Every PL club’s average spend per first team squad player ranked and revealed

first_img 16. Swansea City spent £2.76m per player – Swansea did brilliantly well to finish in 12th position despite spending less per player than 75 per cent of the rest of the league. 7. Southampton spent £6.52m per player – The Saints needed to reinvest after losing key players and they did so well, earning a Europa League spot after finishing 6th. 18. Leicester City spent £2.07m per player – Everyone knows the Leicester story, although expect them to spend bigger this summer as they attract some more stellar names. 20 19. Watford spent on average £1.15m per first team player fielded – Quique Sanchez Flores lost his job for, among other things, not spending enough on players, despite finishing 13th. 20 20 11. Aston Villa spent £3.76m per player – Villa did not see much return on the money they spent on the likes on Jordan Ayew as they finished rock bottom of the table. 20 6. Tottenham spent £8.67m per player – Spurs’ clever signings – such as Toby Alderweireld – are a far cry from their reckless spending with the Gareth Bale money a few seasons ago. Every team will be looking to strengthen by bringing in new players to replace those leaving the club, which many fans see as misplaced investments.Someone who has become a victim of spending too much on the wrong players is Louis van Gaal, who was relieved of his job after spending nearly £300m in two seasons.On the other side of the coin is Leicester City, who famously spent very little on their way to sealing their first ever Premier League title.Both of these examples highlight that no matter what the cost of a player, it doesn’t guarantee success.So which teams spent wisely, and which teams wasted their money?Click the arrow above, right, to see the average transfer cost per first team player fielded for each Premier League club.Numbers courtesy of CIES Football Observatory 4. Liverpool spent £12.27m per player – Liverpool’s big spending summer under former boss Brendan Rodgers did not have the desired effect, with £32.5m striker Christian Benteke disappointing in particular. 20 12. Sunderland spent on average £3.60m per player – Sunderland spent well to keep themselves in the Premier League with Sam Allardyce the driving force behind their survival. 14. Stoke City spent £3.07m per player – Stoke broke their transfer record twice with the arrivals of Xherdan Shaqiri and Giannelli Imbula but still spent relatively little per player on the way to a top-half finish. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 17. Norwich City spent £2.22m per player – Alex Neil should perhaps have spent a little more if he was to keep the Canaries in the Premier League. 15. West Brom spent £2.91m per player – The Baggies just about over achieved based on their spend per player as Tony Pulis guided them to a 14th-place finish. 20 9. Everton spent £5.75m per player – A disappointing season which saw Roberto Martinez lose his job. Expect a lot more to be spent this summer with the arrival of Iranian investor Farhad Moshiri. 2. Manchester United spent £20.55m per player – Louis van Gaal paid the ultimate price for his failure to turn his expensive group of players into title challengers. 13. Crystal Palace spent £3.37m per player – Palace will likely spend more this summer after a disappointing end to the season which saw them drop to 15th. 20. Bournemouth spent on average £0.92m per first team player fielded in the 2015/16 season (click the arrow, right, to see who tops the table) – Eddie Howe clearly spent wisely as Bournemouth finished 16th, with each of his players worth – on average – less than £1m. 20 8. Newcastle United spent £6.06m per player – The Magpies spent the best part of £100m on players this season but even all that money couldn’t save them from relegation to the Championship. 20 5. Arsenal spent £11.27m per player – Despite fans’ criticism that manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to open his chequebook, only four other clubs spent more per player then the Gunners. 20 20 20 20 10. West Ham spent £5.21m per player – West Ham enjoyed one of their best seasons in the league as they finished 7th but they will certainly spend big this summer, with a £31m bid for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette having already been rejected. 1. Manchester City spent on average £21.09m per player – Unsurprisingly, Manchester City have the most expensive squad per player over the season given the frivolous spending in the last few seasons – but it still only just secured them a fourth-place finish. 3. Chelsea spent £16.49m per player – The Blues have spent big over the years and while it has normally brought them unrivalled success, this season it only led them to the worst title defence in Premier League history. 20last_img read more

FAA drone rule update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The FAA’s long awaited rule for drones or “small unmanned aircraft systems” (sUAS) weighing less than 55 pounds will be effective on August 29, 2016. Our previous post explained the rule’s process for obtaining certification as a Remote Pilot in Command (Remote PIC) that will apply to those who operate a sUAS for commercial uses or incidental to a business, such as for farming purposes. In this post, we focus on the operational requirements and limitations in the new sUAS rule. Farmers who want to use a drone in the farm operation need to understand and comply with these provisions. Pre-flight requirements• Registration. A person may not operate a sUAS over 0.55 pounds unless it is registered with FAA. An online registration is available at https://registermyuas.faa.gov/• Pre-flight inspection. The Remote PIC must inspect the sUAS prior to a flight to ensure that it is in a condition for safe operation, which includes inspecting for equipment damage or malfunctions. The FAA advises operators to conduct the pre-flight inspection in accordance with the sUAS manufacturer’s inspection procedures and provides a list of the elements to address in a pre-flight inspection in section 7.3.4 of this guideline.• Pre–flight information. The Remote PIC must make sure that all persons directly involved in the flight are informed about roles and responsibilities, operating conditions, emergency and contingency procedures and potential hazards.• Flight operators. Only a Remote PIC may fly the sUAS, or someone under the direct supervision of a Remote PIC if the PIC is easily able to gain control of the sUAS. A Remote PIC may only operate or observe one drone at a time.• Airspace. Flights of sUAS are allowed in Class G airspace, the airspace that is not controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications, which encompasses a majority of agricultural lands. A flight in Class, B, C, D and E controlled airspace requires permission from the appropriate ATC prior to flight. The FAA will establish a web portal that will allow an operator to apply for ATC permission online.• Waiver process. The operator may apply for a “certificate of waiver” that allows deviation from some of the operational requirements if the FAA determines that the flight would be safe. The operator must receive the waiver prior to the flight, so should file the request about 90 days in advance of the proposed flight. The FAA will post the waiver applications, which are not yet available, at http://www.faa.gov/uas/. Operating rules during flightWeather visibility. There must be a minimum visibility of three miles from the sUAS control station.Visual line of sight. The Remote PIC or the authorized person operating the drone must maintain a constant visual line of sight with the sUAS, without the aid of a device other than glasses or contact lenses. The operator may use a visual observer to help maintain the line of sight, but using an observer cannot extend the line of sight.See and avoid. The operator must yield the right of way and avoid collision with another use of the national air space.Height. The sUAS may not fly more than 400 feet above ground level.Time of day. Flights may occur only during daylight hours or no more than 30 minutes before official sunrise or after official sunset if the sUAS has anti-collision lighting.Speed. The sUAS speed may not exceed 100 miles per hour.People. A flight may not occur over persons who are not involved in the flight or are not under a covered structure or inside a covered stationary vehicle.Base of operation. Operation of the sUAs may not occur from a moving aircraft. Operation from a moving land or water vehicle is permissible if in a sparsely populated area and not transporting property for hire.External load and towing. A sUAS may carry or tow an external load if the load is securely attached, does not affect control of the aircraft, is not a hazardous substance and the combined weight of the sUAS and its load does not exceed the 55 pound weight limit.Aerial applications. Use of a sUAS for dispensing herbicides, pesticides and similar substances must also comply with the “agricultural aircraft operation” regulations in 14 CFR 137.3.Dropping objects. An operator may not create an undue hazard that poses a risk of injury to persons or property when dropping an object from a sUAS.Careless or reckless operation. A person must not operate a sUAS carelessly or recklessly. The FAA provides the example of failing to consider weather conditions when flying near structures, trees or rolling terrain in a densely populated area as an example of careless or reckless operation. After-flight requirementsProduction of records and vehicle. If requested by FAA, a person must make the sUAS or its records available for testing or inspection.Accident reporting. Within 10 days of occurrence, a Remote PIC must report to the FAA a flight operation that results in loss of consciousness or serious injury to a person or creates property damage of at least $500. Reporting can occur online at www.faa.gov/uas or by telephone to the appropriate FAA field office or regional center.Penalties for noncompliance with the ruleThe FAA will have enforcement authority over the new regulations. Depending upon the type and violation, civil penalties could be up to $27,500. An operator could also be subject to criminal penalties for violations that are reckless, destroy property or threaten public safety; those penalties could be up to $250,000.Learn more about the sUAS rule at http://www.faa.gov/uas/.last_img read more

Energy Audits and Weatherization

first_imgSealing air leakage sites with caulk, foam sealant, or other materials;Adding attic or wall insulation;Sealing ducts with mastic (duct tape, despite the name, doesn’t really work) and insulating;Weatherstripping windows and doors; andReplacing windows or installing storm panels.We are fortunate in this area to have a number of highly skilled companies and organizations providing energy auditing and weatherization services. Two of these are listed below, and others in Vermont can be found through Efficiency Vermont, the statewide energy conservation utility (www.efficiencyvermont.com, then click on “Residential” and “Marketplace” and follow prompts).A comprehensive energy audit typically costs $400 to $500, but some companies will provide simple audits at a discount or even for free, hoping to make their money on the follow-up weatherization work. The investment in an energy audit and follow-up weatherization work is often repaid quickly. Houses and commercial buildings Keith Abbot weatherizes often achieve a 30-40% reduction in fuel consumption, he told me. If you’re currently burning 1,000 gallons of oil per year, a 30% reduction would save over $1,300 per year at current prices.For more information:Thermal House, Jamaica (802-874-7222, thermalhouse.com). President Keith Abbot has been in the business since 1999 and now has ten employees in several crews (he’s looking for more!). The company uses only the most environmentally friendly materials, such as cellulose cavity-fill insulation, soy-based spray-foam insulation, cotton-batt insulation, and caulking materials that carry green labels.SEVCA, Westminster (802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951, sevca.org) SEVCA offers low-income energy audits and weatherization services for free, but also has a fee-for-service division that goes by the name Best Energy Saving Technologies (BEST). Harald Schmidtke, the weatherization director at SEVCA, has about 18 people working under him, but they’re already six to eight weeks out on audits. Examination of energy bills. How much oil, propane, electricity, or other fuels you’ve been using is the most accurate measure of your home’s energy performance—but it doesn’t show you where you can find savings.Health and safety check. An energy audit is a great time to also look for health and safety problems that may exist, such a furnace or boiler that is backdrafting combustion gases into the house. Most energy auditors do this sort of check as a matter of course.Blower-door test. A special, tight-fitting frame with large fan is installed in an exterior door. With all other doors and windows closed, the fan either depressurizes or pressurizes the house, and air pressure in the house is measured using an integral pressure gauge. The amount of work required by the fan to maintain a certain pressure indicates how leaky the house is. (A blower door is also used during weatherization to magnify air leakage so that those leaks can easily be found and sealed.)Visual inspection of insulation. An energy auditor should climb into your attic and peer into walls to figure out what type of insulation you have and how much. For walls, it is often possible to remove a wall outlet plate and get a view into the wall.Infrared imaging. Most energy auditors have special video cameras that display surface temperatures in different colors. As long as there’s a significant difference in temperature between the interior and exterior of a house, this is a great way to identify air leakage locations, wall areas that are missing insulation, and poorly performing windows. To use this camera effectively, you need about a 20-degree difference in temperature between the inside and out, so it’s harder to do this testing in the summer.Heating system efficiency test. Most energy audits measure the operating efficiency of oil- and gas-fired heating systems. This will show whether the unit needs to be tuned up and cleaned, and it may show whether it’s time to replace the whole unit or part of it, such as the burner or nozzle. Often more important than the efficiency of the heating appliance (furnace, boiler, etc.) is the efficiency of the heat distribution system. Forced-air heating systems can lose a huge percentage of the useful heat if the ducting runs through an unheated attic or basement and is poorly sealed or uninsulated. A “Duct Blaster” (sort of a mini-blower-door) can be used by an energy auditor to measure how well sealed the ducts are. With hot water baseboard (hydronic) heat, there might be opportunities to insulate pipes running through uninsulated spaces.Once an energy audit has been done, the energy auditor should put together a report that outlines what measures can be taken to reduce energy use, what the cost of those improvements will be, and the likely economic payback or return. There are some very sophisticated computer tools that an energy auditor can use to plug in the findings from the audit and create printouts showing the economic benefits of various measures.These improvements can include: As I write this, crude oil has hit another all-time record price, above $145 per barrel. Heating oil is over $4.50 per gallon today, with some local pre-buy contracts above $4.70 per gallon—almost double my pre-buy price last winter ($2.60/gallon). It doesn’t take a math degree to figure out that this sort of price increase will hit hard this coming winter.For most homeowners, the single most important thing you can do to reduce your energy costs is to have an energy audit done and then follow up with as many of the recommended weatherization actions as you can afford.Here’s what’s done in most energy audits:last_img read more

Wilder survives pummeling to stop Ortiz in 10th

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round Saturday night to retain his crown. Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a dull series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead.“A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight,” Wilder said. “Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWell, yeah — Wilder certainly took his share of them.Even after Wilder knocked down Ortiz in the fifth round, the bout remained in the Cuban’s favor. What boxing doesn’t know is how this performance will affect the division. Wilder’s sights have been set on Anthony Joshua, who defends his WBA and IBF crowns at the end of the month against WBO champ Joseph Parker.If nothing else, Wilder’s ring reputation took a hit, although his toughness and ability to take a punch can’t be questioned.“I’m ready right now,” Wilder said. “I always said that I want to unify. I’m ready whenever those guys are. I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight.” Then, in the seventh, Wilder was dazed and confused by Ortiz’s assault. Though he never hit the canvas, he stumbled to his corner when that round ended. The end seemed near.“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round,” Ortiz said. “Wilder was definitely saved by the bell. I thought I had him out on his feet. But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm.”Instead of folding, Wilder closed the ninth with two hard rights, and then a series of vicious combinations in the 10th started Ortiz’s downfall.It was over with 55 seconds to go in the 10th after Ortiz went down for the second time in the round from a right uppercut and referee David Fields stopped it.“I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back,” Wilder said. “And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking down Luis Ortiz during the sixth round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder stopped Ortiz in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINEW YORK — Deontay Wilder was out on his feet. Forget defending his WBC heavyweight title, Wilder was lucky to find his corner when the seventh round concluded.About 10 minutes later, he was strutting around the Barclays Center ring, his belt secure, but his reputation as being untouchable severely tarnished.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. This easily was his toughest bout. Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.The Associated Press had it 86-83 for Ortiz heading into the 10th.Ortiz, 38, is 28-1. He couldn’t have come much closer to becoming the first Cuban heavyweight belt holder after finally getting his match with Wilder. Their initially scheduled bout was in November, but Ortiz twice tested positive for a banned substance, a diuretic.He was ready Saturday, but not quite resourceful enough.“In this sport, any punch can end a fight,” Ortiz said. “In the ring anything can happen.”Wilder basically threw away the early rounds with a lack of aggression and much clowning. The left-handed Ortiz was all business.In the fifth, with boos raining down from the crowd of 14,069 at Barclays Center, Wilder finally landed a solid punch. That invigorated him and two rights to the chin sent down Ortiz.Wilder couldn’t finish him, and was nearly finished himself two rounds later. Ortiz was so dominant in those three minutes that Wilder looked bewildered at his predicament.The champ hung on in the eighth, then somehow found the fortitude and punching power to turn it around in the final two rounds.“Luis Ortiz was one of those fighters that everyone ducked, even champions ducked him,” Wilder said. “I wondered why it took so long for him to get a title shot and now we know.” NU bounces back, blasts UP to end 1st round campaign LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock brands Liverpool and Clyne ‘a disgrace’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock brands Liverpool and Clyne ‘a disgrace’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has slammed Liverpool and Nathaniel Clyne over the fullback’s move to Bournemouth.Warnock has claimed he was “promised” Clyne would instead make a loan move to Cardiff until summer, before learning on TV of his Cherries switch.”I’m disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne and Liverpool,” Warnock said. “To see on TV he’s gone to Bournemouth when I’ve been promised he’s my player is for me a disgrace and a lack of class.”The Cardiff boss was speaking after watching his side lose 1-0 to Gillingham in the FA Cup. last_img read more

a month agoChelsea hat-trick hero Abraham: We can do better

first_imgChelsea hat-trick hero Abraham: We can do betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says there’s more to come from him after his hat-trick at Wolves.He admitted afterwards that there was still plenty for the team to work on, although winning while learning and adapting was the most important thing.”It’s been an amazing day,” reflected Abraham to chelseafc.com. “Coming to a place like Wolves is never easy so the manner of the victory is something we can be very pleased with. We played well, scored goals and got three points to take home with us so it’s been a great day.”Obviously we did concede two goals and that is something we’re disappointed about because a clean sheet would have been fantastic but we will take the positives out of this performance and take it into the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Brunswick after the escalated protest

first_imgAPTN National NewsRCMP has withdrawn from the disputed area and seismic testing trucks have been driven away.But overnight someone tried to burn down the RCMP detachment on the Elsipogtog First Nation.APTN’s Ossie Michelin was in Rexton for APTN.last_img

Why Aboriginal candidates are rocking the Indigenous vote

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Winnipeg’s civic election saw a record number of Aboriginal candidates.In this edition, two of those candidates share what inspired them to run, even though the odds were stacked against them.Could they be part of a new political generation motivated to ‘rock the boat’ by ‘rocking the vote?’Plus, we put a successful Metis entrepreneur who is creating a safe place for kids, InFocus.last_img

Syncrude to pay 275 million to settle charges in Alberta blue heron

first_imgThe company says in a release that bird deterrents used on tailings ponds weren’t in place for smaller bodies of water.It says those ponds are now included in its waterfowl protection plan.In 2010, Syncrude was fined $3 million after more than 1,600 ducks died when they landed on a tailings pond.That same year, more than 550 birds had to be killed when an early winter storm forced them to land on waste ponds belonging to Syncrude and Suncor Energy. FORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – Syncrude has agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.75 million in fines over the deaths of 31 great blue herons at an Alberta oilsands mine.The birds were found dead or dying in 2015 at an abandoned sump pond at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine north of Fort McMurray.Syncrude subsequently faced charges of failing to properly store a hazardous substance under Alberta legislation as well as federal charges under the Migratory Birds Act.last_img read more

Rep Chatfield introduces legislation to strengthen pipeline safety

first_img Categories: Chatfield News Under new legislation introduced by state Rep. Lee Chatfield, the state will play a more significant role in the oversight of interstate petroleum pipelines running through Michigan, including increased coordination with the federal government to ensure better preparedness and emergency response in the case of a spill.“The ultimate goal of this legislation is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of Michigan citizens, our natural resources and our economy,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Currently, the federal government is in the driver’s seat on our pipeline safety issues while Michigan officials are along for the ride stuffed in the trunk. My bill will see to it that we can play a greater role by establishing better coordination with the federal government to ensure our state agencies are fully informed and are better prepared to respond to emergencies.”Oil pipelines have requirements to meet under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 which requires the owners/operators of oil pipelines to develop detailed site-specific Spill Response Plans to detail chain of authority for spills, specify personnel and equipment capable of responding to a “worst case” spill from a pipeline or other facility, and describe training, testing, and unannounced drills.Neither the OPA nor the state of Michigan requires petroleum pipeline operators in Michigan to submit their spill response plans to the state for review and approval. Nor are they required to report spills directly to the state.“This legislation would not duplicate the existing planning process, although it will help to ensure that state and local agencies are in the loop as plans are tested and implemented,” concluded Rep. Chatfield.HB 5198 has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources for further consideration.### Bill ensures state agencies are fully informed and better prepared to respond in an emergencycenter_img 01Feb Rep. Chatfield introduces legislation to strengthen pipeline safetylast_img read more