2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: How will the infrastructure fare in a flu pandemic?

first_img Although telecommunications depend extensively on the power grid and therefore will be affected if the power goes out, Sanders emphasized that the industry can sustain capacity to serve customers for a limited period of time by, for example, relying on generator-based power. He also emphasized that the communications infrastructure is provided with priority assistance under the National Security Emergency Agency planning structure that was created under the Kennedy Administration in the 1960s. Echoing this concern, Anne Marie Kappel, Vice President, World Shipping Council, Washington, DC, reiterated the impact of a pandemic on a system (in this case, transportation) that is already stressed and that relies heavily on people. “If we talk about a pandemic that will impact 25% to 30% of the workforce and you have an industry that is structured with millions of dollars of assets, none of which can operate without people, this will have an impact on the system.” Any business that relies on goods has to factor this into their preparedness plans, she emphasized. “Can we handle unexpected demands on a system that is already stressed if a major global disruption occurs?” he asked. Among the most important areas of contingency planning for such an event is how to manage workers, both those who are ill and those who remain well. In addition, strong leadership is needed at all levels of government to help businesses prepare for such a pandemic, concluded participants in the panel, titled “Cross-Cutting Critical Infrastructure Availability and Business Continuity.” Feb 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Putting an additional stressor, such as a flu pandemic, on an infrastructure that is already stressed and running at a stretched capacity merits great concern, said experts convening yesterday at a national summit on business planning for pandemic influenza in Minneapolis. For Marshall C. Sanders, CPP, Vice President, Global Security, Broomfield, Colorado, a key point for businesses in pandemic planning is looking at the capacity requirements to support the 25% to 50% of the workforce that might be called upon to work remotely during a pandemic. Issues include identifying who the workforce is (eg, the percentage who need to work onsite, who can telecommute, and who need to be online), ensuring access to licenses in advance, making sure support services are available, and addressing privacy issues. Speaking on the vulnerability of the power grid to a pandemic flu outbreak, Massoud Amin, DSc, Director of the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, said that “the system is already close to the edge” in terms of available fuel sources as well as the entire infrastructure, including transmission, high voltage, and distribution. Former governor of Minnesota Arne Carlson agrees that leadership is key to successful pandemic planning. “The only institution that has the capacity to bring people together is government,” he said, adding that government needs to provide a clear, broad understanding about what the pandemic is, what its potentialities are, and what kind of role individuals need to play. As current chairman of RiverSource Funds, a large Minneapolis employer, Carlson said he has not yet received even one phone call regarding the pandemic. “That’s wrong,” he said, adding that businesses need to contact their state and federal government officials to get basic information about contingency plans in the event of a pandemic. According to Dr. Amin, one of the key concerns is the availability of enough people to operate systems if a pandemic occurs. “Organizations have gotten to a point where they have been downsized, right-sized, and they are nearly capsized,” he said. Given the already reduced workforce in businesses, what will happen in a pandemic that is projected to reduce the workforce by 35%? he questioned. Along with factoring in the reduced workforce because of illness, an equally important focus needs to be on how to manage workers who remain healthy. “Part of dealing successfully with the pandemic will be dealing with the healthy,” Kappel said, stressing the need for healthy transportation so workers can get to work. The message that it is safe for people to go to work in the midst of a pandemic must come from the government, according to Kappel, similar to what happened during the SARS episode when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped in to reassure cargo workers that they couldn’t contract SARS from handling cargo. She emphasized the need for strong leadership in mitigating this “fear factor” that would further reduce the workforce and slow operations. Steven Ross, MD, Director, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, New York, commented that developing a plan for how to deal with employees working remotely underscores the need to focus on good management versus planning. “The point is [that] this is not a planning issue, it’s a management issue,” he said, adding that the workforce can be made much more productive if people are given the ability to work from wherever they are. Also, if connectivity slows down during a pandemic, he noted, businesses can try to stagger workers so that, for example, some workers work mornings and some work afternoons. To best prepare for a pandemic, the need for all sectors of infrastructure to work together was emphasized by Dr. Amin who reiterated the need for integrated assessments and collaboration among sectors to prepare and deal with a pandemic. The Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza national summit, held Feb 14 and 15, was hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site; the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; and the US Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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First Horns Rev 3 Monopiles Ready to Leave Esbjerg

first_imgThe first monopile foundations have been scheduled for shipping from the Port of Esbjerg to the site of Vattenfall’s 406MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm on 9 October.The monopiles will be loaded on GeoSea’s installation vessel Innovation and shipped to the site some 29 kilometres off the coast.On the Horns Rev 3 site, the monopiles will be driven 25 to 39 metres into the seabed, according to the Port of Esbjerg.While GeoSea is in charge of installing the 49 foundations, A2SEA – now a GeoSea subsidiary – will carry out the turbine installation works with its vessel Sea Installer, scheduled to start erecting the turbines in the summer of 2018.The 49 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines, optimised at 8.3MW, will be loaded out of the port of Esbjerg.Horns Rev 3 is an extension to Horns Rev 1 and 2 offshore wind farms also installed by A2SEA in 2002 and 2009, respectively.Once commissioned in 2018, Horns Rev 3 will be the largest offshore wind farm in Danish waters.last_img read more

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Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 12: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX: Le’Veon Bell, Jets vs. Raiders ($20). Bell has been a disappointment, but he keeps getting volume despite various injuries (at least 20 touches in each of the past three games). He’s also scored in each of the past two games and averaged at least 93.7 total yards over that three-game span. The Raiders have gradually been going downhill against RBs, punctuated by allowing Joe Mixon’s first rushing touchdown all season last week. Bell is a solid, high-floor play at $20.D/ST: Redskins vs. Lions ($10). We don’t feel great about this pick, but facing Jeff Driskel at home at the minimum price isn’t a bad spot for a D/ST. We’ll roll the dice and hope for some takeaways. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe real question is whether to pay up for one of the few upper-tier TEs. In a GPP, we’d roll the dice on a lower-priced guy, but in cash, we’re going with Darren Waller despite a tougher matchup. Let’s hope that “advantage” gets us over the cash line.Week 12 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Buccaneers ($33). Ryan got back on track last week with his seventh 300-yard game of the year, but with only one touchdown, it wound up being another mediocre performance. He hasn’t had a “big game” since Week 6, so hopefully DFS owners are a little down on him. At home against Tampa, who allows the second-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs, Ryan should combine the yards and TDs and more than pay off his QB4 pricing.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPRB: Nick Chubb, Browns vs. Dolphins ($31). We said we’d never make a cash lineup without Christian McCaffrey again, but his $40 price tag mixed with the lack of viable options at other positions (particularly TE, more on that later), make him tough to fit in. We’re fine dropping down to Chubb, though, as Miami still ranks in the top six in FPPG allowed to RBs. The activation of Kareem Hunt hasn’t really eaten into Chubb’s touches, as he’s had at least 47 carries in the past games (and at least 20 in seven of the past eight games). He won’t do much through the air, which hurts a bit in half-point PPR contests, but he’s a safe bet for 100 yards and some positive touchdown regression.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: David Montgomery, Bears vs. Giants ($18). Montgomery has disappointed two weeks in a row, but he’s still getting consistent touches (15 last game). The Giants give up just a shade under 20 FPPG to running backs — and it’s clear the Bears need to rely on their running game — so Montgomery looks like a value at RB16 pricing.WR: Chris Godwin, Buccaneers @ Falcons ($32). Godwin managed a late touchdown last week, but he tied a season low with three catches. That will rise in a big way against the Falcons, who allow the eighth-most FPPG to WRs. Godwin has only one TD in his past five games after scoring six in his first five contests, so we expect more TDs to come. We were a couple bucks away from being able to afford Julio Jones ($35), who we would have preferred, but Godwin is a nice consolation prize. At the very least, we like him better at his price than teammate Mike Evans at $35. WR: DeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Browns ($16). Parker keeps producing as Miami’s top wideout, yet he keeps getting priced like a middling real-life WR2. That’s fine. We’ll take the discount on a guy who pretty much has a floor of five catches and 55 yards every week with the upside from much more. Last week he put up a 7-135 line in a tough matchup against the Bills, so we’re not worried about him against a decent Browns pass defense…at least not at $16.WR: Jamison Crowder, Jets vs. Raiders ($18). Crowder is also underpriced given his matchup and recent production. He’s scored in three straight games, posting at least five catches and 76 yards in each game during that span. We are a little worried about touchdown regression, but the Raiders are allowing the seventh-most FPPG to WRs, so we’re not that worried.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSTE: Darren Waller, Raiders @ Jets ($21). Tight end pricing is really tight, as Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry are on bye and Mark Andrews and Gerald Everett play on Monday night. Throw in injuries to Austin Hooper (knee), Evan Engram (foot) and George Kittle (knee), and there isn’t much left in the upper tier. Kittle might play, but at $26, his price is even tougher to stomach than Waller, who’s really the only other “high-floor” TE available (unless you count Zach Ertz at $22). We like Jacob Hollister, but he’s just $3 cheaper than Waller, so that doesn’t seem worth it. If we paid down, we’d go with Ryan Griffin at $14 given his recent performance and plus matchup. We had touchdowns and big yards all over the place in last week’s Yahoo DFS cash lineup — except for one big (almost) goose egg from Tyler Boyd. Lesson learned — never trust a receiver who has Ryan Finley throwing to him. Fortunately, Drew Brees, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, DJ Chark, Jamison Crowder, Ross Dwelley, Kalen Ballage, and the Jets D/ST all came through in one way or another. We’ll try to keep the touchdowns rolling with our Week 12 daily fantasy football cash lineup picks.With tight pricing — particularly at TE — we have to make some sacrifices. That mainly comes at RB, where we’re not paying up for Christian McCaffrey or Saquon Barkley. We also just missed being able to afford Julio Jones, but getting solid values at WR2 and WR3 makes us feel a little better. last_img read more

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Sea Bright Talks Infrastructure and Flooding

first_imgJack Sanders He also shared concern about the current government’s lack of transparency, made up of “mostly the same people” who have been in leadership positions for some time. “It’s developed a bubble,” he said. Specifically, Sanders said the council should be more transparent about development plans and potential school district changes. As an attorney, Sanders has been “dealing with holding governments accountable” for the majority of his career. He got involved politically in Sea Bright when developers proposed river-front development near his home downtown with little concern for potential flooding impacts, he said. John M. Lamia Jr. Samuel A. Catalano Brian Kelly Lamia is a former councilman and served from July 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017. During his time on council, he facilitated a fundraiser to replenish lost beach and lifeguard equipment, reestablished dunes, helped bring lifeguards to Anchorage Beach and more. He was a member of the grant, finance and Lead on the Beach committees. “I am committed to community progress, prudent spending, fairness, diversity and improved communication,” he said. If elected, Kelly said his goal is to keep taxes as low as possible, bring in revenue, be inclusive of people’s ideas and improve flood and storm resilience initiatives. During his time on council, Kelly said he has helped the borough benefit from more than $40 million in grants and insurance monies after Super Storm Sandy for economic recovery. That included seawall repairs, two new borough buildings, bulkheading and streetscape and beautification projects, he said. SEA BRIGHT – A newmayor will soon be named inSea Bright after seven yearsof leadership under currentMayor Dina Long. Long has endorsed current council president Brian Kelly for mayor. Kelly, a Republican, has lived in Sea Bright since 2000 and has been visiting the community since the 1970s. Kelly is the father of two children. He has been on the council for 15 years and served as council president for three. He said he is “always willing to assist a friend, neighbor and the community,” and added that he is a good listener and has “favorable understanding of what can go wrong with a proposed activity, which if considered in advance will typically minimize errors and oversight.” Kevin P. Birdsall Kelly, the president of Sea Bright Solar since 2003, said the opportunity to work with so many Sea Bright residents and business owners has been “a priceless, satisfying experience” that he hopes to continue as mayor. Noting his love for Sea Bright, Birdsall said he wants to run for re-election to keep things in check, especially overdevelopment. He voiced disapproval of high-rise development similar to that of Long Branch or Asbury Park. “ We really cannot support it. We’re a barrier island.” Currently the borough’s ordinance allows for a height limitof38feet.“We have a lot of areas in this town that could at any minute be sold to a developer and could just be overdeveloped,” citing any of the five marinas in town. His big concern right now, however, is flood mitigation. One way to do that is to keep the water in the river for as long as possible. Birdsall is also looking into ways to best keep flooding out of the streets and out of the sewer systems. Additionally, three candidates are vying for two open council seats in the November election: incumbent Independent candidate Kevin P. Birdsall, former councilman and Republican John M. Lamia Jr. and Democratic candidate Samuel A. Catalano. Candidate Lamia has been a Sea Bright resident for 13 years where he lives with his wife and four children. He has been involved with the YMCA as a community sports director, as a volunteer with the Sea Brighters Embracing Action and as a member of the Sea Bright Dunes Committee. He has 43 years of experience in problem solving and service delivery education, he said, nine with Exxon Corp. and 34 with Siemens, now ATOS Inc. Candidate Catalano has owned a home in Sea Bright for three years and has been in the area for about 10 years. He is the owner of Amerifence LLC and deals with large government contracts, which he said would be beneficial to borough projects and the future of the town. Kelly said some of the main concerns facing Sea Bright are the need to keep up revenues to of fset property taxes, manage borough operation costs for efficiency, finish bulkhead work, flood mitigation and public access along the downtown riverside, address the onerous regional school tax levy and to continually improve effective storm response. He also said he wanted to see the completion of new municipal facilities, a new Master Plan, storm readiness procedures, a Hazard Mitigation Plan and more. As a fisherman and boatowner, Catalano said he wantsto run for council because heloves the town and wants tokeep it the “best beach townit can be.” Democratic mayoral challenger Jack Sanders has lived in Sea Bright for five years with his wife and son. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and said moving to Sea Bright was a big step for him after living in the industrial Midwest. Running for one of the two open council seats, the incumbent Birdsall has lived in Sea Bright since 2012. He has worked in several fields including road and bridge construction, welding and corporate America. “You name it, I’ve done it,” he said. He has been a council member for about three years and said his background is helpful because he understands the functionality of what needs to be done in the borough, especially with construction projects. He hopes to continue Long’s momentum and all that she’s done since Super Storm Sandy. He feels some of the main concerns facing Sea Bright are flooding and traffic and he has been working with current councilmen Charles H. Rooney III and Marc A. Leckstein to brain- storm ideas to make things “run smoother.” He also hopes to keep taxes as low as possible with ratables.last_img read more

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Rebels close in on Murdoch Division title, edge Hawks 4-3

first_imgBy The  Nelson Daily SportsTwo seasons ago the Castlegar Rebels made it to the Murdoch Division only to be swept in four games by the Nelson Leafs.There’s not much of a resemblance between the two Castlegar teams.Taylor Anderson had three points to lead the Rebels to within one game of advancing to the Kootenay Conference Final after Castlegar edged Beaver Valley 4-3 in Murdoch Division Final action Tuesday in Fruitvale.The Rebels lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-1 and can advance to the next round with a win Thursday in the Sunflower City.The difference Tuesday was a 20-minute span from late in the first and into the second frame when Castlegar scored four consecutive goals — three on the power play — to take a 4-1 lead.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored to cut the lead to 4-2 before the period ended.The Hawks’ leading scorer during the regular season, Sookro, added a power play goal late in the third but that would be as close as the host team would get.For the second straight game on the road the Rebels out shot the Hawks 26-14, including 12-4 in the third period. In the two games in Fruitvale, Castlegar held a 69-28 advantage.Ryan Aynsley, Stuart Walton, Anderson and Kootenay Ice affiliate player Jesse Knowler, scored for the Rebels.Tyler Collins scored 36 seconds into the game for the other Beaver Valley marker.Around the KIJHL . . . .Hewitt pulls Cats even with RidersA goal by Ryan Hewitt with nine seconds remaining in the second period proved to be the winner as Creston Valley Thunder Cats edged the Fernie Ghostriders 2-1 to even the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Division Final at 2-2 Tuesday in Creston. Game five is Thursday in Fernie.Laslo gives Dogs series sweepKyle Laslo stopped 19 shots to power the Osoyoos Coyotes to a 5-0 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs Tuesday in Rutland. The win allows the Dogs to sweep the best-of-seven series 4-0. Grizz can stop Storm tonightDefending KIJHL champ Revelstoke Grizzlies can advance to the Okanagan Conference Final against Osoyoos with a win at home Wednesday against Kamloops Storm. The Grizz lead the series 3-1. [email protected]last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Bantam Reps

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs looked unstoppable during a recent Bantam Rep Tournament in Osoyoos. The Reps ran the table to capture the tournament title Sunday in the South Okanagan City. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to congratulate the Bantams with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Brent Petrick, Carson Arcuri, assistant coach Kyle Mace, Logan Mengler, Keaton Roch, Amit Bhabra, Austin Tambellini, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne McGeady-Bruce and Trainer Chuck Brind’Amour. Middle, Justin Podgorenko, Logan Hascarl, Bryce Twible, Nolan Renwick, Everitt Hicks, Nolan Percival, Sawyer Hunt, Jayden Maida and Jacob Shukin. Front, goalie Jesse Beauvais. Missing, goalie Greg Markholm and Micah May.last_img

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World Cup spirit lives on in Youth Zones

first_img2 August 2010The energy and spirit of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup is being harnessed for sustainable social development in Africa through the Youth Zones initiative, which combines football, computer literacy and life-skills training to create an enabling environment for young people in disadvantaged communities.Youth Zones is a joint initiative of the Foundation for a Safe South Africa (FSSA), the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa).In South Africa, the programme is already running in sites where the LOC built high-level synthetic football pitches, in Mamelodi, Evaton North and Cosmo City in Gauteng province; Upington in the Northern Cape; Somerset West and East in the Western Cape; Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga; Jane Furse in Limpopo province; and Mogwase in Rustenburg, North West province.It is also running in Umzimkhulu and Mutare in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and in Manica in Mozambique.Grass-roots capacity buildingThe programme aims to build the capacity of grass-root football teams by supporting them with football equipment, coaching and organisational growth.At the same time, the computer literacy component teaches youngsters how to use computers and provides them with internet, while the life-skills component teaches communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, responsibility, health and leadership.Overall, the programme aims to create enabling environments in which young people develop self-belief and the confidence they need to take risks and be creative.Each community is encouraged to launch three small “organic” projects of their own initiative. Projects already off the ground revolve around netball, gymnastics, culture, English literacy, entrepreneurship, and combating HIV/Aids.“The challenge is to prevent those who are born into victim circumstances from becoming offenders,” says project leader Roelf Meyer of the Foundation for a Safe South Africa. “Making choice available in these circumstances can transform lives away from crime to real and legitimate opportunity. We promote safety by proactively investing in society, by stopping crime before it happens.”Friendships form the foundationProject coordinator Schalk van Heerden says Youth Zones is “not about just kicking a ball. It’s about the social relations inherent in a team, the family dynamic that provides energy, support and accountability. That’s why we use football and even netball teams to learn and become change agents in their communities.”The approach, says Van Heerden, is built on a relational model, in which friendships form the foundation for sustainable actions and programmes.Once real-life friendships have been established and computer literacy is in place, the focus shifts to a virtual community, where besides Skype, Facebook and e-mail, participants interact on the www.youthzones.co.za website.One of the members of the youth website, Nelson Veremo, says they are encouraged to blog, upload photos, chat and to share stories of hope as well as failure.“Any person can join – boys, girls from any place,” says Veremo. “It’s very interesting knowing we are not alone in our struggles and dreams.”Doctor Mabila, of the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), says participants learn practical things from one another, and that the youngsters are proud to share their stories.Mabila says they are hoping that by the time the 2014 Fifa World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the Youth Zones network will be able to showcase South Africa’s shared humanity, mutual learning and care.Other organisations and companies backing the Youth Zones initiative include Torque IT, the Kelly Group, Microsoft, Convergence Partners, SAB, ABI, Khulisa, Fevertree and Heartlines.BuaNewslast_img read more

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1,500 Newspapers Could Soon Support the AP’s Controversial hNews Microformat

first_imgfrederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Earlier this year, the Associated Press, together with the Media Standards Trust, introduced hNews, a new microformat for describing news content. HNews allows publishers to easily attach machine-readable news semantics to content on the web. Today, the AP announced the completion of the first draft of hNews. In addition, TownNews, announced that is will support hNews in its BLOX content management system, which is being used by over 1,500 newspapers in the US. The hNews MicroformatHNews, which is an extension of the hAtom format, only requires content users to specify information about the source organization. In addition, publishers can specify geo-information, a dateline element, license information and information about the code of ethics that governed the behavior of the author of a given site. At its most basic level, hNews, just like other microformats like hCard or hCalendar, allows search engines spiders to identify and read semantic information that would otherwise be buried within a text and would be hard to identify for search engines.The Good and the BadThe hNews Schemasource-org. dateline. optional. Using text or hCard. geo. optional. Using geo. item-license. recommended. principles. recommended. It’s noteworthy that the AP, which has had a rather contemptuous relationship with the Internet, would push this standard, which would only make it easier for search engines and mash-up tools to discover and classify content. At the same time, though, hNews is also a central part of the AP’s controversial‘news registry’ project, which is meant to track AP content across the web and to make sure that it is not misappropriated. While the hNews microformat is definitely an interesting development, we can’t help but wonder about its role in the AP registry project. Today’s hNews press release makes no mention of this project (unlike the press release that announced the registry), so there is some hope that the AP has given up on this scheme or is at least trying to downplay hNews’ importance in it.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool striker Solanke favours Crystal Palace move

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Solanke favours Crystal Palace moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke favours a loan move to Crystal Palace.Solanke is ready to say yes to a loan move to Crystal Palace — because he wants to come back to the Kop.The Sun says Solanke’s dream is still to make it on Merseyside and that gives Palace an advantage as he decides his move over the next 24 hours.Brighton tried to sign Solanke full-time, Bournemouth are back in the hunt and Watford came into the race as he looks for the club to join this weekend for the game time he cannot get at Anfield.All are keen but some want to get him outright, which is not what Solanke, 21, wants at the moment. last_img read more

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