Transfer speculation ramps up cross channel

first_imgWith the transfer market just days from opening it’s reported that Manchester City will move for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. It’s expected that the 25 year old former Celtic defender would cost City around 60 million euro.Meanwhile, Joe Hart is being linked with Liverpool. The 29 year old Manchester City stopper is currently on loan at Torino so would not be available until next summer.last_img

Dallas Keuchel ‘best fit’ for Padres, report says

first_img“I don’t think we operate in the world of temptation,” Van Wagenen said (via SNY). “We like the guys we have here. We’ll always monitor ways to get better, but we like the guys we have …”The 31-year-old lefty is throwing 95-pitch simulated games every five days to prepare himself for action.Keuchel, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Astros, has a career 76-63 record with a 3.66 ERA. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner has thrown 200 or more innings in three of the last five seasons. Dallas Keuchel is still without a team more than two weeks into the season, but a front-runner for his services may have emerged.The free-agent pitcher is now reportedly seeking a one-year contract worth more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected from the Astros. He has been tied in reports to the Padres, Mets and Brewers. But ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday that San Diego would be the “best fit” for both sides. The Padres boast the best record in the NL (11-6) and showed with their massive offseason commitment to Manny Machado they’re dedicated to winning now. The Padres reiterated that commitment when they began the season with prized prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. on the big-league roster. If they had left him in Triple-A until April 12, they could have delayed his potential free agency down the road by one season, but they wanted him on the roster to start the season to help the club.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHeard this read on Dallas Keuchel’s market today: He’s open to a good 1-year deal; San Diego could be the best fit. Padres off to a good start. For Keuchel, pitching in big parks of NL West a nice pitstop for 2019. SD ownership has demonstrated it’ll go above/beyond for 2019.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 14, 2019According to the ESPN report, Keuchel could also benefit by pitching in the more spacious parks of the NL West.As far as the Mets’ supposed interest in Keuchel, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday he’s happy with the arms the team has now.last_img read more

Misleading traffic signs

first_imgDear Editor,For the longest while, there have been two misleading traffic signs at the junction of Thomas Street and parallel roads of Stanley Place and Vlissengen Road. Thomas Street is one-way going east from Vlissengen Road to Lamaha Street in Kitty. However, the arrow sign at the junction of Stanley Place and Thomas Street directs traffic to proceed west on Thomas Street. Confoundingly, a stop sign is also incongruously painted on the road surface of the Thomas Street bridge connecting Vlissengen Road to Stanley Place.Recently while driving north along Stanley Place, I slowed at its intersection with Thomas Street as a precaution. In the process, I exchanged greetings with two traffic ranks who were on duty nearby. The two traffic policemen were appreciably courteous, and appeared undaunted by the seething heat of the day.During my pause, a brief conversation arose regarding the misleading signs. One of the ranks confessed that the Police were aware of the erring signs, and said that he even had prior confrontations with some road users who were abusing the signs’ misrepresentation. He added that the issue was raised “higher up” several months ago, but, to date, the situation remains uncorrected.As I continued my journey, I thought about the misleading signs’ potential for accidents. I thought about the oblivion or indifference by those responsible for the maintenance of roads and traffic safety. I thought about the evolved apathy of many citizens, now moved to silence, because ventilated matters like these invariably seem to bounce off of deaf ears fastened upon the brain-boxes of the powers that be. I thought about the apparent disconnection and incoherence of the arms of state – something that has seriously affected the ability of certain entities to successfully prosecute those who were, and still are, fingered in massive acts of corruption against the state.Effective networking and seamless collaboration among relevant entities – namely the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and City Council — on matters like these misleading road signs would have seen their correction ages ago. Do we now have to import “experts” from somewhere to produce a report with recommendations to fix this teeny matter?Sincerely,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

Park service says no to church picnic

first_imgOrganizers of the county’s All Church Picnic have called off this year’s event.Ryan Hurley, president of Detour Ministries, said plans to hold the fourth annual event on July 29 on the grounds of Pearson Air Museum were canceled after the National Park Service denied their permit request.Pearson Air Museum is within the footprint of the park service’s Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. However, the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust has the sole fiscal and operational responsibility for the museum.The city had already issued a permit for the picnic, said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the National Trust. At that point, picnic organizers figured the 2012 picnic was going to be business as usual, Hurley said.In previous years, “We had never been asked to contact the National Park Service, nor had we been contacted by the National Park Service,” Hurley said.“Unfortunately, the event had not been reviewed or authorized by us” in previous years, said Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.last_img read more