first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has spoken with Dele Alli over the star’s coronavirus controversy.The Tottenham boss also revealed his club are planning a pre-season trip to Asia, but want “guarantees” before agreeing to travel.3 Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has spoken to Dele Alli over his coronavirus controversyThe FA have asked Dele, 23, for his observations after he put a video on Snapchat in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man.He later deleted the post and then released a new video on Chinese social media platform Weibo to apologise.Mourinho said at his Press conference today: “Yes, of course I spoke with him about that. But for me it was quite an easy conversation because he was sorry about, let’s say, the mistake but it was never his intention to hurt, offend.“He immediately regretted it, recognised it was a young guy mistake, a young generation mistake. And he apologised. So my conversation was easy.“It was not a contradiction of ideas with me unhappy and him not understanding why. It was so simple.“He regrets it, and that’s the best feeling he can show and to have the humility to apologise is remarkable because sometimes young people make mistakes and do not realise.“This conversation was so easy.”He immediately regretted it, recognised it was a young guy mistake. And he apologised. So my conversation was easyJose Mourinho on Dele AlliThe coronavirus outbreak has led to more than 900 deaths in China, with over 40,000 cases reported worldwide.The UK government has described the virus as a “serious and imminent threat” to public health.Tottenham went on a pre-season trip to Singapore and China last summer.Mourinho revealed: “I can say our solidarity is with anyone fearing this situation in China and all over the world. Solidarity with people already with coronavirus, especially the people who died and their families who are suffering.3Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“Our connection with the Asian fans is obvious, so we care about it.“Are we thinking about going to Asia in the pre-season? Yes, we are – but we need guarantees of safety for our people.“Although we are not thinking about this at the moment. We’re thinking about the people affected.”3England footballer Dele Alli apologises after appearing to mock deadly coronavirus in airport Snapchat videolast_img read more

More than 4 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and unleashed a torrent of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, only a trickle of funding for repair of ecological damage has been spent. At an oversight hearing today by a U.S. Senate subcommittee, senators voiced their impatience with an interagency council in charge of a lot of the money. “You all have had 2 years,” Senator Bill Nelson (D–FL) told three members of the council who testified. “It’s time to get moving.” Council members blamed the delay on a Catch-22: States don’t have the money to plan how to spend restoration funds.There are three main pools of money intended to help the Gulf of Mexico recover, not just from the 2010 oil spill but also from long-standing deterioration. The first comes from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, a process run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies, which has already provided a $600 million down payment for restoration projects from future fines against the energy company BP, which had the drilling permit. More money is coming from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It is spending a $2.5 billion Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund set up in a plea agreement with BP and Transocean, which owned the drill platform. The third pot will come from the federal trial against BP, which is still ongoing, and Transocean, which already settled, for violating the Clean Water Act. BP’s fine, to be determined in the penalty phase of the trial, which starts in January, could be as much as $20 billion. Under a 2012 law called the RESTORE Act, 80% of the total fines would be spent in the Gulf. Because Transocean settled its case for $1 billion, the fund already has $800 million. But little of it has been spent. The RESTORE Act created the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to review proposals and hand out 30% of funds stipulated in the federal court’s decision. Another 35% will be divided equally among the five affected states. States will also have access to another 30% based on how severely they were impacted. The final 5% will go to science, including centers of excellence and long-term research and monitoring.Last year the council—made of up five Gulf states and six federal agencies—released an overall plan for how the money would be spent. Then it had to determine a selection process for grants. “This has taken more time than the council members anticipated,” Justin Ehrenwerth, executive director of the council, told the subcommittee. He says the council had to deal with uncertainty about when and how much money would be available. On 25 July, the council issued proposed rules for grant selection and said it would begin accepting proposals from state and federal agencies next month. The council hopes to have a list of proposed projects available for public comment in 2015.“We wish we could move faster,” said council member Trudy Fisher, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, at the hearing. “It is time to quit talking and start funding.” She and other council members blamed a lack of money for the delay. “We have been handed an oyster, but we have no shucking knife—the planning dollars,” added Grover Robinson, who leads the Florida Gulf Coast Consortium, which is creating the state’s spending plan. Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA) emphasized that Louisiana isn’t holding things up; it has had a long-standing plan for investing in restoration activities.Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) welcomed the council’s proposed rules, but said they lacked enough detail to be implemented. Senator David Vitter (R–LA) said he hoped that the scope of proposed projects wouldn’t be limited by the funding now available. “We don’t want that to turn into ultrasmall projects,” he said. “They should contribute to large-scale gulf restoration.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email Click to view the privacy policy. 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