KENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “He was coming off the bridle today, there’s no way in the last month or two that he let me ride him like he let me ride him today. I think the horse is starting to figure (Kenny and me) out more than the other way around. He can obviously run and the time on the track shows you how tough the going is today. He ran a mile in 1:35 last time and he stuck his neck out and got a mile in 1:39 today. True champion, heart of a champion.“I’m feeling like more trainers ought to put me on more horses (laughs).” JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. He likes the rain, he likes everything. The rain didn’t bother him one bit.(On seeing the red and white silks coming in first) . . . “It gives you a little thump in your heart. It’s always just as exciting as our first race. It really is just unbelievable. That horse, when he’s going around there, it’s just like the first time you ever saw him. Just as exciting as when I was only 13 years old.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES KENNETH BLACK, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “What a ride. I would have never given those instructions. I didn’t give him instructions – he knows the horse better than me. But going into the first turn, I was questioning his tactics. There was no speed in the race, and he’s sitting fifth or sixth and three off him. I would have bet every dime I had that he’d be on the lead when he turned down the backside. I think this horse will run longer if we want him to. We aren’t going to fix what’s not broken.” NOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al.
GREAT POTENTIAL GOOD PERFORMANCE “My performance was really good throughout. I scored a few goals and had a few assists, and in the final, I had a good performance. It was a great feeling helping them to their first championship,” he said. “Football-wise, I really like the city. I really enjoy the football, the style of play. They are more technical, more touches, and as such, and it really suits my game. I feel at home there. Even before you go on the field you are ready to play because you are playing in a country where the people love football, so your game goes up without you doing anything different just because of the energy. So those things motivate me … if nobody is in the stands, you won’t have any motivation. “Apart from Arnett or Waterhouse, you don’t really get that vibe when you are playing here,” he pointed out. “Any player who used to play overseas and comes back here can tell you it’s a different feeling when you are lacing up your boots,” he insisted. Although the player is currently a free agent, he is constantly in contact with his agent and expects to join a team soon, as he is looking for an even better 2016. “I want the best for myself, so, God’s willing, He will provide something. I will just continue to play hard and play my football. If you are playing good football, you are going to stand out no matter where you are, and that is all I want to do: try and improve in any way possible. That is the aim, to get better for 2016,” he added. “At one point (Winfried) Sch‰fer saw one of my videos and showed some interest, but in terms of a follow-up, I didn’t hear anything. “I have been performing internationally from I was little and in the games that I played, I showed I have the potential to be in the national team. “Now the older me has learned a whole heap more, is smarter and more experienced. It’s just to get the opportunity as I am always looking to play for my country,” the player who turns 31 in April told The Gleaner. Priestly has spent the last five years abroad, plying his trade in Azerbaijan, the United States, Finland and Bangladesh and thinks playing for the national team would also give his family a chance to see him perform in person. “Playing for the country would give me an opportunity to let my family come to my games. That is something I look forward to, but it’s up to them (selectors),” he added. The flamboyant and tricky playmaker, who is commonly called ‘Boogie’ locally, was a crowd favourite since joining Antigua GFC at mid-season in October, and he found the experience of playing in a football-mad country like Guatemala very inspiring and encourages local players to try and break into the international market to gain experience in like environments. Almost a decade after playing the last of his six games for the Reggae Boyz, creative midfielder Akeem Priestly still has the hope, desire and will to represent his country. The former Harbour View player just completed the Guatemala top-flight season with Antigua GFC, playing a starring role in their first-ever championship. The well-travelled player, who made his senior international debut at age 19 against Guatemala, believes he still has something to offer at the international level and thinks he is playing well enough to earn a recall. “I did multiple interviews in Guatemala and they (reporters) asked me why I am not playing for the national team. They watch the team (Jamaica) and say what I show I could definitely make the team. But I tell them it’s beyond my control,” admitted Priestly.
“I’m very committed to Gilas. If they want me to play for them, I would be honored to play for Gilas. Nothing changed here,” he said.For now, what’s next for Standhardinger is Hong Kong before Manila to suit up for San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’ll play for six months there,” he said, referring to his stint with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).“Every PBA team knew that when they draft me that I’m not gonna be available for the next six months. So I’m gonna play in Hong Kong and try to win a championship there. After that, I can’t wait to be a part of the PBA and a part of San Miguel and I hope to continue winning championships here,” he said. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirement Christian Standhardinger was drafted first by San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith San Miguel taking Christian Standhardinger as the top overall selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday, doubts were raised as far as his availability for Gilas Pilipinas is concerned.But the 28-year-old forward reaffirmed his position with the Philippine team, noting that whenever he gets the call, he’ll be more than glad to once again don the national team colors.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Standhardinger flew back to Hong Kong late Sunday night to return to his ABL team.The opening of the new ABL season is on November 25, which is expected until the middle of April.By then, Standhardinger gets to finally join the Beermen in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian barged into the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals with an emphatic 99-60 victory over Batangas-EAC on Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Revellers took advantage of their 20-day break, pouncing on the also-ran Generals on their way to their fifth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “At least, we can now relax a bit,” he said.After falling 0-4, the Revellers retorted with a 9-0 blast before extending their lead to as much as 44, 99-55.Cedrick Ablaza led Batangas-EAC (1-8) with 14 points.In the second game, Paolo Pontejos dropped seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Jose Rizal University ended its eight-game losing skid with a 98-87 win over Ama Online.The Heavy Bombers almost lost a 20-point lead as the Titans came to within seven, 81-74, with 7:19 remaining. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Who will stop Petron, F2? MOST READ View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allyn Bulanadi and Ryan Costelo spearheaded the 39-point rout as they combined for six treys as Che’Lu-San Sebastian shot 15-of-37 from the field.Costelo shot 13 points and had 10 rebounds, while Bulanadi also produced 13 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVeteran forward Samboy de Leon led all scorers with 15 points.Che’Lu-San Sebastian coach Stevenson Tiu said he can finally heave a sigh of relief after his team secured a spot in the playoffs with a 7-3 card.
Dear Editor,Guyanese must benefit when their tax dollars are being expended. There must be value for money. While meeting the public at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, I have received numerous complaints and expressions of grave concern by citizens, as it relates to unsatisfactory, sloppy and poor works done on our roads.Our countrywide outreach has confirmed what we were hearing when groups of citizens visited our offices.On behalf of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), I am requesting the Audit Office of Guyana to do a special audit of the following roads:• The East Bank Berbice road• Works on the Mabaruma road• Port Kaituma road worksConcerns expressed were not only limited to the quality of the work, but had to do with improper procurement practices that allowed for contract costs to be inflated. The indiscriminate and excessive use of the “force account” facilitates the submission of huge bills without adequate supervision and verification. The view expressed is that the actual works done do not represent the actual expenditure being reported.Taxpayers are on watch for Guyana and as a representative of the people, we will always take their concerns seriously.The incestuous behaviour of this coalition Government and the engagement of favoured contractors and friends have not helped to allay the fears of our people, hence this call for a special audit by the Auditor General.We will expect to have the findings of the Audit Office to be made public very soon. The matter at hand has to do with transparency and accountability – a promise that was made by this very A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Coalition Government.This call is another in a series of requests by the PPP/C for investigations into projects undertaken by the APNU/AFC Government which are mired in corruption.We continue to hold the torch and call for transparency, accountability, good governance and the rule of law.Sincerely,Bishop Juan Edghill,PPP/C MP
Heaven knows where it came from, but one day we will know. However, the deadly Ebola virus that has attacked our country in the way it has none other, will soon be gone. It is receding fast, as many of the Ebola treatment units (ETUs) are down in patients. Today, according to Dorbor Jallah, Deputy Incident Manager at the anti-Ebola Incident Management System, there are less than 400 Ebola cases nationwide, down from thousands. We must quickly add, however, Mr. Jallah’s warning: “We are not yet out of the woods; therefore it is incumbent on everyone in Liberia to obey strictly all the rules.” Mr. Jallah repeated them to our reporters who interviewed him last Sunday: Don’t touch any infected person. Don’t touch any dead body. Take yourself or anyone else suspected of any of the symptoms—very high fever, vomiting, frequent bleeding or stooling—immediately to a treatment center for testing. Wash your hands on entering or exiting a building. Avoid all cultural or religious practices that could spread the virus. Avoid traveling to other places for now.Why is it important and crucial for us to follow these rules? Because it was the failure of our people to follow them that caused the virus to spread so rapidly in our country. For example, we lost so many people in Banjor, Virginia, near Monrovia because people insisted on bathing bodies and in the process, rapidly and senselessly infected themselves and others, leading to many deaths. In Bong County last week, the Chief Health Administrator, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi, told our Reporter the virus had killed so many more people in Bong because they simply REFUSED to give up their cultural or religious practices, thereby spreading the virus and killing people for nothing. Dr. Azoakoi blamed this sad situation on “attitude and behavior.” Why can’t our people follow the great example of Nigeria and everybody in Nigeria, from President Goodluck Jonathan to the common person on the street? When Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, knowing he had been in contact with his Ebola-infected sister, senselessly and unconscionably hopped on a plane bound for Lagos, he carried Ebola to the most populous African nation. There he infected so many people, including doctors, nurses and others, causing the death of about 42 people. Then everyone got busy—the hospital staff who, despite diplomatic pressure, refused to let Sawyer leave their premises; the Lagos State and Federal government, which immediately put other measures into place. President Jonathan went so far as to close the schools. The Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Medical and Dental Association and the common people all pitched in to help. Yes, the common people of Nigeria quickly understood the deadly nature of the Ebola virus and learned that it was their PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to follow ALL the rules to arrest it. In the end, they lost 42 persons, but succeeded in stopping its further spread. On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola free—the reward of the government and people’s seriousness, obedience and cooperation.We appeal to all our people, especially those in Bong County, in Banjor and all others who are inclined to stick to their cultural and religious practices to STOP SPREADING THE EBOLA VIRUS. Just as Dr. Azoakoi said, these attitudes, behaviors and practices have caused Ebola to spread in our country, and in its destructive path, to kill our people for nothing. One way to ensure that people follow the rules and take measures they need to take is for the government, national and local, at all levels, to get tough. Anyone found breaking the rules should be arrested and given a stern warning and released, but closely watched. We cannot, must not sit supinely and see people causing the deaths of others—and even themselves—and do nothing. We must take ACTION. The police and all the other security agencies should be on the alert throughout the country to make sure that people follow the rules.Everyone must learn, know and strictly observe the national slogan, popularized by LoneStar: “Ebola is real, and it kills.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), this Tuesday dedicated three science laboratories at the D. Tweh High School in the Borough of New Kru Town, outside Monrovia.They include Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs, NOCAL has said in a statement.The chief executive officer (CEO) and president of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph A.K.W. McClain, who performed the dedicatory ceremony, said the company was pleased to identify with Liberian schools in helping to develop the technical capacity of students. He also stressed the significance of science in everyday life, and urged students to develop more interest in the sciences for the good of the country.According to him, NOCAL will continue to encourage students to develop more interest in the sciences, because the future of country’s oil program may require the students’ expertise.The NOCAL CEO noted that Liberia needs more trained manpower in the oil industry to help develop it. The sector cannot be left to foreigners alone, he insisted.“Today we find ourselves interacting with international oil companies, who have people that are experienced. We will need our people who would get hooked on science; get to be just as experienced to interact with them closely to ensure that what they are telling us is the right thing, because we also are very hooked on science,” he emphasized.Dr. McClain then expressed the hope that qualified teachers would be available to ensure that the laboratory program achieves its objective.“Without very good teachers,” he said, “it will be difficult for students to acquire the quality education needed for the development of the country.”In response, outgoing Education Minister, Etmonia David Tarpeh, lauded NOCAL for the gesture, describing it as a “life saver to us.” She encouraged the oil company to continue providing such equipment for the schools to help develop their knowledge in the sciences.Minister Tarpeh urged teachers and other faculty members to secure and utilize the facilities to ensure that students acquire the knowledge needed to improve their background in the science subject.Tuesday’s dedicatory ceremony was witnessed by the acting vice president for Corporate Relations, Pete Norman, and other officials of NOCAL, a member of the House of Representatives from New Kru Town, Rep. Edward Forh; MCSS Superintendent, Adolphus Jacobs the Principal of D. Tweh High School, among others.The project is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Education and the NNOCAL in 2011.Under the MOU, NOCAL is to provide funding for the renovation and furnishing of science laboratories in selected public high schools in the 15 counties.To date, science laboratories have been renovated and furnished in several public high schools throughout the country, including the one at C.H. Deweh, in Bomi; Sinje in Grand Cape Mount; Bopolu, in Gbarpolu County; Harbel Multilateral in Margibi County, and the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute (ETMI), in Caldwell, Montserrado County. Others include the E. Jonathan Goodridge High School in Barnesville, Montserrado County, Sinoe Multilateral High School, in Greenville, Sinoe County, and the Barclayville High School, in Grand Kru County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Auditor General’s 2017 report shows while the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has collected more taxes than was anticipated, revenue inclusive of rent and royalties has declined due to lower gold declarations.In the end of year budget and reconciliation report, it noted that the projected revenue for 2017 was $186 billion. Instead, Government actually collected $195 billion in current revenue. This includes duties, levy, personal income and withholding taxes.The highest earnings came from the internal revenue category. Personal income tax collection grew by $2.5 billion. This, according to the Government, is because substantial arrears payments were recovered from self-employed persons through various initiatives. One of the initiatives GRA has been trying is a tax amnesty.In September of this year, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia had disclosed that billions of dollars were collected as of the end of August through theGold declarations take a downward spiralimplementation of the amnesty.According to Statia at the time, GRA had managed to collect over $5 billion so far and this figure may increase. Statia also reminded that this was the last extension that will be granted to the amnesty, while encouraging defaulters to pay.The tax amnesty worked by allowing taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018 to have all their interest and penalties waived, while those who filed and paid all principal taxes between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 would have 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived.At the end of the previous amnesty which ended in June 2018, it was announced that $3 billion was raked in, but this number had subsequently climbed. The final amnesty ended September 30.“Amounts totalling $15.837 billion were estimated to be collected from customs duties, trade and other taxes, fees, fines and licences for the period under review while actual collections paid into the Consolidated Fund totalled $18.890 billion,” the report also states.“This represents a positive variance of 19 per cent, equivalent to $3.053 billion. Notwithstanding the positive performance, there were substantial shortfalls for the revenue categories of Export Duties, Stamp Duty, Overtime Fees, Warehouse Rent and Charges and Liquor Licence totalling $48.806 million,” the report notes.The GRA was also able to recover $950 million from 27,000 suspicious Income Tax returns, after reviewing them. But Value Added Tax (VAT), royalties from gold declarations and rent also declined significantly.Excise taxes, which are applied to imported and manufactured goods, also saw a downturn. According to the Auditor General, the reduction in excise taxes was mainly due to lower than projected vehicular imports. The increased collections in some categories, the AG went on to note, were able to cushion the shortfalls from gold and other categories of collections.GoldIt was reported in May of this year that the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) projected total declarations to be 800,000 ounces, including Canadian-owned Guyana Goldfields projected to declare 200,000 ounces and Troy Resources, its main competitor, 100,000 ounces.Additionally, the GGB had projected that purchases would be 96,000 ounces for the first quarter of 2018, while also anticipating foreign sales to amount to 88,208 ounces with US$111.5 million in revenue in the same period.When it was laid in the National Assembly in August, the Finance Ministry’s Midyear report had recorded contractions in several of the traditional sectors, including mining. Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in addressing the National Assembly about the country’s economic performance, had admitted as much.He had noted that the gold sector suffered a decline of 9.1 per cent. This is equivalent to a decrease of 288,114 ounces in gold declaration. The report also revealed that this represented a 19.4 per cent shortfall, below the original projection set by Government.The Minister in his report also noted that there are a number of downside economic and fiscal risks to the economy, both domestic and external, which can frustrate the achievement of the various revised targets.
0Shares0000Liverpool’s defenders Virgil van Dijk (L) and Dejan Lovren react at the final whistle© AFP Paul ELLISROME, Italy, May 2 – Liverpool held off a spirited Roma fightback to reach the Champions League final 7-6 on aggregate despite losing 4-2 in a hectic semi-final second leg in Rome.Jurgen Klopp’s reached their eighth European Cup final and first since 2007 where they will play two-time holders Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26. First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool in control as Roma conceded their first goals in the Stadio Olimpico during the European campaign.But despite Radja Nainggolan bagging two goals for Roma in the final eight minutes — the second from the penalty spot — there was to be no second miracle comeback for the Italians after last month’s 3-0 win over Barcelona in Rome.It was another bitter defeat for Roma who lost the 1984 European Cup final to Liverpool on penalties.Roma threatened early with Alessandro Florenzi sending the ball wide in the opening minutes but the hosts paid for woeful defending, giving Klopp’s side space to gain an early advantage.Senegalese forward Mane got Liverpool off to a dream start after just nine minutes to the horror of the home fans.A Nainggolan howler in midfield gave Roberto Firmino the opportunity to barge through, delivering the ball to an unmarked Mane who left Roma ‘keeper Alisson with no chance.But six minutes later Roma got the equaliser when Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s attempt to clear a Stephan El Shaarawy header towards Dzeko across goal bounced off James Milner’s head, flying past Loris Karius and into the Liverpool goal.– Breathless finale –Roma kept fighting until the end, with Radja Nainggolan scoring twice, but had too much to do© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTELiverpool’s ticket to the final in Kiev looked well and truly booked after 25 minutes when Wijnaldum nodded in.Alisson denied Mane but from the resulting corner Dzeko’s attempt to clear fell to waiting Dutchman Wijnaldum.Stephan El Shaarawy rattled the post on 35 minutes with Florenzi also firing wide, and Pellegrini showed how not to take a free-kick which was way off the mark.Dzeko broke through seven minutes into the second half with the equaliser after Karius cleared the ball straight into the path of the Bosnian who made no mistake for his eighth goal in 12 European matches.And in a desperate scramble by the Italians in front of goal four minutes from time Nainggolan made up for his earlier blunders when he drilled a low shot into the bottom-right corner from a distance for his first ever European goal.The Belgian midfielder added a second three minutes into injury time from a penalty awarded for a bitterly contested handball by substitute Ragnar Klavan, firing into the roof of the net.It was a dramatic finale for Eusebio di Francesco’s side but it was too little too late as they failed to reach their first final since 1984 but earned a standing ovation from the 62,000 crowd.Liverpool will again leave Rome victorious after winning the European title twice, in 1977 and 1984, at the Stadio Olimpico.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Alvaro Morata could complete his £65million move to Manchester United by early next week. The Real Madrid and Spain striker has become Jose Mourinho’s top summer transfer target, with United confident they will land him. He is set to undergo a medical in Manchester this weekend, with the deal potentially confirmed as early as Monday. (Daily Mirror)Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has admitted he will have to ‘sort’ through his offers this summer with Arsenal and Real Madrid circling. The France international has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season with Monaco and has been tipped to leave the French principality for around £100million this summer. (Daily Mail)Arsenal remain absolutely determined to resist any Manchester City or Premier League offer for Alexis Sanchez this summer. The north London club will only sell Sanchez abroad, meaning Bayern Munich remain his likeliest destination if he does not see out the last year of his contract at the Emirates. (Independent)West Ham want to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City. Hart could be another City player to move to the London Stadium, following the free transfer signing of Pablo Zabaleta. (London Evening Standard)But Manchester City are looking for £25m for Joe Hart, while they also want the same fee for striker Kelechi Iheanacho. (Manchester Evening News)West Ham are leading the chase for England and Manchester United star Chris Smalling. The Hammers have contacted United about the defender and are poised to make an opening bid of £10m. (Daily Star)Everton stand as favourites to land Michael Keane after a switch to Manchester United did not materialise. Liverpool are also monitoring Keane’s situation but their Merseyside rivals are heading the chase to sign the 24-year-old, who is rated at around £25million by Burnley. (Daily Mail)Everton will begin discussions in Italy regarding possible summer transfers, with one of their scouts naming Carlos Bacca and Duvan Zapata as potential targets. (Daily Express)Liverpool have abled a £25m bid for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski.Tottenham are also keen on the midfielder but Napoli are ready to reject a move. It is suggested the Serie A side want around £60m for the player. (Daily Express)Swansea are interested in bringing Emmanuel Adebayor back to the Premier League. A deal would involve Bafetimbi Gomis replacing the former Palace, Spurs and City striker in Turkey. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?