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 16th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola raised $4 million for Best Buddies programs dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).The event was co-chaired by Governor of California Gavin Newsom and Steve Hearst. Carl Guardino, one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders, served as the 2019 Event Chair. Nearly 2,000 people participated in the Challenge — a charity bike ride down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway.This year’s Challenge kicked-off with the Official Opening Ceremony of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola on Friday, September 6 at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Participants, VIPs, sponsors, and guests in attendance celebrated Best Buddies programs and key supporters with musical performances and a program hosted by Best Buddies International Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony K. Shriver, and Journalist/Author Maria Shriver. During the event, Best Buddies honored Donna Lucas, Chief Executive Officer and President of Lucas Public Affairs, with the 2019 Spirit of Friendship Award. This is Best Buddies’ highest accolade presented to individuals who have shown great leadership, generosity and spirit in supporting the Best Buddies mission of one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD.California Governor Gavin Newsom also attended the Official Opening Ceremony and spoke about the power of inclusion and the important work that Best Buddies is doing within the state of California and across the United States.“It’s a privilege to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle for the ninth year. Best Buddies’ dedication to making our schools, workplaces, and communities more inclusive for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities is inspiring to all Californians,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “The amazing work of Best Buddies is an example of how we all benefit when society provides opportunities to those who are often overlooked or forgotten. It is an honor to showcase and support their mission.”Saturday’s events began bright and early at the Carnival Cruise Line start line at Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club as cyclists prepared to ride down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. The Challenge also featured alternative 60, 30 and 15-mile cycling routes, as well as a 5K run/walk. Professional cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde, both riding on Team Hublot, led the pack down the iconic PCH to the finish line.The event continued on Honorary Co-Chair Steve Hearst’s ranch with a barbeque and award ceremony that celebrated all of the day’s accomplishments. The celebration kicked off with a special screening of the trailer for the hit-film Peanut Butter Falcon, and included an appearance by the film’s directors Michael Schwartz, Tyler Nilson and lead actor Zack Gottsagen. Other memorable moments from the evening included a musical performance by Best Buddies Ambassador and singer Bret Fleming and a powerful speech from Best Buddies Ambassador Jada Thompson who spoke about the organization’s impact on her life.The Hearst Ranch barbeque, sponsored by E. & J. Gallo Winery, concluded with a lively KC and The Sunshine Band performance sponsored by Chevron. The band rocked the crowd with several of their classic hits as guests filled the dance floor to celebrate. The evening wrapped up with a VIP reception at the illustrious Hearst Castle, incorporating a Hublot-branded photo booth and pop-up boutique, cocktails, and guided tours of the iconic castle. Several celebrities and guests attended the Challenge including actors Nolan Gould, Greg Germann, Sean Marquette, and Kevin McHale; Journalist and Author Maria Shriver; President of Hublot of America Jean-François Sberro; and 2019 Miss Teen California Alina Carranza.The classic event was another success that brought together local and global supporters and participants for a weekend of celebrations, cycling, and recommitment to the Best Buddies mission.Challenge sponsors included: Presenting Sponsor, Pepsi-Cola, Official Beverage of Best Buddies Challenges; Carnival Cruise Line; Chevron Corporation, Official Volunteer Partners of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle; Hublot; Hearst; Abaco Wines & Wine Bar; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Silicon Valley Bank; Capital Dynamics; First Solar; Paramount Pictures; Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; BMC Switzerland, Official Bike Sponsor; and The San Francisco Chronicle, The Exclusive Newspaper of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle.
Kevon Thomas and his brother Kevin Thomas, both 23-years-old of Dubally, Upper Berbice Region Ten were jointly slapped with a narcotics possession charge when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Monday.The brothers denied the charge which stated that on July 9, 2019 at Hururu Upper Berbice River, they had 2.38 kilograms of marijuana in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, ranks of the Kwakwani Police Station acting on information received travelled to the Berbice River where they observed a wooden boat with four occupants.A search was conducted on the boat during which a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be narcotics were found in a haversack.The men were cautioned and arrested. They were subsequently taken to the Kwakwani Police Station where they claimed ownership and the charges were instituted.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.As such, they were remanded to prison and the case was adjourned to August 2, 2019 at the Kwakwani Magistrate’s Courts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan busted with 2kg ganja in bucket – at NAFebruary 28, 2016In “Crime”Logger remanded for ganja possessionMarch 12, 2019In “Court”Truck Driver accused of stealing, escaping police custody remandedJune 30, 2015In “Crime”
Dexter Forde & Alfred SinghA duo, who are known to the court, were remanded to prison on Wednesday, for a breaking and entering and larceny.Twenty-five-year Dexter Forde and Alfred Singh, 28, both of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that between August 10 and August 11, 2019 at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, they broke and entered the home of Natasha David and stole $860,000 worth of articles, property of same.Police Prosecutor Traceyann Gittens, who presented the facts to the court stated that on August 10, 2019 the woman secured her home at about 23:30h and retired to bed. The woman was awakened by a noise at about 05:00h and observed her house ransacked and articles missing.The matter was then reported and upon reviewing CCTV footage, the investigating ranks saw the defendants breaking into the woman’s home. Further investigation was carried out and the men were arrested and charged with the offence.The court further heard that Forde was recently released on bail for a similar matter and it was while out on bail he committed this new crime. Hence, prosecutor Gittens asked that both men be remanded to prison.Magistrate Daly, after listening to the facts, remanded the men until September 11. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged for allegedly assaulting coupleJuly 30, 2018In “Court”Man admits to killing 75-year-old remigrant, gets 23 yearsFebruary 20, 2018In “Court”Cousins charged with accessory to murderAugust 6, 2013In “Crime”