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HUD Reaffirms Its Commitment to Hurricane Harvey Recovery

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Maxine Waters: “This Hearing Was Long Overdue” Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Black Knight, Schneiderman & Sherman, and More … The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a grant of $652 million to help Texas in its efforts to recover from the effect of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey on the state’s housing and infrastructure.This grant supports the $5 billion in disaster recovery that was approved by HUD in June 2018. On its part, Texas has submitted its latest recovery plan for HUD’s review. The plan primarily focuses on the restoration of damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, and infrastructure.According to the latest plan submitted to HUD, the bulk of the $652 million, will go towards program-related funds allocated to the State of Texas administered programs. Around $200 million will be allocated to the Affordable Rental Program. Around $236 million will be allocated towards the state-run Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP), while around $4.4 million is allocated to Housing Program Project Delivery.The additional funding allocated to HAP increases total funding for the program to around $1.3 billion to help meet owner-occupied housing’s unmet need, the plan submitted by the state indicated.“Today, we’re taking another important step along the path to recovery for hard-hit areas in East Texas,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD is committed to working alongside Texans to rebuild their homes, restore their businesses and repair their critical infrastructure.”The Texas General Land Office (GLO) estimates the cost of damages from Hurricane Harvey at $120 billion, making it the costliest event in U.S. history. The hurricane shut down ports, trade, tourism, oil and gas production, agricultural production, and general businesses across most of the Texas coast, for almost a week and, in some cases, significantly longer.”I am grateful to Secretary Carson for his tremendous partnership throughout the recovery and ongoing rebuilding process and for his leadership from the very beginning,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “With these funds, Texas will do more than rebuild. We will rebuild our communities stronger and more resilient than before.”According to the GLO, over a million homes were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Texas is projected to spend more than $2.6 billion on response and recovery. Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Ben Carson Funds Greg Abbott HOUSING HUD hurricane harvey infrastructure Texas in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Loss Mitigation, News Related Articles HUD Reaffirms Its Commitment to Hurricane Harvey Recoverycenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / HUD Reaffirms Its Commitment to Hurricane Harvey Recovery The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Ben Carson Funds Greg Abbott HOUSING HUD hurricane harvey infrastructure Texas 2019-02-26 Radhika Ojha February 26, 2019 1,687 Views last_img read more

How has Covid-19 outbreak impacted your business?

first_imgIn the past two months, bakery businesses and their suppliers have been through greater upheaval than at any time since World War II.Some saw virtually all their trade disappear overnight when pubs, restaurants and schools shut their doors. Other closed up shop over fears they would find it impossible to keep staff and customers safe from infection.Meanwhile, those supplying the supermarkets saw demand soar as retailers struggled to keep bread and baked goods on shelves.But, in many cases, businesses transformed themselves overnight, finding new routes-to-market – whether that is delivering direct to consumers or securing new retail listings.If you run a bakery business or supply bakery firms with ingredients or equipment, we want to hear how your business was impacted by the outbreak.Please take a few minutes to fill in our brief survey and help us get a picture of how coronavirus has affected the baking industry, and how it has reacted to the challenges.last_img read more

Wooden Lion turns his gaze on Lion’s (Century) Park, thanks to Denny Leak and his chainsaw

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago I have watched this come about as I drive by here daily. Awesome work and very much appreciated. A great addition to the walking park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Priscilla Rinehart · 240 weeks ago I worked with Denny 20+ years ago. Glad to find this out about him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down M. Cortez · 240 weeks ago This wooden line looks really cool. It does not give a wooden touch. It looks so elegant and so nice. Also color is amazing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down carol v · 240 weeks ago What a terrific addition to this park! Love it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down dave · 240 weeks ago good job i think this lion is very cool and couldn’t be in a better place this is more of what wellington needs something to lighten the mood!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Susan DeMayo · 50 weeks ago Please send this to Mr Leer.This tree has turned into a beautiful peace of art. 12 years ago my son sat by this tree and went to heaven it has taken me years to just be able to drive by this park now I will go and sit to a result of love and beauty instead of deep heart ache. Thank you for your talent and your admiration to help and guide people. Susan DeMayo. Caldwell Ks Report Reply 1 reply · active 36 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Denny Leak · 36 weeks ago Dear Susan, Just by accident, I saw your comments today. It gave me goosebumps. I am touched by your message. Did you read the little plaque I put on the Lion. I knew about your story and I tried to leave a message of hope and encouragement. Bless your heart. Peace! Denny Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Denny Leak has been working hard on the wooden lion statue at Century Park, formerly known as Lions Park, in Wellington. With the recent storms and colder weather, it may be a month or more before the job is complete, but the lion statue is getting closer and definitely has the lion look.  Leak said he put a coat of linseed oil on the face and head area so the wood would not turn white when rain comes. He has also painted the eyes green. “I think it’s really going great,” he said. “I still have work to do on the body.” Leak was originally going to be paid by the city, but funds have run out, so he will not be getting paid. He had agreed to do the statue for the park board earlier. He does have some expense involved, which is mostly supplies for the saw and materials to put on the wood. In light of that he has created a Go Fund Me page (CLICK HERE TO DONATE) where people can make donations to the project. Leak said he would donate half of what is received will go to services for children he works with. Leak has been a child or school psychologist for a long time. He is also known to work with autistic children in a state program. He does things like take the children to a restaurant to learn how to order food, or go to a zoo, or other field trips. The field trips are not paid for by the programs. He started this project a few weeks ago, and has worked when he had time. The works is done primarily with a chain saw, but Leak uses other tools for detail. He did the eyes with a smaller tool, and twice sanded it off because he was not happy with how it looked.Denny Leak was originally going to be paid by the city of Wellington. Now he has set up a Go Fund Me page.That has made the eyes deeper though, and it gives the statue more depth, so he is still happy with it.  The project came about when the city was going to take out a large maple tree. The park board arranged with him to do a statue. He marked the tree as to what should be left, and the city took out the rest of the tree. It is a big older maple tree, which is great for sculpting. He said he was not sure what to make there, but his wife suggested a lion because it is (or was) the Lion’s’ Club park. “It is solid maple,” Leak said. “I am real excited because you can really see the maple wood.” Leak will use oil stain to darken the lion’s mane. The natural maple is a good color for the rest of the body. He has been carving things out of wood with a chainsaw for years, getting his start years ago clearing trees on his father’s farm in Colorado. His wife suggested making a bear, and he did. That went well, so there were more projects. At Wellington Lake, near the headquarters, there is a large walleye carved out of cedar, which is also his work.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Investment in African mega projects on the boil

first_img10 March 2015Investment in African mega projects surged 46% to $326-billion (almost R4-trillion) in 2014, led by heavy investment in transport, energy and power, according to the third annual Deloitte African Construction Trends Report, which monitors progress on capital intensive infrastructure on the continent.To qualify for inclusion in the report, projects must be valued at more than $50- million and had to have broken ground by at least 1 June 2014. While the number of projects that qualified for inclusion in the 2014 report fell to 257 from 322 the year before, the total value of projects under construction increased from $222.77-billion in 2013.“Africa’s rapidly growing middle class continues to drive demand for sustainable social infrastructure,” said Andre Pottas, Deloitte regional director. “Africa is en route to a brighter future and overall we see the opportunities surpassing the challenges facing our continent.”Of the projects in the 2014 Deloitte African Construction Trends Report, 143 were led by the public sector; a further 88 were private sector initiatives and 26 were classified as public private partnerships (PPPs). Energy and power accounted for 37% of the mega projects undertaken in Africa in 2014, followed by transport (34%), mining (9%), property (6%), water (5%), oil and gas (4%), mixed use facilities (2%) and health care (1%).“More than 10% of the projects included in this year’s survey were structured as PPPs, which is an increase from about 4% the previous year,” said Pottas. “That is very encouraging to see as we believe that significant private sector participation is required alongside government initiatives in order to enable Africa to close its infrastructure gap with the rest of the world.”Southern Africa led construction activity on the continent, accounting for $144.89- billion in projects, or 44.5% of the total value. West Africa overtook East Africa, with the region attracting $74.84-billion in projects, or 23% of the total projects on the continent by value.Central Africa experienced a massive 117% surge in the value of construction projects, which reached $33.21-billion while North Africa saw the value of construction projects jump almost 36% to $9.12-billion. East Africa experienced a moderate 10% decline in the value of projects, which nevertheless totalled a respectable $60.67-billion in 2014.“Africa continues to be a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI) and intra-African capital inflows,” said Pottas. “With a 76% completion rate of projects collected from our previous report, expectations remain high for infrastructure to provide the developing continent with much needed market expansion.”Africa’s infrastructural transformation is being driven by increased output in the natural resources sector, which in turn has underpinned rising fiscal expenditure on infrastructure projects to facilitate rising international trade with the continent.At the same time, rapidly growing urbanisation and rising domestic demand in Africa has ushered in an unprecedented wave of foreign direct investment in the continent’s biggest and most dynamic economies.“The African Construction Trends report confirms continued, intensive construction activity across the continent. The journey may not be high speed just yet but it is unfolding at a steadily increasing pace.”Source: Deloittelast_img read more

Falcons edge Bulldogs for 2-2 record

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Adamson center Papi Sarr during the Falcons’ game against the La Salle Green Archers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University evened its record in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament tripping National University, 83-76, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons improved to 2-2 tying the Bulldogs at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments MOST READ Adamson had four players scoring in double digits, and that was the kind of production head coach Franz Pumaren envisioned his team would have coming into the season. “What I saw right now was the team that I envisioned at the start of the season wherein each and everyone will contribute one way or the other,” said Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPapi Sarr led Adamson with a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double while Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta had 13 points apiece.Jerie Pingoy filled the stat sheets with 12 points, five assists, and six steals for the Falcons. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Pumaren on UE’s 0-4 start: ‘We need everyone to contribute’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kurt Lojera scored his lone field goal of the game on a pull-up jumper to give Adamson a 10-point lead, 76-66, while Sarr and Sean Manganti scored five straight points for an 81-69 buffer with 2:40 left as the Falcons kept the Bulldogs at bay.Jayjay Alejandro was the lone offensive bright spot for NU as he finished with 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, with seven rebounds.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Teams and their strength analysis

first_imgWith 127 players bought by the 10 IPL franchisees, here is an analysis of the teams and their strategies.KINGS XI PUNJABCurrent squadVirender SehwagAdam Gilchrist (Rs 4.14cr), David Hussey (Rs 6.4cr), Dinesh Karthik (Rs 4.14cr), Stuart Broad (Rs 2.07cr), Abhishek Nayar (Rs 3.68cr), Piyush Chawla ( Rs 4.14cr), Praveen Kumar (Rs 3.68cr), Ryan Harris (Rs 1.49cr), Shaun Marsh (Rs 2.07cr); Dimitri Mascarenhas (Rs 46 lakh)Team analysisKings XI have a decent mix with Adam Gilchrist, in all probability, leading the side in the fourth edition. David Hussey is a specialist T20 player and will give them a solid middle order batsman. The pace bowlers picked are Praveen Kumar, Stuart Broad and Ryan Harris. One fails to understand why would any franchisee pick a pace bowler who has been ruled out of action after undergoing a knee surgery and who would be fighting against time to get fit for the IPL. Even Stuart Broad isn’t a specialist T20 bowler.DELHI DAREDEVILSCurrent squadGautam Gambhir.Irfan Pathan (Rs 8.74cr), David Warner (Rs 3.45cr), Naman Ojha (Rs 1.24cr), James Hopes (Rs 1.61cr), Morne Morkel (Rs 2.18cr), Aaron Finch (Rs 1.38cr), Virender Sehwag (retained), Umesh Yadav (Rs 3.45 cr), Venugopal Rao (Rs 3.22 cr), Ashok Dinda (Rs 1.72 cr)Team analysisThe Daredevils have stitched together a team that doesn’t look very solid on paper. Irfan Pathan was bought at a whopping Rs 8.74 cr even though he hasn’t played international cricket for nearly two years and has just returned from an injury lay-off. David Warner comes back as he forms a lethal opening combination with Virender Sehwag. Morne Morkel is the main strike bowler but apart from these players, the Delhi line-up isn’t awe inspiring.advertisementPUNE WARRIORSCurrent squadZaheer Khan.Yuvraj Singh (Rs 8.28cr), Graeme Smith (Rs 2.30cr), Robin Uthappa (Rs 9.66cr), Tim Paine (Rs 1.24cr), Angelo Mathews (Rs 4.37cr), Nathan McCullum (Rs 46lakh), Callum Ferguson (Rs 1.38cr), Ashish Nehra (Rs 3.91cr), Jerome Taylor (Rs 46 lakh), Wayne Parnell (Rs 89.6 lakh), Mitchell Marsh (Rs 1.29 cr), Murali Kartik (Rs1.84 cr)Team analysisThe franchise owned by the Sahara conglomerate has jumped into the IPL bandwagon and have made quite a big splash at the auction itself. They seem to have all bases covered. They have a plethora of foreign talent at their disposal but with the limit of playing just four of them in the eleven, they would need some good local talent to supplement the squad. They have just under $1 million left to spend on players.DECCAN CHARGERSCurrent squadAdam Gilchrist.Kevin Pietersen (Rs 2.99 cr), Cameron White (Rs 5.06 cr), Kumar Sangakkara (Rs 3.22 cr), JP Duminy (Rs 1.38 cr), Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 1.38 cr); Dale Steyn (Rs 5.52 cr); Amit Mishra (Rs 1.38 cr); Ishant Sharma (Rs 2.07 cr) Pragyan Ojha (Rs 2.3 cr) Dan Christian (Rs 4.14 cr), Manpreet Goni (Rs 1.33 cr)Team analysisDeccan Chargers bid aggressively for Dale Steyn, currently the best bowler in the world. He is going to be a great asset in T20, even though he has a propensity to leak runs in limited overs cricket. They stuck with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who has had a fair amount of success in IPL. Cameron White is an intelligent buy as he has the ability to win a match on his own. But having Ishant Sharma in their ranks might be a double-edged sword as his form has dipped alarmingly.CHENNAI SUPER KINGSCurrent squadIfran Pathan.Michael Hussey (Rs 1.95cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 46lakh), Dwayne Bravo (Rs 92lakh), Doug Bollinger (Rs 3.22cr), R Ashwin (Rs 3.91cr), S Badrinath (Rs 3.68cr), MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and Albie Morkel (all retained), Sudeep Tyagi (Rs 1.1 cr), Scott Styris (Rs 92 lakh), Faf du Plessis (Rs 52 lakh), Ben Hilfenhaus (Rs 46 lakh)Team analysisThe defending champions had a clear strategy: retain as many stars of the previous seasons as possible, simply because as they won the IPL and the Champions League last year. So there was no surprise as they got back players like R Ashwin, Doug Bollinger and Sudip Tyagi. They have a good balance of national and international players. Having genuine all-rounders like Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel, who can hit some lusty blows, gives Chennai a settled look.KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERSCurrent squadRobin Uthappa.Gautam Gambhir (Rs 11.04 cr), Yusuf Pathan (Rs 9.66 cr), Jacques Kallis (Rs 5.06cr), Brad Haddin (Rs 1.49), Shakeeb Al Hasan (Rs 1.95cr); Brett Lee (Rs 1.84cr), Eoin Morgan (Rs 1.61 cr); Manoj Tiwary (Rs 2.18cr), Jaidev Unadkat (Rs 1.15 cr), Lakshmipathy Balaji (Rs 2.3 cr)Team analysisAfter being in the wrong half for the first three seasons, Shah Rukh Khan and his co-owners have decided to change strategy. They have spent most of their money on a selected few impact players. They have also cared nothing for sentiment and allowed Sourav Ganguly to leave. They have a well-balanced side as of now, but need some good local talent and uncapped players to fill the gaps in the squad. They don’t have a lot of money left in the bank though.advertisementTEAM KOCHICurrent squadDale Steyn.M Jayawardene (Rs 6.9cr), VVS Laxman (Rs 1.84cr), Brendon McCullum (Rs 2.18cr), Sreesanth (Rs 4.14cr), RP Singh (Rs 2.30cr), Parthiv Patel (Rs 1.33cr), Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 4.37cr), Steven Smith (Rs 92lakh), M Muralitharan (Rs 5.06cr), Brad Hodge (rs 1.95cr), Ramesh Powar (Rs 82.8 lakh), R Vinaykumar (Rs 2.18 cr), Steven O’Keefe (RS 9.2 lakh)Team analysisThe newest member of the IPL club seem to have played their cards well. Snapping up the experienced Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan is a good move. Sreesanth was always going to go to Kochi, as he is the state cricket’s poster boy. The explosive Brendon McCullum gives Kochi the x-factor while Parthiv Patel, Brad Hodge and VVS Laxman give them solidity in the middle order. RP Singh had a successful IPL-2 and provides the team a well-rounded look.MUMBAI INDIANSCurrent squadM S Dhoni.Rohit Sharma (Rs 9.2 cr), Andrew Symonds (Rs 3.91 cr), Davy Jacobs (Rs 87 lakh), James Franklin (Rs 46 lakh); Sachin Tendulkar (retained); Harbhajan Singh (retained); Kieron Pollard (retained); Lasith Malinga (retained), Munaf Patel (Rs 3.22 cr), Clint McKay (Rs 50.6 lakh)Team analysisThey were the most balanced side last season and if anything, they seem stronger this year. The core of their team is intact. The seam bowling department has also been strengthened with some sound buys. Mumbai has always produced good players so the local talent they sign should be of high quality as well. Playing under Tendulkar will be a major attraction for youngsters they wish to acquire. And interestingly, Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds will share the dressing room.ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORECurrent squadGautam Gambhir.Tillakaratne Dilshan (Rs 2.99 cr), Zaheer Khan (Rs 4.14 cr), AB de Villiers (Rs 5.06 cr), Daniel Vettori (Rs 2.53 cr), Saurabh Tiwary (Rs 7.36 cr); Dirk Nannes (Rs 2.99 cr); Cheteshwar Pujara (Rs 3.22 cr); Virat Kohli (retained), Mohammad Kaif (Rs 57.8 lakh), Charl Langeveldt (Rs 64.4 lakh), Abhimanyu Mithun (Rs 1.19 cr)Team analysisWith Anil Kumble by his side, Vijay Mallya could not have got it wrong. Most departments seem to be taken care of but the captaincy issue has to be decided. Kumble has quit playing and Rahul Dravid has moved to Rajasthan Royals. However, apart from Mithun, there seems to be a lack of local flavor in the squad and the franchise will have to look into the issue when it recruits its remaining players in the coming days. Dirk Nannes is an excellent buy as he is a proven performer in Indian conditions.RAJASTHAN ROYALSCurrent squadS Sreesanth.Ross Taylor (Rs 2.6 cr), Rahul Dravid (Rs 2.3 cr), Johan Botha (Rs 4.37 cr), Paul Collingwood (Rs1.15 cr), Shane Warne (retained), Shane Watson (retained), Shaun Tait (Rs 1.38 cr), Pankaj Singh (Rs 42.3 lakh)Team analysisThe winners in Season One have made some good buys but whether they will be good enough to upset the applecart of more fancied teams remains to be seen.advertisementUnder the astute captaincy of Shane Warne, the Royals have been punching above their weight. The champion leg-spinner spinner will have to work his magic once more to get the best out of his squad. Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson will hold the key for them once again.last_img read more

10 months agoFulham to release Luca de la Torre for loan

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to release Luca de la Torre for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuca de la Torre is set to leave Fulham next month.The Mirror says Fulham are looking to send De la Torre out on loan.Fulham will allow him to leave for more first-team games next month and they have received initial interest from clubs in Germany and the Netherlands.Several League One clubs are also interested in the US international.Cottagers chiefs believe six months away will accelerate De la Torre’s development. last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle offer Benitez new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle offer Benitez new contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United have offered manager Rafa Benitez a new one-year contract offer.The Times says there has been fresh discussion about overcoming the current impasse, and a front runner is the possibility of a 12-month extension on the £6m-a-year deal the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager signed in May 2016.Owner Mike Ashley, who is keen to sell the club and has called on would-be purchasers, including Peter Kenyon, to meet his asking price of between £280-£300m this month, remains unlikely to strengthen heavily during January without agreement.If Benitez agrees to the new deal then the tight hold on club’s finances is likely to be unlocked, although there remains a fundamental disagreement over how that money should be spent; Ashley wants young players whose value will rise and Benitez wants experience.However, without the confirmation of Benitez staying beyond the end of the season, Newcastle are unlikely to sanction the spending spree their supporters have been calling on for three transfer windows. last_img read more

a month agoAston Villa boss Smith: Players sorted out Mings, El Ghazi incident

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith: Players sorted out Mings, El Ghazi incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has played down an incident between Anwar El-Ghazi and Tyrone Mings. El-Ghazi appeared to throw his head at Mings, who yelled at his team-mate for being out of position in Monday’s goalless draw with West Ham United.On the incident, Smith said: “I didn’t need to [intervene], the players dealt with it. That’s the group of players I’ve got. There’s a great togetherness and team spirit in the dressing room.”Looking at it, he went over the edge a little but I’m happy for the players to do that. It was a bit of a heat of the moment, that will happen.”That’s the end of it. It got dealt with very quickly, it’s a team sport. It happens. At half time they shook hands and did their best for their teammates in the second half.”No it’s not a concern. [El Ghazi] has got a little bit of red mist in him like most professional players have.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Alabama DB John Fulton Has Started A Fundraiser To Help Pay For Altee Tenpenny’s Funeral

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, tragedy struck the Alabama community when former Crimson Tide running back Altee Tenpenny was killed in a one-car crash in Mississippi. Since, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support from Tenpenny’s former teammates. One is going above and beyond for Tenpenny’s family.John Fulton, a former defensive back for the program, has set up a gofundme.com account to help raise money for Tenpenny’s funeral. At the time of this post, over $8,500 has been raised. The goal is $15,000. Considering it’s only been live for 12 hours, it’s a safe bet they’re going to reach it.We all knew Altee as a guy that would do anything for anybody. Well now is our chance to give back to his family https://t.co/uR0jV9x3mx— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015It doesn’t matter if it’s $1, $10 or $100 anything helps. We all know Altee would have done it for us #FlyHighMyGuy #RIPAltee— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015Props to Fulton for taking charge. We’re sure Tenpenny’s family and friends appreciate it.last_img read more