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PM Chastenet implements monthly payment for eligible persons

first_img Oct 16, 2020 (St. Lucia News Online) Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced Wednesday that temporary income support will be provided to contributors and non-contributors of the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) and a monthly allowance for persons who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Starting April 1, 2020, Prime Minister Chastanet said NIC contributors will receive a monthly payment of between $500 and $1,500, relative to their salaries, for three months “in the first instance”. CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… To be eligible, persons had to have paid contributions to the fund for at least one month prior to February 2020, became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and must not have been in receipt of other benefits from the NIC, Chastanet said. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak He made the disclosure during an address to the nation which detailed phase one of the Saint Lucia government’s ‘Social Stabilization Programme — a response to the impact of COVID-19 on Saint Lucia. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC center_img Oct 16, 2020 More at St Lucia News Online Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Related Posts The NIC allowance is estimated to cost between $33 million and $80 million over a three-month period, depending on the number of eligible persons, the prime minister said. Oct 16, 2020 Saint Lucia police to enforce COVID-19 laws, three CARICOM countries record deathsStory via CMC – The Saint Lucia government Monday warned that the police would adopt a zero tolerance approach to enforcing protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been linked to deaths in Guyana, the Bahamas and Belize over the past 24 hours. Prime Minister…October 13, 2020In “General”St. Lucia Government unveils multi-million dollar economic recovery planThe St. Lucia government has unveiled an EC$579.3 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan as the island deals with the impact of the coronavirus (COCVID-19) that affected 22 people and brought about a shutdown of the local economy. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is also the…July 14, 2020In “General”St. Lucia – Government to outline new recovery plan post COVID-19CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 8, CMC – The St. Lucia government Wednesday said it would present an economic recovery and resilience plan for the island on Sunday. In a statement, the government said that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that the plan was part of his administration’s structured and long…July 9, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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New report spotlights financiers of palm oil giant clearing Liberia’s forests

first_imgCorporate Environmental Transgressors, Deforestation, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Governance, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Forests, Zero Deforestation Commitments A new report by Friends of the Earth highlights deforestation by Golden Veroleum Liberia, an arm of the billionaire Widjaja family’s conglomerate.The largest financiers of Golden Veroleum’s parent company include U.S. financial firms Vanguard, BlackRock, Kopernik Global Investors, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Northern Trust and CitiGroup; Dutch firms Robeco and Rabobank; and Asian firms China Merchants Bank, Maybank Indonesia and Bank Mandiri.Golden Veroleum cleared some 150 square kilometers of land between 2010 and 2016, according to the report. An Indonesian-owned plantation company operating in Liberia has come under renewed scrutiny for allegedly clearing hundreds of hectares of protected forestland, including chimpanzee habitat, wetlands and river buffer zones.Between 2010 and 2016, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) cleared and planted some 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of land, according to a recent Friends of the Earth investigation, which found that the firm had cleared or fragmented more than 3 square kilometers (2 square miles) of ecologically rich forest in Kpanyan, Sinoe County.Investigators found that GVL had damaged streams, wetlands and river buffer zones, that it had failed to compensate local communities for the damage, and that it had taken their land without their “free, prior and informed consent,” a conclusion supported by a decision issued in February by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).GVL, which has rejected the RSPO decision, is owned by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a Singapore-registered palm oil company, through a Cayman Islands private equity firm. The firm’s ultimate owner is Indonesia’s billionaire Widjaja family. In 2014, GAR promised to stop clearing forest.Palm oil is one of the most ubiquitous products found in the world today, with estimates suggesting it is used in about half of all consumer goods in the U.S. and Europe. Palm oil firms operating in Africa and Asia often promise to work with local communities to develop the economies of host states, but their investments are routinely accompanied by allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations.In 2010, GVL was granted a 3,500-square kilometer (1,350-square-mile) concession agreement by the Liberian government, covering some 2.3 percent of the country’s land mass. Since then, GVL has faced consistent allegations of environmental degradation and disregard for community land rights, according to Friends of the Earth.James Otto, campaigner with the Sustainable Development Institute, said the allegations against GVL highlighted the need for more-secure land rights in countries like Liberia. “Otherwise,” he said, “companies like GVL will continue destroying the forests Liberians depend on for their livelihoods.”A tropical forest in Liberia. Image by John Atherton/FlickrLiberia has implemented a dual land-tenure system since its founding in 1847, with statutory and customary rights often leading to conflicting claims. While natural resources in rural Liberia are predominantly communally owned and managed, the government in Monrovia, the capital, has treated land where local communities do not possess deeds as state-administered and has granted vast concessions covering almost a fifth of the country to foreign investors and local elites, with about a tenth of the total land mass leased to plantation companies.In the case of GVL, Friends of the Earth alleges that GAR’s investment constitutes a violation of international standards, Liberian national law and the companies’ own corporate sustainability policies. It also notes that GAR’s investments in Liberian palm oil could pose wider reputational and regulatory risks to its financiers.“Deforestation, environmental degradation and associated human rights issues, including social conflict stemming from violations of communities’ land rights, can significantly undermine economic development and stability and can pose material financial risks to donors and investors,” the report says.“As GVL’s primary investor, GAR bears substantial responsibility for the risks and impacts of GVL’s operations. GVL’s ownership structure may prevent GAR from being held legally liable for GVL’s activities in Liberia. However, GAR’s sustainability policies clearly indicate its responsibility for GVL’s business practices,” it adds.GAR’s largest international creditors and investors include U.S. financial firms Vanguard, BlackRock, Kopernik Global Investors, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Northern Trust and CitiGroup; Dutch firms Robeco and Rabobank; and Asian firms China Merchants Bank, Maybank Indonesia and Bank Mandiri. Commercial customers of GAR include numerous household brands, such as Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Pepsico.“GVL’s forest destruction and its disregard for human rights poses serious material and reputational risks for both investors and commercial palm oil buyers,” Jeff Conant, senior international forests program manager with Friends of the Earth U.S., said in a statement. “Stakeholders in these rogue companies need to recognize the risks and the wrongdoing and use their leverage to pull the brakes on GVL’s destruction.”Wulan Suling, head of corporate communications for GAR, said all banks and financial institutions that do business with GAR “conduct in-depth due diligence and risk assessment on a continuous basis and are in regular contact with GAR.”“GAR has obtained satisfactory explanations from GVL when it was alerted to earlier, similar allegations via other reports. GAR understands that GVL is investigating new allegations about forest clearance contained in the latest reports,” he added. “GAR has asked GVL for a detailed response to all the claims made in the latest report.”A GVL spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.Banner: A chimpanzee in Liberia. Photo by Cameron Zohoori/Flickr.Correction, 7/18/2018: A previous version of this article misstated the area of ecologically rich forest GVL has cleared. Article published by mongabayauthorcenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Texas Freshman Ryan Newsome Takes Time To Chat With Young Fan

first_imgTexas WR Ryan Newsome receives praise for interacting with a family.Texas WR Ryan NewsomeAll too often, college athletes find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons. Well, today, Texas freshman Ryan Newsome instead deserves some praise. Newsome, a three-star wide receiver who will join the team this fall, apparently made himself a fan at this past April’s spring game. While most of Texas’ players reportedly didn’t respond to a four-year-old Longhorns supporter yelling “hook’em” before the contest kicked off, Newsome took the time to go over and talk to him for a couple of minutes.It had such an impression on the young boy’s father, he went on Rivals and posted the entire story to the community. Newsome found it today and tweeted it out, telling his followers that it brought him joy.Stuff like this brings me so much joy! This is just the beginning for me! pic.twitter.com/3LwBOhBb1v— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) May 24, 2015Very cool. Don’t be surprised if you see a few custom “Newsome” jerseys in the stands this fall.last_img read more

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Wärtsilä Installs Hybrid System on OSV Viking Princess

first_imgzoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has installed a hybrid energy system on board Norwegian offshore supply vessel Viking Princess, making it the first ever OSV in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. The company informed that the new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to customer Eidesvik Offshore on October 9, 2017.“There is significant potential to save fuel through improved engine efficiency, as the operating profile of supply vessels is highly variable,” Wärtsilä said, adding that the fuel saving potential aboard Viking Princess can be up to 30 percent in various operations and the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 13-18 percent per year, depending on operational conditions and requirements.Furthermore, the hybrid solution is expected to provide a more optimal load on the engines, while the intervals between engine maintenance can be extended.Viking Princess now runs on a combination of a battery pack for energy storage and three LNG-fuelled Wärtsilä engines. The new energy storage solution provides balancing energy to cover the demand peaks, resulting in a more stable load on the engines.The contract to replace one of the four engines on Viking Princess with battery power was signed in May.last_img read more

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Golf Champion Rory McIlroy To Revisit Haiti With UNICEF

first_imgWorld number one golfer and UNICEF Ambassador Rory McIlroy has announced that he will visit Haiti April 1–2 to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work in the country.While in Haiti, the current US PGA golf champion will visit schools and communities that are benefiting from UNICEF-supported projects to improve child health and education through the provision of clean water and improved hygiene. McIlroy’s first visit to Haiti with UNICEF was in 2011.“We’re thrilled that Rory has decided to support our work by taking time out from his busy schedule to assist our on-the-ground efforts to transform the lives of children in Haiti”, said Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland. “While progress has been made since his last visit, there is still a great deal of work to do to ensure that every child in Haiti has access to health services, education and clean water.
As a global golf superstar, Rory is a role model for so many children throughout the world and his dedication to improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children is inspiring.

This is Rory’s second visit to Haiti. From his last visit, he has a clear understanding of the challenges which children here face on a daily basis. Haiti was devastated by the 2010 earthquake and the people of Haiti have suffered a great deal. We are responsible for ensuring that children there are not only given a chance to live and be healthy, but also to thrive.”

“Thankfully, I have experienced some success in recent years and this is an opportunity for me to use that success to support a great organization,” said Rory McIlroy. “It has been nearly two years since my last visit to Haiti and I’m really excited to be going back. Haiti is an inspiring and humbling country where children face daily struggles and deprivation unnecessarily. If my presence there helps to create international awareness of the difficulties Haitian children face, then I am delighted to help.

“During my last visit, I witnessed daily life for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. UNICEF’s great work in Haiti is helping to combat disease and change lives. Their work is something I am extremely passionate about and admire.”
Rory McIlroy has been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2011. He will compete in the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta a week following his trip to Haiti with UNICEF.Source:US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more

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Signups steady as health law case goes to appeals court

first_imgWASHINGTON — The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage next year under the Obama health law, reflecting steady enrolment even as supporters of the law appeal a court ruling that declares it unconstitutional.Thursday’s numbers underscore the unexpected staying power of “Obamacare,” which President Donald Trump failed to repeal after promising a better health insurance plan in its place.The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reflect the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website. The final count will be higher, after major states like California and New York report.Also on Thursday, Democratic-led states announced they’re appealing a recent ruling by a conservative federal judge in Texas that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.The law remains in place while the lawsuit continues.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Celebrating achievements fostering excellence

first_imgThe mentor group of StratFirst India honoured and celebrated the achievements of Dr Gagandeep Kang – first Indian woman scientist elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and Dr Virander Singh Chauhan’s Lifetime achievements in science and institutional leadership.StratFirst India is a private initiative to promote excellence in teaching and research, particularly amongst institutions of higher learning in India. Set up by a group of visionary advisors and mentors that include some of the most respected names in education, industry and public policy, StratFirst is working to ensure that at least 50 Indian Universities or deemed Universities are ranked in the top 500 institutions globally. Team StratFirst is committed to adhering to the highest standards of corporate best practices; every client is a partner and solutions are customised and built on the rich experience, out-of-the-box thinking and relies on the extensive global network of associates. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSpeaking on the occasion, Professor Amitabh Mattoo Chair of the Mentor Group of Stratfirst India said, “At Stratfirst we believe in celebrating achievements as well as fostering excellence.” Nancy Jain, CEO Stratfirst India said, “We focus particularly on the triple helix of the complex challenges of education in India: Access, Equity, and Excellence. StratFirst is on a mission of maintaining quality and excellence, and is our top most priority.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAt the event, Dr V S Chauhan said, “We are the second largest system in India and it is a great time to raise quality of education in the country. Apart from investment, we require capability also. We need to own our responsibilities at the individual departmental and institutional level. We have huge potential as far as education is concerned. The world is looking at us and we have to utilise the huge talent pool.” Discussing the need of the hour, Dr Gagandeep Kang said, “In India, we have to look at peculiar problems and matters related to immunisation and vaccination. Keeping in mind the heterogeneous population of India we need to understand the human system better and the patterns of its immune system and utilise our pool of scientist who is looking at excellence in research regarding the same.” Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Principal Miranda House College, said that it’s an honour which brings together excellence of women scientists and engage with emerging concerns of research in medical science and its significant link with public health. Present on the occasion were Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh, Former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr DP Singh Chairman UGC, Professor Yogesh Tyagi VC Delhi University, Professor RC Kuhad, Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Haryana , Professor Ashok Aima, VC of Central University Jammu and Kashmir, Professor Mehraj-ud-Din, VC Central University Kashmir, Trustee of Navchetna Naveen Chawla, Former S K Sopory VC JNU, and top civil servants, academician and intellectuals.last_img read more

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Morocco Spanish Drone Seized Suspected for Spying

first_imgRabat- Customs officials in Tanger-Med port (40 Km east of Tangier), arrested a Spanish citizen after they found a drone inside his vehicle. The drone is suspected for conducting espionage operations in Morocco.The one meter and a half unmanned airplane was found disassembled inside the trunk of the vehicle, reported Akhbar Alyoum daily in it issue of Thursday October 24.According to port officials, the drone was equipped with the latest photographing technology, high definition video cameras, and computers used in information storage. They also seized signal detecting devices and TV monitors which is believed to be used to follow the drone’s location.The suspect accompanied with an Italian citizen were both investigated by the judicial police in order determine the purpose behind their use of a drone inside Morocco’s national territory.In his response, the Spanish suspect said that the drone is used to film a rally race in the region of Errachidida in the Southeast of Morocco.The suspects were transferred to the judicial police in the city of Tangier to widen the investigation and examine the photos taken by the drone to make sure they were taken for the claimed purposes rather than for spying on sensitive targets in the country.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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After productive offseason Ohio State softball ready for 2014 slate

Then-sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico winds up for a pitch during a game against Michigan State April 24 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 6-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State softball team is confident new training methods and a complete team effort will lead to success when it kicks off its season Friday.After finishing last year with a 34-22 overall record, the team is eager to see if a productive offseason will help produce winning results in a schedule that includes some daunting opponents.The team is scheduled to play nine games against teams currently ranked in the top 10 of the NFCA/USA Today Preseason Top 25 poll.In her second year as coach, Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she knows what to expect more this season now that she is more familiar with the personnel.“I think I know their strengths better and we were able to kind of change the training to try to get their weaknesses stronger, but build up what they’re good at,” Schoenly said.Redshirt-senior pitcher Melanie Nichols said changing training regimens has helped the team during the offseason.“We switched our workout plan and as a pitching staff we did resistance work, that made us stronger,” Nichols said.Junior outfielder Caitlin Conrad said the team is not just working on strength, but also mental aspects of the game as well.“We’ve learned about breathing methods to help calm yourself down because it’s a rush sometimes,” Conrad said. “All of that will build into the teamwork and the team’s success this year.”Schoenly, Conrad and Nichols all stressed the importance of OSU taking on the difficult schedule as a team.“It’s all about the team this year. We’ve been really focusing on everybody being one instead of individual goals,” Conrad said. “We trust each other that we’re putting the work in and the effort so that when we come back, we can give 100 percent and not lose a step.”Schoenly said it is important for players to not only trust their teammates, but also themselves.“We don’t expect just one person to lead. They all have a voice, the whole team,” Schoenly said. “We empower them to all have a voice at any given moment so it’s not just two people talking at them.”Nichols said she is anxious to begin her final season, which wraps up a career that already has her ranked sixth in school history with 269 strikeouts and tied for seventh with 39 wins.“My goals are just to get better and go out with a bang my senior year and do what I can to help my teammates and my younger pitchers,” Nichols said. “With all the seniors, I think it could definitely be a good year ‘cause we have so many upperclassmen.”Among those upperclassmen is senior catcher Melissa Rennie.“Rennie has been playing really well behind the plate. A lot of it is with her training and how seriously she took it,” Schoenly said. “Very strong and very confident, she’s a senior now so she wants to put it all out there for her last year.”OSU is also returning junior pitcher Alex DiDomenico, who led the team in ERA, strikeouts and wins in 2013.Joining Conrad in the outfield is junior Taylor Watkins, who earned Second Team NFCA All-Midwest last year. Schoenly said the outfield is looking especially impressive moving into the season.“Their arms are phenomenal, as a group you won’t find another outfield like this,” Schoenly said. “I cannot believe I have them all on one team.”OSU is looking to warm up its bats at two tournaments in Florida and one tournament in Las Vegas in the month of February.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play a doubleheader in Boca Raton, Fla., Friday against Tulsa and St. John’s, as part of the FAU Kick-off Classic. read more

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Casillas a Liverpool target

first_imgAmid growing uncertainty surrounding Loris Karius’s potential, Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for the former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to join the club at the end of the seasonFollowing his £4.7m transfer from Bundesliga side Mainz last summer, Karius has claimed the number 1 jersey for himself at Anfield this season after displacing long-term number 1 Simon Mignolet back in January. But there has been growing uncertainty at Anfield over whether he is the right man for the role with doubts having emerged over the German international’s long-term potential. In light of this, Jurgen Klopp had turned his attention to AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson. Although their interest in the Brazilian has declined due to Real Madrid having now entered the race for the 25 year-old’s signature. But Sport has now claimed that Liverpool have now turned their attention to the possibility of signing Casillas at the end of the season. The former Spain international will be released by FC Porto in June with the club having previously announced that they can no longer continue paying for his high wages and Klopp believes that the signing of Casillas would be both a good replacement for Mignolet, who is expected to leave in the summer, and an ideal rival for Karius. Casillas is expected to receive lucrative offers from clubs in both America and China, but it has been reported that the 36 year-old is in favour of staying in Europe.last_img read more

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