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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer Advertisement Advertisement Ramsey is wanted by Solskjaer (Picture: DeFodi Images via Getty)Juventus have offered Aaron Ramsey as part of a fresh approach for Paul Pogba, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would welcome the former Arsenal midfielder to Old Trafford, reports claim.Solskjaer is a fan of the Wales international and he believes Ramsey would be a better fit in his new-look Manchester United midfield, with Bruno Fernandes as the side’s chief playmaker. There are concerns over how Solskjaer would squeeze Pogba and Fernandes into the same midfield three and the Norwegian views Ramsey as a more adaptable player to work with. Of course, a hefty sum of money would still need to be involved for any potential deal to get over the line. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAccording to the Transfer Window Podcast, Manchester United remain open to the sale of Pogba so long as their valuation is met and would be willing to negotiate with Ramsey being a part of the deal. While Pogba would also be keen on a return to Juventus, the question remains how much capital the Italian giants could put up, particularly amid the covid-19 crisis. Pogba is set to leave (Picture: AMA/Getty)Ramsey has struggled to make an impact since moving to Serie A and has only scored three goals in Italy’s top-flight this season. Pogba has failed to score in the Premier League this season, largely due to an ankle injury.Should Manchester United sign Aaron Ramsey?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

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LJ Hooker agent Cheyenne Morrison wants Cairns’ Queenslanders saved

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first_imgCheyenne Morrison and Emma Roberts at her old Parramatta Park Queenslander. Picture: Josh Woning.A CAIRNS real estate agent on a one-man crusade to save the city’s historic Queenslander houses wants Far North home buyers to start embracing the traditional building style.LJ Hooker Cairns South’s Cheyenne Morrison started the Cairns Queenslanders Facebook group late last year and has pledged a donation of five per cent of each sale of a Queenslander home to the Cairns Historical Society.“I love history and see the beauty in old things, so to me each Queenslander house with its unique design and history is precious,” he said. “Sadly, at the moment most home buyers do not care about the history of some this city’s oldest buildings, although that is changing gradually.” Mr Morrison said, with its distinctive timberwork, veranda and corrugated iron roof, the Queenslander was “the antithesis of bland modern homes”.“ It is synonymous with the tropical lifestyle — the outdoors and a leisurely way of life. It signals both a unique lifestyle and the uniqueness of its occupants,” he said.“You won’t see suburbs like this in Paris, New York or London. You won’t even find them in Sydney or Melbourne.“Each time I see a perfectly good Queenslander pulled down to make way for an ugly concrete box, I feel that Cairns has another part of its soul.”He said Brisbane residents had “once again discovered the beauty” of Queenslanders and their appreciation in value in the capital has had a knock on effect in Cairns. “Queenslanders also seem particularly appealing to southerners who move to Cairns, and a lovely Queenslander in Edge Hill, Freshwater or Stratford with a view has become a bit of dream home,” he said.Emma Roberts bought her Martyn St Queenslander in 2009 and spent 12 months restoring it to its former glory.She completed all the sanding and painting herself and sourced second hand doors and window fittings in keeping with the home’s 1930s heritage.“I’d been looking for two-and-a-half years for something because I wanted a really big yard so I could create a mini farm and vegie garden,” she said.“A lot of people told me I was making a big mistake but now everyone loves it.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“I love the massive size of the block, the vista out to the Yarrabah mountains and you can get to Cairns Central quicker on a bike than the car.”Now worth more than $650,000, the home features three bedrooms upstairs and four bedrooms on the ground level which are let through AirBnB.“If we don’t save these homes we’re going to look like every other city in the world,” Ms Roberts said.“I honestly believe we use less power, so we’re more environmentally friendly. After all, this is how our ancestors lived.“We don’t have air conditioning, we just have fans and there’s really only four or five nights of the year when you wish you had airconditioning.”Vicki Brodie started Upcycled Queenslander Homes in an attempt to save and recycle old Queenslander houses which would otherwise be demolished to make way for more modern buildings throughout Cairns. She said feedback via the group’s Facebook page had been so positive the group is keen to work with relevant authorities to develop a clearer and simpler approval process to help preserve Queenslanders. “There are considerable start up costs associated with this business so our progress has been slow and we haven’t had the capital funds to move more houses to our storage site, which can accommodate up to six homes,” she said. “And while local state and federal MPs have verbally given very positive support to our venture there doesn’t seem to be any funding available to assist with conservation measures to protect the Queenslander and our urban heritage.” Ms Brodie said the biggest problem with relocation was the approval process which she described as “confusing and time consuming”.“It can take months to get all your approvals in place, and developers quite often can’t or won’t wait, so they demolish the house to make a start on the new building,” she said.“Older timber homes have charm and appeal and are very strong. And I think people are also more likely to want recycled product in their home from and environmental point of view.”last_img read more

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World’s 1st Converted FLNG Vessel Named

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first_imgKeppel Shipyard, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary, hosted a naming ceremony on July 2 for the world’s first converted Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) owned by Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG.The vessel was named Hilli Episeyo and is about to be delivered to its owner following three years of conversion work at Keppel.“By combining our expertise from a variety of complex offshore conversion projects and our capabilities in executing LNG-related EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects, we are able to offer innovative and reliable floating liquefaction solutions to meet the growing midstream needs of the LNG industry,“ Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M said.“Compared to newbuilds, converted FLNGVs are significantly more cost-effective and faster to market, without compromising safety and processing capabilities. With the experience gained from this first FLNGV conversion project, we are in a unique position to provide customers with reliable end-to-end solutions for the EPC and commissioning of FLNGV as well as FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) conversions.”Hilli Episeyo was converted from a 1975-built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 m3. Sponsons were added on both sides of the hull to house the topside equipment comprising of pre-treatment systems, four PRICO® single mixed refrigerant liquefaction trains, boil-off gas compression and offloading equipment. The Hilli Episeyo is designed for a liquefaction capacity of about 2.4 million tonnes of LNG per annum.“Being at its final leg towards completion, Hilli Episeyo represents a game changer in the LNG industry with its fast track, low cost project execution. The development of this FLNGV positions us as forerunners in providing offshore liquefaction solutions to meet the growing demand for liquefied natural gas,” Oscar Spieler, CEO of Golar LNG said.With the global push towards cleaner energy, demand for natural gas is expected to increase significantly. FLNGV solutions enable operators to overcome the geographic, technical and economic limitations of developing natural gas resources located in marginal fields while FSRUs help reach consumers in remote areas.Upon its completion, the FLNGV will be put in operation offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon SA, and will be the first FLNGV project in Africa.Video Courtesy: Youtube/Anbu Lovelast_img read more

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Scorpio Bulkers Secures New USD 60 Mn Loan

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first_imgMonaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers has received a commitment for a loan facility of up to USD 60 million.The new loan, secured from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, will be used to finance up to 60% of the fair market value of two Ultramax dry bulk vessels and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels.The ships in question are SBI Perseus, SBI Phoebe, SBI Electra and SBI Flamenco.Scorpio Bulkers said that the loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25% per annum.The loan, which is expected to close within August, would increase the company’s liquidity by around USD 21 million after repayment of the vessels’ existing debt.The company informed that the terms and conditions were similar to those set forth in its existing credit facilities.last_img read more

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Ronaldo extends Juve deal until 2022

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first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly committed another two years to Juventus after joining the club from Real Madrid in 2018.The Portuguese attacker signed a four-year deal with the Serie A side and despite links with a move away, Tuttosport have assured that Ronaldo ensured that he will see out his contract in Turin. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has an “excellent” relationship with the club, that has become stronger during the coronavirus pandemic.Ronaldo joined The Old Lady for £100 million and has not fallen short of that valuation – with 42 Serie A goals in 53 matches. Links to his old club Real Madrid began to stir when his international teammate Jose Fonte claimed that he ‘has left the door open’ for a spectacular return to Spain.However, the attacker seems content with his life in Italy as he currently resides back in his hometown of Madeira in Portugal with his wife and four children.Ronaldo posted an image to social media of his work-out as he aims to keep fit during the COVID-19 pandemic.Ronaldo plans to return back to Italy next week as he prepares for the eventual resumption of the Serie A season. However, Juventus have planned not to stick their star-man in quarantine, along with the rest of the club’s non-Italian players, as they wish to test all their staff for coronavirus.The Turin-based side publicly announced that three players – Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala – tested positive for COVID-19 since the country went into a national lockdown on March 10.Tags: Cristiano RonaldoReal MadridRonaldoSerie Alast_img read more

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Japan Stunned by Manner of Defeat, Says Coach

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first_imgThe Japan players slumped to the turf at the end, and Nishino said they were too stunned to talk it through immediately afterwards.“I told the players to take a shower in the changing room, because they were just standing around stunned. I will talk to them when we are back at the hotel,” he said.“When we were 2-0 up and I didn’t change my players, I really wanted another goal, we were controlling the game but at that point Belgium upped their game when they really had to,” Nishino added.“We were determined to disrupt a Belgium side at their best, but at the end we couldn’t really match them.”Belgium pulled a goal back via a freak Jan Vertonghen header in the 69th minute, and substitute Marouane Fellaini then equalised five minutes later.The match was heading for extra time when Keisuke Honda opted to try his luck from a long-range free-kick in injury time.Thibaut Courtois saved the attempt, and Belgium broke from the corner that followed to snatch the winner and book a last-eight tie with Brazil.“We wanted to decide the match with a late free-kick and I thought we were going into extra-time, but we didn’t expect that kind of super counter-attack,” the coach said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Japan coach Akira Nishino admitted his desperate disappointment after seeing his side bow out of the World Cup in an agonising 3-2 defeat against Belgium Monday.“We started off very well, but at the end, right at the very end, to concede a goal like that is not expected,” Nishino said after Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute strike at the end of a counter-attack gave Belgium a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 victory in their last-16 tie in Rostov.Japan had been 2-0 up after scoring twice early in the second half through Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.last_img read more

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Men’s tennis: Badgers hope to send off seniors with wins over quality opponents

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first_imgFor a second straight weekend, No. 47 University of Wisconsin men’s tennis will remain at home and welcome No. 39 Penn State Friday and No. 3 Ohio State Sunday to the Nielsen Tennis Center.After splitting last weekend’s matches against Michigan and Michigan State, the Badgers (14-4 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) are looking to make a late season push before Big Ten Tournament play begins April 28 in Minneapolis. The Badgers are currently tied for fifth place in the Big Ten standings with, coincidentally, the Nittany Lions and a win would give them sole position of the place.The Badgers reached their highest wins total since the 2010 season, which was also the last time the team reached the NCAA Team Championship — where they bowed out in the Round of 16. Looking to reach the tournament for the first time in six years, the Badgers will have to take a step which head coach Danny Westerman reiterated after a 5-2 loss to No. 21 Michigan last weekend.“First, you need to [be competitive in top-25 matches] and we’ve worked all season to be at that level,” Westerman said. “Now we need to close out these matches. We haven’t been in this situation enough times and hopefully we’ll learn from this one and be even better next week.”With senior day Sunday, the Badgers hope to finally get over the hump and beat a top-25 opponent.Men’s tennis: Learning experiences at UW go beyond the court for two seniorsThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team is slated for a decisive showdown against No. 33 Penn State Friday night, Read…Friday 6 p.m. — No. 39 Penn StateThe Nittany Lions (18-5 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) are coming off a shocking 4-0 loss to Indiana in Bloomington, who entered the ITA rankings this week at No. 70 as a result. The loss snapped a four game win streak which included two ranked wins, over No. 57 Purdue and No. 60 Iowa, and was the third time Penn State has been blanked this season.Senior Matt Barry, who’s mostly occupied the third and fourth singles spots this season, held off his opponent to ensure that his match went unfinished. With that, Barry preserved his 13-5 record and moved into the ITA singles rankings at No. 123, while first singles player Leo Stakhovsky (15-7) lost in straight sets along with his No. 110 singles ranking.Finding themselves in the same spot as the Badgers, the Nittany Lions are in need of some key wins down the stretch to ensure a clean path through the Big Ten Tournament and hopefully a run at the NCAA Team Championship.Expect a gritty, hard-fought match between two programs in need of big wins, especially with Wisconsin going up against juggernaut Ohio State in its next match.Sunday 12 p.m. — Ohio StateOhio State (23-2 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) is riding a seven match win streak and not showing any signs of slowing down soon.Six of those matches were 4-0 sweeps and the only points they gave up came in a 4-2 win over No. 20 Kentucky. The Buckeye’s last lost came nearly a month ago, a 4-2 defeat at the hands of No. 19 Georgia. The streak has propelled the team to the top of the Big Ten standings, where they are tied with Northwestern for first place.Behind the surge is a collection of four ITA top-100 players: No. 2 Mikael Torpegaard, No. 36 Hugo Di Feo, No. 87 Chris Diaz and No. 92 Herkko Pollanen.Torpegaard is undefeated this season (17-0) and has occupied the first singles spot for much of the season, which is unbelievable when looking at opponents he’s faced. The sophomore has 11 wins over ranked opponents, which includes four against top-25 players.With the firepower it has at its disposal, Ohio State may be Wisconsin’s toughest test all season, comparable to TCU.last_img read more

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Ibra Weighs His Future at Old Trafford after Cup Win

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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic said monday he will “see what happens” about extending his stay at Manchester United – but did reveal his children pleaded with him to join the Old Trafford club last year.Ibrahimovic, 35, left Paris St-Germain in July, signing a one-season deal with an option for a second year. United boss Jose Mourinho believes the Swede will stay – but added: “I never beg for a player to sign a contract.”“We have another two months of the season to go,” Ibrahimovic said.“Let’s see how I feel, the situation. Somebody made up a story that if we don’t qualify for the Champions League I will not extend. It has nothing to do with that.”After Ibrahimovic scored the winner in Sunday’s 3-2 EFL Cup final victory over Southampton, Mourinho said “the fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night” to convince the striker to stay.Ibrahimovic said his “special relationship” with the Portuguese, who also managed him at Inter Milan, was key to his decision to join United – but was not the only factor.“My mind was not here, then my kids started to bump my head – even they wanted to see me play at United,” he said of the months leading up to his departure from French champions PSG.“Then Jose called. When he called, it was basically: ‘Tell me what number I should wear.’ My kids are satisfied with what I am doing, but this time I am the boss, not them.”Ibrahimovic collected the 32nd trophy of his career after heading an 87th-minute winner at Wembley, having earlier given his side the lead with a brilliant 19th-minute free-kick.Jesse Lingard put United 2-0 in front before Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice for the Saints to level, after having an 11th-minute effort contentiously ruled out for offside.Eighteen years on from making his professional debut for Malmo, the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan striker was asked whether he has thought about retirement.“I came here when people thought it was impossible for me to do what I am able to do. It feels good. I am enjoying it,” he added.“I always want more. This is my 32nd trophy. I’ve been in five different countries, I’ve been in the best clubs in the world and I’m repeating every year what I am doing.“I will stop on top. If I don’t perform, I will not play. I will not be like others, still playing because they are who they are. I will play as long as I can bring results.”Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in 38 games this season and is United’s top scorer. Midfielder Juan Mata is behind him in second, with nine goals.“Zlatan won the game for us because he was outstanding,” Mourinho said after Sunday’s win secured his first major trophy as United boss.“When he went to Barcelona (from Inter, in 2009), I was very sad. I know the potential. Only a silly player comes to England if he doesn’t feel he can do it. Who better to know? Him. Not me or you.“When he decided to come here it is because he feels ready. It is not my credit. It is him. Nothing for me.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Gov. Whitmer announces $65 million in CARES Act Funding for Michigan schools

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Funding will target districts most significantly impacted by COVID-19 LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she will allocate nearly $65 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to Michigan school districts, higher education institutions, and other education-related entities that have been most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes schools in Michigan’s economically disadvantaged districts, and will help address the digital divide that has served as a barrier to remote learning for students and educators across the state.  The funding comes from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund.   “As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and approach the start of the new school year, we must continue doing everything we can to protect our students, educators, and support staff. This funding will help us do just that, and ensure crucial support for our schools, whether it’s helping schools access PPE and cleaning supplies or helping students mitigate the impacts of learning loss in districts that need it most,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is a good start, but we still need the federal government to work together on a bipartisan recovery package to support all Michigan students and educators, as well as state governments, families, and small businesses.” The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on Michigan’s students, educators, and support staff, especially those in low-income communities. GEER funds are meant for districts that are determined to be most significantly impacted by COVID-19. To ensure these districts are targeted, the framework distributes $60 million to school districts based on the number of students in high-need student groups. Districts will receive funding based on their numbers of economically disadvantaged students, special education students, and English language learners. To be eligible for funding, the school district’s concentration of economically disadvantaged pupils, compared to total district enrollment, must exceed 50%. Recipient districts will be required to use GEER funds for any of the following goals: Connectivity: Devices, internet access, access to remote services, or other similar purposes. Student Mental Health: Funding would enhance access to remote and in-person student mental health services. Addressing Learning Loss: Funding could be used by districts to offer supplementary content and intervention services to mitigate the impacts of learning loss. Out-of-School-Time Learning: Funds could be used to support out-of-school-time learning. These expenditures would ensure students have safe spaces to participate in remote education. Remote Learning Materials and Training (digital and non-digital): Funds could address both digital and non-digital content where remote learning continues as an instructional delivery model.  Teacher Training and Curriculum: Funding could be used to provide additional professional development and curriculum modifications that allow districts to effectively facilitate distance learning while expanding their knowledge of the science of teaching.  Other health, safety, and wellness needs identified, required, or recommended in the MI Return to School Roadmap. $5.4 million will be distributed to other education related entities, and will be distributed for statewide mental health services, public television learning resources, implementation of teacher professional learning practices, and the Early On program to help reach more infants and toddlers through remote early intervention. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist speaks about Biden-HarrisNext Exchange students beautify ACC’s campuslast_img read more

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