0Shares0000James Milner celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Stoke City. He has agreed to join Liverpool.LONDON, June 4- Liverpool announced on Thursday that they have agreed to sign England midfielder James Milner from Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer, subject to a medical examination.The 29-year-old, capped 53 times by his country, will join Liverpool on July 1 after his City contract expires. Liverpool have not disclosed the length of his contract. “Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce they have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City’s James Milner, subject to a medical,” Liverpool announced on their website.A graduate from Leeds United’s youth academy, Milner played for Leeds, Newcastle United and Aston Villa before joining City in 2010 in a deal reported to be worth £26 million ($40 million, 35.3 million euros).The versatile, hard-working player, who can operate right across midfield, has won two Premier League titles with City, in 2011-12 and 2013-14, as well as the 2010-11 FA Cup and the 2013-14 League Cup.Milner, who will officially join on the day long-serving captain Steven Gerrard leaves for the Los Angeles Galaxy, is Liverpool’s first signing of the close season.Manager Brendan Rodgers is attempting to rejuvenate a squad that finished sixth in the Premier League this season, eight points off the Champions League places, having narrowly only missed out on the title in 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Maybe it won’t take an international conference after all to clean up the gross polluters of the sea. That’s been the excuse for many years. Nobody could do anything about oceangoing ships that belch the world’s foulest exhaust because this was a worldwide problem. Not the local ports’ problem. Not the shippers’ problem. Not the problem of anybody who could actually do something about it. Now somebody has. California’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, last week filed a legal petition asking federal regulators to act against greenhouse gas emissions from cargo ships, cruise ships and other large vessels. What this amounts to is an invitation to do the right thing before the state takes the federal Environmental Protection Agency to court. Such a lawsuit could do some good. Ships cause horrendous pollution to regions adjacent to shipping centers – and those downwind. The real subject here, however, is money. Ships burn bunker because it is cheap. But it’s also the dirtiest of fuels. Switching to low-sulphur diesel fuel will cost the consumers of imported goods more. But first the EPA, target of Brown’s lawsuit, will have to stir itself. If it does, any new regulations would affect about 6,000 ships calling on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The port complex and its many diesel-powered parts are the single biggest source of diesel pollution in the L.A. Basin. Will the EPA have to wait until, say, Singapore agrees to a ban on bunker? Not necessarily. Nations can legally limit environmentally harmful activity within their territories, which can extend seaward for 200 miles. Bunker fuel has sulfur content of up to 27,000 parts per million, compared with 15 parts per million in diesel burned by cars and trucks in the United States. The ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, mandated last year, results in lower emissions of nitrous oxides, an ingredient of smog, and particulates, which are known to cause cancer. Californians now are looking forward to the favor of a reply from the EPA to our invitation. There is more than enough reason to accept. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!