Record-setting 2.2GW solar park in India now fully operational

first_imgRecord-setting 2.2GW solar park in India now fully operational FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:One of India’s leading private renewable energy companies, Hero Future Energies, recently commissioned a 300 megawatt solar power project at Bhadla solar power park in Rajasthan. With this project, the solar park is now complete with installed capacity of 2,245 megawatts.Bhadla solar park is significant in many aspects. The solar park saw multiple record-low tariffs during some highly competitive auctions. Projects at the solar park were developed by multiple companies through public-private partnership.State government itself developed 745 megawatts of capacity, a joint venture company of IL&FS and Rajasthan government developed 1 gigawatt of capacity, while another joint venture between Adani Enterprises and Rajasthan government developed 500 megawatts.The park hosts 260 megawatts owned by India’s largest power generation company — the state-owned NTPC Limited.In May 2017, two separate auctions of 250 megawatts and 500 megawatts paved way for the lowest-ever tariff bid for a solar power project in India. The first auction saw a bid of Rs 2.62/kWh (US¢4.1/kWh), the lowest at that time. This bid was 9.2% lower than the previous lowest bid in India. Within two days the record of Rs 2.62/kWh was shattered by Acme Cleantech Solutions. The company secured 200 megawatts of capacity in the 500 megawatt auction at Rs 2.44/kWh (US¢3.8/kWh). This remains the lowest-ever solar power bid in India to date. In December 2019, another 750 megawatts of capacity was auctioned. Tariff bids increased marginally to Rs 2.47/kWh (US¢3.8/kWh).SB Energy, a joint venture of SoftBank, Foxconn and Bharti Enterprises, possibly owns the largest capacity in the park at 600 megawatts, secured across three auctions. Other major developers with projects at this solar park include ReNew Power, Acme Solar Holdings, Hero Future Energies, and Azure Power.[Saurabh]More: 2.2 gigawatt solar park in India’s Rajasthan state now fully operationallast_img read more

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Armed Forces Unite to Find Missing Argentine Submarine

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 27, 2017 An unprecedented international mega-operation searches for the Argentine Navy’s ARA San Juan submarine, which lost contact with base November 15th, with 44 people on board. Eleven countries joined the Argentine patrol in the area of operations: Germany, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the United States, France, Italy, Norway, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. “With international support, we have the best technologies available for vessels and aircraft that participate in the search,” Captain Enrique Balbí, Argentine Navy spokesperson, told Diálogo on November 21st. “The effort is ongoing 24 hours a day, and there are more than one aircraft assigned to a search area at the same time,” he said. The ARA San Juan, a 66-meter long German-made TR-1700 submarine with diesel-electric propulsion, left Ushuaia Naval Base on November 13th for Mar del Plata Naval Base. According to Capt. Balbí, the vessel navigated in an open stretch and “at some point, communication stopped.” Its final radio transmission was November 15th, near San Jorge Gulf, 240 nautical miles (432 kilometers) off the Argentine coast. The Argentine Navy activated a protocol to force the link of all the submarine’s communications systems and delimited a 482,000 square-kilometer search area—nearly equivalent to the size of Spain. During the first few days in the heart of the South Atlantic, Argentine and international rescue workers faced strong winds and waves over six meters high. The improvement of weather conditions on November 21st—after six days of combing the waters—restored hope to the international force and the crew’s relatives. Brazil joins the efforts “We currently have two vessels working in the search area: the [Admiral] Maximiano Icebreaker and the Rademaker Frigate,” Brazilian Navy Commander Christian Hingst, commander of the Tapajó submarine, told Diálogo on November 22nd. “Along with vessels from the other countries, these ships rotate in the search procedures at the request of the Argentine Navy, trying to establish contact with the submarine,” said Cmdr. Hingst. “As a military vessel, the submarine is designed to hide, which complicates its search.” The Brazilian Navy also sent the NSS Felinto Perry, a vessel specialized in rescue of submersibles. “We hope to use it in the next stage of the operation, after contact is made with the submarine,” explained Cmdr. Hingst. “The Felinto will be essential because it has the necessary equipment for the rescue, such as a hyperbaric chamber [which supplies pure oxygen] for the victims.” Cutting-edge technology from the United States More than 50 foreign and domestic vehicles, ships, and aircraft participate in the operation. These include a NASA P-3 Orion airplane and a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon—both equipped with submarine-detection systems. A sound the Argentine Navy captured was analyzed with the help of the P-8. It was eventually concluded that it was not from the submarine. “It may have been a biological noise,” Capt. Balbí told the press. “U.S. Southern Command directed the deployment of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft, underwater rescue equipment and associated personnel to Argentina to support international efforts to locate the missing Argentine Navy submarine ARA San Juan in Southern Atlantic waters,” U.S. Southern Command said in a press release. In addition, the U.S. Navy sent unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to support the international effort. The Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Keyport, Washington, operates the Bluefin 12D UUV and three Iver 580 UUV. “During the P-8’s return flight, white flares were spotted. An investigation concluded they did not come from the ARA San Juan Submarine either,” the Argentine Navy reported in a press release. Meanwhile, members of the U.S. Navy Undersea Rescue Command (URC) set off from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia aboard the support vessel Skandi Patagonia, a Norwegian flag ship. Chartered by the oil company Total, the vessel was converted into a “mothership” for the U.S. sailors’ rescue capsule. The United States also sent a Lockheed C-5—its Air Force’s largest military plane used for logistics transport—and two independent rescue assets of the Navy URC, the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and underwater intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Also joining the effort: the British C-130 Hercules transport plane, a Uruguayan Navy Beechcraft B-200 patrol aircraft, and a Chilean Navy C-295 turboprop equipped with an information processing system, among other resources. Probable explosion On November 22nd, Capt. Balbí informed the press that a “hydroacoustic anomaly” had been detected on the morning of November 15th consistent with the submarine’s last known position—some 30 miles to the north, on the way to Mar del Plata. Argentine vessels were immediately sent to the area with sensors to evaluate the nature of the sound, along with the U.S. P-8 Poseidon and a Brazilian Air Force P-3AM airplane. “This way, with three different means, we are going to see about this sign,” Capt. Balbí told reporters. On the morning of November 23rd, the Argentine Navy confirmed for the first time that there was a “violent event consistent with an explosion.” A report from the Argentine ambassador to Austria, Rafael Grossi, and a detailed analysis from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization supported the information. The organization, headquartered in Vienna, has a network of seismic and hydroacoustic stations to monitor nuclear tests. According to the report, “an abnormal, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event, consistent with an explosion,” took place on November 15th. The document confirmed the “hydroacoustic anomaly” the U.S. Navy detected the previous day. Despite the explosion hypothesis, the international search continued against the clock. “As sailors, we have a sense of solidarity and concern for our Argentine sister navy, with whom we have close ties and participate in various joint exercises,” said Cmdr. Hingst. “We do not lose hope. We envision at all times that the submarine will be found, that the crew will be in good health, and that the rescue will happen.” “We’re working hand-in-hand with the international community to support Argentina’s search for the ARA San Juan,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Lyndsi Gutierrez, of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet Public Affairs Augment team, told Diálogo. “We’re committed to helping our Argentine partners in any way we can and to assist the country in its ongoing search for the missing Argentine submarine. The role of U.S. military forces during this mission is to rapidly respond with critically-needed capabilities to deliver assistance and aid to areas the government of Argentina deems most necessary.”last_img read more

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Schenevus Class of 2020 donates $1,500 to charity after senior activities fall through

first_imgSCHENEVUS (WBNG) — After many of their end-of-year events were cancelled due to COVID-19, the Schenevus Class of 2020 decided to use the money they had raised over the year to donate to charity. Senior Peyton Darling explained, “Especially with our fire department, the way they make their money, they have a carnival every year in our local town and they make a lot of money off that, but they can’t do it this year, so they’re really, really struggling with money right now.” It’s a project that focused on the possible. And, leaves a meaningful mark on the community. Senior Samantha Dixon said, “Things got taken away from us and things get taken away from people everyday, so I think it’s a good thing to give back.” The class turned this upset, however, into an oppourtunity. Cutting three checks each worth $500, the class made contributions to the Susquehanna SPCA, Maryland Fire Department and Oppourtunities for Otsego Emergency Shelter. “I think that they have really set an example and proven that they’re really leaders in the community,” said Haynes. When their planned community service project fell through, they decided to use the money they had raised for some of these events and donate it instead. For the Susquehanna SPCA, Executive Director Stacie Haynes said the money will go toward building a new shelter that will provide for countless animals. Like for many seniors, for those at Schenevus High School, it was a disappointing senior year. Students told 12 News their senior trip, day trip to Great Escape and others were all cancelled due to the pandemic.last_img read more

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Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances

first_img The Chelsea and France hero also doubts Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will finish in the top four despite their promising start to the season and recent signing of Thomas Partey.Asked who is more likely to finish in the top-four out of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, Leboeuf told ESPN: ‘Maybe none of them, if Everton, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea keep going!‘With what we have seen, I don’t see Manchester United [finishing in the top-four]. If they don’t react or change things, it’s between Arsenal and Tottenham. Read More / Advertisement Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances Video Settings Read More Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Read More Advertisement Skip deadline day move to West Ham Read More Comment SPONSORED Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 1 min. story 1/1 Coming Next by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 7:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Top articles ‘Let’s say Tottenham. What I’ve seen from them, I would put them in the top-four.’Liverpool hero Steve Nicol added: ‘There’s not that much separating them all to be honest.‘Most of us had Manchester United fourth or fifth before the season and we’re only four games in.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘On present form, I can’t see that much change coming at Manchester United. Arsenal have got a new strength about them.‘It’s between Arsenal and Spurs for me. If you go on who can take a step forward this year, then it’s not Manchester United because they look like they’re going the other way.‘Arsenal have just signed Partey, who’s a beast in the middle of the park. Spurs have made good signings as well so it seems like Manchester United would be outside of that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Solskjaer had FaceTime call with Amad Diallo before Man Utd transferMORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel Arteta PLAY Full Screen Frank Leboeuf has rated Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances (Picture: ESPN)Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has dismissed Manchester United’s top-four chances and says Arsenal will also struggle to secure a Champions League place in the Premier League this season.Everton are the only club to take maximum points from their first four games of the 2020-21 season, with Aston Villa also still unbeaten and on the same number of points as Leicester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.Tottenham are currently sixth, having smashed inconsistent Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, while bid-spending Chelsea are seventh.Man United and Chelsea finished third and fourth respectively last season – behind champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City – but Lebouef cannot see the Red Devils replicating that position this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PFZW to keep tar sands investments despite campaign group pressure

first_img“Simply selling shares alone will not eliminate the problems for the world”Eloy Lindeijer, PGGM“However, we are often unable to accommodate their wishes, as the sum of all wishes does not relate to our central task, which is generating a financial return for a sufficient pension,” said Lindeijer.“As a pensions investor, we want to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, but via a different route than the one demanded by the environmental organisation.”He added that the exposures were “due to PFZW’s choice to be a passive investor with a globally diversified portfolio in all economic sectors, to keep risks to a minimum”.PGGM’s CIO pointed out that the total carbon footprint of PFZW’s listed equity portfolio had been reduced by 28% during the past two years and that the healthcare scheme’s aim was to achieve a total reduction of 50% in 2020. Earlier this month the asset manager reported that it was halfway towards this goal.Lindeijer added that shareholder engagement was central to PGGM’s investment policy, and that the three firms involved were “each in their own way engaged in the energy transition, and determining what role they see for themselves”.“Simply selling shares alone will not eliminate the problems for the world,” he said, “as there are more than enough buyers for these shares who have neither the experience of conducting a proper sustainability dialogue nor the intention of doing so.”The CIO added that, at 2017-end, PGGM had €6.4bn invested in companies and projects offering climate-related solutions, including sustainable real estate.Greenpeace has also recently protested against Swedish pension funds’ fossil fuel investments. Protesters broke into the offices of AP3 in Stockholm on 13 June and hung a banner outside the building with the slogans “lyd lagen” (obey the law), and ”flytta pengarna” (move the money).A spokeswoman for AP3 said: “Greenpeace haven’t had an honest intent and therefore the prerequisites for a dialogue do not exist.” Lindeijer said that PGGM was often approached about similar cases and had always entered into a dialogue. The €197bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW is to retain its stake in three Canadian tar sands companies amid pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment officer at PGGM – PFZW’s asset manager – was quoted in Responsible Investor magazine explaining that the investments would be kept, but “with due regard for sustainability”.Greenpeace had targeted PFZW, the €408bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, and insurers Aegon and Nationale Nederlanden over their investments, calling them “the Dirty Four”.It chided PGGM for its stakes in Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners and TransCanada, totalling €66m.last_img read more

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Tidewater, GulfMark Finalize Business Combination

first_imgUS-based companies Tidewater and GulfMark Offshore have completed their business combination, creating the industry’s largest offshore support vessel (OSV) owner.The companies informed that their stockholders “overwhelmingly supported the business combination,” with relevant proposals being approved by over 99% of the votes cast by Tidewater stockholders and GulfMark stockholders at a meeting on November 15.All necessary conditions to the closing have been satisfied and the business combination has been consummated. In connection with the completion of the transaction, GulfMark common stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange as of the market close on November 15, 2018.“We’re excited to welcome the GulfMark team to Tidewater, and we look forward John Rynd, Tidewater’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said that the company is looking forward “to commencing the work of integrating our fleets and shore-base operations in order to quickly and fully realize the strategic and financial benefits of this business combination.”The parties earlier said that the merger would create a global OSV leader with the industry’s largest fleet of 245 vessels.last_img read more

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Renowned UK Neurosurgeon on Assisted Dying and His ‘Suicide Kit’

first_imgMedscape 27 April 2017Family First Comment: This should disturb everyone!“He described the arguments from the anti-euthanasia group as being “grotesque.” “They argue that grannies will be made to commit suicide,” he said. “Even if a few grannies get bullied into it, isn’t that the price worth praying for all the people who could die with dignity?”Shocking,www.rejectassistedsuicideRenowned British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, CBE, FRCS, is back in the news with the publishing of his second volume of memoirs, in which he reminisces on 40 years of resecting brain tumors, as well as performing other complex neurosurgery procedures.His latest book, Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery , comes 4 years after his first book, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery , was published in 2014 to wide acclaim, with glowing reviews in the Economist, the New Yorker, and the New Statesman .Both contain reminiscences of the surgeries that he performed during the past 40 years, but in particular, he discusses the cases that went wrong. “As I approach the end of my career I feel an increasing obligation to bear witness to past mistakes I have made,” he writes.When he retired in 2015, Mr Marsh (surgeons in England are traditionally addressed as Mr or Ms rather than Dr) was a senior consultant at St George’s Hospital, London, where he worked at the Atkinson Morley Wing, one of the country’s largest specialist brain surgery units.His specialty was operating on the brain under local anesthesia, while the patient remained awake, in order to minimize damage to neural structures ― a technique that was portrayed in an award-wining 2004 television documentary that broadcast as part of the BBC series, Your Life in Their Hands.He was also featured in another documentary, The English Surgeon, which portrayed the pro bono work in Kiev, Ukraine, that he carried out for decades.In Favor of Assisted DyingIn his latest book, Mr Marsh shares some thoughts on death with dignity, or physician-assisted dying, a topic very much in the news these days. Several American states now allow this, and the views of the medical profession have reached a turning point, as suggested in a special edition of JAMA last year.In England, however, the Assisted Dying Bill was defeated in September 2015, and the vote was not even close, with 330 votes against and 180 votes for.Mr Marsh was exasperated, and in an interview with the Sunday Times that accompanied an extract from his new book, he described the arguments from the anti-euthanasia group as being “grotesque.”“They argue that grannies will be made to commit suicide,” he said. “Even if a few grannies get bullied into it, isn’t that the price worth praying for all the people who could die with dignity?”READ MORE: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/879187last_img read more

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Rave of the moment Ajagba craves support for Anthony Joshua

first_img Loading… “The people would support Joshua because he is the heavyweight champ,” Ajagba told Sky Sports. read also:Nigeria boxer, Efe Ajagba joins Floyd Mayweather’s ex-manager “Skill would beat Joshua, not power. I and Joshua both have the power, but skills control the power. In the main event, former world champion Jose Pedraza sealed a points victory over Javier Molina at the MGM Grand. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Efe Ajagba is drumming more support for Anthony Joshua after recording another victory in Las Vegas at the weekend. Ajagba who could not enhance his claims for a future fight with Joshua laboured to a point victory over Jonathan Rice in Las Vegas. The Nigerian heavyweight extended his unbeaten record to 14 wins with a wide unanimous decision over Rice, but Ajagba suffered a hand injury which prevented him from producing an expected knockout. Ajagba previously stopped 11 of his opponents with explosive power, although on this occasion he opted to control Rice for 10 rounds with his stiff jab, earning verdicts of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 from the judges. The 26-year-old had recently welcomed a clash with Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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AG Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to beware storm chasers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Spring brings not only April showers to Indiana but also greater chances of high winds, lightning strikes and other forms of severe weather. With this in mind, Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scammers who descend on storm-affected communities in order to take advantage of homeowners needing repairs.“We’ve all seen the significant damage that can result from storms ripping through neighborhoods,” Attorney General Hill said. “Hoosiers needing home repairs can become vulnerable targets for fly-by-night fix-up crews that appear at their doorsteps promising to work cheaply and quickly.”Reputable contractors also visit storm-ravaged neighborhoods offering their services, Attorney General Hill noted, but consumers must do their homework to make sure to hire trustworthy companies.Attorney General Hill offered these tips to Hoosiers:Do not sign documents or agree to any repair work on the spot during initial contact with someone offering services. Instead, simply obtain the person’s contact information.Do not provide access to your home to any stranger offering to perform a free inspection. Among other possible dangers, unethical contractors have been known to secretly cause damage to homes in order to then repair it.Do not fall for high-pressure tactics such as the claim that you’ll get the best deal by agreeing to hire a contractor immediately on the spot.Consider the possible wisdom of finding your own contractor rather than accepting the services of someone who shows up at your house.Research any business or individual offering services. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.Contact your insurance agency to find out your terms of coverage. Ask whether your insurance company recommends any particular repair company.Do not sign over insurance checks directly to repair companies. Rather, obtain the invoices yourself and pay repair companies directly.Get multiple quotes. Shop and compare just as you would with any other important consumer decision.Avoid letting the emotional toll of a situation influence decisions about repairing or replacing items that are damaged or lost.“The best decision is an informed decision,” Attorney General Hill said. “Double check before you write a check.”Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Indiana Attorney General about any suspected scams. You can file a complaint by visiting indianaconsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

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Pardew reflects on tough week

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew will head in to his 100th Barclays Premier League match in charge of the Magpies against West Ham after battling through a week he concedes has been one of the most trying of his time in the job. Pardew watched his side mauled 4-0 at Manchester City on Monday night a matter of hours after Arsenal tabled an unwelcome and “derisory” £10million offer for star French midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Pardew has also been unable to make much progress on much-needed reinforcements and now has injury and suspension concerns as he heads into two consecutive home games that could have a significant impact on the trajectory of the club’s season. Pardew said: “It’s not been the easiest of weeks. There’s been a few agendas in my time as Newcastle manager, but this has certainly been very colourful. “But it’s my hundredth Premier League game in charge of Newcastle this week and I’m very proud of that.” Pardew would not be drawn on the possible inclusion of Cabaye, who was not included against City but may return against West Ham despite rumours of imminent improved bids from both Arsenal and Paris St-Germain. Pardew’s latest personnel problems could hardly have come at a worse time with Steven Taylor suspended after his red card at City, Jonas Gutierrez definitely out with a hamstring injury, and Cheick Tiote battling a slight groin problem. Pardew added: “We need to get a couple of results and pretty quickly I think. Two home games give us a new chance after a difficult night on Monday when there were a whole manner of issues going on. “I have to say on reflection in the first half I think we played very well but they came at us from all angles and unfortunately on the night we couldn’t quite cope with it – on another night it might have been easier for us. “More than anything I feel sorry for our fans, this whole situation of watching their team struggle and get a sending-off and one of the best midfielders in the world not playing – it’s hard to take.” Pardew spent part of this week visiting club owner Mike Ashley in the south of France to discuss a strategy for the final week of the transfer window, and knows it is essential he strengthens his squad following the solitary arrival of on-loan Loic Remy so far this summer. Press Association And while Cabaye’s future remains unclear, Pardew dismissed talk of further exits from the club, with long-serving striker Shola Ameobi linked with a move away after continually failing to cement a first-team starting berth. Pardew said: “Shola has been a good player at this football club and a great character and leader. “My position is clear on all the players – if there is a situation where it’s right for the player and the club then we’ll move the player on. In Shola’s case that isn’t where he’s at at the moment because we need to get results quickly.” last_img read more

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