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Amb. Elder on 2017: ‘Smooth Transition Part of Mature Democracy’

first_imgU.S Ambassador Christine Elder says the US will support a smooth transition in Liberia’s 2017 elections, and called on Liberians to be prepared for transparent elections.“The peaceful transition in my country despite people’s feeling is an enduring tradition. This is something we all wish for Liberia and we are confident it will happen because this is part of the process of a mature democracy,” Ambassador Elder said.She urged young people to respectfully and peacefully engage the political process, saying that that way, they can ensure that their voices are not just heard but heeded. She made the statement yesterday at a program marking the official opening of the Young Political Leadership School (YPLS) in Monrovia. The school operates under the guidance of NAYMOTE, a partner for democratic development that promotes citizens’ understanding of democratic processes and the long-term benefits of their participation in these processes. Established in 2001 by student leaders and activists, the institution has been one of the leading grassroots organizations promoting democracy, peace building, human rights and civic engagement in Liberia. However, Ambassador Elder said the fact that young people form the majority in Liberia is an indication that they will have a say in the political process, adding that their say must be respectful or peaceful.Ambassador Elder told the over 100 students that the skills gained during the course will allow them to walk through life with pride.“The tool of leadership you are sharpening and acquiring this week will be with you in every walk of life. Until you are in that category of the elderly, the tool you are going to learn about – building consensus and reaching a common goal – are the two marks of success,” Ambassador Elder said.For his part, the United Nations DSRSG for Peace Consolidation in Liberia, Yacoub El Hillo, stressed the important role young people have to play in the upcoming elections, which entails ensuring that the 2017 elections end peaceably. “The strength in your number is an opportunity, but it also has a responsibility to ensure that the election is peaceful and produces an outcome that all Liberians can remain proud of,” El Hillo said.Yesterday’s opening session was also attended by Sweden’s Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordström.The YPLS training focuses on the campaign process, public speaking, citizen engagement, transformational leadership development, grassroots campaign organizing, and campaign communications, including digital media campaigning.The training serves as the third semester of the YPLS program. It brought together students from across the 15 counties, among them university students, representatives of youth-oriented organizations, young candidates, professionals and political fanatics that are passionate about improving democracy and electoral politics through effective youth leadership and participation.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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PPP to elect presidential candidate today

first_img…detractors will not influence process – JagdeoThe Executive of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will today vote to elect its presidential candidate for the upcoming Regional and General Elections.The five candidates contesting for the position are Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira; former Attorney General Anil Nandlall; former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali; former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony and Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud.Last week, these candidates made their case in presentations before the Party’s Executive, and their submissions were discussed ahead of this weekend’s voting via secret ballot.Previously, in the PPP, the presidential candidate was consensually nominated, but this time around there are more than one candidate; as such, the Party resorted to using the secret ballot.Speaking with reporters at his weekly press briefing on Thursday, PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo believes that a consensus candidate would have been the more desired way forward.“It’s always better to have a consensus candidate; in any organisation, that’s the ideal thing… [So] which party doesn’t want to have a consensus? Shouldn’t that be what you want to work towards? Is that not the best thing to do?” Jagdeo, who is also the Opposition Leader, queried.The Opposition Leader made it clear that outside opinions and detractors such as Freddie Kissoon and sections of the media who are attempting to dictate the Party’s decision will not influence the process in electing the candidate. Last week, a section of the media launched an attack to desecrate the character of Irfaan Ali, who is one of the presidential prospects in the candidacy race. In 2018, the same was done to Gail Teixeira by Kissoon who attempted to discredit the Chief Whip.The Opposition Leader assured that whoever is selected from the five would receive the full support and cooperation of the other candidates going forward.“In the presentation, every single one of the five said, ‘If I do not become the [presidential] candidate, I will work with, and support, the other person’. They all said that explicitly. This was asked of everyone…every single one of the five said, ‘Yes, I will work for the interest of the Party and support [whoever is selected]’… So that is really good for our organisation,” Jagdeo stated.According to the Leader of the Opposition, this is particularly important since the Party has a specific programme to execute when it returns to office. This includes reversing the draconian measures imposed on the mining sector by the coalition Government; reopening the three sugar estates that were closed in 2017; bringing in private investors to employ persons and restore benefits to pensioners and the children.Jagdeo said the PPP was also looking to create a “big tent” when in office to include civil society and other stakeholders who have been approaching the Party, expressing a desire to work with the Party. This, he added, include youths whom the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) seemed to have abandoned.In fact, using himself as a prime example, Jagdeo pointed out that the PPP has a track record on young people in politics that is unassailable in this region. The former Head of State reminded too that more than half of his Cabinet was below the age of 40 and were managing some of the country’s critical sectors.“We are a party that give young people opportunities. I was in my 20s when I became a minister, I was 35 when my party selected me to take the office of the President,” he said.Now, he added, this trend continues with one of the presidential candidates being in his 30s, two in their 40s, another in his 50s and one in her 60s.“So we have a range of people with years of experience as well. They had worked themselves up to the leadership of the Party and they had not just the Government experience, but went to the congress; they got elected; they went to the [Central Committee], and then they got to the Executive … So we have a proven track record with young people,” Jagdeo reaffirmed.Jagdeo noted that the Party has also started work on its candidacy lists for Nomination Day, which could be early February. To this end, he is calling on persons interested in being on the Party’s regional, national top-up and geographical lists to so indicate.last_img read more

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Strong defensive performance leads to 3-0 win for Huskies

first_imgHead Coach Gary Alexander says that while the energy wasn’t particularly high in the game, players did their jobs effectively and hindered the Dawson Creek attack all night.“I thought we played really well defensively. We played our position well, we clogged up the middle, we collapsed well in front of the net when they had any chances,” he says. “We kept them to the outside all night long. I didn’t think we had the best energetic game but we did really play our positions well and that paid off.”The third line of Dayne Pedersen, Cole Calliou and Shawn Holliday were a spark plug for the Huskies all night. The Junior Canucks had issues all evening with the speed of the trio and were responsible for all three goals on the evening.- Advertisement -“They had a real good game. They clicked well together. Calliou was great digging out pucks. They had a really pretty little play where they popped that one goal in. Two out of the three goals for that line was a real bonus for us tonight.” Alexander states.Scoring in order for the Huskies were Dayne Pedersen, Cole Calliou, and Shawn Holliday.The win essentially clinches third place in the North West Junior Hockey League standings for the Huskies. The team needs one win in their final two games against either Beaverlodge or Slave Lake to officially put their stamp on the spot.Advertisement Next up for Fort St. John is a game tomorrow night as the team travels to Beaverlodge to take on the Blades. Faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.last_img read more

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Junior wants ownership of DEI racing

first_imgFour-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon said the following day he expected Junior to leave DEI, adding he would have his pick of teams and that Teresa was “making a big mistake” if she didn’t recognize her stepson was “holding all the cards.” Earnhardt and his stepmother have had an up-and-down relationship for most of his life, and the frostiness between the two was revealed in December when she told The Wall Street Journal he needed to decide “whether he wants to be a NASCAR driver or whether he wants to be a public personality.” Earnhardt admitted the comment stung and said Thursday he has tried hard to “keep the bitterness out” when he discusses their relationship and his contract situation. But he reiterated he didn’t appreciate her remark, which he assumed was a jab at the time he spends working on his one-hour weekly radio show, his television program and numerous commercials. “I don’t make … it a habit of seeking out attention all the time,” he said. “She portrayed it as I was out there waving a flag, `Hey, look at me. I can dance, I can sing and check me out.’ “I enjoy my radio show. It’s an hour long. It takes no time to do. My TV show takes five days out of the year to shoot. Those things are easy.” Wednesday, Earnhardt and his sister and key business adviser, Kelley Earnhardt Elledge, met with new DEI president of global operations Max Siegel and team general manager Richie Gilmore. Earnhardt said the meeting was an opportunity for him and his sister to speak with Siegel at length for the first time. “It’s one hell of a breakthrough for DEI,” Earnhardt said. “This guy’s pretty impressive. To sit down with him and talk with him a little bit, I think he brings a lot of integrity and credibility to wherever he’s at. I’m excited that he’s at DEI.” But will that change anything? “I’ll just have to see,” Earnhardt said. “I don’t think that would affect my decisions. He’s a great guy to talk and a great guy to work with, and he’s going to speed things up. He’s going to improve the negotiations and help those things and make it a little bit easier. A lot of the problems in the past was it was very clunky and went along. We could never get the gears meshed. I think you can improve that.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants more than a piece of his father’s company. He wants his stepmother to give him majority ownership, a negotiating demand that might force him to part ways with Dale Earnhardt Inc. after this season. His DEI contract is up at the end of the year, and negotiations have been tense since Teresa Earnhardt seemingly questioned his commitment to the team in a December interview. “The main factor is the ownership part,” Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday at NASCAR’s annual preseason media day at Daytona International Speedway. “It has nothing to do with money and nothing else really. … My father has been gone for five, six years now. I want majority ownership. That’s basically it.” Earnhardt said he was unsure whether his stepmother would be willing to give up ownership. center_img But he seems determined to try. If NASCAR’s most popular driver were to leave DEI, he would become the sport’s most sought-after free agent. Most people believe Earnhardt only would part ways with DEI to drive for team owner Richard Childress, who fielded cars for the elder Earnhardt during six of his seven championship seasons. Childress has said he would be interested in talking to Junior. Kevin Harvick, who replaced Earnhardt’s father at Richard Childress Racing, has said he would be thrilled to have Junior as a teammate. He even called Teresa Earnhardt a “deadbeat owner that doesn’t come to the racetrack” two weeks ago. The widow of the late Dale Earnhardt, Teresa Earnhardt took over as DEI’s chief executive officer after Earnhardt’s death in 2001 at the Daytona 500. last_img

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Dodgers notes: Bigbie looking healthy

first_imgAll of which would seem to suggest that the hernia is history. The question now is whether Bigbie, who has an escape clause in his contract if another club comes calling with a major-league contract, will soon be history, too. “I’m not looking at it like that,” Bibgie said. “Every day I put a Dodgers uniform on, I’m playing for this team. I don’t think about scouts in the stands. But obviously, if I play well, anything can happen. I just want to get my name back out there as a healthy player.” The harsh reality for Bigbie and just about any other Dodgers position player currently on the bubble is that there isn’t much of a bubble to sit on. If the Dodgers go with the now-standard 11 pitchers, there probably will be room for one guy who isn’t already a lock. If they go with 12 pitchers – which is unlikely considering they don’t have to use a fifth starter until April 10 – it doesn’t appear there will be room for anyone. “But a lot of things can happen in one month,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “We certainly don’t feel like we have too many players.” Late-inning heroics by fringe players are fairly common in spring-training games, a consequence of the fact those players generally are facing bottom-of-the-barrel pitchers. Bigbie’s first homer came off Chris Schroder, his second off Emiliano Fruto. Rough start: Left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who is among those competing for the vacant fifth starter’s spot, came on in relief of Jason Schmidt to begin the third inning against the Nationals. Thirteen batters later, Hendrickson had given up seven runs on five hits while recording just five outs. In fairness, three of the runs were unearned as a result of the Dodgers’ fourth and fifth errors in their first two Grapefruit games. Still, it was a harrowing spring debut for Hendrickson, a veteran starter who made it clear to Dodgers officials well before arriving in camp that he has little interest in pitching out of the bullpen, as he did late last season. “Usually in spring training, you’re going to have two or three outings where you (struggle),” Hendrickson said. “There are going to be times down here when you make good pitches and get hit and times when you make bad pitches and get outs. … But regardless of the results, this is about preparing for April. I just wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be.” Tired topic: Non-roster lefty Matt White made his spring debut, relieving Hendrickson and retiring all four batters he faced. With that, White officially began to focus his attention on making the club at a point when he admittedly has tired of talking about the fact he is literally sitting on a gold mine. White spent a good portion of Thursday doing national interviews after an Associated Press story emerged that the $50,000 piece of land he had bought from an aging relative in Massachusetts was discovered to have what by some accounts is a billion dollars worth of stone. “Things have been blown so far out of proportion,” White said. “These last 72 hours have been really busy. I never signed up for any of this. But I think this will all pass and be old news in a week.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bigbie took over in left field in the fifth inning of Friday’s game – a 12-7 pasting of the Washington Nationals in front of 4,101 at Holman Stadium – and went 3 for 3 with a three-run homer, a two-run homer and a leadoff double that barely missed being his third homer of the day, landing just inside the right-field foul line and just short of the wall. In two Grapefruit games, Bigbie is 4 for 4. Throw in Wednesday’s intrasquad game, and he already has three home runs. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – Veteran outfielder Larry Bigbie, who is in spring training with the Dodgers on a minor-league contract, said a week ago that he would have to play a handful of Grapefruit League games before he would know whether he had fully recovered from the hernia that sidelined him for almost all of last season. A handful apparently meant two. Three if you count intrasquad games. last_img read more

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The naming story of the `millennium’

first_imgEdwards said she was stunned to read about the other school with the similar name in a Daily Breeze article Thursday. The group affiliated with Riordan has said it would submit a petition in mid-November. “That would be something that would have to change,” Edwards said about the name. “I believe it’s on a first-come, first-served basis.” In an e-mail Friday, Rebecca Bunn, Riordan Foundation president, said she was not aware of Edwards’ group. One of the groups would need to pick a different name, said Greg McNair, the chief administrative officer for LAUSD’s charter school division. “We will definitely try to convince them to change their names if they choose a name that is similar to an existing school,” McNair said. “The person who will have to change is the person who comes in second in terms of getting the charter approved.” The New Millennium group plans to open in the fall with 150 ninth-graders. Backers haven’t chosen a location but would rent space. The Millennium High group plans to open in the fall with 215 ninth- and 10th-graders. Both schools would add an additional grade level each year, eventually reaching about 500 to 600 high school students. Both schools also would have a technology orientation, but the Edwards group plans to offer technology curriculum as a vocational program. Edwards has made inroads with California State University, Dominguez Hills. The four-year university would offer college-level courses in digital media arts and computer programming to the students. Carson residents James and Melba Kirkendoll, an engineer and retired technology officer with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, have been chosen as board members, Edwards said. The group’s September charter proposal was its second. In 2005, the group requested a charter as El Camino High from LAUSD and Centinela Valley Union High School District. Both were denied. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON: Two groups have applied to open charter schools with the word in their names. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Let the battle for the millennium begin. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Two groups planning to open technology-oriented charter schools in Carson in September are on a collision course over naming rights. Each group has claimed the word millennium, moves unlikely to pass the Los Angeles Unified School District’s filter if it ultimately grants the schools their operating charters. Earlier this month, a group with ties to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan announced plans for the New Millennium Secondary School. Unbeknownst to them, two teachers submitted a petition for Millennium High School a month earlier. Lisa Edwards, a Spanish instructor at El Camino College, and Stephany Glover, a substitute teacher at Curtiss Middle School in Carson, say they’ll open an independent high school with ninth and 10th grades in the fall. last_img read more

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JUDGE CALLS LAST ORDERS ON DONEGAL CHRISTMAS NIGHT OPENING

first_imgA judge has called a halt to a Donegal “tradition” after hearing Gardai and the public were being put at risk as a result.Donegal drinkers will be left thirsty on Christmas night!Nightclubs across Donegal have traditionally opened at one minute past midnight on December 26th to allow Christmas revellers celebrate the festive season, Letterkenny court heard. But now a Judge has ended the tradition after Garda objections heard the custom led to fighting and all sorts of other problems.Garda Supt Eugene McGovern told the court that one Garda was still off work after receiving injuries last year.Solicitors sought five special exemption orders for bar licenses at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.The applications were made on behalf of Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, Patsy Dan’s club, Dunfanaghy, the Fleet’s Inn, Downings, Simpsons Club, Carndonagh, and The Bailey, RecastleSupt McGovern said “This doesn’t relate to any of these premises but last Christmas two of my officers were very seriously assaulted, one of whom still hasn’t been able to return to work,” he told Judge Paul Kelly.The senior Garda said he hadn’t objected to the license applications last year because Christmas had happened on a weekend.He added that fast food outlets had planned to open until 4am to serve the crowds expected at the clubs.“Our experience is that the patrons drink in the queues before the opening.“And then there is an ongoing issue with local people due to noise.“Fortunately in most areas of the country clubs don’t open on Christmas night. There is a history of opening here in Donegal.”Judge Paul Kelly said the evidence spoke for itself and said alcohol was the core factor for 95% of public order cases before him.“Supt McGovern and Sgt Lynch have given evidence of their concerns which are well founded and grounded in public safety,” said the judge.“They went out of the way to compliment the premises concerned. However on a daily basis in courts here we deal with a substantial number of public order offences and possibly 95% of them arise out of excessive consumption of alcohol.“The case are sadly always the same; a crowd spills onto the street, rows start and public order offences take place and in often injuries arise, sometimes bad injuries.”He refused the license applications in all cases.JUDGE CALLS LAST ORDERS ON DONEGAL CHRISTMAS NIGHT OPENING was last modified: December 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:bar licenseCHristmas nightJudge Paul KellySupt Eugene McGovernlast_img read more

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GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCTION CENTRE LAUNCHES FANTASTIC NEW WEBSITE

first_imgGartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre, have launched a fantastic new website. Previously, it was called Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, the slight change in name is very deliberate.It more properly reflects our full role as leaders in Outdoor Learning, and in Outdoor Adventure Training. Run under the auspices of County Donegal Education and Training Board (used to be VEC), we felt it time for Gartan to communicate its training provision more effectively.We have always provided a very high level of training, but we’ve probably held that as a little secret!Our staff members at Gartan are hugely experienced, and qualified, across a broad range of adventure sports.Each is also a highly experienced educator, committed to the high impact and lasting learning potential of the great outdoors. Such learning is best achieved in the company of instructors for whom personal and group safety is fundamental, while still being able to challenge people of all ages and abilities to extend themselves beyond their own boundaries, and to develop individually and as teams.We’re well known for our Outdoor Education and Learning provision, in this stunningly beautiful location on Gartan Lough.And we’re always learning ourselves. We’re also held in very high regard by National Governing Bodies for our various adventure sports.So high in fact that we hold prominent roles within some of our NGBs, and we are called upon more than any others to assist in course and safety development work.We at Gartan hope you like our new site, and can more easily find what you need. The site contains a blog for up to date information and events. Please also visit our Facebook page, Gartan, for regular updates on what is happening at Gartan and in Outdoor Learning and Adventure Sport Training.We welcome feedback, so if you have useful ideas that you’d like to see incorporated, let us know.Contact Diego at diego@gartan.com, or call us 074 9137032GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCTION CENTRE LAUNCHES FANTASTIC NEW WEBSITE was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BusinessFeaturesGartan OECNew WebsiteNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Comparing the strongest starting XIs of the Premier League ‘big six’ right now

first_img 7 LIVING THE DREAM 7 Often, the players you keep in the summer are more important than the ones you bring in. Chelsea will consider it a minor miracle if they hang onto all four of Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kante, Willian and Eden Hazard.Their current starting XI is undoubtedly strong, and Maurizio Sarri’s philosophy is likely to do it more justice than a confrontational Antonio Conte.The acquisition of Serie A’s best passer in Jorginho is exactly what the Blues needed and, as things stand, they have the Premier League’s best player in Hazard. He is often enough on his own.However, lose any of their star men over the next four days and they will be in deep trouble.Liverpool Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 7 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 7 Liverpool won the transfer window.It has been a summer of content for the Reds, who broke the world-record goalkeeper fee to sign Alisson as well as three top-quality players in Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, spending more than £160m.The gaps have been filled and they appear primed for title contention.Perhaps they are one centre-back away from a successful challenge, though.Tottenham The Gunners’ marquee signing actually came last season: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of world football’s top marksmen. After a summer of rest and a prolific pre-season, you can expect big things from him.With regards to this summer, they have strengthened where needed, with the additions of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos providing a much-needed base to back up their already-impressive attack.Unai Emery is reportedly unimpressed with the centre-backs he inherited, and if they are to make another signing, it will probably be a partner for Sokratis.Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Mourinho is not happy with his squad At first glance, Jose Mourinho’s complaints appear unfounded (as usual). United, on paper, have a top-class side. £47m-signing Fred will bring an extra dimension to their midfield, while Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant will improve the squad’s depth.However, depth is something they seriously lack at the beginning of the season. Mourinho is staring at a totally depleted squad to face Leicester on Friday.He will be without Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard for definite.Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford raced back from their holidays to help out for the Premier league opener, but it remains to be seen if they will be match fit.On top of all that, Mourinho seemingly has little faith in his options at centre-back. They need to act fast.Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld are all linked with a move to Old Trafford.Manchester City targets That’s according to Jose Mourinho, who believes the Red Devils are in for a ‘difficult season’ unless they sign someone urgently (preferably a centre-back).So, what if the transfer window shut right now?talkSPORT.com compares each starting XI to see who is best prepared for the new season, and more importantly, who desperately needs to splash some cash:Arsenal IN DEMAND LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 7 RANKED LATEST Spurs haven’t signed anyone.While they remain strong, this team finished third last year and everyone around them has strengthened. Harry Kane’s 30 goals still left them 23-points adrift of City.Surely they must improve before the window shuts?Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish is their most likely addition.Manchester United 7 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets REVEALED If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Manchester City’s record-breakers are in no need of improvement.They have added former PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez to their ranks, who will rotate with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling on the flanks to bring additional strength to the champions.Bernardo Silva will gradually feature more and more as he fills the boots of his namesake David Silva.However, it is no secret that Pep Guardiola desperately wanted Jorginho, and he is yet to find a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Fernandinho. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on 7 Everybody stay calm. There’s still four days to go until the transfer window closes.Unless you’re a Manchester United fan. Then you should definitely panic. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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Nissan to flee L.A. area

first_imgNissan Motor Co. announced Thursday it is moving its North American headquarters and nearly 1,300 jobs from California to the Nashville area to take advantage of the lower cost of doing business in the Southeast. “The board of Nissan decided to relocate our North American headquarters, and we’re coming to Tennessee,” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said at a news conference at the state Capitol attended by Gov. Phil Bredesen and other top state officials. The headquarters, which has been based in Gardena, will relocate to Williamson County, a suburban area south of Nashville. Industry analysts say the move could threaten Southern California’s dominance as a hub for Japanese automakers and strengthen the Southeast’s standing as a major manufacturing center for automakers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ghosn said the company will invest $70 million to build a new headquarters building in Franklin, which is expected to be complete by 2008. The first employees will transfer to Tennessee next summer and work out of temporary offices in downtown Nashville. The nearly 1,300 people employed at Nissan’s Los Angeles area headquarters work in management, marketing, advertising, sales and distribution and dealership development for North America. Ghosn said he expects about half the California employees will move to Tennessee, but he’s not sure of the exact number. Ghosn cited lower real estate and business taxes as major reasons for the move. “The costs of doing business in Southern California are much higher than the costs of doing business in Tennessee,” he said. Tennessee government officials say they offered Nissan an incentives package, which included tax breaks and other credits, but did not give a total amount Thursday. Nissan currently has a manufacturing headquarters in Smyrna and an engine plant in Decherd and employs more than 7,000 people in Tennessee. Nissan’s plant in Smyrna was built in 1980 as the company’s first factory outside Japan. Altima cars, Xterra and Pathfinder sport utility vehicles and Frontier pickups are manufactured there. Nissan was one of the first of several major carmakers – DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedes division, BMW AG, General Motors Corp.’s Saturn unit, Toyota Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. – to build plants in the Southeast. The region remains one of the cheapest areas to do business in the country because of low taxes, wages and real estate costs. Tom Libby, an automotive analyst with JD Power and Associates, said Nissan’s relocation could make other Japanese automakers in Southern California – Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. – consider moving. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., said another 1,500 jobs would be lost outright or affected by the move, including accounting services, legal service, advertising and similar industries. The relocation announcement comes as Nissan continues a robust growth track after losing money for several years. Before setting up an alliance with Renault SA of France in 1999, Nissan was on the verge of collapse but has since come back under the leadership of Ghosn, sent in by Renault, who closed plants and cut costs. Nissan has forecast a sixth straight year of record profit for the full fiscal year through March 2006. The company is expecting about $4.6 billion net profit for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006, on $80.8 billion in sales. Shares of the company rose 13 cents to close at $20.01 Thursday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. 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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