Man City sign Spain international Rodri for club record fee

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City have signed Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri for a club-record fee © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 4 – Premier League champions Manchester City on Thursday announced the signing of Spanish international midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid for a club record fee.Rodri, 23, officially became a City player a day after the La Liga club revealed the 70-million-euro (£63 million) release clause in his contract had been triggered. “Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish midfielder Rodri,” said a statement on the club’s website.The value of the release clause eclipses the reported £60 million City paid Leicester for Algeria international Riyad Mahrez last year.Rodri said: “What City have achieved in the last two years has been amazing and I’m looking forward to being part of such a talented squad.“It’s not just the titles they have won, but the way they have managed it, playing attacking football at all times. It’s a style that excites me, as do the club’s ambitions.”Rodri’s departure will secure a considerable profit for Atletico, who spent around 20 million euros last summer to re-sign the Spaniard from Villarreal afer releasing him from their youth ranks.He made 47 appearances for Atletico, scoring three goals, as Diego Simeone’s men finished above Real Madrid in second in La Liga and won the UEFA Super Cup.In the Spaniard, City have finally landed their long-term replacement for the influential Fernandinho.The Brazilian has been a key member of the squad that has won back-to-back Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola.However, he is now 34 and struggled with injuries towards the end of last season.Rodri’s composed style on the ball at the base of the midfield has earned comparisons to Barcelona and Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, who was handed his debut at the Catalan giants by Guardiola.“Rodri has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for,” said City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain.“He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession.“He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola’s team and we are confident he will be a success.”Rodri is City’s second signing in two days after activating a buy-back clause of £5.3 million to re-sign Spanish left-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Young South African town planner invited to present rural land development study in US

first_imgMthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the US. He is currently seeking sponsorship to represent South Africa at the event. Mthobisi Masinga, a South African town planner and researcher in the field of rural land development, wants to collaborate on finding modern solutions to rural land reform using lessons learnt from history. Masinga is seeking sponsorship to attend an international city planning congress in the US during October 2017 in order to present his findings. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonMasinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners’ Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province’s Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government spatial planning management.Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders, and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that “the project’s theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy.” While the research gathered from Masinga’s work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia.Hence, his invitation to present his findings at the forthcoming international congress.Masinga is currently seeking private and industry sponsorship for the trip, hoping to be an ambassador for the South African spatial planning sector and boost the country’s international reputation for out-of-the-box thinking in the field of urban development and rural land reform.Masinga considers himself at heart an educator and anthropologist, researching and collaborating on innovative solutions to modern challenges through looking at the lessons learnt from history. He hopes that through networking at the congress event he may be able to bring more international collaborators on-board for future projects in South Africa.Basing his work in the principles of progression, reinvention and persistence, Masinga considers it his professional duty as an African, to help transform societal spaces into habitable places of tomorrow with equality for all through resources, economic development, services, and amenities.“At the current juncture in South Africa’s history, town and regional planning is a key profession in the rectification of the spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas, as well as the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments,” Masinga says.“The challenge of planning lies in the fact that different interests and expectations for the future are often contradictory and conflict-ridden. A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is hence required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake.”For more information on Masinga’s work in rural planning, and to get in touch with him regarding sponsorship and collaboration, find him on LinkedIn or contact him through the KENA Consult website. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

U.P. policemen beat up man for trying to file rape plaint

first_imgA station house officer in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh and his subordinates were suspended and booked for allegedly beating up a person who had come to report the kidnap and rape of his wife. Director General of Police O.P. Singh, who took cognisance of the matter after it was tweeted to him on Monday, also ordered that the errant policemen be put “behind bars” for “crime against women.” However, the police were yet to ascertain the charges of rape. According to the FIR lodged by the husband, the couple were on their way to his sister’s house in Mainpuri to attend a function on July 5 when an SUV intercepted his vehicle near Navin Mandi area. Three persons allegedly kidnapped the woman at gunpoint. The husband said his wife was raped and dumped on a road in Etah. When he approached the police, they didn’t believe his story and instead thrashed him and blamed him for harassing his wife.last_img

Unemployment at Record Low 9.6%

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter. The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter.The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter.The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).Mr. Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment, which fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year.He further pointed out that the unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while citing the 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.The Prime Minister said that within the 9.6 per cent unemployed labour force figure would be a significant number of youth who are not trained, are below the educational attainment for their age, and are not currently attached to any institution. “They would probably make up the largest portion of the unemployed,” he added.Mr. Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services generally, mining, and construction and civil development.He noted, however, that the immediate constraint on the expansion of these enterprises is the availability of a labour force “that is at least at the minimum educational attainment level for their life cycle, that possesses work-ready attitudes and are amenable to training”.Mr. Holness emphasised the Government’s goal of ensuring that “no one is left behind” and that there is “equal opportunity for every Jamaican to self-actualise”.He emphasised that the best way to achieve this is by providing individuals with gainful employment.Against this background, the Prime Minister said the Government has been proactive in implementing human resource development policies that ensure alignment between the output of the education and training institutions and the skill demand of industries.To this end, Mr. Holness said the Administration has established the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, adding that aligned with this is the HEART Trust/NTA’s transference “directly under my supervision at the Office of the Prime Minister”.“This is to ensure that there is greater synergy between the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and what is happening with investment promotion. We are also ensuring that those who are below the educational attainment level for their life cycle and who are also unskilled, are supported to find employment opportunities in the labour market,” he added.Mr. Holness indicated that it is now “becoming clear to us” that the greatest constraint to Jamaica’s short-term growth and expansion of industry “is actually a shortage of trained, skilled labour”.“It is actually an urgent problem that needs the direct attention of the Government… and that is why I have moved HEART Trust (to the OPM),” he said.The Prime Minister reiterated that HEART Trust/NTA has been merged with the National Youth Service, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Apprenticeship Board to form one “purpose-built” organisation that positions Jamaica to produce the skilled labour necessary to support the expansion of industry.“So, as investor confidence grows, the Government must keep that growth going by providing the labour it needs,” Mr. Holness said.Activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 are being held under the theme ‘Ramp it Up… Fix it Up’.The focus will be on building ramps and other facilities at schools and health centres that enable easy access to these buildings for persons with disabilities.Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23.last_img

Big Ten and Pac12 reach scheduling agreement in multiple sports

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced Wednesday that they have reached a scheduling agreement in multiple sports, including basketball and football The agreement will entail significant reconfiguration of future schedules in Olympic sports, basketball and football to include matchups between the 24 teams from the two conferences. Pac-12 commisioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany addressed reporters in a conference call and said the deal is beneficial for both conferences. “To me, this is a creative and inventive approach through collaboration to achieve some of the same objectives that expansion can help you with,” Scott said. “It gives our conference more of a national platform, more play on the Big Ten Network and higher quality programming on our network without having to expand.” The deal would likely begin during the 2012-13 seasons in all of the sports with the exception of football, which will honor non-conference scheduling agreements previously in place. By 2017, the football schedule is expected to include a 12-game schedule that will feature each member of the Big Ten playing a team from the Pac-12. The Big Ten had previously planned to play a nine-game conference schedule in football starting in 2017, but because of the deal, the conference will continue with an eight-game conference schedule. The way the matchups will be determined has not been completely worked out, but Delaney said that “competitive equity” would “play a significant part.” This likely means that top-level teams would be paired against each other on a year-to-year basis. Both commissioners acknowledged that possible-marquee matchups could hinder their conferences chances of being represented in the national championship, but said the benefits outweigh the negatives. “I think it helps our football programs,” Delaney said. “I think it will engage fans, help our recruiting, help in the presentation of television. If fans follow it, our partners will be rewarded and we will ultimately be rewarded. Although nothing has been decided, the football matchups will most likely take place early in the season before conference play begins. The two conferences are already linked through the Rose Bowl, which annually pits the champion from the Big Ten and Pac-12 on a New Year’s Day bowl, but this agreement furthers the relationship between the conferences across multiple sports. Despite the strengthened relationship, the commissioners said not to expect any form of official merger in the future or any similar agreements with other conferences. “We have a common DNA but a tremendous recognition that 90 percent, 80 percent of what we do is in our region,” he said. “Those who think regional rivalries and local rivalries don’t mean anything any more, I think that’s erroneous…Our goal is to build something new here on a very strong foundation of history.”

KPD Nikiski Dive Team Locate Handgun In Kenai River

first_imgKPD Police Chief Dave Ross: “One of the items that was being searched for in the river was a handgun. A handgun consistent with what we were searching for was recovered from the river. That handgun will be going to the state crime lab for further analysis.”  According to court documents, “MASONN BYRD was interviewed and denied involvement. DWIGHT DAVIS, MASONN’S grandfather, was also interviewed. DWIGHT stated that MASONN had told him, the morning after the shooting, that he shot the two women and that he was going to throw the gun into the river. MASONN also told DWIGHT that the shooting occurred over money and that he thought he would get away with it because there were no witnesses.” Masonn Byrd was arrested on Tuesday night in connection with the shooting deaths of Lisa Rutzebeck and her mother Rachelle Armstrong that occured on Sunday morning. Byrd faces two charges of first-degree murder. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department with assistance from the Nikiksi Dive Team found evidence related to the double homicide that took place over the weekend in Kenai. First responders searched the Kenai River off Bridge Access on Thursday. Byrd was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday.last_img