Ivan Rakitic has over two years left on his contract at Barcelona. Sport reported on Wednesday the midfielder has put pressure on president Josep Maria Bartomeu to offer him a new deal, but the La Liga winners have no plans to meet his demands.Today’s edition of the same publication explains there are several clubs after the Croatia international and the Catalan newspaper claims one of them is Chelsea, who are ‘willing to bid strong’ for the former Sevilla man.Rakitic has been a key player under Ernesto Valverde’s guidance and if the latter is at the helm next season, the manager is likely to urge the player to stay at the Camp Nou.The former Athletic Club Bilbao boss will ‘do everything possible’ to prevent Rakitic from being seduced by any of the interesting offers he has on the table.Another report from Sport claims the 30-year-old’s exit would not be an issue for the Spanish champions since Frenkie de Jong will arrive at the club next season. If Rakitic wants to leave, Barca will demand €65m from potential suitors and the Blaugrana are aware that big clubs are interested in him.Whether Chelsea will be interested in spending €65m on a player who will be 31 in March is to be seen.A potential Rakitic transfer has been strongly pushed by the Spanish media this week, which may suggest someone is encouraging the story.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndo
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signed two memorandums Tuesday signaling his support for the advancement of construction on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines — two projects halted by former President Barack Obama.Obama’s move was greeted at the time with cheers from environmental advocates and Native American rights activists concerned with the pipelines’ potential impact on the environment and possible infringement upon the land and resources of Native American tribes.However, the benefits of the pipelines, Trump said, will be two-fold. First, the construction of promised “vital energy infrastructure” that will transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil throughout the United States each day. Second — and perhaps most notably to Trump, who made it a pledge at almost every campaign speech he gave — is jobs.“A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs,” Trump said of the potential economic impact of the pipelines. “Great construction jobs.”Trump’s comments, however, contrast with conclusions drawn by researchers who have looked into the economic impact of the pipelines. While it is true that a large number of workers are required for construction, the jobs — and the money spent by these contractors locally — are temporary, researchers have noted, with only a small number of employees staying behind for permanent operations positions.It is unclear where Trump’s 28,000 number comes from. Dakota Access LLC and TransCanada, the companies operating and developing the two pipelines, have cited 12,000 and 42,000 jobs, respectively. A 2014 State Department report agreed with TransCanada on the Keystone XL number but in a far narrower sense.“Construction spending would support a combined total of approximately 42,100 jobs throughout the United States for the up to 2-year construction period,” the report states, but notes that approximately 26,000 of the positions would result from spending on goods and services by contractors and employees, and last only the duration of the project, up to two years.These jobs could comprise everything from fast food workers at establishments serving the communities in which construction takes place, to cashiers at local stores.Of the remaining 16,100 positions, only 3,900 (or 1,950 per year, if the construction lasts two years) would be “construction jobs,” as described by Trump, and all but 50 would be temporary, with those 50 workers engaged in the ongoing operation of the Keystone XL once it is completed.Similarly, the Dakota Access Pipeline would employ the vast majority of its workers on a temporary basis until construction is complete. The company’s calculation of 12,000 jobs also includes those indirect, non-construction roles at businesses in the region that expect an increase in activity during the short-term period of construction on the pipeline.The Brookings Institution estimates just 40 full-time permanent positions will remain upon the conclusion of construction on the DAPL.Trump said Tuesday that he also wants it to be a requirement for the materials used in the pipeline to be manufactured in the United States, possibly contributing to additional work for supporting industries.“If we are going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be built in the United States,” Trump said. “We build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe, going to put a lot of workers, lot of steelworkers back to work.”However, there is currently no law that would require the domestic manufacture of such supplies and materials. And, as for-profit companies, both TransCanada and Dakota Access LLC will likely seek sources that will allow for the construction of the pipelines in the most cost-effective fashion possible.Previously, Trump himself was invested, literally, in the success of the pipeline. In his most recent financial disclosure in May 2016, the president has owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in shares of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC and between $100,000 and $250,000 of Phillips 66, which has a 25 percent stake in the pipeline. Since then, both Trump and his aides have said he has sold all of his stocks, though they have not provided evidence to support the claim.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
Royals owner David Glass may be selling the team.According to a report from The Athletic, Glass is in discussions with Kansas City native John Sherman about the sale of the team. Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is negotiating a sale of the team to local businessman John Sherman for more than $1 billion, sources tell ESPN. Sherman is currently a minority owner of the Cleveland Indians and would divest himself if Royals deal is finalized as expected.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 27, 2019Glass has not publicly disclosed any intent to sell the Royals and it is unclear if the two sides are close to a deal.”The Kansas City Royals are not in a position to make any comments on the published speculation regarding any potential sale of the ball club,” the team said in a statement. “The Royals will make no further statements at this time.”Any agreement would be subject to the approval by the other 29 MLB owners. Sherman is a vice-chairman of the Cleveland Indians and first bought a share of the team in 2016. He has since increased his investment and is considered by Indians chairman and CEO Paul Dolan as a partner.Glass, 83, has owned the Royals since April 2000 when he bought the team for $96 million.According to ESPN, the sale is currently being negotiated for more than $1 billion.