Chile mine and port project nears approval despite scientific opposition

first_imgCommunity Development, Conservation, Corruption, Endangered Species, Environment, Fishing, Infrastructure, Marine Conservation, Marine Protected Areas, Mining, Oceans The Chilean agency responsible for marine reserves did not take scientific information specified by its regional office into consideration when considering a proposed mining and port project.The Dominga project would be established within the foraging zones of species living in neighboring marine reserves.Two hundred scientists sent a letter to President Sebastián Piñera explaining the need to protect this space. Marine science experts like them say that the project’s area of influence underestimates impacts and will affect nearby protected areas.In April 2018, the Environmental Court ruled in favor of the project, but it is currently before the Supreme Court after an NGO lodged an appeal to invalidate the ruling. In February 2017, investigative reporting revealed that the Dominga mining and port project in northern Chile was influenced by former president Sebastián Piñera’s personal business ties, and a complex web of conflicts of interest began to unravel. Suspicions arose of ties to corruption as well as irregularities in the environmental assessment process. (Piñera was elected president again soon after, taking office in March this year.)Because of the contentious political atmosphere surrounding it, the Dominga mining and port project has found itself in the headlines repeatedly. As a result, its technical and environmental aspects have been pushed into the background.Both the project’s detractors and defenders charge that there have been political pressures and illegalities in the environmental assessment process, so the central question remains: could the Dominga project harm an area with some of the highest marine biodiversity in the world?The view from up highIf Dominga is completed, 12 million tons of iron will be extracted from the earth annually, plus another 150,000 tons of copper concentrate for the next quarter century. In addition to ore extraction, Dominga would process and ship the iron concentrate from its own port. Three to four ships per month would transport the ore from the port to the Asian market for sale.The initial investment for all this is assessed at $2.5 billion dollars and promises to generate 10,000 jobs during construction, and 1,450 permanent positions once the project is in operation. These are attractive numbers in the community of La Higuera, in the region of Coquimbo, which has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Chile. The “Norte Chico,” or “Near North,” as it’s called, is the gateway to the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world.Thirty-five kilometers (22 miles) north of what would be the Dominga port is a region with some of the highest marine biodiversity in the world. Protected by the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve and the Chañaral Island and the Choros and Damas Islands Marine Reserves, these areas form part of the greater Humboldt Archipelago, which runs from Punto Poroto in the south to Punta Pájaros in the north.Map of the proposed Dominga mine and port project near the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. Image © Oceana Chile.This area has been a conservation priority site for years due to the oceanographic phenomenon of upwelling, the process by which deep, cold, nutrient-rich water rises to the surface, fertilizing it. Extraordinary biodiversity results as species from up and down the food chain arrive to feed. Krill and anchovies, essential to the diets of the marine mammals and birds protected in the reserves, abound in this area. The bounty also sustains the most productive artisanal fisheries of the central and northern regions of Chile.Up to 560 marine species can be found here, including 187 species of seaweeds and invertebrates, 122 bird species, 21 marine mammal species, and 68 fish species. Of the birds and mammals, 50 percent are classified as vulnerable or endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The Humboldt penguin is among the vulnerable species, and the reserve that carries its name is home to 80 percent of its entire global population. The only residential colony of bottlenose dolphins in Chile also inhabits this coastal area, along with sea otters and the Peruvian diving petrel, both listed as vulnerable.Recent research by local scientists at the Catholic University of the North, in the city of Antofagasta, shows that 14 species of cetaceans are found in the Coquimbo Bay system. In December, when summer begins in the Southern Hemisphere, the whales travel their annual migration route from south to north. Here, off Choros and Damas islands, they stop to rest before continuing their journey to the tropical waters where they will breed.Dolphins in Isla Choros, Chile. Image by Elias Rovielo via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).The thin baselineChilean law requires that environmental impact studies for major projects establish a baseline or area of influence to be evaluated by the Environmental Assessment Service (SEA), that is, “the geographic and territorial extension of each one of the environmental components that could potentially be affected by the project.”Andes Iron SpA, the parent company of Minera Dominga, submitted its study to the SEA in 2013. According to the company and the bibliography it compiled, the marine baseline encompassed Totoralillo Norte Bay, the would-be site of the Dominga port, and identified “no areas under official protection or priority sites.”­The response from both the National Fisheries Service (SERNAPESCA) and National Forest Corporation (CONAF), the two agencies responsible for administering the country’s protected areas, was that the baseline underestimated the project’s impacts. SERNAPESCA requested that the area of influence include the Choros and Damas Islands Marine Reserve and the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. CONAF confirmed this opinion, saying the characteristics of the marine currents in this location and the feeding behaviors of the fauna living in the conservation areas meant Dominga would inevitably impact the reserves.Humboldt penguins in the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. Image by Ronald Woan via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)As early as 2004, the scientific community had begun to argue for effectively protecting the Humboldt Archipelago through a decree. Since then, the Dominga project advanced and was unanimously approved by the Chilean cabinet in 2017, while the decree to protect the archipelago never came.The reason for protecting the Humboldt Penguin, Chañaral Island, and Choros and Damas Islands reserves is that all of the animals that live on these islands do not feed there, said Carlos Gaymer, a marine conservation scientist. Rather, their main feeding area is Totoralillo Norte, Chungungo and the entire coastal area from Caleta de Hornos to Punta de Choros.Gaymer is the regional coordinator of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for the southeastern Pacific, and a researcher for the Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Islands (ESMOI) of the Center of Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA). He says that, paradoxically, “the feeding areas of the species being protected by the reserve are not protected themselves. It makes no sense to protect their nesting areas without protecting their feeding areas.”As the conservation plan for the Humboldt penguin states, “the degradation of feeding areas is the primary threat in terms of scope, severity, and irreversibility.” For this reason, after the protective decree remained “pending” last year, in June of this year, 200 marine scientists sent an open letter to President Piñera, requesting that he sign it and, finally, provide effective protection to this coastal area. With this in mind, CONAF and SERNAPESCA requested that the company include the reserves within the area of influence.However, according to the environmental impact study for Dominga submitted by the company, scientific research indicates that the Humboldt penguin and the Peruvian diving petrel “establish feeding areas in a radius of five kilometers [3 miles] around nesting sites.” This claim is contrary to the studies cited by Gaymer, which state that the birds travel up to 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, in search of food — food that they find mainly in the area where the Dominga port will be built. Upon reading this in the company’s study, CONAF responded emphatically, maintaining that the company had cherry-picked the data in its submission.“When the company arrived in the region, the first thing they did was meet with the scientists who have spent decades working in the area,” Gaymer told Mongabay Latam. “We contributed all available information so that they would have the best for conducting their studies. Well, we saw clearly in this process that the scientific information that had been produced and published did not suit the company. It contradicted what they were interested in sharing in their environmental impact study.”Mongabay Latam contacted Andes Iron SpA for comment, but did not receive a response by the time this story was published.CONAF alone in the battleOther reasons detailed in more than 10,000 pages of the assessment document made CONAF insist that the project’s baseline include the reserves. Excluding them “entails the absence of essential information, preventing an analysis of the project.” Without adequate information, no remediation, mitigation or compensation plans could take on the true scope of the project, the agency said.In January 2016, one of project’s biggest critics abandoned the fight: SERNAPESCA, the fisheries agency. In response to a second addendum submitted by Andes Iron, it gave up on including the protected areas in the project’s baseline. Up to that point, SERNAPESCA’s comments had been signed by Jaime Molina, the regional director. However, on this occasion, it was the acting regional director and now current regional director, Cristian López, who signed.Mongabay Latam accessed information from the SERNAPESCA regional office in Coquimbo confirming that the agency’s initial report regarding the second addendum did mention the need to integrate the reserves into the baseline. It was at the agency headquarters in Valparaíso that SERNAPESCA decided to remove that point.When asked about the reasons for omitting the comment, the headquarters indicated to Mongabay Latam that “after viewing the background information contributed by the company … it arrived at the conclusion that the initial aim to expand the area of influence to the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve and the Choros and Damas Islands Marine Reserve was not justified.”Traditional fishermen in Los Choros, Chile. Image by Ronald Woan via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)Nevertheless, the evidence obtained by Mongabay Latam confirms that the explanation offered by the headquarters to the regional office had nothing to do with any technical or scientific aspect. The reason for removing the requirement to include the reserves within the area of influence was that the regional office had made this comment under the incorrect section of the report. By decree, according to the Valparaíso headquarters, comments regarding “the description of the area of influence should be made within the section ‘Description of the Project,’ but in our regional office’s report the requirement was set out in a different section.” The comment by the SERNAPESCA office in Coquimbo was thus removed and CONAF stood alone in the battle.Mongabay Latam reviewed the cited decree and confirmed that there is no mention of the specification indicated by the agency headquarters. Furthermore, it clearly states that the area of influence and the project description are distinct sections. Therefore, the request to add the reserves to the baseline should not have been removed, or at least not with the reasoning provided.Sergio Cortés, leader of the Association of Civil Servants of SERNAPESCA, said the scientific opinion in the region had not changed. After the scientists saw their opinions silenced, the association attempted to make a statement in support of its colleagues’ work. However, nothing came of the effort and no official document accounting for what had happened was published. Cortés said this was because SERNAPESCA is a centralized agency. That is, all the regional offices are governed by the headquarters and, as such, cannot object to the latter’s decisions.Cruz Grande and the winning cardA year earlier, in January 2015, an environmental impact study had been approved for another port, just 5 kilometers from Dominga. The port of Cruz Grande belongs to Compañía de Acero del Pacífico (CAP), the main iron mining and steel production group in Chile. Each year, the port is expected to ship 13.5 million tons of ore and see 75 cargo ships pass through, 1.5 million more tons of material and 30 more vessels than Dominga would.The good news for Andes Iron was that this project, located even closer to the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve than Dominga, had been approved, even though its baseline did not take the protected areas into consideration.Not only are both projects similar in their activities, capacities and geographic proximity, but it is also possible to find comments in the documents from Cruz Grande’s evaluation process that are practically identical to those Dominga received.But the difference is that in its response to the addendum submitted by Compañía de Acero del Pacífico to its environmental impact study, SERNAPESCA indicated that “the holder excludes the legally protected areas of the Choros and Damas Islands Marine Reserve and the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve from its area of influence as these are 30 kilometers away … this cannot be used as a technical argument without first assessing the possible risks associated with port activity.”According to CAP, there was no way the project and the magnitude of its activities would reach the reserves. “The impacts identified are confined to a limited area, which can in no way lead to a decline in the habitat available to these species, nor their varied food resources,” it said.Sea lions in Isla Choros, Chile. Image by Elias Rovielo via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Nevertheless, SERNAPESCA stood firm and reiterated its objection in the next addendum submitted by the company. CONAF also lent its support, arguing the same reasons it did in the case of the Dominga project.SERNAPESCA’s stand lasted longer than in the Dominga case, but it too finally collapsed when it had to respond to the third addendum submitted by Compañía de Acero del Pacífico. Those who had followed its defense of the reserves were surprised. After categorically defending the need to include the protected marine areas in the baseline, the agency gave up.As in the case of Dominga, that last document was signed by Cristian López. The Cruz Grande project was finally approved by the Assessment Commission despite the opposition from CONAF, and Dominga found the card it needed to win the game.Fourth time’s the charmWith Cruz Grande as a precedent, Dominga prepared its third addendum to respond to its evaluators’ requests. It decided to accept the request to expand its area of influence, keeping in mind what had been approved for Compañía de Acero del Pacífico. The new baseline included ship navigation areas but once again omitted the protected areas. If Cruz Grande were considered a homologous project, with even greater maritime traffic and cargos of ore, there was no reason that what had been accepted for that port would not be accepted for Dominga.Harvesting clams near the Dominga project. Image © Eduardo Sorensen/Oceana.In November 2016, the third addendum from Andes Iron arrived and the evaluating agencies made their comments. CONAF insisted, this time alone, on its main argument: the incorrect delimitation of the baseline. The agencies were informed that this was supposedly the last addendum.However, two months later, a fourth report appeared containing points for clarification, meaning that Andes Iron would submit a fourth addendum. The report had been redacted, in contrast to the previous ones, by the headquarters of the Environmental Assessment Service, or SEA, in Santiago, and it completely dismissed CONAF’s competence to discuss biological resources. Just like that, the chapter on including the reserves within the project’s baseline was closed.In February 2017, the SEA published the consolidated environmental assessment report, recommending that the Assessment Commission, the next evaluating agency, approve the project.An unexpected twistAgainst expectations, the Assessment Commission and then the Council of Ministers for Sustainability rejected the Dominga mining and port project, despite the SEA’s recommendation to approve it.The company then turned to the Environmental Court, charging that the decision to reject the project was arbitrary and illegal given that “we have a baseline that was the same as the one accepted for the Cruz Grande project.” For the company, the reason for the arbitrariness was that a few days before the SEA gave it the go-ahead, the press had uncovered that then ex-president Piñera had businesses associated with Dominga. The company claimed that the grounds for rejecting the project were connected to partisanship and not to the technical grounds that, according to the SEA’s decision, demonstrated the environmental viability of Dominga.Humboldt penguins in the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. Image by Ronald Woan via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)It was at that time that the regional SEA of Coquimbo reported that it had been pressured by Santiago to recommend the project’s approval. An internal inquiry was opened to investigate the case. The accusations centered on the appearance of the fourth report, which dismissed CONAF’s competence and gave the company the opportunity to submit a fourth addendum. According to the declarations that appear in the inquiry, the report had been sent to Coquimbo with the order to publish it without making any changes or comments.After the investigation, the Environmental Assessment Service deemed that there was no reason to believe there had been irregularities in the process and closed the inquiry. However, the investigation never called officials from the SERNAPESCA office in Coquimbo to testify. CONAF officials were not called to testify either.In April 2018, the Environmental Court ruled in favor of Andes Iron, but the project is currently before the Supreme Court after the NGO Oceana lodged an appeal for a reversal to invalidate the Environmental Court’s ruling.“The Environmental Court’s decision did not rule upon the heart of the matter, that is, the technical aspects of the project,” said Liesbeth van der Meer, director of Oceana Chile. “It said nothing about whether or not it is viable environmentally.”The court’s could take until the end of 2018 to reach a decision in the case.In recent years, the proportion of Chile’s marine areas with some degree of protection has gone from 4.4 percent to 42 percent. Today the country is a world leader in marine conservation. 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As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Erik Hoffnerlast_img read more

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Inquirer’s Tupas heads college press corps

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Inaccurate figures presented by Edghill

first_imgDear Editor,On behalf of the Government of Guyana, I wish to strongly denounce and deem erroneous the statements made by Mr Edghill on Wartsila’s operations in Guyana in sections of the media.According to Mr Edghill, he was informed by the former Chairman of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc Board, Mr Winston Brassington, and former CEO, Mr Bharrat Dindyal, that the contract between the Government of Guyana and Wartsila was to the tune of approximately US$7.5 million per year, or about US$20,500 per day. He further intimated that the new contract with the Power Producer and Distribution Inc (PPDI) made less financial sense than that that of Wartsila’s.However, the figures stated by Mr Edghill are grossly inaccurate. Below is an accurate breakdown of the amounts paid to Wartsila from 2008 to 2016:Year contract sum (USD)2008 $6.2 million2009 $6.8 million2010 $6.7 million2011 $7.8 million2012 $7.8 million2013 $8.5 million2014 $9.5 million2015 $9.6 million2016 $10 millionFurthermore, it must be noted that, going forward, Wartsila was proposing an average cost of US$20.51 per megawatt hour. This would have equated to approximately US$13.3 million per annum, based upon a consumption of 650,000 megawatts per year. Compare this figure to the proposed fee of US$16.78 megawatts per hour from PPDI. This would equate to savings of US$2.4 million, based on the same consumption rate for an enhanced service.With savings of this magnitude, it would be possible to buy a brand new 5.5MW Wartsila engine every three years.Additionally, when it came to the price of spare parts, the agreement was that GPL would be charged at a discounted price. However, the records show that GPL was paying global list prices up until the contract’s termination with Wartsila. PPDI will be purchasing spares for all parts at equal or better prices.It is certainly an indictment on the previous administration tha t they were clearly in the dark for years on the amount of monies that was being paid out to Wartsila; Mr Brassington served as Chairman of the Board from 2010-2015 while Mr Dindyal was CEO in 2015. Yet, neither of them, it would appear, was aware of what was transpiring in regards to Wartsila’s operations.The shift from Wartsila to PDDI is a needed move. Upon its entry into Guyana, Wartsila had no prior successful operations and maintenance of power plants and its management was unwilling to offer any guarantees of its services.It must be emphasised at all times that Wartsila was managed wholly and solely by Guyanese and PPDI intends to maintain this model, coupled with drastic financial savings. In fact, PPDI’s top management comprises of Guyanese with more than 60 years of combined experienced with Wartsila, both locally and regionally.Furthermore, I must once again urge that the Opposition takes up its seat on the Board of GPL so that they can be properly informed.The other equally inaccurate matters raised by Mr Edghill in his letter will be addressed at a later stage in a more appropriate forum.Yours sincerely,David PattersonPublic Infrastructure Ministerlast_img read more

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Ducks take flight in Stanley Cup win

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – The Ducks are mighty once again. Ridiculed throughout the early years of their existence because of their Disney ownership and goofy logo, the Ducks will never again be mocked. They saw to that Wednesday night, when captain Scott Niedermayer lifted the Stanley Cup. The Ducks became the first California team in NHL history to win the Cup, as they turned a brilliant start into a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Honda Center. In an effort typical of their season-long success, the Ducks got strong defense – they limited Ottawa to 13 shots -solid goaltending from Jean-Sebastien Giguere, balanced goal scoring and a couple lucky breaks. Travis Moen scored two goals – although one actually went in off the skate of Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips – and Andy McDonald, Rob Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry added goals for the Ducks. The Ducks took a 4-2 lead into the third period with its crowd roaring and calling for the Stanley Cup, and the Ducks all but clinched the game four minutes into the period on a deflection goal by Moen off Scott Niedermayer’s shot. Just to prove that the fates were with them, the Ducks faced, and stopped, a penalty shot. Chris Pronger hooked Antoine Vermette on a breakaway, but Vermette had the puck roll off his stick during the penalty-shot attempt. Perry added a slap-shot goal off an Ottawa turnover with three minutes remaining. The Ducks, beset by penalty woes throughout the playoffs, didn’t take a penalty in the final two periods, but it wasn’t always easy for the Ducks in Game 5. Ottawa controlled the puck for long portions of the second period, and it paid off with 8:33 remaining when Daniel Alfredsson picked up the puck in the slot and fired a high shot past Giguere. The Ducks reclaimed a two-game lead with a goal that will life in Cup Finals infamy. Phillips and goalie Ray Emery went behind the net to play the puck. Phillips lost control of the puck coming across the end line and it got caught in the skates of Emery and went into the net for a 3-1 Ducks lead. The goal, with 4:16 left in the period, was credited to Moen. With 2:22 left in the period and the Ducks on the power play, Alfredsson stripped Ryan Getzlaf of the puck, outskated Getzlaf down the length of the ice and beat Giguere for his second goal of the game. The Ducks went up 4-2 just 50 seconds later though, as Beauchemin ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line that cleanly beat Emery. The Senators, who have benefitted from the Ducks’ lack of discipline throughout the series, had their own penalty problems early. Just 1:40 into the game, Tom Preissing went off for interference, and the Ducks had a 5-on-3 advantage when Anton Volchenkov was called for hooking Teemu Selanne. The Ducks struck 16 seconds later, when McDonald, positioned in the right faceoff circle, flipped a shot through the pads of goalie Ray Emery to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Emboldened by the early lead, the Ducks kept the pressure on, although they had one big scare. At the 8:45 mark, Ducks Beauchemin saved a goal by knocking the puck out of the air. Ottawa had its chance when the Ducks took consecutive penalties, but the Ducks struck just as they killed the second penalty. Niedermayer picked up the puck near the red line, beat Ottawa’s Mike Comrie down the right side and slipped a backhand shot past Emery for a 2-0 lead with 2:19 remaining in the period.last_img read more

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Shooter held gun to head of young girl

first_img One of the women wounded in Friday’s shooting – hit in the arm as she shielded her pregnant belly – crawled into her office, called 911, and convinced her assailant to talk to dispatchers, the chief said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“He pointedly blamed the Jewish people for all of these problems,” Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said at a news conference Saturday. According to a statement of probable cause, Haq told a 911 dispatcher: “These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East.” Muhammad Ullah, a senior member of a mosque founded in part by Haq’s father, described Haq as a quiet loner. In a statement, the Islamic Center of the Tri-Cities offered condolences to the shooting victims and said, “We disassociate this act from our Islamic teachings and beliefs.” Seattle police said Haq picked up the two handguns and spare ammunition just days earlier, and appeared to have targeted the federation after a cursory Internet search for Jewish organizations. He also was stopped shortly before the shootings in Seattle for a minor traffic infraction, and was cited and released, Kerlikowske said. SEATTLE – The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity’s foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl’s head, the police chief said Saturday. Once inside, police say, Naveed Afzal Haq opened fire with two semiautomatic pistols. One woman, Pam Waechter, 58, of Seattle was killed at the scene. Five more women were wounded. Haq, 30, was ordered held on $50 million bail Saturday pending formal charges of murder and attempted murder. Haq, a Muslim, told authorities he was angered by the war in Iraq and U.S. military cooperation with Israel. last_img read more

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West Ham transfer latest: Gomez close, England star bid, loan offer, plus more

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES REPLY BEST OF West Han have enquired about the availability of Giroud Pellegrini is set to have a busy day in the market on Thursday REVEALED 6 6 no dice talkSPORT has all the latest potential deals as the window nears its closure. huge blow Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo)One move that is edging closer to completion is a £40million move to sign Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez.Gomez has been on fine form in LaLiga this season for Celta Vigo – netting nine times in 19 appearances for the club.Gomez will sign for the Hammers and will be loaned straight back to Celta, however, as the Spanish outfit are unwilling to let their main striker go without finding a replacement. Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea)West Ham have also set their sights on signing Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater.Manuel Pellegrini wants to add another midfielder to his squad and the Blues outcast is seen as the number one option.Drinkwater has made just one appearance for Chelsea this season, and it came before the league even started in Chelsea’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.talkSPORT sources have learnt that West Ham could test the water with a bid to sign the midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season. Midfielder Oxford has attracted interest from the Eredivisie REVEALED Gomez is close to a move to West Ham MONEY center_img Schalke are interested in signing Perez 6 Reece Oxford (Heerenveen)According to Sky Sports, Eredivisie club Herenveen are interested in signing the youngster on loan until the end of the season.However, West Ham have reportedly rejected the move for the 20-year-old and want to keep him at the club.Nottingham Forest have also shown interest in youngster – who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 6 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Lucas PerezAccording to BBC Sport, West Ham have received a loan offer from Bundesliga side Schalke for Lucas Perez.The striker has struggled since his £4million move from Arsenal, having scored two goals in ten appearances this season.Schalke sit 12th in the Bundesliga and face Manchester City in the Champions League in the last-16 stage of the competition. West Ham boss Pellegrini is keen on signing Drinkwater 6 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 6 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)West Ham have also enquired about the availability of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.The French World Cup winner has just six months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.He has struggled to cement a place in the starting XI and his opportunities for game-time look scarce following the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain.According to the Daily Mail, several clubs, including West Ham, have asked about the former Arsenal striker.The 32-year-old has reportedly rejected the chance to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang. shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won West Ham United are set to be one of the busiest Premier League clubs as Thursday night’s transfer deadline approaches.The Hammers will sign at least one player – and others could be shown the door before the mid-season market slams shut.last_img read more

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‘He doesn’t embody any of the qualities Arsenal need’ – transfer business slated

first_img targets The Gunners let a two-goal lead slip at Watford to draw 2-2 on Sunday, with Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopolous at fault for the respective goals.Luiz, an £8m acquisition, made the error for the equaliser as he clumsily brought down Roberto Pereyra for a penalty, which he then coolly dispatched from the spot.That means the Brazilian has already conceded two penalties in four Premier League games for the Gunners, only one less than he did in 160 Premier League games for Chelsea.Meanwhile, Sokratis was badly at fault for Watford’s first, sloppily gifting possession to former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley to score from an Arsenal goal kick. rookie error David Luiz was at fault for Watford’s equaliser against Arsenal on Sunday Getty Images – Getty deals latest Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January statement Arsenal needed to sign a commanding centre-back in the summer, but instead opted for David Luiz who was not the answer to their defensive problems.That is the view of talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino, who has been far from impressed with the impact the defender has had since joining the club from Chelsea. Alan Brazil and Ian Holloway criticise Arsenal following their 2-2 draw with Watford“Arsenal had no control, no composure. They needed to sign a defender this summer, someone who is cool under pressure and has leadership qualities — and they went and spent £8 million on David Luiz, a player who has never embodied any of those qualities,” Cascarino wrote in his column for the Times.“Emery has been at Arsenal for more than a year and, while they have improved in some areas, the same problems remain. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img stalemate 1 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 9.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Napoli vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTBorussia Dortmund vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 “Last season we were talking about whether they had the players to always be passing the ball out from the back, and we are still having that debate now — it must be infuriating for Arsenal fans to watch and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.”Unai Emery’s men, who currently lie seventh in the Premier League after five games, entertain newly-promoted Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.Before that, though, is the Europa League group game against Eintracht Frankfurt, who reached the semi-finals last season.last_img read more

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Hamilton boss thanks directors for putting minds at ease

first_img“From that point of view the owners coming in and putting everyone’s mind at ease allows us just to focus on football.”He added: “There’s nothing we can do in terms of affecting what happens.“I’m gutted for the club. Hopefully it won’t have an effect on the footballing side but when you look at how hard the guys have worked behind the scenes to build this club since they took it 14 or 15 years ago, to have in one fell swoop someone come in and do that to your business isn’t nice.“It’s a time now for everyone to stick together. On the pitch we need to get results and in the stands we need the fans to give support so we can put things right.”Hamilton face Ross County in Dingwall this weekend. Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning has thanked the club’s directors for putting the players’ minds at ease after the Premiership side lost more than £750,000 as a result of an elaborate fraud.The cash disappeared after the New Douglas Park side fell victim to vishing, which usually takes the form of a call from an individual purporting to be from the bank.Chairman Les Gray described the situation as “one of the most difficult we have faced as a club”.Other SPFL clubs have been targeted, with Hearts confirming they were the victim of internet fraud earlier this year. STV understands the Tynecastle side lost around £80,000 as a result of the scam.Hamilton boss Canning acknowledges the financial loss is a significant blow but is determined to not let it affect his players as they battle to end a run of five consecutive Scottish Premiership defeats. He said: “The owners and directors came in on the Friday morning to speak to everybody as a group and put everybody’s minds at ease, which I think was a good thing to do.“When something like that happens, or what would happen if there was no clarity, is questions start to get asked and rumours fly about. last_img read more

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Sylva Driver License Office to Eliminate Saturday Schedule

first_imgThe Sylva Driver License office, located at 876 Skyland Dr., Suite 2, will no longer be open for Saturday hours beginning Nov. 5.  The office will now operate on a weekday schedule of Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.DMV now offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and click “Online Services” to see if their driver license needs can be met online.last_img

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2010: Inzalo staff are ready!

first_img10 March 2010Inzalo Communications is not planning to miss the 2010 Fifa World Cup train. The Johannesburg-based company got out their football gear on 2 March to celebrate the start of the 100 days countdown with the rest of South Africa.Inzalo Communications getting into the South Africa 2010 spirit of things. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)The Inzalo team show off their readiness for the first Fifa World Cup on African soil. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)Football Fridays News Desklast_img

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