Arsenal hero Paul Merson endorses Chelsea’s transfer move for £80m target Declan Rice

first_imgArsenal hero Paul Merson endorses Chelsea’s transfer move for £80m target Declan Rice Advertisement Advertisement Paul Merson has endorsed Chelsea’s transfer move for Declan Rice (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has endorsed Chelsea’s transfer move for £80million target Declan Rice.Rice spent almost a decade at Chelsea’s academy and is being strongly linked with a return to the club, having flourished at West Ham over the past two seasons.Frank Lampard is determined to bolster his squad at Stamford Bridge this summer and has already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.Rice has emerged as another top target and Chelsea are now considering an offer for the 21-year-old, who West Ham value at around £80million.ADVERTISEMENTFormer Arsenal and England star Merson can understand why Chelsea are targeting Rice and says the player ‘ticks a lot of boxes’.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Declan Rice is going to have choices this summer and I can see why Chelsea want him,’ Merson told StarSport. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Aug 2020 4:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Comment Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 17:35FullscreenBayern Munich v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He has become a top class holding midfielder for his age. He’s so disciplined, and I think it’s up to him how far he goes in the game.‘There will be a lot of teams after him. In my day you had to have experience to play that position but he does it so well.‘West Ham will have to get the right price if they sell. But I can see why Frank Lampard wants him.‘If you’re playing three at the back he ticks the boxes. He’d be comfortable in the middle of a three.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Since David Luiz left they’ve not had anybody who can play that role and be comfortable bringing the ball out.‘I don’t really see him in a four, but he could play just in front of a four if they need him to. I can see where Lampard’s coming from.‘It’s hard to know what his value is though. Everyone is waiting for that first big one to go in the transfer market and set the benchmark.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Chelsea make breakthrough with Ben Chilwell transfer from Leicester CityMORE: Chelsea ready to abandon Jan Oblak transfer despite crunch Atletico talkslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Rehabilitate Historical Building for Behavioral Health Center in Downtown Scranton

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Rehabilitate Historical Building for Behavioral Health Center in Downtown Scranton January 07, 2020 Infrastructure,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transaction of $7 million with the Scranton Counseling Center (SCC) to help fund the adaptive reuse of a historic cornerstone building at 329 Cherry Street in downtown Scranton.The rehabilitated building will be the site of SCC’s behavioral health clinic and administrative offices, as well as a pharmacy and primary health clinic to provide support services for the clinic’s clients. For the last 40 years, it has been operating out of a former Sears department store that was adequate but certainly less than desirable for its needs.“As Lackawanna County’s largest community behavioral health provider, this revitalized building will give the Scranton Counseling Center the sort of facility it needs to properly serve people in that region,” said Gov. Wolf. “It also will provide additional capacity to meet the growing needs of the area.”SCC served more than 10,250 consumers during the 2018 fiscal year, which represents 14 percent growth compared with the previous year. Its client base is more than 80 percent low-income Medicaid, with most classified as having severe mental illnesses. Services are provided to the public regardless of their ability to pay. The center’s extensive list of programs includes such things as psychiatric evaluations, 24-hour crisis intervention, community- and school-based behavioral health teams, and drug and alcohol treatment services.The new facility is a 108,000-square-foot brick building located on a main thoroughfare in the city’s revitalized south-side neighborhood. The historically significant building most recently functioned as a storage facility. The structure will be renovated to provide much-improved functionality for the center’s programs and staff. The new location is not far from the center’s current office, so it will cause minimal disruption for consumers.“I can’t emphasize enough the critical role played by the Scranton Counseling Center for people in Lackawanna County facing behavioral health challenges,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “This new structure should help the center provide a higher quality of care and offer more space to treat a larger number of patients in the years ahead.”This project is expected to create 39 temporary full-time construction jobs paying an average wage of nearly $22/hour. Following construction, this project will allow retention of all 318 current employees. Plus, 70 of these jobs will be accessible to low-income people. The center’s staff is paid an average wage of more than $17/hour with a benefits package including health, eye and dental insurance; a 401K plan with a guaranteed company contribution; paid vacation and sick leave; and more. According to economic estimates, the project will support 10 indirect and induced jobs, representing $601,000 in added wages and $349,000 in added state and local taxes.About Scranton Counseling CenterSCC is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in 1947. The center is a comprehensive behavioral healthcare organization providing a complete range of evaluation and treatment services. Its mission is to promote wellness and recovery by providing an environment that is sensitive to the unique personal attributes of those they serve, and it helps them make informed choices to maximize their quality of life.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and the Stephen Klein Wellness Center in Philadelphia. Learn more at: the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Radio star Bradnam makes a move, with waterfront home on market

first_imgBen “Dobbo” Dobbin, Libby Trickett and Luke Bradnam at the Triple M studios. Picture: Mark Cranitch.VETERAN radio star Luke Bradnam – who has hosted afternoon drive for 13 years – has decided to make a move, putting his waterfront home on the market.Mr Bradnam listed his five bedroom multimillion-dollar Gold Coast home a week ago and all signs point to it fetching a strong price considering the property was a “massive block on two titles”.He and partner Cathy Hallam bought the 2,031sq m property – made up of one 981sq m block and one 1,050sq m – 11 years ago for $1.85m. At the time it was newly renovated with separate lounges, pool, a full-size all-weather tennis court and a boat shed.The home also has a “purpose built concrete mechanics pit in the big four car garage, ideal for a serious racing/car enthusiast. Plus, a quadruple carport”, according to a listing by agent Campbell Moore of Harcourts Coastal.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Bradnam, whose “first gig in radio” was giving out cold soft drinks off the B105 Black Thunder according to his TripleM bio, has a fierce love of the ocean and fishing – so it’s no surprise that the property also has direct ocean access with 35.8m water frontage.Mr Moore said the property had a lot of potential and was attracting both owner occupiers and those who wanted to develop it further.“It has two titles,” he said. “The house is a good house but could be further renovated and extended. It’s probably one of the most prestigious streets in the Gold Coast and north facing. Someone could realign those titles and build two homes, a lot of homes in the street have sold between $2m and $4m.”Mr Moore said there were a lot of interstaters looking at the Gold Coast now too.“The price by negotiation, it’s bit hard to say exactly what it’s worth. They bought it 11 years ago and a lot’s changed since then.”The property was just 3km from the renowned party strip and beach of Surfers Paradise, and close to the new multimillion-dollar Pacific Fair shopping centre, Star Casino and the Convention Centre.Mr Bradnam currently works Monday to Friday on radio for Triple M and does weather, beach and surf reports for Channel 9 on weekends.last_img read more

Niger army kills 15 Boko Haram militants

first_imgNiger’s military says it has killed at least 15 Boko Haram militants in land and air operations conducted by the army against the Takfiri terrorist groupNiger’s army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defense ministry announced Wednesday.According to the armed forces of Niger, 20 Boko Haram members were also arrested and put in jail during the military operations.The army destroyed an armored vehicle, 26 motorbikes and two caches of food and fuel held by the terrorists, reports quoted Colonel Moustapha Ledru, the commander of the operation, as saying.It is not clear if the operations took place in Niger itself or in neighboring Nigeria where Boko Haram has strong presence. Niger’s government stopped short of saying whether Chad, another African nation, which has large numbers of troops in Niger, had taken part in the operation.The military operation, however, comes after an attack by Boko Haram militants in southeast Niger last week killed 40 civilians, mostly children and women, in two villages.Earlier this month, the militants carried out twin bombings in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, killing at least 34 people, injuring more than 100 others.Since March 8, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria have been conducting a coordinated offensive against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s Borno State.Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” says its main goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.The Takfiris have claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria during the past six years. The Takfiri militancy has claimed 15,000 lives and forced 1.5 million from their homes in the same period.Related Niger’s military says it has killed at least 15 Boko Haram militants in land and air operations conducted by the army against the Takfiri terrorist group Niger army says ten Boko Haram suspects killed Niger army kills 12 Boko Haram militants Suspected Boko Haram militants kill three people in Nigerlast_img read more

Oral Health month opens on Sunday

first_img Share LocalNews Oral Health month opens on Sunday by: – October 1, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Image via:woodlanddental.caA Church service on Sunday will officially commence activities to observe Oral Health Month.The month of activities is geared at highlighting the various benefits of good dental hygiene practices.Some of the other activities include the handing over of 3,600 dental kits to the Dental Services Unit for distribution to 2nd and 3rd grade students in all primary schools on the island.Free dental checkups and distribution of free product samples, health snack competitions, dental radio talks, distribution of products samples to all private dental offices and finer painting competitions will also form part of the month’s activities.This year’s observance is being held under the theme ‘Healthy Mouth for Healthy LivesDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Teacher Arrested for Battery on a Student

first_imgHanover, IN—Thursday,  a teacher with Southwestern High School was arrested on charges of battery and neglect of a dependent following an investigation into an incident that occurred in December 2019.The investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives when they were notified of an incident that occurred between a teacher and student at Southwestern High School. The investigation determined that Catherine L. Davis, 39, of Madison, who is a special needs teacher at the school, got in an altercation with a 14-year-old student on two separate occasions on December 16.  During the first incident, Davis head-butted the student during an altercation in the school cafeteria.  In the second incident later in the day, Davis pulled the same student onto the floor of the cafeteria after food was spilled.After the incidents were reported to the school administrators, the Indiana State Police was contacted to begin an investigation.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was submitted to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office for review. As a result, a warrant was issued Wednesday for Catherine Davis on allegations of two counts of Battery and two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, all felonies. Davis was arrested without incident and transported to the Jefferson County Jail where she was incarcerated.last_img read more

Lynch a doubt for Clare meeting

first_imgMeanwhile Clare face Limerick in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Final tonight at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.While Meath host Kildare in the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor football semi-final.All of those games start at 7.30 The All Ireland under 21 winning forward missed last week’s win over Westmeath with a hamstring injury.According to the Limerick Leader he may not recover in time for the clash with the Banner this weekend.last_img

Okagbare Disqualified in 100m Semi final

first_imgHer only chance of leaving Morocco with a medal now is only in the 4x100m relay as she was not listed to race in the longer 200m sprint event nor the long jump where she won her first Olympic bronze medal in Beijing in 2008.The Commonwealth Games double sprint winner at the 2014 Games in Glasgowwon a silver medal in the 100m behind compatriot, Damola Osayomi at the 10th edition of the Games in Maputo, MozambiqueMost track and field aficionados were truly expecting to see Okagbare take on Ivorian Marie Jose Ta Lou who is the defending champion from the last Games to know who is the fastest woman in the continent.Ta Lou is the only African who has broken 11 seconds in the event so far this year and the Ivorian has done that thrice this season.She clocked 10.93 seconds personal season’s best in Lausanne early June before going inside 11 seconds twice in London last month at the Muller Anniversary Games.Interestingly, both Ta Lou and Okagbare have clashed thrice over the 100m this year with the Ivorian having a 2-1 lead.Okagbare defeated Ta Lou in their first meeting in Rabat in June with the Nigerian running a then personal season’s best of 11.05 seconds to win the race. Ta Lou was second in 11.09 seconds.The duo met again last month at the Muller Anniversary in London. The Ivorian came second in the second heat with a 10.96 seconds performance against the Nigerian who ran 11.10 seconds to place third.In the final, Ta Lou broke 11 seconds again, running 10.98 seconds to place third with Okagbare fourth with a new 11.04 seconds personal season’s best.THISDAY however learnt last night that the leadership of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is likely going to probe Okagbare’s beating of the gun that led to her disqualification.“This is not acceptable. Blessing (Okagbare) is too experienced in the sport to do this here in Morocco. The federation (AFN) needs to look into why she did that,” observed a top track and field official last night.Okagbare and some of the country’s top athletes had initially resented going to the 12th African Games, citing lack of motivation from the AFN for their welfare and training.The federation however turned down the move, insisting that any of the top athletes that missed the African Games would not be selected in the country’s contingent to both next month’s IAAF World Championship in Doha, Qatar and the Olympic Games next year in Tokyo, Japan.Okagbare is expected to race in the 200m event of the penultimate final race of the money spinning 2019 IAAF Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday.With Okagbare’s ouster, Nigeria will have only one athlete in the final of the event after Making of Champions’ Joy Udo-Gabriel won her semi-final heat in 10.47 seconds, one hundreth of a second slower than her opening round heat.In the men’s version, the duo of Usheoritse Itsekiri and Raymond Ekebwo made it to the final with both winning their respective semi-final heats.Itsekiri ran 10.25 seconds to win the second semi-final while Ekevwo was a hundreth of a second slower to win the third semi-final.Nigeria’s third entrant in the race, Seye Ogunlewe failed to advance after finishing fourth in the second semi-final in 10.45 seconds.Itsekiri and Ekevwo will be sure candidates for the podium in the final this afternoon with the duo of Cote d’Ivoire’s Cisse Gue Arthur who ran 10.27 seconds to come second in the second semi-final and Gambia’s Camara Ebrahima who also ran 10.27 secondsto win the second semis.Meanwhile, Grace Anigbata made history on the same day Okagbare fumbled to become the second Nigerian woman to win the triple jump gold 24 years after Rosa Collins (now a member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria board) won the event’s inaugural title in Harare, Zimbabwe.Anigbata, who last year first made history as the first Nigerian to win gold in the event at the African Championship level hopped, stepped and jumped into a 13.75m personal seaosn’s best to win the title ahead of Morocco’s Chnaik Jamaa (13.69m) and South Africa’s Chabangu Zinzi (13.59m).In the men’s discus final, Nigeria’s Ogundeji Ayomidotun Kelvin settled for the silver medal with his 57.82 throw behind Egypt’s Ahmed Shebab who threw 59.29m to win the gold.In the women’s 400m, the Nigerian trio of Favour Ofili, Obi Amarachukwu Jecinta and Patience Okon-George qualified for today’s semi-finals with Ofili running 52.20 seconds to win her heat.Obi ran 55.24 seconds to place third in her heat while Okon-George was second in her own heat in 54.99 seconds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okagbare *Anigbata wins gold in triple jump for Team NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeBlessing Okagbare’s quest for her first ever sprint gold medal of the African Games ended in fiasco on Monday in Rabat, Morocco as the former African 100m record holder got disqualified in the semi final.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Avram Grant meets Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga

first_imgGrant arrived in the country on Tuesday night and will be unveiled on Thursday afternoon.Avram Grant and Ghana’s Sports Minister Mahama AyarigaAvram Grant and his agent Saif Rubie. Journalists listening to Mahama Ayarigahlast_img

NBA star Irving launches WNBA support fund and pledges $1.5m

first_imgBrooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has pledged $1.5m (£1.16m) to support Women’s National Basketball Association players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.A number of WNBA players have chosen not to play because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reform.Players who are not granted a medical waiver will forfeit their wages if they decide not to play.“This initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said.Irving, 28, said he had set up the KAI Empowerment Initiative fund after talks with WNBA players Natasha Cloud and Jewell Loyd.Washington Mystics star Cloud was one of the first players to opt out of the season for social justice reasons after the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by police in March. WNBA players have dedicated the upcoming season to Taylor and observed a 26-second moment of silence before the season opener between New York Liberty and Seattle Storm on Saturday.“I have connected with several WNBA players who have decided to play and those who have decided not to play,” added Irving.“In these conversations I have learned about the challenges and opportunities of their decisions and how it will impact their lives, family and overall wellbeing.“This platform was created to provide support for all WNBA players in hope to relieve some of the financial strain imposed during these challenging times.”last_img read more