FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享EURACTIV:The pace at which India—and China in particular—have developed solar power came as a surprise to BP analysts, the company’s chief economist told EURACTIV in an interview.When oil and gas major BP published its 2018 Energy Outlook last February, the group’s chief executive underlined in the report’s foreword that “a core theme” of this year’s edition “is the speed of the transition underway.” Speaking to EURACTIV in Brussels this week, BP’s chief economist, Spencer Dale, went further, acknowledging that the company had made a “mistake” in evaluating the speed of the transition.“We don’t pretend we haven’t made this mistake – we have made this mistake,” Dale admitted, saying BP has “revised up” its renewable energy growth forecasts as a result. “A lot of the explanation is solar,” Dale pointed out, explaining that the impressive growth in solar PV worldwide followed a typical “learning curve” where the costs come down roughly by 25% every time solar capacity doubles.“We haven’t been surprised by the steepness of that curve,” Dale pointed out, but rather by “how far along the curve” the world has got, particularly in China and India.For BP, the surprising figures are “telling us less about solar energy and more about the pace of the energy transition in China. And the pace at which essentially they’ve reduced their share of coal and filled up that hole with solar energy,” Dale said.The pattern is a familiar one. For years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and oil majors such as BP and ExxonMobil have consistently tended to underestimate renewables growth in their annual energy outlooks. In Brussels, the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, recently admitted it was taken by surprise by the rapid fall in renewables costs and recently updated its own projections based on new evidence.More: BP Confesses ‘Mistake’ In Forecasting Renewable Energy Growth Extent, Speed of China-India Renewable Energy Push Surprises BP Analysts
Overcoming Barriers student from pursuing a career in the law Jan Pudlow Senior Editor With his hand resting on Justice Fred Lewis’s elbow, Scott Greenblatt steps into the Florida Supreme Court Robing Room.“There are seven doors and each one holds a robe,” Lewis explains. “There’s a little seating area and a coffee bar. Now we’re going to walk straight across to my locker. Would you like to try on my robe?”While Karly, a black Lab guide dog, stretches out patiently at his feet, Greenblatt slips on the robe with Lewis’ name embroidered inside the neckline in green thread.“How does it feel?” Justice Lewis asks.“I feel silly. Like an imposter!” laughs Greenblatt, a 29-year-old third-year law student at Florida State University, who lost his sight after a car wreck in Miami Beach a dozen years ago.Next, up a few steps and through a curtain into the empty courtroom, where Greenblatt seizes the thrill of sitting in Chief Justice Barbara Pariente’s middle seat, and Karly is allowed to hop up in Justice Charles Wells’ chair to pose for a picture.Then it’s upstairs to Lewis’ chambers, with the justice describing everything along the way, from law books lining the hallways to the historic photographs hanging on the walls.“So we’re going to get to work,” Lewis says, draping their jackets on the backs of a pair of chairs, and bringing a bowl of fresh water for Karly to lap. “This isn’t a social visit.”Indeed, Lewis put Greenblatt through the paces, dissecting a half dozen pending cases on whether the court has jurisdiction, asking the law student his opinions. Woven into that legal give-and-take was plenty of talk about how a blind law student overcomes barriers to pursue his education and how a justice transcended his West Virginia coal-mining family roots to reach the pinnacle of his profession, learning how to balance family life with a legal career along the way.It was Florida Disability Mentoring Day on October 19, part of a national effort to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities through hands-on experiences.Once Justice Lewis offered to participate, he was paired up with Greenblatt, through Matt Dietz, a Miami disability lawyer working with the Disability Independence Group, and a recommendation from Paolo Annino, one of Greenblatt’s professors at FSU’s Children’s Advocacy Center.“This young man is going to be a great lawyer one day. And he just needs an opportunity for someone to share with him, to give him some motivation, to show him there are people who care and want him to succeed,” Justice Lewis said. “All too often, we don’t recognize the capabilities, and we look too much on the incapacities.”Justice Lewis knows all too well.His 20-year-old daughter, Lindsay, who has had a metabolic disorder that attacks her nervous system since she was very young, is blind except for a tiny pinpoint of light.“We need to look to what they can accomplish, not what stands in the way,” Justice Lewis said. “If I can be a source of encouragement, that’s what I hope to do.” Supreme Give and Take Mission accomplished.“Justice Lewis certainly gave me a bit of an emotional boost and helped encourage me to believe in my ability to make a difference as a practicing attorney,” Greenblatt said.Just getting the invitation to spend the afternoon with a real live justice, Greenblatt admitted, made him feel “daunted to hell.”“I got even more scared when I got the case list he wanted me to read.”What Greenblatt couldn’t remember, Justice Lewis patiently provided in summing up the legal issues. the end of the afternoon, Greenblatt was asking Lewis probing questions about his career choices that caused the justice to remark with a hearty laugh: “You’re getting me to bleed my soul to you, Scott!”“Here’s a personal question I have, if you don’t mind answering: How did you decide to become a justice?” Greenblatt asked.“It was my daughter, who is sick,” Lewis answered. “When she was really small and having all of those problems, we went all over the country trying to find answers. I saw a lot of very sick kids, a lot of kids in distress. Through that process, you see things differently; you perceive life in a different context. I committed myself that I needed to be more than just for my clients. That’s totally how it happened. She was so sick. You were in a crisis for a long time, and she’s in a crisis, as well.“She stabilized. And once she stabilized, I was able to do some other things I had committed and promised that I would do.”A week later, Greenblatt deemed Disability Mentoring Day a “tremendous experience.” “Even more than talking over the cases, it was so refreshing and an honor to talk with Justice Lewis about his life experiences and motivations behind his decision to sit behind the bench rather than stand in front of it making arguments. Through his stories, I got to see who the man behind the robe was, and my respect for him grew substantially because I thought I could understand who he really is.”The guided tour of the court was an incredible VIP opportunity, too.“I’m sure that even without my sight I got to see more of the Supreme Court than almost anyone else who comes through the building,” Greenblatt said.“If it weren’t for Disability Mentoring Day, I feel confident that I wouldn’t ever have the understanding of how the Supreme Court looks. And Justice Lewis made the tour even more special because of his particular sensitivity to my lack of sight. Justice Lewis made wandering the halls and offices of the Supreme Court a veritable picture come alive to me, with all of his descriptions of the architecture of the building and detailed depictions of the artistic design of each room. I’m sure that some of the picture has sadly already faded from my recollection, but I don’t believe I’ll ever lose the actual flavor of the experience.” Crash into Darkness Five days after his 17th birthday, Greenblatt lost his sight on July 16, 1993. He was driving a Jeep Cherokee in Miami Beach, with his girlfriend in the passenger’s seat, coming off a side street and trying to make it to the middle of four-lane Sixth Avenue.“I didn’t make it, but my car eventually did. Some guy in a Porsche came speeding around what was essentially a blind corner. He skidded for 80 feet and hit the front end of his Porsche into the driver’s side of my Jeep,” Greenblatt explained.“Basically, my car got pushed backwards. It keeled over onto the left side and pinned my head to the ground. My body came out of the truck enough that the very top of my head got pinned to the ground by the hood of the car to the street.. . . After the accident, there wasn’t a solid bone in my face. I was lucky enough that all of the top doctors were on call that night at Jackson Memorial Hospital. I had the head of neurosurgery; I had the head of maxio-facial reconstruction; and I had the head of optic neuropathy.”Justice Lewis remarked: “You’re a nice-looking young man. They did a helluva job, let me tell you what.”When Greenblatt woke up from a coma two and half months after the crash, Jennifer Catherine Marie Centeno — riding in the passenger’s seat and able to walk away from the accident — remained at his side, visiting him in the hospital every day after school.Now, Jen, a nursing student at Tallahassee Community College, is Greenblatt’s wife. They were married August 9, 2003.“There was never a moment where I thought about the situation as a decision to either stay with him or to leave him. I just dealt with it one day at a time,” Centeno said. “You don’t turn your back on someone you love.“As for how the accident affected me, there are no words to describe. I was 14 years old at the time, so you can just imagine the emotional maturity level of a teenager handling something like that very well. Not! The worst part of all is that I still remember the accident, in detail. I remember going to the hospital the following morning to see Scott in the ICU and not recognizing him at all. I remember not being able to speak to Scott for the first week because every time I opened my mouth I began to sob. I can go on forever about that, but I won’t. Let’s just say it’s 12 years later and I still have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.”With plenty of support from his family and friends, she said, Greenblatt “adjusted rather quickly to being blind.“Scott has always been a trooper. I think it takes a lot of courage to wake up one day and find out you’re blind and still push on to live a somewhat normal life,” she said.“If I could say one thing to people about us, it is that we are a normal couple. We just get to take our dog into restaurants, stores, and malls.”She admires her husband’s courage to go to law school and dream big.“He’s doing great and he will do great things in his career,” she said. Anything Is Possible Greenblatt said he is leaning toward a career specializing in disability law. He had to fight through multiple hearings with the school district to be allowed to finish his senior year at his North Miami Beach Senior High School, rather than be transferred to a special needs school, so he thinks he’ll be good at empathizing with his clients’ struggles.Recently, through FSU’s Children’s Advocacy Center, he represented an 11-year-old child in special education classes in a juvenile delinquency case, did a good job and earned the respect of his client and his client’s mother, said Annino, his professor.“Scott is a very hardworking, diligent, and focused student,” said Annino. “The bottom line is he overcomes obstacles imposed, these constant physical obstacles we take for granted. Like little posties, those yellow Post-it Notes. People were constantly putting little posties on his files. No, that is not going to work.”As Greenblatt tells Justice Lewis, he thinks he wants to be a lawyer specializing in disability law “so that at the end of the day, I can go home and say, ‘You know, what I did today made a difference in someones life.’ Not just, ‘I am going to go earn some business an extra million dollars.’ I would rather do something that might affect a child’s life.”“Good for you! Be a strong advocate for kids,” Lewis said.“Anything is possible. You just have to believe in it. Some struggles are different than others. I am not going to tell you differently. I did not have the challenges that you are facing. I had some economic challenges and background issues that differed from some people. But you can play the hand that you have been dealt, as long as you stay true to those purposes, and that is to be the best lawyer you can be and the best person,” Justice Lewis said.“I admire you for what you are doing right now. I’ve got to tell you. You are an inspiration to a lot of people. You can do a lot of good things,” Lewis said. “Some day, I’d like to see you standing up there before us for an oral argument. It can be done. Disability won’t stop this November 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Overcoming Barriers
Previously, WB Indonesia and Timor Leste country director Satu Kahkonen aired concerns about the bill’s potential environmental and labor impacts.Read also: Omnibus bill could hurt labor, environmental protections: World BankPresident’s responseOn Oct. 9, in his first public statement since the bill’s passage, the President brushed off the criticisms as “disinformation and hoaxes spread through social media”. As labor unions, activists and their lawyers prepare to petition the Constitutional Court for a judicial review of the recently passed Job Creation Law, critics have accused President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of sidestepping public concerns over the rushed process to pass the legislation.Nearly a year after the President announced his intent to push a set of sweeping revisions in a draft law called the omnibus bill on job creation, lawmakers passed the bill on Oct. 5. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier than originally expected, in a move that sidestepped unions’ plans to hold a nationwide strike in protest of the bill.The Jokowi administration has continued to insist that the new law is intended to attract foreign investment and create jobs to prop up a floundering economy. This point received a rare nod on Friday from the World Bank, which lauded the legislation as “a major reform effort”. The statement appears to disregard the fact that the public had extremely limited access to any legal means for preventing the bill’s passage, given the current COVID-19 restrictions. Even so, the House held its deliberations behind closed doors without inviting public input, another contentious point critics have raised as regards the lack of legislative transparency.The President added, however, that “relevant parties” were welcome to challenge the law.“If there is any dissatisfaction toward the Job Creation Law, please submit a [request for] judicial review with the Constitutional Court,” he said.Experts were left stumped by Jokowi’s bombastic response, with some saying that the President had failed to acknowledge the public’s immediate and widespread concerns.Constitutional law expert Bivitri Susanti, from the Indonesia Jentera School of Law in Jakarta, said Jokowi’s statement did not address the problematic deliberative process that involved hardly any public participation. Resorting to a judicial review at the Constitutional Court also did “not address the root of the problem”, Bivitri told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.“It’s as though [lawmakers and officials] are passing the buck and convincing themselves that they exercised due diligence in the legislative process, when in fact, [they didn’t],” she underlined.Furthermore, four “final” version of the omnibus bill were in public circulation after the House passed the legislation, preventing effective scrutiny of the new law. It remains unclear whether these versions were leaked deliberately, and by whom.The approved final version of the draft law, which spans 812 pages, was submitted to Jokowi this Wednesday for his signature.Read also: House submits final draft of jobs law to JokowiWords spray-painted on a wall in Jakarta reflect the sense of public betrayal that has fueled three days of nationwide demonstrations against the omnibus bill on job creation, which the House of Representatives passed last Monday. The graffiti reads: “Wants to be elected/Wants to be heard/After [getting] elected/They [refuse] to listen. R.I.P.” (JP/Seto Wardhana)Implementing regulationsChief expert staffer Donny Gahral Adian of the Executive Office of the President said that the government would immediately begin drafting the implementing regulations for the new law. These might include both presidential and government regulations, and the President had set a deadline for all implementing regulations to be issued within three months from the date on which the bill was passed into law.Donny, however, made assurances that the public would be involved in the regulations’ deliberative process.“The drafting team is sure to invite the academia, public figures, civil society [representatives] and other stakeholders who can offer input for the implementing regulations,” he said.Unions’ responseThe Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), one of the largest and most vocal labor groups that oppose the law, said it would not participate in any processes related to the regulations.“Workers have rejected the Job Creation Law. As such, it is impossible for them to accept the implementing regulations, let alone be involved in drafting them,” said KSPI president Said Iqbal in a statement on Thursday.The KSPI and other labor groups have vowed to continue protesting the law while they mulled over several options. These included demanding that the President issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revoke the Job Creation Law and lobbying the House for a legislative review.According to Said, a petition for judicial review was a possible option, but he stressed that the unions needed to be able to review the approved version of the law before approaching the Constitutional Court.Constitutional Court spokesman Fajar Laksono, when contacted by the Post on Friday, confirmed that three separate parties had already submitted petitions for a judicial review of the Job Creation Law. Two of the petitions, both filed on Oct. 12, challenged certain articles in the law, while the third petition was filed Oct. 15 and asked the court to repeal the law in its entirety.Fajar said the court would process the petitions according to the appropriate procedures, and that it was up to the court’s justices whether to grant the petitions or not.Meanwhile, deputy director Wahyudi Djafar of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) said that the best compromise the government could and should offer was to issue a Perppu to delay the law’s commencement. Doing so would also allow some room for dialogue.“If the omnibus [law] is really necessary, then it is better to reopen the debate until public opinion is truly represented,” Wahyudi said on Wednesday.“A Perppu could be issued not to revoke [the law], but to delay its entry into force.”Read also: Rallies against job creation law turn violent as police clash with protestersProtesters burn the Bundaran HI Transjakarta bus stop at Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta, on Oct. 8, 2020. Thousands of workers and students hold a rally to reject the new Job Creation Law. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Types of reviewsIn a legislative review, the House reviews certain aspects of a law in line with public demand and makes any necessary amendments, or it can annul specific points.A Perppu is the equivalent of an executive review, in which the President replaces a law with emergency provisions. The President is not required to consult the House when issuing a Perppu.In a judicial review, individuals or groups can challenge a law through the Constitutional Court, the country’s sole interpreter of the Constitution. If the court grants the petition, it reviews the constitutionality of the legislative process or certain provisions in the challenged law. The court then issues a final and binding decision that could result in repealing the law or returning it to the House for amending the provisions it has found to be unconstitutional.Topics :
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.8kShares Tagliafico has performed brilliantly for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Last year we made verbal agreements with Onana, Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers,’ he told Reuters.‘Nothing has changed. There won’t be a 50% discount. The clubs can forget about that.’By signing a new left-back, Arsenal hope it will show Saka how important he is to the team – as a winger, his preferred position, rather than a defender – and convince him to sign a new contract.MORE: Chelsea legend Michael Essien raves about Arsenal transfer target Thomas ParteyMORE: Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return dateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Saka only has one year left on his current contract with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)While Arteta has been impressed with how well the youngster has adapted and developed the defensive side of the game, he wants to return Saka to his natural role as a winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, that has seen Arteta prioritise signing a new left-back to ensure Saka does not end up getting pushed back into the role again next season and he has his eye on Tagliafico.The Argentine has quickly established himself as one of the stand-out left-backs in Europe since moving to Amsterdam in 2018, helping the side win the Eredivisie last season and reach the semi-final of the Champions League.Tagliafico is believed to be open to moving to the Emirates and keen for a new challenge, with the Premier League particularly appealing, though there are a number of clubs interested in signing him.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 ArsenalThe likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who has an agreement allowing him to leave Ajax this summer if a suitable offer is received.Ajax’s asking price is believed to be around £20million and chief executive Edwin van der Sar recently confirmed that the club will not stand in his way if he wants to leave. Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourish The Gunners wonderkid has been forced to deputise in defence this season (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal are ready to make a move for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico with Mikel Arteta reportedly eager to bring in a new left-back to allow Bukayo Saka to push further forward.In an often frustrating season, the emergence of 17-year-old Saka has been one of the bright spots of the campaign, with the teenager laying on nine assists in all competitions.However, both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney in particular have struggled with injury and form, forcing Saka to deputise out of position at left-back.
The Batesville Bulldogs defeated The Milan Indians 71-60 in the opening round of The Ripley County Boys JV Tourney.Milan 14 11 22 13= 60Batesville 16 19 20 16= 71Scoring for Batesville: Austin Siefert 27, Justin Nobbe 15, Colt Meyer 11, Sam Haskamp 10, Luke Schroeder 8.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jay Gerkin.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs posted a 34-23 victory over The Milan Lady Indians.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Elliott Tekulve.
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Gerald F. Heppner, age 79 of Batesville, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health. Born December 6, 1937 in Batesville, he is the son of Loretta (Nee: Lampe) and August Heppner. He married Shirley Volk. Jerry worked as a meat cutter at Simpson’s IGA for 26 years. After retiring, he managed the East Bowl and farmed for many years.A member of St. Louis Church, Jerry was very devout. If he wasn’t in the back of church, you would find him on the porch or out at the church cemetery praying every day. However, he had his playful side too, and while he liked being ornery, he liked it even more if you gave it right back to him. Growing up halfway between Cincinnati and Indianapolis, Jerry somehow became Green Bay Packers fan. He also enjoyed watching Law & Order, was a longtime league bowler and in later years liked to “tootle around town” according to his family.He is survived by his daughters Debbie Hughes of Batesville, Dena Heppner of Martinsville, Indiana; brother Jim Heppner of Oldenburg and five grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by his son Daren Heppner; sister Betty Heppner; brothers Martin, Albert and Rev. Sylvester Heppner and granddaughter Allyssa Heppner.Visitation is Tuesday, August 1st, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the St. Louis Church Adoration Chapel.
RelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night Mini holds today Excitement builds as GOtv Boxing Night Mini nears GOtv Boxing Night Mini: Boxers talk tough The introduction of GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which debuts on 16 November at the Rowe Park Sports Complex, Lagos, has sparked excitement among boxers. The decision to introduce GOtv Boxing Night Mini was announced on Monday by the organisers, Flykite Productions.According to the organisers, GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which will hold more frequently at various venues, will give boxers more opportunities to fight and build their fight profiles to increase their eligibility for international titles.Speaking in separate interviews, boxers commended the sponsors for increasing the opportunities to fight, saying many talented ones seeking avenues will benefit from GOtv Boxing Night Mini.Kamaru “Slow Poison” Aremu, a boxer yet to make his professional bow, said he believes that his chances of getting an opportunity to fight have been boosted with the introduction of GOtv Boxing Night Mini. “I like GOtv Boxing Night and I have tried to be on the bill a few times, but I have not succeeded. With GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which will hold more regularly than the big ones, I believe that boxers in my shoes will have opportunities to fight and also feature at the main event,” he said. A similar sentiment was expressed by Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan, who has had one fight at GOtv Boxing Night, but is seeking more to boost his fight profile.According to him, the competition for spots on the bill at the main event is stiff, making it tough to be selected.“GOtv are about the only serious sponsors of boxing in Nigeria. It means getting to fight at the main event is tough. But with the mini edition, boxers stand to have more opportunities, as GOtv Boxing Night Mini will hold more frequently,” he said excitedly. Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, who is billed to fight at the maiden edition, said the tournament will provide him an opportunity to keep in shape for the African Boxing Union lightweight title bout against incumbent champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, in December. Both boxers were billed to clash for the title at GOtv Boxing Night 20. The bout had to be postponed, following a shoulder injury suffered by Joe Boy.Aside from Oladosu, boxers scheduled to fight at the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union welterweight champion; Waheed “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union featherweight champion; Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.Babatunde, a graduate of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, thanked the sponsors for the initiative, saying the tournament will help keep boxers in good shape. Tags: boxersGOtv Boxing Night Mini
The club confirmed a long-awaited deal for the 25-year-old Spaniard will, subject to the necessary documentation being completed, be finalised. Aspas, brought in at a cost of about £7.7million, scored 12 goals in 34 league appearances last season and that helped Celta survive a Primera Division relegation battle. The fact their safety was only secured on the final day of the La Liga season held up progress but negotiations were well advanced and there was never any doubt at Anfield that it would go through. Aspas, who was identified to play alongside Luis Suarez before he began publicly courting Real Madrid, will not be the last of the summer arrivals as Liverpool are also hopeful a deal can be done for Sevilla youngster Luis Alberto. The 20-year-old has been on loan at Barcelona B but Thursday was the deadline for the Catalan club to offer the midfielder a permanent contract. Having tracked the youngster’s progress and made it clear to his parent club they are interested in a deal Liverpool are optimistic they can add the promising talent to their ranks. Rodgers is keen to get as much of his business done as quickly as possible and they have made a move to bring in Sporting Lisbon’s 20-year-old defender Tiago Ilori while attempts are being made to secure the services of Schalke centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Liverpool, who have already signed Kolo Toure on a free transfer, have also been linked with Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, with the future of Jose Reina still uncertain, and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan – whose capture would become more important should Suarez leave. The club hope to offset some of their outlay by selling striker Andy Carroll to West Ham but although a £15million-plus deal has been in place for some time, the player is stalling on agreeing to the move. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ summer strengthening is beginning to gather pace after an agreement was secured to bring in Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas. Press Association
The ‘City Til We Die Group’ met with Allam 10 days ago and held what it described as “essentially positive” exchanges. In a statement released through the club on Monday, though, Allam said: “Having been deprived of opportunities to acquire the stadium freehold, which would have enabled us to create the infrastructure in the surrounding area, we will now need to focus on generating commercial income from elsewhere. “A shorter club name will hopefully enable us to do so, with a stronger, quicker marketing impact all over the world.” The statement went on to say that while Allam’s preference remains ‘Hull Tigers’, he will first ensure the financial benefits of making such a switch stack up. Allam also added he felt fans understood his need to generate new income streams, saying: “I believe the representatives at the meeting accepted that there is a wider issue at hand, in that we need to ensure the club can sustain itself through commercial income.” A final decision is expected to be made early in 2014. The current name of Hull City Tigers only refers to the company and not the team. Allam changed the club’s name from Hull City AFC to Hull City Tigers earlier this year and has a longer-term view of making it Hull Tigers, having previously described ‘City’ as a “lousy” and “common” word. Allam believes this will give Hull a greater chance of generating revenue – especially as the council own their ground – but many supporters are against the proposed switch. Hull owner Assem Allam wants to press ahead with his plans to rename the club despite recent talks with supporters who are against the idea. Press Association