By John BurtonA wooden bridge and trestle carrying water main pipes over the Swimming River collapsed on Friday.MIDDLETOWN – It was a worrisome and tense weekend for local officials, residents and business owners, for New Jersey American Water, and, well, everyone in Monmouth County. Especially for those 22 towns most directly impacted as the county addressed the emergency following last Friday’s water main breaks.Peter Eschbach, director of communications for New Jersey American Water, said a wooden bridge and trestle carrying three large water main pipes over the Swimming River, in the Lincroft section of Middletown, collapsed into the river, severing the pipes. It stopped the flow of about 50 percent of the company’s water supply and impacted water pressure to the company’s customers in much of the county.One of the large pipes, as Eschbach explained it to The Two River Times™ on Monday, carried water from the Swimming River Reservoir pumping station into the plant. The other two pipes carried water out of the plant to the company’s distribution systems and on to customers.The bridge dates to the 1970s, but engineers regularly survey and maintain it, and engineers checked it out just a couple of weeks ago and found it in decent condition, Eschbach said.The severed pipes stopped the flow of about 50 percent of New Jersey American Water Company’s water supply.As of Monday afternoon, the reason for the collapse remains unknown, Eschbach acknowledged. “We don’t know why (it occurred)” but “we’ll get to the bottom of what happened here,” he said. In the interim, he stressed, our priority is getting operations up and running and providing safe water.New Jersey American Water has 95,000 customers in Monmouth County, which translates to roughly 150,000-200,000 people within 22 communities in the county.The county’s Office of Emergency Management, after consulting with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, enacted a countywide state of emergency following the break. What that move did was to put in place restrictions and advisories, prohibiting the outdoor use of water for lawns, gardens and any other non-essential uses. The advisory told people to boil water or use bottled water for drinking. The water could continue to be used for bathing (as long as you kept your mouth closed) and for washing clothes, said the county’s released statement.Given the loss of water pressure, as Eschbach explained it, there was the possibility that contaminants and bacteria could infiltrate the system and put people at risk.“When the media says you got this and that going on, people react to it and they come out and they buy and they do what they’ve got to do,” said Louis Scaduto Jr., president of Food Circus supermarkets.Four of his company’s Food Town supermarkets saw a rush on bottled water on Friday. “Friday night was very rough. We sold pretty much everything that we had” in the way of bottled water in the company’s Red Bank, Ocean Township, Port Monmouth and Atlantic Highlands locations, he said.From Friday to Monday afternoon those four stores sold about seven tractor-trailers full of bottle water. A trailer can carry, on average, 22 pallets of water, with each pallet carrying about 40 24-packs, or 50 cases of one-gallon jugs, Scaduto said.“We’ve been busy,” said Jay Sleifer, manager of the Port Monmouth store. “We’re doing the best we can,” he added on Sunday, noting he was waiting for another truckload to arrive at about 3 p.m.Along with the rush on store water, the water company and county OEM established three water distribution sites – at Middletown High Schools North and South and at Wolf Hill Park, Oceanport.Water distribution sites were set up at Middletown High Schools North and South and at Wolf Hill Park in Oceanport.Over the course of the weekend staff and volunteers working with the municipalities’ OEM and New Jersey American Water were giving out about 400 gallons of water per hour. “And at the height of the heat we were handling 800 gallons an hour,” Eschbach said.At the sites, volunteers limited distribution to two gallons per car per trip, Eschbach said.On Sunday morning at High School North the line of traffic waiting to enter was long and the weather was hot. But the volunteers seemed generally in good spirits and kept the traffic moving, as they loaded cases of ShopRite bottled water. (There were large tank trucks on the site and people were able to take as much as they wanted as long as they had their own containers.)“This is a pretty large-scale production,” said Chris Hodes, with Howell OEM, who was helping out on Sunday. “When there’s a need we’re around and try to do what we can.”Chris Hill, a Howell police sergeant, was there with some of the kids from the local Police Athletic League, which he oversees. He and the boys had helped during Hurricane Katrina a few years ago. “And now here in our backyard,” Hill said.“Many hands make for light work,” said Bob, a 72-year-old volunteer for Hazlet’s OEM, who wouldn’t give his last name. “There’s work to get done, let’s get it done,” he said, adding, “It’s the only exercise I get.”Michael Oppegaard, the county’s OEM coordinator, said on Monday his office worked with local officials and water company representatives to coordinate county resources and provide additional law enforcement presence as well as Public Works employees and equipment at the distribution sites. To his knowledge, “We had zero complaints from residents regarding distribution sites,” and no reports of any disruptive incidents.By Monday morning only four towns – Highlands, Holmdel, Aberdeen and Middletown – remained on the boil water advisory. That was lifted Monday night in those towns. But the entire county continues to remain under the outdoor water restrictions.The restrictions continue because of fear of falling water pressure and the infiltration of bacteria should it happen again. “If we lose pressure because of water sprinklers it means people will be back to boiling their water,” Eschbach warned.By the Fourth of July holiday Eschbach hopes to have temporary pipes in place and have water output up to its winter distribution levels, which is considerably less than the traditional summer high usage. The company also plans to purchase additional water from other companies as needed.Winter treatment production is 25-35 million gallons a day; for summer it is between 50-60 million.“It’ll take months to get a permanent solution in place to get us up to a point where we can meet what is the typical summer peak demand,” he acknowledged.The state’s Department of Environmental Protection and the water company tested the water with the DEPdetermining there were “zero signs of bacteria,” DEP Spokesman Bob Considine said on Tuesday.Given what could have become a quite serious situation, Middletown Mayor Anthony Fiore said on Tuesday he was very pleased with how residents and New Jersey American Water responded. “Based upon what I saw on Friday, I think they [the water company] did a remarkable job of keeping water and pressure in the system, based on the amount of damage that occurred,” Fiore said.But there is a but to his assessment. “I’m going to give them a failing grade for why it happened at this point. Because I think it was preventable.”Given the age of the structure, its apparent easy accessibility to the public, and its clear importance to the operations, something has to be done to prevent something like this from happening again, and he plans on telling company representatives that at the first available opportunity, Fiore said. “To me that’s the most critical lesson learned here right now,” he said.
FREEHOLD – As part of its Historically Speaking lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association will host speaker David Martin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Court Street School at 140 Court St.Martin’s speech, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with the association’s activities during the Civil War Encampment weekend, being held at the museum and library grounds at 70 Court St.Martin is the author of more than 25 books on the Civil War and American Revolution, including the award-winning Gettysburg July 1, A Molly Pitcher Sourcebook, and most recently New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook. He is vice president of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, sponsors of the state’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, and was a member of the state’s Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.Martin is currently working on a book of biographies of New Jersey’s generals and admirals in the Civil War, which is the basis for his talk for the Monmouth County Historical Association.The Court Street School is one of the principal structures associated with the segregated history of early 20th century education in Freehold. The original school was organized in 1915 in a one-room wooden building, exclusively for the education of African-American children. The existing brick building was constructed in two phases in 1920 and 1926. All African-American children in Freehold were educated here from kindergarten through 8th grade until World War II when it was used as an air raid shelter and ration station. It was reopened as an integrated school for K-3 grades in 1949 until it closed in 1974. It became a community education and historical center in 1990 and was placed in 1995 on the National Register of Historic Sites.The Civil War Encampment weekend will be held Sept. 22-23. The public will be welcome to tour the encampment between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Tours of the current exhibition, Marching Away: Monmouth in the Civil War, will also be offered inside the museum. Additional information is available by calling 732-462-1466.The Court Street School is accessible to people with disabilities. If there are any special needs that require accommodation, please contact the Association at 732-462-1466, Ext.16 within 24 hours of the presentation.
Both men then tried to stamp their authority on the fight, and there was an exciting exchange over the last 20 seconds of the round, which was a signal to spectators that they were in for a fistic treat. And so it was. The excitement continued into the second round as a confident and sometimes cocky Gardener scored repeatedly with hard punches to the head and body. Lewis had his moments of ascendancy, but it was Gardener who scored consistently and methodically in the third round, which produced a lot of action and had spectators on their feet cheering wildly as the tempo of the fight increased. Things reached a crescendo in the fourth round as Gardener let loose with a barrage of punches. Lewis was not able to keep him at bay and he was hurt in this round. After a quick burst of two-fisted action from Gardener, Lewis seemed ready to fall and would have quite likely hit the canvas if he had not been caught up in the ropes. Referee Owen Nelson ruled this a knock-down, however, and gave Lewis an eight count. Gardener was all over him at the bell. When Gardener came out for the fifth and final round, he was more conservative and appeared winded. This was not surprising, however, as it was the first time that he had gone beyond three rounds. Lewis was not able to capitalise on this, however, and Gardener was able to end the fight on cruise control, and a with a victory neatly tucked away in his pocket. There was one amateur bout on the card which saw Samuel Grant of Sugar Olympic Gym scoring a points victory over Collel Hogg from Boys’ Town. Hard-hitting Michael ‘The Wasp’ Gardener moved one step closer to his goal of being the 2016 Wray and Nephew Contender champion when he scored a brilliant victory on points over his more experienced rival, Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night. It was a unanimous decision as Judge Ransford Burton scored the fight 49-45, Laurence Neufville 49-46, and Peter Richards 50-45. This was easily the most exciting fight in the competition so far, and spectators had a lot to cheer about. Both men had signalled beforehand that they would be throwing a lot of punches, and they kept their word. The action started immediately after the signal to start was given, and it was Lewis who landed the first decisive punches. Gardener retaliated very quickly, however, and three jabs followed by a hook to the body sent the signal to Lewis that he was in for a hard night. The Gardener camp had something to think about before the round ended as he was cut over the left eye by a punch. The doctor examined it and ruled that it was nothing serious. EXCITING EXCHANGE
The win increases Ceres’ tally to six points from two matches, ahead of Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, which has four points after a 3-1 win over Shan United of Myanmar early Tuesday.Only the top team in the group is guaranteed to make the knockout phase of Asia’s second-tier club football competition.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Kaya delivered a five-star performance to wallop reigning Asean zone champion Home United of Singapore, 5-0.The Iloilo side got a brace each from Darryl Roberts and Alfred Osei, while captain Jovin Bedic scored for the second straight match for Kaya, which leads Group H with four points.Roberts headed home a corner from Marwin Angeles in the second minute, before Bedic doubled the lead with a strike from just inside the area.ADVERTISEMENT Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a hat trick as the Busmen subdued Becamex Binh Duong, 3-1, for their second straight victory in Group H at Gu Dau Stadium in this industrial city outside of Saigon.Maranon struck in the first half before firing two quick goals late in the second half as the Busmen showed grit and character to survive a huge scare from the Vietnamese side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I think we can still improve,” Maranon said. “We are not yet in our best form, but we need to make up from our performance in the last game.”The Busmen also needed a stellar performance from goalkeeper Roland Muller, who produced a string of impressive saves to keep the Philippine champions ahead in the second half. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying THU DAU MOT—The league at home will only begin at the end of March but Philippine clubs Ceres-Negros and Kaya-Iloilo have already made a strong statement in this year’s AFC Cup.By the end of Matchday 2 last Wednesday, both Filipino clubs are already at the top of their respective groups following convincing victories in Vietnam and in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Bataan, Manila on collision course LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
A legal argument as to whether or not a case in which US$247,000 was allegedly confiscated from a group of Korean nationals by officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) should be transferred from Monrovia, in Montserrado County, to another county for hearing will be decided on Friday by Judge Yussif Kaba of the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice.Judge Kaba’s decision to reserve ruling on the change of venue for the case came immediately after he listened to the lawyers pushing their respective arguments to convince him.In 2014, the NSA confiscated from a group of Korean businessmen, Messrs Jung Dal Park, Chae Dae Byoung, Chold Jung Woo, Cha Kwang Woon and Aleck Gold, without a court order, the amount of US$247,000. The NSA claimed the cash was ‘counterfeit banknotes,’ and placed it in an escrow account. The remaining US$37,000 was unaccounted for.The Korean investors denied the claim and are seeking legal redress to get their money back from the NSA.At yesterday’s proceedings, state lawyer Cllr. Augustine Fayiah argued that should the matter be decided in Monrovia, there would be no justice for the state on grounds that the issue had been heard on various media outlets on several occasions. According to Cllr. Fayiah, public perception could influence the jury’s decision.They also argued that if they were to hear the matter in Monrovia, prospective jurors already have their minds made up that the allegation was true; and as such, they would not have a fair trial.On the other hand, lawyers for the Koreans argued that if the matter were to go to another county, their clients would be burdened by huge expenses such as hotel bills, food, and transport, among others.Judge Kaba is expected to decide on these arguments on Friday.In their complaint, the Korean businessmen alleged that they withdrew US$284,000 on bank slips from the International Bank (IB) on July 8, 2014. They alleged that while they were going through a business transaction for gold with Nasser Ally, a Lebanese businessman who had invited them to Liberia, the NSA agents, who claimed that the US bills were ‘counterfeit bank notes,’ confiscated their money.They believed that somebody at the IB Bank alerted Fumbah Sirleaf, head of the NSA, who reportedly sent his agents to seize the money. “Further,” they claimed in their complaint, “our clients have presented to us emails which were exchanged with Mr. Ally prior to their visit to Liberia and were shocked that after they were jointly arrested along with Mr. Ally while transacting business, Fumba Sirleaf allegedly instructed his boys to remove Mr. Ally from the midst of the Koreans to an unknown area. After a while, the plain-clothes security returned and confiscated the money claiming it was counterfeit US banknotes.“Of course, Ally from that moment, was seen as ‘cooperating’ with the investigators and was never seen again.“What is mind-boggling is that none of our clients or a third party was present when US$49,300 of the US$284,000 was declared as ‘counterfeit notes’ by the same arresting officers who confiscated our clients’ money.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minister Tokpa performs the induction ceremonyNimba County’s 5th superintendent under the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was on Saturday, May 13, inducted into office in the provincial city of Sanniquellie.Mr. David Dorr Cooper’s induction ceremony, which was well attended, was spearheaded by Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpa, who praised Mr. Cooper for his hard work, starting from his time as Mayor of Ganta and as Nimba County’s Assistant Superintendent for Development.“You deserved being a superintendent, because your hard works drew everybody’s attention nationwide to you to the extent that some of them want to emulate your good example,” Dr. Tokpa said.He urged Mr. Cooper not to be selfish and claim everything for himself, and not to use the public office for personal gain – an act Dr. Tokpa said President Sirleaf will not tolerate.“Let’s hold together as one people to develop our county and don’t allow politics to divide us,” Tokpa advised.Cooper meanwhile promised that his leadership will foster reconciliation and bring peace to the citizens, which would facilitate speedy development in the county.“In the absence of peace, there will be no concrete development,” the newly inducted superintendent said. “Put all political differences aside and think about our county.”Political differences have engulfed the county in the build up to the October elections, with war of words blaring over local radio stations, which has caused divisions among the citizens.For that, Supt. Cooper cautioned the youth to be constructive in their approach, and not to discuss issues over the radio.The occasion was attended by some prominent citizens, including members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus of the county, namely: Senator Thomas Grupee, Representatives Larry P. Younquoi, Worlea Saywah Dunah and Matinokay Tingban.For his part, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe admonished Mr. Cooper and his corps of officers to listen to their critics, “because those are the people who are interested in what their county’s leadership is doing to improve the citizens’ welfare.”It may be recalled that President Sirleaf appointed Robert Kamei as superintendent shortly after taking office in 2006. Mr. Kamei was replaced by Edith Weh Gongloe in 2009, who was replaced when she decided to contest for the county’s senatorial seat in 2011.Madam Gongloe was replaced by Mrs. Christiana Dagadu, whose administration birthed the Concerned Nimbaians Movement that wants to see the full implementation of the Mineral Development Agreement between ArcelorMittal Liberia and the Liberian government.Dagadu’s tenure was characterized by a violent confrontation between locals and some employees at the Yekepa mine. She was moderate in her approach to addressing issues, until she was dismissed in 2014 and replaced by Mr. Fong Gami Zuagele.Fong Zuagele’s tenure was considered as a ‘no nonsense’ administration. However, he also suffered a vote of no confidence from the youth, who eventually demonstrated and blocked the railroad connecting Nimba with Grand Bassa County, thereby paralyzing AcelorMittal’s operations.Meanwhile, there were mixed reactions about the President’s preferment of Dorr Cooper as superintendent of the vote-rich county, with his critics saying he is not educated enough to lead the county, while many believe he is hardworking and wants to see things done to benefit the people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In light of the numerous celebratory activities slated for this festive season, Acting Police Commissioner, Nigel Hoppie is urging members of the public, who are operating vehicles and will be imbibing, to get a designated driver.Acting Police Commissioner Nigel HoppieAt the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Annual Trainees’ Christmas Luncheon on Friday, he said that it is expected that many persons will participate in consuming alcoholic beverages at social events and activities that are being held to celebrate the Christmas season.However, he pointed out that too many fatal accidents have occurred for this year already, specifically in the month of November, and, therefore, drivers on the roadways must take more caution during the festive season.“In November, as you would have learnt in the media that we had 15 accidents which resulted in 21 deaths. Three of which were children and so as we go down for the remainder of the year we need to ensure that we be our brother’s keeper.”According to the Acting Police Commissioner, if all drivers exercise diligence while operating vehicles and practice upholding the road regulations and laws then the country’s roadways would not be claiming so many lives.“While we conduct our business, we conduct a certain amount of responsibility and in our use of the road especially as drivers, we need to be cognisant of the five Cs. These are care, courtesy, caution, common sense and consideration….and we will certainly make our roads a better place towards the end of the year.”Less than three weeks ago, Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles had acknowledged that in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) – the East Bank Demerara Sub-Division (Region Four (B)) – special systems have to be put in place since this is a section where most of the serious accidents have been recorded.“If you look at the statistics it would show that in 2018 we had 16 accidents with 24 deaths and in 2019 we had 17 accidents with 25 deaths. So special emphasis will be placed in that area. Also, we could look at Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) where we had 14 accidents with 14 deaths in 2018 and 15 accidents with 15 deaths in 2019.”However, the Traffic Chief noted that January 1 to November 10 of this year reveals that there has been a four per cent decrease in accidents and a six per cent decrease in deaths related to accidents comparative to the same period in 2018.Road carnageJust a few days ago, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo stated that the road carnage situation is not a political one in nature and recommended that all stakeholders should contribute towards finding a comprehensive solution.“There is carnage on our roads and we have to find a way of stopping it. We don’t have all the answers and I’m sure they don’t too,” he positioned.He also asserted that those culpable must take responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, Jagdeo clarified that if any political party promises to lower these statistics, it is untrue since a collective approach is required.“It’s a combination of education, strong regulations, taking tough actions and people have to take responsibility too. People have to take personal responsibility for these issues because sometimes, you have one crazy person. Any [political] party that says to you that they can stop this will be lying to you,” he expressed.His comments come in light of President David Granger’s response to the increased carnage, outlining a three-point approach for road safety. Road users were urged to observe the Guyana Police Force’s code of behaviour.The caretaker President further pointed out that the “insane increase in road fatalities” was due to persons driving at excessive speeds, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without due care and attention and driving on roads which are congested or unsafe for other road users, particularly pedestrians.
Here is a brief overview of City Council’s meeting on Monday night. Mayor Lantz proclaimed February 16-21, 2009 as Women’s Institute Week. Mayor Lantz proclaimed February 16-21, 2009 as Heritage Week BC Mayor Lantz proclaimed March, 2009 as Kidney Month in Fort St. John Report No. 38/09-Purchase Agreement with Northern Health City council agreed to sell a piece of land appraised at 2 million dollars to the Northern Health Authority for 1 dollar. Council has the right to re-purchase the land back in four years, for 1 dollar, if Northern Health cannot get a building permit or confirm secured financing.Advertisement Report No. 41/09 – Revisions to Council Committee Structure Council approved the revised Council Committee Structure. Report No. 39/09 – Amendment to Purchase Administrative Procedure City Council agreed to include the following positions in the Purchasing Administrative Procedure: Plant Operator, Graphic Designer and Property Maintenance with $5,000 spending and Visa Limits. Development officer and Marketing Assistant with $2,000 spending and Visa limits. GIS Technologist with spending and Visa Limit of $1,000. Mayor with a visa limit of $5,000. Report No. 37/08 – 2009 Community awards City Council agreed to incorporate the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards into the City’s Community Awards Program. Report No. 42/09 – Rising Above Conference Request for Donation City Council agreed to provide a donation in the amount of 2 thousand dollars for the Rising Above Conference to take place in Fort St. John.Advertisement – Advertisement -Reports from City Manager and Administration: Report No. 43/09 – Forest Capital of BC Committee Councillors Ackerman and Christensen were appointed as Chairs to the City of Fort St. John Forest Capital of BC Committee. Council also approved the related expenditures. Report No. 33/09 – Dundee Financial Request for Lease Extension City Council agreed to a one month extension for Dundee Financial to vacate the Business Resource Centre. Report No. 44/09 – Enerplex Staffing – Recreation Manager Position Council approved the addition of the exempt position of Recreation Manager for the 2009 budget. Report No. 40/09 – Cheque Report for January 2009 Council received the attached Cheque Listing Report for January 2009.
Photo: Several window’s will have to be replaced at the Enerplex – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca – Advertisement -By Energeticcity.ca StaffThe local RCMP is looking for public assistance in locating the person or persons responsible for vandalism at the Enerplex.A police news release says rocks were used to smash several windows to the upper west side of the building sometime, between 10.30 Monday night and 8 o’clock Tuesday morning.Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity on the site, during that period, is asked to contact police at the local detachment or crime stoppers numbers…250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477.
N’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko during France training 1 Juventus will make a move for Leicester City star N’Golo Kante or Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko – after being priced out of a deal for Andre Gomes.The Italian champions have been tracking Gomes since the end of last season, but Valencia have refused to budge on their £40m asking price.?That amount is simply too much for Juve and they have decided to step aside in the race for the 22-year-old, leaving the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to fight it out.Instead, according to TMW, Juventus will now look to sign either Kante or Sissoko this summer.Kante has a release-clause of £20m in his current contract at Leicester, while Newcastle will let Sissoko go if someone coughs up £21m.Juventus are expected to decide which player they want to prioritise this week, before making a formal offer on Monday.