Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with Ceballos (Getty Images)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 CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want them [Real Madrid] to sell me,’ Ceballos told Onda Cero.‘But I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be.‘I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 8:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Dani Ceballos has hinted his future could be away from Real Madrid (Getty Images)Dani Ceballos admits he doesn’t want Real Madrid to sell him this summer but has not ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal or Tottenham on loan.The 22-year-old started only 13 games in La Liga last season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.Reports in Spain claim that Madrid would be open to a loan deal with both Arsenal and Tottenham heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.Ceballos has been one of Spain’s standout performers during their European Under-21 Championship campaign this month and the midfielder has suggested that he could be leaving Madrid for a temporary spell.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transferlast_img read more

Proteas recall Du Plessis, Van der Dussen for India ODI tour

first_imgCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa have recalled top-order batsmen Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen for their three-match One-Day International tour of India later this month, while left-arm spinner George Linde is named in the squad for the first time.Du Plessis and Van der Dussen were rested for the on-going three-match home series against Australia, where South Africa lead 1-0 after a thumping 74-run victory in the opener on Saturday.Linde, 28, has impressed in domestic 50-over cricket this season, and played a single test in India last October where he took match figures of 4-133 in Ranchi, his only international appearance to date.He takes the place of leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is not available for the short tour due to the imminent birth of his first child. Keshav Maharaj is the other frontline spinner in the squad.“It is exciting to see the amount of competition for spots that we have within the team and in the (domestic) franchises, it’s a good headache for us as selectors to have,” Cricket South Africa independent selector Linda Zondi said in a media release on Monday.“We are satisfied with our picks for what will certainly be a challenging tour of India. We are also particularly pleased with the balance of youth and experience that we have achieved while our young leadership group continues to establish itself.”The squad will be captained by Quinton de Kock and play the first ODI in Dharamsala in Mar. 12. That will be followed by a match in Lucknow three days later, before the series finale in Kolkata on Mar. 18.Squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lundi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj.last_img read more

“Nothing wrong” with foreign companies getting local contracts

first_img– says Procurement Board ChairmanBy Shemuel FanfairFollowing concerns over local companies being sidelined in favour of foreign-based entities, Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Berkley Wickham remarked that nothing was wrong with international companies being awarded contracts to carry out local projects. He made these comments at a tender evaluation workshop in Georgetown on Thursday.NPTAB ChairmanBerkely WickhamWith the country set to become an oil and gas producing nation, local contractors and engineers expressed fear of better skilled and equipped workers and companies flooding the local market. In this vein, many noted that foreign companies could be favoured in the awarding of local contracts once the country improved economically. However, Chairman Wickham posited that with all things being equal, it is allowed for contracts to be granted to overseas-based entities and nationalities.“I see comments in the media where people seem to feel that giving contracts to international companies or to other nationalities, even Caribbean companies, is a problem. There is nothing wrong, absolutely nothing wrong in terms of the Procurement Act with that, providing the playing field is level,” the Chairman declared.The contractors of several major projects, including the one for the $1 billion Kato Secondary School, have come under heavy criticism for poor construction work. Often times, millions of dollars of public funds have to be allocated to correct the issues. It has been observed that foreign entities with higher capacities bid and eventually took over several of the major projects. Despite these concerns, the Procurement Board Chairman highlighted the legal provisions that allow for foreign companies to garner contracts.“There are some key concepts and guiding principles for procurement enshrined in the Guyana Procurement Act of 2003 maximising efficiency; maximising economy and efficiency in procurement; fostering and encouraging participation in procurement proceedings and suppliers and contractors regardless of nationality, thereby promoting international trade – that is enshrined in the Act,” Wickham explained.The NPTAB awards contracts to suppliers based on predetermined criteria. Contract management and post-contract evaluation are facilitated by the State agency which tendered the bid.Earlier this year, Trinidadian-based company ANSA McAL was granted a $605 million contract, sole sourced, for the supplies of drugs to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Prior to that, local juice company Tropical Orchard Products Company (Topco) had won an appeal to the Bid Protest Committee in January over the Government’s decision to award its supply contract to a Surinamese company. Topco, which is a subsidiary of the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), was a long-time supplier of juices to the Guyana Government for its national school feeding programme. However, the Education Ministry, the procuring entity, had deemed its bid for a continuation of the contract unsuitable, based on past performance. According to the Committee, which is based at the NPTAB, the Education Ministry did not make known that past performance was a criterion for selection beforehand.Meanwhile, members of the local Private Sector had argued the point that foreign companies bidding for goods and services in Guyana very often do not pay VAT, PAYE and other taxes and contributes very little to the local economy.last_img read more