Jordy Claise 1 Southampton have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Jordy Clasie after the midfielder signed a new contract with Feyenoord.The Saints had reportedly been eyeing a deadline-day swoop for the Dutch international, who made two appearances for his country in their run to the World Cup semi-finals this summer.Ronald Koeman has already purchased two players from the Dutch market during the current transfer window, signing Dusan Tadic for £10.9m from Twente and Graziano Pelle for £8m from Clasie’s club Feyenoord.But, Claise has chosen not to follow in the path of striker Pelle and has elected to stay at De Kuip by signing a new deal until 2018.“I feel I can improve even more at Feyenoord,” Clasie told Feyenoord’s official website.“I have a feeling the team can really start growing and I would like to be a part of it.”
Image Courtesy: USCGAfter searching a total of over 5,000 square-nautical miles, the United States Coast Guard has suspended the search operation for a cruise ship crewmember who went missing from the cruise ship Liberty of the Seas on April 24.The search for Norman DeCastro was halted at 12:42 pm local time on Tuesday after the authorities searched the area some 170 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Eighth District command center in New Orleans received a report on Monday that the 39-year-old Filipino crewmember was missing aboard the cruise ship, operated by Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean International.The USCG said that the was last seen at 10:30 pm, Sunday, on the ship’s closed-circuit television.Involved in the search efforst were HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, and the coast guard cutters Manowar and Pompano.
A federally mandated environmental study will delay by one or more years planned construction of a high-speed ferry project intended to ease traffic congestion experienced by commuters to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.A study to determine the best location for a ferry terminal could take two years, and likely force postponement of the 2017 start date for construction, reported the Tampa Tribune.The project calls for running high-speed ferries from a yet-to-be-determined point in South Hillsborough County across Tampa Bay to MacDill. The service would relieve traffic congestion on clogged highways as well as lessen the bottlenecks that occur each morning at the base’s front gates.Much of the project’s $20 million price tag would be paid for by Hillsborough County, the state and private partners, but the smaller role played by the federal government is forcing the delay, said Jeff Seward, CFO for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. The Federal Transit Administration is slated to contribute $4.7 million to the ferry project.“It’s fairly frustrating,” Tampa attorney Ed Turanchik, who represents the two companies partnering with Hillsborough County, told the Tribune. “Commissioner [Sandy] Murman expressed some concerns about the fact that the federal government is a minor partner in this, but has taken control of the whole process. That’s the problem with federalizing these things,” Turanchik said.Local officials were hoping to select a site for the terminal — likely in Gibsonton — by the end of the year, but now that decision will need to wait until the analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act is completed. Dan Cohen AUTHOR