Paying £58 million (€64m/$73m) for a player who has made just one Bundesliga start over the past three months might seem like a remarkable decision, but that is exactly what Chelsea have done by splashing the cash on Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic.The 20-year-old had long been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge and BVB announced on Wednesday that he will join Chelsea at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, spending the remainder of this season on loan at the Bundesliga leaders as they challenge for both the German title and Champions League glory.Initially, Dortmund demanded £70 million ($89m) for Pulisic, but Chelsea eventually successfully drove down the asking price, with the winger’s contract in Germany due to expire in June 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? On top of his contract situation, there is also the fact that the USMNT international is no longer a key protagonist in BVB’s renaissance, though, as Pulisic slipped down the pecking order due to the fantastic form of teenage sensation Jadon Sancho.Pulisic had been struggling to get Bundesliga starts at Dortmund in recent months amid the ongoing uncertainty over his long-term future at the club and a move to Chelsea appears to make sense for everybody involved.Certainly, with Eden Hazard once again flirting with a move to Real Madrid, and both Pedro and Willian now in their thirties, the Blues could do with adding an exciting young winger to their squad.After all, this is a club that does not offer more than one-year extensions to players over 30 and then there’s the issue of Callum Hudson-Odoi appearing keen on a move to Bayern Munich.Pulisic is not the only player Chelsea have considered signing to rejuvenate their ageing attack – Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, Barcelona bad boy Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s versatile forward Richarlison have all been scouted – but the USMNT star was the most viable target.As for Pulisic himself, he has always dreamed of a move to the Premier League.Speaking ahead of his country’s November friendly against England at Wembley, he stated, “England and the Premier League, it is a league where lots of kids dream of playing, so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”Certainly, he should have little trouble settling in, particularly at Stamford Bridge.As an attacker schooled at Signal Iduna Park – initially under Thomas Tuchel and now Lucien Favre – he should have little trouble understanding what Blues boss Maurizio Sarri demands from his wingers.The Italian is a fan of small, skilful forwards who press the ball intelligently – Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne both excelled under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli – meaning he would fit seamlessly into the Chelsea line-up.Sarri takes huge pride in his ability to improve his players and that should help this transfer work as Pulisic aims to make a name for himself in the Premier League next season.Pulisic is still young but he will be charged with improving his end product, having only netted three times in 20 games for club and country this term.His talent is there for all to see, though, and given his age, it’s easy to understand why both Sarri and Chelsea were keen on the American attacker and eventually opted to meet Dortmund’s demands.
The second of six new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units in Nova Scotia was officially opened today, Feb. 1, at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. So far, almost 200 patients have been repatriated from Capital Health and new referrals are coming from Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. The hospital began the MRI service on Jan. 15. Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, on behalf of Health Minister Chris d’Entremont, said expanding MRI capacity in Nova Scotia was a top priority for the provincial government which announced the purchase of new units in December 2004. The first new MRI unit in Yarmouth has been seeing patients since August. Kentville and Antigonish will become operational later this spring. The province has also agreed to replace two aging units in Halifax. About $12.5 million is going toward the purchase and installation of all MRI units. The funding was made possible through the 2004 First Ministers’ Meeting Accord. “We wanted Nova Scotians to be able to get this test closer to home,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “This MRI will mean patients in Pictou County needing an MRI will get this important test faster and, if needed, will be able to start treatment sooner.” The Aberdeen Hospital Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Health funded this state of the art MRI unit. The Aberdeen Hospital Foundation, on behalf of the community, fulfilled the financial commitment of 25 per cent (or $978,281) of the cost of the unit. “The mandate of the Aberdeen Hospital Foundation is to fund medical equipment, with the end goal of improving patient care,” said Elizabeth Van den Eynden, chair of the Aberdeen Hospital Foundation. “The acquisition of the MRI does just that. The foundation works collaboratively with the Pictou County Health Authority in identifying equipment needs. Our community benefits from this teamwork.”The Aberdeen Hospital Foundation was able to make the financial contribution because of the past generous contributions from the citizens of Pictou County. The funding came from income earned from the foundation’s endowment funds which have grown to more than $21 million. “It is this fund that allows the Aberdeen Hospital Foundation to act decisively when opportunities like the MRI arise,” said Ms. Van den Eynden. An MRI can make detailed three-dimensional images of the body’s soft tissues.Until now, MRI machines were located in Halifax and Sydney. “This new MRI unit means that patients from Pictou County and northern and central Nova Scotia no longer have to travel to Halifax for this important diagnostic test,” said Pat Lee, CEO, Pictou County Health Authority. “The time and costs associated with these trips could create hardships for some patients.” “The new MRI unit has also proven to be a valuable way to recruit doctors,” said Mr. Lee. “We’ve had two new MRI-trained radiologists join our staff since this unit was announced.”