United gave Di Maria permission to speak to PSG after agreeing a 63million euro (£44.3million) fee with the big-spending French club. United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million last summer, but after an encouraging start his form dipped drastically and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season. The former Real Madrid winger was left unsettled after an attempted burglary on his Cheshire home in February. Since then, the 27-year-old and his family have been living in a city-centre apartment in Manchester owned by former United defender Phil Neville. Di Maria said as recently as June that he wanted to stay at United, but it became apparent that he had his heart set on a move to the French capital in the last couple of weeks. The Argentinian was due to report for duty during the second leg of United’s pre-season tour of the United States on July 25, but failed to show. After United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago on Thursday, Laurent Blanc said both clubs were “close” to striking a deal for the former Benfica player. ”Manchester United and PSG are two big clubs and negotiations can be difficult but we are close to the end,” the PSG coach said. Press Association Angel di Maria looks set to have a medical with Paris St Germain over the next 24 hours after Manchester United agreed to sell the midfielder to the French club for 63million euros. United manager Louis van Gaal claimed at the time that he had no idea where his star midfielder was. ”I don’t know where he is,” the United boss said. ”You can ask that every week but I don’t answer that question.” Van Gaal is expected to move quickly to sign a replacement for Di Maria. The Dutchman is interested in Barcelona forward Pedro, who was frustrated by his lack of game time at the Nou Camp last season. Press Association Sport understands Di Maria is due to hold talks with PSG officials in Doha on Sunday and is expected to undergo a medical with the French champions. If all goes to plan, he could sign for PSG as early as Monday.
A sum of $4.4 billion has been earmarked in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, for the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme.The project’s main objective is to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes of the poor by enhancing the effectiveness of key social protection programmes.Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include: the payment of Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) grants to approximately 400,000 beneficiaries, effective August 2013, reflecting a 15 per cent increase in payments; payment of post-secondary grants to 2,500 PATH students; introduction of a bus fare assistance programme for PATH students; development of a school feeding policy; and implementation of an on-the-job training pilot project.Physical targets initially envisaged under the programme include conducting baseline studies to support the development of a national employment policy strategy; implementation of a pilot for a parenting education workshop for PATH beneficiary households with children age two to six years old; and upgrading the PATH management information system.The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with support funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is slated to run from December 2012 to November 2016.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, will honor Tom Arnold with the “Humanitarian Award;” Oscar De La Hoya with the “Man of the Year” award; and Kelly Meyer with the “Woman of the Year” award at their 25th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 25 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Sydney Holland and Sumner Redstone serve as Honorary Co-Chairs; Peggy Albrecht and Michael Hollingsworth, Co-Chair. Celebrity fashion stylist and television personality Brad Goreski will emcee.The “Humanitarian of the Year” award is being presented to writer, producer and actor Tom Arnold. Although he’s known as a funny man, he’s successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype by landing more mature and dramatic roles featured at film festivals. Going back to his roots, Arnold has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa in addition to supporting a number of other charities.Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s “Man of the Year” honoree is Oscar De La Hoya, Olympic gold medalist and 10–time world boxing champion. Since retiring from the ring in 2009, De La Hoya has focused his attention on building his company, Golden Boy Promotions, into the most successful boxing promotion company in the world.Kelly Chapman Meyer, environmental activist and health advocate, will be honored with the “Woman of the Year” award. Meyer is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and co-founder of the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens.Find out more here.