Leeds set to sign Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough in £10m transfer

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first_imgReuse this content Fulham sign Aleksandar Mitrovic and close in on Swansea’s Alfie Mawson Middlesbrough Patrick Bamford is close to completing an intriguing transfer from Middlesbrough to their Championship rivals Leeds United in a deal which could eventually be worth £10m. news Leeds have also completed a season-long loan deal for Jack Harrison, Manchester City’s England Under-21 winger. Harrison spent the second half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough but made just four league appearances.Pulis is hoping to keep Adama Traoré at the Riverside. Wolves are believed to have had an £18m bid for the winger rejected by Boro with the situation complicated slightly by the dislocated shoulder the player sustained in the abandoned friendly with Sunderland on Friday. Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Transfer window Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The 24-year-old former Chelsea striker is understood to have passed a medical in West Yorkshire on Monday and is expected shortly to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side for an initial fee in the region of £7m.Considering both sides are hoping to challenge for automatic promotion, the technically accomplished Bamford’s switch represents something of a risk for Tony Pulis but Middlesbrough’s manager will hope to reinvest the money in a forward arguably better suited to his preferred system.Bielsa had spent much of the summer pursuing the Derby forward Matej Vydra but a combination of Vydra’s wage demands and his desire to play in the Premier League ultimately scuppered any potential move. Share on LinkedIn Leeds United Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

TFA Annual Report

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first_imgCongratulations to Mike Rush who returned to the TFA Board of Management as Chair and to Steve Cullen and Jane Russo who were elected as Directors.Please find attached the 2008/2009 Annual Report. For further information please contact the TFA office. Related Filestfa_annual_report_2009-pdflast_img

Rhode Islands top tourism official to head Boston agency

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first_imgBOSTON — Rhode Island’s top tourism official has been named the new head of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.The organization’s board on Friday selected Martha Sheridan as its new CEO. She succeeds Pat Moscaritolo, who retires in February 2019.Sheridan has overseen the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau since 2006.In a statement, she says she’s looking forward to promoting Boston, “a cosmopolitan hub full of iconic landmarks and attractions, diverse neighbourhoods, vibrant culture, prestigious universities, and of course feverish sports fandom.”The Boston Globe reports that Sheridan will take over a tourism bureau with a staff of more than 40 people and a $13 million-plus annual budget.___Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Inter Pipeline shares lose some of last weeks takeover speculation gains

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first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:IPL) The Canadian Press CALGARY — Shares in Inter Pipeline Ltd. fell by as much as 4.3 per cent Monday morning after soaring late last week on news that it had rejected an unsolicited takeover from an unnamed bidder.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, shares in the Calgary petroleum transportation and processing company fell by $1.06 to $23.75 before recovering to $24.10 by 11 a.m. EDT.During a conference call Friday to discuss second-quarter results, company executives refused to comment on a Globe and Mail report that cited unnamed sources regarding a $30-per-share cash offer.center_img In mid-afternoon, however, after trading was halted, Inter issued a brief statement confirming there had been “an unsolicited, non-binding, conditional and indicative proposal,” without giving any details about the date, price or the identity of the bidder.RBC Dominion Securities analyst Robert Kwan speculated in a report that the bidder is likely a private entity with access to project funding at a lower cost than through public markets.He said it seems unlikely that a peer would bid for Inter, given negative public market sentiment towards its funding plan for the $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex it is building northeast of Edmonton.“It remains to be seen if this party approaches the board again,” the report notes.“If the board does not engage, we see uncertainty with respect to whether the party is willing to make an unsolicited offer as: (1) the party may not be willing to take on the stigma of a hostile bid; and (2) presumably the party sees value in HPC and with the project under construction, management being distracted with the bid could jeopardize the timing and cost of the HPC construction.”last_img read more

India may witness longer slowdown as oil imports, consumption decline

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first_imgNew Delhi: In a sign that slowdown in the Indian economy may be long drawn, a government report has projected a modest 3.5 per cent growth in oil imports this year. Considering that India imports more than 80 per cent of its oil requirements, slow growth in imports signals tepid demand and consumption. According to Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC), country’s oil imports is projected to rise to 233 million tonnes (mt) in FY 20 against 227 mt in FY19, a growth of mere 6 mt. While slower growth in oil imports is good news for exchequer in terms of keeping the high oil bill under check, it also signals that less crude will be processed by Indian refineries as there would be less consumption of products such as petrol, diesel and ATF, indicating pressure points in the economy. After showing improvement in early part of 2018, Indian economy has again showed signs of a slowdown in the third quarter of FY19 registering a GDP growth of 6.6 per cent. This has led to overall growth projection for FY19 being downgraded to 7 per cent from earlier 7.2 per cent. International agencies have also brought down growth projections for FY20 to 7.3 per cent level. “While lower oil import growth cuts India’s oil import bill and helps it manage the current account deficit (CAD), this would be a factor of prevailing oil prices. If crude prices jump following tension in the Gulf, a cut is supplies from Iran and Venezuela and production slowdown by OPEC countries, it could add further pressure to a slowing economy,” said a former member (energy) Planning Commission, asking not to be named. Against projected crude oil import of 233 mt, the country’s import bill is expected to settle just around $113 billion in FY20. This is growth of a mere $ 1 billion over oil import bill of $ 112 billion in FY19. But the projection by PPAC is based on average price of Indian basket crude oil at $ 66 per barrel and average exchange rate for Rs 71 per dollar. Crude has remained above this level for most parts of current fiscal and is expected to settle well over average of $ 70 a barrel in FY20. This could disturb the initial calculations done by PPAC. Apart from crude, petroleum product imports (largely comprising petrol and diesel) have also remained tepid. Product import has, in fact, fallen to 32.5 mt in FY19 as against 35.5 mt in FY18. Also, worrisome is petroleum product exports, which have fallen to 61.1 mt in FY19 from a high of 66.8 mt reached in FY18. With a surplus refining capacity, India is a net exporter of petroleum products. But with international markets also witnessing a slowdown, product exports have been hit. In terms of petroleum product’s share in country’s overall exports, the number, however, has improved marginally from 11.5 per cent in FY18 to 11.6 per cent in FY19. The dependency of imported crude (on consumption basis), on the other hand, has increased from 82.9 per cent in FY18 to 83.7 per cent in FY19, meaning we are producing less oil and depending more on imports to meet domestic requirements. This dependency has consistently increased in all five years of the Modi government. Crude production in India has stagnated around 35 mt for past decade. In FY19, domestic crude production has dropped to 34.2 mt from 35.7 mt in the previous year. Despite best efforts of the government, domestic oil production has not increased. Government has now pinned hope on its new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP) that institutes an open acreage policy to see more investment in the country’s exploration, thereby increasing the production in the coming years.last_img read more

Muslim scholars’ union decries Jewish settler attacks on mosques in Israel

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first_imgBy Ahmed al-MasriCAIRO – The IUMS urged Muslim imams around the world to dedicate their Friday sermons to “denouncing these criminal acts, which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.”The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Thursday called on mosque preachers worldwide to denounce assaults on Muslim places of worship and insults to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad by extremist Jewish settlers in Israel. In a Thursday statement, the IUMS urged Muslim imams around the world to dedicate their Friday sermons to “denouncing these criminal acts, which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.”On Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers spray-painted anti-Arab slogans on the walls of a local mosque in the predominantly Arab village of Baka al-Gharbiya – which is home to roughly 31,000 Palestinian Arabs – near the city of Haifa.“These acts are a brazen violation of law and international conventions,” read the statement, which was signed by prominent Muslim scholar and IUMS President Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.Roughly 1.7 million Arabs live in Israel, which currently has a total population of 8.1 million, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.last_img read more

Tunisian jihadists call for uprising anniversary demo

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first_imgTUNIS- Tunisia’s banned jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia designated a “terrorist organisation” by the authorities, has called for a demonstration Tuesday in central Tunis to mark the third anniversary of the revolution.“The struggle is mandatory and it must be a popular struggle… which is why we extend our hands to anyone wanting to stand up to repression and we support the planned protest at the Kasbah on Tuesday,” the group said on its official Facebook page.“We must struggle against the tyranny of the authorities by all means possible,” added the group, which is blamed for killing two leftist opposition MPs in separate attacks earlier this year. It called on the people to carry with them “the anger of the orphans, the widows, the oppressed, the families of martyrs and detainees, and those who have suffered torture and oppression.”The authorities did not immediately respond to Ansar al-Sharia’s call, which comes as Tunisia prepares to mark the third anniversary of the start of the revolution that toppled former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.There have been numerous calls to protest at the Kasbah in Tunis, where the government’s headquarters are located, across the Internet and on fly posters.Opposition activists are also calling for a day of “rage” in the impoverished central town of Sidi Bouzid, where the self-immolation of 26-year-old street vendor sparked the first so-called Arab Spring uprising.Since then, Tunisia has been rocked by violence blamed on radical Islamist groups that were suppressed under the former dictator, with attacks multiplying in recent months, and with the opposition blaming the ruling Islamist party Ennahda of failing to rein in the jihadists.The authorities say Ansar al-Sharia has ties to Al-Qaeda and was behind the killing of Chokri Belaid and Mohammed Brahmi in February and July, attacks which sparked political crises.Ansar al-Sharia has denies responsibility for the Belaid and Brahmi murders.Since the summer police have carried out multiple arrests aimed at weakening the secretive group, which accused Ennahda on Monday of being “traitors” only interested in power.last_img read more

Cardinals Fans Shouldnt Panic Just Yet About The Loss of Carson Palmer

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The Arizona Cardinals are having an excellent season. At 8-1, they’ve got the NFL’s top record, and they’re fourth in our NFL Elo rankings with the best rating the franchise has had since 1977. In the most recent edition of our Elo-fueled simulations, they had the league’s second-best chance of winning Super Bowl XLIX.But disaster struck the Cardinals on Sunday when Carson Palmer, their starting quarterback (and the recent recipient of a huge contract extension), injured his left knee early in the fourth quarter of the team’s win over the St. Louis Rams. Arizona announced Monday afternoon that Palmer suffered a torn ACL, which ends his season and hands the reins to backup quarterback Drew Stanton.As I wrote last week (when Mark Sanchez assumed the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting QB job), there’s typically a noticeable decline in team performance — about 1.5 wins per 16 games — when a backup has to play. But in that same study, I also found little evidence the degree to which the starter is better than the backup — in terms of their respective career passing efficiency indices before the injury — changes the expected team decline on a case-by-case basis. This was good news for Philly and also would help Arizona, as Stanton’s career Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt index (ANY/A+) is an abysmal 85 (100 is the NFL average), making him worse than the bottom bound of acceptable performance for a starter.The latter finding doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no difference in ability across the league’s starters and across its backups. More likely, it’s evidence that for the majority of quarterbacks in the NFL, we simply don’t have a large enough sample of past data to know who’s actually good or bad — at least not enough to predict which ones will sustain their performance. Certainly Stanton’s track record tells us next to nothing about how good he is beyond the knowledge he’s a career backup. He’s thrown 280 career passes, but the majority of the damage to his career ANY/A+ was done in 51 horrid attempts for the Detroit Lions five years ago, aside from which his career ANY/A+ is an almost precisely average 99.And amid the worries about whether Arizona can survive without Palmer, it’s also worth remembering that Palmer is one of the few QBs about whom we might have enough evidence to pass real judgment — and that evidence says he’s basically an average starting quarterback. In nearly 5,000 attempts, his career ANY/A+ is 104 — exactly the average ANY/A+ of injured starters who were replaced by backups in the data set I used last week.The odds of Arizona becoming the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home building definitely decreased when Palmer was injured Sunday. But if the Cardinals were going to win the Super Bowl with Palmer as their starter, it would have been more because of their defense than their offense. Either way, this is another reminder that we can’t peg the damage of losing a starting QB any more precisely than when a generic backup takes over for a generic starter — particularly because Palmer’s career numbers say he typifies that generic starter. read more

Back where he belongs former Buckeye Nugent back kicking in Ohio

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Mike Nugent was not used to being home at this time of year. After becoming a beloved place kicker as a Buckeye and playing for four seasons with the New York Jets in the NFL, Nugent was in an unfamiliar place last season. He was sitting at home on his couch in Columbus, watching NFL games on Sundays with his brother, Kevin. “He’d kind of been the man since high school and college, so it was definitely a reality check,” Kevin said. What a difference a year makes. Nugent is now the starting kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals and received the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for September. “I was working with my coaches a lot, but we didn’t re-invent the wheel or anything,” Nugent said. “We made a few changes here and there, and I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball much more consistently.” Although his recent success shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Ohio State follower, the inconsistencies and unemployment issues he suffered through a year ago certainly could have. At OSU, Nugent was automatic. He holds the school record for field goal percentage for a career (82 percent) and a season (89 percent in 2002). His most accurate season coincided with the Buckeyes’ last National Championship win 2003. “My favorite memory was the National Championship game because we were big underdogs,” Nugent said. “It’s great going into a game knowing that you have nothing to lose. And to come out on top, that was definitely my greatest memory at Ohio State.” Nugent’s accuracy wasn’t the only trait that OSU fans loved about him. He was also clutch when the game was on the line. In fact, approaching any hardcore Buckeye fan and saying the words “55 yards against Marshall” will immediately conjure up images of a game-winning kick in 2004. “For OSU fans it was unexpectedly close at 21-21, and he kicks a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the game to win the game,” said Jack Park, OSU football historian. “He was accurate, dependable, could kick from a long distance, and is a very likeable person.” Kevin Nugent, a former OSU men’s soccer player, mentioned that kick as one of his favorites. “As far as a single kick, the one that sticks out in my mind was the kick against Marshall in his senior year,” he said.   When Nugent’s OSU career ended, he entered the 2005 NFL Draft. The Jets desperately needed an accurate kicker. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs that year, Jets incumbent Doug Brien missed two consecutive game-winning field goals. The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime, and the Jets were out of the playoffs. Hoping to avoid having similar issues the following season, the Jets selected Nugent in the second round of the draft (47th overall). It was the highest position of any kicker selected in the last decade, save for Sebastian Janikowski, who was a first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2000. Kickers typically aren’t selected until at least the fifth round. To his credit, Nugent wouldn’t allow himself to feel pressured by the early selection. “I was really happy to be drafted by the Jets, it was a lot of fun playing there,” Nugent said. “As far as the pressure, I felt like the only pressure I should really experience was the pressure I put on myself.” After three years in New York, Nugent suffered a torn quadriceps injury in the first game of his fourth season. The Jets brought in veteran kicker Jay Feely, who kept the starting job for the remainder of the year. “I was in a contract year, and I had to make a decision whether or not I wanted to re-sign with Jets,” Nugent said. “It just got to a point where I thought maybe there were other opportunities out there to play for a different team.” His first opportunity came as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. In four games, Nugent made only two of his six attempts. He was then released by the Bucs. “It was kind of a shock that he didn’t start out very well,” Kevin Nugent said. “He was hoping that they’d continue on with him, but we got another shock when he was released.” Although it would have been easy to blame the quadriceps injury from the previous year for his inconsistencies, Nugent refused to do so. “The injury felt fine,” Nugent said. “I was missing some longer field goals and just wasn’t hitting the ball the way I wanted to.” He signed on with the Arizona Cardinals in December 2009 as a temporary replacement for Cardinals starter Neil Rackers and was released when Rackers returned two weeks later. This was the same guy who Buckeye teammates cheered as soon as his foot hit the ball because they assumed every kick was splitting the uprights. Yet here he was, unemployed, watching the games at home. “That was tough, just sitting on Sundays and watching games,” Nugent said. “You want to be out there, having people watch you instead of you watching them. “It’s one of those things where you’re watching and keeping an eye out on what’s going on, who’s kicking well and who’s not,” he said. “You never wish for others to miss, but it’s tough to cheer for people when they’re all in the same position you want to be in.” Kevin agreed that it was a tough time for his brother. “He’s always worked hard and he’s usually done pretty well, so it was hard,” Kevin said. “You’re kind of just sitting back and hoping for a team to call.” There are only 32 teams in the NFL, so there aren’t many kicking positions to fill. Still, NFL coaches are notorious for losing faith in their starting kickers. “I think I was flown to six or seven different places for a workout,” Nugent said. With the 2010 NFL season fast approaching, the Bengals brought in Nugent to compete with Dave Rayner for the starting job. Nugent won the job in camp and hasn’t looked back.   He’s made 10 out of 11 attempts this season. His only miss of the year was a blocked kick in last Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns. If Nugent is able to finish this season in a similar fashion to the way he’s started it, he won’t have to worry about waiting for a phone call in the offseason. read more

Slimani may come back to Sporting

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first_imgIslam Slimani have been struggling since moving to England as he hasn’t been playing that much at Leicester and the situation didn’t get any better when he was loaned to Newcastle.The Algeria international came to England the season after Leicester were crowned as the Premier League champions but he failed to make an impact there – and he admitted that he may come back to Sporting sooner or later.The former Sporting striker spoke about his future plans and his warm relationship to Sporting as he said, according to Sport Witness:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Sporting is above all and that is the most important thing.”“I love Sporting. If people know me today, I owe it to Sporting.”“It was a very important step in my career. Return? In football, nothing is impossible… I hope to return one day, of course, because we are talking about a club that I like a lot.”last_img read more