Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts insists a failed medical was not behind the collapse of his proposed move to Sunderland. Lombaerts told www.sporza.be: “I’ve made the choice not to move to Sunderland. The story of the medical testing is not right.” Sunderland, as is their policy on transfers, have not commented on the situation, although sources close to the club have confirmed the breakdown in talks. Meanwhile, the Black Cats are hopeful of concluding an £8million swoop for Dynamo Kiev’s Holland international midfielder Jeremain Lens after he headed for Wearside on Wednesday. Lens, who watched his club’s 2-0 Ukrainian Super Cup defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk in Odessa on Tuesday evening, tweeted a photograph of himself about to board a plane on Wednesday morning. The Zenit St Petersburg player is understood to have been on Wearside on Tuesday, and rumours later began to circulate that the deal had been shelved because of an issue picked up by medics. However, the 30-year-old is adamant that it was his decision to pull the plug on a £5million transfer. Press Association
Take full control of the development of renewable energy (RE) in the Region. Include the general populace in the dialogue and processes that will lead to the further development of the sector. Make RE projects bankable.Delegates at the forum on MondayThose were some of the key takeaways from the first full day of discussions of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) VI now underway at the Belize Ocean Club in Placencia, Belize. The Forum is being held under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance and Regulations.CSEF formally opened on Sunday and discussions began in earnest on Monday morning. Former Prime Minister of Aruba, Michiel Eman, set the tone with his emphasis on the pursuit of clean energy as part of an obligation to protect the “resources we have been blessed with”, as well as a journey that had profound meaning for the quality of life of citizens of the Caribbean.Sharing information and opportunities, Eman said, gave the journey a “deeper” meaning to society. It would engender a sense of commitment and shared responsibilities. He pointed out that the future was based on renewables and the Region had to find new financial opportunities towards fruition.He called on Forum participants to think not only of lowering energy prices, but about how those savings could benefit society and create the environment for prosperity for everyone.Take controlMember of the high-level panel, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicole Olivierre, drove home the point that the Region had to take full control of its renewable sources of energy. She called for the “sharing and pooling” of resources to growing the renewable energy capacity of the Region and stressed that the Region had to take full control of its own energy supplies. Countries had to find a way to finance the exploitation of their own energy sources, she added.Panel discussions and presentations during the day tackled subjects such as geopolitics, climate change and energy governance; the role of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) in envisioning the acceleration of a clean energy marketing development in the Caribbean Community (Caricom); reducing the implementation deficit; island-appropriate clean energy development, making the Caribbean climate-smart and the clean energy transition in Caricom.On Tuesday, Belize will share its experiences with energy transition. Focus during the day will also continue to be placed on energy governance as well as regulation.Two concurrent technical workshops will be held on Wednesday. They will address utility business models and innovation in rate-making and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in the energy and transport sectors.The CSEF VI is being co-hosted by the Caricom Secretariat and the Government of Belize, in partnership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR). Key sponsorship and technical support for the staging of the CSEF VI will be provided by the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ); the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; the Organisation of American States; the Public Utilities Commission; Belize Electricity Limited; and the Caricom Development Fund.
“I think it shows that there are a lot of people in the community supporting us,” Brunner said. “Everybody stepped up.” Brunner said the AVC field is a more appropriate venue to host the MLS teams. “It’s the proper way to introduce the PDL to this city,” Brunner said. “We believe a professional-level team should be at the college. It’s the best facility we have, and I think it’s the proper way to introduce soccer to this city.” AVC President Jackie Fisher said the college is committed to making the school’s facility available to the public whenever possible, noting that requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Brunner said tickets to all Rattlers games can be purchased by logging on to the team’s official Web site, lancasterrattlers.com, or by calling the team’s office at (661) 951-9093. [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a separate arrangement, the Rattlers reached an agreement with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for use of Knight High’s field for its regular season opener against the Ventura County Fusion. The Rattlers will play their remaining home games at Palmdale High, which is having its field reseeded, and is expected to be ready for use in time for the team’s May 10 game against the Real SoCal Quakes. Rattlers President and General Manager Gerald Brunner discovered that the Palmdale High field was unusable in a visit to the school three weeks ago. He cited a collaborative community effort to be pivotal in resolving what he acknowledged was a field-use “crisis.” He said his team would have faced a $6,500 fine and considerable embarrassment for not being able to host the MLS teams. Brunner credited officials from AVC, AVUHSD and representatives from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for resolving the dilemma. LANCASTER – A field crisis that threatened to derail the Lancaster Rattlers’ inaugural soccer season is over. The Rattlers secured use of the Antelope Valley College field for their April 16 exhibition game against the Galaxy, which will kick off the Antelope Valley-based Premier Development League’s season. They will play exhibition games against Chivas USA on June 5 and July 11. Both Major League Soccer teams will send reserve squads to Lancaster.