Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played a “big role” in Romelu Lukaku’s decision to join the Premier League giants from Everton, the Belgian striker has said.The 24-year-old completed his switch on Monday, his reported 75 million pound fee making him the club’s second most expensive signing after last year’s world-record deal for France midfielder Pogba.“He is one of my best friends, and he is my neighbour as well,” Lukaku told the club website (www.manutd.com). “We are always together on a daily basis so he would explain to me how things were going.“When he signed for United, to have witnessed that, it really triggered something in my brain and I knew that if one day I had the chance to sign then I would not say no.”Pogba last week posted pictures with Lukaku on social media, calling himself ‘Agent P’.Lukaku finished runner-up for the league’s Golden Boot award last campaign with 25 goals and was tipped to return to champions Chelsea but chose to reunite with manager Jose Mourinho on a five-year contract.Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes the striker made the right choice.“We know it was one of the challenges for Lukaku,” Koeman told reporters.“He took the right decision and lets hope everything goes well for him because I like him. I like the player but now it’s about Everton.”Lukaku trained with United’s squad on Monday ahead of their US tour which begins with a match against LA Galaxy on July 16.
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Dear Editor,The Parking Meter Contract has stirred outrage and resistance from the people. The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) rightfully and deservedly has been pilloried for corruption. But the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is even more guilty of one of the most corrupt deals ever in our history. Given how indefensible, repulsive and oppressive this “Contract from hell” is, people have been both puzzled and troubled at the extreme extent APNU/AFC has gone in permitting this travesty. People have been understandably suspicious, but their suspicions of corruption might be worse than imagined given the information that is presently circulating. Information has reached the public that the real distribution of revenues is not what is stated in the Contract, but as follows: 50 per cent for the parking meter company, 20 per cent for the M&CC, 20 per cent for the People’ National Congress (PNC) and 10 per cent for individuals. Now as the call intensifies for the complete rescinding of the Contract and for people to be held accountable, questions are being asked relating to how Cush, a former felon in the United States, established a company called National Parking Systems (NPS), how this company was able to displace a previous company that was engaged by the M&CC and who linked Cush and the M&CC. Questions abound since people are aware that Cush has friends in the PNC.From the beginning, suspicions were rife since APNU/AFC actively facilitated the M&CC to implement the Parking Meter Contract in spite of being totally privy to the reprehensible “terror” clauses. These suspicions intensified as people saw APNU/AFC tenaciously persisting with its complicity even though they knew that by any standard “the Contract from hell” was indefensible and even though they saw unprecedented public resistance. Even now that the M&CC is in contempt of the court which has ordered the M&CC to stand down and placed the parking meter system on abeyance, APNU/AFC is doing nothing to stop the M&CC and stop the “Contract from hell”. For most Guyanese, APNU/AFC’s complicity in this mess is bizarre, unless there is something terrible they need to hide.APNU/AFC’s vile efforts with sporadic individual statements and feigned consternation meant to obfuscate the issue cannot extricate them from total complicity in the “Contract from hell” because each of them that might have reluctantly issued a condemnatory statement is also part of the APNU/AFC’s Cabinet that has made the implementation of the “Contract from hell” possible. Note the latest example – Nagamootoo stating that the Contract’s By-laws “are oppressive but made legal”. This is the champion bloviator kerfuffling the issue. Who made the oppressive By-laws legal? It is APNU/AFC’s Cabinet, of which he is a senior member. Is he accusing Bulkan of approving the By-laws by himself? But it is the Office of the Presidency that publishes the Official Gazette. Why did they publish the By-laws if this is Bulkan’s rogue masterpiece? If Bulkan went rogue, why is Nagamootoo not calling for Bulkan to resign?Frankly, APNU/AFC’s scorecard on the “Contract from hell” spells guilty on all counts. Granger and APNU/AFC knew of the Contract from the beginning. Harmon last year announced a Cabinet review of the Contract and their own Finance Ministry and the Attorney General Office did reviews in July/August 2016 which concluded that the Parking Meter Contract signed by representatives of APNU/AFC on the M&CC was a “Contract from hell” with several “terror” clauses. Yet APNU/AFC, through their Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, reviewed and approved the Parking Meter By-laws in January and gazetted it on February 3. Without the Parking Meter By-laws the Contract could not be implemented. This scorecard is a recipe that smells corruption.From the start, public outrage was driven by the suspicion that this was a deal to enrich individuals and certain organisations. There has always been the nauseating suspicion that the national space in Georgetown is being used as a cash cow, not to fund development in Georgetown, but filling people’s pockets. Now comes information that, in fact, the “terror” Contract clause that provides 80 per cent to the parking meter company (Smart City Solutions/National Parking Systems) and 20 per cent to the M&CC is just a paper provision and that the real distribution of the earnings from the “green monsters” is really 50 per cent to SCS/NPS, 20 per cent to the M&CC, 20 per cent to the PNC and 10 per cent to individuals.This information explains why APNU/AFC is so absolutely complicit in the execution of one of the worst examples of corruption in Guyana’s history. By now the vast majority of Guyanese know of and comprehensively reject the “Contract from hell”. The parking meters themselves are now enshrined in our history as the “horrible green monsters”. Those of us who have been vocal in our opposition, resistance and boycott of the “horrible green monsters” and the “Contract from hell” are convinced that a crime has been perpetuated on the Guyanese people. While we are convinced that the big four – Mayor Chase Green, Councillors Oscar Clarke and Junior Garret and Town Clerk Royston King – are guilty of corruption, we are at the same time not fooled. APNU/AFC is complicit, is an active partner in and bears total responsibility for this reprehensible, scandalous, corrupt deal.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
The Guyana Pandits’ Council in partnership with the Radha Krishna Mandir held its annual blood drive at its Camp and Quamina Streets Headquarters on Saturday.Scenes from the blood drive over the weekendThe event saw scores of persons who participated in donating blood for a worthy cause.Some fifty-five units of blood were donated to the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), which has regularly faced challenges in getting enough blood to meet the national demands.Persons desirous of donating blood independently can visit the Blood Bank during opening hours from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00h and 18:30h.The World Health Organisation (WHO) had issued a call for an increase in regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors, in order to save millions of lives globally each year.
Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Gavin Clarke said he has been directed to seek legal advice regarding the way forward on buildings still being occupied by retired regional officials, as well as those who are no longer employed by the system.Clarke said the issue is a serious one for the administration of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and one in which it is more or less charged to haveREO Gavin Clarkerectified. The concern was raised by Councillors on Thursday where it was stated that the officials who are no longer employed by the State, refuse to give up the housing quarters in the region, while officers currently employed are in need such quarters.“The truth of the matter, there is about, to be exact, about seven persons or so who are living in quarters, who’ve been written to. They were asked to leave the property and some people blatantly refused. I was advised to seek legal advice. Letters were sent, but people just refuse to respond,” Clarke said.He added that it was brought to his attention that the issue is not unique to Region 10, but noted that REOs across the country are faced with similar difficulties.Clarke also explained that while a contract is renewed on an annual basis, occupants of these quarters are not paying rent and as such have refused to sign. The REO stressed that he would be happy to have the support of the Council in having those persons removed.Regional Chairman Renis Morian said the administration will write the office of the Attorney General regarding the issue. Meanwhile, Councillor Douglas Gittens urged that the Council should move in the direction of physically removing such occupants, as was done in the past, but the option was shut down by Morian.“We shouldn’t, because we’ve been advised by the legal people… Even the person who you may perceive to be in breach have rights also… they have rights that the law would have to deal with… I’m saying to the REO, write the Attorney General, that the RDC need the support to get these persons out,” Morian told the Council.The Regional Chairman also said that he wants the issue to be fast-tracked, and as such, the Council would provide relevant information to the Attorney General regarding those occupants who refuse to give up regional quarters.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOGOTA, Colombia – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe agreed Friday to allow a representative of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group to travel to Caracas for talks aimed at freeing rebel-held hostages, including politician Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. defense contractors. “I am prepared to speak with whomever they send,” Chavez said after a six-hour meeting just outside of Bogota with Uribe to discuss advancing a possible swap of the hostages for imprisoned guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The FARC is holding 45 hostages, including soldiers, politicians and the three U.S. contractors abducted more than four years ago. In return for releasing them, the FARC wants hundreds of guerrillas to be freed, including two commanders now in U.S. prisons. Success by Chavez in mediating a humanitarian swap could expand his influence and improve his image in the region, but it’s a risky move – he is stepping squarely into Colombia’s civil conflict and generating optimism among the families of those long held captive by rebels. Seldom has Chavez involved himself so directly with the internal affairs of another nation. Chavez also said in a news conference that he would also host talks between the Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. The two sides have been talking in Cuba, but recently negotiations have stalled. Even though the FARC and the government agree in principle to the prisoner-for-hostage exchange, the details appear far being reached. The FARC is insisting on a 45-day demilitarized zone for the hand-over. Uribe has ruled this out. The rebels also want released guerrillas to be allowed to return to the insurgency, something the government also has rejected. Families of the kidnapped are optimistic nevertheless that Chavez, who has turned Venezuela into a socialist republic, can find a way through the mutual distrust between Colombia’s conservative government and leftist rebels. Chavez said that while it is up to the FARC to decide whom it would send to Caracas, he hopes one day to meet Manuel “Sure Shot” Marulanda, the legendary guerrilla commander who has led the FARC for 43 years. “He is a man with a lot of experience in the struggle, in politics,” Chavez said while standing next to Uribe, whose father was killed in a botched kidnapping by the rebels.
Let’s just say he’s showing a lot more promise than his dad at his age!James Love, son of well-known Laghey man Robert Love, shows Irish star Tommy Bowe how to go in for a try.Eight year old James was among dozens of youngsters at Letterkenny Rugby Club’s summer camp this week. Dad Robert (not to mention proud mum Catherine (nee Carson from Binnion Avenue), had every reason to be proud.We just can’t remember Robert ever having that turn of pace and natural skill.It obviously runs on his mother’s side of the family! ‘LOVE’ THE TURN OF PACE TOMMY? RUGBY ACE GETS LESSON FROM KIDS was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Letterkenny Rugby Club summer campTomy Bowe
Here are the latest transfer rumours on talksport.comMan City boss Pep Guardiola is ready to move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez if the 27-year-old cannot agree a new deal with the Gunners. (Sunday Express)Paul Scholes says the Man United’s wingers are an issue for Jose Mourinho, but believes England international Marcus Rashford could be the answer. (Independent on Sunday)United are keen to offer Rashford a new deal just four months after he signed his current one in the hope he will not seek a transfer away. (Mail on Sunday)United will target Atletico Madrid’s 21-year-old centre-back Jose Gimenez as Mourinho bids to strengthen his defence. (People)Italian Serie A clubs AC Milan, Juventus and Inter are both chasing Cesc Fabregas, who has been left on the bench under Antonio Conte this season. (Sunday Mirror)Man City are targeting 19-year-old Jamaican forward Leon Bailey, who plays for Belgian club Genk. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to sign 20-year-old Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Monchengladbach and will pay £25m. (Sunday Express)To boost the number of home-grown players at the club, Chelsea are targeting Tottenham left back Ben Davies. (Sun on Sunday)In Spain it is being reported that Real Madrid are ready to sell Isco, who was a target for Spurs on transfer deadline day. (Sport)Burnley defender Michael Keane, a target for Chelsea in their search for a John Terry replacement, is set to be offered a new contract at Turf Moor. (Sunday Mirror)Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City will chase Antoine Griezmann, who split with his agent to represent hmiself, next summer and the price could reach £80m (Star on Sunday)ALL TRANSFER RUMOURS HEREJIMMY BULLARD BACK IN FOOTBALL AS A MANAGER Pep Guardiola is keeping an eye on Alexis Sanchez’s contract talks at Arsenal 1
As part of the build up to the New Year, talkSPORT reveals the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2016…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: JUNE 2016MOST READ1. English football clubs ranked by most major domestic and European trophies wonOnly major domestic and European trophies are counted, that is, no Community Shields, UEFA Super Cups or Intercontinental/FIFA Club World Cups.See the top 10 here.2. The WAGs of Euro 2016Europe’s best footballers were descending on France and here, talkSPORT looked at the glamorous wives and girlfriends who were cheering on their partners.View the pictures here.3. Every England squad member at Euro 2016 rankedEngland crashed out in embarrassing fashion against Iceland and every one of the players was given a mark out of 10.See the list here. Agree?VIDEOAt Euro 2016, a football freestyler had a bit of fun at fans’ expense.TALKSPORT PICK OF JUNE 2016In pictures: 17 of the most iconic kitsThe Maradona Napoli kit, Dukla Prague, Liverpool of the 1980s and many more…See more here. Liverpool feature high on the list of successful English clubs for domestic and European trophies won 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsInitially, Palestinians held the West and Israel to blame for their misfortune, but in recent weeks, they have directed that criticism at the government. Civil servants launched a strike this month to protest the government’s failure to pay them. A two-month Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip – begun after Hamas-linked militants infiltrated Israel and captured a soldier – has added to the Palestinians’ misery. “The continuous efforts to form a national unity government have ended successfully with the announcement of a political program for this government,” Abbas told Palestinian television. “Efforts in the next few days will continue to complete the formation of the national unity government.” Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh said the president would dissolve the Hamas-led government within 48 hours to clear the way for the formation of a coalition. Haniyeh, who said earlier that he would retain his post in the new government, confirmed the two parties planned to rule together. “I bring good news to the Palestinian people, and I feel proud and content that at this important moment we establish a national coalition government,” Haniyeh said. Both Fatah and Hamas officials said their deal was based on a proposal, formulated last spring by prominent prisoners held by Israel, that many have interpreted to imply recognition of Israel. That proposal calls for a Palestinian state alongside Israel – effectively abandoning the Hamas goal of destroying the Jewish state – and accepts U.N. resolutions that call for compromise with Israel. Hamas also would allow Abbas to handle all dealings with Israel. In addition, the deal endorses a wider Arab plan seeking a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel. Arab allies of the U.S. are expected to present the plan to the U.N. Security Council this month. Israel has been cool to the Arab plan, since it would require a withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast War.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas struck a deal Monday to share power with the militant Islamic Hamas, an accord that could restore international aid and could lead to contacts with Israel. After months of on-and-off talks, Abbas, the moderate Fatah leader, and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas announced the accord Monday. The breakthrough compromise falls short of international demands that Hamas fully renounce violence, but Israeli officials still voiced cautious support for the accord. Hamas, which is committed to Israel’s destruction, swept to victory in January elections, defeating Fatah, and formed a government by itself. The West and Israel reacted by cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, accusing Hamas of being a terrorist group.