’ LRD accounts. At that meeting in May, the Ecobank refused to oblige on the grounds that the fiscal measures by the Ministry of Finance were temporary and could cause the bank additional expense to have accounts maintained.He said, “Given the strength of the LNP, the nationwide deployment and the need to ensure that they remain at their various posts, the administration initiated a negotiation with the Finance Ministry to see the need to avoid making payments through other means, and realized that any other option would cause a delay in their salary payment.”He said prior to the issuance of these checks, the LNP administration, considering the difficulties in writing individual checks for more than six thousand officers, encouraged all officers to open individual LRD accounts at either Ecobank, LBDI or IB for the possible remittance of their salaries against the ratio (30:70) issued by the MFDP for June 2016, wherein 30% USD goes into the officers account while 70% LRD is to be credited to the anticipated accounts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Breaking News: Woman killed in Corentyne accident

first_imgA 52-year-old woman was this morning killed after the motorcar in which she was travelling collided with a parked motor lorry along the Number 58 Village Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.Dead is Soorojnie Surjrah of Lot 13 Grant 1805 Crabwood Creek, Berbice.More details in Tuesday, April 17 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

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PSC requests sit-down with PPP, PNC, AFC

first_img– expresses concern over prevailing political climateThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has sought a sit-down with the three major political parties in Guyana in an attempt to mediate current political conflicts which it believes are having a negative effect on businesses.PSC Chairman Eddie BoyerThe invitation was extended to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP); the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the Alliance For Change (AFC). In its invitation, the Commission registered concern about the existing political climate between the parliamentary parties.According to the PSC, this climate could have a negative effect on Guyana’s international image, economic stability and future well-being. The PSC noted that this climate was manifested in headlines carried by the media.“The Commission, as a consequence, has reached out to and invited the People’s National Congress Reform, People’s Progressive Party/Civic and the Alliance For Change, in their individual capacities, to meet and discuss this unfortunate development with the Commission,” the PSC said on Monday.Specific invitations were sent to PPP General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo; PNCR General Secretary Amna Ally and AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams. There was no mention of anyone from the Working People’s Alliance and Justice for All, two of the parties alongside the PNC in the broader A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), being invited.Since last year, the coalition Government and the Opposition have been at loggerheads over a number of issues. These include the appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission Chairman, an appointment the PPP has challenged in the courts. The PPP has also accused the Government of several instances of corruption, some of which have been reported to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC).The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) even brought charges against two former Government officials last month. Former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) chief Winston Brassington were charged with misconduct in public office.Both men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who granted them $2 million bail on each of the three joint charges.But the spectacle of these former officials handcuffed featured prominently in sections of the media. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who was part of the defence team, described the act of handcuffing Singh and Brassington as a dehumanising one that sought to humiliate these two former senior Government officials, who served the country with distinction.After the Government’s move to charge these former Government officials based on forensic audits it launched after assuming office, the PPP also filed private criminal charges against a number of current Ministers.Finance Minister Winston Jordan; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were charged for the alleged breach of the Procurement Act.This is in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has, for some time now, been a contentious issue. But Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack discontinued the charges.This is the second set of charges filed by the Opposition that the DPP has thrown out. Just days before, she also discontinued charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton.Those charges that were filed respectively over the sole-sourcing of more than $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be used as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly.last_img read more

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2007 homes market looks a lot like ’96

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most of the big home sales and price reports for the first month of 2007 are in, and this year is looking a lot like 1996, sort of. Home sales will probably stay under the 1,000 level every month this year, just like they did in 1996. Price is where the two years differ though. Back in 1996 the year started with the median price home of $164,000 in the San Fernando Valley. This year started with a price 273.8 percent higher – $613,000. OK, one month doesn’t make a trend, but the evidence seems compelling that at least sales in 2007 will more closely track 1996 than any other year. Since 1984, every year but five has featured at least one month when Valley residents bought 1,000. And 2006 was one of those five years. “When we get to the end of this year, our feeling is we’ll find a market with about the same sales as last year and the median price up 5 or 6 percent,” said Jim Link, executive vice president of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors in Van Nuys. Home sales have now fallen for 16 consecutive months, though January’s was the smallest decline of this current down market. The numbers now hint that the biggest price declines are behind us. “I think quite honestly we have enough time under our belts to realize that this is a trend, and it’s going to continue this way,” Link said. “The market seems to have found a level.” Daniel Blake, director of the Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, concurs. “The sales were going to drop, then sort of level off. That’s what it looks like to us.” There’s still weakness in the market, though. Blake said that notices of default, the first step in the foreclosure process, are about 30 percent higher than a year ago. The actual foreclosure rate, in which a person loses a home, is about one in four. The California Budget Project notes that the slump has already taken a toll on some real estate-related sectors. Last week it issued a report showing that the slowdown is having a like impact on personal income growth and consumer spending. It’s not doing any forecasting, though. “We look at the past, we don’t predict the future,” said Jean Ross, the project’s executive director. “The take-home message for us is when you look at the housing sector’s contribution to job growth in the early years of the decade and look at the current environment, there are widespread implications.” For example, in the decade’s first five years, 61.7 percent of California’s non-farm job growth came from three housing-related industries – residential construction, residential speciality trade contracting and real estate. But they accounted for just 3.7 percent of the state’s jobs. In the preceding five years, these three sectors accounted for 6.8 percent of California’s job growth, the report said. And the surge of housing-related jobs from 2000 to 2005 helped offset weakness in other sectors. The report also found that job growth slowed last year, reflecting a deflating housing market, and it dampened the nation’s economic growth. This news didn’t resonate with everyone, though. “This is sort of, `OK, we know this news. Why bother?’ is sort of my response,” said Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “Construction employment has slowed, but you are seeing other sectors pick up the beat.” Kyser said some big nonresidential construction projects are now under way (l.a.livenext to Staples Center) or recently approved (Grand Avenue project downtown) and this will ease the pressure from the housing slowdown. And Stephen Levy, director of the Center For Continuing Study of the California Economy, doesn’t see long-term fallout from the housing market slowdown. “I think that is a problem for this year. I think we will see some job losses, but what’s been fortunate so far is that throughout the state we’ve been able to offset them,” he said. In other words, sales may continue at an anemic pace but the patient will eventually recover. It’s the “when” that remains unclear. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 last_img
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Revealed! The best players ever to wear Chelsea’s squad numbers

first_imgSquad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Chelsea, John Terry has worn the number 26 for 18 seasons, while fellow Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba switched squad number during his illustrious Blues career.So, who are the best players to wear 1-25 for Chelsea in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 16. Roberto Di Matteo (wore Chelsea’s no.16 from 1996-2001) – Also worn by Robert Fleck (1993-1994), David Hopkin (1994-1995), David Rocastle (1995-1996), Arjen Robben (2004-2007), Raul Meireles (2011-2013), Marco van Ginkel (2013-2015), Kenedy (2015-present) The best player to wear no.1 for Chelsea since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is Petr Cech. To find out the rest of Chelsea’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Cech had Chelsea’s number one shirt between 2004 and 2015. It’s also been worn by Dmitri Kharine (1993-1997), Ed De Goey (1997-2003) and Asmir Begovic (2015-present). 9. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (wore Chelsea’s no.9 from 2000-2004) – Also worn by Tony Cascarino (1993-1994), Mark Stein (1994-1996), Gianluca Vialli (1996-1999), Chris Sutton (1999-2000), Mateja Kezman (2004-2005), Hernan Crespo (2005-2006), Khlalid Boulahrouz (2006-2007), Steve Sidwell (2007-2008), Franco Di Santo (2008-2009), Fernando Torres (2011-2015), Falcao (2015-present) 14. Graeme Le Saux (wore Chelsea’s no.14 from 1997-2003) – Graeme Le Saux had two spells at Chelsea 26 26 26 4. Claude Makelele (wore Chelsea’s no.4 from 2003-2008) – Also worn by David Lee (1993-1994), Jakob Kjeldbjerg (1994-1995), Ruud Gullit (1995-1997), Steve Clarke (1998-1999), Jes Hogh (1999-2001), David Luiz (2010-2014), Cesc Fabregas (2014-present) 17. Jose Bosingwa (wore Chelsea’s no.17 from 2008-2012) – Also worn by Nigel Spackman (1993-1996), Scott Minto (1996-1997), Danny Granville (1997-1998), Albert Ferrer (1998-2001), Emmanuel Petit (2001-2004), Scott Sinclair (2007-2008), Eden Hazard (2012-2014), Mohamed Salah (2014-2015), Pedro (2015-present) 15. Mario Melchiot (wore Chelsea’s no.15 from 1999-2004) – Also worn by Mal Donaghy (1993-1994), Andy Myers (1994-1996), David Lee (1996-1998), Sam Dalla Bona (1998-1999), Didier Drogba (2004-2006), Florent Malouda (2007-2013), Kevin De Bruyne (2013-2014), Papy Djilobodji (2015-present) 26 6. Marcel Desailly (wore Chelsea’s no.6 from 1998-2004) – Also worn by Frank Sinclair (1993-1996), Steve Clarke (1996-1998), Ricardo Carvlaho (2004-2010), Oriol Romeu (2011-2013), Nathan Ake (2014-2015), Baba Rahman (2015-present) 11. Didier Drogba (wore Chelsea’s no.11 from 2006-2012) – Also worn by Dennis Wise (1993-2001), Bolo Zenden (2001-2003), Damien Duff (2003-2006), Oscar (2012-2014), Didier Drogba again (2014-2015) 19. Diego Costa (worn Chelsea’s no.19 from 2014-present) – Also worn by Neil Shipperley (1993-1994), Jakob Kjeldbjerg (1995-1996), Paul Parker (1996-1997), Tore Andre Flo (1997-2000), Pierre Issa (2000-2001), Valerio di Cesare (2001-2003), Scott Parker (2003-2005), Lassana Diarra (2005-2007), Paulo Ferreira (2008-2013), Demba Ba (2013-2014) 5. Michael Essien (wore Chelsea’s no.5 from 2005-2014) – Michael Essien was a firm favourite at Stamford Bridge, dubbed as one of the Premier League’s most powerful holding midfielders 10. Eden Hazard (worn Chelsea’s no.10 from 2014-present) – Also worn by Gavin Peacock (1993-1996), Mark Hughes (1996-1998), Pierluigi Casiraghi (1998-2000), Slavisa Jokanovic (2000-2002), Joe Cole (2003-2010), Yossi Benayoun (2010-2011), Juan Mata (2011-2014) 26 24. Gary Cahill (worn Chelsea’s no.24 from 2012-present) – Also worn by Craig Burley (1993-1994), Robert Fleck (1994-1995), Dan Petrescu (1995-1996), Eddie Newton (1996-1999), Sam Dalla Bona (1999-2002), Gabriele Ambrosetti (2002-2003), Bolo Zenden (2003-2004), Mikel Forsell (2004-2005), Shaun Wright-Phillips (2005-2008), Nemanja Matic (2009-2011), 18. Wayne Bridge (wore Chelsea’s no.18 between 2003-2008) – Also worn by Eddie Newton (1993-1996), Erland Johnsen (1996-1997), Andy Myers (1997-1999), Gabriele Ambrosetti (1999-2001), Albert Ferrer (2001-2002), Sebastian Kneissl (2002-2003), Ricardo Quaresma (2008-2009), Yuriy Zhirkov (2009-2011), Romelu Lukaku (2011-2014), Loic Remy (2014-present) 26 26 26 26 2. Branislav Ivanovic (worn Chelsea’s no.2 from 2007-present) – Also worn by Darren Barnard (1993-1994), Steve Clarke (1994-1996), Dan Petrescu (1996-2000), Christian Panucci (2000-2001), Albert Ferrer (2002-2003), Glen Johnson (2003-2006) 26 26 Getty center_img 26 26 26 26 26 21. Salomon Kalou (wore Chelsea’s no.21 between 2006-2012) – Also worn by Mark Stein (1993-1994), David Rocastle (1994-1995), Anthony Barness (1995-1996), Jody Morris (1996-1997), Paul Hughes (1997-1998), Bernard Lambourde (1998-2001), Enrique De Lucas (2002-2003), Hernan Crespo (2003-2004), Marko Marin (2012-2013), Nemanja Matic (2014-present) 26 12. John Obi Mikel (worn Chelsea’s no.12 from 2006-present) – Also worn by Steve Clarke (1993-1994), Craig Burley (1994-1996), Michael Duberry (1996-1999), Mario Stanic (2000-2004), Carlton Cole (2005-2006) 26 25. Gianfranco Zola (wore Chelsea’s no.25 between 1996-2003) – Also worn by David Lee (1994-1995), Terry Phelan (1995-1996), 26 26 13. Michael Ballack (wore Chelsea’s no.13 from 2006-2010) – Also worn by Kevin Hitchcock (1993-2001), William Gallas (2000-2006), Victor Moses (2012-2014), Thibaut Courtois (2014-present) 20. Deco (wore Chelsea’s no.20 between 2008-2010) – Also worn by Glenn Hoddle (1993-1995), David Lee (1995-1996), Frank Sinclair (1996-1998), Danny Slatter (1998-1999), Jody Morris (1999-2003), Juan Sebastian Veron (2003-2004), Paulo Ferreira (2004-2008), Josh McEachran (2011-2012) 22. Eiður Guðjohnsen (wore Chelsea’s no.22 between 2000-2006) – Also worn by Paul Elliott (1993-1994), Anthony Barness (1994-1995), Muzzy Izzet (1995-1996), Mark Nicholls (1996-2000), Magnus Hedman (2006-2007), Tal Ben Haim (2007-2008), Ross Turnbull (2009-2013), Willian (2013-present) 23. Carlo Cudicini (wore Chelsea’s no.23 between 1999-2008) – Also worn by Nick Colgan (1994-1995), Jody Morris (1995-1996), Nick Colgan again (1996-1997), Dmitri Kharine (1997-1999), Daniel Sturridge (2009-2013), Mark Schwarzer (2013-2014), Juan Cuadrado (2015) 8. Frank Lampard (wore Chelsea’s no.8 from 2001-2014) – Also worn by Damian Matthew (1993-1994), Paul Furlong (1994-1995), Mark Hughes (1995-1996), Andy Myers (1996-1997), Gus Poyet (1997-2001), Oscar (2014-present) 26 26 3. Ashley Cole (wore Chelsea’s no.3 from 2006-2014) – Also worn by Andy Myers (1993-1994), Scott Minto (1994-1996), Celestine Babayaro (1996-2004), Asier Del Horno (2005-2006), Filipe Luis (2014-2015) 26 26. John Terry (worn Chelsea’s no.26 from 1998-present) – Also worn by Andy Dow (1993-1995), Michael Duberry (1995-1996), Neil Clement (1996-1997), Laurent Charvet (1997-1998) 26 26 26 7. Ramires (worn Chelsea’s no.7 from 2010-present) – Also worn by John Spencer (1993-1996), Bernard Lambourde (1997-1998), Bjarne Goldbaek (1998-1999), Didier Deschamps (1999-2000), Winston Bogarde (2000-2003), Adrian Mutu (2003-2004), Maniche (2005-2006), Andriy Shevchenko (2006-2008) last_img read more

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DWP rate hikes called confusing

first_img“You be the judge,” he said. The rate increase hits Angelenos on top of an automatic bump in rates approved last year to pay for energy-efficiency programs. Humphreville said DWP customers should not be surprised if their bills were 25 percent higher in the next two years. Jeffery Peltola, director of budget, rates and efficiency for the DWP, said the rate increases were desperately needed to maintain quality service. “If we don’t fix things now, make no mistake, we will be in crisis mode, and it will be more expensive,” Peltola said. Several neighborhood representatives suggested appointing a DWP customer advocate to avoid future communication problems. They also demanded better accountability from the giant city utility. “There are so many areas that we weren’t told about, so many things we don’t understand,” said Dan Wiseman of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. “We need one person that can advocate for the average person.” San Fernando Valley neighborhood councils did celebrate one victory: A Valley rate zone that will allow Valley DWP customers to use more power without paying more for it. The Valley zone will allow customers to remain in lower-cost rate tiers for longer periods of energy use. For example, a Valley homeowner will pay 13 cents an hour to use up to 1,500 kilowatts during the summer, versus 15 cents an hour for a West L.A. homeowner who uses a third less power. “In the Valley, the climate is different,” said Leonard Shaffer, a Tarzana neighborhood council member. “Air-conditioning is not luxury for most – it’s a necessity.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The increase came during revelations the average DWP worker makes nearly $77,000 a year – nearly 20 percent more than the average civilian city worker. Most neighborhood council representatives said their communities were against the rate hike, mainly because of a lack of clear rate information from the DWP. “DWP is a public company, and as its owner we have a right to know what’s going on,” said Jack Humphreville, chairman of the DWP Oversight Committee. “The way the rate was spun conflicted with the what’s really going on.” Humphreville said hidden fees – such as energy cost increases that are automatically passed on to customers – could leave many people paying a lot more than the $1.75 a month more that DWP officials touted. HOLLYWOOD – Neighborhood council members Saturday questioned a controversial Department of Water and Power rate increase that many said was confusing – and misleading. “Our council voted down this increase because there was just too much we didn’t understand,” Woodland Hills representative August Steurer said at a monthly neighborhood council congress in Hollywood. “The average person doesn’t understand the DWP; (it has its) own language.” This week, the DWP board approved its first rate increase in 15 years. The plan would increase electric rates by 9 percent over the next three years, and water rates would increase 6 percent over two years. last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid step up attempts to deter Man United interest in Lucas Hernandez

first_imgThe Spanish club are in talks with Hernandez about a new deal that would increase his release clause to €150m (£135m).The France international would also have his wage increased to a level similar to that of Atletico’s best-paid players. Atletico Madrid want to raise Lucas Hernandez’s release clause to €150m (£135m) to ward off interest from Manchester United.The 22-year-old impressed last season in Spain and he was rewarded with a place in France’s World Cup squad. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The left-back cemented his position in the team during the tournament and helped them go on to be crowned champions.Manchester United are now interested in signing Hernandez this January and they have the funds to do so.The defender currently has an €80m (£72m) release clause in his contract after committing his future to the club until 2024 and that is within the Old Trafford club’s budget.But, according to AS, they need to act fast as Atletico are working on increasing that amount. 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND moving on RANKED center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 targets Latest Transfer News REVEALED Hernandez also won the World Cup with France in the summer Hernandez won the Europa League with Atletico last season Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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Flag from troops makes kids’ Veterans Day

first_imgVALENCIA – What started as a simple letter to troops in Kuwait last year turned into a special Veterans Day celebration for Pinecrest Elementary School pupils. A flag used in their assembly Thursday was hung in honor of the private school over Camp Buehring in Kuwait in May after some pupils sent the troops equipment for their tae kwon do class. Fourth- and fifth-graders – sporting red, white and blue clothes in honor of the day – thumbed through the certificates of appreciation Thursday also sent from Sgt. Maj. Mark Massaglia at the base. “That was really cool,” said Isabella Del Mese, 11, about the flag and certificates. “I didn’t expect that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Isabella and others on the student council last year first contacted the troops after their club adviser, Judy James, learned of the tae kwon do club one day while online. Troops had started the club as a morale booster and to stay in shape, but didn’t have any protective equipment for their activities. That’s when the school club, which often participates in food and toy drives, put the military at the top of its list. Through raffles and bake sales, pupils raised about $150 and bought kick pads, chest protectors and energy bars for the troops. They mailed the package in the spring. When troops responded with letters and the flag, pupils were ecstatic, James said. “It was nice to do something for other people, especially the military for what they’re doing for our country,” said Connor Russell, 11. The flag was saved for Veterans Day. At the school ceremony Thursday, pupils waved small American flags after singing “America the Beautiful.” Nearby was an assignment by third-graders, who wrote words that describe veterans. Words such as “valor,” “praise” and “respect” dotted the wall. Fifth-grader Sarah Dixon got into the spirit with a stars-and-stripes headband and blue shirt with red flowers. She took a patriotic-looking bandanna and wrapped it around her waist as a belt. “This morning I was thinking of how I could dress for Veterans Day,” she said. “I know two veterans.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Newly declassified documents reveal Nixon deceptions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On May 31, 1970, a month after Nixon went on TV to defend the previously secret U.S. bombings and troop movements in Cambodia, asserting that he would not let his nation become “a pitiful, helpless giant,” the president met his top military and national security aides at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif. Revelation of the operation had sparked protests and congressional action against what many lawmakers from both parties considered an illegal war. Nixon noted that Americans believed the Cambodian operation was “all but over,” even as 14,000 troops were engaged across the border in a hunt for North Vietnamese operating there. In a memo from the meeting marked “Eyes Only, Top Secret Sensitive,” Nixon told his military men to continue doing what was necessary in Cambodia, but to say for public consumption that the United States was merely providing support to South Vietnamese forces when necessary to protect U.S. troops. “That is what we will say publicly,” he asserted. “But now, let’s talk about what we will actually do.” He instructed: “I want you to put the air in there and not spare the horses. Do not withdraw for domestic reasons but only for military reasons.” WASHINGTON – Even after Richard Nixon’s secret war in Cambodia became known, the president persisted in deception. “Publicly, we say one thing,” he told aides. “Actually, we do another.” Newly declassified documents from the Nixon years shed light on the Vietnam War, the struggle with the Soviet Union for global influence and a president who tried not to let public and congressional opinion get in his way. They also show an administration determined to win re-election in 1972, with Nixon aides seeking ways to use Jimmy Hoffa to tap into the labor movement. The former Teamsters president had been pardoned by Nixon in 1971. The release Wednesday of some 50,000 pages by the National Archives means about half the national security files from the Nixon era now are public. “We have taken all the heat on this one.” He went on: “Just do it. Don’t come back and ask permission each time.” The military chiefs, more than their civilian bosses, expressed worry about how the war was going. “If the enemy is allowed to recover this time, we are through,” said Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, the naval operations chief who two months later would become chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Nixon told his aides to plan offensive operations in neutral Laos, continue U.S. air operations in Cambodia and work on a summer offensive in South Vietnam. “We cannot sit here and let the enemy believe that Cambodia is our last gasp.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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