Bordeaux play down transfer pursuit of wantaway Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny

first_imgKoscielny refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour (Picture: Getty)Bordeaux boss Paulo Sousa has played down the club’s pursuit of Laurent Koscielny, but admitted he is in the transfer market for a new centre-back.Koscielny stunned Arsenal by refusing to go on their pre-season tour of America and is hopeful the club will agree to terminate his contract.The Frenchman wants to return to France and has been linked with a host of clubs, including Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes.‘I have already said it, he is not our player,’ Sousa told reporters when asked about Koscielny.ADVERTISEMENT Koscielny wants to return to France (Picture: Getty)The club have been shocked by Koscielny’s behaviour and released a statement slamming their captain.A statement read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.‘We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’MORE: William Saliba pictured with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of Arsenal transferMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Comment Bordeaux play down transfer pursuit of wantaway Arsenal star Laurent Koscielnycenter_img Arsenal were shocked by Koscielny’s decision (Picture: Getty)‘He is a player that every team would like to have because of his experience, the quality of his play and everything that he represents in football.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are in the market for central defenders because Jules Kounde has left and so we are looking for another player to replace him.‘All talks are ongoing but once again he is not our player.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are working hard to give ourselves the chance to have a player with his characteristics.’The controversial transfer saga took another twist on Sunday with reports in France Koscielny had agreed personal terms with Rennes.Koscielny has made over 350 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Lorient in 2010 and was made club captain following the retirement of Per Mertesacker last year. Coral BarryMonday 22 Jul 2019 11:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Surtax plan audit highlights Broward County’s transportation achievements

first_imgThe State of Florida’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) contracted with MGT Consulting Group to complete a performance audit of Broward County’s proposed Local Option Transportation Surtax Plan. No material deficiencies discerned The audit revealed no material deficiencies in any of the key aspects tested, and in fact, highlighted the County’s operational and performance achievements.Broward County voters will have a chance to vote on the proposed surtax on November 6, 2018.Purpose of surtax The 30-year surtax is intended to provide a dedicated source of funding for countywide transportation system improvements planned well into 2049, including nearly 476 road projects and over 700 projects requested by municipalities in Broward County. The plan includes greenways, bike lanes and pedestrian amenities, improved routes and overall transit service, proposed light rail on high-ridership corridors, funding for community shuttles and on-demand transportation for persons with disabilities (Paratransit), and school zone safety improvements.The OPPAGA audit, required by state law, examined Broward County’s programs and processes related to the planning, development, operation and maintenance of roads and bridges, bus systems, fixed guideway rapid transit systems and on-demand transportation services. The six key aspects tested and key findings were:Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness – No opportunity for improvement was identified.Structure or Design – Organizational structures are clearly defined and administrative costs are minimized; staffing levels appear to be reasonable.Methods of Providing Services and Products – the projects tested were executed efficiently.Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures – Transportation and Public Works program goals and objectives are clearly stated, measurable, can be achieved within budget and are consistent with the County’s strategic plan; performance measures are sufficient and internal controls are in place.  No opportunities for improvement were identified.Adequacy of Public Documents and Reports – processes are in place to ensure that program performance and cost information is provided to the public.Process for Ensuring Compliance with Policies, Rules and Laws – processes are in place to assess compliance with laws and regulations; contracts, grants and policies.  No opportunities for improvement were identified.The audit report suggested that Broward County include additional measures of workload and productivity to further validate staffing levels against the volume of need and improve public access to program performance and cost information for capital projects related to transportation. Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry said the constructive findings in the audit will be incorporated as part of the County’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.“The audit’s conclusions offer assurances to the public and taxpayers that Broward County is a responsible steward of public funds,” said Henry.If passed by voters on November 6, the surtax revenue will leverage up to $3 billion from federal, state and other sources, funding which has previously been awarded to other communities due to Broward County’s lack of long-term financing for transportation. It is estimated that approximately 30 percent of revenues would be paid by non-Broward residents and visitors.last_img read more

Alcona Co. Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help After a Restaurant Break-In

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlcona County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in solving a crime after a break in at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in Lincoln. According to the sheriff’s office the break in took place between the hours of 8 pm and 6:30 am on Thursday, August 17th.The sheriff’s office said that the suspect or suspects entered the restaurant through a side door locating the office stealing the night drop off cash bag. If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office at 989–724–6271.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Co. Sheriff’s Office, Break in, Iron Skillet Break In, Restaurant Break InContinue ReadingPrevious The Science Behind the 2017 Solar EclipseNext National Senior Day: Meet Posen’s Famous Lady, ‘Ms. B’last_img read more