NEC Targets 250,000 Youths for Voter Roll Update

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, has said that NEC is targeting around 250,000 young people across the country to be included on the nation’s current voter-roll.Chairman Korkoya said that the inclusion of the 250,000 youths, a majority of whom will be first-time voters, is an important step forward as the Commission strives to provide all Liberians equal access to the electoral process.Cllr. Korkoya made the comments when he officially launched the two-month nationwide youth awareness project at the James Fromoyan Hall at the NEC.The two-month nationwide youth awareness is intended to spearhead the Voter-Roll Update (VRU) exercise.The VRU exercise is also meant for the inclusion of Liberians, who have attained the age 18 and above since the last national elections were held in 2011. It is also intended to attract and include those who did not register for the last election. It will cater to and accommodate Liberians who have changed locations in the country.Mr. Korkoya said that the youth awareness campaign on the VRU exercise is a nationwide information dissemination effort that would be carried out in secondary schools, colleges, universities, and at youth gatherings and events around the country.It is aimed at ensuring that youths, especially first-time voters, are included on the current voter roll. The conduct of the campaign began Tuesday, December 10, and ends on February 10, 2014.“As indicated earlier, this campaign is to be conducted throughout the country to educate and encourage youths to participate in the VRU exercise over the next two months,” he said.“This national endeavor is part of the Commission’s integrated Civic and Voter Education Program for the Special Senatorial Elections of October 14, 2014. The Commission said it is targeting about 250,000 young people to be included on the current voter roll.Recently the Commission launched  two days of training for five national civil society organizations and 45 community- based organizations on the methodology (method, style) and procedures of the conduct of this youth awareness campaign on the VRU exercise.Cllr. Korkoya indicated that the successful implementation of the project would enhance the understanding of the eligible youths on the VRU exercise. He said that it would further provide them a step-by-step approach to understanding the purpose and objective of the entire exercise.He informed the audience that the commission would shortly accredit more than 200 civil society organizations (CSOs) to support its voters’ education efforts during this electoral period.“These organizations have already been evaluated, based on criteria set by the Commission and its international partners,” he said.“I wish to underscore that sustaining our emerging democracy is our collective responsibility. The opportunity is yours now to play your part through the meticulous implementation of this project, so that you can all proudly take credit for your contributions tomorrow,” Cllr. Korkoya said.The Executive Director of NEC, Lamin Lighe, called on the young people to take advantage of the exercise in order to make informed decisions that would have a positive trickle-down effect on the general Liberia populace.Meanwhile, the five CSOs that will lead the implementation of the youth awareness campaign are: the National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE), United Women Development Association (UWODA), Sustainable Development Association (SDA), Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L) and the Liberia Needy Women and Children Organization (LINWCO).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rates are determined by market, not Govt – Ali

first_imgExchange rates regulations…”they want to run the economy as Burnham did” – economistOpposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali has joined in condemning a recent move by the Central Bank to regulate exchange rates on foreign currencies by cambio dealers and commercial banks, saying that Government has actedOpposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Aliillegally by doing so.“It is illegal, the rates are supposed to be market-determined,” Ali stated.He further pointed out that in the laws governing the operations of these institutions, that is, the Dealers in Foreign Currency (Licencing) Act 1989, there is also a provision which states that cambios cannot be forced to trade.Ali pointed out that these provisions were inserted to remove Government control, something which this Administration failed to take into account when instructing the Bank of Guyana to implement these new measures.“But they are interfering, and reversing over two decades of financial reforms. The Government is overstepping its boundary and threatening the stability of the most important market in Guyana,” he posited, while adding that such interferenceEconomist,Dr Peter Ramsaroopwould not be taken lightly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that a reaction should be expected.According to the circular seen by Guyana Times, non-bank cambios must reduce the spread between the buying and selling rates on foreign currency transactions to no more than G$3. This means that if a cambio dealer purchases currency at G$210, then the dealer cannot sell it for more than G$213.The Bank of Guyana, in the circular signed by Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga, outlined that this new measure is in accordance with Section 7 of the Dealers in Foreign Currency (Licencing) Act and is expected to “improve the efficiency, depth and liquidity of the foreign exchange market.”However, Section 7 (1) provides: “Every licence shall be subject to the provisions of this Act, and as such conditions may, from time to time, be prescribed or specified in the licence.” Meanwhile, Section 7 (2) states: “The conditions as to the furnishing as security by the licensee, the amount and forfeiture thereof and the owner of the bank to vary the amount of the security from time to time.”It was explained by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall that those “new conditions” referred to in the laws cannot be unilaterally imposed upon the licensee, expo facto, the grant of the licence.Nandlall had also cited Section 9 (3) of the same Act which states: “The price at which a licensee may buy or sell any foreign currency shall be determined by the licensee and shall be displayed at a prominent place on the licenced premises.”Meanwhile, the tightening of the regulations governing the trade of foreign currency is anticipated to have deleterious effects, lead to even more tightening of the money in circulation and will also trigger hoarding.This most recent warning was sounded by economist, Dr Peter Ramsaroop.Dr Ramsaroop has since posited that it is in the area of economics and the effective management of the nation’s finances where “the ‘out of touch’ President (David) Granger and his team keeps getting it totally wrong… They want to control the economy as Burnham did in the 1970s/80s, resulting in the massive collapse of our exchange rate and economy.”According to Dr Ramsaroop, the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government seems “on track to repeating these failures again.”He is adamant that “this is an area that does not need regulation at this time,” and suggests that the move is in fact just another indicator of the poor management of our economy, which is causing a rippling effect on businesses.”“We should not simply follow a contractionary monetary policy… Why would anyone want to leave their money in Guyana, knowing the possibility and being fearful of Government’s seizure of assets, basically, by regulating our exchange rate convertibility? It will certainly add a new layer of uncertainty and bureaucracy to the trading process.”The economist observed in his arguments that the Administration continues to tax “us to death, with over 200 plus new taxes and new ways, such as parking meters, to get at our hard-earned dollars and even allowing their pals in the Georgetown City Council to start adding additional fees when you are buried in taxes.”“Even the sleeping AFC has finally come out against the parking meters, only because both the [People’s Progressive Party] PPP and citizens have expressed their outrage at the draconic measures presented by the [People’s National Congress] PNC-run City Council.”According to Dr Ramsaroop, it is incumbent on the citizenry to “make this APNU Administration ‘less’ than a one-term Government… We cannot afford the failures to continue.”Recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had similarly cautioned that Government’s intention to tighten “foreign currency trade” will have destructive consequences on trade and commerce in Guyana.last_img read more

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Ferrets rank lower than gay marriage in California

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! dreed@mercurynews.com (408) 920-5771 Almost everyone in California knows what a ferret is. And most think the creatures should remain illegal, according to a new poll that has ferret lovers frowning – and some at each other’s necks – the state over. As it turns out, gay marriage (43 percent) rates higher in California than legalizing those pointy-nosed polecat descendants (38 percent). “Only 38 percent favor legalization. That’s kind of absurd,” said Pat Wright, who founded Ferrets Anonymous in 1993 and directed a fundraising campaign to pay the $6,000 for Field Research to conduct the poll. “I thought California was more of a live-and-let-live state. If we had proposed legalized gay marriage or marijuana, we would’ve gotten a higher number.” This is all very bad news for Wright and the others who sought a ballot measure to legalize ferrets as pets – as they are in every state except California and Hawaii. last_img read more

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Lloris speaks out on two-faced Tottenham: ‘We’ve lost confidence at home’

first_img Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris believes his side face a major problem playing at White Hart Lane and need to address the problem now if they are to turn their miserable season around.The north London club suffered their fourth home defeat of the season against Stoke on Sunday which led to fans booing the team off the pitch.New manager Mauricio Pochettino is already facing pressure to hold onto his job while Emmanuel Adebayor slammed his own supporters on Monday and said they are not helping the team.With all the unrest surrounding Tottenham, Lloris says it is vital everyone sticks together and they work hard to make White Hart Lane a fortress again.Lloris said: “We have two different faces, one at home, one away.“Maybe we have lost some confidence at home. It’s strange though. At the beginning of the Newcastle game we were very good.“Now against Stoke, the first five minutes were good but after they scored the first goal, we lost our mind in the game and Stoke took their opportunities.“All the players want better results. We work hard every week but most important is the game and we need to show more. At the moment, it isn’t enough.“We need to keep working hard to improve as a team and individually.” 1last_img read more

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Liverpool, Man City cruise as Man Utd and Chelsea flop again

first_imgLiverpool have now won a club record 13 straight Premier League games stretching back to last season when they missed out on the title to City despite amassing 97 points.Another titanic title race between the two looks on as Liverpool withstood an early Burnley assault before two goals in four first-half minutes took the game away from the Clarets.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross looped in off Chris Wood for a fortunate opener, but Burnley were masters of their own downfall for the second as Ben Mee presented the ball to Roberto Firmino and the Brazilian teed up Sadio Mane to slot home.Firmino added Liverpool’s third himself 10 minutes from time.“In moments we played really, really good football. Everything was there,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.“Very early when I came in I told everyone that we want to create our own history and that is what the boys do week in, week out. We had a tricky pre-season so I didn’t expect these first four games.”City’s 4-0 victory came at a cost as influential centre-back Aymeric Laporte was stretchered off with a knee injury that looks set to rule him out for the forseeable future.Doubling up: Sergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City’s 4-0 thrashing of Brighton © AFP / Lindsey Parnaby“He has gone to the hospital. Tomorrow we will know exactly what he has. I think he will be out for a while,” said City manager Pep Guardiola on Laporte’s injury.Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring after just two minutes at the Etihad before Sergio Aguero made the game safe by blasting high into the net just before the break.The Argentine produced another sublime finish to curl into the top corner for his second 10 minutes into the second-half before Bernardo Silva then rounded off the scoring.– United slump continues –Jannik Vestergaard secured Southampton a point against Manchester United © AFP / Glyn KIRKHow United must wish they had some of their local rivals’ firepower as Southampton clung on for a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s despite playing the last 17 minutes plus stoppage time a man down after Kevin Danso’s red card.Daniel James had given the visitors the perfect start with his third goal in four appearances for United, but Jannik Vestergaard headed home an equaliser just before the hour mark.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have now failed to win in their last three games and won just one of their last 10 dating back to last season.“We’ve been dominating, creating chances and just haven’t been clinical in front of goal to win the games,” said Solskjaer.“It’s not a dip in form, (but) it’s a dip in results definitely.”Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first win at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager after the Blues threw away a 2-0 half-time lead given to them by Tammy Abraham.The Blades hit back at the start of the second half through Callum Robinson and Kurt Zouma’s own goal a minute from time earned the visitors an unlikely point in a 2-2 draw.“We have to take responsibility, we allowed that to happen. It was on us to take the game away from them and we allowed them to get back into it,” said Lampard.Kurt Zouma’s late own goal cost Chelsea victory over Sheffield United © AFP / Ian KINGTON“If we can’t go on and get a third goal that’s something we have to work on, this is the Premier League, it’s ruthless.”As United and Chelsea stumble, Leicester are the closest challengers to the top two as their unbeaten start continued with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.Jamie Vardy scored twice and set up Youri Tielemans for the Foxes’ second goal.Crystal Palace backed up their shock victory at Old Trafford last weekend with a 1-0 win over 10-man Aston Villa thanks to Jordan Ayew’s goal 17 minutes from time to go fourth.West Ham also have seven points from four games as goals either side of half-time from Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko secured a comfortable 2-0 over Norwich.Watford got their first point of the season, but remain bottom after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool made it four wins out of four in the Premier League season © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Liverpool maintained their 100 percent start to the Premier League season with a 3-0 win at Burnley to retake top spot from Manchester City, who earlier thrashed Brighton on Saturday.But Manchester United and Chelsea lost further ground on the leaders in disappointing draws with Southampton and Sheffield United.last_img read more

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first_imgThe worker was pronounced dead at the scene, Mills said. Actor/director to discuss film NORWALK – Writer, actor and director Chris Tashima will screen his Academy Award- winning short film, “Visas and Virtue,” at 10:30 a.m. today in the Teleconference Center (LC 155) at Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd. A question-and-answer session with Tashima is scheduled to follow the screening. The short film is inspired by the true story of Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara, Japan’s vice-consul to Lithuania during World war II. In 1940, Sugihara risked endangering his family and his diplomatic career by defying his own government’s orders to help save Jewish refugees with 2,000 transit visas. Tashima’s film won an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1998. A map of the campus is available at www.cerritos.edu/guide. Admission is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is $1 per day. For information contact Steven Hirohama at shirohama@cerritos.edu or call (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2637. Club raises money for wounded vets WHITTIER – On Sept. 1, golfers across the country donated $1 on Patriot Golf Day to Wounded Warriors Inc., which benefits the Fallen Heroes Foundation to support families of those who are wounded or killed in the military. Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier collected more than $4,000 for the cause, according to Christina Weir, the club’s membership and marketing director. Gallery focuses on missing women WHITTIER – The Rio Hondo College art gallery will feature artist Deborah Koenker’s show, ” Ni Una Mas/Not One More!” through Oct. 10 at the college, 3600 Workman Mill Road. The show deals with the missing women of Juarez, Mexico. The title is borrowed from a movement established in 2002 that has attracted international attention to the violence that has claimed the lives of hundreds of women and girls in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua for more than a decade. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Admission is free. For information, call the college at (562) 692-0921 or visit riohondo.edu. Trees offered in membership drive WHITTIER – The National Arbor Day Foundation will give 10 Arizona cypress trees to each Californian who joins its membership during September. The trees are part of the Trees for America campaign, a program aimed at environmental stewardship through the planting of trees. The cypresses were selected for their drought tolerance and their varied uses in home landscapes. They will be shipped between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, and are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced for free. The trees are 6 to 12 inches tall, and instructions for planting will be enclosed with each shipment. Those interested should send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Arizona Cypresses, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Sept. 30, or visit www.arborday.org. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Preliminary reports show no alcohol or drugs were involved, Mills said. The fatal crash happened at 7:10 a.m. in the 11600 block of Chesterton Street. Mills said the man wasn’t a city employee but was subcontracted to do curb and gutter repairs. He drove a flatbed truck that was parked a car’s length away from the curb and had its emergency lights on, Mills said. He said the man stood behind the truck and started unloading wood while another worker was on the curb. A black Nissan driven by a 23-year-old Norwalk man rear-ended the truck. NORWALK – A construction worker was killed Friday after being pinned between a flatbed truck and a Nissan that rear-ended the vehicle, deputies said. Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mills said the Nissan’s driver didn’t see the truck. Authorities didn’t release the worker’s name because his relatives haven’t been notified yet. He was identified only as a 47-year-old Los Angeles man. No one was cited or arrested Friday. The investigation is ongoing. last_img read more

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Preston striker Joe Garner to join Rangers, talkSPORT understands

first_imgPreston striker Joe Garner has agreed to join Rangers, talkSPORT understands.Following defeat to Fulham on Saturday, Lillywhites boss Simon Grayson confirmed Rangers’ interest in the 28-year-old hitman, who moved to Deepdale from Watford three years ago.The Scottish giants’ bid of around £1.8m has been accepted and the player is keen to move north of the border, with Rangers boss Mark Warburton again exploiting the English market as he looks to bolster his striking options.Garne, who has scored 57 goals in 148 games for the Lancashire side, is expected to travel to Glasgow on Tuesday for a medical and to complete the formalities on a three-year-deal. 1 Joe Garner has scored 57 goals in 148 games for Preston last_img read more

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NEW LIDL STORE TO CREATE 20 NEW JOBS

first_imgWork on a new LIDL store for Letterkenny is to start within weeks.An application as made under alcohol licensing laws at Letterkenny District Court for the store.The store, which will be located at Port Road close to the Port Bridge, will provide 20 new jobs for the town. There will also be space for 72 cars to park.Gary Murray from LIDL told the court that the company operated a strict policy of sale of alcohol to minors.The company operated a Challenge 25 system.He explained this meant when an alcohol was scanned it alerted staff to check the person looked older than 25 and if they did not then to ask them for identification. Judge Paul Kelly granted the application to barrister Constance Cassidy on behalf of LIDL. NEW LIDL STORE TO CREATE 20 NEW JOBS was last modified: June 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLIDLlast_img read more

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Pair of drivers charged in fatal DUI collisions

first_imgLANCASTER – Drunk-driving charges carrying potential state prison sentences were filed against two Lancaster men blamed for killing two women Sunday in separate crashes 30 minutes apart. Prosecutors filed charges of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated against 43-year-old Robert Morgan and 57-year-old William Wade. “Drunk driving is continuing to be a problem,” Deputy District Attorney Richard Wilson said. “When people get in the car, they have to understand that they can cause somebody’s death by driving under the influence.” Maricela Ramos, 42, of Palmdale was killed in a collision about 8 p.m. Sunday when her compact car was hit broadside at Avenue J and 40th Street West by Morgan’s pickup truck, which ran a stop sign. The second crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Sierra Highway, south of Avenue H, fatally injuring Janney Phillips, 42, of Lancaster. Phillips was a passenger in Wade’s car, which rear-ended a disabled car in the road. Breath samples taken with a preliminary testing device indicated that Morgan’s blood alcohol level was .20 percent, and Wade’s was .10 to .11 percent, Wilson said. State law sets .08 percent as the level at which a driver is presumed to be too drunk to drive. In the first crash, authorities said, the 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Morgan failed to stop for a stop sign on 40th Street West and struck the driver’s side of a 1993 Ford Escort driven by Ramos. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos’ daughter, Michelle Summers, had minor injuries. Ramos’ 3-year-old granddaughter, Victoria Summers, who suffered a severe head laceration, was taken by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, officials said. The girl was later transferred to Childrens Hospital Central California in Madera, where she was reported Tuesday to be in serious condition. The girl was strapped into a car safety seat, Wilson said. Morgan was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital in good condition, deputies said. Morgan is charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence with injury with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury, and a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The misdemeanor count refers to Morgan’s 7-year-old daughter, who was in the truck but was not injured, Wilson said. Ramos’ husband told authorities that his wife, daughter and granddaughter were returning from a shopping trip when the collision occurred. If convicted, Morgan faces up to 10 years in prison, Wilson said. Wade was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving under the influence with injuries. If convicted, Wade faces up to three years and eight months in prison, Wilson said. Wade told police he was driving to the store to get Phillips another 40-ounce beer. He also said he had consumed some whiskey and beer and had smoked a bowlful of marijuana before the collision, Wilson said. A deputy noted that Wade had flecks of marijuana on his teeth and gums, Wilson said. In the second crash, a 1991 Mitsubishi driven by Juan Velasquez, 22, of Lancaster was struck from the rear by a 1993 Ford driven by Wade on Sierra Highway, south of the Avenue H overpass. Velasquez’s car had broken down on Sierra Highway, and he had put his flashing lights on and gotten out of the vehicle, Wilson said. “He saw the defendant coming towards him,” Wilson said. “He waved his arms to get his attention. Wade didn’t stop and crashed into the rear of Mr. Velasquez’s car. Velasquez jumped to the side.” Wade’s car knocked the Mitsubishi off the road and into a drainage culvert. Wade’s car careened into the same culvert and came to rest several hundred feet further south, deputies said. Phillips suffered major injuries and was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where she later died. Wade and Velasquez were not injured, deputies said. The four passengers in the Velasquez car – a 24-year-old woman and three children, ages 9, 6 and one month – were uninjured, although the infant was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital as a precaution. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pulis believes Albion offer could be enough to land Austin – report

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea…West Brom’s apparent interest in Charlie Austin has led to renewed speculation about his future.QPR want £15m for the striker and have had no approaches or offers despite a host of reports suggesting they have received both.Newcastle were tipped to sign Austin but with no move having materialised, there is speculation that he could end up elsewhere.The Daily Telegraph reports that West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes an offer of £10m plus add-ons could be enough to land the 25-year-old.The Daily Mail say Albion are discussing a £22m double deal involving Austin and Matty Phillips, while the Daily Star suggests Pulis is looking to spend a total of £25m on the QPR duo plus Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert.Striker Austin scored 18 Premier League goals for QPR last seasonMeanwhile, Chelsea are being being courted by the agent of Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman, reports in Germany suggest.Bild say the Ghanaian’s representative, Sascha Empacher, held meetings in England last week over Rahman’s future. The 19-year-old is said to be valued at a little over £14m.Chelsea have apparently been quoted £17.7m for another Ghana international, Kwadwo Asamoah. The Juventus midfielder has also been linked with Arsenal.The Daily Mirror suggests Asmir Begovic has no qualms about being second choice at Chelsea.The Stoke goalkeeper has been tipped to move to Stamford Bridge to replace Petr Cech, and the Blues have reportedly had a £6m bid for the Bosnian rejected.Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan will reportedly make a decision on his future by the end of the week, with the Daily Express claiming Chelsea and Manchester United are in the frame to sign him.However, reports in Spain suggest Barcelona are the favourites to land the Turkey international.The Express also say Barcelona will beat the Blues to the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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