Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been spotted at an airport in Brussels ahead of a proposed £10m ($13m) transfer to China on deadline day.As confirmed by Goal, United had been in discussions with a Chinese Super League club over a deal for Fellaini, with the 31-year-old having now reportedly agreed on personal terms over a three-year deal with Shandong Luneng.Former United boss Jose Mourinho insisted he wanted him to stay at the club while he was in charge last year, as he became the focal point of the Portuguese manager’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, Fellaini has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford after the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker boss in December and has yet to appear from the start under the Norwegian, with a calf injury having also held him back.The Red Devils have won eight of Solskjaer’s first nine matches in charge to re-emerge as contenders for a top-four Premier League finish, but Fellaini has only played a bit-part role.The Belgium international was left out of the matchday squad for United’s 2-2 home draw against Burnley on Tuesday, with his departure already sanctioned by the club.And Fellaini posted an image on his Instagram story at an airport in the Belgian capital on Thursday, with the caption ‘Let’s go’, suggesting he’s on his way to complete his move away from Old Trafford.According to reports, the veteran midfielder will put pen to paper on a lucrative £200,000 per week contract with Shandong Luneng, having already passed a medical.During his time at United, he split opinion amongst fans and experts with his unique physical style which saw him often labelled as a one-dimensional player.Fellaini will finish his time Old Trafford with 177 appearances to his name, with the former Everton midfielder having scored 22 goals for the club.He signed from Everton back in 2013 for a £27m ($35m) fee and went on to win the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup with the Red Devils.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Historically Black Colleges and University Community Development Action Coalition (HBCU-CDAC) signed a memorandum of understanding on Jan. 17 to work together on solar power projects and training workers.Volunteers from Morgan State University, Coppin State University, and Bowie State University teamed up with representatives from GRID Alternatives, the Department of Energy, the City of Baltimore, Civic Works, local veterans, AmeriCorps members and other community organizations to install solar power and energy efficiency upgrades to select homes located within the Morgan Community Mile. (Courtesy photo)The HBCUs will join the DOE to form the HBCU Clean Energy Consortium. Members include Coppin State University, Florida Memorial University, the University of the Virgin Islands, Southern University at New Orleans, Johnson C. Smith University, Southern University at Shreveport, Prairie View A&M University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Morgan State University, a Morgan State University press release said.The memo itself lays out a commitment to deliver solar power and train workers in skills that will expand the industry into “historically underserved” communities. The memo was signed by former DOE secretary Ernest J. Moniz and Ron Butler, Director for HBCU-CDAC.No formal request for funding has been made, but if Morgan State University’s Morgan Community Mile program is scaled up into a national program, it will need millions of dollars, Ellis Brown, Director of the Morgan Community Mile program said.Morgan Community Mile installs solar panels onto the roofs of low to moderate income homes in the community surrounding Morgan State University.Energy from the panels, combined with improvements and repairs to the roofs of these homes, allows for energy savings of 30-40%. The panels are not efficient enough to generate a power surplus that can be sold back to an energy company but “the BGE bill is lower and that becomes real money in your hands,” Brown told the AFRO.The estimated cost of solar panel installation is between $15,000 and $20,000. Working with nonprofits like GRID Alternatives, the cost of installation can be reduced to between $5,000 and$7,000. The City of Baltimore is funding the installation.Morgan Community Mile has plans to install panels on 30 homes with household incomes of less than $23,000, Brown said.The project employs many low-to-medium skill laborers giving them experience in the still growing solar industry, Brown said. Solar, in the first three quarters of 2016, came in second to natural gas in new energy capacity created according to a Solar Energy Industries Association report.The average home value that Morgan Community Mile works on is $60,000. Even though these improvements are adding 25-33% of value to the properties on average, Maryland’s Homeowner Property Tax Credit Program prevents property taxes from rising above a single-digit portion of a homeowner’s household income.
Kolkata: On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday paid tribute to those who laid down their lives to protect others. She also extended sympathies to those who lost their dear ones in the attacks carried out by 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation, in 2008. “On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attack, my sincere tribute to those who lost their lives on that day. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Salutes to the police and military personnel, and civilians, who put their lives on the line to save people. Heartfelt sympathies with the families who lost their dear ones,” Banerjee said in a Twitter post on Monday. Terrorists carried out a string of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks that began on November 26 and lasted until November 29, 2008 in which more than 159 people, including 9 attackers were killed and over a hundred wounded in the business capital of the country.
Kolkata: INTTUC affiliated to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Employees’ and Workers’ Union felicitated a few sanitationworkers and clerks of the civic body on International Women’s Day. State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay presided over the felicitation event. This is for the first time, the services of civic body women employees and sanitation workers have been recognised. Chattopadhyay said the motto of the Trinamool Congress government was to empower women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThrough Kanyashree, lakhs of girls could pursue their higher education, he said. He said: “Sanitation workers and those engaged in 100-day work scheme toil to keep the city clean. “But their work is seldom acknowledged. Women clerks of the civic body also work very hard round the year. By felicitating them we acknowledge their service inspire thousands of people.” Hundreds of civic body employees attended the felicitation event and support the mission of women empowerment.
Kolkata: Five West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies – Balurghat, Maldaha North, Maldaha South, Jangipur and Murshidabad will go to the polls in the third phase of elections on Tuesday. The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, BJP and Congress are the main contenders in the five seats in which the fate of 61 candidates will be decided by a 80,23,852-strong electorate. Four seats will see four-cornered contests between the three parties and the Left. It will be a three-cornered contest in Maldaha South as no Left party is in the fray in the seat. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The constituencies saw high-octane campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi who raised a series of issues ranging from corruption to communalism, NRC to chitfund scams and development to security, besides infiltration. The TMC has fielded sitting MP Arpita Ghosh against BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar in Balurghat. The Congress has named Sadik Sarkar and RSP, a Left Front constituent, has fielded Ranen Burman. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state In Maldaha North, the TMC has named former Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor against BJP’s Khagen Murmu, while Congress has nominated Isha Khan Chowdhury and CPI(M) Biswanath Ghosh. Maldaha South will see the ruling party’s Moazzem Hossain locking horns with BJP’s Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury. Congress’s Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury is also in the fray. The CPI(M) has not fielded any candidate. In Jangipur, TMC’s Khalilur Rehman will contest against former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit. The BJP has fielded Mafuja Khatun and the CPI(M) Zulfikar Ali. Abu Taher Khan is the TMC candidate from Murshidabad against BJP’s Humayun Kabir. The Congress has nominated Abu Hena and the CPI(M) named Badruddaza Khan for the seat. The Election Commission will deploy 324 companies of central forces to cover over 92 per cent of the 8528 polling booths in the five Lok Sabha seats to ensure free and fair polling, officials said. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.