Congolese government asked to delay implementing online media decree

first_img News February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo June 26, 2018 Congolese government asked to delay implementing online media decree February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) supports a request by Journalist in Danger (JED) and other journalists’ groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a delay in the implementation of a new decree regulating online media, so that it can be amended. At the end of a meeting organized by JED on 21 June, the journalists’ groups expressed deep concern about the decree issued by the communication and media ministry on 14 June, announcing that new news websites would have to register with authorities before starting to operate, and existing news websites would have to register within 30 days.“If implemented as it stands, in letter and spirit, this decree would have the effect of stifling online media and further reducing the space for freedom of expression in the run-up to major political events signalled by the announcement of elections,” JED secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi said.RSF joins these groups in calling for a delay in implementing the decree so that changes can be made.The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en center_img Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Congolese minister of Information, Communications and Medias Lambert Mende © Junior D. Kannah / AFP News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 24, 2021 Find out more News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet to go further Receive email alertslast_img read more

Aaron Dell outduels Carey Price as Sharks top Canadiens

first_imgMONTREAL — Regardless of where they are in the Pacific Division standings, the Sharks have generally felt right at home at the Bell Centre in recent years. .That didn’t change Thursday, as goalie Aaron Dell had 34 saves, Evander Kane had two power play goals and Tomas Hertl had three assists as the Sharks topped the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who are now 1-0-1 on this five-game road trip against Atlantic Division teams that continues …last_img read more

Archive Classic: Where Do Gems and Precious Metals Come From?

first_imgReprinted from September 17, 2011Gold, diamonds, and other precious metals and gems… they are found close to the surface of the earth where humans can mine them and make jewelry.  But they shouldn’t be there.  Heavy elements should have sunk deep into the core of the Earth soon after it was formed.  Wait till you hear some of the latest ideas about how precious metals and gems arrived near the surface.  Maybe they shot up from the mantle.  Maybe they came from outer space.The fact is, geologists and planetary scientists don’t really understand why we have rare precious stones so accessible for man.  PhysOrg printed an article entitled, “Tackling mysteries about carbon, possible oil formation and more deep inside Earth.”  It’s about the Deep Carbon Observatory project destined to answer fundamental questions about the Earth’s interior.  Inside you will learn about how diamonds the size of potatoes shoot up from the mantle at 40 miles per hour, believe it or not.  However it happens, it’s convenient for miners, who otherwise would have to dig really, really deep holes to supply the wedding ring market.MSNBC posted an article about where gold comes from.  “There’s gold in them thar meteorites!” the headline blazes.  Jessica Marshall tells us, “Rocks pummeled Earth about 3.9 billion years ago, delivering precious metals.”  Gold, platinum, iridium, nickel, and tungsten are attracted to iron and should have followed it into the molten Earth’s core, she explained.  Meteorites to the rescue!  They came from space.  That’s right: “All the precious metals that we find today — and probably also water — have been introduced to the accessible Earth from these late-stage meteorites.”  Maybe they even brought life!  Figure that suggestion out after reading that the bombardment was probably “a terrible event for life” that “probably would have melted the planet, blown off any existing atmosphere.”Marshall used the new theory to bolster an old idea called the Late Heavy Bombardment.  She reported a new study about tungsten isotope measurements to support the idea of a swarm of big meteors hitting Earth and the moon 3.8 and 4 billion years ago, but the obvious subtext is the ignorance of geologists about earth history.  “Geologists have posed several theories to explain this puzzle,” she noted about precious metals.  Careful reading shows the Late Heavy Bombardment to be only an idea, a suggestion.  Interesting as isotope comparisons are, they don’t provide a time machine.  And saying that the age of Earth’s tungsten matches the dates of craters on the moon calibrates two questionable dates against each other.  Nothing in the article provides evidence that meteorites are made of gold.  It seems to move the question of the origin of precious metals from one body to another.When all else fails, bring in a meteorite.  When you can’t explain the moon, bring in a Mars-size meteorite to blast the Earth.  When you can’t explain Earth’s oceans, imagine a giant water balloon comet to bring it special delivery.  Meteor crashes are too convenient; they are the imaginary can openers that open any can for the hungry hobos.  “Assume a can opener” makes the rest easy.  Assume a meteor.  Need water?  Bring in a water meteor or comet.  Need gold?  Send in a gold meteor.  Imaginary theory-saving devices to the rescue!  Try that with your credit card debt.(Visited 391 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Air show gives wings to young dreams

first_imgThe Pilatus PC7s of the Silver Falconshave thrilled audiences around the world.(Image: Crystal Watson)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Crystal WatsonMTR Smit Children’s Haven director+27 41 367 1103Fiona McRaeThe Port Elizabeth Air Show hosted at the end of October at the Algoa Flying Club, next to the city’s airport, once again helped to give wings to the dreams of underprivileged children.The event has been staged in the Eastern Cape city every other year since its inception in 1998, raising an estimated total of R2-million (US$290 500) for the local MTR Smit Children’s Haven and other child-related charities over the years, says haven director Dr Crystal Watson.This year’s show, the seventh edition, added more than R300 000 ($43 580) to that tally and once again garnered the South African Air Show of the Year title, repeating the success of 2006.Responses on aviation forum Avcom clearly show that the Port Elizabeth Air Show has developed into a firm favourite on South Africa’s annual air show calendar, drawing interest and support from pilots and flying enthusiasts around the country.One of the main reasons, says Watson, is the warm hospitality for which the Friendly City, on South Africa’s east coast, is known. “We take really good care of our show participants and supporters, to whom we are very grateful,” she says.Other participants cite excellent organisation, good spectator facilities, commitment to children’s welfare, an innovative and exciting programme, and daring displays by highly skilled pilots as factors taking the show to the top.Whatever its winning formula, the event first took the honours as South Africa’s Air Show of the Year in 2006, passing a set of 15 stringent criteria with flying colours to emerge the best of the 30-plus air shows held in the country annually. According to Watson, these criteria cover everything from pre-planning and media involvement to safety and the event’s programme.In its next outing two years later, the show was placed among the country’s top five air shows for that year, having lost points due to the unavailability on the day of two aircraft that had been scheduled to participate but had to be withdrawn due to circumstances beyond the organisers’ control.The organising committee aimed to stage a bigger and better event to again claim the national title. This feat was complicated by the month-long 2010 Fifa World Cup which kicked off in the country in June. As a result the organisers were unable to secure an appointment with the Airports Company of South Africa earlier in the year, leaving them with a mere three months after the final whistle to put the finer details of the event together.However, the organisers were undaunted and the programme proved to be “one of the best ever”, said Watson, drawing more than 60 participating aircraft and some 120 crew members.A 20 000-strong crowd flocked to the event to enjoy the exciting aerial programme featuring the South African Air Force (SAAF) and Police Service teams as well as a host of private fliers, along with static aircraft displays and the wide variety of on-the-ground activities that added to a fun day out.Skill and daringOne of the highlights of the day was a display by pilot and aviation enthusiast Menno Parsons of Rustenburg, in the North West province. Parsons, the owner of one of the country’s largest private aircraft collections, was flying “Mustang Sally”, a P51 Mustang built in 1945 for the US Air Force.The single-seater, long-range Second World War fighter aircraft, powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin V12 engine, was acquired by Parsons just weeks before the show, where it made its South African public flying debut. His rare war-bird is the only one of its kind on the African continent, Parsons has claimed proudly.Lighting up the skies with a display of precision flying were the highly skilled pilots of the SAAF’s five-plane Silver Falcons show team. Based at Air Force Base Langebaanweg, near Cape Town, the Silver Falcons are the public pride of the SAAF, flying the high-performance, single-engine, tandem-seater turboprop Pilatus PC7 Mk II Astra training aircraft.Also taking to the air in a show of skill and daring was the Goodyear Eagles aerobatics team. The Eagles have been thrilling the public for nearly three decades and are regular performers on the local air show circuit. The three team members fly Pitts Special S2B biplanes.Amid the thunderous roar of the aircraft taking part in the show was heard the distinctive drone of two Harvards. The technical division of national carrier South African Airways (SAA) owns six of these North American Aviation aircraft, which are used by the SAA Apprentice School for aircraft mechanic training. Two of them are kept in airworthy condition and are regularly seen at the country’s air shows.A host of other aircraft took part, including an L39 jet flown by Russian champion pilot Valery Sobolev, an Extra 300 Sea Fury 385, a C47 turboprop,  a C208 Caravan and a Fokker 28, as well SAAF BK 117 and Oryx helicopters.Holiday entertainmentThe Port Elizabeth Air Show launched 12 years ago after Watson was “guided by a higher hand” to contact local businessman, pilot and aviation enthusiast Stu Davidson, in an attempt to provide some holiday entertainment for 20 youngsters  who had to spend the 1997 festive season at the haven.That fortuitous initial contact gave rise to the idea of an air show and was the start of a strong and successful professional relationship that has seen Watson and Davidson, along with fellow core organiser Glyn Rose Christie, arrange the biennial event ever since. With assistance from other dedicated supporters, Davidson is responsible for the flying programme, Rose Christie handles the related ground programme and Watson attends to all the other details that go into pulling a successful event of this nature and magnitude together.The MTR Smit Children’s Haven has its origins in an orphanage established in 1922 in Ugie, in the beautiful northeastern highlands of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, after the Great Flu pandemic of 1918 decimated families and left many children without parents.The haven – named after its founder – relocated to Port Elizabeth in 1987, in an effort to improve its capacity to render services to the community. The facility now accommodates 100 children aged between three and 18 years in an environment of quality and caring that allows them to “start a fresh life, free from the baggage of the past”, says Watson.Each child is given an appropriate programme of care and therapeutic development, as well as opportunities to participate in sport, cultural and recreational activities. The haven also provides spiritual care and guidance for its children, and its programmes promote tolerance and mutual respect.Its running costs amount to some R5-million ($725 000) annually depending on the specific objectives set for the year, and the air show is a major fundraiser.last_img read more

Tribal nature of rugby league presents barrier to NRL relocation

first_img Read more Sydney Roosters sign 25-year Allianz Stadium deal after project’s future secured Since you’re here… features Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian The Broncos are Friday night ratings gold and naturally TV’s suits and sales types would like more of it. These people have thus suggested to the NRL that TV needs more games in Brisbane because all those league-loving eyeballs would mean more people watching.TV is why there was a Super League war which ultimately kicked out Souths. 80,000 people marched in the streets to protest against it and against how “big media” was running “their” game. It was a popular movement, and ultimately the Bunnies found a way back. But thereare many who can never forgive.Cronulla, Manly and Wests Tigers supporters would not be able to forgive should their clubs shifted from their locales. The Sharks have been around since 1967, the Sea Eagles since 1947. There are no more parochial people (outside, say, Queenslanders) in the land. In 2000, fans of Balmain Tigers (est. 1908) and Western Suburbs Magpies (also 1908) saw their clubs merged into a new entity. Less than 20 years later they’re being asked to countenance losing the club from the city in which they live. The NRL’s new licensing agreement would have it that clubs have to prove solvency should they wish to remain part of the NRL. And one can understand, from a business perspective, why dropping a financial basket case for a new entity – let’s say Redcliffe Dolphins – resident in a high-rating league city would make sense.But relocation? Rugby league is tribal. You wear the colours of your team like you own them. They’re yours. Relocating the colours of Manly or the Sharks or Tigers would not, surely, be edifying for existing fans nor potential new ones. You’d greatly disenfranchise the former and fail to energise many of the latter given – let’s call them the people of Perth – would be aware that “their” new team is a second-hand one from Sydney. Read more Could a Brisbane franchise take Cronulla’s colours as the Lions took Fitzroy’s? Would Wests Tigers play out of Perth? Could Manly play out of Perth? You’d have to say they could not. Not with their soul intact. And knowing Manly fans, they’d sooner see the club bite the dust than head west, just as Souths chose to be nothing rather than merge with the Sharks.Thus the most palatable – if not financial – solution to television’s desire to add 80 minutes a week in fresh metro markets would appear to be an 18-team NRL competition. Keep the current 16 in the tent and add Brisbane and Perth as standalone entities. Brisbane makes sense, it’s league land. But Perth? The jury is out. Yes, there are two million people. Yes, there’ll be an Origin game at their crackerjack new stadium. Yes, there once were the Western Reds.Yet rugby league seems to think – given its inherent belief that it actually is the greatest game of all games – that it can pitch itself into a foreign culture and flourish. Because, hey, it’s rugby league, why wouldn’t they love it? The rationale goes that after Rugby Australia brushed Western Force, it begat an opportunity for rugby league. You might say the same of the Japanese Sunwolves.Local, “cultural” support for rugby union doesn’t necessarily mean instant support for rugby league. Force fans remain Force fans – Twiggy Forrest is still in there swinging. And you can’t create culture, not immediately. Eyeballs aren’t the only arbiter, otherwise there’d be another team in Melbourne, population four million. Melbourne, though, has rather strong cultural bedrock called the Australian Football League, the teams of which millions of Melburnians hold great emotional allegiance.For sure, the Storm have become a great success in Melbourne. Each home game they draw up to 20,000 people to see them blitz opponents in the modern, purpose-built AAMI Stadium. And yet in 20 years of Melbourne Storm, the number of NRL players bred from the Melbourne competition is three.Meanwhile axing or otherwise shifting the Tigers would seem a strange one given they represent both the outer and inner west of Sydney, a catchment of humanity described as upwards of 2 million people. Expansion to Perth (population 2 million) at the cost of the western Sydney team would appear a zero sum game at best.Then again, would they march for Wests as they marched for Souths? Would they march for Manly when they did not for North Sydney Bears? Manly had no compunction about taking over the wretched Northern Eagles and casting Norths into the abyss. Were Manly on the chopping block, Bears fans would enjoy the schadenfreude – and even contemplate taking over the licence and plonking a red-and-black team in northern Sydney where there are 600,000 people without a team.Regardless, it all does seem a lot of kerfuffle so that Channel Nine can charge bookmakers to peddle their wares on the airwaves. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email It is a truism of professional sport that television gets what television wants. TV is the ultimate arbiter of who plays what, where and when. It is by far the wealthiest stakeholder and thus carries the loudest megaphone. TV may not be god, but it is all powerful.The rugby league relocation and expansion chatter still bopping about in our popular presses – after the NRL threw out the burley for all we fish to feed on – has come because Foxtel and Channel Nine would like another 80 minutes of entertainment each week with which to sell advertising space and set top boxes. Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Facebook NRL Rugby league Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

How The Red Sox And Dodgers Made It To The World Series

It’s been almost seven months since the Major League Baseball season started, and here we are, finally ready to determine a champion. We’ve been tracking — and forecasting — each team’s chances all season long, so we wanted to look back at the paths to the World Series taken by Boston and Los Angeles. Our final predictions give the Red Sox the edge over the Dodgers in the series, 60 percent to 40 percent — but as we know, anything can happen when the players take the field.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Ohio State lacrosse prepares for Showdown in the Shoe

“Win and you’re in.” It’s safe to say that phrase is lingering in the minds of players and coaches for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team. With a win at the fifth annual “Showdown in the ‘Shoe” this coming Saturday, the team would punch its ticket to the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The Buckeyes will face-off against Air Force at 11 a.m. live on the Big Ten Network right before the OSU spring football game, for which about 60,000 presale tickets have already been distributed. The team isn’t nervous about playing in Ohio Stadium, coach Nick Myers said. Myers said it was a challenge last week against Michigan in their stadium, but overall the team is excited about another opportunity. “This is the fifth year I’ve been a part of this event, and it’s like no other in the game of lacrosse,” Myers said. “I think it really speaks to the commitment the university has made to get behind this game. A lot of fans are being exposed to what we feel like is a great game and it’s just huge for Midwest lacrosse.” If the Buckeyes win against Air Force Saturday, the team will make a strong stance for the No. 3 seed in ECAC tournament. With Loyola (Maryland) undefeated in the conference, the win would set up a possible back-to-back matchup with Fairfield University in the last matchup of the regular season, as well as the first-round game of the ECAC tournament for the Buckeyes. The winner of the ECAC tournament will get an automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament. The ECAC tournament begins on May 2 in Denver. “We’re hungry,” Myers said. “I think we realize how close we are, we just feel like we still haven’t really played our best.” The team hit a rough spot in the middle of the season with a record of 1-5 in the month of March. Two big victories against Hobart College and Michigan in the past two weeks have opened the doors to the postseason for the Buckeyes. With only two games remaining in the season, senior midfielder Brock Sorensen said the team understands the situation they are in. “I think there has been more of a focus as the season has gone on,” Sorensen said. “Our defense has continued to play great for us and we know that is the backbone of our team. It’s just getting our offense to click and getting all 44 guys to chip in any way that they can.” Sorensen has recorded nine goals this season, the highest in his Buckeye career. The defense is ranked 10th in team defense in the NCAA, only allowing 7.75 goals a game. Redshirt senior defenseman Matt Kawamoto said stat resulted from a lot of hard work put in by his teammates this year. Everyone is buying into the game plan and everyone is just staying focused to that goal, Kawamoto said. Kawamoto was announced as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class award on April 4. The winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship weekend, which will be held May 26-28 in Boston. “To be put in the same category with those other ten guys, it’s a really huge honor,” Kawamoto said. read more

Troy Smith JT Barrett will do nothing but rise

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternRight: Then-senior quarterback Troy Smith (10) escapes a pack of Michigan defenders during a game on Nov. 18, 2006, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-39.Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn 2004, a redshirt-sophomore quarterback from Cleveland made just his fifth career start against the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium.Before that game, not many people knew who Troy Smith was, but after defeating the highly ranked Wolverines, 37-21, in The Game, Smith became a legend in Columbus. Smith, who is set to have his No. 10 honored at halftime of Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan matchup, said he did not know right away what that game in 2004 meant to him or the OSU faithful.“You don’t really understand the magnitude of the game until years and years after,” Smith said Monday. “Until you hit the field, and you feel that there are really hundreds of thousands of people watching you, watching your every single move, you really don’t have an understanding. It is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”Smith went on to defeat Michigan in 2005 and 2006, the latter being arguably the biggest game in the rivalry’s history as the Buckeyes and Wolverines met in Ohio Stadium as No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively. OSU won that 2006 game, 42-39, making Smith just the second OSU quarterback ever to go 3-0 against Michigan, joining Tippy Dye who completed the feat from 1934-36. Fast forward to 2014. Another OSU quarterback is set to make his first start against the Michigan Wolverines, albeit on a slightly different scale. When Smith defeated the Wolverines in 2004, OSU was unranked and had already suffered four losses. Now, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is leading a Buckeye team that sits at 10-1, 7-0 on the season with a shot at the first-ever College Football Playoff still in reach. Despite Barrett’s inexperience, Smith said he believes the young quarterback will perform admirably against the Wolverines. “The first advice is to stick to the game plan. Don’t try to be someone that he is not,” Smith said. “Obviously we have gotten a chance to see the transformation and the growth behind J.T. Barrett this whole season and I am pretty much blown away ‘cause as a freshman, he is doing some things that it took me an ample amount of years to grasp and have an understanding about. “We as Buckeye fans, we should be privileged to see his growth and it will do nothing but rise.”Barrett, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, admitted after a 42-27 win over the Indiana Hoosiers that he had to be educated on the rivalry with Michigan.“I knew it was big, but coming from Texas, it was Texas and Oklahoma. I went to that game being recruited. I really didn’t have anything on the team up north and Ohio State,” Barrett said. “It was a lot to learn. It’s a deep hate for those guys. Not just the players, but more the fans.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he makes a point of making sure guys like Barrett, who might not know about the rivalry, get acclimated once they arrive at OSU. “We just make a huge deal out of rivalry games. I want the players to take ownership in the program, part ownership in the game,” Meyer said Monday. “This is not another game. This is The Game.”Smith on the other hand, knew exactly what the rivalry meant. “Growing up in Ohio, (I was) definitely biased towards having an understanding to which game was the best game of the year,” Smith said. “It is a different feel.”While Barrett might not know as much about the rivalry, he has shown a knowledge of the OSU playbook as his 42 total touchdowns are not only tied for the best in the country, but have helped him set multiple school records. One of those records used to belong to Smith, as Barrett passed the Heisman winner’s school record for passing touchdowns in a season (30) with four scoring tosses against the Hoosiers to give him 33 on the year. Barrett’s play has gotten the attention of many people including Heisman analysts, as last week Barrett was given 15/1 odds to win the award by online gambling site Bovada.com. Smith, who has a vote as a Heisman winner, said that while he hasn’t filled out his ballot just yet, he has a soft spot for OSU candidates. “I usually like to wait until the last second. I have a tremendous amount of respect for that process and having an understanding of too what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy and I think it shouldn’t be awarded until the last game of whoever is in the standings because you never know who is going to have a breakout moment,” Smith said. “We have got great talent across the nation and (I am) definitely biased towards some of the guys who are going to be wearing the Scarlet and Gray if they are up there.”Smith added that not only is Barrett on his short list of candidates, but said the redshirt-freshman should be on other voters’ lists as well. “I think he should be in everybody’s mind. Statistically the things that he is doing, obviously numbers don’t lie,” Smith said. “Tom Herman and our offensive staff are putting him and are putting other guys in positions to make plays and J.T. is doing nothing but capitalizing on every single chance and opportunity.”Barrett said following the game against Indiana that he does not let the Heisman talk affect his game on the field. “When I think of that, Heisman and all that, I can’t control that,” Barrett said. “I try to handle things that I can control, and one of those things was so the offense could go out there and play well today.”As Barrett and the Buckeyes turn their focus to their hated rival, Smith said he believes he knows how Barrett will feel when he takes the field for the first time against Michigan. “I know J.T. is going to be on cloud nine,” Smith said.Barrett and the Buckeye are set to take on the Wolverines Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium. read more

Chelseas Drinkwater a target for West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United have reportedly set their sights on a move for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, claims the Daily MirrorDespite arriving from Leicester City last summer for £35m, Drinkwater was restricted to just 12 appearances in his first season at Chelsea.And now new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has set his sights on a move for the 28-year-old as he continues with his efforts to reinforce his midfield options ahead of his debut campaign.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Chilean’s efforts to sign the former Leicester midfielder will undoubtedly receive a boost after new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri decided to allow Drinkwater to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.While Drinkwater didn’t have the best campaign last season, he is well known for having been an integral member of the famous Leicester side that defied all expectations to stunningly claim the Premier League title in the 2015/16 campaign.last_img read more

Mateo Kovacic undergoing Chelsea medical

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is currently undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of completing his loan moveAfter arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 from Inter Milan, the Croatian midfielder has seen the majority of his appearances come from off the bench at Real and he has now decided to leave in pursuit of regular opportunities.Following this morning’s announcement from Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui that the 24-year-old had informed the club of his desire to leave, Goal have now reported that he has arrived at West London and is currently undergoing a medical ahead of completing his season-long deal to Chelsea.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Due to the arrival of Kovacic, Chelsea will loan Tiemoue Bakayoko to AC Milan.The France international arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £40m deal from As Monaco last summer but failed to establish himself under Antonio Conte and is now set to go to the San Siro in a bid to resurrect his career.last_img read more

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